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7 Eye-Popping ‘Carrie’ Facts as Classic Horror Film Turns 40 (Photos)

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7 Eye-Popping ‘Carrie’ Facts as Classic Horror Film Turns 40 (Photos)
Brian De Palma’s iconic horror film “Carrie” turns 40 this week. The film marked Sissy Spacek’s breakout role as she played a social outcast whose telekinetic powers wreak blood-curdling havoc on her high school prom. TheWrap has teamed up with IMDb to share some of the most eye-popping facts about the movie. Director Brian De Palma and George Lucas were casting the same type of actors for their respective projects — so they combined efforts. Essentially, everyone who read lines for “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” also read for “Carrie.” De Palma remembered that Amy Irving — eventually
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Stephen King sounds off on new 'Carrie' remake -- Exclusive

Stephen King sounds off on new 'Carrie' remake -- Exclusive
Thirty-five years after Stephen King’s first best-seller roared into theaters and scared a generation of prom-going teens, MGM and Screen Gems have hired playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to resurrect Carrie with a more faithful adaptation of King’s novel, according to Deadline.

But King, who famously disapproved of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, tells EW he still has a soft spot for Brian De Palma’s original film: “I’ve heard rumblings about a Carrie remake, as I have about The Stand and It. Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good?
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Top 10 Bloodiest Scenes in Film

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Blood: The Last Vampire fights its way to Blu-ray and DVD November 2. The movie is a slick and stylised English adaptation of the hugely popular cult hit anime series of the same name. The movie is full of blood and gore, so in celebration of this release, we have compiled a short list of some of the bloodiest films to date. Chances are, if you loved these films and relished the blood, then you will love Blood: The Last Vampire. The name speaks for itself!

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

It is clear to see that Blood: The Last Vampire sticks true to its gory genre. In many of the scenes, Saya is surrounded by a group of demons. The creativity of their deaths is the winning factor here, for example in one scene she decapitates a demon by throwing a metal grate at it, and slices another in half to create an upward blood fountain,
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Fangoria Week in Review 10.11.2009

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If it's Sunday, then that means its time for another Fangoria Week In Review. We're turning back the clock to look back on the past seven days of blood-soaked horror goodness.

We've got the entire week broken down by category so that you can catch up on anything you might've missed. It was an opinioned-filled week with blogs, event reports, and plenty of reviews including more Fall Frights - and the news continued to flow about the biggest event in Fango history - the Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors, which invades Las Vegas on Halloween Weekend!

Get caught up below the jump!

Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nv - 10/30-11/01/2009

Tickets are now available online through http://www.trinityofterrors.com and through Vegas.com. You may also order tickets from Vegas.com by phone - 1-888-las-vegas (527-8342) 24 hours a day.

Latest Trinity Updates:

Bruce Campbell comes to the Trinity Of Terrors!
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King Not A Fan Of Twilight Author

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King Not A Fan Of Twilight Author
Horror writer Stephen King has served up a fright for Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, insisting she "can't write worth a darn". King, the writer of classics like Carrie and Misery, has gone public with his critique of in-vogue Utah-based novelist Meyer in the upcoming issue of USA Weekend magazine.

He starts by complimenting J.K. Rowling on her Harry Potter books, and then slates Meyer.

He says, "Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.

"It’s very clear that she’s writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. It’s exciting and it’s thrilling and it’s not particularly threatening because it’s not overtly sexual.

"A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that’s a shorthand for all the feelings that they’re not ready to deal with yet."

Prom Night

Prom Night
Now here's something unusual -- a remake of a classic slasher movie that actually tones down the violence of the original rather than bringing it more in line with today's torture porn standards.

But while playing to a PG-13 rating can have its virtues, Prom Night, a reworking of the 1980 original, needed to substitute the excised graphic stuff with some genuine jolts and creepy scares, along the lines of John Carpenter's first Halloween.

Alas, the awfully bland 2008 version, serving as the feature directorial debut of Nelson McCormick (CSI, Prison Break) and written by J.S. Cardone (The Covenant), offers no such thrills, proving to be about as spine-tingling as an algebra exam.

Obviously targeting a young female demographic, the benign Screen Gems release should handily scare off the young male audience that usually makes or breaks a horror film.

Where the very first Prom Night, itself a shameless Carrie knockoff, presented a mystery killer with a method to his madness -- he was avenging the death of a little girl at the hands of the group of teens he was terrorizing -- not to mention a disco-dancing Jamie Lee Curtis back in her scream queen days, the "reimagined" edition dispenses with ulterior motives.

Here we have senior student Donna Keppel ("Hairspray's" Brittany Snow), who lost her entire family three years earlier at the blood-stained hands of Richard Fenton (Johnathon Schaech) an obsessed teacher who wanted her all to himself.

Now living with her aunt and uncle, Donna is trying not to let her tragic past ruin Prom Night, but, Mr. Fenton has other ideas, having just escaped from his maximum security asylum.

After significantly toning down the usual shock/camp value, Prom Night cries out for the sort of lurking dread and prevailing off-kilter mood that are hallmarks of the more effective psychological thrillers.

There's the obligatory body count, but minus anything resembling originality or resourcefulness, sometimes it's hard to tell if the remarkably demure marks left by the resident psychopath are from fatal stabbings or smudged lip gloss.

Given that the title event has to be one of the dullest prom nights ever recorded on film, chances are good that some of Fenton's presumed victims actually died of boredom.

PROM NIGHT

Screen Gems

Screen Gems presents an Original Film/Newmarket Films production in association with Alliance Films

Credits: Director: Nelson McCormick

Writer: J.S. Cardone

Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe

Executive producers: Glenn S. Gainor, Marc Forby, J.S. Cardone, Bruce Mellon, William Tyrer, Chris J. Ball

Director of photography: Checco Varese

Production designer: Jon Gary Steele

Music: Paul Haslinger

Editor: Jason Ballantine

Cast:

Donna Keppel: Brittany Snow

Bobby: Scott Porter

Claire: Jessica Stroup

Lisa Hines: Dana Davis

Ronnie Heflin: Collins Pennie

Richard Fenton: Johnathon Schaech

Detective Winn: Idris Elba

Running time -- 85 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

Be Kind Rewind

Be Kind Rewind
Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY -- After highly imaginative explorations of man's natural instincts (Human Nature) and the interplay of memory, dreams and personal relationships ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and The Science of Sleep), Michel Gondry has turned his playful gaze to film itself.

Be Kind Rewind wants to probe the interplay among films, their audience and the people who make them. It's an exuberant, fanciful fable set amid the scruffy outskirts of American society, where people's need for escapism coincides with their desire to participate in its creation.

For all of Gondry's undeniable talent, it would be hard to imagine him pulling off this delicate and even cornball conceit without his star, Jack Black. With irrepressible exuberance and going-in-five-directions energy, Black is the embodiment of Gondry's whimsical notion that a small-town Ed Wood could infect an entire downtrodden neighborhood with the filmmaking fever.

As with most Gondry films, Rewind is not for all tastes. Its good-natured sweetness will appeal to many; others may shun the fractured fairy tale altogether. Yet this French filmmaker has developed enough of an international fan base for his fanciful films to fully support this modestly budgeted effort. New Line releases the film Feb. 22.

Certain that microwaves from the power plant he lives near are killing him, Jerry (Black), a mechanic in the struggling New Jersey town of Passaic, tries to sabotage the plant. Only he gets caught in an electromagnetic field that leaves him dazed, confused and magnetized. He thus inadvertently erases every videotape in a rental store run by his childhood pal Mike (Mos Def) while its owner, Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover), is away.

When customer Miss Falewicz (Mia Farrow) wants to check out Ghostbusters, Jerry and Mike stall her until the end of the day. They spend that time making their own version of that film using a video camera, homemade props and playing all the roles themselves. Miss Falewicz, who has never seen the film, actually likes their version. So the two continue the ruse by making crude versions of Rush Hour, Robocop, Boyz N the Hood and The Lion King for loyal customers. Jerry calls the process of re-enacting these popular movies "sweding," though the reason for that term is a bit hazy.

Soon the customers themselves are participating in these "swedes." Productions get a bit more lavish for King Kong, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Carrie through the use of "special effects" and camera tricks. Then a Hollywood lawyer (a nicely imperious Sigourney Weaver) shows up with charges of intellectual property theft. She demands the tapes' destruction.

Gondry, who also wrote the script, keeps the focus on pop cinema. No one swedes a Bergman movie or Citizen Kane. (Which might have taken the humor in a very different yet interesting direction.) Consequently, the film doesn't go very far in its examination of film culture. Rewind can be read as a lampoon of indie filmmaking or the preposterousness of much of popular cinema or simply a gentle fable about the YouTube/MySpace generation's fascination with ego-centric creativity.

The climax -- in which the store's dilapidated building is threatened with demolition and everyone including Mr. Fletcher makes one final film supporting Fletcher's long-held claim that jazz legend Fats Waller was born in the location of the video store -- pretty much squeezes all the comic action that's left in this whimsy about sweding. The film may overstay its welcome by a good 10 minutes. But everyone has been such good company, it feels churlish to say so.

The real film crew, in this film about bad filmmaking, performs very well indeed.

BE KIND REWIND

New Line

Partizan Films

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Michel Gondry

Producers: Georges Bermann, Michel Gondry, Julie Fong

Executive producers: Toby Emmerich, Guy Stodel

Director of photography: Ellen Kuras

Production designer: Dan Leigh

Music: Jean-Michel Bernard

Co-producer: Ann Ruark

Costume designers: Rachel Afiley, Kishu Chand

Editor: Jeff Buchanan

Cast:

Jerry: Jack Black

Mike: Mos Def

Mr. Fletcher: Danny Glover

Miss Falewicz: Mia Farrow

Alma: Melonie Diaz

Running time -- 100 minutes

MPAA rating: PG-13

De Palma set for Edinburgh fest

LONDON -- Filmmaker Brian De Palma has added his name to a roster of stars scheduled to appear during this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, organizers said Monday. De Palma will discuss the legacy of the "new American cinema" in an onstage interview as part of the Festival's Reel Life Q&A sessions. De Palma's name joins a list that includes Oscar winners Steven Soderbergh and Charlize Theron along with Sigourney Weaver, Arthur Penn and Kevin Smith. EIFF artistic director Shane Danielsen described De Palma as "one of the finest living American filmmakers" and said he was "thrilled" the director is scheduled to visit the Scottish capital. De Palma's directing credits includes Sisters, Carrie, Dressed To Kill, Scarface and The Untouchables. The EIFF runs Aug. 14-27.

Boxoffice preview: 'Ring Two' should freeze out rest

Boxoffice preview: 'Ring Two' should freeze out rest
After 20th Century Fox's Robots wowed the family audience last weekend, horror fans should move to the front of the line this weekend as DreamWorks unveils the sequel The Ring Two. At the same time, Buena Vista will make a bid for preteen girls with Walt Disney Pictures' Ice Princess. After Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) directed the first U.S. version of The Ring, Japanese director Hideo Nakata, who scored big with the two Japanese versions in this series, Ringu and Ringu 2, will make his U.S. directorial debut with the English-language sequel. Reuniting Naomi Watts with her young co-star David Dorfman, who plays her son, Ring Two sees the two characters relocating only to discover another case of death by videotape, which forces Watts to return to investigating the evil behind the character of Samara Morgan. Sissy Spacek joins the cast, almost 30 years after her horror debut in the classic Carrie.

Spacek and Cumming Have Transsexual Sex

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Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and co-star Alan Cumming have transsexual sex in a controversial new movie. In Southern Comfort - not related to Walter Hill's classic 1981 film of the same name - the 54-year-old actress plays Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual who falls for Lola Cola, a male-to-female transsexual, played by Cumming. Carrie star Spacek, who wears a prosthetic nose and a beard in the movie, is delighted with her new role, reports website Pagesix.Com. She says, "I'm thrilled, but it's going to be hard. I'll do the best I can. If I go down in flames, I can throw away all of my men's clothes." X-Men star Cumming, is equally enthusiastic: "It's such an amazing, tender love story, and a great challenge. We've got to do sex."

A nice 'Ring': Spacek joins DW's sequel

Sissy Spacek is returning to the horror genre -- where she enjoyed one of her earliest successes as the telekinetic heroine of 1976's Carrie -- as she steps into The Ring 2 for DreamWorks and director Hideo Nakata. The Oscar-winning actress joins Naomi Watts and Simon Baker in the film, due to start shooting in mid-May. It's unclear exactly who she will play in the ongoing tale of a mysterious videotape that proves fatal to viewers because the script is being closely guarded; sources close to the film said the filmmakers want to keep a level of mystery around Spacek's character. DreamWorks co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with production executive Mark Sourian overseeing at the studio. Ehren Kruger wrote the script. Spacek is repped by CAA. She next stars opposite Colin Farrell for helmer Michael Mayer in the Killer Films indie A Home at the End of the World, which is being distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.

A nice 'Ring': Spacek joins DW's sequel

A nice 'Ring': Spacek joins DW's sequel
Sissy Spacek is returning to the horror genre -- where she enjoyed one of her earliest successes as the telekinetic heroine of 1976's Carrie -- as she steps into The Ring 2 for DreamWorks and director Hideo Nakata. The Oscar-winning actress joins Naomi Watts and Simon Baker in the film, due to start shooting in mid-May. It's unclear exactly who she will play in the ongoing tale of a mysterious videotape that proves fatal to viewers because the script is being closely guarded; sources close to the film said the filmmakers want to keep a level of mystery around Spacek's character. DreamWorks co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with production executive Mark Sourian overseeing at the studio. Ehren Kruger wrote the script. Spacek is repped by CAA. She next stars opposite Colin Farrell for helmer Michael Mayer in the Killer Films indie A Home at the End of the World, which is being distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.

Stephen King's Pneumonia Has "Resolved Itself"

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Acclaimed author Stephen King's pneumonia has "pretty much resolved itself", according to his spokesman. King was admitted at Bangor, Maine's Eastern Maine Medical Center on November 23, where he underwent a procedure days later to remove fluid and scar tissue from his right lung. King's lawyer, Warren Silver, says, "Since he's in the hospital, the doctors want to work on his general health and leg issues to see if they can alleviate some of the pain that he's had." King, 56, continues to experience pain in his right leg after being hit by a van as he walked along the shoulder of a road in North Lovell, Maine, in 1999. The Carrie writer was diagnosed with pneumonia before his trip to New York last month to receive the National Book Foundation's 2003 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. His condition worsened when he returned to Bangor, and doctors diagnosed him with an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the membrane surrounding one of his lungs. King was taken off oxygen over the weekend and the tube which had been inserted in his chest to help eliminate fluid and scar tissue was removed on Tuesday. Silver says, "The chest line was a real comfort issue because basically, it really inhibited him lying down. He's feeling physically much better (and) he's able to walk."

Stephen King Hospitalized With Pneumonia

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Horror author Stephen King has been confined to hospital for Thanksgiving today after suffering a nasty bout of pneumonia. The Carrie writer is conscious and in good spirits, and is expected to recover fully, although he's likely to remain at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine for several days, according to spokesman Warren Silver. The best-selling author had been diagnosed with pneumonia in his right lung before a trip to New York last week to receive an honorary National Book Award for lifetime achievement. His condition worsened when he returned to his native Maine and the pneumonia spread to the other lung. Silver says, "He had been walking around with it, and it got worse and worse." On Sunday, King checked into hospital, where he underwent a procedure on Tuesday to remove fluid and scar tissue from the right lung. King, 56, has requested no visitors except his family, and no flowers. Silver adds, "Stephen and his family ask only for good wishes and prayers, and at this time, when we celebrate the bounty of our country, that we remember those who are in need,"

'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' Producer Dies

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Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid producer Paul Monash has died aged 85. He passed away at his Los Angeles home after a short illness, according to his friend, screenwriter Dennis Feldman. He says, "Paul had a great love of life and two full careers as a producer and television writer. He was very active even at the end of his life. He never seemed to have lost his energy or sense of humor." Monash produced hits like Carrie and Big Trouble In Little China, as well as writing, directing and producing the popular 1960's TV show Peyton Place. He was awarded the Laurel Award by the Writers Guild Of America for Lifetime Achievement in 2000. He then quipped, "I have not written the Great American Novel. It is still in first draft."

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