Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Tomb of Terror" from Marvel Comics


Here is some kick-ass horror comic news courtesy of BD. I am a huge fan of Marvel's 70's horror characters and this is going to be so cool!

WRITTEN BY: JOE R. LANSDALE, ROB WILLIAMS, JOE PRUETT & PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: MARK TEXIERA, JORDAN RASKIN, PABLO PEPPINO & MORE
COVERS BY: TRAVEL FOREMAN

"Marvel's most terrifying monsters star in four tales of harrowing horror! Jack Russell, the Werewolf by Night stalks a killer werewolf in the mountains while searching for a cure that will end his curse. The mal-formed Man-Thing, temporarily in possession of his mind, attempts to save a man from certain death at the hands of racist hunters. And Son of Satan battles a possessed child killer along with the murderous voices in his head. All this and much more in this all-new, all-black-and-white one-shot in the spirit of the Mighty Marvel Magazines of yore, but ALL-NOW in style!"

"TOMB OF TERROR" Drops This October From Marvel Comics! (MSRP-$3.99)

Be sure to check this out!!


Eddie Munster to marry ex-Eagles cheerleader


Join me in congratulating Butch Patrick who will forever live on in monster kids' minds as Eddie Munster.

Seems he's found true love with a local lady and has even moved to West Chester to be with her. Sweet! Eddie Munster lives about 15 minutes from me.

Maybe I'll get an invite to the wedding. Hmmm, perhaps an October 31st date would be in order?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hauntcast 21: Dead Hookerfest


What up, boils and ghouls! Hauntcast 21 is here!Check out what haunted goodness da G/Host Chris Baker has for us this month:
2009 was the final year for one of the country’s most unique haunt displays, HAUNTED TIKI ISLAND. With a brand new theme in the works and a fantastic how-to blog, THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP, we fondly wave goodbye to the Island and take a ride with this month’s haunting guru, Craig Schriber aka DEVILS CHARIOT. Whether it’s music, ambient noise or sound effects, Rev gives deep aural on the subtleties of sound in a haunt. The boys chew the fat on Long Pigs, a few horror books, upcoming TV shows and coming attractions.
The Mistress of Mayhem covers the fine art of adding realism to your haunted cemetery… on the cheap! The good Doctor gives listeners sound proptological advice.
HERE’S JOHNNY’s $20 wallbreaker prop.
Halloween memories from my sordid past.

Go listen now and stay scary!

"Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich" & "Frankenstein Takes The Cake" by Adam Rex



These wonderfully illustrated and cleverly written books spring from the slightly twisted and monster-loving mind of Adam Rex.

My very good friend Tim gave these both to my daughter last year and while they may be considered "kids' books", I think I dig 'em even more than the baby! They feature the Frankenstein monster character, as well as Dracula, Creature, The Bride, Wolfman and many other wonderfully kooky horror and monster characters.

To give you a taste of what to expect, check out the author's bio from his official site:

Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).

Adam and Marie live in Tucson, where Adam draws, paints, writes, spends too much time on the internet, and listens to public radio. Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave. He can carry a tune, if you don't mind the tune getting dropped and stepped on occasionally. He never remembers anyone's name until he's heard it at least three times. He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots.

His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. His second, a book for teens and adults called FAT VAMPIRE, will be published in July 2010.

Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.


I really think that all you Halloween and classic Universal monster fans will love these books. Again, if you're looking for some special gifts - for kids of all ages -definitely check these out!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

"The Art of Hammer: Posters from the Archives of Hammer Films" by Marcus Hearn


Dig this cool news over at STYD!

Just in time for Halloween, we can get our claws on "The Art of Hammer," a cool collection of almost 300 Hammer film posters. Fully authorized by Hammer, and licensed by Coolabi, this kick-ass book will also be annotated by historian Marcus Hearn.

It drops October 26th and will cost $29.95. Halloween just got a little bit sweeter! Or is that scarier?

Del Toro and Cameron on Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains of Madness”


Del Toro, Cameron and Lovecraft - oh my!

As a Lovecraft fanatic, I don't know what else to say - but hot damn!!!!

Halloween III "in active development"?


According to the Hollywood Reporter in their article about the Weinsteins, a sequel to Halloween is in "active development for wide release."

I don't know whether this is based on new discussions the publication had with them, or if it is based on the announcement last year that a third film was green-lit. As we know from a recent story, it seemed stalled and the Weinsteins weren't in a hurry to get a sequel out right away.

I guess we shall see.....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Del Toro talks plot of The Haunted Mansion


Thanks to our fiends over at DC for the head's up on this story.
I know I have been a little Haunted Mansion heavy lately, but I think a lot of people are excited about this newly announed project. Del Toro just finished an interview with MTV about this film, and had this to say about the plot:

"The storyline for 'The Haunted Mansion' and the ride is quite open," he explains to MTV. "We are taking sort of the core mythology that you can tap into and saying that there are many mansions around the world and they're all part of a sort of web. The spider sitting at the center of the web is what the fans of 'The Haunted Mansion' would know by the nickname the Hatbox Ghost, which is a beautiful creature that was created but there's a legend that it was discarded on the first day of the ride's operation because it was too scary. I like that legend, but the reality is that the imagineers could not make the illusion work, so they took it out. It's more or less where the bride is in the attic on the way out of the mansion, but it's such a great character that there is literally a cult for the Hatbox Ghost amongst hardcore 'Haunted Mansion' fanatics, and I'm one of them."

The movie I see in my head of 'Haunted Mansion' is not what I believe anyone is imagining it would be. It's not just a regular world with a haunted mansion plopped in the middle. I'm really thinking of a movie with a heightened reality, which is super designed, incredibly innovative, narratively and visually. When people think of 'The Haunted Mansion,' they think they know [what it's about]. But I really want to push a lot of stuff that they have not seen ever."


What do you all think?

"Goodnight Goon, A Petrifying Parody" by Michael Rex


"In the cold grey tomb
There was a gravestone
And a black lagoon
And a picture of-
Martians taking over the moon..."


Another one of our daughter's favorites, "Goodnight Goon" by Michael Rex is a spooky but fun parody of the children's classic, "Goodnight Moon." Much like "Where's My Mummy?", it is a fun Halloween and monster-themed book that toddlers will enjoy.

Check out more about the author at his site, and pick up a copy for any little ones who enjoy Halloween and reading.

Super-8 Movie Madness - The Way Out Club, St. Louis, MO - August 3rd


Scream out to tomsmonstertoys for the head's up on this fun and kooky event. From his post:

SUPER-8 MOVIE MADNESS at the Way Out Club in St. Louis will be held on Tuesday August 3 from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features (they average 15 minutes in length) and will be projected on a large screen at the Way Out Club. Admission is a measly THREE BUCKS!!!!

This is our Eleventh great monthly show and the lineup for August 3 is: Boris Karloff in FRANKENSTEIN, Clint Eastwood in WHERE EAGLES DARE, Dean Martin as Matt Helm in THE SILENCERS, a Vincent Price Trailer Reel, SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, The battle with the Hydra from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, JOan Crawford in STRAIGHT JACKET, Christopher Lee in SCARS OF DRACULA, SPILLS AND CHILLS, Lon Chaney in MAN MADE MONSTER, The Three Stooges in CALLING ALL CURS,THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, Roger Corman's A BUCKET OF BLOOD, and a special 35 minute cut of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!

There will be movie posters, passes and other stuff given away. The Way Out Club is located at 2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis (corner of Jefferson and Gravois). There are yummy Way-Out pizzas available for only $8.00.


Sounds like a great night out if you are in the area. For more info, check out The Way Out Club here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Elvira Update!


Hey groovy ghoulies! As we know from our discussion about a month ago, The Mistress of the Dark is making her way back to the small scream.... Er I mean screen this Fall!

Elvira's Movie Macabre premieres on THIS! Television and in national syndication throughout the U.S. the weekend of September 25th. Her package will include 26 horror flicks.

I'm a big fan of THIS! as they show The Outer Limits on weekend mornings, and some cheesy fun horror and fright flicks on Saturday nights, and various other times during the week.

Welcome back, Elvira!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy birthday James Whale


Happy belated birthday to director James Whale (July 22,1889 – May 29, 1957).

Among his films, he is best remembered by horror fans for the classics

Frankenstein (1931)


The Old Dark House (1932)

The Invisible Man (1933)


and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

STYD's Comic-Con video interview with del Toro

Check out this video interview with the director where he talks about The Haunted Mansion, At The Mountains of Madness and more.

Thanks to STYD!

Godzilla (2012) - First Look!


Here's our first look at concept art for the recently announced new Godzilla flick coming our way in 2012.

Check out the full story and more details here.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nerds Gone Wild - Or, It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

I joke, but WTF is up with this story?

All over Resident Evil:Afterlife,Marvel Comics and a seat? Damn.

This is all for fun, dudes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Del Toro not directing The Haunted Mansion

Uhm, this is all making my head spin. lol.

Check out the latest news from Latino Review in an exclusive with del Toro. He emailed the site and had this to say:

Only producing and co-writing with Matthew Robbins for now. I would love to direct it if the timing allows it but I already have the next directing project ready to be announced in a week or so. Big and unexpected and full of invention. Haunted Mansion is, however, so perfect- because into it I can finally pour decades- most of my life- of admiration and veneration for Rolly Crump, Marc Davis and Claude Coats and the incredibly stylized and impossibly cool world they created. The movie I am imagining and that I dream of bringing forth is a full-on shrine to the feel we had as kids going into these E-ticket rides. For some people Haunted Mansion is just a ride for others, like me, who got caught in it at the precise age, it is almost a way of life.

So, he will not be directing this flick, so there's still hope he'll be doing Frankenstein or At the Mountains of Madness next.

The Haunted Mansion movie poster


Thanks to our friends at STYD for their exlusive look at the poster for the flick announced yesterday. Me likey!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Del Toro to Direct The Haunted Mansion


Dig on this Comic-Con news, boils and ghouls!

Guillermo Del Toro just announced he is going to direct a Haunted Mansion redo willy for Disney.

"We are not returning Eddie Murphy's calls...and we are not making it a comedy," he said. "We are making it scary and fun, but the scary will be scary." Sweet! The new flick is said to star the Hatbox Ghost who will also be re-introduced into the original ride.

More details as they come! This sounds like a fun flick for sure.

The Versatile Blogger Award


Scream out to The Spooky Vegan for finding this joint, and for giving it a Versatile Blogger Award. That's pretty fangtastic, thanks! Hmmm, but now kind of ruins the joke when I call it the "award winning super spooktacular blog" lol.....

Uhm so there's like rules for this -

• Thank the person who gave it to you
(Fangs a lot, SV!)

• Share 7 things about yourself
(Uhm......ok here goes)
1. I look damn good in a suit.
2. My heart and soul are in Key West, and hopefully someday the rest of me will live there too!
3. I'm 6'5".
4. I love reggae.
5. A few years ago, I had the honor of meeting and getting drunk with author Brian Keene. What a kick-ass dude.
6. I'm not bald - I shave my head, dammit!!
7. I have the most amazing super duper bestest wife and daughter in the world. :0)

• Pass the award along to 15 who you have recently discovered and who you think fantastic for whatever reason; and contact the blogs you picked and let them know about the award.
I honestly don't think I can name just 15 blogs. I follow so many cool and interesting and unique blogs that I just can't pick a few. They're all as special as the individuals behind them. So, I will say just check out each and every blog I follow!!!

Stay scary!!

Fun kids' Halloween or movie night recipes

My wife found these cool recipes yesterday, and I thought they'd be perfect for a kids' Halloween party, or even a fun horror movie night. Check 'em out!

Pizza mummies

Hot dog mummies

Monster toes

Brad Pitt to star in World War Z (2012)


Many fans of this amazing Max Brooks novel have been wondering where the development stood. There was some early buzz back in 2007 that the film rights had been secured by Brad Pitt, but not too much has happened since then. Boy, has that changed and how!!

Now MTV has confirmed that not only will Pitt's company produce, but he will star as well. According to Brooks, they hope to get this in theaters by summer 2012.

Read on for the details. I'm pretty stoked about this news and hope they do the novel justice. If you have not read it yet, go grab a copy now!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Walking Dead - picked up for Season 2 - Sweepstakes for walk-on role


Hmmmm - as STYD points out, while AMC's announcement of a sweepstakes is pretty sweet, the big story here is -

There's going to be a Season 2 of The Walking Dead!

Kind of a "soft" announcement I suppose. Definitely cannot wait for this series to shamble its way onto the small screen in October.

Drive-In Night at the Capitol - Tarantula & Godzilla v. The Sea Monster/Capitol Theatre - Rome, NY/July 30, 2010



Calling all giant monster fans!!! That's right - on July 30th it's Drive-In Night at the Capitol featuring "Tarantula" (1955) and "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" (1966).

Starting at 7:00 p.m., this monsteriffic creature double feature will not only have these two classic flicks, but also period coming attraction trailers and drive-in type food! MMMMMMMMM food.

Check out the theater's official site for more groovy details!

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)


Here’s our first look at the flick’s poster courtesy of CHUD.

A remake of the 1973 film, this redo willy has been directed by Troy Nixey and co-written by Guillermo Del Toro. Stars include Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison.

Meanwhile, STYD has up the first "official" still which really doesn't show much at all, but hmmmm Katie Holmes does look somewhat afraid, doesn't she?


This one will spook up your local theaters on January 11, 2011.

The Strange Case of Hyde (201?)


Check out this monsteriffic news, boils and ghouls! No, this isn't the Keanu Reeves J&H project, and it's not the 50 cent J&H either - this is another film adaptaion about the good doctor and his alter ego.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skydance Prods., Dark Horse Entertainment and producer Mark Gordon are adapting the soon to be released Dark Horse comicbook "The Strange Case of Hyde," written by screenwriter Cole Haddon.

Interesting to note that they say this won't be " . . . a retelling of the story but seeks to give it a fresh take by making the split personality the center of a Victorian-era action-adventure that sees him go head-to-head against a historical villain." Could be promising?

Haddon went on to say that "Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite literary villains, but he hasn't been given his due on the big screen for the better part of a century.I'm excited to be playing a part in restoring him to his proper place in the pantheon of movie monsters: at the top of the food chain."

Sweet! As a huge fan of Jekyll & Hyde through of all his (their?) film adaptaions, I am definitely hopeful about not only this new comic, but a cool movie version to follow. Hopefully it's done in a cool and fun way without being goofy or plain bad (The Mummy or Van Helsing - yes, yes, I know people like those movies but they're just not my thing).

More details as they come, kids!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FrightNight Film Fest/Louisville, KY 7/30- 8/1


Check out the official site for all the details on this event.

Featuring guest of honor Roger Corman, plus plenty of other cool guests, panels, and other horror fun to be had! If you're in the area, check it out.

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)


For anyone else who dug The Human Centipede (First Sequence) this year, here are a few interesting quotes from DC's interview with Tom Six, wherein he discusses his planned trilogy of medical horror flicks.

“When I was writing the first Human Centipede, I had so many more ideas that really pushed the envelope, actually way further than you see even in the first film, so I always intended for this to be a trilogy,” Six explained. “My goal was that the first film will get audiences used to the concept of a human centipede and prepares them for where everything goes in the next two.”

“When you make a sequel, you are very vulnerable as a director. That comes from your responsibility as a director to not disappoint your audience, especially that now there are more expectations. They’ve seen what you can do. My job is to work really hard to create something original and engaging. I think the next two Human Centipede films will completely blow people away. They won’t believe their eyes when I’m done with them,” added Six.

"The first film will seem like My Little Pony compared to what we do with the sequel. There will be a lot of black humor, and I’m excited as a director to see how far I can push audiences. We start shooting this June in London, and we’re looking to release the sequel before the end of the year if post-production goes well,” added Six.


For the full sit-down, head over to Dread Central and enjoy the ATM fun for yourself!

Halloween III still looks dead...


...or at least on hold until the Weinsteins figure out what they want to do with the franchise.

This isn't really news but for what it's worth, check out the latest.

Bill Murray on Ghostbusters 3


So what does Murray have to say now about a possible third Ghostbusters flick?

Go here and see for yourself.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monsterpocalypse (2012)


Here’s an update on the Burton effort to bring a movie version of the game to the big screen – something about an alien invasion, giant robots fighting alien monsters and oh yeah, it’s probably going to be in 3D.

Daniel Radcliffe to star in Hammer's The Woman in Black


Daniel Radcliffe is set to star as the lead in Hammer's adaptation of the Susan Hill novel "The Woman In Black."

The boy wizard will portray "a young lawyer who finds himself embroiled in a ghostly hostage plot." Jane Goldman, co-writer of Kick Ass, has done the script and James Watkins will direct.

I'm guessing this flick will haunt a theater near you sometime in 2011. Thanks to my good fiend The Evil Squire for the scoop!

FrightFest E-Zine


First off, scream out to my horror bruddah Gary B for the head's up on this cool new free on-line horror mag. Sweet! Free is my favorite flavor.

Film 4 FrightFest is a big film fest over in the UK, and they just released the first ish of their new e-zine. It's free (did I mention it's free?) and 68 pages of horror goodness, including interviews with Eli Roth and the director of "A Serbian Film", reviews, news and the like.

Go here to subscribe!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spooky Sunday!



The Crew is here hoping everyone had a spooktacular weekend!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

House of the Wolf Man (2009) - Amazon pre-order -available 9/28/10


This cool announcement is courtesy of Facebook earlier in the week!That's right, groovy ghoulies, the retro indie fright flick House of the Wolf Man is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

The price is $17.99 and will be out in late September. Head over there now and order your copy today!

Podcast interview with Michael Sims regarding Dracula's Guest



Earlier this week, I posted about a new Victorian anthology of vampire stories entitled "Dracula's Guest." Last night I received a cool email from George Kenney over at Electric Politics regarding a really nice interview he just did with Sims.

Just a head's up, it is a political site, and I'm not endorsing any views over any other, but this interview certainly will be of interest to any genre fans.

From the site:

July 16, 2010
The Power of Imagination

Dracula's Guest coverHarkening back to an earlier age, the prolific and brilliant author and anthologist Michael Sims helps us to understand science, natural history, literature, and all manner of other things. A Renaissance man. In Dracula's Guest he explores through Victorian eyes the universal human fear of the dark. The fact is, we love to experience that fear, within limits. It's a decadent fancy, but it's also probably in part a primordial urge to venture into the unknown. As always, great fun talking with Michael. Total runtime forty three minutes. “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come...”


Check out the podcast right here. Thanks again George!

Friday, July 16, 2010

TCM Tonight - "A Look Under The Big Top"


Step right this way, boils and ghouls of all ages!

Starting at 8:00 p.m. EST tonight TCM is taking "A Look Under The Big Top".....the problem is, we may not always like what we find there...such as murder, mayhem, monsters and fiends of every imaginable sort!

Here are the circus and sideshow themed flicks airing this fine evening:


Freaks (1932) - Tod Browning's notorious classic flick.


Circus of Horrors (1960) - directed by Sidney Hayers, this film follows the exploits of a demented plastic surgeon


Berserk (1967) - The Joan Crawford vehicle helmed by Jim O'Connolly

Looks like a great night of circus-themed fright flicks for us. Dig into some popcorn and enjoy!