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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)
By Adrian Smith
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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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the fan film Spawn: The Recall, a trailer for Charlotte’s Song and Inner Demons, premiere details for Nightmare Code, and much more:
Spawn: The Recall Released: “Spawn: The Recall is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness. While they’re shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras, something happens. She can sense it, they are here…
A film by Michael Paris. Starring: Johanna Genet (The Witch), Tom Maurice (Michael), Gregory Paris (Spawn), and J3.0 (voice). Music by James Bks Edjouma.”
For more information on this project, »
- Tamika Jones
Freddie Francis was legendary for directing genre greats such as Tales From The Crypt, Dr. Terror’S House Of Horrors, The Evil Of Frankenstein and many more films that horror fans hold close to their hearts, and now Scream Factory is set to bring another Francis gem, the Mel Brooks-produced The Doctor And The Devils to Bluray on November 14th. I’ve always loved liked the film, it’s full of great performances by former Bond actor Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea.
While it’s not a part of the “Collector’s Editions” releases, it still has a couple of goodies for fans of the film, including a commentary and a bran new set of interviews with people involved. Scream Factory’s recent Bluray release of The Legend Of Hell House looked great, so it’s probably safe to say that the team will treat the transfer »
- Jerry Smith
Like the Crypt-Keeper of EC Comic’s Tales from the Crypt, Uncle Creepy is a horror host of the paneled page, appearing in the original Creepy comic book series that ran from 1964 to 1983 and its relaunch by Dark Horse that began in 2009. Now the 50th anniversary of Uncle Creepy and his series’ first printing by Warren Publishing is creeping up on readers, and we have a look at the celebratory issue.
Creepy #18, the golden anniversary issue of the series, will hit comic book store shelves on October 8th. We have more details and a look at the issue below:
Celebrating A Half-century Of Terror!
It’s Uncle Creepy’s golden anniversary, and his loathsome legacy lives on in this milestone of macabre monstrosity! Prepare for putrid productions from Fred Van Lente (Conan the Avenger), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy), Peter Bagge (Bat Boy), Art Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and »
- Derek Anderson
The digital age has changed television dramatically within the past two decades. With the advent of cable channels, home video media, dish on demand and the internet, the average TV viewer has a variety of venues to access television programs. With all these ways to access television shows, the viewing audience has become more aware of repetitive story lines, inconsistency in character development and continuity errors. In short, these advances in technology have made for a more sophisticated casual television viewer, therefore allowing for the progression of serialized storytelling.
Today’s television writers have a landscape to develop complex narratives beyond the limitations of the episodic format, and now that audiences have better accessibility to these shows, there is a higher demand for serialized storytelling where there wasn’t one before.
Although there have been many television shows that have contributed to the overall progression of the modern serialized television series, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
By Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com
Tales of Poe, an anthology film directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, consists of three very strong, but very different short films adapted from the works of Edgar Alan Poe. Some viewers will prefer the straightforward yet creepy The Telltale Heart, others will laugh out loud the campy Tales from the Crypt inspired The Cask of Amontillado, while others will get sucked into the lush visuals of the abstract, surreal Dreams. The three stories in the anthology are all so strong, yet so distinct, that three people could watch the film and each one have a different favorite.
"The Telltale Heart", the most straightforward adaptation in the anthology, is also conversely the one that takes the most interesting liberties with its source material. Switching the genders of the main characters, and having the narrator, brilliantly played by the great Debbie Rochon, tell her »
Horror is a genre that transcends all mediums, but package it in the form of an anthology-television series and you’ve found the key to my heart. If you’re familiar with my posts on Icons, you’ll know I’m a sucker for this stuff, especially Freddy’S Nightmares! Despite the fact that they really aren’t too many bonafide classics (apart from the obvious usual suspects), it’s a format I enjoy if anything for the eclectic variety and ability to quickly invest in a segment without worrying about continuity. One of my morning rituals is to turn on The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, or something of that ilk while I eat breakfast for those reasons. If I love it, I’ll continually revisit it (“Walking Distance” in particular), and if I’m not too keen on it, it’s ok because the next episode will be entirely independent of itself. »
- Justin Edwards
Bad Milo!, 2013
Directed by Jacob Vaughan
A horror comedy centered on a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.
When describing Bad Milo! to someone, a fair few comparisons spring to mind. It’s like a 21st Century version of Basket Case, it’s the Tales from the Crypt episode they never made, it’s a big budget version of a skit you’d likely find on Youtube etc. But frankly there is no real way to describe just how odd and bizarre a movie like Bad Milo! is. After all, it’s about a man who has a demon living inside his anus.
Ken Marino plays Duncan, a man who is stressed with his whole life. His family »
- Luke Owen
They say that all good things must come to an end, and this eBook only release of Isolation brings David Moody’s zombie writing to an end, collecting his remaining fiction together and drawing a line underneath his undead work. Never say never, of course, because horror has a way of coming back from, ahem, the dead, but for now those of us who have been on Moody’s journey through the zombie apocalypse can step into his cadaver filled world one final time.
There are five stories in this collection, the main one being the titular Isolation, a novella based on a screenplay that Moody had been working on developing into a movie with Colchester based director Will Wright but which had, as these projects often do unfortunately, stalled. Telling the tale of Keith, a socially awkward young man who initially finds himself alone among the suddenly deceased rest of the world, »
It’s rare these days to get a scene on television that genuinely makes the hairs on your neck stand up on end, which really brutally knocks you for six.
We’re used to gore, of course. The rise of cable TV as the go-to medium for bloodthirsty, gripping stories, along with the fall in cost of decent CG effects has seen the amount of nasty body horror on television multiplied by a factor of what-the-hell in recent years.
But genuine, clammy-handed fright fests are few and far between. The old school weird sci fi and horror anthologies like The Twilight Zone, Masters Of Horror, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt were always more concerned with the macabre than the chilling. Those that have stood the test of time without crumbling into cheese were either gruesome, shocking or freaky, relying on a short, sharp shock in the »
- Ben Cooke
We have some sad news for horror fans hoping to have the Tales from the Crypt & Vault of Horror Blu-ray release in time for Halloween. Scream Factory has announced that the double feature is delayed due to a setback with locating the uncut footage from Vault of Horror:
“Sorry guys but we need to delay our upcoming blu-ray release of Tales From The Crypt / The Vault Of Horror. The double feature is now scheduled for 12/2/14 instead of its originally planned 10/14/14 date.
As you know, we announced this release with the goal of presenting Vault uncut. That is still the plan but we have run into some challenges in our process. Fox (whom we licensed the film from) does not have this original footage in their vaults and because of this we are seeking some other avenues to try to find suitable source material. One route we have pursued has been »
- Jonathan James
Later this month, we’ll see the release of a brand new Hellraiser comic book mini-series. This time, the series will go with an anthology format, giving us new tales in the Hellraiser universe from a variety of popular and upcoming writers. The first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller and Ben Meares, where a group sets out to steal Pinhead’s pins, and I caught up with both of them for the latest installment of our Q&A series.
Ben Meares: Hellraiser, in my mind, has always had a certain magic to it because the rules of the mythos can be applied to almost any kind of story.
Mark Miller: Right. »
- Jonathan James
Schwarzenegger is going to be in a horror genre film. Let that sink in for a moment. Sure, one can argue that The Terminator is essentially a sci-fi slasher. Also, don’t forget he directed a Tales from the Crypt episode as well. Before you cry out Predator as a horror film just simply know, I really don’t think of it as horror.
According to today’s post by Variety, his latest completed film, Maggie, has been added to the Toronto International Film Festival. If you haven’t heard about Maggie yet, good. That’s why we’re here. It has been mentioned online in the past but no one really knew if it was going to be a straight horror film, a drama, a comedy…no one knew. Well, more information has come out and it looks to be more of a zombie drama focusing on the conflict that a farmer, »
- Andy Triefenbach
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