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Alfred Hitchcock shocked audiences in 1960 with his black and white classic Psycho when he decided to kill of leading lady Janet Leigh in the first 45 minutes. Her death scene was considered brutal and almost pornographic in the standards of that day, but Hitchcock didn’t care. He wanted to scare and take you by surprise. Since then, many films have successfully utilized this technique of opening their films with murder and here some that had me hooked.
Definitely one of the most famous scenes in horror story, the original 1978 classic opens with a Pov scene of a mysterious voyeur. We watch through his eyes as two teenagers make out while he grabs a huge knife and mask, waits for the boyfriend to leave and makes his way upstairs. He finds the girl in just her underwear, combing her hair unaware that she’s about to be stabbed to death. »
- Jovy Skol
Way back in 2011, news arrived that "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Final Destination" producer John Rickard set up an adaptation of quarter-eating arcade game "Rampage" at New Line. And that was the last anybody heard about it, because really, who is asking for a "Rampage" movie? Well, apparently Hollywood is, because they've just got a big star attached. Dwayne Johnson is now flexing his muscles for the project, with the live-action movie looking to shoot next summer. Ryan Engle ("Non-Stop") is writing the script, and while it's not certain how the game will be turned into a narrative, you may have forgotten that in the video game, the gorilla, lizard, and werewolf are actually the result of an experiment gone wrong on three humans, George, Lizzie, and Ralph. The more you know... Read More: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson To Star In Remake Of 'Big Trouble In Little China' No word yet either. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Producer Warren Zide (Final Destination) has confirmed he will produce Shrader House, as a drama genre feature film with famed Columbia/Sony hip hop recording artist, writer-producer Gerald ‘Bam’ Whaley.
Originally the project was set to be a TV series with teleplay notes, on key plots to enhance the script, being given by producer Ed Burns, however after much deliberation by Warren Zide, it has been decided that Shrader House should be a feature film with a potential international theatrical release.
The film is set in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, and shadows young Troy Daniels as he is being released, on probation, from a New York juvenile correctional facility to live in a corrupt group home called Shrader House. Troy is forced to battle between »
- Gary Collinson
Final Destination creator and Tamara writer Jeffrey Reddick was the guest on last week’s Movie Crypt, the ever popular, often revealing podcast hosted by Hatchet’s Adam Green and Everly’s Joe Lynch. Midst the two hour talk (typical length for the show), Reddick touched on his original draft of Final Destination, its differences with what we…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Shrader House is moving forward as a feature film, with Warren Zide (Final Destination) signed on to produce with Columbia/Sony hip hop recording artist, writer-producer Gerald “Bam” Whaley, and The Wire‘s Andre Royo attached to star. Shrader House was initially planned as a TV series in 2013, but it underwent a re-write after Zide determined it should be developed into a feature film. The drama genre feature is now in pre-production, moving full steam ahead and actively… »
It marks is the fourth time Krakow has selected a guest country and will include a special screening of Giedrė Žickytė’s How We Played The Revolution, produced by Dagne Vildziunaite, one of Screen’s Future Leaders in Cannes last month.
Vildziunaite also has the latest film by Žickytė, Master And Tatjana, screening in the festival’s International Documentary Competition.
She will also be participating with such colleagues as the Lithuanian Film Centre’s chief Rolandas Kvietkauskas, filmmaker Audrius Stonys and broadcaster Izolda Keidosiute of Lrt in a conference during the festival to discuss the various strategies adopted by the documentary community in her country .
Other films shown in the “Focus on Lithuania” will include Linas Mikuta’s Dinner, Rimantas Gruodis’ Lucky Year, and Ričardas »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t scream. We'll see if Samuel L. Jackson can avoid the slimy grasp of the galaxy's most feared gelatinous alien, as it's been revealed that the veteran actor will star in Goldcrest Films' remake of 1958's The Blob.
According to ScreenDaily, Jackson will star in The Blob remake as "a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth." The film begins shooting this fall with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) in the director's chair.
Linking the upcoming remake to the original, Jack Harris, the producer of 1958's The Blob, will be one of the executive producers of the remake. Also producing the project are Richard Saperstein (Se7en, The Mist) and Brian Witten (Final Destination, 2009's Friday the 13th), both of whom have been behind strong horror genre offerings from the last two decades. They »
- Derek Anderson
It has been said that John Hughes perfected the teenage experience with films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, but the teen films that followed the Hughes empire added a tougher bite to the idyllic suburban upbringing. Between the success of Clueless and the seeming “end” of modern teen films with Mean Girls’, teen films were crafted by throwing convention and controversy to the wind. 24-year-old critic/writer/director Charlie Lyne is a man after my own heart. Thanks to the wonderful world of Netflix, I was able to catch his documentary Beyond Clueless, a film that uses the narrative of late 90s/00s teen films to analyze the high school experience. There are plenty of “coming-of-age” documentaries that sample from the world of John Hughes but Beyond Clueless gives an analysis of the teen world of the pre and post Columbine inhabitants with the assistance of over 200 teen »
- BJ Colangelo
One-year-old Broad Green Pictures has appointed veteran marketing-distribution executive Dylan Wiley as president of specialty releasing.
Broad Green, founded by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has focused on adult-oriented dramas with an upcoming slate including “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield; “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford; Sarah Silverman’s “I Smile Back”; and three Terrence Malick films — “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and an untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
Wiley, a former exec at Entertainment One and New Line, has been working at Broad Green since November and will manage all aspects of the release of eight to 12 specialty titles annually — including platform and multi-window patterns. The specialty film slate will be primarily focused on acquisitions and co-productions, although Broad Green noted that it’s also in development on its own projects and will begin production on those in the coming months.
- Dave McNary
A Morgan figure from McFarlane Toys, the new trailer for JeruZalem, the Indiegogo campaign for Wild Boar, and a petition to help save the Monroeville Mall bridge from George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead are all featured in our latest round-up.
The Walking Dead's Morgan Box Set (slated for an October release): "Suffering from the loss of his son at the hands of his wife-turned-walker, Morgan Jones began to lose touch with his humanity. As seen in the Season 3 episode, ‘Clear,’ Morgan devises intricate and complicated traps to shield himself from both Walkers and Humans alike. Time and experience gives Morgan a new sense of clarity as he sets out to find Rick Grimes. This box set is priced at $32.99.
Deluxe Box Features:
• Features a blood-splattered 'Survivor Edition' verion of Morgan Jones
• Figure includes an Assault Rifle, Walking Stick, Backpack, and 22 Points of articulation
• Set includes bloodied »
- Derek Anderson
No two horror fans are alike, and our differing tastes is a large part of why horror remains such a successful genre. Fear is universal, but what exactly inspires that fear varies from person to person. Over on Halloween Love, journalist John Squires tagged me in a “10 Random Horror Questions” survey that’s been circulating on YouTube. Getting to know a writer can help you determine who’s opinion you most align with when looking for film recommendations. I challenge the rest of the Icons crew to do the same.
1. What was the first horror movie you remember watching?
My mother has always loved horror movies. My dad was the type of person that loved to scare other people, but hated being scared. This meant that my mom would often watch horror alone, until they had me. Thinking that I would just be too young to remember, my mom would »
- BJ Colangelo
Exclusive: Craig Perry and Shiela Taylor, the duo behind the Final Destination and American Pie franchises, have set their next film. Action thriller Entry Level will be directed by Franck Khalfoun (Amityville: The Awakening), with an eye on a fall production start. Perry and Taylor of Practical Pictures will produce alongside Tom Butterfield. Casting is underway. Benjamin Hurley wrote the script for Entry Level, which centers on a young man who mysteriously awakens in a… »
Traveling is a bitch. Seats are getting smaller, prices are getting higher and waits are getting longer. You hustle to the airport, trudge through security, and spend hours in an overcrowded terminal with nothing but hundreds of grumpy travelers and overpriced food before cramming yourself in a metal tube with nothing but hundreds of grumpy travelers and overpriced food. There is, however, a saving grace: Glorious inflight entertainment. Nothing makes the time pass on an interminable flight like a few good movies, but there are some films you should never watch on a plane no matter how bored you get. I travel pretty regularly for this job, and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that the whole ordeal goes a lot better when we make an effort to be considerate to the people around us. This takes a lot of forms - don't get shitfaced wasted, no manspreading, only one bag in the overhead, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Candy Jar Books has released the cover for Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee due to be released in June.McIntee has written novels for Star Trek, Final Destination and Space: 1999 and over fifteen books and audio dramas for Doctor Who since 1993, including the Brigadier-centric novel, The Face of the Enemy. So, what is The Schizoid...
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- Christian Cawley
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of those rare actresses who can take on anything – whether it’s geek fare like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Final Destination” or small, serious indie dramas like “Smashed.” She’s the very definition of versatile. With another critically acclaimed role in Chris Messina’s directorial debut, “Alex of Venice” (out today in theaters and VOD), Winstead sat down with toofab’s Brian Particelli to talk about why she loves going back and forth between big budget films and indies and the frustrations that come from the latter. toofab: You’re on an indie roll right now, what draws you to these kinds of films? Mary: Its just the bigger films tend to be male driven. It’s kind of hard to find like an interesting complex female role in those worlds. Not to say they aren’t great movies, but from time to »
- tooFab Staff
Gordon Fleming's asbestos removal crew were infected by it in 2001's Session 9, Lance Preston and his ghost investigation team faced it in 2011's Grave Encounters, and soon a group of teenagers will also become immersed in the creepy, haunting, and ultimately mind-bending atmosphere of an abandoned asylum in Marcus Nispel's Exeter (formerly known as Backmask). Featured in our latest round-up, the next film from the director of the Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes has been acquired for U.S. distribution and given a release date. Also included in this go-around is the poster for The Diabolical, a new horror film starring Ali Larter, as well as a look at Super7 and Secret Base's Green Slime Alien soft vinyl figure, going on sale this Friday.
- Derek Anderson
"There are daggers in men's smiles." With its macabre ending and high body count, William Shakespeare's Macbeth is far from a happy play, so it can be considered a bad omen to find one of its quotes written in the condensation on your car's windshield. But unfortunately for Christine, that's exactly what she discovers one frantic night in Something Wicked, a horror film that hits DVD on March 17th from Arc Entertainment and features a cast that includes Brittany Murphy in her final film performance. We've been provided with an exclusive clip from Something Wicked in which a night swim turns sinister.
"Inspired by true events, a young couple seeks to re-build their lives after a disastrous car crash that kills her parents. But secrets from their past threated to disrupt their budding relationship. Christine (Shantel VanSanten) is stalked by a creepy, masked stranger, while James (John Robinson) experiences »
- Derek Anderson
Jeffrey Reddick originally intended the spec screenplay for Final Destination to be an episode of The X-Files. This makes complete sense. The movie’s preoccupation with fatalism, psychic premonition and the unexplainable fits perfectly with the famous television series’ “spook story of the week” modus operandi. It wouldn’t be hard to slip Fox Mulder and Dana…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
*Editor’s Note: We sent Icons of Fright’s buddy Tim Chizmar (writer, Hell Comes To Hollywood II, comedian, all around nice dude who smiles a lot) and Anthony Ray Bench to sit down and chat a bit with Tony Todd regarding his role in the newly available (out on DVD/Bluray via Dark Sky Films) and Awesome (review) film VANish, and what Tim and Anthony came back with was one fun read that we thought you fright fanatics would enjoy! Read on! -Jerry
Most fans know Tony Todd as a horror icon who has spent decades helping to create some of our worst nightmares. From The Candyman franchise that skyrocketed Tony Todd to the pantheon of legendary slashers, to his role as William Bludworth in a majority of the Final Destination films, his recognizable voice, intimidating build, and acting talents have provided him with an extensive body of work. »
- Jerry Smith
Good day, horror fans. Wondering about new releases that might get your spine tingling? You might want to look somewhere beyond David Gelb.s supernatural thriller Lazarus Effect, which has earned all the critical acclaim of a stubbed toe. Hitting VOD is Chad Archibald and Matt Wiele.s Ejecta, but that one isn.t exactly doing any better as far as audience responses go. In smaller news, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.s zombified drama Maggie now has a release date of May 8. And speaking of Chad Archibald, his next flick The Drownsman is getting a May 12 DVD and Blu-ray release. Finally, Final Destination screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick will make his directorial debut with the intriguing-sounding thriller The Final Reel, which is about a director whose movies can change reality. And now, Rick and Coral.s Wild Ride. This Walking Deceased Trailer Spoofs.Well, You Know With the rare exceptions like »
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