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The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has announced their latest exhibition, called "Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film." This exhibition covers over one century of horror cinema and features displays of props and costumes from Friday the 13th, Blade, Bride of Frankenstein, and so much more, and we have official details and photos from this horror lover's dream!
Press Release: Seattle – The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the opening of a new exhibition, Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. Organized by MoPOP, this original exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror cinema. From blood-thirsty vampires and unrelenting zombies to fiendish slashers, this immersive experience presents the broad range of iconic horror villains and the stories over the generations that have brought them to life.
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film opens at MoPOP on September 30, 2017.
- Tamika Jones
Several years after unleashing clever zombies in The Return of the Living Dead, Dan O'Bannon turned his attention to H.P. Lovecraft with The Resurrected, coming to Blu-ray on September 12th with a final list of bonus features that have just been revealed by Scream Factory:
Press Release: Loyal fans of visionary writer/director Dan O’Bannon (The Return of the Living Dead) know well the terrifying thriller from his 1991 cult classic The Resurrected, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft. The film stars John Terry (Zodiac, Full Metal Jacket), Jane Sibbett (Arrival II), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), Laurie Briscoe (Breaking Point) and Robert Romanus (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). On September 12, 2017,Scream Factory™ Home Entertainment is proud to presentTHE Resurrected on home entertainment shelves. Available for the first time on Blu-ray™, this definitive release features new 2K transfer, interviews and revealing extras. A must-have for movie collectors, horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, »
- Derek Anderson
Psycho II, 1983.
Directed by Richard Franklin.
22 years after he was incarcerated for murder Norman Bates is declared sane and released back to his motel but Mother isn’t likely to let him live a peaceful life.
Sequels to acknowledged classic movies often bring about derision and a bit of a sniffy attitude, especially belated ones not made by the original crew or featuring different actors, but every so often a worthy successor appears just to prove there are exceptions. Psycho II appeared in 1983, 23 years after Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal original, and reunites original cast members Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles but with Hitchcock having died in 1980 Universal Pictures turned to Richard Franklin, one of his students, to helm the project, based on a script written by Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child’s Play »
- Amie Cranswick
The Toronto International Film Festival is, as always, bringing a healthy mix of films to Canada this fall, but there are two biopics worth keeping an eye on.
First up is “I, Tonya” which finds Margot Robbie playing disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. Craig Gillespie (“Lars and The Real Girl,” “Fright Night,” “Their Finest Hours”) directs a cast that includes Sebastian Stan as Jeff Gilloly and Caitlin Carver as Nancy Kerrigan.
- Kevin Jagernauth
What is presumed to be a sweet slumber is actually something much more sinister in our exclusive clip from Granny of the Dead, out now in theaters and on VOD from Level 33 Entertainment.
Check out the exclusive clip below (which might change the way you wake people up from naps in the future), and we also have official details on the release:
"Granny Of The Dead was written, directed and produced by multiple festival award winner Tudley James (Down the Dark Road, Trackdown) and Executive Produced by Anthony C. Ferrante, Director of the incredibly successful horror-comedy franchise Sharknado. The film was an Official Selection of the Fangoria, Shriekfest, Fright Night and Marbella International Film Festivals and was honored as the Best Feature Film at the UK’s Camarthen Bay Film Festival.
- Derek Anderson
I first met George in Sitges, Spain in 1985. I was premiering Fright Night and he was there with Dawn of the Dead. He wasn’t an icon then, but a guy from Pittsburgh who’d done a brilliant no-budget film. We… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Netflix’s original film “To the Bone” – now streaming on Netflix.
For her feature directorial debut, Marti Noxon turned to familiar material: her own life. Her Sundance premiere “To the Bone” is loosely based on her own experiences with eating disorders and recovery, framed around the darkly funny journey of a young woman battling anorexia named Ellen (Lily Collins) as she attempts a radical treatment that offers her what is likely her last chance at survival.
Noxon is already a major name in the television space, best known for writing and producing series such as the beloved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (where she was mentored by Joss Whedon) and more recently “UNreal.” She’s dabbled in film before, including penning scripts for Rick Rosenthal’s late-’90s romantic comedy “Just a Little Harmless Sex” and the 2011 remake of “Fright Night. »
- Indiewire Staff
The Child’s Play franchise is an unusual and wonderful creature. In its run, it has boasted directing work from Fright Night’s Tom Holland, Lost’s Jack Bender, and Freddy vs. Jason’s Ronny Yu. It brought us familiar faces like Chris Sarandon, Grace Zabriskie, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, and Katherine Heigl. But there are two names that […] »
- Chris Vander Kaay
Review by Roger Carpenter
What do you get when you mix a bunch of Swedish horror film fans with little film experience and no money but a great deal of gumption? Why, Evil Ed, of course!
Evil Ed is both a tale of horror as well as a tale of stick-to-it-ness that all aspiring filmmakers should hear, and both are equally entertaining. Some Swedish kids who grew up on American horror films courtesy of the first video boom and who shared a common goal of making a film that could play in theaters started experimenting with the tools of the trade. Their first feature was never actually completed before they ran out of steam, but the nucleus of that group, Anders Jacobsen, Goran Lundstrom, and “Doc,” moved right into what would become Evil Ed. They took the nucleus of a story, about a docile, henpecked film editor forced to cut »
- Movie Geeks
They may be known for giving their family unconditional love, chewy chocolate chip cookies, and priceless advice from their years of experience on this Earth, but grandma and grandpa have something else in store for loved ones in Granny of the Dead, a new zombie horror comedy that comes out this July from Level 33 Entertainment.
Press Release: Los Angeles (CA) – Level 33 Entertainment announced today the official release of award-winning horror film Granny Of The Dead in the United States and Canada. The film starsMarcus Carroll (Monstrum), Abigail Hamilton (The Hatching, Let’s Be Frank), Oliver Ferriman(“Torchwood”), William Huw (Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon), and Sabrina Dickens (Is This Now, Cruel Summer). Granny Of The Dead hits select theaters and all On Demand platforms including Amazon, Dish, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, Verizon Fios and Vudu beginning on July 14, 2017.
Granny Of The Dead was written, directed and produced by multiple festival award »
- Derek Anderson
The Evil Dead… from conception to creation and reception to aftermath. Fan-made docs about horror movies/franchises such as Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Fright Night and Pet Sematary have recently been massive treats for all of us, and we expect that many more are soon on the way – as we […] »
- John Squires
Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, To the Bone marks the directorial debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon. Led by Lily Collins, it tells the story of a young adult afflicted with anorexia and her battle in attempting to overcome it. Set for a release on Netflix next month, the first trailer has now arrived for the film also starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato, Brooke Smith, and Ciara Bravo.
“Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone is an occasionally harrowing drama geared towards the Ya crowd from a filmmaker that knows the terrain well, having written Fright Night and I Am Number Four, as well as TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and Angel,” we said in our review. “Exploring eating disorders, the film is fronted by a strong performance by Lily Collins as Ellen, a 20-year old artist from an upper middle-class household living with this battle. While the script is occasionally quite frank and knows the territory it’s exploring well, it falls back on the same tropes you’d expect from a network TV series, creating artificial drama and an attempt at a loveably quirky character that derails the entire picture.”
Check out the trailer below.
A young anorexic woman reluctantly enters an unconventional treatment program, where she bonds with other residents struggling with eating disorders.
To the Bone hits Netflix on July 14. »
- Jordan Raup
With the remake of It on the way, there’s no better time to look back at director Tommy Lee Wallace’s original 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, and that’s exactly what the filmmakers behind RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop and You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story Of Fright Night are planning to do—if they can raise enough money, that is. The team has launched an Indiegogo page to fund a new film project called Pennywise: The Story Of It, and they’re looking to raise about $25,000 to pay for the travel and production that the documentary will require.
This isn’t just a bunch of fans talking about It, though, as the Indiegogo page explains that they’ve lined up interviews with a whole bunch of people who worked on or appeared in the original miniseries, including Tommy Lee Wallace ...
- Sam Barsanti
As special guests on the Shock Waves podcast, the fine folks at Scream Factory just gave horror fans four big reasons to look forward to September, as they announced Blu-ray releases for The Spell (September 5th), Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected, aka Shatterbrain (September 12th), After Midnight (September 26th), and A Quiet Place in the Country (September 26th).
From Scream Factory: "We just announced four new upcoming titles on the Shockwaves podcast (which you can listen to and hear a lot more Scream Factory scoop @ http://www.blumhouse.com/podcast/ ). Here’s are the early details!
The Resurrected (also known as Shatterbrain) (1991) – Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night), a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the »
- Derek Anderson
"They all float down here, Georgie!" Pennywise and the kids of The Losers Club from the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It are featured in hours of content in the new documentary Pennywise: The Story of It. Also: Mystery Science Theater 3000 collectibles and apparel, 43rd annual Saturn Awards Special Achievement Award Winners, a look at a new clip from Mountain Monsters, and Wichita release details.
Pennywise: The Story of It Documentary Indiegogo Details: "Indiegogo Campaign: "From the makers of 'You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night' and 'RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop' and the director of 'Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Path to Pet Sematary' comes this brand-new documentary celebrating the legacy of 'Stephen King's It' and the legend Tim Curry. With over 30 interviews and hours of behind the scenes footage, this is Your opportunity to support this independent project and make it a reality. »
- Tamika Jones
With New Line Cinema's It remake shattering trailer view records, with 197 million views in the first 24 hours, this Stephen King story is certainly more popular than ever. For those who want to explore this story and the original 1990 mini-series, starring Tim Curry in an iconic performance as Pennywise the Clown, you can help make a new documentary about It happen. Earlier today, a new IndieGogo campaign was launched for Pennywise: The Story of It. Here's an official description of the project from Dead Mouse Productions, which is running the crowdfunding campaign.
"From Dead Mouse Productions Ltd and Cult Screenings UK Ltd, makers of Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, You're so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night and RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop and John Campopiano, director/writer of Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary comes this brand-new documentary Pennywise: The Story of It. »
George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead will be featured at the Salem Horror Fest, and we have info on the special screening. Also in today's Horror Highlights is an excerpt from Nicholas Forristal's Domitianus, stills from Midnighters, Dances with Films 2017 details, and the trailer for A24's Good Time.
Salem Horror Fest: Press Release: "Salem, Ma. - Salem Horror Fest, in partnership with the Peabody Essex Museum and CinemaSalem, today announced four weeks of screenings, parties, concerts, panels and exhibits that explore societal themes of fear and anxiety in horror at the Halloween capital of the world; Salem, Massachusetts
Amidst the notorious backdrop of the 1692 Witch Trials, the festival will feature a city-wide program set to kick off at the Peabody Essex Museum on Thursday, September 21 as part of the Pem/Pm evening party series in conjunction with their upcoming exhibit “It’s Alive” Classic Horror and Sci-Fi »
- Derek Anderson
Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.
I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three, »
- Perry Ruhland
This summer, Arrow Video will take viewers back into Herbert West's lab with a limited edition Us Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, featuring two discs and 4K restorations of both the unrated and standard cuts of the horror comedy.
Other July releases from Arrow include the previously postponed Blu-ray of Pulse (2001) in the Us and UK, a UK-only Blu-ray release of Psycho II, as well as new books exploring the respective legacies of The Blair Witch Project and Ghost in the Shell (1995). You can view all of the upcoming items below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.
From Arrow Video: "Now over to our only Us only title this month…
Us Title: Re-Animator (Blu-ray) Limited Edition
Pre-order now: http://bit.ly/2oRCh91
Release Dates: 25 July »
- Derek Anderson
Reviewed by Kevin Scott,
As a long time horror film fan, it’s pretty easy for me to rattle off a list of some of my highest recommends from primary horror genres all the way to the really out there sub genres. Usually all I need is a conversation sparker, or even someone remotely interested in listening. When I’m musing over all those conversations, there’s no doubt about it that the most difficult recommendations to make are the gateway horror films.
There’s several reasons why even the most solid recommendation maker is going find the gauntlet thrown down when asked about “starter” horror flicks. It’s a delicate situation that has to be handled with the most absolute contemplation and finesse. I could throw any film out to a hardcore horror fan without any concern for the subject matter, it just has to be good. »
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