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I've got to say, the marketing campaign for the second season of Matt and Ross Duffer's Stranger Things has been one stellar '80s throwback after the next. Between the cool, vintage character posters and art designed to emulate notable '80s properties like Firestarter, Alien, Jaws, The Evil Dead, Stand By Me, A Nightmare On Elm Street and more, I think the program's PR... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace.
Starring Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, Emily Perkins, Brandon Crane, Adam Faraizl, Marlon Taylor, Ben Heller, Richard Thomas, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Tim Reid, and Richard Masur.
A group of childhood friends are reunited after a spate of gruesome murders in their former hometown suggest the return of “It”, a shape-shifting demonic entity that has terrorised the community for decades, possibly even centuries.
Stephen King has written a lot of books. Like lots of them.
Among his vast bibliography, one work has stood out as one of his most iconic and popular works; the mammoth 1986 novel simply titled It, a terrifying coming of age tale that resulted in everyone hating clowns. It’s also a book that has recently re-entered the public conscious thanks in no small part to the critically acclaimed big screen adaptation that has »
- Graeme Robertson
When one thinks of quintessential actors from the 1980’s, odds are that Corey Feldman will come up in conversation. Really, it’s hard not to remember of some of his more well known roles in films such as The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Stand by Me and The ‘Burbs when recalling the decade that also brought us “Frankie Say Relax” and “Where’s the Beef?”
But to horror aficionados, he’ll be remembered as having taken part in killing Jason Voorhees. Granted, it’s something that’s happened several times since in the Friday the 13th franchise, but it was intended on being a definitive ending when the aptly titled The Final Chapter originally hit theaters.
Not surprisingly, Feldman is more than willing to reprise his role, this time as a grown up Tommy Jarvis in what he envisions as being this series’ “own kind of H20.” In other words, »
- Eric Joseph
Tommy Jarvis is perhaps the second most favorite character in the Friday the 13th franchise. Yet, he's laid dormant in torment longer than Jason Voorhees himself, last appearing on the big screen in 1986's Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, as played by cult favorite Thom Mathews. But it was 80s heartthrob and aspiring musician Corey Feldman that first embodied the character, crafting it as his own before moving on to such blockbusters as The Goonies and Stand by Me. Now, Corey Feldman is ready to return as Tommy Jarvis. But Friday the 13th rights holders refuse to commit to the idea.
Not that they haven't tried to make it work. Corey Feldman has had a few meetings about reprising his role as Tommy Jarvis over the years, resurrecting the character in what Feldman calls a sequel akin to what Jamie Lee Curtis did in Halloween: H20. In fact, »
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?
Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair
I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin. »
- David Ehrlich
Spooky Empire has announced that Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Wyatt Oleff from the new It movie will be special guests at the Orlando convention this fall. In addition to the It (2017) cast's attendance, the convention will also celebrate a special 30th anniversary of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys, and more:
Press Release: Orlando – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night, »
- Tamika Jones
"...when 'Stefan' (Paul Wesley) arrives back in 'Mystic Falls' with 'Elena' (Nina Dobrev) and 'Jeremy' (Steven R. McQueen), 'Caroline' (Candice Accola) is immediately worried about Elena’s state of mind. Stefan reaches out to 'Dr. Fell' (guest star Torrey DeVitto) and 'Matt' (Zach Roerig) for help.
"Still on the island, 'Damon' (Ian Somerhalder) relays somber news to 'Rebekah' (Claire Holt), and is surprised at her reaction. Together, Damon and Rebekah learn an unexpected bit of recent history from 'Vaughn' (guest star Charlie Bewley).
"Then everyone is horrified when 'Bonnie' (Kat Graham) reveals the rest of a plan from 'Shane' (guest star David Alpay). Finally, after Damon does his best to help her, Elena comes up with a plan of her own. »
- Michael Stevens
That title? It’s not kidding. In Kevin Phillips’ “Super Dark Times,” darkness settles over a small Hudson Valley town after a horrific accident forever alters the lives of a group of seemingly normal teens, including stars Owen Campbell and Charlie Tahan. A cross between “Stand By Me” and “Donnie Darko,” with plenty of “Stranger Things” evocations for good measure, it’s the kind of film that lovingly recreates the final wonders of childhood while hitting back with some horrific adult truths. High school, what a thing.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “Zach (Campbell) and Josh (Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes as their lives spiral into violence. »
- Kate Erbland
Two months after The Dark Tower stunk up the multiplex, It came along and reminded all of us that it's possible to adapt a Stephen King story in a way that can be embraced by audiences and critics, to the tune of new box-office records, even. There are quite a few good films as you can see in our best Stephen King movies list. But while that may be true, there are probably more that just haven't hit the mark.
It's almost hard to blame Hollywood for getting it wrong so often, simply because there have been so many attempts at adaptations from wildly diverse source material, tackled by filmmakers with wide ranging levels of talent. Stanley Kubrick, Frank Darabont, Brian De Palma. There have been some real heavy hitters who have smartly adapted the work of our favorite Maine based ultra prolific author. But for every Stand By Me, »
On September 25th, 1987, The Princess Bride hit theaters and although it was not a box office smash upon arrival, it has become one of the most beloved cult movies in history and now the cast and crew are looking back at 30 years of the romantic fantasy adventure-comedy. Rob Reiner directed the movie off of William Goldman's adaptation from his 1973 novel, The Princess Bride, and the movie has gone on to become a cultural touchstone for generations to pass down. The stars of the movie continue to have quotes recited to them on an almost daily basis and the movie may or may not have saved someone's life.
Rob Reiner recently shared a story about the cult favorite movie saving a woman's life. Reiner recounted a story where a woman came up to him at a restaurant and shared that she had been trapped in an avalanche while skiing along »
Adapting Stephen King for the big screen doesn’t always work out. For every “The Shawshank Redemption, “Stand By Me,” and “The Shining” there is a “Secret Window,” “Dreamcatcher,” and “The Dark Tower,” which means that by now King fans know better than to get their hopes up any time an adaptation is announced. Fortunately, the fall movie season is shaping up to be the strongest run of Stephen King adaptations the movies have ever seen. “It” is already a fan favorite and a box office sensation, dethroning “The Exorcist” to become the biggest horror grosser in the U.S., but Netflix is about to provide a one-two punch in great King movies.
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The streaming giant premiered two original films based on Stephen King works at Fantastic Fest this weekend, “Gerald’s Game »
- Zack Sharf
It’s no secret “The Princess Bride” was not a box office success when it opened in 1987. And it’s also no secret that thanks to home video, cable, DVD, and now Blu-ray, the charmingly funny fractured fairy tale directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel, has become part of the cultural landscape.
Stars Chris Sarandon, Cary Elwes, and Wallace Shawn once did a Q&A after a screening for an audience of 5,000 people. Rabid fans approached the stars reciting their lines — especially Mandy Patinkin’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” and Shawn’s “Inconceivable.” Even Ted Cruz reenacted the hilarious scene featuring Billy Crystal as Miracle Max and Carol Kane as his wife Valerie during the 2016 presidential campaign.
But did you know the film once saved a woman’s life?
“Honestly, I’m not making this up,” said Reiner. »
- Susan King
The actor talks about the smell of the woods, saying sorry and wishing he was taller
Born in London, Kiefer Sutherland, 50, is the son of actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland. In the 80s and 90s, he starred in films including Stand By Me and The Lost Boys, Flatliners and A Few Good Men. From 2001, he played Jack Bauer in the television series 24. His latest Netflix series, Designated Survivor, is out on DVD next week. He is also a country singer-songwriter, and this year he made his Glastonbury debut. He is twice divorced and has a daughter, the actor Sarah Sutherland.
When were you happiest?
I consider myself quite a happy person. One of the most exciting times was when Sarah was born.
Related: Kiefer Sutherland review – trading his Glock for a guitar for a show of grizzled authenticity
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
When I finally caught up with the smash-hit horror film “It,” it wasn’t hard to divine the secret of the movie’s success: It’s a spooky but reassuringly programmed terror app — the world’s most deluxe Freddy Krueger film. It’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 8” with Stephen King benefits. Pennywise, the monster clown who shows up at regular intervals to terrify a handful of 13-year-olds in small-town Maine (at a running time of two hours and 15 minutes, that’s a lot of intervals), is a demon jester who laughs at everything, including his own image. Rabbity and carrot-topped, like Bozo crossed with Klaus Nomi, and with a face that opens up into nightmare jaws, he turns jolts into jokes and jokes into bloody mischief. He’s the film’s icon of superstar evil, and also its ringleader (Step right up and see how wide my jaw will bend!), and »
- Owen Gleiberman
The “Stranger Things” marketing team continues laying on the nostalgic charm. Each and every Thursday on the road to Season 2, Netflix has been releasing fun “Stranger Things” posters that pay tribute to the films that served as Season 1 inspirations. So far, the art tributes have included Stand by Me, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Running Man, Alien, Firestarter, The Evil […] »
- John Squires
In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at how to pull off an ensemble film…
The art in pulling off the ensemble film. It’s a tricking balance. In the vast majority of cinema you may be limited to one or two clearly defined protagonists with a cast of supporting artists. On occasions though, a writer wants to create an ensemble piece. It may have one particular character who dominates the screen a little more than the others, but you could have four or more characters who share screen near equally.
How do you do it right? Well firstly, whether you have four characters, six, ten, or whatever, the most important element is to have clearly definable characters. You could call them archetypes certainly, but it is important to ensure that ‘character one’ is different from the rest. If you craft one character who »
- Tom Jolliffe
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, »
With the second season of Stranger Things set to premiere on Netflix next month, the streaming service has released seven new posters for the acclaimed supernatural drama series which pay homage 80s (and a couple of 70s) cinema classics A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Evil Dead, Alien, Firestarter, Jaws, The Running Man, and Stand By Me; check them out here…
See Also: Stranger Things renewed for season 3, season 4 will likely be its last
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
See Also: Hawkins is turned Upside Down in first trailer for Stranger Things season 2
The second season of »
- Amie Cranswick
Incredible to think that after the plethora of Stephen King film adaptations over the years (this year alone boasts five), that his beloved Horror story It, has – until now – not had a big screen retelling. The nearest we have gotten is the flawed but ambitious Tommy Lee Wallace Mini-Series from 1990, which featured an iconic turn by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, if you only have this version of the story in mind upon entering Andres (or Andy as he is credited) Muschietti’s adaptation, you may be a little startled, as this is far darker, far more intense and truly the king of King adaptations.
Utilising the dark cinematography (by Chung-Hoon Chung) and CGI-aided scares that helped him make a mark with his 2013 debut Mama, Muschietti beautifully and savagely captures the essence of the source material, while leaving a distinctive imprint of his own. Set mostly in »
- Jack Bottomley
Entertainment Weekly’s mammoth fall preview continues unabated.
After spotlighting The Walking Dead season 8 and its leading trio, EW has now turned its attention to a little-known Netflix phenomenon called Stranger Things. Widely considered to be one of the breakout successes of 2016, the hit sci-fi original, one steeped in a potent blend of nostalgia (see: Stand By Me, The Goonies, It), is poised to return this Halloween, and we now have three rather intriguing script pages to prove it.
If you’ve caught season 2’s Sdcc trailer, you’ll recognize the scene in question as the one in which Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) are bashing buttons in the local arcade, aptly called The Palace. However, things soon take a turn for the weird when Will slips into a haunting hallucination, and the Duffer Brothers believe this fever-dream is telling:
‘Focus our »
- Michael Briers
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