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One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!
Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis, »
Mustache twirling aficionados of evil all know that when Hollywood wants ‘bad’ they go British, regardless of the characters actual nationality. Hollywood’s decision to cast Brits as bad guys started in the early days of cinema when American actors were reluctant to play villains so producers looked elsewhere.
They settled on the British because their accent was thought to represent sophistication and intelligence (clearly Hollywood producers have never been to Essex) and had anti-imperialistic connotations from the big, bad British Empire of yesteryear.
The British accent was to become a modern-day equivalent of the white hat/black hat stereotype of good and evil and was used to help audiences instantly recognize that one stereotype most people would never meet in real life; the evil genius. Almost a 100 years later and that tradition is still as strong as ever.
Join us as we take a look at some of »
- Kristopher Powell
With Hugh Jackman currently negotiating to play Wolverine for a seventh and eighth time, Cinelinx takes a look at actors who’ve played the same role eight times or more. Who has played the same character most often? Come in and find out.
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine five times--x-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013)—as well as a cameo in X-Men:First Class (2011). Soon we’ll be seeing him fully clawed again on the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Recently, he told Collider that he might shoot Wolverine 3 and X-Men: Apocalypse “back-to-back”, which would make a total of eight times (9 times with the cameo) that he’ll portray the Canadian mutant.
You might be thinking “Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of anyone playing the same role so many times.” Well, for those who may not know it, »
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The Quiet Ones is uninspired even by contemporary horror standards — which comes as a bit of a shock, given its pedigree. It’s a new production from Hammer Films, the once-legendary horror outfit that produced such classics as Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Dracula Has Risen From the Grave. After a long-dormant period, Hammer has itself recently risen from the grave, with such excellent chillers as Let Me In and The Woman in Black helping to reestablish its name. But this demonic possession story is at times so lame it makes the last Paranormal Activity flick look like a masterpiece.The story, ostensibly “based on actual events,” is set in 1972 (not long after Hammer’s golden period, ironically enough), as young local cameraman Brian (Sam Claflin) is recruited to film Oxford professor Joseph Coupland’s (Jared Harris) investigations into the paranormal activities of a young woman named Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke »
- Bilge Ebiri
It's not often we get to shout out and let our voices be heard, but Diabolique Magazine and DVD Drive-in have started a petition to help us do just that. If you're a fan of classic Hammer Horror films and want to see them on Blu-ray, read on. Your signature is desired.
Diabolique Magazine and DVD Drive-in have created a petition to help prove to Warner Bros. that there is indeed a demand for Hammer Horror titles on Blu-ray, and the group has confirmation that the page is currently being watched by WB so they want to deliver an impressive amount of digital John Hancocks.
If you'd like to help out, simply follow this link to the Diabolique website petition page and sign on the dotted line. In addition to the petition, there's tons of information as to why the group feels so strongly about the Hammer films and some »
- Scott Hallam
We’ve known for a while that Synapse Films was going to bring Countess Dracula to Blu-ray and now an official release date has been announced. We also have details on a petition for Warner Bros. to bring their Hammer titles to Blu-ray. Thanks to DVD Drive-In, we know that Synapse Films will release Countess Dracula as a Blu-ray / DVD combo on May 6th:
“The beautiful Ingrid Pitt (The Vampire Lovers) stars as Elisabeth Nádasdy, an aging Hungarian Countess who discovers she can reverse her aging by bathing in the blood of young women. While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), and impersonates her own daughter to win his actions. Soon, girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Patience Collier) to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. Can Elisabeth live a life of deception »
- Jonathan James
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