20 items from 2011
The Question of the Month has a simple premise: each month I'll ask a handful of the genre's top authors to answer the same question and then I'll publish their responses exactly as I receive them. In these posts you'll discover how today's best horror authors think, giving you insight into where their darkest tales come from. These responses are listed here in the order they were received. This month's question is: If you had to recommend just one horror novel for everyone to read, what would it be and why? Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Why? Because it's not only the scariest novel I've ever read, it's also a "literary" novel, so it can demonstrate to »
To celebrate ITV Studios Home Entertainment’s fantastic Christmas DVD box set collection, including classics such as Prime Suspect, Jeeves & Wooster, Darling Buds of May and The Catherine Cookson Collection, we’ve taken a look at stars past and present – unearthing some modern-day stars with very humble beginnings on the little square box that sits in the corner of the living room…
Although Catherine Zeta Jones began acting in her local theatre, she found her breakthrough role in playing Mariette Larkin in The Darling Buds of May at the tender age of 22. Jones has seen gone on to become a Hollywood A-lister, married to A List resident Michael Douglas and acting with someone of the biggest film stars including Sean Connery, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Liam Neeson, Tom Hanks, and Billy Crystal, in such films as The Mask of Zorro, America’s Sweethearts, The Haunting, Intolerable Cruelty and Chicago, »
by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
The Haunting begins with a macabre introduction to the tragic tale of Hill House and through the opening narration, the audience learns that the site of Hill House has seen many tragedies over it’s 80 years, leaving some to think it haunted.
Adapted from the excellent novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, the film tells the story of a group of people who come to spend a few nights in an eerie old mansion in hopes of capturing paranormal activity.
Led by the ever-optimistic Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), the team consists of Luke (Russ Tambyln) the house’s sceptic heir willing to sell it for money, sarcastic psychic Theodora (Claire Bloom) and the main lead Eleanor Lance (Julie Harris) who seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown for many reasons.
Having been left to take care of her recently »
Forget all the collapsing staircases, revolving rooms, daft CGI and haunted hair-dos. You barely need to show anything to make a truly petrifying ghost movie
I bet I'm not the only horror fan who is fed up with watching people tied to chairs and tortured, or couples terrorised by home invaders, or characters dying in grisly ways you can't see properly because their camcorder got dropped on its side. Horror films, which don't require stars or lavish spectacle, remain one of the cheapest and easiest routes for first-timers to break into movie-making, but I wish more of them would realise there are creatures even cheaper and easier than zombies. Ghosts!
Perhaps it's wishful thinking on my part, but there seem to have been a few more things going bump in the night lately. For a while, it was Hispanic film-makers carrying the torch with films such as The Others, The Devil's Backbone and The Orphanage. »
- Anne Billson
Claire Bloom, Julie Harris, The Haunting The Movies’ Top Ten Scream Queens 10 – Mary Philbin, The Phantom of the Opera (1925). Okay, so this is a silent film; in other words, Universal star Mary Philbin's screaming was all in my head. But it worked. Lon Chaney at his most grotesque had the title role; Norman Kerry was Philbin's dashing leading man. Rupert Julian directed. 9 – Patricia Owens, The Fly (1958). Wouldn't you also scream if you saw a fly named Andre — who happens to be your husband, no less — coming straight at you? David Hedison plays the unlucky Andre, a scientist who exchanges his head with that of a buzzing fly. Kurt Neumann directed the 1958 The Fly, which, though less pretentious, I find more disturbing than the 1986 David Cronenberg remake starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. 8 – Denise Cheshire, Jaws (1975). Few people know the name of the soon-to-be shark-breakfast swimming woman in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, »
- Andre Soares
Of all the available outlets for classic movies, TCM leads the (admittedly small) pack in variety, invention and print quality.
Still not nearly as widely available as it should be (try finding it on hotel televisions), the brand has nevertheless firmly carved an essential niche in the cable/satellite movie landscape, allowing owner Time Warner to maximize its vast library of vintage movies culled from numerous studio sources. In fact, Time Warner owns more titles than any other entity, and lately has been forthcoming with clever marketing ideas like the Warner Archive on-demand dvd service, which has been thankfully adopted by MGM, Sony, Fox and Universal. There are more titles available to the general public than ever before, often in pristine condition.
But to love a film you have to see it, and to see it you have to know it exists. »
The Tuesday before Halloween is bound to have a lot of genre titles. There are some good ones too like Attack the Block, Blue Underground releases Fulci in High-Definition with Zombie and The House by the Cemetery, also Criterion releases The Island of Lost Souls on DVD & Blu-Ray and the most talked about film of last year, A Serbian Film finally hits the shelves. Read below, if you dare, for all your DVD and Blu-Ray releases for this week and if you plan on purchasing any films through Amazon, click on the buttons provided as they help us out with paying the bills around here.
Animal Attack Two Pack (Maneaters Are Loose/ Shark Kill)
Two savage and rare TV movies in the 1970s “Animal Attack” genre that have rarely been seen since their initial release, now back in print and together at last on DVD.
Buy the DVD @ Amazon. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Spoiler Alert If You Haven’T Watched American Horror Story!
By now many of you watched the first episode of FX’s new shock-a-palooza and have many questions. (Be sure to check out my colleague Jeff Jensen’s recap.) Who is Rubber Man? What the hell is in that basement? How fabulous is Jessica Lange? Thankfully, co-creator Ryan Murphy, who conceived the show alongside Brad Falchuk, talked to EW exclusively about the wild first hour and what’s in store for next week’s episode.
Entertainment Weekly: This is the complete opposite of Glee. Did you and Brad want to »
- Tim Stack
When I first watched the pilot for American Horror Story one week ago, I found myself possessed by an unsettling demon: Indecision. Did I love it? Did I hate it? The birth of bloody brilliance… or the crowning of something rank? Part of my agitation had to do with the frantic, feverish sensory experience crafted by Ryan Murphy, who co-created the show with his Glee collaborator Brad Falchuk. The pilot left me wrung out by its battery of shock images and strung out from its jittery editing schemes. The show’s not scary – it’s punishing. Which, actually, might be the point, »
- Jeff Jensen
HollywoodNews.com: 2011 Hollywood Film Festival Honors “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Lubezki, Mirrione, and Murakami
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Editor Stephen Mirrione, Production Designer James Murakami and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar will be honored at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that Academy Award nominated cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki will be honored with the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award,” Oscar-winning editor Stephen Mirrione will be presented with the “Hollywood Editor Award,” Academy Award-nominated production designer James Murakami will receive the “Hollywood Production Designer Award,” and Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 24, 2011.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, »
- Josh Abraham
FX has been creating quite a buzz with its slew of promotional spots for the chilling upcoming series "American Horror Story." You know the ones I'm talking about, with the creepy looking pregnant thing in the latex suit, the presumably dead looking baby doll (or baby?) and the mysterious arms playing cello on people's bellies. Intrigued word of mouth has definitely been circulating, and in just a few short weeks we'll get a chance to engorge ourselves with what looks to be a veritable feast for the eyes.
"American Horror Story" follows a great tradition of normal, unsuspecting families being thrust into a full-fledged war with the supernatural. The show's creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, best known for bringing smash-hit "Glee" to Fox and (in a darker and more disturbed vein) "Nip/Tuck" to FX, drew inspiration from standout films like Rosemary's Baby and Don't Look Now, but there »
- Doctor Gash
My DVD collection contains some oddities, to say the least. I have stuff ranging from all of the seasons of Due South to the most complete collection of Snoopy cartoons I can amalgamate given current releases (which is pretty darn shockingly complete, if I may say so myself). So it’s honestly not a surprise to find some strange or obscure movies in there.
I recently ordered a copy of the movie Groupie and watched it over the weekend. I’m going to have to admit that the main reason that I bought the movie is because it’s got Hal Ozsan in it. Since he is one of the actors I currently really dig, it was kind of a no brainer when I realized that it would be released on June 14th and it was relatively inexpensive.
I’m also going to admit that I’m pretty easily entertained. »
Horror maestro Tim Sullivan shares with doorQ.com his thoughts on his new Chillerama movie, the I Was A Teenage Werebear short, the Rising Star award for Sean Paul Lockhart (Brent Corrigan) and the best in Queer Fear. -Dqm
With 4th of July fireworks still bursting in the air, how fitting that this week also marks the arrival of Q Fest, Philadelphia’s premiere Lgbt film festival. Having just played San Francisco and Denver to great success, I Was a Teenage Werebear will screen this Friday, July 8th in the City of Freedom.
The response to Teenage Werebear and its playfully subversive message of tolerance and “Room For All” has been quite heartening and encouraging not only for me, but for my Chillerama partners in crime, Adam Green, Joe Lynch and Adam Rifkin. The goal was to make something that particularly spoke to gay audiences, but at the same time »
- The DoorQus Maximus
By now you've heard the remarkable tale of Joel Courtney, the 15-year-old star of J.J. Abrams' coming-of-age sci-fi thriller "Super 8." He went to L.A. hoping to land a commercial and earn $100 and walked away with the lead role of Joe Lamb in Abrams and Steven Spielberg's much-buzzed-about collaboration.
One would imagine Courtney was feeling the pressure of working with two of Hollywood's most celebrated directors and knowing the film's long-term success would rest not on its alien mystery, but his performance.
"There was a bit of pressure, but I talked to the other guys on set a lot -- the other actors -- and I put a lot of it on them," Courtney says. "I talked to them a lot and they were really good friends. Also working with J.J., that was pretty nerve-wrecking for the first week, but then I got to know him and »
Director James Wan is most notorious for co-creating the now-legendary slasher franchise Saw with his writing partner/actor Leigh Whannell. Instead of going onto direct that first film's sequel, the Australian duo instead decided to do something very few breakout horror mavens ever attempt in their entire career. They jumped genres to co-write and direct the supernatural murder mystery Dead Silence, which was soon followed by the suspenseful revenge flick Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon.
This Friday, James Wan and Leigh Whannell return to their true horror roots with their first ever haunted house thriller Insidious, which is drawing swift comparisons to Poltergeist and The Exorcist. Insidious stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as a married couple who come to believe their house is haunted after their son falls into a deep coma. »
Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.
But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.
So farewell fight fans and remember, »
- Heather Buckley
The final touches are currently being put on new Irish feature film 'The Pier'. The feature from Black Equus Productions shot in and around Cork and stars Primetime Emmy nominee, Lili Taylor (High Fidelity, The Haunting), Karl Johnston (The Illusionist) and Gerard Hurley (The Pride). The feature was shot in small Cork towns including Goleen and Schull in June 2010 and is currently in post production with editor, Frank Reid (One Hundred Mornings) at his own studio. »
In a special feature running all this week, Alex Williams counts down his Essential Actor / Director Partnerships...
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Rushmore (1998) [co-wrote but not featured]
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
As well as working for a director on screen, some actors contribute in other ways. Owen Wilson first met Wes Anderson when they were both studying at the University of Texas. They quickly began working together and the result was 1996's Bottle Rocket, which was an expansion on a short film they had made a couple of years earlier.
Revolving around a cast of misfits, Dignan (Owen Wilson), Anthony (Luke Wilson) and Bob (Bob Musgrave) plan the robbery of a cold storage building's safe. With Dignan plotting their robbery as a glorious, overblown heist of the century, the film builds towards its inevitable outcome with a soft affection for its bewildered protagonists. Dignan »
I started a spreadsheet this year to track all of the movies I watch. This includes just watching a movie out of the blue, at a screening, for DVD/Blu-ray review, etc. I've never done this before, but I've been wondering recently just how many movies I actually watch each year. So far, after 15 days I've watched 20 movies in 2011. In honesty, the number shocked me at first, but the more I thought about it I really don't think a day goes by that I don't watch a movie.
A movie usually serves as my night cap once the day is done and I'm ready to call it quits. I may not finish it that night, but by the end of the next day it's done. So the fact I've already seen five more movies in 2011 than there have been days isn't as surprising as it may seem. After all, it is my job. »
- Brad Brevet
Since the middle of the last decade, writer/director Paul Weitz (“American Pie,” “About a Boy”) has been scrambling to adapt Nick Flynn’s bestselling memoir “Another Bullsh*t Night In Suck City.” After two unfortunate misfires (“American Dreams,” “The Vampire’s Assistant”) it looked like all might be lost for Weitz and his pet project.
Then along comes something called “Little Fockers,” and if ever there was such a thing as a “Get out of jail free!” card for directors, that is it. During promotion for the blockbuster comedy, Weitz said he was hoping to cast that film’s Robert De Niro, and now word has been confirmed that the Raging Bull will indeed co-star in the pic along with “There Will Be Blood’s” Paul Dano.
According to The Wrap, the movie (now referred to by the more marquee-friendly title “Another Night In Suck City”) will feature Dano »
- Max Evry
20 items from 2011
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