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17 items from 2016

It Came From The Tube: Don’T Go To Sleep (1982)

22 May 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Let’s face it: Most horror made for TV isn’t really scary, is it? I mean, we talk about these shows or movies frightening us as kids, but we could say the same about watching a PG rated flick that contains a few good jolts or disturbing themes. The bottom line is a lot of things scare us as children, including real life. And every once in awhile, someone will come strutting along and boast of a TV movie from their youth that they insist is genuinely scary.  And when they say genuine, they mean that it still casts a spell today, unvarnished by time. Well, having finally seen it for the first time, I can say that Don’t Go To Sleep (1982) fits the bill, offering up a few for real scares, a sense of unease, a clever teleplay, and an ending that’s still sticking to me like unwanted psychic residue. »

- Scott Drebit

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The Darkness Review

20 May 2016 4:40 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I’ve endured countless horror movies that go absolutely nowhere, but Native American Poltergeist – I mean, The Darkness – might be 2016’s most notorious offender. Even in an empty theater, engulfed by pitch-black silence, only the super-chilly air conditioning could manage to raise my hairs. Influentially, there’s never a question where filmmaker Greg Mclean draws inspiration from, but where other movies simply borrow, The Darkness repurposes. Not blatantly – like Kelvin Tong’s The Offering – but when I jokingly say Native American Poltergeist, the comparison couldn’t be more cut-and-dry. What happens when you blend together Insidious, Poltergeist, and every other paranormal haunter from the last ten years? I have no idea, but this is unfortunately worse.

Don’t you hate when your autistic child unleashes a generations-old Anasazi curse? Peter (Kevin Bacon) and Bronny (Radha Mitchell) think their Grand Canyon camping vacation is all fun and sunshine, but their son »

- Matt Donato

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Review: The Darkness Inhabits The Creepy Edge Of Suburbia

13 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

For his latest adventure in suspense, director Greg McLean reins in the blood and guts to focus on a family under attack by forces both interior and exterior. McLean established his international reputation with the gruesome Wolf Creek more than 10 years ago, and the sequel Wolf Creek 2 dug into body horror with even more gusto. In between he made Rogue, probably remembered chiefly as a crocodile thriller. Yet each of those films showed McLean's distinctive ability to marshal his resources in order to unleash something more than might be expected. The same is true with The Darkness, which on first blush feels like a lightly rejiggered version of Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist, complete with a house in American suburbia that comes under attack by...

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Partners with Vega Baby (Exclusive)

25 April 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vega Baby and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have reached a multi-year agreement for Sphe to distribute and market Vega Baby’s films globally in physical and digital formats, Variety has learned exclusively.

Singapore-based Vega Baby is in pre-production on the horror/thriller “Devil’s Whisper,” written by Paul Todisco and Oliver Robins (“Order of the Swans”). It’s also in development on an untitled Chris McQuarrie script; “Kin,” an action/thriller from Black List scriptwriter Adam Taylor Barker; “Prowl,” an action/adventure written by Brett Hedblom; and the documentary “Curse of the Poltergeist,” starring Oliver Robins, who starred in the original “Poltergeist.”

“We are always looking to expand our product offerings in the home entertainment marketplace and this partnership is in keeping with that strategy,” said Ben Means, Sphe’s senior VP of Third Party Strategic Partnerships. “Vega Baby produces a variety of unique and compelling films in multiple genres »

- Dave McNary

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The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side Apparel Revealed by Fright Rags

20 April 2016 3:14 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fright Rags channels sinister cinematic spirits in their new apparel for The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

Press Release: Fright-Rags has scared up new apparel and posters from The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

1979’s The Amityville Horror is often imitated but rarely topped. Artist Justin Osbourn warns you to get out out the film’s iconic house with his shirt design, while Kyle Crawford creates a collage of haunting imagery for his.

Crawford’s artwork is also available on baseball tees and 18×24 screen-printed posters. The standard poster is limited to 175, and the red variant is limited to 50 with a glow-in-the-dark layer.

While Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist is a bona fide classic, its 1986 sequel has its own merits. Osbourn and Crawford each offer a design featuring the film’s protagonist, Carol Anne, being terrorized by the menacing Kane.

The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist II »

- Derek Anderson

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Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57

15 April 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Chastain tweeted in memory of him.

“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.

The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016

The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).

Ireland was nominated for »

- Carmel Dagan

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Star Wars Marathon!

13 April 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Leave it to Alamo Drafthouse to fire up our childhoods Again. It’s been four long years since the independent theater chain celebrated 1982 — widely considered the best summer of movies ever — screening an exhaustive line of classics: Poltergeist (the good one), E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Conan The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, The Thing, Blade Runner, and more. A boatload of true classics. Sigh. Why has no one invented a time machine yet! People! Someone get on that, thanks.

JoBeth Williams and friend take a dip

(It’s also been five years since the theater made nationwide headlines for having integrity. Fyi, salty language makes this link somewhat Nsfw.)

Anyway — our good friends from Texas are giving us the best we can get until one of you figures out how to bend time: they’re screening the original Star Wars trilogy in more than 20 cities across the country! Back-to-back-to-back!

Alamo »

- Harker Jones

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How Hollywood got the PG-13 bug

13 April 2016 5:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Indirectly spawned by Steven Spielberg, PG-13 is now the rating of choice among movie studios. Ryan charts the effects of its rise and rise.

Even compared to the exploding heads and melting faces of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Temple Of Doom was an intense, gruesome affair. The Indiana Jones prequel may have begun with a breezy song-and-dance number, but it soon descended into a dark ghost train ride of human sacrifice, death by crocodiles, child slavery and chilled monkey brains for dinner.

One of the film’s most famous scenes saw a victim’s heart torn out and held, still pumping and oozing blood, before his gazing eyes. Some kids in the audience were probably cackling with macabre glee at all this. Parents and critics were far less amused. One reviewer even suggested that taking a child to see The Temple Of Doom was tantamount to wilful neglect. »

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CinemaCon: Netflix in talks to acquire unfinished Orson Welles epic

11 April 2016 4:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The streaming giant is in negotiations to acquire The Other Side Of The Wind, veteran producer Frank Marshall told convention attendees on Monday.

Marshall made the remark during an on-stage interview in Las Vegas after he collected the International Filmmaker Of The Decade accolade at the International Day awards lunch.

Netflix would be the ideal home for Welles’ unfinished film, said the producer, who hoped it would debut by the end of the year.

He reminded attendees The Other Side Of The Wind stars John Huston as a director on the last night of his life as seen through the eyes of the paparazzi. The film shot between 1970 and 1976. Welles died in 1985.

Marshall weighed in on the Screening Room debate and reminisced about a career that has seen him rack up credits for the Indiana Jones and Jason Bourne franchises, Poltergeist, Jurassic World and the upcoming The Bfg, Jason Bourne, Assassin’s Creed »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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25 great music scores composed for not very good movies

29 March 2016 3:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...

Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.

25) Meet Joe Black (Thomas Newman, 1998)

This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.

24) Timeline (Brian Tyler, »

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Teen Witch (1989) Blu-ray Announced

24 March 2016 3:20 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing are looking to cast an ’80s-infused spell on nostalgic viewers with their upcoming Blu-ray release of 1989’s Teen Witch.

According to Blu-ray.com, Teen Witch will be released on Blu-ray sometime this year. While the cover art and special features have yet to be revealed, Scorpion Releasing recently let fans know on their Facebook page that they’ve conducted a video interview with Teen Witch star Robyn Lively, and that fans can expect a lot of bonus features on this release. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.

Directed by Dorian Walker, Teen Witch stars Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Caren Kaye, Joshua John Miller, and Dick Sargent.

Synopsis (via MGM): “Romance is the most powerful spell of all… or so one teenager learns in this fun teen fantasy starring Robyn Lively (“Chicago Hope”), Zelda Rubinstein (the Poltergeist trilogy), Dan Gauthier (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) and »

- Derek Anderson

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10 Recent Films That Prove Hollywood Hates You

8 March 2016 1:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

IFC Midnight

It was a running joke among Italian exploitation filmmakers in the 70s and 80s that if you wanted to know what your next film was going to be, you only had to look at Hollywood’s box office. While Hollywood made The Exorcist, Jaws and Star Wars, Italy made Beyond The Door, Tentacles and Starcrash.

Jump forward a few decades and Hollywood appears to be the new Italy, relentlessly ripping off its own back catalogue. The problem is, the Italians did it so much more entertainingly.

It’s just as well that the makers of the Poltergeist remake kept the title of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 film – without it, you’d have thought you were watching a third-rate knock off of Insidious (2010).

Elsewhere, the reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was just like the TV series – a so-so spy caper that didn’t have the budget to compete with James Bond. »

- Ian Watson

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8 Horror Films That Hollywood Should Remake Soon

24 February 2016 8:11 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Should any film ever be remade? Well, Hollywood certainly thinks so, and there seems to be an unending supply of directors who think they can improve on what’s gone before. Whatever the final result, and of course every filmmaker sets out to make the best film they can, the new production will always be subjected to the harshest scrutiny when compared with an often loved original. Clearly unfazed by any potential negativity, studio execs seem convinced that the most suitable target for remakes is the good old horror flick.

Recently, we’ve had updated versions of well-known films that have lacked any real quality, from the disappointing (Carrie) to the downright awful (Halloween), but nevertheless this trend shows few signs of letting up.

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The problem is that horror fans are arguably more passionate than most about their genre and as such take easy offence »

- John Townsend

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Variety’s Artisans Award Recipients at Santa Barbara Film Festival Announced

5 February 2016 3:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in conjunction with Variety, announced today the recipients of the second annual Variety Artisans Awards, which celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields. The Tribute evening will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Lobero Theatre and will be moderated by Variety’s Sr. VP Awards Editor, Tim Gray.

The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to the following 2016 Oscar nominees:

Carter Burwell, for original score in the Weinstein Company’s “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes. This is Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination; he has worked with esteemed directors such as the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze and Bill Condon.

Hank Corwin, for film editing in Paramount Pictures’ “The Big Short” for director Adam McKay. Hank recently won the Ace Eddie Award and the Los Angeles Film »

- Variety Staff

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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

9 January 2016 12:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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TVLine Items: Jeffrey Donovan to Lead Hulu Series, TNT Axes Home and More

8 January 2016 11:24 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve seen Jeffrey Donovan‘s future, and it involves a starring role on Hulu’s next original series.

The Burn Notice/Fargo alum has been cast in Shut Eye, a dark comedy about the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them.

RelatedHugh Laurie Drama Chance Picked Up for Two Seasons at Hulu

Donovan will star as Charlie Haverford, a failed magician who now works as a psychic and con man overseeing a number of the city’s fortune-telling parlors. When he suffers a blow to the head, Charlie begins to »

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Video: Beyond That Revenant Bear Rumor - 10 Urban Legends About Movies

5 January 2016 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An awkward thing happened to the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant as it trekked into theaters last last year in hopes of picking up award show nominations: A rumor put the film in headlines but for reasons that none of its publicists were happy about. In early December, 20th Century Fox spokespeople were forced to clarify that no, the film does not feature a scene in which its star is raped by a bear. DiCaprio himself later weighed in on the rumor, calling it "absurd," and when the film finally hit theaters on Christmas Day, audiences saw that the rumor »

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