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10/02/2017 - 1:36pm
Séance Infernale: A Novel by John Skariton

A missing French inventor and his lost feature film take center stage with this dark debut of a novel by Jonathan Skariton.

The early history of motion pictures is plagued with controversy, including vicious patent wars between the United States and Europe. 

In 1888, French inventor Louis Le Prince was granted an American patent on a 16-lens camera that combined motion picture with a projector. Although Le Prince mostly wanted a single-lens patent, he was not granted one. In October of the same year, Le Prince filmed Roundhay Garden Scene, which is known today as one of the only surviving pieces of the earliest production of a film. Le Prince planned to present his successful invention in Manhattan at a public exposition, and he is considered by many to be the true father of motion pictures.

08/15/2017 - 10:48am
A History of Classic Monsters: The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is considered to be one of the oldest classic movie monsters—and one of the creepiest. Born in a French novel, put into two silent films and a popular Broadway musical, the Phantom has made an impact on the horror world.

10/02/2017 - 1:55pm
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. (catalog summary)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is an upcoming 2017 American family film based on the children's novel. The film is being produced by DreamWorks Animation and Scholastic Entertainment with animation production provided by Mikros Image. It is being directed by David Soren, written by Nicholas Stoller, and stars the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal. The film is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2017, in 3D and 2D in the United States. See the HD trailer below

10/02/2017 - 1:55pm
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Life in small town Nevada, Iowa, in the late 1990s has never promised much. Everything is pretty much a stone's throw away from the residents' houses, including the popular Video Hut. Although a brand-spanking-new Hollywood Video nearby is threatening Video Hut's profits, it seems to still have its regular flow of customers. A job at the Video Hut is good enough for 22-year-old Jeremy, who lives with his father, an independent contractor. Both work endless hours to avoid painful thoughts of Mom, who died six years before in a car accident.

But, things are not what they seem in Nevada, Iowa. Not at all.

06/08/2017 - 1:54pm

With no popular mummy films in theaters for the past few years, one might get the impression that the mummy has finally taken a long awaited voyage to join Osiris on the river of the dead. However, in a few weeks a new mummy film, once again entitled The Mummy, will be released in theaters. This time around, it isn't Imhotep who is causing chaos, but an immortal Egyptian queen Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who seeks out her mortal love, played by Tom CruiseThe Mummy is the first in the new Universal Monsters series, proving that some monsters are timeless in their box office appeal.

Learn more about mummies in cinema below, and watch the trailer for the new movie.

01/26/2017 - 3:06pm
Foreign Films in February

Need a break from Hollywood special effects blockbusters? Want to travel the world without leaving town? Join us at England Run Branch for a series of international films Saturdays in February, 2:00–4:00. These will be shown in their original language with English subtitles.

February 4, we'll head to Denmark for a very special meal with Babette's Feast. In a remote village in 19th-century Denmark, a French refugee, Babette, is taken in at the local pastor's house as a servant. When the stern pastor dies, his daughters decide to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth with a dinner. With Babette in charge of the meal, the little community will get the meal of their lives! Rated G 

06/08/2017 - 3:24pm

Although zombies have a long history of appearances in religion and folklore, interest in them as villains in horror films is largely confined to the second half of the 20th century. The explosion in zombie popularity is based on a characterization established by a single film and the fact that the original characterization of the zombi in African folklore and religion, as well as in earlier films, is dramatically different from that of the popular characterization from the 1960s onward. To understand zombies in both their original context and in the role they have come to take in popular culture requires an understanding of two divergent traditions.

06/08/2017 - 3:43pm

The image of a cursed soul doomed to become a werewolf at the rising of a full moon is one of the most iconic concepts in horror. Unlike Dracula or the Mummy, the notion of a “wolf man” or “werewolf” was not cemented by one single actor, author, book, or horror series. It is instead a truly ancient concept dating back to the pre-literate sagas and legends told by Europeans centuries ago. 

07/20/2017 - 9:42am
Frankenstein’s creature has many differences from other popular monsters associated with Halloween. Rather than being based off an ancient legend, religious concept, or historical figure, his origin is solely literary in nature, being confined to one book. Despite this, public perception of the creature has changed greatly since the publication of the original novel, leading to wildly divergent styles and plotlines in its various film adaptations.
 
People’s perceptions of the creature have become so warped by time and decades of misleading film posters and article titles that most use the name “Frankenstein” to refer to the creature itself, rather than the scientist who created him!  An understanding of literary history is necessary to understand the truth of the creature’s tragic history and how decades of film adaptations changed him into the lumbering brute most know him as today.

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