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We all have dreams of being with someone older than us. The one that is out of reach and sits only in our fantasy like a teacher, co-worker or perhaps a babysitter. In director Chris Peckover’s latest horror film Safe Neighborhood, we learn that such desires can be deadly. Opening as a similar story line to the recent wave of tense home invasion films, Peckover tells the story of family going through the motions during the holidays. Led by talented veteran actors such as Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Patrick Warburton (Family Guy) and rising talent like Levi Miller (Pan) and Olivia DeJonge as well as Ed Oxenbould of The Visit, we find that Luke (Miller) even in his early teen years still needs a babysitter. With a night of partying, Luke’s parent’s (Madsen and Warburton) are heading off to another Christmas get together, expecting just another night of their kids being babysat. »
- Jay Kay
The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural.
Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane. Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII.
Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. »
- Amie Cranswick
This weekend, filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch will stay up 48 hours straight for a live marathon of their popular podcast, The Movie Crypt. Usually such an endeavor would only be attempted by unfortunate teenagers tormented by Freddy Krueger, but Green and Lynch are looking to keep their eyelids open for a good cause: to help raise money for Save a Yorkie Resuce, Inc, a charity that offers much-needed care for Yorkshire terriers still looking for a happy home.
Beginning at 7:00pm Pt tonight and ending at 7:00pm Pt on Sunday night, the 48-hour podcast marathon will feature non-stop exclusives that will delight listeners into the wee hours of the night, beyond the mists of early morning, through the sun-soaked hours of midday, and all evening long. The Movie Crypt marathon will broadcast live on GeekNation.com’s homepage.
In addition to their always intriguing insights on filmmaking, »
- Derek Anderson
It’s 2016, over 20 years since we were first introduced to the Candyman and Tony Todd is still scary as shit. With a voice that demands a 5.1 set up, he still has a screen presence that few come close to and makes me hold my breath every time his arms are out stretched towards the camera. Episode 5 of Dead Of Summer, in a creatively smart move, takes advantage of Todd’s natural gifts and makes it front and center.
This episode focuses on Joel, our wannabe filmmaker who we saw closing the deal with the much older Deb in the last episode. Or did we? Cue the dun dun dun! The creators went full Book Of Shadows on us by letting us know anything that we think happens with Joel might not be real. To find the truth, Joel and the audience must look through his camcorder to truly see what’s in front of us. »
I’m going to put this out there right away: Ever since I was a kid Candyman has always scared the shit out of me. Whenever it comes on, I can not watch it alone. The Philip Glass score gives me the creeps and instantly showers my body with anxiety. One scene in particular is when Virginia Madsen’s character, Helen, is reviewing her photos she took while in Cabrini Green. Upon a closer look, she finds a man standing behind her in a mirror reflection, something she was unaware of when taking the photo. Just typing this right now is making me uncomfortable. Not only does the new Freeform series Dead Of Summer have a couple moments reminiscent of that, but it’s the Candyman himself, Tony Todd, haunting these teens! The episode even ends with footage playing on a TV, showcasing a lake where no one notices him standing in the distance. »
I can take or leave most fan-made montage videos, but this 12-minute "History of Horror" clip edited by Diego Carrera is a real standout as these things go. Over the duration, Carrera takes us on a 121-year journey through the genre that gave us such masterworks as Bride of Frankenstein, Psycho, The Shining and 28 Days Later, using one movie a year to illustrate the trajectory from early silents like Edison Studios' Frankenstein to modern-day classics like Jennifer Kent's The Babadook. It's pretty fascinating to watch the genre evolve in just 10 minutes and 30 seconds of screen time (the latter minute-and-a-half is taken up by credits), highlighting both the massive changes that have taken place over the years and the foundational qualities that remain in place more than a century later. The only tiny quibble I have is that for the year 1992, Carrera chose to highlight Francis Ford Coppola's visually stunning but dramatically inert 1992 Dracula adaptation over Bernard Rose's smart, underappreciated urban legend flick Candyman -- but, of course, that's an issue of personal taste and not a knock on the video's quality. This is, overall, a superbly-edited piece with a pitch-perfect score to boot (if you were wondering, the track used is "Camino" by Mexican electronica artist Murcof). Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for bringing the video to my attention. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Beloved actor to give voice to Dracula in new audio drama. Candyman star and beloved horror movie icon Tony Todd is set to tackle another iconic horror villain, as he lends his voice to an upcoming audio adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, Dracula. Bleak December Inc., a multi-media production company founded by Canadian…
- Chris Alexander
In 1813, renowned writer Jane Austen published a book called Pride and Prejudice, which tells the story of the Bennet sisters, who are gussied up and married off to wealthy suitors, one by one. The only sister who seems to question this system is Elizabeth, the rebellious member of the family, who feels strong disdain for the system that treats her more like property than a proper citizen. In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith put a new twist on the old tale by creating a parody novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which loosely follows the same basic outline, but adds an entirely different obstacle to the tale: the living dead.
In Grahame-Smith’s story, the girls are not only fighting for the right to be married into regal families, but also battling for their lives on a daily basis. An outbreak has occurred within these humble streets, and now flesh-eating zombies »
- Kalyn Corrigan
What is it about towering apartment buildings that fascinates filmmakers, especially those working in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy? It’s easy to imagine these eyesores of urban development — especially those with secured entrances and exclusive tenants — harboring sinister secrets inside their walls.
High-Rise, director Ben Wheatley adaptation’s of J.G. Ballard‘s eponymous sci-fi novel, more than fits into this strange subset of films, as it focuses on dystopian class warfare inside a monolithic beast of Brualist architecture. With the film now in theaters (and on VOD), we look at other other films that imagine the incredible, horrifying, or supernatural happenings in and around these deceptively unassuming structures.
Apartment Trilogy (Roman Polanski)
Has any set of films turned the usual drudgeries of apartment living — climbing up your stairs for the umpteenth time, dealing with troubled amenities, and trying your best to acknowledge neighbors’ existence without getting the least bit involved »
- TFS Staff
Los Bastardz Productions and Retro Rad present the star-studded Underground Entertainment: The Movie, featuring Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street), William Forsythe (The Devil’S Rejects, Raising Arizona), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Oz), Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet 2), Jim O’Rear (The Hospital, Don’T Look In The Basement 2), Bryan Wilson (Robodoc, Resurrection), Tony Todd (Candyman, 24), …
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As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, some horror fans may experience a rising nostalgia for the bygone days of summer camp and lakeside slashers. If you’re experiencing these feelings, then you might want to mark your calendars for June 28th, the recently announced premiere date of Freeform’s 1980s-set camp slasher series, Dead of Summer.
From the Press Release (via TheFutonCritic): “Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Stillwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. From ABC Signature Studios and executive producers Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Ian Goldberg and Steve Pearlman, the series stars Elizabeth Mitchell, »
- Derek Anderson
The eternal tormentor returns in Dimension Films’ Hellraiser: Judgment, the tenth film in the franchise created by Clive Barker. With production currently underway on the project, the actor playing Pinhead has been revealed, along with the rest of the main cast, which includes an actress from another enduring horror franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Bloody Disgusting reports that Paul T. Taylor plays Pinhead in Hellraiser: Judgment. An actor with experience both on the stage and in front of the camera, Taylor has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including Sin City, Deadroom, and Super. Hellraiser: Judgment director Gary J. Tunnicliffe told Fangoria that Taylor will bring “more than a hint of Peter Cushing and Ralph Fiennes” to the role of Pinhead.
A horror icon that has haunted generations of viewers, Pinhead was brought chillingly to life by Doug Bradley in the first eight »
- Derek Anderson
With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and »
- Harker Jones
February’s home entertainment releases are ending on a high note, so genre fans should get their wallets ready in anticipation of all the great horror and sci-fi titles coming our way on the 23rd. Scream Factory has several fantastic releases planned for this Tuesday, including the highly anticipated Blu-ray for Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow as well as double features of The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.
Candyman director Bernard Rose’s latest endeavor—the modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale—hits Blu and DVD this week, and the cult classic Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things is getting an HD overhaul this Tuesday as well.
Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases on February 23rd include The Bees, Bigfoot Vs. Zombies, Moonwalkers, Demonoid, American Horror Project: Volume One and Upsidedown Cross.
Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (Vci Entertainment, »
- Heather Wixson
[Note: With the film due for a UK release this week, here’s a reposting of my review of Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein from last summer’s London Frightfest]
Helmed by Bernard Rose, still best known for Candyman, this new take on Frankenstein explores the classic tale from the perspective of the monster rather than the scientist – recapturing what was so great about Mary Shelley’s original story, taking the themes she wrote about and giving them a very modern spin. So modern in fact that I’m positive it’s the first, and only time, we’ve been presented with a 3D-printed protagonist! It may sound crazy but the idea, given recent advances in the technology (only last week it was announced that fully working prosthetics for amputee’s can be 3D printed) is not that far-fetched.
You see, unlike previous iterations of the story, this Frankenstein’s monster, named ironcally Adam, »
- Phil Wheat
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Castle, The Flash, Suits and How to Get Away With Murder!
1 | Hawaii Five-0 fans, can we talk about Steve’s roaming black eye makeup? (At one point, it was twice the size and prac- tically on his cheek!) Also, was anything funnier than Grover growing more and more steamed about everyone else scoring a last-minute Valentine’s dinner rez?
Set in present day Los Angeles, cinema’s oldest monsters becomes man’s newest miracle as Frankenstein is brought bang up to date. Telling its tale entirely from the point of view of The Monster (Xavier Samuel – The Twilight Saga, Fury) the story unravels as he is artificially created by a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists (Danny Huston – X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 30 Days Of Night and Carrie-Anne Moss – Pompeii, The Matrix Trilogy) and then left for dead.
Confronted with nothing but aggression and violence as he attempts to make is way in the world, Frankenstein is a full-blooded and unflinching reimagining of a timeless classic that terrifies as much as it casts a mirror over the nature of humanity and science. With supporting performances from horror stalwart Tony Todd (Candyman, Hatchet II) and Maya Erskine (TV’s Man Seeking Woman), Frankenstein’s Monster must get to grips »
- Dan Powell
Directed by Bernard Rose.
An eccentric pair of scientists create a human monster in modern-day Los Angeles.
Another year, another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel but there is a twist to this one as it sticks very closely to its source material but updates the setting to modern-day Los Angeles. This isn’t the first time that a gothic horror story has been given a contemporary makeover (Dracula A.D. 1972 springs to mind, along with countless retellings of The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, etc.) and Frankenstein has proven to be the most popular of the classic movie monsters to revisit in recent years but so far nobody seems to have gotten the formula for updating it right. So has Candyman director Bernard Rose managed to crack it?
Pretty much, »
- Amie Cranswick
Bernard Rose’s modern day Frankenstein will screen exclusivly at Triskel Christchurch Cinema, one night only, Thursday 18 February before its worldwise release on DVD. UK director Rose began his film career working with Jim Henson before directing music videos for MTV, most notably the uncensored version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax. His later work includes horror film Candyman in 1992, and the historical romance Immortal Beloved in 1994. “Frankenstein is as relevant today as when it first appeared nearly two hundred years ago,” says Bernard Rose. “Its central premise, that the goal of science is to create consciousness, speaks to us because it is a fundamental truth and only in our era is the possibility now nearing fact. Mary Shelley’s book is, of course, the seminal Horror, Science Fiction and Gothic novel, and as such has been adapted and interprated many times. None more memorably than James Whale’s classic film starring Boris Karloff. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Hell hath no fury like a... demon scorned? In this round-up, we have a look at the official poster for Fury of the Demon. Also: an I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday poster, a new Alienween trailer, details on the screening of Romero's vampire film, Martin, Frankenstein on Blu-ray / DVD, and Director's Cut.
Fury of the Demon: "An investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon), attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts and psychologists, this documentary pulls back the veil on the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made. From mysteries to mysteries, from questioning to questioning, discover the truth about the lost movie that has been shaking the film world for over a century! »
- Tamika Jones
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