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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best demon movies

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re kicking things off with demons.

To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along…and suddenly demons aren’t so silly anymore.

A good demon-focused film will paint the beast as undoubtedly real, something a mere mortal can’t get rid of easily. Demons are inescapable and devastating, and — perhaps scariest of all—they’re mostly imperceptible. Often, someone who’s tangling with a demon doesn’t just share share space with them—they’re fighting for control of the same body. READ FULL STORY

Guillermo Del Toro, YouTube, Legendary to host Halloween film contest

Impress Guillermo Del Toro and one YouTuber might have a shot at a development deal with Legendary Entertainment.

Legendary and Del Toro are collaborating with YouTube in creating a short horror film contest in which YouTubers can make a film using sets provided by YouTube, with the ultimate prize of winning a development deal with Legendary. Variety was the first to report the news. READ FULL STORY

'Halloween': Jamie Lee Curtis would like you to have the greatest Michael Myers mask ever

There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night.

Though Curtis eventually became better known for movies like Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and True Lies, Halloween has always been in the shadows… lurking. She circled back in the late 1990s to revisit the franchise for two sequels, and in recent years, she’s embraced the nostalgia and the passion that surrounds the original film. Last year, she was blown away by the warm reception she encountered at a horror-film convention, and that experience led her to tap that community for her most recent philanthropic efforts with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Starting today and until Halloween, fans can visit Charitybuzz.com and bid on a special Michael Myers mask autographed by Curtis and virtually every living member of the cast and crew.

Curtis, who showcased some of her Halloween memorabilia — including the mask — during her last visit to The Tonight Show (see clip below), chatted with EW about what other movie memorabilia she might put up for auction, working on the Veronica Mars movie, and why she wasn’t cool with Seth MacFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” Oscar song and dance number.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been very involved with Children’s Hospital for many years. How did this particular fundraiser come about?
JAMIE LEE CURTIS: I had this epiphany about a year ago after I realized that the people that love horror films love them with a fervor that I maybe don’t even understand. I realized that there’s a way to monetize my fame and to try to connect it to something that can raise money for charity — not for myself obviously. Just so you understand kind of where this all began, last November, I actually went to a horror film convention. I went to Indianapolis for a two-day horror film convention called HorrorHound. I brought a documentary film crew with me, because I said to [the organizers], I’m going to do this once — one time only. I wanted to make sure that if people were really going to cough up the kind of money that we were going to ask them for, that they realized that I was serious. That I am doing this totally for charity. And that I would be doing this once. It could not have been better. We raised over $150,000 in two days — cash. For charity. READ FULL STORY

Watch a clip from 'The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Just in time for Halloween, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is out on DVD and Blu-ray today. And EW has an exclusive look at the behind-the-scenes extras that come with the special edition release — including the featurette, “The Birds: Hitchock’s Monster Movie,” which focuses on the influence of Hitchcock’s classic film on other horror movies.

Get a sneak peak of “Monster Movie” — with an appearance by John Carpenter — below!

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'The American Scream' trailer: Get ready to fall even more in love with Halloween -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is no finer sight for a trick-or-treater (or accompanying parent) than the neighborhood haunted house. Lots of folks these days hang a puffy spider or stick a witch in a tree or spread that cottony web across a front door. But the real heroes of Halloween are those who transform their humble abodes into something epically terrifying. The new documentary The American Scream, which premieres on the Chiller Network on Oct. 28 and is now playing in theaters in select cities, chronicles the herculean efforts of three passionate home haunters living within a stone’s throw of one another in an idyllic New England neighborhood. Directed by Michael Stephenson, whose last effort was 2009’s terrifically amusing Best Worst Movie about the making of Troll 2, it won Best Documentary after premiering at Fantastic Fest last month in Austin, Texas.

Check out the exclusive trailer of The American Scream if you dare…. (If you dare root for guys who remind you of your salt-of-the-Earth fathers. If you dare succumb to all the nostalgia of the season. If you dare consider taking your own 4-year-old to her first haunted house this year and risk her complaining of nightmares and asking to sleep in the big bed just this one more night.) READ FULL STORY

'Saw': I can't stand to see it. Is that okay?

I mean it: I literally, physiologically cannot bear horror movies in which people are tortured. I get sick to my stomach. I feel like I’m going to faint. I have nightmares for days. My distaste has almost become a phobia. So I don’t watch them. I do all the assignment trading I can so I don’t have to review them. And I count us all lucky that Owen not only has a true appreciation of the genre, but also the deep knowledge of repertory with which to write smartly about what is, after all, a very popular kind of movie.

I admit this here, knowing that one response might be, “It’s your job. Deal with it.” But, see, I’ve been thinking about what makes an honest critic, not to mention a reliable one with whom readers can engage. And I’ve come to the conclusion that owning up to my, let’s call it, weakness is in the end more useful than pretending I can be businesslike about a movie experience that repels me.

Perhaps if it were any other sore spot, shared by professional critics and regular movie-goers alike–maybe a particular love or hatred of chick flicks or underdog sports stories, slow-moving Iranian tales about little kids or quick-talking British pics about colorful thugs — I’d be fine keeping my secret to myself. But my horror when it comes to Saw is too visceral.

And that’s why I’ve spilled my guts. Now you spill yours.

Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie

The 'Saw' horror series: Can it bring the pain forever? And should it?

saw-jigsaw-lFor anyone who doesn’t happen to follow limb-dismembering, mechanized-torture horror films, the fact that the sixth entry in the Saw series is being released this weekend will seem unremarkable in just about every way. For decades now, gruesome new horror movies have arrived at the multiplex with big fat roman numerals stuck at the end of their titles. Only the most fanatical droolers of the “horror community” are even still counting. I mean, really, who would seriously bother to keep track of how many interchangeably cruddy Friday the 13th sequels there are? Or how many times Freddy Krueger ever came back from the dead to brutalize a new crop of Elm Street kids? Or how often the Halloween franchise has been scavenged, rebooted, Zombie-fied, and generally flogged to death? Quick, can you name all the Texas Chainsaw movies? How about Hellraiser? Who the hell cares?

Like I said, Saw VI sounds like bloody business as usual. But there’s a big difference. Every one of those other series enjoyed a brief period, of maybe two or three years, in which they really connected with an audience, followed by sequels of increasingly diminishing returns, released in a spotty, opportunistic, every-few-years fashion, during which their appeal was bled dry. The Saw series, by contrast, has been a clockwork blockbuster, a squirm-in-your-seat annual carnival for gore freaks. The first one was released on Oct. 29, 2004, and by the time Saw II came out exactly one year later, on Oct. 28, 2005, the series “owned” Halloween. The release date had become part of the brand, almost as if Lionsgate had licensed the holiday. READ FULL STORY

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