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Stranger Things and more great series should be one and done.
In the ever-shrinking distinction between movies and television, series like Stranger Things can seem like a very long feature rather than an episodic show. Especially when they’re dumped all at once via Netflix, the individual parts add together to form a whole in our binge-watching minds. I have a favorite episode of Stranger Things — part three, “Holly, Jolly” — but it’s mostly just that because its climax was the point where I decided I had to keep going nonstop with my investment in the series. I recognize that it’s basically just the ending of the first act of a 400-minute movie, the point in the narrative where we’re meant to be fully drawn in.
If the eight-episode first season of Stranger Things is a singular work, like a feature film, then a second season would be like a movie sequel. And »
- Christopher Campbell
Directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch aren’t just successful horror filmmakers and best friends—they’re dog lovers, too. They’ll be putting their mouths where your money is for a live, three-day podcast to raise money for a dog rescue that’s near and dear to the heart of The Movie Crypt, the successful podcast Green and Lynch co-host weekly on GeekNation.
No lineup or list of guests have been made official yet, but The Movie Crypt has played host to countless actors, directors, and writers from the horror community since it launched in 2013, from Sid Haig and Kane Hodder, to Danielle Harris and Mick Garris, to Joe Dante and Leigh Whannell, to James Gunn and on and on and on. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these friends of the podcast stop by the “Save the Yorkies” marathon, which will raise money for Save a Yorkie Resuce, »
- Patrick Bromley
This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »
- Tony Black
News comes to us by way of Variety, revealing that Aussie scribe Pete Bridges is attached to the script, chronicling a divorced couple caught in the thick of a full-scale otherworldly siege. Featuring a similar family dynamic to that found in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, it’ll be fascinating to see how The Fall differs from what has come before.
Currently simmering in the bowels of pre-production – Amblin only acquired the script earlier this week – it’s still early, early days on the sci-fi thriller, with no director or indeed casting to report.
Despite that, news that Amblin is circling back to the realm of science fiction is headline-worthy as is. This is, after all, the overhauled studio that has hatched the likes of E.T, Back To The Future and Gremlins over the years, »
- Michael Briers
Yesterday’s episode of Marc Maron’s Wtf Podcast was a great one for horror fans, as the comedian invited two masters of the genre onto the show: Halloween and The Thing director John Carpenter and Joe Dante, who directed such cult horror classics as Piranha and The Howling before going on to great popular success with the 1984 blockbuster Gremlins. Both interviews are absolutely worth a listen, but the discussion around Gremlins stands out thanks to a moment in which Dante described the big change (seemingly mandated by producer Steven Spielberg) that ended up making the movie work as well as it did. Here’s the relevant soundbite: “In Chris Columbus’ original script, the idea was that the cute, cuddly Gizmo mogwai character would turn into the bad, evil Stripe character. The idea was that you wanted to get people interested in the character and then surprise them by having, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Genre filmmaking virtuoso’s John Carpenter and Joe Dante have had long-standing careers with widely-loved entries — The Thing and Halloween, Gremlins and The Howling, to name a few — in sci-fi, horror, and satire. Recently the pair — separately — sat down with Wtf’s Marc Maron to discuss an array of topics ranging from their childhood and early cinematic influences to music and some politics.
Of interest from Carpenter is his discussion of his “Lost Themes” albums, an old cover-only rock band he started in Kentucky, growing up in a musical household, and not writing music but simply listening and improvising. He also discusses that the world of cinema “all became clearer in film school,” where he saw in-person lectures from huge names in the business such as Orson Welles, Hitchcock, and John Ford, among others. Hearing about his extensive musical background not only does the obvious of explaining his wonderful scoring of his own films, »
- Mike Mazzanti
John Carpenter loves to work. In the 1980s, he made a new movie almost every single year, including soon-to-be-classics like “The Thing,” “Escape From New York” and “They Live.” Even in semi-retirement, he has re-emerged as a musician, releasing a new album with his bandmates (his son Cody and godson Daniel Davies), “Lost Themes II,” this year.
The 68-year-old artist appeared on Marc Maron’s “Wtf” podcast to, in traditional Maron fashion, discuss his entire career. They talked Carpenter’s friendship with longtime collaborator Kurt Russell, his confusion about the generational of movie-watching and most incisively his fear that the politics he attacked in “They Live” are more alive than ever today.
“I wanted to be a director,” said Carpenter. “I didn’t care about the money. I wanted to be a movie director. »
- Russell Goldman
Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016
The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.
Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana? »
How could you ever one up a cult classic about adorable creatures that transform into hilarious terrifying monsters if you feed them after midnight? Take them to New York. At least that was the thinking behind the conceit of “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” An old promotional video, starring the film’s technically impressive “Brain Gremlin” hawks the sequel as the greatest money-making enterprise since the original.
Brain Gremlin spins around in his large leather chair like the power hungry executive he is, and addresses the audience head on. “I’m here to handle the delicate arrangements of getting ‘Gremlins ‘ into the video marketplace. Oh, you humans may try, but it takes someone like me who really understands the nuances, the subtleties, the je ne sais quois,” he growls.
- Sarah Colvin
Anton Yelchin passed away at the tragically young age of 27, at a time when many actors’ careers are just gathering momentum. But Yelchin had already amassed an impressive filmography that stretched back to his childhood, with an eclectic mixture of blockbusters, TV projects, and smaller efforts. “I’m just a huge supporter of this universe of filmmaking,” he told IndieWire in 2011. “It’s just fundamental. I can’t stress that enough.” Here, the IndieWire team shares their thoughts on why Yelchin stood out.
A Rare Screen Presence
Yelchin was the rare young actor to convey a plucky disposition while something gentler and melancholic lurked beneath the surface. As the energetic teen offspring of the troubled shrink on “Huff,” Yelchin was often the sole voice of reason in a sea of anxiety-riddled adults. While they grappled with middle-age, he was tasked with calling them on the pithy nature of their problems. »
- Indiewire Staff
It was 32 years ago today that not one but two classic horror comedies opened in theaters. Yes, Ghostbusters was released on the same day as Gremlins. It’s hard to believe that these two movies opened against each other, but 1984 was a different time, when opening weekend numbers weren’t given the same weight as they are now and films stayed in theaters much longer. Ghostbusters that dominated the U.S. box office that opening weekend but not by much — it earned $13.6 million then, while Gremlins grossed $12.5 million. The Bill Murray movie became the clear winner of the box office over the summer, though, holding the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive weeks. Ghostbusters, of course, has a very buzzy and headline-grabbing (for better or worse or mass hysteria) follow-up film on the way this summer, a reboot of the original. There’s reportedly a new Gremlins on the way too: »
- Emily Rome
That’s the pitch for Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace, his last collaboration with producer Steven Spielberg until making Small Soldiers for DreamWorks in 1998. Made between his contributions to the outrageous 1986 anthology comedy Amazon Women on the Moon and his darkly comic 1989 movie The ’Burbs, Innerspace could be considered Joe Dante’s most commercial film. Not only did it carry the Spielberg brand, it was also cast with big stars (Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, and Meg Ryan) and boasted impressive, state-of-the-art special effects and a high concept that was sure to bring people out to the theater. And yet, for some reason, the movie was something of a box office disappointment when it was released in the summer of 1987; though the film’s final budget is difficult to pin down, »
- Patrick Bromley
The 2nd Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is underway here in beautiful, Mammoth Lakes, California, and this year, they continue to impress with an incredible film selection. They are also introducing the Sierra Spirit Award, which they are presenting to legendary filmmaker Joe Dante tomorrow night after they screen his hit comedy Innerspace. Robert Picardo will also be joining Dante in a Q&A following the film. I spoke with Mr. Dante on the phone earlier this week. Check it out below!
First off, I have to say that I covered the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival for their first year last year, and I was very excited to see that you were on the list this year.
Joe Dante: What is it like? What should I expect?
Oh, it’s beautiful. The mountains are incredible, the people are beyond friendly, and the programming is amazing. I’m curious , how »
- Melissa Howland
The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is kicking off its second year amidst the unspeakable beauty of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Not far from Yosemite National Park, the festival offers a serene atmosphere for the 50 excellent selections they'll be screening beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, May 25) through Sunday. Perhaps the most exciting event in their stellar lineup is the Centrepiece Sierra Spirit Award Presentation, honouring cult hero Joe Dante. He's not a filmmaker the masses will necessarily know by name, but whether you're a Twitch-reading genre zealot or a more casual moviegoer, there's a good chance you've been affected by his work. Take Dante's 1984 masterwork Gremlins, a film that made my generation of toddlers laugh, love, and fear all within the same breath. What's so fascinating...
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The late ’80s provided a veritable potpourri for horror film fanatics. Slashers had petered out, and filmmakers were keen on exploring other avenues, everything from a parasitic drug slug (Brain Damage) to possession (The Unholy), and all points in-between. Of course, mileage may vary, and many have fallen through the cracks or are best forgotten. Possibly one of the oddest of the bunch is Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork (1988), a goofball mixture of Hammer and Amicus brought kicking and screaming into the modern era with a touch o’ teen comedy sensibility. And in horror, odd never hurts—and sometimes it even helps create an unassuming delight such as this.
Produced and distributed by Vestron Pictures, who scored big the previous year with the terrifying Dirty Dancing, Waxwork was given a limited release in June in the Us and the rest of the world the following year. Made for $1,500,000, it only returned $800,000 domestically. »
- Scott Drebit
Every devoted horror fan at one time or another has sat down and taken the time to jot down his or her “bucket list” of people – actors, directors, etc. – who have all appeared in or helped helm horror films they love and have grown an attachment to. When I was a horror “newbie” back in the early-to-mid-80’s, there were films that shocked and terrified me and the more I watched them as years progressed, the more I became curious about the people who put these films together. I dreamed of getting to meet and hang out with those fabulous individuals that comprised their casts. The first one I ever put together was in the tenth grade sometime in 1990 while sitting in Physics class, staring at Mrs. Gooch and longing for the bell to ring to let us go. I had just started to educate myself on the popular (and at the same time, »
- Leonel VHS
The Hollywood Horror Museum presents two very accomplished visionaries in horror as board members, directors John Carpenter and Greg Nicotero. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: details on the all-female directed anthology, Xx, a Toxic Avenger marathon on El Rey Network, and Nitehawk Cinema’s screening of both Wicker Man movies in New York.
Hollywood Horror Museum Members: Press Release: “The Hollywood Horror Museum is proud to announce today, that legendary directors John Carpenter and Greg Nicotero are its two newest board members. The museum which has been showing up at various conventions will be touring later in the year before it finds it’s permanent home in 2017. The interview will be made (if available) upon request.
John Carpenter is the writer, producer, and director of many genre classics including Halloween, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and They Live. Greg Nicotero is director and producer of The Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
Indirectly spawned by Steven Spielberg, PG-13 is now the rating of choice among movie studios. Ryan charts the effects of its rise and rise.
Even compared to the exploding heads and melting faces of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Temple Of Doom was an intense, gruesome affair. The Indiana Jones prequel may have begun with a breezy song-and-dance number, but it soon descended into a dark ghost train ride of human sacrifice, death by crocodiles, child slavery and chilled monkey brains for dinner.
One of the film’s most famous scenes saw a victim’s heart torn out and held, still pumping and oozing blood, before his gazing eyes. Some kids in the audience were probably cackling with macabre glee at all this. Parents and critics were far less amused. One reviewer even suggested that taking a child to see The Temple Of Doom was tantamount to wilful neglect. »
To celebrate the release of Desolation, the second book in his Demon Road trilogy, Derek Landy, the creator of Skulduggery Pleasant is hosting two special 80s horror-themed fan events on Tuesday the 5th of April in London.
Derek will be discussing the world of horror and both films' influence on his writing, and signing books along with each screening. More details on that here and here.
If you'd like to win two tickets for either event, here's what you need to do...
Head to Twitter to enter. Send a Tweet that reads:
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