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Back in October we introduced you to a Tumblr blog called If It Were Stine, comprised of front and back covers for faux Goosebumps books, based on popular fan-favorite horror flicks. At the time, the artists on the site had created covers for films like Halloween 3, Carrie and Suspiria, giving the movies family friendly R.L. Stine-inspired makeovers - Suspiria becoming Attack of the Ballet Witches, for example. If It Were Stine is just the kind of fun project we absolutely love here on FEARnet, and we're here today to unload a brand new pile of books on ya.
Since we made that post, the If It Were Stine archives have been beefed up quite a bit, and the blog has been infused with ample doses of the holiday horror spirit. Films like Black Christmas, Jack Frost and Rare Exports have all been given the Stine treatment in recent weeks, »
- John Squires
The hilarious and inspiring story of how a mysterious misfit got past every roadblock in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms: a $6 million cinematic catastrophe called The Room.
Anyone who has seen Tommy Wiseau's The Room will have had questions. Many, many questions. It's a move that asks so many questions that even on repeated viewings, you're no closer to answers. Well, ten years after the fact, Greg Sestero (who played Mark in the movie) has given us some of the answers we've been looking for in his 'tell all' book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made - a hilarious recount of one of the most baffling films ever committed to cinema.
For those of you who have not seen the movie »
This weeks entry of New To Netflix picks some of the obscure and strange films from the various territories around the world. At this point in time, I would say that Netflix remains at its best for the new (ish) and niche over the mainstream or canonical. With that we have this week a tour through the Russian State Heritage Museum, a Hungarian director making a British Cloning Drama on the Black Sea Coast in Germany, Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy and and Shane Carruth's wonderful puzzler on logistics and ethics, all of which offer different cinematic forms of 'time travel.' A documentary on Troll 2, thinks about the unique pleasures of watching those kinds of 'perfect storm' of inept filmmaking. And two crime thrillers you may...
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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a teaser trailer for The House of Forbidden Secrets, UK distribution details for Banshee Chapter, information on a line of handcrafted zombie dolls, a trailer for In Fear, first details on Dead Bounty, and much more:
The House of Forbidden Secrets Teaser: “The House of Forbidden Secrets had it’s national premiere in Las Vegas, Nv at the PollyGrind Film Festival on October 11th, 2013, where it won 6 awards, and has also been chosen for the South African Horror Festival this Spring, the Italian Fantafest in 2014, the British Raindance Film Fest for 2014 as well as the X-Fest with many more festivals to follow. It was shot last Winter and Spring in Kansas City. The film stars many local actors and actresses to Kansas City, but also includes genre icons such as Lew Temple (Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Nov 2013 - 06:50
From random films with altered names to unrelated storylines, we take a look at 15 incredibly tenuous horror and sci-fi film sequels...
The profit-driven nature of filmmaking usually means that, if a movie's a hit, sequels follow. And it's sometimes the case that, particularly in the realm of low-budget sci-fi and horror, those sequels are trotted out in a rush, or don't have anything to do with the film they're following.
This isn't to say that the sequels on this list are necessarily bad - it's a proper mixed bag of the great, the mediocre and the downright awful - but in each instance, these sequels have only vague links to their predecessors, or worse still, they're entirely different films rebranded to fit an existing franchise.
Our list is by no means definitive - rather, we've chosen a collection of films that we find the most memorable. »
Birdemic, described by director James Nguyen as a romantic thriller, is a story about a young couple falling in love against the backdrop of a batshit insane tale of a town under siege by homicidal eagles! Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (in fact The Birds actress Tippi Hedren makes a cameo in the film in stock footage), the film also tackles topical issues such as global warming and world peace, all wrapped up in a film so inept that you’ll leave the film with the hugest grin on your face. We’ve all heard the phrase “so bad it’s good”, well Birdemic is the epitomy of that phrase!
Where to begin reviewing a film like Birdemic? It’s script? Garbage. It’s actors? Terrible, however the blonde female lead (Whitney Moore) is nice to look »
- Phil Wheat
In the Dungeons and Dragons-themed Zero Charisma (which comes out tomorrow, and is also available on VOD) a socially awkward D&D obsessive called Scott (Sam Eidson) loses both his role-playing game and his friends to a suave hipster-type, Miles (Garrett Graham), with darkly comedic consequences. The film’s writer and co-director Andrew Matthews was inspired to make the film by his own history as a gamer and ‘Dungeon Master.’
“I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons since 5th grade,” he explains. “It’s a nerdy obsession but it’s a very creative one too and it’s a social hobby »
- Clark Collis
Welcome to QueueItUp, a new weekly column where we'll look at the hidden gems and new releases currently available in your digital stream. We won't exclusively be looking at Netflix, and I promise you, this is going to lead to bigger and better things, not only here at the site, but also as we branch into other avenues of media.
Today, we're going to get a jumpstart on Halloween. Whether you're throwing a party and need something playing on a screen in the backyard, or you're more of a 'stay at home and sip on whiskey by yourself' kind of gal, we've paid our $7.99 in full for the month, so that we have unlimited access to tons of Trick or Treat thrillers that will keep you scared into the wee hours of November.
Some are classic, some are cult, and some you've never seen. Here are the 10 Terrifying Halloween Movies »
Earlier today we alerted you to the special Halloween screenings at the American Cinematheque. They aren't the only Halloween game in Los Angeles. Cinefamily has announced their 30 midnights program for Halloween. Last year the focus was on video nasties; this year it is the United States of Horror, a "cross-country death trip, with each night celebrating a different state of the Union, and regional horror filmmaking of all stripes. Whether it's unknown directors toiling away on backyard labors of love, or itinerant auteurs falling in love with and shooting an unfamiliar landscape as if it was their own, this series' thirty entries provide a vibrant overview of our nation's hidden horror history." Sounds way safer than taking an actual roadtrip.
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, midnight – Southern California: Equinox
Thursday, Oct. 3rd, midnight – Nevada: Tremors
- Alyse Wax
Written and Directed by Rena Riffel
Las Vegas stripper, Penny Slot, sets out on an adventure to become the star dancer on a dance television show. With stars in her eyes, she tries to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but instead finds danger in a town more wicked than Sin City.
It's the movie virtually no one was asking for, a sequel to Paul Verhoeven's much maligned Showgirls - a film that was nominated for so many Razzies that Verhoeven himself showed up to accept the awards. But after the film bombed at the box office, it found new life on the home video market and midnight screenings. Just like Troll 2, many film fans embraced the camp factor of Showgirls and have »
My “Come Lucha Me” face. In Miami to celebrate the WWE Hall of Fame induction of luchador and cinematic monster slayer, Mil Mascaras.
I’m not a horror guy. Never have been. I know, it’s like I just shouted “Fire!” in a vintage magazine store. But before the panic sets in, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself and my journey through Monster-dom, and to provide a little context for such a blasphemous proclamation. As Forry before me was an open book, I think it’s only fair that you know just who it is that’s helming FM these days. At the end of the day, we make the magazine for you guys. While my personal tastes influence the magazine to a certain degree, it’s the voice of the fans that we listen to the most. It’s you guys who largely determine what it is that we cover. »
- The ED-itor
The Demon's Rook, 2013
Directed by James Sizemore
A young boy named Roscoe finds a portal to another world where he is taught magic by an elder demon known as Dimwos. Dimwos raises the boy into manhood, revealing to him many secrets.A young boy named Roscoe finds a portal to another world where he is taught magic by an elder demon known as Dimwos. Dimwos raises the boy into manhood, revealing to him many secrets.
Watching The Demon's Rook in 2013 is like stepping into a time warp as it's a movie that would have been right at home during the Video Nasty controversy of the 1980s. It looks like it was shot on the cheap on someone's farm with a limited crew and a cast made up of friends and, amazingly, this really adds to the movie's charm. »
The 7th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival, which runs this year on September 5-8 at the Factory Theatre, opens with a real bang when they will screen cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s latest cinematic odyssey, The Dance of Reality. This is Jodorowsky’s first film in over twenty years and is an imaginative and playful quasi-autobiography.
The rest of the four-day celebration is packed with more film oddities and excursions into surreal and transgressive territory. One particular highlight that is not to be missed is Don Swaynos’ incredibly crowd-pleasing comedy Pictures of Superheroes, about a slacker cleaning woman’s descent into an absurd world she can’t escape. Read the Underground Film Journal’s review of Pictures of Superheroes here.
Other twisted fiction films screening include Drew Tobias’s sick and twisted See You Next Tuesday, Cody Calahan’s apocalyptic Antisocial and Lloyd Kaufman’s highly-anticipated sequel Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. »
- Mike Everleth
The beginning of every month sees additions to (and sometimes subtractions from) Netflix streaming's library. Here is a quick list of new movies that you might be interested in.• Best Worst Movie, the 2009 documentary about the trash cult classic Troll 2.• Born on the Fourth of July, the 1989 Oliver Stone movie starring Tom Cruise.• The Breakfast Club, the 1985 John Hughes Saturday detention classic.• Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the 1968 Dick Van Dyke–starring children's movie about a flying car.• Clockers, the 1995 Spike Lee joint based on the Richard Price novel.• Days of Thunder, the 1990 Tom Cruise auto racing movie.• Desperado, the 1995 Robert Rodriguez–directed sequel to his low-budget hit El Mariachi.• A bunch of James Bond movies that have previously been added then removed then added then removed from Netflix.• Do the Right Thing, the 1989 Spike Lee classic.• Event Horizon, the 1997 demonic space-horror movie starring Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne•Night Watch, »
- Vulture Editors
You young whipper-snappers better behave, cause these old people are going to make you wish you got off their lawns when they told you to. Edited by Avaryl Halley.
Movies Included (Click to Buy):
Almost Heroes | Ace Ventura Pet Detective | Gran Torino | Caddyshack | Hot Fuzz | The Way of the Gun | Snatch | The Blues Brothers | Stardust | The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! | The Goonies | Red | Get Smart | Every Which Way But Loose | Airplane | Kill Bill 2 | Secondhand Lions | Goldfinger | Kung Fu Hustle | Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot | Zombieland | The Mist | Troll 2 | The Karate Kid | Dead Alive | The Rock | Bubba Ho-Tep | Open Range | Passage to Zarahemla »
Luke Owen on the current state of the monster movie....
With Pacific Rim hitting cinemas today and the Godzilla marketing campaign heading into full swing, it seems as though giant monster movies are making a comeback. Not only that, but based on Guillermo del Toro’s most recent kaiju-eiga inspired effort and the early viral attempts for The King of the Monsters, it appears as though we’re in for some well written monster movies with great concepts, fantastic visuals and a sense of fun and wonderment.
All of which is being undone by SyFy.
While the monster movie genre has laid dormant in the eyes of mainstream movie goers, SyFy have taken it upon themselves to fill the void with TV movies that work on one gimmick – a wacky name that will trend on Twitter.
SyFy movies are clearly titles first, story second. This is not an uncommon practice »
After being warmly welcomed back into filmdom’s good graces—and always remembering that you can’t piss on hospitality—Troll 2 star Michael Stephenson hopes to build on the goodwill accorded his Best Worst Movie documentary by directing an intentional comedy, this one written by and starring Bob Odenkirk. Titled Girlfriend’s Day, it finds Odenkirk playing the most famous greeting card writer in a world that regards them as celebrities. With his career in a tailspin, he fights to reclaim his throne by vying to create the perfect card for the newly invented holiday Girlfriend’s Day, getting »
Saul Goodman has a new gig! Bob Odenkirk, who plays Walter White’s morally dubious lawyer on AMC’s Breaking Bad, is set to write and star in a comedy called Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk will play a greeting card writer who gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as he and his fellow scribes try to create the perfect card for the new, titular, holiday.
Girlfriend’s Day will be the narrative feature debut of filmmaker Michael Paul Stephenson who previously directed the documentaries Best Worst Movie, which detailed the cult surrounding the Stephenson-starring Troll 2, and last year’s American Scream, »
- Clark Collis
That sound you hear? That’s me, clomping up the stairs to the angry dome. I’ve been spending a lot of time up there in recent weeks. My head is slowly imploding from the sheer WTFness of everything I am hearing. I’m not certain how much more of this I can take.
Let me try to put this concisely: there is a movie about Troll dolls. It is called Trolls. It is not, unfortunately, a sequel to Troll 2. It is being produced by DreamWorks Animation. And it has a writer and director.
The director? Mike Mitchell, who directed Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Shrek Forever After and (shudder) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. His single non-cringe-worthy credit? Sky High, which did not suck. So he’s the guy in charge of Trolls.
The writer? Here we fare a little better. Erica Rivinoja has signed on to write the screenplay. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
With Cannes now in full swing, the latest edition of Indiewire's curation of Hulu's Documentaries page indulges in some long-distance cinephilia. If you didn't make it out on the Croisette this year, let these selections - about film and filmmaking - remind you of your love for the cinema. Watch them now for free! A good place to start is by exploring the devotion certain films engender. Tariq Jalil's "A Galaxy Far Far Away" focuses on the anticipation for "The Phantom Menace" among hardcore "Star Wars" fans, while Scott Colthorp's "Trek Nation" shows the "Star Trek" franchise's lasting impact. The love of film crosses all genres and tastes - and even for a film deemed the best of the worst, as shown in Michael Stephenson's enjoyable "Best Worst Movie," detailing the making of the much-maligned "Troll 2" and its later success as a cult film. Underground films »
- Basil Tsiokos
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