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Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas Ten SongsCovers You Probably Wont Hear on Your Local Station Christmas. While some people might think Horror Freaks would be diametrically opposed to the holiday it and its season have given us some genre classics like Black Christmas Silent Night Deadly Night Rare Exports A Christmas Tale and And All Through the House from both the Tales from the Crypt TV show and movie. A Christmas Carol in all its various forms and incarnations is built upon a leadup to a dark deathrelated climax. And of course all of us have a soft spot for at least one more traditional classic whether it be Rudolph Frosty The Grinch A Christmas Story National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or my »
Tis the season to start watching Christmas movies! But, if you are like us, we don't want to spend the month of December watching A Christmas Story or Miracle On 34Th Street without throwing in some unconventional classics. I mean, what kind of a movie site would we be if we didn't bring you a selection of movies during the holidays filled with mayhem, violence, and bloodshed to go along with the merriment and cheer? So what you will find here is your selection of wholesome »
- Alex Maidy
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Walt Disney Studios snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Dec. 14 with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the year’s biggest box office hit.
“Guardians,” which earned $332.5 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart – which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart.
The film opened theatrically Aug. 1 and cost an estimated $170 million to make. Advance word was so good that Marvel Studios announced a sequel even before the film opened; it’s expected out in 2017.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which debuted at No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 2, also on both charts, with total unit sales just 12.2% of the first-week tally for “Guardians.”
Walt Disney’s “Frozen” moved down a notch to No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The holiday season just doesn't feel right until you've watched some of the classic Christmas movies. Turns out, the stars agree!
Watch: Flashback: Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Turns 20!
We rounded up a few of our favorite stars, who shared their favorite holiday films with Et.
You can't turn on the TV or scroll through Netflix these days without flipping past holiday classics like "It's a Wonderful Life," "Home Alone," "A Christmas Story" and more ... but what do the little stars of these Big films look like now?With Christmas right around the corner, we pulled together the most recent photos of the former child stars from all your favorite flicks.While some of them look exactly the same many years later (like Randy and Ralphie from "A Christmas Story) ... others made dramatic changes (we're looking at you Taylor Momsen!).Check out the gallery above to see how they've all grown through the years -- and let us know your favorite holiday movie below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
With Christmas comes tradition and with tradition comes happy memories to be cherished forever and ever. We typically eat the same sweet treats, drink the same cocktails, listen to the same Christmas songs and watch the same holiday movies. We have our favorites like, Elf, It?s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story, and we stick with them, year after year. But I propose a change for 2014. The following movies aren?t necessarily known for having a Christmas theme. Or maybe they just haven?t been fully recognized as the incredible holiday classics that they are. Try deviating from your plans a bit and watch these underrated flicks, available to stream on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, to get you in the Christmas spirit. »
Most of the specialty screenings around town this week are related in some form or another to Christmas. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is giving you multiple ways to enjoy Home Alone on the big screen, including all-you-can-eat pizza parties along with standard showings and quote-along versions. There are also standard and quote along screenings to choose from of Elf and Love Actually, while Tough Guy Cinema has 35mm showings of Die Hard on Sunday and Tuesday. Music Monday is showing a brand new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks about people who are obsessed with Christmas music and even Terror Tuesday is getting into the spirit with Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter are screening a digital restoration of It's A Wonderful Life on Saturday and Sunday and A Christmas Story will be featured as a quote-along screening that comes with a Chinese dinner at Alamo Slaughter on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, a handful of hot summer theatricals are trickling into stores during December in an attempt by the studios to capitalize on last-minute gift and impulse buyers.
For 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, the strategy paid off. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” debuted at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ending Dec. 7 and sold nearly three times as many copies as its closest competitor.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which earned more than $208 million in U.S. theaters alone, easily topped both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart – which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray and DVD combined – and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. Counting an exclusive-to-Walmart two-pack (with predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the film generated 53% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray.
Walt Disney’s “Frozen,” thanks to continued deep discounting, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.
Just before Christmas Billy’s (Zach Galligan) father brings home an unusual pet. While hocking his amateur inventions at a Curio Shop, Randall (Hoyt Axton) buys a Mogwai. Gizmo is a cute and cuddly little furball, but there are three strict rules in caring for him. Sunlight and bright light is lethal. Don’t every get a Mogwai wet. And most importantly, never feed one after midnight. Ever. Water makes them multiple. A late night snack tranforms them. And when all »
- Jeremy Jones
Here’s a great 1980 Star Wars action figure commercial that starred a very young Christian Slater . The blonde child next to him is apparently Peter Billingsley, the kid from A Christmas Story. The commercial was for the Darth Vader Collector’s Case from Kenner. I’ve always liked Slater as an actor. I don’t know what happened but somewhere along the way he just stopped being cast in movies. The guy just needs a really good comeback role. Maybe it could be in one of these upcoming Star Wars movies!
- Joey Paur
This time of year there's no shortage of tradiontional holiday flicks floating around on TV to help get you in the Christmas Spirit. Watching these films go hand-in-hand with the season and the Cinelinx crew is breaking down some of our favorites and why it simply isn't Christmas until we've watched them!
The holidays are a special time of the year that brings people together. Tasty meals are cooked up, joyful music plays on the radio, and magical films play on TV. It is a time to make memories and enjoy the company of friends and family. Due to all this activity, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. Sometimes we need a little help to get in the mood and see how endearing the season can be. Sometimes we need a reminder of what makes this time of year special and fun.
That’s where movies come in. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
There are tons of holiday movies on Netflix, but a special crop, like It's a Wonderful Life and a few choice others, play endlessly on TV on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This special group of films includes A Christmas Story. The 1983 film, which has definitely earned its spot as one of the most quotable Christmas movies, is in the holiday movie canon for a reason. To prove it, we're presenting the crucial life lessons we've learned from watching it every year. Keep reading, and get ready to learn. »
“Only I didn’t say fudge… I said The Word. The big one. The queen mother of all dirty words… the F-dash-dash-dash Word!!!!”
A Christmas Story (1983) is screening at 7pm Friday December 19th at Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest Ave St Louis, Mo 63143. Doors open at 6:30pm. It’s a fundraiser for Helping Kids Together.
I used an air rifle I got one Christmas growing up, but I never had a mail-in decoder ring which required me to consume mass quantities of Ovaltine, I never ran into bullies with yellow eyes, and I never took a dare to stick my tongue to an aluminum pole in the middle of winter. Of all the holiday films that have been released in the last thirty years, did anyone envision that the sleepy low budget film from 1983, generically titled A Christmas Story, would be at the top of the almost everyone’s list? It »
- Tom Stockman
In the contemporary landscape of supernatural investigators on television—high school cheerleaders adept at martial arts and chiseled GQ hunks offering quips with every shot of a silver bullet—Carl Kolchak would appear to be an anomaly. The name itself is likely unknown to the younger generation, lest they faintly recall handsome Stuart Townsend briefly playing the role on ABC in 2005 before disintegrating into the televisual ether.
But before this scant resurrection, there was the original Kolchak. Author Jeff Rice’s unpublished manuscript The Kolchak Papers was picked up by producer Dan Curtis, the creator of Dark Shadows, to be filmed as a made-for-television movie in 1972 that would star established actor Darren McGavin as the irascible reporter. The film, retitled The Night Stalker, dealt with the Las Vegas inkslinger’s investigation into a series of prostitute deaths that turned out to be the work of red-eyed and centuries-old vampire Janos Skorzeny. »
- Jose Cruz
The late Bob Clark is known for co-writing and directing 1983’s A Christmas Story, based on the short stories of Jean Shepherd. But as horror hounds know, nearly a decade before A Christmas Story came out, Clark wrote and helmed the holiday horror classic, Black Christmas, and Rue Morgue and Anchor Bay are celebrating the film’s 40th anniversary with a special screening that includes the debut of a limited edition poster.
Presented by Anchor Bay Canada and Rue Morgue Magazine and taking place at Toronto’s The Royal Cinema at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 20th, the 40th anniversary screening of Black Christmas will include special guests Art Hindle (who played Chris in the film) and artist Gary Pullin, whose limited edition poster will go on sale at the event (and will be available online shortly thereafter). Tickets are now on sale for $10 apiece. If you’re interested in »
- Derek Anderson
We all have holiday traditions. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, then Central Ohio, then Western Pennsylvania again, we had more than a few Christmas ones. Every Christmas morning, we weren’t allowed to open a single present until my father finished his coffee. And he took his time. When he finally gulped down the last swallow, we were still required to open present at a time. None of this chaotic ripping into boxes and bags simultaneously while no one paid any attention to anything anyone else opened. We all watched each other one-by-one open a gift, thank the giver, and look to the next person in the circle to take his or her turn.
Outside of those Christmas Day traditions, we had one Christmas Eve tradition that was never, ever, Ever under consideration for alteration. Every year, we’d go to church for the 45-60 minute evening service (in our second stint in Pennsylvania, »
- Joshua Gaul
“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”
*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******
By Ernie Magnotta
If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.
When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Two time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon turns 75 today. Since we don't like any major actresses to totally fade from public consciousness when they stop working, let's look back. Though her last working year was 2007 her most recent high profile gig goes back much further to a SAG nomination as part of the ensemble of Magnolia (1999, pictured left) in which she played wife and mother to Phillip Baker Hall and Melora Walters.
Though she'd been working for a decade before it in small parts (TV guest gigs and improvisational comedy) her first real claim-to-fame came as "Memphis Sue" Woody Guthrie's wife in the Best Picture nominated bio Bound for Glory (1976). She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Acting Debut" (a now long defunct category) even though it wasn't her debut. Dillon's breakout led to bigger parts and two well-regarded Oscar nominations though curiously the Globes, who had first honored her, »
- NATHANIEL R
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: James Brooks (Michael), Shannen Doherty (Cate), Zack Ward (Will), Christopher Lloyd (Mayor Akerman), Ciara Hanna (Nicole), Yar Koosha (Kyle), Fred Stoller (Rich), Rachel True (Marcy), Jeremy Wade (Lamprey Expert)
I’m a huge “Piranha” fan, and I’ll watch anything (anything that is!) pertaining to lake horror. Hockey masked killers, prehistoric monsters, government altered mutated fish, toxic waste mutated marine life and even zombies, are all enhanced when set at a lake. It’s in a more confined space than the ocean, there’s usually plenty of expendable characters getting their vacation on to up the body count, and it makes one think twice that fresh water is absolutely, positively safe.
“Blood Lake” is an Asylum film that deals with something that is creepy enough as »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Exists, Don’t Blink, and The Wolves of Savin Hill, an announcement of the Fifth Annual PollyGrind Film Festival, Dead Rage first details, and more:
New Clip from Exists: “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a blood curdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life and seeking murderous revenge.
- Tamika Jones
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