About 50 pages into Jeff VanderMeer’s new novel, Annihilation, I felt the onset of a panic attack. Annihilation is successfully creepy, an old-style gothic horror novel set in a not-too-distant future. The best bits turn your mind inside out.
One of the most famous literary gatherings ever—when Byron, Shelley, Mary Shelley told ghost stories on the bank of Lake Geneva—is vividly brought to life in a new book about the man who invented the modern vampire and was spurned by Byron.
Those familiar with director Ken Russell’s work tend to know him for either his highbrow historical dramas (“Women in Love”) and composer biopics (“Mahler,” “The Music Lovers”), or his sci-fi/horror outing “Altered States,” specifically for the latter’s hallucination sequences. Combining both genres, his 1986 film “Gothic” is a recounting of the origin stories of both Frankenstein’s monster and the modern vampire narrative through a laudanum-fueled love quintangle—or better yet, “lust pentagram,” in keeping with the film’s séance theme.
tuart Gordon is, inarguably, one of the undisputed masters of the horror genre. With such landmark works as the cult classic Re-Animator under his belt, Gordon’s filmic oeuvre has always sought to blend a touch of scholarly class with the genre’s gory grand guignol.
Never one to shy away from his literary influences, Gordon has frequently returned to the works of horror titans H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe to craft some of his most celebrated films, including the gleefully depraved From Beyond and the criminally underrated The Pit and The Pendulum. However, the audacious auteur’s latest project takes his obsessions one step further, leaping from the pages of fiction and into the very real life of the man behind some of literature’s most notorious shadows.
John Rambo, Rocky Balboa, Lt. Raymond Tango — Sylvester Stallone has been an icon of cinema for almost 40 years, keeping his ’80s troupe current with the kids through The Expendables franchise. Yet behind all his bravado, through the smoke of the explosions and amongst his gargantuan muscles, there lies a darker dramatic side.
Since 2005, Stallone has wished to direct a biographical picture on the late horror writer Edgar Allan Poe. Although comparisons between "The Pit and the Pendulum" and Rambo are not forthcoming, Stallone has always wanted to bring Poe’s life to the big screen. He admits himself that producers are a tad skeptical of the change of pace.
Stephen King’s horror novel is set in Colorado and there’s a hotel there called The Stanley that claims to be the inspiration – it even shows the film version starring Jack Nicholson on a loop in the rooms. But film fans and certain taxi drivers argue otherwise and maintain that the real inspiration was Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York.