UPDATE: SHADOWY PENNY DREADFUL TEASER COMES INTO THE LIGHT (NOW WITH OFFICIAL TEASER POSTER GOODNESS!)

Penny Dreadful Teaser Screenshot

PENNY DREADFUL, the upcoming psychosexual horror TV series created for Showtime by John Logan (Screenwriter of such works as Gladiator, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, & Skyfall) and executive produced by Logan and Sam Mendes (Road To Perdition, Skyfall) released a short teaser following the series finale of DEXTER. The teaser asks if we believe in curses, demons, and monsters. The answer here at Backwoods Horror is a resounding HELL YES! Check it out after the break!

In the series, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London, weaving together the origins of such famous literary horror characters as they grapple with their monstrous alienation in Victorian London. YES, YES, & YES! I’m in already! The series will premiere in 2014.

CONTINUE READING FOR THE PENNY DREADFUL TEASER & MORE!

THE ORIGINAL FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, & THE BIRDS COMING BACK TO THEATERS NATIONWIDE

For all you fans of classic horror out there (and who isn’t?), we have some fantastic news for you. Many of you were too young to have ever seen FRANKENSTEIN or THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN on the big screen when they were released so many years ago, or during their re-release. A good deal of you may also have been too young to catch THE BIRDS in theaters as well. Well that’s all about to change as Turner Classic Movies, in partnership with Fathom Events are bringing these three horror genre classics to the big screen NATIONWIDE!

From The Press Release:

This fall, NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are bringing a series of horror movie classics back to movie theaters nationwide. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds flies back into theaters on Wednesday, September 19 and a double feature of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein will haunt screens on Wednesday, October 24.

Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal in celebration of its 100th Anniversary, and will also include a specially-produced TCM introduction by film historian, author and TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes for each of these American classics with unique insights into their making.

Participating theaters playing the double feature FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEINCLICK HERE!

Participating theaters playing THE BIRDSCLICK HERE!

 

CLASSIC UNIVERSAL MONSTER MOVIES COMING TO BLU-RAY THIS OCTOBER!

Source: Fangoria

Teased earlier this year, Universal continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary by bringing Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Bride, the Wolf Man, the Phantom and the Creature to Blu in one collection. Features, art and a look at the DRACULA’s restoration below.

Coming October 2, a massive digital restoration and features-laden package, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection promises an epic tour of shadows, fog and monstrosity as it collects some of the most iconic and significant entries in cinematic horror storytelling. Accompanying the films is a 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters and correspondence; special features including looks at the work of pioneering makeup artist Jack Pierce and commentaries from the likes of modern master Rick Baker; the much beloved 1931 Spanish language version of DRACULA, as well as a 3D Blu-ray of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, and much more.

Keep reading after the break for individual Blu-ray specs for each film.

PORTIA DE ROSSI CAST AS LILY MUNSTER IN NBC’S MOCKINGBIRD LANE

In an abrupt casting change, Portia De Rossi has been brought in to replace Mariana Klaveno to play Lily Munster (originally played to vampish effect by Yvonne De Carlo) for NBC’s THE MUNSTERS reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Apparently, Mariana Klaveno couldn’t get a release from her contract for the project DEVIOUS MAIDS. Being a fan of De Rossi’s work in her various roles, I think this can only work out for the best and can’t wait to see what she’ll look like decked out as Lily Munster. Better than Mariana Klaveno, I think Portia De Rossi even has a better look for the role and her work in Arrested Development leads me to believe she can pull off the humorous, yet mysterious character.

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Wakefield joins Jerry O’Connell, as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (played by Portia De Rossi) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

FIRST LOOK AT CHARITY WAKEFIELD AS MARILYN MUNSTER ON SET OF NBC’S MOCKINGBIRD LANE

Show “creator” Bryan Fuller has released the first image of Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster (originally portrayed by Beverley Owen with actress Pat Priest later assuming the role) on the set of NBC’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Seems like a damn good match to the original, which is the first time I can say that about the casting for the show.

Pat Priest As Marilyn Munster

Wakefield joins Jerry O’Connell, as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (no longer being played by ?) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

EDDIE IZZARD SUITS UP AS GRANDPA MUNSTER FOR NBC’S ‘MOCKINGBIRD LANE’

Show “creator” Bryan Fuller released the first image today of Eddie Izzard suiting up as Grandpa Munster during a wardrobe fitting for NBC’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE. It seems, just from costuming, that they’re definitely straying from original wardrobe design.

Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (played by Mariana Klaveno) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

EDDIE MUNSTER CAST FOR NBC’S ‘THE MUNSTERS’ REBOOT

In yet another example of a severe lack of ideas, THE MUNSTERS reboot is still a go for NBC. The new version will be titled MOCKINGBIRD LANE, written by Bryan Fuller (PUSHING DAISIES, DEAD LIKE ME) and starring Eddie Izzard and Charity Wakefield. Additionally, it has been reported that Mason Cook (SPY KIDS 4D) will be joining the cast as the young werewolf Eddie Munster.

Bryan Singer (producer of one of my new favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily and Herman’s only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (portrayed by Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

Hmmmm, I have a lot of fond memories of the original series, and still watch the show when in need of a good chuckle. Still, with the talent of Fuller and Singer behind the project, I may find myself actually enjoying it. Below is an example of concept art for the house at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and character design from Entertainment Weekly.