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What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.
30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003’s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »
- Joshua Gaul
Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Directed by Jim Sharman
Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman
For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. To this day, screenings held in and around its anniversary as well as on Halloween sell out. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history. »
- Ricky Fernandes
Well, we’re past the Summer blockbusters and heading right into the serious, somber cinema season, that time when the studios dream of top ten lists and Oscar gold. What better way to make those award fantasies come true than to hop in the movie “way-back” time machine and witness a most historic birth. But we’re not looking back on the birth of a person, rather the birth of a movement, a concentrated effort to effect change for a minority. Almost a year ago, we saw the civil rights movement take root in the acclaimed Selma. And in a few weeks, we’ll see the story of how the women’s equality movement began in Suffragette. So, now the movies offer up a look at a true flash point in the struggle of the Lgbt community for justice, specifically the 1969 riot at the NYC nightspot called Stonewall. So, what »
- Jim Batts
Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Last week, an extremely cautious Winona Ryder confirmed on Late Night With Seth Myers that a sequel to Tim Burton's beloved 1988 haunted house comedy Beetlejuice was finally in the works. Ryder will be reprising her role as Lydia Deetz, with Burton back behind the megaphone and Michael Keaton, fresh from a career-resurrecting turn in Birdman (2014), again starring as 'the ghost with the most'.
Ryder's announcement was met with the inevitable woops and cheers from Myers' studio audience, but fans of Burton's breakthrough feature will be seeking reassurances that the forthcoming follow-up will remain true to the spirit of its predecessor.
For those who've never seen it, Beetlejuice tells the story of Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), a happily married couple living »
The end of next month marks the 38th anniversary of David Lynch’s debut feature film, “Eraserhead.” To preemptively commemorate the occasion, we thought we’d dust off an oldie, but a very much still relevant goodie. Filmmaker (and mega Lynch buff) Michael Warren cut together a fantastic 18-and-a-half-minute supercut of Lynch’s work three years ago, which holds up, given that the writer-director’s last feature was “Inland Empire” way back in 2006. Warren’s tribute chronicles all ten of one-of-a-kind artist’s narrative movies to date, including “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” A true homage, it doesn’t skimp on making use of shots from the “Twin Peaks” series, either. Notable not just for its thoroughness, Warren’s video is wonderfully edited. He seamlessly splices together “Dune,” “Wild at Heart,” and “The Elephant Man” with “Blue Velvet,” “The Straight Story,” and “Mulholland Drive” (not to mention the other aforementioned pictures). Just as strong, »
- Zach Hollwedel
We’ve got another busy week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases on the horizon as August 11th has a great variety of titles both new and old to get excited about. Scream Factory is releasing their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs and Kino Lorber has dug up another great cult classic, War-Gods of the Deep, and given it an HD overhaul as well. Unfriended is also coming home on Blu and DVD and Universal is finally releasing James Wan’s Dead Silence on Blu-ray, featuring an unrated version of the underrated film. And for all you DC Comics fans out there, get ready for a ton of titles making their debut this week on Blu courtesy of Warner Home Video.
The People Under the Stairs: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
Scream Factory's taking us back into the Robeson house on August 11th with a Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
The People Under the Stairs Blu-ray: "Wes Craven, the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, takes you on a terrifying journey inside the most demented house on the street. Trapped inside a fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare.
The boy quickly learns the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house.
Starring Everett McGill (Twin Peaks, Dune), Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks), Brandon Adams (The Mighty Ducks), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D, Mission: Impossible), A.J. Langer (Escape From L.A.) and Sean Whalen (Rob Zombie's Halloween II, Hatchet III), The People Under The Stairs »
- Derek Anderson
As if he were answering every sci-fi lovers’ dream, Michael Warren has taken it upon himself to create this massive, startlingly impressive super edit/fan version of David Lynch’s film version of the Frank Herbert novel "Dune." Warren’s version is comprised of the theatrical cut of the film (which even "Dune"-novices have seen by now), the extended television cut (for slightly advanced "Dune" lovers), and the deleted scenes. Read More: Alejandro Jodorowsky Reveals How His 'Dune' Inspired 'Alien' This formidable compilation had been done before, but is an updated version from a few years back. And this time around, the sound and video quality are improved so you can spend some pristine time with Paul Atreides. Didn’t know what to do with the next three hours a few minutes ago? You’re welcome. Let us know what you think of Warren’s work in the comments below. »
- Samantha Vacca
Netherlands-born actor Carel (pronounced "Carl") Struycken is known for his roles in a number of different franchises, from Lurch in the "Addams Family" movies to the nearly-mute "Mr. Homm" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." But to "Twin Peaks" fans he will always be "the Giant," an enigmatic Black Lodge denizen who serves up cryptic, coded messages to Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) during his investigation of Laura Palmer's murder. Though the character appeared only briefly during the run of the show's second season, his presence and influence loomed large (literally and figuratively), and for fans he continues to represent a fascinating piece of David Lynch and Mark Frost's mysterious, offbeat puzzle. With the much-ballyhooed "Twin Peaks" revival series set to premiere on Showtime sometime in 2016 (2017?), we hopped on the phone with Struycken to talk about working on the original series ("It felt very much like a dream"), his working relationship with David Lynch, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Scream Factory is working on giving a few Wes Craven films a high-def upgrade and they're taking us back into the Robeson house on August 11th with a Collector's Edition release of The People Under the Stairs. To give you an idea of what to expect, we have a look at the official trailer and three clips:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Shout! Factory has announced the August 11 Blu-ray release of horror master Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition). The Scream Factory treatment of this much-loved film includes several new bonus features.
This terrifying journey from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream takes you inside a demented house. Trapped inside the fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare, quickly learning the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house. »
- Jonathan James
With the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie about to arrive in cinemas, Neil Calloway looks at a doomed attempt to start the franchise…
The latest Fantastic Four film is the second attempt to reproduce the comic characters on the big screen; everyone knows about the film made in 2005 and its 2007 sequel, both of which did respectable, if not stratospheric business at the box office.
Less well-known is the 1994 film The Fantastic Four. The 1990s were an odd time for films based on Marvel Comics; 1990 saw the release of a Captain America movie starring the son of the guy who wrote The Catcher in the Rye. Marvel seemed to be concentrating more on animated television shows than big budget live action films, and those of you who watched the first episode of the Flickering Myth Movie Show will know that various Marvel properties were owned by different studios in the 1990s, before »
- Neil Calloway
Vimeo-er Alex Kalogeropoulos’s series, “Cinemasters,” is described as focusing “on film's most prominent and influential auteurs, past and present. Their achievements in directing simply cannot be outmatched and their influence on the art of cinema will forever be existent.” It is in no way surprising, then, that his sophomore episode is devoted to none other than David Lynch. A comprehensive effort, Kalogeropoulos’s supercut includes every Lynch feature (with the exception of 2002’s “Rabbits”—one some might classify as such), though he purposefully omits the director’s shorts and television output. Lynch fans will effortlessly spot the man’s cinematic feats, such as “Eraserhead,” “The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Mulholland Drive.” And (no less important) no David Lynch supercut without “Dune,” “Wild at Heart,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,” “Lost Highway,” or “Inland Empire.” Among Lynch’s cinematography (and the movies featured in Kalogeropoulos’s supercut), only “The. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Re-watching the BBC’s superb Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell adaptation on Blu-ray reveals beautiful new details…
No matter how familiar you are with the story, the litmus test for any new Romeo And Juliet production is whether it has you hoping against hope that this time, that letter will be delivered and those poor kids won’t die. You know it’s impossible, you know it will play out just as it ever has, but you still can’t stop yourself from wishing.
Watching Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell again in one burst just days after it finished airing weekly, that’s exactly the position I found myself in. Despite knowing exactly what was going to happen, each time a character took a fateful step forwards, I flinched and hoped that this time it would be different. This story has that rare power to engulf.
Which makes it ideal for swallowing in a single gulp. »
Now that David Lynch is back on board, fans of Twins Peaks are eagerly looking forward to Showtime’s revival of the cult series, and during an interview with Deadline actor Kyle MacLachlan has been sharing his thoughts on his upcoming reunion with Lynch and turning to the role of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.
“I’d always harbored, I guess, a fantasy that I might be able to revisit the character in some way–Dale Cooper. I so enjoyed him and he was such an interesting mix of…he’s just a complex person. I didn’t know what form that would take. I said ‘I hope it happens,’ but there was no real campaign on my part to try and get David to do anything. But David and I are friends, so we would sometimes get together and have a cup of coffee and we’d reminisce and talk about stuff. »
- Gary Collinson
With a long-ranging and eclectic career under his belt–from David Lynch's Dune in 1984, to Twin Peaks, The Doors, Hamlet and Sex and the City to name a few–Kyle MacLachlan could afford to rest on his laurels and relax, but instead he's recently been hard at work on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a show MacLachlan particularly enjoyed."I certainly miss the character," he says, "I miss the range that that character allowed me to play with." He also voiced the father of 11 year-old… »
Since I very first became aware of the latest from Pixar, Inside Out, I was thrilled to see something new and exciting from this talented team. And yes, it is every bit as great as you've heard. It also helps that the cast is superb, including one of my personal favorites, Kyle MacLachlan. Ever since his days working with David Lynch in Dune and Blue Velvet, and of course Twin Peaks, this... Read More »
Of the 27 novels and dozens of short stories Frank Herbert wrote, only Dune and its sequels have ever caught the interest of filmmakers. That's about to change, however, with the announcement that Herbert's Soul Catcher is in the process of being adapted. No less a name than John Sayles is writing the screenplay, and Chris Eyre will direct.Relatively unusually for Herbert, Soul Catcher is not a science-fiction novel, although it's still infused with the fascination for ecology and politics that imbues the rest of his work. It revolves around a Native American activist who kidnaps the son of a high-profile Us politician, with the intention of sacrificing the boy to appease the ancient spirits of his ancestors. But as the pair are hunted by the authorities across the Pacific Northwest, they form a surprising bond which changes the abductor's agenda.It's a clear fit for Eyres' own CV. The »
Exclusive: Chris Eyre has signed on to direct Soul Catcher with John Sayles attached to write the screenplay. Based on the novel by Dune author Frank Herbert, the psychological thriller centers on a Native American activist who, driven by ancient spirits and injustice towards his people, kidnaps the son of an important U.S. politician with the intent to sacrifice the child as revenge. As the captors and captive attempt to escape from hunters across the Pacific Northwest… »
Into the Badlands
AMC has released the first photos from its upcoming martial arts saga "Into the Badlands". Daniel Wu stars as a well-trained warrior who embarks on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment, accompanied on his journey by a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight).
Al Gough and Miles Millar created the six-episode series based on the classic Chinese story "Journey to the West". It's currently filming in New Orleans and is targeting a late 2015 airing. [Source: Variety]
The Water Man
Oprah Winfrey and "Selma" star David Oyelowo are in discussions to produce "The Water Man" for Disney Pictures. Oyelowo would star in the project as the young male lead's father who slowly comes to understand his son.
Emily Needell penned the script which follows a young boy in search of a magical figure who is said to have the secret to immortality. In doing to he »
- Garth Franklin
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