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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
Since the year 2000, London has played host to the FrightFest film festival, which has become one of the leading genre festivals in the world. In addition to the annual festival, the dudes who run it launched FrightFest Originals back in the summer of 2012, a label that releases limited edition art prints in tribute to fan-favorite genre films from the past and present.
Now available from FrightFest Originals is the John Carpenter poster collection, which features artwork from five different artists, inspired by five different Carpenter classics. You will notice that Halloween and The Thing are not in the collection, which was a conscious decision on the part of the festival's founders, who wanted to offer up some love to Carpenter flicks that don't always get it.
Check out the complete collection below, and purchase prints over on the FrightFest Originals website. Only 60 of each are available, and the Christine and »
- John Squires
“Sometimes being alive feels like a long game of chicken on a badly-lit road.” -- Michael Marshall Smith, from the introduction to Ps Publishing's Christine Love for Stephen King’s 1983 haunted car story has always seemed a little light on the ground. It’s not that anyone ever hated Christine; it’s just that the passion with which readers discussed classic novels like The Stand or The Shining or recent books like Bag of Bones or 11/22/63 seemed to pass Christine by. During King’s most popular decade, the novel failed to hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list (though #2 isn’t exactly a struggle for chart success.) Literary critic and King expert Dr. Michael R. Collings once referred to Christine as a “minor” novel, especially in comparison to the major statement of Pet Sematary, also released that year. Yet in the thirty-plus years since the book was published, Christine has become a cultural touchstone. »
- Kevin Quigley
“Buy a Bag, Go Home in a Box.” You have no idea how thrilled I am to report that one of my absolute favorite horror movies of the Nineties, Popcorn, will get a fully-loaded special edition Blu-ray sometime around Halloween this year courtesy of Synapse Films.
For the uninitiated, Popcorn is a love letter to the golden age of b-movies in the guise of a fun slasher flick about film students putting on an all-night bad movie horror film festival; a master-of-disguise maniac begins killing them off during the show via twisted takes on old school movie theater gimmicks.
The true highlights are the fake movies-within-the-movie lovingly paying homage to the b-movies of the Fifties and Sixties: The Amazing Electrified Man, The Stench, and Mosquito!
As much as I’ve had a major soft spot for Popcorn since seeing it in theaters opening weekend, I clearly don’t love it »
If you ask any horror fan what their top home video labels are, Synapse Films and Scream Factory will always reign supreme. Both cult companies have an impressive roster of catalog releases that’ve given them the reputation they have today, with an equally exciting slate of forthcoming releases that include Suspiria, Nightbreed, Prom Night, Ginger Snaps, and so much more.
Read on below for the full details straight from Synapse and Scream below!
Fans of 80s horror, grindhouse and women-in-prison films are in for a special treat as we are releasing the rare and long-lost 1985 exploitation film Hellhole this Summer on Blu-ray & DVD for the very first time!
Those of you who have seen this film know what fun it is. And »
- Justin Edwards
“Popcorn, the 1991 cult classic starring Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather, Cutting Class), Malcolm Danare (Christine, Heaven Help Us), Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, The Frighteners, The Lords of Salem) and Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer, My Girl) is coming to Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Synapse Films, Inc in 2014!
This release will give fans a brand-new 2K restoration of the film, taken directly from original vault materials. Supplementary materials from Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures will round out the exciting package. While the line-up of bonus materials has not yet been finalized, it will feature a retrospective documentary on the making of and legacy of Popcorn along with more extra features currently in the planning stages. »
- Jonathan James
This past weekend, Tiff kicked off their Stephen King movie retrospective. Taking place from now until April, Kingdom of Fear: Stephen King on Screen includes twelve screenings of popular King adaptations, including The Shawshank Redemption and Creepshow. Here’s the official schedule for those that want to attend:
“This bloody good retrospective surveys the wide range of the Master of Horror’s cinematic spawn, from skin-crawling shockers (Carrie, Cujo, The Shining) to moving dramas (Stand by Me, The Shawshank Redemption) to gleefully trashy guilty pleasures (the ever-awesome Maximum Overdrive).”
January 18, 10pm
January 25, 10pm
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February 8, 10pm
February 15, 10pm
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The post Tiff to Screen 12 Stephen King Movies, »
- Jonathan James
Okay, Toronto, I hope you're ready to catch some classics and gloriously not-so-classics on the big screen! Over the next twelve weeks Twitch will be presenting Kingdom Of Fear: Stephen King On Screen at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, a film series featuring a dozen titles based on the work of the iconic writer screening every Saturday at 10pm with titles including Cujo, Christine, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, Maximum Overdrive, Misery, Carrie, The Shining, Creepshow, The Mist and Apt Pupil.Things kick off this week with a screening tomorrow of Firestarter from director Mark Lester and we've got a pair of tickets to give away. We're going to make it easy for you to win these, all you need to do is email me here...
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Feature Ryan Lambie 20 Jan 2014 - 06:27
John Carpenter's The Thing was panned by reviewers in 1982. We take a look at the angry critical reaction and the later reassessment...
It's the summer of 1982, and director John Carpenter is on the cusp of releasing his latest movie, The Thing. For the 34-year-old filmmaker, the release marks the end of a major undertaking: the culmination of months of shooting on freezing cold sets and snowy British Columbia locations, not to mention the execution of complex and time-consuming practical effects scenes.
Carpenter was understandably proud of the results: after the independent such independent hits as Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween and Escape From New York, this was his first studio movie (for Universal) and also his most expensive to date, with a budget of around $15m. And while The Thing had appeared in cinemas before (in the guise of Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby's 1951 sci-fi shocker, »
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 14 Jan 2014 - 06:26
Our occasional series of journeys back into the weirder films of the past continues with 1992's Vr horror thriller, The Lawnmower Man...
As a document of the early 1990s, The Lawnmower Man serves as a colourful time capsule. Aside from its big shirts, tight jeans and unaccountably buoyant hair, it's also a snapshot of the era's technology and fascination for virtual reality.
At a time when the media was gripped by images of people wearing cumbersome headsets and gloves pawing eerily at the empty air in front of them, virtual reality was widely considered to be the emerging technology which could transform life as we know it. And while this may yet come to pass - Oculus Rift has recently seen Vr back in the news - we're no nearer to having our daily lives transformed by it than we were 20 years ago.
The world of Stephen King publishing, which is always a weird and exciting place, has recently gotten even stranger. Starting next month, Stephen King’s popular 2009 novel, Under the Dome, will finally be released in mass-market paperback. Actually, make that paperbacks, plural – the book is divided in half; part one comes on February 25th, and part 2 arrives March 25th. Questions arise: why now? Why did it take so long? And is this just a cynical cash grab to capitalize on the overwhelming success of the miniseries? All fair questions, but the answers might be a little more surprising and complex than you’d think.
Publishing as a whole is different than it was even ten years ago. While the business of print publishing hasn’t fallen into fiery ruins as some predicted when King’s “Riding the Bullet” was the first eBook bestseller, digital titles have absolutely impacted sales of traditional books. »
- Kevin Quigley
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