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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes and Dracula: A Match Made in Hell

26 December 2012 12:30 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula. It sounds like fan fiction, the kind of clumsy mash-up written in overly purple prose and shared on someone’s blog; or, perhaps, like the literary equivalent of comic book fanboy arguments, the ones that start with questions like, “Who is stronger: Superman or the Hulk?”

This re-release from Titan Books (originally published by Doubleday in 1978) is a far cry from fan fiction. Yes, it’s pure pulp, but pulp guided by the steady hand of accomplished mystery author Loren D. Estleman, who makes sure that “The World’s Greatest Detective” (along with his stalwart companion, Watson) meshes seamlessly into the famous vampire tale. The result is a rousing adventure story that does both Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud.

Estleman’s book chronicles Count Dracula’s time in London, beginning at the point where a mysterious schooner arrives in Whitby Harbour in the »

- Blu Gilliand

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

23 December 2012 1:35 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.

But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: The Cabin in the Woods »

- The Woman In Black

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The 10 underrated film performances of 2012

18 December 2012 3:27 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Mark Harrison Dec 19, 2012

As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in this year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...

With the awards season gearing up for the big, corpulent, back-slapping ceremonies throughout January and February, we're hurtling towards the end of another cinematic year with the usual sense of anticipation and predictability.

With Daniel Day Lewis' version of President Lincoln touted for acting plaudits, and every other Best Supporting Actress candidate preparing their best loser faces for when Les Miserables' Anne Hathaway scoops every gong going, there's little regard for the great performances in lesser-seen films, or genre cinema. And so, as I did in the previous two years, I've formulated a list of the performances that nobody is talking about in relation to the awards season.

I've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise, »

- ryanlambie

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40 Must See Films of 2013

15 December 2012 1:33 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With the end of the year just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the onslaught of cinema that awaits us in 2013. While it’s likely most of the films coming out after the Mayan apocalypse won’t be home run classics, there’s still a huge palette of interesting and bombastic movies waiting for us in the coming year. There’s a lot of big studio blockbusters and a good helping of smaller films that all look like they’ll be worth checking out.

With that, here’s a list of forty films (in the order of their release dates) that have sparked this author’s curiosity and should get you looking forward to another year at the multiplex.

40. Gangster Squad (1/11)

Despite delays caused by the shooting that took place in Aurora earlier this year, Ruben Fleischer’s ode to gangland violence doesn’t look to »

- Drew Dietsch

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Len Wiseman Describes ‘The Mummy’ Reboot as ‘Epic’ Modern-Day Horror Film

14 December 2012 9:52 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Writer-producer duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) are currently backing a pair of supernatural horror reboots, The Mummy and Van Helsing. The latter franchise originated as a Stephen Sommers film – based, of course, on the famous Dracula vampire hunter – but the former existed long before Sommers put his own spin on the story, with a 1999 blockbuster starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

Director Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) recently spilled some new details about the Mummy reboot, revealing the setting and tone for the pitch from Jon Spaihts (who penned the initial Prometheus script draft titled Alien: Engineers).

Here’s what Wiseman told Movieweb about remaking The Mummy (again):

“There was skepticism. The difference between ['Mummy' and 'Total Recall'], ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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2012 Cbm FightClub Friday Superbattle Cccxviii (318)

13 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Batman And Robin vs Robocop | Title Fight-aragorn, Legolas And Gimli vs Cyborg | Rematch-dr Octopus vs Steel | Results for Cbm FightClub Cxli (141): Hulk vs Martian Manhunter | Cyborg vs Robocop | Colossus vs Flash | --> Cbm FightClub Official Group Standing# of Wins# of Fighters2101012201003875ver.9.1 Welcome to the longest running Fight Polls in Cbm. Thank you for the strong support you guys give to Cbm FightClub, please continue to show your support by clicking the Red Glove Superhero "Like" button Below. Cbm FightClub Cxli (141) results: [Hulk]Hulk(75)vsMARTIAN Manhunter(64)Rank: 8# of Fights: 15Win/s: 11| Hawkman | Black Canary | Martian Manhunter | Blue Beetle | Wonder Woman | Brainiac | Superman | Van Helsing | Parasite | Lobo | DOOMSDAYLoss/es: 4| Green Lantern Hal Jordan | Dr Manhattan | Swamp Thing | Yoda[Cyborg]Cyborg(126)vsROBOCOP(35)Rank: 230# of Fights: 12Win/s: 5| Agent Zero | Nick Fury | Robocop | Terminator T-800 | MLoss/es: 7| »

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2012 Cbm FightClub Thursday Superbattle Cccxvii (317)

12 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Bullseye vs Zorro | Title Fight-hawkman vs Judge Dredd | Rematch-blackheart vs Dr Fate | Results for Cbm FightClub Cxl (140): Bullseye vs Judge Dredd | Black Canary vs Hulk | Hawkeye vs Hawkman | --> Cbm FightClub Official Group Standing# of Wins# of Fighters2101012201003875ver.9.1 Welcome to the longest running Fight Polls in Cbm. Thank you for the strong support you guys give to Cbm FightClub, please continue to show your support by clicking the Red Glove Superhero "Like" button Below. Cbm FightClub Cxl (140) results: [Bullseye]Bullseye(40)vsJUDGE Dredd(22)Rank: 23# of Fights: 7Win/s: 5| Green Arrow | Judge Dredd | Rorschach | Human Target | VLoss/es: 2| Snake-eyes | Black Canary[Hulk]Black Canary(2)vsHULK(61)Rank: 8# of Fights: 15Win/s: 11| Hawkman | Black Canary | Martian Manhunter | Blue Beetle | Wonder Woman | Brainiac | Superman | Van Helsing | Parasite | Lobo | DOOMSDAYLoss/es: 4| Green Lantern Hal Jordan | Dr Manhattan | Swamp Thing »

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Infographic: Quick Guide to Choosing a Vampire Hunter

29 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

You’re in a pinch. There’s a vampire in your town who is trying to date your daughter and you need to get rid of him stat. Who will you call to terminate the pesky blood sucker? Buffy? She’s perfect for undercover work, but there’s so much drama with her. Selene? She’s already immortal so that’s points in her favor, and she looks good in vinyl, but she is also, and will forever be, a vampire at heart. Gabriel Van Helsing? Sure he has the experience, and knows how to kill a number of creatures, but maybe he’s just a little bit over-the-hill?

It’s really a guessing game. Thankfully, there’s a cheat sheet comparing vampire hunters to guide you through this decision with all the pertinent gun-for-hire information you may need: weapon, strengths, weaknesses and blood lust level. It even calculates how »

- Sara Castillo

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Review: Vamps (Blu-ray)

21 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Vamps reunites writer/director Amy Heckerling with her Clueless star Alicia Silverstone in a film that is surprisingly sweet. The movie opens like Clueless, with Alicia Silverstone narrating her backstory:

Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and her Bff Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are two hopelessly romantic women who are longing for better days while working the night shift as exterminators. Will they ever find that one special guy to share their oh so long lives with? Oh, and did I mention they’re also vampires?

While watching Vamps, I couldn’t help but feel it was created solely for an early teen and even tween crowd, and not the older teenage market that Heckerling had cornered in the 80’s with Fast Times at Ridgemont High and in the 90’s with the aforementioned Clueless. Heckerling doesn’t seem to fare as well in the watered down world that this film seems to be catered to. »

- Derek Botelho

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Bite Me! 5 Fringe Vampire Flicks for Those Over-Stuffed From 'Twilight'

19 November 2012 8:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was a great weekend for vampires, with the final installment of the “Twilight” franchise pouring more than $141 million in domestic grosses into Summit Entertainment’s coffers during its first few days out of the gate. Budgeted at $120 million, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2” still has headway to make before it will match “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s” $300-million North American haul. Like its predecessors — and the vampire genre in general — the film’s success is not critically driven. What does matter is budget, and each of the top 10-grossing studio-made vampire films since 1978 has been flush with cash, from Universal's "Van Helsing" ($160 million) to Warner Bros.’ “Interview with the Vampire” ($60 million) and Summit’s “Breaking Dawn -- Part 1” ($110 million). Read More: 'Completely Ruthless': William Faulkner's 5 Best Quotes »

- Sofia M. Fernandez

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Director Sam Mendes Talks Skyfall, Deleted Scenes, Creating His Own James Bond Story, Roger Deakins, Comic Book Movies, Preacher, and More

18 November 2012 11:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

At the recent Los Angeles press day for Skyfall, I was able to speak with director Sam Mendes.  During our extended conversation we talked about fan reaction to Skyfall, whether it was tough to land cinematographer Roger Deakins, deleted scenes, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, whether he will direct another James Bond film, Javier Bardem’s character's sexuality, crafting his own version of a Bond story rather than being beholden to the Bond mythos, and a lot more.  In addition, we talked about his Preacher adaptation, whether he would direct a comic book movie like Justice League (and his thoughts on the comic book movie genre), his vampire hunter TV series featuring Van Helsing with John Logan (which he will produce and possibly direct the pilot), and more. I absolutely loved SkyfallSam Mendes has crafted one of the best James Bond movies ever made.  While the Bond franchise is now 50 years old, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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2012 Cbm FightClub Sunday Superbattle Ccxcii (292)

17 November 2012 11:00 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Papa Midnite vs Van Helsing | Title Fight-Aeon Flux vs Catwoman | Rematch-shadowcat vs Stargirl | Results for Cbm FightClub Clxxx (180): Invisible Woman Vs Mina Murray | Cyclops Vs Papa Midnite | Catwoman Vs Mystique --> Cbm FightClub Official Group StandingNo. of WinsNo. of Fighters19987152931259ver.7.3 Welcome to the longest running daily Fight Polls in Cbm. Thank you to all the strong support that you guys are giving to Cbm FightClub, please continue to show your support by clicking that Red Glove Superhero "Like" button Below . The result of Superbattle Clxxx (180) UndercardINVISIBLE Woman (271) vs Mina Murray (44) Winner:invisible Woman[Powers & Abilities]FightClub Rank: 14No. of Fights: 13Win/s: 9| Poison Ivy | Fire | Impulse | Stargirl | Giganta | Captain Marvel | Hawkman | Mina Murray | Saturn GirlLOSS/es: 4| Wonder Woman | Green Lantern Tomar-Re | Supergirl | Flash Title FightCYCLOPS (270) vs Papa Midnite (48) Winner:cyclops[Powers & Abilities]FightClub Rank: »

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Exclusive: Wallace Shawn Discusses Vamps

17 November 2012 2:56 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Comedic actor Wallace Shawn was able to speak to ShockYa about his role as Dr. Van Helsing in Amy Heckerling’s sassy vampire film, “Vamps,” starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two vampire roommates that get tired of being forever young. During the interview, Shawn answered a question many people have been asked before, that question being, if you could, would you become a vampire? Check out his answer and more below. “Vamps” is out on Blu-ray and DVD now. What do you think about this take on vampires? Wallace Shawn: Well, I’m not really–I don’t know any vampires in real life, so I’m sure it’s much more accurate than  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: Making His Mark

16 November 2012 1:37 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Vampire Diaries featured a break up, a hallucinatory return and one seriously bloody axe murder this week.

Indeed, with an awakened hunter in town and a shady professor wanting to know his every move, there's plenty for this week's Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker and Steve Marsi to discuss.

Pull up a virtual chair now and gather around, TV Fanatic. Let's talk about "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes."


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: I'm holding a tumbler of bourbon in my hand as I type this and acknowledging two more references to Alaric. I absolutely love how the show hasn't forgotten about everyone's favorite history teacher. These small touches expose Damon's soft side... and mine, dammit! I really miss that guy.

Leigh: Elena's fight with Katherine. Considering it was a really a fight with her own psyche, »

- (TV Fanatic Staff)

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The Vampire Diaries Review: Killer Consequences

15 November 2012 7:03 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Elena kicked off this episode of The Vampire Diaries by stabbing Jeremy in the neck. She ended it by stabbing Stefan in the heart.

In between, there were hallucinations, unexpected returns, heartfelt pleas, professor-based revelations, a hilarious reference to Van Helsing and one seriously bloody step taken by the fresh-faced new hunter in town.

Yes, "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes," TVDers. Especially when protecting our loved ones...

What a tremendous job this hour did in tying together all characters and storylines.

Caroline, Tyler and Hayley had felt as if they were on the outside looking in on events in Mystic Falls, but here their de-siring plans came into direct (read: deadly) contact with Elena's crazy visions. We learned more about April's father... and his connection to Professor Shane... while Bonnie remains under his dangerous wing... and, of course, Jeremy is tied to both Bonnie (via their feelings) and Elena, »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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Watch: First Spellbinding Trailer for 'The Mortal Instruments' Movie

14 November 2012 9:34 PM, PST | | See recent news »

"If I'm not human, than what am I?!" A mundane. What's a mundane? You have to watch this (or read the books) to find out. Screen Gems has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, an adaptation of yet another "bestselling" series of young adult fantasy novels, these written by Cassandra Clare. Lily Collins stars as Clary Fray, a young girl who doesn't know she has special powers to fight off demons until she sees the mysteriously sultry Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower). This looks like a smorgasbord mix of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, plus Blade or Van Helsing, but it could be pretty good. Here's the first teaser trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, originally from MTV: Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid, Agent Cody Banks) directs Mortal Instruments: City of Bones written by I. Marlene King and Jessica Postigo and based on Cassandra Clare »

- Alex Billington

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New Clips From The Upcoming Movie Vamps

12 November 2012 9:10 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Vampires, galore! In anticipation of its Blu-Ray and DVD release on November 13, 2012, we’ve got a few clips from the upcoming movie, “Vamps.” Director Amy Heckerling’s newest feature film features Sigourney Weaver as an insatiable blood sucking mentor, Malcolm McDowell as a knitting needle wielding ex-day player, and Wallace Shawn as vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing. The laughs will turn you into a fang-loving fan! “Vamps” stars Alicia Silverstone (“Surburgatory,” “Blast from the Past”), Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B— In Apartment 23″), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”), Richard Lewis (“Robin Hood Men In Tights,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar,” “Political Animals”), Wallace Shawn (“The Princess  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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TV Rewind: ‘Jersey Shore’ Does Good, ‘Downton’ Marks Return, ‘Boy Meets World’ Sequel In Development

8 November 2012 9:02 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip! This week, Carson fills in.


Top Stories

• The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore announced it will host a live telethon, entitled Restore the Shore, Nov. 15 to aid the real Jersey Shore, which suffered massive damage from Hurricane Sandy. The contributions will go to Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that funds reconstruction and design projects.

• PBS’s Downton Abbey returns Jan. 6. That is all.

• A sequel to ABC’s ever-popular Boy Meets World that will focus on Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel‘s daughter is in early development at Disney Channel.

• CBS gave freshman series Elementary the coveted post-Superbowl spot this year.

• NBC’s Coming Together telethon benefitting Sandy relief didn’t stand a chance against Malibu Country, the Reba McEntire-led ABC comedy.

Show Biz

• The two-hour series finale of Fox’s Fringe will air Friday, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Dracula 3D 'Burning' and 'Bite' Clips

7 November 2012 4:31 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IFC Midnight has debuted two clips from Dracula 3D, the latest from horror legend Dario Argento. Unax Ugalde stars as Jonathan Harker, who leaves his fiancee Mina (Marta Gastini) behind to work for Count Dracula (Thomas Kretschmann). The first scene features Rutger Hauer as vampire slayer Van Helsing, who comes to ward off Lucy, played by the director's daughter, Asia Argento. The second clip is restricted to those over the age of 18, featuring Harker and the new vampire Tania (Miriam Giovanelli), who is determined to please her new houseguest.

Dracula 3D - Burning

clickHere to view the second clip, which features nudity. IFC Midnight will be distributing this horror-thriller sometime next year.

Dracula 3D comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Rutger Hauer, Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Miriam Giovanelli, Marta Gastini, Unax Ugalde, Morgane Slemp, Maria Cristina Heller. The film is directed by Dario Argento. »

- MovieWeb

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Mind Numbingly Bad Clips from Argento's Dracula

7 November 2012 11:35 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Does anybody here remember Dario Argento? Remember how he said that we would meet again... some sunny day? Dario! Dario! What has become of you? Does anybody else in here feel the way I do? Two Not Safe For Work clips. Watch them and weep gently for better days gone by.

IFC Films has snagged the rights to Dracula 3D and will release it under the IFC Midnight label in 2013.

Dracula 3D features Asia Argento as Lucy, Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula, Marta Gastini as Mina, and Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing. Miguel Angel Silvestre and Miriam Giovanelli also star.


Transylvania, 1893.

One night in the woods adjacent to Passo Borgo, at the foot of the Carpazi mountains, a couple of young lovers, Tania and Milos, secretly meet. On her way home, Tania is chased and overcome by a "dark shadow" that kills her. In those days Jonathan Harker, a young librarian, »

- Uncle Creepy

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