10 items from 2013
With 2013 almost behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to the future. By this time last year, Stephen King had announced two new novels for 2013 – Joyland and Doctor Sleep – but we ended up with so much more: The Dark Man, Hard Listening, “Afterlife,” “Summer Thunder,” plus surprises like an unfinished manuscript surfacing and King’s earliest fiction sale, “The Glass Floor,” being reprinted by Cemetery Dance. What’s in store for 2014? We’re in the same position we were in last year: two new books announced, and not much more. Still, 2014 looks to be unique in every sense of the word: for the first time since 2011, we have a year without any sequels. However readers felt about The Wind Through the Keyhole or Doctor Sleep, there’s something exciting about going into two new Stephen King novels completely blind. Well, maybe not completely. What do we know about these novels? »
- Kevin Quigley
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
From the Press Release
From the mind that first introduced the world to killer hemorrhoids with his decorated short film Roid Rage (screened at over 50 film festivals internationally such as Screamfest La, Another Hole in the Head, Sacramento Horror Film Fest), Bahamian filmmaker Ryan Lightbourn has just wrapped his first feature length film, Sleepwalkers.
Sleepwalkers was completed over the course of only two weeks to accommodate both the most modest of budgets and a crew that consisted of less than 10 people. In addition, Lightbourn wrote, directed, produced, cast, and is solely responsible for all the post-production work of the movie (editing, scoring, visual effects, etc.).
The Sleepwalkers cast is comprised of a range of actors from veterans to newcomers. »
- Uncle Creepy
Almost 40 years after the publication of his first novel, Carrie, Stephen King remains a dominant force in American culture. No living American writer is as popular and few other writers produce work that lends itself so readily to film adaptations. King's stories offer enticing high concepts that often brilliantly meld the irrationality of the classic horror tale with the small details of American middle-class existence. Yet there’s only been one good King movie for every three bad ones — Carrie, Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Shining, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, and Stand by Me on one side and Dreamcatcher, Hearts in Atlantis, Sleepwalkers, Maximum Overdrive, The Lawnmower Man, Needful Things, Thinner, Firestarter, The Dark Half, 1408, and almost all of the TV adaptations on the other. With this weekend’s remake of Carrie in mind, here are five tips for any screenwriter or filmmaker hoping to tackle the novelist’s rich, vast library. »
- Chuck Bowen
Kings of Horror a month-long series in which ShockTillYouDrop.com's Ryan Turek (@_RyanTurek) and CraveOnline's William Bibbiani (@williambibbiani) reflect on the big screen theatrical offerings of Stephen King's works. 31 days, 31 films, 31 reviews!
The series began with Carrie and will end with the Carrie remake.
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Now that Ben Affleck is confirmed to follow his next movie Live By Night by donning the cape and cowl as The Dark Knight in 2015's Batman vs. Superman, Warner Bros. has moved to replace the actor and director on the long-rumoured adaptation of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic opus The Stand, with Deadline reporting that Scott Cooper has signed on to rewrite and direct.
Affleck first became attached to direct The Stand back in October 2011 during production on his Oscar-winning drama Argo after negotiations between Warner Bros. and Harry Potter director David Yates fell through. His successor Cooper is currently putting the finishing touches to his second feature Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone), having made his debut back in 2009 with Crazy Heart.
First published in 1978 and followed by a revised and expanded edition in 1990, The Stand tells the »
- Flickering Myth
Starring former Bond lead Pierce Brosnan, the haunting thriller is released on DVD today, and tells the chilling tale of novelist Mike Noonan, who retreats to his family’s lakeside cabin after the death of his wife, and finds himself in the middle of a deadly supernatural mystery. Director Mick Garris, who also adapted King works for TV’s The Stand, and Sleepwalkers) brought the story to the screen, bringing in an enviable cast alongside Brosnan, including Melissa George, Jason Priestley and True Blood pair Caitlin Carmichael and William Schallert.
Here’s the synopsis…
- Simon Gallagher
Villains have always been and will always be some of the most fascinating and memorable characters in the world of genre film. Here we will take a look at the greatest villains of cinema from the 1990’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as in my previous articles Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s and Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct of indirect lethal threat. The villains can either be individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance. Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes of their respective films were excluded.
- Terek Puckett
Hollywood’s love affair with ghoulies and ghosties was reconfirmed Thursday with the announcement that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is partnering with Fox 2000 Pictures to finance and distribute a new version of director Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist. The film will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful), and produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert through their Ghost House Pictures company, together with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Ghost House’s previous credits include The Grudge, last year’s The Possession, and the recent reboot of Raimi’s own Evil Dead.
According to the official announcement, »
- Clark Collis
We all know, of course, what happened on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts; as thousands of people ran a famous marathon through one of America's oldest and most historic cities, multiple explosions went off near the finish line. Many were killed or injured, and fundraisers have sprung up across the globe to help the community and the victims and their families. And one of the philanthropists lending a hand is one of horror's most beloved figures.
Adam Green, the director of Spiral and Frozen and the mastermind behind the popular slasher films in the Hatchet series, was born and raised in the Boston area in a small picturesque town called Holliston. Green, currently working on his own FearNet original sitcom, Holliston, and the upcoming Chris Columbus (of Goonies fame) film Killer Pizza, opted to plan a three-night fundraising extravaganza in his hometown area.
Green began posting details on his social media as details became available. »
- Amanda Rebholz
10 items from 2013
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