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It’s what most horror films are known for: the gore that splatters on the screen. But when done right, the flying viscera becomes more than just gallons of red stuff, it becomes a chilling reminder of the fragility of the human body and of the ingenuity of filmmakers in making our most twisted fears and fantasies into a stomach churning reality. Grab your barf bag!
Antichrist (2009)- His and her pain
As far as horror sub-genres go, torture porn is up there with found footage as the most understandably reviled by audiences. With Antichrist, Lars Von Trier attempted to write a film that dealt with his personal demons. Confessing that he had been suffering from depression while writing the screenplay, Trier ended up bringing torture porn to its logical conclusion by taking the title of the sub-genre all too literally and creating a macabre near-masterpiece out of trashy genre origins. »
H.P. Lovecraft isn’t exactly known for his sense of humor. The late author, who has the very serious epitaph “I Am Providence” carved into his tombstone, spent his odd, secluded life penning tales of terror for pulp magazines. Lovecraft created the Cthulu mythos, and wrote story after story of mankind coming up against cosmic deities older than time itself. Page after page was devoted to human beings having their very sanity obliterated at the sight of unspeakable forces that were only a thin layer away from our own reality. These were tales of hopelessness, where all were doomed to some perilous demise.
With Lovecraft’s body of bleak work in mind, it’s curious that perhaps the most successful adaptation of one of his stories is also pretty damn funny as well. Stuart Gordon first set out to bring Lovecraft’s Herbert West–Reanimator to the stage with his »
- Chris Evangelista
The Similars (Los Parecidos)
Mexico’s Isaac Ezban is two for two with his follow-up to last year’s gripping psychological thriller The Incident. Combining equal parts 50’s sci-fi b-movies and lost Twilight Zone episodes, The Similars is an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek black comedy with just the right amount of gore. Right from the start writer/director Ezban revels in the trappings of 60s aesthetics, opening with a Saul Bass-style credit sequence, a Bernard Herrmann-inspired score, a soundtrack that includes classic surf music and a voiceover that brings to mind The Outer Limits.
The Similars begins with a very simple set up as an omniscient narrator fills us in on how a bunch of strangers came together (by chance or fate) to the desolate bus station which serves as the only location in the lean 89 minute feature. The year is 1968 and a heavy rain »
Scream Queens fans already know that the TV show is going to have a major horror-movie homage in an upcoming episode, when Jamie Lee Curtis re-creates her mom Janet Leigh's iconic shower scene from Psycho. But it turns out that's not the only love letter to the genre that creator Ryan Murphy has in store. When Abigail Breslin - who plays Chanel #5 on the Fox slasher comedy - stopped by our La studios, we asked if there were any other classic scary movies or moments she'd love to see the show take on. "You know, that's a tough one," she said. "I was gonna say The Shining, but we did do a little homage to The Shining in an episode. So that will be really fun." Breslin wouldn't spill any gory details about exactly what shape that ode to the '70s flick might take, but she did say »
- Lindsay Miller
This Sunday, actress Diane Baker will appear at Film Forum in New York to discuss her 50-plus year career in film and television with film historian Foster Hirsch. On Monday at 8:00pm she will again be at Film Forum to introduce a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie.
Still just in her mid-twenties, actress Diane Baker found herself one morning in the unfamiliar surroundings of Alma and Alfred Hitchcock’s Brentwood kitchen. They ate peaches around the kitchen table and discussed director Hitchcock’s next picture – Marnie. “I was offered the part without reading the script,” Baker told me on the phone from an apparently sunny San Francisco. “I just happily accepted. Whatever it was, I was going to do it.” But looking back who can blame her? This was, of course, the director whose five previous films had been The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo and The Wrong Man, »
- James Knight
Face-off: Kent Jones Unpacks The Bible Of Auteur Interviews
It’s kind of odd to think that the Cohen Media Group picked up Kent Jones’ slickly produced bonus featuresque cinematic rumination on the monumental bible of film interviews, Hitchcock/Truffaut, being that nearly everyone interviewed in the film has had a film or more released by Janus Films’ homevid branch The Criterion Collection (with the only two exceptions being James Gray and Kiyoshi Kurosawa). Even Jones has appeared in Criterion in various capacities, either on screen as interviewee, in print as a critic or behind the scenes on the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project release. But, regardless who’s releasing this hot little commodity, it’s a guaranteed cinephilic sugar rush.
Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Olivier Assayas, Paul Schrader, Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader, Arnaud Desplechin and Richard Linklater round out the all-star lineup of interviewees who openly »
- Jordan M. Smith
Though it opened to mixed reviews, “Psycho” is now considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films, and “is often considered to be the original slasher film.” Scary as the movie is, "Psycho" is perhaps even more terrifying for the fact that it is loosely based on actual events. In November 1957, Wisconsin-based killer Ed Gein was arrested for the gruesome murders of two women (though there’s ample evidence that he killed many more). Two years later, author Robert Bloch released a suspense novel titled “Psycho” about middle-aged, murderous Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother. That book, of course, was the basis for Hitchcock’s now classic horror film. But how true was the film to Bloch’s book? Read More: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' In the latest entry in their “What’s the Difference?” series, CineFix “takes you »
- Zach Hollwedel
The gang over at Scream Factory has another great hit on their hands, with their 9/22 release of Michael Winner’s 1977 horror classic, The Sentinel. A title that many fans were asking for (especially This one), The Sentinel, despite its lack of many new supplemental materials, is one to check out, because the gateway to hell has never looked better. We took a look at the disc, and it’s definitely one to pick up, with its Satanic edge, interesting plot and one creepy and eerie ending that is sure to leave chills running up your spine.
Adapted from the 1974 novel by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is, like a lot of ’70s horror, a character driven descent into madness and hell. It follows Allison Parker, a model who two years prior to film’s beginning, attempted to kill herself. She’s a fragile character, yet instead of moving in with her »
- Jerry Smith
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? The Warriors gets a new remake pitch, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials premiere is forced to move for a disgusting reason and the 80s classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. But first, writer-director Max Landis offers his Man of Steel 2 pitch. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis has revealed a very interesting pitch for Man of Steel 2 for a Screen Junkies segment dubbed Dream Sequels. This pitch essentially ignores everything that will happen in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it's still a »
Any true horror fan or cinephile knows what ties the iconic horror films Psycho and Halloween together. But for those who may not be aware, we’ll enlighten you. The 1960 film from Alfred Hitchcock stars Janet Leigh as Marion Crane while the 1978 slasher from John Carpenter stars Jamie Lee Curtis. The former was one […]
- Ethan Anderton
After a trilogy of successful movies, producer Luc Besson is taking his Taken franchise to the small screen with a new prequel TV series from NBC. Deadline reports that NBC has issued a straight-to-series order, with EuropaCorp's Luc Besson producing and conducting the search for a writer/showrunner to shepherd the series. The show will be set several years before the movie franchise, centering on a young Bryan Mills.
In the original Taken, Liam Neeson starred as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA agent who springs into action when his daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped during a trip to Paris. After contacting one of the thugs who took his daughter, Mills delivered an iconic speech to one of his daughter's kidnappers, revealing the "very particular set of skills" he acquired over a long career, which makes him "a nightmare for people like you." We see these skills in action throughout the rest of the movie, »
A24 and DirecTV have acquired the rights to the horror film “February” starring Emma Roberts, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. The film, which will hit theaters in 2016, is the directorial debut for writer and director Oz Perkins, the son of late “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins who has previously acted in movies like “Legally Blonde” and “Psycho II.” “February” takes place at an all-girls boarding school where Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are stranded during spring break. Roberts plays a haunted woman — as she gets closer and closer to the school, Kat becomes more and. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Psycho (1960) Slashes Its Way Back to the Big Screen
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterwork Psycho is the latest film to be reissued in theatres following the successful 40th anniversary screenings of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in July. Turner Classic Movies, through Fathom Events, will be screening Psycho at local theatres throughout the United States on Sunday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 23. Click here for the ...
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- Jonathan Stryker
Like mother, like daughter!Jamie Lee Curtis, who stars in Fox's new horror comedy Scream Queens, shared a photo on Tuesday, Sept. 15, that paid tribute to the original scream queen — her mom, Janet Leigh.Photos: Scream Queens -- Meet the Cast! The Instagram pic shows Curtis, 56, screaming in the shower, holding a pic of her late mom doing the same thing in her iconic 1960 film Psycho. Just recreated, with help from the amazing crew, a shot by shot of my mother's famous shower scene from [...] »
You're not even ready for this. Jamie Lee Curtis, original scream queen and daughter of famous actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, re-created her mother's famous scene from 1960's Psycho for an special episode of Scream Queens. Presumably because she knew we would all go mad for it, she posted photographic proof of the scene. How insane is this picture? Needless to say, this is already my favorite episode of Scream Queens. Recreated Mom's Psycho shower scene 4 a special ep of @ScreamQueens @Joaquinsedillo #ScreamQueens Tues 9/22 8pm Fox pic.twitter.com/U7BkkvpppG — Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 15, 2015 »
- Maggie Pehanick
Following the same anthology format as his own American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy’s upcoming t.v. show, Scream Queens, takes on the slasher genre (for it’s first season, at least) and with a title like that, of course he had to get Jamie Lee Curtis involved. Not only is she well deserving of that title with her work on the Halloween franchise, but she is the daughter of Janet Leigh, who made cinema history by screaming bloody murder during the iconic shower scene from Psycho. Now, paying homage to that classic moment, Curtis has recreated it for a special episode of the show, and has shared with us the first look, with the actress striking a very familiar pose. Just recreated, with help from the amazing crew, a shot by shot of my mother's famous shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho for @screamqueensfox #screamqueens Ryan Murphy and co. wrote »
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Jamie Lee Curtis recreates the Psycho shower scene for Scream Queens Jamie Lee Curtis revealed on her Instagram account that she’s recreated her mother Janet Leigh’s Psycho shower scene for the upcoming Scream Queens! She says: Just recreated, with help from the amazing crew, a shot by shot of my mother’s famous shower scene from Hitchcock’s…
For Jamie Lee Curtis, you could say iconic scream scenes run in the family: Curtis, the pop-culture Scream Queen who first garnered attention with her Halloween howls, likely got it from her mother, Janet Leigh, who laid the blueprint for famous screams everywhere roughly two decades prior when she filmed Psycho's scarring shower shriek. In a fitting nod to the latter, Curtis revealed Tuesday that Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens recreated her mom's horrific black-and-white moment, tweeting a sneak peek of her in her best Psycho Leigh. In Queens, Curtis plays the dean of a college campus with a red-masked killer problem. "She's everything you would want her to be," Murphy told Variety, of Curtis in her role. "She gets to be funny, and she also gets to be unexpectedly sexy."Here's the sneak peek, in which Curtis's character is a dead ringer for Marion Crane — like mother, like »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Fox’s Scream Queens certainly bears similarities to many other films and TV series in the horror genre, but in its first episode, there are no straight-up homages to classic horror movies. However, that won’t be the case throughout Scream Queens‘ entire first season, as evidenced by the photo that Jamie Lee Curtis shared on Twitter today. The Scream Queens star, who was given the title of the original “scream queen” after her many horror roles (most famously in Halloween), recreated the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which featured her mother, Janet Leigh. Curtis also stated that it’s from a “special episode” of the Fox horror-comedy series, so perhaps, similar to Glee, which was also created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, Scream Queens will do tribute-type episodes, allowing for its stars to slip into these memorable horror sequences. Scream Queens, which also stars Emma Roberts, »
- Chris King
"Just recreated, with help from the amazing crew, a shot by shot of my mother's famous shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho for @screamqueensfox #screamqueens Ryan Murphy and co. wrote it into a special episode and it felt right!" Jamie wrote on Instagram, to accompany the pic. "Honoring the Royal legend that is/was/will always be, Janet ...
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