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Masters Of Dark Cinema: Remembering George Romero And Tobe Hooper

  • CinemaRetro
By Ernie Magnotta

The world of horror films lost two of its most important and influential figures recently with the passing of filmmaking geniuses George Romero and Tobe Hooper. Although the careers of these two great artists can fill (and have filled) entire books, I’d like to briefly mention their most important works and pay my respects to them both.

When I was around ten or eleven-years-old, I had snuck out of bed late one night to watch some old movie on TV; a Tarzan flick I think it was. In order to avoid waking my parents, I had to keep the volume on the television set very low, but sit close to the set so that I could hear. As I sat alone in my parents’ dark living room waiting patiently for the commercials to end, a bunch of zombies appeared on the screen and quickly lurched forward with their arms outstretched!
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*Updated* George A. Romero to be Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • DailyDead
A cornerstone and true gentleman of the horror genre who is unfortunately no longer with us, George A. Romero's legacy will live on forever through his seminal work and infectious good nature, and those priceless traits will be commemorated today when the late Master of Horror receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Updated: We've now been provided with official details on the Walk of Fame ceremony, which will include guest speakers Edgar Wright and Greg Nicotero, as well as a statement from Romero's manager and friend, Chris Roe, who was instrumental in ensuring that Romero received the star that he truly deserves.

Here's what Roe, who is the director of the Romero Star Campaign, had to say about the ceremony:

"It has been a very long journey to make this day happen and so many have given their support. With George’s star ceremony on Hollywood Blvd.
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Nycc 2017: Enter the Eerie World of Stephen King’s Stories in New Teaser Trailer for Hulu’s Castle Rock Series

  • DailyDead
Castle Rock. It's a town where many of Stephen King's stories take place, existing smack-dab in the center of the horror master's wonderfully weird literary world, and it's coming to life in a new limited series on Hulu. Ahead of the 2018 premiere of the 10-episode first season, Castle Rock is teased in the show's new (and very enigmatic) trailer that was unleashed at New York Comic Con and is now available to watch online.

You can see some of King's written works referenced in mysterious ways in the first teaser trailer for Castle Rock below. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Castle Rock, and read on for additional details on the new series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, which features a cast that includes Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn, and Bill Skarsgård (aka Pennywise from the new
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Halloween 2017: 31 Horror Films You Can Stream on Amazon Prime This October

  • DailyDead
Since I showed some love to Netflix yesterday, I thought it was only proper today to put the spotlight on Amazon Prime and their vast streaming library that features hundreds of genre titles.

There’s no denying that it can be an overwhelming experience to try and navigate your way through over 200 different pages of movies, so I went ahead and put together a list of 31 different films that should help you get into the Halloween spirit throughout the month of October. And since variety is the spice of life, I tried to give you guys an assortment of different sub-genres, so that you should be able to find something to fit any horror-loving mood! Happy October and happy viewing, everyone!

Madman

At a summer camp for youths, a cocky pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer "Madman Marz". Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Needful Things

Rebecca Lea Sep 18, 2017

We take a look at the movie version of Stephen King's Needful Things, starring Ed Harris...

The film: A mysterious new shop called Needful Things opens in the town of Castle Rock, owned by the mysterious Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow). The residents discover that the antique shop provides them with exactly what they’re looking for, no matter how specific. The price to pay isn’t of the ordinary variety, however, and Gaunt invites his customers to commit pranks on their fellow townsfolk which steadily escalate in complexity and consequence. It soon attracts the attention of Sheriff Alan Pangborn (lately of The Dark Half and now in the form of Ed Harris).

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A satire on greed culture, small town politics, and mob mentalities, Needful Things is one of
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's The Dark Half

Rebecca Lea Sep 11, 2017

Our lookback at the film adaptations of Stephen King's work lands at The Dark Half...

The film: Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) has been writing under the pseudonym of George Stark for several years, publishing enormously successful crime thrillers that allow him to live in relative comfort with his wife Lisa (Amy Madigan). However, when a Stark fan connects the dots, Thad decides to ‘kill off’ Stark in order to reboot his writing career under the Beaumont name. Stark (also Timothy Hutton) isn’t quite ready to go just yet. The man himself comes to life and embarks on a killing spree that attracts the attention of the local law enforcement, Alan Pangborn (Michael Rooker).

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They say, those mysterious people who dispense advice from afar, to write what you know. Stephen King often weaves a little
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Children Of The Corn 2

Rebecca Lea Sep 3, 2017

Our lookbacks at the screen adaptations of Stephen King land at Children Of The Corn 2...

One of the more interesting aspects of these revisits so far has been how the sequels to different films have adapted to work without source material from Stephen King (Creepshow 2 aside). Mostly, they’ve not worked very well, but the Children Of The Corn franchise seems very determined to see if it can succeed in its seven further instalments. I like a challenge and have a morbid curiosity when it comes to these movies so I shall be watching all of them. Ask me again after the eighth Children Of The Corn movie as to whether this was a good idea or not.

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The Final Sacrifice, which would turn out to be something of a misnomer, arrived in cinemas eight years after
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The Defender's Scott Glenn Joins Stephen King's Castle Rock Series

  • LRM Online
Hulu is making quite a name for itself in the original content space by successfully leveraging adaptations of classic and popular literature. The Handmaid's Tale, Harlots, and Chance have all been critically acclaimed and embraced by audiences. But Hulu's true secret weapon might just be the pairing of horror writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. Their initial outing, the well-received 11/22/63, a time-travel, sci-fi tale about one man's mission to prevent the assassination of JFK.

Earlier this year Abrams and King announced their follow-up on Hulu, and it might be the kind of out-of-left-field creation that seriously turns up the heat on fellow streaming services Netflix and Amazon. The new series, Castle Rock, is not based on any single King novel, however. Instead, the show leverages a fictional town in Maine, which has been the setting in no less than 11 of King's novels (he established the town in his 1979 novel
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Scott Glenn joins Hulu’s Castle Rock

Hulu’s Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock has just gained another cast member. Scott Glenn (Marvel’s The Defenders) is set to star in the series as King character Sheriff Alan Pangborn.

Pangborn is a retired sheriff who has witnessed some of the darkest moments in Castle Rock’s history. He has appeared in two of King’s novels, The Dark Half and Needful Things. Westworld‘s Ed Harris previously played Pangborn in the 1993 adaptation of Needful Things.

Set in King’s fictional town, the psychological horror series “combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.”

The cast of Castle Rock includes Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Andre Holland (Moonlight), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Sissy Spacek (Carrie) and Bill Skarsgard (It).

Castle Rock has been developed by
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Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Adds Scott Glenn

Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Adds Scott Glenn
Castle Rock is filling out its cast.

The Hulu anthology series has added The Leftovers and The Defenders actor Scott Glenn as a series regular. He'll play Alan Pangborn, a retired Sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock's checkered history — a Kingian icon at the center of Needful Things and The Dark Half.

Glenn joins the 10-episode project's previously announced cast, which includes Moonlight breakout Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character...
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Friday Box Office: ‘The Dark Tower’ Takes the Lead Over ‘Dunkirk’

  • Collider.com
The best out of all the Stephen King adaptations, The Shining, was famously denounced by the author for its changes to his story, while other excellent takes from the likes of John Carpenter (Christine), George Romero (The Dark Half), Brian De Palma (Carrie), and David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone) were also a bit more liberal in choosing what to keep from King's work. On the flip side, there are outright catastrophes like Dreamcatcher, Secret Window, and Thinner that are a bit more careful to follow along closely to what is in King's books, and a long range of …
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Stephen King Movie Adaptations: The Successes and Failures

  • Cinelinx
With the upcoming release of The Dark Tower and It: Part 1 - The Loser’s Club, we look back at the successes and failures of previous Stephen King film adaptations.

Stephen King published his first novel in 1974. That novel, Carrie, would go on to sell more than a million copies in its first year of publication. The popularity of this book resulted in a movie adaptation two years later. As Stephen King released more novels, his popularity as an author grew, and many more films, miniseries, TV shows, and graphic novels came to be based on his writings. Today, King is one of the most well known and successful modern writers. Although he has written in many genres (including contributions to comic books), he is best known for his horror writings.

58 films have been released so far that have been based at least in some part on the writings of Stephen King.
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George Romero Was a Legend Who Never Got the Respect He Deserved

  • Indiewire
George Romero Was a Legend Who Never Got the Respect He Deserved
George A. Romero rarely had it easy. From the beginning, he faced obstacles to getting his vision on screen and condemnation once he succeeded in doing so. It took him 20 years to make his way into the big leagues, yet faced frustrating interference once he did. Yet today, the work endures. He never abandoned his vision, even when it prevented him from having an easier time of the process, and his movies, once attacked as grotesque exploitation, are now properly celebrated as landmarks of cinematic horror.

Indeed, Romero not invented more than a new and enduring kind of zombie movie when he directed “Night of the Living Dead” 50 years ago; in many ways, he invented independent horror cinema as we know it. There had been lots of off-Hollywood fright films before “Night” hit screens in 1968, of course—even some showcasing graphic if cheaply executed gore, like the Herschell Gordon Lewis flicks.
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Fantastic Four in the McU, Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage, Avengers: Infinity War trailer and more – Weekend News Roundup

Fantastic Four No More?

It’s been a busy weekend for those in the House of Mouse following the bi-annual D23 expo, but an announcement that many were hoping for never came to be. On the opening day, Marvel Studios had four giant statues covered in sheets, which many presumed would be the reveal of the Fantastic Four finally joining their McU-cohorts, only to have them revealed as the The Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War. Speaking with Yahoo!, Kevin Feige has said there are still no plans – as of yet – for Marvel’s First Family to join the McU. “But too many amazing things have happened over the past 17 years for me ever say never,” he said. “But for now, nothing. There’s a chance that aliens could come down from the sky right now. And we’ll use them in the movie in to save money on visual effects.
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R.I.P. Horror Legend George A. Romero: ‘Living Dead’ Director Dies At 77

Horror legend George A. Romero has sadly passed away at the age of 77. Romero died following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to his producing partner Peter Grunwald.

Romero was a pioneer in the world of film in the 1960s, bringing the iconic Night Of The Living Dead to screens in 1968. The film is one of the first to feature the modern ‘zombie’, drawing inspiration from Richard Matheson’s novel ‘I Am Legend’.

Over the years, Romero directed many more movies, including The Crazies, The Dark Half, Martin, Monkey Shines, Knightriders and Bruiser. There were also the many ‘Dead’ sequels, including 1978’s Dawn Of The Dead, and 1985’s Day Of The Dead.

There was also Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead in more recent years.

Romero is survived by his wife and his daughter.

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Stephen King, James Gunn, Jordan Peele & More Pay Tribute to George Romero

Stephen King, James Gunn, Jordan Peele & More Pay Tribute to George Romero
On Sunday, horror movie icon George A. Romero died after a battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his family.

Now, With his creative flame extinguished, many of his friends, colleagues and admirers are paying tribute to the beloved director, and sharing the ways in which his career and legacy impacted their own lives.

Horror author Stephen King -- who worked with Romero several times over the years, including their collaboration on the cult classic Creepshow in 1982 and The Dark Half in 1993 -- took to Twitter to share a few words of love for his friend.

"Sad to hear my favorite collaborator--and good old friend--George Romero has died," King wrote. "George, there will never be another like you."
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Remembering George A. Romero by John Carpenter and Sandy King Carpenter

George Romero was a great director, the father of modern horror movies. He made so many of my favorite films. I loved Dawn of the Dead, Night Riders, Day of the Dead, The Dark Half and Land of the Dead.… Continue Reading →

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George A Romero dies, aged 77

Tony Sokol Jul 17, 2017

Director George A Romero, who changed horror films forever, has died at the age of 77.

The legendary director George A Romero, who changed the landscape of horror films with his low-budget, independent black and white 1968 zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, has died at the age of 77.

According to a statement from his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero died Sunday in his sleep while listening to the soundtrack of one his favorite films, The Quiet Man from 1952, following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” Romero was surrounded by family, his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero.

What a body of work he leaves behind.

Night Of The Living Dead was made by Romero and his friends in Pittsburgh on a budget of $114,000 and went on to become an iconic statement of horror, pulling in $30 million. The movie was based on Richard Matheson
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R.I.P. George A. Romero (1940 – 2017)

Some sad news this evening, with Variety reporting that legendary filmmaker George A. Romero has passed away in his sleep following a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer. He was 77 years old.

The godfather of the zombie movie, Romero made his filmmaking debut in 1968 with the hugely influential Night of the Living Dead, which was followed by the sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, along with the more recent Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.

In addition to his zombie series, Romero directed a number of other projects, including The Crazies, Creepshow and The Dark Half. He had recently announced that he would be writing and producing another instalment of the Dead franchise, Road of the Dead, which just this past week he described as “The Fast and the Furious with zombies.”
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George A. Romero, Pioneering Horror Director, Dead at 77

George A. Romero, Pioneering Horror Director, Dead at 77
George A. Romero, the Night of the Living Dead director who helped turn zombies into a pop culture phenomenon, died Sunday. He was 77.

The horror filmmaker died following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer" while listening to the score of the 1952 film The Quiet Man, his producing partner Peter Grunwald told the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to Romero's revered, influential Zombie Trilogy – 1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead and 1985's Day of the Dead – the director also helmed horror films like The Crazies,
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