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‘Tain’t the Meat… It’s the Humanity! and Other Stories
(The EC Comics Library) Fantagraphics Books
Illustrated by Jack Davis; written by Al Feldstein
Tales from the Crypt was a series of horror comics published by Entertaining Comics in the early to mid 1950s. Although it’s fair to say that EC (as it is more frequently known), and other comic book publishers of the time, won the war for the Hearts and Minds of America’s youth, the company stopped publishing them in 1955 after 27 issues. The storied early years of Maxwell Gaines and his comics company, and the trials and tribulations that the nascent comic book industry endured in those years has been well-documented. Shortsighted moralists, hard-line conservatives and righteous clergymen had decided that comics were rotting the brains and corrupting the souls of America’s youth. They needed to be stopped. Horror comics in particular were an »
- Chris Auman
Fred Dekker’s 1986 horror-masterpiece Night of the Creeps changed my life – and it probably change yours, too. It was the horror film that brought aliens, parasites, axe-murders and zombies together in one grand, hilarious and terrifying masterpiece. It was the horror film that wed John Hughes’ teenaged life with George Romero’s on-earth death-walkers.
Back in 1959, a meteorite crashed into Earth, bringing with it a type of parasite that feeds on human brains. When the first victim of the parasite is put into deep freeze, no one expects two teenagers, Chris and J.C. (Jason Lively and Steve Marshall) to inadvertently release these slug-like aliens onto their campus when they unthaw an infected man who has been cryogenically frozen since the fifties. Now with the help of a sorority girl that Chris is crushing on and an aging, cynical detective, they must stop the slugs from infecting their friends before »
- Lianne Spiderbaby
As we all get ready to play a few hands with The Dark Dealer, we've scored you guys an exclusive clip from the upcoming DVD release of this chilling and charmingly cheesy little slice of cinema! Dig it!
From the Press Release
Mvd Visual and Whacked Movies are proud to announce the release of The Dark Dealer, a feature length horror anthology, starring Richard Hull (She's All That, American Psycho II), Rocky Patterson (The Nail Gun Massacre, Repligator), and Charles Carrol (Disturbia, I Am Number Four) and directed by Tom Alexander.
The Dark Dealer is a quirky supernatural thriller about three hell-bound characters gambling with their lives and souls in a game of blackjack with the devil. This indie horror film is in the vein of Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt. Like other classic horror anthologies of the past, The Dark Dealer blends supernatural horror, action, and sensuality into »
- Uncle Creepy
From Director/Screenwriter David Dubos (The Roommate, Leprechaun 3) and Produced by Xavier Salinas (Net Effect, Dead By Friday) comes Bayou Tales. Starring Roger Bart ( ABC’s Revenge, Hostel II), Lin Shaye ( Insidious), and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead, Battle: Los Angeles).
- John Miles
No TV show has ever shared as diverse a relationship with big-screen talent as HBO's Tales from the Crypt. For starters, the anthology horror series was produced by Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver, David Giler, Richard Donner and Walter Hill. It had episodes directed by Tom Hanks, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fred Dekker, Tobe Hooper, Russell Mulchay, William Friedkin, Peter Medak and even Michael J. Fox. And that's not even counting the unbelievable roster of actors who wound up in front of the camera, of which there are far too many famous names to list here. And yet, even with all those names, there's perhaps no episode as surprising as the season six finale that first aired on January 25, 1995. It was called "You, Murderer," it was directed by Robert...
- Peter Hall
The folks at FEARnet have some treats in store for viewers this May, when they premiere multiple films that haven’t been shown on networks before, including the bloody masterpiece, Battle Royale, completely uncut!! Read on!
FEARnet starts the summer off right, serving up a slew of premieres, stunts and marathons headlined by the World Television Premiere of Battle Royale, the way it was meant to be seen—completely unedited, in all its gory glory—on Saturday, May 18, at 10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt.
Never before seen on television, the international blockbuster centers around the students of class 3-b, on their way to a field trip. After being gassed, they awaken to find themselves on a remote island where they are instructed to kill each other as part of a government law to deal with out of control students. And only one can survive. Banned in several countries for its violent content, »
It’s been more than 16 years since the release of Steven T. Seagle’s House of Secrets, and the Vertigo title is getting an all new hardcover omnibus release this week. I recently had a chance to interview Steven, who talked about revisiting the story after all these years, working with Teddy Kristiansen, new material that’s includes in the hardcover edition, and the possibility of a live-action version of House of Secrets:
The first issue of your House of Secrets was released in 1996. Was reprinting all of the issues together in this new hardcover omnibus something DC approached you about or was it something you went to them with?
Steven T. Seagle: Back when the series first came out, DC/Vertigo seemed to be reprinting everything. House Of Secrets got one volume out called Foundation, and even though it sold as well as some other things that got more volumes later, »
- Jonathan James
The horror anthology V/H/S deserves credit for figuring out a good way to present mediocre found-footage ideas. When watching a bad found-footage horror film the main problem is that it goes on too long and can’t keep its gimmick fresh, but if many of those films were cut to short-film length, their shortcomings would be well camouflaged. So it goes with the sequel V/H/S 2: there are some good ideas, and some awful ones, and the best thing that can be said about the bad ideas is that they don’t hang around.
Like its predecessor, V/H/S 2 is shaped around a framing story. This time, the framing story involves two private investigators searching for a missing person. Turns out this particular »
- Mark Young
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Uncle Alice Presents" Tweetable Logline: "Uncle" Alice Cooper hosts a horror anthology comic book series and TV pilot co-created by Tom Sheppard (Annoying Orange) Elevator Pitch: Look, we all love anthology series like Tales from the Crypt, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but wouldn’t we love them a Lot more if they were a comic book and TV show hosted by Alice Cooper? Production Team:Emmy Award winner Tom Sheppard, publisher and partner at Dark Matter, Credits: Pinky and the Brain, writer; The New Adventures Of Pinocchio starring Martin Landau, writer. Wrote and directed the independent feature Would I Lie To You? Other recent projects include Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, »
So why do we love horror? Well, if you look at some of the top actors in Hollywood these days you can find their ties to our beloved genre. Few television moves make serious headlines but when a staple like Syfy releases their upcoming plans we all pay attention. Especially when it involves a name like Jamie Foxx. The Django star spoke with Deadline about the details with the Tales From The Crypt like series that will deal more with “creepy morality tales with themes such as envy, jealousy and superficiality” instead of just zombies, ghosts and the such. Here is what Foxx had to say.
“This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life… Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows… »
- Travis "Nyquill" Brown
Original airdate – May 1st, 1990
I have memories of this episode from back before I re-watched it after I bought the DVD some years ago. It was on my local Fox affiliate and during the commercial breaks, I recall seeing advertisements for Demon Knight, and that satiated my thirst for something more, a film version of Tales from the Crypt?!? That made me a happy camper, and kept up my spirits, because frankly this episode is quite grim and bleak even by Tales from the Crypt standards. I remember not enjoying all that much then, but I was ten at that time and I was so used to the gore cocktail served up every Saturday night.
‘Three’s a Crowd’ isn’t a horror episode by traditional genre standards, it does have death (two to be exact) but isn’t by supernatural means, and that only happens at the end of the episode. »
- Nathan Smith
As we’ve been reporting, Syfy had its Upfront presentation to potential advertisers Wednesday night, and they spent yesterday issuing press releases. It’s a good thing they held the event at a pier, as there is a boatload of information included in the summary press release below. We made sure to get it posted before the weekend, since it will take you the entire weekend to absorb it all.
Some of it is information we’ve already posted, like the Ringworld and Childhood’s End development and the High Moon pilot production, some of it we posted about fairly recently, like Ronald D. Moore‘s Helix, some of it we haven’t heard about in quite some time, like Orion, Proof, and Dominion, and some, like the nonscripted shows, the anthology, and some of the projects announced, are news to us.
You’ll also see ratings info and other »
- Erin Willard
Earlier this week, Syfy announced a number of new projects that would premiere later this year, along with the renewal of Being Human. Continuing reading for details from the official press releases, including more information on the upcoming anthology horror series from Jamie Foxx:
“Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe today unleashed the imagination of the advertising community by announcing an original programming slate featuring Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) executive producing, writing and directing a horror anthology series, a trio of new reality series – Joe Rogan Questions Everything, Cosworld and Fandemonium – and 19 scripted and reality development projects, including The Jim Henson Creature Shop, a creature competition program.
Howe further announced a groundbreaking strategy of major quarterly multiscreen events showcasing new high concept programs, including Ringworld, a miniseries based on Larry Niven’s classic novel; Helix, an epic thriller from Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore; the scripted »
- Jonathan James
by Eddie Wright
Dark Horse Comics is pound for pound the best comics publisher in the world with super franchises like the "Hellboy" universe, "The Goon," the "Whedonverse," and "Star Wars" under its belt. They've also released Frank Miller's finest work (not published by Marvel or DC), and many new, cutting edge series and graphic novels. Dark Horse has more than proved its reputation as the biggest non-big two publisher, though it's yet to truly hit that Marvel movieverse or "Dark Knight" level of success at the multiplexes. The "Hellboy" flicks, "Sin City," "300," and "The Mask" were big but not Big. And we'll pretend the Pam Anderson vehicle "Barb Wire" never happened.
There are a number of great Dark Horse titles in various states of production including "R.I.P.D.," "Mind Mgmt," "The Goon," "Beasts of Burden," and others. Some of those could very well blow up the box office, »
- Splash Page Team
Ever since Jamie Foxx has taken on the role of Electro in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we've learned that deep down the guy is a geek that enjoys many of the same things we do. I'm pretty sure he's also the Oscar winner that has been bugging Todd McFarlane about getting the Spawn film made. We've now learned that Foxx is set to write, direct, and produce a new horror anthology series for the SyFy Channel! He might even star in it!
According to the report it will be a 5-episode series that will premiere during Syfy’s annual 31 Days Of Halloween programming marathon this October. There's no title for the series yet, but it's described as being in the same vein as Tales From The Crypt and The Twilight Zone. It will tell "creepy morality tales with themes such as envy, jealousy and superficiality." Foxx had »
- Joey Paur
Today we have a shmorgishborg of Syfy news regarding new projects being picked up, so I’m just going to cut the crap and dive straight into this pool of information. Hold on to your butts.
On top of announcing the renewal of young female-skewing Being Human for a fourth season, Deadline reported Syfy gave the go ahead for a four-part miniseries based on Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Ringworld would follow a team of explores as they travel through space in search of an alien artifact known as Ringworld, an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. Along the way they discover the leftovers of an ancient advanced civilizations, possible origins of the human race and the salvation for a doomed Earth. Childhood’s End is a chance of pace; it tells the tale of a peaceful alien invasion by the mysterious Overlords, »
- Brody Gibson
SyFy recently announced its upcoming slate of projects, and it features a ton of new series that caught our eye, including several adapted from popular science fiction and comic books, and others featuring the immense talents of Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Jamie Foxx. There are So many big ideas and high concept shows. It’s exciting to see what comes of all of these. So, let’s dive in.
High Moon “is described as an imaginative, out-of-this-world series exploring what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Chaos erupts in a genuinely emotional, humorously thrilling and always unexpected fashion as the people of the Moon race to uncover this life form’s powerful secrets.”
- Andy Greene
Jamie Foxx is bringing a new horror anthology series to the Syfy Channel. The actor will write, direct and produce the untitled series, and he hints that he will appear in an episode or two.
The series will be five episodes, set to air during Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween programming in October, and is being compared to shows like The Twilight Zone and Tales From the Crypt. “This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life,” Foxx said at the Syfy Channel's upfront presentation. The show is said to be a morality tale focusing on issues like jealousy, envy and superficiality.
- Alyse Wax
Syfy has announced that Jamie Foxx will be executive-producing, writing, and directing a currently untitled five-episode horror anthology. Like The Twilight Zone and Tales From the Crypt, the episodes will be morality tales. The series will premiere as part of Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween. Foxx gave this comment: "Get ready to lose it when some special friends and I bring the scares this October, and who knows ... maybe I'll make a guest appearance or two along the way!" He added, "Remember the 'd' is silent in 'dboOoOoOo.'" (He didn't add that.) »
- Jesse David Fox
From the sound of things, you should plan ahead and arrange for a group hug to be waiting for you
after watching tonight's Glee.
Syfy released a lot of news yesterday and probably the biggest revelation is that it ordered a fourth season of Being Human.
The channel also ordered a bunch of series and pilots. That included a pilot of High Moon from "television icon" (I'm going to use that title in the future, I sound too much like a fanboy when I call him a "god of teleplays") Bryan Fuller, and developing seven other dramas set in space. Every so often I'll see a complaint about how Syfy doesn't have any shows set in space (a big part of science fiction, admittedly), clearly they're trying to address that.
Syfy also ordered a few series including a horror anthology series from Jamie Foxx to air as part of Syfy's Halloween programming. »
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