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The concept of returning from beyond the grave is one of the touchstones of the horror genre. From Mary Shelley's immortal (and constantly adapted) novel "Frankenstein" to George A. Romero's equally inspiring midnight movie "Night of the Living Dead," the idea of crossing over and then coming back has been the backbone of countless scary stories. The latest tale to tackle this idea is "The Lazarus Effect," a new cheapo horror film from "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum, that follows a plucky group of graduate students who are experimenting with a new serum that is designed to bring patients who have died on the operating table back to life (in an attempt to give doctors more time to fix the problem). Of course, things go terribly, terribly wrong. What could have been a nicely technological take on the same basic material, is drably put together, light on scares, »
- Drew Taylor
Christian Petzold took a bold step into history with 2012's Barbara, exiling Nina Hoss's heroine into the diaphanous threats and suspicions of a provincial, 1980s East Germany. With Phoenix, his follow-up, Petzold takes this movement into history even further, striking starkly, deeply at questions of identity in a post-war Germany quivering silently with destitution, rage, and willful blindness. In a spectral sequence opening the film directly evoking the eerie clinical imagery of Georges Franju's lyrical horror film Eyes without a Face, Nelly, a concentration camp survivor, returns in quiet to Berlin after having reconstructive surgery following wartime mutilations. The woman who emerges from under the knife cannot be recognized. She emerges as embodied by Nina Hoss—a true queen in today's cinema—and her slender, lean physique becomes that of a post-war zombie, a ghost embodied, tottering and halting, a body not familiar with movements outside the camp, »
- Daniel Kasman
Your instincts tell you to look away from the screen, but you can't. Your heart thumps harder, your veins pulsate with adrenalin and your fists clench as tightly as possible. Running for it is out of the question, despite the nearby 'Exit' sign clearly highlighted in green neon lights. But why? As the horror masterpiece It Follows demonstrates, being scared s**tless is an addictive sensation.
There's a primal, hypnotic feel to writer-director David Robert Mitchell's movie, which grabs your attention immediately with a brutal opening featuring the mangled body of a teenage girl on the beach as the waves lap the shore. We're soon introduced to the magnificent Maika Monroe's Jay, an alienated 19-year-old whose life takes a horrendous turn after 'something' is passed on to her during an amorous encounter. »
At one point in “Accidental Love,” the movie’s crusading heroine flips on a TV and catches a glimpse of George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie opus “Night of the Living Dead.” And, like one of Romero’s own restless undead, this mirthless, misshapen social satire cum romantic comedy has managed to crawl out of the early grave to which it was consigned in 2008, back when its title was “Nailed” and its director was David O. Russell. Pieced together by unknown parties after years stuck in litigation (resulting from the bankruptcy of financier David Bergetsin’s Capitol Films), “Accidental Love” turns out to be no “Margaret”-style diamond-in-the-rough, but merely a not-particularly-interesting curio from the low ebb of a great director’s career. Russell (credited here as Stephen Greene), original producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, and the starry ensemble cast have understandably kept their distance from this opportunistic cash-grab release, »
- Scott Foundas
It could be the dawn of a new era for Rick Grimes and the group after the events of last night's The Walking Dead, but only time will tell whether or not they can truly sink into safety and stop looking over their shoulders. Offering a tease of what's to come in next week's Greg Nicotero-directed episode, "Remember", a new video shows Carl inspecting a potential threat in a scene that's somewhat reminiscent of Ben's upstairs investigation in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead.
Episode 512: "Remember" - "The group has a difficult time molding to a new lifestyle, forcing them to consider whether they can be the people they once were."
"Remember" is directed by Greg Nicotero and airs next Sunday, March 1st, at 9:00pm Est on AMC.
Photos courtesy of Gene Page / AMC:
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- Derek Anderson
Welcome to another horror round-up! To get your week started on the right foot, we have the first look at Judith O'Dea reprising her role as Barbra in the unofficial Night of the Living Dead sequel, Genesis, details on The Final Reel, the upcoming directorial debut from Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick, and a look at a new Puppet Master poster from Grey Matter Art.
Night of the Living Dead: Genesis: Since George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead is considered public domain, an unofficial sequel on the film is in the works, titled Night of the Living Dead: Genesis, in which Judith O'Dea steps back into the role of Barbra, giving us an idea of what happened to her after she was pulled through that doorway over 45 years ago. We have an image of O'Dea in the film below.
"Night of the Living Dead: Genesis will pay »
- Derek Anderson
Attention, Night of the Living Dead fans… here’s something you may not know… the character of Barbra lived. That’s right; she lived, and we have your first look at her right here in Night of the Living Dead: Genesis! The… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Two outings for The Toxic Avenger and a surprisingly good vampire movie feature in this month's Bottom Shelf...
The advent of high definition technology has ushered in an era of unsurpassed quality in terms of the home-cinema experience. With TVs now able to match filmmakers' original visions closer than ever, the path has been cleared for the true maverick masters of cinema to shine on the small screen. Which brings us to Troma Entertainment head honchos Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, whose final two Toxic Avenger sequelsmake their way onto Blu-ray this month.
Not by any stretch of the imagination a pair of essential HD releases (you could argue the grainy footage of any Troma film is best viewed on ancient VHS), The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation Of Toxie and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV are what they are: both the best and worst of Kaufman »
Stars: Tom Sizemore, B.J. Hendricks, Ian Hutton, Madeline Merritt, Eli Jane, Matt Mercer, Ace Marrero, Hannah Dawson, Lucy Dawson, Elina Loukas, Val Mulligan, L. Stephen Phelan | Written by James Cullen Bressack, Jd Fairman, Michael Sean Gomez | Directed by Cameron Romero
Filmmaker baggage doesn’t come much heavier than having a world famous dad in the business. As horror names go, George A. Romero is about as big as they get, being director of the iconic Night of the Living Dead, Dawn and Day of the Dead, plus underrated gems like Monkey Shines, Martin and Land of the Dead too. Son of the great man, director Cameron Romero attempts to step out of his shadow with Auteur, a found footage film-about-a-film in which an aspiring documentary maker attempts to track down an elusive, now-missing horror director.
It’s a more promising concept than Romero Jr.’s clichéd, forgettable Staunton Hill – done well, »
- Joel Harley
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead is a confident debut from Aussie filmmaker Kiah Roache-Turner, a man who dares to create an apocalyptic landscape that re-imagines zombie lore in a ballsy new light. Gone are the teachings of George A. Romero, as Kiah and his brother Tristan instead turn to down-under legend George Miller for inspiration and a more action-heavy attitude over traditional zombie thinking. Kiah and Tristan set out to make a film that blends Mad Max and Night Of The Living Dead, and they certainly whip up a rip-roaring mechanized nightmare that screams “Mission Accomplished.” Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead establishes a violent dystopia filled with armored vehicles, sick experiments and tons of bad blood, and while the story leaves unexplained holes, Wyrmwood is a lonely road I’d love to travel down many more times.
When Australia is ravaged by a massive zombie infection, only a few survivors »
- Matt Donato
“They’re coming to get you Barbara.” Spoken in Boris Karloff style amongst the tombstones Johnny’s kidding line to his sister was the last moment of innocence before the siblings and viewers alike are assaulted by the unrelenting terror of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.
The horrord of that classic mobir began in the cemetery with actor/assistant camera operator Bill Hinzman’s unforgettable living dead shamble, but as fans of the film know, there would be more fear, social commentary, and hungry zombies to be found at the farmhouse down the road.
Showing the film’s progressive link from the cemetery to the farmhouse and even incorporating the moon hanging above that fateful, horrific night when the dead got their feet back under them, artist Timothy Pittides’ new black and white poster for 1968’s Night of the Living Dead superbly captures the malicious mood of Romero’s classic film. »
- Derek Anderson
Directed by David Cronenberg.
After receiving experimental plastic surgery a young woman develops a taste for human blood and begins to infect everyone around her with her bloodthirsty madness.
Following on from their excellent release of David Cronenberg’s Shivers last year, Arrow Video bring the Canadian director’s second commercial feature film to Blu-ray with another strong package that breathes new life into a film nearly 40 years old.
In Rabid, porn star Marilyn Chambers plays Rose, a young woman involved in a motorcycle accident who receives some experimental plastic surgery to help with her severe injuries. However, the surgery results in the growth of a stinger in Rose’s armpit that attaches itself to anyone Rose gets close to and feeds on their blood, turning the victim into a zombie-like creature that spreads infection through its bite, »
- Gary Collinson
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
The Beast Must Die (1974)
Directed by: Paul Annett
Cast: Calvin Lockhart (Tom Newcliffe), Peter Cushing (Dr. Christopher Lundgren), Marlene Clark (Caroline Newcliffe), Charles Gray (Arthur Bennington), Anton Diffring (Pavel), Ciaran Madden (Davina Gilmore), Tom Chadbon (Paul Foote), Michael Gambon (Jan Jarmokowski)
I’ve been on a werewolf kick here lately. I’ve watched new flicks like “Wolves” (review forthcoming), and some really obscure stuff like “Full Eclipse” about werewolf cops. It’s been purely unintentional, it just happened that way. This film is the one that lit the fuse, and the best of the pack. It has volumes of cool stuff going for it, and is ripe for a good remake with all new cool stuff made possible by modern technology. I’ll get to that later.
This is an Amicus film. »
Over 45 years ago, a young commercials director and his friends gathered in the Evans City, Pennsylvania area to shoot a low-budget horror film with a stunning social commentary. That movie, Night of the Living Dead, went on to achieve legendary status, as did its bold director, George A. Romero.
Taking his vast knowledge of the genre and fascinating stories of his filmmaking experiences on the road, Romero will be a guest late this month at Indianapolis’ Culture Shock, and it’s now been revealed that about one month after that appearance, Romero will join the likes of Linda Blair, Michael Biehn, Linnea Quigley, and many more at the Monsterpalooza in Burbank, California.
Taking place March 27th–29th at the Marriott Burbank Convention Center, Monsterpalooza features a host of horror genre celebrities, artists, and more, with Romero slated to appear all three days. Tickets are $30 per day or $70 for a three-day pass. »
- Derek Anderson
Featuring: George A. Romero, Charlie Adlard, Joanna Angel, Robert Kirkman, Simon Pegg, Max Brooks, Bruce Campbell, Fran Kranz, Greg Nicotero, Jacqui Holland, Tom Savini, Traycee King | Written by Chad Herschberger & Alexandre O. Philippe | Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe
I like zombies just as much as the next person. Well, okay, maybe a little more, but probably not by much. While my friends and I, as teenagers, discovered the walking dead from satirical horror movies sought out in movie rental shops, most new initiates to the delights of the undead can simply leave their TV on for ten minutes and chances are there’ll be a zombie on it at some point.
Zombies have taken over the world. While the irony of their mass appeal is most certainly lost on them, it isn’t lost on Alexandre Philippe and Chad Herschberger, who decided the best way to deal with the oversaturation »
- Mark Allen
Darkness, disease and the disembodied may be headed to The CW for the 2015-16 TV season.
The network finally kicked off its development season on Monday evening. It ordered one-hour pilots for a reboot of the 1980s syndicated horror/fantasy/thriller anthology Tales From the Darkside, an outbreak drama from Julie Plec (The Originals, The Vampire Diaries) and a story about a cabbie who sees dead people (but still charges them full fare).
Though he’s most well-known for revolutionizing the zombie genre with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero also filmed a unique take on vampires with 1977’s Martin. Following the titular character’s vampire-like serial killer streak in Pittsburgh, the movie features a memorable soundtrack that’s now being released on a limited edition vinyl with new artwork and liner notes:
Press Release - “February 2nd 2015, NYC, NY – Ship to Shore PhonoCo. announced today that the score from George A. Romero’s Martin, once named “one of the top 100 coolest soundtracks of all time” by Mojo Magazine, will be available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1978.
“Donald Rubinstein contributes a haunting, melancholy score punctuated with sudden, passionate riffs. It is the perfect accompaniment to this tale of lost souls in a barren, nearly post-apocalyptic environment.” – Roy Frumkes, producer of Street Trash and director of Document of the Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
We’ve got a haunting exclusive reveal for you. Artist Timothy Pittides will be releasing a limited edition screenprint for the classic George Romero zombie film, Night of the Living End, at Dallas Comic Con this weekend. Below, you can see several images of the Night of the Living Dead Poster and read about Pittides’ inspiration. Here’s the […]
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- Germain Lussier
The appeal of upcoming mega-blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age Of Ultron is rather obvious. Is there ever a time when it’s not okay to turn your brain off and bask in nail-biting action, heroics, and costly special effects? Big-budget blockbusters will never grow old, since the range of audiences partial to those kinds of films is all-encompassing.
However, not everybody is impressed with CGI-filled action scenes and superhero cinematic universes. Some prefer their films smaller and more intimate. So, what’s a cinema buff to do? As always, seek out the nearest independent theater and/or VOD platform and drop cash on the latest no-budget films worthy of such concerted efforts.
Without that kind of open-mindedness, Diy moviemaking would cease to exist, robbing cinephiles of flicks that could potentially rival the likes of Reservoir Dogs, The Terminator, and Night Of The Living Dead. »
- Jesse Gumbarge
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