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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
We’re incredibly used to sequels arriving very quickly. It’s not uncommon for a follow-up to a new movie to be green-lit on opening weekend, while a gap of more than two years between entries feels like an eternity. Heck, Marvel have two new films out every single year; it’s that extreme.
But it’s not always the case. Be it from long standing production issues or a director popping up twenty years later keen to continue a story, the next film in a series can take longer than you’d even think possible to arrive. To highlight just how long some sequels take, here are fifteen films that came out decades after their predecessor.
- Alex Leadbeater
Stars: Jane Elizabeth Barry, David Macrae, Geoff Pinfield, Tom McCathie, Rachel Torrance, Ashleigh Gregory, Zoe Imms, Janice Paull, Natalia Nespeca, Donna Pope, Nalini Vasudevan, Felicity Steel, Meghan Scerri | Written and Directed by Glenn Triggs
By now you’re probably sick of me saying how much I detest found-footage films. After all I say the same thing when reviewing each and every new iteration of this growing sub-genre. But I have good reason: the majority film makers using the format are using it in place of good storytelling, in place of actually making a decent movie, in place of pretty much everything an audience would want out of a movie. And nowhere more is that prevalent than in the horror genre… Suspense is replaced by black screens and jump scares, tension is replaced by shaky cameras. You get the picture.
Don’t get me wrong. There are some great movies being »
- Phil Wheat
20th Century Fox
The essence of drama is conflict and the force which – more often than not – fuels this conflict is a criminal or villain. These uncompromising characters will stop at nothing to achieve their diabolical goals: willing to break the law, steal, lie and even murder. Often these villainous antagonists can be some of the most imposing, threatening characters ever witnessed on a screen, capable of having a lasting effect on the psyche of audiences. Sometimes (generally in horror flicks) the villain can even be triumphant by either having achieved their objective or by brutally killing off all the protagonists. Examples of these highly efficient successful villains include the pagans in The Wicker Man, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and John Doe in Se7en.
Conversely, movie villains can be presented in completely the opposite way. Rather than striking fear in all those who encounter them, »
- Sam Heard
New Splat Pack maestro Ti West wowed us back in 2009 with House of the Devil then again last year withInnkeepers. 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 trio arrive to discover the sister is »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Jug Face (2013)
Written by: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Directed by: Chad Crawford Kinkle
I gotta say that this movie could be about anything. Let me present a few possible scenarios: A poor, homely, simpleton girl that is abused by those more fortunate than her, and hopefully, she executes a cold and calculating plan of revenge using supernatural means? Nope. Maybe a backwoods girl possessed by something unholy whose only salvation is an exorcism by a righteous crusader? No, but closer than the first option.
“Jug Face” begins with Ada, a young rural girl getting crudely deflowered in the woods by her boyfriend perhaps, unfortunately more like her brother. A few weeks later, she suspects and then confirms that she is pregnant. »
Horror films are like a mischievous child with a wooden stick: they prod and probe at our subconscious, searching for the sensitive spots that make us jump or recoil in fear and disgust. Yet while the horror genre's main purpose is to reflect our phobias and anxieties, it can also, on occasion, say something wider about society or human nature.
By a strange cosmic coincidence, the 6th June saw the release of two wildly different horror films which both attempt to do something more than chill our bones: El Katz's blackly comic Cheap Thrills, and Ti West's faux documentary The Sacrament. The first delves into such themes as class, poverty and reality TV, while the second touches on belief, »
We’re all out of Nic Cage jokes at this point – after all, what’s left to be said after that bee scene in The Wicker Man remake? Cage has had one of the strangest career trajectories in history after winning an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, and that trend continues with his next project – a remake of the biblical thriller Left Behind. The title, based on the best-selling novel of Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins, follows the unfortunate sinners left behind (see what they did there?) on Earth after God calls all the good folks home. We’ve got the first trailer for the film and it looks almost exactly like what you’d expect. Cage camps it up as an airline pilot trying to figure out what’s going on. He’s joined in his quest by Jordin Sparks...
- Mike Bracken
Sir Christopher Lee was born 92 years ago today, on May 27, 1922 and we want to wish him a very Happy Birthday! Even at the age of 92, he shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to be involved in a number of music and movie projects.
How is Christopher Lee celebrating his birthday? Last year, he released Charlemagne: The Omens of Death and he has followed that up with a brand new heavy metal album that is available today.
The new album is titled Metal Knight and features seven new tracks. The official Charlemagne Productions website has an audio player on their site that will allow you to preview Metal Knight and the previous releases before you buy them. Unfortunately, it will not play on iOS devices due to to it being a Flash audio player, so keep that in mind if you’re visiting with an iPhone. You can also »
- Jonathan James
The recent trend in television of adapting films to series has teetered from carefully and creatively executed, such as FX’s Fargo, to lacklustre with poor ratings to show for it, such as the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby. Although this movement has its inherent challenges to overcome, such as the view that creating a series from a film is an infringement on an original fan base, it has spawned several innovative and well done series that wouldn’t have existed if not for their film predecessors. The following are some films that I believe could make interesting television shows if handled correctly. They’re divided into three categories: “world expansion” (taking an original plot and adding scenes, such as El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn), “no original characters” (such as FX’s Fargo, which instead samples the general tone), and “prequel” (such as A&E’s Bates Motel »
- Richelle Charkot
A film we first heard about toward the end of last year, Gary Meyer's The Winedancers, is now edited and ready for its finishing touches so the production team has unveiled the first official trailer. Check it out, and look for more soon.
The international cast includes Lucinda Rhodes, Kim Sønderholm, Kasia Koleczek, Miglen Mirtchev, Edmund Digby-Jones, Kyle Calderwood, Mariana Peñalva, J.C. Montes-Roldan, Antoine Martin, Andrea Catozzi, Jonathan Christopher Duncan, Marina De Salis, and Callie Roberts.
Writer/director/producer Meyer describes the film as "a mixture of horror comedy and theatre, a roller coaster of emotions. For some reason I came up with a transvestite cowboy line dancer as the main character wearing stiletto heals and tapping to the beat of 'Cotton-Eye Joe'... The inspiration: Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man, Tony Scott's The Hunger, and life here in Provence with its deep-rooted French way of life resisting »
- Debi Moore
Sir Christopher Lee turns 92 next week and, while many at his age would sit back and retire, he continues to involve himself in both movie and music projects. We’ve covered a number of Christopher Lee’s heavy metal releases over the years, including his Christmas-themed songs, and he’s set to release a brand new album next week.
Titled Metal Knight, we have details on the new album, videos from Christopher Lee talking about his musical journey, and we also have details on how you can preview the album right now.
Press Release: “Hollywood Legend Christopher Lee releases new Album titled ‘Metal Knight’
Christopher Lee, who will turn 92 on Tuesday 27th May is releasing next week a mini album appropriately called ‘Metal Knight’.
Sir Christopher is well-known for his devotion to fantasy and heavy metal themes, with several album releases and collaborations in the genre to his name. Having »
- Jonathan James
Hey everyone! Starting this week, Daily Dead is going to be bringing you a weekly DVD & Blu-ray release recap so that you guys and gals can better keep up on all the great home horror entertainment coming at you each and every week. Considering the amount of titles being announced these days, we figured this would be a handy reminder of just some of the awesome movies you can to add to your own DVD and Blu-ray collections.
Here’s a rundown on what’s coming your way this week including a ton of amazing classic titles in hi-def from Universal Studios, a handful of Godzilla sequels being released on Blu-ray, and more.
None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. »
- Heather Wixson
From a double feature screening of both versions of The Wicker Man to midnight screenings of movies that feature malicious mothers, Nitehawk Cinema’s May lineup of late-night movies hails to horror hounds.
“Nitehawk Cinema is New York’s original cinema eatery; an Independent movie house bringing a selective approach to film, food, and drinks.
Nitehawk offers audiences an unparalleled cinematic experience by combining exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside food and beverage service in all theaters. Complementing our staple menu items of gourmet concessions, local beers, and handcrafted cocktails, Nitehawk’s team creates specialty dishes and drinks inspired by our films. Our unique Signature Series programming includes Live + Sound + Cinema, Country Brunchin’, Nitehawk Naughties, Nitehawk Nasties, The Works, Music Driven, and Art Seen. The Cinema also presents thirty-minute “Pre-shows” tailored to each movie that feature local filmmakers and clips curated by our cinema department.
Our Williamsburg location is a triplex, »
- Derek Anderson
One of the most irritating things in life has to be hearing a spoiler about a movie or TV show. Even just finding out there's a twist in a film can be the worst, just ask Roy Trenneman.
Bearing that in mind, you may want to avoid the following video, which collects some of cinema's most iconic movie endings, including The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects. To be fair, if you haven't seen or at least heard about these endings by now, you've only got yourself to blame. If you're unsure whether to click play, a full list of films is also below.
Films featured: Citizen Kane, Fight Club, Primal Fear, Signs, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chinatown, The Empire Strikes Back, Psycho (1960), Carrie (1976), Scream, The Sixth Sense, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, The Crying Game, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Planet of the Apes (1968), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Mist, »
What makes films about religion so interesting is the way some manage to tread a line between support and criticism, while some are vehemently anti-religion or pro-religion. When all is said and done, it’s up to the audience to decide whether or not the film (or the faith portrayed) is a respectful or perceptive study on faith and the dogmatic principles that may or may not surround it. Not every religious film is uplifting. In fact, there are plenty of non-religious films that do a better job of building viewers’ faith. But that’s another list for another time.
30. Beyond the Hills (2012)
Directed by Cristian Mingiu
Five years after his punishing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Christian Mingiu delivered an interesting look at a lifelong friendship formed at an orphanage. Beyond the Hills tells the story of two women, based on non-fiction novels by Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Alina (Cristina Flutur) has fled to Germany, »
- Joshua Gaul
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