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Another Contender for Generic Horror Title of the Year - See A Ghost

14 December 2010 11:34 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We didn't think generic horror movie titles could get any worse than The Haunted House Project and Italian Ghost Stories, but this may be the worst one of all time - brace yourself for the trailer for the terror out of Thailand - See a Ghost. That's right, See a Ghost. We shit you not.

Seriously? Is anyone even trying anymore? To further frustrate yourself, dig on the extremely Flash heavy See a Ghost website.

See a Ghost opens in Thailand December 30th.

Synopsis

Two unfortunate friends and a drunken girl are accidentally entangled in troubles. After struggling to escape from the mayhem they didn't mean to get involved in, they're stuck at a temple where they meet a peculiar undertaker who leads them to witness ghosts, the worst thing they've ever dreamed of.

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- Uncle Creepy

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Lost Sounds and Soundtracks. Masaki Kobayashi's "Kwaidan" by Toru Takemitsu

9 December 2010 7:50 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Composer Toru Takemitsu on the "Black Hair" sequence in Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan (1965):

"I wanted to create an atmosphere of terror. But if the music is constantly saying, "Watch out! Be scared!" then all the tension is lost. It's like sneaking up behind someone to scare them. First, you have to be silent. Even a single sound can be film music.  Here, I wanted all sounds to have the quality of wood. We used real wood for effects. I'd ask for a "cra-a-a-ck" sound, and they'd split a plank of wood, or rip it apart, or rend it with a knife. Using all these wood sounds, I assembled the track."  —from the documentary Music for Movies: Toru Takemitsu (1994)

What you are listening to:

Toru Takemitsu's score for Kwaidan:

(1) Opening titles

 

(2) The Black Hair

 

(3) The Woman of the Snow

 

(4) Hoichi the Earless - Tale of the Heike

 

(5) Hoichi »

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First Details and Trailer for New Anthology Italian Ghost Stories

4 December 2010 2:57 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This weekend we received the first word on a new anthology film coming from producer Gabriele Albanesi (The Last House in the Woods, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show) -- Italian Ghost Stories.

The project consists of five segments helmed by a group of young first-time Italian directors as follows:

Ep.1: Offline di Andrea Gagliardi

Ep.2: Fiaba Di Un Mostro di Stefano Prolli

Ep.3: La Medium di Roberto Palma

Ep.4: 17 Novembre di Tommaso Agnese

Ep.5: Urla In Collina di Omar Protani e Marco Farina

The movie's disturbing “ghost stories” were influenced by the classic Masters of Horror such as Val Lewton, Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise, and Jack Clayton, but they are narrated in the Italian way and visual style.

Italian Ghost Stories is being filmed entirely with the Red One Camera and stars such young Italian talents as Daniele De Angelis (What the Hell Am I Doing Here? »

- The Woman In Black

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International Trailer For Italian Horror Anthology Fantasmi

4 December 2010 9:39 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Last House In The Woods director Gabriele Albanesi appears determined to resuscitate Italy's once-proud horror heritage. And he's bringing some friends along for the ride.

Albanesi has just produced a five part anthology of ghost stories titled Fantasmi, the individual segments directed by a crop of young up and comers. Here's the official word.

Now available the Official Trailer of  "Italian Ghost Stories", an anthology horror movie produced by Gabriele Albanesi (The Last House in the Woods, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show) and directed by a bunch of young first-time Italian directors: Andrea Gagliardi, Tommaso Agnese, Stefano Prolli, Roberto Palma, Omar Protani & Marco Farina.

The movie collects five disturbing "ghost-stories" under the influence of classic Masters of Horror as Val Lewton, Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise and Jack Clayton, but narrated in the Italian way and visual style.

"Italian Ghost Stories" is entirely filmed with Red One Camera and stars young »

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Psychoville live chat: Reece Shearsmith

29 October 2010 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Reece Shearsmith answered your questions ahead of Sunday's Psychoville Halloween special. You'll find him in the comments field as @ReeceShearsmith

In pictures: Psychoville Halloween special

What better time than Halloween for a new instalment of Psychoville, the award-winning BBC2 show written by and starring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton? Fans will have to wait until next year for the show to return for a full second series, but in the meantime there are ghost stories to be told as a documentary team turn up at Ravenhill psychiatric hospital … The Halloween special promises to be everybit as spooktacular as you would hope.

Shearsmith's career includes his collaboration with Mark Gattis, Jeremy Dyson and Pemberton as The League of Gentlemen – the quartet met at drama school and the show began on stage before moving to radio and then television. Early next month he will be taking the lead role in Ghost Stories in London's West End, »

- Vicky Frost

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Zombies, vampires, ghouls: the stuff of cultural catharsis | Libby Brooks

28 October 2010 1:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Horror films offer an inventive filter for our real anxieties – which may explain the genre's current renaissance

If it is indeed the case that cultures get the monsters they deserve, then it would be not unreasonable to anticipate a timely British horror revolving around socially cleansed housing benefit applicants wreaking terrible revenge upon a diminishing cohort of bankers, holed up in a post-apocalyptic version of the City of London's Gherkin. So it is perhaps evidence of horror's capacity to be socially reflexive rather than socially realist that next week's debut release from the freshly animated Hammer Productions concerns instead a prepubescent vampire.

Let Me In, an English-language version of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In, is the first endeavour from the infamous studio in 34 years, and marks a significant moment in the current British horror renaissance which has come, not unexpectedly, at a time when audiences are arguably more in need of inventive, »

- Libby Brooks

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‘Paranormal Activity’ vs. ‘Paranormal Activity 2′ – Ghost Stories by the Number

24 October 2010 10:47 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

In college, I wrote an essay in which I attempted to devise a mathematical formula for “the ultimate ghost story.” Since I obsessed over ghost stories, mostly Victorian, I found myself studying them and comparing them to their ancient, folklore counterparts. I did actually come up with an algebraic-style formula that you could supposedly “plug” the elements of any ghost story into to find out if it “worked,” but unfortunately that paper is long gone so I can’t reproduce the – wink, wink – blindingly brilliant formula for ghost story alchemy.

Click Here to read Jeff Bayer’s review of Paranormal Activity 2.

Click Here to read the Top 7 Surly Ghosts in Films

I do remember bits and pieces of it, however, and there were two crucial elements that I still believe are key to any great ghost story: 1. Pacing, and 2. The Oral Tradition.

Both Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 excel in these categories, »

- Morrow McLaughlin

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Paranormal Activity 2

23 October 2010 9:07 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Quickcard Review

Paranormal Activity 2

Directed by: Tod Williams

Cast: Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: October 22, 2010

Click Here to read the Top 7 Surly Ghosts in Films

Click Here to read ‘Paranormal Activity’ vs. ‘Paranormal Activity 2

Plot: Someone breaks in to a family’s house. This leads the family to install security cameras around the house and the footage that is captured leads them to think there is a demon in the house.

Who’S It For? The type of scares are very similar to the first Paranormal Activity, so if that worked for you, this one should as well. There are some story elements in the first that carry over so I recommend seeing the original first.

Overall

Second verse, same as the first … almost. Does everyone remember Katie? Well, she has a sister. Things start off in Paranormal Activity 2 in a nice, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Abertoir Horror Festival announces 2010 line-up

22 October 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Wales’ National Horror Festival, Abertoir has announced its 2010 line up. The festival, which runs between Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 November at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, will show more than twenty films, including UK premieres, cult screenings and classics from around the world, as well as a whole host of special guests, talks, masterclasses, live music and theatre events. Festival Director Gareth Bailey is excited to welcome Abertoir festival-goers this November:

As Abertoir turns five years old, the team has worked tirelessly to put together a fantastic line up of films from around the world – from genre-defining classics, to the latest offerings in horror, we’re looking forward to meeting new festival-goers and welcoming old friends.

Legendary band The Damned will provide music on the Friday evening, supported by Abertoir favourites Zombina and the Skeletones. On the Saturday evening, Robert Lloyd Parry presents his acclaimed one-man show with a creepy candle lit telling of »

- Phil

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Blu-ray Review: Spirits Of The Dead

20 October 2010 3:20 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Since the 1960's, horror anthology films have flourished as a popular form of popular entertainment.  In many cases the anthology featured a single auteur approaching several different stories, as was the case in Mario Bava's Black Sabbath, or Masaki Kobayashi's masterpiece, Kwaidan.  In recent years, anthology films have been a popular way for different director's to either get their work known, or to branch out from their expected forms.  This tradition goes back a long way, but one of the most high-profile efforts at an auteur driven portmanteau film was 1968's Spirits of the Dead, also known as Histoires extraordinaires.  In this film, three giants of international cinema came together to approach the takes of Edgar Allan Poe in a less literal way than the wildly popular American International Pictures collaborations between Roger Corman and Vincent Price.  I should let it be known that I am a huge »

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Enjoy Truly Terrifying Thrills at Ghost Stories in Londons West End

18 October 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the fantastic performance of 'Ghost Stories' in London's West End. The horror play, with moments of extreme shock and tension, from creators Andy Nyman ('Severance', 'Black Death', 'Dead Set') and 'The League of Gentleman' co-creator Jeremy Dyson is currently enjoying an extended run at the Duke of York Theatres, WC2 in London. It's been extremely well received and has been given some remarkable praise and plaudits from critics and celebrities alike. So it was about time we at the Horror Asylum checked it out. There's been quite a lot of hype and talk of this show for some time now due mostly to it's amazing lack of promotion yet consistent reports of audiences scared witless and its 15 years and above age restriction. The theatrical experience, I can vouch, was indeed terrifying. 80mins of truly »

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Zen & Its Opposite: Essential (& Turbulent) Japanese Art House at Japan Society

13 October 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

NYC Japan Society's monthly film series Zen & Its Opposite: Essential (& Turbulent) Japanese Art House showcases some of the best classical films of Japanese cinema. Based on the Six Planes of Existence in Wheel of Life (Bhavacakra), the film series highlights five Planes, (excluding the Deva/God Realm, Blissful State) with five distinctive films representing each plane:

Ashura/Demigod Realm is represented by Kihachi Okamoto's bloody samurai epic Sword of Doom (1966). Ashura is filled with jealousy, struggle and combat stemming from being envious of Deva Realm. As Tatsuya Nakadai's merciless swordman hacks away in a violent purgatory, the film is a perfect match.

Masaki Kobayashi's stunning 1965 Cannes Palm d'Or winner Kwaidan is Manusya: the Human Realm plagued by passion, desire, doubt and pride.

Tiryag-yoni a.k.a. Animal Realm is reflected in Onibaba (1964, dir. Kaneto Shindo), a gritty tale of survival and animal lust in feudal era Japan. »

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Event Report: Film4 FrightFest 2010

3 September 2010 2:43 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another August Bank Holiday weekend has just left us, and along with it so too has this year’s Film4 FrightFest. The UK’s premier horror film festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year was certainly no different – filled with thrills, chills, spills, controversy, legendary guest appearances and more. Dread Central was on the scene for the five days of the fest, braving malnutrition, sleep deprivation and impaired liver function to bring you all the pics, news and reviews we know you crave!

Of course, if you’re a regular follower of the site, you’ll already be aware that the opening film was the world premiere of Adam Green’s excellent Hatchet II (review here). Along with him, Green brought stars Tony Todd, Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder to give the audience a well received Q&A session after the screening as well as a poster signing. »

- Pestilence

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Blood-Chillers For the Beach, or, Scary Stories for Summer’s End

1 September 2010 12:50 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

In less than a week is Labor Day, traditionally the end of summer for many Americans, though the official end is not until Sept. 22nd, the date of the autumnal equinox. Time for fun in the sun is drawing to a close. I’d like to recommend some horror stories and nightmarish novels to give you some chills for the few hot days left in 2010.

Let’s start with some downloadable stories in audio form, and begin with some of the classics. These are all free (they’re in the public domain), and will remind you of some of the greatest monster movies ever made.

The first is “The Picture in the House”, a story by the influential horror author H. P. Lovecraft. With themes of cannibalism and insanity, it reminds me of  Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs, of the mad clan in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and »

- Max

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Most Haunted Places to Visit Around the Globe

19 July 2010 2:35 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Boo! If you're looking for some exciting spots to visit while on vacation this summer and you enjoy being a little spooked, "Extra" has 15 of the most haunted places to visit!

From the famous Amityville House in NYC, to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (said to be haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe), you're sure to get chills up down your spine in these eerie places! Haunted Places to VisitThe Amityville House, Amityville, New York

As the story goes, »

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New wave of stars bring British horror back from the dead

17 July 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rejuvenated Hammer Films franchise launches publicity campaign as part of a summer of hair-raising new releases from UK directors and writers

Hammer Films are to launch a summer publicity campaign ahead of what is being billed as a full-blown revival of the alternative British horror genre. A welter of horror films are scheduled for release this summer, while Ghost Stories, the theatrical show whose programme carries a warning to those of a nervous disposition, is packing in audiences for its West End run.

Joe Cornish, of the comedy duo Adam and Joe, is to make his directorial debut with Attack the Block, a film produced by the team behind Shaun of the Dead, and a reborn Hammer Films, once the greatest film studio in British horror, is to make a 3D feature film based on Susan Hill's modern gothic novel The Woman in Black.

The ghostly thriller, which became a long-running West End hit, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Film4 FrightFest 2010 Releases Schedule

2 July 2010 10:27 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The UK's most amazing horror film festival Film4 FrightFest has released what could very well be another one of the best horror line-ups we've seen ever for its latest show taking place from Thursday the 26th of August to Monday the 30th of August, brimming with films we've been salivating over Stateside!

From the Press Release

This year there are eight British films in the main programme (another record) including Monsters, Gareth Edwards’ sensational post-Apocalyptic debut, The Ford Brothers’ Cannes-hyped African Zombie flick The Dead and Johannes Roberts F – in which a school gets a lesson in horror! Other home-grown titles are Dead Cert (East-End gangsters meet Eastern European vampires), Isle Of Dogs (nasty gangland horror), Paul Andrew Williams’ harrowing Cherry Tree Lane and werewolf thriller 13Hrs. Plus, Jake West will be presenting his in-depth documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape, which will be followed by a Q & A panel discussion. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Scary and fun: Ghost Stories creators on 'Scun'

25 June 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As their new show Ghost Stories opens on the West End, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson talk us through their writing philosophy

Between them, comedy writers Andy Nyman (Dead Set and co-creator of Derren Brown's TV and stage shows) and Jeremy Dyson (The League Of Gentlemen) have worked on some of British TV's darkest moments. Now, as they bring their stage show Ghost Stories to London's West End, we ask them to talk us through "scun" – the concept of scary and fun – that fuelled their creative engine as they worked on their dark, highly secretive script.

Disney's Haunted Mansion

No one gets "scun" like Disney. The seemingly perfect balance of creepiness and fun is at the very heart of this staggering theme park ride. Audacious design, lighting and atmospherics combine with a visionary showmanship, climaxing in the experience of seeing a real live (or dead) ghost sitting next to you, »

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Japanese Actor Kei Sato Dies

22 June 2010 11:31 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Japanese actor Kei Sato was best known for his roles as screen villains.  He starred in Kaneto Shindo’s 1964 horror film Onibaba, and was a ghost samurai in the supernatural thriller Kwaidan (1964). He was also featured as Chief Editor Gondo in Godzilla 1985 (1984).

Sato was born in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan, on December 21, 1928.  He worked as a municipal government official in Fukushima before moving to Tokyo to study acting in 1950. He trained at the Haiyuza Theater and made his film debut in Masaki Kobayashi’s 1959 epic The Human Condition. He worked frequently with New Wave director Nagisa Oshima from the early 1960s, appearing in such films as Cruel Story of Youth (1960) and Night and Fog in Japan (1960).

His many screen credits also include Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai (1963), Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi’s Vengeance (1966), The Sword of Doom (1966), Irezumi (1966), Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968), Yotsuya Kaidan – Oiwa no Borei (a.k.a. The »

- Harris Lentz

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Exclusive Interview: Black Death Star Andy Nyman

7 June 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Cinemas are set to be hit with a second week of British film this Friday (June 11th) with the release of the supernatural thriller ‘Black Death’.

Black Death’ stars a British ensemble cast led by Sean Bean and directed by Christopher ‘Severance’ Smith. HeyUGuys caught up with a familiar face to British film and TV, who stars in ‘Black Death’, Mr. Andy ‘Dead Set/Severance’ Nyman.

Andy kindly afforded us an interview at his home in what has to be one of the coolest ’study rooms’ this side of  LucasFilm. The lair was peppered with ephemera from cinema, magic and circus shows, Las Vegas trips and his own back catalouge of weird and wonderful books on every facet of the movies, including a very groovy textbook by Tom Savini. The finishing touch was that this veritable grotto is all behind a ‘door sized’ false book shelf.

This was the perfect »

- David Sztypuljak

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