September 15, 2013 |
So much for that Friday the 13th curse. Though its official opening coincided with the infamously unlucky day, "Insidious: Chapter 2" found plenty of good fortune at the box office this weekend. The low-budget horror sequel debuted at No. 1 with a stellar $41.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor FilmDistrict. The only other new film to hit theaters this weekend, the dark comedy "The Family," launched with a good-but-not-great $14.5 million. (Both movies had screenings late Thursday evening, and those ticket sales are included in their total weekend gross.)
March 1, 2013 |
"The Last Exorcism Part II" is an effectively unnerving, slow-burn supernatural horror tale. The film is smartly different enough from the original to survive on its own, though it lacks some of the first film's sense of surprise. Rather than the disorienting reversals of the first film - a faux documentary in which a team looking to debunk demonic possession comes across a story they can't explain away - "Part II" takes a conventional approach (no fake doc, no found footage) to its story.
October 24, 2013 |
Richard Kadrey's new novel, "Dead Set," gave me nightmares. And I can't stop myself from telling him - even though the bestselling horror author dresses in black, has intimidating tattoos and the watchful bearing of an assassin. He's reluctant to take off his dark glasses. "Cool," he says, stirring his coffee in the dim daytime light of a Los Angeles bar. "It's an experiment. " "Dead Set" (Harper Voyager, $22.99) is far less violent than the bestselling Sandman Slim series he's known for: "There's fewer bad words and less actual bloody body parts.
October 25, 2011 |
While vintage horror films are being dusted off for annual Halloween marathons, one band is combing through classic titles to solidify its set list. The members of Nilbog love horror. But they appreciate the sinister, electro-rock orchestrations that anchor the slasher flicks even more. The Los Angeles-based, five-piece act covers the scores of horror, sci-fi and giallo films (an Italian genre of horror fiction such as Dario Argento's "Sleepless"), and they are certain there's no other outfit like them.
August 9, 2001 |
F angoria's Weekend of Horrors returns to Los Angeles for the 16th year this weekend with some of the top horror talent in film and television speaking during the two-day event.
August 31, 2009 |
Two horror movies weren't too much to handle this weekend as "The Final Destination" proved a winner at the box office and "Halloween II" came in just a bit below expectations. The only bust was "Taking Woodstock," from Universal Pictures' specialty films unit Focus Features. The Ang Lee-directed look-back at the 1969 music festival cost nearly $30 million to produce but opened at ninth place with a weak $3.7 million in receipts. "The Final Destination," from Warner Bros.' New Line label, was No. 1 with an estimated $28.3 million worth of tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada, boosted by sales at pricier 3-D screens.
June 12, 2013 |
Picture Clint Eastwood blundering into a David Lynch movie and you'll have "The Rambler," Calvin Lee Reeder's hallucinatory hitchhiker horror about a taciturn ex-con (Dermot Mulroney) who keeps stumbling across strangers - and corpses - that might not actually exist. Either way, he doesn't much seem to care. He's just a cowboy trying to make it to his brother's pony farm in Oregon, but like Odysseus in blue jeans - albeit, a much less talkative Odysseus - he's beset by a dozen devils, including a fight promoter who forces him to battle a man with a hook, a traveling magician with a dream machine that makes people's heads explode, and a nameless beautiful blond (Lindsay Pulsipher, the star of Reeder's equally incoherent "The Oregonian")
February 20, 1994
The Jan. 25 article "Coming of Age on the Printed Page" about young adult literature should have been titled "Goodby YA Fiction: Hello Horror." I have written more than two dozen books for 12- to 16-year-olds (three made into TV after-school specials) on issues such as AIDS, prejudice, nuclear war and steroid abuse. One book on teen suicide changed a girl's mind about killing herself. But that's not what publishers want now. A top New York editor told me horror and suspense are what sells.
October 31, 2006 |
Techies, get ready to be scared out of your wits. Pegged to Halloween, Comcast Corp., in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lions Gate, today unveils a horror-movie network called FearNet. Fans will be able to watch movies through Comcast's video-on-demand service and on the Web at FearNet.com, where they can blog about, search and tag the spooky flicks. Cellphone users will get free ringtones and wallpaper and eventually be able to watch video clips.