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Do you remember the days when we had scary television shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Tales From The Crypt, and Tales From The Darkside? Those days have long been gone with the premium cable series Masters Of Horror the last anthology show to really provide a quality horror experience on the small screen. Sure, we have The Walking Dead, Grimm, Sleep Hollow and American Horror Story, but they aren't the same. Super-producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are going to try »
- Alex Maidy
The troubled star, who's been in and out of rehab, was made to wait for a substantial part of his $100,000-per-episode pay until after production ended.This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Dracula star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is one of the industry's more troubled talents. So NBC created a financial incentive for the actor to complete filming all 10 episodes of the series this summer in Budapest.
According to sources, the network withheld a substantial part of Rhys Meyers' compensation -- estimated at $100,000 an episode -- until filming was finished. Rhys Meyers, 36, whose struggles with substance abuse plagued his previous series, Showtime's The Tudors, required increased scrutiny before NBC would sign off on casting him in Dracula. So the Irish actor received per diem payments and other small dispensations, but the lump sum of his salary was contingent on him completing the season.
- Kim Masters
Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Roger Corman (House of Usher »
- Jonathan James
The big names in horror are frequently recognized by both the genre film community and mainstream entertainment culture. They are often showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven have secured their place in history.
Many talented directors live in the shadows and are rarely recognized for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we are shining the spotlight on five of our favorite underrated horror directors.
Christopher Smith has churned out some truly underrated contemporary classics and he himself is vastly underrated on the landscape of horror filmmakers. His films Severance and Creep are vastly different in tonality but both display an affection and understanding of the horror genre not unlike some of the great genre film directors of years past. Severance is full of witty one-liners and contrasted by a hefty dose of ultra violence. »
- Tyler Doupe
With Tom Holland’s latest series now available on FEARnet and VOD entitled “Twisted Tales” and his group of short stories exclusively for the Kindle, “Untold Tales”, Holland is entering into a new creative stage in his long and varied career as an actor, writer, director, and producer.
The legendary creator of Fright Night, Child’s Play, Cloak & Dagger, and Psycho II (just to name a few), Holland recently reached out to Dread Central to discuss his thoughts on the new incarnation of Fright Night 2: New Blood (review) from director Eduardo Rodriguez, the new FEARnet series, and his upcoming projects including his desire to remake his 1982 screenplay The Beast Within. There’s also a great update about adapting Stephen King’s “The Ten O’Clock People” showing how both writers are working together to make the story fit more into the modern world.
Dread Central: So, you saw the »
- Drew Tinnin
John Carpenter’s Body Bags is one of Scream Factory’s upcoming titles and will be released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack. Here’s a look at the official trailer for the anthology horror movie:
“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead »
- Jonathan James
It's Masters of Horror week on "Larry King Now," and most recently King dissected the brain of Eli Roth. We've got the full interview here along with the lowdown on who else's brain Larry's been munching.
In a frank and entertaining interview, Eli chats with Larry about how his parents encouraged his passions early in his childhood, recalls The Wizard of Oz and its flying monkeys as one of the first film experiences where he truly felt scared, and even gives Larry some tips for spooking his boys. He mentions that he likes to sit in the front during his movies to watch the audience react.
Roth tells Larry how the themes in horror films are a reflection of the American public’s fears and feelings about the government (Hostel was political allegory for the Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld years) and also answers social media questions directly from his fans. »
- Debi Moore
If you’re into the experience of watching horror movies in a big dark theatre with other like-minded people, this year you may be out of luck. Carrie, which opened last week, was really the only scary movie out there this year and it's not doing all that well. Next year promises to be better but until then, what’s a boy or girl who wants some scares supposed to do? Well, the proliferation of haunted theme parks continue and those are pretty awesome and may even make you pee your pants. Masters Of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most
- Borys Kit
Director Stuart Gordon has worked with actor Jeffrey Combs since his first feature film, Re-Animator, in 1985. Since then, they have worked on nearly a dozen projects, many of them adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe stories. Their newest collaboration isn’t all that new: Nevermore. Based on the personal letters and journals of Poe, “Nevermore” started as a one-man stage play, directed by Gordon and starring Combs as Poe. Three years later, the pair want to turn the play into a film. We spoke with Stuart Gordon about his plans for the film adaptation.
First tell us a little bit about “Nevermore” and how you started with the play?
In 2007 Jeffrey Combs played Poe for the first time in “The Black Cat,” an episode of the Masters of Horror series on Showtime. He was so amazing that we decided to create “Nevermore,” a one-man stage show for the bicentennial of Poe’s birth. »
- Alyse Wax
Daily Dead recently caught up with iconic horror filmmaker Stuart Gordon to discuss his plans for the Nevermore feature film adaptation, based on his hugely successful one-man play of the same name that starred Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe.
A blending of fact and Poe’s fictional tales, Nevermore is Gordon’s exploration of the last days of Poe which have been shrouded in mystery ever since his death in 1849. During our recent chat with the Master of Horror, he talked about why he chose Kickstarter to fund the feature version and how the industry has changed for filmmakers who are looking to create original stories. Gordon also discussed his thoughts on other Poe adaptations, how Combs has perfectly embodied Poe over the years and more.
Daily Dead: I absolutely loved “Nevermore” when I went to see it a few years ago and I’m excited by the prospect »
- Heather Wixson
Fans of legendary author H.P. Lovecraft know how closely the ideas of sound, music and strange vibrations are woven into his literary works – from the supernatural serenade called forth in "The Music of Erich Zann" to the sonic “resonator” that opens a dimensional portal in From Beyond. Many musicians have tapped into Lovecraft's tales for inspiration – sometimes purely for fun, as in the case of Re-Animator: The Musical, co-produced for the stage by another horror icon, Stuart Gordon. As you know, Gordon's long association with Lovecraft's work began in earnest with the 1985 classic Re-Animator, and includes a memorable episode of the Showtime series Masters of Horror: “Dreams in the Witch House.” That same tale, which Lovecraft penned in 1932, is now the basis of an epic rock opera produced in association with the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. While Gordon is not involved in this project, it does feature one »
- Gregory Burkart
The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled they called .Hollywood.s 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell,. and while there are many names on there that could have easily been predicted, it begins with the blockbuster machine himself, Michael Bay. Bay.s name is more synonymous with loud flashy action flicks like the Transformers series and Armageddon, but his Platinum Dunes production company has been churning out horror remakes for a full decade now. It sounds like producing is just not enough for him anymore, though, as he has voiced his intentions of creating his own horror film in the future. Michael Bay and horror? Color me green with nauseous interest. .I have a great fantasy,. he said, .that I will probably a make a reality . of directing my own self-financed horror movie.. So not only does he want to dive head-first into the genre, he wants »
This image first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine as a part of the Masters of Horror feature. Kiernan Shipka has been living in another decade for several seasons as Don Draper's outspoken daughter Sally on Mad Men, but for THR's Horror Issue, the starlet chose to be transported to yet another time and place -- namely, the Overlook Hotel. Photos: 'Mad Men's' Kiernan Shipka as the 'Shining' Twins and Other Hollywood Horror Delights Shipka, who soon will take her own stab at horror when she stars in Lifetime's adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, brought
- Rebecca Ford
Chloe Grace Moretz, who appears on THR's Masters of Horror list, owes her career to horror. The actress starred in 2005's remake of The Amityville Horror (which grossed $108 million worldwide) at the age of 6. "It was the first time I was ever scared on a set," she says. "Ryan Reynolds picks me up in one scene and grabs me, and I remember walking away and telling my mom that it scared me a little." Her role as Chelsea, the youngest in a family living in a haunted home, led to a part in 2008's The Eye,
- Rebecca Ford
It's October, which means it's prime time for some horror movie fun. There will be non-stop marathons of your favorite movies all over TV, even if the horror offerings on the big screen this month are rather scarce. And for all the horror fanatics out there, Filmmaker Iq (via Movies.com) stumbled upon a documentary from awhile back called Masters of Horror. The 90-minute documentary aired on the Sci-Fi channel (before it became SyFy), and is hosted by cult classic favorite star Bruce Campbell. The documentary dives into the minds of some of the most prolific horror directors and also some staple effects geniuses. Here's the Masters of Horror documentary hosted by Bruce Campbell: Directors include Halloween helmer John Carpenter, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream mastermind Wes Craven, Night of the Living Dead creator George Romero, Suspiria director Dario Argento, and master of horror fantasy Guillermo del Toro, »
- Ethan Anderton
October is here, and we've officially reached Halloween territory. That means we'll be on a horror-film bender until the spooky holiday arrives later this month. There are plenty of fun releases to rent or see at the movies, but website Filmmaker Iq spotted something to whet our horror-loving appetites that's online right now. Masters of Horror is a 90-minute documentary, hosted by Evil Dead Adonis Bruce Campbell. The doc takes us inside the minds of several horror gurus, including John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Stuart Gordon, John Landis, George Romero, Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro. We also catch a peek inside the studios of several horror FX geniuses, like Rick Baker and Tom Savini. "The basis for most of my films is essentially true life,"...
- Alison Nastasi
Director Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Session 9) loves to probe into his character’s inner psyches. In each of his films he shows humans for what they really are: feeble little creatures that fall prey to their emotions and that their grasp of reality is tentative at best. This is nowhere more evident than in Sounds Like, his contribution to the second season of Showtime’s Masters of Horror television show.
The episode concerns itself with Larry Pearce (Chris Bauer) whose son has recently died of a rare brain disease. Instead of taking time off to grieve Larry quickly returns to his job as a supervisor at a tech call center where it is his duty to listen in to the conversations his workers have with the many people who dial in with technological queries. He soon finds out though that his already acute hearing has somehow been magnified to »
- Andrew Perez
Ready for some more Carpenter via our friends/wallet drainers at Scream Factory? Of course you are! In addition to a new Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release of Assault On Precinct 13, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper’s early 90s horror-anthology Body Bags is unzipping onto Blu-ray come November 11th! Icons friend Justin Beahm (dig on our exclusive interview with him!) was an integral part in the making of the bonus features, all of which you can check out below! Looks like another true Collector’s Edition from the Factory, and a major stuff up in quality from the prior cut & barebones DVD release.
Body Bags unzips onto Blu-ray & DVD November 11th!
- Justin Edwards
Scream Factory will release John Carpenter’s Body Bags as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray / DVD combo pack on November 12th. We’ve already given you a look at the cover art and we now have the list of bonus features that will be included:
“For the first time on Blu-ray, John Carpenter Presents Body Bags features John Carpenter as a creepy-looking coroner introducing a trilogy of blood-curdling tales: “The Gas Station” (starring Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds and Alex Datcher, Passenger 57), “Hair” (starring Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy), and “Eye”(Directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist, and starring Mark Hamill, Star Wars). With special appearances by Deborah Harry (Scarface), Sheena Easton (Miami Vice), Twiggy, David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), John Agar (Tarantula), David Warner (The Omen) and cameos by notable horror film legends Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Lifeforce, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre »
- Jonathan James
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