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Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: I am ... Dracula

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself: I am … Dracula

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Movie monsters know that more than anybody. Much of the genre is built upon the suspenseful build-up to the first full revelation of exactly what it is that we the viewers have paid to see and shiver over. Often, that revelation takes the form [...]

FRANKENSTEIN & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on screen

FRANKENSTEIN & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on screen

Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present a double bill of black-and-white films from the Golden Age of Classic Horror: FRANKENSTEIN (1931) and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935), both directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff as the monster. Though many old horror films do not hold up so well today, Whale’s work – [...]

Birdemic: Shock and Terror: Critics Roundtable Podcast

Birdemic: Shock and Terror: Critics Roundtable Podcast

It’s the rare film that comes along and totally redefines the medium, but such a film is BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR. From its striking visual style to its Oscar-worthy performances to its dazzling special effects to its powerful, environmental subtext, this tale of a small, California town enduring the wrath of a vengeful Mother Nature [...]

The Innocents: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #4

The Innocents: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast #4

The fourth installment of the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast focuses its attention on the 1961 classic THE INNOCENTS. This ambiguous and haunting ghost story was produced and directed by Jack Clayton, based on Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw and William Archibald’s stage adaptation, The Innocents. Oscar-winner Freddie Francis supplied the atmospheric black-and-white photography, [...]

Upstaged By The Invisible Man: Gloria Stuart Interview

Upstaged By The Invisible Man: Gloria Stuart Interview

Recollections from the late actress on working with director James Whale on THE OLD DARK HOUSE and THE INVISIBLE MAN

Actress Gloria Stuart dies

Actress Gloria Stuart dies

Gloria Stuart, who earned an Oscar nomination at the age of 87 for TITANIC,  died Sunday night, September 26. The 100-year-old actress had been diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although Stuart is most well known to modern audiences for appearing as the older version of Rose (played [...]

Disney announces new Frankenweenie release date

Disney announces new Frankenweenie release date

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that FRANKENWEENIE, previously scheduled for a 2011 debut, will instead make its bow on March 9, 2012.

Antecedents of Igor: The History and Etymology of Mad Scientists' Assistants

Antecedents of Igor: The History and Etymology of Mad Scientists’ Assistants

The very title of the new computer-animated film IGOR represents a sort of final proof – as if any were needed – that the most mysterious example of mistaken identity in the history of horror cinema is firmly embedded in the public consciousness beyond any hope of repair. The mystery: How did the name “Igor” come [...]

The Wolf Man (1941)

The Wolf Man (1941)

A classic despite its flaws
This 1941 film is widely considered to be one of the classics of the horror genre, because it introduced the world to one of the most famous movie monsters of all time: Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), an innocent man bitten by a wolf, who then succumbs to the curse of [...]

Lair of the White Worm - From Novel to Film

Lair of the White Worm – From Novel to Film

Victorian author Bram Stoker holds a prominent place in horror history, all of it due to the publication of a single novel, Dracula, which has remained continuously in print for more than a century, providing a bloody fountain of inspiration for an undying legion of film and television adaptations. When a writer’s work has achieved that kind of [...]