Jun 202014


It's no coincidence that this week's Retro Cinema choice is "Hellraiser." Because in case you haven't heard, the remake has been given a green light. Now, I know you hard-core horror fans like me are out there saying "Oh, God no, not another remake!" But fasten your seatbelts kids, because for once this is good news: Clive Barker is gonna direct and Doug Bradley is coming back as Pinhead.

Now that's how you do a freakin' remake.

When Barker first directed "Hellraiser," he had a very limited budget and in fact, he confesses in the DVD commentary that he basically got the resurrection scene special effects done for much less than what it should've cost (only $25,000) because the studio liked what they saw of the film and threw a few more dollars their way. That scene wasn't even in the original script due to not having a budget for it.

I think it's fair to say that this time around, Barker won't face those kinds of problems. Nor have to resort to the cheesy painted in special effects he did himself -- those being my main criticism of the original as well as the pretty dreadful acting of Ashley Laurence (sorry, but it's true.) Sure, there are a few things that went wrong, but a whole lotta things went right.

While I'm sure most people reading this have seen the film, I don't want to give away too much just in case, but let's just say after "Hellraiser," people really didn't look at hooks and chains quite the same way again. Nor their prim and proper British wives.

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Jun 012014
'The Strain' first trailer

FX has released several super short teasers for their upcoming horror series, “The Strain,” but we finally got a full 30 second trailers showing some clips of the show itself. “The Strain” is a 13-episode series from Academy Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, author Chuck Hogan and writer/producer Carlton Cuse, which is based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy of the same title written by del Toro and Hogan. The teasers and this trailer look pretty creepy already, but with the resume of creative talent on this one, plus the groundbreaking reputation of FX for great, edgy TV, this [...]

May 132014
'Penny Dreadful' is anything but

There are horror films and shows that make you cringe because they’re so predictably bad, roll your eyes at their reliance on cheap “boo” moments, laugh because they’re campy, and make even the most hardcore horror fan squee with delight at their sophisticated creepiness. “Penny Dreadful” falls into the latter category. In spades. (Here come the spoilers.) Where does one begin with such delicious and stylish horror? Well, style I suppose. You can’t go wrong with Victorian London for a time frame loaded with lush wardrobe and sets, although thankfully they keep it pretty raw here and not too pretty. [...]

May 052014
'Sharknado' officially becomes a trilogy

Syfy officially announced that their camp phenomena “Sharknado” will get a third installment next summer, with “Sharknado 2: The Second One” already in the can and set for a July 30 premiere. Apparently summer is all about sharks again, in a way we haven’t seen since “Jaws.” And definitely in a different way than “Jaws.” Hey, there’s a place for all approaches to the shark genre. In the first “Sharknado,” Ian Ziering and Tara Reid fought to save the city of Los Angeles from killer sharks invading the city via tornado transport. In “Sharknado 2,” Ziering and Reid return to [...]

May 012014
First Look: 'Jessabelle'

A secret from the past. A curse from the grave. Check out the bone-chilling trailer for Lionsgate’s latest horror film, “Jessabelle.” After a horrific accident, Jessabelle goes back to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate. Soon after, a tormented spirit begins taking hold and has no intention of letting go. From the  producer of “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious,” “Jessabelle” is a ghostly tale that looks mighty creepy. (And as an added bonus, features the fabulous Joelle Carter from “Justified” in a supporting role.)

Apr 302014
First look: Photos from Syfy's 'Dominion'

Syfy has released the first photos of its upcoming series “Dominion,” based on the theatrical film “Legion.” “Dominion” is an epic supernatural drama set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post–apocalyptic future an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel. Rising out of the ashes of the 25 year-long battle are newly fortified cities which protect the human survivors. In Vega (formerly Las Vegas), the largest of these cities, two houses vie [...]

Apr 252014
HIMYM's Charlene Amoia to star in 'Nefas: The Wicked'

Charlene Amoia (How I Met Your Mother, American Reunion), seems to be making her bid for scream queen status. She’ll star in a new horror film for Zoe and Pebbles Productions in association with Mulberry Street Films, LLC. Amoia will play Julia, a quirky single mother who has left the big city with her teenage daughter, Charlotte and has taken up residence in the old Miller house.  What she is unaware of is that the Miller house is known by the townspeople to have been a place where demonic possession occurred throughout the past. As history repeats itself, Julia must [...]

Apr 212014
'Salem' casts its spell with stunning debut

When a TV network jumps into the original series game for the first time, they usually have to struggle to find their stride and put out programming on a par with most of the shows that are currently airing. And with its plunge into the original series game with “Salem”, WGN has not produced the show on par with its peers, but surpassed the great majority of them. Yes, it’s really that good. In fact, even after several repeat viewings searching for flaws or elements to critique for improvement, I have to admit I found the pilot episode flawless. Not [...]

Apr 092014
Syfy jumps on the zombie bandwagon with new series 'Z Nation'

Syfy announced April 6 in a press release they will debut their own zombie horror show, “Z Nation,” this fall. The 13-episode series will focus on the struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it? The series will be produced by The Asylum, the company that brought us the pop culture phenomenon “Sharknado,” so this show might have a little more dark humor than that other zombie show, “The Walking Dead.” Maybe you’ve heard of it? Karl Schaefer — whose previous credits include “Eerie Indiana,” “Eureka,” and “The Dead Zone” — will serve as executive [...]

Apr 072014
'Bitten' stars talk favorite moments of first season

As “Bitten” wraps up its first season Monday night, series stars Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt and Greg Bryk sat down for a media conference call Friday to preview the season finale, and talk about some of their favorite moments filming the rookie series for Syfy. Here’s what each of the three had to say: Greg Bryk: I’m going to say that I have favorite moments with each of the characters. With Greyston, I really love the moment when I was sick in bed and there was just like — for me, with a son, and this sense of there’s tensions [...]