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The films are an example of diminishing returns, but the collection is more than the franchise’s fans could have wished for.
There are rumors that Lionsgate’s fantastic Vestron Video line of remastered, supplement-filled Blu-rays celebrating horror films from the ’80s and ’90s may be closing up shop. It’s unconfirmed, and LG themselves have been mum on the subject, but it would be an unfortunate turn of events for genre fans if true. They’re only nine releases in, but already they’ve done tremendous work with fantastic new editions of fun classics like Chopping Mall, Waxwork, and The Gate.
Their most recent release, and possibly their last if the rumor proves true, is the four-film Wishmaster Collection. As someone who had never seen the first film and was utterly unaware that three sequels even existed this set offered a first-time watch across the board. So of course I binge-watched all four across a single »
- Rob Hunter
Director: Anthony Hickox Cast: Zach Galligan, Bruce Campbell, Alexander Godunov, David Carradine, Deborah Foreman, John Rhys-Davies, Michelle Johnson, Sophie Ward, Marina Sirtis, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp, David Warner, Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros. Lionsgate has compiled a collectors edition Blu-Ray of the cult horror/fantasy classics Waxwork (1988) and Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1991). Waxwork Review Mark […]
Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.
Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.
Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:
Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)
L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired »
- Scott Drebit
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
Offering new premieres and exclusives every month, Shudder has a unique library of hard-to-find international and independent films, something for both casual and hardcore fans of horror. With that in mind, here’s the rundown of the new arrivals and UK exclusives and premieres for January…
Exclusive: Sadako Vs Kayako (Dir. Koji Shiraishi)
UK streaming Premiere. Exclusively on Shudder from 26th Jan
The mega ghouls of Japanese-horror face off in this Tiff Midnight Madness closing film monster mash-up of Ju-On (The Grudge) and Ringu (The Ring). After reviving the evil spirits of Sadako and Kayako, two university students and a high school girl quickly realize the only way to outsmart these vengeful spirits hell-bent on haunting is to pit them head-to-head.
New to Shudder this month:
- Phil Wheat
5 items from 2017
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