Friday, December 31, 2010

Ring in the new year with Hauntcast!!

Forget those other New Year's shows, boils and ghouls. Here's the real deal!

Ring in the 2011 Haunt Season with Hauntcast 26. The Scream Team raises the roof with with all your favorite show segments, plus an exclusive Q&A session with the cast, Skullies Op/Ed, The Oddcast Awards, music by the Young Werewolves and an interview with the 2009 Haunters Video Award Winner for Best home haunt Spencer Carter from Casa Fear.

Happy New Fear from Hauntcast!

Happy New Year from Hauntcast!

Happy New Year!!!

Happy new year to all you cool ghouls!

Stay scary in 2011!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Horror Films Lose Amazing Talent in 2010

The world of horror movies lost these amazing individuals in 2010:

Zelda Rubinstein (76) - Tangina from Poltergeist - COD: Heart attack
David Brown (93) - Producer (Jaws, The Island) - COD: Kidney Failure
Nan Martin (82) - Actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) - COD: complications from emphysema
Charles B. Pierce (71) - Legend of Boggy Creek director – COD: unknown
Corey Haim (38) - Actor (Lost Boys) - COD: drug overdose
Peter Haskell (76) - Actor (Child's Play 1 & 2) – COD: unknown
Lynn Redgrave (67) - Actress (The Bad Seed) - COD: possibly breast cancer
David E. Durston (89) - Director (I Drink Your Blood) - COD: complications from pneumonia
Ronnie James Dio (67) - Musician (Black Sabbath) - COD: cancer (I know not horror films, but man what a talent)
Dennis Hopper (74) - Legendary actor (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) - COD: prostate cancer
Kevin McCarthy (96) - Actor (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) – COD: complications from pneumonia
Gloria Stuart (100) - Actress (The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man) – COD:
respiratory failure
Tony Curtis (88) - Actor (The Manitou, Lobster Man from Mars) - COD: cardiac arrest
Roy Ward Baker (93) - Director (Hammer Films: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires) – COD: unknown
Lisa Blount (53) - Actress (Dead & Buried, Cut and Run, Prince of Darkness) – COD:
idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Ingrid Pitt (73) - Actress (The House That Dripped Blood) – COD: unknown
Leslie Nielsen (84) - Actor (Airplane, Prom Night) - COD: complications from pneumonia
Paul Naschy (75) – Spanish Horror Actor (Orgy of the Dead, Mark of the Wolfman) – COD: cancer

R.I.P. - We will miss you all.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Dec. 27-Jan. 2)

Good morning everyone, I hope everyone had a GREAT Christmas...once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”.

Dec. 27:
1940 – The Invisible Woman - released theatrically

Dec. 28:
1888 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) was born (d. 1931)

Dec. 29:
1993 – Ghost in the Machine - released theatrically

Dec. 30:
Nothing notable on this day

Dec. 31:
1931 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - released theatrically
1941 – Sean S. Cunningham (creator of Friday the 13th series of films) was born
1957 – The Strange World of Planet X - released theatrically

Jan. 1:
1941 – Frank Langella (actor in Dracula, The Ninth Gate) was born

Jan. 2:
2004 – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins - released on DVD

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa mistakenly had me on the "nice" list.....

But I'm not complaining!

Check out the kick-ass t-shirt I found under my tree yesterday. So cool!

P.S. - Thanks to my wonderful wife for the great surprise.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, gang!

My scary brother in arms Gary B. posted his wishes yesterday, so I'm going to send my Christmas wishes to everyone too.

Wishing you and yours the merriest and best Christmas. Cheers!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Scary Xmas Everyone

I hope eveyone has a safe and happy back Monday.
Gary B

Are you bored at work today? Try this Horror Movie Death Quiz

Are most of you trying to muck your way thru this otherwise mundane day? has put together this cool little Horror Movie Death Quiz. Try it out, see if you can beat my score, and then post your score for all to see. Below is my score.

You answered 19 items out of 20 correctly.
Your score is 95%.
You are a truly twisted individual with a mind full of useless, disturbing knowledge. Congratulations!

Click here to start the quiz...

Godzilla: Monster World - IDW March 2011

Here's a cool story and interview spotlighting IDW’s Godzilla: Monster World series hitting your local comics shop in March 2011.

Coming from Eric Powell, Tracy Marsh and Phil Hester (and an alternate cover from Alex Ross), the King of All Monsters is back in comic form. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Scary Monsters Magazine #77

Christmas came early for me this week, as the latest and greatest ish of Scary Monsters was in my mailbox! Love the cover, too.

I've only had the chance to read Denis' intro and the letters column, but I can't wait to dig in tonight. Again, if you have never picked up a copy, definitely do so.

Long live Scary Monsters!

Tortured Santa ornaments

Nice stocking stuffers! Check 'em out.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Artist HR Giger returns for Alien prequels

All I can say is HALLELUJAH!!!!

This is in-part what The Guardian had to say about this awesome news...

In a video interview for Swiss television, the painter's wife Carmen Scheifele said her husband was "on board" for the prequel, which she said might be one of two films, both set prior to Scott's Alien.
Speaking in Swiss German, Scheifele said: "We went to London to discuss the project and then did not hear anything back. We thought it wasn't happening, but two days ago we got the call to say it was OK."
Giger designed the famously phallic aliens, often known as xenomorphs, for Alien, and although his services were not required for James Cameron's 1986 sequel, Aliens, his nightmarish designs have played a part in all versions of the monstrous creature, right up to 2007's poorly received mashup sequel-of-sorts, Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

Click here to read the entire article

2010 Horror Comic Awards - Voting is open 2010 Horror Comic Awards is now open for voting which will last from today through December 31st.

Check out the link above for more info about the awards, and to cast your vote, head over here.

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Dec. 20-26

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

Dec. 20:
– Scream - released theatrically

Dec. 21:
– actress Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) was born

Dec. 22:
– The Mummy - released theatrically
1933 – Son of Kong - released theatrically
1944 – The Mummy’s Curse - released theatrically

Dec. 23:
Nothing on this day

Dec. 24:
– actor Diedrich Bader (Dead & Breakfast) was born

Dec. 25:
– The Beast with Five Fingers - released theatrically
1961 – The Innocents - released theatrically in France
1997 – An American Werewolf in Paris - released theatrically (and the crowds boooo’d)
1998 – The Faculty - released theatrically
2005 – Wolf Creek - released theatrically

Dec. 26:
– The Exorcist - released theatrically (Hell Yea!!!)

Friday, December 17, 2010

District 9 director goes Viral

Movieline has posted this...

A mysterious video from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp popped up in the digital iPad version of WiReD Magazine - and nobody knows what it is! In the clip itself, two guys find a dead monster (or possibly alien), and then a dead something else in the distance. A circular stamp on the side reads: “18.12 AGM Heartland Pat Pend USA.” Don’t worry, I’ve tried entering every version of that phrase into a web browser to no avail. Though if anyone is better than me with anagrams and has some other suggestions, chime in. So yes, it could be a promo for Blomkamp’s upcoming sci-fi film Elysium…or something else.

Pennhurst update

Here is the latest in the still on-going battle surrounding Pennhurst Asylum.

Based on the article, it appears that a final decision about whether the haunt will be able to open in 2011 will come sometime in the Spring.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Last Night on Earth Gingerbread House

A friend of mine sent me a link to this guys gingerbread house, he and his staff built it for his companies gingerbread house building contest.

Click here and check out the story and photos, scroll down to the bottom for a list of the items he used to create is truly a work of art.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gary B's: Looking back at 2010

Hello all, I wanted to put together a list of my favorite horror movies for 2010, share what I believe are the biggest disappointments and give you a little preview of some movies I am eagerly awaiting in 2011.

The Crazies (One of my favorite remakes, almost out shines the original)
The Last Exorcism
Paranormal Activity 2
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Let Me In
Shutter Island (this one almost went in the "Disappointment" list due to the ending)

The Wolfman (so much potential)
Nightmare on Elm Street

Most Anticipated in 2011:

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. Cast: Katie Holmes, Guy Pierce and Bailee Madison. Written and produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellz yeah!) To see trailer click here.

The Thing (Prequel): At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. To see trailer click here.

The Cabin in the Woods: A twisted and unusual take on the familiar "cabin in the woods" formula. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Amy Acker. Directed by Drew Goddard (he wrote Cloverfield and some Lost episodes, this is his directorial debut). Written and produced by Joss Whedon (he wrote Capt. America and will be directing The Avengers). To see trailer click here.

Troll Hunter: (I know the movie had a very limited release, mainly overseas. But, in 2011 it is supposed to come across the big pond.) A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. This is a Norwegian film. To see the trailer click here.

Apollo 18: A quintessential Cold War story, Apollo 18 casts light on the covert and undocumented lunar mission that officially ‘never happened’. Bekmambetov, hired by Russia to shoot a documentary about the Russian space station, recently came across footage in its space archives that bolsters the idea that an Apollo 18 mission did, in fact, take place, and reveals startling evidence of extraterrestrial life forms. This actual footage will be part of Apollo 18, a paranormal thriller that will interpolate fact and fiction. Directed by Gonzalo L√≥pez-Gallego. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, 9). I can not seem to find the link to the trailer...sorry everyone.

The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence: A 12-person centipede. The only information IFC Films and the producers are revealing is that this time there is a new villain on the scene named Martin, and that the premise is 100% medically inaccurate! To see trailer click here.

Hauntcast Hauntcast Hauntcast

Uhm yeah I've been a little Hauntcast heavy lately and light on content (been busy with my family, work - yes, I have a real job lol - and I've been pretty sick the past week). But there are two things I need to mention.

First - today is the last day of voting for the Podcast Awards. Vote one last time for Hauntcast in the General and Best Produced categories.

Also, one year subscriptions are available on the Subscriptions page of the show's site. Pay once for a full year of Hauntcast. After you get your own, get one for a friend (or two).


"Firestarter" set to receive a make-over

Hello everyone, it looks like Stephen King's 1984 Firestarter is about to get a reboot. I have been wanting this movie remade for along time, but only for the special effects they were a little weak to say the least.....fireballs floating on wires, come on? Although they will NEVER be able to replace that eclectic, spectacular cast...Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Art Carney, David Keith, Louise Fletcher, and Freddie Jones.

Here is what they guys over at Movieline have to say about it...

At this point there's a screenwriter on board and a few changes are definitely afoot, but it certainly looks like we'll have a new version of 'Firestarter' relatively soon. Variety reports that the De Laurentiis Company is actively moving forward on this reboot (which is intended to kick-start a new franchise, apparently) and to that end the've tapped screenwriter Mark L. Smith ('Vacancy', 'The Hole') to "loosely" adapt the Stephen King novel and give the lead character "a little more edge."

Apparently the production company is keeping plot details under wraps, which is a little weird considering we've all read the book and seen the movie, but hey, whatever adds a little new spice to yet another '80s horror film remake. Martha De Laurentiis had this to say: ""We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, based on a timeless concept and enhanced by recent visual effects advances." In other words: the new lead will be a teenager and we can expect lots of fireballs of the CG variety.

Who would be your picks to replace that stellar cast?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Walking Dead - Golden Globe nominee

Congrats to AMC's The Walking Dead! The show is a Golden Globe nominee for Best Dramatic Television Series.

Good luck!

Questions for the Scream Team

Hey, ghouls and goblins! This Friday night December 17th, Chris Baker and the entire Scream Team will be recording and answering all of your questions, no matter how crazy or filthy they are.

Email any of us, or post here, and listen to us answer them all on next week's show. Thanks!

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen" by David Grove

STYD is running a cool little interview with the author David Grove about his book "Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen."

I have not yet read it, but definitely plan on checking it out.

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Dec. 13-20)

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

Dec. 13:
– Wendie Malick (actress in Tales from the Crypt) born

Dec. 14:
– Tarantula - released theatrically
1965 – Ted Raimi (actor in numerous horror films, and yes Sam’s brother) born
2002 – Cabin Fever - released theatrically
2005 – King Kong (2005) - released theatrically

Dec. 15:
– Young Frankenstein - released theatrically (and the crowds rejoiced)
1981 – Ghost Story - released theatrically

Dec. 16:
– Night Gallery – premieres on television
1983 – The Keep - released theatrically

Dec. 17:
– King Kong (1976) - released theatrically

Dec. 18:
Nothing on this day

Dec. 19:
– Nancy Kyes (actress in Halloween and The Fog, a.k.a. Nancy Loomis) born
1956 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – released theatrically
1986 – Little Shop of Horrors - released theatrically

Friday, December 10, 2010

Don't Go in the Woods (Or, Props Gone Wild?)

I'm just sayin'................

Limited Edition Collector Posters: Christmas Gifts Anyone?

These amazing limited edition posters, created by Eric Tan & Rhys Cooper, MONDO originals and go on sale at some point today. As with most limited items at MONDO, you never know exactly when today they will go on sale this way giving all of us a fair shot at making a purchase...

The limited edition collector poster prints are 24 x 36 and are limited to under 135 worldwide. Only a $40 price tag these are literally perfect stocking stuffers for the fellow horror "geek" in your family.

Depp talks Dark Shadows

Although we last heard that the Burton/Depp big screen redo willy of Dark Shadows would start filming in January, it doesn't look like that's happening.

In some comments to Vanity Fair, Depp suggests that that script is still being worked on and revised. He doesn't even concretely confirm that DS is their next project.

Hmmm, so it doesn't look like this will be coming as quickly as we all thought. However, that being said, if they are going to bring Barnabas & Co. to the silver screen, I want them to take their time and do it right....assuming Burton and the writers are capable of doing that.

More details to come.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vintage Creature fish tank decoration

Seeing this 70's Creature figure makes me wish I had a fish tank!

Thanks to rockpainterx for sharing over on the Classic Horror Film Board.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Dec. 6-12)

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

Dec. 6:
– Cat People - released theatrically

Dec. 7:
– House of Dracula - released theatrically

Dec. 8:
– Blade: Trinity - released theatrically

Dec. 9-10:
Nothing on these days

Dec. 11:
– Paul Wegener (director of The Golem: How He Came Into the World) born (d. 1913)

Dec. 12:
– The Wolfman - released theatrically
1943 – Phantom of the Opera - released theatrically
1997 – Scream 2 - released theatrically

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy weekend, cool ghouls

That's all I got for ya today, kids. Hope you get a chance to chill, throw back a few adult beverages and catch a couple of creepy flicks this weekend. I know I will!

Have a good one, gang.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Are any of you trying to find just the right gift for those discerning horror movie fanatics? Mondotees will put up for sale the first entry in their brand new Director's series focusing on the films of Guillermo Del Toro.

First up is a poster for Blade 2, done by Mike Sutfin. It comes in two versions, the regular one printed on 24x 36" silver metallic paper goes for $35 (my favorite) and the color variant, limited to 75 copies, goes for $50.
Coming up next will be a Hellboy 2 poster done by Ken Taylor.

Here is the official press release from The Alamo Drafthouse.
Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is pleased to announce the first ever "Director's Series" from visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Mondo has worked with the celebrated filmmaker to craft unique artistic interpretations of the Hellboy films, Blade 2, The Devil's Backbone, Cronos & Pan's Labryrinth from world famous artists.
Guillermo del Toro said, "it is a rare privilege to be included in this mind-blowing poster series. These images enshrine and preserve the energy of the films they depict in a way that no square marketing could!!! More power to them!!!"
Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker whose passion for horror, fantasy and science fiction is as boundless today as it was when he began his incredible career. His respect and deep knowledge of genre films contribute to an impressive filmography that ranges from horror high art to grand scale popcorn entertainment, many times straddling both simultaneously. "Whether producing or directing, the Alamo Drafthouse & Mondo look forward to each Guillermo del Toro film as the name carries that rare seal of quality. We are deeply honored to have him be a part of our first Director's Series," said Mondo Creative Director, Justin Ishmael.
Alamo Drafthouse & Mondo celebrate the very best of classic, cult and contemporary films with stunning works of art, printed on high quality, hand numbered screen prints. Their licensed poster series for Star Wars and Star Trek have become some of the most popular collectibles for film and pop culture connoisseurs.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vote Hauntcast!

What up, cool ghouls! Check it out - Hauntcast has been nominated in the “Best Produced” and “General” catagories for the 2010 Podcast Awards.

You, the listeners, helped get the show nominated, now help Chris and the Scream Team win!

Vote for Hauntcast by the deadline of December 15th. Apparently you are allowed to vote once every 24 hours - so vote, vote, vote!!!

Thanks again for your scary support!!