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Receiving a healthy domestic release in native Netherlands and released stateside by Ram Releasing last May, with limited festival play before it (it did show at the neighboring Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival Bruges) this is 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, »
- Nicholas Bell
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
This week we don’t have as many new releases, but there’s still some great titles coming out. I’m particularly excited for the second Vincent Price Blu-ray collection which includes “House on Haunted Hill.” Who doesn’t love sassy billionaire playboy Vince Price? Here are your Blu-ray releases for Tuesday the 21st:
The Vincent Price Collection II. United States. The Last Man on Earth / The Comedy of Terrors / Dr. Phibes Rises Again / Tomb of Ligeia / The Raven / Return of the Fly / The House on Haunted Hill. Shout Factory. 1959-1972.
From the press release:
Scream Factory, the horror-thriller offshoot of independent film distributor Shout Factory, has detailed The Vincent Price Collection II. The box set set is scheduled to arrive on the market on October 21.
Additional special features for this collection:
Introduction and parting words by Vincent Price
New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman »
- Sarah Skidmore
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Vincent Price Collection II A duel between magicians leaves one man transformed into a bird in The Raven. An undertaker takes matters into his own hands in an effort to increase business in The Comedy of Terrors. A widower finds new love complicated by an obsession with his dead wife in The Tomb of Ligeia. A scientist is the last normal human alive after a plague turns others into vampire-like creatures in The Last Man on Earth. The abominable Dr.Phibes rises again in Dr. Phibes Rises Again. The son of the first film’s scientist begins some experiments of his own in The Return of the Fly. A millionaire offers a cash reward to five people if they’re willing and able to spend a nigh tin his home in House on Haunted Hill. Vincent Price »
- Rob Hunter
For the third week of October, genre fans have several new and classic titles coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray to look forward to, including The Vincent Price Collection II, Snowpiercer, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, See No Evil 2 and the badass follow-up to last year’s box office home invasion hit, The Purge: Anarchy.
Several notable indie titles are being released this Tuesday as well, including Play Hooky (the first title to come out under Pollygrind’s new distro label), To All a Good Night (directed by the late-great David Hess), Life After Beth and The Scribbler, the film adaptation of Daniel Schaffer’s wildly popular graphic novel.
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. »
- Heather Wixson
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on The Crypt’s 13 Days of #HalloVine, The Rage Vol. 1, and Ink, a trailer for Honeyspider, and much more:
13 Days of #HalloVine First Details: “13 Days of #HalloVine! The Crypt and 13 of your favorite horror directors invade your phone!
#HalloVine begins October 3rd and ends with Eli Roth himself on October 15th! Find these scary Vines by following The Crypt on Vine or checking out any of The Crypt’s social media channels.
The director of the day will conquer the realm of digital scares and take over The Crypt’s Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and the Crypt »
- Tamika Jones
by Seth Metoyer
The cult throwback horror feature movie Honeyspider will make its premiere on October 18th, 2014 a the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Check out the full details and trailer below.
From The Press Release:
Honeyspider, a cult throwback horror feature film from indie filmmakers Josh Hasty and Kenny Caperton, will premiere on October 18th at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, North Carolina, where a portion of the film was shot. The theatre is hosting a horror night double feature also including George A Romero's zombie classic 'Night of the Living Dead' from 1968. The film is also screening at a Drive-In in Henderson, Nc with the original 'House on Haunted Hill' starring Vincent Price, as well as showing at the historic Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Oh with 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'
Honeyspider takes place in 1989 on Halloween day and follows »
With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.
David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.
When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.
Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »
- Heather Wixson
We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)
- Tom Stockman
One of my favorite horror movies of all time, and required Halloween viewing at my house, is 1959’s House on Haunted Hill, directed by William Castle and starring the legendary Vincent Price. This October, Scream Factory is releasing the movie to Blu-ray in The Vincent Price Collection II, which also includes The Return of the Fly, The Comedy of Terrors, The Raven, The Last Man on Earth, The Tomb of Ligeia, and Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Here’s a look at a clip from the high-definition version of House on Haunted Hill, along with the original trailer:
“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings »
- Jonathan James
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein” with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage discussion with Brooks, Leachman, Garr and Gruskoff.
“Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman. It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).
Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at www.oscars.org/events:
“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”
- Michelle McCue
Last year we fell crazy in love with Scream Factory's The Vincent Price Collection Blu-ray box set. Now the purveyors of all that is spooky cool are back with another round of classic horror goodness featuring the man himself in The Vincent Price Collection Volume II. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados, and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season.
This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again »
- Steve Barton
The Vincent Price Collection Volume II is one of the most eagerly-awaited sets of the year for me. Today, Scream Factory broke down what's going to be enclosed in this presentation when it arrives on October 21st.
This 4-disc collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Return of the Fly (1959), The Comedy of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972).
The post Scream Factory Unveils Vincent Price Collection II Details appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The Blu-ray release I’m most excited for this year is The Vincent Price Collection II, a follow up to last year’s Scream Factory collection with seven more Vincent Price movies making their debut on Blu-ray, including The House on Haunted Hill. Here’s a look at the official list of bonus features:
“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again »
- Jonathan James
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
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