10 items from 2016
Any horror fan knows that for a lot of movies in the genre, it can be hard to sell non-enthusiasts on having the wits scared out of them. Thankfully, the genre covers so much ground and incorporates so much of the best of other kinds of film that it’s not hard to find something that can appeal to everyone while still satisfying those looking for scares. These are a few of the best movies that combine our favorite aspects of both action and horror.
James Cameron took Ridley Scott’s tense and atmospheric 1979 thriller and put his own spin on it by applying his successful trademark Terminator-style action sensibilities. The result was an action-horror classic that holds up incredibly well today and remains wildly influential across pop culture. Aliens introduced the concept of the space marine as we know it today and paved the way for countless future science-fiction franchises. »
- Jerry Smith
In 1981 five friends traveled to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly released flesh-possessing demons. The story, know known as “Evil Dead,” became one of the best cult classic films and launched Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi’s careers.
The low budget horror flick was screened at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, with Stephen King even praising the film. Once it was distributed by New Line Cinema it went on to earn $2.4 million worldwide.
The project was shot on location in a remote cabin in Newport, Tennessee. It was reported that the filming process was extremely uncomfortable, with many cast and crew members sustaining injuries. The video below takes you back to the epic movie and its wild and terrifying scenes.
“Evil Dead” became a »
- Liz Calvario
It looks like we can add Evil Dead 2 to the ever-growing list of cult properties getting the board game treatment, with Space Goat and Studio Canal announcing that they will soon be launching a Kickstarter for Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game.
The Kickstarter is set to launch in 10 days, but the official website has posted a description of the game, which reads:
Featuring at least 8 custom figures and art depicting the terrifying and iconic characters, monsters, and locales from the film, the official Evil Dead 2 Board Game is the tabletop experience for Evil Dead 2 fans. 2-6 players will work together in 60–90 minute sessions to gather pages of the Ex-Mortis while trying to survive demon attacks, supernatural events, and avoid turning into evil deadites themselves.
- Gary Collinson
Evil Dead 2: One of the horror greats and a true cult classic!
From the 1987 movie starring the one and only Bruce Campbell, we present the definitive collector’s version of Ash! Ultimate Ash features all new fully articulated legs and tons of accessories, including 2 interchangeable heads (regular and possessed sculpts), interchangeable right forearms, severed possessed hand, Sheila head, Necronomicon, tape recording machine, shotgun and axe accessories. With over 25 points of articulation, he’s fully poseable and ready to rock your world!
The 7” scale figure comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.
- Amie Cranswick
As years pass, and time forgets those less fortunate genre duds, The Conjuring 2 will continue to be mentioned in the same breath as Evil Dead II, Dawn Of The Dead and Aliens when fans debate their favorite – aka the greatest – horror sequels ever. This is James Wan’s “mic drop” moment, earning the sole title of The Master of Modern Horror (though you can probably expect a Highlander-esque challenge from Adam Wingard shortly). Credit Wan with almost single-handedly keeping the mainstream horror genre relevant, driven by his now signature old-school, atmospherically-driven approach. Lighting, sounds, special effects – Wan’s vision delivers horror on a multitude of levels, which once again results in nothing short of pure nightmare fuel.
Pay attention, wannabes – class is in session.
- Matt Donato
Some films are built from Wtf moments. Case in point: I have finally seen The Mutilator (1984), an unnaturally entertaining hack ‘em up from a period when the dirt had all but covered the coffin of the overworked subgenre. And this film has more than its share of Wtf – in fact, it acts as a Viking funeral for slashers of the era, an absurd catalogue of tropes transmitted with an ‘80s sitcom aesthetic and just as eager to please. What a sight to behold.
Aka Fall Break (a name that will be seared onto your brain pan within the first 15 minutes, trust me), The Mutilator was filmed in North Carolina by local boy Buddy Cooper, who came into some money and decided to either make a movie or buy a winery. And old Buddy boy sure made the right choice – no wine could be sweeter (or more fragrant) than this glorious display of splatter cinema. »
- Scott Drebit
It seems that every few weeks there’s a new animated feature at the movie theater. This is quite different from my youth, when only Disney made full-length cartoons (that were distributed in Ohio) and they took three to four years to produce.
It seems that every television channel has at least some animated content, a lot of it aimed at grown-ups. This is quite different from my youth, when all cartoons were for kids, and were on networks on Saturday mornings and local channels, maybe for an hour after school.
We can have an interesting conversation about why animation grew up and expanded its audience. Was it the influence of anime? The Baby Boomers loving cartoons so much we refuse to give them up, just like with comic books? The (relative) inexpensive production compared to feature films, especially as computers improved?
Who cares why? More animation means more choices »
- Martha Thomases
Directed by Jason Lei Howden.
Two teenage metalheads summon up a demon through the power of black metal.
The two extremes of splatter and black/death metal come together in New Zealand horror comedy Deathgasm, the directorial debut feature of visual effects artist Jason Lei Howden and a runaway hit at last year’s FrightFest. Why was it such a hit? Because Deathgasm gets it, that’s why. It knows what buttons to push to get a reaction and it knows how to layer on the gore in a way that doesn’t take itself seriously whilst going for balls-out entertainment.
- Amie Cranswick
Genre fans have a quiet week of home entertainment releases ahead of them as February 16th features only a handful of horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD offerings. That being said, cult and classic horror film fanatics should be ecstatic with several of the Blus coming out on Tuesday, including The Vincent Price Collection III, The Mutilator, Curse of the Faceless Man and My Science Project, featuring none other than the legendary Dennis Hopper.
Other releases this week include Estranged and Riddle Room.
Entombed for eons and turned to stone... the Volcano Man of 2,000 years ago stalks the earth to claim his woman! A team of archeologists, led by Dr. Paul Mallon (Richard Anderson, TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman) excavates a perfectly preserved faceless man of stone encased in lava from a site at ancient Pompeii. »
- Heather Wixson
Neca’s “Ultimate” line is one of the best ever, delivering gluttonous action figures of A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th: Jason Lives‘ Jason Voorhees and even Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘s Leatherface. Next on the list is Ashley J. Williams, as depicted in Sam Raimi’s classic 1987 Evil Dead II: Dead By […] »
10 items from 2016
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