15 items from 2013
So, color me surprised when, prowling Instagram, I came across the this image from pal "BossJacko": A billboard featuring Black, hugging a gravestone as part of the "I wouldn't be caught dead in fur" campaign." The ad is hanging prominently over some Los Angeles street and to see it up now is awfully...macabre.
Granted, Black posed for the campaign in a graveyard sometime in 2006. To see it exhumed now is odd. Perhaps those at PETA were doing it in reverence, but I know I'm not the only one scratching my head about this.
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It’s time once again for us to keep our appointment with The Wicker Man but this time as we’ve not seen him before. After long-thought to be lost footage was found and director Robin Hardy got back in the Wicker-way after the admittedly terrible sequel The Wicker Tree, we have here what is promised to be the ideal version of the film though interestingly, it’s not the most ” complete” version. Running longer than the truncated initial theatrical cut but shorter than the more recent Director’s Cut, this is instead an assemlage supervised by Hardy himself which is most true to what he believes is his intended version of the film.
Instead of being a Never Before Seen, Holy Crap Look At That Bit, »
- Ian Loring
The haunted house subgenre has been a horror mainstay for years, and it's alive and well to this day. The Conjuring cleaned up at the box office, proving that audiences are still just as interested in disturbing domiciles as ever. In haunted house films, the location is just as important, if not more so, than the human inhabitants, and as a general rule, the less inviting the house appears on screen, the greater the potential for malady... although as you'll see, that's not always the case. While we wholeheartedly enjoy a good horror film, we would be more than a little reluctant to settle down (or even spend one night) in any of the homes featured in our favorite haunted house flicks. Below, behold eight houses we would most certainly not want to live in... The Freeling's House in Poltergeist As a general rule, building a home atop an occupied »
- Tyler Doupe
Fan Week with Steve Senski! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with avid Tfh enthusiast Senski, whose Kickstarter donation last year entitled him to a host a week of trailer commentaries, introducing horror film "Burnt Offerings," starring Oliver Reed and Karen Black.TV horror king Dan Curtis moved to the big screen with this Amityville-like adaptation of Robert Morasco’s 1973 haunted house novel. Reed and Black (now there’s a couple you don’t want to be trapped in an elevator with) move their family into a foreboding mansion that sucks the life out of its tenants. The presence of Burgess Meredith should have tipped them off… »
- Trailers From Hell
Actor with a talent for conveying her characters' rich and troubled inner lives
The New Hollywood movement was primarily a male, auteur-led phenomenon. But the contribution of performers as adventurous and vital as Karen Black, who has died aged 74 from complications from cancer, should not be overlooked. Black was electrified as well as electrifying: her tornado of hair, her fearless physicality and those indelible feline eyes combined to create a woozy and unapologetic sexual energy. She looked offbeat, and she knew how to use that. "I couldn't have been an actress in the 1930s," she said, reflecting on her role as a movie extra in The Day of the Locust (1975). "My face moves around too much."
It was in the late 1960s and 70s that she became one of the great character actors of Us cinema in a series of performances in key New Hollywood works. Partly it was that »
- Ryan Gilbey
New York — Among films that featured actress Karen Black:
"You're a Big Boy Now," 1959.
"Hard Contract," 1966.
"Easy Rider," 1969.
"Five Easy Pieces," 1970.
"Drive, He Said," 1971.
"Little Laura and Big John," 1972.
"Portnoy's Complaint," 1972.
"The Great Gatsby," 1974.
"Airport 1975," 1974.
"The Day of the Locust," 1975.
"Burnt Offerings," 1976.
"Caged Fear," 1992.
"Fallen Arches," 1997.
"Sugar: The Fall of the West," 1998.
"House of 1000 Corpses," 2003.
"She Loves Me Not," (completed) 2013.
"The Being Experience," (in post-production) 2013. »
Born in 1939 in Illinois, she studied acting at Northwestern University until she dropped out and moved to New York. Summer stock and theater were Black's staples, eventually debuting on Broadway in 1961. Her first major film role was in Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now. Black is best known to "mainstream" audiences for her roles in films like Five Easy Pieces (a role for which she was nominated for an Oscar), Easy Rider, and Nashville, which represented a time when independent films were emerging as a viable, respectable segment of the film world.
Black's career took a "turn" in 1975 when she took the lead in Trilogy of Terror, a made-for-tv anthology film. (The "turn" reference comes from Hollywood Reporter, which to me comes off dismissive, as if she wasted her career. »
- Alyse Wax
Versatile actress and late '60s/'70s icon Karen Black, known for her memorable roles in cult horror films and such cinematic classics as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Nashville and The Great Gatsby, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 74.
Pics: Two Looks, One Star
Black's husband, Stephen Eckelberry, announced his wife's death Thursday on Facebook, writing, "It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago. Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me."
Born Karen Blanche Ziegler, the Chicago native was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for 1970's Five Easy Pieces, starring opposite Jack Nicholson, and was nominated for a Grammy for her work in Robert Altman's ensemble picture Nashville, for which she performed the songs Memphis and Rolling Stone. Black's »
The Five Easy Pieces Oscar nominee also known for such films Nashville and Alfred Hitchcock’s final pic Family Plot has died at 74. Karen Black recently had turned to crowdfunding to help with her long battle against cancer. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, confirmed Black’s death in a Facebook post: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago,” he wrote. “Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me.” Black began her acting career in Off-Broadway shows before starring in three short-lived Main Stem productions from 1965-67. She also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1966 romantic dramedy You’re a Big Boy Now. Several late-’60s TV guest roles on such shows as The Big Valley and Adam-12 led to »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
News has come in this afternoon - via Facebook - that actress Karen Black has died at the age of 74. Her husband confirmed her passing; the actress was battling cancer.
Black has appeared in film classices such as Five Easy Pieces and Easy Rider, but he had a major presence on the sci-fi/horror scene as well, starring in Trilogy of Terror, Burnt Offerings, Invaders from Mars, House of 1000 Corpses and many other titles. She will truly be missed.
Check out a terrific tribute to Black's work inside.
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"The phenomena are there, really there! That’s why I say, either you know or you don’t know spirit phenomena exist. If you don’t know, go investigate the findings yourself, but don’t tell me you don’t believe in spirits." — Ed Warren
Greetings from the apocalypse! Well "Pacific Rim" came and is on its way to "went," but I loved it just the same. Of this week's many new releases only one truly stands out, and it’s the lowest-budget one of the bunch. Prepare to pee yourself as Patrick Wilson uses the power of Christ to compel you towards "The Conjuring."
Friday, July 19
Pow! In Theaters
This week's muchas recomendado Survivor of Thunderdome is "The Conjuring," and for a damn good reason. Director James Wan follows up his success with "Insidious" with an even more old-fashioned ghost yarn based on true events that rocked a Rhode Island family. »
- Max Evry
Burnt Offerings: Miike’s Latest Can’t Quite Reach Satisfying Blaze
That audacious auteur of excess, Takashi Miike, unveils his latest offering, Shield of Straw to be a surprisingly straight laced police narrative that’s notably unfettered by psychosexual shock value or absurdly grotesque violence. Sporting a generously enjoyable first half hour or so, Miike’s excessiveness instead configures itself in pace deadening repetition, where the film’s central theme is explored, regurgitated and discussed over and over again in every monologue, diatribe, shootout and/or explosion. Which is a pity considering the interest Miike manages to instill in the wan but promising B grade dramatic conflict from a concept we’ve seen before in several variations.
Quickly we learn that the ragged corpse of a young girl seen in the opening sequence belongs to the granddaughter of a vengeful billionaire Ninagawa (Tsutomu Yamazaki), who has used his vast »
- Nicholas Bell
Review by Sam Moffitt
After seeing the wonderful new movie Hitchcock in a theater and now seeing it again on Blu-Ray I thought it might be nice to revisit one of the Master of Suspense’s own films, preferably one I had not seen in some time. Family Plot was Sir Alfred’s last film and a pretty good finale to an amazing career that started in the silent era, an apprentice ship at Ufa Studio’s in Germany, watching no less a master film maker than Fritz Lang and ended in the 70’s when all the rules of film making were being broken by a bunch of young mavericks who changed the language of film altogether.
When I was a kid I loved everything about Hitchcock. I read his mystery magazine avidly, often in high school study hall instead of reading from a text book. My Mother would let »
- Movie Geeks
Tagline: "It took her soul, you're next." If you have not had your fill of possession styled film in titles such as The Exorcist (1973), Burnt Offerings (1976), Fallen (1998), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), The Rite (2011) and many more, then you might find supernatural satiation with Daric Gates' The Appearing. This title stars Dean Cain as Dr. Shaw. Dr. Shaw believes that a supernatural entity is possessing a young man. When others turn up possessed, Michael (Will Wallace), the the local Sheriff is hard pressed to respond. The first trailer and poster for The Appearing has been released. Both media forms show Rachel forefront. Rachel, played by Emily Brooks, is tormented by visions of a missing girl, which help her uncover an ancient mystery. Fans of possession thrillers can find out more about this title below, with production expected to complete later this year (2013). Director: Daric Gates. Writers: Daric Gates and Matthew J. Ryan. »
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Even the casual horror fan has seen ‘70s horror films like Halloween and Jaws, but if you take a step away from the mainstream, there is a veritable candy store of titles that influenced the horror boom of the ‘80s. We’ve put together a list of slightly lesser known 1970s titles that we think every horror fan should see. We have steered clear of the obvious choices. So you will not see Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alien, or even Black Christmas on our list. We have dug a little deeper to spotlight some titles that don’t always get the mainstream acclaim or recognition that they most certainly deserve.
Below, you will find an assortment of films that we think will give any viewer not intimately familiar with the horrors of the 1970s a good jumping off point to embrace one of the richest decades that horror cinema has to offer. »
- Tyler Doupe
15 items from 2013
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