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The late Wes Craven’s legacy will go down in horror history as one of the most illustrious and diverse cinematic catalogues of all time, helming beloved films such as The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and… Continue Reading →
- Jordan Phillips
On this week’s episode of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, the late Wes Craven’s canyon home is up for sale and there is trouble with the St. Ives listing. Wes Craven is a legend in Hollywood and amongst horror fans for his work as a director, writer and producer of some of the most iconic horror movies of all time. His movies included the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, the Scream films, Hills Have Eyes, Red Eye, The Last House on the Left and The People Under the Stairs. We’ve written about Craven many times over the years and his work...read more »
- James Wray
The question “why horror?” has been answered again and again. Studies have shown that, for willing participants, the voluntary release of fear is a healthy thing. What I have to say will not apply to everyone, then, because not everyone wants to be frightened. Many of us have recently been frightened, in a new, giant, eclipsing way. Those of us who love horror, then, have a greater need for it now.
For centuries, horror has been used as a spurning, inspiring emotion in art. Euripides uses terrifying imagery and events in two landmark works: the Oresteia, an examination of how a democratic justice system can conquer chaos, and The Bacchae, a bleakly violent warning to Athens as it approached catastrophic war. Far before such issues were accepted in public discussions, Oscar Wilde wrote of the fear of sexual aberrance in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle »
- Ben Larned
Following this past weekend’s channel debuts of Cockneys vs Zombies, Horror Express and Antiviral, the UK’s very own Horror Channel will be screening Eight more weekend film premieres this month, including the UK TV premieres of Tommy Wirkola’s crowd-pleasing, carnage-driven Dead Snow 2: Red or Dead, Jon Knautz’s demonic gem The Shrine, Tyler Shields’s stylish mash-up of Scream and La Femme Nikita, Final Girl, and Ben Kital’s underground possession thriller Beneath.
There are also network premieres Wes Craven’s demented classic The Hills Have Eyes, Leigh Janiak’s acclaimed Honeymoon starring Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, John Grissmer’s gloriously gruesome slice of ‘80s slasher, Blood Rage, and Steve Miner’s hilarious cult favourite House.
Full details of premieres in transmission order:
Fri 11 Nov @ 22:55 – The Shrine (2010) *UK TV Premiere
Three reporters sneak off to an isolated Polish village, eager to investigate the disappearance of a backpacker. »
- Phil Wheat
The UK’s Horror Channel has announced that it will be screening eleven premieres throughout November, including the UK TV premieres of Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead, Antiviral, Final Girl, The Shrine and Beneath, along with network premieres for Cockneys vs Zombies, The Hills Have Eyes, Honeymoon, Blood Rage, House and Horror Express. Here’s the full line-up of premieres in transmission order…
Fri 4 Nov @ 21:00 – Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012) * Network Premiere
There’s Geezer Gore galore in what director Matthias Hoene calls Evil Dead 2 meets Withnail & I. Workers on a Docklands building site uncover a burial ground sealed up in 1666. However some of the corpses aren’t Brown Bread at all, and before you know it London’s East End is infested with hungry zombies. Can bank robber brothers Terry and Andy Macguire get to the Bow Bells Care Home, run by their granddad, in time to rescue everyone? »
- Gary Collinson
Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which means we won't shame you for staying tucked inside. (To be honest, we won't blame you if it was a Saturday, either.) If you're intent on celebrating Halloween by staying glued to the small screen, we can help. Out of everything on TV that night, here are all the Halloween specials and horror movies playing during primetime. You'll be able to pick between classics like Psycho and Halloween and new favorites like Saw and The Purge. Plus, Halloween episodes of South Park and The Simpsons are airing all night long! Related:13 Nights of Halloween: Here's the Full Lineup For Freeform's Annual Marathon! AMC 8 p.m. - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers 10 p.m. - Halloween BBC America 8 p.m. - Pyscho Comedy Central 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. - South Park Halloween episodes Food Network 8 p.m. - Halloween Baking Championship 9 p. »
- Maggie Pehanick
There are horror movies that will give you nightmares, and cause you to fear showers and shallow waters for decades. There are some that get deep under your skin – often times because they've literally flayed or burrowed under their characters' skins – and others that will make you see everyday items (a bowl of pea soup, a hockey mask, a videotape) in a horrifying new light. And then there are the ones that push so many social-taboo envelopes, strike so many collective raw nerves and tweak so many communal gag reflexes that they are a cut, »
It's hard to believe now that it has been over a year since we lost Wes Craven, one of the all-time great horror filmmakers who knew better than most how to truly scare an audience. His special gift wasn't that he was the most polished of directors; with only a few exceptions (like Scream), his movies were mostly rough edges. I happen to like rough edges. No, Craven's talent was for zeroing in on our primal fears and realizing them onscreen. He didn't want to spook us with tricks and jump scares and he rarely wanted the horror to be "fun." He wanted to shake us to our cores. This was especially true in much of his early work, primarily The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Hills Have Eyes, out now in a stunning limited edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video.
The Hills Have Eyes is all rough edges. »
- Patrick Bromley
Rob Leane Oct 25, 2016
Some of it's old, some of it's new and all of it's scary: here's our breakdown of Amazon's streaming Halloween films and shows...
Halloween is just around the corner. We've already looked through an assortment of awesome costumes you could wear to mark the spookiest day of the year, and now it's time to think about your viewing options: what movie or TV show should you watch this Halloween?
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The fine folks at Amazon Prime have been in touch to let us know what's available on their streaming service this All Hallow's Eve. Any of these could send a shiver up your spine. Here's the list...
TV Lucifer (Series 1 & 2) Walking Dead (Series 1-5) Constantine (Series 1) Sleepy »
The late, lamented Wes Craven was known as a horror director who brought intelligence and a clever sense of humor to his movies, so it's easy to forget that his horror career took off in the seventies with two chilling, mean-spirited films: The Last House on the Left (1972) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977). In the latter of the two, a family on vacation gets stranded in the desert, and menaced by a bunch of degenerate cannibals. It's a simple premise but a harrowing one, and over the years, The Hills Have Eyes has become a bit of a classic. Distributor Arrow has now given this film a new release on Blu-ray, currently out already in the UK and on shelves next week in...
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Zero Gravity Management has landed Dennis Iliadis as a client to represent in all areas. The genre filmmaker, who has been behind such titles as the Monica Potter-Rikki Lindhome-Garret Dillahunt horror movie The Last House on the Left and the SXSW premiere +1, will continue to be repped by CAA. Iliadis is currently in post on the Sony/Screen Gems thriller He’s Out There which follows the mother of two young daughters at a remote lake house. She is forced to fight for… »
The Hills Have Eyes, 1977.
Directed by Wes Craven.
An all-American family travelling across country fall foul of a clan of cannibals that live in the desert.
Quite surprisingly, this is the first UK Blu-ray release of the late Wes Craven’s 1977 notorious horror outing The Hills Have Eyes; surprising because, despite the title being a well-known and not very obscure movie, the hilariously awful 1984 sequel got an HD release first. Nevertheless, it’s here now and thankfully it was cult movie specialists Arrow Video who got to give it its UK Blu-ray debut.
The Carters are a typical all-American family driving across the Us desert to spend some family time together celebrating mum and dad’s silver wedding anniversary. Stopping off at a »
- Amie Cranswick
Epicureanism has come to be associated with mindless indulgence in food and sex, even if those ancient Athenians called for more restraint than you’d typically see in your average horror movie.
Countless horror films, of course, have echoed cultural anxieties surrounding sex, but that other physiological need, food, is also a common ingredient. Poor impulse control is at the heart of every slasher film—usually the perp acting on his, but also the risk-taking behaviors of his victims. And it’s not much of a stretch to consider that there’s a genetic component to this, whether manifested in psychopathy or an inability to keep the fridge door shut.
According to a Bloomberg report, 2015 was the first year Americans spent more on dining out than on groceries, as at-home food prep shows proliferate and the real-life horror that is the obesity epidemic shaves years off our lives. Luckily, amidst »
- Christopher Lombardo
Ryan Lambie Aug 9, 2016
There are some movies whose images and ideas are so indelible, it's difficult to imagine a world without them. Yet films are by their nature delicate things; they're the end-product of months or even years of craftsmanship, and whether they're stored on celluloid or captured digitally, they're as vulnerable to the ravages of time or acts of god as any other artform.
Cinema history is littered with stories of lost and damaged movies. Back in the 1920s, eminent director Erich von Stroheim made Greed, an expensive, nine-and-a-half hour epic that was repeatedly cut until only 140 minutes of its original footage remained. Legend has it that a janitor accidentally threw out the removed footage and, just like that, years of work were gone - seemingly forever. »
It’s difficult to believe that Wes Craven died almost a whole year ago. Today would have been his 77th birthday. Craven passed away last August after a battle with brain cancer. He was known for directing seminal horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and The Last House on the Left, along with the occasional non-horror film like the […] »
- Trace Thurman
Underground filmmaking has many infected and twisted roots. Whether we look at exploitation films from the mind of Herschell Gordon Lewis or Jack Hill, strong female characters like Camille Keaton, Giallo-styled color with Dario Argento, modern day indie filmmaking like Toe Tag‘s Fred Vogel or the slasher sub-genre with pillars like Halloween or Friday The 13th, filmmakers from all walks of life have deep and dark corners to explore in their visions of the very fluid film genre of horror. Having its World Premiere screening at the underground film festival, Slaughter in Syracuse, and with less than a month on its Indiegogo fan funding, Chris Woods has brought the love of so much horror before his time into one dirty, visceral and truly underground piece of filmmaking with Chaos A.D.
Chaos A.D. is a throwback to the old school underground horror blending all sorts of exploitation including Italian gore, »
- Jay Kay
He helmed the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left and took viewers to a party they wouldn’t soon forget in 2013’s +1. Now director Dennis Iliadis is hard at work on his latest film, He’s Out There, which has started filming in Canada:
Press Release: Montreal, July 29, 2016 – Principal photography has begun on Screen Gems’ suspense thriller, He’s Out There. Yvonne Strahovski stars, along with Justin Bruening, Anna Pniowsky, Abigail Pniowsky, Julian Bailey and Ryan McDonald. Dennis Iliadis directs, from a script by Mike Scannell. Producers are Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino of Unbroken Pictures. Glenn Gainor is executive producer.
On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare.
- Derek Anderson
Landmine Goes Click, 2015.
Directed by Levan Bakhia.
An American backpacking in the former Soviet Union steps on a landmine and is forced to watch as his girlfriend is tortured and abused.
People trapped in unusual circumstances can make for interesting movies, mainly because the filmmakers have to spend a feature-length running time trying to build suspense and make the situation unbearable to watch. Landmine Goes Click is, at times, unbearable to watch but for many different reasons, and boredom is never one of them because it tends to shift focus every so often so that what you thought was the initial threat/plot point is merely a setup for what will come later.
- Amie Cranswick
Don’t answer your phone this fall… On September 27th, Lionsgate will release Cell (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name) on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (including Digital), complete with an audio commentary and a “To Cell and Back” featurette.
“Experience action-packed terror as two men race against the clock to stop a horde of rabid killers as their city descends into apocalyptic madness in the pulse-pounding thriller, Cell, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Based on Stephen King’s chilling book, the film stars John Cusack (Love & Mercy) alongside Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy). Cell was directed by Tod Williams from a screenplay by Stephen King and Adam Alleca. The home entertainment release of Cell contains »
- Derek Anderson
"If we're going to survive this—whatever it is—people are gonna have to put aside their... finer sensibilities." Clay (John Cusack) and Tom (Samuel L. Jackson) receive a troubled visitor at their door in a new clip from Cell, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
Following its June 10th VOD debut, Cell will receive a theatrical release on July 8th from Saban Films and Lionsgate.
Synopsis: “Stephen King’s best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.”
Based on King’s »
- Derek Anderson
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