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The Horror Short That Inspired del Toro’s Film MAMA

(YouTube Link) Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to horror, and his fantastically disturbing films find inspiration in the darkest corners of the human psyche. MAMA is the tale of orphaned children who survived in the wild thanks to a dark presence they call Mama, and the feature length film began as a short film so good [...]

The Tree of Gondor Tattoo

I love The Lord of the Rings, both in book and film form. I have probably watched the extended edition of each film at least ten times. I have already been three times to see The Hobbit, and the book remains one of my all-time childhood favorites. So maybe that is why I love this [...]

Chessdogs Are The Only Hope For The Future

(YouTube Link) What happens when an evil mastermind captures every dog on Earth, enslaving them to use in various nefarious schemes? What kind of name is Stone Steel? And what does chess have to do with anything that happens in this short film? These questions and more will be answered when you watch a silly short film called Chessdogs, [...]

1898: The First Christmas Movie

(Video Link) Long before Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life, there was Santa Claus. Not only was this the first Christmas movie–it was among the first movies on any topic ever made. George Albert Smith, a British pioneer of filmmaking, produced it in 1898. This short film was a technical marvel of its [...]

Horror Comedy Short – Structure Kill

(Vimeo Link) Structure Kill is a short horror film by Stephen Vitale that’s described as “not your typical horror film parking structure scene”. Well, this is one of those times when “not typical” means hilarious and extremely enjoyable. Be sure to check your back seat before getting in your car, or you may come face-to-face with an [...]

Director Christopher Nolan Discusses Making His First Film, Following

Last night, director Christopher Nolan visited the IFC Center in New York City to screen his own restored print of his first film, Following. After showing the film (as well as one of his early shorts, Doodlebug), Nolan and incoming Village Voice film critic Scott Foundas discussed the film’s restoration, the challenges behind making Following—and [...]

Nine Ways To Bide Your Time Waiting for The Hobbit

The first film of The Hobbit trilogy hits theaters on December 14th. Lord of the Rings fans have been waiting for years to get their Tolkien movie fix, and some of them are getting pretty antsy at this point. Geeks Are Sexy, the folks who know how hard it is to wait for your favorite [...]

A Few Facts About Larry Hagman

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. TV fans the world over mourned the passing of Larry Hagman, who succumbed after a long, hard-fought battle against cancer on Friday, November 23rd. Rarely does an actor get to create an iconic role in his or her [...]

White Shadow: Alfred Hitchcock’s First Film

Alfred Hitchcock made his first movie in 1924. The White Shadow was thought to have been lost forever, until three of the six reels were found mislabeled in the New Zealand Film Archive. Now the National Film Preservation Foundation has made it available online. What made this a big deal is that “The White Shadow” is [...]

I Have Your Heart

I have always loved stop-motion films ever since I watched Wallace & Gromit as a kid. If you feel the same way then you very well might like this new collaborative effort by Molly Crabapple, Kim Boekbinder, and Jim Batt titled I Have Your Heart. Along with having great names, the trio collectively are an [...]