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11 items from 2011

70s Rewind: The Legend Of Hell House

21 October 2011 3:01 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A small group of people; a house where things go bump in the night; a desire to document what's happening. In 2011, those elements form the basic ingredients for Paranormal Activity 3, which opens wide across the U.S. today, the latest in a franchise best described as "stare at the screen for a long time before anything horrifying happens." But in 1973, those elements were also the basic ingredients for The Legend of Hell House, a much more "in your face," traditional horror movie. Adapted by Richard Matheson from his own novel, the film follows an investigation into the paranormal activity at an abandoned mansion in the UK known as "the Mount Everest of haunted houses," a place where eight people have died in previous »

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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 2

11 October 2011 4:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Ricky D (15 Viewings) Total of 29 Viewings


Thirst (1979)

Directed by Rod Hardy

The film is best described as one long dream sequence with nods to David Cronenberg, Rosemary’s Baby and perhaps even Solyent Green. Thirst features some superb in-camera visual effects, »

- Ricky

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‘Real Steel’/’I Am Legend’ Author Richard Matheson Shopping 150 Stories, Plays, and Books for Possible Movie Adaptations

6 October 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Richard Matheson may not be a name that rings a bell, but chances are you're familiar with some of his works. Matheson is the author behind the source material for such films as I Am Legend (which has actually spawned three big-screen versions), What Dreams May Come, The Box, and this weekend's robot boxing picture Real Steel. Now the writer and his screenwriter son, R.C. Matheson, are looking to sell some 150 of the elder Matheson's stories, books, plays, and scripts for potential film and TV adaptations. More details after the jump. The Mathesons are looking to sell the properties under the condition that they be allowed to retain some creative control through the development process, including the opportunity to have a say in hiring of directors and screenwriters -- or even to write some of the scripts themselves. William Morris agent Alan Gasmer, who is helping to sell the stories, »

- Angie Han

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New at Tfh: Mick Garris on The Legend Of Hell House

15 August 2011 12:39 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Mick Garris recounts The Legend of Hell House.

Former Aip head James Nicholson formed Academy Pictures to produce his own projects and this one, of only two released after his death, validates the difference between former partner Sam Arkoff’s aesthetic and his own. Richard Matheson’s popular haunted house novel, transposed to England, receives a classy production with A-level promotion, although the sexuality is a bit toned down.

Click here to watch the trailer.

Not much time for love today, Dr. Jones — which is an inappropriate allusion to say the least — but as long as Mick’s bringing up “ghost rape,” I might as well flog Luca Guadagnino’s appearance right here talking about the pre-imminent ghost rape picture The Entity. 

There’s lots more stuff to talk about here in The Legend of Hell House, but Mr. Garris does a fine job (as always) covering all the bases. »

- Danny

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Week 207: Monstrous Mama’s Gridiron Ghosts!

15 August 2011 12:16 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A mashup of awesome from more awesome gurus. Let’s roll these legends out!

On Monday, August 15, join Mick Garris for the trailer to The Legend of Hell House.

Former Aip head James Nicholson formed Academy Pictures to produce his own projects and this one, of only two released after his death, validates the difference between former partner Sam Arkoff’s aesthetic and his own. Richard Matheson’s popular haunted house novel, transposed to England, receives a classy production with A-level promotion, although the sexuality is a bit toned down.

On Wednesday, August 17, join Josh Olson for the trailer to The Longest Yard.

Along with Roger Corman, Robert Aldrich seems to be the director most represented on Trailers from Hell. This prison-set anti-authoritarian football movie has similarities to The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Burt Reynolds, who also appeared in the 2005 Adam Sandler(!) remake, plays a violent anti-hero who »

- Danny

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Motion Picture Purgatory: Fragment of Fear

16 April 2011 11:19 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

While it skews a bit more toward mystery/thriller than pure horror, this week's installment of Motion Picture Purgatory, Fragment of Fear, deals with themes of paranoia and alternate reality so well, we figured why not share it with our readers, especially those who may never have heard of this sweet slice of 1970s cinema before.

Directed by Richard C. Sarafian (Vanishing Point) and starring David Hemmings (Blow-Up, Gladiator), Gayle Hunnicutt (The Spiral Staircase, The Legend of Hell House), and Wilfrid Hyde-White (Chamber of Horrors, The Cat and the Canary), Fragment of Fear tells the tale of a young author who is plunged into a nightmare as he tries to solve his aunt's murder. When threats of violence, mysterious notes, and deadly phone calls shatter his life, the police and his girlfriend doubt the story due to his past as a drug addict - even though his life is in danger. »

- The Woman In Black

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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for April 12, 2011

12 April 2011 10:50 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Here is your list of DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for April 12, 2011. This week, we have a great high-octane double pack of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry and Race With The Devil and some other flicks that may tickle your fancy, so click beyond the break to see the full list.

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2033: Future Apocalypse

Format: DVD


2033 Mexico City. In a corporation-controlled society where the population is controlled by a synthetic food called Pecti. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Rest in Peace Film Legend Michael Gough

17 March 2011 10:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Today we've lost a true icon. A man who was whipping ass in the film industry longer than most of us have been alive. It is with an extremely heavy heart that we report Michael Gough has passed away at the ripe old age of 94.

The film legend worked up until age 92 and has appeared in dozens of movies throughout his decades long career, including his most celebrated role as Alfred Pennyworth in the original Batman movie franchise launched by Tim Burton. More of his genre-specific credits include Sleepy Hollow, Trog, Konga, The Skull, Horror Hospital, and the still frightening after all of these years The Legend of Hell House.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to not only offer our deepest condolences to Michael's friends, family, and constituents but also thank and revere the man for all the movie memories he has given us. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Michael Gough: 1916–2011

17 March 2011 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Michael Gough, the actor best known for his portrayal of butler Alfred Pennyworth, has sadly passed away at the age of 94.

We're sad to report the sad passing of a truly great actor. A veteran performer with dozens of screen appearances to his name, Michael Gough made his debut in the British adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in 1948.

He later appeared in numerous movies of geek interest, including the 1958 Hammer rendering of Dracula, the Amicus portmanteau horror of Dr. Terror’s House Of Horrors, and the 1973 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s The Legend Of Hell House.

The actor would also have been familiar to Doctor Who fans as the Celestial Toymaker, appearing in the William Hartnell era of the series, and returning to the show in the 80s, when he starred alongside Peter Davison in the story, Arc Of Infinity.

Gough will almost certainly be best remembered for »

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R.I.P. Michael Gough

17 March 2011 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Actor Michael Gough has died at the age of 94. To many, the actor was known as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler, in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman . He revisited that role through three more Bat-films, and he saved face in every single one of them. Horror fans, however, know a different kind of Michael Gough, a man whose career saw him toiling on stage and television, until he appeared in the Hammer Films' production Horror of Dracula . This set him on a path through various genre fare which would include Konga , 1962's The Phantom of the Opera , The Skull , the awesome and bizarre Horror Hospital , The Legend of Hell House (albeit a miniscule part) and, later in his career, Sleepy Hollow . The man brought class to whatever production he was a part of and he will be »

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Horror at the Oscars Part III

12 March 2011 4:25 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember, »

- Heather Buckley

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