Last week, I gave you guys a few lists from Amazon and Netflix in regards to what they have to offer via their streaming services this fall. As a newbie to Hulu, I only discovered over the weekend that they, too, beyond just being an amazing resource for television programming, offer up a killer selection of genre movies that are free to stream with a standard Hulu membership.
The month of October is an exciting time of year for kids—and also those of us who still consider ourselves “kids at heart”—and with that in mind, I wanted to put together a collection of fun and festive cocktails that you can serve up at your Halloween gatherings, or just mix up anytime you want to get into the “spirit” of the season over the next few weeks.
One of the biggest highlights for this writer came last weekend when I had the chance to attend the special screening of Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise during Beyond Fest 2017, where composer and co-star Paul Williams was in attendance for a lively Q&A that followed the film.
This Friday, Chris Peckover’s holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out (read my review here) arrives in select theaters and on VOD platforms everywhere, courtesy of Well Go USA. The film pits three teenagers (Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, and Ed Oxenbould) against an unknown assailant who is terrorizing them, but it’s quickly revealed that this isn’t your typical home invasion, and soon enough, a wicked game of cat and mouse breaks out, leaving them all wondering just who will be left standing after this night of babysitting gone awry.
It’s been amazing to watch Don Mancini shepherd the entire Child’s Play franchise for nearly 30 years now, successfully navigating these films through various eras in modern horror, all while keeping the spirit of everyone’s favorite possessed killer doll Chucky very much alive and kicking.
I’m always interested in new ways (and platforms) on which filmmakers can create and share new and compelling horror projects, so when I heard about Stage 13’s new series Two Sentence Horror Stories, I knew it was something I wanted to check out.
A powerful story of one woman’s quest for vengeance, first-time feature filmmaker Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge is a stunning effort from the French director who not only embraces familiar genre tropes, but defiantly turns them square on their head with her stunning celebration of the unconquerable female spirit. Revenge recently enjoyed its US premiere at Fantastic Fest 2017, and while in Austin, Daily Dead spoke to Fargeat about her approach to this story, collaborating with Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, who portrays Revenge’s heroine, and embracing the challenges of her ambitious project.
One thing some folks may not know about me is that I’m a huge DIY-er when it comes to the holidays, and that’s especially true for Halloween. Sometimes store-manufactured props and decorations can come with a hefty price tag attached, so for those of you who like to keep things simple and cheap, here are ten relatively quick and inexpensive outdoor decorating ideas that you can use this Halloween.
For nearly 30 years now, Brad Dourif has been the driving force behind one of the horror genre’s greatest villains, Charles Lee Ray, or Chucky, as the doll version of his character likes to be called. With Child’s Play now having six different sequels, Dourif’s vocal performance as the franchise killer is the cornerstone of the Chucky series, and he really gets a chance to let loose in Cult of Chucky in some rather unexpected ways.
While kids may technically get to have all the fun this October, that doesn’t mean us adults have to miss out. One of my favorite things about Halloween are all the parties, which give me several chances throughout the season to try out a few new recipes to bring and share with friends. Below are a few ideas that I’ve tested out and really loved, as well as a bunch more that I’m looking forward to trying in the coming weeks.
One of my favorite films out of Fantastic Fest 2017 was Kevin Phillips' Super Dark Times (read our review here), a haunting gut-punch thriller about two friends (Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan) who must wrestle with their own inner demons after a tragic accident causes a rift in their long-standing friendship and begins to take its toll on their respective psyches. While in Austin, Daily Dead was excited to speak with Phillips, Tahan, and Campbell about their experiences collaborating together on the project, tapping into their characters, and how their experiences on set were anything but Super Dark Times.
Since I showed some love to Netflix yesterday, I thought it was only proper today to put the spotlight on Amazon Prime and their vast streaming library that features hundreds of genre titles.
Over the last several years, filmmaker Mike Flanagan has quickly established himself as one of the best and most assured genre storytellers of the last decade. From Absentia to Oculus to Hush, as well as Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake (which this writer is still patiently waiting for a Stateside release), Flanagan has a proven track record as a confident director, and his latest project, Gerald’s Game, is another example of his ability to tell uniquely compelling stories in a way that only he can.
A few weeks ago, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with director Steve Mitchell about his new documentary, King Cohen, which profiles maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen and his wild journey throughout his decades-spanning career (you can read that interview HERE). And now that this writer finally had the opportunity to see King Cohen as part of the 2017 Fantastic Fest lineup, I had a few more questions for Mitchell, who managed to craft an entertaining, informative, and heartfelt celebration of a truly one-of-a-kind talent in Cohen.
Happy October, boils and ghouls! Now that our favorite month has officially kicked off, that means many of us are putting together a list of must-watch movies to get into the Halloween spirit. With that in mind, this writer has once again pulled together a varied list of 31 (well, technically more than 31, but who can resist cheating a bit when it comes to horror movies?) films that are currently streaming on Netflix that should undoubtedly get you primed for the big day on October 31st.