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In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics alike — a box office smash, a cultural touchstone, a freakin’ Best Picture nominee. Not only at the MTV Movie Awards, but also at the Oscars!
How did a simple, potentially gimmicky ghost story capture our hearts and minds so fully? Easy: because despite the shadow hindsight casts upon it, The Sixth Sense is a great movie. Its brief 107-minute run »
- Hillary Busis
Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 schedule that jam packed with things to do, people to see, and screams to be had! Read on for all of the latest, and if you're gonna be in attendance... consider us officially jealous!
From the Press Release
Just when fans didn't think Texas Frightmare Weekend could get any more epic... it does - in a huge way! America's largest horror convention is proud to announce several new free film screenings, guests, and events to take place at Dallas, Texas' Dfw Hyatt Regency this May 2, 3, and 4 - cementing Tfw's reputation as the biggest and best gathering of horror fandom in the USA!
In addition to our numerous previously-announced free screenings, Tfw is also proud to host the World Premiere of Billy Pon's Circus of the Dead and the North American Premiere of the Japanese splatter anthology Zombie TV - from Maelie Makuno, »
- Steve Barton
The stunning and talented Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning author of several novels and short stories, and she is also a college professor. The writer took some time out of her schedule to talk about her writing and horror.
Your work is often categorized as fantasy or science fiction. Yet there are definite elements of horror - chaotic landscapes, death, destruction, monsters. Can you talk about how your work crosses those boundaries?
There are some stories I tell that are horrific. When I’m writing these stories or these parts of stories, I’m fully aware of the fact that I’ve crossed into horror. It’s necessary. There’s a story in my short story collection Kabu Kabu called “The Black Stain.” When I was writing it, I knew the moment where it happened and I remember pausing and shivering and thinking, “This is just…evil.” Then I kept writing. »
- Nancy Greene
"It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."
Released 35 years ago this week (on April 12, 1979), George Miller's film about a near-future cop who turns vigilante when a biker gang kills his partner and his family, made an international star out of Gibson, made Miller an A-list director, and helped put the new wave of Australian cinema on the world map. It also launched a franchise that continues to this day; next year, Miller will finally release the long-gestating "Mad Max: Fury Road," with Tom Hardy taking over as Max.
While the original »
- Gary Susman
Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.
Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »
We already told you that George A. Romero will be appearing at Texas Frightmare Weekend, but we have one more exciting piece of new for fans of Dawn of the Dead. The Alamo Drafthouse is teaming up with Texas Frightmare Weekend for a rare screening of the 1978 zombie classic, with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, David Emge, and Scott Reiniger in attendance.
“Texas Frightmare Weekend is teaming up with The Alamo Drafthouse Dallas to screen five classic Frightmare-themed films during the week leading up to this year’s jam-packed 2014 weekend… culminating with a star-studded screening of George Romero’s zombie opus Dawn Of The Dead the night before Frightmare begins!
In 1968, George A. Romero created what would go on to be the modern zombie genre as we know it with Night of the Living Dead. Ten years later, he redefined it with what is widely considered as the zenith of »
- Jonathan James
Not a huge confession here: the "horror / sci-fi" combo is my favorite type of movie. From the top of the heap (aka Alien) to the lowest rung on the ladder (pick one of the Resident Evil sequels), if it combines those two most fantastical of genres into one story, that's a film I want to see. Another obvious confession: in recent years I've grown rather fond of the "found footage" style of horror filmmaking.
So obviously a new indie film that tosses horror, science fiction, and found footage into a blender is bound to keep me entertained for 71 minutes, right? Wrong. The blandly titled (and plainly inaccurate) Alien Abduction is virtually worthless. "Virtually," because this tiresome piece of Diy nonsense could probably work as an academic tool; you could call the lecture "How not to make a found footage film."
Alien Abduction is about a very bland family that goes »
- Scott Weinberg
Sam Claflin, fresh off the success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is starring as the lead in a brand new flick from Hammer Horror, The Quiet Ones. He spoke to HeyUGuys about his career so far, how it was to be behind the camera for a change, and how much it takes to scare him…
Is there something that drew you to play Brian in The Quiet Ones?
Yeah, I mean the character himself is very similar to my understanding, and a part of me wanted to experience and play someone quite close to home, if you know what I mean. The fact that he’s a non-believer at the beginning of the film and the supernatural, but as he kind of goes along this hellish journey, he gets more involved, more curious, to the point where there’s something about him that’s drawn to it more and »
- Gary Green
Let’s be honest here. Out of 10 “found footage” type films, you’re lucky if two or three are actually enjoyable. Why the characters in said sub-genre always seems to have to document Everything might have worked early on, when the style was created, by 2014, we’ve seen so many variations of it, that the films really have to think outside of the box to really resonate. My good friend Natty and I decided to each choose a few of the Pov style films that we actually Do enjoy, and tell you wonderful readers what they are and why we dig them. So, read on!
I know most of you will instantly debate whether or not Matt Reeves’ monster tearing shit up in New York film Cloverfield can be classified as a horror film, I will just say this: this is my article, so there. Cloverfield is not »
- Jerry Smith
I don’t find myself crying in agony over having to miss conventions much, but judging from the lineup to this year’s Texas Frightmare,…yeah, I’m bummed. Boasting everything from a Terminator/Terminator 2 reunion, A Night Of The Demons reunion, the West Memphis 3‘s Jason Baldwin, a full blown Blair Witch Project reunion and Dr. f’n Giggles himself, Larry Drake! (I’m an unabashed Dr Giggles fanatic). Making the con even more appealing, is the fact that one of most unique bands around these days, Ghost, is doing a special performance at the con. Seriously, if you’re in the Texas area…get the hell over there from May 2-4, and send me some pics, Please! For more info/tickets, read the press release below!
“Texas Frightmare Weekend returns to Dallas, Texas’ Dfw Hyatt Regency this May 2, 3, and 4 for more scares than ever – featuring one of the »
- Jerry Smith
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
If you’ve never listened to horror radio, I wouldn’t blame ya. Most old radio shows are hokey, musty relics of forgotten times, only chilling to housewives in 1942. But there are exceptions, recordings from long ago with strange powers that have only grown over the passing decades. If you can look past the sometimes-dated presentation and put yourself in the right mindset, the best horror radio is like listening to the distant cries of ancient ghosts. Collected below are my ten favorite old-timey radio horror broadcasts. Turn off the lights and listen! [You can hear each episode by clicking on the title.] 1) Suspense: "Ghost Hunt" Forget The Blair Witch Project; this episode of Suspense marks the real beginning of found-footage horror. Recorded way back in 1949, the story is told through audiotapes “discovered” after wacky radio disc jockey Smiley Smith goes mad in a haunted house. Smiley starts off treating his visit like a goofy radio stunt, but before long, »
- Stephen Johnson
Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 poster, created in cooperation with Mondo, America’s finest purveyors of cinematic artwork. Tfw’s 2014 poster celebrates two of this year’s festival’s biggest draws...
...the Hellraiser series and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, masterfully combined by iconic horror artist Gary Pullin. A very limited number of only 100 posters will be printed for this year’s convention, making them the show’s hottest collectors item. Available only at the show itself, quantities will be limited to two per customer.
From the Press Release
Texas Frightmare Weekend is back for blood May 2nd through the 4th, offering up more celebrity guests, more vendors, and the continuation of its wildly popular free film screenings to all Tfw passholders! Continuing last year’s partnership, Texas Frightmare Weekend is monstrously proud to re-team with IFC Midnight and present a gruesome twosome of »
- Steve Barton
Lionsgate’s “Divergent” has broken the $100 million mark at the domestic box office in its 14th day of release.
The post-apocalyptic teen romance grossed $1.484 million Thursday for a domestic total of $101 million.
Lionsgate said “Divergent” is the 12th film in its history (including predecessor companies) to hit the $100 million mark, including the five “Twilight” films, the two “Hunger Games films,” “Now You See Me,” “The Expendables,” “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and “The Blair Witch Project.”
The first “Twilight” film reached $100 million in eight days, comparatively, and went on to earn $192.8 million at the domestic box office.
- Dave McNary
The found footage style movie has been well abused in the last decade but as with any style or genre of filmmaking, it's not without high points. The Blair Witch project still stands as the juggernaugt, followed a close second by Cloverfield and some might argue Chronicle (though the only thing I really love about that movie is the concept and the fact that it marked the arrival of the very talented Dane DeHaan) and now we can add a third (or fourth, depending on where you fall) title to the list of stand out titles: Afflicted.
Written, directed and starring the duo of Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Afflicted begins as a travelogue of two friends taking a yearlong trip around the world and documenting it for their friends and family at home. The trip kicks [Continued ...] »
Almost 15 years since "The Blair Witch Project" pretended to document an ill-fated journey into the woods, its impact is felt more deeply than ever. The found footage horror genre technically pre-dated the digital filmmaking boom by nearly two decades (with 1980's "Cannibal Holocaust") but the age of user-generated footage, when everyone with a smartphone has one trigger finger ready to hit record, has made the device too ubiquitous for its own good. The all-too-easy visceral jolt known as the jump scare populates countless tales of hapless protagonists making dumb decisions that usually culminate in their doom (and also crops up in countless YouTube pranks). At best, the economical storytelling device catches viewers off-guard by sneaking shock value into an innocuous storytelling device; at worst, it's a lazy fallback used to rejuvenate formulaic narrative. But "Afflicted" is moderately better than that. An uneven but effectively unnerving found footage horror entry opening this. »
- Eric Kohn
Whether you’re new to Tap, or have seen them in concert (like me), it’s hard to argue with free, and the Yeah! App from AMC Networks is offering This is Spinal Tap – The Special Features Version for free through April 11th.
Far more than just a ‘Pop Up Video’ version of films, the Yeah! App gives you a completely unique experience, and none of the films is packed with more awesome than This is Spinal Tap, which not only pulls in hundreds of cool notes, but gives you some incredible insights from a variety of legendary rockers… and Jack Black.
Check out the full details below, and make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this truly special viewing experience.
- Marc Eastman
*As always, these From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series reviews will feature quite a few spoilers, so you’ve been warned*
As if the last two episodes weren’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series begins to heat up even more with the Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S/2)-helmed third episode, “Mistress“. Introducing more characters, giving us even more backstories to the characters already established, and setting things up for one epic season ahead of us. Read on!
When the last episode, “Blood Runs Thick” left off, The Gecko brothers were looking for a place to lay low, until their middle man Carlos (who’s secretly a vampire) could arrange a meeting point, where the geckos would be safe, and rich. Richie had taken a hostage with them (Samantha Esteban, Harsh Times), shows us viewers (and »
- Jerry Smith
The Movie News: Pablo Larrain will direct the remake of Scarface for Universal. The Grudge is getting a reboot. Eduardo Sanchez tells us that it's up to Lionsgate to remake The Blair Witch Project, but that he'd love to do it if it happened. And the director of Super Troopers wants to direct a new Cheech & Chong. Also, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is also getting a sequel. Barbershop 3 is happening. Chris Evans would like to retire from acting and start directing, if only his Marvel contracts would let him. Depending on who you believe, Indiana Jones will be getting recast soon. America's first 4D theater is opening in Los Angeles this summer. And this fall, Magic Mike 2 is going to start filming. The Geek Stuff: Discussion topics: Who...
- Peter Hall
With a jam-packed lineup of stars, this year's Texas Frightmare Weekend was already looking to be a must-attend event, and the convention has just gotten a big time upgrade in the form of a partnership with IFC Midnight.
Read on for all the details, which are sure to have you planning a trip to rattlesnake country!
From the Press Release
Texas Frightmare Weekend is back for blood May 2nd through the 4th, offering up more celebrity guests, more vendors, and the continuation of its wildly popular free film screenings to all Tfw passholders! Continuing last year’s partnership, Texas Frightmare Weekend is monstrously proud to re-team with IFC Midnight and present a gruesome twosome of new horror films from two specialists in the genre!
- John Squires
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