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The monster movie represents one of the most enduring genres in cinema, a versatile formula for exploring the horrors of the unknown. Whatever it is that scares us, there’s always a monster to represent that fear as a metaphor in the flesh. Most monsters are misunderstood creatures, victims of a terrible fate seeking redemption and, in some cases, vengeance.
Alien: Covenant, now playing in theaters, returns director Ridley Scott to a beloved franchise, following the mixed and controversial reception to Prometheus. The plot follows the crew of a deep-space colony ship, which lands on what appears to be an undiscovered paradise. This new planet holds many secrets for its new inhabitants, including David (Michael Fassbender) the surviving robotic companion of the Prometheus crew. Sadly, the series isn’t always consistent in quality (Alien: Resurrection was a definite low) but movie fans will always welcome a return visit to this classic monster movie territory. »
- Tony Hinds
Neil Calloway says you shouldn’t judge a film by how much money it makes in its first few days…
By now, you’ll have read the “King Arthur is a flop” stories. Digging behind the headlines, however you’ll see that this is based on its opening weekend at the Us box office. While grossing $14 million might seem like a disappointing number, but if twenty years ago you’d have told Guy Ritchie that a film of his made double in its opening weekend than a Martin Scorsese’s last film did in it entire Us run, he’d be pleased (Silence only made $7 million in the States).
Opening weekend box office in the Us was never a great way to judge a film, but now it looks positively ridiculous; a movie about a British legend like King Arthur was never going to make a killing at the Us box office. »
- Neil Calloway
If you couldn't make it to Dallas earlier this month for the Texas Frightmare Weekend, Mondo is giving you the chance to bring part of the festival home by releasing three posters from Texas Frightmare online, including "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin's Halloween II screen print and Matt Ryan Tobin's An American Werewolf in London poster.
From Mondo: "[We're] releasing the second (and final) round of posters remaining from Texas Frightmare Weekend. Check out Matt Ryan Tobin's An American Werewolf In London and Gary Pullin's Halloween II below.
Please note that these are event releases, so only a portion of the edition will be available online tomorrow (5/16) at a random time.
An American Werewolf in London by Matt Ryan Tobin. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 300. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $50
An American Werewolf in London (Variant) by Matt Ryan Tobin. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. »
- Derek Anderson
Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.
I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three, »
- Perry Ruhland
Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about British baker and cake decorator Karen Mitchell, whose An American Werewolf in London cake took the Silver Award at London’s Cake International. Now Mitchell is back with two absolutely astonishing cakes,… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
“You’ve got red on you!”
Shaun Of The Dead plays this weekend (April 21st and 22nd) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) are two twenty-something slacker roommates. Shaun spends his days working, playing video games, and hanging out at the pub. Ed does pretty much the same thing, except for the working part. Shaun’s world takes a turn for the worse when, sensing that their life is going nowhere, his girlfriend Liz breaks up with him. Then things really get bad when zombies start showing up in his neighborhood (and everywhere else).
Soon after realizing that The Dead Are Walking The Earth (nothing gets by these blokes), Shaun and Ed decide to rescue Shaun’s mother and father (excuse me, that’s step-father), Liz and her two roommates, and find a safe place to hole up, »
- Tom Stockman
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Riverdale recap here.
Birthday parties are lots of fun, right? Well, not on Riverdale, where they just lead to bitter arguments, problem drinking and uncomfortable secrets being revealed.
It’s Jughead’s birthday, but he doesn’t want anyone to know about it: He’s happy to celebrate by catching a double feature at the Bijou. Archie usually joins him, but this year, he suggests to Betty that she step in. She didn’t even know it was Jughead’s birthday, so she wants to throw him a surprise party. She even invites his dad F. »
A video essay examines our most private moments.
Strap on your thinking caps for this one, film fans, because it’s a doozy.
According to director Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now, The Witches), mirrors are cinema in all its glory and in fact the essence of the medium. See, mirrors are the only time we truly look at ourselves; photographs of us are from other perspectives, for other people or posterity, and as such we don’t show our real faces in them, we show projections of who we think we should be or how we think we should feel in a certain situation. But the mirror isn’t public, it’s private, it is us alone with ourselves and thus the way we look into mirrors, into ourselves, is different from every other face we show the world.
The mirror is an eye, Roeg »
- H. Perry Horton
"Keep clear of the Moors" and check out Fright Rags' new shirts and socks collection based on An American Werewolf in London.
Check out the new apparel and official details below, and to learn more, visit Fright Rags.
Press Release: "With a clever balance of horror and humor by writer-director John Landis and unparalleled special effects by Rick Baker, An American Werewolf in London remains the werewolf movie to which all other werewolf movies are compared. Fright-Rags salutes the 1981 classic with the An American Werewolf in London Collection.
The horror apparel company has released four new shirts dedicated to the masterpiece of terror by artists Scarecrowoven, Okan BulBul, Chris Burns, and Abrar Ajmal. You can also bring home a souvenir from The Slaughtered Lamb - the pub depicted in the film - in the form of custom-knit socks.
Beware the moon as you journey to Fright-Rags.com to pick up »
- Derek Anderson
Jen Peedom's Mountain.
The festival, now in its 64th year, today announced 28 films ahead of the full program launch in May..
Mountain, which features a score by Richard Tognetti.performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, explores the history of people's fascination with mountains and why they risk their lives for them. The film is written by Robert MacFarlane, author of.Mountains of the Mind,.and saw Peedom reunite with Renan Ozturk, Sherpa's main altitude cinematographer.
Other local fare includes.That.s Not Me, from Melbourne husband and wife duo Gregory Erdstein (director-writer) and Alice Foulcher (star and writer-producer). The indie comedy has already screened in the States, with Sff marking its Australian premiere..
Hollie Fifer.s controversial docoThe Opposition.will also screen after being suppressed by a court order last year. »
- Jackie Keast
Guy Buckland Apr 12, 2017
The animal is out. Nicholson. Pfeiffer. Wolf.
Frankly, that sparse poster copy would have been enough to tempt most punters into the cinema in 1994, but a werewolf movie starring a man who already appeared to be mid-transformation in real life would have been a deal-sealer for many a horror aficionado. Which is perhaps why, when appraising Smiling Jack’s extensive filmography, Wolf is often drudged up from the file marked ‘oh yeah, I forgot about that one’.
Because Wolf is many things; but it ain’t a horror film.
In fact, trying to pin Wolf »
"They're always there. They're like ghosts," says George A. Romero. The Godfather of the Living Dead isn't referring to one of the ravenous monsters from his movies, but rather movies themselves... the ones he never got to make. Films that never made it out of Development Hell are the focus of Untold Horror, a new project from Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel that features filmmakers—including George A. Romero, John Landis, and more—discussing their films and passionate ideas that never came to fruition.
In addition to reflecting on films that never came to be, Untold Horror is also helping to resurrect these passion projects, beginning with George A. Romero's The Little World of Humongo Bongo, a children's book that will be released later this year. To learn more about Untold Horror, we have the official press release with full details, as well as the series' trailer:
Press Release: (March 1, 2017 - Toronto, »
- Derek Anderson
By Gary Salem
Oscar Week celebrated three exceptional nominees at the annual Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium: “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Branch governor and longtime host Leonard Engelman started the event with a favorite story about 20th Century Fox lobbying the Academy to award John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for “Planet of the Apes” in 1968. He was joined by fellow governors Kathryn Blondell and Lois Burwell in welcoming the nominees and giving an inside look at the bake-off and nomination process.
Burwell said the branch meets twice a year to discuss the films that members think should be viewed in a theater and considered for seven finalists. Branch members also communicate throughout the year to bring attention to outstanding work. The seven finalists are usually narrowed down to three nominees but there have been years with two and four nominees.
The audience included several past »
- Movie Geeks
Out today in select theaters and on VOD is the new found footage horror film VooDoo, and for our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with the movie's writer and direct, Tom Costabile, to discuss the guerilla-style approach to VooDoo, shooting the "Hell" scenes, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Tom. How and when did you first come up with the idea for VooDoo?
Tom Costabile: Thank you for the interview, I’m honored! The real estate crash happened and was lingering for a long time. I owned a mortgage company at the time and I couldn’t get it back off the ground. So I finally had time to invest in why I came to La in the first place for the first time in ten years and just started writing. Within a year or so we were on set. »
- Derek Anderson
Paul Davis gave us one of the single best behind-the-scenes looks at An American Werewolf in London, entitled Beware the Moon. Since then we’ve been wondering what would be next for Davis. Today the answer has come. From the Press… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
To whom it may concern, I am a fan of horror films. I am writing you this letter to express my interest and concern over the currently proposed remake of An American Werewolf in London. This will not be some… Continue Reading →
The post An Open Letter to the Makers of An American Werewolf In London: The Remake appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Stephen Romano
There’s no end of videos shitting on bad movie CGI, but this new video from the YouTube channel Looper takes the opposite approach. Rather than make fun of The Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns or the plane crash in Air Force One, it celebrates the practical movie effects that still hold up today. Clocking in at six and half minutes, the video manages to cram in a ton of details and behind-the-scenes shots of half a dozen practical movie effects.
The effects in question include the semi-truck flip in The Dark Knight, the anti-gravity fight in Inception, the blood geyser in Nightmare On Elm Street, the werewolf transformation in An American Werewolf In London, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and the hobbits in The Lord Of The Rings. From rotating rooms to forced perspective to detailed puppets to simply playing film backwards, there are a lot of simple »
- Caroline Siede
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Writer/director Stephen Dunn’s feature debut Closet Monster cares little about convention to tell the story of Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup) growing up with a psychological revulsion to his sexual urges, all thanks to an extremely disturbing event witnessed as a child. This prologue glimpse at his youth (played by Jack Fulton) is a mash-up of tough coming-of-age-dramatics and a dark-edged imaginative whimsy that intrigues to draw you closer. »
- The Film Stage
Later this year, Joel Schumacher’s landmark horror comedy The Lost Boys celebrates its 30th anniversary, and to celebrate the milestone, author and filmmaker Paul Davis is embarking on his newest project, Lost in the Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, which is a book that chronicles every aspect that went into bringing the vampires of Santa Cruz, and those who fought against them, to life.
Over the weekend, Davis (whose recent print retrospective for An American Werewolf in London sold out in record time) hosted a 30th anniversary panel at Imats (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) 2017 Los Angeles to celebrate the brilliant special effects of The Lost Boys, and he brought a few friends along with him, including co-stars Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Billy Wirth, as well as legendary makeup artists Ve Neill, Greg Cannom, and Steve Laporte.
Even though we recently ran our Practical-ly Perfect column for this month, »
- Heather Wixson
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