While it's true that great stretches of Stoker's novel have been explored, transformed and extended by countless filmmakers over the years until every surprise feels like a cliche, there's one stretch of the story that feels fresher than ever. Upon a recent revisit to the novel, it was this portion of the book that most ignited the imagination and felt the most inherently cinematic. And yet, it's the portion of the book that gets overlooked in even the most faithful adaptations.
'American Horror Story' returns for a fourth season, taking us under the tent with perhaps its least subtle outing yet, introducing us to the oddities of the 'Freak Show,' led by Jessica Lange's glamorous Elsa Mars. Subtlety has never been creator Ryan Murphy's strong suit, but Murphy (who also wrote and directed tonight's premiere) seems to have fully embraced that approach, delivering what appears to be both the most horrifying and joyful season yet.
One of the best comedies of the year was 'Neighbors,' the Nicholas Stoller film starring Seth Rogen as a suburban father battling it out with the frat bros next door. And now the guys who penned the screenplay for that film are set to follow in the footsteps of Rogen himself, making their directorial debut with 'Thrill Ride,' a horror comedy about a theme park slasher.
Michael Krivicka, James Percelay and Sam Pezzullo are hiding out in the back room of a wine shop they converted into a psychic parlor with the rest of their team. The windows are covered, the entire space has been cleared out, and their eyes are glued to the monitors. They have to maintain absolute silence so as to not tip off their next victim, who's coming in to get a free psychic reading, unaware of what horrors await.
Although he passed away five years ago, Michael Jackson is still just as prolific as ever, and the King of Pop might be headed to the big screen soon as John Landis, director of the seminal music video "Thriller," has plans for a 3D rerelease. Well, eventually, anyway.
'Dracula Untold' is hitting theaters this weekend*, and truth be, uh, told, it doesn't look that great. But it could be worse -- a whole lot worse. Cinema has a rich history with blood-suckers, and thanks to the over-saturation in the genre, it's quite rare to see a great vampire film. For every good one, there's at least 10 not-so-good vampire flicks. Honestly, it was hard to choose just 10 because there are some real stinkers out there. As a disclaimer, we kept 'Twilight' out of this because it was just a little too obvious. We all know it's awful, we don't need to beat a dead sparkle-horse.
*Does Dracula's story really need to be told again? Yeah, dude, we get it.
You might not be familiar with the name Chris Nash, the Canadian director behind the final segment in 'ABCs of Death 2,' the twisted sequel to last year's horror anthology. That segment sends the sequel out on a high note, with a wonderfully grotesque and cringe-inducing bit of body horror. Prior to his involvement in the sequel, Nash directed the "Skinfections" trilogy of short films and competed in the 26th director competition to be featured in the first 'ABCs of Death' film. We had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his fantastic short for the sequel, the reactions to it, and his plans for a feature.
Gee, with 'The Walking Dead''s popularity at an all time high before this coming Sunday's season 5 premiere, did we even have to wonder if AMC's monster smash would return for a sixth season in fall 2015? Let us ease your trouble mind of such frivolity, as 'The Walking Dead' has in fact been confirmed for season 6!
You didn't want them in your iTunes folder, you tried desperately to avert your eyes from their monstrous visuals of late, and now they're infesting your 'Walking Dead' season 5 promos! No, we're not speaking of the undead, but rather more new U2 music giving a post-apocalyptic soundtrack to two new trailers for 'The Walking Dead' season 5!
This summer's 'The Purge: Anarchy' bucked just about every horror sequel trend imaginable. It was not only bigger and better than the 2013 original, it made more money. With a worldwide gross of $110 million on a budget of less than $10 million, there was never a moment of doubt that Universal, Blumhouse productions and writer/director James DeMonaco would pull a part three together. And here we are: 'The Purge 3' is now being developed.