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Drive-In Dust Offs: Effects (1980)

Film has always been about illusion, or rather about projecting an illusion meant to fool the audience with a hopefully immersive experience. It’s all sleight of hand in the end, and a film’s success depends on the wits of the magician. But what happens when the illusion becomes real and crosses the line? This is a question raised by Effects (1980), a compelling treatise on snuff films, the responsibility of filmmakers, and where the line is drawn.

Made in 1979 by comrades in arms of George Romero, Effects was made for $55,000 but was never officially released except for a couple of one night screenings and festivals. It never even made it onto home video until decades later. Was the film deemed too taboo for the market? Hardly; some films just get lost in a mix of poor distribution and apathy. A pity then, as Effects has a lot to say about low budget,
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All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)

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All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Stephen King isn’t just an author by this point: He’s an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak — when he’s at his best — to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.

King’s books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool’s errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.

And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. We’re not including the made-for-tv films (which are legion), and the sequels to King’s work rarely have anything to do with the source material,
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31 Days of Streaming Horror: ‘Tales From the Darkside: The Movie’ is a Hell of a Good Time

31 Days of Streaming Horror: ‘Tales From the Darkside: The Movie’ is a Hell of a Good Time
Welcome to 31 Days of Streaming Horror. Every day this October we’ll be highlighting a different streaming horror movie to help you get into the Halloween spirit. Today’s entry: Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990). Tales From The Darkside: The Movie Now Streaming on Hulu Sub-Genre: Horror anthology with a surprisingly impressive cast, and the unofficial Creepshow 3 […]

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From Streams to Screams: 27 Horror Anthology Films and Series to Get You in the Halloween Mood

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Happy Monday, guys! For today’s installment of our ongoing “From Streams to Screams” series, we’re taking a moment to celebrate one of my favorite storytelling aspects in genre cinema: anthology films. The best part about horror anthologies, to me, is the fact that they often have something in them for every type of genre fan, which means that if you’re reading this, most likely there’s going to be something in this list you’ll enjoy.

One note: Nightmare Cinema doesn’t arrive on Shudder until late October, so I didn’t include it here, but you should definitely make time for it once it debuts on their service in a few weeks.

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (Available on Hulu & Amazon Prime)

From Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock
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What’s Coming to Hulu in October 2019

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There’s no question Hulu wants to get its viewers in the Halloween mood — the streaming service will add a fresh slate of horror movies to its collection once October hits. In addition to watching Jigsaw psychologically torture victims in “Saw,” “Saw 2” and “Saw 6,” audiences will also be able to see the original Hill House in the 1963 thriller “The Haunting.” For those in the mood for a classic, horror favorites from Alfred Hitchcock will also become available come Oct. 1, including “Rear Window,” “Psycho” and “The Birds.”

Anticipated Hulu Originals will also premiere this coming month. Season 2 of “Light as a Feather” will launch on the streamer on Oct. 4, while “Looking for Alaska,” based on John Green’s best-selling novel of the same name, will premiere on Oct. 18.

Scroll through the list below:

Oct. 1

60 Days In: Season 5

Alien Encounters: Season 2-3

American Pickers: Season 19

Basketball Wives La: Seasons 1-5

Biography: The
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‘Creepshow: Episode 1′ Review (Shudder)

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Gray Matter

Story by Stephen King | Adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi | Directed by Greg Nicotero

The House Of The Dead

Written by Josh Malerman | Directed by John Harrison

All the way back in 1982, Stephen King and the late great George A. Romero colleborated on the first Creepshow film, an anthology-based homage to the horror comic books of the 1950s. It’s become a cult-classic, a film remembered fondly by most. It is, even all these years later, still a wonderful movie. 2019 sees Creepshow return, but this time as an anthology television show that will air on the horror streaming platform, Shudder. I was immediately excited about this, being a big fan of Creepshow (and Creepshow 2 for that matter), and had an opportunity to check out the very first episode of this brand-spanking-new series.

This new Creepshow will premiere on September 26th on Shudder and will feature six episodes,
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Hulu in October: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

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Hulu in October: Here’s Everything Coming and Going
Spooky season is upon us, and Hulu is getting into the spirit with a number of horror or Halloween-themed offerings on its October line-up.

Along with Hulu originals like the horror anthology “Into the Dark” and the second season of Stephen King’s “Castle Rock,” the streamer is also offering films from the “Saw,” “Blade” and “Hellraiser” franchises beginning next month. For the more faint of heart, Hulu is also offering three seasons of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and the surely adorable “Kids Halloween Baking Championship.”

Not specifically Halloween-themed, but potentially haunting: All six seasons of the original run of “The Hills” will be available to stream on Oct. 1 for those looking to revisit the halcyon days of reality television and questionable late-aughts fashion.

Also Read: Lizzy Caplan's Annie Wilkes Arrives, Causes Mayhem in Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Season 2 Teaser (Video)

Hulu is also debuting all seven
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Amazon Prime Video schedule: Here’s what is coming in September 2019

Amazon Prime Video has confirmed that five original shows will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in September. Among these are the first seasons of the groundbreaking animated series “Undone,” which will be available in both 4K and Hrd, and the German import “Chris Tall Presentes,” an unscripted series starring the comedian. Another animated series, “Niko And The Sword of Light,” returns for a sophomore season. And “Transparent” will sign off with a sung finale.

The Amazon original film “Late Night” will start streaming justt a few months after its successful theatrical run. Mindy Kaling both wrote and starred in this wry look at the world of TV, with Emma Thompson stealing scenes as the beleaguered host of a failing talk show.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming to Amazon Prime Video in September 2019. Unlike Netflix, Amazon does not disclose the shows and movies
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Amazon Prime Video in September: Everything Coming, Including ‘Transparent’ Musical Finale

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Amazon Prime Video in September: Everything Coming, Including ‘Transparent’ Musical Finale
Amazon is out with its list of new additions coming to Prime Video next month, and you’ll want to mark your calendar for the epic musical finale of “Transparent,” coming Sept. 27.

Chris Tall Presents…” — the first unscripted German Amazon Original which features six episodes of the comedian performing stand-up and introducing his friends as guests — will premiere at a date still to be determined. The same is the case for “Family Man,” a new Amazon Original series which, according to the streaming giant, tells the story of a middle-class man who works for a special cell of the National Investigation Agency.

Other Prime Originals include the first seasons of “El Corazón de Sergio Ramos,” about the Spanish soccer player, and the animated series “Undone.” “Rango,” “Legally Blonde” and “Saturday Night Fever” are among some of the already released movies that will now be available on Prime.
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Why Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Isn't a Traditional Horror Anthology

Why Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Isn't a Traditional Horror Anthology
Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Andre Ovredal's upcoming adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's kid's horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be unleashed upon the masses next month. I don't know about you, but I'm super excited to see what Del Toro and company have in store for us with this new flick.

And today we have word that over the weekend at Comic-Con, Guillermo del Toro explained why the upcoming family-friendly horror movie isn't taking the anthology route. And it makes a whole lot of sense. Del Toro explains this.

"When we started talking about this about five years ago, I had to think about it. Anthology films are always as bad as the worst story in them - they're never as good as the best story. Then I remembered in 'Pan's Labyrinth,' I created a book called the Book of Crossroads.
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Blu-ray Review: Creepshow Collector’s Edition

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Scream Factory’s new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the 1982 horror anthology Creepshow might just be the release of the year. Between an amazing new 4K restoration, a host of new special features, and even the very cool new cover art and packaging, the movie is finally receiving the love and care it has deserved for more than 35 years. This is Creepshow as it should be.

Directed by the late, great George A. Romero and written by the equally great Stephen King, Creepshow remains, as far as this writer is concerned, the best horror anthology ever made. It tells five stories in the grand tradition of 1950s EC comics, in which the dead are constantly rising up to get revenge and the guilty receive their just desserts. The tagline from its original theatrical release, “The most fun you’ll ever have getting scared,” represents one of the only times in horror
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Blood Clots Trailer Bursts with Cannibals, Zombies and Scary Monsters

It's been a while since we've gotten a good horror anthology in our filthy little hands. And no summer is completely without a visit from the local boogeyman. Today, we have the thrilling first trailer for Blood Clots. And it's a depraved shot of blood-soaked fun that we think you'll enjoy.

Premiering on Vimeo and Amazon, August 3rd, Blood Clots is a collection of horror stories curated by Freedom Cinema, consisting of shorts by New York distributor Hewes Pictures. Featuring cannibals, zombies and other funny creatures, the anthology stars many recognizable actors such as Brooke Smith (The Silence of the Lambs), Harry Sinclair (Lord of the Rings), Madalina Bellariu Ion (Young Pope) and Kristin Slaysman among many others.

The collection is made up of seven short, gore-filled stories that will surely please the fans of the genre. Whether it is an awkward dinner with an ancient creature in "The Call
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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Horror Anthologies and 35 Years of Creepshow on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

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Back in 1982, George A. Romero and Stephen King introduced viewers to a different kind of cake, a deadly creature in a crate, and mysterious "meteor shit" that wouldn't come off no matter how hard you scrubbed. Nearly 35 years after its initial release, Creepshow is still widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) horror anthologies, giving the Corpse Club plenty of cinematic moments to celebrate on their new episode, which also includes a look back at other beloved anthology films.

"Where's my cake?" In episode 25 of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley, Heather Wixson, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson, and Jonathan James celebrate 35 years of George A. Romero's Creepshow by discussing the horror anthology's iconic performances, EC Comics-inspired visuals, memorable makeup effects, and infinitely quotable screenplay by Stephen King. The ghoulish gang also talk about some of their other favorite horror anthology films, including Trick ’r Treat, Vault of Horror,
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New Guests Announced for Horror-Rama Toronto IV, Including Tales From The Darkside: The Movie Director John Harrison

Director John Harrison (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie) and actress Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me) are joining the list of guests set to attend Horror-Rama Toronto IV, which kicks off on November 4th and will screen cult cinema favorites throughout the weekend!

We have the official press release below with full details on the new guest announcements, and to learn more, visit Horror-Rama Toronto's official website.

Press Release: Horror-rama-toronto IV Celebrating All Things Horror

November 4 & 5, 2017 at 918 Bathurst St., Centre for Culture, Arts, Media, and Education

Just Announced: Lesleh Donaldson and John Harrison attending.

Horror-Rama-Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its frightful 4th year, in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons.

The shocking soiree runs November 4 and 5 at the remarkable 918 Bathurst, an arts and culture sanctuary and converted Buddhist temple located just North of Bloor St.
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August 22nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 2, The Walking Dead Season 7, Effects

August 22nd boasts an eclectic array of home entertainment releases, as I can’t possibly think of two movies that are as opposite of each other as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Society, and yet both are coming home this Tuesday. For those of you Ash vs Evil Dead and The Walking Dead fans out there, the latest seasons of both are making their way to both Blu-ray and DVD, courtesy of Lionsgate.

Other notable releases for August 22nd include Effects, Lucifer: Season Two, Dark Silence, Dead Story, and The Domicile.

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 stars Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead franchise), Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (In Time), and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), as well as this season’s introduction of Lee Majors (TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man
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August 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Shin Godzilla, Colossal, Slither Collector’s Edition

August’s home entertainment releases are off and running in a big way with this week’s crop of horror and sci-fi titles, as we have nearly two dozen movies coming our way this Tuesday.

Scream Factory is putting in overtime with a handful of stunning steelbooks celebrating three great John Carpenter films—They Live, The Fog and Escape From New York—as well as a Collector’s Edition of James Gunn’s Slither and the indie horror films Don’t Knock Twice and House on Willow Street (which they’ve teamed up with IFC Midnight for).

As far as recent genre movies go, Colossal, Shin Godzilla, and Phoenix Forgotten are all primed for their home bow on August 1st, and both Paramount and Universal are dusting off a bunch of recent titles on both DVD and Blu-ray, including Disturbia, The Machinist, Red Eye, and the unrated version of The Ruins.
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Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art for Effects, Starring Tom Savini & Joe Pilato

Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive announced an August 22nd Blu-ray release date and special features for Dusty Nelson's Effects. So many creative minds in the horror world are behind Effects, including Tom Savini, who stars alongside Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead) and John Harrison (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie).

Press Release: (Austin, TX | Tuesday, July 18, 2017) - Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is excited to announce an August 22, 2017, release date for the Effects Blu-ray.

Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, Effects is a mesmerizing do-it-yourself horror movie starring Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), Joe Pilato (Day Of The Dead), and John Harrison (Tales From The Darkside: The Movie). A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Savini and Pilato -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher called Duped: The Snuff Movie.
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Tales From The Darkside

Rebecca Lea Jul 10, 2017

Our lookback at the film adaptations and work of Stephen King arrives at Tales From The Darkside: The Movie...

Spoilers lie ahead.

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The film: In The Wraparound Story, Betty (Deborah Harry) is getting ready for a party by preparing poor little Timmy (Matthew Lawrence) as the meal. He tries to buy some time by telling her three stories; Lot 249 is a tale of college rivalries and resurrecting mummies; Cat From Hell features a wealthy old man taking out a hit on a black cat he believes to be evil, and finally Lover’s Vow, in which an artist witnesses a vicious murder, but the monster who committed
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The Blackcoat’S Daughter Clip Wanders Down a Foreboding Hall

Something spooky is happening in the halls of a prep school in Osgood Perkins' The Blackcoat's Daughter (currently available on DirecTV), and to give horror fans a tease of what's to come, yesterday A24 released a new clip on Collider ahead of the film's March 31st theatrical release, and we now have it for Daily Dead readers to enjoy.

"Written and directed by Osgood "Oz" Perkins (I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House), the film stars Emma Roberts (Fox's "Scream Queens," FX's "American Horror Story"), Kiernan Shipka (AMC's "Mad Men," Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic"), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street, Don't Knock Twice), Lauren Holly (ABC's "Motive," Dumb & Dumber), and James Remar (Showtime's "Dexter," Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Warriors).

The film premieres in theaters March 31, 2017 and is now available exclusively on DirecTV.

A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter
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Monte’s Favorites of 2016

To call 2016 a good year for horror would be an understatement. It was a fantastic year with a little something for every genre taste. You didn’t have to venture very far to find something that was absolutely fantastic. With great television shows like Channel Zero: Candle Cove or The Exorcist, wonderful films like The Witch and Green Room, and music from labels like Waxwork Records and Death Waltz Recording, the horror genre was finely taken care of. Here are few of the standouts for me in 2016.

Twin Peaks Vinyl Soundtrack (Death Waltz Recording / Mondo): Every single year, Death Waltz comes out with a release that makes me absolutely overjoyed. David Lynch’s films are stunning genre works. The lurid imagery, the bold characters, and the music composition within his films give Lynch’s work a unique quality. The Twin Peaks soundtrack, lovingly released by Death Waltz, comes
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