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The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
This May brings a remake of early 80s all-timer, Poltergeist, the latest in a long (long) line of cinematic reboots, retreads and more. By now, the ubiquity of reimaginings has rendered their existence less of a transgression than ever, with Poltergeist barely getting anyone up in arms. At the same time, the concept of remakes is…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Fans of director George A. Romero’s zombie movies may have thought the franchise was truly dead and buried. Well in a surprise development it seems the Master of Horror is about to take the likes of The Walking Dead to task, as Demarest Films announce Empire Of The Dead.
Adapted for TV from the Marvel comic book, the scenario throws an extra monster-shaped treat into the mix, via the introduction of vampires. With humanity sealed inside a post-zompocalypse New York, it was only a matter of time before the rotters (quite literally!) got in, and once the bloodsuckers get wind their food supply is under threat… all hell breaks loose!
Romero’s cinematic saga of the undead notoriously commenced with Night Of The Living Dead in 1968. It’s spawned seven films to date, the most recent of which was the poorly-received, Irish-infused Survival Of The Dead in 2009. He’ll »
- Steve Palace
"...'Empire Of The Dead' is set in the world years after the 'undead plague' originally erupted and finds humanity dealing with it in different ways.
"Manhattan has long been quarantined as a zombie zone.
"But there is another threat stalking the streets – 'vampires'..."
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- Michael Stevens
It looks like another zombie series is heading to the small screen, and this time it’s from the mind of George A. Romero, granddaddy of the genre.
Demarest Films has snapped up the rights to Romero’s Empire of the Dead, a Marvel Comics series which serves as a loose continuation of his Night of the Living Dead feature film series – with added vampires! Here’s the official synopsis for the first issue, which was released back at the start of last year:
Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted—but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!
Romery is set to write the new series with Peter Grunwald, who served as producer on »
- Gary Collinson
George A. Romero’s Empire of the Dead, a Marvel-published comic series which takes the contemporary zombie—that which Romero effectively created in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead—and pits it against vampires is being developed as a television project. Variety reports Demarest, which recently produced Kevin Smith’s man-made-walrus horror, Tusk is backing Empire of the Dead.…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Following its work on A Most Wanted Man and Tusk with Kevin Smith, Demarest is set to make the move into the über-competitive market of television drama, dragging George A. Romero’s acclaimed graphic novel Empire of the Dead along with it.
First picked up by Variety, we understand that the adaptation is still in its embryonic form. How and ever, with Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson on board as executive producers, the wheels are beginning to ache into motion.
“Demarest is thrilled to bring more of George’s unique vision to screens everywhere, because he’s truly the one who started it all. I am also particularly pleased to be collaborating with George and Peter again, following our success with Diary of the Dead.”
It’s true that the small screen hasn’t exactly been wanting for big-budget zombie shows of late, what with AMC’s lucrative The Walking Dead »
- Michael Briers
The production-finance company made the announcement Thursday at Cannes.
Romero’s iconic 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” conceived the idea of a zombie apocalypse. “Empire of the Dead” mixes in vampires with zombies.
Demarest also announced it has teamed with the Ink Factory to produce and finance the TV adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Night Manager,” starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. The six-part miniseries, directed by Susanne Bier, is currently in production in the U.K., Morocco and Spain, and will air next year on AMC in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Even the best-behaved children in the world can sometimes behave like little monsters - but rarely quite to the degree seen in the upcoming horror comedy Cooties. That's because the kids in the movie are infected with some kind of virus that causes them to be all zombie-like. See what I mean in the brand new trailer below. Yahoo! posted this first look at Cooties, and while the idea of zombie kids isn't exactly anything new - see: George Romero's Night of the Living Dead - this is still looks both clever and funny. Plus, the movie is outfitted with a rather fantastic cast that should ensure some real entertainment value. Based on a script by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee), Cooties tells the story of an isolated elementary school that sees all hell break loose thanks to a batch of tainted chicken nuggets. Before long, »
Movie theater-dwelling demons, shambling zombies, and gore galore will be shown on the silver screen this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre's Zombiefest in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, covering three days and featuring nine living dead films.
Drive-In Zombiefest runs from Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 24th. Each evening, the gates open at 6:00pm and the reels start rolling at dusk. Tickets cost $10.00 apiece each night.
From Drive-In Zombiefest: "Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre present:
A weekend-long retrospective of nine walking dead favorites shown from 35mm film!
Friday, May 22nd:
Day Of The Dead (1985)- Cooped up in a military base in an abandoned mine, scientists desperately search for cure to the outbreak of walking death that has plagued the world. A 30th anniversary screening of George A. Romero's claustrophobic finale to his classic original undead trilogy!
Messiah Of Evil (1974)- A woman's search for »
- Derek Anderson
On September 16, 2015, Double Take (2T) will release 10 distinct first story issues in the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic series. Ten teams of talented storytellers created an original series of stories. Each series will be unique, interesting and funny in its own way. All 10 comics will form a common Ultimate Night of the Living Dead universe. “Originally, we were thinking of trickling out a couple series of every month or so, building up our roster over time,” said 2T Gm Bill Jemas. “Now we’re planning to launch our new universe in one big bang.” In late March 2015, 2T announced the first three books of the series (Rise, Home and Z-Men) for their September launch. Today, the Company is announcing the final seven books of the universe including Honor, Lab, Spring, Remote, Medic, Dedication, and Soul. Additionally, cover art for these new titles is attached. As many know, the »
Release details for Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series, an update on Alex Garland's Annihilation adaptation, and information on The Night Gardener film are included in our latest round-up.
Press Release -- "On September 16, 2015, Double Take (2T) will release all 10 1st issues of its 1st 10 series of Ultimate Night of the Living Dead. 2T has assembled 10 teams of talented storytellers; each is creating an original series of stories. Each series is interesting, informative and funny in its own way. Together they weave into a common universe. “Originally, we were thinking of trickling out a couple series of every month or so, building up our roster over time,” said 2T Gm Bill Jemas. “Now we’re planning to launch our new universe in one big bang.”
In late March 2015, 2T announced the first three books of the series (Rise, Home and Z-Men) for their September launch. »
- Derek Anderson
Ever since George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" burst on the scene and changed the genre forever, the zombie film has become arguably the most diverse horror sub-genre of them all, taking on a number of different forms over the last several decades and especially over the last ten years, as (kick-started by the success of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," "Shaun of the Dead" and Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" reboot) the number of zombie flicks multiplied faster than the legions of undead themselves. As the Arnold Schwarzenegger horror film "Maggie" -- arguably the first father-daughter drama to masquerade as a zombie flick -- hits theaters, below I've listed 10 examples of wildly-different films that fall under the banner as a means of highlighting the genre's sheer diversity. Indeed, these days there's a zombie movie to suit every taste and demographic -- maybe even Mom. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Earlier this year we learned the titles of three of the books that Double Take is including in its “Ultimate Night of the Living Dead” collection of ten comics, and now we have more details plus what the other seven… Continue Reading →
The post Double Take Announces Remaining Seven Titles in the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
by Grace Fontaine
You gotta love indie horror. There is something so warm and comforting about genre entries that fly under the radar, it's like a fluffy duvet while sitting on a couch drinking hot cocoa on a cold winters' eve when the snow falls outside, the rain drives against the windowpane and the wind whirls outside.
It Follows despite being made in 2014 has only recently been released after swimming around the depths for a while trying to find a distributor and thankfully, RADiUS-twc took a chance on David Robert Mitchells' delicious bastard child of 1980s' supernatural horror with a taste of 1970s' grindhouse. In that could essentially be as PSA against unsafe sex and STDs. It Follows is a swift, loving piece of the throwback and an optimistic window into the future of potentially great horror fare and not a slap across the face with a mackrel. »
By Hank Reineke
On the weekend of April 24-25, DVD Drive-In and the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift, Pa, hosted the third annual April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama. This springtime festival of 1970s and 1980s exploitation horror-films, now in its third year, is the more recent sister to September’s glorious Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. This latter event, which will enjoy its ninth incarnation this coming autumn, generally features a slate of more “traditional” monster movies from the 1960s and 1970s. Neither weekend of programming should be missed by any horror film devotee with access to an automobile. The intent of the original Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (first presented at the Riverside in 2007) was to authentically re-create the ambiance of the all-night drive-in theater spook shows of the 1960s and 1970s. In this regard, the event succeeds in every possible manner.
Co-sponsored from its inception by George Reis of the cult-film website “DVD Drive-In” and the Riverside Drive-In, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
There have been many different slants on George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and all have met with varying degrees of success and failure. The new horror comedy Night of the Living Deb doesn’t share much with the… Continue Reading →
The post Night of the Living Deb Rises from the Grave appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
It’s impossible to not like Joe Lynch. Quite easily one of the nicest guys around, you can definitely hear the passion for film in his voice, and the mere mention of a film that Lynch is a fan of sparks a lengthy conversation, which is always great to have. Having recently hit DVD/Bluray, Lynch’s newest film, the Salma Hayek-led action film Everly, is an intense and inventive spin on the modern day action film, and features not only good performances by Hayek and a lot of other great actors, but also Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide).
We were able to have a chat with both Joe and Jen regarding Everly, what drew them to the project, and what’s coming next for them as well. Read on!
So the last time we spoke was right before the second season of Holliston arrived. You briefly mentioned »
- Jerry Smith
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
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