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Scariest Movies Ever Made

Scariest Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles. Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies – e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein – in addition to, gasp, a handful of […]


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Scariest Movies Ever Made



Lon Chaney Movies: The Man of a Thousand Faces

He Who Gets Slapped with Lon Chaney Lon Chaney is one of the most fascinating movie stars in film history. Throughout the 1920s, Chaney was one the biggest box office draws the world over despite what could kindly be described as an unhandsome face – one that was often disguised by heavy layers of make-up to make him look ancient, deformed, Chinese, female, etc. His roles usually fell into two categories: total fiends, or fiends and semi-fiends in love/lust with or protective of some pretty young thing or other. On Monday, Aug. 15, Turner Classic Movies will be showing 15 Lon Chaney movies, in addition to the reconstructed – by way of stills – London After Midnight (1927), perhaps the […]


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Lon Chaney Movies: The Man of a Thousand Faces



Monsters & Porn Stars + Joan Crawford & Kristen Stewart: Eclectic SXSW Movies

SXSW Film Festival line-up The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the complete feature lineup for this year's Festival, March 12 – 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Over the course of nine days, 119 features will screen at the festival, with 55 of those having their world premieres at SXSW 2010. These films were selected from a record 1,572 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,206 U.S. and 366 international feature-length films. Headliners Cyrus Directors and Screenwriters: Jay and Mark Duplass With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcee finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her […]


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Monsters & Porn Stars + Joan Crawford & Kristen Stewart: Eclectic SXSW Movies



Abel Gance, Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Chang by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (top); J'accuse! by Abel Gance (middle); Lon Chaney in Tod Browning's West of Zanzibar (bottom) Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war drama J'accuse! is the centerpiece of this winter's edition of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Castro Theater. The 162-minute, recently restored J'accuse!, which is having its US big-screen premiere at the festival, focuses on a love triangle set in World War I Europe, a time when men were slaughtering one another for some great cause or other. (As always, the great cause in question depended on which side you were fighting.) Actual soldiers took part in the film, and in one scene […]


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Abel Gance, Lon Chaney, Buster Keaton: San Francisco Silent Film Festival





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