June 12, 2014 |
FAMED filmmaker John Carpenter is proud of his career and accomplishments, but sees no need to make things more complicated than they are. One of the myths that has taken on the aura of fact surrounding his classic "Halloween," which made both Jamie Lee Curtis and him stars, was that Carpenter was trying to draw an allegory to the dangers of casual sex. "No," Carpenter said recently by phone. "That's not why I made it. I made it for the same reason it resonates with people. " Which is?
July 29, 2013 |
Iconic silent era photographs . . .. Directors' favorite forgotten films. . . . Essential science fiction . . .. A critic chimes in. We've got books, movie books. Herewith, a roundup of some recent cinema-centric tomes: Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography (University of Chicago Press, $50). David S. Shields' appropriately photo-packed history of the nascent days of movie publicity - the first photographers to capture silent screen stars on set, on the backlot, in candid settings and staged studio portraits - offers far more than just an amazing collection of images.
October 25, 2012 |
IT CAME from the West Coast Video in Audubon, N.J. If Exhumed Films had a tagline like the horror movies it celebrates, the above line may suffice. Even if New Jersey, from some perspectives at least, doesn't have the same terrifying connotation as a black lagoon or outer space. For the past 15 years, Exhumed Films has specialized in showing rare horror films. Some feature familiar (hockey-masked) faces, and others only made brief appearances at drive-ins and grindhouses before time forgot them.
June 15, 2012 |
HALLOWEEN COMES early this year for fans of the wild and the weird. The Philadelphia Museum of Contemporary Art presents a terrifying lineup of horror entertainment and activities during its Mausoleum Art Show and the Mausoleum Horror Convention, an all-day event that includes short films, a trivia contest, a drawing workshop, and vendors. Friday night's lead-in to the convention is the Mausoleum Art Show of Horror, which will feature the North American Tour of Terror, a selection of nine short horror films.
May 11, 2012 |
The French haven't exactly been famous for their horror films, having entered the game only in the past two decades with a crop of directors including Eric Valette ( Maléfique ), Alexandre Aja ( High Tension ), and Pascal Laugier ( House of Voices ). That is, unless you count the prolific visionary (or charlatan, depending on your point of view) Jean Rollin (1938-2010), a master of the peculiarly Gallic genre, the fantastique, and who released 52 features between 1968 and 2009.
October 29, 2011
What follows are edited excerpts from Tirdad Derakhshani's horror-movie chat Thursday on philly.com: Tirdad Derakhshani : Dear horror-movie aficionados, today I'd like to talk about what makes a horror movie good. What are the best horror movies ever made? I'm troubled by most mainstream critics' best-of lists because they include virtually the same films. Sure, it's critical consensus - or is it laziness? A large majority of the films listed were made after 1980, almost all after 1970.
September 30, 2011 |
DURING HOLLYWOOD'S glory days, the biggest stars - Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, etc. - wouldn't be caught dead in a horror movie. In 2011, however, horror is no longer a scary word for actors. Mr. James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, stars with his wife and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz in "Dream House," which opens today. That was Colin Farrell biting necks in August's "Fright Night," while Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro became the Wolfman in 2010. On TV, FX's new series "American Horror Story" will feature such names as Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy.
September 11, 2011
Eve Brent, 81, a veteran character actress whose most recognizable role was Jane to Gordon Scott's Tarzan, died Aug. 27 in Sun Valley, Calif. Ms. Brent rebooted the character of Jane, Tarzan's civilized love interest, in the 1958 films Tarzan and the Trappers and Tarzan's Fight for Life , after Jane was left out of the two previous Tarzan movies. She said she took the part to please her son, who was then about 6. But although it raised her profile, she later concluded it had been a disastrous career move.
October 21, 2010 |
It promises to be as frightening as a dive into the Black Lagoon, an expedition to Skull Island, or a night in the woods at Camp Crystal Lake. And that's how people like it. The fifth annual Terror Film Festival opens Thursday, presenting three days of the creepiest independent films to be found this side of the Borgo Pass. "People like being scared," said festival director Felix Diaz, who is also a producer, writer, and performer. "There are a lot of levels and shadings, and academic intellectualism, but in the end: It makes your heart race.