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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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Northern Streams: Future//Present at Viff 2017

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Prototype (Blake Williams)The 36th Vancouver Film Festival recently wrapped, and with it, the second year of the Future//Present program, a selection of eight features (and a number of shorts) dedicated to emerging Canadian filmmakers. If the inaugural edition had the task of distinguishing itself from the rest of the festival's True North “stream,” this year's offered the opportunity to cement its relevancy and expand its vision. That's something for which the admirably varied program proved more or less able, albeit with higher highs and lower lows than in 2016, which speaks, at least, to chances being taken (something that can't necessarily be said of the festival's programming in general). Taken on the whole, there are—beyond the uniting sensibility of critic and programmer Adam Cook—filmmaking trends that one could identify, and patterns that one could connect, for better and for worse, to the larger contemporary arthouse scene. But the most successful selections,
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The Dceu Must Die -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 25 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #10 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you! Share your feedback and ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend

Previous Issues: 8.18.17 | 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we've hit double-digits! This week we're taking a dive into the odd career of martial artist-action star Steven Seagal, exploring the creations of Hellboy's Mike Mignola, and reaching back to the amazing, epic sci-fi films of the 80s. But first, in our editorial we explain why WB needs to stick a knife between the ribs of the Dceu and dump it into the nearest body of water.

Warner Bros. Must Come To Their Senses And Kill The Dceu -- Focus On Stand-Alone Solo and Elseworlds Films!

Hollywood has fallen deeply, tragically in love with trilogies, franchises, and connected universes, often to the detriment of simple,
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Frightfest 2017 Interview: Graham Skipper talks ‘Sequence Break’

We’re coming to the end of this years exhaustive Frightfest 2017 interviews as our host Stuart Wright talks to actor-turned-director Graham Skipper about his fantastic sci-fi body horror Sequence Break, which has its European Premiere at the festival on Friday August 25th – its one we urge you Not to miss!

Altered States meets Videodrome in a surreal sci-fi romance written and directed by one of FrightFest’s favourite people, Graham Skipper, star of Almost Human, The Mind’S Eye and Beyond The Gates. A reclusive video arcade technician encounters strange metaphysical forces that result in bizarre bio-mechanical mutations when a new console appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as he works to solve its mystery and the new chaos that has entered his life as he hurtles towards a shocking self-realization. Let the haunting kaleidoscope of stunning colour, grotesque visuals, stylish fright and disturbing horror begin!

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London Frightfest 2017: Ten Unmissable Movies

With 2017′s Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival set to kick off this Thursday (August 24th), running across the Bank Holiday weekend to Monday August 28th at the Cineworld Empire in London’s Leicester Square And the festivals old home, the Prince Charles Cinema, we thought we’d take a look at the festival line-up and highlight ten of the films we think you should definitely Not miss – broken down day-by-day!

Thursday 24th August: Cult of Chucky

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions – an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll – a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all.
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‘American Gods,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Stranger Things’s’ Title Design Introduce Show Themes in Seconds

‘American Gods,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Stranger Things’s’ Title Design Introduce Show Themes in Seconds
Much like book covers, it can be tempting to judge a television series by its main title design — those evocative and increasingly imagery-driven sequences designed to convey everything from the essence of a show’s content to visual aesthetic and thematic reach, often while still telling a mini-story all its own. This year’s five Emmy nominated title sequences certainly pass judgment, effectively inviting viewers into a variety of worlds.

American Gods” (pictured) (Starz)

Charged with conceiving the title sequence for Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel exploring the role of rising and falling deities in the modern age, creative director Patrick Clair looked directly to the two words in its name. “It was dealing with two very powerful, potentially sacred, very weighty elements — being basically the legacy of America and the legacy of religion on the other side,” Clair says.

In order to represent this duality visually, Clair
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Have Your Say: What is Your Favorite "Altered State" Movie?

After last week's epic discussion on the future of movie watching, I figured it best to approach this week's Hys with something a little less... daunting. Kinda. This past Saturday I unexpectedly found myself rewatching Ken Russell's Altered States for the fourth time. Despite any shortcomings the film may have (look up its troubled production history to get a taste of the root problems) I found myself falling back in love with Russell's wildly exciting ride through the very stuff of life and the cosmos. This got me thinking about the mutability of cinema and how it is a medium that easily attracts stories of transformation, great and small, of the mind, and of the body... and of the spirit. So I present to you...

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in July

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in July
Sundance goes online in July, with a trio of buzzy, well-reviewed indie pictures from the festival surfacing on streaming sites. Meanwhile, Netflix drops a star-studded dramedy, a cult video-game series adaptation awash in blood and Jason Bateman breaking bad; Amazon presents both an original F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation; and Shudder offers a tour of the unhinged, psychotronic mind of Flying Lotus. You need a guide to July's streaming highlights? Boom. We've got your back.

Altered States (Hulu, July 1st)

During the Sixties, scientist John C. Lilly was a pioneer on the frontier of consciousness,
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Mailbag: The artwork for the new Altered States LP is gorgeous

Welcome back to Mailbag, a series about the sometimes weird, sometimes fun stuff we get in the mail. Today, Assistant Editor Alex McLevy brings in the vinyl re-issue of the Oscar-nominated score for Altered States, the bonkers “William Hurt takes drugs and hangs out in an isolation chamber” mindfuck of a film. The new record features exclusive liner notes from composer John Corigliano and gorgeous artwork provided by the art collective We Buy Your Kids.
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‘Regression’ Comic Review

Regression #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Danny Luckert

Colorist: Marie Enger

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $4

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I’ve been reviewing Cullen Bunn’s horror comics since 2014, of which there are more than a few: The Remains, The Empty Man, Wolf Moon, Hellbreak and the long-form ongoing Harrow County. He’s an insanely prolific writer and most of his titles are worthwhile but honestly it’s a bit hard to keep up, especially with more and more creators dropping their own horror titles left and right. But Danny Luckert’s covers for Regression, greatly enhanced by the work of colorist Marie Enger, have caught my eye with their body-horror, skin-crawling promise. So here we are.

Regression is, like Bunn’s Wolf Moon, a relatively simple concept: what if hypnotherapy accidentally unlocked, for one innocent man, a whole host of unseen horrors? Except, in Regression, those horrors have mandibles, thousands of tiny legs,
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Review: Don't Drink the Water—Gore Verbinski's "A Cure for Wellness"

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Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film.
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"Doctor Strange": 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly'

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From the movie review site The GoodTheBadandTheUgly.Ca, take a look @ "the good, the bad and the ugly" in director Scott Derrickson's Marvel Studios' feature "Doctor Strange", starring Benedict Cumberbatch:

Michael Stevens/SneakPeek.Ca For The Good

"'By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth', as an early fan of "Marvel Comics' 'Strange Tales", I was more than willing to 'open my mind to the endless impossibilities' of the IMAX 3D world of 'Doctor Strange'.

"...immediately entranced  by the M.C. Escher-like VFX, complete with loopy, angled landscapes and bending skylines...

"...amused by droll Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Stephen Strange'...

"...chilled by madman Mads Mikkelsen as 'Kaecilius'...

"...and enlightened by the radiant Tilda Swinton as 'The Ancient One'.

"'By The Shades Of The Seraphim', I also enjoyed the sentient 'Cloak Of Levitation'...

"...and all of the hand-waving, finger-gesturing flourishes...

"...reminding me of the mystical energy in John Carpenter
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Ken Russell's Lair Of The White Worm, Bob Balaban's Parents Coming Home In January From Vestron Video

Lionsgate's superb Vestron Video Collector's Series continues the upcoming January 2017 with classics from Ken Russell and Bob Balaban. We've previously reviewed their introductory titles, Blood Diner and Chopping Mall, and if those releases are anything like these new ones, we are in for a treat. January will see the Blu-ray premiere of Ken Russell's bonkers folk horror film Lair of the White Worm starring Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg. This film was a VHS and cable staple throughout the '90s and along with Altered States was one of Russell's most culturally ubiquitous films in the Us thanks to Vestron Video. We will also see the Blu-ray premiere of Bob Balaban's classic cannibal spoof, Parents. This film features Randy Quaid and Mary Beth...

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Horror Highlights: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Drawing, Gehenna: Where Death Lives, Woom Excerpt, Ithaca Fantastik Fest, The Master Cleanse

"I may be dead, but I'm still pretty." Whether you want to watch Buffy Summers and company battle supernatural beings for the first time or re-live all your favorite moments from the show, reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are playing now on Pop TV. Also: The Drawing short film starring Clarke Wolfe in its entirety, a trailer / acquisition news for Gehenna: Where Death Lives, an excerpt from Duncan Ralston's Woom, the lineup for Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, and The Master Cleanse at Screamfest.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Pop TV: Reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer are now playing on Pop TV.

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Watch Short Film The Drawing in its Entirety: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA: The Drawing is coming! The Drawing is here! The Drawing is a modern monster horror short infused with 80s synth overtones.
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Review: Doctor Strange Is Another Win For Marvel, But It Could've Done With An Extra Dose Of Weirdness

Doctor Strange has always been looked at as the type of character that could take the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a bold new direction, and really shake up the formula by injecting more mystical/supernatural/horror elements into the franchise. For this reason, fans have been anticipating the Sorcerer Supreme's big screen debut for many years, and the movie finally hits theaters on November 4 - but does it live up to these lofty expectations? From a visual standpoint, absolutely. A lot of effort has been taken to ensure audiences are going to be taken on a mind-bending trip through multiple realities, the likes of which they will never have witnessed in any other superhero movie. In fact, you'll be hard pressed to compare this to anything you will have seen before, in any film. Think somewhere between Inception and underrated '80s gem Altered States and you're still not close.
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Horror Highlights: In A Valley Of Violence Poster, Two Minutes With Tom Holland, Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival

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Relax with the latest Horror Highlights brought to you by your friends here at Daily Dead. The first of three items today is a new poster for festival darling, In a Valley of Violence. Also: GoFundMe details for the 22-episode documentary Two Minutes with Tom Holland and a look at Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival's program announcement.

Check Out The New In a Valley of Violence Poster: Focus World will release In a Valley of Violence in select theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on October 21st, 2016.

“A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog (YouTube sensation Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey, they cut through the center of a large valley — landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once-popular
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Ithaca Fantastik 2016: First Wave Announced, Retro Screening Delights, And More

ScreenAnarchy has so many friends in and around the state of New York working their butts off to bring the masses the best in genre cinema and those fine folk at Ithaca Fantastik have done it again.    To start If has planned along with Shudder a retrospective series featuring films like Deliverence, Ken Russell's Altered States and Cameron's Aliens.    New films on the lineup include festival regulars Dearest Sister and The Master Cleanse. The quiet apocalypse will be featured in local production Here Alone and a tennis final for the ages with The Open. Then there are technicolors wows like The Love Witch and She's Allergic to Cats. Check out the full release below for the complete lineup.   And every year I...

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Review: 11.22.63

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Based on the reviews, I knew I wanted to read 11.22.63 but its sheer size was, for some reason daunting. I figured maybe I’d just listen to it as an audiobook but those 30 hours sit waiting for me. Then, Hulu did me the favor of condensing it down to an eight-hour miniseries, which they released on DVD last week. I still will listen to the original, but this will do for now.

The idea of being able to go back in time and alter a key historic moment is always ripe for a good yarn. Heck, my Crazy 8 Press compatriots and I just did a book of alternate histories with Altered States of the Union. One of those moments that has tempted storytellers from Gene Roddenberry to King has been the untimely death of President John F. Kennedy.

Here, the master of the macabre sends an unprepared guy, Jake Epping (James Franco), back to Oct.
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Crimes of Passion

Flamboyant artist Ken Russell was eventually sidelined for what the industry calls 'excess,' but he was a genuine artist, as indicated by this, his last American film. Absolutely beyond the pale in terms of polite viewing, it's by turns awkward and insightful, profane... and more profane. Crimes of Passion Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112, 107 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK 39.95 Starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts, Bruce Davidson, John Laughlin. Cinematography Dick Bush China Blue's dress Ruth Myers Original Music Rick Wakeman Written and Produced by Barry Sandler Directed by Ken Russell

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What separates exploitation trash from progressive film art? They say it's an artist's vision, and Ken Russell certainly has plenty of that. I can admire Russell's house brand of outrageousness but I also find much of his work just too fussy, too indulgent. He's excellent when trying
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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons,
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