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James Gunn is very good at Twitter. He was very good at Twitter back in the olden days, when he was just the mad genius behind Slither and Super. Now that he’s the director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s taken his larger profile in stride. Few filmmakers are as good at engaging their fans […]
- Jacob Hall
Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Directed by Jim Sharman
Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman
For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. To this day, screenings held in and around its anniversary as well as on Halloween sell out. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history. »
- Ricky Fernandes
It starts with a cry of pain. Then a look of terror or ecstasy. And then the body starts to change. Hair grows from the knuckles. Maybe the eyes turn black. Sometimes fangs sprout. Before you know it, the person in front of you isn’t a person anymore. The Transformation can be the most horrific moment in a horror film because it’s where the internal becomes the external. No more false faces. No more hiding. And depending how fearsome the new being is, no more running as well.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)– London wolf calling
It starts out so innocently. Knowing that a full moon is approaching, David Kessler (David Naughton) locks himself in the home of nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) in order to be able to transform into a werewolf peacefully, not killing any innocent people and proving that he doesn’t have to commit »
No critic is infallible. It’s an open secret that few of them will admit, but would be remiss to deny. As valuable a resource as the informed film critic can provide when appraising a motion picture, we’re prone to the same random prejudices and peccadillos as anyone else. Sure, professionalism dictates that we diligently strive to check them at the door, but few of even the very best films are recognized as classics on first sight, and any number of random factors – including real-life experience – can skew our perception as we weigh the many factors that lead to a film’s ultimate success or failure.
Citizen Kane (1941), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Blade Runner (1982) were all panned by critics upon initial release, yet today they’re rightfully considered classics. So what stuck in Pauline Kael’s craw when she turned up her nose at The Graduate, and who »
- Jason Buchanan
Directed by Will Canon.
A police officer and a psychologist investigate the mysterious deaths of a group of people performing a séance in an abandoned house.
When a horror movie comes with the tag of ‘[insert well-respected director’s name] Presents…’ you can pretty much be assured that the film will be nothing special, as we saw with Guillermo Del Toro and the very dull Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark or the bland Mama, Sam Raimi with the awful The Possession and even the late, great Wes Craven with the abomination that is Carnival of Souls. In this case it is James Wan (Saw/The Conjuring) whose name is attached as a producer and, quite typically, Demonic is a supernatural tale featuring a haunted house and found footage. Typically, because Demonic brings nothing new to »
- Gary Collinson
The release of Ant-Man marks the official end of Marvel's Phase 2 films. With Phase 3 set to kick off next Summer, we thought it'd be a great time to take a look at how the second Phase of the Marvel Universe did overall. Come inside to check out our thoughts!
The commercial success of the McU has proven that comic book films are here to stay. Audiences have enthusiastically embraced Disney’s films that bring their favorite comic book characters to the big screen. Phase 1 was proof of concept. It was possible to have several comic book character-based movies take place in the same universe. The original Avengers film was proof that audiences would enjoy seeing them working together to fight bad guys. Phase 2 is all about maintaining that trend while introducing new faces. Was Disney successful in accomplishing its goals? What can they do to improve Phase 3? This is a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Slither director James Gunn calls The Hive “the most horrifying and disgusting love story ever” in the stylish, intriguing first trailer for the upcoming Nerdist release. What is The Hive? Something of a subgenre hybrid it seems; a mystery, a summer camp horror, a possession tale with possibly apocalyptic implications. It’s directed by David Yarovesky, and after a…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been promising new and exciting changes ahead for the franchise. As progress is made on the sequel to his Marvel Cinematic hit, the director loves to tease fans with news on what.s to come. And this time around, the director emphasized just how different Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be from its predecessor, calling it an overall more emotional movie. James Gunn has always been closer to the side of indie movies than big blockbusters. With smaller budget films like Slither and Super at the core of his resume, Guardians of the Galaxy was an entirely new territory for the filmmaker. That.s why, when he claims that Guardians 2 is going to be much more emotional, we can trust him. He explained what .more emotional. meant while quizzed by the press at the Saturn Awards on Thursday (via Collider): Well »
For the early part of last year, most fans saw Guardians of the Galaxy as a giant gamble for Marvel. It was a sprawling space epic with little known characters and a director mostly beloved for his cool, hip cult movies such as The Specials, Slither and Super. But Marvel and Disney knew they had a hit earlier on, announcing a sequel at last year's Comic-Con before the movie even opened, confirming a May 5, 2017 release date. Thing is, they had no idea just how big of a blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy would prove to be, or how prophetic that news was. Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And it excelled at giving us a group of characters who all 'stole' the show. Now, more than possibly any other Marvel movie planned to hit over the next five years, »
James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy made quite a splash last year at the box office, so it was no surprise when shortly after its release, Marvel ordered Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Gunn will be returning to the director.s chair, and has been spending months figuring out the best way to approach the follow-up, such as what the new soundtrack will be. Gunn announced earlier this week that he has finished the first draft of the 2017 blockbuster, but now the Slither director has revealed that Marvel Studios had an unusual response to his Guardians of the Galaxy 2 pitch. To put it bluntly, they didn.t give him a single note. On his Facebook post about finishing the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gunn was asked what the sequel.s pitching process to Marvel was like - specifically how involved the studio was with in giving ideas »
James Gunn is always a filmmaker we’ve admired at Thn, and there are some pretty big die-hard fans behind the scenes here. I remember that Slither was one of the first movies I ever managed to go to in terms of press screenings, and I had an absolute hoot with it. Gunn hit the big time last year with his Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and we all know that a sequel is due in 2017, right before that stand-alone Spider-Man movie. Well, it seems that Gunn is motoring along in terms of writing the film’s screenplay, and earlier today tweeted the following image to say that the first draft is done following a 48-day long writing marathon.
Phew. 1st draft #GotG2. #NoSpoilers #NotEventheTitle pic.twitter.com/Yd6mhpgLNe
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 2, 2015
What’s interesting is that Gunn refers to the title of the movie, and partially »
- Paul Heath
Writer-producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) is keeping the cast announcements rolling on his upcoming The Belko Experiment, to be directed by Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean. Taking to Facebook this week, Gunn revealed Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman Program) Adria Arjona (True Detective), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gilmore Girls) and Owain…
- Samuel Zimmerman
It’s hardly the most surprising piece of casting news given their long professional association, so we’re more shocked it took this long for James Gunn to announce. But announce it he has: Michael Rooker will be part of the cast for horror thriller The Belko Experiment. Rooker, who has worked with Gunn on the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Slither and Super, is set to play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance for the Belko building in the film, who is concerned when mysterious forces make his colleagues start killing each other lest they die themselves.Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean will be directing Gunn’s script for the film, which already features John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Melonie Diaz and John C. McGinley in its cast. The cameras are set to start rolling in Bogota, Colombia, next month. Rooker will next be seen in a drama called Bolden! »
The Belco Experiment, the new South America-set horror film from writer-producer James Gunn (Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) and director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) has a lead in The Newsroom actor John Gallagher Jr. After bestowing superlatives on Gallagher’s talents on Facebook, Gunn revealed “John will play Mike Pelk, one of the leads of our…
- Samuel Zimmerman
It takes a lot of impress me. Not because I’m uptight or a jerk, but because at this point, what haven’t we seen? With that being said/asked, after viewing Darin Beckstead’s proof of concept short, Evil Nature, I can honestly say: this is one to not only look out for, but a teaser to something that has such an authentic feeling of nostalgia, in the best of ways. Featuring work by master (pun intended) Todd Masters (Hemlock Grove, Swamp Thing 2, Slither) and produced by Tales From The Crypt producer Gilbert Adler, Evil Nature features one hellish pumpkin terrorizing an anxiety-filled everyday man and also features some awesome fx, courtesy of Masters and Chronicles Of Riddick‘s Walt Jones (via Taut Films).
The proof of concept short is being used to give a glimpse into a very unique and entertaining way to approach creature design, and offers horror fans an original, »
- Jerry Smith
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101). As usual, Wizard World has an impressive line-up of celebrity guests including Elvira, Christian Kane, and George Romero, but the star I’m most excited to meet is actor Michael Rooker.
Michael Rooker was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1955. He has eight brothers and sisters. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Goodman School of Drama. Rooker made his feature film debut by playing the title character in the gritty 1985 horror classic Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer. He followed this with significant big-screen roles in Tombstone, Days Of Thunder, Cliffhanger, JFK, Mississippi Burning, Sea Of Love, The Dark Half, Mallrats, »
- Tom Stockman
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
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- Rob Hunter
Heads up, creature feature fans, because director Darin Beckstead is brewing up a little something special with Evil Nature. Enlisting the help of the practical FX wizards behind James Gunn's Slither with VFX work by Walt Jones - he's only got stuff like Life Of Pi on his resume - and a skeleton crew shooting for just one night, Beckstead has unleashed a stellar Halloween themed proof of concept for what he hopes will become a full blooded feature film.The image above should give you a good sense of what lies in wait, so click on through and check it out below....
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Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
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