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Movies, says William Goldman, are not like vintage wines, changing with each passing year. Movies are (or were) just strips of celluloid running through a machine, and if you can find a print of The Great Train Robbery, it is exactly what it was when it was filmed in 1903.
What changes are the times, the social attitudes and, perhaps most importantly, the opinion of the audience. John Carpenter’s The Thing flopped on its initial release, with even the director of the 1951 original badmouthing it in the press, but the movie was re-evaluated when a new audience saw it on VHS, ultimately leading to the 2011 remake.
Similarly, horror films that were considered ground breaking on release had less impact in later years. In 1968, Night Of The Living Dead was thought to be the most stomach-churning movie of all time, at least until the arrival of The Last House On The Left, »
- Ian Watson
Condemned director Eli Morgan Gesner spoke with Daily Dead about the film and the Q&A is featured after the jump. Also in this round-up: preview pages from Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Vol. 3 hardcover comic and a cool monster creator website from the team behind 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein.
Condemned: "Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.
Rlj Entertainment will release Condemned »
- Tamika Jones
Scientists are trying to discover a cure for it, grocery store employees are trying to survive it, and a pair of Secret Service agents are just trying to figure out what the hell is going on. The living dead infection is spreading in the ten new #2 issues of Double Take’s Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book universe, and in this second round of storytelling, the writers continue to crank out original content set in George A. Romero’s beloved Night of the Living Dead world.
When readers turned the respective final pages of the first ten issues of Ultimate Notld back in September, they saw Evans County, Pa, in the early stages of the zombie uprising. Alongside new characters, familiar faces from Romero’s film popped up on the panels, including surviving siblings Johnny and Barbara, the weary Ben, and the overtasked Chief McClelland (of “They’re dead… »
- Derek Anderson
Back in May, we reported that horror icon George A. Romero has signed a deal with Demarest to develop a TV series adaptation based on his comic book miniseries Empire of the Dead. The report revealed that George A. Romero is co-writing the TV adaptation with his longtime collaborator Peter Grunwald, although it wasn't revealed if a network was involved at that time. Over the weekend, Empire of the Dead comic artist Arthur Suydam attended the Wizard World Comic Con in Louisville, Kentucky, where he revealed to local news station Whas 11 that the series has been picked up by AMC. Here's what the artist had to say, while holding up a copy of the Empire of the Dead comic.
"This just got signed to AMC. The new big zombie series on AMC is expected to be this one right here."
The news hasn't been confirmed by AMC at this time, »
[Update 11/09/15 - 3:50 Pm Edt]: Reps from AMC have denied that George Romero’s “Empire of the Dead” is headed to their network. A representative said the quote from Suydamn is “totally erroneous.” Original Story Below: AMC has cornered the market on zombie television. Yeah other channels might have the shambling dead or the swiftly moving dead, but none can hold a candle to the popularity and longevity of “The Walking Dead.” Capitalizing on the popularity of rotting corpses, “Fear the Walking Dead” and its accompanying webisodes expanded the Walker universe. But is AMC content with a single zombie universe? Nope! Recently it came to like that one of George Romero’s comics — Empire Of The Dead — has been picked up for a series. If AMC keeps this up, can we petition them to change their name to Azc (American Zombie Channel)? Reported by Bloody Disgusting, Empire Of The Dead artist Arthur Suydam let »
- Donna Dickens
Earlier this fall, Double Take reintroduced readers to George A. Romero's zombified world with ten first issues of the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead universe, and they're about to continue their tales with ten #2 issues. We've been provided with a Super Pack of each ten-issue batch to give away to one lucky grand prize winner.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Ultimate Night of the Living Dead Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 15th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only »
- Derek Anderson
Though many horror films from the past have made the leap from VHS to DVD and then to Blu-ray, there are still those that get forgotten in time. On February 23rd, Arrow Video will begin bringing these left behind titles to the Us and UK home media forefront with the first volume release of their American Horror Project Blu-ray box set.
American Horror Project Volume 1 will include the Blu-ray debuts of Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973), The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976), and The Premonition (1976). In addition to the fresh 2k restorations, each film comes with new bonus features that are detailed in the official press release:
Press Release: Arrow Video is pleased to announce the American Horror Project, a new series of box-sets which sees a variety of rarely seen and long-forgotten cult horror films being restored and returned from obscurity and risk of being lost forever due »
- Derek Anderson
In September, Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead took readers back to 1960s America with ten respective first issues set in the world of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Later this month, Double Take continues their tales with ten #2 issues, and we have a look at the cover art for the entire second round.
From Double Take: "Our stories started strong in the world established by the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, and as our imaginations (and zombies) keep running wild, these stories are only getting better.
Get ready to keep reading with the Super Pack of 2nd Issues...
As you already know, it's 10 second issues of first ten series. Follow your favorite characters in their zombie steps...
Z-Men: Dead and/or alive. Lbj orders the Secret Service to bring him back a Zombie. This should be easy...
Spring: Hot sun, hot babes, »
- Derek Anderson
QC Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions are producing the project. The story details are being kept under wraps. When the film was announced last month, Peele said the pic “takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
The film would mark Williams’ largest film role to date after she has made a name for herself on the TV scene. Besides costarring in “Girls” opposite Lena Dunham on HBO, she also recently appeared as Peter Pan in NBC’s live musical version »
- Justin Kroll
More great news for Allison Williams: She'll finally make her film debut in Jordan Peele's first horror film. Deadline reports that Williams has been tapped to star in Peele's Get Out, a horror film about race written and directed by the Key & Peele star. She'll play the white girlfriend of an African-American man (hopefully played by Peele) as the couple visits her family's estate. While that's all the plot details we know so far, Peele told Playboy last year that it's long been a passion project of his to make a movie about "the fears of being a black man today" within the horror genre, something he doesn't believe has been done since 1968's Night of the Living Dead. Besides this project, Peele and Keegan-Michael Key also announced that they're teaming up with Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick for a stop-motion comedy about two demon brothers »
- Dee Lockett
Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made. »
- Andre Soares
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Dan O’Bannon
UK / USA, 1979
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror
Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film »
- Ricky Fernandes
Of the 100-plus Top 10 lists we received for our Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, there were a few omissions that genuinely surprised me. One of those was a no-show for "Halloween" on the list of musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie -- i.e. the man who remade the John Carpenter classic for a new generation back in 2007. Which isn't to say that Zombie doesn't like the film, obviously ("Halloween" only barely made the cut on my own list despite being my favorite horror movie of all time), only that it was crowded out by a slew of black-and-white classics, one cult-favorite musical and a number of undeniable modern masterpieces including Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," which was a major influence on Zombie's first two features ("House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects"). Check out Zombie's full list below, then peruse the rest of the Top 10s over at the main poll page. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Special Mention: Werckmeister Harmonies
Directed by Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky
Written by László Krasznahorkai and Bela Tarr
2000, Hungary / Italy / Germany
Genre: Emotional Horror
Bela Tarr is a filmmaker whose work is a highly acquired taste, but as a metaphysical horror story, Werckmeister Harmonies is an utter masterpiece that should appeal to most cinephiles. The film title refers to the 17th-century German organist-composer Andreas Werckmeister, esteemed for his influential structure and harmony of music. Harmonies is strung together like a magnificent symphony working on the viewer’s emotions over long stretches of time even when the viewer is unaware of what’s going on. Attempting to make sense of Tarr’s movies in strict narrative terms is not the best way to go about watching his films; but regardless if you come away understanding Harmonies or not, you won’t soon forget the film. Harmonies is a technical triumph, shot »
- Ricky Fernandes
Over at my other haunt, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, there is currently posted, in honor of Halloween week, what I think are two very special treats (and possibly tricks). The first is a very challenging frame grab quiz in which readers are asked to guess the titles of 31 movies based on eerie images that may or may not be so easy to identify. The other is a special edition of the traditional interview-type quiz I occasionally come up devoted entirely to the harrowing world of horror. It features the usual batch of questions for which there are no wrong answers, only your answers, which makes it much more fun to fill out and especially to read. As usual, it’s taking me a while to get around to submitting my own answers to the quiz, but in the creeping shadow of the approaching holiday I thought I »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game
Written by James Creelman
Genre: Survival Horror
The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, The Most Dangerous Game was made in 1932, in the era known as “Pre-Code Hollywood,” a time when filmmakers were able to get away with sexual innuendo, illegal drug use, adultery, abortion, intense violence, homosexuality, and much more. It was during this time that a film like The Most Dangerous Game was allowed to be made and shown to the general public without fear of censorship. The film was put together by producer Willis O’Brien while in pre-production on King Kong, and features several of the same cast and crew members, as well as props and sets from Kong. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Dangerous Game never feels like a second-rate production, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Museum of the Moving Image
Maurice Pialat‘s six-hour miniseries, Le maison de bois, will conclude the career-spanning retrospective.
“It Came from Within: A David Cronenberg Horror Weekend” brings the director’s classics to the big screen.
- Nick Newman
Featuring the terrifying hallways, doorknobs, and stairs (seriously, so many stairs) from Amityville, Babadook, and The Conjuring, among many others, this supercut should jog some of your favorite nightmares. Or at least give you a little laugh near the end. Poor 1408 John Cusack. Even though we are all 1408 John Cusack sometimes, try not to be 1408 John Cusack this Halloween:Also, here's the full list of films used (which is a solid list if you're still looking for classic fright-night movies), via Burger Fiction: The Changeling (1980) The Haunting (1963) The Exorcist (1973) The Amityville Horror (1979) The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Psycho (1960) The Woman in Black (2012) Trick R Treat (2008) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Poltergeist (1982) The Ring (2002) Donnie Darko (2001) Psycho (1960) Drag Me to Hell (2009) The Sixth Sense (1999) The House of the Devil (2009) The Others (2001) Night of the Living Dead (1968) Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Friday the 13th »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The latest animated take on the 1968 George A. Romero classic Night of the Living Dead, entitled Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn, has had a long road to completion; but it’s finally here in time for you to… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
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