18 items from 2008
And now for something (almost) completely different for Everyone's A Critic- our very first, end of the year top ten list! This little gem was compiled by one of our frightfully fang-tastic featured reviewers from this past year, the monstrously maniacal Mister Matt Molgaard! The floor is all yours, so take it away, Matt...
You could place 1000 obsessive horror hounds in one giant room, ask what the scariest film of all time is, and get 1001 different answers… at least. It’s an age-old debate that in all honesty cannot be answered, as viewers rate films based on different criteria. What is scary to one person may be slapstick to another. So while I may personally prefer psychological horror, you may prefer a wealth of carnage and stomach churning gore. Whose criteria is the stronger foundation to judge what is, and what isn’t, scary?
Can we honestly pinpoint the scariest film of all time? »
The Vault of Horror blog recently posted The "Cyber-Horror Elite's" Top 50 Horror Films of All Time. This list was generated from the Top 10 lists of "32 cyber-horror notables," as detailed Here.
This was created (as stated in the above blog post) in retaliation against HMV's "highly flawed" survey of the top 50 horror movies of all time, culled from HMV’s annual survey of more than 6,000 customers, and conducted on HMV.com over a four-week period between September 19 and October 20, 2008 (source: Here ).
This blogger does nothing to explain why he feels HMV's poll is "highly flawed," so I'm assuming it's simply because he didn't like the list, which is hardly the same thing. If there's a more scientific reason why it's "highly flawed," it wasn't addressed in the above blog post.
In his initial response to HMV's list he states, "... you have Saw in the top 5, which, even as a supporter of that movie, »
Remember way back before TiVO, when most of us didn’t even know that individual TV episodes had titles much less what those titles were? Sometimes I miss those days. Particularly with an episode like this week’s B&S, where the title has me hating it even before I’ve seen a single scene. Magic? Really, B&S people? Really?
We open on wet, naked flesh of the female variety. Sigh. I also remember the days when the ones traipsing around half naked were Kevin’s boyfriends, which is pretty much what got me hooked back in season one. Now, of course, it’s always Rebecca, because this show seems utterly determined to center most episodes around the exuberant sex life she and Justin are enmeshed in, as if that will make us forget they once thought they were siblings. And let me tell you, ABC, I will never forget that. »
Memorabilia from the films selected by entertainment journalist Tom O'Neil will be shown at the Chamber of Horrors exhibit, housed at the famous museum.
You can never get too much Hitchcock, especially in October. Celebrating the spookiest month of the year wouldn't be complete without taking a look at some of the Master of Suspense's best works, and with Universal re-releasing a whole bunch of them on DVD as part of their ever-expanding Legacy Series most of these films have never looked or sounded better. Recently I was given three of the Hitch's best -- 1954's Rear Window, 1958's Vertigo and 1960's Psycho -- to take another look and it's doubtful fans will be disappointed. While the transfers themselves are no different than the ones found on the Special Editions released just a few years ago, the sound quality (on one) and the special features (on all three) have been decidedly improved. Let's take a bit closer look at each title separately: Rear Window Easily one of Hitchcock's most enduring (and most popular) titles, »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
BellMojo Productions proudly presents Joe R. Lansdale's By Bizarre Hands Live!! That's right; the World Premiere of Joe's one-act play, By Bizarre Hands, is coming to the New York stage, and Joe will be in town for both performances. Joe has been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace." He's won umpty-ump awards, including seven Bram Stoker horror awards, the Edgar, the Grinzani Prize and 2 New York Times Notable Book awards. In 2004, genre movie legend Bruce Campbell portrayed the invalid Elvis Presley opposite equally legendary character actor Ossie Davis as JFK in Don Coscarelli's adaption of Joe's short-story Bubba Hotep. Coscarelli once again dipped into the Lansdale well when he filmed Incident On And Off A Mountain »
The legendary lothario, 83, has bedded a string of beauties and wed six times. He married first wife Leigh in 1951, and they had a daughter together, actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
But he admits the publicity surrounding their relationship was one of the main reasons for the marriage.
Curtis says, "I even married Janet for my career. I could see the two of us could get more attention together. We had the paparazzi wherever we went, we were on the cover of all the movie magazines. It wasn't enough for a man to be cute, he had to be connected to the right woman."
Asked if he regrets the nuptials, Curtis adds: "No, no, no, not at all. I loved it. What better way to get famous?" »
But the one that's held me spellbound for the past 50 years - the first Hitchcock I ever saw in a theater, thanks to my Aunt Rose - is his masterpiece "Vertigo." The film opens with a rooftop chase in San Francisco that ends with a detective hanging on a ledge. A cop »
- By LOU LUMENICK
Often it's hard to see why older films like 1960.s Psycho made such an impact, especially when they come from such an overdone genre as the slasher flick. Psycho has been liberally stolen from over the years, and it'd be easy for it to lose its impact compared to the more graphic films that have come since 1960.
Happily, such is not the case. I won't say that Psycho hits the viewer the way that it did when it first was released, because society has changed too much; what was once intensely shocking now can be shown on broadcast TV at three in the afternoon. Nonetheless, Psycho remains a pretty intense and powerful little film. Although it doesn't work the same way it did in 1960, that doesn't mean that it's devoid of impact.
Actually, the film continues to pack a nice little punch. While it doesn't seem shocking, it remains creepy »
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Psycho, Rear Window and Vertigo If you haven't yet checked out my Movie Magic article from Monday it was inspired by the audio commentary from Psycho and I have yet to check out the special features for either Rear Window or Vertigo, but I did get a chance to watch Vertigo just last night. While Psycho is great and Rear Window may be my favorite Hitchcock film I have no idea what people see in Vertigo. That film is long and for the most part downright boring. I don't think the con pulled on Scottie is all that intriguing and the hokey dialogue is just too much to bear. The AFI recently named Vertigo the ninth best American movie ever made, with Psycho at 14 and Rear Window at 48. Maybe I am in the minority, but Vertigo »
- Brad Brevet
The Psycho toilet... You scared yet?
Photo: Universal Home Video This last weekend saw the release of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and it came in third at the box-office so I am assuming some of you saw it and for those that didn't there is a scene where Norah's drunk friend, Caroline (Ari Graynor), is seen in a public restroom where she first vomits and then accidentally drops her cell phone and chewing gum in the very same toilet she just vacated her stomach. The toilet looks like it hasn't been flushed or cleaned in about ten years but is still regularly used. Caroline proceeds to fish out not only her cell phone, but the gum as well. The gum is then passed on from character to character throughout the film. Obviously, the Nick and Norah example was an attempt at drastic gross-out/potty humor. Sh!t, vomit, farts »
- Brad Brevet
This month, we honor the birth of Alfred Hitchcock and the 50th anniversary of Vertigo, one of his masterpieces. Hitchcock found actual filming a bore, but loved pre-production and transferring images from his mind to paper. Dozens of memorable visuals come to mind -- Psycho: water swirling down drain, stabbings. »
- Maggie Van Ostrand
Now this is cool! A reader sent the Video Watch Dog blog a link to a screen-by-screen comparison of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Psycho to the German television broadcast of Psycho and discovered that it featured several frames of never-before-seen footage! This is the pre-us edit that no one knew existed! Click Here to see the extra shots (which include Janet Leigh near-nudity, bloodier hands on Anthony Perkins and a slightly longer murder of Martin Balsam's character Arbogast), or click any of the teaser images below! Will Universal wise up and search for this alternate version to their long lost classic? Doubtful, but we can hope!
For info on the upcoming Psycho 2-disc special edition, click our previous news post Here!
To watch 12 minutes of footage from the Icons producer documentary The Psycho Legacy (which covers all 4 Psycho movies), click Here! »
Today we were pointed over to a website, which has some very interesting news regarding Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Video Watchblog writes, "In today's mailbox, an interesting letter from reader Simon Coombs of London, England, alerting me to the fact that a pre-us-censor cut of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho has been shown on the German television station Rtl. Simon included this link to a German video site where Universal's most recent DVD issue of Psycho was reviewed in tandem with a list of scenes missing from this current version, illustrated with grabs from the Rtl broadcast. Hopefully the right people at Universal can be made aware of this missing footage and ensure that it is restored to their reportedly forthcoming two-disc remastered edition, which only then could be called a true "director's cut."" »
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the special edition version of “Psycho” by director Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Here’s the DVD details. Overview: One of the most shocking films of all-time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, is now available as a new two-Disc Special Edition DVD! Join the master of suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinemas most notorious psychopaths – Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history, the infamous “shower scene”, Psycho has become a cultural phenomenon. Now, as one of the latest additions to the prestigious “Universal Legacy Series”, this two- Disc Special Edition [...] »
- Brian Corder
Universal has announced a new special edition of Alfred Hitchcock's landmark classic film Psycho for release on October 7th, 2008. Funny... looking over the features for this "Legacy" series DVD, it doesn't look like there's much more then what was on the original release of Psycho. (Psycho? Legacy? Wonder where they came up with that?) Features and artwork are listed below. Sadly, there's still no love for the Psycho sequels from Universal. Hmmm... thankfully, Icons is producing a documentary on the Psycho series, primarily about the sequels. So those films will get their due! (Rest assured!)
Starring: Anthony Perkins
Released: 7th October 2008
Universal Home Video has announced a 2-disc special edition of Psycho which stars Anthony Perkins, and Janet Leigh. The set will be available to own from the 7th October, and should retail at $26.98. The film itself will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, »
Just added! The complete transcription of the first ever Psycho franchise reunion panel! On April 25th, 2008, Icons own Robg. debuted 12 minutes of footage from The Psycho Legacy documentary and followed it by moderating the first ever Psycho franchise reunion panel. Guest included Hilton Green (Psycho), Tom Holland, Chris Hendrie, Andrew London, Lee Garlington (Psycho II), Kurt Paul, Juliette Cummins, Donovan Scott, Katt Shea (Psycho III), Mick & Cynthia Garris (Psycho IV). At the frame below is the footage that screened, followed by a complete transcript of the now legendary panel. Read on Fright fans! You're in for a treat that even "mother" would approve of! Click the frame to read it now!
I'm a pretty big fan of documentaries as not only do they bring back some incredible memories, but they provide new information for the die hard fan or people looking to learn more about the topic at hand. For the past year, Robert Galluzzo - who runs horror website Icons Of Fright - has been producing an extensive documentary on the Psycho franchise titled The Psycho Legacy. Today the site hosts 12 minutes of footage, which covers all four Psycho films and features Psycho alumni Hilton Green, Tom Holland, Andrew London, Jeff Fahey, Lee Garlington, Katt Shea, Donovan Scott, Kurt Paul, as well as filmmakers Adam Green, Dave Parker, Joe Lynch and many, many more. Read on to watch it or click the link below. Watch for more as it comes in. »
18 items from 2008
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