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From the late 1980’s and well into the ’90’s, HBO viewers watched their screens with mounting anticipation as a creaky metal gate was pushed open on a dark and stormy night. With the lightning flashing and the thunder crackling, the first-hand view of the camera wound its way up a path surrounded by tombstones before entering a decrepit mansion at the top of a hill. Once inside the home, the camera stepped through a secret passageway in a bookcase and wound its way down a spiral staircase, eventually stopping before a coffin. As horror hounds know, the coffin’s lid would then fly open with its resident, the Cryptkeeper, springing to life, a grin on his face and a cackle emanating from his dusty throat. Many people have fond memories of this introduction to Tales From the Crypt, and a group of visual effects artists have shown their love of »
- Derek Anderson
The next time I yell at my roommate for not washing the dishes I'll think of Time Lapse, which recently won the feature audience award at the inaugural Other Worlds Austin science-fiction movie festival. It made me realize that my roommate problems could be a whole lot worse.
The movie's about three twentysomethings with their heads in the clouds -- think The Real World meets a Tales From The Crypt version of Friends. There's Finn (my man Matt O'Leary), the sensitive painter; his doting would-be writer girlfriend Callie (Danielle Panabaker); and gambling addict bad boy Jasper (George Finn).
All appears to be well, at least stable, for our merry band of misfits, until the day Finn -- who's financially supporting himself as the apartment's manager -- goes to check on a mysterious elderly tenant and discovers a large, steampunk-esque camera pointed at his living-room window. He soon discovers that this »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
This fucking show, you guys. I don’t know about the rest of you, but despite living in the age of having any sort of media I want at my fingertips, I’m still behind on just about everything. Thanks to crippling student loan debt and an insane amount of medical bills from being an American battling cancer, my broke ass cannot afford cable. I consistently have to wait for things to hit Netflix Instant or Google Play in order to keep up with the Joneses or experience anything foreign made. Thanks to the recommendation of the best damn horror podcast on the web, I recently endured six draining hours of the British show Black Mirror. On paper, Black Mirror sounds like a run of the mill horror show. Somewhat of an anthology series, the show is centered around technology, possible future realities, and the way these things are to bring about our demise. »
- BJ Colangelo
Ohio filmmaker Henrique Couto has made quite a name for himself with flicks ranging from the throwback feeling Haunted House On Sorority Row or Babysitter Massacre to the family friendly film, A Bulldog For Christmas. His latest venture is an anthology horror film titled Scarewaves, scheduled for release next summer by Camp Motion Pictures. Scarewaves follows the final broadcast of a radio show hosted by Amos Satan (John Bradley Hambrick), who decides to spend his last night terrifying his listeners with four horrific tales, each by a different screenwriter: “Painting After Midnight,” written by Jeremy Biltz; “Fair Scare,” by John Oak Dalton; “Office Case,” by The Things In The Darkness author Ira M. Gansler; and Couto’s own “Worth the Wait. Scarewaves plays homage to classics like Creepshow, but feels fresh and totally original.
- BJ Colangelo
Yesterday, we shared the Gremlins cover for Deadly Magazine #4 and we’re back with a set of preview pages from our latest issue. For the December edition of Deadly Magazine, we’re celebrating the holidays with Gizmo in celebration of Gremlins‘ 30th anniversary. Special features include exclusive interviews with Joe Dante, Chris Walas, and Zach Galligan. Having trouble finding the right gift for a horror or sci-fi fan? Heather Wixson has you covered with her extensive holiday gift guide and Monte Yazzie shares his favorite holiday horror movies.
Deadly Magazine issue #4 also has a feature on Tales from the Crypt‘s killer Santa, a look back at John Carpenter’s Starman, and details on Suicide Squad‘s all-star cast. With this being the last issue of 2014, many of Deadly‘s writers share their “Favorites of 2014,” giving readers plenty of suggestions for 2014 releases that may have been missed.
We encourage Daily »
- Jonathan James
For the December issue of Deadly Magazine, we’re celebrating the holidays with Gizmo in celebration of Gremlins‘ 30th Anniversary. Special features include exclusive interviews with Joe Dante, Chris Walas, and Zach Galligan. Having trouble finding the right gift for a horror or sci-fi fan? Heather Wixson has you covered with her extensive holiday gift guide and Monte Yazzie shares his favorite holiday horror movies.
Deadly Magazine issue #4 also has a feature on Tales from the Crypt‘s killer Santa, a look at back at John Carpenter’s Starman, and details on Suicide Squad‘s all-star cast. With this being the last issue of 2014, many of Deadly‘s writers share their “Favorites of 2014,” giving readers plenty of suggestions for 2014 releases that may have been missed.
Deadly Issue #4 will be available this week and you can get a tease of what’s ahead when we release preview pages tomorrow. We encourage »
- Jonathan James
Happy December everyone! Here are the new releases for December 2nd, 2014.
Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror. Shout Factory. 1972-1973.
An evil monk shares five separate stories of the macabre. (Source)
Vault of Horror:
Five men trapped in the basement vault of an office building share visions with each other of their demise. Stories revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, East Indian mysticism, an insurance scam, and an artist who kills by painting his victims’ deaths. (Source)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Blu-ray + UltraViolet 20th Century Fox. 2014.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth¹s dominant species. »
- Sarah Skidmore
Happy December! Its hard to believe the holiday season is really here, but, with Christmas only a few weeks away now, it seems like time is just ticking away. And if you’re still in need of some gift ideas, thankfully there are a handful of Blu-rays and DVD’s coming out this Tuesday that would make perfect gifts to go under the tree (or tucked in the stockings) this year.
Scream Factory is giving horror fans a double dose of terror this week with their Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror Blu-ray and sci-fi fans can finally bring Caesar and all his primate friends home, as 20th Century Fox pulling out all the stops with a stunning collector’s edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes too. A few Star Trek: The Next Generation titles are also getting a high-def release on December 2th and »
- Heather Wixson
Making their Bluray debut here in the U.S., Amicus Films’ film adaptions of Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror scores well, courtesy of Scream Factory. The two anthology films,featuring excellent short stories pulled right from the classic E.C. Comics, look better than ever, and in the case of Vault Of Horror, offers viewers three different editions to choose from.
For fans of both classic anthologies, or just new viewers stumbling upon them, Scream Factory really does yet another excellent job bringing new life to classic horror films dying to enter your collection.
1972’s Tales From The Crypt has everything that a good anthology needs: great storytelling, excellent performances and having the direction by Hammer mainstay Freddie Francis doesn’t hurt either. While a lot of people who haven’t seen the film thus far might expect a creepy and entertaining anthology entry, what they’re »
- Jerry Smith
We’d like to wish our Us readers a Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be taking off for the rest of the day, but we wanted to share a handful of movie trailers to get you into the turkey (or human) carving mood…
First up, we have the mock trailer for Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for suggestions for horror movies to watch tonight, we’ve also included trailers for Motel Hell, Blood Feast, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
I’d like to thank all of our readers for their continued support this year, including those who have subscribed to our recently launched Deadly Magazine! We have much more planned for 2015 and are already working on special features for both Deadly Magazine and Daily Dead. This is a team effort and I’m very thankful for our staff of writers that share »
- Jonathan James
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
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