18 items from 2015
When it comes to werewolf flicks, there are a few that are almost universally recognized as being the best. There’s of course classics like An American Werewolf in London and The Howling, and if you’re asking me, Neil Marshall’s Dog… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
The most shocking part of this story: that no one remade "The Howling" before this. Upstart production company Emaji Entertainment has announced that they're "rebooting" Joe Dante's 1981 werewolf classic "as the first in a series of films based upon well known film properties," which is exactly what we need more of. The original film starred the incomparable Dee Wallace as a TV news anchorwoman who is sent to a retreat after a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer and begins to suspect that the residents there may not be what they seem. Spoiler alert: they're hairier than they first appear. The film is notable for being released at a high point for werewolf movies, as John Landis's "An American Werewolf in London" was put out the same year. Both featured groundbreaking transformation sequences -- a 21-year-old Rob Bottin was responsible for the grisly third-act transformation in "The Howling, »
- Chris Eggertsen
It's really difficult to not brag when you've had the same kind of conversation I recently did with John Landis, the same human who directed Animal House, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, ¡Three Amigos!, Trading Places, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and dozens of other great moving pictures you and I adore. So, for this article, you are going to need to bear with a few of my gloats, please. I'm a nice guy who loves cats and grandmothers, so you can manage for a few paragraphs of crowing. (Or, just skip what I have to say and listen, I'll never know unless you comment that you skipped, which is just mean.) Landis was in Dallas over the weekend...
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1981 was an amazing year for horror. An American Werewolf in London. The Beyond. The Evil Dead. The Funhouse. The Howling. The list goes on and on. However, one that always seems to fall through the cracks of time and memory is Dead & Buried.
Released in May 1981, Dead & Buried did not set any box office records. This is due to the fact that it is very hard to categorize. Is it a slasher ala Friday the 13th Part 2? No, but there are some gruesome and realistic deaths courtesy of late effects whiz Stan Winston. Is it a monster movie like The Howling? Not exactly, but the movie involves transformations (of a sort). Is there a mystery to solve? Definitely, and this is what drives the story forward and through the disparate elements at play.
60’s and 70’s TV survivor James Farentino stars as Dan Gillis, Sheriff of the seaside town of Potter’s Bluff. »
- Scott Drebit
Evan falls hard for Louise after arriving in Italy. He doesn't know that much about her, but he's in love with her just the same. The more he discovers about her, though, the more he realizes just how different Louise is from anyone he's known before. Lovecraftian love abounds in Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's Spring, coming out on Blu-ray and DVD as a Best Buy exclusive on June 2nd before hitting other stores on August 11th, and we have the film's home media release details and cover art:
Press Release -- "A young American in a personal tailspin heads to Europe to escape his past and falls for a beautiful woman with a dark and deadly secret in the unique and unforgettable Spring. From Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff and Anchor Bay, the genre-bending horror romance that's been described as a brilliant cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London »
- Derek Anderson
So much of movie magic these days is green screen and CGI — the work of animators and special effects artists. Given the fakery we’ve come to expect, when a movie comes along that pulls off some spectacular visuals on-set without a lot of post-production tweaking, that kind of movie magic makes us take notice. The latest wowing practical stunt: “Furious 7.” The “Fast and Furious” franchise has always made its mark with impressive action sequences done practically. If the seventh installment was trying to top the previous six in that department, it succeeded. This time featuring Dominic Toretto and his team drive skydiving cars out of a plane. To shoot the critical scene, the “Furious 7” stunt team actually dropped real live cars out of an airplane. Aerial cameramen followed the jump, doving with their own parachutes. The cars dropped first from an altitude of 12,000 feet in Colorado mountains, »
- Emily Rome
From Crystal Lake Publishing, Jasper Bark's Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts is now available worldwide in bookstores and online and we've been provided with one of the collection's short stories, "Taking the Piss" (a truly haunting revenge tale), to share with Daily Dead readers. Also included in our latest round-up are Blu-ray release details and cover art for Troma's The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Class Of Nuke ’Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, as well as details on an upcoming auction of film props from make-up effects mastermind Rick Baker.
Stuck On You and Other Prime Cuts: "A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit. They’ll whisper truths so twisted you can only face them in the darkest hours of the night. They’ll unlock desires so decadent you’ll never wash their taint from your flesh. »
- Derek Anderson
Stars: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, Jason Momoa, Janet-Laine Green, Melanie Scrofano, Adam Butcher, Philip Maurice Hayes, Miriam McDonald | Written and Directed by David Hayter
I, like many horror fans, know that the werewolf movie is the hardest of all the horror sub-genres to get right. For every American Werewolf in London, there’s an American Werewolf in Paris… But once in a while a movie comes along that successfully captures what makes the genre great. Wolves is one such movie.
Written and directed by David Hayter, who has penned such blockbuster films as X-Men and its sequel; and the film adaptation of Watchmen, Wolves tells the story of Cayden Richards. Your typical all-American jock, Cayden goes on the run following a vicious football incident and the murder of his parents – possibly at Cayden’s hands. You see Cayden is changing and not in your typical high-school teenager way. »
- Phil Wheat
Werewolf movies can either be a howlin’ good time like Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases, taking a bite out of softer genre efforts, or they can be like David Hayter’s Wolves, a mainstream safety net that makes you want to cuddle a werewolf instead of run away in fear. Werewolves can be horrifying, menacing beasts, or overgrown house pets, spanning a varied spectrum of physical embodiments from humanistic (Wer) to cartoony (Wolves), which is why I have to commend filmmaker Lowell Dean on creating a werewolf movie full of gore, hilarity, and a werewolf police officer who’s more of a comic book hero than furry mythical creature. WolfCop is “Dirty Harry only hairier,” and his first case is every bit a bonkers B-Movie revival that midnight movie fans pray for – littered with fairytale references and a little animalistic cavorting for all you furry exhibitionists out there!
- Matt Donato
Three films in, and Jon Wright is very much a director whose output is worth keeping an eye on. His first full feature, Tormented, was an effective horror with some strong moments, but it was Grabbers where he really struck gold. It remains, along with Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, our favourite horror comedy of recent times. Wright has taken a different turn for his new movie, Robot Overlords, a sci-fi movie aimed at a family audience. And he spared us some time to natter about it...
Can you put into words how you're feeling, on the eve of your film's release?
Well, I'm a bit nervous about the release, as you would be. Hoping it goes well. And I'm reading all the press that people are writing, which I actually think is very interesting. »
After a night of downing a couple too many drinks, you might wake up the following morning with a hammering headache and one thought dominating your mind: "What happened last night?" In writer/director Lowell Dean's latest film, alcoholic police officer Lou Garou ponders that question when he notices the pentagram carved into his chest one morning. Talk about a rude awakening. Things get hairy, bloody, and very funny from there for Lou and company in Dean's WolfCop, a Canadian horror comedy that's a welcome addition to the werewolf sub-genre. With WolfCop now available on Blu-ray and DVD, we caught up with writer/director Lowell Dean to discuss WolfCop’s ’80s influences, casting Leo Fafard in the titular role based on his performance as a lycanthrope in a music video, the upcoming WolfCop sequel, and much more.
Thank you very much for taking the time to talk with us. »
- Derek Anderson
This review was originally published during Fantastic Fest 2014.
Since festival audiences have already exhausted the “Spring is like…” comments over every form of social media (Spring is like Before Sunrise meets H.P. Lovecraft, for example), I’ll just plainly say that Spring is romantically horrific bliss, achieving perfection through tragedy and soul. Is there a subgenre of horror equatable to the “Mumblecore” scene yet? If not, filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have pioneered it, throwing together a loving tale that’s aided by a creature-feature subplot akin to a Troma production on super-steroids.
There’s something so primal and affectionate about Spring. It strikes an honesty that’s notably reminiscent to Richard Linklater’s or Joe Swanberg’s crowning work. It’s the most regal of Shakespearean epics meets the most sinister Joe Dante feverdream, striking a wealth of emotional riches while also utilizing beastly effects reminiscent of Landis »
- Matt Donato
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
'Cat People' 1942 actress Simone Simon Remembered: Starred in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie classic (photo: Simone Simon in 'Cat People') Pert, pouty, pretty Simone Simon is best remembered for her starring roles in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie Cat People (1942) and in Jean Renoir's French film noir La Bête Humaine (1938). Long before Brigitte Bardot, Mamie Van Doren, Ann-Margret, and (for a few years) Jane Fonda became known as cinema's Sex Kittens, Simone Simon exuded feline charm in a film career that spanned a quarter of a century. From the early '30s to the mid-'50s, she seduced men young and old on both sides of the Atlantic – at times, with fatal results. During that period, Simon was featured in nearly 40 movies in France, Italy, Germany, Britain, and Hollywood. Besides Jean Renoir, in her native country she worked for the likes of Jacqueline Audry »
- Andre Soares
Do: check the instructions (Wild)
This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."
Don't: give up (Touching The Void)
Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.
Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)
Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. If werewolf movies ever had a heyday, it was the 1980's, with An American Werewolf in London and The Howling showing off the best of what this particular sub-genre had to offer. Other than those two classics, it hasn't fared that well though. An American Werewolf in Paris was an unwanted horror sequel (surprise, surprise), and two high profile attempts to kick start the werewolf movie again, Wolf and The Wolfman, just fell flat. But in 2002, a movie came in under every ones radar that really embraced all the fun a werewolf movie can offer. I am, of course, talking about Neil Marshall's Dog Soldiers. With Luxembourg standing in for the Scottish Highlands, Dog Soldiers sees British soldier Cooper (Kevin McKidd) and the »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Everybody loves a good horror anthology nowadays. The likes of the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death franchises (not to mention the Halloween-themed Trick ‘R Treat) have brought back the telling of short, scary, and interconnected tales and this October will see the release of another anthology: Tales of Halloween, featuring shorts from some of the best contemporary horror directors, including Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Lucky McKee. The film will also remember to nod to its influential forebears with the addition of cameos from some major horror filmmakers and stars.
Tales of Halloween recently added some big names to the cast. There will be cameos from horror greats Joe Dante, John Landis, Stuart Gordon, and Mick Garris. Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Barry Bostwick will also appear, along with a bevy of recognizable genre performers. The addition of these cameos certainly reminds us of the horror greats of yesteryear, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
From 1981’s An American Werewolf in London to 1985’s Silver Bullet, moviegoers had a good number of films featuring full moon howlers to enjoy. Not to be forgotten are The Howling movies (loosely based on the late Gary Brandner’s book series) that began in ’81 and continued with ’85’s Howling II, and Scream Factory has announced they will release Howling II on Blu-ray for the first time this summer.
Upon its release in 1985, Howling II had multiple titles and it’s not known yet which one will be used for the new home media release. The special features and cover art are also unknown at this time, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
From Scream Factory: “1985’s Howling II will be coming out later on in the Summer! We were not prepared to announce the title at this time but the cat (or, in this case, »
- Derek Anderson
18 items from 2015
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