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We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a call for entries for Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre, a trailer for Alice D with Kane Hodder, details on a horror-based game show called Release the Hounds, video highlights of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus’s interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:
Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre Call for Entries: “Scream Factory, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film & video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting, October 31 through the deadline of November 17.
Presented by Scream Factory, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlights on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos, »
- Tamika Jones
As mentioned in the Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare entry of Countdown to Halloween, there are times when a movie's production is more interesting than the film itself. This is the case with Ronny Yu's Freddy vs. Jason. Over the ten plus years of the movie's Development Hell, it saw dozens of writers, dozens of directors and even more scripts. Robert Englund put it best in Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th - there is a documentary ready and waiting to be made about Freddy vs. Jason's tortured development - and it would no doubt be more entertaining than the final product we got.
The idea of pitting these two titans of terror was first pitched »
With Halloween around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun facts about our favorite fright flicks. Today's feature film is "Pet Sematary" (1989). 1. Stephen King came up with the idea when his daughters' cat, Smuckey, was hit and killed on the highway outside their house.2. The film was actor Miko Hughes' (above) film debut. He was only two years old during production and would later star in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare," "Kindergarten Cop" and appear on "Full House." See Miko now, at age 27, in the gallery above!3. Ellie Creed was played by two twin actress, Blaze Berdahl and Beau Berdahl. Blaze was mainly credited for the role, while Beau was credited as 'Ellie Creed II.' 4. Rachael's dying sister, Zelda, was actually played by a male actor named Andrew Hubatsek. Director Mary Lambert wanted something to be "off" about Zelda and felt the casting decision would frighten the audience. »
- tooFab Staff
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
For today's entry of Countdown to Halloween, let's take a quick detour from Springwood, Ohio and head over to Woodsboro, California. As discussed yesterday, along with Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Wes Craven's New Nightmare became the blueprint for a struggling writer to put together a script that would re-invent the slasher genre. It was cool, edgy, witty, self-aware and above all, terrifying.
Originally titled Scary Movie up until the end of the editing process, Scream came out at a time when the slasher movie was more than dead and buried. Over the last week or so, we've looked at the dark times of the early 90s and how the sub-genre just wasn't cutting it anymore (not pun intended) and audiences had grown weary of »
After Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare failed to live up to fan's expectations of a "final" movie, Robert Shaye once again went back to its series creator to make a movie that would celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. But rather than just rehash what he had already done and try to make sense of the franchise's convoluted continuity, Craven took the series in a completely different direction - and one that would become a major catalyst in re-shaping the slasher genre.
Released in 1994 and titled Wes Craven's New Nightmare, we move away from the realms of Elm Street and instead move into our own reality. The movie focuses on Heather Langenkamp, who is brought back to New Line »
It’s a well-known fact that many motion picture studios are fond of milking a cash cow until it is dried up and keeled over. Perhaps more so than any other film genre, horror sequels have a tendency to deteriorate to the point of almost unwatchable direct-to-dvd nonsense. The inverse can also occasionally be true: studios leave money on the table instead of making a much demanded sequel to a franchise that still has life and potential left in it.
We believe that just because a franchise has seemingly dried up or deteriorated to the point of churning out a barrage of unwatchable sequels, that does not mean that a series that once showed great promise and potential cannot be revived with a creative script and a director with a unique vision for how to resurrect a dying franchise. The same goes for a series that has been abandoned by »
- Tyler Doupe
Amazon has a trio of great Blu-ray collections on sale this week including a seven film collection from director Tim Burton which includes Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory all for only $25.99 (buy it here) and if you feel like it, you can add the Blu-ray for Edward Scissorhands for only $7.99 (buy it here). Next is the Nightmare on Elm Street Collection, which includes all the Freddy Krueger classics -- A Nightmare on Elm St, Freddy's Revenge, Dream Warriors, The Dream Master, The Dream Child, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Wes Craven's New Nightmare -- also for only $25.99. You can buy that one right here. amz asin="B003WWDT1A" size="small"And finally, if you're a "Peanuts" fan, the "Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection" is on sale for $26.99 (buy it here) and it includes a fleet of »
- Brad Brevet
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
★★☆☆☆ The Congress (2013), Ari Folman's follow-up 2008's Waltz with Bashir, certainly talks a big game. Channelling Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) as well as the stories of Philip K. Dick, it's a hugely ambitious picture that attempts to combine industry satire with lofty sci-fi. The concept itself is knockout, but the execution is horribly overcooked as Folman panders to his star's vanity with uncharacteristic heavy-handedness. The initial set-up is rife with toe-curling pronouncements on Hollywood's desire to commodify its actors, but the subsequent descent into pretentious faux-spirituality is an even greater misstep.
Robin Wright plays herself, living in a converted aircraft hangar near an airport. We hear how she gave up acting to be a mother to her two children, one of whom is is slowly going deaf and blind. The Congress opens with a lengthy shot of Wright reacting to her agent (Harvey Keitel) listing the reasons for the deterioration of her career; anxiety, »
- CineVue UK
What happens when a supernatural virus unleashes demonic forces that possess the creature creations in a world famous special effects facility? All hell breaks loose.
Robert Kurtzman's Mad FX Lab is making its way to Ohio for the Halloween season.
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The role of women in horror films has always been a hot topic for debate. Some argue that horror films marginalize women and paint them as hypersexual beings with no depth. The opposing argument asserts that the existence of a "Final Girl" in most horror films is a testament to female empowerment, and that horror films celebrate women and their role in the cinematic universe. There is merit to both sides of the argument, but we're more interested in spotlighting some standout female characters in genre film who have positively portrayed women, showcased them as being just as tough (or more so) than their male counterparts, and challenged some of the stereotypes attached to women in film. Here are ten of our favorites: Alice in Resident Evil Alice is a pioneer for ass-kicking ladies. She's one of a select few female heroines in an action franchise – albeit an action, horror, »
- Tyler Doupe
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (aka Hansel & Gretel: The 420 Witch), 2013
Directed by Duane Journey
A brother and sister battle a witch who lures teenagers into her suburban home with her special blend of marijuana where she then proceeds to kill and eat them to maintain her youth and beauty.
Stoner comedies can only really go one of two ways - they're either pleasantly surprising like Dude, Where's My Car? or they can be utter rubbish. Like Hansel & Gretel Get Baked.
Gretel's idiot stoner boyfriend goes to pick up a new strain of weed that they both enjoy while she bakes up some gingerbread men for them to eat due to their munchies. He goes to this little old ladies house (played by Lara Flynn Boyle) who punishes him for taking a bite of her gingerbread house. »
The telephone has a sordid history in cinema, dating back to Dial M for Murder and even earlier, and creepy callers were the subject of a previous FEARnet feature (if you missed it, be sure to check it out here). As we all know, any time the phone rings in a horror film, you can be sure that it’s Satan on the line. Part of what makes telephone calls in horror films so frightening is that the viewer typically cannot see who's tormenting the film’s protagonist. It’s the same basic idea as the unseen perpetrator; we fear that which we cannot see. Therefore, the telephone has been used for many a game of cat and mouse... and to terrify countless babysitters. In honor of one of the most nefarious tools of terror horror cinema has to offer, we count down eight of the most terrifying phone calls in horror. »
- Tyler Doupe
Earlier this month we unleashed the world premiere of “Unjust Love,” a collaboration between smash horror hip-hop duo Twiztid and Boone of rap-rockers Rehab (if you missed it, you can have a listen right here). That song is one of nine new tracks from their forthcoming “mixtape” album A New Nightmare, which finds the Twiztid team of Madrox and Monoxide in collaboration with a huge spectrum of other artists. In the run-up to that record's release, we had a chance to chat with Twiztid about the origins of the project, their upcoming headline performance at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare this October, and much more! FEARnet: How did the first two stages of the Abominationz tour go? Madrox: The first and second leg were massive. We played the most sold out shows we've ever played to date. Monoxide: This tour has easily been our most well-received. To be able »
- Gregory Burkart
Scream Factory has officially announced their fall lineup, with more than 15 classic horror titles making their way to Blu-ray, including Day of the Dead, Price of Darkness, The Amityville Horror Trilogy, and six Vincent Price movies:
Scanners II and III: “On September 10, Scream Factory will unleash Christian Duguay’s science fiction action thrillers Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover in a Double Feature Two-Disc Blu-ray™+ DVD Combo Pack. In Scanners II, a breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities – the scanners – are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum (David Hewlett, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes »
- Jonathan James
Twiztid, the smash horror hip-hop duo of Jamie Madrox and Monixide, have been very busy since we last checked in with them following the release of their hit album W.I.C.K.E.D (check out our interview here). Their latest studio record Abominationz came in at the #18 spot on the Billboard 200 and scored #2 on the Top Rap Albums chart, and it looks like they've still got a lot of tasty morsels on their plate for 2013. After the first phase of a promotional tour for Abominationz with support from (Hed)p.e. and Potluck, the Twiztid team returned to the studio for a new kind of project, their first since departing famed label Psychopathic Records late last year. Entitled A New Nightmare, the upcoming release is a nine-track mixtape of collaborations between Twiztid and various guest artists including Rehab, Swollen Members, R.O.C. and Blaze Ya Dead Homie. »
- Gregory Burkart
Hollywood loves to be meta, and there’s a long and glorious history of films referencing film-making, and indeed other films, or actors breaking the fourth wall to confirm some self-awareness.
But what Hollywood loves more, is being remarkably clever with those references, from George Lazenby quipping “this never happened to the other fella!” in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, to Scream and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare referencing their own film-making and genre conventions, and John Travolta remarking on Hollywood’s tendency to make “unbelievable, unremarkable sh*t” in Swordfish just a year after releasing Battlefield Earth.
But it isn’t all just whiteboards featuring famous horror monsters (Cabin In The Woods) or Ghostbuster cameos in Casper, or even Julia Roberts playing a character pretending to be Julia Roberts (Ocean’s 12), because there’s another level to that often smug and self-satisfied clever-dickery.
We refer, of course to »
- Simon Gallagher
Along with the shirt preview, we’ve also included a clip that features that scene below. For those that may have missed the news from earlier this year, all seven original A Nightmare on Elm Street movies were recently released together on Blu-ray, so you can see the pizza scene and all of your favorite kills in high-definition glory.
“The ultimate Nightmare on Elm Street collection is here and for the first time in high definition. Featuring the films A Nightmare On Elm St (1984), Freddy’s Revenge (1985), Dream Warriors (1987), The Dream Master (1988), The Dream Child (1989), Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), plus a bonus disc with extra feature content including »
- Jonathan James
It was announced last week that MTV is developing on a TV series based on the mid-90s slasher genre spoof Scream. No doubt being bombarded with questions from fans, the movie's creator and director spoke out on Twitter last night about his involvement:
"A lot of you have asked about the Scream TV series. It's true I've been approached. My response was, it would depend on the script. If they have a great script/concept, it could be fun. If not, not."
Pretty straight forward then - but this is usually Mr Craven's response whenever asked about returning to the franchise.
Scream rejuvenated the dying slasher genre in 1995 by pointing out all of the clichés while still taking itself seriously. It was a novel 'self aware' concept that Craven had previously tried with his Nightmare on Elm Street series in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The movie spawned two more »
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