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Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com
Directed By: John A. Russo
Written By: John A. Russo
Starring: Debbie Rochon (Raven), Grant Kramer (Wayne), John Mowod (Eric), Dawn Michelucci (Angela), Savannah Calhoun (Savannah), Marilyn Eastman (Mrs. Quinn), Julie Wallace Deklavon (Peggy), Christopher Boyle (Young Wayne), Terri Lewandowski (Wayne’s Mother), Ed Lewandowski (Uncle Joe), Amanda Madison (Laura), Lisa Delien (Mary), Sue Ellen White (Debbie), Karl Hardman (Bruce), Mary Beth Boyle (Diane)
I wasn’t expecting much going in to this unknown Christmas themed slasher flick and I am truly thankful I wasn’t because this is perhaps one of the worst holiday slashers I have ever watched in my entire life! I tend to be fairly lenient on low budget films if I can find some redeeming quality in it but this is one of the rare times that I can’t find a single solitary good thing to say about this movie. »
Review by Michael Haffner
There’s no question that George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night Of The Living Dead gave birth to the modern zombie. No, we’re not talking about voodoo mysticism or Caribbean folklore which is where the idea of dead men rising from their graves at night stems from. What I’m referring to are the shambling, gut-munching, zombies who come back to life as rotting corpses. There’s no shortage of the “z-word” in pop culture these days as films, books, and television shows have all explored the subject. This is in large part due to one gory black and white indie film. With a budget of $114,000 and a script by Romero and John A. Russo, a horror film that tapped into the social conscience of the late 1960’s and still remains relevant to this day was born.
- Movie Geeks
Greetings, fiends! I was skimming through today’s batch of articles on FEARnet (my full time day job) and read this fantastic retrospective by Gregory Burkart on Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The long form music video/short film directed by John Landis actually premiered on MTV on this date, December 2nd 30 whole years ago! Whew! How many of you out there are old enough to remember that? How many of you youngans are scratching your heads?
It got me thinking – I’ve told the story of how my love of the horror genre began many, many times, both here on various posts on Icons Of Fright and I’ve given hints of it on my weekly GeekNation produced podcast Killer Pov. As far back as I can remember, I always had a fascination and love of the old black and white Universal Monster movies, the Wolf Man and Creature being my personal faves. »
- Rob Galluzzo
You may be surprised to learn that there’s a new remake of George Romero’s Day of the Dead in the works, given that there was already a remake released in 2008. Here’s the thing, though: Shut up. Don’t you ever talk about that movie again. It was a horrible, direct-to-video cash-in on the general feeling of goodwill toward Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead, which was a pretty decent movie except for the whole fast-moving zombie thing.
This new remake is being helmed by Mark Tonderai, whose most notable prior credit was directing House at the End of the Street. That movie was not very good at all, but it did have Jennifer Lawrence in it, so a bunch of people probably went to go see it anyway. That was apparently enough to earn Tonderai the new gig, but it is definitely not enough »
- Jeremy Clymer
Announced earlier this year, Millennium Films and Taurus Entertainment’s Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are moving forward with a remake of George Romero’s 1985 zombie classic Day Of The Dead. The original (which has previously had a pretty woeful and very loose 2008 attempt with Meni Suvari and Nick ‘I don’t have any talent’ Cannon) saw the human resistance driven underground and begin to experiment and understand the cause of the undead outbreak. It was the third in Romero’s franchise that began with Night Of The Living Dead and followed by my favourite, Dawn Of The Dead.
We can now confirm Hush and House On The End Of The Street British director Mark Tonderai will helm this latest horror remake as well as write the screenplay alongside Lars Jacobson. The film will come from the producing tag-team that scored a major hit in January 2012 with Texas Chainsaw 3D »
- Craig Hunter
First announced this past July , Millennium Films is developing a big screen remake of George Romero's Day of the Dead . Today, Deadline brings word that House at the End of the Street helmer Mark Tonderai will both direct and, with Lars Jacobson, will draft the screenplay. George Romero followed his genre-defining Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead with Day of the Dead in 1985. Set in an underground military base, the film follows the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of both soldiers, scientists and a zombie test subject named Bub. The new film arrives from Millennium Films and Taurus Entertainment with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman producing. Both names previously served as producers on the recent Texas Chainsaw 3D . Day of the Dead was »
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying! Kiss Me, Satan! No. 3 This issue finds our fine fiend Barnabas Black squaring off against hordes of undead and a bad guy named The Bone Wrangler. After a spirited fight between the undead and Barnabas (and the witches he's protecting) the crew flees to a remote cabin where The Eye of Fates demands everyone's attention. Bag it or board it up? This is a fast-paced, grisly, nasty comic that's full of attitude and has a lot of ambition. I love the spirit of this comic. It's dabbling in divinity, demonics, magic and witchcraft, and everyone »
- Giaco Furino
Written and directed by John Carpenter
With his filmmaking career beginning in the midst of the new Hollywood and its touchstones in American film history, it’s perhaps easy to see why the work of John Carpenter has been somewhat overshadowed by more celebrated filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, or Francis Ford Coppola. He found a niche in the horror genre with the landmark Halloween, and he proceeded to make one idiosyncratic, wholly original, and generally skillful film after another. Some were rather uneven, particularly in recent years, but for every Memoirs of an Invisible Man, there has been The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, or They Live. Carpenter’s list of credits boasts some exceptional work — inventive, daring, visually, and technically creative — but amongst these titles, one film stands out as a favorite of many cinephiles in general and Carpenter fans in particular. »
- Jeremy Carr
After providing cover illustrations for the Night of the Living Dead comic and graphic novel series from Avatar Press, artist Matt Busch found himself bitten by the zombie bug, beginning a project that saw him zombifying iconic Hollywood movie posters, from Star Wars to E.T., Harry Potter to Breakfast at Tiffany's. Rather than simply Photoshopping effects over the images, Busch actually recreates each poster by hand, and then adds in the zombie effects. For the past several years, he has been displaying his handiwork on the Hollywood is Dead website, and now the Hollywood zombies are looking to shamble their way onto your coffee table!
A Kickstarter fund to turn Hollywood is Dead into a coffee table book has far surpassed its $13,000 goal, with a week still left for donations. What does that mean? It means that all of Busch's zombified movie posters will be compiled together into a beautiful hardcover book, »
- John Squires
The single-disc Vault of Terror contains 4 films, Maniac Too, Driller Killer, Night of the Living Dead, and A Good Samaritan in New York City, and as any seasoned horror fan knows, two of these things are not like the other things. Night and Driller are both celebrated films (to varying degrees) whose place in history is secure, while the latter two are much shorter, unknown films (Maniac is about 40 minutes, Samaritan is less than five) that appear to have been shot largely without the benefit of a tripod. It's tough to dismiss a set that contains Romero's classic under any circumstances, but Vault plays like a ludicrously unsuccessful attempt to place the latter films in the same distinguished company.
- Anders Nelson
Ravenswood‘s midseason finale gave Pretty Little Liars a run for its money in the ‘shipper department when it revealed that the love story between cursed twosome Caleb and Miranda dates back at least a century. But what does that mean for the leading man’s Rosewood-based romance with Hanna?
Here, executive producer Oliver Goldstick reveals what’s next on both series for this extremely complicated triangle. He also teases twists ahead in the Ravenswood curse, the return of that creepy little girl and more when the drama resumes on Jan. 7.
Tvline | That gorgeous little blonde girl in the red »
- Megan Masters
Renowned artist Matt Busch has not only created artwork for bands like Black Sabbath, Motely Crue and Alice Cooper, but he also has a project called Hollywood Is Dead wherein he recreates classic movie posters zombie style.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hollywood Is Dead will soon be a coffee table book.
Busch doesn't just amend existing posters; he actually recreates the iconic artwork from scratch and adds a touch of the undead to each, coming up with such titles as Breakfast Is Tiffany, Alice from Underland, Beauty and the Feast and Cadavatar. Busch is obviously a massively talented dude with an awesome sense of humor. And now all his work will be collected in one spot as the Kickstarter campaign to create a book of Busch's work was successfully funded after just 12 days.
Check out the successfully funded Hollywood Is Dead Kickstarter page for more info. There are »
- Scott Hallam
The living legend that is George A. Romero was in London recently for the BFI's Gothic season. In between giving talks and introducing special screenings of his films, Romero popped into the Empire Podcast booth talk to us about zombies, Knightriders and the projects that almost came to be. Listen below for all that and more from the man who basically changed the face of horror with his Night Of The Living Dead trilogy. P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
While he may have essentially created the whole zombie movie genre with "Night of the Living Dead," filmmaker George A. Romero says he has no intention of getting involved with the most popular form of that genre at the moment - AMC's "The Walking Dead".
Talking with The Big Issue, Romero says the popularity of the zombie genre at the moments means he has no real interest in going back to it, even though the 'Walking' producers approached him about working on the show:
"Once they bleed out of pop culture I'll be able to go back and do them again. I don’t want to touch them now. Gosh, they are all over the place. The Walking Dead is the number one television series in the States, World War Z, games, commercials… Ugh! It’s too much!
It feels like I don’t have a horse in the race. »
- Garth Franklin
George A. Romero, you and I are no longer cool. Breaks my heart to say it, but you brought it on yourself.
Now don’t get me wrong. It started out as a love affair, George and I. He brought the zombies and the scary and I brought the popcorn and Twizzlers. It was magical. For a girl that liked horror movies from an early age, I couldn’t get enough. I ended up married to (and then thankfully divorced from) Romero’s #1 fan, and I say that with 100% certainty. We even spent vacations at the Monroeville Mall and Evans City Cemetery. Ah… young love.
As time went on and his movies went on, even as I loved them, I did have some frustration with his choices and the fact that he broke many of the zombie rules he “created”, but I stayed true, even when he didn’t.
When The Walking Dead came about, »
- Tea Santos
If you're a fan of horror anthologies, today is your day. The CW is developing a new series which will be a modern take on the classic TV show Tales from the Darkside!
Tales from the Darkside was a 1980s horror anthology show from the mind of zombie legend George A. Romero, director of the original Night of the Living Dead. Similar to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, every episode of Tftd told a different short story spanning the genres of horror, sci-fi and fantasy.
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The remake currently under development is being written by horror author Joe Hill, who just happens to come from an impressive horror pedigree: His dad is Stephen King.
Not much more is known about the project »
It’s no surprise that with the success of anthology series American Horror Story, which takes each season as a different story, that networks are now considering bringing back more of the traditional anthology series that take an inidvidual story for each episode. One of the classics, along with The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone, was of course Tales From The Darkside. Night Of The Living Dead director served as executive producer on the show, as well as writing a number of episodes. First premiering in 1983, the show ran for 5 years and spawned a movie in 1990. Tales From The Darkside is being developed by The CW for its return, with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci producing and Joe Hill writing.
I absolutely adore these types of shows, and word is that the reboot will keep its 30 minute running time. This will be the perfect opportunity to show off some »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
What's causing Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to pull a piece on The Walking Dead? We won't know until Sunday, but these three photographs – all exclusive to Rolling Stone – give us plenty to consider. In "Isolation," Season Four's third episode, it was Maggie's job to keep everyone safe when the brigade left for the veterinary hospital. Could it be Glenn's flu that's keeping his lady on edge? It's good that Cohan, 31, is no stranger to stress, having witnessed the not-at-all-amicable dismissal of The Walking Dead's first showrunner, Frank Darabont. "It was a tumultuous time, »
The undead are clearly flavor of the month in the world of TV series development, as we hear news of yet another zombie series on the horizon. This one is based on DC Comics/Vertigo‘s iZombie, to be developed by Veronica Mars helmer Rob Thomas and co-writer Diane Ruggieri, which may give you an indication of what kind of undead series this will be. “Veronica with an unfortunate secret”-like. Which could be seriously great.
According to the Vertigo website for the comic book, the main character is a gravedigger in “an eco-friendly cemetery” but Deadline, who broke the story, reports that in the proposed series, based on based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, she’ll be a med school student working for the coroner’s office.
Either way, she needs access to brains… “both to keep from going all “Night of the Living Dead, »
- Erin Willard
You can’t keep a dreamer from dreaming. Damn the facts, ignore rationale, and screw the rules – what’s the fun of having an imagination if you don’t use it, right? Well, Ok, maybe Freddy Krueger can keep a dreamer from dreaming, because no one wants to be sucked into a nightmarish dreamland full of death and decay, but you get my point – it’s always fun to imagine “What if?”
In this week’s edition of Nato And Remy’s Last Stand, we decided to put our imagination to the test and mash together some of our favorite horror movies to make an even more awesome double-dip experience. A vanilla milkshake rules, a chocolate milkshake is just as tasty – but have you ever had a black and white milkshake?! Oh man, mix those two badboys together and it’s a bit of creamy, inter-ice-cream bliss. Trust me, I »
- Matt Donato
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