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Halloween 2017: 31 Movies to Watch on Hulu This October

  • DailyDead
Last week, I gave you guys a few lists from Amazon and Netflix in regards to what they have to offer via their streaming services this fall. As a newbie to Hulu, I only discovered over the weekend that they, too, beyond just being an amazing resource for television programming, offer up a killer selection of genre movies that are free to stream with a standard Hulu membership.

Here’s a look at an assortment of 31 films from Hulu that I think would be great movies to stream this October. I tried to give you guys a wide variety, too, hitting various sub-genres, so hopefully there’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list.

The Faculty

As far as high school horror films go, The Faculty has remained one of my very favorites for years now. Essentially, it’s Robert Rodriguez riffing on The X-Files, and who can resist that?
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New Dracula Series In-Development By BBC's Sherlock Team

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Before Benedict Cumberbatch essentially took over Hollywood a few years ago, starring in blockbuster movie franchises such as Star Trek, The Hobbit, and Marvel films, he was just another dependable, respected, British actor working in relative obscurity. His big breakout moment came in the hit BBC TV series, Sherlock, which also starred fellow Hobbit and Marvel alum Martin Freeman. This version updated the staid and stodgy Victorian-era detective with a brisk and witty take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic hero, set in modern-day London. The popularity of the show went worldwide and made Cumberbatch a household name.

The team behind the successful Sherlock series, which consists of four seasons spread over seven years, has shelved future development to pursue other opportunities. Variety reports that Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are now collaborating on another classic of literature; this time it's Bram Stoker's Dracula for the BBC.

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It's an intriguing, but curious, choice of subject matter. In recent years several TV and film versions of Dracula have struggled to connect with audiences (films such as Dracula 2000 and Dracula Untold, and Dracula for NBC in 2013 by the folks behind Downton Abbey). Additionally, Universal is also re-booting the character in film for their Dark Universe series of monster films.

It's unclear whether these past efforts failed due to poor execution or a general lack of interest in the character; there's certainly no lack of interest in vampires within recent pop culture. Let's be honest, there have been dozens and dozens of Dracula productions since the original Bela Lugosi film in 1931 -- perhaps the problem is that this character has simply played-out his popularity and/or his story is just too well-known.

Fortunately, in addition to Sherlock, Gatiss and Moffat have spent a lot of time in genre television, working on shows like Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, respectively. Gatiss also reportedly has deep affection for Dracula, particularly the classic 1958 version starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. If anyone is going to produce a version of Dracula that engages audiences and catches fire, you could do far worse than Gatiss and Moffat.

Both men are quite early in the process. Plot, casting, setting, and timeline details are unknown, but we'll update you as soon as we know more.

How do you feel about yet another attempt to bring Dracula to life on TV? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: Variety

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Van Helsing Reboot Gets Wrath of the Titans Writer

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Van Helsing Reboot Gets Wrath of the Titans Writer
Universal Pictures has brought on Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) to rewrite the script for the studio's Van Helsing reboot. It is part of Universal Studios' monster universe, which will feature a bunch of classic creatures in modern day. While his involvement hasn't been reported until now, Dan Mazeau has been with this project since September. He was also part of the original writers room that came together to flesh out this universe, which included Noah Hawley (Legion), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black).

The Tracking Board broke the news of this writer coming aboard, with Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, Passengers) previously working on this project together through the writers room. Just yesterday, Eric Heisserer revealed that he tried to make the movie as scary as possible, although he qualified that by stating, "I don't know what it's going to look
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Van Helsing Remake Is Inspired by Mad Max Says Writer

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Van Helsing Remake Is Inspired by Mad Max Says Writer
Earlier this month, production began on Universal's The Mummy reboot, which will be the first full-fledged adventure in Universal's monster universe. We got our first glimpse at this unique world in a post credit sequence for 2014's Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is transported to present day. But, aside from The Mummy, we don't know which project is next in this sprawling universe. One of the movies being included is Van Helsing, and today we have some new details from writer Eric Heisserer.

Eric Heisserer came aboard to write the script alongside The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts back in November, but the project still doesn't have a director yet and there is very little we know about the story. Eric Heisserer recently spoke with Hitfix, while promoting the new thriller Lights Out, which he co-wrote, where he revealed that this version of Van Helsing was inspired by another iconic character.
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'Van Helsing' screenwriter: Mad Max was our inspiration for the character's new iteration

  • Hitfix
'Van Helsing' screenwriter: Mad Max was our inspiration for the character's new iteration
Not much is yet known about Universal’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Monster reboots, which have been racking up quite the cadre of A-list stars over the last several months. While shooting on The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is already complete and two of the other installments -- The Wolf Man and another untitled monster project -- have been given release dates, there are a total of six other films in the series that remain in some phase of development. One of those developing projects is Van Helsing, which is being scripted by Eric Heisserer and Jon Spaihts and will serve as a big-screen vehicle for the eponymous monster-hunter who has been portrayed in various incarnations by Peter Cushing (Hammer’s Dracula series), Laurence Olivier (1979’s Dracula), Anthony Hopkins (Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Christopher Plummer (Dracula 2000) and Hugh Jackman, who embodied the character in Stephen Sommers'
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20 Vampire Movies You Must See Before You Die

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Vampires have long-fascinated mainstream culture; as a result, they have inspired thousands of motion pictures across almost a century’s worth of cinema – to seriously mixed results.

The genre goes all the way back to the earliest days of cinema, while a revival in the late ’50 – courtesy of Britain’s own Hammer Horror studio – eventually drove the sub-genre towards oversaturation in the late ’80s. Nevertheless, due to tongue-in-cheek reinventions like Vampire’s Kiss and Fright Night, this lull was relatively short-lived.

Generally, vampire films remain somewhat divisive, mainly because they tend to differ so much in quality and often lapse into accidental parody. For every classic of the genre, there’s usually a dozen terrible releases: Vampires Suck, Dracula 2000 and Bloodrayne are all notably lacklustre efforts. In more recent years, the Twilight series has brought negative connotations to the vampire, but – as always – the genre survived the mauling.
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Review: Terminator Genesys

  • Comicmix
There was a wonderful science fiction romance in James Cameron’s original 1984 film The Terminator. It had a touch of everything: time travel, killer androids, romance, and hints of a technology gone haywire. It was shot on a modest budget with a familiar but not star cast, anchored by the hulking presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ever since, though, the sequels have tended to eschew the original themes in favor of retreading immortal lines of dialogue, action pieces, and the eternal struggle between man and machine. With the exception of the first sequel, which introduced the world to the joys of CGI, they have been a middling mess. Even Fox’s The Sarah Connor Chronicles had more to do with a terminator trying to kill Sarah and/or John Connor than the large themes of man versus technology.

Therefore, it was refreshing to get back to basics in this summer’s Terminator Genesys.
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Watch: Gerard Butler’s Terrifying ‘Dracula 2000’ Audition

Vampires have dominated screens big and small for years, perhaps none more so than that terrifying Transylvanian that launched the genre in the first place. Dracula is a feast of a role for film performers, a test of charisma and menace verging on camp. (It’s harder than it looks to say “I vant to suck your blood” with a straight face.) For a tutorial on how to ride that line between authenticity and absurdity, look no further than Gerard Butler’s audition for the title role in Wes Craven’s “Dracula 2000,” a modern riff on Bram Stoker’s novel. There’s nothing self-conscious or ironic about his performance in the video below; his belief in the character’s innate power is airtight. His poor scene partner can only cower in fear—and desire?—as Butler practically grows fangs on the spot, pronouncing each line with relish, in total command of the material.
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Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor might be back to make a Porno

Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor might be back to make a Porno
News of a possible Trainspotting sequel - based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno, released in 2002 - has left us climbing on the ceiling with anticipation. Could director Danny Boyle really wrangle together the cast once more? And could Trainspotting 2 - as they definitely won't call it - live up to the hype?

With the 20th anniversary coming up just next year, here's what Spud and company have been up to since they all chose life...

Digital Spy's Porno poster:

The original Trainspotting poster:

1. Robert Carlyle

Character: Francis "Franco" Begbie

Age then: 33

Age now: 54

Biggest acting gigs since: The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and TV's Once Upon A Time, Stargate Universe and 24: Redemption

Carlyle joined forces with Boyle again on The Beach, and worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in 51st State, but his "career highlight" has been directing his first film, The Legend of Barney Thomson,
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Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor want to make a Porno

Trainspotting cast then and now: Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor want to make a Porno
News of a possible Trainspotting sequel - based on Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel Porno, released in 2002 - has left us climbing on the ceiling with anticipation. Could director Danny Boyle really wrangle together the cast once more? And could Trainspotting 2 - as they definitely won't call it - live up to the hype?

With the 20th anniversary coming up just next year, here's what Spud and company have been up to since they all chose life...

Digital Spy's Porno poster:

The original Trainspotting poster:

1. Robert Carlyle

Character: Francis "Franco" Begbie

Age then: 33

Age now: 54

Biggest acting gigs since: The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes and TV's Once Upon A Time, Stargate Universe and 24: Redemption

Carlyle joined forces with Boyle again on The Beach, and worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in 51st State, but his "career highlight" has been directing his first film, The Legend of Barney Thomson,
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‘Terminator Genisys’ Laeta Kalogridis And Patrick Lussier Make Skydance Deal

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‘Terminator Genisys’ Laeta Kalogridis And Patrick Lussier Make Skydance Deal
After scripting Terminator Genisys for Skydance Productions, Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have been staked to what Skydance is calling a two year first-look plus consulting deal. David Ellison’s production/financing concern wants to integrate the duo in multiple lines of its growing event-fare business. There is a first look at all theatrical and digital projects developed by the team, along with consultancy on overall content.

“Laeta and Patrick are first-class storytellers and world builders” said Skydance CEO David Ellison. “The work they have done to help us create the new Terminator trilogy is simply phenomenal and is only the beginning of the stories we are going to tell together. I am honored to welcome them into the Skydance family.”

Kalogridis and Lussier first teamed with Skydance in 2012 on an assignment to script an original science fiction adventure film hatched by Skydance. That led to the job writing Terminator Genisys,
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Josh Hutcherson, Gerard Butler: See 5 awkward movie audition tapes

Josh Hutcherson, Gerard Butler: See 5 awkward movie audition tapes
If Eddie Redmayne is lucky, his unsuccessful Lord of the Rings audition tape - which he treated us to a rendition of this week - will never see the light of day.

Sadly, some actors aren't so fortunate...

1. Josh Hutcherson

If nothing else, this audition is certainly… elaborate. A pre-Hunger Games, and inexplicably spotty, Josh Hutcherson went up for the lead in The Amazing Spider-Man – a role which eventually went to Andrew Garfield.

It's not the most cerebral of auditions. In three minutes, Josh only manages to say "Thanks" and "Late for class", followed by another "Thanks".

Not that it's important when your tape features you beating up three men, doing a backflip and jumping about seven foot in the air. Backwards.

2. Gerard Butler

Or is that Ross Noble? Sporting offensive amounts of eyeliner and a dodgy accent, Gerard Butler gave this pretty bad audition for the role of Dracula in Wes Craven's 2000 movie,
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Box Office Democracy: “Dracula Untold”

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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
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Jennifer Lopez Helps Keep 'Gone Girl' Number One This Weekend

Jennifer Lopez Helps Keep 'Gone Girl' Number One This Weekend
Even Affleck's ex is seeing this movie.

It's no wonder Gone Girl is number one again this weekend. Everyone including actor Ben Affleck's ex, Jennifer Lopez, is seeing this one!

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.

With a full frontal Ben Affleck scene, his wife Jennifer Garner even joked about how a wide lens was needed for it.

News: 'Gone Girl' Reviews

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
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Film Review: Artificially Glorified ‘Dracula Untold’ Lacks Reason for Being Retold

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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.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

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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Awfully Good: Dracula 2000 + The Wolfman

  • JoBlo
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...
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Ten Best: Unforgettable Dracula Performances

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!

Christopher LeeDracula (1958)

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
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Daily Dead’s 2014 Halloween Horrors TV Calendar

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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)

9:
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Wes Craven Looking to Make TV More Terrifying

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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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‘Mama’ Director Doesn’t Want ‘The Mummy’

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.
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