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During the early ‘80s, the slasher movie market was oversaturated beyond belief. With the success of Friday The 13th we were bombarded with a slew of knockoffs and horror films that weren’t at all interested in the challenge of trying something new. Then came New Line Cinema and Wes Craven to create one of the greatest horror movie villains in the form of the burnt-face Freddy Krueger: the killer who could off you in your dreams.
As many know, the first Elm Street was originally intended to be a standalone endeavour, but such was Krueger’s immediate success that a franchise was born. And since 1984 – rightly or wrongly – there have been nine Freddy films to date (including Freddy Vs. Jason).
Like most horror franchises, over an extended period of time, A Nightmare On Elm Street has produced its fair share of materially peculiar moments. Be it »
- Jesse Gumbarge
This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork has been commissioned for the set (by artist Shawn Conn, http://atomicdeadguy.com/), and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the packaging.
The set comes complete with the trademark knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box.
The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger (portrayed by Robert Englund) in 1984 with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams. »
- Michelle McCue
We have even more goodies for our readers from the supernatural thriller The Inhabitants. Exclusive stills from the film are revealed below. Also in this morning's round-up: Sean S. Cunningham's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 New York City Horror Film Festival, Bk Horror Club details, and four new photos from Feral.
The Inhabitants: Press Release: "Cambridge, Ma – Gravitas Ventures, an independent film distributor, announces the North American release of the supernatural thriller The Inhabitants on October 13, 2015, on video on demand (VOD). The film will air on multiple VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Live, Sony Playstation, various cable providers, and more. The film is also currently available for pre‐order on iTunes.
Written and directed by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, screenwriters of John Carpenter's The Ward and produced by international bestselling author Glenn Cooper, The Inhabitants revolves around a young couple that gets more »
- Tamika Jones
September 8th is shaping up to be another great week for horror and sci-fi fans as we’ve got a lot of great home entertainment releases to look forward to. The good folks over at Scream Factory have two great releases coming out on Tuesday, the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven’s Shocker and Astron-6’s comedic homage to Giallo films, The Editor. For all you Jason Voorhees die-hards out there, not only do you have a special 2-Disc Collector’s edition of Crystal Lake Memories to look forward to, the original Friday the 13th films are also getting re-released in several double feature packages on Tuesday.
Other notable releases for September 8th include Supernatural: Season 10, Dressed to Kill from Criterion, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and for those of you kids at heart out there, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is arriving on DVD as well. »
- Heather Wixson
The new animated film A.R.C.H.I.E. will see a robotic dog try and change the world, and today the filmmakers have announced that Michael J. Fox will be lending his voice to the titular character. Come inside to learn more about the new film and rest of the cast.
Michael J Fox is still a hard working man, and now he's added a new voice-acting gig to his list. Announced today, he'll be taking the lead in A.R.C.H.I.E. providing the voice of a superheroic robot dog:
A.R.C.H.I.E. is written and directed by Robin Dunne (Just Friends, Sanctuary) in his feature-film directorial debut. The film is produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara Shaak from Trilight Entertainment, and financed by Clairwood Capital Management.
A.R.C.H.I.E. (Fox) is a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Michael J. Fox is set to provide the voice of the lead character, a dog named Archie, in the animated movie “A.R.C.H.I.E.,” it was announced Tuesday by Jason Moring, president of Double Dutch International, which will begin shopping the project next week at Toronto. “A.R.C.H.I.E.” will be written and directed by Robin Dunne (“Just Friends”), who’s making his feature directorial debut. Clairwood Capital Management is financing the film, which is being produced by Shayne Putzlocher, Glenn Paradis and Sara Shaak from Trilight Entertainment. In addition to Fox, the movie stars Katherine Isabelle (“Freddy vs. Jason”) and Dunne himself. See Video: Michael J. »
- Jeff Sneider
The history of horror cinema has been filled with iconic villains who end up becoming the anchor of a franchise, being the only consistent element across several movies. One such villain is Jason Voorhees, who first made an appearance in the 1980 film Friday the 13th, and has subsequently appeared in eleven other movies, as well as comic books and novels, including a crossover with The Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. Now, however, the villain will be coming to the small screen, as The CW has announced that they are formally working on a tv adaptation of the horror franchise.
The series is being penned by Star Wars: The Clone Wars writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who previously worked together to create the NBC series The Pretender, which ran for four seasons. They will be taking over the job from first-time scribes Bill Basso and Jordu Schell, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Iconic horror characters don't stay dead for long, and it was only a matter of time until Freddy Kreuger returned to haunt audience's dreams. It's been five years since the decently successful but critically maligned reboot starring Jackie Earle Haley, and even longer since Robert Englund's turn in "Freddy vs. Jason," so the time has come for a new actor put on the razor gloves. The Wrap reports that New Line has tapped David Leslie Johnson (“Orphan,” "Red Riding Hood," "Wrath Of The Titans") to write the screenplay for the new 'Nightmare,' though there's no word yet on what the approach might be. It's probably safe to say the basic mechanics of the long-running franchise will be in place. Is there more than can be done with Freddy? Share your thoughts below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welp, it’s official (or at least quasi-official), our favorite dream demon is coming back from the dead. Again.
In 2010 Warner Bros./New Line Cinema released their Platinum Dunes-produced reboot of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, which didn’t exactly raise any eyebrows at the box office – or with fans of the 30 year old franchise. Now, just 5 years after being resurrected, Freddy Krueger is reportedly getting yet another fresh start.
Even if many fans prefer to forget about the 2010 Nightmare remake, that doesn’t necessarily mean those same fans will be ready to revisit Freddy’s origins again. Five years is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, and the bad taste of the 2010 film no doubt lingers for many.
So, with interest in Freddy once again ignited, now’s as good a time as any to take a trip down »
- Jesse Gumbarge
This week sees quite a few releases hitting shelves/stores, with everything from giant snakes fighting giant crocs to post-apocalyptic survival and hey, there’s even some killer bears and cannibals thrown in for good measure. We thought we’d shine the spotlight on a few of the standout genre (and a couple of non-genre) films that are available to pick up today, and while we’ve tackled some of them already (Inner Demons, Burying The Ex and Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead), we’ve got the rundown on the rest for you fright fanatics!
A feature film based on the popular (and creepy) Marble Hornets series, Always Watching brings the series and the eerie Slender Man into your DVD players, with a found footage-like tale revolving around a trio of reporters that get caught up in something way over their heads. »
- Jerry Smith
This fall, you can keep the summer camp spirit alive by taking a trip back to Crystal Lake with Warner Bros.' upcoming Blu-ray / DVD double features of the Friday the 13th films.
If you never bought Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection when it was released in 2013, you'll soon have a different way to collect the franchise's films on Blu-ray. According to Fridaythe13thFranchise.com, all Friday the 13th films will be released on home media double features on September 8th. Except for the Freddy vs. Jason / Friday the 13th (2009) double feature, all titles will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats.
Both versions of each double feature will be available to purchase on Amazon. These home media releases will include the special features from previously released double feature versions.
Cover art courtesy of Fridaythe13thFranchise.com:
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- Derek Anderson
The unending need to make live-action versions of every animated Disney film ever continues. The Hollywood Reporter revealed news yesterday that a live-action Aladdin movie, a prequel focusing on the origin of the Genie, is in development. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (who both wrote Freddy vs. Jason and the Friday the 13th remake together) are already tapped by Disney to write the film, but a director has yet to be announced. An odd choice in writers, but Disney clearly sees something in these two to give them such a monumental project.
Along the same lines as what Disney did with Maleficent in taking a substantial supporting character and giving them their own film, this new film, entitled Genies, will tell the story of how one genie became the Genie we all know and love, voiced by Robin Williams in the original 1992 film. The main issue with this movie is »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Disney will continue their recent spate of live-action reboots of classic animated films with Genies, a prequel to 1992's Aladdin centered around one such magical lamp-dweller, Variety reports.
The script will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the team behind Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th; the pair also wrote the upcoming comedy O' Lucky Day, which will star Peter Dinklage. Tripp Vinson will produce the film through his production company Vinson Films, though Disney has yet to announce a director.
The late Robin Williams »
If there are two things Hollywood adores right now (besides superhero movies), it's origin stories and live-action fairy tales. Minions, even, was there to remind families how they're characters came to be. Efforts have already been made to bring the two together, particularly from Disney as they bask in the money with box office smash Maleficent and a Prince Charming movie on the horizon, and the studio is going just another step forward as it brings the beginnings of Aladdin's best friend, the Genie, to the big screen. Written by Damian Shannon and Mark Shift, horror writers behind flicks like Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake who've transitioned into comedy with their pens guiding the new Baywatch movie and the Peter Dinklage-starring, Bad Santa-esque R-rated leprechaun romp O'Lucky Day, the studio is developing Genies as a live-action comedy adventure. It won't bring Aladdin in the mix (at least, »
- Will Ashton
Genies: Add Aladdin to the long list of animated films that Disney plans to develop into live-action movies. The 1992 release came early in the resurgence of Disney animation, and much of its success can be credited to Robin Williams' hilarious voice performance as Genie. The new version will be a prequel titled Genies, and will focus on the world of the magically-powered creatures. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason, Baywatch) have been tapped to write the script. [Heat Vision] Victor Frankenstein: New photos from the upcoming Victor Frankenstein reveal James McAvoy as Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. In this new version, the story will be told from Igor's perspective and dig into his origins before he meets medical student Victor...
- Peter Martin
Nothing’s going to stop Disney from plumbing the depths of its extensive animated library for every possible live-action reimagining, reboot, prequel, sequel or spinoff. THR reports that the studio is returning to the world of 1992’s Aladdin for a story set before that animated classic, focusing on the backstory of one lamp-dwelling Genie.
Tentatively titled Genies (ugh), this live-action comedy-adventure is said to dive into the world of the Genies and specifically explain how the fun-loving Genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams) made his way into a lamp later polished by a young street urchin.
The blockbuster success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella has Disney high on fairy tales again, and the studio is keenly searching for any way to dust off its more iconic titles for a new generation. In the works already are a musical Beauty and the Beast take with Emma Watson in the lead role, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Genies: Add Aladdin to the long list of animated films that Disney plans to develop into live-action movies. The 1992 release came early in the resurgence of Disney animation, and much of its success can be credited to Robin Williams' hilarious voice performance as Genie. The new version will be a prequel titled Genies, and will focus on the world of the magically powered creatures. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason, Baywatch) have been tapped to write the script. [Heat Vision]...
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Because nothing animated is sacred anymore, Disney now wants a live-action Aladdin movie. But wait! It'll be a prequel. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the project, which has clever scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (of Freddy vs. Jason fame) attached to the script, will explain how Genie got trapped in his famous lamp in an origin story à la Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. The film and its writers promise to "focus on the realm of the Genies," and the movie will appropriately be called Genies. Makes sense (if this is sounding random but kind of cool, we are right there with you). Naturally, as THR points out, this will probably lead into a live-action Aladdin movie too. Other specifics are currently unknown, but it might be time to prep by brushing up on your "Whole New World" lyrics. Just remember to add in "Irl" whenever you can. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Disney is digging deep into its well of animated movies, putting a live action prequel to the 1992 blockbuster Aladdin into development, entitled Genies. The studio has brought on screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) to write the screenplay for the project, described as a "live-action comedy adventure" by The Hollywood Reporter. Disney is already planning to have this project, still in early development, spawn a live action remake of Aladdin itself.
The original Aladdin movie is based on a centuries-old Arabic folk tale about a lowly street kid who finds a magical lamp with a genie (Robin Williams), who grants him three wishes, while the nefarious Jafar tries to obtain this lamp to gain power over the land. The prequel Genies is said to focus on the realm of these magical entities, and how Aladdin's particular genie becomes enslaved in this lamp. Aladdin took in an »
Taking the successful YouTube series “Marble Hornets” and turning into a feature film, James Moran and his Always Watching film is set to make its DVD debut, when Anchor Bay/Gravitas Pictures sends the found footage shocker to shelves near you on August 4th. Already familiar with the YouTube series, I’m curious how it’ll translate to a feature film, and with people like Chris Marquette (Freddy Vs. Jason, Broken Horses), Doug Jones (Hellboy) and others involved, it looks like Moran and Co. are looking to bring the series into an even greater and more intense territory.
Always Watching is based on the cult hit YouTube series “Marble Hornets” – a horror story chronicling a missing student filmmaker and his friends who are terrorized by a faceless man in a suit known as The Operator. In the film version, Charlie (McDorman), Sara (Breckenridge) and Milo (Marquette) are a news team »
- Jerry Smith
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