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Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.
Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.
Special Mention: King Kong
The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster »
Writer/director Roman Soni is clearly a fan of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” not to mention horror flicks from the 80s. His short film Strange Night of the Living Dead combines music with blood, guts, and, of course, boobs. It’s probably one… Continue Reading →
The post Strange Night of the Living Dead Brings a Little Music to the Graveyard appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Todd Rigney
Also leaving October 1, some spooky TV titles, including "The Dead Files."
More than 150 titles are leaving Netflix in October; here's the entire list of movies and TV shows that will disappear from Netflix streaming in October.
Leaving Oct. 1, 2015
"Aces High" (1976)
"A Fond Kiss" (2004)
"Agata And The Storm" (2004)
"A Good Day to Die" (2013)
"Alakazam The Great" (1960)
"All Is Lost" (2013)
"An Affair to Remember" (1957)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (2012)
"America Declassified" (2013)
"Analyze This" (1999)
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues " (2013)
"Angela's Ashes" (1999)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"Apocalypse Now" (1979)
"Apocalypse Now Redux" (2001)
"Baby's Day Out" (1994)
"Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980)
"Baron Blood" (1972)
"Belle of the Yukon" (1944)
"Big Night" (1996)
"Blue Velvet" (1986)
"Brewster's Millions" (1945)
"Buying & Selling" (2013)
"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)
"Carve Her Name With Pride" (1958)
- Sharon Knolle
The zombie movie is a genre unlike any other in film. It can be a complete exploitation vehicle replete with buxom babes and crazy flesh eaters. It can be stylistically well put together and elevate both the genre and medium. Or, it can serve as a metaphor for the times we are living in. When MovieWeb interviewed the Godfather of zombie films, George A. Romero, he was asked if he wanted to make anymore Dead films. To paraphrase, he said that he did but he wanted to have the films "mean something." One could argue that you could do this in any genre, but there is something about the zombie genre that lends itself to metaphors.
So what makes a great zombie movie? Is it the FX? Is it the story? Is it how it might speak to the events of our time? Is it the Walking Dead themselves? It »
Romero collaborated with independent video game publisher Free Reign Entertainment to create Aftermath, the only free-to-win massively multiplayer online (MMO) survival horror game, which has just entered open beta.
The game sees players battle zombies against other survivalists as they use their survival skills to stay alive, while the 'Free to Win' gameplay ensures that whatever happens to a player depends solely on their skills.
"I've long been a fan of survival horror games and when I had the opportunity to collaborate on Aftermath, I jumped at the chance to bring my experience working on horror films into a new medium," Romero said in a statement.
"Free Reign has built a great title that I think players are going to love, whether they're new to »
Read More: The CW Plans a Reboot of George A. Romero Anthology Series 'Tales from the Darkside' Not to be confused with his iconic father (George A. is the acclaimed horror director of "Night of the Living Dead"), George C. Romero has collaborated with Free Reign Entertainment to develop "Romero's Aftermath," which is being described as the only "free-to-win massively multiplayer online survival horror game." The game has been released today in Open Beta. The game, which is clearly inspired by Romero's family lineage of monster lore, is set in an "expansive open world filled with lush forests, deserts, and fully explorable towns." Gameplay is collaborative, and the creators promise zombies galore. You can play for free by downloading it from the game's official website here, and it is also available for download on Steam. Watch a trailer for the game below. Read More: Resurrect ' »
- Aubrey Page
Jordan Peele, along with his Key and Peele co-star Keegan-Michael Key, has emerged as one the strongest talents working in comedy today, but for his next project he is set to take on an entirely different genre. According to Variety, Peele has been hired to write and direct an upcoming horror-thriller titled Get Out, which will follow “a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate.”
On his upcoming film, Peele said, “People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films. Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way.” The actor also went on to say that much like 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, Get Out will explore “race in America.”
- Justin Cook
I can't wait to see what a Jordan Peele horror film looks like. While I am saddened by the end of "Key & Peele," I also think it's important that both Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key are able to follow their particular muses. Watching their work carefully, I think Key is the more powerful comic presence, relentlessly funny, but Peele is the guy whose character work gets under my skin. He loves the grotesque, and he's played many of them over the various seasons of the show. It does not remotely surprise me to hear that horror is something he considers an essential part of his creative voice. There was news about this back in January, and at that point, Darko Entertainment was working with Peele to develop the film. There weren't many other details. He just said that he was going to be working on a horror film called »
- Drew McWeeny
Fans of the sketch comedy show Key & Peele know that co-creators Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele had a tendency to tackle horror movies in their skits, and that love of the genre has now prompted Peele to write and direct an upcoming fright film for Blumhouse.
According to Variety, Jordan Peele is set to pen and helm the horror movie Get Out for Blumhouse and QC Entertainment. Get Out "follows a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate." Here's what Peele had to say about the project:
“‘Get Out’ takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
It's not yet known when filming will begin on Get Out, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they surface. In the meantime, »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Watch: Don Cheadle and Jordan Peele in Hour-Long Uncensored TV Comedy Actors Roundtable Coming off of the final season of his acclaimed Comedy Central show "Key and Peele," Jordan Peele is heading into horror with a project that promises to tackle race relations. Peele is teaming up with QC Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions on a horror project that he wrote and will direct. Titled "Get Out," the premise centers on a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend's family estate. "Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way," said Peele. "'Get Out' takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn't really been done within the genre since 'Night of the Living Dead' 47 years ago. It's long overdue." Sean McKittrick and Edward H. Hamm Jr. from QC »
- Sonya Saepoff
Peele tells The Wrap that the film: "Takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn't really been done within the genre since 'Night of the Living Dead' 47 years ago. It's long overdue." »
- Garth Franklin
Jordan Peele, of Key & Peele, will next critique race relations with a horror movie, THR reports. Titled Get Out, the film, which was written and will be directed by Peele, tells the tale of a young black man who visits his white girlfriend's family estate. "Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way," Peele said in a statement. "Get Out takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn't really been done within the genre since Night of the Living Dead 47 years ago." Other plot and personnel details were unavailable at the moment, but if any zombies try to get froggy in that estate, we hope the main character is ready to draxx them sklounst. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Blumhouse and QC Entertainment are producing the project.
The film follows a young African American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s family estate.
“People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films. Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way,” Peele said. “‘Get Out’ takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
- Justin Kroll
With their comedy sketch series Key & Peele now finished, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are turning their attention to solo projects. And Peele is headed in an unexpected direction: horror.The performer has a deal to write and director a horror thriller called Get Out for Jason Blum’s mini-budget company Blumhouse Productions. It’ll follow a young African-American man who visits the sprawling estate owned by his white girlfriend’s family. And we, assume, discovers something terrible.“People know me for my work in comedy, but now I’ll get to focus on my passion for writing and directing horror films,” Peele says in a statement picked up by The Wrap. “Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way. Get Out takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really »
Since its initial release in 1968, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead has captivated audiences, and as part of the public domain, Romero’s classic film has been re-explored in other stories over the years. Sometimes these projects are ill advised, but with its impressive expansion of Romero’s zombified world, Double Take’s new Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series is a reimagining worth reading.
The Ultimate Night of the Living Dead universe has kicked off with ten individual first issues for ten separate miniseries. Overseen by Double Take General Manager Bill Jemas, these respective series all take place at various times and locations within Evans County, Pa on Sunday, April 24th, 1966: the day the dead rose to consume the living.
Jemas and his creative team of writers and artists offer readers an all-encompassing experience of Romero’s world. This is not a »
- Derek Anderson
Between Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), the horror genre was at its creative peak, birthing such classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn Of The Dead, Halloween and The Evil Dead. These were low budget, independently produced (and distributed) pictures that were made for the sake of the film and not for the sake of the money. But as the 1980s crept in, all of that changed.
As early as 1982, George Romero complained about indie filmmakers being unable to compete with the major studios, claiming it was part of “the McDonaldization of America.” It’s apt that Romero, who satirised consumerism in Dawn Of The Dead, should liken Hollywood to the fast food industry, because Tinseltown genuinely seemed to be adopting their practices.
Instead of hiring chefs who can prepare many kinds of food, Hollywood makes the same thing over and over again. »
- Ian Watson
Today, the zombies from George A. Romero's classic 1960s horror film rise once again in ten separate first issues of Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series. Daily Dead recently chatted with Jeff McComsey, writer of Z-Men and Rise, who discussed expanding on Romero's living dead world, further exploring the characters of Johnny and Barbara, and much more.
Jeff McComsey: I saw it at a pretty young age, probably in the mid-’90s. I remember we rented it on VHS and watched it a couple of times. It wasn’t until I was in college and we watched a bunch of old movies when we really got into it. And now since I’ve watched it professionally, I’m still impressed with what Romero did. »
- Derek Anderson
2T’s 1st stories start in the world established by the Night of the Living Dead. Then we let our imaginations and our zombies run wild. Mostly, our creators are telling new stories starring new characters. But, if you love the classic film, you won’t be disappointed; you can follow your favorite characters from their first appearances, through their dying breaths, to their first baby Zombie steps. Cbm : Night of the Living Dead was a huge success, it has to be an honor to be apart of this. Can you give us a little background on the two Comics you wrote; Z-Men and Rise? Jeff: Rise follows closest to the original Night of the Living Dead. The two main characters are Johnny and Barbara, the first two people we meet in the film. It follows them from a trajectory and we see what happens to Johnny. He pops »
Summerslam is behind us and we’re just two weeks away from In Your House, and it’s a show that features Shawn Michaels defending the Intercontinental Championship against Psycho Sid and Razor Ramon taking on British Bulldog – it’s Raw from 20 Years Ago Today…
Episode 126 – 11/09/1995
The show opens with a very excited Vince McMahon covering the Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon ladder match from Summerslam, as well as British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith turning on Diesel from three weeks ago on Raw.
1. Razor Ramon vs. British Bulldog
They showed a very bizarre confrontation between Razor and Dean Douglas in an inset video. As per usual, Vince and Jerry Lawler are talking over each other and just won’t shut up. Vince sounds like he is coked out of his mind. Razor throws one of his toothpicks at Jim Cornette who is on the outside for Bulldog. This was a pretty basic, »
- Luke Owen
By Neil Hudson
Horror fans are generally a pretty cheery bunch, considering the all the man-hours they spend watching scenes of carnage, mutilation and the like. Lately, I’ve spent a considerable chunk of time watching horror films, only to get to the end and it dawn on me how utterly miserable I should feel. Which is cool, I’m fine with carrying around a persistent, heavy sense of dread in the pit of my stomach; that’s normal, right? This is a list of some of my favourite depressing horror movies. Not all of them are oppressively bleak for the entire flick, but they all end up in the same place: Bum-out city.
Need I say it? Heavy spoilers are below. Proceed accordingly.
I’m trying not to repeat any titles on my lists here; otherwise Martyrs and The Mist would be most certainly be down on this one. »
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