Near Berklee Over Halloween Weekend? Check Out Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror


Over Halloween weekend, on Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m., the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, in collaboration with Berklee College of Music, will bring the classic 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror to the Symphony Hall stage, with an entirely new full symphonic score composed by Berklee’s finest student film composers. Nosferatu on Halloween is a groundbreaking, unprecedented collaborative project in which eight of Berklee’s finest student film composers will write a full-length symphonic score, under the direction of Professor of Film Scoring Sheldon Mirowitz, for what is widely considered the greatest silent honor film of all time, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922). The Boston Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will perform the score live-to-picture the night before Halloween. Tickets for Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, ranging from $37 to $47, are available at or by calling 888-266-1200. Performance starts at 8 p.m. The eight composers featured in the Nosferatu project are among the very best Film Scoring majors studying at Berklee College of Music today; they are students in college’s Scoring Silent Films course … [Read more...]

The Ultimate ‘Final Girls’ Infographic


When the slasher genre started to really hit the mainstream around the mid-80s, there was a lot of outcry about its depiction of women. It is true that with so many slasher films flooding the market, more than a few fell into the trap of scantily clad, personality-less women running and stumbling, being murdered in the dark. But to focus on the worst aspects of the genre would do a disservice to some of the groundbreaking (and what many would call feminist) strides taken toward giving women agency and power over their lives, their sexuality, and their attacker. The term "final girl" was coined in the early 90s to describe a “last woman standing” in a horror film. The final girl was the one to confront and defeat the killer at the end of the film, after making it through a gauntlet of terror. The 1996 film Scream highlighted this trope and drove it home for the masses by playing it with a tongue-in-cheek wink. Since then, films from the past have been critiqued through a new lens, shedding light on the early works in the genre that have paved the way for the final girls of today. We’ve created an infographic detailing some of the iconic final girls throughout modern cinema, … [Read more...]

‘Horror Made Here’ Tour From Warner Bros. Studios Gives Horror Fans a Behind-The-Scenes Look!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood unveiled a brand new experience for fright fans as Horror Made Here made its debut. Featured inside the newly-opened Stage 48: Script to Screen and available for a limited time only especially for Halloween, Horror Made Here offers guests the opportunity to discover behind-the-scenes filmmaking secrets from some of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema’s more sinister titles. For a limited time only until Sunday 1st November, guests can get up close to iconic props and costumes from some of studio’s best-known horror films, as well as admire the art of horror make-up and prosthetics in a display created especially for the Studio Tour by Oscar®-winning special effects expert Christien Tinsley. Freddy Krueger’s glove from Nightmare on Elm Street, the original cracked bedroom door from The Exorcist and the sinister stunt doll from Annabelle are showcased amongst a collection of ghoulish film props in the attraction’s Stage 48: Script to Screen. Unearthed from Warner Bros. Archives especially for the occasion, the authentic artifacts also include the spell book and wooden staff with totems and crystals from Practical Magic as well as the music box … [Read more...]

‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment


From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel. Days of the Dead takes readers on a journey through Halloween history with 4 chilling new Trick ‘r Treat tales. Discover old-world lovers whose romance takes a chilling turn and Western pioneers who discover the dark side of the frontier. Travel to 1950s Los Angeles for a tale of pure horror noir and into the heart of small-town America to see some pranksters taught a lesson they'll never forget. Across centuries of Halloween horror, wherever fear lies, Sam will be waiting. The Trick 'r Treat graphic novel is now available from Legendary. … [Read more...]

The Inhabitants – Movie Review


The Inhabitants Directed by the Rasmussen Brothers Starring: Elise Couture, India Pearl, Michael Reed October 13, 2015 Reviewed by T.A. Wardrope Fans of ghost stories brought to the silver screen are in as an unenviable spot as fans of zombie cinema. Sure, there are much more zombie flicks still being delivered to the movie going public but the venerable haunted house story is older than cinema itself. So, there's a lot of previous work to consider, some of it is quite good and deserving of the classic status. This is a tough genre, but it is also easier because people don't put specters in the same category as "unrealistic" creatures like werewolves and vampires. Many people have had ghostly experiences and will happily talk about it. All of which brings us to The Inhabitants, a ghostly tale written by the Rasmussen Brothers. The Rasmussens most notable writing credit, as indicated on the poster, is John Carpenter's The Ward. That's a matter for another review, but it's not the best film to hang your hat on and it seems the Rasmussens have head off into indieland since then. Indiegogo made The Inhabitants possible. Worth mentioning that all of the Rasmussens indie … [Read more...]

Poltergeist (2015) – Movie Review


Poltergeist (2015) Directed by Gil Kenan Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements Reviewed by Chip Fehd Okay, I need to get something off my chest. I will admit I did not want to see the Poltergeist remake. Nope. Nuh-uh. No chance in hell. The original Poltergeist (1982) was one of the defining films of my childhood, and I can still recall every frame to this day. There are maybe three films to ever truly scare the crap out of me as a kid: 1980’s The Changeling with George C Scott; The Eyes Of Laura Mars with Tommy Lee Jones and Faye Dunaway (don’t ask); and Poltergeist (hell, I still can’t look at clown dolls the same way). So when they announced a Poltergeist remake, I was completely against it. I am an unabashed fanboy of the original, and I figured there just wasn’t a snowballs’ chance in Hell of it ever working, or even coming close to the original. Was I wrong? Well, yes and no. Overall, Poltergeist wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, but it didn’t come anywhere close to even sniffing the originals jock. Let me explain. In order for any remake of Poltergeist to work, you really need to nail the casting. A lot of what made the original so … [Read more...]

We Are Still Here – DVD Review


We Are Still Here Directed by Ted Geoghegan Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fessenden Dark Sky Films October 6, 2015 Reviewed by Jess Landry Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a grieving couple buy an old house in the country with the hope of starting a new life. Everything seems honky-dory, that is until the new tenants start seeing and hearing some spooky goings-on. In this particular case, they believe it’s the ghost of their deceased son trying to contact them from beyond the grave. They call in a psychic to try and get to the root of the problem, but then all hell ends up breaking loose. It may sound like the same tired formula (and it pretty much is), but We Are Still Here executes the idea surprisingly well. It helps that this isn’t a young, vivacious, wrinkle-free couple; the Anne & Paul Sacchetti are an older couple who lose their teenage son in a car crash; their maturity adds to the anguish of the situation. Throughout the grieving process, the tension in the house is built up. It starts small at first – hollow footsteps, the feeling of someone watching you, shadowy figures standing all evil and whatnot behind unsuspecting … [Read more...]

Release Details For The 3rd And Final Season Of ‘Hannibal’


From the imaginative mind of Bryan Fuller (TV’s “Heroes” and “Pushing Daisies”) comes the final chapter of the smash hit series Hannibal: Season Three, keeping viewers’ spines tingling on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 8th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the series of novels by Thomas Harris that sparked a cult following and major motion picture franchise, the deliciously dark and twisted series brings Hannibal Lecter’s chillingly genius insanity to life. Based on the characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, Hannibal, from Gaumont International Television (in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks), stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the iconic Hannibal Lecter, Emmy® Award nominee Hugh Dancy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, “Elizabeth I,” 2006), Gillian Anderson (TV’s “The X-Files”), and Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (Best Actor in a Leading Role, What's Love Got to Do with It, 1993). The show co-stars Caroline Dhavernas (TV’s “Off the Map”) and guest stars Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise), Gina Torres (TV’s “Suits”), Raul … [Read more...]

Queen Crab – Movie Review


Queen Crab Directed by Brett Piper September 29, 2015 Reviewed by Matthew Scott Baker I should have known what to expect from Queen Crab when I realized it was directed by Brett Piper, the guy responsible for 1990’s A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell. My friend Joan and I rented that one years ago as a joke for a ‘Who Can Find the Dumbest Movie Contest,’ and it came in second place. So, I honestly should not have been surprised by what Queen Crab had to offer. Still, I’m a sucker for just about any creature-feature, so I gave it a look. Unfortunately, the ninety minutes I devoted to this film would have been better spent cleaning my bathroom or doing just about anything else at all. The stop-motion special effects were decent, but they’re not enough to save this bomb. If you are not familiar with Queen Crab, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing: A meteor crashes into a quiet lake in the remote countryside and awakens a centuries-old beast, who tears through a nearby town and its inhabitants, who must fight for their lives and stop this Queen Crab before she can hatch an army of babies. Bonus features include: Special Effects Featurettes, Behind … [Read more...]

Midian Unmade – Book Review


Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Edited by Joseph Nassise and Del Howison Tor Books July 28, 2015 Reviewed by Tim Potter Fans of Clive Barker, his book Cabal and film Nightbreed will find numerous stories of interest in the new anthology, Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. More than twenty authors contribute original short stories to the volume that expands upon Barker’s own work. Their stories run the gamut from fantastic to forgettable in a book that succeeds more often than not. While adding new characters and situations to the Nightbreed mythos, the collection still manages to revisit some of the most interesting characters and locals from the classic book and movie. Joseph Nassise and Del Howison serve as editors and have collected a wide range of very different stories. Nassise starts things with his preface about his personal experience with Cabal and his obvious love for the story. One of the only disappointments from Midian Unmade is the introduction by Clive Barker, which is reprinted from 1989’s The Nightbreed Chronicles. The actual introduction is fine, but it feels dated and serves only to put Barker’s words into the … [Read more...]