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'Friday the 13th': We rank the movies to prep for the upcoming TV show

Horny camp counselors around the world, beware! Jason Voorhees is coming to television. According to DeadlineFriday the 13th producer Sean S. Cunningham has inked a deal to develop an hour-long show based around everybody’s favorite hockey mask-clad machete wielder.  READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: 'The Shining' twins will never stop being creepy

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Kids amaze me. How is it that there’s no sound greater than a baby laughing, yet nothing creepier than a small child in a horror movie? Whether they’re reading some demented version of a children’s fable or just standing in the middle of a hallway, a scary child is the number one indicator that I will not be seeing a movie. But somehow, all I want to do outside of the movie theater is look at adorable pictures of Prince George and North West (preferably together). I don’t know what it is about babies, but I can tell you when my fear of horror movie kids started.

I’ll give you a hint: Redrum.

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'Silent Night, Deadly Night': 20 thoughts on the best-worst holiday movie of all time

A confession: I’m not wild about Christmas. As somebody who gets unnecessarily neurotic about whether or not everybody else is having a good time, the onset of shopping crowds, traveling woes, gift-buying difficulties, and food-related malaise often overwhelms my delicate constitution. (Also, the constant claptrap about the War on Christmas doesn’t make the season any more fun.)

But there are a handful of Christmas traditions I have adopted over the years that have made the last six weeks of the year something close to bearable. The cornerstone of those rituals is the annual viewing of Silent Night, Deadly Night, a nasty little bit of holiday-themed slasher nonsense that essentially casts Santa Claus as a serial killer. But like a lot of the also-ran cut-‘em-ups of the ’80s, there’s so much more going on in Silent Night, Deadly Night than meets the eye, and I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about it (and its sequels), more than perhaps any other film I have seen. (And thanks to the yearly screenings, it’s undoubtedly the movie I’ve seen the most, which is a troubling revelation to type out).

Of course, a movie about a murderous Father Christmas isn’t for everybody, but here are 20 thoughts about Silent Night, Deadly Night that will hopefully help you get a feel for why it’s the best-worst holiday film ever constructed.

1. Silent Night, Deadly Night came out in November 1984 but was quickly yanked from movie theaters thanks to protests from parents groups who were disturbed by the ad campaign. Since there’s no such thing as bad publicity, the controversy surrounding the film gave it something of a second life — it re-appeared in theaters in early 1985 with an ad campaign that was based around the negative press it got the first time around. (One of the posters during the film’s resurrection was centered around Gene Siskel calling it “sick, sleazy, and mean-spirited”). They essentially leaned into bad press years before that was a thing.  READ FULL STORY

Throwback Thursday: What movie terrified you as a teen?

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Everyone has that one scary movie that scarred them when they were young. Maybe it was something you watched when you shouldn’t have, or maybe it was your first Halloween at the theater. For me, it was at a 7th grade sleepover, when the birthday girl decided we should all watch The Ring. I had heard rumors that the film was horrifying, and I wasn’t one for horror movies anyway. After I watched When a Stranger Calls at too young an age, I tended to steer clear of anything that could keep me up at night. But it was the birthday’s girl wish, and at least I had eight friends who could hold me while I cried.

The movie started, and I immediately cuddled up with the girls next to me. I think I had a blanket pulled up to my eyes just about the entire movie, but just to clarify: I watched the whole thing. And to prove it, I can designate the moment that made me literally climb over the back of the couch and cry/scream. The Ring fans know it all too well … the moment when that freaky girl crawled out of the television. WHAT?! How was that even possible? It was the most terrifying thing I’d ever seen. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep that night. I’m just thankful that stupid movie didn’t ruin my relationship with TV. Can you imagine?!

Watch the clip and relive the horror below, but full disclosure: I did NOT re-watch this:
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There Should Be a Prequel: 'The Shining'

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Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

In the case of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the The Shining, the event of a movie sequel isn’t as farfetched as we might think. As announced at the beginning of the year, Stephen King has already penned a sequel to the thriller classic. The novel, titled Doctor Sleep, will follow an older Dan Torrance and hits shelves and online retailers this September.

But the written sequel delves into a drifting Danny’s encounter with another teen who shares his precognitive powers. And in traditional King fashion, it’s likely that we can expect some gloriously gory tale of youth and paranormal vision, twisted into an impossible-to-navigate psychological maze.

Hyper-active Shining fans surely have endless questions regarding Danny’s life post-Overlook Hotel hellishness. But the real mystery lies in whatever events took place in the unpublished prologue devoted readers never got to experience. King’s prologue “Before the Play” helped tie up loose ends regarding the haunting events that took place in the hotel before the arrival of the Torrance family and their nightmare of violence, alcoholism, and telepathic torment to follow. Most fans would argue that they don’t want a prequel unless it’s a King prequel. But a recent late-night re-watching of the “REDRUM” thriller got me thinking, what if it was?
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'The Conjuring' commercials are freaking me out!

The incessant TV spots for The Conjuring (out July 19, if you can stay alive ’til then, which is not likely) have infiltrated my brain so thoroughly that I never want to sleep, light candles, or hang laundry again. And two out of three of those are major pastimes of mine! This is VERY inconvenient. I used to be so full of hope.

The evil geniuses promoting the movie seem to only air these at night — all night, on every channel — with the express purpose of freaking us the f— out. In case you’ve managed to escape these commercials (which would mean you haven’t turned on your TV this month — congrats), allow me to answer your burning questions.

What’s in my bed? Mosquitoes, plus “a dark force — something inhuman — which has latched itself to your family.”

Will I sleep tonight? No. There’s a “lady in a dirty nightgown” that you, too, will see in your dreams. She will likely “conjure” you out of the bed at 3, 4, and 6 a.m. so it might be best to just not. READ FULL STORY

The Horrifying Tab I Couldn't Close All Week: Disney Princesses' heads exploding

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When I was younger, I’d imagine Snow White leaning juuuust a bit too far into the well, or human Ariel ironically drowning under her oppressive wall of bangs, or the mice turning on Cinderella and devouring her in her sleep (thanks a lot, cheese curd remnants). But nothing like this. The Disney Princesses’ Heads Exploding video was easily the most horrifying Internet oddity I’ve seen all week. READ FULL STORY

The house from 'Nightmare on Elm Street' is up for sale

Almost thirty years after Freddy Krueger first invaded the dreams of attractive youngsters in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, the house which served as the film’s primary location is officially on the market. Rodeo Realty is handling the sale, and has listed the property at $2.1 million. Technically, only the exterior of the house appeared in Elm Street, so even if you’ve seen the movie a hundred times, you’ll still be surprised to discover the Caesar stone counters, the Bertazzoni stove, the center island, and all the other amenities in the property. READ FULL STORY

Watching horror movies burns calories, recent study finds

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Life-changing news for horror film aficionados and serial dieters alike, just in time for a Halloween candy splurge: A recent study found that watching horror movies could lead to weight loss, The Telegraph reports. READ FULL STORY

Five things we can't wait to see in Guillermo del Toro's TV adaptation of 'The Strain'

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Another vampire series is coming to TV,  and we couldn’t be more excited.

Guillermo del Toro is adapting The Strain Trilogy that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan as a series for FX. According to Deadline, the two men will pen the pilot episode, and Lost veteran Carlton Cuse is expected to be the showrunner.

I know what you’re thinking, naysayers. Another vampire TV show? But the Strain Trilogy — which includes The StrainThe Fall and The Night Eternal – is a totally different take on the vampire mythology, and honestly, one of the scariest book series I’ve ever read. In a pop-cultural landscape overcrowded with romantic vampires, it’s nice to see true monsters make a return. So in honor of the pilot order, here are five things from the book series we can’t wait to see on TV. (HUGE SPOILER ALERT, of course): READ FULL STORY

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