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"Aftermath is people surviving, doing everything they can to survive a nuclear fallout," Thomason said. "It's like it would probably happen in real life. They don't know why it's happening. They don't know who attacked."
He added, "They don't know the extent of the attack, and when it comes down to it, the movie is literally just focused on them surviving because that's where we would be. We're not going to have our iPhones updating us. We're not going to have our news media informing us... If you're lucky enough to be around a ham radio, you'll probably know a little bit of information. But it's a claustrophobic look at the survival of nuclear war."
Thomason discussed how the subject »
- Scott Hallam
It’s a long, slow death for nine unfortunate refugees in “Aftermath,” an often tedious but clammily atmospheric end-of-the-world thriller set in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. The fate that awaits this gaggle of temporary survivors is as grim and unsurprising here as it is in countless other low-budget horror knockoffs of its kind, and neither the thinly drawn characters nor the murkily lensed action sequences rise above the routine. Still, director Peter Engert does conjure and for the most part maintain a suitably hellish mood, aided considerably by a murky color paletteredolent of nausea, cancer and death (courtesy of d.p. Scott Winig). The pic opened July 18 in limited release.
An audio montage of news reports spell out the premise over the opening credits: A string of political assassinations in the Middle East has ushered in the outbreak of World War III, and humanity’s days are decidedly numbered. »
- Justin Chang
There’s something about the whole idea of zombies and people returning from the dead that used to strike fear into horror fans. Films like Night Of The Living Dead, Zombi, and various others were able to make their viewers genuinely affected and frightened. Somewhere in the last half decade or so, there was a shift, replacing that fear with a watered down and somewhat dull angle to a once scary idea. Akin to what happened with vampires via Twilight, zombies just lost their edge, leading into a very safe and very family-friendly territory. Such is the case with Jeff Banea’s Life After Beth, a film that while being capable of a laugh here and there, just further illustrates how far the zombie subgenre has strayed, from being something frightful, into being just another genre watered down to the point of being unrecognizable.
Focusing on Zack, a young man »
- Jerry Smith
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: Senses of Cinema has a new issue—and a new look! The Locarno Film Festival has announced their juries & lineup. We've a separate post with all the details here. The good folks at The Brooklyn Rail have assembled a very impressive Critics Page, with various contributors offering their takes on the state of film art. Well worth browsing every piece here. The Venice Film Festival has announced its selection of 21 restored Classics for this year's edition. Above: Criterion's slate for October is one of their best in a while. John Ford's My Darling Clementine, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, a Complete Jacques Tati box set (!), and more. At the Jerusalem Film Festival, a group of Israeli filmmakers, including Keren Yedaya, Tali Shalom, Nadav Lapid, Efrat Corem, Shira Geffen, Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, and Bozi Gete, have called for a ceasefire. For Interview Magazine, Matthew McConaughey »
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
We've got a cool poster design for all you Night of the Living Dead fans out there! This piece was created by Killian Eng, and if you like what you see you can purchase one for yourself at Grey Matter Art. It will be available Tuesday, July 15th between 1 and 2 pm right here. I also included a fun motion poster that was created for it.
- Joey Paur
Flesh-eating walkers and the skilled characters who fight them are taking over the New York/New Jersey area this December with the arrival of the Walker Stalker Con. A new slate of guests from AMC’s The Walking Dead have been announced for the event, including David Morrissey, the actor who plays The Governor, the conniving former leader of Woodbury who once arrived on Rick Grimes’ doorstep with a tank.
Morrissey, who’s also known for playing the characters Ripley Holden (Blackpool) and Jackson Lake (Doctor Who), will be joined by recently announced The Walking Dead guests Josh McDermitt (Eugene) and Brighton Sharpino (Lizzie), as well as four freshly added actors from legendary zombie films like Howard Sherman (the zombie known as Bub from Day of the Dead), Kyra Schon (Karen from Night of the Living Dead), Terry Alexander (John from Day of the Dead), and Lori Cardille (Sarah from »
- Derek Anderson
Luke Owen looks at the line-up for Film4 FrightFest 2014 and the films to check out…
The main screen at Film4 FrightFest is a pretty magical place to be as a horror fan. Being surrounded by so many like-minded folk as yourself watching some of the best the genre has to offer is a great experience and one that cannot be rivalled. Every year, the wait to see what movies make the main screen is an agonising one and this year has been no different.
And what a line-up it is!
But which films should you check out? Over the next couple of pages, we’ll look at the synopsis, images and trailers of some of the most anticipated movies being shown on the main screen at Film4 FrightFest.
For more information on the festival, click here.
Opening this year’s festival is The Guest from Adam Wingward (You »
- Luke Owen
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, »
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Fourth of July weekend, you are more than covered in terms of streaming all the spooky shenanigans you could possibly want.
In honor of Deliver Us from Evil opening in theaters this week and to keep the horror going throughout the weekend, be sure to check out these other genre films now available on Netflix.
Ready... Set.... Stream and Scream!
Spend A Night In With One Of The Masters Of Horror
The Stand Cujo The Langoliers Stephen King's Children of the Corn
Horrifying Family Members
Vacations Gone Wrong
And Of Course, »
- KW Low
What's the most American horror story: Friday the 13th? A Nightmare on Elm Street? … Leprechaun? We're not sure, but thanks to Reddit user ubermatze, we at least have fodder for discussion. He (or she) created this awesome map of the U.S., with each state's most iconic's logo overlaid. Some of them are fairly obvious: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's title doesn't leave much to the imagination, and 30 Days of Night is pretty inextricably tied to Alaska, because, well, what other state has 30 days of night? But did you know that Leprechaun takes place in North Dakota? Or that »
- Alex Heigl
We've been talking about the upcoming Sasquatchploitation film Love in the Time of Monsters for some time now, and the good news is the film has found distro so we'll actually be able to see it, too! Oh, happy day!
From the Press Release
After a successful premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival and a recent screening at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood (through Dances with Films), Indican Pictures is proud to announce that they’ve secured the domestic distribution rights to horror comedy Love in the Time of Monsters.
- Steve Barton
Last year at San Diego Comic Con, Scream Factory announced that they would be putting out Clive Barker’s 1990 film Nightbreed on Blu-Ray. Let’s be honest, it rocked horror fans’ socks off. A year later, Scream Factory announces the details about the release of two editions and some of those same fans are complaining about the price tag for the limited edition. I just want to preface this article with the fact that this knowledge that I have gained over the years of not only being a fan of the genre but dealing with studios and knowing some of the ins-and-outs of home media distribution. I don’t work in the industry, I just deal with it for this site and with my own local theatrical program, Late Nite Grindhouse. So, none of this is inside information with Scream Factory and while I have reviewed one product they have sent me, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Written by Donald E. Westlake
USA / 1987
I would like to tell you about a monster, our final monster in our month of great monsters of the screen. The monster is the modern, American family.
So perfect is that wholesome, Norman Rockwell family that if it doesn’t work right, Terry O’Quinn will kill for it. Literally.
The Stepfather has grown into a cult classic, and it is well deserved of such a status. It opens with O’Quinn standing naked in a bathroom, shaving. Then he gets dressed, takes his bags, and walks out the door near the bodies of the family he just murdered. See, the catch with marrying gold ol’ Terry is that if even for a moment he doesn’t have a Rockwellian life, he’ll kill all of you.
The Stepfather was inspired by the true story of John List, »
- Kenny Hedges
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
On tap right now is a new one-sheet for director William Sanders' nostalgic look at the locations used in George A. Romero's seminal classic Dawn of the Dead, fittingly entitled Road Trip of the Dead. Dig it!
For more info "like" Road Trip of the Dead on Facebook and follow Evans City Productions on Twitter (@EvansCityProd).
From the Press Release
We are in production of a reality-based horror film, Road Trip of the Dead, in the Pittsburgh, Monroeville and Evans City/Cranberry area. Our film stars celebrity and effects artist Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn and Django Unchained) and Gary Streiner (Night of the Living Dead).
Our film centers around a group of friends (fans of George Romero »
- Steve Barton
Although Spike Lee has made it clear from the start that his Kickstarter-funded “blood addiction” drama “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” isn’t a remake of 1972’s blaxploitation “Blacula,” it turns out that the closely guarded project is in fact a remake — at times scene for scene and shot for shot — of “Ganja and Hess,” playwright and filmmaker Bill Gunn’s landmark 1973 indie that used vampirism as an ingenious metaphor for black assimilation, white cultural imperialism and the hypocrisies of organized religion. Four decades on, “Ganja” still packs a primal punch, whereas Lee’s version serves as a gory yet oddly bloodless affair that’s been made with a lot of craft and energy but ultimately little sense of purpose. Lee’s name assures a certain amount of exposure for this hybrid arthouse/grindhouse attraction, but not that much more than his recent, far superior “Red Hook Summer.”
Coming on »
- Scott Foundas
No matter what state you live in, there's a horror movie connected to it that you can call your own due to the fact that it takes place there. Texans of course have The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, while Pennsylvania is Night of the Living Dead country.
As an example of the variety of locales horror flicks have taken us to, a fun little infographic map we just spotted over on Imgur assigns one specific movie to each state in the country, based on where they were set.
The movies range from the iconic to the relatively obscure, and the image essentially serves as a map of the United States of Horror.
Check out the map below, and then drop a comment letting us know which state you live in and which horror movie that takes place in that state is your favorite!
Click on the image for a full-screen look. »
- John Squires
BookExpo America is a massive event, hosting nearly every publisher on the planet. To walk into it and say, "I've got it easy... I'll just be covering horror and spooky-themed titles!" is Laughable. Team Dread hit the show hard this year, determined to squeeze it for all it was worth...
It took us two days to walk every aisle of the Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City and find those 5,000 new zombie books you'll see on the shelves later this year. Yeah, zombies are still hot.. with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. I bet you're shocked.
We came back with over 100 images (shot by the ninja-like Galaxia Siandre), and so the challenge became how to present this pile to you in a way that will satisfy hard-core bibliophiles but won't give our editors night terrors for the next three weeks. So we've posted the crème de la crème here, »
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