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Admit it, you’ve been spooked by the dark. A confusing shadow, an unexplained sound, something your blurry vision thought it saw. The absence of light strikes directly into human fear: that we are unable to perceive the world around us. Lights Out, the latest horror movie churned out by the scarily greedy Hollywood Machine that knows these movies deliver bang for their buck, exploits this universal anxiety into a series of jolting jumps and screams. But for all that works well in Lights Out (restraint, acting, scares) it’s challenging to look past the characters’ foolish behavior. You may be scared when the lights go off, but you’ll be impressed only if the lights are also turned off upstairs before taking your seat.
- J Don Birnam
Exciting news for horror fans today. John Carpenter, director of the original 1978 horror classic Halloween is returning to the franchise as an executive producer. This latest reboot, which was once called Halloween Returns, is now at Blumhouse, with Miramax co-financing development and production. Malek Akkad will produce the sequel under his Trancas International Films banner. Blumhouse founder Jason Blum is also producing.
The new Halloween movie does not have a set release date yet. Miramax, who continue to hold onto worldwide distribution rights, will determine a theatrical release plan in the near future. Though, there appears to be some confusion as to whether or not this is a true sequel to the original featuring Michael Myers as the iconic slasher, or if this is yet another reboot of the franchise. In a statement, John Carpenter had this to say, hinting that this will be the '10th' sequel.
"Thirty-eight years »
During the 00s, watching a horror movie at your local multiplex was (to paraphrase Julian Rathbone) like wading through a stew with not much meat and occasional pieces of gristle. You kept the faith, soldiering on through movies like Valentine and Halloween: Resurrection, and what was your reward? A remake of Friday The 13th. Thanks, Michael Bay.
Which is not to say the decade was a complete washout at the box office: no world containing The Others, Eden Lake and Trick R Treat is worthy of anybody’s despair. It’s just a shame that audiences seemed to prefer franchise movies.
Then as now, you were better off ignoring the multiplex and focusing your attention on the festival circuit, which had it all: depraved foreign oddities, independently-made gorefests and movies so disturbing that you’d never see them playing against a PG-13 reboot of The Stepfather.
These were the »
- Ian Watson
The eternal tormentor returns in Dimension Films’ Hellraiser: Judgment, the tenth film in the franchise created by Clive Barker. With production currently underway on the project, the actor playing Pinhead has been revealed, along with the rest of the main cast, which includes an actress from another enduring horror franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Bloody Disgusting reports that Paul T. Taylor plays Pinhead in Hellraiser: Judgment. An actor with experience both on the stage and in front of the camera, Taylor has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including Sin City, Deadroom, and Super. Hellraiser: Judgment director Gary J. Tunnicliffe told Fangoria that Taylor will bring “more than a hint of Peter Cushing and Ralph Fiennes” to the role of Pinhead.
A horror icon that has haunted generations of viewers, Pinhead was brought chillingly to life by Doug Bradley in the first eight »
- Derek Anderson
Get ready to say goodbye to some of your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix. The expiration list for February is full of nostalgic titles, from The Terminator to Blue Crush. While there are a lot of things leaving, there are also a lot of new things to look forward to. Keep scrolling to see what will expire in February and be sure to watch them all before they're gone. (Unless it's already too late, in which case . . . sorry.) Expired Feb. 1 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Asylum Bad Santa Benny and Joon Big Fish Blue Crush Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18 Crocodile Dundee 2 The Dancer Upstairs Daylight Doctor Who: Season 1-8 The Firm Fletch Gifted Hands Gothika The Hurt Locker The Naked Gun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Rain Man Ray Secrets and Lies: Season 1 Sorority Row The Terminator Terms of Endearment Expired Feb. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Among the many films leaving Netflix in February 2016 are Oscar Best Picture winners "The Hurt Locker," "Rain Man," and "Terms of Endearment." It's also your last chance to see Cuba Gooding Jr. starring as surgeon-turned-presidential candidate Ben Carson in 2009's "Gifted Hands."
Here's the complete list of what's being yanked from Netflix in February. You can also check out all the movies and TV shows new on Netflix in February 2016 over yonder.
Leaving Feb. 1, 2016
"Bad Santa" (2003)
"Benny and Joon" (1993)
"Big Fish" (2003)
"Blue Crush" (2002)
"Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18"
"Crocodile Dundee 2" (1988)
"The Dancer Upstairs" (2003)
"Doctor Who," Seasons 1-8
"The Firm" (1993)
"Gifted Hands" (2009)
"The Hurt Locker" (2008)
"The Naked Gun" (1988)
"Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" (1994)
"Rain Man" (1988)
"Secrets and Lies," Season 1
"Sorority Row" (2009)
"The Terminator" (1984)
"Terms of Endearment" (1983)
Leaving Feb. »
- Sharon Knolle
6 items from 2016
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