• Remembering Michael Winner, 1935-2013


    by: Chris Alexander on: 2013-01-21 18:07:23

    I considered Michael Winner a friend. Not a friend in the sense that he’d loan me 50 bucks when I was short on rent, but a friend in that his kindness, openness, advice and cheerful nature were inspiring to me, personally.

    I like to think I perhaps brightened his day on occasion as well. Maybe there was a mutual appreciation; I’m not quite sure. All I know is that learning of his passing this morning (he died at age 77 after an illness), I feel a great sense of loss. All fans of old-fashioned, unironic, no-nonsense genre filmmaking should too.

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  • “IN FEAR” (Sundance Movie Review)


    UK director Jeremy Lovering’s feature debut was developed and filmed unconventionally. He kept much of the story—its twists and turns and frights and games— from his two leads, only revealing the entirety to Allen Leech; he who plays the one playing tricks. While the average moviegoer rarely needs such back story, viewing the film with context in this case feels a tad more necessary. Although Lovering’s search for verisimilitude was not in vain, it does materialize in both grounded, raw performance and a strong sense that no one has any idea of what’s going on.

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  • “V/H/S 2” (Sundance Movie Review)


    Where V/H/S was a raw, lo-fi and frightening odyssey via POV, its sequel is—and from the very outset—bigger, weirder and even reflective of its predecessor. In the first few minutes alone, V/H/S 2 runs through almost every format previously explored, from spy camera to camcorder to iChat; and almost every perspective as well, from investigative to voyeuristic (often both at the same time) to daily doings. And while less traditionally dreadful, where it all leads is infinitely more thrilling.

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  • 92YTribeca Tribute to Bride of Frankenstein star Elsa Lanchester!


    by: Kier-La Janisse on: 2013-01-19 22:48:05

    As horror fans, you know her as the iconic BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, perhaps as the cheery boozer in Robert Siodmak’s THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE or WILLARD’s grouchy matriarch in the 1971 film of the same name. But how well do you really know Elsa Lanchester?

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  • EXCL Video: Don Coscarelli on “JOHN DIES AT THE END,” Part Three


    by: FANGORIA Staff on: 2013-01-19 01:06:41

    It’s not easy being a ’70s-era horror director and trying to
    get films made today when all Hollywood seems to be interested in is remaking
    your past gory glories. Following his 2002 sleeper sensation BUBBA HO-TEP and after
    helming the scariest episode of MASTERS OF HORROR (2005’s INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD),
    writer/director Don Coscarelli continues his career renaissance with his latest
    movie JOHN DIES AT THE END (now on VOD;
    beginning its multi-city theatrical rollout on January 25 from Magnet Releasing;
    see list here),
    which has been killing audiences since its debut at Sundance last year.

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