7 items from 2008
There are those of us reading this who still remember the sweet shocks of the made-for-tv 1970s horror movie. Usually spat out by ABC under its Movie of the Week moniker, they were less daring, less profane but occasionally brilliant exercises in compact genre mayhem.
These prime-time flicks employed network stars in melodramatic tales designed to seep under your skin—often in less than 90 minutes, commercials included. Y’know, stuff like Don’T Be Afraid Of The Dark, Crowhaven Farm, Moon Of The Wolf…and of course, the immortal Karen Black vehicle Trilogy Of Terror.
Which brings us to the man who not only gave us Trilogy Of Terror, but several more of the best ‘70s TV-movie macabres, the late and indisputably great Dan Curtis. He was the driving force behind the cult ‘60s daytime vampire soap opera Dark Shadows and its theatrical adaptations (1970’s excellent House Of Dark Shadows »
Due to too much Thanksgiving turkey, Beaujolais, and fun with friends, the last Weekly Wrap-Up was Mia. But fear not; this week it returns with a vengeance, and since so much transpired from November 28-December 6, 2008, let's get right to it!
Tis the season for familiar faces to make a reappearance, even if some of their projects are only in the rumor stage. Can you blame us for getting excited about the possibility of a new Buffy feature film? And if Whedon does pull it off, will Sarah Michelle Gellar be a part of it? Only time will tell.
Another three-name blast from the past, Tommy Lee Wallace, is set to begin shooting Hellversity this spring. Our original report mentioned that part of the filming would take place in India. Due to the unfortunate events in Mumbai recently, I question whether or not that's still the case. Barnabas Collins is a »
- The Woman In Black
He confirmed that Tim Burton, currently directing Depp as the Mad Hatter in his Alice in Wonderland movie, is also on board. The two reportedly will segue right from the Looking Glass to Collinwood Manor. Depp’s work in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and The Lone Ranger are therefore expected to follow.
Zanuck told Collider that Depp has long been obsessed with the cult soap opera series, the first to tackle the supernatural, which ran on ABC from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. Depp has said in the past he would sneak out of school early to make it home to watch the show.
Various other adaptations of Dan Curtis’ show have been tried in the past including an »
- Robert Greenberger
• Dimension Extreme and Genius Products have issued cover art for Dorothy Mills, the evil-girl chiller they’re releasing February 10. And Paramount Home Entertainment released cover art and details for the Tales From The Darkside: The First Season boxed set, coming the same day, that we first reported on here.
Dorothy Mills, in which a psychiatrist travels to an island off the coast of Ireland to investigate the case of a teen who has tried to kill a baby and discovers the dark secrets surrounding her, is presented in widescreen with Dolby Digitial 5.1 sound and comes with a making-of documentary; retail price is $19.99. Darkside, a three-disc package with 24 episodes in fullscreen and mono sound, plus audio commentary by George A. Romero on the “Trick or Treat” pilot episode, retails for $39.99.
In addition to its new audio dramas based on Doctor Who, Big Finish Productions also handles original properties in addition to other licenses. Recently, Big Finish announced two new installments in their ongoing Dark Shadows adventures.
Quentin Collins (David Selby) and Angelique (Lara Parker) take center stage in November’s The Skin Walkers. Set in New York at the turn of the century, “Quentin is stalked by a mysterious cult, hell-bent on harnessing his werewolf powers.”
Next month’s The Path of Fate, “explores Angelique and marks the Big Finish debut of Stephen Mark Rainey, an author familiar to Dark Shadows fans from his acclaimed official novel, Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark.
“Series two of the full-cast audio dramas is on track for release in August 2009 and will be our most ambitious Dark Shadows project to date. It’s a four-part epic, continuing our ongoing stories in grand fashion. »
- Robert Greenberger
Making its debut on January 27th courtesy of Dark Sky Films is the 1977 made-for-tv anthology flick Dead of Night . Horror maven Dan Curtis of Dark Shadows fame, not to mention Trilogy of Terror , sat at the helm working from a script by Richard Matheson. Stories include Second Chance , in which Ed Begley Jr. is found traveling in time to meet the love his life, No Such Thing As a Vampire , and Bobby , where a mother's wish is granted when she asks that her drowned son comes back to life. Dark Sky's DVD presentation includes the featurette A Darkness at Blaisedon . »
Tim Burton is attached to direct an adaptation of '60s supernatural soap Dark Shadows, Iesb reports. The Sweeney Todd director will reportedly helm the Warner Bros film, which is set up at Johnny Depp's Infinitum-Nihil production company. John August will write the movie. Dan Curtis's Dark Shadows ran on Us TV from 1966 to 1971. The series's popularity surged when vampire Barnabas (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
7 items from 2008
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