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Retro Horror Film Marathon at Pike Drive-In Theater to Include House of Dark Shadows & House by the Lake

11 August 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In about one month, horror hounds will gather in the glow of the silver screen at Vandergrift, Pa’s Drive-In Super Monster-Rama, but the celluloid celebration doesn’t stop there. The following weekend, about three hours north of Vandergrift in the town of Montgomery, Pa, another retro horror show is taking place at the Pike Drive-in Theater.

Held on September 19th and 20th, four old-school horror films will play in 35mm color at the Pike Drive-In Theater, highlighted by an extremely rare and high quality 35 mm print of 1970′s House of Dark Shadows, which will make it the first time in decades that the vampire movie based on Dan CurtisDark Shadows TV show has played at a drive-in theater. Also included in the film lineup is a rare, uncut 35 mm print of 1976′s UK horror flick, The House by the Lake, aka Death Weekend, as well as the 1966 cult favorite War Between the Planets. »

- Derek Anderson

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Forget the summer, did 'Guardians of the Galaxy' just save the rest of 2014?

4 August 2014 4:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's taken a few months, but moviegoers finally found another summer movie they adore. "Boyhood" has a very passionate fan base, but that awards-worthy player still isn't in enough theaters to come close to qualifying for nationwide release. No, America and some parts of the world have gone nuts for James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy," and with not a moment to spare. Frankly, this summer movie season has mostly been a box office dud from a studio perspective. That's somewhat perplexing considering the quality of films in May and June were surprisingly strong. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Neighbors," "22 Jump Street," "Maleficent," "The Fault in Our Stars," "Edge of Tomorrow" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" guaranteed there was at least one good movie opening almost every weekend over the first six weeks of the summer. The box office results were mixed, however. "Days" was the biggest »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Dick Smith, 'Exorcist' and 'Godfather' Makeup Artist, Dead at 92

31 July 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who turned teenaged Linda Blair into a possessed demon  in The Exorcist and made special dentures to give Marlon Brando jowls in The Godfather, has died following a long illness. He was 92, USA Today reports.

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Makeup artist Rick Baker announced Smith's death via Twitter. "The master is gone," he wrote. "My friend and mentor Dick Smith is no longer with us. The world will not be the same."

Smith grew up in Larchmont, New York, and »

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'Exorcist,' 'Godfather,' 'Amadeus' makeup artist Dick Smith dies at 92

31 July 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Just yesterday I wrote about, and talked to a handful of, the many craftspeople who quite simply make the movies tick. Well, today we have lost a legend in that fray: makeup artist Dick Smith has left us. I sometimes wish I had grown up like some of my older colleagues, reading magazines like Monster Movie Handbook and Famous Monsters of Filmland. But they had pretty much run their course by the time I ended up in the picture. Smith's contributions to those volumes opened the eyes of countless movie fans, and one of them even went on to be a legend in the field in his own right: 7-time Oscar winner Rick Baker. "I could tell it wasn’t just a job with him, it was passion," Baker said of Smith's articles in those magazines at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011. "I wrote him a letter at 18 and enclosed photos of makeups I’d done. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Dick Smith 1922-2014

31 July 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Dick Smith, the renowned "Godfather of Makeup", has died aged 92. Smith was a legend in the field, pioneering an astonishing number of different techniques and trickery in-camera. He’s best known for his work on an impressive list of classics, including Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Amadeus. Indeed, it’s a tribute to his talents that – The Exorcist aside – audiences often forget that these films had such extraordinary special effects and makeup, all hiding in plain sight.Born in June 1922, Smith began his career in television as head of the New York NBC make-up department in 1945. He was one of the first pioneers in using small sections of foam latex (instead of one whole mask), which freed an actor up to be far more expressive and mobile. During that time, he worked on shows from Roald Dahl’s Way Out to cult hit Dark Shadows. However, it is »

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Is this the golden age of TV horror?

6 July 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Hemlock Grove, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, The Walking Dead & more, Ron suggests this is a golden age in the history of Us TV horror…


On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.

“Screaming relaxes me so”

Though Vampira’s reign as »

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TV on Tap: Yahoo Picks Up “Community,” More “Drunk History” and Is “True Blood” Guilty of Empty Pandering?

1 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Fox has pulled Hieroglyph, an Egyptian political drama seen as Fox’s spin on Game of Thrones. A thirteen episode season was ordered and a pilot episode filmed but Fox wasn’t happy with the scripts for later episodes. That puts it on the odd list of shows Fox cancelled before broadcasting an episode (it’s a surprisingly long list).

Community has been saved with barely any time to spare. Yahoo has picked up the cult comedy’s sixth season. It was a fortunate bit of timing for the two, as Yahoo was looking to find a way to draw attention to its original programming just as a show with a loyal fanbase was looking for a new home. Intriguingly, while its way too early to judge, Yahoo is open to letting Community run for more than six seasons.

One step closer

The Travel Channel has pulled the debut »

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How 'True Blood' Lost Its Bite

19 June 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In its first season, HBO's True Blood was one of the best guilty-pleasure shows on TV. Not only did it make for great water-cooler entertainment, but it also helped usher in the vampire-craze wave that eventually culminated in movies like The Twilight Saga taking over the universe, The Vampire Diaries punching up the CW, and Dark Shadows getting a big-screen reboot (albeit a terrible one). There was a time when you couldn't hit the Jersey shore without seeing someone wearing a shirt that said "Fangbanger" on it.

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Someone Has a Bone to Pick With Dan Curtis' Dracula

27 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Sometimes in this business we end up writing our own synopses for films. The good folks over at VideoETA have done so for Dan ("Dark Shadows") Curtis and Dan Curtis' Dracula, and it's pretty... well... see for yourself!

"This version of the Transylvanian count talks more and is ugly to boot; Van Helsing gets him."

We hereby nominate VideoETA to write all synopses from here on out.

Official Synopsis

Academy Award winner Jack Palance stars in this terrifying adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel Dracula, written for the screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson ("The Twilight Zone," I Am Legend, Duel) and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis ("Dark Shadows," Trilogy of Terror, The Winds of War).

Palance (City Slickers, Batman, Shane, Contempt) is Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra (Fiona Lewis; Dr. Phibes Rises Again), and her fiance (Simon Ward; "The Tudors, »

- Steve Barton

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May 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Cheap Thrills, Sleepaway Camp, Death Spa

26 May 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After the long holiday weekend, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and for us, that includes keeping you guys updated on all the great horror, sci-fi and thriller movies making their home video bow this week.

On May 27th, Robert Hiltzik’s cult classic slasher Sleepaway Camp finally makes its high definition debut courtesy of the fine folks at Scream Factory. We’re also seeing the release of Dan CurtisDracula and Death Spa from Mpi Home Video and E.L. Katz’s superb Cheap Thrills is also arriving on DVD and Blu-ray for those of you who may have missed it earlier this year. This week we’re also getting a pair of disaster flicks, the latest from Danny Trejo (the hardest working man in Hollywood) and actor/director Joe Swanberg as well as a few more titles that should definitely be of interest to genre fans. »

- Heather Wixson

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Saturn Awards to Honor Malcolm McDowell, Bryan Fuller

14 May 2014 5:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will present special awards to Malcolm McDowell, Bryan Fuller, Gregory Nicotero and Marc Cushman at this year’s 40th Annual Saturn Awards.

McDowell will be presented with the Life Career Award for his roles in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi thriller “A Clockwork Orange,” “O Lucky Man,” “Royal Flash,” Paul Schrader’s “Cat People,” and “Star Trek: Generations.”

Executive producer and writer of NBC’s “Hannibal,” Fuller joins the list with the Dan Curtis Legacy Award, which is annually presented in honor of legendary producer and director Dan Curtis (“Dark Shadows”).

Special make-up FX creator Nicotero will be honored with the George Pal Memorial Award. He is the co-founder of K.N.B. Effects Group and has worked on projects including “Day of the Dead,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” “The Green Mile,” “Kill Bill, Volume 1 & 2” and “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Nicotero is also »

- Nikara Johns

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MurderDrome DVD Review

6 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Daniel Armstrong

Starring: Amber Sajben, Daisy Masterman, Louise Monnington, Jake Brown, Anthony Cincotta, Max Marchione, Demonique Deluxe, Kat Anderson

Running Time: 76 minutes

Rating: 18

Extras: Trailer, behind the scenes, director’s and actors’ commentary, music videos

I’ve always wavered between awe and fear of those roller derby girls. It’s that cartoonish mix of punk, word-play and fishnets—kind of Tank Girl on wheels. And as a growing and popular sport, perhaps the time is right for a roller derby exploitation slasher?

Well our dreams have been answered. Australian director, Daniel Armstrong’s Murderdrome has everything you’ll need and expect from a roller derby horror: girls, witty names, gratuitous violence, skimpy burlesque-ish costumes and a punk rock soundtrack. Oh, and roller skates of course. The story follows kick-ass player Cherry Skye (Amber Sajben) who unwittingly awakens a roller blading demon intent on hacking, slicing and stamping its way »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Dan Curtis’ Dracula Gets The Blu-ray Treatment

3 May 2014 5:26 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Those of us lucky enough to have been blossoming horror fans in the early 70′s owe a huge debt to Dan Curtis. His TV shows and movies are what we cut our horror teeth on. Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker, Burnt Offerings, Trilogy of Terror, I mean holy shit.

One of his “made for TV” movies from 1974 is heading to Blu-ray. Dracula starring the one and only Jack Palance!

Here are the details:

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- Dave Dreher

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Dan Curtis' Dracula Puts the Bite on Blu-ray

2 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There have been many great actors to portray Count Dracula over the passing decades, and in case you forgot Jack Palance donned the fangs and cape for Dan ("Dark Shadows") Curtis in Dan Curtis' Dracula, it's heading to Blu-ray this month.

From the Press Release

Academy Award winner Jack Palance stars in this terrifying adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel Dracula, written for the screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson ("The Twilight Zone," I Am Legend, Duel) and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis ("Dark Shadows," Trilogy of Terror, The Winds of War).

Palance (City Slickers, Batman, Shane, Contempt) is Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra (Fiona Lewis; Dr. Phibes Rises Again), and her fiance (Simon Ward; "The Tudors," "Young Winston") calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Nigel Davenport; A Man for All Seasons, Mary, Queen of Scots) to investigate. »

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Dan Curtis’ Dracula is Coming to Blu-ray

1 May 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Mpi Home Video has announced that they’ve given Dan CurtisDracula a high definition upgrade and will be bringing the 1974 horror movie to Blu-ray on May 27th:

“Academy Award winner Jack Palance stars in this terrifying adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel Dracula, written for the screen by sci-fi/horror master Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone, I Am Legend, Duel) and produced by the legendary Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, Trilogy of Terror, The Winds of War). Palance (City Slickers, Batman, Shane, Contempt) is Count Dracula, whose centuries-old existence is threatened after he attacks the lovely Lucy Westenra (Fiona Lewis, Dr. Phibes Rises Again), and her fiance (Simon Ward, The Tudors, Young Winston) calls in famed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Nigel Davenport, A Man for All Seasons; Mary, Queen of Scots) to investigate.

Originally shown on CBS-tv in 1974, Dan CurtisDracula has long been considered among the »

- Jonathan James

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Big Finish Audios Nominated for Awards

18 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

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It’s a Big Finish Mexican stand off! And there’s only one winner… you! The listener! Big Finish have once again reached the shortlist of the annual Scribe Awards – organised by the International Association of Tie-In Writers – with Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride and The Flip Side and Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm all

The post Big Finish Audios Nominated for Awards appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- Andrew Reynolds

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2014 Scribe Award Nominees Named

10 April 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (www.iamtw.org) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2014 Scribe Awards, recognizing excellence in the field of media tie-in writing: books based on movies, TV shows and games. The winners will be announced and awards presented in July at a ceremony and panel discussion at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Best Adaptation (Novelization)

Man of Steel by Greg Cox

Pacific Rim by Alex Irvine

47 Ronin by Joan D. Vinge

Best General Novel (Original)

Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder by Donald Bain

The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons by Michael A. Black

Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad

Leverage: The Bestseller Job by Greg Cox

Leverage: The Zoo Job by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Best Speculative Novel (Original)

Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox by Christa Faust

Supernatural: Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson

Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

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- Robert Greenberger

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The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Little Barn of Horrors

9 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Do you hear that, the low howling of the wind on a dark New York night? Out in the dim barn, the eaves are creaking and the conveyor belt starts with a lurching metallic chortle. Yes, this is the barn of Aviva Drescher’s doom, and it is coming alive to get us all, to eat our limbs and spit us back into the world as scared, twitching messes. How will we ever confront our fears, and how will we survive afterwards? Those are some questions for the next episode of Dark Shadows or, you know, later in this episode of the Real Hay Bailers of Anne Arundel County.Yes, this week, Aviva goes back to the site of the accident that stripped her of one foot and gave her at least a little bit of interesting cocktail conversation for the rest of her life. But before we get to that, »

- Brian Moylan

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Rider Strong Films “Girl Meets World” Appearance, “Arrow” Debuts Its Suicide Squad and You Should Watch “Enlisted”

19 March 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Following this week’s Teen Wolf shocker, MTV has unveiled a memorial site.

Andrew Rannells tells E! that he’d like to see Elijah bring some guy-on-guy sexuality to Girls. “I volunteered myself for nakedness… I feel like with Looking on the air, I gotta represent some gay sex on the show. I’m willing.” I’d think it would be safe to say that we’ll be willing to watch that.

Six reasons you need to watch Enlisted.

Betsy Brandt is getting back to participating in prestige cable dramas, taking a role in the second season of Masters of Sex, according to The Hollywood Reporter in a recurring role. She’ll play Dr. Masters‘ new secretary.

Brandt may not be the only Breaking Bad alum to show up on another cable drama. Aaron Paul and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter have been publicly tweeting each other about »

- Lyle Masaki

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8 Greatest Vampire TV Shows

8 March 2014 3:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


What is it about immortal beings with an insatiable hunger for blood that has captured our imaginations for so many years? Vampires have moved from folk legend to literature to cinema to television and from horror to fantasy to somewhere in between, and yet their popularity remains undiminished. TV may be their newest home (although not as new as you might think), but it has reinvented and reimagined bloodsuckers to produce some of the most compelling genre shows ever made.

In this article we’re listing the best of the best vampire TV shows, right from the earliest efforts to the present day. It seems that every time someone declares that vampire shows should be left to rest in peace, they rise with renewed strength and vigour and sink their teeth into us once again. Funny how that works, isn’t it?


8. Dark Shadows


Dark Shadows aired on »

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