10 items from 2016
I'm just going to come right out with it:
I think a Van Helsing film series is a brilliant concept.
That said, I don't have faith in anyone getting it right after that unruly mess of a Hugh Jackman movie in 2004. I think the concept is fantastic, though. You have a main character- a monster hunter (!!!)- that can, essentially, navigate his way throughout an entire shared, cinematic universe. And the universe he lives in is inhabited by legendary monsters like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and The Mummy! And one of the things that made those monsters legendary was the mystique surrounding them, and the way they could be used sparingly to create maximum tension and anticipation. Therefore, the idea of making the star of those movies a single, human protagonist means you don't have to over-expose your famous beasts!
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Hammer hits one out of the park with this 'ripping good' Sherlock Holmes tale, tilted heavily toward gothic mystery and horror. Peter Cushing and André Morell excel in heroic roles, while Christopher Lee doesn't have to play a monster, just a coward. Terence Fisher's directing skill is at its height. The Hound of the Baskervilles Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1959 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 86 min. / Ship Date June 14, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis De Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon. Cinematography Jack Asher Production Designer Bernard Robinson Film Editor Alfred Cox Original Music James Bernard Written by Peter Bryan from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle Produced by Michael Carreras & Anthony Hinds Directed by Terence Fisher
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In addition to their straight-up gothic horrors, Hammer films produced films in other genres, such as costume adventures and war pictures. »
- Glenn Erickson
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range. He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.
Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:
During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films. While »
- Movie Geeks
The Horror Channel has an Easter treat for fans of Hammer films, as their UK-only Hammer-thon will air March 26th and 27th. Also in this round-up: release details for The Ones Below, a trailer for The Cleansing Hour short film, eight preview pages from Monster World #3, and information on The Last American Horror Show.
Some of Hammer’s most popular films, including The Revenge Of Frankenstein, The Devil Rides Out and The Brides Of Dracula will be broadcast across the weekend from 3pm – 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.
- Tamika Jones
Hammer fans are in for a treat this Easter, with the Horror Channel unveiling a selection of horror classics back-to-back across the Easter weekend from 3pm – 10pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March.
Sat 26 March @ 3.00pm – The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961)
In Oliver Reed’s first film role, he excels as Leon Corledo, a young man raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon’s love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse and transforms into a werewolf, terrorising the Spanish countryside.
Sat 26 March @ 4.50pm – The Brides Of Dracula (1960)
- Gary Collinson
What can you say to such success? Mike Nichols and Buck Henry's sex satire defined 'the generation gap' for the sixties. Dustin Hoffman sprang forward from obscurity and Katharine Ross was the object of California desire. Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson freed the image of the 'complicated woman' from the clutches of the Production Code Stone Age. The broad comedy scores with every joke, and there's a truth beneath all the odd things that ought not to work. The Graduate Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 800 1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 106 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Brian Avery, Walter Brooke, Norman Fell, Alice Ghostley, Marion Lorne, Eddra Gale, Richard Dreyfuss, Mike Farrell, Elisabeth Fraser, Donald F. Glut, Elaine May, Lainie Miller, Ben Murphy. Cinematography Robert Surtees Film Editor Sam O'Steen Production Design Richard Sylbert »
- Glenn Erickson
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of The Serpent and the Rainbow.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Serpent and the Rainbow Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 29th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman, »
- Derek Anderson
February’s home entertainment releases are ending on a high note, so genre fans should get their wallets ready in anticipation of all the great horror and sci-fi titles coming our way on the 23rd. Scream Factory has several fantastic releases planned for this Tuesday, including the highly anticipated Blu-ray for Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow as well as double features of The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.
Candyman director Bernard Rose’s latest endeavor—the modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale—hits Blu and DVD this week, and the cult classic Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things is getting an HD overhaul this Tuesday as well.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases on February 23rd include The Bees, Bigfoot Vs. Zombies, Moonwalkers, Demonoid, American Horror Project: Volume One and Upsidedown Cross.
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (Vci Entertainment, »
- Heather Wixson
Next Tuesday, Scream Factory will bring viewers to the “forbidden world between life and death” with their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the late Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow. To give fans an idea of what to expect from the special release, we have high-definition clips and a trailer from the anticipated Blu-ray.
A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman, Lake Placid, Independence Day) is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses.
- Derek Anderson
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
For the Studio Ghibli retrospective, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind will screen on 35mm at midnight this Friday, alongside My Neighbor Totoro. Princess Mononoke can be seen at midnight on Saturday, and Only Yesterday plays throughout the weekend.
- Nick Newman
10 items from 2016
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