20 items from 2014
When it comes to scary, it’s not the monsters or ghosts that do it for me. The most terrifying thing is an individual who can convince an entire group of people to follow one belief. Even more terrifying than the leader are the people within the group, whose views are so extreme that they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a prophecy. Recently, cults have made their way back onto our screens with the hit HBO series True Detective and the upcoming Ti West horror feature The Sacrament. In honor of my cult fascination, I take a look at some of the creepiest cults in the horror genre, and learn that evil always prevails. To the Devil…a Daughter (1976) When a father is trying to save his daughter from Satanists, naturally he would seek help from a writer who specializes in the occult. Author John Verney »
- Amanda Tullos
It's not uncommon for movie and TV stars to make the jump from the screen to the printed page; many well-known actors have capitalized on their name recognition to help boost their profiles as emerging authors. Notable examples include Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), who found success with his self-published poetry; James Franco (This is the End) recently rolled out a well-received short story collection entitled Palo Alto; and Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) has won acclaim for the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. While we don't hear nearly enough about actors from the world of horror and sci-fi making a successful transition to those same genres in print, it's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think. Let's examine the literary legacies of three notable horror stars who carved out thrilling new careers as horror writers... Thomas Tryon Genre Role: I Married a Monster from Outer Space »
- Gregory Burkart
Review Michael Noble 4 Mar 2014 - 13:57
The penultimate episode of the series takes us deeper into the horror of the Yellow King...
This review contains spoilers.
1.7 Haunted Houses
The name True Detective has its origin in those pulpy thrillers written quickly by writers who were paid by the word and sold cheaply to readers who read little else. They focused on the grislier aspects of crime; the hideous apocalypses of rape, torture and murder. In pursuit, they set men who were dedicated detectives but dysfunctional people; men who solved the crime while leaving a trail of empty whisky bottles and broken relationships in their wake. Sound familiar? They were of a piece with the true crime, non-fictional variety that Marty Hart bullshits about writing in this week’s episode. They too focused on the horror of crime and the doggedness of the chase.
After You’ve Gone, the penultimate episode of the series, »
Don’t worry, you haven’t traveled forward in time to 2015 and missed the September release of the Denzel Washington vehicle The Equalizer. The truth is that Sony Pictures and Escape Artists have been screening their upcoming feature to test audiences and the results have been very promising with high scores from most viewers. This has made the companies involved so confident, that screenwriter Richard Wenk has just closed a deal to handle the sequel, 7 months before the first film hits theatres.
The R-rated film tested back in December and received the highest scores for an R-rated film in the companies’ histories. No deal has been struck with Denzel Washington as yet, but if he does reprise his role it will be the first sequel in his filmography.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
From the psychopathic, Christopher Lambert-bothering Kurgan in Highlander to tyrannical prison warden Byran Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption through to new recruit-maiming drill sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers, it's safe to say that I am one of the many movie fans who have more than just a handful of favourite Clancy Brown roles.
Brown joins an impressive cast that includes Anne Heche and James Tupper for Nothing Left To Fear, the first horror film to come from former Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash's production company 'Slasher Films'. Akin to Seventies horror classics The Wicker Man and Rosemary's Baby, Anthony Leonardi III's debut feature channels fears of the occult, secret societies and the supernatural with a modern twist.
We snapped up the chance to get the first word from Clancy himself on his latest role as the ominous Pastor Kingsman, head of a mysterious Baptist church »
- Aaron Williams
The hair. The hat. The shades. You all know him, but mainly for massive guitar solos and trailblazing the rock n’ roll lifestyle. But ex-Guns N’ Roses axeman Slash has now made his foray into film producing, with Nothing Left to Fear out now on DVD, Blu Ray and VOD (click here to purchase your copy).
HeyUGuys had the chance to speak to him; turns out he’s a super-cool guy, and has a real eye for the horror genre. We talked about devil worship, scoring music for movies, and why he thinks Kubrick’s The Shining isn’t all that good.
So, I’ve heard you’re a big horror fan. So was Slasher Films something you’d been planning for a long time?
No, it was not something that was planned. It totally came out of the blue. I was minding my own business and then I was »
- Gary Green
This past week, I attended a private screening of the hard-to-find British folk horror, Blood on Satan’s Claw. This film has become the stuff of legend. Though it is a well-known horror film in the United Kingdom, it never had a DVD release stateside and was only privy to a very limited VHS run. Once every few years, it will play at off-hours on MGM’s movie channel. But unless you happen to be aimlessly flipping channels at 2a.m. on a random Tuesday, this film is hard to see, making it the perfect inclusion for this week’s The Unseen.
Tigon Film Productions never got quite the attention that Hammer or Amicus garnered, but they produced some greats in their own right, most notably Witchfinder General and Blood on Satan’s Claw. Both of these fall under the small sub-genre of “folk horror,” a group of films united »
- Rebekah McKendry
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...
Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.
It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.
As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »
In the words of James McAvoy Filth is a “bold, brave, controversial and a rare and precious film in English speaking cinema.” One could almost be mistaken for thinking that Scotland’s leading man was referring to his own performance, if it were not for that one singular word “film.” Every great actor at the mention of their name has that one singular film that immediately comes to mind, or in the case of Robert de Niro a handful of films that can spark a furious impassioned debate amongst red-blooded cineastes. For James McAvoy the character is Bruce Robertson; the film Filth.
Whilst in my introduction to Jon S. Baird’s interview I stated that Filth “delivered a shock to the system, and shook up the cinematic social consciousness with a bold and courageous piece of filmmaking.” Equally McAvoy’s full blooded performance delivered the same shock and shakes that »
- Paul Risker
It takes a lot of effort to make any kind of worthwhile indie horror film, but one cannot help but think it takes extra effort, plus a lot of focus and determination, to make a calm, quiet, sedate, and exceedingly "old-fashioned" indie horror film like the Scottish import Lord of Tears. If you're working on a conventional stalk / slash / scare piece of horror cinema, you know what you need: stalking, slashing, scaring, and maybe a surprise or two. Most horror fans would be relatively pleased with that.
But if your goal is to pay homage to the old-fashioned Gothic tales that take place in haunted mansions -- and do it in such a moody, deliberate, and (dare I say) subtle fashion -- then you're clearly trying to appeal to a slightly more patient and open-minded horror fan. In other words, Lawrie Brewster's Lord of Tears won't exactly blow your speakers off, »
- Scott Weinberg
Imagine attempting a super-low-budget, rapidly shot mashup of the melancholic aesthetic of Ingmar Bergman, the comedic sensibility of Mel Brooks and the tonal uneasiness of Lars Von Trier -- you'd probably end up with a complete mess of a film. However, that's not the case for Ben Wheatley, whose willfully abstruse "A Field in England" more or less fits that bill (by way of Samuel Beckett, "The Wicker Man" and Sergio Leone, if you want to fine tune the comparison, but we could probably continue throwing names at it all day and finding most of them stick) and comes out as a totally unique, often brilliant, deliberate partial mess instead. Reteaming the director, who, off the back of his feature triptych of "Down Terrace," "Kill List" and "Sightseers" has become something of an indie phenomenon, with regular writer Amy Jump, the film is the most formally experimental, and probably the least approachable, »
- Jessica Kiang
There is even a Omegle, which is pretty much Chat Roulette, compilation that features the Owlman scaring the shit out of some young people.
At the end, you find out that this is a creature related to a film called Lord of Tears. Check out the trailer:
Apparently, Owlman is based on local mythology. The trailer definitely gives a classic horror vibe in the same tone as something like The Wicker Man. Anything that gives me those types of vibes is automatically on my radar.
Turns out the film started as a Kickstarter project last March and is now out on Region Free Blu-Ray or DVD. This is a true independent film and in that fashion, you won’t find this »
- Andy Triefenbach
Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse
New Splat Pack maestro Ti West wowed us back in 2009 with House of the Devil then again last year with Innkeepers. Whilst House of the Devil was a slow burning kind of 70’s hark-back, Innkeepers was very much a modern horror. His latest feature, The Sacrament, played at Toronto’s International Film Festival, but is it any good?
Unfortunately West goes for the slow burning thing again and it doesn’t pull off. Any slower and you’d be catatonic. The Sacrament is a film in the spirit of The Wicker Man but way less spooky. Two reporters ( Aj Bowen and Joe Swanberg) venture into South America after a friend receives a summons from his estranged sister. The »
British Animation Awards | East Side Stories | Jarman 2014 | Scratch'n'Sniff Cinema Presents: The Wicker Man
British Animation Awards, Nationwide
There's so much good animation being done in this country it's difficult to find it all in one place, but these awards give you a selection of the best. It's pretty simple: three award categories – short films, music videos, commercials – and three programmes presenting examples of each, after which viewers vote on their favourites. The variety is endless, from a demented lothario (I Love You So Hard) to a state-of-the-art tale voiced by Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan (The Hungry Corpse), from comedy wildebeest and pandas to head-trip videos from bands such as Tame Impala and Atoms For Peace. The films play at 19 venues across the country and the winner is announced in March.
Various venues, Thu to 19 Feb
East Side Stories, Nationwide
In the early postwar days, Japanese youth movies used to be about gangs, »
- Steve Rose
From Ealing to Poirot by way of The Wicker Man, the Studiocanal back catalogue is filled to the brim with classic films that serve our home entertainment adventures of discovery and rediscovery. Now with the release of The Poirot Collection that brings together the three feature films of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, a glorious Blu-Ray warmth is offered to the crime aficionado during these winter months.
One of the icons of detective literature and television, Hercule Poirot first emerged from the imagination of the English writer Agatha Christie, before Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov and David Suchet introduced her creation to the screen. Between them they have imbued Poirot with a Shakespearean presence; each interpretation an individual joy to watch, »
- Gary Collinson
London — Studiocanal has inked a deal with Media Storehouse to promote its movie library, which boasts more than 5,000 titles, through the launch of The Studiocanal Store.
The Studiocanal Store, which is now live at www.studiocanalstore.co.uk, makes digitally restored images and posters from classic British titles available to the public. The pics include “Ice Cold in Alex,” “Billy Liar,” “Brighton Rock,” “Dam Busters,” “Don’t Look Now,” “The Lady Killers,” “The Railway Children,” “The Third Man” and “The Wicker Man.”
The launch has been four years in the making, with the archive based at Pinewood Studios. Movie fans will be able to purchase classic posters, prints and wall art with all material digitally restored, as well as selected current titles. More than 5,500 images are already live with more being continually added.
- Leo Barraclough
Partnership will see the launch of the StudioCanal store, with over 5,500 images already available.
StudioCanal has partnered with Media Storehouse to further promote the studio’s catalogue of over 5,000 titles.
The partnership sees the launch of the StudioCanal store (www.studiocanalstore.co.uk), making digitally restored images and posters available to the public from films such as Billy Liar and The Wicker Man.
Fans will be able to purchase classic posters, prints and wall art, and over 5,500 images are already available with more being continually added.
Affirming StudioCanal’s commitment to promoting the best of British cinema, the launch has been four years in the making with the archive based at Pinewood Studios. »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? In director Joshua Oppenheimer's compelling, disturbing documentary, Indonesian gangsters like Anwar Congo recreate their crimes against humanity in the style of the movies they love. Besides the horrific actions they committed in the '60s as part of Indonesia's Pancasila Youth, what's particularly shocking is their crimes are completely open knowledge, and even celebrated in Indonesia.
Why We're In: "The Act of Killing" is short-listed for the Oscars, but it's definitely not for the squeamish.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Throne of Blood (Criterion)"
What's It About? Kurosawa's take on "Macbeth" takes place in feudal Japan, and stars the legendary Toshiro Mifune as an ambitious warrior looking to take over Spider's Web Castle. Isuzu Yamada appears as his Lady Macbeth-style wife.
Why We're In: Like all Criterion releases, this is jam-packed with extras, like two »
- Jenni Miller
This week: Affleck drops a bomb before becoming Batman; Bacon tries to fry a killer; and we fondly recall a time when The Wicker Man didn't suck. ► That nice roll Ben Affleck was on hit a pothole with Runner Runner, which does little with an intriguing concept. Justin Timberlake uses online poker to fund his Princeton tuition, but when he loses big, he heads out to Costa Rica – where the site is run – to »
- John Law
Following up on my previous article, “Watch 15 Great Horror Short Films,” which received a very positive response, I’ve researched and collected 13 more superb horror short films. As with the first article, I limited the choices to stand-alone live-action horror short films not produced for an anthology film and the selections were narrowed down by availability.
In further keeping with the criteria of the first article, animated horror short films and horror-comedy short films were excluded from consideration as both of these categories would make good subjects for their own individual articles. Sorry, Brutal Relax and Fist of Jesus fans.
It should also be noted that a number of highly regarded horror shorts readers might clamor to see in an article like this such as Ryan Haysom’s Yellow continue their long festival runs and have not been posted for online viewing and were therefore not considered for this piece. »
- Terek Puckett
20 items from 2014
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