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We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.
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20. Babette’s Feast (1987)
Directed by Gabriel Axel
The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »
- Joshua Gaul
In the mid-1970s, there were few American filmmakers riding as high as William Friedkin. The French Connection swept the 1971 Academy Awards, nabbing Friedkin a Best Director statuette. The Exorcist, released two years later, broke box office records to become one of the top grossing films of all time. Boasting creative power and freedom that most directors could only dream about, Friedkin opted to film an updated version of French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic The Wages of Fear (1953).
The result, 1977’s Sorcerer, became one of the most notorious box office bombs of the decade. Its dark, unrelenting tale of four desperate, disparate men (Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou) who undertake a suicide mission by driving truckloads of nitroglycerine across the rugged South American jungle wasn’t what the changing tide of audience tastes were buying then, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Whether you’re new to Tap, or have seen them in concert (like me), it’s hard to argue with free, and the Yeah! App from AMC Networks is offering This is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version for free through April 11th.
Far more than just a ‘Pop Up Video’ version of films, the Yeah! App gives you a completely unique experience, and none of the films is packed with more awesome than This is Spinal Tap, which not only pulls in hundreds of cool notes, but gives you some incredible insights from a variety of legendary rockers… and Jack Black.
Check out the full details below, and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this truly special viewing experience.
- Marc Eastman
To mark the release of Pit Stop on 7th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
The most dangerous game ever devised, to pit man against man, flesh against steel – the figure-8 race! Jack Hill (Coffy, Foxy Brown) follows up Spider Baby, once again teaming up with Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses) in one of his greatest roles for this action-spectacular crash-o-rama!
Richard Davalos (East of Eden) stars as Rick Bowman, a street punk who winds up in jail after a street race goes wrong. Bailed out by race promoter Grant Willard, Davalos is put in the deadly track where he comes up against Haig’s maniacal winner Hawk Sidney. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast including Brian Donlevy (The Quatermass Xperiment) in his last film appearance, Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), billed as Ellen McRae, and Beverly Washburn (Spider Baby), Pit Stop is one of Hill »
1973's The Exorcist, the first horror film nominated for best picture, earned $441 million because its creator believed in God, said director William Friedkin. “I made that film as a believer,” he said March 26, speaking to students at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. “The reason that all the sequels to The Exorcist are rotten chunks of excrement [is] because they are made by non-believers. And what they all attempt to do is to defrock the story and to send the thing up.” But Friedkin revealed the man who played the demon-fighting title
- Tim Appelo
What better way to celebrate Icons of Fright’s ten year anniversary, than with a barrage of our favorites?, whether they be lists of our favorite entries into the French horror genre, our favorite badasses, or like this one, the films that make up what is (in my opinion), the greatest horror films of all time. Like always, art is subjective, so before you rabid fright fiends call foul on me, just remember, this is “Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films of All Time”, so it is just that: mine. So if you disagree, comment and tell me yours, as Icons of Fright has always been for the fans and comprised Of fans, so feel free to sound off! With all of that said, it’s go time!
10.) Re-animator (1985)
- Jerry Smith
Elliot spoke to us about the marketing of a filmmaker’s vision, the inner workings of found footage, and whether it is a genre or a style of filmmaking. During our discussion he also touched upon the influence of the individual filmmaker, horror masterpieces directed by directors outside of the genre, as well as the terrifying presence of Richard Burton and Snow White’s nemesis.
The experience of a film can be radically different to what the poster quotes lead you to expect, as is possibly the case here. But then film like all art forms is dependent on the subjective reaction of a broad audience.
Well it’s interesting to have an idea of a film as you are making it and then »
- Paul Risker
The horror genre is much maligned in general and often those actors and actresses who decide to appear in a horror film find themselves attacked from all quarters. Those who don’t like horror look at these films as simply a bloodbath of masked monsters hacking down teenagers. It has always been much more than this however.
The horror genre can not only be incredibly subtle, it can also have some incredibly affecting performances. There is work from actors and actresses which can really make you feel the terror and the sorrow that they too are feeling. Yes, the work of the directors and writers goes a long way into creating this but it is in the actors that we as the audience can really connect.
This is not a definitive list, but it does aim to highlight some of the great horror performances since cinema began. You will hopefully have many others. »
- Hugh Firth
At this year's Cph Pix, Denmark's biggest annual feature film festival, the Danish Film Academy will present Oscar-winning director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist," "Killer Joe") with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honorary Robert. The director himself will attend the festival from April 2nd-6th, presenting his landmark films that have been chosen for the Festival's retrospective commemorating the director's talents. When Friedkin receives his Honorary Robert, it will mark the first time the festival has bestowed the award on an international filmmaker. The Danish Film Academy is excited to enshrine and commemorate Friedkin's global filmmaking influence. As Kim Magnusson, Chairman of the Danish Film Academy, said, "William Friedkin's films are milestones in film history, and it is hard to overestimate the influence he has had and still has on filmmakers all over the world. We are proud Friedkin is coming to the festival to receive his Honorary Robert." »
- Luke Slattery
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
As horror fans, we make it our business to know the most obscure details about our favorite films. We watch the bonus features on the Special Edition releases of our favorite DVDs; we read retrospectives and interviews in support of our most beloved titles. But even the most diligent fan is bound to miss something along the way. So, to help you get the lowdown, we're launching a new segment that rounds up some lesser-known trivia from your favorite horror films. For this installment, we're setting our sights on the 1996 Wes Craven classic Scream. Scream is one of the most commercially and critically successful slasher films, and the thirteenth-highest grossing horror film of all time. There is a wealth of interesting information surrounding the film’s production, as you'll soon discover... 1. The Michael & Janet Jackson Song of the Same Name Inspired the Film’s Title Scream was originally planned for »
- Tyler Doupe
J.T. Petty’s newest entry into the genre is the horror comedy hybrid Hellbenders (review), a lightweight but surprisingly warm-hearted adventure focusing on a group of debaucherous exorcists who stay in a constant state of sin in order to trap demons more effectively before being sent down the elevator to hell.
Petty enjoyed some success with 2008’s The Burrowers, and it isn’t hard to tell that the same set of eyes was behind the camera for Hellbenders. The director spoke to us briefly about the film, which is now available on Blu-ray in glorious 3D.
DC:i remember first meeting you at Fangoria Radio years ago when you were promoting The Burrowers, which I first saw at Fantastic Fest back in 2008. That film was a genre twist on a western, and Hellbenders is a twist on religious horror. Is the fresh take on an old idea what first gets you excited about an idea? »
- Drew Tinnin
*Updated with new release date* We recently brought you news that Entertainment One will release all 72 episodes of Monsters on DVD. It has now been officially announced and we have all the details, along with a look at the cover art:
Press Release- “Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors’ set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of – from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters’ horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of »
- Jonathan James
Apologies, but due to supernatural circumstances beyond our grasp or comprehension, the street date for "Monsters: The Complete Series" will be slithering to March 18 (from the previously announced March 4). Please plan out your carnage accordingly.
From the Press Release
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein ("Tales from the Darkside," Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of »
- Uncle Creepy
There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.
Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.
We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, »
- Scott Hallam
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD with Monsters: The Complete Series debut on March 4!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy and Academy Award-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of unearthly terror that comprise the suspenseful cult-classic series. Monsters features adaptations by horror masters Stephen King and Robert Bloch and includes an enviable cast of guest stars, including Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), Chris Noth »
The 1988 series "Monsters" played opposite "Tales from the Darkside" in syndication for many years and, as reported earlier, is on its way to DVD from eOne. Read on for the artwork and all the details you need to help get your creature on!
From the Press Release
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein ("Tales from the Darkside," Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 4!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of »
- Uncle Creepy
It marks the first time the influential band has played the score live, and the concert will also include 30 minutes of music that wasn’t included in the finished film. Tangerine Dream has never performed before in Scandinavia.
Friedkin’s 12-film retrospective at Cph Pix will also include The Exorcist, Cruising, The French Connection, To Life and Die In La, The Birthday Party, The People Vs. Paul Crump and The Night They Raided Minskys.
The restored Sorcerer premiered in Venice.
Cph Pix runs April 3-16 and will screen 150 features. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Radio 4 airs the classic of demonic possession – and promises a 'creeping, toxic' horror tale
A new version of The Exorcist, a film often considered one of the most frightening ever made, is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this month.
The audio drama will go out late in the evening on two consecutive nights and, according to producer and director Gaynor Macfarlane, will be just as scary as the film that caused widespread controversy in America and Britain when it was first released in 1973.
In a key scene in the film the victim's head appears to swivel on her neck as family and clerics attempt to rid her of satanic influences. MacFarlane said this »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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