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If you're a horror fan, living in Los Angeles certainly presents some perks. Since moving here, I've seen a dramatic interpretation of The Exorcist, musicals based on Silence of the Lambs and Re-Animator, and even a one-man show featuring the living embodiment of Edgar Allan Poe. Those last two examples were directed by Stuart Gordon and were very much in his "wheelhouse," so to speak - Re-Animator was of course his film to begin with, and he's adapted Poe for the Masters of Horror TV show (plus Poe was played by Jeffrey Combs, a staple in Gordon's films). And now he's back on the Los Angeles stage scene with Taste, which is based on one of the more insane real life crime stories in recent memory, turning it into a very funny but also somewhat touching and sad story of two lonely men who have gone to extremes just to »
- Badass Digest
Last year was the very first annual Stanley Film Festival, taking place at the real-life hotel that served as the inspiration for The Shining's fictional Overlook Hotel. This year the fun continues, and the event has just gotten a big time upgrade.
Read on for all the latest details about this must-attend event!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix).
Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, and fully immersive experiences - set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
The Stanley »
- John Squires
It has been announced that Joe Dante will receive the Master of Horror award at this year’s Stanley Film Festival and we also have details on new events and screenings that have been added:
“April 14, 2014 (Denver, Co) -The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean’s Cup short films, and the full cast of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix). Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels and fully immersive experiences – set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
- Jonathan James
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) has just announced that Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "The Howling," "Piranha") will receive the inaugural 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror award. Mick Garris ("Sleepwalkers," "The Shinning," "The Stand," "Masters of Horror") will present the award as well as host the Horror Brunch, which he created and organized. The brunch, to take place April 27th, will be attended by the many filmmakers who will be participating in events throughout the Festival. Sff, presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Festival, will be offering a lineup of panels, screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of its audio drama series "Tales From Beyond the Pale: The Stanley Edition." Attendees include Martin Starr ("Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"), Jocelyn DeBoer ("Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"), Aj Bowen ("The Sacrament"), Ana Asensio and noted director and writer Larry Fessenden. Spectre Vision cofounders Elijah Wood, »
- Melina Gills
*Editor’s note: Icons of Fright friend Derek Botelho is set to release his new novel, entitled, The Argento Syndrome, an in depth look at the career of horror master, Dario Argento. The book features many candid interviews with everyone from John Carpenter and Asia Argento, to screenwriter Sean Keller and many more. We asked Derek to contribute his five favorite films by Argento, and alas, here they are. Read on!
When the name Dario Argento is uttered to a casual horror fan, you’ll often get a blank stare, or a puzzled, “Who?” in return; replace the neophyte in this situation with a horror junkie, the reaction could be a chuckle followed by, “He hasn’t made a good movie since Opera”. It’s a common, knee jerk, and dangerously nostalgic reaction I’ve been audience to many times. While it’s true that his career has seen better days, »
- Jerry Smith
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
Feature Matthew Giordano 13 Mar 2014 - 07:00
True Detective inspired a mass of complex fan theories. Matthew talks us through some popular interpretations...
This feature contains spoilers for True Detective season one.
HBO’s recently concluded True Detective inspired an almost unprecedented amount of fan speculation on the Internet. I may be in the minority, but I found reading theoretical interpretations of the show to be a far more rewarding experience then actually watching the drama. True Detective moved at such a slow pace, and, aside from the fact it was mostly told in flashback, its mystery unfolded rather routinely. Was there narrative justification for the many well thought-out fan theories about its true meaning? Were the Internet’s devoted writings about the show completely off-base? Were fans simply putting things together that were not there?
What’s fascinating is that not only was there an overwhelming amount of online fan response to True Detective, »
Thomas Jane will star in The Veil, the latest microbudget horror film from Jason Blum's Blumhouse, which has Phil Joanou on board to direct. Universal will distribute per its first-look deal with Blumhouse. Joanou is a video director who helmed the Kim Basinger-Richard Gere erotic thriller Final Analysis but most recently teamed up with Jane to make the wildly popular short The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, an unauthorized take on the Marvel vigilante character. Related: Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror Veil is written by Robert Ben Garant, a co-creator of the comedy show Reno 911, who with his
- Borys Kit
Apollo 18 director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego will direct horror pic Sanctuary for Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales and will introduce the film to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin in February. Photos: Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell From a script by Ryne Douglas Pearson, Sanctuary follows three documentarians who travel to South America to investigate a town that mysteriously disappeared from the map. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg will produce for Atlas Independent while Richard Suckle, Unbroken
- Rebecca Ford
There's never been a better time to be a horror fan as the good stuff we want to see isn't just available in theatres and stores anymore. Nope, some of horror's best pieces have been seen or can be found on television. That's right, kids, you don't even have to leave your house!
To further illustrate that point, our buddies over at Horror Novel Reviews have put together a list that we think you should check out. Just hit up that link and go!
Some of their picks include classics such as "The Walking Dead," "Masters of Horror," etc., as well as some stuff you may not expect. Did they get it right? Are they forgetting something? Click that link above and let them know.
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- Uncle Creepy
There's no denying that Italian director Dario Argento is something of a legend among horror fans, myself included, but equally there's no denying that he hasn't really done anything not only of note, but even remotely interesting in the film department in perhaps the last couple of decades. Granted, he did turn in a couple of half decent episodes of Mick Gariss's mostly enjoyable Masters of Horror offerings, but even they weren't a patch on his earlier work, of which one of the finest examples is Tenebrae.
Lumped in with the Video Nasties business nearly thirty years ago (yes, it was that long ago), Tenebrae is a wonderfully deceptive film in that every time I sit down to watch it, and I confess it's been a good decade since my last viewing, I always remember it as being a dark, serious movie, but in reality it's a very funny film, »
The big names in horror are often recognized by both the genre community and mainstream entertainment culture, showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven have secured their place in film history, but many more talented directors go largely unsung for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we recently kicked off a recurring segment that gives much-needed credit to those groundbreaking horror filmmakers who aren’t always given the praise they deserve. [You can check out part one here and part two here.] Since the first two installments proved popular, we're back with another round, and this time we present not five, but six more of our favorite underrated genre film directors. Mike Mendez Director of The Gravedancers and Big Ass Spider, Mendez and frequent collaborator Dave Parker (Coldwater, The Hills Run Red) helped to inspire the popular Showtime series Masters of Horror, but »
- Tyler Doupe
13 items from 2014
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