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In San Francisco, 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark', 'Crimes of the Future' at Dead Channels Fest Aug. 10-16

August 10, 2007 -- Dead Channels brings the best science fiction, fantasy, horror, experimental, 'sploitation and offbeat genre movies we can find to San Francisco. We have something for every taste-from afternoon family-friendly retro matinees to the twisted offerings we unveil for the midnight crowd. Incredible movies-presented by the artists who made them, memorable parties, and the City of San Francisco itself, guarantee a truly thrilling celebration of intelligent, provocative, mind-bending movies. Click here for the schedule.

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Roundup of Upcoming Fests

July 31, 2007 -- Here's a roundup of upcoming horror film fests that eSplatter has on its radar:

7th Festival of Fantasy Horror & Science-Fiction 2007
A lineup of classic and new horror films including Lamberto Bava's new movie 'Ghost Son' Roger Vadim's 1960 classic 'Blood and Roses' the Hammer classic 'Kiss of the Vampire' Ken Russell's 'The Devils' and a new 35 mm print of 'Blood on Satan's Claw'
August 2-26
Address:
Egyptian Theatre
Hollywood CA
URL: egyptiantheatre.com/archive1999/2007/Fantasy_SciFi_HorrorET_2007.htm

DVDDrive-In Monstermania
Friday: Food of the Gods, Squirm, Empire of the Ants, Willard; Saturday: Tales From the Crypt, Horror Express, Grave of the Vampire, Hannah: Queen of the Vampires
Sept. 7-8
Address:
Riverside Drive-In: 1114 Lee's Lake Lane
Vandergrift, PA
URL: www.dvddrive-in.com/driveinsupermonstermania07.htm

Monster-Mania Con
Horror movie convention
Aug. 24-26
Address:
Crowne Plaza
Cherry Hill, NJ
URL: www.monstermania.net

Screamfest LA
One of the biggest horror film fests in the country
Oct. 12-21
Address:
Mann Chinese Theaters
Hollywood CA
URL: www.screamfestla.com

Eerie Horror Fest
A major film and video game fest and competition. This year features Jason Mewes and Tom Savini along with a ton of other celebrities.
Oct.10-14
Address:
Erie Playhouse
Erie PA
URL: www.eeriehorrorfilmfestival.com

International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival
Oct. 19-21
Address:
Phoneix AZ
URL: www.horrorscifi.com

Fangoria Weekend of Horrors

Jan. 8-20
Address:
Renaissance Austin Hotel 9721 Arboretum Blvd.
Austin TX
URL: http://www.fangoria.com/special_events.php

Fear Fest 2
Another major horror fest it's 'the largest horror convention in Texas history'
March 7-9
Address:
Dallas TX
URL: www.txfearfest.com

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Ken Russell's 'The Devils' to Screen at Horror/Fantasy Fest

July 28, 2007 -- If you live in or near L.A. you're lucky because the American Cinematheque's "7th Festival of Fantasy, Horror & Science-Fiction 2007" takes place August 2-26. Mostly screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, it features a lineup of classic and new horror films, including Lamberto Bava's new movie "Ghost Son," Roger Vadim's 1960 classic "Blood and Roses," the Hammer classic "Kiss of the Vampire," Ken Russell's "The Devils," and a new 35 mm print of "Blood on Satan's Claw," Also screening are "Beyond the Door," "Devil Doll," "The Awful Dr. Orloff," "Frankenstein Created Woman," and the 1956 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Click here for more.

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Festival Update: Argento Appearing in Canada

July 23, 2007 -- Dario Argento will be the guest of honor at Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear, being held August 24-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Joining him will be George Romero, Adrienne Barbeau, Malcolm McDowell, and Angela Bettis. Click here for more. ...

In other horror fest-related news, actor Jason Mewes, best known as Jay of Jay of Silent Bob, will be appearing at the Eerie Horror Fest in the Erie Playhouse, Erie, Pa., Oct. 10-14, to promote his new vampire horror film, "Netherbeatst Incorporated." Also appearing at that fest are Tom Savini, Ken Foree and Barbeau, among others. Click here for more..

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Horror a Hit at Cannes

May 29, 2007 -- While the festival is now over, one of the aftermaths of Cannes that should be enjoyed by horror fans is that fear films had a larger presence this year than any in recent memory. Dario Argento's "The Third Mother" was just one of many horror titles that garnered attention this year. One interesting title to spring from the fest is "American Zombie," a Korean take on the U.S. genre. Here's an Asian press piece about the fest.

Horror movies a rattling success at Cannes festival

2007/5/28

CANNES, France, AFP

Ghouls and gore rattled the till like never before at the world's biggest film trade market in Cannes, closing up this weekend after a 12-day frenzy of deals.

With posters of zombies screaming out at the 10,000 people on hand for the billion-dollar Cannes Market, "horror is fantastic here this year," American World Pictures president Mark L. Lester told AFP.

Every type of horror was on offer from just about every country -- from Thailand's "The Haunted Drum" to Japan's bloody "Noriko's Dinner Table", and, from the US, "The Kiss of the Vampire".

South Korea offered a spoof documentary on zombies, "American Zombie", its first such film in English.

And some in the genre even had a comic touch, such as "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead" from American cult horror indie king Troma Entertainment.

It claims to be film's first chicken-zombie horror but also comes with a message, taking a swipe at the U.S. fast-food industry which "is literally killing us".

With horror going mainstream, many of the hundreds of sellers at the Cannes Market had at least a couple of chilling movies, and today horror movies are not necessarily low budget.

"Years ago it was very difficult to sell horror on the independent market. Nobody was interested," said Scott J. Jones, president of US sales group Artist View Entertainment.

"Then DVD came along and catapulted it into the forefront of the movie market and this has been sustained," he added.

Internet chat rooms too are driving the thirst for horror because the enthusiastic users happen to be the 15 to 25 year-olds who adore the genre, Jones said.

And today ghouls are ringing in the cash.

"Horror is making us a lot of money -- it is popular all over the world," said Wonderphil Production president Phil Gorn.

He said horror action accounted for a quarter of his total film sales. His current slate includes "The Witches Hammer" and "NyMpha", which are selling well in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia as well as the United States.

Asian countries are already big consumers, and Europe and the United States too have a substantial appetite. But now these films are finding new markets in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia, as well as Latin America.

Lisa Borhoum, Troma's head of international sales, told AFP that the Japanese market has always been big and that in the past four years Russia has also been lapping up horror features.

"The Singapore market is now opening up and India is also big this year," Borhoum added.

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David Hess -- Live at 'Last House on the Left' Screening

May 9, 2007 -- David Hess is set to appear LIVE at the new Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito Calif. (near Oakland and Berkeley) on May 17 at 9:15 p.m. Only $6! Hess starred as the sick villian in Wes Craven's ultra-classic from 1972. This is a very rare chance to see the film on the big screen -- and at one of the coolest theaters in California. You can eat, drink and be merry at this theater while you watch the film and listen to Hess talk about it. Click here for more.

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Fulci's 'Zombie' on the Big Screen

May 7, 2007 -- "Zombie" is screening with 1973 exploiter "The Cheerleaders" on May 25 in Arizona! Beat the hot weather with an uncut print of the legendary Italian zombie classic. Check out the poster image below.

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Clip From 'Psycho Legacy' Online

May 4, 2007 -- The first clip from the cool-sounding documentary on the "Psycho" franchise is online at its official MySpace page. Anthony Perkins lives! Check it out at www.myspace.com/thepsychologecy

The clip is with filmmaker ADAM GREEN (HATCHET, SPIRAL) who talks about how the Psycho films have influenced him and why he feels Norman Bates is one of the most sympathetic characters in horror history.

Also of note are the several promotional video "spots" now running on the My Space page. The "spots" feature various people involved in the PSYCHO franchise sending special messages directly to the PSYCHO fans. So far, the profile is hosting video messages with MICK GARRIS (PSYCHO IV), TOM HOLLAND (PSYCHO II), KATT SHEA (PSYCHO III) and JEFF FAHEY (PSYCHO III).

New additions to the upcoming interview queue include STUART GORDON (RE-ANIMATOR), GREG NICOTERO (KNB FX), HILTON GREEN (Assistant Director on PSYCHO, producer on PSYCHO 2-4), JULIETTE CUMMINS (PSYCHO III), CHRIS HENDRIE (PSYCHO II), as well as up and coming filmmakers TIM SULLIVAN (2001 Maniacs, Driftwood), MIKE MENDEZ (The Gravedancers), RYAN SHIFRIN (Abominable) and JOE LYNCH (Wrong Turn 2).

Producer/Director Robert Galluzzo also adds, "I'm making a call out to all PSYCHO fans to get in touch and send any photos, stories, memorabilia or artwork to contribute to the doc. I'm always looking to get in touch with more people involved with the PSYCHO films or fans themselves to try to let them be a part of this documentary. You can contact me via the My Space page or at PsychoLegacyDoc@aol.com. Thanks!"

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Virginia Tech Killer Attended Class on Horror Movies

April 22, 2007 -- It turns out Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter, attended a class on horror films that screened titles like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday the 13th." As this story shows, Cho actually sat next to one of his victims, who tried to reach out to the killer. It's pretty typical for the media to at some point blame entertainment for tragedies and we have yet to hear a drumbeat of condemnation of horror movies, since Cho obviously studied the genre in a classroom environment. Meanwhile, the Drudge Report and other sites have noted similarities between Cho's poses in the photos he took of himself and scenes from the Tartan Films title "Oldboy" by Chan Wook Park. Tartan released a statement: "We are extremely proud of Chan Wook Park's movie Oldboy and the critical praise it has received. To be associated in any way with the tragic events that occurred at Virginia Tech is extremely disturbing and distressing. It is clear from news reports that the individual who perpetrated this heinous crime was deeply troubled. We belive that anyone would find it hard to explain his motives or actions. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by this terrible tragedy."

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The Forgotten 'Psycho' Franchise Gets a Documentary

April 4, 2007 -- One somewhat forgotten 1980s horror franchise was "Psycho," which saw a resurgence thanks to "Psycho II" in '83, followed by "Psycho III" and a made-for-Showtime "Psycho IV." Now some documentary filmmakers are putting together a film about the making of the "Psycho" series. Icons Of Fright Productions has begun shooting 'THE PSYCHO LEGACY' - an independently produced documentary project, which chronicles the entire PSYCHO franchise - including the original movie, but focusing on the sequels, as well as the TV movies, the Robert Bloch novels and the Innovation comic books. It's meant to examine and look at the complete history of a pop culture icon. Norman Bates. And more importantly... Mother.

Interviews include several people involved in the making of all the PSYCHO films, as well as various professionals currently in the horror industry whom were inspired by PSYCHO and its sequels. The object of the film (Being produced by ICONS OF FRIGHT co-creator Robert Galluzzo) is to both reflect and remind people that the PSYCHO films have their set place in horror history and are still relevant and loved by genre fans of today.

Rob explains, “I was inspired to start this documentary for a number of reasons. The main one being a lack of one. Like many current horror filmmakers out there now, I was at the ideal age when all the sequels came out, and there’s very little material out there documenting the stories behind the making of those Psycho sequels. I will cover the original movie, but there’s already so much out there about Hitchcock’s PSYCHO. I’m really interested in answering all the burning questions fans have had through out the years about the sequels. And I can confidently say that I’ve already uncovered never-before-heard stories from the filmmakers involved.”

Completed interviews to be featured in THE PSYCHO LEGACY thus far include MICK GARRIS (Director of PSYCHO IV, Creator of Masters Of Horror), TOM HOLLAND (Writer of PSYCHO II, Director of Fright Night & Child’s Play), LEE GARLINGTON (Myrna of PSYCHO II & PSYCHO III), KATT SHEA (Patsy in PSYCHO III, Director of Poison Ivy, The Rage: Carrie 2), CYNTHIA GARRIS (Ellen Stevens in PSYCHO IV), Coming Soon.net journalist RYAN "ROTTEN" TUREK, Filmmakers & PSYCHO fans ADAM GREEN (HATCHET, SPIRAL), ROLFE KANEFSKY (There’s Nothing Out There, Nightmare Man), DAVE PARKER (The Dead Hate The Living) and Author HAROLD SCHECHTER (DEVIANT: The Shocking True Story of ED GEIN, The Original "PSYCHO")

Also scheduled to appear – HILTON GREEN (Assistant Director on PSYCHO, Producer PSYCHO II & 3, Executive Producer on PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING), JULIETTE CUMMINS (Red in PSYCHO III), SHAREN CAMILLE (Holly in PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING), TONY TIMPONE (Editor of FANGORIA Magazine), "SPOOKY" DAN WALKER (Bloody-Disgusting, The Macabre Show), GREG NICOTERO (KNB FX), DAVID SCHOW (Screenwriter The Crow, Texas Chainsaw 3 and mentored by Robert Bloch and Joseph Stefano), JEFF BURR (Filmmaker - Texas Chainsaw 3, Stepfather 2, Straight Into Darkness), TIM SULLIVAN (Filmmaker - 2001 Maniacs, Driftwood), JOE LYNCH (Filmmaker – Wrong Turn 2), STEVE NILES (Writer of 30 Days Of Night, Freaks Of The Heartland) and many, many more.

Expect several more names through out the next few months to be announced as the production continues.

Check out the official My Space page of THE PSYCHO LEGACY at WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEPSYCHOLEGACY. “I encourage fans to get in touch and send along photos, artwork or stories they think might be worthwhile in the doc.”

“Psycho Movies.com is relaunching this month and that site has been one of my biggest influences in starting this project. On top of the official My Space page, I’ll be working closely with Psycho Movies.com site manager Jay Allentoff to deliver clips, messages and fun stuff from The Psycho Legacy to the fans.”

Currently, this documentary is a completely independent production and a labor of love for filmmaker Robert Galluzzo. “I’m doing this because I love these movies and it’s something I’d personally want to see. All the other famous horror franchises have gotten either box sets or the special edition treatment, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t be celebrating the PSYCHO movies as well. The sequels in particular are very underrated and often looked upon as footnotes to a masterpiece. It’s really time to examine ALL the films again and show their relevance. Everyone I’ve spoken to so far has shown such an affinity for PSYCHO and the prospect of a documentary about the series, so I can’t wait to share this with the fans.”

Christopher Garetano (Horror Business, Cottonmouth) will be acting as an associate producer on The Psycho Legacy.

Check out: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEPSYCHOLEGACY

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Universal Opens Classic Horror Exhibit

April 4, 2007 -- Here again is a press release. Sounds interesting:

Universal Studios Hollywood breathes life into Universal’s most notorious celluloid creatures in “Universal’s House of Horrors,” a new spine-chilling walk-thru attraction opening at “The Entertainment Capital of L.A.” opening today.

Featuring an award-winning line-up of the Studios’ 80-year horror film legacy, “Universal’s House of Horrors” reacquaints guests with such notorious creatures as Count Dracula, Nosferatu, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera, “Psycho’s” Mother Bates, and the zombies of “Dawn of the Dead” and “Land of the Dead Zombies.” Guests will encounter all of these fearsome figures as they navigate the dark passages of a Gothic castle. The multi-sensory attraction will even use olfactory sensation to produce its effects: the castle has been infused with scents that capture the pungent odors of Egyptian tombs, musty antechambers and decaying life.

The “Universal’s House of Horror” adventure begins at the entrance to the castle ruins in Soundstage 13. After being shepherded along the castle’s drawbridge, guests will enter a corridor laden with dozens of recognizable authentic movie props and artifacts including such cinematic icons as the original corduroy blazer worn by Anthony Perkins in “Psycho,” the Hannibal Lector mask from “Red Dragon,” the police uniform worn by Roy Scheider in “Jaws,” the books and necklaces from “Skeleton Key,” the original “Chucky” doll and the Billy doll from “Dead Silence.”

Original horror film posters will also adorn the area as a further introduction to over 20 infamous horror characters that now permanently reside within the “House of Horrors.”

Guests will not have long to linger over these genre treasures. Attendants quickly usher them through a dark labyrinth leading into the themed areas that include Dracula’s Portal, Nosferatu's rat-infested Catacombs, the Burial Crypt of The Bride of Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera’s Lair, The Mummy’s Tomb, “Chucky’s” Good Guy Toy Factory, a “Psycho” Maze of Mirrors, the “Land of the Dead” Morgue, The Wolf Man’s Forest, Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab and the “Dawn of the Dead” Slaughter House.

Universal Studios introduced the horror genre to U.S. audiences in the early years of motion pictures when such great artists as Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney and Bela Lugosi were under contract to the company. In the decades that have followed, many of the world’s greatest movie monsters came “to life” on the studio’s historic back lot.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features such groundbreaking attractions as “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride,” “Shrek 4-D,” “Jurassic Park—The Ride” and the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of such landmark TV and movie locations and sets as Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” CityWalk features 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. The Universal Cinemas, which includes California’s largest IMAX venue, features the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles.

Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com) is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi.

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Huge Day-long Horror Fest in the UK

March 19, 2007 -- Taking advantage of the pending release of "Grindhouse," Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London is presenting a 10-hour marathon of grindhouse classics from the '70s and '80s. The Time:
5 May 2007, from 12 noon till 11 p.m.
(first film starts at 1 p.m. sharp)

The Tickets:
Tickets are priced at £25 per person, and are available to over-18s only on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.

Nightmare USA Film Festival: Ten Hours of Grindhouse Movie Mayhem! is a combined all-day film festival and book launch for the brand new FAB Press book:
Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents

Films to be screened:

DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (Joseph Ellison, 1979)
PIGS (aka Blood Pen) (Marc Lawrence, 1972)
- UK THEATRICAL PREMIERE
SQUISH (Frederick Friedel, 2007) - WORLD PREMIERE!
BLOODY BROTHERS (Frederick Friedel, 2003)
- WORLD PREMIERE!
VICTIMS (Daniel DiSomma, 1977)
- UK THEATRICAL PREMIERE - subject to confirmation
BOARDINGHOUSE (John Wintergate, 1982)
- UK THEATRICAL PREMIERE

Special Guests:
JOSEPH ELLISON - director of Don't Go in the House
ELLEN ELLISON (nee Hammill) - producer and co-writer of Don't Go in the House
OLIVER WOOD - director of photography for Don't Go in the House and The Honeymoon Killers

Plus:


Book signings
Licensed bar and cafe available all day
Merchandise stall
35mm projection show

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Horror Films Garner Razzie Nominations

January 23, 2007 -- The Razzies dishonor the worst films of every year, and this year saw a number of (mostly PG-13) horror titles receiving nominations. Nominated for Worst Picture were "BloodRayne," "Lady in the Water" and "Wicker Man." Nicolas Cage was nominated for Worst Actor in "Wicker Man," while Kristanna Loken was nominated for "BloodRayne." Uwe Boll received a Worst Director nomination for "BloodRayne," while "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" was dishonored with a nomination for Worst Prequel or Sequel.

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Toronto 'AfterDark' Fest Announces Dates

January 18, 2007 -- The AfterDark Horrorfest has announced its dates for 2007. "Following the massive success of last October's first annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, we’re coming back this year, bigger and better than ever! Here are the dates for your schedule: Friday, October 19 – Thursday, October 25. As requested by many fans, this year’s Festival will run over a whole week, screening all the feature films in easier to attend primetime evening slots! PLUS for the first time, we’ll be putting together a screening of stunning international short films. Filmmakers: stay tuned for our official 2007 call for submissions to be announced in an upcoming issue of this newsletter." Click here for more.

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Second AfterDark Fest to Hit October 2007

December 28, 2006 -- The AfterDark Film Festival was a hit, and another one is slated for next year, this time taking place before Halloween (wise move). Horrorfest 2 will hit screens across the country the weekend of October 19, 2007.

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Trailers: 'Blood and Chocolate' and 'Number 23'

December 18, 2006 -- A couple of new horror movie trailers have surfaced: one for the PG-13 werewolf film "Blood and Chocolate," the other for a Twilight Zone-style filmed called "Number 23" from "Lost Boys" director Joel Schumacher and starring (ugh) Jim Carrey.

THE NUMBER 23: A man whose life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled The Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could have ever imagined. Starring Jim Carrey. In theaters 2/23/07. This is from the guy that directed "The Lost Boys", but he also made "Batman and Robin." Check out the trailer here.

BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE: Based on Annette Curtis Klause's novel about a teenage werewolf who has spent her life trying to hide the fact that she is part wolf. She must choose between her love for a human and her family after her relationship with a visiting American threatens to expose her secret. In Theaters: January 26, 2007. Check out the trailer here.

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Broadway Bloodbaths

December 12, 2006 -- The New York Sun today posted a story on horror films -- mainly "Carrie" and "The Evil Dead" -- which have become Broadway musicals. "'Carrie,' the return of downtown's camp-revering Theatre Couture after a six-year hiatus, and 'Evil Dead: The Musical,' the would-be cult hit dousing audiences nightly with stage blood, differ wildly in budget and target audience. But these two winking adaptations of horror-movie classics have plenty in common beyond each overstaying its welcome." Click here for the complete piece.

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New York Theater Serves Up 'Vicious Christmas'

December 9, 2006 -- A New York Cinema has assembled a collection of tasteless, tacky and horrifying features for an un-Christmas festival. "In a season devoted to frolicsome wholesomeness and fresh-faced festivity, the Pioneer is dedicated to preserving the dark side of our sentimental consumerist “holiday” – the morose, the misanthropic, and the frankly cantankerous. Join us this week for a smorgasbord of Xmas perversity as we showcase the ugly underbelly of the holiday season with seasonal selections including GOODBYE 20th CENTURY (Dec. 22) a futuristic film about the merry Santa Claus who destroys our world in the year 2019; the 1984 cult classic ELVES (Dec. 22), featuring satanic rituals, Nazi scientists, horny teenagers, drowned cats (and One Very Bad Elf); the holiday-set supernatural classic BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak (Dec. 21 and 27); SANTA SMOKES (Dec. 23), a holiday comedy about an unsuccessful actor who takes the only part he can get - as Santa Claus handing out flyers in New York's Christmas frenzy; SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (Dec. 23), a murderous tale about a misfit who saw his parents slaughtered by a psychotic murderer in a Santa Claus suit, and then he had to go into an orphanage run by a sadistic nun; and our ultra-offensive program of RACIST CHRISTMAS CARTOONS (Dec. 24), an assortment of pre-political correctness Christmas cartoons and ridiculous short movies about Santa that expose the bad attitudes of the good ol’ days. Wrapping up the series on Dec 26 is CHRISTMAS EVIL (aka YOU BETTER WATCH OUT), a 1980 horror film about an evil toymaker who snaps and goes on a killing spree dressed as Santa." Click here for more.

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Atom Films Launches New Horror Series

December 5, 2006 -- Atom Films has launched a new series of short horror films online entitled Hellholes. Click here for 'em.

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Next Week: '70s 'Phantasm' and 'Silent Night' on the Big Screen!

December 1, 2006 -- A rare opportunity to catch these classics on the big screen takes place Friday, December 8th. Phantasm & Silent Night, Deadly Night play at 10pm!

The screenings are part of the Friday Night Frights, a series of horror movie screenings at the Movie Tavern in Denton, TX.

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Blood Feast' and 'I Drink Your Blood' in Vegas

December 1, 2006 -- Connie Mason and David Friedman will attend screenings of HG Lewis' "Blood Feast" and the hippie horror fave "I Drink Your Blood" Dec. 10 in Las Vegas. The fun takes place here:

Tropicana Cinemas
3330 E. Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 450-3737
Admission: $7.00

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In Los Angeles: 1970s 'Black Christmas' on the Big Screen!

December 1, 2006 -- On Dec. 19, director Bob Clark will attend a screening of his classic "Black Christmas" at the New Beverly in L.A.

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-4038
Admission: $7.00

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Betsy Palmer to Attend F13 Screening at New York State Museum

November 6, 2006 -- Remember when "Friday the 13th" was condemned on shows like Siskel & Ebert as total sleaze? Well, now it's now being screened at the New York State Museum with Betsy Palmer in attendance this month! The New York State Museum will welcome Ms. Betsy Palmer of FRIDAY THE 13TH fame, as part of The 2nd Annual Classic Horror Movie Festival on November 11th. Ms. Palmer will be introducing the film and staying for a Q&A afterwards. The film screenings begin at 11AM, with FRIDAY THE 13TH beginning around 5:30 PM. Films will be shown at the Museum Theater, and the cost is $5.00 per person.

The 2nd Annual Classic Horror Movie Festival
With Special Guest Betsy Palmer of FRIDAY THE 13TH
New York State Museum Theater
November 11
Films begin at 11AM

Film Schedule:
11:00 am - THE SHINING
1:30 pm - POLTERGEIST
3:30 pm - THE LOST BOYS
5:30 pm - FRIDAY THE 13TH

Ms. Palmer will introduce FRIDAY THE 13TH, and after the film will participate in a Q&A session with the audience. Admission is $5.00 for an entire day of movie viewing.

Betsy Palmer
Direct from Chicago's DePaul University, Betsy Palmer underwent intensive training at New York's Actors Studio, supporting herself as a secretary. She made her professional bow in stock in Wisconsin and Illinois in 1950; one year later, she made the first of hundreds of TV appearances. In 1955, Palmer first appeared on Broadway in The Grand Prize, and that same year launched her sporadic film career. Later stage credits included Forty Carats, in which she successfully replaced Lauren Bacall, and extensive touring in the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. To millions of baby-boomers, Palmer will forever be associated with her work as a panelist on such TV game shows as I've Got a Secret; a later generation of televiewers will most readily recall her as Virginia Bullock on the 1989-90 season of Knot's Landing. To those whose teen years coincided with the late 1970s and early 1980s, however, Betsy Palmer is known only as the vicious, vengeful, ax-wielding Mrs. Voorhees (Jason's mom) in the first Friday the 13th (1980); reportedly, Palmer won that role because she was willing to drive her own car to and from location shoots.

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NY Times Covers 'Evil Dead: The Musical'

November 2, 2006 -- The New York Times has declared "Evil Dead: The Musical" "idiotic," but ultimately gives the musical based on Raimi's original masterpiece a thumbs up. Click here for their article. Sounds like a must-see show for anyone in NYC.

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L.A. Gallery to Host Exhibit on Corman's Poe Films

October 13, 2006 -- The Drkrm Gallery in Los Angeles will host a special photographic exhibition celebrating Roger Corman's Edgar Allen Poe films, October 21st through November 18th. Roger Corman is a living legend in the film industry. Known for his lean budgets and savvy knowledge of what works in Pop Culture, he is respected as a maverick who made films on his own terms. Between 1960 and 1964, Roger Corman would make eight film adaptations from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, seven of which would star Vincent Price. Not since the Golden Era of Horror in the 1930’s has an actor made such an impact on a genre. Together, Price and Corman became such a team in the public eye that each new Poe production was met with critical as well as world wide, box-office success and a lasting legacy in film history.

The Del Valle Archive and Drkrm Gallery have assembled a collection of rare photographs from these eight films: House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia. Corman’s collaboration with his ensemble of artisans and craftsman would include scriptwriters Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and Robert Towne, art director Daniel Haller, composer Les Baxter, and cinematographers Nicolas Roeg and Floyd Crosby. We pay tribute to them, the legendary Roger Corman and the late Vincent Price with this exhibition of their greatest work together, the likes of which we will see… NEVERMORE.

David Del Valle has achieved national recognition as a journalist, columnist, film historian and radio & television commentator. He is one of the leading authorities on the horror/science-fiction/cult & fantasy film genres and has contributed to magazines and media internationally. His articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as Cinefantastique, Scarlet Street, Cult Movies, Fangoria, and Films in Review. David oversees The Del Valle Archive, a collection in progress of thousands of still photographs, artwork and ephemera dealing with the horror/fantasy/sci-fi and cult genres.

Drkrm. Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes, and the display and survey of popular cultural images.


Roger Corman on set of The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) credit: Del Valle Archiveveve

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Rob Zombie to Host Horror Movie Show

October 9, 2006 -- In honor somewhat of the horror movie hosts of the 1970s, like Bob Wilkins, industrial rock star and horror filmmaker Rob Zombie will now host weekly shows of cult and horror films on Turner Classic Movies beginning Friday the 13th. Click here for the site of the show, which is being dubbed TCM Underground. The first film will be Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outerspace."

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Two 'F13' Screenings this Friday the 13th

October 9, 2006 -- This Friday the 13th, San Francisco and Denton, TX residents have the opportunity to catch entries in the "Friday the 13th" franchise. At midnight, Friday the 13th, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA will screen "Friday the 13th Part 3" in 3-D! It's a rare chance to see the film as it was originally presented in theaters, 3-D glasses and all. Click here for more. Meanwhile, in Denton, TX at 11 p.m., the Movie Tavern at 916 West University Dr. will screen "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter." CHeck out www.myspace.com/fridaynightfrights for more on the Texas screening.

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Savini to Appear at NOTLD '90 Screening

October 2, 2006 -- Tom Savini is set to appear at a screening of "Night of the Living Dead," the 1990 version he directed, in Pittsburgh! Waterworks Cinemas at 930 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh, PA will present the film one weekend only, Oct. 20 and 21. The cinema can be reached at 412-784-1416.

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'The Forest' and 'Don't Go in the Woods' to Screen in L.A.

September 28, 2006 -- The Grindhouse Film Festival is presenting two moldy oldies at the New Beverly Cinema in L.A. on Oct. 24: "The Forest" and "Don't Go in the Woods." Both eighties slasher films are seeing DVD releases soon as well. Click here for a PDF flyer for the event.

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AfterDark Horror Fest Titles Revealed

September 28, 2006 -- The AfterDark Horror Fest is a film fest that will be playing multiple cities the weekend of Nov. 17, and the eight film titles that will show have been revealed. The films screening will be: "Penny Dreadful," "The Unrest," "Sisters," "The Gravedancers," "Wicked Little Thing," "Dark Ride," "Infection," "Reincarnation" and "THe Abandoned." The last three titles come from Japan, Japan and Spain respectively.

The festival will be playing in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston ( Manchester ), San Francisco-Oak-San Jose, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Washington , DC (Hagrstwn), Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Tampa-St. Pete ( Sarasota ), Seattle-Tacoma, Phoenix ( Prescott ), Minneapolis-St.Paul, Cleveland-Akron( Canton ), Miami-Ft.Lauderdale, Denver, Sacra-Stockton-Modesto, Orlando-Daytona Bch-Melbrn, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Portland , OR, Baltimore, Indianapolis, San Diego, Charlotte, Hartford & New Haven, Raleigh-Durham( Fayetteville ), Nashville, Kansas City, Columbus, OH, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Greenville-Spartanburg-Ashville.

Click here for the fest's YouTube page.

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