16 items from 2017
Tai Freligh chats with award-winning composer Cris Velasco…
Cris Velasco is a multiple award-winning composer of epic orchestral, dark experimental and modern hybrid music scores for video games, film and television. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Music Composition, Velasco pursued his passion to write music for visual media; his first major release was composing for Sony’s blockbuster God of War.
A prolific and versatile composer, Velasco has become one of the most sought-after composers in interactive entertainment, scoring many major titles including Overwatch, Battleborn, The Long Dark, Bloodborne, H1Z1, Assassin’s Creed IV: Dead Kings, Company of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 1 & 2, God of War 1-3, Tron: Evolution, Clive Barker’s Jericho, and many more.
Velasco also composes for independent films, trailers, and commercials for high-profile clients such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Lexus and Mercedes. His music has been licensed for numerous movies, documentaries and television shows. »
- Tai Freligh
There is no franchise that, in my opinion, has been more cruelly battered and shamed than the Hellraiser series. What began as a brilliant and fascinating descent into horror-meets-fantasy quickly found itself in a hole of direct-to-video releases that didn’t… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
If you’re a serious horror aficionado and seeking something a little bit different from the typical fare that’s churned out on the regular, you’re going to want to get acquainted with Hex Media. Founded by Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly in 2011, the company has carved quite a unique niche for itself in the world of independent genre film. With their previous two films Lord of Tears (2013) and The Unkindness of Ravens (2016) garnering rave reviews – and the former going viral for a series of popular prank videos featuring its terrifying villain, the Owlman – it’s fair to say that Hex Media is on the rise.
Their next venture looks set to be their most ambitious to date, and a great way to showcase some up and coming independent talent. Titled For We Are Many, the film will feature a collection of shorts from international filmmakers inspired by daemonology and the occult. »
- Kieran Fisher
One of the lesser-known horror anthologies of the 1980s, 1986’s Deadtime Stories is a title of which I’ve been familiar for years, but it took me a long time to actually get around to seeing it. And because of the film’s long history of botched home video releases, the versions I’ve been able to watch in the past haven’t been of the best quality. As a result, I had an unfair opinion of the movie. Thankfully, Scream Factory has put Deadtime Stories out on Blu-ray for the first time and allowed me the opportunity not just to revisit it, but to revise my opinion. It’s more fun than I gave it credit for.
- Patrick Bromley
Horror Channel presents nine fear-filled premieres in March including the UK TV premiere of Bad Milo!, Jacob Vaughan’s laugh-out-loud comedy horror blending sharp social satire with copious amounts of slimy gore. Broadcast on Fri 31st March at 11.20pm, Bad Milo! stars Ken Marino as normal nice guy Duncan, who discovers that a cute bloodthirsty creature is living in his lower intestines. Every time he gets stressed, it crawls out of his rectum to feed on the flesh of those riling him up. Check out our review here.
Dark laughs also run amok on Fri 3rd March at 10.55pm with the network premiere of Paul Andrew Williams’ blood-drenched hostage thriller The Cottage, starring Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith and Jennifer Ellison. Feuding brothers David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) abduct a young woman (Jennifer Ellison) and hole up in a remote rural cottage, But their hostage turns the tables and »
- Phil Wheat
The latest horror flick filled with immense badassery to be added to Shudder's library is the fifth sequel in the Phantasm franchise, Phantasm: Ravager. Also in today's Highlights: details on the Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Portland International Film Festival's After Dark program, release details for Slasher.com and The Eyes, a new poster for Atomica, and production news and photos for A Haunting at Silver Falls II.
Clive Barker Reel »
- Tamika Jones
The greatest of all Hallmark holidays, the day of St. Valentine is constructed to make couples feel obligated to go out on expensive and over-anticipated dates, while unnecessarily reminding single people of their status. Candy hearts and roses are meant to celebrate monogamy and “normal” love; but the origins of the holiday go back to Roman culture and involved whips, wolf skins and fertility orgies. Sound more your speed? Then these decidedly non-romantic books may be the right tonic for this holiday:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: Mary Shelley’s still shocking novel is an affront to many things: religion, ego, scientific progress, but also love. The titular doctor creates a creature that he abandons out of disgust, only to have his creation haunt his every step and destroy all the people he loves. Talk about a bad ex. The book is a tragic exploration of freakishness and abandonment, an »
- Ben Larned
“Your soul for a sweet?” If you summon him, don’t take him up on his offer. The Man in the Rabbit Mask short film, an entry in the Storyhive contest, can be viewed in today’s Horror Highlights, which also includes The Room at the Top of the Stairs, Game of Thrones pens, The Field Guide to Evil, and the Famous Monsters Party in San Jose.
The Man in the Rabbit Mask Short Film: “A poem spoken over candlelight by two girls invites an unexpected visitor, offering a gift… for a price. As the allure of the ultimatum invokes their better judgement, the illusion of safety begins to fade in the presence of the masked stranger.
Director: Ariel Hansen
To learn more and to vote for The Man in the Rabbit Mask in the Storyhive competition, visit:
- Derek Anderson
We have such sights to show you in today’s Horror Highlights, which includes info on a special screening of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth at this year’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival, a clip and release details for The Tribe, and everything you need to know about Comet TV’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Super Bowl marathon.
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Popcorn Frights Film Festival Screening: “Popcorn Frights Film Festival is excited to announce that on Thursday, March 2nd, we will be hosting a special 25th Anniversary Screening of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. Director Anthony Hickox (“Hellraiser III”, “Waxworks”, “Warlock: Armageddon”) will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A.
The screening will take place at the O Cinema Wynwood theater in Miami, Florida at 9pm.
We have such sights to show you! Come see Pinhead and his cenobites on the big screen in a newly »
- Derek Anderson
Clive Barker knows a thing or two about the horror genre, so it should come as good news to aspiring filmmakers that the “Hellraiser” and “Candyman” author is partnering with Project Greenlight Digital Studios to help one lucky novitiate develop a horror film. Horror hopefuls can submit pitches for an original movie, and the winner will receive the princely sum of $300,000 to make their dream a reality.
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“When I was looking for financing while making ‘Hellraiser,’ I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me,” Barker tells the Hollywood Reporter of the new initiative, dubbed Reel Fear. “Teaming up with Adaptive Studios and Shudder is a wonderful opportunity to support emerging filmmakers in finding the new horror icon. This is also a great chance to scare and entertain audiences at the same time. »
- Michael Nordine
For decades, the great imaginer Clive Barker has brought his own unique nightmares and dreams to life on the page and the big screen. His experience with horror—on both the creative and business sides of the genre—is invaluable, so it’s a special treat that his mentorship, along with a $300,000 budget, is the award for a new horror filmmaking contest from Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Shudder.
Press Release: Los Angeles, California — February 1, 2017 — Project Greenlight Digital Studios (Pglds), a digital content initiative from Adaptive Studios, and Shudder, AMC Networks-backed horror and thriller streaming video service, announced today they are joining forces to launch a video contest to support indie horror films. The two companies have also partnered with filmmaker Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions) who is known for his directing, writing, and producing credits in the horror genre. The contest will solicit pitches for original horror films, »
- Derek Anderson
31 January 2017 3:33 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
One aspiring horror filmmaker will get the chance to scare up support from a true maestro of the genre.
Clive Barker will be helping develop a horror film with the winner of a contest launching this month via Project Greenlight Digital Studios. The winner will receive a $300,000 budget, as well as a mentorship from Barker throughout the production.
"When I was looking for financing while making Hellraiser, I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me," Barker tells Heat Vision of the program, which is in partnership with AMC Networks-backed Shudder and Adaptive Studios. "Teaming »
- Aaron Couch
In an announcement guaranteed to pique the interest of sci-fi convention attendees everywhere, Star Wars stalwart Mark Hamill will be lending his voice to an animated film inspired by the life and work of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Hamill has joined the cast of the upcoming Howard Lovecraft And The Undersea Kingdom, slated for release in late 2017. Other actors attached to the Shout! Factory/Arcana Studios production include Oscar winner Christopher Plummer, Doug Bradley (aka Pinhead from Hellraiser), and Jeffrey Combs. The participation of Combs is especially welcome here, as the actor starred in one of the best-known Lovecraft adaptations, 1985’s gory Re-Animator, and its sequels.
Undersea Kingdom is based on a best-selling graphic novel of the same name by Bruce Brown and Dwight L. MacPherson, who have created a series of adventures that combine elements of Lovecraft’s own life with the supernatural aspects from ...
- Joe Blevins
Mark Hamill, the beloved Star Wars actor, is taking a little time out to voice an animated Lovecraft feature. He, along with Jeffrey Combs (Transformers Prime), Christopher Plumme and Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) have been set for the voice cast in the upcoming animated feature Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom from Shout! Factory and Arcana Studios. Written, directed and produced by Sean Patrick O'Reilly, the film is the adaption of Bruce Brown and Dwight L… »
Clive Barker’s feature film directorial debut, Hellraiser is a remarkable cinematic experience for numerous reasons. Released in 1987, Hellraiser forged Barker’s career in the realm of cinema after he enjoyed success in the literary world, pushed the boundaries of the horror genre in ways audiences had never seen before, and also introduced us to Doug Bradley as an exciting new face in horror, firmly establishing his character as an icon whose influence would resonate for decades (and decades) to come.
And, of course, one of the biggest components of Hellraiser’s perversely wonderful success are the special effects brought to life by designer Bob Keen and his insanely ambitious and talented crew. With all that in mind, for this installment of Practical-ly Perfect, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the brilliant special effects of Hellraiser and hear more from Keen about his experiences collaborating with Barker and »
- Heather Wixson
Arrow Video wants fans to experience the pleasures contained within their recent The Scarlet Box limited edition set featuring the first three Hellraiser films in HD as well as a bounty of special features that will keep you busy for hours on end. If you’ve been looking to add Clive Barker’s influential and unforgettable original Hellraiser film—or its first two sequels—to your home media collections, you can’t go wrong with The Scarlet Box.
Some things have to be endured. That’s what makes the pleasure so sweet.
Barker’s Hellraiser, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, pushed the boundaries of cinematic horror in ways audiences had never experienced before. Based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, Barker’s feature film adaptation introduces us to Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman), whose soul is transported to a hellish dimension after acquiring a mysterious puzzle box that summons demonic forces. »
- Heather Wixson
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