14 items from 2015
October is here once again, and that means one thing: it’s time to turn out the lights, get the popcorn out and break into the horror films that propel you into the right festive mood. A run-down of great Halloween movies isn’t simply a list of the all time best horror movies, though. To really get into the spirit of the season, you’ll need something a bit more specific.
Horror movies like The Exorcist and The Shining can be watched any time of year, but then there are films where Halloween plays a major role in the story. They’re packed to the brim with orange lights, spooky skeletons, pumpkins, trick or treaters, and cheesy masks, meaning the only real time to view them is during October. Throwing on one of »
- Brendan Morrow
The cast and crew of A Christmas Horror Story have stuffed the cinematic stockings with a delightfully devious new take on the holiday season. With A Christmas Horror Story now out in select theaters and viewable on VOD and iTunes, Daily Dead caught up with Steve Hoban—one of the film's three directors—to discuss working with William Shatner, setting the horror anthology film in the same town from the Ginger Snaps movies, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with Daily Dead today. I really enjoyed A Christmas Horror Story and believe it will become a holiday cult classic that horror fans can happily unwrap each year. How did you get involved with this project and what appealed to you the most after reading the script for the first time?
Steve Hoban: Thank you for saying that. As true fans of the genre, we made »
- Derek Anderson
Perhaps best remembered for the huge success of teen comedy Porky’s (1981) and perennial yuletide fave A Christmas Story (1983), Bob Clark will forever be known to horror fans as the director of Black Christmas (1974) , the taut, flat out scary as hell blueprint for John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) . However, the same year he made BC, came the potent anti Vietnam parable Deathdream, aka Dead of Night, a chilling indictment on the ravages of war mixed with a spooky EC Comics vibe. Rarely talked about, it still packs a wallop today.
Made right after Clark’s rather boring zombie debut Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972), but not released until August of ’74, Deathdream didn’t make much of a ripple at the box office but did see some solid notices. At the time, there weren’t a lot of films tackling the Vietnam War (most notable was 1968’s execrable John Wayne »
- Scott Drebit
It's been a long time since we've gotten a genuine Christmas comedy to top the likes of Christmas Vacation or even A Christmas Story for that matter. Okay, except maybe Elf. There's been some solid entries along the way, such as Scrooged, Home Alone, A Nightmare Before Christmas, or, hell, even Batman Returns or Die Hard. Maybe Bad Santa, but that's not exactly one you watch with... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
TV critics, TV bloggers, TV tweeters, and other TV commentators: Relaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. At least where 'True Detective' is concerned. The second season of the HBO series was recently greeted with so much anticipation, commentary, prognostication, critique, concern, and general reactiveness before it even started that, had it been a child, it would have been the equivalent of the youngest sibling in 'A Christmas Story,' smothered in winter clothing, lying on the sidewalk, screaming, "Don't leave me! Don't leave me! Come baaaaaaaack!" Expectations were too high, and the series disappointed many. But not Nelson Carvajal, whose beautiful video essay captures the visual intelligence the show's creators packed into it, while also addressing its crucial themes, in a collection of images strung together by music by Philip Glass, among other musicians. Watching this, I'm reminded, oddly enough, of my first prolonged encounter with the work of Gertrude Stein in college....
- Max Winter
Ivan Reitman just issued an official statement via Eric Reich, who handles publicity for The Montecito Picture Company, Reitman's company. It's very pointed, and I think there's a rock solid reason for him to make the statement right now. Here it is, exactly as it was sent over. "There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise. As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise." First, what I see here above anything else is a producer standing behind his director. He is right. Paul Feig is the only person making a "Ghostbusters" movie right now. The more I see from Feig's film, the more I'm excited to see how it all comes together. »
- Drew McWeeny
There was certainly no shortage of noteworthy bells and whistles looking to grab your attention in Mad Max: Fury Road. However, amidst the explosive mega-battles and guys with flamethrower guitars, the film also focused on the group of rescued women who were unwillingly betrothed to the film.s creepy post-apocalyptic overlord, Immortan Joe. It seems that the bond shared by their characters was mirrored in a real life friendship, as the group actually chose to venerate the experience with a special tattoo. In an interview with Vanity Fair, one of the five Fury Road sister wives, Courtney Eaton, discusses the notoriously difficult desert shoot for the film, which ended up creating the aforementioned bond. Eaton plays "Fragile," a name, which, contrary to A Christmas Story, isn.t Italian. Fury Road would serve as the film debut for the 19 year-old Aussie starlet, and she reveals that the experience has already created »
As we've said before, the trend at Cannes this year is foreign-language filmmakers working in English, often for the first time. Both filmmakers and audiences could be forgiven for being cautious about some of these projects, given some recent high-profile misfires, and one of the reasons for that is "Jimmy P.," the English-language debut of acclaimed French helmer Arnaud Desplechin. A favorite of cinephiles, thanks to a string of whip-smart, deeply humane dramas like "Kings And Queens" and "A Christmas Story," he came unstuck with "Jimmy P," which received mostly disappointed notices at Cannes a few years back. Perhaps a little cowed by this, Desplechin has circled back to more familiar territory for his latest, "My Golden Days," and the good news is that it marks a real return to form. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival The film sees anthropologist Paul Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Movie theater-dwelling demons, shambling zombies, and gore galore will be shown on the silver screen this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre's Zombiefest in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, covering three days and featuring nine living dead films.
Drive-In Zombiefest runs from Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 24th. Each evening, the gates open at 6:00pm and the reels start rolling at dusk. Tickets cost $10.00 apiece each night.
From Drive-In Zombiefest: "Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre present:
A weekend-long retrospective of nine walking dead favorites shown from 35mm film!
Friday, May 22nd:
Day Of The Dead (1985)- Cooped up in a military base in an abandoned mine, scientists desperately search for cure to the outbreak of walking death that has plagued the world. A 30th anniversary screening of George A. Romero's claustrophobic finale to his classic original undead trilogy!
Messiah Of Evil (1974)- A woman's search for »
- Derek Anderson
It’s impossible to not like Joe Lynch. Quite easily one of the nicest guys around, you can definitely hear the passion for film in his voice, and the mere mention of a film that Lynch is a fan of sparks a lengthy conversation, which is always great to have. Having recently hit DVD/Bluray, Lynch’s newest film, the Salma Hayek-led action film Everly, is an intense and inventive spin on the modern day action film, and features not only good performances by Hayek and a lot of other great actors, but also Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide).
We were able to have a chat with both Joe and Jen regarding Everly, what drew them to the project, and what’s coming next for them as well. Read on!
So the last time we spoke was right before the second season of Holliston arrived. You briefly mentioned »
- Jerry Smith
Interview by Kevin Scott
I had the privilege recently to talk with the very talented director James Cullen Bressack. He’s becoming the Cameron Crowe of Horror directors by being a wunderkind and showing mind blowing talent as a writer and director even before he could buy his own beer. I was grateful to get some insight from him, find out what inspired him, and see what’s next. Special thanks to actor/producer/writer Zack Ward for joining in on the interview.
Ks: I know that you get this a lot, but you are a really young guy. You seem so close to the golden age of VHS, with a love for such classics as “Basket Case” and the William Lustig films, yet you are a generation removed. How did you discover them?
Jcb: I got really into watching VHS stuff. My Dad had “Hellraiser” on VHS. »
The iconic Mrs. Doubtfire house which is located in San Francisco was struck by an arsonist late on Monday. Made famous by the comedy, the property has served as a memorial for the late Robin Williams since his death last year. Damage was limited, as the owner was able to put the fire out before it got out of control.
The incident happened at 8:00 pm on Monday. The owner, a doctor, believes the fire was started by a disgruntled patient. Fire officials believe the arsonist doused the doormat in a flammable liquid before igniting it on fire.
Before his death, Robin Williams was planning a return as Daniel Hillard, an actor and divorcee who disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. The location was likely to be used again in Mrs. Doubtfire 2, but the project, of course, »
With no new significant new releases coming out the week of Christmas, the national home video charts for the week ending Dec. 28, 2014 were virtually unchanged from the prior week.
On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, the top four were identical to the prior week: Paramount Home Media Distribution’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remained at No. 1, followed, again, by Walt Disney Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” at No. 2, 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner” at No. 3 and Disney’s “Frozen” at No. 4.
Walt Disney’s “Maleficent” finished the week at No. 5, swapping places with 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” at No. 6.
Rounding out the top 10 are the same four titles that rounded out the top 10 a week ago: DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at No. 7, same as last »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The two most popular posters—each with over 600 likes—that I have posted in the past three months on Movie Poster of the Day have been unfamiliar takes on very familiar movies. The stunning Italian 55" x 78" poster for Godard’s Breathless, sold by Posteritati this past fall, is strikingly different from the usual poster images of Belmondo and Seberg strolling the Champs-Elysée or smoking in bed. Instead, artist Sandro Symeoni adapts the climactic scene of the film, but gives it a much more noirish feel, with Belmondo’s petty criminal receding into the blackest of nights. Without looking at the names you’d be hard pressed to identify the film from the poster.
The Russian poster for Star Wars, below, created in 1990 for the first Russian release of the film, is even less easily identifiable: a colorful crayon-drawing »
- Adrian Curry
14 items from 2015
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