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NBC's "Dracula" starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers premieres tomorrow night (Oct. 25) on NBC, but the actor certainly isn't the first to play a vampire on the small screen. There's been other shows called "Dracula," or more specifically, "Dracula: The Series," a Saturday morning serial, for instance; there's been a couple iterations of Kurt Barlow from "Salem's Lot. " Check out HitFix staffers' rundown of other highlights from fanged immortals, from such series as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel," "True Blood," "Sesame Street" and "The Munsters." Which are the scariest? And which ones just plain suck (your blood)? »
- HitFix Staff
ShockTillYouDrop.com and CraveOnline are well into its Kings of Horror series. And still, there are titles that hosts William Bibbiani and Ryan Turek missed out on, notably the Stephen King films on TV.
In the second part of our two-part Choice Cuts: Kings of Horror Sidebar discussion, Bibbs and Turek jump into the TV adaptations of Salem's Lot, Mick Garris' The Shining, Storm of the Century and more.
If you missed out on part one, we suggest you follow this link!
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Almost two year ago, we got our first look at the upcoming "Djinn" horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem's Lot, Poltergeist). At the time, the movie was already in post-production, but it is only now that audiences will get to see the film, which will be at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. There's still no plan for distribution outside of the Middle East. But because of the film festival, we now have a new trailer. Watch it below. In "Djinn," an Emirati couple returns home from a trip to the Us and discover that their new apartment has been built on a site that's being haunted by some malevolent spirits. Trailer: »
George A. Romero's career as a director has spanned well over 40 years now, with 16 feature films to his credit (plus one O.J. Simpson documentary!). Though mostly known as the father of the modern day zombie movie, and of course the director of the three best zombie movies ever made, Romero has also strayed away from the undead to direct a handful of non-zombie flicks over the years, including films like Creepshow and Martin, and even the non-horror films Knightriders and There's Always Vanilla.
But what about the projects Romero was attached to that never quite got off the ground? The filmmaking business is a fickle one, and any director that has been in the game as long as Romero has is bound to have a handful of projects that died before they ever had a chance to live. Things just don't always work out as planned in Hollywood, and »
- John Squires
Even if you missed the first installment of Under the Dome, the CBS series adaptation of Stephen King's mammoth novel (we've recapped the pilot episode here, if you need to bring yourself up to speed), you've probably heard about backlash from King fans regarding the show's major divergences from the novel's plot. King himself is obviously not unaware of this criticism, and responded formally in a letter on his official site, the full text of which you can read below. A Letter From Stephen For those of you out there in Constant Reader Land who are feeling miffed because the TV version of Under the Dome varies considerably from the book version, here's a little story. Near the end of his life, and long after his greatest novels were written, James M. Cain agreed to be interviewed by a student reporter who covered culture and the arts for his college newspaper. »
- Gregory Burkart
You might assume that a story about a Stephen King novel being snapped up for the screen before publication would be about King's forthcoming Shining sequel Doctor Sleep. That's bound to happen soon, but today the news is of another book that the ever-prolific writer has waiting in the wings. It's called Joyland, and it's this one that The Help's writer/director Tate Taylor has just bagged as his next project.Taylor has form here: he also got to The Help before its author Kathryn Stockett had even finished writing it. He clearly has his finger on the publishing pulse and an eye for a hit, although you don't really need to keep much of an eye on Stephen King to know he's a good bet.Joyland, we're told, is about an employee at the titular low-rent carnival funfair, dealing with a sick child and the ongoing mystery of an old murder. »
This tale of a stereotypical nerd who buys a possessed car plays into the hands of those detractors who label Stephen King's work formulaic. I suspect it was the first time his fans felt cheated
The easiest period of Stephen King's writing to talk about is his early years. Back then, he was carving his own niche. He wasn't universally loved, but he was universally sold, and that was probably enough for him. He had his vices at this point, of course. They were well-hidden – and I'll talk more about that come Tommyknockers time – but they were there. Still, the books came, mainly because he had them squirrelled away. Different Seasons was published between Cujo and Christine, but it was written much earlier, back when King was perhaps more in control of what he was actually doing. Christine was the truth poking out from the lie of Rita Hayworth and The Body. »
- James Smythe
There is an expression, "A mother's love is forever," and this could not be more true. However, when looking back through our favorite horror movies, another expression comes to mind: "A face only a mother could love."
In celebration of the upcoming film Mama, directed by Andrés Muschietti and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, creator of Pan's Labyrinth, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and honor the top scariest, freakiest kids in horror. And there are some real doozies out there with truly a face only a mother could love!
Let's warm up with some horrible mentions. The young Drew Barrymore certainly fit the bill of creepy kid in her unforgettable role of Charlie McGee in Firestarter. As did the pumpkinheaded little monster, Sam, in Trick r Treat. (He counts, right? He's definitely child-like). Glen/Glenda, Chucky's seed in Seed of Chucky, was skin-crawlingly strange, and »
- Doctor Gash
8 items from 2013
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