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The Shining, 1980.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Jack Torrance is a struggling writer who takes a job as the winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, located deep in the mountains and often snowed in during the winter months, bringing along his wife Wendy and their young son Danny for the duration of his stay. As the snow begins to pile up, Jack and his family are confronted with ghostly apparitions that suggest something sinister and supernatural is reigning supreme in the hotel’s corridors, and it soon threatens to cause them fatal harm.
The works of author Stephen King have been a plentiful well of material for filmmakers for decades. Some adaptations, such as Carrie (1976), Salem’s Lot (1979) or even non-horror works like The Shawshank Redemption (1994) are highly praised and in the latter’s case regarded among the finest films ever made. »
- Graeme Robertson
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Scene Recreations of the Day: Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, two of the kids from Stranger Things, reenact scenes from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Ghostbusters and The Empire Strikes Back for BuzzFeed: Supercut of the Day: In this sad supercut from Room 237, we see images of the death and destruction that come post war (via Cinematic Montage Creators): Film History Lesson of the Day: For Fandor Keyframe, Jacob T. Swinney chronicles the rise of the zombie movie: Vintage Image of the Day: Karen Allen, who was born on this day in 1951, with co-star Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg filming a climactic...
- Christopher Campbell
Matt Johnson’s films could almost be described as half-truths or honest lies. They purposefully blur the line between fiction and non-fiction in such a fascinating way that you are never quite sure where the lie begins or ends. So it makes sense that my discussion with the young actor and director would include discussing the classic Orson Welles film F For Fake and why he enjoys injecting truths into stories… or maybe it’s the other way around.
After the controversial but film festival favorite The Dirties showcased the director roaming the halls of a real high school with his partner Owen Williams, Matt Johnson decided to use his unique storytelling style to venture to a new distant place and era. Operation Avalanche follows a group of CIA paper pushers as they attempt to orchestrate possibly the greatest hoax in human history: the 1969 moon landing. The group’s mission »
- Michael Haffner
Jack is back. The BFI have unveiled a brand new trailer for the upcoming UK re-release of the horror classic The Shining, directed by the one-and-only Stanley Kubrick. A full 144-minute digitally restored version of the film will be screening in a few UK cinemas around Halloween - you can find theater listings here. While I assume we've all seen this film and are quite familiar with most of it, it's always fun to watch a new trailer for a beloved classic film. Even Rodney Ascher, director of the Room 237 doc, commented on Twitter: "Impressive new trailer!" The Shining stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone & Joe Turkel. Redrum. "Demands to be seen on the big screen." Here's the new re-release trailer for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, direct from BFI's YouTube: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where »
- Alex Billington
Bloodsuckers, the water-soaked paranormal, and a Herschell Gordon Lewis film collection are coming out on Blu-ray this October from Arrow Video, and the official special features lists and cover art for The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast collection, Dark Water (2002), and 1986's Vamp tease plenty to enjoy on all three releases:
Dark Water [Blu-ray + DVD] (October 11th)
After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the "dead wet girl" to new heights of suspense and drama.
- Derek Anderson
“The Shining” is one of a select few films worthy of being called the scariest ever made, not that Stephen King would agree — the author has famously referred to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel as the work of a man who “thinks too much and feels too little.” He’s firmly in the minority, however, and among those in the bag for “The Shining” are the folks at BFI, who are re-releasing the 1980 masterwork in UK theaters next month. Watch their new trailer for the film below.
All the familiar beats are hit: “redrum,” Room 237, the twins. Excitingly for those in the UK, BFI is releasing the 144-minute version, which runs a full 24 minutes longer than the version previously released in Europe. Full list of dates below:
Read More: ‘He Was a »
- Michael Nordine
This fall semester I started taking an Italian language class two evenings a week with my daughter, and Thursday night I was looking to decompress after our first big quiz. (Scores haven’t been revealed yet, but I think we did just fine.) So I started rummaging through my shelves and came across the Warner Archives DVD of Francesco Maselli’s A Fine Pair (1968), an ostensibly breezy romantic caper comedy which reteams Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale, a pairing their public was presumably clamoring for after their previous outing together in Blindfold (1965), a Universal programmer written and directed by Phillip Dunne, the screenwriter of, among many other notable movies, How Green Was My Valley. I’ve had a mad crush on Claudia ever since I first saw her in Circus World (1964) with John Wayne when I was but a youngster, and I always welcome the chance to visit movies of »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Conspiracy theorists have long held that Stanley Kubrick helped fake the 1969 moon landing under the direction of the U.S. government, and now his daughter Vivian has come out to blast the rumors as "a grotesque lie." "There are many, very real conspiracies that have happened throughout our history...But, claims that the moon landings were faked and filmed by my father? I just can't understand it!!?" railed Kubrick in a tweet timed to the news that Nasa's Juno spacecraft had reached Jupiter after a nearly five-year journey. "How can anyone believe that one of the greatest defenders of mankind would commit such an act of betrayal?" Suggestions that Kubrick was approached by the U.S. government to "direct" the moon landing during post-production of 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey have been around since before the director's death in 1999, but the claims have been roundly debunked; most recently, a video »
- Chris Eggertsen
For decades, fringe groups have held that the U.S government hired Kubrick to shoot the “fake moon landing.” Now, as Nasa’s Juno probe is expected to reach Jupiter this week, Kubrick’s daughter, Vivian, took to Twitter stating “this feels like the right time to respond.”
“There are many, very real conspiracies that have happened throughout our history,” Vivian Kubrick wrote. “But, claims that the moon landings were faked and filmed by my father? I just can’t understand it!!?”
Re: Faked Moon Landings
Many people have asked me about this. And this feels like the right time to respond … pic.twitter.com/UVlNFofFW8
— Vivian Kubrick (@ViKu1111) July 5, 2016
She added, “… the so called ‘truth’ these malicious cranks persist in forwarding – that my father conspired with the Us »
- Lamarco McClendon
If Rodney Ascher‘s documentary “Room 237” taught us anything, it’s that there is a strong fringe group of people who have very well thought out, but completely harebrained conspiracy theories that Stanley Kubrick faked the Apollo 11 moon landing. According to certain tinfoil hat wearing types, Kubrick was hired by the U.S. government to shoot a […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Unkrich has been collecting memorabilia for years and decided to share it with other devotees, via TheOverlookHotel.com. Since the website’s debut several years ago, other admirers have shared things with him. There are now about 700 pieces online, including photos and notes on the film’s production, as well as work inspired by the movie: paintings, sculptures, songs, perfume, clothing, vinyl figures, a skateboard, even a gingerbread house re-creating the Overlook Hotel. The site also offers a few short films, such as “Wes Anderson’s The Shining, »
- Tim Gray
Scream Factory has announced all of the special features to be included in the June 14th Blu-ray / DVD release of the remake of Mario Bava’s Rabid Dogs, including a “Making Of” featurette, cast interviews, and more special goodies fans of the IFC Midnight film can look forward to:
Press Release: After their armed bank robbery goes haywire, three criminals take their hostages—a young woman, a father, and his sick daughter—on a berserk, blood-spattered road trip. Rabid Dogs, the chilling remake of the 1974 Mario Bava cult classic Kidnapped, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut June 14th, 2016 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Starring Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded, Dante 01), Laurent Lucas (Calvaire) and Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach , The Backwoods), Rabid Dogs comes loaded with over two hours of bonus feature, including the feature-length “Making of Rabid Dogs”, interviews with the cast, and an effects, weapons, »
- Tamika Jones
The level of obsession inspired by "The Shining" is almost unparalleled. "Star Wars" fans will line up for days, even weeks to catch a glimpse of the latest trip to a galaxy far, far away, but Stanley Kubrick's endlessly unsettling adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name has been picked apart from every interpretive angle imaginable — with viewers still disagreeing over how valid any of them are. (If you know not of what I speak, look up Rodney Ascher's "Room 237.") In the latest example of "Shining" obsession, The Guardian has published a first-person account written by an electrician who worked on the film as part of its "A touch with greatness" series. Among Bob Tanswell's memories are Kubrick's chess prowess, Jack Nicholson's ability to drive the director crazy and being asked to drop trou as an extra in a famously bizarre scene. Read »
- Michael Nordine
If you a fan of a) Stanley Kubrick and b) all things astronomical then you’ve possibly come across the conspiracy theory that Stanley Kubrick was rumoured to have faked the Apollo 11 moon landings for the Us Government.
The conspiracy has spiraled so far out of control that the documentary Room 237 at one point brings up the theory that the late director actually gave clues to the gigantic cover up within The Shining.
And now we have Moonwalkers, a high-concept, action comedy based around this conspiracy theory and starring Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint, which is set to arrive on DVD on May 30th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.
See Also: Watch the red band trailer for Moonwalkers
Directed by the ad world’s boy genius Antoine Bardou-Jacquet (holder of the Guinness World Record for “Most Awarded Commercial), Moonwalkers asks the question, ‘what if Apollo 11 never actually made it? »
There may never be a more precise filmmaker than Stanley Kubrick. Quite possibly the most meticulous and, arguably, most influential director in cinema, there are no happy accidents or mistakes in his films. Each comes with multitudes of planning, staging, thinking and analyzing, and his themes of paranoia can sometimes subsequently drive people mad — depending on how you read the documentary “Room 237.” And among the most distinct and impressionable details in Kubrick’s work come from his use of color, as made evident by Vimeo user Marc Anthony Figueras’ supercut “Kubrick in Color.” Read More: Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay Explores How Stanley Kubrick Observes Humanity In His Films Vividly displaying the British filmmaker’s singular vision through his use of red, blue, yellow, orange, green and black & white, namely in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Shining,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” as well as “Barry Lyndon” and »
- Will Ashton
Image Comics recently announced that attendees of the Image Expo Spring Formal on Wednesday, April 6th will be treated to a screening of the pilot episode of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast. The series officially kicks off on June 3rd on Cinemax. Also in this round-up: release details for Dementia Blu-ray / DVD and a call for submissions for this September’s HorrorHound Film Festival.
Outcast Screening: Press Release: “Image Comics is pleased to reveal that fans attending the Image Expo Spring Formal will be treated with a special screening of the pilot episode of Outcast, the forthcoming Cinemax TV series based on the bestselling Image/Skybound series, Outcast By Kirkman and Azaceta. The television series was created by Image/Skybound’s own Robert Kirkman who also penned the pilot episode. The series premieres June 3rd on Cinemax and has already been renewed for a second season.
A limited number of tickets »
- Tamika Jones
Now a bodyguard, Matt (Jonathan Bennett) must save Jessie (Talulah Riley) and her friends when their limo is forced into a body of water by a group of kidnappers. Scream Factory announced that IFC Midnight’s Submerged will debut on Blu-ray and DVD this May:
Press Release: A limousine joyride goes berserk in the breathless, pulse-pounding thriller Submerged. This anxiety-inducing film makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut May 3rd, 2016, from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Fans can pre-order their copies now from ShoutFactory.com.
In Submerged, Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) stars as an ex-soldier turned bodyguard hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and into the water by a gang of ruthless kidnappers — who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must »
- Tamika Jones
Holliston: Friendship is Tragic, the graphic novel based on the Holliston TV series from Adam Green (Frozen), features characters from the show and will be released in October. Also: Alexandre Aja’s curator collection on Shudder, Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons double feature Blu-ray details, a Viktorville poster, and a Shark Exorcist trailer.
Holliston: Press Release: “Source Point Press has announced they are currently in production on a graphic novel titled “Holliston: Friendship is Tragic”, based on the horror sit-com Holliston tv series created by filmmaker Adam Green. This announcement coincides with Source Point’s debut publisher booth at C2E2 in Chicago, and to celebrate the announcement the first promotional image for the comic will be available as a C2E2 exclusive art print limited to only 50 copies. Writer Greg Wright, artist Stephen Sharar, Editor Travis McIntire, and colorist and letterer Joshua Werner will »
- Tamika Jones
Tara Subkoff’s #Horror is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th courtesy of IFC Midnight. Also in this round-up: details on Destroyer and Edge of Sanity double feature (both starring Anthony Perkins from Psycho), a clip from Stomping Ground, and a Wolf Mother teaser trailer.
#Horror: Press Release: “You’ve got followers… cyber bullying goes offline during one deadly night. #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. This stylishly dark film makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut April 5th, 2016 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
- Tamika Jones
One of the most notable Sundance premieres of the last few years was Rodney Ascher's notorious experimental documentary Room 237, a riveting exploration of four fan conspiracy theories developed around Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The nuttiest of those theories contended that The Shining was Kubrick's secret confession about having faked the 1969 Apollo moon landing. Now comes Operation Avalanche, writer-director-star Matt Johnson's creative “mockumentary” about two hapless CIA men and film buffs who, with a key assist from their hero Kubrick… wind up faking the Apollo moon landing.Operation Avalanche is a sly little comedy-thriller, but, also like Room 237, it’s an act of movie love. “The moon landing is the greatest movie ever made,” Johnson tells me in a Sundance condo, his boyish enthusiasm echoing the eager cheerfulness of the film-buff character he plays in the movie (a character named, appropriately enough, Matt Johnson). “What piece »
- Bilge Ebiri
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