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Eleven years after the final installment in the original series, the Leprechaun franchise was brought back from the dead this week courtesy of Lionsgate and WWE Films, who together released Leprechaun: Origins (review) onto VOD outlets this past Tuesday.
The Warwick Davis incarnation of the titular character had a reign of terror that lasted from 1993 until 2003, the original franchise spanning seven installments that saw the Irish jokester taking a trip to Vegas, being shipped off to space and ridin’ dirty in tha hood on two separate occasions.
Needless to say, the Leprechaun has left a pretty large body count in his wake over the years, and in celebration of the reboot we wanted to shine the green spotlight on some of his most memorable slayings. So today we bring you the seven best kills from the original six Leprechaun films, which are the some of the wildest and most off »
- John Squires
Ed Gein was a real, American cannibal killer who wore people's skin. In 1974, this manifested as a movie called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that to this day is a great movie that I'm sure all you horror fans have watched over and over.
But that's the only one I can heartily recommend to everyday movie people. Director Tobe Hooper returned for 1986's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, but had no part in 1990s Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 or 1994's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
Then, Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes got their hands on the franchise and rebooted in 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which lead into 2006's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (directed by Tmnt director Jonathan Liebsman) and 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Now it's Millennium Films' turn to take a shot at this franchise, and they've hired up-and-coming writer Seth M. Sherwood to »
Motel Hell is available now on Blu-ray. That information alone should be enough to send horror fans shrieking into the streets to party until the wee hours of the morning. And we here all want to get into the festivities as well.
To celebrate the release of Motel Hell on Blu-ray, we've compiled our Top 9 Chilling Chainsaw Kills. Of course this is in reference to the iconic chainsaw scene in the climax of the film. There was something simply unforgettable about Rory Calhoun wielding a ridiculously long chainsaw while wearing a pig head like a Halloween mask. Classic!
But before we get to our top horrific movie chainsaw kills, we have some honorable mentions to share with you. We've got to go way back to find some of the earliest on-screen chainsaw kills. We came up with Dark of the Sun (1968) and The Wizard of Gore (1970) for two of the first buzzsaw butcherings. »
- Scott Hallam
It is with sadness we report that today Menahem Golan, co-founder of 1980′s movie studio Cannon Films, has died at the age of 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while strolling outside his house in the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening. Ambulances rushed to the scene, and following attempts of more than an hour to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead.
With his cousin and business partner Yoram Globus, the duo purchased Cannon Films, which at the time was a ailing film company, in 1979 for $500,000. When Cannon was at the height of its powers in 1986/7, shares in company had jumped up $35 a share. With their speciality of producing B-movies cheaply and selling them on for profit, Cannon thrived in the mid-eighties, and for a while in 1986 it looked like they would become a new Hollywood “major”. Sadly, their business strategy soon began to unravel, »
- Scott Davis
Menahem Golan. For fans of 80's films the man is nothing short of a legend. It's with a truly heavy heart that we report today that his truly explosive genius is no longer with us. Read on for details, and pay tribute to the man who gave us so very much.
According to Yahoo! Movies, Golan, co-founder of The Cannon Group production company and Israeli cinema pioneer, has died. He was 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while visiting the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening.
Ambulances immediately rushed to the scene, and following attempts to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead.
With cousin and partner Yoram Globus, Golan ran Cannon Films for a decade, releasing more than a dozen films a year in its prime. They bought the ailing company, which was launched in 1967, for $500,000 in 1979 and fueled an »
- Steve Barton
The filmmaker behind the Death Wish sequels and such 1970s and ’80s Cannon Group actioners as The Delta Force the Lou Ferrigno-led Hercules died today in Jaffa, Israel, Haaretz reports. Menahem Golan was 85. The big-personality Israeli producer, writer and director was behind dozens of films during a nearly half-century career, featuring stars including Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He also directed many of the films, including 1986’s Delta Force with Lee Marvin and Norris, and Stallone’s Over The Top the following year. Those and many others were produced by Cannon Entertainment, which Golan started with his cousin Yoram Globus. Cannon’s output also included such decidedly non-action fare as Bolero (1984), starring Bo Derek and George Kennedy; the Mario Van Peebles starrer Rappin’ (1985); A Cry In The Dark (1988), starring Meryl Streep and Sam O’Neill; and Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear (1987). But the action »
- The Deadline Team
There have been so many movies called The Caretakers that it's really easy to get confused which one is actually which. However, there's something that this latest one has that truly sets it apart from the pack as it stars Bill Johnson, who gave a much beloved performance as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
From the Press Release
Recently named the Kentucky Filmmakers of the Year, Big Biting Pig Productions has announced the release of their eighth feature film: The Caretakers.
The movie was filmed in Madisonville, Dawson Springs, and Princeton, Kentucky, as well as Nashville, Tennessee.
The World Premiere of The Caretakers will take place on June 28th, »
- Steve Barton
By Jennica Lynn Johnson, MoreHorror.com
In college, I remember taking a class in which the professor showed a public service announcement that warned young adults about date-rape. The overall message—like in any stranger-danger warning—was that the effects of the incident don’t end with the morning-after guilt and that there is a fair chance that it could have been prevented all together.
It could be easily said that Contracted (2013) is like an hour and a half-long PSA, but it digs so much deeper than that. It reveals the daily self-consciousness and indignity endured by many women and the great lengths to which they are willing to go in order to achieve love and acceptance.
Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County), Contracted tells the story of Samantha, a young woman uncertain of her sexuality and desperate to rekindle her relationship with her girlfriend Nikki. While at a friend’s party, »
Stretch, L.G., Left, Leatherface, Drayton, Grandpa and Chop Top have all be realized in a Manga-style comic that was brought to my attention this week. Thanks to our pal Jacob for tossing a Imgur link our way to a handful of pages to a Manga inspired by Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. Apparently, these are samplings from a "doujin artbook" by Rei Hiroe that have been lurking on the Internet. I've never seen them before, but I love the character mock-ups.
The post When Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 Went Manga… appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Kim Henkel, writer of the classic horror The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and writer/director of its third sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (although the less said about that the better), returns to the horror genre with Butcher Boys, his first feature in almost twenty years.
In 1729 Jonathan Swift published A Modest Proposal, a satirical tome in which he suggested Ireland offer up their children as food, using cannibalism as a metaphor for the exploitation of the poor by the rich. Well jump to 2014 and Butcher Boys takes this metaphorical concept and turns it into filmic terror as a birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring a group of friends face to face with the macabre »
- Phil Wheat
The final film in the trilogy, Hatchet 3 loses the series’ director, Adam Green, replacing him with Bj McDonnell, who has previously carved out a career as cam/steadicam operator on a ton of movies – including one of my all-time favourite flicks, How to Rob a Bank. However all is not lost as Green is still on board as the films guiding light and scriptwriter for this tale which picks up immediately where the second film left off.
In Hatchet 3 our heroine Marybeth (Harris) has finally “killed” Victor Crowley (Hodder) – or so she thinks. When she shows up at the police station covered in blood the sheriff (Galligan) doesn’t believe her story and locks her up while he sends a search and recovery »
- Phil Wheat
We had such fun bringing you our Valentine's Day pointers that we, Doctor Gash (Scott Hallam) and Ms. Vampy (Brooke Lewis), have reunited to help you find some of that oh, so elusive good luck on St. Patrick's Day.
First, Ms. Vampy provided us with four can't miss tips on how to get lucky on St. Patty's Day. And in a quest to turn absolutely everything horrific, Gash found a way to relate even the most positive self-help tips to your favorite horror movies.
Top o' the mornin' to ya!
Ms. Vampy's Tip #1
Choose It-Our thoughts create our feelings, so choose and think your luck! Visualize it. Feel it. Law of Attraction it. Tell yourself how lucky you are!
- Scott Hallam
Woodhaven Production Company and Chad A. Verdi Productions have worked with some of the biggest names in horror, and now they are bringing in two more genre legends to star in their upcoming film Almost Mercy, written and directed by Tom DeNucci.
Previously Woodhaven has featured such stars as Robert Englund in Inkubus, William Forsythe and Michael Madsen in Infected, Michael Berryman and Eric Roberts in Self Storage, and Tony Todd and Godsmack's Sully Erna in Army of the Damned just to name a few. Now Tom DeNucci has a whole new tale to tell, and Moseley and Hodder will be headlining the cast.
Fans of Tom DeNucci's previous movies certainly know that the filmmaker normally has a vein of comedy running through his horror films. However, with Almost Mercy, although there is certainly black comedy to it, »
- Scott Hallam
RatPac Entertainment, the Hollywood financing co-venture between Brett Ratner and James Packer, is investing in Mark Hartley.s documentary on. the once-prodigious filmmakers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
RatPac gets North American rights in return for its investment in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
Hartley (Patrick, Not Quite Hollywood) is shooting the documentary which profiles Golan and Globus, Israeli-born cousins nicknamed the .Go-Go Boys. who bought Cannon in 1979, moved to the Us and churned out dozens of films, mostly cheap and rapidly-shot.
Hartley is interviewing directors and stars who worked for Cannon »
- Inside Film Correspondent
There’s something special about spotting that unforgettable seductress who strolls across the screen and completely ignites the hormonal interest of the viewer. You’ve seen her...
And chances are you’ve sought out more of her work, paused the film when the gratuitous nude shot arrives, and hell, maybe even tracked down a poster, just to be as close as possible, for as long as possible.
Hey, we’re guys (ladies, this article may not completely appeal to you; my advance warning, in case the title didn’t deter you). We’re drawn to lovely ladies. Even vile, evil ladies. Looks can and have killed. Here’s a little proof.
Species (1995) - Natasha Henstridge: Tall, blonde, well-endowed with presence that could intimidate George Clooney, Natasha Henstridge turned the heads of the male populace in 1995 as she tackled the character of moody alien/femme fatale, Sil/Eve in the underrated sci-fi/horror hybrid Species. »
- Matt Molgaard
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