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Lately I’ve been reveling in the fact that horror has made a huge resurgence on the small screen within the last few years. Back when I was a youngster in the late eighties, horror had a small presence on television, but albeit in a different form. Most of what was on the air then were memorable anthology series ranging from the wonderful reincarnation of the beloved The Twilight Zone to Tales From the Darkside and Amazing Stories to series based on well-known horror franchises: Friday the 13th begat its own series and A Nightmare On Elm Street brought forth the ultra-cheesy and fun Freddy’s Nightmares. I love that there are quite a number of series now on the air to choose from. But unfortunately, the quality varies between them on a great scale. With some of them now having established loyal audiences and rabid cult followings, in their »
- Leonel VHS
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
This is the final weekend for marathon screenings of Out 1. We highly recommend taking the plunge.
Museum of the Moving Image
- Nick Newman
It’s become harder than ever for filmmakers to keep their movies unspoiled before release. The advent of the internet has seen the arrival of script and photo leaks, anonymous informers sharing stories from the set or fans picking apart trailers for the tiniest background clues. It has become near impossible to keep everything a surprise and there are a number of movies each year that have most of their secrets spoiled before hand.
This must be incredibly frustrating for the people involved who just want to focus on delivering a good story that will entertain people. Wes Craven once had to throw out most of the script for Scream 2 because it had leaked online, resulting in a frantic scramble to get that movie finished on time while keeping the new storyline safe.
So when it comes to withholding key secrets some of them can take a more blunt approach than others. »
- Padraig Cotter
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa commences on October 23rd and Maryland's own Billy Martin (Good Charlotte, Vitriol) illustrated the latest variant of The Walking Dead #1, exclusive only to con-goers. Also: five Bone Tomahawk posters, trailers for #Horror and The Shelter, and details on the Scream cast reunion.
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Tulsa, Okla., October 8, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that illustrator and musician Billy Martin has drawn the 20th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Tulsa, October 23-25. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award-winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at »
- Tamika Jones
Oh high school. It was a rough time for a lot of us. Maybe more memorable for some. While we’re passed those adolescent days now, we’re deep in Back to School days and getting more than a little nostalgic. That’s due in part to all the high school teen movies that still rattle around in our pop culture consciousness. Many of the characters in the movies shared the same embarrassments we did, the same first crushes, the same droning teachers, and we all wish we had a friend like Ferris Bueller.
So we asked the PopOptiq staff, which high school character from the movies were you? Share your own pop culture doppelgänger below!
Randy Meeks and I have much in common. We are both massive horror movie fans who worked in a video store, studied film and had a hopeless crush on our best friend. »
Buffy and Scream 2 were among a long list of fictional schools that became the backdrop for macabre murder – and where students majored in survival
Scream Queens, the Ryan Murphy-helmed horror-comedy series that revolves around the (fictional) Kappa sorority at Wallace University, looks like one of fall TV’s best offerings. Like its cable-dwelling sister American Horror Story, Scream Queens will be presented as an anthology, with each season taking on a new plot, villain, hero and narrative trajectory. In its first iteration a sorority sister goes head-to-head with the campus dean, leading to the uncovering of a murder. Scream Queens is the latest TV show or film that takes horror to school. Here’s a list of prospective (and completely fictionalised) schools you might want to avoid.
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- Anne T Donahue
New Zealand hasn’t produced many horror films over the years, but those it has given birth to are remarkably strong entries. The latest of these films to make its way Stateside is Jason Lei Howden’s outrageous debut feature Deathgasm about a group of suburban metal heads who accidently summon a demonic force with thier music. This week we sit down to discuss the Kiwi horror comedy with guest Deepayan Sengupta. In our main event, we discuss our favourite high school characters in horror films and TV shows and let you know who we best resemble. Prepare yourself for another crazy Ricky D life story. All this and more!
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00:00: Buffy the Vampire clip
00:30: Show Intro
01:00: Open talk spot
03:00: Deathgasm trailer
04:00: Movie review: »
- Sordid Cinema Podcast
I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but it is something that always bears repeating- Wes Craven was a filmmaker that was ahead of his time. Throughout most of his career, the maven director was always about two steps ahead of everyone else- whether it was where the genre happened to be at during that given time, the types of films that Hollywood was making, or sometimes, even ahead of the fans themselves.
And while he continued to push the boundaries of horror time and time again from the 1970’s through the early 1990’s, perhaps the biggest indication of Craven’s genius as a forward-thinking storyteller has to be the Scream quadrilogy which not only redefined slasher movies but also redefined his career as well. Very few directors get a chance to directly affect the genre as a whole but Craven did so »
- Heather Wixson
When I was a kid, I was taught that horror movies were things to be avoided; Violent, sadistic, even satanic items made by sick people. Which of course only made them more intriguing. On our trips to Blockbuster I would sneak down to the horror movie isles, this forbidden place, and look at the ghastly images of monsters and mangled bodies on the covers, only imagining the horror they contained.
In 1984, Wes Craven made A Nightmare on Elm Street and gave a physical face to our childhood boogeymen. I was far too young to see the movie, but that didn’t matter. Freddy Krueger had stepped out of the film and become part of the cultural zeitgeist, sending a young boy’s imagination spinning in the middle of the night about all the ways he could come and get you.
It wouldn’t be until several years later when I »
- Charlie Sanford
We all have heroes, and this week, one of the true horror heroes and legends, Wes Craven, passed away after fighting brain cancer. To say that Craven’s passing has affected the horror community would be an understatement, a statement that just doesn’t articulate how much of an absent we’ll have from here on out. The horror genre is emptier now, with one of the true Icons of Fright gone.
We didn’t want to just write a standard eulogy-like post, because Craven was more than that, he was much much more important than that. I reached out and asked the Icons of Fright crew if they’d be interested in writing a little bit about how Wes and his work touched them, and thought we’d all say a little something about one of the true Masters of Horror. Here is what everyone had to say. Rip »
- Jerry Smith
Recently, TV Line got to talk up Scream's executive producer, Jill Blotevogel, to get some early season 2 teaser spoilers. In this segment, she let us know what Emma will be up to. It turns out that she's going to be more closed off, defensive, stronger, and more. Jill told them: "Going into Season 2, she’s going to be a character with a lot more information. She’s probably going to be more closed-off, more defensive. But she’s also going to be stronger. I think of Sarah Connor, going from Terminator to T2, in that she’s this fresh-faced innocent in the first one, and by the second one — not that we’re going to see Emma doing pull-ups and assembling rifles or anything — she’s a character who’s been through the wringer. Emma’s going to be a little more guarded. Her strength has been tested, and »
Warning: The following Q&A contains spoilers for Scream’s Season 1 finale. Read at your own risk.
Whether or not you had guessed the identity of Scream‘s masked killer before Tuesday’s season finale, chances are you were surprised by something that went down during the eventful hour.
Audrey’s unexpected correspondence with podcaster-turned-murderer Piper? The fact that Kieran had nothing to do with the Lakewood killing spree? That supremely gross death scene featuring Sheriff Hudson’s intestines? Regardless of which finale moment shocked you most, we think you’ll appreciate the insight provided by executive producer Jill Blotevogel, »
Yesterday was a tragic day for horror fans around the world, as we reported the unfortunate news of Wes Craven passing at the age of 76 in his Los Angeles home. Wes Craven left an indelible mark on the horror movie genre almost immediately with his first feature film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and his influence will be felt for years to come, in the filmmakers that follow and carry on his legacy. As we continue to mourn the loss of this legend, we're revisiting his best work with nine of his best films.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family, although his father died when he was just five years old. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. »
Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. »
Known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Ghostface in “Scream,” the versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.
Craven’s first feature was the controversial shocker “The Last House on the Left,” which he wrote, directed an edited in 1972. He followed with the blackly comic “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Swamp Thing,” an early entry in the comic book genre.
“Serpent and the Rainbow,” in 1988, was based on non-fiction book about voodoo.
Craven tried his hand at non-horror »
- Pat Saperstein
Despite scepticism from fans of the franchise, MTV's Scream series honours the first rule of remakes: don't eff with the original...
The Scream franchise is deservedly adored by cinemagoers and critics, and widely considered to be one of the best horror films to come out of the back end of the 90s. You can certainly see why, with Kevin Williamson's tack-sharp script packed with zingers, its overall clever subversion of the genre, a sterling central performance from Neve Campbell and an undercurrent of cheeky fun. The third act is still, to this day, a triumphant blend of humour, (literally) knife-edge tension and genuine scares.
Few horror movies have achieved what Scream did. Or, to give it its dues, what Scream 2 also did. The sequel to Wes Craven's original hit could have been a messy affair but it achieved an improbable feat: it was just as fun and spooky as the first. »
When it was announced in March that Stephen King's classic horror novel Misery was getting the Broadway treatment, Elizabeth Marvel was intended to play the juicy role of number-one fan and number-one torturous motivator Annie Wilkes on stage. Due to House of Cards commitments, however, Marvel has left the project and Laurie Metcalf has joined it in her place.
Variety reports that Laurie Metcalf will play Annie Wilkes in the Misery Broadway play. Widely known for her stellar turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in addition to a plethora of other TV and film credits, Metcalf is perhaps best known to horror fans for her intense, unflinching portrayal as Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2.
As Wilkes, Metcalf will inflict pain on author Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Metcalf is no stranger to the stage, having performed both off Broadway in Domesticated and on Broadway in The Other Place. »
- Derek Anderson
Actor Laurie Metcalf boasts a long, robust career, but this fall will mark only her second foray into horror. Following her turn as the vengeful Debbie Salt (aka Mrs. Loomis) in Scream 2, Metcalf will take over for Elizabeth Marvel in the upcoming stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. Directed by Will Frears, the limited…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Friday, May 15, 2015 ratings -- New episodes: Grimm, Dateline NBC, The Amazing Race, Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank, 20/20, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and The Messengers. Specials: Scream 2 (movie) and Acm Presents: Superstar Duets. Reruns: Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
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