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You might not know this, but Christopher Lee is the greatest 92-year-old to have ever graced the earth. Not only is he one of the most dedicated and talented actors to ever be committed to celluloid, but he is also a bona-fide heavy metal artist, too. And he even has a brand-new Christmas single out. You can hear a snippet from it in the video below. Christopher Lee.s festive Christmas single is titled, Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing. And while it may not be the normal sort of track that you hear around the Christmas season, you can.t help but adore it since The Wicker Man actor.s famous dulcet tones feature on it. As you can probably tell, the metal song is actually set to the music of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. However the lyrics themselves have been slightly altered to fit in with the metal vibe. »
Following in the footsteps of The Wicker Man, David Rudkins 1974 TV play offers a powerful portrait of adolescence and religious anguish in rural England
I am afflicted by images, by things that are seen, pictures of things, dramatist and screenwriter David Rudkin told an interviewer in 1964. They are extraordinary, momentary, but they stay with me. He was talking about his play Afore Night Come (1962), which led Kenneth Tynan to proclaim: Not since Look Back in Anger has a playwright made a debut more striking than this. But its also true of Pendas Fen, an unforgettable hybrid of horror story, rites-ofpassage spiritual quest and vision of an alternative England that has been hailed as one of the most original and vauntingly ambitious British films of the last half century.
- Sukhdev Sandhu
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
Disease recognises no social boundaries, even if people still do. Here’s Michael’s UK pace review of The Knick episode 3...
This review contains spoilers
1.3 The Busy Flea
The frequent lingering shots of human (and, this week, porcine) viscera lend The Knick a veneer of horror. The effect is similar; just as viewers of The Wicker Man can take comfort in the fact that they are not Sergeant Howie, so too can we feel relief that, should we suffer a hernia, we have better options that Dr Edwards’ poor, doomed patient. It’s likely to be a sustained genre borrowing but the opening moments of The Busy Flea extended the nod rather cleverly, cruelly teasing us with the state of Abby Alford’s appearance and leaving us with just the reaction shots (and Thack’s sudden interest) to conjure our own images before the full reveal.
That, of course, is »
It’s Halloween! Icicles are glistening from window sills. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. North Pole elves are… hang on, no. None of that nice, fluffy stuff is happening. At Halloween, demonic creatures hunt for flesh, monsters creep out of their graves, and TV does its level best to freak us all the hell out.
In the spirit of all that, we asked our writers to select and share the TV episodes, horror or otherwise, that have made them whimper with fear. Here they all are, 31 of them, because, well, at Halloween, we like things to add up to 31.
Note that this isn’t a Top 10, or a Best Of, nor is it listed in order of scariness. It’s a collection of the particular »
Halloween! Costumes, pumpkins, junk food, parties and Horror!
We all love a good bit of horror, and Halloween is the time of year to get stuck in. It’s the one day of the year where it’d be rude not to lock yourself away, steal the bowl of candy you bought for trick or treaters, maybe grab a beer or two, turn the lights off and scare yourself into oblivion with a stack of films.
There are of course the classics: Everything from A Nightmare On Elm Street to The Wicker Man. This, for many of us, is what it’s all about – revisiting the films that scared us senseless as kids. But for some people, the same old scares just won’t cut it – they want something fresh.
Luckily for those people, we’ve had a mountain of awesome horror in recent years, some of which will definitely »
- Sam Driver
These so-bad-they're-great horror movies are perfect for gorehounds and comedy fans.
Halloween is arguably the greatest of all holidays. First off, as an adult, Halloween is the perfect excuse to marathon-watch the scariest, goriest, most pants-soiling horror movies available. Secondly, adults can buy their own candy, and none of it will be an eraser, gum or three dirty pennies.
Video: The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of All Time
But what if you don't like being scared, and would rather watch a violent, gory scream-fest that makes you laugh? Well, you might be a crazy serial killer, in which case, we can't help you. But if that's not the case, check out our list of 13 awful horror movies that are so wonderfully terrible you can't help but love them.
13. Jason X
The legendary Friday The 13th franchise follows -- for the most part -- an unstoppable killer named Jason who uses a machete to murder sexy teens while wearing »
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The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. But a close second is tricking you into seeing a movie you didn’t want to.
Unless you’re a cinematic masochist (although judging by the success of the Transformers some of you must be) you never want to see a genuinely bad movie. There may be the odd moment of ridiculousness you can laugh at (Nicolas Cage wearing a bear suit and punching women), but that’s overpowered by the boredom or anger a terrible movie instills (the rest of The Wicker Man remake).
But movie studios, being the devious fellas they are will happily have you suffer if it means they can get a slice of the box office and will be less than honest to make that happen. Whether it’s rather subliminal, or unbelievably obvious, there’s a »
- Alex Leadbeater
It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.
Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more »
- Jake Pitre
For some, movies are occasionally too violent, vulgar or plain boring to sit through. Ryan recalls some memorable cinema walk-outs...
For better or worse, there’s nothing quite like watching a movie in the cinema. There’s the sense that you’re all sharing a new experience. The feeling of expectancy when a movie the whole audience has been looking forward to seeing unfolds on the screen. The enjoyment of laughing in unison at a golden comic moment.
On the flip side, there’s the uniquely unpleasant sensation of a person behind you kicking the back of your seat. Or the horrendous human being who can’t resist checking his phone for the duration of a movie, meaning you end up having to ignore an eerie blue glow emanating from the corner of your eye for about 120 minutes.
Memories like these, whether good or bad, are all part of the cinema-going experience, »
Before he spiraled into a critical nose-dive from which he’s yet to recover, M. Night Shyamalan was heralded as the next great American filmmaker. (No, seriously.) Before his gimmickry become obvious–all the twist endings, the important details withheld, trickery in lieu of genuine cleverness–Shyamalan crafted a genuine masterpiece that remains as potent as ever, regardless of the spoiling of its sneaky surprises. Bruce Willis has never approached the grace and subtlety of his performance here; his empathetic, sorrowful turn as a child psychologist searching for redemption deserved an Oscar nod. Maybe he woulda gotten one had this movie not come out in the insanely good movie year of our lord 1999. Willis is matched every step of the way by Haley Joel Osment, giving one of the great childhood performances, and lending credence to lines that could have »
- Greg Cwik
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
Sarah looks back at the Amityville films, and finds a lot of scary things, not all of which were intentional…
112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island is probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Not that you’ll necessarily recognise the address – it’s far better known as the Amityville Horror house. Back in 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the house… and then 28 days later, they moved back out, claiming to have been driven out by supernatural forces. Their story made the news, was turned into a book, and then made into a movie, in 1979.
It’s hard to imagine now that a family claiming to have encountered the devil in their basement could cause such a massive fuss, but I’m not here to interrogate the truth of their statement. What I am here to do, though, is to watch all of the Amityville Horror movies made to date, »
Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.
“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”
A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia… »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Udo Kier, Herbert Lom, Olivera Katrina, Reggie Nalder, Herbert Fux, Johannes Buzalski, Michael Maien, Gaby Fuchs, Ingeborg Schöner, Günter Clemens, Doris von Danwitz | Written by Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Directed by Michael Armstrong
My first experience with Mark of the Devil was to receive a DVD review copy from America which included a barf bag, written on the side was a warning that this movie would make me sick…of course it didn’t. I like novelties like that though, it adds to the fun of cult movies and gives it an over the top feeling. These gimmicks may never live up to what they promise but that’s hardly the point. Mark of the Devil is a surprisingly extreme film for its time, which is probably why it took so long to make its way to the UK, then to finally be released uncut. Now Arrow Video have »
- Phil Wheat
Hammer have had something of a renaissance on Blu-ray recently, with StudioCanal releasing a number of classic titles in new hi-def editions. And now, released as part of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection, comes two of Hammer’s “sexier” films of the 70s: the infamous Twins of Evil, starring Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson; and Countess Dracula, which features a career-defining performance from Ingrid Pitt in the titular role.
Despite being made during Hammer early-70s fallow period, where the studio was running out of stories, out of budget and were being left behind by more “extreme” horror films and exploitation movies emanating from the Us (after all this was just after the release of Night of the Living Dead which ultimately changed the face of the genre forever), both Twins of Evil and Countess Dracula are beloved by fans of the studio, and with good reason.
Stars: Peter Cushing, »
- Phil Wheat
Our friends down in Ithaca, New York have been busy preparing for their third annual festival. Today they announced the first wave of titles and there are a lot of festival favorites in the first wave. The Ithaca crowd will get to see Bradley King's Time Lapse, The Mo Brothers' Killers, and Adrian Garcia Bogliano's Late Phases among others. There will also be a retrospective program titled Witchcraft in Popular Imagination. Retrospective screenings include The Wicker Man (the good one) and The Exorcist. Of course it would not be the Ithaca Int'l Fantastic Film Festival without a terrific illustrated poster. You will find a larger version below in all its baby-sacrificing glory. (Remember that you can click on it below to embiggen it.)The Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival will return...
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Most of us are a little leery about this one. Its become common practice for Hollywood to defecate on classic pics. The Fog got the horrendously disrespectful treatment as did a slew of others like Prom Night Psycho The Wicker Man The Hitcher and The Amityville Horror... and so on and so forth. Its obvious the money hounds in Socal arent batting a thousand. But were hopeful in this instance. The new Poltergeist has some awesome things going for it like an amazing cast and a capable director with one of the finest animated pics ever released under his belt. Theres definitely hope here. »
First comes a warning.
Everyone has their white whale; that elusive treasure or goal that they fetishise and dare to find and covet. For some it was the lost footage from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. For others it was the mythical buried reels of The Wicker Man, which rather ludicrously had been rumoured for years to be buried in the concrete foundations of an English motorway. For me it was always the deleted scenes of David Lynch’s much maligned Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk with Me. Even in a pre-internet, pre-dvd extras age, I obsessed over this rumoured material and what possible insights it may offer into Lynch’s labyrinthian mystery. And now, thanks to the Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set, they are finally here. So how do they stack up? What do they tell us? »
- Michael Parkes
Directed by Brian O’Malley
‘Irish horror movie’ isn’t a phrase that comes up a lot, unless someone brings up Grabbers, and why on Earth would anyone do that. And yet, Fantasia 2014 has seen the unveiling of Let Us Prey, a new horror film by first time director Brian O’Malley, which is already making waves in the horror film circuit, and with good reason. Let Us Prey is a tense, tightly-wound and effective horror film that shows incredible promise from O’Malley, and delivers both for gore fans and those in search of something a little deeper than mere exploitation.
The film initially plays out like a much less funny version of Hot Fuzz, as its protagonist, the serious, by-the-books Police Constable Rachel Heggie, is stationed at a sleepy station house staffed largely by the lazy, »
- Thomas O'Connor
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