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Competition: Win SFX documentary ‘Creature Designers’ on DVD

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To celebrate the release of Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex – on DVD 3rd October – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Studiocanal!

From King Kong to Avatar, from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, movie creatures have never been as popular as they are today! Yet the art of creating monsters for the big screen is as old as cinema itself…

From early experiments with apes and dinosaurs to the birth of special make-up effects, from the pinnacle of animatronics to the digital revolution, Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex explores a century of human imagination, cinematic thrills and wonders.

Based on interviews of all the greatest artists in the genre and hours of exclusive footage from classics like Gremlins, The Abyss, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, Spider-Man 2…, the documentary focuses on the stunning relationship between the creatures and their makers: like modern Frankensteins, special effects wizards create life out of raw material,
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Hollywood Bad Times: Part 2

By Robert W. Welkos The Curse of the Blood Moons isn’t on any studio release schedule this year as far as we know, but then again, we’re not talking about the latest horror flick. We’re talking about Hollywood itself. No matter how you look at it, 2014 is shaping up to be among the most turbulent year Hollywood has ever experienced—and we have yet to reach summer. It wasn’t that long ago that Hollywood was reeling from the drug overdose death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his Greenwich Village apartment. Hoffman’s death followed on the heels of director Woody Allen being accused by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow of molesting her when she was only 7 years old. Then there was the suicide of Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, who died of a drug overdose and left a five-page suicide ranting against the Oscar winner.
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Nightmare Factory (2011) Review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Nightmare Factory (2011)

Directed by: Donna Davies

Featuring: Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger, Gabriel Bartalos, John Landis, George A. Romero, John Carpenter, and more.

There’s a unique subset of horror fan that enjoys the horror documentary. Some would rather not know what the man looks like behind the curtain, or all the drama, politics, or bureaucracy behind getting a horror movie made. Then there are others that will take all the inside information and factoids that they can get. Maybe being able to get a glimpse into the lives of horror directors and effects guys, and that they have the same problems as us, or sitting back in the armchair, and thinking “I could’ve done that!”. Whatever the case, I personally love a good horror documentary.

Nightmare Factory” tells the story of Knb Effects Group, particularly Greg Nicotero, who has become legendary in the horror world,
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Review: Epix Documentary 'Nightmare Factory' Details The Hard Work Behind Horror's Scariest Monsters

Every Halloween people indulge in horror movie marathons, where fountains of gore crescendo skyward, madmen make mincemeat of unsuspecting victims, and otherworldly monsters prowl menacingly with gore-dipped fangs. While watching these movies, it's easy to take these terrifying creatures of the night for granted. But how do those ghouls, goblins, and gross-out zombies actually make it to the screen? That is the question effects guru Greg Nicotero is faced with everyday and one that the new Epix documentary "Nightmare Factory" fully engages with. Zombies, werewolves, and vampires all have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is often Nicotero's Knb Effects factory floor. At the beginning of this lively documentary, Nicotero lays it all out. "We've done 900 movies," he estimates. "We're one of the most prolific, if not the single most prolific, effects company in the world." And it's true – just running down their roster of films shows both the scope of their imagination and.
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Greg Nicotero Talks Special Effects Documentary Nightmare Factory, His Career, The Walking Dead, the Companion Series, Sin City 2, and More

Directed by Donna Davies, the Epix original documentary Nightmare Factory, premiering quite fittingly on October 30th, is about the acclaimed Oscar-winning Hollywood special effects house Knb, which is responsible for creating The Walking Dead zombies and the make-up effects for close to 1,000 feature films. More specifically, the story follows how Greg Nicotero’s boyhood fascination with monsters drove him to have a hand in creating (along with Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman) one of the most prolific make-up effects studios in the world. The film features George A. Romero, John Carpenter, John Landis, Tom Savini, Frank Darabont, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden, and Elijah Wood, along with some incredibly cool behind-the-scenes footage. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, Greg Nicotero talked about how his career happened completely by chance, letting his parents know that he was leaving med-school to get into the movie business,
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Vincent Price, Special Effects Masters and 24 Hours of 'Trick 'r Treat': Our Small Screen Guide to Halloween

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Vincent Price, Special Effects Masters and 24 Hours of 'Trick 'r Treat': Our Small Screen Guide to Halloween
For the couch potatoes among us, getting in the Halloween spirit can simply mean sprawling out on the couch in front of a Freddy Krueger marathon. While many shows plan special spooky episodes, below you can find a handpicked list of other seasonal programming that will be screening on television today and on Halloween tomorrow. "Halloween" Franchise Marathon: October 30 at 8pm, AMC; October 30 at 8pm, Spike TV John Carpenter's 1978 foray into the slasher franchise follows an escaped mental patient as he stalks Jamie Lee Curtis and smalltown middle America for blood and remains a classic. AMC will follow it up with "Halloween II" at 9pm, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" at midnight, "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" at 2am and "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers" at 4am, so huddle in for a night of diminishing returns. Spike TV also opted for "Halloween" tonight, though
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Reminder: Epix All Hallows' Evil Movie Marathon Kicks Off October 30th

If you love horror marathons, Halloween has got to be your favorite season. Don't forget Epix network has a great one entitled All Hallows' Evil Halloween Movie Marathon that features the premiere of Nightmare Factory and now offers fans the chance to win a prize!

All Hallows' Evil Movie Marathon brings us nine fright films including Nightmare Factory, which is an Epix original documentary about F/X masters Knb Efx. The marathon kicks off at 8 p.m. on October 30th and runs through Halloween.

To support the premiere, Epix is hosting the Nightmare Factory Halloween Contest from October 24th-31st. Fans can enter for a chance to win a custom ghoul or vampire bust created by Knb. To participate, fans must submit a photo of their best Halloween look (make-up and/or costume) to Epix via the official Epix Facebook page or via Epix on Twitter (@epixhd). Entries should include
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Knb Efx Documentary, Nightmare Factory, to Debut on Epix

Premium network Epix gets special with the effects when it presents “All Hallows’ Evil” Halloween marathon, October 30-31. The evening features 9 demonic-plagued films, including the World Premiere of the Epix Original Documentary Nightmare Factory at 8pm on October 30th.

Nightmare Factory, is a 90-minute documentary about the acclaimed Osca-winning Hollywood special effects house Knb, responsible for creating The Walking Dead zombies and the makeup effects for close to 1000 feature films.

Directed by Donna Davies (Zombiemania), the doc is the story of how one Pittsburgh boy’s fascination with monsters drove him to the very top of the Hollywood food chain. In 1989, Greg Nicotero, much to his parents’ chagrin, quit medical school and headed for Hollywood to pursue a dream of making monsters.

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Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Saturday, July 20th

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Saturday, July 20th
Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the third day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday, July 20. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.

10:00 Am - 11:00 Am A&E Bates Motel

The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show's unique backstory and creation. Fans will get an opportunity to
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.

But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: The Cabin in the Woods
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Howard Berger's Hollywood highlights

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Howard Berger features in a new documentary called Nightmare Factory, which showcases some of the best make-up effects he has created over the years with Greg Nicotero - his business partner at K.N.B. Effects Group. Together, they have worked on some of the biggest movies in the history of Hollywood, such as Evil Dead II, Pulp Fiction and From Dusk Till Dawn.

Read more about the documentary in the new October-November (#149) issue of If magazine.

If Magazine: What have been the highlights of your career so far?

Hb: I still treasure the time I spent on Army of Darkness and remember the experience as some of my best days in film. I also really enjoyed working on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But I have to say that Hitchcock, which I have worked on recently, was a surprisingly dream project for me. It was
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Screamfest L.A. 2012: Exclusive - Writer/Director Donna Davies Talks Nightmare Factory

With the 12th annual and venerated Screamfest L.A. Film Festival running this Friday, October 12th, thru the 20th, we chatted recently with Nightmare Factory writer, director and co-producer (with Dan Stewart) Donna Davies regarding her documentary on FX legend Greg Nicotero.

The flick is set for its La debut Saturday, October 20th, at 1:00pm. Read on for the trailer and an exclusive still!

Nightmare Factory (which features appearances by Howard Berger, George A, Romero, Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Robert Rodriguez, John Landis and Elijah Wood, among others) focuses (according to the official synopsis) on ‘Greg Nicotero, who in 1989 quit medical school and headed for Hollywood to pursue a dream of making monsters. Together with gore masters Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, Nicotero went on to create Knb Efx Group, one of the most prolific make-up effects studios in the world. Nightmare Factory (review here) delves inside
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2012 Spooky Movie Film Festival: Official Lineup

For their seventh annual edition, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is really blowing things up!

Well, not literally. But the world’s premiere horror movie fest is expanding to over double its regular size, screening over 50 films on nine terrifying nights Oct. 10-18 at its new home, the prestigious AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The scares kick off on the 10th with the return of local fave filmmaker Richard Bates, Jr. with the feature-length version of Excision about a teenage girl obsessed with becoming a surgeon. The film co-stars John Waters, Malcolm McDowell and Traci Lords. Bates’ original short Excision on which the feature is based screened at Spooky Movie back in 2008.

A few other Spooky Movie alumni who are back with highly anticipated new films include Mike Davis‘ “green” horror movie President Wolfman, which is composed entirely of public domain footage mixed with a rip-roarin
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Frightfest 2012 Review: Nightmare Factory

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Nightmare Factory

Stars: Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, George A Romero, Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Robert Rodriguez | Directed by Donna Davies

In 1989 Greg Nicotero quit medical school and headed for Hollywood to pursue a dream of making monsters. Together with splatter maestros Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, Nicotero created the Knb Efx Group. Nightmare Factory is the story of Knb and in particular Greg Nicotero – from humble beginnings, to the rockstar excesses of their fame in the 80s, to today where they known and respected as one of the most prolific make-up effects studios in the world.

From the humourous, yet affectionate, look at Troll 2 with Best Worst Movie, to the decade spanning, in-depth story of the Nightmare on Elm Street series with Never Sleep Again, the horror documentary, a small but growing sub-genre that is steadily becoming one of the most interesting aspects of both the documentary and horror genres.
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Film4 Frightfest Image Explosion: New Stills and Art for Hidden in the Woods, Tulpa, Outpost II, After, Chained, Before Dawn, Errors of the Human Body and More!

We've updated our Film4 Fright Fest line-up story with tons of images. Read on to see what you may have missed and what's brand spanking new! Dig it!

Programme - Screen 1

Thursday Aug 23

Opening Film - The Seasoning House (World Premiere)

Special make-up prosthetics and splatter genius Paul Hyett makes his directorial debut with a harrowing exploration into tense claustrophobia, hard-hitting action and rollercoaster suspense. In a Balkan brothel, where girls kidnapped by soldiers in war-torn zones are prostituted to the military and civilians alike, Angel (Robin Day) is the deaf mute orphan enslaved to care for the inmates. But unbeknownst to her captors, she moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the seasoning house planning her escape. Psychological horror in the nerve-shredding Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski style but with an ultra-modern twist.

89 mins Director: Paul Hyett UK 2012

Rosie DayAngel

Sean Pertwee – Goran

Kevin Howarth – Viktor

David Lemberg
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Top 10: “FrightFest the 13th” Must-Sees

Last Friday saw the final line-up for this years London Film4 FrightFest, aka FrightFest the 13th, announced to an eagerly awaiting public – myself included. Comprised of a huge three screens this year it’s going to be tough making those hard choices over which films to see over others. So, with that in mind I thought I’d bring you a Top 10 of unmissable movies at the 2012 FrightFest… Of course as with every FrightFest, there’s always a couple of films that fly under everyone’s radar and turn out to be The must-see movies of the year!

10) We Are the Night

Think The Lost Boys set in Germany, but with female vampires instead of Keifer Sutherland and co. and you have We Are the Night. After attacking passengers on a flight to Paris, vampire trio Louise, Charlotte and Nora arrive in Germany. Leader of the pack Louise has been
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FrightFest the 13th – The Line-Up Announcement

It’s here! Yes, the announcement I’ve been waiting all year for is finally here – the line-up of this years London FIlm4 FrightFest. Check it out:

Film4 FrightFest the 13th is delighted to unveil its most ambitious line-up in history. From the sensational Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, the Sam Raimi produced The Possession and Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s jaw-dropping Chained, to the Maniac remake, the surgical underground of American Mary and the V/H/S anthology everyone is talking about, this year’s event is definitely something to scream about.

From Thurs 23 August to Monday 27 August the UK’s leading event for horror fantasy fans will be back at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 48 films in three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery and the newly-created Re-Discovery strand will play in Empires 4 & 5. There are eleven countries represented, with a record-beating
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FrightFest Announces Record Number Of Films For 2012!

Is it really that time of year already?! Whilst the masses are flocking to see what blockbuster cinema has to offer, the dark and disturbed movie fans amongst us are gearing up the annual FrightFest – five days of pure, non-stop horror. And this year should be the best of all, as the festival has just announced a record number of film’s for the upcoming event – 48 screamers, howlers, chillers, and bowel-emptiers.

Check out the official press release below!

Film4 FrightFest the 13th is delighted to unveil its most ambitious line-up in history. From the sensational Sinister starring Ethan Hawke, the Sam Raimi produced The Possession and Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s jaw-dropping Chained, to the Maniac remake, the surgical underground of American Mary and the V/H/S anthology everyone is talking about, this year’s event is definitely something to scream about.

From Thurs 23 August to Monday 27 August the UK
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