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This has truly been a summer of sonic shocks, my creeps, and the arcane audio keeps on a-comin’. Take fer instance the groovy ghoulies that are sittin’ here right now: Ghosts in the Graveyard! I caught these crazy creatures as they tried to film some sort of music video atop my crypt. A quick love tap from my Terror Tazer™ later, and these musical monsters are my new house band! Since they’re going to be permanent “guests” around here, why not find out what makes these beastly bards tick?
Famous Monsters. What’s the low-down on Ghosts in the Graveyard, and how did you come up with yer sinister sound?
Byron. It all started many years ago. I was in the industrial band God Module, a band that while I loved being brought into and getting to add my touch here and there, ultimately wasn’t my creation. One »
When the ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist isn’t melting our faces with insane rock ‘n’ roll riffs and spine tingling guitar solos, he sometimes likes to try his hand at filmmaking, and specifically film production. According to THR, Slash’s new venture – which is still currently untitled – will be a throwback to horror classics of the 70’s and 80’s like John Carpenter’s Halloween and Friday the 13th.
Slash will be co-producing with Revolver Picture Company, a highly touted rising horror-only based production company, with the aim to start a new franchise. The rocker signed on after an extensive development meeting with representatives of Revolver. The script has been written by Brian Sieve (Boogeyman 2 & 3) and the project will reportedly be on a larger scale and budget to their previous movies.
Speaking about the project Slash said, “They had an idea that tied in perfectly with a theme that I »
- Gavin Logan
The internet is full of all sorts of wild marriage proposals that go viral. Whether you.re surfing Facebook, flipping through Imgur, or even if you.re just surfing our archives here at Cinema Blend . there.s plenty of attention grabbing proposals that you could stumble upon without even trying. Yet there.s something about this particular proposal that caught our eyes. Maybe it.s because instead of using the typical romantic approach, our subject this time around used a different tactic: sheer terror. In a world Yahoo covered the story of Alec Wells, a man who.s taken his girlfriend.s love of John Carpenter.s Halloween to heart. Alec.s girlfriend is Katherine Canipe, the host of Boys And Ghouls - a podcast dedicated to all things horror. Naturally, her favorite horror film is the 1978 classic and being the attentive partner that he is Alec arranged for Katherine »
There are few directors with as rich and varied a back catalogue as John Carpenter. Since 1974, he’s directed eighteen feature films, three made-for-tv ones and has also tried his hand at straight-up television with Showtime’s Masters of Horror Series. Although ostensibly retired, there are frequent rumblings that feature number nineteen may be on its way.
What Carpenter’s next film would be is anyone’s guess. Although he’s most commonly associated with the horror genre, he has also been at the helm of science-fiction, action, drama, music biopics and a martial arts movie. His films were largely dismissed when they were first released but the majority of them have since been reassessed and several of his films are now considered masterpieces in their own right.
- Lewis Howse
After Dark’s “8 Films To Die For” has given genre fans quite a few titles over the years to latch onto, with films like Borderland, The Gravedancers, and quite a few others that offered something fresh and exciting to the annual 8-film theatrical experience. This year, the lineup is filled with films like Re-kill, Murder In The Dark, The Wicked Within, Lumberjack Man, Suspension, the Hank Braxton-helmed killer Polar Bear film Unnatural and now the “7th Film to Die For”, Bastard, has been announced, adding to the onslaught of horror hitting theaters on October 16th.
A slasher throwback filled with enough gore and slashing to make Jason Voorhees blush, Bastard aims to scare the living hell out of you fright fanatics, all while paying homage to the days of Tom Savini’s FX and according to the press release, “Jamie Lee Curtis’ lungs”.
“Bastard is a labor of horror »
- Jerry Smith
How did it feel to know Ryan Murphy wouldn’t have done the show without you?
It is rarefied air to have someone call you up and say, “I am writing something for you.” It’s only happened to me a few times and it’s not happened to people sometimes ever. First of all, it happened with John Cleese. I thought of course he wanted my husband, because Chris (Guest) had just done “Spinal Tap.” Then the same thing happened with Jim Cameron (for “True Lies”). This is the third time in many, many years that someone has called me and said, “I’m writing something for you.” Right away, it makes you feel like you have something to offer that somebody wants. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Four Horror Films on the Big Screen in Central New Jersey
Chainsaw Productions presents Horror In The Dark: A Summer Movie Series at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Among the films screening are: 08/27/2015 – Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 09/03/2015 – James Wan’s Insidious (2010) 09/10/2015 – William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) 09/17/2015 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) ...
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- Jonathan Stryker
The actors are all gathered in the luxurious living-room set of the show’s Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house, and Falchuk wants them to react with unbridled outrage to the news that Dean Cathy Munsch, as embodied by series star Jamie Lee Curtis, will be cancelling the college’s planned Halloween celebration. Seems there’s a killer on the loose on campus, and no one knows when he or she is going to strike next.
If this sounds a bit like Chief Brody closing the beach in “Jaws” — well, score one for the creative team behind “Scream Queens.”
As conceived by mastermind Ryan Murphy, the 15-episode series, debuting next month, aims to send up the classic »
- Debra Birnbaum
Next month, executive producer Ryan Murphy will unveil Fox’s “Scream Queens,” the first of three series he’s currently working on — along with FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”
The comedy/horror series — which includes a star-studded cast headlined by Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts — follows a group of sorority sisters plagued by a devil-suited killer who’s picking off a victim, week by week.
Here, he tells Variety about building the cast, unmasking the killer — and who’ll be back next season.
It really was. I made that clear to (Fox CEOs) Dana (Walden) and Gary (Newman)… When she came in to meet, in typical Jamie Lee Curtis fashion, she brought photography books. She’s the queen of the book. She’s always sending everybody books as presents. »
- Debra Birnbaum
The Cinefamily Theatre in La has been known to turn up the spooky on Friday nights for their “Friday Night Frights” series. A few weekends ago, my current horror movie obsession, It Follows, was screened and Director David Robert Mitchell and Soundtrack Composer Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland) made an appearance to answer questions and enjoy the show with fans. I was lucky enough to catch up with them before the film and get a few of my questions answered.
Famous Monsters. Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me! I am a Huge fan of the film and am dying to hear where the inspiration for this story came from.
David Robert Mitchell. Well I’d been thinking about trying to make a horror film for a long time. I love horror movies and I just wanted to make one. The base idea for this came from »
- Caroline Stephenson
Are you ready to see some serious shit? Two die-hard Back to the Future fans from California have announced their engagement with an amazing mocked-up poster.
On the left, as Marty McFly, is Alec Wells, and on the right, as Doc Brown, is his girlfriend - now fiancée - Katherine Canipe.
Called "Here's To The Future", the photo was Canipe's idea: one brought to life by professional photographer Ricky Middlesworth.
Revealing this awe-inspiring artwork on Reddit, the happy couple explained that they are both huge movie buffs, and both work in the entertainment industry.
Needless to say, if you're lucky enough to be invited to the wedding, your invitation will feature - you guessed it - this design as its centrepiece. We can only hope for an "Enchantment Under The Sea" theme for the reception.
Canipe decided on this delightfully nerdy engagement announcement after her Bttf Bff proposed to her »
Beginning Friday, September 18, the annual Purge will commence at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as both parks debut all-new disturbingly-real experiences, inspired by Universal's popular franchise film series created by writer and director James DeMonaco and produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. Guests will attempt to survive the night as they are immersed in the film's depraved world, where all crime is declared legal as part of the government's annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge.
The Terror Tram: Survive the Purge experience at Universal Studios Hollywood will pit guests against morally-compromised citizens, who take to the streets to cleanse the country of those deemed as less desirable, without fear of retribution. Recognizing that not all citizens choose to hunt during The Purge, a newly endorsed Purge Party will welcome guests to honor this proud national tradition by watching the night's dramatic events unfold on large »
Halloween Horror Nights are a huge success at the Universal Studios resort in Hollywood, and we always anticipate what new movies they bring to their event every year. The theme park has just announced that it will break new ground with the introduction of its first ever 3D horror-comedy maze, This is the End 3D, based on 2013’s hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson.
This looks quite awesome. Check out the promo video for the planned maze below.
Other mazes this year include “Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness,” based on Legendary and Universal Pictures’ much-anticipated Crimson Peak film directed, co-written and produced by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” based on season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series, “Insidious: Return to the Further,” based on the bone-chilling Insidious film trilogy, »
- Paul Heath
Did you never want the apocalyptic party from 2013's This Is the End to stop? If so, then you might want to aim your car hood towards the West Coast this fall, because Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood has announced an upcoming This Is the End 3D horror comedy maze.
Kicking off September 18th, the This Is the End maze is a collaboration between Universal Studios Hollywood and James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, who starred as themselves in the film about a party at Franco's house that turns deadly when the biblical apocalypse begins.
The maze will feature a replica of Franco's Hollywood home and it sounds as though decisions participants make could determine whether they end up damned and left for dead or saved and sent to heaven (as seen in the film), offering a bit of a Choose Your Own Adventure flavor to the proceedings. »
- Derek Anderson
In a bold, new approach to bringing iconic horror films to life during Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Hollywood will break new ground with the introduction of its first ever 3D horror-comedy maze. This Is the End 3D is based on 2013's hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Halloween Horror Nights begins on Friday, September 18, 2015.
The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This Is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco's new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld.  With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, This Is the End »
Made for $500,000, and intended as a fast and cheap cash-in on John Carpenter’s Halloween, Friday The 13th grossed $5.8 million in its first three days of release, going on to make more than $100 million for Paramount. Of the pictures the studio released in 1980, only Urban Cowboy and Airplane! made more money.
Independent companies usually distributed cheap horror pictures, and the fact that a major studio released Friday cannot be overstated. Its success proved you didn’t need big stars, expensive effects or a good script to enjoy a monster hit, just a B-grade exploitation movie that played to necking teenagers. This was ironic: Drive-ins, the home of B-grade horror, were in decline, and as multiplexes began inheriting their audiences – those that hadn’t been lost to VHS – studios catered for them with pictures that were slick, calculated and bland.
The formula was simple: little known actors in their first lead roles, »
- Ian Watson
Calling somebody a Scream Queen is something of a misnomer. This point is brought up because an actress can be called that and not actually scream in a film. It truly comes down to how she distinguishes herself in a given role. It's not about how much she exercises her vocal talents. It's more about how many squeals she can illicit from the audience.
Some Scream Queens do, in fact, scream very well. Others do things in a horror movie to make people scream. It all comes down to the kind of scary movie that it is. A film like Scream is filled with people hollering at the top of their lungs, hence the title. A movie like It Follows is not. Yet, they are both very scary horror movies.
However, the Scream Queen resides on a certain block in pop culture. Usually, they are inordinately attractive. However, this is »
It's August. The last vestiges of summer are upon us. But for those of us that revel in crisp, fall leaves crunching beneath our shoes, Halloween, and pumpkin-flavored anything, we can look forward to several horror film releases coming up in October, one of which is the creepy film from the writers of John Carpenter's The Ward, The Inhabitants. Check out the trailer in my original post about this project here. The film also sports a new poster, shown here. What do you think?In an exclusive for TwitchFilm, I've just been told that Gravitas Ventures will be releasing this supernatural thriller on October 13 on video on demand (VOD). The film will air on multiple VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play,...
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Amadeus Serafini is an anomaly. Part Christian Slater during his Nicholson phase, with a smidgen of Jason Patric pre Speed 2 and post Lost Boys. Noticeable only for his absence from my reviews, Serafini has floated around on the periphery having little impact for some time. Not only was he inconsequential but also seemed ideal material for the mortuary slab. However episode six has not only made his character more interesting, but a viable candidate for inclusion within this review.
Present in the opening five minutes, Kieran Wilcox has clearly gained some relevance beyond mere eye candy. Riffing on John Carpenter’s Halloween, ‘Betrayed’ starts in the house of Brandon James. Unlike previous attempts this sequence reveals its hand at precisely the right time, by pulling a little Empire Strikes Back Dagobah homage. Not only are these initial moments effective, »
- Gary Collinson
Michael Myers, one of the most terrifying villains in cinematic history, is set to terrify an entire new community, when the all new Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home maze premieres at Halloween Horror Nights on September 18. The maze is inspired by the classic 1978 slasher film, ‘Halloween,’ which co-written and directed by renowned horror filmmaker John Carpenter. Halloween Horror Nights’ latest revealed maze will take guests through the tormented town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where ‘Halloween,’ which featured Jamie Lee Curtis in her acting debut, is set. The horror thriller, which begins on the title holiday in 1963, follows a six-year-old Michael Myers as he inexplicably and brutally stabs his [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
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