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Whenever I discuss the problems of female representation in horror films, I’m almost immediately bombarded with cries of, “But What About The Final Girl!?” Ah, yes, the final girl. By Carol J. Clover (Men, Women, & Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film)’s definition, the final girl is described as “a trope in thriller and horror films (particularly slasher films) that specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story.” Clover then goes on to dissect the character citing things like often having a unisex name (e.g., Laurie, Sidney, Teddy, Billie, Stretch, Georgie), that the female is masculinized through “phallic appropriation,” and that the character must be a female because audiences would reject abject terror if a man were to be under the same circumstances. People are always quick to cite the final girl as the »
- BJ Colangelo
Ah, the movie crossover, a fascinating prospect that still hasn’t really taken off huge with audiences yet. Sure, we’ve seen the likes of King Kong vs. Godzilla, Alien vs. Predator and Freddy vs. Jason, and we’re avidly anticipating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the whole idea of a crossover can be a double-edged word, for it is almost always the novelty aspect that draws audiences in, even if the expectation is that logic may be cast aside for the sake of milking two disparate fanbases in one fell swoop.
Are most crossovers great films? Not really (The Avengers and X-Men: Days of Future Past aside, if they even really count), but they are mostly able to coast on the sheer bizarre spectacle of seeing two awesome properties standing toe-to-toe with one another, even if the owners of each respective property tend to become »
- Jack Pooley
The crowds at the San Diego Comic-Con were treated to the first look at the creature featured in WWE's Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE Supertstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, and as always we have that for you right here with a new clip. Dig it!
Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs. Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
Look for Leprechaun: Origins, on VOD August 26th and DVD and Blu-ray on September 30th.
Special features on the home video releases include both the “Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn” featurette and “Leprechaun: Behind the Blood” featurette.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. »
- Steve Barton
When he walked into the room, he nearly blotted out the sun that was peering through the hotel window while shining brightly on the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. There I was, ready to go one-on-one with the demon Kane, and I managed to come out without a scratch.
Before I begin, at this time I'd like to thank Kane for not chokeslamming me when I tried putting him in a sleeper. Of course I kid, but he was eyeballing some chairs and tables ominously during our interview about the resurrection of Jacob Goodnight for the Lionsgate / WWE Studios film See No Evil 2.
"I was sort of shocked to get the call really because the first movie had been a commercial success with WWE Studios’ debut film, and I thought, 'Okay, we’re going to do a sequel pretty quickly,' and it didn’t happen for, like, several years," Glenn Jacobs, »
- Steve Barton
WWE Studios is resurrecting the demon Kane as Jacob Goodnight in See No Evil 2, the upcoming sequel to See No Evil, but before speaking with the mammoth monster himself, we had the opportunity to sit with stars Danielle Harris and Kaj-Erik Erikson as well as directors Jen and Sylvia Soska.
"In the movie I play Amy," Harris (pictured) tells us of her character. "Amy works at the morgue and loves her job, dropped out of Med School to pursue it because she feels like at the end of the day we all end up here anyway."
"She’s got some family issues, issues with her brother, issues with her mother … not too far from real life. *laughs* I just so happen to be working, on my character's birthday, the night that … we pick up where the last one left off and there’s all these bodies … I’m always »
- Steve Barton
"For me the biggest and coolest challenge was that Leprechauns aren't something that people are generally frightened by," Lipovsky (pictured) tells us of the character and his idea for how the film should play out.
"We asked ourselves, can we do something that would be legitimately scary for people, and if so, what would that look like? Anything was on the table so that was really fun. It was fun to come on to the project and make it something that honors the mythology and is iconic and be totally fresh with our approach. We looked into making the origin story of a creature that maybe thousands of years ago the Celtics met in a cave or something that was really scary. »
- Steve Barton
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
It seems that this week is a particularly good week to be a genre fan if angsty-yet-kickass high school gals are your thing, as not only is Scream Factory releasing the modern cult classic Ginger Snaps onto Blu-ray, but Lucky McKee’s All Cheerleaders Die is finally getting its home release as well.
Also being released this week are the intense revenge thriller Blue Ruin, several indie horror movies are making their DVD debuts, and there are also a few classic genre films that are heading to the high-def format from the folks over at Mill Creek Entertainment too.
Teenage outsider Maddy (Caitlin Stasey, I, Frankenstein) is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. »
- Jonathan James
With so many different apocalyptic interpretations floating around Hollywood these days, it’s always interesting to realize that the most underutilized Earth-destroying plot line remains one of the most realistic – nuclear fallout. Zombies hordes strike fear, Kaiju’s threaten massive devastation, aliens fight to control our brains, but a massive-scale nuclear war would leave entire cities vaporized, cause uncountable casualties, and create unlivable conditions for those “lucky” enough to survive. Even scarier is that although Aftermath is just a movie depicting what could happen if a governmental paranoia caused all-out nuclear war, these same fears have been around since Cold War era Russia – and with threatening terrorists, we haven’t escaped fears of life imitating art.
Radiation burns, illness, suffering – sometimes directors don’t need monsters and murderers as far as global horror is concerned.
The beginnings of this apocalyptic wasteland are a bit muddled, but after hearing frantic radio »
- Matt Donato
From a suburban werewolf to a farmer who plants people, Scream Factory will continue to deliver cult horror films to viewers’ doorsteps throughout this Summer of Fear. Those attending Sdcc next week will get a taste of their terror treats firsthand at booth #4248, where a number of Blu-rays will be available, as well a limited edition t-shirt, posters, and an “inside look” panel that will include special announcements and sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
The panel, titled An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, will take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7pm in Room 23Abc. In addition to exclusive panel announcements, a Comic-Con exclusive blood-red Scream Factory t-shirt will be available at their booth, as well as a free 2014 button pack, collectible keychains, screen wipes, and more. Also available at booth #4248 will be the following batch of Scream Factory Blu-rays, each one coming with »
- Derek Anderson
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
Phase 4 Films has announced the release of Rampage: Capital Punishment on DVD/VOD on August 19th in the U.S. and October 21st in Canada. The sequel to Uwe Boll’s best-reviewed film Rampage, sees star Brendan Fletcher (Rampage, The Pacific, Freddy vs. Jason) return for the sequel, alongside Lochlyn Munro (Assault on Wall Street, White Chicks) and Mike Dopud (Smallville, Sgu Stargate Universe).
Violent anti-hero Bill Williamson has a plan to change the world by exacting vengeance on the rich and ripping Washington apart. He holds a number of people hostage and uses his captives as his political platform to spread his message and awaken humanity. It’s time to destroy the system and change won’t happen peacefully.
- Phil Wheat
Eight years after the original film was released, See No Evil 2 heads our way courtesy of WWE Studios and Lionsgate, who have just announced a fall release for the sequel. Read on for a detailed plot synopsis, along with everything you need to know about the return of modern day horror icon Jacob Goodnight!
Though no specific date has been announced, the See No Evil 2 release plan includes an On Demand and Digital HD roll-out, along with a DVD and Blu-ray release.
Greyston Holt ("Bitten," Lost Boys: The Tribe), Chelan Simmons (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Kaj Eriksen (Ice Twisters), and Lee Majdoub (Soldiers of the Apocalypse) star alongside Danielle Harris (the Halloween franchise), Katharine Isabelle (American Mary, Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason), and Michael Eklund (The Call, The Marine 3: Homefront, The Day) in the Soska Sisters-helmed See No Evil 2 starring WWE Superstar Kane®.
Lionsgate will handle »
- John Squires
Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain, slams terror into overdrive in this all-new Unrated chapter, Joy Ride 3 : Roadkill… and Wamg is giving away copies of the film on Blu-Ray. Hooray!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes road rage to an all new level with Joy Ride 3 : Roadkill, arriving on Digital HD June 3 and on Blu-ray & DVD June 17. This third hellish installment in the bloody series finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.
The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns! »
- Melissa Howland
WWE Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl stars in Leprechaun: Origins, a brand new take on the horror franchise Leprechaun, reinventing the cult favorite and terrifying a new generation. The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 26, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 30. Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs. Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town's residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that »
As we previously told you here on Shock, the announcement was made earlier this week by Chicago's Flashback Weekend Convention that Robert Englund will be appearing at this August's event in full Freddy Krueger makeup and costume, Friday only. Not only will he be appearing on stage, as Freddy, for a special live talk show, but he'll also be signing autographs and taking photos with fans, also as Freddy. The event will mark the very first time Englund has ever hit the convention circuit in character, and in fact it's the first time he'll be slapping on the makeup and iconic Christmas sweater since Freddy vs. Jason, over ten years ago.
The post [Editorial] To Those Complaining About the Robert Englund Flashback Weekend Ticket Price… appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Back in 2009 Uwe Boll released the violent mass-murder film Rampage, which is really the only movie he's put out that wasn't universally hated by nearly every single human being on the planet. Naturally, it didn't take long for him to set his sights on a sequel...
And today the follow-up has been dated for release. Read on!
From the Press Release
Violent anti-hero Bill Williamson has a plan to change the world by exacting vengeance on the rich and ripping Washington apart. He holds a number of people hostage and uses his captives as »
- John Squires
It’s been a dozen years now since 2002, but thanks to VH1′s I Love the 2000s, we can be reminded of what a great year it actually was. Serena Williams was the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Jennifer Lopez’s latest breakup was in the headlines, and zombies were the latest craze at the movies.
Clearly, much has changed in the world since then.
Of course, in all seriousness, VH1 also spotlighted plenty of other nostalgia-worthy phenomena hyper-specific to 2002 and 2003—like the return of the movie musical, Nelly’s evergreen musical reason to take your clothes off, and »
- Jake Perlman
The third film in a series featuring Rusty Nail, a malicious and downright evil trucker getting his kicks by taking people who piss him off and giving them gruesome death scenes, Joy Ride 3 is no Citizen Kane, but instead, one hell of a silly and fun little splatter flick. Walking into the movie expecting something completely wonderful will leave viewers disappointing, but having expected yet another throw away straight to DVD/Bluray sequel to the 2001 studio film co-written by J.J. Abrams, it was a pleasant surprise to not only find a popcorn gorefest, but one that provides more than its fair share of laughs and one-liners.
From the opening scene, Joy Ride 3 makes it Well known what kind of film it is, beginning with a sex scene that is definitely one for the books and then resulting in pre-credit carnage that gives “crack kills” a brand new meaning. »
- Jerry Smith
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