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‘Hereditary’: Even the Artist Who Made Those Scary Dolls Worried the Horror Film Was ‘Too Dark’

‘Hereditary’: Even the Artist Who Made Those Scary Dolls Worried the Horror Film Was ‘Too Dark’
[Editor’s note: This article includes some spoilers for the film “Hereditary.”]

Creepy dolls have always been a mainstay of the horror genre — hell, there’s an entire franchise built around one of them and his delightfully murderous tendencies — but Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” takes the kind of props that have long peppered our collective nightmares and makes them feel fresh and freaky as ever. Aster’s twisted film follows a family reeling from a death that leaves them on the brink of something even more horrific, and much of the film’s action takes place within the Grahams’ sprawling, secret-laden house. That house is also filled with two different kinds of dolls: the sterile miniatures that populate mom Annie’s (Toni Collette) artistic works and the more homespun versions that young daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) crafts in her spare time from random junk and scavenged bits.

Those dolls have been hard to avoid.

After a midnight screening of the much-hyped film
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Christopher Marlowe Movie in the Works From ‘Star Wars’ Producer Gary Kurtz

“Star Wars” producer Gary Kurtz and British crime film director Greg Hall are teaming on an untitled feature film about iconic British poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe.

Kurtz and Hall announced the project on Wednesday, the 425th anniversary of the death of Marlowe at the age of 29. Marlowe is best remembered as William Shakespeare’s friend and rival, but the film will explore the aftermath of his role as a spy for the British crown while a student at Cambridge University.

Marlowe wrote “The Jew of Malta,” “Edward the Second” and “Doctor Faustus.” His death has long been assumed to have been as a result of a fight between friends over a bar bill. But, according to the filmmakers, he was assassinated as a matter of state policy because of his involvement in secret affairs.

The script, by Francis Hamit, details Marlowe’s career as a spy as part of the early English Secret Service,
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Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' Returning to Theaters

Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth' Returning to Theaters
Jim Henson's cult classic Labyrinth, which famously starred David Bowie as the Goblin King, will return to movie theaters April 29th, May 1st and May 2nd.

The screenings are part of a collaboration between the Jim Henson Company, Sony Pictures and Fathom Events. Tickets are on sale now via the Fathom website, where fans can also find participating theaters.

Accompanying the movie will be an introduction from Henson's son, Brian Henson, and Labyrinth star Jennifer Connelly. An excerpt from Henson's acclaimed TV series, The Storyteller, will also air as part of the screening.
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‘Atlanta’ Review: ‘Teddy Perkins’ Is More Nightmarish Than ‘Get Out,’ and We Still Haven’t Recovered

‘Atlanta’ Review: ‘Teddy Perkins’ Is More Nightmarish Than ‘Get Out,’ and We Still Haven’t Recovered
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Atlanta” Season 2, Episode 6 titled “Teddy Perkins.”]

We are shook and yet in awe. “Atlanta” made good on the promise of violence and danger that was laid out in the opening moments of the season with Thursday night’s installment “Teddy Perkins.” The fact that FX announced the episode would air without commercial interruption (and – to the horror of TV critics – without an advance screener) should have been the first indication that something extra special was in the offing. This would turn out to be one of the most disquieting episodes of horror to ever grace a comedy series.

In the Darius-centric episode, “Atlanta’s” mumbling dilettante (Lakeith Stanfield) arrives at a stately but careworn mansion to pick up a special piano with colored keys from Teddy Perkins and Benny Hope, two brothers who shared a musical past and, as viewers soon learn, an abusive father. As the episode wears on,
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Go Beneath the Dark Crystal with Boom! and The Jim Henson Company

Boom! Studios and The Jim Henson Company have announced the upcoming launch of Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal, an all-new twelve issue limited series set to debut in July 2018.

Writer Adam Smith (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special) and rising-star artist Alexandria Huntington unveil a new sequel to the hit film as Kensho arrives at the Crystal Castle where he was once a lowly acolyte and is asked to accept the responsibility as leader of Thra. But he will have to rectify sins of the past before he can decide if he – or anyone – is fit to rule. Meanwhile, the realm of Mithra is being rebuilt by the newly-crowned Ember Queen Thurma, whose own quest to decide the future of her land is thrown into question when another Fireling makes a claim as the true heir to the throne.

The Dark Crystal is undeniably about wonder and hope, a
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Watch Brad Bird's 1980 Pencil Animation Test Trailer For The Spirit

Before Brad Bird made The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, he wanted to make an animated adaptation of the classic comic book The Spirit. To try and sell the idea of an animated adaptation of The Spirit, he created a pencil test trailer and it makes me wish that this film would've happened! 

Bird was working with producers Gary Kurtz and Steven Paul Leiva who worked on the films like Stay Tuned, Space Jam, American Graffiti, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Dark Crystal.

I love the stylized animation and character design and I wish Bird would have been able to make this movie!
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Surges to Top DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Surges to Top DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment again claimed the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended March 10, this time with “Thor: Ragnarok,” while five other newcomers also found their way into the overall top 20.

The latest hit superhero film from the powerhouse Marvel Studios unit had earned $315 million at the domestic box office before debuting at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc Unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The arrival of “Thor:Ragnarok” pushed Disney’s “Coco,” from the Pixar Animation Studio, to No. 2 on both charts after it had debuted on top the week before. “Coco” sold about 39% as many units as “Thor: Ragnarok” during the week.

Dropping a slot to No. 3, also on both charts, was 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” remake.

No. 4 on the overall chart was Lionsgate’s “Wonder,
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March 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Fangs Of The Living Dead, The Strangers, The Dark Crystal Anniversary Edition

March’s home media releases kick off in grand style this week with an eclectic array of horror and sci-fi arrivals, both new and old. Scream Factory has put together a stellar Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of The Strangers and Arrow Video is resurrecting yet another Dario Argento classic in HD with their limited edition celebration of The Cat O’ Nine Tails. My Friend Dahmer also arrives on both formats this Tuesday, and The Dark Crystal is getting a 4K Anniversary Edition release that fans will undoubtedly want to pick up as well.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD titles for March 6th include Thor: Ragnarok, Fangs of the Living Dead, The Crossbreed, Curse of the Mayans, Knights of the Damned, and the House on the Edge of the Park/Last House on Massacre Street (aka The Bride) double feature from Kino Lorber.

The Cat O’ Nine Tales: Limited Edition (Arrow Video,
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‘The Dark Crystal’ 4K Uhd Blu-ray Review

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is a one-of-a-kind experience that has rightfully gained cult classic status since its original release in 1982. Hot off the 35th anniversary comes a timely 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray that takes full advantage of the film's recent 4K remastering effort.

There wasn't a film like The Dark Crystal when it was released and there hasn't been once since. Imagine the highly complex Jabba The Hutt larger-than-life puppet and its many operators from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Now imagine a wholly original fantasy film where every single character is constructed and performed that way.

Beyond The Dark Crystal's artistry from the mind of Henson, artist Brian Froud and legendary Frank Oz is a story as old as time itself. A struggle between good and evil portrayed through the spiritually driven Mystics and their evil counterparts, the hardened and selfish Skeksis. And an unlikely hero
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March 2018 VOD Releases Include Insidious: The Last Key, Mohawk, Eat Me, I Kill Giants, Pyewacket

Happy March, readers! Hard to believe another month is upon us, but that just means we have more new horror movies to look forward to in the coming weeks on various digital and VOD platforms. The month kicks off with both Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk and Midnighters from IFC Midnight on March 2nd, and then just a few days later, a handful of titles are launching digitally, including The Dark Crystal (which is a new transfer of the cult fantasy film), Curse of the Mayans, The Crossbreed, Eat Me, The Terrible Two and Flay.

On March 13th, we have a terror-fueled trio to look forward to—Prodigy, Hell’s Kitty, and Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies —and just a week later both Insidious: The Last Key and Welcome the Stranger come home as well. March’s digital releases wrap up with I Kill Giants, Followers, and Pyewacket (which is
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Jim Henson's Labyrinth Is Returning to Theaters This Spring

Fathom Events has announced their partnership with the Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures to bring Labyrinth back to the big screen in a special 3-day event. Though the movie debuted at number 8 at the box office upon its initial release in 1986, Labyrinth went on to become a cult favorite. The movie stars musician David Bowie and Academy Award Winning actress Jennifer Connelly in one of her earliest roles. While their performances were not praised by critics during the original theatrical run, new reviews have gone on to applaud the work of both Bowie and Connelly.

The new 3-day special screenings of Labyrinth will take place on April 29th, May 1st, and May 2nd with fans being encouraged to come dressed up in costume as The Goblin King and other iconic characters from the movie. As with most Fathom Events screenings, the movie will come with bonus features. Introductions by
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Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie Returns to Theaters This March

For two days only this March, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie returns to movie theaters across the nation at select locations. The digitally remastered version of the 2004 anime box office hit was inspired by the internationally popular Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game, manga and TV series. Presented by Fathom Events and 4K Media Inc., Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will have special showings on Sunday, March 11 at 12:55 p.m. and Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. (all local times). This comes just a few weeks after Fathom Events brings back the classic Jim Henson movie The Dark Crystal back to theaters on February 27 and 28.

In addition to viewing the full-length anime feature, moviegoers will be treated to a sneak peek of the first episode of the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Vrains English-dubbed premiere. Tickets for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie can be purchased online by visiting the Fathom Events website or at participating theater box offices.
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Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is Returning to Theaters in February! Watch The New Trailer

Jim Henson's classic 1982 fantasy epic The Dark Crystal is returning to the big screen next month for a two-night presentation thanks to Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company, and Universal Pictures.

I loved watching the film when I was growing up! It filled me with feelings of both amazement and terror. I haven't seen this movie on the big screen since I was four years old, and even then I have a vague recollection of that experience. Most of my memories come from watching it on VHS.

That being said, being able to watch The Dark Crystal on the big screen again would be an amazing treat! This is one of my favorite films as a kid and now I have a chance to see it in a theater again. I've gotta take advantage of that and I'll have to take my kids to it!

The screenings are set to take place on Sunday,
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Dark Crystal Re-Release Trailer: Jim Henson's Classic Returns Theaters

Fathom Events has announced their partnership with Universal Pictures and the Henson Company to bring The Dark Crystal back into movie theaters for a special 2-day event. The 1982 movie directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz is a childhood favorite for many, which has been watched dozens of times by the most hardcore fans. Netflix has the prequel series Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, on the way, so a repeat viewing of the 80s classic on the big screen might the perfect way to get sucked back into this story of Skeksis and the Mystics.

The 2-day event takes place next month on February 25th and February 28th in 500 theaters all over the United States. In addition to showing The Dark Crystal in its entirety, the movie begins with a brand-new introduction by Lisa Henson who reflects on the making of the truly one-of-a-kind movie. Not only is this special
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The Dark Crystal – Fathom Events on the Big Screen February 25th & 28th

“Kira! Call the animals! You have the gift!”

The unprecedented vision and mythic storytelling of Jim Henson’s 1982 epic fantasy-adventure “The Dark Crystal” returns to cinemas nationwide for a special two-night presentation from Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures. Each screening of “The Dark Crystal” will also feature a brand-new featurette with Lisa Henson, CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company, who reflects on the making of this one-of-a-kind film and its creative legacy.

A milestone in fantasy filmmaking, “The Dark Crystal” was co-directed with Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back). Following its two-day-only theatrical presentation, “The Dark Crystal” will debut on 4K Ultra HD and return to Blu-ray and digital on March 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Who: Fathom Events, The Jim Henson Company and Universal Pictures When: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 p.
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Bleak Life Lessons We’ve Learned From “The Neverending Story”

The ‘80s brought us plenty of childhood nightmare fuel, like the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal and Pee Wee’s Large Marge. But one of the biggest offenders in the “Are you sure this is a children’s movie?” category is, hands-down, The Neverending Story. On its face, the story of a shy unicorn-loving nerd who experiences a magical adventure thanks to a mysterious book should be a slam dunk. Thanks to the extremely worrying imagination of author Michael Ende and a production team who had to figure out how to shoot a literal nothing, we ended up with a parade of

Bleak Life Lessons We’ve Learned From “The Neverending Story
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The Dark Crystal 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital Release Details

The story of The Dark Crystal continues to live on in many forms since its release 35 years ago, which is a sign of a truly timeless narrative. To celebrate the film's recent anniversary, it is being re-released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on March 6th, and we have the complete list of bonus features for the 4K restoration.

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (December 20, 2017) – Revisit the masterful fantasy epic from the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson when The Dark Crystal debuts on 4K Ultra HD and returns to Blu-ray and digital on March 6 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The visually spectacular tale of a young hero who must find a legendary relic in order restore harmony to the universe has been fully restored in 4K from the original camera negative. Additionally, the Blu-ray is housed in a lavish, limited edition 24-page Digibook, complete with rare archival photos and behind-the-scenes stories.
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‘The Dark Crystal’ 4K Debut and Blu-ray Re-release Set for March

Jim Henson's 1982 cult classic The Dark Crystal movie is gearing up for a return to the limelight in 2018 with a new Netflix series, brief return to cinemas this February, and a debut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has locked in March 6th, 2018 as The Dark Crystal 4K Uhd Blu-ray release date in celebration of the film's recent 35th anniversary. On that same date the studio will re-release a Blu-ray version in new digi-book packaging (see above) and a new transfer based off the newly remastered 4K version.

Both the 4K and Blu-ray editions of The Dark Crystal comes with all the legacy bonus features and one all-new extra. 'The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy' takes viewers behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud.

Legacy extras include:

Deleted Scenes

Commentary with Brian Froud

Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track

Original Skeksis
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Horror Highlights: The Dark Crystal 35th Anniversary Vinyl Score, Sightings DVD Contest, Q&A with The Rizen Director Matt Mitchell, A Demon Within

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Jim Henson and Frank Oz's The Dark Crystal recently had its 35th anniversary, and Enjoy the Ride Records is joining the celebration with five deluxe anniversary vinyl versions of Trevor Jones' soaring score for the film. In today's Horror Highlights we also have a DVD giveaway for the new alien film Sightings, a fun Q&A with The Rizen writer/director Matt Mitchell, and the poster and trailer for A Demon Within.

The Dark Crystal 35th Anniversary Vinyl Score: From Enjoy the Ride Records: "In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of The Dark Crystal, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available across five deluxe anniversary edition vinyl variants*, courtesy of The Jim Henson Company and Enjoy The Toons Records. This Deluxe 35th Anniversary Edition is pressed on 180-200 gram limited edition colored vinyl, complete with die-cut center labels** and housed in a 400gsm gatefold jacket. This release
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Jim Henson’s ‘The Dark Crystal’ Is Returning To Theaters For Two Nights Only

It is interesting to note that the cult classic called The Dark Crystal will be making a limited return to the movie theaters in the not so distant future. To be exact, the movie will be shown in a small number of movie theaters on February 25 and February 28, meaning that interested individuals might want to buy tickets for themselves sooner rather than later. With that said, it should be mentioned that The Dark Crystal will be released in a 4K resolution, which should offer movie-goers something new. Furthermore, this new release will be paired with an interview featuring

Jim Henson’s ‘The Dark Crystal’ Is Returning To Theaters For Two Nights Only
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