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Genre television is becoming a major presence in primetime TV. Shows like American Horror Story, Hannibal, True Blood and Grimm are dominating the air and doing big numbers for cable and network stations alike. Subsequently, there is a new trend of reviving series once thought to be dead. Netflix is resurrecting Arrested Development, Fox is bringing back 24, TBS rebooted Cougartown. FEARnet is even getting in on the game, bringing back Reaper with an all-new reunion special airing May 28th.
We at FEARnet, being die-hard horror fans, have some ideas as to what we would like to see rebooted, revived, retooled, or resurrected for another turn in the spotlight. There are plenty of factors that play in to the viability of revamping or resurrecting a series. There are concerns of continuity, scheduling, the aging of the cast, and more. We are not proclaiming that a revival of each of these series is necessarily logical. »
- Tyler Doupe
Adam Simon is hard to keep up with. He has the dizzying intellect and spellbinding rhetoric of a well caffeinated university professor.
The depth of Simon’s knowledge of the craft of horror filmmaking is far more indicative of his level of expertise than his filmography might lead you to believe.
Simon is best known for writing the 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut, which was an unexpected success for a haunted house thriller. He is also known for his 1990’s B-movie classics Carnosaur and Brain Dead. With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Simon originally began in production and moved on to establish himself as a writer. He now makes his living writing horror for network television, a transition that has thus been very good to him.
- Pat Meissner
Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
You know that feeling where as soon as something ends, you want to watch it again with friends and family just to share it around? Or you envy others just because you wish you had a fresh mind to experience this special something again for the first time?
Well, John Dies at the End is that special something and if you’re anything like me and enjoy bizarre sci-fi horror-comedy, then you are going to absolutely love the heck out of this film.
John Dies at the End is based on the comic-horror novel by David Wong (a pseudonym for writer Jason Pargin) but I had not even heard of the novel so I had gone into this crazy and unfamiliar world absolutely blind.
Upon reflection, that is the best way to go into this flick, so I won’t bother to even try »
John Carpenter has been making films for longer than you have been living. Do the math. His post college career, alone, is probably longer than your lifespan.
A seminal director and one of the foremost experts in the Horror genre, John Carpenter is often credited with popularizing the concept of the slasher flick. With a distinct eye for talent, Carpenter has helped launch the careers of names such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Kurt Russell.
Despite an illustrious career and a reputation that has already stood the test of time, Mr. Carpenter has a surprisingly simple outlook on the way he makes films. He’s the type of guy that does not like to over-complicate things. For him, the entire process of filmmaking comes back to one, essential element: the story.
Beyond being a filmmaker, beyond being a director, John Carpenter primarily sees himself as a storyteller. Whether it’s an escaped, »
- Pat Meissner
Best known for his roles in The Boondock Saints duology and The Walking Dead (TV), Norman Mark Reedus was born on January 6, 1969 in Hollywood, Florida, where he lived only a few months before moving to Los Angeles, California. At the age of 17, his parents moved to Chiba, Japan, where he lived for 18 months. In the 1990's he moved back to La, following a girl who soon after dumped him. His last job there, prior to his first acting gig, was at a motorcycle shop in Venice Beach where he earned $7.50 an hour. The same day he quit that job, Norman got his first role. That evening a friend took him to a party attended by people in the movie industry. There, he got drunk and, with a big pair of sunglasses on, he started screaming at everybody. One of the guests noticed him and immediately offered Norman his first acting »
- email@example.com (Alex Manea)
Jamie Foxx knows horror. After all he was in Valentine’s Day! Ahem. Sorry. Anyhoo, he’s diving back into TV, producing a new horror anthology that lacks a title but certainly has promise.Working through his Foxxhole production company, he’ll write, direct and produce five episodes of the horror series for the Us SyFy channel (which is announcing plenty of deals with big name creative types today). Taking after the likes of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone (and, more recently, the Showtime channel’s Masters Of Horror series), the episodes will tell original, terrifying tales during the 31 Days Of Halloween programming marathon in the States.“This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’m so happy to see it come to life,” Foxx says in a statement picked up by Deadline. “Get ready to lose it when some »
Bates Motel claims to put the "y" in "Psycho", but cannot even manage to put the "what" in "What the fuck were the writers thinking?" I initially maintained an optimistic position when the barrage of advertisements came forth. The horror TV series has been ripe with misses for quite a bit. Tales from the Crypt was one of the few that earned an immortal reputation. Masters of Horror was excellent, though short lived. The first season of American… »
Anthology film The Profane Exhibit has been in the works for some time now, but things are moving along with casting news for the wrap-around along with more detailed descriptions of the various segments and quotes from a few directors. It's a lot of good stuff so prepare to be here awhile.
From the Press Release:
The producers of “The Profane Exhibit” are excited to announce that both Tony Todd (pictured) and Bai Ling have join the long-awaited horror anthology. They will be featured in the cast of "22 Rue des Martyrs," written by Ray Garton, which serves as the film's wrap-around segment.
David Bond and Manda Manuel are the architects of what is likely the most daring independent horror film project to date, both in concept and scope. Assembling an almost surreal collection of over 100 horror icons (directors, writers, actors, musicians, etc.), Bond's vision is to present the audience with »
- The Woman In Black
I would dispel any comparisons with that movie from your mind though before watching Thale because it’s very much a different film. Whereas Troll Hunter was all about the thrill and the action, Thale is a slow burn movie reminiscent of Vincenzo Natali’s underrated Splice from a few years ago.
Thale starts off with crime scene cleaners Elvis (Erlend Nervold) and Leo (Jon Sigve Skard) cleaning an especially bloody cabin in the forest. In the basement they find what seems like a lab/life support set up and find a young woman named Thale (Silje Reinamo) living under some kind of liquid in a bathtub. Through the research records they find as well as tapes left by the unfortunate »
- Chris Holt
The documentary Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever - a look at horror's slasher film boom - is hitting UK DVD May 13th. While we don't have any word on a U.S. release, we do have a trailer to share with you.
Filleting-up numerous facts, which will appeal to both the seasoned follower of shock-cinema, and the more passive fan of fear-films, and featuring interviews with Corey Feldman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Tom Holland (Child's Play), Jeffrey Reddick (creator: Final Destination), Adam Green (Hatchet) and Scott Spiegel (producer: Hostel series) to name but a few, this is a documentary which aptly investigates the appeal of the ever-endurable stalk and slash trend. Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever explores all of the genre's most famous features - including Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, »
The last time that I checked, The Ward was a total suckfest of a movie so, marketing your next horror release by associating yourself with a failure isn’t exactly a high selling point for audiences. The psychological horror Dark Feed comes from the screenwriters behind the John Carpenter flop, giving horror fans a body of work that feels more like an extended episode of Masters of Horror rather than a legitimately terrifying film.
Dark Feed follows a film crew as they experience weird occurrences on location at a closed-down mental hospital. Eventually, the evil that lurks inside the walls begins to feed off of the individuals and take over, causing people to behave strangely. Sound familiar? That’s because the scenario has been done before in films like Grave Encounters and Session 9, and done with better results.
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O Canada, you guys are in for it now. All across your beautiful nation Cineplex Entertainment and Raven Banner are preparing to launch a monthly horror series. Say hello to Sinister Cinema ya hosers. (Sorry, had to do it).
Films currently scheduled to be screened through Sinister Cinema are John Dies at the End, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, American Mary and No One Lives. Read on for the details and participating theaters.
From the Press Release
Cineplex Entertainment's Front Row Centre Events and Raven Banner announce the launch of Sinister Cinema, a cutting-edge series of art house quality genre cinema. Sinister Cinema will bring a series of independent horror films to twenty-five Cineplex theatres across Canada. The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.
"It’s a real honor for us to work with Cineplex, »
- Doctor Gash
From Beyond, 1986.
Directed by Stuart Gordon.
Doctor Katherine “Wonder-girl” McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) is called upon by the District Attorney to assess whether Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), suspected of the murder of his mentor Doctor Frank Pretorius, is fit to stand trial. With the events of that night shrouded in mystery, and Tillinghast’s explanation dismissed as the ravings of a mad man, McMichael’s insists on exploring his outlandish claims. Together they re-visit the scene of the crime where she is introduced to ‘The Resonator’, a machine that opens the door to a world beyond our own.
Stuart Gordon’s 1986 body horror classic From Beyond is now presented in a sparkling new Blu-ray HD print with an array of extras thanks to Second Sight. It is the first of Gordon’s Lovecraft cycle to be released on region B, »
- Flickering Myth
The Comic Con and Memorabilia events are held side by side at the NEC, Birmingham. Comic Con visitors get into Memorabilia free of charge. Children under 10 get in free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Listed below are some of the star guests lined up for the shows.
Potter Personalities: Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in six of the blockbuster Harry Potter films, Steffan Rhodri, who was Reg Cattermole in Deathly Hallows and Hugh Mitchell, who appears as Gryffindor student Colin Creevey in The Order Of The Phoenix. Steffan is also famous for playing Dave in hit comedy Gavin & Stacey, and recently won plaudits as the voice of Drippy in acclaimed video game Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. »
- David Bentley
Brad Anderson’s particular brand of intensity first caught our attention in 2001’s low-budget indie horror hit Session 9. Anderson’s follow-up thriller The Machinist helped propel a much-praised (and emaciated) Christian Bale on the path to becoming the Dark Knight. With 2008’s Transsiberian and 2010’s Vanishing on 7th Street to his credit – as well as a fistful of Fringe episodes and a Masters of Horror installment – Anderson has shown little sign of stopping.
His latest film, the Halle Berry-starring The Call, is a breathlessly paced ride racing into theaters Friday, March 15th; and he’ll be back behind the camera soon for Eliza Graves, an adaptation – written by Joseph Gangemi (Fear Itself) – of Edgar Allan Poe’s short "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether."
We caught up with Anderson last week to ask him about the film.
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Submit your vote for Reviewer of the Year!
Every year, the Classic Horror Film Board recognizes the best in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy realm with the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Fans of the genre can vote for their favorites in over thirty categories, and this year, Cinelinx would like to ask you to vote for one of our own, staff writer Victor Medina, as Reviewer of the Year (Category 29)! We've even included the ballot below so you can vote!
Votes must be submitted by copying and pasting the ballot into your personal email, making your choices, including your name, and sending it in. Votes for Reviewer of the Year are write-in only, so you must be sure to include Vic's name yourself under Category 29 when you vote. Pre-filled ballots are not allowed, so we can't do it for you! Remember, you must write in "Victor Medina, Cinelinx.com" yourself. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Kris Hulbert's passion is unbelievable. I've met a lot of filmmakers and artists in my time, but this dude just oozes passion. He cares. One conversation with the guy and you're a convert to the cause. The cause being The Perfect House, Hulbert's horror anthology that functions as a love-letter to classic and modern horror. Tense, gory and sometimes brutal, the film is one of the better anthology films in recent years. I'm hesitant to invoke the Creepshow connection here, if only because I know genre nerds will get uptight about it. Comparing The Perfect House to something like the Masters of Horror series is maybe more accurate, only The Perfect House has the balls to go places Masters of Horror didn't. I'd also say that The Perfect House is more effective than Masters of Horror if only for the fact that Hulbert's direction and writing is smarter than »
- Robert Ottone
Back in 2005 an anthology series appeared on American television with the ingenious concept of bringing some of horror’s most celebrated directors together, along with a smattering of talented new blood, to produce hour long movies. Masters of Horror was the brainchild of Mick Garris, television’s go to guy for adaptations of Stephen King’s work (notably The Stand (1994), The Shining (1997) and 2011’s Bag of Bones) and ran for two well received seasons that featured some of the best recent work from genre giants John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape From New York), Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera)and Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre).
When the Showtime cable network opted out of a third season Garris partnered with Lionsgate, home of the Saw series and more recently The Hunger Games (2012), and signed up with NBC for a new thirteen part series called Fear Itself which continued the practice of »
Review by Charlie Dunlap
While many maverick directors’ career trajectories seem to dip into progressively safer waters over the years, Don Coscarelli’s work never seems to lose the creative spark that first lit up the silver screens in 1979 with his refreshingly original and surreal Phantasm, a film that captured enough of the genre’s collective consciousness to spawn several sequels throughout the 80′s and 90′s.
In 2002, Coscarelli broadened his career with the well-received and automatic cult classic, Bruce Campbell vehicle, Bubba Ho-Tep, revealing that Coscarelli was more than a one-trick pony whose youthful energy had struck gold via the unique concepts pulsating through Phantasm. Outside of a decent Masters of Horror episode in 2005 and rumors of a Bubba Ho-Tep sequel that has yet to materialize (now entertainingly titled, Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires), however, Coscarelli largely disappeared before the unveiling of John Dies at the End.
Although the »
- Tom Stockman
David Bond, one of the producers of The Profane Exhibit anthology film, dropped us a line today with some news that should be of interest if you plan to attend HorrorHound Weekend in March. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
The producers of The Profane Exhibit are excited to announce the screening of a sneak preview of their long-awaited horror anthology at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, March 22, 2013. A Q&A will also be offered with various directors, producers, actors, and team members of the 13-segment anthology... a few of which will have very special announcements. Some of the segments screened will be director’s cuts and may be the only time these versions will be available for viewing. The Profane Exhibit will be represented in various ways throughout the weekend (March 22-24).
Deep within the underbelly of Paris, there is a club which is the home of a secret, »
- The Woman In Black
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