12 items from 2011
.Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality..
Relativity Media invites you to remember the life of Edgar Allan Poe. October 7th, 2011 marks the 162nd anniversary of macabre-master Edgar Allan Poe.s untimely and mysterious death. To celebrate Poe.s life, and support Relativity Media.s upcoming theatrical release of The Raven on March 9, 2012, please see background information on the film, along with little-known facts about Poe.s life and a compendium of his works. The highly-anticipated gritty thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) stars John Cusack (Being John Malkovich) in the role of Poe, in addition to Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers), and Alice Eve (Men In Black III ). The Raven.s official trailer will debut tonight on G4.s .Attack of the Show. and will premiere on Apple tomorrow!
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- Michelle McCue
Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain...
The Terror, 1963.
Directed by Roger Corman.
Produced by B movie king Roger Corman and featuring uncredited direction from Dennis Jakob, Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill and star Jack Nicholson, The Terror is a low-budget period horror about a French soldier, Andre Duvalier (Nicholson), who meets a strange young woman, Helene (Sandra Knight), after washing up on a beach. When Helene disappears, Andre sets out to investigate and eventually comes upon the home of the reclusive Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), where he discovers that the Baron has a dark secret and is haunted by the ghost of his wife Isla, who shares a remarkable resemblance with Helene.
As with many of Roger Corman's films, the sets used for »
The writer-director describes the independently made movie as “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career.”
Considering his first film work was on titles such as Dementia 13, The Terror, and The Haunted Palace, it sounds like the eventual maker of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now is veering away from art-house fare like Tetro and Youth Without Youth »
- Anthony Breznican
I was kind of intrigued when I heard a while back that b-movie staple David DeCoteau was remaking H.G. Wells’ Food of the Gods. Somewhere along the way the title got changed to 1313: Giant Killer Bees, and his remake sure does feature a lot more half-naked hunks than that found in both Wells’ novel and the 1976 movie version.
DeCoteau has carved out his own niche market in recent years with a slew of low-budget homoerotic horror flicks, of which I am fairly certain this H.G. Wells’ inspired nature gone amok flick is the latest despite a tagline on the artwork proclaiming the film to be “A science fiction chiller for girls”. Who are the distributors trying to kid? I showed the trailer you’ll find below to a female coworker who is big into horror, and we barely got 15 seconds into it before she declared, “They’re gay!”
Food of the Gods? »
Dead and Buried (Original Release Date: 29 May 1981)
Either I've seen all of Dead and Buried and only remembered the ending, or I somehow only caught the ending and never saw the rest of the movie. I think it's the former. It felt familiar to me from the beginning, but I told myself as it went along that it must have borrowed this or that element from another movie. By the time I got to the end, I knew I had seen it. It's a doozy of an ending, with a last shot right out of the Twilight Zone playbook.
This isn't to say elements aren't borrowed. I'm sure it owes a debt to Stepford Wives, Invaders from Mars, and Wicker Man, and it probably owes something to White Zombie and Lovecraft's "Herbert West--Reanimator." Dan O'Bannon, who worked on the script, adapted two of Lovecraft's works--"The Lurking Fear" and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward »
- Thurston McQ
For this writer, if I ever wanted to be alive during another era of filmmaking, my first choice would most definitely be the 1960s. During that time, some of the most fascinating genre work was being created from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Hammer House of Horror, George A. Romero, and of course legendary writer/director/producer Roger Corman.
Before the 60s, Corman established himself as an independent maverick of film with his work on films like Swamp Women, The Wasp Woman and A Bucket of Blood , but it’s safe to say that it wasn’t until the director and producer began collaborating with Vincent Price that his directorial work in the horror genre was elevated to an entirely new level.
In honor of Price’s upcoming 100th birthday (he was born May 27, 1911), Dread Central recently had the opportunity to speak with Corman about his »
Hey Fiends! Happy Monday! Let’s take a look at your DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for tomorrow – April 23, 2011. We have some Hi-Def upgrades that you freaks will definitely want to pick up. Check beyond the break to get the full list!
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Blow Out (The Criterion Collection)
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- Andy Triefenbach
[Our thanks to Dejan Ognjanovic for the following.]Lovecraft's fiction is notoriously difficult to translate to cinema, for several reasons. The main one has to do with his reliance on mood, atmosphere, subtlety, hints and vague suggestions of unspeakable horrors. This doesn't mean that his stories are entirely lacking in action or memorable set-pieces, but their scarcity and brevity have usually caused filmmakers to resort to padding the brief tales with all kinds of conventional (romantic, detective, slasher, monster) elements, usually dilluting and betraying the original. Lovecraft's cosmic horror was, more often than not, turned into (unintentionally) comic horror. This author has written only two novels: one of those, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward was filmed twice, as Roger Corman's lame flick The Haunted »
I'll be the first to admit it. I'm officially a Blu-ray snob. It took a while to get there, but you know what? When you see first-hand how cool Blu-ray technology is, you'll be sold, too. Three classics are coming our way in glorious 1080p, and we've got the scoop on them for ya!
From the Press Releases
Dementia 13: Future film-making legend Francis Ford Coppola makes his big-screen directorial debut with this cult horror classic, available for the first time in spectacular High-Definition Blu-Ray. Following the abrupt death of her husband from a heart attack, the scheming Louise Haloran (Luanda Anders) travels to her in-laws' estate in Ireland, only to find herself trapped in a creepy, decrepit castle with her ex-husband's demented family. Upon arrival, she is introduced to a pair of maladjusted brothers (William Campbell, Bart Patton) and a distraught mother-in-law (Eithne Dunn), still grieving for »
- Uncle Creepy
Legendary director Roger Corman will be in St. Louis to kick of the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival here in St. Louis !!! Mr.Corman has committed to being here to help St. Louis celebrate the 100th birthday of the most famous movie star to hail from our city. Roger Corman directed Vincent Price in eight classic films between 1960 and 1964, most of them based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe: House Of Usher, Tales Of Terror, The Pit And The Pendulum, Tower Of London, Masque Of The Red Death, Tomb Of Ligeia, The Haunted Palace, and The Raven. The Hi-Pointe Theater will reserve its single massive (seats 400) screen to host the first three days of the film festival (which will be spread out over 8 evenings) and we will present two separate evenings with Roger Corman, Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd. Mr. Corman’s appearances are firm but »
- Tom Stockman
In his own lifetime, Howard Philips Lovecraft was a virtual unknown. His stories appeared in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, alongside contemporary genre writers such as Robert E Howard and August Derleth, and wouldn’t be published in book form until long after Lovecraft’s death.
It was only after Hp Lovecraft's passing in 1937 that his work began to be reassessed, and even then his distinctive, verbose prose was scorned by the literary establishment. The critic, Edmund Wilson, infamously dismissed the author's tales as "bad taste and bad art" in 1945.
Gradually, however, Lovecraft's reputation grew, and he's now rightly recognised as one of the 20th century's most important American authors. In 2005, a collection of Lovecraft's stories was collected together for The Library Of America, »
Article by Dana Jung
In 1959 director Fritz Lang (Metropolis, M) released one of his last works, a two-part film known as The Indian Epic. The films (The Tiger Of Eschnapur and its sequel The Indian Tomb, both available on DVD but currently out of print) were part adventure and part travelogue. Today, these films are remembered (if at all) for two things: their incredible location photography, and the erotic dances of star Debra Paget. The scenes with a barely-clad Paget writhing seductively were considered so sexy at the time that the films received a write-up in Playboy magazine. But just five years earlier, as a 20th Century Fox contract player, Paget had played basically the same role (complete with dancing!) of an exotic beauty caught up in political turmoil. The film was the 1954 Fox B-picture Princess Of The Nile, which is sadly Not available on DVD.
The movie opens with »
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12 items from 2011
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