18 items from 2013
I said yesterday that Bopping Tim was one of my favourite candidates due to his Tigger like attitude. So it's kind of sad to see him fired at this early stage of the game - especially when he shouldn't have been the one to go.
Week 2 of The Apprentice saw the two teams develop, create and sell a new type of beer - a task that seemed designed just so Lord Sugar Daddy could say, "you lot couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery".
After Tim's inexplicable outburst after the boy's won in episode one, he was made the Project Manager of the girl's team Evolve, while Scouser Kurt was put in charge of Team "Meh, We'll Try". With their teams chosen, it was time to come up with their drinks.
If you saw the first episode, then you'll »
In a shocking turn of events reported by the UK Daily Mail, the owner of Bray Studios – the landmark site of countless horror films, including many from Hammer's classic era of the '50s and '60s, like Horror of Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein – has announced that the Berkshire, UK site will no longer be available to the film industry, and will instead be torn down to make way for luxury housing. As you can imagine, the announcement set off a firestorm of protests, with filmmakers like Terry Gilliam (who filmed some of The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus at Bray) and Rocky Horror's Richard O’Brien joining the ranks of the outraged. The protesters argue that the Bray's financial decline is due to mishandling of the site by its owner, Neville Hendricks. “There is still a place for the smaller studios like Bray,” says Gilliam. “There is a feeling »
- Gregory Burkart
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 23 Apr 2013 - 07:43
The Exorcist celebrates its 40th birthday this year, which had Aliya wondering, what other horror films came out in 1973? Here are 10...
Some movies become so famous, so iconic, that they rise above the time and place from which they sprang. The Exorcist is one of those movies. It doesn’t need any explanation and it doesn’t seem to age. Whether you love it or hate it, it stands above other horror movies.
It’s too easy to view influential films as if they were made in a vacuum, but when we talk about The Exorcist as possibly the best horror movie ever made, it got me thinking – was it part of a great year for the horror genre? What else was out there in 1973? Were all the horror movies of that year along similar themes, or were they all still dealing in physical rather than psychological horror? »
Here We Go Again! I wrote about this during the early days of S & A, and more recently, so did Andre Seewood in Dec. 2011 (Here), but yet… and yet… it just refuses to die. Even right now, at this very moment, it still lives. It’s like Dracula who keeps rising from the grave, no matter how many times you drive a stake through his heart. But I’m not talking about Christopher Lee, instead it's Sophia Stewart and her Matrix lawsuit victory. Except that there wasn’t any victory and there won’t be one. But don’t tell that to some people. Many still steadfastly believe that, according to a newspaper article - the same exact one that’s been circulating for years now - »
The votes have been tallied, and what can we say but "you like us, you really like us!" As we help announce the results of the 11th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, let us thank you, the voting public, for once again naming Dread Central as the best horror site on the web. It means the world to us. Thank you.
The Cabin in the Woods took top film honors with "The Walking Dead" being the favorite small screen offering. You can see the full list of winners at the official Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards website.
From the Press Release
Today's grisly takes on zombies and terror shared honors with some of Hollywood's oldest monsters in the results of the 2013 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon's homage to 80's teen thrillers, was named Best Horror Film of 2012 while AMC's hit series »
- Scott Hallam
This May marks the centennial birthday of Hammer horror icon Peter Cushing. The English actor's long and distinguished career includes productions in theater, Broadway, and television, but cinema was where the steely Cushing held court. He'll forever be associated with the gothic melodrama and technicolor carnage from the house of Hammer as gentleman vampire hunter, Dr. Van Helsing — a symbol of good conquering evil.
Titan Books' 'Peter Cushing: A Life in Film' by David Miller explores the admirable star's horror career and reveals the intimate stories behind the actor's beginnings in fright cinema with Terence Fisher's The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula. Cushing played an active role in shaping his characters, continuously challenging their motives and perfecting his own vision of them. Victor Frankenstein's wardrobe was largely Cushing's invention, something he would continue to take an interest in throughout his career. The actor often sketched and »
- Alison Nastasi
Sad news from Spain. Legendary director Jesús Franco Manera, aka Jess Franco, aka Clifford Brown and a couple dozen more pseudonyms, often took from the names of the American jazz musicians he so admired, has died at the age of 82. Franco suffered a stroke last week from which he couldn’t recover.
His Erotic Rites Of Frankenstein featured a shrieking, silver-skinned Frankenstein’s monster relentlessly whipping a man and a woman tied together over a bed of spikes. It was but one of countless sublime images from the output of the most prolific Exploitation director of all-time (yes, that includes Corman). With a repertoire of over 200 titles, Franco enriched the world of Eurohorror/Exploitation by writing, directing, and scoring a vast variety of films, including masterpieces such as Female Vampire, Count Dracula, Faceless, Night Of The Bloody Judge, Eugenie De Sade, and Venus In Furs, an epic amount of art, »
- Tom Stockman
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment will shine the spotlight on The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Lex Luthor, the scariest and most menacing villains in DC Comics. universe, with the upcoming brand new full-length documentary Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics. Film icon Christopher Lee, who has played the villain more times than almost any other actor, will provide his unique voice as narrator. His roles in more than 200 films include star turns as Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein.s monster in Hammer horror classics, Count Dooku in Star Wars, and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films. In this new documentary film, the malevolent, sometimes charismatic figures from DC »
- Patrick Luce
Highlights: -WB Home Entertainment is behind the production so expect a direct-to-video release. -The documentary will be narrated by Sir Christopher Lee (The Hobbit, Star Wars, The Horror of Dracula). -Video will feature interviews with comic book creators, famed storytellers and actors. -Cosplaying attendees of this year's WonderCon and Sdcc have a chance to be featured. - The documentary is expected to be released later this year. “Behind every great hero, there are a whole lot of villains.” – Geoff Johns Necessary Evil: Villains Of DC Comics - Legendary Villain Sir Christopher Lee Narrates Burbank, CA (March 26, 2013) – The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Lex Luthor -- the scariest and most menacing villains in DC Comics’ universe -- take center stage in a brand new full-length documentary from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) and DC Entertainment (Dce). The joint announcement was made today by Wbhe and Dce. Christopher Lee, who has played »
This April Millennium Entertainment will be bringing you a classic Hammer horror DVD set featuring Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Frankenstein Created Woman, and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires; and we have your chance to score a copy on us!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
From the Press Release
Millennium Entertainment has announced they will distribute titles from Exclusive Media’s Hammer library in the U.S. Established in 1934, Hammer is a groundbreaking feature film production company that was instrumental in creating the horror genre and which recently diversified into publishing, live theatre and live attractions.
Stated Steve Nickerson, President of Millennium Entertainment: “Hammer is one of the most renowned and beloved film brands in the world, and we are thrilled to bring the Hammer Films library to U. »
- Uncle Creepy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Hammer’s massive global restoration project has yielded some impressive offerings but their latest project may be their most important. Terence Fisher’s 1958 classic Dracula is now fully restored in High Definition and is available on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time.
The plot is simple. Jonathan Harker takes employment with Count Dracula, in the guise of a librarian for his vast library. Harker is actually a vampire hunter on a mission to kill Dracula. However, when he is bested and becomes one of the walking dead himself, Dracula targets those closest to him. Dr. Van Helsing is tasked to defeat Dracula once and for all. This sets in motion a battle against time to find the lair of the evil Count before it is too late.
This three disc set by Lionsgate includes two versions on the Blu-ray disc of the feature: the 2007 British »
- Darragh O'Connor
Directed by Terence Fisher.
This is it. This is when vampires got sexy. This is when the British could finally tell the tale of Count Dracula the way it was meant to be told. American and German film-makers had portrayed the Count as a calculating aristocrat and as a spindly, rattish freak; now Hammer wanted the world to see the side of Dracula that Bram Stoker only dared hint at – the tall, dark, sexual predator.
There are a great many new aspects to Hammer’s treatment of Stoker’s original novel. Surprisingly enough, they all seem to work. »
- Flickering Myth
With Dario Argento threatening to release his interpretation of Dracula on the world, it's rather timely that Terence Fisher's seminal 1958 Dracula should be re-released on UK Blu-ray with previously censored scenes now reinstated, making it the most complete version ever released. The Blu-ray (as part of a triple play pack) contains both the BFI's 2007 restoration and Hammer's new 2012 restoration, the latter of which includes some key additional shots dug up from a fire and water damaged Japanese print. Specifically, they expand on two scenes: Dracula's seduction of Mina and the Count's final sunlight disintegration. The former adds fuel to the fire that Hammer's version was the first explicitly sexualised take on the story, whilst the latter confirms the studio's penchant for pushing...
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While the UK has been enjoying a variety of classic horror releases from the Hammer vaults, we know many readers have been waiting on Us release details. Today, Hammer announced that Millennium Entertainment will handle the Us release of Hammer’s library and the first titles have been announced.
via Dread Central: “Millennium Entertainment announced today that they will distribute titles from Exclusive Media’s Hammer library in the U.S. Established in 1934, Hammer is a groundbreaking feature film production company that was instrumental in creating the horror genre and which recently diversified into publishing, live theatre and live attractions.
Stated Steve Nickerson, President of Millennium Entertainment: ‘Hammer is one of the most renowned and beloved film brands in the world and we are thrilled to bring the Hammer Films library to U.S. fans.’
- Jonathan James
There's just nothing like getting a heaping helping of classic horror from Hammer, and come this April that's exactly what you're gonna be getting thanks to draMillennium Entertainment! Read on for the first details of this delightfully devilish DVD package.
From the Press Release
Millennium Entertainment announced today that they will distribute titles from Exclusive Media’s Hammer library in the U.S. Established in 1934, Hammer is a groundbreaking feature film production company that was instrumental in creating the horror genre and which recently diversified into publishing, live theatre and live attractions.
Stated Steve Nickerson, President of Millennium Entertainment: “Hammer is one of the most renowned and beloved film brands in the world and we are thrilled to bring the Hammer Films library to U.S. fans.”
- Uncle Creepy
Hammer have pleased Horror fans and B-cinema lovers everywhere by releasing their classic horror library on Blu-Ray. This massive global restoration project was a major financial undertaking for Hammer and its partner, Studio Canal. After a horde of such releases, the 1958 classic Dracula has been dutifully restored on this beautiful format, and is set for release March 18th, 2013. In addition to this title, Hammer also expects to roll out a few more titles later this year. This restoration will also include unearthed footage and restored deleted footage, including a more graphic and gory version of Dracula formally deemed “too erotic” by censors of the era.
Marcus Hearn, expert historian and author of The Hammer Vault and who was heavily involved with this process, was kind enough to give up his time to briefly touch on his personal history with Hammer, the new generation of Hammer films, the actually restoring Dracula, »
- Darragh O'Connor
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman January 7th, 2013
After studying Animation at the prestigious West Surrey College of Art and Design, Mark Waring began his professional career at the animation company Filmfair in the early 1990′s. Here he quickly rose through the ranks to become Lead Animator and then Director on many of their stop-frame children’s series and specials. A period of freelance Directing and Animating work gained the attention of London commercials orientated production houses, and lead to Mark being signed to the directors roster of, among others, Bermuda Shorts and Tandem Films. Through these production companies Mark directed and animated on various commercials, promos and short films with such clients as General Motors, Wrigley’s and MacDonald’s. During this period he also spent time working abroad with various International companies. With the resurgence of the stop-frame format in feature film production, 2004 saw Mark join the crew as »
- Tom Stockman
Debbie Rochon is an incredible ambassador for the horror genre and one of the most recognizable faces in the world of indies. Rochon has made an incredible career in horror and is once again being recognized for her accomplishments!
Rochon is the inaugural Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award winner, an accolade named for horror star Ingrid Pitt, who worked in over 30 films. She co-starred with Sir Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man (1973) and The House that Dripped Blood (1970). She also starred in Hammer's Countess Dracula and with horror legend Peter Cushing in Hammer's The Vampire Lovers. She passed away too soon in 2011. The Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award is presented in conjunction with The Estate of Ingrid Pitt, filmmaker/producer Kevin Sean Michaels and event coordinator Stacy Pippi Hammon.
Debbie Rochon is the perfect honoree for this award. Congrats, D-Ro!
From the Press Release
The very first Ingrid Pitt Memorial Award represents »
- Doctor Gash
18 items from 2013
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