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10 Future A-List Actors Who Made Horror Movies

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10 Future A-List Actors Who Made Horror Movies
We all have to start somewhere, right? Despite its history of cinema classics and major box office success, the horror genre is often maligned as somehow less worthy of respect than other types of films. For whatever reason, it's not as easy to get an A-list actor to headline a horror movie as it should be. But beggars can't be choosers. Plenty of Oscar-nomintaed thespians had no problem making horror flicks on the way up. Today, we're looking at 10 future A-List actors who made horror movies before they became big time celebrities.

Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger

There may be no greater example of the phenomenon we're talking about here than the fourth film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, which starred two future A-list actors and is demonstrative of the shrewd and cynical strategies of Hollywood. In 1994, relative unknowns Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger had already been in Dazed and Confused
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Horror Channel announces eight premieres for May

Horror Channel has announced eight prime-time weekend film premieres for May, including the UK premieres of José Manuel Cravioto’s pulse-pounding thriller Bound to Vengeance and Mary Lambert’s evil-spirited gripper Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, along with network premieres for Don Mancini’s killer-dolls spin-off Seed of Chucky, starring Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly & Billy Boyd, Xavier Gen’s unsettling post-apocalyptic horror The Divide, the epic vampire-battling Daybreakers, starring Eithan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, Stephen Kay’s monster in the closet chiller Boogeyman, Jamie Blanks’ teen slasher Urban Legend and Ryuhei Kitamura’s mystery-man rampaging No One Lives.

Fri 5 May @ 21:00 – Boogeyman (2005) *Network Premiere

Tim (Barry Watson) is haunted by traumatic memories from his past, linked to the death of his father. Desperate to resolve his issues, he returns to the house where he grew up. But while Tim wants to convince himself the ghostly memories he carries are just a figment of his imagination,
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Spotlight on the films of Women Horror Directors

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Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)

Antonia Bird

The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such
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'Trick 'r Treat' Director Talks Comic Book and Sequel | Exclusive

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'Trick 'r Treat' Director Talks Comic Book and Sequel | Exclusive
Born just days before Halloween, filmmaker Michael Dougherty has always had an affinity for the spooky holiday. After breaking into the business by co-writing X2: X-Men United, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and Superman Returns with Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty set out on his own to make his directorial debut with the horror anthology Trick 'r Treat, long before the format was back en vogue. Despite getting rave reviews from the festival circuit in 2007 and 2008, Warner Bros. decided to forgo a theatrical release, instead debuting it on DVD back in 2009. It became an immediate cult classic, with some starting annual traditions of watching Trick 'r Treat every year on October 31.

Trick 'r Treat tells four separate stories, all set on Halloween night in the same town, as it's revealed how each of these completely different characters' stories are connected to one another. Lurking in the shadows for each of these tales is Sam,
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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct Pet Sematary remake

After vacating the director's chair on the reboots of both Highlander and The Crow, 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo looks to have found his next project, and yep, you've guessed it - it's another remake.

According to Variety, Fresnadillo is in talks with Paramount about directing Lorenzo Di Bonaventura's upcoming remake of the 1989 Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary, which centred around a family who discover an ancient Native American cemetery that allows creatures buried there to be brought back from the dead, albeit with a bit of an attitude adjustment.

The original Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), who also returned to direct a sequel in 1992. The script for the remake has been written by Matt Greenberg (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1408) and David Kajganich (The Invasion, Blood Creek).
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Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Freddy Tattoo Has Harsh Words for Elm Street Stint

We'll be the first to admit that after seeing the abysmal remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, we didn't think there was any way that Rooney Mara could pull off playing the complex role of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander. Guess who else wasn't a big fan of the movie or the role of Nancy? Mara herself.

Mara recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and dropped the following comments about her part in Samuel Bayer's travesty of a flick:

"You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don't want to get," she tells EW. "Sometimes you don't want to get something, but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That's kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn't even really want it. And then I went in [to audition], and I was like, "Fuck. I definitely got that."

So
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Rooney Mara Spits On Her 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Role

Rooney Mara Spits On Her 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Role
It's easy to be dismissive now that Rooney Mara is on top of the world. But when the star of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was cast as Nancy Holbrook in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I guarantee she was excited. It was a pretty huge step up from her role in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. Now that Mara is a big star, she's comfortable downplaying a role other actresses would have killed for. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she explains that she didn't want the role, and even tried to sabotage her chances. "You kind of learn to self-sabotage with thing you don't want to get," she tells the magazine. "Sometimes you don't want to get something but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That's kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn't even really want it.
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Sony Movie Channel Dresses Up for Halloween with Killer Mandays

Popular Monday Night Double-Feature Block to Present Full Month of Horror Madness

Culver City, Calif., Sept. 26, 2011 - Sony Movie Channel is celebrating Halloween throughout the entire month of October as its weekly double-feature block Mandays takes a stab as Killer Mandays.

“Sony Movie Channel is thrilled to bring such high quality horror films to our viewers during the month of October,” said Superna Kalle. “With such prestigious filmmakers as John Carpenter and Tsui Hark programmed for Killer Mandays, our audience will be screaming for more.”

The thrills will continue online when from Monday, October 3rd - Thursday, November 3rd, sonymoviechannel.com will launch a “Killer Mandays Costume Contest,” where people can submit a photograph of their best horror costume. The winner, voted on by the public, will win a Sony Blu-ray Player and a “Resident Evil” Blu-ray collection. Additional prizing to ten second place winners will include a “Resident Evil” Blu-ray collection.
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New trailer for ‘Mega Python vs. Gatoroid’

Syfy have released a brand new trailer for the eagerly-awaited (at least by me) Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson match-up Mega Python vs.Gatoroid, which airs on Syfy in the Us tonight.

Directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary 1 and 2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), the film sees Gibson play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany plays an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators (namely pumping them full of steroids!).

After a species of giant python invades the everglades, park workers breed mutant gators to counter the threat. Soon, the battle between giant pythons and mutant gators threatens all of Florida.
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The Asylum Day: 16 images from ‘Mega Python vs Gatoroid’

We’ve been sent a whole heap of images from The Asylum’s forthcoming movies such as Mega Python vs Gatoroid, Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus, Almighty Thor and Battle of Los Angeles. So today is “The Asylum” day here on Blogomatic3000! The final set of images we’ve received come from the film I am most excited to see: Mega Python vs Gatoroid, which stars two 80’s pop icons (and, if you read the press at the time, former rivals) – Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.

Directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary 1 and 2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), the film sees Gibson play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany plays an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators (namely pumping them full of steroids!).

After a species of giant python invades the everglades,
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Four new clips from ‘Mega Python vs. Gatoroid’

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is the next giant monster movie from The Asylum. Riding high on the hype of their previous two mega-monster efforts Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Mega Piranha, the film brings together the female stars of those two movies in a head to head confrontation that fans have been waiting for since the 1980s…

After a species of giant python invades the everglades, park workers breed mutant gators to counter the threat. Soon, the battle between giant pythons and mutant gators threatens all of Florida.

In anticipation of the films debut next month, Syfy have released four new clips from the film:

Directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary 1 and 2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), Mega Python vs. Gatoroid stars former pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson and sees Gibson play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades,
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Landing Lead Role, Rooney Mara Joins Daniel Craig in 'Dragon Tattoo'

The question who will be taking on the lead female role in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)" has finally been answered. On Monday, August 16, Sony announced through a press release that Rooney Mara has been tapped to portray Lisbeth Salander and to star opposite Daniel Craig in the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's crime novel.

The actress who will be seen playing Erica Albright in "The Social Network" has successfully beaten out all of her contenders that included "Inception" actress Ellen Page, "Alice in Wonderland" star Mia Wasikowska and "Sucker Punch" beauty Emily Browning. She is expected to join the production when the filming begins next month in Sweden.

The English version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" will be directed by David Fincher using a screenplay written by Steve Zaillian. Produced by Scott Rudin among others, it is set for worldwide release on December 21, 2011.

Rooney Mara
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Rooney Mara's sister Kate, NFL connection and more fun facts

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Rooney Mara (above, left) was announced as the titular role in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" Monday (Aug. 16) -- but who is she? Here are five quick facts about the girl who beat out so many young female starlets for such a coveted role.

1. Mara's older sister Kate Mara (above, right) is none other than one of the cheerleader threesome members on "Nip/Tuck" and Annie Cantrell in "We Are Marshall." Rooney got her acting start in a bit part in her sister's 2005 video release "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary."

2. Her grandfather is Wellington Mara, one of the longest-tenured and most highly respected owners in NFL history. Mara was co-owner of the New York Giants from 1930 until his death in 2005. He was also president of the National Football Conference for 21 years.

3. Mara founded the non-profit organization Faces of Kibera, an organization founded to combat the rising number of orphans in Kibera,
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‘Mega Python vs. Gatoroid’ – Preview Clip

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is the next “big” Syfy original monster movie from The Asylum. Riding high on the hype of The Asylum’s previous two mega-monster efforts Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Mega Piranha, the film brings together the female stars of those two movies in a head to head confrontation that fans have been waiting for since the 1980s…

Directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary 1 and 2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary),Mega Python vs. Gatoroid stars former pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson and sees Gibson play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid will air on Syfy in early 2011.
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‘Mega Python vs. Gatoroid’ adds a third pop icon!

THR are reporting that Syfy and The Asylum have added a third pop icon to the cast of Mega Python vs. Gatoroid… former Monkee Mickey Dolenz!

Yes, you read that right, Mickey Dolenz will be joining the already-cast former pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson in the film which sees Gibson plays a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid is directed by Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary 1 and 2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), marking the first time a female director has helmed a Syfy creature feature…
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Syfy to pit Debbie Gibson vs. Tiffany!!

THR have the exclusive on what sounds like the pinnacle of the ‘Mega’ film series from The Asylum. After starring in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Mega Piranha respectively, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany are to face off in a brand new ‘Mega’ movie – Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid! According to THR:

Syfy has cast 1980s pop-star rivals Debbie Gibson and Tiffany in one of the network’s signature Saturday night original movies.

Yes, they will fight.

The network promises an epic battle between the former teen pop idols, who will star in Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.

In the script, the pair brawl at a party, then take matters outside into the swamp.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street '10: A Pair of pics from the re-shoots

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A Nightmare On Elm Street '10: A Pair of pics from the re-shoots
A few hours ago, producer Brad Fuller checked in via Twitter from the set of A Nightmare On Elm Street where cameras are rolling again for some additional filming. The new scenes being shot are not necessarily "reshoots" but added scenes to help flush out some story here and there.

This latest round of filming involves the Springwood Diner. New photos below the jump.

These new pictures match up to a recent report via SpoilerTV in which sides were sent out to agents to cast a few small roles. Check out the breakdowns below.

Nightmare on Elm St - New Casting Call for Minor Characters

[Waitress] 40s. She works at the diner with Nancy. She started working at the diner as a summer job 20 years ago and never left. Please Submit Character Actors With Great Faces Two lines)

[Dutch] 50s. The owner of a small-town American diner at which Nancy works. Please
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A new official still from A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

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A new official still from A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
Over the past few days a batch of photos from the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare On Elm Street have been making the rounds, prompting many to ask if they're official or just really good screengrabs. Well, Warner Bros. has reacted to said "leak" providing Fango with the latest official look at Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger - a pic that came with a promise: more photos are coming soon.

Take a peek below the jump!

Click the pic to see it in Super-high-res (you'll want to)

A Nightmare On Elm Street is currently in post-production, and is set for an April 2010 release. The film stars Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Bad News Bears) in the role of Freddy Krueger, taking over the glove from Robert Englund.  The genre-centric cast also includes Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon,) Rooney Mara (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), Kyle Gallner (Jennifer's Body), Thomas Dekker (Laid To Rest,
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First A Nightmare On Elm Street Trailer arrives!

  • Fangoria
Just moments ago the first official trailer for Platinum Dunes' A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot hit the web courtesy of MySpace.

Freddy Krueger returns in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another... but when they sleep, there is no escape. Jackie Earle Haley stars as Krueger.

See it below!

Original Source: MySpace (HD Available)

A Nightmare on Elm Street in HD

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) is set for an April 2010 release. The film stars Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Bad News Bears) in the role of Freddy Krueger, taking over the glove from Robert Englund.  The genre-centric cast also includes Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon,
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Freddy Krueger's face: Hidden in plain sight?

  • Fangoria
With all the hype surrounding the reveal of the first pic of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger and the first one-sheet from A Nightmare On Elm Street today, a little tidbit came rolling in that there might've been two versions of that pic revealed on MySpace.

One was digitally altered, the other was not. For a preview of the true-to life burn victim, see below.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) is set for an April 2010 release. The film stars Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Bad News Bears) in the role of Freddy Krueger, taking over the glove from Robert Englund.  The genre-centric cast also includes Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: New Moon,) Rooney Mara (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), Kyle Gallner (Jennifer's Body), Thomas Dekker (Laid To Rest, Sarah Connor Chronicles), Katie Cassidy, (Taken, Supernatural), Clancy Brown (The Burrowers), and Connie Britton. Samuel Bayer is at the helm, from a screenplay
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