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
Really, it’s come to this… Cassian Elwes and Evan Astrowsky are producing a remake of Cabin Fever. Whether original creator and director Eli Roth is involved or not, and to what degree the remake/reboot/re-imagining will follow the original is up for debate. It all just seems a bit too soon…
The original film featured a handful of college graduates who vacation at a remote cabin in the woods, where they become infected with a voracious flesh-eating virus… gore aplenty. It was a great horror debut.
This news seems to be tied in with the upcoming relase of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero on June 26th, a prequel to Roth’s original film. The plot for Patient Zero is: A group of friends enjoy a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean and stumble upon a research facility on a remote island where a deadly virus is released.
The remake of Cabin Fever seems to be aimed as a follow up to this prequel…
Eli Roth is in for an incredibly busy year with the long awaited release of The Green Inferno, another horror flick Knock, Knock, about two girls who seduce a married man and make his life hell. He is also developing a sequel to Green Inferno as well as possibly directing the Dracula flick Harker.
On the production side he helped develop a film called Clown directed by Jon Watts who made a fake trailer last year in which he attached Roth’s name. Check out the fake trailer and the genuine one below.
April 23, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror | Tags: Art, Cabin Fever, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, Cassian Elwes, Clown, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Eli Roth, Franchise, Gore, Green Inferno, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, original creator, Pennywise, Possession, Remakes, Serial Killer, Slasher, Stephen King, Suspense, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
Once I’d discovered the magazine in our local comic book store in the early 80’s, I bought as many Fangoria back issues as I could get my hands on… I couldn’t afford the latest ones. That was okay though as I was busy going through all the 70’s and early 80’s horror in the video store at the time and Fangoria was a wishlist bible. So… I really want this…
Since 1979, Fangoria magazine has been the bible for horror fans worldwide. Combining first-rate writing, reporting with unparalleled expertise on the fright-film genre, and eye-popping color photos, Fango has set a standard and become a name recognized by anyone who knows and loves scary cinema. One of the signature elements of the magazine has always been the eye-catching and controversial covers that have grabbed the attention of readers everywhere for the past three decades.
Fangoria: Cover to Cover is a lavish, oversized, and full colour hardcover book that celebrates the magazine’s long history and the genre it reports on, reproducing every one of those terrifying covers in stunning full colour and providing a history of modern horror cinema that has been thirty years in the making. This special edition volume collects a wealth of information, trivia, frightening photos, and every legendary cover of this acclaimed magazine, serving as a celebration of horror and a “coffee table” book that readers will turn to time and time again.
A Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive hardcover edition, there are no other editions planned anywhere in the world at this time!
* Massively oversized “coffee table” style book
* Four color printing throughout on coated stock
* Includes a full color reproduction of every Fangoria cover
* Foreword by Bruce Campbell and Afterword by Michael Gingold
* Includes trivia and frightening photos for the diehard fans
* Each edition features a unique dust jacket design to make them more collectible
* A Cemetery Dance exclusive hardcover edition with no other editions planned anywhere in the world at this time
April 3, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Art, Bruce Campbell, comic book store, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fangoria, Fangoria magazine, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Nudity, Possession, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Stephen King, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Tony Timpone, Vampires, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
February 2, 2014 | Categories: Images, Uncategorized | Tags: Art, Banned, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Gore, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Slasher, Stephen King, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Vampires, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
I posted news about his back in July, but now it appears that NBC has moved forward with the four-hour miniseries of Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), has come on board to direct the mini, written by Scott Abbott and James Wong (American Horror Story). Casting begins immediately, with filming set to begin in January in Paris.
“Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a ground-breaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, NBC’s EVP, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions. Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, “As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us. The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel.”
Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born. The book has a famous feature adaptation, the 1968 film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Mia Farrow.
This is NBC’s first miniseries in a long time as the genre has been enjoying a resurgence following the success of History’s Hatfields & McCoys. The network’s last miniseries until now was the 2009 The Storm, which aired during the summer. NBC has several other miniseries in the works, including an adaptation of Stephen King’s Tommyknockers, along with several limited series, including The Bible sequel AD: After the Bible.
December 12, 2013 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Actors, Agnieszka Holland, American Horror Story, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Ira Levin, NBC, Nudity, Possession, Remakes, Roman Polanski, Stephen King, Suspense, The Tommyknockers, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment