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SciFi cuts a deal for ten movies

by Brett Love, posted Oct 27th 2006 8:01AM
Bruce Campbell, Renee O'Connor - Alien ApocalypseIf you are a fan of the SciFi channel, the phrase, "SciFi Original Movie" probably gives you a bit of a cringe. Premiering a new movie on Saturday night has become a fairly regular thing for the network, but the quality of those movies is all over the map. More often than not they are cheesy, campy if you prefer, B-Movie horror pictures. But the one saving grace they have is great casting. Case in point: Alien Apocalypse. How can you pass up anything starring Bruce Campbell and Renee O'Connor? It's enough to get me to watch. The same reasoning led me to watch Mansquito (Corin Nemec), Out For Blood (Vanessa Angel, Jody Lyn O'Keefe, and Lance Henriksen), and the recent Kraken:Tentacles of the Deep (Victoria Pratt), among many others.

The good news, if you like these kind of movies, is that SciFi has just signed a deal with RHI Entertainment for ten more movies. If you are wondering how they are going to compare to past SciFi originals, take a look at these titles. Grizzly Rage, Maneater, Eye Of The Beast, Blood Monkey, and In The Spider's Web. Blood Monkey! Awesome! The tradition continues. And, yes, this Saturday I'll be watching Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes. It stars Lance Henriksen and Doug Bradley. Ya gotta like that.

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Patton Oswalt suggests a scary story for every day of October

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 26th 2006 10:02AM

patton oswaltI know, I know, it's already near the end of October, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check out this amazing list of horror stories suggested by comedian, actor and nerd Patton Oswalt. The man clearly loves to read and just looking over his MySpace posts I had to add about twenty new names to the list inside my brain of writers I need to check out. While I love Oswalt's comedy, it's actually kind of refreshing how seriously he seems to be taking this task, giving his own critique of each of the stories not as a wise ass comedian, but as a book lover trying to convince someone these tales are worth checking out. I hate to admit it, but the only two stories he's mentioned so far that I've actually read are "The Jaunt" by Stephen King and "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs. I really need to get a hold of some of those books.

[via CC Insider]

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Here are your television tricks and treats for this Halloween

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 23rd 2006 12:23PM

HalloweenBoo! Did I scare you? Well, if I didn't that's okay. I'm not much into scaring people since I gave Uncle Barry that heart attack at last year's Halloween party by putting a bloody finger into his apple-tini. Eh, Barry deserved it; he was always a putz. And constantly asking for money. I mean, one time . . .

Sorry, wandered off for a bit there. What was I talking about? Oh, yes, scaring people. There's really no need for me to scare anyone this upcoming Halloween since my good old friend television can do it much better. In fact, now that there are so many channels to choose from, you can watch hours of blood and gore and ooze into the wee hours of the morning while noshing on all of the 'good' candy that your children bring back (this would be anything from the Hershey or M&M/Mars family of candies).

So, to make your life a bit easier while you come down from that sugar buzz, we here at TV Squad have provided you with a comprehensive list of Halloween-themed programming that will be airing on from about dinnertime on October 31st into the first of November. It's all there, from the Halloween and Friday the 13th films (and their numerous sequels) to Halloween-themed Roseanne episodes, to classic Vincent Price movies such as House of Wax. We even mention Dark Town, which airs at 3:15 am on Wednesday, November 1st. In Dark Town a lesbian and a gangbanger team up to battle vampires. Gosh, what will the entertainment industry think of next?

The complete (or as near as complete list) can be seen right after the scary jump. Ooh!

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Masters of Horror season 2 -- an early look

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 20th 2006 11:41AM
masters of horror
Last year, when I caught word that Showtime was creating a sort of meeting of the minds of horror with their new series, Masters of Horror, I was pumped. I've been a sucker for horror books, movies and TV, especially including the B-movie horror that you'd often see Joe Bob Briggs covering in some book or TV show. Unfortunately, though, I was a bit let down.

Last season's Masters of Horror had one hell of a line-up of directors, with the likes of Mick Garris, John Carpenter and Takashi Miike. The problem for me was that, for the most part, this wasn't even close to the best stuff these guys could dish out. Somebody (the network?) wimped out in many cases, taking the camera away too soon from gory scenes as if to spare the viewer a tummy-ache. I felt cheated.

If you felt the same way I did about last season, next season's going to be a ... pleasant change for you.

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Supernatural: Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things

by Brett Love, posted Oct 20th 2006 7:40AM
Tamara Feldman - Supernatural(S02E04) Zombies! I didn't think they were going in that direction based on the opening. Given the events that led up to Angela's death I thought we were looking at something more along the lines of the woman in white from "Pilot". She certainly had the wardrobe for it. I suppose since we've been down that road though, this was a better way to go. And in typical Supernatural fashion, Angela isn't your father's zombie.

She's fast. And as we learned, a bullet to the brain doesn't have much effect. I like that they have made their own rules for the dispatching of the various baddies in the world of the show. And nailing a zombie into its grave bed is a great way to kill them. What threw me off about Angela was the actress playing her. The Tivo description of the episode listed Summer Glau (Angel, Firefly) in the role, and her IMDB profile confirmed. But that wasn't Summer, it was Tamara Feldman. While it would have been fun to see Summer Glau, Tamara did a nice job as Angela, and gave me one more reason to track down a copy of Hatchet.

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Chainsaw Awards on Fuse

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 16th 2006 3:03PM

devil's rejectsThat's right, Fuse TV will be presenting the Chainsaw Awards on October 22 at 9:30 pm. Who will take home the trophy this year? Will it be the Partner K950 gas-powered chainsaw with decompression valve for easy pull starting? Or what about the eighteen-inch Homelite chainsaw with automatic chain brake, which has lost out for the past five years to the fourteen-inch Remington electric chainsaw? I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm excited to find out which of th--

Hang on, someone just tapped me on the shoulder and told me the Chainsaw Awards is actually a special from Fuse and Fangoria honoring horror movies. I guess that's cool, too. Categories include "Killer Movie," "Looks That Kill," and "Best Butcher." Sounds like a fun-filled night of blood and gore. I'm looking forward to it. The awards have been handed out since 1992, but this marks the first time they've been televised.

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In2TV launches Halloween Channel

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 14th 2006 4:01PM

draculaIf you're looking for some spooky online viewing, you should check out the recently-launched Halloween Channel from AOL's In2TV. The free online channel features some old school horror films like House of Wax, The Mummy, Horror of Dracula and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. There are also some spooky cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Batman, The Flintstones and Casper, as well as episodes of Freddy's Nightmares, The Nightmare Room, and Night Visions. Fans should also check out the Heroes and Horror section of the site for more scary stuff, including Godzilla, which I suppose isn't really all that scary, but still, Godzilla will never be not cool.

AOL is the parent company of TV Squad.

[via TeevBlogger]

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Sam Raimi developing horror/reality series for CW

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 14th 2006 7:59AM
sam raimiHere's the question I now have to ask myself: if Sam Raimi, a director who has made some of my favorite films of all time, decides to produce a reality series, a genre I despise and always avoid, what do I do? What, oh what, do I do? Hopefully I'll find out soon, because that's exactly what he's planning, along with his old producing partner, Robert Tapert. The duo are creating House of Horrors for the CW network, a reality series in which contestants will live in a house where they must face their fears, with contestants being killed off (not literally) in cool ways. Raimi did not come up with the concept, the show is actually the brainchild of Gunnar Witterberg. Raimi and Tapert are on board as executive producers, however. The show could possibly hit the airwaves by next summer.

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Starz looks at slasher films tonight

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 13th 2006 4:01PM
freddy kruegerBack in July I mentioned Starz would be airing the documentary Going to Pieces: The Rise and the Fall of the Slasher Film on October 13th. Well, that just happens to be today, so horror fans like myself should check it out. Masters of the genre such as Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham and John Carpenter will talk about their favorite horror films and discuss the genre that made them famous. Craven did an interview with TV Guide where he talks about the scariest films he's ever seen (The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and about his remake of Last House on the Left. Unfortunately, I don't have Starz, so if you do watch this documentary, think kindly of me while you do, for I shall be sad. You'll have to imagine a violin playing while you read that last sentence. The documentary airs tonight at 9 pm.

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E! looks at The Texas Chainsaw Massacre this afternoon

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 13th 2006 9:57AM

leatherfaceThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of my favorite movies of all time, but it wasn't until just recently I finally got around to seeing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, which I also enjoyed tremendously, though it's really more of a pitch black comedy than a horror film. After seeing a movie for the first time, I always like to go online and learn all I can about it, and while poking around the Web I discovered that the E! True Hollywood Story would be taking a look at the popular horror franchise, though hopefully not at the god awful remakes that have come out recently. The synopsis on the E! Web page says the movie was based on serial killer Ed Gein, which isn't exactly true. The plot of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is entirely made up, though director Tobe Hooper used some elements of Ed Gein's true-life crimes, such as creating furniture and masks from skin and bones, in his film.

You might notice this special originally aired several days ago, so yeah, I'm a little late on this. However, it re-airs today at 4 pm, so check it out if you can.

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Supernatural: Bloodlust

by Brett Love, posted Oct 13th 2006 6:12AM
Amber Benson(S02E03) Supernatural does music better than just about anyone, and this week's episode started with two great songs. Wheels In The Sky over the previously on scenes, and then Back In Black to reintroduce the Impala. Very slick. I thought coming in that we would probably get an episode that dropped the overall arc in favor of a creature of the week show. For the most part, that's what we got. There was a much more relaxed vibe as we got into this episode.

The big setup scene with the girl running from the baddie reminded me of the Friday the 13th movies. Right up until the baddie started sprinting anyway. Jason, while a killing machine, is more tortoise, less hare. Of course the beauty of this scene was revealed later. After Dean and Sam run their Weekly World News scam (HA!), they get into the morgue to get a look at the girls head, and what do you know, she's a vampire. Cool special effects shot with the fang too. Suddenly everything we saw in the opening is flipped around.

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AMC's Monsterfest celebrates 10th anniversary

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2006 11:51AM

MonsterfestMy question to AMC is: how many times can a person watch The Fly in one week? Looking at your schedule, I see it's on at least three times. And it's not even the classic original, it's the 1986 remake (and it's sequel, The Fly II).

It's time for AMC's annual Monsterfest. This year (October 22-31) is the 10th Anniversary of the horror and monster marathon. There are certainly some great movies here, such as the Universal Dracula, Wolf Man, Mummy, and Frankenstein flicks, but even those can get a little boring when you're showing them 9000 times during the week. Do you not have enough great horror/monster movies in your library? Am I really going to have to sit through Gothika, Rodan, Island Of The Burning Doomed(!), and Pinata: Survival Island?

You're showing Them!, one of the great monster flicks of the 50s, but why are you showing it only once (October 24 at 7:30am) when you're showing Children of the Corn four times? Gah.

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Mercedes McNab's Playboy shoot - NSFW

by Brett Love, posted Oct 9th 2006 12:38PM
Mercedes McNab - PlayboyFormer Angel and Buffy star Mercedes McNab is the cover girl for the November issue of Playboy. Mercedes had a long recurring run on both Whedon shows as Harmony Kendall. Following the end of Angel she did the short film Miles From Home. She also has the horror film Hatchet in the can. You can find out more about that one at the movie's website. It looks fantastic, and seems to be getting a lot of good press.

Of course, Mercedes isn't the first Buffy alum to work for Playboy. Charisma Carpenter appeared in the June 2004 issue. It's a trend I would like to encourage. Maybe we can look forward to Clare Kramer in the May 2008 issue? Anyway, if you would like to see what all the hubbub is about, you will find the pictures right here. I have to stress that there is nudity, and they are not safe for work. Unless you work at a place that doesn't mind you surfing for pictures of boobs. If you do, that's a nice gig.

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Sci-Fi and Sundance team up

by Brett Love, posted Oct 3rd 2006 1:54PM
MansquitoIf you've been spending your free time making a two to eight minute long science fiction, fantasy, or horror film, then opportunity has smiled on you. Sci-Fi is partnering with the Sundance Channel in a contest to give budding film makers exposure. They will be taking submissions between now and Nov. 6th. Submissions must be on a standard DVD and, unfortunately, pornographic, obscene, gratuitously violent, and morally objectionable content won't be considered.

A panel of experts from both networks will choose the best submissions and post them online. Fans will be able to vote for their favorites on both websites. One winner will be chosen each week beginning Oct. 23rd. After eight weeks, the winners will be shown on a one hour special on the Sci-Fi channel. The final grand prize winner will be flown to New York to pitch a movie to Sci-Fi executives. Hopefully it won't be Mansquito 2: Electric Boogaloo. Although, if they can get Corin Nemec again, I'll still watch.

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Every episode of The Twilight Zone on DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 2nd 2006 6:58PM
twilight zoneI don't know how in the hell this information escaped me, and feel free to yell at me in the comments for letting it slip through my sexy fingers, but a box set including every single episode of Rod Serling's seminal television series The Twilight Zone is being released tomorrow. That's twenty-eight discs featuring all 156 episodes of the series. This is probably the coolest news I've heard all week, and I'm glad I just happened to check out TVShowsonDVD today and stumbled onto it. I think any fan of the show has to admit that not every episode was stellar, in fact, some of them were pretty lousy, but the ones that did work still remain as affecting today as ever. Oh yeah, and the set is about three hundred bucks. Yeah, I know, it's pricey, but surely there's a bank near your home you can rob for the money. I'm sure when you explain to the authorities your reason for doing it they'll understand.

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