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There’s a level of accomplishment that very few films are able to pull off: being able to be striking and effective without having to rely on continual dialogue. These days, the typical audience member tends to put their money and attention towards films that are fast-paced and have a lack of room to breathe, and to be completely honest, it’s both upsetting and unfortunate. When films come along and put a mood or tone above the typicality of what usually gets put in front of you, it’s a special moment, and one that should be celebrated. It’s with that refreshing approach that we’re given Gabriel Carrer’s The Demolisher, a film that is able to bring you in for an aggressive and brutal, yet at times quiet ride.
- Jerry Smith
There are some movies you just have to see with an audience. Actually, there aren't a lot of movies you shouldn't see theatrically amidst a packed crowd of fellow film fans. But, in particular, horror has always been a genre best watched with a lot of people, because of the communal experience of screaming in fear in unison but also because of the infectious giggling and general togetherness, the safety of a group, that can cut through the tension and scariness of something like Halloween. John Carpenter's 1978 classic is pertinent to such consideration of horror viewing, as there's a video circulating today of the ending of Halloween accompanied by audio of a full audience watching the movie back during its original release. Now you can watch at...
- Christopher Campbell
It’s been 37 years since John Carpenter‘s classic slasher Halloween sent waves through the horror genre and across the nation, scaring the living daylights out of audiences in 1978. But what was it like to experience this film for the first time? What was it like to witness Michael Myers, or The Shape, chasing Laurie […]
The post Listen to a Terrified Audience During a Packed ‘Halloween’ Screening in 1978 appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
As I noted in a piece I wrote earlier this week, I hold John Carpenter's "Halloween" head and shoulders above the majority of other slashers, and that's because the director brought real artistry and atmosphere to a film that in lesser hands would have played as cheap, exploitative cinema. To this day it remains one of the scariest movies of all time, but I've always wondered what it would have been like to see it in 1978, when audiences were a little less desensitized than they are now. Now we can stop wondering, kind of, thanks to this vintage audio clip, recorded in a Hollywood Boulevard movie theater during a 1979 screening. It offers just the slightest sense of what it might have felt like to see "Halloween" in a packed house when it was still a relatively new phenomenon. Fair to say it was a little livelier than it would probably be today. »
- Chris Eggertsen
When MTV teased the opening eight minutes of their "Scream" spinoff series late last month, I described the scene -- which depicted the brutal, jugular-spurting murder of Bella Thorne's character -- as "lazy, gratuitous and boring." I might have added "misogynistic" to the list of descriptors. It's a piece I probably wouldn't have written five years ago. My freshman year of high school, I caught a Friday-night showing of "Halloween" and "Halloween II" back-to-back -- on basic cable, with all the sex and nudity cut out. Because this is America, what remained was the violence: stabbings, impalings, deadly hot-tub scaldings, eyes gouged with hypodermic needles. I loved it all, innocently. I still do, but with less assurance. What is it that draws me to this macabre spectacle? More to the point: should I really feel good about enjoying it? The slasher film, as a rule, is a celebration of violence. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Blu-ray.com reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has set a September 29th release date for the Christine Blu-ray, which should give horror fans more than enough time to have it on their shelves by the time Halloween movie marathon season hits.
No special features have been announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. Directed by Carpenter (and also featuring an eerie score he crafted with Alan Howarth) from a screenplay Bill Phillips penned based on King's novel of the same name, Christine stars Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Harry Dean Stanton, and Christine Belford.
Synopsis: "Geeky student Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. »
- Derek Anderson
Activia is doing Jamie Lee Curtis' body good. And it doesn't seem to be hurting her sense of whimsy, either! The Halloween goddess attended fight-game tournament extravaganza Evo 2015 in Las Vegas this weekend with hubby Christopher Guest and their two kids, but they either didn't want to cause a stir with their famous faces or they're just that into gaming. (Who knew?!) So they went in costume, of course! "Grad trip to @evo2k. 2 stay incognito was Vega who wears a mask. @StreetFighter family. DJ, Dr. Bosconovich, Makoto," Curtis shared a pic after the fam had pulled off their covert op. Mask-wearing, claw-wielding Vega appears in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, while »
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Before the world premiere of the Scream Queens pilot at San Diego Comic-Con, Jamie Lee Curtis emceed the event like it was last call the night before the Navy leaves the Golden Coast, and there was still plenty of partying to do. By the time Curtis had introduced the cast, including Emma Roberts and Lea Michele, and paid her respects to Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy, the mood in the room was wild, jubilant, and maybe a little nuts. So in many respects, it reflected the tone of the maniacally entertaining television series they were about to watch.
While I have vowed not to give away any spoilers for the first hour of Fox’s high-concept slasher/comedy/soap opera/mystery thriller, I can definitely say that at »
Fans of Joe Dante’s 1981 werewolf classic, The Howling, might have been a little taken back with its 1985 sequel, The Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf, with its complete 180 in tone and outrageous mix of sexuality and humor, but the film has since become quite the cult favorite. Driven by performances from Christopher Lee, Reb Brown, Annie McEnroe and the extremely sexy Sybil Danning, the film might be a little too out there for die hard lovers of the first film, but Scream Factory’s new Bluray release of Philipe Mora’s outrageous entry into the series might just be what’s needed to make them all converts.
Picking up where the first film left off, The Howling II finds Ben White (Reb Brown), the brother of Dee Wallace’s character from the original, attending her funeral and wanting answers about her death. Soon coming across not only Jenny »
- Jerry Smith
Murphy, famously known to stay mum on spoilers, offered up a few details on the upcoming season of “Ahs,” much to the delight of Con attendees in Hall H.
As for the most anticipated star on the new season, Lady Gaga, Murphy says she’ll also play bad — which is something the star requested. “She said, ‘I want to be evil,'” the show creator recalled »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Knowing that the audience for Fox’s upcoming Scream Queens will be impatient to find out whodunit, showrunner Ryan Murphy isn’t going to make viewers wait: He’s introducing the murderer in the series’ premiere. But, of course, there’s a catch.
Though fans will “definitely meet the killer” in the horror-comedy’s two-hour launch on Sept. 22, Murphy said at a joint American Horror Story/Scream Queens panel at Comic-Con on Sunday that they won’t realize at the time who it is. However, “if you go back and watch that episode at the end [of the season], I think it’s very clear. »
The stars of Fox's new horror comedy anthology Scream Queens gave Comic-Con attendees plenty to, well, scream about Sunday. At a panel for the new series, stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Billie Lourde were joined by co-creator Ryan Murphy, who teased the new series as "Halloween meets Heathers." The mention of the latter elicited big screams from the crowd for Halloween star Curtis, who was attending Comic-Con for the first time. To the joy of the crowd, Curtis said she will pay tribute to her breakthrough role on Scream Queens.
- Kate Stanhope
Chicago – Horror films have many players, but few contenders. Writer/directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff debut with “The Gallows,” a “found footage” movie about a force that haunts a typical American high school, complete with familiar student types, and touches on the mysteries of unresolved events and their backlash.
In 1993, a student named Charlie Grimmille is killed performing a hangman’s act in the school play called “The Gallows.” Twenty years after this event, the school resurrects the failed production in an attempt to honor the memory of Charlie. When a group of four students break into the school and onto the play’s set after hours, a series of unexpected situations start to occur, for which there is no escape. Lofing and Cluff go “old school” in this overt and psychological horror movie, and the result is a chilling fright fest, containing the “presence” of unseen forces.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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
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