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
Apparently this poster shows too much for the MPAA who have banned it… I think it’s bloody great.
May 30, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Banned, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Eva Green, Franchise, Frank Miller, Frank Miller's Sin City, Images, Independent, Legend, Nudity, Post Apocalyptic, Robert Rodriguez, Serial Killer, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Suspense, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
May 29, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Action, Art, Blockbuster, Bryan Singer, Comic Book Movies, Franchise, Hollywood, Icons, Images, James McAvoy, Jean Grey, Jennifer Lawrence, Magneto, Marvel, Michael Fassbender, Mutants, Mystique, Phoenix, Professor Xavier, Sam Gilbey, Sentinel, Stan Lee, Suspense, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past | Leave a comment
John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form.
Beginning with the first issue on June 4, Boom! Studios will be rolling out Big Trouble in Little China, the new comic book series co-written by Eric Powell (creator of the awesome series The Goon) and Carpenter, with art care of Brian Churilla (creator of the critically acclaimed The Secret History of D.B. Cooper). In the comic, Burton — still played by the likeness of the mullet-clad Russell — finds a series of new adventures aboard the Pork Chop Express, the big rig he kept trying to recover in the film.
Though they hadn’t met before, Carpenter and Powell found kindred spirits in one another. “I had a definite idea of what I wanted to do with it,” says Powell. “The minute we sat down and started talking, what he thought we should do was exactly what I had in mind. We were on the same page from the beginning.” Carpenter describes their working relationship thusly: “Eric works really hard, sends his stuff to me, and I say, ‘Good job!’” the director says. “It’s a great process. It’s one I can actually do.”
The comic book kicks off right where the film left us nearly 30 years ago, with a mythical Chinese creature stowing away on Burton’s truck. Carpenter says despite that open-ended finale, there was never a direct intention to make a sequel, though he relishes the idea of being able to explore the Big Trouble universe again. “It’s a story and characters and a world that I love, because I really loved making the film,” says Carpenter. “I hadn’t seen anything like it, and it gave me a chance to make a kung fu movie. I fell in love with kung fu films back in the ’70s. For as much fighting they had, they were also so fun and innocent. They had some outrageous stuff, and I thought what a great thing to be able to do in an American movie. It’s an innocence, a purity of character. I really love them.”
Carpenter particularly appreciates Powell’s brand of fandom, particularly because Big Trouble In Little China was so mishandled and went generally unseen when it was first released. “It’s great that people are re-discovering it and like it. It’s a nice way to go into my old age to realize that movie finally got its due. There are some others I hope will come along too,” he says.
Carpenter says the team is already into the second arc of the book, and he’s particularly pleased with Powell’s take on Burton. “He really gets Burton’s sense of humor and who he is,” Carpenter says. “Jack Burton is really a piece of s— if you want to be honest. He’s a blowhard, he’s sort of incompetent but he thinks he knows everything. He’s really fun. He’s completely out of his league. That’s the most fun about it.”
The first issue of the ongoing monthly comic book series Big Trouble In Little China hits stores on June 4 with five different collectible covers drawn by Powell, Joe Quinones, Chris Weston, Terry Dodson, and Emi Yonemura Brown. But just to whet your whistle, you can take the first exclusive look at the first six pages below:
May 28, 2014 | Categories: Comics | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Big Trouble in Little China, Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Boom! Studios, Classic, Comic Book, Comic Book Movies, comic book series, Cult, Eric Powell, Franchise, Icons, Images, Independent, Jack Burton, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Legend, Possession, Sci-Fi, Suspense, The Goon, Violence | 1 Comment
May 26, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Art, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, F W Murnau, Foreign, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Max Schreck, Nosferatu eine Symphonie des Grauens, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, Remakes, Suspense, Thriller, Vampire, Vampyre | Leave a comment
May 25, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Classic, Controversial, Cult, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Disturbing, Dragons, Franchise, Game of Thrones Art, GAme of Thrones Season 4, Gore, Hodor, Horror, Independent, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Legend, Nudity, Peter Dinklage, Suspense, Thriller, Tyrion Lannister, Violence | Leave a comment
May 24, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Art, Cinema Sleaze, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Gore, Grindhouse, Horror, Horror Film Poster Art, Icons, Images, Independent, Joe Dnate, Nudity, Poster Art, Remakes, Roger Corman, Sci-Fi, Sleaze, Suspense, Thriller, Times Square, Violence | Leave a comment
“The idea behind these posters was to play off the duality and hidden nature of Hannibal Lector. I’m a huge fan of the show, and am captivated whenever Hannibal is on screen. Outwardly he’s an immaculately put together gentleman with refined taste, but underneath the carefully constructed facade is a horrible killer.”
“One poster shows you how Hannibal wants you do see him, and the other shows him for what he really is. The blood drips act as visual elements to hint at the gory nature of the show, but also hint at being prison bars. Anyone who’s read the books or seen the movies knows he’s going to be caught one day. But when?” – Justin Erickson, Phantom City Creative
May 23, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Actors, Art, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal Lector, hidden nature, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Mads Mikkelsen, Possession, refined taste, Remakes, Serial Killer, Slasher, Suspense, Thriller, Vampires, Violence | Leave a comment
The fourth installment to the fan film webseries KRUEGER (Tales from Elm Street), by director Chris R. Notarile. Previous episode HERE
In Springwood, long before he became a demon of dreams, Freddy Krueger stalked the streets under another name – The Springwood Slasher. Our fourth story picks up where our previous entry left off with a young boy on the run from his abductor- Freddy. Hiding out in an old junkyard, Mikey attempts to evade the Springwood Slasher in a daring escape. But will he get away and reunite with his family? Or are his days numbered?
May 22, 2014 | Categories: Short Films | Tags: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Actors, Chris. R. Notarile, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Franchise, Freddy Kreuger, Freddy Krueger, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Remakes, Serial Killer, Slasher, Springwood, 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
Mazzara is developing a follow-up to the 1976 horror classic The Omen for Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Titled Damien, the drama centres on Damien Thorn as an adult haunted by his past. Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: He is the Antichrist.
I may be missing something here but I thought we covered this with Damien: Omen II (1978) and Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981). There have been other less successful attempts over the years to keep the franchise going, the TV movies, Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) and The Omen (1995). The latter was an attempt to make a series… it failed.
Original writer David Seltzer rewrote his novel in 2005 for an NBC mini-series called Revelations. The original film was remade in 2006 starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick was a minor hit.
Mazzara is also in talks to write Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining.
May 20, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Antichrist, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Damien Thorn, Damien: Omen II (1978), David Seltzer, Disturbing, Franchise, Glen Mazzara, Horror, Icons, Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Possession, Remakes, Suspense, The Exorcist, The Hollywood Reporter, The Omen (1976), The Omen (2006), The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
Scientists discover a giant fossil and one egg which has hatched and one egg which has been damaged. The egg that had hatched was MUTO and he went to Japan and destroyed a nuclear power plant. He feeds on nuclear radiation and grows stronger/massive.
After 15 years MUTO outside the old nuclear area, MUTO attacks breaks free. He goes to America where a female MUTO destroys Las Vegas.
SPOILER ALERT Then Godzilla follows them and fights the male MUTO and he slams it into a building and it dies. After that the building collapses on Godzilla and everyone thinks he’s dead. The female MUTO lays some eggs and tries to stop a boat with a nuclear missile on it, but Godzilla has a massive battle with her and blasts plasma down her throat and tears off her head.
My favourite part was in San Francisco where everyone was relaxing and on the tv news it was saying ‘Las Vegas Attack’ and no one was taking any notice until the wall smashed and MUTO was outside. My other favourite part was when the firemen broke down a door and the Elvis Presley song that me and Dad sing to my sister was playing and then the firemen look outside because the wall is destroyed. All these other buildings with MUTO destroying most of the city and all these helicopters flying around that’s when the song goes: “You’re the Devil in disguise”
It was awesome, I give it 5 out of 5 stars ;D
May 19, 2014 | Categories: Movie Reviews by Kids for Kids | Tags: Action, Aliens, Blockbuster, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Elvis Presley, Franchise, Gareth Edwards, Godjira, Godzilla, Hollywood, Icons, Images, Kaiju, Las Vegas, Legend, Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, Monsters, MUTO, Suspense, Violence | 2 Comments
May 18, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Actors, Art, Blockbuster, Cersei Lannister, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fantasy, Franchise, Game of Thrones, Gore, HBO, Icons, Iron Throne, Jon Snow, Lena Headey, North of the Wall, Nudity, Rose Leslie, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, Winter is Coming, Winterfell, Ygritte | Leave a comment
Beautiful dark sculpture by Paul Fryer – an artist inspired by religion, science and mechanics. The image is of the work ‘Lucifer (Morning Star), an installation at the Holy Church in Marylebone in 2008, which depicts a wax Lucifer suspended by high-power lines. There’s something about placing a dark sculpture in a religious building that really does produce a dramatic piece of work.
May 18, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Art, Awards, Banned, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fallen Angel, Holy Church in Marylebone, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, London, Lucifer, Nudity, Paradise Lost, Possession, Post Apocalyptic, Power Cable, Power Lines, Religious, Satan, Sculpture, Serial Killer, Suspense, Vampires, Violence | Leave a comment
Enjoy your afternoon cup of tea in one of four mugs inspired by futuristic corporations from Aliens, Terminator, Blade Runner and Robocop. If anyone wants to buy me one (or all of them!), they’re available along with a lot of other nerdy goodies HERE
May 17, 2014 | Categories: Promotional | Tags: Aliens, Blade Runner, Blockbuster, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Cyberdyne Systems, Franchise, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Movie Memorabilia, OCP, Post Apocalyptic, Robocop, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Terminator, Thriller, Tyrell, Violence, Weyland-Yutani Corp | Leave a comment
With Gareth Edwards’ new film Godzilla hitting theaters tonight, people are once again talking about his first feature, Monsters which was one of the best movies of 2010. It would seem to be a good time to debut the new Monsters: Dark Continent trailer. This sequel features Edwards as an exec producer, along with his Monsters star Scott McNairy. Tom Green directed from a script by Jay Basu, and this time the action moves to the Middle East, where US military forces are dealing with a different sort of “infected zone” full of monsters. Check out the new trailer…
May 16, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Action, Aliens, Comic Book Movies, Cult, Franchise, Gareth Edwards, Godzilla, Horror, Icons, Independent, Infected Zonw, Jay Basu, Kaiju, Legend, Monsters, Post Apocalyptic, Scoot McNairy, Suspense, Thriller, Tom Green, Video Clips, Violence | Leave a comment
The US government has a plan for everything it would appear, including zombies. No, they don’t actually believe in the walking dead. CONPLAN 8888 is a product of planning exercises held in 2009 and 2010 at the Joint Combined Warfighting School and is only meant for training purposes. The unclassified document provides the military guidelines for Counter-Zombie Dominance Operations. The plan was developed to accomplish 3 goals: 1) maintain defensive perimeter to protect human life; 2) conducting operations that will eradicate zombie threats; and 3) aiding civil authorities in restoring law and order. Click on the link to read the full transcript: 223872345-CONPLAN-8888
All very similar to the CDC Emergency page from a few years back HERE
See more weirdness at JDStuster HERE
May 15, 2014 | Categories: Zombies | Tags: Apocalypse, CDC, Centre for Disease Control, Controversial, Disturbing, Gore, Joint Combined Warfighting School, Last Man on Earth, Military Action, Post Apocalyptic, Suspense, The US government, The Walking Dead, unclassified document, Undead, Violence, Walkers, Zombies | Leave a comment
I belatedly write this after hearing the sad news yesterday of the passing of Swiss surrealist painter and sculptor who created the Xenomorph alien design for Ridley Scott‘s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien died Monday after suffering injuries in a fall. He was 74. H.R. Giger‘s name became synonymous with his iconic Alien design, which originated from his own lithograph Necronom IV and went on to nab him an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Giger’s sexually charged “biomechanical” designs got him on Scott’s radar in the 1970’s when the artist had been working on Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s doomed version of Frank Herbert’s Dune (later directed by David Lynch). After Alien co-writer Dan O’Bannon showed Giger’s nightmarish designs to Scott, the helmer tapped Giger to design the Alien creature, eggs, planetoid Acheron AKA LV-426, and Alien ship for the film. He would go on to contribute designs to Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Species, and Tokyo: The Last War, and was credited for original designs used in 2012′s Prometheus.
Giger, who directed his own documentary shorts in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, appears in the new Sony Classics docu Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Florey is an Artist, Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. He has just released a fantastic, timed-edition triptych that centers around “Sin City” With bold colour schemes and memorable phrases, he brilliantly captures the essence of “Sin City.” Click HERE to order.
May 13, 2014 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Action, Art, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Florey, Franchise, Frank Miller, Graphic Novel, Icons, Images, Independent, Jessica Alba, Poster Posse, Robert Rodriguez, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Suspense, That Yellow Bastard, The Big Fat Kill, The Hard Goodbye, The Walking Dead, Violence | Leave a comment
“The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working on a live-action Akira movie for a few years now, we, as fans, wanted to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.
We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but offered their time and talent to help the production that was shot in Montreal, Quebec from November 2-5th 2012. What started out as a simple idea between two guys having a beer (Hey! It’d be cool to see Kaneda ride his bike around Neo-Tokyo!), became a global endeavour, filled with adventures and hurdles, involving more than 40 artists in 12 different countries.
After a year and a half in post-production, we are proud to present the project to Akira fans the world over. We hope to have done justice to the timeless work of Katsuhiro Otomo and look forward to, someday, seeing the full scope of the Akira story translated to the big screen as a live-action. ”
Check out the short promo from Producer/Director: Nguyen-Anh Nguyen
May 12, 2014 | Categories: Short Films | Tags: Akira, anime, Art, Badpen Studios, CineGround, Comic Book Movies, EZ Designs, GreenGround, Icons, Independent, Katsuhiro Otomo, Location Snap Shots, MANGA, Montreal, Nguyen-Anh Nguyen, Post Apocalyptic, Quebec, RED Epic-X, Sci-Fi, Studio Nora, Suspense, Thriller, Tokyo, Violence | Leave a comment
May 11, 2014 | Categories: Images | Tags: Action, Actors, Art, Blockbuster, Controversial, Cult, Disturbing, Fantasy, Franchise, Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, Gore, HBO, Icons, Images, Legend, Nudity, Possession, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Sci-Fi, Sophie Turner, Suspense, Thriller, Violence, Winter is Coming | Leave a 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
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
May 9, 2014 | Categories: Trailers | Tags: Action, Animation, Apes, Blockbuster, CGI, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Disturbing, Franchise, Hollywood, Icons, Legend, Planet of the Apes, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Sci-Fi, Simian, Suspense, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Video Clips, Violence | Leave a comment