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Bj Colangelo’s Horror Movie Guide to Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

11 November 2014 12:07 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Happy November, Icons of Fright readers!  As you all recover from the Breast Cancer Awareness pink washed items at your local grocery store fighting with the Halloween themed goodies, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to paint the world purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.  Boasting a 4% survival rate after five years, Pancreatic Cancer has quickly become one of the deadliest cancers in existence and is posed to be the most deadly cancer in just a few years.  For those that are unaware, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 23, which is extremely rare.  I’m one of the youngest people on record to be diagnosed with the disease, and more importantly, one of the youngest people on record to beat it.  As of right now, I’m 24 and have been in remission for almost 9 months.  They won’t consider me out of the woods for another four years or so, »

- BJ Colangelo

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Barnes & Noble 50% Off Criterion Sale 2014! Top Titles to Buy!

10 November 2014 9:36 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »

- Brad Brevet

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Michael Lennick, Canadian Documentarian, Dies at 61

10 November 2014 4:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Documentarian and visual effects supervisor Michael Lennick died Nov. 7 at 61, according to producer and friend Chris Darling.

Lennick directed a number of documentaries focusing on science and astronautics for television, including “Rocket Science” and “Doctor Teller’s Very Large Bomb” for PBS as well as “The Land of Space and Time” and “The Highest Step In The World,” which both received honors at the White Sands and Houston International Film Festivals.

The Toronto native began his career as a special effects specialist, working on films such as Andrew  David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome,” “The Dead Zone” and “The Fly.” His final project, this year’s “The Scanners Way,” was a documentary to accompany the 25th anniversary edition of Cronenberg’s “Scanners.”

Lennick also c0-created, co-wrote and directed “The All Night Show” in 1981 for MTV47 in Toronto, a latenight show made up of a variety of short films, old television shows, »

- Kevin Noonan

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‘V/H/S Viral’ Review

29 October 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Rim Basma, Nick Blanco, Dan Caudill, Stephen Caudill, Greyson Chadwick, Lindsay Clift, Jawed El Berni, Laura Eschmann, Natalia Ferreiro, Michael Flores, Angela Garcia | Written and Directed by Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo

The V/H/S franchise’s overarching idea is the concept that like David Cronenberg’s Videodrome posits, the video image can corrupt on a biological level, the grainy images and muffled sound can somehow change a person. This isn’t just something which happens in the world of these films though, as in the majority of cases, it also affects the filmmakers involved, allowing them to wallow in the more tired tropes of cinematic horror, along with its fixation on objectifying women, and as a result, make some of the worst stuff of their careers. Ti West and Adam Wingard are just two of the new breed »

- Ian Loring

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Sale! Cronenberg, Del Toro, Polanski and More, Criterion Horror Titles On Sale This Week

27 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

All this week Amazon has a sale on several of the Criterion Collection horror titles including David Cronenberg's Scanners and Videodrome, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Cronos, Roman Polanski's Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Godzilla. I have included direct links to each sale title below as well as to my reviews where applicable. If I could make some recommendations, I would perhaps begin with Godzilla and Repulsion if you don't own either of those titles, Cronenberg fans really ought to own both Scanners and Videodrome and the DVD edition of Carl Th. Dreyer's Vampyr is rather kick ass. Give 'em all a look below and see what suits your tastes. Scanners Blu-ray - my review Scanners DVD The Devil's Backbone Blu-ray The Devil's Backbone DVD The Uninvited Blu-ray - my review Videodrome Blu-ray - my review Eyes Without a Face »

- Brad Brevet

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Best Horror Subgenres: Body Horror - Creeping You Out

26 October 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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Body horror plays off of one of our most natural reactions as living creatures, avoiding pain. Since we are all biologically pre-programmed to do this, body horror can be very efficient at making you squirm.

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Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film.  This month, with Halloween on the horizon, we're going to be examining the best horror film genres out there. Be sure to join us in the discussion and share your favorite films in each genre we discuss! 

Visually, lots of horror films revel in violence, blood, and, gore. Body horror is much more than just splashing everything in red. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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40 Great Horror Films for the Halloween Season Part 4: 10-1

24 October 2014 8:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Movies 10-1

10. Videodrome (1983) directed by David Cronenberg

In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron »

- Greg Cwik

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When people walk out of cinema screenings

17 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

For some, movies are occasionally too violent, vulgar or plain boring to sit through. Ryan recalls some memorable cinema walk-outs...

For better or worse, there’s nothing quite like watching a movie in the cinema. There’s the sense that you’re all sharing a new experience. The feeling of expectancy when a movie the whole audience has been looking forward to seeing unfolds on the screen. The enjoyment of laughing in unison at a golden comic moment.

On the flip side, there’s the uniquely unpleasant sensation of a person behind you kicking the back of your seat. Or the horrendous human being who can’t resist checking his phone for the duration of a movie, meaning you end up having to ignore an eerie blue glow emanating from the corner of your eye for about 120 minutes.

Memories like these, whether good or bad, are all part of the cinema-going experience, »

- ryanlambie

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New on Video: ‘Once Upon a Time in America’

14 October 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Once Upon a Time in America

Directed by Sergio Leone

Written by Leonardo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Franco Arcalli, Franco Ferrini, Sergio Leone

Italy/USA, 1984

Widely and justly heralded for his trendsetting Spaghetti Westerns, Sergio Leone’s final and arguably most ambitious work was in another staple American genre. Like these Westerns though, this film was as much of its respective variety as it was about it. Once Upon a Time in America, with its name obviously derived from Leone’s previous Once Upon a Time in the West, is a gangster film of the highest order, and, at the same time, it recalls so many of its predecessors, from the Warner Brothers classics of the 1930s to The Godfather. This was by design. As Leone himself notes, “My film was to be an homage to the American films I love, and to America itself.”

Out now on »

- Jeremy Carr

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David Cronenberg: 'All my films are comedies'

8 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Cronenberg has claimed that all his films are comedies.

He admitted that they may not follow the "traditional definition of a comedy" but he considers there to be a "humorous aspect" to every project.

"At Cannes, someone said, 'Have you ever considered making a comedy?'" the veteran filmmaker told Vulture.

"And I said, 'I've done nothing but'. Not maybe the traditional definition of a comedy, where it ends with a feel-good kind of thing, but for me, there is an observed and humorous aspect to the human condition and, of course, exploring the human condition is really what art is about.

"And I can't imagine not having humour be part of it. I just can't imagine it."

The director is best known for Scanners, Videodrome and more recent films including Cosmopolis and A Dangerous Method.

Cronenberg's most recent project - the Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson »

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Movie Review – Maps to the Stars (2014)

29 September 2014 3:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Maps to the Stars, 2014.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Evan Bird.


A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

Some plot details lie below…

Watching Maps To The Stars is like watching a waking nightmare, one you cannot wake up from and one you feel intimately part of – whether you like it or not. It is also a new kind of horror from film maker David Cronenberg, a film maker who made his name with superior bodyshock horror pictures, and may be the director at his most cynical since Videodrome over thirty years ago. All of this makes for a film experience which is as disturbing as it is humorous, yet never anything less than brilliant.

Maps To The Stars is like Robert Altman »

- Gary Collinson

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'Tusk's' Justin Long on being a walrus and the 'thrill' of Johnny Depp's performance

17 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Justin Long may play a man who gets transformed into a human walrus by a deranged former sailor in Kevin Smith's "Tusk" - but as the actor himself tells it, the upcoming horror-comedy actually wasn't his most difficult movie to shoot. So what was? "'Herbie: Fully Loaded'," said Long during "Tusk's" recent press junket. "For reasons that have nothing to do with prosthetics." Okay, so he was kind of joking (ahem). Needless to say, "Tusk" was pretty difficult in its own right. "To try to do a convincing horror movie performance is so exhausting," Long continued. "It's just physically and emotionally draining. So I would say it was that, it was very tiring. And going to these [dark] sit in that for several days at a time, is like, it's not fun. And had it not been for Kevin and the tone that he creates on set, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Official Trailer: Dysfunction in Hollywood’s Hills

11 September 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

It might not be accurate to say that director David Cronenberg has matured since his days of being the veritable king of body horror with movies like The Fly and Videodrome, but his tastes certainly have changed. His most recent film, Cosmopolis, was a bizarre experimental thriller which was largely based around watching lead actor Robert Pattinson monologue in the back of a limousine, and prior to that Cronenberg had become far more interested in directing dark, character-oriented dramas like A Dangerous Method and A History of Violence.

Pattinson’s involvement wasn’t quite enough to get Twilight fans flocking out in droves to see Cosmopolis, which was ultimately a box office flop, but Cronenberg’s prestige as a director means that he has never had trouble attracting big names to his movies. Maps to the Stars, his upcoming ...

Click to continue reading ‘Maps to the Stars’ Official Trailer: Dysfunction »

- H. Shaw-Williams

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‘Maps to the Stars’, from David Cronenberg, gets a new trailer

10 September 2014 6:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has made a reputation for himself over the course of his career with a filmography that includes Videodrome, The Fly, and Eastern Promises. With his last movie coming in 2012, Cronenberg’s new feature has now made it to festival circuit, playing most recently at the Toronto International Film Festival. Titled Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg reunites with his Cosmopolis lead Robert Pattinson in a look at a number of characters circling Hollywood, including an actress and her family, a personal assistant, and a driver, among others. The script comes from Bruce Wagner, with Pattinson joined onscreen by the likes of John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Julianne Moore. In the Us, the film was originally slated for an October release but has since been pushed back to a Spring 2015. It will however be released in Canadian theatres on October 31st, and a new trailer for the film »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Julianne Moore Loses Her Mind in 'Maps to the Stars' Canadian Trailer

10 September 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"Secrets kill." We've gotten glimpses of David Cronenberg's twisted and raw depiction of Hollywood with a trailer from the United Kingdom, a trailer from before the film premiered at Cannes, and also a couple other trailers before that. Now the film is poised for release next month in Canada, and a new trailer has just arrived, showing off even more of the promising performances from Julianne Moore (who won Best Actress at Cannes), Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson. This looks pretty depressing and dark, but captivating in only the way that a director like Cronenberg can deliver. Watch! Here's the Canadian trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars from eOne: Maps to the Stars is directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis), from a script by author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3). The Weiss family is the »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Divine Tragedies Debuts a Bright and Colourful Trailer Here!

8 September 2014 3:28 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Dual Visions has pulled back more of the curtain for the horror feature The Divine Tragedies. An official trailer for the film is now available. The clip, from director Jose Prendes and producers Jon and James Kondelik, shows two ruthless characters and their desire to carry out of the perfect crime. The film is reminiscent of other surreal films from the past, including David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1982). The Divine Tragedies stars Jon Kondelik, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Lynn Lowry and Graham Denman. The full trailer is here. The film is based on the Leopold and Loeb murder case, from Chicago. In the early 1900s, two men would murder a child, in order to test their wits against authorities. In The Divine Tragedies, the characters are named Charles Brubaker and Thomas Lo Bianco. Together, this twisted duo hope to kill a young, single mother and evade authorities. But, Det. Homer is quickly on their trail. »

- (Michael Allen)

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Drink Up Some Strange Blood with this New Artwork

28 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Chad Michael Ward's feature debut, Strange Blood, is a film we've been talking about for some time now, and finally some new artwork has arrived. Drink up, and look for a trailer soon!

Inspired by David Cronenberg’s The Fly and Videodrome as well as the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Blood is the bold feature directorial debut of Chad Michael Ward, who previously worked as a photographer, music video director, and creative director.

The film is produced by Pearry Teo (Dracula: The Dark Prince, Necromentia, Cloud Atlas) and Rosie Zwaduk. It was written by Teo and Ward and stars Robert Brettenaugh and Alexandra Bard.


When a brilliant but obsessive scientist goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all disease, he finds himself infected with a bizarre parasite that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Time running out, and with the aid of his med student assistant, »

- Debi Moore

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Exclusive Poster Variant for Promiscuities; See the Film Now!

20 August 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Fan of David Cronenberg's Videodrome? Then you just may want to check out the new indie flick Promiscuities from commercials director Jonathan Leder. Even cooler? Dread Central readers get a special VOD discount!

That's right, kids! We have 20 coupon codes to get 60% off a rental on the Vhx platform. The first 20 readers to visit the above link and enter the code TeamDread will receive the discount and immediately be able to watch the film.

Please note: Each coupon enables unlimited HD streaming and an HD download of Promiscuities.



Diane has a problem. Prescription pills used to ease the temptation. But like pause buttons worn low, meds no longer suppress the fire inside. Pitch black memories Diane formerly repressed are now drawn into the destructive light. And the clock ticks on a spiral of promiscuities that will immolate her.

Desperate for a solution, any solution, Diane consults a psychotherapist. »

- Steve Barton

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David Cronenberg Finds Hollywood in 'Maps to the Stars' UK Trailer

11 August 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

After debuting at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director David Cronenberg's latest film Maps to the Stars is headed to theaters in the United Kingdom this fall, and that means we get a new official trailer from across the pond while we wait to see when the film might end up hitting the big screen in the United States. The film shows the lives of several people in Hollywood as only a director like Cronenberg can deliver, complete with a diverse cast that includes John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and more. There seems to be some great performances, but of course it's bizarre. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars from YouTube: Maps to the Stars is directed by David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Eastern Promises, Cosmopolis), from a screenplay by Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3). The »

- Ethan Anderton

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The Best of “Movie Poster of the Day,” Part 7

8 July 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: UK poster for Eno (Alphons Sinniger, UK, 1973). Designer: Blue Egg.

The most popular poster I’ve posted on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr in the past quarter—with over 1,000 likes and reblogs—has been this rarity that popped up at Posteritati this Spring. A British Double Crown (10" shorter than a one sheet) for a 24 minute documentary about the experimental music genius Brian Eno, made in 1973 at the start of his post-Roxy solo career, the poster’s popularity is no doubt due as much to the reverence Eno is held in as to its graphic design. But it is still a terrific poster, making simple yet brilliant use of two color printing and showcasing a multitude of Enos in all his glam rock glory. The text in the corner credits Blue Egg Printing and Design Ltd. and if anyone knows anything more about that company I’d love to hear about it. »

- Adrian Curry

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