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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.3) 100-76

15 October 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.


Special Mention: Gremlins

Directed by Joe Dante

Written by Chris Columbus

1984, USA

Gremlins gets a special mention because I’ve always considered it more of a comedy and a wholesome Christmas flick than an actual horror film. This tribute the 1950s matinee genre stands the test of time from a time when parents would take their children to family films that pushed the boundaries of the MPAA. Joe Dante is »

- Ricky

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Full line-up announced for Nottingham’s Mayhem Horror Festival 2012

30 September 2012 12:03 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

This Halloween the Mayhem Film Festival is back at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham to scare the living daylights out of film fans. Supported by BAFTA, this major UK genre festival has built up a dedicated audience and this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, featuring a shocking amount of very special screenings, exclusive events and great guests. Expect everything from top UK talent to the best blood-curdling action on offer around the globe including madcap Japanese gore-fests and the first ever Israeli horror!

The line-up in full:

Wednesday 31st October

Live Horror Stories For Halloween (8pm – 10pm)

Nottingham Writers Studio present Word Of Mouth

Live storytelling from horror novelist Niki Valentine and guests, plus screenings of classic TV ghost stories with Tom Baker, Christopher Lee and Robert Powell reading the likes of M.R. James and Saki.

Thursday 1st November

BAFTA present Sightseers (8pm) + Q&A with director & co-writer

Dir. »

- Phil

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Win: Fringe The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray

24 September 2012 3:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Two parallel universes continue to collide as mysterious forces work to overwrite the laws of physics in Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season, available on Blu-rayTM & DVD from 24th September, 2012.

We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.

Created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Super 8), the critically acclaimed fourth season of television’s most thrilling sci-fi series picks up where the third left off with the FBI’s Fringe Division continuing to investigate unusual incidents that defy explanation and threaten existence on a universal scale.

Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season sees the return of cast favourites Anna Torv (The Pacific) as Special Agent Olivia Dunham, John Noble (The Lord of the Rings films) as eccentric ‘fringe’ scientist Walter Bishop and Joshua Jackson (Dawson’s Creek) as Walter’s alternate universe born son, Peter as well as a host of others including Lance Reddick »

- Matt Holmes

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Mayhem Is Coming To Nottingham!

19 September 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

England! Are you looking for another film festival to get your horror on? Consider the Mayhem Film Festival in Nottingham during the Halloween weekend this year. Steven Sheil, director of Mum & Dad and upcoming action horror film Dead Mine, has programmed a winning lineup of festival favorites and events between October 31st and November 4th at the Broadway Cinema. Says Sheil about the lineup: It includes V/H/S, American Mary, Chained, Grabbers, Manborg plus a special BAFTA screening of Sightseers with Ben Wheatley and Steve Oram and archive screenings of The Shining and Altered States. We've got a good number of other guests coming too, including Joe Ahearne (The Secret of Crickley Hall), Jon Wright (Grabbers), Ian Clark (Guinea Pigs) and Steven Sheil (Dead Mine). Other »

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Review Roundup: Singin' in the Rain Blu Box, Star Trek Next Gen Blu, Turin Horse, 4:44 and more!!!

25 August 2012 8:47 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Remember these? The Review Roundup column is designed to remind you about recent releases but July offered a lot of titles that you youngin's out there have probably never heard of at all. Too bad. There was vinatge sci-fi, relatively obscure drama, and a decidedly obscure animation. Some of these corrected existing problems with previous releases and some were available for the first time in many, many years. Most challenging? Without a doubt the masterful The Turin Horse which is said to be the swan song of director Bela Tarr. Most fun? For me it would be a tie between Singin' in the Rain and Altered States. Without further adieu  I'll let you get on with the business of deciding whether to rent or buy »

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Altered States Blu-ray Review

19 August 2012 7:52 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Altered States remains an absolute mind-chigger of a movie.

You won't necessarily be fully cognizant of your surroundings immediately after watching it. It's one you'll puzzle over for a few days before you can really boil down what it was saying and what it meant. And even then you only know for sure what it was saying to you and what it Meant to you.

And in that respect, it's a brilliant piece of art. To call it a brilliant piece of filmmaking would be a bit - hell, a bit more than a bit - of a stretch, but it gets you thinking, and in the end that's what all art should do.

Altered States tells the story of Dr. Eddie Jessup (William Hurt in his first film role), a behavioral scientist who believes that humanity shares a collective consciousness as well as memories dating back to the earliest forms of cognizant life. »

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Take a Look at a Horror Film from Brazil That's Just One Minute Long

17 July 2012 10:53 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We try to bring you all types of unique short films and Milagres certainly falls into that category. It's only one minute long, but manages to deliver plenty of creepy images and even some gore…check it out.

The film's writer/director, Claudio Ellovitch, tells us he drew influences for Milagres (English translation is Miracles) from European horror masters like Mario Bava and Dario Argento as well as psychedelic abstractions like Ken Russell’s Altered States. There is no dialogue in the film, but it does have a single written text that reads "Imagens Sacras – Escultor Cego”. Translation: “Sacred Statues – Blind Sculptor.” Keep that in mind while watching the film.

Scroll down and check out Milagres. What do you have to lose, it's only a minute long!

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- Doctor Gash

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Open thread: which films are better than the books they are based on?

16 July 2012 8:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tell us which movies, if any, have improved on their literary source material. Plus, your views on the latest releases

Clockwork Orange: a classic case of book being better than film.

- OlSlov

Hardly an original statement, please name one film that is better than the book - now that would be original. Only Blade Runner came close for me - but the awful music really was a negative.

- BusbyBabes

That was a conversation that cropped up on the latest Clip joint thread - and we thought it was an interesting subject. Are there any films that improved on their source material? From the discussion thread, and conversations around the office, possible nominations brought up included the Harry Potter series, Frankenstein, Jaws, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Charlotte's Web and Bridget Jones's Diary.

Can you think of any decent examples? Let us know in the thread below.

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Enter for the Chance to Win a Killer Sci-Fi Blu-ray Bundle!

12 July 2012 11:20 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Over the last century, the world of science fiction has managed to predict and shape the future with surprising regularity. Masters like "Star Trek"'s Gene Roddenberry, "2001"'s Arthur C. Clarke and the late, great Ray Bradbury correctly foresaw innovations like the personal computer, cell phones and commercial space flight. But today we have a new giveaway so amazing, even those legendary fabulists couldn't possibly have thought it up: Seven sci-fi films on Blu-ray, absolutely free.

Man, is living in the future awesome or what?

So just which films will our one lucky winner get to spend the rest of their own future with? Well, how about "The Astronaut's Wife," which teams up Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron for the sexiest look at our space program ever put together? Or Michael Crichton's classic medical thriller "Coma," which stars a young Michael Douglas as a doctor investigating a mysterious new illness? »

- Scott Harris

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Blu-ray Review: Warner Bros. Releases Great Wave of Action, Sci-fi Flicks

11 July 2012 3:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Warner Brothers likes to pull handfuls of titles out of their immensely deep catalog and they’ve come back with a unique, interesting wave of releases at low prices to spice up your Summer this year. The films have little in common (although several could be classified as sci-fi) and vary wildly in quality but all are likely to have a fan or two out there wondering why they haven’t been released on Blu-ray. Now they have.

Altered States

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Altered States

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Director Ken Russell passed away last year leaving critics and movie lovers to continue to debate his unique style and best pictures. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of his 1980 adaptation of the legendary Paddy Chayefsky novel “Altered States,” featuring one of William Hurt’s most fearless and interesting performances. It’s both classic Russell in its unique style and a »

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'Margaret' and 50% Off Criterion Leads the Discussion of this Week's New DVD and Blu-rays

10 July 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In all honesty, the only item I would point you toward this week with any level of seriousness is Margaret, but more on that in a second. Probably even more important is the 50% off sale going on over at Barnes and Noble where the majority of their in-stock Criterion Collection titles are all 50% off. I've taken advantage of this sale in the past and if you'd like to see if anything meets your approval just click here to browse their selection. If you're wondering how much money you can save, it's different depending on the title. For example, the recently released Samurai Trilogy is $34.99 at Barnes right now while it's $47.96 at Amazon. Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush is $19.99 at Barnes and $28.95 at Amazon. One of my all-time favorites, Breathless, is $19.99 at Barnes and $23.98 at Amazon and The Seven Samurai is $24.99 at Barnes and $34.95 at Amazon. So, yes, it's a deal. »

- Brad Brevet

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'American Reunion' and More

9 July 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

This week: Stifler and the rest of his East Great Falls gang reunite for a wild weekend of MILFs and memories in "American Reunion," the third and final sequel in the theatrical "American Pie" comedy franchise.

Also new this week is a return to form for Robert De Niro in "Being Flynn," Anna Paquin in the long-delayed "Margaret," plus the Blu-ray debuts of "Altered States" and "Chariots of Fire."

'American Reunion'

Box Office: $57 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 43% Rotten

Storyline: The gang of East Great Falls reunites in this fourth and final theatrical "American Pie" movie. Twelve years after graduating from high school, Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) have gotten married, Oz (Chris Klein) is an NFL sportscaster that grew apart from Heather (Mena Suvari), Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) and Vicky (Tara Reid) have split, while Stifler (Seann William Scott) continues to suffer from prolonged arrested development. Meanwhile, »

- Robert DeSalvo

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'American Reunion,' 'Chariots of Fire'

9 July 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "American Reunion" What's It About? The gang from "American Pie" get together for their 13-year high-school reunion (because why not)? Sexual misadventures occur. See It Because: Unlike other teen sex comedies (including some installments in the "Pie" series), "Reunion" has a sweetness to it that makes these characters actually likeable; the cast clearly had a lot of fun resuming their roles and their charm creates an infectious nostalgia trip. (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video) Watch an Exclusive Outtake Reel from "American Reunion" - Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Chariots of Fire" What's It About? Two young men from very different backgrounds compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics, one motivated by God, the other hoping to overcome prejudices. See It Because: Watching "Chariots," the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1981, is like completing sophomore year of "Film Buff University." Plus, you can finally »

- Eric Larnick

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Comic-Con 2012 Programming: Sunday July 15

1 July 2012 7:08 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con programming wraps up with an abbreviated Sunday on July 15th. For the full list, check out the Con’s website. I collected the exciting panels and such for your perusal, from Fringe, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, World War Z, Supernatural and Dr. Who, below:

10:00-11:00 Stunted Fools, Scary-Ass Clowns, Enlightened Orangutans, and Other Devilish Charmers: Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy— ”The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” And these authors’ pens are…very sharp. But, as The Hitchhiker’s Guide so sagely advises, Don’T Panic. Humor is everywhere you look in science fiction and fantasy. So wrap your towel around your head to ward off noxious fumes, and join in for an irreverent hour celebrating sly wit and unholy humor with some of the most devilish quipsters, wisecrackers, and satirists writing today. »

- Andy Greene

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The Sdcc 2012 Fright Schedule – Sunday

1 July 2012 5:49 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Well here it is, folks!  The final day of the pop culture insanity that is The San Diego Comic Con is live. While Sunday’s programming is aimed mostly for children and family, there are still many events worth checking out.  The highlights of the day look to be Fringe and Supernatural related.  And of course, let’s not forget Drew Struzan, Max Brooks and BBC America’s Doctor Who!

Check out Sunday’s schedule below.  For the full Sunday schedule, click here!

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what’s new in Emily’s oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily’s creator Rob Reger, artist Buzz Parker, and writer Jessica Gruner. »

- Aaron Pruner

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Sunday Schedule

1 July 2012 3:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic-Con International has released the full schedule for Sunday, July 15, the final day of San Diego Comic-Con 2012. We have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV related panels right here. You can also clickHere to check out the events happening on Wednesday and Thursday, clickHere for Friday's events, and clickHere for the Saturday schedule.

10:00-11:00 Fringe Screening and Q&A

Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Lance Reddick (Lost), Blair Brown (Altered States), Jasika Nicole (Take the Lead), and John Noble (The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King), along with executive producer J.H. Wyman (Keen Eddie), offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Don't miss the discussion about the climactic conclusion of this critically acclaimed thriller. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, »

- MovieWeb

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Day 4 (July 15) Schedule Now Live; Heinlein Blood Drive Info

1 July 2012 11:37 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Comic-Con Sundays are typically light on horror, and this year is no exception although once again our favorite panel, "Supernatural", is heading to Hall H. Here are the genre highlights as well as info on the 36th annual Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive.

One thing we can't stress enough is to keep checking the Sdcc website for updates as nothing's set in stone until the event actually starts happening.

10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange— Be a part of the Emily the Strange panel experience, where you have the chance to prove your knowledge of Strange and win prizes, learn what's new in Emily's oddball universe (including a sneak peek at the new Emily and the Strangers comic book series), and Q&A with Emily's creator Rob Reger, artist Buzz Parker, and writer Jessica Gruner. Did we mention you will get some cool stuff just for showing up and being Strange? »

- The Woman In Black

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San Diego Comic-con 2012: Highlights From Sunday's Panels

1 July 2012 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Sunday, July 15Th 10:00-11:00 DC Comics: Young Justice They may be young-but they're still heroes! Find out what's happening for The Legion of Super-Heroes, Teen Titans, Blue Beetle, and more as more DC Comics-The New 52 unfolds in this panel featuring Tony Bedard (Blue Beetle), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Scott Lobdell (Teen Titans, Red Hood and the Outlaws) - Room 6De 10:00-11:00 Fringe Screening and Q&A Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv (The Pacific), Josh Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Lance Reddick (Lost), Blair Brown (Altered States), Jasika Nicole (Take the Lead), and John Noble (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), along with executive producer J. H. Wyman (Keen Eddie), offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Don't miss the discussion about the climactic »

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Read About 25 Classic Book-to-Film Adaptations in Now a Terrifying Motion Picture!

2 June 2012 1:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Now a Terrifying Motion Picture! explores the relationship between 25 enduring works of horror literature and the films that have been adapted from them; and knowing how many of our readers are fans of the classics, we thought we'd pass on some info about the recently published book.

Each chapter of author and professor James F. Broderick's work delves into the historical and cultural background of a particular type of horror--hauntings, zombies, aliens, and more--and provides an overview of a specific work's critical and popular reception. The book is published by McFarland, and among the print-to-film titles discussed are:

Altered States

The Amityville Horror

The Birds

Dead Ringers

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Exorcist

The Fly



From Hell

Ghost Story

The Hound of the Baskervilles


The Masque of the Red Death

The Night Stalker

The Ninth Gate


The Phantom of the Opera



The Serpent and the Rainbow »

- The Woman In Black

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5 Things You May Not Know About 'Superman II,' 31 Years After It Hit Theaters

19 April 2012 10:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A little over a year from now, the most iconic comic character in history will be back on screens, courtesy of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." Seven years on from Bryan Singer's oft-derided "Superman Returns," it'll see "The Dark Knight" mastermind Christopher Nolan producing a new, seemingly darker take on the character, to be played by Henry Cavill with Michael Shannon as his Kryptonian nemesis, General Zod.

But Shannon will have big shoes to fill: the last time the character was on the big screen it was played by Terence Stamp in 1981's "Superman II," still seen by many fans as not only the best take on that character, but the best screen version of Superman to date. Which was impressive, considering it had about as troubled a production history as you could ask for, with two directors, production stretched over two years, and a recent, wildly different reissue of the film. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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