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The gang is battling zombies in an Atlantis episode that nods towards the horror genre. Here's Dave's review...
This review contains spoilers.
As ever, let's kick off with a short recap of tonight's action.
Pasiphae's life is in peril and she uses the last of her strength to cast an incantation upon a handy sarcophagus, awakening the body within. Her magic rapidly spreads throughout the Necropolis, reanimating more of the deceased.
With Hercules and Pythagoras hunting for Jason, who has seemingly fallen to his doom, Ariadne fears she may have lost the man she truly loves. Together with Orpheus and Euridice, they must first fight the zombie hordes.
Jason, in the meantime, is facing a moral quandary as he finds himself trapped with Medea, Pasiphae's aide, surrounded by more of the zombie hordes. The new arrangement, as Jason tries to save her, disorientates Medea's moral »
You probably already knew that the crew for Night of the Living Dead (1968) was not working with first rate equipment but you may be surprised at just how stark those limitations were Have you ever wondered how long it took to apply the Frankenstein makeup onto Boris Karloffs face Occasionally filming a horror movie can be just as grueling for the cast as it is terrifying for the audience. Remember the family dinner scene in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Lets just say it wasnt just good acting that sold the palpable desperation on their faces. »
That’s the title of Jackson’s ultra-low budget 1987 directorial debut, but unless you’re a hardcore fan, you’ve probably never seen the bizarre sci-fi gross-out comedy about aliens looking to turn humans into low-calorie delicacies for an intergalactic fast food chain.
In addition to directing, Jackson served as writer, producer, cinematographer, co-editor and the head of makeup and special effects. On top of all that, he cast himself in two leading roles: nasty alien Robert (who has a beard) and human extraterrestrial-buster Derek (sans facial hair). In one memorable sequence, Robert pushes Derek off a cliff. (He survives, but cracks his skull and tries to prevent his brain from leaking out for the rest of the film.)
Jackson made the film on weekends over a four-year period, while »
- Geoff Berkshire
“This is Joe Bob Briggs reminding you that the Drive-In will Never Die!”
In 1993, Monstervision on TNT in America, was mostly a program that aired old horror movies and science fiction with the occasional hosting from magicians Penn and Teller. During the early nineties, many cable channels hadn’t yet solidified their formats, and horror hosts were still ways to fill late night television since most channels couldn’t afford original programming. During that time, esteemed and controversial film critic John Bloom (known by his pen name Joe Bob Briggs), finished his tenure at the Movie Channel, which had also began changing its format.
Briggs was unfortunately released from his acclaimed show where he introduced uncut movies for his fans with his color commentary book ending the movies. The prologues and closers often featured comedy with the Briggs character, when he wasn’t interviewing genre favorites like Linnea Quigley. He »
- Felix Vasquez Jr.
We all know Take-Two Interactive for its kick-ass video games, and most of us know Bill Jemas (the former vice president of Marvel Comics) as a comic genius. The two have recently joined forces for a comic series taking place… Continue Reading →
- Scott Hallam
By Brandon Engel
George A. Romero didn’t invent the concept of zombies. They’ve had a spot in Haitian folklore for years (as explored in older films like White Zombie  and more contemporary films like Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow ). There was also the French World War I reactionary J’Accuse (1919) by Abel Gance, which featured actual footage from the battleground. Some horror enthusiasts might even argue that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P Lovecraft’s story Herbert West: Re-Animator were also significant early entries in the zombie canon.
What Romero can be credited with, however, as the recent documentary Birth of the Living Dead examines, is the mainstream popularity of zombies. It all began when he made the film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It features a group of wayward strangers who’ve found themselves stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Directed by Don Siegel.
Body Snatchers invade the small town of Santa Mira…
In this current era of comic-book obsessed filmmaking, the archaic trait whereby a villain is bit by/hit by/falls into radioactive elements, we automatically relate it to our current heroes. Of course, these heroes were created in the atomic age, whereby fear was rife regarding the power of nuclear energy. The atomic age not only inspired comic book heroes and villains but also impacted on cinema, providing the path for films including Forbidden Planet, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. All of which are either due to be shown, or have been shown, at the BFI in their outstanding Sci-Fi season: Days of Fear and Wonder.
Bookended by a Cabinet-of-Dr-Caligari, mad-man narration, »
- Simon Columb
This week, Camerimage film festival presents a retrospective of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Last month at the Lumière Festival, Thelma Schoonmaker, the three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, spoke about “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which is one of the films screening at Camerimage.
Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.
In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival in October, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.
That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon, Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, »
- John Hopewell
Planning on celebrating Halloween with a plethora of zombie films? If you find yourself running short on some of the legendary zombie classics out there, get on the internet and watch FilmOn’s Zombie Underworld channel for free. Zombie Underworld airs only classic zombie films 24 hours a day, meaning that you’ll be able to live in zombie terror whenever you want. One of the films you can watch on Zombie Underworld is the film that is considered the Holy Grail of zombie films, “Night of the Living Dead.” “A group of individuals from various walks of life find themselves barricaded in a rural farmhouse. In an attempt to survive the [ Read More ]
The post Watch Zombie Underworld for Free on FilmOn appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
Back in April, for twelve weeks straight, I reviewed a different Werner Herzog movie as they came available on the streaming service Fandor.com . Now the site is preparing for Halloween with a very special release of Kino Lorber's new 4K restoration of Robert Wiene's classic horror thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exclusively on the site beginning Halloween. And on that day (October 31st), and for one day only, the film will be available to everyone, even if you do not have a Fandor subscription! However, I have a special gift for one (1) lucky reader, a one (1) year subscription to Fandor.com and beyond the Herzog titles and the release of Caligari there is a lot more to explore. For example, also in celebration of Halloween, the site has George A. Romero's 1698 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead as well as Romero's original 1973 feature The Crazies. »
- Brad Brevet
Los Angeles filmgoers looking to get into the horror holiday spirit the second Halloween starts will want to attend the All-Nighter of the Living Dead, a movie marathon at the historic The Crest of Westwood cinema. Graveyard zombies, a possessed doll, evil alien clowns, living dead mall walkers, and Dracula’s soul brother will all help ring in All Hallow’s Eve at the midnight-to-dawn event.
Beginning at 12:01am this Friday, October 31st, the All-Nighter of the Living Dead movie marathon features five horror films:
12:01am – Night of the Living Dead
2:00am – Child’s Play
3:30am – Killer Klowns from Outer Space
5:00am – Dawn of the Dead
7:30am – Blacula
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“Los Angeles, CA: Today, The Crest of Westwood a classic art deco movie palace on Westwood Boulevard announces a special midnight screening of George A. Romero’s acclaimed “Night of the Living Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
Every day until Halloween, The Hollywood Reporter will be speaking to a notable horror director. Previously in this series: 'ABCs of Death 2's Alejandro Brugués "I was home alone at seven years old and saw Night of the Living Dead, and that f---ed my little child brain," says Marvin Kren, who decades later made his feature debut with a zombie thriller of his own — the well-regarded Rammbock in 2010. "I was seriously addicted to zombies," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. But there's one zombie project he can't stand: "I think The Walking Dead sucks," says the
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
Just in time for Halloween, an homage to landmark horror filmmaking will be held this Friday night in Los Angeles. The Crest of Westwood, a classic art deco movie palace on Westwood Boulevard, announced a special midnight screening of George A. Romero's acclaimed “Night of the Living Dead.” Will Greig, operations director at The Crest, said: “We planned an all-nighter Oct. 31 — starting at midnight — filled with horror films including ‘Child's Play,’ ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space,’ ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Blacula.’ It's All Hallows’ Eve, let's open it up with a marathon »
- Khalil Garriott
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Re-Animator, another obscure zombie flick, questions scientific advancements by revealing potential consequences and effects to the people around us. This last Tombstone Tuesday could have easily been given to Army of Darkness by Sam Raimi, Night of the Living Dead by George A. Romero, Shaun of the Dead by Edgar Wright, Dead Snow by Tommy Wirkola, or maybe even Dead Alive by Peter Jackson. But Re-Animator offers something beyond braining eating and strange noises. Re-Animator is a non-traditional classic that is centered on an underlying message of whether or not science is going too far.
- Samantha Ladwig
From a horde of zombie mall walkers to a young Jason Voorhees to the vengeful camp caretaker Cropsy and beyond, makeup effects master Tom Savini has for decades crafted iconic horror movie characters. The wizard of practical gore is also known for his work in front of the camera as biker Blades from 1978’s Dawn of the Dead and the whip-cracking Sex Machine in 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn, but hardcore horror hounds also know the versatile artist from his time spent in the director’s chair on 1990’s Night of the Living Dead.
Ahead of his appearance at the Horror-Rama convention in Toronto, we caught up with Savini to reflect on his reimagining of George A. Romero’s classic zombie film:
- Derek Anderson
Manny Camacho reviews Z Nation…
This awful series has started to develop into something decently greasy, immorally interesting and oddly satisfying. Even if Z Nation has many moments that cause my brain to frantically send signals throughout my body to self-terminate from time to time. Originally I thought this series was trying too hard to be like The Walking Dead and truthfully I don’t like the production house The Asylum. They have sketchy practices for a variety of the films they produce and most of these movies (in question) are so awful –I lack the mental fortitude to control myself from subjectively stating to most people that The Asylums films are garbage and you’re not going to like it. But that’s hubris and not objective…So I’ll take a good couple of Cuban Expresso shots and continue writing…
There is an excess of high quality programming »
- Manny Camacho
Look at those monsters! Look familiar? It’s the We Are Movie Geeks gang getting ready for Halloween courtesy of Geek/Artist Jim Batts!
Speaking of our favorite holiday, it’s that time of year to dust off the horror DVDs and watch your favorite horror films. But what if you don’t have a big DVD collection? Well, there’s always Netflix – watch them now! I went through the Netflix streaming list of horror flicks and here’s what I came up with for the ten best horror movies that you can watch tonight…without leaving the house!
10. “The Legend of Hell House” (1973): An effectively spooky thriller from 1973 about a team of paranormal experts confronting ghosts in a haunted mansion is a prime example of how what you don’t see is often much more unnerving than what you do.
9. “Nosferatu” (1922): If you think a movie over 90-years-old can’t be scary, »
- Tom Stockman
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk zombies. Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? »
- Samantha Highfill
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