Category Archive: horror

Oct 23

The horror, the horror: "Psycho" plays tonight in SLO

Two horror classics — “Psycho” and “The Exorcist” — screen in San Luis Obispo this week Some roles follow actors their entire lives. Mention Anthony Hopkins, and you instantly picture Hannibal Lector. Harrison Ford is still linked to Han Solo. And Janet Leigh, whose credits include “Touch of Evil” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” will forever …

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Oct 12

Tim Burton returns to his roots with "Frankenweenie"

Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) brings his pet dog back from the dead in "Frankenweenie."

Tim Burton’s latest film will fill viewers with warm, fuzzy feelings Victor Frankenstein, the youthful protagonist of “Frankenweenie,” is kind of a weird kid. Obsessed with filmmaking and monster movies, Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is intelligent yet introverted — a shy genius whose constant companion is his pet dog, Sparky. “A boy needs to …

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Sep 21

This soundtrack rocks!

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood shows off his composing chops in “The Master” Will all the controversy surrounding “The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who becomes a cult leader, you might have missed the discussion about the movie’s superb soundtrack. Jonathan “Jonny” Greenwood, best known as Radiohead’s lead guitarist, …

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Aug 03

This August is action-packed

Summer movie season ends with “Total Recall,” “The Bourne Legacy” Summer 2012 will go down in cinematic history as a season of extremes. It’s been a summer of box-office bonanzas and financial failures, of triumph and tragedy. But before you say goodbye to the summer movie season, there’s an entire month of movies to check …

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Jun 20

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and other presidents

Filmmaking Frenzy contest re-imagines America’s past presidents as badasses By now, you’ve probably heard “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Possibly one of the most bizarre summer movies to grace the silver screen, the movie depicts our nation’s 16th president (Benjamin Walker) as an axe-wielding badass who dedicates his entire life to battling bloodsuckers. Pretty crazy, right? …

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Jun 12

“Prometheus”: “Alien” for a new age

Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender explore a remote alien outpost in "Prometheus."

Ridley Scott’s glossy, gory science-fiction epic is sure to influence future films Where did we come from? Who created us? What would we do if we ever met our makers? “Alien” prequel “Prometheus” isn’t afraid to ask the big questions. After discovering a possible link between humanity and an alien race on Scotland’s Isle of …

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Jun 08

Summer movie season is in full swing this month

June brings a bevy of new blockbusters, including “Brave,” “Prometheus” and “Rock of Ages” Between “Battleship,” “The Dictator” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” May was a pretty abysmal month for movies. Sure, that was the same month that brought filmgoers Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” (Well, some filmgoers. “Moonrise …

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Dec 29

TV’s best shows of 2011

Meet the cast of NBC's brilliant community college sitcom, "Community."

Like most “Community” fans, I’ll be heartbroken if NBC decides to cancel this engagingly strange sitcom about a group of community college misfits. However, there’s no denying that the third season of “Community” has delivered more genuine laughs than many an industry stalwart. (I’m looking at you, “Two and a Half Men.”) You have only to watch episodes dealing with alternate realities, monkey gas and Model United Nations to understand why.

Nov 02

SLO County on the silver screen

Cecil B. DeMille filmed 1923's "The Ten Commandments" at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

Made in SLO: Hollywood’s connection to the Central Coast As fellow Tribune blogger David Middlecamp noted recently, San Luis Obispo County has been attracting movie crews since the 1920s. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the region boasts sandy beaches, sleepy small towns and rolling hills covered with verdant grapevines and oak trees. …

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Jun 13

These flicks spell “summer”

Aliens attack the White House in that seminal summer movie, "Independence Day."

Inspired by director George Lucas’ years as a young cruiser in 1960s Modesto, the nostalgic coming-of-age comedy “American Graffiti” follows a group of high school graduates (Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul LeMat and Charles Martin Smith) on one fateful summer night as they cruise the streets, hook up and luck out. Legendary DJ Wolfman Jack provides a steady soundtrack of rock n’ roll hits.

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