From Tim Allen to Tom Hanks: The 15 Most Memorable Cinematic Santas

From Tim Allen to Tom Hanks: The 15 Most Memorable Cinematic Santas
Who rocks the best bowl-full-of-jelly belly in movie history? Father Christmas has shown up in enough movies that he has his own subgenre: the Santa Claus movie, a whole category of family friendly fantasy films dedicated to exploring the magic of St. Nick.

Here are some of the most memorable movie portrayals of Santa Claus.

1. Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The gold standard for cinematic Santa Clauses, Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who insists he’s the real thing. Gwenn’s performance as Kringle was so convincing that he won the Oscar for Best Supporting
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Let Us Now Praise The Mad Genius Of Richard Harland Smith

A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following:

“I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, writers and actors who often work awfully close to the surface may still have subterranean levels of achievement or purpose or commentary that they themselves may be least qualified to articulate. It’s what’s behind her disdain for Antonioni’s pontificating at the Cannes film festival; it’s what behind the high percentage of uselessness of proliferating DVD commentaries in which we get to hear every dull anecdote, redundant explication of plot development and any other inanity that strikes the director of the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com to blurt out breathlessly; and it is what’s behind a director like Eli Roth, who tailors the subtext of something like Hostel Part II almost as
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Five Films Whose Origins Are Based Within True Events

*This list was contributed by up and coming writer Cassie, and we thought you fright fanatics might enjoy giving it a read-Josh

Many ingredients go into making the perfect horror film, but one thing that is guaranteed to make your skin crawl is when stories are based on real events. Watching the plot unfold before your eyes and knowing that it happened to someone, somewhere, is the icing on the cake for those who love an element of fright from their cinema.

With so many fantastic examples of terrifyingly captured real-life tales, it can be hard to find the best. However, these five knuckle-whitening spectaculars are some of the most terrifying “based on a true story” films available today and are definitely worth the watch.

The Exorcist (1973)

This film took America by storm during its release year in 1973, and for all intents and purposes, it seems as if all the events pictured are true,
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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii featuring Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things, Rage Of Honor, Excess Flesh, and More!

The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii featuring Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things, Rage Of Honor, Excess Flesh, and More!
A whole lotta reviewin’ goin’ on!

Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things

• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray

• Written By: Alan Ormsby, Bob Clark

• Directed By: Bob Clark

• Starring: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen

First up we have an early effort from comedy maestro Bob Clark (Porky’S, A Christmas Story… Ok, Ok, he die-rected the original Black Christmas and Deathdream too) titled Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things. Now, if you are of a certain age, you have doubtless seen this flick and know of its merits (or charming lack thereof), but for the majority of you, this is going to be your first time. So, much like that captain of the football team did on prom night, I’m going to gently ease you through this experience… or fondle you clumsily.

At the insistence of their boorish (that’s really too polite; douche-nozzle would probably be more accurate) stage director,
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Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Hey, let's dig up a rotting corpse, just for fun! A group of crazy Florida theater students plays a group of crazy Florida theater students in Bob Clark's no-budget, spirited attempt to ride in the wake of Night of the Living Dead. An hour of bad jokes is capped by a satisfying zombie onslaught that got the film a major release and launched a career. That's how a score of good directors got started in the 1970s. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Blu-ray Vci Entertainment 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeffrey Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin. Cinematography Jack McGowan Film Editor Gary Goch Art Direction Forest Carpenter Original Music Carl Zittrer Special Makeup Creator Alan Ormsby Written by Bob Clark, Alan Ormsby Produced by Gary Goch Directed by Bob Clark credited as Benjamin Clark

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Hitting film school,
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20 Scariest Horror Movies Of All Time

Whenever someone compiles a list of The Scariest Films Of All Time, they always mention the same movies: Psycho, Jaws, The Shining, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Ring, Insidious etc.

There is, as we all know, no “best” of anything, but if these lists are to have a purpose, it should be to introduce readers to a broader variety of films rather than echo the opinions of others. So let’s assume you’ve seen those films and move on, okay?

A good horror movie doesn’t want to reassure the viewer but sneak up on them unawares and scare the bejesus out of them, to unsettle them by giving some kind of insight into the things that lurk in the darkness. One of the most unsettling moments of the last 20 years occurs not in a horror film but in Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), when kindly
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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973) Review

Reviewed By: Chris Wright,

Directed By: Bob Clark

Written By: Bob Clark & Alan Ormsby

Starring: Alan Ormsby (Alan), Valerie Mamches (Val), Jeff Gillen (Jeff), Anya Ormsby (Anya), Paul Cronin (Paul), Jane Daly (Terry), Roy Engleman (Roy), Robert Philip (Emerson), Bruce Solomon (Winns), Alecs Baird (Caretaker), Seth Sklarey (Orville)

Long before Bob Clark brought his name to fame in the horror community with “Black Christmas”, he put out a much lower budgeted flick in this third directorial debut with “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.” This movie was a pleasant little surprise to me as when I hear horror movies are “comedies” they are hits and misses. I am not the biggest fan of horror comedies thankfully this wasn’t what I thought it was at all. It was more morbid than anything else.

The movie is about a small group of unemployed actors lead by Alan (Alan Ormsby
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Blu-ray Review: 'Deranged' (rerelease)

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★★★☆☆ Opinions on what makes a good horror film usually fall into two distinct camps. On the one hand you have those which unsettle and shock audiences, but sends them home smiling. Then you have the likes of Deranged (1974), the notorious cult outing by directors Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsbury - starring Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee and Leslie Carlson - which leaves the viewer nauseated and repulsed, asking the question "Was that really necessary?" Deep in the heart of rural America, Ezra Cobb (Blossom) lives alone with his mother Amanda (Lee). When Amanda dies, Ezra is left to fend for himself.

Haunted by the presence of his overbearing mother, Ezra embarks on a series of inhuman acts which would go down in the annals of American history as some of the country's most depraved and heinous crimes. Over the years, the life of Ed Gein - the unhinged handyman from La Crosse County,
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Who's The Best Onscreen Santa Claus?

Who's The Best Onscreen Santa Claus?
Because it's Christmas, the season of too many holiday-themed cookies, dinners, music (except for "Last Christmas," by Wham!, because that is the best Christmas song ever.), etc. what better way to spend some alone time at your computer away from those crazy and noisy relatives than with our excellent poll: Who Is The Best Onscreen Santa?

In compiling the candidates for this poll, I realized that there are way more awesome Santas in film than I thought. Therefore I had to be really picky and play favorites because, well, this is my poll. So without further ado, here are your five candidates...

Edmund Gwenn, "A Miracle On 34th Street"

From one of the most classic Christmas movies comes the most classic Santa on this list. Renowned character actor Edmund Gwenn's performance was so well-received that he won a Best Supporting Actor for it.

Billy Bob Thornton, "Bad Santa"

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A Massive List of New Netflix Instant Streaming Horror Titles

If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.

For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go.
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