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Exclusive: Venture Into Pet Sematary’s Darkness With Christopher Young’s “The Wendigo”

The music of Christopher Young has terrified horror fans for years. From his early works on Hellraiser and Invaders From Mars to his ’90s offerings on Tales From the Hood and Urban Legend to more recent titles that include Drag Me to Hell and Sinister, Young’s work has touched horror fans across generations. He is […] The post Exclusive: Venture Into Pet Sematary’s Darkness With Christopher Young’s “The Wendigo” appeared first on Dread Central.
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The Creepy Tales We Know Are Featured in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie - So Far

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The Creepy Tales We Know Are Featured in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie - So Far
Chances are that if you're into the horror genre today, you've probably come across Alvin Schwartz's creepy children's book of short stories called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. If you loved the 1981 book, you're in for a treat come Summer 2019: Guillermo del Toro, one of the biggest auteurs in contemporary horror, has produced a film based on Schwartz's macabre series. Given that the original source consists of short one-off stories, you might be wondering how the movie will unfold.

Fret not (though you probably will anyway): we've gathered a rundown of the most important storylines to know coming into the movie, drawing from the delightfully dreadful Super Bowl teaser spots and intel lurking about on the internet.

The Official Plot

While the movie will bring several individual stories to the big screen, there will be an overarching story. The film is set in 1968 in the small community of Mill Valley.
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The Creepy Tales We Know Are Featured in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie - So Far

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Chances are that if you're into the horror genre today, you've probably come across Alvin Schwartz's creepy children's book of short stories called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. If you loved the 1981 book, you're in for a treat come Summer 2019: Guillermo del Toro, one of the biggest auteurs in contemporary horror, has produced a film based on Schwartz's macabre series. Given that the original source consists of short one-off stories, you might be wondering how the movie will unfold.

Fret not (though you probably will anyway): we've gathered a rundown of the most important storylines to know coming into the movie, drawing from the delightfully dreadful Super Bowl teaser spots and intel lurking about on the internet.

The Official Plot

While the movie will bring several individual stories to the big screen, there will be an overarching story. The film is set in 1968 in the small community of Mill Valley.
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Scream Factory Blu-ray Reviews: Urban Legends: Final Cut and The Mangler

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On tap today are my reviews for two recent films that Scream Factory is celebrating with new Blu-ray releases: the 2000 sequel Urban Legends: Final Cut and Tobe Hooper’s The Mangler. And rather than waste any time, I’m just going to dive right in instead.

Urban Legends: Final Cut: When Urban Legends: Final Cut was released, I could not have been more excited heading into the theater that opening weekend. Sure, in many cases, horror sequels often end up being an experience of diminishing returns, but considering how strong the concept of the original Urban Legend was, I was just excited to see what other legends would get explored this time around. And, as it turns out, not very many at all. Which only makes up just part of my disappointment when it comes to Urban Legends: Final Cut.

The sequel opens like a cheesy slasher-y version of Final Destination,
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Blu-ray Review: Urban Legend Collector’s Edition

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Because I’m old (or maybe I should go with “well-seasoned?”), I have fond memories of seeing Urban Legend on opening night in theaters somehow finding herself in the middle of the murder spree. And as her friends are offed one by one, it’s up to Natalie to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out just who is behind the urban legend-inspired massacre at Pendleton before she becomes another victim of the mysterious hooded maniac.

***Spoiler Warning: Generally, I don’t post a spoiler warning for films that have been out for several decades, but I do realize that not everyone has seen this one for some reason or another, so from here on out, I’m going to be diving into various aspects of Urban Legend that will reveal certain plot points. That being said, if you’re interested in retaining certain surprises to the film’s mystery,
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Blu-ray Review: Urban Legend and Urban Legend Final Cut

Scream Factory's has just released Urban Legend and Urban Legends: Final Cut, the first two films in the francicse. They're both out now, and both given nice releases with plenty of extras. Both films look good, but you may drive yourself a bit crazy riding the volume button due to quiet dialogue cut with loud jump scares. More on that later. Released in 1998 and directed by Jamie BlanksUrban Legend is a big-budget, glossy Hollywood slasher that focuses on the students at Pendleton University in New Hampshire, an elite school that's suddenly the site of several murders. The ensemble cast of Alicia Witt, Michael Rosenbaum, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Robert Englund, Loretta Devine, Rebecca Gayheart, Tara Reid, and Danielle Harris.  Witt, who does her best here, stars as Natalie,...

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*Updated* Daily Dead’s 2018 Halloween Horrors Annual Viewing Guide

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*Updated On 10/19 with new film and TV show listings (which are highlighted in Bold).* It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, dear readers! Autumn is finally upon us, and Halloween is just right around the corner, which means everyone is looking for all kinds of spooky goodness to indulge in over the course of the next few weeks. With that in mind, we’ve put together our Halloween Horrors Annual Viewing Guide, which should help you figure out which Halloween and horror-themed movies, television shows, and specials are coming to the small screen, and we’ve even gone through most of the premium channels, too, because there are a lot of choices out there as to where you can find your genre fare.

As always, we’ll be updating this schedule every Friday, so be sure to check back right here on Daily Dead each week to
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Scream Factory Reveals Special Features for Urban Legend and Urban Legends: Final Cut Blu-rays

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Make sure you check the backseat of your car, because as Scream Factory announced during Comic-Con, they're bringing Urban Legend and Urban Legends: Final Cut to Blu-ray, and now they've revealed the extensive special features for both releases, including a 147-minute documentary, a new audio commentary, a bunch of new interviews, and more!

Press Release: Get ready to face your worst fears this November 20, 2018 when Scream Factory™ unleashes 90’s horror smash hit Urban Legend Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray and its suspenseful follow-up Urban Legends: Final Cut Blu-ray. A must-have for loyal fans, movie collectors and horror enthusiasts, Urban Legend Collector’s Edition and Urban Legends: Final Cut contain special bonus content. Pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com

Directed by Jamie Blanks, Urban Legend stars Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Alicia Witt (TV’s The Exorcist), Rebecca Gayheart (Jawbreaker), Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Tara Reid
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20 Un-Scary Horror Films, Starting With Jennifer Aniston in ‘Leprechaun’ (Photos)

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20 Un-Scary Horror Films, Starting With Jennifer Aniston in ‘Leprechaun’ (Photos)
Phantoms’ (1998): Starring Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan, the 1998 film adaption of Dean Kootz’s novel recounts the tale of small-town Snowfield, Colorado plagued by a subterranean entity known only as the Ancient Enemy. The visiting Lisa Pailey (McGowan) and local law enforcement officers team up to combat the mysterious force and to revert the town back to peace and well-being. Though “Phantoms,” directed by Joe Chappelle, makes for cheap thrills with some unexpected jump scares, its convoluted storyline and shoddy special effects job warrant more laughs than screams.

Mirrors’ (2008) Alexandre Aja’s “Mirrors” follows former NYPD officer Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) turned abandoned department store night guard as he attempts to unravel the demonic background of his new workplace and protect his loved ones. While “Mirrors” presents an eerie narrative idea, it’s been panned for tripping on itself with an over-complicated plot, botchy dialogue and unnecessarily graphic imagery — making an overall unsatisfactory spook.
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20 Years Since Urban Legend: The Last Slasher of Its Kind

Ej Moreno on Urban Legend’s 20th anniversary…

I remember being a teenager and hearing the phrase “they don’t make them like that anymore.” It was usually in regards to some form of entertainment, like a music genre or certain movies. My youth left me ignorant to the statement though. It was an intangible concept; I found myself thinking that people were always making the same things over and over again. It isn’t until you see an entire trend die as quickly as it was born that you begin to see things differently. Now I look back at a film like Urban Legend and think “they don’t make movies like this anymore.” Sure it isn’t a classic by any means, but the 1998 slasher still means something. For the film’s 20th anniversary, let’s journey into why this film made a lasting impression in a dying genre.
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Frightfest 2018: 10 Questions with ‘The Ranger’ director Jenn Wexler

What is it about the Punk movement you like so much? It informs so much of The Ranger…

I’m incredibly drawn to punk’s spirit of rebellion and its embracing of individuality. Growing up in the suburbs, there was so much pressure to fit in, to be seen as “normal,” and going to punk shows was thrilling for me because it helped me realize it was okay to want other things. I went to college in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts and studied screenwriting, where my classmate, Giaco, wrote a script that would eventually become The Ranger. I fell in love with the concept of a group of punks going up against this figure of authority, someone who deems them less than, because they don’t conform to what he values as worthy. I find personality types like this terrifying– ones that say you have to fit
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Comic-Con 2018: Scream Factory Announces 14 New Blu-ray Releases, Including Candyman, the Critters Collection, and The Craft

Every year, Scream Factory gives horror fans a bunch of new home media releases to look forward to at their annual Comic-Con panel, and this year is certainly no exception, as they've announced an exciting slate of horror Blu-rays on the horizon, including a four-film Critters collection, The Craft, a Candyman Collector's Edition release, the Urban Legend films, and many more!

Complete special features will be revealed at later dates, but in the meantime, we have a look at Scream Factory's official announcement and image of all the newly announced Blu-ray titles:

From Scream Factory: We’ve been teasing it for weeks and now the night is here! We just revealed a whopping 14 upcoming Blu-ray releases in person at our Comic Con panel. The following are the exciting titles and all the details we have at present moment, so we please ask that you read all the way through.
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An Exclusive Interview with Tara Reid About Sharknado

If you were a teen in the 90s then you know without a doubt who Tara Reid is and why she’s so popular. After all she was one of the best parts of movies such as Urban Legend, the American Pie movies, and of course, Van Wilder. Okay so Van Wilder was in the early 2000s, but you know what I mean. She started out on a fast track that was leading her to greatness and seemed to have no end until that little snafu she had, you know, the plastic surgery mishap. Even after that however she remained a

An Exclusive Interview with Tara Reid About Sharknado
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in August

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Documentary fans, get ready to queue up Hulu next month with the arrival of two originals on the streamer.

Minding the Gap” (pictured above) will drop on Aug.17, a documentary that compiles more than 12 years of footage in Rockford, Illinois, filmmaker Bing Liu looks at the correlation between skateboarders’ upbringings and the complex nature of modern masculinity.

Crime and Punishment” will follow, dropping on Aug. 24. Stephen Maing directed, produced and filmed this documentary that goes behind the scenes of discriminatory policing practices and corruption in the New York Police Department.

Also Read: Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' TV Series Heads to Hulu

Additionally, Hulu users can enjoy “10 Things I Hate About You” starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles on Aug. 1 (at least the ones who have the Showtime add-on), 2004’s “Hidalgo,” 2008’s “The Hurt Locker” and more throughout the month.

See the complete list of what’s coming to and leaving Hulu below.
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Yes, It's Been 20 Years Since These Movies Came Out

Come with us on a journey to the late '90s, when the boy bands were rockin' the radios, Sex and the City was ruling the TV, and a wide variety of movies were topping the box office lists. Perhaps you were into the teen offerings, like Can't Hardly Wait and Urban Legend. Or maybe you were sucked into the period dramas of Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth. Maybe you discovered that Robert Redford was still a babe in The Horse Whisperer. Whatever your poison, everybody's 1998 faves are represented here. Related15 Legendary Movies That Turned 50 This Year
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Ten Terrible Movie Taglines

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Good movies tend to have solid taglines. Bad movies almost always have questionable taglines. Coincidence?

Taglines may not be the most important component of a film’s advertising, but having a good one can be beneficial. A good tagline should be something that is memorable, catchy, informative of the films’ plot or tone, and unique. Consider the tagline from Alien, “In space no one will hear you scream,” or Jurassic Park, “An adventure 65 million years in the making.” At other times, movie taglines have been famous quotes from the film. Examples are “One ring to rule them all,” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, or “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” from The Shining. Simply put, having a solid movie tagline is worth the effort.

This is a look at a few films where the effort was clearly lacking or misplaced. Sometimes they are trying too hard.
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The Unsettling Second Season of Channel Zero Offers Chills that Never Go Away

Have you finished watching Stranger Things but still have a desire to hear a spooky tale about young people who mess with other dimensions. Check out Channel Zero Season 2. It's all about a scary house that once you go in, you are never sure if you've really left.

The first season dealt with the story of Candle Cove. A Creepypasta about a group of people who all remember an old creepy kids show that never existed. This new season is completely separate from the first season and deals with a different Creepypasta. It's called "No-End House". It's a scary house with six rooms that you have to go through to get to the end. Each room scarier than the last. 

I binged the whole thing in one day, and have to say, I was left satisfied. I feel Syfy is in an interesting place where they know they don't have
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A Future of ‘Flatliners’: 5 Bad ’90s Movies That Hollywood Should Remake for Millennials

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A Future of ‘Flatliners’: 5 Bad ’90s Movies That Hollywood Should Remake for Millennials
This Friday will see the release of a horror film called “Flatliners,” a movie title that should be instantly familiar to anyone who spent the ’90s trawling the shelves of their local video store in search of something — anything — to watch that weekend. Perhaps best remembered as the crusty VHS that was always sandwiched between “The Fisher King” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the original “Flatliners” was an asinine but atmospheric psychological horror thing that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Billy Baldwin as foolhardy med students who start experimenting with life after death. Nothing goes wrong and they all live happily ever after.

Now, perhaps motivated by the fact that the mere act of making a movie in 2017 feels like an experiment with life after death, Hollywood is about to unleash a remake starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev,
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Remembering ‘Urban Legend’ 19 Years Later

Remembering ‘Urban Legend’ 19 Years Later
Released nearly twenty years ago, on September 25, 1998, Urban Legend had the misfortune of being lumped in as another Scream copycat, despite it being a box office success. It’s hard to argue that aesthetically, and tonally, this teen slasher shared a lot in common with the string of ‘90s teen slashers released during the […]
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Video: 5 Best Teenage Slasher Movies

Everyone loves a good slasher movie. It’s got everything a movie lover wants- dumb teenagers with hormones and serial killers who are bent on finding them. Plus, lots and lots of bad decisions. It’s like a game of cat and mouse only most of the time the mouse loses. With that in mind, we would like to share with you five of the best slasher movies around.

5. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

While this movie didn’t get many favorable reviews, Jim Gillespie’s I Know What You Did Last Summer has all the elements of a slasher film. Clueless teenagers and a relentless killer. Loosely adapted from a Lois Duncan novel, Kevin Williamson’s script flips the hit and run incident from a small boy to a fishermen. There was a lot of things that worked in this movie-particularly the attractive cast and the inspiration
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