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Every good teenage slasher movie includes a female cheerleader stereotype – typically blonde, popular, ditzy, top-heavy, and dead within minutes. Daddy can’t help you while Ghostface is in hot pursuit, and neither will that Mercedes Benz you got as a Sweet Sixteen present – but what happens when the main cast of your horror film is completely populated by cheerleaders? You can’t execute every character, can you? With Lucky McKee helming (alongside co-director Chris Sivertson), such a drastic turn didn’t seem out of the ordinary, but All Cheerleaders Die displays a massive formal transition for McKee. Known for grungy, dirty, gritty horror like The Woman, McKee (and Sivertson) shake their pom-poms and wave their spirit fingers for a horror-inspired rendition of Bring It On - a bright, bitchy pep-rally crashed by death, destruction, and witchcraft.
In a high school full of jocks, nerds, plastics, and other normal cliques, Maddy »
- Matt Donato
Here we go! It’s Friday, time to kick back and enjoy the weekend and what better way than by cranking a killer tune to set the mood?! This post was inspired by artist Kawehi. Have you heard of her yet? In the last several weeks, she became an Internet sensation with her beautiful reinterpretation of Nirvana‘s single “Heart Shaped Box.” I love every thing about it! (Including her! Marry me, please? Dammit, she’s already married.) But on the Esquire article where I originally discovered her, they also embedded a cover of Nine Inch Nail‘s “Closer.” I’ve always been a huge, huge fan of Trent Reznor and company, and I enjoyed the hell out of their most recent album ‘Hesitation Marks’ (the vinyl mix is excellent, by the way), but hearing this cover got me to re-appreciate “The Downward Spiral” again. I even have an instrumental version of that entire album! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Listen up, King fans! This is very cool! Cemetery Dance Publications signed an exclusive deal to produce a six-volume set of special collectible editions of Stephen King's early books that were originally published by Doubleday back in the 1970s and early 1980s! Read on for details!
From the Press Release
These are the books that launched King's career and made him a household name, and our special editions will be beautiful and oversized volumes like we've published for From a Buick 8, It, Doctor Sleep, and many other King books over the years.
The first title in this special six-volume set is Carrie, which will be published later this summer and is available for pre-order immediately.
Other volumes in this »
- Steve Barton
There is no greater 'master of horror' in the history of the genre than Stephen King, who has written some of the most enduring tales of fright of all time. King burst onto the scene in the early 70s with books like Carrie and The Shining, and he's still to this day churning out incredible works of written art, including the recently released Shining sequel Doctor Sleep.
In celebration of the King's 40+ year reign of terror, Cemetery Dance Publications has just announced that they'll be releasing six of his classic works in the form of Special Edition books, which are going to be as limited as they are deluxe. First up will be Carrie, set for release in the summer of this year, followed by Salem's Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand and Pet Sematary; all books that defined King and made him a household name, in the 70s and early 80s. »
- John Squires
Cemetery Dance is known for their limited edition Stephen King releases and they’ve just announced that they’ve signed a deal to produce six special editions of Stephen King’s early works. The first release is Carrie and we have all the details:
“We have extremely exciting news to share with our collectors today, just a few days after the 40th anniversary of the original hardcover publication of Carrie by Stephen King:
We’ve signed an exclusive deal to produce a six volume set of special collectible editions of Stephen King’s early books that were originally published by Doubleday back in the 1970s and early 1980s! These books are Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, and Pet Sematary, six classics of the horror genre and all-time Stephen King fan favorites!
These are the books that launched King’s career and made him a household name, »
- Jonathan James
April marks the 10 year anniversary of Icons Of Fright and we’re doing all sorts of fun things to celebrate! That includes bringing back some columns from the past and one that I always enjoyed doing was the “Song Of The Week” bit. Nothing too fancy. I just liked to share one rockin’ tune first thing Friday morning to help get your weekend going and before you tackled all the other “real” horror news out there. I haven’t posted one of these since June of 2013 (!) so if we’re bringing it back, let’s come back strong! This week’s pick is the heavy rockin’ song “Love?” by Strapping Young Lad from their album “Alien!” Why this particular video? Well, it’s directed by none other than Joe Lynch. Yes, that Joe Lynch! Director of ‘Wrong Turn 2,’ ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ and the upcoming ‘Everly’ & star of the Fearnet original series ‘Holliston. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)
99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III
98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell
97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson
95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres
92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari
90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
We've got a few more awesome pieces of art to share with you that are a part of that Stephen KIng tribute art show we told you about yesterday. The set features illustration of It, The Gunslinger, Pet Sematary, and Firestarter.
The show is called King For a Day, and it opens on Friday, March 21st in Los Angeles and will remain on display through April 6th.
- Joey Paur
This weekend, yours truly ventured down to Hero Complex on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles for the King for a Day art exhibit. The show, which made its debut on March 21st is a tribute to the works of Stephen King, all, all I can say is "wow." There are some gorgeous, funny and frightening pieces of work on display, from Salem's Lot and Misery to Pet Sematary and It. There's even a piece from The Running Man. The Dark Tower gets some love and so does The Shining, naturally.
The post 30 Images from the L.A. Stephen King Art Show! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
This weekend until April 6th, Hero Complex Gallery is hosting “King For a Day,” an exhibition celebration the works of Stephen King. For those interested in the Los Angeles area, we have details on the event. For those that can’t make it, we have a selection of artwork from the show, including tributes to Pet Sematary and Creepshow:
“Hcg invites you to join us for an art tribute to Stephen King’s full body of collected works, including his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows and films.
A portion of the proceeds of this show will benefit Mr. King’s charity of choice, The Haven Foundation, a non-profit service that serves to benefit freelance creators of all types who have found themselves unable to work due to disease or accident.
Who: Hero Complex Gallery What: “King For a Day” Art Exhibition Description: Art show celebrating the works of »
- Jonathan James
Fan service can be tricky, and there seems to be a pretty thin line between doing it right and doing it very, very wrong. I’ve heard a few people refer to Community’s fourth season as a Pet Sematary version of the show, which I think is apt; it’s going through familiar motions, but there’s a different soul in there. I think showrunners Port and Guarascio were trying to do too much fan service, or what Dan Harmon called “The Comic-Con version” in his recent interview with Alan Sepinwall. And can you blame them? They were walking into a show that had a rabid fan base with an encyclopedic knowledge, and while it certainly would have been interesting to watch a season of Community with Happy Endings’ soul, that version of the show would have alienated the small but ferocious fans the show already had.“Advanced Advanced »
- Dave Bunting
It was back in 1992 that Chicago-based artist Barry Crawford officially became known as 'Clay Guy,' turning his passion for Diy monster making from a hobby into a bonafide career. Sculpey Modeling Compound is Crawford's tool of choice, and though he started off by turning hunks of clay into silver screen icons like Batman and the Joker, his love for horror movies soon shined through, and nowadays he exclusively spends his time sculpting figures of genre icons both past and present.
A regular on the convention scene for many years now, Crawford's 'Clay Guy' sculptures continually impress, and he consistently churns out a brand new cavalcade of monsters and madmen every year. Though he has of course sculpted icons of fright like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, it is Crawford's figures of less appreciated villains that really make his work special, as he's brought to life a handful of characters »
- John Squires
We've covered the crazy-cool L.A.-based art gallery Hero Complex before, and with good reason--they put on art shows by some of the most talented folks working in the business today. The gallery's latest, "King for a Day," is a massive exhibition of 2- and 3D art inspired by the works of Stephen King. From Pet Sematary to The Shining to The Shawshank Redemption, they're all represented in terrifying form. Best of all you can buy prints of your favorites; a portion of all proceeds benefits King's Haven Foundation for artists unable to work due to illness or accident. The show opens from 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 21. For gallery hours and information visit Hero Complex Gallery. Meanwhile, get a taste of what you'll see. Mark Chilcott Jill...
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The storytelling of Stephen King has inspired all of us in one way or another, and his classic tales have conjured unforgettable images in just about every artistic medium. Case in point: a new exhibit entitled “King for a Day,” coming this week to L.A.'s Hero Complex Gallery, will feature some gorgeous King-themed works by artists and designers around the world who have drawn creative inspiration from the author's writing. The exhibit includes multiple submissions from from the so-called “Poster Posse,” including Robert Bruno, Nick Comparone, Patrick Connan, Harlan Elam, Florey, Chris Garofalo, Peter Gutierrez, Tom Miatke, David Moscati, Kaz Oomori, Adam Rabalais, Paul Shipper and Chris Skinner. "It's Your Cat Now" (Artist: Chris Garafolo) Pop Culture blog Blurppy.com recently published an in-depth study of several entries from the exhibit, including works in progress and commentary by the artists involved. "Silver Bullet" (Artist: Peter Gutierrez) Notable examples »
- Gregory Burkart
Today is of course St. Patrick’s Day, which essentially means that us horror fans are allowed the freedom to do two things, without incurring the wrath of judgment that doing those two things typically incurs; not only do we get to drink all day, but it’s sort of an unwritten rule that we must plop our asses on our couches and watch as many of the films in the Leprechaun franchise as we can possibly endure. A great holiday this one is, to say the least.
That said, if you’ve already seen all the Leprechaun movies, and don’t have much interest in watching them again, then have no fear, because we’ve got you covered. We came up with a list of films to accompany you on today’s couch-riding, beer-drinking escapades, all of which are worthy alternatives to the Leprechaun films.
These ten Irish-made horror »
- John Squires
“Resurrection” has such a provocative concept and a well-cast pilot that the temptation is to hang on hopefully for the ride, albeit with a measure of skepticism regarding how much life, renewed or otherwise, the producers can mine from the premise. Dealing with thorny issues of religion and faith while wrapped in a central existential mystery, the show’s real challenge will be how long it can explore the notion of a child returning from the dead, unchanged, 32 years later, and keep it dramatically contained, given what that would truly mean in today’s wired, digitally connected world.
Having been given an Oscar-telecast push, this is one of those ABC projects that deserves ample praise for its conceptual daring, but often winds up disappointing in the execution. Fortunately, a second hour somewhat broadens the show’s riddle, while indicating that any answers will be disgorged slowly. Ah well, humanity has »
- Brian Lowry
“Sometimes being alive feels like a long game of chicken on a badly-lit road.” -- Michael Marshall Smith, from the introduction to Ps Publishing's Christine Love for Stephen King’s 1983 haunted car story has always seemed a little light on the ground. It’s not that anyone ever hated Christine; it’s just that the passion with which readers discussed classic novels like The Stand or The Shining or recent books like Bag of Bones or 11/22/63 seemed to pass Christine by. During King’s most popular decade, the novel failed to hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list (though #2 isn’t exactly a struggle for chart success.) Literary critic and King expert Dr. Michael R. Collings once referred to Christine as a “minor” novel, especially in comparison to the major statement of Pet Sematary, also released that year. Yet in the thirty-plus years since the book was published, Christine has become a cultural touchstone. »
- Kevin Quigley
For their first feature, Almost Human (review), director Joe Begos and actor/editor Josh Ethier have put together an ambitious, effects-heavy alien abduction story that’s as unrelenting as it is exuberant.
An intense ride that shows the love for the Eighties era, Almost Human is a standout first entry for Joe and his crew. Now, through IFC Midnight, the film is enjoying a limited theatrical run and is also available on VOD.
DC: I know House of the Devil, the Ti West film, did a limited VHS run, but there are very few films that get a chance to do it and where it actually makes sense to put it out. Is the VHS of Almost Human just going to be a limited run, or will any copies be for sale? Or are you just handing them out at screenings?
Jb: I actually made a hundred of them and »
- Drew Tinnin
The Skeleton Crew #77: Secret Window to the Pet Sematary Right Click the image below and Click "Save Link As" to download the show: 1:45 45:00 Alex, Dan, Jamie and Willis Wheeler give an in depth review of Stepehen Kings Pet Sematary (1989)! This is a review you wont wanna pass up 49:00 1:20:00 Alex, Dan, Jamie and Willis talk NetFlix recommendations, the future of Star Wars, Star Trek Into Darkness, Back to the Futures inconsistency,… »
When she's not working as one of our favorite scream queens, Ms. Vampy herself, Brooke Lewis, has an alter-ego, that of advice columnist for Huffington Post. For Valentine's Day we took some of her dating tips and horrified them up a bit.
Lewis is the author of the popular column Ask the Drama Queen, and she recently appeared on "San Diego Living" to give some tips to help people get the most out of their dates, be it with a new person or their spouse or longtime partner.
Even we bloodthirsty beasts at Dread Central can appreciate a good love story (as long as someone's heart is ripped out at the end) so we thought we'd share some of Brooke's dating tips and explain them in a way we all understand.
Happy Valentine's Day, Dreadies!
Tip #1-Plan Ahead
Brooke wants you to be sure to have your dinner plans made, »
- Scott Hallam
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