For CC2K's Fright Week, The Moviola's own Drew Morton reviews one of the scariest films ever made: James Wan's The Conjuring. Don't forget to enter our giveaway for a Blu-ray copy of The Conjuring.
For CC2K's Fright Week, here is The Moviola's own Meaghan Clohessy on masters of horror William Castle and Vincent Price, and their spookfest House on Haunted Hill.
In this review Big Ross goes full fang banger over the vamp cult classic Fright Night!
Fright Night was a great vampire movie released back in 1985. It starred a young, unknown William Ragsdale as Charlie Brewster, an average teenager who becomes convinced his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (the always excellent Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. No one believes Charlie though, not his best friend, not his girlfriend, not even his idol, famed cinematic vampire hunter Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall!). But Charlie finds out the only thing worse than everything thinking him crazy is being right. Unfortunately, as happens far too often in Hollywood these days, Fright Night was bitten by the remake bug in 2011. Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, and David Tennant as Charlie, Jerry, and Peter, respectively. It was moderately well received and turned a profit at the box office. I was going to write a big comparative review, but halfway through I realized the remake is so bland, so full of changes I don’t like and don’t agree with that I could little if anything positive to say about it (except maybe that it gave the great David Tennant some work and more exposure to American audiences). So instead, I’m just going to gush over how great the original film is! Welcome to...FRIGHT NIGHT!
Frank Stone, one of the last remaining survivors of the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III, died this week at the age of 91. Stone was a gunner in the Royal Air Force and was taken prisoner in 1940. He participated in what is known as "The Great Escape", and in 1963 director John Sturges brought this important story to the screen with The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough.
With the Academy Awards nominations recently announced, here's another look at B.D. Hall's review of Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece Gravity.
With two more movies coming out later this year based on the lives and literature of the Beat Generation, I thought it would be good to give On The Road, Walter Salles' adaptation of the most famous novel of that era, another look. Released last month on DVD, the film made the festival rounds last year and was in wide release early in 2013. The next two movies in this unofficial 2013 Beat trilogy are John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings (in wide release on September 16th) and Michael Polish's Big Sur (in wide release November 1st).
So, you’ve seen American Werewolf in London, you’ve (hopefully) also seen The Howling and the original Wolf Man. Here are a few werewolf films you may not have heard of that are worth checking out. (And if you haven’t seen the three films listed above, its not a bad idea to start with those.)
Here is CC2K Film Editor Jill Blake with this in-depth look at the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of the classic western 3:10 to Yuma.