I know a few of the Halloween Treats today are oddly corporately synergistic. We’re not getting paid for this, it’s just that a few companies have stood up to the bat with their product pimping. I’m not encouraging you to buy Tide or anything like that (I use some weird hippie detergent), but I am encouraging you to spend a few seconds with their Halloween Vines if you’re killing time while your significant other is perfecting his/her costume.
They cover The Shining, The Ring, Poltergeist, Psycho and Carrie. The latter is pretty great!
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I’m not normally a fan of Bing but this is actually pretty cool. You know how Google has their “Google Doodles” – those alterations to their homepage they do every holiday or on special occasions? Well Bing has given their entire homepage a thorough makeover.
You’ll notice the creepy Poltergeist TV right off the bat, but move your cursor around and you’ll discover a few other horror references! Some of them lead to standard searches, and some lead to imagery. If you’re bored and the office and waiting to get drunk at the Halloween party in a few hours, check it out!
Jane Adams, pictured above, best known for her work in “Hung,” is the latest to join the cast of MGM and Fox 2000’s Poltergeist, states THR.
Gil Kenan is directing the reboot of the classic 1980s supernatural thriller, which has Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris starring in the story of a family that is visited by ghost.
At first, the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, but things turn nasty when they kidnap the youngest daughter.
Adams will play a parapsychologist called in to help the family find their daughter and identify the supernatural forces at work in their home. Beatrice Straight, pictured below left, played the part in the original. READ MORE
MGM and Fox 2000′s horror reboot of Poltergeist is rounding out the Bowen family as “Touch” actress Saxon Sharbino, pictured, has been cast as 16-year-old Kendra Bowen, the eldest of the three Bowen children, reports THR.
City of Ember‘s Gil Kenan is directing the project from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire.
“The story follows the Bowens as their home is terrorized and their youngest child goes missing when a supernatural force takes over their home.”
Sharbino’s Kendra is a typical teen, isolating herself from her family to focus on her friendships. But when she realizes that her new home feeds on the isolation of others, she must band together with her family to help save her youngest sibling.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt set to star as the Bowen parents.
Filming began on Sept 23 in Toronto. READ MORE
Variety writes that “The Following” actor Kyle Catlett, pictured below, is looking to go from being terrorized by serial killers to being spooked by ghosts in MGM’s reboot of Poltergeist. Also in negotiations is The Kitchen Sink rising star Nicholas Braun, pictured above, says TheWrap.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt are already set to star, as well as “Mad Men’s” Jared Harris.
“The story follows the Bowen family, whose life is suddenly disrupted after a supernatural force takes over their home and begins terrorizing them.”
Catlett will play one of the Bowen children. Braun is being eyed to play one of her grad students who visually documents the investigation and quickly sheds his skepticism regarding what’s really going on inside the Bowen home.
Gil Kenan directing. David Lindsay-Abaire is penning the script. READ MORE
“Mad Men” and The Quiet Ones star Jared Harris, pictured, has nabbed a lead role in MGM and Fox 2000′s Poltergeist remake, Deadline writes.
Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show Haunted House Cleaners.
Gil Kenan is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire reimagining the 1982 Tobe Hooper horror classic.
Rosemarie DeWitt was cast in the pic in July.
Last week I wrote a post called 5 Reasons Gremlins 2 Is A Masterpiece, and I often talk about my love for some of the Friday The 13th, Halloween and NOES sequels, so you know I’m not a hater when it comes to franchises. Not only do I have few hangups about sequels, I’m even looking forward to the NEXT Friday The 13th film – which is a sequel to a remake. I’m no snob when it comes to this stuff, I’ll take it when I can get it.
But the fact remains that a good deal of horror sequels (and sequels in general) are pretty terrible. So here I’m going to get started on what will surely be an ongoing and easily updated series of lists regarding secondary installments that betray key elements of what made the originals so great. I’m going to try to avoid stuff that’s merely disappointing and focus on films that really twist the knife into the back of the fans.
Head below for 5 Disgraceful Horror Sequels!!! READ MORE
The Wrap is reporting that actor Sam Rockwell (Moon, Iron Man 2) is in talks to star in the upcoming Poltergeist remake, which will be produced by Sam Raimi and Nathan Kahane and is directed by Gil Kenan. The Wrap adds that Rockwell is “…the filmmakers’ top choice” and he seems to be returning that interest. Rockwell’s team has not issued any statement regarding this.
Rockwell would be starring opposite Rosemarie DeWitt, who is confirmed as the lead in the film.
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil. READ MORE
Deadline reports that Rosemarie DeWitt (“Mad Men,” “United States of Tara”) is the choice to play the female lead in Poltergeist, the new installment of the Tobe Hooper-directed horror classic that will be made by MGM and Fox 2000, with Gil Kenan directing a script by David Lindsay-Abaire. They are still looking to cast the male lead.
Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson were the original parents whose ideal family life is uprooted by a cavalcade of spirits that culminates in the kidnap of their youngest daughter. Given how well these fright films are faring against studio product lately, this one seems ripe for remaking and I’m surprised someone didn’t reheat the 31-year old film sooner.
Sam Raimi and Nathan Kahane are producing. READ MORE
More often than not, video game movies tend to suck. Few have seen much success, and fewer still have managed to successfully capture what made the game it’s adapting to the big screen so great. Of the myriad video game movies we’ve reluctantly watched, hoping, as fans of a novel-turned-movie have done for ages now, that this time, it has to be good.
To me, Silent Hill has been the only movie that’s retained most of what made the games great. The atmosphere, visuals, overly complex story were all there. Hell, even some of the monsters, music and camera angles were taken straight out of the games. So today, we’re going to flip the script and look at six horror films that would make great games. Because for every bad video game adaptation we’ve seen, there’s about a dozen awful games based on movies.
Read on for six horror films that would make great video games!
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has partnered with Fox 2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox, to co-finance and distribute the film Poltergeist, it was announced today by MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Barber and Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Gianopulos. Gil Kenan (Monster House) is set to direct from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (whose recent credits include “Oz: The Great and Powerful). The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Rob Tapert (The Posession) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Nathan Kahane (The Grudge) will serve as executive producer.
Poltergeist will be marketed and distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, with select international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television. MGM and Twentieth Century Fox continue their longtime partnership as Fox also distributes MGM’s home entertainment product.
“In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”
Poltergeist is scheduled to begin production this Fall. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Portland, Oregon rockers Sun Angle to bring you their amazing animated music video for “Raspberry”. Painstakingly hand drawn by bassist Marius Libman over the course of several months, the video pays homage to some of the greatest scenes in 80′s sci-fi/horror, including Poltergeist, Total Recall, Videodrome, Scanners, Ghoulies, and much, much more.
“Raspberry” comes from the band’s debut album Diamond Junk, which was produced by Menomena‘s Danny Seim. You can purchase the album on iTunes or through the New Moss Records Store.
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An update to our exclusive story posted yesterday regarding the plot details for the forthcoming Poltergeist “remake.”
Our friends at Moviehole.net reveal that the Gil Kenan-directed Sam Raimi-produced reboot – much like the Evil Dead remake – exists in the same world as the previous Poltergeist films. So while it is a ‘reboot’ of the franchise, it’s also somewhat of a sequel – taking place years after the Freeling’s were ran out of town. READ MORE
We just received inside Intel that Gil Kenan has officially begun casting his vision of Poltergeist.
He will begin shooting the movie as soon as September in Toronto, Canada.
In exclusive first details, the new version follows Eric Bowen and his family who, after he loses his job, relocate to a new town to start anew. His daughter, Madison, is abducted, making him truly understand what’s important in life: family. In the new version, Eric’s wife, Amy, can communicate with the dead.
Another interesting new character is Carrigan Burke, a television personality who hosts “Haunted House Cleaners.” The supernatural doesn’t scare this guy. Dr. Brooke Powell is Carrigan’s ex-wife who is a parapsychologist at a local university.Her team investigates the supernatural events surrounding the disappearance of the Bowen girl.
David Lindsay-Abaire is listed as the main screenwriter although Juliet Snowden and Stiles White has previously worked on it.
Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Roy Lee produce. READ MORE
After the huge success of The Last Exorcism Part 2 (that was extreme sarcasm), MGM has decided once again to move forward with their remake of Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist.
Gil Kenan, who’s best known for helming Monster House and City Of Ember, is the third director attached to the remake that’s been in development hell for the better part of a decade. Deadline reports.
The remake of the 1982 Tobe Hooper-directed pic is being produced by Sam Raimi, Nathan Kahane, and Roy Lee. The original starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams as the parents of a normal family whose dream house turns into a nightmare. David Lindsay-Abaire, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White have worked on the latest screenplay.
And before you all freak out, let’s see what Raimi delivers with his The Evil Dead remake, premiering this Friday at SXSW. Evan Dickson will report back with a review STAT.
I’m eagerly awaiting Red Machine, a grizzly bear movie directed by Saw V‘s David Hackl and starring James Marsden, Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn, Adam Beach, Michaela McManus and Kelly Curran. But in the meantime we can exclusively report that its screenwriter Jack Reher is reteaming with its star Thomas Jane for the upcoming Wet House, a horror film that Jane will direct as well as star in.
Reher explains what a “Wet House” is, “These places are popping up all over the United States. Kind of creepy. People go there by their own admission when they give up on life and their addictions. By means of drinking or drugs, late-stage users go to a Wet House when all hope is lost. Then they die…” Having known a few addicts and alcoholics, this seems pretty disturbing.
The film is “an elevated genre supernatural thriller and is loosely based on Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story “The Signal-Man.” A doctor treats a patient that checks in there after a horrific car accident and meets another resident that predicts tragic things that haven’t happened yet.. Slowly the doctor loses grip on his sanity in the Wet House and becomes haunted by something sinister.”
Tonally the film will resemble a mixture of Jacob’s Ladder, Poltergeist, and Secret Window. As far as Red Machine goes, we’re hearing it’s going to be hitting sometime this summer.
Mondo, the collectible arts portion of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has announced that they will be releasing a limited edition vinyl of the classic Steven Spielberg-produced, Tobe Hooper-directed 1982 film Poltergeist. The 2-disc vinyl set will be available on Feb. 22nd via MondoTees with a few randomly selected copies receiving clear vinyl (follow @MondoNews for the exact time of sale). Australian illustration duo We Buy Your Kids were commissioned to do the artwork for the front, back, and gatefold.
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith, the music represents the struggles of a family desperately trying to save their daughter after she has been sucked into their television by malevolent spirits.
The vinyl will have five tracks never before released on vinyl. You can see the track list below as well as the original art and a shot of the final product. READ MORE
Mama, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror thriller, hits theaters on Friday, January 18th. The film deals with two missing girls who return to society after five years of living in the wilderness.
Keeping the central conceit of Mama in mind, I decided to compile a list of movies that featured interesting disappearances (and, in most cases, reappearances). Originally I wanted to make this about “real life people who disappeared and then came back.” Whoops! In real life, if you go missing you’re probably dead. So we’re going with the movie version! Always better!
Head inside for 5 Disturbing Movie Disappearances! READ MORE
“Some people believe that when you die there is a wonderful light. As bright as the sun but it doesn’t hurt to look into it. All the answers to all the questions you want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it… you become a part of it forever. Now, some people die, but they don’t know they’re gone…”
Poltergeist is brilliant and beautiful. The events in the 1982 film almost seem like they could truly happen, and perhaps they have without the world knowing. Set in perfect suburbia, five year old Carol Anne Freeling awakens her family one night, yelling into the static of the television.
Little does the Freeling family know that Carol Anne, having been born in their perfect house in Cuesta Verde, has a light within her that is a gateway to the afterlife. A light which will let the spirits, or the “tv people”, into our world – starting with two little words:
“They’re here.” READ MORE
In an article over at the THR, they misreport
sneak in that Sam Raimi is set to actually direct the remake of Poltergeist, which David Lindsay-Abair has been writing since April. This is not true. The remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic is the story of a suburban home built over an Indian burial ground and thus inhabited by a nasty spook. While I’m not excited about the film being remade, Raimi does have the “family” mentality and also is one of the best at creating “impact” moments in the genre.
With Nate Parker falling out of the project due to scheduling conflicts, Spike Lee has turned to a frequent collaborator to replace him with James Ransone (Sinister) boarding Filmdistrict and Good Universe’s Oldboy, Variety reports. Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley currently star with Lee helming. A remake of Chan-wook Park’s Korean revenge thriller, pic revolves around a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for more than a decade for unknown reasons.
Jacki Weaver, who garnered an Oscar nomination for the 2010 Australian film Animal Kingdom, has joined the cast of Haunt, an original horror movie being produced and financed by QED International, reports THR. Also starring in the movie are Liana Liberato and Harrison Gilbertson. Written by Andrew Barrer, the story centers on a family that moves into a new home with a dark past. The introverted son (Gilbertson) becomes involved with a beautiful girl (Liberato) next door and as they begin to explore their sexual awakening, the two unwittingly invoke an alternative dimension of the house. Weaver will play a former resident of the house who has suffered a terrible family tragedy. Production will begin November in Utah.
TNT has put in development “Frankenstein,” a drama series from Lionsgate Television and 1019 Entertainment based on the five Frankenstein novels by Dean Koontz, which have sold more than 20 million copies. Deadline reports that feature writer James V. Hart (Dracula, Hook) and his son Jake Hart will write the project, a modern-day reworking of the classic Frankenstein mythology. “It is set in present-day New Orleans and follows Victor Helios (Frankenstein) and his creation 200 years after they thought they killed each other in a battle in the Arctic. The creature has survived and Victor has used science to keep himself alive — and they’re now in the same city unbeknownst to each other. Victor has engineered a new race of bizarre beings who answer to him, and when the creature learns that Victor is alive, an epic war ensues built on 200 years of pent-up rage, with New Orleans caught in the middle.” READ MORE
“Remember This?” is a new feature that highlights cool anecdotes from the horror genre’s storied past. It’ll pop up from time to time, giving you a brief look at something cool before you move on with your day.
This isn’t exactly a well kept secret, but it’s weird to think sometimes that some of those skeletons in Poltergeist are real. Towards the end of the film JoBeth Williams‘ character is thrown into a swimming pool flooded with dirt, rain and actual human remains (their house is built on a burial ground after all).
While the jury is still out on who directed the film between Tobe Hooper and producer Steven Spielberg, there’s no doubt that both of them were aware of their “authentic” props. What’s even stranger is that Williams was pretty much cool with it (stating that she was far more concerned about being electrocuted)! One thing’s for sure – this would not happen today. Hollywood is much less renegade in spirit than it was back then, and talent is more “finicky”. I was recently on the set of a horror film and watched the young female star – who had not heard this story – shudder in horror and disbelief as I relayed this tidbit.
As a germaphobe – I’m really hoping these things were thoroughly sanitized. Head inside for more pics! And decide for yourself if any of these are the real skeletons (dressed with fake rotting flesh) in question, or if the actual guys are somewhwre in the background. READ MORE
Jackson Guitars will be releasing a very limited edition Among The Living Soloist guitar through Guitar Center. The guitar, which sells for $699.99, features the cover artwork to the 1987 Anthrax album Among The Living, which prominently displays Rev. Henry Kane, the terrifying antagonist from the Poltergeist sequels. Only 250 of these guitars will be made, so snag one here if you desperately need this for your collection.
The guitar is constructed from basswood and features a neck-through design with 24 frets and string-thru body. The rosewood fingerboard features pentagram inlays as well as an “ATL” inlay towards the upper registers. There is a single Seymour Duncan pick up and one volume knob. Below is a video of guitarist Scott Ian running through the guitar and explaining the history behind it.
Alright fellow guitarists, is this an axe you could see yourself rocking?
Sometimes a music video goes for a horror vibe and falls flat on its face. But sometimes you get a video that just nails everything it’s going for and I can’t help but smile as my beloved genre gets the proper treatment. Such is the case with the music video for Jjamz “Heartbeat”, which is directed by Eddie O’Keefe. The video has the look and feel of Halloween, a figure known as “The Shape” that reminds me of a cross between Phantasm’s The Tall Man and Poltergeist’s Henry Kane, and visual color play like Argento’s Suspiria. All of these attributes are delightfully offset by a surprisingly catchy and chipper song. Check out the awesome video below and download the song for free here. READ MORE
We have heard your cries! MANY of you felt that the The Ultimate Horror Challenge wasn’t comprehensive enough! So we included an additional 20 films that round it out a bit more. Many of these are from your suggestions! But this still isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. And it still doesn’t contain every major work of every horror auteur (there’s still no John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left).
The next update will be the Ultimate Horror Challenge: Final Edition – where we take your best new suggestions and use them to get up to 101 films that every horror fan should see! So in addition to your ranking, let us know which films should make the cut! Should newer fan favorites like Frozen or The Devil’s Rejects be included? Should we go back and pick up a few more old-school slashers? You’re shaping the Final 20! Discuss and vote and I’ll tally it up!
There are now 81 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into!
1-10 Points: Soccer Mom
11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous
21-30 Points: Casual Fan
31-40 Points: Enthusiast
41-50 Points: Hardcore
51-60 Points: Unstable
61-70 Points: Need Meds
71-80 Points: Psychopath
81 Points: Special Circle Of Hell
Head inside to take the challenge! The films are listed in no particular order. This is NOT a ranking! READ MORE