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Jordan Peele’s latest career incarnation could have been fodder for “Key & Peele,” the hit Comedy Central sketch show in which he and Keegan-Michael Key skewered modern racial issues. But Peele wrote had written a horror movie about race, and it needed a director. That created a challenge: After William Crain (“Blacula”), Bill Gunn (“Ganja & Hesse”), and Ernest Dickerson (“Bones,” “The Walking Dead”), how many black horror directors can you name? (The savviest genre fans out there might also remember James Bond III, very much a real person, who directed “Def By Temptation” 27 years ago.)
Needless to say, it was slim pickings. “I first pitched this as a movie no one would make,” Peele said. “About halfway through writing the script, I realized I was the only person who could direct it.”
- Eric Kohn
Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Keene, John Skipp, David J. Schow, Issac Marion—if reading those names in the same sentence gets your blood pumping a little quicker, then you're in for a real treat, because all of those acclaimed authors, along with many more, are coming together for a new short story anthology set on the evening of the zombie outbreak in the world of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
Last February, Brian Keene shared the exciting news about the upcoming zombie anthology Nights of the Living Dead, and now the official cover art, synopsis, and release date for the collection have been revealed by St. Martin's Griffin.
Not only does this anthology take place on that fateful night in 1968 when the dead rose to eat the living, but it is also co-edited by Romero himself (with the great Jonathan Maberry). And in addition to co-editing the anthology, »
- Derek Anderson
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
Anthology Film Archives
Jean Vigo’s masterpiece L’Atalante has showings. »
- Nick Newman
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
For spanning half a century and six films to date, George A. Romero’s Dead series could reasonably be labeled the most ambitious single-auteur franchise in horror. Beginning with Night of the Living Dead’s release in »
- The Film Stage
Lebanese producer Georges Schouair’s Abbout Prods. is set to shoot groundbreaking skein “Ghoul,” touted as the first zombie TV series out of the Arab world.
The eight-episode skein, in which eight strangers from different corners of the Middle East face the outbreak of a zombie plague, has been developed by Abbout — which is among companies behind buzzy Berlin competition title “Félicité” — in tandem with the Beirut-based Cinemoz VOD platform, one of the fastest-growing VOD platforms in the Arab world. The plan is for “Ghoul” to be one of its signature original shows.
“The Arab world is not used to doing non-Ramadan TV series,” Schouair said. “It’s inundated by the soaps that play during that period,” he added, noting that “Ghoul” will target a younger audience segment in a region where two-thirds of the population is under 30.
The concept of the Arabic-language series is based on a mutating zombie virus that has different effects in different »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Creeper would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids! Funko presents an Emerald City Comicon Pop! vinyl figure for The Creeper from Scooby-Doo. Also: a new clip for the latest episode of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown, Stray Bullets release details, Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment’s renewed partnership, a complete look at Friday the 13th Nintendo Fan Short Film, plus a new clip and trailer for The Tribe.
Funko’s Emerald City Comicon The Creeper Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Figure: Part 1 of Funko’s Emerald City Comicon exclusives includes the Pop! vinyl figure of The Creeper from Scooby-Doo.
New Paranormal Lockdown Episode Details: “About This Week’S Episode: Friday, February 10 at 9/8c.
Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman travel to small-town Iowa where Malvern Manor – and its elusive entities – await. Investigator Johnny Houser claims an overwhelming rage came over him after encountering a shadow figure. »
- Tamika Jones
Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017
You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.
The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »
In a world crawling with vampiric creatures, Mister helps equalize the fight between the living and the undead. Nick Damici’s memorable character returns for a new journey fueled by Martin’s (Connor Paolo) desire for revenge in Stake Land II. With the sequel out now on digital platforms and hitting Blu-ray and DVD on February 14th from Dark Sky Films, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with Damici about reprising the role of Mister and much more.
Read on for our discussion with Damici, in which he talks about his plans for a third Stake Land film and shares his thoughts on the Stake Land TV series that he had once been developing. He also talks about the response to Bushwick (a movie he co-wrote) following the film’s Sundance screenings, what to expect in the upcoming season of Hap and Leonard, and an interesting conversation he once »
- Derek Anderson
Milla Jovovich returns for yet another high-impact action thriller set in a zombified world dripping with yucky horror-violence
The violence keeps coming in this movie, but, if there’s one thing more devastatingly brutal than the law of the jungle, it’s the law of diminishing returns. The sixth film in the Resident Evil franchise might pick up some farewell-tour custom by calling itself The Final Chapter, but the ending naturally leaves things open for a seventh. Just as Kate Beckinsale climbed back into the skintight leathers for another Underworld outing, so Milla Jovovich is back in residence for yet another high-impact action thriller set in a gruesome zombified world, with Iain Glen reprising his turn as the creepy megalomaniac scientist. There’s a great deal of yucky horror-violence testing the limit of that 15 certificate. It often features Jovovich on a motorbike roaring sexily, endlessly, across a post-apocalyptic landscape where »
- Peter Bradshaw
In today’s TV news roundup, Showtime makes “Twin Peaks” prequel film “Fire Walk With Me” available on its streaming service, Miss America gets an airdate, MTV’s “Shannara Chronicles” adds to its cast, and more.
To further hype the forthcoming 18 new episodes of “Twin Peaks,” Showtime will be adding David Lynch’s prequel film “Fire Walk With Me” to its streaming and on-demand library on March 1. The network will also have a linear premiere for the movie that same day, at 8/7c. The addition of the film, which tracks the seven days leading up to the brutal murder of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), to the original TV series on Showtime’s platforms means the “Twin Peaks” uninitiated have the opportunity to binge the entirety of the “Twin Peaks” oeuvre ahead of the new “Twin Peaks” debut on May 21.
The 97th Miss America Competition will air Sept. 10 on ABC at 9/8c. The »
- Sarah Ahern
This Saturday, horror fans have a big reason to celebrate, as February 4th marks George A. Romero’s 77th birthday. To commemorate the Godfather of Zombies, Syfy will stream a 12-hour marathon of Romero’s groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead on their Facebook page.
The Night of the Living Dead Facebook Live marathon will begin at 11:30am Et and end at 11:30pm Et, with the channel rounding out Romero’s birthday by airing the 1968 horror classic on TV at 11:32pm Et.
You can check out the official details in the press release below, and keep an eye on Syfy’s Facebook page for the marathon this weekend.
Press Release (via The Futon Critic): New York, NY – February 1, 2017 – Zombie movie lovers can pay tribute to the master of the genre, George A. Romero, this Saturday, February 4, when Syfy’s official Facebook page plays host to a »
- Derek Anderson
Zombie movie lovers can pay tribute to the master of the genre, George A. Romero, this Saturday when Syfy’s official Facebook page plays host to a Facebook Live marathon of his 1968 seminal horror classic Night of the Living Dead.… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
He brought Fright Night and Child’s Play to life on the big screen, and now director Tom Holland is returning to give horror fans new nightmares with his latest movie, Rock Paper Dead. The film began production in September, and we’ve been provided with a set of behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the movie to share with Daily Dead readers.
Starring Michael Madsen, Rock Paper Dead is expected to come out sometime in 2017, and we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the official press release and batch of behind-the-scenes photos below.
Press Release: Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, »
- Derek Anderson
Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-out pieces of entertainment. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in “The Big Sick,” a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. It’s a no-brainer to connect with art-house crowds who like their comedies smart and funny, but this one deserves a shot at the multiplex, too.
Well known in standup circles and a reliable scene stealer in both film and television (perhaps most notably on HBO’s sterling “Silicon Valley”), Nanjiani is overdue for a lead role — and if it takes playing a character loosely based on himself in a movie co-written with his wife, so be it. Nanjiani and Gordon manage the tricky »
- Geoff Berkshire
Adult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017, in anticipation of the event, actress / producer Joanne Mitchell – star of Before Dawn and Bait; and creator of Adult Babies – answers 10 scary questions…
When did your fascination for horror films begin?
I’ve been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a scary book, or watching one of the Hammer House of Horrors. But it wasn’t until my 30’s that I really became fascinated with the whole genre after making ‘Before Dawn’ and watching back to back movies at FrightFest!! The fans are so loyal and open minded and really know their stuff.
What was the first horror film you saw?
I’m pretty sure it was ‘The Thing’. If I remember rightly my brother and his mates had managed to get a copy and I snuck in! »
- Phil Wheat
2016 was a particularly rough year when it came to celebrities passing away. But just because we've entered a new year doesn't mean death has been put on hold. George Kosana, who made his feature film debut playing Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 81. While his untimely demise was reported by a number of outlets today, the actor's longtime friend John Russo, who co-wrote Night of the Living Dead with George A. Romero, broke the news in a Facebook post yesterday. Here's what the writer had to say in his statement.
"George Kosana, R.I.P. My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in Nold, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses. He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow Nold cast and crew members and by his many fans. For the past few days, »
“My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in Nold, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses,” Russo said. “He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow Nold cast and crew members and by his many fans.”
Born in 1935, Kosana also starred in Romero’s second film, the 1971 romantic comedy “There’s always Vanilla,” however, his most iconic role was as the ammunition and hat-wearing sheriff.
Kosana was one of ten investors originally involved in the film, who each committed $600 to the project, comprising the initial $6,000 budget for the indie hit. From a final budget of $114,000, the film »
- Will Thorne
George Kosana, who played Sheriff McClelland in George A. Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, has died. He was 81. His longtime friend John Russo, who co-wrote the seminal black-and-white film, wrote on Facebook that Kosana died Friday and had been battling various illnesses. Kosana, who played the same role in 2012’s Living Dead and the upcoming My Uncle John Is a Zombie! — which Russo wrote and co-directed and is in postproduction — was a regular on the… »
George Kosana, who played Sheriff McClelland in the 1968 horror film “Night of the Living Dead,” has died at age 81, according to John Russo, who co-wrote the film with George A. Romero. In a Facebook post Monday, Russo said that Kosana died “after a long battle with various illnesses.” “George Kosana, R.I.P. My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in Nold, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses,” Russo wrote. “He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow Nold cast and crew members and by his many fans. For the past few. »
- Tim Kenneally
3 January 2017 12:59 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
John A. Russo, who co-wrote the 1968 film with writer-director Romero, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Kosana was found dead in his home in Clairton, Pa., on Friday. He had battled various illnesses for years.
In Night of the Living Dead, Kosana appeared with an ammunition belt draped over one shoulder and memorably improvised the line, "They're dead. They're all messed up."
The actor also worked on the crew and served as production »
- Mike Barnes
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