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If you’ve ever attended Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, then you know that John Murdy, Chris Williams, and their entire team have turned haunted attractions into something of an art form over the last 19 years. The lineup for Hhn 2017 is wickedly impressive, with seven mazes, a Terror Tram hosted by Chucky that also features several other horror icons, a handful of intense Scare Zones scattered throughout Universal Studios, and a brand new Jabbawockeez show to boot.
Recently, Daily Dead had the opportunity to tour two of the upcoming mazes—The Shining and Insidious: Beyond the Further—that attendees will have a chance to see for themselves when Hhn opens in SoCal on Friday, September 15th, as Murdy took us through all the intricacies that went into bringing these attractions to life for this year’s haunt season.
Murdy’s tour began with taking us inside the latest Insidious maze, »
- Heather Wixson
The amount of really talented creatives involved with Haunters: The Art of the Scare is pretty stellar! Jason Blum, Sylvia and Jen Soska, Jessica Cameron, and many others unpack the art behind creating elements that scare us. Haunters: The Art of the Scare will have its world premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and you can watch the official trailer right now!
Press Release: Austin,TX - Tuesday September 5, 2017 - The release date and new trailer for Haunters: The Art Of The Scare was announced today. The film will celebrate its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin. Haunters: The Art Of The Scare features interviews with notable horror filmmaker Jason Blum (producer of The Purge, Insidious, Split, Get Out), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & Gsn's Hellevator), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), and the creators of the most popular and controversial haunts in the world. This documentary »
- Tamika Jones
"Psycho you felt could happen to you..." IFC Midnight has unveiled the first official trailer for a very unique filmmaking documentary titled 78/52, analyzing and examining the seminal shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played at numerous other fests all year, finally opening in theaters this October. From The People vs. George Lucas director Alexandre O. Phillippe, 78/52 is an "unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the 'man behind the curtain', and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema." This had good buzz coming out of Sundance, even though the first comparisons that came up referenced the Kubrick doc Room 237 (which some people hate). I dig the poster art for this as well (see below), and the film looks like it's a fascinating breakdown of one of the most iconic moments in cinema history. »
- Alex Billington
The Toronto Film Festival doesn’t start until next week, but the market at the Canadian gathering is already heating up.
AMC Networks’ Shudder struck early, nabbing North American, U.K., Ireland and Australian rights to “Revenge,” a thriller about a woman who exacts bloody vengeance on her attackers. The film will play theatrically in early 2018. It will also be available on Shudder, which is a video streaming service that specializes in horror and suspense programming. It debuts at the festival, and the bidding on the picture was said to be competitive.
“Revenge” marks French director Coralie Fargeat’s feature film debut. Shudder says Fargeat “reframes the genre’s typical proclivities with a gaze that scrutinizes male bodies and foregrounds its protagonist’s transformation into a hardened vehicle of vengeance.” In other words, it sounds like “Revenge” is interjecting a welcome female perspective on a type of film that too often features women as powerless victims.
- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy
Zombies, werewolves, and serial killing social media stars will descend upon Miami this August for the third annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival. Taking place August 11th–17th, the Florida film fest's first wave of programming includes Another Wolfcop, Tragedy Girls, It Stains the Sands Red, Better Watch Out, and more.
Press Release: Miami, Fl – ￼Popcorn Frights Film Festival, Florida’s largest and most respected genre film event, ￼announces its first wave of programming for its third annual celebration of genre-twisting cinema, ￼occurring August 11 through 17, 2017, at Miami's landmark O Cinema Wynwood theater.
"We're thrilled to bring the best in horror and genre filmmaking to South Florida audiences for our third annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival. We scoured the globe for the most audacious and spine-tingling films and this first wave selection just gives a small taste of all the exciting things to come,” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival. »
- Derek Anderson
AMC's horror streaming service Shudder has entered the original content game with a series of six planned "Shudder Originals", the first of which is Rodney Ascher's (Room 237) latest, Primal Screen. Primal Screen explores how individuals are simultaneously attracted to and repelled by what scares them most. Like Ascher's last film, The Nightmare, the film is a hybrid of documentary and horror and explores the pop-culture artifacts that traumatized individuals in their youth and the effects it has had on their lives. In addition to Primal Screen, Shudder is developing the following projects: Deadwax - A short form series about the hunt for a mysterious record that drives its owners mad... and kills anyone who dares to play it. From Graham Reznick, co-writer of Until...
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With its latest endeavor, Shudder hopes to send fresh chills down the spines of its subscribers. The Svod service, launched in 2014 by AMC Networks, has unveiled its first slate of original programs and has premiered the first of those shows, titled Primal Scream.
Shudder is aimed at horror fans, and its original programs -- which were announced six days before Primal Scream’s arrival -- fit neatly into that genre. Primal Scream, for example, is a hybrid documentary/horror series that delves into human psychology to figure out what exactly makes scares compelling as entertainment. Its creator, Rodney Ascher, is known for his documentary Room 237, which explored Stanley Kubrick’s classic film The Shining.
“Fear, obsession, and people’s attempts to understand these things are a particular focus of mine,” said Ascher in a press release. “Shudder was a fantastic partner and they gave me the freedom to dive »
- Sam Gutelle
Horror streaming service Shudder is expanding into original content with Shudder Originals, a new banner with several projects in development, including one that has “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins attached to direct, THR reports. The project, “Riprore,” comes from a story written by Jenkins’ husband, Sam Sheridan. Here’s the official synopsis:
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“[‘Riprore’] focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days.” Sheridan is an author and former Mma fighter who previously wrote “A Fighter’s Heart” and “The Disaster Diaries.”
The first completed project from Shudder Originals, the horror documentary “Primal Screen” premieres on Thursday, June 8. Directed by Rodney Ascher (“Room 237,” “The Nightmare”), the film is a mashup of horror and documentary, »
- Graham Winfrey
Horror fans have flocked to Shudder to watch a wide rage of pre-existing content since AMC launched the streaming service back in 2016, and now Shudder is adding original programming to its arsenal with upcoming "Shudder Originals," beginning with Rodney Ascher's (Room 237, The Nightmare) new horror documentary Primal Screen on June 8th.
Press Release: New York, New York — June 2, 2017 — Today, AMC Networks’ Shudder announces its entry into original content. The premium streaming service, known for super-serving fans of thrillers, suspense and horror, is developing six new titles all of which will debut as “Shudder Originals”. The high-caliber original programming slate launches Thursday, June 8 with a new horror documentary from genre favorite Rodney Ascher, titled Primal Screen. Other upcoming Shudder Originals include a mystery series; a Ted Bundy-inspired scripted project; and a series based on an Emily Schultz novel, among many others.
As the first Shudder Original, Primal Screen explores »
- Derek Anderson
Shudder has revealed its plans for an upcoming original programming slate to THR, which will kick off with a new horror documentary from Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare). Titled Primal Screen, the documentary is an exploration of what attracts… Continue Reading →
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- Jonathan Barkan
AMC Networks' streaming service Shudder is entering the original programming arena.
Shudder, which says it "super-serves" fans of thrillers, suspense and horror, is launching its original slate with the premiere of Primal Screen, a new horror documentary from Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare).
In addition, Shudder has five other projects in development, all of which — along with Primal Screen — will debut under the banner "Shudder Originals." The other projects include a mystery series, a Ted Bundy-inspired scripted project and a series based on an Emily Schultz novel.
Primal Screen, which premieres Thursday, explores how individuals are simultaneously attracted »
- Kimberly Nordyke
P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, producers of Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237, about Kubrick’s movie The Shining, delve once again into cult cinema and culture. In their own documentary Mansfield 66/67 they explore the relationship between one of Hollywood’s most famous blonde bombshells, Jayne Mansfield, and one of the world’s most infamous Satanists, Anton Lavey. Throughout 1966 and 1967 Mansfield would spend a lot of time with Lavey and after her untimely death on June 28th, 1967 rumors surfaced that Lavey had put a curse on her which resulted her death. Mansfield 66/67 explores this curious relationship that ended tragically one dark night on a road between Biloxi and New Orleans. The structure of Mansfield 66/67 is a story told in seven parts...
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Mark Harrison May 18, 2017
For a family-friendly film, Toy Story 3 is steeped in horror. With spoilers, we take a look...
This article contains spoilers for Toy Story 3.
In August 2010, a couple of months after Toy Story 3 was released in Us cinemas, the chair of the MPAA Classification and Ratings Administration admitted that they might have made a mistake in giving the film a G rating.
Speaking on industry podcast The Business, Joan Graves said that based on feedback they had received from parents since the film's release, Toy Story 3 should have been given a PG rating “at least”, because of a climactic scene in which Woody, Buzz and friends find themselves sinking into an incinerator like rubbish. Graves went on to say that the film changed their approach to animated family films, and that they would no longer give these movies “the benefit of the doubt” in »
Written and directed by Jose Prendes
A couple of year ago, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brought us Room 237, a film that explored the conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. They were all incredible stretches of the imagination, but there was something to be admired in each subject’s dedication to their readings of the text. You can agree or not that The Shining was Kubrick’s admittance to faking the moon landing, or you can think those who believe so are crackpot weirdos; to each their own. With Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy, low-budget horror writer and director Jose Prendes parodies the ideas behind Room 237, but not with great results. »
- Luke Owen
Daily Dead was proud to sponsor and attend the first-ever Overlook Film Festival (we already can't wait for next year), and with this year's installment of the memorable horror celebration coming to an end after the weekend, the official recipients for the event's audience and juried awards have been announced.
Press Release: (Portland, Or) – As its inaugural run comes to a close, the Overlook Film Festival has the great pleasure of announcing its first year juried and audience awards. Culled from a stellar lineup of 39 films (22 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), the festival's features and short film juries deliberated over the course of the event, publicly revealing the winning selections at the special closing night secret screening of A24's It Comes At Night.
- Derek Anderson
A new video looks beyond Fincher at the Evil Men Do
Sin, as defined by most major religions and moral institutions, is as old as man. It is inherent to our nature, because ultimately sin is self-serving, and at the end of the day we are all self-serving creatures. Wrath, pride, sloth, lust, envy, gluttony, greed — as opposed to the Ten Commandments of Christianity which include distinct acts like adultery and murder, the seven deadly sins are things of which most all of us are guilty of multiple times over. We’ve all committed them, even on a minor scale. Ever think someone has a nicer car than you? Envy. Ever gotten a touch of road rage? Wrath. Ever hit the snooze button more than once? Sloth.
These are petty examples to be sure, but they illustrate how commonplace the seven deadly sins are in our daily lives, and thus they prove why the seven deadly sins »
- H. Perry Horton
The wait is nearly over, as this week marks the beginning of the first-ever Overlook Film Festival. Daily Dead is proud to sponsor and attend the horror genre celebration, and fans and industry professionals alike will have plenty to look forward to, as new panels, juries for judging shorts and features, and an additional interactive game have now been announced.
We have the press release with full details below, and to learn more, visit the official website for The Overlook Film Festival.
Press Release: Whether you're coming up for the afternoon or the entire weekend: a full Overlook schedule is now available in one place so you can easily plan your festival experience and make sure you don't miss a thing! Of course, we're still adding incredible programing to the calendar so check back often.
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Newly added to Saturday: panel discussions! Available to all pass holders. »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King is brilliant, but he’s also sometimes wrong. For years, the prolific horror author has asserted that Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining is not just a bad adaptation but also a bad movie, “a Cadillac with no engine in it” that “you can’t do anything with… except admire it as sculpture.” That’s why King statements like this aren’t to be trusted (though It does look pretty badass).
The existence of Rodney Ascher’s 2012 documentary Room 237 is enough to dispute King’s latter critique, as is the continued level of interest and scholarship that surrounds the movie to this day. Take, for example, the proof of a scrapped conclusion that Kottke recently posted. Pages from the original script with the deleted scene were released by The Overlook Hotel, as were three continuity Polaroids from the filming of the scene. The scene ...
- Randall Colburn
The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”
The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel. »
- Kate Erbland
Ryan Lambie Apr 10, 2017
Few horror films have been as closely studied and intimately dissected as Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The simple story of a family ripped apart by the effects of a remote, haunted hotel, Kubrick's film has only grown in mystique since its release in 1980. Clearly, there's far more going on below the surface, but what does Kubrick's imagery and symbolism - much of it unique to the film, and absent from Stephen King's source novel - actually mean?
Rodney Ascher's superb 2012 documentary Room 237 pulled together some of the more outlandish theories about The Shining. It's Kubrick's veiled confession that he helped Nasa fake the 1969 Moon landings, »
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