Franchises. As much as we like our smaller, more artistic, horror films we keep returning to the well of the familiar. There’s nothing wrong with that really, time has shown us that there’s plenty of space for more unique horror films to thrive (and perhaps become franchises themselves) alongside the old profitable standbys.
But what makes a good franchise? A great first film helps, and a lot of these have GREAT first films. But that’s not all it takes. For a franchise’s legacy to endure it requires an unholy (and sometimes contradictory) mix of consistency, variety and history. It’s entirely possible to have a flat-out classic as your first film but then taper off into highly unremarkable territory.
Head inside to see how your favorite franchises stack up and to vote in our poll! Needless to say, my list is highly subjective and I welcome differing opinions. Also – please note I stuck to franchises with 5 or more entries (including remakes)! READ MORE
You probably already know we’re hosting a Friday The 13th mini-marathon on Friday, September 13th at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. Now I can announce that Part 3 will indeed be screened in 3D (red and blue anaglyph). We also have some great guests coming out! Mark Swift (co-writer of Freddy Vs. Jason and Friday The 13th 2009) will be onhand to help me introduce Part 2 and Todd Farmer (writer of Jason X, Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D) is gonna come on down and help intro Part 3. In addition, we’re also working on getting a SPECIAL guest introduction for Part 1… but you’ll just have to come down for yourself and see what happens.
The whole thing starts at 5PM – there will be a little bit of a street scene outside the theater and you’re welcome to come dressed as your favorite franchise character. There will be food trucks, prizes for costumes and trivia. The FIRST FILM will start at 730 PM and we’ll keep going until we’re done. The whole thing is only $13 (you can buy the tickets here)!
Again, there are CASH PRIZES of $500, $300 and $100. The cash prizes are for the Costume Contest. Come down by 5PM dressed as your favorite F13 character. The three best costumes will win – with the grand prize winner getting $500 and so on. Don’t have a costume? No problem! We’re giving away 13 BLU-RAY BOXED SETS of “Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection” as well as 13 MEALS from the Food Trucks outside! These prizes are for our Trivia and Scream Contests (these also start at 5PM). READ MORE
It’s fairly common knowledge at this point that dogs, for the most part, are way cooler than people. In the words of Ellen Ripley, “you don’t see them f*cking each other over for a godd*mn percentage.” Granted, she was talking about Aliens, but that sentiment captures a few of their biggest qualities – loyalty and priorities.
Dogs also happen to be honest, somewhat intelligent and great companions. They remind us that love, fun and playfulness aren’t societal constructs – they’re universal truths. This all might be a reason why we can stomach human death after human death in films, but we lose our sh*t when a dog is placed in peril.
As awesome as dogs are, there’s not enough of them in horror. So let’s encourage more canine inclusion in the genre and celebrate a few of the ones that rise above the pack with 6 Of The Cutest Dogs In Horror!!! READ MORE
Last week it was announced that Paramount had regained the rights to the Friday The 13th franchise, and they have a five year window to make things happen. I’m not sure if this means that the rights will expire if they don’t make a movie in the next five years (deals like this are common) or if they simply have five years to make as many of these suckers as they can. If the latter is the case, and if their initial foray is lucrative enough, they can certainly get four out there if they follow the “one a year” release pattern from the 80′s.
It’s too late for them to make one in time for December 13th of this year, so I imagine that they’ll be aiming for the next available date – June 13th, 2014 – which gives them some time to get it right. While I genuinely dug the 2009 remake (and wouldn’t at all mind getting that rumored Shannon/Swift snowbound sequel), there are some ground rules we need to establish before moving forward in order to ensure we get the best F13 possible.
Head below for 11 Things We Want In The Next Friday The 13th!!! READ MORE
While many of our favorite horror performances enjoy their richly deserved iconic status, there are plenty of great turns out their that don’t get nearly enough credit. And it can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the movie tanked or wasn’t well regarded. But sometimes the films were hugely successful (or found cult popularity later) and their roles were simply outshined by the other stars, or elements, in the picture.
In this list I take a look at 10 performances that I feel haven’t gotten their due. I wanted the focus to be on films that you’ve likely seen (and love), so there’s a chance you may already feel the same way about many of these performances. In some cases these are roles that already get a fair amount of credit in the horror community – but are ignored in popular discussion of the performer’s overall career.
Disagree? Did I miss someone? Make sure your voice is heard in the comments!
Hit the jump to check out the list! READ MORE