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Studios are scrambling for new ways to describe their regurgitated fare, but will painting the old wagon with fresh paint stop the wheels falling off?
Some of the greatest Hollywood movies of the modern era are remakes. Martin Scorsese’s grubby Boston gangland thriller The Departed riffs shamelessly on the Hong Kong crime epic Infernal Affairs, while David Cronenberg’s 1986 body horror classic The Fly is an update on the 1958 Kurt Neumann chiller. The Coen brothers’ 2010 remake of True Grit is generally considered to be superior to the hokey 1969 version starring a past-his-best John Wayne, while the 1982 version of the Antarctic science fiction horror The Thing is a better movie than the 1951 film The Thing from Another World from which it drew inspiration.
And yet the very term, along with its younger sibling the “reboot”, seems to have become a dirty word in Hollywood in 2016. If Star Wars: The Force Awakens »
- Ben Child
The Dead Zone (1983) is where director David Cronenberg turned from the horrors of the body to the torture of the soul. But before that, he made tentative steps towards adding a layer of vulnerability to his work, in the very personal and frightening The Brood (1979). It’s still rooted in the tactile, but listen closely and you can hear whispers of humanity piercing the skin.
Which is to take nothing away from his earlier works; Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977) are both potent allegories (and gory allies) on class warfare and sexual promiscuity. But The Brood was written by Cronenberg while going through a divorce and nasty custody battle, and while it mostly maintains a safe distance from emotional investment for the viewer, the beginnings of a sympathetic point of view start to take shape.
- Scott Drebit
A monstrous transformation threatens to literally tear a family apart in Clown. With Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment releasing the movie on Blu-ray and DVD on August 23rd, Daily Dead spoke with Clown co-star Laura Allen about what attracted her to the role of Meg, working with Peter Stormare, one of her favorite scenes that was cut from the movie, and more.
What made you say “yes” to taking on this movie with this crazy concept?
Laura Allen: I was in New York City in the fall of 2012, I had a brand new baby in my hotel in SoHo, and I was given the script. I started reading Meg’s story in Clown, and was getting the fact that everything’s so primal. She’s pregnant and she’s terrified and she’s just interested in the survival of her family. There were steps that she made and »
- Jonathan James
Having just received the prestigious Vision Award at the Locarno Film Festival, Howard Shore has amassed a body of work that requires him to be mentioned among those fellow composing legends. From the ominous underbelly he gave “Seven,” to the magical rhythms that drive “Hugo,” to the dour tones encapsulating the reporters’ struggle in “Spotlight,” to the music that brought Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life, Shore has been behind some of the very best film scores of the last 40 years.
Read More: Legendary Composer Ennio Morricone Is Releasing A Greatest Hits Album
Yet what’s remarkable about Shore’s body of work, and what separates him from the other scoring legends, is that there’s nothing instantly recognizable binding together his diverse scores.
Growing up in Toronto, the »
- Chris O'Falt
We pay tribute to director David Cronenberg's The Fly, celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this week. The gory retelling of the classic '58 film starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis stands as one of the best horror/sci-fi entries in the genre as well as the most successful of Cronenberg's career. Grab some yogurt, kick back, and enjoy the show! Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Thirty years ago today, David Cronenberg unleashed a horrific tale of science gone wrong, a body-horror masterpiece that freaked out audiences, earned an Academy Award for makeup, and is often held up as a “remake done right.” The Fly was loosely based on the 1957 story by George Langelaan and the 1958 film of the same name. Starring Jeff Goldblum as the doomed scientist and Geena Davis as the reporter he loves, it’s a masterclass in escalating grossness and making a sympathetic monster even beneath layers of prosthetics and makeup.
The Fly has many scenes of grotesque imagery, including a failed attempt at transporting a baboon, a disgusting arm wrestling gone wrong sequence, and a lot of stuff involving Goldblum vomiting on things and people. One scene that was removed, but later made available on YouTube, features Goldblum’s Brundlefly creature attempting to fuse the remaining baboon with an ...
- Rob Dean
Hollywood remakes are pretty much expected these days, and few things are remade as often as horror movies. The low budgets and high returns are typically a winning formula for studios trying to make some quick cash. But that's not to say all of these remakes are necessarily bad.
There have been fairly decent retellings of classic movies of horror's golden age back in the 1930s, and Universal is actually planning on revisiting many of its iconic monsters in the near future. Here are a few that are worth your time and will hopefully inspire you to also go back and watch the originals.
This 1992 Francis Ford Coppola outing doesn't get anywhere near the credit it deserves. From the costume design to Coppola's impressive direction and Gary Oldman's chilling performance as the titular count, this version of the tale has a truly epic scope and feel »
Designed as a continuation of the original film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, Fox’s TV series The Exorcist takes the mythos in a bold new direction, while honoring the original film, directed by William Friedkin. In this interview, conducted at San Diego Comic Con, Academy Award-winning star Geena Davis discusses her role in the series, while executive producer Jeremy Slater dishes on the fact that the series is most definitely not a reboot or a remake.
Geena, you’ve done some horror movies in the past; I consider Beetlejuice a horror movie, and of course there’s Cronenberg’s The Fly. Those movies have lasted the test of time. Now you’re in The Exorcist, so there’s been a long gap of no horror for you. »
- Amie Cranswick
1986 was a hugely important year in genre cinema—part of the five-year stretch between 1982 and 1987 that arguably makes up the best run of genre movies in history. Major studios and major filmmakers like Fox, James Cameron, David Cronenberg, and John Carpenter were turning out genre classics. New voices like Fred Dekker and John McTiernan were introducing themselves to audiences. Franchises like Friday the 13th, Star Trek, and Psycho were still going strong on the big screen. And in the middle of all this, America’s longest-running independent studio, Troma, cemented their very specific and wholly original cinematic voice with Class of Nuke ’Em High.
Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman had already been producing and directing films for over a decade—first art films and then a series of outrageous sex comedies like Waitress! and Stuck on You!—but it wasn’t until 1984’s The Toxic Avenger that Kaufman more or less established Troma’s house style. »
- Patrick Bromley
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As the video game subgenre known for resetting people’s progress when their characters die, roguelikes place an emphasis on additional factors, such as a rigorous challenge and randomly generated environments. Of those features, Necropolis ‒ a new action RPG from Harebrained Schemes ‒ enforces all three to some success. Upon entering the game’s titular dungeon, the developers abandon intruders to their fates; you must traverse the Necropolis while fending off skeletal denizens and seeking a lost amulet. But six hours per playthrough, permadeath still in effect, begs the question: Will the enemies or the monotony take your head first?
The repetition originates from various streamlined features. Imagine Dark Souls with only two stats (stamina and health), no weapon and armor upgrades, and less than a handful of typical RPG locations. This accessible approach to Necropolis boosts and harms its appeal. Because endurance remains fixed, for example, »
- Joshua Kowbel
I’m a huge fan of David Cronenberg’s entire career, but if there is one of his films that I continue to visit repeatedly, it’s The Fly. Between Howard Shore’s brilliant and heartbreaking score, the incredible performances from both Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, and the amazing Oscar-winning special effects from Chris Walas that brought Brundlefly to life, The Fly is just one of those perfect movies that I enjoy rewatching and still continue to discover new things about the more I revisit it.
Like many, one of the big reasons I first fell in love with The Fly when I saw it at the drive-in as a kid back in the summer of ’86 was the infectious chemistry shared between Goldblum and Davis. Their shared passion is palpable and the way the duo (who were dating in real life at the time) influences each other throughout The Fly »
- Heather Wixson
The horror genre had quite the year in 1986. Jason Voorhees climbed out of his coffin, scientist Seth Brundle tinkered with teleportation, two Tobe Hooper films were released in theaters, and Stephen King's directorial debut burned rubber on the big screen. In our new, free issue of Deadly Magazine, we revisit some of the genre's most memorable movies from that magical mid-’80s year with the people that helped make them. Welcome to the 30-year reunion for the Class of 1986.
Within the pages of this Deadly Magazine issue, you'll find retrospectives and interviews that shine spotlights on some of the most celebrated, and in some cases, underrated, films from 1986.
Scott Weinberg's interview with Barbara Crampton offers an intriguing look at the making of Stuart Gordon's other H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, From Beyond. Scott Drebit enrolls at Slaughter High to give his grade on the school-set slasher. Joseph Maddrey sits »
- Derek Anderson
Friday is Packed with plenty of appealing panels and special events for horror fans, including AMC's Hall H panels for The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, and Preacher, as well as panels for Bates Motel, the Resident Evil video game franchise, Scream Factory, a screening of The Exorcist's first episode, and more:
From San Diego Comic-Con: "Resident Evil
Friday July 22, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Two decades have passed since survival horror fans first opened the ominous doors to the zombie-filled mansion. Celebrate this milestone for the iconic survival horror series by hearing from the team at Capcom on what's in store for Resident Evil fans this year.
Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Mercedes Mason, and Colman Domingo join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, »
- Derek Anderson
Horror in the ‘50s tended to lean towards the sci-fi end of the spectrum. And why wouldn’t it? This was the atomic age, and hiding under your school desk during a bomb drill (the safest place to be!) was scarier than any monster Hollywood could muster. So as a form of social moralizing (or an excuse to display giant, mutated lizards on screen), filmmakers merged the fear of nuclear annihilation with the need for entertainment. Most filmmakers, that is. Paul Landres’ The Vampire (1957) is a deliberate ride through the (mostly) human condition, small in scope but surprisingly big on emotion. Just don’t expect any vampires, radioactive, sparkly, or otherwise.
What you do get is a story much closer to Stevenson than Stoker, a simple riff on Jekyll and Hyde shot through a cautionary tale about America’s then growing concern with pill poppin’. The Vampire is more concerned »
- Scott Drebit
The “cat is out of the bag” thanks to Earth Space Defense director David Levinson in this new video for 20th Century Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence. He claims to not be the illustrious actor Jeff Goldblum (1986’s The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), so stop saying that already, okay?
“Today Earth Space Defense director David Levinson is finally debunking a long-standing conspiracy theory that has persisted since the War of 1996. In this video – which provides irrefutable proof – he and famous Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum prove once and for all that they are not the same person – despite their uncanny resemblance. Learn the truth now.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. »
- Tamika Jones
New Clown clip offers low-rent nose job. John Watts demonic body horror shocker Clown, the Eli Roth produced, big top-informed riff on David Cronenberg’s The Fly opens theatrically in the U.S. and on VOD on June 17th but Shock just got a snootful of a painful new clip. Clown sees actor Andy Powers putting on…
The post New Clown Clip Offers Nasal Violence appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Coinciding with its UK release tomorrow as part of the Studio Ghibli Forever season, a new clip has arrived online from When Marnie was There, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our review of When Marnie Was There
From the legendary and Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), comes the haunting and touching tale When Marnie Was There. A beautiful story about ever-lasting friendship based on the beloved young adult novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. When Marnie Was There is another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature this year.
- Amie Cranswick
Shock spills some stills from the new Eli Roth produced shocker Clown. John Watts demonic body horror shocker Clown, the Eli Roth produced, big top-informed riff on David Cronenberg’s The Fly opens theatrically in the U.S. and on VOD on June 17th but Shock just got their hands a stack of stills and behind-the-scenes shots…
The post Gruesome Galleries: Bloody Big Top Horror in Clown appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Chucky’s back and better than ever… Mezco Toyz presents their newest Chucky doll based on his likeness in the first Child’s Play movie. Also: Wizard World and Crypt TV’s eight-city video showcase, Mondo’s Cronenberg vinyls, the Screamfest 2016 announcement, and over 10 photos from Shortwave.
Photos of Mezco Toyz’s New Chucky Doll: From Mezco Toyz: “Unlike the scarred and battle-damaged look Chucky normally bears (people have tried to destroy him in six films so far), this version represents the cleaner, earlier Chucky. His trademark outfit is un-slashed, his face is not yet mauled.
Just as he did in his films, Chucky has lots to say from his trademark “My name is Chucky” to far more sinister phrases.
The star of the Child’S Play films, Chucky stands fifteen inches tall and features real cloth Good Guys clothing, eleven points of articulation, his trademark orange hair and realistic glass-like eyes. »
- Tamika Jones
By Tim Greaves
Numerous actors have occupied the role of Sherlock Holmes over the decades, some more suited to the shoes of author Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective than others. One of the finest portrayals is that by Ian Richardson. Yet, sadly, his is also one that is often overlooked, not leastways because he played the character just twice (in a pair of 1983 films made for television), but also because his light was to be quickly eclipsed a year later by the arrival on TV screens of Jeremy Brett, whose interpretation of Holmes is considered by many to be the definitive one.
Sy Weintraub – who produced several Tarzan movies throughout the 60s and was executive producer on the popular long-running Ron Ely TV series –teamed up with Otto Plaschkes (whose producer credits include Georgie Girl and The Holcroft Covenant) with the intention of making several Holmes adventures headlining Richardson. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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