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James Karen Has Passed Away

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Whether you know him as Mr. Teague from Poltergeist, Frank from The Return of the Living Dead, or even Nathan Lassiter from Little House: The Last Farewell, James Karen was as versatile, prolific, and talented an actor as they come, and we're sad to share the news that he has passed away at the age of 94.

Multiple sources have shared the sad news of James' passing, including The Hollywood Reporter, who mention that his wife, Alba, confirmed the news that James passed away at his house in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 23rd.

With over 200 credits on IMDb in an acting career that spanned eight decades, James was a frequent presence on both the big and small screens for an entire lifetime. While he worked in many genres throughout his career, James held a special place in horror lovers' hearts for his memorable roles in a variety of films and TV series,
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Classic Horror Origins: The Invisible Man

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Everyone may know of The Invisible Man, but how many of them actually know where he came from? This quick recap will give you the facts you need to know regarding one of the horror genre’s most enduring characters.

The modern horror film can trace its roots back to the experimentation of German expressionist filmmaking in the second decade of the 20th century. The country’s filmmakers were especially influenced by the breakout of Wwi in 1916. During the war, Berlin became isolated, and there was increased demand for locally produced films. A depressed national sentiment associated with the war as well the resulting sociological and economic impact on domestic life resulted in films that depicted human psychological distress, darkness, and surrealism. The birth of the horror genre came from the rejection of the romantic themes typically found in films of the time period. While there had been films with
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The Invisible Man Complete Legacy Collection

Paranoid, vengeful, with skin so thin you can see through it, The Invisible Man is the most nakedly neurotic of Universal’s classic monsters (beating out Larry Talbot by a hair). That said, this particular monster was something of a one-note character yet the diligent creators behind the subsequent sequels did their best to introduce a little variety into his act. Those films have just been released in a new Blu-ray set containing the original 1933 classic, the four sequels and the invisible one’s 1951 run-in with Abbott and Costello, all in immaculate transfers from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The Invisible Man Complete Legacy Collection

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment

1933, ‘40, ‘41, ‘42, ‘44, ‘51/ 1.33:1 / Street Date August 28, 2018

Starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Vincent Price, Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, Jon Hall

Cinematography by Arthur Edeson, Milton Krasner

Directed by James Whale, Joe May, Ford Beebe

The story of a mild-mannered scientist driven mad by his own experiments,
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August 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-film Collection, Brainscan, Upgrade, The Horror Of Party Beach

Classic monster movies fans, get those wallets ready, because Tuesday has plenty of awesomeness on tap for you that you’re not going to want to miss out on. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has an abundance of titles arriving on August 28th, led by their brand new Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection, as well as the Complete Legacy Collections for both the original The Creature From the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man film series.

As if that wasn’t enough, Universal is also reissuing a bunch of other titles, including four different Child’s Play sequels, three Psycho follow-ups, and the latest from Leigh Whannell, Upgrade, featuring Logan Marshall-Green doing all sorts of badass things to a bunch of bad guys.

Scream Factory has given the cult classic Brainscan the HD treatment this week, Mvd is shining the spotlight on Bram Stoker’s Shadowbuilder with their Blu/DVD combo pack,
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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 18

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Above: 1986 Japanese poster for She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, USA, 1986).In the ten months since I last did a round-up of the most popular posters on Movie Poster of the Day, two things have happened. I’ve slacked off a bit: after running the site since November 2011 and posting one poster every single day for years, in the past year I’ve let my self-appointed task slide a little and have been posting more sporadically. And at the same time it seems that Tumblr is starting to atrophy. At its height my site had over 300,000 followers—it still does officially, but I would guess that a large percentage of those people are no longer still on Tumblr or rarely check their feed. I’m often asked why I don’t up sticks and move to Instagram instead, but while I love Instagram for personal stuff, Tumblr is still
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Catalog From The Beyond: The Invisible Man (1933)

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After a little over a year of doing this column, I think you and I have a pretty good thing going. If you’ve come this far and are still willing to follow my incessant ramblings, I think our relationship can survive a wee confession: hard as I try, I just cannot get into the Universal Monsters movies. Don’t get me wrong, I value them for laying the foundations of the horror genre, but when it comes to actually watching them, I just don’t find them as engaging as more modern films.

Take, for example, James Whale’s iconic Frankenstein. This is a movie that defined gothic horror and created the look for Frankenstein’s monster that would be ingrained in our collective consciousness for generations. I’m a huge fan of the film’s visual aesthetic and the notion of a sympathetic villain is one that always resonates with me.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ ‘Creep 2,’ ‘Atomic Blonde,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch)

There’s a bargain underlying the whole of Atomic Blonde, wherein director David Leitch wavers between its more cheeky qualities and its adherence to the conventions of generic spy fare. The film is, by definition, “cool” in every sense. Despite some wonky plotting best described as Diet John le Carré and a heavy-handed soundtrack that occasionally gets in its own way, Charlize Theron plows full
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Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’

Edgar Wright’s 100 Favorite Horror Movies, From ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘The Witch’
Your ultimate Halloween horror movie binge is here. Edgar Wright has joined forces with Mubi to list his 100 favorite horror movies, and the collection is full of classics and surprising choices that range from 1922 to 2016. The director, who himself has given the genre a classic title thanks to “Shaun of the Dead,” names recent horror hits like “Raw,” “The Witch,” and “Train to Busan,” as well as classics from horror masters James Whale and Mario Bava.

Read More:Edgar Wright’s 40 Favorite Movies Ever Made (Right Now): ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Suspiria’ and More

Wright wrote an introduction to his list, in which he makes it clear this is simply a list of 100 favorite titles and not his definitive list of the best horror films ever. You can read Wright’s statement below:

Here, for Halloween, is a chronological list of my favorite horror movies. It’s not in any way
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Et Obsessions: ‘Stranger Things 2,’ Tom Hanks’ Animated Special and More Halloween Thrills!

Et Obsessions: ‘Stranger Things 2,’ Tom Hanks’ Animated Special and More Halloween Thrills!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and this is what we’re most excited about as we gear up for Halloween:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Stranger Things 2’

The Duffer Brothers’ surprise hit Netflix series is back with a second season -- and it doesn’t disappoint! The residents of Hawkins, Indiana -- namely, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Will (Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) -- find themselves dealing with the unexpected repercussions of the events of season one as new neighbors (Max and Billy, played by Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, and Sean Astin as Bob) and new frights (we can’t say here!) arrive in their nostalgia-filled world. And for those keeping track, expect plenty of nods and references to everything from The Exorcist and Ghostbusters to Jurassic Park and Lost. And while you wait for the new season to premiere, we recommend streaming
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Horror Highlights: New Splathouse Podcast Episode, Sightings Q&A, Aliens: Zone Of Silence, Contest from Comet TV, Mansfield 66/67, Zombie Doctor, Have You Any Fear?

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The Splathouse podcast team heads to Haddonfield with their new episode on Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, and you can listen to it in today's Horror Highlights. We also have a Q&A with the writer/director of Sightings, a new prize pack contest from our friends at Comet TV, a trailer for Aliens: Zone of Silence, release details and a trailer for the stranger than fiction documentary Mansfield 66/67, a look at Line Webtoon's horror anthology comic series, and details on the Kickstarter campaign for the Zombie Doctor tabletop game.

Listen to a New Episode of the Splathouse Podcast: From Splathouse: "One, two, Chucky’s coming for you, pinhead!

This week the goobs at Splathouse watched Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995) and just barely survived! Pervy Paul (Don’t Call Me Stephen) Rudd, culty runes/ruins/ruse, miraculous household appliances, and the lack of any coherency: This movie has it all!
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The Old Dark House — 1932

It’s a genuine Universal horror classic that to my knowledge has never been available in a decent presentation — but The Cohen Group has come through with a nigh-perfect Blu-ray, both image and sound. Karloff is creepy, Gloria Stuart lovely and Ernest Thesiger is at his most delightfully fruity. And the potato lobby should be pleased, too.

The Old Dark House (1932)

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The Cohen Group

1932 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 72 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / 25.99

Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Rebecca Femm, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, John (actually Elspeth) Dudgeon, Brember Wills.

Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Film Editor: Clarence Kolster

Special Makeup: Jack Pierce

Written by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J. B. Priestley

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

Directed by James Whale

I suppose fans of horror films will forever hope that some pristine copy of the lost 1927 London After Midnight will someday appear.
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Bride of Frankenstein Wants Gal Gadot to Replace Angelina Jolie

Bride of Frankenstein Wants Gal Gadot to Replace Angelina Jolie
Yesterday, Universal Pictures yanked Bride of Frankenstein from its February 14, 2019 release date and off its release schedule entirely, which lead some to speculate that the studio's nascent Dark Universe is already in big trouble. Now we have word that Angelina Jolie, who has been rumored for some time as the title character but never officially confirmed, may be backing away from the project, but if she does, director Bill Condon reportedly wants to bring on Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) to take her place. While nothing is official quite yet, it could mark quite the interesting development for this project, and the Dark Universe as a whole.

Shortly before the release of the first FR59n8qk1MWA87|+Dark Universe movie, The Mummy, Universal released a photo featuring The Mummy stars Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet) and Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyl) but it also confirmed Javier Bardem as
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New Bride Of Frankenstein Pulled from Universal’s Release Schedule

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With the awakening of Ahmanet in The Mummy, the Universal Monsters universe was reborn, and the next film in the "Dark Universe" was slated to be Bride of Frankenstein. Although pre-production on the film was underway in London, with production slated to start in February, the project is now on hold, with its 2019 release date pulled from Universal's schedule.

Deadline reports that pre-production on Bride of Frankenstein in London has been halted so that changes can be made to the screenplay.

Bill Condon (2017's Beauty and the Beast) is set to direct the film from a screenplay by David Koepp, and it's unclear if Koepp or another writer will be working on the updates to the screenplay.

It had been reported that the studio had interest in having Angelia Jolie play the titular character, but an official announcement has yet to be made, although Javier Bardem was announced in May to play Frankenstein's monster.
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Bill Condon Offers Up New Details On Bride Of Frankenstein Remake

Things aren’t looking too good for Universal’s Dark Universe.

As is standard for Hollywood’s interwoven franchises, the studio ran the risk of putting the cart before the horse by announcing big-budget fantasy flicks based on cinema’s most iconic creatures – think The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster – long before The Mummy became the first domino to fall. That was back in June, and after swallowing a financial hit in excess of $95 million, it’s clear that Universal’s classic monsters universe has endured a rocky start.

Where things will go from here remains to be seen, but the studio isn’t letting the beating that their franchise starter took over the summer get them down. Far from it, in fact. As mentioned above, plans have already been mapped out for a rather large shared universe, one that will, through time, carve out room for The Phantom of the Opera,
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Official Trailer for 'The Old Dark House' Restoration Showing at Nyff

"Here we are, six people sitting around." Cohen Media Group has released an official trailer for a restored version of the 1932 comedy horror classic The Old Dark House, directed by filmmaker James Whale (of the original horror classics Frankenstein and The Invisible Man). The new restoration is premiering at the New York Film Festival this weekend, and will hit a few theaters as well throughout October. The story is about a group of five travelers who seek shelter in a "foreboding mansion" in Wales that belongs to the extremely strange Femm family. This get weird and wacky as the night goes on and drinking begins. The Old Dark House features Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Ernest Thesiger, Lillian Bond, and Gloria Stuart. This seems like a good classic film to (re)visit during horror season next month. Here's the new trailer (+ poster) for James Whale's The Old Dark House,
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Trailer for Restoration for ‘The Old Dark House,’ from ‘Frankenstein’ Director James Whale

If Hollywood’s horror offerings this October have you feeling unperturbed and disappointed, a restoration of a classic in the genre will help to provide your spook-filled fix. A year after Frankenstein and a year before The Invisible Man, James Whale directed an adaptation of J. B. Priestley’s Benighted, titled The Old Dark House.

Ahead of a screening at Nyff, theatrical run at Quad Cinema, and a Blu-ray release, Cohen Media Group has unveiled a trailer for the restoration, which looks hauntingly gorgeous. Starring Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Eva Moore, Gloria Stuart, Melvyn Douglas, and Raymond Massey, the film follows a group stranded at a mysterious mansion. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Cast from the mold of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and the many gothic tales in its wake, J. B. Priestley’s 1927 novel Benighted was one of the most
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Turner Classic Movies Is Bringing The Horror In October

(Aotn) Turner Classic Movies is bringing the horror next month. Starting on October 1st the channel will be bringing back movies such as the original Cat People and Dracula. Fan’s of classic movies will surely not want to miss this.

If you have ever wanted to know where the band White Zombie got there name be sure to tune in on Halloween morning at 8:30 Am. The Universal Monster’s are sprinkled throughout this marathon and will hopefully delight old school horror fans.

Complete Schedule Below:

Sunday October 1, 2017

8:00 Pm Dracula (1931) 9:30 Pm Dracula’s Daughter (1936) 11:00 Pm Son Of Dracula (1943)

Monday October 2, 2017

12:30 Am Nosferatu (1922)

Tuesday October 3, 2017

8:00 Pm Frankenstein (1931) 9:30 Pm Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) 11:00 Pm The Mummy (1932)

Wednesday October 4, 2017

12:30 Am The Wolf Man (1941) 2:00 Am Island Of Lost Souls (1933) 3:30 Am The Black Cat (1934) 4:45 Am The Invisible Man (1933)

Sunday October 8, 2017

2:00 Am Night
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James Whale’s ‘The Old Dark House’ Getting Restored Blu-ray Release in October

James Whale’s ‘The Old Dark House’ Getting Restored Blu-ray Release in October
Master of horror James Whale, the man behind Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein, arguably kick-started an entire sub-genre with the 1932 gothic horror film The Old Dark House, which paved the way for films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and House of 1000 Corpses. We’ve just learned that Cohen Media […]
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[Podcasts] Test Pattern – Episode 40: Universal Monsters Series – The Invisible Man & Hollow Man

[Podcasts] Test Pattern – Episode 40: Universal Monsters Series – The Invisible Man & Hollow Man
In the latest installment of We Play All the Classics, Jacob and Tab perform a disappearing act with The Invisible Man (1933) and Hollow Man (2000). They reflect on the Universal monster with the highest body count and the surprising lack of quality invisible man follow ups! Subscribe and Listen to Past Episodes: iTunes | Google […]
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It's #InternationalCatDay, So Of Course the Internet Is Celebrating with Its Favorite Feline Memes

It's #InternationalCatDay, So Of Course the Internet Is Celebrating with Its Favorite Feline Memes
Kitties all over the world, join paws. Start a meow train, meow train … because it’s #InternationalCat Day.

We’re not even halfway through this joyous holiday created to recognize the dominion felines hold over the entire Earth, and the Internet is already freaking out.

Since the World Wide Web was essentially created to encourage the viral spread of cat cuteness, it isn’t surprising that #InternationalCatDay is trending on Twitter. And this trend comes bearing gifts (and gifs)!

To celebrate this important calendar moment, cat lovers from across the globe are going to Twitter to share their favorite feline photos,
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