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Horror Highlights: Cavity Colors’ Bio-Exorcist Shirts, Demons and Demons 2 NYC Screenings, Fright Bites

"It's showtime, Daily Deaders, Betelgeuse, here. You know what you could do for me, well, besides saying my name three times, is, uh, check out these photos of my Cavity Colors shirt at the top of this Horror Highlights thing." Okay, that was weird... seems like Betelgeuse somehow took over for a hot second. We're all good now! Readers can also look forward to details on the Demons 2 screening in NYC and Film4 and All 4's Fright Bites short films.

Cavity Colors' Beetlejuice-Inspired Bio-Exorcist Shirts: From Cavity Colors: "Our newest *limited edition* clothing release arrives! We've teamed up with artist Kyle Hotz (@kylehotzcomics) to re-create everyone's favorite cartoon Bio-Exorcist, but in a gloriously grotesque and spooky manner for Halloween! I did the colors, and he did the linework. Set those reminders! These are limited to 300 only, on T-shirts, Tanktops, and Crewneck Sweatshirts! Once it's gone, it's gone forever!"

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Demons (1985)

Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them. – Pauline Kael.

The above quote from the late, legendary American film critic Kael was most certainly not referring to Lamberto Bava’s Demons (1985), but a lot of films in our beloved genre bow to this description. Demons is great trash – it wants nothing more to assault your senses with a barrage of images and sound for 88 minutes before you even know what hit you, and does so while breathing that rarified Italian air.

But I’m sure she was referring to a film like Demons – one made with a ton of style, by a filmmaker impassioned with his chosen topic, as ridiculous as that plays on the screen. And make no mistake, Demons is ridiculous; as a matter of fact, it starts there before rapidly ascending to the sublime.
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Halloween happenings by Jennie Kermode

Dawn Of The Dead, screening in Cardiff with live musical accompaniment by the legendary Goblin.

It's that time of year again, when the things that go bump in the night get ready to party, the bats leave the bell tower and the skeletons start to shuffle in their graves. Yes, Halloween is almost here, and as usual there are some fantastically frightening film events to enjoy at locations all around the country. If you're ready for a seasonal scare, check out our listings.

Belfast 27th - Hobgoblins, Beanbag Cinema.

Birmingham 26th to 29th - Brian Yuzna will be at City University to introduce screenings of Beyond Re-ainmator and Romasanta as well as discussing plans for a new horror film academy. 31st - The Phantom Of The Opera with live score composed by Mark Willetts and performed by the Black Country Guitar Quartet, the Mac.

Camberley 30th - The Exorcist, Camberley Theatre.
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Post-Mortem: Breaking down our Ultimate Horror Movie Poll

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Post-Mortem: Breaking down our Ultimate Horror Movie Poll
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman.  For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader,
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Halloween cinema special

Roll up for the best of this year’s Halloween horror cinema, from the Dead & Breakfast all-nighter in Derby to The Exorcist with added ouija board experience in Muswell Hill

To the traditional sounds of Halloween – screams of terror, groans of pain, revving chainsaws, retching in the aisles and the like – come some more tuneful emanations this hallowed eve. Film-plus-live-music events are this season’s must-have, it seems. The perennial Chills In The Chapel, at Islington’s Union Chapel, has been doing this for a while. This year it brings electronic composer and John Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth to preside over doomful synth accompaniment to Escape From New York (Fri), and a medley of clips from the Halloween franchise (31 Oct). In a similar vein, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin perform their score to a screening of giallo classic Profondo Rosso live for the climax of Sheffield’s gruesomely varied Celluloid Screams horror festival this Sunday.
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The Rise and Fall of Dario Argento

When discussing the arthouse-inflected new wave of Giallo last week, the elephant in the room failed to be mentioned- the downward decline of the genre’s spiritual godfather, Dario Argento. The remake of his 1977 genre benchmark Suspiria is being made with his blessing (he is on board the project as a producer), another sign that he is one of the few classic horror directors unafraid of having new directors reinterpret his back catalogue. He himself even tried to remake his 1975 film Deep Red in 3D at the turn of the decade, only to be refused financing after the latest in a string of critical and commercial backfires.

Both of these facts point to the idea of a director who is permanently stuck in the past, with a stubborn refusal to adapt to modern horror trends; even whilst still directing Giallo movies, he retains the old school exploitation aesthetic that alludes
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I, Madman

We've all wished we could change our appearance to attract some desired object of our affections. Demented Malcolm Brand takes the notion seriously. Since his face doesn't charm lovely Virginia, he'll make himself a new one -- stealing facial features from Virginia's favorite friends. With a straight razor. I, Madman Savant Blu-ray Review Scream (Shout!) Factory 1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date July 21, 2015 / 24.97  Starring Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook, Stephanie Hodge, Michelle Jordan. Cinematography Bryan England Production Designer Matthew C. Jacobs, Ron Wilson Visual Effects Jim Aupperle, Randall William Cook Film Editor Marcus Manton Original Music Michael Hoenig Written by David Chaskin Produced by Rafael Eisenman Directed by Tibor Takács

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

A rich vein of horror seldom tapped in the movies is to be found in vintage pulp magazines, the kind of bone-chilling 'dread' stories that make one feel insecure and off-balance. This 1989 release from
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Phantom of the Paradise | Blu-ray Review

Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the Paradise. A glam-rock musical that’s enjoyed a sizeable cult following after an initial muted theatrical release, it represents the filmmaker’s most enjoyable attempt at comedy in this vintage satire about consumerism vs. creative control.

On the eve of unveiling his glam rock palace The Paradise, cutthroat music mogul Swan is struggling with how to open with just the right song to be performed by doo-wop group the Juicy Fruits (modeled after Sha Na Na). When Swan hears the music of aspiring singer songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finely, a De Palma regular), he decides he wants his music, an epic cantata modernizing Faust, but not the man. After his tunes are stolen, the songwriter tries to barge his way into Swan’s rehearsals but is thrown out,
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1925 Phantom of the Opera Coming from One Way Static Records

One Way Static Records announced it will be releasing a score for the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera (directed by Rupert Julian) conducted by The Laze. Pre-orders are now available via One Way's website. The score is being offered up on vinyl, CD and cassette. One Way describes the The Laze as "an amazing 7 piece band bringing you a great score in the vein of Goblin & Carpenter mixed with nervous classical music and Baroque Dance." Luke Insect is responsible for the art created for this release.

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'Spider-Man 2': How did they create Rhino and destroy Times Square? -- Exclusive GIFs

'Spider-Man 2': How did they create Rhino and destroy Times Square? -- Exclusive GIFs
When the Sony Pictures Imageworks special-effects team got the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they quickly realized that with great box-office comes even greater responsibility for technical wizardry. The scope of the sequel was much bigger than Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot, and in contrast to the numerous night action sequences that dominated the first film, the new movie would extensively showcase Spider-Man slinging through New York in broad daylight, an entirely new set of creative challenges. “For some of the shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city , the computer could take 40 hours to render one frame of the city of New York,
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Red Band Trailer And Poster For Meat Loaf Comedy Horror ‘Stage Fright’

Bloody musicals… Here is the old school poster and first red band trailer for musical comedy horror Stage Fright starring Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver.

In what looks like Phantom Of The Opera directed by Dario Argento, this blood soaked romp tells the story of a kabuki mask wearing killer terrorising a snobby musical theatre camp. Camp being the operative word. There are lots of quips, creative slayings and enjoyable references to it’s forebears; Meat Loaf was in the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Driver was in the movie adaptation of Phantom. It is written and directed by cult short film maker Jerome Sable, most famous for goofball musical slash-fest the The Legend Of Beaver Dam, to which Stage Fright is a spiritual sequel. Looks like fun.

Stage Fright also stars Allie MacDonald and is released in the Us on 3rd April. No UK release date as yet but we’ll jeep you posted.
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The James Clayton Column: Metallica at the movies

Feature James Clayton 4 Oct 2013 - 06:14

James is off to never never-land, as he considers Metallica: Through The Never and the band's appearances in the movies...

A Metallica movie? Oh yeah? Say f*ck yeah, James! I'm there and I'm throwing up heavy metal horns and headbanging like a maniac. Unfortunately, trying to watch a film and simultaneously make moshpit movements is a tricky feat to pull off.

It raises a distressing dilemma: "to rock out or not to rock out?" It's a little like those moments where you're enjoying a musical and can't resist singing along, except with the Headbanger Hamlet question, there's little chance of you being able to follow what's happening on screen.

You can't properly appreciate, say, the cinematography and nuanced depth of the acting performances with blurred vision and flailing hair in your eyes. Also, as unfortunate possible side effects, you can end up
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'Dexter'-Mania! 3 New Clip + Casting News

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'Dexter'-Mania! 3 New Clip + Casting News
It's been a busy week for Dexter! In anticipation for the upcoming 8th and final season, Showtime has unveiled two new teaser spots, one focusing on Deb, the other Dexter.

David Zayas (who plays Angel) gives us a peek behind-the-scenes and introduces us to his son and stand in.

But first, some casting news: Julian Sands has been brought in to play Miles Foster, a "wealthy international businessman." No further details are being revealed, which I imagine means that he is a major player in the season. Sands has an impressive list of genre credits to his name, including roles in Dario Argento's Phantom of the OperaWarlock, Arachnophobia, Naked Lunch, Boxing Helena, Tale of the Vampire, and Turn of the Screw.

Dexter returns to Showtime for its eighth and final season on June 30th.

Dexter Season 8- Tease - Killer or Innocent Victim Dexter Season 8- Tease -
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Event Report: Paul Williams and Phantom of the Paradise at Museum of the Moving Image

On January 25th the Museum of the Moving Image held a special screening of Phantom of the Paradise with Paul Williams in attendance, and we have for you here all the highlights of the Q&A.

Last year the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive championed the cold hard fact that Paul Williams was, indeed, not dead. You know, Paul Williams. He wrote songs for The Carpenters and The Muppets (even Muppet Otters). He co-starred alongside Jackie Gleason in all the Smokey and the Bandit movies. He was a staple on Carson’s couch during the 70’s.

With his diminutive height, blond pageboy and glasses, he looked like an unlikely star. And by "star" I mean huge—Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winning and a sex symbol to boot. But we horror folks remember him best from Brian De Palma’s 1974 box office failure-cum-cult classic Phantom of the Paradise. Not only
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Guest Blog: Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie Interviews Artist Dave Stewart

Time for another installment in our guest blog series in which Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie interviews some of the best and most prolific contributors to the horror genre. On tap today we have the multiple Eisner Award winning colorist Dave Stewart.

Scott Allie: You color all the Mike Mignola books, as many as three a month, and Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Fatale for Image. That’s a significant portion of the horror comics on the market. Do you feel an affinity for the horror genre?

Dave Stewart: There is something really fun about giving people the willies. I really enjoy good horror. There’s nothing like coloring the perfect creepy mood or a nice gory monster.

Sa: Why do you think you and Mignola clicked so well? You, his wife, and I are his longest lasting relationships.

DS: Well, I think I’ve always been willing
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Six Killer Horror Soundtracks to Rattle Your Bones

Did you know how many horror movies that have completely forgettable music will still end up with a soundtrack available for purchase? I can't tell you the amount of times I've gotten to the end of the credits of a terrible movie and saw "Soundtrack available on ________ records."

I can't help but be baffled that someone would want all those songs in one place. Other times, the soundtrack available for a horror movie is a compilation of songs either written for or inspired by the movie written by artists that reflect the tone of the movie. Other times, however, the music that accompanies a horror film so perfectly matches the tone of the movie you can't imagine any other music being sufficient, and even listening to that music on its own is enough to give you the creeps. The following soundtracks are the ones that no matter where you are or what you're doing,
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with the latest installment of our Indie Spotlight. Today’s feature includes two book reviews from Derek Botelho, Japanese zombie craziness, a scarecrow shirt design, and more:

Mile High Horror Film Festival: Taking place in Denver this October, the 2012 Mile High Horror Film Festival is now open for film submissions:

“The festival is accepting submissions for four categories, including feature length, short films, animated films running less than 50 minutes, and local Colorado films. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit early.

This year’s film festival will run October 5-7, 2012 at Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, located at 2510 East Colfax in Denver, Co. An IMDb-qualifying festival, the festival’s mission is to showcase the best in independent horror film. The 2011 festival featured more than 30 films from 11 countries. Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Horror Film was given to guest Michael Berryman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The Hills Have Eyes
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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 5 – The Results Are In

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Ricky D (5 viewings) Total of 76 viewings



Spirits Of The Dead (Histoires extraordinaires)

Directed by Federico Fellini (segment Toby Dammit), Louis Malle (segment William Wilson), Roger Vadim (segment Metzengerstein)

France, 1968

First thing to notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini,
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25 Best Horror Films / Thrillers of 2011 (so far)

Filmmakers have continued to push boundaries and find new innovative ways to elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. Since Alfred Hitchcock directors strived to provoke viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Although a good deal of it is about the supernatural, others have focused more on a plot about morbidity, serial killers, a disease/virus outbreak, surrealism and more. This year we see vampires, outbreaks, poltergeists, aliens, zombies, and psychological horror/character studies featured on our list.

What is considered to be a horror film has varied from decade to decade. These days, the term “horror” is applied to films which display more explicit gore, jump scenes/scares or supernatural content whereas early horror movies were largely based on classic literature of the gothic/horror genre, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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Day 29 "worst horror movie" of the 30 day horror challenge

Waxwork II: Lost in Time There are many horror films in my collection that I absolutely loathe. I love Dario Argento’s work, yet hated and cannot stomach his version of The Phantom of the Opera. I hated the follow-up to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake “The Beginning”. It almost insults fans of the series with how bland and generic it was. I loved Robert Rodriguez’s “Planet Terror”. However, for the first time I could not stand a Tarantino film. I despised “Death Proof”. I realize some would argue with me on that last one. I could talk all day about the horror films I hate, but my all time least favorite horror film goes to…

Waxwork II: Lost in Time is my least favorite horror film of all time. I loved the original. The original film was such a great genre movie. It took place in a wax
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