Michael Mann’s The Keep at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema

Michael Mann’s little-scene film, The Keep (1983), was much-maligned when it opened on Friday, December 16th, 1983. At 97 minutes, it was dismissed as a cursory telling of F. Paul Wilson’s mammoth 1981 novel of the same name. Since then, it has acquired somewhat of a cult following, and even received a letterboxed laserdisc release …

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The disappearance of Michael Mann's The Keep

Padraig Cotter Jan 5, 2017

Michael Mann has all-but-disowned The Keep. But why? And how has the fanbase kept it going?

Every auteur has a black sheep in their filmography. Something which doesn’t gel with their established style, and was rejected by critics and fans upon release. On this front Spielberg has 1941, Oliver Stone has The Hand, Brian De Palma has Wiseguys and so on.

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Michael Mann has the crown jewel of them all. He's a director best known for his precise, beautifully shot thrillers like Heat, Manhunter or The Insider. So how a director famed for his commitment to realism and methodical research ended up crafting a gothic horror movie set during World War II is anyone’s guess.

That’s what happened with 1983’s The Keep,
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Novelization of Clive Barker’s Next Testament Comic Book Series Announced for 2017 Release

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When its first issue was released in 2013, Clive Barker's Next Testament comic book series introduced readers to a vengeful God through the lens of the great imaginer. While the final issue of the ambitious Boom! Studios series came out in 2014, the story will come to life once again in a new novelization by Barker's creative collaborator, Mark Alan Miller.

Scheduled for a 2017 release from Earthling Publications, the Next Testament novel will feature a foreword, cover, and interior art by Barker, with an introduction by prolific author F. Paul Wilson.

Copies of the hardcover version of this novel will be extremely limited, with only 350 gift copies, 100 deluxe copies, and 15 lettered copies being released. Below, we have the story's official synopsis and a look at Barker's cover art. To learn more, visit:

From Earthling Publications: "The novelization of the acclaimed Boom! Studios comic book series!
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NYC: The Keep to Screen as Part of BAMcinematek’s Michael Mann Series

Michael Mann’s The Keep to screen in NYC. Fans of maverick filmmaker Michael Mann’s surreal and critically lambasted adaptation of F. Paul Wilson’s novel The Keep, know that the film came out in 1983 and promptly bombed. Since then, it has amassed a very serious cult following and a documentary about the picture is even…

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Watch: Vintage 22-Minute Featurette On 'The Keep,' Michael Mann Says He Wishes He Could Make It Again

This January will see the release of “Blackhat,” Michael Mann’s first feature-length directorial outing in six years. With his big screen drought finally over, let’s turn back the clock and see what the Chicago-born director was like in the beginning of his career, as he was shooting his second theatrical film, “The Keep.” Released in the winter of 1983, Mann’s adaptation of F. Paul Wilson’s horror novel marked a conscious effort to break away from aspects of his previous work “Thief” and the TV movie “Jericho Mile.” In the run up to the film’s release, British program “The Electric Theatre Show” aired a nearly half-hour special on Mann that featured the director not only talking about his decision to take on —or transcend— the horror genre, but also his entire career up until that point. As always, Mann makes for a thoughtful interview subject and speaks
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New Horror Fiction Titles Available from Cemetery Dance Publications

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New Horror Fiction Titles Available from Cemetery Dance Publications
Cemetery Dance is one of the longest running and most well-known horror publishers in the game. They recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of their acclaimed horror magazine. Here are some noteworthy books to add to your reading to-do list:     December Park by Ronald Malfi: Signed limited editions of this chilling novel are now available, but will be sold out soon. December Park tells the story of several young friends and the horrors they unearth while searching for a young girl's killer.     Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Signed limited edition copies of the best-selling novel are available, but they're going fast. Gone Girl (soon to be a major motion picture) tells the story of Nick Dunne, a seemingly innocent man blamed for his wife's sudden disappearance. [Note: cover art shown above is from the Standard Edition.]     Sometimes, Cemetery Dance sells other publisher's books like The Hogben Chronicles by Henry Kuttner: 500 special-edition copies will be available from Cemetery Dance, but
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Idw Announces Two New Horror Anthologies Coming in April 2014 - In the Dark and Libretto

If you dig comics and anthologies and know the names Steve Niles, Tim Seeley, Brian Keene, Ben Templesmith, Christopher Mitten, and menton3, then read on for the first word on In the Dark and Libretto Volume 1: Vampirism, heading our way in April.

Actually, the authors listed above just barely scratch the surface of all the talent involved in these two diverse publications so be sure to check out the full details, cover art, and pre-order info below.

In the Dark Description:

The terror tome that has all the horror hounds frothing, In the Dark, is poised to make its debut this April! Featuring top writers and artists from the comic book industry, In the Dark contains over 20 all-new, original horror stories that you’ll want to read with the lights on.

In the Dark launched as a Kickstarter project put together by Anathema scribe Rachel Deering last year and
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Idw to Publish ‘In The Dark’ Horror Anthology

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It has been announced that Idw will publish In The Dark, a new comic collection that features more than 20 original horror stories:

“San Diego, CA (January 9, 2013) – The terror tome that has all the horror hounds frothing, In The Dark, is poised to make its debut this April! Featuring top writers and artists from the comic-book industry, In The Dark contains over 20 all-new, original horror stories that you’ll want to read with the lights on.

In The Dark launched as a Kickstarter project put together by Anathema scribe Rachel Deering last year, and successfully doubled the intended target goal for the project. Assembled and edited by Deering, In The Dark dives into a myriad of sinister horror stories from writers including Justin Jordan, Cullen Bunn, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Taylor, Tim Seeley, Brian Keene, F. Paul Wilson, Ed Brisson, Marguerite Bennett, Valerie D’Orazio, Paul Tobin, James Tynion IV,
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Book Review: 'Midnight Symphony' Edited by Robert Swartwood

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When going through the new eBook releases this week, I ran into the anthology Midnight Symphony: 10 Novellas of Horror & Suspense edited by Robert Swartwood. I read through the contents of this huge book and immediately hit the buy button. It is an absolute steal at $0.99 (or £0.77 in the UK)!

This eBook is much longer than most books or novels, and it is filled to the rim with horror goodness! It is a collection of 10 novellas from some of the top indie names in the business. Kealan Patrick Burke, F. Paul Wilson, Tim Lebbon, Brian James Freeman... Oh heck, here, let me list the contents out for you real quick (with some quick comments by me):

"The Tent" by Kealan Patrick Burke (a creepy camping tale that is a must read for outdoorsmen…fun for the whole family…mmmwwwoooohaha!)

"The Painted Darkness" by Brian James Freeman (I've read this story
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Book Review: 'Mister October' Volume I edited by Christopher Golden

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When author Rick Hautala passed away unexpectedly in March of this year, his friend and fellow writer Christopher Golden wasted little time in initiating a tribute anthology. The project would quickly evolve into a two-volume set titled Mister October.

Golden’s haste was about more than celebrating Hautala’s legacy. Golden knew something that few others were aware of at the time: Hautala, successful and respected as he was, was not immune to the financial pitfalls of the professional writer’s life, and he’d been forced to let his life insurance lapse a short time before his death. He left behind a family that was going to need a little help, and Golden worked hard to make sure they would get it. A vast array of writers answered his call for stories with an amazing assortment of classic gems, rare reprints and a few never-before-published tales. JournalStone stepped up
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Publisher Eric Beebe Talks Clive Barker, Joe Hill and Killer Anthologies

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Publisher Eric Beebe Talks Clive Barker, Joe Hill and Killer Anthologies
Eric Beebe is the publisher of Post Mortem Press, a relatively new and fast-growing small press company. To date, they've published anthologies featuring Clive Barker, Joe Hill, F. Paul Wilson and many others. Eric took some time out of his schedule to talk exclusively to FEARnet about anthologies and what it's like working with famous authors.

You started Post Mortem Press in 2010. It's pretty well-respected now. How did you go about doing that?

I don't know. I mean, I think it's because when we set out to do this, I was coming off of a corporate America job that didn't seem to have much respect for its employees and I thought, “You know, if I have a company I'm going to make sure I treat everybody how I would want to be treated.” Kind of a simple thing. But as we've all learned, just as recently as a few weeks ago,
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Michael Mann's "The Keep"

Available for viewing all this weekend, Sneak Peek director Michael Mann's rarely seen classic 1983 horror thriller "The Keep", with music by Tangerine Dream, starring Ian McKellen, Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow and Alberta Watson, based on author F. Paul Wilson's novel of the same name :

"...within an uninhabited citadel in World War II Romania lies entrapped a dangerous entity named 'Radu Molasar'. 

"The inner walls of the citadel contain 108 T-shaped icons, made of nickel. 

"When the German Army occupies the castle to control the 'Dinu Mountain Pass' following the commencement of 'Operation Barbarossa', Molasar is unleashed by a pair of looting soldiers who identify one glowing icon as being made of silver..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Keep"...
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Review: The Barrens

The Pine Barrens of New Jersey and the Jersey Devil have been the inspiration for many films and books over the years. F. Paul Wilson’s collection of short stories, The Barrens and Others comes to mind, as does Dante Tomaselli’s film Satan’s Playground.

The appeal of this legend isn’t so much Mrs. Leeds, who gives birth to Satan’s child, but the location of said horrors. New Jersey’s Pine Barrens is a dense forest more than a million acres in size. As man becomes more urban and modern, nature becomes scarier and more isolating. What else could possibly be lurking out there?

Richard Vineyard (Stephen Moyer) is taking his family on a camping trip in order to scatter his father’s ashes on a lake in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, a place the two spent some happy times when Richard was a child.
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Peter Weir's next film will venture into The Keep

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Director Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master And Commander) will make his next film an adaptation of Jennifer Egan's novel The Keep. I know many movie fans may have been thinking I meant this version of The Keep, but this is an entirely different Keep. I actually stumbled upon Egan's novel when ordering the F. Paul Wilson novel off of Amazon. Since they share the same title, I thought this would be worth a shot. The Egan novel is about two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood...
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Book Review: 'Floating Staircase' by Ronald Malfi

Ronald Malfi, author of Snow, Shamrock Alley, Borealis, and The Ascent, has for years been a rising star in the horror genre. His books are a surreal blend of mystery and horror that are as rewarding as they are entertaining. His lyricism and sense of character stand with the very best of the genre, and though I am hesitant to make comparisons, one cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub, Chet Williamson, F. Paul Wilson, and Stephen King when reading. His latest, the Bram Stoker Award nominated Floating Staircase, is no exception, and is undoubtedly the best he's produced. It's the story of horror novelist Travis Glasgow, who moves with his wife into an old house in Westlake, Maryland. Soon after, strange...
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Three Horror World Reviews: 'Vacation', 'Heart of Glass', and 'Nine Frights'

Vacation  by  Matthew  CostelloThomas  Dunne  Books;  2011;  320  pgs;  $24.99  Us Welcome to Paterville!  Family getaway for all away from it all.  In this "anti-zombie" tale from master storyteller Matt Costello, the future isn't very bright.   In fact, his so-called "vacation" turns out to be anything but relaxing; thankfully, readers benefit plenty from his near-future hell. Costello has yet to pen a bad novel, from Wurm to Homecoming to Nowhere, and collaborations with F. Paul Wilson only bring out the other's strengths.  After succeeding in videogame battlegrounds (Rage and 7th Guest fame), he returns to a...
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'The Keep' Review

by Michael Sieber,

During WWII, a squad of Nazi soldiers are sent to a small Romanian village to guard a large, stone fortress. Once inside, they notice that the walls are embedded with hundreds of silver crosses, and the keep's caretaker warns them not to stay.

Captain Klaus Woermann, however, is not scared of the superstition surrounding the ancient structure and orders his men to set up a generator and lighting system so they can secure the fortress. Embedded within the walls of the keep are hundreds of metallic crosses, which Woermann's men believe are silver.

Thinking they are going to strike it rich, two of the men begin to pry one of the crosses out of the stone, but end up unleashing an ancient evil force that begins to kill the soldiers. With bodies piling. Woermann makes a call to his superiors and asks that he and
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Don't Touch the Silver Crosses: The Keep (1983) Review

In the grand year of 1981, a book came out. Now, the words you just read are nothing extraordinary, but the book that came out is what I consider to be the greatest book of all time. F. Paul Wilson's The Keep was an extraordinary piece of literary achievement that cannot be matched by anyone to this day. It's a strikingly good Gothic horror novel that's fast-paced and filled with the best descriptions I have ever read. Wilson doesn't get boring b…
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Michael Mann Retrospective - The Keep (1983)

The Keep, 1983.

Written and Directed by Michael Mann.

Starring Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Ian McKellen, Alberta Watson, Robert Prosky, Morgan Sheppard, Royston Tickner, Michael Carter and Bruce Payne.


A detachment of the German army is sent to guard a mysterious and strategically important Romanian citadel. When they start turning up dead, the S.S. is sent in to investigate.

Michael Mann briefly left the crime genre for the supernatural thriller The Keep, written by novelist F. Paul Wilson. “I'd just done a street movie, Thief,” explained the acclaimed filmmaker. “A very stylized street movie but nevertheless stylized realism. You can make it wet, you can make it dry, but you're still on "street." And I had a big need, a big desire, to do something almost similar to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, where I could deal with something that was non-realistic and create the reality.
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Will we ever see The Keep on Blu-ray?

One of director Michael Mann’s most underrated movies, The Keep is a great fantasy horror that, Rob argues, deserves to be seen in HD...

Nobody does mood like Michael Mann. When it comes to a stylistic approach to filmmaking, the director of‘The Last Of The Mohicans and Heat has, through a thirty-odd year career, produced a visual flavour all of his own. Nobody does brooding cityscapes and saturated establishing shots like he can. Streets of various metropolises are a playground for gangsters, hustlers and heroes, as they swagger, sunglasses in hand, through tight scripts and tense action sequences.

So, it's a surprise, then, to know that, along with his love for realistic gritty urban sprawls filled with long lingering sunsets and the lowlifes that inhabit them, while cutting his teeth style-wise, Mann actually directed a fantasy film.

Back in 1983, Mann moved away from his love affair with urban American crime (although,
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