More superhero films now hit our cinema screens after the success of The Avengers (2012), and financially most of them make a killing. However, they are not without their detractors, pointing out how they are formulaic and lacking depth. But what about the superhero films before the post-2012 boom?
Have you ever looked at a mannequin and swear you seen it move or talk? Variable in size, shape and detail, these human-like but hallow creations have a definite mystique. Filmmakers have included them continually in horror, relying on their presence to create a deep and unnerving effect…
“Oh, Melvin… What are we going to do with you?”
The American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is thrilled to announce 35mm screenings of The AGFA Horror Trailer Show for Reel Film Day – an annual celebration of watching 35mm film prints in a jam-packed theater on March 5 (or 3/5).
“35mm is part of our DNA at AGFA.”
You bring the pizza, Fright-Rags will bring the horror movies! Slumber Party Massacre 1 & 2, Bela Lugosi, Vestron Video, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Edward Scissorhands, and American Horror Story merchandise is now being served fresh.
“The party begins when the lights go out!”
Waxwork Records is proud to announce the new double LP soundtrack release of My Bloody Valentine (1981). Praised by director Quentin Tarantino as his favorite slasher movie of all time!
“There’s more than one way to lose your heart…”
March is a busy month for releases at 101 Films, with a Blu-ray release for a recent horror that was a big hit on the 2019 festival circuit, blu-ray debuts for a pair of under-seen early ’80s sci-fi movies with strong pedigree, and the early ’70s coming-of-age drama that gave Sylvester Stallone his break.
“Home is where Hell is.”
In our rush to analyse, dissect and debate, we often forget that one of the functions of art, in this case cinematic art, is simply to give pleasure. Pleasure is subjective – what might give you pleasure might not appeal to someone else. It’s futile to disagree on this point unless of course, we can all exchange opinions in ways that might be mutually enlightening. Some of the most fascinating conversations I’ve had with cinephiles is when they enthuse about the films that made them fall in love with the medium. It is that which has prompted me to discuss some of the ‘films that made me’…
“There are angels on the streets of Berlin.”
HorrorPack is a Blu-ray/DVD horror movie subscription box, curated by a panel of horror movie filmmakers and genre fans. Each month, HorrorPack will ship four mystery Blu-ray or DVD discs to your doorstep; including limited edition discs exclusive to HorrorPack.
“If you don’t belong, they’ll eat you alive!”
Whilst the 2010s are probably my least favourite decade for creature features, it got me thinking about my favourite monster movies. I’ve focused on the big two horror creatures – vampires and zombies – and then various other monsters…
“There are some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark.”
1982 saw the release of Louis La Vope’s horror short which was broadcast on American television. Entitled simply The Dummy, and running at less than eight minutes, it tells of the eponymous doll who comes to life and inflicts mental and physical torment on an unsuspecting victim.
“I’ve had that since I was eight years old… You can’t throw it out!”
In 1985, Macoto Tezka (son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) met musician and TV personality Haruo Chicada, who had made a soundtrack to a movie which didn’t actually exist: The Legend of the Stardust Brothers. At the time Macoto was just 22 years old, a film-student with many short experimental films under his belt, but yet to make a feature-debut. With Chicada as producer, Tezka then adapted this “fake soundtrack” into the real movie story of The Stardust Brothers.
“Now you are reunited, your natural talent has awakened.”
Fright-Rags wishes John Carpenter a happy 72nd birthday with a limited edition design dedicated to the master of horror + new House of 1000 Corpses merchandise is available.