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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best slasher flicks


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, zombie movies or demon films—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re taking on the slasher flick. 

Most slasher flicks boil down to the following ingredients: teenagers (usually described as “nubile”) a slow-moving, indestructible serial killer determined to kill said teenagers, death indirectly caused by promiscuity, and the chaste Final Girl, who outlives everyone else to confront the killer in the end.


Sundance 2012: Katie Aselton talks chilling nude scenes in 'Black Rock'

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Men are trying to kill them, and the women hiding in the woods are huddled together, completely nude and desperate.

They’re hugging each other for warmth after splashing through water that has soaked their clothes and, on such a cold night, could soon plunge them into hypothermia.

But this is also the moment Black Rock, a girls-in-trouble Sundance thriller starring Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, and Kate Bosworth, joins its sexy let’s-get-the-actors’-clothes-off sensibilities, with something a lot more intense.

“On the next level, really, that’s where the girls start to turn primal,” says Aselton, who also directed. READ FULL STORY

Vincent D'Onofrio talks about his slasher musical, 'Don't Go in the Woods'


The words “slasher film” and “musical” are not often heard together in the same sentence. That may be about to change, thanks to Vincent D’Onofrio and his directorial debut Don’t Go in the Woods, which opens in New York today. This “slasher musical” tracks a rock band as they attempt to write songs in the wilds of upstate New York only to get picked off by a mallet-wielding psychopath. Below, the star of Full Metal Jacket and Law and Order: Criminal Intent talks about how he came up with the idea for his genre-fusing film, why he tried not to think about Stanley Kubrick while he was making it, and his country & western alter-ego George “Geronimo” Gerkie.


Horror-comedy 'Tucker and Dale vs. Evil' director Eli Craig lists his top five funny fright flicks


Like a fat man lying down on a wide wall, the horror-comedy is a notoriously difficult thing to pull off. But that didn’t stop debut director Eli Craig making Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, a humorous twist on the crazed hillbilly genre which opens in theatres this Friday (and is currently available on VOD).

We asked Craig to list his top five movies which combine things-that-go-bump-in-the-night with things-that-make-him-laugh-until-he pukes.

Ghostbusters is the greatest comedy-horror movie of all-time. I was seven or eight when I saw that and it was as frightening as anything I had seen. But it has that heart of gold that I think is hard to find in comedies these days. There’s a lot of satirical comedy, a lot of comedy with a sort of bitter edge to it. But I’m a big fan of that sweet kind of comedy.” READ FULL STORY

'Tintin,' 'The Raven,' and 'Amazing Spider-Man' fill Friday movie line-up at Comic-Con


A comic-strip reporter and his dog, Edgar Allan Poe, and Spider-man walk into Hall H …

Sounds like the makings of a Comic-Con joke, but it’s actually the film line-up for Day 2 – Friday, July 24 – at San Diego’s upcoming geekageddon: Comic-Con.

Here’s the movie rundown:

– 11:00-12:00 Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson will show off The Adventures of Tintin, based on the classic Herge comics about an intrepid reporter and his dog Snowy engaged in death-defying danger for the sake of the story.

– 12:15-1:15 The Raven and Haywire – two very different films who share a distributor (Relativity) also share this hour (coincidentally, both will be moderated by yours truly – follow me @Breznican for details.) 


The Raven stars John Cusack as Poe in a fictionalized thriller in which the gothic scribe is forced to solve a series of serial-killings performed in the style of his horror tales. Co-stars Luke Evans, Alice Eve and director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) will also be on-hand.

Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire is a spy adventure about a covert ops specialist (MMA star Gina Carano, who does her own stunt-work and screen fighting) kicking ass and taking names after being double-crossed by her agency.

– 12:45-1:45 A parade of Legendary Pictures’ upcoming slate, including Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost and Mass Effect, with Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba, and Alex Proyas slated to attend.


– 2:45-3:45 Fright Night — Colin Farrell takes over as the suburban vampire, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) is the nervous kid next door and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ of Superbad fame) co-stars as his suspicious, geek-obsessed childhood pal in this remake of the ‘80s bloodsucking cult-classic. Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre), Dave Franco (brother of James), director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), and screenwriter Marti Noxon (I Am Number Four) will join the panel.

– 4:00-5:30 Sony brings the genre-movie juggernaut starting with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, with Nicolas Cage returning as the flame-skulled biker,  followed by 30 Minutes or Less, a comedy from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer in which Jesse Eisenberg plays a pizza delivery guy who has a bomb strapped to him by some knuckleheaded thugs who want to coerce him to rob a bank.

Then comes Total Recall – another remake starring Colin Farrell, this time in the Arnold Schwarzenegger role from the 1990 sci-fi adventure. We’ll see how the story has changed (no trip to Mars this time) and what from Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale” is brought in to the mind-bending action-adventure. Director Len Wiseman, Farrell, and Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston (Heisenberg forever!), and John Cho will also attend.


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Finally — The Amazing Spider-Man – New webslinger Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) will appear with co-stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans (playing the villain, The Lizard), Martin Sheen and Sally Field, alongside director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

– 6:00-7:00 – Comic-Con describes this as “something new” — a presentation called At the Drive-In, where two offbeat genre movies will get a berth to show-off their stuff to the Hall H crowd: Grave Encounters, about the crew of a ghost-hunting TV show who find themselves locked in an abandoned mental hospital with some true weirdness, and the horror-comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, starring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as the kind of slack-jawed huckleberries you’d see in The Hills Have Eyes or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – only this time, the hillbillies are friendly and harmless and the real menaces are the sexy coeds camping nearby (including 30 Rock‘s Katrina Bowden.)

Check back Saturday and Sunday for more schedule announcements from Comic-Con.

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'Scream 5' not in Wes Craven's immediate future: 'I'm taking the summer off.' -- EXCLUSIVE


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Wes Craven has told EW he has no immediate plans to make Scream 5. Last week, Scream series executive producer Harvey Weinstein informed
MTV news that he was "sure" the director would oversee a fifth entry in the meta-slasher franchise. But Craven says that he is in no rush to direct a follow-up to Scream 4, which was released last month. "I’m taking the summer off," he insists. "I directed and produced, and my wife [Iya Labunka]

produced, both Scream 4 and the previous film, My Soul to Take, and they were both very difficult films. So we just decided, ‘You know what? We’re going to spend the summer someplace nice and not think about film for a while.’”


'Hobo With a Shotgun': Director Jason Eisener's top ten favorite (NSFW) movie deaths

Don’t waste your time asking director Jason Eisener how many people die in his shlock-tastic bloodbath Hobo With a Shotgun. “I don’t know,” laughs the Canadian filmmaker. “I haven’t done a kill count!”

Interested parties can do their own murder-math from today as the Rutger Hauer-starring Hobo begins its theatrical run in New York and AustinTo get you in the mood for the mayhem, we asked Mr. Eisener to give us his favorite (and often very NSFW) movie murders, which you can watch after the jump.


'Hobo With a Shotgun': How a $150 fake trailer became the year's maddest movie


The new, NSFW action movie Hobo With a Shotgun is so extreme even star Rutger Hauer thinks it goes too far. How did a fake trailer made for just $150 become the year’s maddest movie?

Canadian director Jason Eisener originally wanted to make his debut feature film Hobo With a Shotgun a couple of years ago. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those pesky kids. The (fictional) children in question played a small but crucial part in the script for Hobo that Eisener, his producer Rob Cotterill, and his writer John Davies had cooked up in homage to violent, low budget, ‘80s action movies — think Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher; or Rutger Hauer in The Blood of Heroes; or Rutger Hauer in… actually, if you’re thinking Rutger Hauer, then you’re probably in the right ballpark. Their tale centered on a railroad-riding homeless man who dreams of buying a lawn mower so he can set up a gardening business, but instead becomes embroiled in a blood-drenched feud with a crime family comprising evil patriarch “the Drake,” and his two similarly diabolical sons, Slick and Ivan. The Hobo team were determined to portray the brothers as out-and-out psychopaths and decided to have them set fire to a busload of kids with a flamethrower. The problem? READ FULL STORY

'Scream 4': What plot twists didn't make it to the final film? -- EXCLUSIVE

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By now, many of you have probably already seen Scream 4 and gasped through many of the surprises and scares. But now EW can reveal some other proposed twists that didn’t end up making the final cut. The script for Scream 4 went through various versions throughout the production last summer. As Wes Craven put it, “It evolved a lot.” In the finished film, Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox) are married but Craven says that they were even more domestic in an early form of the script. “They had a kid in the first couple of drafts,” says Craven. “Then we just decided that was gonna make things impossible shooting and there really wasn’t a thing for the kid to be doing. Courteney was always showing up at crime scenes with a baby. This is not gonna work!”  READ FULL STORY

'Scream 4' director Wes Craven on the film's production: 'Of course it was stressful'

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Scream 4 opened in theaters yesterday, more than ten years after the release of the last installment. Horror icon Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street) has helmed each film in the successful franchise, which has grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide. “They’re very unusual,” says Craven of the series’ appeal. “It’s hardly ever mentioned but they’re murder mysteries and really very clever ones. And they’re also soap operas. And just the shock of killing off Drew Barrymore. It was unusual and quite vicious. I think it was unprecedented.” EW talked to Craven about his memories of the original film, Scream 4′s script drama, and whether he’d be interested in doing a Scream 5.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you remember from reading the original Scream script?
I was blown away by it. It scared me in a way. My first impulse was, “Don’t go there again. You don’t want to go there again into this darkness.” I was at an autograph signing convention and this little kid came up to me after I signed and he said, “Sir, the movies you’ve been making are too soft. You need to make a kick-ass movie again, like Last House on the Left.” And then off he went. I literally went back and called Bob and said, “I’ll do it.”

Do you have any memories that stick out from the first film? READ FULL STORY

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