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What new horrors await us on DVD this month? Well, lots of bloodsuckers, for starters...
As the old Simpsons quote goes, there are only three real monsters, kid: Dracula, Blacula and Son of Kong. Sadly, giant gorilla junior doesn’t make an appearance this month though we’ve at least got the first two categories covered.
Leading the way with aplomb, our friend Blacula finally graces this young blog with not one but two classics released on Blu-ray and DVD as a complete collection. In case you’re not familiar with this wonderful splicing of seventies Blaxploitation and gothic horror (shame on you if so), the tale of undead African prince Mamuwalde and his ongoing struggle with both his own bloodlust and pesky locals trying to stake him through the heart is both surprisingly well-made and massively enjoyable. Oh, and its success also led to the subsequent release of Blackenstein, »
By Brandon Engel
George A. Romero didn’t invent the concept of zombies. They’ve had a spot in Haitian folklore for years (as explored in older films like White Zombie  and more contemporary films like Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow ). There was also the French World War I reactionary J’Accuse (1919) by Abel Gance, which featured actual footage from the battleground. Some horror enthusiasts might even argue that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P Lovecraft’s story Herbert West: Re-Animator were also significant early entries in the zombie canon.
What Romero can be credited with, however, as the recent documentary Birth of the Living Dead examines, is the mainstream popularity of zombies. It all began when he made the film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It features a group of wayward strangers who’ve found themselves stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Psycho, The Evil Dead and Dawn of the Dead – what do all of these movies have in common? If you were to say “they’re all classic horror movies”, you’d be correct of course, but the more specific thing they have in common is that they’ve all been the subject of modern reboots.
More reboots are in the pipeline, with the likes of Poltergeist set to get the treatment, as well as an entirely new set of Universal Monster flicks on the way.
However, there are a number of great horror movies from throughout history that it would be well worthwhile rebooting for a variety of reasons.
Whether it’s because they were simply great, because they’ve gone stale after a bunch of low-budget sequels, because they’ve »
- K.J. Stewart
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.
Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Marvel’s The Avengers, comes an unlikely new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the »
- ComicMix Staff
Reviewed by Kevin Scott,
Directed by: Cody Calahan
Ever think that social media is going to be the death of us? Maybe, but it’s not going anywhere. Aside from the positive aspects of bringing people back into our lives that we would have otherwise lost touch with forever (that’s not always a good thing), it becomes relevant fodder for filmmakers. One of the many things that I love about the horror genre is that any thread of social commentary that runs through with the monsters or the murderers on the surface, gets filtered into its purest form and we see the absolute most extreme impact of what happens with the ordinary when things become extraordinary (usually in a really, »
Following three TV movies over the past decade or so, TNT decided a while back to turn its "The Librarian" franchise into a regular TV series. Now the results can be seen in a new full-length trailer for "The Librarians" released today by the network.
While Noah Wyle led the charge in the telemovies, here he takes a back seat and will pop in and out in a recurring role as the enigmatic supervisor of a new group of characters who will take on the task of looking for artifacts with mythical powers around the globe.
Said new faces include the likes of Rebecca Romijn ("X-Men"), Emmy winning comedian John Laroquette, Christian Kane ("Angel"), Lindy Booth ("Dawn of the Dead") and Australian soap star John Kim. Look out for a Bruce Campbell cameo too in the trailer, whilst the likes of Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin will pop up in the show. »
- Garth Franklin
TNT is returning to the world of its hit The Librarian franchise with a brand new series from Electric Entertainment and executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane ("Leverage," "Angel"), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world's mystical treasures, with Emmy winner John Larroquette ("Night Court," Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle ("Falling Skies," "ER") serves as executive producer and recurs as Flynn Carsen, the role he played in TNT's movie trilogy. Also reprising their roles from the movies will be guest stars Bob Newhart ("The Big Bang Theory," "The Bob Newhart Show") and Jane Curtin ("Kate & Allie," "3rd Rock from the Sun"). Today, "The Librarians" has debuted a new trailer, which you can check out in the player below. »
There are many different aspects of a zombie to be afraid of: their lifeless eyes, their chomping teeth, and their grasping fingers that reach out to tear into the flesh of the living. These digits of the dead have left indelible marks on the horror genre numerous times, from the elevator scene in Dawn of the Dead to the prison fence shots on The Walking Dead and now some creative cookers are bringing zombie fingers to breakfast.
Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku.com assembled images of zombified omurice dishes (a version of an omelet) made by various cooks this Halloween season. Consisting of eggs, fried rice, and ketchup, omurice dishes were transformed by creative kitchen minds into tributes to the living dead by adding sausages to the dish and strategically smearing the ketchup.
Jutting out of the eggs and spaced out to simulate the shape of a hand, some of the »
- Derek Anderson
[Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.] Beth woke up in a hospital Sunday night on The Walking Dead and found herself surrounded by people hitting in her in the face, sexually assaulting her with lollipops, and tricking her into killing patients. But there was one person who got her back. Fellow orderly Noah took the blame (and the beating that came with it) for that dead patient, and the two hatched an escape plan together. However, only Noah made it. We spoke to former Everybody Hates Chris and Go On star Tyler James Williams about being the latest addition to the Walking Dead universe and whether »
- Dalton Ross
Here’s a Halloween announcement that I can get behind: Gun Media, the team behind the Breach & Clear mobile series, has begun work on a new title called Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, a “love letter to the classic films of the slasher/splatter era,” according to Wes Keltner, founder of the studio. Wanting to pay homage to many people’s favorite genre is one thing, but enlisting the help of the people who helped bring them to life is another. Looking to go the extra mile, Gun Media has teamed up with Tom Savini and Harry Manfredini to work on the title.
If you don’t recognize those names, you’ll at least recognize their work. Savini has provided the special make-up effects for many of George A. Romero’s productions, including the seminal Dawn of the Dead, while Manfredini is the man behind the instantly recognizable Friday the 13th theme. »
- Christian Law
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
Los Angeles filmgoers looking to get into the horror holiday spirit the second Halloween starts will want to attend the All-Nighter of the Living Dead, a movie marathon at the historic The Crest of Westwood cinema. Graveyard zombies, a possessed doll, evil alien clowns, living dead mall walkers, and Dracula’s soul brother will all help ring in All Hallow’s Eve at the midnight-to-dawn event.
Beginning at 12:01am this Friday, October 31st, the All-Nighter of the Living Dead movie marathon features five horror films:
12:01am – Night of the Living Dead
2:00am – Child’s Play
3:30am – Killer Klowns from Outer Space
5:00am – Dawn of the Dead
7:30am – Blacula
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“Los Angeles, CA: Today, The Crest of Westwood a classic art deco movie palace on Westwood Boulevard announces a special midnight screening of George A. Romero’s acclaimed “Night of the Living Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
Just in time for Halloween, an homage to landmark horror filmmaking will be held this Friday night in Los Angeles. The Crest of Westwood, a classic art deco movie palace on Westwood Boulevard, announced a special midnight screening of George A. Romero's acclaimed “Night of the Living Dead.” Will Greig, operations director at The Crest, said: “We planned an all-nighter Oct. 31 — starting at midnight — filled with horror films including ‘Child's Play,’ ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space,’ ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘Blacula.’ It's All Hallows’ Eve, let's open it up with a marathon »
- Khalil Garriott
Two weeks ago, in the span of about 24 hours, the universe of superhero movies rapidly expanded in a series of bizarre new directions. First came news that Marvel was actively considering making the next Captain America movie into the next Iron Man movie, in a story arc that would cull material from the mid-2000s mega-crossover "Civil War." Coincidentally or probably not, Warner Bros. chose that precise cultural moment to announce that they were planning a whole bunch of DC superhero movies. Wonder Woman? Aquaman? Cyborg? Check, check, checkeroo! Several readers wrote in with their own thoughts on the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. »
- Darren Franich
From a horde of zombie mall walkers to a young Jason Voorhees to the vengeful camp caretaker Cropsy and beyond, makeup effects master Tom Savini has for decades crafted iconic horror movie characters. The wizard of practical gore is also known for his work in front of the camera as biker Blades from 1978’s Dawn of the Dead and the whip-cracking Sex Machine in 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn, but hardcore horror hounds also know the versatile artist from his time spent in the director’s chair on 1990’s Night of the Living Dead.
Ahead of his appearance at the Horror-Rama convention in Toronto, we caught up with Savini to reflect on his reimagining of George A. Romero’s classic zombie film:
- Derek Anderson
With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun or freaky facts about our favorite fright flicks. Today's featured film is "Hocus Pocus." 1. Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays Sarah, is actually singing "Come Little Children" in the movie! 2. The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but was given to Omri Katz when DiCaprio turned it down to appear in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."Check out the gallery above to see what Omri and the rest of the cast looks like now! 3. This is the only feature film Kenny Ortega has directed without also providing the choreography. His other works include "Dirty Dancing," the "High School Musical" movies and "This Is It." 4. Sarah Jessica Parker researched her family history and was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother, Esther Elwell, was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing "sundry »
- tooFab Staff
With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun or freaky facts about our favorite fright flicks. Today's featured film is "The Exorcist."1. The film is considered cursed. Ellen Burstyn was permanently injured during filming, stars Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros both died before the movie was even released and a fire destroyed most of the set. A film-goer seeing the movie also broke his jaw after fainting ... and sued Warner Bros., claiming the flick made him pass out.2. While everyone knows Regan's vomit is made from pea soup, did you know it's specifically Andersen's brand? The filmmakers reportedly tried using Campbell's but didn't like how it looked.3. The flick was the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It lost to "The Sting," but won Best Adapted Screenplay. Since then, "Silence of the Lambs" is the only »
- tooFab Staff
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk zombies. Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? »
- Samantha Highfill
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