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Damn I wish I was eligible for this giveaway. NBC's Hannibal might be the best looking show on network (or cable, for that matter) television. It's so well shot, gory and archly funny that Blu-ray is really the only option (don't forget that even those 1080p iTunes downloads are still compressed). And Halloween: The Complete Collection captures all of the films in that series, from John Carpenter's all-time original on down to Rob Zombie's two interpretations. This also includes a pristine remaster of the long-lost producer's cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. I can't wait until I can see that cut myself. The contest opens today. Hit the jump to see how you can win Hannibal Season 2 or Halloween: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray. We've got three copies of Hannibal and one copy of the Halloween box to unload. In order to enter the contest, »
- Evan Dickson
To begin with, let me say that I applaud the goals of No Good Deed. Our screens are filled with fictional psychos, and more often than not their victims are women who, by demand of the screenplay, are too passive, weak or frightened to fight back against their attacker. This is meant to empower the bad guy, and make us in the audience hate him all the more as we await the hero, usually male, to arrive with gun drawn to save the day. On the surface, No Good Deed wants to lampshade the damsel in distress motif and say that damsels can save themselves. Sadly though, even the most wily and proactive of damsels can’t escape atrocious scripting and pacing.
Now, Idris Elba is a man of such towering gravitas that when he says we’re cancelling the apocalypse, you believe it. He’s also no stranger to playing morally dubious characters, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory's highly-anticipated Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set streets on September 23rd and a copy landed on Shock's doorstep today. Before I dig into it soon, some of you have asked me for a few pics (after I posted an image of the box on my Instagram account). So, if it's a gallery you want, it's a gallery you get. Packaging-wise, it's slick and efficient with no random "fold-outs" or anything of the sort. The set comes with a booklet penned by Fangoria's Michael Gingold (and the collection is dedicated to Moustapha Akkad).
The post Photo Gallery: Go Inside the Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray Set appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Nick wades into another stack of DVD releases, including 80s action epic Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous, and lots more besides...
"Whatever happened to Fred Ward?" is a line surely on the tip of most people’s tongues. Apparently, the star of Tremors and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult has mostly been doing TV work over the last few years, though you’ll almost certainly remember him as the charismatic star of 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. No? Well, shame on you, because Remo, making a welcome Blu-Ray debut, leads this month’s action-packed, erm, action special.
If you weren’t one of the lucky few that grew up with the preposterous movie otherwise known as Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous punctuating their childhood, we’ll fill you in. Riding on the success of the Rambo films (essentially, the only tenuous link being the vaguely similar name), Bond director »
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
The second annual Beyond Fest is coming back to Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) and will be running from September 25 through October 4, 2014. Tickets are available through Fandango Now.
From the Press Release
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.
Beyond Fest has also partnered with Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network as its presenting sponsor, a partnership that will make much of the festival’s programming free to creative makers and film fans alike.
“The response was so great last year that we knew we had to bring Beyond Fest back, so much so that we immediately started planning this installment,” said Christian Parkes, co-founder of Beyond Fest. »
- Steve Barton
This one falls into the “Holy shit” category. The roster of films and guests for 2014′s Beyond Fest (returning again to the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian theater) was just announced and well, fright fanatics, it’s looking quite epic indeed. Premieres of films such as the Town That Dreaded Sundown remake, V/H/S:viral, Horns, and even a live score to accompany the new 4K transfer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There is so much going on during the festival’s running time (September 25th-October 4) that you have to read the lineup for yourself. Jeebus. Everything from a Halloween screening with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in attendance, the premiere of the Richard Stanley Dr. Moreu doc, a Fight Club screening With Palahniuk doing a Q&A afterwards, the list just goes on and on. There’s no way I’ll be missing this one, and if you’re smart (and in the L. »
- Jerry Smith
Beyond Fest returns with a vengeance in Los Angeles later this month, giving genre fans a lineup to look forward to. An eclectic mix of films both old and new are on the menu, with a screening of the Halloween 4k re-master highlighting the events. Halloween fans will also be treated to the first-ever combined appearance by John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis to discuss their horror classic.
Los Angeles – September 4, 2014 - “Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets will be available through Fandango today.
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, »
- Derek Anderson
The Daniel Radcliffe-starring Horns, the horror anthology sequels V/H/S Viral and ABCs of Death 2, and the documentary Lost Soul — which concerns the infamous production of box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau — will all play at this year’s Los Angeles genre festival Beyond Fest, which announced its lineup today. Other notable attractions include a screening of Halloween attended by both director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, another documentary called My Life Directed By Nicholas Winding Refn from the titular Drive filmmaker’s wife, and the terror tale Starry Eyes, in which an actress’ desperate »
- Clark Collis
For those who live in La, October is a great month. Several theaters really orient the month’s programming to horror, the supernatural, and the strange. One of the best recent events in town is Beyond Fest, which in 2014 runs from September 25 to October 4. (Leaving fans the rest of October to enjoy horror […]
- Russ Fischer
On the previous Beyond Fright entry, I wrote about The Huntingtons’ “Let’s Go to Haddonfield“, a song that was written about John Carpenter’s Halloween. For this one, I decided to focus on two songs that went in the direction of somewhere else, that place being Texas. Full of heat, barbecue and some good ol’ fashioned murder by chainsaw. In celebration of Dark Sky Films’ upcoming re-release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (it looks great), this Beyond Fright article isn’t focused on one song, but two, both giving listeners a fun time.
Taken from The Ramones’ 1976 self titled debut album, the fifth track, “Chain Saw” begins with a chainsaw revving, before going into a song about, well,..The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Even the chorus says. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre too my baby away from me, she’ll never get out of there“. “Chain Saw” wasn’t the last »
- Jerry Smith
Beyond Fest makes it return to Los Angeles this month, running September 25th to October 4th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. And while we're waiting on the full programming reveal - which is coming soon (and I'll tell you now, it's amazing) - I'm going to share a morsel with you right now.
Pencil this date in on your calendar: Wednesday October 1st.
- Ryan Turek
Michael Dougherty's cult classic Trick 'r Treat holds a very special place in the hearts of horror fans. As does the classic John Carpenter film Halloween and the season in which both films are set. Why not bring 'em all together?
Below you'll find a really neat poster from artist SamRaw08, who's brought the best of the aforementioned goodies together! You can buy a physical copy of said poster by clicking on the link we provided you with. It's available in three sizes, each with their own respective price tags.
The Story Of Trick 'R Treat
Although never released in theaters, Trick 'r Treat, the directorial debut of Michael Dougherty that stars Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, and Brian Cox, became a cult classic through its release on DVD, digital platforms, and extensive play in festivals. Additionally, the film received rave reviews for its originality and ambition. The »
- Steve Barton
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. Prom Night is a Canadian slasher film from 1980 that tried to capitalize on the “theme” craze of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Mad Magazine’s sadly never produced Arbor Day, but not even the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis can make it all that worthwhile. The pacing is mostly to blame as it takes far too long for the killings to start — something that would be forgivable if the earlier time was spent giving depth to the characters — and once they do even the deaths are stretched out to ridiculous lengths. Curtis »
- Rob Hunter
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Out of the Dark, Travelogue of Horror, and The Hunted, a trailer for The Scribbler and The Pyramid, a look at The Walker Stalkers’s music video Talk Dead to Me, advanced screening details for L.A. Slasher, and much more:
Out of the Dark Release Details and Photos: “Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media today announced that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.
Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret. »
- Tamika Jones
Who doesn’t love the Ramones? It’s almost blasphemy to not have some sort of admiration or at least respect for the punk rock pioneers, and like the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While I have been a fan of The Ramones for most of my life, there was a period in my late teens/early adult years in which the Joey and the boys weren’t really releasing all that much. Enter the Maryland punk rock band, The Huntingtons. Started in the mid ’90′s, The Huntingtons took up the Ramones mantle and ran with it, putting out a continual output of albums and even performing as Joey Ramone’s backing band for a couple of shows as well. They wore matching jeans, black shirts and leather jackets. They picked up the “1-2-3-4!” and sped through a double digit amount of songs in record speed, »
- Jerry Smith
Michael Myers has escaped Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and is heading to Orlando. It was announced today that a haunted house based on John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 horror film, Halloween, will open this fall at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights.
The new haunted house revolves around the chilling life of Michael Myers and opens on September 19th, joining seven other spooky themed attractions that include The Walking Dead and Alien vs. Predator. We have the press release with full details below. To learn more about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit:
Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2014) – “Everyone is entitled to one good scare…and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film “Halloween.”
Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, »
- Derek Anderson
Everyone is entitled to one good scare...and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter's classic horror film Halloween.
Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, Il. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you're not careful, you could be next.
Halloween is one of the most successful horror franchises of all time and has grossed a collected $366 million worldwide. Since the original Halloween film, nine additional Halloween sequels have been created. This year, the franchise »
Longtime fan Tal Zimerman's new documentary Why Horror? has gotten itself a rather sexy new one-sheet featuring artwork by acclaimed horror artist Gary Pullin. The flick will be haunting Canuck theatres this Halloween via WTFilms.
Why Horror? delves into the psychology of horror around the world. Among the interviewed subjects are names like George Romero and John Carpenter as well as Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Alex de la Iglesia, Ben Wheatley, Simon Barrett, Takashi Shimizu, Don Coscarelli, and Nicolas Lopez.
"For us who are fans of horror films and are dedicated to selling them, this is a dream come true," said WTFilms co-founder Gregory Chambet. "It’s fascinating to see that people from any country or gender are horror lovers and that scary movies translate the same everywhere. This is a love letter to genre, and it couldn’t be more fitting for WTFilms."
In the meantime, check out »
- Steve Barton
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