14 items from 2017
Author: Sean Wilson
As if last year’s nostalgia-infused sensation Stranger Things didn’t make it clear enough, the world is currently going mad for all things eighties. Not the big hair or the shellsuits, mind – rather woozy synthpop, blood-rich neon and anything related to the heyday of creepy body horror.
With Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s splattery new gorefest The Void out now, one that gleefully mashes up loving homages to H.P. Lovecraft John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and more, here are the essential throwback horror movies that you need to watch in preparation.
Writer/director Ti West is at the forefront of recent revival horror and this deliciously slow-burning spooker remains one of his best. Drawing on the ‘Satanic panic’ craze that swept America during the eighties, it’s the unbearably suspenseful story of a young woman (Jocelin Donahue) whose babysitting job at a creaking, »
- Sean Wilson
In case you haven’t heard, Fox is still very much planning on remaking John Carpenter’s Escape from New York. They want another science fiction/action franchise to add to their roster alongside Alien, Predator, and Planet of the Apes, and they think Snake Plissken is their man for the job. Last week, it was reported that Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Grindhouse) was in early talks to direct the redo, which […] »
- Daniel Baldwin
Author: Zehra Phelan
Anyone sick of remakes or talk of remakes yet? Well hold on to your eye-patches… Yet another cult classic is set for a 21st-century injection of life and this time in the form of John Carpenter’s 1981 dystopian action caper Escape from New York with Robert Rodriguez set to take the helm.
The original, which was co-written and directed by John Carpenter in the mid-1970s as a reaction to the Watergate scandal, was set in the then near future of 1997 in a crime-ridden New York, which saw the whole of Manhattan Island transformed into a maximum security prison. Kurt Russell, who will play Ego the Living Planet in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, clad in a sexy black vest, eye-patch and sporting solder length flowing locks, played ex-soldier, Snake Plissken, a man on a 24-hour mission to find the President of the United States. »
- Zehra Phelan
Aaron Burns made his name as a genre actor, but has since made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Madre. The psychological thriller is playing at the ongoing SXSW Film Festival where Netflix acquired the film (worldwide) for release later this year. Burns, who starred in Grindhouse, as well as Eli Roth’s Knock, Knock and The Green Inferno, directed Madre, which was produced […] »
- Brad Miska
Now that a first look at Thor: Ragnarok has finally been revealed, it’s clear that this is going to be a Marvel Studios movie like no other. That’s a fact some fans may struggle to accept, but if there’s one element of the threequel that everyone wants to see done right, it’s Cate Blanchett’s Hela.
Based on new comments from the actress, it sounds like we can definitely expect the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of the iconic villain to deliver, and that starts with her being a force to be reckoned with in Thor: Ragnarok. How exactly will the studio make sure she’s a formidable opponent for the God of Thunder? Well, for one, she’s going to have some awesome weapons.
“She’s able to manifest weapons. Her headdress can be weapons. She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body. »
- Josh Wilding
Portrayed by Creed breakout Tessa Thompson and Cate Blanchett, respectively, both Valkyrie and Hela will play instrumental roles opposite Chris Hemsworth’s mighty God of Thunder, who’s sporting a cropped new haircut and two fantastical blades in the image below. Yes, Mjölnir is nowhere to be seen, though we fully expect Thor to call upon his trusty hammer when battling Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk on the desolate planet of Sakaar.
As Hemsworth reveals to EW, “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers. »
- Michael Briers
Walker Stalker Con 2017: Our round-up of everything that went down. Photo Credit: Kat Hughes
If you follow us on Twitter, you will know that the second London based Walker Stalker Con happened over the weekend. If you don’t follow us on Twitter, you really should. The event granted fans the perfect opportunity to engage with the stars of the hit show The Walking Dead, in the flesh. Over the weekend, fans could collect autographs and selfies from the guests desks, have a professional photo shoot with their favourite actor, or sit and chat with them during a mammoth amount of panels.
We know that not everyone was lucky enough to attend, but fear not, we were at the event all weekend and have collated all the best bits from the panels into one handy article. We’re nice like that. So read on to see what you missed. »
- Kat Hughes
Season 7, Episode 12: Say Yes Plot: Rick and Michonne enjoy each other's company and lay waste to a whole lot of walkers on their quest to gather guns for the Scavengers. Review: I remember back when, in the wake of Grindhouse, Eli Roth was planning to make a movie called Trailer Trash, which would have consisted entirely of faux trailers for non-existent films. Roth said he planned to have... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
Stars: Aria Emory, Drew Harwood, Monique Rosario, James McCabe, Anthony Ficco, Rebecca Fraiser, Joseph Atash, Melissa Raquel, Jack G. Davis, Craig Rose, Jonah Ehrenreich, Bram Barouh | Written by Chris von Hoffmann, Aria Emory | Directed by Chris von Hoffmann
After a botched robbery during which one of them takes a grisly wound to the hand, two brothers hide out in a small desert town. Before you can say ‘abrupt tonal shift’ they’re besieged by bloodthirsty monsters and fighting for their lives against forces darker and nastier than they could ever hope to be. No, not vampires – crazies and cannibals.
From the desert-drenched visuals to the wannabe left-field tonal shift and ‘badass’ sibling duo, it’s quite obvious from the outset that Drifter really wants to be From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s a comparison that’s openly welcomed; a film which would love to have “From Dusk Till Dawn meets »
- Joel Harley
A sales trailer and some new stills have emerged for the upcoming Rose McGowan (Scream, Grindhouse) horror film, The Sound, directed by Jenna Mattison. In the film, McGowan plays a skeptic and specialist in “acoustic physics” (is that a thing?) who, after years of debunking supernatural bumps in the night, may have discovered the real thing. Produced by the Canadian […] »
- Chris Webster
Kurt Russell is amazing. That’s all there really is to it, quite frankly. Hell, he’s so cool that when he gets cast in a Marvel superhero movie they decide he’s not going to play a superhero. He’s not even going to play a baddie. He’s going to play a planet! That’s right, a planet – in the eagerly awaited Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 Russell will be playing Ego The Living Planet, and frankly there’s no greater compliment to one of the coolest men to have ever walked the earth.
Many readers however may not beaware of his galactic level of cool, however – even after an ice cold performance as Jimmy Harrell, rig supervisor and all-round good egg in Deepwater Horizon, out on 4k Uhd Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on the 30th January courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Sure, recent outings in The Hateful Eight, »
[Happy Monday, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning later 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. Be sure to check back each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]
The Sundance Film Festival has hosted the premieres of many a great genre offering; from Lucky McKee’s May in 2002 to Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead in 2014, the festival spotlights genre work by turns impactful, thoughtful, or just delightful. And many of the films’ backstories are often as inspired as the work itself. Case in point: Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun, which premiered January 21st, 2011 at Sundance, and is still as fun to watch as its journey to the screen is fascinating.
Back in 2007, when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were set to release Grindhouse (their double feature love letter to exploitation cinema), they announced a contest for fake exploitation trailers to go along with ones already filmed by established filmmakers such as Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie.
Canadian filmmaking aspirant Eisener (who has gone on to helm segments for The ABCs of Death »
- Scott Drebit
Even before they were popularised by Scream‘s slasher movie obsessive Randy, most of us were aware of the ‘rules’ of populating a horror movie. Don’t have sex. Don’t smoke weed. Don’t go off alone. And for heaven’s sake, stay away from Indian burial grounds. Lest we give Randy all the credit though, some horror movies have been giving away the rules for years – and in their title, no less.
Don’t Look Now, Don’t Go Near the Park, Don’t Hang Up, Don’t Go in the Woods, Don’t Open Till Christmas, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (a somewhat ironic title, that), Don’t Go To Sleep… this naming convention was (and is) popular enough to »
- Joel Harley
Make no mistake about it: this was a great year for horror fans. It was so good, in fact, that making a list of “favorites” is almost impossible because there’s just too much I want to talk about. The independent horror scene continues to crank out new classics and minor gems, but even studio horror was good this year: The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Lights Out (not my bag, but a lot of people really enjoyed it), The Boy (not a lot of people’s bag, but I really enjoyed it), The Purge: Election Year, and so on. Even better? Pretty much every one of them was successful at the box office. As more and more horror moves are released with the limited release / VOD model, it’s nice to know that good movies still play to big audiences at the multiplex.
And what about horror on TV? »
- Patrick Bromley
14 items from 2017
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