Mondo Texas Frightmare

Today begins another round of Texas Frightmare Weekend, the annual horror convention that has been going for 11 years now. This year is a special one for horror fans, because it marks the 20th anniversary of Wes Craven‘s genre redefining Scream, which will be getting a special screening at the event. And with it comes a special new Mondo print paying tribute to the slasher.

But those aren’t the only Mondo goodies that Texas Frightmare attendees will be able to get their hands on. There will also be new prints for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, The Conjuring and White Zombie. Check out all of the Mondo Texas Frightmare prints below. Read More »

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Jaws Shoes

You’re gonna need a bigger pair of boat shoes. Actually, you might need a bigger closet when you see just how many different pairs of awesome Jaws shoes are coming from Sperry footwear. The shoes were sported by members of the cast (notably Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss) in the 1975 thriller from Steven Spielberg, and now Sperry is honoring them with six different pairs of shows coming next month. Even the packaging is cool. Check out all the new Jaws shows after the jump. Read More »

Reused Sound Effects

In the world of motion pictures, there is an entire team of people whose job it is to create sound effects. This work ranges from duplicating the sounds of the real world, such as shoes stepping on pavement or gun shots, to creating sounds like no one has ever heard before, such as the engine of the Millennium Falcon or a flying dragon. Most of the time, entirely new sounds are created for each and every movie, but sometimes sound effects from the past get reused as well. A video round-up of ten of them can be found below. Read More »

Jaws 19 trailer

Now that Steven Spielberg is back at Universal, many industry insiders have been wondering if the legendary filmmaker will dig into his Amblin archives for some new remakes or sequels. Well, we know two things for sure: He will never remake Jaws or E.T. But what other movies in the Amblin library might he be considering?

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The Good Dinosaur

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with a bunch of the creatives behind the film.

After the jump you will find my interview with director Peter Sohn, who I’ve talked to a few times over the years and seems like a great and talented guy. In the interview, Pete talks about some of his favorite movies he recommends to friends, the evolution of the project over the years, how he got involved as a director, his vision behind the stark contrast between the beautiful, almost photo realistic backgrounds and the cartoony characters, a scene from the film that I felt was a homage to Jaws, the 1400 kid search for the main star of this film, how directing the voice actors for the English version of Miyazaki’s Ponyo helped him in making this film, and find out who directs Peter Sohn when he performs in his own film. All this and more in our Peter Sohn Good Dinosaur interview, after the jump.

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jaws live

This past July, the Austin, Texas-based Old Murder House Theatre transported Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws to the stage. Their production, a beat-for-beat recreation of the original film with only a few deliberate changes, was a thing of chaotic beauty. On sets made of cardboard, held together with duct tape and a prayer, the cast and crew created a show that was one part parody, one part homage, and one part, uh, something else altogether.

Now, footage from this bizarre and brilliant show has arrived online, giving those who weren’t in attendance a chance to catch the highlights. A YouTube video can’t quite capture the experience of seeing this thing live, but it’s better than not seeing any of it at all.

You can watch the Jaws: Live! footage below, but only if you like good things.

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Jaws 19 trailer

The promotions for Back to the Future are getting pretty heavy. Just this morning we found out Pepsi was making Pepsi Perfect a reality to coincide with the arrival of the future from Back to the Future Part II later this month, and now the official page for the film is teasing the arrival of a different sequel that fans of the time traveling franchise should be familiar with.

When Marty McFly walks around the town square of Hill Valley in 2015, one of the things he encounters is an outdoor marquee advertisement for Jaws 19, yet another sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s iconic summer blockbuster. And now a teaser trailer has arrived which not only promotes Jaws 19, but also details every single Jaws sequel leading up to it. Read More »

Dolly Zoom Shot

Though you may not know it by name, you’ve undoubtedly seen the dolly zoom (or push pull) shot used in countless movies. It’s the shot that looks like it’s zooming in on something while everything else in the background seems to be getting farther away.

Don’t worry if you can’t picture what this shot looks like on screen, because a new video essay from Vashi Visuals takes a look at 23 versions of the shot throughout the history of cinema. And thankfully, he begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the film that made the dolly zoom shot famous. Read More »

Jaws reboot

Just this week we learned that DreamWorks would not be renewing their deal with Disney when it expires in 2016. And in anticipation of the contract expiring, Steven Spielberg has been in talks with Universal to become the new home to the filmmaker’s production company.

Since this deal was revealed, there’s been a lot of chatter about Universal wanting to reboot Spielberg’s original blockbuster Jaws and the time traveling franchise that he produced, Back to the Future. But these assumptions are being blown out of proportion, and as of now, there’s no real indication that either the studio or Spielberg have any plans to touch those properties.

Find out what we won’t be seeing a Back to the Future or Jaws reboot anytime soon below! Read More »