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Shock editor bites deep into German filmmaker Werner Herzog’s haunting 1979 film Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht. Immortality. We all want it. The chance to defy that black specter of death that equalizes us. But to live forever, drifting through time like a ghost; residue of a memory, unattached to anything, anyplace…anyone. Hiding in shadows until…
- Chris Alexander
Everyone's favorite cinematic curmudgeon, Werner Herzog, has announced that he's bringing his rogue film school teachings to Munich. Lucky attendees can learn what that means if they are one of the selected few; 65 students maximum will be admitted. And who wouldn't jump at the chance to learn from a man known for living on the edge of societal norms? This is the guy whose nihilist leanings have been made into pretty, inspirational-looking memes --- lest you forget that he's responsible for several decades of films, such as the mental Nicolas Cage flick Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Nosferatu the Vampyre, and Aguirre, the Wrath of God.Because it's not an actual film school (Herzog refutes such institutions and will be ignoring technical advice) he'll...
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Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made. »
- Andre Soares
It's All Hallows' Eve, and we begin today's roundup with the New Yorker's Richard Brody declaring that Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff is his "favorite Halloween movie." We're also pointing to pieces on Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, Victor Halperin's White Zombie, Roman Polanski's Repulsion, Pavel Khvaleev's III, Nicolas Roeg's The Witches and Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire. Plus interviews with Agnès Varda, David Lynch, Charles Burnett and Jenni Olson. And Spike Lee's got a warning for you. » - David Hudson »
Special mention: Häxan
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshows to dramatized reenactments of alleged real-life events. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, and based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a fine examination of how superstition and the misunderstanding of mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. At the time, it was the most expensive Scandinavian film ever made, costing nearly 2 million Swedish krona. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered, at that time, graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion. Depending on which version you’re watching, the commentary is »
- Ricky Fernandes
Here we are at what is a surprisingly modern list. At the beginning of this, I didn’t expect to see so much cultural impact coming from films so recently made, but that’s the way it goes. The films that define the horror genre aren’t necessarily the scariest or the most expensive or even the best. The films that define the genre point to a movement – movies that changed the game and influenced all the films after it. Movies that transcend the horror genre. Movies that broke the mold and changed the way horror can be created.
10. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
English Language Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by: Gullermo del Toro
It’s more a dark fantasy film than a horror film, but it would be tough to make a list of 50 of those. Plus, it has enough graphic, nightmarish images to push it over the threshold. »
- Joshua Gaul
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Wes Craven
A Nightmare on Elm Street has a special place in my heart. It was not only the first horror film I had ever watched, but it was the first film in which I took notice of a film’s director and its stars. Prior to A Nightmare On Elm Street, perhaps the only director I was familiar with was George Lucas. A Nightmare On Elm street was my gateway into the world of cinema, and I owe Wes Craven for that. For those who dare dismiss it as trash, I give you 2060 words as to why you are so very, very wrong.
Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a »
Retro gamers will be able to relive all the joys of the classic Zx Spectrum – minus the load screens – this month, with Retro Computers set to release the officially licensed Sinclair Zx Spectrum Vega this month.
The Vega is set for release on August 24th, and will retail for £99.99. Via Funstock Retro, here’s a full list of all 1000 games…
1999 2088 1994 – Ten Years After 20-20 Vision 3D Noughts & Crosses – V1 3D Noughts & Crosses – V2 3D-Tanx A Bomb Under Parliament A Day in the Life of Arnold A Dungeon Romp A Harvesting Moon A Hero for Sorania A Legacy For Alaric A Serpentine Tale A Stroll in the Bleak Forest A Touch Too Much A Visit to Trev and Carol’s A.T.A. »
- Gary Collinson
Fans must resign themselves to directors wanting another crack at the classics. But there are some movies so definitive – and so of their time – they oughtn’t to be resurrected
Related: Nosferatu to rise from dead again as Hollywood plans second remake
For a film to be remade once looks like flattery. Any more than that and it is starting to become creepy. So the news that the classic silent film Nosferatu is in Hollywood’s sights is more than a little disquieting. Following the gruesome news that Murnau’s grave has been ransacked, now his most famous film has been exhumed – neither for the first time. Thirty-six years after Werner Herzog channeled the ghost of Fw Murnau’s Dracula adaptation into his Nosferatu the Vampyre, starring Klaus Kinski, former Warner Bros executive Jeff Robinov is itching for another go.
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- Pamela Hutchinson
I am not categorically opposed to remakes, though I loathe it when a "perfect" film is cynically exploited just to capitalize on the title. A film like "The Exorcist" should never be remade, for example. Neither should "Alien." I would hope that both of those titles are untouchable, but then again... But sometimes, if there's an interesting take and a talented director attached, a remake can feel almost necessary. Such is the case with this newly-announced update of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic "Nosferatu," which is being helmed by Robert Eggers, who wrote and directed the acclaimed, reportedly terrifying period horror film "The Witch," which netted Eggers the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category at this year's Sundance Film Festival (it's expected to be released sometime this year). Deadline describes the project as a "visceral adaptation" of Murnau's film, which was previously remade by Werner Herzog as "Nosferatu the Vampyre, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Variety reports that Robert Eggers—writer and director of this year's Sundance hit The Witch—is set to pen and helm the remake of Nosferatu, one of the most highly regarded horror films in history that's still effectively eerie to this day. The remake is currently untitled. Producing the Studio 8 project are Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen’s Parts and Labor.
Based in part on Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu debuted in 1922 and centered on the night-stalking Count Orlok and his unfortunate victims. In 1979, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre—an homage to Murnau's masterpiece—was released.
For those unfamiliar with the original Nosferatu film, we have its synopsis and Blu-ray trailer below. »
- Derek Anderson
As I’ve mentioned a few times already this year, horror is a genre that doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. The same goes for remakes in general, so when you discuss horror remakes, you can expect a distant lack of appreciation. Still, there are some gems to be found, and with the release this weekend of a Poltergeist remake, I wanted to count down the best that this sub-genre has to offer. You might think that there’s a complete dearth of quality, but I was able to find a solid handful of titles that make for a more than respectable lineup. Here now are the ten best horror remakes of all time: 10. Halloween – Not an incredibly popular choice, I know, but my heart has a soft spot within it for this one. I’m honestly not sure why, but I jived with what musician turned writer »
- Joey Magidson
13 items from 2015
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