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My Movie Diary (2000-2009)

28 December 2009 6:58 PM, PST | | See recent news »

I can’t remember why, I’ve slept since then, but, in January of 2000, I found myself sitting in front of a blank Word document.  I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do, and, now, 10 years later, I’m still working strong at it.  I began keeping a sort of diary, listing the days and months and putting down the films I saw in the theater into it.  I don’t remember why I only included movies I saw in the theater.  I could have started just as an idea-giver on how many movies I actually saw each year (I also kept a running count each year).  It began on January 7th, 2000, when I entered Bicentennial Man as my first film in this long and ever-growing endeavor.

In 2000, I saw 166 films in the theater.  There were many a high (seeing Gladiator on May 5th and »

- Kirk

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The Foywonder's Ten Worst Horror Films of the Decade

23 December 2009 8:31 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.

Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.

I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »

- Foywonder

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Hell Freezes Over in Dan Walton's 'Bind'

15 December 2009 3:11 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Hell just froze over.... Shooting begins this March in Vancouver on Bind, producer Dan Walton's (Gutterballs, Hanger) directorial debut. In the feature a weekend getaway to a scenic winter wonderland takes a deadly turn when a group of friends find themselves pitted against the elements and a dark presence with a bloody agenda. Christa Campbell (2001 Maniacs), Al Santos (Jeepers Creepers 2, American Gangster), Wolfgang J Weber (Into The Darkness), Travis Aaron Wade (Pig Hunt), Raine Brown (100 Tears) and Jessica Von (The Taken, Bloody Mary) all star. SFX work is being handled by Brian Sipe (Star Trek, Van Helsing, Pirates of the Caribbean). »

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Bind Casting, Synopsis, and Start Date

13 December 2009 4:56 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything regarding filmmaker Dan Walton’s planned feature directorial debut Bind, but today that’s all changed. Walton (who served as co-executive producer on 2008’s lurid Gutterballs) informed us that the film (which now features the tag-line "Hell Just Froze Over") is set to go before cameras in March of 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, and also provided us with a synopsis of the 80’s horror homage and an updated cast list.

According to Walton, who will direct from his own script, Bind tells the story of “a weekend getaway to a scenic winter wonderland that takes a deadly turn when a group of friends find themselves pitted against the elements and a dark presence with a bloody agenda.”

FX man Brian Sipe, whose previous credits include Van Helsing and Pirates of the Caribbean, will be on hand to provide what is expected »

- SeanD.

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The 2009 Terror Film Festival 'Claw' Awards - Winners Announced

13 December 2009 1:23 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On October 24th, The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards took place at the Ethical Society Building on the famous Rittenhouse Square of Philadelphia.

The 4th season brought in the most astounding talent from all over the USA, as well as, the world. The assemblage of fans, filmmakers, screenwriters, and industry professionals, waited in anticipation, and all bets were on, as the illustrious Claw and the beautiful Princess Horror stood onstage, envelopes in hand, to present the coveted awards.

And the winners are...

Evil Angel - A steamy and heart-pounding story based on the ancient myth of Lilith, the first wife of Adam, who has roamed the Earth for centuries as a sexy and seductive villainous, and proudly holds the title of the world’s first serial killer. Written and directed by the iconoclastic Richard Dutcher of Utah, the film garnered several awards, such as, Best Feature Film, Best Original Music »


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Walton and Cast are Put in a Bind

12 December 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Filmmaker Dan Walton gave us the drop on a new project he's writing and directing. In March, he'll begin filming Bind starring Christa Campbell, Al Santos, Wolfgang, J. Weber, Travis Aaron Wade, Raine Brown and Jessica Von. The story tells of a weekend getaway to a scenic winter wonderland that takes a deadly turn when a group of friends find themselves pitted against the elements and a dark presence with a bloody agenda. Brian Sipe - whose work can be seen in Star Trek , Van Helsing and Pirates of the Caribbean - is on FX duties. Walton recently produced Hanger and Gutterballs . More info as it comes! »

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New Solomon Kane Clip Online

10 December 2009 11:45 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We're feeling quietly optimistic about Solomon Kane, Michael J. Bassett's screen introduction of Robert E. Howard's (Conan, Red Sonja) evil-vanguishing 16th century puritan adventurer. With its Hammer films vibe (and taste in hats) it's looking like everything Van Helsing should have been but wasn't.James Purefoy takes the lead, with support from the likes of Pete Postlethwaite, Max Von Sydow, Alice Krige and Mackenzie Crook, and Bloody Disgusting have got hold of a short clip, extending the glimpses of the hall of mirrors scene we saw in the trailer. Click here for some reasonably creepy mirror-ghoul action, and dialogue that actually includes a "silence, you dogs". Been a while since we heard that one. The film is released in the UK on February 5th. »

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BBC America's 'Demons' for the vampire crowd, January 2

9 December 2009 9:51 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The vampire tale is not dead, or even undead in the realm of television. Enter BBC America's latest series from across the pond for Us audiences: "Demons." Actor Philip Glenister stars in the contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker.s Dracula. "Demons" is the tale of the dark underworld of half-lives, monsters and in-humans that lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day London. The series is penned by the writers of "Hex" and "Merlin." "Demons" stars Philip Glenister as the straight-talking American Rupert Galvin tasked with inspiring the last descendent of Van Helsing to join forces and commit to living a double life - before he is assassinated. Demons premieres Saturday, January 2, 10:00 p.m. »

- April MacIntyre

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News: Demons, Finally!

8 December 2009 4:42 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Sf Universe reports that Demons Are Coming to BBC America, January 2.

Merlin’s Richard Wilson recruits a teenaged descendent of Van Helsing to fight things bumping in the night.

Christian Cooke plays the descendent, Luke Rutherford.

Here's a YouTube clip:


The videos I’ve seen posted make it look fun, with a good combination of danger, humor, and creature effects. It sounds like the perfect companion to BBC America’s Being Human. Like that show, though, the season ends way too quickly.

Duane Simolke wrote Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure and The Acorn Stories.


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Demons Are Coming From BBC America

8 December 2009 4:22 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

They really are. The short-lived BBC series is making its way stateside thanks to BBC America, and the show is sure to please fans who dig the Buffy the Vampire Slayer formula.

From BBC America's press release:

The battle against the dark underworld of half-lives, monsters and in-humans lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day London in the U.S. premiere of Demons. This contemporary spin on the character of Van Helsing features Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) as an average teenager, but with the arrival of his dead father's best friend Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister), Luke's life is about to be flipped upside down. Galvin is a straight-talking, headstrong American who has come to tell Luke his secret destiny - he's the real-life great-great grandson of Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Luke's destined to inherit the family mantle as a warrior in the »

- Masked Slasher

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BBC America Imports Demons Series

8 December 2009 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

If you're looking for news about Lamberto Bava's Demons films making the transition to the small screen, forget it. However, if you're a fan of British television shows, look no further. BBC America announced today that the series Demons will make it's U.S. debut on January 2 at 10pm. Synopsis: The battle against the dark underworld of half-lives, monsters and in-humans lie deep beneath the streets of modern-day London in the U.S. premiere of Demons. This contemporary spin on the character of Van Helsing features Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) as an average teenager, but with the arrival of his dead father's best friend Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister), Luke's life is about to be flipped upside down. Galvin is a straight-talking, headstrong American who has come to tell »

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Wff 09: Review of Suck

7 December 2009 12:23 PM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2009

Director: Rob Stefaniuk

Writer: Rob Stefaniuk

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Marina Antunes

Rating: 8 out of 10

The first time I heard the name Rob Stefaniuk was in conjunction with Phil the Alien, a little Canadian film which was described as “seriously bent.” Anyone familiar with that project may think they know what to expect with Stefaniuk’s directorial follow-up and though they may be prepared for the zaniness, they’re probably not ready for the sheer awesomeness of Suck.

Written, directed and starring Stefaniuk, it’s the story of a band trying to make it in the hard knock music industry. They’re sound isn’t bad but The Winners, led by Joey (Stefaniuk) are playing dives and going no where fast. So fast in fact that they’re manager (Dave Foley thankfully wearing pants for his entire appearance in this film) is asking to be relieved of »

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[Rec] 2 takes Manhattan this weekend

4 December 2009 10:44 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Spanish Cinema Now festival held annually by the Film Society of Lincoln Center has always been a great place for New York-area buffs to catch the most talked-about fright fare from Spain, and this year is no exception. The 2009 event, which runs from today through Sunday, December 20 at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street, upper level), will feature, among other things, the eagerly awaited [Rec] 2 (pictured).

Directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza reteam from the knockout original [Rec] for the sequel, which picks up directly where the first left off and follows a health official and a commando squad as they attempt to uncover just what caused the flesheating mayhem inside an apartment building. [Rec] 2 screens this Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, both at 9 p.m.; the first [Rec] will also play on Sunday at 7:15 p.m. Balagueró will appear in person at both showings. Check out our advance review of [Rec] 2 here. »

- (Michael Gingold)

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New French Poster For Solomon Kane

2 December 2009 11:20 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

How do you like your Puritans? Are you a fan of the frequently praying kind who like to eat turkey with Native Americans, or do you prefer the demon-battling kind who may have a hat like Van Helsing but are a good bit tougher? If it's the latter, here's a treat in the form of a new poster for Solomon Kane.James Purefoy plays the man himself, a former mercenary for Elizabeth I who, while fighting in Africa, encountered a demon called the Reaper and learned that his soul was condemned to Hell. Over the years after that event he dedicates himself to peace and prayer and Puritanism in the hopes of getting a do-over from the Almighty, but is forced to take up arms again - on the side of Right this time - when an evil sorcerer threatens his home.Click the image above for a larger version »

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Twilight's New Moon and the rise of the vampire film craze

29 November 2009 12:33 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

No One can fail to have noticed the recent surge of interest in vampires, like a throbbing vein in popular culture.

On TV, we have True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human, while undead bloodsuckers have also invaded cinema this year in the form of Let The Right One In (released last year in the USA), Blood: The Last Vampire, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

So why are vampires in vogue at the moment? New Moon director Chris Weitz has given his views on the phenomenon.

Weitz said: "The only thing I can think of is that it is a very adaptable metaphor.

"In the 80s the vampire myth would have been about Aids; in the 90s, drug addiction. Nowadays, maybe it is about restraint and desire but I cannot explain why there are any number of series of books, movies and stuff about vampires. »

- David Bentley

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More 'Wolfman' Troubles That May Actually Help The Movie Out

22 November 2009 9:12 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

I cannot think of a film in recent times that has had more trouble getting to the screen than "The Wolfman" remake. A director replacement just a short while before principal photography, a costly decision to add CGI, a detailed reshoot period, and multiple shifting release dates...phew. Well, here's something else that can be seen as a good or a bad thing:Word inadvertently leaked last week that two experienced editors, Mark Goldblatt and three-time Oscar-winner Walter Murch ("The English Patient"), had come on board to rework the film.  Whatever the duo has done seems to have done wonders.  HitFix has learned that two new cuts were recently tested and surprisingly the longer one played very well with audiences.The fact that Two editors needed to be brought in to fix the movie can definitely be seen as a bad thing. I mean, was it in that bad of shape? »

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Comparing 'Twilight' And 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' With MTV's Gore Girls

20 November 2009 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are The Gore Girls!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.

Today brings another special Friday edition of MTV's Gore Girls. With "New Moon" freshly arrived in theaters, we decided to try something a little bit different. Instead of Jenni and Terri discussing a single movie, they watched "Bram Stoker's Dracula" -- a romance-focused vampire story, albeit with quite a bit more horror than Stephenie Meyer's works -- and discussed it in relation to "Twilight." For those who haven't seen it, "Dracula" is a pretty straightforward adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 book. »

- MTV Movies Team

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Worst Vampires in Film History

17 November 2009 2:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Okay, all you Twilight-ers out there.  It’s time to avert your eyes, because the Haterade is about to flow like a pierced jugular.  This week, yes, in honor of New Moon’s release, we are counting down our collective top 10 of the worst vampires in film history.  These are creatures of the night so goofy, so lame, and so odd, they make us dream of the days of Max Schreck.  Hell, they make us long for the days of Willem Dafoe playing Max Schreck.  So hear you are, sans Nicolas Cage from Vampire’S Kiss, even, the ten worst vampires in motion picture history.

10. Zandor Vorkov as Dracula in Dracula Vs Frankenstein

Universal monster team-ups of the 1940s, director Al Adamson’s 1971 low budget paste-up job Dracula Vs Frankenstein (Adamson combined footage from a uncompleted biker film with the monster pairing) is considered one of the worst horror films of the 70’s, »

- Movie Geeks

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2012: Day 3 – The Posters

11 November 2009 9:09 AM, PST | | See recent news »

In Part 3 of Wamg’s look at 2012, we’ll take a look at the posters marketing the film as well as other disaster themed posters. Back in August, I showed you some of the dazzling posters from director Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic movie. For me, there’s nothing better than when you go into the theater, movie posters towering all around, and you instinctively walk right up to one that catches your eye… especially the visually cool ones. That film is immediately locked into the brain and you begin thinking about what the first teaser for the film will look like on the big screen. Funny enough, this latest one for 2012 is reminiscent of The 10 Commandments, although Heston’s “Moses” has a far better outcome, and with a totally different type of ”God’s Wrath” looming in the distance. No burning bush or stone tablets to save this Tibetian Monk. »

- Michelle

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Hello, My Name is Scott and I Love the 'G.I. Joe' Blu-ray

6 November 2009 5:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Back in August was when G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hit the screens, and while I had no reason to expect anything but a merciless brain-pummeling from the experience, I walked out suitably impressed with the flick's popcorn-tastic mentality. I even ended my review with this: "Truth be told, the flick's action centerpiece, a crazy chase through Paris, will soon be on heavy blu-ray rotation around my house." Yes, the director who slapped me with The Mummy Returns and pummeled me with Van Helsing is now back in my good graces. (The awesomely amusing Deep Rising is always the tie-breaker for Stephen Sommers.)

You can enjoy my wonderfully insightful G.I. Joe review right here if you like, but this time out I just want to focus on the blu-ness and not the wackness: If you liked the flick, you want to own it on Blu-ray, trust me on that one. »

- Scott Weinberg

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