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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 »
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 »
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). »
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.”
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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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! »
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. »
"The Twilight Saga" may be the current champion of vampire media, but there are plenty of other features focusing on the undead.
The new series "Demons" is a modern-day update on author Bram Stoker's "Dracula," the quintessential vampire literature. Coming from the creators of other such fantasy features "Hex" and "Merlin," the show is a look at the evil forces that lurk in the streets of London in a manner not unlike "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
The story's protagonist is British teenager Luke Rutherford, played by "Doctor Who" actor Christian Cooke, who finds his completely ordinary life interrupted when he meets American Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister). The best friend of Luke's long-deceased father, Galvin enlightens the young man about his heritage. Luke finds out that he comes from a lineage of vampire hunters dating back to "Dracula" hero Abraham Van Helsing, who was not only a real figure but Luke's great-great-grandfather. »
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
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.
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
Our friends at BBC America just let us know that, on January 2, 2010, they'll be bringing a new kind of vampire show to the small screen. Demons is a return to classic, monstrous vampires (as opposed to the current trend of romantic vamps). Christian Cooke (Doctor Who) plays Luke, a teenager whose life is interrupted by the arrival of an old family friend, Rupert (played by Philip Glenister, Life on Mars). Rupert reveals that Luke is the great-great grandson of vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing and must carry on the "family business." Sound familiar? Well, it worked for Joss Whedon. And like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Demons isn't just about vampires. Luke will »
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 »
Director: Rob Stefaniuk
Writer: Rob Stefaniuk
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 »
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. »
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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 »
BBC America is offering viewers new seasons of some fan favorites for the new year. The U.S. premieres will include "Top Gear," "The Inbetweeners," "Las Restaurant Standing" and "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross."
"Top Gear" will kick off Season 13 with a whole new season of man versus machine experiments, exhaustive road tests of the latest cars, weekly power tests featuring the world's most exotic super-cars and a surprise revelation. New adventures this season will include testing the new Lambo Murcielago, a terrifying French ice race, filming their own Volkswagen commercial and the mysterious Stig revealing his true identity. The new episode premieres on Monday, January 25 at 8:00 pm Et.
"The Inbetweeners" offers a painfully funny take on the humiliations of teenage life, following the new kid in school, Will (Simon Bird) who has unwillingly had to move, change schools and make new friends. He soon meets Simon (Joe Thomas »
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.
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
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? »
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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