5 items from 2015
In the vast pantheon of Stephen King movie adaptations, there tends to be a pretty clear demarcation between those films widely accepted as “good” and the rest, which are either dismissed as being bad or else forgotten altogether. The accepted wisdom is that George A. Romero’s 1993 adaptation of The Dark Half falls into that latter camp. That’s a mistake.
Despite being one of the greatest horror filmmakers of all time, Romero has never had an easy career. He redefined horror several times over with his first two Living Dead films but was cheated out of the royalties for directing one of the most successful independent films ever made. He had big commercial success working with a major studio on Creepshow, but he couldn’t get his next movie financed the way he wanted to make it. The late ’80s–’90s were particularly tough for Romero, with two difficult »
- Patrick Bromley
Thirty years ago, horror fans watched Herbert West bring the dead back to life with comedic and creepy results in Re-Animator. In our special Halloween issue of Deadly Magazine, we celebrate Stuart Gordon's cult classic and also take a look at other zombified creations, including George A. Romero's living dead films and Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book series.
Like an overflowing bag of candy on All Hallow's Eve, this Halloween issue has something for everyone: Jonathan's The Walking Dead Season 6 interview with Andrew Lincoln, Heather's event report and eye-grabbing photos from Halloween Horror Nights, and Patrick's fond reflections on George A. Romero's The Dark Half—to name a few.
Presented by Double Take's recently launched Ultimate Night of the Living Dead universe, this issue of Deadly Magazine is available to read in its entirety for free.
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- Derek Anderson
Just now seeing this, but it seems a couple of interesting tidbits came out of George A. Romero's Wizard World St. Louis Q&A last week: 1. Nobody will make his Stephen King movie adaptations "...we haven't been able to sell 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon' to anybody. I have been working on that, and recently wrote another draft of that, but nobody wants to do that. We can't get anyone interested. That and 'Gerald's Game.' Those are the two I was interested in, but we can't get anyone." King and Romero famously collaborated on a number of films and TV shows back in the '80s and early '90s, including the 1983 anthology classic "Creepshow" and its 1987 sequel, the "Tales from the Darkside" TV series and film and the 1993 big-screen adaptation of King's "The Dark Half," which Romero wrote and directed. Romero adapted King's 1999 novel "The Girl »
- Chris Eggertsen
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101). As usual, Wizard World has an impressive line-up of celebrity guests including Elvira, Christian Kane, and George Romero, but the star I’m most excited to meet is actor Michael Rooker.
Michael Rooker was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1955. He has eight brothers and sisters. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Goodman School of Drama. Rooker made his feature film debut by playing the title character in the gritty 1985 horror classic Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer. He followed this with significant big-screen roles in Tombstone, Days Of Thunder, Cliffhanger, JFK, Mississippi Burning, Sea Of Love, The Dark Half, Mallrats, »
- Tom Stockman
Though it’s often remembered as one of the many Gremlins rip-offs of the ‘80s, Ghoulies has its origins in 1983 (or a year before Gremlins hit screens), when producer Charles Band and creature effects guru Stan Winston dreamed up a film called Beasties about a bunch of small creatures wreaking havoc on a group of young people. It underwent some changes on the way to the screen: rather than Band directing as originally planned, the film would be helmed by actor Luca Bercovici, who had previously worked for Band on 1982’s Parasite. Stan Winston would not design the creatures, either; those duties fell to John Carl Buechler. And despite what its title might suggest, there wouldn’t end up being very many ghoulies in Ghoulies.
Instead, the 1984 film focuses mainly on a man (Peter Liapis) who inherits a mansion from his father (rocker Richard Des Barres) and ends up conjuring »
- Patrick Bromley
5 items from 2015
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