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The Blob ’88

1958’s The Blob proves just as adaptable to the times as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing in this remake helmed by Chuck Russell and co-written with Frank Darabont. Laced with cheeky humor and post-Watergate paranoia, the movie is memorable for Russell’s nimble direction and a quick-witted cast that includes Shawnee Smith and Candy Clark.

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Crypticon Minnesota 2018 Guests Include Linda Blair, Dana DeLorenzo, Lee Majors, Shawnee Smith, Casper Van Dien, and More!

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This weekend, the "Nightmare Before Halloween" will take place at the 13th annual Crypticon Minnesota, featuring a wide array of special guests, amazing artists, and eerie events that are sure to get attendees into the spooky spirit of the season!

The 13th annual Crypticon Minnesota kicks off on Friday, October 26th and runs through Sunday, October 27th at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America hotel in Bloomington, Mn.

Special guests this year include Linda Blair, Lee Majors, Dana DeLorenzo, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Marshall Bell, Spencer Wilding, Mark Dodson, Shawnee Smith, Charles Band, Robin Sydney, Chris Mulkey, and more!

You can check out the entire schedule below (via Facebook), and to learn more about Crypticon Minnesota, be sure to visit their official website, Facebook page, and Twitter page!

Friday Night Celebrity Panels and Events

4:30 pm Early entrance is open to VIP’s

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Class of 88: The Blob: A Subversive, Hard-Edged Remake with Some of the Best Practical Effects of All Time

This isn’t just one of my favorite horror movies of 1988, or of the 1980s, but one of my favorite horror movies of all time.

The 1980s saw the release of three big-budget studio remakes of 1950s sci-fi films, the first two of which are widely regarded as classics. John Carpenter’s 1982 reimagining of The Thing from Another World (retitled to just The Thing in his version) and David Cronenberg’s brilliant take on The Fly use the basic premises of their ’50s counterparts and rebuild them from the ground up, introducing the kinds of state-of-the-art makeup and creature effects that had only become possible in the ’80s to deliver new masterpieces of even greater visceral and emotional impact than their predecessors. The third of these ’50s remakes is the one that isn’t talked about as much or as well-regarded outside of the horror community: Chuck Russell’s 1988 take on The Blob.
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Class of 88: It Came From The Tube: I Saw What You Did (1988)

Before the advent of cell phones, communication was so limited; you either had to telephone someone (on a landline no less), or god forbid, talk to them in person (brrr). Phones were also trotted out as a very effective trope for horror; the calls started coming from inside the house, pay phone booths were firing up, and prank calls led to all kinds of mayhem. That last ditty is where we’re headed today with I Saw What You Did (1988), an effective TV teen horror that is a remake of a same-named William Castle joint from ’65, this time co-headlined by a very young Shawnee Smith and Tammy Lauren.

Originally shown on May 20th as a CBS Friday Movie, I Saw was up against Mr. Belvedere on ABC and Miami Vice on NBC, but it held a unique appeal for teenage girls (or anyone else for that matter) looking for some thrills on a Friday night.
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Tobin Bell Reveals His Favorite Traps From The Saw Franchise

While the Saw franchise no doubt made devoted fans out of many of us due to its memorable plot twists and riveting storyline that sometimes got a too bit convoluted for its own good, it’s the traps that stood out in the minds of moviegoers. Hey, what better way to up the ante in sequels than to incorporate more elaborate ways for everyday folk to get massacred, right?

Personally, the traps that I remember most are due in part to the narration supplied by Jigsaw himself that often accompanies them. As such, the “Venus Fly Trap” from Saw II probably remains among my favorites, but actor Tobin Bell has some reasoning of his own when it comes to his top picks.

True to character, he favors those that deal with peoples’ karma – and each of them appeared in the first three films, which, as you may remember, were the
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Jigsaw: explaining the ending of the new Saw film

Rob Leane Oct 29, 2017

Spoilers! If you’re scratching your chin after watching Jigsaw, here’s our spoiler-filled attempt to explain it...

This article contains spoilers for Jigsaw.

The trailers for Jigsaw presented Saw fans with a mystery: if Tobin Bell’s John Kramer is dead, how come there is a new batch of Jigsaw victims just now beginning to emerge? Various fan theories were available, but in the end, only one of them could be true.

This is your final warning: after this image of our spoiler squirrel, we’re going deep into Jigsaw spoilers...

To continue the franchise even further following John Kramer’s death, Jigsaw uses two classic storytelling devices from the Saw playbook: the new film teaches us that Jigsaw had one more secret apprentice, and it uses flashbacks to showcase yet another house of horrors concocted, built and inhabited by John prior to his death.

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Rob Zombie to host 13 Nights of Halloween

Hdnet Movies has announced the complete line-up for "Rob Zombie's 13 Nights of Halloween," hosted by the horror icon himself, kicking off Thursday, Oct. 19 with his hit film "The Devil's Rejects" at 9pE.

Other films featured during the holiday stunt, which culminates in a 24-hour marathon on Halloween, include Wes Craven's "The Last House on the Left," Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs," Steve McQueen in the original 1958 "The Blob" and more.

The full schedule and official details can be found below.

From The Press Release

“The Great American Nightmare” comes to Hdnet Movies this October, as the network unleashes Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights Of Halloween—airing every night at 9pE from Thursday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 31. The Halloween event puts the spotlight on 13 films hosted by heavy metal mastermind and acclaimed horror icon Rob Zombie. The event kicks off with Zombie’s celebrated sophomore opus The Devil’S Rejects,
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Blob

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Our series on big-screen remakes continues with a cult horror film that kickstarted the illustrious career of Steve McQueen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Blob (1958 vs. 1988). Come inside to see how these two films stack up.

The original version of The Blob was a low-budget monster film made for $110,000. The titular creature was originally supposed to be called The Molten Meteor Monster, which then was changed to The Mass, which turned into The Glob, and Finally The Blob. The film's tongue-in-cheek title song was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David, which became a hit. The movie was directed by Irvin Yeaworth who specialized in directing motivational educational and religious films, so this was a departure for him. The film was a moderate success, grossing over $4 million, although the critics weren’t overly kind. It has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite its cheesiness, its reputation has grown over
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Exclusive Interview: Actress Shawnee Smith on the Saw Legacy

Shock snares an exclusive interview with Saw series legend Shawnee Smith. For a generation of kids raised watching movies in the 1980’s, seeing actress Shawnee Smith show up in director James Wan’s 2004 sleeper indie hit shocker Saw was the chief reason we stuck around. Smith’s presence in the cult 1987 comedy Summer School (a lighthearted…

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Round-Up: Game Changer: The Legacy Of Saw, Shut In Screening, Bound To Vengeance Blu-ray, Deep Dark Q&A

"Would you like to play a game?" Two new clips for Game Changer: The Legacy of Saw, featuring the creators/cast members of the Saw franchise, are below. Also: Shut In screening details, Bound to Vengeance on Blu-ray / DVD info, and a Q&A with Mike Medaglia from Deep Dark.

Game Changer: The Legacy of Saw: "The film that redefined the horror genre, Saw: Unrated, is making audiences shriek all over again. Generations of movie fans have been thrilled and terrified by Saw’s blood-curdling story of a serial killer who traps his victims in a sadistic game of survival. For true horror fans who want a peek behind the scenes of the creation and development of the most successful horror franchise in history, the iTunes digital release of Saw: Unrated and Saw: The Complete Collection now includes a brand-new 3-part, 77-minute retrospective,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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'Blob' Compared to 'Alien', Remake Will Get a Backstory

It seems like Hollywood has been trying to remake The Blob ever since Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith last faced the deadly gelatinous alien all the way back in the 1988 remake. For a long while, it looked like Rob Zombie was going to resurrect the classic sci-fi title as a new franchise, but that version of the movie never moved forward. Last year, it was announced that The Expendables 2 and Con Air director Simon West would be taking the helm. Now, talking with Den of Geeks, he has opened up about his plans. And it sounds like this will be a much-more action oriented horror outing.

This reboot will actually give The Blob a backstory. The monster at the center of this new tale is compared to the Xenomorphs from Alien and the interplanetary hunters from Predator. And this oozing slime will be just as believable as the dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park.
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Anger Management: Season Two Ratings

Will the ratings for Anger Management improve in season two or, will they fall even lower than they did in season one? We'll have to wait and see.

Revolving around an anger management therapist (Charlie Sheen) who has issues of his own, the cast also includes Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, Derek Richardson, and Martin Sheen.

The comedy's ratings are typically the best way to tell if Anger Management would be cancelled or renewed for another season however, 90 episodes were ordered for season two as part of a syndication deal. Those will last for awhile and may or may not be the end anyway.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page: (more…)
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Anger Management

Network: FX

Episodes: 100 (half-hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: June 28, 2012 -- December 22, 2014

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, Brian Austin Green, and Derek Richardson.

TV show description:

Charlie Goodson (Charlie Sheen) is a non-traditional therapist who specializes in anger management. He has a successful private practice and holds sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week. He also hosts pro bono counseling sessions for an inmate group at a state prison.

Prior to his becoming a therapist, Charlie was a stalled minor league baseball prospect. His road to the majors was sidetracked by his own struggle with anger issues. After a stint in therapy with the team's psychologist, Kate Wales (Selma Blair), he made it to the majors
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Missi's Obligatory Self-Promotion

Editor's Note: We're thrilled to have Missi Pyle guest-blogging for a day. I made her do this topic!

Kim Dickens & Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) at the Hollywood Film Awards last month

What I am working on now

-by Missi Pyle

So yes. I sing. 'You sing?' People often ask? Yes. I do. I write (mostly) silly songs and I sing them. For awhile I had a band with Shawnee Smith. We did a pilot together and we got to talking one day and she asked me what I really wanted. And I said. To be in a band. That would be heaven. and she said. "Ok. I'll do it with you. But just know. Its not all its cracked up to be. You'll be disappointed."

And we did. We made an album with Chris Goss, another genius human I have been lucky enough to work with. Shawnee and I's
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Anger Management: Charlie Sheen Sitcom Ending on FX

FX has announced that their Anger Management sitcom is ending next month. The series finale, which is also the comedy's 100th episode, will air on December 22nd.

Revolving around an anger management therapist (Charlie Sheen) who has issues of his own, the cast also includes Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Michael Arden, Noureen DeWulf, Derek Richardson, and Martin Sheen. Selma Blair left midway through the second season.

Anger Management was part of a special 10-90 deal. If the first 10 episodes hit a certain ratings mark then a second season order of 90 episodes was automatically triggered.

No doubt bolstered by Sheen's recent dismissal from Two and a Half Men, the first season attracted 2.98 million viewers with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The second season has performed nearly as well. The 76 installments that have aired thus far have
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10 Years of Saw: Watch Live Stream Q&A with Cast and Crew, Including James Wan, Tobin Bell

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Filmgoers first exposed to the bone-crunching traps and mind-warping twists of Saw one decade ago can honor the film’s 10th anniversary by reliving Jigsaw’s macabre morals on the big screen beginning this evening. Also taking place tonight is a live Q&A with cast and crew members from the iconic film at the ArcLight Hollywood and don’t worry if you can’t make it, because the event can be live-streamed on your computer.

Taking place at 9:45pm Pst / 12:45am Est at the ArcLight Hollywood and moderated by Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, the Saw Q&A will include director/writer James Wan, writer/star Leigh Whannell, producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, Dp David Armstrong, and cast members Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell.

The Q&A will also be live-streamed into four other ArcLight locations: Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla. Tickets are available at:

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It's Been 10 Years Since The First "Saw" -- See Freaky Facts From The Flick!

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Can you believe it's been 10 years since the first "Saw" hit theaters?! To celebrate the milestone anniversary of one of the highest grossing horror flicks of all-time, we wanted to take a look back at what really went down on the set of the gory movie. To start, all of the creepy bathroom scenes were filmed in the same order they're shown in the movie. This was done to help the actors feel what the characters were experiencing. Yikes! When Amanda (Shawnee Smith) is searching through her cellmates "guts" after stabbing him, she's actually touching a pig's uterus! The only dummy used in the movie was the burnt body of Mark Wilson (Paul Gutrecht), who met his end while trying to save himself from a slow-acting poison in his body. All the other "corpses" were played by cast members. Director/writer James Wan also revealed in the commentary section of
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Live Stream Tonight's Saw: 10th Anniversary Q&A Here!

Bookmark this post and tune in tonight at 9:45pm Pst / 12:45am Est to watch a live Q&A with the original filmmakers and cast of the most successful Horror Franchise of all time.

Moderated by Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, he will be speaking with director/Writer James Wan, writer/Star Leigh Whannell, Producers Mark Burg & Oren Koules, Dp David Armstrong, and cast members Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell.

The event is being held to kick-off the return of the original Saw in theaters this Halloween Weekend.

The original Saw was made for $1.2 Million and grossed more than $100 million worldwide.

Live Stream:

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Saw 10th Anniversary Interview: James Wan & Leigh Whannell

Saw celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Let that sink in for a minute. Now, reflect on how far its creators - James Wan and Leigh Whannell - have come. The former is currently in post-production on Furious 7 (the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise) following directing gigs on horror hits like The Conjuring and Insidious. The latter also has Insidious to thank for his continued success; he penned the first two entries as well as the third which he directed.

These are exciting times for Wan and Whannell and, recently, they took time out of their busy schedule for a Saw reunion press conference at Lionsgate. In attendance: producer Mark Burg and Oren Koules, Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell.

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