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Q&A: Horror Master Wes Craven On 'Scream 4,' And His Own Worst Fears

October 3rd, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Wes Craven
Wes Craven is one of Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers, with a career that spans almost 40 years. He’s primarily known for his work in the horror genre, where he has helped to launch several of its most successful franchises, including "The Hills Have Eyes," "Nightmare on Elm Street," and most recently "Scream." The latest installment in the "Scream" series, "Scream 4," came out this past April, and arrives on DVD tomorrow.

I spoke with Mr. Craven about the upcoming DVD release of "Scream 4," about the genre in general, and about some his own worst fears. Below are the highlights of...
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Q&A: Danny Boyle Talks 'Trainspotting' Sequel Plans With Original Cast, His Films, Plus Bonus Blu-ray Review

September 12th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Danny Boyle
If there is one filmmaker who I could proudly proclaim as the best and most diverse director working today, hands down it’s Danny Boyle. His amazing originality, ability to re-invent himself with each movie and sheer eclectic vibe of his body of work makes Boyle a filmmaking force to be reckoned with, bar none. One of his early calling cards is hitting glorious Blu-ray via Lionsgate on Sept. 13 in the form of one five-star "Trainspotting: Collector’s Edition" and I don’t mind saying not only does it look picture perfect, it’s chocked so full of extras that it might as well have been a box...
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Can 'The Wolfman' Live Up To These Werewolf Movies?

February 12th, 2010 1:11pm EST
The Wolfman
The Wolfman, inspired by the classic Universal film, premieres in theaters today. It continues the tradition of films based on lycanthropy since Werewolf of London in 1935. There has been a plethora of werewolf films since, and here are some particularly memorable ones.

Dog Soldiers: Like 28 Days Later, Dog Soldiers was a gritty horror movie from overseas that helped resurrect the genre for another decade. Dog Soldiers also helped boost its director's career - Neil Marshall has since directed horror films The Descent and Doomsday. 28 Days Later's director, Danny Boyle, has since helmed h...
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Watching the World Burn: The Appeal of Post Apocalyptic Films

January 15th, 2010 9:35am EST
Book of Eli
On December 31, 1999, the world sat poised to enter a new millennium unsure exactly of what lay ahead. After people got over the initial shock that Y2K did not plunge us into the total chaos predicted by computer experts, somewhat disappointed, they went back to their usual business.

Now that it's the year 2010, a decade into the new era, the next big year people suspect the world could end is 2012, in accordance with the termination of the Mayan calendar. In 2009, people flocked to see "2012" a Roland Emmerich film fictionally portraying the same prophesied destruction the year is s...
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Are Zombies The New Vampires?

October 19th, 2009 10:56am EDT
Zombieland
Let's get this out of the way first: I'm a zombie fan. I don't like vampires, and I don't think that Edward is particularly sexy. Sorry. But as an entertainment commentator for Starpulse I'd have to admit, with some reluctance, that vampires have zombies over a barrel. And it doesn't look like that's ever going to change. The hit television series True Blood, and the media swallowing ultra-franchise Twilight, have demonstrated a renewed interest in these banal blood-suckers. While movies like Zombieland continue the trend of zombie comedies which, although undeniably funny, only re-enforce ...
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Zombie Flicks Rarely Disappoint: 5 Not-To-Miss Films

October 2nd, 2009 9:05am EDT
Zombieland
All zombies want to do is rise from the dead and eat people, with a preference for brains. This is the sole motivation of the flesh-eating creatures, and yet we can watch them do this over and over, whether it's in a campy funny way as in Shaun of the Dead or the brand new Woody Harrelson film Zombieland, or even in an artistic way as in 28 Days Later. The psyche of the zombie is utterly simple. There's something about rotting, walking corpses biting into the necks of their victims and/or eating entrails that is utterly entertaining.

Check out our five favorite zombie films:

5) Zo...
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Nine Fictional Plagues Worse Than Swine Flu

May 6th, 2009 11:39am EDT
28 Weeks Later
A pandemic by definition: "An epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide." The Swine flu hasn't killed us all yet so until then let's take a look at a few of Hollywood's fictional pandemics.

1.) The Andromeda Strain

Featured in: The Andromeda Strain

Plague: Alien bacteria

Source: Outer space

Effects: Solidifies blood, bores audience to death

When a space probe crashes over a small South Western town, the government grows concerned when the town's inhabitants suddenly drop dead...
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12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...
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Underrated & Overrated Horror Films

October 31st, 2008 12:25pm EDT
Saw
Today is Halloween. No introduction necessary. Check out our list of five of the most overrated and underrated horror movies of all time:

UNDERRATED

5. "Scream" (1996)

Ah, the classic case of so overrated it became underrated. Actually, it's more that this movie was so good and influential that its hallmarks have become so deeply ingrained in moviedom that we can't imagine a time that existed before it. It didn't invent the slasher genre, it just brought it to a new level, adding humor and bringing a spot of intelligence to its leads. It was also a perfect parody of ...
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A Salute To Irish Actors On St. Patrick's Day

March 17th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Colin Farrell
There’s something undeniably sexy about an Irish accent. Add celebrity into the mix, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Here are some of the Irish actors whose charisma, talent and lilting speech have made them favorites among moviegoers and TV fans:

When you think "Irish actor," Colin Farrell immediately comes to mind. A reformed bad boy who reportedly dated Britney Spears and made an infamous sex tape with former girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain, Farrell has altered his priorities in the past few years.

Farrell recently showed his tender side when he opened...
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Starpulse's Top 10 Most Horrifying Films

October 16th, 2007 11:36am EDT
Elm Street
Most people confuse horror and horrifying. Believe me, I’m a fan of the classics: Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and so on. I enjoy my share of zombies, gore, masked villains and horny teenagers who never seem to learn that getting some means certain death.

However, the horror films that interest me the most are the ones that I can’t watch again or can’t watch very often. When something is truly horrifying, it should screw with you psychologically and make your skin crawl. Here are my "Top 10 Most Horrifying Films."

10. 28 Days Later (2002)

“Plans are poi...
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Terror Returns As 'The Rage Virus' In The Horrific Sequel '28 Weeks Later'; Win A Copy!

September 18th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
28 Weeks Later
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Quarantine. Eradication. Sterilization. Repopulation. The terror and devastation unleashed in the groundbreaking horror masterpiece 28 Days Later picks up six months after the Rage virus has decimated London in 28 Weeks Later, the heart-stopping zombie horror sequel that "surpasses the original" (Dallas Morning News). Months after the deadly outbreak annihilated the British Isles leaving only a handful of survivors, the army declares the war against the infection has been won and the reconstruction of the country slowly begins; but as the first wave of refugees r...
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Opening July 20: Sunshine

July 17th, 2007 11:04am EDT
As the sun begins to dim along with mankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of eight astronauts to reach the dying star and re-ignite the fire that will bring life back to planet Earth in a tense, psychological sci-fi thriller that re-teams 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle with writer Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald. Continue Summary

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Halloween Horror Movie Guide

October 3rd, 2006 10:49am EDT
Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning
It’s that time of year again … leaves start changing colors, homes fill with the scent of wood burning stoves, and movie buffs head to the theaters and video stores to watch gory, bloody and disgusting horror films. This October, scary movie fans can catch three spine-tingling classics-in-the-making: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Grudge 2 and Saw III. For a list of retro horror films and other scary movies, check out the "Starpulse Halloween Horror Movie Guide" ...

Classic Horror Flicks:

Halloween (1978)

The Shining (1980)

Psycho (1960)

Friday the 13th (1980...
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Miami Vice: The Game. Need We Say More?

April 20th, 2006 1:33pm EDT
Miami Vice
Vivendi Universal Games' Sierra Entertainment has announced the development of Miami Vice The Game, a thrilling third-person action shooter inspired by the Universal Pictures crime drama, Miami Vice (based on the television series), in cinemas July 28, 2006. Developed by UK-based Rebellion, Miami Vice The Game will be available exclusively for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system in July 2006.

"By taking full advantage of the advanced technology on the PSP system, Miami Vice The Game will deliver action-packed missions and highly-detailed locations that capture the danger-filled lives...
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Peter Jackson To Helm Halo Movie

October 20th, 2005 11:55am EDT
Peter Jackson
Universal Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox announced that triple-Academy Award winners Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will serve as the executive producers of Halo: Combat Evolved for the big screen. The upcoming feature film will be based on the phenomenally popular game for the Xbox video game console from Microsoft and Bungie Studios. Jackson and Walsh will provide creative counsel on all aspects of the film via their WingNut Films banner, and Jackson's award-winning companies Weta Digital Ltd. and Weta Workshop Ltd. will provide creatures, miniatures and visual effects for the productio...
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