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The holiday shopping season officially kicks off tonight and we know it can be difficult to find presents for horror fans that seem to have everything. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the initial list of our holiday gift suggestions, which include cannibal wine, classic horror shirts, vinyl figures and Blu-ray collections.
While a handful of these items are only available at select websites, you should be able to find some pretty good sales on other items starting tonight. Specifically, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will have big sales on Blu-ray/DVD titles and video games. We’d like to give Tamika Jones a big thanks for helping put this guide together.
Silence of the Lambs Wine: “The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2013 Signature Wines are an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter. “The Chianti Slurp” is an iconic wine in film moment, celebrated »
- Tamika Jones
Written and directed by John Carpenter
With his filmmaking career beginning in the midst of the new Hollywood and its touchstones in American film history, it’s perhaps easy to see why the work of John Carpenter has been somewhat overshadowed by more celebrated filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, or Francis Ford Coppola. He found a niche in the horror genre with the landmark Halloween, and he proceeded to make one idiosyncratic, wholly original, and generally skillful film after another. Some were rather uneven, particularly in recent years, but for every Memoirs of an Invisible Man, there has been The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, or They Live. Carpenter’s list of credits boasts some exceptional work — inventive, daring, visually, and technically creative — but amongst these titles, one film stands out as a favorite of many cinephiles in general and Carpenter fans in particular. »
- Jeremy Carr
The title "Master of Horror" is thrown around quite a bit. Often it’s warranted but sometimes not so much. In the case of filmmaker John Carpenter, however, you cannot heap enough accolades upon him.
Although he is one of the forerunners of the modern slasher sub-genre of horror, Carpenter’s credits go far beyond that. He is not only a true master of horror, but an incredibly diverse and talented filmmaker.
In honor of Scream Factory's November 19th Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release of Assault on Precinct 13, we thought we'd sort through his impressive body of work and give you our Top 10 John Carpenter Films.
From celebrating Halloween in Haddonfield to escaping from New York and experiencing big trouble in China, Carpenter’s films are as diverse as they are entertaining. With honorable mentions to his first movie, Dark Star; the enchanting Starman; and anthology »
- Scott Hallam
Cundey will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Serra the International Achievement Award and Rawlings the Career Achievement in Television Award.
“Anyone who has been in the presence of these three brilliant and talented individuals should count themselves lucky,” said Asc president Richard Crudo. “Dean, Eduardo and Dick have each had an immeasurable impact on our art form, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to honour their outstanding craftsmanship.”
Serra’s (pictured) credits include The Wings Of The Dove, Girl »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Cinematographers Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings Jr. will be honored at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) awards on February 1, 2014. Cundey will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Rawlings will pick up the org’s Career Achievement in Television Award.Cundey’s credits include collaborating with John Carpenter on “Halloween,” “The Fog,” “Escape from New York,” “The Thing” and “Big Trouble in Little China,” among other titles. For his work on Robert Zemeckis’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Cundey garnered Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Zemeckis and Cundey also teamed up on the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Romancing the Stone,” and “Death Becomes Her.” Cundey earned his first nomination at the Asc for Steven Spielberg’s “Hook,” and a second one for Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13.” Serra earned his first Oscar nom for Iain Softley »
- Beth Hanna
Cinematographers Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra (pictured above) and Richard Rawlings, Jr. will receive lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Asc announced on Thursday. The awards will be presented at the Asc Awards ceremony on Feb. 1 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland center. Cundey, who will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has served as director of photography on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Back to the Future,” “Apollo 13,” “Jurassic Park” and a number of films with John Carpenter, including “Halloween,” “The Fog” and “Escape From New York.” Portuguese cinematographer Serra, who will be. »
- Steve Pond
As we come up on the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter's seminal classic Halloween, Vimeo user Billy J. Kirkus has yet another gem on tap from the film... the very first take of the seminal film's opening scene in which Michael kills Judith.
“This is the first take of the opening to Halloween,” explains Kirkus. "This was the first time they tried shooting it, without the cuts that they did in take number 2. They only shot this whole scene twice. Notice all of the blue in the picture… completely toned down for the recent release of the movie on Blu-ray.
Kirkus also urges readers to contact Trancas Films and let them know you want to see the rest of the unseen Halloween footage.
“I was amazed that we got that shot in just a few takes, two to be exact” said Carpenter in Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen by Jim Grove. »
- Uncle Creepy
It’s Halloween, which means it’s the last day you can obsessively watch scary movies until tomorrow and the day after that. Obviously, one of the greatest Halloween films of all time is John Carpenter’s seminal slasher named after the holiday. As a follow-up, Carpenter eked together another small budget classic with co-writer and producer Debra Hill: 1980’s The Fog. While it was a horror film at its core, it was a decidedly different movie. Instead of being a simple stalker film, The Fog is a throwback feature to the older ghost story movies from the 40s and 50s that Carpenter watched as a kid. It may not hold up as well as Halloween, but The Fog is still a fun relic made during Carpenter’s heyday (which included 1981’s Escape from New York and 1982’s The Thing). Recorded shortly after Carpenter shot his 1995 stinker Village of the Damned, the »
- Kevin Carr
As the pumpkin-orange jack-o'-lantern titles fade up and John Carpenter's chilling music tingles, the stage is quickly set for Halloween, a horror flick that redefined the genre and pretty much set in stone the template for decades more slasher movies to come. The film's director Carpenter (who also co-wrote the script with Debra Hill) grew up on a steady diet of Westerns and B-grade horror, and while he was able to explore the former with bracing siege film Assault on Precinct 13, it was 1978's Halloween that gave him his first chance to indulge in all things horrific.
There has, of course, always been something of the macabre about Halloween celebrations and here this is amped to nerve-shredding levels with the tale of Michael Myers, a young boy who murders his sister on Halloween night before returning more than a decade later to wreak havoc in suburbia. By casting »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
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- Uncle Creepy
The Fog (1980) is our ghost pick in the leadup to the holiday. Halloween has always been a time when ghosts freely associate with the living be it to pay back old debts prank children be close to loved ones or fulfill the promise of ageold curses. In tonights feature Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis find themselves caught in between a crew of vengeful sailors and the descendants of townsfolk who deliberately sank and plundered the formers clipper ship. Cloaked by a creeping mist the mariners have returned on the towns 100th anniversary to take their vengeance »
There's nothing quite like a good cameo - that moment in a movie where someone you totally didn't expect to be in the movie suddenly pops up on screen. We've seen a plethora of awesome ones over the years in the horror genre, from Hulk Hogan leaping out of the wrestling ring and into Gremlins 2 to Bill Murray's hilarious surprise appearance in Zombieland... to name just a couple of the more memorable ones.
But it's not actor cameos we're here to talk about today – it’s director cameos. More specifically, those moments where filmmakers moved from behind the camera to in front of the camera, and inserted themselves into their own horror flicks. Here are ten examples of this type of cameo!
Alfred Hitchcock is and will forever be the reigning king of the cameo – having cast himself in small blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em moments »
- John Squires
There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – “Halloween” is no mere horror movie. It is arguably the best of its genre, a film that continues to influence the form 35 years after its release. The excellent new transfer of the film on the latest Anchor Bay HD iteration is reason alone to pick it up, and the new active participation in the release on behalf of Jamie Lee Curtis, a star often silent regarding the films that made her a star, is just an amazing bonus.
It’s been an unusual year for horror fans in the way that Curtis, who spent decades barely recognizing her ’70s and ’80s scream queen status, appeared to embrace it again this year. She popped up on Scream Factory’s excellent release of “The Fog,” and hilariously pointed out why she didn’t like the movie, and is a more prominent part of this release than any “Halloween” edition in history. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In terms of modern cinematographers, you don’t get any more iconic than Dp Dean Cundey, who has worked on a myriad of influential films from the late 70′s through the mid-90′s, including the Back to the Future trilogy, Jurassic Park, The Thing, The Fog, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, Road House and many, many more.
Of course, genre fans know that Cundey first left his impression on the cinematography world when he stepped behind the Steadicam on John Carpenter’s Halloween and created one of the most visually iconic films, horror or otherwise, of all time. Cundey, who oversaw and gave his stamp of approval on the transfer process on Anchor Bay’s recent 35th Anniversary Halloween Blu-ray, recently chatted with Daily Dead about his involvement with this latest high-definition release.
And considering Cundey’s cinematic pedigree, we also spoke to him about his experiences working on several other projects, »
- Heather Wixson
John Carpenter’s Halloween has recently been released on Blu-ray in the Us to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original movie. It was released as a digibook, whilst over in the UK, the film will be available as a limited edition steelbook. The steelbook will have the same special features, but with different cover art, which you can have a look at right here.
“In 1978, Compass International Pictures released an indie horror film by an up and coming director and a largely unknown cast. Presented by the late Moustapha Akkad, the film cost $325,000 and ended up not only becoming one of the most successful independent motion pictures of its time, but single handedly created the genre of the modern horror film along with the first iconic (via a painted-over William Shatner mask) cinematic slasher! »
- Jemma George
John Carpenter seems to be at odds with what he loves and what is expected of him. Early in his career, Carpenter made a science fiction film (Dark Star), a siege picture (Assault on Precinct 13), and then Halloween.
He speaks freely of his love of the science fiction genre, yet seemed to have been pushed into the horror realm because of Halloween, where he has made quite a name for himself. Prince of Darkness, is an interesting blend of elements of sci-fi and horror, with some lofty academic ideas to propel the characters through this macrocosmic drama.
Carpenter favorite Donald Pleasence, simply billed here as “Priest,” finds a key after the death of a colleague, which leads him to an ancient evil trapped in the basement of an old church. In this instance, “evil” has taken the form of a swirling green mass in a glass container. In an attempt to stop an impending, »
- Derek Botelho
John Carpenter’s Halloween has received an all new HD transfer supervised by Dean Cundey and is headed to Blu-ray next week. If you’d rather see it on the big screen, along with the recently restored Halloween 4 & 5, all three movies are coming to theaters this October:
“Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the 1978 classic, “John Carpenter’s Halloween,” with a series of Halloween films on the big screen. The celebration begins in October with the nationwide release of “John Carpenter’s Halloween” and continues through the month with “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” in select theaters. Each of these films will be presented in a striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio.”
There are more than 100 participating locations in the Us, with screenings taking place throughout October. For more details, visit:
For those that missed the previous news, »
- Jonathan James
Scream Factory is getting ready to release John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness next week as their latest Collector’s Edition and they’ve provided us with a look at the original trailer, along with a handful of clips:
“Get ready for the ultimate presentation of the heart-pounding supernatural thriller by heralded master of horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, They Live) as the long-awaited Prince Of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD invade home entertainment shelves everywhere on September 24, 2013 from Scream Factory. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this collector’s edition is brimming with insightful extras, including new interviews with John Carpenter and Alice Cooper, special audio commentary and much more!
Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon), Lisa Blount (Needful Things), rock icon Alice Cooper, Victor Wong and Dennis Dun (both from Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China) star in this gripping suspense »
- Jonathan James
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