17 items from 2016
Waxwork Records recently announced that they will release a vinyl soundtrack of Tobe Hooper's 1979 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, and we have a teaser image of the anticipated release. Today's Horror Highlights also features details about Adrienne Barbeau receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming New York City Horror Film Festival and Breaking Glass Pictures' slate of horror films on Amazon Prime.
Salem's Lot Vinyl Soundtrack Announced by Waxwork Records: From Waxwork Records: "The bat is out the bag. Waxwork Records is releasing, for the very first time on vinyl, the complete 1979 television score to Stephen King's Salem's Lot! Details coming next week. Here's a peek at what will be a jaw dropping, fang gnashing, double LP featuring 84 cues remastered from the 1979 masters, and with new art by Francesco Francavilla! Waxwork will officially terrorize your turntable this Halloween season!"
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- Derek Anderson
Typically what we do with our ongoing Fright At Home column, is showcase the top releases of whatever respective week that the column falls on. This time though, I thought it would be fun to spread the coverage to highlight some of our favorite releases to have been put out during the month of September, opening the coverage up to put the spotlight not only Every DVD and/or Bluray, but the ones that caught our eyes. Some of the year’s best genre films have hit home video this month, so it would be silly to leave some of them out just because they came out last week, so they’ve been included, with everything from this week’s releases of The Shallows and The Neon Demon to the month’s earlier releases like The Conjuring 2 and a trio of Stephen King adaptions. So if you’re looking »
- Jerry Smith
Rebecca Lea Sep 19, 2016
Spoilers lie ahead.
The Film: A young boy is yelled at by his father for reading a comic book, Creepshow, that is later thrown in the trash. The boy is visited later by the Creep character from the comic and we are treated to five stories from within its pages. Father’s Day sees a woman guilty of murdering her father on the titular celebration return to the scene of the crime, but she’s not the only one. In The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verrill, a country bumpkin comes across a fallen meteorite that contains voracious alien plantlife. Something To Tide You Over finds a vengeful man finding a particularly soggy way of getting even whilst The Crate offers a unique, monster-shaped solution to his marital problems. Finally, a nasty businessman finds his hermetically »
Becky Lea Sep 12, 2016
And so we arrive at the second in our series of lookbacks at the film adaptations of Stephen King's work. And it's a bit of a special one.
The Film: Well, you likely know. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) is a writer in need of a job and so he takes the opportunity to spend the winter at Colorado’s Overlook Hotel, up in the mountains. With him is his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and his son Danny (Danny Lloyd). Danny has an imaginary friend named Tony who warns him that heading to the Overlook is a really bad idea. When there, Danny talks with the cook, Dick Halloran (Scatman Crothers) and the pair reveal that they can communicate telepathically, something which Dick calls ‘shining’. Soon, the family are left on »
We have a busy week of horror and sci-fi entertainment releases to look forward to, especially for those of you cult and indie horror fans out there. Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s insane Cat in the Brain to Blu-ray, and the recent indie thriller Road Games is getting a release on July 12th as well, courtesy of Scream Factory. One of my personal favorites from 2016, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room arrives on both formats this Tuesday via Lionsgate, and Synapse Films is releasing the recent Creepshow documentary Just Desserts.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for July 12th include Model Hunger, Slasher: Season One, 13 Cameras, the Steelbook edition of Blood and Black Lace, and Pop Art editions of The Birds, Psycho, and King Kong.
- Heather Wixson
Across her diverse filmography, Blake Lively has hung tough against the menaces of gun-toting criminals (The Town, Hick, Savages), mean rich teens (Gossip Girl), aging (The Age of Adaline), moving away from your friends (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films), and being in Green Lantern (Green Lantern). Yet her latest project — the watery survival flick The Shallows — will pit the actress against her deadliest foe yet. After a surfing incident strands the starlet on a solitary outcropping of rock, a hungry shark encircles her as the tide rises. Teen soap opera alumna vs. »
Shock reviews Michael Felsher’s fantastic doc on the making of a Romero/King classic. We’ve praised horror documentarian Michael Felsher’s sterling work before, on this particular horror news portal and in other outlets and the man has earned every accolade. Via his Red Shirt pictures imprint, Felsher has for years been refining the art of the…
- Chris Alexander
Written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, Creepshow has a special place in many horror fans’ hearts, and this summer, Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures will pay tribute to the beloved horror anthology with their Blu-ray release of 2007’s Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow. Ahead of its July 12th Blu-ray release, we have a look at the film’s release details, cover art, and a set of behind-the-scenes photos:
Press Release: For years, fans have been clamoring for the definite word on the making of George A. Romero’s classic 1982 horror anthology Creepshow, the first of his many big screen collaborations with best-selling novelist Stephen King. Now 34 years later, Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures join forces to bring this terrifyingly entertaining story to life in Just Desserts: The Making Of “Creepshow”, a special edition Blu-ray release documenting one of the greatest horror films ever made! »
- Derek Anderson
Miramax and El Rey Network announced today four new cast additions to the Albuquerque-based production of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, set to return for a third season later this year. Ana de la Reguera (Jane the Virgin, Narcos) will have a recurring role as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the seven remaining culebra Lords whose ancient roots and personal history put them at the center of an epic clash between good and evil. Also joining the cast is Chilean martial arts action star, Marko Zaror (Machete Kills), as Zolo, an Aztec warrior trained in hell, and iconic horror movie maven Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, From Dusk Till Dawn). Savini, who starred as Sex Machine in the original film, lights up the brand new role of Burt, a retired demon hunter who smokes more medical marijuana than he sells.
Returning to the El Rey Network supernatural action horror »
From the mid sixties to the mid seventies, omnibus (or anthology, or portmanteau if you’re really fancy) horror films were big business. And Amicus Productions ruled the roost. Between ’65 and ’74 they released seven such films, starting with Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (not to be confused with Dr. Tongue’s Evil House of Pancakes) and culminating with From Beyond the Grave. Today’s film lands in the middle, The House that Dripped Blood (1971) showcasing a company just starting to hit their stride with anthologies.
Popularity of the omnibus format has ebbed and flowed throughout the last 50 years; after Amicus stopped making them, George Romero and Stephen King collaborated on one of the finest, Creepshow (1982), which didn’t so much kick start a revival as have everyone afraid to compete. Throughout the late ‘80s and ‘90s there were pockets of inspiration, Tales from the Hood (1995) and of course HBO »
- Scott Drebit
On March 18th, Waxwork Records will release music from the place that’s “not as brightly lit” with their Tales From the Darkside: The Movie expanded vinyl soundtrack, and they recently revealed the collectible’s release details and cover art that should please fans of the horror anthology.
From Waxwork Records: “Available this Friday! The expanded and definitive soundtrack release of Tales From The Darkside The Movie. This is one of our favorite anthology horror films, and it features a dark, brooding, synth laden score by various artists including John Harrison (Creepshow, Day Of The Dead).
For anyone unfamiliar with this horror gem, episodes in the film are written by Stephen King and others written by the Godfather of Zombies, George A. Romero. Don’t miss out. Available on three different variants which all look and sound great! Artwork handled by our solid dude, Rhys Cooper!”
- Derek Anderson
John Frankenheimer ended a three year hiatus following his 1979 environmental horror/creature feature Prophecy with a commendable martial-arts effort, The Challenge (1982). Starring Scott Glenn in his first lead performance, the curiosity was co-written by John Sayles and also stars Japanese legend Toshiro Mifune (who had previously appeared in Frankenheimer’s 1966 film, Grand Prix). Though it ultimately proves to be a nonsensical narrative in its clash of East meets West and traditional values threatened by the consumer cravings of the modernized world, some fantastic fight sequences (a pre-fame Steven Seagal served as technical advisor) and superb lensing from famed cinematographer Kozo Okazaki mark the title as worthy of recuperation for its conglomeration of vintage components.
In 1982 Los Angeles, a down and out boxer, Rick Murphy (Glenn) is approached to transport a sacred sword to Kyoto in order to restore it to its rightful owner, a master samurai, Toru Yoshida (Mifune). Apparently, »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s very exciting to see ambition in the world of horror. Yes, pleasure can and always will be derived from one more well formed slice of the blade or swing of the axe. However, occasionally a filmmaker comes on the scene overflowing with imagination and verve, a need to spew forth fresh ideas, or at the very least, a new take on a haggard trope. And then you have Fred Dekker, who decided for his first feature to include everything he loved about exploitation, horror and sci-fi, into one glorious, hearty stew that bafflingly flew under the radar at the time of its release. And like a good stew, the more it simmers, the sweeter the taste. 30 years later, Night of the Creeps (1986) will fill you up and have you begging for more.
Released by Tri-Star Pictures in late August, Creeps pulled in under $600,000 on a $5,000,000 Us budget. The »
- Scott Drebit
With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and »
- Harker Jones
You never know what's going to happen with an audition," actor Ted Levine remembers of the first time he portrayed Jame Gumb, The Silence of the Lambs villain also known as "Buffalo Bill." "I just pulled something out. It was scary. It felt kind of magical."
"I read with the three final guys who were going to be Buffalo Bill," says Brooke Smith, who played Catherine Martin, the U.S. senator's daughter whom Gumb abducts in the movie. "When Ted walked in, it was so crazily obvious. I asked him, »
I love a heartwarming, feel-good romance story just as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s those doomed cinematic relationships that tend to stick with you the most. One of the more interesting ill-fated couples I recently encountered was Rob (Cian Barry) and Holly (Abigail Hardingham) from Nina Forever. The new couple must endure the looming presence of Rob’s ex-girlfriend, Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), who died recently in a car accident and happens to show up anytime they become intimate.
The pitch-black comedy touches on a lot of the complications that come with modern relationships and all the proverbial baggage we endure as a result of our previous romantic entanglements. It really struck me throughout the story just how well directors Ben and Chris Blaine perfectly explore those themes in Nina Forever, making me realize that some of my very favorite movie love affairs, particularly from the 1980s, »
- Heather Wixson
An ongoing series looking at fantastic prologues from classic and contemporary horror movies. In this ongoing Shock series, we’ll take a look at some of the most astonishing opening scenes in genre film history. We’ve already made a case for Twilight Zone: The Movie, then we discussed the ultra-bloody pre-credits sequence for Stuart Gordon’s 1985 horror…
- Chris Alexander
17 items from 2016
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