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Rob Leane Oct 20, 2016
If you're look for some frightful viewing this Halloween, Netflix has plenty of options...
If you're wondering what to watch this Halloween, Netflix may well be the place to look. They've been in touch with us already with some suggestions, and we must say that they've got a pretty impression collection of creepy content lined up.
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Here's what Netflix offering this Halloween, split up into categories of the streaming service's own invention...
New to Netflix - Halloween Inspired Content Breaking the Girls Felony Abducted Pleasure or Pain Violet and Daisy California Scheming Spellbinder Ghoulies The Intruders Horror Hits From The 80's & 90's Child's Play April Fool's Day Leprechaun The Return of the Living Dead The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 »
Rebecca Lea Oct 17, 2016
The film: When Isaac (John Franklin) returns with a group of other children from playing in the cornfields around the town of Gatlin, Nebraska, he leads a revolt that sees the adults slaughtered fast and mercilessly. The only two children who didn’t play in the corn that day, Job (Robby Kiger) and his sister Sarah (Anne Marie McEvoy) remain unhomicidal. Three years later, Vicky (Linda Hamilton) and boyfriend Burt (Peter Horton) are driving near Gatlin when a little boy stumbles in front of their car. He’s had his throat slit and in their quest to get help, the pair find themselves in the midst of Isaac’s not-so-merry band.
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I don’t like rituals, period. Whether straitlaced (Christian) or darkly purposed (Satanic), I just find them creepy…and off. So while I won’t stand on ceremony, I will watch, with fascination, films that trot out such pageantry. One of my favorites is a two part TV mini-series, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978). Oh, and its horror, but I’m sure you already guessed that.
Originally airing on NBC Monday, January 23rd (in the NBC Monday Night at the Movies slot) and Tuesday the 24th, 1978, Dark Secret was up against the CBS juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time/Lou Grant. But while many were watching Hawkeye, Schneider, et al crack wise, something insidious was brewing over at The Peacock.
Pull out your yellowed copy of TV Guide and let’s have a look shall we?
The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home (Monday-Tuesday, 9pm, »
- Scott Drebit
The Wicker Man, 1973
Directed by Robin Hardy
Police Sergeant Howie arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the alleged disappearance of a 12-year-old girl. However, despite Howie’s inquiries, it seems that either no one on the island knows that the girl exists, or that they claim that she has been dead for some time. As Howie continues his investigation, the devoutly Christian copper is continually appalled by the islanders practising of Pagan traditions, all of which seem to be building up to a ceremony in which a sacrifice is needed to bring renewed vitality to the islands fruit harvest.
- Graeme Robertson
From Eoin Macken, best known as Dr. Tc Callahan on the NBC medical drama The Night Shift but who is also in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter comes the dark and disturbing Leopard, out this month on VOD from Osiris Entertainment.
Paris, Texas meets The Wicker Man in a unique, powerfully-performed thriller about two disconnected brothers ostracised by the small village community surrounding them who reunite when their father dies.
Inspired by Jim Steinback’s East of Eden, Leopard fixes on two separated brothers Tom and Jack, who are cold-shouldered by th [Continued ...] »
This was a busy year at Tiff, where I was a juror for Fipresci, helping to award a prize for best premiere in the Discovery section. Not only did this mean that some other films had to take a back burner—sadly, I did not see Eduardo Williams’ The Human Surge—but my writing time was a bit compromised as well. Better late than never? That is for you, Gentle Reader, to decide.Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa, Germany)So basic in the telling—a record of several days’ worth of visitors mostly to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienberg, Germany—Austerlitz is a film that in many ways exemplifies the critical theory of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin. What is the net effect for humanity when, faced with the drive to remember the unfathomable, we employ the grossly inadequate tools at our disposal?Austerlitz takes its name from W. G. Sebald’s final novel. »
Coming off a successful first film, many talented directors fall victim to the dreaded “sophomore slump,” the second film in a director’s catalogue that builds so much hype, anticipation, and expectations that it’s nearly impossible to find any sort of success.
Hype and expectation couldn’t have been higher in 2013 when a relatively unknown director with only a few short films under his belt took the reins of the Evil Dead reboot. With Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert providing support, director Fede Alvarez crafted a stunning, gory, and terrifying film.
Now in theaters, Don’t Breathe is Mr. Alvarez’s second feature film, and I had the opportunity to talk with the filmmaker about his success, inspirations and influences, cinematic pairings, and guilty pleasures.
Congrats on all the success, Fede. Evil Dead is one of my favorite reboots to date and Don’t Breathe is fantastic. »
- Monte Yazzie
For this week’s episode of The Rants MacAbre, Darren & Mindy take a leisurely stroll through Small Town Horror! The demonic duo go through Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery before embarking into three macabre movies: Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, Fraser C. Heston’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Needful Things, and Fabrice Du Welz’s Calvaire. You can […] »
- Fangoria Staff
Summer is winding down, which means the fall TV season is gearing up (we’ll have a preview guide for you soon enough). Accordingly, Netflix has announced the latest infusions of action, comedy, and Marvel-ousness to its original content slate, while also promoting its newest cinematic and network acquisitions. The biggest news is the premiere of Luke Cage, which will burst onto the platform on September 30. You can also catch Narcos season two and Longmire season five, in addition to stand-up specials from Cedric The Entertainer and Iliza Shlesinger. On the movie end of the spectrum, viewers can look forward to answering the question of how it got burnt with The Wicker Man remake, or hold their own Shark Week with all of the Jaws movies.
Finally, we regret to inform you that you have mere days to watch Hardball, Lilo & Stitch, The Weather Man (it’s a ...
- Danette Chavez
Next month over on streaming giant Netflix offers up a giant selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar contender to…not so much — and we’ve picked seven (well, really 11) that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.
1. “Footloose” (available September 1)
If you’ve never experienced the original “Footloose” — no, not the one starring Miles Teller, though he is quite serviceable in a charming role — do yourself a favor and check out Herbert Ross’ 1984 classic. Yes, the concept of a town outlawing dancing is bizarre and outdated, but Ross and his cast (including Kevin Bacon in the kind of star-making role that’s so rare these days) really sell the concept, thanks to some serious drama and hard-earned emotion. But there is also dancing! It’s joyous and gymnastic and pure, »
- Kate Erbland
I recently had the chance to catch UK director Paul McGhie’s found footage feature debut Webcast (review here) and really enjoyed its spin on films like Rear Window and The Wicker Man. Amidst the film’s current run of private screenings and festival submissions, McGhie recently… Continue Reading →
- Ari Drew
Ryan Lambie Aug 9, 2016
There are some movies whose images and ideas are so indelible, it's difficult to imagine a world without them. Yet films are by their nature delicate things; they're the end-product of months or even years of craftsmanship, and whether they're stored on celluloid or captured digitally, they're as vulnerable to the ravages of time or acts of god as any other artform.
Cinema history is littered with stories of lost and damaged movies. Back in the 1920s, eminent director Erich von Stroheim made Greed, an expensive, nine-and-a-half hour epic that was repeatedly cut until only 140 minutes of its original footage remained. Legend has it that a janitor accidentally threw out the removed footage and, just like that, years of work were gone - seemingly forever. »
“Written as a melodrama, shot as a musical by the director, and won the science fiction award of the year.” This is the confounding summary of The Wicker Man, the British cult classic that has inspired multiple generations of horror and mystery filmmakers and took the ‘outsider-enters-a-small-town-with-strange-goings-on’ to horrifying extremes in ways that reminded us “shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.”
A Mark Kermode-hosted, behind-the-scenes documentary from 2001 has now surfaced that dives into the making of the beloved cult classic, with eerie footage of locations and a multitude of retrospective interviews from cast and crew, and pre-production photos and videos, including iconic imagery of the wicker man himself.
Titled Burnt Offering: The Cult of the Wicker Man, the special gives insight into how some of The Wicker Man’s chilling choices were made, including scraping the idea for a face on the titular, massive figure »
- Mike Mazzanti
Rob Leane Jul 15, 2016
British crowdfunded films that sound brilliant, including a Ghostbusters documentary and loads of horror...
It's not easy to get an indie film made these days. Especially not through studios and traditional financial methods. That's why, all around the globe, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter are becoming more and more popular among first-time/early career filmmakers.
We perused crowdfunding websites, and found loads of in-development British films that sound really interesting. Aiming to shed some light on these films that don't have the might of a major studio's marketing team behind them, here's our list of 25 upcoming British movies that have been crowdfunded, and could turn out to be brilliant...
Harvey Eaton has been working in the advertising sector of filmmaking for years, and even directed legendary Spanish footballer Andrés Iniesta for a Powerade commercial once.
Black Wolf - a "short film about a woman terrorised by »
Director of the eerily unsettling horror film The Wicker Man
The director Robin Hardy, who has died aged 86, made only one film of note. But as this was The Wicker Man (1973), which terrified audiences without showing so much as a drop of blood being spilt, his place in British cinema history was always going to be assured. It tells the story of a puritanical Christian policeman (Edward Woodward) who visits an island off the coast of Scotland after reports that a young girl has gone missing. He is shocked to find his investigation impeded by the community, which is steeped in rituals and paganism. The chilling purpose of their secrecy is finally revealed in one of the great twist endings of all time.
Even before that pay-off, Hardy had sustained expertly an atmosphere of unsettling eeriness, in which the root of the unease could never quite be pinpointed. Count Dracula himself, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Robin Hardy, the filmmaker who brought us The Wicker Man has died at the age of 86. Hardy only directed three movies during his career, but The Wicker Man, his debut, is one of the most regarded and impactful of the last 50 years.
The Wicker Man starred Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee and revolved around a police sergeant who is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed.
Hardy followed up The Wicker Man with The Fantasist in 1986, thirteen years after the release of his groundbreaking masterpiece, and then made The Wicker Tree in 2011. He intended to follow-up that movie with a third film in the ‘Wicker’ series as a tribute to the late, great Christopher Lee.
Rest in piece Robin, and thank you for the movies. »
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Jul 3, 2016
Film director Robin Hardy has died at the age of 86, it's been confirmed. Hardy may have only made three feature films across his career (he was a novelist too), but heck, one of them was really something incredibly special.
For Hardy made his directorial debut with 1973's The Wicker Man, the hugely influential horror that's regarded by many as one of the best in the genre of all time (Sir Christopher Lee called it his favourite of all the films he made). Hardy would, in 2011, direct The Wicker Tree, and had plans to make a third movie in the series, as a tribute to Sir Christopher Lee.
Hardy also helmed The Fantasist in 1986, that he also wrote.
“Come. It is time to keep your appointment with the Wicker Man”.
Christopher Lee claimed The Wicker Man (1973) was the greatest film he was ever part of. For good reasons, as this is one of the most unusual and original cinematic masterpieces ever brought to screen and an absolute must-see for everybody interested in movies. The unique greatness of The Wicker Man combines elements from a variety of genres; Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy, Drama, and even Musical, but it cannot really be limited to one particular genre. Scottish police sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) is called by an anonymous letter to investigate the disappearance of a young girl on the remote Scottish island Summerisle. Upon his arrival, nobody seems to have ever heard of the girl. The deeply religious Sergeant Howie, however, is shocked to find out that the residents of the island, above all the sophisticated but mysterious Lord Summerisle »
- Tom Stockman
Robin Hardy, English author and film director best known for helming the classic 1973 suspense horror film The Wicker Man died on July 1, friends confirmed. He was 86. The BBC first reported the news. A native of Surrey, Hardy’s career as a director was kicked off in Canada and the United States in the 1960s with episodes of the cultural omnibus television show Esso World Theater. From there, he staked out a career making commercials and educational films. Hardy made his… »
British filmmaker passes away at 86. The BBC reported today that British filmmaker Robin Hardy has passed away at the age of 86. Hardy, of course, helmed one of the greatest films – not just horror films, films period – of all time, 1973’s unforgettable folk-terror morality tale The Wicker Man, a picture that has…
- Chris Alexander
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