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Crypt of Curiosities – The Early Feature Films of David Cronenberg

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David Cronenberg was my first favorite director. Even before I knew what a director did, or before I’d seen more than a grand total of two of his films, I knew this to be true. Seeing his name above both The Fly and Videodrome was enough for me to realize that there was something special about this one, and every film I’d subsequently watch would only help enforce that, diving me deeper and deeper into nightmare worlds of body transformation and sexual obsession. But as my last Crypt entry discussed, every director has to start somewhere—and with Cronenberg, that “somewhere” is two brief feature films, micro-budget experimental movies that help lay the groundwork for some of the greatest works from one of cinema’s greatest artists.

His first feature, Stereo (1969), is something of an independent miracle. Running only a little over an hour, Stereo was made on
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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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October Horrors 2017 Day 29 – The Fly (1986)

The Fly, 1986.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and John Getz.

Synopsis:

Seth Brundle is an eccentric but brilliant scientist who has invented a pair of device that could change the world; teleportation pods. Deciding to test his inventions by teleporting himself, Brundle fails to notice the presence of small fly that has joined him in the pod. With the pods inadvertently fusing the DNA of Brundle and the fly, the human guinea pig soon begins to undergo a terrifying transformation into a human insect.

Of all sub-genres of horror, the one that really freaks me out is the one dubbed “body horror”, a genre that depicts often the human body undergoing some kind of gruesome and terrifying transformation through scientific mishap or parasitic infestation.

The master of this genre for years was the Canadian director David Cronenberg who brought us the disgusting delights of Shivers, The Brood
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Thor: Ranganrok Exclusive Interview – Jeff Goldblum talks about what attracted him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Luke Owen chats with Thor: Ragnarok star Jeff Goldblum

Here’s a fun fact for you: interviewing Jeff Goldblum for only five minutes isn’t easy. The fellow journalists I was with all talked about how they barely got anything from him regarding Thor: Ragnarok with one interviewer saying he spent the whole time singing songs about London. Jeff Goldblum is an absolute treasure. The first minute of our interview was Mr. Goldblum talking about how much he loved my shoes.

We did, however, get him to talk about what attracted him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character of Grandmaster and working with Taika Waititi. Check out our exclusive interview below, as well as Goldblum’s thoughts on his previous work including The Fly and Earth Girls Are Easy.

See Also – Read our review of Thor: Ragnarok here

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other
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The Great British Bake Off 2017, episode eight – as it happened

This week’s theme is ‘Forgotten Bakes’ – but who had a week to remember and whose bakes will be consigned to the dustbin of history?

9.24pm BST

Well there we go. Genuinely hard to predict, that one. Stacey wins star baker, and we lose the youngest, and one of the most talented bakers the show has ever had. Liam was always such a joy to watch.

Thanks to all reprobates below the line, for your ribaldry, puns and hair weave speculation. I hope you’ll all be back next week for the semi finals, and tell your friends.

9.18pm BST

On the positive side, we still have Kate who is great entertainment, and the more Steven relaxes the more I like him. He’s definitely got a waspy tongue on him.

9.17pm BST

I think they do look at one weekend in isolation, jdsworld. It’s about survival consistency and timing,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Fly (1958)

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“Charming” is not often a word associated with horror films; it’s counterintuitive to what the genre usually stands for—you know, terror and tension, followed by release and a sense of ease, then repeat—but yet here we are with a romantic tale about a boy, a girl, a teleportation device, and the insect that comes between them. Welcome to the world of The Fly (1958), where the hosts are welcoming, the police polite, and the monster bug-eyed.

Released by Twentieth Century Fox in July, The Fly pulled in $7 million against its $300,000 budget, enticing audiences with a tale often told at the time—sold as another Atomic Age Monster Mash, The Fly instead uses a much smaller (and human) canvas to convey a message of obsession and the love that ultimately ends it. Having said that, you also get a man with a fly head and some neat-o transportation sequences,
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Movie taglines: an underappreciated art form

Guy Buckland Oct 4, 2017

We salute the highs, lows and plain hilarious in the world of the movie tagline...

Hanging proudly on the wall of a room in my house where I escape to watch films and play videogames (a room that you can call anything you like, but – for the love of all that is decent – must not be referred to as a ‘man cave’) is a framed poster for a movie I have never seen. A movie that I shall probably never see.

It takes pride of place nestled between The Shining, which is the wife’s joint favourite film ever (tied with Overboard), and Batman ’89. Why? Because it has arguably the single greatest tagline ever plastered over a film advertisement:

"Unwittingly, he trained a dolphin to kill the president of the United States."

It just makes me smile every time I enter the room. As Den of Geek
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Sentinel (1977)

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In regards to his filmic output, director Michael Winner was wildly inconsistent at his worst and wholly divisive at his best (and vice versa). The remarkable thing is that those two extreme opinions can be about the same film; some find the kinetic sleaze of Death Wish (1974) powerful and disturbing, others find its ham-fisted social grazing problematic and off-putting. But it was a big hit, so naturally Universal let him ride the satanic tide with The Sentinel (1977), a Good vs. Evil, Portal to Hell potboiler that warms this Fulci-loving heart three years before Lucio even set foot in New Orleans.

Given a limited release in January stateside, The Sentinel barely broke even on its $4 million budget, and the critics hated it, deeming it lurid, reprehensible trash. Which it is; but it’s also ridiculously entertaining and has a few truly haunting moments. Turns out Winner could do horror—and yet
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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‘Eastern Promises’: David Cronenberg’s Brutal Drama of Family Ties

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In remembering David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, one scene immediately comes to mind: Viggo Mortensen fighting two fully clothed men in a bathhouse while completely nude. Cronenberg, never one to shy away from showing the human body,
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‘Return of the Living Dead 3′ Blu-ray Review (Vestron Video)

Stars: Kent McCord, J. Trevor Edmond, Melinda Clarke, Basil Wallace, Sarah Douglas | Written by John Penney | Directed by Brian Yuzna

These days he might be making nonsense like Amphibious Creature of the Deep, but Brian Yuzna’s directorial career began on a high with the excellent body horror satire Society, followed up by a good Re-Animator sequel. Then in 1993 came Return of the Living Dead 3, which, while not matching Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 original, goes some way to righting the wrongs of Part II.

Experiments with “Trioxin” gas began in 1969. The idea was to resurrect the dead and use them as a zombie army. It didn’t go so well, and now the cadavers are locked away in tanks in a temporary government facility. (The facility recalls Day of the Dead’s underground bunker, although it looks rather like a Red Dwarf set at times.)

Colonel John Reynolds (Kent McCord
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King Kong documentary 'Long Live the King' releases

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Seth Metoyer

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Long Live The King is a feature documentary about the enduring popularity of the character King Kong, and how the 1933 film has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers. The film is now available to rent or buy on Amazon.com.

Check out all the details about this great documentary from the official release below.

About Long Live The King

The 8th Wonder of the World! The name King Kong immediately brings to mind images of the mighty Beast whose legendary love for a Beauty was his undoing. Since 1933, this majestic, tragic character has enthralled moviegoers and inspired creativity.

Long Live The King is a new documentary that explores our fascination with the great ape, and his impact on pop culture throughout the world. Featuring interviews with dozens of celebrated writers, actors, artists and filmmakers, this is a highly entertaining celebration of the greatest monster movie icon of all time.
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Another Artist Re-imagines Gruesome Brundlefly Transformation

Another Artist Re-imagines Gruesome Brundlefly Transformation
Be afraid. Be very afraid. And totally grossed out. As you’ve probably heard, Sleight director J.D. Dillard is currently attached to direct a new take on The Fly, which began its life as a 1958 film that decades later spawned David Cronenberg’s practical effects-heavy remake. The transformation sequences in Cronenberg’s film are among the best […]
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The Fly Fan Art Gives Brundlefly a Gruesome Modern Makeover

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The Fly Fan Art Gives Brundlefly a Gruesome Modern Makeover
The Fly reboot is currently in the works at 20th Century Fox with director J.D. Dillard (Sleight). Fans will still have a few more years before this project hits the big screen. For those who don't want to wait that long, fan/artist Stormbrush has taken it upon himself to re-design several elements of this iconic 1986 horror-thriller, starring Jeff Goldblum. Here's what the artist had to say in a statement from his official website, when he first started this project back in 2015.

"I watched The Fly 1986 recently and still love it very much. This is more than just a monster movie, it has depth to the story and character. So I decided to redesign the creature. The challenge to design this monster is that it is crossing species quite drastically, and you get to see the development. It starts from flesh and skin infection to deformation, and then slowly the parasite reveal itself,
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3D Artist Creates Bold New Brundlefly Fan Design For The Fly

Calvin, aka Stormbrush, is a fan of David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi/horror film The Fly. In fact, he loves it so much, that he decided to use his talents to create a new, more modern design for the Brundlefly transformation that… Continue Reading →

The post 3D Artist Creates Bold New Brundlefly Fan Design For The Fly appeared first on Dread Central.
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Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!

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Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Zachary Dent6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am

Canada Day only comes once a year and what better way to appreciate this northern paradise than with a movie that takes place within our borders. After all the eating, drinking, barbecuing, and partying, it's nice to kick back, relax, and take in a Canadian classic. We've got a list of some pretty great ones! So take a gander below and check out a few movies that take place close to home.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Based on Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular graphic novel series, director Edgar Wright condensed a seven-part saga into one epic, Toronto-set film. From notable places like Casa Loma, concert venues like Lee's Palace, and famous intersections like Bloor and
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Top 5 Horror Remakes of the 21st Century!

Top 5 Horror Remakes of the 21st Century!
The concept of a remake is not a new one. In fact, some of the most beloved and classic films in history are remakes. Brian De Palma’s Scarface, John Carpenter’s The Thing and David Cronenberg’s The Fly are great examples of what can be accomplished when a remake is done properly. However, the popular consensus […]
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40+ Photos That Will Validate Your Decades-Long Crush on Jeff Goldblum

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40+ Photos That Will Validate Your Decades-Long Crush on Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is just one of those celebrities who gets better with age. Just when you thought he'd never look hotter than he did back in the '80s, he goes and shows back up on your screen with salt and pepper hair and those adorably cool round-frame glasses. If we're being honest, Jeff is quirky-sexy; the 64-year-old has an unconventional hotness that creeps up on you like, say, a giant velociraptor and then hits you hard like, perhaps, an alien mothership would. RelatedThis Is What Your Favorite Hotties Looked Like in 1997, Which Was 20 F*cking Years Ago Whether your crush developed watching him play a sex-obsessed journalist in The Big Chill or turning into a fly in The Fly or you experienced a sexual awakening as he spouted off mathematical theories in Jurassic Park and protected us against a savage extraterrestrial attack in Independence Day, you're not alone (or wrong) for harboring a deep,
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Sam Raimi Came Very Close To Directing A “Wacky” Version Of The Fly II

David Cronenberg’s The Fly is an all-time horror classic and might just be the finest body horror film ever made. Even three decades after it was released, its gross practical special effects still astonish, as does Jeff Goldbum’s twitchily committed performance as the unfortunate Seth Brundle. Despite its firm place in the cinematic canon, however, few recall its sequel, The Fly II.

Released in 1989, the film follows the orphaned Martin Brundle, Seth’s son, as he discovers that he’s got his own special kind of buzz about him. Directed by Chris Walas, the makeup and animatronics director on the original, the film features only one returning cast member (Geena Davis is replaced by Saffron Henderson) and the general consensus is that it’s an entirely unnecessary footnote to the original. It’s not all bad though, as it’s got a totally sweet gore moment where a
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The Greatest Monster Movies of All-Time

The monster movie represents one of the most enduring genres in cinema, a versatile formula for exploring the horrors of the unknown. Whatever it is that scares us, there’s always a monster to represent that fear as a metaphor in the flesh. Most monsters are misunderstood creatures, victims of a terrible fate seeking redemption and, in some cases, vengeance.

Alien: Covenant, now playing in theaters, returns director Ridley Scott to a beloved franchise, following the mixed and controversial reception to Prometheus. The plot follows the crew of a deep-space colony ship, which lands on what appears to be an undiscovered paradise. This new planet holds many secrets for its new inhabitants, including David (Michael Fassbender) the surviving robotic companion of the Prometheus crew. Sadly, the series isn’t always consistent in quality (Alien: Resurrection was a definite low) but movie fans will always welcome a return visit to this classic monster movie territory.
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