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Hammer have had something of a renaissance on Blu-ray recently, with StudioCanal releasing a number of classic titles in new hi-def editions. And now, released as part of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection, comes two of Hammer’s “sexier” films of the 70s: the infamous Twins of Evil, starring Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson; and Countess Dracula, which features a career-defining performance from Ingrid Pitt in the titular role.
Despite being made during Hammer early-70s fallow period, where the studio was running out of stories, out of budget and were being left behind by more “extreme” horror films and exploitation movies emanating from the Us (after all this was just after the release of Night of the Living Dead which ultimately changed the face of the genre forever), both Twins of Evil and Countess Dracula are beloved by fans of the studio, and with good reason.
Stars: Peter Cushing, »
- Phil Wheat
The zombie subgenre has ran itself into a wall in the last few years. now, before you Walking Dead fanatics crucify me (we’ve all seen how passionate comments can get when you mention anything regarding those beloved characters), just take a seat and relax and let me explain. When Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead came out, it changed things and for its time, it was scary as hell. When Romero followed that up with Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead, Fulci hit fans with Zombi, and various other filmmakers put their spin on the idea of the dead coming back to life, it was still a pretty good and growing subgenre of horror that showed a thriving future for the undead. Dan O’Bannon’s Return Of The Living Dead put more of a comedic spin on things, but still…it felt like a »
- Jerry Smith
The X Factor's club mascot has barely been seen in the first five episodes of the new series, reduced merely to giggling and guffawing on the sidelines at every Simon Cowell one-liner, as if the high-trousered one is the lovechild of Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper.
If Walsh has barely been noticable, Dermot O'Leary has been like a TV version of Where's Wally. There hasn't even been room for his famous bulge to spin its way onto the screen.
On the Live Shows, he may be more slick than scintillating, but he's not even had the chance to wheel out his usual monster hugs at the auditions this year. Poor old Derm's been reduced to a role shorter than James Arthur's record career. »
New Syfy show Z Nation begins three years after a zombie virus plagued America and started the collapse of human civilization. After finding the only known survivor of the virus, a ragtag team embark on a mission to transport him to a lab in hopes of creating a cure. with the show debuting tonight, we sat down with showrunner and Executive Producer Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Strange Luck) to talk about the show ans all things zombie…
Obviously it’s inevitable that Z Nation is going to be compared to other shows of similar subject. Can you kind of talk about how it’s different and how it stands out from what’s on television now?
- Phil Wheat
When it comes to zombie movies, filmmaker George Romero is a legend. The man who transported the walking dead from countless jungle voodoo movies to main street America is essentially the king of the form. His 1968 film Night of the Living Dead is enshrined at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The sequel, Dawn of the Dead remains one of the most harrowing pieces of social commentary horror cinema has ever produced. In the annals of horror cinema, Romero will go down as one of the all-time greats. When the man speaks, people listen -- and he's talking this week about the state of zombie cinema. Perhaps needless to say, he's not impressed. Romero shared his thoughts in a recent interview with The Montreal Gazette. The filmmaker resides in Canada these days, and is in town to be the guest of honor at Montreal Comic Con this »
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
I really got a kick out of The Dead 2. This is the singular most grimy gritty and believable zombie piece since George Romeros original Night of the Living Dead. In fact Id actually liken it to Night of the Living Dead... meets Gareth Edwards Monsters. Theres a moving love story here that sees one man venturing a great distance bludgeoning and shooting his way through countless shambling ghouls in the name of love... and the hope for a brighter future. The undead are too... lifelike »
“He took what could have been B-movie exploitation and made it into arthouse cinema,” gush two Val Lewton enthusiasts at one point in Joe Dante’s comedy-horror doodle “Burying the Ex.” Dante, by contrast, has no such intentions with this of a nerdy horror fanatic (Anton Yelchin) struggling to shake the zombified, zealously clingy corpse of his micromanaging g.f. (Ashley Greene). Unflattering similarities to the recent, superior zom-rom-com “Life After Beth” aren’t the only factor portending a swift interment for this listless return from the beloved director, with VOD the likeliest avenue of access for devoted cultists.
Four years have passed since Dante last came to the Lido with his nifty 3D kids’ adventure “The Hole,” an imperfect effort that nonetheless suggested the alterna-Spielberg of the multiplex had regained some of his energy and invention. His idiosyncrasies have been firmly tamped down, however, in this visually inert new effort, »
- Guy Lodge
There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Again, going to a cinema in Vienna in September might turn out to be a pretty bloody and scary experience. Not only does the Slash Filmfestival with its never ending love for the excesses of fantastic cinema lure the inclined cinephile but also the Austrian Filmmuseum opens after its summer break with another program dedicated to Horror. The retrospective Land of the Dead covers Horror films from a time when the genre evolved into full bloom: 1968 to 1987. Last year the Filmmuseum has covered the first 50 years of horror and now they will show among many films the defining milestones of the genre. Not only George A. Romero's game changer Night of the Living Dead will be projected in marvelous 35 millimeters but...
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by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
We can't seem to get enough of zombies these days and the upcoming Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth will be the directorial debut of independent horror actor Roger Conners. The film is a "revision" or remake of the original Romero classic but we're told with a modern, socio-political twist. Time will tell how moviegoers feel about a reboot of such a classic film, but I'm personally stoked about the possibilities! Read more about the film below.
From The Press Release:
Ohio native and former Chill comic relief Roger Conners has rolled camera and officially moved into principal photography on his directorial debut, Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth. Conners has appeared in over a dozen independent productions with half them being horror titles, and his love for the genre was first kickstarted after his initial viewing of the original George Romero zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead »
Horror director Roger Conners (Chill) is developing a new horror title, called Night of the Living Dead Rebirth. This film borrows from some of George Romero's earlier works, with the undead rising from the grave. Night of the Living Dead Rebirth will begin shooting shortly and fans of horror can preview story details and an early film poster for the feature here. As an homage to Night of the Living Dead (1968), eight strangers become trapped in a rural setting. Outside, murderous creatures of the night are trying to get into their refuge. Time is running out. Now, two brothers must fight back against the growing hordes. Casting for this feature is already underway. The director will play central character Adam, with Aswan Harris, Alvin Hudson and Rachel Anderson also starring. More cast and crew details are below. Release Date: 2015. Director/writer: Roger Conners. Cast: Rachel Anderson, Bradley Michael Arner, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Welcome to Week 2 of Dread Central's exclusive on-set coverage from Atlanta for Creature Feature. In this blog Spirit World Films will be giving us glimpses of what goes into making movies on the fly, including first looks at the monsters soon to be taking over theaters.
Spirit World is the brainchild of three talented indie trendsetters: Chase Smith, Lance Paul and Edward Boss. These Southerners are turning the game upside down on what the true meaning of indie global films is.
With films budgeted at less than 20k, their combined multi “hat-wearing” skills are proving that you don’t need a giant budget nor a Hollywood soundstage to create cult classics.
Do clowns scare you? Have you ever looked at a scarecrow and wondered, »
- Creature Feature
With his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, horror director George A. Romero effectively re-invented not merely the zombie mythos but the horror genre as we know it today. Since that movie came out, zombies have become ubiquitous in pop culture, seeing a resurgence in the past decade with the smash TV hit The Walking Dead along with not only self-aware “zom coms” like Shaun of the Dead and World War Z, but also Romero's own work. Read on to learn more about his indelible contribution to the horror genre.
Night of the Living Dead is largely considered one of the most frightening films of all time. Made with just $114,000, it went on to gross more than $30 million worldwide, becoming a bonafide classic that is preserved in the National Film Registry, and it’s been imitated countless times. Beyond its introduction of the concept of “modern zombies” (though the film »
Nothing gets our attention in a horror film quite like a badass. Of course, we often find ourselves rooting for the bad guy (or girl), the random hordes of zombies, or weird objects. (Or is that just me when I watch the Evil Bong movies?) Either way, we can all agree that we love a good badass. They bleed rebellion, fight for their lives, and can easily make a good film into a great one, so…this one is for the bad asses!!!
5.) Erin- You’Re Next
What makes Erin so special in the ass-kicking department, is her ability to instantly turn on her inner badass as soon as people start getting brutally murdered in her presence. As soon as the first person around her gets killed, she is all over it. Her badass instincts kick in to reveal that she is in fact quite amazing when it comes to self-defense, »
Despite being one of the single most profitable genres in the entire world, horror has long been the red-headed bitch-slapped problem child of society. Blamed for everything from actual murder to obesity. We as fans all know that's bullshit, and one museum in Seattle is giving the genre its due.
Right now and through the rest of the summer, The Emp Museum in Seattle is hosting a special exhibit entitled Can't Look Away: The Lure of the Horror Film. The exhibit presents an in-depth look at horror and how it’s expressed through cinema, biology, history, and contemporary culture.
During its run three iconic horror directors — Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth — have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can safely explore the spectrum of cinematic horror from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day. »
- Steve Barton
Few filmmakers can be said to be as prolific and influential as George Romero. An icon of the zombie film genre, Romero’s love of horror traces back to his youth, and watching classic monster films such as Frankenstein and Dracula. Romero’s love of these films set him on a path to not only create horror films himself, but to change and redefine the genre for decades to come.
Romero’s first foray into the zombie film genre was 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. While a spectacular film in and of itself, Night of the Living Dead introduced the world to the modern zombie, and standardized the way that zombie films would be told from then on. Set in a farmhouse, the film depicts a small group of survivors fending off hordes of the reanimated dead. Prior to Romero’s take on zombies, Hollywood films depicted zombies as pale-faced minions of voodoo sorcerers. »
- Brandon Engel
Linnea Quigley is a prolific actress with over a hundred credited film and television appearances including the likes of Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons, Graduation Day, Savage Streets, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Ms. Quigley, who was kind enough to sit down for an interview with Sound on Sight, is currently working on several projects at the moment and will appear at screenings of both Night of the Demons and Return of the Living Dead in the Chicagoland area at the end of August.
Acting is a dream job for many people in the world and it is an extremely competitive field. When and how were you able to break into the business?
Well I didn’t think that I had any chance, because I came from Iowa and I was very very very very very shy and it »
- Max Molinaro
‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ actress Marilyn Burns dead at 64 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns, the one cast member who manages to survive Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s low-budget 1974 horror cult classic, was found dead on Tuesday, August 4, 2014, at her home in the Houston area. According to her manager, "she was found unresponsive by a family member." The cause of death remains unclear. Burns (born on July 5, 1950, in Erie, Pennsylvania) was 64. The Houston-raised Marilyn Burns began appearing in films in the early ’70s. She had a bit part in Robert Altman’s Houston-filmed Brewster McCloud (1970), starring Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, and Shelley Duvall, and was later cast in a supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s Austin-shot 1974 drama Lovin’ Molly; however, Burns was ultimately replaced by Susan Sarandon, reportedly remaining in the production as a stand-in for both Sarandon and Blythe Danner. Also in 1974, Marilyn Burns landed the »
- Andre Soares
Release Date: Available now in theaters, as well as on VOD and iTunes
Written By: Christian McDonald
Directed By: Peter Engert
Review by Daniel Xiii.
Can You Survive The Emotional Fallout?
Hi there, Creeps! Recently I was asked to review a film called Aftermath, and I have to admit, I was not prepared for what this film contained. Ya see, when I read the description of the film, my head filled with images of an action-packed, blood spattered gorefest replete with slavering zombie-like antagonists mowin’ down hordes of terrified war-ravaged survivors like so much human wheat.
I’m going to lay it right on you cats: this movie is primarily a drama. A character-driven, dialogue-infused drama. So be forewarned, as your mileage may vary.
Our tale begins with Hunter (C.J. Thomason »
- Holly Interlandi
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