12 items from 2014
But Nelson was already a TV veteran by the time he was cast on “Peyton Place” in 1964. After a string of small parts in Roger Corman B movies during the mid to late ’50s, he began guesting on Westerns such as “Zane Grey Theater,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “The Rifleman,” “Maverick,” “Rawhide” and “Gunsmoke” plus other series such as “Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables, »
- Carmel Dagan
Cheeky in the extreme — and “extreme” is the operative word — Morgan Spurlock’s “7 Deadly Sins” takes Showtime into TLC territory, albeit operating with a bit more style and latitude. Serving as host from what looks like the old “Night Gallery” set, Spurlock guides viewers through out-there examples of each vice, from gluttony to lust, envy to wrath. With a trio of vignettes in each half-hour, the show is fast-paced, fun and voyeuristic: the pay-cable equivalent of empty calories, while mirroring what’s become a pretty saturated basic-cable subgenre.
Sporting a funereal black suit, Spurlock introduces each story, and frequently cites historical examples of the various sins. The taped pieces then focus on individual cases that demonstrate different forms of unorthodox or fetishistic behavior: A 700-pound woman whose work revolves around her weight, and the man who desires her; men who like dressing up in rubberized suits that approximate a woman’s body, »
- Brian Lowry
The Twilight Zone creator’s 3 season series was filled with episodes containing black comedy as well as horrifying tales of the macabre. Over the years, the show has gained a cult following and is still creepy television.
Serling would begin the show with, “Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way—not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”
In the same bloody vein as “Night Gallery” comes a new horror movie from filmmaker Kevin Smith. The director ventured to Comic Con on Friday and gave the Hall H crowd a first look at the trailer for his latest film Tusk. »
- Michelle McCue
On Monday's (July 21) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "The Strain," Guillermo del Toro was asked about Bleak House, the supplementary residence he purchased to serve as a museum of sorts for his vast collection of toys, props, books and memorabilia mostly relating to his beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. "Well, I have the same restraint collecting that I have eating," del Toro cracked. The "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Blade II" director has always enjoyed joking about his appetites, which extend beyond eating and collecting into intellectual and conversational realms as well. If, for example, you want to talk fairy tales with del Toro, you have to be prepared to discuss varied international histories for certain stories, while bringing in Bruno Bettelheim as well. Last week, I posted a brief-ish report from a day on the set of del Toro's "Crimson Peak," just a sampling from the nearly two »
- Daniel Fienberg
On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.
“Screaming relaxes me so”
Though Vampira’s reign as »
By David S. Schow
Hall: “Where’s the library?”
Dutton: “No need for books — everything’s in the computer.”
One of the few regrets of my adult life is that I never got to meet Michael Crichton, who died too young, November 2008. Eminently emulatable, he had conquered publishing, film and television and remains a personal hero. I was hooked from the moment my father returned from his Arctic DEWLine duties bearing a paperback first printing of The Andromeda Strain, which I plowed through while in high school. Then immediately re-read, and re-read again.
I still have that paperback.
Subsequently I devoured everything Crichton wrote — the “John Lange” potboilers written to pay his way through medical school; the landmark A Case of Need (written as “Jeffrey Hudson;” a stingingly strong pro-choice novel done prior to the Roe v. Wade decision); even the dope fantasia Dealing, written with his brother as “Michael Douglas. »
- TFH Team
Interview and photo by Michael Lizarraga.
Whether we were on Mars, in a time machine, wandering a realm, or raising the dead, Rod Serling‘s (The Twilight Zone) messages on morals and social justice maneuvered their way into our homes, our hearts, our minds, and our conscience via the vessels of sci-fi and fantasy. Yet more admirable than Serling’s artistry and convictions was his love for his family, extolling the very same warmth and compassion that many of us felt from his stories and films onto his wife and children. And for his youngest daughter, Anne Serling, a unique father/daughter bond was forged between them, as timeless as infinity.
Endowed with both her father’s passion for writing and social concerns, Anne Serling is an accomplished poet, novelist, short story writer, and author of As I Knew Him, an honest and personal biographical memoir of her mentor, “best buddy”, and dad, »
- Holly Interlandi
The work of H.P. Lovecraft has inspired not only legions of fans throughout the years but an entire sub-genre of horror. Highlighted by frail, false realities masking a horrific and unfathomable truth… and of course, tentacles, fans embrace Lovecraftian horror films like the squishy appendages they feature.
And with the release of Dead Shadows, we remember our Top 11 Lovecraftian Horror Films.
This list contains not just movies inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, although some of them are certainly here; it also has movies that fall into the Lovecraftian-inspired category. Cosmic horror of the unknown and unknowable that could fracture sanity hovering over reality. Cthulhu. And, of course, those tentacles we mentioned earlier.
As for honorable mentions, how about the wildly popular hit HBO show "True Detective" for starters? There are certainly some Lovecraftian influences there, including Rust Cohle's ideas on fate and religion and the cult of Hastur operating in Louisiana. »
- Scott Hallam
Jon Gries has had quite the career so far, playing many characters that fans adore all around the world. Ask any horror (on non-horror fan as well to be perfectly honest) to name one of their favorite monster movies from the ’80s and more times than not, one of their answers will include Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad, in which Gries played “Desperate Man”, a character that never failed to get vicious and hairy when the moon came out. Other film roles, like Real Genius, Napoleon Dynamite and the Taken films have kept Gries constantly working, and his status as one of the hardest working character actors around is legendary. We were able to chat with Jon for a bit, to talk about his role in the Twilight Zone-like anthology, Locker 13, and as expected, it was definitely a pleasure. Read on!
First off, Locker 13 has an old-school vibe to it, »
- Jerry Smith
Italian Writer/Director Francesca Gregorin’s The Truth About Emanuel is an intimate psychodrama with a small cast, a Twilight Zonish twist, and a whole lot of weirdness. Kaya Scodelario plays Emanuel, a teen whose mother died in childbirth and she, as her first-person voiceover narration reveals, blames herself for the death. She’s now a teen and has spent her life traumatized by the event. Raised by her doting dad Dennis (Alfred Molina), Emanuel is dramatic and remote, but she emerges from her shadow occasionally to annoy her bewildered new stepmom Janice (Frances O’Connor), who sees Emanuel for who she is and is growing tired of Dennis creating excuses for her. The story focuses on the lead-up to Emanuel’s 18th birthday. She dates a guy named Claude (Aneurin Barnard) for a while, but takes an immediate interest in Linda (Jessica Biel) who moves in next door with »
- Tom Stockman
The '80s and '90s brought us some of the best cartoons ever made, but one thing that made '90s cartoons so special is how irreverent and pop-culture oriented they were. Suddenly we were inundated with shockingly adult innuendos and obscure movie references that flew over the heads of most children watching these cartoons. Horror films were no exception - these show-runners loved to drop references to everything from horror classics to '80s slashers. Here are ten of my favorites: The Critic - "Miserable" (1994) The Critic was short-lived but beloved by fans for its hilarious movie parodies that lampooned everything from Orson Welles to Ace Ventura. The most memorable horror spoof was entitled "Miserable" wherein titular critic Jay Sherman gets kidnapped by his biggest fan in an obvious parody of Misery (1990). Even the gruesome woodblock/sledgehammer scene makes an appearance. Bobby's World - "Adventures in Bobby Sitting »
- Heather Seebach
American Hustle, 2013
Directed by David O. Russell
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie Dimaso. Dimaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
The Golden Globes has always been the subject of much ridicule from the film-loving community. Despite being a pathway to what could be nominated for the more prestigious Oscars, there are always examples of ridiculous choices when it comes to nominations and the categories they go into. In the case the 71st Golden Globe Awards, David O. Russell's much-hyped American Hustle has been nominated for the much coveted Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category. Which is surprising as not only is American Hustle neither a musical or a comedy, it »
12 items from 2014
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