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EW reports that according to Carpenter's wife and producing partner Sandy King Carpenter, the filmmaker has not one but Four TV series "waiting to go to network" and that all of them "push the boundaries of what's horror".
Should any of them be picked up, Carpenter would direct the pilots and both he and she would serve as executive producers. Each is also quite varied:
"As far as I'm concerned, we'll do all of them.... There's sci-fi, there's horror, there's one that I guess would be [a] sci fi-horror futuristic kind of thing. They're all across the board. I think they'll fulfill what people expect out of him by also being unpredictable."
Carpenter himself will soon be doing live concerts in Iceland and the UK. »
- Garth Franklin
- Christopher Campbell
What a difference 15 years can make. At the turn of the millennium, Christopher Nolan had just shot his second feature, Memento, and was struggling to find a studio willing to distribute it in America. It was too confusing, they said. I mean, really: who wants to watch a movie told backwards?
Lots of people as it turned out. Once it finally found a distributor, Memento not only far exceeded its tiny $5m investment in its small-scale theatrical run, but also proved to be the making of Nolan's career. It marked him out as an individual filmmaker in full control of his craft, and over the next decade, he proceeded to make a string of hits: Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception. »
“Lamiae,” “Pinilla and His Terrifying Hallucinations 3D” and “The Animal Race” feature among 15 genre pic projects to be pitched at the 3th Beyond the Window, the co-production forum hosted by Blood Window, Ventana Sur’s Latin American fantastic film mini-mart.
Taking place Nov. 30-Dec. 4, during Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market, Beyond the Window showcase a selection of projects in development presented at pitching sessions, an opportunity for genre film investors and industry managers to know projects from a very early stage in development.
Potential standouts this year include “Lamiae,” a fantasy-terror confrontation between human wickedness and diabolic forces, which marks the newest film project by Chilean helmer Lucio Alejandro Rojas, whose sophomore feature, horror pic “Perfidy,” a 2014 Blood Window player, was acquired by Artsploitation for the North American market.
- Emiliano De Pablos
Director Corin Hardy is in a pretty good place right now. His Irish monster movie, The Hallow, is hitting cinemas across the UK this week, and it’s also just been announced that his reboot of The Crow, which looked like it might be cancelled after the studio filed for bankruptcy a couple of months ago, is back on track again. No better time, then, to sit down for a long chat about films and fairytales…
I saw The Hallow a few months ago and loved it – it’s really scary, and it’s got brilliant monsters. Tell me a bit about how you came up with the mythology?
Well, my mission was to try and create a new or a fresh spin on a monster for a horror movie. »
From his Stephen King adaptations to the Masters of Horror series, Mick Garris has continually offered fright fans new projects to enjoy, and it looks like his streak will continue with 2016's Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology from Good Deed Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions that will feature segments from Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, Garris himself, and more:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 6, 2015 – Ten years after launching his critically-acclaimed Masters of Horror series on Showtime, Mick Garris has partnered with Good Deed Entertainment for Nightmare Cinema, a collection of five stories from five masters of horror, to be released worldwide next year.
Scheduled for principal photography in Southern California in early 2016, the coproduction consists of 20 minute shorts directed and penned by the following renowned talent from around the world:
- Derek Anderson
Arriving in select theaters and on VOD this week is Corin Hardy’s The Hallow, a dark spin on the world of fairytales and folklore that follows two parents (portrayed by Joseph Mawle and Bojana Novakovic) fighting against a deadly magical force hidden deep in the woods surrounding their remote home in Ireland—a force that wants nothing more than to steal their infant child away from them forever.
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Hardy about the inspirations behind the story of The Hallow and how his love for ’70s and ’80s genre cinema fueled his desire to do as much in-camera as he possibly could on the ambitious indie horror film. Hardy also chatted about The Hallow’s co-stars and the challenges he faced along the way in making his feature film debut.
Congrats on The Hallow, Corin. I thought it was a really interesting take on fairy tales, »
- Heather Wixson
Tom Atkins has a résumé relished and enjoyed by generations of horror fans, and I had the great honor of speaking with the legendary actor about seeing Halloween for the first time, working with George A. Romero and Jamie Lee Curtis, and much more.
Did you enjoy watching horror and science fiction films in your formative years?
Tom Atkins: I was not a huge horror fan when I was a kid, but I did have one very favorite movie: The Thing from Another World (1951). I was not a teenager yet, and I went with a bunch of pals up to the local Mount Oliver Theater to see it. There were probably ten of us and it just scared the shit out of me. I love that movie, especially when they all widened out on the ice and realized it was a flying saucer. And then when The Thing was »
- Derek Anderson
Eight grumpy folk from the 19th century are snowed in. Most of them have guns and attitudes, and ain't afraid to use either of the two to disrupt each other's company.
The second trailer for the December 25th release dropped online today. Ironically enough, the marketing embraces the Yueltide season by making fun of it: go see The Hateful Eight with someone you hate. That sounds about right for spending time with the family during the holidays.
Starring Kurt Russell (and a bushy beard), Samuel J. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walter Goggins, Bruce Dern and Demian Bichir, the movie also features a soundtrack by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Counting the 1982 remake of The Thing, that now makes it two movies featuring a bearded Kurt Russell in a wintery environment with a Morricone score.
Set in a post-Civil War Wyoming, »
- Patrick Sauriol
Hey creeps, today’s lil interview is with the die-rector of the new horror on the highway flick Wrecker, Micheal Bafaro! So why not buckle up and join us as we speed along at 666mph in the ol’ Horror Hearse!
Famous Monsters. What inspired you to barrel headlong into Wrecker?
Micheal Bafaro. I’ve had a lifelong love of the open road. I think it’s symbolic of the freedom and adventure that America is suppose to offer, and it’s something that connects with youth across generations. At first you’re surrounded by familiar sights, but as time passes and you get further down the road, you start to find that the familiar is gone and you’re left feeling alone and isolated. I originally got the idea for Wrecker while on a road trip doing research for a different film. I stopped off at a gas station and »
Hollow’s Eve: Hardy’s Creature Feature Debut Has Superficial Roots
It was announced that Irish director Corin Hardy would be heading up The Crow reboot for Relativity preceding the premiere of his directorial debut The Hallow at the Sundance Film Festival, which was presumably good marketing for a film with just enough winning elements to satisfy genre aficionados. A simple, arguably derivative premise lays the eerie groundwork for what promises to be a memorable entry in a the struggling vein of modern backwoods horror narratives, though its bid to unify science with the supernatural is ultimately unsatisfactory, with a denouement that loses traction well before the predictable third act reaches an inevitable stride. Still, Hardy proves to be a devotee of vintage creature feature animations, utilizing tricks from a bygone era of special effects, acknowledging famous influences Stan Winston, Dick Smith and Ray Harryhausen in the end-credits. If only »
- Nicholas Bell
Scream Factory's giving horror film anthology fans another item to scribble on their holiday wish lists with the December 22nd Blu-ray release of Joseph Sargent's Nightmares, and we have a look at the movie's cover art and list of bonus features:
Press Release: On December 22nd, 2015, Scream Factory brings you four tales of horror, complete with shocking twists that will freeze the scream in your throat! The fan favorite horror anthology Nightmares brings a supernatural twist to popular urban legends. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Nightmares includes a new audio commentary with executive producer Andrew Mirisch and actress Cristina Raines as a bonus feature, as well as the original theatrical trailer and radio spots. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
In Nightmares, a pack of cigarettes, a video game, a pick-up truck and a stately colonial home all become key elements in four »
- Derek Anderson
When it comes to horror anthologies, there are very few classics that filled my childhood with dread and entertainment as much as Creepshow and Nightmares did. While the former has a Bluray release already and it’s been a regular staple in my household, the latter, a four-tale anthology directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, White Lightning..and we’ll forgive him for Jaws: The Revenge someday) is easily one of the greats, with an early performance from Emilio Estevez, The Sentinel‘s Christina Raines starring in my favorite of the stories and a few others as well. Thanks to the gang at Scream Factory, we’ll have a brand new HD release of the fun as hell film, when they unleash Nightmares on Bluray this December 22nd. Will you fright fanatics be picking this one up?
In Nightmares, a pack of cigarettes, a video game, »
- Jerry Smith
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Halloween doesn’t have to be over once the last trick-or-treater has crept back into the shadows of the night. You may still be possessed by the spirit of the holiday and in desperate need of some real scares. In an effort to address that need and help you find a choice that goes beyond the usual iconography of the season, I’ve picked three titles that may not immediately jump to mind when it comes to autumn-tinged chills and terror. They are not self-consciously seasonal choices, like John Carpenter’s Halloween or Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology Trick ‘R Treat, both excellent choices for cinematic fear on the pumpkin circuit. Two of them rely more on mood, creeping dread, an insinuating style and, dare I say, even a poetic approach to storytelling than the usual Samhain-appropriate fare. And one has an inexplicably bad reputation in the halls of conventional wisdom, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Dan O’Bannon
UK / USA, 1979
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror
Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film »
- Ricky Fernandes
Halloween is upon us and there's no shortage of cinematic offerings to choose from (might I suggest one of the titles on our 30 Best Horror Films Of The 1990s). Personally, I'll be going to see John Carpenter's restored "Halloween" on the big screen tonight. The master of making your skin crawl has more than one classic title in his catalog, and if you have yet to see "The Thing," make some room for it this weekend. 5 Things You Might Not Know About John Carpenter's 'The Thing' Boing Boing recently posted a nice remembrance the 1982 chiller, with Richard Kaufman recalling how the picture arrived completely out of the blue, and only over time grew into its well deserved cult status. Here's an excerpt from Kaufman's essay: ....it was a failure at the box office and attacked by the critics. Much like 'Blade Runner' (ironically released »
- Kevin Jagernauth
John Carpenter is a unique case among American filmmakers, in that his work is immensely popular and acclaimed yet still weirdly underrated – he’s acknowledged in many circles as great, yet he’s even better than most people think he is. Just about everyone agrees that he directed two of the greatest horror films ever made, Halloween and The Thing, though the second of these was largely considered to be a critical and commercial disappointment when it was released in 1982. And there’s no denying the massive influence of his 1981 action classic Escape From New York, or the prescience of […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have paired up to present an inspired disc set for The Larry Fessenden Collection, an assortment of four of the director’s most notable genre films. Migrating between a number of notable projects as a character actor (he usually appears as some peripheral, grizzled weirdo, showing up in titles by Scorsese, Neil Jordan, and Kelly Reichardt, amongst others), he’s also a noted producer, editor, screenwriter, and cinematographer. But Fessenden’s made his most striking impression with a growing body of genre oriented independent directorial efforts. Usually prizing strong characterization amidst situations of mounting dread, Fessenden seems fascinated with testing the strengths and inherent weaknesses of mankind, and it’s probably easiest to label his filmography as environmental horror.
- Nicholas Bell
In our ongoing recap of last week's Ultimate Horror Poll -- in which over 100 genre experts helped determine the 100 greatest horror movies of all time by voting for their personal "ten best" -- the time has come to take stock of every honorable mention and clarification given by the survey's participants that weren't included in the original piece. To be clear, voters weren't asked for honorable mentions specifically; but a handful felt strongly enough about their "bubbling under" choices to list them anyway (which proved extraordinarily useful in helping break ties on the Top 100). See below for a full listing, as well as explanations from Bloody-Disgusting founder/editor-in-chief Brad Miska and director Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") on why they voted the way they did. Honorable Mentions: Barbara Crampton (Actor, "Re-Animator") Dracula (1931) Jaws (1975) Nosferatu (1922) Poltergeist (1982) Vampyr (1932) Brad Miska (Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Bloody-Disgusting.com; Producer) -- See Full Explanations Below Beetlejuice (1988) Bill & Ted's »
- Chris Eggertsen
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