1-20 of 206 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
A practical effects guru and master monster maker with iconic films like The Terminator, Aliens, and Predator just being a few titles on his lengthy and legendary list of movie credits, Stan Winston was a great creator whose influence and legacy we explored in our recent Stan Winston Week celebration. It’s no surprise, then, that the Stan Winston School of Character Arts will have literally one of the biggest reveals at Sdcc with the unveiling of the colossal creature Bodock.
Bodock is scheduled to be revealed to the public at noon today in NBC’s Gaslamp Square, San Diego. The big beast was created by the Stan Winston School, Legacy Effects, Stratasys, and Wired over a span of six weeks in 7,500 hours. The making of Bodock was documented in Wired’s digital series, How To Make A Giant Creature. Standing over 13 feet tall and weighing in at 2,000 pounds, the »
- Derek Anderson
Sega’s forthcoming Alien: Isolation tells an original story about Amanda Ripley (briefly mentioned in Aliens) set 15 years after the first film. But Amanda is about to be overshadowed by her very famous mother: Sigourney Weaver will play Ellen Ripley for the first time since 1997’s Alien: Resurrection—albeit in digital form—in two pieces of downloadable content for the game.
- Aaron Morales
With technology rapidly advancing in the world of filmmaking to the point where almost every theatrical genre film or big-budget blockbuster heavily relies on the use of CGI, it’s nice to see guys like Tom Woodruff Jr. and Alec Gillis of Amalgamated Dynamics still so committed to the artistry and necessity of practical effects in moviemaking.
Both icons in the world of special effects, Woodruff Jr. and Gillis have collectively worked on a vast array of hugely successful and influential films throughout their careers, including The Terminator, Aliens, Cocoon, Predator, The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Demolition Man, Tremors, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Jumanji, Spider-Man, Avp: Alien vs. Predator, and X-Men: First Class.
One of the recent projects the duo were a part of was Universal’s 2011 premake of The Thing, in which they were asked to create stunning practical creature effects to be used throughout production. Unfortunately, for both Woodruff Jr. »
- Heather Wixson
Ghostbusters is on its way back to theatres completely remastered, and right now we have the special limited edition poster art for ya, There's also a new Blu-ray box set on the way that looks to be to die for. Read on to re-up your geek fuel!
About Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary
As a highlight of the celebration, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises – I was lucky enough to work on the release »
- Steve Barton
Directed by Dean Parisot
“Never give up. Never surrender.” Truer words have never been spoken. In 1999, the science fiction genre was shaken up a bit by a movie so smart and so funny that no other film has managed to duplicate its greatness ever since. That film is Galaxy Quest, a hilarious satire of all things sci-fi, most specifically the Star Trek franchise. Galaxy Quest isn’t simply a parody of Star Trek, though. It’s a parody of a show within a movie that bears an extraordinary resemblance to Star Trek, and this goofy send-up is the perfect recipe for intelligent humor, dazzling special effects, and pure movie magic.
- Randall Unger
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
It's been quite a few months since we've had an update on Patricio Valladares' remake of his own film Hidden in the Woods, but our patience has paid off because today we have a new teaser trailer to share.
Hidden in the Woods is a remake of Patricio Valladares' 2012 Chilean horror film En las afueras de la ciudad with Valladares back at the helm. The story follows two sisters raised by their abusive father in a remote locale who must answer to their drug baron uncle when their father is imprisoned.
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci and Hackybox Pictures. The film's co-stars include Mma fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens), Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, "True Blood"), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills), Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, »
- Debi Moore
Scream Factory is at it again, with the announcement of special features/release info for their upcoming (September 9th) Pumpkinhead collector’s edition Bluray. The 1988 practical effects-filled film directed by effects legend Stan Winston is a favorite among horror fans, and it looks to be yet another title given that Scream Factory attention, full of awesome new special features and boating some impressive new artwork from artist Justin Osbourne. I’m excited as ever for this one, what do you fright fanatics think?
“When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about »
- Jerry Smith
Right at the tippy top of my list of most anticipated 2014 home video releases is Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Pumpkinhead Blu-ray, which has just been dated for September 9th.
Read on for a full listing of the disc's bonus features, including brand new material never before featured on previous releases!
From the Press Release
Scream Factory has announced a September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.
When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed »
- John Squires
Scream Factory has announced an September 9th Blu-ray release of the cult creature feature classic Pumpkinhead. Special features have been unveiled as well and the late, great Stan Winston is going to be paid tribute. Check out the list of bonus content below which includes newly-produced features and stuff imported from the previously-released special edition. When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust.
- Ryan Turek
Scream Factory has officially announced their Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead. Due out in September, we have a look at the final cover art and list of bonus features, including new content that was created specifically for this release:
“Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory has announced an September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.
When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection »
- Jonathan James
As part of our London Film and Comic Con coverage we managed to have a brief but interesting interview with actor Daniel Kash. Whilst the name might not be familiar to everyone you will know him from various projects including Aliens, Mama, Hannibal and the brilliant Orphan Black. Being big fans of both Aliens and Orphan Black we seized the chance to talk with a man who has been part of both. Here’s what he had to say.
How was it working with Tatiana on Orphan Black?
She’s fantastic. As a fan you forget that she’s just one person and as another actor working with her you can’t imagine she’s anyone else other than the character you’re working with. I filmed with two of the characters at once, they film those sort of scenes with body doubles and they’re fantastic at it. She (Tatiana) is a future superstar. »
- Kat Smith
Even though we lost the legendary Stan Winston over six years ago now, his legacy and passion for the visual arts still lives on through the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which provides educational resources and tools for aspiring make-up effects artists everywhere.
Stan’s son, Matt Winston, practically grew up in Stan Winston Studios and continues to preserve the vision his father had for the industry and for the incredible work that special effects artists do each and every day. As we wrap up Daily Dead’s first-ever Stan Winston Week celebration, I thought there couldn’t be a better person to discuss how Stan’s vision continues to live on through educating aspiring f/x technicians and artists than Matt, who graciously provided us with a wonderful letter for Daily Dead readers and those interested in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts:
“Whenever anyone asked dad to name his favorite creation, »
- Heather Wixson
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
When I first started working on the Stan Winston Week series, the only real hopes I had were that I would be able to get a few cool interviews with some hugely talented folks for our readers to enjoy and put together a series that was worthy of Winston and his legendary talent and vision. What I didn’t expect was that, throughout the interview process, I’d be privy to so many incredibly touching and personal stories about Winston and how even the littlest things that he did in his career ended up having a huge impact on the special effects industry.
For award-winning special effects artist Howard Berger, the influence Stan would have over his life and career, began at a very early age. “I first met Stan when I was 12-years-old. I was living up in Northridge at the time and I was only about three miles »
- Heather Wixson
Did you Lance Henriksen is part of the cast of The Strain? Yes, when the show begins this Sunday night on FX you won't be seeing then veteran genre actor who has starred in films like Aliens, Pumpkinhead and the upcoming Harbinger Down, but you will certainly hear him. Similar to the work he contributed to in the When a Stranger Calls remake and various video games and cartoons, he's lending his recognizable vocal talents to Guillermo del Toro's horror series. The series doesn't even appear on the actor's IMDb page, strangely enough. But he is a participant and I had a chance to ask Del Toro about Henriksen's vocal contributions as "The Master" (the show's big bad).
- Ryan Turek
A little over seven years after the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien arrived in theaters, James Cameron brought out the big guns (literally) with his action-oriented sequel Aliens, which dominated over the summer of 1986 as it held the number one spot on the box office charts for four weeks straight.
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, and William Hope, Aliens follows Ellen Ripley, the sole (human) survivor of the events of Scott’s original film, and a rag-tag crew of Colonial Marines back to the planet Lv-426 where Ripley and her crew first encountered the deadly alien species after a terraforming colony located there mysteriously goes dark.
The complete antithesis of Scott’s Alien, Cameron’s sequel was a raucous action/sci-fi mash-up that took everything that made the original movie so great and then kicked it up »
- Heather Wixson
In case you've been living under a rock, Ghostbusters is on its way back to theatres completely remastered, and there's a new Blu-ray box set on the way that looks to be to die for! Need more geek fuel? Check out this trailer!
About Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary
Sony Pictures Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its blockbuster franchise Ghostbusters with a series of special events and home entertainment releases. As a highlight of the celebration, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises – I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on »
- Steve Barton
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…
At the Flashback Weekend on August 8th (get tickets here), Englund will be putting on the make-up for photos and signing autographs. Here’s what else is happening…
Flashback Weekend is a horror convention with a deeper initiative. Our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In. Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Il to support the film industry and to present classic 35mm horror film festivals. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend and the Robert Englund Freddy Krueger make-up photo-ops go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In, located in Dixon, Il.
- Luke Owen
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
1-20 of 206 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners