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What We Do in the Shadows Episode 5 Review: Animal Control

Laszlo goes bats on What We Do in the Shadows episode 5, Animal Control.

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This What We Do in the Shadows review contains spoilers.

What We Do in the Shadows Episode 5

What We Do in the Shadows reaches its peak of silliness in episode 5. "Animal Control" could almost be a kids' episode. Besides Nadja's (Natasia Demetriou) openly hungry sexuality, everything is rendered all-ages upon Laszlo's (Matt Berry) animistic incarceration. This plot could have been lifted from a Benji movie, and could have made for an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and only a humorous subplot on the newer, darker Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The plot is Laszlo turns into a bat, gets locked up in a cage at the pound, and Nandor turns into a dog to save him. It's cute, really, and for a show like What We Do in the Shadows, that makes it dangerous. These vampires
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British Film Institute Rejects Funding for Films With Facially-Scarred Villains

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British Film Institute Rejects Funding for Films With Facially-Scarred Villains
Characters with facial scars or disfigurements portrayed as villains is a movie trope that goes back generations, from Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera to the James Bond villain Blofeld, and as recently as Kylo Ren in the new “Star Wars” movies.

But the British Film Institute (BFI) is supporting a charity called Changing Faces and their new campaign called #IAmNotYourVillain by saying that they will no longer fund films via the National Lottery that feature negative representations of characters with scars or facial differences.

“It’s astonishing to think that films have used visible difference as a shorthand for villainy so often and for so long,” BFI’s deputy CEO Ben Roberts said in a statement. “The time has come for this to stop. Changing Faces is doing an incredible job of changing attitudes towards disfigurement and making a positive impact on people’s lives and this
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The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) with Live Music by The Invincible Czars October 25th at Webster University

“His eyes are ghastly beads in which there is no light – like holes in a grinning skull! His face is like leprous parchment, yellow skin strung tight over protruding bones! His nose – there is no nose!”

The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium Thursday October 25th at 7:30pm. Austin, Texas’ most adventurous band, The Invincible Czars, will provide live music.The band encourages fans and attendees to dress for the Halloween season at these shows.

The Phantom Of The Opera is not only a classic of the silent screen, it is one of the all-time greatest movies ever made. The great Lon Chaney, at the peak of his career, plays the title character, in perhaps the role for which he is best remembered. Mary Philbin plays the heroine, Christine, an opera singer for whom the Phantom has taken a personal interest, and Norman Kerry as Raoul,
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Benicio del Toro Named President Of Un Certain Regard Jury At Cannes 2018

Benicio del Toro has been named as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The festival made the news public this morning via an officia release.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Pennsylvania, he is an artist who knows no boundaries. He is a great admirer of Jean Vigo and Charlie Chaplin and would have loved to have met Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Toshiro Mifune or Humphrey Bogart. When he was 20 years old, he discovered The 400 Blows and the infinite universe of Fellini, Eisenstein, Bergman, Eustache, Kurosawa… The Naked Island of Kaneto Shindô became his go-to film.

At 6 feet 2, Benicio Del Toro always dreamt of becoming a basketball player but became an actor instead. His intense and magnetic presence on the screen makes him sleek and attractive. A chameleon with a thousand faces: a mild-mannered gangster (The Usual Suspects, 1995), an eccentric moustachioed lawyer (Las Vegas Parano,
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Cannes: Benicio Del Toro To Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury

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Cannes: Benicio Del Toro To Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury
Benicio Del Toro will preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard strand eight years after he served on the Cannes Competition jury which selected Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee (The One Who Can Recall His Past Lives) as the winner of the Palme d’Or.

In 2008, Del Toro received the award for Best Actor in Cannes for his role as Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s two-part film Che. He has attended the festival in the past for screenings of The Usual Suspects, The Pledge (2001), Sin City (2005) and more recently, Sicario (2015) which was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or. Del Toro’s appointment by the festival may be an indication that we’ll see that film’s sequel Sicario 2: Soldado on the Riviera.

Del Toro takes over from Uma Thurman, who was president in 2017 of a jury that awarded prizes to Mohammad Rasoulof,
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Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director for The Shape Of Water at 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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*Updated with video of del Toro's speech.* For decades he's given a spotlight to misunderstood monsters and outcast characters in his films, and at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, Guillermo del Toro finally got to step into his own well-deserved spotlight when he won the award for Best Director of a Motion Picture for his work behind the camera on his latest film, The Shape of Water.

Selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in a nomination class that included Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg, del Toro took the stage at The Beverly Hilton for an emotional speech after his name was announced for Best Director.

In addition to thanking his core cast—many of whom were sitting with him the moment his name was called—del Toro discussed how his love of monsters has saved his life several times over the years,
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What Golden Globe Winners Mean for the Oscar Race

What Golden Globe Winners Mean for the Oscar Race
With the Golden Globes, it’s less about who wins than what the winners say, especially during today’s politically charged #timesup climate. It’s also a chance for winners to practice their acceptance speeches and spin some Oscar campaign memes. Only last year, Meryl Streep rode her incendiary Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille achievement award speech to an Oscar nomination for not-in-the-bag “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

This year, Oprah Winfrey’s rousing call to arms could yield a run for president. “I want all the girls watching tonight to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she said. “Take us to a time when nobody has to ever say #metoo again!”

As host of the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, vocal Donald Trump naysayer Seth Meyers walked the line between sharp brickbats and belly laughs. “Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen,” he began. “It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 8: Over 100 Horror and Sci-Fi Themed Enamel Pins

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Welcome back, readers, for another installment of Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! For day eight, we are going all in on enamel pins, simply because there are so many amazing designs out there and it was hard to narrow down the list. That being said, here’s a list of over 100 horror and sci-fi themed enamel pins that we discovered online, and we guarantee there’s absolutely something for every genre fan out there, so if you need some stocking stuffer or holiday gift ideas, look no further!

Do keep in mind that in most cases, what you see below is only a partial listing of each site’s inventory, so I recommend digging around each online store for all kinds of goodies, because there are some truly amazing enamel pin designs out there (I could have easily done a list of 200, but my sanity won out).

Also, Daily
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November 14th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include George A. Romero Between Night And Dawn Collection, Hellraiser SteelBook, The Paul Naschy Collection II

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We have another busy week of home releases to look forward to, with an array of films that hit a bunch of different subgenres. For those who may have missed it in theaters earlier this year, you can now catch up with Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde this Tuesday, and if you missed seeing it online this fall, Amityville: The Awakening hits both Blu-ray and DVD as well.

For you cult cinema fans out there, I hope your wallets are ready for some serious damage, as there are a ton of great offerings coming home on November 14th, including the gorgeous limited edition Hellraiser Steelbook, The Paul Naschy Collection II, J.D.’s Revenge, and Arrow’s stunning Blu-ray set honoring one of horror’s true greats—George A. Romero—that features HD releases of Season of the Witch, There’s Always Vanilla, and The Crazies.

Other notable
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Contest: Win The Paul Naschy Collection II on Blu-ray

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After giving horror fans a treat with their Blu-ray release earlier this year of The Paul Naschy Collection, Scream Factory continues to commemorate the influential Spanish director with The Paul Naschy Collection II, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Paul Naschy Collection II.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Paul Naschy Collection II Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on November 20th.
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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

See related Lee Unkrich interview: Pixar, Toy Story 3, sequels and scary characters

"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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Hell on Frisco Bay

I tell you it’s rough out there on Frisco Bay, especially when you say the word ‘Frisco’ within earshot of a proud San Francisco native. This Alan Ladd racketeering tale could have been written twenty years earlier, but it has Warner Color and the early, extra-wide iteration of the new movie attraction CinemaScope.

Hell on Frisco Bay

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Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen Academy / 98 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, William Demarest, Paul Stewart, Perry Lopez, Fay Wray, Nestor Paiva, Willis Bouchey, Anthony Caruso, Tina Carver, Rod(ney) Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Mae Marsh, Tito Vuolo.

Cinematography: John F. Seitz

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Stunts: Paul Baxley

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Martin Rackin, Sydney Boehm from a book by William P. McGivern

Produced by George C. Berttholon, Alan Ladd

Directed by Frank Tuttle

Alan Ladd had always been
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The Film Detective Announces October ‘31 Days of Horror’ Movie Scare-a-Thon

Featuring Iconic Horror Stars Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney & More! Giant leeches, a flesh-eating plant, vampire bats, zombies and a host of chills and thrills. The Film Detective has hand-selected frightful film classics from its extensive archive to share with horror movie buffs all month long. Each day in …

The post The Film Detective Announces October ‘31 Days of Horror’ Movie Scare-a-Thon first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net 2017 - Official Horror News Site
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Horror Highlights: Creepy Co.’s “Founding Frights” Collection, Black Christmas UK Blu-ray, Expedition Unknown, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia, Do Not Read, In Flames

Iconic characters from early in the horror genre have risen to give you a fright. Creepy Co.'s "Founding Frights" collection contains apparel and accessories celebrating Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, and Bela Lugosi. Also: Black Christmas (aka Silent Night, Evil Night) UK Blu-ray details, a trailer for Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia and Do Not Read release details, and In Flames Kickstarter info.

Founding Frights Collection by Creepy Co. Photos and Details: From Creepy Co.: "Creepy Co. is proud to bring you a tightly curated collection of apparel and accessories paying homage to the roots of the horror genre. Founding Frights celebrates Lon Chaney Sr., Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price.

With a restock on a favorite apparel and pin combo and new additions, this whole collection oozes appeal. Slip into a bold, graphic tee and profess your undying allegiance to vintage horror!"

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Black Christmas (aka Silent Night,
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The Man Who Laughs: the movie that inspired The Joker

Jim Knipfel Sep 18, 2017

One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...

Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.

See related The Croods 2 has been cancelled

During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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Bill Oberst Jr.’s Solo Performance of Ray Bradbury’S Pillar Of Fire Coming to New York City’s United Solo Theatre Festival

Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Life is headed to Off-Broadway! Directed by Ezra Buzzington, Pillar of Life graces New York City's Theater Row with genre favorite Bill Oberst, Jr. (Scream Queens) as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. Continue reading for more details on the show and its theater run.

Press Release: Like a character in his own fiction, Ray Bradbury just won't stay dead. The celebrated fantasy/sci-fi author passed away in 2012 (August 22nd would have been his 97th birthday) but his books are best-sellers at Amazon, his novel Fahrenheit 451 is in production at HBO Films starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) and his name gets 100,000 Google searches each month. Now one of indie horror's own, Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds, Scream Queens) is taking Bradbury Off-Broadway.

Oberst's solo performance, Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire, a tale of the walking dead that is one of Bradbury's darkest early works,
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'Pillar Of Fire' set for Off-Broadway debut

Seth Metoyer,

MoreHorror.com

One of my favorite actor's and people Bill Oberst Jr. is bringing a vengeful corpse to Theatre Row as "Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire” is set for its off-Broadway debut.

From The Press Release

Like a character in his own fiction, Ray Bradbury just won't stay dead. The celebrated fantasy / sci-fi author passed away in 2012 (August 22 would have been his 97th birthday) but his books are best-sellers at Amazon, his novel Fahrenheit 451 is in production at HBO Films starring Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) and his name gets 100,000 Google searches each month. Now one of indie horror's own, Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds, Scream Queens) is taking Bradbury Off-Broadway.

Oberst's solo performance, Ray Bradbury's Pillar Of Fire, a tale of the walking dead that is one of Bradbury's darkest early works, comes to New York City's Theater Row on Sunday, Sept.
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Desert-Set Adventure Movie Filled with Unsavory Characters Dares to Posit Ancient Philosophical Question

Desert-Set Adventure Movie Filled with Unsavory Characters Dares to Posit Ancient Philosophical Question
Desert Nights with John Gilbert and Mary Nolan: Enjoyable Sahara-set adventure – which happened to be Gilbert's last silent film – dares to ask the age-old philosophical question, “Is there honor among thieves?” John Gilbert late silent adventure 'Desert Nights' asks a question for the ages: Is there honor among thieves? The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer release Desert Nights arrived in theaters at the tail end of the silent era. By 1929, audiences wanted lots of singing and dancing – talkies! And they might have been impatient to hear John Gilbert's speaking voice. I can't tell whether sound would have improved it or not, but Desert Nights has a lot of title cards filled with dialogue. Directed by the prolific William Nigh,[1] the film tells the story of diamond thieves who get stranded in the Sahara and almost die of thirst. (At first, Desert Nights' was appropriately titled Thirst.) Cinematographer James Wong Howe perfectly captures the hot, dry
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