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“The Terror” Trailer is Finally Here!

Posted in Celebs, History, Horror, and TV

In 2007, I wrote about The Terror by Dan Simmons.  Here’s what I said then:

The Terror by Dan Simmons is a novelization of the true doomed 1840s Franklin expedition to find a Northwest passage. History tells us there were no survivors and the men died from exposure, starvation and worse. Simmons’ story combines all of the interesting historical details and adds a new menace, a creature which feeds on men. The Terror was a national best seller. Stephen King listed it as one of his favorite books of the year. Who am I to argue with Stephen King?

Then in July of 2016 I posted

AMC has greenlit 10 hour long episodes to air in 2017 with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker serving as Executive Producers and David Kajganich on board to write and take the reins as showrunner.  This is a project worth keeping an eye on.

You can imagine my thrill at seeing this…

More Sean Phillips “Night of the Living Dead” Criterion Art!

Posted in Art, Horror, Movies, and Zombies

Yesterday we took a look at the art Sean Phillips created for the Criterion release of Night of the Living Dead.  Phillips posted two more pieces of NOTLD art that he created and will appear with release.  You can see a much larger version of the art above as well as the other NOTLD painting at Sean’s site.

New Criterion Release of “Night of the Living Dead”!!

Posted in Art, Horror, Movies, and Zombies

Sean Phillips’ painting is being used for the new Criterion release of Night of the Living Dead which is set to drop February 13, 2018.  The new release features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
  • New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
  • Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
  • New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
  • Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
  • New piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
  • Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor
    Judith O’Dea, and more
  • Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
  • New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
  • New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
  • Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

This will be a must-have for me.

21 Things We Learned from Rob Reiner’s “Misery” Commentary

Posted in Celebs, Crime, Horror, Movies, and Trivia

Rob Hunter and Film School Rejects present 21 Things We Learned from Rob Reiner’s Misery Commentary.  Here are three of my favorites…

2.  James Caan was not his first choice for the film, and he instead was turned down by Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, William Hurt (twice), Richard Dreyfuss, and others. “But at the end of the day you can’t imagine anybody else playing the part.”

13.  Bates was stage-trained and preferred excessive rehearsals while Caan is more “instinctive and naturalistic,” so they had to balance the rehearsal time to make it less than she wanted and more than he wanted.

18.  The novel has Annie chop off Paul’s feet and cauterize the stumps, but they opted to simply hobble him instead by having her break his feet with a sledgehammer. Their thinking was that they wanted him to be victorious in the end, and losing his feet would be too high of a price. “It was pretty darn painful to look at, so I don’t think we compromised it too much.”



The Making of the Spanish Language Version of “Dracula” (1931)

Posted in Horror, Movies, and Trivia

In 1931, as Universal Studios was preparing to film the now classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, it was decided that a Spanish version would be made at the same time.  Although the Spanish version would feature a different cast, the same screenplay and sets would be used as the English version.  Lugosi’s Dracula would film during the day and then that evening the Spanish crew would come in and film.  By all accounts the Spanish Dracula is excellent.

You can learn more about The Making of the Spanish Language Version of Dracula (1931) at Old Hollywood Films.

“The Thing” Got the Cinephilia & Beyond  Treatment.

Posted in Celebs, Horror, Movies, and Trivia

John Carpenter / Horror fans are going to love it that The Thing Got the Cinephilia & Beyond  Treatment.

Click on the link and you’ll find…

  • the Original Script
  • John Carpenter interviewed by Erik Bauer, Creative Screenwriting, January/February 1999.
  • Dean Cundey ASC discusses the making of director John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi horror classic.
  • The Incredible Effects of The Thing, Cinefantastique issue
  • and much more!