Cinefantastique Web Surfing 02/06/08

Two stop-motion dinosaurs in the original '70s version of LAND OF THE LOST.FRIEL AND FERREL CO-STAR IN “LAND OF THE LOST“: BBC reports that Anna Friel (of the over-rated PUSHING DAISIES) has signed to co-star with Will Ferrel (STRANGER THAN FICTION) in an adaptation of LAND OF THE LOST television series. Brad Siberling (LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS) will direct. The screenplay was completed before the current writer’s strike.
ROTH’S HORROR MOVIE: Cinema Blend reports that actor Tim Roth has vowed never to watch FUNNY GAMES, the horror film he recently completed, because he finds the story (about a father forced to watch his wife and children fight for their lives after being taken hostage) too disturbing.
SXSW FILM FESTIVAL: This festival in Austin, Texas, which runs March 7-11, has announced its “Round Midnight” lineup of sinister titles, including NOT YORU TYPICAL BIGFOOT MOVIE, SOUTHERN GOTHIC (about a man trying to rescue a girl from an undead preacher), and DANCE OF THE DEAD (the dead rise to eat the living at the high school prom, and the only people who can stop them are the losers who couldn’t get dates). The latter is the new film from director Gregg Bishop, who wrote and directed the low-budget sleeper THE OTHER SIDE.
HORROR BRIEFING: Esplatter digs through the Internet detritus to find a few interesting bits of gold: Wes Craven is working on a new film, 25/8, about a serial killer offing kids born on the day he supposedly died; Joan Collins will co-star with Christopher Lee in COWBOYS FOR CHRIST, director Robert Hardy’s follow-up to THE WICKER MAN; and THEM, the French film form David Moreau and Xavier Palud (directors of THE EYE) will hit home video stores on February 26.
THE SEVENTH SEAL: House of Mirth and Movies offers up an appreciation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 meditation on mortality, in which a knight (Max Von Sydow) holds Death at bay for a few extra days by challenging him to a game of chess.
HWA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Horrorscope reports that the Horror Writers Association will be handing out a a Lifetime Achievement Award to John Carpenter, director of HALLOWEEN, THE THING, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, and many others. Carpenter’s current project is THE PRINCE.
FROM CAT PEOPLE TO STARMAN – THE B-HORRORS OF JOHN CARPENTER AND VAL LEWTON: Nathan Lee reviews Kent Jones’s recent documentary THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS, about horror film producer Val Lewton, and draws parallels with Jone’s earlier essay “American Movies Classic,” in which the critic praised the work of John Carpenter, calling him the “widescreen master of contemporary cinema.”

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