16 items from 2011
"To avoid fainting, keep repeating: It's only a movie ... only a movie ... only a movie ..." Of course this was the infamous tagline that accompanied the directorial debut of the man who would become one of the most successful directors the genre has ever seen. Wes Craven helped to mold modern-day horror with his early work, then reinvigorated it when needed the most.
Craven has been in the horror business for four decades, but he may never have been more shocking than in the first two genre films he directed. A script he penned in 1971 entitled Night of Vengeance blew audiences away when it was released as the legendary, trailblazing film The Last House on the Left. And for those who've seen it (and since you're reading Dread Central right now, I'm assuming you have), it should be noted that Craven actually envisioned a much more brutal nightmare with Last House »
- Doctor Gash
If you grew up watching Eddie Murphy chomping on a cigar as Gumby or getting gunned down in a hail of bullets as Buckwheat on Saturday Night Live, or better yet, dropping F-bombs as the cool-cat star of 48 Hrs., Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop, it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that there’s a whole generation out there that has no clue just how funny and dirty he once was.When they think of Eddie Murphy — if they even think of him at all — it’s as the donkey from the kiddie franchise Shrek, or »
- Chris Nashawaty
Just Another F-ing Observer - Jafo #12: When Did Eddie Murphy Stop Giving A Sh**? Watching Eddie Murphy in his latest picture Tower Heist I started to wonder just who was I looking at? Don't get me wrong, Murphy provides a great number of laughs in what is basically a poorly conceived comedy. Yet, even he doesn't have his heart in the picture, giving a performance that suggests the mega star is tired and worn out. I didn't go into this film expecting the Eddie Murphy of old; it has afterall been nearly thirty years since he burst onto the silver screen and essentially changed cinema with 48 Hrs. In 1982, Murphy was a young comedian fresh off of TV's Saturday Night Live whose infectious energy stole the thunder in what was intended to be a vehicle for Nick Nolte. Murphy was not only young, but he was hungry, a fresh face »
Hollywood is in a fang frenzy!
On the small or big screen, it seems everywhere you turn there's a sexy vampire ready to sink their fangs into their next victim.
"Extra" has compiled a list of the hottest male and female vampires... check it out!
Hollywood's Hottest VampiresRobert Pattinson in 'Twilight'
Cam Gigandet in 'Twilight'
Eddie Murphy would like you to know that he's not a recluse.
The "Tower Heist" star and 2012 Oscars host gives his first big print interview in years in the new issue of Rolling Stone, and he says that just because you don't see him at Hollywood events all the time doesn't mean he's a shut-in.
"I'm grown, and where else am I supposed to be? I'm supposed to be home," he tells the magazine. "... If I were out in the clubs every night, they'd be saying, 'That's a shame, look at him, 50 years old, he's still out at these clubs.'"
Other highlights from the interview are below. The full interview hits newsstands on Friday (Oct. 28).
Despite what you may have heard, Eddie Murphy is not an angry man. At least not anymore.
The star of the upcoming "Tower Heist" and the host of next year's Oscars, Murphy's career is back on the upswing after a decae spent mostly doing voice work for animations. He was once edgiest comedy star on screen, owning the entertainment world in the mid-to-late 80s. That massive success all came thanks to his brilliant turn on "Saturday Night Live," which he left mid-season in 1984. A decade later, he had a falling out with the show when David Spade called him "a fading star" and mocked his "Vampire In Brooklyn" on live TV, but as he tells Rolling Stone in their new cover story, he's moved past the drama.
"They said some sh*tty things. There was that David Spade sketch, I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Ben Stiller is hosting Saturday Night Live this week, but the buzz heading into the weekend is that he might be joined by his Tower Heist co-star, Eddie Murphy, the biggest movie star that the sketch show ever produced. Nearly singlehandedly, Murphy maintained SNL’s must-see status after Lorne Michaels left in 1980, and his four seasons — in which he played Gumby, Mr. Robinson, and James Brown — remain as dynamic a showcase as any performer’s in the show’s rich history. But since exiting the show for Hollywood millions in 1984, Murphy has returned to host only once. He couldn’t »
- Jeff Labrecque
The bad-boy comedian and voice of Donkey in Shrek has found a new leading role – as host of the 2012 Oscars awards
Appearance: an older, wiser Eddie Murphy.
Vaguely familiar, but definitely before my time. He's also the voice of Donkey in Shrek.
I love Donkey! He says what the rest of us only dare to think! What's he been up to? He, or rather Murphy, is going to host the 2012 Academy Awards.
Every now and then I like to make a list of my top 10. This time I was thinking who are the 10 greatest vampires in cinema. After much thought I came up with this list. For the most part I'm sure I hit the nail on the head, but I'm sure someone will bring up one that I totally missed. But until then here's my top 10. 10. Eddie Murphy in 1995's Vampire in Brooklyn. Say what you want about the film, but I find it a good watch every now and the… »
The second movie I reviewed for my college newspaper was Wes Craven's "Vampire in Brooklyn." I still have to apologize to the friends who accompanied me to that particular screening. As horrible as "Vampire in Brooklyn" was -- it's one of those disasters you can't even justify as a guilty pleasure -- it set me up perfectly for a press screening of "Scream" the next year. At that moment, there was no buzz at all for "Scream." It was a little horror movie that appeared to star Drew Barrymore and one of the frequently crying actresses from "Party of Five." I »
- Daniel Fienberg
Director: Wes Craven. Review: Adam Wing. If you had to choose one word to describe the directorial career of Wes Craven, you would probably go with something along the lines of ‘inconsistent’. Before and after granting the movie world with one of its biggest icons, master of horror Craven has had more than his fair share of misses. For every Scream there has been a Vampire in Brooklyn, for every Red Eye a Cursed - don’t even get me started on Deadly Blessing. Both Shocker and The People Under the Stairs hit the mark, as did early contenders The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on the Left. The problem is of course, until the release of slasher sequel Scream 4; the last entry on his C.V. will always read My Soul To Take. It’s a good job we don’t have long to wait then, »
Soon, the world will be treated to Scream 4, the latest addition to sometimes Master of Horror Wes Craven’s canon of chilling genre films which has so far included some of the seminal works produced for the horror market- The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Last House on the Left (it is no accident that Craven’s work has been remade and remade), which will either confirm that Craven is still in charge, or that he has officially lost it. Personally, I’m hoping for the best- but then I’ve seen Vampire in Brooklyn, so I am well aware that Craven’s work can be something of a mixed bag.
And until the fourth slasher-fest lands later this month, it is on films like My Soul to Take, released today on Blu-ray, that Craven’s recent reputation must rest, and it is this »
- Simon Gallagher
My Soul To Take (Blu-Ray)Universal Home Entertainment2010/Rated R/108 minsList Price $39.98 – Available February 8, 2011Watching Wes Craven's My Soul To Take is like watching one of your favorite filmmakers commit suicide. In Craven's case, it's career suicide. I mean it's unbelievable that a director like him, whose come up with some pretty smart ideas and premises in the horror genre could actually script such a terrible film. I don't want to be mean, since Craven has made some enjoyable movies that would definitely make my desert island collection, but I really can't think of anything positive or salvageable within this ill conceived supernatural tale. I viewed My Soul To Take with some buddies of mine who happen to work in the industry and they couldn't believe something like this could be spawned by Craven. One of them even told me a rumor about the director secretly recovering from heart »
Wes Craven has been making films for nearly forty years now, having made a huge impression with his 1972 picture Last House on the Left. And since then, Craven is just as likely to make a great film as a terrible one. Some horror directors – like John Carpenter – have an obvious hot streak, an uninrupted run of greatness, and most directors have periods where they’re doing great work, and off times. Whereas Craven followed A Nightmare on Elm St. with The Hills Have Eyes II. His 1996 film Scream is one of his best, which came a year after A Vampire in Brooklyn – easily one of his worst. Again, you never know. Craven is decidedly smart, but he’ll also pursue ideas that he seems passionate about or films that promise a paycheck. My Soul to Take was post-converted into 3-D and sat around for a while. It’s fascinating, though »
- Andre Dellamorte
Edward Cullen is without question the most iconic movie vampire of the 2000s. Critics cannot argue with that (go ahead, try to argue, critics; I’ll wait). However, many take issue with “The Twilight Saga’s” portrayal of vampires, complaining that it breaks many of the genre’s ”rules.”
While it’s true, does that really matter since it’s all fiction, anyway? And aren’t rules, as they say, meant to be broken? (Imagine if Batman still looked like this.) The answer depends on whom you ask.
In this week’s column, I compare Edward with his blood-sucking predecessors, matching him up with the most iconic film vampire from each era.The breakdown should give Twi-Hards a better understanding of the lineage “Twilight” draws upon… or choices to ignore. Use the information as you see fit: to defend Edward’s character, to criticize it, or to stock in your »
- Ryan McKee
Well, folks, 2010 is officially in the can, and unlike 2009 horror movie fans took it in the can a lot less this year. Sure the last twelve months had its fair share of lows, but it also brought us a couple of new classics. As always we covered every single one of them mostly in great detail for you.
Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.
Don't just read along, though ... give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you regarding what we nailed and what we dropped the ball on, so let the games begin!
Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2010 by following the links below!
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As per usual I failed this year as a horror fan and a movie fan in general. »
- Uncle Creepy
16 items from 2011
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