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Exclusive: Actor Jared Harris has signed with ICM Partners ahead of two big films in 2015, Warner Bros.’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Fox 2000’s summer horror remake Poltergeist. Harris is known for his turn as Lane Pryce on AMC’s Mad Men, which nabbed him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nod. He also made a memorable mark as the menacing Moriarty of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows and built his film resume with appearances in I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, and Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln. More recently, Harris voiced Lord Portley-Rind in Focus Features’ animated hit The Boxtrolls and led the cast of Hammer Films’ The Quiet Ones. He also recently wrapped on Sean Penn’s The Last Face, opposite Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem. Harris is additionally repped by Gateway Management in the U. »
- Jen Yamato
Horror fans living in the Syracuse, New York area have a lot of silver screen scares to look forward to in April, as a great lineup for next year’s annual Salt City Horror Fest has been revealed. So far, seven films have been announced to play from their 35mm prints at the event, with the EC Comics-inspired tales of Creepshow, the adventures of ol’ Jack Burton, and the people from the TV in Poltergeist set to screen.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 18th at The Palace Theater in Syracuse, New York. Doors open at 11:00am and the first film screens at noon. Alcohol is being served to those 21 years of age and older, and the lobby is said to be filled with vendors and a number of surprises. Here’s the event’s lineup:
Doors open at 11am
noon – Tba
1:20pm – Beetlejuice
- Derek Anderson
To celebrate the success of the Rosetta mission, we take a timely look at Lifeforce, an exceedingly strange comet-based sci-fi from 1985...
In olden times, comets were seen as portents of death and disaster, so goodness knws what they’d have thought of the Rosetta mission: the ambitious attempt to put a landing craft on the jagged bulk of a comet called Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a delicate procedure that’s still ongoing at the time of writing. Our ancestors probably would have thought we were completely mad. Or in league with the devil for creating such advanced machinery in the first place.
Then again, who knows what they would have thought of Lifeforce, the 1985 film about an exploratory mission to Halley’s Comet, which inadvertently causes a trio of space vampires to attack London - and all from the director Tobe Hooper, who brought us The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Lifeforce is, »
Aussie horror The Babadook, which is currently in UK cinemas and reaches the Us next week, is one of the scariest films of the year. Like a lot of the best fear-flicks, much of its ability to terrify comes down to one truly creepy kid.
In director Jennifer Kent's harrowing debut, six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) discovers a book called Mister Babadook, which just so happens to coincide with creepy occurrences at home that his mother (Essie Davis) blames on Samuel's overactive imagination. If we reveal any more, we'll ruin the film's surprises, but suffice to say that Samuel's behaviour is every bit as unnerving as the monster that could be lurking in his house.
He's not the only movie kid putting us off parenthood for life. Also responsible for giving Digital Spy a severe case of paedophobia (or fear of children) are these terrifying tots...
1. Gage Creed (Pet Sematary, »
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
It’s Halloween! Icicles are glistening from window sills. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. North Pole elves are… hang on, no. None of that nice, fluffy stuff is happening. At Halloween, demonic creatures hunt for flesh, monsters creep out of their graves, and TV does its level best to freak us all the hell out.
In the spirit of all that, we asked our writers to select and share the TV episodes, horror or otherwise, that have made them whimper with fear. Here they all are, 31 of them, because, well, at Halloween, we like things to add up to 31.
Note that this isn’t a Top 10, or a Best Of, nor is it listed in order of scariness. It’s a collection of the particular »
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re talking about ghost movies. Ghosts come in many forms: They can be shapeless and near-invisible, such as the dead in Poltergeist, or they can look as real as a living human, such as the wacky Beetlejuice. But whether they're visible or not, »
- Ariana Bacle
With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five facts about our favorite fright flicks.Today's featured film is "Poltergeist" (1982).1. Many believe there is a curse associated with the film.Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne Freeling, died of intestinal stenosis just four months before the release of "Poltergeist III." Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter, was strangled by her boyfriend and died in 1982, the same year as the film’s release. Her character was away at school in the sequel. Julian Beck, who played Kane in "Poltergeist II," also passed away between filming the movie and its release. He had been battling cancer for well over a year.2. The hands which pull the flesh off of the investigator’s face were actually Steven Spielberg's. 3. Drew Barrymore was up for the role of Carol Anne, but Spielberg wanted someone more "angelic." However, her »
- tooFab Staff
In May, visual effects guru Rick Baker (click here) finally released images of the aliens he designed for Night Skies, which was an unmade Steven Spielberg ("Jurassic Park") film. Though, it wasn't made it still had a heavy influence on the story and creature designs of Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). If you're not familiar with the fascinating story behind Night Skies I suggest you click on the link by Rick Baker's name. Below, is concept art that Empire recently published. These images were illustrated by Ed Verreaux with the intention of showing different versions of E.T.: The Extra - Terrestrial and the wide range of emotions the alien creature would have to perform. Ed also worked on: Empire of the Sun, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Poltergeist. Re-live the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, »
When we last left the Doctor and Clara, the former had shown his willingness to sacrifice the one to save the majority while the latter had proved the Doctor isn’t the only one who lies. Determined to keep up her double life, Clara’s playing a dangerous game with both Twelve and Danny. But who was behind the computerized voice of Gus? Or does it even matter? Will “Flatline” continue the trend of the Monster-Of-The-Week (Motw) or will the threads of this season start to coalesce? Time to find out! ************ Either we’re in the 1970s or this balding hipster hasn’t updated his decor since then. He’s whispering into a corded wall phone — truly an archaic device — to the police. He knows who did “it” and they’re everywhere. Whoever “they” are prove the hipster’s paranoid delusions are true by instantly murdering him. Godspeed, sir. You make delightfully eccentric wallpaper. »
- Donna Dickens
They're here! One of the most terrifying horror movies of all time, Poltergeist, is making a comeback in July 2015 — but this time around, you might not have to cover your eyes as much because it's scored a PG-13 rating by the MPAA. The original 1982 flick, which follows a family whose home is invaded by supernatural spirits that seem to have connected with youngest daughter Carol Ann through the television, was surprisingly granted a PG rating after producer Steven Spielberg managed to argue it down [...] »
Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
If you were hoping for a gritty, bloody, violent remake of 1982’s haunted house story Poltergeist, you are in for some disappointment: the MPAA has just given it a PG-13 rating. This cannot be much of a surprise: the original film was even the subject of a ratings controversy when it was originally slapped with an R. Producer Steven Spielberg managed to argue it down to a PG, but I think we can all agree that the film is a bit scarier than that.
The new Poltergeist appears to be following in its predecessor’s wake without quite being a straight remake, though. Jared Harris plays the host of a TV cable show called “Haunted House Cleaners,” bringing him into contact with a family living in a haunted house (played in part by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt). The film, directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, is »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Steven Awalt – author interviewed by Todd Garbarini
“Well, it’s about time, Charlie!”
Dennis Weaver utters these words in my favorite Steven Spielberg film, Duel, a production that was originally commissioned by Universal Pictures as an Mow, industry shorthand for “movie of the week”, which aired on Saturday, November 13, 1971. The reviews were glowing; the film’s admirers greatly outweighed its detractors and it put Mr. Spielberg, arguably the most phenomenally successful director in the history of the medium, on a path to a career that would make any contemporary director green with envy. Followed by a spate of contractually obligated television outings, Duel would prove to be the springboard that would catapult Mr. Spielberg into the realm that he was shooting for since his youth: that of feature film directing. Duel would also land him in the court of Hollywood producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck and get him his »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Tobe Hooper is deservedly recognized for making one of the most consequential, game changing titles in horror film history. Few horror movies, then or now, match the raw, urgent dread of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But the well-earned primacy of that film obscures a career that grew notably diverse as it went on. Rather than a horror auteur known for revisiting styles, genres and a consistent worldview, Hooper’s films have attempted regularly to depart from what he’s done before. In so doing, Hooper’s filmography exhibits a remarkable and confident range of abilities and interests, from the mesmerizing slow burn nightmare of Funhouse to the Spielbergian blockbuster Poltergeist to the campy tribute to ‘50s sci-fi in his Invaders From Mars remake. After all, this is the guy whose only sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, took his most beloved property – a terrifying small-budget gorefest – and turned it into a bizarre slapstick comedy. So »
- Landon Palmer
You've probably seen writer and actor Ken Marino in one of his many comedy classics, including "Wet Hot American Summer," "Role Models," or "Party Down." Casey can currently be seen on the big screen in "Gone Girl," but you may also know her as the ah-ma-zing Penny Hartz on the sadly short-lived sitcom, "Happy Endings."
Now the hilarious pair play Jake and Annie, a newly-engaged duo who deal with the awkward, silly, and highly relatable trials and tribulations that come with a relationship. The show starts out with a proposal, but don't expect to just watch wacky wedding drama around picking a dress or losing a ring here.
We got the chance to speak with the show's hilarious two stars, who filled us on their »
- Alana Altmann
This week, the latest chapter of American Horror Story unleashed a new monster upon pop culture: Twisty the Clown. Check out the final moments of the American Horror Story: Freakshow trailer and get a clear idea about what kind of nightmare series creator Ryan Murphy cooked up. Murphy already dubbed Twisty "the most terrifying clown ever." The fact that he's played by actor John Carroll Lynch spoke volumes - Lynch played the title killer in Zodiac and Mimi's husband on The Drew Carey Show, which combine to make great training for a homicidal clown. But Twisty nonetheless has »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Fans can relive director Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a brand new 4K digital transfer in the 40th Anniversary Edition that is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blak Maria Limited Edition Boxed Set is also available through Gorgon Video, before it debuts in retail outlets nationwide on October 14.
The 40th Anniversary Edition's 4K edition was supervised by Tobe Hooper, marking the only transfer done through the original 16mm negatives. To celebrate this historic release, we have a contest lined up where fans can win this original horror classic on Blu-ray. These prizes will gone faster than you can say "Leatherface," so take a look at how you can win below.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre appears in an all-new 4K digital transfer and with a newly created 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist). This release marks the only transfer of the film »
Following in the footsteps of such d.p. brahmins as Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad Hall, John Bailey will be the 27th recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll receive the kudo at the 29th Annual Asc Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.
Bailey, whose credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “As Good As It Gets” and the upcoming “A Walk in the Woods,” is not only still active in his discipline — not always the case with past Lifetime award recipients — but is quite active in the showbiz community as a mentor, scholar and ambassador for the profession. His blog, “John’s Bailiwick,” is one of the more distinguishing features of Asc’s website, he has lectured at UCLA and is currently fulfilling VP duties at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the »
- Steve Chagollan
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