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20 items from 2009

Scorsese's scary movies

29 October 2009 1:47 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

What horror films scare Martin Scorsese? If you were wondering what he might watch this Halloween, he's revealed his eleven favorite scary movies. I am giving you the top 5: 1.) The Haunting- The story of Hill House told in 1963. Most of you know the story, especially if you've seen Rose Red or The Haunting remake with Liam Neeson. The mansion that is infested with violent spirits is much more disturbing in black and white. 2.) Isle Of The Dead- Set on the Greek Isle, plague forces »

- Niki Stephens

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Horror Hero Sam Raimi Reveals His Favorite Scary Movies For Halloween

29 October 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It's the eternal dorm-room debate, the stuff of boozy smack-talking sessions and stony, less-than-coherent arguments: what's the scariest movie of all-time? It's a (sober) discussion we've been having at MTV News as Halloween sneaks up on us and a question we've been throwing out to folks in the film biz who truly know their fright-fest stuff.

When I had a chance to talk with Sam Raimi – he of the many righteous "Evil Dead" pictures – I had to get his thoughts on the matter. The first thing he told me was that the horror genre scares the crap out of him. "It's hard to sit through them," he confessed. "I really enjoy it when I'm in the middle of it, it's just hard to approach the theater." The second thing he said is that he loves them dearly. The third and fourth and fifth and sixth? Those scary movies he cherishes »

- Eric Ditzian

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MattFini's Halloween Top 10 Lists: Ghost Stories!

26 October 2009 4:47 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Editor's Note: We're always on the lookout for good new writers here at Dread Central, and with the addition of MattFini we hit pay dirt! Matt's not only one of our best and brightest, but he's also as opinionated as they come. You're almost always guaranteed to be either infuriated or amused at his musings. Each day this week he'll be posting his own Halloween Top 10 lists. Agree? Disagree? Laugh! Cry! Sound off inside!

Without further ado ... the man, the myth, the lunatic, our very own Masked Slasher, MattFini!

This past weekend saw the upset of the ages as sleeper hit Paranormal Activity bested the reigning champion that is the Saw franchise at the box office. So, in honor of one of the scariest films to come along in a while, we thought it’d be fun to offer a countdown of the 10 greatest ghost films ever made.

In the end, »

- Masked Slasher

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The Fourth Kind Looks to Scare You with 2 New TV Spots

14 October 2009 7:07 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

I’m a wuss. I freely admit it. I watch horror films in the theater by myself under the guise of being manly and not letting different types of horror get to me. However, if you were to see me in a theater watching a particular type of horror film you’ll notice I wear a cap. That cap remains pulled closely to my eyebrows so I can easily block my gaze from the horror images on the screen. See I told you, Wuss! I do feel very proud of myself for putting on my big boy pants and strolling into the theater to begin with though.


So what kinds of horror get to me? Hauntings and alien abduction movies are top on my list for turning me into a puddle of wussiness. Movies like Fire in the Sky, Poltergeist, Amityville Horror, The Haunting in Connecticut, the new smash hit »

- Paul Young

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1999: A Year In Review (Part Two)

14 October 2009 8:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Part 2 of our 1999 Movie Retrospective. The final year of the last century was one hell of a cinematic ride and it offered some outstanding films for lovers of cinema.

Now be aware that this is not a definitive list of the films released - it’s a brief rundown highlighting interesting films that should be seen (although not always for the right reasons).

You can check out the first part (A-e) here or continue reading to see the other gems that were released in 1999.


Fight Club

Fight Club was a box office disappointment ten years ago, but it has gained a Huge cult following since - and it must have made an absolute mint on DVD. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this David Fincher directed adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s now-famous novel. The film is another example of world perspective from a late 90s view point. »

- Niall Browne

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Horror anthologies on the march

9 September 2009 3:55 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

With our favorite time of year just around the corner, Fango’s got news of a trio of literary terrors to keep you occupied throughout the fall. And if you’re partial to anthologies and short-story collections, get ready to rejoice.

First up, Running Press has just put out the third volume in its Dark Delicacies series, subtitled Haunted, and it looks to be their biggest yet. Edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb, Dark Delicacies III features 20 new works by the likes of genre legend Clive Barker, Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, Masters Of Horror creator Mick Garris, Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva, 100 Feet’s Eric Red, veteran horror scribe Richard Christian Matheson, Fango contributor Axelle Carolyn, First Blood author David Morrell and many more, with a foreword by The Shining actor Steven Weber.

Also arriving this month is Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories On The 50th Anniversary, a »

- (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Shirley Jackson's Castle Being Adapted

18 August 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shirley Jackson gave us one of the finest haunted house stories ever: "The Haunting of Hill House." The novel was adapted into the 1963 Robert Wise classic The Haunting . Now her '62 tale "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" is being primed for the screen by Michael Douglas' Further Films and Literal Media. Mark Kruger ( The 4400 ) has written the script. The story - once adapted in '66 by Hugh Wheeler - is told from the point of view of 18-year-old Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood. She, her sister and her uncle live in seclusion after their family members were poisoned by arsenic. As THR reports, "the plot is further complicated by the arrival of a dubious, long-lost cousin who seeks to secure the family's fortune." A director is »

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Douglas To Produce Murder Family Movie

17 August 2009 11:17 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Michael Douglas is looking for a little bit of murder in his life as his production company picks up the rights to Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, about a reclusive and possibly murderous family.The 4400 writer Mark Kruger has come up with a draft of the script, so far the first big-screen adaptation of the book, which was made into a Broadway play just after it was published.It is not the first foray into Shirley Jackson territory from the Douglas house, as wife Catherine Zeta Jones starred in The Haunting which was based on her book The Haunting Of Hill House.We Have Always Lived In The Castle follows the reculsive Blackwood family, confined to the house after a handful of their relatives were mysteriously killed by poisoning six years before. The Blackwoods consist of two sisters (Merricat and the agoraphobic Connie) and their obsessive uncle Julian, »

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Further Films visits the 'Castle'

17 August 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Douglas' Further Films is moving into Shirley Jackson's castle.

The company is developing the novel "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," Jackson's 1962 tome about a reclusive, potentially murderous family.

Further will produce the project with Literal Media, the firm that reps Jackson's work and a company in which Further has a stake. Laurence Hyman, Jackson's son and literary executor, also will have a produce role.

The Wme-repped Mark Kruger has penned a draft of the screenplay. Kruger most notably was a producer-writer on "The 4400," the supernatural series that aired from 2004-07 on the USA Network. Producers are out to cast.

"Castle" revolves around the Blackwood family -- primarily of sisters Merricat and Connie and their uncle Julian -- who have been forced into seclusion after the mysterious lethal poisoning of several of their family members six years earlier. Merricat is the younger sister, caring for the agoraphobic Connie, »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Liam Neeson & Christina Ricci Discover What Is “After.Life”

6 August 2009 6:57 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Way back last year we brought you news that Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci would be starring in the horror film After.Life (I said it before and I’ll say it again - the “.” is supposed to be there).

The film stars Liam Neeson as a funeral director who is contacted by a woman (Christina Ricci) who is caught between life and death. Alfred Molina and Justin Long co-star in the Agnieszka Vosloo directed chiller.

Bloody Disgusting has nabbed a whole slew of interesting images from After.Life - you can check out a few below:



"When I told my agent that I wanted another brain-dead film like Taken I didn't mean this."

"If you help me out of here it'll be a Schindler's lift."


"Don't worry, people will soon forget Speed Racer. I survived The Phantom Menace."


Head over to Bloody-Disgusting to see the full gallery.

The film seems like »

- Niall Browne

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Ron Howard to Direct Robert Ludlum's Parsifal Mosaic

30 July 2009 3:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In February we wrote about how Universal was fast-tracking their adaptation of "The Parsifal Mosaic," another spy novel from Bourne author Robert Ludlum. Variety announces that Ron Howard will direct the movie, with a script being written by David Self (The Haunting, Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition, The Wolf Man). Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, who has produced almost every single Ron Howard movie to date, will produce The Parsifal Mosaic. Coming off of Angels & Demons, Howard is also attached to direct The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, The Originals, The Emperor's Children, and other projects. "The Parsifal Mosaic", published in 1982, is an espionage thriller about CIA agent Michael Havelock. At the beginning of the novel he believes he has just witnessed the execution of his partner and the love of his life, Jenna Karas, who had been marked for execution because she had been proved to be a »

- Alex Billington

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Blu-Ray Round Up, July 22, 2009: ‘12 Monkeys,’ ‘The Unborn’

22 July 2009 6:54 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It has been a very busy July at and a few high profile titles have slipped through the cracks of our Blu-Ray coverage. We can’t leave any HD stone unturned, so we wanted to play catch-up and make sure you know about these releases via the legendary Blu-Ray Round-Up column. Horror movies, comedies, and a modern sci-fi classic from Terry Gilliam - there’s something for everyone in July’s Blu-Ray selection.

“Grumpy Old Men” and “The Unborn” were released on July 7th, 2009.

“The Haunting in Connecticutt” was released on July 14th, 2009.

“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” was released on July 21st, 2009.

“12 Monkeys” will be released on July 28th, 2009.

“12 Monkeys”

Photo credit: Universal Synopsis: “Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to save the human race from a deadly virus that has forced mankind into dank underground communities in the future. Along his travels, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Peter Cornwell Spooks Us with The Haunting in Connecticut

14 July 2009 6:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The director of the new horror film talks about the new DVD, working with Kyle Gallner and future Haunting projects

When Peter Cornwell made his first short film, Ward 13, there was buzz all over Hollywood and that kind of buzz naturally leads to bigger and better projects. The critically-acclaimed short lead to his feature directorial debut with this year's horror film The Haunting in Connecticut, which was just released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 14. I had the chance to speak with the director over the phone about his first feature film, and here's what he had to say.

So you received some attention for your short film, Ward 13, so I was kind of curious how you came aboard this project and if you had heard of this story or had seen the TV documentary before you came aboard?

Peter Cornwell: Well, yeah, Ward 13 got me »

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Madsen's invention

6 July 2009 6:16 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Virginia Madsen's career never took off quite the way many thought it would after her Oscar-nominated performance in Sideways, even though she's had some prime roles in films like The Number 23? The Haunting In Conneticut? Yikes. Hopefully the folks behind the upcoming indie comedy Father Of Invention will put her obvious talents to good use. The Trent Cooper-directed film stars Kevin Spacey as a once humble inventor who scores big and turns into an egomaniacal billionaire who loses it all »

- Daniel Barna

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Exclusive: The Look of Terminator Salvation with Martin Laing

14 May 2009 6:05 PM, PDT | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

Production Designer Martin Laing has worked with James Cameron on True Lies, Titanic and Ghosts of the Abyss and has served on films like The Haunting, City of Ember and the upcoming Clash of the Titans. Terminator Salvation, with its bleak view of the future, is easily his most ambitious project to date. On the eve of the film's worldwide rollout, he sits down exclusively with Rt to take us through concept art for the film and explain his approach... "Our Terminator world is quite different from the films you've seen before. In the same way that Warner Bros. took »

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Peter Cornwell: The Hollywood Interview with the Director of The Haunting In Connecticut

27 March 2009 9:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Director Peter Cornwell during the production of his stop-motion short Ward 13, above, photo by Glenn Watson)

By Terry Keefe

(Exclusive to The Hollywood Interview. The director of The Haunting in Connecticut sits down with us to talk about the making of his first feature, as well as the creation of his rollicking and hilarious stop-motion short, Ward 13.)

Ward 13, director Peter Cornwell’s 2003 micro-budgeted stop motion short film, is easily one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. The 14-minute film introduces us to the plight of Ben, a heavily-bandaged man who wakes up in a true hospital from hell, and spends most of the rest of the story attempting to escape from evil doctors who seem intent on performing experiments of mutation upon him. The set pieces are marvels of action-comedy, with enough escalating stakes, pitfalls, and pay-offs to rival the best of vintage Spielberg. Mixed throughout »

- The Hollywood

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Monsters vs. John Cena vs. Cindy Sherman

24 March 2009 3:11 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

A barrage of quality indie fare this week compliments a couple of seriously intriguing docs as well as some less than stellar genre fare as the blockbuster season of summer quietly inches ever closer.

Download this in audio form (MP3: 7:51 minutes, 10.8 Mb)

"12 Rounds"

It's something of an irony that Renny Harlin, the man who made grown men cry with the abominable "Die Hard 2," should scratch out a paycheck at the helm of this derivative WWE Studios thriller with a plot that borrows so heavily from the infinitely superior "Die Hard With a Vengeance." Sporting the customary condom-full-of-bowling-balls physique, WWE grappler John Cena stars as New Orleans detective Danny Fisher, the target of much ham-fisted ire from international terrorist Miles Jackson (Aidan Gillen), who blames Fisher for the death of his girlfriend. With his own girlfriend Molly (Ashley Scott) now held hostage by Jackson, Fisher becomes the pawn »

- Neil Pedley

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Exclusive: Investigating The Haunting In Connecticut—Part One

19 March 2009 12:52 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Some houses carry memories, and as Fango is ushered onto the set of Lionsgate’s long-anticipated, fact-based ghost story The Haunting In Connecticut (opening March 27), it’s clear that this house is one of them. The scene today is an intense exchange between actors Virginia Madsen (returning to the horror genre over a decade after Candyman and The Prophecy) and Kyle Gallner (recently seen in Red) as mother and son, in the aftermath of a paranormal visitation.

Wooden chairs are piled from floor to ceiling in an unnatural configuration, the way a building destroyed by a tornado takes on an unrecognizable, abstract shape. Hidden behind this mound of furniture is the retreating body of teenaged Matt Campbell (Gallner), sweating, shivering and grasping onto a wall marred with bloody scratches. His mother Sara (Madsen) approaches him with a mix of trepidation and concern, as unnerved by the sight of her hysterical son as we are. »

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Three 'Haunting in Connecticut' TV Spots

2 March 2009 3:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

I'm still blown away by The Haunting In Connecticut, which hits theaters March 27. Not only does the film look insanely creepy, but it also stars the awesome Virginia Madsen (The Haunting, Candyman), who had found a way to avoid us horror fans for nearly a decade.Beyond the break you can check out three new TV Spots for the film that's based on a true story (shyeah, right). Directed by Peter Cornwell, the film also stars Tim Metcalfe, Elias Koteas, Martin Donovan, Kyle Gallner. The film charts one family's terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. »

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Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us, Part 3

26 February 2009 2:51 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Disclaimer: This article may contain sarcasm; irony and “LOLs” proceed with caution.

The Final Chapter (read Part 2 here)! We have Howard the Duck, Freejack and Shyamalan flicks on the list; these are never good signs. Nonetheless we are bringing it all to you in full-color and in 3-D. (Ed. Note: Due to the economy, 3-D has been dropped and will be replaced by Smell-o-vision — check for your scratch and sniff cards in about 4-6 weeks.) Best Sound went to rage-zombie veterans Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, leaving Mark Weingarten who worked on Rejuvenatrix in the dust. The Sound Editing section contains one too many references to Ron Silver, and at least two references to a Roger Corman film.

The visual effects category pulled on our heartstrings this year due to the loss of Stan Winston, who was noted en memoriam along with other heroes, Vampira, Leonard Rosenman and Charles H. Schneer »

- Heather Buckley

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