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Horror On Sea 2018 Interview: Richard Mansfield talks ‘Blood on Satan’s Paw’

Blood on Satan’s Paw is new surreal folk horror from writer and director Richard Mansfield, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday 21st January. I got chance to ask Richard about his inspirations for the film, the sudden increased interest in Folk Horror and the bespoke score from Cunning Folk.

What can we expect from the film Blood on Satan’s Paw?

You can expect a surreal trip to the woods, bad bunnies, creepy puppets, acid-laced lollipops and a demonic bear.

What was your inspiration for writing Blood on Satan’s Paw?

I was very much inspired by the Folk Horror classics like The Wicker Man, Witchfinder General and Blood on Satan’s Claw as well as all the original Hammer films from a youth spent watching inappropriate horrors I’d recorded off late night TV.

There seems to be an increased interest in Folk Horror.
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Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel

Kenneth Branagh to Return in Murder on the Orient Express Sequel
20th Century Fox is moving forward with a sequel to the Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express, entitled Death On the Nile. The studio is bringing back Murder on the Orient Express writer Michael Green to pen the script. While there is no deal in place as of yet for filmmaker/star Kenneth Branagh, he is expected to return to the director's chair, while also coming back to star as detective Hercule Poirot. Whether Poirot's epic mustache also returns remains to be seen, but that seems likely as well.

Death on the Nile was first published in 1937, three years after Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was published. The story finds Hercule Poirot on vacation in Cairo, Egypt, where he becomes entangled in a deadly love triangle. While Poirot is the only character from Murder on the Orient Express to cross over, the story features the same
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13 horror films for people who hate horror films

Chris Thomson Oct 29, 2017

Have a collection of horror films that are great, but might still let you sort-of-sleep at night...

It’s fair to say that not everyone gets along with horror films. For every horror aficionado who revels in being scared witless or seeing a hapless victim have their insides rehomed, there are plenty who would rather chew gravel than spend two hours in the company of their worst fears and nightmares.

Somewhere in between is a bizarre middle ground (which is where I sit) of those intrigued by the thought of horror films, but in practice spend half the film ingesting their own fingernails or testing the structural integrity of the arm rests.

If you’re not a huge fan of horror but still fancy dipping your toe in the water, here are 13 horror films perfect for those who don’t like horror films...

Get Out

Make no mistake,
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10 Horror Movie Reboots Gone Horribly Wrong

10 Horror Movie Reboots Gone Horribly Wrong
Oh, horror movies. Market research showed that more people knew the phrase Texas Chainsaw Massacre than the number of people who had seen it or even knew what it was about. So you know what that means! Reboot time! Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with rebooting a popular film and/or franchise. But there's also no rule that says they have to be bad. Nevertheless, crappy remakes keep plaguing horror fans. We're looking at 10 horror movie reboots that went horribly wrong.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is easily one of the scariest movies of all time, no question. Loosely based on true events, put together in the early '70s on a shoestring budget, this thing played like some sorta snuff film. It's chilling. It's such a great horror film that once the sequels stopped coming, Hollywood tried to reboot it not once, but twice.
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Joan Fontaine Centennial: The Witches (1966)

by Jason Adams

Tell me if you've heard this plot before: a closed-minded outsider with a sordid spiritual history comes to a rural UK village where they slowly unravel a plot involving each and every member of the town being in on the ritual sacrifice of a virginal young woman, with a twist. You're thinking The Wicker Man, right? Well seven years before Christopher Lee did his exuberant little dance beside that infamous flaming totem Joan Fontaine got there first in 1966's The Witches, an actual Hammer production (I always think The Wicker Man is from Hammer, but it ain't) that really doesn't get the love it earns...
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Lff 2017: ‘The Endless’ Review: Dirs. Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson (2017)

The Endless review: Two brothers return to the cult that they left years before and find that things are even stranger than they remember.

The Endless review by Kat Hughes

The Endless Review

Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are two brothers struggling to fit in with the world. The reason for this is that they spent their formative years in a strange cult out in the desert-like wilderness. Justin broke the pair out whilst a young teenager, and though he has never looked back, his younger brother Aaron has become obsessed with their past. Desperate for his brother to connect with the world around them Justin reluctantly offers to take them both back for a short trip. Hoping for closure, the pair set-off, but once they arrive at the commune Justin realises that nothing has changed, especially the people. Can he get them out safely a second time?
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Grimmfest 2017: Rabbit Review: Dir. Luke Shanahan (2017)

Rabbit Review: A women searches for her missing twin in this Kubrick-esque Australian horror.

Rabbit review by Steve Palace, October 2017.

Rabbit Review

While you feel you may have seen your share of horror movies influenced by Davids Lynch and Cronenberg, the films of Tobe Hooper and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, it will reassure you to know that eye-opening results can still be obtained if you find a way to handle those influences in an original fashion. That’s what writer/director Luke Shanahan has done with Rabbit, a bold and well-sustained tale that promises much for the debut helmer down the line.

Maude (Adelaide Clemens) is an Australian living in Germany, who is hoping to escape the tragedy of missing twin sister Cleo. However when her dreams seem to show Cleo’s bizarre and brutal fate, she feels compelled to return to Oz, where friend Ralph (Alex Russell
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‘Jeepers Creepers’, Where’d You Get That Bad Third Movie?

*before going into the review, let’s get the obvious out of the way: we at Age of the Nerd would like to take a moment to say we are fully aware of Victor Salva’s criminal history and the moral dilemma that is presented when discussing or financially supporting his movies.

The horror landscape has changed rather drastically in the sixteen years since controversy magnet Victor Salva first introduced slasher-starved audiences to “the Creeper” (Jonathan Breck) and his taste for body parts in the ‘Jeepers Creepers‘ franchise. Since then, there’s been the rise of the torture porn sub-genre and filmmakers like Eli Roth and Rob Zombie, the supernatural found footage genre, an obnoxious onslaught of inferior remakes (fingers shall be pointed specifically at The Wicker Man, When a Stranger Calls and Black Christmas) and a needed return to form thanks to filmmakers like James Wan, David Sandberg and Jennifer Kent.
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[Podcasts] Test Pattern – Episode 45: The Displaced Man – The Wicker Man (1973) & Don’t Look Now

[Podcasts] Test Pattern – Episode 45:  The Displaced Man – The Wicker Man (1973) &   Don’t Look Now
Jacob and Tab take trips to Scotland and Venice and discover that there is a level of horror in being an outsider in a strange land. Sergio’s Patreon Pick launched them into a double feature of British films from 1973 – The Wicker Man and Don’t Look Now! Subscribe and Listen to Past Episodes: iTunes […]
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The Ritual review

Heading into cinemas today is The Ritual - but is it any good? Glad you asked...

Four old friends convene for a hiking trip in Scandanavia, attempting to pay tribute to the fifth member of the group, while the trauma of his violent death wisps into their lunges and clouds their relationships like heavy smoke. When one of the gang injures his knee they decide head home early and take a shortcut through the woods, which - and if you’ve seen a horror film before you might be able guess this - turns out to be a bad idea. The woods are creepy and it becomes increasingly difficult to rationalise the strange things they’re seeing and experiencing. Particularly when it becomes apparent they’re being watched by someone, or something.

Adapting the novel of the same name by author Adam Nevill, screenwriter Joe Barton (not the hyper-aggro footballer,
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Interview: Writer/Director Luke Shanahan Talks ’70s Horror and Defying Expectations for Rabbit

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Enjoying its Us premiere later tonight at the 2017 Fantastic Fest is Luke Shanahan’s haunting sci-fi-infused psychological thriller, Rabbit, which features a beautiful performance from the film’s star, Adelaide Clemens, as a twin sister named Maude whose sibling has been abducted, and a series of startling visions sets her on the path to discovering what happened to her identical twin, Cleo.

Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Shanahan in advance of the film’s premiere, and he discussed being able to represent Australia in the States with his latest project, collaborating with Clemens, paying tribute to his favorite era of genre filmmaking, and much more.

Look for our review of Rabbit in the coming week, as well as more coverage from all the great films being celebrated at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin. To catch up on our Fantastic Fest 2017 coverage, visit here.

Glad you made it safely to Austin,
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Mother!, The Wicker Man, and All the Other Movies With "F" CinemaScores

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Darren Aronofsky's mother!, with its lowercase title and exclamation point, was always going to push the envelope. The disturbingly vague trailer alone was hint enough that the Jennifer Lawrence-led film was not Hollywood's average horror entry. As a result, many of the scary movie fans who flocked to theaters left disappointed, confused, or a mixture of both. The backlash to the film has been so strong that Paramount actually released a statement defending Aronofsky's "audacious and brave" work. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to keep mother! from pulling in a shockingly bad "F" rating on poll-based website CinemaScore (the worst score that can be given by audiences). Mother! certainly isn't the first movie to land on CinemaScore's "F" list, but until now, the complete list had yet to be published. Vulture set out to discover the full list of titles by speaking to CinemaScore research analyst Harold Mintz. He
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Embrace the ‘F’: Why CinemaScores Don’t Matter If You Want More Great Movies

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Embrace the ‘F’: Why CinemaScores Don’t Matter If You Want More Great Movies
Hollywood is bonkers for metrics — there’s Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic rankings, and the classic CinemaScore, which provides a handy letter grade at the end of opening weekend for each big-screen release. It’s as easily digested as an elementary school report card, but CinemaScores don’t measure quality. They measure “movie appeal,” which boils down to one major question: Does the movie I saw reflect the movie advertised?

Movies that tend to do well on the CinemaScore curve — recent “A” movies include “Girls Trip,” “Leap!,” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — are typically more mainstream: straightforward marketing for straightforward movies. There’s nothing wrong with marketing films to their audience. However, the system also dings films for going in unusual directions with their marketing, which is further proof that metrics may or may not correlate with quality.

Read More:Paramount Defends ‘mother!’ Against Bad Box Office and ‘F’ CinemaScore: ‘This Movie is Brave’

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What the F? How Mother! joined the 'bad movie' club

Filmgoers have handed the film the lowest possible rating, putting it among a select group of F-rated movies that includes the Nic Cage remake of The Wicker Man. Can the Jennifer Lawrence horror really be ‘the worst film of the century’?

At the very beginning of last week’s Toronto film festival, all I wanted to talk about with anyone was the movie I had just seen: Darren Aronofsky’s crazily brilliant and audacious horror-thriller Mother!, all about the couple, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, to whom bad stuff happens at an exponential rate.

My friend Col Needham, founder and chief executive of the Internet Movie Database, smiled and told me: “Do you know, I think it’s a Schrödinger’s movie. Inside the box, there’s a film that is very good and very bad at the same time.” Perhaps in that spirit, the Toronto Globe and
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Public information films from the 70s and 80s

Paul Childs Aug 18, 2017

We take another look back at the public information films put out by the Central Office Of Information...

I’m sat writing this on the balcony of my apartment overlooking the majestic Salford Quays. It’s a lovely afternoon and the sun is beating down as families, all dressed in their finest summer attire, chomp on ice-cream while enjoying a relaxing canal side stroll.

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Down on the other side of the canal basin is a group of boys, maybe thirteen or fourteen years old (plus a few much younger ones), dressed in nothing but swimming trunks. They’re goading each other on to leap from the bridge into the dark waters below. One by one they take the plunge, all the while laughing and whooping.
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Frightfest 2017 Interview: Director Adam Graveley talks ’3rd Night’

In his latest FrightFest 2017 interview, host Stuart Wright talks to director Adam Graveley about his film 3rd Night, which has its world premiere at the festival on Saturday 26th August.

A young couple decides to move to an Australian orchard surrounded by natural bushland to escape the madness of modern life. But they soon get the feeling their property is being watched by someone with sinister intentions. Then they find out their house has a past history and that after terrorizing his victims for a couple of days the unknown Watcher always kills his victims on the 3rd night. Tick, tock, time is running out… Informed by the classic horrors Last House On The Left, Rosemary’S Baby and The Wicker Man, this outback shocker is based on true events.

The Horror Channel Frightfest takes place August 24th – 28th 2017 at both the Empire Cinema and Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square.
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Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies

Actors Almost Cast in Star Wars Movies
When it comes to the Star Wars movies, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic roles of heroes like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Even the Star Wars prequels most aggressive critics will admit that Ewan McGregor shined as Obi-Wan Kenobi, the character fans of the galaxy far, far away first encountered as embodied by the late Sir Alec Guinness. But as with any film, the casting process is, well, a process. And there have been plenty of legendary actors who almost made their way into this galaxy from a long time ago and very far, far away.

Most fans know that Kurt Russell was among the actors considered for the role of everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder, Han Solo. He even screen tested with aspiring Luke Skywalker William Katt, who would later star as television's Greatest American Hero. Karen Allen auditioned for Princess Leia, a
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Crypt of Curiosities: Boundary-Pushing British Psychological Thrillers of the 1960s

When it comes to discussing ’60s British horror, most conversations usually begin and end with Hammer’s gothics and their sleazy derivatives. Mind you, it’s not hard to see why—the studio practically revived the genre in the UK during the late ’50s, and competitors would have to be fools to not want to ride their coattails, creating their own bloody (and occasionally brilliant) gothics chock-full of sex and violence. But the ’60s also saw the rise of a different, darker sub-genre—the modern psychological thriller, birthed from Alfred Hitchcock’s visual vocabulary and directors focused less on the supernatural and more on the depths of human cruelty and depravity. These thrillers are violent, sexual, and no stranger to controversy, and on today’s entry of the Crypt of Curiosities, we’ll be looking at three of the best and most noteworthy films.

The first big British thriller of
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The League Of Gentlemen: celebrating a work of comedy genius

Catherine Pearson Jun 14, 2017

With an anniversary reunion in the pipeline, we celebrate macabre, inventive, brilliant comedy series The League Of Gentlemen...

“Would you describe yourself as an egregious person?” I asked Reece Shearsmith at a recent Q&A. I was nervous. Everyone else had asked questions about his writing, complimented his performances and asked about the upcoming series of Inside No 9. I just wanted to see how he’d respond. “Piss off,” he said. Actually, I shouldn’t put that in quotation marks because that’s not really what he said. What he really said was much more blue but very jovial and the audience all laughed. Phew. I was initially apprehensive that no one would get the reference but I needn’t have been. It turns out The League Of Gentlemen has a timelessness to it and a special place in the hearts of comedy fans that no other show,
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Joe versus the Volcano

“May you live to be a thousand years old, sir.” Still the most widely unheralded great movie on the books, John Patrick Shanley’s lightweight/profound fable is an unmitigated delight. See Tom Hanks at the end of the first phase of his career plus Meg Ryan in an unacknowledged career highlight. How can a movie be so purposely insubstantial, and yet be ‘heavier’ than a dozen pictures with ‘big things to say?’

Joe Versus the Volcano


Warner Archive Collection

1990 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 20, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda,

Dan Hedaya, Barry McGovern, Amanda Plummer, Ossie Davis

Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt

Production Designer Bo Welch

Film Editors Richard Halsey, Kenneth Wannberg

Original Music Georges Delerue

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and Teri Schwartz

Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley

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