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Q&A: Composer Douglas Pipes Discusses The Babysitter and Working with Michael Dougherty on Trick ’R Treat and Krampus

He's the creative mind behind the music for both of Michael Dougherty's beloved holiday horror movies, Trick ’r Treat and Krampus, and Douglas Pipes' captivating music can now be heard in the recent horror comedy The Babysitter. To celebrate his new score and to reflect on his impressive past work, we caught up with Pipes for a Q&A feature, and he discussed his collaborations with Dougherty, how he became interested in music during his formative years, and which composer is still a major influence on his own work.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Douglas. When did you initially become interested in music and what did you listen to in your formative years?

Douglas Pipes: My father was an elementary and junior high school music teacher, so I was exposed to music from the very beginning. I took up piano when I was eight.
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Waxwork Records’ 2018 Subscription to Include Vinyl Scores of Dawn Of The Dead, Night Of The Living Dead, Get Out, and More

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For years they've given new life to the most memorable sounds and songs of horror cinema, but in 2018, Waxwork Records looks to outdo even their own scary high standards with an upcoming vinyl score release slate that honors George A. Romero and celebrates one of the most exciting new voices in horror.

Waxwork Records announced that their 2018 vinyl releases will include the scores for Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The ’Burbs, Drag Me to Hell, and Get Out. Artwork and specific release details have yet to be revealed, but all five vinyl releases are included in the 2018 Waxwork Records Subscription, which can be purchased for $250 in the Us (and $285 internationally) beginning Friday, November 24th. Read on for more details on Waxwork Records' essential and exciting 2018 releases, and keep an eye on their website for more updates.

From Waxwork Records: "Here’s what we have in store
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How Deafness Is Adding Extra Scares to John Leonetti's Horror Movie 'The Silence'

How Deafness Is Adding Extra Scares to John Leonetti's Horror Movie 'The Silence'
John Leonetti knows horror. The veteran filmmaker, 61, cut his teeth as a focus puller on the original Poltergeist. As cinematographer on James Wan’s Insidious and The Conjuring, he contributed to two of the franchises that launched the current horror boom. And he scored his own bona fide horror hit with 2014’s Annabelle, which grossed $256 million worldwide.

He spoke to The Hollywood Reporter from Toronto, where he’s shooting The Silence, a high-concept chiller about a world beset by monsters in which a deaf girl (Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) provides the only hope of survival. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling...
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10 Horror Movies That Went to Space

10 Horror Movies That Went to Space
"In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!" But can they hear Jason smash computer generated teenagers zipped up in virtual sleeping bags into each other? Can they hear the Leprechaun turn on his green lightsaber? What about Pinhead? Hear him? Everybody loves critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror mash-up fare like Alien, a stone cold cinema classic. But let's not overlook those guilty pleasure slasher franchises, either. What else can we do with the Leprechaun? I know! Leprechaun in Space! Today, we look at 10 times horror movies went to space.

Alien (1979)

First and foremost we must acknowledge Alien, the 1979 sci-fi horror film directed by Ridley Scott. Dan O'Bannon was ready to throw in the towel after a grueling preproduction on a proposed Dune movie went nowhere. As a last ditch effort, he came up with a story called Star Beast, together with Ronald Shusett, who later returned for 2004's Alien vs. Predator.
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The Poltergeist Curse: Here's the Real Story Behind the Movie Myth

It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out in 2015, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of the new film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. RelatedThe 34 Best Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix in October The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most
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Poltergeist (1982) Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“This house is clean.”

Poltergeist (1982) plays midnights this weekend (October 6th and 7th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. Tickets are $8.

Poltergeist had all the hallmarks of the Spielberg blockbuster production – a small-town suburban family setting, fantastic special effects, fast-paced action and a liberal smattering of Spielberg’s own brand of natural humor. Rumors have persisted for decades that he wrested the direction away from credited director Tobe Hooper, but the influence and style of Hooper are also evident and, rather than detracting from the considerable input of Spielberg, they complement it in a way which results in a movie of subtle originality.

Poltergeist is fun, extremely well-made, and is packed full of terrific scares. It took the opposite approach from normal; there’s no big old spooky house or gruesome back-story of some patriarch walling people up in the tower. By contrast,
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From VHS to VOD #4

We’ve covered plenty of obscure films available on iTunes in previous From VHS to VOD columns but Apple’s digital service is not the only VOD service making waves into the strange and obscure – there’s plenty of odd, unseen and unreleased (well unreleased on disc formats) films available on Amazon Video.

Unlike iTunes, a lot of the more obscure titles are only available for streaming rather than purchase, though the wide variety of films you don’t, and probably won’t see elsewhere makes up for that. Like iTunes there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of Amazon’s vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with that said here’s highlight some of the best (well,
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‘Barracuda’ Trailer: Allison Tolman Lets A Stranger Into Her Home, With Horrific Results — Watch

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‘Barracuda’ Trailer: Allison Tolman Lets A Stranger Into Her Home, With Horrific Results — Watch
Consider it an old lesson: If a stranger shows up on your porch, claiming to be your long-lost sister, maybe don’t automatically believe them. Such is the pickle that Allison Tolman’s Merle finds herself confronting in “Barracuda,” when young Sinaloa (newcomer Sophie Reid) appears, touting a shared genealogy that is only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg.

While the sisters eventually bond, long-simmering resentments on Sinaloa’s side — the pair apparently share a father, a country music star who influences her own musicianship — threaten to pull them apart. Or perhaps that’s what Sinaloa wanted the entire time? After the film debuted at this year’s SXSW, our Eric Kohn wrote that “Barracuda” is a “beautiful, haunting drama,” with a particular focus on how music ties together people (and maybe even pulls them apart).

Read More:‘Downward Dog’: Allison Tolman Talks About Strong Single Women, Smart Pups
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Mick Garris Delivers Final Word on ‘Poltergeist’ Controversy; “Tobe Directed That Movie”

Mick Garris Delivers Final Word on ‘Poltergeist’ Controversy; “Tobe Directed That Movie”
So who really directed Poltergeist? It’s a question that horror fans have been pondering for many years, and there are so many different insider stories that it’s become impossible to know the truth. Recently, assistant cameraman John Leonetti, who was on set every day of the production, told the podcast Shockwaves that it was without […]
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Michael Giacchino interview: the art of scoring movies

Sean Wilson Sep 29, 2017

War For The Planet Of The Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars and more, as we chat to composer Michael Giacchino...

Few blockbuster composers are in as much demand as Michael Giacchino. Having risen through the ranks of video game scoring and smash-hit TV sucesses with the likes of Lost, the versatile composer has over the last decade musically defined several enormous franchises. From Rogue One to Jurassic World to acclaimed Pixar Oscar-winners like Up, there's no end to Giacchino's talents.

With his 50th birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall coming up on 20th October, we were delighted to catch up with Michael to ask that all-important question: what makes a truly great film score?

Well, it's been 15 years since I was playing Medal Of Honor: Frontline on the PS2 and now I'm sat here talking to its composer! Seriously, how hard were the tanks to defeat in that game?
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Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies

Adam Driver, David Lowery, and Jeff Nichols Debate Indies, Studio Movies, Netflix, and Legacies
Last weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jeff Nichols launched Premiere, the first event of his newly minted Arkansas Cinema Society. The writer-director of “Loving,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special” screened a selection of smart movies, including Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” hosted by star Adam Driver, whose family spent summers in Arkansas. Austin-based David Lowery brought “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Ghost Story” and producer Noah Stahl came with current release “Patti Cake$.”

I interviewed Driver, Lowery, and Nichols about how they define creative independence as they balance high- and low-budget movies. (It has been edited for length and clarity.)

Working with the studios

Jeff Nichols: I’m smack dab in the middle of the first draft of “Alien Nation” for Fox, trying to balance sensibilities. When you set out to work on something with a big price tag on it in terms of production cost,
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Review: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind in 4K

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Here’s where I admit a cinematic blind spot for me: I’ve only ever seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind once in my life, and I was definitely under the age of six, which means I pretty much never really “saw” Close Encounters before. And that’s why I was more than thrilled to head out for a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s iconic sci-fi drama that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and has been given the 4K restoration treatment in honor of its upcoming monumental birthday.

While I cannot make any real comparisons on a visual level to how his version compares to past iterations of Close Encounters, what I can say is that for over two-plus hours, I was absolutely fascinated by the wondrous spectacle Spielberg was able to create in this watershed cinematic event, and there aren’t many movies that after four
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind at 40 – an Appreciation

Article by Dane Eric Marti

Sometimes a film will speak directly to a person in an audience: A preternatural, unearthly tendril of luminous light tapping you on the shoulder, a benevolent yet mysterious voice reminding you of an obligation, or a musical, colorful Dream Message entering your eyes and speaking to your soul with wonder, awe and truth. Like other Art forms, film can do amazing things.

For me, there are definitely a few choice films of overwhelming, pristine power. Yet one cinematic work is not just great, deeply special to me: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Directed by the Wonderkind, Steven Spielberg, directly after his landmark suspense-adventure film, ‘Jaws’.

Now, his new flick, released in 1977, also dealt with the fantastic, with riveting moments of terror… but its endgame was something quite dissimilar.

I think it would take either a first-rate Psychologist or an Exorcist with a lot of
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Latest Leatherface Poster Gets A Little Too Close For Comfort

This Halloween, prepare to witness the true origins of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

We are, of course, referring to Leatherface, Julian Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s long-anticipated prequel that has taken on a greater meaning since the death of Tobe Hooper, a recognized mainstay of Hollywood’s horror genre thanks to his involvement in Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot and of course, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which spawned a million nightmares in 1974 with its tale of deranged cannibals residing in America’s Deep South.

Now, almost 45 years since its inception, Maury and Bustillo are prepped and ready to deliver a freaky origin story centering on one of cinema’s greatest movie monsters. Working from a script penned by Seth M. Sherwood, Leatherface is little over a month away from its limited theatrical release, and the folks over at Bloody Disgusting have relayed a creepy new poster to stoke the embers of excitement.
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Why The Movie Poltergeist Was a Game Changer in Horror

Who could forget the tagline “They’re Here” from the film Poltergeist, directed by the late, great Toby Hooper? Steven Spielberg wrote and produced the story but could not direct it himself as he was under contract to exclusively direct “Et The Extraterrestrial.” The team up of two masters of cinema left us with one of the most powerfully fresh movies in horror history. Before”Poltergeist” was made, moviegoers had a standard idea of a haunted house. In American Cinema, a haunted house invariably had to be up in New England. It was an old family estate with a rich, sordid history

Why The Movie Poltergeist Was a Game Changer in Horror
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Tribute to the Amazing Work of the Late Tobe Hooper

Okay 2017, take it easy now, you’ve taken enough legends for the time being. Tobe Hooper is another name in a long list of celebrities and notable individuals that has passed away this year. He is also one of the legends that helped to make the cinema experience what it is today with his contributions of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. He also directed the TV version of Salem’s Lot. These last few years have seen the passing of a lot of great individuals, and Hooper is just one among many that will be remembered fondly for what he’s

Tribute to the Amazing Work of the Late Tobe Hooper
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Tobe Hooper’s Box-Office Struggles: How Shaky Returns Undercut A Visionary Director

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Tobe Hooper’s Box-Office Struggles: How Shaky Returns Undercut A Visionary Director
Tobe Hooper, who died over the weekend at 74, was a leader in the Vietnam-era boom in independent, ultra-violent horror films. His 1974 “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is considered the last in a trio of low-budget horror breakouts that included George Romero’s 1968 “Night of the Living Dead” and Wes Craven’s 1972 “Last House on the Left.”

Though grosses for these films were unreliably reported, “Texas” appears to have done the best. Its reported $30 million domestic take (adjusted, around $140 million today) was at least 100 times its budget (also a guess, though some reports have it as high as $300,000 in 1974 value). Producers recouped costs and little else from distributor Bryanston (best known for the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” movies, as well as taking over distribution of “Deep Throat”).

Like Romero and Craven, the hit boosted Hooper’s career. But unlike his peers, Hooper struggled to establish his brand after “Texas.
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In Memoriam: director Tobe Hooper

Don Kaye Aug 29, 2017

The legendary director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has sadly died at the age of 74.

We're sad to report that filmmaker Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74 in Sherman Oaks, California. The Austin, Texas native was best known for directing 1974’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the greatest and most influential horror films ever made and one of several films - including 1968’s Night Of The Living Dead, 1972’s The Last House On The Left and 1975’s Shivers - that introduced a raw new intensity to the genre.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was made for around $300,000 and went on to earn more than $30 million at the box office. The story of a group of young friends who fall into the hands of a family of hideous cannibals - led by the
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Blade Runner 2049 and It top our movie news roundup

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Blade Runner 2049 and It top our movie news roundupBlade Runner 2049 and It top our movie news roundupAmanda Wood8/28/2017 3:51:00 Pm

Lots of things happened in the entertainment industry over the weekend, and we’ve got it all conveniently in one place for you.

We firstly want to acknowledge the death of horror filmmaking legend Tobe Hooper, who directed such classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (along with the sequel) and Poltergeist. The modern horror landscape would not be the same without Hooper’s contributions, and he will be greatly missed among the filmmaking community. Hooper was 74.

There’s a new teaser for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 which shows some never-before-seen footage, and it’s definitely taken our excitement to the next level. Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and the rest of the new Blade Runner crew all make appearances, so be sure to check it out for yourself below.
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Rob Zombie on Tobe Hooper: 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Changed My Life

Rob Zombie on Tobe Hooper: 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Changed My Life
I remember once reading about a conversation Orson Welles had with PeterBogdanovich about the fact that screen legend Greta Garbo only made tworeally good pictures out of 40.Orson's response was, "Well, you only need one."

Well, Tobe Hooper definitely had "the one." Sure, he made several pictureshorror fans remember fondly such as Poltergeist, The Funhouse and Salem'sLot. But “the one” he will be forever remembered for is The TexasChain Saw Massacre.Game changers arrive on the scene without warning – and in the early Seventies, this movie exploded on screen.

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