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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
My early twenties were a massive blur. It’s safe to say that I passed out at the age of twenty, and woke up on my twenty-eighth birthday. In that blur of an era, however, there were a few memorable moments, one of which being the first time I watched Stuart Gordon’s classic, Re-animator. Now, before you all think (or find out) that I am super lame because I didn’t see this film until about a mere seven years ago, it’s not like I was fronted the anti Re-animator fanclub, I had just never really gotten around to it, silly, I know. When I finally Did watch the film, it instantly became one of my favorites, and still is. Here is my first experience with Re-animator!
At the age of 21, I worked at the local mall. I made a few friends while working there, and during one »
I read and owned something like 55-60 Goosebumps books growing up. I probably would have only made it though a few of them, though, had the stories been as jacked up as these classic horror films that have been reimagined as books from R.L. Stine’s popular children's book series. The covers and blurbs from designer Theodore Holmstead-Scott and writer Jude Deluca do a perfect job of making these stories seem much tamer than they really are.
We’ve included some of our favorites below, but be sure to check out the many more covers they’ve created on their Tumblr, If It Were Stine. They also reimagine modern horror films and TV shows, and even model video games on the choose-your-own-adventure-type books from the Goosebumps series.
By the time the television series based on these books came out, I had already outgrown them. I »
- Eli Reyes
Don’t get distracted by the zombies. Life After Beth writer-director Jeff Baena insists that his new film starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan is just a relationship film, in which the female half of the central couple is an undead flesh-eater. Baena explained that while the idea came to him after he’d gone through a couple of break-ups and was also reading about zombies, he tried to keep the focus on interpersonal connections. Photos 'Night of the Living Dead' to 'World War Z': The Evolution of Zombie Films “[The film is] sort of dealing with issues and
- Hilary Lewis
James Rolfe created the Angry Video Game Nerd character and webseries after putting together a few short videos complaining about old Nintendo games, such as Ljn releases. Soon, as popularity grew, Angry Nintendo Nerd had to be changed to Angry Video Game Nerd so his character could delve into a larger oeuvre of terrible video games from the past. A lover of film and a director of shorts himself, Rolfe and his team often develop creative references to classic films throughout the videos, though still keeping the tone juvenile. Now, Avgn videos are just one of several series and columns on Rolfe’s website cinemassacre.com
His feature length-movie, about hunting down the long-rumoured stockpile of E.T. Atari cartridges buried in New Mexico, had its international premiere at Fantasia 2014, with co-director and longtime friend Kevin Finn in attendance with the Nerd himself. Rolfe took a few moments out of his »
- Kenny Hedges
Empire of the Dead Act 1 Tpb
Written by George Romero
Art by Alex Maleev
Colors by Matt Holingsworth
Letters by Vc’s Cory Petit
Cover by Alex Maleev
George Romero decided to make his latest zombie masterpiece a comic book with a planned 15 issues split into three acts,rather than a movie. Act 1 was recently released as a trade paperback. It’s hard to write an objective review of Empire Of The Dead. If you are over a certain age and love zombies than you know that George Romero almost singlehandedly defined the genre. In which case it becomes too easy too give him a pass on his more recent endeavors (Survival Of The Dead) because of his past work (Dawn Of The Dead). If you don’t care for zombies than you have no business reading Empire Of The Dead in the first place.
Since the author of this review fits into category one, »
- Zachary Zagranis
"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
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