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Shane Black's (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) 1970s La noir piece, The Nice Guys, has found two villains in Keith David (Cloud Atlas, The Thing) and Beau Knapp (The Signal, Super 8). Keith David will play a seasoned hitman while Knapp will portray his younger, accident-prone, motormouth partner. The two will go up against a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Russell Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death »
- Sean Wist
John Carpenter has produced an impressive body of work as a composer, director, producer, editor, and occasionally as a scriptwriter. He was a lifelong fan of science fiction novels, horror comic books, and classic westerns, he has managed to integrate thematic elements of all of these things into his work. Even though he’s experienced financial setbacks over the years, two generations of Hollywood and independent film makers have drawn inspiration from Carpenter’s work.
It was during his time at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Carpenter debuted his theatrical release: Dark Star (1974). A black comedy interlaced with postmodernist science fiction, the movie features a team of astronauts on a special mission: to destroy unstable worlds to pave the way for space colonization. Unfortunately, nuclear Bomb # 20 (a large inflatable ball) develops a personality, and the astronauts have to convince it not to explode inside the ship. »
- Brandon Engel
Trick 'r Treat is my number one favorite Halloween movie of all time, as it perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday in every aspect. Unfortunately, it never got an official theatrical release because it famously got screwed over by Warner Bros. Regardless of that, the movie generated a huge cult following, one large enough that Legendary Pictures officially greenlit a sequel that writer and director Michael Dougherty is currently developing. This is a more recent Halloween film, but it's an instant classic to anyone who has seen it. If you're a true fan of the film, and you were following its story, then you might know most of these, but here are ten fun facts about the movie that you might want to go through just in case.
Many of the kids trick or treating in the film were actually Little people. They were used since the movie was »
- Joey Paur
Writer/Director: Fred Dekker
Otherwise titled, “Finding Value within an 80s B-Movie Horror.” Night of the Creeps (available currently on Netflix) kicks off the first Halloween Tombstone Tuesday, aka Zombie/Back From the Dead flicks. Although the film maintains the standard plot line, dialogue and scenario, it manages to add to the genre of 80s B-Movie Horror films. Maybe not appreciated at its release because horror, science fiction, and thrillers were on the rise with the new animatronic, technical advancements. It still adds to our historical idea of where movies were at in the 80s, and how have they progressed since? And movies like Night of the Creeps offer a comparison between the hits of the 80s such as John Carpenters The Thing or Ridley Scott’s Alien.
Upon reflection, 80s B-Movie Horror films share similar characteristics, one in particular being cheesy one-liners. Other characteristics might also be Kurt Russell, »
- Samantha Ladwig
John Carpenter grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and emerged as one of the world's most distinguished cult movie directors. Although he’s had his share of misfires, including The Ward (2011) and Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), he's still considered a “master of horror” thanks to his famous films like Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987). Yet he also deserves acclaim for his less recognized works like Dark Star (1974), a low budget ($60,000 ) sci-fi comedy film that he created as a film student at USC. After film school, Carpenter wrote, scored and directed Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). The film told the story of a stakeout between the police and a street gang in an abandoned police precinct. The film outraged some for scenes of graphic violence, but it is still regarded as a an effective (although terse) thriller. It reinforced the notion that Carpenter could accomplish much with a small budget and unknown performers. »
- email@example.com (Brandon Engel)
Here’s a tidbit of news concerning one of our absolute favorite movies of all time, John Carpenter’s The Thing! There has been a treasure trove of facts and trivia coming out pertaining to this flick but this is one we… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Hey, it’s almost Halloween, so let’s all get ready by putting this on repeat for the rest of the month and talking about some horror movies. Specifically, let’s take a look at the dreaded horror remake. Everyone’s gotten one now — Freddy, Jason, Michael Meyers, and even the freaking Amityville Horror have all seen attempted remakes of their films. Why the hell are the production demons in Hollywood foisting these turds on us? Everyone knows that horror remakes always suck. Except when they don’t, anyway. 5. The Thing John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic of the sci-fi horror genre. The original? Not so much. In fact, there’s a significant chunk of people who only know it even exists because Jamie Lee Curtis is watching it on TV in Halloween. The Thing from Another World is your fairly basic 1950’s sci-fi film, with an invader from another world (go figure) who lumbers »
- Ashe Cantrell
Horror filmmaker John Carpenter’s body of work is atypical in that his films often seem to have been made by an uncompromisingly intuitive commercial artist. Never content just to take a check, Carpenter abandoned the Halloween franchise after co-writing and producing the series’ first two unsuccessful sequels and took on bold projects, such as Big Trouble in Little China and Prince of Darkness that suggested he knew how to make movies without giving in to creative pressure to make palatable pablum. Vulture talked to Carpenter about how he resolved key conflicts on projects that defined his career, particularly The Thing, his Halloween sequels, and others.In The Films of John Carpenter, author John Kenneth Muir writes that an early cut of Halloween was deemed "not scary enough" and you spent two weeks reworking it, and adding the score.No, that's incorrect. That seemed like an odd coincidence since you »
- Simon Abrams
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
While the world continues to experience Attack on Titan-mania, Toho is banking on the live-action adaptation of another wildly popular manga: Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte. It looks like just the sort of mix of cute, ugly, weird, and violent we expect from Japan.
Alien “parasytes” come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering people’s bodies and latching onto their brains. They can deform human bodies in ways that would make John Carpenter’s The Thing smile.
Teenager Shinichi gets infected by an alien called “Migi”, but since it is only able to control his right arm, the two come to an understanding and work together to stop the evil parasytes that only want to consume and control us.
Did you get all that? If not, here’s an even longer, more detailed synopsis of the plot.
One night by the seaside, tiny creatures, or "Parasytes, »
Gearing up for another year at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema, horror film festival Celluloid Screams has announced the full line-up of blood-soaked goodies it has in store for the weekend of October 24-26 – and boy, is it Astron-omically good!
Here it comes... straight from the press release to your eyeballs:
Opening Gala: The Editor (UK Premiere)
Kicking off Celluloid Screams 2014 in fine style, we proudly present the mind-boggling new opus from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6 – an affectionate tribute to the Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s and 1980s.
Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen, but after a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting low budget trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, »
- Gareth Jones
Some movie titles leave very little to the imagination. This kind of bluntness can be refreshingly clarifying when one is trying to decide what to watch. For instance, one only needs to hear the name Love Story to know that if you’re not into romances, you ought to stay away. Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Horror fans, rejoice--methinks there will be blood. And Texans. Hot Tub Time Machine? You get the picture. Such was my train of thought when I popped Blood Glacier into my DVD player, and goodness knows, the film did not disappoint. It is not trying to do anything obtuse or symbolic. It is not secretly warm and fuzzy. No, it is exactly what its title says it is--a movie about a glacier in that oozes blood. What is surprising, however, is how enjoyable the movie is. In fact, of all of the recent efforts by John Carpenter »
- Lee Jutton
Nick wades into another stack of DVD releases, including 80s action epic Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous, and lots more besides...
"Whatever happened to Fred Ward?" is a line surely on the tip of most people’s tongues. Apparently, the star of Tremors and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult has mostly been doing TV work over the last few years, though you’ll almost certainly remember him as the charismatic star of 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. No? Well, shame on you, because Remo, making a welcome Blu-Ray debut, leads this month’s action-packed, erm, action special.
If you weren’t one of the lucky few that grew up with the preposterous movie otherwise known as Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous punctuating their childhood, we’ll fill you in. Riding on the success of the Rambo films (essentially, the only tenuous link being the vaguely similar name), Bond director »
Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan. While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.
- Heather Wixson
Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
Today at the UK's Insomnia Expo developers from Domino took the stage to reveal some new gameplay footage and discuss their upcoming multiplayer shooter Red Awakening.
The slasher film genre has been repeatedly touted as the game’s main influence, and Domino gave gamers a closer look at how by discussing the character archetypes found in the game. Red Awakening will feature character clichés that are largely borrowed from the 80’s slice ’em up films that are still popular today.
Gamers can expect to see the jock, the cheerleader, and, as a developer put it, “a nerdy Asian girl.” Red Awakening will also feature some of horror’s trademark settings from a high school to an amusement park and even a Siberian outpost inspired by John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing.
Developers also revealed that the game will feature several modes; on display at Insomnia was the You Only Live Thrice mode, »
- Scott Dell
Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. The Taiga Cordillera is a big and lonely place along the top half of Canada. The northernmost part is even sparser with a population that caps off under a hundred souls, but it’s here where perhaps the greatest archaeological find of the century has been discovered. At least that’s what the on-site team believes and the reason why Peter Olsen (Michael Dickson) has arrived at this godforsaken place by helicopter. They’ve uncovered what looks to be the top of a stone monument belonging to a culture with no previous record of being in this part of the world. Olsen and the team debate the validity of the find, play poker and make plans for the fame in their future, but their celebration is short-lived. The group’s pet cat is murdered and splayed out like a sacrifice before the stone »
- Rob Hunter
I read and owned something like 55-60 Goosebumps books growing up. I probably would have only made it though a few of them, though, had the stories been as jacked up as these classic horror films that have been reimagined as books from R.L. Stine’s popular children's book series. The covers and blurbs from designer Theodore Holmstead-Scott and writer Jude Deluca do a perfect job of making these stories seem much tamer than they really are.
We’ve included some of our favorites below, but be sure to check out the many more covers they’ve created on their Tumblr, If It Were Stine. They also reimagine modern horror films and TV shows, and even model video games on the choose-your-own-adventure-type books from the Goosebumps series.
By the time the television series based on these books came out, I had already outgrown them. I »
- Eli Reyes
As tempting as it is to go with out gut reaction when watching a film, it’s hard to truly know how good it actually is without a bit of time. It takes numerous rewatches and distance from the hype of release to truly get a measured view on a movie and quite often your opinions will change.
Just look at Avatar. At the end of 2009 it was hard not get swept up in the hype surrounding James Cameron’s sci-fi epic. A few years on, it may still be the biggest film of all time (unadjusted for inflation – those 3D glasses added a lot), but outside of that bubble of release its hard to muster the same enthusiasm for what is a good-looking retelling of a well-worn story.
- Alex Leadbeater
Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...
So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.
Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.
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I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.
Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume »
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