poltergeist-1015Fans of the original Poltergeist have been waiting for years to see if the proposed reboot of the film would happen. Finally the film is moving forward and it should hit theatres in early 2015 according to the latest release date put out by the studio. The new film won’t resemble the original film very much though. Fans who expect a recreation of the original film will be disappointed. The new Poltergeist film is all about a new family, the Bowens. Eric Bown needs a fresh start so he moves his family to a new town. His young daughter Madeleine is kidnapped, and Bowen’s wife and his ex-wife who both are involved in the paranormal use supernatural methods to try and get her back. Some of the famous plot devices used in the original film, such as the family home being located on top of a graveyard full of angry spirits, seem to be missing from the reboot.

Part of the appeal of the Poltergeist film is that there are so many elements in it that iconic reminders of the 80s. In the original film Steven Freeling, the father of the family, is a real estate developer working for one of the large companies that was creating planned communities in the 80s. The family moves into one of the planned communities only to find their life suddenly plagued with paranormal activity. Many of the scares in the original film seem…

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alfred-hitchThe career of director Alfred Hitchcock spans more than five decades. As a director his brilliance and insight changed the way that films, especially horror films, were made forever. He was a famous eccentric and was as well known for his scandals as for his films. But he created some of the most notable classic films in history. Some of his films are still just as popular today, or even more popular today, than they were when they were first made. Film classes study his works and fans share them with family and friends all the time as examples of the best kind of filmmaking. When the American Film Institute compiled their list of the 100 best films of all time it’s not a surprise that Alfred Hitchcock’s films were included on the list. In fact, four of Hitchcock’s films were included in the AFI’s Top 100 Films of All Time list. Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Rear Window were all selected by the AFI as some of the best films of all time. Hitchcock’s films also featured prominently on the AFI’s list of the Top 100 Thrillers of all time.

In today’s cinema world there are very few directors that have been able to create the kind of legacy that Hitchcock did. He started working on films in the early 1900s, and was directing films by the 1920s. He directed the infamous British silent film classic “The Lodger”…

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beetlejuiceFor years fans have been begging for a sequel to the 1988 Horror comedy Beetlejuice. The original film, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder is a cult classic that was also a commercial and critical success. The film cost about 15 million dollars to make at the time and grossed over 78 million dollars at the box office. Audiences and critics loved the dark, campy and funny movie about two ghosts who employ the services of a kooky “bio exorcist” to get a family out of the home they occupied before they died. Lydia, the daughter of the family who moves into the ghost’s house, is an 80s icon. With her black bobbed hair, eyeliner and black petticoat under her school uniform she became the image of 80s goth kids. Girls everywhere copied her dark style. People still dress up as Lydia for Halloween and conventions.

Beetlejuice was directed by the master of kooky and dark and strange films Tim Burton. The cast worked extremely well together, which helped to make the film the cult classic that is remains today. For decades fans have been begging for a sequel to the original film and now if finally is going to happen. As recently as Valentine’s Day Michael Keaton confirmed that he had been in talks with Tim Burton and a writer to reprise his role as the dirty, disgusting,…

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sleepyEven though the Fox network’s new show Sleepy Hollow was on several critic’s lists of must watch shows in the fall there was some question of whether or not audiences would embrace it. Most fantasy shows produced by major networks don’t fare too well. For every hit like Grimm there are two fantasy shows that fade away after one season. But with shows like The Walking Dead dominating the cable ratings and shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time outperforming Fox staples like New Girl and Glee the network execs knew they needed to come up with their own genre show. They took a chance on Sleepy Hollow and that chance paid off for the network. Sleepy Hollow has had very good ratings in the freshman season and the two hour season finale won its time slot in Fox’s target market. Season two of the unlikely hit is already in production and with heavy support from the studio it should attract even more viewers before the Season 2 premiere.

The premise of the show is loosely based on the story of the Headless Horseman, which is an odd origin for a TV show. In the original story the Headless Horseman is a Hessian soldier who was beheaded in a battle during the Revolutionary War in upstate NY. He chases people down on his war charger and takes their heads to replace his own missing head. The tale is set…

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lindabEven though horror movies are one of the biggest grossing genres of films and special effects technology has created some truly terrifying characters a relatively low budget film from the 70s remains the scariest movie of all time. The Exorcist, a film based on a novel by William Blatty, has been named the scariest film of all time for many years running. If you ask people what movie scared them the most 9 out of 10 will say The Exorcist.

The Exorcist film is not the only film to center on children touched by the demonic. In the 70s and 80s there was a slew of films that featured demonic children like Rosemary’s Baby and the Omen films. In the era before slasher films went mainstream supernatural films were a great way for horror fans to get their fear fix. Movie studios and producers know that tapping into people’s innate fear of the unknown and the paranormal is a guaranteed way to make money. The wild success of the Paranormal Activity films proves that nothing is scarier to movie audiences than the paranormal. But even though fans were terrified by the Paranormal Activity films The Exorcist is even scarier still.

The biggest reason that The Exorcist continues to terrify people is that it the book and film are based on a case of real possession. In the 1940s a child who was given the pseudonym Roland Doe to protect his…

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rosemarysRosemary’s Baby, one of the most classic modern horror tales, is getting a modern reboot as a miniseries. NBC, a network that has been stacking up dark dramas over the past few seasons, has now commissioned a miniseries version of Ira Levin’s original horror story Rosemary’s Baby. The new version will be set in Paris, not in New York City, and there will be several other small changes that won’t impact the main storyline. A-list actress Zoe Saldana from Star Trek and other well-loved films will take on the role originally made famous by Mia Farrow, Rosemary Woodhouse. Rosemary’s husband, Guy Woohdhouse, will be played by Patrick J. Adams. The 4 hour retelling of the story is already in production and should be coming to NBC in the next year.

Audiences are cautiously excited to see what the network can do with the miniseries. It’s not easy to take on a story as classic as Rosemary’s Baby and still do it justice. It’s inevitable that people will compare the miniseries to the original film adaptation of the book. The film version featuring Mia Farrow as Rosemary is so iconic that it has been parodied in films and on TV for decades. To many horror fans the original film will always be the quintessential version. But many other classic horror stories are getting modern updates so maybe it’s time for Rosemary’s Baby to be interpreted. After all, the story is just…

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One of last year’s biggest hits returns for a second season at the end of February. Hannibal, which won both critical hannibalpraise and praise from audiences, brings viewers back to the world of tortured FBI profiler Will Graham and brilliant but deadly serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The characters in the show were familiar to audiences already because they are featured in books and movies that feature Dr. Lecter. Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and the film Hannibal directed by Ridley Scott all center around the mad cannibal Dr. Lecter. Dr. Lecter was originally created by novelist Thomas Harris, whose books have been used as the inspiration for both the films and the Hannibal TV series. Dr. Hannibal Lecter is one of the most popular fictional serial killers of all time, because of his intellect, cunning and his peculiar morality which governs all of his actions. His twisted morality even dictates who he will kill, since he only kills people that he thinks have offended him or have acted badly.

Crime dramas, particularly those about serial killers, do very well with network audiences so it’s not a huge surprise that NBC picked up a trial run of 13 episodes of Hannibal last year. Thanks to innovative storytelling and great casting audiences and critics alike embraced the show after only a few episodes. Hannibal was quickly picked up for a second season, which premiers in late February.

Part of…

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twilight-zomeThe Twilight Zone is one of the longest running and most popular franchises in media. Originally the show was produced for TV in the late 1950s. However the franchise has been rebooted over the decades and produced for TV, film, radio, and even in graphic novels. The enduring appeal of Twilight Zone is something that many other writers and producers have tried to capture but nothing can match the success of The Twilight Zone. Twilight Zone is a permanent part of the media fabric of popular culture in the US. Despite the modern updates to the original premise the shows from the late 1950s and 60s remain popular. The themes explored in Twilight Zone are still relevant to modern audiences because they touch on universal themes of morality, the search for knowledge, and acceptance.

Rod Serline, the man who developed Twilight Zone, was a well-known media figure in the 50s. He wrote many of the most popular teleplays, what modern audiences would call miniseries, for TV at the time. But at the time these shows were sponsored by corporate sponsors who could force writers to make changes to the show that would fit into their corporate image and brand. So, for example, in a show sponsored by Ford Motor Company no other type of car could be mentioned or shown on film. Serling was frustrated by the rules associated with writing shows that were essentially long versions of ad copy.…

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bates-signBates Motel returns soon for a second season much to the delight of fans. The first season of Bates Motel introduced fans to the early years of infamous killer Norman Bates. The original Psycho film, created by Alfred Hitchcock, created a new genre of horror movie that was suspenseful but not overly gory. Hitchcock was a master at using suspense and the power of imagination to terrify an audience. He created a character that has fascinated people for decades when he created Norman Bates. However in the film not very much is revealed about Norman’s past or what turned him into a ruthless killer. Bates Motel is the prequel to Psycho and tells audiences more about Norman’s past and the events that led Norman to become a killer.

 

Even though Bates Motel is a prequel to a film that came out decades ago it is set in the modern day and it is set in Oregon instead of California. The show borrows heavily from cult classic TV Show Twin Peaks. The same sense of surreality that enveloped Twin Peaks seems to exist in White Pine Bay, the town where the show is set. The show is shot in the same style as Twin Peaks as well, so that it always looks dark and moody. Keeping the audience slightly off balance through the use of graphics, colors and sets is a great way to get them fully invested in the…

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zombie-bowlThe day that fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting for is almost here. The Walking Dead returns on February 9th with new episodes. But before that AMC is hosting The Zombie Bowl on February 2nd. While football teams are symbolically slaughtering each other on the football field during The Super Bowl the survivors of the zombie apocalypse will be slaughtering walkers in The Zombie Bowl on AMC. The Zombie Bowl is a marathon of every zombie kill during the first two seasons of The Walking Dead. The Zombie Bowl is a great way for fans of the show to prepare for new episodes of the show that will start the following week.

Season 4 of The Walking Dead has been the most intense season of the show so far, and the intensity is only going to increase in the second half of Season 4. Cast members Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln have said in interviews that the second half of the season will be shocking and will feature the death of a major cast member. After the terrible death of Hershel in the mid-season finale fans are still mourning, and many are dreading to see which beloved character will be lost in the last part of Season 4.

As it stands after the mid-season finale the character that gets killed off could be any of the main characters. When the episode ended the group from…

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