13 items from 2017
It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out in 2015, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of the new film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. RelatedThe 34 Best Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix in October The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most »
- Maggie Panos
Andy, Mike, Joseph and Jeremy join forces to come up with some recommendations for 31 Days of Halloween. We also do a double-up on Horrorlimination with 4 years of films to argue about.
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00:48:20 – #GetUpInDemGuts: 20 film recommendations for 31 Days of Halloween:
Sleep Tight, Rebirth, Hell House LLC, Lady In White, Compliance, Shutter Island, Marebito, The American Scream, The Eclipse, Funny Games (1997), Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, Murder Party, Grabbers, The Mothman Prophecies, Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon »
- Andy Triefenbach
Happy September, guys! This month’s home entertainment releases are wasting no time, as Tuesday looks to be another stellar day of horror and sci-fi titles coming our way. For those of you excited for Blade Runner 2049, Warner Bros. is putting out The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece in 4K Ultra HD, and Criterion is giving Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca their trademarked HD treatment with a stunning new release.
As far as new indie horror movies go, both A Dark Song and Raw come home this Tuesday and are well worth your time, and for those of you Winchester brothers fans out there, the 12th season of Supernatural is being released this week, too.
- Heather Wixson
First there was Carrie, then there was Rita. Both on-screen characters were picked on mercilessly by their classmates, and both sought revenge through their own unique powers. Scream Factory celebrates the latter character with their Blu-ray release of The Spell (1977) on September 5th, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Spell.
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- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory will release Lee Philips' The Spell on Blu-ray on September 5th. A list of final special features have been revealed, and fans can look forward to a high-definition transfer of the movie, a new audio commentary, and more.
From Scream Factory: "The 1977 Carrie-esque TV movie gets a considerable upgrade from its only-released-on-vhs-format days! Our final specs:
- New High-Definition Transfer Of The Rarely-Seen 86 Minute Cut Of The Film (Taken From Best Available Elements)
- New Audio Commentary By Made-For-tv-Movie Historian and Author Amanda Reyes
- New Interview With Writer Brian Taggert
Official street date is Sept 5th. Pre-order now @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-spell… for early shipping.
Synopsis: Her thoughts cast a deadly spell of terror!
15-year-old Rita lives in an ordinary town, attends an ordinary high school and wants to lead an ordinary life … but Rita is far from an ordinary teenager. Overweight and self-conscious, »
- Tamika Jones
As special guests on the Shock Waves podcast, the fine folks at Scream Factory just gave horror fans four big reasons to look forward to September, as they announced Blu-ray releases for The Spell (September 5th), Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected, aka Shatterbrain (September 12th), After Midnight (September 26th), and A Quiet Place in the Country (September 26th).
From Scream Factory: "We just announced four new upcoming titles on the Shockwaves podcast (which you can listen to and hear a lot more Scream Factory scoop @ http://www.blumhouse.com/podcast/ ). Here’s are the early details!
The Resurrected (also known as Shatterbrain) (1991) – Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night), a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the »
- Derek Anderson
There’s something that will always be tantalizing about so-called “lost” movie scenes, major sequences that were cut before release and generally remain unseen to this day. For example, there’s the legendary “spider pit” scene from 1933’s King Kong, which followed… Continue Reading →
The post Check Out This Fan Re-Edit of the Lost Ending to Poltergeist III appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Padraig Cotter
There was never really a need to sequelize 1982’s Poltergeist. It told a complete story. It vanquished the evil spirit haunting the house by film’s end. Heck, it even vanquished the house itself. But because the original movie was a hit and it was the ’80s, the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg collaboration got not just one sequel but two, despite the fact that it does not lend itself to being a franchise. New villains and new mythology—and eventually even new family members—were introduced to keep the story going, albeit with mixed results. And while the sequels have their fans, they’re hardly among the most beloved horror films of the decade. Thanks to Scream Factory’s new Collector's Editions of both, horror fans now have the chance to reevaluate them in the best possible format.
Though released four years after the 1982 original, Poltergeist II: The Other Side »
- Patrick Bromley
Poltergeist III (1988) Director: Gary Sherman Stars: Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Heather O'Rourke This weekend, the curse of The Ring transitions from your VHS player to the Internet in Rings, so Awfully Good Movies is raising its glass to another horror franchise about killer ghosts coming out of your TV screen with Poltergeist III! After Tobe Hooper (or Steven Spielberg, depending on who you ask)... Read More »
- Jesse Shade
Sinister spirits set their sights on Carol Ann’s new high-rise home in Scream Factory’s Poltergeist III Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and to celebrate the January 31st release of the film, we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Poltergeist III.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Poltergeist III Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 5th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
For this final week of home entertainment releases in January, horror and sci-fi fans have a ton of cult classics to look forward to, including Poltergeist II and Poltergeist III from Scream Factory, and Lair of the White Worm and Parents from Lionsgate via their Vestron Video Collector’s Series.
Synapse Films is also keeping busy with a trio of releases this Tuesday—The Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, and This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse—and for those of you missed it in theaters, Boo! A Madea Halloween comes home to both Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st as well.
Bram Stoker’s last novel is the basis for this wild tale of a horrific beast and the evil forces it unleashes on the beautiful English countryside.
- Heather Wixson
If your home away from home in your formative years was the dentist’s office, then you know that braces can be hell. That teeth-centric fear was tapped into by the special effects team in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and with the sequel coming out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on January 31st from Scream Factory, we’ve been provided with an exclusive bonus features clip just for Daily Dead readers that goes behind-the-scenes of the movie’s intense braces scene.
Check out our exclusive bonus features clip of actor Oliver Robins reminiscing about the braces scene below, and be sure to visit Scream Factory to learn more about their Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of both Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III:
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray »
- Derek Anderson
Scream Factory welcomes back the spirits that plagued the Freeling family with their respective Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III, and to get you prepped for the January 31st releases, we have high-def clips and trailers from both films for you to enjoy.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray): “In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins) settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to “the other side.” This chilling sequel, directed by Brian Gibson (Breaking Glass) also stars Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Julian Beck (The Cotton Club) and Zelda Rubinstein (Anguish) returns as Tangina. »
- Derek Anderson
13 items from 2017
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