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Easter eggs. You color them. You decorate them. You display them, and you eventually eat them. And wouldn't ya know it; they're also hidden in some of our favorite horror films!
In the world of entertainment, 'Easter egg' is a term given to any hidden message or piece of imagery thrown into a movie, which is usually seen in the background of a frame for a split second. If you blink, you miss it. But if you've got a keen eye, and you're paying close attention, you're rewarded with a fun little treat that's sure to make you smile.
This Sunday being Easter and all, it seems only right that we take a look back on some fun Easter eggs that we've found in horror movies over the years. So let's do a little hunting, shall we?!
One of the more well-known horror movie Easter eggs can be found in Predator 2, »
- John Squires
We already told you that George A. Romero will be appearing at Texas Frightmare Weekend, but we have one more exciting piece of new for fans of Dawn of the Dead. The Alamo Drafthouse is teaming up with Texas Frightmare Weekend for a rare screening of the 1978 zombie classic, with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, David Emge, and Scott Reiniger in attendance.
“Texas Frightmare Weekend is teaming up with The Alamo Drafthouse Dallas to screen five classic Frightmare-themed films during the week leading up to this year’s jam-packed 2014 weekend… culminating with a star-studded screening of George Romero’s zombie opus Dawn Of The Dead the night before Frightmare begins!
In 1968, George A. Romero created what would go on to be the modern zombie genre as we know it with Night of the Living Dead. Ten years later, he redefined it with what is widely considered as the zenith of »
- Jonathan James
Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 poster, created in cooperation with Mondo, America’s finest purveyors of cinematic artwork. Tfw’s 2014 poster celebrates two of this year’s festival’s biggest draws...
...the Hellraiser series and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, masterfully combined by iconic horror artist Gary Pullin. A very limited number of only 100 posters will be printed for this year’s convention, making them the show’s hottest collectors item. Available only at the show itself, quantities will be limited to two per customer.
From the Press Release
Texas Frightmare Weekend is back for blood May 2nd through the 4th, offering up more celebrity guests, more vendors, and the continuation of its wildly popular free film screenings to all Tfw passholders! Continuing last year’s partnership, Texas Frightmare Weekend is monstrously proud to re-team with IFC Midnight and present a gruesome twosome of »
- Steve Barton
With a jam-packed lineup of stars, this year's Texas Frightmare Weekend was already looking to be a must-attend event, and the convention has just gotten a big time upgrade in the form of a partnership with IFC Midnight.
Read on for all the details, which are sure to have you planning a trip to rattlesnake country!
From the Press Release
Texas Frightmare Weekend is back for blood May 2nd through the 4th, offering up more celebrity guests, more vendors, and the continuation of its wildly popular free film screenings to all Tfw passholders! Continuing last year’s partnership, Texas Frightmare Weekend is monstrously proud to re-team with IFC Midnight and present a gruesome twosome of new horror films from two specialists in the genre!
- John Squires
When it comes to Texas-based horror conventions, it doesn't get bigger or better than Texas Frightmare Weekend. That being said, it sounds as if things have just gotten a bit bigger! Read on for the details.
From the Press Release
Texas Frightmare Weekend is back, badder than ever, May 2nd through the 4th, offering up more celebrity guests, more vendors, and more amazing tie-ins than ever!
This year Tfw is teaming up with the incredible Alamo Drafthouse Dallas to screen five classic Frightmare-themed films during the week leading up to the festival… culminating with a star-studded secret screening of one of horror’s greatest masterpieces on May 1st!
On April 27th Texas Frightmare Weekend kicks things off in style at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas with a special 3D screening of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, celebrating the classic film’s Sixtieth Anniversary! On the following night they revisit the birth »
- Uncle Creepy
Interview Duncan Bowles 13 Mar 2014 - 06:29
The last but one answer in this interview has a slight spoiler for Muppets Most Wanted.
If there’s one thing I discovered from our chat with Danny Trejo, it’s that he laughs a lot. For an actor who’s made a career out of playing bad asses whose actions speak louder than words, it was a strange thing to hear him so openly chuckling – when our call was connected I asked how he was doing and he replied “Great, we were just talking about Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles – probably before your time, but it’s really funny!” and what followed was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever done.
We were lucky enough to get a good amount of Mr Trejo’s time, »
Austin maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to launch his small-screen reboot of his cult-favorite film From Dusk Till Dawn, but his TV ambitions don’t stop there. With his new Latino-themed/English-speaking cable network El Rey, the Spy Kids and Desperado writer-director-producer-editor is trying to carve a whole new path for cool TV shows that sheds the usual big network note-giving development process. We interviewed Rodriguez at his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios about his new network and Dusk (which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend). Below Rodriguez reveals how the genre-mashup Dusk got made, teases »
- James Hibberd
Fede Alvarez, who impressed fickle Evil Dead fans with his intense and graphic reboot of Sam Rami’s horror classic, is currently shooting the eighth episode of writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s TV reboot of his 1996 cult-favorite film. We can’t reveal much about the episode, except that it involves plenty of bloody mayhem inside a certain Mexican strip club with a very, very long history and that viewers will get to see some of that history firsthand. »
- James Hibberd
Feature James Clayton 21 Feb 2014 - 06:09
Editors are a vital yet oft-overlooked part of filmmaking. James takes a closer look at the work of these mystery craftspeople...
Here's a pretty disturbing proposition for you to mentally chop down into easily digestible chunks - Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac makes its way into cinemas this week. The controversial Danish director's new ensemble movie revolves around the reminiscence of a sex addict named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who's found in the street by an academic (Stellan Skarsgård). Joe proceeds to tell him her personal story and the film plays out in flashbacks across different time periods, fleshed out by an array of well-known actors who engage themselves in graphic carnal activity.
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Machete Kills, 2013.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Carlos Estevez, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Demián Bichir, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, William Sadler, Antonio Banderas, Tom Savini, and Walton Goggins.
Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
While the original Machete trailer was one of the highlights of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 double feature Grindhouse, containing more entertainment value in its two minutes than the entirety of Death Proof, the 2010 feature version failed to live up to the promise of the faux trailer. Personally, I thought it played things a little too straight, if you can say that about a film that has its protagonist abseiling from a »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Tom Savini | Written by Kyle Ward | Directed by Robert Rodriguez
I’ve always been a fan of Robert Rodriguez whether it was Desperado and its sequel or From Dusk Till Dawn, maybe even the Spy Kids movies or Planet Terror. Machete was a film that was born out of a fake Grindhouse trailer and it got the joke, it set the tone correctly and felt just right, flaws and all. Machete Kills is the continuation of the idea and for the most part should work, but how long can the joke go on?
- Paul Metcalf
The El Rey Network, which is owned and operated by Robert Rodriguez, is set to debut its first original hour-long drama with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on March 11. The channel, which is available now from most cable providers, is also setting out to establish a weekly tradition with Grindhouse Fridays starting February 28. And in that tradition comes a set of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series vintage Lobby Cards, featuring a new look at the cast. Stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz resurrect the bank-robbing Gecko brothers, alongside Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller and Eiza González as Santanico Pandemonium. We also get our first look at Jesse Garcia as Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, Robert Patrick as Jacob Fuller and Brandon Soo Hoo as Scott Fuller. Don Johnson rounds out the cast as Ranger Earl McGraw, a now iconic character in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez universe.
The El Rey Network, which is owned and operated by Robert Rodriguez, is set to debut its first original hour-long drama with From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series on March 11. The channel, which is available now from most cable providers, is also setting out to establish a weekly tradition with Grindhouse Fridays starting February 28. And in that tradition comes a set of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series vintage Lobby Cards, featuring a new look at the cast. Stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz resurrect the bank-robbing Gecko brothers, alongside Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller and Eiza González as Santanico Pandemonium. You may notice that two Lobby Cards are missing from this set of 11. We're not sure if this is a Grindhouse type in-joke, as most Grindhouse theaters never kept a full set of Lobby Cards as they were damaged or thrown in the trash after being well used, »
I'm mighty curious about Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network, which he has described as basically a curated network driven by the sensibility of the "El Mariachi" and "Spy Kids" creator. Starting on Friday (February 14), El Rey Network will be doing the 24-hour programming thing, driven by cable rights to shows like "Starsky & Hutch," "Dark Angel" and "The X Files." Then on February 28, El Rey will begin Grindhouse Fridays. El Rey gets really serious, though, on Tuesday, March 11 with the premiere of "From Dusk Till Dawn," an expansion of the universe created for the vampire film. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Director: Robert Rodriguez,
Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexa Vega, Tom Savini, William Sadler, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas,
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Machete came to life as a fake trailer during the Tarantino/Rodriguez double bill Grindhouse, which was unfortunately split for us UK viewers. Although it may have started as a fake trailer, it soon became a reality and was such a blast that a sequel just had to be made. Machete Kills actually begins with yet another fake trailer, funnily enough for the third film in the trilogy Machete Kills Again…In Space which is currently in development. Although the original was a vicious and absurd grindhouse flick, there was nothing to suggest a science fiction twist, so part of the enjoyment is seeing how this second instalment makes its way in that direction. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Edgar Wright’s spot-on haunted house parody Don’t, the best of the half-dozen trailer spoofs showcased in the feature-length version of Grindhouse, boasts more jokes and scares across its 87-second running time than A Fantastic Fear of Everything musters over more than an hour and a half. And yet, for those familiar with this distinctly British style of horror-comedy, such an unfavorable comparison is difficult to ignore: The influence of Wright seems to loom over every aspect of the picture, from its often precarious tonal oscillations to the presence of its leading man, Simon Pegg, whose lauded turns in Wright’s Cornetto trilogy made the otherwise niche TV actor an international star. Like Wright, first-time director Crispian Mi »
Adam Wingard has quickly risen to the forefront of young horror directors with hits like V/H/S, You’re Next, and V/H/S/2. Working in close collaboration with writer Simon Barrett, the two have delivered more visceral, entertaining films with each outing. Their latest, The Guest, was granted the coveted Friday night premiere slot at the Library Theatre in Park City for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. A few days later, Wingard sat down with Fearnet to discuss how this movie came about, the films that formed his love for cinema, and his creative process with Barrett. The Guest stars Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey as a soldier who returns to the family home of a fallen comrade. He becomes close with the family, encouraging the kids to break their patterns and even helping dad with his career. To tell you more than that would spoil the fun... but »
- Brian Tallerico
From the Press Release
Whizbang Films and Storyteller Pictures are proud to announce the Hellions Horror Video Contest! You wanna make a short horror film and have it shown everywhere? Then check out the video hosted by director Bruce McDonald and info below.
The contest is open to everyone, and we’re looking for scary videos up to two minutes long. The theme: Red. Your submission can take any form – a fake trailer, a scene from a horror script you’ve been working on, a short film all of its own – as long as it somehow connects to Red. »
- Uncle Creepy
Outside of hardcore pornographic films, your chances of seeing cinematic smut comes either from the Grind House or the Art House. In fact, the art house wins hands down in the smut department and gets away with many things that could never be shown in a mainstream film or even in a horror film. This is because our moral guardians reason that educated middle class people watch art house films and because of their social status and level of intellect, they are less likely to be corrupted than a mainstream audience. Of course this is very patronising, but art house cinema has been getting away with absolute controversial filth for decades while the censors go snip happy over something as stupid as The Wedding Planner.
Sometimes smut works in an art house film and sometimes it doesn’t. I found that the trend for art house films (particularly French films »
- Clare Simpson
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