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I love this time of year. Spooky old movies on the cable channels, apple cider, candy corn, the sound of leaves crunching underneath your feet, telling scary stories, carving jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin muffins, costume parties ...
And the annual Halloween thread.
by Edgar Allan Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. "'Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-- Only this and nothing more."
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow;--vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow--sorrow for the lost Lenore-- For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-- Nameless here for evermore.
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me--filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door-- Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door; This it is and nothing more."
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you"--here I opened wide the door-- Darkness there and nothing more.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?" This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!"-- Merely this and nothing more.
Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping something louder than before. "Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice; Let me see, then, what thereat is and this mystery explore-- Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-- 'Tis the wind and nothing more.
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore. Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he, But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-- Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-- Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Then the ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-- Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning--little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door-- Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore."
But the Raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if its soul in that one word he did outpour Nothing farther then he uttered; not a feather then he fluttered-- Till I scarcely more than muttered: "Other friends have flown before-- On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before." Then the bird said "Nevermore."
Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, "Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store, Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-- Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore Of 'Never--nevermore.'"
But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore."
This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er, But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er She shall press, ah, nevermore!
Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor. "Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee--by these angels he hath sent thee Respite--respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore! Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!-- Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-- On this home by Horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore-- Is there--is there balm in Gilead?--tell me--tell me, I implore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil! By that Heaven that bends above us--by that God we both adore-- Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-- Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore." Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting-- "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul has spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken!--quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadows on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted--nevermore!
Roadside Attractions has released, via iTunes Movie Trailers, a new clip from Barry Levinson's new horror movie, The Bay, coming to iTunes and limited theaters on November 2. Check it out in the player below!
In the film, the quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water; it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, "The Bay" chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.
A bit ago, we brought you the international one-sheet for Smiley, the slasher film arriving October 12th that will play exclusively through AMC's independent platform on 28 screens in 14 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Atlanta.
Today, a domestic one-sheet as made its debut, you'll find it after the jump.
The story of the film follows a mentally fragile college student named Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) who, after learning of an urban legend in which a mysterious serial killer named “Smiley” can be summoned through the Internet, must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley‘s next victim.
Tim Burton's Dark Shadows is making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (Tuesday, October 2nd) and Shock Till You Drop was offered the chance to speak to the original screenwriter of that film, John August.
August is out promoting another Burton effort, Frankenweenie, opening in theaters this Friday (October 5th), however, this writer wanted to know a bit more about his original vision of Dark Shadows before Seth Grahame-Smith came in and did a rewrite on the film.
Asked how much of his work is represented in the final cut, August told me, "Not a lot. Dark Shadows, when it came to me, it was before Twilight had come out and before True Blood. They said, 'Let's make a big gothic, vampire drama.' I pitched that and I wrote a Godfather-like saga of the Collins family and Barnabas was at the center of it all."
"I was really happy with it and it looked like it was going to happen," August continued. "Other movies came first, other things happened first. Twilight and True Blood came out and, suddenly, vampires were everywhere. I understood the instinct of, 'Let's not make it a drama, let's make it a comedy,' but that wasn't the movie I set out to write. It was frustrating, but that's the nature of screenwriting. You're building a movie that may not end up shooting."
One similarity August noted was that his story was a period piece as well. "It took itself seriously. It was set in '71 too and leaned on that for a bit of the comedy, but it played itself straight and not a comedy. I was excited to make that movie and, honestly, I think it's one of the best scripts I've written. But I totally get why, at the time they went off to make it, they didn't make that version. It was frustrating to see other things coming out doing what was there, like True Blood, but that's going to happen."
Shock will have more with August later this week; keep your eyes peeled for the full interview.
At long last, Universal is bringing its plethora of classic monsters to Blu-ray in a pretty damn stellar presentation hitting shelves today.
Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection brings together Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon (the latter also being included in 3D!) and to celebrate the release of this box set, the studio has unveiled a trailer and a "Dracula restoration video."
Following a well-received slate of long-awaited cult movie classics since the launch of Scream Factory home entertainment series, Shout! Factory invites loyal fans and collectors to dive into two Blu-ray + DVD combo packs when Death Valley (starring Peter Billingsley, from A Christmas Story) and The Island (starring Michael Caine) hit store shelves December 11th.
Both films have never been released on Blu-ray or DVD until now. Each Blu-ray + DVD combo pack boasts original theatrical key art, anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and bonus content.
Scream Factory is also proud to present Wes Craven’s classic Deadly Blessing (starring Sharon Stone and Ernest Borgnine) on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD; along with the cockroach-infested creature thriller The Nest on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. Both cult classics hit home entertainment shelves January 22, 2013 from Shout! Factory.
Available for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD, Deadly Blessing Collector’s Edition contains a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art, new extras and more.
Next year is going to start off strong on the genre front. The release schedule is filling up rather quickly. Dimension Films has locked in a date for its alien abduction thriller Dark Skies from Blumhouse Productions (Sinister, Insidious).
Currently, the company has penciled in a February 22, 2013 release date, however, we know Dimension's reputation for playing the release date switcheroo every so often.
Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton leads the cast which concerns a suburban couple whose lives become a nightmare when a terrifying alien presence enters their home each night to prey upon their children. Increasingly isolated from skeptical friends and neighbors, the couple is forced to take matters into their own hands to save their family.
Some cast updates are more exciting than others, that's why I'll sometimes single one out for its own news item. I'm throwing a bunch into one story as today yielded quite a bit of casting news ranging from the upcoming film Final Girl to the television series Bates Motel.
The Hunger Games' Alexander Ludwig will star opposite Abigail Breslin in Final Girl. The film, about a young girl who turns the tables on a pack of feral boys, is going to be directed by photographer Tyler Shields. Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Nestor Carbonell (Nolan's Dark Knight series, Lost) have been cast in A&E's Bates Motel. Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore and Nicola Peltz also star. Farmiga and Highmore play Norma and Norman Bates, respectively. Rutina Wesley of True Blood is going to star in Daniel Stamm's Angry Little God. Mark Weber also stars in this remake of Game of Death.
Dear Dracula, the Image Comics/Shadowline graphic novel has been adapted and will air on the Cartoon Network October 16th at 7pm.
The hour-long story of a young boy named Sam who loves horror films and vampires so much that he writes to Dracula for Christmas instead of Santa Claus, Dear Dracula was written by Joshua Williamson and drawn by Vicente “Vinny” Navarrete. Sam gets an unexpected reply to his letter, when Dracula himself shows up on his doorstep, ready to make Sam’s dream of being a vampire come true.
Ray Liotta lends his vocal talents as Dracula, Nathan Gamble (A Dolphin Tale) is Sam, Ariel Winters, Emilio Estevez and Marion Ross round out the cast.
Dear Dracula is produced by Kickstart Productions (Voltron Force, Wolverine and the X-Men, The Amazing Screw-On Head), with a screenplay by Brad Birch (Johnny Test).