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The Devil Inside Red Band Trailer More Threatening Than The Exorcist?

31 December 2011 1:51 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In a world where belief in God is controversial, belief in the existence of an evil devil that has the capability to possess human beings is even more fantastical. Scientific minds repeatedly refute possession as a mental sickness, yet the fascination with the Catholic Rite of Exorcism continues to be a fascination for the film industry. “The Devil Inside,” an upcoming film slated for wide release from Paramount Studios in the U.S. on January 6th, appears to be another theatrical take on a subject many clerics avoid. Let’s face it—the idea that an evil being can take control of our human body is terrifying, even to the servants of God.

Scary as it may be, this film makes me excited, and even though Paramount is marketing the film as: “Not authorized by the Vatican,” I think the Catholic hierarchy should be ecstatic that Hollywood is placing Catholic »

- Justin Mikkelsen

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Haunting “Devil Inside” Images & Trailer

30 December 2011 7:08 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The Exorcist established a formula so ingrained in the possession subgenre, it seems filmmakers are still struggling to break free from its bind. While there are debatable exceptions, in the years since William Friedkin’s 1973 masterstroke, most of these films have seemed to wallow in the same contrivances: twisted limbs, yoga poses, crucifixes and troubled men of the cloth, twitching fingers and foggy eyes. What was great about The Exorcist was that it didn’t follow a formula. It shocked audiences with it’s graphic bravery, and like all great art, broke new ground with disregard for taboo or barriers.

That being said, here we have some stills and a trailer for Devil Inside, William (Stay Alive) Brent Bell’s latest addition to the possession pantheon. I have to admit, it is hard to get excited about this stuff at this point, and, yes, all the prerequisite post-Regan elements are here, »

- Justin

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The Six Slays of Christmas - Day Six

23 December 2011 10:39 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

At last it's time for the sixth and final installment of Dread Central's Six Slays of Christmas feature! We're now just one day away the year's biggest holiday, and to celebrate the coming of Saint Nick (or whomever you believe in), we've been taking a look at a different yuletide horror flick each day until the 25th! Think of it as a cinema crazed Advent calendar!

Although the Six Slays of Christmas have come to you in no particular order, it's fitting that today's entry was saved for the finale. For Day Six we feature an absolute classic, Bob Clark's 1974 groundbreaking horror film Black Christmas, which proved to us that Canada has more to offer than just Pam Anderson, hockey and Molson Canadian Lager. The script was written by Roy Moore, who drew inspiration from actual murders that occurred in Montreal around Christmastime. And a horrific cinematic gem was born. »

- Doctor Gash

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Max von Sydow on 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,' 'Flash Gordon' and 'Strange Brew'

16 December 2011 5:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Movie News, Awards

When I was six-years-old, Max von Sydow sure scared the living hell out of me. Now, this had nothing to do with 'The Exorcist'; instead, my skittish younger self was truly terrified of von Sydow's performance as Ming the Merciless in 'Flash Gordon' -- something that I felt compelled to admit to von Sydow. Which wasn't easy because -- even at 82 years old -- von Sydow is still an imposing figure. As gracious as von Sydow is, he's still a tall man that has a sometimes gruff, "seen it all, done it all" look on his face that bellows, "I'm not going to put up with any of your shit, punk." (Thankfully, he did.)

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- Mike Ryan

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Jason Miller Dishes the Same Shit on a Different Show

15 December 2011 5:58 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Each time I see Jason Miller's name in the credits of anything, my first thought is of the great character actor and writer who made horror history as Father Damien Karras in The Exorcist. This isn't him (for obvious reasons). And that certainly doesn't make his stories any less interesting as this is possibly one of the most, um, colorful episodes of Same Shit, Different Show to date. So you owe it to yourself to listen!

This week's episode features an interview with producer/second unit director Jason Miller, involved with some of the genre's most fun modern-day fare: Hatchet II, Chillerama and Frozen. Miller and Buz chat about the 'business' in a conversation that leads to more than one hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdote.

Head on over to Buz's Same Shit, Different Show website (that's .biz, fyi) and dig it. This is a good one, as they've all been thus far. »

- Masked Slasher

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'The Exorcist' to Tread the Boards

9 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

It's become pretty common these days to turn scary movies into theatrical shows. It's been done several times over the years with varying degrees of success.

Now, in the shocking tradition of Evil Dead: The Musical, Re-Animator: The Musical and Legally Blonde, the film often regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made — that's right, The Exorcist — is making the jump to the stage. But you can relax; it's not a musical.

Actually, the stage production is taking its cues more from William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel than from the infamous 1973 film adaptation. John Pielmeier, who penned the popular 1979 play Agnes of God, is writing the show. Rather than focus strictly on the demonic angle, Pielmeier's look at possession will also explore the psychological aspects and questions of faith. If that sounds a bit dry, don't worry. There should be plenty of terror for everyone.

To that end, the show's director, »

- Theron

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'The Exorcist' Attacks Los Angeles

5 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

The novel terrified you. The movie made you sleep with the lights on. So how will the stage version of The Exorcist scar you? This summer, you can find out. The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles will premiere a stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist beginning July 2012. The show is directed by John Doyle (who won a Tony award for Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) and written by John Pielmeier (who wrote Agnes of God for the stage, and whose TV movies and mini-series include The Pillars of the Earth, Sybil, and The Capture of the Green River Killer). More after the break. From the Geffen Playhouse website: The most chilling test of faith come to life on stage.  This world »

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Make a Date with The Exorcist in Los Angeles

4 December 2011 1:34 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We've been talking about a stage version of the classic William Peter Blatty novel The Exorcist for some time now, but finally some concrete details have come. The power of Christ compels you to read on!

The Exorcist will be opening at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse (link below) on July 3rd and will run through August 12th, 2012.

The story was written for the stage by John Pielmeier, the author of Agnes of God, will be directed by John Doyle, and features special effects from Teller of Penn and Teller fame.

Look for more on this one soon!

Synopsis

The most chilling test of faith come to life on stage. This world premiere adaptation of the famous 1971 novel documenting the terror and redemption of a ten-year-old girl remains as frightening and relevant as when first experienced. Under the direction of Tony Award winner John Doyle and adapted by acclaimed playwright John Pielmeier, »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Limited Edition Cover Artwork by Caniglia

28 November 2011 3:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

As announced in October, in 2012 Lonely Road Books will be publishing a special Limited Edition of The Exorcist: The 40th Anniversary Revised Edition by William Peter Blatty.  The book sold out just 30 hours after it was announced, which is excellent for the collectors who managed to snag a copy.  Lonely Road Books has also unveiled Caniglia's incredible cover painting for the book (he is also doing the inner illustrations for this edition). Check out the full horror after the jump. This special edition will also feature some previously unannounced bonus features.  Learn more on www.LonelyRoadBooks.com. »

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Peter Fonda Photo: Governors Awards 2011

24 November 2011 3:22 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Peter Fonda, Parky Fonda Oscar-nominated Actor Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold) and wife Parky attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar recipient, as Jones is co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (The Cardinal, Death Becomes Her, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was handed the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Son of Oscar winner Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond) and brother of two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, Coming Home), among Peter Fonda's credits are The Wild Angels, The Trip, Easy Rider, with »

- D. Zhea

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Star Wars Stormtroopers Photo: Governors Awards 2011

23 November 2011 3:32 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Stormtroopers, Star Wars Stars Wars' Stormtroopers attend the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Stormtroopers are seen making life difficult for the Star Wars saga heroes in the original Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi, etc. George Lucas directed the first Star Wars, one of the biggest blockbusters in history. »

- D. Zhea

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John Landis on his new book "Monsters in the Movies"

23 November 2011 10:00 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Anyone who's followed the career of director John Landis could tell you: the man knows his movies. You can't make something like "An American Werewolf in London" or Michael Jackson's "Thriller" if you don't understand horror films inside and out. Landis' movies, from "Kentucky Fried Movie" to "The Blues Brothers" to "Three Amigos" are awash in cinemania. Cinephiles love Landis because Landis clearly loves cinephilia.

For proof, you only need to check out Landis' beautiful new book, "Monsters in the Movies," an illustrated history of cinematic creatures. With witty commentary and insightful observations, Landis outlines the origins and developments of all the famous monsters of filmland, from Dracula to Frankenstein to The Mummy and many more.

"Monsters in the Movies" includes over a thousand pictures from the Kobal Collection, the largest collection of motion picture stills in the world. Kobal approached Landis about doing a picture book on whatever »

- Matt Singer

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Kim Wayans Photo: Governors Awards 2011

23 November 2011 1:29 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kim Wayans Actress Kim Wayans attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Among Wayans' movie credits are I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Talking About Sex, Critics and Other Freaks, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. Wayans was also a regular on the television series In the House and In Living Color. »

- D. Zhea

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Shailene Woodley Photo: Governors Awards 2011

23 November 2011 1:29 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Shailene Woodley

Actress Shailene Woodley, one of George Clooney's co-stars in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, attends the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (Starman, Altered States, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Shailene Woodley is a potential Best Supporting Actress nominee for her performance in The Descendants. The film itself, George Clooney, and director-writer Payne are almost sure to be shortlisted come Oscar time. »

- D. Zhea

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Linda Blair Photo: Governors Awards 2011

17 November 2011 9:44 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Linda Blair Oscar-nominated Actress Linda Blair, who introduced the Academy's tribute to veteran makeup artist and Honorary Award winner Dick Smith, arrives at the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage. Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Dick Smith's makeup job transformed the young Linda Blair into the demon-possessed girl in William Friedkin's The Exorcist. Among Blair's other screen credits are Airport 1975, Roller Boogie, Hell Night, Chained Heat, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Red Heat, and Moving Target. »

- D. Zhea

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Elizabeth Reaser Photo: Governors Awards 2011

17 November 2011 9:44 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Elizabeth Reaser Actress Elizabeth Reaser of Twilight fame — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 opens Friday in North America — arrives at 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (House on Haunted Hill, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Television talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple and Beloved star, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In recent years, Elizabeth Reaser has supported Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Bill Condon's »

- D. Zhea

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Julie Taymor, Elliot Goldenthal Photo: Governors Awards 2011

17 November 2011 3:32 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Julie Taymor, Elliot Goldenthal Oscar-nominated Songwriter Julie Taymor, in the news after suing Broadway's Spider-Man producer and for berating U2's Bono and The Edge, is seen next to Oscar-winning Composer Elliot Goldenthal on the red carpet at the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars movie series) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree; makeup artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, House on Haunted Hill), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Oprah Winfrey was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Julie Taymor's film credits include Frida, with Salma Hayek; the musical Across the Universe; The Tempest, with Helen Mirren; and Titus, with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins. Elliot Goldenthal's credits include Titus, Michael Mann's Heat, with »

- D. Zhea

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Tom McCarthy Photo: Academy Award-Nominated Screenwriter (Up)

15 November 2011 11:16 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom McCarthy Oscar-nominated screenwriter (and actor) Tom McCarthy on the red carpet at the 2011 Governors Awards ceremony, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood on Saturday, Nov. 12. The evening's honorees were James Earl Jones, who had to accept his Honorary Oscar from London, makeup artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather), and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Oprah Winfrey. Thomas McCarthy has four screenplay/story credits: Up, The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win. He directed the last three. As an actor, his movie credits include Meet the Parents, Syriana, Michael Clayton, Baby Mama, The Lovely Bones, and Little Fockers. Tom McCarthy photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. »

- D. Zhea

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Dick Smith Photo: Honorary Oscar Recipient/Makeup Veteran (The Exorcist, The Godfather)

15 November 2011 11:16 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dick Smith Linda Blair introduced the presentation of the Honorary Award to veteran makeup artist Dick Smith. Back in 1973, Smith transformed Blair into an iconic movie "monster" in William Friedkin's blockbuster The Exorcist. Among Dick Smith's other movie credits are Otto Preminger's The Cardinal, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, Tony Scott's The Hunger, and Milos Forman's Amadeus. Also, The World of Henry Orient, House of Dark Shadows, The Sunshine Boys, Altered States, The Deer Hunter, Starman, Ghost Story, Dad, Death Becomes Her, and House on Haunted Hill. The Governors Awards ceremony took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood on Saturday, Nov. 12. Dick Smith photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. »

- D. Zhea

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Oprah Winfrey Says Your Life Matters, Plugs The Help: Governors Awards 2011

14 November 2011 11:23 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oprah Winfrey James Earl Jones, The Exorcist Makeup Artist Dick Smith Receive Honorary Oscars Many were surprised and/or upset that the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was going to be handed to a television — not film — personality. Although Oprah Winfrey did receive a Best Supporting Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple back in 1985, her participation in the world of filmmaking has been at best marginal, e.g., a lead in Beloved, a producing credit for Precious, doing voice-over in The Princess and the Frog and Bee Movie. (Not that anyone asked me, but … my choice for the recipient of this year's humanitarian film award would have been Hugh Grant, for his efforts in trying to save the world from Rupert Murdoch and his minions.) Winfrey, who reportedly wiped away a tear while receiving praise from a speaker onstage, later took to the podium with a message straight »

- Andre Soares

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