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Headcleaner: VHS Series Gets Third Installment Blues
Perhaps after this third installment this franchise can enter the same void for the format which it’s named, as this is by far the least thematically inventive anthology of the trio. A quintet of five up and coming horror directors spackle this latest omnibus, once loosely geared to tickle our nostalgic fancy for the retired home video format from an era where gritty and scary films used to be more prolific.
Interweaving between its three sordid tales is the wraparound segment, “Vicious Circles,” from director Marcel Sarmiento, better known as the helmer of “D is for Dog” from the first The ABCs of Death film and his feature, Deadgirl. Beginning with a tense teenage couple, whereby the young male filmmaker stumbles upon a high speed Los Angeles chase and uses the opportunity to snag some YouTube footage that will make him famous, »
- Nicholas Bell
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
With the latest issue of Deadly – Horror & Sci-Fi Magazine currently available, I thought it would be kind of cool to share with our Daily Dead readers a look at the artistry and skill that went into making the special effects for Ernest R. Dickerson’s 1995 horror comedy, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.
These great photos were provided to us by F/X maestro Todd Masters (Slither, American Mary), who had previously worked on the Tales from the Crypt television series and was brought onto the big-screen production to not only create all the demonic creatures, but to handle Demon Knight’s ambitious gore gags as well.
With Demon Knight celebrating its 20th anniversary this upcoming January, I thought this would be another great way to celebrate one of my favorite (and underrated) modern horror films of all time.
Check out the gallery below and look for my retrospective on »
- Heather Wixson
Two related developments were concurrently unfolding in the television world in the mid 1980s. One, Steven Spielberg created “Amazing Stories,” an anthology series (like “Tales From The Crypt," which would follow it by just a few years) that debuted in the fall of 1985. Two, Martin Scorsese, whose films weren’t doing so wonderfully at the moment, turned his talents to TV (and horror) for the first time in his career. It’s only natural that the two friends’ paths would cross on an episode of “Amazing Stories.” Scorsese made his small screen debut with the program’s 19th episode, “Mirror Mirror,” which originally aired March 9, 1986. In the half hour episode, written by Joseph Minion, a much younger Sam Waterston plays Jordan Manmouth, a slightly acerbic yet incredibly successful horror novelist who becomes tormented by a mysterious black-robed figure only he can see that inhabits mirrors. Helen Shaver (of the “Poltergeist: The Legacy »
- Zach Hollwedel
This week is a VOD double feature with reviews of Horns from Alexandra Aja starring Daniel Radcliff and the found footage sequel VHS: Viral. The Hnr grue-crew dive into the modern gothic fairy tale and another round of shorts inspired by Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Darkside and The Outer Limits with a gory twist.
Dave shares the horror news of the week … Continue reading →
- Doc Rotten
Scream Factory delayed the Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror Blu-ray release, but for good reason: they’re prepping three different cuts of Vault of Horror. To hold horror hounds over until this much-anticipated Blu-ray becomes available on December 2nd, Scream Factory has given us a look at three clips and an original trailer that show off the movies’ high-definition upgrades.
“Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include Vault of Horror’s theatrical PG cut and »
- Derek Anderson
Horror movie fans have a new anthology film project in development called Tales of Halloween. The film follows in the footsteps of previously released horror anthologies such as the Trick 'r Treat, V/H/S, and The ABCs of Death. I've always enjoyed watching movies like this! I grew up on films and shows such as Tales From the Crypt, Black Sabbath, Tales From the Dark Side, and the Creepshow. As long as Tales of Halloween turns out to be fun and entertaining I'll watch it.
The news come from Deadline, who reports that the movie will consist of ten segments from eleven directors. It will be an interconnected series of stories, and they will all be set in "a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night."
- Joey Paur
Popular in the 1960s and early 1970s with more rare appearances in the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, the anthology-style horror film has made a solid resurgence in recent years with such portmanteau releases as The ABCs of Death films and the V/H/S series.
With Mexico Barbaro, Fear Paris and other projects in various stages of completion, the anthology horror film looks to continue to be an important part of the horror cinema landscape.
Some anthology films employ a framing or wraparound sequence in an attempt to connect the segments that make up the film while others dispense with this classic Amicus-style approach entirely and simply present a collection of short films connected by genre.
Either way, a horror anthology film is ultimately about the quality of its individual segments and this article will take you on a tour of the greatest horror anthology segments of all time. »
- Terek Puckett
Scream Factory delayed the Tales From The Crypt / Vault of Horror Blu-ray release, but it will be well worth the delay, as they confirmed that they’re prepping three different cuts of Vault of Horror:
“Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts of the cult classic. The first disc will include Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror’s uncut widescreen presentation. The second disc will include Vault of Horror’s theatrical PG cut and a rare open-matte version of the BFI master. The release also includes an original trailer and an alternate opening scene for Vault of Horror.
- Jonathan James
Fans of the classic British anthology film adaptions of E.C. Comics’ Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror can rejoice, as they both are set to make their Bluray debut, as a double feature this December 2nd from Scream Factory. It not only marks the first time each film has been on Bluray, but also gives fans Three different versions of 1973’s Vault Of Horror, with the double feature’s first disc containing Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror uncut, and the second disc containing both the theatrical PG-rated cut, and a special rare open matte version of the original master.
Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about this release, being a huge fan of ever incarnation of Tales From The Crypt, from this anthology to the great TV series, there a devilish feeling to it all, that makes for some great entertainment!
- Jerry Smith
Made in the early 1970s and widely considered to be two of the best horror anthologies of all time, both Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror are next up on Scream Factory’s slate, being given the double feature… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
Two Classic British Horror Films Make Their Blu-ray Debut
December 2nd, 2014 from Scream Factory
Scream Factory invites you to embrace the chills this December with two classic British horror films! On December 2nd, 2014, Scream Factory will release Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror on Blu-ray for the first time! Featuring the rare, uncut version of Vault of Horror, the two disc set includes three different cuts … Continue reading →
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
Written by: Jeff Lieberman
Directed by: Jeff Lieberman
If there ever was a film that deterred me from watching it just by the poster art, it was this one. The demonic elf holding the pumpkin for some reason did not appeal to me. I’ve dodged watching this one for a good two years. I had heard some good things about it, so what the heck.
It really has absolutely nothing to do with a demonic elf, but it does take place on Halloween. Jenna is a college student who comes back home with her boyfriend, Alex to celebrate Halloween. They are met when they arrive by her mom, Merrill, and her little brother Dougie. Dougie loves Jenna and sees Alex as a deterrent »
Larry Wilson is a man who's had more than one life, it seems. Originally a writer, he then moved to development and the world of studio executives. And then? He moved back to writing, with Beetlejuice, which he also co-produced.
Here, he chats to us about his new webseries Cindy, as well as taking us back to the days of Beetlejuice, of bringing James Cameron to Aliens, and how Young Sherlock Holmes - a film based on his idea - was a disappointment to him.
Oh, and there's that Beetlejuice sequel too...
Let's start with what you're up to now, your webseries Cindy. I understand you pitched it originally to Nickelodeon, but it sounds like a show that's been swimming in your head for a while now. Can you tell us a bit about it? »
While it went home empty handed after competing in Cannes, and was released in dozens of territories before Sundance Selects dropped the title onto the market this past April, Venus In Fur did manage to rack up seven Cesar award nominates back home and netted Roman Polanski the Best Director prize. Dark, playful, and featuring a dizzying performance from Emmanuelle Seigner, the title is destined to be one of the year’s most overlooked gems.
The once quite reticent Polanski quickly returned with yet another adaptation of a popular Broadway play. Working from the same stage title, this followed his 2011 star studded Carnage. Say what you will, but Polanski, who often tends to favor claustrophobic chamber pieces, excels with chatty subversiveness, and detractors of the sometimes forced Carnage should revel in this latest effort, a dark labyrinth of comedic mind games that does with words what something like Lady from Shanghai does with mirrors. »
- Nicholas Bell
Pennsylvanian fright fans looking for some outdoor chills and thrills this Halloween season may want to point their car hoods toward the Mahoning Drive-In Theater this weekend to attend the Halloween Horror-Fest. Featuring four 35mm screenings of horror films under the stars, the marathon will see Freddy Krueger, Lucio Fulci’s zombies, a deranged doctor, and a Santa Claus killer grace the silver screen.
Held on October 24th and 25th at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pa, the Halloween Horror-Fest will be open for business beginning at 6:00pm. Live rock music, costume contests, and prize raffles will take place before the film reels roll at 7:30pm.
For $10 a carload, attendees can watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead), Doctor Butcher, M.D. (aka Zombie Holocaust), and the 1972 anthology horror film, Tales from the Crypt. The marathon serves as »
- Derek Anderson
If you even wondered what it would look like if one of the greatest auteurs in film history directed an episode of “Tales From The Crypt," look no further than Federico Fellini’s absurdist short “Toby Dammit,” based on a relatively obscure Edgar Allen Poe story titled “Never Bet The Devil Your Head." The quickest way to describe “Toby Dammit” would be as “8½ in Hell." Firmly planted in Fellini’s late '60s narcissistically colorful, exuberant dream-reality period, “Toby Dammit” represented one-third of an anthology feature consisting of three Poe adaptations from three of the most revered filmmakers at the time: Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim (perhaps “tolerated” instead of “revered” is a better description for Vadim). The feature is called “Spirits of the Dead,” and even though Fellini received a considerable amount of praise for his segment, the other two shorts failed to impress. Eventually, critics and audiences discarded. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
This coming Saturday (October 18th), Burbank’s premiere horror-themed book/movies/etc store Dark Delicacies is set to break more records, when they host a signing for Hell Comes To Hollywood II: 22 More Tales of Tinseltown Horror, the sequel to the Bram Stoker Award-nominated book, Hell Comes To Hollywood, an anthology book, filled with some of the best genre writers around. Dark Delicacies’ signing for the first book was a huge success, being called “the Literary Horror Event of the Year”. Looking to top the first signing and the first book’s success, Hell Comes To Hollywood II boasts a list of writers, all of which work in the film industry as actors, writers, directors, etc, giving the book a cool spin to it. Stories ranging from monsters (human and otherwise), zombies, demons and more, the book sounds like a hell of a read and the event sounds just as fun. »
- Jerry Smith
As if we weren’t excited enough about Scream Factory‘s upcoming lineup of titles making their Bluray debuts, the gang at Sf have decided to make horror fans’ mouths water even more, with a handful of announcements regarding even More upcoming titles set to be unleashed in the near future. Not only do we get an update on the final release date on Sf’s Vault Of Horror/Tales From The Crypt double feature, but it’s official that Voh will be the uncut version!
Personally, I’m a fan of most of the films in the announcements, so obviously I’ll be jumping at them when they hit. The amount of times I watched Once Bitten as a kid is in the triple digit amount, so the announcement of the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double is enough to make me smile from ear to ear. I »
- Jerry Smith
(This review pertains to the British Blu-ray release by Network)
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A mysterious Englishman with mystical powers, a sexy wife, a game of cricket and an insane asylum. In different hands these elements could have been combined to make an Amicus portmanteau film in the style of Tales From the Crypt or Asylum. In the hands of I, Claudius author Robert Graves and Palme d'Or-winning Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski it becomes a strange, hypnotic and fragmented tale that unsettles and confuses in equal measure.
Alan Bates, who could give Richard Burton a run for his money in the "brooding intensity" stakes, plays Crossley, a disheveled yet charismatic wanderer who bursts uninvited into the lives of Anthony and Rachel with devastating consequences. Anthony (John Hurt) is a Radiophonic Workshop-style musician who spends most of his time recording unusual noises and manipulating tape decks. »
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