Dark was the Night looks like it might be a decent horror movie.
Dark was the Night looks like it might be a decent horror movie.
The other day I said that The Last Ship was probably the best under-rated show currently running new episodes.
The Strain gets the title. I greatly enjoy both shows, but the nod goes to The Strain.
Check out the season two trailer to The Strain…
Check out the trailer for the documentary The Nightmare and then let’s meet below.
… chronicles eight different people who suffer from night terrors and sleep paralysis, that finds them trapped in awakened states of semi-consciousness, where they witness truly horrific visions, but are unable to move.
Night terrors are a real and fairly common. I used to have them but haven’t in years. It’s frightening to feel that someone is in the room and worse you can’t move. I was surprised to see the “shadow man” with the “Undertaker” hat in the trailer because one of my worst night terror dreams had the same guy standing over me.
The Entertainment Weekly staff came up with their list of the 20 Scariest Movies of All-Time.
The EW list is a pretty good one and using just their choices I came up with my top three:
6. Christian Radio Made a Contribution As Well
King revealed a third inspiration for The Stand in Danse Macabre: A single line he heard in a radio broadcast of a sermon when he was living in Colorado. The line “Once in every generation the plague will fall among them” made such an impression on King that he wrote it down and pinned it over his typewriter. Later, when the author was struggling to write a fictionalized account of the Patty Hearst kidnapping (the unpublished The House on Value Street), he saw the gloomy quote and found the inspiration to start a new project that became The Stand.
8. The Extreme Length Led to Logistical Problems
The 1,200-page novel presented a serious problem – King’s publisher, Doubleday, couldn’t print a novel that long. Literally. In addition to whatever qualms the publisher might have had about trying to sell such a hefty book, its printing presses couldn’t create it. As King explained to Time in 2009, “Doubleday had a physically limiting factor in those days because they used a glue binding instead of a cloth binding, and the way it was explained to me was that they had so much of a thickness they could do before the glue just fell apart.”
10. The Cut Pages Weren’t Lost
Of course, when your fans are as rabid as King’s, it’s hard for lost pages to stay lost. In 1990 King restored the text he had hacked away to create The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition. King didn’t just slip all the cut pages back into the original manuscript, though – he retyped each one. He told Time he “had the manuscript on one side of an IBM Selectric typewriter and I had the pages of a book that I had torn out of the binding on the other side.” The restored edition had another quirk – King also updated the setting of the novel to the then-present day and included references to cultural touchstones like Freddy Krueger that had not existed in 1978.
Lauren Davis at i09 presents 10 Practical Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. The three best tips, in my opinion are…
4. Zombies Are the Least of Your Worries
It’s bad enough that you have to deal with the zombified masses, who are tireless, feel no pain, and greatly outnumber healthy human beings. But perhaps even more deadly are the humans who simply can’t cope with the new world order. It’s best if you keep a psychologist on hand who can identify and subdue such persons before they embark on a murderous rampage that makes the zombies look as ferocious as fluffy kittens.
10. Suit Up
Perhaps the best way to prepare for the day the dead rise from their graves is to assemble the perfect zombie-fighting attire. Avoid brain spray-back by wearing goggles and covering your face with a non-porous material. Use plate mail or leather to create a bite-proof body suit. Kevlar gloves (provided to some food industry workers) can be worn as is or refashioned into impenetrable sleeves, allowing you to fend off zombie bites by holding up your forearms. Riot shields also add an extra layer of protection and make the zombie head squishing that much easier.
1. Clear the Room.
There’s nothing worse than stepping into a room only to be set upon by a horde of brain-hungry zombies. A team of four armed shooters can easily clear a room if they all stand against the nearest wall: one body in each corner and two in the middle. This position proves optimal for quickly dispatching of a room full of the reanimated.
Jake Rosen lists 14 Things You Might Not Know About Se7en. Here are three of my favorites…
1. From the Mind of a Record Store Employee
Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was a graduate of Penn State’s film program. Several years later, however, he was no closer to achieving his goal of working in the industry. Making ends meet at a New York City Tower Records store, Walker was so depressed that he wrote a bleak and oppressive script about the hunt for a killer who uses the seven deadly sins as inspiration for his crimes.
Satisfied with the outcome, he sent it to professional writer David Koepp, and then followed up with a phone call. Koepp agreed to send it to his agent, who found a buyer in New Line Cinema. (After reading it, Koepp also advised Walker that he “needed professional help.”)
3. Brad Pitt Worked Himself to the Bone
During a scene in which Pitt’s character, Detective David Mills, is chasing the killer through a perpetually rainy backdrop, Pitt slipped and drove his arm through a windshield. The resulting injury (a severed tendon) was so deep it went down to the bone. Pitt had to wear a cast for the rest of filming, which was written into the script; for scenes that had to be shot that took place earlier than the chase, the actor had to conceal his arm as best he could.
4. Kevin Spacey Got No Credit
When Fincher hired Kevin Spacey to portray killer John Doe, Spacey thought it would be more interesting to keep his involvement a secret, figuring that if he were to be billed then it would be obvious who the “mysterious” antagonist was. As a result, Spacey—who had just become a hot commodity for his work in The Usual Suspects—did not appear in any advertising, nor was his name included in the opening credits. While the studio disliked the idea, the part was late to be cast and, in Spacey’s words, “I was either going to be on a plane to shoot the movie or I wasn’t.” He got his wish.
Sean Hutchinson at Mental_Floss presents 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 28 Weeks Later. Here are my three favorites…
1. THE ORIGINAL STORY FOR THE SEQUEL WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Titled 29 Days Later, the original sequel told the story of British marines attempting to rescue the Prime Minister and the Queen of England.
3. DANNY BOYLE DID MAKE A DIRECTING CAMEO
He directed second unit footage of the opening scene.
15. THE FILM’S CODA WAS SHOT LAST
The filmmakers came up with the idea for the coda just two weeks before production wrapped. Fresnadillo traveled to Paris with a limited crew and only HD cameras to shoot it in one afternoon.
Greg Nicotero invited Variety [and us – thanks to the video below] into his studio for a behind-the-scenes look at how they create Walking Dead zombies and more.
I like this poster for Monsters: Dark Continent and I’m interested in seeing the movie. My interest is tempered somewhat because I thought that Monsters was slow and well below my expectations.
Here’s the final trailer to Dead Rising: Watchtower that premieres on the Crackle channel tomorrow.
Dead Rising: Watchtower looks like the second feature that you’d see at a drive-in on a Saturday night. In other words, I’ll tune in and enjoy it [hopefully] for what it is.
Maggie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Henry Hobson doesn’t look to be our typical zombie movie. Actually, it may be for that reason I want to see it even more.
Another post relating to when I was a little kid growing up in the 60’s… it wasn’t unusual to see small framed silhouettes in houses. Folks could get them done of their family members or other people/things and they were pretty cool looking.
Recently the Hero Complex Gallery had a showing called Cut It Out: The Silhouette Art of Jordan Monsell. Mr. Monsell creates silhouettes of pop culture icons from movies and television. The pieces are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
Fans of the zombie genre will want to check out Dead Rising Watchtower which will premiere on Crackle on March 27th!
Here’s a trailer to give ya a taste.