17 items from 2008
And now for something (almost) completely different for Everyone's A Critic- our very first, end of the year top ten list! This little gem was compiled by one of our frightfully fang-tastic featured reviewers from this past year, the monstrously maniacal Mister Matt Molgaard! The floor is all yours, so take it away, Matt...
You could place 1000 obsessive horror hounds in one giant room, ask what the scariest film of all time is, and get 1001 different answers… at least. It’s an age-old debate that in all honesty cannot be answered, as viewers rate films based on different criteria. What is scary to one person may be slapstick to another. So while I may personally prefer psychological horror, you may prefer a wealth of carnage and stomach churning gore. Whose criteria is the stronger foundation to judge what is, and what isn’t, scary?
Can we honestly pinpoint the scariest film of all time? »
From classic creatures to modern gore, special effects makeup has always been at the dark heart of movie magic. Now, film fans will go skin deep – and beyond – with Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx, coming from Anchor Bay Entertainment on January 27, 2009. In this Starz Original documentary, viewers will meet the masters of the craft and discover its incredible history.
Directed by filmmaker and visual effects artist Kevin VanHook (Death Row), Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx was lauded as “an enjoyable look at the industry as well as a great nostalgia piece” by IconsofFright.com, while Bloody-disgusting.com said the documentary “offers a unique glimpse behind the lens to a magical place where hardcore film fans who grew up on too many monster movies would love to play.”
From the silent era to today’s blockbuster, this fast-paced documentary examines the techniques, reveals the secrets, and emphasizes »
- Robert Greenberger
That distant sound of hooves you're hearing is the Four Horseman finally come to lay claim to the Earth because for the third day in a row we’ve got info about another film project involving Famous Horror Author Joe Knetter.
This time it’s a behind-the-scenes video of “Rottentail”, a segment from another anthology Knetter wrote segments of and stars in called Monsterpiece Theater. He gets to co-star alongside Ashley Bank (The Monster Squad), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist) and Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) in this one, so at least he’s in good company!
The story of “Rottentail” follows a house full of people being terrorized by a killer dressed as the Easter Bunny on Easter. Terrifying. Check out the behind-the-scenes clip below, learn more about Monsterpiece Theater on MySpace, then bend over and kiss your ass goodbye cause the apocalypse is here!
Rottentail Behind The Screams
- Johnny Butane
The Vault of Horror blog recently posted The "Cyber-Horror Elite's" Top 50 Horror Films of All Time. This list was generated from the Top 10 lists of "32 cyber-horror notables," as detailed Here.
This was created (as stated in the above blog post) in retaliation against HMV's "highly flawed" survey of the top 50 horror movies of all time, culled from HMV’s annual survey of more than 6,000 customers, and conducted on HMV.com over a four-week period between September 19 and October 20, 2008 (source: Here ).
This blogger does nothing to explain why he feels HMV's poll is "highly flawed," so I'm assuming it's simply because he didn't like the list, which is hardly the same thing. If there's a more scientific reason why it's "highly flawed," it wasn't addressed in the above blog post.
In his initial response to HMV's list he states, "... you have Saw in the top 5, which, even as a supporter of that movie, »
Jsyn’S Ten Favorite Special Makeup Effects Movies:
Robg asked me to compile a list of a few of my favorite movies featuring some of the most jaw-dropping special makeup effects around. Please keep in mind that not all of these will be horror movies per se, but if you dig the craftsmanship of transformation through makeup, this list is a good place to start.
I am aware that I’m omitting some very important and well know work by some very important and well know makeup artists, but these are just some of my personal favorites that sparked my interest and influenced my pursuit of special makeup effects. There really are too many talented artists and great films to mention in one list, and I’ll try to cover as many as I can later in another list (or three).
Also, I want to stress that for »
The Exorcist has topped a poll of the nation's favourite horror films. More than 6,000 HMV customers rated their favourite scary movies in the survey, with William Friedkin's 1973 supernatural thriller taking the top spot for the second year in a row. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining was next on the list for eliciting fear and terror, followed by Ridley Scott's Alien. HMV's Jonny Scurfield said there has been a recent surge of interest (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
Memorabilia from the films selected by entertainment journalist Tom O'Neil will be shown at the Chamber of Horrors exhibit, housed at the famous museum.
Hey you! Put back that copy of Halloween!! Yeah you, drop that Evil Dead trilogy right now! We know how hard it can be to put together the perfect Halloween movie marathon so we thought, instead of resorting to the same old standbys, we'd take a look back through the history of horror and watch something a little different this year.
Each member of the team has put together a list of five of their personal faves and a little bit about why these films seem to stand the test of time. From super smart ants to psychotic hitchhikers to rampaging zombie hoards, we've got enough recommendations to keep you covered this Halloween.
5. Shock Waves - Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers. A Nazi zombie classic.
4. Phase IV- Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence »
By Matt Singer
We're getting into the Halloween spirit at IFC.com this week by taking a look back at some famous movie makeup jobs (that are, at minimum, 25 years old) that have maintained their power to scare the bejeezus out of viewers. These kids today with their computer generated imagery and their Blu-rays and their "Saw V"s! Back in our day, we didn't have computers to do our imagination's dirty work for us. Visionary artists had only prosthetics, wire, plaster, rubber and a whole lot of Karo syrup to bring their creations to life! Back in our day, these were the movies you rented on Halloween! At the video store! As far as we're concerned, they still should be. And don't you dare teepee our Web site or we're calling the cops. [Part two of our list can be found here.]
10. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Directed by Paul Leni
Makeup by Jack Pierce
To get a sense »
- Matt Singer
By Stephen Saito
Andrew Clement was ten when he implored his father to see "The Exorcist," only to have his dad come back from seeing the William Friedkin horror classic and tell him, "You are not seeing that film!" These days, Clement is partners with Dick Smith, the man who was responsible for Linda Blair's spinning head and the pea soup, and takes pride in carrying on Smith's proud tradition -- "We did [a dummy] for the end of 'Cloverfield,' which was in the final frames of the film," said Clement. "And people are having this emotional reaction to this character dying and it's just a piece of my rubber."
Such rubber is the stuff ten-year-old's nightmares are made of, and as part of our weeklong celebration of the ingenious makeup magicians and creature creators like Clement that are precise in their scares and liberal with the red-tinged corn syrup, »
- Stephen Saito
You can never get too much Hitchcock, especially in October. Celebrating the spookiest month of the year wouldn't be complete without taking a look at some of the Master of Suspense's best works, and with Universal re-releasing a whole bunch of them on DVD as part of their ever-expanding Legacy Series most of these films have never looked or sounded better. Recently I was given three of the Hitch's best -- 1954's Rear Window, 1958's Vertigo and 1960's Psycho -- to take another look and it's doubtful fans will be disappointed. While the transfers themselves are no different than the ones found on the Special Editions released just a few years ago, the sound quality (on one) and the special features (on all three) have been decidedly improved. Let's take a bit closer look at each title separately: Rear Window Easily one of Hitchcock's most enduring (and most popular) titles, »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
I don't have a good reason for never having seen The French Connection. In fact, I don't even have a bad reason for not having seen it. It's one of those movies that regularly turns up on all-time-best lists. It stars actors I like in a genre I like. Everyone I know likes it. I just never got around to it, just as I've never gotten around to plenty of other classic films that I'd name here if I wanted the comments section to fill up with posts beginning, "What do you mean, you've never seen ___________?" (Okay, here are three: The Apu Trilogy. Would someone put them out on DVD already?) If I have a reason at all, it comes from another movie by French Connection director William Friedkin: The Exorcist, a movie I've seen quite a few times and never really liked. Though I'll gladly »
- Keith Phipps
Ashley Judd has joined Michael Lembeck's "Tooth Fairy" comedy which is set to start filming in Vancouver this October. She joins Dwayne Johnson in the 20th Century Fox distributed film which follows a minor league hockey player (Johnson) called "The Tooth Fairy" and his single-mother girlfriend who has two children. Babaloo Mandel, Lowell Ganz, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia wrote the script. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi of Mayhem Pictures are producing. Johnson can be seen in Disney's family adventure "Race to Witch Mountain" (read our press conference coverage) alongside Carla Gugino and Judd is in Weinstein Co's "Crossing Over." She was recently seen in the big screen adaptation of the "Bug" play which William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") helmed. »
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Monday, 8 p.m., ABC Family
If your kids are only familiar with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," make sure that they see "Willy" because it's more like kid's entertainment than the Johnny Depp version. This delightful, tune-filled satire, based on Roald Dahl's beloved book, has a Gene Wilder at the top of his game - and fame - as Willy.
Blades Of Glory (2007)
Monday, 8:20 p.m., Max
To enjoy this very »
- By LINDA STASI
The documentary won Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and for Best Original Song at 2007's ceremony. »
Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army will get its UK premiere at Film 4's Summer Screen series at Somerset House. The event, which will turn the London landmark into an outdoor cinema, takes place from July 31 to August 9 and features a different film each night. Pan's Labyrinth, The Exorcist, Brokeback Mountain and Singin' in the Rain will also be shown, with Scarface as the event's (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Movie directors Woody Allen, William Friedkin and David Cronenberg will each direct a production for the Los Angeles Opera in the 2008/09 season. Allen will oversee Gianni Schicchi, one of three one-act operas that make up Giacomo Puccini's Il Trittico. The Exorcist filmmaker Friedkin will direct the other two operas in the trilogy, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Cronenberg will direct the U.S. premiere of Howard Shore's The Fly, based on his own 1986 movie remake of the same name. Placido Domingo, the Los Angeles Opera's general director, says, "I'm tremendously excited about our 2008/09 season because it is full of adventure. The kind of musical and theatrical exploration which appeals not only to established opera lovers but might be the right kind of lure for potentially new audiences." »
17 items from 2008
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