3 items from 2014
Everybody loves a good death scene, right? No matter if it’s gripping and unexpected, melodramatic and emotional or absurdly bloody and titillating, a great death scene can linger in the memory long after the film that contained it. Ask anybody to name a scene from Platoon and they’re more likely to go for Sgt. Elias jittering bloodlessly like a marionette before anything else. But who are the undoubted masters of the death scene?
There are a select band of actors who seem to have made a career out of hamming up a poisoning scene, and some of these names are amongst the biggest in Hollywood. Whether it’s a case of actors being attracted to a memorable scene or of casting agents recognising that some thespians do play a good corpse, there are some on this list that have seen more morgue action than The Grim Reaper. »
- Barry Marshall
In 1980, director Joe D’Amato was known for doing cheaply made porn and horror crossovers like The Erotic Nights of the Living Dead and some of the lesser known (but more sleazy) versions of the Emmanuelle series. Many of his flicks were a strange mix of hardcore sex scenes and horror-centered plots, but rarely did the two genres meld cohesively on screen. It was always a case of “oh, we must run from zombies” and then awkward sex happens. Anthropophagus (which I still cannot pronounce or spell correctly) was intended to be D’Amato’s first true horror film, and it is surprisingly good. Ok, it’s not a bastion of skilled filmmaking by any means, but it’s enjoyable and gorehounds will go nuts for it, which is why it is this week’s inclusion in The Unseen.
Like many of the Italian cannibal films, this one has multiple names including The Grim Reaper, »
- Rebekah McKendry
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death Sunday was shocking to his fans and to those who knew him and worked with him. Celebrities from Steve Martin to his Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Sam Claflin took to Twitter and other social media to share their memories of the late actor.
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“What a devastating loss,” Nicole Kidman told EW in a statement. “He was one of the greatest actor’s actor of all time. He’d take your breath away, he was so talented. My thoughts and blessings are with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family. »
- EW staff
3 items from 2014
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