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Weekend Box Office: “Happy Death Day” Celebrates Number One Debut

15 October 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The low-budget Universal horror flick Happy Death Day had a reason to celebrate this weekend at the North America box office. The horror/comedy pushed aside Blade Runner 2049 to claim the top spot while also leaving fellow new arrival The Foreigner in the dust.

The latest low-budget collaboration between Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, Happy Death Day earned $26.5 million from 3,149 screens. Reviews for the $4.8 million production were mostly on the positive side. Happy Death Day garnered a 64% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 57/100 from Metacritic. Ticket buyers gave the film a CinemaScore grade of “B,” which is above the normal “C” rating most flicks in this genre get. Not surprisingly, a sequel is already in the works.

One film that won’t be seeing a sequel anytime soon is Warner’s Blade Runner 2049. After underwhelming the box office one week ago with a $32 million debut, BR2049 began »

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The Old Dark House — 1932

14 October 2017 11:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It’s a genuine Universal horror classic that to my knowledge has never been available in a decent presentation — but The Cohen Group has come through with a nigh-perfect Blu-ray, both image and sound. Karloff is creepy, Gloria Stuart lovely and Ernest Thesiger is at his most delightfully fruity. And the potato lobby should be pleased, too.

The Old Dark House (1932)

Blu-ray

The Cohen Group

1932 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 72 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / 25.99

Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Rebecca Femm, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, John (actually Elspeth) Dudgeon, Brember Wills.

Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Film Editor: Clarence Kolster

Special Makeup: Jack Pierce

Written by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J. B. Priestley

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

Directed by James Whale

 

I suppose fans of horror films will forever hope that some pristine copy of the lost 1927 London After Midnight will someday appear. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Frankenstein Double Feature: Bride Of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein Oct. 20th at Washington University

9 October 2017 7:40 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“We belong…Dead!”

Please join Washington University’s Film and Media Studies and the Center for the Humanities as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with a free screening of Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Young Frankenstein (1974). The event takes place at Brown Hall, Room 100, Washington University in St. Louis Friday October 20th, 2017 at 7.00 pm. This is a Free event and there will be free popcorn and soda there as well. 

Two hundred years have passed since Mary Shelley, the British novelist and dramatist, published her novel Frankenstein. Since that moment, her creation has not only caused a big impact in the literary world, but also in cinema, an art that was not even alive when the monster was born. In celebration of Frankenstein’s upcoming birthday, Film and Media Studies and the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis is organizing a free »

- Tom Stockman

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Crypt of Curiosities: A Look Back at Universal’s Horror Films Featuring Rondo Hatton’s “The Creeper”

15 September 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the mid ’40s, the Universal Monsters were in a tough spot. Up until then, the ’40s had been a nonstop flow of sequels and one-offs, with an avalanche of Invisible Men, Draculas (Draculi?), and the odd Frozen Ghost here and there releasing at a steady clip. But this high release rate had made them stale, and by the time 1946 came around, the studio was in desperate need of a new, recognizable monster.

Enter Rondo Hatton. A journalist-turned-b-movie-bit-player, Hatton had been afflicted with acromegaly for most of his adult life, which enlarged his jaw and pronounced his forehead over the years. This distinctive appearance led to him being cast as nameless goons up until the ’40s, when he got his big, career-defining role as The Creeper.

Curiously, The Creeper’s first appearance wasn’t in a horror film at all. It was in The Pearl of Death (1944), one of the »

- Perry Ruhland

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7 Ways the Box Office Could Recover Before the End of the Year

7 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“It” is the much-anticipated and much-needed Stephen King adaptation. In addition to opening Friday with high box-office expectations, “It” also represents the fervent wish of every exhibitor that the dreadful summer of 2017 will recede like a bad dream.

Advance estimates suggest “It” could reach $70 million for its opening weekend. Anything over $62.5 million would top “Rush Hour,” the September record holder (in adjusted figures). Even if it did as little as $50 million, it should propel the weekend to a height it hasn’t seen in three months: More people would go to theaters than the same weekend in 2016.

Read More:It’s the Worst Labor Day Box Office Ever, as ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is #1 by Default

The year-to-date total for North America is just under $7.6 billion, about $500 million less than the 2016 post-Labor Day box office. However, there’s still four months left — a full third of the year — to make up the gap. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Universal Horror Nights Announces The Horrors of Blumhouse

29 August 2017 9:22 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Both Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood and Orlando are only a couple of weeks away from opening their doors, and they’re still announcing new additions to their events! Today they’ve revealed that both locations will be getting a hefty dose of… Continue Reading →

The post Universal Horror Nights Announces The Horrors of Blumhouse appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Jonathan Barkan

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The Noose Hangs High

26 August 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Even lesser Abbott & Costello movies are still comedy gravy to the avid fans of the fast-talking duo. Their first film deal away from Universal yields a so-so production graced with a string of their patented old-time comedy routines. And the transfer beats anything we’ve yet seen.

The Noose Hangs High

Blu-ray

ClassicFlix

1948 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 77 min. / Street Date August 15, 2017 / available through ClassicFlix / 24.99

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Joseph Calleia, Leon Errol, Cathy Downs, Mike Mazurki, Fritz Feld, Murray Leonard, Ellen Corby, Russell Hicks, James Flavin, Minerva Urecal, Fred Kelsey.

Cinematography: Charles Van Enger

Film Editor: Harry Reynolds

Assistant Director: Howard W. Koch

Original Music: Walter Schumann

Written by John Grant, Howard Harris from an earlier screenplay by Charles Grayson, Arthur T. Horman story by Julian Blaustein, Daniel Taradash, Bernard Feins

Produced and Directed by Charles Barton

A few famous movie comedy teams prospered with good will and parted with hugs, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Terror in a Texas Town

26 July 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

On paper it’s a western with everything — a major star, decent supporting players, a cult director and sideways references to the blacklisting years. But even with its ya-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it high noon showdown scene, Joseph H. Lewis’s last feature film is still a lower-tier United Artists effort. Sterling Hayden goes up against Sebastian Cabot and Nedrick Young, armed with a, with a . . . aw, you probably know already.

Terror in a Texas Town

Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video / 39.95

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Martin, Nedrick Young, Victor Millan, Frank Ferguson, Marilee Earle, Byron Foulger, Glenn Strange.

Cinematography: Ray Rennahan

Original Music: Gerald Fried

Written by Dalton Trumbo, fronted by Ben Perry

Produced by Frank N. Seltzer

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Auteurists in the early 1970s championed directors like Phil Karlson, Budd Boetticher and Anthony Mann. These stylists »

- Glenn Erickson

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Matt Reeves Says The Batman Might Be Inspired By Alfred Hitchcock

21 June 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Matt Reeves has a lot to live up to as director of The Batman. As well as helming the first solo movie for the iconic hero since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Reeves has also taken over from Ben Affleck, who fans were excited to see direct the film. Fortunately, it seems that he has a strong vision for what he wants to do with the character and has set himself some lofty inspirations to reach.

While talking with CNET to promote his latest movie, War of the Planet of the Apes, Reeves spoke about how he really wants to focus on a sense of perspective for the film, and how he’s being influenced by one of the greatest directors of all-time.

“For me, point of view is really important. I want to make sure you are experiencing something from the perspective of the main character in the story. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan – I like the idea of being immersed in that perspective.”

Invoking Hitchcock’s name is a bold move by Reeves, but the directors of Batman movies have always looked to classic cinema for inspiration. Tim Burton’s entries are a strange mix of film noir and old Universal horror movies, while Nolan’s love for James Bond and Michael Mann’s work can be seen throughout his series.

Still, this doesn’t mean that Reeves envisions The Batman as a thriller, like most of Hitchcock’s movies. Instead, he wants to employ Hitch’s use of perspective to ensure the audience can empathize with Batman.

“Movies for me are about empathy. The idea is to make you, the audience, feel what the character feels.”

If Reeves can evoke Hitchcock’s celebrated command of suspense and tone, and then combine it with a lot of emotion and a sympathetic portrayal of the Dark Knight, we should be in for a real treat with The Batman, which will hopefully arrive sooner rather than later. »

- Christian Bone

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Early Reviews Call ‘The Mummy’ Tom Cruise’s Worst Movie to Date

8 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Universal’s Dark Universe was always going to have an uphill battle to contend with.  Although its predecessor – the Universal Horror Movies of the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – was arguably the first of the cinematic universes that have recently come in vogue, it hasn’t been on the public’s radar for decades. And of all the places that it could have started from, The Mummy may very well prove to be the worst option available to them.  It’s never been one of the company’s heavy-hitters – like Dracula or Frankenstein – and everybody still fondly remembers that Brendan Frasier

Early Reviews Call ‘The MummyTom Cruise’s Worst Movie to Date »

- Brian Hadsell

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10 Best Movies to See in June: 'Wonder Woman,' Tupac Biopic and More

1 June 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Summer allegedly belongs to the blockbusters, but this June's offering up some spotty pickings in the franchise world, beyond the rise of a long-deserving female superhero and the remounting of a Universal horror landmark. So feel free to ditch Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, and Transformers: Dear God How Many Has It Been Now and give something a little off the beaten path a look. Like, maybe, a boundary-busting romcom, or a musical thrill ride forged from vinyl, or an enigmatic slow-burn horror oddity. Here's what you need to check »

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Universal unleashes the Classic Monsters with The Legacy Collection

8 May 2017 6:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As Universal Pictures prepares to launch its shared Monster universe with the upcoming release of The Mummy, the studio has opened the vault and unleashed the Classic Monsters with the release of the Legacy Collections, four Blu-ray box-sets for The Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man, which features 27 classic movies, 22 of which have never been released on Blu-ray before.

Here’s the full product details for these rather fantastic collections…

The Mummy Legacy Collection

The Mummy (1932)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy* (1955)

The Mummy’s Hand* (1940)

The Mummy’s Tomb* (1942)

The Mummy’s Ghost* (1944)

The Mummy’s Curse* ((1944)

Special Features

The Mummy Feature Commentary with Film Historian Paul Jensen

– Mummy Dearest Featurette

– He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce

Universal Horror (narrated by Kenneth Branagh)

– Unraveling the Legacy of the Mummy

The Frankenstein Legacy Collection

Frankenstein (1931)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Son of Frankenstein* (1939)

– Ghost of Frankenstein »

- Gary Collinson

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16 April 2017 3:45 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

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Woody is killed in a bloody gun ambush. Woody becomes president. Woody appears to tear a hole in the movie screen and “escapes” into the theater. »

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Director Bill Condon on the Changes He Made to Disney’s Classic, Deleted Scenes & More [Interview]

16 March 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down filmmaker Bill Condon to talk about his live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. We discussed the changes he made to the Disney classic, hiding Universal horror homages in his work, the film’s incredible production design, and a taste of the deleted scenes fans can expect […]

The post ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Director Bill Condon on the Changes He Made to Disney’s Classic, Deleted Scenes & More [Interview] appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Universal Sets Ryan Gosling's Neil Armstrong Biopic for Fall 2018 Debut

7 March 2017 10:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Universal is shooting for the moon.

The studio on Tuesday announced that its Neil Armstrong biopic will be titled First Man. The drama, which reteams La La Land director Damien Chazelle with Ryan Gosling, is set to land in theaters on Oct. 12, 2018.

First Man is currently the only studio movie slated to open on that date. It is sandwiched between two Warner Bros. titles — superhero pic Aquaman bows the weekend before and Jungle Book: Origins is scheduled for the weekend after. A Universal horror film is also set to bow the weekend after First Man.

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- Ashley Lee

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Giveaway – Win Tower of London starring Vincent Price

10 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Tower of London – out Dual Format 13th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

Having made their mark on American horror cinema with three colourful adaptations of Edgar Allan PoeThe Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum and Tales of TerrorVincent Price and director Roger Corman enjoyed a brief hiatus from the macabre author with Tower of London. Shot in black and white, the film was loosely based on the Universal horror picture of the same name as well as two Shakespeare plays: a dash of Macbeth and a dollop of Richard III.

Price plays Richard of Gloucester, brother to a dying king and eager to take his place on the throne. When he is overlooked in favour of their sibling, the Duke of Clarence, things take a murderous turn. Richard goes on a murderous rage, »

- Gary Collinson

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Competition: Win ‘Tower of London’ from Arrow Video

7 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Tower of London – out Dual Format 13th Feb. 2017 – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

Having made their mark on American horror cinema with three colourful adaptations of Edgar Allan PoeThe Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum and Tales of TerrorVincent Price and director Roger Corman enjoyed a brief hiatus from the macabre author with Tower of London. Shot in black and white, the film was loosely based on the Universal horror picture of the same name as well as two Shakespeare plays: a dash of Macbeth and a dollop of Richard III.

Price plays Richard of Gloucester, brother to a dying king and eager to take his place on the throne. When he is overlooked in favour of their sibling, the Duke of Clarence, things take a murderous turn. Richard goes on a murderous rage, »

- Phil Wheat

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Weekend Box Office: New Films Fumble Over Not-So Super Weekend

5 February 2017 11:55 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Question: What’s more embarrassing than the defense of the 2016 San Francisco 49ers?

Answer: The North America box office over the 2017 Super Bowl weekend.

Super Bowl weekend has always been a graveyard at the multiplex, but this year was particularly awful. The Universal horror flick Split had no trouble holding on to the number one spot for a third straight week, while Paramount’s Rings and Stx’s The Space Between Us both bombed. Overall, the top ten was down 32% from last week’s numbers.

Just shy of the $100 million mark, Split earned an estimated $14.6 million from 3,373 theaters. The three-week gross for the popular thriller is currently at $98.7 million. Foreign totals stand at $44 million. Split passed Unbreakable to become filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s fifth biggest career hit – pre-inflation- and should finish around $130 million.

This week’s failed attempt at reviving a dead franchise is Paramount’s Rings, which scared »

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