16 items from 2016
Don't Breathe, the second feature film from Uruguayan writer-director Fede Alvarez (of 2013's Evil Dead reboot) produced by legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi, is the depraved offspring of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. It's about a group of teens who try to rob a blind man's house, only to discover he's not as passive as they expected. Jane Levy, who already earned her Final Girl Merit Badge as Mia in Alvarez's Evil Dead, stars as Rocky, a young woman determined to escape her abusive mother and save her younger sister (Emma Bercovici) from a dead-end existence in Detroit. Rocky and her friends Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) have pulled off a series of sophisticated burglaries in order to come up with enough cash to make it to California, but they've yet to score big. When the trio learns that »
- Adam Frazier
Holly Hogan Jul 11, 2016
Concealment between friends proves frustrating in the latest episode of MTV's Scream season 2...
This review contains spoilers.
2.6 Jeepers Creepers
A plot device that is a personal pet peeve of mine is when characters keep things from each other. It often seems to unnecessarily complicate matters in trying to create tension, and I’d rather just see natural conflicts and twists and turns. This week’s Scream, thus, had several moments that caused me some consternation, but it also had several genuinely effective character moments that balanced it all out.
You’d think the survivors of Lakewood’s run of murder and mayhem would have learned to stick together by now, but the kids can’t seem to get it together. Audrey’s situation is more understandable, but Emma almost seems like she’s trying to be as [un]blissfully ignorant as she can...which makes one wonder what »
It’s normally the climactic scene in a movie where the last girl standing gets up close and personal with her on screen tormentor for a face off. Now artist Matthew Therrien has set about a new series of “Final Girl” illustrations splitting the features of each heroine with her foe. Marvel at the end results […] »
- Jonny Bunning
Last week at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, the supernatural throwback horror film Beyond the Gates premiered to a packed audience in Culver City, and hot on the heels of the successful debut, Daily Dead caught up with co-writer/director Jackson Stewart and co-star/producer Barbara Crampton to talk about their collaboration.
Also written by Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune, Final Girl), Beyond the Gates stars Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Justin Welborn, and Matt Mercer, and follows two estranged brothers (Skipper, Williamson) who return home to deal with their father’s video store business after he’s gone missing, only to uncover a mysterious Vcr game that may be directly linked to his disappearance.
Congrats on the film, guys, I had a lot of fun with it. Jackson, can you talk about where this idea came from and the process of working on the script with Stephen?
Jackson Stewart: Basically, »
- Heather Wixson
CriticWire this ongoing conversation about what critics should review is troubling/interesting
i09 seems we're getting a new Interview with the Vampire movie
Variety on what's holding Hollywood back from putting gay characters in franchises. I mean imagine if this hashtag were successful...
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend for Frozen 2. It's what the fans want and the narrative really calls for.
Pajiba omg. There's a kickstarter for a deck of "woman cards" which has awesome illustrations including Hillary, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Beyoncé
EW Congratulations to Colton Haynes, he of bolting from TV series just when everyone is falling in love with him (Teen Wolf, Arrow) and amassing a massive Instagram following. He is officially out of the closet after years of rumors and hints and non-denials
New Yorker Kiki & Herb are back after 8 years! My favorite cabaret act of all time
- NATHANIEL R
Chainsaws have never sounded so terrifying! Turbine Media Group is releasing Tobe Hooper’s classic, groundbreaking horror flick, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in 13.1 Auro-3D audio, which adds a height-layer to the sound mix. It’ll be combined with 4K Uhd Blu-ray to give a whole new dimension to terror. (Just think what that endlessly droning generator will sound like!)
Remixed specifically for home theaters, the Auro-3D mix “creates an exciting three-dimensional soundscape thanks to the addition of a Height layer in front, above and all around the listener,” creating three-dimensional sound.
The controversial 1974 masterpiece is an iconic part of film history, having originated many of the tropes used in slashers from Halloween to Scream. It’s so influential that when we celebrated Women in Horror Month this past February with a poll asking our readers to choose the best Final Girl in horror history, you all chose Marilyn Burns, »
- Harker Jones
Hitchcockian doubles from Hollywood’s lowest rungs retreat to Big Sur for a weekend of hiking, drinking and mutual torment in “Always Shine,” a psychological thriller that feels like “Persona” by way of “Single White Female.” With her confident second feature, director Sophia Takal (“Green”) takes on Tinseltown misogyny and the toxic rivalry between friends, but that’s mere prelude to a gonzo meta-fiction that deconstructs itself nearly to death.
Amid all the turmoil, Mackenzie Davis, the ascendant star of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” pulls focus with a mesmerizing turn as a never-will-be actress and Caitlin FitzGerald is equally good as her passive-aggressive friend/doppelganger. “Always Shine” reps a gleaming showcase for their performances, but its overabundance of ideas presents a murkier commercial prospect.
Working from a script by Lawrence Michael Levine, Takal makes it immediately clear that while Davis and FitzGerald play struggling actresses, their own bonafides are beyond dispute. »
- Scott Tobias
A Nightmare On Elm Street heroine Heather Langenkamp took to the stage today to give us insight into the Elm Street legacy, her documentary I Am Nancy, and what contemporary character she thinks is a modern-day Nancy Thompson.
Moderated by FM executive editor David Weiner, Langenkamp told the crowded theater of film lovers what sparked her desire to produce the documentary, I Am Nancy, which puts the spotlight on her Elm Street character. She called director Wes Craven and his assistant didn’t know who she was. It didn’t strike her as noteworthy until later, and it was her sister-in-law who was particularly irked, asking why Nancy wasn’t the focus of the adulation instead of Freddy Krueger. Langenkamp didn’t know. She told her, “It’s just the way it is. It’s Freddy mania. Not Nancy mania.”
Landing the gig, she recalls that “I probably didn’t »
- Harker Jones
We asked and you let us know! To celebrate February, the Seventh Annual Women in Horror Month, we ran a Final Girl bracket, letting you vote each week for your favorite, until last week we pitted the winners against each other. We compiled the votes from our Facebook page and our Twitter account and while it was a bloody contest, one woman did triumph as the Ultimate Final Girl, towering above the others (or perhaps cowering, after her terrors).
And your favorite Final Girl is… »
- Harker Jones
Last Girl Standing, 2015
Written and directed by Benjamin R. Moody.
She survived a brutal massacre, but lost her life. What happens to the final girl after the credits roll?
Ever since Laurie Strode first stabbed Michael Myers with a knitting needle in Halloween, the ‘Final Girl’ has become an integral component of the slasher genre. From Sidney Prescott to Ellen Ripley, final girls have consistently fought off murderous boogeymen, surviving against all odds thanks to their wits and ingenuity. What the movies fail to explore though is the far-reaching consequences of this trauma. Sure, surviving the massacre of everyone you know is sort of a happy ending, but how does an experience like this affect these women further down the line?
Opening where most horror films end, Last Girl Standing »
- David Opie
Pic involves a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when a horror junkie’s customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick game.
Production is currently under way.
CAA is repping domestic distribution rights.
The film will have a similar feel to Breslin’s dark comedy series “Scream Queens,” which Fox recently renewed for a second season. »
- Justin Kroll
As we descend into the madness of Oscars weekend, there’s still a lot going on in Hollywood that isn’t about the Little Naked Gold Man. First and foremost, February is the seventh annual Women in Horror Month. So get cracking! You only have a few days left to celebrate the women you love most!
The Final Final Girls
We’ve been celebrating our own favorites over at our Facebook page. Did you know? We’ve been running a Favorite Final Girl bracket and we’re down to the last vote. Comment on Fb or tweet us @Fmof which you think is the best: Neve Campbell (Scream), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), or Marilyn Burns (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre). One lucky voter will even win a Silver Scream Fest poster. Totally seriously!
Ironing Out The Wrinkles
- Harker Jones
Netflix is delivering the goods in March 2016.
And prepare to yell "Khaaaaan!" to your heart's content as "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) is added to Netflix streaming on March 1. Also new to Netflix in March: "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), and "Scarface" (1983).
Available March 1, 2016
"Adult Beginners" (2015)
"Ahora o Nunca" (2015)
"Aldnoah.Zero: Season 2
"American Pie Presents: Beta House" (2007)
"American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile" (2006)
"Before We Go" (2015)
"El Desconocido" (2015)
"Fresh Meat: Series 2
"Frog Kingdom" (2013)
"Good Burger" (1997)
"Groundhog Day" (1993)
"Heaven Knows What" (2015)
"Hot Sugar's Cold World" (2015)
"Midsomer Murders: Series 17
"Road Trip: Beer Pong" (2009)
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)
"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982)
- Sharon Knolle
It’s been a busy week in Hollywood! Check out some highlights below and then head off to see Deadpool again. We know you were at the Thursday previews … We all were, which is why Ryan Reynolds’ revamped superhero broke box-office records. The $12.7 million dollars it raked in Thursday night was more than any other R-rated movie had in the whole history of ever. Both fans and critics are in love with it. Even Last Golden Girl Standing Betty White raved about it! (Warning: Nsfw language, so listen with your earbuds!)
• Following in the wake of MTV’s successful Scream (and Fox’s less successful Scream Queens), Freeform (the erstwhile ABC Family) is jumping on the horror bandwagon with Dead Of Summer. Conceived by Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the show cast two of the stars from their fairy-tale series: Elizabeth Mitchell, who played Ingrid, »
- Harker Jones
Iconic screen bogeymen – Myers, Krueger et al – force us to watch through fingers clamped over our eyes, while we breathlessly await their next act of onscreen savagery. If exposed to their antics at an impressionable age, you’ll be afraid of the dark for the rest of your life.
At the other end of the scale, however, there are horror movie villains that force us to ask such important questions as “Why am I watching this?” and “How the hell did this get made and did they think they’d get away with it?”
Horror is one of the hardest genres to get right and one of the easiest to screw up, and nothing spells disaster like an antagonist who either puts the audience to sleep or has them laughing in the aisles. When we should be getting worked up, with our palms moistening and our knuckles tightening, we »
- Ian Watson
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
16 items from 2016
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