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20 Un-Scary Horror Films, Starting With Jennifer Aniston in ‘Leprechaun’ (Photos)

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20 Un-Scary Horror Films, Starting With Jennifer Aniston in ‘Leprechaun’ (Photos)
Phantoms’ (1998): Starring Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan, the 1998 film adaption of Dean Kootz’s novel recounts the tale of small-town Snowfield, Colorado plagued by a subterranean entity known only as the Ancient Enemy. The visiting Lisa Pailey (McGowan) and local law enforcement officers team up to combat the mysterious force and to revert the town back to peace and well-being. Though “Phantoms,” directed by Joe Chappelle, makes for cheap thrills with some unexpected jump scares, its convoluted storyline and shoddy special effects job warrant more laughs than screams.

Mirrors’ (2008) Alexandre Aja’s “Mirrors” follows former NYPD officer Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) turned abandoned department store night guard as he attempts to unravel the demonic background of his new workplace and protect his loved ones. While “Mirrors” presents an eerie narrative idea, it’s been panned for tripping on itself with an over-complicated plot, botchy dialogue and unnecessarily graphic imagery — making an overall unsatisfactory spook.
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The Popular Video Game Alan Wake is Being Developed as Live-Action TV Series

If you’re a fan of the video game Alan Wake, you might be happy to hear that there is now a live-action TV series in development. The series is being developed by writer and producer Peter Calloway who has signed on as showrunner and writer. The creator of the game, Sam Lake, has also come on board as executive producer.

They plan on shopping the series around to the networks and studios next month and apparently there’s already a lot of interest. While talking to Variety, producer Tomas Harlan said:

Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game. That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Secret Window,’ Hitchcock, ‘Northern Exposure,’ a lot of U.S. television. We plan to work closely with Sam on our this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.
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Alan Wake TV series in development from Legion and Cloak and Dagger producer

Variety is reporting that producer Peter Calloway has signed on as writer and showrunner on a live-action TV adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 video game Alan Wake. Sam Lake, creator of the video game, will serve as executive producer.

Alan Wake followed the title character, a bestselling author who ventures to a small town in an effort to rid himself of writer’s block. However, what follows is a surreal experience, as the plot from his last novel appears to come to life.

“Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game,” said producer Tomas Harlan of Contradiction Films. “That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by The Twilight Zone, Secret Window, Hitchcock, Northern Exposure, a lot of U.S. television. We plan to work closely with Sam on our this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.”

“The story of
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Peter Calloway to Adapt ‘Alan Wake’ for Television (Exclusive)

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An “Alan Wake” live-action television series is in development with Peter Calloway signed on as showrunner and writer, and game creator Sam Lake as executive producer, Contradiction Films and Remedy Entertainment told Variety.

Contradiction partner Tomas Harlan said the plan is to start shopping the show around in October with Calloway’s full pitch and that he’s already seen initial interest from a number of studios.

“‘Alan Wake’ was basically a TV series that was put into a game,” Harlan told Variety. “That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Secret Window,’ Hitchcock, ‘Northern Exposure,’ a lot of U.S. television.

“We plan to work closely with Sam on our this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.”

“Alan Wake,” which was released on the Xbox 360 and Windows PC in 2010, followed fictitious best-selling author Alan Wake (Matthew Porretta) on a
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Stir Of Echoes Screenwriter’s First Novel Cold Storage Snagged by Paramount

Screenwriter/director David Koepp is no stranger to the horror genre. On top of penning Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Koepp has also written the Stephen King adaptation Secret Window starring Johnny Depp and the stellar Stir of Echoes based on the Richard Matheson story and starring Kevin Bacon. And today we have […]

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18 Fun Facts about Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

With Bill and Ted Face The Music currently in development, I thought it would be fun to do a Fun Facts list on Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. I already did one for Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I just think it's awesome that after all these years we are finally going to get a third chapter in the franchise!

There may be a few things listed here that you don't know about and movie trivia is always fun! I also included a behind the scenes video and deleted scenes.

The evil character from the future is called "De Nomolos", which is Writer and Producer Ed Solomon's name spelled backwards.In an early draft of the script, Rufus was the villain.There was an alternate ending of the film involving a car chase scene between Bill and Ted and their biggest fears. It was obviously cut. It also involved Bill
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Amanda Seyfried Joins Kevin Bacon Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’

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Amanda Seyfried Joins Kevin Bacon Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’
Amanda Seyfried has signed on to portray the spouse of Kevin Bacon’s character in “You Should Have Left,” a supernatural thriller from Jason Blum.

David Koepp will direct from his own script for Blumhouse Productions. The company is planning to start shooting later this year.

The project is based on Daniel Kehlmann’s 2017 novel, which centers on a screenwriter in a remote house in the Alps working on a sequel to his hit film along with his younger wife and a six-year-old. The writer begins to lose his bearings thanks to unexplained occurrences.

Bacon brought the project to Koepp and the duo optioned it to Blumhouse earlier this year. Bacon and Koepp previously collaborated on the 1999 supernatural thriller “Stir of Echoes.” Koepp has writing credits on “Jurassic Park” and “Spider-Man” and directing credits on “The Trigger Effect” and “Secret Window.”

Seyfried will be seen next be seen in Universal’s “Mamma Mia!
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Kevin Bacon reunites with Stir of Echoes director for Blumhouse horror-thriller You Should Have Left

Variety is reporting that Kevin Bacon has signed on to produce and star in You Should Have Left, a new horror-thriller from Blumhouse Productions and writer-director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes, Secret Window).

Based on Daniel Kehlmann’s 2017 novel of the same name, the film will follow a screenwriter who moves to a remote house in the Alps to work on a sequel to his hit film. However, unexplained occurrences soon see him losing his bearings.

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse is coming off the back of last year’s hits Split and Get Out. Next up is the horror Truth or Dare, which opens in April, while other titles slated for release this year include Akiva Golsman’s Stephanie, Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade [read our review here], David Gordon Green’s Halloween, and the sequels Unfriended: Dark Web and The First Purge.

See Also: Boogeymen, Box Office, and Best Picture: The Blumhouse Effect

Bacon
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Stephen King’s Renaissance: Netflix Continues ‘It’ Success With Two Acclaimed New Adaptations

Stephen King’s Renaissance: Netflix Continues ‘It’ Success With Two Acclaimed New Adaptations
Adapting Stephen King for the big screen doesn’t always work out. For every “The Shawshank Redemption, “Stand By Me,” and “The Shining” there is a “Secret Window,” “Dreamcatcher,” and “The Dark Tower,” which means that by now King fans know better than to get their hopes up any time an adaptation is announced. Fortunately, the fall movie season is shaping up to be the strongest run of Stephen King adaptations the movies have ever seen. “It” is already a fan favorite and a box office sensation, dethroning “The Exorcist” to become the biggest horror grosser in the U.S., but Netflix is about to provide a one-two punch in great King movies.

Read More:‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Kinky Sex Goes Wrong, but It’s Stephen King Done Right

The streaming giant premiered two original films based on Stephen King works at Fantastic Fest this weekend, “Gerald’s Game
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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Friday Box Office: ‘The Dark Tower’ Takes the Lead Over ‘Dunkirk’

The best out of all the Stephen King adaptations, The Shining, was famously denounced by the author for its changes to his story, while other excellent takes from the likes of John Carpenter (Christine), George Romero (The Dark Half), Brian De Palma (Carrie), and David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone) were also a bit more liberal in choosing what to keep from King's work. On the flip side, there are outright catastrophes like Dreamcatcher, Secret Window, and Thinner that are a bit more careful to follow along closely to what is in King's books, and a long range of …
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Maria Bello To Join ‘NCIS’ As A Series Regular

CBS announced on Thursday that one of their top crime shows will be getting a new series regular. Maria Bello (Thank You for Smoking, Secret Window) will join the cast of NCIS as a series regular starting in the show’s upcoming 15th season. Bello’s character, according to CBS’ press release, will be an NCIS agent who was “commissioned as […]

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Stephen King: 16 great scary stories to read

John Saavedra Dec 19, 2017

Fancy some terrific Stephen King horror short stories to read? Here are some recommendations...

Stephen King is a master of the short story, able to dish out horror tales to make your skin crawl, astounding sci-fi, and even literary reflections aimed at more "sophisticated" readers. He's done it all, with no sign of stopping.

Although I've had the tough task of picking 15 of my favorite King horror tales for this list, you should absolutely pick up All of his collections and give them a read through. You'll always find something to give you the chills.

Make a note: this is a list of short stories, not novellas. And on top of that, stories that are genuinely scary. I didn't forget "The Mist" or "N." or "Secret Window, Secret Garden" or any of those other goodies. Those deserve their own article, don't they?

So below: a list of
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Supercut: 50 Movie Characters Struggle With and Overcome Writer's Block

Even if you're not a professional writer, it's safe to assume you've experienced writer's block at one point in your life. Whether it was working on a paper for school, trying to craft that perfectly worded e-mail, or attempting to write that novel you've always wanted to crank out, you know the feeling of desperately wanting to write something great (or at least good) and having absolutely zero inspiration.

Editors Ben Watts and Ivan Kandor know that feeling, too, and they've crafted a supercut featuring 50 movies that deal with this exact thing. Thankfully, they don't just stop at the low point — they also include that transcendent moment where the words just start flowing and it feels like they'll never stop, complete with a great soundtrack that mirrors the writers' journey.

A Murder of Crows

Adaptation

Almost Famous

Amadeus

As Good As It Gets

Atonement

Barfly

Barton Fink

Capote

Cloud Atlas
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Spielberg Hires David Koepp To Write Indiana Jones 5

THR is reporting that Steven Spielberg has hired writer David Koepp to pen the screenplay for the recently-announced Indiana Jones 5, which is set to be released in theaters on July 19, 2019. Koepp's filmography is all over the place, with films like Jurassic Park, The Shadow, Mission: Impossible, Stir of Echoes, Spider-Man, Secret Window, War of the Worlds, Premium Rush, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit among his many credits.

Also among his credits: Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is a huge red flag for this upcoming movie. The only thing that gives me a little bit of hope is that George Lucas reportedly won't be involved in this one, and it was famously Lucas's idea to include aliens in that fourth entry — a decision Spielberg and Harrison Ford both resisted for years before ultimately giving in. At this point, no one knows whether Koepp will
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12 Best Stephen King Movies

John Saavedra Apr 3, 2019

From campy to gruesome to supernatural horror, there's an adaptation for everyone. These are the best Stephen King movies.

Stephen King, the master of horror and one of America's most important writers, has enjoyed a very successful career, thanks to his prolific pen and the many adaptations his tales have inspired, whether it be in the movies or on TV. While for many fans, King means creepy novels like It or 'Salem's Lot and sprawling epics like The Dark Tower series and The Stand, others have flocked around the stuff based on his work. And for good reason: has any other modern writer inspired as many cinematic classics? King might even be the best-adapted writer in literary history. At least it's easy for a nerd to think so. 

I had a tough time coming up with this list and ranking the films accordingly for a simple
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12 Best Stephen King Movies

John Saavedra Sep 21, 2018

From campy to gruesome to supernatural horror, there's an adaptation for everyone. These are the best Stephen King movies.

Stephen King, the master of horror and one of America's most important writers, has enjoyed a very successful career, thanks to his prolific pen and the many adaptations his tales have inspired, whether it be in the movies or on TV. While for many fans, King means creepy novels like It or 'Salem's Lot and sprawling epics like The Dark Tower series and The Stand, others have flocked around the stuff based on his work. And for good reason: has any other modern writer inspired as many cinematic classics? King might even be the best adapted writer in literary history. At least it's easy for a nerd to think so. 

I had a tough time coming up with this list and ranking the films accordingly for a
See full article at Den of Geek »

Horror Channel unleashes a fear-filled February of premieres

Horror Channel has announced eight petrifying premieres for Friday and Saturday nights this February, including the UK TV Premiere of Daric Gates’ possession thriller The Appearing and the Network premieres of Paul Hyett’s disturbing directorial debut The Seasoning House, Stephen King’s psychological thriller Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and Renny Harlin’s supernatural cult favourite The Covenant.

Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.

Full details in transmission order:

Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere

Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour
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A Perfect Man | 2015 Colcoa Film Festival Review

Words With Friends: Gozlan’s Stylish Noir all Amalgamated Pulp

Enjoyably anxious, director Yann Gozlan’s sophomore feature A Perfect Man (Un homme idéal) would better recall suspense masters like Hitchcock or Chabrol if its narrative felt a little less familiar. As such, it seems more like the B noir cousin of the cinema Gozlan is in conversation with rather than a revisionist take on one of cinema’s greatest femme fatales—karma. Featuring an excellent lead performance from recent Cesar award winning actor Pierre Niney, there’s much to admire even as Gozlan overdoses with increasing complications that hinge on the ludicrous.

Mathieu Vasseur (Niney) is an aspiring novelist, whose first manuscript, The Man From Behind, has been promptly rejected by publishers. Working vaguely as some sort of janitorial staff and/or garbage man, Vasseur stumbles into a lecture being given about scent’s relationship to memory and literature
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Horror Round-Up: The Drownsman & Killers Blu-ray / DVDs, James Wan’s Malignant Man

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Wherever there's water—the drippy faucet, the washing machine, that puddle on the sidewalk—you can count on him being there, too, waiting to pull you into his water-logged world. From Anchor Bay Entertainment, The Drownsman splashes onto home media this spring, and we have details on the upcoming release. Also featured in our latest horror round-up is an update on James Wan’s Malignant Man, the big screen adaptation of the writer/director's limited comic book series, as well as release date details and cover art for Well Go USA's Killers, a horror-thriller produced by Gareth Evans (The Raid 2: Berandal, The Raid: Redemption).

The Drownsman Blu-ray / DVD: Press Release - "Beverly Hills -- Can a glass of water kill? When you see a puddle on the floor, do you fear you’ll fall into it? What if the stuff of life was a gateway into your worst dreams?
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