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31 Netflix Instant Titles to Get You Ready for Halloween

12 hours ago | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.

Happy Haunting!

Invaders from Mars (Tobe Hooper)

David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.

Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon)

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.

Fright Night (Tom Holland)

When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.

Creepshow 2 (Michael Gornick)

Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »

- Heather Wixson

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Daily Dead’s 2014 Halloween Horrors TV Calendar

30 September 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.

Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:

Wednesday, October 1st

2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)

4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)

6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)

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- Heather Wixson

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The Boxtrolls- The Review

25 September 2014 8:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So far this year we’ve seen the return of valiant Dusty Crophopper, lovebirds Blu and Jewel, and Hiccup (and best pal Toothless) in their respective animated sequels Planes: Fire & Rescue, Rio 2, and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Now it’s time for another animated return, but not of a character: it’s the return of a style of animation. Those previous films were all done the way most features are produced this days, via computers aka CGI. This new feature harkens back to process nearly as old as film itself. This new feature uses stop-motion animation, the movement of tiny figures (often made with clay, rubber, or wood) one frame at a time to simulate movement. Perhaps best known for bringing dinosaurs and other big beasties to life thanks to effect pioneers Willis O”Brien and Ray Harryhausen, it was later used for television specials (the perennial »

- Jim Batts

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Interview: Directors of ‘The Boxtrolls’ on Their Animated Life

25 September 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – How do you interpret an odd British storybook called “Here Be Monsters!” into a mainstream animated film? By taking the main characters – called ‘The Boxtrolls’ – and putting them up front. Animation veterans and co-directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi got the assignment, and deliver the goods.

Both creators have been around the animation block, but this is Annable’s first major animation directorial effort. He cut his teeth as a comic book artist and video game director, and was a story artist on the recent “ParaNorman.” Stacchi was previously a co-director on “Open Season” (2006), and started his animation career as a story artist on the classic “Antz” (1998). He also worked on visual effects for the classics “Back to the Future” (1985), “Ghost” (1990) and “Hook” (1991). The animation of ‘The Boxtrolls’ was produced by Laika Entertainment, who also produced the stop motion films “Coraline’” and the aforementioned “ParaNorman.”

Characters Looks in ‘The Boxtrolls, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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35 Things We Learned from the ‘Coraline’ Commentary

25 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Stop-motion animation is a dying art of cinema. Fortunately, the good folks at Laika have been keeping the artistry alive for years. The Boxtrolls is their latest selection to come to theaters, but the process started with Coraline in 2009 and then ParaNorman in 2012. While these movies have not been a mega-money-makers that we see with the Pixar and DreamWorks films, Laika’s films have made enough money to justify making more of the movies, and that’s a great thing for cinema. Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman’s visionary book, started the Laika ball rolling, and at the helm was The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. For the 2009 Blu-ray and DVD release of the film, Selick sat down to talk over the film and give some personal insight. Composer Bruno Coulais is also listed as one of the commentators, and he does show up over the final credits to talk about the music, but »

- Kevin Carr

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Copenhagen Bombay Greenlights Arthouse Christmas Tale ‘Get Santa!’

25 September 2014 4:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Toulouse, France– Copenhagen Bombay, the Scandi outfit that delivered “Beyond Beyond’ and “The Great Bear,” is moving ahead with Jacob Ley’s feature debut, “Get Santa!,” pitched last year at Annecy film fest.

Now fully-financed and ready to roll into production, “Get Santa!” tells the tale of a little boy, Julius, who lives in an orphanage. He is transported to a magical universe where he needs to pretend to be a missing Santa to help save the Christmas spirit.

“I want to make a Christmas film that will enable us to rediscover the joys of the old tradition, a film that illustrates that there is value in maintaining your childhood beliefs. Because then you will be able create spiritual value for others, which in turn benefits yourself,” said Ley.

Ley previously directed several  Copenhagen Bombay productions, including pre-school series “Little Tot,” the mini-series “Bogus & Humbug” and short film “The Secret Of The Ice Flower »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Jack And The Cuckoo Clock Heart – The Review

24 September 2014 8:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Romance is perhaps the most coveted of the storyteller’s tools, one that can connect with anyone, yet open to an infinite number of perspectives, styles and genres. French filmmakers Stephane Berla and Mathias Malzieu have brought Malzieu’s own novel to life in the new computer animated feature film adaptation of Jack And The Cuckoo Clock Heart. Having co-directed the film and adapted his novel into the screenplay, Malzieu is something of a renaissance man, as he’s also the lead singer for the French rock band Dionysos. This plays a crucial role in the development of the film’s fantastical, poetic nature and musical fluidity.

Jack And The Cuckoo Clock Heart, also known as The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart, tells the story of Jack, a boy born on the coldest day in the history of the world. So cold, in fact, that his heart is so cold and stone hard, »

- Travis Keune

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Box Office: Denzel Washington Powering ‘Equalizer’ Over ‘Boxtrolls’

24 September 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Denzel Washington may be the most consistent hitter in Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actor steers clear of blockbuster fare and superhero pics, but his name above the title is gold when it comes to bringing in adult crowds to his thrillers and dramas. His latest, “The Equalizer,” hits theaters this weekend and should bring in between $28 million and $30 million. Produced by Sony Pictures and Village Roadshow for $55 million, “The Equalizer” will unspool across 3,234 locations. The studio says it will be happy with a debut in the mid-to-high $20 million range.

Denzel Washington doesn’t miss,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “He’s one of the last foolproof actors working. He hasn’t really had any bombs.”

Indeed, no film starring Washington has opened to less than $20 million since 2003’s “Out of Time.” Over the course of his career, his films have brought in an impressive $2.1 billion, »

- Brent Lang

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Forecast: Odds Favor Denzel's 'The Equalizer' This Weekend

24 September 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Opening at 3,234 theaters, Denzel Washington action movie The Equalizer is going to easily take first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Laika Animation's The Boxtrolls will battle The Maze Runner for the runner-up spot.The Equalizer is based on the TV show of the same name, which ran for four seasons in the 1980s. It featured a former intelligence agent who uses a unique set of skills to help average people "equalize" the odds against them. The connection to the TV show should generate some curiosity among older moviegoers, though the primary draw here is star Denzel Washington. In the past decade, Denzel has starred in 11 movies which were released in to at least 1,800 theaters; all 11 of those took in north of $20 million on opening weekend. Remarkably, nine of those 11 movies were rated R. Without a doubt, Denzel is currently one of the most bankable stars at the domestic box office. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Deborah Cook explains the rigors of costuming for miniatures in the stop-motion 'Boxtrolls'

24 September 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The fact is the work someone like costume designer Deborah Cook does on a film like "The Boxtrolls" should be afforded the same respect during the Oscar season as what, say, Colleen Atwood does on "Into the Woods." Or what another legend like Milena Canonero conjures on "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The disciplines are one and the same, to say nothing of the fact that the level of detail on Laika's latest is as eye-popping as ever. Yet the season often relegates everything done on a stop-motion film to the realm of "animation" and leaves it at that. I had all of that on my mind when I recently talked to Cook about her most recent work. It really is part and parcel of the overall marvel of craftsmanship consistently on display from the Portland-based animation company. The handmade appeal of the work stretches into its most basic building blocks, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Quiz: Stop-motion animation

22 September 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The stop-motion animation studio Laika is king when it comes to animated fables.  After the success of Coralineand ParaNorman, the studio is now releasing their latest creations, The Boxtrolls into theatres this week.

Based on the  children’s book Here Be Monsters!, The Boxtrolls tells the tale of orphaned boy Eggs (voiced by “Game of Thrones” star Isaac Hempstead Wright)  who is raised by underground-dwelling trolls who love collecting trash.  Eggs must play the hero for his family when they are threatened by the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley) from the above-ground world he never knew existed.

From The Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie to Wallace and Gromit and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, how much do you know about stop-motion movies?  Take the quiz and find out! »

- Rachel West

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Trailer: Tim Burton Focuses on Art World, Goes Realistic in Big Eyes

18 September 2014 8:02 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Tim Burton’s new movie, Big Eyes, is the true story of ‘50s art world stars Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose love affair devolved into a bitter court battle after Margaret claimed Walter had been taking credit for her work. The film certainly has a more realist bent than most Tim Burton films, although the iconic big-eyed children in the paintings do look like something straight out of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  »

- Anna Silman

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ABC Family’s 16th Annual 13 Nights Of Halloween Scares Up Fun Starting Oct. 19

18 September 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

I have to admit that I’m a fan of ABC Family in general, and there aren’t many of their original shows that have let me down, but their holiday efforts are among my favorite television “events,” and it’s closing in on Halloween again. The 16th Annual 13 Nights of Halloween is starting in a month and a day, and you should make sure you have your calendar marked with all the opportunities.

It is slightly repetitive, and a little Tim Burton heavy (if there is such a thing for an event centered around Halloween), but the programming has become a real tradition, and there are three shows with Halloween specials, and a reality prank program in the mix. Plus, you’ve obviously got all your Halloween staples to enjoy, and a good mix of your favorites and new entries.

Catch all the info below, get a tease of the Pretty Little Liars special, »

- Marc Eastman

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The 10 Most Amazing Things About Laika, the Studio Behind 'The Boxtrolls'

10 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A few weeks ago, we were whisked away to the magical land of Portland, Oregon, for the sole purpose of visiting Laika, the animation studio whose dazzling new stop motion confection "The Boxtrolls," opens later this month. As you can imagine, it was downright magical and while we were there, for a few short hours, we tried to soak up all we could from the place - the sets, the people, the vibe - so we relay that special feeling to you. It was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime treat, to the point that we had to actively wonder if we had come down with some incurable disease and they were whisking us there as a dying wish.

While we tried to cram as many anecdotes and notes as we could into our trip, but we were also working (see our adorable interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who voices Eggs, a small child »

- Drew Taylor

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Where does Laika go after 'The Boxtrolls?'

1 September 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — Laika's "The Boxtrolls" saw its world premiere over the weekend at the Venice Film Festival, the third in a line of movies from the Portland-based animation studio that have aimed to push the medium at every step. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film is, like all Laika product, its own world, a dank, cockney yarn that, as ever, serves as a showcase for the company's craft prowess. I recently sat down with Stacchi, Annable and Laika CEO Travis Knight to discuss adapting Alan Snow's mammoth book "Here Be Monsters!," the use of increasingly sophisticated computer tools to aid stop motion animation and the vision for the company going forward. You can read through the back and forth below, and don't forget to check out Catherine Bray's glowing review from the Lido. "The Boxtrolls" opens in theaters Sept. 26. *** HitFix: Anthony, we met briefly at »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Disney Files Patents for Use of Theme Park Drones

27 August 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney recently filed three patents related to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which eventually could pave the way for drones to be employed in its theme parks. Also read: Disney-Owned Maker Studios Signs Global Musical Star Lindsey Stirling The blueprints the company submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office depict a variety of aerial devices, including ones shaped like iconic Disney characters (e.g. Jack Skellington from ”The Nightmare Before Christmas”) and smaller, nondescript ones meant to work together and project aerial nighttime entertainment. “This is a significant improvement over prior flying characters, which typically were provided in the »

- Travis Reilly

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

20 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the »

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

20 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the »

- MovieWeb

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Ten Best: Live-action/Animation Movies

15 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Ari Folman, visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, brings us a journey beyond imagination in his upcoming movie The Congress. Robin Wright (pictured above) plays a version of herself in this thought-provoking film, which merges live-action and colourful animation. To celebrate the release of The Congress today (our review is here), we take a look at some other movies which have embraced a live-action/animation mash-up.

1) Mary Poppins

Family favourite Mary Poppins delighted audiences when it first burst onto screens in 1964, and now 50 years later the magical tale continues to enchant a brand new generation of film fans. The hit adventure’s wonderful mix of live-action and fantasy animation was surely one of the elements which won it five Oscars at the 1965 Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

2) Ted

Boston car hire salesman John’s (Mark Wahlberg) friendship with his best buddy Ted is so realistic that it is sometimes »

- Phil Wheat

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The Leftovers Recap: Scene Stealer

20 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

First it was 2 percent of the population. Then it was Garvey’s bagel. And now Baby Jesus has gone missing on The Leftovers. Well, not the Baby Jesus but the doll used in Mapleton’s Nativity scene. And that isn’t even the worst thing that happens as the beleaguered suburb celebrates Christmas in (what for us is) July. Pop a Prozac and read on. I’ll tell you all about it.

Last-minute Shopping | After Jill argues that just buying a new Baby Jesus is “cheating” and Mayor Lucy orders Garvey to do exactly that, he’s so annoyed that »

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