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This post is sponsored by Reelz; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Come October, a few different television networks decide to feel our vibe of watching horror films on a frequent basis by programming marathons of horror films. One of which is the 13 Nights of Reelz Scary Programming, which kicked off on October 20, 2015 and will continue until Halloween. What I dig about this particular block of scares is that they not only have the films to show like Silence of the Lambs and Psycho (1998) but they have unique programs that go a little deeper into the stories that influenced some iconic horror films and even real life serial killers.
Now, I know that there are only 3 days left of programming at the time of this posting but if you check out their schedule here. You’ll see that you can check out Witches Among Us which dives »
- Andy Triefenbach
Featuring the terrifying hallways, doorknobs, and stairs (seriously, so many stairs) from Amityville, Babadook, and The Conjuring, among many others, this supercut should jog some of your favorite nightmares. Or at least give you a little laugh near the end. Poor 1408 John Cusack. Even though we are all 1408 John Cusack sometimes, try not to be 1408 John Cusack this Halloween:Also, here's the full list of films used (which is a solid list if you're still looking for classic fright-night movies), via Burger Fiction: The Changeling (1980) The Haunting (1963) The Exorcist (1973) The Amityville Horror (1979) The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) Psycho (1960) The Woman in Black (2012) Trick R Treat (2008) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Poltergeist (1982) The Ring (2002) Donnie Darko (2001) Psycho (1960) Drag Me to Hell (2009) The Sixth Sense (1999) The House of the Devil (2009) The Others (2001) Night of the Living Dead (1968) Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Friday the 13th »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
When Roger Corman told American International Pictures (Aip) that he wanted to make a film based on Edgar Allan Poe's, The Fall of the House of Usher, the studio balked. They didn't think that younger people would pay to see a movie based on reading teachers handed out in school. Never one to take "no" for an answer, Roger Corman pressed the issue.
He had loved reading Edgar Allan Poe when he was younger. The classic author's gothic tales of the ghastly and the macabre were ripe for the film treatment. The issue was that The Fall of the House of Usher was more psychological. Aip was known for quick films featuring creatures of every ilk that viewers knew were bad. Edgar Allan Poe's story didn't seem to have that going for it.
Eventually, Aip, probably thinking they had him licked, asked Roger Corman, "Where's the monster?" "The house is the monster. »
*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* Happy October, everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us, which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the coming weeks.
* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*
Thursday, October 1st
9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)
4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)
6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)
6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)
8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)
10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)
10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)
- Heather Wixson
We Are Still Here, 2015.
Directed by Ted Geoghegan.
A family grieving over the loss of their son move out to the country, but they are not alone in their new home.
The recent trend of revisiting the 1970s and ‘80s as a setting for horror movies has produced some mixed results; from the authentic chills of The House of the Devil and The Conjuring to less successful attempts such as The Quiet Ones it seems that setting horror movies in the decades that produced arguably the most creative and effective scares has become something of a stylistic crutch upon which modern filmmakers can sell their films.
- Gary Collinson
The ghosts aren’t friendly in “The Enfield Haunting,” a three-part miniseries acquired by A&E, clearly hoping to scare up viewers leading toward Halloween. Hyperbolically described as “a terrifying dramatization of the best documented paranormal incident in history,” the story has influenced so many movies and TV shows as to somewhat blunt its impact, which is actually distinguished less by thrills than its quieter elements, including Timothy Spall as the unlikely hero and devotee of the paranormal, brought to the topic by personal grief. Nicely executed, the most glaring absence, frankly, is any sort of closing script about these events’ aftermath.
Derived from a book written by one of the participants (played by Matthew Macfadyen), this “Haunting” happened in 1977, in an otherwise nondescript house in northern London. The poltergeist in question seemingly took special interest in an 11-year-old girl, Janet (Eleanor Worthington-Cox), in the most disturbing interludes speaking through »
- Brian Lowry
The Diabolical, 2015.
Directed by Alistair Legrand.
Madison, a single mother, and her children, are awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. She seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on.
The haunted house and the terrorized family sub-genre has become one of the most lucrative – and therefore one of the most exploited – categories in modern motion pictures. It really became personified by the original The Amityville Horror (1979), with its solid build up to a chaotic meltdown that defined the central characters, and since then, the genre has gone through the roof with haunted families and terrorized houses (or is the other way around?) with everything from Poltergeist, to Insidious, and even more recently and obscurely with titles like The Pact, »
- Gary Collinson
Coming on the heels of directing one of this year's biggest hits, Furious 7 director James Wan is returning to his horror roots, revealing on his Twitter and Instagram pages that principal photography has started on The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist. The director shared the first photo from the "fogbound backyard" set, while the official New Line Cinema Twitter account shared another photo, featuring an actual priest blessing the set before production began. It isn't known where production is taking place quite yet, but hopefully the director keeps sharing more images from the set as shooting continues.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren from 2013's The Conjuring, which was a massive box office hit for New Line. The thriller took in $137.4 million domestically and $318 million worldwide, from just a $20 million production budget. Frances O'Connor joins the cast for this horror sequel, reportedly portraying »
First day of principal photography. Fogbound backyard inside soundstage. #Conjuring2
A photo posted by James Wan (@creepypuppet) on Sep 21, 2015 at 4:50pm Pdt
"First day of principal photography," Wan said. "Fogbound backyard inside soundstage."
Directed by Bryan Coyne.
A young married couple notice their daughter begin to behave strangely and weird things start to happen around the house.
Infernal is the result of what happens when you own a video camera and have seen The Omen, The Amityville Horror and The Lords of Salem far too many times and decide to have a go yourself. The basic plot is this – a young couple named Nathan (Andy Ostroff) and Sophia (Heather Adair) decide to get married when Sophia discovers she is pregnant. Eight years later, Sophia and Nathan notice that their daughter Imogene (Alyssa Koerner) is a little socially awkward and brushes her hair a lot while looking at video cameras that seem to be turned on everywhere they go, so naturally they go to a therapist who tells them to »
- Gary Collinson
The secret is out: Atlanta is one of the hottest emerging markets in the film and television industry, and an amazing place for up-and-comers to develop their craft and seek out big breaks. Do you know which of your favorite performers originally called Atlanta home? Here are 10 awesome actors from the Atl. Chloë Grace MoretzMoretz was born and raised in Atlanta before booking her first role on the CBS show “The Guardian” in 2004. Other gigs quickly followed, including her breakout performance in 2005’s “The Amityville Horror.” Since entertaining fans with the cult hit “Kick-Ass” in 2010, Moretz has worked virtually nonstop in film, on television, and even Off-Broadway. The young star returned to Atlanta to film “The 5th Wave,” currently in postproduction. David CrossLong before “The Ben Stiller Show,” “Mr. Show,” and “Arrested Development,” this famous comedian set his roots in the Atl. Though his family relocated to Florida six months after he was born, »
A happy family with three young children. A big, beautiful "dream home." A peaceful town. You think this is how a sitcom would start, right? Nope, this is how horror movies start. This is essentially the opening scene of The Amityville Horror, and a New Jersey family recently lived the stuff of nightmares when they realized their new house came complete with a horrifying stalker. The Broaddus family had to abandon their 1.3 million dollar home they recently purchased in Westfield, N.J. You can see a photo of the house up there from CBS New York's story on this scary situation. Doesn't it look like it belongs on the set of a horror film? And that is why you always visit a neighborhood in the »
It's Father's Day, meaning it's time to celebrate the man who gave you everything. Or maybe he didn't! Maybe he took off before you were even born. Maybe he was always away on business. Or maybe he just didn't love you enough. Hopefully none of those were true for you, but if they were: I am so sorry. Let's be real: Father's Day isn't fun and games for everybody. But even if your dad fell short, look at the bright side: at least he didn't try to kill you (I hope!). To afford some perspective, below I've listed five murderous movie dads who will make you immediately run out and buy a card saying "Thanks for always being there, Dad" or "You're the greatest, Dad" or "Thanks for not trying to cut me up into little pieces with an ax, Dad." That last one you're probably going to have to make yourself, »
- Chris Eggertsen
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
original print ad for Kramer vs. Kramer (available on eBay)
Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
- NATHANIEL R
Cinema has long had an obsession with the undead. Everything from zombies to vampires to mummies have taken their fair share of turns on the big screen. These are all fine and have all had their truly terrifying moments, but nothing compares to good old-fashioned ghosts.
Where would horror movies be without ghosts? Nowhere good, that’s for sure. They have come in a variety of forms over the years, looking (almost) like normal people in Ghost and Beetlejuice, demonic corpses in The Conjuring and The Woman in Black, and semi-transparent blob-like shapes in Ghost Busters. Some movie ghosts can’t even be seen, like those in Paranormal Activity and The Amityville Horror, but that doesn’t make them any less menacing.
- Amanda Wood
Directed by Nick Willing.
A family move into an old house on the Yorkshire moors and begin to fall under its spell.
Within the first 10 minutes of The Haunting of Radcliffe House (a.k.a. Altar, which is a much less foreboding title) it would take somebody who had lived in a cave all of their life not to notice the three obvious plot points lifted from other (better) horror movies, and if you’ve never seen Hellraiser, The Shining or The Amityville Horror then a) what are you doing with your life and b) you’d be better off watching those than you would this film. That is because The Haunting of Radcliffe House does not have an original thought or idea contained within its paper-thin script or uninspiring direction, »
- Gary Collinson
by Jesse Miller
Altar, the new horror film written and directed by Nick Willing, starts off strongly as it introduces the location, the lavish house and characters all via some gorgeous cinematography and sweeping shots of the moors.
From there on, strange things begin to occur. It starts off with a rattling window, then continues with ghostly apparitions that haunt the kind family.
It's all very slow-burning stuff and rather effective, with director Nick Willing making good use of lighting and sound design to capture the atmosphere and conjure scares.
The whole film looks, feels and plays out as like a good old-fashioned haunting flick similar to The Amityville Horror.
The main problem with this feature is, aside from some strokes of genius that provide genuinely creepy moment’s, this is one horror that is mostly derivative of what has come before.
The key problem here is the »
Beloved horror filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes II, Scream) is working with Universal Cable Productions to produce content for NBCUniversal and affiliated networks, Deadline reports. At Syfy, Craven is set to write and direct author Daryl Gregory’s dark fiction We Are All Completely Fine. Gregory’s story is about an experimental psychologist with a support group for survivors of “horror-movie” scenarios. As one might expect, the group therapy sessions stir up old demons and traumas. This story is an exploration of harm, damage, and survival, and it crosses fantasy, horror, and mystery genres. All of this make it ideal for Craven’s innovative and imaginative horror style.
Also at Syfy, Craven will executive produce a series adaption of his 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs. In the 1991 film, a young unfortunate boy gets trapped inside the home of his family’s evil »
- Max Wood
Craven will executive produce a pilot based on an updated version The People Under the Stairs.
Two other projects are also in development from Craven and cable channel Syfy.
Also in development is a television version of Daryl Gregory's Nebula Award-winning book We Are All Completely Fine, about a psychiatrist extracting horrific secrets from her dangerous parents.
Craven is also currently producing MTV's television series Scream, »
In what’s being called The Amityville Horror meets Downton Abbey (or maybe, more apropros is Upstairs, Downstairs) director Wes Craven is developing a series based on The People Under the Stairs at Syfy, alongside another show entitled We Are All Completely Fine. Deadline reports Craven, who directed the awesome, absurd 1991 class warfare horror-comedy The…
The post Wes Craven Developing People Under the Stairs Series at Syfy appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
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