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All hail a cult classic. When "Demon Knight" premiered in theaters in January 1995, the kickoff to Universal's would-be "Tales from the Crypt" big-screen franchise suffered from generally negative reviews and mild box-office - only to develop a healthy cult following among lovers of old-school creature features in the intervening years. I remember seeing it on a Friday night in a packed house and loving every minute of it, from Billy Zane's over-the-top bad guy to those A-grade practical monster effects. Though the Ernest R. Dickerson-directed film was followed by two inferior movies - 1996's heinous Dennis Miller vehicle "Bordello of Blood" and 2002's "Ritual" - "Demon Knight" holds up one of the best horror-comedies of the 1990s. As it hits the two-decade mark, I'm counting down 10 reasons why it deserves our admiration. »
- Chris Eggertsen
In development since November 2013, The CW Network has officially ordered a pilot for their Tales from the Darkside reboot. Joe Hill, the author of Horns, Locke & Key and the son of celebrated novelist Stephen King, is writing the pilot script and executive producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The original horror anthology series, which was created by George A. Romero, ran for four seasons on CBS between 1984 and 1988. It was later adapted for the big screen in 1990's Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. Each episode of the show told an individual short story with a twist, in the same vein as other programs such as Amazing Stories, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Crypt. The show typically stayed within the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres, but certain episodes featured more dark comedy or lighthearted themes.
As many zombie fans know, Herbert West is obsessed with bringing back the dead. Since his original appearance in H.P. Lovecraft’s early 1920’s short story, he’s sought to conquer death through science in three feature films, a live musical, the Army of Darkness comic book series, and a one-shot comic. But West isn’t done yet, as this spring he’ll return in Dynamite Comics’ new miniseries, Reanimator.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herbert West will star within the panels of Reanimator, an upcoming four-issue comic book miniseries from Dynamite Comics. The story will take West to New Orleans, where he’ll face off against various villains, including things straight out of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos.
Keith Davidsen penned the miniseries, which was illustrated by Randy Valiente. The first issue will hit shelves in April. Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Seeley, and Andrew Mangum created the four covers »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another round-up of news, this time focusing on the return of David Lynch’s seminal series, Twin Peaks, the upcoming Game of Thrones IMAX screenings, and when you can expect to see The Babadook haunt home media.
With Twin Peaks returning to television in nine all-new episodes in 2016 (25 years after it last aired), fans have been wondering which actors will come back. Series co-writer/director David Lynch and Showtime answered one big question by revealing that Kyle MacLachlan will once again step into the shoes of FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper. Lynch even tweeted a new photo of MacLachlan as Agent Cooper holding a “damn fine” cup of coffee. Here’s the official press release (via Collider) and photo (via David Lynch):
Press Release – “Golden Globe winner and Emmy® Award nominee Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as FBI Agent Dale Cooper when the critically-acclaimed, »
- Derek Anderson
After several successful seasons on HBO under its belt, Tales from the Crypt and its iconic host, The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir), made the leap to the big screen in January 1995 with the feature film Demon Knight. Directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring William Sadler, Billy Zane, Jada Pinkett, Dick Miller, Brenda Bakke, Thomas Hayden Church, Cch Pounder and Charles Fleischer, Demon Knight debuted at #3 its opening weekend and took in over $21 million during its theatrical run, making the first of the Tales from the Crypt a bona fide success (even if the critics didn’t seem to think so).
A movie best remembered by fans for its masterful blending of horror and comedy, an incredibly diverse and talented cast of players as well as an iconic soundtrack and jaw-dropping special effects to boot, it was love at first sight after I first experienced Demon Knight all those years »
- Heather Wixson
Now this? This is impressive. Fans Benabdallah Adel, Penoit Damien, Omar Meradi, and Toufik Mekbel have gathered their resources and talents and recreated the opening of HBO’s “Tales from the Crypt” in stunning detail via CG! Watch it along with… Continue Reading →
The post Tales from the Crypt – Fans Recreate Opening via 3D Rendering; Must See! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
In remembrance of 2014, we will be highlighting each of our contributor’s “Best of 2014″ on an individual basis. This isn’t limited to movies & television either. No, no, this bleeds over into memorabilia, music and so much more. Without further ado…
“Deliver Us from Evil” earns a spot on my list because it wasn’t “The Conjuring” and I still haven’t seen “The Babadook.” I know, shame, but there you have it. This movie, honestly, is here because Eric Bana is an excellent actor and, along with Joel McHale, the generic plotline here is knocked out of the park. Why? Because good actors elevate mediocre scripts, and as far as scripts go, this one isn’t far above the median line, but it has more than just great performances boosting its bottom line. The movie is ugly (tone, color, atmosphere) from the start. We don »
- C. Bryan Brown
7 items from 2015
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