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Rebecca Lea Jul 24, 2017
The film: When several children are murdered in the town of Derry, Maine, the local librarian Mike Hanlon (Tim Reid) calls his old friends, Bill Denborough (Richard Thomas), Beverley Marsh (Annette O’Toole), Ben Hanscom (John Ritter), Eddie Kaspbrak (Dennis Christopher), and Richie Tozier (Harry Anderson). Plaguing Derry is a mysterious entity they call It, which manifests as childhood fears, including the form of Pennywise the Clown (Tim Curry). The friends defeated it thirty years earlier and return to Derry to fulfil their promise and finish the job.
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Another slight bend in the rules this week with the It mini-series, but with a new adaptation on the way and the 1990 version’s considerable reputation, it’s not one I felt I could miss out. Stephen King »
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. »
- Michael Gingold
Stephen King has done really well on television. Miniseries adaptations of It, The Stand, Salem’s Lot and The Tommyknockers were hits and Under the Dome managed to run three seasons. Even the miniseries remake of The Shining received King’s blessing. Now, the acclaimed novella The Mist is getting a television adaptation, following in the footsteps of Frank Darabont’s 2007 […]
- Fred Topel
We have another busy week of home entertainment releases on the horizon, as there are over two dozen titles making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. For those of you cult film enthusiasts, you have a lot of options when it comes to adding items to your collections, as Alienator is being resurrected by Scream Factory, Arrow Video is unleashing a special edition set for Madhouse, and Mondo Macabre has given Paul Naschy’s Inquisition an HD overhaul as well.
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have new releases for The Hound of Baskervilles, Medusa, and Nicholas Ray’s classic noir They Live By Night to look forward to as well. For you TV lovers out there, the box sets for the final season of both The Vampire Diaries and Grimm are being released Tuesday, and for those who are on the hunt for some new action cinema, »
- Heather Wixson
Looking back, the cinematic landscape of my youth is unrecognizable next to today’s. Growing up, movies – even entire franchises – were isolated things: sheltered from the narrative entanglements of even related series. It didn’t matter that both Spider-Man and X-Men were based on Marvel comics. Nobody so much as dreamed that 1978’s Superman was connected with 1989’s Batman. And even though every Stephen King novel was merely a small part of a greater story, It was just an adaptation of It and The Stand was just an adaptation of The Stand and never the twain shall meet. Obvious a
‘It’ Isn’t Launching a Stephen King Cinematic Universe, But It Should »
- Brian Hadsell
Color us surprised. Some time ago, The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone came on board the X-Men Universe film, The New Mutants. Admittedly, with X-Men: Apocalypse leaving off with our main crew so young, it almost felt pointless to have a Ya-type New Mutants spinoff. How would this movie actually help to differentiate itself from the movie we just saw?
Well, it turns out that The New Mutants will likely be a lot different than any of us had expected. Given the statements from Boone in the past regarding the story — as well as his dealing with angsty teen films like The Fault in Our Stars and Stuck in Love — we expected them to really buckle down on the Ya aspect. However, speaking with EW, the filmmaker revealed that they’d be going more in an unexpected direction:
“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. »
- Joseph Medina
Filmmaker Josh Boone is staying busy these days with plenty of projects. In addition to developing film adaptations of the Stephen King novels The Stand and Revival, Boone is also teaming up with Owen King to work on a TV series adaptation of Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show, and now he's stepping into Marvel land to for the X-Men spinoff film The New Mutants, which was the focus of the filmmaker's recent chat with EW.
Speaking with EW, Boone said that The New Mutants movie will be "a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different."
For those unfamiliar, The New Mutants debuted in 1982 before their own comic book series premiered in 1983. Brought to life on the paneled page by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, The New Mutants followed teenage »
- Derek Anderson
At long last, the very first trailer for the long-in-development adaptation of The Dark Tower has arrived. The movie comes out in just a few short months and we now have a good sense of what Stephen King's epic fantasy series looks like in live-action form. Those who have read the books know that The Dark Tower takes a lot of lore from other Stephen King books and ties it all together. So, quite appropriately, there are a few Easter eggs in The Dark Tower trailer to other Stephen King works, such as It and The Shining.
Sony's first trailer for The Dark Tower has quite a few people excited, but die hard fans of the novels will be quick to notice that the movie is going to be very different. That is because it isn't adapting any of the eight books directly. Instead, the movie is taking place »
John Saavedra May 4, 2017
For a long time, it was thought to be impossible - a film adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy horror epic about a Gunslinger traveling through different worlds to stop an evil Man in Black from destroying the fixed point that holds all of reality together: the Dark Tower. Yet, we'll finally see this story on screen, as the man in black flees across the desert, and the gunslinger follows.
After suffering several setbacks through the years - getting this movie made has been a journey almost as epic as Roland's - The Dark Tower is almost here. Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) directed and co-wrote the film adaptation. Fellow Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen helped rewrite the script, which was originally penned by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. »
After seven long years of waiting, the official trailer for The Dark Tower has finally arrived. In addition to giving us an excuse to stare longingly at Idris Elba than is typically appropriate, the first look at the highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King's 1982 fantasy thriller also features two major Easter eggs die-hard fans of the horror novelist will recognize. To give you some context, the film follows a young boy named Jake (Tom Taylor) who's been having visions of two men from another world: Gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Roland is a John Wayne-esque warrior from a desolate place in Mid-World called Gilead, where the apocalypse has already ravaged everything in sight. The Man in Black, who readers of The Stand might know better as Randall Flagg, is an evil, interdimensional sorcerer (of sorts) hell-bent on destroying everything he touches. »
- Quinn Keaney
Update: Check out our reaction to the trailer above, and the trailer itself down below!
I got chills. Did you get chills? Look, it's easy to overreact to a trailer, which is essentially a bunch of carefully calculated bits and moments stitched together to elicit an emotional response. Welp, it got one from me.
We've been waiting a long, long time for The Dark Tower to be realized on either television or the big screen -- lots of supremely talented folks have tried and failed over the years. Given the incredible state of special effects and storytelling today, I'm glad that we waited.
Today Sony Pictures has released the new trailer for The Dark Tower... And. It. Looks. Epic!
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- David Kozlowski
The man in black fled across the desert, and The Dark Tower trailer followed. After languishing for years in the development wastelands, Stephen King’s sprawling fantasy epic series The Dark Tower makes the leap to the big screen this summer. King’s series of eight novels have been kicking around Hollywood since at least 2007, jumping from studio to studio, when first J.J. Abrams and then Ron Howard attempted to bring the saga to both the big and small screen.
Now A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel has the reigns, and he’s ushering The Dark Tower in with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in the leads. In the film, 11-year-old Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) discovers clues about an alternate dimension known as Mid-World. The boy eventually finds himself sucked into this dimension, where he befriends Roland Deschain (Elba), a gunslinger on a quest to reach the mythical Dark Tower. »
- The Film Stage
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Dunkirk isn’t the only summer tentpole poised to showcase its wares in the coming days – Trailer Track is reporting that the first official trailer for The Dark Tower is rated and in the can, and it’ll likely be with us by the end of the week.
Citing a post from Deluxe Digital Cinema, the outlet goes on to name-drop the impending U.S. release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and all signs point to Sony attaching said promo to James Gunn’s spacefaring sequel in a few days’ time. Bear in mind that there’s a slight chance the footage could creep online in the days leading up to May 5th – lest we forget the moment late last year when an unfinished cut of The Dark Tower‘s trailer escaped the »
- Michael Briers
From quirky hits (like *batteries not included and Critters 2) to epic haunts (like Stephen King’s The Stand), filmmaker Mick Garris has proven himself to be one of the industry’s true masters of horror. Literally, even; creating the beloved Showtime series Masters of Horror. With such an impressive portfolio of spooky stories under his belt, […]
- Blake Harris
The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”
The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel. »
- Kate Erbland
The X-Men franchise is certainly in a phase of rapid growth. After resting firmly on its main line of films for the last fifteen years, over the past year or so, they’ve made deliberate attempts to reach beyond it. Yes, they had the Wolverine films, but last year, they expanded beyond Wolverine with Deadpool, and very soon, they’ll also be introducing The New Mutants through a new, Ya-ish film from The Fault in Our Stars director, Josh Boone.
It’s been just south of two years since Boone was attached to the film, and Boone has been keeping us along the ride for some time now through his social media. We’ve seen pictures of his first drafts, and we’ve since also seen those go through rewrites, which included reuniting with the writers behind The Fault in Our Stars. But to be honest, it’s been a »
- Joseph Medina
John Saavedra Apr 7, 2017
Variety reports that Tobin Bell (Saw) and Noah Jupe (Suburbicon) will star in the film adaptation of the Stephen King story My Pretty Pony. The film will be directed by Luke Jaden and produced by Josh Boone, who's working on his own set of King adaptations, including Revival and The Stand.
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My Pretty Pony, which was first published in 1989 and later collected in Nightmares & Dreamscapes, tells the story of a dying old man who gives his young grandson his pocketwatch and instructs him on the nature of time. It's a fairly docile story when compared to some of King's more famous tales.
The story was originally written for a novel under King's Richard Bachman »
Peek a boo
I will always have a soft spot for Stephen King's It. Without It, no pun intended, I would not have explored the amazing world that Stephen King created. Like many kids my age, I became aware of the book due to the ABC Miniseries that starred a young Seth Green as well as established stars of the time like Tim Reid, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, and of course the legendary Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown, the It that scares the children of Derry, Maine.
They're doing a remake? Ha!
Stephen King's It on ABC was one of a series of miniseries based on his books that he had a hand in producing. You would think it was an odd fit for work of his kind, work that typically falls into the horror realm. If you've read the book, you would probably shake your head in confusion »
- Tim Jousma
When horror fans hear the name Mick Garris, they’ll probably each immediately think of something different that he’s done. Perhaps it’s Critters 2. Maybe it’s the TV mini-series for The Stand. But for others, it’s the Showtime anthology horror series… Continue Reading →
The post Mick Garris Teases a Secret New Anthology Horror Film appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
His illustrations may have caused you to dread the next full moon, avoid the swamp on your shortcut home, or ignite your imagination with a peek into the post-apocalypse. Through his artwork, Bernie Wrightson has influenced and inspired generations of horror fans, so it is with great sadness that we inform readers that the prolific artist has passed away at the age of 68 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Wrightson's wife, Liz, shared the somber news of her husband's passing earlier today on the artist's official website and Facebook page.
A fan of EC Comics growing up, Bernie Wrightson, aka "Berni," began working on projects for both DC and Marvel early in his career, co-creating the complex character Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein in the early ’70s. Bernie later worked for Warren Publishing, where he helped bring H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe stories to life on the paneled page. »
- Derek Anderson
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