Horror was so prevalent and popular in the early ‘80s that even the action genre wanted in on the…uh, action. Chuck Norris haiyah’ed a Michael Myers wannabe in Silent Rage (1982), so next up it was granite faced Charles Bronson’s turn to take on slashers with 10 to Midnight (1983), a sleazy yet fascinating trip through the mind of a serial killer. While it’s never as deep as it thinks it is, it’s smarter than it has any right to be.
Every makeup effect has a story behind it, but even more fascinating are the stories behind the makeup effects artists themselves. For years, Heather Wixson has shared her passion for the horror genre as the Managing Editor on Daily Dead, and we couldn't be more thrilled by the official release of her new book, Monster Squad, a celebration of practical effects artists and their incredible creations that made so many of us believe in the magic of movies and gave us nightmare fuel forever.
As a producer, Aaron B. Koontz has helped bring some of the most thought-provoking horror films to life in recent years. This past summer saw the release of Koontz's feature-length directorial debut, Camera Obscura, and Koontz and his Paper Street Pictures production company are wasting no time moving forward on their next project, Scare Package, a horror comedy anthology that he's overseeing with Cameron Burns. In addition to directing his own segment, Koontz is bringing together some of the most exciting independent filmmakers in horror for Scare Package, and we recently caught up with Koontz for our latest Q&A feature to discuss assembling the creative team and subverting subgenres in his new anthology.
Dark Sky Films is set to release Dennis Bartok’s directorial debut, Nails, today on VOD, which features The Descent’s Shauna Macdonald doing battle with an evil entity that is stalking her in the hospital after she’s been laid up following a horrific accident that leaves her trapped in her own bed, unable to communicate with the outside world. Daily Dead recently spoke to Bartok about the project, and he discussed how his own experiences inspired the story of Nails, what it was like to collaborate with Macdonald, and more.
We've devoured them for years, but now it's their turn to bite back. Breakfast treats show their teeth in Attack of the Killer Donuts, and with the new horror comedy out now on VOD platforms and in select theaters, we've teamed up with Level 33 Entertainment to give away one free iTunes download code for the film to one lucky Daily Dead reader.
In a year filled with all-too-real turmoil and unsettling scares, horror fans have thankfully been able to seek a respite from the chaos through amazing projects and people in the genre community. With 2017 coming to a close, there is still a lot to be thankful for these past months, and in a new episode of Corpse Club, we pay tribute to some of our fondest experiences from what has been a hallmark year for horror.
Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than RKO Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, RKO was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. RKO’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.
John Goodman channels his inner William Castle to put on the ultimate creature feature screening in Joe Dante's Matinee, and ahead of the film's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release from Shout Select in January, the final list of bonus features have been revealed, including a new interview with Dante and much more:
As scary as a cabin in the woods can be, one of the most disturbing backdrops for a film can be the college campus culture, where horrors all too real take place all too often. Such is the case in Natalie Leite’s M.F.A., which made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival (read Heather's review here) and is coming to Blu-ray and DVD soon following its October theatrical release:
Since the first panels premiered on Daily Dead during Comic-Con, we've been excited to showcase artist Jeff Fuller's living dead comic strip Zomics, which finds the macabre humor in the everyday horrors of a zombie apocalypse. We release a new installment of Zomics every Thursday, and today we're excited to share a new panel featuring free haircuts that might come with a different kind of price... your brains.
Mr. Franz seemed nice at first, but brimming just beneath the surface was a desire to turn his guests into miniature puppets for his own amusement. This unconventional form of entertainment takes center stage in Attack of the Puppet People, and with Scream Factory releasing the 1958 horror film on Blu-ray, we've been provided with three high-def copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Since 1986, video gamers have been destroying cities on the screen with Midway's lovable massive monsters known as George, Lizzie, and Ralphie. In New Line Cinema's new movie Rampage, we'll see that world of colossal creatures brought to life on the big screen, and the first trailer for the film promises plenty of large-scale action with Dwayne Johnson on the front lines of the creature-centric carnage.
Usually it's humans who take a bite of sweet treats, but in Attack of the Killer Donuts, people are the ones on the menu. Starring C. Thomas Howell as Officer Roberts, Attack of the Killer Donuts is coming to select theaters and VOD platforms beginning November 17th, and to celebrate the film's release, Level 33 Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive clip to share just with Daily Dead readers.
You can get your howl on when Another WolfCop is released in theaters this December, but you can watch the opening scene from the hairy horror film right now.
He was found completely paralyzed in an empty pool, but Doug Jones' character in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew makes an unexpected movement in our exclusive clip from the post-apocalyptic mystery from The Orchard.