13 items from 2015
Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas. The War on Christmas: The movies that come to mind We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once removed of the War on Cops – has begun. Weeping and gritting of teeth has seized certain population segments in the U.S.A. (and perhaps other countries as well) after Fox News, that beacon of intellectual freedom at the end of the cable news tunnel, announced that … Starbucks' holiday season cups are a) red b) devoid of Christmas decorations. Could it be a satanic conspiracy disguised as politically correct inclusiveness? The result of a communist takeover at the Seattle-headquartered company? Cruel and unusual Christian persecution in the form of paper cups? Your guess is as good as mine. Far-right Republican icon, U.S. presidential candidate, and 2015 political circus ringmaster Donald Trump seems to think that Starbucks »
- M.T. Philipe
It’s time for the second episode of a show that’s put itself in a position where every year there’s a limited amount of time to set up a whole new world. The season premiere hinted at some crazy stories and promised an orgy of sex and blood and this episode felt the need to extend its hour into 102 minutes, including commercials. Luckily my DVR is set up to record an hour past the scheduled time as seasons before have screwed me over and I would miss the last act of many finales. Unfortunately though, my DVR gets confused as to what to record as each season of American Horror Story has a different title and this year forgot to record this week’s episode. Fortunately, FX milks this show for all its worth and airs it back to back so I caught the later showing. Now did »
- Jovy Skol
Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love was reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown back in May of 2011 (for summary of all the Vincentennial activities go Here). One of the guests of honor at Vincentennial was Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography, originally published in 1999. .In 2011, her biography of her father was out of print. but now it’s been re-issued and Victoria will be in St. Louis this weekend (October 9th – 10th) for three special events. In addition to the biography, she will also be signing »
- Tom Stockman
"The Haunting" (1963): our choice for best haunted house flick of all time.
On Friday, October 2, Turner Classic Movies (North America) will present back-to-back showings of some delectable and diabolical tales of the macabre. Things kick off at 8:00 Pm (Est) with Cesar Romero as a mad magician in the highly entertaining "Two on a Guillotine". Then Vincent Price stars in William Castle's tongue-in-cheek thriller "House on Haunted Hill". This is followed by one of our favorite films of all time from director Robert Wise: "The Haunting" starring Julie Harris, Richard Johnson, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, Lois Maxwell and that creepy mansion that deserves co-star billing. Next up is a shlock flick "House of the Seven Corpses" with John Ireland with "House of Dark Shadows" starring Jonathan Frid bringing the chills to a conclusion in the wee small hours. It's a good night to be grateful if you suffer from insomnia. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
“It’s a pity you didn’t know when you started your game of murder that I was playing, too!”
House On Haunted Hill will be screening Saturday morning, October 10th at 10:30am at The Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. The film’s stars St. Louis native Vincent Price and his daughter, Victoria Price, author of ‘Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography’ will be on hand at The Hi-Pointe to introduce the film . After the movie, Victoria will participate in a Q&A, then sign and sell copies of her book as well as the 50th anniversary re-issue of her parents best-selling cookbook ‘A Treasury of Great Recipes’. Admission is only $5.00!
House On Haunted Hill is the 1959 tale of eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren (Price) and his fourth wife (Carol Ohmart), Annabelle, who invite five people to their house on Haunted Hill for a “haunted house” party. »
- Tom Stockman
Already watched all of September's HBO Now/HBO Go releases? Never fear! A whole new crop of movies is headed to the streaming service in October. American Sniper, Focus, and Taken 3 are among the latest films, and in honor of the spookiest month of the year, there are a ton of horror movies. The Purge: Anarchy and The Pyramid are among the scariest offerings. Take a look below to find out what's coming and what's leaving! Saturday night premieres: Oct. 3: American Sniper Oct. 10: Focus Oct. 17: Taken 3 Oct. 24: Bad Words Oct. 31: The Purge: Anarchy Oct. 31: The Pyramid Original programming highlights: Oct. 4: The Leftovers, season two Oct. 9: Magnífica 70, series premiere Oct. 17: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo Other notable movies coming on Oct. 1: 28 Days Blazing Saddles Blood Diamond Brick Burn After Reading House on Haunted Hill License to Drive »
- Maggie Pehanick
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Star Wars becomes a World War II movie, Japan accepts the U.S.'s robot war challenge and Ant-Man gets reimagined as a 1950s film. Plus, we have a supercut of Jim Carrey falling down and Real Fake History tackles Kill Bill Vol. 1. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Ant-Man is a 1950s Monster Movie
Vulture has put together another Remix video, where they re-imagine the upcoming Ant-Man as a 1955 monster movie. Cinema legend Vincent Price "narrates" this brief trailer, which utilizes black and white Ant-Man footage along with 1950s classics such as The Fly, The House on Haunted Hill, The Incredible Shrinking Man and Them! for an »
With the death of horror film legend Christopher Lee, the last of the legendary honor guard of horror has passed on. He was part of an elite group that created the horror genre. Lee’s passing is a reminder that it’s been a long time since we had a new horror film superstar. Is the day of the horror film specialist gone forever? Where are the big-screen boogie-men for the 21st century?
Once upon a time there were a group of actors, known as the ‘screen boogiemen’ who created the horror film/monster movie genre (starting in Universal Studios and later in Hammer Studios.) They were specialists who understood the psychology and performance style of horror cinema and became legends in the industry. The first was silent film star Lon Chaney Sr. (Phantom of the Opera, London After Midnight, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Unholy Three, the Monster, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Today is Vincent Price’s 104th Birthday! Price was born here in St. Louis on this date in 1911 and is the most iconic movie star to hail from our city. Price, who died October 25th 1993, was also a gourmand, author, stage actor, speaker, world-class art collector, raconteur, and all-around Renaissance man. Vincent Price was simply one of the most remarkable people of the 20th Century. Four years ago we had the opportunity to celebrate his 100th birthday and St. Louis was the place to do it. I teamed up with Cinema St. Louis to present Vincentennial, The Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, an event that lasted through much of the Spring of 2011. The following year Vincentennial won two coveted Rondo Awards, one for “Best Fan Event” and a second for myself as “Monster Kid of the Year” for directing the event. The Rondo Awards are prestigious Fan Awards given out »
- Tom Stockman
Mondo, the ever popular purveyor of collectible art, vinyl and more has announced its latest poster release, a terrific rendering of House on Haunted Hill by Jonathan Burton. It’s a poster classical in spooky design, rich in texture and loving in its nod to the film and the infamous William Castle tactic that accompanied, Emergo. Released in…
The post Mondo’s House on Haunted Hill Poster Pays Emergo-mage appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
"Come with me, murderess, come with me." Over a quarter of a century before Clue dazzled audiences with its mansion-based murder mystery, William Castle's House on Haunted Hill brought together its own group of strangers for a night of terror in which everything—including a body swinging from a noose—was not quite what it seemed. Bolstered by the legendary Vincent Price's memorable performance as the enigmatic millionaire Frederick Loren, House on Haunted Hill is still a must-watch movie around Halloween and will forever cause some horror fans to look at skeletons with a wary eye.
Perfectly capturing the spooky spirit of the film's stormy night setting is artist Jonathan Burton's new House on Haunted Hill movie poster for Mondo. Available in both color and black-and-white (with green title lettering) this new take on Castle's classic features three of the film's essentials—Price, the skeleton, and the »
- Derek Anderson
Netflix is doing the friendly thing of letting us know what movies and TV shows it's taking off of its streaming service, but the bad news is, you only have a matter of days to watch some of these! Leaving the service are a lot of great '90s flicks like Cool Runnings, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Se7en, so get to watching. There are a few that won't be removed until later in the month, so take a look at the list and see what you need to watch first, then get excited for the new stuff coming in March! Movies 3 Ninjas: Kick Back Air Bud Anaconda Arachnophobia Brokedown Palace Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Cool Runnings Emma Evita Fireproof Freaky Friday Fright Night Girlfight Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Jackass: Number Two Lords of Dogtown Old Yeller Ordinary People Out of Time Pretty in Pink »
If you’re a diehard horror fan, you no doubt recognize the strides that “classic” horror films took to get us where we are today. While these films are indeed respected, they are often considered hokey, now that the bar for our tolerance of fear has climbed so high in the last 85 or more years. Naturally, as we change as human beings, so do the fears and expectations of each passing generation, be it the result of advances in science, social norms or the general state of humanity. A great example, as much as I find the subtle shadow play and slow-burn dread of John Carpenter’s Halloween terrifying, younger folks may find Rob Zombie’s loose remake/revision to be a much more frightening and socially-relative film with its abrasive depiction of graphic violence. A quality horror film, and what is often recognized as a “classic”, is one that »
- Josh Soriano
13 items from 2015
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