The horror anthology is alive and well once again, thanks in large part to V/H/S, its upcoming sequel (reviewed here) and The ABCs of Death. The latest horror anthology is Sanitarium, in which three directors – Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama and Bryan Oritz — tell three tales of institutions for the insane.

Malcolm McDowell leads the cast, and narrates this trailer with a chillingly ironic sense of cold observation. This red-band trailer for the film won’t give you too much structure for each of the three plots, but it does suggest a few of the horrors that wait within the institution. The cast also features Robert Englund, Lacey Chabert, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, and Walter Perez. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

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We’re well through the first and second tiers of horror remakes, as we’ve seen new versions of Psycho and ’80s slasher series such as Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th, not to mention remakes of slightly less well-knwon films such as The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha.

Now, with a remake wave that also includes Maniac, we’ve got a new version of Silent Night, Deadly Night. The 1984 original caused a minor furor less for its content (most of the people complaining never saw the original) but for the fact that the story of a serial-killing Santa was advertised during prime time.

I know there’s a war on Christmas and everything (sarcasm), but still, it’s difficult to believe that Silent Night, which remakes/updates the ’84 film, will create the same sort of furor. That said, the trailer for the remake makes it out to be a slasher in the modern exploitation mode with enough creep-out factor and weird intensity to satisfy fans of the genre. And why the hell does that voice at the end sound so much like Willem Dafoe? Read More »

Thanks to her work on two unassailable teen comedy classics (1995′s Clueless and 1982′s Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Amy Heckerling will always have a special place in the movie lover’s heart. But even her most devoted fans can’t deny that she hasn’t had the best run of films lately. 2000′s Loser flopped, while 2007′s I Could Never Be Your Woman went straight to DVD. Now Vamps, her reunion with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, is getting only a perfunctory theatrical run before heading to home video.

But the real problem with Vamps isn’t its release model, but the fact that it simply doesn’t look very good. The premise — two undead gals living it up in modern-day NYC — sounds stale coming in at the tail end of the vampire movie trend, and there’s not much in this trailer to suggest Heckerling does anything especially fresh or interesting with it. At least the cast looks good. In addition to Silverstone, Krysten RitterDan StevensWallace ShawnRichard LewisSigourney WeaverJustin Kirk, and Malcolm McDowell also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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As August inches to an end, the days of having nothing to watch on TV (well — nothing but Breaking Bad) are about to come to an end. After the jump:

  • Game of Thrones casts Daario Naharis and Grey Worm
  • Malcolm McDowell will teach History 101 at Greendale
  • Michael J. Fox‘s new sitcom lands at NBC for Fall 2013
  • New Dexter promo image says he’ll try not to kill Debra
  • Elderly matriarchs bicker in new Downton Abbey clips
  • Watch another American Horror Story Season 2 teaser
  • Jax and Clay chat in the Sons of Anarchy Season 5 trailer
  • A picnic day takes a bad turn in the new teaser for Fringe
  • Speaking of which, John Noble is back to work on Fringe

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What’s the latest Batman Internet meme? Will The Dark Knight Rises be screening at midnight in the UK? Who will Catherine Zeta-Jones be playing in Red 2? Want to watch several featurettes from The Amazing Spider-Man? Does Malcolm McDowell like The Avengers? Is Teen Titans coming back to TV? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Featuring a line up that included Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, RoboCop, A Clockwork Orange, Super, Wall-E and Serenity, the 3rd annual Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival was held this past weekend. Each film was accompanied by one or two prominent guests who all gave fascinating behind the scenes facts about their films as well as info on some upcoming projects.

It was a great weekend to be a fan of movies in Los Angeles and, after the jump, you can read dozens and dozens of behind the scenes facts from all those movies as well as Zack Snyder‘s update on Man of Steel, Simon Pegg talking The World’s End and Star Trek 2, Peter Weller‘s feelings on a RoboCop remake, Malcom McDowell‘s thoughts on The Avengers, James Gunn‘s thoughs on the similarites between Super, Kick Ass and God Bless America, Andrew Stanton‘s statement on possible Pixar sequels and Nathan Fillion‘s casting choices for UnchartedRead More »

The third annual Hero Complex Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is as star studded as ever. Taking place from May 18-21 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, this year’s line up goes from zombies, to cult classics, animation and superheroes. It all begins with Zack Snyder and Robert Kirkman presenting Dawn of the Dead followed by Edgar Wright and Shaun of the Dead. Saturday starts with a digitally remastered version of RoboCop with Peter Weller, A Clockwork Orange with a Malcolm McDowell Q&A and finally the hugely underrated Super with star Rainn Wilson. Then on Sunday, Andrew Stanton will present the Oscar-winning WALL-E, Nathan Fillion will present Serenity and finally there will be ‘An Evening With Stan Lee,’ which will feature a screening that is yet to be announced.

After the jump, find out how you can get tickets and more. Read More »

In the early ’80s, the horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night caused an uproar, but now it just more remake fodder. Released at Christmas in ’84, people were just as angry about one TV ad for the film, which showed an axe-wielding Santa Claus during the prime time block of TV, as they were about the movie itself. (Probably more so, as I doubt that most of the angry ones actually saw the film.)

The movie depicted a family being killed by a criminal dressed as Santa Claus; the one survivor of that family massacre then snaps at Christmas many years later, and turns into a killer. Gene Siskel ripped the movie on At the Movies — “your profits really are blood money,” he said of the film’s creators — but in truth, the only thing more hilarious than the controversy over the film is the movie itself. Mostly inept, the picture has wonderfully unintentionally funny scenes and a few depraved and entertainingly exploitative kills. Best use of a sled since Citizen Kane!

And now we’ll get to see it all again, with Malcolm McDowell in one of the lead roles. Read More »

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