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Top Witches From TV And Movies – Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2013 10:00am EDT
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Poc
What sort of spell do witches hold over us? We find them fascinating, scary, and often times sexy.

These ladies, and men as well, don't just haunt our dreams, they find shelter in movie theaters and in our living rooms, and we welcome them into our imagination.

So which witches have what it takes to make our list? Let's not waste another moment; it is time to get bewitched, bothered, and bewildered:

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Sanderson Sisters: Winifred, Sarah and Mary
(Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy)

Originally planned as a TV movie, "Hocus Pocus" was brought to ...
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'Blair Witch' Star Wants To Turn Pot-Growing Story Into A TV Series

January 17th, 2012 9:30am EST
Blair Witch Project
"The Blair Witch Project" star Heather Donahue is hoping to turn her medical marijuana business into a quirky new TV drama.

The actress quit showbusiness to grow marijuana legally in California and she has just written a book, called "Grow Girl," about her experiences as a farmer.

The publicity has sparked fresh interest in Donahue and now she's hoping to return to Hollywood as the writer/producer of a new series.

She tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "I would very much like to develop Grow Girl into a television series... As a matter of fact it's something that I am working on right now. I will ...
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Biggest Movie Surprises of 2009

December 28th, 2009 12:00pm EST
Star Trek
At the start of every new year, critics and movie fans alike look at the list of movies for the year and start to consider what looks the best, the worst, and what might surprise them. There are shocking hits, failures, and then the movies with the highest expectations that actually succeed ... or totally crash and burn. 2009 had some excellent blockbusters that might have annoyed the critics ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "G.I. Joe," "New Moon") but still managed to kill in the box office. Then there were the indie films that managed to become hits, or the big star names that neve...
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7 Not-So-Scary Movies

October 29th, 2009 9:45am EDT
The Blair Witch Project
Halloween is slowly approaching and you know what that means; a time for endless costume parties and for the sentimental ones, a time to cuddle up in front of the TV screen to get a healthy dose of scary movie marathons. Though there are oodles of horror films begging for the dust to be blown off of them, there are the others that are not worth pressing the play button on - simply because they tend to lack the scary in scary movies. Here are 7 films whose fright level is hardly lukewarm.

7. Grudge (2004)

The 2004 remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge is the first installment i...
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31 Days of Horror - Week 2: 'Paranormal Activity,' 'Drag Me To Hell,' More

October 16th, 2009 11:49am EDT
Paranormal Activity
With the Halloween season in full swing, Starpulse contributing writer Kris King is watching a horror movie that has passed him by for every day in October. This week, Kris experiences

Paranormal Activity, gets dragged to Hell, and watches Bill Paxton kill people with an axe.

October 8 - Paranormal Activity (2009)

Horror movies don't really scare me. They can be tense or gross, funny or creepy, but it's rare when I lose much sleep over them. Paranormal Activity is different. Paranormal Activity is scary. Even if you don't believe in the supernatural, the film's brutally slow accumulati...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Surrogates,' 'Pandorum' & More

September 22nd, 2009 10:27am EDT
Surrogates
I'm curious to see the reception of "Surrogates," at the box office this week. People I have spoken with seem to have mixed opinions about whether they think the movie will be enjoyable or not.

Their interest level in the movie seems to be linked to which trailer they have seen. Trailer 1 appears to be rather bland and doesn't do much to entice the viewer. Folks who have seen Trailer 2 however, agree that it does a better job of selling the concepts present in the film, as well as emphasizing Bruce Willis' struggle without his surrogate.

In addition to the sci-fi thriller "Surr...
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Faux Documentaries Entertain Film & TV Audiences

August 5th, 2009 11:52am EDT
Bruno
Documentary films, the traditional kind that the average person simply ignores, have long since given way to the popular faux documentary. These films, unlike their parent genre, have been and continue to be wildly successful. In fact, they are now so tightly woven into our culture that we truly forget what they are.

Christopher Guest's films Best in Show, For Your Consideration, and A Mighty Wind were all based on a fake, typically unseen camera crew following a group during or to an event. Sacha Baron Cohen also took this approach, with an obviously irreverent tone, with Da Ali G S...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: Creative Film Marketing

July 28th, 2009 9:48am EDT
District 9
Film studios have a long history of using alternative, memorable and sometimes guerrilla marketing to promote their films. One of the most famous examples is Alfred Hitchcock's now iconic film, Psycho. The Blair Witch Project also made waves, and Cloverfield's viral campaign took marketing to a new level, paving the way for more questionable advertising. The bomb scare generated from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Dark Knight campaigns made filmgoers wonder where the line is in marketing. Is there a line? Should there be one limiting actions?

Check out two new campaigns for Joss Whe...
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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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Ten Underrated Thrillers

October 17th, 2008 10:12am EDT
The Descent
Horror movies are some of the most consistent pieces of the film industry. Sure there have been highs and lows in the genre, and resurgences have come and gone, but one thing remains true: people will always yearn for those cinematic chills.

The demand, however big it may be, is always constant. The golden age of cinema through the 60s brought on big studio monster movies, sly noir thrillers, and of course, Hitchcockian suspense (a subgenre, respectively). The 1970s, arguably the paramount epoch of cinema, period, saw the expansion of the genre and gave filmgoers some of the best nail...
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Has The Internet Helped or Hurt Movies?

May 12th, 2008 10:19am EDT
Dark Knight
Have you seen "Iron Man?" If so, you probably watched the secret scene after the end credits. For those that knew about it ahead of time, chances are you read about it on the Internet. If you were one of the unlucky few who left the theater once the film faded to black, chances are you've had this scene ruined for you by the Internet.

The Internet giveth and taketh away.

The power of the Internet and what it has done for the film industry is no doubt significant. But is the Internet still good for movies, or has it turned to the dark side?

In 1999, the Internet was still v...
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Master P & Romeo Land Joint Movie Roles

March 24th, 2008 8:35am EDT
Romeo
Father and son rap duo Master P and Romeo are teaming up to star in a movie inspired by The Blair Witch Project. The pair, who both starred in Nickelodeon TV show "Romeo," has been lined up for forthcoming film "The Pig People," which tells the story of five students who take a trip into a haunted forest to shoot a documentary for a school project.

Master P - real name Percy Miller - is no stranger to movies having landed roles in a variety of pictures including Gone In Sixty Seconds and Dark Blue with Kurt Russell.

But this will be his first silver screen outing with his 18-yea...
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Blockbuster Recommends 13 Scary Movies

October 13th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The Shining
Do you believe in ghosts? According to a recent Blockbuster Inc. survey, more of us (67%) believe ghosts might be real than other Halloween ghoulies like demons (52%), aliens (56%) or vampires (15%).

Sixty-seven percent of survey participants indicated they believed ghosts were definitely real (33%) or might be real (34%), compared to 33% of participants who said they did not believe in ghosts at all.

Also ranking high with paranormal believers were haunted places, with 69% indicating they believe they definitely (37%) or might (33%) be real. Other spooky stuff trailed ghosts on...
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Lionsgate Movies Now Available on iTunes

February 12th, 2007 11:41am EST
Dirty Dancing
Movies from Lionsgate will be available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store starting today. iTunes customers will be able to purchase blockbuster Lionsgate films like Terminator 2, LA Story, Basic Instinct, The Blair Witch Project and Dirty Dancing and more than 150 titles coming to iTunes this month.

"We're delighted to offer these incredibly popular Lionsgate films oniTunes, and look forward to adding even more films in the future," said Steve Beeks, president of Lionsgate. "iTunes lets users download these wonderful films to watch on their computer, TV or iPod, so movie f...
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Starpulse DVD Review: Snakes On A Plane

January 5th, 2007 11:04am EST
Snakes on a Plane
Early in 2006 it was announced that a film called "Snakes on a Plane" was going to hit theaters by the end of summer. Initially the film sounded like a total flop with a name like "Snakes on a Plane"-- a total B-movie that would be a complete bomb at the box office. But then we found out that Samuel L. Jackson would be starring as the film's main character. In fact, Jackson even signed on to do the film based on the title itself and hadn't even read the script. So naturally, as soon as Jackson's name was attached, every blogger from Perez Hilton to The Superficial and news collective from ...
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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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Survey Reveals Most Haunting Movie Moments

September 28th, 2006 10:51am EDT
The Ring
Participants in a Halloween survey by Blockbuster said that the scene in the film The Ring in which the dead Samara crawls out of the television haunts them more than any other, although scenes from Hannibal, The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project come close behind.

Close to 60 percent of those surveyed reported being unable to get a scary image out of their mind after watching a horror film. It's easy to see why, with a feast of frightening films to see that include Hannibal Lecter dining on Ray Liotta's brains while he's still alive in Hannibal.

10 Most Haunting Movie Moments ...
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Industrial Band Godhead's "The Shadow Line" Hits Stores August 29

August 23rd, 2006 2:47pm EDT
Godhead
Just as Godhead is emerging as a true international rock attraction, the band roars into its second decade as the first act to release an album on Cement Shoes Records, the new hard rock label distributed by Fontana/Universal which re-establishes the importance of true artist development.

"The Shadow Line", set for release Aug. 29, embraces Godhead's hammering industrial-rock identity with no compromise, resulting in the band’s most melodically potent album since forming in Washington, DC in the mid-‘90s. The newly unrestrained Godhead sound is succinctly exemplified on the anthemic fi...
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Filmmaker Really Wants To Make a 'Blair Witch' Prequel

August 11th, 2006 12:39pm EDT
The Blair Witch Project
Filmmaker Eduardo Sanchez hasn't ruled out the possibility of filming a prequel to his independent horror hit The Blair Witch Project, even though studio bosses aren't currently interested.

Sanchez and his fellow director Daniel Myrick shocked the film community in 1999 when their $35,000 budget movie went on to take $240 million worldwide. And, despite the failure of 2000 sequel Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Sanchez refuses to give up hope of a third film in the franchise.

He tells US magazine Fangoria, "I'd love to do another, especially a prequel about Elly Kedward. We've g...
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