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Severin Films make their return to the UK home video market with the Blu-ray release of two Jess Franco films in their library, She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos – erotically charged Euro-horrors starring Franco fave Soledad Miranda which mark the pinnacle of Franco’s career. The former, a revenge thriller, is considered the best of the 200-odd films the Spanish auteur has made, whilst the latter is a crowd-pleasing slice of sleaze (who doesn’t love lesbian vampires) that is also an oddly-faithful adaptation of Dracula.
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Ewa Strömberg, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Heidrun Kussin, José Martínez Blanco, Michael Berling, Andrea Montchal | Written by Jaime Chávarri, Jesús Franco, Anne Settimó | Directed by Jess Franco
Utilising the same cast of performers has always been something of a trait of Jess Franco’s but when you watch two of his films back-to-back (as I did with Severin »
- Phil Wheat
Thanks to the fine folks at The Toyark, we have a look at the new Aliens cookie jar courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. Also: details on Bryan Moore's bust of Bram Stoker, an excerpt from Lorne Dixon's Blue Eel, and screening dates for Jessica Cameron's Mania.
Aliens Cookie Jar: From Diamond Select Toys: "Cookie thieves mostly come out at night, mostly, so make sure your cookies are safe with this detailed ceramic cookie jar in the shape of a ferocious Alien Warrior from the sci-fi classic Aliens!
Even if it doesn’t instantly send thieves running from the room, no one will dare lift the jar’s removable skullcap to get at the sweet, sweet cookies inside – there are way too many nasty things inside a xenomorph to take the risk! This approximately 12” tall cookie jar comes packaged in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding!
Estimated availability: »
- Tamika Jones
Severin Films make their return to the UK home video market with the Blu-ray release of two Jess Franco films in their library, She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos – erotically charged Euro-horrors starring Franco fave Soledad Miranda which mark the pinnacle of Franco’s career. The former, a revenge thriller, is considered the best of the 200-odd films the Spanish auteur has made, whilst the latter is a crowd-pleasing slice of sleaze (who doesn’t love lesbian vampires) that is also an oddly-faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.
She Killed In Ecstasy
She Killed In Ecstasy tells the story of Mrs. Johnson (Miranda), the widow of a young doctor (Williams) who kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. »
- Phil Wheat
This interview was originally published online by Sight & Sound. It is being re-published on the Notebook in conjunction with Albert Serra's Story of My Death playing on Mubi in most countries in the world through December 14, 2015.If new movie masterpieces are proclaimed at each and every major film festival each and every year, the notable absence of adventurous, exciting and otherwise transgressive cinema amongst those lauded should inspire us to question not only the terms we use to describe films but also the standards to which we hold them.Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra, a transcendental minimalist who wields his camera like only a handful of fellow feature-film digital adventurers – among them Pedro Costa, David Lynch and Michael Mann – is one of the few who produces work that truly creates a new encounter with the audience. His radically stripped-down, voluptuously shaggy adaptations of canonical writing – Cervantes in Honour of the Knights »
- Daniel Kasman
Is Universal on its way to botching its planned series of Universal Monster reboots? Based on a piece published yesterday in Variety, it's certainly starting to sound that way. According to the article, which features interviews with Universal head Donna Langley and writers Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers") and Chris Morgan ("Furious 7"), the studio has hired a stable of storyboard artists, designers and writers to bring such characters as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Mummy and the Wolfman to life for contemporary audiences. The iconic monsters, each of which has a specific writer or writers attached, will inhabit a "shared universe" in a series of interconnected films set in modern day. As Kurtzman put it: “The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward." Added Morgan: ““This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring »
- Chris Eggertsen
Horror writers have inspired countless movies based on their books. In the modern era, Bram Stoker's book inspired Dracula in 1931, followed soon thereafter by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein spawning the classic monster movie. Ever since then, horror filmmakers have been driven by literary sources, whether they realize it consciously or not. But of all the writers who have inspired the creators of more recent horror movies -- Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe...
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75 years ago today, Disney took a risk with the opening of its experimental animated film, “Fantasia.” The third feature film made by the House of Mouse, “Fantasia” was released as a limited-run roadshow attraction, starting on November 13, 1940. The New York Times review published the following day declared it to be a film that “really dumps conventional formulas overboard and boldly reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion.” Images of Mickey Mouse set to music by Paul Dukas, hippos dancing to the tune of Ponchielli, and centaurs and cupids backed by Beethoven have all become iconic in the decades since its release. The film has further secured its pop culture status with “Fantasia” video games, a follow-up feature called “Fantasia 2000,” and with a spot on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 American films. One “Fantasia” segment will soon get the live action treatment: the nightmarish “Night on Bald Mountain »
- Emily Rome
Universal is pressing ahead with its plans to reboot Van Helsing as part of its cinematic Monster universe, with Variety reporting that Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) have signed on to co-write the script.
Spaihts has previously penned Universal’s upcoming remake of The Mummy, which will launch the new cinematic universe when it is released in 2017. Details are currently being mapped out as to how the shared universe will incorporate Van Helsing, a character who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula.
See Also: Syfy acquires female Van Helsing series
- Gary Collinson
Notorious monster-hunter Gabriel Van Helsing is back in vogue. Barely a week has passed since we brought you the news that Syfy had acquired a gender-swapped treatment of the title mercenary for an all-new TV series and the long-gestating film reboot, simmering in development over at Universal, has recruited Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to pen a screenplay.
Word comes by way of Variety, noting that the proposed film will dovetail with the studio’s ambitious shared monster universe, which will house such nightmarish creations as Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolf Man. It’s unclear yet how the titular mercenary will be integrated into the interconnected movie-verse, though the outlet suggests that cracking that degree of synergy is still being mapped out.
- Michael Briers
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will produce the film which will be a part of Universal's push to establish a classic monsters on-screen universe made up of interconnected films which start with a reboot of "The Mummy".
Hugh Jackman starred in the 2004 film adaptation very loosely based on the character from Bram Stoker's famed novel "Dracula". In this version, he was also hunting other supernatural creatures like Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) became the second studio to announce Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases, fueling speculation that the disc format may be in store for a resurgence.
Sony’s first batch of releases in the ultra-high-definition format, set to arrive on an unspecified date in early 2016, will include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Salt,” “Hancock,” “Chappie,” “Pineapple
Express” and “The Smurfs 2,” followed, the studio announced Tuesday, “by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.”
“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh. “Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theater experience, with stunning picture and sound quality.”
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment was the first studio to announce a slate of upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc releases. At Ifa 2015 in Berlin in early September, on the heels »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Following in the footsteps of Ghostbusters and – as of yesterday – Ocean’s Eleven, Syfy’s protagonist here will be Vanessa Helsing, a female version of the iconic Vampire hunter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vanessa Helsing will be ‘the next in a lineage of warriors who must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires.’ She will be ‘resurrected five years in the future’ and find that she is ‘essentially humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.’
The word ‘lineage’ there makes us think that this new take might use Professor Abraham van Hesling – the original version of the character, »
There have been two great depictions of Van Helsing on the big screen. Edward Van Sloan played him as a strong-willed doctor in 1931’s Dracula. Then over 60 years later Sir Anthony Hopkins gave a completely different performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s (Apocalypse Now) adaptation, as a wild, funny, and arguably crazy Van Helsing. When Universal attempted to […]
- Jack Giroux
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game
Written by James Creelman
Genre: Survival Horror
The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, The Most Dangerous Game was made in 1932, in the era known as “Pre-Code Hollywood,” a time when filmmakers were able to get away with sexual innuendo, illegal drug use, adultery, abortion, intense violence, homosexuality, and much more. It was during this time that a film like The Most Dangerous Game was allowed to be made and shown to the general public without fear of censorship. The film was put together by producer Willis O’Brien while in pre-production on King Kong, and features several of the same cast and crew members, as well as props and sets from Kong. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Dangerous Game never feels like a second-rate production, »
- Ricky Fernandes
The Golden Girls aired on NBC for seven seasons between 1985 and 1992. The series may have ended, but the series lives on in syndication, and many fans are still loyal to the series to this day.
2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the series that starred Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan. YouTube Channel Creature decided to have a little Halloween fun and honor the anniversary of the series by creating a short spooky parody video called "The Golden Ghouls" that features Dorothy as Frankenstein’s Monster, Blanche as The Mummy, Rose as Dracula and Sophia as The Wolf Man.
The theme song from the series is performed in the style of Tom Waits before a short scene featuring the Golden Ghouls is played out.
Check out the video below. Were you a fan of »
Jokers, circus masters and demonic dolls. Which TV characters terrify you? Den Of Geek asked its writers that very question…
The subconscious is a terrible place; dark, mysterious and peopled by spectres from the past. As a bit of a laugh then, we sent our writers journeying into theirs and asked them to drag out any TV terrors they found lurking in the shadows.
Some television fears had been ensconced there since childhood, others were more recent tenants. Some were morally terrifying; human beings with icy hearts capable of atrocities, others were simply… atrocities.
Join us as we count down in order of terror from the sort-of-creepy to the downright terrifying, the 50 TV characters that, for whatever reason, give our writers chills. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to fill in gaps by adding your own peculiar television nightmares below…
50. Charn - »
Exclusive: Even after playing the iconic bloodsucker in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, Gary Oldman hasn’t gotten vampires out of his system. He and longtime manager-producer Douglas Urbanski have signed a deal with the Simon & Schuster/Atria Publishing label Emily Bestler Books for Blood Riders. While Oldman and Urbanski have accumulated enough adventures in the actor’s long distinguished career for a memoir, instead they have settled on a first novel that tells the… »
Now she plans to put that to good use and create the 'definitive vampire genre documentary' alongside her husband Deverill Weekes.
The actress - who is seeking crowdfunding support to bring the documentary to screen - has gathered interviews with many experts on the genre, including directors, writers and actors across film, television and novels.
Gary Oldman, who played Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's film of the same name, will make an appearance, as will Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris, authors of Interview with the Vampire and the True Blood novels respectively.
The documentary's description reads: "It is a tapestry with beautiful, »
Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers would have us believe.
The all-too-common "based on a true story" or "based on true events," along with the less reliable "inspired by true events," have become ubiquitous additions to most horror movie marketing campaigns. But this is nothing new. Going all the way back to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" iconic 1974 tagline -- "What happened is true. Now the motion picture that's just as real." -- the truth has always been an important tactic in upping the fear factor for audiences.
If events truly did happen, does that make it more frightening? The recent success of movies like "The Conjuring" (2013), "The Possession" (2012) and "The Haunting in Connecticut" (2009) point to a big "yes, »
- Matthew A Nelson
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