Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nightmares before Christmas: Ebon Moon

Celebrating the release of his new novel Ebon Moon, my friend and local author, Dennis McDonald is having a book signing at Hastings in Enid, Okla. on Saturday, December 4th between 7-10 pm.

Ebon Moon is a frightening werewolf novel set in northern Oklahoma. The events of the story take place over five days in a small town leading up to a full eclipse of the moon. Like his first book, 13 Nightmares, this novel has also received the Editor’s Choice award by the publisher.

One story from the 13 Nightmares book (an awesome collection of short stories) titled “The Last Trick or Treater” (of which I designed the movie poster and DVD sleeves) has been adapted in to a short film by Next Monkey Horror Films in Tulsa. Just released on DVD, the film has been accepted by the Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan for a showing in January. Other film festivals will follow. Another of McDonald’s short stories, “Moon and Shadow,” has been published in the British magazine, Morpheus Dreams. Both books are currently available on Amazon.com.

Dennis McDonald loves writing about his home state of Oklahoma and giving his tales a supernatural or terrifying edge. “Stephen King has got Maine, I’ve got Oklahoma,” is how he explains it. His newest novel, Ebon Moon, is dedicated to his childhood hero, John Ferguson, also known as Count Gregore; a horror movie host and a television icon in Oklahoma for over 50 years. He is currently writing a zombie novel also set in Oklahoma, (of which I am going to be doing the concept art for).

Grave Encounters

I know allot of you are begin to despise the "found footage" genre, but I on the other hand think it is a fantastic way to put out a great film on a next-to-nothing budget (much kudos to indie film makers, you have my utmost respect).

The guys over at BD have placed this little gem "Grave Encounters" up on their site...click here to watch the trailer.

Here is their synopsis of the film.

"LANCE PRESTON (Sean Rogerson) and the crew of "Grave Encounters", a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years.

All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera.

They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients.

They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital's dark past... and taping what will be their final episode."

Zombieland 2 Update

Here is a quick update on Zombieland 2 brought to you by the guys at BD. I hope they can sign all of the original cast, it's the only way they will be able to capture the magic of the first installment...."It's time to nut up or shut up!"

Co-writer Rhett Reese is claiming via Twitter that the following is a "product of a game of 'Telephone.' Distorted." Hopefully he'll explain. In Ruben Fleischer's ultra fun Zombieland, the group infamously invade the mansion of comedian Bill Murray, which turns into one of the most legendary scenes ever caught on film. They watch Ghostbusters, run around role playing Ghostbusters, and Murray even takes a jab at Garfield. Bloody Disgusting was tipped off to some inside info on Fleischer's Zombieland 2 that's sure to grab the attention of fans of the first film. Apparently, Columbia Pictures is planning yet another "superstar cameo" searching for someone iconic along the lines of "Harrison Ford" or "Anthony Hopkins". In addition, the script calls for a lead villain with comedic roots, while Tallahassee (played by Woody Harrelson) will find himself going head-to-head with a "hunky rival". Jesse Eisenberg is the only other star officially attached at this point, but expect some casting news soon.

Tom Sperduto Photography at The Bates Motel

Check out the beautiful work from Tom Sperduto Photography taken this season at The Bates Motel.

I don't appear in any of these amazing photographs, but be sure to check out photos 8 and 14. They were taken in one of the 4 rooms in The Slaughter House in the corn maze (where yours truly lurked for the month of October).

Monday, November 29, 2010

Leslie Neilsen (1926-2010) R.I.P.

Actor Leslie Neilsen has passed away at the age of 84.

Best known for his comedic roles in Airplane and The Naked Gun, his genre work includes Forbidden Planet (1956), Night Gallery, Day of the Animals (1977), Prom Night (1980), Creepshow (1982) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).

Rest in peace.

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Nov. 29-Dec. 6)

Good morning everyone, once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”.

Nov. 29:
Nothing on this day

Nov. 30:
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness - released on the Nintendo 64

Dec. 1:
House of Frankenstein - released theatrically
1985Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch - released theatrically

Dec. 2:
Nothing on this day

Dec. 3:
London After Midnight - released theatrically

Dec. 4:
Tony Todd (actor in Night of the Living Dead (1990), Candyman and Final Destination) born

Dec. 6:
Cat People - released theatrically

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hauntcast 25: Evil Turkey Day

I'm a little late in this since the show's been out since Friday night, but I've been busy.

Hauntcast 25 is now playing, and the Scream Team is back with the usual hauntastic goodness, including Chris' interview with Dave the Dead! Check it out!

Also, be sure to check out what Chris has to say about the future of the show in the latest episode, and also on the blog. He needs your support in order for him to continue bringing you the quality program you have all come to love. No shitting around - it's really up to you, the listeners.

That's it for this time, boils and ghouls. Stay scary.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ingrid Pitt (1937-2010) R.I.P.

Sad news regarding horror actress Ingrid Pitt's passing.

She was 73 years old. Rest in peace.

Happy birthday Boris Karloff

Happy birthday to horror icon and legend William Henry Pratt a/k/a Boris Karloff (1887-1969)!

What can be said about this man that hasn't already been said? Check out the official website or his work and say thanks for all the wonderful memories he gave us!

Police find horror movie scene, think it’s murder

Pretty funny story.......

'Deathly Hallows' Animator to Direct Radical Reimagining of 'Peter Pan'

For those of you who know who Ben Hibdon is, you will be excited to learn that he has been handed the reins of a dramatic re-imagining of Peter Pan...the guys over at Moviefone had this to say...

Were you blown away by the extended animated sequence in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (which I have not seen) explaining what exactly the Deathly Hallows are? Even in a film brimming with eye candy, it is such a striking and evocative sequence that it was one of the first things people could be heard gushing over as they were walking out of the theater. As it turns out, those four minutes of gorgeous animation were overseen not by director David Yates, but by Swiss director Ben Hibon.

So if you were as impressed by Hibon's contribution to the world of 'Harry Potter' as we were, you'll be glad to know that he will soon be making the transition from animated shorts to feature films with 'Pan,' a re-imagining of 'Peter Pan' that was originally optioned by New Line as a potential project for genre maestro Guillermo del Toro.

The project, based on an original script from Ben Magid, has since moved away from New Line and into the hands of Energy Entertainment and Social Capital Films. Variety explains that Magid's script isn't about the forever-young Peter Pan's adventures on the island Neverland, but rather it focuses on Hook as a a former police Captain in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper. So, yes, it's a paradigm-shifting version of J. M. Barrie's classic children's tale, but it certainly sounds intriguing all the same. Plus, since the more traditional story of 'Peter Pan' has been adapted countless times in countless mediums already, it could be quite refreshing to see such a radical new twist on the tale.

In addition to his 'Deathly Hallows' sequence, Hibon has previously made a name for himself within the animation industry for his work on the video games 'Heavenly Sword' and 'Killer7,' as well as the forthcoming animated zombie film 'A.D.'

Here is a link to Hibdons short "Codehunters" and the trailer for "A.D." also pictured above, for which I am anxiously awaiting, it looks awesome.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

Guess what the next redo willy is gonna be? Check out all the gory details in the link for producers, writers, etc., but here's a quote about the tone of the flick:

"Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy," says Roven in a press release. "There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character's return to the big screen. We're thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she'll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be."

Any Buffy fans (the flick or TV show) out there excited (or disgusted) about this news?

Happy birthday Jamie Lee Curtis

Happy birthday to Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis, born this day in 1958.

As Gary pointed out below, she will always be a genre icon thanks to her performances in Halloween (and sequels), The Fog and Prom Night. Of course, she has gone on to become an accomplished mainstream actress and author.

Have a good one!!

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Nov. 22-28)

Good morning everyone, once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”.

Nov. 22:
– Jamie Lee Curtis (actress The Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night) was born

Nov. 23:
– Boris Karloff born (d. 1969)
1917 – Michael Gough (actor in many Hammer Horror Films) born

Nov. 24:
– End of Days - released theatrically

Nov. 25:
Nothing on this day, although one could argue that spending this much time with most of our families could be considered a DAY IN HORROR!!!

Nov. 26:
– Alien: Resurrection - released theatrically

Nov. 27:
– John Carradine (actor in numerous Horror Films) died (b. 1906)

Nov. 28:
– Let Sleeping Corpses Lie - released theatrically

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bands & music wanted!

Calling all cool ghouls! Hauntcast is looking for bands and music to feature and promote on upcoming episodes!

If you are a band, or know of one, that is goth, haunt or horror-themed and you want exposure on the show, feel free to shoot me an email. Get your music out there and enjoy the promotion on the show and site. Baker will even toss in a free hug or two.

Spread the word!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tales from Beyond The Pale: This Oracle Moon

Check out the amazing poster art for this week's episode of Tales From Beyond the Pale, Oracle Moon. For those of you not familiar with "Tales", these are 30 minute downloadable "Radio Plays for the Digital Age."

Writer / director Jeff Buhler takes us on a startling journey across the galaxies to This Oracle Moon. A rescue team of astronauts is dispatched to a distant moon in hopes of reclaiming survivors from an ill fated exploratory mission sent six years prior. When no survivors are found, the rescuers turn their attention to the elusive creatures inhabiting the nearby hills for answers. Starring Ron Perlman and Doug Jones, together for the first time since the HELLBOY movies.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Paranormal Activity 3 - 10/21/11


Please - stop.

NOTLD Choose Your Own Adventure

Even more walking dead news here at the MSF this morning -

George A. Romero’s 1968 flesh-munching classic "Night of the Living Dead" has been turned into a choose-your-own-adventure style game thanks to the wonders of YouTube.

How To Survive A Zombie Attack

My good friends over at Next Monkey Productions have created this PSA to help us out during the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. They also have some other great shorts such as "10 Rules To Surviving A Horror Film," "Zombies...with Heart'" and "Don't Bury DVDs"...check them out here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Top 25 Grossing Horror Films

STYD has an interesting graphic and stats for the top 25 grossing horror flicks.

Check it out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Nov. 15-21)

Good afternoon everyone, once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”.

Nov. 15:
– Lionel Barrymore (actor The Devil-Doll, Mark of the Vampire) died (b. 1878)

Nov. 16:
– Robert Wiene (director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caliugan) born (d. 1938)
1984 – Night of the Comet - released theatrically
1990 – Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 - released theatrically

Nov. 17:
– Frailty - released theatrically

Nov. 18:
– It – premieres on television – One of Tim Curry’s best roles, besides Legend of course.

Nov. 19-20:
Oddly nothing happened on these days

Nov. 21:
– Frankenstein - released theatrically
1964 – Onibaba - released theatrically in Japan
1990 – Predator 2 - released theatrically
2002 – Gothika - released theatrically
2002 – Resident Evil 0 - released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Popcrunch's 10 Most Terrifying Movie Clowns

So, here's one site's list -

What do you think? Agree or disagree and why?

Friday, November 12, 2010

ThanksKilling: A Special Holiday Treat

With the annual "shove food in your face till you drop" holiday coming fast I thought I would share one of my favorite Turkey Day horror movies with you...ThanksKilling. If you have seen this, you know what I am talking about, if not...go rent it.

First let me say, by no means is this an award winning movie. It's a low-budget, low-brow, low-rent horror flick about a killer turkey who loves to say "Gobble Gobble Mother F#$@ker". I read that is was made for only $3,500...and that might be stretching it a bit. It has the stereotypical teen fare in it, a jock, a nerd, a redneck and....wait for it...wait for it....a slut, yes there are boobs a plenty in this one.

Here's a link the trailer...let me know what you think.

Butch Patrick update

Some not so good news from a local paper regarding the Munsters star.

If you remember, he had moved to West Chester here in the Philly burbs and was engaged to a former Eagles cheerleader. He also did several personal appearances at The Bates Motel and Pennhurst this Halloween season.

Well, now word is that the engagement is off and he has entered a rehab center in New Jersey.

Here's hoping for a full recovery and better times ahead!

Vote Hauntcast for Podcast Awards!

If you dig the show and have a few minutes, head on over to PodCastAwards.com and nomiate your favorite podcast - no, I meant Hauntcast - for the Podcast Awards.

Vote for the show in the "General" and "Best Produced" categories. Ballots must be in no later than November 21st.

Many ghoulish thanks from Baker & The Scream Team!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dino DeLaurentiis R.I.P.

Reuters is reporting that producer Dino DeLaurentiis has died at the age of 91.

Genre films he produced included King Kong (1976),Orca (1977), Halloween II (1981), Dune (1984), King Kong Lives (1986), The Dead Zone (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), Silver Bullet (1985),Maximum Overdrive (1986) and Army of Darkness (1992).

Rest in peace.

Creature and Mummy action figures

Scream out ot my pal Tom for the head's up on these cool Creature and Mummmy figures available over at the cool site Things You Never Knew Existed.

Happy birthday Bill Moseley

Happy birthday to actor Bill Moseley, born this date in 1951.

He may be best known for his roles as Otis Driftwood in House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

and Chop Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986),

but has also appeared in Night of the Living Dead (1990) and Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), and many genre films.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy birthday Claude Rains

Happy birthday to actor Claude Rains (1889-1967) born this date in 1889.

Best known to mainstream audiences for his roles in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Casablanca (1942) and Notorious (1946), he will always be remembered for his horror roles in

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Wolf Man (1941)

And The Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Nov. 7-13)

Good morning everyone, once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”.
Nov. 7:

1971 – Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde – released theatrically

Nov. 8:
– Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) born (d. 1912)

Nov. 9:
– A Nightmare on Elm Street - released theatrically
1984 – Silent Night, Deadly Night - released theatrically
1988 – Child’s Play - released theatrically
1984Castlevania Chronicles - released on PlayStation in Europe

Nov. 10:
– Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1967)

Nov. 11:
– Bill Moseley actor born
1995 – Interview with a Vampire - released theatrically

Nov. 12:
– Jacques Tourneur director of “Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie” born (d. 1977)
1943 – The Mad Ghoul - released theatrically
1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – released for the PlayStation in North America
2004 – Seed of Chucky - released theatrically

Nov. 13:
– The Invisible Man - released theatrically
1991 – Cape Fear - released theatrically
1992 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula - released theatrically

Friday, November 5, 2010

John Carpenter exec producing The Hell Within (201?)

Even more John Carpenter news this week - kick-ass!!

From Variety:

John Carpenter has boarded Brazilian helmer Dennison Ramalho's horror pic "The Hell Within" as an exec producer. Story, which is penned by Jeff Buhler, tells the story of a woman who goes on a quest into the heart of a Brazilian jungle to save a girl, only to discover that the girl was bait.

Sounds like a good set up to me! More details as they come.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

FDR: American Badass (201?)

This latest historical/horror mash-up made me laugh, so I had to share.

DC is reporting the latest to combine real life historical figures and monsters will be FDR: American Badass.

The plot is said to revolve around FDR's secret exploits, including fighting and killing werewolves, Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito with his super duper "weaponized custom wheelchair." Look for Garrett Brawith to direct from a script by Ross Patterson.

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Nov. 1-6)

Hello all, once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”. Sorry I am late, I was recouping from the Haunt build/weekend…got sick, lost my voice…yadda yadda yadda…you know how it goes (LOL)

Nov. 1:
– A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – released theatrically
2002 – 28 Days Later – released theatrically in the United Kingdom

Nov. 2:
– Jacob’s Ladder - released theatrically (AWESOME movie….love the visuals)

Nov. 3:
– Carrie - released theatrically

Nov. 4:
– The Snake Pit - (with Olivia de Havilland) released theatrically

Nov. 5:
– Son of Dracula - (with Lon Chaney Jr. as Count Alucard) released theatrically

Nov. 6:
– Mike Nichols director of “Wolf” born
1972 – Thandie Newton actress in “Interview with a Vampire, 2012, Crash” born
1972 – Rebecca Romjin actress in “Godsend, X-Men, The Punisher” born

Happy birthday Tom Savini

Happy birthday actor/director/special effects & makeup artist Tom Savini, born this day in 1946.

Monday, November 1, 2010

John Carpenter's Darkchylde

Carpenter announced a new project yesterday - Darkchylde. Check out the press release and thanks to DC:

Master of Horror set to bring you the girl of your dreams. John Carpenter is onboard to direct Darkchylde, based on the comic by Randy Queen about a good-hearted Southern teen cursed to become the creatures from her many recurring nightmares. Every time Ariel Chylde transforms, she sheds her skin and a new nightmare emerges from her Id to act out her deepest, darkest impulses.

John Carpenter and Sandy King's Storm King Productions have allied with Randy and Sarah Queen's Darkchylde Ent. to produce the film, following the release of test footage created by Richard Taylor's Academy Award winning Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, King Kong, The Hobbit).

John Carpenter says, “Randy Queen's hijacked angel, Ariel Chylde, is the best young female character since Laurie Strode in Halloween. Bringing Ariel and her dark mysteries to life should be quite an adventure for us all.”

Adds Queen, "I'm beyond thrilled that John Carpenter, one of our most important and legendary genre directors, and the man responsible for such landmark films as THE THING and HALLOWEEN, has come onboard with Weta Workshop to help bring the nightmarish tale of Ariel Chylde to the silver screen. As a horror fan, the thought of Carpenter and Weta together, beautiful dreamscapes, and multiple transformations makes me incredibly excited. There is a reason nearly his entire catalogue has been, or is being, remade, and it's because Carpenter is a genius."

Offering a stark contrast to superhero comics, Darkchylde was a breakout sensation of the late 90's and early 2000's, garnering immediate acclaim and an unusually large female fanbase. The property went on to outsell Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman in both domestic and foreign audiences and has been realized in toys, trading cards, apparel, lunch boxes, mini busts, and more recently a hit crossover with Top Cow and a statue from PopCultureShockToys. Fans can now read the Ariel Chylde saga online via Wowio and Darkchylde.com, and a trade paperback collecting the "Legacy" and "Redemption" series of books ships in January from Image Comics.

John Carpenter is an acclaimed director, screenwriter, producer, and composer, who won an Academy Award for his short film while still just a student at USC. His storied career includes such seminal films as Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Starman, Christine, In the Mouth of Madness, Assault on Precinct 13, They Live, and The Fog. His most recent outing, The Ward, starring Amber Heard as an institutionalized woman tormented by a sinister spirit, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.