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Blu-ray Review – Carrie (1976)

Carrie, 1976.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, P.J. Soles, and Betty Buckley.

Synopsis:

A shy teenage girl with a domineering religious mother unleashes hell with her telekinetic powers against all those who have wronged her.

On the back of their excellent release of John Carpenter’s The Thing on Blu-ray earlier this year, Arrow Video have yet again delved into the vault of horror classics from notable directors and given Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie a 4K restoration, presented here in a glorious limited edition featuring some juicy new extras.

Carrie White (Sissy SpacekJFK) is a shy teenage girl without any friends, bullied at school by the other girls and sheltered from the fun of regular teenage life by her overbearing religious mother Margaret (Piper LaurieThe Hustler), who punishes Carrie whenever
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Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematographers
Variety speaks to British director Michael Apted, who has served as president of the Directors Guild of America, and as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He talks about his approach to working with cinematographers, how he gets the best out of actors, and how Hollywood should respond to the sexual harassment crisis. Apted heads the jury at Camerimage, a film festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. The event wraps on Saturday.

Apted has received numerous accolades for his films. The “Up” documentary series, which has followed the same group of people since they were 7 years old, has won two BAFTAs.

His Hollywood movies have included “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, and was nominated in six other categories including best picture, “Gorillas in the Mist,” which was nominated for five Oscars, and “Nell,” which earned Jodie Foster an Oscar nomination. His other pictures
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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season

Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season
Mother-daughter relationships have always been the stuff of great drama. And the Oscars are no exception. Three decades ago the “Moonstruck” acting duo Olympia Dukakis and Cher both won gold for playing a strong-willed New York Italian mother and her feisty daughter. Six years later, as a mute Scottish teacher and her de facto interpreter in New Zealand, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin repeated that twofer triumph with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Onscreen mother-daughter conflict has resulted in other dual Academy Award nominations: selfless Barbara Stanwyck tricked Anne Shirley into marrying rich in tearjerker “Stella Dallas” (1937); Meryl Streep’s big mouth inspired a rebellious Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” (2013); Piper Laurie was literally crucified by Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” (1976). At the start of this decade, Mo’Nique won an Oscar portraying the sexually abusive parent of fellow “Precious” nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Back in 1984, both Shirley MacLaine and
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10 Horror Movie Reboots Gone Horribly Wrong

10 Horror Movie Reboots Gone Horribly Wrong
Oh, horror movies. Market research showed that more people knew the phrase Texas Chainsaw Massacre than the number of people who had seen it or even knew what it was about. So you know what that means! Reboot time! Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with rebooting a popular film and/or franchise. But there's also no rule that says they have to be bad. Nevertheless, crappy remakes keep plaguing horror fans. We're looking at 10 horror movie reboots that went horribly wrong.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is easily one of the scariest movies of all time, no question. Loosely based on true events, put together in the early '70s on a shoestring budget, this thing played like some sorta snuff film. It's chilling. It's such a great horror film that once the sequels stopped coming, Hollywood tried to reboot it not once, but twice.
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‘Halloween’ 40 Years Later: Why Jamie Lee Curtis Is Still the Ultimate Scream Queen

‘Halloween’ 40 Years Later: Why Jamie Lee Curtis Is Still the Ultimate Scream Queen
The mask. The music. The sequels. There are many memorable things about the Halloween franchise, but none of them have had quite the same impact as a then-20-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Hollywood royalty, who created an everygirl so iconic, she’s returning to the role nearly 40 years after the original.

In 1978, Curtis made her film debut as resilient teenage babysitter Laurie Strode in Halloween. It’s a simple enough story: A young man, Michael Myers, kills his sister on Halloween in 1963 and is locked away in an institution. Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns to his hometown, where he terrorizes and kills a group of teenagers one by one, until he’s stopped (or at least slowed down) by Laurie.

What makes Laurie iconic is the sense of realness Curtis imbues her with. It’s not just that she’s the typical example of the “final girl” horror movie trope, or even that she
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The ‘Halloween’ Franchise Ranked From the Worst to Best Slash

The ‘Halloween’ Franchise Ranked From the Worst to Best Slash
There was no way to predict that a low-budget, independent horror movie with a no-name cast would go on to become one of the most influential films in cinematic history. But 40 years ago, John Carpenter built the framework for one of the most successful franchises ever and helped create the “slasher” genre with the 1978 smash Halloween.

In the ensuing years, Michael Myers (aka The Shape) became one of culture’s preeminent boogeymen, Carpenter’s haunting theme continued to set an ominous mood and the fictional town of Haddonfield dealt with a serious body count problem. While the motivations for Michael’s actions grew more convoluted, he remained a terrifying force four decades later.

Now, with a new Halloween in the works from director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride, featuring original star Jamie Lee Curtis as the ultimate survivor, Et decided it was time to look back on the franchise to determine which film is a dull
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Exclusive Interview: Castle Rock cast and creators talk about new Stephen King series

With Castle Rock coming to Hulu next year, the cast and creators of the show took a break from production on the fifth episode of the 10-part series to come on down to New York Comic Con f0r a panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Beforehand, however, Flickering Myth had the pleasure of asking a few questions to stars Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey and Andre Holland, as well as executive producers and masterminds behind the Stephen King-inspired show, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw.

The show takes place in Castle Rock, Maine, a common setting for many of King’s works (including Needful Things, The Dead Zone, Cujo and more), which Shaw describes as “the worst luck town in the world.” Between “two serial killers, a homicidal rabid dog [and] demonic trucks,” the town is an “archaeological site” of sorts “where there are horrors, nightmares and stories behind every door.” Each
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Exclusive: Castle Rock and It star Bill Skarsgård hasn’t met Stephen King yet

The following is an excerpt from Justin Cook’s interview with the cast and creators of Castle Rock at New York Comic Con…

It’s safe to say that 2017 has been a good year for Bill Skarsgård. Not only has the young actor’s name been on the rise ever since starring as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Andy Muschietti’s hugely successful adaptation of Stephen King’s It, but he’s also currently shooting Hulu’s Castle Rock, an anthology series that brings together a number of King’s works set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine.

Clearly, Skarsgård has King to thank for much of his success, but as it turns out (as of Sunday, October 8th), the actor and best-selling author still have yet to meet.

Flickering Myth spoke to Skarsgård at New York Comic Con and asked him what it was like having his
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October Horrors 2017 Day 15 – Carrie (1976)

Carrie, 1976.

Directed by Brian De Palma.

Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Amy Irving and John Travolta.

Synopsis:

Carrie White is a shy teenager who endures a daily ritual of bullying from her classmates who torment her mercilessly at school, while also being subjective to repeated abuse from her religious fanatic of a mother. However, unbeknownst to everyone else, Carrie possesses telekinetic abilities which are rapidly growing in power, abilities that she ultimately unleashes to reap vengeance against the world that has long mocked and belittled her.

Did you know that Stephen King has had over 100 of his works adapted for film and television?

With a career as long and successful as King’s you’d expect that a few of his books and stories would have been made into films and TV shows, but over 100 is just unreal. I think only Shakespeare beats him in terms of screen adaptations.
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It's Bill Skarsgard Has a New Stephen King Project Coming, and It Looks Absolutely Chilling

If American Horror Story and Lost had a baby, and then that baby had another baby with Stephen King, it would probably look something like Hulu's upcoming TV series Castle Rock. The drama is from executive producer J.J. Abrams and the twisted mind of King, who's been using the fictional town of Castle Rock as a setting for a number of his novels over the years (The Dead Zone, Doctor Sleep, Revival). Although any specifics about the show are still under wraps, we do have a few ideas about where it's headed and who we'll see on screen. Judging from the first trailer, above, the series will intertwine characters and themes from King's body of work, which we get a hint of in the trailer's last shot (which shows a sinking car with a "Department of Maine Corrections, Shawshank" sticker on the trunk, wink wink). The show also boasts a
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Castle Rock Trailer: Stephen King & J.J. Abrams Join for Hulu Original

Enter the chilling world of Castle Rock, the new Hulu Original drama series from Executive Producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, The Force Awakens) and the mind of Stephen King.

Castle Rock is a horror anthology series that takes place in the town where many of King’s most famous stories take place. Abrams' Bad Robot also produced Stephen King's 11/22/63 for Hulu in 2015.

the series stars André Holland (The Knick), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), and Terry O’Quinn (Lost).

The ser [Continued ...]
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Castle Rock: First Look Video Unveiled by Hulu

"You have no idea what's happening here, do you?" Hulu has just unveiled a first look at their upcoming TV show Castle Rock.From Jj Abrams and Stephen King, the psychological horror drama “combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.” The cast includes Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Terry O'Quinn, Melanie Lynskey, and Jane Levy.Read More…
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Castle Rock 2nd trailer debuts at Nycc

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In a past episode of channel control, we talked about a show named Castle Rock. This upcoming 10 episode Hulu original series is a psychological thriller anthology and will be based off the fictional town of the Castle Rock, Maine which has been used in numerous Stephen King Novels. The town has been used as the back drop for The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and at least 8 other stories by Mr. King. The town has even been mentioned in over 20 stories including Creepshow, The Stand, Gerald’s Game, & 11/22/63.

In the first teaser, we hear multiple voice-overs as the names of books, movies, or characters from his stories are shown on the screen. It ends with a dark map of the North-Eastern Us and the words Castle Rock across the screen. It’s pretty much standard fare for a teaser, which is nothing more than “Hey! We’re making a show.
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The Best Dramas on Netflix, Ranked

The Best Dramas on Netflix, Ranked
Netflix first proved itself to be a real contender in original content starting with “House of Cards,” followed soon after with “Orange Is the New Black” and the bonkers “Hemlock Grove.” Since then, it’s expanded its drama slate to include sci-fi, superhero shows, international stories, period dramas, and whatever “The Oa” is.

The variety of offerings are as wide as the emotions they elicit. While many of these series have some lighter, humorous moments, their main intent is not to inspire laughter but instead provoke thought, fear, wonder, melancholy, anger, and joy. But in the end, they just plain entertain.

Below, IndieWire has ranked the best Netflix original dramas so far.

[Editor’s Note: The list below does not include shows such as “3%,” which will be saved for a more dedicated list of international co-productions in the future.]

15. “Bloodline

Bloodline” lived and died with its cast, and if we were ranking Netflix dramas on performance alone, this would be in the top five. Kyle Chandler quickly made viewers forget about the best dad of all the
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The Best Dramas on Netflix, Ranked

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The Best Dramas on Netflix, Ranked
Netflix first proved itself to be a real contender in original content starting with “House of Cards,” followed soon after with “Orange Is the New Black” and the bonkers “Hemlock Grove.” Since then, it’s expanded its drama slate to include sci-fi, superhero shows, international stories, period dramas, and whatever “The Oa” is.

The variety of offerings are as wide as the emotions they elicit. While many of these series have some lighter, humorous moments, their main intent is not to inspire laughter but instead provoke thought, fear, wonder, melancholy, anger, and joy. But in the end, they just plain entertain.

Below, IndieWire has ranked the best Netflix original dramas so far.

[Editor’s Note: The list below does not include shows such as “3%,” which will be saved for a more dedicated list of international co-productions in the future.]

15. “Bloodline

Bloodline” lived and died with its cast, and if we were ranking Netflix dramas on performance alone, this would be in the top five. Kyle Chandler quickly made viewers forget about the best dad of all the
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Castle Rock Drops Trailer At Nycc

As New York Comic Con came to close this past weekend there were many surprises. One of the most prominent surprises was a sneak peak into what is going on in the world of ‘Castle Rock’. Stephen King has had much success this past year with all the adapted material that has been hitting our TV’s and movie screens.

And it looks as if 2018 will be another successful year for the master storyteller. This past weekend the cast and crew of the show Castle Rock took center stage at New York Comic Con to reveal the trailer that will have Stephen King fan’s buzzing until it’s premiere early next year.

Below is the teaser trailer that was released exclusively at Nycc. So don’t wait another minute and have a look.

The trailer looks amazing and features many stars that have made a name for themselves in
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First teaser trailer for Stephen King anthology series Castle Rock

The first teaser was revealed today at Nycc for the Hulu Original drama Castle Rock. From the mind of Stephen King and executive producer J.J. Abrams, the anthology series features a cast that includes Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Andre Holland (Moonlight), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Bill Skarsgard (It), Scott Glenn (The Defenders), and Terry O’Quinn (Lost); take a look below…

Castle Rock is set in King’s fictional town, and is described as a psychological horror series which ““combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.” It is slated to premiere in 2018.
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