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Before he turned all respectable – New Zealand’s enfant terrible Peter Jackson made his mark on the cult-movie world with three cheerfully gory movies. This week, we review his ultra low-budget directorial debut, Bad Taste – the hilarious gross-out take on The Muppet Show, Meet the Feebles – and the greatest gore-fest ever put on celluloid, Dead Alive.
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- Sordid Cinema Podcast
Any regular readers of Sound On Sight, or listeners of our Sordid Cinema podcast, should know that I am a huge fan of horror films. I recently published a 75 000 + word article counting down the 100 greatest horror films ever made – and every year, I whip a list of the best horror films released. This year, the terror is accompanied by demonic possession, cannibalistic rituals, low-budget zom-coms, Tarantino’s favourite film, and the dark side of Disney.
Note: I’ve included three special mentions – all of which could be labeled horror, but I felt work best as thrillers instead. Enjoy!
Special Mention: Stoker
Directed by Chan-wook Park
Written by Wentworth Miller
Chan-wook Park’s Stoker is a Gothic fairy tale, a family drama, and a beautifully twisted, pitch-black coming-of-age story, all at once. This slow-burning psychological thriller isn’t afraid to cross into uncomfortable places, often edging close to taboo territory. »
It’s always exciting when we reach December of every year and look back at how the horror genre has evolved over the course of the last 12 months; what new things were done, which films were the most surprising to discover, what old stories were retold and did they stand up against their earlier counterparts? It’s just a fun time to see what flicks other horror fans & peers truly embraced this year & maybe recommend something unique and original that may have slipped through the cracks for whatever reason. 2013 was actually a pretty darned good year for the genre! I had no problem pulling together 10 titles. In fact, I have a handful of notable mentions; horror films I didn’t love but that I thought were really, really good and it’s a rarity to have this many to choose from. Granted, I sadly didn’t get a chance to »
- Rob Galluzzo
I was graciously asked to participate this year for the Shit Movie Fest’s annual “25 Days of Shitmas” celebration of Christmas movies. Being a total Chicago snob, I jumped at the chance to dissect and review the John Hughes classic, Home Alone. I love writing about horror movies, but having the chance to write about something from a completely different genre is more refreshing than The Sacrament finally giving a release date. As I wrote my giant love letter to the movie, it became quickly apparent that Home Alone isn’t a family Christmas movie…it’s a horror movie in disguise.
First of all, the film covers about four different horror subgenres. Most obviously, it’s a home invasion movie. The fact that two criminals are knowingly breaking into a house inhabited by an eight-year-old with the mindset to kill him is not something I’d normally associate with a family movie. »
- BJ Colangelo
Just when you think you're done with Middle-earth... they pull you back in.
Coming just a year after last year's indifferently received but hugely successful return to the Shire, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," comes the follow-up, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Using bits from J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel, plus miscellaneous odds and ends from both Tolkien and the earlier "Lord of the Rings" movies, it continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves, as they make their way to a forbidden land to stop a seemingly unstoppable evil.
Directed by Peter Jackson, who has overseen every other installment in this sprawling, Middle-earth saga, it stretches the original text like taffy but never to the breaking point. This is still firmly planted in Middle-earth-ian lore, full of fantastical creatures great and small.
The question, of course, is -- does anyone care? Or are we »
- Drew Taylor
The year is 1979 and you are camp counselors who are being stalked through a maze of cabins and camp trails by Otis, a homicidal killer that wears a bear mask. Welcome to Camp Grizzly, a survival horror board game that has already reached its goal on Kickstarter and has more than doubled it.
I knew this was something that Daily Dead readers would be really excited to learn more about, so I got in touch with Jason Peter Topolski and Austin Madison of Ameritrash Games to learn all about their project. Continue reading to find out how this game evolved from an idea they had in high school in the 90′s, what the extra Kickstarter funds will bring to the final product, future release plans, and their interest in a Camp Grizzly movie:
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell our readers how you came »
- Jonathan James
The fantastic thing about the VHS years is that the poster art was frequently hand drawn and frequently had very little or nothing to do with the actual film. If you picked a film based solely on the box cover, you had a pretty good chance of being disappointed or at least surprised. Distributors seemed to see a snazzy box cover as a good way to get some mileage out of a subpar film. That still goes on today, but it seems to happen less frequently and the artwork just isn’t the same. In spite of the trickery that duped more than a couple of horror fans in the late ‘70s through the early ‘90s, there are some terrific and legitimate films that have terribly misleading – albeit awesome – cover art. For that reason, we present to you ten more examples of awesomely misleading film artwork.
If you haven’t read part one yet, »
- Tyler Doupe
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that acclaimed filmmaker Peter Jackson, visual effects artist Joe Letteri and Weta Digital will receive the Producers Guild’s 2014 Vanguard Award. The award will be presented to Jackson, Letteri and Weta Digital at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Jackson and Letteri‘s Academy Award-winning visual effects powerhouse Weta Digital is a world leader in all areas of digital visual effects production, having created some of the most astounding effects ever seen onscreen. Their motion picture credits include such hits as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Avatar and King Kong, among many others.
The Producers Guild’s Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology. Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, »
- Michelle McCue
Many horror movie killers have a signature weapon (such as Freddy Krueger's razorblade gloves, Michael Myers' butcher knife, Jason Voorhees' machete, and so on), while other deadly implements are simply picked up in the heat of the moment... which leads to some of cinema's most inspired moments of mayhem. We tend to stand up and take notice when characters get creative with their weaponry, so we decided to spotlight ten of the most unconventional (or just plain bizarre) weapon choices from genre movies and television. Basketball (Deadly Friend) I doubt if anyone thought a basketball could double as a weapon prior to seeing this Wes Craven film, but now it’s impossible to deny that sporting goods are Satan’s playthings. Elvira Parker’s (Anne Ramsey) head literally explodes when the "improved" Samantha (Kristy Swanson) uses her newfound super-strength to lob a basketball at her head with the force of an industrial-strength catapult. »
- Tyler Doupe
American Horror Story, Season 3, Episode 4: “Burn, Witch, Burn!”
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Written by Jessica Sharzer
Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 Pm on FX
“Burn, Witch, Burn!” deals with the fallout of last weeks climax which saw Cordelia blinded, when assaulted at a nightclub by a hooded assailant who threw sulphuric acid in her face. Meanwhile, Marie Leveau’s army of dead storm Miss Robichaux’s Academy. The fifth installment of Coven is immersed in the guilt of cruel mothers. Lalaurie is forced to come to terms with the pain and suffering she inflicted on her own daughters who rise from their graves, and Fiona feels responsible for Delia’s attack. On top of all this, two witches display new unexpected powers as Zoe manages to break Laveau’s spell and defeat her zombie army with only a few words, and Delia receives a startling clairvoyant vision of her husband’s murderous and cheating ways. »
- Ricky da Conceição
Whatever your stance on too much footage etc. before a movie, you really have to tip the hat to Peter Jackson for yet another fabulous production diary. This time its number 12 and it revolves around a number of pickups they shot during the middle of the year. While theres lots of footage, there is nothing remotely spoilerish and it gives a fantastic look at behind the scenes of one of this years most awaited movies. Plus its got a great clip from Braindead. Watch below! I think I’m going to send Peter Jackson some Irish tea. The dude looks shattered tired here! Keep going Pete, not long to go!!! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!
Directed by Terence Young
Written by Robert Carrington
Directed by Terence Young, »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
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- Uncle Creepy
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01
We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...
Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.
Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.
As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...
25. The Cable Guy
We can't sit here and »
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Written and directed by Samuel Fuller
Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose the killer at the local insane asylum. To solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, »
Ah, splatter. A singular genre, only achievable in its most fully realized form in a cinematic format, seemingly crafted solely to delight. But there must be something within the way we react to the films of this genre that says something about us, whether that response is deliberately in the artist’s intent or not. Splatter’s fundamental function is as a parody of violence. The Crank films (and to a more tonally botched extent, Kick-Ass) would also apply. Splatter removes all traces of reality from the situation (see the blood fountain from Evil Dead II or pretty much all of Dead Alive), distancing the audience from the debauchery by exaggerating it to the point of hilarity. The visceral response of glee triggered by seeing such goofy gore finds its roots in the same base instincts so apparent in little boys’ and girls’ love of the disgusting. We have such »
- Simon Opitz
Chicago – One of the more unique horror film stories is in the upcoming release of “We Are What We Are,” a re-imagining of a 2010 Mexican film, co-written and directed by Jim Mickle. In moving the story to America, Mickle changes the mood of how the rituals transpire, and attaches those rituals to extreme religion.
The story is about two adolescent girts and their younger brother, quarantined inside a home with an ultra-religious father (Bill Sage) and mother. When the mother dies trying to prepare for a weather emergency that turns into a flood, the house is suddenly exposed to outside influences. The film expresses several dark themes, with a psychology that is rooted in the mythos and delusions of off-the-track religious interpretations.
Photo credit: Entertainment One
The mastermind behind this unusual premise is Jim Mickle, who directed the film »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes digital and DVD release information on The Seasoning House, a trailer for Loss of Life, first details on The Cage, the short film “Don’t Move,” and much more:
The Seasoning House Release Details: “Acclaimed prosthetic effects designer Paul Hyett (The Woman in Black, Unknown) makes his directorial debut with the harrowing horror revenge thriller The Seasoning House, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 10th from Well Go USA Entertainment. The chilling film stars Rosie Day (Sixteen), Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalkers, The Last Horror Movie) and Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). In The Seasoning House, young girls are prostituted to the military and an orphaned deaf mute (Day) is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing a little kindness when she can. »
- Tamika Jones
Matthew Garrett is a director who hit the ground running with his first short film Ellie (2006), an unsettling movie that gathered much praise when it made the film festival rounds. His second film, the suspenseful and enigmatic Beating Hearts (2010), won Best Short Film at the Boston Underground Film Festival before it found a home here at FEARnet (click here to watch it). Garrett's first feature film is an anthology called Morris County, slated for release later this year. Garrett kindly took some time to discuss with FEARnet his past, present, and future as a film director. FEARnet: What inspired the story of your first film, Ellie? Garrett: It's difficult to discuss the news story that inspired the film without giving away part of the ending, but I will say that the themes of self-destruction, sexual abuse, and the inherent hypocrisy of organized religion were definitely on my mind. What events »
- Eric Stanze
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