15 items from 2014
There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.
Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.
It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.
Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »
- Matt Molgaard
Again, going to a cinema in Vienna in September might turn out to be a pretty bloody and scary experience. Not only does the Slash Filmfestival with its never ending love for the excesses of fantastic cinema lure the inclined cinephile but also the Austrian Filmmuseum opens after its summer break with another program dedicated to Horror. The retrospective Land of the Dead covers Horror films from a time when the genre evolved into full bloom: 1968 to 1987. Last year the Filmmuseum has covered the first 50 years of horror and now they will show among many films the defining milestones of the genre. Not only George A. Romero's game changer Night of the Living Dead will be projected in marvelous 35 millimeters but...
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With his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, horror director George A. Romero effectively re-invented not merely the zombie mythos but the horror genre as we know it today. Since that movie came out, zombies have become ubiquitous in pop culture, seeing a resurgence in the past decade with the smash TV hit The Walking Dead along with not only self-aware “zom coms” like Shaun of the Dead and World War Z, but also Romero's own work. Read on to learn more about his indelible contribution to the horror genre.
Night of the Living Dead is largely considered one of the most frightening films of all time. Made with just $114,000, it went on to gross more than $30 million worldwide, becoming a bonafide classic that is preserved in the National Film Registry, and it’s been imitated countless times. Beyond its introduction of the concept of “modern zombies” (though the film »
Few filmmakers can be said to be as prolific and influential as George Romero. An icon of the zombie film genre, Romero’s love of horror traces back to his youth, and watching classic monster films such as Frankenstein and Dracula. Romero’s love of these films set him on a path to not only create horror films himself, but to change and redefine the genre for decades to come.
Romero’s first foray into the zombie film genre was 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. While a spectacular film in and of itself, Night of the Living Dead introduced the world to the modern zombie, and standardized the way that zombie films would be told from then on. Set in a farmhouse, the film depicts a small group of survivors fending off hordes of the reanimated dead. Prior to Romero’s take on zombies, Hollywood films depicted zombies as pale-faced minions of voodoo sorcerers. »
- Brandon Engel
Empire of the Dead Act 1 Tpb
Written by George Romero
Art by Alex Maleev
Colors by Matt Holingsworth
Letters by Vc’s Cory Petit
Cover by Alex Maleev
George Romero decided to make his latest zombie masterpiece a comic book with a planned 15 issues split into three acts,rather than a movie. Act 1 was recently released as a trade paperback. It’s hard to write an objective review of Empire Of The Dead. If you are over a certain age and love zombies than you know that George Romero almost singlehandedly defined the genre. In which case it becomes too easy too give him a pass on his more recent endeavors (Survival Of The Dead) because of his past work (Dawn Of The Dead). If you don’t care for zombies than you have no business reading Empire Of The Dead in the first place.
Since the author of this review fits into category one, »
- Zachary Zagranis
George A. Romero has given life to some incredibly memorable zombies in his movies, and Land of the Dead‘s Big Daddy is right up there with Day of the Dead‘s Bub as a zombie that evolved over time. Played by actor Eugene Clark in the 2005 film, the river-crossing zombie leader will be appearing at multiple Halloween parties this season, as he’s being immortalized in impressively detailed mask form for the first time. Fiddler’s Green residents better start running.
From Trick or Treat Studios and Universal Studios, the Official Land of the Dead Big Daddy Zombie Halloween Mask was sculpted by Rich Krusell and is now available to pre-order for $59.99 and is set to ship between August and September. We have images and a video of the Big Daddy mask below (courtesy of Trick or Treat Studios!). To learn more, visit:
- Derek Anderson
While it was definitely a wonderful surprise to hear the announcement of the forthcoming re-release of LucasArts’ classic Grim Fandango during Sony’s E3 conference last month, many gamers who loved the original PC version were dismayed to hear that the re-release would apparently be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Ps Vita. As it turns out, those who would prefer to revisit the game on a computer are in luck, as the official Twitter account for Double Fine Productions, the studio that is currently working on the remastering, had this to say today:
Reap your heart out! We’re pleased to announce Grim Fandango will also be available on PC, Mac, and Linux alongside PlayStation 4 and Vita!
— Double Fine (@DoubleFine) July 9, 2014
It’s nice that Double Fine is taking the time to make the game available to PC devotees who may have gotten their start with the original 1997 release of the game, »
- John Fleury
On this 4th of July, we want to wish all of you a safe and fun holiday weekend. How do you plan on spending this break? Let us know which horror flicks you're dipping into. Me? I began with Return of the Living Dead, but finding myself looking forward to revisiting Land of the Dead. Caught this clip - which informs us Romero's zombies in his "Dead" universe are mesmerized by fireworks - online and it has me thinking about the film and how it doesn't get nearly as much love as it deserves.
The post Happy 4th of July from Riley & Charlie from the ‘Land of the Dead’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
In an out-of-nowhere but definitely delightful announcement during their E3 press conference, Sony confirmed that veteran developer Tim Schafer, currently working at his indie company Double Fine, is underway on a next-gen remaster of one his most beloved titles from his time at LucasArts. That being the 1998 adventure classic Grim Fandango.
The original title, which marked the now-defunct publisher’s first foray into 3D polygonal gaming, was a stylish, well-written, and fun journey through a unique take on the “Land of the Dead” concept, following former Grim Reaper Manuel “Manny” Calavera on an epic four-year adventure through various locales.
It’s currently a bit unclear whether this will be a full-on remake or a more straightforward port of the PC original, but if things play out right (which, with Schafer returning to the helm, they hopefully will), players who have never touched Grim Fandango before are in for a real treat. »
- John Fleury
In theaters this Halloween will be a different sort of ghost story. The Book of Life is a film based on the images and stories about the Day of the Dead, and features a man, recently deceased, who hopes to journey back to the land of the living to be with the woman he loves. […]
- Russ Fischer
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
“Sure you’re ready for this kind of responsibility, son?”
This is tragedy.
When we first learned about Afterlife with Archie, it sounded like high camp, a way for the squeaky-clean Riverdale gang to get its hands dirty with the latest pop culture trend. It hasn’t turned out that way, because writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla understand that in order to make a horror story scary, you have to love the people in peril. Archie comics have existed since the early 1940s, and by the nature of familiarity, the creators don’t have to work hard to generate affection or sympathy for these characters; it’s already there, ingrained into our collective consciousness. It’s to Aguirre-Sacasa’s and Francavilla’s credit that they do work hard to earn that affection, treating Afterlife as a reader’s first exposure to these people.
Four issues in, and we »
- Kevin Quigley
A few weeks back you may have read me talking about the entertainment package that Now TV were now offering alongside movies and sport accessible through their box or online that was £4.99 a month and gave you access to shows from HBO showing in the UK through Sky Atlantic. Unless you have been in outer space for the last month, you may have also heard a little buzz about some small show from HBO called True Detective. Well good news if you heeded my recommendations and invested in a subscription because the first episode of True Detective is now available on Now TV.
I don’t normally review single episodes of anything but I have watched the first episode of True Detective and feel like it should be mentioned, it could well be the best thing to come from television since Game of Thrones. True Detective is an eight part »
- Chris Holt
Can we assume that an adaptation of a book that sold 40 million copies does not require a spoiler-sensitive review? We can? Good. The new Lifetime film of V.C. Andrews's incesterrific novel Flowers in the Attic is a slight improvement over the 1987 version, yet still unsatisfying. This is maddening because it's a rare project that, at a production level, has everything going for it. The fifties set design and costumes are handsome and persuasive, but never so distractingly perfect that the movie turns into a vintage warehouse with actors. The photography, by Miroslav Baszak (Land of the Dead), has an almost tactile richness, with light shafts cutting through the gloom of the cryptlike attic where the Dollanganger children are held captive by their grandmother. Mario Grigorov's score is a resigned lament, mourning the cruelty and suffering you've seen and are about to see; then in tense moments it »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
15 items from 2014
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