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Why 2017 was the year of Stephen King on screen

Ryan Lambie Dec 8, 2017

As The Dark Tower heads to disc, we take a look back at a screen year that's been big for Stephen King adaptations...

In the late 60s and early 1970s, a new generation of horror storytellers brought the genre out of the past and into the troubled, turbulent present. In cinemas, such directors as George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and David Cronenberg ushered in a new age of modern, fleshier horror, where the images were disturbing and the capes and castles of old Dracula and Frankenstein movies were entirely absent.

Over in the literary world, such writers as Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and William Peter Batty (The Exorcist) were injecting creating a similarly seismic impact, sparking a pulp horror boom that would last until well into the 1980s. Few authors, however, have enjoyed the fame or the sheer longevity of Stephen King. Still in his 20s when his first novel,
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5 Questions We All Have About Netflix's New Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series

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Something wicked this way comes. After teasing the appearance of Sabrina Spellman on Riverdale for months now, it seems like the teenage witch is actually getting her own series. While Warner Bros. Television and The CW, the network behind the Archie Comics drama, were initially developing the new one-hour drama, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for the 2018-2019 season, it now seems that the series will live on a different network: Netflix! That being said, this certainly won't be the lovable Sabrina (previously played by Melissa Joan Hart) we all remember - this one will be much more sinister. Fortunately, we know a few actresses who could pull it off. RelatedEverything We Know About Riverdale's Season 2 1. Who's Involved? Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also Archie Comics' chief creative officer, is writing the adaptation. He'll executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger, who will direct the pilot.
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Horror Highlights: MST3K Turkey Day Marathon, Comet TV’s November Programming, The Ninth Passenger, Blood Bound, Occupation, My Neighbors Are Dead Podcast, Live-evil

Gather the family around the table, count your blessings, eat lots of food, and then maybe check out the MST3K marathon! Also: a look at Comet TV's November programming, Afm screening details for The Ninth Passenger, Blood Bound, and Occupation, My Neighbors are Dead podcast details, and three clips from Live-Evil.

MST3K Turkey Day Marathon Announced: Press Release: "It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! This Thanksgiving, grab a heaping helping of Mexican three-layer dip and pureed giblets and join your fellow MSTies for the beloved traditional Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon. Hosted by show creator Joel Hodgson and MST3K stars Felicia Day and Jonah Ray, this year’s marathon features six classic episodes of MST3K never before included in a Shout! Factory Turkey Day Marathon.

Starting at 12 pm Et / 9 am Pt on Thursday, November 23rd, the holiday marathon will showcase six classic MST3K episodes,
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'Riverdale' Creator Teases Script From 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Reboot

'Riverdale' Creator Teases Script From 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' Reboot
A reboot for Sabrina the Teenage Witch is officially underway!

Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo of the script on Instagram earlier this week.

"Perfect project for October as the #Riverdale family expands....and 9 days to premiere night!" Aguirre-Sacasa captioned the snap.

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The Riverdale spinoff is based on Aguirre-Sacasa's horror comic books Chilling Adventure of Sabrina, an imprint of the Archie Comics and a darker version of the Melissa Joan Hart iteration.

According to TVLine, the new series is likened to Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and reimagines the origin of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age tale that includes horror, evil forces and sorcery. It will also include the character of Harvey Kinkle, known as Sabrina's mortal boyfriend. 

The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina is slated for the 2018 - 2019 TV season on The CW.

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Dark ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Reboot in Development at The CW

Because we can't have nice things, only gritty reboots of formerly nice things, there is a dark Sabrina the Teenage Witch series come to The CW. The network is looking to expand both their Archie universe and their Greg Berlanti universe in one fell swoop with a show based off of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic. The hourlong drama will serve as a "companion" series to Riverdale, and has been compared to both The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby, as it, “reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story …
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'Riverdale' Companion Series 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' In the Works at The CW

As expected, The CW is looking to expand the Archie universe following the success of Riverdale.

A companion series centered on Archie comics character Sabrina, titled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is in the works at the younger-skewing network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The hourlong drama reimagines the story of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft, naturally. The new iteration is described as in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist and finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the...
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ScreenPrint: Paperbacks From Hell Delights in Pulp Taxonomy

Welcome to our new feature, one that aims to looks at books, the original screen - not counting cave paintings and the Code of Hamurabi. We will typically be talking about books about movies in this space, but here for the inaugural edition of ScreenPrint, we thought we would talk about a book about books (of which, many were eventually were turned into movies.) Let us talk about Quirk Books' Paperbacks From Hell. During the 1970s and 1980s there was a tsunami of direct-to-paperback horror novels. The blockbuster success of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist, and shortly thereafter later Peter Benchly's Jaws (all of which were then turned into mega-successful movies) saw publishers whir up their printing presses, die cutters...

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Audiences Hate Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Mother!

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Audiences Hate Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie Mother!
Moviegoers are having very negative reactions to Jennifer Lawrence's latest movie, Mother!, according to CinemaScore, which currently has the movie at an F rating. The Darren Aronofsky directed movie has been getting trashed by audiences, but praised by critics, leading to a huge divide between audience and critic with the polarized reviews. Could it be that moviegoers are beginning a backlash against Jennifer Lawrence?

Jennifer Lawrence is an acclaimed, Academy Award winning actress who was once the highest paid actress in the world two years ago. The 27-year old actress can pretty much do whatever she wants, but it's beginning to look like her fans do not want to see her in horror movies. 2012's House at the End of the Street was panned by critics and is seen as a commercial failure when compared to Lawrence's other work, which still earned a lot of money and was in
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The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best

The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best
Darren Aronofsky is back. The polarizing Oscar nominee is causing a quite a stir with his latest movie, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “mother!,” but anyone familiar with Aronofsky’s six previous features knows he’s always been a filmmaker who forces a strong reaction out of people. He’s been pushing the boundaries of his own filmmaking voice ever since “Pi” caused a frenzy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, and “mother!” proves he has no signs of stopping.

With “mother!” opening in theaters nationwide, we put all seven Aronofsky features against one another for the ultimate director ranking.

Read More:‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film 7. “Noah” (2014)

Noah” is unquestionably Aronofsky’s weakest film, but that doesn’t mean it’s a total disaster. The biggest misstep the director makes in this $125 million Biblical epic is turning the odyssey of Noah into a sword-and-sandals showdown,
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'mother!' Review: Darren Aronofsky's Virtuosic Thriller Will Make Your Head Explode

'mother!' Review: Darren Aronofsky's Virtuosic Thriller Will Make Your Head Explode
Darren Aronofsky doesn't make movies to help you feel better about yourself and the world. He's a cinematic virtuoso (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) on a mission to probe and provoke. That makes him a rare bird in a multiplex of comic-book escapism and cheap formula. Be warned: mother! radiates a vibe of something dangerous if you get too close.

Javier Bardem, in a portrayal of demonic charm and intensity, stars as a famous poet living in seclusion in a beautiful country house with a young wife (Jennifer Lawrence
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‘Coco’ Trailer: Pixar Explores the Land of the Dead For Its Very Own ‘Spirited Away’ Adventure

‘Coco’ Trailer: Pixar Explores the Land of the Dead For Its Very Own ‘Spirited Away’ Adventure
A coming-of-age story in which a young child finds himself on an eye-popping adventure through a spirit world. You’ve seen it before in “Spirited Away,” and now you’ll see it again with a Disney/Pixar twist in the upcoming “Coco.” The movie, directed by Oscar winner Lee Unkrich of “Toy Story 3,” is Disney’s major Thanksgiving release this year, and the official trailer proves it’s destined to be a huge hit.

Read More:‘Coco’ First Look: Pixar’s Multicultural Message Will Make Waves in Trump’s America

Coco” is Pixar’s first movie set in Mexico and tells the story of Miguel, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who finds himself lost in the Land of the Dead alongside his trusty canine Dante. The duo’s adventure in the Land of the Dead leads them to uncovering the mystery of Miguel’s family history. The voice cast includes Gael García Bernal,
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American Horror Story - Cult episode 2 review: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

Ron Hogan Sep 13, 2017

American Horror Story Cult plays on real fears and real politics mashed into a blender of creepy clowns and honeycomb. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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7.2 Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

Fortunately for Sarah Paulson, she has a much calmer week this week than she did during Election Night. Rather than screaming and breaking down multiple times, she only has a few crying jags. For most of the episode, rather than being completely irrational, she's more paranoid and anxious. Ally's fear turns inward, rather than outward, which allows Sarah Paulson to do more subtle work this week as a woman taken to the very fringes of her ability to withstand life. When there are dangers lurking in every shadow and your personal and professional life seem to be falling apart,
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Mother! Review: Jennifer Lawrence Goes Full Rosemary's Baby

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Mother! Review: Jennifer Lawrence Goes Full Rosemary's Baby
Darren Aronofsky's Mother! is an existential thriller that straddles multiple genres. It has the feel of a horror film, but plays out like a mystery with deep philosophical undertones. There's a lot to like and dislike here. The filmmaking aspects are superb. The camerawork, editing, sound, and production design are magnificent. They amplify the acting performances to create a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Where Aronofsky goes off the rails is the substance. A long runtime and avalanche of absurdity pops the mood like an over-inflated balloon. Mother! lacks nuance in the end. There is an overload of artistry when precision is needed.

The entire film takes place in a gothic house set in an open field. The characters are not named. Their titles are inferred by placement in the story. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Mother, the beautiful young wife to Him (Javier Bardem); a renowned writer struggling to find inspiration.
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‘The Disaster Artist’ Trailer: James Franco Directs His Best Film About the Worst Film Ever Made

‘The Disaster Artist’ Trailer: James Franco Directs His Best Film About the Worst Film Ever Made
James Franco’s directorial career is about to get a huge boost thanks to “The Disaster Artist.” The movie earned rave reviews after its work-in-progress screening at SXSW in March and now it’s heading into awards season. Fresh off the movie’s official world premiere at Tiff last night, A24 has released the official trailer, and let’s just say the worst movie ever made has never looked so good.

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The movie is a behind-the-scenes retelling of the making of “The Room,” the infamous Tommy Wiseau drama that is often called the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies. Franco stars as Wiseau opposite an ensemble cast that includes Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Sharon Stone, and Hannibal Buress. The script was written by “500 Days of Summer” and “The Spectacular Now” duo
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‘Downsizing’ Trailer: Alexander Payne Shrinks Matt Damon For a Social Satire With A Lot On Its Mind

‘Downsizing’ Trailer: Alexander Payne Shrinks Matt Damon For a Social Satire With A Lot On Its Mind
Downsizing” is coming off the one-two-three punch of Venice, Telluride, and Tiff, but the divisive reaction from critics is probably not what Paramount was expecting for such a highly-anticipated collaboration between Oscar nominees Alexander Payne and Matt Damon. Regardless, a new effort from Payne should be a must-see for any film lover, and the director is following is relatively low key “Nebraska” with a big-thinking science-fiction satire.

Read More:‘Downsizing’ Review: Alexander Payne and Matt Damon’s Big-Thinking Social Satire Offers Uneven Charms

Downsizing” is set in a world in which Norwegian scientists have discovered how to shrunk humans down to 5 inches tall, which becomes a possible solution to overpopulation. Realizing how much further money goes when living a smaller life, Damon’s Paul Safranek decides to undergo the procedure. But his decision sparks unforeseen adventures, especially after his wife, Audrey, changes her mind at the last second and doesn’t shrink.
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American Horror Story Fans Can't Stop Comparing Season 7 to This Horror Movie

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Image Source: FX American Horror Story just started its seventh season, Cult, and it's wasted no time in scaring the living sh*t out of everyone watching. Killer clowns? Bloody crumpets? Trypophobia? Donald Trump winning the election all over again? Just thinking about the premiere makes us feel sick to our stomachs. While the show is clearly terrifying all on its own, it's hard not to notice some thematic similarities to past horror movies. In addition to season seven's Rosemary's Baby vibes and the connections to Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, the murderous, masked clowns in Cult bear a startling resemblance to the 2008 thriller The Strangers. The film, which is reportedly based on a true story, stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a couple terrorized by three violent assailants in their isolated vacation home. The masks the home invaders wear aren't overtly clown-ish, but they're still pretty horrific. RelatedThis
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‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film

‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film
When Darren Aronofsky introduced “mother!” to a crowd of insiders at the Metrograph in New York, he took pains to explain the movie’s allegory before it started. A week later, after the movie had screened for audiences in Venice and Toronto, he still wasn’t sure if that had been the right decision. “mother!” has been shrouded in secrecy for the better part of the year, with its eerie premise suggesting a visceral horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby,” when the truth is something far harder to describe.

Fortunately, nothing Aronofsky could say will actually spoil the experience of watching “mother!”, a bracing visceral experience about a married couple (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence) and the unexpected visitors who arrive at their remote country home. The movie is an abstract psychological thriller with the most intangible twists since his 1999 debut “Pi,” with virtually every moment designed
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Mother! review

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in Darren Aronofsky's Mother! We delve into a very strange metaphysical horror...

Sometimes it isn’t what a film’s about or its style that’s surprising, but who’s in it and where it came from. Were Mother! an obscure genre piece from Europe or South Korea, its weird, wild excesses would probably be welcomed without the bat of an eyelid. But this is a relatively mainstream piece distributed by a major American studio (Paramount) and starring some of the biggest stars currently working in Hollywood: Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as two partners trapped in an increasingly hellish relationship. All of this might explain why the movie's been greeted with a mixture of critical adulation and horrified disbelief since its festival debut.

Then again, it's arguable that director Darren Aronofsky’s been making off-beat horror movies off and on since his
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Darren Aronofsky’s Fever Dream ‘mother!’ Takes Lido On “Roller Coaster” Ride – Venice

Darren Aronofsky’s Fever Dream ‘mother!’ Takes Lido On “Roller Coaster” Ride – Venice
Updated, writethru with press conference details: Darren Aronofsky hit the Venice Film Festival today to unveil his latest, mother! Previously shrouded in secrecy, the psychological horror pic plays out like a dark, twisted fever dream and is alternately being compared to The Shining and Rosemary's Baby. Response was divided at this morning's first press screening, while the first reviews are widely positive. During the afternoon press conference, Aronofsky responded to a…
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We Might Have Unlocked the Secret of Jennifer Lawrence's New Horror Film, Mother!

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This week, the full trailer for Mother! was released, leaving us more intrigued by Darren Aronofsky's mysterious new film than ever. While the trailer does hint at the dangers to come, and we do have plenty of extra details, it's safe to say we have more questions than answers at this point. I decided to take matters into my own hands. With just the posters and the trailer at my disposal, I embarked on a quest that no one really asked for to discern what exactly the movie is about. Surprisingly, I actually unearthed some fascinating stuff. Take my hand and descend into this confusing labyrinth, won't ye? Hints From the Title Let's start with the most basic analysis. Mother! must have some sort of matriarchal structure to it. We just have to figure out who the "mother" is. Is Jennifer Lawrence an aspiring mother who wants to bring new life into the world?
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