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Halloween 2019: The Last Man On Earth (1964) Presents a Powerful Concoction of Loneliness, Guilt, and Empathy

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“Another day to live through. Better get started.” Those are the first weary words spoken by Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) in 1964’s The Last Man on Earth (based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend), and the resignation in their delivery reflects that in a world gone to hell, perhaps the most dangerous thing of all is not the undead knocking on your door, but the loneliness and guilt that live with you on the inside. These painful emotions gain even deeper meanings as the film unleashes empathy on its audience alongside its creatures of the night, making it both an entertaining and thought-provoking addition to Halloween movie marathons.

While Price brought an eclectic array of mischievous and macabre villains to life on screen throughout his career, in The Last Man on Earth, he plays a character with no hidden agendas or evil schemes. He is merely Morgan: a man trying to survive,
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Halloween 2019: The Fly (1958) is Filled with Existential Dread That Sticks with You

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[This Halloween season, we're paying tribute to classic horror cinema by celebrating films released before 1970! Check back on Daily Dead this month for more retrospectives on classic horror films, and visit our online hub to catch up on all of our Halloween 2019 special features!]

As a child of the ’80s, my primary version of The Fly is the David Cronenberg body horror extravaganza. It’s a favorite of mine not only because of its timeless practical effects, but also because it’s one of the great tragedies of its day. So when I first visited Kurt Neumann’s version from 1958, I assumed I’d need to brace myself for a campier, creature feature sort of vibe. But I was surprised to discover a film that truly is a spiritual predecessor to its remake. Both films explore a man’s mental and physical deterioration and the tragic consequences for those around him, but Neumann takes a very different path to get there.

The broad strokes are the same: a scientist invents a teleportation machine, gets ahead of himself in the experimentation process, and accidentally merges with a fly when the unlucky insect joins him in
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Halloween 2019: How House On Haunted Hill (1959) Paved the Way for the Next 60 Years of Genre Storytelling

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[This Halloween season, we're paying tribute to classic horror cinema by celebrating films released before 1970! Check back on Daily Dead this month for more retrospectives on classic horror films, and visit our online hub to catch up on all of our Halloween 2019 special features!]

“Only the ghosts in this house are glad we’re here.” While William Castle didn’t invent the “strangers meeting in a singular location under sinister circumstances” motif that was at the heart of House on Haunted Hill back in 1959, it was Castle’s late ’50s shocker that repopularized it amongst movie fans in America, with the help of his “Emergo” gimmicks, and building on the grand success of Macabre just a year prior.

Castle put out a lot of memorable horror jaunts during his career, and even 60 years since House on Haunted Hill first thrilled audiences with its supernaturally charged mystery, its influence looms over the realm of genre storytelling and is still being felt today. Like many of Castle’s genre efforts, it delivered up immersive thrills and chills, and House became yet another major turning point in Castle’s career as well, cementing his legacy as the
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Seinfeld Star Jason Alexander Wants to Play the Batman Villain Egghead

With Joker continuing to be a big success at the box office, it’s safe to say that Warner Bros. is looking forward to the future of the Batman franchise. It could open up possibilities to see other DC films produced featuring Batman villains, and one actor has expressed interest in playing one of those many villains at some point in the future.

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander took to Twitter to suggest that he is the perfect actor to take on the role of Egghead. While he hasn’t seen Joker yet, he’s just throwing out the idea of Egghead and then challenges his followers to see if they could come up with someone else who would be better suited for the role than him.

Haven’t seen Joker yet but it’s clearly a hit. So, in anticipation of films featuring other Batman villains, who would be better than me to play Egghead?
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Horror Highlights: Nitehawk Cinema’s October Programming, Holiday Hell Trailer, 1 Survives Kickstarter Campaign, Radio Rental Podcast

Nitehawk Cinema is celebrating all things Halloween, horror, and Vincent Price this October! Various Nitehawk locations are hosting events—as well as serving a bevy of delicious food—so be sure to continue reading for further details. Also in today's Highlights: Holiday Hell trailer and release details, 1 Survives card game Kickstarter details, and Radio Rental podcast release details.

Nitehawk Cinema's October Programming Announced: "I Like What I Know: An Evening Of Art, Horror, And Food Celebrating Vincent Price with Victoria Price.

Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 pm

Nitehawk Prospect Park

Nitehawk Cinema and Victoria Price invite you to a special evening celebrating Vincent Price’s ultimate passion: visual arts. The event includes a screening of his art-related videos and the Roger Corman horror film, House of Usher (1960), along with a four-course menu inspired by his book, Treasury of Great Recipes, and a conversation with his daughter, Victoria Price.

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Inspired by
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Blu-ray Review: Polyester Stinks of Glory

Intro to Oderama Close those noses and thank sweet Blu-ray Jesus, Polyester - John Waters’ smellodramatic Sirkian assault on the suburbs - has arrived in 4K in all its technicolor glory to stink up your personal Criterion collections. I’m not being figurative. The incredible package for this Waters fan favorite comes with a reprint of the original Oderama scratch & sniff card for your perverted nasal curiosity. For those unfamiliar with the scientific innovation, Oderama is a shameless gimmick with a dual purpose for Waters. In part, Oderama pays respects to the 50s theatrical exploits of showman extraordinaire, William Castle, who earned his good name for stunts like ‘tingling’ the seats of audience members as they watched Vincent Price attempt to thwart the intergalactic Tingler....

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Folk Horror & Doctor Who: A History

Alex Westthorp Oct 1, 2019

Witches, demons and ancient pagan rituals: Alex explores the use of folk horror in the Doctor's adventures...

This article originally ran on Den of Geek UK.

Thought to be a relatively recent term, coined by director Piers Haggard and popularised by Doctor Who's own Mark Gatiss, "folk horror" is essentially horror based on old countryside folklore. It is a sub-genre of occult fiction, which encompasses paganism, witchcraft, superstition, legends and the traditions of the countryside. Often texts will refer to "Green man" rituals, stone circles, Devil worship, disfigurement and the "memories" of the earth.

In the cinema, folk horror is at the fore in films like the 1967 Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out, Terence Fisher's vision of the 1934 novel by Denis Wheatley, Piers Haggard's own 1974 film Blood On Satan's Claw (which incidentally features a terrific cast including a pre-Who Anthony Ainley and a post-Who Wendy Padbury
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House of 1000 Corpses Horror Icon Sid Haig Dies at 80

House of 1000 Corpses Horror Icon Sid Haig Dies at 80
Sid Haig, beloved by horror fans for his terrifying performance in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, has died, his wife announced on Instagram. He was 80.

The late actor’s death comes after an undisclosed accident earlier this month, according to Entertainment Weekly. His wife Susan L. Oberg announced his death and eulogized her husband on his Instagram in a moving post on Monday.

“On Saturday, September 21, 2019, my light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens,
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Film Review: "The Magnificent Obsession Of Michael Reeves"

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By Tim Greaves

Writer-director Michael Reeves passed away on February 11th 1969, aged just 25. He had helmed a mere three films in his short lifetime – all of them in various fields of exploitation cinema – the third and last of them, Witchfinder General, now widely acknowledged as a classic of 1960s British cinema. (The film was featured in ‘Cinema Retro’ Vol 2 No 5.)

As I was watching The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves, the new documentary from filmmaker Dima Ballin, I found myself wondering, 50 years on from his death, just how far reaching among movie buffs at large Reeves and his films are. Although I can comprehend that mention of his name might draw a blank with many, it seems inconceivable to me that the title Witchfinder General would do so too. So I put it to the test. My daughter, who’s in her mid-20s and shares my passion for film
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Review: Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (2019)

The adventures of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s potion-supping Gaul creation Asterix and his friends are well loved, since their debut on the pages of Pilote magazine in 1959, all the way up until this new animated feature based on the enduring madcap French creation. In the 60 year history of the series, there have been a plethora of internationally made motion pictures based on the stories and characters, including 4 live-action outings starring Gérard Depardieu and 10 animated films. This latest one, The Secret of the Magic Potion, being released both in cinemas and on Sky Cinema, is hardly the standard barer for all Asterix films but is a fun family flick all the same.

The film centres more on druid Getafix (John Innes), who is faced with finding a replacement after age may be catching up with him. Accompanying him on this important quest are Asterix (Ken Kramer) and Obelix (C. Ernst Harth
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The Best SNL Halloween Sketches of All Time - Yes, We Included David S. Pumpkins

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The Best SNL Halloween Sketches of All Time - Yes, We Included David S. Pumpkins
Halloween doesn't need to be all spooks and scares, and Saturday Night Live's long history of sketches around the holiday of the macabre proves just that. The series has aired many classic ghoulish sketches over the years; every Halloween Bill Hader bit is a gem in its own right, whether he's the dapper Vincent Price or the giggly Stefon. We also can't forget Tom Hanks's absurd David S. Pumpkins in "Haunted Elevator" or John Mulaney as a Ghostface dupe in "Chad Horror Movie" either. If you want to get into an autumnal mood with silly laughs, keep reading to watch the best Saturday Night Live Halloween sketches for a scary good time!
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December 10th Release Date and Blu-ray Box Art Revealed for Scream Factory’s 5-Disc The Fly Collection

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Initially announced at their Comic-Con panel, Scream Factory's five-disc The Fly Collection now has a December 10th release date and new cover art, adding to their tradition of releasing box sets of beloved horror franchises.

Special features for The Fly Collection have yet to be announced, but Scream Factory promises hours of bonus goodies for fans to enjoy, and in the meantime, you can view the box art and read Scream Factory's official announcement below:

From Scream Factory: "Experience the ultimate in horror with The Fly Collection, featuring the chilling original trilogy, the eye-popping '80s remake and its terrifying sequel. Packed with hours of fascinating special features (in progress and to be announced later), this 5-disc set includes 1958's The Fly starring Vincent Price; The Return Of The Fly, in which the son of the original scientist continues his father's work; and The Curse Of The Fly, in
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Bill Hader Talks ‘It: Chapter Two’s’ Big Surprise, ‘Barry’ Season 3 & More [The Fourth Wall]

Welcome to the latest episode of The Fourth Wall – an interview podcast where I attempt to break down the fourth wall of the film industry, getting a behind the scenes look through my conversations with filmmakers, actors/actresses, and other industry professionals. Today’s guest is one of the most exciting creatives working in the business today, Bill Hader.

Bill became a comedic icon entering people’s homes every Saturday night during his eight-season run on “Saturday Night Live” birthing such beloved characters as Stefan and numerous impressions ranging from Vincent Price, Al Pacino, Alan Alda, James Carville and more.

Continue reading Bill Hader Talks ‘It: Chapter Two’s’ Big Surprise, ‘Barry’ Season 3 & More [The Fourth Wall] at The Playlist.
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2019 FilmFear lineup announced!

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Home and Film4 have announce the programme for the fourth annual FilmFear season – the biggest programme yet will comprise six days of horror, extreme cinema, cult favourites and special guests coming to Manchester this October.

Kicking off the season on Tuesday 29 October will be a special preview of The Lighthouse, director Robert Eggers’ much-anticipated follow-up to his folk-horror debut The Witch (2015). Starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as lighthouse keepers battling the elements, isolation, inner demons and more on a remote and mysterious Maine island in the 1890s, the eerie period tale will be on general release in January 2020 making Home audiences amongst the first to see the film in the UK. FilmFear and Home will also tour the film to Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds the following evening.

Following in its wake over the course of six nights through to Sunday 3 November come more previews of highly anticipated films,
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10 Other Survival Movies like “Escape Room” for Horror Fanatics

Horror movies rake in a lot of money, and for good reason: they’re the ultimate escapism. Movies like Escape Room provide us with the perfect opportunity to forget our real-life woes and focus on the trials and tribulations of other characters for a change. That survival horror also challenges us to solve complex mysteries is just another tick in the “for” column.

So you’ve watched Escape Room and you’re left wanting more? We have you covered. Here are 10 other survival movies that horror fanatics will love.

1. Saw

The Saw franchise appears on multiple “best horror” lists and for good reason: its attention to detail, twisted plots, and dedication to mystery makes it one of the best horror franchises in existence today.

The typical Saw movie sees strangers brought together as pawns in a deadly game of survival. There are twisted traps, specific instructions, and deadly lessons to
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Beyond Fest 2019: The Exorcist with William Friedkin, Halloween III with Tom Atkins, Natural Born Killers with Cast & More

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Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the Us, is excited to announce its slate of 2019 programming, comprised of 39 features including 3 world premieres, 2 Us premieres and 17 West Coast premieres of cinematic excess. Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre for 14 days of cinematic splendor spanning Wednesday, September 25th - Tuesday, October 8th to generate funds for the nonprofit 501c3 American Cinematheque.

With a diverse slate celebrating cinema from all corners of the globe, Beyond Fest is proud to open with a double-barrelled-double-bill from La provocateurs Spectrevision, featuring Color Out of Space, with director Richard Stanley in person, and Adam Egypt Mortimer's Daniel Isn't Real. Other hotly anticipated titles making their West Coast debuts include two stunning social satires; this year's transcendent Palme d'Or winner, Parasite, with writer/director Bong Joon-Ho in person, and Taika Waititi's brilliantly provocative and timely tale, JoJo Rabbit. Eddie Murphy returns in
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Beyond Fest 2019’s Full Programming Schedule Includes Jennifer’S Body 10th Anniversary Screening, Color Out Of Space, In Search Of Darkness, The Evil Dead 4K Restoration

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Once again honoring the horror genre's past while celebrating its present, Beyond Fest returns with another jaw-dropping lineup of screenings and special guests this fall in Los Angeles, with a full lineup that includes Richard Stanley's Color Out of Space, the zombie comedy Little Monsters, the ’80s horror documentary In Search of Darkness, a 10th anniversary celebration of Jennifer's Body (with Karyn Kusama and Megan Fox in attendance), a 4K restoration of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, a director's cut of The Exorcist (with William Friedkin in attendance), Joe Bob Briggs' one-man show How Rednecks Saved Hollywood, and the Tom Atkins triple feature of The Fog, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Night of the Creeps.

We have the official press release with the full Beyond Fest 2019 lineup below, and to learn more, visit the festival's official website.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Beyond Fest,
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Frightfest 2019 Preview: ‘The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves’ Podcast

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In the first of this weeks Arrow Video Frightfest preview podcasts, host Stuart Wright talks The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves with the films director Dima Ballin.

The early death of director Michael Reeves at 25 from an accidental overdose robbed the cinema of a potential major talent. He only made three 1960s shockers – The Revenge Of The Bloodbeast, The Sorcerers and the masterpiece Witchfinder General – each starring a horror icon, Barbara Steele, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. But for many he was the genre’s shining light because he took fright out of studio confines and into stark reality. Reeves’ early life and movie times plus little known facts about his short but incandescent career are all covered in director Dima Ballin’s brilliant and exhaustively researched documentary.

Catch The Magnificent Obsession Of Michael Reeves at Arrow Video Frightfest

22th to 26th August 2018

Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7Na.

Programme listings and film details www.
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Horror Highlights: Sid Haig Receives Price Award, ScareHouse’s The Scream District Attraction, New Collection Complete Episode, Eternal Code

Over the weekend, actor Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects) was presented with the much-coveted Price Award―by Victoria Price herself―at this year's Hollywood HorrorFest. Continue reading for more details. Also in today's Highlights: ScareHouse's latest attraction called The Scream District, James Remar on a new Collection Complete episode, and a trailer for Eternal Code.

Sid Haig Receives Vincent Price Award at Hollywood HorrorFest: "On Saturday, August 10th, at a private event at Hollywood Horrorfest, actor Sid Haig became the 3rd annual recipient of the event's prestigious Price Award - created to honor the iconic legacy of Vincent Price by celebrating an equally iconic genre figure.

The Raven was bestowed onto Haig by Victoria Price herself, Price's daughter. She delivered a touching speech explaining how Haig, like her famous father, embodied "the onscreen bad guy you secretly root for!"

The crowd at this invitation-only fundraising evening for the Vincent Price Art Museum,
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: A Clever but Confused Adaptation of the Ya Horror Series

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: A Clever but Confused Adaptation of the Ya Horror Series
The late American writer and folklorist Alvin Schwartz tapped into the minds of young readers and traumatized generations of eager children by telling otherwise PG-13 horror tales with a transgressive, R-rated glee that made kids feel like they had read something they weren’t supposed to. There’s hardly a millennial in the United States who wasn’t happily scarred by the three volumes of Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series, and couldn’t describe Stephen Gammell’s rotting illustrations to their therapist in all of their red and blue detail.

André Øverdal’s film adaptation, as clever and well-crafted as it is, can’t help but invert the formula that the source material relied upon for its success. Here is an R-rated concept that’s been watered down until it passed for a PG-13 movie; it’s plenty harrowing and full of gruesome effects, but it never feels dangerous.
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