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“Mother, they’re still not sure if it Is a baby.”
In the summer of ’78 I was just 16 years old. The Varsity Theater on Delmar (in the building that now houses Vintage Vinyl) was the cool theater that showed Rocky Horror at midnight and presented counterculture film programming, mostly for the students at nearby Washington University. Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Andy Warhol’S Frankenstein, House Of Wax in 3D, and Nine Lives Of Fritz The Cat were a few of the many movies I saw there. That summer, they had a midnight series on Wednesday nights they called ‘Weird Wednesdays’ (I guess the weekends were strictly for Rocky Horror – which I only saw there once). Yellow Submarine was the only other film I remember seeing on ‘Weird Wednesdays’ though I’m sure I went a few other times. One July Wednesday night, my friends and I ventured up »
- Tom Stockman
Morgan Freeman has opened up about the prominent filmmakers who he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.
When asked by Collider if there are any common traits with all the directors that he has worked with, Freeman answered: "No. I'll be more explicit here. Great directors are great directors by product, not by process. You work with some great directors that drive you nuts, because they'll shoot 17 or 25 takes.
"There are other great directors who move through a production like s**t through a goose, they just don't stop, they keep moving and they come up with good product. They're under budget and on time, or a little quicker than on time.
What is it about kids in horror movies? Ever since those skin-crawlingly scary twins in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, nothing unnerves me more than children chanting eerie lines of dialogue. So, if this latest trailer for Hammer Horror’s upcoming demonic possession flick The Quiet Ones is any indication, I’ll be better off staying far away from the film when it opens next week.
There’s not much new information in this third official trailer for The Quiet Ones, but it’s clear that there is going to be some freaky stuff going down in the isolated country estate where college professor James Coupland (Jared Harris, who recently played another professor – the villainous James Moriarty – in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) retires with several of his most devoted students to study the case of a young girl named Jane (Olivia Cooke), who is exhibiting symptoms of demonic possession. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last year was the very first annual Stanley Film Festival, taking place at the real-life hotel that served as the inspiration for The Shining's fictional Overlook Hotel. This year the fun continues, and the event has just gotten a big time upgrade.
Read on for all the latest details about this must-attend event!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix).
Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, and fully immersive experiences - set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
The Stanley »
- John Squires
It has been announced that Joe Dante will receive the Master of Horror award at this year’s Stanley Film Festival and we also have details on new events and screenings that have been added:
“April 14, 2014 (Denver, Co) -The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean’s Cup short films, and the full cast of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix). Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels and fully immersive experiences – set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
- Jonathan James
The Stanley Film Festival - which Shock Till You Drop will have a presence at next week - announced its full lineup of panels, additional screenings, Dean's Cup short films and the full cast of Tales from Beyond the Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix). Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels and fully immersive experiences - set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
The post Stanley Film Fest: Dante Award, Shorts, Panels Revealed & Trivia Sign-up! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The stunning and talented Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning author of several novels and short stories, and she is also a college professor. The writer took some time out of her schedule to talk about her writing and horror.
Your work is often categorized as fantasy or science fiction. Yet there are definite elements of horror - chaotic landscapes, death, destruction, monsters. Can you talk about how your work crosses those boundaries?
There are some stories I tell that are horrific. When I’m writing these stories or these parts of stories, I’m fully aware of the fact that I’ve crossed into horror. It’s necessary. There’s a story in my short story collection Kabu Kabu called “The Black Stain.” When I was writing it, I knew the moment where it happened and I remember pausing and shivering and thinking, “This is just…evil.” Then I kept writing. »
- Nancy Greene
Oculus takes part in both the present and the past, showing us Tim and Kaylie as children and adults in their struggle against the Lasser Glass. For the latest in our Q&A series, we spoke with Garrett Ryan, who plays the younger version of Tim in this movie, and he told us about playing this character and his experience on set:
Garrett, thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your new movie, Oculus. For starters, could you tell us what it was like acting on a horror movie set? Were there any particular scary moments during filming that you experienced?
Garrett Ryan: Thank you for having me. The sets of horror films are very fun to be on. But surprisingly, it’s never scary to film a horror movie and you can never really tell how terrifying the final product will be. But when »
- Derek Anderson
Last week we showed you an absolutely awesome fan-made Hellraiser board game, which you guys seemed to love as much as we did. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of game that's readily available for purchasing, but it got us thinking about officially licensed board games from the past, based on other fan-favorite horror flicks.
So as a follow-up to that post, here are 10 horror movie-inspired board games that you actually can purchase and play!
Right around the time Dawn of the Dead shambled its way into theaters, a company called Simulations Publications, Inc. put out a board game based on the film, which allowed players to either become the zombies or the surviving humans. The game board was based on the shopping mall that the majority of Romero's second 'Dead' outing took place in, and the object of the game was to either kill the humans »
- John Squires
Listen up, King fans! This is very cool! Cemetery Dance Publications signed an exclusive deal to produce a six-volume set of special collectible editions of Stephen King's early books that were originally published by Doubleday back in the 1970s and early 1980s! Read on for details!
From the Press Release
These are the books that launched King's career and made him a household name, and our special editions will be beautiful and oversized volumes like we've published for From a Buick 8, It, Doctor Sleep, and many other King books over the years.
The first title in this special six-volume set is Carrie, which will be published later this summer and is available for pre-order immediately.
Other volumes in this »
- Steve Barton
There is no greater 'master of horror' in the history of the genre than Stephen King, who has written some of the most enduring tales of fright of all time. King burst onto the scene in the early 70s with books like Carrie and The Shining, and he's still to this day churning out incredible works of written art, including the recently released Shining sequel Doctor Sleep.
In celebration of the King's 40+ year reign of terror, Cemetery Dance Publications has just announced that they'll be releasing six of his classic works in the form of Special Edition books, which are going to be as limited as they are deluxe. First up will be Carrie, set for release in the summer of this year, followed by Salem's Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand and Pet Sematary; all books that defined King and made him a household name, in the 70s and early 80s. »
- John Squires
Cemetery Dance is known for their limited edition Stephen King releases and they’ve just announced that they’ve signed a deal to produce six special editions of Stephen King’s early works. The first release is Carrie and we have all the details:
“We have extremely exciting news to share with our collectors today, just a few days after the 40th anniversary of the original hardcover publication of Carrie by Stephen King:
We’ve signed an exclusive deal to produce a six volume set of special collectible editions of Stephen King’s early books that were originally published by Doubleday back in the 1970s and early 1980s! These books are Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, and Pet Sematary, six classics of the horror genre and all-time Stephen King fan favorites!
These are the books that launched King’s career and made him a household name, »
- Jonathan James
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
While many horror fans came out of this year’s South By Southwest film festival giving Oculus and Exists top honors as far as the Midnighters programming went, there was another movie that I thought stole the show. A horror musical featuring a slasher villain who hates musical theaters and enjoys chopping up characters who could easily be featured on Glee? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Stage Fright is a hilarious horror comedy that blends thrashing metal, gross-out kills, and genre insanity in a way that had me begging for more, and that’s thanks to creators Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion.
After screening the film, I was able to sit down with writer/director/composer Jerome Sable and co-composer Eli Batalion, two very enthusiastic musicians whose personalities injected so much energy into Stage Fright. After talking to the duo, I could see why their film was »
- Matt Donato
The Stanley Film Fest is the new kid on the block in the film festival game as 2013 was their premiere. We had the pleasure of attending and covering the genre-themed gathering last year, and in addition to the films that played the fest one of the biggest highlights was the location. The historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co hosts the festival, and as horror fans know it was an extended stay here that inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining.” The hotel and grounds are an architectural and atmospheric joy, and the surrounding mountains add a gorgeous sense of natural beauty. Basically, it’s a perfect setting for a horror film festival. This year’s list of films playing the fest is unfortunately light on premieres, but it features a fantastic bunch of critical darlings, new releases and genre favorites. It’s essentially a make-up fest offering a chance to see recent festival hits on the big »
- Rob Hunter
You won't hear a more gorgeously freaky score this year than Mica Levi's unnerving, scratchy and altogether seductive soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Like the film, about an alien succubus among us and in the comely guise of Scarlett Johansson, the score is weird, atonal, discordant and something to get lost in. For comparison's sake, the score's closest companions may be the dissonant labyrinths of avant-garde composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Gyorgi Lygeti, used frequently by Stanley Kubrick in "The Shining" and "2001: A Space Odyssey." But Levi's work is its own alien, and at times sounds more than a bit like far-flung Morse code from outer space. English, in her mid-20s and classically trained, Levi typically plays under the moniker of her band Micachu and the Shapes. "Under the Skin" is her first film score. Levi, currently in Camden, England, spoke to me on the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
To mark the 40th anniversary of Carrie, Stephen King's first novel, published on April 5, 1974, Vulture is re-running our comprehensive ranking. This week, Stephen King releases his latest novel, Doctor Sleep, the sequel to his third novel, The Shining. It is his 64th book, if you count novels, nonfiction, and short-story collections, and we are using its publication as an excuse to look back over nearly 40 years' worth of his work and make the tough, ruthless calls to rank them all — no cop-out ties allowed. Read on to see our choices, and then weigh in with your own rankings below. »
- Gilbert Cruz
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
In the upcoming horror movie Oculus (review), Garret Ryan is relentlessly tormented by Katee Sackhoff. Not a bad gig, right? But let me tell you… this is not the sexy Starbuck "Battlestar Galactica" Sackhoff...
...and it’s certainly not the glamour gal of magazine fashion spreads and red carpet events…
When it comes to life vs. death, Tim must take matters into his own hands. But just because crazy-mom is dead, it doesn’t mean she’s gone!
Read on to see what Garrett has to say about that and more.
Dread Central: We'd love to know all about Oculus -- who do you play, and what's the story?
Garret Ryan: I play the role of young Tim Russell. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
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