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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 2

29 December 2013 10:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

HBO’s rise from the you’re-spending-my-subscription-money-on-that-crap? original programming basement to cable TV’s creative gold standard can be charted over a period of about ten years with the successes of several key original offerings.

By the end of the 1980s, the movie box office was becoming dominated by young-skewing sci fi and fantasy adventures, over-the-top action blockbusters, and sequels to sci fi and fantasy and over-the-top blockbusters. Box office Top Tens for 1989-1990 included the likes of Batman (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Home Alone (1990), Total Recall (1990), and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990). Over on the small screen, the penchant was for the sweet, the nice, the inoffensive. TV series at the top of the rating charts during the same period included The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, Wonder Years, Who’s the Boss?, and Murder, She Wrote.

There were writers and directors and producers in Hollywood itching to do something different, »

- Bill Mesce

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9 dubious movie remakes: Psycho, Let Me In, Amazing Spider-Man, more

7 December 2013 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.

Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.

In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...

Psycho (1998)

Fresh from the success of Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant »

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Raaz 4 to be inspired by The Omen

23 November 2013 5:02 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The Raaz franchise is back! Being one of the longest running franchises of horror cinema in Bollywood, the Bhatts are planning to make the fourth installment of the Raaz with a lot of thrills and chills inspired by the 1976 classic The Omen. We hear that the film has been titled Raaz - The Hidden Secret. Fox Star Studios have purchased the rights of this 1976 film starring Gregory Peck and others and the film will be co-produced by Vishesh films. Vikram Bhatt however revealed that this installment, though inspired by the cult thriller, will have Indian ethos. He also clarified that neither Emraan nor Bipasha will be doing the film and that they are hunting new faces to play the leads. The film is slated to go on floors in February 2014. »

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Report: London Film Memorabilia Convention: Hammer & Horror Film Day

12 November 2013 11:22 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Martine Beswick (One Million Years B.C., Slave Girls and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde), Caroline Munro (Captain Kronos and Dracula A.D.72), Kate O'Mara (Horror of Frankenstein and The Vampire Lovers) and Maddie Smith (Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the and Monster from Hell). (Photo: copyright Mark Mawston, all rights reserved.)

Saturday 9th November 2013

Report by Adrian Smith

On Saturday in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, amidst the power-hungry elite of Whitehall and Downing Street, gathered an even more sinister and corrupting influence. Darth Vader rubbed shoulders with evil twins, corrupted children, vampires, zombies and even Jack the Ripper. Overseeing this evil conclave were directors whose films were so depraved that sometimes sick bags were supplied to the audience.

Horror film buffs were of course overjoyed at the fantastic selection of stars at this Hammer and Horror Film event. Representing the Bond girls were Caroline Munro, Caron Gardner, Martine Beswick and Madeline Smith. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Clips from John Carpenter’s Body Bags

12 November 2013 10:51 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

John Carpenter’s Body Bags was released today as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack and Scream Factory has provided us with a number of clips to share with Daily Dead readers.

“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Roger Corman (House of Usher »

- Jonathan James

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15 incredibly tenuous horror and sci-fi film sequels

5 November 2013 4:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Nov 2013 - 06:50

From random films with altered names to unrelated storylines, we take a look at 15 incredibly tenuous horror and sci-fi film sequels...

The profit-driven nature of filmmaking usually means that, if a movie's a hit, sequels follow. And it's sometimes the case that, particularly in the realm of low-budget sci-fi and horror, those sequels are trotted out in a rush, or don't have anything to do with the film they're following.

This isn't to say that the sequels on this list are necessarily bad - it's a proper mixed bag of the great, the mediocre and the downright awful - but in each instance, these sequels have only vague links to their predecessors, or worse still, they're entirely different films rebranded to fit an existing franchise.  

Our list is by no means definitive - rather, we've chosen a collection of films that we find the most memorable. »

- ryanlambie

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Trailer for John Carpenter’s Body Bags

4 November 2013 2:18 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

John Carpenter’s Body Bags is one of Scream Factory’s upcoming titles and will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack. Here’s a look at the official trailer for the anthology horror movie:

“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead »

- Jonathan James

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Scariest Movies to Watch on Halloween – Redux Edition

30 October 2013 11:19 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.

In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »

- Movie Geeks

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Beyond Fest: “The Omen” With Richard Donner Q&A

24 October 2013 7:11 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Throughout most of October, the favorite month for Monster Kids the world over, the Beyond Fest has taken over Los Angeles. A horror and music festival taking place at the historic Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Hollywood and Santa Monica, respectively. The event is jam-packed with special guests, rare prints, and screenings of both classic and new horror films. Amity and American Cinematheque have outdone themselves with a guest list that includes Goblin, Joe Dante, Richard Donner, Clive Barker, and the cast and crew of the cult fave, Trick R’ Treat.

Last weekend, legendary director Richard Donner came to town to screen a rare 35mm print of The Omen, one of the very best horror films ever made. After the movie, the sarcastic and witty old timer came on stage for an illuminating Q&A filled with answers and stories that make you wish Hollywood had never changed, and that »

- Andy Greene

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Blu-ray Movie Review: The Other

24 October 2013 10:55 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Ostensibly The Other (1972) could be lumped in with several other “bad seed” movies that popped up during the 1970s like Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, and The Omen. But writer Thomas Tryon’s screenplay (based on his own novel) differs from those successful films in two very significant ways: 1) It’s told almost exclusively from a child’s perspective and 2) The guy with the pointy horns and forked tail is nowhere in sight.

It’s the former that plays the biggest role in the film’s structure. In a movie about keeping secrets, Tryon’s script struggles to keep a real whopper under wraps until about the one-hour mark. Up until then, The Other could pass for an elegiac coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of bucolic rural America just before the onset of World War II. The idea of true “evil” arising in such an unlikely setting is one »

- Greg Walton

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How Kimberly Peirce Brought 'Carrie' Back to Life

15 October 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Taking on a classic is a gutsy move, even for an award-winning filmmaker. And when director Kimberly Peirce signed on to re-imagine Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," about a teenage girl with telekinetic powers hellbent on revenge, she knew she had some sky-high expectations to meet.

"I'd make a joke and say, 'I didn't give a f*ck,' but of course I felt pressure!" she told us recently while doing press for "Carrie." "But I think pressure is good."

All that pressure had Peirce thinking long and hard about what it would mean to sign on to a project of this scale, with its history and existing fan base. Having made just one film, 2008's "Stop-Loss," since her 1999 directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry," it's clear, as a filmmaker, she doesn't make decisions lightly.

"I walked into this feeling a huge responsibility, much like I did with 'Boys Don't Cry »

- Tim Hayne

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Thn HalloweenFest Day 6: The Omen

6 October 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The child is dead. He breathed for a moment. Then he breathed no more. The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.

Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens

Plot: An orphan replaces the stillborn child of Robert Thorn and Katherine without the knowledge of his new mother Katherine. The ominous signs that follow can only mean one thing; the child had satanic origins.

Horror Highlights: Mixing signs from the bible, a priest who knows too much, suicide by hanging and an evil child will give you the creepiest concoctions of all. The right ingredients are all there, and evens without the gruesome deaths, and the biblical signs – Damien would have caused us nightmares. His presence and silence don’t seem to interfere with his determination to do pure evil.

Best Scare: After the all knowing priest’s death Damien’s father and »

- Isra Al kassi

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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

27 September 2013 9:16 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv! »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Richard Donner to Host the Omen, See Almost Human & So Much More at L.A.'s Beyond Fest

27 September 2013 6:22 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

As if Los Angeles doesn't have enough to do, Beyond Fest - which we've teased here at Shock within the last month or two - is spilling the beans about what's in store October 10th - 27th.  Guys...Richard Donner is hosting a screening of The Omen.

Read on for the details.

The best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and badass cinema comes to Los Angeles in the inaugural Beyond Fest. A partnership of the American Cinematheque and creative collective Amity, Beyond Fest offers an eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings and special events programmed by genre fans for genre fans. With films drawn from all over the world, Beyond Fest brings many firsts to Southern California.

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Roque Baños’ Evil Dead Score Heads To Vinyl From Unseen Forces!

6 September 2013 12:32 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Whatever your stance is on Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead, the one sure thing that works is Roque Baños’ score. It’s classically haunting, and evokes a great sense of dread right as the demons begin to possess and the gore starts flying. For you vinyl hounds who prefer to listen to their film scores on wax, we’re in luck as label Unseen Forces is set to unleash all 70 minutes of Banos’ soundtrack onto a double LP with randomly inserted transparent red or green. It’ll only run you $25, and will ship right on October 31st!

Order yours here!

“Unseen Forces is proud to present the complete motion picture soundtrack from Fede Alvarez’s incendiary 2013 reimagining of cult horror masterpiece the Evil Dead. Spanish composer Roque Baños dazzles with a crisp modern orchestral score that bows reverently toward such genre classics as Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen Suite, Anton Webern »

- Justin Edwards

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Unseen Forces Brings Evil Dead Score to Vinyl

6 September 2013 7:07 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

One of the better horror scores to hit this year is Roque Banos' score for the Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake.

Unseen Forces, based out of Portland, Oregon, is bringing the score to vinyl.  Read on for the release news.

Unseen Forces is proud to present the complete motion picture soundtrack from Fede Alvarez’s incendiary 2013 reimagining of cult horror masterpiece the Evil Dead. Spanish composer Roque Baños dazzles with a crisp modern orchestral score that bows reverently toward such genre classics as Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen Suite, Anton Webern and Krzysztof Penderecki’s creepy string movements from The Exorcist and Joseph LoDuca’s beautifully understated atmospherics for Sam Raimi’s original creation that launched the grisly Kandarian franchise and revolutionized the contemporary horror film with its startling velocity. 

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Gilbert Taylor, Legendary Cinematographer, Dead At 99

28 August 2013 9:24 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

 

Gilbert Taylor, the legendary cinematographer, has passed away at age 99. Although he photographed some of the greatest films of all time, Taylor never received a single Oscar nomination (though he was nominated for two BAFTAs for his work on Polanski's Repulsion and Cul-de-sac).  He was among the most revered artists in his trade. Among the classics he worked on: Star Wars, Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day's Night, Dr. Strangelove, Frenzy and The Omen. For more click here »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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John Carpenter’s Body Bags Blu-ray & DVD Release Details

26 August 2013 12:12 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory will release John Carpenter’s Body Bags as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack on November 12th. We’ve already given you a look at the cover art and we now have the list of bonus features that will be included:

“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre »

- Jonathan James

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Body Bags, Assault on Precinct 13 Blu-ray Details & Art!

26 August 2013 10:45 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Scream Factory continues to slay its DVD and Blu-ray competition.  This November, Look for the John Carpenter Presents Body Bags and Assault on Precinct 13 special editions on November 19th.

For the first time on Blu-ray, the former features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Roger Corman (House of Usher) and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), this »

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Gilbert Taylor obituary

25 August 2013 10:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinematographer on the first Star Wars film who worked with the Boulting Brothers, Hitchcock and Polanski

The British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, who has died aged 99, was best known for his camerawork on the first Star Wars movie (1977). Though its special effects and set designs somewhat stole his thunder, it was Taylor who set the visual tone of George Lucas's six-part space opera.

"I wanted to give it a unique visual style that would distinguish it from other films in the science-fiction genre," Taylor declared. "I wanted Star Wars to have clarity because I don't think space is out of focus … I thought the look of the film should be absolutely clean … But George [Lucas] saw it differently … For example, he asked to set up one shot on the robots with a 300mm camera lens and the sand and sky of the Tunisian desert just meshed together. I told him it wouldn't work, »

- Ronald Bergan

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