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For Halloween, we celebrate The Simpsons' best Treehouse Of Horror stories, feat. zombies, Hitchcock and Kubrick spoofs and more...
“Nothing seems to bother my kids but tonight's show, which I totally wash my hands of, is really scary.”
For anyone who grew up watching The Simpsons, the Treehouse Of Horror Halloween specials are an annual horror staple, from spooky couch gag to horror-themed credits. You can learn an awful lot of things just from watching the show, but for younger audiences, these episodes gave us our introduction to certain iconic horror stories.
Having ditched the early framing device of the family telling scary stories to one another, with Springfielders cast in key roles, the format is now closer to a mini-anthology of terror with three stories that take place outside of canon. This has usually given the writers licence to be more gruesome and outlandish than in the regular series, »
This week we don’t have as many new releases, but there’s still some great titles coming out. I’m particularly excited for the second Vincent Price Blu-ray collection which includes “House on Haunted Hill.” Who doesn’t love sassy billionaire playboy Vince Price? Here are your Blu-ray releases for Tuesday the 21st:
The Vincent Price Collection II. United States. The Last Man on Earth / The Comedy of Terrors / Dr. Phibes Rises Again / Tomb of Ligeia / The Raven / Return of the Fly / The House on Haunted Hill. Shout Factory. 1959-1972.
From the press release:
Scream Factory, the horror-thriller offshoot of independent film distributor Shout Factory, has detailed The Vincent Price Collection II. The box set set is scheduled to arrive on the market on October 21.
Additional special features for this collection:
Introduction and parting words by Vincent Price
New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman »
- Sarah Skidmore
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Vincent Price Collection II A duel between magicians leaves one man transformed into a bird in The Raven. An undertaker takes matters into his own hands in an effort to increase business in The Comedy of Terrors. A widower finds new love complicated by an obsession with his dead wife in The Tomb of Ligeia. A scientist is the last normal human alive after a plague turns others into vampire-like creatures in The Last Man on Earth. The abominable Dr.Phibes rises again in Dr. Phibes Rises Again. The son of the first film’s scientist begins some experiments of his own in The Return of the Fly. A millionaire offers a cash reward to five people if they’re willing and able to spend a nigh tin his home in House on Haunted Hill. Vincent Price »
- Rob Hunter
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
This month, Boston is paying tribute to its native son: the Master of Macabre. A new statue of Edgar Allan Poe was recently revealed in Poe Square, a bronze bust of Poe will be unveiled on October 30th, one evening before Jeffrey Combs performs in Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe at the Somerville Theatre, and now a poster adds to the celebration with a depiction of Combs as Poe.
Illustrated by Phantom City Creative artist Justin Erickson, the 18” x 24” Nevermore prints are limited to 100 and are priced at $50 apiece. We have the official details on the prints, the bronze bust, and Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe:
Boston (October 1, 2014) — “On October 31, fans of the darker literary persuasion will find a very special treat at the Somerville Theatre. At 8pm, the house lights will go down, and Edgar Allan Poe will return. In “Nevermore: »
- Derek Anderson
We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)
- Tom Stockman
One of my favorite horror movies of all time, and required Halloween viewing at my house, is 1959’s House on Haunted Hill, directed by William Castle and starring the legendary Vincent Price. This October, Scream Factory is releasing the movie to Blu-ray in The Vincent Price Collection II, which also includes The Return of the Fly, The Comedy of Terrors, The Raven, The Last Man on Earth, The Tomb of Ligeia, and Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Here’s a look at a clip from the high-definition version of House on Haunted Hill, along with the original trailer:
“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings »
- Jonathan James
As the tortured 19th century nobleman terrified that his catalepsy will lead to being buried alive, the morose Milland combines with the grim storyline to position this as Corman’s most morbid Poe film, unleavened by any glimmer of humor (which Price might have suggested with a slightly raised eyebrow). With its stately photography by Floyd Crosby and a wickedly seductive turn from ravishing Hazel Court, "Premature Burial" is nevertheless bleakly compelling… though you may want to revisit Price, Lorre and Karloff in "The Raven" as a quick pick-me-up after it’s over. »
- Trailers From Hell
Last year we fell crazy in love with Scream Factory's The Vincent Price Collection Blu-ray box set. Now the purveyors of all that is spooky cool are back with another round of classic horror goodness featuring the man himself in The Vincent Price Collection Volume II. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados, and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season.
This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again »
- Steve Barton
The Vincent Price Collection Volume II is one of the most eagerly-awaited sets of the year for me. Today, Scream Factory broke down what's going to be enclosed in this presentation when it arrives on October 21st.
This 4-disc collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Return of the Fly (1959), The Comedy of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972).
The post Scream Factory Unveils Vincent Price Collection II Details appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The Blu-ray release I’m most excited for this year is The Vincent Price Collection II, a follow up to last year’s Scream Factory collection with seven more Vincent Price movies making their debut on Blu-ray, including The House on Haunted Hill. Here’s a look at the official list of bonus features:
“On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season. This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again »
- Jonathan James
War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspired filmmakers and drawn audiences. We’ll be celebrating the Great War films On August 5th at The Way Out Club with Super-8 Movie Madness Goes To War!
We’ll be showing six films in the condensed (average length: 15 minutes) Super-8 sound film format projected on The Way Out’s big screen that tells heroic stories of World War Two. They are: William Holden and Alec Guinness in The Bridge On The River Kwai, Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen, Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan’S Express, Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw in Force Ten From Navarone, and John Wayne and an all-star cast in The Longest Day.
Movie that we’ll be »
- Tom Stockman
The lone human fighting against an army of vampires, the wealthy host of a deadly party, a vengeful disfigured man who mourns the death of his wife through murder: screen legend Vincent Price has portrayed these and countless other memorable roles in the horror genre. Scream Factory’s Vincent Price set was a huge hit last year and, with many Vincent Price titles still not on Blu-ray, they recently announced that they’re putting together another collection and we now have the official release date and cover art.
Set for an October 21st release, Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray set features artwork by illustrator Joel Robinson that showcases the iconic actor depicted in a painting that looks like it could be hung on the walls of Frederick Loren’s mansion:
“Check out the artwork for the upcoming blu-ray set of The Vincent Price Collection II which »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory’s Vincent Price Blu-ray set was a huge hit last year and, with many Vincent Price titles still not on Blu-ray, they’ve announced that they’re putting together another collection that will be available in October. Here’s the full list of upcoming titles, including House on Haunted Hill:
“Happy Friday the 13th everyone! We have a busy one today (Halloween Complete Collection box set art reveal at 10:31Am Pdt, Night of the Demons Screening Live at 7Pm Pdt) but we also wanted to kick off the day right with a big title reveal. So here it is…
The Vincent Price Collection II Blu-ray set is now no longer a rumor and will officially arrive in October! Sales were great on the first volume (thank you!) and we are thrilled to be able to bring more of the legendary star’s films to light in HD. »
- Jonathan James
We recently told Daily Dead readers about the Edgar Allan Poe bronze bust project, which will see a bust of the famous author created and displayed at the Boston Public Library. Along with the unveiling, which is scheduled to take place on October 30th, it has been announced that Jeffrey Combs will perform Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe in Boston on Halloween:
“Boston, Massachusetts (June 2, 2014) — Boston literary enthusiasts and fans of the macabre will get a double whammy of fall fun this October—as a companion event to the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, which will be unveiled on October 30, 2014 at the Boston Public Library, Boston-based filmmaker Izzy Lee and the Poe bust sculptor, Bryan Moore, are bringing Dennis Paoli’s play “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe” to the Somerville Theatre on October 31, 2014.
Starring beloved character actor Jeffrey Combs, the one-act play is »
- Jonathan James
Boston is bookending the month of October with two sculpted tributes to its native son and master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. We previously reported that a bronze bust of Poe would be unveiled at Boston’s public library on October 30th, and that a statue of Poe would be revealed in Boston’s Poe Square earlier that month on October 5th. Photos of the Edgar Allan Poe statue have been released and they show the author surrounded by some of his most famous works.
Titled “Poe Returning To Boston,” The Huffington Post reports that the statue was sculpted by philosophy professor Stefanie Rocknak, who was chosen out of 265 proposals. In addition to the meticulous details of Poe in the sculpture, Rocknak has also included nods to two of his most well-known works, his poem “The Raven” and his short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” A large raven flies beside Poe, »
- Derek Anderson
This weekend in Los Angeles, Hero Complex Gallery and the New Beverly Cinema will team up to honor Joe Dante and Roger Corman as "Kings of Cult." The celebration begins on May 23 with a double feature of Dante's Matinee and Corman's The Masque of Red Death at the New Beverly Cinema. Dana Gould will host a Q&A with Dante and Corman between the films. On May 24, Hcg will host the "Kings of Cult" art exhibition. The collection includes works inspired by Gremlins, Innerspace, The Burbs, Piranha, Death Race 2000, The Raven, and more alongside original props from their movies. Dante and Corman will be on hand and ready to autograph. Hit the jump for more details and a preview of the collection. Tickets for the screening can be bought at Brown Paper Tickets. Who: New Beverly Cinema What: Double Feature Screening of Joe Dante’s Matinee (1993) and Roger Corman »
- Brendan Bettinger
Director: Roger Corman
Running Time: 80 minutes
Best known as the king of cheap B-z movies, with his name recently attached to the likes of Sharktopus and Camel Spiders, Roger Corman has over 400 producing credits. But up until 1990, Corman was also known for directing over 50 films, and not all were as schlocky as one might expect. His best works were undoubtedly his Edgar Allen Poe adaptations, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Raven, The Masque Of The Red Death and this latest release from Arrow Video, The Pit And The Pendulum.
The basic premise lent a lot to horror over the years, as »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
As the undisputed king of American gothic, Vincent Price holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher (1960), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge. »
In January, BoingBoing featured a piece on the The Library of Congress scans of artwork from an original print of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." These scans bring to vivid life one of Poe's most famous and beloved works. "The Raven" is a familiar tale of love, loss, mourning and insanity. It was no secret that Poe was something of a tortured individual, but his melancholy never stopped him from creatively and meticulously planning his works. He was well-known for saying that writers should plan out their works ahead of time. In that respect he was a perfectionist and, like most writers, extremely critical of his own work. Whether or not one agrees with his belief that writers should always have a plan (or outline) before creating a story, poem or other written work, it is clear to see that "The Raven" is a great example of writing at its finest. »
- Nancy Greene
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