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Interview: Tom Holland Reflects on Fright Night, Child’S Play, and Discusses New 1980s Horror Documentary In Search Of Darkness

It was a time when horror reigned supreme, when slasher icons stabbed their way through cinemas, when practical effects oozed from the pores of mind-bending creations that had to be seen on the big screen to be believed. It was the ’80s, and this magical era of horror is dissected with more than 40 top-level interviews in the new documentary In Search of Darkness.

With just a few days remaining on the documentary's final Indiegogo campaign, Daily Dead had the great pleasure of talking with one of the key interviewees from In Search of Darkness, legendary filmmaker Tom Holland, who discussed some of the main themes that will be covered in the new documentary, including the industry's mindset of horror in the ’80s, the decades-long endurance of the genre, and the groundbreaking practical effects that were used in Fright Night and Child's Play.

Was In Search of Darkness something you immediately
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Emma Hamilton To Star In ‘Fatal Beauty’; Kimberly Hebert Gregory Joins ‘Miss Virginia’; Lonnie Chavis In ‘Sunny Daze’

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Australian actress Emma Hamilton is set to star in Fatal Beauty, a Mar Vista Entertainment indie feature written and directed by Joel Soisson. It follows Trevor and Michelle Gustafson (Hamilton) who have what most would think is the typical suburban life. When new neighbors move in next door, tensions between Michelle and Trevor build up, and sinister motives from neighbors turn this quiet neighborhood into a place of chaos, shame, and fear. Margret Huddleston, Michael Leahy, and Lori Leahy are producing the project which will begin filming this month. Hamilton, whose credits include the Australian series, Hyde & Seek, and Showtime’s The Tudors, is repped by The Rosenzweig Group, Abrams Artists and Troika in the UK.

Kimberly Hebert Gregory has signed on for the indie drama, Miss Virginia, joining Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine, Aunjanue Ellis, and Vanessa Williams. R.J. Daniel Hanna is directing the inspired-by-a-true-story pic about a struggling
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Vin Scully And The “Best Pillow In The World”

Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers, is calling it a career this weekend after 67 years in the booth. If you will indulge me, I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite moments from Scully behind the microphone, and about one night at Dodger Stadium that will make me miss him even more.

But first, a little background. I was never a big baseball guy growing up, even though I played a couple of seasons on a local Little League team. (Our squad was called the Firemen.) During those days, when I wasn’t playing the game, either in Little League or somewhere on my grandma’s farm with my cousins, the presence of a baseball broadcast usually meant that something I’d rather have been watching on TV was unavailable to see because someone else wanted to watch the damn game. (I tried to sit down,
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Review: "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1994); Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray

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By Todd Garbarini

I first became acquainted with director Peter Medak’s work in 1983 when I saw his 1980 masterwork The Changeling, one of the most frightening ghost stories shot in color. Also known for 1972’s The Ruling Class and 1990’s The Krays, Mr. Medak made the film noir Romeo is Bleeding, shot in 1992 and released on Friday, February 4, 1994. The film is told in an elliptical narrative fashion, starting with the end and going back in time to show us how the protagonist got to where he is. We first see Jack Grimaldi in a dilapidated diner, his voiceover indicative of a man full of regrets who is probably in the Witness Protection Program and forced to lead a life bereft of any true purpose or feeling. Once upon a time, he was a police officer in New York City and his partners are comprised of actors we know well today:
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Off The Shelf – Episode 87 – FilmStruck, Alien Day, and New Blu-rays for the Week.

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. They also discuss the new streaming service: FilmStruck.

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Follow-Up Ryan buys a Blu-ray from Australia! News FilmStruck Alien Day Labyrinth 4k Criterion Collection: July Line-up Kino Lorber: Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, Road House, The Enemy Below, Caboblanco, Star Crystal, Man on Fire, The Earth Dies Screaming, and Chosen Survivors Scorpion Releasing: Force Five, Haunting of Morella Image Entertainment: The Commitments Twilight Time May 2016 Pre-orders: Garden of Evil, Cat Balou, Eureka, I Could Go On Singing, and Appasionata Links to Amazon 4/19 Barcelona Betrayed Cary Grant: The Vault Collection Dangerous Men Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Doris Day and Rock Hudson Romantic Comedy Collection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Fatal Beauty The File of the Golden Goose
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'Child's Play': THR's 1988 Review

On Nov. 9, 1988, the horror character Chucky debuted as Child’s Play hit theaters. While the technical aspects of the film were praised, the characters and material were not. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:

Many horror films tread a thin line between the frightening and the absurd. Child’s Play, United Artists’ new horror film directed by Tom Holland (Fatal Beauty, Fright Night), wobbles too often on the wrong side of that line.

As a result, its box office take is likely to be equally erratic, with its best prospects being for a quick smash-and-grab, a la the method ...
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Exclusive Video Retrospective: Tom Holland on 25 Years of Child’s Play (Part 3)

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With the arrival of the brand new Child’s Play Blu-ray box set today and the 25th anniversary of Tom Holland’s original film just one month away (almost to the day in fact), it seemed only fitting to sit down and chat with the film’s co-writer and director about the project, especially considering we don’t often get the opportunity to hear from Holland about this modern horror classic which introduced to the world a new icon of horror- Chucky.

Daily Dead recently conducted an extensive video interview with Holland in honor of Child’s Play‘s upcoming anniversary and because there was so much incredible stuff that we were able to discuss with the Master of Horror, we came back with three video interviews chock full of awesome to share with you.

For the final installment of our Child’s Play video retrospective, Holland chatted about his
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Women’s History Month on Xfinity On Demand™

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Xfinity on Demand is featuring "Love & Basketball," "Fatal Beauty" and "Beyonce: Life is But a Dream,” highlighting strong female roles and influencers. Haven’t seen them, or want to watch them again? Check out the descriptions below and tune in. "Love & Basketball" – Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, this drama centers on the enduring relationship of Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps), as the pair grow up loving basketball, and eventually fall in love with one another. "Fatal Beauty" – Whoopi Goldberg stars as Detective Rita Rizzoli, an undercover cop who gets tangled up in a case involving a hijacked drug shipment. This...
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Horror Buff Tom Holland Will Come Out of Retirement to Fight Stephen King’s Batmen

It’s been 16 years since Tom Holland‘s last feature film, Thinner, hit screens. It came at the end of a career of writing work like Class of 1984 and Psycho 2 and directing Fight Night and Fatal Beauty. But now, it’s not the end. According to Deadline Castle Rock, Holland is going to make Stephen King‘s “Ten O’Clock People” his next feature film. Beyond this and Thinner, Holland also adapted King’s “The Langoliers” for TV and appears in The Stand. The story for Ten O’Clock People focuses on a man quitting smoking, who discovers that he (and others trying to kick the habit) are able to see hideous monsters who have disguised themselves and made their way to prominent positions in society. Just like we all knew all along. These Batmen pose a great threat, and it will be interesting to see Holland flesh out King’s short story which is, admittedly
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One for the Money Trailer

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One for the Money Trailer
Have you been hungering for a throwback to 90s action movies and Whoopi Goldberg crime comedies like Burglar and Fatal Beauty? Well, director Julie Anne Robinson has your fix with the first trailer for her One for the Money adaptation, the first in a series of New York Times best selling novels from Janet Evanovich. Katherine Heigl stars as the immensely popular character Stephanie Plum, an out of work Jersey girl who takes on a job at her sleazy cousin's bail bond company. Check out the first footage from this romantic crime comedy in the clip below, it actually looks quite perfect for a cold, rainy day in January. It smells like an early 2012 hit.

Click to watch One for the Money Trailer!

One for the Money comes to theaters January 27th, 2012 and stars Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata. The film is directed by Julie Anne Robinson.
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Considering Whoopi Goldberg’s “Fatal Beauty”

As I stated in a S & A piece I wrote about Whoopi over a year ago or so, it’s hard to believe it now, but there was a time during the early 90′s when she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood making $10-12 million a picture. And if you translate those 90′s dollars to current 2011 dollars, she still would be the highest paid actress ever.

However, after bursting on to the scene with The Color Purple, Whoopi went on the make a whole slew of really crummy pictures like Burglar (Yikes!) and Jumping Jack Flash (Groan!). But for me the 1987 MGM film Fatal Beauty stood out in its own unique way.

Now granted, it’s not by any measure a good film and is basically a routine 80′s cop action movie with the requisite lousy, tin-eared dialogue with bad 80′s synthesized music, bad 80′s hair and bad 80′s clothes.
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Exclusive: Tom Holland Discusses Hatchet II

Exclusive: Tom Holland Discusses Hatchet II
Tom Holland discusses working on Hatchet II, director Adam Green, Cloak and Dagger and much more

If you look closely during scenes of Adam Green's sequel Hatchet II, the keen horror fan will notice a number genre luminaries making smaller appearances in the movie. One of those is Tom Holland, who directed such horror classics as Fright Night, Child's Play, and he even had hits outside of the genre, writing one of my childhood favorites, Cloak & Dagger. Tom Holland portrays Bob in Hatchet II, the uncle of Danielle Harris' Marybeth, who is trying to steer her clear of the nefarious Dr. Voodoo, played by another horror legend, Tony Todd.

Hatchet II was just released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 1 and I recently had a chance to speak with Tom Holland over the phone about his experience on this fantastic sequel. Here's what he had to say below:
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Six New Percy Jackson Character Posters Released

Six new character posters have just been released for director Chris Columbus's new movie, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the first in a planned series of movies based on the book series by Rick Riordan.

The posters feature Logan Lerman as the title character, the "Son of Poseidon"; Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase, the "Daughter of Athena"; Uma Thurman as Medusa, the "Fatal Beauty"; Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, the centaur "Warrior Guide"; Brandon T. Jackson as Grover, Percy's sayter "Protector"; and Luke Camilleri as Dionysus, "The Exterminator."

For more information about the movie's leads, check out Meet the Cast of Percy Jackson.

Next Showing: Percy Jackson opens February 12

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Trailer

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Chris Columbus | Pierce Brosnan | Uma Thurman | Brandon T. Jackson | Logan Lerman | Alexandra Daddario | Luke Camilleri | Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The
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New Percy Jackson Character Art Online

New Percy Jackson Character Art Online
We know it’s snowing outside (for most of you, anyway; for Empire, all the snow was washed away from Oxford Street by the time we got in, upsetting our plans to arrive three hours’ late, armed with snow shoes and flimsy excuses about the Victoria Line), but here’s something that should cheer you up: six new character one-sheets from Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief.Look at them. Just look at them. Pretty, aren’t they? Well, kinda – we like the actual character shots, but there’s a fundamental flaw here: none of the characters are actually named on the posters, which might scupper chances of increasing Percy Jackson’s name and brand awareness by the time the Chris Columbus movie comes out in just over a month.For example, while we can put names to ‘Daughter Of Athena’ (that’s Alexandra Daddario’s Annabeth Chase), ‘Son Of Poseidon
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Finals Week: 'Monstrous Feminism and the Avenging Amazon'

Monstrous Feminism and the Avenging Amazon By Paula Graham

On the whole, feminists and lesbians tend to treat the figure of the Amazon as a positive trope for lesbianism and/or feminism. On the one hand, she has the 'masculine' characteristics of strength, physicality and activity and, on the other, she is female-oriented. Her combination of male and female characteristics apparently undermines the exclusivity of gender categories. Her 'chastity' combined with her 'phallic' physicality has obvious lesbian implications. She is perceived by many lesbians and feminists as both 'positive' and 'subversive'...

Representations of the Amazon or female warrior in patriarchal culture, however, may acknowledge a perceived 'threat' of female aggression and seek to neutralise it. Narratives of female militancy tend to enjoy a resurgence in Western patriarchal cultures precisely at historical moments in which there has been an exceptional opening out of gender categories under pressure of social change and political contestation.
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The Sound of Fright Night: An Interview with David Chackler

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The Sound of Fright Night: An Interview with David Chackler
A few weeks ago I peeled open my rib cage to reveal my raw, beating heart and the sound of that heart was (to the tune of “thump-thump, thump-thump”) : Fright-night, Fright-night, Fright….

Yeah, I worship writer/director Tom Holland’s 1985 vampire gem and I fly that fanged flag with pride.

But outside of the ace performances from Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowell, outside of Holland’s sharp, affectionate script and tense – yet playful – direction and outside of Richard Edlund’s gorgeous special effects, one of the major hooks that Fright Night jabbed into me was the soundtrack, a sexy, atmospheric synth score by Brad Fiedel and a motley collection of 80’s pop and metal tunes that fit the material perfectly, almost as if they were written specifically for the action on screen.

Well, it turns out for the most part, they were.

See, shortly after I published
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Tom Holland and David Chackler Bring Horror Fans Dead Rabbit Films

Horror buffs beware! A new production company has been formed by a couple of the most influential minds in the entertainment industry.

Dead Rabbit Films reunites Tom Holland, the legendary writer/director responsible for some of the most successful films in the horror genre such as Fright Night and Child's Play, with music biz empressario David Chackler (Queen, Buckingham/Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and 2Live Crew), whose resume also includes film production credits such as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned for Universal. Dead Rabbit Films will develop and produce feature films as well as scripted episodic television for emerging networks and mobile platforms.

The combination of the Holland and Chackler resumes reads like an insider's list of who's who in Hollywood. With associations from Stephen Spielberg to Stephen King, Tom Holland serves as the creative genius behind Dead Rabbit Films.

"Tom was at the forefront of creating and directing the contemporary horror genre.
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Fright Night Remake on the Way

DreamWorks is developing a remake of Fright Night, the 1985 horror-comedy flick written and directed by Tom Holland that starred Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys and Roddy McDowall. The original Fright Night centered around a teenager who discovers that his neighbors are vampires. No writer has been hired, but the updated version will keep the comedy-horror tone while modernizing the effects. Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig (Windtalkers) of are producing along with Michael De Luca (Ghost Rider). Rosenzweig, who also is setting up remakes of The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and Angel Heart with De Luca, brought the project to him. Fright Night marked the directorial debut of Holland, who went on to helm Fatal Beauty, Child's Play, which is also in the process of being remade, The Temp and Stephen King's Thinner. A sequel, Fright Night Part 2, opened in 1988.
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