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Top 5: First Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer, John Wick, The Look Of Silence Trailer, Birdman, Brad Pitt Sits Between Two Ferns

25 October 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With Halloween under a week away, today marks my final horror recommendation of the season. Whether it's been a while since your last viewing or you've missed it all together, this is the perfect (and perhaps only) time of year to check out writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace's Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Often regarded as the odd duck of the franchise due to its storyline departure and a severe lack of Michael Myers, Season of the Witch relies less on slasher tropes in favor of sci-fi tinged horror. The gist of the plot is that a popular Halloween mask company (Silver Shamrock Novelties) is planning to kill every kid that wears one of their masks on Halloween night. Not a great business plan, but a serviceable witchcraft/sacrifice plan I suppose. The result is a vintage 80's horror pic complete with solid practical effects, surprisingly violent deaths, »

- Jason Barr

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Witchcraft Wednesdays: Tracing the Evolution of Witchcraft in Film

22 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.

Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more »

- Jake Pitre

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Alternative Horror Movie Poster Designs with Clay

13 October 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

GeekTyrant reader Lizzie Campbell sent in these charming alternative movie posters that she created in homage to several classic horror movies. Those movies are Hellraiser, Donnie Darko, Frankenstein, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, House of a Thousand Corpses, Ichi: The Killer, and Little Shop of Horrors. She recreated the characters of these movies using polymer clay and other mixed media. It's a fun style. Now if someone out there could take it a step further and recreate certain scenes from these films using claymation, that would be great You can see more of Campbell's work on her website Clay Disarray. 


- Joey Paur

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22 Things We Learned from the ‘Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers – The Producer’s Cut’ Commentary

2 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There are eight films in the original Halloween series, and while it’s a given that all of the ones from part four onward are pretty uneventful the sixth film — Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers — has more baggage than most. Director Joe Chappelle’s film was the unfortunate byproduct of too many cooks in the proverbial kitchen resulting in a troubled production and a high percentage of re-shoots done at the behest of the Weinsteins. An alternate cut — labeled the Producer’s Cut — featuring entirely new scenes and story turns found its way on to bootleg VHS tapes and online torrent sites over the years, but now thanks to Scream Factory and Anchor Bay’s Halloween: The Complete Collection box set that bootleg has been remastered into HD for our viewing pleasure. I was surprised to discover that I had never seen part six in any version, and watching it for the first time I »

- Rob Hunter

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Joe: DVD review

19 September 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

I can see the headlines now, 'Nicolas Cage in good film shocker!' It's about time too. Knowing, Season of the Witch, Bangkok Dangerous - the taxman sure has a lot to answer for. I haven't enjoyed a Nicolas Cage movie this much since 2005's Lord of War, though parts of me still have a thing for Drive Angry. That might have more to do with Amber Heard than anything else mind. A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods of the South in Joe, a gritty adaptation of Larry Brown's celebrated novel. Directed by David Gordon Green, who is now forgiven for inflicting Your Highness and The Sitter on the world, returns to his Indie roots for a film that finally gives Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage something to sink his teeth into. Nick stars as hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who is »

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Cavity Colors Launches Halloween III Clothing and Art Collection

11 September 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Oh, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, how I love thee. After so many years of being ignored and shat upon for what it's not, the oddball second sequel in the Halloween franchise is finally being celebrated for what it is, and I couldn't possibly be any happier about that.

Scream Factory's incredible Blu-ray release encouraging many to put aside the hatred and give it a chance, Halloween III has become a true fan favorite in recent years, and artist Aaron Crawford is one of those fans who loves the film as much as I do.

In fact, he's just launched an entire collection of products in celebration of those three masks of doom!

The Cavity Colors Season of the Witch collection includes three t-shirts and three prints, some of the imagery plucked straight out of the movie and some of it just plain inspired by the season that Halloween III so effectively embodies. »

- John Squires

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Nicolas Cage In New Outcast Trailer

20 August 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Last month we had David Gordon Green's Joe to remind us how great Nicolas Cage can be when given some decent material. Since then, however, we've had trailers for The Rage and Left Behind to yank us back into Cage Wtf territory. And now here's another, in the form of Nick Powell's Outcast. Cage stars alongside Hayden Christensen and Yifei Liu as a battling medieval Crusader called The White Ghost. It's Season Of The Witch all over again... but in 12th-century China.Cage and Christensen have retired from their killing-for-God career when the story starts, and on the evidence in this clip haven't seen each other for a while. They re-team, however, to help the children of a deposed Chinese emperor battle their murderous usurper uncle (Andy On). Cage's choicest trailer lines are a peculiarly accented "How'd you find me, lad?" and "I am the White Ghost!". There's »

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Is 'Halloween: The Next Chapter' On The Way?

20 August 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to the fellas over at Schmoes Know, a long-gestating new Halloween film is finally gaining enough momentum to make its way to the big screen. What remains to be seen is whether or not it will be a direct sequel to Rob Zombie's reboot of the series, a fresh take altogether, or a reboot-within-a-sequel. That last option seems to be the current mindset.

What is known is that Zombie won't be at the helm, and that this is not the rumored Halloween 3D that was being written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer. That film was been scrapped, according Sk's sources, and the new working title is Halloween: The Next Chapter. The franchise may be looking to its own history as it decides what it wants to be. You may recall that the original franchise, essentially, rebooted itself while remaining within the established continuity. After a failed »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Michael Myers Returns Again! ‘Halloween XI’ Slashing Soon Say Producers

20 August 2014 1:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Recent reports of Halloween – The Next Chapter turned out to be false. However producers have used the opportunity to go on Facebook and clarify that although a follow up to Rob Zombie’s rebooted franchise is as redundant as a drawer full of rusty knives, the team at Dimension fully intend to revive iconic slasher Michael Myers for an eleventh picture:

We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages lately about a project called Halloween: The Next Chapter. It seems that’s the latest buzz surrounding the next Halloween film and again it’s just not true. As we stated before, a new installment of Halloween is indeed in on track and moving forward and we are currently developing a script, to finally bring Michael back to the theaters!

For those who’ve been hiding in a wardrobe over the past thirty years, Myers is the ultimate problem child, »

- Steve Palace

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Films that'd get a fairer hearing if they weren't sequels

29 July 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...

Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.

This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »

- ryanlambie

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'Halloween: The Complete Collection' Blu-ray Special Features Revealed

21 July 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray set. This new set boasts a wealth of new bonus features including 7 brand new featurettes, 3 brand new commentaries, 4 brand new interviews - with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and new transfers and audio specs on selected titles.

Take a look at the artwork, along with the full listing below for each disc in the 15-disc Deluxe Edition.

Disc 1 - John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)

Bonus Features:

HD transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean CundeyNew Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick CastleAudio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis."The Night She Came Home" Featurette"On Location: 25 Years Later" FeaturetteTV Version FootageTelevision SpotsTheatrical TrailerTV »

- MovieWeb

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New Halloween III: Season of the Witch Poster from Cavity Colors

28 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Eight more days ’til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.” Sound familiar? If so, then you’ve likely seen Dr. Daniel Challis take on the evil mask manufacturer Silver Shamrock in 1982′s Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and there’s also a good chance that the latest poster from Cavity Colors will catch your eye.

One of artist Aaron Crawford’s favorite Halloween films, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is now immortalized in his latest 16″X 20″ limited edition print numbered to only 100 and priced at $30.00. The poster features the halves of two Silver Shamrock masks—a witch and a jack-o’-lantern—splitting down the middle to reveal a skull that is simultaneously the third Silver Shamrock mask and also a symbol of what will happen to those who wear the masks while watching the Silver Shamrock TV special on Halloween night (just think of the poor Kupfer family). To purchase this print before it runs out, »

- Derek Anderson

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More Footage From "Crossbones"

27 May 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage and images from the upcoming NBC 'pirate' TV pilot "Crossbones", starring Richard Coyle ("Prince Of Persia") as 'Tom Lowe' opposite John Malkovich ("Shadow Of The Vampire") as 'Edward Teach' aka 'Blackbeard', debuting May 30, 2014:

Creator of the potential series is Neil Cross (Luther") for Universal TV producers Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.

Claire Foy ("Season Of The Witch") plays 'Kate', a Governor's daughter, now a pirate for Blackbeard and Tracy Ifeachor ("Doctor Who") plays another female member of Blackbeard's formidable cut-throat crew. 

"'s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas...

"...where the diabolical pirate 'Edward Teach', aka 'Blackbeard' reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors.

"Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce.

"To gain control of this fearsome society, »

- Michael Stevens

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Footage From "Crossbones"

18 May 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage and images from the upcoming NBC 'pirate' TV pilot "Crossbones", starring Richard Coyle ("Prince Of Persia") as 'Tom Lowe' opposite John Malkovich ("Shadow Of The Vampire") as 'Edward Teach' aka 'Blackbeard':

Creator of the potential series is Neil Cross (Luther") for Universal TV producers Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.

Claire Foy ("Season Of The Witch") plays 'Kate', a Governor's daughter, now a pirate for Blackbeard and Tracy Ifeachor ("Doctor Who") plays another female member of Blackbeard's formidable cut-throat crew. 

"'s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas...

"...where the diabolical pirate 'Edward Teach', aka 'Blackbeard' reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors.

"Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce.

"To gain control of this fearsome society, »

- Michael Stevens

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Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Horror Scores: Sequels!

17 May 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Last month, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of our friends in the genre, in order to bring you readers an article all about our favorite horror scores. The reception and the contributions exceeded our expectations, so when it was mentioned that “you should do a sequel to that article”, naturally, the next step would be just that: Sequels. So, we asked a few more friends, as well as some of the Icons gang, to give you a few words about our favorite scores to horror sequels. Enjoy! -Jerry

Rob G. (Co-Creator, Icons Of Fright; Host, Killer Pov): Psycho III

For me, Carter Burwell’s original score for Psycho III is one of the best film soundtracks to a sequel ever. Bold words, I know! After all, considering the history of composers behind the Psycho franchise. You can’t think of Psycho without »

- Jerry Smith

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Nicolas Cage to Star in Political Drama ‘The Runner’

16 May 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nicolas Cage will star in the political drama “The Runner,” Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures said Friday.

The Oscar-winning actor will play an idealistic congressman who becomes embroiled in a sex scandal. Production will take place in New Orleans amid the aftermath of the 2010 Bp oil spill, an ecological disaster that ravaged the area.

The picture is the directorial and writing debut of Austin Stark, the indie producer behind “Infinitely Polar Bear” and  “Happythankyoumoreplease.”

Production will begin on June 23, 2014.

Cage, most recently appeared in the critical hit “Joe,” which was seen as a return to form after a series of dispiriting roles in duds such as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Season of the Witch.” The supernatural thriller “Pay the Ghost” is among the projects on Cage’s dance card.  

Cage is represented by CAA, Mike Nilon at Klwgn, and Jake Bloom and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergott. »

- Brent Lang

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Ken Loach changes mind about filmmaking retirement

2 May 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ken Loach has revealed that reports of his retirement are not entirely accurate.

Last year, the 77-year-old filmmaker was reported to be moving into making just documentaries following the release of his latest film Jimmy's Hall.

"This is probably the last narrative feature for Ken," said producer Rebecca O'Brien at the time. "There are a few documentary ideas kicking around, and that will probably be the way to go, but this is a serious period drama with a lot of moving parts so it's a big thing to put together. I think we should go out while we're on top."

However, Loach has now revealed that he has changed his mind in regards to his retirement from drama.

"I kind of thought I wouldn't get through another one just as we were beginning Jimmy's Hall because it's a moment of maximum pressure when you haven't shot a thing but you're knackered from all the prep, »

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Genre Gut-Punches: The Death Of Laurie Strode!

27 April 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Very few character deaths piss me off as much as that of Laurie Strode. Halloween‘s heroine was put through enough trauma to screw someone up for life, just within the first two films, before being killed off in off-screen events between Halloween 2 and 4, brought back with some serious retcon work inHALLOWEEN: H20, just to be killed again (this time for real) in the travesty that was Halloween: Resurrection. I figured it would be a cathartic experience (cheaper than seeing a shrink) to jump into the story of Laurie, and how far her character came, just to be thrown to the side by what was quite possible the worst sequel of all time.

When we first met Laurie in John Carpenter’s ’78 masterpiece, Halloween, She was a shy girl, pondering fate and pining away for Ben Tramer. Not as outgoing as Annie or Lynda, Laurie was the wallflower of the group, »

- Jerry Smith

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Movie Review – Tokarev (2014)

26 April 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tokarev, 2014.

Directed by Paco Cabezas.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Rachel Nichols, Peter Stormare, Danny Glover and Aubrey Peeples.


When the Russian mob kidnaps the daughter of a reformed criminal, he rounds up his old crew and seeks his own brand of justice.

Watching Nicolas Cage in Tokarev, having recently watched him in David Gordon Green’s excellent Joe just a few weeks apart, reminds me of a line from Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III; “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”. The difference being Cage’s decision to make utter rubbish like Tokarev isn’t a matter of potential life and death, it’s just exceptionally poor judgement from an actor who has shown us he still knows a good script when one lands on his desk.

Tokarev is the definition of what used to be called ‘straight to video’ and seeing Nicolas Cage »

- Rohan Morbey

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Universal Acquires 'Wicked' Author's Next Book 'Egg and Spoon' (Exclusive)

25 April 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal, producer Marc Platt and Wicked author Gregory Maguire are getting back into business together. The studio has optioned Maguire's upcoming fantasy book Egg and Spoon with Platt attached to produce via his Marc Platt Productions banner. Photos: Season of the Witch: Memorable Spell-Casters From 17 Movies and TV Shows Maguire, known as a revisionist of children's fairytales, wrote the hugely popular book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was turned into the hit Broadway musical of the same name. Platt and Universal produced the musical, now in its 10th year. The

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- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit

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