9 items from 2014
Actor Marc Senter, who came to horror audiences’ attention with his starring role of Ray Pye in Chris Sivertson’s 2006 indie darling The Lost, and who subsequently has appeared in Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Devil’s Carnival and Simon Rumley’s Red, White & Blue, caught up with us last night to chat the SXSW feature premiere of Starry Eyes, in which he stars.
Co-written and directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, Starry Eyes stars Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller (Red, White & Blue), Fabianne Therese (John Dies at the End), Noah Segan (Looper), Shane Coffey (The Originals) and Senter, and revolves around aspiring Hollywood actress Sarah Walker (Essoe), who spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. »
- Sean Decker
This week welcomes the long-awaited home entertainment release of John Dies at the End (2012), the frenetic, freakish and action-packed new film from Don Coscarelli (director of Bubba Ho-Tep and Phantasm) and based on the cult novel of the same name by author David Wong. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of John Dies at the End this Monday (17 February), we have Three DVD copies of Coscarelli mindboggler to give away to our readers, courtesy of the good people at distributors Eureka Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, brings you Sparks, the origin of masked vigilante Ian Sparks, available on DVD and digital download March 18, 2014. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel, the film is directed by Christopher Folino (The Troll, Gamers) and Todd Burrows.
Starring Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Clint Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jake Busey (Starship … Continue reading →
The life of a man named Odd Thomas is bound to be anything but normal. Anton Yelchin, as the titular odd man, is just an average everyday diner cook who can seemingly see otherworldly creatures and conjure up gateways to hell. His paranormal powers get him, along with his trusty gal pal Stormy (Addison Timlin) mixed up in some spooky business in their quiet southwestern town — where apparently every surface is just crawling with ghosts and ghoulies. Based on the Dean Koontz novel of the same name, the supernatural comedy-action-thriller (supromedacthriller?) has been in the works for quite some time, but was delayed indefinitely in July 2013. The film is back for a February release in full force, meaning the clock is ticking to get a trailer up and out. While nearly anything featuring both Willem Dafoe and murderous ghost-demons interacting in the same vicinity usually gets a must-see stamp, based on the (fairly hefty at 2:27) trailer »
- Samantha Wilson
We have your first look at the key art for the adaptation of the graphic novel Sparks. Along with that we also have a number of stills from the flick to share with you. The film stars Chase Williamson (John Dies At The End), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Clancy Brown (Hellbenders), Clint Howard (Nobody Gets Out Alive), Jake Busey, William Katt (The Greatest American Hero). The adaptation was written by Christopher Folino who also directed along with Todd Burrows. After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group known as The Rochester 13 gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson, John Dies at the End) doesn't feel remotely super... but after his parents' death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the...
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Editor's note: Welcome to Slackerwood's 2013 in Review series. As in previous years, we aren't just posting standard Top 10 lists but also will highlight other aspects of 2013 that stood out for us. Keep an eye out all month for these features.
Because end-of-year top ten lists are a dime a dozen, I have decided this year to take a different approach. Often it is too easy to overlook the "film" in film criticism, and one refrain I occasionally hear from my fellow critics is that we should work to promote good movies. This year, I would like to take a look back at some of the better films you may have missed and explore upcoming releases worth noting in the next several months.
Released at the end of February in Austin and available from Magnet Releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray John Dies at the End is an insanely paced sci-fi/horror »
- Mike Saulters
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]
[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]
[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]
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Andrew Kasch's Picks
- Uncle Creepy
2013 was a great year for horror throughout numerous avenues. Independent film offered some standouts with the disease consuming Contracted, forced intervention Resolution, the creature feature Grabbers, and many more. Hollywood gave us hordes of zombies with the surprising World War Z, a fresh home invasion take with You’re Next, and legitimate scares with The Conjuring.
But horror wasn’t restrained to just film, television made big leaps with Mads Mikkelsen’s great portrayal in Hannibal, the clever re-imaging of Norman in the Bates Motel, and the continuing mayhem offered in Game of Thrones. Still, horror couldn’t be stopped as music jumped into the mix with superb soundtracks released from Death Waltz, Waxwork, and One Way Static records. And it didn’t end there because horror was everywhere!!! Here are a few of my favorites from 2013:
Death Waltz Recording Company
For horror fans the music in their beloved »
- Jonathan James
Happy 2014 Everyone! Looking back, I thought 2013 was an exceptional year for horror, especially for independent genre fare that ended making up most of my favorite films over the last 12 months. In fact, 2013 ended up being so good, even a number of remakes that came out this year managed to be as strong as their original horror peers and that’s pretty damn impressive.
Here’s a look at some of my very favorite things that happened in horror along the way during 2013:
I’d been waiting patiently to see Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End ever since I chatted him up about the project at SXSW 2012. Thankfully, the film didn’t disappoint at all when it was released last January. Wonderfully weird and oddly heartfelt, no one has quite mastered the art of the unexpected like Coscarelli has throughout his career »
- Heather Wixson
9 items from 2014
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