New HALLOWEEN Featurette Reunites Jamie Lee & John Carpenter

In a new featurette for Blumhouse’s Halloween, franchise mastermind John Carpenter heaps praise on Jamie Lee Curtis; he also says the upcoming reboot is the best movie since the original, released 40 years ago in 1978. The video also includes Curtis talking about what makes Michael Myers so scary, and what fans can expect when Halloween slashes into US theaters on October 19th.

You can give the featurette a spin at the bottom of the article, along with the film’s synopsis and most recent trailer.

Synopsis:
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. She now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, Laurie is ready for him.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

 Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity).  Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween is also produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9).  In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.  Ryan Freimann also serves in that role.

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JOHN CARPENTER CLASSICS in BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATIONS

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SPECIAL HALLOWEEN SCREENINGS AND MORE! ON EST, DVD, BD & 4K UHD THIS AUTUMN

 

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to celebrate the work of the master of ‘80s sci-fi, fantasy and horror, John Carpenter, with the announcement of brand new 4k restorations of some of his most iconic titles: THE FOG, THEY LIVE, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and PRINCE OF DARKNESS. All four brand new 4k restorations were done using the original camera negatives, with the colour grading approved for the new restorations and UHD versions by the films’ Cinematographers: Gary B Kibbe and Dean Cundey.

This Autumn, audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the spectacle of Carpenter’s much-loved cult classics on the big screen looking better than ever. THE FOG will receive its restoration premiere at The London Film Festival on October 15. From October 26, THEY LIVE and PRINCE OF DARKNESS will screen as a precursor to the big Halloween one-night special of THE FOG. Ticket booking information will

be announced soon. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK will be screened for one day only on November 22nd.

Celebrated UK based artist Matt Ferguson has created exclusive brand-new artwork for each film and audiences will be able to appreciate the new 4k restorations at home when all films, complete with new brand new and ‘best of’ extras material, are released across Home Entertainment platforms including UHD for the very first time. A very special, 4-disc Collector’s Edition will be available of THE FOG, THEY LIVE, and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, that will also include a copy of the film’s seminal soundtrack composed and performed by Carpenter himself.

John Carpenter has maintained his place as one of the most loved and highly lauded directors in the realm of cult, fantasy and horror filmmaking for over 40 years. From the moment that HALLOWEEN broke through to audiences worldwide in 1978, Carpenter has created some of the most intense, imaginative, influential and successful films in cinema history.

THE FOG (1980)

Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old and is getting ready to celebrate its centennial year. But as the residents of the tightknit community begin to prepare for the festivities, a mysterious cloud of fog appears upon the shore and begins to creep its way across the town, leaving a trail of horrifying slaughter that hints at a deep, blood-soaked secret from its past. Theatrical release: From October 26th – special Halloween screenings October 31st

HE Release: October 29th

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981)

The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum-security prison. The rules are simple: once you’re in, you don’t come out. But when the United States president (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell) into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the stranded President from the twisted underworld and the demented clutches of its criminal overlord The Duke (Isaac Hayes).

Theatrical release: November 22nd HE Release: November 26th

PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987)

Deep in the basement of an abandoned church, once run by a sinister religious sect, lies a strange bottle of green liquid being investigated by a group of local theoretic physics students. But as the night draws on the students soon realise that the strange relic holds a dark and powerful force beyond their control. A force that could well be the essence of pure evil: the remains of Satan himself. Starring Donald Pleasance, Jameson Parker and Jason Wong.

Theatrical release: October 26th
HE Release: November 26th (Steel-book Oct 29th)

THEY LIVE (1988)

WWF wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a homeless, unemployed construction worker who discovers a pair of sunglasses that when worn suddenly reveal a world run by yuppie aliens intent on keeping the human race brainwashed and sedate with subliminal messages fed through advertising and the media. Luckily for us all John Nada is a man of action and so begins the fight- back (including perhaps the longest fistfight in cinema’s history) to save humankind.

Theatrical release: From October 26th HE Release: October 29th

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The Mystic Museum and Ciara & Ryan Turek Teaming Up to Present REVENGE OF SLASHBACK VIDEO Immersive Art Show in Burbank

Inspired by the (mostly) bygone days of driving to the video store and strolling the aisles for your next movie rental, last year’s Slashback Video immersive art show was a must-see experience for horror fans (especially those who are nostalgic for ’80s VHS covers), and we’re happy to spread the news that Slashback Video is returning to Burbank beginning this Saturday, September 8th, with Ciara and Ryan Turek teaming up with The Mystic Museum to once again showcase VHS-inspired artwork from a wide array of creative minds! 

We have official details on Revenge of Slashback Video below, and to learn more, be sure to visit the event’s official Facebook page.

From Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum: “It’s back! The sequel to last fall’s hit horror/VHS immersive art installation is coming. Doors open on our opening reception September 8th.

For those who don’t know what Slashback Video is…

It’s an ode to the VHS days of horror that’s one part exhibit and one part art show. Step back in time to the 1980s/early-’90s when mom and pop video stores thrived and gaze upon a wide array of posters, VHS tapes, promos, laserdiscs and video games! All of this is brought to you by The Mystic Museum & Ciara and Ryan Turek.

Revenge of Slashback Video is sponsored by Bill Neil, Fangoria, Mixtape Massacre, Creepy Co., FRIGHT-RAGS, Scream Factory and Phantom Carriage Brewery.

Revenge of Slashback Video will also include a wide array of ORIGINAL ART inspired by cinema’s greatest and obscure slasher films!

$10 at door.

Please Follow us on instagram for sneak peeks and more! @slashbackvideo @themysticmuseum and be sure to throw a “like” at the official Slashback Video page!”

Image from Fright Rags:

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Bill & Ted & Hitler? It Was Almost a Much Less EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

While the fate of Bill & Ted Face the Music, a proposed third chapter in the Excellent franchise launched in 1989, is still up in the air, there’s no denying that fans are excited by the prospect of getting the band back together (that band being Wyld Stallyns, of course). But things might have gone much differently had an original idea for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure made it into the final product. In fact, it could have been totally bogus!

Recently, Bill & Ted’s co-scribe Ed Solomon shared some early production notes from way back in 1984, revealing that he and collaborator Chris Matheson considered sending the excellent dudes to Nazi Germany in order to kidnap Hitler for their history final. While the over-the-top nature of the film might have been enough to overshadow any perceived political incorrectness, I doubt Excellent Adventure would still be considered a classic if old Adolf had been a featured character!

Ultimately, the duo scrapped the idea—kind of: They replaced Hitler with Napoleon! Considering actor Terry Camilleri did a bang-up job in the role, I think we can all agree it was for the best!

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure was followed by Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991. Word that production on Bill & Ted Face the Music began in June were followed by reports that the project had stalled in July. We’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to keep you up to date as details emerge. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can revisit the original trailer and synopsis for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin, below.

Synopsis:
Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are high school buddies starting a band. However, they are about to fail their history class, which means Ted would be sent to military school. They receive help from Rufus (George Carlin), a traveler from a future where their band is the foundation for a perfect society. With the use of Rufus’ time machine, Bill and Ted travel to various points in history, returning with important figures to help them complete their final history presentation.

Are you a fan of the Bill & Ted movies? What do you think about the revelation that the original script had a Hitler subplot? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Boaz Yakin Takes Us Inside ‘Boarding School’

In the grand scheme of things, Boaz Yakin is hardly new to the horror game. Once upon a time, he was partners with Eli Roth and Scott Spiegel at Raw Nerve Productions. The company was responsible for the birth of the Hostel franchise, and had a hand in bringing the Robert Englund and Lin Shaye led […]

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