11 ‘Bad’ Vampire TV Shows And Movies You Should Still Absolutely Watch – Gizmodo Australia

The vampire genre is mostly filled with terrible, schlocky violence - and that's what makes it so entertaining. For centuries, people have been entranced by the vampire myth, and every few years, the craze returns to film and TV in force. This year, it's Sony's turn with the Jared Leto-starring Morbius. If you enjoyed its schlocky good-bad trailer, these are the 11 must-watch vampire TV shows and movies to binge while you wait.

One of the hills I will die on is that Dracula Untold is not nearly as bad as people say. Yes, it's schlocky, and sometimes it's a little bit cheesy, but that's typical of vampire fiction. Luke Evans makes for a fantastically haunted Vlad Drculea in the film, which charts the birth of iconic movie monster, Count Dracula although the movie barely resembles the classic tale. Towards the end, Dracula Untold starts down a weird path intended to set up the now-pretty-much-defunct Universal Dark Universe , but for the most part, the movie presents a fun and over-the-top power fantasy about the lengths that people will go for love. Even turn themselves into spooky bat whisperers, apparently.

The post-Twilight years were unkind to The Vampire Diaries, which was written off as a cheap teen drama in an era filled with vampire fiction. While the first season leaned heavily into the teen drama genre, it evolved quickly by developing its supernatural lore and introducing new complications in the form of 'original vampires', werewolves, witches, hybrids and more. Yes, The Vampire Diaries comes with a generous helping of teen drama, but it's also got rampant murder and mayhem, and moments of genuine horror that are consistently entertaining, even when the show is at its worst.

Moonlight was a short-lived vampire drama on CBS starring Aussie actor Alex O'Loughlin as Mick St. John, a vampire detective attempting to protect a woman he'd once saved as a little girl. And then she gets old, and he doesn't, so they end up together. Yeah, okay. Despite that weird little quirk, Moonlight was a good, fun time. The dialogue was pretty nasty, but O'Loughlin put in a fantastic performance as eternal moper Mick, and he shouldn't be forgotten as one of TV's premier vampires. Sadly, Moonlight was cancelled after just one season, and before the vampire craze of the late 2000s kicked off but the episodes that we got were totally fun, even when they were silly as hell.

The George Clooney and Quention Tarantinto-starring From Dusk Till Dawn is a strange, strange film. It starts off simply enough, with two brothers escaping from a brazen heist. Along they way, they kidnap a family and eventually find themselves holed up in a mystery bar. Suddenly, the bar is being run by vampires, and they kill nearly everyone. Then one of the brothers turns into a vampire, and the other one has to kill him. It's fantastic, and comes highly recommended but if you're looking for something meatier, the film was turned into a TV series in 2014, and it expanded significantly on the original film's thin vampire lore.

D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz have fantastic chemistry as the Gecko brothers, and it's filled with fun, dumb action for the entire ride. It's also unique in that it ties its vampire lore directly into Mexican folklore, making it visually unique and impressive.

The Lost Boys was such a phenomenon that it's since spawned multiple (direct-to-DVD) sequels, a comic book continuation, a Pop Vinyl set and countless other merchandising opportunities largely thanks to Kiefer Sutherland's portrayal of vampire David. If you've never seen the film, you might assume he's the main character, but that honour goes to Sam and Michael Emerson, two brothers who end up confronting the vampires of Santa Carla alongside intrepid comic book nerds, the young Frog Brothers.

The Lost Boys is vampire schlock at its prime, and features the awesomely gross practical effects of the 1980s with true style. It also works as a companion film to the original version of Fright Night, another gloriously gory 80s vampire banger.

Being Human was a successful little show out of the BBC that featured a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together. Their chemistry buoyed the series, which went from lighthearted banter to moments of hideous gore and monstrous transformations at the drop of a hat. Naturally, the U.S. decided to 'borrow' the concept, and retooled it into their own version. While the names were changed, the spirit remains the same, and both of these shows are equally delightful and cheesy in good measure.

Speaking of BBC vampire drama, Young Dracula is another great (sometimes terrible) TV show that follows a family of vampires living in Wales. While it started out as a children's comedy (and many childish gags carry over from the early episodes), later seasons settled into a darker rhythm, expanding on the show's vampire lore, introducing new characters and flirting with the idea of all-out vampire war.

The show also has one of my favourite Count Dracula interpretations, with scene-chewing performances by Keith Lee Castle of a Dracula completely exasperated by his inability to kill mortals. It's irreverent, often silly and very schlocky, but it's still a great time.

Underworld is schlock at its finest, and for the most part, is just an excuse for Kate Beckinsale to run around in tight leather. But it's filled with plenty of bloody action and eye-catching setpieces. It also features a character I've been exclusively referring to as 'hot Michael Sheen', because Michael Sheen has no business being attractive in Underworld, and yet miraculously, mind-bogglingly, he is.

Underworld is about the centuries-old war between vampires and werewolves, and contains a deep lore that was explored in many, many equally bad sequels with equally bad acting. But it's oh-so-very watchable, and stylish in its awfulness.

Henry Fitzroy is the second vampire detective to make this list but he isn't the last. In this Canadian TV show, Henry Fitzroy (actually the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII) is a comic book writer and vampire detective who solves crimes with his near-blind partner, Vicki. Together, they beat interdimensional demons, incubuses, fiends and all manner of terrible creatures. The chemistry between Vicki and Henry really holds this terrible show together, but unfortunately they never got their happy ending the show received only 22 episodes. But what terrible joy those 22 episodes bring.

Near Dark arrived in the midst of the 80s vampire craze, but has long been overshadowed by enduring hits like The Lost Boys and Fright Night. Near Dark tells the tale of Caleb Colton (played by a young Adrian Pasdar, who would go on to play Nathan Petrelli in superhero drama Heroes), a young man bitten by a young woman, and later kidnapped by her stark-raving vampire family. It's a tale of teenage love, family and whole lot of vampires. Plus, there's plenty of blood, guts and feral hormones along the way.

Forever Knight was ahead of its time, and kickstarted the vampire detective genre that lasted well into the early 2000s and which is currently being revisited for the Quibi streaming service. The show follows established detective Nick Knight (a fantastically cheesy moniker) as he teams up with his oblivious partner Don Schanke to solve crime. The first two seasons are solidly entertaining, balancing Nick's dark past with his charming irreverence and witty banter.

It was a show ahead of its time, and that meant its end came suddenly, and stupidly, with a damp squib of an ending but before that final bum note, it was brilliantly silly and always exciting.

When vampire movies and TV shows are at their best, they're bloody, fun and yes, sometimes they're bad but that doesn't mean they can't also be ridiculously good fun.

Morbius is unlikely to be an Oscar contender when it comes out (no matter how much Jared Leto tries), but there's no doubt it'll still be a schlocky good time and I, for one, am very excited.

Morbius opens July 30 in Australia.

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A story with a bit of bite: did a vampire once prowl the night and bring horror to a sleepy Silesian village – The First News

Eichners body is exhumed in Reimswaldau cemetery. Zamek Ksi w Wabrzychu

One of the countrys most notorious vampires is back in the press over three-hundred years after first terrorizing the darkest depths of Silesia.

Buoyed in part by the runaway success of Netflixs Dracula series, Zamek Ksi has chosen to highlight its own local vamp by retelling the story of Georg Eichner, a resident of what was then the village of Reimswaldau (today, Rybnica Lena).

Gleefully repeated by the local media, the story which first appeared on the castles Facebook page a couple of days back has thrust the vampire back into the spotlight.

Ksi Castle: the seat of the Hochberg Family.Zamek Ksi w Wabrzychu

People enjoy being scared, they like mysteries and things that cant be explained, says Matt Mykytyszyn of Zamek Ksi, so given the popularity of the new Dracula series we thought it was a great time to remind people about our own regions vampire.

Though little is known about Eichners earlier life, his name found itself etched into local legend following his death in 1709. Till then, he had led a quiet and unassuming life, with the one point of note being his scandalous conversion from Catholicism to the Protestant church.

This, it was thought at the time, was the reason behind a chain of events that left the habitants of Reimswaldau fearing for their lives.

We have to remember that our system of beliefs is completely different nowadays to what it was 300-years ago, says Mykytyszyn.Zamek Ksi w Wabrzychu

Shortly after his death, it was reported that Eichner had been seen stalking the village, frightening neighbours and mutilating animals. A staunch defender of his name, Eichners widow was adamant that this had nothing to do with her deceased husband, but such was the public outcry a letter was written by the mayor and delivered to the nearby Ksi Castle asking Count Konrad Ernest Maksymilian von Hochberg to personally intervene.

Arriving on June 26, the contents of the letter were dissected by Hochberg who held judicial power of the village and within days the Count turned up at the settlement with an experienced exorcist in tow.

On exhumation, the lifting of the coffin lid revealed a corpse that had decomposed aside from its heart, liver, intestines and left knee, which had survived in perfect working order.

An old photo of Reimswaldau, now called Rybnica Lena.Zamek Ksi w Wabrzychu

Shocked by their findings, the body was swiftly transferred to a decrepit cemetery beyond the villages boundaries.

This didnt help, says Mykytyszyn. Within two weeks Eichner had returned, sometimes taking the form of a black dog and at other times an over-sized squirrel.

Women were particularly vulnerable with some reporting being sexually molested by the giant animal.

Another letter was despatched to Ksi Castle, and this time Hochberg ordered eight of his men to guard Eichners house and grave day and night until a solution could be found. Later, these guards reported strange noises coming from the house and a terrifying raven circling above.

Count Hochberg: the man charged with dealing with the vampire.Zamek Ksi w Wabrzychu

With the village in a state of panic, Hochberg returned along with a priest from Boguszw. Under the highest orders from the churchs administration in Wrocaw, the body was again removed from the casket, carried through a hole in the cemetery wall, and then burned, but not before Eichners head was cut off and his heart pierced with an aspen stake.

Overseeing this personally, it is said that Hochberg sat in a gilded throne covered with elephant blankets whilst acting as witness to the macabre operation.

Rubble from the cemetery wall was dispensed with along with the coffin and then resealed using new materials, but this was not the end. In a final twist, the new wall collapsed two days after. To the relief of the locals, this was to prove the final twist in the story and thereafter the villagers were able to resume their lives unhindered.

There were reports that Eichner had returned from the dead in the form of a giant squirrel and sexually molested some women.Ronald Wittek/PAP/EPA

That this happened is not disputed. To this day, manuscripts retrieved from Ksi Castle after the war recording this entire episode sit in the State Archives in Wrocaw alongside several metres of other documents chronicling the castles history under the Hochbergs patronage.

What is open to debate is if this was a genuine paranormal happening, a case of mass hysteria or simply an elaborate prank conducted by mischief makers. Quite possibly, it was a combination of all three but the truth, it appears, will never be known.

We have to remember that our system of beliefs is completely different nowadays to what it was 300-years ago, says Mykytyszyn. But while we might not believe in werewolves and vampires as readily as people did in the past, thats not to say that this story shouldnt be remembered and respected.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is heading to Skyrim to deal with pesky vampires – Rock Paper Shotgun

In the land of Skyrim, it turns out, youre never more than a hundred feet from a vampire. The Elder Scrolls Online has planned a series of updates dubbed The Dark Heart Of Skyrim, where youll spend the rest of the year rooting out the bastards from the land of the Nords. That starts with the Harrowstorm dungeon DLC at some point in February, to be followed by the chunkier Greymoor expansion on May 18th. One daddy vampire is a particular problem, and Greymoor is all about romping through ice, snow, and underground caverns to stop him. Unlike how these numpties completely fail to in this trailer.

I always find it odd when vampires turn into swarms of bats. Whats it like to be a bat with a small portion of distributed vampire consciousness? And how come some of them fly away when he turns back? Is he leaking? Anyway.

Harrowstorm includes trips to two dungeons that set up the main story that kicks off in May. Theres Icereach, a spooky island hidden within the Sea of Ghosts, and Unhallowed Grave, where you confront some grave robbers in an ancient tomb. Its worth noting all this happens 1000 years before the events of Skyrim the videogame.

Greymoor opens up Skyrim proper, along with a big cave city called Blackreach. Theres also a 12 player trial called Kynes Aegis where you stop villagers being eaten by Sea Giants, public world events called Supernatural Harrowstorms that turn people into monsters, and a new archaeology system. You too can stare intensely at shiny dragon skulls.

Two more chunks of paid DLC in August and November will round out the year of darkness.

I caught myself ogling The Elder Scrolls the other day, after a Sunday evening spent performing the traditional dance of installing dozens of Skyrim mods, playing for half an hour, then bouncing away. Alec (RPS in peace) warmed to TESCO in his Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset review, pleased with how well the previous expansion worked as a singleplayer game: Summerset is entirely without judgement, and if anything works overtime to be a substantial singleplayer game that just so happens to exist within an online one.

More details can be found on TESCOs website. If you dont own the game, buying the Greymoor edition for 55/$60/70 on Steam will get you the base game, and the previous Elsweyr, Summerset and Morrowind expansions. Just the Greymoor expansion upgrade costs 33/$40/40.

Harrowstorm come out at some point in February, Greymoor on May 18th.

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Vampires and other Horrors Moving Into ESO’s Skyrim – GameIndustry.com

Today, in front of a live audience of ESO players and fans at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas and on Twitch, ZeniMax Online Studios took the wraps off their 2020 plans for the award-winning online RPG The Elder Scrolls Online. Theres a lot to unpack here so stick with me, but here are the highlights:

SKYRIM LIKE YOUVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: 2020s Chapter, Greymoor, is set to launch in May and June and brings new zones to ESO: Western Skyrim, the frozen homeland of the Nords, and the long-forgotten Blackreach cavernexpanded from what players originally explored in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimto fight sinister monsters while unlocking the secret of the Dark Heart of Skyrim.

A NEW YEAR-LONG ADVENTURE AWAITS: The Dark Heart of Skyrim is a year-long interconnected adventure spanning four updates in 2020: the prologue quest (free to all players) and Harrowstorm DLC dungeon pack, the Greymoor Chapter, the Q3 DLC dungeon pack, and the Q4 Story DLC. While this is one of The Elder Scrolls darkest stories yet, there are still heroes that spark hope: returning from the base game are Lyris Titanborn and House Ravenwatch who will take the fight to those that stalk the night.

NEW WORLD EVENTS AND GAMEPLAY SYSTEMS: The Greymoor Chapter brings new world events and gameplay systems. Group up with fellow players to quell the magical Harrowstorms terrorizing the land. Additionally, players will travel beyond Western Skyrim and across Tamriel to recover lost artifacts with the new Antiquities system; scry the location of ancient relics and excavate them to uncover Tamriels hidden history and unlock powerful and fun rewards for all types of players!

The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor will release for PC and Mac on May 18, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 2.

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U.K.’s Daily Mail warns Harry and Meghan that Canada’s full of vampire flies, morally bankrupt bears, and poutine – Straight.com

The funny thing about Canadians is that we like to think that we're more cultured than we probably are.

Keeping things positive for a second, to live in the Great White North is to spend all of your disposable income walking the magical sands of Long Beach in Tofino by day, and stuffing one's face with goma eggplant and tuna tataki at Kuma at night.

Or to lounge by the lake in Ontario's Muskokas sippingRoyal DeMaria Meritage Icewine while a mixtape featuring the best of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and the Tragically Hip plays on the brushed chrome Beonsound 2 stereo system. Or tospend fall weekends diningon house-made lobster thermidor while enjoying the insanely perfect view from theQuirpon Lighthouse Innon Newfoundland's Iceberg Alley.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Tourism Canada, the rest of the world still tends to see us differently. To those on the outside looking in, we're a country where Black Label is the national drink, mack jackets are issued at birth, and every home has a snowmobile parked in the garage.

It's no suprise then that England's Daily Mail has been whipping up Britain's common rabble ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they plan to spend large chunks of their next few years in Canada.

This morning the London-based tabloid ran a story under the headline:

After praising our fabled natural beauty, writer Richard Addis (who once lived in Toronto) paints a picture of a country that will leave those who live north of the 49th parallel wondering if it's time to move to a more civilized place. Like Alabama. OrAshgabat, Turkmenistan.

According to Addis, Canada is a place where Harry and Meghan are going to have to exercise extreme caution because:

Makingthis doubly hilarious is that news reports have Harry and Meghan settling in pleasantly temperate, sea-level Victoria, BC--a place where the average temperature in January is well above freezing, at 8 degrees Celsius, and where the city is so famously bug-free thatmost houses don't even have screens on their windows. And that the only bear-spotting done in the city is at the Vicious Poodle

And there's more, eh, from Addis musing on everything from the way "Eh" is used in every sentence, to how ice-fishing is both a means of a survival and an unofficial national sport.

To be fair,the article isnot all entirely innacurate, with the piece nailing our national mindset with this observation: "They are moving to a country where you must never pull rank. Any attempt to do so by using title, status or simply sheer arrogance will be a failure."

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10 Asian Horror Movies That Deserve A Western Adaptation – Screen Rant

The horror genre is a massive one and aton of movies and TV shows designed to scare viewers are released each year. Although a lot of them are completely original, there are also a large number of horror movies that are remakes of other movies. These are either remakes of older movies that came out decades ago or movies that were originally released in another language, likeThe Grudge, a remake of the Japanese horror seriesJu-On: The Grudge, released two years before the first western remake of the film.

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Although a ton of foreign horror movies are excellent and totally worth turning on the subtitles to enjoy in their original language, we can't deny that these movies being remade is also a good thing. These remakes can help the movies reach a wider audience and might even inspire viewers to go back and watch the original movie. While we've seen remakes of quite a few horror movies that were originally released in Asia, there are still quite a few that definitely deserve a western remake.

Hide and Seek is a movie that was released in South Korea in 2013. This movie saw a Chinese remake, but there's still no western adaptation or remake of it yet. The movie has a totally creepy atmosphere and plot and, despite being the first film that Huh Jung ever directed, is definitely a spooky experience.

This movie follows two different families who have one thing in common: they believe people are living in their homes. The movie primarily follows a man named Sung-soo who lives with his family in an upscale Korean apartment. When he learns that his brother has disappeared, Sung-soo goes to his house to find him, only to find that there are strange symbols carved all over the doors. When he returns back to his apartment, the symbols have been left there, too.

When it comes to Asian horror films, there are a few that just about every scary movie fan is familiar with. These movies are definitely worth watching in their original form, but that doesn't mean that we don't want to see a good quality remake made someday, too.

Audition is one of the most popular Asian horror films. It's a Japanese movie that was released in 1999 and was released at different film festivals and events around the world, but there's never been a western adaptation or remake of the film.Audition follows a widower who interviews several women to be his new wife in order to help him move on. When he meetsAsami, the two of them hit it off... UntilAsami's dark past creeps back in.

The Housemaid is a Vietnamese horror film that was released in 2016. The movie is set in Vietnam in the 1950s and quickly became one of the highest-grossing horror movies ever produced in Vietnam. This movie had a screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2017, helping to bring attention to it from a wider audience.

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This movie follows a woman named Linh who has no family and gets hired by a rubber plantation to be a housemaid. Despite the fact that the plantation is supposedly haunted, she takes the job. Soon after starting, she falls in love with the owner, something that awakens the spirit of his late wife.

Found footage horror films have become really popular in recent years, thanks to the popularity of movies likeThe Blair Witch Project andParanormal Activity. But other countries have definitely gotten in on this trend.Noroi: The Curse is a Japanese found footage horror film that was released in 2005.

This movie's near 2-hour runtime and large cast make it a lot different from other Japanese horror films, but that's something that works in this movie's favor. This movie is a lot different from other J-horror films or found footage films in a really good, unique way. The movie follows a paranormal expert namedMasafumi Kobayashi who is working on a documentary about hauntings in Japan when he disappears.

Under the Shadow is a Persian horror movie that was released in 2016. The movie is a Persian-language film, but it has been released internationally and was even put on Netflix shortly after being released, so people that don't mind reading subtitles while they watch can enjoy it easily.

The movie is set in Tehran in the 1980s, set against the backdrop of the War of the Cities. The main character, a woman namedShideh, finds her life impacted by the war going on in her country that has stopped her from continuing on in medical school. As the international struggles in Tehran continue, Shideh and her daughter find that a mysterious and evil force has set its attention on the two of them.

A Tale of Two Sisters is a Korean horror movie that was released in 2003. In 2009, an American remake calledThe Uninvited that was loosely based on this movie and the legend that it was based on was released, but considering that film strayed so far from the original, we think this movie definitely still deserves a more faithful adaptation.

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The movie is based on an ancient Korean folktale calledJanghwa Hongryeon jeon. The movie focuses on a family, including one teenage girl who was recently brought home after spending some time in a mental hospital and the way that her return to her sister and her stepmother seems to have awoken some dark spirits in their house.

Satan's Slaves is an Indonesian horror film that was released in 2017 and is a remake of the 1980 film by the same name. The movie was released in several countries around the world, including in the US, and has become a popular recent Asian horror movie.

The movie follows a family that is struggling financially after their mother dies of a mysterious illness. Three years after her passing, strange things begin to happen to their house, leading their father to start asking questions about what was going on in his late wife's life prior to her passing.

Cure is a Japanese horror film that was released in 1997. Despite the fact that a remake has never been made, this movie has become a cult classic and a favorite with horror fans around the world.

This movie is a mysterious, crime-based film that follows a detective namedTakabe who is tasked with investigating a series of eerie murders. All the murders that DetectiveTakabe investigates have something in common: each victim has a large "X" carved into their neck, but none of them were killed by the same person.

Thirst is a South Korean horror movie that was released in 2009 and was screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is based loosely on a novel calledThrse Raquin by mile Zola.

This terrifying supernatural film follows a priest namedSang-hyun who is in love with his friend's wife. His unrequited love leaves him feeling sad and he volunteers for an experiment at the hospital where he regularly volunteers with the hopes of helping them to find a vaccine for a virus. When the experimental treatment fails,Sang-hyun he begins to turn into a strange, bloodthirsty creature.

Reincarnation is a Japanese horror film that was released in 2005. It was released as part of a six-part movie collection called J-Horror Theater in which six different directors came together and each produced a horror film.

The movie follows an actress who recently landed a role in a movie about a series of murders that took place in Tokyo in 1970. Shortly after learning she was cast in the movie, the lead actress begins seeing the murders happening around her over and over.

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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Gets Its Own Halloween Mask Collection This Halloween! – Bloody Disgusting

Last years Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, directed by Andr vredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro, brought several of Stephen Gammells nightmarish illustrations from the same-titled books to the screen for the very first time, and now thanks to the movie, theyve been turned into masks by Trick or Treat Studios for the 2020 Halloween season!

Featured in the companys 2020 product catalog, three different Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Halloween masks are brand new for Halloween 2020, based on the movie designs:

As del Toro explained in The Haunted Notebook of Sarah Bellows, it was very important that the movie translated the creatures dreamt by Gammell unto the screen, and Mike Elizaldes company Spectral Motion was brought in to do just that. Over several months, del Toro explains, we worked hard to make sure that the three-dimensional suits and prosthetics we delivered were faithful to the images they were rendering. Those masks have been impressively recreated by Trick or Treat Studios, looking like they came right off the screen.

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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 19-25 – MyMotherLode.com

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 19-25

Jan. 19: Actress Tippi Hedren is 90. Director Richard Lester (A Hard Days Night, Superman II and III) is 88. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 78. Actress Shelley Fabares is 76. Country singer Dolly Parton is 74. TV chef Paula Deen is 73. Singer Martha Davis of The Motels is 69. Singer Dewey Bunnell of America is 68. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 67. Actress Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy, MarriedWith Children) is 66. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 65. Keyboardist Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 63. Actor Paul McCrane (ER) is 59. Singer Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe is 52. Singer Trey Lorenz is 51. Actor Shawn Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie) is 49. Singer-guitarist John Wozniak of Marcy Playground is 49. Actress Drea de Matteo (Joey, The Sopranos) is 48. Comedian Frank Caliendo (Frank TV, Mad TV) is 46. Actor Drew Powell (Gotham) is 44. Actress Marsha Thomason (Las Vegas) is 44. Actress Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm) is 39. Actress Jodie Sweetin (Full House) is 38. Actress Shaunette Renee Wilson (The Resident) is 30. Rapper Taylor Bennett is 24. Actress Lidya Jewett (Hidden Figures) is 13.

Jan. 20: Todays Birthdays: Singer Eric Stewart (10cc, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) is 75. Director David Lynch is 74. Drummer George Grantham of Poco is 73. Guitarist Paul Stanley of Kiss is 68. Bassist Ian Hill of Judas Priest is 68. TV host Bill Maher is 64. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 62. Actor James Denton (Desperate Housewives) is 57. Bassist Greg K. of The Offspring is 55. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 55. Actor Rainn Wilson (The Office) is 54. Actress Stacey Dash (Clueless) is 53. Actor Reno Wilson (Mike and Molly) is 51. Singer Edwin McCain is 50. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 50. Drummer Questlove of The Roots is 49. Drummer Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park is 41. Singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee is 36. Country singer Brantley Gilbert is 35. Singer Kevin Parker of Tame Impala is 34. Actor Evan Peters (American Horror Story) is 33.

Jan. 21: Opera singer Placido Domingo is 79. Singer Mac Davis is 78. Actress Jill Eikenberry is 73. Guitarist Jim Ibbotson (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 73. Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 70. Actor Robby Benson is 64. Actress Geena Davis is 64. Actress Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue) is 52. Singer Marc Gay of Shai is 51. Actress Karina Lombard (The L Word) is 51. Actor Ken Leung (Marvels Inhumans, Lost) is 50. Rapper Levirt of B-Rock and the Bizz is 50. Drummer Mark Trojanowski of Sister Hazel is 50. Singer Cat Power is 48. DJ Chris Kilmore of Incubus is 47. Singer Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) of the Spice Girls is 44. Actor Jerry Trainor (Wendell & Vinnie, iCarly) is 43. Singer Nokio of Dru Hill is 41. Actor Luke Grimes (TVs Yellowstone, films Fifty Shades) is 36. Actress Feliz Ramirez (TVs Grand Hotel) is 28.

Jan. 22: Piper Laurie is 88. Singer Steve Perry (Journey) is 71. Bassist Teddy Gentry of Alabama is 68. Actor John Wesley Shipp (The Flash, Dawsons Creek) is 65. Actress Linda Blair is 61. Actress Diane Lane is 55. Country singer Regina Nicks of Regina Regina is 55. Rapper-actor DJ Jazzy Jeff is 55. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is 52. Actress Olivia DAbo (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The Wonder Years) is 51. Actress Katie Finneran (The Michael J. Fox Show) is 49. Actor Balthazar Getty is 45. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle) is 40. Jazz singer Lizz Wright is 40. Singer Willa Ford is 39. Actress Beverley Mitchell (Seventh Heaven) is 39. Guitarist Ben Moody of The Fallen (and formerly of Evanescence) is 39. Actress-singer Phoebe Strole (Glee) is 37. Rapper Logic is 30. Actress Sami Gayle (Blue Bloods) is 24.

Jan. 23: Actress Chita Rivera is 87. Actor-director Lou Antonio (Cool Hand Luke) is 86. Jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton is 77. Actor Gil Gerard is 77. Singer Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 72. Bassist-keyboardist Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops is 70. Actor Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) is 70. Singer-guitarist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 67. Singer Anita Baker is 62. Bassist Earl Falconer of UB40 is 61. Actor Peter Mackenzie (black-ish) is 59. Actor Boris McGiver (House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire) is 58. Actress Gail OGrady (American Dreams, NYPD Blue) is 57. Actress Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) is 56. Singer Marc Nelson (Az Yet) is 49. CBS Evening News anchor Norah ODonnell is 46. Actress Tiffani Thiessen (Beverly Hills, 90210) is 46. Bassist Nick Harmer of Death Cab For Cutie is 45. Actress Lindsey Kraft (Living Biblically) is 40.

Jan. 24: Fiddler Doug Kershaw is 84. Singer Ray Stevens is 81. Singer Aaron Neville is 79. Singer Neil Diamond is 79. Actor Michael Ontkean (Twin Peaks) is 74. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 70. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 69. Actor William Allen Young (Code Black, Moesha) is 66. Keyboardist-turned-TV personality Jools Holland (Squeeze) is 62. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 59. Drummer Keech Rainwater of Lonestar is 57. Comedian Phil LaMarr (Mad TV) is 53. Singer Sleepy Brown of Society of Soul is 50. Actress Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo, Shes All That) is 50. Actress Merrilee McCommas (Friday Night Lights, Family Law) is 49. Singer Beth Hart is 48. Actor Ed Helms (The Office) is 46. Actress Christina Moses (A Million Little Things) is 42. Actress Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) is 41. Guitarist Mitchell Marlow of Fliter is 41. Actor Daveed Diggs (black-ish) is 38. Actor Justin Baldoni (Jane The Virgin) is 36. Actress Mischa Barton (The O.C.) is 34.

Jan. 25: Country singer Claude Gray is 88. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young (Peyton Place, Soylent Green) is 75. Actress Jenifer Lewis (The Preachers Wife, The PJs) is 63. Actress Dinah Manoff (films Grease, TVs Empty Nest) is 64. Drummer Mike Burch of River Road is 54. Singer Kina (Brownstone) is 51. Actress-TV personality China Kantner is 49. Actress Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty) is 49. Drummer Joe Sirois of Mighty Mighty Bosstones is 48. Guitarist Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay is 46. Actress Mia Kirshner (The L Word, 24) is 45. Actress Christine Lakin (Family Guy, Step By Step) is 41. Singer Alicia Keys is 40. Actor Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries) is 35. Bassist Calum Hood of 5 Seconds to Summer is 24. Actress Olivia Edward (Better Things) is 13.

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Chris Rock teases his "really scary and really bloody" ‘Saw’ reboot – NME Live

Chris Rock has shared details of his really scary and really bloody Saw reboot, which is due to hit cinemas later this year.

Filming on the ninth instalment of the long-running horror franchise began back in July, with Darren Lynn Bousman director of SawII,IIIandIV at the helm. Originally set for release on October 23, 2020, the upcoming movie will now hit cinemas on May 15.

As the arrival of the new Saw edges closer, Rock who came up with its story and will star in the film alongside Samuel L. Jackson has given fans an insight into his vision for the project.

Saw is really scary and really bloody, he told Collider in a recent interview. Its a Saw movie. But every now and then, you take a little air out. Its gonna be good.

Rock went on to explain that he put his own stamp on the film by introducing elements of comedy.

There are so many movies that Ive watched and gone, Three jokes would have made that movie a lot better. You know what I mean? A lot of times, you can get comedy in things, if its grounded, without it changing the movie, per se.

He continued: Just like that story that Beverly Hills Cop was written for Sylvester Stallone. Eddie Murphy was hired at the last minute, and they made kind of the same movie, but it was grounded with just a little here, here and here.

Asked how his involvement with Saw 9 came about, Rock revealed that it was down to a chance meeting with the franchises production company Lionsgate.

Classic horror: Cary Elwes stars as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in Saw.

I was at a friends wedding, and they introduced me to the head of Lionsgate, he said. I was like, Lionsgate? Oh, Saw. And they called me up. I was just poking fun at the Lionsgate guy aboutSaw.

Rock will also serve as a producer on Saw 9, which has been written by Jigsaw screenwriters Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg.

Speaking back in May, Rock said: Ive been a fan ofSawsince the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.

Lionsgate Chairman Joe Drake added of Rocks involvement: When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that re-imagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in.

Meanwhile, the first trailer for season 4 of the acclaimed anthology series Fargo has landed, starring Chris Rock.

Fargos third season, which aired in 2017, was set in Minnesota in 2010 with a cast including Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Season 4 jumps back 60 years to 1950 and is instead set in Kansas City, Missouri. This time, Chris Rock and Ben Whishaw lead a star-studded cast.

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Music to Be Murdered By: Eminem and His History of Horror – Bloody Disgusting

Surprise, Eminem woke us all up this morning with a new album. Blasting his social media channels, Slim Shady dropped the next in his unexpected releases, this one entitled Music to Be Murdered By. Casual Slim fans were elated with what appeared to be a horror-themed album, showcasing Em with a murder weapon or two, blood dripping down the side, and a tiny hockey mask. But this isnt Slims first foray into the horror realm; in fact, Slim has peppered horror references throughout loads of his music, and this is just his next installment.

You heard it here, everyone: Eminem is a Horror Movie.

Hip hop has had horror themes woven throughout for years, and this certainly wasnt created by Eminem. Around 1994, there was a rise in horrorcore, a sub sect of hip hop that spun themes like slashers, the occult and psychological horror into lyrics. Guys like Jimmy Spicer, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Geto Boys were on the forefront of this movement that Eminem dances with. Horror scores have been sampled by Busta Rhymes and Ice T, and slasher villains have been referenced by Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, 2 Pac and Lupe Fiasco. Like those greats, Eminem has splattered blood over much of his music.

Eminems rap group, D12, released their debut studio album in 2001 referencing a night familiar to us spooky fans, Devils Night. This title, though, refers to the practice in Detroit where abandoned houses are set ablaze. Among the tracks is one for which the album gets its name, which leans into horrorcore.

I make music to make you sick of fake musicHate music like devil worshippin Satan musicSo say your prayers, your Hail Marys and JesusesTake two sticks, tape em together and make a crucifixTry to stop it but you cant do it

The album also contains the track American Psycho, which references horror faves Hannibal Lecter, Carrie White and Michael Myers.

No stranger to storytelling, Eminem often weaves a spooky yarn in his tracks. Long before Stan entered the vernacular as a reference to ruthless fandom, Stan was a Slim track that told a scary story of an obsessed fan who ultimately flies off the handle, setting up a twist ending. Though that isnt even the spookiest tale Slim has told via rap.

2009s track, 3 A.M. is a pure slasher tale:

Youre walkin down a horror corridorIts almost four in the mornin and youre in aNightmare, its horrible, right theres the coronerWaiting for ya to turn the corner so he can corner yaYoure a goner, hes onto yaOut the corner of his cornea, he just saw ya runAll you want is to rest cause you cant run anymore, youre doneAll he wants is to kill you in front of an audience

The song is a first-person narrative about a man who keeps blacking out and waking up covered in blood surrounded by bodies, ultimately coming to the realization that he is a proud slasher villain and pure evil, though not before referencing another horror icon.

She puts the lotion in the bucketIt puts the lotion on the skinOr else it gets the hose again

Before this horror story, Slim paired up with Royce Da 59, a duo that goes by Bad Meets Evil, and dropped Scary Movies, sampling a Shirley Bassey song, flipped to sound like a horror score. The chorus played with the idea that the scary movie might be real.

Yall want drama? Wanna make a scary movie?Rappers comin in with they team and carry tooliesYou can jump right out of the screen and barely move meWe hard-hittin, directin and starrin in it

50 Cents song, on which Slim appears, Psycho, details whats essentially a confession, or perhaps a warning, that these versions of Slim and Fifty are prone to slashing. Psycho isnt quite the marked departure from Slims tendency to detail violence against real women, but its sandwiched with the slash happy chorus.

You see, Im a psycho, a sicko, Im crazyI said I got my knife pulled, Ill kill you if you make meThey wanna see me shot up, locked up and cage meIll come back bigger, stronger and angry

Sound like any familiar villains? Slim and Fifty seem to think so, and make this comparison in the track: Still as maniacal on the NyQuil and psycho as Michael Myers.

Another one of Slims spooky tracks is Psychopath Killer, a collaboration with Slaughterhouse that showed up on Shady XV. Of note isnt the lyrics but the album cover (above), part of Slims long history with dipping his feet into slasher blood. For his 2001 tour, he memorably popped around in an outfit that looked like a short-sighted creation of a unique slasher, or an homage to an old hockey mask-wearing favourite. He referenced this wild outfit in the trailer for MMLP2 in 2018, referring to himself as the monster Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre created.

Though certainly not the king of horrorcore hip hop, Slim Shady has danced with the devil throughout his illustrious music career. A fan of all things slasher, hes worn a hockey mask, wielded a chainsaw, and cracked wise about Friday the nineteenth. This graduation to Hitchcock references is a natural next step for the maturing Slim, a horror fan through and through.

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