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8 ways The Twilight Zone influenced modern TV and film

Louisa Mellor Nov 12, 2017

The Twilight Zone casts a long shadow over today’s film and TV. We salute the legacy left by Rod Serling’s seminal series…

“Damn near immortal” is how Stephen King described The Twilight Zone in his 1981 study of creepy fiction Danse Macabre, and who could argue with that. Like any decent horror monster, Rod Serling’s 1960s anthology series keeps coming back from the grave. Only last week it was announced that CBS is planning to resurrect its award-winning show once again. The new series will be the latest of several revivals over the decades, including an upcoming stage production set to enjoy its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre this December.

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The Twilight Zone doesn’t just keep returning in its own right,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Vault Of Horror (1973)

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I’ve always had a great appreciation and fondness for horror anthologies, and I devoured horror comics as a kid; whether it was House of Mystery or Creepy magazine, they never failed to fire my imagination in short, sharp bursts. When the Romero/King collaboration Creepshow (1982) came out, my dream of seeing these kinds of stories translated to film was nothing but revelatory. I soon discovered it was not the first of its ilk, and began a journey through dusty video store shelves looking for its long-lost relatives. One of my first (and favorite) finds was Vault of Horror (1973), a five-fingered punch to my nascent, pubescent, omnibus-loving heart.

Released by Cinerama Releasing stateside in March and produced by Amicus (the fine folks behind its predecessor, Tales from the Crypt), Vault of Horror (aka The Vault of Horror, for the easily confused, I guess) was not as well received by critics as Tales,
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Short Films of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani

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For my money, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are two of the best genre directors working today. Their two feature-length gialli, Amer (2009) and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2014) are among the greatest "throwback" films of all-time, taking the vocabulary and iconography of the giallo and twisting it into something new and exciting, all while playing with the cinematic form with a barrage of close-ups, split screens, and Chris Marker-esque jump-cut slideshows. The only downside is that, as of the time of this writing, only the aforementioned gialli are available for viewing, while their latest film, Let the Corpses Tan, won’t be released stateside until this summer. So what’s a fan of hyper-stylized neo-gialli to do? Why, turn to their shorts, of course!

Like many filmmakers, Cattet and Forzani honed the aesthetic they’d use in their later films through their early shorts. Unlike all filmmakers,
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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Writer/Director Simon Rumley Takes Us Into the World of Fashionista

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Throughout his career, Simon Rumley has consistently pushed himself as a filmmaker, and his latest cinematic endeavor, Fashionista, is yet another example of the writer/director evolving as a visual storyteller, as his unforgettable mystery thriller unconventionally explores the darker sides of desire and obsession. Featuring an outstanding ensemble including Amanda Fuller, Ethan Embry, Alex Essoe, and Eric Balfour (amongst others), Fashionista recently played as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival’s impressive 2017 slate.

Recently, Daily Dead spoke with Rumley about his approach to Fashionista, and he discussed how he viewed the project as his statement on consumerism and also chatted about reuniting with Fuller (who starred in Rumley’s Red, White & Blue) to take on her challenging role in this film. Rumley also talked about collaborating with Fashionista producer Tim League and how he managed to assemble the rest of his top-notch cast.

It’s great to speak with you,
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‘Hobo With a Shotgun’s’ Jason Eisener to Direct Thriller for Fede Alvarez

‘Hobo With a Shotgun’s’ Jason Eisener to Direct Thriller for Fede Alvarez
Hobo With a Shotgun” director Jason Eisener is attached to an untitled techno thriller produced by Bad Hombre, the new production company formed by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.

The thriller will be written by Simon Barrett, whose credits include “Blair Witch,” “The Guest,” “You’re Next,” and “A Horrible Way to Die.” The logline is being kept under wraps.

The project will executive produced by Jay Basu along with Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, and Erin Westerman of Good Universe.

Eisener’s credits include “The ABCs of Death” and “V/H/S/2.” Basu is currently working with Alvarez on Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the follow-up to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and on the TriStar/Jim Henson Co. rebirth of “Labyrinth.”

Alvarez directed 2013’s “Evil Dead,” which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide, and “Don’t Breathe,” starring Stephen Lang, which topped $150 million worldwide. Bad Hombre was formed by Good Universe and Alvarez
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Adam Wingard Tapped to Direct ‘Godzilla vs Kong’

From indie, low-budget horror films, to modestly budgeted, studio-backed horror remakes, director Adam Wingard has made a name for himself among the genre community over the last decade or so. The standout thriller You're Next put Wingard on people's radar, as did his segments in the anthology horror films V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and The ABCs of Death, the 2014 original thriller The Guest and the 2016 remake of Blair Witch. Now, Wingard has been tapped by Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. to helm his biggest film to date: Godzilla vs Kong. THR …
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Godzilla Vs. Kong Gets Death Note Director Adam Wingard

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Godzilla Vs. Kong Gets Death Note Director Adam Wingard
After years of making a name for himself as a respected director of low-budget thrillers, filmmaker Adam Wingard will be tackling two iconic monsters next. The filmmaker has come aboard to helm Warner Bros. and Legendary's highly-anticipated monster battle Godzilla vs. Kong, which will bring together the studios' Godzilla and King Kong franchises. This move comes just a few months after the studios finalized a writers room to generate ideas for this film, Godzilla: King of Monsters and other potential movies.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that the filmmaker has finalized his deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary. While it isn't clear exactly which writer will be working on the script for Godzilla vs. Kong, the project will come out of this talented writers room lead by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). The other writers in this room include Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, (Star Trek 4
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This is How Smalltime Filmmakers Go Big

Box OfficeNot everyone needs to jump into a blockbuster.

You could say that Free Fire is a box office flop, but I wouldn’t. The first Ben Wheatley movie to hit American suburbs in its opening weekend is an achievement of exposure in spite of what it actually grossed. Sure, its estimated $1m debut is only a third of what Variety claimed it was on track to make, and for a movie reportedly budgeted somewhere between $7m and $10m, that’s a low start. Its per-screen average is not even in the four digits. But, hey, it’s Wheatley’s biggest opening yet, and that’s the right track.

At a time when many decent smalltime filmmakers are being snatched up for ginormous projects immediately after receiving some indie-sized acclaim, it’s great to see guys like Wheatley and Nacho Vigalondo take gradual steps upward. Vigalondo’s latest, the $15m-budgeted monster movie Colossal has also grossed just
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6 Filmmaking Tips from Ben Wheatley

Make a high rise in the industry (or on your own) with this advice.Ben Wheatley directing ‘High-Rise

One of the most exciting filmmaking careers to watch right now is that of Ben Wheatley. He directed his first feature, 2009's Down Terrace, relatively late in life but has made up for it ever since. His latest, Free Fire, is his sixth movie in about eight years, and in that time he’s also directed music videos, episodes of Doctor Who, and shorts, including a bit for the anthology horror film The ABCs of Death.

His movies don’t lack in quality for being so many in quantity, either. Some are better than others, yet none of them has really been negatively reviewed, and he maintains a fanbase among the film geek crowd that almost gets to celebrate him annually at Fantastic Fest given his consistent output. Want to know how he does it? Below
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Colossal: Nacho Vigalondo On His Monster Movie Starring Anne Hathaway

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In the past few years, Spain has been producing some of the most innovative horror films, as seen by the likes of J.A Bayonna, but also by Nacho Vigalondo, whose low-budget genre films Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial have been frequently cited as the best horror films of the past decade.

Vigalondo’s latest film is called Colossal, and as you might suspect, it’s his take on the giant monster (or Kaiju) movie, only this one takes an interesting twist because the giant monster terrorizing Seoul, South Korea seems to be controlled by a troubled party girl named Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway. After being booted from their NYC apartment by her boyfriend, Gloria goes back to her small town to live in her parents’ house where she re-encounters her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). Accepting a job in Oscar’s bar, Gloria starts hanging out with Oscar and his drinking buddies (Tim Blake Nelson,
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Gangster drama 'Once Upon A Time In London' kicks off UK shoot

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Gangster drama 'Once Upon A Time In London' kicks off UK shoot
Simon Rumley directs story of notorious criminals Billy Hill and Jack ‘Spot’ Comer.

Once Upon A Time In London, a British gangster drama from director Simon Rumley (The ABCs Of Death), has begun a six-week shoot in the English capital.

The film will tell the story of notorious criminals Billy Hill (played by Leo Gregory, pictured) and Jack Comer (Terry Stone), who were active in London’s organised crime scene from the 1920s to the 1950s.

An eclectic cast has been lined up for the feature, including Holly Earl, Dominic Keating, Geoff Bell, Jamie Foreman, Doug Allen, Andy Beckwith, Roland Manookian, Justin Salinger, Kate Braithwaite and Laura Carter.

Joining them are comedian Simon Munnery, boxers Frank Buglioni, a current British light heavyweight belt holder, Joe Egan, footballer Jamie O’Hara, singers Nadia Forde and Jj Hamblett (from band Union J), and magician Ali Cook.

Gateway Films (Anuvahood, The Messenger) is the lead production outfit on the project
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Kaleidoscope launches Terry Marcel sci-fi series 'Dumarest Of Terra'

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Exclusive: Company’s first global foray into TV is for series from British sci-fi writer E.C. Tubb.

Kaleidoscope (Kfd) is to represent world sales on sci-fi TV series Dumarest Of Terra, which will be produced by Terry Marcel (Hawk The Slayer).

The initial series is being planned as a of 10 x 60 minute drama based on the first five books of the Dumarest saga, by British science fiction author, E.C. Tubb.

The book series charts the adventures of protagonist Earl Dumarest, who spends his life searching for clues to the location of his home world, Earth.

Dumarest has traveled so long and so far that he does not know how to return to his home planet and no-one has ever heard of it, other than as a myth or legend

The cult collection, which spanned 33 books written across more than 40 years, was translated into seven languages.

The pilot, The Winds Of Gath, has been written
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Free Fire: Interview with Costume Designer Emma Fryer

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Mild Spoilers

Director Ben Wheatley’s latest, Free Fire, is set in Boston, 1978, but was actually shot in Brighton in 2015. Being as the plot revolves around ten characters involved in a one hour plus shoot-out inside a disused factory, from a sartorial point of view things get rather grubby. The film’s BAFTA nominated costume designer Emma Fryer has already worked with Wheatley on The ABCs of Death (2012) and A Field in England (2013) so is used to the way his stories tend to go bananas in the final reel. Free Fire unfolds practically in real time, which amps up the tension but allows for no mistake with costume. Stains and bullet holes, all need to remain in exactly the same place, no matter how many takes are required.

We caught up with Emma Fryer to discuss her work on Free Fire, and specifically where she found so many vintage multiples
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SXSW 2017 Review: Free Fire is a Bullet-Riddled Blast

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Ben Wheatley has been one of my favorite indie filmmakers over the last few years, with his consistently stellar and thought-provoking work on projects like Kill List, A Field in England, High-Rise, his contribution to The ABCs of Death anthology, as well as Sightseers, his dark comedy that’s one of my very favorite movies from the last five years. So from the get-go, once I heard about Free Fire, and the talent that Wheatley would be working with on his explosive actioner, I was admittedly 110% on board, sight unseen.

And, thankfully, Wheatley’s satirical send-up of society’s obsession with guns lived up to my lofty expectations (and then some), as he takes the one of the things we love most about action movies—the shootout scene—and stretches it into a hilariously violent character piece that’s as relentlessly paced as it is relentlessly funny.

Set in 1978, Free Fire
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The Belko Experiment – Check Out These Insane New Claymation Shorts from Lee Hardcastle

Okay, The Belko Experiment promotions just keep getting weirder!

Check out all of The Belko Experiment-inspired claymation shorts created by Lee Hardcastle (The ABCs of Death, Claycat’s The Thing, Claycat’s The Raid, Minion Ways to Die)

Watch The Belko Experiment in bloody, beautiful, Nsfw claymation, courtesy of Lee Hardastle

Behold Episode 2 of Belko in Nsfw claymation from the master, Lee Hardcastle. Are you ready for The Belko Experiment?

It’s kill or be killed at your office: what would You do? Let this new Nsfw claymation from Lee Hardcastle be your guide.

Ever wonder what a “Corporate Purge” looks like in claymation? Well thanks to Lee Hardcastle, no you know.

The Belko Experiment opens in theaters this Friday, March 4th!

The Belko Experiment stars John Gallagher Jr. (“The Newsroom”, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), John C. McGinley (“Stan Against Evil,” “Scrubs”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), Josh Brener
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The Belko Experiment gets three more gory claymation shorts

Last month we brought you a rather gory animated short for The Belko Experiment [watch it here], and now ahead of its U.S. release this Friday we have three new claymation shorts, once again created by Lee Hardcastle (The ABCs of Death); check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Belko Experiment here

On what appears to be a normal day at Belko Industries, Belko employees are horrified when they find out that they’ve become guinea pigs in a company-wide experiment which will lead them to either kill their fellow employees or be murdered themselves. The experiment is masterminded by a mysterious voice which is controlling the loud speaker and instructing the employees to slaughter each other by any means necessary.

The Belko Experiment is set to open on March 17th in the States and on April 21st in the UK and features a cast that includes John Gallagher Jr,
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Lee Hardcastle Delivers More Bloody ‘Belko Experiment’ Claymation Goods

Lee Hardcastle Delivers More Bloody ‘Belko Experiment’ Claymation Goods
A claymation Orion logo? Cool! To drum up some promotion for this Friday’s The Belko Experiment, claymation genius Lee Hardcastle (The ABCs of Death) whipped up his own shorts based on The Belko Experiment. As with all of Lee’s work, they are Bloody. Written by James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) and directed by Greg […]
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Belko Experiment Red Band Clip Shows a Bloody Office Massacre

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Belko Experiment Red Band Clip Shows a Bloody Office Massacre
With the March 17 release date fast approaching, Blumhouse Tilt has released another new clip for the sadistic thriller The Belko Experiment, which offers a bloody look at the gruesome workplace violence. This clip in particular features a glimpse at Sean Gunn's Marty Espenscheid trying to come to grips with everything happening around him, telling himself that it's "all in my mind." Unfortunately for him, that isn't exactly what's happening, in this clip that not only features some new footage, but also a few quotes from the nation's critics.

Blumhouse Tilt debuted this clip on YouTube, which also features Abraham Benrubi as Chet Valincourt, who begs Marty to "get down" under one of the tables like he is positioned. Unfortunately for Chet and Marty, it doesn't matter if they're taking cover or not, since, one by one, these employees' heads start exploding. Trying to rationalize the sights and sounds around him,
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The Belko Experiment gets a gory claymation short

With just three weeks to go until the James-Gunn scripted The Belko Experiment arrives in cinemas, a rather gory claymation short from Lee Hardcastle (The ABCs of Death) has been released which is inspired by the upcoming horror-thriller; check it out below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for The Belko Experiment here

On what appears to be a normal day at Belko Industries, Belko employees are horrified when they find out that they’ve become guinea pigs in a company-wide experiment which will lead them to either kill their fellow employees or be murdered themselves. The experiment is masterminded by a mysterious voice which is controlling the loud speaker and instructing the employees to slaughter each other by any means necessary.

The Belko Experiment is set to open in the States on March 17th, 2017 and features a cast that includes John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn,
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Belko Experiment Claymation Short Is Bloody, Violent and Insane

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Belko Experiment Claymation Short Is Bloody, Violent and Insane
With The Belko Experiment hitting theaters in just a few weeks, Blumhouse Tilt has been releasing new footage to get fans ready for this terrifying thriller. Today we have a new video that doesn't exactly show any footage from the movie, but instead offers a glimpse at what the movie might look like in claymation. This new short film from director Lee Hardcastle perfectly captures the tone of The Belko Experiment, while going hilariously over the top with gore in only the way that claymation can offer.

Blumhouse Tilt posted this hilarious video on YouTube and their social media pages today, which comes from the twisted mind of filmmaker Lee Hardcastle. Back in 2012, the filmmaker was chosen as the winner of a contest for the horror anthology film The ABCs of Death, which featured shorts from 25 established filmmakers, and one short film from an aspiring director. Lee Hardcastle beat out
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