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There’s not a more overwrought and overused genre trope as the found footage format, at least in terms of direct to DVD movies, with many film makers using the format in place of having a decent story. Which means – at least for me – the sub-genre has become something of a nadir when it comes to horror.
However once in a while the format can be used to great effect, and this year there have been some stellar entries in the found-footage genre, be it in the cinema or on DVD: The Den, Willow Creek, Across the River, The Cellar and Black Water Vampire.
And now you can add Aussie horror There’s Something in the Pilliga to the list.
Australia has something of a tradition of producing some great exploitation movies, many of which »
- Phil Wheat
By Brandon Engel
George A. Romero didn’t invent the concept of zombies. They’ve had a spot in Haitian folklore for years (as explored in older films like White Zombie  and more contemporary films like Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow ). There was also the French World War I reactionary J’Accuse (1919) by Abel Gance, which featured actual footage from the battleground. Some horror enthusiasts might even argue that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P Lovecraft’s story Herbert West: Re-Animator were also significant early entries in the zombie canon.
What Romero can be credited with, however, as the recent documentary Birth of the Living Dead examines, is the mainstream popularity of zombies. It all began when he made the film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It features a group of wayward strangers who’ve found themselves stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Technical difficulties tend to intertwine with my work every once and awhile. One of those times is when I had a phone interview with director Michael Bartlett. Bartlett is coming into St. Louis to promote his latest film, Treehouse. I didn’t realize until a few hours prior to the interview that Bartlett was the co-director of The Zombie Diaries and Zombie Diaries 2. Prior to calling Bartlett, I did some research – as I usually do – and got my questions ready. Typically, when I do interviews, I try to be more conversational than just ask questions. It seems to flow better for both myself and the subject of the interview. I’m also always interested in what got said subject into creating something in the genre as well as their background with the genre.
After I prepped “guideline” questions, I called Bartlett and proceeded to have about an hour long conversation with him. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Yesterday, we gave you a look at the cover art for the third issue of Deadly Magazine and we’re back with multiple preview pages, including a tease of our tribute to the work of Wes Craven. Issue #3 features an exclusive interview with Robert Englund and our spotlight on some of Craven’s more obscure titles, including Shocker and The People Under the Stairs.
Deadly Magazine #3 also puts a spotlight on the Batman TV series’ recent Blu-ray & DVD release, with comments from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. For those following the Batman comic book series, we catch up with Scott Snyder, who teases the return of The Joker.
Heather Wixson’s retrospective series continues with Demon Knight and we also have features for The Blair Witch Project, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans, and more. We encourage Daily Dead readers check out the Deadly Magazine site and support us by »
- Jonathan James
Elegant and elliptical, Josephine Decker's psychodrama is a blurring of the line between waking and dream states. In Butter on the Latch, the first of her two 70-minute films opening at Ifp Media Center, two women (Isolde Chae-Lawrence and Sarah Small, who improvised their dialogue) have their friendship tested during a Balkan festival/retreat near Mendocino, California. There's something in the woods, and it would appear to know more about them than they do about it: the past traumas that draw them together, the small conflicts that may drive them apart. The abrupt movement and shallow focus of Ashley Connor's arresting cinematography affords us only the most claustrophobic view of their affairs, like an avant-garde reimagining of The Blair Witch Project. »
Deadly Magazine issue #3 includes a look at the Batman TV series making its way to Blu-ray & DVD, with comments from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the new release. For those following the Batman comic book series, we catch up with Scott Snyder, who teases the return of The Joker.
This issue is also dedicated to the work of Wes Craven, with an exclusive interview with Robert Englund and our spotlight on some of Craven’s more obscure titles, including Shocker and The People Under the Stairs. Heather Wixson’s retrospective series continues with Demon Knight and we also have features for The Blair Witch Project, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans, and more. Be on the »
- Jonathan James
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Bates Motel's third season is luring in a new face: Joshua Leonard. He may be new to the hit A&E series, but he's no stranger to the genre. He landed on our map with The Blair Witch Project and, this year, we saw him co-starring in The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Per TVLine, Leonard "will play the recurring role of James Finnigan, a community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards."
The post A ‘Blair Witch’ Vet Is Joining Bates Motel Season 3 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Described by the film’s writer/director Fabien Delage as “The Blair Witch Project meets The Descent,” Cold Ground is certainly being held to high standards. Take a look at some early footage from this upcoming French frightener. With Delage at the… Continue Reading →
The post Get a Sneak Peek at Nightmarish Creatures from French Film Cold Ground appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Scott Hallam
Over 15 years ago, they entered the woods with a camera and returned with footage that would leave an indelible mark on independent filmmaking. To commemorate the anniversary of Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s influential found footage horror movie, The Blair Witch Project, Lionsgate has provided us with two Digital HD copies of the film to give away to Daily Dead readers.
“Relive the horror classic! The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.”
Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Digital HD copy of The Blair Witch Project.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Blair Witch Project Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 10th. This »
- Derek Anderson
In a pre-American Film Market move, Fortissimo Films has hired Berencie Fugard, Studiocanal’s former head of acquisitions, as senior VP of acquisitions following over a year of working as a consultant to the company.
Fugard started her career at Portobello Pictures and spent nine years at Pathe Distribution Ltd. before departing the company as its head of acquisitions in 2006. During her tenure, she handled “The Blair Witch Project,” “Resident Evil” and “Crash.”
Fugard then worked as VP of acquisitions and co-productions for Paramount Vantage before moving to Studiocanal, where she led acquisitions of “Searching for Sugar Man,” “Rush” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.”
Fugard will be working between Fortissimo’s offices in Amsterdam and France.
Fortissimo’s slate at Afm includes “Accused,” “Atlantic,” “Foodies,” “Last Summer” and “Ned Rifle.”
- Dave McNary
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978’s Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter’s four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings on the set of his Big Trouble In Little China. Carpenter, 67, chain smokes as we revisit the films that made his career — starting with Halloween, a film originally titled The Babysitter Murders that the hungry young director took after making his debut with 1974 sci-fier Dark Star and honing his chops with 1976’s Assault On Precinct 13.
Carpenter speaks candidly of his successes and failures, and of the health issues that required emergency eye surgery in recent years »
- Jen Yamato
Full disclosure: I’ve only seen The Blair Witch Project once, and that was when it was first released. The film scared the living hell out of me, and though it would probably do nothing to me these days, a full 15-years later, I still haven’t had the nerve to revisit it. Well, a lot of people have revisited it, and it remains a horror classic, and Lionsgate wants to give one lucky reader a free digital copy of the found footage classic! The folks at Lionsgate have created a horror app devoted to their horror roster, so check it out and by all means, enter the contest to win!
Relive the horror classic! The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods, but quickly becomes an excursion into heart-stopping terror.
Or dive into a new horror »
- Jerry Smith
Exists is a Bigfoot movie. Or if you prefer a Sasquatch movie. Or maybe we can go with Hairy Bill (one of the Bigfoot nicknames in the great state of Texas where the film was shot and the story takes place). Which one is politically correct Enquiring beasts want to know Eduardo Sanchez of The Blair Witch Project fame is treading some similar territory with his new horror film. Weve got found footage a heavily wooded area which gets our characters semilost and several very exciting and scary sequences (though none of it can top The Blair Witch Project). »
Lionsgate and Digital Media Management have teamed up to create a unique interactive adventure on Tumblr to promote “Exists,” a found-footage creature feature from director Eduardo Sanchez (“The Blair Witch Project”). The experience allows users to interact with the movie's characters and determine which direction the story takes by giving them different scenarios and choices at each turn, making it challenging for users to find their way to safety. Each choice includes a piece of rebloggable content — such as GIFs, videos and images — enabling fans to share their chosen path with their own followers, further promoting the film's content »
- Jeff Sneider
Relive the horror classic The Blair Witch Project follows a trio of filmmakers on what should have been a simple walk in the woods but quickly becomes an excursion into heartstopping terror. Or dive into a new horror experience from the director of The Blair Witch Project comes Exists for five friends it was a chance for a summer getaway a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. »
With Halloween almost upon us, here are ten fantastic minimalist poster paying tribute to some of our favorite horror movies. The question is, can you guess what movies they all belong too? The poster art comes from HalloweenCostumes.com, where they have computer wallpapers, phone backgrounds, and 11 x 17 sized pdfs for you to print these out at home if you want. I've included the answers at the very bottom.
The Ring »
- Joey Paur
Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth.
Years later, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…
To celebrate Grave Halloween (pictured above) being released on DVD on 27th October, we’ve decided to explore other iconic woodland horror films.
The Blair Witch Project follows three »
- Phil Wheat
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