14 items from 2017
It’s usually unwise to remake a masterpiece, but Guy Maddin has something different planned for “The Green Fog,” a meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Unlike Gus Van Sant’s much-maligned 1998 shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho,” the Canadian director has revisited the 1958 thriller as an assemblage of old footage from San Francisco, the city where “Vertigo” takes place.
However, the project was never intended to have anything to do with “Vertigo.”
In “The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia,” commissioned by San Francisco Film Society and set to close the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th edition on April 16, Maddin and co-directors Evan and Galen Johnson explore what Maddin has called “a rhapsody” on the Hitchcock movie. Set to an original score by composer Jacob Garchik that will be performed live by the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, the 63-minute “The Green Fog” reimagines the movie through an assemblage of »
- Eric Kohn
Grantham, Virginia. A house-full of grisly murders. The body of an unidentified female is found half-buried in the basement.
Down the road is the Tilden Mortuary and Crematorium, a family business that has been running for almost a century. Inside, Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin (Emile Hirsch), father and son, go about their autopsy work with rock music blaring, entirely comfortable in their mentor and apprentice roles.
Except Austin doesn’t see his future in this business. He and his girlfriend (Ophelia Lovibond) plan on moving away, breaking the Tilden family chain. But then, in classic “final job” style, the Jane Doe from the murder house is delivered to the autopsy table.
The sheriff needs a cause of death, so Tommy and Austin have one night to unveil the mystery. The »
- Rupert Harvey
A remake of Escape from New York has been in the planning stages for ages. Now, the long gestating redo is finally moving forward, as it was announced yesterday that action maestro Robert Rodriguez is stepping in to take the helm on this sci-fi thriller that will resurrect Snake Plissken for the big screen. How does original director John Carpenter feel about this choice? Well, he actually loves it quite a bit. Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, he says this.
John Carpenter is not a man to mince words. And he's never offered praise where it's not deserved. The man behind such classics as the original Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 is no stranger to remakes, »
Well, I hope you guys have been saving your pennies, because there are a lot of great horror and sci-fi titles coming home on March 14th. Scream Factory is giving Firestarter the Collector’s Edition treatment this week, and both Drive-In Massacre and The Skull are being resurrected in HD as well.
If you missed them during their theatrical runs late last year, both The Love Witch and Paul Verhoeven’s award-winning thriller Elle are getting Blu-ray / DVD releases this Tuesday, and Demon Seed is making its way to Blu-ray as well (which I highly recommend watching if you haven't).
It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday The 13th, »
- Heather Wixson
A few weeks ago the full cast of Victor Salva’s Jeepers Creepers 3 revealed that the great Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape From New York, Swamp Thing, Creepshow) would be playing a character named ‘Gaylen Brandon’. Interestingly enough, Barbeau tells her Facebook following that she’s no longer appearing. Two things that I find immensely interesting: first, she has read the […] »
- Brad Miska
It’s been a long time coming, but production is now underway on Jeepers Creepers 3, the third instalment of writer-director Victor Salva’s cult horror series, and thanks to Cinema Runner we know who’ll be appearing in the film alongside the returning Jonathan Breck as The Creeper.
The site reports that Gina Philips, star of the original film, will be reprising the role of Trish Jenner, along with Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) as a character called Gaylen Brandon, Stan Shaw (The Monster Squad) as Sheriff Tashtego and Brandon Stacy (Terminator: Genisys) as Miller, a deputy hunting for The Creeper.
See Also: Check out the teaser poster for Jeepers Creepers 3 here
Also set to feature in the cast are Chester Rushing, Ryan Moore, Patrick Thomas Cragin, Brandon Smith, Gabrielle Haugh, Justin Hall, Michael Papajohn, Megan Elizabeth Wright, Jason Bayle, Cade Burk, Joyce Giraud, Jordan Salloum, Don Yesso, David Davis, Casey Hendershot, »
- Gary Collinson
Just a few days ago, production started on the highly-anticipated horror sequel Jeepers Creepers 3, which was previously known as Cathedral. The actually title has yet to be confirmed. There had been rumors that Gina Phillips, who starred in the first Jeepers Creepers as Trish Jenner, was returning, and that Ray Wise will reprise his role as Jack Taggert Sr. Today the full cast list has surfaced, confirming Gina Phillips' return, along with the franchise debut of genre legend Adrienne Barbeau.
Cinema Runner got a hold of the cast list, which reveals that Adrienne Barbeau is playing a character named Gaylen Brandon, although no details for her role were given. Gina Phillips is also coming back, along with the previously-confirmed Jonathan Breck as The Creeper himself. But this cast list doesn't include Ray Wise, so he's likely not coming back, unless it's in a surprise cameo.
The cast also includes Stan Shaw as Sheriff Tashtego, »
Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017
You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.
The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »
In the early ’90s, George A. Romero and Dario Argento came together for Two Evil Eyes, a film featuring two short films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, with one segment directed by Romero and the other helmed by Argento, and now Scorpion Releasing is working on a Blu-ray release of the movie made by horror royalty.
Romero’s segment, “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar,” reunited The Fog co-stars Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins, while Argento’s “The Black Cat” featured the likes of Harvey Keitel, Sally Kirkland, and Julie Benz.
We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is revealed, and in the meantime, check out the film’s synopsis and trailer:
Synopsis (via Blu-ray. »
- Derek Anderson
Synopsis and Special Features (via Blu-ray.com): “It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday The 13th, and remains the closest you’ll ever come to an actual seedy ’70s drive-in experience: It’s a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it’ll unspool a grubby cavalcade of creepy carnies, peeping perverts, graphic decapitations and an ending you have to see/hear to believe. John F. Goff (The Fog), Bruce Kimball (Love Camp 7) and co-writer George ‘Buck’ Flower (Back To The Future) star in this nasty »
- Tamika Jones
Nick Aldwinckle Mar 2, 2017
Any regular readers (there must be a few of you; there must be) will be more than aware of this writer’s borderline obsessive love for the movies of one John Carpenter. You’ve got your Halloween, The Thing, They Live or The Fog, but everyone knows the real quality comes in the form of the later films in this cult film-maker, lord of the synth and accomplished ‘tache-wearer’s career and the classics that are Escape From L.A and his TV-movie take on Village Of The Damned. No? Ok, those are both more than a little iffy, but with the latest Blu-ray release of two other generally maligned late efforts in Carpenter’s body of work, we ask the age-old question 'Was Vampires really that bad?'
It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday the 13th, and remains the closest you’ll ever come to an actual seedy ‘70s drive-in experience: Drive-In Massacre; coming from Severin Films in a feature-packed Blu-ray with all-new special features and restored from the original camera negative recently discovered in the ruins of the Sky View Drive-In near Oxnard!
It’s a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it’ll unspool a grubby cavalcade of creepy carnies, peeping perverts, graphic decapitations and an ending you have to see/hear to believe. John F. Goff (The Fog), Bruce Kimball (Love Camp 7) and co-writer George ‘Buck’ Flower (Back to the Future) star in this nasty slab of ‘70s sleaze directed by adult film and episodic television veteran Stu Segall »
- Phil Wheat
This has easily been the hardest time I’ve ever had whittling down my favorite genre offerings for the year. I was fortunate to watch so many great movies throughout the course of the last 12 months (over 150—new and old!), and considering the quality of projects from both the studio and independent sides of the business was exceedingly high, I probably could have featured 20 films on this list, and still would have at least a dozen more I could recommend to fellow fans. 2016 was definitely one of the best recent years in horror and that’s pretty rad.
Beyond the realm of movies, horror also had a strong showing on TV, as it seems almost every single network these days has something of interest if you’re looking to immerse yourself in horror on the small screen. I was also fortunate enough to attend several amazing genre events in 2016, making »
- Heather Wixson
We're back with our annual list of favorites here on Daily Dead. For those that are new to Daily Dead, we handle our year-end lists differently here. Rather than just covering films, our lists can extend to TV, games, collectibles, events, and anything else genre-related. In short, we’re sharing with you a list of our favorite horror experiences from 2016.
Check back every day this week to find out what made the cut for the rest of the Daily Dead team.
Train to Busan: I predict that we’ll look back at 2016 as the year when zombie-mania started its decline from the insane levels we saw when The Walking Dead regularly smashed its own ratings records and World War Z was a surprise box office success. With that said, don’t let zombie fatigue keep you from boarding the Train to Busan.
Director Yeon Sang-ho channels a variety of popular zombie movies and tropes, »
- Jonathan James
14 items from 2017
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