11 items from 2014
Vampires have a long literary history, where we have read tales of the undead as glamorous monsters with charm, beauty, and talents of seduction. It was long understood that the Count Dracula’s of the world used their sexuality to lure in prey, and as these stories are continually translated on to the big screen we are starting to see the sexual side of vampires in a far more visual manner.
Vampire films may be considered a new trend, but films featuring the children of the night have been popular since Nosferatu frightened audiences, or Bela Lugosi breathed life into the iconic character of Dracula. Lately we have seen the vampire myth take a decidedly different turn from the usual monster fare with films like Twilight, that explore a more casual and “tweeny’ take on the mythical monsters. That won’t be who we are discussing today, and »
- Scott Fraser
As Magnet Releasing pre-orchestrates its upcoming theatrical release of Eugenio Mira's exciting new thriller 'Grand Piano' the fellas over at Styd have managed to ensnare a new alternative poster from the flick. The movie starring Elijah Wood ('Maniac') and John Cusask ('1408') is set to hit up select theatres across the Us this coming Friday. 'Grand Piano' also stars, Allen Leech, Alex Winter ('The Lost Boys'), Kerry Bishe ('Red State'), Dee Wallace ('The Howling),Don McManus ('Lucky Bastard') and sexy Brit Tamsin Egerton ('St. Trinian's'). Head below to view the poster and if you can't wait till Friday then don't forget this little tense thriller is currently playing on VOD. »
Near Dark opens with a close-up of a mosquito siphoning blood from an arm. Like the vampires - who, notably, are never referred to as such in the film - that haunt the velvet shadows of Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 picture, the mosquito feeds on blood in order to exist, no more, no less. But another comparison presents itself.
"When we realised we were going to have a live mosquito interact with one of our actors, we had to grow that mosquito so that there were no contaminants. That was a six-month process," Bigelow tells us on the DVD commentary. The same applies to the movie's mythology. Near Dark strips away gothic elements (crucifixes, holy water, stakes through hearts) and supernatural hokum (transformations into bats, etc) to offer a spare tale of love, family and survival. It's a vampire movie, but clean and purpose-built.
Back in the mid-'80s, Bigelow wanted to make a western. »
Last month we took a look at 10 must-own horror toys, and this week we add to that list with another 10 that no horror fan’s collection should be without. So let’s get right to it, shall we?!
Given how iconic he is in the world of horror, it’s quite surprising that only two companies have ever released a toy of Norman Bates. The first of those companies was McFarlane, which added the ultimate momma’s boy to Series 2 of their Movie Maniacs line, back in 1999. A major spoiler for anyone who hadn’t seen Psycho and had been living under a rock, the toy came with a removable wig and essentially depicted both Norman Bates and ‘mother,’ based on the infamous shower stabbing scene. These typically sell for around $10-20, but can oftentimes be found for even cheaper.
More recently, Mezco released a Psycho-inspired Living Dead Dolls two pack, »
- John Squires
I just had to share these really cool Back to the Future posters that were created by Andy Fairhurst. This is the artist who brought us that awesome "When I Grow Up I Wanna Be..." superhero series, which you can check out here and here. I love the clever and unique trilogy poster art that he did for the films below. This is what the artist had to say about these,
Over the years though I had never really done any artwork related to Bttf (apart from a recent ‘Geek Kid’ I did – seen above ) and considering I have done Batman and Star Wars time and time again I had never found the right idea to tackle a Bttf piece…until I joined The Poster Posse. I have done a few posters since joining and have been really inspired by all the members on our forum. And it wasn’t »
- Joey Paur
Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.
Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film, »
- Gary Susman
Jason Patric's bitter custody battle with his ex-girlfriend has escalated, with the actor claiming Danielle Schreiber has filed a motion to prevent him from saying the name of their 4-year-old son, Gus. "My ex and her family, the Schreibers, are now trying to restrain my voice and have filed a motion to limit - actually, erase - my First Amendment Constitutional rights to ever speak about my son, Gus, [and] to basically never have his name come off my lips," Patric says in a new YouTube video. "So, not only have they taken away my son, tried to erase my memory from him - now, »
- Tim Nudd and Ken Lee
Eugenio Mira's orchestral thriller 'Grand Piano' has been available on VOD for the past week. It'll be arriving in limited theatres in the Us from 7 March and to lead us up to the release comes this new brief clip from the movie which stars Elijah Wood ('Maniac') as a pianist who must make the performance of a lifetime as his life hangs in the balance from a threatening sniper watching from somewhere in the theatre. The mysterious sniper is played by John Cusask ('1408'). Allen Leech, Tamsin Egerton ('St. Trinian's'), Alex Winter ('The Lost Boys'), Kerry Bishe ('Red State'), Dee Wallace ('The Howling) and Don McManus also star. Check out the new clip below. »
Director: Phil Willmott.
Synopsis: Can the Lost Boys of Never Neverland ever become the men of the Great War?
Phil Willmott’s musical Lost Boy is a sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, telling what happens to the Lost Boys when they grow up. It is an ambitious musical with lots of themes running through it. The musical numbers, arranged by Mark Collins, mix music hall with musical theatre in style, but they lack cohesion.
Peter Pan, played by Steven Butler, has had to grow up and as a young man finds his ‘awfully big adventure’ in the trenches of the Great War. On the eve of a battle in 1914, Captain Peter Pan is rallying the troops before they go over the top the next morning. He falls asleep and dreams of his Wendy, played by Grace Gardener. Peter is eager »
- Katey Thompson
So as Hugh brings the mullet back, we dig out more memorable follicular follies for Digital Spy's best mullets in movie history - from repeat offender Kurt Russell to David Bowie's cult coiffure below:
Could there possibly be a mullet more mullety than these two matching mullets as worn by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers? The disturbed couple sport similar 'dos during their rampant killing spree in the trippy Oliver Stone drama. »
Eric England’s film Contracted hit the indie world by storm this year. The story of the deadliest one-night stand was penned and directed by a 25-year-old quickly making waves in the horror filmmaking community. Eric England was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with me about Contracted, the changing world of the filmmaker, and indie horror films.
Bj Colangelo: I know you went to film school and it seems that there’s two schools of thought on filmmakers gaining a formal education. There’s the “go to film school it’s the most important thing you’ll ever do,” and then there’s sort of the “fuck film school” filmmakers. What’s your stance as someone who went?
Eric England: It’s ironic because I’m more of a fuck film school guy, but I think film school is okay if you have almost absolutely no idea. »
- BJ Colangelo
11 items from 2014
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