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An Open Letter to the Makers of An American Werewolf In London: The Remake

8 February 2017 10:20 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

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 →

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- Stephen Romano

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Great Job, Internet!: Go behind the scenes of impressive movie effects created without CGI

25 January 2017 12:47 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

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

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New to Streaming: ‘Trespass Against Us,’ ‘In the Loop,’ ‘Detour,’ and More

20 January 2017 1:02 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn)

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

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Practical-ly Perfect: 30 Years of The Lost Boys (1987)

18 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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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Christopher Nolan banned Jon Peters from Man Of Steel set

12 January 2017 12:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Jan 13, 2017

Controversial producer Jon Peters suggests he made tens of millions on Man of Steel while Christopher Nolan banned him from the set.

Jon Peters has had one of the most infamous and oddly-inspiring rises to power in Hollywood history. Once a hair-dresser bad boy who was supposedly the inspiration for Warren Beatty’s Shampoo, Peters somehow found himself as Barbara Streisand’s lover/producer on the A Star Is Born remake, and then a well-regarded producer who, along with Peter Guber, presided over classic 1980s blockbusters like Batman, Flashdance, and An American Werewolf In London. He also was the first guy to attempt to 'reboot' Superman before that jargon existed in the 1990s… mind you, his idea was to have Nicolas Cage with flowing locks to star in it while fighting a giant spider, but you know… he was still first.

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The Biggest Monster Movies

10 January 2017 3:42 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Chris Haydon

Ferocious, unpredictable, and all-powerful, the silver screen’s history is laden with spectacular monsters. From intergalactic invaders and prehistoric prowlers, to those fearful foes who take residence a little closer to home, the cinema has produced many monster movies whose creatures fill us with dread every time we settle in and watch their adventures.

To celebrate the launch of the Sony Movie Channel on Freeview and Virgin on the 10th of January, we’ve taken the time to rank the leanest, meanest, and downright biggest monster movies of them all. Spanning decades of directorial talent and a multitude of genres, here is our definitive list…

10. Godzilla (1998)

There have been many big-screen variations of the classic Japanese monster, dating back as far as the 1950s, but few outings for the legendary God of Destruction are quite as overlooked as Roland Emmerich’s 1998 rendition. Let loose in America’s beloved New York City, »

- Chris Haydon

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Underworld: Blood Wars Review

7 January 2017 9:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For 13 years we’ve been caught in the middle of Kate Beckinsale’s Lycan-hunting warfare, a streamlined franchise that’s sustained many tests of time, especially Beckinsale’s ageless taking to vampire purity. I wondered who dared asked for a fifth chapter in this R-rated Twilight for adults, and I was answered by a moderately full NYC movie theater audience, who hooted and hollered as Selene waged bloody retribution against both hairy and pale factions. People turned out for what’s essentially an H&M Bdsm orgy that’s interrupted by werewolves before any hanky panky can begin – but was their perseverance rewarded? By the grace of Nosferatu, Underworld: Blood Wars could have been way, Way worse. I’ll admit that.

As previously noted, Beckinsale once again returns as the famed “Death Dealer” Selene. Even with no memory of her daughter Eve’s whereabouts, she’s still hunted by Lycan »

- Matt Donato

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