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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante Says 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' Features the Greatest Satanic Performance of All Time

Director Joe Dante ("Gremlins") and co-creator of Trailers from Hell guides us through today's Trailer From Hell feature: 1941's "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Dante claims this movie contains "probably one of the greatest satanic performances of all time."
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  • May 18, 2012 5:53 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Weird and Delirious "The Lair of the White Worm" Still Embarrasses Hugh Grant

In our second Trailers From Hell feature, Dan Ireland takes us on an exploration of weird and campy "The Lair of the White Worm." Ireland produced "The Lair of the White Worm" for Ken Russell for Best Run Pictures. It's a delirious adaptation of a Bram Stoker novel that pays heavy homage to Oscar Wilde.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 16, 2012 10:53 AM
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Trailers From Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on 'Daughters of Darkness'

Starting Monday, toh! is proud to broaden your horizons by offering three Trailers from Hell a week for your viewing pleasure. Filmmaker Joe Dante and his partner Elizabeth Stanley have been nurturing this site for a few years now and have built up a sizable collection of trailers complete with voice-over narration. Erudite film fan and collector Dante of "Gremlins" fame often contributes himself, and pulls in other filmmakers such as Allan Arkush and John Badham and screenwriters such as Josh Olson and Larry Karaszewski to provide their commentary. It works!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2012 12:45 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Pressman to Produce Adaptation of Graphic Novel 'Feeding Ground'

Edward R. Pressman, the producer behind "Wall Street," "The Crow," "American Psycho," and "Das Boot," has optioned feature film rights to graphic novel "Feeding Ground." Screenwriter Carlos Coto will adapt it for the screen and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (assistant director on "Babel") will make his feature directing debut.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 11, 2012 2:51 PM
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Now and Then: Old-School Horror Is All in Your Head

The most innovative thing about writer-director Ti West's "The Innkeepers" (on DVD today) is how low-fi it plays. The gore is minimal, the music restrained, the body count limited. Call it the rebirth of the classic American horror picture.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 24, 2012 7:20 AM
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'The Walking Dead' Team Talk Zombie Horror at NAB: "I Do Want to Find Out What the Limit Is"

How far can they go with gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
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  • April 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' Shortens Title & Calls Itself A Love Story; Shoots April 13 in LA with Hopkins, Mirren & Johansson

Principal photography on "Hitchcock" (retitled from "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho") will begin April 13 in Los Angeles...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 12:01 PM
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'The Cabin in the Woods' Review, Whedon & Goddard Talk, Latest Snarky Clip

Lionsgate acquisitions chief Jason Constantine rescued horror comedy "The Cabin in the Woods," co-written by producer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") and rookie director Drew Goddard, from post-MGM limbo. (Lionsgate paid considerably less for worldwide rights than the $41 million MGM shelled out to make it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2012 4:22 PM
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'Angels of Death' Next Up for UK's 'The Woman in Black' Series

Daniel Radcliffe's "The Woman in Black" will continue with "The Woman in Black: Angels of Death," which Hammer Films, Alliance Films and Cross Creek Pictures say is not a sequel but the next installment in a series. The first installment went on to be the highest-grossing British horror film in the past twenty years. "Angels of Death" picks up forty years later with author Susan Hill's original story; Jon Croker is developing the screenplay. Hammer Films calls the project "a wonderful new tale every bit as atmospheric and terrifying as its predecessor 'The Woman in Black.'” While "Angels" is a continuation (see synopsis below), Radcliffe and director James Watkins are not currently attached to the project.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 5:34 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence's 'House at the End of the Street' Looks Regrettable (Video)

It's a good thing Jennifer Lawrence's "The Hunger Games" is a hit, because her horror rite-of-passage, "House at the End of the Street," looks awful and all-too familiar. Lawrence will do far more for the film than it will do for her career when Relativity releases it September 21.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 29, 2012 3:50 PM
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