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In Memoriam 2015: Film, TV, and Arts Entertainers
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In Memoriam: Film and TV Entertainers 2015

In Memoriam 2015: Film, Television, Sports, Literature, the Arts

Another year has come to an end. 2015 was full of life in so many vivid ways: creatively, intensely, and tragically, but also wonderfully presenting its own set of challenges and obstacles to overcome in the new year. And as a year also brings, we also lost many shining figures in the entertainment world among other fields.

Here’s a rundown of some of those figures who touched our lives and will continue to touch our lives always as we remember some of the key people in Television and Film, in front of the camera and behind the scenes, people who are legends, pioneers, luminaries, inspirations, and above all, timeless.

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‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Director Wes Craven Has Died
Dr. Zaius   |  

Wes Craven

I was 6 years old. My parents were in the living room, and I snuck into their bedroom (where the only other TV was) to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors on Channel 11’s “movie of the week.” I met Freddy Krueger, and I was hooked forever. At 33, I am a horror fanatic and gorehound, and I owe it all to Wes Craven and his most intimidating creation. Tonight, with a tear in my eye, I’m writing that Wes Craven, one of the pillars of the horror film world for over 40 years, has passed away from brain cancer, according to Deadline. He was 76.

More on this legendary icon, and watch him in the video here below talking about what he loved.

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Blu-ray Review: The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition)
Adam Frazier   |  

The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition)

The People Under The Stairs
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Wes Craven
Screenwriter: Wes Craven
Cast: Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer, Ving Rhames, Sean Whalen
Scream Factory
Rated R | 103 Minutes
Release Date: August 11, 2015

“In every neighborhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid…”

Written and directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), 1991’s The People Under The Stairs stars Everett McGill and Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks) as bible-thumping psychos who live in a house of unspeakable horrors. Brandon Adams (The Mighty Ducks) stars as Poindexter “Fool” Williams, a streetwise kid from a Los Angeles ghetto. With his family facing eviction, Fool agrees to assist Leroy (Ving Rhames) and his associate Spenser (Jeremy Roberts) in breaking into their landlord’s home in search of riches.

Things take a sinister turn when the robbers find themselves trapped inside a suburban fortress, held captive by the masochistic doppelgängers of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Robie and McGill, known only as “Mommy” and “Daddy,” are a pair of fundamentalist maniacs who have imprisoned their daughter Alice (A.J. Langer) for her entire life. Their darkest secret, however, lurks within the homestead’s walls… and under the stairs.

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Wes Craven Bringing Steve Niles’ Sci-Fi Horror Comic ‘The Disciples’ To Television
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Wes Craven

Influential horror filmmaker Wes Craven is taking a break from the silver screen to adapt the upcoming comic book series The Disciples for television, according to THR. The Black Mask Studios comic, which is written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles with artwork by Christopher Mitten, isn’t set to debut until May, but Universal Cable Productions (the company behind the SyFy series Being Human and Defiance) is currently negotiating for the rights and Craven is already on board to executive produce.

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Streaming Review: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
Netflix l Blu-ray l DVD l Amazon Prime
Directed by Daniel Farrands & Andrew Kasch
Written by Thommy Hutson
Starring Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Lin Shaye, Sara Risher, Rachel Talalay, and David Chaskin
1428 Films/ Panic Productions
Not Rated | 240 Minutes
Release Date: May 4, 2010

Horror movies were becoming one-dimensional and sequel-crazy. By mid-1984, three Halloweens, and four Friday the 13ths had come out. Then along came Freddy Krueger.

Freddy was different from all his horror icon predecessors. Whereas Michael Myers and Jason were silent masked stalkers, Freddy had personality. A child killer murdered in an act of town-coordinated vigilante justice, he unfortunately becomes a dream demon and stalks the children of his killers while they sleep. His grotesquely burned face left nothing to the imagination, and his ability to work within the dream world made him limitless as a killer and gave the filmmakers the freedom to go crazy with off-the-wall kills.

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Blu-ray Deal: A Nightmare On Elm Street Collection
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection blu-ray

This week, Amazon has A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection Blu-ray box set on sale for only $25.99 (that’s 57% off the list price of $59.99).

The 5-disc box set contains the original first 7 A Nightmare on Elm Street films, along with tons of bonus features.

– A Nightmare on Elm Street
– A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
– A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
– A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
– A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
– Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
– Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

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Scream Factory To Release ‘Halloween II & III’ Blu-ray Collector’s Editions
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Scream Factory

Among the great companies out there releasing vintage horror, sci-fi, action, fantasy, and cult films on high-quality Blu-rays and DVDs, Shout! Factory is by far the best in the business. In recent years they’ve put out some fantastic box sets of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and given many of the finest B-movies produced by Roger Corman a much-deserved digital makeover, and nearly all of those releases were packed with terrific bonus features. The company’s dedication to giving the films and television programs in their catalog top-notch treatment has earned them accolades from critics and fans and fine sales figures.

Shout! Factor has just announced the creation of Scream Factory, a new label that will specialize in releasing classic horror and science-fiction cinema from the 1970s and 80s on Blu-ray and DVD. Many of their titles will be making their debut in high-definition and each will be presented in brand new anamorphic widescreen transfers, with select titles receiving the full Collector’s Edition treatment.

The Scream Factory line will launch this Fall with the release of the first two sequels to John Carpenter‘s horror classic HalloweenHalloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. You can check out the Blu-ray cover art and bonus features lists for both movies here below.

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$2 Digital Rental Deal: Scream 4
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Scream 4

Part of this weekend’s digital rental deal over at Amazon this weekend is Scream 4 for only $1.99.

This deal is valid through Sunday, February 19, 2012, until 11:59pm PST. Once you activate the rental through Amazon’s Instant Video on demand service, you’ll have access to the movie for 24 hours. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version, the cost is $14.99.

Also, if you’d like to own a physical copy of Scream 4, the Blu-ray/DVD Combo is available for $20.49 while the DVD is $10.98. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition is part of Amazon’s “Buy This DVD and Watch it Instantly” program — you get the film as a FREE digital rental you can watch immediately when your purchase the physical copy.

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Netflix Review: The Serpent And The Rainbow
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The Serpent And The RainbowThe Serpent And The Rainbow
Netflix Streaming
DVD
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Richard Maxwell and Adam Rodman
Based on the novel by Wade Davis
Starring Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae
Universal Pictures
Originally Released: February 5, 1988

After taking a look at a couple of documentaries for our Netflix review series, I concluded it was time to jump back into something a little more familiar for me: Horror. Recently added to the Netflix streaming collection, The Serpent And The Rainbow is a classic horror movie in the true sense of the word “classic” – it hearkens in the past to an age where overrated frights and intense gore was not necessarily a part of the genre.

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Watch The Official ‘Scream 4’ TV Spot
Culturesmash   |  

Scream 4

It seems fitting to celebrate tax day, April 15th, with Ghostface hacking and slashing his way through more victims in Scream 4.

The first Scream was a clever little piece of film making that unfortunately ripped the heart out of horror films for years after its release. Instead of getting horror films we got tons of “me too” goofy horror films and wanna be hip riffs on horror. That’s a lot of baggage to pile on one movie but that just proves the impact that Scream had.

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