10 items from 2011
Supernatural yarns set inside sprawling mansions are amongst my favorites, due in part to my obsession with the film “Burnt Offerings” when I was a kid. When I learned that “Inside” directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo were piecing together their dark house flick, I knew it had the potential to be something special. And if the trailer for “Livide” is to be believed, it’s extremely possible that the filmmakers have yet another cinematic winner on their hands. By the way — If you haven’t seen “Inside” (aka “À l’intérieur”), do yourself a favor and seek it out. Seriously. It’s pretty freaky stuff. For the uninformed, a handy synopsis: It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house careworker. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, »
- Todd Rigney
As long time fans know, Ryan Murphy – the co-creator of American Horror Story which starts on FX tonight – isn't afraid to go a little over the top. This after all is the writer who gave us both high school bitchfest Popular and Nip/Tuck, a plastic surgery drama with plotlines featuring transsexuals, mime bandits and the injection of Botox into a man's penis. Even the sweet-natured Glee is prone to the odd bizarre moment, such as the recent episode featuring Emma's "ginger separatist" parents.
But American Horror Story tops them all. Murphy, a horror fan who admits he was disappointed not to be born on Halloween, starts with the basic horror trope of a haunted house and foolish family »
- Sarah Hughes
Spoiler Alert If You Haven’T Watched The Latest Episode Of American Horror Story!
Tonight was the second episode of FX’s new thrillride, which found Vivian (Connie Britton) and Violet Harmon (Taissa Farmiga) under attack from a trio of thugs hoping to recreate a famous murder. (Be sure and read Jeff Jensen’s recap when it goes up later tonight/tomorrow morning.) Ben (Dylan McDermott) also returned to Boston to visit his pregnant mistress Hayden (Kate Mara). Plus, Constance (Jessica Lange) hooked up with a really hot dude who may or may not be a gigolo!
With so much action, »
- Tim Stack
Hey horror hounds! Courtesy of our friends at Entertainment Weekly here’s our first look at the cast of Tim Burton’s big screen version of the small screen classic, Dark Shadows. Now this is not the first time the Collins clan have made it to the movies. In 1970 MGM released House Of Dark Shadows based on the daytime drama and starring most of the TV cast. Night Of Dark Shadows followed.
Here’s a bit of background on the cult favorite. Dan Curtis (Burnt Offerings) created the “soap opera ” which debuted on ABC-tv in 1966. The main focus of the first episodes was the arrival of Victoria Winters in Collinsport, Me and her interactions with the secretive Collins family. The program languished at the bottom of the ratings until Curtis, in order to save the show from cancellation,decided to take a gamble and introduce a vampire into the Gothic series. »
- Jim Batts
By Todd Garbarini
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Dan Curtis’ Burnt Offerings (1976) was the first horror film/thriller that I saw. I was twelve years-old and its impact on me was indelible. The rapport between Karen Black, Oliver Reed, and Lee Harcourt Montgomery was plausible enough to make me extremely concerned when all hell broke loose on this “perfect” family, though some have argued that this family was frightening enough without the house!
Aside from the artful cinematic visual style and the film’s methodic and slow build-up, the performances by the three leads and supporting work from Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Dub Taylor, Bette Davis, and the unforgettable Anthony James as the chauffer elevate the film higher than similar genre productions. What also helped make Burnt Offerings so memorable was Robert Cobert’s phenomenal score which fits the movie like a glove. For years I searched fruitlessly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
In the 1970s, there was a number of made-for-television horror movies and among the best remembered were "Salem's Lot," "Burnt Offerings" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Of the last film, modern horror master Guillermo Del Toro has referred to it as "the scariest movie (he's) ever seen." If one were to watch it today, they'd scoff at that sentiment as the pacing is weird and the monsters are silly. But anyone could look back at the stuff that gave them the chills as kids with new, more cynical eyes, however, what Del Toro is trying to do as… »
1976 was a great year for horror fans. The Omen, Carrie, Assault on Precinct 13, Island of the Damned, Burnt Offerings. The list goes on and on. It also included the subject of Trembles' Motion Picture Purgatory this week: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane starring Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen. Remember it?
Rynn Jacobs is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a secluded house that she and her father have rented in a quiet seaside community. But whenever anybody from the town tries to satisfy their curiosity, Rynn's father is never around, and it seems as if the girl is all alone. Rynn's resourcefulness is put to the test as several people try to find out what she might be hiding, including the snobby landlady and her sleazy son.
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- The Woman In Black
Review by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com
When most of us think about a solid golden age haunted house movie, we stream "Amityville Horror". Before that, there was "Burnt Offerings" which was released three years before that in 1976. This movie is largely forgotten by many and overshadows by many others in this genre. Also based on a book by Robert Marasco, "Burnt Offerings" gives us chills, fantastic acting, spooky atmosphere and truly scary moments out of any 70's haunted house movies.
The plot of this movie is simple: The Rolf family are caretakers of a fancy old home in the middle of nowhere as a summer home but the catch is the house takes lives to keep itself alive. A simple yet original plot for a movie that is done so well. The acting is superb from all the actors. The low tone music adds a strikingly eerie presence to the movie. »
More After Dark Originals news! How do you like it, how do you like it?! Here’s another fun interview with husband and wife writing team Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson discussing Fertile Ground, which Gierasch directed from Anderson’s script.
Known for their wilder side (see their Night of the Demons remake), here’s what the duo had to say:
Gierasch: “It’s a big, big, big departure for me, because it’s like one of those early-70’s ghost stories like Julia (which was based on the Peter Straub book The Haunting of Julia); it’s like Burnt Offerings…it’s similar to The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. It’s sort of a very out-of-time, ghosty story that’s really more of a drama about a woman and her relationship with her husband and the loss of a child.”
Chris Haberman: Where did the inspiration for the story come from? »
- Chris Haberman
The last couple of years have been very busy for Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson. Following the remake Night of the Demons , the duo moved into Fertile Ground , an After Dark original film that marks a decided change of tonal pace for the creative team. In Shock's interview with Gierasch and Anderson, the pair shed some light on what we can expect when Ground opens this Friday. Shock Till You Drop: Out of the films released through the Originals line, this one doesn't appear to have the staple horror boogeymen - no vampires, no zombies. Adam Gierasch: This is a psychological, slightly supernatural thriller. I wanted to make a movie that was more similar to .70s ghost stories like Burnt Offerings , the The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and The Changeling , more of »
10 items from 2011
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