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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
Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.
I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that, »
- Jerry Smith
Synapse Films has a new release heading our way in May that fans of classic 70's horror are sure to want to take note of. Hammer's dark and underrated Countess Dracula, starring the voluptuous Ingrid Pitt, will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on May 6th.
While in her youthful state, the Countess falls for the handsome Lt. Imre Toth (Elès) and impersonates her own daughter (Down) to win his affections. Soon girls in the village go missing… kidnapped and murdered by the Countess and her steward, Julie (Collier), to satiate her horrifying bloodlust. »
- Debi Moore
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature has first details on multiple projects including Night of the Living Deb, The Broadcast, Dial 9 to Get Out, and House of Forbidden Secrets, a monster themed giveaway from The Hub’s Spooksville, artwork from The Walking Dead Tribute, trailers for Infliction and Damned Love, and much more:
Night of the Living Deb Casting News: “Night of the Living Deb is an indie movie in development from producer Kyle Rankin (Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation). Attached actors include David Krumholtz (“Numb3rs,” This is the End, Ray), Michael Cassidy (Argo, “Men at Work,” “The Oc”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Mad Men”).
It’s a female-driven action-horror rom-com set in the world of a zombie apocalypse on Christmas.
The crowdfunding campaign is gaining popularity for its unusual approach: rather than the »
- Tamika Jones
There’s few things a movie can do worse than be boring. If something is an abomination to the cinematic art at least that warrants a good rant later on. A boring film subdues you by draining you of all ability to be angry.
This differentiation is where the whole notion of “so bad it’s good” films comes from. Of course no film really goes so deep into the bowels of hell and comes out the other end a masterpiece; no matter how hard cine-hipsters may try to be different and claim otherwise, Batman And Robin is objectively awful. But it is possible to derive some enjoyment from films like The Wicker Man or The Room thanks to their complete disregard for quality. They engage you, just as a great film would, only in a different, mildly irritating, way.
And that’s why boring films are worse; they »
- Alex Leadbeater
Fans of horror and extreme music should be familiar with London artist Dan Mumford, whose distinctive artwork has been used in everything from revival movie posters to t-shirts for bands like death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder. I recently chatted with Dan regarding his influences, his art, and his work on the recent rerelease of The Wicker Man.
Your work runs a very broad spectrum when it comes to subject matter, from horror/gore to post-apocalyptic to more portrait-based pieces like “Sisters.” Does any one subject resonate more with you as an artist?
I think it depends on the place I’m in at that time. Post-apocalyptic landscapes and ideas do always excite me with the possibilities of where I can take it, but at the same time its really nice to do something a little more serene and portrait like. I don’t have quite as much interest in »
- Carl Lyon
The company is keen to adapt feature films such as the 1973 horror movie for the small screen, after being acquired by Studio Canal last year.
"This is one part of a fairly substantial expansion ambition that we have while keeping our domestic projects going."
The movie gained a cult following after its release in the '70s and spawned a 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage. »
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
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