5 items from 2013
AMC has announced that The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere will officially kick off Fearfest. The annual horror event will run for 19 days and includes dozens of films playing on AMC, along with a number of online activities:
“New York – October 2, 2013 – AMC announces the launch of its annual AMC Fearfest, the biggest annual horror and thriller movie marathon of the Halloween season, starting Sunday, October 13. The 19-day virtual film festival, kicking off with the season four premiere of “The Walking Dead,” celebrates the best in contemporary and classic horror genre films, including the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist and the 30th anniversary of Cujo. AMC Fearfest features 19 days of continuous scare-themed programming, including classic film franchises such as Halloween, The Omen, Alien, Friday the 13th and Tremors, and 10 AMC premieres including A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Amityville Horror. In addition to the on-air festivities, AMC Fearfest will feature daily »
- Jonathan James
We've always had a fascination with monsters. Some are pretty forgettable, while others have found a place in our hearts or struck deep into our psyches. But we've come a long way from the nuclear age of giant ants terrorizing middle America and atomic lizards the size of skyscrapers engaging in battles with gargantuan apes. The modern monster has evolved from the golden age of Bela Lugosi's blood-sucking antics in the depths of Transylvania, or the stop-motion excellence of Ray Harryhausen – designs still vehemently admired to this day thanks to publications like Famous Monsters of Filmland. There's always been a kind of aesthetic beauty to be found in monsters, and the advances in makeup effects are constantly lifting the limits on the imagination; the possibilities of future monsterdom are becoming endless. Some of our filmmaking heroes are so adept at realizing visually dazzling creatures that it's become their professional calling card (Guillermo Del Toro, »
- Aaron Williams
If there was ever a mythology that seemed tailor-made for a horror film franchise, it’s the one Clive Barker created in his novella The Hellbound Heart. Barker must have thought so as well, as the film version, Hellraiser, marked his directing debut. Hellbound: Hellraiser II pushed beyond the original story, and despite a few problems it managed to recognize, and capitalize on, the promise contained in Barker’s original piece. Then came Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, and the wheels began to come off. As the series progressed to the fourth, fifth, and sixth films (and more after that, although I haven’t cared to keep track at this point), this rich and promising mythology got bent, scraped and bruised by a succession of hacks who turned in one direct-to-video disaster after another. It seemed that everyone who was getting money to make a Hellraiser movie was missing the »
- Blu Gilliand
While I know most tend to associate actor Zach Galligan with the movie 'Gremlins,' for me growing up I was always a bigger fan of his portrayal of Mark in the 'Waxwork' movies. After all, he got to fight all the classic Universal monsters, go up against the Waxwork proprietor played by the great David Warner and was friends (and potentially more?) with mega-babes Michelle Johnson (China) and Deborah Foreman (Sarah). I've always had a great deal of affection for the first 'Waxwork' because not only is it a perfect blend of horror and comedy, but because it was also an all out monster mash that didn't skimp out on the monsters or the gore. Writer/director Anthony Hickox (who also later helmed 'Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth,' 'Warlock: Armageddon,' and 'Sundown: A Vampire In Retreat') teamed up once more with »
- Rob Galluzzo
Ozzy Osbourne may have originated the song “Hellraiser” on his 1991 No More Tears album, but it is probably more well known for Motorhead’s Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth cover version and subsequent music video in which Lemmy challenges Pinhead to a card game for his mortal soul.
Actually, the Motorhead “Hellraiser” is probably only slightly more well known because Ozzy never released his original version as a single; whereas Motorhead’s version was released as promotion for both their latest album at the time and the third Hellraiser flick. Hey, you never saw Ozzy Osbourne on “The Tonight Show” performing “Hellraiser” as Jay Leno provided ear plugs to the studio audience and guest Edie McClurg sat mortified on the couch.
5 items from 2013
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