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From the butcher knife-wielding haunter of Haddonfield to a 1958 Plymouth Fury with a lethal jealousy streak, filmmaker John Carpenter gave genre fans the goods time and time again from the late 1970′s through the early 1980′s (and beyond). Unit photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker captured the prolific director during this period with insightful photos now collected for release from Titan Books.
Coming out just in time for Halloween on October 24th, Kim Gottlieb-Walker’s coffee table hardcover, On Set with John Carpenter, is now available to pre-order for £19.99. The book will showcase intriguing photos—some of them never-before-seen—of Carpenter with his cast and crew of five films: Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Christine, and Halloween II. Exclusive commentary by Carpenter and others involved in the making of these movies is also included. To learn more, visit:
- Derek Anderson
Unless you are a Dr. Who fan — in which you'd immediately recognize him as the ninth version of the time-traveling doctor — Christopher Eccleston is one of those character actors who usually prompts a "where have I seen him before?" reaction. It might have been as the flatmate whose greed drives him insane in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave (1994) or as the powermad military man fighting off the infected in 28 Days Later... (2002). He may be familiar to you as a metaphorically ghostly presence in The Others (2001) or a literal invisible man from the NBC show Heroes. »
There are few voices in horror as tied to summer as Stephen King. In stories like Christine, Cujo and It, the author taps into the nostalgic essence of summertime with such masterful ease that it’s hard to resist being immersed. It’s even more powerful considering King’s negative depiction of winter in books such as The Shining and Misery, where […] »
- Ken W. Hanley
John Schneider has done it all. He's found success in television, music and film. Most recently he decided to try his hand at something he's always loved: horror movies. With his new film Smothered being released soon, Schneider sat down with us to talk a bit more about the project.
As John Schneider isn't a name we normally associate with the horror genre, the writer and director of Smothered explained what led him to make the movie. "I've always been a horror fan," Schneider said.
"My mother used to subscribe to some magazine I remember seeing when I was a kid that had Frankenstein on the cover," he said of his early influences. "And when I was growing up in New York, there was a thing called 'Chiller Theater' and I'd watch that every week. I can still see the hand and the 'Chiiiillller' thing. So I've always been a fan. »
- Scott Hallam
Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
Exclusive: Following the release of his latest feature, the true story marijuana trafficking pic Kid Cannabis, multi-hyphenate John Stockwell has signed with Paradigm. The actor, writer, director and producer started his career acting in films like Losin’ It and Top Gun, both opposite Tom Cruise, starred in miniseries North and South, and battled a killer car in Stephen King’s Christine. Stockwell’s screenwriting credits include Blue Crush, Rock Star, Under Cover, Dangerously Close, and Kid Cannabis. He also wrote the Emmy-nominated telefilm Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, episodes of Showtime’s The L Word, and Cheaters. The latter earned Stockwell an Emmy nod for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie. He broke through as a director with 2001′s Crazy/Beautiful and 2002′s surfing pic Blue Crush, following with a run of features behind the camera including Into the Blue, Turistas, Cat Run, and Dark Tide. »
- JEN YAMATO
Movies have introduced audiences to some of the coolest cars ever made. My love for cars comes from films and I’ve been able to go to a lot of car shows to see a lot of these iconic automobiles in person. I've come up with a top 10 list of what I think are the most badass movie vehicles that I would love to own.
Look over the the list and then let me know what your favorite movie cars are!
1985 DeLorean - Back the Future
"Yes, the way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" - Doc Brown
When I first saw this movie as a kid, the DeLorean time machine was my dream car. The older I got the more ridiculous that idea became. I still wouldn't mind owning one though! In the original draft of the script, »
- Joey Paur
The rights to Stephen King's latest short story "Bad Little Kid" have been snatched up. The Hollywood Reporter says they went to Laurent Bouzereau who intends to groom the story into a feature film he'll direct. Bouzereau and "King" go way back. He used to produce various bonus content for special editions of Christine, Pet Sematary and various other King films. In 2011, he directed the TCM special A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King.
The post Stephen King’s Bad Little Kid Might Be a Movie appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Inanimate objects often wriggle their way into horror films. We’ve seen porcelain dolls slaughter naïve victims. We’ve seen video game characters decimate the unsuspecting. And, perhaps the most lifeless menace to brutalize fleeing victims, the evil vehicle.
Four wheels (in most cases) designed to do nothing but obliterate mankind. It’s a petrifying thought when you consider all the deranged drivers behind the wheel these days. Really, how many fatal road rage incidents occur on an annual basis?
And that’s precisely the reason that killer car movies are infinitely more frightening than any other pic focused in on insensible, pulseless antagonists. We know that cars, trucks and motorcycles (this one doesn’t earn mention in this particular article, but look into Rage, a really entertaining indie moto-flick) can lead to instantaneous expiration. We understand that, be it a legitimate malfunction, a drunken fool or a crazed driver behind the wheel, »
- Matt Molgaard
Right on the heels of its Wes Craven Tribute Art Show last month, Hyaena Gallery (1928 W Olive Ave.) in Burbank, California is now playing host to an art show - called "All Outta Bubblegum" - dedicated to another master of horror: John Carpenter. Hyaena is hosting an opening reception tonight (April 12th), but Shock dropped in early to see some of the awesome work on display. And there is some truly cool stuff from The Fog, They Live, The Thing and Escape from New York. Artists also took a crack at Vampires, Prince of Darkness, Christine and Big Trouble in Little China.
The post Over 30 Images from the John Carpenter Tribute Art Show appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Featuring artwork in all different styles and media, the Hyaena Gallery is currently featuring a fantastic presentation entitled All Out of Bubblegum! A Tribute to John Carpenter.
Vastly diverse and unique works will be on display and available for sale throughout the month. The Opening Reception is Saturday, April 12.
The exhibit runs through April 30 with the Opening Reception running from 8 p.m. to midnight with free admission. The Hyaena Gallery is located at 1928 W. Olive Ave, Burbank, CA. For more info 'like' the official Hyaena Gallery Facebook page, check out Hyaena Gallery on Tumblr and follow Hyaena Gallery on Twitter (@hyaenagallery).
To view and purchase the artwork from this exhibit, please visit the official Hyaena Gallery website.
From the Press Release
The first haunting musical notes during the opening credits to the 1978 classic film Halloween literally send chills down your spine. You've just watched a six-year-old Michael Myers murder his sister, »
- Scott Hallam
I didn’t even bother posting any news yesterday because there was so much shenanigans going on it was impossible to get a word in edgewise. By far though the best joke of the day got put together by the master of horror himself, Stephen King. His official site announced a project that any true King fan would kill to have made a reality.
They announce Christine Lives – a follow up to one of Kings … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
The stars of Waterloo Road, both past and present, have paid tribute to the show after confirmation that it will end in 2015.
The BBC announced earlier today (April 2) that the long-running school drama will conclude with its tenth series.
Cast members from the show's nine series so far have taken to Twitter to praise the show for its championing of young talent ahead of the final series, which will begin later this year.
Waterloo Road axe: Is it the right decision? - Have your say
Take a look at some of the reactions below:
It's been an amazing few years on @WaterlooRoad love my Wr family.Cant wait to film Christine's final 10 eps. The final eps will be fab!! Xx
— Laurie Brett (@LauriebrettX) April 2, 2014
Lisa Riley (played guest/recurring character Tina Allen)
So sad @WaterlooRoad is finishing I am so proud to have been »
April Fools' Day is always an interesting day on the internet, as nearly every site on the web channels its inner Onion and comes up with fake news stories, in an attempt to fool readers. It's hard to trust anything you read on the internet on a day like April Fools', and quite frankly it would be wise to follow the immortal words of former WWE superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and just plain not trust anybody.
Though you were likely tricked at least once today, and disappointed when you realized that some exciting piece of news simply wasn't true, there's no denying that April Fools' Day spices up the internet, and makes for a fun day of web surfing. We here on Fearnet were victims of a handful of pranks ourselves throughout the course of the day, and we wanted to share some of our favorites with you, now »
- John Squires
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes photos from Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series, the first two chapters from the novel Survivor Max, the uncensored trailer for Smothered with Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder, Camp Dread DVD release details, and much more:
First Two Chapters of Survivor Max: “Meet Max, an 11-year old boy who was stuck in another boring day at school when the lock down alarm went off. They were under quarantine. He escaped and made it home, only to discover he’d have to find a way to survive this plague alone. Little did he know his father, his only parent, was among the infected. Slow-moving and non-thinking, the “lamebrains” swarmed his apartment complex, hunting survivors to feed their insatiable hunger for living flesh. Now he must apply his Porcupine »
- Tamika Jones
The Hero Complex Gallery is hosting "King for a Day," an art exhibit devoted to the collected works of Stephen King: his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows, and films. There are tributes to The Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, It, Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Mist, Misery, The Shining, Carrie, and more. The exhibit opens Friday, March 21 in Los Angeles. Hit the jump for more on the event plus a sampling from the art collection. Here's the press release with the details: Hcg invites you to join us for an art tribute to Stephen King’s full body of collected works, including his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows and films. A portion of the proceeds of this show will benefit Mr. King’s charity of choice, The Haven Foundation, a non-profit service that serves to benefit freelance creators of all types who have found themselves »
- Brendan Bettinger
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on the Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival, House of Monsters concept art, a Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series casting update, multiple trailers, reviews, and much more:
Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Details: “You can’t keep a lethal lady down. Flicks for Fans and Arrow in the Head, the team behind last year’s Evil Dead Fest, are proud to present the resurrection of the all new Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the famed art deco-themed 1940’s built Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA. This will be an amazing event for all film fans and those with an appreciation for strong roles by women in horror. As always Flicks for Fans will have much for fans who attend the fest including great concession specials, »
- Tamika Jones
Everyone has that one cinematic brawl that sticks with him or her. They buy special edition Blu-rays to watch the glorious scenes in high definition, wear shirts sporting their favorite competitor, and even engage in debates with other fans about which character they think would win if the duel occurred in real life. With The Raid 2 coming out soon, what better time to look back on best fight scenes that genre films have to offer? Read on to see which conflicts make the list, and keep an eye out for The Raid 2, which is set to release on March 28th, 2014. 20. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Rooftop Scene Although it may seem a little campy, Julius deserves a ton of credit for being one of the only people to stand up and fight Jason Voorhees, instead of just running away. Julius lands nearly all of his blows, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Writing about Stephen King movies is always an interesting – if daunting – prospect. If one wanted to be a stickler about things, there are really only a few actual “Stephen King films”: from Creepshow to A Good Marriage, they’re listed under "Screenplays" on the “also by Stephen King” page at the front of most of the man’s books. But that’s limiting. Since Brian DePalma adapted Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, for the big screen in 1976, the Stephen King Movie has been a genre unto itself, encompassing myriad directors, writers, mediums, and styles, all tied together by the fact that Stephen King wrote something that served as inspiration. Where the publishing history of Stephen King is fairly straightforward (with a few hiccups), the movie history is chaotic, because making movies is more complicated than making books. Deals are made, then broken. Screenplays are written and discarded. Budgets are cut, »
- Kevin Quigley
Thn would love to share some awesome posters with you that celebrate the tremendous career of film legend John Carpenter and five of his movies. The people at FrightFest Originals are in the process of launching a limited edition collection of five original posters of five of his cult classics designed by five top graphic artists. High five! No, too many fives? Anyway, the films they’re covering are all below and I want more than one, of course. First up is:
“The Duke has the best pad in the city so I chose to show one of the film’s great fight sequences against that extravagant moulding and lavish scroll work”.
They Live is the first poster from Us-based artist Jeremy Wheeler »
- Dan Bullock
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