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Q&A: Filmmaker Aaron B. Koontz on the Creative Team & Subgenres of New Horror Comedy Anthology Scare Package

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As a producer, Aaron B. Koontz has helped bring some of the most thought-provoking horror films to life in recent years. This past summer saw the release of Koontz's feature-length directorial debut, Camera Obscura, and Koontz and his Paper Street Pictures production company are wasting no time moving forward on their next project, Scare Package, a horror comedy anthology that he's overseeing with Cameron Burns. In addition to directing his own segment, Koontz is bringing together some of the most exciting independent filmmakers in horror for Scare Package, and we recently caught up with Koontz for our latest Q&A feature to discuss assembling the creative team and subverting subgenres in his new anthology.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Aaron. When and how did you and Cameron Burns come up with the idea for the new horror anthology Scare Package?

Aaron B. Koontz: Our last film,
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Lady Bird movie review: flights of adolescent angsty (#LFF2017)

MaryAnn’s quick take… An emotional feast full of humor and pathos about the audacity, the wonder, the horror that is female adolescence. Beautiful, bittersweet, and very generous. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about girls and women; love Ronan and Gerwig

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Herewith the single authentic movie about being a teenaged girl that our male-dominated entertainment sphere has begun to begrudgingly allow us annually. Last year’s was The Edge of Seventeen; 2015’s was The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is like those films, in that it is an emotional feast about the audacity and the wonder and the horror that is female adolescence the likes of which we oh-so rarely get to see onscreen. It is a nightmare and an adventure that will resonant with
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Cinepocalypse 2017 Review: The Lodgers is a Gorgeous Gothic Ghost Story

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I liked enough of 2014’s Let Us Prey, the debut feature from Irish filmmaker Bryan O’Malley, to want to see whatever he would do next. In addition to conjuring up some truly nightmarish imagery, O’Malley displayed an incredible talent for stylized visuals and slow-burn pacing. His follow-up film, this year’s The Lodgers, is a totally different kind of horror movie, but one which again showcases many of O’Malley’s same gifts as a visual storyteller.

This gothic ghost story, set in early 20th century Ireland, follows a pair of orphaned twin siblings, Rachel and Edward (Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner), who are more or less prisoners of the mansion they inherited and now inhabit alone. They live by a strict set of rules that keep them confined indoors, lest invoking the anger of the Lodgers, the ghosts who share their cursed home. As their eighteenth birthday
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‘It Comes At Night’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Griffin Robert Faulkner, Riley Keogh | Written and Directed by Trey Edward Shults

Ah, the thrill of plunging into a good movie with no prior knowledge. It’s rare, not simply because of the ubiquity of marketing material in the connected world, but also because said films don’t usually live up to the version imagined in one’s own mind… It Comes At Night is a dark, small-scale apocalyptic thriller that works best if all you know is that it’s a dark, small-scale apocalyptic thriller. It is taut, tense, brutal, scary, and filled with perfectly calibrated performances. Now, go see it.

Okay, if you must know more, here we go. The setting is sometime after some kind of apocalypse. An old man is dying. Paul (Joel Edgerton) takes him to the woods, shoots him, and then incinerates his body.
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Sliff 2017 Review – Coyotes Kill For Fun

Blake Eckard’s Coyotes Kill For Fun screens Saturday, November 4th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here.

In “Coyotes Kill for Fun,” the latest from Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker and Sliff favorite Blake Eckard, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her lunatic boyfriend, but his psychotic brother is headed back to the area, and he has a fraught history with everyone involved. Filmed over three years in Missouri, Montana, and La, “Coyotes” had a long gestation: Two-thirds was first shot back in March 2014, and a trio of cinematographers — Eckard, St. Louisan Cody Stokes, and American-indie legend Jon Jost — passed the baton behind the camera. Despite the prolonged production, “Coyotes” maintains a totally consistent — and utterly original — vision. The film features such Eckard regulars as Tyler Messner,
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October Horrors 2017 Day 31 – They Live (1988)

They Live, 1988.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, and George “Buck” Flower.

Synopsis:

An unemployed drifter arriving in Los Angeles looking for work who, thanks to a pair of special sunglasses, uncovers a mysterious conspiracy in which humanity has been enslaved by greed, consumerism, and ignorance by a sinister alien presence hiding in plain sight.

Well, we did it.

For the second year in a row, we’ve survived another 31 days of October Horrors.

This year we’ve looked at the wide variety of the kinds of horror the big screen can offer. We’ve had sci-fi horror, body horror, satirical horror, psychological horror, horror that arguably isn’t horror but this is my list so I’m talking about it anyway, and so on.

We looked at films with all manner of monsters from serial killers, aliens, space vampires, psychic teens, murderous hitch-hikers, Satan
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John Carpenter Confirms New ‘Halloween’ Movie Will Ignore the Sequels

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There may be no more storied and distinguished American horror director than John Carpenter. His closest competition would be George Romero and Tobe Hooper but Carpenter's is easily the most visually accomplished of the three. Carpenter is responsible for at least six classics that transcend the horror and science-fiction genres' supposed low-brow pleasures, including The Thing, Escape from New York, They Live, Starman, Christine, and most notably, Halloween. [caption id="attachment_662723" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal/caption] Over the last decade, Rob Zombie has made one admirable remake and a frankly visionary sequel to that …
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The Middle on ABC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season 10?

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Vulture Watch What in the heck is up with the Hecks? Has the The Middle TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 10th season on ABC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Middle, season 10. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? A family sitcom airing on the ABC television network, The Middle stars Patricia Heaton, Mike Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer. The comedy centers on the Heck family. Frankie (Heaton) and Mike (Flynn) are middle-aged, middle-class parents. They live in the middle of the country with their three children, easy going Axl (McDermott),
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Kenny Chesney on Making 'Magic' with Live Album — and His Very Passionate Fanbase

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Kenny Chesney on Making 'Magic' with Live Album — and His Very Passionate Fanbase
As No Shoes Nation knows, there’s something extra special about a summer night spent at a Kenny Chesney concert.

The clearest illustration of that island vibe may be perfectly captured on the above live video of the country star’s hit “Pirate Flag,” premiering exclusively on People. This particular rendition of the track will be featured on the Chesney’s upcoming album, Live in No Shoes Nation. It’s one of 30 songs on the double disc set of Chesney’s personal favorite live performances, out Friday.

When picking which live performances to include on the album, Chesney had some “simple” criteria: “magic.
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There’s A Rowdy Roddy Piper Documentary Out There, & Here’s The Trailer

One of the WWE’s all-time greats was Rowdy Roddy Piper, a man referred to as the equally legendary Ric Flair as “the most gifted entertainer in the history of professional wrestling”. Piper, who had screen credits like They Live and Hell Comes To Frogtown, paved the way for future greats to make the transition from the squared circle to the movie screen, and now, Piper has returned one last time in a new documentary called Roddy Piper: In His Own Words. You can watch the trailer for the new Rowdy Roddy Piper documentary in the player below.

Rowdy Roddy Piper documentary trailer released

Piper started his professional wrestling career in the 1970s, starting off for Mike and Gene LeBell’s Nwa Hollywood Wrestling. He wrestled three matches with the WWF under Vince McMahon, Sr. in 1979 at Madison Square Garden, but appeared properly for the world’s biggest pro-wrestling
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Documentary Roddy Piper: In His Own Words releases trailer

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I was never really a big fan of wrestling, but I still became a fan of Roddy Piper through his iconic roles in films like They Live and Hell Comes To Frogtown. So his passing was still pretty affecting to me. And from most accounts he seemed like a nice guy, even if he played an all-time great asshole on the WWF (or WWE as it's known today). And now he's getting his own documentary, Roddy Piper: In His Own Words,... Read More...
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John Carpenter’s ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998’ Resurrects the Horror Master’s Classic Music

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John Carpenter’s ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998’ Resurrects the Horror Master’s Classic Music
Not only is John Carpenter an acclaimed filmmaker behind some of the best horror movies ever made – Halloween, The Thing, They Live – he’s also the creator of some of the best horror movie music. Just as E.T. wouldn’t be nearly as effective without John Williams’ orchestral score, Halloween would be a lesser film without Carpenter’s eerie yet simple themes, made up […]

The post John Carpenter’s ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998’ Resurrects the Horror Master’s Classic Music appeared first on /Film.
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‘Black Panther’: 6 Key Shots From Our Newest Look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Next Big Adventure

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‘Black Panther’: 6 Key Shots From Our Newest Look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Next Big Adventure
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe chips away at its long-gestating Phase Three, the world of crime-fighting superheroes is getting smaller — to bring those heroes together for whatever mayhem will unspool in the final two Avengers movies — but it’s still more crowded than ever, thanks to movies like “Captain Marvel” and “Black Panther,” which introduce key new heroes and their own individual stories.

Next up, the Ryan Coogler-directed “Black Panther,” which brings back Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, who we first met in “Captain America: Civil War,” now dealing with his own homegrown threats. Coogler, a Sundance breakout with “Fruitvale” who landed Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination with “Creed,” seems to have advanced to the Marvel big leagues with ease.

The film picks up post-“Civil War” and sees the prince returning to his home, the isolationist (and totally fictional) African country Wakanda, where a number of
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Cover John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme — Listen

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Cover John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme — Listen
John Carpenter’s musical legacy is nearly as revered for his music as he is for his movies, not least because the two are intertwined. The latest to pay tribute to the “Halloween,” “The Thing,” and “Escape From New York” director are Nine Inch Nails bandmates Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who’ve recorded a cover of the “Halloween” theme. Listen below.

Read More:Trent Reznor, Massive Attack, Flea and More Record Music for Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel

The duo’s latest collaboration with a celebrated auteur follows their appearance on an episode of the “Twin Peaks” revival that aired earlier this year, to say nothing of their recent scores for “Gone Girl,” “Patriots Day,” and “The Vietnam War.” Carpenter, for his part, is producing a new sequel to his classic slasher flick directed by David Gordon Green.

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch Had Nine Inch Nails
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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Drop Creepy Cover of ‘Halloween’ Theme

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Drop Creepy Cover of ‘Halloween’ Theme
To celebrate the Oct. 20 release of horror film auteur John Carpenter’s anthology of newly recorded themes from his films, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross have released a new version of the theme from Carpenter’s iconic 1978 film “Halloween.” The remainder of the tracks on the album were recorded by Carpenter — who directed and wrote the music for films including “The Fog,” “Escape From New York” and “Assault on Precinct 17.”

Reznor says, “I clearly remember my friends and I at 13 years old conning our parents into letting us see ‘Halloween’ when it came out in 1978. We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the shit genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it’s your fault that I turned out the way I did.”

Speaking about the new version, John Carpenter says, “Moody and dark, Trent Reznor and [link
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Better Than Wages: Chloé Zhao Discusses "The Rider"

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Midway through The Rider, Lakota cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) takes a job at a local grocery store. Forbidden by his doctors from ever riding again and with few prospects near his home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, he’s humiliated to find himself wearing a name tag and waving a barcode scanner. Brady, the actor, later told Chloé Zhao that filming those scenes was one of the hardest things he’d ever done. Like the character he plays, Jandreau had recently survived a near-fatal skull fracture during a rodeo, and the painful prospect of giving up his cowboy life was still fresh. The Rider is the second feature film Zhao has made at Pine Ridge, following Songs My Brothers Taught Me in 2015. “I wanted to make a movie about the cowboys I met there,” she told me, “but I didn’t have a story until Brady’s accident.
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Over 20 Years Worth of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's Big City Love

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Over 20 Years Worth of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's Big City Love
Sarah Jessica Parker may be best known for her role as perennial city girl Carrie Bradshaw, but there's something else in her life that has stood the test of time: her marriage to fellow actor Matthew Broderick. Their love story reads like a Woody Allen movie: Sarah Jessica and Matthew met in 1991 after being introduced at a theater company by one of Sarah Jessica's brothers. They tied the knot in 1997 with a civil ceremony on Manhattan's Lower East Side - she famously wore a black wedding gown! - and have since become parents to son James Wilkie and twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta. They're not just one of Hollywood's longest-running celebrity couples, though - Matthew and Sjp are also widely recognized as famous figures in the Big Apple. They live in the West Village, champion important causes like arts education and music programs, and support the NYC Ballet and Unicef.
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Watch John Carpenter Direct in New Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Christine Music Video

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Earlier this month, horror fans were given quite possibly the coolest Halloween treat of the year when John Carpenter stepped behind both the wheel and the camera for a music video featuring a new twist on the iconic score for 1982's Christine, part of Carpenter's upcoming album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. If your engine is still revved up from seeing the Master of Horror reunited with a 1958 Plymouth Fury scorned, then you'll want to check out a new behind-the-scenes video showing Carpenter directing the enthralling music video.

The behind-the-scenes video was shared on YouTube by Carpenter's wife and business partner, Sandy King Carpenter, and you can watch it below. In case you missed it, check here and read on for more details on Carpenter's new album and tour dates.

"The theme for "Christine" is available as a part of John Carpenter's 'Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,'
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Everything We Know About Khloé Kardashian's Romance with Tristan Thompson (So Far)

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Everything We Know About Khloé Kardashian's Romance with Tristan Thompson (So Far)
After a few love false starts, Khloé Kardashian finally has her Prince Charming – NBA player Tristan Thompson.

With the announcement on Tuesday that the couple are going to be parents, it’s time to take a look back to where it all began.

He’S Very Much Her Type

From day one it was clear that the twenty-six-year-old Thompson had the sporting skills that in the past turned the reality’s star head. Thompson already has an impressive NBA career under his belt. Originally from Canada, he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011, and helped the team win its first NBA Championship in June.
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John Carpenter releases music video for Christine

Tony Sokol Sep 14, 2017

Ahead of his new album - Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 - John Carpenter has brought Christine back in a music video...

John Carpenter made movies so he could record the soundtracks. He’s made some great movies of course, classics like Halloween, They Live and The Fog, which he scored beautifully, and the films Carpenter directed made him a household name. He is a rock star film director.

But he doesn’t care about any of that. He never did. He always wanted to be a rock star rock star. The movies, they were fun. They kept a lot of people up at night. But really, if you asked Carpenter, he’d have preferred they stayed up dancing to his songs. And let’s face it, some of his melodies, like the theme from Halloween, get caught in your head, harder to escape than Escape From New York.
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