11 items from 2016
We cannot thank you all enough for your support in this year’s 14th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! Just announced last night, FM was awarded Best Classic Magazine, Rick Baker’s Bride cover (FM #281) stole the show and snatch up the Best Cover award, and executive editor David Weiner was awarded Best Interview for his piece with Mel Brooks on Young Frankenstein. Read the full press release below, and check out all the winners.
Arlington, Va. – Revivals of classic horror and science fiction franchises of the 1980s won top honors in the just-completed 14th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced April 14 after an online vote by fans and genre professionals worldwide.
The popular Evil Dead movie franchise directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell took four awards, including Best DVD, Best Restoration, Best DVD Extra, and Best TV Presentation of 2015 for the offshoot series on Starz, »
- Caroline Stephenson
Anyone who is into movies from the 80s is well aware of the classic teenage comedy/adventure film Monster Squad. It’s the story of a bunch of kids who fully believe in monsters and aptly name their little group the Monster Squad. In short these monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters when no one else really believes that these monsters exist. And if there’s one thing I have to mention about this movie it’s the link “Kick him in the nards!” “Wolfman’s got nards?” It’s also important to note that the guy who actually
New Suicide Squad and Monster Squad Mashup Trailer is Amazing »
- Nat Berman
Back in 2012, I reviewed a Jess Franco film on Blu-ray from Redemption Films (Female Vampire) and marveled at the fact that this director, one of cinema's most enduring cult icons, was being rediscovered and given the HD treatment. At the time, it was the first Us Blu-ray release of the director's work, though far from his most accessible or qualitatively his best film. Fast forward to today, three and a half years later, and Franco's oeuvre is surprisingly well represented both in the Us and abroad, thanks to the efforts of labels like Kino/Redemption, Blue Underground, and Severin Films. That last label is especially committed to bringing Franco's work to Blu-ray and their latest effort, the Christopher Lee starrer Count Dracula, is yet another...
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Max Schreck’s haunting portrayal of Count Orlok in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror has provided nightmare fuel for nearly one century. To further immortalize Schreck’s performance and appearance in F.W. Murnau’s classic film, Black Heart has created a new life-size bust of Schreck’s legendary vampire.
Now available to pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles for $649.99, Black Heart’s Count Orlok life-size bust is expected to ship between May–June 2016. The collectible stands 21 inches tall, has a 12-inch width, and weighs in at 16 pounds.
Below, we have details and photos of the Nosferatu bust, and to learn more, visit:
From Sideshow Collectibles: “The first film based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula is Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. This German Expressionist silent-era horror film, directed by F.W. Murnau, stars Max Schreck as the vampire, Count Orlok.
The look of Schreck’s vampire frightened movie audiences. »
- Derek Anderson
Holliston: Friendship is Tragic, the graphic novel based on the Holliston TV series from Adam Green (Frozen), features characters from the show and will be released in October. Also: Alexandre Aja’s curator collection on Shudder, Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons double feature Blu-ray details, a Viktorville poster, and a Shark Exorcist trailer.
Holliston: Press Release: “Source Point Press has announced they are currently in production on a graphic novel titled “Holliston: Friendship is Tragic”, based on the horror sit-com Holliston tv series created by filmmaker Adam Green. This announcement coincides with Source Point’s debut publisher booth at C2E2 in Chicago, and to celebrate the announcement the first promotional image for the comic will be available as a C2E2 exclusive art print limited to only 50 copies. Writer Greg Wright, artist Stephen Sharar, Editor Travis McIntire, and colorist and letterer Joshua Werner will »
- Tamika Jones
It’s an honor just to be nominated … But who are we kidding? We also want to win! We’re quite gracious winners. Just help us win and you’ll see! And you Can help us win now that we’ve been nominated for Seven Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! (That’s as many as Rick Baker has won Oscars! Coincidence? I think not.)
We’ve been recognized for:
• Best Magazine of 2015
• Best Fan Event for our Tremors 25th Anniversary reunion, »
- Harker Jones
Crack open the garlic cloves and wooden stakes, Count Dracula has found himself a new archnemesis. Yes, after ordering a 13-episode Van Helsing series late last year, Syfy has now secured Kelly Overton for the title role of Vanessa.
Swapping one breed of vampire for another, the True Blood veteran took to Twitter to share a familiar poster for Syfy’s new hourlong drama, which looks awful similar to Screen Gems’ lucrative Resident Evil film series.
— Kelly Overton (@iamkellyoverton) February 17, 2016
Raised from the dead, Overton’s monster hunter is the latest in a long line of Van Helsing warriors, reluctant heroes tasked with battling all things supernatural. Throughout many adaptations, the enduring Dutch doctor has been portrayed as an intellectual chap with an astute mix of expertise and field experience, which really ought to give the actress plenty to chew on.
Joining her for the »
- Michael Briers
The major retrospective of the 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam is dedicated to the Barcelona school of filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s, with Catalonian master Pere Portabella’s body of work—and his new film—serving as a figurehead. Nearly completely unknown in the United States—where critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has been a beacon of support and revelation—insomuch as Portabella is known in the film community it is for his film Vampir-Cuadecuc, which hijacks the production of Christopher Lee and Jesús Franco’s Count Dracula (1970) for its own ends and exhilaratingly exposes this documentarian’s acute analysis of and play with the subject of his films. (I will note here that Mubi has shown a great deal of Portabella’s work in the past, including this 1970 horror film.) This is hardly a lone accomplishment; in 1961 he helped produce Luis Buñuel's masterpiece Viridiana, and the director has been a strident voice in documentary, »
- Daniel Kasman
Ripper Street takes a turn to the Gothic in the latest episode of series 4, which is going from strength to strength...
This review contains spoilers.
4.3 A White World Made Red
When a man is found in an abattoir store hung upside down and drained of his blood and a woman is found nearby, also exsanguinated, Reid, Drake and Jackson investigate the double murder that seems to be resulting from scientific experimentation. Connecting back to Newgate, the killings threaten Jackson’s plans to keep Susan hidden and they’re both prepared to take whatever steps necessary to ensure she isn’t found. Elsewhere, Mathilda’s reading the latest bestselling novel and using it to make advances on the not-so-unsuspecting Sergeant Drummond.
Given its 1897 setting, it’s not surprising that Ripper Street decided to take a turn to the Gothic in its current run as Mathilda (a girl after »
Blaxploitation films burst onto the scene in 1971 with the huge success of Gordon Park’s Shaft. By 1972, audiences were clamoring for more, and filmmakers and studios were keen to jump on the bandwagon. While most of the majors were focusing on the Shaft formula of hot chicks and cool Dicks, American International Pictures saw a void that no one had filled yet: the black horror film. And so, with as little money as they usually invested, they sent forth into the world Blacula (1972), and wouldn’t you know it? Audiences loved it.
Just don’t call it Blaxploitation—because it isn’t. Blacula, surprisingly, showcases little of the developing tropes already established by Shaft. There is no "jive" talk, no gratuitous nudity or overwhelming violence. And I say "surprisingly", because it would have been so easy (not to mention profitable) to follow the formula set in motion by Shaft, Superfly, »
- Scott Drebit
In this ongoing Shock column, editor Chris Alexander muses on classic and contemporary films and music worthy of a deeper discussion. I can vividly remember the first time I met Paul Naschy. I was a kid, maybe 12, and, as I was want to do in those days, I opted to stay up all-night, watching…
- Chris Alexander
11 items from 2016
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