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10 years ago, The Lord of the Rings trilogy was released. It was an adventurous and risky feat to give director Peter Jackson, a filmmaker who made himself known to horror fans with Dead Alive (aka Braindead). Jackson never was given a huge budget before by any studio but due to his persistence and the trust of New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., he was granted to shoot the trilogy back to back and given release dates for the three consecutive Decembers. Of course, it all paid off and the trilogy is part of film history and it’s impact on cinema, mainly fantasy cinema, is still seen to this day.
The prequel to the trilogy, if you will, is being helmed by Jackson again and even though those pesky attendees of Butt Numb-a-Thon in Austin got to see this first, the rest of the world can now sit in their undies »
- Andy Triefenbach
The horror-comedy. Perhaps the most difficult sub-genre of film to perfect. Most attempts at horror-comedy don't come off well. Either they're too scary without enough comedy or (more frequently) mostly humor with not enough horror. A lot of times they just come across as trying too hard and cheesy. But every once in a while a movie gets it just right. And when that happens, audiences embrace and celebrate the brilliant and elusive successful horror-comedy.
That being said, in celebration of the upcoming release of Trent Haaga's Chop, we did our best to put together a list of 10 horror-comedies (in no particular order) that we feel are the most impressive efforts in the field. Wocka, wocka, wocka!
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2011)
We've seen quite a few attempts at horror-comedy over the past few years, but recently none has been better than Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. Starring Alan Tudyk »
- Doctor Gash
It’s not often you see a director dream team. Often one is hands-off as a producer, shepherding or “godfathering” the film to the screen with the director’s vision. Other times, it’s a collaboration bourne out of years and years of familiarity. And yet, “The Adventures Of Tintin” unites Academy Award-winning blockbuster helmers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson to bring the story of Herge’s beloved comic strip creation to life. Speaking on the red carpet premiere for “The Adventures Of Tintin,” Spielberg confirmed that he had long been a fan of Jackson, who started in the world of oddball genre work with the gruesomely gory “Dead Alive” and the demented puppet saga “Meet The Feebles.” “I saw a lot of his films before that,” Spielberg says, discussing Jackson’s breakout with the multi-billion “The Lord Of The Rings” series. “I loved Peter, thought »
What do you think of immediately when you think "exploding head"? Scanners, yes? Well, that film and many more are represented in a newly discovered "exploding head video montage" that culls many of our favorite scenes involving cranial damage.
From The Running Man to Chopping Mall, From Dusk Till Dawn to Dawn of the Dead, this is one video you may want to watch after setting aside your breakfast this morning. Kudos to the editing team for this wet, gruesome and loving display of carnage.
1. Hott Fuzz
3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
4. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
5. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
6. The Prowler
9. The Last House on the Left (2009)
11. Spy Hard
12. Deadly Friend
13. The Proposition
14. Wild at Heart
15. Terror Firmer
16. Planet Terror
17. Bad Taste
18. Dead Alive / Braindead
19. Chopping Mall
21. Running Man
22. The Beyond
23. Pulp Fiction
24. The Frighteners
25. Men in Black
26. Mars Attacks! »
- email@example.com (Ryan Turek)
In honor of The Muppets and our ongoing Muppet coverage this week’s Foreign Objects is sticking with the puppet theme in our own special way. But the Muppets are an American sensation, so while they’ve traveled the world they’ve always done so in American movies. Non-Muppet puppet movies are few and far between, and most of them are still Us productions (Team America: World Police, Puppet Master, Let My Puppets Come) with only a handful of foreign titles like Legend of the Sacred Stone and Kooky. But I couldn’t find either of those. So we’ll be taking a look at Peter Jackson’s 1989 release from New Zealand, Meet the Feebles. It’s like The Muppets, but with more sex, drugs, murder and sticky white fluids… Today’s Peter Jackson is a far cry from the Peter Jackson of twenty years ago. Now he makes movies with immense budgets, casts »
- Rob Hunter
by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
Anyone reading this site knows and loves Evil Dead. Hell, they probably own multiple copies, multiple editions, and probably even have multiple tattoos. How many of us have those Book of the Dead editions sitting on the shelf right now?
The thing about Evil Dead 2, is that it’s probably the most loved horror flick out there, even more so than anything else that came out of the 80’s. It may not be the best made or scariest flick, but I can’t think of another movie that has so much damned heart to it, while still delivering the goods. There have been funnier movies, and even gorier movies, but nothing has ever been so oddly balanced and unique. I love me some Dead Alive, and I swear by Shaun Of The Dead, but Evil Dead 2 sits on a shelf all its own.
And that »
Our Halloween Memories series has focused on our favorite women currently working in the horror and genre arena. So, of course, we couldn't end without talking to the woman dearest to Planet Fury's bloody little heart: our very own editor-in-chief, Heidi Honeycutt.
Though she works mainly as a journalist these days, Heidi has been kicking around the entertainment industry for years now, doing a little bit of everything for everybody. In recent memory, Heidi has acted in horror flicks; she's written, directed and produced films; she's designed websites; she's hosted radio shows; she's babysat certain insufferable celebrity children. And of course, there's the whole "created Pretty/Scary and FanGirlTastic and Planet Fury" deal. She's a busy, busy lady.
So, when I contacted Heidi to see if she'd be interested in reminiscing about Halloween, she agreed immediately and promised to follow up soon. Then, I waited. And waited. Finally, Heidi got »
In seems fitting yet not too obvious that Peter Jackson's birthday would be on Halloween. Imagine the costume fun one could cull from his films alone?
Since today is his half century mark, we couldn't not tip our pointy Gandalf hats to the man. Whether you're counting down the days until he returns to The Shire with The Hobbit films or wishing he'd move away from Tolkien and on to greener other pastures, it's worth checking in on the official Hobbit blog from month to month (though they sadly haven't had a production video since July and those were fun.)
Do you think The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013) will continue the Rings Oscar streak? Perhaps you're more doubtful like me... even if The Hobbit films are great won't AMPAS voters feel that 11 Oscars in February 2004 was more than enough?
I would rank his films like so. »
- NATHANIEL R
The latest list in sound of sights month long look at the greatest horror films ever is taking a different look on the horror genre. There is a very narrow line that divides finding something funny and scary, which is exactly the sort of film this list is celebrating. As a genre there is two ways you can address the comedy horror. The first and the much more popular route is comedy about horror, these films rarely attempt to attain any qualities other than a comedic jibe at the genre. If you were to pick one classic example it would be Young Frankenstein – a film that satirises early horror and Frankenstein in what is close to comedy perfection (the Gene Wilder effect). The contemporary take on the genre has given the world some of the worst films of recent times in the Scary Movie franchise and its brood of mutant off-shoots. »
- Robert Simpson
Mainstream horror entered something of a grey zone during the 1990s as even fans of the tentpole slasher franchises got bored with sequels and rehashes. When people recall the films from the ’90s that actually scared or disturbed them, there’s a good chance those movies weren’t horror films per se. Horror continued to crossbreed with other genres, and a number of films emerged where investigations led to the uncovering of horror in the ‘real world.’ The serial killer movie in particular took on a new lease of life after the unprecedented success at the box office and Oscars of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’s novel.
“Silence” is the third film I’ve mentioned in this series to take inspiration from the real-life killer Ed Gein; the other two are Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Three very different movies, »
- Adam Whyte
Choosing my favourite horror films of all time is like choosing between my children – not that I have children, but if I did, I am sure I would categorize them quite like my DVD collection. As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. Also, it was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried. I based my list taking into consideration three points:
1- Technical accomplishments / artistry and their influence on the genre.
2- How many times I’ve revisited the films and how easily it makes for a repeated viewings.
3- Its story, atmosphere and how much it affected me when I first watched them.
It's that time of year again - pumpkins line porches, bags of candy fill the drugstore shelves, and children everywhere are encouraged by their parents to ring the bells of strangers' houses and demand handouts.
Halloween season also is the one time of year where it's pretty much impossible to avoid horror movies. If you're a horror fan like I am, there's really no change in your viewing habits because you were probably going to be watching Suspiria and The Abominable Dr. Phibes tonight anyway. But if you're only a seasonal horror fan, it can be a bit daunting to navigate the sea of bloody entertainments that flood the airwaves this time of year.
To that end, we've put together a list of over 50 horror movies that are as funny as they are scary (whether intentionally or by accident). Hopefully with the list below as a reference, even the most »
- Brian Juergens
Horror and Comedy. They’ve gone together like peanut butter and jelly for years. Some people love that subgenre, some people hate it, but the fact remains that without it, we wouldn’t have Peter Jackson’s early output like Dead Alive/Braindead and Bad Taste. We wouldn’t have Re-Animator or Return of the Living Dead. The original EC horror comics wouldn’t have had their horror hosts. Heck, we wouldn’t even have horror hosts and movie riffers like Vampira, Zacherley, Elvira, Penny Dreadful, Joe Bob Briggs, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, or a slew of »
As much as Mondo loves putting out posters for movies of all shapes and sizes , they always show favoritism towards the horror genre. So while a classic film like Blade Runner only has one poster, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street each have several. Plus, you never know when they'll drop a poster for an awesome, random horror film like The Gate, Maniac Cop 2, Critters or Dead Alive. That makes October their holiday season. Mondo's latest batch of posters, available at a random time on Thursday October 20, is all that and a bag of tricks. In honor of the month of October, Phantom City Creative has made posters for Trick 'R Treat, Sleepaway Camp and The Burning. Check them out after the jump. All the particulars - size, edition, etc. - are after the gallery. [gallery columns="2"] The Burning by Phantom City Creative is a 24"x36" screen print. »
- Germain Lussier
Lionsgate has been going through a number of old studios collections and putting out an eclectic mix of Miramax and other acquired titles. There’s little connective tissue between Peter Jackson’s eye-opening Zombie-comedy Dead Alive and Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful, other that both directors won academy awards. But both are great films in their own ways, and both are great to have on Blu-ray. Our reviews of Dead Alive and Life is Beautiful follow after the jump. Peter Jackson’s 1992 film Dead Alive was the film that first got him noticed stateside by cultists, as his horror comedy followed well in the footsteps of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2. He had previously directed Bad Taste, which also had a following, but seemed to pick up more interest in England than America – or that is to say Dead Alive played more American theaters. Diana Peñalver stars as Paquita Maria Sanchez, »
- Andre Dellamorte
Why Watch? Mad Max meets Excite Bike for lunch and Dead Alive provides the main course. If that’s not enticing enough to get you to watch, your veins are probably filled with oatmeal. This entry into the ABCs of Death 26th Director Contest is pure, unbridled, 80s cult worshiping genius. A young man finds some Turbo gear (with a skull lodged inside the helmet) and decides to become a crime fighter. Fortunately, he gets to show off his skills with a tough biker gang of rapists out in the desert. Heads don’t just roll. They fly clean off of their necks. Plus, the soundtrack from Le Matos is chipper electronic perfection. What does it cost? Just 5 minutes of your time. Check out the trailer for T is for Turbo for yourself: T Is For Turbo (2011) If you liked it, go vote for it and check out more ABCs of Death entries Trust us. You »
- Cole Abaius
It should always be counted a massive tragedy that Michael J Fox was robbed of the opportunity to make more films by his health, because he made some of the best family films of his generation, in the Back to the Future Trilogy, as well as other classics like Teen Wolf, The Secret of My Suce$s and Doc Hollywood. Okay, so not everything he touched was gold, but the actor who rescued Marty McFly from the evils of being ginger and unfunny (from Eric Stoltz of course) has such an easy charisma that even now when he appears in cameos and brief guest runs on TV (where his career trajectory has found comfort since 1996 and Spin City) it’s hard not to love him.
- Simon Gallagher
Though this sickly green globe we call Earth has been lovingly graced with an unhealthy abundance of bizarre, over-the-top kung fu movies, few of them actually come close to matching the undeniably goofy charm of “Hard Way to Die” director I-Jung Hua’s comedic martial arts romp “Kung Fu Zombie”. This insanely kinetic motion picture — an obvious rip-off of professional badass Sammo Hung’s enjoyable farce “Encounters of the Spooky Kind” — is internally optimized with the same unique brand of reckless abandon found swimming casually throughout cult favorite Sam Raimi’s earlier, more inspired work. Lifting countless ideas from a number of obvious sources, Hua delivers his wacky, off-the-wall material with his gore-soaked tongue pressed firmly into his partially-digested cheek. Additionally, the film’s numerous high-energy fight scenes help prevent the story’s sillier moments from ruling the roost. Highly recommended And while “Kung Fu Zombie” never triumphantly soars beyond the zany brilliance of, »
- Todd Rigney
IFC brings horror movies to TV during "Indie Screams" In October 2011. Continuing our look at horror movie marathons and promotions haunting screens this October, today, we’re taking a look at IFC’s “Indie Screams”, horror movies almost every night (except Tuesdays, when they do Malcolm in the Middle marathons) and also scattered throughout their schedule the rest of the month! Some of the movies airing during the Halloween season are: Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), Exam (2009), The Changeling (1980), The Gate (1987),Dead Alive (1992), Don't Answer the Phone (1980), Butterfly Effect 3:Revelations (2009), Darkness (2002), Carrie (1976), Dark Floors (2008), Paperhouse (1988) »
Australia may not have an overabundance of horror films but they’ve managed to produce some quality genre pictures. The recent success of the acclaimed documentary Not Quite Hollywood has shed light on a much overlooked aspect of Aussie genre filmmaking, from lowbrow slashers to twisted thrillers and gross-out horror comedies. Back in the 70′s a number of prominent filmmakers began to develop a film movement that would eventually see the successes of such films as Mad Max and The Last Wave. It was during this time that Australian cinema as a whole experienced resurgence due to increased governmental funding and eventually gave way to what international film critics termed the “Australian New Wave” or the “Golden Age of Australian cinema”.
New Zealand hasn’t produced many horror films over the years, but those it has given birth to are remarkably strong entries. In fact one of the biggest filmmakers »
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