the exorcist ben daniels

Here’s the thing about the television adaptations of The Exorcist and Scream – they both sound like terrible ideas. They booth reek of desperation, of television networks dragging a popular and familiar name kicking and screaming into another medium, hoping that name recognition alone will attract an audience. In the age of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, an age where horror on television has actually become popular, these shows feel like they should be the half-assed attempts to cash in on the small screen’s current obsession with things that go bump in the night.

But this is the point where I choke on my words, eat my hat, etc. Fox’s television riff on The Exorcist and MTV’s reinvention of Scream are not only good, but they’re also two horror-themed shows I’d actually recommend above the other major players in the genre this Halloween. I’m as surprised as anyone when I say that if you can only find time for two spooky shows to binge-watch during the season of the witch, pick these.

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scream season 2 trailer

I rolled my eyes harder than anyone when it was revealed that MTV was making a new television series based on the Scream movies. However, a few trusted friends and colleagues have told me that my negativity was misplaced. I have yet to actually eat my words, but enough serious horror fans have informed me that my decision to not watch the first season of this show was a poor one and that the negative early reviews were off-base. With the new season arriving later this month, it seems that I officially have a fire lit under me to actually watch this show, even if it’s just an excuse for me to tell everyone that they’re wrong.

Igniting that fire is the new trailer for the show’s second season, which gives away some of the first season’s biggest plot twists. Tread carefully if spoilers matter to you and you haven’t caught up with season one quite yet.

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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 »

The Muppets

MTV’s Scream and ABC’s The Muppets may not seem to have a whole lot in common at first glance. But both are revivals of beloved properties, which debuted this year to much fanfare. Both attracted lots of attention thanks to their familiar brand names, but struggled creatively and ultimately disappointed in the ratings. And as of this week, both are trying to course-correct under brand-new showrunners.  Read More »

movies leaving netflix

It’s that time again: a bunch of movies are getting ready to depart Netflix. That means you only have a few days to catch up with a batch of masterpieces, interesting curiosities, fascinating disasters, and other films worth your time. After all, once they leave streaming, you’ll actually have to get off the couch and put a DVD in the player and ugh, who wants to do that in 2015?

Check out our recommendations for movies leaving Netflix to watch (as well as a complete list of what’s departing) after the jump.

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Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.

That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.

Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead.  Read More »

Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute

Horror director Wes Craven, the man responsible for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, among many other films, passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with brain cancer. It’s a loss felt by many horror fans and cinephiles, who are taking stock of Craven’s significant influence on the movie landscape.

In case you need any more evidence that Wes Craven was a filmmaker who inspired many directors working today, Edgar Wright has chimed in on his own personal blog with a fond remembrance of Craven and what his work meant to the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Read some of the Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute below! Read More »

Wes Craven interview

Last night brought the tragic news that iconic horror director Wes Craven had passed away at age 76. The man was responsible for helping change the face of horror with A Nightmare on Elm Street and also reinventing the slasher subgenre by pulling back the curtain on all its tropes while also adhering to them in Scream. You’d be hard-pressed to find a horror director who wasn’t influenced by the work of Wes Craven.

Therefore, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at an extended Wes Craven interview from Fangoria TV‘s series Screamography, which chronicled the rise of some of the most iconic filmmakers in the horror genre from their early upbringing through their most well-known achievements in cinema. Watch the all-encompassing interview below! Read More »

Director Wes Craven Has Died at Age 76

Wes Craven dead

Wes Craven, who began his career with the low-budget shocker The Last House on the Left, then helped define the ’80s horror scene with A Nightmare on Elm St., and eventually defined the ’90s horror scene with Scream, has died at age 76, due to brain cancer.  Read More »

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Ti West Scream Episode

Ti West, director of films like The Innkeepers and The Sacrament, is moving to television, at least for a brief stint. West is directing at least one episode of Scream, the TV series incarnation of the horror/comedy series originally directed by Wes Craven. Read More »