Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hauntcast 15 :: Rebirth Of Sick - Now Playing


Calling cool ghouls of all ages!

The new show's been out since Thursday night, and I forgot to plug it here. Oh well - better late than never! Check out the Scream Team in our latest scareiffic masterpiece - Hauntcast 15 :: Rebirth Of Sick!!

Thrusting Groin first into 2010, the Scream Team satisfies your Haunt cravings with Theater of the Mind, The Charmed Pot, Ask the Doc, Fright Flicks, Hauntcast Top Ten, Mad Props for Props, Music, Mayhem and an interview with Doug Ferguson the creator of the Flying Crank Ghost.

Listen or die!! (and then be resurrected as one of the undead, naturally....)

Excuse me, ma'am, any spare change?


I'm not sure if the Wolf Man is asking for change, or what's going on here. The picture also makes it look like there's a two-headed nurse in the flick, instead of just the hunchbacked one. If only!

Oh well, enjoy this lobby card from the Universal fright flick monster mash House of Dracula (1945).

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Gang says "Have a fangtastic weekend!"


Have a scary one, all you cool ghouls!!

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)


Horror flick catfight everyone!

For any Paranormal Activity fans out there, you probably know by now that a sequel was quickly green-lit after its surprising theatrical run. Well, as of last week, the word was that Paramount had hired screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert to do Paranormal Activity 2>.

The interesting part of this story was that Greutert made his directorial debut with Saw VI, which went head to head with Paranormal Activity this past Autumn. Further inetersting news was that the studio wanted PA2 in theaters on October 22, going head to head with – yup, you guessed it, Saw VII 3D.

That was the news as of when we taped Hauntcast 15.........how quickly things change, especially when you do a once a month show!

Well, now the word is that Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate have just exercised a contract option and are requiring Greutert to abandon PA2 and direct Saw VII 3D.

So, where does this leave PA2? We shall see…………I wasn't a fan of the first flick and given how Blair Witch 2 turned out, I wonder how this sequel will go.

Anyone interested?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dead Rising (2010)


Here’s news of a live-action version of the Capcom zombie game “Dead Rising,” which is set in a quarantined section of Japan where everyone has become – well, zombies – and involves two brothers who decide to fight their way out.

The flick is directed and co-written by the game's producer Keiji Inafune, and the proper title is “Death Disease Contamination Dead Rising.”'

The film, and the game “Dead Rising 2,” will be out July of 2010.

Go here for the official site.

Zelda Rubenstein R.I.P.


As I first posted here, Ms. Rubenstein had been taken off of life support after illness.

Now, she has passed away at the age of 76. Rest in peace.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher


Here's a cool head's up from my sister - she of the Masters in English degree - and me of the lowly Master of Scaremonies degree from Transylvania University.

Can your horrific little hearts stand another mash-up - this time a more recent historical/musical one?

Read on for the ghoulish details!

Universal Monsters Wallpaper


I stumbled upon this awesome wallpaper some time ago, and have seen at least one of my friends use it as a background on My Space.

Anyways, here it is - such a great wallpaper for the comptuer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Dead (2009)


Johnny Thunder here with news of a zombie flick, but one with a different setting than we've seen in a while. Africa - yup, Africa - is the setting for this Rob Freeman-starring and Howard and Jonathan Ford collaboration. Intrigued? Me too......

Here's the official synopsis:

After crashing off the coast, Lt. Brian Murphy battles for survival across the vast terrains of Africa in search for a way to get back to his beloved family. Joined by local military man Daniel Dembele who is also searching for his son, together both men join forces all the while battling against the ever present threat of the living dead!

No information is available yet about distribution and whether this is headed straight to On Demand and DVD, but I will keep you posted.

Here's the official site including the zombitastic trailer, along with the IMDB link.

Looks like it might have some interesting possibilities given the locale. What do you think?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Mooreat


Thanks to my good friend Tim for the head's up on this one - Here is the latest in historical/horror mash-up - Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter!

Here's the Book Description:

There were many staff at Kensington Palace, fulfilling many roles; a man who was employed to catch rats, another whose job it was to sweep the chimneys. That there was someone expected to hunt demons did not shock the new Queen; that it was to be her was something of a surprise.

London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives the orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry. If Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age, there’s the small matter of the undead to take care of first. Demons stalk the crown, and political ambitions have unleashed ravening hordes of zombies even within the nobility itself.

But rather than dreams of demon hunting, Queen Victoria’s thoughts are occupied by Prince Albert. Can she dedicate her life to saving her country when her heart belongs elsewhere? With lashings of glistening entrails, decapitations, zombies, and foul demons, this masterly new portrait will give a fresh understanding of a remarkable woman, a legendary monarch, and quite possibly the best demon hunter the world has ever seen.

In another incarnation as a more serious (though still satirical) author, A. E. MOORAT has won critical acclaim and been shortlisted for awards. Here, however, he was chained in the dungeon, fed tea and ghost stories, and kept busy writing the adventures of Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter.


Hitting stores tomorrow!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lost scenes from Carpenter's Halloween

Mad scream outs to JohnnyL over at Love Manor for posting this gem on HauntForum. Given Halloween (1978) is one of my all-time favorites, I could not stop laughing over this video.

Check it out, boils and ghouls!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Walking Dead - AMC series


Variety is reporting that AMC has green-lit a series based on the Image comic book about a group of survivors making their way through a post-zombie apocalypse world.

Looks like they really dug the pilot which was announced last summer. No news about casting yet, although you will find writing/directing/producing info in the link.

Anyone interested in a weekly zombie series to compete with all those pesky vampires on our small screens?

Happy Birthday Conrad Veidt


Happy birthday to horror actor Conrad Veidt (1893-1943).
Mr. Veidt is best known for his roles in the silent classics The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Head of Janus (1920), The Hands of Orlac (1920), Waxworks (1924), The Student of Prague (1926) and The Man Who Laughs (1928). He will also forever be known as Major Strasser in Casablanca (1942).


Of course, it is said that his character Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs was a source of inspiration for the frightening physical appearance of Batman villian The Joker.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Birthday J. Carrol Naish


Happy birthday to horror actor J. Carrol Nash (1896-1973) who appeared in horror films including Calling Dr. Death (1943), The Monster Maker (1944), The Jungle Woman (1944), House of Frankenstein (1944), The Beast With Five Fingers (1946), and one of my all-time guilty pleasure bad flicks, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971).

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith


For all fans of the literary mash-ups and his previous novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, now comes a new historical/horror mash-up featuring that guy from the penny. You know, President Abe Lincoln.

The book is being released on March 2, 2010 and is now available for pre-order. Check out all the details and a preview here!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Colin Clive



Happy birthday to Colin Clive (1900-1937), forever known as Dr. Henry Frankenstein in Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), as well as Stephen Orlac in Mad Love (1935).




His cry of "It's alive, it's alive!" remains one of the quintessential and inconic moments in horror cinema.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bruce vs. Frankenstein (2011)


Calling all Bruce Campbell fans!

AICN received a very cool email from the man himself announcing this new project, a sequel to My Name Is Buce (2007):

"Hello everyone. Bruce Campbell here. This urgent message is short, because my keystrokes are monitored and I fear for my life. My partner at Dark Horse comics, Mike Richardson (normally a very rational and talented man), threatened to have his foot soldiers "crush my spleen" if I did what I am about to do. But the fans deserve to know, so with great trepidation I officially announce Bruce Vs. Frankenstein, the sequel to My Name is Bruce. Principal photography begins this fall in Oregon. I'd like to live long enough to see the cameras roll, so please, for the love of God, do not tell anyone - I can't risk this announcement getting back to Mike! Thank you."

Who else is lookin' forward to this one?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wait, who auditioned for the Wolf Man's howls??


Uhm, would you believe Gene Simmons and/or David Lee Roth? What?

Read on for director Joe Johnston's interview in which he discusses several other projects.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Carl Laemmle


Happy birthday to Carl Laemmle, the father of Universal Pictures, born this day (1867-1939).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Caroline Munro


Happy birthday to actress Caroline Munro born this day in 1949.

This stunning beauty is best remembered for her roles in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Happy Birthday John Carpenter



Happy birthday to one of the giants of horror - and one of my all time favorite directors/writers/composers/actors - the legendary and brilliant John Carpenter born this day in 1948.

The worlds of horror and film would be a dismal place without the works of this genius. Wishing you a great day and many great years ahead.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Wolf Man by Basil Gogos


Basil Gogos, the legendary horror artist, has painted a kick ass poster in which he interprets the new del Toro Wolf Man. He is also interviewed by CHUD.com in the link.

Check it out!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Crazies (2010)


We discussed this one on an early episode of Hauntcast, and given the release date is coming up, a post was in order!

Yup, the 1973 Romero flick has gotten the redo-willy treatment and will be hitting theaters on February 26, 2009. The plot revolves around one of those pesky government experiments gone awry, which results in the townspeople going......well, crazy.

Here's a few links if you are interested in checking it out.

The official site

The trailer

What do you think? Any fans of the original? Going to go check out the remake?

Dawn of the Dead iPhone game


Hey, iPhone users - now's your chance to have some zombie-riffic fun a la the George Romero classic.

Coming to iTunes by January 19th....

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Moderator on HauntForum


Guess who? Yup, that's right, your friendly neighborhood Johnny Thunder.

Zombie-F extended the offer last night and I am now the new mod of both the Horror and the Oddities sections over there. For some reason, everyone thinks I'm into horror and weird/supernatural news. Go figure!

If you have not been there before (but I am sure most of you already are members), check out HauntForum. It is full of talented home haunters and Halloween lovers.

I look forward to being a part of the team and keeping it scary!

Movie Quote of the Day #5


“It has been established that persons who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder. A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and hospitals has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking human victims. It's hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact.”

- Unnamed news reporter in the George Romero classic Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Lee Van Cleef


Happy birthday to actor Lee Van Cleef (1925-1989) who is primarily remembered for his western and martial arts/action roles.

However, in addition to those great roles, Mr. Van Cleef also appeared in genre classics including The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) and It Conquered The World (1956).

Friday, January 8, 2010

Val Lewton FIlm Festival - PFA Theater, Berkeley, CA - 1/22/10 - 2/13/10


Many thanks to Aupperle for the head’s up on this really cool event. Lewton's films are classics, and much different in tone and direction than Universal's contemporary fright flicks. He was much more about shadow, suggestion, and the unseen horror and terror, rather than having it all "in your face" so to speak.

Several classic Val Lewton horror flicks will be shown at the PFA Theater in Berkeley, CA. Here’s a breakdown of genre films of interest:

Friday, January 22, 2010
Cat People
The Seventh Victim


Saturday, January 30, 2010
I Walked With a Zombie

Friday, February 5, 2010
The Curse of the Cat People
The Leopard Man


Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Body Snatcher
Isle of the Dead


Saturday, February 13, 2010
The Ghost Ship
Bedlam


I am a huge fan of I Walked With a Zombie, Cat People, The Body Snatcher and Isle of the Dead. Definitely check any or all of these out if you are in the area.

You won't be sorry for sure!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Brain That Wouldn't Die


No, I'm not talking about the awesome cheesy 50's flick here, but this bizarre story my bud Skullboy shared with me.

Yeah, call me insensitive but what a freaky story! Eeeek!

Happy Birthday Alan Napier


Happy birthday to actor Alan Napier (1903-1988).

Best remembered as Alfred on the “Batman” t.v. series (1966-1968), Mr. Napier also appeared in genre films including The Invisible Man Returns (1940), Cat People (1942), The Uninvited (1944), Isle of the Dead (1945), and House of Horrors (1946).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rob Zombie's Halloween II - Alternate Ending


Well, as I have said, Halloween II was one of the biggest disappointments of this past year and was, to put it bluntly, a hot mess. After all the hype, and our running joke on Hauntcast, the flick fell flat on its face.

I don't know too many people who enjoyed Zombie's sequel to his Halloween remake, let alone anyone really interested in the DVD and Blu-Ray release on January 12, 2010. Interesting that the DVD and Blu-Ray will include Zombie's "alternate ending" that he has claimed in interviews is the "real ending" of his movie and the one that "fans wanted." Here's a link courtesy of STYD with this allegedly fantastic ending.

This still is just nothing that works for me. I don't care if you posit the entire film as a drug-fueled delusion on the part of Laurie, or you look at it as a straight forward slasher flick, it needed an entire script overhaul.

Ah well, for what it's worth, if you want to check it out, the link's there. But save your money and don't buy the DVD or Blu-Ray, gang!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Daybreakers


Reminder, gang, the futuristic vampire flick Daybreakers will swoop its way into theaters this Friday, January 8, 2010.

Here's the flick's official site, while STYD just put up an interview with one of the stars, Ethan Hawke.

I am going to get out to see it either this weekend or next. I am not sure what to really expect of this film, and am trying to go into it with an open mind.

But rest assured, we will discuss (or trash!) it on the next Hauntcast. That is, if Chris lets me get a word in edge-wise........lol.....

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me


Yup, today is my super-spectacular 39th birthday! I took the day off for another nice long weekend. My wife and daughter got me some lovely cards and neat little gifts, while my sister got me this kick-ass remote control zombie from Archie McPhee!

I am going to just chill, watch a few horror flicks, grab some lunch, grill us up some dinner later, and call it a night!

Of course, there will be cake.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mask-Fest 2010 - Indianapolis, IN - 3/26-28/10


Here's news of a very cool event happening as part of the Horror Hound Weekend.

Check out the details here and if you're in the area, or even if you're not, this looks like a great event all around!