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SPACELAB9's The Walking Dead vinyl soundtrack is a New York Comic Con exclusive featuring special treats for any fan of the series. Also: CONtv's Creep Con Halloween celebration and In the Dark release details.
The Walking Dead Vinyl Soundtrack: Press Release: "October 1st, 2015 – There’s a chill in the air and the daylight hours are getting shorter as the world awaits the return of The Walking Dead! Just in time for the all-new season 6 and with the New York Comic Con just a week away, SPACELAB9 announces yet another key entry in their roster of Nycc exclusive releases for the sold out, multi-day pop culture extravaganza. That’s right, the official vinyl soundtrack to the multi-award-winning fan favorite drama series AMC’s The Walking Dead is back from the grave one last time in a very limited edition as SPACELAB9 unveils the Nycc Exclusive “Brain and Guts” Vinyl Variant Edition. »
- Tamika Jones
Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Directed by Jim Sharman
Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman
For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. To this day, screenings held in and around its anniversary as well as on Halloween sell out. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history. »
- Ricky Fernandes
Written and directed by Ishirô Honda
Ishiro Honda’s grim, black-and-white post-Hiroshima nightmare stands the test of time. This allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb is quite simply a powerful statement about mankind’s insistence to continue to destroy everyone and everything the surrounds us. With just one shot (a single pan across the ruins of Tokyo), Honda manages to express the devastation that Godzilla represents. Since its debut, Godzilla has become a worldwide cultural icon, but very little is said about actor Takashi Shimura, who adds great depth as Dr. Yamane; his performance is stunning. Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted to use classic stop-motion animation to portray Godzilla, but time and budget limitations forced him to dress actors up in monster suits. Despite this minor setback, Tsuburaya’s scale sets of Tokyo are crafted with such great attention to detail, »
- Ricky Fernandes
With the leaves turning and Halloween on the way, October is prime time for watching movies that scare the hell out of you. And one of the scariest of the last few decades is making its way back to theaters to give you even more nightmares. John Carpenter’s slasher classic Halloween is making its way back to theaters, though your window to see this on the big screen one more time is very, very small. Fathom Events is going to bring a young Jamie Lee Curtis and the original Michael Myers back to theaters for one night, and one night only. That’s not a terribly shocking development; every year about this time, reparatory screenings of the original Halloween go down all over the country, but this one won’t take place exactly when you expect it to, as it happens on Thursday, October 29, sandwiched between »
It’s hard to believe that movies like The Tingler (1959), Blood Feast (1963) and Suspiria (1977) didn’t get a late-October release, but at the time Halloween was seen as a lull period between summer and Christmas. All of that changed when, on 31 October 1978, John Carpenter’s Halloween had its Us premiere.
Not only had no previous picture made use of the title, but enterprising filmmakers had failed to seize upon the season for a gimmick release strategy. Originally conceived as The Babysitter Murders, Halloween owes some of its success to producer Irwin Yablans, who set out to do just that.
Set in Haddonfield, one of those Illinois towns where the cars bear California plates and palm trees are visible in the background, Carpenter’s movie uses the date as an excuse for lots of horror movie atmospherics, most of which hadn’t been seen in a while. The closest »
- Ian Watson
If you think you're brave enough to hear them, iconic composer John Carpenter is performing his chilling film soundtracks live for the first time.
The musician - famed for his horror and science fiction scores - will be playing a one-off show at the Atp Iceland Festival in June next year.
He recently paid tribute to "old-school" director Wes Craven, who passed away last month.
Atp Iceland Festival will take place in Ásbrú in Keflavík, from July 1-3, 2016.
Watch John Carpenter's The Thing trailer below: »
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Slate‘s David Ehrlich asks if A24 can save the film industry:
When historians of the future try to pinpoint the precise moment that the film industry crawled out of its deathbed and back onto its feet, there’s a good chance they’ll land somewhere in March 2013, when a fledgling distribution company called A24 Films transformed a Harmony Korine movie starring a cornrowed James Franco into a genuine cultural event.
After exploring the evolution of the aspect ratio, watch a video essay on the »
- TFS Staff
The first and best Halloween film returns to theaters. What’s that you say, horror fan? You worship at the druid shrine of John Carpenter’s landmark 1978 body count classic Halloween and yet, you say you’ve never, ever seen it on the big screen Well, brother/sister/other, no need to get bent out of, er, “Shape”. For if…
- Chris Alexander
I can’t even imagine how awesome it must’ve been to see Halloween in theaters back in 1978. It’s an experience that simply can’t be replicated, though Fathom Events is serving up the next best thing this October. John Carpenter’s classic… Continue Reading →
The post Original Halloween Coming Back to Theaters This October appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
The folks at Fathom Events are making sure "everyone's entitled to one good scare" this October, as they have announced the theatrical return of John Carpenter’s Halloween for one night only on Thursday, October 29th:
Press Release: Denver -- The horror classic “John Carpenter’s Original Halloween” (1978) is returning to the big screen for a special one-night event on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Fathom Events, in partnership with SpectiCast, will present this fan favorite in its entirety with an exclusive introduction by John Carpenter, providing insights on “Halloween” and how it has forever changed the horror genre in Hollywood.
Tickets for “John Carpenter’s Original Halloween” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a »
- Derek Anderson
The horror classic “Halloween” is coming to more than 220 movie theaters around America for one night leading into Halloween weekend, 37 years after the low-budget tale of teenage terror captivated audiences.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday, Sept. 30 for the event, which includes a special introduction of the film by writer and director John Carpenter. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 — two days before Halloween.
“Halloween” told the story of Michael Myers, a six-year-old who brutally murders his sister on a cold Halloween night in 1963. After 15 years in a mental hospital, he returns to his sleepy hometown of Haddonfield, Ill., with a plan for more bloodshed. Michael (played by Nick Castle and Tony Moran) stalks Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis, in her big screen debut) and her friends as they babysit. Donald Pleasance plays the psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis.
The 1978 film debuted Oct. 25, 1978 in Kansas City and slowly spread to theaters across the U. »
- James Rainey
We’re only a little over a month away from Halloween now, kiddies, and Tuesday’s home entertainment releases are primed to get you ready for the haunting season. John Carpenter’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s Christine is making its way to Blu-ray on September 29th, as well as the cult slasher film Savage Weekend, which is being presented by the fine folks over at Kino Lorber.
For those of you Cannon Films fans out there, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documentary is arriving on DVD this week and Kevin Bacon’s latest outstanding thriller, Cop Car, is also coming to Blu and DVD September 29th. A handful of indie horror films are also being released this week, and for those of you out there with genre-loving progeny, a few fun movies perfect for younger viewers will arrive on home media as well.
- Heather Wixson
The dirty little secret about salaried critics is that most of them look down on horror films, particularly the kind that feature rubber monsters, bikinied starlets and drooping microphones. Give them a 3 hour long ghost story from Laos, though, where “dramatic tension” is provided by a door that opens by itself, and they’ll reach for their hyperboles faster than you can say, “inveterate culture snobs.”
For the critic, horror is always just a step above pornography, a genre that has no artistic merit and wallows in its own filth. Even John Carpenter’s Halloween, the movie that (for better or worse) changed the direction of the genre, was dismissed by Variety as “just another maniac-on-the-loose suspenser.”
So when critics choose to praise a horror film, that’s your cue to become very, very suspicious. Usually, it either means that the film is a “worthy” (boring) subtitled import »
- Ian Watson
Scream Queens, the new Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story, Glee) horror comedy has already made its two-hour Us debut, and now comes confirmation that the UK premiere won't be too far behind.
E4 has snapped up the broadcast rights to the show, which you can read our spoiler-free episode one review of here.
"Autumn" is as specific as the official announcement is willing to get at this stage, but fear not, as soon as an air date is confirmed, we'll let you know.
"Part black comedy, part slasher flick, the hotly anticipated »
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
Emma Roberts may be the Hbic (Head B*tch in Charge) on Scream Queens, but we cannot wait to see Lea Michele return to primetime as scoliosis-suffering Hester. We caught up with the former Glee star while she was promoting her new app, and we demanded the Scream Queens scoop. Not only did she spill on some upcoming scenes, she told us that she would basically resort to tying costar Jamie Lee Curtis up in an attempt to watch Halloween with her. (Curtis got her start in the 1978 horror flick.) As it turns out, Michele is a huge fan of horror - just don't try to tell her you thought It Follows was scary. Check out our interview and remember, the show starts tonight! Popsugar: Can Glee fans watch Scream Queens? Lea Michele: They will certainly watch it and love it. A lot of our Glee fans grew up with us. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Halloween came early for Lea Michele when she stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday. The Scream Queens actress opened up to Ellen about shooting the new show in New Orleans, her famous costars, and certain scenes that involved spiders. But while Lea was telling Ellen that her ultimate dream is to get her costar Jamie Lee Curtis to watch Halloween with her, a man dressed as Michael Myers popped out of the table and scared her. Watch the hilarious moment above, and then check out six things Scream Queens gets right before Tuesday's big premiere. »
- Caitlin Hacker
Son of Monsterpalooza took place at the Burbank Marriott over the weekend, and to say it was a good time would be a Huge understatement. Artists, makeup FX creators, sculptors, and celebrities roamed the halls and wowed fans with their wares. Guests included Tony Todd (Candyman), Bill Johnson (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), P.J. Soles (Carrie, Halloween), Danielle Harris (Halloween), Sid Haig (The Devil’S Rejects), Tom Holland (Child’S Play, Fright Night), and more!
- Caroline Stephenson
It’s a big week for cult horror fans, as there are some supremely awesome titles making their way home on September 22nd, including The Sentinel from Scream Factory and Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive, which is being released by Arrow Video. For all you Time Warp fans out there, 20th Century Fox is celebrating The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 40th anniversary in grand style with a stellar Blu-ray set and Kino Lorber is resurrecting the often overlooked early ’90s thriller Lisa, starring the adorable Staci Keanan from My Two Dads.
Other titles being released on Tuesday include Arrow: Season Three, The Flash: Season One, and a pair of kid-themed Halloween movies perfect for younger viewers this upcoming October.
Meet The Maniac & His Friend. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, »
- Heather Wixson
Best known for his collaborations with John Carpenter, he’ll be bringing one of their best known movies to life, recreating the soundtrack for Escape From New York alongside a screening of the movie itself. Kurt Russell‘s futuristic mercenary Snake Plissken is heading to the Manhattan of 1997 (!) all over again, this time at the unlikely but evocative location of Union Chapel in Islington.
If that isn’t enough, it’ll be followed by a medley of positively blasphemous excerpts from Halloween parts II – VI. Watch the king of the slashers Michael Myers create a river of blood in Haddonfield, as Donald Pleasence‘s Dr.Loomis tries to stop his assorted rampages.
Both shows are »
- Steve Palace
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