20 items from 2015
Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Re-Animator—these films are as recognizable by their eerie scores as they are by the monsters that haunt their stories. At this year's Comic-Con, Broadcast Music Inc. will bring together composers from the aforementioned films and several others for “The Character of Music: Classic Horror Special Edition” panel.
Who: Broadcast Music Inc.® (Bmi®), a global leader in music rights management, and Krakower Poling PR will return to Comic-Con, to present “The Character of Music: Classic Horror Special Edition" panel, featuring composers Charles Bernstein (Nightmare on Elm Street), Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th), Laura Karpman (Carrie), Richard Band (Re-Animator), Tyler Bates (Dawn of the Dead), Maurizio Guarini of Goblin (Suspiria), along with special guest actor Douglas Tait (Freddy vs. Jason).
- Derek Anderson
It's been over a decade since Freddy Krueger's claws went up against Jason Voorhees' machete on the big screen, but the memory of that showdown is still fresh and will be brought to life this fall at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando.
Press Release (via PR Newswire): "Orlando, Fla., June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the most feared icons in horror film history, A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger™ and Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees™, will be unleashed at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 25 in a terrifying new haunted house. Guests will experience the ultimate battle of evil vs. evil as witnessed in Freddy vs. Jason.
Once guests step inside the "Freddy vs. Jason" house, they will:
Weave through Elm Street and straight into Freddy Krueger's nightmares Visit Camp Crystal Lake and come face-to-face with the hockey-masked killer, Jason Voorhees Witness iconic kills – and become the next target »
- Derek Anderson
It’s been over ten years since Freddy vs. Jason, but the rivalry rages this fall at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. One of the largest annual haunt events in the U.S. has announced a Freddy vs. Jason House for Halloween Horror Nights 25. Universal Orlando reveals visitors will witness “iconic” kills from each franchise while…
The post Freddy vs. Jason at Halloween Horror Nights 25 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
by Seth Metoyer
I'm a sucker for killer looking key art. I'm digging on the cover art for the upcoming horror film Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story.
You can see a larger version of the poster art below the official details. Also, check out the trailer while you're at it. The film releases on VOD and in select theaters on May 15th.
From The Press Release:
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story is a full movie continuation of the Marble Hornets YouTube series - a horror story chronicling the strange events and occurrences of a group of high school friends through about 100 entries over the course of 5 years.
The last entry for the series was 9 months ago, so it's about time for an update, right? With 80 million YouTube views and over 408k+ subscribers the cult-like following agrees.
When a franchise has the kind of life that A Nightmare on Elm Street has had, there are always going to be ideas that fall through the cracks. Did you know, for instance, that Peter Jackson wrote an Elm Street sequel in the early '90s? Titled A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Lover, it was going to address the fact that Freddy Krueger wasn't the terrifying entity he'd been in the first movie, how he'd become a weakened clown who teens tried to encounter so they could use him as a punching bag. There were also plenty of other pitches being drafted back then, and in the years since a lot of attempts at Freddy vs. Jason movies had been discussed or in early stages of development both before and after the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason. Right before that crossover...
- Christopher Campbell
Interview by Kevin Scott
I had the privilege recently to talk with the very talented director James Cullen Bressack. He’s becoming the Cameron Crowe of Horror directors by being a wunderkind and showing mind blowing talent as a writer and director even before he could buy his own beer. I was grateful to get some insight from him, find out what inspired him, and see what’s next. Special thanks to actor/producer/writer Zack Ward for joining in on the interview.
Ks: I know that you get this a lot, but you are a really young guy. You seem so close to the golden age of VHS, with a love for such classics as “Basket Case” and the William Lustig films, yet you are a generation removed. How did you discover them?
Jcb: I got really into watching VHS stuff. My Dad had “Hellraiser” on VHS. »
If there’s a certain type of sub-genre of films that I love as much as the horror genre, without a doubt that type of film is gritty, betrayal-filled Tex-Mex crime noir sun-genre. There’s just something so wonderful about films like Blood Simple, Lone Star and various others that make me giddy like a kid giving freedom to run wild in a toy store. I’m always on the lookout for good films that fall into that type of film, and when a special one comes, it’s like an arrow from cupid, straight to my black heart. Well, fright fanatics who are also fans of the Texas crime thriller film can now add Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Broken Horses to the list of films that will Without A Single Doubt go down as one of the best of its kind.
Packing one hell of a punch right from the opening scene, »
- Jerry Smith
There's been an eerie silence at Crystal Lake since the 2009 Platinum Dunes Friday The 13th, which was followed only by legal tangles and creative problems. Since then there's been talk of a new TV series, but the 13th film in the franchise is now moving forward again too. David Bruckner, as previously reported, is directing, and the film now has a new screenwriter in Hannibal's Nick Antosca.Last we heard, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy Vs. Jason) had written a "great - better than the first" screenplay; there was talk of 3D and/or found footage; and there were hints that Jason would be swinging his machete in an environment we'd never seen him in before, namely the snow...None of that is now the case (well, the snow isn't impossible), with the thrust of the new take apparently being a final answer to the question of why »
Since the announcement of a Friday the 13th TV series (a new one, not the old one) last year, details have been either sketchy or non-existent. Originally we heard that it was going to “be like Smallville” according to Friday the 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham and it would likely not feature Jason just killing teenagers. There was also some talk of the series heading to the web rather than TV screens with Cunningham saying Netflix would be the perfect home for them.
Over the weekend at MonsterMania Q&A event with Cunningham and other Friday the 13th alumni, some new details emerged.
According to an attendee, Cunningham revealed that they are in talks with The CW (current home to Arrow and The Flash) who are very interested in the show, which would be centred around the Real Crystal Lake and the effect the Friday the 13th movies have on their lives. »
- Luke Owen
Whilst superheroes have made the idea popular, it's no surprise that the 'cinematic universe' model could spread to other genres. Horror in particular has always been one which has dabbled in the idea of crossovers in the past (eg. "Freddy vs. Jason").
But what about a shared cinematic universe between franchises within the same company? Blumhouse Productions have quickly established several of their own franchises in recent years, the most notable being the "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "Sinister" franchises with are all set to get another entry each this year.
- Garth Franklin
When I first read the headlines, I swear I could hear the high-pitched tear of a needle being dragged across a vinyl record. After posting a few pieces of concept art, 20th Century Fox gave the go-ahead to Neill Blomkamp to take the reigns of their wounded Alien franchise. The one that has been so poorly manhandled that they couldn’t even make a decent movie out the back story with Ridley Scott at the helm, and couldn’t mine one moment of fun from crossing over the classic Xenomorphs with the Predator franchise. I mean, seriously. Even the terrible Freddy vs. Jason had a few fun moments.
The Alien franchise has been drifting aimlessly since James Cameron delivered the universally loved Aliens nearly 30 years ago. Since then, Alien fans have been perpetually disappointed by the series. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Freddy Krueger is surely the greatest horror icon of them all; a slasher figure destined to live on forever in the endless Nightmare films and of course our actual nightmares, too. Since 1984, there have been nine Freddy films to date (including Freddy Vs. Jason).
When the A Nightmare On Elm Street films first began in the ’80s, slashers were all of the rage, and the success of similar films like Friday The 13th ensured that the Nightmare films too would find an audience. They certainly did, and with so many fans wowed by the original, sequels were not only likely, but an absolute necessity for New Line Cinema.
Like most horror franchises, A Nightmare On Elm Street suffers from inconstant quality among the many entries. The series has had many different casts and crews and has aged over four decades, so there is of course a lot »
- Joe O'Brien
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
Back in the fall of 2013, we learned that "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage was going to star in an R-rated comedy where he played a man who tells people that he's a leprechaun. Now Deadline has word that the film is called O'Lucky Day, and Hairspray and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman is in talks to get behind the camera. Some more details on the story have also surfaced as it's described as following a con man who may or may not be a real leprechaun, but at the very least, convinces people that he is one. However, with Shankman on board as director, I'm not entirely sure this will be R-rated comedy anymore. The original script came from Andrew Dodge, who wrote Bad Words for Jason Bateman's directorial debut, but it's been rewritten by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason). That means there's still a »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Adam Shankman has signed on to direct Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in the Paramount Pictures comedy O'Lucky Day. We first reported on the project back in October 2013 when Peter Dinklage signed on, but this is the first we're hearing of the new title. The actor is set to play a con man who may or may not be an actual leprechaun, although he successfully passes off as one.
Andrew Dodge, who wrote last year's R-rated comedy Bad Words starring Jason Bateman, wrote the original draft of the script, with Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th, Freddy vs. Jason) providing the most recent rewrite. Production is scheduled to start this April, after Peter Dinklage wraps up work on Season 5 of Game of Thrones.
Lochlyn Munro may not be an immediately recognisable name but the Canadian actor has certainly been a prominent face in mainstream media since his breakout in the late 90s. You’ll know him best for his comedic appearances in A Night At The Roxbury, Scary Movie and White Chicks but the talented star has also featured in 21 Jump Street, Charmed, Smallville, Castle and Arrow.
To celebrate the release of the new crime-thriller Badge Of Honor, we were fortunate enough to speak to Munro about the film, his past roles and his brilliantly diverse career.
Lochlyn: Hello, this is Lochlyn.
Thn: Hello Lochlyn, this is The Hollywood News. It’s a pleasure to be talking with you, I’m a huge fan!
Lochlyn: Oh well thanks, thanks! It must be a bit late for you out there, huh?
Thn: Yes, it’s actually 1 am here but I’m a bit of a night owl! »
- Ben Read
“You love the music. I am the music.” Though he’s best known for portraying the man of your nightmares, prolific actor Robert Englund has played a plethora of memorable roles over his impressive career, including his turn as the titular villain in 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera. Scream Factory is bringing Dwight Little’s take of Gaston Leroux’s classic novel to Blu-ray on February 17th, but you can watch clips and the trailer from the upcoming release right now.
“Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Galaxy of Terror, Freddy vs. Jason) assumes the classic role of The Phantom in this shocking, nerve-jangling retelling of Gaston Leroux’s timeless tale of music, madness and murder!
An aspiring opera singer finds herself transported back to Victorian-era London – and into the arms of a reclusive, disfigured maestro determined to make her a star. The silver-throated Christine (Jill Schoelen, The Stepfather »
- Derek Anderson
Starz Media’s recent output of great films is seriously rivaling their excellent television programming (seriously, How Good Is Black Sails?! This good), with recent releases like Simon and Zeke Hawkins’ Bad Turn Worse, the excellent George Takei doc, To Be Takei and countless others. Starz is doing one hell of a job creating a solid output of films and series that are heavy on story, and with some Great writing. Adding to their growing roster of films and series, Starz has now announced the North American right to director Jay Martin’s crime thriller, 7 Minutes, a robbery gone wrong film starring Luke Mitchell, Jason Ritter (Freddy Vs. Jason), Leven Rambin (Chasing Mavericks, The Hunger Games), Kris Kristofferson and Zane Holtz (El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn series).
Helmed by Jay Martin, a director known for directing music videos for various musicians (the guy directed one of my favorite videos, »
- Jerry Smith
Warner Bros. Pictures
Crossovers used to be the death-knell of a franchise. Marking the point where original appeal had waned and gimmicks were the only way to keep a past-it idea going. There were a few successes, sure, but most didn’t go beyond the novelty of seeing two things not normally on screen together being on screen together. There’s a reason Yogi’s Ark Lark has been wiped from the cultural memory (oh yes, The Simpsons Guy is far from the first case of lazily mashing together characters).
Nowadays, however, crossovers are the backbone of the blockbuster industry, motivating increasingly adventurous mega-franchises. At some point in the mid-noughties Hollywood managed to convince audiences they didn’t mind films not being stand-alone experiences and the notion that separate characters should come together eventually became the norm.
It all kicked off with The Avengers, which made previous cynical meet-ups (Freddy Vs. Jason, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Growing up, I absolutely adored watching the teamup films, featuring classic monsters. When modern day icons met in Freddy Vs. Jason, it just didn’t give me the same enjoyment and excitement that the old Universal films did. Image Entertainment is looking to get a lot of people with similar feelings excited, with their February 10th DVD/Digital release of Damien Leone’s Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy. It could go either way, but I’ll be first in line to check this one out. What do you fright fanatics think?
“Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor’s latest grisly “experiment” is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla’s most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Can the »
- Jerry Smith
20 items from 2015
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