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Kuroneko (The Criterion Collection)

6 November 2011 12:37 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Ghost stories aren’t just a form of folklore in Japan, they’re a nod to the Buddhist holiday Bon, wherein the living invite into their homes the ghosts of their deceased loved ones. Consequently, there has long been a Japanese filmic tradition of ghost dramas and horrors. Whether or not the current trend of scary ghost flicks like Ju-on or Ringu would count as part of that rich history is up for debate, but while the genre was at its finest the films were less about sudden scares than they were about political commentary and basic moral fables. Kuroneko, Director Kaneto Shindo’s commentary on storytelling and social inequality, is a beautifully filmed example of the genre, with clever tricks of the camera and great cinematography making it a visual feast brilliantly restored by The Criterion Collection for its Blu-ray release.

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- Lex Walker

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Simon Marsden Talks Vampires: The Twilight World, Photographing Spooky Places, and More!

2 November 2011 1:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

For those readers not familiar with the Gothic imagery of British photographer Simon Marsden, now is the time to be introduced. His latest book, Vampires: The Twilight World, will be published by Palazzo Editions on December 1, 2011.

Using primarily infrared film to photograph ruins of castles, manor houses, palaces, etc. (all reputedly haunted), Marsden, over the course of his nearly 40-year career, has captured some of the scariest places on earth: Leap Castle in Ireland, Corvin (Hunedoara) Castle in Romania, Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, as well as Venice, Italy; the ruins of Elizabeth Bathory's Cachtice Castle; and Puschino-Na-Nare Estate near Moscow (viewers of the Korean horror film R-Point might find themselves getting goosebumps when they see this place).

Dread Central recently had the good fortune to interview Sir Simon and discuss how he came to photographing places most of us would avoid (and he had one "adventure" for this book »

- thebellefromhell

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Mary Shelley’s ghosts

31 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

In 1824, the mother of Frankenstein wrote an essay entitled, “On Ghosts”, for issue 9 of London Magazine. Besides including a personal nightmare about a haunted house, Mary Shelley relates an account of a suicide, a headless corpse, and a bloody ghost. I am posting an excerpted form of the article here for your Halloween enjoyment.  (The full text can be read here.) It ends as she ended it, with a folk tale about a bizarre cat funeral seen at night in a remote German forest; this folk tale is often retold and anthologized, and you may find yourself recognizing it. Her account was told to her by Matthew G. Lewis, an early writer in the Gothic tradition, and whose novel The Monk scandalized English society. He related ghost stories to Mary and Percy Shelley during the same summer that Mary’s novel Frankenstein was conceived.

 

Art by Mia Tavonatti from the 1994 Watermill paperback "Great Ghost Stories. »

- Max Cheney

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Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made Part 7: The 62 Greatest (# 62-32)

29 October 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Choosing my favourite horror films of all time is like choosing between my children – not that I have children, but if I did, I am sure I would categorize them quite like my DVD collection. As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. Also, it was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried. I based my list taking into consideration three points:

1- Technical accomplishments / artistry and their influence on the genre.

2- How many times I’ve revisited the films and how easily it makes for a repeated viewings.

3- Its story, atmosphere and how much it affected me when I first watched them.

Finally, there are many great films such as The Witchfinder General, The Wickerman and even Hour Of The Wolf that won’t appear here. I »

- Ricky

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Scary Monsters 2011, Round 3

27 October 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Following rounds 1 and 2, this one will take us right on through the countdown to Halloween and will surely be the most actively updated of the bunch. Best to begin, then, by grounding it in a classic, so we turn to David Kalat: "Frankenstein isn't a science fiction story about an arrogant scientist who intrudes on God's domain, it's a metaphor about our relationship to God." That's his argument, and I'll let him explain, but I want to pull back to a couple of earlier sentences in his piece. Mary Shelley's novel, "and the 1910 film version, treated the 'science' of Frankenstein as just so much folderol, a MacGuffin to introduce the artificial man into the story. Whale was so good at providing a reasonably convincing visualization of reviving the dead — no, more than that, a stunningly satisfying visualization of reviving the dead — it focused popular attention on that part of »

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The Exorcist being turned into a play by Teller of Penn & Teller

21 October 2011 1:37 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Teller of Penn & Teller is helping design some special effects to bring one of the scariest movies to the stage. Bleeding Cool reports that Teller, who co-wrote and directed productions Ghost Stories and Play Dead, will be creating special effects for the stage version of The Exorcist

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles is producing the show, John Doyle is directing and John Pielmeier (Agnes of God) is writing the show. The stage version is based on William Peter Blatty's book, and will “focus on the psychological aspects and questions of faith.” The show will premiere in July 2012. 

I am interested in seeing the special effects that Teller brings to the table for this play. It is hard for me to imagine that the play will be anywhere as scary as the film. I have never been to a play that is based on a horror movie though. Teller »

- Tiberius

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Introducing the London Horror Festival

20 October 2011 11:30 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Introducing the festival that's looking to bring horror back to the theatre...

There are more festivals dedicated to horror than any other kind of film-making. Outside of science fiction there is no genre which can boast such a large and enthusiastic following, who pack out cinemas in their thousands for the opportunity to have the living hell scared out of them by old and new film-makers alike.

Many want to do more than just watch the film: they turn up to showings of The Room and Troll 2 in costume, they bring things to throw and they scream along. As a lifelong fan of both horror and the theatre, I’ve always been baffled as to why there’s so little truly frightening and adventurous horror theatre out there. We’re hoping that the London Horror Festival can help to change that.

It was the cinema which sounded the death-knell »

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DVDs. Kaurismäki and More

19 October 2011 6:04 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"In his mid-50s and a festival favorite since the 80s, [Aki] Kaurismäki has joined the ranks of the master auteurs," writes Dennis Lim in the Los Angeles Times, "but in the Us at least, he has remained somewhat overlooked. Le Havre is being released by Janus Films, the sister company of the Criterion Collection, and for those looking to catch up, a pair of DVD boxed sets are available on Criterion's midprice line Eclipse. Compassionate chronicles of the romantic, economic and existential plights of blue-collar outsiders, the films in the Proletariat Trilogy set [Shadows in Paradise, Ariel and The Match Factory Girl], made between 1986 and 1990, put Kaurismäki on the international map. The Leningrad Cowboys set (out this week) shows off his goofier side, not to mention his taste for Soviet kitsch and American rockabilly."

This second trilogy — Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) and Total Balalaika Show (1994) — "chronicles eight years in the group's history, from their ramshackle »

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Blu-ray Review: 'Kuroneko' (Criterion Collection)

18 October 2011 2:40 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

My experience with Japanese director Kaneto Shindo was zero before pushing play on Criterion's new Blu-ray presentation of the helmer's 1968 supernatural horror Kuroneko. I was familiar with Shindo only in that I'd heard of his '64 feature, Onibaba, and after reading the synopsis for that film it would seem Kuroneko is something of an even darker version of the helmer's film from four years earlier. Set in war-torn medieval Japan, Kuroneko centers on a mother and her daughter-in-law who are raped and murdered by itinerant samurais. Upon their death they make a deal with the devil to remain on Earth as spirits, luring samurai into their clutches and killing them to make up for the lives they've stolen. The story takes an interesting turn when the son returns home after being forced to join the war. Now a samurai in his own right, he comes back only to find his »

- Brad Brevet

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Get ready to visit the Scary Market

17 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Last week we had Hong Kong Ghost Stories, this week Asia brings us a Zombie infestation in a Supermarket. Mainland Chinese horror-comedy Scary Market features babe starlet Athena Chu as a machine gun wielding zombie killer in dire trouble, as her mundane world of a grocery store employee is turned upside down by a Zombie invasion. Cheung Tat-Ming, Li Fei-er and Liao Jian co-star and the movie join the Halloween scary movie season, which kicks off Oct. 21. Scary Market trailer Scary Market trailer »

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Get ready to visit the Scary Market

17 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Last week we had Hong Kong Ghost Stories, this week Asia brings us a Zombie infestation in a Supermarket. Mainland Chinese horror-comedy Scary Market features babe starlet Athena Chu as a machine gun wielding zombie killer in dire trouble, as her mundane world of a grocery store employee is turned upside down by a Zombie invasion. Cheung Tat-Ming, Li Fei-er and Liao Jian co-star and the movie join the Halloween scary movie season, which kicks off Oct. 21. Scary Market trailer Scary Market trailer »

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Wong Jing & Patrick Kong Team Up For Hong Kong Ghost Stories

13 October 2011 11:12 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

I don't really have any inside poop on Hong Kong Ghost Stories, but who are we to ignore the mighty Wong Jing?  Mr. Wong teams up with Patrick Kong, the writer of Pang Ho Chueng's Men Suddenly in Black, to deliver a fun looking blast of old school Hong Kong horror.  Horror has been sadly lacking from Hong Kong recently, apart from the above-mentioned Pang Ho Cheung's Dream Home, there haven't been many high profile titles on the market in recent years.  I don't think this is a high profile title, but it certainly has a team on board that is capable of making entertainment that works.  This is all I can find in the way of a synopsis:Directors Wong Jing and Patrick Kong are »

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Trailer for Hong Kong Ghost Stories

13 October 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

With Halloween fast approaching it’s that time of year for horror movie marketers to have a field day, and it looks like Hong Kong’s no different with (the clue is in the title) Hong Hong Ghost Stories. Directors Jing Wong and Patrick Kong join forces together for the first time to bring us a ghost horror, Hong Kong style. The 2-part horror stories starts with the spooky and unexplained incidents in a school and the second story is about the ghostly encounter of a group of friend on vacation. Maybe it’s just me but the whole thing seems to be giving a little nod of recognition to the campy Hong Kong horror style of the 80s; that brought us the likes of ‘Mr. Vampire’ and ‘Encounters of the Spooky Kind.’ No bad thing really, as both of those were absolute solid gold classics. Time will tell if »

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Trailer for Hong Kong Ghost Stories

13 October 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

With Halloween fast approaching it’s that time of year for horror movie marketers to have a field day, and it looks like Hong Kong’s no different with (the clue is in the title) Hong Hong Ghost Stories. Directors Jing Wong and Patrick Kong join forces together for the first time to bring us a ghost horror, Hong Kong style. The 2-part horror stories starts with the spooky and unexplained incidents in a school and the second story is about the ghostly encounter of a group of friend on vacation. Maybe it’s just me but the whole thing seems to be giving a little nod of recognition to the campy Hong Kong horror style of the 80s; that brought us the likes of ‘Mr. Vampire’ and ‘Encounters of the Spooky Kind.’ No bad thing really, as both of those were absolute solid gold classics. Time will tell if »

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Trailer for Hong Kong Ghost Stories

13 October 2011 9:38 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

With Halloween fast approaching it’s that time of year for horror movie marketers to have a field day, and it looks like Hong Kong’s no different with (the clue is in the title) Hong Hong Ghost Stories. Directors Jing Wong and Patrick Kong join forces together for the first time to bring us a ghost horror, Hong Kong style. The 2-part horror stories starts with the spooky and unexplained incidents in a school and the second story is about the ghostly encounter of a group of friend on vacation. Maybe it’s just me but the whole thing seems to be giving a little nod of recognition to the campy Hong Kong horror style of the 80s; that brought us the likes of ‘Mr. Vampire’ and ‘Encounters of the Spooky Kind.’ No bad thing really, as both of those were absolute solid gold classics. Time will tell if »

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All Sorts of Craziness Awaits Those Who Believe in These Hong Kong Ghost Stories

10 October 2011 11:17 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

There’s a lot of kooky stuff going down in the trailer for directors Wong Jing and Patrick Kong’s upcoming horror flick “Hong Kong Ghost Stories”, which, according to the trailer, is the “return of Hong Kong horror”. That’s a pretty bold statement, especially from Wong Jing, a man who delivers outrageously cheesy movies on a fairly consistent basis. As insane as everything looks, my absolute favorite part of the trailer involves the “weirdos on tour”. That description alone will make me watch this. Yes, I’m that discerning when it comes to Asian horror. Here’s what the flick is supposed to be about: Directors Wong Jing and Patrick Kong are working together for the first time to bring a ghost horror Hong Kong movies. The 2-part horror stories starts with the spooky and unexplained incidents in a school and the second story is about the ghostly »

- Todd Rigney

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The Others

4 October 2011 6:37 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Ghost stories have been a strong staple of entertainment and folklore for centuries. The existence of life after death and the supernatural seem to fascinate and often times frighten people. Spirits that neither end up in heaven or hell linger around on Earth because they have unfinished business to take care of and usually that unfinished business encroaches on the daily activities of the living. Nicole Kidman seems to be stuck in this type of paranormal dilemma in 2001’s horror-thriller The Others now out on Blu-ray.

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- Randall Unger

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SciFi Mafia’s Comic Release Watch: 9/21/11

21 September 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Here’s what hits stores this week!

DC Comics

Batman #1 (Greg Capullo Regular Cover), $2.99

Batman #1 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover), Ar

Batman #1 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), Ar

Birds Of Prey #1, $2.99

Blue Beetle #1, $2.99

Captain Atom #1, $2.99

Catwoman #1, $2.99

DC Universe Presents #1, $2.99

Dmz #69, $2.99

Fables #109, $2.99

Green Lantern Corps #1, $2.99

Green Lantern Vs Sinestro Mini Statue, $125.00

Hellblazer #283, $2.99

Justice League #1 (Jim Lee 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Justice League #1 (Jim Lee 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Justice League Of America Omega Hc, $24.99

Legion Of Super-Heroes #1, $2.99

New Teen Titans Games Hc (resolicited), $24.99

New York Five Tp, $14.99

Nightwing #1, $2.99

Northlanders #44, $2.99

Red Hood And The Outlaws #1, $2.99

Showcase Presents All-Star Comics Volume 1 Tp, $19.99

Supergirl #1, $2.99

Tiny Titans #44, $2.99

Wonder Woman #1, $2.99

Young Justice #8, $2.99

Marvel Comics

Anita Blake Circus Of The Damned The Scoundrel #1 (Of 5), $3.99

Avengers #17 (Alan Davis Regular Cover), $3.99

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Sketch Variant Cover), Ar

Avengers #17 (Stuart Immonen Marvel Architects Variant Cover), Ar

Avengers The Children’s Crusade #7 (Of 9), $3.99

Captain America #3 (Steve »

- Brandon Johnston

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Sons Of Anarchy scribe penning untitled teen ghost film for Paramount

9 September 2011 1:33 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Ghost stories continue to be popular, especially with shows like Ghost Hunters on TV. Variety reports that Paramount has acquired an untitled teen ghost penned by Sons of Anarchy scribe Misha Green. The project will be directed by Francis Lawrence (I am Legend), and will be produced by Tim Kring and Erwin Stoff. As of now, the logline is being kept quiet, but we'll keep you posted on any updates.

I love Soa and it's writing, so I am excited to learn more about this project. What are your thougths? »

- Tiberius

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Review: The Glass Man

27 August 2011 4:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Cristian Solimeno

Starring: Andy Nyman, James Cosmo, Neve Campbell.

Running time: 103 minutes.

Certificate: Tbc

Synopsis: After losing his job, Martin (Nyman) finds himself falling into a pit of irreconcilable debt. And even worse, he has failed to tell his wife (Campbell) that they are close to losing everything. But as Martin is on the brink, a mysterious bailiff arrives at his door, offering to wipe Martin’s debt in exchange for help with a secret errand. But is this just another situation that Martin is unable to control?

Despite premiering at 2011’s FrightFest, The Glass Man is not a horror film. At least, not in the traditional sense. It does not set out to scare you as other films might, with the threat of death, supernatural entities, or whatever else may fill your imagination. That is not to say that The Glass Man isn’t about fear. In fact, »

- Tom Fordy

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