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When a horror film sports the tagline "Based on a true story" or "Inspired by actual events," the terror quotient almost always goes up, and the films often does big box office numbers. A great recent example of this phenomenon is The Conjuring, which cleaned up during its theatrical run this summer. The idea that a film is rooted in some level of truth makes the experience more intense; even if the plot is 99% fiction, the feature is still enriched by the knowledge that there is even a shred of truth to what you are about to watch. In March, we ran a list showcasing ten terrifying movies based on actual events, and was succeeded by a follow up installment in September. We’re now proud to bring you ten more horror films that take a cue from reality.
You can see part one here and part two here.
- Tyler Doupe
Sanitarium is an upcoming anthology horror film with a cast that includes Malcolm McDowell, Lacey Chabert, and Robert Englund. After playing a number of festivals earlier this year, the movie will receive a DVD and digital release at the end of December:
“Los Angeles, Nov. 13, 2013 – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, proudly announces the release of the horror/thriller Sanitarium. Directed by Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez, and Kerry Valderrama, the film stars Malcolm McDowell (Halloween, “Franklin & Bash”) as the sinister Dr. Stenson. Sanitarium will be available on DVD and digital download on Dec. 31, 2013 for an Srp of $27.97.
Abandon everything you’ve ever believed about that brittle concept we call “reality” and prepare to enter a macabre netherworld of shadows, fiends and phantoms – a twisted realm of waking nightmares and warped minds, locked away in unrelenting torment. Welcome to the Sanitarium. Behind the walls of the Sanitarium, Dr. Stenson »
- Jonathan James
Silent Night, Deadly Night, the infamous “killer Santa” horror film, is getting a re-release in movie theatres. Originally released twenty-nine years ago on November 9, 1984 (on the same day as A Nightmare on Elm Street) by TriStar Pictures, Inc., the film received much media attention, pretty much all of it negative, from picketing mothers condemning the film as anti-Christmas and demanded that it be removed from theatres. TriStar Pictures, unhappy with the backlash, … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
A lot of our favorite genre films are categorized explicitly as horror. Films like Halloween or Friday the 13th fit pretty neatly under the horror heading. However, there are a lot of quality horror titles that are more readily classified as science fiction or thriller than horror. There are myriad reasons why films with obvious horror overtones are marketed and classified as something other than horror: horror pictures often do lower box office number than sci-fi and thriller films; also, horror titles generally appeal to more of a niche audience, so studios appear to favor leveraging the thriller or science fiction elements of a film in order to attempt to interest a larger audience.
In the name of appropriate classification and equitable marketing practices we are spotlighting five films that aren’t always explicitly categorized as horror but we fondly regard as such.
One of the greatest films of its kind, »
- Tyler Doupe
Seemingly picking up moments after the fiery end that concluded with the burial of officer Matt Cordell in Maniac Cop 2, it seems the streets are once again safe from his ruthless brand of justice. His six feet slumber is short lived once voodoo priest Houngan (Julius Harris, Black Caesar) resurrects him after spirited cop Kate Sullivan (Gretchen Baker, Ed Wood) is gunned down and framed by a druggie (Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen) and a scorned news camera crew. Seeking retribution for the now coma induced Sullivan, Cordell lays waste to those that wronged her, while forming an insidious plan involving an unholy matrimony. Recognizing Cordell’s murderous m.o., Lieutenant McKinney (Robert Davi, Maniac Cop 2) teams with Dr. Fowler (Caitlin Dulany, Class Of 1999 II: The Substitute »
- Justin Edwards
Co-writers Robert Hall and Aaron Drane are busy adaptating their short-lived FearNet horror series 'Fear Clinic' into a feature length movie. The original five webisode series began back in 2009 but thanks to Dry County Films, Fear Chamber Productions and some partial fan donations via crowd-funding a big screen version is currently being prepped with Hall set to helm. Robert Englund ('A Nightmare on Elm Street') will reprise his role as Dr. Andover, 'a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber.' Two new cast members have joined the project along with Englund, Angelina Armani ('ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2') and Kevin Gage ('Laid to Rest') in the form of 'Curse of Chucky' hottie Fiona Dourif (below) and Thomas Dekker ('The Secret Circle'). »
Art vendor Doomsday Designs recently caught our attention with their slick, pop-art genre posters, and on closer examination we found a treasure trove of unique and stylish horror prints for fans of classic horror from every era. While their monochrome portraits of Universal monsters by Chris Huffman rank among the most impressive entries in their collection, they also have some unique 8-bit-style renderings of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Maniac Cop by Frank Browning. Minimalist posters by Franklin Napier, including creepy prints for The Walking Dead and Friday the 13th Part II, are also pretty wicked, using only one or two colors and highly stylized images, and his art nouveau-style Hellboy poster is pretty badass. Check out all of their designs (including tons of non-horror genre goodies) at their Storenvy shop. »
- Gregory Burkart
No, that's not Freddy Krueger in photo (nor is it a burned version of Burgermeister Meisterburger from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"), but there's a charming, cool story about how a star from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street came to have a role in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you go to the IMDb profile of Heather Langenkamp, the lead from the classic Wes Craven horror film, you'll see that she has a credit as a character named Moto in the J.J. Abrams directed sequel. But if you don't remember who the hell that character is (pictured above), you're not alone. That's why StarTrek.com (via Movies.com) looked into it and came out with a touching tale of how Langenkamp in the alien creation came to be. Read on! Sometime in the late 90s, Langenkamp and her husband founded Afx Studios, which specializes in make-up effects. »
- Ethan Anderton
The ultimate and award-winning retrospective on the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Never Sleep Again (review), is getting ready to hit Blu-ray this January; and if you've never seen it or just want to see it in hi-def, here's the chance you've been waiting for!
Be warned: This is the same exact cut with the same features from the Collector's Edition DVD. There's nothing new, but honestly, what else could there possibly be left to say? It covers it All, and the remake in no way warrants mention.
Look for it online and in stores on January 21st, 2014, via Image Entertainment!
Murderer. Dream demon. The bastard son of a hundred maniacs. Any way you slice it, there can only be one man - one monster - who epitomizes those words: Freddy Krueger. For decades, he has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters and shows no »
- Uncle Creepy
If you happened to be browsing Heather Langenkamp's IMDb recently, you may have noticed she has an acting credit in Star Trek Into Darkness as a character named Moto. And your brain probably went, "I don't remember seeing the girl from A Nightmare on Elm Street in the new Star Trek... wait... who the heck was Moto?" No, she didn't end up on the cutting-room floor. She's in the movie for everyone to see, she just happens to be an alien with an adorably frumpy face. So how did this happen? The story behind the cameo, which StarTrek.com uncovered, is actually pretty cool, and even a little bittersweet. In the late '90s Langenkamp and her husband started a special FX makeup company called Afx Studios, and for the past decade and a half she's been...
- Peter Hall
Recounting the original film’s impaling finale (featuring one of the greatest stunts in cinema history), Maniac Cop 2 slices open with a very eerie opening credits crawl in a steel cold junkyard. As the camera slowly makes its way around the car cemetery, a shadowy patrol car roars to life amongst the heap; Matt Cordell (once again played by iron jaw Robert Z’Dar) – the Maniac Cop – has once again returned to stalk the streets of New York. Seeking revenge against officers Forrest (Bruce Campbell, The Evil Dead) and Mallory (Laurene Landon, It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive) for sending him to a watery grave, Cordell quickly (and surprisingly) dispatches the cult stars in gruesome fashion.
Now believing »
- Justin Edwards
Silent Night, 2012
The police force of a remote Midwestern town search for a killer Santa Claus who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.
In the same vein that World War Z is a loose adaptation of the Max Brooks novel of the same name, Steven C. Miller's Silent Night shares very little in common with Silent Night, Deadly Night. In fact, the only things that really ties the movie with the 1984 controversial cult classic is the killer wears a Santa suit, one of the deaths and the first half of the title.
But should this be seen as one of the movie's shining qualities? After all, one of the main complaints about remakes (particularly horror ones) is that they never try to do anything new with the idea and just »
“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Roger Corman (House of Usher »
- Jonathan James
After seeing some pretty impressive documentaries for the Scream, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street series, it looks like Evil Dead could be next. We have details on Hail to the Deadites and the first teaser video:
“The fact that you are here probably means that you are, like me, a fan of The Evil Dead series. That you probably are, like me, collecting Evil Dead films, action figures, posters, t-shits, memorabilia and so on. This, as you most certainly know, makes you a Deadite. Now turn around and look at your collection. You’ve been doing it for what? A year? Five Years? A decade? Now imagine that you could be part of an amazing project that wants to talk about your passion. Imagine that you could participate on the making of a movie about it and maybe, if you’re a huge fan, you can »
- Jonathan James
Baby names that add a twist when combined with the parents last name might be a new trend. Kim Kardashian and Kayne West named their baby North West. But I think they have been out done by Halloweenlovers John Krueger and Jessica Briley. The couple gave birth to Frederick Jack Krueger by Csection on Halloween. The baby will now share a new with Freddy Kruger from the classic 1984 horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. The father John Krueger said What better way to have a Halloween baby than to have a Freddy Krueger »
Whether you look at the three-day weekend takings for Thor: The Dark World or its previews-boosted five-day tally,it's the same good news for cinema-owners and Disney-owned Marvel: the film has posted the biggest opening at UK cinemas since the arrival of Despicable Me 2 in late June. With £5.57m for the three days, and £8.67m over the five, the superhero flick has also delivered a big improvement on the original Thor film, which debuted with £3.11m (£5.45m including previews) in April 2011.
The incredible success of 2012's The Avengers created a rising tide that has lifted all of the constituent parts in this particular universe. Earlier this summer, Iron Man 3 opened significantly bigger than any previous Iron Man »
- Charles Gant
John Carpenter’s Body Bags is one of Scream Factory’s upcoming titles and will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack. Here’s a look at the official trailer for the anthology horror movie:
“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead »
- Jonathan James
Director: Wes Craven
Running Time: 97 minutes
Synopsis: Desperate crooks from a housing project decide to punish the nearby owners of the building by breaking into their home and robbing them. What they discover means they will never be allowed to leave alive!
Extras: High Definition digital transfer of the film by Universal Pictures. Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio. Optional English Sdh subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary with star Brandon Quintin Adams, moderated by Calum Waddell. Fear, Freud and Class Warfare: Director Wes Craven Discusses the Timely Terrors of The People Under the Stairs. Behind Closed Doors: Leading Lady A.J. Langer Remembers The People Under the Stairs. Silent But Deadly: Co-Star Sean Whalen on The People Under the Stairs. Underneath the Floorboards: Jeffrey Reddick, creator of The Final Destination series, »
- Craig Hunter
Short Term 12 | Philomena | Thor: The Dark World | Milius | Gloria | Nosferatu The Vampyre | Drinking Buddies | Cutie And The Boxer | Child's Pose | The Nun | The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia | A Nightmare On Elm Stret
Short Term 12 (15)
A film that makes you care about people who care about people, this compact indie doesn't have to look hard for drama in a foster care home, whose young workers need help as much as the damaged teens in their charge. The storylines are a little convenient, but it's an emotional watch, and Larson is outstanding.
Faith issues, "human interest" and even buddy comedy blend smoothly in this true-life tale of a retired Irish woman's search for her adult son, aided by a sceptical English hack. »
- Steve Rose
The Philm Company is the company behind the film, a $2M psychological horror that was shot over four weeks, entirely on location in the northwest of England.
Cult horror actor Robert Englund (pictured; A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hatchet), Keith Allen, Malachi Kirby (Gone Too Far), Finn Jones ("Game of Thrones"), and Emily Berrington ("The White Queen") star. Phil Hawkins directs.
When a life-long projectionist (Robert Englund aka Freddy Krueger) is made redundant, he looks to exact his vengeance on a generation that no longer requires his skills. He traps a couple inside his multiplex cinema and manipulates them into becoming characters in a horror film being captured by CCTV cameras.
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- Uncle Creepy
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