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Did Steven Spielberg Direct ‘Poltergeist’? A New Source Says Yes

19 July 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Since 1982, claims that Poltergeist writer/producer Steven Spielberg actually directed the film instead of credited director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) have been making the rounds in film magazines and, later, on the internet. It seems like every few years the controversy pops up again with a new comment or piece of evidence supporting […]

The post Did Steven Spielberg Direct ‘Poltergeist’? A New Source Says Yes appeared first on /Film. »

- Ben Pearson

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‘Leatherface’ Red Band Trailer: Your Favorite Chainsaw-Wielding Psychopath Is Back, and He Wants Your Skin — Watch

17 July 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After playing a key role in the New French Extremity, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are headed to Texas. The co-directors of “Inside” (“À l’intérieur”) are helming “Leatherface,” a prequel to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” that will presumably tell us everything we ever wanted to know about our favorite chainsaw-wielding psychopath. Watch the red-band trailer below.

Read More‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Franchise Carving Up Yet Another Prequel

Here’s the synopsis, in case you aren’t caught up with the backstory: “In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s’ daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, the young »

- Michael Nordine

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New Claim Asserts Steven Spielberg Directed ‘Poltergeist’

17 July 2017 7:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the annals of cinematic conspiracy theories, the story that Steven Spielberg was the actual director of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist,” is one that many people are willing to believe is true. At the time, Universal‘s contract with Spielberg prevented him from making another movie as he prepared “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and yet he found himself on the set of “Poltergeist,” which was being helmed by Tobe Hooper.

Continue reading New Claim Asserts Steven Spielberg Directed ‘Poltergeist’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Steven Spielberg Directed ‘Poltergeist,’ Says the Film’s Assistant Cameraman

16 July 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The question of who actually directed “Poltergeist” has been haunting curious viewers for as long as the movie itself. Tobe Hooper is officially listed as having done so, though it’s long been suspected that co-writer and -producer Steven Spielberg was the true helmer; due to a clause in his “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” contract, however, Spielberg wasn’t technically allowed to direct anything else while preparing his kid-friendly classic.

In an appearance on Blumhouse’s podcast ‘Shock Waves,’ the film’s assistant cameraman more or less confirms that Spielberg was the actual director.

Read More‘Poltergeist’ Making-Of Featurette: On the Horrors of Suburbia

“It was a very intense, very fun, very technical movie to work on. There’s a lot going on. And candidly… Steven Spielberg directed that movie. There’s no question,” says John Leonetti, whose brother Matt was the film’s cinematographer. Leonetti, who directed “Annabelle” as well as the upcoming “Wish Upon, »

- Michael Nordine

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Steven Spielberg seemingly confirmed as director of Poltergeist

16 July 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like we may finally have an answer to the debate surrounding who was actually responsible for directing 1982’s Poltergeist, with Wish Upon helmer John R. Leonetti – who served as an assistant camera operator on the film – revealing to Shockwaves that Steven Spielberg directed the movie, rather than the credited Tobe Hooper.

“It was a very intense, very fun, very technical movie to work on,” said Leonetti. “There’s a lot going on. And candidly… Steven Spielberg directed that movie. There’s no question. However, Tobe Hooper – I adore. I love that man so much. But, had I known you were going to ask me that question, I would’ve brought this one picture I have, which is the whole movie in one shot! It’s the scene where the tree comes in to grab the boy, and we have two cameras set up. In the foreground on an »

- Gary Collinson

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Tobe Hooper Pretended to Direct ‘Poltergeist’ for Steven Spielberg!

15 July 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

One of the worst kept secrets in horror history is that Steven Spielberg actually directed Poltergeist (1982), which is credited to the great Tobe Hooper. It’s a weird Hollywood myth that causes such conflicting emotions in us horror fans because, well, we love Hooper but this is a huge knock against his legacy. If it’s not […] »

- Brad Miska

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David Harbour Says Stranger Things Season 2 'Will Surprise You'

14 July 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

With most nerds drooling over Sunday’s return of HBO’s Game of Thrones, it is easy to forget that Netflix’s Stranger Things will soon be back from the upsidedown for a second season. David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Hopper on the hit show recently spoke with Deadline on the personal challenges that came with his character:

“I was so in love with the project and the script that I was quite intimidated going in,” said Harbour. “It was something I’d never been asked to do, to really be the male protagonist of the show. I sort of knew that I had to go to work in a much deeper way, I felt, than I had in the past in movies and television. I’d done that work in theater before; in movies and television, I hadn’t really had that opportunity, so I knew I had to »

- Seth McDonald

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Meet Grandpa from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Fubar Horror Fest July 8th in St. Louis

3 July 2017 8:11 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Fubar Horror Fest (aka The Fubar Chainsaw Massacre) is this Saturday, July 8th at Fubar Saint Louis (3108 Locust St, St. Louis 63103). This show consists of a screening of the original 1974 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a Q&A with John Dugan, who played ‘Grandpa’ in that film, live music, and vendors selling rare movies, t-shirts, books, poster prints, and original artwork.

The screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre starts at 9pm followed by a Q&A with the one and only John Dugan, then music by  We Bite – The Misfits Tribute Band, and Candy Coated Evil The special guest M.C. for the evening will be the amazing Mr. Hamilton!

Doors open at 3pm, so get there early to check out all of the vendors. Bring plenty of cash!

Gary from Red Death Studios will be there. You know those cool horror movie workshirts I wear? I get those from Red Death! »

- Tom Stockman

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Poltergeist Star Has a Celebrity Crush

28 June 2017 4:53 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You may remember Oliver Robins as Robbie Freeling from the Poltergeist franchise and of course lil Jimmy Wilson in Airplane II: The Sequel. Well guess who’s back with a new horror flick? From the Press Release: Oliver Robins, best known… Continue Reading →

The post Poltergeist Star Has a Celebrity Crush appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Original ‘Poltergeist’ Star Oliver Robins Directing Horror Film ‘Celebrity Crush’

28 June 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

As a child actor, Oliver Robins was tormented by a nightmarish clown doll in Poltergeist. Thirty-five years later, he’s all grown up and set to direct a horror film of his own! We’ve just learned that Robins, who played Robbie Freeling in the original Poltergeist, will return to the horror world with Celebrity Crush, a […] »

- John Squires

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Warner Bros. UK Heads ‘Within’ This Summer

23 June 2017 6:46 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Warner Bros. Entertainment UK has announced Within (also known as Crawlspace) for release on digital download July 10, 2017, and on DVD July 24th. Phil Claydon’s Within stars Michael Vartan (The Arrangement, Alias, Bates Motel), Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones, Captain Fantastic, Blood Father) and JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, Kramer vs. Kramer). “You can’t keep out what’s […] »

- Brad Miska

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Contest: Chicago, get weird with more free tickets to Music Box midnights

22 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

A couple of weeks back, we offered you tickets to a midnight screening of the 1977 Japanese psychedelic haunted-house movie House. Now our friends at The Front Row are back to present more midnight horror at Chicago’s own Music Box Theatre, and this weekend’s movie is another mind-bender.

Released in 1987, Anguish (a.k.a. Anguista) is a Spanish production starring Zelda Rubinstein—best known as the psychic from the Poltergeist movies—in another telepathic role as Alice, star of The Mommy, a movie within the movie about a controlling mother who commands her visually impaired son to kill. The movie takes place partially within the universe of The Mommy and partially in the theater showing the movie, as the audience starts to feel the effects of The Mommy’s mind-control powers. It’s pretty wild.

We’re giving away tickets to this weekend’s midnight showings of »

- Katie Rife

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Twin Peaks Episode 5 Recap: Did We Just Meet [Spoiler]'s Demon Spawn?

5 June 2017 5:14 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

So many familiar faces popped up in “Part 5” of Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival — and I think we can see all the far-flung storylines just starting to come together. But it was a minor footnote that finally got me bubbling over with excitement. As the credits rolled, a familiar name popped up in the crawl: angular young actor Eamon Farren is playing (drumroll) “Richard Horne.” That’s Horne, as in Horne’s Department Store, and “I’m Audrey Horne and I get what I want.” (And yes I stood up from my couch and screamed out “He’s a Horne! »

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This Scene Almost Earned ‘Poltergeist’ an R Rating

4 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

It is common knowledge now that Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, which celebrates its 35th anniversary today, almost single-handedly brought about the advent of the PG-13 rating. With the “help” of later-released violent PG-rated films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Gremlins, the Motion Picture Association of America decided that there needed to be another rating in between a PG […] »

- Trace Thurman

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Image Nation Abu Dhabi pacts with producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider

16 May 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Three-year production deal aims for one genre film a year.

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has struck a production deal with veteran producers Roy Lee and Steven Schneider on a slate of high-concept, modestly- budgeted English-language genre films.

The goal is for the projects to demonstrate broad international appeal and franchise potential and make at least one film a year that Image Nation will fully finance. The parties declined to reveal titles.

The deal reunites Schneider with Image Nation after their recent collaboration on Ali F. Mostafa’s dystopian thriller The Worthy, set to debut worldwide this month on Netflix after it became the streaming service’s first acquisition in the UAE.Schneider produced with Peter Safran and Rami Yasin.

Lee and Schneider helped launch genre franchises including The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Grudge.

Besides The Worthy, Image Nation’s regional genre credits encompass Djinn, Majid Al Ansari’s debut feature Rattle The Cage (Zinzana).

Schneider »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jerry Goldsmith’s 10 Most Indelible Scores

9 May 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In honor of Jerry Goldsmith’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jon Burlingame offers ten scores that best capture the late composer’s genius.

1. A Patch of Blue (1965) For the tender relationship between a blind white girl (Elizabeth Hartman) and the kindly black man (Sidney Poitier) she befriends, Goldsmith wrote a haunting, delicate score featuring piano and harmonica.

2. The Sand Pebbles (1966) Goldsmith’s first epic score, for director Robert Wise’s film about a U.S. gunboat in Chinese waters in the 1920s starring Steve McQueen. He evoked an Asian atmosphere with exotic instruments, and his love theme (“And We Were Lovers”) was recorded by artists from Andy Williams to Shirley Bassey.

3. Planet of the Apes (1968) A landmark in film-music history, this unearthly, Bartok- and Stravinsky-influenced soundscape strongly implied that Charlton Heston and his fellow astronauts were marooned on a far-off planet… when, in fact, they were on Earth all along. »

- Jon Burlingame

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May 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rings, Beyond The Gates, Virus

1 May 2017 5:53 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The first week of May has some really stellar home entertainment offerings that genre fans will undoubtedly want to add to their personal collections. Jackson Stewart’s wickedly fun Beyond the Gates makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and for those who missed it in theaters earlier this year, Rings arrives on both formats as well. Scream Factory is also giving the sci-fi thriller Virus a brand new HD release, and for those who have been on the lookout for the recent indie horror flick, The Barn, you can now grab the movie on Amazon.

Other notable releases for May 2nd include Camino, Fear, Inc., The Naked Cage, The Windmill, Tunnel, and The Hexecutioners.

Beyond the Gates (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?

After their father’s unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers (responsible »

- Heather Wixson

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10 Must-Listen Film Podcasts for Beginners and Fans Alike

13 April 2017 12:37 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One thing that’s easy for podcast fans to forget: There are people who don’t listen to podcasts. For the newly initiated, it’s hard to figure out where to look first. No fear: we’ve gathered a few of our favorite film-related shows. Some are hundreds of episodes deep into their runs, so we’ve also provided some good places to start. Enjoy.

Read More: 13 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes for March 2017

Black List Table Reads

Scripted podcasts come in all kinds; sci-fi, alternate history, period piece, and superhero shows only beginning to crack the list. Franklin Leonard and the team behind the Black List Table Reads have found a way to combine the appeal of those shows with the script-based hook of the site that gives the show its name. Producing feature-length scripts with an impressive roster of actors, the show has evolved to become something more than »

- Steve Greene

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March 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Robocop Sequels, Teen Witch, Wolf Creek Season 1

20 March 2017 6:54 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

March 21st is a big day for cult film fans, not to mention all you RoboCop enthusiasts out there, as Tuesday has a variety of horror and sci-fi offerings that you’ll undoubtedly want to add to your home entertainment collections. Scream Factory is releasing a pair of amazing Collector's Edition Blu-rays for RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3, and Kino Lorber is keeping busy with a trio of HD releases, too: Chamber of Horrors, Invisible Ghost, and A Game of Death.

Other notable titles making their way home on March 21st include Wolf Creek: Season One, Eloise, John WatersMultiple Maniacs, and Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Chamber of Horrors (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Mastered in HD! Chamber of Horrors was based on the classic novel, The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace (King Kong, The Terror) - it was the second Wallace adaptation brought to the States by Monogram Pictures. »

- Heather Wixson

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Great Job, Internet!: School yourself on the history of horror films with YouTube’s foremost expert

27 February 2017 12:52 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Horror contains multitudes. In the film world alone, the genre can manifest as psychological, physiological, allegorical, or sometimes just plain gross. Finding a way into its myriad nooks and crannies, however, can be a daunting proposition. Film fans always benefit from cinematic mentors, after all, and Dr. Udru is here for anyone in need of guidance.

The YouTube channel’s numerous videos succinctly and eloquently break down the origins, influences, and ripple effects of several subgenres, including slashers and Korean revenge films. It also zeroes in on particular talents (Ed Wood, Peter Jackson), properties (Hannibal Lecter, Tales from the Crypt), and industry curiosities (one video explores whether Steven Spielberg actually directed Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist).

Dr. Udru’s video on body horror is one solid example of the channel’s efficiency. In little more than six minutes, the host outlines the genre’s cultural underpinnings using specific examples from its »

- Randall Colburn

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