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Shout! Factory TV is spreading fear all summer long with a plethora of classic films including John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper's Body Bags. Also: a Cthulhu Vinyl Bank from Diamond Select Toys and Blu-ray and DVD release details for The Last Survivors.
Shout! Factory TV's Summer of Fear: Press Release: "This July, summer hats up with a plethora of new programming on Shout! Factory TV that is sure to beat those binge cravings. Shout! Factory TV is unveiling Summer of Fear, a fright fest sure to please! A collection of classic horror films debut this month, featuring Body Bags, Day of the Dead, Night of the Demons, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Final Terror and many more.
Shout! Factory TV grants an insider’s insight into these films with the premiere of audio commentaries on the streaming service. This month, directors John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Kevin Tenney, »
- Tamika Jones
"...the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. Tonight..."
You can tell a lot about how effective a movie scene is by watching it again with the sound turned off. Stripped of its dialogue, sound effects and music, can the sequence still communicate its message?
James Cameron's The Terminator, blessed though it is with a superb score by Brad Fiedel and numerous quotable lines, could work almost as well as a silent movie. So much of Cameron's feature debut (discounting Piranha II: The Spawning, from which he was fired after just two weeks) is told through body language and skilful shot composition.
Watch The Terminator's opening again without sound, and you'll see just how effective and lean its visual storytelling is. »
Set your scream times for this fall, because Fox has announced their fall TV series premiere times, slating Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens for a two-hour premiere on September 22nd, Sleepy Hollow’s third season debut for October 1st, and Minority Report’s series premiere for September 21st.
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers): "Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The 2015-2016 season begins with the 67Th Primetime Emmy® Awards, which returns to Fox, airing Live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 Pm Et live/5:00-8:00 Pm Pt live). The special will be hosted by Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-nine).
- Derek Anderson
Written by Tom Wood
What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole »
Attention, Scream Queens enthusiasts: The doors of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority will officially open on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c.
VideosScream Queens‘ Full Trailer Reveals the Show’s First Murder — and It’s Twisted
The series — which also stars Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Lea Michele (Glee), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex) — takes place on a college campus that is rocked by a series of brutal murders.
This August, horror fans in the Midwest should get ready to trick or treat a little early this year as the 2015 Flashback Weekend Horror Convention is gearing up to celebrate all things Michael Myers with three days of Halloween-related events and guests as part of this year’s line-up. Flashback will also be honoring Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator for its 30th anniversary, will play host to several notable cast members from American Horror Story: Freak Show and much more.
Running Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il 60018), Flashback Weekend is celebrating its 13th year with an all-out Halloween extravaganza, paying tribute to the original and many of the sequels from the iconic franchise. Tickets for this year’s convention are currently already on sale Here and attendees can reserve their hotel rooms at the Crowne »
- Jonathan James
Halloween is getting another remake! In 1978 we were first introduced to the man who would stalk our nightmares and wake us up in sweaty terror: Michael Myers. John Carpenter directed the first Halloween movie, debuting both the masked killer and a young Jamie Lee Curtis. Several famous directors have helmed the series since, including rock star Rob Zombie, who directed the previous two installments. Zombie will not return to direct the franchise's upcoming 11th installment Halloween Returns, but don't fret, because the new maestro, Marcus Dunstan is no stranger to crafting very scary movies—he wrote Saw IV, V, and VI. Production on the upcoming »
Casting Has Begun for The Next Halloween Film Entitled Halloween Returns. Dimension films has begun the casting process for the next entry into the beloved, yet half-terrible, franchise of horror films. This will be the 11th film in the series, and is meant as a “recalibration” of sorts.
This will be a reboot. This will not follow the latest Rob Zombie directed films, nor continue along the Jamie Lee Curtis or Busta Rhymes storylines. That was a joke, but I felt it necessary to point out. In all seriousness, I adore the first Halloween film. It’s one of my top five horror films, and was a major influence of sensibilities and aesthetic taste in my early childhood. I’ve followed the franchise all my life and am always hoping for something pure, something that gets back to that first film. Hell, even the second, or H:20, even. I know »
- Marco Margaritoff
Update: Shedding a bit more light on what this project will be about, ShockTillYouDrop has published an article saying that this movie will actually continue the continuity from John Carpenter's original franchise. The cop mentioned in the report below will actually be Deputy Gary Hunt from 1981's Halloween II, and will be the sheriff when we catch up with him in the new film. The original report in its entirety is below It.s been a good, long while since we.ve heard much of anything about the Halloween reboot, and longer still since the last movie debuted. But today comes a whole bunch of information, including confirmation on the director and . pause for dramatic effect . what this iteration will be about. First off, Bloody Disgusting confirmed that Marcus Dustan, the director of The Collector and a writer behind some of the Saw movies, will direct the Halloween reboot, »
Press Release: "New York, NY (June 15, 2015) – Dimension Films and Trancas International Films announced today that production will start in July on the highly anticipated thriller Halloween Returns, which follows notorious killer Michael Myers . Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton the writers behind a number of the Saw films have written the script, which is a terrifying new installment of the classic franchise originated by John Carpenter. Marcus Dunstan will also direct the film. The last big screen performances for Michael Myers were in Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). Malek Akkad is set to produce with Matthew Stein as executive producer. The log line is currently being kept under wraps.
“Michael Myers has taken a long break from the big screen and we know fans are eager to see him return. »
- Jonathan James
John Carpenter originated the franchise in 1978, directing and co-writing with producer Debra Hill and creating the Michael Myers villain as an escaped mental patient. Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis starred in Curtis’ film debut as the heroine Laurie Strode.
- Dave McNary
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films announced today that Halloween Returns, the next installment in the landmark Halloween horror franchise, will roll cameras this July, cementing Michael Meyers’ long-awaited return to the big screen.
Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script for the new take, which is said to act as a “recalibration” for the series. Dunstan, the mastermind behind horror duology The Collector and The Collection, is also directing, with Malek Akkad producing.
Dunstan and Melton already have many successful collaborations under their collective belts. Their take on The Outer Limits is currently in development over at MGM, while they’ve also worked on Universal’s God of War and recently sold Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a pitch to CBS Films, which is still developing it into a film.
Plot details for Halloween Returns are being kept under wraps, but the script »
- Isaac Feldberg
We haven't heard much about the new Halloween movie since Dimension Films hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write it back in February, but now it looks like the film's title and synopsis have been unveiled, giving us a tease of Michael Myers' next onscreen slaughter.
According to Moviehole, the title of the new Halloween movie is Halloween Returns (not to be confused with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers). Described as a standalone film, Halloween Returns will see Michael escape the clutches of the law once again:
“Halloween Returns” will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own »
- Derek Anderson
I was just barely a teenager when Jurassic Park came out in theaters, but I had already read the book, thanks to a thoughtful birthday gift from a family member. I was so excited about seeing that movie that I could hardly sit still. When the time came and I finally got to go, it was every bit the spectacle I had expected.
Two sequels and twenty-two years later, when Jurassic World was announced I was far less enthusiastic. The franchise felt overused and I was not the least bit interested in another unnecessary reboot. After all, no one needed to take over Ian Malcolm’s spectacularly egotistical boots from Jeff Goldblum any more than someone needed to try to out grump Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant.
With the death of horror film legend Christopher Lee, the last of the legendary honor guard of horror has passed on. He was part of an elite group that created the horror genre. Lee’s passing is a reminder that it’s been a long time since we had a new horror film superstar. Is the day of the horror film specialist gone forever? Where are the big-screen boogie-men for the 21st century?
Once upon a time there were a group of actors, known as the ‘screen boogiemen’ who created the horror film/monster movie genre (starting in Universal Studios and later in Hammer Studios.) They were specialists who understood the psychology and performance style of horror cinema and became legends in the industry. The first was silent film star Lon Chaney Sr. (Phantom of the Opera, London After Midnight, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Unholy Three, the Monster, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
John Carpenter is feeling little excitement about a Big Trouble in Little China redo. The legendary director spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday about whether he would be involved in the new version of the 1986 action film that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in talks to star in. "I'm ambivalent about a remake," said Carpenter, who is also known for directing Halloween and Escape From New York. "On the other hand, it depends on how much they pay me." According to Bleeding Cool, Carpenter took part in a Facebook thread about the remake, saying
- Ryan Gajewski
It was announced last week that San Andreas lead and movie mega star Dwayne Johnson was going to produce and star in a remake of the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. Since then, he has said that he wants to work with original director John Carpenter on the remake. But what does Mr. Carpenter make of someone remaking one of his most beloved movies?
“I’m ambivalent about a remake,” Carpenter told The Wall Street Journal. “On the other hand, it depends on how much they pay me.”
See Also: Copy/Paste: Point Break, Big Trouble in Little China, and a Shared 007 Universe?
Carpenter is a man who is no stranger to his movies being remade. In 2005, remakes were released of both The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13, Rob Zombie directed two remakes of Halloween and there has been plans to remake Escape From New York in »
- Luke Owen
It is fitting that Tourist Trap came out in 1979. This was a year of variety in horror with everything from Ridley Scott’s Alien to Lucio Fulci’s Zombie. From space creatures to the walking dead and all points in between, this was the end of a decade and Tourist Trap couldn’t have been made at any other time. It’s magnificently weird.
Released in March by Compass International Pictures, Tourist Trap was not a commercial or critical success. That’s a real shame because it possesses a unique ability to get under the skin of the viewer with the oddest of fears: Mannequins. Have you ever been shopping and felt the dead eyed gaze of these department store statues? Ever felt they were watching…and waiting? Well sit back and strap in as things are about to get strange.
In a nutshell: A traveling group of young adults »
- Scott Drebit
Chief among things that go bump in the night in “Insidious: Chapter 3” is the movie itself — a thuddingly dull prequel to James Wan’s very enjoyable (and highly profitable) demonic-possession horror franchise. Like last year’s subpar “The Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle,” this direly routine ghost story marks a huge comedown in production values and performance quality from the series’ previous entries (which earned a combined $258 million worldwide), despite the presence of longtime Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell behind the camera and always game-faced elder scream queen Lin Shaye in front of it. But the movie’s cardinal sin is that it’s a stifling bore — a “chapter” even devotees may deem less than essential summer reading.
After devoting two films to the bedevilment of the Lambert family — specifically, a spooky old hag that had attached itself to patriarch Josh (Patrick Wilson) from childhood — the “Insidious” series seemed poised to continue »
- Scott Foundas
Add Big Trouble in Little China to the list of John Carpenter films getting the remake treatment. Halloween, The Fog, and Assault on Precinct 13 all received remakes, The Thing was a prequel/remake, and a remake of Escape from New York is in active development. All of the originals hold up, but I’m willing to entertain the possibility of a successful Big Trouble in Little China remake if Dwayne Johnson is on board. According to The Wrap, Johnson is in talks to star in and produce the Big Trouble in Little China remake. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will write the script, which will have Johnson taking on the role of Jack Burton, “an All-American trucker who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in San Francisco’s Chinatown.” [caption id="attachment_252765" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Universal Pictures[/caption] A remake of Big Trouble in Little China will be a tricky balancing act. »
- Matt Goldberg
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