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Ten Graphic, Glorious, Gory Deaths!

31 October 2012 12:38 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We know it by many names – All Hallows Eve, Samhain, and, of course, Halloween – but 31st October means one thing only: the horror genre (and its many victims) will be done to death. Yes, tonight’s the night we like to kick back with a good scary movie, providing the pesky trick or treaters outside will leave us alone to enjoy the terror in peace.

To celebrate this year’s ‘night of the creeps’, we’ve decided to take a look at the horror deaths that shocked and disgusted with good old fashioned bloodshed and gore. So check out Thn’s countdown of the greatest, goriest deaths ever.

Not for the weak of heart (or indeed, stomach)…

Maniac (1980) dir. William Lustig

I told you not to go out tonight didn’t I? Every time you go out, this kind of thing happens.

The late, great character actor Joe Spinell headlined this gritty low-budget exploitation-thriller, »

- Craig Hunter

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5 More Days 'Till Halloween - The Omen (1976)

26 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen counts down to Halloween by reviewing horror movies from the last 60 years; next up is The Omen (1976)...

Three years prior to the release of The Omen a little film known as The Exorcist terrified audiences and pissed off church goers. The big kafuffle made by religious groups only spurred on more people to see it so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that 20th Century Fox would turn their hand to the “supernatural religious horror” with a film that comes with a reputation that almost precedes it…

Yes, one of the most infamous things about Richard Donner’s creepy horror The Omen are the stories that came from its production. After they changed the title of the movie from The Antichrist to The Birthmark, a string of bizarre and deadly events started happening to the cast and crew. Despite taking separate planes, both Gregory Pecks »

- flickeringmyth

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Ten Classic Cinematic Horror Deaths

21 October 2012 5:26 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Where would a horror movie be without a classic death scene – or two? We’ve had some great ones over the years: Janet Leigh’s shower to end all showers in Psycho (1960); the ill fated nude swim in Jaws (1975); David Warner’s famous decapitation in The Omen (1976); John Hurt’s serious indigestion problem in Alien (1979); and the exploding head in Scanners (1980). And let’s not forget the gruesome ends that befell pre-stardom Kevin Bacon and Johnny Depp.

Hang on a minute! I’ve just mentioned all the classic ones! Well let’s face it, so much has been written and discussed about those famous demises, they’ve been pretty much done to death (sorry!). Therefore, the following ten are horror-related deaths that deserve some kind of classic status, a couple of which are notable for their surreal and ambiguous nature.But beware...since most of the best death scenes are »

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DVD Review - Hell Is a City (1960)

7 October 2012 11:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hell Is a City, 1960.

Directed by Val Guest.

Starring Stanley Baker, Maxine Audley and Billie Whitelaw.

Synopsis:

World-weary police inspector Harry Martineau is on the trail of tough escaped convict and jewel thief Don Starling. His search ends up in Manchester, where the two men play a cat and mouse game of chase across the gangster and moll inhabited city...

A tense British thriller, Hell Is a City takes its stylistic and atmospheric cues from the Hollywood school of film-noir pictures, in particular1948's groundbreaking The Naked City. From the opening credits and bombastic jazz music played throughout, the influences on this Val Guest (The Quatermass Experiment, The Day the Earth Caught Fire) written and directed slice of crime action loom large.

The city in this case is Manchester, and never has the place been more threatening and eerily beautiful than in this flawed, yet compelling production. For the most »

- flickeringmyth

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Doctor Who Review: The Rosemariners

29 September 2012 2:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

(Warning: Significant spoilers follow!)

The current season of The Lost Stories reaches its climactic conclusion with this, a story originally created for the Second Doctor. For a variety of reasons, it never reached the screen, which is too bad, because it would have made for a dandy adventure. Luckily, it still works fairly well here on audio.

The story features Jamie (Frazer Hines), Zoe (Wendy Padbury) and the Doctor (here voiced by Hines, doing his usual excellent job channeling Patrick Troughton), arriving at a research station. There they encounter a xenobotanist (David Warner, who acted alongside Troughton in The Omen), and the station’s commander, an alien from Rosa Damascena named Rugosa (Clive Wood). Naturally not all is as it appears, and it’s up to the Doctor and crew to save the day.

I’ve complained before, most notably in my review of “The Masters »

- Chris Swanson

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Attention Montreal horror movie fans: The Miskatonic Insitute of Horror Studies releases its 3rd annual lineup!

15 September 2012 4:39 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Anybody living in or around Montreal knows that La Belle Province’s metropolis is a fantastic place to be a film lover, especially for horror films. Now the obvious reason why this would be the case is the Fantasia International Film Festival, which had its 16th edition run this past July and August. Yet another, perhaps lesser know (but certainly growing) venue for Montreal horror film buffs to satisfy their cravings is the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, a unique experience  if there ever was one.

The fine folks at Miskatonic have, in essence, set up a non-profit ‘school’ of sorts where an actual curriculum is set up for which films lovers and hopeful filmmakers can sign up for courses which last from September to April of the following year. Among the speakers are established writers, filmmakers and curators who provide bountiful insight, intelligent critical analysis and commentary on the »

- Edgar Chaput

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Black Mass: Fango's "The Omen" Montreal screening has a poster

13 September 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On Saturday, Spet. 22nd at 11:59 pm, in conjunction with Fango editor Chris Alexander's upcoming lecture "Written in Blood: Scoring in Horror" in Montreal, Fangoria and Pop Montreal are sponsoring a best case scenario screening of Richard Donner's classic The Omen. It's all for you, horror fans. And now Pop has shared what will be the poster for the event....

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- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (FANGORIA Staff)

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Black Mass: Fango's "The Omen" Montreal screening has a poster

13 September 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On Saturday, Spet. 22nd at 11:59 pm, in conjunction with Fango editor Chris Alexander's upcoming lecture "Written in Blood: Scoring in Horror" in Montreal, Fangoria and Pop Montreal are sponsoring a best case scenario screening of Richard Donner's classic The Omen. It's all for you, horror fans. And now Pop has shared what will be the poster for the event....

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- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (FANGORIA Staff)

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Black Mass: Fango's "The Omen" Montreal screening has a poster

13 September 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On Saturday, Spet. 22nd at 11:59 pm, in conjunction with Fango editor Chris Alexander's upcoming lecture "Written in Blood: Scoring in Horror" in Montreal, Fangoria and Pop Montreal are sponsoring a best case scenario screening of Richard Donner's classic The Omen. It's all for you, horror fans. And now Pop has shared what will be the poster for the event....

Read more »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (FANGORIA Staff)

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Black Mass: Fango's "The Omen" Montreal screening has a poster

13 September 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On Saturday, Spet. 22nd at 11:59 pm, in conjunction with Fango editor Chris Alexander's upcoming lecture "Written in Blood: Scoring in Horror" in Montreal, Fangoria and Pop Montreal are sponsoring a best case scenario screening of Richard Donner's classic The Omen. It's all for you, horror fans. And now Pop has shared what will be the poster for the event....

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- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (FANGORIA Staff)

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Dustin Lance Black hired for Jj Abrams's 'Earthquake'

30 July 2012 12:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dustin Lance Black has joined Jj Abrams's Earthquake. The Milk writer will provide the screenplay for Universal Pictures and Bad Robot's disaster movie, reports Deadline. The film is not intended to be a remake of the 1974 Charlton Heston-starring movie of the same name. Earthquake was first rumoured in 2008, with The Omen's David Seltzer formerly in line to write the script. Black followed up his Oscar-winning (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Prepare Yourself For An “Earthquake”…Or Three

29 July 2012 4:11 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Universal Pictures and Bad Robot Productions (or the International House of Jj Abrams) are working together to produce Earthquake, a biggie disaster film written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk). According to Deadline, it is not a remake of the Heston film Earthquake.

The film has been in limbo for awhile, with The Omen’s David Seltzer originally tabbed to write. The film and subject matter will have a lot of competition, with New Line Cinema producing an earthquake film with Carlton Cuse, ironically a Bad Robot alum, attached to write. It may or may not be called San Andreas 3D. WB also has plans to bring Brad Bird’s 1906 into reality, described as a period earthquake project.  Sounds like disaster films are about to be in vogue. »

- Andy Greene

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Lance Black To Pen Abrams' "Earthquake"

28 July 2012 4:37 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black ("Milk," "J. Edgar") is set to script the large scale disaster epic "Earthquake" for Universal Pictures and Bad Robot says Deadline.

Despite Universal owning the rights, this is Not a remake of the 1974 Charlton Heston film of the same name. David Seltzer ("The Omen") penned a previous draft several years ago but the project is only now gaining new momentum.

Jj Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce. The project is not to be confused with the rival "San Andreas 3D" which is set up at New Line. »

- Garth Franklin

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Earthquake Moves Forward with Universal Pictures and Bad Robot

27 July 2012 4:50 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures is teaming up with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company for a new disaster movie entitled Earthquake. Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) has been hired to write the screenplay.

No specific story details were given, although this is not a remake of Universal's 1974 movie Earthquake, that starred Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. J.J. Abrams will produce alongside his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burk. The project was first set up at the studio back in 2008, with The Omen writer David Seltzer penning the script.

J.J. Abrams will be competing with a similar project entitled San Andreas: 3D at New Line Cinema. We reported earlier this month that Lost producer Carlton Cuse is writing the screenplay, with Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) directing. Earthquake does not have a director attached at this time. »

- MovieWeb

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Dustin Lance Black Set to Pen Earthquake Disaster Flick; J.J. Abrams to Produce

27 July 2012 1:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) has been tapped to pen Earthquake, a disaster pic produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk for Universal.   The picture is a fresh take on natural disaster fare and only shares a title and a subject with Universal’s previous effort in 1974 starring Charlton Heston.   Earthquake may now set itself up to compete with New Line’s own earth shaking project, San Andreas 3D.  Deadline reports that the Universal project first had David Seltzer (The Omen) attached to write in 2008 and now gains momentum with Black in the mix.  The writer’s most recent projects include J. Edgar, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book Under the Banner of Heaven  for Warner Bros. and a script for Fox’s Barefoot Bandit. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Dustin Lance Black Will Write ‘Earthquake’ for Universal and Bad Robot

27 July 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you’re going to make an earthquake movie, I guess hiring an Oscar winner isn’t the worst option. That’s the line of thinking for Universal and Bad Robot, who, according to Deadline, have contracted Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) to write their cleverly-titled disaster film, Earthquake.

Not a remake of the Charlton Heston… classic (?), but simply another Universal-backed project which turns some major city (maybe Los Angeles, once again) into a pile of rubble. Different territory for the history-inclined Black, but also the second project of this sort he’s found himself right in the midst of; the other would be his gestating comic book adaptation, 3 Story. Better, still, to have a (arguably) proven scribe doing the work than their past writer, David Seltzer (The Omen).

It’s mildly interesting to note that Abrams’ former Lost partner, Carlton Cuse, has already been tapped to write another Earthquake film: San Andreas 3D, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Dustin Lance Black Penning J.J. Abrams-Produced Earthquake Movie

27 July 2012 1:46 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Way back in 2008, J.J. Abrams teamed up with Universal to produce an earthquake movie -- not a remake of the 1974 Charlton Heston flick -- and tasked the original "The Omen" writer David Seltzer to pen the script. And then....that was pretty much the last we heard of it. But now a new writer is on board and it's not exactly the most obvious name you would think of for a blockbuster. Oscar-winning "Milk" writer Dustin Lance Black has been given the gig to write the movie, and being a Bad Robot production, there are as usual absolutely zero details at the moment. But Universal at one time had "Earthquake: The Big One," an attraction at their Orlando theme park in which visitors got the chance to feel what it was like in an 8.3 magnitude earthquake. The ride had it's fair share of problems and wound up closing in »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Universal, JJ Abrams Set ‘Milk’ Scribe Dustin Lance Black For ‘Earthquake’

27 July 2012 12:32 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black has been set to script Earthquake, a big scale disaster film for Universal that is being produced by Jj Abrams, Bryan Burk and their Bad Robot banner. While Universal made the 1974 film that starred Charlton Heston, I’m told that the title and natural disaster subject is all the films share. So it is not a remake. A new film on the subject would certainly freshen up the Earthquake theme park ride which has been running for years at Universal Orlando. This puts Universal potentially in a competitive situation with New Line, which has a 3D earthquake project set up under the title San Andreas 3D. There have been rumblings of an earthquake film from Abrams and Universal since 2008, when the project was first set up with The Omen‘s David Seltzer writing. It languished, but now the project is regaining momentum. Black won his Oscar for Milk, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Universal Pictures and Bad Robot Plan Earthquake

27 July 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The film in the works for some time , Deadline reports that the J.J. Abrams-produced Earthquake has brought aboard Dustin Lance Black ( Milk , J. Edgar ) to provide the screenplay. Originally planned to be written by David Seltzer ( The Omen ), Earthquake is not intended to be a remake of Universal's 1974 film, though it will share the central premise of a tectonic disaster on a massive scale. New Line Cinema is, meanwhile, developing an earthquake film of their own with Carlton Cuse, himself a Bad Robot alumn as a writer on "Lost", attached to write. Although it's not currently moving forward, Warner Bros. also has tentative plans to bring to the screen Brad Bird's period earthquake project, 1906 . »

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Doctor Who: Actress Mary Tamm dies at 62; David Bradley reveals he will play space pirate in seventh series

26 July 2012 7:47 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Tributes have been paid to Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm, who died in a London hospital today at the age of 62 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

She played Romana (pictured above and below), a Time Lady who was companion to Tom Baker's fourth Doctor from 1978 to 1979. Tamm opted not to return for another series and the role was recast with Lalla Ward.

The daughter of Estonian refugees, Bradford-born Tamm trained at Rada. Her first professional job was at the new Birmingham Repertory theatre where she spent nine months working alongside Derek Jacobi, Joan Sims and Ronnie Barker.

She also appeared on the big screen in The Odessa File and The Likely Lads and after leaving Doctor Who was in numerous other TV shows including EastEnders, Brookside and Wire in the Blood.

Doctor Who returns to our living rooms for a seventh series in August, with guest stars including Stratford-upon-Avon actor David Bradley, »

- David Bentley

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