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It’s the start of a new month, and as ever in film and Blu-ray circles, nothing gets the fans salivating more than the upcoming release slate from the awesome folks over at Arrow Films. Its line-up of releases for August has been unveiled (both UK and Us), and you can view all the information below, including the stand-out title, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, which is getting a very special, limited edition release in a collector’s package.
Videodrome: Limited Edition
Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg’s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema. Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called ‘Videodrome’. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his »
- Scott J. Davis
The advent of nimble digital cameras and cutting edge visual effects has meant that filmmakers have been able to mount increasingly ambitious sci-fi stories on relatively small budgets.
This week sees the release of Monsters: Dark Continent, a follow-up to Gareth Edwards' brilliant 2010 debut Monsters. Not only did Monsters shoot Edwards to the big time, putting him in the director's chair for Godzilla and next year's Star Wars: Rogue One, but it also only cost less than $500,000 to make.
Below, we look at 11 incredible science fiction movies that prove you can make a great movie for just a fraction of what Avengers: Age of Ultron cost ($280 million, apparently!).
Dark Star (1974)
Production budget: $60,000
How many could you make for the price of Avengers: 4666
By Hank Reineke
On the weekend of April 24-25, DVD Drive-In and the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift, Pa, hosted the third annual April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama. This springtime festival of 1970s and 1980s exploitation horror-films, now in its third year, is the more recent sister to September’s glorious Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. This latter event, which will enjoy its ninth incarnation this coming autumn, generally features a slate of more “traditional” monster movies from the 1960s and 1970s. Neither weekend of programming should be missed by any horror film devotee with access to an automobile. The intent of the original Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (first presented at the Riverside in 2007) was to authentically re-create the ambiance of the all-night drive-in theater spook shows of the 1960s and 1970s. In this regard, the event succeeds in every possible manner.
Co-sponsored from its inception by George Reis of the cult-film website “DVD Drive-In” and the Riverside Drive-In, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
It’s impossible to not like Joe Lynch. Quite easily one of the nicest guys around, you can definitely hear the passion for film in his voice, and the mere mention of a film that Lynch is a fan of sparks a lengthy conversation, which is always great to have. Having recently hit DVD/Bluray, Lynch’s newest film, the Salma Hayek-led action film Everly, is an intense and inventive spin on the modern day action film, and features not only good performances by Hayek and a lot of other great actors, but also Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide).
We were able to have a chat with both Joe and Jen regarding Everly, what drew them to the project, and what’s coming next for them as well. Read on!
So the last time we spoke was right before the second season of Holliston arrived. You briefly mentioned »
- Jerry Smith
The horror landscape was changing by 1982. People were tiring of slashers; even the Halloween franchise decided to take a left (some would say wrong) turn away from Shatner masks and sharpened knives, and used the brand name to explore the holiday itself in the perpetually under-appreciated Season of The Witch. The genre seemed to be turning towards monsters, from large scale dread fests such as John Carpenter's The Thing to more intimate fare like Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case. The horror films of 1982 displayed a refreshing variety of ways to make audiences jump, squirm, gasp, smile, and when the occasion arose, vomit. The Beast Within giddily checks all the boxes.
Released in February by United Artists, the film took in a total of 7.7 million at the box office. Those were not great numbers, and the reviews were worse. Mainstream critics in general have never been kind to horror; almost »
- Scott Drebit
Evan Peters is taking a room in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also included in our latest round-up are details on The Girl in the Photographs, starring Kal Penn and executive produced by Wes Craven, as well as recently revealed photos from Fox's Scream Queens.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter today that Evan Peters has officially joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. Peters, a frequent American Horror Story actor, joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Chloë Sevigny.
This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #Ahshotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 24, 2015
The Girl in the Photographs: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2015) – Al-Ghanim Entertainment (Age), a specialty financing and production company founded by Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim, has announced today that Kal Penn »
- Derek Anderson
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
Wes Craven will executive produce his protégé Nick Simon’s (Removal; writer, last year’s The Pyramid) next feature, The Girl in the Photographs. The film stars Kal Penn and is to be shot by Dean Cundey, who photographed Halloween, The Fog, Halloween III and Jurassic Park. The film will mark Cundey’s return to horror after quite…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Escape from New York, 1981.
Directed by John Carpenter.
In 1997, when the Us President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.
Conversations about major big budget genre filmmakers of the 70s and 80s tend to center around Lucas and Spielberg, with Kubrick usually thrown into the mix, but John Carpenter deserves a spot in those talks too, even if he typically worked with a much smaller budget than those guys. Look at Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and this review’s subject, Escape from New York: That’s quite a run of films that are well remembered by many fans today, even if they didn’t all set the box office ablaze. »
- Gary Collinson
Scream Factory has most certainly done a fine job of bringing a lot of John Carpenter’s filmography to genre fans everywhere. With great collector’s edition Blurays of everything from Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness, They Live and Assault On Precinct 13, to the complete Halloween collection and even Carpenter’s Body Bags anthology. It’s been great to see some of my favorite films not only being re-released with amazing new transfers and sound, and to see films like The Fog and various other Carpenter films find new audiences and appreciation due to the resurgence that the gang at Sf have helped kickstart.
Adding to the growing Carpenter lineup at Sf, is today’s brand new release of the master of horror’s 1981 action classic, Escape From New York. With a brand new 2K scan of the inter-positive and an almost endless supply of supplemental material, this release »
- Jerry Smith
In addition to being a legacy film and horror director, John Carpenter is also an accomplished composer, having arranged numerous chilling, electronic scores for many of his films, including Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, and Escape from La.
But now Carpenter arguably took a page from David Lynch, having put out his first full, standalone album. Lost Themes arrived to solid reviews back in February of this year, and one of the album’s tracks, “Night”, just got its first music video.
The video is directed, not by Carpenter unfortunately, but by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, who have taken Carpenter’s synths and embedded them into a chilling, futuristic, virtual reality scenario. Watch it above. Lost Themes is in stores and available for digital purchase now.
The post Watch the music video for John Carpenter’s song ‘Night’ appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Brian Welk
For many genre movie lovers, the name John Carpenter holds a special reverence. The man brought Halloween, Escape From New York, The Fog, The Thing, They Live, and In The Mouth of Madness --- to name just a few --- to life. He's also known as a fantastic soundtrack composer with a very distinct, dark-synth style in his own right. His recently released non-soundtrack album, Lost Themes, fills the void for many a barren fan's cravings. Just days ago, the first official music video for Lost Themes was unleashed. Directed by Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst, Night follows Carpenter as he puts on a virtual reality device and experiences driving a gleaming black muscle car throughout Los Angeles. Lavishly colored nightscapes roll across the screen of...
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Fox (via EW) has released a set of new posters for their upcoming series “Scream Queens,” a new comedy-horror anthology series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, the executive producers of “Glee” and “American Horror Story.” Check them out below! Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”), OLiver Hudson,…
The post Three Posters for Fox’s Scream Queens Debut appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Spencer Perry
If you’re a fan of John Carpenter’s legendary film work (how could you Not be?), then chances are, you’re equally a fan of his musical endeavors as well. The master of horror behind such classic films such as Halloween, The Thing, The Fog and countless others has provided many of his films with synth-heavy music, all of which became instantly unforgettable and staples in horror fans’ ears. Earlier this year, John unleashed Lost Themes, an album of tracks for films that were never made (on Sacred Bones Records), and like every other bit of music Carpenter has made, the album has already turned ears on from fans and even newcomers to the director/musician.
Today, io9.com premiered the Gavin Hignight/Ben Verhulst-directed music video for “Night“, which is easily my favorite track off of Lost Themes. It’s a futuristic video that features Carpenter going »
- Jerry Smith
We’ve seen Matt as a child and we’ve seen how and why he became the Man Without Fear, but now it’s time for us to see just why Wilson Fisk is the way he is. It’s time to visit Fisk’s childhood.
There is an argument (a rather solid one at that) which says you should never learn too much about the motivation of your psychotic killer as he may start to become sympathetic. This argument is perfectly demonstrated when you compare John Carpenter’s Halloween to the Rob Zombie remake. In one version Michael Myers is a faceless killer that can’t be stopped, and in the other he’s a crybaby who is only bad because everyone around his was the worst of humanity. In the case of Wilson Fisk, we’re getting a more complex »
- Luke Owen
The downfall that faced Tobe Hooper's creative relationship with The Cannon Group in the eighties wasn't much different than the fate of George A. Romero's collaboration with Orion Pictures. After leaving an iconic legacy for horror in the previous decade, Hooper had a reputation to live up to when he made a three picture deal with Golan and Globus that resulted in the ambitious, but entertaining failure Lifeforce, the misunderstood parody The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and the family friendly remake of Invaders From Mars that helped sink Cannon out of Hollywood forever.
When considering the talent involved in this production that included screenwriting duties from Dan O' Bannon and special effects from legends like Stan Winston (who was simultaneously working on James Cameron's Aliens), John Dykstra (Star Wars) and Alec Gillis, this quite frankly should have been an exhilarating fantasy spectacle at the very least. Ironically, »
- Sean McClannahan
With more than $8.5 million at the box office over four weekends, writer/director David Robert Mitchell's moody new horror film "It Follows" may not be a sleeper hit on the order of a bona fide blockbuster like "Scream," but since its release in only four theaters in early March, it's transformed into a tidy small-scale success that no one could have predicted just a month ago. Like Wes Craven's 1996 self-aware slasher, the critically-acclaimed fright flick is a true word-of-mouth sensation; it raked in so much money in limited release that distributor Radius-twc put off the film's planned VOD debut and gave it a wide release in over 1,600 theaters. To what can we attribute this unlikely good fortune? For starters, "It Follows" is good -- very good. Along with Jennifer Kent's masterful 2014 supernatural scare machine "The Babadook," "It Follows" has arrived like a breath of fresh air in »
- Chris Eggertsen
If you consider yourself a horror fan even in the slightest and have yet to see writer/director David Robert Mitchell's It Follows then you're doing yourself a huge disservice. The Cannes alumnus is currently playing in wide release across the country which means you have one less excuse for not checking it out as soon as possible. Perri caught the film at Tiff calling it "thoughtful, engaging, and just an all-around blast to watch". Evan took issue with branding the pic as "the best horror film in 10 years" but admitted that it's "better than 95% of horror films out there". I agree with both sentiments wholeheartedly and will do my best to further sell you on its merits below. Starring Maika Monroe as a 19-year-old who learns she has inherited a curse from her boyfriend during a strange sexual encounter, It Follows is as artful a modern horror film as you're likely to find. »
- Jason Barr
Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4
Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.
The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2
Easy A – 9pm, E4
Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.
Fast Five – 9pm, Film4
This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »
Some horror movies go with a "slow-build" approach, and some go for the jugular right off the bat. The unexpected horror hit "It Follows" definitely falls into the latter category, as you can see in the opening scene embedded below (narrated by director David Robert Mitchell). Are you sufficiently unnerved? Good! That's what we're going for here. As the indie horror hit prepares to expand into over 1,600 theaters this weekend, below I've ranked 18 of the most iconic/frightening horror openings of all time from least to most scary. The result is a completely objective list that will remain set in stone for all eternity. Are you ready? Can you handle it? Countdown starts now... 18. "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) "They're coming to get you, Barbara." While I have no doubt that contemporary audiences covered their eyes in fright during the opening sequence of Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead, »
- Chris Eggertsen
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