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Easter eggs. You color them. You decorate them. You display them, and you eventually eat them. And wouldn't ya know it; they're also hidden in some of our favorite horror films!
In the world of entertainment, 'Easter egg' is a term given to any hidden message or piece of imagery thrown into a movie, which is usually seen in the background of a frame for a split second. If you blink, you miss it. But if you've got a keen eye, and you're paying close attention, you're rewarded with a fun little treat that's sure to make you smile.
This Sunday being Easter and all, it seems only right that we take a look back on some fun Easter eggs that we've found in horror movies over the years. So let's do a little hunting, shall we?!
One of the more well-known horror movie Easter eggs can be found in Predator 2, »
- John Squires
From a double feature screening of both versions of The Wicker Man to midnight screenings of movies that feature malicious mothers, Nitehawk Cinema’s May lineup of late-night movies hails to horror hounds.
“Nitehawk Cinema is New York’s original cinema eatery; an Independent movie house bringing a selective approach to film, food, and drinks.
Nitehawk offers audiences an unparalleled cinematic experience by combining exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside food and beverage service in all theaters. Complementing our staple menu items of gourmet concessions, local beers, and handcrafted cocktails, Nitehawk’s team creates specialty dishes and drinks inspired by our films. Our unique Signature Series programming includes Live + Sound + Cinema, Country Brunchin’, Nitehawk Naughties, Nitehawk Nasties, The Works, Music Driven, and Art Seen. The Cinema also presents thirty-minute “Pre-shows” tailored to each movie that feature local filmmakers and clips curated by our cinema department.
Our Williamsburg location is a triplex, »
- Derek Anderson
Before I sat down with the first four episodes of FX’s limited series, Fargo, premiering April 15 at 10Pm, I reacquainted myself with the 1996 Coen Brothers’ crime classic. It’s been over a decade since I last saw the film and like a winter squall blustering through, my memories of it had become buried deep in snow. However, after this viewing, I had this insatiable desire to soak in this world for a longer duration.
It wasn’t just any small town that had been rocked by bloody murders and criminal activity, it was this specific ivory landscape that stretched as far as the eyes could see. Its citizens were as foreign and distant as Hawaii or Alaska as were their special brand of talk and affection. Fargo felt like the Coens picked up a snow globe unlike any other and then gifted it to everyone who had seen the film. »
- Ernie Estrella
Fans of cinematic legend Alfred Hitchcock are probably familiar with the director's dedication to precise and detailed storyboards for nearly all of the key scenes from his classic works, from horror classics Psycho and The Birds to groundbreaking thrillers like Vertigo, Spellbound and Shadow of a Doubt. Filmmaker Iq, a site dedicated to online courses, studies and essays on classic cinema, has posted an eye-popping collection of storyboards from thirteen of Hitch's landmark productions. Although he had developed an extensive background as a draftsman and commercial artist before he ever stepped behind a camera, Hitchcock chose to hire dedicated illustrators to storyboard his films – including famous title designer Saul Bass, who not only created the iconic Psycho title sequence, but also drafted the boards for the film's infamous shower murder. Filmmaker Iq not only presents large-format scans of storyboards from these and many more immortal titles, but also offers a »
- Gregory Burkart
By Mark Pinkert
Alfred Hitchcock‘s North by Northwest (1959) is his most famous rendering of the innocent-man-on-the-run thriller, but The 39 Steps (1935) is the original, and while the former is colored, cohesive, and so in a form for longevity, the latter is more eccentric, stylized, and perhaps more oddly compelling. But The 39 Steps hasn’t survived in popular memory because it is in black-and-white and is often difficult to understand (mumbling British accents and underdeveloped sound-mixing). Modern film viewers will have seen at least Psycho (1960),Vertigo (1958), and Rear Window (1954), or some combination of the Hitchcock essentials, but only the true enthusiasts–fewer and fewer they remain–will see The 39 Steps. My suggestion is to see it, regardless.
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- Mark Pinkert
The most terrifying motel in history is all set to reopen its doors once more next season long before its even closed up for the Summer. Just halfway through the run for AandE's second season of hit series 'Bates Motel', based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror feature 'Psycho', the announcement that a third outing is on the cards will come as music to ears of all fans. The show has been picked up by the network for a third run of 10 episodes with production due to commence this coming Fall/Autumn time with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serving once more as executive producers. Vera Farmiga ('The Conjuring'), Freddie Highmore and Max Thieriot all star in the show. »
Deadline is reporting that A&E has chosen to renew their hit drama, Bates Motel for a 10-episode third season, which will begin production this fall. The Psycho prequel has been a big hit with both audiences and critics ever since its debut and is currently midway through its second outing.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it focuses on Norman Bates and his mother Norma. If those names sound familiar, it’s because they are characters from Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic horror movie, Psycho. The show acts as a “contemporary prequel” to the late director’s work, giving us a look at how Norman’s “psyche unravels through his teenage years.”
Aided by extremely strong performances from Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel is a chilling drama that packs suspense, action and thrills into every episode, making it the perfect companion piece to Hitchcock’s now legendary film. »
- Matt Joseph
Halfway through its second season, Bates Motel has been renewed by A&E for another ten episode run. The engrossing and underrated drama was developed by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), and acts as a prequel of sorts to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. The series' greatest strength has been creating a world that leads up to, but isn't dependent, on the story on which it is partially based. Actually, scratch that -- the series' greatest strength is the Emmy-nominated Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates. Farmiga's Norma is crafty, vulnerable, and hypnotic to watch -- she's completely unpredictable as the character and in the way Norma is portrayed. Hit the jump for more on the series (spoiler-free), and its current ratings. According to A&E, Bates Motel's second season premiered with 4.6 million total viewers, with 2.6 million being adults between 18-49, and 2.2 million between 25 and »
- Allison Keene
It looks like another stay at Bates Motel will be on the cards for us! A&E have revealed that the show will be renewed for a third season, sticking to its usual 10-episode season.
Bates Motel stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Fermiga as Norman and Norma Bates in a contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It follows Norman through his teenage years, his relationship with his beloved mother, and his lead into the dark character we all know from Hitchcock’s legendary film. The series also stars Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke and Nestor Carbonell.
In a press release, A&E’s executive vice president and general manager David McKillop said:
“The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television. The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. »
- Lucy Cave
This year, Robert Lepage was honoured as the recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize awarded for “a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human conditions through the arts.” Previous winners include Leonard Cohen, Yo-Yo Ma, Oscar Peterson, and R. Murray Schafer. In association with The Glenn Gould Foundation, Tiff presented a retrospective on his directorial work. One of the most famed working filmmakers in Quebec, Lepage’s influence extends far beyond the screen and he is also one of the foremost directors of the stage. Considered an important figure in the theatrical avant-garde, he brings his multi-media and theatrical approach to the screen to create unique and layered visions of the world.
Back in 1995, Lepage made his feature film debut with Le Confessionnal, a post-modern Hitchcock pastiche set in Quebec. The film is the story of the Lamontagne family and spans two different eras and the issues and crises »
- Justine Smith
Bates Motel was one of Us TV's surprise success stories of 2013. Even after five decades, the spectre of Hitchock's Psycho loomed so large that many questioned whether a series charting Norman Bates's youth could ever feel like anything but a cheap knock-off.
But the team behind Bates Motel clearly knew what they were doing - cherry-picking the best elements from both Hitchcock's film and Robert Bloch's original novel, but refusing to be beholden to either, they produced an edgy and compelling thriller series for a modern audience.
Having set out its stall in such sterling fashion, the greatest threat to Bates Motel could now be its success - with some degree of longevity guaranteed, can the writers continue to stall Norman's transformation into a true Psycho without testing viewers' patience?
Going on the evidence of season two's opener, the answer would seem to be yes. 'Gone But Not Forgotten »
What better way to celebrate Icons of Fright’s ten year anniversary, than with a barrage of our favorites?, whether they be lists of our favorite entries into the French horror genre, our favorite badasses, or like this one, the films that make up what is (in my opinion), the greatest horror films of all time. Like always, art is subjective, so before you rabid fright fiends call foul on me, just remember, this is “Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films of All Time”, so it is just that: mine. So if you disagree, comment and tell me yours, as Icons of Fright has always been for the fans and comprised Of fans, so feel free to sound off! With all of that said, it’s go time!
10.) Re-animator (1985)
- Jerry Smith
In recent years we have seen a number of films that are clearly inspired by the works of the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. Just last year, not one but two films were released that carried visual and narrative traits that were all too common in the work of the master of suspense. Both Side Effects and Stoker transformed the idea of a Hitchcock thriller for modern audiences while still clearly letting their respected director’s voices be heard.
This certainly isn’t the case with Matthew McDuffie and Arie Posin’s story of a mournful widow. As the film opens, we see Nikki (Annette Bening) coping with the death of her husband Garrett (Ed Harris). Flashbacks to happier times still haunt her as she attempts to move on five years after his death. When visiting an art museum one afternoon she sees what appears to be her husband sitting in front of her. »
- Michael Haffner
It’s odd to think that Alfred Hitchcock actually pulled off the first ever post-modern deconstructionist horror film, long before the Scream movies came out. Thankfully, you can still catch Hitchcock's Psycho on digital TV today. As with a lot of Hitchcock films, Psycho has many examples of his trademark black humour, but Scream can’t ever come close to how scary Psycho at the time of its release and still is today.
Fans of the film allegedly wrote letters to Hitchcock, saying how they were too afraid to take showers when alone in the house. That was just the tip of the iceberg – aside from making showering the scariest domestic practice ever, Psycho revolutionized the horror genre, without being a genre-abiding film itself. Get yourself digital TV by Virgin Media so you can immerse yourself in some classic horror like Psycho any time you want. In the meantime, here »
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is a film which has echoed through the ages as one of the most suspenseful and iconic movies of all time. So good is it that all subsequent related content, whether it be remakes, sequels or otherwise, has failed to reach the level of quality set by the original film. From the atrocious Vince Vaughn-starring rehash to the Anthony Perkins-led sequels, nothing has truly come close to such a masterpiece – until Bates Motel came along.
The show runners have opted for the prequel approach, attempting to sell the untold story of some of film’s most revered characters in order to present a whole new twist. Refreshing, revitalising and tantalising for disciples of the original content these can often be, in the case of Bates Motel those superlatives can be applied over and over again.
Bates Hotel aims to tell the untold story of Norman Bates, »
- James Thompson
Every week Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak. Each film has been digitally restored. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ah, Bates Motel - you pulpy, creepy, hilariously over-the-top gem of impossibly entertaining pop culture revisionism, you. It’s only your sophomore season and already you’ve taken one of our most ghoulish mythologies and piled on sex trafficking rings, drug cartels, murdered sexy schoolmarms, and enough GIFable Vera Farmiga histrionics to last a lifetime.
But this week the show gave us something entirely new: it introduced a gay teen character (or maybe even two) and addressed one of the Bates Motel’s many elephants: Norman’s sexuality.
Ever since the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, casual viewers have been confused about what makes Norman Bates tick. Hey, the guy dresses up as a woman and kills people – he’s some kinda killer homo, right?
Norman Bates is straight. In fact, internalized shame about his intense sexual attraction to women is a huuuuge part of his psychosis – something »
- Brian Juergens
These Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper Mashup Posters Are Eerily Perfect Artist Mark McEvoy beautifully mixes the two icons' signature images. by Liam Mathews Alfred Hitchcock is one of film's greatest directors. Edward Hopper is the 20th century master whose most famous painting is Nighthawks. Film and art history buffs will know that Hopper's painting The House by the Railroad inspired the look of the Bates house from Hitchcock's movie Psycho. Artist Mark McEvoy played with this fact by laying the movie titles over the painting, creating a fake poster that pays tribute to and captures the spirit of both. He gave the same treatment to a few more Hopper paintings. The project captures the suspense of both the movies and the paintings. Hopper's paintings have a menacing, ominous quality, as if they capture the quiet moments right before something terrible is revealed. And Hitchcock, [...] »
- Liam Mathews
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long. Also, if you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the fantastic remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In Jonathan Glazer's latest film about an extraterrestrial driving around Scotland in search of male prey, nothing is certain, except, says Leo Robson, Scarlett Johansson's uncanny ability to act like an alien
Scarlett Johansson has a striking face and a resonant voice, though it seems that either will do. In Spike Jonze's Her (2013), which came out last month, she plays the title role but never appears. Now we have Jonathan Glazer's science fiction film of Michel Faber's novel Under the Skin, in which she is present, deadpan and dead-eyed, throughout, but barely says a word.
Johansson's role in Glazer's film, despite its restrictions, gives her the opportunity to draw equally on the different elements of her personality – sunny and neurotic, sassy and glassy. Woody Allen explored both of these sides in Match Point (2005). In his later film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), the two heroines were opposites, »
- Leo Robson
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