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A few good-to-great movies have been adapted from Stephen King's novels: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (sorry, Stephen), Brian De Palma's "Carrie," Rob Reiner's "Misery," and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist," to name a few examples. And then there have been some...not so great ones. My advice? A) Leave the good adaptations alone; B) Give the bad ones the stellar remakes they deserve. As remakes of "It," "Pet Sematary" and "The Stand" -- all of which weren't exactly top-shelf the first time around -- ramp up for new cinematic versions, here are six other King adaptations I'd like to see the powers-that-be take another swing at. »
- Chris Eggertsen
When I used to look back on my childhood - in the days before the internet’s all-seeing taint - there were three things that I always assumed were as much a constant of my young life as excessive sugar intake and making up innumerable excuses for having torn my trousers.
The first was Bertha (lovely Bertha), the stop motion-animated kids TV show helmed by Ivor Wood about a sentient factory machine - the titular Bertha - whose exploits helped trick a generation of British children into thinking that factory life was a non-stop cavalcade of japery, typified by super-advanced AI, funny wee robots and, most unrealistically of all, smiling faces. Ivor Wood must’ve been laughing all the way to the Illuminati seminar: “Enjoy your life of low-wage labour in the iron clutch of Thatcher's fist, »
Like many fans of Stephen King's 1983 novel "Pet Sematary," the author had a mixed reaction to the 1989 film version of the book: "I think [star] Dale Midkiff is stiff in places. I think Denise Crosby comes across cold in places," King told Cinefantastique magazine in 1991. "I don't feel that the couple that's at the center of the story has the kind of warmth that would set them off perfectly against the supernatural element that surrounds them. I like that contrast better. I think it does what horror movies are supposed to do. It's an outlaw genre. It's an outlaw picture. A lot of the reviews have suggested very strongly that people are offended by the picture, and that's exactly the effect that the horror movie seeks." Confession: I am probably even less a fan of the Mary Lambert-directed adaptation than King is. To me, the film suffers from an »
- Chris Eggertsen
George A. Romero’s career as a director has spanned well over 40 years now, with 16 feature films to his credit (plus one O.J. Simpson documentary!). Though mostly known as the father of the modern day zombie movie, and of… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
Holy cats, creeps, I can hardly believe my putrid peepers! None other than the diabolical duo Jen and Sylvia Soska have dropped by the ol’ Crypt o’ Xiii to chew the fat and give us a look into what it’s like bein’ two of the most talented die-rectors in the horror biz!
Famous Monsters. We all know that you are rulin’ the fright flick universe these days from within the ebony walls of the Twisted Time Mansion™, but let’s cast our minds back across the aether of time and jaw a bit about how you got all entangled in the horror biz. Fer instance, when I was a lil’ ghoul, my putrid parents would let me watch quite a few horror shows, but they usually would draw the line when things got a bit heavy on the whole “special huggin” (hence the now legendary Humanoids From The Deep »
For years, cats have been the unfair villains of Hollywood or if you’re a dog person, cats have been playing cats in films for a while now. In discriminatory indoctrination such as Cats and Dogs (megalomaniac), Pet Sematary (zombie), Meet the Parents (shit-stirrer), every Bond film with Blofeld (terrorist accomplice), Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (just really grumpy) and most recently The Voices (sociopathic enabler), it’s been nothing but inflammatory hate-mongering for movie cats.
Meanwhile, dogs have been joyously changing lives, helping solve crimes and making people cry when they die. Anyone who endured Marley & Me in a public space can attest to the insufferable awwws whenever the selfish and destructive dog enthusiastically ruined Jennifer Aniston’s family life. After all of the reckless cushion-destroying, »
- Benjamin Lee
I don’t want my horror films to be wrapped up in a neat little bow, with the final girl/guy walking into the sunset. The survivor who went through hell and walks away is always nice to watch, but more times than not, I want reality, I want to feel the pain of the evil and carnage that our protagonists went through, before being overcome with the reality of the situation. Sure, it’s easy (trust me, Really easy) to hate Rob Zombie’s H2, but one element of that film that I did appreciate is that it showed how fucked up people could become, following a traumatic and brutal experience of having someone try to murder them. Films like Eden Lake, Martyrs, Candyman, The Collector and films like those end with a punch straight to your gut that makes it hurt. After watching The Strangers for the first time, »
- Jerry Smith
While watching The Lazarus Effect, it isn’t difficult to think about a completely different movie, or several other completely different movies. Director David Gelb’s film—the latest inexpensively made and starry horror project from mega-producer Jason Blum—overflows with familiarity, a fact driven home in the majority of its reviews in which Flatliners and Pet Sematary are…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Popular culture is filled with cautionary tales of what happens when overly ambitious scientists play god, and from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator the answer has always been the same — success, immediately followed by violent death for pretty much everyone involved. That certainty hasn’t stopped fictional geniuses for trying though, and this weekend brings yet another iteration with The Lazarus Effect. Frank (Mark Duplass) and his team have been working for some time at a lab in Berkeley, CA in the hopes of finding a way to extend brain activity in order to give patients a bigger chance of survival after traumatic incidents, but their research has taken something of a detour. The four person team — which also includes Frank’s girlfriend Zoe (Olivia Wilde), Clay (Evan Peters) and Niko (Donald Glover) — has discovered a way to bring the recent (or properly preserved) dead back to life. Their »
- Rob Hunter
The horror lover inside of me wants to defend The Lazarus Effect against other mainstream failures, but the critic in me can’t let that happen. It’s a mess, but not on the catastrophic level of so many other generically churned-out teenage slashers (like Ouija or The Pyramid).
Director David Gelb strives to fashion together something more, something that blends the conflicting ideologies of religion and science in a heavyweight debate, but scribes Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater didn’t get that memo. The talents of Gelb are outweighed by the overbearing redundancy of Dawson and Slater’s nostalgically horrendous script, as the fires of Horror Film Hell engulf yet another misguided victim. Blumhouse is so close to something special with The Lazarus Effect, but unfortunately, it’s still oh-so-far from heavenly.
In what can be described as our generation’s Re-Animator, a group of scientists discover a serum »
- Matt Donato
Imagine if you had the power to bring a loved one back from the dead. But as a result of this resurrection, the person brought back to life is not quite the same as they were before their demise. The “playing God” formula has been around from the original Frankenstein to Pet Sematary and Re-animator but it’s likely never been done with less style, imagination, or coherence than the new horror/sci-fi dud The Lazarus Effect.
“This pig smells like shit” is the profound opening line of The Lazarus Effect, which centers on Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde), an engaged pair of university research scientists who have achieved the impossible—bringing the dead, foul-smelling Porky back to life! After another successful test run on a recently deceased pooch, Frank, Zoe, and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) are ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. »
- Tom Stockman
The latest effort from Blumhouse Productions is The Lazarus Effect, a supernatural horror movie which stars Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass as a pair of scientists who work on perfecting a serum that can bring the dead back to life. During one particular experiment, however, Wilde’s character is accidentally electrocuted and dies almost immediately. Struck down with grief, Mark decides to give her the serum. Though it does bring her back to the land of the living, she’s not exactly the same person that she was before her death.
Last week, producer Jason Blum was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California for The Lazarus Effect press day. While there, I sat down with him for an exclusive interview. We spoke at length about how he wanted to differentiate this film from others like it, if he wants to make a sequel to The Lazarus Effect, »
- Ben Kenber
The premise behind The Lazarus Effect is going to sound familiar to anyone who’s been watching horror movies for a number of years. The film may explore the idea of bringing back the dead, which we’ve seen in the likes of Flatliners and Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, but finds a way to do so in a more organic way. (Note: There…
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- Edward Douglas
Now in its 13th year, Nyu Tisch School of the Arts' Fusion Film Festival celebrates women in film, television and new media. The upcoming festival, which runs from February 26-28, will feature events with TV legends Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Janet Tamaro ("Rizzoli and Isles"), "American Psycho" director Mary Harron in conversation with Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary") and cinematographer Reed Morano, Fusion's "Woman of the Year." Among on-the-rise DPs, few are as impressive or as downright tenacious as Reed Moran, the youngest member to ever be admitted to the prestigious Asc. Following her breakout work on the award-winning "Frozen River," she's repeatedly proved her mettle, shooting indies such as "The Skeleton Twins" and "Kill Your Darlings" as well as HBO's critically acclaimed series "Looking." Leading up to this year's Fusion Film Festival, Morano »
- Reed Morano
The inclusion of Jason Blum’s name anywhere in a movie’s marketing materials sort of hints that it’s going to be an unusual twist on horror tropes of yesteryear. The scare fiend and his Blumhouse Productions outfit have kickstarted a resurgence into a more chilling brand of horror, and that trend looks to continue with The Lazarus Effect.
Starring Olivia Wilde, Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters and Donald Glover, the film follows a group of eager young scientists who do the impossible. They bring the dead back to life. Their first trial run on a dead animal prompts the keen thinkers to share their revelations with the world, but when the dean of their university stumbles upon their doings, they take matters into their own hands.
Needless to say, they extend the parameters of their initial experiment after Wilde’s character Zoe is accidentally killed. Judging by »
- Gem Seddon
Following up on our story yesterday regarding Bart, the cat who was hit by a car, buried, and then clawed his way out of his grave, you’ll be happy to know that the little guy is doing fine! As per… Continue Reading →
The post Update: Real Life Pet Sematary Cat Claws its Way From the Grave appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Cats are hearty animals, man, and you’re about to hear a tale (tail?) of one tough little sonovabitch. Bart, a young cat in Tampa, Florida, was buried alive by its owner, who thought he was dead after getting hit by… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
It.s only a matter of time before we get Blair Witch 3. Why wouldn.t we? It seems like every classic horror film from It to Pet Sematary to Poltergeist is getting remade, and the rest are getting new installments or a TV show. (We.re looking at you, Halloween and Scream.) So when Blair Witch co-director Eduardo Sanchez was asked about whether another continuation of his found-footage horror film was in the cards, he confirmed what we.re all thinking: probably. Though it was mainly about his new Bigfoot movie Exists, a phone interview between Sanchez and Dread Central unearthed this information: The film seems inevitable to me, but really it.s just a matter of it being the right time. I.m thinking it.s going to happen sooner than later at this point, but I always say that. There.s always rumblings and certain ideas being pushed »
Start your new year off with a scare courtesy of The Lazarus Effect. The first trailer for the horror movie has hit the web and boy, is it spooky.
Olivia Wilde stars as medical student Zoe whom, along with her team of fellow doctor wannabes devise a way to brings dogs back from the dead. But who wants to spend their time re-animating canines? With their eyes on the bigger prize, the team of students end up bringing one of their own back from the dead, only to inevitably discover that their loved one isn’t the same as evil now courses through her veins.
The Lazarus Effect seems to have studied the scariest (and best) elements of Flatliners and Pet Sematary and created a brand new terrifying mix that will jolt audiences out of their seats in fright. The film features a great cast of fan-pleasing actors including indie »
- Rachel West
Mark Duplass (“The League”) stars as a medical student leading a project experimenting with a serum capable of bringing animals back from the dead. But when his girlfriend (Wilde) accidentally dies in the process, he tries the Lazarus serum on her.
While it works, she’s not herself, and may have brought something back from Hell with her.
- Greg Gilman
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