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I’ve heard it said that somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. A world of darkness.
“Our cause is not for evil,” said Sullivan during an interview for Championship Wrestling from Florida in 1982. “Because all we’re looking for is refuge from this cold, cruel world.”
Ring a bell?
Sullivan’s dark mystique, his messianic charisma, his penchant for dark riddles — they all seem to have been resurrected in the form of Bray Wyatt.
Take, for instance, these words recently delivered by the leader of the Wyatt Family to nemesis John Cena:
“This is a terrible world,” Wyatt drawled. “A cold, cold dark and lonely place. You stand for these illusions. But »
- Marshall Ward
No less an authority than Stephen King calls Nick Cutter’s The Troop “old-school horror at its best.” The book, which goes on sale February 25, finds a young group of scouts on an isolated wilderness trip confronted by a strange man with a horrible, deadly infection. Early reviews are invoking everything from Lord of the Flies to Night of the Creeps, which is a good sign in my book. I’ll have my own review of the novel here at Fearnet next week, but for now we’ve got a few words with the author himself. Fearnet: You've cited Stephen King as a major influence on your work and this novel in particular. What elements of his work do you see in The Troop? Cutter: Well, I cribbed its structure from Carrie, which is a debt I make clear in the acknowledgements. “The Body” (made into the film Stand by Me) is another obvious touchstone. »
- Blu Gilliand
In this week's installment of The Vault, we have gathered director Jeremy Kasten (The Wizard of Gore, The Profane Exhibit) and actor/director Ted Raimi (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Morbid Minutes) to discuss Two Evil Eyes.
1990's Two Evil Eyes marks the first collaboration between George Romero and Dario Argento since 1978's Dawn of the Dead. Two Evil Eyes is actually an anthology movie that never quite came together, and instead features two hour-long films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Romero wrote and directed "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," which stars Adrienne Barbeau, and Argento wrote and directed "The Black Cat" with Harvey Keitel.
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- Alyse Wax
Just when you think you've seen every single piece of promotional artwork from The Evil Dead series, something new rears its head like Cheryl trapped below the chained basement door.
The unique one-sheet you can find below was pulled from Sam Sarowitz's book Translating Hollywood. Obviously this Japanese version of the Army of Darkness movie poster took quite a few liberties with the original artwork, including adding Bruce Campbell soup cans (only available at S-Mart, I would assume). Nice touch.
And is that Bill Moseley I see as the Deadite Captain by Ash's knee amongst the other action shots from the film?
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- Scott Hallam
From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.
We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.
Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion »
- Scott Hallam
No matter what else he does, director Sam Raimi has two unassailable fan favorites under his belt: 1987's Evil Dead 2, and the 1992 trilogy-capper Army of Darkness. (His first film, 1981's The Evil Dead, is more "respected" than "loved" by the fans.) Released between those two films, Raimi's 1990 superhero movie, Darkman, was largely overlooked by his base because it wasn't another Dead movie -- it didn't even star Bruce Campbell! -- while Universal tried to market it as the Batman clone the studio desperately wanted it to be. Raimi, of course, went on to revitalize the superhero genre in the 2000s with the considerably blander Spider-Man films, setting the template until Christopher Nolan came along and gritted up the joint with »
Zombie movies feel like they may have been done to death over the last few years, so I am always delighted when I see a film with a relatively new idea that brings zombies back on screen. Full disclosure: I am ride or die for anything set in the Middle Ages. The idea of zombies existing during the Medieval era excites the Hell out of me (*cough* Army Of Darkness *cough*), so I was really looking forward to cracking into this gem. Knight Of The Dead is ambitious, unique, but the overall execution tremendously suffers. This film clearly went for style before substance, and it leaves a disappointing product in the wake of an excellent idea. Right off the bat, the overall look is unlike the typical zombie movie. Beautiful mountains predominately line the scenery, and the addition of gray skies littered with a great deal of snow keeps »
- BJ Colangelo
Since the early 1980s supernatural monster films have utilized more and more action elements to captivate an adrenaline-hungry audience who might not be so entertained by the boogie man jumping out off the screen. This then increased in the 1990s with the popularity and success of films such as Army Of Darkness and Blade. However, since the start of the 2000s there has been a huge surge in supernatural action films that have taken classic movie monsters and combined them with over-the-top, extremely stylized fight sequences usually consisting of leather-clad women. I should probably state now that by ‘supernatural’ I’m referring to any films involving vampires, zombies or werewolves, because no matter how much pseudo-scientific nonsense is thrown at us we all know that those classic monster-baddies will forever belong in the supernatural category. Like them or not, this new sub-genre of films – from Underworld to Resident Evil – is here to stay, »
- Ben Read
Knight of the Dead could have been an exhilarating throwback film that fused medieval themes and flesh hungry zombies to create a slice of originality. Instead what we get is a silly horrendously edited (I dont think theres a scene in the first act that lasts longer than 2.5 seconds) blend of Army of Darkness and Black Death that somehow feels nothing like an outrageous beast of a medieval zombie flick. »
To coincide with the release of Team Ninja’s upcoming Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Dark Horse has released the first issue of a companion comic via their digital store.
Written by Tim Seeley (Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash) and Josh Emmons (Ex Sanguine) and featuring art by Rafael Ortiz, the first issue details the life of the eponymous Yaiba before he became a zombie-slaying cyborg ninja and how his katana came to be known as “Heartless.” Maybe because it keeps on sinnin’ in the name of rock and roll?
You can get the first issue for free from Dark Horse via the aforementioned digital store, or through their iOS and Android apps. A physical version of the comic will be released alongside the game on March 18th which, sadly, is a 2 week delay from its original release date of March 4th.
- Carl Lyon
I hadn't even heard of this film to be released on January 21, 2014 until today. So, they don't have much for marketing, but that doesn't necessarily mean this independent film won't deliver on its effort to entertain a niche market of role-playing geeks and those that enjoy some good ol' fun... reminiscent of Army of Darkness and Shaun of the Dead horror style comedy. Yes, Summer Glau is doing her "thing" and for some, that is a good thing and for some that is a redundant thing. Depending on your taste, she isn't too hard on the eyes. Call it brilliant or so bad that it could be good, but what say thee? A watch or pass? From the Official Movie Site: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Knights Of Badassdom follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact »
Jim Mickle returns to Sundance for the second year in a row following his 2013 critical smash We Are What We Are, which also played at Cannes Director's Fortnight prior to its theatrical release this year by eOne. This year he comes to Park City with the film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's cult novel of the same name starring Michael C. Hall, and we snagged him for a minute to grill him with our brand new Sundance Speed Dating line of questioning.Twitch: At what age did you know you wanted to be a director?Jim Mickle: I was 13. I was home sick from school and I saw Army of Darkness and I'd always sort of been in to sloppy B movies. It blew me...
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One of the unsung heroes of The Evil Dead is Tom Sullivan, whose contributions to the original franchise are quite frankly as important as Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's. Sullivan was a makeup effects artist, animator and designer on Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, and it is he who was responsible for many of the practical effects and props seen in the movies, including the iconic Book of the Dead.
As reported by Fangoria, Sullivan is the subject of an upcoming documentary called Invaluable: The True Story of an Epic Artist, which digs inside the mind of the man who gave us some of the most horrifying and grotesque visuals in horror history. Providing unprecedented access to Sullivan's workshop, the Ryan Meade-directed documentary will also be jam packed with never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew members, including Bruce Campbell, as well as tours of »
- John Squires
There are a myriad of reasons as to why Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead and its iconic sequels are the unequivocal-cult classics they are today, but there’s only one man responsible for the ingenious special effects wizardry on display: Tom Sullivan! The FX legend is the subject of Ryan Meade’s upcoming documentary Invaluable, which takes a look at the man who made it all possible.
From Within The Woods to Army Of Darkness, Invaluable features just about everyone you can think of that’s linked to the legacy of The Evil Dead, including Bruce Campbell, Betsy Baker, Ted Raimi, and more! Check out the trailer below, and be on the lookout for convention screenings and a DVD release once distribution is secured. “Like” Invaluable‘s Facebook page here for all updates!
- Justin Edwards
2013 was a great year for horror throughout numerous avenues. Independent film offered some standouts with the disease consuming Contracted, forced intervention Resolution, the creature feature Grabbers, and many more. Hollywood gave us hordes of zombies with the surprising World War Z, a fresh home invasion take with You’re Next, and legitimate scares with The Conjuring.
But horror wasn’t restrained to just film, television made big leaps with Mads Mikkelsen’s great portrayal in Hannibal, the clever re-imaging of Norman in the Bates Motel, and the continuing mayhem offered in Game of Thrones. Still, horror couldn’t be stopped as music jumped into the mix with superb soundtracks released from Death Waltz, Waxwork, and One Way Static records. And it didn’t end there because horror was everywhere!!! Here are a few of my favorites from 2013:
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For horror fans the music in their beloved »
- Jonathan James
15 items from 2014
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