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11 Evil Animal Movies So Bad, They’re Good

14 Jul

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[Editor’s Note: This story was originally written for and appeared on ETonline]

This weekend, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes managed to take control of the weekend box office, raking in $73 million dollars. The film follows a group of super-intelligent apes who take over the world, and a rogue group of surviving humans who are fighting to stay alive.

While people seem to be loving this particular entry into the ‘animals destroy humanity’ genre, most movies that show the rise of a deadly species are super-campy creature features that are good only because of how wonderfully bad they are.

To get a feel for how well-done DotPotA really is check out these 11 So-Bad-They’re-Great Creature Features.

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H.R. Giger Double Feature At The New Beverly Cinema

2 Jun

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Earlier this month, legendary artist and crafter of horrifying night terrors H.R. Giger passed away, leaving behind a massive legacy of brilliant works and a massive influence on pop culture and film.

In honor of the man’s iconic career, the New Beverly Cinema in West Hollywood is celebrating his life with an amazing double feature on June 8, 9, and 10.

First up, at 7:30pm, is the 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien, which cemented Giger’s place in the cinematic landscape. The eponymous alien was designed and based off of Giger’s painting Necronom IV, but director Ridley Scott ended up seeing Giger’s true measure of brilliance and had him design basically everything on the Alien planet.

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Rick Baker Finally Reveals ‘Night Skies’ Aliens

27 May

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[Editor’s Note: This story was orignally written for and appeared on ETonline]

In the 1970s, director Steven Spielberg started pre-production on a follow-up to Close Encounters Of The Third Kind called Night Skies. He hired legendary special effects artist Rick Baker to create a prototype of the film’s menacing alien, and by all accounts, it was going to be spectacular.

Then, as is often the case in Hollywood, the whole project fell apart, and the film entered that strange cinema limbo of amazing movies that never were. Many of the designs were later used in Spielberg’s alien masterpiece ET in 1982, but the menacing alien was never seen. Until now!

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7 Stars Who Started Off In Scary Movies

21 May

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[Edit’s Note: The bulk of this article originally appeared on ETonline]

With the spooky found-footage horror The Quiet Ones coming out recently and The Signal coming out in June, Bates Motel star Olivia Cooke is well on her way to becoming one of the horror genre’s hottest young stars.

However, she isn’t the first celeb to get her start in the world of spooks, monsters and serial killers. Some of Hollywood’s best-known A-listers got their big break in horror.

In honor of Olivia Cooke’s burgeoning career in scary movies, and because we just love the genre, here are  stars who started in horror…

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R.I.P. – Artist H.R. Giger Dies At 74 – The World Has Lost A Brilliant Talent

13 May

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Iconic artist H.R. Giger, the surrealist responsible for some of the scariest imagery in horror history and the man who was the personal architect and set designer for some of my most terrifying and entertaining nightmares, has died at the age of 74.

Giger was born in the Swiss town of Chur, Graubünden in 1940. He began working on his art with India ink and airbrushing, and began creating brilliantly surreal and nightmarish images of fantastical monsters that often evoked a primal revulsion in a wonderfully powerful way.

Giger depicted, sometimes subtly, sometimes overly, highly sexual and sexually violent imagery into his creature design and landscapes. By incorporating phallic and vaginal imagery, Giger was able to cut into his audience’s psyche and dredge up fear and emotional confusion from within.

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Top 7 Post-Apocalyptic Movie Wastelands

12 May

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While no one wants to die in a horrible apocalypse, sometimes you have to wonder what it would be like to survive the end of the world; Avoiding roving bands of cannibals while scavenging for food, clothes and, for some reason, gasoline. Would you have the chops to keep the hordes of wasteland raiders, giant mutant animals and nuclear zombies at bay? It seems as though the lawlessness of the bleak, empty deserts, where humanity no longer stands, has a strong appeal to all young people who have always wanted to pull a sawed-off shotgun from a hip holster and blow two holes through some dude in a hockey mask and a mohawk. 

Hollywood has been exploring this concept thoroughly. With The Rover, Edge Of Tomorrow, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, After Earth, Elysium, Oblivion, This Is the End, World War Z, Snowpiercer, The Colony and many other films released or set to be released, it gives us a chance to go into the ol’ video vault for the 7 Best Post-Apocalyptic Wastelands.

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‘Godzilla’ Has The Most Interesting Movie Posters For A Blockbuster Epic This Decade

7 May

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[Note: Portions of this post originally appeared in a story I wrote for ETonline]

Godzilla comes crunching its way into theaters on May 16 in what is officially his 32nd appearance on the big screen. Director Gareth Edwards and the Godzilla advertising team are going the distance towards making sure audiences know that this isn’t like any other Godzilla movie you’ve ever seen.

So many of the posters for the upcoming sci-fi monster epic have shied away from the more-traditional ‘floating heads’ composition or mainstream styles in favor of artistically animated, eye-catching  novelty posters created by the design firm Mondo, Ignition, and Phantom City creative. Click the jump for all the amazing posters…

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Top 7 Greatest Directorial Debuts

6 May

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Getting that first feature film in the can is an amazing experience, but it isn’t always a successful one. Hollywood is littered with bad debut films, especially in this current age of inexpensive filmmaking. But sometimes, the stars align and that first feature comes out just the way you had been hoping since you first conceived it. Or, in the case of old-timey studio pictures, the studio took a chance on you, and you came through with flying colors. It’s good to celebrate these first feature films that give all us filmmakers hope for our debuts.

These aren’t the only great directorial debuts, but they are my very favorite…

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