[Welcome back, readers! With the 2017 Sundance Film Festival beginning this week, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the great midnight movies that have come out of the fest over the years. Be sure to check back here each day this week for more Midnight Memories from Daily Dead!]
“Oh, hidy ho, officer. We have had a doozy of a day.”
I love horror of all kinds, but if I were to pick my favorite sub-genre, it would definitely be horror comedy. Maybe it’s because I’m a big fan of having fun with the genre, as opposed to just pushing myself in order to say I “survived” more challenging material, so anytime a director can cleverly combine thrills, chills, and chuckles into one experience, you can always count me in. Such is the case with Tucker & Dale vs Evil, which made its blood-soaked premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22nd, 2010.
Racing onto Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms everywhere on January 17th is Death Race 2050, which was co-written and directed by G.J. Echternkamp and produced by the legendary Roger Corman, who was also the producing force behind Death Race 2000 back in the mid-1970s.
In theaters today courtesy of STX Entertainment is The Bye Bye Man, which was directed by Stacy Title and stars Douglas Smith, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, and Leigh Whannell. Daily Dead had a chance to catch up briefly with Title this week, and she discussed what she initially saw in the project, her approach to collaborating with her husband and writer for The Bye Bye Man, Jonathan Penner, and her unique cast of familiar faces and newcomers.
Clive Barker’s feature film directorial debut, Hellraiser is a remarkable cinematic experience for numerous reasons. Released in 1987, Hellraiser forged Barker’s career in the realm of cinema after he enjoyed success in the literary world, pushed the boundaries of the horror genre in ways audiences had never seen before, and also introduced us to Doug Bradley as an exciting new face in horror, firmly establishing his character as an icon whose influence would resonate for decades (and decades) to come.
This Friday, The Bye Bye Man arrives in theaters everywhere, and in advance of the film’s release, Daily Dead caught up with producer Trevor Macy to talk about his involvement with the project, working with director Stacy Title, and his thoughts on trying to keep up with the expectations of modern audiences. Macy also gave us an update on the release of Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake, which has been delayed due to some issues over at Relativity Media.
Arrow Video wants fans to experience the pleasures contained within their recent The Scarlet Box limited edition set featuring the first three Hellraiser films in HD as well as a bounty of special features that will keep you busy for hours on end. If you’ve been looking to add Clive Barker’s influential and unforgettable original Hellraiser film—or its first two sequels—to your home media collections, you can’t go wrong with The Scarlet Box.
Being a big fan of the Underworld series, I’ve been anxiously awaiting Selene’s return to the big screen after four long years, and thankfully, that wait comes to an end with the release of Underworld: Blood Wars this weekend.
This Friday, Underworld: Blood Wars arrives in theaters courtesy of Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment. This latest chapter in the ongoing Underworld saga has Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) up against a new Lycan foe named Marius (Tobias Menzies), who will stop at nothing to find out the whereabouts of her hybrid daughter, whose special abilities hold the key to the werewolves’ survival against their vampiric adversaries.
While many may scoff when I say this, let me just go ahead and admit right here that I unabashedly love the Underworld movies, a series I once referred to as the “Lord of the Rings of Werewolf Movies.” The first Underworld came along right at the perfect time for me. I was still super into horror action cinema at the time (coming off films like Blade and The Matrix, whose influences were being felt industry-wide), and I just couldn’t think of anything cooler than watching werewolves and vampires kicking each other’s respective otherworldly asses.
This has easily been the hardest time I’ve ever had whittling down my favorite genre offerings for the year. I was fortunate to watch so many great movies throughout the course of the last 12 months (over 150—new and old!), and considering the quality of projects from both the studio and independent sides of the business was exceedingly high, I probably could have featured 20 films on this list, and still would have at least a dozen more I could recommend to fellow fans. 2016 was definitely one of the best recent years in horror and that’s pretty rad.
Happy 2017, readers! With a new year upon us, that also means we’ve got a new batch of VOD releases to look forward to as we make our way through the month of January. For those who may have missed them earlier this year in theaters, both Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch and Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil are making their way to digital platforms over the next few weeks, as well as the latest from Bryan Bertino, The Monster, which arrives on VOD on January 24th.
2016 has been an exceptional all-around year for horror and sci-fi films—from the indie realm, we’ve been gifted with an enormous amount of brilliant cinematic stories throughout the past 12 months, and we even saw studios step up their game with an almost unprecedented amount of quality releases.
And along with this wealth of top-notch entertainment, we also saw an incredible number of fantastic female characters over the course of 2016—some heroic, some villainous, but all endlessly engaging in their own right.
Grief is easily the hardest emotion any of us will ever contend with as human beings. Whether its family or friends or loved ones, or even our non-human companions, having to say goodbye to someone (or something) you love can be just as hard to cope with as the harrowing grieving process that can follow such a loss.
Hello, readers! Welcome back for another installment of one of our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable talent who have worked in the horror and sci-fi genres—both in front of and behind the camera—to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.
Arriving in limited theaters and on VOD platforms everywhere on December 21st is André Øvredal’s latest film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as father and son morgue owners who have one night to piece together the puzzle of a mysterious female corpse that ends up on their slab. As they perform their examination of “Jane Doe,” the duo begin to realize there’s more than meets the eye to the young woman, and things only get weirder (and more horrific) from there.