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I Have Never Seen RoboCop

4 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ashe never got to see a ton of modern classics from his youth, so we’re making him watch them all as a nostalgia-less adult. Check out the inaugural article for more info. I like to consider myself a skeptical person who indulges in silly things like wondering about time travel for amusement. But that ended when I finally saw RoboCop this week. I am of the firmest belief that Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, the writers of RoboCop, are, quite simply, modern damn Nostradamuses. Nostradami? Whatever. I like sci-fi, don’t get me wrong, and there are a lot of writers out there who have been eerily prescient of things that were coming down the pipeline. Hell, look how many articles there are on the internet about Star Trek devices that have slowly become reality. Some people are just really good at being forward-thinking futurists. And some people wrote RoboCop. My »

- Ashe Cantrell

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Grimmfest announces 2014 line up

3 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:

We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!

Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »

- Phil Wheat

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Full Grimmfest 2014 Lineup Announced: The Canal, Life After Beth, Housebound, Zombeavers, and Lots More!

3 September 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!

Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.

From the Press Release:

We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!

Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »

- Debi Moore

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Opening night of Grimmfest announced

27 August 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now that Film4 FrightFest is over for another year (read all our reviews here), horror fans can look forward to Grimmfest, which will run in Manchester, England from October 2nd – October 5th. And now we know which films will be shown on their opening night gala!

Here’s the press release and the films being shown:

This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish Horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).

“We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. »

- Luke Owen

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The 'Amityville: The Awakening' Trailer Will Keep You Up at Night (Video)

22 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Of all the horror franchises, one of the most bafflingly resilient is "The Amityville Horror." And the trailer for the latest film has just debuted and will probably send a chill or two down your spine.

The original film came out in 1979, starred Margot Kidder and James Brolin and was based on the controversial 1977 nonfiction best-seller by Jay Anson, who moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, and immediately claimed to be terrorized by otherworldly visitations. (These supernatural situations were supposedly connected to a mass murder that happened in the house in December 1975, when Ronalde DeFeo shot and killed six of his family members while they slept.) From that one, admittedly cheesy film (slime? Has slime ever been scary?), there were seven (!) sequels and a fairly straight-faced remake in 2005 that starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. (There were even a couple of sequels after that; this new film is »

- Drew Taylor

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Exclusive First Look at Amityville: The Awakening

21 August 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Dread Central readers are everywhere, and they're sometimes wonderfully sneaky too! Playing ahead of this weekend's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the teaser trailer for the newly titled Amityville: The Awakening, and we've got screen grabs from it!

A DC reader known only as Egon Spengler has busted these first images of the haunting new film. Amityville: The Awakening is the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later.

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.

Maniac remake director Franck Khalfoun will direct.

Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped. Amityville remains scheduled »

- Steve Barton

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August 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Only Lovers Left Alive, Leviathan, The Sacrament

18 August 2014 6:11 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.

Spotlight Titles:

Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. »

- Heather Wixson

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The Strain Gets a Second Season!

14 August 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The worst part about watching a new series is you never know if the time you invest in it will pay off. Sometimes shows are cut short, and other times they're just not renewed, leaving you with a cliffhanger in nowheresville. Thankfully, that's Not going to happen with "The Strain."

Canada's Global News is reporting that U.S. cable channel FX is set to announce it has renewed the vampiric virus drama "The Strain" for a second season. The series will be back in production in Toronto in mid-November.

Meanwhile, we still have several episodes left in Season 1, including Sunday night's Episode 1.06, "Occultation," once again directed by RoboCop himself, Peter Weller.

The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

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- Steve Barton

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Spoiler The Strain Season 1 Episode 5 Runaways Review and Summary

11 August 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Early looks of the fifth episode of The Strain produce a glimpse of rocker Gabriel as he feasts on one of his eager young groupies. Hes undergone the full change and hes prepared to devour those surrounding him as he isnt really Gabriel anymore. Hes a monster capable of grisly acts like this. While Gabriel is feeding in walks his manager who gets a clean shot of the gruesome scene. Fans get punched in the face with a certifiably sinister launch this episode (directed by Robocop himself Peter Weller) and its a mighty fine kick off indeed. »

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Boom!’s ‘Robocop’ #1 and #2 are the best ‘Robocop’ sequels we’ve ever gotten

10 August 2014 10:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As everyone knows, Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop is a science fiction classic, but after two terrible sequels and a middle-of-the-road reboot, the character hasn’t had much success outside the initial film. Thankfully things may be changing with Boom! Studios’ new ongoing Robocop series by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Carlos Magno.

Taking place directly after the events of the original film and ignoring everything else that came after, the series’ first arc revolves around a newly released convict named Killian, who reenters the dilapidated Detroit to find everyone’s favorite cyborg cop battling the city’s worst. Killian is not a run-of-the-mill criminal, though. He is smart and cunning and his first plan of action is to turn the public against Robocop, who is still relatively new to the world.

What Williamson gets so right in the first two issues of the comic is the voice and tone of the original film. »

- Max Molinaro

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Trailers from Hell Goes to Michael Crichton's 'Westworld'

8 August 2014 8:21 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, "Robocop" and "Starship Troopers" screenwriter Ed Neumeier talks author Michael Crichton's 1973 directorial debut "Westworld." Medical student-turned-novelist Crichton’s directorial debut was the first of his cautionary futuristic-theme-park-gone-crazy thrillers (the second was Jurassic Park). The last picture produced by MGM before it stopped distributing movies became a huge popular hit and might have cut down somewhat on 1973 Disneyland admissions. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Ioncinephile of the Month: Andrew Droz Palermo’s Top Ten Films of All Time

1 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten favorite films of all time. Currently filming his debut narrative feature One & Two, Andrew Droz Palermo (read here) took some time out to unveil the films that make up that list as of August 2014. Andrew’s Rich Hill gets released theatrically (Aug.1st) via The Orchard. Here are his top ten in his own words.:

Apocalypse NowFrancis Ford Coppola (1979)

“What can I possibly add that hasn’t already been said? It’s a masterpiece.”

Come and SeeElem Klimov (1985)

“Eerie. Heartbreaking. Surreal. Just amazing control of tone. Dying for Kino Lorber to release a Blu-ray.”

George Washington – David Gordon Green (2000)

Rich Hill” gets compared to this film pretty often. I definitely take that as a compliment. »

- Eric Lavallee

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The kids' cartoons made from inappropriately adult movies

28 July 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Whoever thought RoboCop, Highlander and Rambo would make suitable kids' cartoons? These folks, that's who...

There are certain eternal questions in life that I doubt we’ll ever find an answer to. Who was Jack The Ripper? What happened on the Mary Celeste? How have there been five Resident Evil movies? And the question we’re going to look at now, why do they make kids' cartoons out of very adult movies?

In some ways it makes sense. As a kid, there are very few moments more exciting than watching an ultra-gory action film or a dodgy sex comedy that you know you’re not supposed to be watching. Everyone knows this, the studios especially. But surely they can’t be that blatant about it? You can’t make a show for kids based on RoboCop! Have you seen RoboCop? Won’t somebody please think of the children?

Rambo: The Force Of Freedom »

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Monster Artistry: A Quick Chat with Animation Legend Phil Tippett

24 July 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James Clarke chats with animation legend Phil Tippett

If you know your modern visual effects maestros, and if you know your stop- motion tauntaun from your stop-motion ED209, then you’ll know that Phil Tippett has been at the forefront of the visual effects and animation industries for the past forty years. His visual effects outfit, Tippett Studio, can count the recent movies Twilight, Ted and the forthcoming Jurassic World amongst its feature film credits. Outside of the feature film world, Phil has also recently completed work on a stop-motion, independently funded short entitled Mad God.

I had the chance recently for a quick catch up with Phil to chat with him about his studio’s new digital monster app that is a collaboration between his studio and Efexio to create the Tippett Creature Shop. In essence, the app allows users to purchase that ‘off the peg’, ready to use, »

- Gary Collinson

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Happy Birthday 'Robocop'! Listen To Paul Verhoeven's DVD Commentary Plus Watch 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

17 July 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier this year, MGM admirably tried to reboot their "RoboCop" franchise to middling results. It wasn't exactly terrible, but it missed the edge and black humor of Paul Verhoeven's original. And it says something that 27 years later — the film was released today in 1987 — Verhoeven's movie still stands tall and holds up remarkably well. In fact, at one point, The Criterion Collection managed to get "RoboCop" into their lineup, first on laserdisc and then on DVD. It has long been out of print, but thankfully the commentary with Verhoeven, writer Ed Neumeier and producer Jon Davison has made it subsequent releases...or you can just listen below. After that check out the vintage "Siskel & Ebert" review of the movie, and spoiler alert, they really liked it. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Horror Stars Get Animated for Malevolent

15 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!

From the Press Release

Morena Baccarin ("Homeland," "Firefly"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Robocop), and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) have joined the cast of Malevolent.

In Malevolent a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. Malevolent also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.

“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. »

- Steve Barton

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th

12 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Saturday, July 26

The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. »

- MovieWeb

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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

10 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

 

 

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »

- Brian Welk

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What to Expect from The Expendables 3

27 June 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on what to expect from The Expendables 3

Two films into the Expendables franchise, fans eagerly await the arrival of the third instalment. Thus far we have come to expect certain things. Firstly of course, lots of stuff gets blown up. That’s a given considering the cast which is a group of 80’s and 90’s action Gods. Then there’s the referential humour, that in the second film in particular was almost non-stop. Did the first two films entertain? For many yes. Did they fully deliver on the promise? Not really. The balance has never quite been right. The scripts always felt a bit jumpy and in many cases some key cast members felt wasted (namely Mr Van Damme in number 2).

Now, expectation and the end result can often be two very different beasts. Many felt upon the first announcement of the original Expendables film that this »

- Gary Collinson

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Dino Supervisor Phil Tippett Teases "Big" Jurassic World Presence At Comic-Con

25 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  He only had one job! The man indirectly responsible for the violent dinosaur rampage at Jurassic Park in 1993, dinosaur supervisor Phil Tippett, better known for his Academy Award winning VFX work on classics like Jurassic Park, Star WarsRobocop, and soon for Jurassic World, let out a tweet earlier today teasing a possible Comic-Con appearance by an old friend. Check out his tweet below: - taking something Big out of storage - dusting off, polishing up, reconnecting w an old, 8-foot friend - see u at @Comic_Con . — Phil Tippett (@PhilTippett) June 25, 2014 Now, what this means is anyone's guess. At 8 feet, a T-Rex display isn't likely, but another famous Jurassic Park dinosaur could fit the bill, the menacing Velociraptor. The raptors used in the film were approximately 6-8 feet, which is considerably larger than what its real-life counterpart would've been, but it does fit what he says above. In case »

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