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The Forgotten: So Lonesome

5 December 2012 7:47 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A friend, who was perhaps not quite tactful enough to become the movie producer he wanted to be, once met the actress Kerry Fox, and told her that her work in Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table was the best female film performance he had ever seen, "Apart from Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne."

While one might think that coming second in the whole of cinema history was still doing pretty well, and that there's no shame in coming second to Maggie Smith in anything, and that the addition of another name and title to the statement shows that my friend had really thought about it and wasn't just blowing smoke up the Fox ass, she apparently didn't look all that pleased. Perhaps she would prefer to be judged up against all actors, not just a female subset. But perhaps the problem was that »

- David Cairns

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Guillermo Del Toro Is Planning To Direct Haunted House Movie ‘Crimson Peak’

4 December 2012 5:01 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Guillermo del Toro and ghost stories are a blissful combo.

If you’ve seen The Devil’s Backbone, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  And if you haven’t… go blind buy it now!

That’s why the following announcement is so exciting:

Del Toro is planning to make a haunted house movie as his next directorial effort.

No, it’s not Disney’s Haunted Mansion remake; although he’s still attached to produce that.

The project is called Crimson Peak and it’s being produced by Legendary Pictures; the script is co-written by del Toro, Matthew Robbins, and Lucinda Coxon.

Although there isn’t an official logline, del Toro vaguely describes the project:

“A very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at »

- Matt Granados

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Guillermo del Toro’s Next Movie Will Be Crimson Peak

3 December 2012 3:04 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

As the viral marketing starts to kick in for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming movie Pacific Rim, we're finally seeing some evidence that Del Toro is indeed still a filmmaker and that this movie is actually real. The first trailer is scheduled to be released next week, but by the time the movie hits theatres it will have been five years since Hellboy II: The Golden Army. For a guy who has his name attached to so many projects, he hasn't been very successful in closing them off lately. This week he has announced yet another new movie that he intends to direct, but the good news is that there appears to be some momentum behind it. It is a ghost story called Crimson Peak and he intends to make it his next project after Pacific Rim. Hit the jump for more details. According to Deadline, Del Toro will reteam »

- Sean

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Guillermo del Toro to Direct Crimson Peak, Gives a Status Update on At The Mountains of Madness

3 December 2012 1:41 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Guillermo del Toro has no shortage of projects on his plate to choose from and we’ve been wondering what he’d direct after Pacific Rim. It isn’t Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, or the DC movie he was recently looking into. Instead, he’ll be directing the ghost story, Crimson Peak, for Legendary Pictures.

According to Deadline, del Toro has written the script with Matthew Robbins and here’s how he described the project: “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”

Guillermo del Toro also mentioned that Legendary Pictures is giving him a decent budget for this film and he’s aiming for a movie that can sit next to some of the great classic horror films. »

- Jonathan James

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Guillermo del Toro to Climb a Crimson Peak with Legendary; Mountains of Madness Still a Possibility

3 December 2012 1:12 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

We are completely convinced that somewhere in this world there is a factory that does nothing but build Guillermo del Toros. It's the only way the man can handle such a herculean work load. Another project as been added to his already overflowing slate.

Deadline reports that del Toro has committed to make the ghost story Crimson Peak the next film he will direct. Even though del Toro set up that project originally from a script he wrote with frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins, he will make the film for Legendary Pictures, which backed his latest film, Pacific Rim. Legendary will produce with the expectation it will release through its deal with Warner Bros. Legendary will be a participating financing partner, with Universal retaining an option to come in as co-financier at a later date.

Del Toro will work through a rewrite with Lucinda Coxon and they will shoot for an early 2014 production start. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Guillermo del Toro Climbs Crimson Peak

3 December 2012 12:42 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Since he’s usually developing about 15,000 projects at once (whether to make himself or produce for others) we always wonder how Guillermo del Toro gets around to choosing which of his creations will crawl from the lab next. A lot of it has to do with a studio backing him, and so it is with ghostly tale Crimson Peak, which he’ll make for Legendary Pictures. Del Toro is keeping the exact details under wraps for now, but we do know via Deadline that it’s a set-orientated, classical and yet modern take on the ghost story. “It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules,” says Gdt.He’s planning to use it to channel some of his favourites from the genre. “To me that is Robert Wise’s The Haunting, which was a big movie, »

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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.6) 25-1

27 October 2012 8:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


Special Mention:

Shock Corridor

Directed by Samuel Fuller

Written by Samuel Fuller

1963, USA

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. »

- Ricky

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The Forgotten: The Autumn People

24 October 2012 7:55 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The far-from prolific Jack Clayton has the right to be considered a great filmmaker purely on the basis of The Innocents, The Pumpkin Eater and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, but only the first of these is well-known, and the rest of his scattershot career shows little of the thematic consistency beloved of auteurists. His nature was to be interested in a wide range of things, and he didn't make enough movies to tie them all together into an artistic personality coherent enough to suit critics. But interested parties should check out Neil Sinyard's excellent study of the filmmaker.

The Disney Corporation was going through a somewhat incoherent spell itself in the early eighties, commissioning unusually sombre, bizarre, scary or adult movies which it then didn't know how to sell: Altman's Popeye, Carroll Ballard's Never Cry Wolf, Dragonslayer (in which the Disney Princess gets eaten by baby dragons), Tron, »

- David Cairns

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Spatial Suspense: A Conversation with Christian Petzold

16 October 2012 5:59 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Nina Hoss (far left) as the titular lead in Barbara, directed by Christian Petzold (right).

Christian Petzold's Barbara was one of the standout films at Toronto, where I wrote a brief note on it:

...set in East Germany in 1980, [Barbara] finds a female doctor recently released from incarceration having to doubly-navigate the world by both dodging the suspicions of all those around her in her new provincial assignment and at the same time turn her own suspicions on those who could be her neighbors, peers, friends or even lovers. In other words: living in a police state, you are as suspect to the state as others are to you, and you to them. This comes out nicely, if a bit too neatly, too schematically, in Barbara, where ostensibly conventions of the thriller and of the romance overlap: “Am I attracted to him?” becomes, or is, “Do I trust him? »

- Daniel Kasman

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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (Pt. 2): 124-101

4 October 2012 10:20 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


124: (Tie) Inside (À l’intérieur)

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

Written by Alexandre Bustillo

2007, France

Four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman is tormented by a strange woman who invades her home with the intent on killing her and taking her unborn baby. This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and »

- Ricky

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Anthology Film Archives Tribute To Novelists/Screenwriters

5 September 2012 4:53 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Deborah Kerr in the classic ghost story The Innocents, screenplay by Truman Capote.


The Anthology Film Archives in New York is holding a unique film festival throughout the month of September honoring screenwriters who were best known for their work as novelists. Here are the details:

On this calendar we are highlighting the screenwriting work of writers best known as novelists – including pulp novelists like Richard Matheson, Donald Westlake, and Elmore Leonard, cult figures such as Don Carpenter and John Fante, and such highly respected authors as Truman Capote and Joan Didion. Paying homage to the long tradition of novelists trying their hand at writing for the movies, we will present a selection of films based not on these writers’ novels, but on their original screenplays (which are sometimes adaptations of other novelists’ work).

From The Pen Of is programmed in close collaboration with author/musician Alan Licht.

Very special thanks to Alan Licht, »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Ten Great Movie Ghosts

5 September 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Over the course of cinema history, horror fads have come and gone. We’ve seen all sorts of trends in terror, such as vampires, slashers, and torture porn. But one constant has been the supernatural movie, proving that cinema audiences have an eternal fascination with haunted houses and spectral stars. As we await British true life haunted house movie When The Lights Went Out, let us take a look at some of the silver screen’s greatest ever ghosts…

10. Dr. Malcolm Crowe 

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Child psychologist Dr. Malcolm has been having a rough ride of late, having found himself as the recipient of some serious bad luck. First off, he was shot (by a former New Kids on the Block member, no less). Next, he was lumbered with oddball Cole (Haley Joel Osment), a pint-sized psychic who claims to see dead people. If all that wasn’t bad enough, »

- Tom Fordy

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Top 10 Terrifying Kids From Horror Films

20 June 2012 5:53 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Fans of horror know there is nothing scarier than a scary kid – not to mention all of the clues to imminent death that surround them. Nursery rhymes in shrill falsettos, blank eyed dolls, the sound of a carousel… all signs that there is a miniature psycho somewhere nearby (if you spot a treehouse in a snowy garden, it’s game over).

Here are ten of the most disturbing, spooky and downright devious kids in movies.


10) The Innocents

“But Miles, its neck… It looks as though…”

“Someone had broken it? Yes, poor thing. I’ll bury it tomorrow. Kiss me goodnight, Miss Giddens.”

Deborah Kerr stars as Miss Giddens, the governess sent to that staple of horror films – a big rambling house in the middle of nowhere, to look after that other staple of horror films; two strange children.

Miles (Martin Stephens) and his sister Flora (Pamela Franklin) are terribly polite, »

- Rebecca Clough

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Ridley Scott's 'Alien'

25 May 2012 7:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The success of "Star Wars" changed everything. While "2001" had been a giant hit a decade ago, most put it down to a fluke, but George Lucas' film suddenly proved that science fiction wasn't just for B-movies, but could be a licence to print money. Every studio in town were chasing the genre, but 20th Century Fox, who had distributed "Star Wars" had a head-start: they already had another space-set script in development, "Alien," by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Walter Hill and David Giler. They swiftly attached new helmer Ridley Scott to the project, and production got underway in the summer of 1978.

The result, released exactly two years after "Star Wars," on May 25th, 1979 (thirty-three years ago to the day) was an enduring classic, which serves as a high watermark of the both the sci-fi and horror genres, and launched Scott's career. Next week, the director will return to where »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Deborah Kerr: The Darkness Inside

22 May 2012 2:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Innocents communion: possessed Martin Stephens, Christian Deborah Kerr Deborah Kerr Pt.3: Socially Dubious Desires Later on, in the television miniseries A Woman of Substance (1984) and its follow-up, the TV movie Follow the Dream (1986), Deborah Kerr played a former kitchen maid-turned-businesswoman who didn’t reach the top by being all chaste and poised along the way. (Jenny Seagrove played the character as a young woman.) And once at the top, Kerr’s tycoon does whatever she feels necessary to remain there. Admittedly, Deborah Kerr didn’t create any of those characters all by herself. She did, however, bring them to life in ways that most performers, regardless of gender, would be either unwilling or unable to do. And even though Kerr once complained of her early "goody goody" roles, she surely knew what was going on inside those deceptively prim and proper women she played prior to From Here to Eternity. »

- Andre Soares

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Deborah Kerr: Socially Dubious Desires

22 May 2012 2:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Deborah Kerr movies: with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity Deborah Kerr Pt.2: Sexual Outlaw As an unhappily married woman having a torrid affair with an army officer shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Deborah Kerr is equally powerful in one of her best-remembered movies, From Here to Eternity (1953), stealing the romantic melodrama from her male co-stars. Fred Zinnemann’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster marked one of the rare times when Kerr’s physique played a part in her erotic persona, as she parades around Hawaii in Lana Turner-type shorts and frolics on the wet sand with brawny Burt Lancaster. Less obvious is Kerr’s headmaster’s wife in Tea and Sympathy (1956), who, despite her discreet clothing and demeanor, ends up seducing one of her husband’s teenage students. It’s all for a good cause, of course — the "sensitive" adolescent thinks he may be gay »

- Andre Soares

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Clip joint: Ghosts

16 May 2012 1:42 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Who you gonna call? Help us find cinemas best spooks

This week's Clip joint is by Emily Cleaver. Think you can do better? If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, send a message to

More than any other medium, film has the power to scare us silly. In the dark of the cinema, the suspense of a slow pan, that shadowy figure at the edge of frame – the shock of a sudden sound-effect, or jittery jump-cut – all come together in delicious, breath-stopping, heartbeat-skipping moments of pure cinematic fear. But forget chainsaws, zombies or psychos. The best scares in cinema are the ghosts that don't rely on gore to frighten. Subtly terrifying, flesh-creepingly sinister or horribly uncanny, here's a roll-call of the most memorable, best-realised apparitions on film.

1. Whistle and I'll Come to You

Pompous Professor Parkin doesn't believe in ghosts, but when »

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Thoughts on... The Innocents (1961)

29 April 2012 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Innocents, 1961.

Directed by Jack Claton.

Starring Deborah Kerr, Pamela Franklin, Martin Stephens and Megs Jenkins.


A woman is employed to care for two children in a country mansion, but things aren’t quite as they seem.

The ghost story is a peculiar breed of horror - it can be clumsily utilised to provide jump-scares as things go bump in the night, or it can probe dark recesses of fractured minds. The better ghost stories are masterful exercises in restraint, shrouded in ambiguity with the capability of sending shivers down the spine. The Innocents (1961) is most definitely one of the better ghost stories.

The film begins with Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) being hired as a governess, where she is sent to a large country mansion to care for two children - Flora (Pamela Franklin) and her brother Miles (Martin Stephens). Yet there's something a little odd about the children, »

- flickeringmyth

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Time Out Name 'The Exorcist' Greatest Horror Movie Ever: Read Top 10 Lists From Guillermo Del Toro, Drew Goddard, Ti West & More

13 April 2012 7:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Today sees the opening of "The Cabin In The Woods," one of the freshest, most enjoyable horror movies in years, one that we can only urge you to go see (read our review here). To mark its release, Time Out have polled critics, programmers and filmmakers as to their favorite horror movies, and collated their finds in a mammoth list.

Topped by "The Exorcist," it's an excellent read, and one you'll want to sit down with over the weekend, and as a taste, below you can find the top ten picks of ten of the most notable filmmaker contributors. You can find the full list, as well as picks from many, many more interesting figures, from Antonio Campos and Joe Dante to Simon Pegg and Rob Zombie, over at Time Out's site. And why not weigh in with your own ten picks over in the comments below?

Roger Corman ("The Pit & The Pendulum, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Woman in Black & Ghosts of the Past

20 February 2012 4:59 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Since its first publication in 1983, Susan Hill’s Gothic chiller The Woman in Black has been terrorising audiences, from teenagers studying the novel in English lessons to horror aficionados like Mark Kermode, who wrote a chapter on the novel for his PhD in horror fiction. Its reputation has been subsequently enhanced by the long-running stage play, which left the author of this piece so scared, he had to be prised from his chair with a crowbar.

The most recent incarnation of The Woman in Black (our review Here) was released in cinemas on February 10th, with the backing of the reformed Hammer brand and the star power of Daniel Radcliffe in his first proper post-Potter role. It joins a ream of recent ghost stories to make it to our screens, including The Others, The Orphanage and The Awakening. What explains this resurgence for old-fashioned horror of creaks, shadows and suggestion? »

- Daniel Mumby

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