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Icons Of Fright presents Robg’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2011!

29 December 2011 12:42 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Welcome back, fiends! We’re reached yet the end of another year and as always, it’s time to look back and discuss the best stuff that’s come and gone, look over some titles you might have missed and just reflect on what our beloved horror genre had to offer this year. I will say right off the bat that scanning over the titles I picked for my Top 10, the Top 6 are what I’d personally consider legitimate great genre offerings whereas picks 7 through 10 were serviceable horror movies that I didn’t love, but that entertained me tremendously and I’ll explain why I consider them serviceable when I get to them.

That said, I missed some great stuff that people have been talking about when compiling their lists. I have yet to see the much-praised horror/comedy Tucker & Dale Vs Evil which just hit DVD/Blu-Ray. Also haven »

- RobG

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011

27 December 2011 7:06 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.

Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Burn Me, Boil Me, Stab Me, Spear Me: Island Of Blood (1982) Review

22 December 2011 3:54 PM, PST | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

1982 was a fantastic year for horror fans. The sci-fi/horror fans got the classic John Carpenter remake of The Thing, and monster movie fans got such cult classics as Great White, The Beast Within, and Basket Case. However, the part I love most about the year was the tidal wave of great slashers. Slumber Party Massacre, Madman, Superstition, The Slayer, and Friday the 13th Part III were all great, but there were a few stinkers, like House of Deat… »

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Watch: Great Peek at the Practical Special Effects Behind 'The Thing'

15 December 2011 1:39 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just as fast as Halloween came and went, so did The Thing, this year's horror film which went by the same name as John Carpenter's original, purported to be a sequel, but didn't feel like anything but a remake. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't all that great either. However, what is great, is some of the practical special effects done for the film that ended up being a little too polished by CGI effects when the final cut of the film was put together. Thankfully, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. the company behind those practical effects, have released a video looking at the effects of the alien itself, which may or may not be its original form. Here's a look at the practical effects from the remake/prequel of The Thing (via Shock Til You Drop): You can also watch the above video in better quality from the company's »

- Ethan Anderton

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More Proof that Something Went Horribly Wrong on the Way to Bringing The Thing 2011 to the Big Screen

15 December 2011 11:58 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In his editorial on The Thing premake, Michael Felsher mused that something had to have gone wrong during post-production on the flick. The film just switches gears into a CGI-laden mess. Where were the practical effects? Well, sadly ... we're about to show them to you.

Sometimes it's hard to see videos that are so mind-blowingly cool. It'll break your heart these effects didn't make it into the final product. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and then you'll be filled with anger as you watch the video below from Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., the company behind the visual effects.

From the Press Release

An expedition of a lifetime becomes a subterranean nightmare in The Thing, the thrilling prelude to John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name. Debuting on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on January 31, 2012, The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World »

- Uncle Creepy

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Votd: A Great Look at Practical Effects Created For ‘The Thing’

15 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

When The Thing was released earlier this year, there were some viewers who weren't thrilled with the degree to which CGI was used to bring the movie's alien creature to life. John Carpenter's 1982 movie of the same name, for which this year's film is a prequel, is a landmark in the use of practical effects. Early in the development of the '11 movie, we'd heard that it would feature a good mix of practical and CGI effects work. The final release edit countered that assertion; at the very least, it seemed to have a lot of CGI painted over the practical effects. Now a video posted by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., the company that did the film's practical effects, shows a lot of the unvarnished work done for the movie. It looks great, and features a good look at what may be the alien's 'original' form -- or at least »

- Russ Fischer

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The James Clayton Column: The Thing is just the thing for the festive season

8 December 2011 3:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for an alternative Christmas movie? James explains why John Carpenter’s The Thing is the perfect festive flick…

I'm applying my Sherlock skills and seeing ripped Advent calendars, hearing festive pop muzak and getting telepathic messages from frightened turkeys. These signs all lead me to deduce that it's December and, as such, I declare it okay to sit back and enjoy Christmas movies.

This is the permissive period when you can watch Home Alone flicks without it being 'wrong'. Of course, watching Home Alone, It's A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol or White Christmas, to name a few, at any other time of the year isn't strictly verboten. However, I'd still hold that it's a minor crime – like jaywalking – that raises questions about the offender's personal character. In fact, it's worse than reckless road crossing, because at least that has an edgy, living dangerously aspect to it and »

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Save the Date! Monsterpalooza 2012 Scheduled for April 13th-15th!

7 December 2011 1:12 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

That's right, all you West Coast monster fans! The date is set, and the roster of celebrities is already looking like a who's who of horror! The next Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters will be held April 13th-15th, 2012, at the Marriott Burbank Convention Center in Burbank, California. You have been warned!

Presented by Eliot Brodsky's The Rubber Room, Monsterpalooza: The Art of Monsters features award-winning F/X artists, horror genre celebrities, monster related artwork on display and for sale, special guests and presentations, and a walk-through monster museum! Just who are the special guests, you ask? Read on...

Amongst the F/X artists already scheduled to attend are: Ve Neill (Academy Award winning F/X artist of Beetlejuice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean), Michael Westmore (Academy Award winning F/X artist of "The Munsters," Rocky, Raging Bull, Mask, "Star Trek" series), Steve Johnson (Blade II, »

- Doctor Gash

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Philip Kaufman’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, and the enduring power of the scream

7 December 2011 3:03 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan takes a look back at Philip Kaufman’s 1978 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers remake, and explains why its themes are still so relevant…

Don Siegel’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers was, without doubt, amongst the finest sci-fi movies of the 1950s, and high on the list of my favourite genre pictures of all time. Loosely based on a 1955 novel by Jack Finney, the 1956 Body Snatchers was the sublimely paranoid tale of a small-town doctor who finds himself in the middle of an invasion of the most insidious variety.

By the time Dr Miles (Kevin McCarthy) realises something’s wrong with his patients, most of them have already been absorbed and replaced by physically identical yet emotionally sterile pod people. The most mature and intelligently made of the 50s cycle of ‘reds under the bed’ movies, few films before or since have captured its overwhelming sense of tension and dread. »

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Starship Troopers and the state of Hollywood sci-fi remakes

5 December 2011 7:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is there any reason to remain optimistic about the proposed Starship Troopers remake, Ryan wonders, and what does it say about Hollywood sci-fi movies…?

Last Friday, news emerged that Hollywood producer Neal Moritz is planning to create a new version of Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi novel originally published in 1959.

Starship Troopers was, of course, first brought to cinemas in 1997, courtesy of director Paul Verhoeven’s characteristically violent and witty adaptation of the same name. Retaining certain plot elements and character names, Verhoeven’s film turned the subtext of the book on its head. Where Heinlein’s novel was relatively light on action, Verhoeven’s film was extraordinarily savage. Where the source was unabashedly pro-military, the 1997 movie appeared to parody the book’s right-wing views.

Scriptwriter Ed Neumeier had previously co-written RoboCop, and that earlier film’s sly humour’s equally in evidence in Starship Troopers. Like RoboCop, Starship Troopers »

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Starship Troopers and the state of Hollyood sci-fi remakes

5 December 2011 7:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is there any reason to remain optimistic about the proposed Starship Troopers remake, Ryan wonders, and what does it say about Hollywood sci-fi movies…?

Last Friday, news emerged that Hollywood producer Neal Moritz is planning to create a new version of Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi novel originally published in 1959.

Starship Troopers was, of course, first brought to cinemas in 1997, courtesy of director Paul Verhoeven’s characteristically violent and witty adaptation of the same name. Retaining certain plot elements and character names, Verhoeven’s film turned the subtext of the book on its head. Where Heinlein’s novel was relatively light on action, Verhoeven’s film was extraordinarily savage. Where the source was unabashedly pro-military, the 1997 movie appeared to parody the book’s right-wing views.

Scriptwriter Ed Neumeier had previously co-written RoboCop, and that earlier film’s sly humour’s equally in evidence in Starship Troopers. Like RoboCop, Starship Troopers »

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When Winter Attacks! A Preview of Beastie Themed Horror Titles

4 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

When the coldest time of the year arrives, the snow it leaves behind may have some people putting on their gloves. Some will tuck in, hiding in the warmth of their homes and others will challenge the winter wonderland head-on. Here are some “inspirational” films to make tackling the winter doldrums just a little more fun. The theme in this list is what kind of beasts may lurk within that icy tundra near and afar?

The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982 & 2011) DVD & Blu-ray

The Thing From Another World (1951) at Amazon

No list can be complete without mention of the original, John Carpenter’s classic and the prequel in the same breath. When unleashing an alien terror is not enough, a night can be enjoyed watching all three films! Alien invasion cannot be any more disgusting with the innovative monster creations that are to be found in this movie set. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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The Thing – review

3 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The debut of a Dutch director, this horror flick is based, like the 1951 Howard Hawks production The Thing from Another World, on the classic 1938 John W Campbell sci-fi tale Who Goes There? but shifted from the Arctic to the Antarctic. It is in fact more a prequel to John Carpenter's overrated The Thing of 1982 than a remake, and its token female scientist is an American palaeontologist called in by a Norwegian base when (in a spectacular opening sequence) a 100,000-year-old spacecraft with a deep-frozen alien is found beneath a glacier. When big trouble starts, the heroine spots that the creature can replicate any human being but can't transform inorganic matter. So if you've still got your fillings, you're still human. Not bad, but what Cole Porter might dismiss as just one of those things.

Science fiction and fantasyHorrorPhilip French

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- Philip French

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The Thing Blu-ray and DVD Arrive January 31st

3 December 2011 2:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

An expedition of a lifetime becomes a subterranean nightmare in The Thing, the thrilling prelude to John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name. Debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on January 31, 2011, The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) as paleontologist Kate Lloyd who, along with the crew's pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton, Warrior), discovers a mysterious organism buried in the ice.

When a simple experiment frees the creature from its frozen prison, it unleashes a flood of chaos and paranoia upon the camp, pitting the team against one another. With the ability to mimic the physicality of anything or anyone that it touches, the shape-shifting creature makes everyone a suspect in this suspenseful psychological thriller. From Dawn Of The Dead producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, The Thing also stars Ulrich Thomsen (Season of the Witch), Eric Christian Olsen »

- MovieWeb

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The Thing

3 December 2011 | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.

As with most modern remakes, the knives have well and truly been out since Universal announced its plans to reboot John Carpenter's stone-cold classic paranoia-feast The Thing. It should be remembered though that the 1981 favourite is itself a remake, as are two of its similarly-celebrated and comparably themed sci-fi horror companions, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and <a »

- David Graham

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The Thing Review

2 December 2011 1:02 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It’s no understatement to say that John Carpenter is quite the legend of horror in cinema, with many superb films to his name. The Thing, a brilliantly inventive and groundbreaking 80s horror, is one of them. Even today it still has legions of fans and the effects manage to send a chill down the spine – so of course, a remake/reboot may be viewed with sceptical eyes. Therein lies a problem that plagues many remakes in that people have strong attachments to the original and so, look harshly on the new version. Whilst this isn’t the place for That debate, The Thing is a very decent film, and definitely worth the watch. The premise sees a number of scientists including Mary Elizabeth Winstead travel to antartica to study a lifeform, which turns out to be pretty deadly. As in the original, it can assume the form of anyone »

- noreply@blogger.com (Leon)

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The Thing Cast and Filmmaker Interviews

2 December 2011 8:42 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Thing hits UK cinemas today and if you missed it, you can catch our review of the prequel to the John Carpenter movie here. The movie stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen, Kim Bubbs and our friends from Upbeat caught up with many of them at the junket for the movie along with legendary Director,

If you’ve seen The Thing, make sure you let us know what you thought in the comments section below.

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- David Sztypuljak

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The Thing brings chills to DVD and Blu-ray in January

2 December 2011 8:15 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

From the producers of Dawn of the Dead, comes a chilling prequel to John Carpenter.s 1982 cult classic as The Thing arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 31st from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. An expedition of a lifetime becomes a subterranean nightmare in The Thing - starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,) as paleontologist Kate Lloyd who, along with the crew.s pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton, Warrior), discovers a mysterious organism buried in the ice. When a simple experiment frees the creature from its frozen prison, it unleashes a flood of chaos and paranoia upon the camp, pitting the team against one another. With the ability to mimic the physicality of anything or anyone that it »

- Patrick Luce

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DVD Spec'd: The Thing (2011)

2 December 2011 12:06 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is dropping their 2011 The Thing prequel on January 31, 2012. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Ulrich Thomsen (Season of the Witch), Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), the movie is a direct prequel to the classic 1982 John Carpenter movie of the same title.

In addition to the movie both the DVD and Blu-ray will carry the following bonus features:

Deleted/extended scenes. Audio commentary track with director Matthijs van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman. Two featurettes examining the making of the movie: "Fire & Ice" - in a frigid environment and against a relentless foe, there's only one hope: Fire. Join the cast as they train with flame-throwers, battle wild fires on-set and get schooled in the importance of understanding fire's unpredictable personality; "The Thing Evolves" - profiling key behind-the-scenes stories of »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Blu-ray/DVD Release: The Thing (2011)

1 December 2011 2:55 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98

Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ulrich Thomsen check out The Thing.

The science fiction-horror movie The Thing, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., is a prelude to John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name.

In other words, the 2011 Thing is a prequel serving as a sequel to a remake of a movie that was originally made in 1951 and directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks. Hmmm.

The movie is set at a remote Antarctic research station where paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton, Warrior) discover a mysterious organism buried in the ice. It’s not too long before a simple experiment frees the strange creature, seemingly an extraterrestrial lifeform, from its frozen prison. The shapeshifting alien quickly unleashes a flood of chaos and paranoia upon the camp, »

- Laurence

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