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Everyone wants a piece of Murphy on season two of Syfy's Z Nation, and ahead of the latest episode's premiere tonight at 10:00pm Est, we caught up with Keith Allan, the actor who plays Patient Zero. In our latest Q&A feature, Allan discusses watching Dark Shadows while growing up, Murphy's mindset in season two, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us, Keith. You’ve been involved with a number of horror projects over the years. Were you a big fan of the horror and sci-fi genres growing up? Did you have any favorite films, TV shows, or books from those genres that really stuck with you?
Keith Allan: Absolutely. Horror was huge when I was a teenager. Friday the 13th, Halloween, science fiction like Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey... great drive-in movies. Lots of fun to go party with your buds and just get silly and scream. »
- Derek Anderson
When I was a kid, I used to love a scary movie. I remember catching the original The Haunting (1963) one night on Channel 9’s Million Dollar Movie when I was home alone. Before it was over, I had every light in the house on. When my mother got home she was screaming she’d been able to see the house glowing from two blocks away. The only thing screaming louder than her was the electricity meter.
That was something of an accomplishment, scaring me like that. Oh, it’s not that I was hard to scare (I still don’t like going down into a dark cellar). But, in those days, the movies didn’t have much to scare you with. Back as far as the 50s, you might find your odd dismemberment and impaling, even an occasional decapitation, but, generally, the rule of the day was restraint. Even those rare dismemberments, »
- Bill Mesce
Here’s something to think about when you go looking for your favorite movie: it might be a TV show. Stephen King first published “The Mist” in 1980, Frank Darabont adapted it as a movie in 2007, and now The Weinstein Company is developing it for television. That’s similar to what happened to “The Dark Fields,” which was turned into Limitless in 2011, and is currently on CBS on a TV near you. Going in reverse, the late ’80s TV show 21 Jump Street has been converted into two films (with probably more on the way, which also happened with The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, Dark Shadows, Mission: Impossible and Veronica Mars (although that last one is admittedly a spin-off film featuring most of the same actors in their original roles). However, Veronica Mars (like Entourage) helps illustrate an interesting difference from all of the TV shows that decided they needed a movie (not »
- Scott Beggs
For the first week of October, genre fans should get those wallets ready because there are seemingly endless horror and sci-fi movies being released on both DVD and Blu-ray. Warner Bros. is keeping busy with the release of numerous Hammer Classics in HD including Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Mummy and Taste the Blood of Dracula, and we have the latest new release from Scream Factory, the cannibal comedy Gravy, to look forward to as well. Sony Pictures has also put together a stellar new release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Kino Lorber is showing the cult classic Burnt Offerings some love this week, too.
Other notable titles arriving on October 6th include We Are Still Here, Final Girl, Fire City: End of Days, Children of the Night, June, Pod, Cop Car, Alleluia, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and the second season of Penny Dreadful. »
- Heather Wixson
Every October, ABC Family treats viewers to 13 straight nights of spooky movies leading up to the scariest night of the year: Halloween. The schedule is out for this year's annual marathon, and there are a lot of terrifying movies to look forward to. Ok, they're mostly Halloween movies for wimps, but they're still great! Most of the real scary stuff starts at midnight, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Take a look below to plan which movies you want to tune in for, and if you need Halloween costume ideas, we have those too! Oct. 19 1:30 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 5 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 12 a.m. - Corpse Bride Oct. 20 4 p.m. - Corpse Bride 6 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 9 p.m. - Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special 12 a. »
- Maggie Pehanick
If you’re going to race with the Devil, you’ve got to be fast as hell!
Pull on up to the ’70s, when Satanic Panic fueled the nightmares of a horror-fed generation. Started by Rosemary’s Baby (1968), exploding with The Exorcist (1973), and culminating with The Omen (1976), hoofin’ with the Horned One was a popular dance at the box office. Race with the Devil (1975) is a much less grandiose ride than its esteemed colleagues, but remains a fun and interesting mesh of hot rods and Hell.
Released in June, Rwtd came off the assembly line for $1.7 million Us and returned $12 million, a sizable success for a modest B-flick. Car chase movies always turned a tidy profit on the circuit, exploitation filled with wheels and women perfectly suited for drive-ins across North America. By the time Rwtd was released, satanic horror had saturated the market. But by crossbreeding it with a »
- Scott Drebit
A Kickstarter was launched for the Hollywood Horror Museum which will preserve the history of the genre we all love so dearly. Also in this round-up: details on the Goosebumps screening at Mile High Horror Film Festival, horror survival game Romero's Aftermath, and distribution details for Crabs!
Hollywood Horror Museum: Press Release: "The Nsf just announced the launch of their Kickstarter for the Hollywood Horror Museum. The museum, created by some of horror and Sci-Fi’s biggest names, will be the world’s first educational, non-profit museum teaching the history of horror in films, TV, literature and art, as well as filmmaking, makeup, costumes and special effects, from model making to computer graphics.
The museum coincides with the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum and will have a permanent home in 2018.
- Tamika Jones
Every October, ABC Family treats viewers to 13 straight nights of spooky movies leading up to the scariest night of the year: Halloween. The schedule is out for this year's annual marathon, and there are a lot of terrifying movies to look forward to. Ok, they're mostly Halloween movies for wimps, but they're still great! Most of the real scary stuff starts at midnight, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Poltergeist II: The Other Side. Take a look below to plan which movies you want to tune in for! Oct. 19 1:30 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 5 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 12 a.m. - Corpse Bride Oct. 20 4 p.m. - Corpse Bride 6 p.m. - Hocus Pocus 9 p.m. - Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special 12 a.m. - Casper Oct. 21 5 p.m. - Casper 7 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
M. Night Shylaman’s ten part mini-series Wayward Pines (episode one review) sees Secret Service agent Ethan Burke, played by Oscar-nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) – pictured above – arrives in a quaint town outside of Idaho on a mission to find two missing federal agents. Instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
This picturesque hamlet is host to a myriad of mysterious residents, played by an expert ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as sinister Nurse Pam, Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Prisoners) as the enigmatic Sheriff Pope, Carla Guigno (Sin City) as the evasive Kate Hewson and Golden Globe »
- Phil Wheat
Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering force for female TV directors, died today at her Santa Monica home of natural causes. She was 96. Swift went from gopher to an Ad job on the network’s Studio One in 1948, to directing nearly 600 episodes of Dark Shadows and winning three Daytime Emmys over 14 years of helming the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Born Lela Siwoff on February 1, 1919, in New York City, she joined the then-nascent CBS in the… »
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo, restored and presented in 70mm, will be shown at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland on July 17, 18, and 19. I’ll be there, because this film has a special place in my heart. In 1959 we lived in the small English village of Odiham in Hampshire. 3000 people, 7 pubs, one picture palace—The Regal. I was 13 years old, and for the first time I was allowed to go to the movies on a winter’s night by myself. (My mother was a little over-protective, hence my later flirtation with stunts.) To get to the Regal on the outskirts of town, I had to walk through the cemetery of the Norman-era church. Dark shadows. Wisps of fog. Knowing I was going to see a film crafted by a director dubbed the Master of Suspense made the graveyard all the spookier. Vertigo was on its re-release, making its way through the »
- Brian Trenchard-Smith
“Interstellar” drew the most wins at the 41st annual Saturn Awards, taking six awards including top science fiction film. But “Guardians of the Galaxy” also had a big night, picking up awards for top comicbook film, best director and best actor for Chris Pratt.
Jonathan Nolan accepted the screenwriting honor for “Interstellar.” He quipped: ” ‘Interstellar’ is the story of a man who goes on an arduous journey, comes back 100 years later to find that nobody remembers him or gives a f–k about what he was doing. It’s a pretty good metaphor for writing a studio film.”
“Guardians” director James Gunn accepted for Pratt, then was recalled to the podium twice more in quick succession to accept his own kudos and the top honor for the film. Gunn eschewed the “cocktail attire” dress code for a black sweatshirt emblazoned with a kitten. Gunn read a message from Pratt: “James Gunn is the future. »
- David S. Cohen
Vampire Diaries masterminds Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec convened at the Atx Television Festival on Sunday to reminisce about their 15-year working relationship — and ended up dropping some serious gems for Tvd fans.
Here are seven of our favorite revelations, both about the CW drama’s history and what’s still to come.
Audiences are assembling in force to see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” this weekend, in what is shaping up to be a blockbuster debut with few equals.
AMC is reporting dozens of opening-night sellouts, MovieTickets.com is moving tickets at four times the rate of the first “Avengers” and Fandango says pre-sales for the latest chapter in the saga of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes matches those for all previous Marvel Studios films combined. Given that kind of fanboy fervor, it’s unsurprising that Disney, Marvel’s corporate parent and the film’s distributor, is pegging a debut north of $200 million. Outside tracking firms are even more bullish, projecting the picture will bow to $215 million or higher.
Barring a machine uprising, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be only the second film in history to top $200 million in its debut, but that’s not the only benchmark the super team is looking to surpass. »
- Brent Lang
This was ground zero. This was where the love affair started; all the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, the screaming. In 1976, at the age of six, my mom took me to the theater to see Burnt Offerings, my first horror movie.
Six years old. Up until this point my viewing memories consisted of Saturday morning cartoons and a matinee memory of seeing a giant octopus engulf a ship (submarine?). Little did I know that I was to be indoctrinated into a universe of monsters, vampires, guys with knives (girls too), killer critters, ghosts, goblins, and, in my inaugural visit to the screen of screams… the Haunted House.
Well, that description is a little off. The house in Burnt Offerings isn’t haunted exactly; it is…alive. A living, pulsing being that every so often needs a new family to love it. Cherish it. And to be consumed by it so »
- Scott Drebit
The last we heard, the long-mooted Gremlins reboot was on hold.
The new addition to the film series created by the great Joe Dante was being written by Seth Grahame Smith, but in January, he revealed that the project had "run out of steam" - producers Christopher Columbus (who wrote the 1984 original) and Steven Spielberg were, he said, busy on other projects.
"I think we just ran out of steam", he said. "It's one of those things where everybody got so busy doing other things. It's something I would love to come back to, but right now, Steven's making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy [making Pixels]. We're all taking a five-minute break on that".
We're now hearing that Grahame-Smith, the writer of »
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