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The fantastic thing about the VHS years is that the poster art was frequently hand drawn and frequently had very little or nothing to do with the actual film. If you picked a film based solely on the box cover, you had a pretty good chance of being disappointed or at least surprised. Distributors seemed to see a snazzy box cover as a good way to get some mileage out of a subpar film. That still goes on today, but it seems to happen less frequently and the artwork just isn’t the same. In spite of the trickery that duped more than a couple of horror fans in the late ‘70s through the early ‘90s, there are some terrific and legitimate films that have terribly misleading – albeit awesome – cover art. For that reason, we present to you ten more examples of awesomely misleading film artwork.
If you haven’t read part one yet, »
- Tyler Doupe
Many horror movie killers have a signature weapon (such as Freddy Krueger's razorblade gloves, Michael Myers' butcher knife, Jason Voorhees' machete, and so on), while other deadly implements are simply picked up in the heat of the moment... which leads to some of cinema's most inspired moments of mayhem. We tend to stand up and take notice when characters get creative with their weaponry, so we decided to spotlight ten of the most unconventional (or just plain bizarre) weapon choices from genre movies and television. Basketball (Deadly Friend) I doubt if anyone thought a basketball could double as a weapon prior to seeing this Wes Craven film, but now it’s impossible to deny that sporting goods are Satan’s playthings. Elvira Parker’s (Anne Ramsey) head literally explodes when the "improved" Samantha (Kristy Swanson) uses her newfound super-strength to lob a basketball at her head with the force of an industrial-strength catapult. »
- Tyler Doupe
The cruel and brutal outdoors have always been something of a horror staple, but just what is it that gets our arboreal adrenaline flowing? Tense new British horror In Fear (review) sees a young couple set off for an idyllic weekend in the countryside, only to find themselves thoroughly tormented by a labyrinth of country roads, sinister forests, and a fear of the unknown. Here’s a rundown of some of the best in the genre – don’t forget to leave a trail of breadcrumbs!
Sam Raimi’s original cabin in the woods introduced us to Bruce Campbell and one of horror’s greatest ever heroes in Ash Williams, and it also taught us to never recite any incantations from anything resembling a Book of the Dead. Demons and spirits are unleashed in the woods surrounding the cabin, and in this case they even demonically possesses the trees themselves. »
- Phil Wheat
If you love horror marathons, Halloween has got to be your favorite season. Don't forget Epix network has a great one entitled All Hallows' Evil Halloween Movie Marathon that features the premiere of Nightmare Factory and now offers fans the chance to win a prize!
All Hallows' Evil Movie Marathon brings us nine fright films including Nightmare Factory, which is an Epix original documentary about F/X masters Knb Efx. The marathon kicks off at 8 p.m. on October 30th and runs through Halloween.
To support the premiere, Epix is hosting the Nightmare Factory Halloween Contest from October 24th-31st. Fans can enter for a chance to win a custom ghoul or vampire bust created by Knb. To participate, fans must submit a photo of their best Halloween look (make-up and/or costume) to Epix via the official Epix Facebook page or via Epix on Twitter (@epixhd). Entries should include »
- Scott Hallam
In 1974 Tobe Hooper unleashed one of the most important and, at the time anyway, notorious horror films ever made onto the world. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre redefined the type of visceral, intense horror movie experience that audiences could expect to see on the big (and eventually) small screen from then on despite actually being a lot less bloody than it was perceived to be.
As a stand-alone film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ranks as one of The classic horror movies of all time and one that almost nobody either expected or wanted a sequel to. Though they have tried to recapture the intensity and sheer terror of the original, none of the initial follow ups or the inevitable remakes and reboots (the latest being this year’s Texas Chainsaw, reviewed here)have even come close, but the genius of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (and trivia buffs will note the spelling of chainsaw, »
Ah, splatter. A singular genre, only achievable in its most fully realized form in a cinematic format, seemingly crafted solely to delight. But there must be something within the way we react to the films of this genre that says something about us, whether that response is deliberately in the artist’s intent or not. Splatter’s fundamental function is as a parody of violence. The Crank films (and to a more tonally botched extent, Kick-Ass) would also apply. Splatter removes all traces of reality from the situation (see the blood fountain from Evil Dead II or pretty much all of Dead Alive), distancing the audience from the debauchery by exaggerating it to the point of hilarity. The visceral response of glee triggered by seeing such goofy gore finds its roots in the same base instincts so apparent in little boys’ and girls’ love of the disgusting. We have such »
- Simon Opitz
I just watched Evil Dead 2 again because it popped up on Netflix recently. I loved that movie. It's just ridiculous on so many levels. In a recent profile in THR, actor Bruce Campbell, writer Scott Spiegel, and producer Rob Tapert got together to talk about their experience bringing the classic horror movie to life. There's a lot of fun trivia about the movies that I thought was really cool and interesting.
A few things mentioned include that Sam Raimi wanted to call the sequel Medieval Dead. They all shared a house with the Coen Brothers, Frances McDormand, and Holly Hunter. They also reveal that Stephen King helped get Evil Dead a distribution deal, which I wasn't aware of. This is definitely worth checking out, so here ya go!
Campbell (actor): The first Evil Dead was shot throughout '81 and '82. Then we went out to make a second film, »
- Joey Paur
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Before Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II opened in 1987, horror movies had one objective: to scare audiences. But when Raimi and his filmmaking collective -- actor Bruce Campbell, writer Scott Spiegel and producer Rob Tapert -- decided to remake their 1983 debut, The Evil Dead, they added the kind of Three Stooges-esque humor that informed the Super 8 shorts they shot together growing up in the suburbs of Detroit. Thanks to that injection of slapstick, Evil Dead II -- about a guy (Campbell) visiting a
- Matt Patches
A horrific murder that took place over two hundred years ago gives birth to a vengeful creature, The Easter Witch, who returns to exact revenge on the unsuspecting locals of a California coastal town in the mid-1980s.
The town of Emerald Beach holds a secret, a secret that the town’s troubled inhabitants have kept since 1736. Told as a local legend to the town’s children, the words echo on the night air as a caution.
“Run on home. Heed the warning. Don’t come out till early morning.”
But now, in 1986, on the eve of Swedish Easter, »
- Jonathan James
Casting is currently underway for a shooting star in 2014.
The synopsis according to a press release: A horrific murder that took place over two hundred years ago gives birth to a vengeful creature, The Easter Witch, who returns to exact revenge on the unsuspecting locals of a California coastal town in the mid-1980s. The town of Emerald Beach holds a secret, a secret that the town’s troubled inhabitants have kept since 1736.
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My mind almost melted after watching this short, "Attack of the Helping Hand!" Shot in 1979, this six minutes of lunacy is about a woman being tormented by a murderous Hamburger Helper mascot as she tries to cook dinner. Starring Linda Quiroz (Stryker's War), Sam Raimi appears as a milkman who (spoiler alert!) is killed by the five-fingered psycho. The film was written and directed by Scott Spiegel, who wrote Evil Dead II as well as appearing in the Evil Dead trilogy and most of Sam Raimi's subsequent films. (Spiegel has other genre credits to his name, including Hostel III and From Dusk Til Dawn 2.) Raimi helped shoot the short, along with some guy named Bruce Campbell.
Attack Of The Helping Hand ! (1979) - Restored
- Alyse Wax
Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor and Danni - as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, both pain and pleasure can be experienced, and death here may not be final, but it leads directly to the Seventh Circle of Hell, Lucifer's very own domain, and they must find a way to make things right, before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.
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“London, August 20th 2013 – Cupsogue Pictures are pleased to announce that Scott Spiegel, known for his roles in Hollywood as a screenwriter, director, producer and actor, has been confirmed as the executive producer for its upcoming fantasy motion picture ‘Welcome to Purgatory’.
Spiegel, who is best known for co-writing ‘Evil Dead II’ (1987) with director Sam Raimi, producing ‘Hostel’ (2005) with Eli Roth, and directing ‘Hostel: Part III’ (2011), will executive-produce the picture, which stars Nathan Jones (‘Troy’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’), Jack O’Halloran (‘Superman’, ‘King Kong’), Tory Kittles (‘Olympus Has Fallen’, ‘Next’) and Stephen Marcus (‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, ‘Quills’), and will be directed by British director Gene Fallaize.
- Jonathan James
Hostel 3 director to executive produce afterlife fantasy film.
The film follows three new arrivals as they navigate the Afterlife, helped by Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between good and evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken and both pain and pleasure can be experienced. While death here may not be final, it leads directly to the Seventh Circle of Hell and the group must find a way to fix things before Heaven is ruined for eternity.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details and clips from Abandoned Mine, information on Judgment and Unit 44, a video from Joe Dante discussing his film Dark, a teaser trailer from All Hallows’ Eve, and much more:
Abandoned Mine Trailer and Clips: ”In Abandoned Mine, five small-town school friends celebrate Halloween with an overnight adventure into the legendary “haunted” Jarvis Mine. Local legend tells of the angry spirits that have occupied the mine since a family was murdered for still mysterious reasons exactly 100 years ago. But that doesn’t stop these young adrenaline junkies from exploring the unknown – and bringing mini-cameras to capture their every move.
Yet once deep into the mine their best-laid Halloween plans go awry, leaving the adventurers trapped without escape. Are their misfortunes purely accidental or is the legend true and »
- Tamika Jones
It’s easy to forget sometimes that horror fiction can be fun. It’s understandable, of course; after all, horror is the genre charged with examining the dark corners. It’s the vehicle by which we take a look at how bad things can get, and how we as human beings react. Do we fight back? Are we victimized? Scarred for life? Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? Horror movies often mine the lighter side of the dark side. Maybe one of the soon-to-be-victims of a serial killer is a real cut-up (so to speak). Maybe the scares come with a wink-and-a-nudge, like in Tremors or Evil Dead II. Maybe it’s a comedy with horrific elements, like Ghostbusters. Maybe it’s something that’s just so damn cool you can’t help but grin through the goosebumps. There are tons of examples of this to choose from in horror cinema, »
- Blu Gilliand
"We are excited to announce exclusively to Dread Central that Vincent Martella (Role Models, 'Everybody Hates Chris,' 'Phineas and Ferb') has been cast in the lead role of Robert Klingher in the horror-comedy Clinger," says Fish.
Adds co-writer/director Michael Steves, "Vincent has exhibited a fluency in both quirky comedies with shows like 'Phineas and Ferb' and 'Everybody Hates Chris' as well as grittier dramas with his compelling episode of 'The Mentalist.' That versatility made him a perfect fit for the character of Robert, a character who is equal parts hilarious and terrifying."
Martella tells us, "I'm really excited to get to be a part of Clinger. Playing Robert »
- Uncle Creepy
Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
Witchery - or La Casa 4 / Witchcraft: Evil Encounters - has a bit of an interesting and slightly confusing history behind it for the horror fan to soak in, for you see, when Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead came out, it was re-titled La Casa in Italy.
So after Evil Dead II came out, producer Joe D’Amato continued on with the horror film Ghosthouse (La Casa 3), which was dubbed the “unofficial Italian sequel” to Evil Dead II, despite having no connection whatsoever to that film and the storyline.
Are you still with me? Alright, so there are actually five La Casa films all up and all of them with individual horror stories that don’t connect, which leads me to the one I just watched: Witchery - an obscure and rather sadistic little horror film that up until a few days ago, »
With his gore-saturated remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead hitting the home video market this past week, it’s not surprising that Fede Alvarez is off at Comic Con dropping hints and making vague statements about the potential ideas for a sequel. Pretty much anyone who bothered to plunk their cash down for the film when it hit theaters is likely a fan of the world and characters that Raimi and his charismatic, goofball star Bruce Campbell created with the original. The inclusion of a cheering but ultimately pointless Campbell appearance (it’s hardly a cameo since it wasn’t remotely a part of the film) during the credits was a salute to the fans but didn’t amount to much. Now, Alvarez is seemingly testing the waters at the best place in geekdom to do so, lending some momentum to those hints and tidbits we’ve been hearing »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
This week has the release of one of the most anticipated horror films of 2013. The Conjuring from James Wan (Insidious, Saw) sees the director returning to the haunted house concept but this time with a story based on “real events.” The early word is that the movie is absolutely terrifying and one of the scariest of the year. Wan isn’t done yet in 2013, Insidious Chapter 2, sequel to his highly successful 2011 horror film, comes out later this year.
This particular director seems dedicated to bringing back old school scares to theaters. Unlike his earlier films (most notably Saw), this new wave of haunted house flicks features little to no gore and rely mostly on tried and true methods of effective lighting and creepy sound design. In fact The Conjuring is rated R, but not because of violence, language or nudity but simply »
- Tyler Mager
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