October 13, 2000 |
Tonight, director John Carpenter and the cast of the original 1978 hit slasher film "Halloween" will get together at the Egyptian Theater to view a new print and reminisce about the making of the film. The event is sold out. Carpenter made his reputation with that movie and went on to direct such horror flicks as "In the Mouth of Madness," "Village of the Damned" and various "Halloween" sequels. Carpenter says he is "doing exactly what I wanted to do when I got into this business."
April 10, 1992 |
Nowadays, when we watch a group of young people take off for an outing in the woods we can be pretty certain that what's in store will be more along the lines of "Friday the 13th" than Jean Renoir's "Picnic on the Grass." "Hadesae: The Final Incident" (at the Monica 4-Plex) is no exception, but the source of the horror in this ultra-low budget Iranian emigre production is political rather than supernatural.
October 19, 1989 |
For Dr. James Betts, the horror of Tuesday's earthquake peaked right around 8 p.m. It was then that the surgeon reached a frightened young boy named Julio Berumen after slithering 20 yards on his belly through a 2-foot crawl space in the wreckage of the crumpled Nimitz Freeway. Julio, 6, was pinned in a car, the weight of his mother's dead body upon him.
September 12, 2003
Thank you for both Richard Drew's Sept. 10 commentary, "The Horror of 9/11 That's All Too Familiar," and the reprint of his picture in a size appropriate to its importance. In addition to being a stunning photograph -- in both the aesthetic and the emotional sense -- I believe it is also iconic of the most widely shared horror that's too rarely articulated but "won't go away," to paraphrase Drew's family. His essay captures so lucidly one man's sense of that shared horror that I am overwhelmed anew by all of the sadness, as well as the responsibility contained in the refrain of all survivors everywhere: "There but for the grace of God go I."
September 13, 1992 |
ELEGANT CARS GLIDING THROUGH A DECAYING infrastructure, the dispossessed huddling in the shadow of bright skyscrapers, the sensation of a dystopian, multiethnic civilization that has managed to simultaneously advance and regress--these are scenes of modern urban decline, and if they make you think of a movie, and chances are they will, it can have only one name: "Blade Runner." Few, if any, motion pictures have the gift of predicting the future as well as crystallizing an indelible image of it, but that is the key to "Blade Runner's" accomplishments.
August 29, 1987 |
Austrian President Kurt Waldheim on Friday visited a former Nazi concentration camp, saying that he had a "sincere need to visit this place of horror." A handful of demonstrators carrying a banner reading "We Want an Anti-fascist as President" were on hand for the arrival of the 68-year-old former U.N. secretary general.
October 29, 2007 |
The next several days will likely be very shaky ones for the folks who run FEARnet. And they couldn't be more pleased. FEARnet, a multiplatform media outlet devoted to horror, will celebrate its first anniversary this Halloween week by unveiling its first original movie, "Catacombs," starring rocker Pink, and "Buried Alive," an original online interactive series that will allow users to "rescue" characters who have been trapped in underground coffins.
October 30, 1992 |
The panelists for UC Irvine's "A Symposium on Horror: It's Alive!" Wednesday night peered into the shadows of an American phenomenon and came away with a splattering of creepy notions. They talked about the link between horror movies and religion. They speculated on the tradition of woman as victim. They considered the fact that boys go to gore flicks more than girls. They even reflected on why monsters rarely hold good-paying jobs.
October 17, 2005 |
Studios routinely skip advance screenings of movies deemed risky or pointless to show critics, but "The Fog" needn't have been one of them. Yes, the fog itself looks pretty cheesy, as do the zombie-like mariners who inhabit it in their century-old quest for revenge. And the script from Cooper Layne contains your typical horror-flick lines that overstate the obvious, like: "That guy gives me the creeps," and, "Nick, ever since I came home, horrible things have been happening."
September 11, 2001 |
It's all about the high. The jolt of familiar anticipation as the drug hits the bloodstream, the sweet arc of it moving through the muscles and joints, tightening the shoulders, the abdomen, clenching fingers and jaw, rising through the body like a scream. Adrenaline. The drug of choice among horror movie fans. A confession: I love horror films. Most of my friends don't get it. When they learn of my vice, they blink, disbelieving, as if they'd discovered I have a passion for demolition derbies.