16 items from 2010
Few filmmakers — past or present, alive or dead — can boast a filmography as vast and as varied as that of Werner Herzog. Acclaimed as a filmmaker, famed as an eccentric personality and veted as one of cinema’s true artists, Herzog is truly a singular voice in film.
This past Saturday, the Egyptian Theatre was the fortunate host to guest Werner Herzog, as he presented a double feature of two of his more popular films, 1979’s Nosferatu, The Vampyre (known as Nosferatu, Phantom Der Nacht, or Nosferatu, Phantom of the Night in its native Germany) along with 1987’s Cobra Verde.
Readers of FM likely need no introduction to either Nosferatu or its titular character. Herzog’s film is of course a remake of the 1922 silent classic directed by F.W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck as cinema’s first classic vampire. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s immortal Dracula (published »
Phil Nichols, who portrays Renfield in the currently filming Vampire Diaries Renfield, dropped us a line with an update on the shoot and provided us with a batch of new photos to share with Dread Central readers.
Here's what Phil told us, "We're winding down Week 5 and are 3/4 through shooting the script. We are working to make the deadline to premiere the film at the Bram Stoker Film Festival in Whitby, England this October.
Last night we wrapped the 1895 flashbacks with Renfield. We're keeping Count Dracula's make-up a secret and won't release pics of his face until the movie premieres, but here's a look at the Brides of Dracula (Denise Williamson, Reem Al-Hellou, and Michelle James)."
Along with Nichols (who also wrote the screenplay) and the aforementioned Brides, the stars include Julin, John Stevens (as Dracula), Cory Hart, Shelley Boozer, Mel House, Paul Damon, Joe Grisaffi, Tyler Tackett, and Keli Wolfe. »
- The Woman In Black
Not to be confused with “Monster Squad” from Mike Mitchell, this “Monster Squad” has “The” in front of it, and is a remake of the 1987 movie from Fred Dekker and “Lethal Weapon” scribe Shane Black. The remake will be coming to you courtesy of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, the same blokes behind the recent rash of horror movie franchise reboots, including “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Friday the 13th”, and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. So what’s it all about? No idea, because I never saw the original, but here’s some helpful fella on IMDb.com: Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. »
Coming as no shock to anyone in the office today we learned Paramount Pictures is remaking the 1987 horror film The Monster Squad. Rob Cohen, who produced the original, hopes to direct the remake. Cohen will produce with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, and they’re meeting with writers...
Plot Synopsis: Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way.
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Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures is set to remake the 1987 film "Monster Squad," with Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) in talks to direct the new film. Cohen, who produced the original movie, is teaming up with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form to find a writer. Plot: Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The creatures are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. Check out "The Monster Squad" DVD trailer below. Trailer: »
A brief piece of news as Bloody Disgusting has learned that Platinum Dunes (Amityville Horror, The Unborn, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) is producing the remake of Monster Squad for Paramount Pictures. In Fred Dekker's 1987 original Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. Platinum Dunes' A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot arriving in theaters April 30th. »
This Salma Hayek-starring TV movie about the Dominican Republic resistance figure Minerva Mirabal is pretty good on the history, but she was even more daring than the film suggests
Director: Mariano Barroso
Entertainment grade: C
History grade: B–
The Mirabal sisters were famous figures in the resistance to Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic between 1930 and 1961.
The film begins with pictures of Trujillo's real-life victims (nasty, but accurate) and a few title cards. "His secret alliances with the church, aristocrats, intellectuals and the press were the foundation of his dictatorship," it tells us. Hang on. Church, yes. Aristocrats, to some extent, yes. Intellectuals and the press, hell no. Trujillo didn't ally with those groups: he harassed, repressed and censored them, and had individuals connected to them thrown to the sharks. Literally. Anyway, since when has anyone become an all-powerful dictator by allying with intellectuals? The historian loves »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
After the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”
On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing's catalogue. »
- Heather Buckley
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." --Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
"You don't understand! »
Remember "Bram Stoker's Dracula"? Director Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 re-telling of the literary classic that was responsible for introducing blood-sucker patient zero to the world. In the first half of the movie, we see Count Dracula move from his home in Transylvania to London, England. The circumstances of his sea voyage are seen only in brief glimpses. The takeaway however is that the titular vampire feasted on the crew, which led to a shipwreck. Neither Dracula nor his coffin were found in the wreckage, but whatever transpired on that boat must have been terrifying.
Writer Bragi Schut was so taken with the particulars of Dracula's sea voyage that he wrote a movie about it, "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," a decade ago. The story he cooked up has drawn comparisons with "Alien" since it involves a single malevolent being killing off a ship's crew, one at a time. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Once a year in a place called Hollywood, tons of celebs starve themselves, get botox in their armpits and fake tan all for an evening of glitz, glamour and a statue we all like to call an Oscar. Well this year won’t be any different except for the possibility of more drama, and who doesn’t love that? Until the 2010 Oscars are here lets take the time to review the 11 (not 10) worst outfits, both on stage and on the red carpet, that some of the best actors and actresses have been caught wearing and hopefully won’t repeat this year.
So I know I’m starting out with an Oscar night that most of us are even too young to remember, but I still have to know from Cher: what the hell were you thinking? There is One great thing about this photo though, her face isn’t filled »
- Porsche Simpson
Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; because you couldn't find anything better to do. Junkfood Cinema is the only bad movie column to have been letter-bombed by a radical faction of supermodels. Every week I shamelessly plaster my love for bad films all over the internet; examining each entry for its problems and affirm my warped sense of its worth. As if that weren't unhealthy enough, I also pair each film with a sinfully delicious snack food item guaranteed to embiggen your belly. Throughout February, as it is Black History Month, I will be diving into one of my favorite film genres of all time: blaxploiation. Last week we dodged bullets with Truck Turner, but this week we venture into the dark abyss of Blacula. Blacula is the story of an African prince named Mamuwalde who, along with his wife, travel to Transylvania to campaign for their country's inclusion into the Community of Nations; no idea what that »
- Brian Salisbury
When, and in what dark place, was the horror film born? And why do we love being terrified? David Thomson explains how one Hollywood studio defined a genre
The studio system has gone, even if some of the old names remain in use. No one would dream of a sophisticated romance coming out of Paramount any more, or a musical from MGM. Yet one ghost lives. At Universal, there is still the memory that this is the studio that created Lon Chaney and the working models of Dracula and Frankenstein. Now the beast stirs again, with Universal reviving one of its original horror properties with The Wolfman.
It seems obvious now that one of the inherent functions or opportunities that always faced the movies was scaring the living daylights out of us. When the train came into the station in the Lumiere brothers' early film programme, some in the audience »
- David Thomson
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Von Helsing is immediately arrested by the police and escorted to Scotland Yard, where he confesses to destroying Count Dracula, but because the vampire had already been dead for over 500 years, it could not be considered murder.
Van Helsing enlists the aid of psychiatrist 'Dr. Jeffrey Garth' (Otto Kruger), once one of his star students, while Dracula's daughter, 'Countess Marya Zaleska' (Gloria Holden), with the aid of her manservant,' Sandor' (Irving Pichel), steals Dracula’s body from Scotland Yard and ritualistically burns the fiend's body, hoping to break »
- Michael Stevens
By Scott Essman
In the history of the modern American cinema, there are but few legacies of makeup artists. While the legendary Burman and Dawn names each include three generations of makeup artists, there is but one lasting family that features four working generations: the Westmores of Hollywood. With ties to virtually every studio in the annals cinema, the Westmores have created classic makeups in top contemporary film and TV shows back to the earliest years of silent film.
George Westmore, the patriarch of the Westmore clan at the turn of the century, worked as a wigmaker in his native England — where he was born in 1879 — and gave birth to sons Mont (born in 1902), twins Perc and Ern (born in 1904), Wally (born in 1906), and a daughter, Dorothy (born in 1907). The young family traveled to the U.S. to seek better opportunities and maintained a wig-making and beauty salon business which floated amongst various cities, »
16 items from 2010
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