On Friday, September 15th, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood opened to a sold-out crowd, who were terrorized by seven different mazes, three intense scare zone areas, and the Terror Tram that features four of the biggest icons of modern horror history. John Murdy, Chris Williams, and their teams always put together a phenomenal experience for haunt enthusiasts in Los Angeles, but HHN 2017 ended up being one of my favorite times I’ve ever had being scared while roaming around Universal’s world famous theme park.
Earlier this week, this writer was invited to try out IT (2017) in 4DX at the L.A. LIVE Regal theater in downtown Los Angeles, and I have to admit that this third viewing of Andy Muschietti’s Stephen King adaptation was just as much fun this go-around as it was on the very first viewing.
Writer/director Robin Aubert’s zombie road movie Les Affamés recently premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and is set to make its US premiere later this month at the 2017 Fantastic Fest in Austin. Daily Dead recently caught up with Aubert, and he discussed the inspiration behind his story, his ambitious approach to creating a compelling zombie film, keeping Les Affamés “all in the family,” and more.
If you’ve ever attended Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, then you know that John Murdy, Chris Williams, and their entire team have turned haunted attractions into something of an art form over the last 19 years. The lineup for HHN 2017 is wickedly impressive, with seven mazes, a Terror Tram hosted by Chucky that also features several other horror icons, a handful of intense Scare Zones scattered throughout Universal Studios, and a brand new Jabbawockeez show to boot.
The time is finally upon us! Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel IT debuts in theaters everywhere today, and before Pennywise unleashes his horrifying wrath of terror on the residents of Derry, Maine, we’ve got one last interview from the recent IT press day, where Daily Dead spoke to two of the film’s producers, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.
While there are numerous elements that go into successfully adapting Stephen King’s acclaimed novel IT, there’s no denying that probably the biggest key to capturing the horror of King’s timeless tale is making sure you get the character of Pennywise right. This was certainly something on the minds of both director Andy Muschietti and IT co-star Bill Skarsgård, who was tasked with creating a new face of evil in the upcoming adaptation.
When he came aboard the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s acclaimed story of seven kids who band together to destroy an evil force that has taken over their small town, director Andy Muschietti had a Herculean task ahead of him with IT.
The long wait is nearly over, as we’re now just a few days away from the release of IT, the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s wildly popular novel which has influenced so many of us and given generations of readers nightmares since it was first published in 1986.
On paper, Michael Barrett’s Temple sounds promising enough. The film takes three tourists deep into the forests in Japan in search of a mysterious temple, and as expected, the proverbial poop hits the fan. But as far as execution goes, Temple falls apart repeatedly throughout its 78-minute running time, with a story that feels truncated, characters that never really make any sort of impact, and a few “twists” that really aren’t twists at all.
The first time I ever saw Dario Argento’s Suspiria, I was very young—somewhere between eight and ten (I’m gettin’ old, so my memories are fuzzy from time to time). Regardless of whatever exact number that age might have been, I just know I was definitely too damned young, because Suspiria shattered my budding cinematic sensibilities and screwed with my tender psyche in ways that would stick with me for my entire life. It’s a movie I’ve spent a long time loving, which means I’ve been patiently waiting for Synapse’s restoration of the landmark giallo film from one of Italy’s premier Maestros of Horror.
Here’s where I admit a cinematic blind spot for me: I’ve only ever seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind once in my life, and I was definitely under the age of six, which means I pretty much never really “saw” Close Encounters before. And that’s why I was more than thrilled to head out for a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s iconic sci-fi drama that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and has been given the 4K restoration treatment in honor of its upcoming monumental birthday.
2017 has been a strong year for horror—indie or otherwise—which means it has been tough keeping up with everything that has been released over the last eight-plus months. Here are my thoughts on a pair of films that I recently had the opportunity to watch, Michael Walker’s meta slasher Cut Shoot Kill and the zombie-themed It Stains the Sands Red from Colin Minihan.
Co-writer/director Jung Byung-gil wears his cinematic influences proudly on his sleeve for The Villainess, a breakneck actioner fueled by the vengeance of a woman wronged on her wedding day, who goes on to become a trained assassin for an elite agency, only to see her past and her present collide violently once certain truths are revealed.
Mike Elizalde and Spectral Motion have been known for their ability to create some truly unbelievably cool characters over the years—from Hellboy to X-Men: The Last Stand to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and countless others. One landmark effort Elizalde and his team were involved with was Joe Cornish’s 2011 sci-fi action comedy, Attack the Block, which introduced audiences to their brilliant take on invading aliens with a creature design devoid of color and detail, adorned with only glowing and snarling fangs.
So here’s the thing: being an adult kind of sucks. We spend so much of our childhoods yearning for responsibility and the freedom that being of a certain age brings, but most of us probably failed to appreciate just how good we had it as carefree kids. And now, we are expected to transform ourselves into responsible grown-ups who have to spend the rest of our days worrying about bills, jobs, or even living up to the expectations of our significant others or other loved ones.