13 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...
It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.
What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »
Michael Myers will take a stab at both coasts this fall, as Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have announced a new Halloween Horror Nights maze based on the eerie hospital setting of 1981's Halloween II:
Press Release: Orlando, Fla., Universal City, Calif. (July 7, 2016) – Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series, “Halloween.”
The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer, Michael Myers, as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.
- Derek Anderson
[Editor’s Note: Our own Scott Drebit will be hosting panels this weekend at the sixth annual Calgary Horror Con. Ahead of the three-day event, Scott caught up with the convention’s CEO and founder, Dan Doherty, to discuss what sparked his love of the genre, the convention’s origin, this year’s special guest lineup, and more.]
Dan, let’s start at the start. When did you first get into horror?
Dan Doherty: I’ve been into horror since I was a kid—I’m not sure of the exact age. For me, it was a way to test my bravery. I was bullied a bit growing up, and it was a way to test it from a safe distance. And then after a while, it just becomes an adrenaline rush; you immerse yourself in a good horror film, but there isn’t much that scares me these days other than public washrooms [laughs]. I can remember watching C.H.U.D. when I was fairly young, maybe ten, but I’m not sure if that was the first. All I know is that once I was introduced to horror, I was hooked.
That seems to be the case with pretty much everyone—once you’re in, »
- Scott Drebit
Earlier this week, horror fans got some exciting news when it was announced that John Carpenter is teaming up with Blumhouse for a remake of the filmmaker's horror classic Halloween. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer alongside Jason Blum, although a director or screenwriter hasn't come aboard quite yet. While we wait to see what this new version of Michael Myers will look like, the filmmaker recently made some disparaging remarks about the Friday the 13th franchise.
Paramount has been developing a Friday the 13th remake for quite some time, with the studio continually pushing the release date back. The movie is currently set for release on January 13, 2017, but since no director or cast members have been attached, it's possible this remake may move yet again. John Carpenter recently appeared on the Brett Easton Ellis Podcast, where he was asked to chime in on other horror franchises, like Texas Chainsaw »
[Guest authors Christopher Lombardo and Jeff Kirschner of Really Awful Movies share their diagnosis of healthcare horror movies with Daily Dead readers.] When the Us was overhauling its healthcare system, much to-do was made about so-called “death panels,” government committees who would decide who lives and dies based on asset allocation. As far as healthcare horrors are concerned, it turns out that playing God is very real, but luckily only in film and Sarah Palin’s fright-filled imagination. Nefarious nurses, murderous docs, and psychopathic hallway stalkers in horror movies have effectively put end-of-life issues at the forefront, but not in a way that can be reasonably debated: your life, their ending of it.
We’ve decided to weigh in on the healthcare hullabaloo by looking at fictional settings that make One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest look like the height of patient-centered thinking. So sit back and self-medicate with whatever’s in the fridge (or better still, the medicine cabinet) and take these seven healthcare horrors—but don’t call us in the morning. »
- Jonathan James
John Carpenter’s returning to Haddonfield for another sequel to his 1978 slasher classic, Halloween. Variety reports the director of other esteemed flicks like The Thing and Starman is on board to exec produce the next installment in the long-running Michael Myers saga.
The 68-year-old director-writer-composer-actor said, “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.” (He seems to be counting Rob Zombie’s oughts remakes of both Halloween and Halloween II as sequels.)
Michael Myers slashes his way into infamy
He will co-produce with Jason Blum (The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, The Gift, The Visit) and Malek Akkad, who produced the tepidly received Rob Zombie remakes. Blum’s Blumhouse Productions is joining with Miramax to co-finance.
No word on whether »
- Harker Jones
Exciting news for horror fans today. John Carpenter, director of the original 1978 horror classic Halloween is returning to the franchise as an executive producer. This latest reboot, which was once called Halloween Returns, is now at Blumhouse, with Miramax co-financing development and production. Malek Akkad will produce the sequel under his Trancas International Films banner. Blumhouse founder Jason Blum is also producing.
The new Halloween movie does not have a set release date yet. Miramax, who continue to hold onto worldwide distribution rights, will determine a theatrical release plan in the near future. Though, there appears to be some confusion as to whether or not this is a true sequel to the original featuring Michael Myers as the iconic slasher, or if this is yet another reboot of the franchise. In a statement, John Carpenter had this to say, hinting that this will be the '10th' sequel.
"Thirty-eight years »
“Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” added Blumhouse boss Jason Blum. “The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”
- Gary Collinson
Miramax holds worldwide distribution rights and will determine its theatrical distribution partner at a future date.
The news was unveiled on a new Halloween Movies web site.
“‘Halloween’ is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” Blum said. “The great »
- Dave McNary
This article contains spoilers for Cobra. We suspect we're the only website to have written those words in recent times....
Had Sylvester Stallone had his way, the now cult classic Beverly Hills Cop would have been a much different film. Before Eddie Murphy was cast in the role that would define his acting career, the part of Axel Foley was offered to Sly. Yet the Italian Stallion had other ideas in mind for what he wanted the film to be, so he took it upon himself to rewrite the script, moulding it to suit his strengths as a white-knuckled mortal terminator. As screenwriter Daniel Petrie Jr told us last year, whilst it was "considered a coup to have written a script to attract »
Founded in 1938, Don Post Studios created iconic masks for both Hollywood and the everyman and even invented the classic rubber masks that we all knew and loved as kids on Halloween. This is the company that produced the William Shatner/Captain Kirk mask that became Michael Myers’ impassive visage in the Halloween series. The studio was critical in the shaping of Monster Kids back in the ’60s and ’70s. Don Post himself was buddies with our own Uncle Forry — a match made in horror heaven. The studio has such a dedicated fan base that there was even a convention — Don-Con, of course — last year in Burbank.
When Dps closed in September 2012, Lee Lambert, a longtime fan, expected there to be some kind of tribute book. When it never materialized, he decided to take on the Herculean task himself. The Illustrated History Of Don Post Studios sold out immediately, surprising all involved, »
- Harker Jones
Nina Forever: Relationships are complicated, and even when you think you’ve moved on past a former lover, you still carry traces of that person’s influence with you for a while. That’s the theme at the heart of Nina Forever, the darkly comedic feature film debut from Ben and Chris Blaine that follows new couple Holly (Abigail Hardingham) and Rob (Cian Barry) as they contend with the return of Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), Rob’s former girlfriend who was killed during a car accident and decides to pop up during their first time having sex. And that’s only the beginning of the awkwardness that continues to build between the trio throughout Nina Forever.
What I really enjoyed about Nina Forever was the approach that the Blaine Brothers take in tackling their complicated ideas; there are no easy answers here and the way the filmmakers handle topics like obsession, »
- Heather Wixson
Whenever I think back on the ’80s and how fantastic the decade truly was, some of my favorite reveries to indulge in are the ones of me as a kid walking up and down video stores and their endless rows of videocassettes and pickup up box after box, wishing that I was old enough to open my own membership, rent a Vcr and take a stack of movies home with me. Slasher films were my biggest curiosity during my teen years and it’s something that has remained with me for years after. Even though, at the time, I was still much too young to be sitting in front of them, I did what I needed to do to cultivate this weird and unexplainable passion I had for anything horror. Whenever I had the opportunity to tag along to the video store with my folks, I made a habit of »
- Leonel VHS
13 items from 2016
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