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Dominic Brunt is probably best known as Paddy in the ever-popular soap Emmerdale but he is increasingly gaining a reputation as a first-class horror filmmaker, and on the eve of Before Dawn receiving its network TV premiere on the Horror Channel, Brunt reveals how a row with his wife led to the making of the film, news on his next feature Deleted and why he’s always been a massive horror fan…
What inspired you to make Before Dawn?
I have always been a massive horror fan and within the genre, I have always enjoyed a good zombie film the best. I co-run the Leeds Zombie Film Festival each April so this gives me an excellent excuse to watch many more. My wife however, really doesn’t fancy them much at all and always criticised my choice of viewing. She is much more interested in European cinema and in particular, »
- Phil Wheat
Legendary director Martin Scorsese recently wrote an article for The Daily Beast revealing his eleven favorite horror films of all time. It's a pretty solid list. In fact, I enjoy all of the films that he's listed. He also provides a little commentary on why he picked each of the films.
What do you think of his list, and how many films on it have you seen?
1. The Haunting
“You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!” was the tagline for this absolutely terrifying 1963 Robert Wise picture about the investigation of a house plagued by violently assaultive spirits.
2. The Isle of the Dead
There’s a moment in this Val Lewton picture, about plague victims trapped on an island during the Greek civil war, that never fails to scare me. let’s just say that it involves premature burial.
3. The Uninvited
Another, more benign haunted house picture, »
- Joey Paur
Around Halloween, Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) was asked to put together a list of eleven of the scariest horror movies of all time. Topping his list is the 1963 film "The Haunting," about the investigation of a house plagued by violent spirits. There are some classics on the list like "The Shining," "The Exorcist" and "Psycho," but most of the movies would require some work to track down. In fact, "The Entity" is the newest film on the list and it's over 30 years old. Check out the full list below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. 1. The Haunting 2. The Isle of the Dead 3. The Uninvited 4. The Entity 5. Dead of Night 6. The Changeling 7. The Shining 8. The Exorcist 9. Night of the Demon 10. The Innocents 11. Psycho »
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Martin Scorsese has named his top 11 scary movies – and surprise, surprise, there's not a Hostel or Saw to be seen.
Instead the professorial director of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Shutter Island has come down firmly in favour of old-school black-and-white chillers, with Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the Barbara Hershey starrer The Entity, and the child-ghost shocker The Changeling being the most recently-made entries, all in the early 1980s.
Number one on Scorsese's list, compiled for the Daily Beast website, is The Haunting, the 1963 British-made spookfest about a group of ghosthunters staying overnight in a creepy mansion. Directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom, »
- Andrew Pulver
Eleven days after it was originally posted, a list compiled by director Martin Scorsese of what he considers to be the eleven scariest movies of all-time over at the Daily Beast is just now coming to the attention of the online masses. Unfortunately it's a little too late if you were planning on a Halloween night binge session, but as the temperature outside drops, the sun sets earlier and you begin bundling yourself up inside for the winter, perhaps you'll want to check a few of these out. The most mainstream on the list are Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Other than that, I'm mildly ashamed to say I've only seen two of the other films, and one of them only recently. The first is The Haunting, Robert Wise's much loved Hill House story from 1963 that many classify as »
- Brad Brevet
The hardest part about choosing my favourite horror films of all time, is deciding what stays and what goes. I started with a list that featured over 200 titles, and I think it took me more time to pick and choose between them, than it did to actually sit down and write each capsule review. In order to hold on to my sanity, I decided to not include short films, documentaries, television mini-series and animated films. I also had to draw the line at some point in deciding if certain movies should be considered horror or not. In such cases where I was split down the middle in deciding, I let IMDb be the judge for me. And in some cases, I’ve included these titles as special mentions. Long story short, I can’t include every movie I like, and I have to draw the line somewhere. With that said, »
From Nosferatu to Twilight, gothic films have explored what frightens us – and why we are willing victims of our fear. A few days before Halloween, and as the BFI begins a nationwide season, Michael Newton is seduced by horror, sex and satanism
Beyond high castle walls, the wolves howl. The Count intones: "Listen to them! The children of the night! What music they make!" And those words usher you into a faintly ludicrous cosiness, the comfortable darkness of gothic. For gothic properties are altogether snug, as familiar as Halloween costumes – a Boris Karloff mask, the Bela Lugosi cape, an Elsa Lanchester wig. So it is that many of us first come to the form through its parodies; I knew Carry On Screaming! by heart before I saw my first Hammer film. And yet, within the homely restfulness, something genuinely disturbing lurks; an authentic dread. And watching these films again, we »
- Michael Newton
Gothic | Gothic Film Festival | Wales Goes Dark | St James Church | Future Cinema | Apocalypse | Celluloid Screams | Mayhem | Dead And Breakfast | Bram Stoker International Film Festival | Frightfest All-Nighter
You've never had it so horrific. By some unholy alignment of the spheres and schedules, Halloween film events burst out across the nation this week like ravenous maggots from a rotting corpse. This year, as an added gruesome treat, the usual seasonal events are made a little bit darker by the looming shadow of the BFI's ongoing Gothic season, which hosts several horror screenings and special events across the country.
Elsewhere there are some brilliant, atmospheric and alternative locations on offer for horror fans to be scared in, and one of the gloomiest settings in the land must surely be the ruined Kirkstall Abbey, on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, a genuinely gothic (and genuinely chilling; you'll need to bring a warm jacket »
- Steve Rose
The story centers on a young woman who has been in and out of foster homes and state institutions her whole life, when she meets her identical twin sister she never knew existed. They both discover superhuman abilities they possess, as they must go on the run to keep their powers hidden from nefarious forces.
Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson are best known for their horror movies such as Toolbox Murders for director Tobe Hooper and Mother of Tears for director Dario Argento. They also co-wrote Autopsy, Night of the Demon and Fertile Ground, which were all directed by Adam Gierasch. »
Monster Weekend, London
The BFI's ambitious season Gothic: The Dark Heart Of Film casts a celebratory shadow of gloom over the next four months. Proceedings begin this weekend, as the forecourt of the British Museum hosts screenings of such monstrous classics as Jacques Tourneur's occult mystery Night Of The Demon, and Terence Fisher's definitive Hammer reworkings of Dracula and The Mummy. There's horror-themed music beforehand, and fancy dress is encouraged, though using the Ancient Egypt galleries as a prop store is forbidden.
British Museum, WC2, Thu to 31 Aug, bfi.org.uk
Future Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing, London
Somehow, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey's star-cross'd, 1960s-by-way-of-the-1980s fairytale has become the definitive summer outdoor movie, to the extent you'd have thought everyone in the country had seen it outside the comfort of a cinema by now. »
- Steve Rose
When you hear a title like “The Leopard Man“, it likely conjures images of the Syfy Channel’s bevy of science fiction schlock like monstrous snakes fighting mega alligators, Sharknados, mythical beasts and half-human half-whatever hybrids. The name definitely doesn’t suggest a film as sophisticated and expertly crafted as The Leopard Man truly is–the sensational title merely serves to arouse your interest and get you into the seats of the theater. Most directors wouldn’t have the ingenuity to avoid crafting a hokey literal vision of a title like that but Jacques Tourneur and Val Lewton were going to prove otherwise.
In the 1930s, even with The Great Depression going on, Universal Studios began banking big on their first leg of monster pictures, the fantastical black and white nightmares provided much-needed escape from the real devastation of the times. Hollywood had gotten a wake up call after the »
- Josh Soriano
There will be homicidal maniacs, possessed children, haunted houses and lust-crazed vampires aplenty, the BFI has promised, in one of the biggest themed film and television seasons it has ever mounted.
Programmers on Thursday announced details of a mammoth project called Gothic: the Dark Heart of Film. It will be a season "filled with dread and fuelled by lust", said BFI creative director Heather Stewart. "It is a great area of film-making, and anything that is disreputable or maligned is always something you want to be shining a spotlight on."
More than 150 titles will be seen at around a thousand screenings across the UK, with the BFI Southbank having its longest yet dedicated season – four months of gothic-themed movies, TV programmes and discussions.
The season will explore how gothic encompasses not just terror, »
- Mark Brown
The British Film Institute (BFI) is to launch a major project dedicated to Gothic cinema, which includes more than 150 films and around 1,000 screenings throughout the UK.
Running from August until January 2014, the Gothic project include the longest ever season at BFI’s Southbank venue in London, UK wide theatrical and DVD releases, an education programme, a new BFI Gothic book, a range of partnerships, special guests and commentators including project ambassador Sir Christopher Frayling.
Heather Stewart, creative director at the BFI, said: “Gothic has never been more potent or popular, reflecting the turbulent times we are living in, our deepest fears and hidden passions.
“The British discovered sex in vivid Technicolor through Gothic. With a new generation gripped by the post modern Gothic world of Twilight’s ‘vegetarian’ vampires, Harry Potter’s spells and El James’s 50 Shades, its meaning has mutated yet again. It’s now time to look back into the deep dark beating heart of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Jacques Tourneur's 1957 satanic horror film Night of the Demon was adapted from M. R. James' Casting the Runes. Since then, the ghost-story scribe's tale has been dramatized in multiple forms, and it's about to get another remake. Gremlins and Howling director Joe Dante is teaming up with Simon Pegg for a new twist on James' classic. The Playlist shared a synopsis from the film's website: "When up-and-coming actor Jake Harrington inexplicably hurls himself in front of an oncoming subway train, celebrity gossip blogger Mark Dunning smells a story in Harrington's connection to self-help guru Simon Karswell. What Dunning isn't prepared for is the secret behind Karswell's motivational-speaker success: a command of dark occult...
- Alison Nastasi
In this version, a rising young actor inexplicably hurls himself in front of an oncoming subway train.
A celebrity gossip blogger Mark Dunning smells a story in the actor's connection to self-help guru Simon Karswell. He soon discovers the gury is in command of dark occult forces.
Source: Bleeding Cool »
- Garth Franklin
The countdown has begun! Exactly six months from today Sitges 2013 will raise the curtain to a Festival that will include iconic Japanese director Takashi Miike, who has confirmed he will be attending the Festival with a brand new film: Lesson of the Evil.
From the Press Release:
The disturbing sound of a lullaby from hell will invade the streets of Sitges during the 46th Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, to be held from the 11th to the 20th of October 2013. The Festival’s poster – once again designed by the China Agency – recalls the birth of evil in an image inspired by Roman Polanski’s classic Rosemary’s Baby, which premiered the same year the Festival was born, and warning us that this year everyone wanting to come visit Sitges’ beautiful domains will have to protect themselves from the Prince of Darkness. Fascination with the fallen angel has »
- The Woman In Black
1998 Best Actress Academy Award nominee stages a political protest -- a 'lesbian kiss' -- at an awards ceremony in Rio de Janeiro Forget Madonna and Britney Spears, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, Bullock and Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Veteran Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, best known around the world for her performance as a bitter old hag in Walter Salles' 1998 drama Central Station, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nod, kissed fellow veteran performer Camila Amado in the mouth at Rio de Janeiro's Theater Producers Association Awards ceremony, which took place in that Brazilian city this past Monday, March 25. (Pictured above: Montenegro kissing Amado.) The mouth-to-mouth kiss between the 83-year-old Montenegro and the 77-year-old Amado, followed a previous "gay kiss" also staged at the awards show -- that one between performers Ricardo Blat and Tonico Pereira. All that kissing wasn't intended to merely liven up »
- Andre Soares
Douglas Norton selects his five essential films of Sam Raimi....
After a four-year hiatus from feature films, director Sam Raimi is back in cinemas with the fantasy spectacle Oz the Great and Powerful. Raimi began making films at age ten, armed with a Super-8 camera and a fascination with the slapstick comedy of the Three Stooges.
In honor of the return of the man who forever altered the landscape of film horror, and substantially raised the bar on the superhero saga, here’s the essential introduction to a low-budget legend who’s become an A-list director.
5. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Crafty genre exercises don’t get much better, as Raimi gets back to basics with a hugely enjoyable supernatural thriller about a bank officer cursed by an old woman she wrongs. Her worldly disbelief turns to terror, as she learns she must break the curse and escape the clutches of »
- Flickering Myth
18 items from 2013
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