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Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.
And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!
Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records
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- Heather Wixson
Starz is bringing the first season of its edgy pirate drama Black Sails to Blu-Ray and DVD on January 6th next year, ahead of the show’s second season premiere on January 24th, and in preparation for the release, We Got This Covered is pleased to exclusively debut one of the bonus features that will be included on both releases.
Titled “Dressed to Kill,” the clip packs a lot of information about costuming for the series into a brief two minutes. Given the massive scale of the show, it’s fascinating to get a sneak peek into all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
If that clip has piqued your interest, as it did ours, here’s more about the Black Sails: Season One release, courtesy of Starz. Look for it in stores early next year.
“The Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its apex. »
- Isaac Feldberg
If only Cher really could turn back time. The iconic singer has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of her Dressed to Kill tour as she recovers from an infection, she announced "with enormous regret" on Thursday, Nov. 20. According to a statement on her website, Cher was "felled by an infection that affected her kidney function" shortly before she was set to resume touring in September. "While her progress has been consistent," the statement read, "Cher's doctors have advised her to take more time to [...] »
You haven't seen the last of Cher—but fans have seen the last of her Dressed to Kill Tour. "With enormous regret," according to a message on her website, the 68-year-old pop icon has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of her D2K Tour as she continues to recover from a viral infection that also required her to postpone a number of shows back in September. Doctors have advised that the Oscar and Grammy winner get more rest to ensure a full recovery, her illness in September having ended up affecting her kidney function as well. "I am totally devastated," Cher said in a statement. "Nothing like this has ever happened to me. I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who »
Cher has canceled the rest of her Dressed to Kill concert tour while she recovers from an infection, her publicist announced in a statement on Thursday. The 68-year-old singer and performer completed 49 dates since her tour began in March before taking a scheduled break in July. Shortly before returning in September, she was struck by an infection that affected kidney function. Cher's doctors have recommended she take more time to rest for a complete recovery, the statement said. "I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me," Cher said in the statement. "I cannot apologize enough
- Diana Swartz
With its plethora of boobs and beheadings, Game of Thrones would fit in perfectly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now it's getting a panel there on December 2: In "Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor From Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones," costume designer Michele Clapton will discuss the creative process behind the show's distinctive armor, alongside artist Miya Ando and museum curator Pierre Terjanian. Could this be a preview of an upcoming Met Gala theme? Maybe not, but we just really want to see Anna Wintour in Daenerys hair. »
- Nate Jones
“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”
*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******
By Ernie Magnotta
If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.
When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Cher has been forced to postpone the second leg of her Dressed to Kill tour because of an “acute viral infection” that is requiring the singer to be on bed rest.
Cher's Tour Postponed
Cher’s tour stops in Albany, N.Y. and Manchester, N.H. – which were scheduled to take place later this week – have been pushed pack to Oct. 6 and 7., respectively, reported Billboard. Doctors, who evaluated Cher over the weekend, have put the pop icon on full bed rest for the next several days.
Refunds will be made available for ticketholders who cannot make the rescheduled dates. No dates other than the ones in Albany and Manchester have been postponed.
The first leg of Cher’s Dressed to Kill tour, which ran from March 22 to July 11 and featured 49 sell-out shows, grossed $54 million. She’s been playing a mix of her most popular hits – including “I Got You Babe »
Legendary singer Cher announced today that she will be postponing the start of the second leg of her tour. The music icon was diagnosed with acute viral infection over the weekend and will be needing bed rest for several days to recover, according to a statement obtained by E! News. The Dressed to Kill concert series—which promises to put the singer back in some costumes from iconic designer Bob Mackie—was set to open in Albany, New York on Sept. 11, 2014, but will now be held Oct. 6, 2014. The Manchester, New Hampshire date is also pushed back to Oct. 7, 2014. Ticketholders for those two locations can keep their tickets for the rescheduled dates or get a full refund if they are unable to attend. »
Cher has postponed several upcoming tour dates after doctors diagnosed her with an acute viral infection, one of her representatives told TheWrap on Monday. The “Believe” singer is on the mend, but she's been forced to reschedule the two opening stops of her Dressed to Kill Tour's second leg in Albany, N.Y., and Manchester, N.H. Instead of taking the stage, the 68-year-old will be resting up at home. Also read: Miranda Cosgrove Breaks Ankle in Bus Accident, Postpones Tour The two shows have been postponed until early October, with the singer now set to perform in Albany on Oct. »
- Travis Reilly
Captain America: The Winter Soldier triumphantly arrives on DVD/Blu-Ray on Sept. 9, after marching to the top of the 2014 box office and earning critical accolades. The film departs wildly from the original Captain America, refocusing Steve Rogers in our brave new freaked-out world. Cap 2 was directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, heretofore best known as ace TV directors. EW caught up with the Russo brothers to talk about Winter Soldier, their work on 2016’s Cap threequel, Agent Carter, and their impending return to Community.
Entertainment Weekly: A lot of people responded to just how radically different The Winter Soldier was from The First Avenger. »
- Darren Franich
It's amazing what a bit of clever editing, some title cards, and a hint of slo-mo can do. In this recut trailer for The Princess Bride, these elements blend to turn a romantic fantasy that was fit for children of all ages into a horror movie in the vein of Single White Female or Dressed To Kill. In 1987, Rob Reiner brought us The Princess Bride, an adaptation of a fairy tale penned by William Goldman. Robin Wright starred as Buttercup, a beautiful--if demanding--princess who'd won the eye of a loyal and dashing farmboy Westley (Cary Elwes). But their love was thwarted when the selfish and vile Prince Humperdink swept in and stole Buttercup away to be his own bride. Everyone knows that Westley returns as the Dread Pirate Roberts to rescue Buttercup from her crooked, crowned captor! But what the trailer above asks is, what he didn't? What if instead »
Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the Paradise. A glam-rock musical that’s enjoyed a sizeable cult following after an initial muted theatrical release, it represents the filmmaker’s most enjoyable attempt at comedy in this vintage satire about consumerism vs. creative control.
On the eve of unveiling his glam rock palace The Paradise, cutthroat music mogul Swan is struggling with how to open with just the right song to be performed by doo-wop group the Juicy Fruits (modeled after Sha Na Na). When Swan hears the music of aspiring singer songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finely, a De Palma regular), he decides he wants his music, an epic cantata modernizing Faust, but not the man. After his tunes are stolen, the songwriter tries to barge his way into Swan’s rehearsals but is thrown out, »
- Nicholas Bell
After receiving a sturdy critical response at it’s world premiere at the ’13 edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival, followed by an unceremonious theatrical and VOD run this past spring, indie filmmaker Zach Snyder’s latest film, Proxy, makes its way to Blu-ray. A blotch of red dominates the eerie cover, an ultrasound beamed out of the profile of Alexia Rasmussen’s face. It’s a striking image that recalls the pregnancy terror of a recent horror classic, Inside (2007). And yet, Snyder’s concept is more intriguing and original, sandwiched into vintage motifs that recall a series of masters of the genre from decades past. A snazzy quote from the Los Angeles Times heralds the film to be “a worthy successor to Rosemary’s Baby.” But beyond the pregnancy theme, Snyder’s film has little to do with the Ira Levin reference, and is, in fact, eerier than the »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s hard to believe that it’s already August, which means fall (and Halloween!) are just right around the corner. To keep all you genre fans busy in the meantime, there are a couple of classic releases coming this week from Scream Factory, as well as Mike Flanagan’s Oculus.
Oculus (20th Century Fox, Blu-ray & DVD)
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, »
- Heather Wixson
The 75th anniversary celebration of Batman continues. Many lovers of the recent grim takes on Batman first took an interest in the DC Comics character via a much more lighthearted look: the campy 1960′s Batman TV series that starred Adam West and Burt Ward. The infectiously fun comic book adaptation is coming to Blu-ray, and fans of the cowled crusader should be excited by the special features and collectibles that range from new interviews to vintage trading cards.
Batman: The Complete Television Series will be available as a limited edition 13-disc box set Blu-ray release beginning November 11th for $269.97, and it can be pre-ordered now on Amazon for $189.99. The show will also come out on DVD and Digital HD on that day, making its debut on all three formats. The entire 120-episode run of the show will be remastered in high-definition, brining West, Ward, and the show’s plethora »
- Derek Anderson
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Fanboys And Fangirls Rejoice! As Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Releases Batman: The Complete Television Series On Blu-ray™ And DVD For The Very First Time November 11, 2014
The Long-Awaited 1960’s TV Series Features All 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Completely Remastered
Burbank, CA (July 24, 2014) -- For the very first time, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) is releasing the fan-favorite original 1960’s Batman TV Series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. On November 11, 2014, just in time for the holiday season, Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition will hit shelves on Blu-Ray™ ($269.97 Srp). Batman: The Complete Television Series DVD ($199.70 Srp) and Batman: The Complete First Season($39.98 Srp) will also be available. Additionally, The Complete Series will be released for purchase on Digital HD. »
- Matt MacNabb
From a suburban werewolf to a farmer who plants people, Scream Factory will continue to deliver cult horror films to viewers’ doorsteps throughout this Summer of Fear. Those attending Sdcc next week will get a taste of their terror treats firsthand at booth #4248, where a number of Blu-rays will be available, as well a limited edition t-shirt, posters, and an “inside look” panel that will include special announcements and sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
The panel, titled An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, will take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7pm in Room 23Abc. In addition to exclusive panel announcements, a Comic-Con exclusive blood-red Scream Factory t-shirt will be available at their booth, as well as a free 2014 button pack, collectible keychains, screen wipes, and more. Also available at booth #4248 will be the following batch of Scream Factory Blu-rays, each one coming with »
- Derek Anderson
The third entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.
There is a story of how Brian De Palma works with his film editors: he looks at what they have already done in assembling a scene, and then instructs them on how to improve it, to his precise specifications, by tapping out a particular beat: ‘1 … 2 … 3 … cut there!’ His work on cinematic form is rhythmic, musical—and always keyed to emotional, physical patterns of tension and relaxation. So he counts out the beats to draw all the elements of image and sound, gesture and architecture together, in a masterful choreography/orchestration of elements.
In approaching an audiovisual analysis of De Palma’s films (which we dearly love, and find inexhaustible as objects of study), we too faced the task of not merely enumerating the abundant motifs and structures in his work, but also bringing »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
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