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We've just updated our Trilogy Picks column! This month's inspiration was actually a Icons holiday party we all attended last night where the features of the evening ended up being Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2, Creepshow 2 and Tales From The Darkside: The Movie. Who knew this random selection of flicks would make for a wonderful triple feature?! Read the new Trilogy Picks section by clicking the logo below! And also check out all the previous editions, all also linked below!
Trilogy Picks – 3 Movies You Should Watch Tonight!!!
Brand New December 2008 Edition – “Happy Garbage Day”! (With Trailers!)
- July 2008 – 3 Movies You Can Watch When You’Re Babysitting (With Intent To Traumatize)! (Grizzly, House 2: The Second Story, Return To Oz)
And now for something (almost) completely different for Everyone's A Critic- our very first, end of the year top ten list! This little gem was compiled by one of our frightfully fang-tastic featured reviewers from this past year, the monstrously maniacal Mister Matt Molgaard! The floor is all yours, so take it away, Matt...
You could place 1000 obsessive horror hounds in one giant room, ask what the scariest film of all time is, and get 1001 different answers… at least. It’s an age-old debate that in all honesty cannot be answered, as viewers rate films based on different criteria. What is scary to one person may be slapstick to another. So while I may personally prefer psychological horror, you may prefer a wealth of carnage and stomach churning gore. Whose criteria is the stronger foundation to judge what is, and what isn’t, scary?
Can we honestly pinpoint the scariest film of all time? »
This past year was a pretty damn good one for horror—as long as you didn’t depend on the mainstream. While most of the wide-release features conformed safely to formula, much more daring and interesting stuff was cropping up all over the art-house, festival and DVD scene.
Perhaps no better example can be drawn than the fact that while the bloodless, predictable Twilight was sucking millions of bucks out of tween girls at the multiplexes, the small Swedish import Let The Right One In, a modern classic on the same theme, was quietly knocking out audiences on a much smaller scale. Not everything the studios gave us in 2008 was negligible; a couple of titles from the majors made my top 10, and The Ruins and The Strangers would be among the runners-up. But there are far more indie features swarming like piranhas just below my list…
1.) Let The Right One In »
From classic creatures to modern gore, special effects makeup has always been at the dark heart of movie magic. Now, film fans will go skin deep – and beyond – with Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx, coming from Anchor Bay Entertainment on January 27, 2009. In this Starz Original documentary, viewers will meet the masters of the craft and discover its incredible history.
Directed by filmmaker and visual effects artist Kevin VanHook (Death Row), Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx was lauded as “an enjoyable look at the industry as well as a great nostalgia piece” by IconsofFright.com, while Bloody-disgusting.com said the documentary “offers a unique glimpse behind the lens to a magical place where hardcore film fans who grew up on too many monster movies would love to play.”
From the silent era to today’s blockbuster, this fast-paced documentary examines the techniques, reveals the secrets, and emphasizes »
- Robert Greenberger
Production is gearing up so H2 can be shot starting in March and readied for release in October according to Variety.
“The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, following the aftermath of Michael Myers' murderous rampage through the eyes of the sister he hunted,” said the trade.
Zombie initially told the studio that he wasn’t interested in coming back, despite the remake’s $60 million haul last year.
"I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again," Zombie said. "Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the problem making a movie called Halloween' If you come out Nov. 1 or after, nobody cares. »
- Robert Greenberger
Dimension Films and Rob Zombie are teaming up again for another installment of his reboot of the Halloween series. Zombie will write and direct H2, the sequel to his 2007 remake. Production will begin in March and the film is scheduled for release in October 2009. H2 will continue where Halloween 2007 left off, following the aftermath of Michael Myers’ near-death experience after he went on a killing spree with his estranged sister as its prime target. Instead of following the story John Carpenter, the Halloween series’ original creator, came up with, Zombie made the series his own and treated Myers as a clinical psychopath versus an outright evildoer. The film grossed $60 [...] »
Zombie will once again write and direct and Maled Akkad of Trancas International Films will produce along with Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, Zombie’s long time manager and producing partner. They also sent along the poster and revealed that “H2” will pick up at the exact moment that Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” ended. Read the full press release here and check out the “H2” poster below.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I like Rob Zombie. Any guy that can rock that hard in the '90s then bust out some great horror flicks is A-okay in my book. The best part is that, with all the oddities considered, he seems like you'd be able to talk to him without being stabbed in the eye.
Mr. Zombie will be returning to Haddonfield, Illinois in H2, the sequel to his reinvented take on the John Carpenter slasher classic, Halloween from 2007. Zombie will again be writing and directing the feature that will be due out, hopefully, October of 2009. If he misses that date, don't expect it hit theaters until Halloween 2010.
"I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again," Zombie said. "Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the problem making a movie called 'Halloween': If you come out Nov. 1 or after, »
Dimension Films has confirmed that Rob Zombie will write and direct H2, the sequel to 2007's horror remake Halloween. Zombie, who also directed last year's reinvention of the John Carpenter classic, is hoping that the new movie will be ready for release by October 2009. "I was so burned out. But I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again," he told Variety. "Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Hollywood is an interesting place where anything can happen. Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween was downright awful. It scored a 25% at RottenTomatoes on its way to a manipulative $58 million at the box-office. It wasn't scary and it had none of the tension John Carpenter's original brought to the table. Everything having to do with the iconic Michael Myers was explained all the way down to what he ate for breakfast as a child, growing up with a stereoptypical white trash family. So who would think to bring Zombie back for the sequel? Why, those madcap execs at Dimension Films is who as Zombie is now officially attached to direct Halloween 2, or H2 as the teaser poster attached to the Variety announcement showcases. Zombie will write and direct H2 with production set to begin in March with the new film picking up right as the first remake ended, following »
- Brad Brevet
Shock Till You Drop broke the news several weeks back, and now it's official! According to a post on Variety, it's been confirmed that Rob Zombie will in fact return to write and direct the sequel to his remake of John Carpenter's classic Halloween, Halloween 2 (going by the title H2)! Shooting begins in March of 2009 with an expected October 2009 release! (Good! Let's skip the August release this time around!) Tyler Mane is back as Michael Myers, and while yet-to-be confirmed, we expect Malcolm McDowell and Scout Taylor-Compton will also be back.
The article says, "Dimension Films and Rob Zombie are teaming for another chapter of "Halloween," and he's racing to scare up the pic for release in October."Zombie will write and direct "H2," the sequel to his 2007 reinvention of the John Carpenter horror classic. Production will begin in March.
The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, »
Rob Zombie is packing up and heading back to Haddonfield for H2, the sequel to his remake of John Carpenter's classic film from 1979. While other horror websites patronized us for reporting the story broke by Shock, it appears the egg is in their face as Zombie will return to both write and direct the sequel to Halloween for Dimension Films. Read on for the official news and full details on the deal. The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, following the aftermath of Michael Myers' murderous rampage through the eyes of the sister he hunted. »
As was rumored just a couple of weeks ago, Rob Zombie is returning for another adventure of white-trash psychopath Michael Myers. He'll write and direct H2, a sequel to his remake of John Carpenter's classic slasher Halloween. Although he first shunned the possibilty of a Halloween sequel (initially thought to be a direct-to-dvd project), Zombie apparently couldn't stay away. Perhaps he didn't already sufficiently explain the low-class background and motivations of the masked killer, and »
- Dave Davis
Not being a big horror fan, I'm not really familiar with Rob Zombie's films. I do, however, know the general opinion of his films: people think "House of 1000 Corpses" is a good first effort, they love "The Devil's Rejects", and they downright hate his remake of John Carpenter's "Halloween". Devin Faraci gave it one of the all-time great ratings with a "Fuck You out of 10". But Mr. Zombie does not care about the 26% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As reported a couple weeks ago by ShockTillYouDrop.com, Zombie is attached to direct a fast-tracked sequel which shall be called "H2" because words are for fags or something. According to Zombie, the new film will pick up right where the first one ended and will not follow the original sequel as he "continues to take the series in different directions". Well, if the original "Halloween" »
It’s hard to believe that we are now into December. It seems like only yesterday I was talking about the big summer releases - and now we are looking forward to next years big movies.
This weeks Weekend Movie News Wrap Up features the obligatory box office wrap up as well as:
America just loves Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. How do I know this? Simple: Four Christmases grossed another $18 million over the weekend, keeping it the top movie at the box office despite terrible reviews. That’s only a 41% drop from opening weekend, usually an indication of a movie being very popular.
Twilight should bag another $14 million keeping it in the No. 2 position. Man, it must suck being a Studio Executive who turned this vampire flick down. »
- Niall Browne
Greetings fellow Fangorians! It was another big week in horror, and your pal Psycho Bunny is here yet again with another wrap-up of the past seven days, with all of the Fangoria news, reviews, features, and blogs you need to read.
Fangoria's Fearful Features:
How to Commit Timecrimes American Film Market 2008, Part One: The Overview The (Vincent) Price of portrait horror Horror Headlines:
Rip Forrest J Ackerman New horror comics shipping this Wednesday, 12/10/08 Feast III DVD art and date, creature pic New Friday The 13th trailer, poster First look at Boogeyman 3 photos After Dark Horrorfest III party in Hollywood Grace and more in Sundance’s Midnight section In-your-face new My Bloody Valentine poster! Exclusive photos from Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations Mti enrolls in Women’S Studies Taste Mindflesh on DVD Splinter director talks sequel possibilities, Grudge 3 Now it’s They Live being remade Canadians to deliver Piecemeal chills Hilary Swank »
Once you've remade John Carpenter's Halloweeen and The Fog, where else do you go? We've been hearing about an Escape from New York re-do for quite some time now, and we all know it's just a matter of time before someone re-remakes The Thing -- but what else? Starman? Could be. Big Trouble in Little China? Please, no. Prince of Darkness? Ye gods, no!
But They Live? Hmm, now there's a Carpenter favorite that actually Could be good-lookin' in a shiny new suit. That's not a knock in the 1988 original, but I think the themes and ideas found in They Live could work extra-well in a modernized version. (For those who don't know, They Live is about decent homeless dude who happens to stumble across an outrageously elaborate "alien invasion.") Based on the Ray Nelson short story Eight O'Clock in the Morning, They Live has a fantastic concept and »
- Scott Weinberg
If Rob Zombie's overexplained white-trash variation of John Carpenter's slasher classic Halloween wasn't enough for you, it sounds like you might be getting a second dose. A sequel to the lucrative revamp has been in the works (initially as a direct-to-dvd project), and word was that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, directors of the deeply disturbing French domestic terror film Inside, would be handling the continued exploits of massacre man Michael Myers. But now they've apparently »
- Dave Davis
Last year during the Fright Night reunion panel at the Texas Fear Fest 2 convention, Tommy Lee Wallace mentioned that he was hoping to do 2 new projects, one titled Helliversity, the other called Scary Land. The Hollywood Reporter says today that, Wallace will shoot Helliversity in March of 2009!
The article continues, "The writer-director behind "Halloween III" and "Fright Night Part 2" is taking horror film fans back to school. Tommy Lee Wallace will helm "Helliversity," the first film in FarCor Studios and Indusa Global's new joint venture to produce low-budget indie features. FarCor co-president Dwayne Corbitt and Indusa president James Ram will lead the endeavor. In "Helliversity," a group of American exchange students is terrorized by a vengeful spirit while locked inside a high-security foreign university. A six-week shoot is set for March in Los Angeles and India. Steve Langford, a longtime writer-producer on ABC's "Family Matters," co-scripted with Wallace."
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Halloween III helmer Tommy Lee Wallace, other than his convention appearances over the last few years, but this morning THR got word that the director is making his way back to horror fans with a film called Hellversity.
As the ridiculous title might imply, Hellversity is the story of a group of kids being terrorized by a vengeful spirit while trapped inside a high-security foreign university. Hopefully things won’t be taken too seriously; the fact that it was co-written by long-time “Family Matters” writer Steve Langford is a good indication they will not.
A six-week shoot is set for March in La and India (!); no casting has taken place yet as this is a brand-new beast. We’ll keep you in the loop on how things with Hellversity progress!
- Johnny Butane
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