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Take two of why I wanted to write about Bigfoot: Bigfoot has an uncommon amount of myth malleability.
This is related, of course, to his unknowability; the strokes of his mythology are broad and vague, so he can be made and molded to slip into essentially any story vaguely set neat a forest. There are very few parameters that must be set and even fewer rules that must be abided by or addressed in order for that character to work successfully in a piece of art. Certainly, as before, many monsters can be said to exhibit aspects of this elasticity, but again Bigfoot finds his unknowability to be crucial to his difference and uniqueness. Bigfoot exists essentially without context. His being is not defined, and as such he exhibits no strong predilection or resistance to changes. An empty vessel never overflows when water is placed inside, and it has no reaction to substances it holds. »
One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
It takes a lot these days to create a movie thriller that is somewhat original and fresh. There are so many well-worn set-ups that every so often, we need something slightly unusual to shake the genre up a bit. That may be what we have to look forward to with The Reach, which made an appearance at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is now sealing a $2 million deal for the Us distribution rights.
The film stars Michael Douglas as Madec – a high-profile corporate lawyer whose intimidating skill in the courtroom is matched by his cold precision as a hunter. Obtaining a rare permit to spend seven days hunting big game in the Mojave Desert, Madec hires the quiet, conservative young Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as a guide, but finds his retreat takes a turn for the darker when he accidentally shoots an innocent man and realizes Ben won’t be helping him cover it up. »
- Sarah Myles
Never ones to disappoint, Rock and Shock has just announced the second wave of guests who will be appearing at this year's horror/metal convention. In this round of celebs some new faces are named as well as some Rock and Shock favorites.
Among the newest guests announced are Victoria Price, daughter of the iconic Vincent Price, who will be hosting a special presentation on her father's life. WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper will be making his triumphant return to Worecester. They'll be joined by Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Tiffany Shepis, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter.
- Scott Hallam
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who turned teenaged Linda Blair into a possessed demon in The Exorcist and made special dentures to give Marlon Brando jowls in The Godfather, has died following a long illness. He was 92, USA Today reports.
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We're sad to report that Dick Smith, the indescribably talented makeup artist behind some classic movies, has died at the age of 92. Even if you aren't familiar with his name, you'll have almost certainly seen his work: for one thing, he was responsible for Marlon Brando's seamless aged makeup in The Godfather - the artificial jowls making Brando so unrecognisable that he could sit and eat in a restaurant without being recognised.
That film earned Smith the nickname "the Godfather of makeup", but it was but one film in a long and illustrious career. He created the horrifying effects for Taxi Driver's conclusion. He made F Murray Abraham look suitably decrepit and malicious for the opening and closing scenes in Milos Forman's Amadeus. Smith's most extensive and technically »
Yes, Rock & Shock, the legendary Worcester, Mass., horror and metal festival, is still four months away, but organizers have released a tiny taste of what festival-goers can expect this October 17-19. Read on to learn what celebrity guests and musical acts are already lined up for the show.
Rock and Shock is not only Doctor Gash's favorite weekend of the year, but it's one of the coolest and most intimate festivals one can attend. And the first wave of celebrities should have everyone marking their calendars and making plans to head to Worcester this October.
Brad Dourif, who's done everything from voicing Chucky in the Child's Play series to Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and "Deadwood" just to name a few, will be making a rare festival appearance. Additionally , Dourif's daughter, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, "True Blood") will be appearing as well.
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- Scott Hallam
In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, Paul Kim and his team of Image Locations associates scour Los Angeles to find beautiful and exotic homes and mansions to serve as locations for movie shoots and weddings or simply as get-away pads for the rich and famous. It can't be easy for Kim and company, dealing with extremely demanding clients with very particular tastes, but the hardest part of their job has to be finding just the right location for a major movie. After all, what's a good scene without an equally compelling setting? The best locations in movies are often remembered as vividly as the actors who appeared in them, transcending beyond simple structures to become characters unto themselves. Mark your calendar or set an alert for July 9th to watch the premiere of Mansion Hunters and then check out our list of the Hollywood Movie Mansion we love the most. »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Thomas J. Churchill's ambitious new zombie/period feature Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead has scored itself some distribution, and we have all of your details right here. Read on for the latest on this zombie-filled opus.
From the Press Release
Writer/director Thomas J. Churchill's (Syfy's Monster Man, Emerging Past) 1957 styled zombie film Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead tells the story of the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is scheduled for a July 2014 summer release through Origin Releasing.
Established in late 2012, Origin's team of executives have over 100 years of experience in distribution, production and acquisitions for disc distribution, VOD, television and theatrical. “We are very excited to be working with Thomas and his team at Church Hill Productions and look forward to being a part of the distribution of his films,” stated Brian Jaynes, COO at Origin.
"The film will be available everywhere, »
- Uncle Creepy
There are so many sub-genres in horror. The vampire movie, zombie apocalypses, torture porn. But there's nothing more classic and purely fright-inducing than the things that go bump in the night. To celebrate this week's release of The Invoking, we bring you our Top 13 Favorite Haunted House Movies.
Is anything creepier than when your own house turns against you? You can (theoretically) get away from zombies, vamps, slashers and werewolves. But when your own home sweet home is the enemy… it's tough to recover from that.
We have some great Honorable Mentions to start off with. Fantastic director James Wan really seems to have a knack for the haunted house movie as he has one entry on the list itself and also gets a nod for Insidious, a creative look at the inner, an outer, workings of a haunted house. A Haunting in Connecticut was impressive as, in addition to the actual haunting going on, »
- Scott Hallam
Indie writer and director Thomas J. Churchill tipped us off today that his 1950's period zombie feature Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead has secured July 2014 distribution via Origin Releasing, as well as providing us some exclusive stills from the flick.
"The film will be available everywhere, including but not limited to Redbox and all wholesale stores such as WalMart, BestBuy etc., and will also be available on all major cable and satellite providers for VOD, including Netflix, iTunes etc.," stated Churchill of Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead.
Produced by Churchill and David M. Parks with cinematography by Wolfgang Meyer, 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 the receipt of a rather suspicious insurance claim. In the process he learns that all twelve had recently been fired »
- Sean Decker
Director: Jean-Baptiste Leonetti
Writer: Stephen Susco
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s directorial debut was the stylistic dystopian film Carre Blanc, which reflected a world as a Kafkaesque caste system. While it played at Sitges and Toronto, the film never received a Us release, but it was enough to get Leonetti a high profile English language gig starring Michael Douglas. Even more exciting is the fact that this based on a young adult novel by Robb White, the screenwriter that penned a host of William Castle films (of which The Tingler and Homicidal are definitely worth a look, while more popular titles like 13 Ghosts and House on Haunted Hill have recently been remade). All around, it’s an arresting combination and we can’t wait to see what the offbeat Leonetti has in store for us. »
- Nicholas Bell
To preface this article, I’d like to openly acknowledge the fact that there isn’t a single “great” film on this list. Furthermore, given the concept of this piece, it’s safe to say that you’re not going to read about any significantly original films either.
The whole remake thing kind of blew those hopes out of the water. That said, we’re going to eye 10 remakes/reboots/reimaginings that were forced through the meat grinder upon arrival, despite the fact that they didn’t entirely deserve such brutish treatment.
Believe it or not, there are a few remakes out there worth watching. The horror world would have you believe that not a single film on this list qualifies, but I’m here – battling valiantly – to prove the voices of many wrong. Dig in for a closer look at some remakes that, while not monumental, still offer some redeeming qualities. »
- Matt Molgaard
Spooky is sometimes just a matter of perspective – as you'll see when this sculpted chandelier is switched on, casting long shadows of twisted, thorny tree branches on every wall.
Based on the drawings of naturalist Ernst Haeckel, “Forms in Nature” by artists Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz can transform just about any room into a darkly inviting enchanted forest. But some of us – especially youngsters with rampant imaginations – might fear what shadowy presence might be lurking behind those magical trees at night.
A close-up look at the piece itself reveals a more fluid, fractal shape, which may also call to mind the swirling, formless demon from the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill... again, not something everyone would want to close their eyes to.
You can see more images of this enchanting creation at the art & design site Demilked and the artists' official blog, and be sure to check out the video below. »
- Gregory Burkart
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