Thursday, December 31, 2009
"Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night,
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms,
And the autumn moon is bright."
-Sir John Talbot, The Wolfman (1941)
Well, boils and ghouls, we are less than two months from the premier of the much-anticipated remake of everyone's favorite furry monster. Up top there is one of new very kick-ass movie posters, and now, just in time for a full moon and long holiday weekend, Universal has launched the official movie site.
Here is the link. Check it out!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
As noted during the "Best Fright Flicks" segment "eva" on award-winning Hauntcast 14, the Creature reboot had some recent news.
Variety is reporting that Universal is talking to Carl Rinsch to direct their Gill Man flick. Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce, along with Gary Ross.
If you recall, earlier this year Fango had some really cool news and art concepts from FX artist Vincent Guastini.
According to the article, Guastini said:
“At this moment, I have some idea which direction they're going in, but as of now, it’s still ongoing and we’ll have to see what the outcome of this will be. These are my ideas that are both traditional and freshened up, without destroying the classic original. We also did a version that was an exact replica of the original creature as a model to give them a full idea where we are going from, and what improvements we can make and the possibilities of what the Creature could look like. Whatever happens I feel very confident that whichever direction Universal goes in will be the right one.”
I really dig the concepts as they do not stray too far from the orignal Creature, but have a few tweaks here and there without making the monster unreognizable.
Additionally, Universal is said to be going "back to the drawing board" in terms of script and seeking out writers for a whole new story. So, it would appear that Gary Ross' script has been trashed........
More creepy details as they come our way, gang!
Sad news regarding actress Zelda Rubinstein, best known for her role in the Poltergeist films, as well as Sixteen Candles.
Ms. Rubinstein was taken off life support last night at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA where she had been a patient for over a month. I have seen at least one report confirming her death, while others list her time as very limited.
Thoughts are with Ms. Rubinstein and her family and friends.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Yup, it's that time of the month, gang...............enjoy!
Hauntcast 14 :: Happy Horrordays
The Scream Team celebrates Hauntcast’s 1 year anniversary featuring part 2 of Chris’ interview with Gary Corb from the Hallowed Haunting Grounds.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Well, with my wife, the baby and my wife's family all upstairs making cookies and jamming to Christmas tunes, I think I'm going to sneak away and catch a few flicks.
Ahh, chillin' in a hoodie and shorts with a fire going, basking in the glow of the Christmas tree, and watching some holiday themed horror. Here's just a few flicks I'm going to try to get through today with several glasses of eggnog. Hmm, ok that last part is a lie since I can't stand eggnog since it tends to ruin perfectly good whiskey.
I'm not going to do full blown summaries and reviews (I'm lazy since I'm off for a week, sorry lol), and this is not an exhaustive list of holiday themed frigt, here's is what's showing in the Midnite Spook Frolic Winter Wonderland Horror Marathon today:
Jack Frost (1996)
Who doesn't love a killer snowman with an equally killer smile?
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
I remember how "controversial" this flick was when I was a kid. Still an ok slasher film.
Black Christmas (1974)
Good solid film with Margot Kidder and Olivia Hussey, among other stars. Avoid the craptacular remake from '06 and stay scary with the original.
Christmas Evil (1980)
My favorite of the "killer Santa" films, this is a really low-key and quite disturbing character study of a very mentally ill man. Still stands up all these years later.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Perhaps my favorite of the holiday themed films, while not horror, it is sci-fi schlock at its best. Plus, it's in "blazing color!!!" Best known for starring a child Pia Zadora, this bizarre flick is an annual tradition in my household.
So, all you cool ghouls, if you have any of these, pull 'em out, fire up the media player of choice, grab a holiday beverage, and say "Cheers!" with me.
Scary Christmas to all and to all a good fright!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Frankenstein (1931) at 6:00 p.m.
Dracula (1931) at 7:30 p.m.
The Wolf Man (1941) at 9:30 p.m.
Thanks to thebrainfollower for the head's up on this really cool event.
If anyone is in the area, check out this terror-filled triple feature at The Brattle Theater.
Taken from their website:
There are several reasons to celebrate these classic monster movies – aside from the fact that they are great films in and of themselves. First of all, 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Frankenstein on screen in J. Searle Dawley’s 1910 version. Of course, Karloff and Whale’s Universal version remains the definitive. Additionally, local theater company Theater@First will be putting on a stage production of Dracula in February – and members of the company will be on hand for this evening. And finally, there is the much anticipated ‘re-envisioning’ of the Wolf Man myth coming out in a few weeks. With all of these reasons blooming, we take a moment to reflect on just how amazing these original gothic masterpieces really are.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I don't recall where I had found these way cool monster stamps, but I thought I would share. Sierra Leone has got it goin' on in a creepy fun way!
Although I think it would be even cooler if the portraits were done in black and white, it is always quite interesting to see what the Universal gang would have looked like in living (dead?) color.
I wish we had cool postage like this....
Big spooky holiday shout-out to Chris and Skully at the Hauntcast dungeon for my Christmas present that came in yesterday's mail.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Happy birthday Maila Nurmi, best known to us monster kids as Vampira (1921 –2008).
There seems to be a bit of confusion about her day of birth, as I saw it listed variously as December 11th and also December 21st. Well, if it was the 11th, I missed it and either way, I am going to note and celebrate it.
Happy birthday Ms. Nurmi!!!
The last time we had an update about Survival, it was the U.K. rights. Now, we have some domestic information to bring you.
Seems that Magnet Releasing, a subdivision of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired the rights to the film. It is going to be released in Spring of 2010 as part of the "Ultra VOD" program a month before a (what seems to be limited) theatrical run. So, if you don't like or want to head out to the theaters, catch the latest living dead picture in the comfort of your own home theater.
More news to come!!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Written and Directed by Ti West
Starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, A.J. Bowen
Rated R, 95 minutes
From MPI Media Group
Official movie site
One of the best horror films of 2009, The House of the Devil is a creepy throwback and deliberate homage to films of the early 1980s.
The plot is rather simple: Sam (Donahue) is a young college student in need of extra cash for a new apartment. She responds to a flyer seeking a babysitter, and having no car of her own, asks her good friend Megan (Gerwig) to drive her to the job.
They find that the location of the job is an isolated creepy old house. Soon Sam meets Mr. Ulman (Noonan) who confesses that there is no baby, but that Sam is there to "watch" his elderly invalid mother. Despite grave misgivings, and thanks in large part to Mr. Ulman's offer of cash, Sam agrees to stay the night so that Ulman and his equally creepy wife (Woronov) may attend a very important gathering involving the full eclipse of the moon.
Megan reluctantly leaves her friend, and Sam's night of horror begins. Slowly she realizes that there is something terribly wrong in the house.
Directed with dead-on restraint by West, he does a terrific job of building a sheer sense of dread. The creep factor keeps amping up as the audience, along with Sam, slowly unravels the mystery of what the true purpose of her "job" is, until we are treated to a real roller-coaster of a final 15 minutes or so. The actors all do a great job as well, with special recognition for Donahue's wonderfully understated performance. Although there are a few shocking scenes and a little blood towards the end, it is not a gore-fest that would turn off fans of classic horror.
The DVD and Blu Ray drops on February 2, 2010.
If you have not seen this film, and are a fan of classic 70s and 80s horror, I believe you will really dig The House of the Devil. Check it out!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Guy, You Kick Major Ass!! Or, How House Bloodthorn's Head Ghoul Made Me Stop Looking Like a Jabroni and Took the MSF to a Whole 'Nother Level
So, there I was yesterday at work in my office toiling away (ok, I was listening to reggae and mostly staring out the window. Although I did move some files and papers from one side of my desk to the other halfway through the day to show the monumental progress I was making......) when the little green light on my new Droid began blinking.
Ah, an email, I thought, so I checked the phone only to see an email to the gmail account. Spam I concluded given I have only ever received one "real" email at this address! LOL.
Well, low and behold, it was legitimate email from none other than Guy from the fangtastic House Bloodthorn. As you boils and ghouls may already know, Guy has been a big part of the "behind the scenes" aspect of Hauntcast and helped madman Chris Baker with graphics and design and whatnot for the site. Last year, Guy was even kind enough to create and provide for me a couple of very cool avatars - one the Hauntcast skull, and the other the ultra-super cool Blackenstein avvie that graces this very page, as well as my super-spectacular My Space and Facebook pages.
Hmmmm, I wondered why he was emailing me now?
Turns out that Guy had a little bit of downtime between his own projects (including one very cool site redesign that will be unveiled in the near future.....shhh, it's a secret, kids!!), and decided that the Midnite Spook Frolic needed a little.........pizazz. Now, I'm all about the pizazz, so I eagerly read on and was really floored when I saw what he whipped up for me on his diabolical computer of terror.
The new logo was a sight to behold - the background image worked so well. I couldn't believe that he was able to just create something that was just so perfect! I would never have even thought to use a film motif, and the 50s audience in their 3-D glasses was a fangtastic touch.
Guy wrote that I was not obligated to use the images but if I was interested (if I was interested!!! LOL) he'd be happy to send me the images and instructions on how to play around with the layout and codes and all that hard computer stuff. All free of charge!
Well, I couldn't email him back quickly enough, and thought it was so cool that he would take the time to do this for me and hook me up with first-rate top notch professional graphics like this. He graciously sent me the graphics, instructions, and helped me out with a few dumb questions last night when I couldn't get the codes just right. He even sent me a few more logos in different color schemes, which started to make my head hurt because I was torn between two themes!
I laughed when Guy replied to me that he knew his job was done because my head was hurting. LOL.
So, there you go....the super-secret origin story of the all new, extra-fangtasical, magical, award-winning Johnny Thunder's Midnite Spook Frolic.
Guy, if we ever meet up someday, the first 10 rounds are on me, brother. I greatly appreciate everything you've done for me, and for Hauntcast. You are one cool ghoul.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Have I mentioned I love Blackenstein? I have? Hmmm. One of these days I'm going to commission Lauriebeast to make me a life-sized sculpt. LOL!
Yes, I know, I'm the only one, so indulge me, boils and ghouls. I just found this insane foreign VHS cover for the flick. The images don't even necessarily correspond to the film which makes it even better!
Fun for monster kids of all ages.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Betty: "What are those funny things sticking out of your head?"
Rigna: "Those are our antennae."
Betty: "Are you a television set?"
- Classic exchange between Martian and Earthling child in the so so bad it's good sci-fi holiday classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Like most horror and casual fans alike, I really dug Zombieland. It was a lot of fun and a great character-driven movie. If you are like me, you probably want to get your hands on the DVD and Blu-Ray as soon as it is released.
Well, thanks to our friends at STYD, we have some images (front cover above) and information:
The flick drops on February 2, 2010, and here are some of the special features and back cover design:
• Commentary with Actors Woody Harrelson & Jesse Eisenberg, Director Ruben Fleischer, Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick • Go Behind-the-Scenes with "In Search of Zombieland"
• "Zombieland is Your Land" - The zombification of the United States • Deleted Scenes • Visual Effects Progression Scenes • Theatrical Promo Trailers • Woke Up Dead Episode "Up and At ‘Em"
• Exclusive to the Blu-ray: “Beyond the Graveyard” Behind the Scenes Picture-in-Picture Track
If you did not get a chance to catch this in the theaters, definitely check it out in the comfort of your own home. It is everything that a horror-comedy should be, and that's saying a lot.
By way of update on a story I did a long ways back on Hauntcast - and if you didn't hear it, I just can't believe you'd skip one of my all-star superspectacular segments - but here's some release information on Romero's next Dead flick.
George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead is now available for pre-order over at Amazon.co.uk with a scheduled release date of March 15, 2010 from Optimum Home Entertainment. However, there is no information about when it will be available in the U.S. or Canada.
For anyone who's not familiar with this latest living dead fest, here's the official synopsis:
Filmmaker George A. Romero unleashes the sixth film in his DEAD series(which started with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in 1968, progressing through the likes of DAWN OF TEH DEAD before culminating with 2007's DIARY OF THE DEAD) with this gut-munching shocker surrounding a clash of ideals between two factions of inhabitants on a remote island after a zombie outbreak.
I am actually looking forward to this one because I thought Romero redeemed himself a bit with Diary (even though I am burned out on the first-person perspective cinematic device)given what a debacle Land was.......
More news as I get it!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Hey gang, the Wolfman flick just got its rating and from what STYD is reporting, it sounds like a "hard" R.
They claim that it's "pretty damn intense in the blood department" and has received the R rating for "bloody horror, violence and gore."
What do you think about that? Would you rather the film left a lot to the imagination a la the Universal classics, or more in-your-face modern gore?
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Yup, it's that mall...you know, the one from Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Here's your chance to party like it's.....well, when there's no more room in hell and the dead are walking the Earth!
Monroeville Zombies is inside the Time and Space Collectibles Store on the lower level of the Monroeville Mall in Steelers Court. Here is all the information you need if you want to check out this one of a kind party:
Celebrate the holidays zombie-style at the Monroeville Mall! Come as a zombie or as a human. The party will include:
6 PM to 10 PM Party Hours
6 PM to 10 PM Photos with Zombie Santa
6 PM to 9PM Appearance by Leonard Lies
8 PM "Maul of Fame" Induction of Leonard Lies
6 PM to 10 PM Zombie Museum
6 PM to 10 PM Living Dead Simulator Ride
There are also going to be zombie movie trivia contests and prize drawings, with free refreshments (hopefully not human flesh).
For more information, contact:
161 Monroeville Mall
inside Time and Space Store, lower level)
Monroeville , PA 15146
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
What up, boils and ghouls? I just stumbled upon this while cruising the interwebs and thought I would share.
We first talked about this indie retro sci-fi flick on this award-winning and super-spectacular blog here, but now we have some preview footage of the sci-fi fun.
Do you want to see the trailer?
Are you sure?
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Hey horror fiends - your friendly neighborhood Johnny Thunder here with an update on one of horror's modern character icons - Freddy Krueger.
This picture is our best to-date look at Jackie Earl Haley's Freddy in the redo.
Call me nuts (and if I had a dollar for everyone that does on a daily basis....well, I'd be retired on my boat in Key West), but as we said on Hauntcast, I am cautiously optimistic about this film. I thought the trailer showed some promise, and I am a huge fan of Haley. If anyone doubts he can pull off the menace and pure evil of Krueger, check out his amazing performance in Watchmen.
From what we have heard and seen, this film seeks to get Krueger away from the stand-up comedy that, to me, marred many of the later films, and instead seeks to return the character to his roots - one of horror, evil and, well, pure nightmare.
Mark your calendars, and we will all check him, and the movie, out on April 30, 2010.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Calling all monster kids! Check out this coolness -
Universal Pictures has just released several new features on our favorite gang of monsters on a monsterously cool site. These new features include behind-the-scenes, rare clips, images, and music.
Check out the frightful fun right here!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sad news -
Spanish horror icon Paul Naschy (1934 – 2009) has died after battling cancer. He was 75.
Some readers might not be familiar with Naschy or his career in fright films. This is taken from his official site:
Often called the Spanish Lon Chaney, Paul Naschy has had a long and enduring career in cinema since first appearing as an extra in Nicolas Ray's KING OF KINGS (1960). His work in the fantastique genre began in 1968 with LA MARCA DEL HOMBRE LOBO (American title: FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR), a film he not only starred in, but scripted. Thereafter, Naschy portrayed several classic monsters of the screen--Count Dracula, Mr. Hyde, a mummy, a hunchback--as well as a host of villains real and imagined. His most popular characterization is the wolfman Waldemar Daninsky. The Daninsky series comprises ten completed films, the last being LICANTROPO in 1996. Some of Naschy's best films, EL CAMINANTE and EL HUERTO DEL FRANCES, remain relatively unknown, even among his international fan base.
Naschy frequently writes the scripts for the films he appears in, and with INQUISITION, made in 1976, he added directing to his impressive curriculum vitale. Later on, when the Spanish film industry was abandoning the fantastique genre, Naschy became a producer, hoping to keep the genre alive and viable. During this period, he branched out to make documentaries for Japanese television. As a result of his Japanese contacts, Naschy helmed several films that were the first Spanish-Japanese co-productions, including the epic wolfman film LA BESTIA Y LA ESPADA MAJICA.
In 1997, Naschy finally penned an honest, heartfelt and richly poetic autobiography, MEMORIAS DE UN HOMBRE LOBO (American edition, 2000: MEMOIRS OF A WOLFMAN).
Paul Naschy has received numerous awards for his dedication and work in cinema. In 2000, Fangoria Magazine entered Naschy into its "Hall of Fame," an honor that is based on votes received from horror fans worldwide. After decades of denying the value of its native son, Spain finally acknowledged Naschy in 2001 with its most prestigious award, the Gold Medal in Fine Arts.
His films were always entertaining, scary, and included some really powerful performances. Another legend passes, but leaves the world a wonderful legacy of horror entertainment.