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One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
It’s not been a good year from the genre, with all of the releases taking under $20 million in their opening weekend and no more than $32 million overall domestically. Last year saw horror perform really well with films like Insidious: Chapter 2 ($40 million), Mama (£28 million), Evil Dead ($27 million) and Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21 million), all topping the Us box office in their opening weekends.
That all looks to change though with experts claiming that Annabelle is set to take roughly $25 million.
Here’s the other big releases of the year:
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18 million opening, $32 million overall)
Devil’s Due ($8 million opening, $16 million overall)
Oculus ($12 million opening, $28 million overall)
The Quiet Ones ($4 million opening, $9 million overall)
Deliver Us From Evil ($10 million opening, »
- Luke Owen
This is pretty awesome. The folks at HalloweenCostumes.com wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its iconic Leatherface character and sent this awesome artwork/infographic (props to Jacob Kuddes, Jimm McShane and Marlon Heimerl for doing an excellent job on it!) our way. I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I absolutely love things like this, as it’s always cool to sit back and think about all of the exploits of some of your favorite horror characters and we can all agree that Leatherface (Sawyer, Hewitt, whichever you prefer) has had some fun ones thus far in the series. Check this out, read what the team over there wrote about it and by all means, check out HalloweenCostumes.com for some pretty awesome Halloween attire.
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was first released forty years ago in 1974. What nobody knew at »
- Jerry Smith
A decade back when we first started Icons Of Fright, one of my personal favorite columns here was from my dear friend Jason Alvino called “The Vault Of The Forgotten & Obscure!” While tons of titles that we had vague memories of as kids were still trickling into the ever-growing DVD market at the time, there was still a wealth of stuff quietly hiding in the cracks that time forgot. That’s part of what’s great about being a horror fan. If you’re at a convention and you start talking to someone and mention some obscure title you barely remember and then someone knows what you’re talking about, you suddenly become best friends for life. What’s funny is that since the inception of Icons, just about every single title Jay (and sometimes myself and Mike C) ever wrote about for The Vault has since come out on either DVD or Blu-Ray! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
The best that I can tell, nostalgia runs on a thirty year cycle. I can speculate that what everybody watches as children, shapes them into adults with a deep seated desire to emulate it or watch it being emulated. A select few make it to a position where they can actually interject that nostalgia into the contemporary mainstream, and satisfy both the fans of the original material, but also put such a spit shine on the old premise that even the youngsters dig it, and have no idea that it’s based on something way older than they are. In the 1980’s we »
Dark Sky Films’ 40th Anniversary 4-disc Collector’s Edition
We’ve all experienced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in different ways. For some of us, it came later in life (my embarrassing introduction to the original film can be read here) and for some it was an odd yet interesting experience (during our interview with Bill Moseley a while back, he mentioned seeing it as a double feature with Enter The Dragon). Whatever situation you went through while seeing Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, one thing cannot be denied: it’s a film that is unparalleled by any other film. A rare perfect film, full of performances that were given under the worst conditions possible, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has not lost a single amount of its edge over the 40 years that have passed since it’s 1974 release. During a recent celebration of the film’s milestone anniversary, Icons’ head honcho Rob G. »
- Jerry Smith
We’re just over a month away from Halloween and there are no less than four major UK horror festivals on the horizon, so what better time to take a look at you choice of “home video” horror – with ten of the best independent horror movies to rent or buy on TheHorrorShow.TV
The Top 10, in no particular order, are…
Mixing the slasher movie with reality TV doesn’t seem like the best idea for horror movie, especially considering the mainstream backlash against both genres, but surprisingly Camp Dread manages to overcome it’s much-maligned origins. Of course any slasher movie set at a summer camp is going to be filled with the tropes of the genre and this film is no different – although this time around the stereotypes and cliches which would typically hinder such a production actually work in its favour. By embracing what made the »
- Phil Wheat
This October, London Film Fest will uncloak a new 4K restoration of Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the one that started it all in 1974. Stateside audiences heading to Austin's Fantastic Fest this weekend can catch it at the fest's parallel program MondoCon. Buzz about the beefed-up version prompted BFI to pick 10 great new horror films that, while probably not as impactful as "Texas Chainsaw" with its shock of the new, will last. Here are their picks: 2001: "Session 9" (Dir. Brad Anderson 2002: "May" (Dir. Lucky McKee) 2005: "The Descent" (Dir. Neil Marshall) 2006: "Bug" (Dir. William Friedkin) 2007: "Inside" (Dirs. Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo) 2009: "Amer" (Dirs. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani) 2009: "House of the Devil" (Dir. Ti West) 2009: "The Loved Ones" (Dir. Sean Byrne) 2010: "We Are What We Are" (Dir. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Written by Kevin Williamson
Directed by Wes Craven
Cast: Christina Ricci (Ellie), Joshua Jackson (Jake), Jesse Eisenberg (Jimmy), Milo Ventimiglia (Bo), Judy Greer (Joanie), Scott Baio (Himself), Craig Kilborne (Himself), Portia de Rossi (Zela), Mya (Jenny), Shannon Elizabeth (Becky), Derek Mears (Werewolf)
Here I am once more, potentially defending something that is much maligned as a catastrophic fail. I often find myself having to do that for films, (sequels especially) that did not find a collective acceptance among its target audience. Friday the 13th part 5, Halloween 3, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, just to name a few. “Cursed” stands alone, but still made a difficult road for itself by being part of a genre that has had its share of epic triumphs and hard disappointments. Werewolf films have broken new ground with “An American Werewolf in London” with its landmark special effects, and “The Howling” with »
Just in time for Halloween, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment have re-released 13 cult classic horror films on Blu-ray and DVD. Each iconic movie will be decked out with an all-new, limited-edition artist-rendered faceplate by Skuzzles.
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Price: $5-7 DVD; $7-$8 Bd
Outlets: Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada, Walmart Canada, and other major retailers nationwide
2. Child’s Play
6. Amityville Horror
8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
10. Silence of the Lambs
13. Teen Wolf »
- ComicMix Staff
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End, a Dark teaser trailer, an announcement for The 2014 Shriekfest International Horror/Sci Fi Film Festival lineup, a trailer for Ghost Bride, release details for Zugzwang, and more:
Animated Sequel to Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: “Having created two amazingly fun, critically-acclaimed, award-winning seasons of the television series “Todd & The Book of Pure Evil”, producers Aircraft Pictures, Corvid Pictures and Frantic Films have announced a feature length animated sequel.
“Our fans rallied and we raised partial funding through an insanely successful Indiegogo campaign,” stated director Craig David Wallace “giving our fans the ending they deserve – a full-length animated feature (with all new metal musical numbers) – that answers the age-old question “Gee, »
- Tamika Jones
Burbank’s Son Of Monsterpalooza is happening Right Now, and continuing all weekend (be sure to catch Icons of Fright’s head honcho, Rob G., moderating not only the Phantasm reunion panel tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 13th) but the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reunion on Sunday as well!
If Son Of Monsterpalooza doesn’t make you drained from convention good times, then be ready to be stoked, as Days Of The Dead returns to Los Angeles this month as well! Hosting over 75 fan favorite guests, including Clive Barker, Lance Henriksen, Corey Feldman, Tara Reid, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Ron Jeremy, Kane Hodder, cast reunions for Return Of The Living Dead, Nightbreed, Night Of The Demons, The Thing, and an insane amount of others.
- Jerry Smith
This Halloween season, annual scary movie marathons will take place in living rooms around the world, with friends and families gathering to watch films featuring monsters ranging from brain-eating zombies to cruel high school classmates. Showcasing a variety of villains to be viewed around Halloween, MGM and Fox have released 13 retro horror films on home media with limited edition cover art by Skuzzles.
The 13 horror titles listed below are now available in Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada, Walmart Canada, and other major retailers nationwide. These releases from Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment can be purchased on Blu-ray for $7 – $8 and on DVD for $5 – $7. The artists at the cult decor company Skuzzles have crafted limited-edition faceplates for each release, providing horror hounds with fresh ways to look at old favorites. We have images of the cover art for all 13 films below.
Jeepers Creepers Child’s Play Misery »
- Derek Anderson
Some movie titles leave very little to the imagination. This kind of bluntness can be refreshingly clarifying when one is trying to decide what to watch. For instance, one only needs to hear the name Love Story to know that if you’re not into romances, you ought to stay away. Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Horror fans, rejoice--methinks there will be blood. And Texans. Hot Tub Time Machine? You get the picture. Such was my train of thought when I popped Blood Glacier into my DVD player, and goodness knows, the film did not disappoint. It is not trying to do anything obtuse or symbolic. It is not secretly warm and fuzzy. No, it is exactly what its title says it is--a movie about a glacier in that oozes blood. What is surprising, however, is how enjoyable the movie is. In fact, of all of the recent efforts by John Carpenter »
- Lee Jutton
This one falls into the “Holy shit” category. The roster of films and guests for 2014′s Beyond Fest (returning again to the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian theater) was just announced and well, fright fanatics, it’s looking quite epic indeed. Premieres of films such as the Town That Dreaded Sundown remake, V/H/S:viral, Horns, and even a live score to accompany the new 4K transfer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There is so much going on during the festival’s running time (September 25th-October 4) that you have to read the lineup for yourself. Jeebus. Everything from a Halloween screening with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in attendance, the premiere of the Richard Stanley Dr. Moreu doc, a Fight Club screening With Palahniuk doing a Q&A afterwards, the list just goes on and on. There’s no way I’ll be missing this one, and if you’re smart (and in the L. »
- Jerry Smith
Beyond Fest returns with a vengeance in Los Angeles later this month, giving genre fans a lineup to look forward to. An eclectic mix of films both old and new are on the menu, with a screening of the Halloween 4k re-master highlighting the events. Halloween fans will also be treated to the first-ever combined appearance by John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis to discuss their horror classic.
Los Angeles – September 4, 2014 - “Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets will be available through Fandango today.
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, »
- Derek Anderson
Another clip has arrived at the Dread Central offices. This one is for Burying the Ex, the new film from master of horror Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole). As the zombie flick gets ready to burst up from the depths at the Venice Film Festival, check out a taste of what's to come.
Based on a short film of the same name, the Alan Trezza-penned script follows Max (Yelchin) and Evelyn (Greene) as their relationship takes a nose dive once they move in together.
Max discovers how controlling and manipulative Evelyn is, but he’s too scared to break up with her. When fate steps in and Evelyn dies in a freak accident, newly-single Max prepares to move on with Olivia (Daddario). His romantic life becomes complicated when Evelyn rises from »
- Steve Barton
In the sixth entry in the long-running franchise, troubled orphan Danny () discovers that he has been left a dilapidated spa resort in Hobb Springs high up in the Appalachian Mountains. Creepy caretakers Sally and Jackson (Chris Jarvis and Sadie Katz) give him a hotel reception he won't forget while old friend Three Finger and his mutant siblings strike in and out of the action to keep you on your toes. Look out for a revealing role from Emmerdale femme fatale Roxanne Pallett in this shameless, gore-splattered derivative of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. »
Browse all the sections of the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-18) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.
Alphabetical list of titles by section including feature premiere status
Wp = Wp
Ep = European Premiere
IP = International Premiere
UK = UK Premiere
The Imitation Game (UK-us)
dir. Morten Tyldum
dir. David Ayer
dir. Bennett MillerUKWhiplash (Us)
dir. Damien ChazelleUKMen, Women And Children (Us)
dir. Jason ReitmanEPWild (Us)
dir. Jean-Marc ValleeEPTestament Of Youth (UK)
dir. James KentWPMr. Turner (UK)
dir. Mike LeighUKThe Battles Of Coronel And Falkland Islands (UK)
dir. Jon StewartEPMommy (Can)
dir. Xavier DolanUKA Little Chaos (UK)
dir. Alan RickmanEPWild Tales (Arg)
dir. Damián SzifrónUKThe Salvation (Den)
dir. Kristian Levring The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom (Chi)
dir. Jacob CheungIPWinter Sleep (Tur)
dir. Nuri Bilge CeylanUKBjork: Biophilia Live (UK)
dir. Nick Fenton, Peter StricklandUKSong Of The Sea (Ire)
dir. Tomm MooreEPOfficial »
Josh Soriano, man of mystery.
For those who complain that Halloween only comes once a year, here’s your chance to experience it more than once–in fact, as many times as you wish. Recently I attended my first horror convention. I’d previously only been to a Dark Shadows convention in 2004 and even though I had a great time there, it wasn’t exactly as monumental as I’d hoped for. The overall mood felt more like a Jr high dance where the boys stood on one side and the girls on the other. Since it was a beloved show that was on decades ago, it was divided between older folks who were scoffing at the younger and vice versa. I get it. As we grow older, we all go to something we love and complain about how the “younger kids aren’t as die-hard as we are”. But »
- Jerry Smith
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