John Carpenter is a goddamned genius. Throughout the late '70s and well into the '80s, the best B-movie director to ever live cranked out a startling number of classic films. Not everything he touched during that period turned to gold -- his adaptation of Stephen King's Christine is pretty mediocre, ... More >>
It takes grit to make a movie in Colorado -- sometimes True Grit. This state's film industry has gotten mixed reviews over the years, but there's no question that producer Hal Wallis created a classic when he made True Grit, based on the book by Charles Portis, in Colorado in 1969. The San Juan Moun ... More >>
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out their answers across our blogs. First up on the Denver Bucket List are Latest Word's 25-16 picks. Count them down here, a ... More >>
Everyone has their holiday. Romantics love Valentine's Day. For Christians and capitalists, nothing satisfies like Christmas. And geeks? For us, Halloween is as good as it gets. If there was an official holiday of geek culture, Halloween would definitely be it. See also: How Stephen King scared me ... More >>
The entertainment industry, with its long-established allergy to new ideas, often mines the bestseller list for source material. Studios are more likely greenlight a scary story after it has been officially vetted by the reading public, and less likely to interfere with a proven earner. In horror ci ... More >>
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Kimberly Peirce's reimagining of Stephen King's Carrie -- and Nicholson convinces Stephanie to go see Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
Stevie Boiser is an omnipresent figure in Denver metal. He fronts Vale of Pnath, and recently stepped down from Enemy Reign to focus on Dissonance In Design, a progressive death-metal quintet that features brothers Harrison and Zac Patuto on guitar and drums, respectively, as well as Vale of Pnath g ... More >>
FRI | LOTUS at RED ROCKS | 10/4/13 The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its fourteenth year as a group. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus ha ... More >>
SUN | DEICIDE at GOTHIC THEATER | 10/13/13 While many metal bands flirt with concepts and perceived aesthetics of Satanism, Deicide has championed a very anti-Christian stance. Deicide, formed in Tampa in 1987, has long been one of the pillars of death metal since releasing its self-titled 1990 debu ... More >>
FRI | LOTUS at RED ROCKS | 10/4/13 The jazzy electronic quintet Lotus, known for its precisely timed improvisations during live shows, is celebrating its fourteenth year together. From incorporating video-game music to performing David Bowie tribute shows and playing Black Sabbath covers, Lotus has ... More >>
For her best-selling debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, novelist Marisha Pessl precisely mapped out her characters and plot using spreadsheets, graphs and tables. But for her followup, a psychological thriller called Night Film, she took a more exploratory approach. The book tells the story ... More >>
Update: Moments ago, the Facebook page for the tourist organization affiliated with Estes Park, which has been closed to visitors since flooding swamped the town last week, posted the following: "Highway 7 is now open without restrictions! Please try to limit traffic as much as possible to allow cre ... More >>
Estes Park is a favorite tourist destination of visitors to Colorado from across the country and the globe. And the town was likely to receive an onslaught of such folks in the coming weeks due to the September 24 release date of Doctor Sleep, author Stephen King's sequel to The Shining -- a book in ... More >>
What's better than one classic horror movie transmogrified into a stage musical full of blood, gore and dance numbers, right in front of your eyes? How about three classic horror movies given similar treatment, and then tagged with a sweet name like Trilogy of Terror? Now, what's even better than th ... More >>
Geeks love metal more than the computers on which they listen to it. They yearn for heavy metal that was forged by Orcs in the mountains of Mordor, smuggled halfway across the universe on Serenity and then discovered by Silver Surfer while scouting for delicious planets. These bands aren't necessari ... More >>
A young woman with a supernatural talent for finding things goes looking for trouble and gets it in the form of a monstrous man who uses children for his own dark ends in Joe Hill's new novel NOS4A2. The book delves into a world where certain special people can make dreams real, then explores what h ... More >>
Be afraid. Be very afraid. The inaugural Stanley Film Festival, which will run May 2 through May 5 this year in Estes Park, is holding an open house for fright-film fans and potential volunteers tonight. The four-day Stanley Film Festival, which will celebrate the best in independent horror cinema ... More >>
At The ABCs of Death, showing now at the Sie FilmCenter, you're going to get the equivalent of horror tapas -- one short, punchy tale for each letter of the alphabet, each delivered by a current or rising star in the genre. It's a tasty appetizer that can serve as a meal in and of itself, but what i ... More >>
Start off the New Year right by saving money this week. Whether you attend a screening of The Dead Zone, a poetry open mic or a short film festival, soaking up some culture won't cost you a cent, so you can head into 2013 feeling fiscally responsible. For more events, check out the Westword calendar ... More >>
Denver has zombie walks, zombie proms, zombie races, zombie car washes and zombie fashion shows, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that a pair of Denver filmmakers have launched an ambitious zombie documentary. Alexandre O. Philippe and Robert Muratore, the pair behind the Star Wars doc The People ... More >>
See also: Gun Street Ghost EP release party at the hi-dive, 8/17/12 Gun Street Ghost is the latest project fronted by Mike Perfetti, perhaps better known from his stints in Ideal Fathers, Johnny Knows Karate and Raleigh. With bassist Tyler Campo (ex-Cowboy Curse, also in Port Au Prince), guitarist ... More >>
Visit Denver has a new mobile app designed to lure vacationers to Mile High City hotspots through a series of "dares:" Complete a "Denver Dare" and you'll earn a Facebook badge. So what are these terrifying tasks, these death-defying deeds? Here's a hint: One of them involves the Celestial Seasoning ... More >>
Next weekend, a highly unique paranormal party is slated to take over the infamously spooky Stanley Hotel, which, of course, provided the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. Part paranormal investigation and part dance extravaganza, Feel the Energy, as its been dubbed is a party that exists ... More >>
Andy BuchananScott Ian, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna, Charlie Benante and Rob Caggiano (L-R) are Anthrax.Considered one of the "big four" of the thrash metal era, Anthrax put New York on the map with its inventive take on infusing metal with a punk rock spirit. When singer Joey Belladonna joi ... More >>
(Click to enlarge)Every week we chronicle the shmuckiest of the shmucky. This week: A way-too-loyal Westword reader. Let's play a little game: Take a long look at the photo above, and try to determine how this fine automobile wound up nestled against this tree outside of Westword's offices o ... More >>
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Richard Price has made writing pay.
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Slayer hasn't stopped giving the devil his due.