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Crypt of Curiosities: Boundary-Pushing British Psychological Thrillers of the 1960s

When it comes to discussing ’60s British horror, most conversations usually begin and end with Hammer’s gothics and their sleazy derivatives. Mind you, it’s not hard to see why—the studio practically revived the genre in the UK during the late ’50s, and competitors would have to be fools to not want to ride their coattails, creating their own bloody (and occasionally brilliant) gothics chock-full of sex and violence. But the ’60s also saw the rise of a different, darker sub-genre—the modern psychological thriller, birthed from Alfred Hitchcock’s visual vocabulary and directors focused less on the supernatural and more on the depths of human cruelty and depravity. These thrillers are violent, sexual, and no stranger to controversy, and on today’s entry of the Crypt of Curiosities, we’ll be looking at three of the best and most noteworthy films.

The first big British thriller of
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Win Mandy on Blu-ray

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Mandy on 12th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Six-year-old Mandy Garland (Mandy Miller) was born deaf. With concerns for her future, Christine (Phyllis Calvert: Twisted Nerve, Mr Denning Drives North) and Harry Garland (Terence Morgan: Sir Francis Drake) try to work out the best scenario for their daughter’s education, but before long their constant quarreling puts a strain on their relationship. Against Harry’s wishes, Mandy is enrolled in a special school under the guidance of headmaster Dick Searle (Jack Hawkins: The Cruel Sea, The Fallen Idol), whose unconventional teaching methods are questioned by some of the adults. But Christine forms a strong friendship with Mr Searle, who ultimately has the child’s best interests at heart and eventually helps Mandy to find her voice.

Boasting an all star cast and a breakout performance from Mandy Miller,
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Directors' Trademarks: Quentin Tarantino

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of The Hateful Eight, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Quentin Tarantino as director.

Tarantino dropped out of high school in the 80’s to work a number of jobs that would later help him become a successful movie director, including being a video store clerk, which allowed him to really expand his love for film. On the suggestion of a friend, he wrote and directed his first film in 1987. That film, My Best Friend’s Birthday was almost completely lost during a fire. In 1992, he directed Reservoir Dogs, which opened at Sundance to critical and popular praise. Next, his script for True Romance was selected to become a film in 1993. Even though Tarantino didn’t direct that film, the script allowed for many of his trademarks.
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Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82

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Billie Whitelaw Of ‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’, Beckett Muse Is Dead At 82
Update Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. with more information, below:

Stage, screen and radio actress Billie Whitelaw was perhaps best known to international audiences for her role as Mrs. Baylock in 1976 horror film The Omen, but she had a versatile career at home in the UK where she was a muse to Samuel Beckett and won BAFTAs for her film and television work. Whitelaw died on Sunday at a London nursing home, her son told the BBC. She was 82. Among her many big-screen credits, which stretch back to 1953, are 1967’s Charlie Bubbles with Albert Finney; 1968’s The Twisted Nerve with Hayley Mills; Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972’s Frenzy; The Omen; 1988’s The Dressmaker with Joan Plowright and Pete Postlethwaite; Peter Medak’s classic biopic The Krays in 1990; and more recently, Edgar Wright’s 2007 Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg.

Whitelaw was born in 1932 and made her radio acting debut at age 11, per the BBC.
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‘The Omen,’ ‘The Krays’ Actress Billie Whitelaw Dies at 82

‘The Omen,’ ‘The Krays’ Actress Billie Whitelaw Dies at 82
London — British actress Billie Whitelaw died Sunday in a nursing home in London at the age of 82, the BBC reported Monday. She was best known for her role as Mrs. Baylock, the guardian of the demonic Damien in “The Omen.”

Whitelaw appeared in more than 50 films, including crime drama “The Krays” and comedy “Hot Fuzz,” but was equally known for her TV and stage performances, and Samuel Beckett’s plays in particular. He described her as a perfect actress.

Whitelaw made her stage debut in 1950 in “Pink String and Sealing Wax” in her home town, Bradford, England, and made her TV bow in a BBC adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story “The Secret Garden” in 1952. She later appeared in several episodes of BBC police series “Dixon of Dock Green.”

Her early stage career included spells with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and the National Theatre. In 1964, she played Desdemona
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The Omen and Hot Fuzz actress Billie Whitelaw dies, aged 82

The Omen and Hot Fuzz actress Billie Whitelaw dies, aged 82
Billie Whitelaw has died, aged 82.

The actress, known for her roles in films such as The Omen, died in the early hours of Sunday (December 21) at a nursing home in London, reports BBC News.

Whitelaw's son Matthew Muller said: "I could not have asked for a more loving mum.

"She had an incredible career - but first and foremost she was my mum - and that's who I will miss."

The actress is remembered for her starring role in The Krays, and she also appeared in the more-recent Simon Pegg comedy Hot Fuzz.

During her long career, she was nominated for a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer for her role in Hell is a City, and also won Best Supporting Actress for Twisted Nerve.

Whitelaw was also known for her collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, and was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's
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Notebook Soundtrack Mix #4: "Fragments of the Mirror: The Music of Bernard Herrmann"

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This kaleidoscopic compilation of soundtracks by Bernard Herrmann scored for film, television and radio presents a feature-length overview of this incredibly unique composer's wide-ranging and distinctive style. Working with directors such as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, during a career that spanned over forty years, Herrmann created scores of such innovative and emotional magnitude that notions of sound and music in cinema have never been the same. The breadth and scope of Herrmann's ingenious composing, arranging and orchestrating talent is on full display here, from the use of the theremin in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), to the all-string "black & white" sound for Psycho (1960), and the whistled main title of The Twisted Nerve (1968). Despite a well-charted, stormy history of personal and professional battles, Herrmann could work effortlessly in many musical idioms, seemingly without pause, whether it be within the Romanticism of Jane Eyre (1943) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
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‘Before Dawn’ & ‘Rites Of Spring’ Lead The Horror Channel’s Impressive Cult Season

We’ve received the details of The Horror Channel’s superb Autumn’s line-up. It’s a season celebrating the genre’s cult classics which includes Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. However, we must make a shout out to Dominic Brunt’s intense and intimate zombie thriller Before Dawn and Padraig Reynolds’ head-twising harvest horror and festival fave, Rites Of Spring. Both indie offerings are well worth a watch and make their UK television premieres this November. You can also click on those two titles to read my reviews.

Horror Channel celebrates British horror classics with a Brit-cult season

Plus UK TV premiere for Dominic Brunt’s zombie love story Before Dawn

November on Horror Channel sees network premieres for a memorable collection of strange cult oddities and forgotten British horror classics, kicking off with the network premiere of Nicolas Roeg
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Horror channel to air UK horror season this November

November on Horror Channel sees network premieres for a memorable collection of strange cult oddities and forgotten British horror classics, kicking off with the network premiere of Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie. Joining Bowie in the realm of the weird and wonderful is Roy Boulting’s psychological ground-breaker Twisted Nerve, Michael Powell’s controversial (and classic) Peeping Tom, Robert Fuest’s Hitchcockian And Soon the Darkness and Jimmy Sangster’s Hammer classic Fear in the Night.

Also, there are UK TV premieres for Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt’s directorial feature film debut Before Dawn, Lulu Jarmen’s disturbing Bad Meat (review) and Padraig Reynold’s festival favourite Rites of Spring (review).

The line up in full:

Fri 1 Nov @ 22:55 – The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)

Based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, this cult classic stars David Bowies (in
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The Whistling Psychopath: Twisted Nerve

by Blood Raven, MoreHorror.com

Think back to season one of American Horror Story. Remember Tate walking down the hallways of his high school just before his shooting spree? What was the song playing in the background?

If you know what I'm talking about, most of you are thinking it was the whistling song from Kill Bill when "nurse" Elle was on her way to poison Beatrix Kiddo with a syringe while she was still asleep in a coma. Your guess would be right, except it would also be wrong.

The whistling song is actually the main sound track of an old 1969 British Horror film, Twisted Nerve, composed by the talented Bernard Herrmann. That's Right! It didn't originate with Kill Bill.

After seeing Twisted Nerve, it makes sense why this song has been reused with other "unsuspecting" killers…

Twisted Nerve is the tale of a troubled young man named Martin
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Greatest Scenes From Quentin Tarantino Movies (part two)

December is Tarantino Month here at Sos, and in the weeks leading up to the Christmas release of Django Unchained, we’ll be tackling the man’s entire career. Love him or hate him, the American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor has created some of the most iconic and memorable movie moments since he burst into the scene in 1992 with the Sundance hit Reservoir Dogs. Site contributors Tressa Eckermann, Edgar Chaput and Editor-in-Chief Ricky D have decided to put together a list of his greatest moments as both a screenwriter and director.

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11: Four Rooms: $1000 in a second

In 1994, four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for a four-segment anthology film titled Four Rooms. It is one of the worst films ever made. Tarantino’s segment “The Man From Hollywood” is based on an old Alfred Hitchcock TV episode, where a
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'Musicians throw TVs. Actors just disappear'

The actor and frontman of Kula Shaker on how they came to make the comedy-horror film A Fantastic Fear of Everything

In an ideal world, Simon Pegg would physically assault his audience. "People need to be poked in the face," he announces, gripped suddenly by a passion so intense it causes him to surface from the fog of jetlag and shove aside his walnut and avocado salad. (He only recently returned to the UK from shooting Star Trek 2 in Los Angeles, and admits to needing help with key nouns and adjectives.) "Maybe not a poke in the face," he continues after a second's thought. "But the ribs, at least. I like the idea of confounding audiences to a degree, challenging their expectations. We are given what we expect so much now. There's this desperate fear of upsetting anyone. All we get in the cinema are 3D fireworks displays. But
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‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1 Finale, ‘Afterbirth’: TV Recap

‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1 Finale, ‘Afterbirth’: TV Recap
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The real climax of this season happened last week in “Birth,” when Vivien joined the murder house’s collection of ghosts after the apocalyptic delivery of her twins. We were led to believe that one was stillborn, but the other, healthier one went straight into the care of crazy Constance as Ben was left to sort out his life all alone, as Vivien and Violet settle into eternity among the house’s ephemeral residents.

This week’s installment,
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"American Horror Story" Recap 1.06: Blood, Swine, and Tears

Sufferin' sweetbreads - as though murders, miscarriages, and affairs weren't enough, this week American Horror Story hit us with suicide, an extremely disturbing school shooting, and evil pig-men. It was like watching Fox News! Okay, okay - maybe it wasn't that scary...

Ding-dong. Constance (Jessica Lange) answers the door of the Murder House to find the only thing worse than Mormon missionaries on her doorstep: a Swat team looking for Tate. It's 1994, and Tate just shot up Westfield High.

And they're going to make us watch it.

Sheesh.

Evan Peters as Tate

At the library, the group of students we met last week as ghosts barricade themselves in with a teacher when they hear shots in the hallway. Okay, I have to give a nod to Violet's ironic accuracy in dubbing the ghost kids "the Dead Breakfast Club", considering that they all died in the library. Judd Nelson Type says
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‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1, Episode 6, ‘Piggy Piggy’: TV Recap

‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1, Episode 6, ‘Piggy Piggy’: TV Recap
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The doorbell rings at the murder house and Constance answers. It’s a Swat team looking for Tate. The screen tells us it’s 1994 before we cut to the massacre at Westfield High School. The Dead Breakfast Club that haunted Tate in “Halloween, Part 2″ are, no surprise, hiding in the library, awaiting their fate. The shooter strolls into the library, whistling the theme from “Twisted Nerve,” and he begins picking them off, one by one. The shooter is revealed.
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American Horror Story, Ep. 1.05: “Halloween Part 2″ – Finally, A Solid Episode

American Horror Story Review, Season 1, Episode 5, “Halloween, Part 2″

Written by Tim Minear

Directed by David Semel

Airs Wednesdays at 10:00pm Et on FX

Within the past decade, the availability of TV on DVD has demonstrated that the first season of any great series is an obligatory viewing experience. The very nature of watching television is a passive process, but it’s still a chore to get to know a show’s characters, tone, plot, etc. It all just feels so slow.

American Horror Story took the opposite approach. The first episodes were a rushed mess, but now this is starting to feel like a conscious decision by the writers. The show took an expository shortcut. It threw out all the characters and quickly mixed them into a collection of subplots that played out clumsily through the first three episodes. It was a brutal few weeks, but now the show
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"American Horror Story" Recap 1.05: The Dead "Breakfast Club"

This week American Horror Story ran the second half of its Halloween-themed two-parter, and I think I speak for all of us when I say thank God everything makes sense now, right?

Wrong. This show's still nutty as a fruitcake and twice as nauseating ... in the best possible way, of course.

While it did close the book on the Harmons' first Halloween in Murder House, this really could have been its own episode - the biggest takeaway from the two-parter is exactly how busy a night in that damned Victorian really is. It's like Grand Central up that piece - or the Brady Bunch bathroom, even.

Anyway, let's get to it - these bodies aren't going to unearth themselves! Except that they are.

We do a tiny rewind from last week's cliffhanger and learn that - as I suggested in my recap last week - Tate (Evan Peters) did indeed
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‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1, Episode 5, ‘Halloween, Part 2′: TV Recap

‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1, Episode 5, ‘Halloween, Part 2′: TV Recap
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Picking up where we left off last week, Violet is being freaked out by a frighteningly insistent Larry. The S&M demon guy is creeping right behind her. Violet senses something wrong. She turns. Poof. No more S&M creep. Just as a hand reaches out for Violet’s feet, just like Addy in last week’s episode, she hears Tate throwing rocks at the window. She heads down to the basement to meet her, and he’s
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"American Horror Story" 1.01 Recap: "Don't Make Me Kill You Again"

Good eeeeeeeeevening, boys and ghouls. Last night FX premiered Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's new thriller American Horror Story, and I think I speak for everyone who watched when I ask, "What the faaaaaaaaalchuk was that?!"

Each week I will be recapping the madness that goes on inside and near the Harmon house, partly in an attempt to make some sense of it myself. But rest assured, dear readers - I am a lifelong horror nut with an advanced degree in Batsh*tology, so if anyone is qualified to give you a tour of this cursed piece of real estate, I'd like to think it's me.

Shall we get this party started?

Just a minute in, and it's already batty as hell...

We kick things off in 1978 with a few sweeping shots of the front of a gorgeous but disused Victorian mansion accompanied by some ominous and familiar strings (if I'm not mistaken,
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Indie Music Warehouse Destroyed in London Riots

In another senseless act of violence, the BBC reports that the Sony/Pias distribution centre warehouse in Enfield, North London was sadly destroyed in the riots in London on 8th August. Major labels such as Sony had their stock destroyed, but perhaps more disturbing is to hear of all the independent labels that have been affected. This will be this devastating to them and their artists who have worked so hard to build strong businesses around good independent music. Pias are the biggest distributor of indie labels in the UK. and they also had most of their stock destroyed.

Below is a list of the labels they handle distribution for;

[Pias] Recordings, [Pias] Recordings Belgium, 4Ad, A Camp, Absynthe Minded, Accidental, Aei Music, Air Recordings, Alc Music, Alsation, Ambush Reality, Ancient & Modern, Angular Recording Corporation, Arcady Records, Ark Recordings, Asthmatic Kitty Records, Atlantic Jaxx Recordings, Bad Magic, Balling The Jack, Banquet Records,
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