20 items from 2016
If you go down to the woods today, well, you’re not in for the biggest of surprises. An effectively jumpy, artfully artless follow-up to 1999’s landmark exercise in no-budget horror “The Blair Witch Project,” Adam Wingard’s “Blair Witch” plays enjoyably on viewers’ familiarity with the franchise as a new generation of enterprising young filmmakers is sent hiking in the Black Hills — before the considerably more gifted young filmmakers behind the camera fall prey to the plainly familiar. Setting up a number of promising kinks in the now-standard found-footage formula, as the seemingly spooked forest begins to close in its hapless victims, “Blair Witch” disappointingly casts most of them aside for a finale that does little to advance the series’ existing mythos. And advance it must, since audience turnout should be healthy enough to ensure another camping trip in the near feature.
A significantly more accomplished and entertaining sequel »
- Guy Lodge
Little known but relevant, ‘When A Stranger Calls’ mirrors the predictable conclusion to Scream as it concludes for another season. On the run but still trying to figure out who their tormentor might be, Audrey and Emma hightail it from one end of Lakewood to another as things come to a head. There is an inevitability to proceedings as the last person you thought might be responsible reveals themselves. Granted their behavioural tics, malevolent turn and last act confession fails to carry much weight after last week and that pitch fork, but nonetheless its good fun.
With the recurring theme of ghosts coming back to haunt you, Scream delivers on every cliché from deserted movie theatre to derelict orphanage. Returning to these locations with effective plot payoffs and more than a little claret. Throw into the mix the »
- Amie Cranswick
It’s been three decades since “Stand By Me” became the little drama that could, catapulting River Phoenix to stardom, establishing Rob Reiner as a director on the rise, and racking up big ticket sales on a paltry budget.
The story of four friends from small town in Oregon, hiking into the countryside in search of the body of a boy who has been hit and killed by a train, is an unlikely coming-of-age tale. Yet in Reiner’s sensitive hands, it becomes a meditation on mortality — one that transcends its 1950s setting to have a universal appeal.
“Stand By Me” is unique in other ways. For one thing, it rivals “The 400 Blows” in its ability to evoke complex characterizations from young actors. Not only Phoenix as spiritual leader Chris Chambers, but co-stars Wil Wheaton as sensitive Gordie Lachance, Jerry O’Connell as wisecracking Vern Tessio, and Corey Feldman as hot-tempered Teddy Duchamp, »
- Brent Lang
Do you like scary movies? Then you'll love Fright-Rags new GhostFace collection! In honor of the 20th anniversary of Wes Craven's Scream, the renowned horror shirt company has partnered with Fun World, creator of the unmistakable mask, to release a line of GhostFace shirts. Justin Osbourn's glow-in-the-dark design featuring the knife-wielding GhostFace is available on unisex shirts, girls shirts, and baseball tees.
Coki Greenway's take on the iconic visage comes on unisex shirts, girls shirts, and tank tops. Abrar Ajmal and Kyle Crawford have designs that will make you scream on unisex and girls shirts. The GhostFace Collection is on sale now at Fright Rags. Quantities are limited. So never, ever, ever, under any circumstances, say, "I'll be right back."
Scream's TV spin-off returns for a bloody second season. Residents of Lakeville, watch your backs...
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 I Know What You Did This Summer
(Warning: I’m about to go full Spoily McSpoilface--or Spoily McGhostface, more appropriately--in the first paragraph, so turn back now if you’ve not seen Scream season 1, the show’s season 2 premiere, or the original Scream movies.)
The first episode of Scream’s season 2 could have opened in a number of ways, but none more appropriately than with the first scene of a parody-film-within-a-show, in which a blonde heroine is on the phone and about to be stabbed. The same premise worked splendidly as the opening for Scream 2 the movie, and it’s absolutely perfect here in light of what Scream the TV show is likely to try to accomplish in the follow-up to its successful first season.
Also quite appropriately, »
If you enjoyed the first season of MTV’s Scream: The TV Series, you should undoubtedly enjoy what the show has to offer in the Season 2 premiere, as not only do we get another murder mystery to dig deep into, but we also get a few new major storylines, more flushed-out characters, and a viciously blunt killing to kick things off in grand, gory style.
As far as the story goes, Scream: S2 picks back up with the Lakewood Six several months after the murder spree that uprooted their lives and changed their small community forever. It’s revealed that Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) had been away receiving deep therapy for the trauma she had undergone after being nearly filleted by last season’s killer and it has left her relationship with Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) strained to say the very least. When Emma returns, she’s greeted awkwardly with a surprise party thrown by Kieran, »
- Heather Wixson
One of my very favorite horror conventions has always been Flashback Weekend in Chicago, Illinois. For years, I attended Flashback as a fan and for the last six years, it’s been a huge honor for me to head back to serve as one of the convention co-hosts and work with Mike and Mia Kerz, two of the most selfless folks you’ll ever meet working in the industry.
Flashback Weekend will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this August 5th through the 7th and is being held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Chicago). This year’s schedule is shaping up to be yet another incredible time for midwestern horror fans, and there are still many announcements to come! So far, attendees can look forward to a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Scream, with a cast reunion featuring Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, and Matthew Lillard. »
- Heather Wixson
As someone who frequently revisits the original Scream quadrilogy of films quite often (at least several times a year because I’m a weird nerd who unabashedly loves this franchise), I wasn’t sure what to expect with MTV’s television series before it premiered in June 2015. But as the first season went on, it was very apparent that while Scream: The TV Series might share a name with Wes Craven’s films and celebrate the same spirit as the movies, the show was all about establishing its own rules and delivering a murder mystery on its own terms as well.
With Season 2 set to kick off on Monday, May 30th, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to catch up with one of the stars of MTV’s Scream, Bex Taylor-Klaus, who plays Audrey Jensen on the show. Those of us who watched last season saw that Audrey had a »
- Heather Wixson
After a grueling and very successful first season, MTV's Scream TV Series is returning for Season 2 in just a few weeks. While you'll have to wait until Monday, May 30th to see the full premiere, fans can get a taste of all-new episodes with the first 7 minutes. This opening arrives in true Scream sequel fashion. And things definitely kick off with a bang!
Scream Season 2 jumps off with Vine star Lele Pons. In this extended clip courtesy of Youtube, we see Lele on the phone with her girlfriend. Mid-conversation, the young woman discovers that her kitten Butterscotch is missing. In creeps the ominous music. The girl goes sneaking around her dark house alone. But as we soon learn, there is a mysterious figure hiding in the shadows. Wielding a knife. That person is unmasked as a friend. But that friend has very deadly intentions. This ends with Lele's brains splattered all over the back yard. »
Similar to their approach to the first season of Scream: The TV Series, MTV has released the seven-minute cold open from the show’s season 2 premiere ahead of its May 30th air date. Watch the suspenseful video down below…
See Also: New trailer and character posters for Scream season 2
The episode’s opening is not too different from that of 1997’s Scream 2, as it features a sticky situation in a movie theater following a screening of a slasher horror movie that exists in the slasher-riddled Scream universe. Vine superstar Lele Pons makes a brief guest appearance in the first few minutes of the episode, just as Bella Thorne (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip) did in season 1.
- Justin Cook
With X-men: Apocalypse coming out in a mere three weeks, Fox has already set its sights on one of its next mutant smackdowns. While there's been plenty of chatter lately about films like Deadpool 2 and X-men: The New Mutants, Fox has quietly been ramping up production on The Wolverine III. The film, directed by James Mangold, will be Hugh Jackman's swan song as the clawed superhero he first brought to the screen in 2000's X-men. It was recently revealed that Stephen Merchant and Eriq La Salle had joined the cast, and now comes word of someone else getting in on the action.
As of now, nothing is really known about the film's plot, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Neal joins X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X), alongside fellow new additions Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies), Eriq La Salle (ER) and Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I).
- Gary Collinson
It seems that the cast of The Wolverine 3 is growing by the day. Following yesterday’s announcement that former E.R. star Eriq La Salle will be joining the cast of the soon-to-shoot superhero sequel, we can tell you that none other than Elise Neal will also line-up with Hugh Jackman, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant and co.
More news as we get it.
- Paul Heath
Director James Mangold will begin filming The Wolverine 3 shortly, for release next March. It’s the film that marks Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine, and he’s got some fine company alongside him as he hangs up his claws.
Here they both are. Say hello...
No details of either of their specific roles has thus far been confirmed, with James Mangold and his team keeping things close to their chest at the moment. It »
Rumors swirl that the film is based on the famed Old Man Logan story line, that X-23 will be making an appearance, and that this could be the first (and last) R-rated take on Jackman's Marvel hero. The film opens March 3rd.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The cast of The Wolverine 3 is unique to say the least, and 20th Century Fox has so far added a mixture of recognizable names like Stephen Merchant (The Office) and Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) with lesser known faces like Eriq la Salle. All the while the studio has decided against revealing who these actors are playing, and now another mysterious addition has been made: Elise Neal, an actress best known for roles in the likes of The Hughleys and Scream 2.
There’s no mention of who she’s playing and we simply don’t know enough about the movie to make any decent guesses. However, it was recently rumoured that we’ll see X-23 in the movie, and while the actress is a little too old to play that teenage character, perhaps she has something to do with her creation in the film?
So far, the only confirmed cast members »
- Josh Wilding
At this point, it'd be a challenge to find a musician who isn't influenced by Prince in some way. His majestic voice, formidable guitar technique and songwriting sensibilities formed a repository of 20th century American music, and everyone from Patti Smith to Alicia Keys has seemingly acknowledged this influence with a cover. Let's take a look at some of the best. Alicia Keys, 'How Come You Don't Call Me' Included as the non-album B-side to a little 1982 single you may know called "1999" and originally called "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" per the Prince style guide, this song was »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
It's been five years since the release of "Scream 4" (on April 15, 2011), but like the Ghostface killer, the franchise refuses to die.
Since the first film's release nearly 20 years ago (on December 20, 1996), there have been four movies that have grossed $604 million worldwide, as well as a spinoff series on MTV whose second season begins May 31. "Scream" not only became the most lucrative slasher-film series ever, but it also revitalized the teen horror genre. Still, as inescapable and relentless as the "Scream" franchise has been, there are still a lot of secrets behind that mask. Here are 15 terrifying tidbits of trivia.
1. "Scream" was originally a screenplay by Kevin Williamson called "Scary Movie," inspired in part by the real-life killings of five college students in Gainesville, Florida in 1990. But Dimension studio chief Bob Weinstein didn't think the title reflected Williamson's blend of horror and comedy.
2. Inspired by the recent Michael Jackson hit, »
- Gary Susman
In The Huntsman: Winter’s War and The Ones Below, unspeakable deeds are done by women driven crazy by the loss of a child. Decades of movies suggest they are incapable of rational grief, while men are let off the hook in the heroic pursuit of revenge
Here’s a 36-year-old spoiler. The villain in Friday the 13th is not Jason, presumed dead after drowning aged 10, now back from the ashes and mad as hell. Rather it’s his mother, Pamela, a summer camp cook who grief has turned bloodthirsty. While her son, alongside stablemates Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Norman Bates, is afforded complicated psychological motivation for his later killing sprees, sensibly dressed Mrs Voorhees is just a woman completely unravelled by the loss of her offspring.
- Benjamin Lee
Unless you’re new to Nerdly, or just haven’t being paying attention, we’re (well when I say we I mean I am) a big fan of the films of James Cullen Bressack. So much so that I’ve tried my damndest to get his films released here in the UK – we had Hate Crime banned by the BBFC but we did have success in releasing To Jennifer, Bressack’s found-footage, shot on the iPhone shocker earlier this year on UK-based VOD site TheHorrorShow.TV
But it seems I’m not the only fan of Bressack’s work… Hunter Johnson, the man behind LAHorror.com, is apparently so much of a fan of Bressack’s film, To Jennifer in particular, that he set out to make – with permission of course »
- Phil Wheat
20 items from 2016
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