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10 Future A-List Actors Who Made Horror Movies

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10 Future A-List Actors Who Made Horror Movies
We all have to start somewhere, right? Despite its history of cinema classics and major box office success, the horror genre is often maligned as somehow less worthy of respect than other types of films. For whatever reason, it's not as easy to get an A-list actor to headline a horror movie as it should be. But beggars can't be choosers. Plenty of Oscar-nomintaed thespians had no problem making horror flicks on the way up. Today, we're looking at 10 future A-List actors who made horror movies before they became big time celebrities.

Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger

There may be no greater example of the phenomenon we're talking about here than the fourth film in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, which starred two future A-list actors and is demonstrative of the shrewd and cynical strategies of Hollywood. In 1994, relative unknowns Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger had already been in Dazed and Confused
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No One Can Hear You Scream: Life and Death in Space Horror

Tony Black on space horror…

The release this week of Life, the new science-fiction horror film from Daniel Espinosa, may herald for many a revelation if they’re unfamiliar with a sub-genre all of its own – the space horror movie. Espinosa’s film is entertaining, if workmanlike, and will be enjoyed primarily by people unfamiliar with the cavalcade of pictures it pilfers from across its running time, but can it really hold a candle to the movies it’s professing to update and sit alongside? That’s arguable.

What matters is the aforementioned sub-genre it now sits within, as it’s as rich and full as the wide variety of other sub-genres in horror or indeed science-fiction. Life, like many other movies we’ll mention here, owes its existence and a huge debt to what may not have been the first sci-fi horror movie, but is undoubtedly still the grandmaster.
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Blu-ray Review – Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, 1985.

Directed by Philippe Mora.

Starring Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning, Annie McEnroe, Marsha J. Hunt, Reb Brown, Jimmy Nail, Ladislav Krecmer, James M. Crawford and Hana Ludvikova.

Synopsis:

The brother of a girl murdered by werewolves hires an investigator to track the beasts from the Us across to Europe.

So the story goes, when Christopher Lee was cast in Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch the first thing the veteran actor did was approach the director and apologise for appearing in Howling II. Dante wasn’t involved in the sequel to his 1981 werewolf hit but it goes to show a) how fond people are of his movie and b) where Christopher Lee’s career was in the mid-1980s because Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (a horrible title amongst a whole list of even worse alternatives) is both an insult
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John Cusack: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

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John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...

John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?

Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as
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In Honor of St. Patrick's Day, We Rank the 'Leprechaun' Movies

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Note: The piece from Scott Neumyer originally ran a few years ago, but we love it so much it's become a tradition to repost it every St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy! I’m going to tell you something that you might find hard to believe: I just watched all six Leprechaun films back to back, in one marathon viewing session, so you don’t have to. Ah… the things I do for you loyal Movies.com readers. You’re so lucky. Not only did I watch the Leprechaun films, but I also kept running totals and analyzed each film to determine how they stack up against each other. (* Thanks to fine folks at Exclusiv Vodka for providing enough alcohol to get us through this project. By the time we got through Leprechaun 4: In Space it was all gone. Man, that’s a tough one to...

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‘The Babadook’, ‘Daredevil’ & More Coming to Netflix in April

‘The Babadook’, ‘Daredevil’ & More Coming to Netflix in April
What’s joining Netflix in the month of April? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a full list of original programming -- finally, Daredevil is premiering! -- movies, and your favorite TV shows streaming starting April 1.

Among our top picks: The Aussie horror indie, The Babadook, Life Partners starring Leighton Meester and Community’s Gillian Jacobs, and Hot Fuzz.

Netflix Originals

All Hail King Julien, Season 1 (4/3/15)

Derek, Special (4/3/15)

Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 1 (4/10/15)

Chris De’Elia: Incorrigible (4/17/15)

News: Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper Dish on Their Hilarious Netflix Series!

Movies

4/1

And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen...

Bandolero

Barnyard

The Beautician and the Beast

Bound

Buffalo Soldiers

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

Down to Earth

Leprechaun 3

Leprechaun 4: In Space

Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood

Suicide Kings

Sunset Strip

Underworld

Whiteboyz

Wrong Turn at Tahoe

4/2

Life Partners

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage

4/3

Starry Eyes

The Quiet Ones

4/4

Delta Farce

4/7

Preservation

4/9

Crank

Pioneer

4/10

The Awakening

Broken

Burning
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New on Netflix Streaming: April 2015

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What's new on Netflix in April 2015? The eagerly anticipated original "Marvel's Daredevil," with Charlie Cox as the blind superhero, which debuts April 10, for one. Also new: Acclaimed horror films, including the Iranian vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and the Aussie chiller "The Babadook;" a quartet of Nigerian films; and new seasons of "Wilfred," "Halt and Catch Fire," and "Sons of Anarchy."

Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in April 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in April 2015, in case you were wondering.​

Available April 1

"And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen..." (2002)

"Bandolero" (2000)

"Barnyard" (2006)

"The Beautician and the Beast" (1997)

"Bound" (1996)

"Buffalo Soldiers" (2001)

"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" (2002)

"Down to Earth" (2001)

"Leprechaun 3 "(1995)

"Leprechaun 4: In Space" (1997)

"Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood" (2003)

"Suicide Kings" (1997)

"Sunset Strip" (2000)

"Underworld
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What’s New on Netflix: April 2015

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What’s New on Netflix: April 2015
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Netflix Streaming adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. Some of these may have previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back. We will update this list as more titles are added closer to the end of the month.Movies April 1And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002)Bandolero (2000)Barnyard (2006)The Beautician and the Beast (1997)Bound (1996)Buffalo Soldiers (2001)The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)Down to Earth (2001)Leprechaun 3 (1995)Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)Suicide Kings (1997)Sunset Strip (2000)Underworld (2003)Whiteboyz (1999)Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009) April 2Life Partners (2014)Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014) April 3Starry Eyes (2014)The Quiet Ones (2014) April 7Preservation (2014) April 9Pioneer (2013) April 10The Awakening (2013)Broken (2013)Burning Bridges (2014)Confusion Na Wa (2013)Finding Mercy (2012)Finding Mercy 2
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What to Watch on St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is another fun holiday to celebrate with a few good movies between gulps of green beverages and hunts for that one person who forgot what day it was and will get your full wrath in one hard pinch. I wanted to take a little time to list a few films which will help you rewind after a hard day at work or at the local Irish pub. These are just a few of my favorites and a couple suggestions that give horror fans and family folks an alternative to the usual fare they’re bombarded with every year around this time.

Leprechaun

Dan O'Grady (Shay Duffin) steals 100 gold coins from a leprechaun (Warwick Davis in a role far from his cuddly one as Wicket the Ewok) while on vacation in Ireland. The leprechaun follows him home, but Dan locks the murderous midget in a crate, held
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13 Hilariously Horrible Horror Movies To Watch On Halloween

13 Hilariously Horrible Horror Movies To Watch On Halloween
These so-bad-they're-great horror movies are perfect for gorehounds and comedy fans.

Halloween is arguably the greatest of all holidays. First off, as an adult, Halloween is the perfect excuse to marathon-watch the scariest, goriest, most pants-soiling horror movies available. Secondly, adults can buy their own candy, and none of it will be an eraser, gum or three dirty pennies.

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But what if you don't like being scared, and would rather watch a violent, gory scream-fest that makes you laugh? Well, you might be a crazy serial killer, in which case, we can't help you. But if that's not the case, check out our list of 13 awful horror movies that are so wonderfully terrible you can't help but love them.

13. Jason X

The legendary Friday The 13th franchise follows -- for the most part -- an unstoppable killer named Jason who uses a machete to murder sexy teens while wearing
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The three best heist films, according to 'Drive Hard' director Brian Trenchard-Smith

The three best heist films, according to 'Drive Hard' director Brian Trenchard-Smith
There’s only one director who can claim to have introduced the world to Nicole Kidman (in 1983’s BMX Bandits) and directed two Leprechaun films (1995’s Leprechaun 3 and 1997’s Leprechaun 4: In Space). That director’s name? Brian Trenchard-Smith.

The latest film from the prolific auteur and Tarantino favorite is the action-comedy Drive Hard, which stars John Cusack as a criminal who robs a bank run by criminals and Thomas Jane as an ex-race car driver he coerces into becoming his reluctant wheelman. How did the project come about? “Well, I’ve never met a green light I didn’t like,
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Shlocky charms: The crazy rise and 'terrifying' return of 'Leprechaun'

Shlocky charms: The crazy rise and 'terrifying' return of 'Leprechaun'
How did a low budget horror movie about a diminutive Irish monster spawn five sequels, a new reboot, and the career of Jennifer Aniston? EW tracks the deranged history of the Leprechaun franchise.

British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”

Alert readers will have noticed that one of these franchises is not like the others. While Star Wars and Harry Potter have raked in billions of dollars,
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See a clip from the new, serious 'Leprechaun' reboot 'Origins'

See a clip from the new, serious 'Leprechaun' reboot 'Origins'
Comic-Con may be one of the biggest movie-related shindigs on the face of the planet, but it still makes space for some of life’s smaller—not to mention Irish-er—things. That’s in reference, of course, to Leprechaun: Origins, the horror reboot starring WWE wrestler Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl as the titular Emerald Isle monster.

To mark today’s Leprechaun-featuring WWE Studios and Lionsgate panel at Comic-Con, EW is exclusively debuting a sequence from the film which boasts the first look at the new Leprechaun himself. At last year’s New York Comic-Con, Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky described his movie as “terrifying.
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Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel

Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel
Back in 2012, Lionsgate made the surprise announcement that, as part of its beautiful new friendship with WWE Studios, it was developing a reboot of the mind-boggling Leprechaun franchise. VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky was placed in the director's chair a year later, and this being a WWE project it transpired that it was all being set up as a vehicle for diminutive wrestler Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl. And now, from the halls of Comic-Con, comes the first promo image for Leprechaun: Origins, showcasing a shadowed Lep in profile in a leafy graveyard. He doesn't look very much like Warwick Davis anymore...If you're new here, the original Leprechaun came out in 1993, starring Davis as the titular murderous imp (mad as hell about being swizzed out of his Lucky Charms gold), and providing a pre-Friends starring role for Jennifer Aniston. It was released by Trimark, which Lionsgate swallowed in 2000.It spawned an amazing
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Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection heading to Blu-ray

Earlier we brought you the news that The Exorcist Anthology was heading to Blu-ray (unofficially as of yet), but a release that is confirmed is Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection, which will feature all 7 Leprechaun movies including the latest Leprechaun: Origins.

The set includes also includes Leprechaun, Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In The Hood, Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood and Leprechaun: Origins.

From the press release:

WWE Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl stars in Leprechaun: Origins, a brand new take on the horror franchise Leprechaun, reinventing the cult favorite and terrifying a new generation.

The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View on August 26, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 30. Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs
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Check out the first trailer for 'Leprechaun: Origins' -- Exclusive Video

Check out the first trailer for 'Leprechaun: Origins' -- Exclusive Video
Today’s filmmakers often appear to be in an arms race to create the biggest beasties imaginable. But the truth is you don’t need to be the size of Godzilla — or even a Big Ass Spider! — to create monstrous amounts of mayhem.

All of which brings us to some important news for horror nuts and, in particular, fans of the Leprechaun series of films. Lionsgate and WWE Studios announced today that the franchise reboot Leprechaun: Origins will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View on Aug. 26. The seventh Leprechaun movie, and the first to star WWE
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Catch a ride with John Cusack and Thomas Jane in the new 'Drive Hard' trailer -- Video

Catch a ride with John Cusack and Thomas Jane in the new 'Drive Hard' trailer -- Video
Now here’s a movie we can have fun with — as long as we strap on our seat belts and try not to take it too seriously.

Drive Hard, directed by cult filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith (Leprechaun 4: In Space, Airforce 2: Down), stars John Cusack as a bank robber named Simon Keller who recruits ex-Formula 1 champion Peter Robert (Thomas Jane) — now working as a driving instructor — to be his getaway driver after Keller robs a bank. Fun? Yes. Is there a point to the film? We’re not entirely sure… but then again, isn’t that true of most heist films?
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New Trailer For John Cusack's Drive Hard

New Trailer For John Cusack's Drive Hard
Drive Hard may sound like a Wayans-style spoof but just take one look at John Cusack and Thomas Jane in this new trailer, fresh in via Indiewire, and ask yourself: are these men kidding around? No. No, they are not. Well, maybe a little. See for yourself. The story picks up with a retired racing driver turned driving instructor (Jane) picking up a new client (Cusack). Pretty quickly - specifically when the cops start shooting at him - he discovers that he's a just stooge for the latter's bank heist. From there on it looks a lot like the innocent man with the wig becomes a lot less unwitting an accomplice than he started. As Bette Davis didn't quite say: "Fasten your seatbelts. It's The Punisher." Behind all this fun and frivolity is Anglo-Aussie director Brian Trenchard-Smith, the man behind the very great BMX Bandits. His recent CV is heavier
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Trailer for Drive Hard Action Comedy, with John Cusack and Thomas Jane

Today we have the trailer for the upcoming action comedy "Drive Hard," starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane (The Mist, Punisher). Check it out below. Plot: American thief, Simon Keller (Cusack), arrives in a foreign country in need of a getaway driver. Rather than recruit one from the underworld, he takes a driving lesson from ex F-1 champion, Peter Roberts (Jane), now working as a driving instructor. After Keller robs a bank during the lesson, Roberts has no choice, but to use his driving talent to get away from pursuing police and mobsters. The new movie is directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (Absolute Deception, Leprechaun 4: In Space). A release date has yet to be announced. Trailer:
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Watch: John Cusack & Thomas Jane 'Drive Hard' In First Trailer For The Action Comedy

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So, we've had "Drive," "Drive Angry" and now there's "Drive Hard." Of course, these films aren't at all related except by the fact that they're all about guys behind the wheel, and perhaps that everyone should stop using the word "drive" in their movie titles if the results are going to be this bad. The first trailer for "Drive Hard" has dropped online and we're wondering why John Cusack agreed to star in this, and what amount of money Thomas Jane was paid to endure that wig. The man behind this one is director Brian Trenchard-Smith, whose rather amazing filmography includes "Tyrannosaurus Azteca," "Airforce 2 Down," "DC 9/11: Time of Crisis" and "Leprechaun 4: In Space," so with that in mind, manage your expectations. As for the story, it follows a thief who ropes in a former Formula 1 champion to be his getaway driver. And the rest writes itself.  Image Entertainment
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