FandangoNow Unveils 25 ‘Freshest’ Zombie Movies List to Celebrate ‘Living Dead’ Anniversary

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, Fandango’s on-demand video service FandangoNow Oct. 1 launched a list of the 25 “freshest” zombie movies with the George Romero film taking the top spot.

The list was curated by movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on the movies’Tomatometer scores. (A movie gets a “Fresh” designation when at least 60% of its critic reviews are positive.)

On Oct. 1 only, fans can rent any (or all) of the zombie movies on the list at a discounted rate of $1 off the regular price when using the promo code LIVINGDEAD50 at checkout.

“Zombies owe their popularity today to a little low-budget film from Pittsburgh released 50 years ago today, and Night of the Living Dead has lost none of its power to shock, stun and terrify,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “With its stark, in-your-face black-and-white imagery of the dead coming back to flesh-eating life, director George Romero’s film made it clear to 1968 audiences that visceral horror no longer took the shape of Gothic frights like werewolves and vampires. It now looks just like your friends and neighbors, and there is no escape. To celebrate the ‘Dead’s 50th-anniversary FandangoNOW is hosting the top 25 zombie movies that you can view at home today, starting of course with the film that started it all.”

The list with Tomatometer scores is:

Night of Living Dead (1968) 97%
Train To Busan 96%
Dawn of the Dead (1978) 93%
Shaun of the Dead 92%
I Walked with a Zombie 92%
The Cabin in the Woods 91%
Return of the Living Dead 91%
Zombieland 90%
ParaNorman 89%
White Zombie 89%
[Rec] 88%
28 Days Later 87%
Dead Alive 86%
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 83%
The Plague of the Zombies 80%
Warm Bodies 80%
Dawn of the Dead (2004) 75%
Planet Terror 74%
Land of The Dead 73%
The Crazies 71%
28 Weeks Later 71%
Dead Snow 68%
Night of the Living Dead (1990) 68%
World War Z 66%
The Serpent and the Rainbow 61%

 

Rotten Tomatoes Expands Pool of Critics

Rotten Tomatoes, the movie and TV show recommendation service, has debuted revamped critics criteria for its popular Tomatometer rating system to include more voices.

The entertainment review aggregator, the Tomatometer reflects the collective opinion of thousands of Tomatometer-approved critics. Each Tomatometer score represents the percentage of positive reviews for a given film or television show.

Rotten Tomatoes’ revamped criteria have an increased focus on the critic’s individual qualifications and body of work, rather than basing Tomatometer approval primarily on their publication or employer. This strategy will allow for a wider and more diverse pool of critics’ perspectives to be included in the Tomatometer, according to the company.

In addition, the criteria have expanded beyond the written review to include newer media platforms. Now individuals and outlets that produce reviews for podcasts and digital video series with a strong social media presence and audience engagement will be considered for the Tomatometer.  Recently, more than 200 new Tomatometer-approved critics have been added with many more to come, according to the company.

The criteria can be found on the Rotten Tomatoes site, along with an application to become a Tomatometer-approved critic.

“Over the past few years, our team has added hundreds of new voices to the Tomatometer on top of the thousands we currently have, with the goal of creating a critics pool that closely reflects the global entertainment audience,” said Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes critics relations manager, in a statement. “We took another key step today by revamping our critics criteria that both shifts our focus to approving critics individually rather than through publications, and introduces updated guidelines for newer media platforms to be a part of the Tomatometer.”

To help critics gain access to key film festivals, Rotten Tomatoes has established a $100,000 grant program. Over the next year, Rotten Tomatoes will provide grants to non-profit organizations that help critics with costly expenses associated with festival attendance. The first grant of $25,000 will go to the Toronto International Film Festival’s Media Inclusion Initiative, which will help the organization bring almost 200 new journalists serving underrepresented groups to the Festival, running Sept. 6-16.

“Rotten Tomatoes plays an important role in connecting fans with trusted information and recommendations on what to watch in theaters and at home,” said Paul Yanover, president of Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes’ parent company, in a statement. “Advancing inclusion in criticism continues to be a priority for Rotten Tomatoes and we plan to expand our work with media outlets that hire critics, film festivals and other groups, so as an industry we can better serve consumers.”

New critics will be spotlighted on the Tomatometer Critics home page.  Rotten Tomatoes plans to introduce more new product features over the next year, the company announced.

FandangoNow Highlights ‘Fresh’ Films Not on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu

Online transactional VOD retailer FandangoNow this week is launching a new feature that offers up recommended films, for digital purchase or rent, not available on Netflix and other subscription streaming services.

The monthly feature, FandangoNOW’s “Fresh Picks,” will highlight films on the service with “Fresh” or “Certified Fresh” Tomatometer scores, according to movie review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, a sister division. (A movie gets a “Fresh” designation when at least 60% of its critic reviews are positive.)

This month’s “Fresh Picks” include:

  • Aliens (Special Edition)
  • American Psycho (Uncut Version)
  • Avatar
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Black Hawk Down
  • The Book of Life
  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • Brave
  • Bridesmaids (Unrated)
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Chef
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Death Wish
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Django Unchained
  • The Expendables 2
  • Elysium
  • The Fault in Our Stars (Extended Edition)
  • The Fifth Element
  • Four Lions
  • The Fugitive
  • Frozen
  • Godzilla
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The Heat
  • The Help
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • The Hunger Games
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Ice Age
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Into The Woods
  • Knocked Up
  • Lawless
  • Legally Blonde
  • Limitless: Unrated Extended Cut
  • Lone Survivor
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Lucy
  • Married to the Mob
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Once Were Warriors
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Prisoners
  • The Professional
  • Role Models
  • The Secret of Kells
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • The Social Network
  • Spy Kids
  • Stalag 17
  • Stand By Me
  • Surf’s Up
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • That Touch of Mink
  • The Terminator
  • Tombstone
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Toy Story
  • True Romance (Director’s Cut)
  • Walk the Line
  • Wild
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Wreck-It Ralph

 

In March 2018, digital movie collection service Movies Anywhere added FandangoNow as its fifth digital retail partner. Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu were partnered with the service at launch last year.

Visit FandangoNow here.

FandangoNow has the most comprehensive selection of films in 4K Ultra HD from all the major studios and content providers, according to the service. The service’s catalog is available on more than 200 million devices, offering 70,000 new release and catalog movies, next-day TV shows to buy or rent — no subscription required.

MoviePass Owner Plans 1-for-250 Reverse Stock Split, ‘Rotten Tomatoes’-Like Rating System, Among Other Bravado

Early in the United States’ ill-advised war on Iraq, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, former Iraqi information minister (a.k.a. “Baghdad Bob” or “Comical Ali”), was known for his propaganda and colorful speech intended to boost the morale of Iraqi troops.

Fifteen years later at Media & Entertainment Service Alliances’ Smart Content Summit in New York, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of Helios and Matheson Analytics, parent of theatrical ticket service MoviePass, is doing his best “Baghdad Bob” schtick.

During the July 24 self-serving keynote, “Disruption in the Entertainment Industry – Monetizing the MoviePass Effect,” Farnsworth said the fiscally-challenged ticket subscription remains on course to turn the exhibitor market on its ear.

“It all comes down to data,” Farnsworth said, as reported by M&E Daily. “We know our subscribers. We know what they like. We know what movies they go to — their genre, all these different things. Nobody else knows that.”

Data, in addition to tickets and content ownership/licensing, is high on MoviePass’ portfolio of assets Farnsworth believes makes the service unique and worthy of Wall Street investment.

The service will soon launch a movie rating system powered by MoviePass subscribers because apparently current Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Fandango rating systems aren’t enough.

Farnsworth contends movie studios have no clue who watches their movies.

“Boggles my mind,” he said, adding that monetizing the data remains “a challenge”.

That’s putting it mildly.

Helios and Matheson Analytics remains challenged just staying in business. It claims MoviePass has more than 3 million subscribers and is on course to reach 5 million subs by the end of the year.

No doubt, offering subs daily access to a theatrical screening for $9.95 monthly fee is a boon for consumers. It almost sounds too good to be true. That’s because it is. It’s loss-leader pricing on crack.

HMNY has been hemorrhaging cash, burning through more than $20 million monthly paying exhibitors face value for each ticket used by subscribers. The company warned it faced liquidity issues in its most-recent fiscal period.

Investors noticed, sending HMNY shares freefalling to less 10 cents per share – unsustainable by anyone’s yardstick.

Thus, HMNY said it plans a 1-for-250 shares reverse stock split to take effect July 25. The news resulted in more than 60 million shares trading hands as investors headed for the exit.

“We believe this is an important step that will facilitate our access to capital over the next several years and enable us to implement our growth plans for MoviePass, MoviePass Films and MoviePass Ventures, and will enable us to pursue potential acquisitions to grow our business,” Farnsworth said in a statement. “With greater access to capital, we expect to solidify our position as the No. 1 movie theater subscription service in the U.S. and continue to revolutionize the movie industry.”

With the stock currently trading at a vacuous 0.08 cents per share, after the split, HMNY shares will “worth” $20 per share.

Said one online observer, “They just couldn’t wait to screw the stockholders.”