Wes Craven, Horror Maestro, Dies at 76

Wes Craven

Wes Craven, the famed writer-director of horror films known for the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

Craven, whose iconic Freddy Krueger character horrified viewers for years, died at his home in Los Angeles, his family announced. Survivors include his wife, producer and former Disney Studios vice president Iya Labunka.

Craven was a longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, where he moved permanently three years ago before returning to Los Angeles for work and health reasons. Craven claimed to have gotten the idea for Elm Street when living next to a cemetery on a street of that name when growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland. His five Nightmare on Elm Street films were released from 1984-89.

Similarly, Craven’s Scream series was a box-office sensation. In those scare-’em-ups, he spoofed the teen horror genre. The movies frequently referenced other horror movies.

Craven’s first feature film was The Last House of the Left, which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972. Continue reading

Jason Voorhees Premium Format™ Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

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In a figure inspired by Friday the 13th Part III, the cold-blooded killer of Crystal Lake is on the loose once again, wearing his signature hockey mask. Hunched and holding his blood-soaked machete, Jason lurches over a base decorated with effigies of his most recent teenage victims hidden among gnarled branches. Available only as part of the Sideshow Exclusive edition, additional swap-out display options (an unmasked portrait of the deformed maniac and an additional hand with his wicked harpoon gun) complete the homage. A new definitive tribute to the legendary movie slasher, the Jason Voorhees Premium Format™ Figure is a must-have addition for any horror collection! Continue reading

FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot Update Confirms the Obvious


Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are currently in the process of developing another reboot of Friday the 13th for Platinum Dunes. In an interview with Collider, Form gives a little update and confirms that Jason will be coming back to the big screen to kill a bunch of stupid drunken horny teenagers in the woods.

“Just working on the script still. Hoping to make that movie this year and Brad, I’m gonna confirm that Jason is in the movie. There was a rumor out there that Jason was not in it…”

Fuller reiterated…

“Jason is in the movie, that is confirmed.”

Why wouldn’t Jason be in the movie? He has become the iconic staple of the franchise. Was there a time when they weren’t going to include Jason? I think it’s funny that they are confirming the obvious. The last thing I heard about the movie was that the producers were taking pitches for a found footage version of the franchise. I always enjoyed watching the original films, but the last reboot sucked, and I’m not convinced that this next one will be any better. The movie is set to be released on November 13th, and it will be directed by David Bruckner (V/H/S).

‘Beetlejuice’ 2, ‘Something Wicked,’ ‘Gremlins,’ vampires galore: Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2015 to-do list


Grahame-Smith is producing this two-film adaptation of King’s epic 1986 novel about a shapeshifting evil that feeds off the fear of children—most often in the form of a bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) is directing and co-writing the first installment, which will focus solely on a group of kids who join forces to fight back against the malevolent force. A second film would pick up with the same characters as adults, returning home to discover It has resurrected.

The novel was previously adapted into an ABC miniseries in 1990, starring Tim Curry as the deranged, sharp-fanged clown (pictured above, floating).

“I think that if anything, [the new film] will bring back some of the viciousness of the book that they couldn’t do with the miniseries because it was for broadcast,” Grahame-Smith says. “I think it’s going to be very scary, but I also feel like you’ve got Cary who is going to direct these kids—and he’s incredible at casting, incredible at shooting. He’s incredible with tone and atmosphere. One of the things I wanted to do is be a part of one of the really good King adaptations. As we know, there is an echelon of King adaptations that are classics. There are some that are okay. There are some that we’d rather forget.”

Status: “We’re going to get a draft, what is supposed to be the shooting [script], any day now from Cary and his writing partner,” Grahame-Smith says. “We’re doing a deal for them to write the second movie. Our hope is to prep sometime in the next few months and shoot in the summer. That one is as much on the runway as we can possibly be. I know New Line is ready to go.”

Grahame-Smith is writing another adaptation of a King story, a TV series based on this short story about a World Trade Center worker who evades the 9/11 terror attacks only to find relics of his friends and colleagues mysteriously appearing in his home. The TV drama, which Grahame-Smith will co-produce with Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), drops the 9/11 element and instead has the hero discovering random objects from people who died before their time, leaving unfinished business for him to help resolve.

Status: “I thought this could be a really cool X-Files, Stephen King-centric procedural show,” Grahame-Smith says. “We sold it to CBS. I just finished the first draft of the script and I’m doing notes now. Hopefully we get to make the pilot in the spring. Then, hopefully we get ordered to series and get to be on CBS next fall.”