[Hello, readers! To celebrate Valentine's Day, the Daily Dead team thought it would be fun to do things a little differently this year. We're putting the spotlight on our favorite horror-loving characters from genre cinema—people who have represented our own fandom on screen and, in many cases, helped bring our passion for horror into the mainstream. Be sure to check here for more of our tributes to some of the greatest horror fans to ever grace the big screen.]
Knowing the horror genre inside and out can help you determine if your next-door neighbor is really a vampire (or if your mom has a date with a bloodsucker), and it can also help you stay one step ahead of a slasher with a phone fetish. But for two teenagers who absolutely adore The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, love of the genre helps them get through something more terrifying than any undead creature with a crimson diet or weapon-wielding maniac in Woodsboro. The monster they face is all too real: summer school.
In a world crawling with vampiric creatures, Mister helps equalize the fight between the living and the undead. Nick Damici's memorable character returns for a new journey fueled by Martin's (Connor Paolo) desire for revenge in Stake Land II. With the sequel out now on digital platforms and hitting Blu-ray and DVD on February 14th from Dark Sky Films, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with Damici about reprising the role of Mister and much more.
As art student Skye, Aimee Teegarden finds herself caught up in the deadly curse of The Tape in Paramount Pictures' Rings. The inevitable meeting between Skye and Samara is one of my favorite scenes from the film, so I was excited to speak with Teegarden about smashing screens in that intense scene, working with Johnny Galecki, and what creeped her out the most on set.
Katee Sackhoff is known for playing kick-ass characters who can take on even the most menacing mercenary, but her character in Don't Knock Twice faces a different kind of threat: herself. Wrestling with personal demons, Sackhoff's Jess shows how powerful love can be when a witch threatens to tear her daughter away forever. With Don't Knock Twice out today in theaters and on VOD and HD Digital from IFC Midnight, Daily Dead spoke with Sackhoff about bringing out Jess' vulnerability and strengths, rescuing baby hedgehogs near the set, and how she'd love to reprise her role as Dahl in another Riddick movie (even if she had to win a dance-off to make it happen).
He's gone up against a collector of human body parts, a creepy next-door neighbor, and the Dark Knight himself, but in his upcoming film Back Fork, Josh Stewart is taking on a real-life epidemic: prescription opioids.
Her curse only takes seven days to work its deadly magic, but it’s been over ten years since Samara was last seen on the big screen in the American version of the Ring franchise. That all changes with the release of Rings this weekend, and while it does share the same name as Jonathan Liebesman’s 2005 short film that bridges the gap between The Ring and The Ring Two, it doesn’t share its predecessor’s ability to get under your skin.
She gave a generation nightmares with her creepy spider crawl (which she was specially brought in to perform) in the well scene of The Ring Two, and now Bonnie Morgan is back to bring Samara to life once again in Rings. With the seven-day curse coming back to the big screen this weekend from Paramount Pictures, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to talk with Morgan about returning to the iconic role, her family's horror history, her hilarious Samara TV store prank, scaring the cast and crew when the power went out on set, and more.
From Alex in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange to Father Murder in Rob Zombie's 31, Malcolm McDowell has played a wide range of intriguing roles over his illustrious career, including his recent scene-stealing performance as the Chairman in Roger Corman's Death Race 2050.
With the new Death Race movie now out on home media from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Daily Dead had the great pleasure of speaking with the prolific actor to talk about collaborating with Corman, acting in A Clockwork Orange, working with Rob Zombie on 31 and his Halloween films, and if he would ever consider being a part of the new Halloween movie.
Has watching Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice ever made you want to summon a wisecracking ghost in your own home? While you may not have the proper tools to contact the supernatural, Sideshow Collectibles has the next best thing with their incredibly detailed, eerily lifelike sixth scale figure of Betelgeuse. With the new figure being released this month, they’ve given us a special look at the collectible that’s sure to please longtime fans of the iconic Michael Keaton character.
[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!]
After George A. Romero brought Bub to the big screen in 1985’s Day of the Dead, audiences would go on to wait nearly 30 years before his next zombie film, Land of the Dead, shambled into cinemas. Thankfully, the Godfather of the Dead only took a quick breather before returning with his fifth—and arguably most ambitious—zombie movie, Diary of the Dead, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, 2008 (following its 2007 screening at TIFF).
It’s where some people keep their keys, money, or a good book, but the nightstand drawer in director Stacy Title’s The Bye Bye Man holds something far more sinister than spare change. When spoken aloud, what’s carved into its wooden surface has the ability to scare your soul and scar your psyche, so it’s a shame that the film featuring this frightening piece of furniture—and the entity it unleashes—doesn’t live up to its promising potential.
[This feature originally appeared in the "Class of 1986" issue of DEADLY Magazine.]
In 1985, Jason Voorhees was dead. Despite the death of a horror icon, Friday the 13th fans still flocked to see the Jason-less A New Beginning in theaters that April, but while the box office numbers would justify a sixth film, many moviegoers were less than pleased by the lack of Voorhees behind the hockey mask, pining for the return of Crystal Lake’s former camper who only wanted to make mommy proud.
And so, Paramount Pictures began their search for a Dr. Frankenstein, someone who could bring the hockey mask monster back to life. As someone who grew up on Universal Monster movies and filmed his first feature in a mausoleum, Tom McLoughlin turned out to be exactly the bolt of lightning the studio needed to get Jason back on his feet.
Her delectable desserts have honored Hellraiser’s Cenobites and paid tribute to Elm Street's dream stalker, and artist Janine Lister's latest creepy creation celebrates another formidable force in the horror genre: filmmaker Adam Green.
Lurking within pages, displayed on the big and small screens, and at home on the airwaves, the horror genre thrived last year. 2016 was packed with great genre offerings, and although it's difficult to filter through the creepy contents of such a banner year for the genre, I forced myself to choose the moments that stuck with me the most... and still haunt my nightmares.
When it was all said and done, Josh Hasty emerged from Murderworld with over 500 hours of footage documenting the making of Rob Zombie's new movie, 31. Titled In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31, Hasty's immersive documentary is now available to view as both a two-hour bonus feature on Lionsgate's Blu-ray / DVD release of 31 and as a four-hour version on VOD, and we caught up with the filmmaker for our latest Q&A feature to discuss what it was like being a fly on the wall with a camera to capture Zombie's new cinematic creation.