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The beginning of May every year means one thing to me and thousands of other horror fanatics around the world. For the past ten years, it’s meant we’ve arrived at another annual Texas Frightmare Weekend. It’s the only event in the Lone Star State that brings together genre actors and artists that we not only grew up watching but are still enjoying on the silver screen and television. 2015’s convention lineup is no different as we welcome actors from Scream, The Craft, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, and Phantasm to name a few. The terrifying fun kicks off this coming Friday, May 1st at the Hyatt Regency located on the grounds of the Dfw Airport.
I’ve attended Texas Frightmare Weekend for the past few years and only regrettably missed it once. It’s one of the best conventions in the South. All the celebrity guests are »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Evan Peters is taking a room in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel. Also included in our latest round-up are details on The Girl in the Photographs, starring Kal Penn and executive produced by Wes Craven, as well as recently revealed photos from Fox's Scream Queens.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter today that Evan Peters has officially joined the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. Peters, a frequent American Horror Story actor, joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Chloë Sevigny.
This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #Ahshotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 24, 2015
The Girl in the Photographs: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2015) – Al-Ghanim Entertainment (Age), a specialty financing and production company founded by Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim, has announced today that Kal Penn »
- Derek Anderson
Hit horror Unfriended takes place entirely on social media and computer screens. So if the genre really is a barometer for the anxieties of an age, what does that say about the world we now live in?
‘Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep,” cautioned the tagline for A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984. Thirty years on, having your dreams interrupted by some old codger with a pair of scissors is the least of your worries. These days, you can’t even open your laptop.
More than any other genre, horror acts as a barometer on exterior fears. The bogeymen of our times are stumbling ciphers for outside concerns. In the 50s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers fretted about McCarthyism. In the 80s, The Thing riffed horrifically on the emerging Aids epidemic (watch that blood-test scene again). And post-9/11, the torture-porn subgenre, spearheaded by Saw and Hostel, placed viewers in the position of prisoners, »
- Benjamin Lee
We've already had remakes of A NIghtmare On Elm Street, Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes. Now with Scream heading to MTV, Wes Craven is digging yet again in his back catalogue for another project to dust off himself. The one he's come up with is The People Under The Stairs, which he's developing as a series for Universal Cable Productions and SyFy.The original People is a 1991 horror about an La ghetto kid who stumbles into the house of Mommy and Daddy Robeson and finds a community of cannibal children hiding in the cracks. Many have noted the resemblance of the Robesons (Everett McGill and Wendy Robie) to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and therefore interpreted the film as a bitter satire on American society.But Craven has always denied that political reading, and the pitch for the series seems very different anyway. We're told it's »
Beloved horror filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes II, Scream) is working with Universal Cable Productions to produce content for NBCUniversal and affiliated networks, Deadline reports. At Syfy, Craven is set to write and direct author Daryl Gregory’s dark fiction We Are All Completely Fine. Gregory’s story is about an experimental psychologist with a support group for survivors of “horror-movie” scenarios. As one might expect, the group therapy sessions stir up old demons and traumas. This story is an exploration of harm, damage, and survival, and it crosses fantasy, horror, and mystery genres. All of this make it ideal for Craven’s innovative and imaginative horror style.
Also at Syfy, Craven will executive produce a series adaption of his 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs. In the 1991 film, a young unfortunate boy gets trapped inside the home of his family’s evil »
- Max Wood
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), which includes a TV adaptation of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs. The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Here's what Dawn Olmstead had to say in a statement.
"Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television."
Wes Craven himself had this to say about his deal with Ucp in a statement.
"Ucp is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I'm delighted to be working with them. Fasten your seatbelts."
Take a look at the »
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) has signed a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream”), Executive Vice President, Development Dawn Olmstead announced on Monday. The agreement will focus on creating scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. “Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades,” said Olmstead. “We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television.” “Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I’m delighted to be working with them, »
- Tony Maglio
It’s finally staying lighter later and the temperature is slowly starting to rise, at last summer is almost here. The sunny season also houses the biggest releases (with the exception of Star Wars) of the year. The studios though are already planning ahead to those dark and dreary nights of autumn. The ones that are perfect for a scary movie. Warner Bros are one such studio prepared for the dark nights and have just dropped a teaser trailer for latest horror venture The Gallows.
The Gallows comes from New Line Cinema, the production house behind A Nightmare On Elm Street, as well as Blumhouse, the studio behind recent horror smashes Insidious and Sinister. The premise of The Gallows is thus;
Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production »
- Kat Smith
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
Everyone knows A Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – including their respective remakes over the last few years. Less known to the general populace is Charles B. Pierce’s 1976 slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown, in which a hooded killer terrorizes a small town in Arkansas following World War II. Perhaps that’s simply because it’s not as good as such aforementioned classics, but that’s still nothing to stop the perpetual influx of »
- Edward Gardiner
Feeling wide awake while asleep, she can't move... and she's not alone. Anna Parker's sleep paralysis strikes with a supernatural slant in Echoes, the feature film writing and directing debut of Nils Timm. With Echoes now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, we had a chance to talk with Timm, who discussed taking a unique approach to the haunted house sub-genre, portraying the different social masks people wear in real life, his personal brush with sleep paralysis during filming, and much more.
What attracted you to the subject of sleep paralysis?
Nils Timm: Before I wrote Echoes, I was researching a lot of stories about lucid dreaming. I was experimenting with that a little bit myself, read everything about it, and interviewed several people in circles of friends and colleagues about this. At least one out of every six or seven people would say, ‘Yes, »
- Derek Anderson
When a franchise has the kind of life that A Nightmare on Elm Street has had, there are always going to be ideas that fall through the cracks. Did you know, for instance, that Peter Jackson wrote an Elm Street sequel in the early '90s? Titled A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Lover, it was going to address the fact that Freddy Krueger wasn't the terrifying entity he'd been in the first movie, how he'd become a weakened clown who teens tried to encounter so they could use him as a punching bag. There were also plenty of other pitches being drafted back then, and in the years since a lot of attempts at Freddy vs. Jason movies had been discussed or in early stages of development both before and after the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason. Right before that crossover...
- Christopher Campbell
Rick Grimes and and the living dead of Robert Kirkman's comic book world get a new look from artist Gilbert Hernandez in the Wizard World Las Vegas variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details for The Lazarus Effect Blu-ray, as well as the trailer for The Dead Lands.
Variant Cover for The Walking Dead #1: Press Release - "Las Vegas, April 13, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Love & Rockets creator Gilbert Hernandez has drawn the seventh in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, April 24-26. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. »
- Derek Anderson
Everybody has to start somewhere, and Hollywood's biggest actors know that fact all too well. Some were born naturals, while others needed a little bit of work to smooth out the edges. One thing is for certain: both camps are well represented in the supercut below. So if you thought you knew your favorite actors without seeing this video, be prepared to be proven wrong. YouTuber Movie Munchies assembled this impressive reel of some of today's biggest box office draws making their way into the movie business. You can definitely separate the early bloomers from those that were obviously nervous in front of the camera, and you'd be surprised who falls into which category. For instance, if you cut to 01:08, you'll see poor Johnny Depp looking like he doesn't know what he should be doing during a scene in A Nightmare On Elm Street. After some awkward hair antics, »
While the horror genre has definitely been putting out some impressive films lately (last year was Insane), the fact is, that a lot of the genre’s entries just rehash the same formula and cliches. There are always gems hidden somewhere within those films, and when you find those gems, it’s enough to give any horror fan a refreshed and excited feeling. Luck for us horror lovers, Max Finneran’s Sci-Fi/Horror hybrid The Shells is definitely one of those gems. A film that offers fans something new, keeping you guessing until the very end.
Following Alex (Britt Lower), a young woman who has to take medication to help her not have recurring nightmares, The Shells wastes no time in allowing its audience to get a feel for its lead. When Alex agrees to be in an amateur film revolving around the disappearance of a scientist that went missing in the ’60s, »
- Jerry Smith
If you consider yourself a horror fan even in the slightest and have yet to see writer/director David Robert Mitchell's It Follows then you're doing yourself a huge disservice. The Cannes alumnus is currently playing in wide release across the country which means you have one less excuse for not checking it out as soon as possible. Perri caught the film at Tiff calling it "thoughtful, engaging, and just an all-around blast to watch". Evan took issue with branding the pic as "the best horror film in 10 years" but admitted that it's "better than 95% of horror films out there". I agree with both sentiments wholeheartedly and will do my best to further sell you on its merits below. Starring Maika Monroe as a 19-year-old who learns she has inherited a curse from her boyfriend during a strange sexual encounter, It Follows is as artful a modern horror film as you're likely to find. »
- Jason Barr
Some horror movies go with a "slow-build" approach, and some go for the jugular right off the bat. The unexpected horror hit "It Follows" definitely falls into the latter category, as you can see in the opening scene embedded below (narrated by director David Robert Mitchell). Are you sufficiently unnerved? Good! That's what we're going for here. As the indie horror hit prepares to expand into over 1,600 theaters this weekend, below I've ranked 18 of the most iconic/frightening horror openings of all time from least to most scary. The result is a completely objective list that will remain set in stone for all eternity. Are you ready? Can you handle it? Countdown starts now... 18. "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) "They're coming to get you, Barbara." While I have no doubt that contemporary audiences covered their eyes in fright during the opening sequence of Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Fear Clinic, 2015.
Directed by Robert Hall.
A brilliant scientist has found a way to cure people’s fears by inducing hallucinations but after the treatment several patients begin to experience bizarre flashbacks that feel much too real.
Based on the FEARnet.com web series that ran in 2009, Fear Clinic stars horror legend Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street/Hatchet) as Dr. Andover, a brilliant scientist who has unlocked the secret to controlling people’s fears by inventing a chamber that induces hallucinations in order for the patient to face their fear head on. However, after the survivors of a shooting in a restaurant receive treatment and one of them dies while under the control of the chamber, Dr. Andover becomes a recluse and his clinic closes. But a year later the rest of the »
- Gary Collinson
There comes a time that we all fear as movie fans–that moment when you actually sit down to watch a film that either you, or the media, has been hyping up in your head. The premise of It Follows is somewhat preposterous at first mention: On their second date, Jay and Hugh have sex. Afterwards, he chloroforms her (you know, like all the best dates probably end) and she wakes up tied to a wheelchair. Hugh informs Jay that he’s passed onto her a sort of curse in which an entity, which can take on any human form, will relentlessly pursue her until it either kills her or she passes the curse onto someone else by sleeping with them. If the person she passes it onto is killed by their pursuer, the curse reverts back to her again. Initially, Jay’s sister and friends don’t believe there truly is anything after her, »
- Josh Soriano
Horror fans know that it has become increasingly rare for a horror film to scare them anymore. Many have given up but there are some that hold out hope. It doesn’t help when a film that tours the festival circuit gets tons of praise that, when finally released, feels like a bit a disappointment to those fans that were expecting another classic, a new movie that they could wholeheartedly recommend to anyone to show them the best of the genre. Let’s get it out of the way, It Follows has been so hyped up as the return of American Horror but I assure you it is not but shouldn’t be shrugged off as pure hype either. In fact, the last time I heard that term was Hatchet and I was disappointed in that film as well (Hatchet II was better).
Maika Monroe plays Jay, a young woman »
- Andy Triefenbach
I’m a sucker for religion-themed horror. There just something absolutely enthralling about the darker side of faith battling the lighter, and the journey that whoever is in between said battle is always enjoyable to watch. With that said, I couldn’t be more excited about Scream Factory announcing today that they’re giving 1999’s Patricia Arquette (A Nightmare On Elm Street III, Boyhood)-led Stigmata the Bluray treatment (hitting shelves on May 19th), complete with special features never before realed in the U.S. Read on!
Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the stigmata — the living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie’s miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican’s top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil, Ronin), discovers that Frankie is actually channeling an extraordinary and provocative »
- Jerry Smith
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