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Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
Written by Justin Benson
Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead
Following their mildly acclaimed 2012 effort Resolution, directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead further establish themselves as some of the most promising gruesome genre mechanics to be observed – if from a safe and secure distance. In their new film Spring they turn their gaze to a beloved titan of the macabre, channeling an eternal struggle of the ancient ones that H.P Lovecraft would enjoy, with creatures most cryptic dwelling among an unsuspecting population.
With little to lose and in desperate need of a life kick-start, American Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) flees his dead-end life for Italy after his mother dies from a prolonged bout of cancer, his uncommitted and unfocused career as a chef also failing to warm up. Listlessly following the boozy backpack trail, he meets the stunningly beautiful Louise (Nadia Hilker) in a sleepy sun-dappled beach town, »
An American Werewolf in London is another one of those moves that I enjoy watching every year around Halloween. It has everything that makes for a great classic horror movie. The movie was incredibly bloody, violent, and scary, but one of the things that I liked about it most was the humor. It made me laugh, and that was all thanks to the character Jack Goodman, who was a rotting corpse with an upbeat and cheerful attitude. He's actually one of my favorite characters ever in a horror movie. I came across a lot of fun behind the scenes information about the film, and maybe there's something here that you've never heard of before. So without further ado, here are 15 fun facts about An American Werewolf in London.
This is the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Makeup. The category was created in 1981. It's also the only »
- Joey Paur
Mention the word “werewolf”, and you automatically gain a certain amount of viewers that will take the time out of their day (or night) to watch a movie with the sometimes scary beast. The werewolf subgenre was at one time a booming one, with films like An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, The Wolfen and various others. In time, the werewolf movie quieted down, with occasional gems here and there (i.e-Neil Marshall’s awesome Dog Soldiers and John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps), but for the most part, it’s become a pretty dried out type of film type. When horror fans get a werewolf film these days, it’s either in the form of a lifeless action film (Underworld), a lovelorn teen series (Twilight) or unfortunately, films like Werewolf Rising. While fans of the werewolf film might jump at checking it out, most will find that it »
- Jerry Smith
With WolfCop out now on disc, Ryan takes a look at how werewolf myths have faded in and out of cinema history...
It might seem strange, from our interconnected, know-it-all 21st century perspective, that people really did once believe that werewolves existed. Legends of wolf-men date back to antiquity, but really began to bite into society’s fear centres in Europe of the Middle Ages.
Take, for example, Peter Stumpp, a 16th century man whose strange story was related in a pamphlet published shortly after his death. A resident of a small town in Cologne, Stumpp claimed to have been given a belt of wolf skin by the Devil, which when worn, gave him the ability to transform into a wolf. In this form, Stumpp said he’d killed and eaten a dozen or so people over the course of 25 years - crimes described in grisly detail in that old pamphlet. »
The Incredible Melting Man is the ‘70s cult classic that saw special effects legend Rick Baker (Thriller, An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black) lend his hand to another memorable horror creature. The new Blu-ray and DVD editions arrive in time for Halloween on 13th October 2014. Originally starting life as a comedy under the title The Ghoul from Outer Space, The Incredible Melting Man has had remarkable staying power due to the credible comedic performances given by nearly everyone in the cast. Of course, the effects from Baker still manage to turn one’s stomach decades after they were put on film. Additionally, the score by Arlon Ober (and the Cosmic Consort Orchestra) provides a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the on-screen action. Finally, the film looks darn good. Some viewers have complained about the lighting being flat but the restored print makes the film look as good as it ever could be. »
The team at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights shared this photo with us of Lauren Cohan at The Walking Dead Maze and we thought it would help tide fans over until next weekend’s Season 5 premiere.
Heather Wixson recently had the opportunity to attend Halloween Horror Nights and shared her impressions: “Hands down, 2014 may be one of the finest years in the history of Hhn- the mazes and scare zones this year were all incredibly ambitious across the board and there were far more hits than misses in regards to the quality of Horror Nights’ haunted attractions. I personally loved the Alien vs. Predator and An American Werewolf in London mazes and even had the opportunity to tour both of them twice, which gave me a chance to soak in all the details that Murdy and his crew peppered throughout their work in each maze. I also had a »
- Jonathan James
Here's a cool set of digital Star Wars vinyl caricatures that were created by Evil Corp. I've included a few other figures that pay tribute to other movies like The Shining, An American Werewolf in London, Spinal Tap, and Army of Darkness. You can check them all out below! In case you missed them, you can find some other figurines for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End that we posted a few weeks ago right here.
Via: XombieDirge »
- Joey Paur
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’ An American Werewolf In London and many other skin-tearing affairs. »
- Matt Donato
This past Friday, Daily Dead took part in all the madness and mayhem over at Universal Studios Hollywood as they kicked off the Halloween season in style with the 2014 Eyegore Awards as well as the opening night for Halloween Horror Nights, which featured more mazes and frights for attendees than ever before.
During the Eyegore ceremony, horror legends and icons John Landis, Greg Nicotero, Robert Rodriguez and Slash were all presented with awards honoring their vast contributions to the world of genre filmmaking. After the show wrapped up, we headed out into the Universal Studios theme park to see what Creative Director John Murdy had up his sleeve this year for Halloween Horror Nights.
Hands down, 2014 may be one of the finest years in the history of Hhn- the mazes and scare zones this year were all incredibly ambitious across the board and there were far more hits than misses »
- Heather Wixson
Every fall, Universal Studios hosts their annual Halloween Horror Nights, a special immersive experience where horror fans can explore the physical manifestations of their favorite movies and television shows, by walking through various themed haunted houses. This year, some of the newer mazes included “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood”, “Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead”, “Clowns 3D Music by Slash”, “An American Werewolf in London”, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Twister”, and “Face Off: In the Flesh”.
Halloween Horror Nights kicked off on Friday, September 19th, with the Eyegore Awards, an award show honoring filmmakers, special effects artists, musicians and more in the genre. Even though it’s exciting to see these legends receive recognition for their efforts, what’s really important about this ceremony is that it gathers like-minded people to celebrate our love for horror movies.
The post Event Report: Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood »
- Ryan Turek
ShockYa was at Sept. 19th’s annual Eyegore Awards, which took place at Universal Studios Hollywood. The award show honors the best in horror movies, music and television and, for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood offered 500 Halloween Horror Nights fans a chance to see the action for themselves. The Eyegore Awards featured the likes of award-winning filmmaker and special effects make-up supervisor, Greg Nicotero, “Talking Dead” host and Nerdist creator Chris Hardwick, creator and executive producer of “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast” Robert Kirkman, award-winning filmmaker and founder/chairman of El Rey Network Robert Rodriguez, fan-favorite actor Danny Trejo, “An American Werewolf in London” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” filmmaker [ Read More ]
The post Exclusive: ShockYa Goes to the Eyegore Awards 2014 appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary. Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-a-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever. Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the From Dusk Till Dawn maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life. »
- Christina Radish
Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary. Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-a-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever. Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour The Walking Dead: The End of the Line maze, which brings many of the »
- Christina Radish
Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary. Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-a-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever. Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the An American Werewolf in London maze, which recreates legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, »
- Christina Radish
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Written by Kevin Williamson
Directed by Wes Craven
Cast: Christina Ricci (Ellie), Joshua Jackson (Jake), Jesse Eisenberg (Jimmy), Milo Ventimiglia (Bo), Judy Greer (Joanie), Scott Baio (Himself), Craig Kilborne (Himself), Portia de Rossi (Zela), Mya (Jenny), Shannon Elizabeth (Becky), Derek Mears (Werewolf)
Here I am once more, potentially defending something that is much maligned as a catastrophic fail. I often find myself having to do that for films, (sequels especially) that did not find a collective acceptance among its target audience. Friday the 13th part 5, Halloween 3, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, just to name a few. “Cursed” stands alone, but still made a difficult road for itself by being part of a genre that has had its share of epic triumphs and hard disappointments. Werewolf films have broken new ground with “An American Werewolf in London” with its landmark special effects, and “The Howling” with »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The “Eyegore Awards” at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off Halloween Horror Nights this year with its annual awards show that will honor Robert Rodriguez, “The Walking Dead’s” Greg Nicotero, filmmaker John Landis (“An American Werewolf in London” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”) with special guests Danny Trejo, AMC’s “The Talking Dead” Chris Hardwick, Slash, veteran Special Effects Make-up artist Rick Baker. For the first time, fans can attend the special event on September 19.
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Reviewed by Grace Fontaine
Written and directed by John Landis
I will be honest with all of you; I am not a huge fan of ‘The Howling’. I know, I know. One of the most revered werewolf films ever made with a huge base of fans and critics alike. By all accounts I should be among them, but there is just something about it I do not gel with. It’s not a badly made film and it boasts some really incredible visual effects (you don’t see a natural lady garden in this day and age, either) and Dee Wallace was very likeable in the lead role, but as a whole, I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe it wasn’t precisely to my tastes, »
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!
From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.
The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia, »
- Steve Barton
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