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10 Movie Sequels We Never Asked For

October 19th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Paranormal Activity 4
Hindsight is 20/20, but sometimes you know a sequel is going to stink. Even worse is when it's a sequel to something that didn't need a sequel. Now, the jury isn't out on Paranormal Activity 4, and we're sure it's going to make a mint (the last two broke midnight showing records) - but isn't the "found house security film of paranormal event" genre kind of played out? Here are 10 sequels we never asked for:

Yearly Saw installments: Okay, so the first few films in the series used great twists, innovative traps, and serious gore. By the time we were three films in and we realized this woul...

'Insidious' Trailer Is… Insidious

February 17th, 2011 1:45pm EST
In 2009, Oren Peli and Jason Blum took the classic horror tropes of a haunted house and demonic possession, then stripped them down to their essence by shooting the whole thing with a camcorder and unknown actors.

Two years later, the producer team decided to hook up with "Saw" creators James Wan & Leigh Whannell to do the same thing, only this time with movie stars and shot like normal. Twisted!

Now that these titans of terror have collided (creatively), we get a trailer showing what has oozed forth from their collective horror hive mind, and the result is insidious. It's also called "In...

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...

31 Days Of Horror: 'Saw' (2004)

October 20th, 2010 2:07pm EDT
Ever since Saw came out way back in 2004, I’ve heard nothing but belly aching from movie-goers and horror-goons alike over how the movie ushered in a new era of gore-porn. That because of Saw, as well as Hostel, its pseudo sister-movie, all horror movies started to forgo any attempt at story telling in favor of graphic depictions of peoples’ heads getting shoved into bear-traps or corn threshers. I also recall it being quite buzzed about before its release, only to be met with cold to tepid reviews upon its actual release. So, keeping its reputation in mind, I skipped past watching Saw, Saw...

Spain Drops X-Rating On 'Saw VI'

August 4th, 2010 12:12am EDT
Saw VI
Horror movie "Saw VI" will finally be released in Spain this October after producers cut several of the gory sequel's most violent scenes to secure a more universal rating in the country.

The sixth installment of the popular franchise was slapped with an X rating by Spanish film censors last year, meaning it could only be shown in theatres which allowed porn.

Its release in Spain was postponed and "Saw VI's" producers went back to the cutting room to re-edit the release.

They have now adhered to the rules set out by officials at the film institute, a unit of the culture ministry, who dem...

'Saw' Named Most Successful Horror Series

July 26th, 2010 11:33am EDT
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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...

'The Sixth Sense' Tops Movie Twists Poll

July 26th, 2010 7:54am EDT
Bruce Willis
The stunning twist at the end of creepy classic The Sixth Sense has been voted the most shocking movie moment of all time.

The jaw-dropping scene in which Bruce Willis' character learns the truth about his existence has topped a survey of the greatest ever film twists. It beat a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror Psycho - when Norman Bates reveals the real identity of his murderous mother - into second place.

Kevin Spacey's unmasking at the close of crime thriller The Usual Suspects is in third, while the revelation about Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back ...

Movie Bad Guys Lead Nominations For Academy Membership

June 25th, 2010 6:28pm EDT
Christoph Waltz
"Saw" actor Tobin Bell, James Gandolfini, Christoph Waltz and 2010 Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Vera Farmiga have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and help decide future Academy Awards.

Academy officials have invited 135 actors, writers, directors, executives and behind-the-scenes icons to join up, explaining that everyone on the list has "distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures".

Academy President Tom Sherak says, "The work of these individuals has be...

31 Days Of Horror - Wrap Up

November 2nd, 2009 3:35pm EST
With Halloween come and gone, Starpulse writer Kris King has wrapped up his horror movie marathon. For the last three days Kris deals with the demon apocalypse

in "Demons," gets beaten up by a large French man in "Martyrs," and makes a lot of boob jokes with "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark."

October 29 - Demons (1985)

"Demons" starts off as a wickedly clever meta-movie. While Wes Craven's "Scream" discusses the rules of horror films and then applies them to its own story, the Dario Argento produced "Demons" goes a few steps further by setting the film in an old movie theater. "Demons" pu...

Five Scariest Movie Characters - Do You Agree?

October 26th, 2009 2:17pm EDT
October is not only about the return of autumn and the departure of leaves, but is also another reason to dress up, or dress down, for Halloween. With Halloween comes the onslaught of scary movies that get their time to shine courtesy of the marathons thrown in their honor. Let's face it, a good horror film just wouldn't be the same without scary antagonists like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers who embody the ability to scare the orange off your candy corn.

These 5 scary movie characters in particular stand above the rest and are the last people you would want to wake up to see standi...

'Paranormal Activity' Beats 'Saw VI' At Box Office

October 26th, 2009 8:21am EDT
Paranormal Activity
Horror movies dominated the box office in this past weekend with Paranormal Activity beating out the sixth Saw movie as the nation's top film.

The low-budget horror hit scored with a $22 million weekend take, while Saw VI opened with $14.8 million.

Last week's chart topper, Where the Wild Things Are, drops to three while Law Abiding Citizen and comedy Couples Retreat round out the top five.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Saw VII' Will Torture You In 3-D

October 18th, 2009 10:56am EDT
It's already too much for some people that there's a new Saw movie every year, with new traps to twist victims in horrible, gory ways. With Saw VI putting viewers to Jigsaw's latest tests this weekend, the producers are moving ahead with Saw VII with plans to let Jigsaw loose on the latest filmmaking trend.

"Saw VII is in 3-D," said producer Mark Burg.

From a business standpoint, it seems obvious to put the most lucrative horror franchise in 3-D. Screenwriter Marcus Dunstan said there's an artistic reason too.

"It answers the question definitively, why make a Saw film in 3-D," Du...

Get An Inside Look at 'Saw VI' And 'Saw VII'

August 6th, 2009 10:51am EDT
Saw VI
Saw has become an annual tradition. There's been a Saw sequel every year since the original, a record for any franchise, even the lucrative Friday the 13ths. Now the writers of this year's Saw VI are getting a jump on next year's entry.

"In fact, just this morning in talking about Saw VII with director David Hackl," said screenwriter Patrick Melton on Wednesday. "We were brainstorming the traps for the newest installation that's going in front of cameras in January."

And brainstorm they must, because there have already been six films full of Jigsaw's brutal traps. "Really, the thing a...

'The Last House On The Left' Comes To Blu-ray & DVD August 18 (Win A Copy!)

August 4th, 2009 10:39am EDT
The Last House on the Left DVD release
There's a place where evil gets what it deserves. Legendary masters of horror Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham revisit the landmark film that launched Craven's directing career and influenced decades of horror films to follow: The Last House on the Left. Bringing one of the most notorious thrillers of all time to a new generation, they produce a shocking and thrilling re-imagination of the story that explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed their child. Includes two versions of the movie - the unrated cut too terrifying for theaters and the t...

'The Last House On The Left': Wrong Place, Wrong Time Movies

March 11th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
The Last House On The Left
Follow the shocking and terrifying story that explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who violently attacked their daughter in The Last House on the Left.

Masters of horror Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham revisit their landmark film that launched Craven's directing career and influenced decades of horror films to follow: The Last House on the Left. Bringing one of the most notorious thrillers of all time to a new generation, they produce the story that explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed the...

'Repo! The Genetic Opera' Slices Its Way To DVD

January 20th, 2009 5:30pm EST
Repo! The Genetic Opera
From the producers of the Saw franchise and director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV), based on a screenplay by Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich from their original stage play, comes the new cult classic Repo! The Genetic Opera. A futuristic tale of horror that modernizes the "rock opera" genre with original music and rich, dark production design, the film features an eclectic cast that includes Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Alexa Vega, Bill Moseley and Paris Hilton. The blend of Moulin Rouge style with The Rocky Horror Picture Show theatrics results in a unique vi...

New Movies On DVD, Jan. 20

January 20th, 2009 8:00am EST
Saw V
Jigsaw might be dead, but his traps live on in the fifth Saw entry, Saw V. Also on DVD: Max Payne, Igor, The Express, City of Ember, Henry Poole Is Here, Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Dee Snider To Bring Back Sick Captain Howdy

January 18th, 2009 2:30pm EST
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider is heading back to the big screen to reprise his Captain Howdy character in the sequel to 1998 cult horror movie Strangeland.

A Nightmare on Elm Street ghoul Robert Englund will also return for the new film, Strangeland: Disciple. Englund was a victim of Snider's sick character in the first film. Snider, who wrote and co-produced the original film, admits he set out to create the most disturbing movie.

He tells, "At the time, I really wanted to re-invent the wheel of horror. Horror, traditionally, plays on people's fears of being...

Paris Hilton's Film Savaged By Critics

November 8th, 2008 9:39am EST
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton's new movie has been savaged by critics, who fear director Darren Lynn Bousman's toughest job was editing the socialite out of his film.

The Saw films director had admitted he had reservations about signing Hilton up for his movie, but insists she was a pleasure to work with. But critics state she isn't a pleasure to watch on screen in Repo! The Genetic Opera.

Los Angeles Times critic Mark Olsen writes, "The film is bad - not good-bad, tacky-bad or fun-bad, just plain awful and nearly unwatchable."

And he's even more scathing of Hilton's performance in the bizarr...

Do The 'Monster Mash' In... Today's Links

October 31st, 2008 9:23pm EDT
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...

Underrated & Overrated Horror Films

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


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 ...

Best Traps Of 'Saw' Series

October 28th, 2008 11:38am EDT
Saw V
As October 31st draws near, there is only one thing that matters to those of us who are too old for trick-or-treating: Horror movies. This year, we have once again been blessed by a sequel from the Saw series, Leigh Whanell's gory little idea that could. In honor of the Saw V premiere, here are our top traps/deaths from the first four "Saw" movies. "Saw V" has been excluded from this list to avoid spoiling anything for those of you who have not yet seen the latest installment.

Saw - The Bathroom Trap

The movie that introduced the world to Jigsaw and his demented brand of justice did ...

A History Of Violence: Great Britain's Video Nasties

October 27th, 2008 9:43am EDT
The Evil Dead
In the mid-1980s while American mothers panicked over the influence rock music had on the nation's youth, the mothers of Great Britain panicked over an entirely different matter. Rather than setting their crosshairs on Quiet Riot or Prince, the British went after ultra-violent exploitation films. While in America, the music industry carried on mostly unharmed, the rabble of concerned parents in the UK influenced legislation which led to dozens of films being banned by the government. In 1984, the British government released a list of films they considered too vile for public consumption. Th...

Slideshow: 'Saw' - Scariest Horror Franchise Ever?

October 24th, 2008 11:45am EDT
Saw V
Jigsaw might be dead, but his traps live on in Saw V, which opens in theaters on Oct. 24. Get in the mood for the fifth entry of the horror franchise by perusing our photo slideshow, and tell us what you think about it!


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Can You Handle 10 Hours of 'Saw'?

October 22nd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
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This Thursday night, October 23rd, go see the Saw marathon – Saw, Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV - leading up to the midnight premiere of Saw V – at select AMC locations! It's only $15 to see all five movies. Screenings begin at 4 p.m. Find your local participating theater below...


Century 16, Anchorage


AMC Mesa Grande, Mesa

AMC Deer Valley 30, Phoenix

Century El Con 20, Tucson


AMC Burbank 16, Burbank

AMC Norwalk 20, Norwalk

AMC Ontario Mills 30, Ontario

AMC Del Amo 18, Torrance

NA The Bridge Cinema DeLux, Los Angeles

AMC City...

Stars Of 'Saw V' & 'Disaster Movie' Autograph Posters For Charity

August 1st, 2008 1:02am EDT
Saw V
On behalf of Lionsgate, we are pleased to announce eBay charitable auctions for five exclusive Saw V posters that were signed at San Diego Comic Con 2008 by David Hackl, Tobin Bell, Betsy Russell, Scott Patterson, and Costas Mandylor benefiting The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The winning bidders will receive studio certified posters signed by the cast along with a signed letter verifying their authenticity. Auctions begin today and will continue through the weekend, and will end August 4th. Interested fans and collectors should be aware there are only a limited amount of p...

Notes & Quotes

February 26th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Colin Farrell
"She wouldn't drive anywhere... It's cars with blacked-out windows everywhere for her. She thinks she's very recognizable." Colin Farrell on his mother's Los Angeles transportation plans.

Fruit-loving rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs eats one portion of apple sauce every day and prefers apple pie to cake on his birthday.

"Getting a text from Bono is one of the biggest things that can happen to an Irishman. (He's) the chieftain of our country." Best Song Oscar winner Glen Hansard on receiving a text message from the U2 rocker immediately after claiming gold at the Academy Awards on Su...

Eddie Murphy, Lindsay Lohan Rule Razzies For Year's Worst Out Of Hollywood

February 24th, 2008 10:15am EST
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A year after his Academy Awards dream went up in smoke, Eddie Murphy has not just one consolation prize, but three: Razzie Awards as worst actor, supporting actor and supporting actress for the comedy Norbit.

The fourth acting ''dis-honor'' announced at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards went to Lindsay Lohan, who actually was voted two worst-actress trophies for the thriller I Know Who Killed Me, the worst-picture winner in which she played dual roles.

''I Know Who Killed Me'' set a new Razzies record with eight awards, including worst screen couple fo...

Movies That Will Probably Suck In 2008

January 21st, 2008 11:20am EST
The Eye
Movies are awesome. Sometimes, however, a movie isn't awesome. Sometimes it should never have been made, and you shouldn't go see it (because it's a waste of money or you just want to protest). These movies have a high suckitude value, and this should serve as a warning to you all. If you still go and see them, that's your problem. The "Suck Scale" runs from 1-5, with 5 being amazingly bad.

Meet the Spartans

The spoof genre was funny once. Scary Movie was new, fresh and gave a new spin on satire. It proved to movie makers that if they insisted on producing garbage, that garbage would...

Top 5 Predicted Celebrity Divorces

December 28th, 2007 3:00pm EST
Tony & Eva
Couples around the world struggle to keep their marriages intact. Each partner painstakingly tries to stay afloat. In Hollywood, the concept of a "successful" marriage is damn near extinct.

Hollywood divorce pops up more often than new reality television, while the relationships themselves are even more disturbing. The happy Hollywood marriage is a fable, disappearing like the VHS video or Chevy Chase's career. Infidelity among these couples is rampant (and as never-ending) as the Saw sequels.

So instead of writing about failed Hollywood marriages, we're opting for a predictive...

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