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Best Of 2013 - Top Five DVD/Blu-rays

January 3rd, 2014 3:40pm EST
Top Five DVD Bluray
Jason Coleman's Top Five DVD/Blu-rays

Frankly the slew of Special Edition and collectable DVD’s and Blu-ray’s in 2013 was a tad on the scarce side.  Thus why I’m tackling this year’s best list as a top five instead of ten.  Not that there isn’t amazing product out there (all hail Scream Factory!) but the big guns like Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox have most certainly cut back on giving fans new home product love.  In any case let’s celebrate the good stuff that is available with my..."Best Of 2013 Top Five DVD/Blu-rays!"

 

 

1. Scream Factory Entire 2013 Line Up

 

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'American Horror Story: Coven' Recap: 'Fearful Pranks Ensue' On Halloween

October 31st, 2013 11:00am EDT
American Horror Story: Coven
Last night's episode of American Horror Story was a mix of Mean Girl antics infused with a little 'dead' from The Walking Dead. Just watch the episode if you don't believe me! In the spirit of Halloween the episode had a Halloween-ish theme, whatever that means. The show is legit based on Halloween stories- every week is Halloween in American Horror Story.

In the wake of Madison's (Emma Roberts) death, Fiona demands for her servant Spalding to clean up the dead body. He rolls the body in the rug and whisks her away.

Meanwhile, Queenie is badly hurt; Delia and Fiona take her to the upstair...
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Interview: P.J. Soles Talks 35 Years of 'Halloween'

September 24th, 2013 10:20am EDT
Halloween
First off I have to make a confession – I have deep childhood love for Riff Randell.  The perky, spirited and altogether rebellious teen ala the Roger Corman classic "Rock ‘n’ Roll High School" was a big part of the adolescence of yours truly.  So imagine my joy at the opportunity to chat one-on-one with the uber-cool actress that brought her to life P.J. Soles – a dream come true.  The event that brought us together is none other than the new stunning transfer Blu-ray "Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition" (out Sept. 24 from Anchor Bay Entertainment) where of course P.J. plays the sassy Lyn...
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Check Out Investigation Discovery's 'Halloscream Scarathon' Tonight

October 29th, 2011 8:05am EDT
Halloween
This Halloween, our tricks are our treat with Investigation Discovery’s primetime "Halloscream Scarathon" on Saturday, October 29, from 8-11 PM ET. We suggest watching it with a nightlight and one hand placed strategically over your eyes.

Kicking off the fright fest is a fan-favorite episode of "Nightmare Next Door" at 8 PM ET. In “Midwestern Malice,” the small Midwestern town of Poplar Bluff, MO is rocked when 31-year-old Laura Wynn is found savagely attacked and strangled to death in her own home.

When a double homicide strikes in a nearby town, the once-peaceful community fears a seria...
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Top Ten Movie 'Bad Kids' – Part Two

April 7th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Hanna picture
All praise "Hanna" (hitting theaters from Focus Features on April 8!) – she does make a mean P&J 'fist' sandwich with the crusts cut off, doesn’t she? So kiddies, back for Part Two of our malcontent movie munchkins list? Well, if Part One didn’t send you home crying to mommy, then check out our final five feisty fiends that give Romper Room a whole new meaning!

5. Young Michael Myers from "Halloween" 1978

Everyone knows the man, the myth, the Shatner mask, but it’s frankly the inner demented child that has me freaked. The lethal task of donning a Halloween mask, collecting a ve...
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Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Loved His 'Saw' Movie Role

October 28th, 2010 1:49pm EDT
Chester Bennington
Rocker Chester Bennington is delighted with his latest role - he's been immortalized as a victim of twisted serial killer Jigsaw in the new Saw movie.

The Linkin Park frontman is a huge fan of the bloodthirsty film franchise, and he jumped at the chance to play a man held in a gruesome "do or die" trap in Saw 3D, which hits cinemas on Friday. And the What I've Done hit-maker found it easy to slip into the role - he has suffered so many injuries in his life, he knows how it feels to be paralyzed by pain.

Bennington tells Kerrang! magazine, "What I love about the Saw films is the incredib...
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'Saw' Named Most Successful Horror Series

July 26th, 2010 11:33am EDT
Saw 2
The gory Saw movies have been named the most successful horror films of all time in a presentation at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California.

The gruesome franchise, which stars Tobin Bell as a trap-setting serial killer, has been running since 2004 and has seen one film released every Halloween for the last six years. The series has now been named the most popular in horror movie history after taking more than $730 million at the worldwide box office and selling more than 30 million DVDs.

Saw has earned a place in the Guinness World Records ahead of other popular scary movie...
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7 Scariest Films to Watch on Halloween

October 28th, 2009 10:30am EDT
Scariest Films to Watch on Halloween
To be clear, we abhor the countless seemingly arbitrary lists of "scary" films that have littered the internet and many a magazine. If you are tired of trying to search these lists looking for films that don't have Halloween or 13th in the title, you will appreciate our list. Horror films, for the most part, are supposed to move the audience. They are not created for awards shows, and typically the ones that haunt us are the ones which are considered to be "bad" films. The most obvious issue with these previous lists it that they do not give an accurate explanation of how they define th...
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Who Is The Scariest Horror Movie Serial Killer Of All Time?

October 28th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Jason
When you think of horror movies, you think of suspense, blood and gore, and serial killers. There have been many great horror movies with some scary serial killers. Some of them include the mysterious tape in The Ring, death in Final Destination, and Lindsay Lohan in Herbie Fully Loaded. Alright, Herbie Fully Loaded wasn't a horror movie and Lindsay Lohan wasn't a serial killer in it, but a number of people had a heart attack while watching that horrible movie. Anyway, there are six main serial killers who come to mind when we think of horror movies. They are:

Freddy Krueger (Nightmare o...
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Celebrity Offspring That Have Become Successful

September 16th, 2009 10:05am EDT
Celebrity Offspring
Most of the time when privileged sons and daughters of celebrities chose to pursue a career in entertainment, we wince at the idea and criticize their lack of talent. However

, there are some cases where famous offspring are actually thrive in the family business and probably could have succeeded without their recognizable last name. Here are the most successful spawn in the gene pool of famous parents.

Colin Hanks - As the son and look-a-like younger version of dad Tom Hanks, Colin inherited his father's acting skills. He first came onto the scene appearing in Tom's film That Thing You...
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9 Stars Who Have Felt The Wrath Of 'Halloween's' Michael Myers

August 26th, 2009 10:48am EDT
Halloween II
When John Carpenter envisioned his horrific tale of a serial killer terrorizing his family more than 30 years ago, he likely had no idea that "Halloween" would become one of the longest-running film franchises ever.

Over the course of 10 films, including Rob Zombie's two semi-unrelated movies ("Halloween II" opens Aug. 28), many famous faces have drifted through Haddonfield, some in major roles, others in bit parts.

Here are nine stars who have felt Michael Myers' wrath in the "Halloween" films.

Jamie Lee Curtis: No one has their success more intricately linked with these movies t...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: Looking Beyond The Surface Of Movie Posters

July 11th, 2009 10:18am EDT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
It used to be that when you walked through a movie theater, you looked forward to seeing the posters of upcoming films. Years ago, poster advertisements used to be as fascinating as movie trailers. The art of most film posters seems to have since gone by the wayside. Now, it seems, posters are a last-minute thought for non-blockbuster films or indie flicks.

Blockbuster films like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings were able to keep the long-held tradition of poster storytelling. This aspect of promotion, the concept that sells the film poster more than the trailer, is the semio...
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Will Robert De Niro Play Freddy Krueger?

February 2nd, 2009 1:37pm EST
Robert De Niro
(Starpulse in Hollywood): Every week, Hollywood's biggest stars are meeting in the hot spots of Beverly Hills, and Starpulse is there. The old joke is that every horror movie has infinite sequels, none more than Friday the 13th (there are 11 if you count Freddy vs. Jason!) Now the not-so-funny truth is that they're all being remade again.

After new versions of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and next week's "Friday the 13th" ramped up, with a new Child's Play still in the works, it was only a matter of time before A Nightmare on Elm Street joined the club.

Brad Fuller, who pro...
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'The Unborn' Is In Theaters Friday; Check Out These Other Great Babysitter Flicks

January 6th, 2009 5:00pm EST
The Unborn
Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn and follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.

Starring Odette Yustman, Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet and Gary Oldman, The Unborn is a thrilling tale of one woman's survival as she fights a family curse and struggles to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

In The Unborn Odette Yustman plays the babysitter, h...
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Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...
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Do The 'Monster Mash' In... Today's Links

October 31st, 2008 9:23pm EDT
Halloween
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

Katie Holmes is frightening - IDLYITW

Jenna Elfman compares scientology criticism to torture of Christians - Celebitchy

Mary Kate & Ashley battle over potential matching boob jobs - Star

Knucklehead Rays fan gets pwned:

The least scary supernatural TV shows of all time - Television Without Pity

10 Last-minute halloween costume ideas that are quick and easy; brought to you at the...
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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 Scream Queen Is...

October 29th, 2008 8:00am EDT
The Return
A scream queen can be the damsel in distress and the protagonist. Whatever role she plays, she's as prominent as the villain. A Scream Queen...

...Is usually the good girl (in front of the camera)

The biggest scream queens are the ones usually cast in the good girl role. In slasher films that focus on teens, the good girl is the one turning down drinks and sexual advances because she often represents purity in a corrupt world. Many Scream Queens later try to drop the good girl image they were locked into. In recent films, Scream queens are not all good girls, but they're still lik...
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Horror-ible Remakes: Why Horror Film Do Overs Often Fail

October 28th, 2008 10:27am EDT
Prom Night
Hollywood seemingly goes through the horror section of a video store to find films they can exploit for a quick profit. This year there was Prom Night, The Eye, Shutter, and One Missed Call, to name a few. Studios continue to produce remakes while attempting to best the originals, but they are not always concerned about quality. What makes these remakes so terrible? (Warning: possible spoilers ahead).

Failure to Change What Was Bad to Begin With

Not all remakes are bad, but there are select films that never were that original to begin with. The original Prom Night (1980) starring...
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5 Of Film's Most Believable Psychopaths

October 28th, 2008 10:16am EDT
American Psycho
For years, filmmakers have been portraying the psychopath, but could our favorite cinematic psychos really be diagnosed as one? According to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R), compiled by Dr. Robert Hare, the 20 characteristics of a psychopath include: glib and superficial charm, grandiose sense of self worth, need for stimulation, pathological lying, lack of remorse or guilt, cunning/manipulativeness, callousness/lack of empathy, shallow emotions, parasitic lifestyle, poor behavioral controls, sexual promiscuity, early behavioral problems, lack of realistic long-term goals, impulsivit...
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A Girl, A Guy, & A Knife: The 30th Anniversary of 'Halloween'

October 25th, 2008 9:52am EDT
Halloween
It was October 25, 1978. Laverne and Shirley, Charlie's Angels and MASH were in the top ten TV shows. Movie theater prices were about $2.50. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were star-crossed lovers in Grease, and John Belushi was acting a fool at school in Animal House.

Then He Came Home.

Halloween, one of the best and scariest movies of all time - if not the scariest - premiered in selected cities across the country. This independent film had one basic premise: a maniacal killer stalks teenagers on Halloween night. It is said to be one of the most effective horror movies ev...
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'Dark Knight' Swings Past $500M Mark

September 1st, 2008 8:37am EDT
The Dark Knight
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Batman's rich alter-ego Bruce Wayne has added half a billion dollars to his riches. "The Dark Knight" on Sunday became the second movie in Hollywood history to top $500 million at the domestic box office, raising its total to $502.4 million, according to estimates from distributor Warner Bros.

The film hit that mark in just over six weeks, half the time it took "Titanic," which reached $500 million in a little more than three months. "Titanic," the biggest modern blockbuster, remains No. 1 on the domestic charts with $600.8 million. Despite its brisk pace, "The Dark ...
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Remastered Edition Of 'It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' On DVD Sept. 2

September 1st, 2008 8:00am EDT
Great Pumpkin
Could 2008 be the year when the Great Pumpkin arrives? Warner Home Video (WHV) will let you stay up all night with long time believer Linus to keep watch on All Hallow's Eve with the re-mastered release of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" Deluxe Edition on DVD in an all new collectible packing.

The classic Peanuts Halloween TV Special originally aired in 1966 and has remained an all time favorite, ranking #1 in its rebroadcast in 2007 amongst women 18-49.

Peanuts has been one of the most beloved comic strips in the world since its birth in 1950 by creator Charles M. Sc...
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Top Career-Defining Film Roles

April 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
The Silence Of The Lambs
Ever seen a movie with some little-known or vaguely recognizable actor and then had to ask yourself, 'Who WAS that person?' Or have you seen an actor in a movie that suddenly made you see that person in a whole new light? For some actors, all it takes is one role to make their movie careers flourish. Following is a list of some of our favorite career-making performances in no particular order:

1) Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman"

It's probably one of the most obvious "career launching" roles of the last 30 years, but no compilation of career-defining movies would be complete without i...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should JK Rowling Write Another Harry Potter Book?

February 12th, 2008 3:12pm EST
J.K. Rowling
It's like a little kid before Christmas. I want to know - so badly - what happens next in the lives of Harry Potter's gang. The urge is overwhelming. How satisfying it would be to simply peek under the bed and have another Hogwarts adventure waiting for me. But I know it's for my own good. It's better left to the imagination.

That's exactly why J.K. Rowling should not continue the Harry Potter saga. It would be fun, of course. Gratifying. But it would spoil the fun.

From the beginning, Rowling intended on penning seven Potter novels. It's even been said that she wrote the epilogue...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...
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'Rocky,' 'Fargo' & 'Groundhog Day' Join National Film Registry

December 28th, 2006 10:19am EST
Rocky
Rocky, Blazing Saddles, Fargo, Groundhog Day and Halloween are among the 25 films that were just added to the National Film Registry. The registry is part of the nonprofit National Film Preservation Foundation, a public-private partnership to benefit the film preservation efforts of American film archives, historical societies and similar institutions. The National Film Registry list, which began in 1989, now numbers 450 works.

Films Selected to the 2006 National Film Registry, Library of Congress:

1) Applause (1929)

2) The Big Trail (1930)

3) Blazing Saddles (1974...
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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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Slasher Film Producer Killed in Jordan Bomb Blast

November 11th, 2005 11:50am EST
Halloween
Halloween producer Moustapha Akkad died Friday from wounds sustained in the Jordan hotel bomb blasts. The Syrian-born movie exec produced all eight Halloween movies, as well as The Message and Lion of the Desert starring Anthony Quinn.
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Jamie Lee Curtis No Longer Accepts Acting Work

October 31st, 2005 4:32pm EST
Jamie Lee Curtis
In an interview with "Access Hollywood," Jamie Lee Curtis reveals that she no longer accepts acting offers. "I just don't accept acting work anymore," said Curtis. "My life is so filled with my children, my family, and the charitable work I do." Curtis, who shot to fame in the horror film, "Halloween," says she's replaced acting with creative work that is more conducive to raising a family.

"I write books for children, (and) I'm a photographer," she said. "My life is so filled, so if I accept acting work now, it means I have to let somebody else do the job I want to do, which is raise ...
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