5 items from 2016
By Lee Pfeiffer
By the early 1970s there had been a revival of interest in the format of anthology suspense/horror stories. This genre had been all the rage in the late 1950s and early 1960s with shows like "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Thriller!" (hosted by Boris Karloff) attracting loyal audiences. "Twilight Zone" creator and host Rod Serling had two bites at the apple when he introduced "Night Gallery" as a TV movie in 1969 (giving young Steven Spielberg his first major directing gig) and then spun it off into a moderately successful weekly TV series. The early to mid-1970s also saw a major resurgence in horror-themed anthology feature films. The concept was hardly a new one for the big screen as the first major film of this type was "Dead of Night", released in 1945. Roger Corman oversaw some similarly-themed big screen anthologies in the early to mid-1960s, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of his online horror anthology Split Lip, Sam Costello has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a hardcover collection featuring 13 of the best and creepiest Split Lip stories. We also have images and details on Funko’s third wave of Sdcc 2016 exclusives—including a Doctor Strange Pop! vinyl figure—as well as preview pages from Dark Horse’s trade paperback release of the comic book series Living with the Dead.
Split Lip Kickstarter: From Kickstarter: “Split Lip is an anthology of self-contained horror comics written by Sam Costello and drawn by artists from all over the world. It is often compared to The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. Influences include writers like Shirley Jackson and Clive Barker, comics creators like Junji Ito and Emily Carroll, ghost stories, folk tales and murder ballads.
Calling Split Lip horror is easiest, but it’s more accurate to call it weird fiction. »
- Tamika Jones
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
The Boy (2016)
Written by: Stacey Menear
Directed by: William Brent Bell
The scenario most always plays out the same way. A break out hit film or show with an ensemble cast spawns many unrelated off shoots with members of that cast allowed to showcase their talents on a singular level. Sometimes it’s spectacular, sometimes it’s tragic, and sometimes a film that would have completely flown under the radar, breaks through the haze of obscurity because of one golden ticket. That ticket is name recognition, and if the film isn’t a hit, it will at least find its place as a footnote in genre history.
If asking anyone about “The Boy” that might be interested in going to see a film of its ilk, »
This is wonderful, timeless television, the show that gave a promising young director by the name of Steven Spielberg his first break. Rod Serling’s followup to The Twilight Zone may not have hit the same dizzy heights as its legendary predecessor, but at its best the show is easily its equal. Night Gallery’s reputation in the UK is almost nonexistent, though, as it was never properly aired here. The fact that it’s finally getting a complete DVD release means we’re getting a show stuffed with surprises – not bad for something that dates back to 1969.
In Eyes, the pilot episode of the anthology series, Spielberg stylishly steers a fearsome Joan Crawford as an obscenely rich blind woman whose wealth allows her to buy the eyes of a man crushed by gambling debts. »
- Phelim O'Neill
In order to review and tell the story of Rod Serling’s “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar,” I must first eulogize the story of Serling and televison’s first true “Golden Age.” In his many years in the role of “television’s angry young man,” TV play-write and uber-personality Rod Serling strove for a quality in his own work that was, by and large, severely lacking from his own peers and contemporaries. For every classic produced for this new medium of entertainment and information – “Marty,” “The Long Goodbye,” “The Iceman Cometh” – there were dozens of other lighter, albeit sometimes entertaining,
- Ryan Vandergriff
5 items from 2016
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