It’s safe to say that we’ve created our share of iconic horror characters here in America. Horror icons like Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Myers (Halloween), or Jason Vorhees (Friday the 13th) are so highly recognizable, that they’re pretty much synonymous with the mere concept of a horror movie. Even so, no country handles horror quite like Japan does.
Japanese horror films have a much-deserved reputation for... Read More
Canadian Film Centre alumni John Ainslie is best known for the throwback horror comedy feature JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER. His screenplay was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award and the film won Best Midnight Film at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival. Prior to writing, John worked as a Director of Photography and won the Borsos prize of Best Cinematographer at the Whistler Film Festival for his work on the feature SK8 LIFE. In 2016 John wrote and directed his first feature film – the award winning THE SUBLET. A psychological thriller Ain't it Cool News describes as "scares and shocks to a nerve... Read More
It’s fair to say horror movies are given something of an unfair press. Unlike romance, drama, and sci-fi, they’re frequently looked upon as the poor relation and subjected to vicious critical attacks. They’re sometimes accused of only wanting to provoke a reaction, as opposed to having any higher aspirations to create screen-worthy cinema or an enduring impact. But that's no more accurate than saying all romantic flicks or dramas are the same. Thankfully, thrillers and horror films finally seem to be getting some of the recognition they deserve. Thanks to a number of classics that have combined strong storylines with masterful... Read More
The Beyond (1981) The Beyond is a camp, OTT and downright outrageous Fulci zombie ‘epic’ which features a blind girl called Emily (who’s from ‘the beyond’ as far as I could work out) and her trusty Alsatian guide dog - Dickie. Dickie has a low-key role until one point in the film when some fantastic looking zombies confront Emily. They moan and groan as Emily shouts gibberish like “I did what I was asked!” and “I’m not going to go back! You can’t make me go back!” until she sets Dickie on them. Dickie wastes no time in making a star of himself in this, his key scene as he attacks the crumbly undead... Read More
LOS ANGELES Wes Craven, the famous writer-director who startled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," has died at the age of 76. In a statement, Craven's family said that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer. Craven helped reinvent the teen horror genre with 1984's "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The movie and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund) led to several sequels, as did his 1996 success, "Scream." "He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever... Read More
Wes Craven is diving headfirst into television. In addition to producing MTV's upcoming Scream series, Deadline reports that the director has inked a deal with NBCUniversal's Universal Cable Productions to develop two new TV series for Syfy. Both Syfy series will rest squarely in the horror genre, a realm the network most recently approached with last year's Helix. The first, We Are Completely Fine, follows psychologist Dr. Jan Sayer as she delves into the pasts of five patients living lives pulled out of horror movies. The second, The People Under the Stairs, is an update of... Read More