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It's been awhile since we've updated you on Thomas J. Churchill's ambitious new zombie/period feature Lazarus, but all good things come to those who wait, and today we have the exclusive debut of the film's official poster.
Churchill told us that the film is finishing up post-production now, and the producers have begun negotiating with several distributors for a mid-2014 release so stay tuned! In the interim visit the official Lazarus website and "like" Lazarus on Facebook.
1957 - Hollywood, CA. A telegram arrives at the office of George A. Lazarus (Ray Capuana), an insurance investigator, to investigate a suspicious claim that was just put in by Deadly Sin Cigarette Company. Lazarus begins to schedule routine interviews with the twelve employees that are named on this claim. He learns that they all had just gotten fired for being sick at the job but never makes it back to the office. »
- Sean Decker
A behind-the-scenes video showing off Rob Zombie’s Halloween attraction, Great American Nightmare, has been released. In the video, he discusses the scares he has in store for unsuspecting attendees of the new haunted attraction that opens its doors for the first time this evening.
This bone-chilling experience combines the most advanced Haunted House technology featured in three Terrifying attractions. Is Not for young children, people who scare or get offended easily. These haunts will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, that will make one scream with fright and laughter.
- Tamika Jones
It has long been a known fact that Hollywood’s well of ideas has run dry. The box office success of countless retreads, remakes, reboots and updates (whatever you want to label them) only serves to condemn the movie-going public as accomplices in this crime of imagination. Yet for every rule there is an exception and, while some would be reluctant to admit it, Hollywood has indeed produced some remakes worthy of their original’s legacy. This list counts down the top five horror remakes that achieved the impossible: they did not suck…
5. Dark Water (2005)
Directed by Walter Salles
Written by Rafael Yglesias
American filmmakers are obsessed with remaking foreign films in their own image (it’s like they’re afraid we’ll fall asleep from having to actually read subtitles). In the case of Japanese Horror Cinema the American versions tend to eschew the quiet tense dread that is »
- Andrew Perez
TCM devotes Thursday nights in October to Vincent Price, the versatile actor whose career lasted more than five decades and extended far beyond the horror films for which he was best known.
And on Oct. 23 and Oct. 31, Price’s talents in the horror genre are on full display in 17 films, just in time for Halloween.
Thursday, Oct. 3
8 p.m. – The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
10 p.m. – Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Midnight – The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)
2:30 a.m. – The Three Musketeers (1948)
5:15 a.m. – The Bribe (1949)
7 a.m. – The Long Night (1947)
Thursday, Oct. 10
8 p.m. – The Baron of Arizona (1950)
9:45 p.m. – His Kind of Woman (1951)
Midnight – The Las Vegas Story (1952)
1:30 a.m. – Dangerous Mission (1954)
3 a.m. – Son of Sinbad (1955)
4:45 a.m. – Serenade (1956)
- Michelle McCue
AMC has announced that The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere will officially kick off Fearfest. The annual horror event will run for 19 days and includes dozens of films playing on AMC, along with a number of online activities:
“New York – October 2, 2013 – AMC announces the launch of its annual AMC Fearfest, the biggest annual horror and thriller movie marathon of the Halloween season, starting Sunday, October 13. The 19-day virtual film festival, kicking off with the season four premiere of “The Walking Dead,” celebrates the best in contemporary and classic horror genre films, including the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist and the 30th anniversary of Cujo. AMC Fearfest features 19 days of continuous scare-themed programming, including classic film franchises such as Halloween, The Omen, Alien, Friday the 13th and Tremors, and 10 AMC premieres including A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Amityville Horror. In addition to the on-air festivities, AMC Fearfest will feature daily »
- Jonathan James
Brittany Snow stars in a horror flick that's essentially Saw meets House on Haunted Hill in premise alone. Also starring the incredibly sexy Sasha Grey (there's a reason she gets paid to schtoup on-camera), Jeffrey Combs (a horror icon I never cared about) and Eddie Steeples (My Name Is Earl), the film is about a group of people on hard times who are given a potential way out through a lethal dinner involving moral and desperate decisions.
- Robert Ottone
Halloween is just a couple months away now, which means we're pretty damn close to the time when those Halloween superstores will once again be popping up in a town near you. That also means you'd better start thinking about who/what you're going to be this year, whether you're going out trick or treating (you're never too old) or kicking back at a friend's house and pounding pumpkin beer. Thankfully, Trick or Treat Studios is here to help! Created by Chris Zephro in 2009, Trick or Treat Studios rose to prominence last year with the release of their officially licensed Michael Myers mask, at long last a quality Myers mask that was made available for a fraction of the cost similar masks had for years been selling for from indepedent mask makers. Zephro and sculptor Justin Mabry's attention to detail paid off, and the Myers mask instantly became not only a fan favorite, »
- John Squires
Ghosted interview with Joshua Williamson- How do you steal a ghost from a haunted house? That’s the basic idea behind Ghosted, a new ongoing comic book series from Skybound. I had a chance to talk with series creator/writer Joshua Williamson about his love of haunted houses, where the story is headed, and the possibility of a Ghosted movie:
What were your inspirations for Ghosted? It reminds me of a mix of House on Haunted Hill and Ocean’s 11.
Joshua Williamson: Yeah, you nailed it. I’m obsessed with haunted houses, so I will watch or read anything related to it. Even though House on Haunted Hill is cheesier, it’s more my style. For a long time, I’ve been thinking about doing something on a haunted house. The Shining and Psycho are my two favorite movies, and I really wanted to do something like that. The stories »
- Jonathan James
When a master of the haunted horror attraction decides the old Darrode house is the perfect setting for his latest fright fest he unwittingly awakens the spirit of a demented woman hell bent on creating a massive body count. If you can get past the fact that this one holds a tremendous amount of similarities to William Malones House on Haunted Hill you can probably find some value in it. Its a goofy little production that uses the haunted horror attraction in a reallife horrific house setup and to be completely blunt it never even makes an attempt to distance itself from similar efforts. Not even a little bit. Theres not so much as a shred of originality to take in here. But somehow something about this FrightFest feature works. »
The word “remake” has become a dirty term in most cinematic circles as it so often indicates a fundamental lack of creativity or, at the very least, a studio’s craven need to make money repeatedly from the same audience. The thinking is that, if you liked it once, you’ll probably like it again. However, there are few things less terrifying than being fully aware exactly where and when a person plans to jump out and scream “Boo!”, so it’s not that surprising that most horror movie remakes fail to connect creatively with audiences. But the operative word in that previous sentence is “most.” There actually are some undeniably great take-twos or even threes in the horror genre, almost always the product of filmmakers – such as David Cronenberg, Matt Reeves, or Zach Snyder – who were willing to reinterpret a work and make it their own, instead of just blandly recycling the original concept. »
- Brian Tallerico
Did you know that Christopher Lee and Vincent Price share the same birthday? Vincent Price would have been 102 years old today, and I have a list of his films you should check out, along with an embedded version of House on Haunted Hill that you can watch for free.
While many remember Vincent Price for Edward Scissorhands, The Fly, and the Corman-produced Poe adaptations, there are plenty of lesser-known classics. For those of you haven’t seen The Last Man on Earth, I highly suggest watching it. You’ll notice how similar it is to the modern zombie story and looks like it served as inspiration for George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Here are some other Price films that you may want to check out:
- Jonathan James
Filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill provided us an exclusive first look at the new trailer, behind-the-scenes video, and stills for his upcoming and ambitious zombie/period feature Lazarus last night, and we think you should have a look at the film's sexy, 1950’s goodness.
Set in 1957 Hollywood, writer/director Churchill’s Lazarus revolves around the character of George Lazarus (Ray Capuana), an insurance investigator who schedules routine interviews with twelve employees of the Deadly Sin Cigarette Company upon receipt of a rather suspicious insurance claim. In the process he learns that all twelve had recently been fired for being sick at the job, and then subsequently and without a trace, he disappears. Two weeks later, with Lazarus now a missing person, his heart-sick fiancée, Bethany Loomis (Natalie Victoria), along with Chip (Kevin Franklin), undertakes the task of finding him. By retracing his steps, she learns that what was initially regarded as »
- Sean Decker
Battling the throngs of Sunday worshippers who’d clogged Los Angeles’ concrete arteries for Hollywood Bowl’s Easter Mass, we made our way to Tarzana, CA, where filmmaker Churchill had set up shop at Waggin’ Tails Lounge, a dog grooming facility owned by his cousin, Kathie Fiorillo. Shooting day twelve of thirteen on the Canon 5D, Churchill was prepping a scene which would feature the re-animation of the dead, and while it may be poised to enter the already bloated sub-genre of independent zombie cinema, readers, do please take note: Lazarus seems to be hell-bent on offering an entirely fresh take.
- Sean Decker
It has been said countless times before, but you are unlikely to find a director with as impressive a back-catalogue as Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Over thirty years on from the iconic filmmaker’s death in 1980 and he and his features are still the subject of unabashed fascination. Strangers on a Train, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho and The Birds, being but a small selection of the films that are still continuously shown on television and in independent cinemas on a regular basis.
It’s rare to meet a filmmaker who does not cite Alfred Hitchcock as a creative influence. The director’s fusion of classic glamour and cool with unexpected thrills and genre-bending narrative twists, set him far above many of his contemporaries – serving as an inspiration to countless filmmakers, from Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma to David Fincher and supposedly M. Night Shyamalan »
- Andrew McArthur
AMC is currently rerunning the first and second seasons of The Walking Dead in black and white each Thursday night. For a fanbase that is growing tired of the channel over marketing the show and trying to ring every possible ounce of viewership it can I’m sure many are turned off by this “gimmick”. Of course the comic book is in black and white which is where AMC got the idea, or excuse, to cheaply bring new interest in airings of older episodes. Anyone willing to go beyond the commerciality of B&W Walking Dead could be in for a real treat however because the show is better without color.
Color and film has had a long and interesting history. Silent cinema died almost an immediate death with the advent of sound. It’s not hard to understand why as, although there were numerous fantastic works during the silent era, »
- Matthew Younker
David Guy Levy's wonderfully twisted thriller Would You Rather (review here) is now in select theaters and available on VOD. With his Clue, Saw and House on Haunted Hill mash-up, Levy has conjured up an unforgettable and often uncomfortable affair.
Dread Central recently chatted with Levy about his indie project and heard more on how he got involved with this sick and twisted (albeit entertaining) game of Would You Rather with screenwriter Steffen Schlachtenhaufen, why Jeffrey Combs would be the best game show host ever, their plans for a potential sequel and much more.
Dread Central: Congrats on making one of the more uncomfortable movies I've had to sit through in a while- which I mean as a compliment of course (laughs).
David Guy Levy: Thanks! That's what we were aiming for so I'm glad to hear the movie worked for you (laughs).
Dread Central: Can you talk »
Last Halloween we premiered the track "The Corpse Grinders" the third installment in Monsters of Drumstep, an annual Ep series from electro-house sensation Figure, and that one went on to place on our Best Horror Albums of 2012 list. We eventually caught up to Figure creator Josh Gard after he completed the European leg of his world tour to talk about his fascination for monsters and all things horror & sci-fi, and how he integrates those loves into his roof-raising brand of electronic dance music. So Josh, how did the European leg of your tour go? It was great over there! It's my third time overseas,but this time was the best run by far. I had some awesome food and had three days in London to run around... didn't find Jack the Ripper, though. [laughs] It looks like you were packing the house at those gigs. Yeah! I was very pleased the »
- Gregory Burkart
It never helps when a half-decent indie horror film is saddled with a title that's confusing, generic, or vague. There is an endless amount of solid (or at least decent) horror indies to be found on Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix -- so one could be forgiven for confusing "Truth or Dare" with "Truth or Die" or for mistaking "Would You Rather" with "Did You Know" or perhaps "Spin the Bottle." (How has there not been a horror film called "Spin the Bottle" yet??) Anyway, all of this is a hopefully amusing way to open a review with the opinion that, yes, the strange, savage, and appreciably dark Would You Rather is considerably more interesting than its (confusing/vague/generic) title may indicate.
The phrase "Would You Rather," as you probably know, is a reference to a game teenagers play. ("Would you rather kiss Janie or.... lick a dog's food bowl? »
- Scott Weinberg
When Famke Janssen slips into the hotel room of the Four Season in Beverly Hills, she doesn't look like she has aged a day since I first met her over 15 years ago at the Lord of Illusions premiere party in New York City.
At the time, I was just some film student who had snuck into a Hollywood bash. Janssen, on the other hand, was poised to become kind of a big deal. Although the Clive Barker film she starred in, alongside Scott Bakula, didn't quite take off, Goldeneye - which opened a few months later in '95 - certainly did. Now, here she is, promoting Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and she still looks incredible - one of those actresses you suspect bathes in the blood of virgins to look so damn good.
The fun and games take a twisted turn in David Guy Levy's horror thriller 'Would You Rather'. IFC Midnight have announced that they'll be releasing the flick onto Video on Demand from 8 February. Horror icon Jeffrey Combs ('Re-Animator', 'House on Haunted Hill') plays Lambrick, a host to a deadly and torturous game of one-upmanship, with the unlucky contestants being played by the likes of hottie Brittany Snow -below ('John Tucker Must Die', 'Prom Night') and ex-porn actress Sasha Grey. And just for the hell of it why not check out a light covering of Miss Snow below. »
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