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Kino Lorber’s ‘From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses’ DVD: The Horror News Network Review

If you’re a fan of horror movie history like me, you must have loved it when Universal Studios released their feature-length Universal Horror documentary in 1998 with their DVD release of Frankenstein. Featuring narration by Kenneth Branagh and appearances by Forrest Ackerman, Ray Bradbury, film historian David Skal, and numerous others, the film explored the context and implications of the origins of American horror movies. While I loved the star power of the documentary, my favorite parts of the film were the clips where Skal explained the impact of German gothic horror films on Hollywood at the time. He further commented on some of the more challenging scenes of films like 1922’s J’accuse and 1932’s Island of Lost Souls, and theorized their conscious and subconscious connections to world issues surrounding World War I and World War II. If you are interested in this kind of academic approach to the exploration of early filmmaking, Rüdiger Suchsland’s From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses is for you! read more

Anya Taylor-Joy Looking to Sign on for Robert Eggers ‘Nosferatu’ Remake

Variety is reporting that star of The Witch and Split, Anya Taylor-Joy, will “re-team with director Robert Eggers on his new take on a cinematic classic”, the quintessential vampire film, Nosferatu

Eggers directed the young star in his horrifying debut The Witch, and “… wanted to re-team with Taylor-Joy on the film early in the process, but after she became a bona fide movie star in M. Night Shyamalan’s hit Split, the young actress’ schedule has filled up. She is currently filming Josh Boone’s X-Men film New Mutants and is also signed on for the Split and Unbreakable sequel Glass, which also stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson.” read more

Stop-Motion ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ Halloween Special Coming this October

The mark of any cartoon’s longevity and/or popularity are the special event episodes.  These specials usually fall into three categories: Christmas, Halloween, and Anniversary, and if you have at least one of the three, chances are that your program will be remembered and successful.

For those who grew up in the 2000’s, no cartoon character has had the continued popularity of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants.  Although, the clueless fry cook has had his share of Halloween episodes (and also introduced more young people to Nosferatu than ever imagined in the famous “Graveyard Shift” episode featuring the tale of the “Hash-Slinging Slasher”), he has never had one done in the classic stop-motion animation style of Rankin-Bass, until now… read more

Robert Eggers Set to Remake Nosferatu

In his recent appearance on Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, The Witch director, Robert Eggers confirmed that his next project will be a remake of the 1922 horror classic, Nosferatu.

“It feels ugly, blasphemous, egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to be doing Nosferatu next,” said Eggers ” I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”

With his period piece horror film The Witch, Eggers created a slow-building, moody thriller which garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Nosferatu can potentially follow along the same lines, which would play right into the director’s wheelhouse. read more