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For some of the oldsters out there they may recall the 1973 Gamble & Huff-produced R&B hit single “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by the musical group The Intruders. This musical anthem was certainly a lyrical tribute to caring mothers and how their sacrifices shaped our childhood and adulthood. This finger-snapping song definitely captured the spirit of motherly guidance.
Naturally film has had its share of depicting motherhood over the decades. In fact, mothers of all types are presented before our eyes in packages of being nurturing, notorious, nutty, naive and nonsensical. However, there is something so special about the mother-son relationship that rivals the father-daughter dynamic. We have our share of proud Mama’s boys out there roaming about in society.
In Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies we will examine some of the big screen bonds that have been celebrated between the Mommy Dearests »
- Frank Ochieng
It's not often that directors are immortalized in plastic, but Alfred Hitchcock is no ordinary director. Hitch is near and dear to all horror fans' hearts, and he's about to get Wacky!
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- Debi Moore
We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.
In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.
The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):
1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)
Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »
- Frank Ochieng
Regardless of your destination, holidays should be full of fun, excitement and of course, relaxation. One of the best ways to unwind whilst on the road is to kick back and watch a film from the comfort of your hotel bed, deckchair or plane seat. While there are some fantastic blockbusters and classic flicks to be seen, there are also some movies that you should evade at all costs when travelling. To help you avoid that niggling feeling of fear they may provoke, we’ve compiled this list of films that should never make an appearance on the ultrabooks of tech savvy travellers.
If you’re a young female traveller, Taken is not a good choice of holiday entertainment. This story involves young women in deep jeopardy while on holiday. While former CIA operative Bryan Mills (played by a mega tough Liam Neeson ) manages to rescue his holidaying daughter »
- Gary Collinson
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
On paper, Bates Motel doesn't sound too promising. Billed as a "contemporary prequel" to Psycho, it elects to tell the origin story of Norman Bates in the modern day. Thankfully, the series works far better than this curious setup suggests. It explores the events that lead to Norman (spoiler alert for anyone unfamiliar with Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie) dressing up as his mother and stabbing motel guests, but at the same time the story is allowed to go its own way.
The 10-episode first season now out on box set, with the second following in October opens with a tragic family "accident". Deciding to start over, Norman and his mother Norma move to a small coastal town to assume ownership of a rundown motel. »
- Stephen Carty
A&E's "Bates Motel," based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 thriller "Psycho," is about the early years of a budding serial killer, but writer/executive producer Kerry Ehrin considers him "weirdly relatable." As she explained in our recent webcam chat (watch below), "One of the things I always loved about 'Psycho' is how incredibly endearing Norman Bates is in the film. He's adorable. He's the most likable, adorable serial killer ever created. I think that's part of the heartbreak of the story is that he doesn't know who he is, and he doesn't understand it enough to control it." -Break- Exclusive Video: Freddie Highmore in 'Bates': 'There's something nasty underneath!' The series revolves around a teenage Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his complex relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga). While we know their story ends in horror, th »
On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has lived since 1979. The Cinema had been showing the first three seasons of HBO's megahit series Game of Thrones, which is based on Martin's still-in-the-works saga A Song of Ice and Fire. After viewing the ninth episode, "Baelor," in which the story's apparent hero, Ned Stark, is unexpectedly beheaded, with the screen falling to black, Martin sits quietly for several moments, »
Hollywood glamour girl Martha Hyer, an Oscar nominee when she played opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's Some Came Running and memorable as William Holden's stunning society fiancée in the 1954 Audrey Hepburn romance Sabrina, died in her Santa Fe home on May 31, it was reported Monday by the New Mexican newspaper, which said she had lived in the town since the mid-'80s. She was 89. Besides the roles she did play, several of them in Westerns, Hyer was also known for a role that got away: victim Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic, Psycho. Instead, that went to Janet Leigh. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Hollywood glamour girl Martha Hyer, an Oscar nominee when she played opposite Frank Sinatra in 1958's Some Came Running and memorable as William Holden's stunning society fiancée in the 1954 Audrey Hepburn romance Sabrina, died in her Santa Fe home on May 31, it was reported Monday by the New Mexican newspaper, which said she had lived in the town since the mid-'80s. She was 89. Besides the roles she did play, several of them in Westerns, Hyer was also known for a role that got away: victim Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 Psycho. Instead, that went to Janet Leigh. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
(Cbr) Carlton Cuse is bringing an important lesson learned from "Lost" to "Bates Motel." He and co-producer Kerry Ehrin want to schedule an end date and write toward it, although the precise number of seasons hasn’t been determined yet. “I feel like we don’t want to do a literal version of what is in the movie, because that would feel anticlimactic,” Variety quotes Cuse as saying at the Atx Television Festival. “The specifics of exactly what happens to them, we have some ideas that I think are good, but it’ll be part of the unique world of our story. This is not a show that should run for 10 years. We feel like this year, we’ll have a pretty good sense of when it’s gonna end … a couple more seasons after that, perhaps? I would hope that we could work that out with Universal and A »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Awards recognition finally caught up with Freddie Highmore when he was recently nominated for Best Drama Actor by the Critics' Choice TV Awards for his deliriously deranged role as Norman in "Bates Motel." -Break- Psychologically, it's a far more fascinating version of the character than Anthony Perkins played in "Psycho" because Norman, on TV, hasn't gone nuclear nutty yet. The monster is stirring behind his creepy gaze, but it's there, growling and sneering – and it finally pounced at the end of season two. "I genuinely believe that Norman has redeemable features and he's a nice guy," says Highmore in our webcam chat. "We know what the end is for Norman – how the movie 'Psycho' goes – so for me it's been all about playing against those more dangerous sides of Norman. "The preconception of Norman Bates is that he's a serial killer, so you can use tha...' »
Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.
Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »
Super-producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin were on hand at the Atx Television Festival on Thursday to discuss the disturbing developments in season two of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” as well as the potential end of the series.
Thanks to “Psycho,” we already know the inevitable fates of Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga), so viewers may be curious about how long the prequel series can last — something that Cuse admitted the writers are cognizant of.
“I feel like we don’t want to do a literal version of what is in the movie, because that would feel anticlimactic. The specifics of exactly what happens to them, we have some ideas that I think are good, but it’ll be part of the unique world of our story,” he said at the Austin-based festival. “This is not a show that should run for 10 years. We feel like this year, »
- Laura Prudom
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
Written by Lawrence D. Cohen
Directed by Brian De Palma
It was the first film to be adapted from a Stephen King novel. Its leading ladies were acclaimed for their career-defining performances, and the film pushed its relatively unknown supporting cast into the limelight. It is one of the very few horror films to be recognised at the Academy Awards and has sincere spawned a musical, remakes, and a sequel. However, 40 years on since the publication of the original novel, nothing has captured the sheer horror of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation. So, what is it about Carrietta “Carrie” White that makes her so special?
The film itself has a simple premise: Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is a socially awkward teenage girl, abused by her unstable mother and mocked by her peers. She is invited to the school prom in a rare act of kindness, only to »
- Katie Wong
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
Last month, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of our friends in the genre, in order to bring you readers an article all about our favorite horror scores. The reception and the contributions exceeded our expectations, so when it was mentioned that “you should do a sequel to that article”, naturally, the next step would be just that: Sequels. So, we asked a few more friends, as well as some of the Icons gang, to give you a few words about our favorite scores to horror sequels. Enjoy! -Jerry
Rob G. (Co-Creator, Icons Of Fright; Host, Killer Pov): Psycho III
For me, Carter Burwell’s original score for Psycho III is one of the best film soundtracks to a sequel ever. Bold words, I know! After all, considering the history of composers behind the Psycho franchise. You can’t think of Psycho without »
- Jerry Smith
In addition to being seemingly everywhere all of the time, actor James Franco will now be the subject of a documentary. First-time director Lisa Vangellow began shooting Franco: A Documentary last June, capturing the actor's controversies in the art and academic worlds as well as his career in film and on Broadway, The Wrap reports. Franco's family and friends, including Seth Rogen and New York Museum of Modern Art chief curator-at-large Klaus Biesenbach, are expected to appear in the film. The documentary is currently in the early editing stages.
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In the mid-1960s, George Romero planned to make his feature debut with Whine of the Fawn, a drama about two teenagers in the Middle Ages. If he'd pitched a body-swap comedy about middle-aged teenagers, he'd perhaps have had more luck. As it was, his high-minded, "Bergman-esque" project failed to attract investors and the 27-year-old college dropout from the Bronx, now shooting commercials and industrials in Pittsburgh, turned his attention to horror.
A fan of the ghoulish EC Comics and monster movies of the 1950s, and heavily influenced by Richard Matheson's apocalyptic, home-invasion vampire novel I Am Legend, Romero scraped together $114,000 to shoot a Diy cannibal flick entitled Night of the Flesh Eaters. Set over a single night in a Pittsburgh farmhouse, it posited an America inexplicably overrun by resurrected corpses munching on human entrails, and threw together a band of scrabbling, squabbling survivors who hole up in a »
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