As a huge fan of cinema history, especially when it comes to our beloved genre, I was especially thrilled to attend the recent preview night of Warner Bros.’ new horror-themed evening tour, “Horror Made Here: A Halloween Screening and Twilight Tour,” which runs at the studio’s iconic lot in Burbank, California on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th.
Christopher Lee isn’t only an icon for the horror community. He’s an actor who has crossed over so many genres that you’d be hard-pressed to find a circle of geekdom that doesn’t hold him in high regard. He’s wielded lightsabers against Yoda and bested Gandalf in a wizard’s duel. But guess what, non-horror nerds? He was ours first. Taking the torch from Bela Lugosi to become the definitive Dracula of his era, Lee has a bevy of horror roles to his credit which, let’s face it, he makes iconic just by playing them. So the question is, what role would be a good fit for my little column? After quite a bit of searching, I decided to go with a movie in which Lee uses something that I’ve never seen him use before: an American accent. So let’s take a look at his turn in the 1960 John Llewellyn Moxey film, The City of the Dead, which arrived in the States in 1963 under the name Horror Hotel.
Filmmaker Park Chan-Wook is a visual storyteller who has consistently worked on a level that is completely all his own throughout his entire career. His ability to gracefully traverse often challenging cinematic terrain is unsurpassed, and his latest film, The Handmaiden, is a sumptuous caper steeped in raw sexuality, tackling the destructive nature of patriarchal oppression and celebrating the power of women as his intricate tale of deceit and thievery unfolds in three parts.
Like some of the best illustrations that graced the covers of fantasy novels and heavy metal albums in the ’70s and ’80s, Arik Roper's artwork is a portal to another world brimming with adventure and endless possibilities. Ahead of his appearance as a featured artist at MondoCon 2016 this weekend in Austin, TX, we caught up with Roper for a special "Meet the Artist" Q&A feature, and we also have a look at some of the eye-popping artwork he'll be bringing to this year's MondoCon.
During the recent press day for Ouija: Origin of Evil, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and chat with several of the film’s cast members, including Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, Annalise Basso, and Lulu Wilson.
If you read our "Class of 1986" issue of Deadly Magazine from earlier this year, then you know Richard Wenk’s Vamp is a film that is near and dear to my horror-loving heart. The 1980s were an exceptional time for vampire-themed cinema, with films like Fright Night, The Lost Boys, Near Dark, and The Hunger immediately capturing the imaginations of filmgoers during that era. But the one film that has been grossly overlooked over the last 30 years has been Vamp, and it’s great to see Wenk’s incredibly clever and funny take on a very popular sub-genre celebrated in grand fashion with the recent Special Edition Blu-Ray release from Arrow Video.
In theaters October 21st is Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil, and to celebrate the occasion, Daily Dead recently caught up with the busy filmmaker who has been on the forefront of modern horror for the last several years with Absentia, Oculus, Hush, and now the newest installment in the Ouija series.
For a creature that is not inherently scary, the common slug sure has menaced a lot of horror movies. From Night of the Creeps to Slither to The Puppet Masters, the slimy little mollusks have played the villain on screen again and again. But it is only Juan Piquer Simón’s 1988 film Slugs (aka Slugs, muerte viscosa) that gives them top billing. Of all the slug horror movies, this one is the sluggiest.
Throughout his career, filmmaker Mike Flanagan has proven himself to have an immense amount of skills both behind the camera and as a talented screenwriter who has always remained focused on giving genre fans interesting and well-conceived characters to follow. For his latest film, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Flanagan goes back to his own horror-loving roots for an old-school prequel that is not only a lot of fun to watch, but also easily surpasses its predecessor in almost every possible way.
Last Friday night, Daily Dead had the distinct pleasure of attending the 40th anniversary screening of Brian De Palma’s Carrie, presented by Scream Factory, weSPARK, and The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.