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Body Double, 1984.
Directed by Brian De Palma.
An out-of-work actor becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman after spying on her through a telescope, leading to a series of nasty events.
After beginning the 1980s with the triple-whammy of Dressed to Kill, Blow Out and Scarface, filmmaker Brian De Palma’s next effort would be a slightly lesser offering in the shape of 1984’s Body Double, a more Hitchcockian movie than his previous couple of films but one that also saw the director toning down some of his usual trademarks in favour of a few different techniques.
Jake Scully (Craig Wasson – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) is a happy-go-lucky jobbing actor who suffers from claustrophobia, making his latest role as a vampire buried in a grave a bit of a chore. Scully »
- Amie Cranswick
Arrow Video just made Us Hellraiser fans Very happy. Just in time for Christmas, they're releasing Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box in December, bringing restored versions of the first three Hellraiser films to Blu-ray with an extensive set of bonus features:
New Us Title Announcement: Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box
Release Date: December 13th - Pre-order links should be live next week!
It Will Tear Your Soul Apart
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead.
Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) as she comes head-to-head with the Cenobites – demonic beings from another realm who are intent on reclaiming »
- Jonathan James
One of my favorite things to do every October is to binge-watch as many horror and sci-fi movies as possible (something I can guarantee I’m not alone in doing), and for those of you with Netflix, the streaming service can be an invaluable resource this time of year, although I do remember a time when there were a lot more options than we get these days.
That being said, I culled Netflix's entire library and put together 31 great movie choices that will undoubtedly get you into a macabre mood to celebrate Halloween this year. Take a look at our Netflix list below, featuring one film for each day of October, and get ready to enjoy an entire month’s worth of fright-filled fun, courtesy of Netflix’s streaming database.
- Heather Wixson
The 1985 horror-comedy Re-Animator is set for a modern-day remake, with director Serge Levin announcing to Bloody Disgusting that development is underway on a new film, titled Re-Animator: Evolution, which Levin has penned by actor Jonathon Schaech.
“Our adaptation is a modern rendition of Herbert West – ‘Reanimator’ by H.P. Lovecraft,” Levin told Bloody Disgusting. “Moreover, we’re making sure that the spirit and the story elements are more loyal to the original written material of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s much darker, more thought provoking, and definitely more grounded in science than the first adaptation. It will be a true horror film with some neat sic-fi layers.”
“Staying more true to the short story, we will have Major Eric Moreland Clapham-Lee, as one of the characters from the original written material,” Levin continued. “Many other story and character elements that I don’t want to reveal yet…resonate with the H.P. Lovecraft’s original vision. »
- Gary Collinson
“Re-Animator” is a 1985 comedy sci-fi film based on the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West, Re-Animator” and directed by Stuart Gordon. For those unfamiliar with the plot, the movie centered around a medical student (Jeffrey Combs) who brings his headless professor back from the dead with a special serum. Rumors of a sequel have been circulating the web and now, thanks to Bloody Disgusting, a new “Re-Animator” film has been confirmed.
“Our adaptation is a modern rendition of Herbert West – ‘Reanimator’ by H.P. Lovecraft,” Levin told Bloody Disgusting. “Moreover, we’re making sure that the spirit and the story elements are more loyal to the original written material of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s much darker, more thought provoking, and definitely more grounded in science than the first adaptation. »
- Liz Calvario
Nothing is sacred. We learned that long ago, and you can expect most new horror movies to be a reboot or remake of some kind. Even the seemingly original looking The Woods turned out to be a Blair Witch sequel/reboot hybrid. So it should come as no shock to the system that the impending sequel Re-Animator: Evolution is actually a modern day remake. One that will stick closer to the original written works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Saying it sticks closer to the original source material has become a popular slogan amongst genre directors attempting to resurrect any long buried franchise. Though, it is kind of a slap in the face to fans who have been waiting years for a true sequel. And does it really matter to those fans that this will be held closer to the works of H.P. Lovecraft? Probably not, as Re-Animator is considered an 80s horror classic for a reason. »
Many horror fans make the annual trek to Monsterpalooza to celebrate the genre, and later this month, they'll have the chance to keep the party going at Son of Monsterpalooza. The horror convention takes place in Burbank, California the weekend of September 16th–18th, with special guests including Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Zach Galligan, Michael Berryman, Judy O’Dea, and more:
Press Release: Monsterpalooza’s offshoot fall event, Son Of Monsterpalooza, the fall’s ultimate monster show, returns to The Marriott Burbank Convention Center this September 16-18, 2016!
Son of Monsterpalooza
The Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California 91505
Complete with celebrity guests, presentations, amazing artists, unique vendors and exhibits!
Since its inaugural event in 2009, Monsterpalooza has become internationally known as the place to be for fans and professionals of film, makeup, special effects, collectible toys, art and monsters! With increased demand for more monstrous Monsterpalooza fun, »
- Derek Anderson
Arrow Video has announced their December release slate, including several Blu-rays that horror fans will want to pencil in on their holiday wish lists.
Other December Blu-ray releases include a Us/UK Blu-ray and DVD release of 2001's Pulse, aka Kairo, as well as UK Blu-ray releases of Donnie Darko, The Guyver, Cohen & Tate, The Burning, Hell Comes to Frogtown, and Hellgate. Below, we have official details and cover art images of all the aforementioned releases. Are you planning on adding these films to your home media collection?
One of the greatest horror anthologies of all time.
Unleashed December 13th. North American Blu-ray pre-order link should be live soon! »
- Derek Anderson
Barbara Crampton Interview
Barbara Crampton is a horror icon. Starring in such movies as The Re-Animator and Chopping Mall, she became one of the most familiar faces of fright flicks throughout the eighties and nineties. She then stepped away from the genre around the late nineties as she became a series regular on American daytime soap The Young and the Restless. However, she couldn’t stay away for long and for the last few years has been getting back involved in the horror genre, popping up in such films as You’re Next, We are Still Here and Road Games.
Road Games screened for a second year in a row this year at Frightfest. The film debuted last year and this time around saw the director, Abner Pastoll, return to take part in a live director’s commentary. It also forms part of the third wave of Frightfest Presents titles. »
- Kat Hughes
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.
Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.
Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. »
- Amie Cranswick
Want to experience higher learning in horror? From September to December, Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum will host classes on horror presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Classes will be instructed by some of the most renowned experts and artists of the genre, including Jack Ketchum (author of the seminal The Girl Next Door), Dennis Paoli (co-screenwriter of 1985's Re-Animator), and longtime horror journalist Michael Gingold.
Press Release: With successful branches in London and Montreal, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies makes its first stateside stop at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum with a pilot semester of horror film, literature and pop culture classes, running from September through December 2016 and featuring classes by some of the most renowned voices in horror film, fiction and criticism.
- Derek Anderson
Title: Sun Choke Distributor: XLrator Media Director: Ben Cresciman Writer: Ben Cresciman Cast: Sarah Hagan, Sara Malakul Lane and Barbara Crampton Running Time: 90 min Rated: Not Rated (Nudity, Sex, Language, Violence, Gore) In Theaters: August 5, 2016 Available On VOD and iTUNES: August 2, 2016 Janie (Sarah Hagan, Freaks and Geeks) is living in a posh L.A. home while her daddy is away on business. She’s in the care of Irma (Barbara Crampton, Re-Animator) whom is helping Janie recover from a psychotic break with the aid of holistic medicine and yoga. It doesn’t appear to be working because Janie is getting bloody flashbacks of her violent outbursts. She seems [ Read More ]
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Barbara Crampton is a horror icon; she made a name for herself in the genre playing Megan Halsey in The Re-Animator. Since then she’s appeared in many more films and has been a regular name on the credits of films at the last three year’s of Horror Channel Frightfest events.
We caught up with the scream queen just before this year’s Frightfest where she stars in both Beyond the Gates and Road Games. She was in high spirits about the festival and was upset that she wasn’t able to make it. She did however update us on her next project – Death House. Death House is basically a horror version of The Expendables, with all the big names of horror uniting. The project had a lot of input from the late Gunnar Hansen, but despite having the royalty of horror attached, is still in search of a »
- Kat Hughes
The Miskatonic Institute for Horror Studies—a.k.a. the horror fan’s Hogwart’s—first opened in Montreal in 2010, the brainchild of film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse (House Of Psychotic Women). In 2015, it expanded with a branch in London, helpfully strengthening the metaphor we were admittedly reaching for in the previous sentence. Now the nonprofit institute, which offers “university-level horror history and theory classes for people of all ages,” is expanding into the U.S. with a pilot program in New York City this fall, hosted at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.
The institute’s namesake, Miskatonic University—or the college from Re-Animator, for the stubbornly lowbrow among us—recurs throughout H.P. Lovecraft’s work. So perhaps it’s appropriate that one of the four classes in Miskatonic’s initial NYC run deals with the particular challenges of adapting Lovecraft for the screen, as taught by ...
- Katie Rife
The 2016 Horror Channel Frightfest is in full swing. Since Thursday night the Vue cinema in Shepherd’s Bush has been overrun with the dark heart of cinema as fans flock to watch all the festival has to offer. In addition to plenty of screenings, the festival also has a strong filmmaker presence with just about everyone turning up to introduce their films.
Beyond the Gates is one of our absolute favourites of this year’s Frightfest; the film sees two estranged brothers unite to go through their late father’s belongings. Whilst packing things up they find an old VHS interactive board game called ‘Beyond the Gates’ and decide to have a play. However, this is no ordinary game and by starting to play they have put their own lives on the line. It’s a fantastic throwback to the 80’s/90’s yesteryear of horror and also includes actress Barbara Crampton, »
- Kat Hughes
Road Games, 2015.
Directed by Abner Pastoll.
Amidst reports of a serial killer riding the roads, a couple of hitchhikers in rural France accept a lift from a strange man.
A quick look at the title and the synopsis of Road Games is a good indicator of what you’re going to get from director Abner Pastoll’s debut feature film, because it immediately fills your mind with images of hitchhikers walking into a total bloodbath on some dingy backroad but once you’re on that journey with the two main characters you’ll find that things aren’t quite what they would at first appear to be and misdirection is the name of the (road) game.
Like all good thrillers should, Road Games gives you a sense of place and situation as it opens on »
- Amie Cranswick
Scheduled for a September 13th release, the Tales of Halloween Blu-ray / DVD is brimming with ghoulish goodies, including a CD of the movie’s soundtrack, video diaries, exclusive short films from Neil Marshall and Lucky Mckee, and much more:
Press Release (via Rama’s Screen): Los Angeles, CA – August 10, 2016 – Epic Pictures Group announced today that they will release a limited edition Blu-Ray and DVD collector’s set of Tales of Halloween on September 13, 2016. “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes, the horror anthology film which brings together an all-star lineup of horror heavyweight directors and actors, premiered to strong critical acclaim at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival. Epic Pictures Releasing, the Us distribution division of Epic Pictures Group, released the film in theaters »
- Derek Anderson
Kirsten Howard Jul 19, 2016
So far in this series of pieces that look at the straight-to-dvd or VOD movies of some of our favourite actors who have fallen on hard times, we’ve only looked at men (to date: Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Travolta). That’s because, mostly, actresses find themselves almost completely out of the game once they hit 30ish – an unnecessary full stop that a lot of us would like to see removed in the future.
Denise Richards, sadly, is no different. After marrying a man she found herself in an abusive relationship with, her career climb stumbled and she was forced back down into TV roles, where she’s currently still putting in the hours.
Richards had a sparkling, American Dream-like start in life. »
Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016
We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...
For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.
No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »
We have a busy week of horror and sci-fi entertainment releases to look forward to, especially for those of you cult and indie horror fans out there. Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s insane Cat in the Brain to Blu-ray, and the recent indie thriller Road Games is getting a release on July 12th as well, courtesy of Scream Factory. One of my personal favorites from 2016, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room arrives on both formats this Tuesday via Lionsgate, and Synapse Films is releasing the recent Creepshow documentary Just Desserts.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for July 12th include Model Hunger, Slasher: Season One, 13 Cameras, the Steelbook edition of Blood and Black Lace, and Pop Art editions of The Birds, Psycho, and King Kong.
- Heather Wixson
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