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There are roughly a gazillion scary movie marathons happening on TV for Halloween 2011. Zap2it's got you covered for all your spooky programming. Be sure to check your local listings for times and channel.
All times Eastern.
Friday, Oct. 28
AMC: Halloween movie marathon, 9 a.m. to midnight ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "House of Wax," "Scream 3," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane," "Survival of the Dead," "The Walking Dead"
Chiller: Halloween programming, 6 a.m. to midnight ("Twilight Zone" episodes, "The Daisy Chain," "Fingerprints," "Stevie," "Devil's Mercy," "Children of the Corn"), "Chiller 13" (The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments, »
The slasher film is truly the bastard son of the horror genre.
Much berated, vilified, and demonized, the slasher has been accused of many things: misogyny, sadomasochism, conservatism, and worst of all repetition.
Popularly characterized by a number of generic conventions, the slasher has perhaps come to be defined not by the films that make up its original cycle, but those that came years later. Following the success of Scream, a whole new generation of slasher films emerged, this time smugly postmodern and eager to outline, discuss, and flippantly break the conventions of the original films. Such fare as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cherry Falls, Urban Legend, and Final Destination made great play of this, before complacency set in like cinematic damp rot.
But for those who have taken time to become acquainted with the slasher will know that there is more to the subgenre than Generation Dawson would have us believe. »
- Tom Fordy
We hold in our hands the covers for DC Comics this December. As a child of four can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They’ve been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar under Wikipedia’s porch since noon today.
Shall we? Surely!
As usual, spoilers may lurk beyond this point.
Written by Geoff Johns
1:25 Variant cover by Andy Kubert
1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee
On sale December 21 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The superstar team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee continue the origin of the Justice League as The World’s Greatest Heroes face the might of Apokolips – and find aid in an unlikely hero, as Cyborg is created!
Plus, Andy Kubert »
- Glenn Hauman
Each weekend we include independent horror news sent our way. If you want to be featured in our next round-up, send us an email.
Blue Hole takes on New Jersey Urban Legend: Blue Hole is a short horror film project that is looking for support. The film will be directed by Erik Gardner (Mangler Reborn, Dreamtakers) and is based on a New Jersey urban legend:
“Blue Hole is a story about a couple that travels deep within the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to a vacation cabin. Upon arriving, they’re attacked by a madman who claims an eerie pond near the cabin called ‘Blue Hole’ can bring back the dead.”
To support their project or for more information, visit their official Kickstarter page.
- Jonathan James
"You've got the body…I've got the brains." That was the scene that did it for me. We've all got our favorite Freddy Krueger moment ... Nancy in the bathtub, Johnny Depp getting sucked into the bed, the cockroach transformation scene or even "Welcome to prime time, bitch!". But the one that stuck with me was Krueger peeling back the top of his head, revealing a pulsing brain, while reciting that line to a screaming Jesse in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge.
Thinking back, I can remember sitting in the Gash household with my younger brother (we'll call him Patient Zero), working a remote control that had three buttons and was wired to the Vcr, replaying that scene until the tracking button could no longer control the interference. It was classic.
But whatever your favorite Freddy moment, we have one man to thank for them all. Robert Englund »
- Doctor Gash
Directed by Steven Quale
First things first, I was 20 when Final Destination hit cinemas back in 2000. Having been one of the few who revelled through the Dawson’s Creek slasher era of the 90’s with the Scream trilogy, I Know What You Did Last Summer and it’s sequel, Urban Legend, Valentine, Cherry Falls, etc, etc – even I found the spin Final Destination gave to the genre to be a breathe of fresh air. But that initial film had no idea what it had started or how the ridiculous set-ups would become all that the sequels would hinge upon.
Part 2 did the job perfectly – faster, nastier, stupider and with a killer sense of humour. Part 3 was fun but disposable and then came Part 4, so cleverly named The Final Destination (presumably a spin on The Fast & Furious 4 being renamed Fast & Furious at the time). It was a »
- Al White
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to present the award-winning American classic Boyz N The Hood on Blu-ray for the first time this September 5th. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
In celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary, this powerful and timeless story of the three friends growing up in the ghettos of Los Angeles gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment, featuring stunning new high definition picture and explosive sound. The Blu-ray exclusive Special Features include “The Enduring Significance of Boyz N the Hood,” an all new retrospective documentary with Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Regina King, Nia Long, John Singleton, Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Allen. In addition, the Blu-ray will also feature “Friendly Fire: Making Of An Urban Legend,” Commentary with John Singleton, audition footage with Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut and Tyra Ferrell, Compton’s most wanted »
- Matt Holmes
And here's why: these two new horror films, co-directed by chicks, fall into two if my favorite sub genres: "survival accident horror" and "game-gone-awry horror."
Just like the "slasher" film, these two types of horror movies can have their own unique story lines and endings as long as they follow a set of rules laid out by tradition.
Dark Sky is releasing Canyon Road, co-directed by Jennifer Still and Calix Reneau, about a young couple that gets into a terrible car accident on the way home from a party. I assume they're in Malibu, California, because the world freaks out when it rains, and dangerous things happen when the roads are wet. But seriously, there have been some vicious mudslides of the killing kind in Malibu, much like the one that threatens the lives of this couple.
Canyon Road might not seem original at first - it's the same psychological »
Oh, and watch closely in the closing minute for an appearance from an Ae favorite (sans tattoos and knives).
Victim #1. Um , let me guess. Donatella Versace's cursed compact?
That sound you just heard is millions of gay boys squeeing at the same time.
"Artie ... you've shaved your eyebrows. And your clothes are clean. And you've put on cologne. A-Ha! You're going to go see your lady friend, and Warehouse physician, Dr. Vanessa!"
"She is not my lady friend! She's a friend who happens to be a lady. A heavenly lady. »
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Synopsis: Bursting with imagination and having seen her share of tragedy and fantasy, Amélie is not like the other girls. When she grows up she becomes a waitress in a Montmartre bar run by a former dancer. Amelie enjoys simple pleasures until she discovers that her goal in life is to help others. To that end, she invents all sorts of tricks that allow her to intervene incognito into other people’s lives, including an imbibing concierge and her hypochondriac neighbor. But Amélie’s most difficult case turns out to be Nino Quicampoix, a lonely sex shop employee who collects photos abandoned at coin-operated photobooths. (blu-ray.com)
Special Features: The Look of Amelie featurette; Fantasies of Audrey Tatou; Q&A with the director and cast; Auditions; Storyboard to screen comparisons; An Intimate Chat With Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet »
- Travis Keune
Following the death of his father, archaeology student Ben Rutherford (Dorman) inherits a strange 18th century mechanical device known as “Le Vaudou Mort”. After showing the unusual device to his friends at a party on campus, it disappears from his room. Things take a sinister turn when Ben’s friends begin to die one by one, seemingly at the hands of a killer using voodoo to murder everyone at the party. Realizing the “Le Vaudou Mort” may be responsible he teams with his estranged half-brother, Marcus (Fimmel) to delve deeper into their father’s past to work out who could be behind the killings before they become the devices final victims.
I’ll admit that I didn’t expect much from Needle, »
Culver City, Calif. (June 2011) – Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.
Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there.s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he.s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he.s a joke . and not »
- Michelle McCue
It never sounds any good when you find out that any sort of well-liked foreign film is going to be remade for American audiences, especially if said picture was just released a few years ago. Columbia Pictures and Original Film doesn't care, which is why they're going ahead with remaking "Big Man Japan." The original was directed and stars Hitoshi Matsumoto.Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, »
HollywoodNews.com: Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.
Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he’s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he’s a joke – and not nearly »
- Josh Abraham
Director John Singleton’s acclaimed 1991 crime drama Boyz N the Hood is making its way to high-definition Blu-ray on July 19. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will bring out the film in a 20th Anniversary Edition priced at $19.95.
Nominated for two Academy Awards, the movie tells the story of three friends growing up on the streets of Los Angeles’ South Central. Ice Cube (Lottery Ticket) stars as Doughboy, an unambitious drug dealer; Morris Chestnut (TV’s V) as his brother Ricky, a college-bound teenage father; and Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Hit List) as Ricky’s best friend Tre, who aspires to get out of the Hood. Laurence Fishburne (Armored) plays Gooding Jr.’s strong father. Of course, as they try to get out, a tragedy pulls them back in and violence seems like the only answer.
The Oscars Boyz N the Hood was nominated for were Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, »
Actress Danielle Harris has had to face off against quite a few horror icons over her illustrious 24-year-long film career in Hollywood. She's taken on two incarnations of Michael Myers, Victor Crowley in Hatchet II and even a lesser degree- a crazy, revenge-seeking Rebecca Gayheart in Urban Legend. But now Harris is gearing up for a new chapter in her career, which kicks off this week when Jim Mickle's Stake Land hits theaters this Friday.
Recently, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with the ever-busy Scream Queen to talk all things Stake Land, the evolution of her career and why 2011 is shaping up to be a banner year for the actress.
Even though Harris has made a name for herself in the horror genre in both studio and independent films, Stake Land took a little more consideration than usual for the actress, especially since she wasn’t able »
Did I slip and fall in my hot tub time machine this morning? Did Doc Brown accidentally send me back to the mid-90′s when I wasn’t looking? Because the international poster for John Carpenter’s upcoming horror opus “The Ward” certainly looks a little retro, and not necessarily in a good way. All of the characters are lined up “Scream”-style, a template that was used to pimp such lackluster slasher fodder as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Urban Legend”. Remember when people used to put time and effort into their promotional posters? Oh, well. Maybe I’m just a cynical chump with too much time to ponder such things. Don’t agree all at once, now. via Imp Awards »
- Todd Rigney
Big horror fans know that Wes Craven’s Scream, released in 1996, is the final real slasher film. A parody of all the excesses and absurdities of the genre, it is about a serial killer obsessed with slasher movies, a masked murderer who kills his victims while making reference to Scream’s predecessors, unable to differentiate between film and reality. But a generation of teenagers, unaware of the history, adopted it as their own, making the film a big hit but totally missing the joke. As such, it revitalized the very sub-genre it destroys, spawning two sequels, numerous rip offs (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, etc), reboots of long dead series (Jason X, Seed of Chucky, the Psycho remake, etc.), merchandised Scream costumes at Halloween parties across the country, and, in a pinnacle of only-in-Hollywood total absurdity, a franchise of parody films (Scary Movie), or rather parody-parodies. »
- Willie Osterweil
Perhaps the most unnecessary and least asked for sequel in the history of motion pictures, Universal have just dropped a trailer for Johnny English Reborn, due in theatres September 16th (Us) and October 7th (UK). Yes that’s right – Universal – who decided last month that it really wasn’t worth funding Guillermo Del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness despite a clear audience hunger for it but they somehow found some cash underneath the sofa-bed last year to greenlight this act of desperation. I mean just how far down the list of possible franchise revivals to make a quick-buck must Johnny English have been?
Was there really a thunderous demand for this because I certainly didn’t see one if there was. Released in 2003, the more slapstick than action comedy flopped in the states ($28 million on a $40 million budget) but admittedly did well internationally ($160 million worldwide total) where the »
- Matt Holmes
What a difference a year makes. Opening less than 365 days after its predecessor, Scream 2 was perfectly poised to rake in the big bucks. For starters opening night at the local theater was no longer a "fans only" event. Instead of screening in the corner auditorium (the one with the damaged screen and crackling speakers) like the original, GhostFace’s return had carved out a spot on the biggest screen with the most deafening sound.
Curiously, my acquaintances who’d initially balked at Wes Craven’s slasher outing were expressing their interest in coming to see the next go ‘round. And they weren’t the only ones. It was an event, walking into that auditorium to catch the eagerly-awaited sequel to 1996’s biggest sleeper hit.
The theater played into the hype and anticipation perfectly, with poster giveaways, scary music and patrons in full-on GhostFace regalia all contributing to a truly memorable opening night. »
- Masked Slasher
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