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Tuesday Terrors: Universal Horror Classics return to the big screen

We review Intruders and Lovely Molly

By Tim Janson     August 14, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Lots to cover in Tuesday Terrors this week but I am absolutely geeked for the announcement that the Universal Classic horror films Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein are coming to the big screen for a special one night showing all over the country on October 24.  The chance to see these films on the big screen, just like movie goers did back in the 1930s is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Read all about it in our lead story…
 
In addition we’ve got five new film trailers for your viewing pleasure, and four new reviews including the films “Intruders” and “Lovely Molly”.
 
THE TERRIFYING NEWS
 
Universal Classics returning to theaters for a one night double feature!  Just in time for Halloween, the double feature of “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” on Oct. 24 will reintroduce audiences to the famous story of brilliant scientist Henry Frankenstein and his experiments on the re-animation of lifeless bodies. His fiancée, Elizabeth, and friend Victor Moritz are worried about his health as he spends far too many hours in his laboratory on experiments. The creature he’s brought to life escapes, and soon the villagers rise up, intent on destroying the murdering creature. The sequel finds Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both alive; but a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps Dr. Frankenstein’s wife and forces him to create a new female companion for the original monster. The original 1931 film and its 1935 sequel—both starring Boris Karloff—will be introduced with exclusive interviews conducted at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, including conversations with Karloff’s daughter Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jr. (son of the classic “Dracula” star), and Academy Award®-winning make-up artist Rick Baker. All three will discuss classic horror movies, how legendary icons like Karloff and Lugosi helped define the genre, and how today’s horror films measure up to the classics.
 
Click on the link below to see where this may be playing in your area:
 
 
Walking Dead Season 3 update!  It would not be Tuesday Terrors without a mention of AMC’s The Walking Dead.  This is just a quickie.  AMC is breaking the season up into two parts, the same as they did last season.  The 16-episode run will start on October 14th and run for eight episodes before taking a brief break then resuming the rest of the season in early 2013.  They do love to build the suspense!
 
Extended trailer released for Francis ford Coppola’s Twixt.  In anticipation of an exclusive release in San Francisco, an extended trailer has been released for Twixt.  Val Kilmer stars in the film as a writer with a declining career who arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl (Elle Fanning).
 
That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated. 

 

 
Blu-Ray features for Funhouse.  The classic 80s slasher film Funhouse comes to blu-ray this October and we’ve got the special features for you below.
 
  • Commentary with Director Tobe Hooper, moderated by filmmaker Tim Sullivan
  • The Barker Speaks!: An interview with actor Kevin Conway
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes: An all-new interview with Executive Producer Mark L. Lester
  • Carnival Music: An interview with Composer John Beal
  • Audio Interview with actor William Finley
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer, TV & Radio Spots
 
CW to have another Sleepy Hollow TV series?  There are reports that the CW has set up a new television series called Sleepy Hollow from Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo.  This contemporary take on Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will follow FBI agent Ichabod Crane as he teams up with the town's local law enforcement to investigate a series of beheadings.
 
Trailer for Below Zero.  Screen Media Film is bringing the thriller Below Zero to DVD.  Shot in 2010, the film stars Edward Furlong and Michael Berryman.  Furlong plays 'Jack the Hack', a less than average, but once successful screenwriter, faces writer's block.  Desperate to meet a career-saving deadline and lock out the distractions of his troubled life, Jack arranges to be left alone and locked inside a meat cooler, with only vegetarian meals and his imagination to inspire him.  As the temperature drops, the lines between reality and fiction blur, and Jack's script comes dangerously to life.

 
 
 
Trailer for Creep Van.  Life without a car can be murder. Nobody is going to learn that lesson faster than Campbell Jackson, a 20-something, out of work, out of options misfit in Detroit. Forced to take a dead-end position at a local car wash, Campbell sees a dilapidated 1970s van for sale. Little does he know it is the Creep Van, which is busy terrorizing the people of Michigan, creatively dispatching victims with a host of elaborately constructed booby traps inside its rusted walls. For those unwilling to climb aboard, the Creep and his Van have no qualms about running folks over or smashing through the occasional house. Campbell finds himself forced to team up with a sleazy conman named Swami Ted to hunt down and stop the Creep and his Van before it is too late. 

 
 
Official Trailer for the Loft.  Check out the official trailer for The Loft.  The film tells the story of five married men who share ownership of a loft that is used for each to meet with their respective mistress. When the body of a woman is uncovered within the property, each begins to suspect the others of plotting the murder.
 
Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra, Valerie Cruz and Isabel Lucas star.
 
Ryan Murphy reveals more details for American Horror Story Season 2.  At a recent Q & A session with fan, series creator Ryan Murphy revealed some new details about the second season of American Horror Story.  American Horror Story: Asylum picks up in the '60s and is set in a mental hospital for the criminally insane.
 
When asked about the significance of "Bloody Face" Murphy replied: "Bloody Face is this year's Rubber Man."
 
In addition to the new bogeyman, there will be a new opening credits sequence as well: "We are shooting a new title sequence with the same team that did last year's. The song may stay...not sure," he said.
 
American Horror Story's second season will consist of 13 episodes.  Murphy says seven have been written so far, including, "The second episode which is our amazing Halloween episode."
 
Anchor Bay snags rights to new zombie film, “The Demented”.  Anchor Bay Films has acquired The Demented, a zombie film by Chris Roosevelt.  I Spit On Your Grave lead Sara Butler leads the cast which also includes Kayla Noelle Ewell, Michael Alan Welch, Ashlee Brian, Brittney Alger and Richard Kohnke.
 
In the film, six college friends meet up for a carefree weekend that turns deadly. A terrorist attack in a nearby town infects much of the townspeople with a deadly virus that induces rabies-like symptoms, only far more severe. Several of those infected (the title characters) attack the estate where the friends have been vacationing.
 
Dark Sky to release new monster flick “Hypothermia” to DVD.  Ray Pelletier (Michael Rooker from  The Walking Dead) is looking forward to a quiet weekend of ice fishing with his family at the same peaceful lake they've been visiting for years. Unfortunately for the Pelletiers, the obnoxious big-city father-son duo of Steve and Stevie Cote has picked the same weekend to spend at the remote frozen spot.
 
The fishermen quickly notice that the fish below the thick ice aren't biting, and Ray thinks the Cotes' state-of-the-art gear, including a loud ice drill, has scared them all away. But the two families' petty squabbles are soon eclipsed by a much greater enemy: Something unnatural and ferocious is under the ice and its prey is human. Miles from civilization and with only a few inches separating them from the freezing water below, the Pelletiers and the Cotes must find a way to work together to fight the vicious creature that's out to hunt them.  Check out the trailer below.
 

 
Dark Horse gets “Colder”.  Dark Horse continues to lead the pack when it comes to producing horror comics and their latest title “Colder” is hitting soon.  The series is written by Paul Tobin with art by Juan Ferreyra.  Declan Thomas's body temperature is dropping. He checks it every day, and it's dropped from 98.6 to a current average in the high fifties. He never gets sick, never feels pain. He's just an ex-inmate of an insane asylum that began operation in the 1890s, specializing in those poor souls deemed too dangerous for society. As to when Declan himself was admitted, the records were destroyed in a fire. His nurse has found references to him that go as far back as the 1940s...which is odd, since he doesn't look a day over thirty. 
 
Lionsgate is holding a Séance this October.  Written and directed by Alex Wright, the film follows four friends who decide to break into the city morgue and record themselves holding a séance after Joey (Campo) accuses the other of being a fake psychic medium.  
 
When the group summons a demon by mistake, Joey breaks the circle of protection and causes himself to be vulnerable.  Once possessed they will have to find a way to drive the demon out of their friend before it destroys them all.  Séance The summoning arrives on October 2.
 

 
New Slasher film “The Axeman of Cutter’s Creek”.  The film will star Elissa Dowling (The Theatre Bizarre), Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man), legendary scream queen Brinke Stevens, Ray Trickitt and Arielle Brachfeld (The Haunting at Whaley House).  Rounding out the cast are Chantelle Albers, Jamie Bernadette, Erin Marie Hogan, Eliza Kiss, Dylan Hobbs, Stephen Eith, J. Scott, Carlos Javier Castillo, Paula Tracey Wilson and NBA superstar Scot Pollard.  The '80s-style slasher, to be directed by Joston Theney, concerns nine vacationing twenty-somethings who are hunted down by an axe-wielding local legend.
 
THQ cancels del Toro’s insane videogame.  Due to continuing financial woes game publisher THQ is looking to focus on their core AAA properties. That means that they are cutting mobile, browser, and experimental titles, including inSANE. Here is an the official word from THQ president Jason Rubin: ”We have decided not to pursue further pre-production on Insane, and have returned all of our IP rights to Guillermo del Toro”
 
THQ told Joystiq that the game “was in very early development,” and that “no teams/staff are affected by this decision.” They also said that the “rights for the property have been returned to Guillermo for his future use/exploration”, but it does not appear that he’ll retain any of the code or work done on the game so far.  No word on whether del Toro will take the game to another publisher.
 
Moebius reissues classic Forgotten Prisoner of Castel-Mare Model Kit.  Moebius Models has reissued the classic Forgotten Prisoner of Castel-Mare Model Kit, originally released by Aurora Models in 1966. The incredible model kit features a standing skeleton shackled to a dungeon and wearing traditional pirate attire.
 
 
THE HORRIFYING REVIEWS
 
Lovely Molly Blu-Ray Review (Image Entertainment)
Grade: C-
 
Lovely Molly is written and directed by Eduardo Sanchez.  If that name sounds vaguely familiar, you may recall that Sanchez also wrote and co-directed the phenomenal indie hit The Blair Witch Project and then went on to do, well, not much.  Sanchez hauls out a lot of the old plot devices and tricks for Lovely Molly but they all seem tired and have a distinct “been there, done that” quality to them.
 
Molly, a recovering heroin addict has just married Tim and moved into her late father’s country house.  Tim is a truck driver and thus is on the road a lot, leaving Molly alone in the big, brooding house.  Molly begins to experience a rash of chilling experiences including ghostly whispering and sobbing, doors rattling and opening by themselves, and visions (hallucinations) of something terrifying.
 
Molly continues to descent into madness and terror and behaving erratically including simulating being raped at work which she believes was real.  She begins stalking her neighbors, spying on them with her video camera, watching both mother and daughter.  As her family tries desperately to help her including older sister Hannah, Molly falls back into her addiction and soon is beyond help.
 
Is Molly possessed by something evil in the house?  Is she haunted by the spirit of her deceased father?  Or has she just gone mad?  Sanchez hints at all of these as possibilities but that’s all he does is hint…tantalize, but never does he fully embrace molly’s true problem.  The blu-ray offers several featurettes which explore each of these possibilities and one even claims that cast and crew experienced strange happenings at the real life Maryland country house while filming but I suspect that was just Sanchez trying to sell the film’s premise much like he tried to do with Blair Witch.
 
Lovely Molly isn’t particularly chilling or suspenseful.  It has a woefully slow pace which had me nodding off a couple of times.  It does have a couple of fine performances, particularly from Gretchen Lodge as Molly but this one is strictly a rental if there’s nothing better available.

 

 
Intruders Blu-Ray Review (Universal Films)
Grade C+
 
Like Lovely Molly Intruders is another film that refuses to embrace itself as supernatural or psychological horror although a better cast puts it above Lovely Molly.  The story concerns two different children…a young boy living in Spain, and a girl in England both haunted by a faceless entity known as Hollowface.  The mother of the Spanish boy does everything she can to help her son, even reaching out to the church to see if the local priest can exorcise the entity.  While in England, Mia’s encounter is more physical as her father (Clive Owen) reports the intrusion to local police.  Her father sets up a surveillance camera in Mia’s bedroom and sure enough the intruder returns but when the tape is viewed by authorities, only the father is seen on tape.  Are father and daughter sharing some kind of psychosis or is there really some force of supernatural at work here?
 
Well, don’t look for any answers here.  Clearly the filmmakers want you to decide for yourself because apparently they couldn’t.  The film contains a clever twist which ties the stories of the two children together and it’s probably the one thing that stands out as completely original and something you didn’t see coming.  But the whole film is very slow-paced and the scenes that are supposed to be scare you fail to do so for the most part.  It seems like the director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had a shrewd idea for a twist but beyond that had nothing more to back up the story.
 
On the plus side, the performances are strong throughout, particularly by the two child stars.  It’s a well-shot film with gorgeous cinematography but you just wish there would have been more to the story and a more decisive ending.

 

 
Graphic Horror: Monster Movie Memories (Schiffer Publishing) $39.99
Grade: A
 
Perhaps more than any other type of genre, horror has a legacy that is handed down through the generations and becomes the inspiration for new horror writers and filmmakers.  The legacy of horror is at the core of this fun and fantastic new book from Schiffer Publishing.  John Edgar Browning (and boy is that a name that exudes horror) takes readers on a trip down horror’s memory lane from the silent era to the present and collects the memories of leading horror writers, editors, anthologists, and historians who wax poetic about some of their favorite and most influential horror films.
 
Some of the noted commenters include Ramsey Campbell, David Drake, Don Glut, Marvin Kaye, Kim Paffenroth, David J. Skal, Brian Stableford, Tony Timpone, and F. Paul Wilson, to name just a handful.  In all there are nine chapters covering the decades of the 1920s to the 2000’s, along with a foreword by David J. Skaal and an afterword by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
 
Each chapter features still pics or original movie poster of the film in question along with the commenter’s memories of that particular film.  These also feature some views of rare overseas versions of posters or lobby cards.  But these are not just vaporous comments about how they saw it as a kid, blah, blah, blah, but generally more of a discourse on why the film is so important along with liberal doses of interesting anecdotes such as Leslie Klinger’s comments on the Spanish language version of Dracula from 1931 and why he feels it is vastly superior to the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi version.
 
For me the book works not only as a scrapbook of horror movie memories, but also a tome collecting images of hundreds of original film posters.  Lastly, Browning features a comprehensive list of suggested reading for horror fans of both fiction and non-fiction books written or edited by his vast roll call of contributors.  Whether your tastes run from the Universal horror classics, 1950s giant monsters, the Hammer horror films, or today’s modern slasher films, this is a book you’ll be happy to add to your library.
 

 

Vampirella Annual #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
Grade B-
 
Vampirella has her most difficult situation yet to deal with…a Geeky fanboy who wants to be her partner!  The lead story in this year’s annual presents a parody of the Twilight films and books.  Vampirealla travels with her new partner Ben to “Spoons, Washington” for a “Gloaming” convention.  But Vampirella senses that among all of the wannabe and cosplay vampires, the real thing exists and it wants to use the convention as a diversion to score some easy meals.
 
Writer Mark Rahner unloads both barrels into the Twilight obsession and its legions of misguided fanatics.  He lampoons the film’s silly portrayals of vampires that sparkle, werewolves that walk around with their shirts off, and a “sullen bitch who can’t choose between them”.  Yeah sure, Twilight is an easy mark, maybe too easy and maybe the parody is a little late in coming down the road as there have already been a couple of parody films and books, but the story was still a lot of fun.  The art of Ilias Kyriazis is a little on the cartoony side but it’s appropriate enough for the lighter material of the story.
 
The backup feature finds Vampirealla meeting up with werepanther “Pantha” who has developed a rather hot crush on Vampirella.  Vampirella suspects that Pantha is infected by some sort of virus and needs to find out what it is and now!  The backup feature is just that…a backup.  It feels like filler and I’d have rather had a full-length story in the annual rather than a quick filler.
 

If you’re looking for even more horror fun, be sure to check out Chuck Francisco’s Shock-O-Rama every Saturday right here at Mania: 
 
 

Tim Janson is a columnist and reviewer for Mania Entertainment. He writes Level Up, the weekly look at videogames, From the Vault, a dig into genre films of years gone by, and the horror dedicated column, Tuesday Terrors. Tim has written for Fangoria, Newsarama, City Slab Magazine, Twitch Film, and Cinefantastique. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). Be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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fenngibbon 8/14/2012 5:59:51 AM

 "CW to have another Sleepy Hollow TV series?"

What do you mean "another"?

joeybaloney 8/14/2012 8:11:21 AM

Great to see Bruce Dern working!

Odd to see Ed Furlong working.

tjanson 8/14/2012 9:16:36 AM

fenngibbon...Fox is also planning a sleepy hollow series which I mentioned in a previous column so we could have competing Sleepy Hollow series.

shac2846 8/14/2012 1:13:50 PM

 Shout Factory is releasing a special edition bluray of they live in Nov. That film has never gotten the special edition treatment when it was on dvd. Looking forward to that.

InnerSanctum 8/14/2012 6:47:05 PM

 Wow.  That is a lot of stuff.  I tried to catch Cassablanca at the last TCM event.  Film didn't sync right and it was a big let down.  But, I'm willing to give it another shot to catch Frankie and his Bride.  

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