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Idris Elba's Reddit Ama provided a few key facts about Elba's career. He would totally play James Bond, and he loves Mary Poppins, but perhaps most importantly, it added a crucial detail to the ever-expanding web that is The Nicolas Cage Mythos. Elba talked about an odd incident that occurred while the two were shooting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance together in Romania in 2010. In Elba's own words: "… Nic Cage came back one day on set … and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit - kind of like he'd been up all night. So I was like, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Monster Squad is a 1980s masterpiece. I don't know any kid from the 80s that didn't grow up loving the hell out of this movie. Over the years it's gained quite a big cult following. The movie was directed by Fred Dekker, who also co-wrote the script with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. It was so funny watching this movie when I was older because I had no idea how dark and dirty it was when I was a kid. Here are 14 fun facts about the movie that you may or may not know.
According to Dekker, Black's first draft of the screenplay was so huge that the opening of the film featured Van Helsing accompanied by zeppelin's and hundreds of men on horseback storming Dracula's castle. Dekker stated that this sequence would have cost more than the final budget of the film.There was an idea for a sequel called Monster Squad vs. »
- Joey Paur
With Nosferatu the Vampyre (aka Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht), Werner Herzog's allegiance to F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent feature Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens makes it even more intriguing than it would be were it wholly original. Murnau's film is striking for its imagery to the point it owns what may be the most iconic horror villain of all-time, even for those that have never seen the movie, as Max Schreck's spindly figure rises from the shadows as Graf Orlok (a variation on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"). Murnau's Nosferatu, however, can be a bit of a challenge to get through, even at 94 minutes, while Herzog's adaptation brings new life to the story, with frequent nods to the original and more than enough to make it all his own. Herzog, of course, was able to make his film without worry over the rights to Stoker's novel as it had entered »
- Brad Brevet
One of the most famous residences in the world (and literature) is potentially for sale, if the price is right.
Bran Castle, or as it is commonly referred to Dracula's Castle, in Romania’s Transylvanian mountains may be looking for a buyer. In the 1920’s the fortress became an offcial residence for the British royal family but was seized by the communists in 1948. After some legal back and forth, it was returned to the family in 2006 and is now in the possession of Queen Marie’s grandchildren.
Archduke Dominic and his sisters Maria-Magdalena Holzhausen and Elisabet Sandhofer, all in their 70’s, are looking at what is best for the future of the castle. They have taken good care of the site but, in their advanced years, are unsure if they have the time or money to truly turn the location into a prime tourist destination. They envision a hotel on site, »
- Chris Connors
By Lee Pfeiffer
The year 1979 was a good one for vampires, cinematically speaking. John Badham's version of "Dracula" premiered starring Frank Langella in the film version of his Broadway hit, George Hamilton had a surprise success with the spoof "Love At First Bite" and German director Werner Herzog unveiled his remake of the classic German silent horror movie "Nosferatu: The Vampyre". The original version by director F.W. Murnau is still regarded by many as the greatest horror movie ever made. Indeed, the mere sight of the film's star Max Schreck (who was as eerie in real life as he was on screen) is enough to give you nightmares. Herzog's version was not only the best of the vampire films released in 1979, it is a fitting homage to the Murnau classic. Working with a relatively extravagant budget, Herzog produced a film that is eerie and unsettling. He refrains from going for quick shocks, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
These days you can't throw a rock without breaking a vital piece of a serious, strategic, horror board game. But just because the board game industry is blowing up now doesn't mean we didn't have plenty of awesome games in ages past! The years have afforded us tons of bizarre, fun, challenging, and silly horror board games, and we'd hate to see them lost to the sands of time. Here's a look at our first collection of vintage games worth revisiting: Vampire Board Games!
The Fury of Dracula - Games Workshop (1987)
Here's a game of cat and mouse (or should we say bat and mouse) that was truly ahead of its time. 'The Fury of Dracula,' for two to four players, set one player against the rest of the table in a race to control Europe. One player assumes the role of Dracula, who sneaks around a map of the European countryside. »
- Giaco Furino
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