11 items from 2014
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
This documentary profiles William Castle — the horror movie producer and director of such as The Tingler, 13 Ghosts and House on Haunted Hill — and invented numerous theater experiences, like putting joy buzzers under audience seats and making ghosts fly overhead.
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Streaming: Amazon | iTunes
- Mike Everleth
On a stormy night, amidst the the trees on a fog-shrouded hilltop, a large house sits. Inside, a group of people have come together to hear the reading of a will. As the night continues, the storm’s grasp strengthens and renders it impossible for the group to leave. They’ll have to spend the night. However, one amongst them is a murderer and will do anything in his/her power to be the next heir, including killing the guests off one by one. Before daybreak the killer will traverse throughout the house by secret passages, terrorizing each guest and creating a panic, while our protagonists race to solve the mystery.
Sound familiar? It should. It’s the classic scenario of what are known as ”Old Dark House” films that were popularized in the 30s and 40s in cinema. If you’ve ever watched a Saturday night horror film on basic television, »
- Josh Soriano
The lone human fighting against an army of vampires, the wealthy host of a deadly party, a vengeful disfigured man who mourns the death of his wife through murder: screen legend Vincent Price has portrayed these and countless other memorable roles in the horror genre. Scream Factory’s Vincent Price set was a huge hit last year and, with many Vincent Price titles still not on Blu-ray, they recently announced that they’re putting together another collection and we now have the official release date and cover art.
Set for an October 21st release, Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray set features artwork by illustrator Joel Robinson that showcases the iconic actor depicted in a painting that looks like it could be hung on the walls of Frederick Loren’s mansion:
“Check out the artwork for the upcoming blu-ray set of The Vincent Price Collection II which »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory’s Vincent Price Blu-ray set was a huge hit last year and, with many Vincent Price titles still not on Blu-ray, they’ve announced that they’re putting together another collection that will be available in October. Here’s the full list of upcoming titles, including House on Haunted Hill:
“Happy Friday the 13th everyone! We have a busy one today (Halloween Complete Collection box set art reveal at 10:31Am Pdt, Night of the Demons Screening Live at 7Pm Pdt) but we also wanted to kick off the day right with a big title reveal. So here it is…
The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray set is now no longer a rumor and will officially arrive in October! Sales were great on the first volume (thank you!) and we are thrilled to be able to bring more of the legendary star’s films to light in HD. »
- Jonathan James
Despite being fortunate enough to be raised on a healthy diet of horror, I can’t deny the fact I was born in 1990. I was born long after our most beloved genre actors got their start and made their mark in horror, and there are plenty of horror icons that I didn’t first see in their iconic roles. Tony Todd, Bruce Campbell, and Jamie Lee Curtis were three actors I was fortunate enough to see in their career changing roles. However, I know a good amount of horror icons from films they probably wish they could expunge from their resumes.
Horror Icon: Lance Henriksen
Role I Know: Kerchak from Disney’s Tarzan
- BJ Colangelo
Aside from The Return of… or The Revenge of…, there may be no more beloved horror titles than those involving The House…. There is something very mysterious and foreboding about a mysterious house containing all kinds of unknown horrors.
Shout Factory has released a new entry on the list with House in the Alley arising today, May 27th. The obscure Vietnamese horror pic is sure to pique the interest of fans and follow in the footsteps of some of the freaky House-themed films of the past…which leads us to our newest Top List: Horror's 7 Most Haunting Houses.
Make no mistake; we aren't necessarily talking about 'haunted houses' here, but 'haunting houses,' meaning movies with House in the title that did a wonderful job of scaring the hell out of us. We'll begin with some honorable mentions to get the ball rolling.
The video game-inspired House of the Dead »
- Scott Hallam
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 27th successful year! Steve and I collaborated in 2011 on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and he has asked me to write a regular monthly movie-related column. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I will be posting all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks. Since this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1959, I decided to write about two of my favoririte films from that »
- Tom Stockman
Way back when, Dread Central favorite Joe Lynch was attached to bring a remake of the William Castle classic The Tingler to the big screen. Alas, it never materialized, but thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, you can now see Lynch's concept boards!
It was around 2009 when this project was lurking about one of the bigger studios out there, and horror's dynamic writing duo, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, had turn in what Lynch called "an amazing script."
Too bad we never got to see this one. Given the principals involved, it could and would still be a home run. Check out the artwork below, and click it for a bigger and better look. The art is by Ken Perkins.
- Steve Barton
App of My Eye: Second Screen Technology Gets Double Dutch in Gimmicky Thriller
A film that will indubitably be remembered as a quaint first-wave exercise in an increased integration of modern technology and cinematic streamlining as a way to increase audience participation, Dutch filmmaker Bobby Boerman’s sophomore film, App, is presented as little more than any number of dressed up J-horror narratives. That’s not to say there isn’t any fun to be had in what serves as the first film to utilize second screen technology, but it’s cheap and shallow fun, to be sure. The rather superficial mystery at the heart of the narrative takes a considerable back seat to the excitement of messages you may receive on your cell phone from the film’s app, tuned to receive audio cues as the film plays and display extra content that those without the app are unable to see. »
- Nicholas Bell
On the centenary of William Castle‘s birth, I’m wondering if there could ever be another cinematic showman like him. The filmmaker is famous for his gimmicks, including the use of props and special viewing devices and vibrating seats to enhance the experience of watching his pictures (see our list of these gimmicks from a few years ago). Movies like The Tingler and House on Haunted Hill and 13 Ghosts were events, mainly for young audiences who loved the interactivity, no matter how cheesy it might be. That’s something of an assumption. I can only really imagine what it was like to go to the movies during Castle’s height of success in the 1960s and what it meant to have another of his frightening features arrive in town. Watching a fictionalized version of him and his work in Joe Dante’s Matinee and hearing stories told in the documentary Spine Tingler! The »
- Christopher Campbell
Most fans and collectors of vintage action figures have a soft spot for the toys turned out by Mego Corporation in the '70s. Their 8” action figure collections included classic monsters, Marvel and DC superheroes, and TV & movie characters based on everything from The Wizard of Oz to Charlie's Angels and Planet of the Apes. While Mego rode off into toy history in the early '80s (and we let out a collective sigh of mourning), custom artisans have taken it upon themselves to resurrect that company's style, from figure designs and costumes to the vintage box art. One of the new players in the retro-figure game is Thailand-based outfit Distinctive Dummies, who create limited-edition series of 8” retro-style horror movie figures, in addition to their original 12” figure line. Distinctive's limited editions include incredible likenesses of Vincent Price's characters in The Abominable Dr. Phibes and House on Haunted Hill (including »
- Gregory Burkart
11 items from 2014
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