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Many a child of the 1980s and ’90s grew up reading all three installments in author Alvin Schwartz’s spooky tale literature anthology Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which brings various creepy folklore and disturbing urban legends – with pieces of dark humor sprinkled here and there for good measure – to vivid life, in no small part thanks to the freaky black and white illustrations by Stephen Gammell (long the source of controversy among concerned parents and the American Library Association).
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- Sandy Schaefer
CBS Films has decided to pick up a pitch by Saw series scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, which would adapt the book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, according to Deadline. The three-part book series is a collection of horror stories for children, which famously was thought to have some of the most terrifying fiction and cover art in the history of kid lit.
The books were written by author Alvin Schwartz, with nightmarish drawings by Stephen Gammell, and were composed of urban legends and folklore, retold by Schwartz. The Scary Stories series was published by Scholastic, the publishing house known for publishing education books and fiction for children and young adults, and it was because of this that the books were popular, and often controversial, when read in schools.
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Melton and Dunstan will write the feature-script, incorporating many of the book series' short stories, with the narrative »
This is one of the rare times when a piece of news strikes me as simultaneously outstanding and horrifying, like a barber shop pole of emotion just winding around my body. CBS Films has signed up for an adaptation of the classic book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark from Alvin Schwartz, whose reworking of folklore was masterful, and Stephen Gammell, whose illustrations begat individual infinite corridors of synapse-crushing fear and dread within many a child.s brains. It.s the scariest thing a kid could have read before moving onto Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, and the guys who gave us last year.s The Collection, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter and Piranha 3Dd. And now a different form of dread begins settling in. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who first rose to fame with 2005.s Project Greenlight-funded horror Feast, pitched the idea and CBS Films »
Can you believe its been over a year since any real movement on Douglas Aarniokoski's new sexual thriller 'Nurse 3D'? We were teased by memorable posters featuring star Paz De La Huerta ('Boardwalk Empire') up to all sorts of naked anti-healthcare antics and then nothing. Well thankfully over the weekend not only has some nice new eye-candy popped up but finally a release date has also been announced by Lionsgate. The movie will see a limited theatrical and a VOD release both happening on 7 Febraury 2014. And hey, if De La Huerta wasn't enough don't forget that Katrina Bowden's ('Piranha 3Dd') thrown into the mix for good measure. Corbin Bleu ('High School Musical'), Boris Kodjoe ('Resident Evil: Retribution'), Judd Nelson, Adam Herschman, Dita Von Teese, Neal McDonough, Niecy Nash and Nick Turturro also star. Check out the new poster below. »
Nurse 3D is set for a release on February 7 2014 in theaters and On Demand. Lionsgate made a wise choice by hiring Karina Bowden for a new movie called Nurse 3D a pseudosensual horror film directed by Douglas Aarniokoski (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Katrina Bowden did a great job in Tucker Dale vs Evil and was in Piranha 3Dd and will star in the film. Nurse 3D stars Paz de la Huerta Katrina Bowden and Corbin Bleu. »
Zombie Night, directed by John Gulager and starring Daryl Hannah, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Ruck, and Shirley Jones, premieres on Syfy October 26th at 9/8 Central as part of the network's “31 Days of Halloween.” We have a teaser trailer for the film to share.
Gulager, director of the Feast franchise and the ill-fated Piranha 3Dd, pairs with Keith Allan and Delondra Williams, writers of last year’s Asylum-produced Rise of the Zombies and the recent Syfy original Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Gators, for this latest foray into walking dead territory starring a former movie mermaid, a guy who has already dealt with “The Dead Zone,” Ferris Bueller’s best friend, and a 1970’s singing TV mom.
Look for what will most likely be the gorier unrated version on DVD/Blu-ray December 10th from The Asylum - Gaiam.
Two families in a small American town face off against zombies in a long night of horror, »
- Debi Moore
They wrote Saws IV-vii, The Collector and The Collection, and Piranha 3Dd, but Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan appear to be moving into family territory, with the announcement that they're about to come up with a screenplay for Disney. The erstwhile gorehounds will adapt the graphic novel series The Stuff Of Legend, for a live-action adventure.Written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith, with art by Charles Paul Wilson III, the comic comes off like a much darker Toy Story. Set during the Second World War, it involves a small boy snatched from his bedroom by The Boogeyman and taken to under-realm The Dark. The boy's toys then mount a daring rescue, with the transference to The Dark changing a teddy bear into a fierce grizzly, and so on. Their quest sees them facing down the Boogeyman's army, which is comprised of all the boy's embittered cast-aside old toys.So while pitching younger, »
The screenwriters behind the last four Saw films (and Piranha 3Dd for good measure) will next adapt a family-friendly live-action film for Disney. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have been tapped to pen the treatment for The Stuff of Legend, adapted from the graphic novel written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith and illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III. Peter Candeland will direct the World War II-era story that centers on a group of toys who set out to rescue their owner from the clutches of the Boogeyman who dwells in the dark realm. Hit the jump for more. News of Dunstan and Melton's attachment to script The Stuff of Legend comes via Heat Vision. Shawn Christensen was previously attached to adapt the property which Disney made a pre-emptive pitch deal for last year, but became unavailable when his Oscar-winning short, Curfew, was greenlit for a feature treatment. With Christensen out of the picture, »
- Dave Trumbore
"Omg, you have to watch Breaking Bad! You simply have to. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Stop resuscitating that patient, and watch Breaking Bad. Stop flying that plane, crash it into that field and fire up Netflix."
As I understand it, we are now all legally obliged to watch Breaking Bad by the end of 2013. Our prisons are already full to bursting with people who failed to watch The West Wing or The Wire when they were expressly told to. I even saw a woman prosecuted last week for not having read Gone Girl. What was she thinking?
These days we are told we simply have to watch, to read or just to do, very many »
- Richard Osman
If you flashback to the early 00’s, there was still a sense of excitement and anticipation at the announcement of Ridley Scott working on a new project. This was a visionary director who’s expansive, ambitious and heart capturing visual eye had given the world of cinema such wonders as Alien and Blade Runner, masterpieces of the science-fiction genre. No longer; one must return to 2000, and the swords and sandals epic Gladiator, to find a great. During a long decade of quantity over quality, he cannot quite find that old spark and sees the excitement turn to pessimistic low expectations. 2009 offers a comeback; after years of talk, experimentation and musing, Scott’s longstanding desire to return to the world of his name-making colossus Alien has come to fruition.
Fox sanctions a project with Scott in the director’s chair and Jon Spaihts on board to write the screenplay. Rumors are rife about the film, »
- Scott Patterson
Is it just me or is there something incredibly cool about a movie character who literally has a dangerous weapon as a part of their body, in place of an average ordinary limb or appendage? Since I can't get inside your brain and hear the answer to that question before I go ahead and talk more on the subject, I'm going to instead assume that you agree with me and proceed with this list, which quite frankly doesn't need much of an introduction. So screw your introduction. Let's jump right in, and talk badass weapon limbs! [Note: at least one of the following limbs is not safe for work viewing... and there are some spoilers ahead as well.] Ash - Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness We begin with the man who is quite frankly responsible for making weapon limbs so damn cool: S-Mart's finest employee and demon killer extraordinaire, Mr. Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell). It was in Evil Dead 2 that Ash's hand became possessed by evil forces that are anything but groovy, »
- John Squires
One of the best things about horror film posters is the obligatory tagline. Some of them are catchy and increase your interest in watching the film, others are silly, some are unforgivably campy, and others are outright ridiculous. The best horror film poster blurbs, however, are typically a blend of all the aforementioned components. Many of our favorite taglines are almost a lampoon of themselves, but somehow, that has become part of the magic. It’s almost as if the worse the pun, the better the audience response. The heyday of the outlandish promo blurb was at its height when the slasher film was at its peak, but that’s not to say that contemporary horror cinema hasn’t brought us some dandies. With that in mind, we present to you 20 of our most favorite horror poster taglines from the 1970s to present. House "Horror has found a new home. »
- Tyler Doupe
We've seen the pilots of The CW's new shows, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions to what's coming in the fall and midseason.
This quick guide is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate. For now, here are our snap judgments of The CW's new shows for the 2013-2014 TV season.
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There are five new scripted shows coming to The CW that were ready to preview, and all of them left us with questions. Mainly: Are any of these new shows worth watching? HuffPost TV staffers Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Laura Prudom »
- The Huffington Post
April Mullen's horror comedy 'Dead By Dawn 3D' has finally been given a release over in the States thanks to Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Wango Films. The movie is set to hit VOD and Digital on 2 August and will get a limited theatrical run from 6 September. Devon Bostick ('Saw VI'), Martha MacIsaac ('The Last House on the Left'), Christopher Lloyd ('Piranha 3Dd'), Brandon Jay McLaren, Brittany Allen, April Mullen, Tim Doiron, Kevin McDonald, Ellen Dubin, Kyle Schmid, Rossif Sutherland and Dru Viergever all star. »
Here at EW we have quite a soft spot for Internet comedy troupe 5-Second Films — partly because their daily sketches are often very funny and partly because, when they’re not, a least the clips have the decency to only waste five seconds of our lives. But now the 5sf peeps have decided to aim for the big time, in every sense, by launching a Kickstarter campaign to finance their debut movie, Dude Bro Party Massacre III. According the pitch video, DBPM3 is “a bloody tale about a bunch of bros who go to an abandoned sorority house by a lake, »
- Clark Collis
Arriving mere days before Seth Rogen's apocalyptic comedy 'This is the End' comes Paul Middleditch's ('Seperation City') comical attempt at a light-hearted vision of the end of the world. 'Rapure-Palooza' lands on VOD and in select theatres from 7 June in the Us and ahead of the release comes this new unique clip from the movie featuring an effing and jeffing crow. John Francis Daley, Craig Robinson ('Hot Tub Time Machine'), Rob Corddry ('Warm Bodies'), Ken Jeong ('The Hangover'), Tyler Labine ('Tucker and Dale vs Evil') and Paul Scheer ('Piranha 3Dd') all star along with the beautiful Anna Kendrick -below ('Up in the Air'). For those with dainty ears that do not appreciate foul feathered language then it may be best to avoid the new clip below. »
'Rapture-Palooza' is the new comedy horror feature from 'Seperation City' director Paul Middleditch. It seems 2013 is the year for humourous sideways views of the apocalypse and 'Rapture-Palooza' is no different. Although the new one-sheet that has just been revealed is painfully unfunny and is greatly reminiscent of the poster for Harold Ramis's 2000 comedy redo 'Bedazzled'. Still, there's a whole host of comedy talent on the cards including Craig Robinson ('Hot Tub Time Machine'), Rob Corddry ('Warm Bodies'), Ken Jeong ('The Hangover'), Tyler Labine ('Tucker and Dale vs Evil') and Paul Scheer ('Piranha 3Dd'). The sexy Anna Kendrick -below ('Up in the Air') and John Francis Daley play a couple left behind during the heavenly rapture only to end up living alongside the Devil. Robinson also stars in Seth Rogen's upcoming end of the world »
Rob Corddry ('Hot Tub Time Machine') and Leslie Bibb ('7500') star an an expecting couple in new horror-comedy 'Hell Baby'. The new project from 'Reno 911' co-creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant is set to hit VOD and have a limited theatrical run stateside this coming Fall/Autumn. A new simplistic teaser one-sheet has been revealed for the feature giving us a peek at the 'Hell Baby' resting, and what appears to be rocking, inside his mommy's belly. Rob Huebel ('The Descendants'), Paul Scheer ('Piranha 3Dd'), Riki Lindhome ('The Last House on the Left'), Keegan-Michael Key ('Key and Peele') as well as Lennon and Garan also star. Check out the new poster below. »
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 6, Episode 6 of AMC's "Mad Men," titled "For Immediate Release."
In the most recent "Mad Men" episode, Panabaker played Daisy McCluskey, a flight attendant that was sleeping with Roger Sterling (John Slattery) and ended up proving helpful when it came to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (and Cutler Gleason & Chaough) nabbing the Chevy account.
The now 25-year-old Panabaker got her start doing Disney Channel Original movies like 2004's "Stuck in the Suburbs" (with current "Saturday Night Live" cast member Taran Killam) and "Read It and Weep," a 2006 Disney movie she did with her younger sister and fellow actress Kay Panabaker.
Watch her in the former below:
- Jaimie Etkin
For years, most moviegoers didn’t know the difference between green-band trailers (featuring content approved by the Motion Picture Assn. of America for “appropriate audiences”) and their “restricted” red-band counterparts (dubbed for the red slate that appears at the head of the trailer). At one point, studios nearly abandoned red-bands entirely, believing it wasn’t cost-effective to produce advertising that could only run in front of select R and Nc-17 features.
Today, thanks to the Internet, everyone seems to be jumping on the red-band wagon. From “This Is the End” to “Piranha 3Dd,” previews packed with violence, profanity, nudity and drug use instantly go viral after debuting online, encouraging marketing departments to craft edgier spots for the Web, where they can target extremely focused demographics. To appease the MPAA, sites “age-gate” the content — an ineffective honor system that requires users to enter their birthdates before viewing.
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- Peter Debruge
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