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Ok, this film isn't forgotten. It's extremely well-remembered by enthusiasts of European animated shorts. I'm just assuming that means most of us haven't heard of it. It's the most celebrated work by Belgian filmmaker Raoul Servais, but has a haunted, Eastern European feel reminiscent of Jan Švankmajer's sinister pixillations. A man rescues a strange bird-woman from an assailant, striking him down and taking her home. Once there, she becomes a domineering monster, ruining his life until he himself is driven to attempt her destruction, at which point the narrative comes full and vicious circle...On the face of it, the film is a misogynist fable, a phantasmagoria on the theme of Henry Higgins' lament "Let a Woman in Your Life." The story closely resembles that of Jenifer, a short horror story adapted by arch-misogynist Dario Argento for the series Masters of Horror. And yet Harpya doesn't seem that offensive. Maybe »
With the golden age of video stores now in the rearview mirror (every month I'm still tempted to leave a bouquet of roses in memoriam at the building down the street that used to be a Blockbuster), horror fans now "stream to scream" from a wide variety of outlets, including Screambox, who just launched on Amazon Channels to bring more than 300 horror titles to Amazon Prime, including The Stuff.
Press Release: Los Angeles, Calif (September 28, 2017) Screambox, the #1 streaming service for die-hard horror fans, now has more than 300 movies available as part of the Screambox monthly subscription on Amazon Channels. The no-holds-barred horror streaming service is now available to U.S. customers for just $4.99/month after a 7-day free trial. New releases every week allow subscribers to binge on bloodbaths, gruesome gore, sick psychos and ravenous zombies like never before.
Amazon Channels gives Prime members the ability to watch over 100 on-demand »
- Derek Anderson
The Netflix-produced “1922” has jolts of violence and sweeping period details, but in a year overrun with Stephen King adaptations, it’s also the simplest of them: “It” features a ludicrous shapeshifting clown, “The Dark Tower” is an inter-dimensional sci-fi western fantasy, and “Gerald’s Game” has kinky sex gone wrong and a giant goal. In “1922,” a guy kills his wife and feels guilty about it. That’s the gist of its premise, and while nothing groundbreaking, the story mines a degree of profundity out of the traditional supernatural thriller tropes at its core.
As directed by Zak Hilditch (whose 2013 debut “These Final Hours” was an expressionistic apocalyptic tale), “1922” (originally a King short story) has the merits of a solid “Tales From the Crypt” or “Masters of Horror” episode, with a »
- Eric Kohn
Out of all the places I visited at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the most memorable was the screening of the Channel Zero: No-End House premiere episode. The way the series has lingered in my mind makes me think that I haven't truly left the house since first seeing it... making me even more eager for the new season to premiere on the Syfy channel beginning Wednesday, September 20th. To help hold me over until then, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Channel Zero showrunner Nick Antosca about the psychological scares of the suburban-set second season, and we've also been provided with an exclusive clip from No-End House to share with Daily Dead readers.
Congratulations on Candle Cove and the upcoming Channel Zero, Nick. Coming from the subtle, mind-melding psychological horror of Candle Cove, when you were planning the No-End House season in the writers’ room, were »
- Derek Anderson
Five celebrated directors remind us why we love a good nightmare. The men behind Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” and Horrorfest: 8 Films to Die For have joined forces for Nightmare Cinema, a brand new horror anthology that will feature five short films which all share a common thread. In the director’s chairs? Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus), Joe Dante (Gremlins), David […] »
- John Squires
Robert Englund sits down with Mick Garris for this week’s episode of Post Mortem to talk about Wes Craven and his influences for Freddy and Nightmare On Elm Street! For those unfamiliar, Mick Garris is a filmmaker and actor who is best known for his Stephen King adaptations and the Masters Of Horror TV series. […] »
- Fangoria Staff
Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist director Tobe Hooper passed away yesterday at the age of 74 and now members of the Hollywood and horror community are paying tribute to the iconic director. Those paying tribute to Hooper have included Baby Driver and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright and Sleepwalkers director, Mick Garris, who collaborated with Hooper on Showtime's Masters of Horror show as well as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. 2017 has been a sad year for horror fans with the passing of Hooper and another horror director George A. Romero.
Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Lois Belle and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He first became interested in filmmaking when he used his father's 8 mm camera at age 9. Hooper eventually took Radio-Television-Film classes at the University of Texas at Austin and studied drama in Dallas under Baruch Lumet »
Of all the visionary voices in 20th century horror, his was certainly one of the boldest, so it is with an especially deep sadness that we share the news that filmmaker Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74.
Multiple outlets are reporting the news of Hooper's passing, including Variety, although the cause of death has not been announced at this time. Hooper passed away on August 26th in Sherman Oaks, California.
Few filmmakers left such an indelible mark on the horror genre as Hooper, who pushed boundaries and captured fear on screen like never before in 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which introduced viewers to the cannibalistic Sawyer clan and their chainsaw-wielding human butcher, Leatherface. Over forty years later, few films have matched the raw power and primal fear of Hooper's audacious 1974 horror film.
Hooper followed up his genre game-changer with an immensely impressive run of films, »
- Derek Anderson
Horror movie trailblazing director Tobe Hooper died at the age of 74 on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. The details of his death are unknown at this time.
Hooper was most recognized for his work in the horror genre with films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist. He directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974 and it has been argued that the movie is one of the most successful and influential horror films ever made. He took on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in 1986, but before that Hooper ghost-directed Poltergeist in 1982, which was based on a story by Steven Spielberg.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it was reported as a natural death.
The 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became one of the most influential horror films of all time for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead. Though it was banned in several countries for violence, it was one of the most profitable independent films of the 1970s in the U.S. The character of Leatherface was loosely based on serial killer Ed Gein.
Hooper also directed the 1986 sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” which took a more comedic approach, as part of his Cannon Films deal.
The 1982 “Poltergeist, »
- Pat Saperstein
Set to premiere this fall is Syfy’s new paranormal-themed series, Ghost Wars, which boasts an incredible ensemble that includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates, Meat Loaf, Avan Jogia, and Kandyse McClure. While in San Diego last weekend at Comic-Con, Daily Dead spoke briefly with two of Ghost Wars’ co-stars, and veteran actors, Vincent D’Onofrio and Meat Loaf. The duo discussed the big appeal of joining the cast of Ghost Wars, and Meat Loaf also reminisced about his time collaborating with Dario Argento for his episode of Masters of Horror, entitled "Pelts."
So, coming into the show, what was the biggest appeal for you guys? Was it the different genre elements, the characters, or the fact that it was something different?
- Heather Wixson
His name is synonymous with Halloween, so it's rather fitting that John Carpenter, the master of horror himself, is teaming up with Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) to develop a Tales for a Halloween Night series for Syfy based on his graphic novel anthology of the same name.
In addition to Tales for a Halloween Night, Carpenter's new deal with Ucp includes executive producing other content with Sandy King via their Storm King Productions, including the in-development series Nightside, based on the book series by Simon R. Green and set to be adapted for the screen by Jill Blotevogel (MTV's Scream TV series).
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for updates on Tales for a Halloween Night and Nightside, and check out the official press release with full details below:
- Derek Anderson
Under the new deal, Carpenter will executive produce scripted programming with Ucp for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, as well as for external networks and streaming services, along with his producing partner, Sandy King, under their Storm King Productions banner.
Ucp and Carpenter are already in development on “Tales for a Halloween Night” for Syfy. Based on Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories, the series brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels, and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships, and all the things that go bump in the night. A search for a writer is underway. Additionally, Ucp and Carpenter are developing “Nightside,” based on the literary series by New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green, with “Scream” TV series co-creator Jill Blotevogel attached to write the script. In »
- Joe Otterson
The Ice Cream Truck, 2017.
Directed by Megan Freels Johnston.
Struggling writer Mary returns to the suburban neighbourhood where she grew up, hoping that some fresh surroundings will inspire her creatively. While waiting for her husband and children to join her from Seattle, Mary is forced to tangle with a murderous ice cream man who has been murdering his way around the neighbourhood.
“I scream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream” so goes the old song. We all have memories as kids pissing about the streets doing what kids do, and then we hear that familiar jingle and everyone just loses their frigging minds, shrieking like wild banshees and rushing to get the delicious icy goodness.
Strangely though, the image of the “ice cream man” has been something of a minor figure in the horror genre, »
- Graeme Robertson
New York’s greatest B-movie legend is coming back to the Big Apple. Prolific writer-director-producer Larry Cohen returns to his native New York this weekend to appear at a retrospective of his New York-set films at the newly-renovated Quad Cinema.
The writer behind 2002’s “Phone Booth” and director of “A Return to Salem’s Lot,” Cohen directed 20 movies and wrote dozens of screenplays for both film and television during his roughly 50 year career. Many of his most well-known films were set in New York.
“It was my favorite place to shoot,” Cohen said. “New York is the world’s greatest backlot.”
The retrospective, entitled “Larry Cohen’s New York,” will include the “Whisper” cut of Cohen’s 1976 horror-thriller “God Told Me To,” a version that has never been screened in New York before. The other films »
- Graham Winfrey
From quirky hits (like *batteries not included and Critters 2) to epic haunts (like Stephen King’s The Stand), filmmaker Mick Garris has proven himself to be one of the industry’s true masters of horror. Literally, even; creating the beloved Showtime series Masters of Horror. With such an impressive portfolio of spooky stories under his belt, […]
- Blake Harris
The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”
The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel. »
- Kate Erbland
Dark Horse's The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man comic book series tops today's Horror Highlights, which also includes Wizard World Cleveland, new releases (respectively) from Cavity Colors and Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, and the New Jersey Horror Con.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man Comic Book Series: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Ore., (March 14, 2017)—Victorian horror fans, rejoice! Dark Horse is delighted to announce the follow-up to 2011’s cult classic The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, with The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man. Mr. Hyde’s Cole Haddon brings fans even more Thomas Adye adventures, while Sebastián Cabrol (Thief: Tales from the City, Caliban) lends his beautiful art to the story, and Hernán Cabrera (Caliban) brings the art to life with his gorgeously grotesque color palette.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man finds Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard struggling to return to normalcy after his run-in with »
- Derek Anderson
Former horror magazine editor Dave Alexander has a new gig. Luckily for movie fans, it’s to uncover some of the greatest horror movies that never made it to fruition. Alexander launched multimedia production company Untold Horror, which is also the name of his upcoming documentary series.
The former editor is now set to write and co-produce “Untold Horror,” a new multi-part series that explores the secret history of why some of the most highly anticipated horror movies never made it past production – and, in some cases, development.
Continue reading Masters Of Horror Discuss Unmade Films In Trailer For Documentary Series ‘Untold Horror’ at The Playlist. »
- Tess Bonn
[Welcome back, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Click here for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]
It’s unfortunate that when many fans hear the names “Lucky McKee” and “Sundance” mentioned in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is an incident in which an audience member had a total public meltdown after the festival screened McKee’s fourth feature (fifth if you count Red, which he co-directed), The Woman, in 2011. After the movie—an adaptation of a novel of the same name he co-wrote with Jack Ketchum—premiere as part of Sundance’s Midnights program, an irate man stood up and began shouting that the movie was “disgusting” and that it degraded both men and women. The freak-out was caught on video and went viral within the film community, garnering The Woman a reputation as a piece of art so potentially transgressive and shocking that it would warrant such a response even before most people saw the movie.
The bummer of the »
- Patrick Bromley
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