Not sure how I feel about this, I’m still scarred from that vile Van Helsing movie… Universal Pictures most enduring legacy is its library of classic movie monsters that include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride Of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalise its monster heritage.
The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its Movie Monster library for The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.
They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.
Obviously some of those monster pictures haven’t panned out. With Marvel Studios and Disney building a billion-dollar business relying on the Marvel Comics superhero character library, Universal seems to be trawling it’s heritage and is looking to dust off and modernize the classic movie monsters that inspired many of the movie monsters we see today.
I’m just wary…
July 18, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Action, Blockbuster, Bride of Frankenstein, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, Cult, Disturbing, Dracula, Franchise, Frankenstein, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Legend, Possession, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Invisible man, The Mummy, The Walking Dead, The Wolf Man, Thriller, Universal Monsters, Universal Studios, Vampires, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
Awesome poster for Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead by Killian Eng. Available online HERE from July 15th.
July 9, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Art, Brains, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, George Romero, Gore, Horror, Horror Movie oster Art, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, NOTLD, Nudity, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Scream Queens, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
For all those fans of creepy dolls in movies, your wish has been granted. Warner Bros and New Line have made an October 3 date with Annabelle, the doll from their horror hit The Conjuring. The companies had set aside the frame for an Untitled New Line Horror Film, making the date and title official with their Conjuring spin-off. WB/New Line also have sequel The Conjuring 2 set to be released October 23, 2015. Annabelle, directed by John R. Leonetti and written by Gary Dauberman, is neither a prequel nor a sequel but centers on the doll seen in the 1970′s Rhode Island-set Conjuring, which starred Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and was directed by James Wan. Peter Safran and Wan are producing Annabelle , which stars Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard.
July 8, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Controversial, Creepy Doll, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, James Wan, Legend, Mannequin, Possessed Doll, Possession, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Conjuring, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
I don’t understand how this will work but Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct exec producer Mario Kassar is assembling an English-language adaptation of Audition, the infamous 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami about a lonely widower who gets more than he bargains for when he puts out a fake casting call to find a new girlfriend. Audition was, of course, adapted in 1999 into a cringe-inducing cult film in its own right by Japanese helmer Takashi Miike. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray, Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition after filming wraps on his current project, thriller Sugar Mountain starring Jason Momoa. He also helmed and produced the Justin Long crime thriller The Lookalike, which Well Go USA is releasing this summer. DEADLINE.
June 28, 2014 | Categories: Remakes | Tags: Horror, Slasher, Serial Killer, Gore, Takashi Miike, Nudity, Festival, Icons, Legend, Independent, Controversial, Cult, Remakes, Suspense, Foreign, Banned, Thriller, Violence, Images, Franchise, Scream Queens, Terminator, The Walking Dead, Japanese, Rambo, Ryu Murakami | Leave a comment
Two incredible Game of Thrones artworks by Rhianna Williams.
June 25, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Action, Art, Artwork, Blockbuster, Caricature, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fan Art, Fantasy Art, Franchise, Game of Thrones, Gore, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Nudity, Possession, Post Apocalyptic, Rhianna Williams, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Violence | Leave a comment
A sensual coming-of-age werewolf romance set in a small Danish coastal town, When Animals Dream fresh from its premiere in Critics’ Week at Cannes, is reminiscent of contemporary horror classic Let the Right One In. Sixteen-year-old Marie lives with her father and wheelchair-bound mother who is perpetually drugged. Marie takes a job at the local fishery, where she receives a fair amount of attention – especially from the young men.
As Marie becomes more interested in the opposite sex, her body begins to transform, and she questions her mother’s illness and a family history that is clearly being kept from her. Beautifully shot, and wonderfully performed by Sonia Suhl and Lars Mikkelsen (Mads’ older brother) in particular, When Animals Dream delicately combines deep emotion with tasteful gore.
June 15, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Actors, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Festival, Foreign, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Lycanthrope, Nudity, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Sonia Suhl, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence, Werewolf, Werewolves | Leave a comment
More details have emerged about that Halloween Box set I mentioned a while back. This deluxe, 15 disc set will be released on September 27th… JUST in time for a certain holiday. It contains 1287 minutes of pure horror with some fantastic bonus material and will absolutely be a must-have for fans of what goes bump in the night.
June 14, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Art, Blu-Ray, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Halloween (1978), Halloween 2, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween: H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Jamie Lee Curtis, Legend, Nudity, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Open Road Films released a full-length trailer to Eli Roth‘s highly anticipated The Green Inferno, opening on Sept. 5. The first teaser last month showed us images of a girl, lost in the Amazon, being prepared for dinner by a local tribesman. Here we see the story in full: A group of privileged New York City college students embarking on a trip to the Amazon in order to save the rain forest, only to realize a little too late (much like those in Roth’s 2007 slasher Hostel 2), they just should have stayed home. Based on Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 pulp cinema Cannibal Holocaust, Green Inferno kicks off the North American fall season on September 5.
June 1, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Action, Actors, Banned, Cannibal Holocaust, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Eli Roth, Festival, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, Legend, New York, Nudity, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence | Leave a comment
Back in November, 2013 Paramount said its latest take on the Friday The 13th franchise would be unsheathed on March 13, 2015… Paramount, being followers of current trends, have now announced that it has pushed the horror flick back to November 13 — the next Friday the 13th on the 2015 calendar — and instead of Friday the 13th Jason, the studio will launch Scouts Vs. Zombies on March 13. Scouts Vs. Zombies… How many ‘Insert whatever’ Vs. Zombies flicks do we really need..? Maybe they should have made Jason Vs. Zombies and be done with it.
June 1, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Action, Controversial, Cult, current trends, Disturbing, Franchise, Friday the 13th, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Jason Voorhees, Legend, Nudity, Paramount, Possession, Remakes, Scouts Vs. Zombies, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
2013 to early 2014 (we get some movies late down here in Australia. Last year was a better than average year in the horror genre. For all the usual whining and complaints on numerous horror-themed websites, as well as here, there was some good work over the last year.
So, here’s my list of best and worst of 2013 (and a bit), from what I’ve seen…
BEST CINEMA RELEASE FILMS
Evil Dead (I know a lot of people hated it, but it’s my list and I liked it)
BEST DIRECT TO VIDEO / VOD FILMS
Berberian Sound Studio
We Are What We Are
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE HORROR
Here Comes The Devil
Franck Khalfoun – Maniac
Special mention to Jen & Sylvia Soska for American Mary
Elijah Wood – Maniac
Katherine Isabelle – American Mary
Jen & Sylvia Soska – American Mary
Rob – Maniac
BEST MAKE-UP EFX
Roger Murray & Jane O’Kane – Evil Dead
Carrie – Good performances but just a bit lame.
Frankenstein’s Army – More of that CG ‘Horror’ started by the godawful Van Helsing, ‘perfected’ by Underworld and now everywhere… and I hate it all.
It’s obvious from the list that I really liked American Mary. It was probably my favourite horror movie of the year… best story and the Soska twins would have taken out best direction if Maniac hadn’t been so incredibly well constructed by Franck Khalfoun. Feel free to comment…
May 31, 2014 | Categories: Top 10 List | Tags: Actors, American Mary, Carrie, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Elijah Wood, Evil Dead, Evil Dead (2013), Festival, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Maniac, Nudity, Possession, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Stephen King, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
After the announcement of the complete Friday the 13th box set last year, we now have a fantastic complete Halloween box set from distribution partners Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory. Here’s the press release details:
For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. The set includes the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as well as the ultra-rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II, plus the unrated versions of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. It is packed with hours of BRAND NEW bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew from the entire franchise! In response to years of fan feedback, the first Halloween will now also include the original mono audio track and the set will include both versions of the original Halloween-the original Blu-ray release and the recently remastered 35th Anniversary version with the mono track added back in! It also comes with a limited edition 40-page book written by Michael Gingold of Fangoria Magazine. The collectible packaging will include a newly commissioned illustration on the outer case and each film will be in its own black Blu-ray case with the original theatrical one sheet as the key art. This deluxe set carries an SRP of $169.99.
“This compilation is the ultimate collector’s item for fans of the Halloween films and a testament to all the wonderful talent that have worked on them,” remarked Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of series producer Moustapha Akkad. “The partnership between Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory to present fans for the first time with all the Halloween films in one definitive package is a tribute to everyone ñ including my father ñ who made these films the terrifying classics they are today.”
The 10-disc Edition includes the original theatrical versions of the Halloween films and will include select bonus features. SRP is $129.99.
Both sets pre-book August 27 and will be distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment with bonus features developed and created by Scream Factory and Anchor Bay. Artwork and bonus features to be announced in the next couple of months.
May 21, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Blu-Ray, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fangoria, Franchise, Halloween, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween films, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween: H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Horror, Icons, Independent, Nudity, Remakes, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | 1 Comment
Last years hit movie, the Guillermo del Toro produced Mama was okay, let down some poor CGI for the Mama character. Everyone who knows me knows that I hate CGI in horror, apart form the odd ‘touch-up’ I don’t like it for characters or monsters, I still love good make-up. This test for Mama was undertaken before the shoot and features Javier Botet as the lady ghost Mama and it is delightfully spooky, especially in black and white. Botet (Medeiros in the REC series) whose especially thin physique is a result of Marfan syndrome, really knows how to manouvre his body to create something otherworldly and menacing.
May 10, 2014 | Categories: Short Films | Tags: Actors, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Foreign, Ghost, Gore, Guillermo Del Toro, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Javier Botet, Legend, Mama, Marfan Syndrome, Possession, Scream Queens, Spooky, Suspense, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence | Leave a comment
Jack Pierce (born Janus Piccoula; May 5, 1889 – July 19, 1968) was a Hollywood make-up artist most famous for creating the iconic make-up worn by Boris Karloff in Universal Studios’ 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, along with various other classic monster make-ups for Universal Studios.
After immigrating to the United States from his native Greece as a teenager, Pierce tried his hand at several careers, including a stint as an amateur baseball player. In the opportunist twenties, Pierce embarked on a series of jobs in cinema—cinema manager, stuntman, actor, even assistant director—which would eventually lead to his mastery of in the field of makeup. In 1915 he was hired to work on crews for the studio’s productions. On the 1926 set of The Monkey Talks, Jack Pierce created the make-up for actor Jacques Lernier who was playing a simian with the ability to communicate. The head of Universal, Carl Laemmle, was won over with the creative outcome. Next came Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs, also a silent Universal picture. Pierce was then immediately hired full-time by the newly established Universal Pictures motion picture studio. The 1930 death of Lon Chaney, who throughout the 1920s had made a name for himself by creating grotesque and often painful horror makeups, opened a niche for Pierce and Universal, Chaney’s films provided audiences with the deformed, monstrous faces that Pierce and moviegoers so clearly enjoyed.
Universal’s first talkie horror film, Dracula, eschewed elaborate horror make-up. Pierce designed a special color greasepaint for Bela Lugosi for his vampire character, but apparently the actor insisted on applying his own makeup. For all film appearances of the character thereafter, Pierce instituted a different look entirely, recasting Dracula as a man with greying hair and a moustache. The most significant creation during Pierce’s time at the studio was clearly Frankenstein, originally begun with Lugosi in the role of the Monster. The preliminary design was apparently similar to the Paul Wegener 1920 German film of The Golem. When James Whale replaced Florey as director, the concept was radically changed. Pierce came up with a design which was horrific as well as logical in the context of the story. So, where Henry Frankenstein has accessed the brain cavity, there is a scar and a seal, and the now famous “bolts” on the neck are actually electrodes; carriers for the electricity used to revive the stitched-up corpse. How much input director James Whale had into the initial concept remains controversial. Universal loaned out Pierce for the Lugosi film White Zombie. They also loaned out some of the Dracula sets for the troublesome filming. Lugosi had collaborated with Pierce on the look of his devilish character in the film.
Pierce’s make-up can be seen in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Mummy (1932), Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man (1941), and their various sequels associated with the characters. He also helped comedian Bud Abbott augment his thinning hairline with a widow’s peak toupee in his early films with Lou Costello. Pierce’s final credit is as makeup artist for the TV show Mister Ed from 1961 to 1964. He died in 1968 from uremia.
Jack Pierce’s enduring work at Universal has become a huge influence to many in the entertainment field, including make-up artists Rick Baker and Tom Savini. Jack Pierce was an innovator in the world of screen entertainment and material design. Pierce understandably felt he never got the recognition he deserved and died a bitter man. Finally, in 2003, Pierce was recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the Hollywood Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist Guild.
In recent years, there is a strong desire to give Pierce a Hollywood Boulevard star for his popular lasting triumphs that have been preserved for decades on the movies he worked on. Pierce undeniably created screen icons to last beyond his lifetime. His contributions still continue to attract droves of attention to his astonishingly memorable, entirely original designs.
May 6, 2014 | Categories: Biography: ART DEPARTMENT | Tags: Art, Boris Karloff, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Dracula, Franchise, Frankenstein, Gore, Greece, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Jack Pierce, Legend, Mary Shelley, Sci-Fi, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Special Make-Up Effects, Suspense, The Monster, The Wolfman, Thriller, Universal Monsters, Zombies | Leave a comment
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. Wolfcop is one cop’s quest to become a better man… one transformation at a time.
April 28, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: 80's Horror, Actors, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Crime scenes, Cult, Dirty Harry, Disturbing, Festival, Gore, Homage, Horror, Icons, Independent, Legend, Lou Garou, Lycanthrope, Retro Horror, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Suspense, Thriller, Vampires, Video Clips, Violence, Werewolf, Wolfman | Leave a comment
Jason Voorhees is ready to slash his way to small-screen stardom. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have set a deal to produce a new hour-long dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of Friday the 13th. That’s average news, not sure how this would play out… bad news is that Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, will be executive producer along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment. Also producing is Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who produced the features… That’s an awful lot of ‘interference’ from a production standpoint, it looks bad already.
Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) have been set to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Roy Knyrim (Gods And Monsters) of SOTA FX will coordinate the special make-up effects for the series. If you recall, the original was set at a summer camp, closed because of the drowning of an unattended child. Promiscuous counselors tried to re-open the place, but they began dying. Jason actually took root as the indestructible villain in the second film, with his signature hockey goalie mask coming later. The series is contemporary, focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed.
“Jason Voorhees is synonymous with the genre and we plan to build on this legacy with a provocative and compelling take that expands upon the storylines that have already thrilled millions worldwide,” explained Cunningham. Said Barsamian: “Expect the show to take viewers in some exciting new directions that we’re confident will not only excite existing fans of Friday The 13th but also attract new audiences to the situations and characters that inhabit the small town of Crystal Lake.”
Credit where it’s due, Cunningham made the original Friday the 13th, however that movie apart, Cunningham has never understood Jason, he’s never understood why he worked or why he was so popular. Since his return to the franchise he’s done two of the worst series movies in Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X. What he’s always wanted to do and fail at, is make over-sexed-teen comedies. This is a money grabbing exercise… again.
April 25, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Avatar, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Friday the 13th, Gore, Horror, Icons, Independent, Jason Voorhees, Legend, Remakes, Scream Queens, Sean S. Cunningham, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Terminator, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Dan O’Bannon’s directorial debut after years of prolific genre screenwriting, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD was unlike anything previously released. The film mixed a punk rock attitude and pitch black humor with practical effects-heavy horror. The characters were endearingly surreal, American zombies had never been grosser and Linnea Quigley reinforced her position as one of the sexiest Scream Queens of all time. Fun, frightening and still a blast after all these years, it’s great to see the smiles throughout these rare pictures, knowing that everyone involved had fun making it. Check out these awesome photographs from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD…
April 25, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Actors, Art, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Dan O'Bannon, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Linnea Quigley, Nudity, Possession, Return of the Living Dead, Scream Queens, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
Check out this ‘reinvention’ of The Creature From The Black Lagoon by concept artist Nick Pill. Click on the image for a close-up. You can see more of Nicks work HERE
April 22, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Aliens, Art, Black Lagoon, Classic, Concept Art, Controversial, Creature from the Black lagoon, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Legend, Monster, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Scream Queens, Suspense, Thriller, Universal Horror, Universal Monsters, Violence | 2 Comments