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Now available on Blu-ray is Mercy, Peter Cornwell's feature length adaptation of Stephen King's short story Gramma, which follows a single mother (Frances O'Connor) and her two young sons as they move into a remote country estate to care for her ailing mother, Mercy (Shirley Knight). Unlike most grandmothers, Mercy isn't all candies and kisses on the cheek, and as her prognosis gradually worsens the family learns shocking truths about the source of Mercy's darkness. Mercy also stars Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, and Joel Courtney. Early last year I joined a handful of journalists on set while they were filming in Simi Valley. While there we had an opportunity to interview McDermott, who plays family friend Jim Swann in the film. He talked about how different Mercy is to American Horror Story, why he likes working in horror, why he thinks the genre resonates with today's audience, »
- Haleigh Foutch
‘Starry Eyes’: The feel disturbed movie of the year
This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune… click here to read the article.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I’ is all prologue
In a previous review of the second instalment of The Hunger Games series for this website, I expressed some dismay that Catching Fire didn’t really have a conclusion to speak of, with its cliffhanger ending reminding me less of The Empire Strikes Back and more of The Matrix Reloaded orPirates of »
Created by Peter S. Fischer
Produced by Universal TV
Aired on ABC for 1 season (7 episodes; 16 segments) from November 27, 1981 – January 15, 1982
James Coburn as the Host
Darkroom was a thriller anthology series, much in the vein of Night Gallery, where each story had an image to present before it began. The series was hosted by James Coburn, who introduced each story segment as a photographer in his darkroom, developing photographs and tales. The innovative aspect of this particular anthology series was that the story segments had free range to be as long or as short as the story needed to be, as long as the segments fit within the hour duration. Most episodes contained two stories, but at times there were three.
The tone of the stories presented on the series were mostly frightful tales, with grim twist endings that were enhanced with dark humor. The »
- Jean Pierre Diez
The first day of the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival kicked off with a cult classic and three first-time feature films that are a promising debut for their respective directors: Time Lapse, Housebound and Nightcrawler kept the audience on the edge of their seats, while Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, programmed in the Retro category, still manages to scare us witless for 90 minutes some 30 years after its release. Hit the jump for my reviews. Bradley King’s Time Lapse, the first film in competition, could be an extended episode of The Twilight Zone. The banal existence of three roommates -- a young couple, Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and Finn (Matt O’Leary), and their friend Jasper (George Finn) -- changes when they discover a photographic time machine in their missing neighbor's apartment, located right across their home. The mysterious machine, invented by their missing scientist neighbor, photographs events 24 hours in advance. »
- Talia Soghomonian
After 200 episodes, “Supernatural,” which bowed in 2005, has been to hell and back (several times), with a few sojourns to heaven, purgatory, Oz, the past, the post-apocalyptic future and even our world along the way. The show weathered the conversion from The WB to The CW, survived the 2007-08 writers’ strike, and transitioned through several showrunners — and there’s no end in sight. Here, the stars and creative team chart the unlikely journey of the “little show that could.”
Eric Kripke (Creator): For me, the core notion behind “Supernatural” was to make a series about urban legends. I think they’re this incredibly rich mythology about the United States, and no one had really tapped into that, so when I started as a writer, one of the first ideas I ever pitched was an urban legend show.
A couple years later I tried to pitch, basically, a “Scooby Doo” rip »
- Laura Prudom
Just in time for Halloween, MTV has ordered a TV show based on the Scream horror franchise - though the Ghostface killer who so memorably terrorised the victims of Wes Craven's film series will notably be absent.
It seems that horror cinema remains a rich vein for television producers to tap. On top of the Scream news, it was reported back in August that NBC is working on its own version of Satanic thriller The Devil's Advocate.
But translating big-screens scares for television can be a tricky process and only a few movie chillers have survived the move in one piece.
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-1990)
This spooky show bore little resemblance to the familiar series of slasher films, with producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. taking the name and little else. Like Scream's Ghostface, the most memorable aspect of the Friday the 13th pictures - hulking hockey-mask-sporting »
For Halloween, we celebrate The Simpsons' best Treehouse Of Horror stories, feat. zombies, Hitchcock and Kubrick spoofs and more...
“Nothing seems to bother my kids but tonight's show, which I totally wash my hands of, is really scary.”
For anyone who grew up watching The Simpsons, the Treehouse Of Horror Halloween specials are an annual horror staple, from spooky couch gag to horror-themed credits. You can learn an awful lot of things just from watching the show, but for younger audiences, these episodes gave us our introduction to certain iconic horror stories.
Having ditched the early framing device of the family telling scary stories to one another, with Springfielders cast in key roles, the format is now closer to a mini-anthology of terror with three stories that take place outside of canon. This has usually given the writers licence to be more gruesome and outlandish than in the regular series, »
Some fans of The Vampire Diaries said they were disappointed by the season 6 premiere last week for its lack of action in helping move the plot along. I feel like the critics are going to enjoy this episode a lot more because it left me with a lot of mixed emotions. The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 2, “Yellow Ledbetter,” starts off with Damon and Bonnie four months back when they had just died and arrived to some other place than the other side, after its destruction. They’re unsure of their whereabouts but notice some strange things going on. … Continue reading →
- Amanda Watter
The CW is feeling the need for speed this fall, and “The Flash” aims to deliver on Tuesday night, introducing a new generation of fans to one of DC Comics’ most enduring superheroes in a premiere that “bursts out of the starting gate” according to Variety‘s Brian Lowry.
The ambitious “Arrow” spinoff sees Grant Gustin donning the Scarlet Speedster’s red and gold ensemble after a freak accident imbues him (and a number of other unwitting bystanders) with superhuman abilities in the fleet-footed pilot. While Gustin’s Barry Allen was introduced in “Arrow” last season, the show’s producers — including “Arrow” EPs Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns — promise that viewers who aren’t familiar with the source material will still find plenty to enjoy: “Even though it is a spinoff, you don’t need to have watched a minute of ‘Arrow’ to enjoy ‘The Flash, »
- Laura Prudom
Happy October! With Halloween only a few weeks away, it seems that the month’s home entertainment choices are going to be endless just based on the amount of titles being released on October 7th alone.
Not only is Edge of Tomorrow (one of the best sci-fi movies of the year) coming to DVD and Blu-ray, but we’re also seeing several cult classics coming to HD for the first time, numerous horror franchise collections are being re-released and we’ve got the highly anticipated 35th Anniversary Edition of Alien from 20th Century Fox to look forward to as well.
An alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, »
- Heather Wixson
Noel Black, who directed the 1968 cult black comedy Pretty Poison starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, has died. He was 77. Black, who earned a Cannes Film Festival prize and an Oscar nomination for his 1966 live-action short film Skaterdater, died July 5 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, his son, director and unit production manager Marco Black, told The Hollywood Reporter. The Chicago native and UCLA film school graduate also helmed episodes of such TV series as McCloud, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Kojak, Hawaii Five-o, Quincy, M.E. and the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.
- Mike Barnes
Jenny Lewis, the actress turned singer, enlists some high-powered Hollywood friends, namely Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway, to appear in her new “Just one of the Guys” video as her faux backing band. The girls also double as men in drag.Her first on-screen role was in “The Twilight Zone” segment “If She Dies” in 1985. She also appeared in a dozen other films, including 1998′s “Pleasantville,” co-starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, Reese Witherspoon and the late Paul Walker. ...Read More »
The classic 1960s TV horror anthology The Outer Limits famously began with “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission.”
Now, the series is returning—not to your television set, but to movie screens. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson, who directed Sinister and is lined up to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange, has signed on to write a feature film based on the TV series with his Sinister co-writer, C. Robert Cargill.
Derrickson and Cargill’s script will focus on one episode of the series, which ran »
- Jackson McHenry
As one of two anthology television series with a focus on science fiction from the 1960s (the other being The Twilight Zone), The Outer Limits has retained a strong following among sci-fi fans. Though The Outer Limits only ran for two seasons originally, Showtime revived the series in 1995 until 1999 when the show moved to the Sci-fi Channel before it was cancelled in 2002. Experienced sci-fi writer, Harlan Ellison (Masters of Science Fiction) wrote for both runs of The Outer Limits — he also served as a creative consultant on The Twilight Zone.
One of Ellison’s episodes of The Outer Limits that aired in the ‘60s, “Demon With a Glass Hand”, will serve ...
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- Molly Freeman
Between 1963 and 1965, ABC aired 49 episodes of the strange and the macabre in "The Outer Limits" (review). Talk of a big screen adaptation has been ongoing for a few years now, but finally some steps in the right direction have been taken!
THR reports that Scott Derrickson, who just signed on to bring Marvel's Doctor Strange to life, is reuniting with his Sinister co-scribe C. Robert Cargill to write the big-screen take of the cult classic 1960s sci-fi TV series "The Outer Limits" for MGM.
Derrickson is a longtime fan of the show (he has said in the past he prefers it over "The Twilight Zone," as do I), and he and Cargill will focus on one episode in particular: "Demon With a Glass Hand," which was written by Harlan Ellison.
The duo will be tackling time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation in adapting the episode, which focused on a »
- Steve Barton
30 years ago, Steven Spielberg—still some way from his 38th birthday—was at the height of his power. He had invented the modern blockbuster in “Jaws,” re-invented the old-school adventure in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” perfected the family movie in “E.T.,” united all these things for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and founded an immensely powerful production company, funding and steering innovative, horror-flavored projects like “Poltergeist” and “The Twilight Zone”—and something called “Gremlins,” a project Spielberg had bought and then given to a promising director of comic horror called Joe Dante, because the maestro himself was busy with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” The “Gremlins” script, by a young writer named Chris Columbus, was exactly the kind of thing Spielberg had made work so well so far. He had perfected a certain tone: family-friendly because it was also family-frightening. And you could be sure his »
- Ben Brock
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:
Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »
- Tamika Jones
Tall Tales from the Badlands #3
“The Judgment of the People,” Written by Mark Wheaton; Art by Jerry Decaire
“Rustlers,” Written by Robert Napton; Art by Franco Cespedes
“All Mine,” Written by Matt Dembicki; Art by Ezequiel Rosingana
Published by Black Jack Press
Weird West-style anthology is a perfect blend of Western, Sci-fi, and Horror
What ingredients make up this self-proclaimed “Weird West” anthology from Black Jack Press? It is made up of a hefty dose of Louis L’Amour mixed with an equally strong dose of Stephen King with a very light dash of The Twilight Zone. The writers who provide the scripts for this masterpiece collection were certainly inspired by this strange and unlikely mix of influences. However, each story in the anthology which mixes western and horror »
- Merriell Moyer
In our weekend Indie Spotlight, we’ve featured Horror Hotel, an anthology series where death and the unusual seem to be drawn to a creepy old hotel. The web series has been gaining momentum among horror fans and now it has been announced that Horror Hotel will be distributed over Hulu:
“The film community in Georgia is buzzing with news that one of their own productions, Horror Hotel the web series, has landed distribution on well- known streaming media site, Hulu.
The popular series gained immediate attention after releasing in September of 2013 catching the eye of The Georgia Entertainment Gala with a nomination for Best Series/Short Films for 2013, and most recently, winning 4 awards at the LAWeb Fest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category.
“We are so pleased to be able to showcase the hard work of all our 80+ cast and crew from the local Georgia film community for this 1st season. »
- Jonathan James
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the third Canadian director in the lineup: Atom Egoyan's "The Captive." The director: Atom Egoyan (Canadian, 53 years old). There was a time when Egoyan looked to be as estimable a festival fixture as his compatriot David Cronenberg, but his career hasn't moved in the direction many thought it would after he won big at Cannes (and scooped a surprise Best Director Oscar nod) for 1997's critical peak “The Sweet Hereafter.” Born in Cairo to Armenian-Egyptian parents – a heritage he'd later explore in his 2002 film “Ararat” – Egoyan largely grew up in British Columbia and studied »
- Guy Lodge
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