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For those of us old enough to remember, it’s very hard to believe that Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws will be turning 40 next year. The film that has kept people out of the ocean the world over for decades has also helped raise interest and awareness for the often misunderstood creatures. Either way you bite it, though, sharks are frightening. Unless, that is, you’re in a boat with a trained and skilled professional shark hunter, a marine biologist and a police chief… okay, even in that scenario, sharks are still frighting.
Something that’s not so frightening are LEGOs. LEGOs are pretty darn awesome. And as most kids (and adults) know, building and playing with LEGOs can provide hours and hours of family fun. I’ve been collecting and building LEGOs my whole life. Like most kids, my brother and I had a huge bag full of LEGOs, and »
- Dominic F
The first round of HitFix's inaugural World Series of Monsters is over and your picks have taken the field. Beginning today you can vote for the Most Valuable Monster of this amazing team, but let's look at the results first shall we? Vampires (3rd Base) Dracula (Gary Oldman from "Bram Stoker's Dracula") took it with 22.24% of the vote. He beat David from "The Lost Boys" who had 20%. Swoony Vampires (Designated Hitter) In something of a shocker, Selene from the "Underworld" franchise blew away the competition with 30.67%. Very disappointing showing by the "Twilight" and "Vampire Diaries" fan bases. Demons (Catcher) Pennywise easily won this with 24.2% of the vote. Slightly unexpected. Serial Slashers (Shortstop) The legend, Freddy Krueger, took the starting spot with 28.26%. His closest competition? Michael Myers with 17%. And the once proud Jason Voorhees? Finished with just 12.8% which put him behind "Saw's" Jigsaw. Ouch. Killer Animals and Insects (Bullpen) A close »
- Gregory Ellwood
As English-language versions of Godzilla went, Roland Emmerich's 1998 version didn't exactly set a high watermark. A movie that felt as though it was cobbled together in the wake of Jurassic Park's success, it fell far from the thought-provoking and poignant original, directed by Ishiro Honda in 1954, or even the increasingly goofy yet adorable sequels which followed.
Happily, Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla, released in time for the kaiju king's 60th birthday, is a far more fitting tribute to Japan's most famous giant monster. Viewing the movie again on its home release, it's interesting to note just how different it is from Guillermo del Toro's own kaiju movie Pacific Rim, which came out last year. Where Pacific Rim was a knowingly broad, camp sci-fi action film, with del Toro clearly revelling in childlike »
These so-bad-they're-great horror movies are perfect for gorehounds and comedy fans.
Halloween is arguably the greatest of all holidays. First off, as an adult, Halloween is the perfect excuse to marathon-watch the scariest, goriest, most pants-soiling horror movies available. Secondly, adults can buy their own candy, and none of it will be an eraser, gum or three dirty pennies.
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But what if you don't like being scared, and would rather watch a violent, gory scream-fest that makes you laugh? Well, you might be a crazy serial killer, in which case, we can't help you. But if that's not the case, check out our list of 13 awful horror movies that are so wonderfully terrible you can't help but love them.
13. Jason X
The legendary Friday The 13th franchise follows -- for the most part -- an unstoppable killer named Jason who uses a machete to murder sexy teens while wearing »
A few years ago, hot off the back of Bronson and Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Winding Refn was in Hollywood developing a film with Harrison Ford. Disagreements over the ending meant neither Ford nor Winding Refn remained attached the film. The upside was that Ford gave the Dane some very strong pills for the flu he was suffering from. While under the influence of these tablets, he had a meeting with the star of The Notebook and Lars and the Real Girl, and because he was not firing on all cylinders, he ended the meeting early and asked the actor to drive him home. Flicking through radio stations on the drive back to his hotel, Winding Refn said that this is what he wanted to make a film about; a guy driving round La listening to electropop. »
- Oliver Davis
In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron »
- Greg Cwik
Director Steven Spielberg struck ratings gold with his 1971 Movie of the Week, Duel, and the film is still regarded today as one of the best TV movies ever made. It certainly jump-started his career which until that point consisted of him being a journeyman director for TV shows like Columbo and Night Gallery. Most people would be forgiven for thinking he moved straight from Duel to Jaws while others know that his big screen debut, The Sugarland Express, predates the shark movie by a year. But relatively few seem to realize he made a second TV movie in the early ’70s — about an innocent family and a house with demonic intentions — because for some reason it’s never before been released on any home video format. Paul and Marjorie Worden (Darren McGavin and Sandy Dennis) move out of New York City with their two kids in tow and buy a home in the countryside. She »
- Rob Hunter
There were 17 outstanding candidates vying to be Alan Sugars business partner. But how did they cope with producing their own home fragrance? Julia Raeside watched through her fingers
Heavens to Betsy, its advert week next week! Are we there already? My cup runneth over. Im heading downstairs to the comments now but thanks for coming and Ill see you here next Wednesday just afore 9pm.
I think the editing was a bit crass this week because usually I cant guess. You heard me, editors. Wither subtlety, huh?
And no, Alan, calling Nurun a lovely lady doesnt make this any better. You can tell when hes all of a tizz about firing someone he thinks he oughtnt. But gone, she is. »
- Julia Raeside
In recognition of the most influential filmmaker of our time, Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures International Entertainment are giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a collection of eight of his unforgettable films on Blu-ray™!
For the first time ever a collection of eight memorable films from three-time Academy Award® winner, Steven Spielberg, has been put together in the form of the Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection which is Out Now. Don’t miss your chance to win this amazing collection.
Steven Spielberg’s distinguished career on the Universal backlot dates back more than 40 years. During this time Spielberg has directed an unprecedented number of critically-acclaimed films and box office hits, resulting in his status as one of most acclaimed directors in cinematic history.
- Phil Wheat
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Horror films live and die by their scores because the music is what helps drive the story and makes us feel anxious. While the images get stuck in the front of our brains, hearing tracks like John Williams‘ theme for Jaws immediately takes us back to the fearful place the film conjured up when we first watched it. In the spirit of the season, I looked back over the horror scores released this year to see which delivered the most frightening music and soundscapes, and discovered a recurring, synth-y theme. First, a little history. Horror scores have evolved over the years, but the first true horror film score was Franz Waxman’s score for Bride of Frankenstein in 1935. In the beginning, these scores were full of rich, almost romantic orchestration that was more about the thrill than creating a sense of foreboding leading up to a jump scare. In the 1950s, James Bernard »
- Allison Loring
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more. Briefly: X-Men: Days of Future Past Amazon Exclusive [Blu-ray + Exclusive] - $69.99 (46% off) X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD] - $22.99 (54% off) X-Men: Days of Future Past [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (55% off) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (46% off) Steven Spielberg Director's Collection (Jaws / E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial / Jurassic Park / The Lost World: Jurassic Park / Duel / The Sugarland Express / 1941 / Always) [Blu-ray] - $91.99 (54% off) Zoolander [Blu-ray] - $8.69 (42% off) Fargo Season One [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off) Penny Dreadful: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (43% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Steven Spielberg: Director.s Collection Blu-ray Steven Spielberg has directed thirty movies and has his hands in the pots of plenty of others as an executive producer or even writer. He.s made movies with numerous actors and multiple studios. Putting together a comprehensive Blu-ray compendium of his work would likely be impossible contractually, but also prohibitively expensive. So, Universal Studios Home Entertainment didn.t even try. Instead the studio put together a richly packaged Blu-ray set featuring 8 great flicks from the prolific director, calling it the Steven Spielberg: Director.s Collection. Universal pulled together eight movies from across Spielberg.s career to make up the Director.s Collection set. Seventies endeavors like Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws and 1941 are included, as is milestone movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Rounding out the set are Always, the always-classic Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World. The set itself pays »
X-Men: Days of Future Past It's interesting to me in that I consider X-Men: Days of Future Past one of the best movies of 2014 and the second best blockbuster of the summer behind Edge of Tomorrow and yet I have little to no interest in seeing it again. I've seen plenty of trailers as of late promoting today's release of the DVD and Blu-ray and each time I remember enjoying the movie, but a feeling of meh when it comes to watching it again comes over me. Nevertheless, I can still I say I felt it was a good movie... that one time I saw it.
Fargo Season One Here's a show I need to get back to and finish. Everyone I've talked to and seen comment online has enjoyed it and having already watched three of the ten episodes it only makes sense I finish it.
Venus in Fur »
- Brad Brevet
As we move closer to October 31st, horror fans have several amazing collections and special edition releases to look forward to this week, including the highly anticipated “Black Maria” collection from Dark Sky and Mpi in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Universal is also releasing a really cool box set that features a handful of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, Kino Lorber is resurrecting the cult classic Jennifer in high-def this week, and the indie horror comedy Witching & Bitching makes its way home on DVD as well, all in time for Halloween.
40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same. »
- Heather Wixson
Director: Steven Spielberg
In my lifetime, there hasn’t been a more influential and exciting film director than Steven Spielberg. He’s a man who’s managed to pluck at every heartstring, surprise with every creation, excites with continual fresh ideas and given some of the finest and most unforgettable cinema in modern movie history. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, available on Blu-ray today from Universal Pictures International Entertainment, is the first time they’ve collected eight of his best.
It begins with his first feature-length television movie Duel from 1971. The film is written by the legendary Richard Matheson and has a very basic premise but is still an effecting thriller to this day. Starring Dennis Weaver as an everyday travelling salesman, he’s heading back home on a long drive and unintentionally »
- Dan Bullock
With this weekend's release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010's The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher's work. The duo's deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher's trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found »
- Joshua Rivera
Just a few days after we learned the failure of Tusk somehow resulted in writer/director Kevin Smith getting full financing for his sequel Clerks III, the filmmaker has an idea for revamping another, much more iconic film franchise. In case you don't know, in addition to be one of the most die hard fans of Star Wars, Smith is also a huge fan of Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws. Right now he's working on an homage of sorts with a horror film called Moose Jaws, described as being similar to the shark tale but with a moose, and while speaking to Wall Street Journal about the film talks turned to revamping the Jaws franchise. When asked about a reboot, remake or sequel to Jaws, Smith was totally on board (via SlashFilm): "That’s my dream, dude. Honestly, I’ll watch a “Jaws” movie a year because I love »
- Ethan Anderton
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