13 items from 2013
By Lee Pfeiffer
Sony has reissued its 2002 special edition of producer William Castle's horror exploitation film Homicidal a burn-to-order DVD, although there is no mention of the extra bonus feature on the packaging or publicity for the film. (Sony seems determined not to capitalize on special features that are especially marketable to collectors.) Castle, of course, was the proud master of exploitation films and relished his reputation as the King of Schlock. He excelled in making low-budget, "quickie" films that often capitalized on major hit movies of the day. Castle seemed to fancy himself as a low-rent version of Alfred Hitchcock, who was also not shy about promoting his own image in connection with marketing his films and TV series. Castle's films were not meant to be taken seriously by critics but he did have high standards for the genre in which he worked and it's rare to find »
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We know that a lot of our event stories revolve around La or NYC, but if you live in or around the Tampa Bay area, this one's for you! Wolfman Mac Kelly is returning to Sw Florida on November 23rd and bringing House on Haunted Hill with him.
The next Wolfman Mac Kelly's Monster Matinee will be held on November 23rd at the Tampa Pitcher Show movie theater. Wolfman Mac will be accompanied by his trusty sidekick Boney Bob at this live performance.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tampa Pitcher Show
14416 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, Florida; (813) 963-0578
The whole family will howl with laughter as Wolfman Mac Kelly entertains with hauntingly hilarious jokes and skits. All in the comfort of the Tampa Pitcher Show theater, »
- Debi Moore
We hope that everyone is having a great time celebrating Halloween. Wrapping up our Vincent Price spotlight, we’re featuring one of my favorite classic horror films, House on Haunted Hill. Instead of a trailer this time around, we have the entire movie for you to watch right now.
This is the first movie starring Vincent Price that I can remember watching and it left quite an impression on me. Even now, it’s rare to see this combination of horror elements with a murder mystery and, of course, Vincent Price sells it. This is required viewing at my house during Halloween and, if you haven’t seen it before, you should definitely given a try. The 1959 movie was directed by William Castle and revolves around Vincent Price’s character throwing a haunted house party, where every guest will earn $10,000 if they stay the night.
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- Jonathan James
Far too often we throw around the phrase "horror icon" or "horror legend"; however, there is no disputing the fact that Vincent Price absolutely deserves to be described with both of those handles. And today, to celebrate Scream Factory's launch of The Vincent Price Collection (review), we count down our Top 10 Vincent Price Films.
Well known to mainstream, non-horror fans as the voice in the legendary Michael Jackson song "Thriller," Vincent Price was indeed the face of horror for quite some time. He was incredibly chilling with a voice that simply oozed horror. And it's for those enviable traits, and the fact that he spent so much of his life dedicated to the horror genre, that we honor Vincent Price with his own personal Top 10 list!
He has just under 200 acting credits to his name, then over 175 more instances where he appeared as himself. Price's credits read like a »
- Scott Hallam
If you've never seen The Bat before, then we can promise you're in for a treat. If you have seen the flick, we can also promise you've never seen it quite like this! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Mystery, murder, and mayhem take flight in The Bat – restored and in HD for the first time ever – debuting on Turner Classic Movies October 24 and DVD November 12 from Film Chest Media Group. Featuring an all-star cast, this suspenseful cult favorite from 1959 will keep you on the edge of your seat!
In The Bat, mystery writer Cornelia van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead - TV’s "Bewitched"; Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte; Citizen Kane) resides in a town terrorized by a mysterious murderer known only as “The Bat,” said to be a man with no face who kills women at night by ripping out their throats with steel claws.
Breaking into Cornelia’s countryside home one night, »
- Uncle Creepy
It's the third week of October, which means one thing: Halloween, costume parties, and horror programming are headed your way fast. This year, I have a middle schooler who's not so interested in dressing up for the first time (sniff!), so I'm letting him have a sleep over with a few friends and setting up the streaming queue with a few scary (but not so scary the boys will throw up, have nightmares, and need therapy on Nov. 1) movies.
Here's a list of eight R or Nr-rated streamable horror movies that should appeal to your teens.
"The Cabin in the Woods" (2011)
Rated R, 94 minutes
This Joss Whedon-penned horror flick is clever and funny and, yes fairly gory. A group of five college pals heads to a remote cabin for a weekend away, only to discover that the property is not only cursed, but they're each being picked off one by one. »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Written and directed by Thom Andersen
It comes as no surprise that film sets and locations have been reused throughout the history of the movies. The fact that many of these locations are within or around Los Angeles, a city whose very ontology includes Hollywood and film business, is equally predictable. Yet these locations, distorted to us through the magic of movie production and narrative engagement, hold significant value to the residents of Los Angeles, particularly California Institute of the Arts film instructor Thom Andersen, using what he saw as the denigration of his beloved city on screen to begin a lecture and, ultimately, a film: Los Angeles Plays Itself. “I live here,” he begins his narration through Encke King over a series of establishing shots of the city from various films. “Sometimes I think this gives me the right to criticize the ways movies depict my city. »
- Zach Lewis
The Cat and the Canarys influence on the horror genre cannot be overstated. For starters the film popularized the basic plot of spending a night in a haunted house in exchange for a sum of money or inheritance. The Old Dark House (1932) would build on this theme five years later and make different takes on it as ubiquitous in classic horror films as the slasher is to the contemporary genre. (The theme would eventually reach its pinnacle with the Vincent Price classic The House on Haunted Hill (1959).) »
The haunted house subgenre has been a horror mainstay for years, and it's alive and well to this day. The Conjuring cleaned up at the box office, proving that audiences are still just as interested in disturbing domiciles as ever. In haunted house films, the location is just as important, if not more so, than the human inhabitants, and as a general rule, the less inviting the house appears on screen, the greater the potential for malady... although as you'll see, that's not always the case. While we wholeheartedly enjoy a good horror film, we would be more than a little reluctant to settle down (or even spend one night) in any of the homes featured in our favorite haunted house flicks. Below, behold eight houses we would most certainly not want to live in... The Freeling's House in Poltergeist As a general rule, building a home atop an occupied »
- Tyler Doupe
The Monsters University star has been a big screen presence for a number of years. Here's some of his most memorable moments
John Goodman first rose to prominence in sitcom Roseanne, starring as long-suffering working class everyman Dan Conner. The show began in 1988, and over the intervening years he's been a consistently engaging screen presence on the big and small screen – although he can be a fractious interviewee, as Xan Brooks found out earlier this year when interviewing him for Argo:
Fishing responses from him is like chipping at granite. He says, "No, sir" and, "I don't know"; "I suppose" and, "I wouldn't know about that." From time to time, he emits a long, breathy groan, as though invisible doctors are subjecting him to some invasive medical procedure. I don't know whether he's exhausted or sick; whether he hates interviews or this particular interviewer. On balance, with the benefit of hindsight, »
- Adam Boult
The fine folks over at Image Entertainment were nice enough to send us the newly released affordable edition of The Twilight Zone: Season Three, and like the first two seasons of the classic TV show, season three is as solid as it gets. While most of the episodes are just as awesome, I thought I’d focus on my favorite of the season’s episodes, the amazing “Person or Persons Unknown“.
Person or Persons Unknown is one of the many episodes that really highlight the vision of The Twilight Zone, and it’s one of the episodes that has always left an impression on me throughout the years. It tells the story of David Gurney (played So well by Richard Long, The House On Haunted Hill), a man who after waking up with a hangover, tries to wake his wife up. When she wakes up, she instantly begins to flip out, »
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Here's a marvelous illustration celebrating 100 years of Vincent Price. The art piece is a couple years old, but I had never seen it until today, and as a huge fan of Price and his work I had to share it with you. It was created by Deviant Art user SeizureDemon.
I love this tribute piece. It features all of the different characters that Price has played over the course of his long career as an actor. I've enjoyed so many of his films, but there's still a couple that I enjoy watching every year during the Halloween season, The Last Man on Earth and The House on Haunted Hill. I think I might break tradition and switch things up a bit this year.
What are you favorite Vincent Price movies?
Thanks to Kyle Wiggins for the heads up on this! »
- Joey Paur
The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games. Each week, we'll feature a horror/thriller/monster tabletop game you should be playing. Don't be scared… roll the dice… what's the worst that could happen?
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Originally published in 2004, this tile-laying board game for three to six players delights and frights with its dynamic structure and fun, spooky feel. Players take the role of explorers of House on the Hill, a big, creaking, spooky mansion. Taking its cues from classic horror films like The House on Haunted Hill, the players must explore the mansion and survive the night. But this game isn't your typical romp through a scary mansion. This game has an awesome twist. »
- Giaco Furino
13 items from 2013
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