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Friday Night Frights at Cinefamily in Los Angeles held a Nightmare on Elm Street marathon over the weekend. On the program: Nightmare entries 1-7 (sorry, Freddy vs. Jason).
The event ran from dusk till dawn with very little interruption. Some of those involved in Dream Warriors swung by for a 20-minute Q&A before the film and I was able to capture it on video.
Via the video player here, watch Friday Night Fright's Josh Miller and Sebastian O'Brien talk with director Chuck Russell and stars Jennifer Ruben, Rodney Eastman and Ira Heiden about their time on the film, the auditions and working with Dokken.
The post Video: Watch the Nightmare on Elm Street 3 L.A. Reunion Q&A appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
It’s all but impossible to imagine anyone else but Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, the razor-gloved antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street series (sorry, Jackie Earle Haley). Making his first appearance in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Englund went on to portray the character in six sequels, a TV series, and the 2003 franchise crossover Freddy vs. Jason, creating a pop culture icon in the process.
But it could have been so much different, had it not been for scheduling conflicts with Wes Craven’s first choice for the role, British actor David Warner (The Omen). Englund subsequently filled the role, and the rest as they say is history, however thanks to Reddit we’ve now got a taste of what might have been, with some images of Warner in early make-up tests arriving online…
How do you think the Nightmare on Elm Street series would have fared without Robert Englund as Freddy? »
- Gary Collinson
Some things should be left to the message boards. Or at least to the comic books. The question of “Who would win in a fight between…” probably goes back millennia. Prehistoric man would look at two different beloved cave drawings and ponder a battle between a bear on one wall and a lion from another. Maybe an early storyteller came up with the tale of this match, concluding the narrative with the animals teaming up and going after a common enemy: humans. Or, because they were man’s villains, the story probably went the other way, with the bear and the lion being manipulated by their prey to fight each other, the result being a draw where they both lose. The latter is basically updated in the movie Freddy vs. Jason. The former story is more apt for one in which two heroes are pit against each other. The upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is »
- Christopher Campbell
When anyone refers to a killer doll from the movies, it’s clear they’re referring to Chucky. The pint-sized Good Guys doll has been on the rampage since the eighties, with no signs of stopping. His most recent sequel, Curse Of Chucky, served as a solid reinvention of the franchise. The coda of that outing made it clear how the series would progress, but in light of creator Don Mancini’s latest comments, we might be seeing a crossover with Annabelle.
Talking to USA Today (via Slash Film), Mancini announced that he’d be more than happy to see Chucky unite onscreen with horror’s newest doll on the block, Annabelle:
“I am hoping that at some future point we have Annabelle and Chucky team up,” says Mancini. “I can see that (even) in 20 years from now.”
- Gem Seddon
Surprising many people, The Conjuring spin-off/prequel Annabelle was a box office success over the weekend despite poor reviews from the majority of critics (read our review here). But the possessed doll is not just on the minds of those who have watched it, as it also has grabbed the attention of Don Mancini, the creator of the Child’s Play franchise, which gave birth to famous killer doll Chucky.
In an interview with USA Today Mancini said: “I am hoping that at some future point we have Annabelle and Chucky team up. I can see that [even] in 20 years from now.”
Annabelle took an impressive $37.2 million domestically against an estimated $6.5 million budget. It’s unlikely that it will reach the levels of The Conjuring, which made $318 million worldwide, but the killer doll has certainly proved her worth.
Chucky hasn’t been on the big screen since 2004’s Seed of Chucky, »
- Luke Owen
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: Danny Steinmann
Cast: Shavar Ross (Reggie), Melanie Kinnaman (Pam), John Shepherd (Tommy Jarvis), Richard Young (Matt), Debisue Voorhees (Tina), John Robert Dixon (Eddie), Juliette Cummins (Robin), Jerry Pavlon (Jake), Dominick Brascia (Joey), Tiffany Helm (Violet), Mark Venturini (Vic), Miguel A. Nunez Jr. (Demon)
This film was the very first one that I wrote any kind review for on an online platform. That was the first brave step in my cause for championing this film. Albeit, it was a small step, because maybe two people probably stumbled across it. Either way, I did it and I’m not ashamed. Matter of fact, I’m taking it to the big show by including it here. All of my feelings for this bastard child of the series just happened to resurface »
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: James Brooks (Michael), Shannen Doherty (Cate), Zack Ward (Will), Christopher Lloyd (Mayor Akerman), Ciara Hanna (Nicole), Yar Koosha (Kyle), Fred Stoller (Rich), Rachel True (Marcy), Jeremy Wade (Lamprey Expert)
I’m a huge “Piranha” fan, and I’ll watch anything (anything that is!) pertaining to lake horror. Hockey masked killers, prehistoric monsters, government altered mutated fish, toxic waste mutated marine life and even zombies, are all enhanced when set at a lake. It’s in a more confined space than the ocean, there’s usually plenty of expendable characters getting their vacation on to up the body count, and it makes one think twice that fresh water is absolutely, positively safe.
“Blood Lake” is an Asylum film that deals with something that is creepy enough as »
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
The horror genre is going through a bit of a lull at the moment. There haven’t been any really strong genre hits this year (certainly nothing up there with The Conjuring’s box-office takings) and companies such as Asylum are content on making a cheap buck with increasingly little imagination. There needs to be some strong films in the next twelve months or horror could fade away from cinemas.
Luckily, there are a lot of directors who, although becoming ‘big fish’, still have a love for the genre. James Wan and Scott Derrickson are still helping produce films for next year even though they’re involved with Fast And Furious 7 and Doctor Strange respectively. On top of that, there is a good influx of low-budget and foreign horrors which could break out into the mainstream.
To that end, here are the 20 Most Anticipated Horror Movies Of The Next Twelve Months… »
- Hugh Firth
Katharine Isabelle's career may find her taking on material that is all over the genre map, but she has always kept one foot firmly planted in the world of horror. From her early days appearing on Goosebumps and The X-Files to Disturbing Behavior and Freddy vs. Jason, this actress has shown her allegiance to horror...even though she admits she can't watch horror films herself.
Isabelle captured our attention in a big way with American Mary, a film by Jen and Sylvia Soska that served as a starring vehicle for the actress. She was front and center, pushing herself in ways we had not seen before.
- Ryan Turek
Ensemble films can be quite the tricky endeavor, especially for a first time director. Making sure one person has their performances dialed can be a pain in the ass, but a whole group of people?, That can be murder. Luckily, in the case of Travis Oates and his feature debut, Don’T Blink, the ensemble not only shines, but gives viewers one hell of a time while doing so.
Focusing on a group of ten friends heading to a secluded resort for a weekend getaway, Don’T Blink doesn’t waste any time in letting audiences get to know it’s characters. Jack and Tracy (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest‘s Brian Austin Green and American Pie‘s Mena Suvari), a happy couple on the verge of the next step in a relationship leads the group, filled with couples Sam and Charlotte (The Amazing Spiderman‘s Leif Gantvoort and First Winter »
- Jerry Smith
Don’T Blink Poster
There’s something easy to latch onto with films that take the Agatha Christie written “And Then There Were None” (or Ten Little Indians) and give it a brand new spin. I happen to love films that fall into that category, as it’s always a lot of fun to watch a film based on a group of character getting picked off, one by one, and trying to solve the mystery of who’s doing it and why. It’s a gamble with each one though, for every Identity, there’s a Mindhunters, so like every film, you take your chances.
The Travis Oates-helmed Don’T Blink (hitting VOD September 18th) looks like another take at the classic story, and judging from the trailer, it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Filled with characters played Mena Suvari (American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest II, »
- Jerry Smith
A chaotic trailer has been released for the horror title Blackburn. This title was shot in British Columbia and some of this province's forest can be seen in the clip. Blackburn is a 3Brane Entertainment production. And, the film stars Calum Worthy ("Austin & Ally"), Lochlyn Munro (Freddy vs. Jason), Sarah Lind (WolfCop) and Emily Ullerup (Sanctuary). The full trailer and early poster are hosted here. In the film, several friends find themselves terrorized by nature. A forest fire and rockslide leave the landscape in a treacherous state. Now, this group must find shelter in an abandoned Alaskan town. In the town's limits, even more dangers come out of the woodwork. The official trailer for Blackburn is action packed. The characters are chased, attacked and filleted in several different settings. As well, the film offers lots of terrifying monsters. Indie film fans will find something entertaining here. Director: Lauro Chartrand. Writer: Nastasha Baron. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
You all know Katherine Isabelle for her work in films like the Ginger Snaps trilogy (2000 – 2004), Freddy Vs. Jason (2003), Ogre (2008), 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days (2010) and countless other film & television roles. But it was in 2012 that she struck a particular nerve with horror fans around the world with her starring role in Jen & Sylvia Soska’s American Mary, where she played Mary Mason, a medical student who … Continue reading →
- The Black Saint
Twitch has your first look at the Canadian horror flick Blackburn! We have the brand new teaser and a collection of stills from the production which just wrapped up in British Columbia and is heading into post.Directed by stunt veteran Lauro Chartrand (Born To Raise Hell) and written by Natasha Baron the flick follows five college friends who seek refuge in the ghost town of Blackburn, Alaska. Cut off by a forest fire and rock slide they hunker down in an abandoned mine. Yet all is not lost! The friends must band together against these angry and deformed inhabitants if they are to survive! Blackburn stars Calum Worthy (Disney's Austin & Ally), Lochlyn Munro (Freddy vs. Jason), Sarah Lind (WolfCop) and Emily Ullerup (Sanctuary). Also joining...
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There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
In 2003, we saw Robert Englund play Freddy Krueger on the big screen for the last time. After Freddy vs. Jason ended, so did Englund's tenure as "the bastard son of a hundred maniacs." Everyone thought they could rest easy, and that their children would be safe from the horrors of the dream master himself. Well for one last time, the legendary horror thespian donned the makeup to haunt the waking nightmares of fans at last weekend's Flashback Weekend in Chicago, and he did it for a cause near and dear to even our hearts. Fox 32 in Chicago had exclusive access to Robert Englund's make up chair, as he underwent two and a half hours of make up and character prep. What cause was great enough that he would undergo such a labor-intensive process to please fans and raise money? To help Chicago's Midway Drive In Theater keep its doors »
(Hamilton, On) Aug 5 – This October, horror fans have a reason to get even more excited. The Hamilton Comic Con announced a “horror alley” featuring horror related celebrities and some of the biggest horror exhibitors in Ontario.
A number of cinema’s masked killers will be attending the event including Ken Kirzinger, known for the role of Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason. R.A. Mihailoff donned the iconic Leatherface mask in the 1990 cult classic … Continue reading →
Lionsgate and WWE Studios announced today that Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE® Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, will have a limited theatrical run on August 22nd after an enthusiastic reception at this year's Comic Con where fans were given a sneak peek at footage from the reimagined franchise. The move is intended to support promotional efforts during the film's multi-platform release on August 26th for Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, and September 30th on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital).
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 (Bennett), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is »
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