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Horror Bites: Wesley Snipes returns in Gallowwalkers; lesbian vampires in We Are The Night; creature comedy in Attack of the Werewolves

6 November 2012 5:26 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

There has been a long tradition of Western crossovers in cinema. These include the addition of flying saucers in Cowboys & Aliens, steampunk in Wild Wild West, dinosaurs in The Valley of Gwangi and The Beast of Hollow Mountain, and the supernatural in The Shadow of Chikara and Jonah Hex.

And with zombies now high in the cultural consciousness thanks in large measure to TV hit The Walking Dead, it's time for hordes of the undead to march into the Wild West with new film Gallowwalkers.

It stars Wesley Snipes - best to known to comic book fans for starring in the Blade trilogy - who filmed the project before going to jail for tax evasion in December 2010. His prison sentence ends on July 19, 2013.

The cowboy-meets-zombie mash-up was shot in Namibia in 2006 and had its world premiere at the Vue West End, in London's Leicester Square, on October 27, as part of »

- David Bentley

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Ray Harryhausen: the father of fantasy film

2 November 2012 3:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Special effects king Ray Harryhausen revolutionised cinema with skeletal armies and man-eating dinosaurs

Ownership of films is usually the preserve of directors and actors. You will hear of the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie, or the new Tom Cruise vehicle. But such films as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963)and Clash of the Titans (1981) are Ray Harryhausen films, regardless of who directed and acted in them. One Million Years BC, a film for which, unusually in his career, he was brought in as a hired hand, (1966) isn't even regarded as a Hammer or Raquel Welch movie. No other technician or artist working in film can make such a claim.

"Everyone has their own right way of doing things," explains Harryhausen, now aged 92. "I'd probably call myself a film-maker rather than just a special effects man. I'd often come up with the story, advise on the script, »

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