John Carpenter’s Halloween Wins Every AMC Fearfest Award But One

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Fearfest Central
AMC Fearfest Awards 2010Polls for the Palme d’Gore, Queen of the Scream Queens, the Bleeding Man, and more.
On-Air Schedule Over 60 movies — from 28 Days Later… to The Wolf Man — running from Oct. 18 to 31.
B-movies Online Five new zombie movies — one with Vincent Price — plus nineteen other horror B-movies.
Killer Conversations Video
Video interviews with The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, horror icon Wes Craven, and others.
New Blood Video Interviews with horror’s up-and-comers such as James Wan (Saw) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th).
Two Swedes Sweding
Comedic shorts by two crazy horror fans reenacting Halloween, Friday the 13th, and eight other iconic fright flicks.
The Walking Dead
AMC’s new original series premieres on Sun., Oct. 31, at 10PM | 9C.

After two weeks of voting and well over 10,000 votes cast in each category, voting for the AMC Fearfest Awards has finally drawn to a close.

The big winner? Halloween! John Carpenter’s classic cleaned up — taking home the Palme d’Gore for Best Movie and three other awards: Scream Queen (Jamie Lee Curtis), Evil Genius (Director John Carpenter) and Screamwriting (Carpenter with co-writer Debra Hill). Consider it a near sweep for the great slasher flick! It just goes to show that horror fans don’t always go with the biggest names: Kubrick, Coppola, and Tarantino all failed to take home a prize!

The only prize not snagged by Halloween was the Bleeding Man Award won by Jack Nicholson for his role in The Shining.Whether Nicholson’s work in other horror films such as The Little Shop of Horrors, The Terror, The Raven, and Wolf is something only you can say.

Click here to check out the final tally for all five award categories.

The Walking Dead Knows That Zombies Rule As Do These Top Ten Zombie Movies

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Time was, zombies got no respect: Vampires, werewolves, and even mummies got all the screen time while brain-eaters were relegated to the sidelines. Those days are long gone, thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead. As if that weren’t enough, another member of the zombie renaissance. 28 Days Later, airs on AMC on Fri., Nov. 5 at 11:30PM | 10:30C as part of Fear Friday, AMC’s Friday night marathon of fright flicks. Afterwards, make it a zombie weekend by tuning into The Walking Dead on Sun., Nov. 7 at 10PM | 9C and earning a chance to win a walk-on role. In the meantime, see which zombie movies separate themselves from the pack.

10. White Zombie
Some modern viewers consider White Zombie slow, but don’t let them get in your way: the original zombie flick stands the test of time. White Zombie gave Bela Lugosi the kick-ass post-Count Dracula role of amoral plantation owner Murder Legendre, who’d rather make zombies than pay living workers. It also introduced the living dead to U.S. moviegoers and gave Rob Zombie a name for his band. Not too shabby, eh? You can even watch the original zombie flick in full online.

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The Walking Dead‘s Director, Frank Darabont, Always Wanted to Do Zombies – He Just Needed a Story

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The Walking Dead‘s executive producer, director, and writer, Frank Darabont (The Mist), had been searching for a way to make a zombie show for a long while before he found Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel. So he says in an interview that’s part of Killer Conversations, a series of video Q&As with horror’s best and brightest talents. Darabont tells Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead‘s special-effects man and makeup designer, that his eureka moment came shortly after he found Kirkman’s comic on the shelf. Nicotero, who’d been down the zombie road before with George A. Romero himself, reveals that he thinks Darabont’s take on the zombie genre is truly unique. Want to hear more with Darabont and Nicotero or fellow horror icons Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland)?

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The Walking Dead premieres on Halloween night, Sun., Oct. 31, at 10PM | 9C.

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Frank Darabont Ultimate Fan Quiz

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Get to know Frank Darabont. The dude who brought us The Blob, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption is the creator behind AMC’s buzzed-about new zombie drama, The Walking Dead. What movies earned Darabont Oscar nods? How much did he pay Stephen King for the rights to The Shawshank Redemption?Take Quiz »

To challenge yourself with more movie trivia, try our Super Movie Quiz.

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Halloween Leads AMC Fearfest Awards for Palme d’Gore, Scream Queen, and Director

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Fearfest Central
AMC Fearfest Awards 2010Polls for the Palme d’Gore, Queen of the Scream Queens, the Bleeding Man, and more.
On-Air Schedule Over 60 movies — from 28 Days Later… to The Wolf Man — running from Oct. 18 to 31.
B-movies Online Five new zombie movies — one with Vincent Price — plus nineteen other horror B-movies.
Killer Conversations Video
Video interviews with The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, horror icon Wes Craven, and others.
New Blood Video Interviews with horror’s up-and-comers such as James Wan (Saw) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th).
Two Swedes Sweding
Comedic shorts by two crazy horror fans reenacting Halloween, Friday the 13th, and eight other iconic fright flicks.
The Walking Dead
AMC’s new original series premieres on Sun., Oct. 31, at 10PM | 9C.

Election Day isn’t until Tue., Nov. 2, but voting has been going on for nearly two weeks in the AMC Fearfest Awards. The polls close tomorrow, when AMC Fearfest comes to an end.

Currently, Halloween is due to clean up. The movie looks set to walk away with four out of five awards: the Palme d’Gore, Scream Queen (for Jamie Lee Curtis), Evil Genius (for John Carpenter), and Screamwriting (for Carpenter and Debra Hill).

The Bleeding Man competition is the one category where Halloween doesn’t lead. (Probably because it didn’t have a contender.) Instead, Jack Nicholson (The Shining) holds the lead for the best-actor award, although Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead II) has been gaining ground.

Feel differently? Now is the time to vote. You’ve got until Sun., Oct. 31, to turn the tide in all five categories.

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Video – The New Blood of Horror Reinvents (and Reveres) Friday the 13th and The Hills Have Eyes

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If you listen to Derek Mears (who plays Jason Voorhees in the latest Friday the 13th movie) and director Alexandre Aja (who helmed the remake of The Hills Have Eyes), horror is changing for the better. They’re not alone in thinking so.

In AMC’s New Blood series of video interviews, fellow actors, directors, and writers James Wan (Saw), Breck Eisner (The Crazies), and James Gunn (Slither) are in complete accord. Mears, for his part, says he thinks that horror has been taken over by a group of filmmakers who don’t see the genre as second-class. Aja agrees, even going so far as to admit that he’s an audience member first and a director second. Curious about what else they have to say?

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About the Evil Dead Trilogy

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Fearfest Central
AMC Fearfest Awards 2010Polls for the Palme d’Gore, Queen of the Scream Queens, the Bleeding Man, and more.
On-Air Schedule Over 60 movies — from 28 Days Later… to The Wolf Man — running from Oct. 18 to 31.
B-movies Online Five new zombie movies — one with Vincent Price — plus nineteen other horror B-movies.
Killer Conversations Video
Video interviews with The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, horror icon Wes Craven, and others.
New Blood Video Interviews with horror’s up-and-comers such as James Wan (Saw) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th).
Two Swedes Sweding
Comedic shorts by two crazy horror fans reenacting Halloween, Friday the 13th, and eight other iconic fright flicks.
The Walking Dead
AMC’s new original series premieres on Sun., Oct. 31, at 10PM | 9C.

Once upon a time, a kid who loved comic books, horror movies, and the Three Stooges and really wanted to be a filmmaker started with a low-budget horror movie. Unlike most first timers, Sam Raimi’s scrappy little horror movie — The Evil Dead — spawned two sequels, video games, a comic-book series, and a gory tongue-in-cheek musical. Any horror fan worth his or her weight in blood has seen The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness, but even the most devoted fans can always be surprised. Deepen your appreciation with ten little-known facts about the Evil Dead trilogy.

1. Rocky Horror Fans Helped The Evil Dead Get Made
Without The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its fanatical devotees, The Evil Dead may never have been. Raimi’s movie started as a short that was shown theatrically with Rocky Horror. The reaction helped persuade potential investors to put up money for a feature-length version.

2. Stephen King Brought The Evil Dead to America
Displaying prescient judgment and business savvy, no U.S. distributor was interested in The Evil Dead — that is, until Stephen King saw the movie and wrote a rave review, dubbing it the “most ferociously original horror film of the year.”

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Spot the Vampire Movie Photo Quiz

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Not all vampires walk around with fangs out, wearing capes and sporting a widow’s peak. Think you can spot the unassuming bloodsuckers in movies like Blade: Trinity, Twilight, The Lost Boys, and From Dusk Til Dawn using only a photo? Prove it with our vampires-in-disguise photo quiz.Take Quiz »

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Can Anyone Catch John Carpenter in the Voting for the Best Screamwriter of AMC Fearfest?

john-carpenter-280.jpgWith just a few days left to vote in the AMC Fearfest Awards, the current results in the Screamwriting category are a bit shocking: it seems that even horror’s most popular author, Stephen King, can’t stop the film juggernaut that is John Carpenter’s Halloween. As of Friday morning, Carpenter and his co-writer, Debra Hill, have netted 42 percent of the nearly 12,000 votes that have been cast. King, nominated for his work on Pet Sematary, sits in second place, with 15 percent of the vote. George A. Romero and John A. Russo are hot on King’s heels, with 13 percent for their zombie-laden classic Night of the Living Dead, while Diane Johnson and Stanley Kubrick round out the top four for their work on The Shining. (Yes, an adaptation of a Stephen King novel.)

Voting ends this Sun., Oct. 31, so choose your favorite Screamwriter and make with the mouse clicking. As of the morning of Fri., Oct. 29, the great Robert Bloch is nestled snugly in last place, with just 60 votes for his work on Asylum, an anthology film for which he wrote four stories and a framing narrative. What’s your favorite? Share in the comments section below.

Flashback Five – Robert Rodriguez’s Best Movies

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Fearfest Central
AMC Fearfest Awards 2010Polls for the Palme d’Gore, Queen of the Scream Queens, the Bleeding Man, and more.
On-Air Schedule Over 60 movies — from 28 Days Later… to The Wolf Man — running from Oct. 18 to 31.
B-movies Online Five new zombie movies — one with Vincent Price — plus nineteen other horror B-movies.
Killer Conversations Video
Video interviews with The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, horror icon Wes Craven, and others.
New Blood Video Interviews with horror’s up-and-comers such as James Wan (Saw) and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th).
Two Swedes Sweding
Comedic shorts by two crazy horror fans reenacting Halloween, Friday the 13th, and eight other iconic fright flicks.
The Walking Dead
AMC’s new original series premieres on Sun., Oct. 31, at 10PM | 9C.

Writer, director, editor, composer, production designer: I’m leaving a few job titles out, but suffice it to say that Robert Rodriguez does it all. His do-it-yourself ethos covers every part of the filmmaking process, and the results are furiously entertaining, energetic movies that leave no doubt as to their creator. Working at a prolific pace, Rodriguez has already had success in creating unique entries in the realms of horror, crime, comedy, sci-fi, and even kids movies. But what work is his best? I thought you’d never ask.

1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
From Dusk Till Dawn is the original Grindhouse. Resurrected from an early Quentin Tarantino screenplay (he bartered the script for special-effects work on Reservoir Dogs), the sultry vampire flick is an odd mash up: half thriller, half creature feature. By splitting the difference, the flick seems bound to disappoint either camp of fans but doesn’t. In reality, From Dusk Till Dawn has something for everyone — vampires, gunplay, Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, and a barely clothed Salma Hayek.

2. El Mariachi (1992)
You want to know what dedication is? Selling your body to medical science to make your movie. That’s just what Rodriguez did to make El mariachi, and the result is a $7,000 wonder that put the aspiring director on the map. Borrowing liberally from the movies of Hong Kong action director John Woo, with a bit of Sam Raimi thrown in for good measure, Rodriguez shows that creativity can overcome the greatest economic restrictions. El mariachi is a grungy little gem whose low-budget origins actually play to the movie’s advantage, imbuing the material with realism, a gritty feel, and a kinetic pace.

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