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I can’t believe Dracula Untold got made. It’s an amazing jumble of nonsensical film parts that I can only believe the pitch meeting between screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and the development executive at Universal went something like this:
Matt: So, we want to make a Dracula movie that tells the origin story of the most famous vampire in the world.
Executive: Great! Universal has a rich history of making horror movies with iconic characters like this. We’d love to get in the business of making a good horror movie to rescue vampires from being such a punch line in chick lit.
Burk: Oh, no, this isn’t a horror movie. It’s going to be more like the 300 movies. It’ll be a dark atmosphere-y old war movie like that.
Executive: That sounds good too. A brave town hunkering down as they have to defend »
- Arthur Tebbel
Even Affleck's ex is seeing this movie.
Feet up...movie night!!! #GoneGirl pic.twitter.com/EoKjaxHmPV
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) October 12, 2014
So if you haven't seen it, join Jlo and kick up those feet. This psychological thriller about a man turned into a possible murder suspect after his wife goes missing is sweeping the box office with an impressive $26.8 million in its second weekend.
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Coming in second, Dracula Untold made about $23.4 million in its first opening weekend. The action, drama and fantasy film had an estimated budget of about $100 million. There are vampire attacks as Luke Evans plays Vlad Tepes who makes a deal with »
Chicago – For moviegoers, each new film is a chance to escape, feel, fear, cry, be thrilled or laugh. Filmmakers and actors want you to experience this range of emotions, but producers and investors care most about the film making money. That’s why Hollywood is scared of truly original stories. Originality is an unknown without a built-in fan base.
To minimize their risk and inspire confidence in a return on investment, most new films these days are based on a best-selling book (or a series), a beloved comic book or a remake of an already famous character from the past. Original films like “Juno” and “Once” happen once in a blue moon. They take a huge viral following to break free and impress at the box office.
Going into a short feature-length film like “Dracula Untold,” which is only 92 minutes, you already know it’s following a safety formula. »
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Here's another Dracula story you'll wish was untold… Dracula 2000 (2000) Director: Patrick Lussier Stars: Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Johnny Lee Miller A group of dim-witted thieves accidentally unleash Dracula from his coffin prison and the bloodsucking vamp immediately sets out to get revenge on Van Helsing by boning his daughter. Despite the sci-fi suggesting title, Dracula 2000 is simply another modern day retelling of Bram »
- Jason Adams
Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.
With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!
Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula »
- Phil Wheat
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
Decades from now horror fans will no doubt look back at this point in time and deem it the golden age of horror television. Truth be told, all year we've seen better horror at home than in theatres, and it just might be getting even better!
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that on the heels of the “Scream” pilot getting under way for MTV, Wes Craven is said to be close to signing a deal with NBC/Universal Cable to produce TV for NBC/Universal cable outlets including the Syfy channel.
This is great news if it turns out to be true, but as a horror fan growing up in the Nineties, I also remember a slew of bad "Wes Craven Presents" movies like They, Dracula 2000 (which admittedly is a bit of a guilty pleasure), and more. Approach with caution and stay tuned, kids!
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- Steve Barton
Universal is proud of its monsters – from the classic horror pictures with Boris Karloff and Claude Rains to recent reboots with Hugh Jackman and Brendan Fraser. The original The Mummy first rose from his tomb in 1932 and over the course of two decades the studio got several instalments out of the tightly-wrapped menace. That ended with Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy in 1955 before writer/director Stephan Sommers created an Indiana Jones-inspired series in 1999 that saw Darkman star Arnold Vosloo take the title role.
That franchise ended with the belated whimper of The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor by which time Sommers had jumped ship. Underworld’s Len Wiseman was attached to a revival, but when he bailed also Mama director Andy Muschietti came aboard. Like Wiseman he was lured by the prospect of bringing the character back with a darker angle but now he too has opted to close the sarcophagus. »
- Steve Palace
One of the most interesting things about the Terminator franchise is that it has, to date, generally revolved around characters attempting to reboot their own future. Now the filmmakers on the sci-fi series are joining the fun, by rebooting the series’ continuity with the upcoming installment, tentatively known as Terminator: Genesis.
Official details are scarce on the script for the next Terminator movie, though it’s expected that Genesis will return the franchise to its sci-fi/horror roots, based on the backgrounds of screenwriter/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Bionic Woman, Avatar) and writer/director Patrick Lussier (Dracula 2000, Drive Angry), who co-wrote the Genesis screenplay together. Additionally, Arnold Schwarzenegger is starring in the movie as a version of the T-800 model robot seen in ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
9 items from 2014
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