Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!


Have a great day and night, boils and ghouls!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Film Connoisseur's Werewolves of the Blogosphere! 20 Werewolf Movies to Watch Under the Full Moon!


Hey, boils and ghouls! Head on over to Francisco Gonzalez a/k/a The Film Connoiseur's wickedly cool blog to check out Werewolves of the Blogosphere! 20 Werewolf Movies to Watch Under the Full Moon! I had the honor of being asked to collaborate on the article with him as well as Brian Bankston from Cool Ass Cinema and Shaun Anderson from The Celluloid Highway.

If you are not already following Francisco's blog, really do yourself the favor and start doing so now. He does wonderful, in-depth and intelligent reviews of all types of films. If you enjoy movies as much as I suspect most of you do, The Film Connoissuer is a must read. This month, he has changed the title and focus to horror, and as always has done an amazing job with his reviews and topics.

What are you waiting for? Go read and follow!

Hammer Frankenstein Fest tonight on TCM


The Curse of Frankenstein(1957) - 8:00 p.m.
A scientist's attempts to create life unleash a bloodthirsty monster.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee Dir: Terence Fisher C-83 mins, TV-14


The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)- 9:30 p.m.
After escaping execution, a mad scientist moves his experiments to a German hospital.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson, Michael Gwynn Dir: Terence Fisher C-90 mins, TV-PG

Frankenstein Created Woman (1966)- 11:15 p.m.
Baron Frankenstein puts a wrongly executed man's brain into a beautiful woman's body.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris Dir: Terence Fisher C-92 mins, TV-14

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed!(1969)- 1:00 a.m.
Baron Frankenstein blackmails a brother and sister into helping him with a brain transplant.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Simon Ward, Veronica Carlson, Thorley Walters Dir: Terence Fisher C-101 mins, TV-14

Ghost hunters at Gettysburg


Cool article about the ghost tours and evidence of hauntings at the Gettysburg battlefields.

BBC News - "The transatlantic Halloween divide"


Here's a really cool article that appeared on the BBC featuring American home haunters, including Zombie F from HauntForum and Steve O from the Garage of Evil.

Kick-ass!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Splatterhouse revived


For any fans of this 80s arcade game, good news - Splatterhouse is back and updated for 2010.

The new version, with updated graphics, will drop on November 23rd and is for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Read the story for more details.

Zombie wedding


Weddings always make me weepy.

Especially when the bride and groom want to bite a chunk out of me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good Day Philadelphia at The Bates Motel


I had the honor of being one of the actors asked to participate in this morning's live remote from The Bates Motel on the local Fox affiliate's morning show Good Day Philadelphia!

I'm not in this segment, but this one features Randy Bates, the owner of the attraction. There were two more segments after this - one roundtable discussion about Trick or Treat and the second was a tour of the Bates Motel.

During the roundtable, all the actors were all gathered around Sue Serio (my favorite weather person in town by far, and as nice in person as she is on TV!!!) - and I was right next to her for the entire three minutes going nuts and creeping her out on live TV! It was so much fun. That footage isn't up on the Fox site, but if I come across it I will be sure to share.

In the meantime, check out the link above.

Universal Monsters online game


STYD is reporting that Universal Studios and SEE Virtual Worlds are teaming up to bring the Monsters to the world of online multi-player video games.

Not much detail is known, but word is the game will be free, and that for a fee, players will be able to "buy items for their characters to enhance the playing experience."

Sounds like a kick-ass new project! Definitely will check this out when it's released.

Make Me Zombie


Here's a fun site my wife came across - Make Me Zombie!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Drive-In: Spookathon


Here's a great link my wife came upon. It's a wonderful 50's advertisement/promo for a fright flick drive-in event.

I am a huge fan of these types of promos! Check out all the ghoulish fun.

“A Zombie Ate My Cupcake” - Lily Vanilli (Author), Paul Parker (Contributor)


Just spent my lunch hour at Barnes & Noble checking out all the Halloween books and stuff, and spotted this one near the food section. Fun little book with some cool ideas for your party this year, or any time you feel like a creepy snack!

Description:

This book features killer cupcakes that taste bloody good! After being banished for so long to the land of the pretty and identical, the domestic and the twee, cupcakes are biting back. Here, Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from anywhere – insects, roadkill, zombies – and recreate it in cake, but always with a delicious result. This book is an introduction to making cakes that look weird, ugly and even grotesque – but that taste divine! There are amazing materials for making edible sculptures and hundreds of things you can do with natural ingredients. Give guests a shock with revoltingly realistic Marzipan Beetles, or add a crunch to your desserts with Morbid Meringue Bones, dipped in raspberry blood sauce. Try out a black cherry Dracula’s Bite red velvet cupcake with cream cheese, eat your way through heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes or go for indulgent and truly dark chocolate Devil’s Delight Cupcakes. If Ozzy Osbourne made cupcakes, these are the ones he’d want to eat.

Check it out!

The Host 2 is going 3D




If any of you have not seen "The Host" stop what you are doing and go rent it. In my opinion, this is one of the best asian monster movies ever made (click here for the trailer).
The folks over at Horror News Network posted this about the upcoming sequel...color me excited.

"Host 2," the sequel to director Bong Joon-ho's monster flick -- the highest-grossing Korean film of all time -- is being prepped as a 3D project, according to the film's producer Chungeorahm Films. "

Given the nature of the film and the current trends in the global film market, we think that 3D is the medium to go," said Su-yeon Kim at the company's international business division. "But this will delay the film's release date and bring significant changes to the film's logistics."

The original "Host," a deeply political satire about a family trying to protect themselves from a moster in Seoul's main river, attracted 13 million admissions in Korea when it opened in 2006. Worldwide, the film was sold to 134 countries and earned $90 million. The script for "Host 2" is currently under last-minute revision. The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2012.

10 Terrifying Halloween Gadgets


Here's a fun little article on MSNBC featuring some cool Halloween props. I know most of y'all are DIY but these would be fun to find under the All Hallows tree.

Thanks to my wife for the find :0)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Oct. 24-31)


Hello all, once again it’s time for Gary B’s “this week in Horror History”


Oct. 24:
1962
- Eyes Without a Face – released theatrically

Oct. 25:
1978
– Halloween - released theatrically
1993 – Vincent Price dies (b. 1911) (and so did a piece of me)
2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem – release on Nintendo Gamecube in Japan

Oct. 26:
1979
– When A Strange Calls - released theatrically
2001 – Bones - released theatrically

Oct. 27:
1989 – Shocker - released theatrically
1989 – Castlevania: The Adventure - released on the Game Boy in Japan
1995 – Vampire in Brooklyn - released theatrically
2001 – Book of Shadowas: Blair Witch 2 - released theatrically (then I vomited)

Oct. 28:
1951
– Joe R. Lansdale – (winner of six Bram Stocker Awards for horror fiction) born
2005 – Saw II - released theatrically
2005 – Masters of Horror – premiers on television

Oct. 29:
1920
– The Golem: How He Came Into the World - released theatrically in Germany
1973 – Return of the Blind Dead - released theatrically
1993 – Return of the Living Dead III - released on VHS
2004 – Versus - released theatrically
2004 – Saw - released theatrically

Oct. 30:
1938
– The War of the Worlds – radio adaption airs
1981 – Halloween II - released theatrically

Oct. 31: (I thought I would expand this one, for obvious reasons)
834 – 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints
1846 – Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp (technically this is still horror related…you know what happens to them)
1926 – Magician Harry Houdini (Erich Weisz) died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix
1961 – Peter Jackson director of Bad Taste, Braindead born
1974 – Phantom of the Paradise - released theatrically
1991 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest - released on the Super Nintendo in Japan
2001 – Exoneration of Salem Witches is completed

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hauntcast 24: Carpe Noctem


Just in time for Halloween comes the madness and hijinx of Hauntcast 24. Here's what da G/Host Chris Baker has in store for you this month:
He told us all, “Home Is Where The Haunt Is”. Truer words were never spoken. With his book and video series, “The Haunter’s Handbooks”, his annual home haunt, Dark Works, a line of rigid foam products and his pioneering use and coining of the term “monster mud”, this month’s special guest has been at the forefront of modern home haunting for the past decade. We proudly present a very special interview with STEVE HICKMAN of TERROR SYNDICATE.

As a special “treat” for Halloween, we have an extra bonus feature for you. A home in North Carolina that is a nearly exact replica of the Myers home from John Carpenter’s 1978 classic film, HALLOWEEN. With extraordinary attention to accuracy and detail, not to mention collectibles up the wazoo, we present an interview with creator KENNY CAPERTON of MYERS HOUSE NORTH CAROLINA. Happy Halloween from all of us here at Hauntcast!

With Halloween days away, Revenant gives haunters everywhere a thrilling, chilling… pep talk!
Johnny and Chris ritualistically sacrifice M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil and open the door to Let Me In.The Mistress of Mayhem presents a very special tribute Ray Bradbury’s inspired story, “The Halloween Tree”.
Welcome Denhaunt to the Scream Team! First up, a tutorial on making props with latex and balls. Cotton balls, that is.
HalloweenZombie’s Gourdzilla.
Treats you should NOT give out this Halloween!

Give it a listen, grab a beverage, and stay scary!!!

Guillermo del Toro Turning Pixar Animator's Creepy Short "Alma" Into Feature Film


The guys over Moviephone (Cinematical) just posted this about a very cool, creepy short which is being turned into a feature film...

DreamWorks is preparing to get creepy, tossing aside ogres, fairy tales, aliens and dragons for a story about an ominous toy store and a little girl who gets sucked in by a rather familiar-looking doll. The premise alone makes this project interesting, but to up the ante it's coming to us from producer Guillermo del Toro and Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas.

'Alma' is a short film about a little girl who discovers a strange toy store while walking through a snow-covered alley one day. Full of dolls, she's intrigued because the one in the window looks exactly like her -- same face, hair and clothing. The more intrigued she gets, the further the doll moves away from her -- not to keep her from breaking something, but because the shop wants to add her to its permanent collection.

Click here to read more and watch the short

Shasta soda commercial with The Frankenstein Monster


Here's a fun Shasta commercial starring one of our favorite monsters. Scream out to Mrs. Thunder for this spooktacular link!!

Ghouls Night Out


Thanks to my sister for sending this cool link spotlighting some of the spookiest and haunted places across the country.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Art of Hammer


As an illustrator and graphic designer it pains me to say the "ART" of the movie poster is a dying art form. When I mean art in capital letters, I actually mean the hand-painted, ultra-creative pieces of art that used to adorn all of our beloved cineplex's. How I miss the works Basil Gogos and John Alvin. Unfortunately the art form is about as dead as disco.

But alas my friends... a collection is about to come out showcasing some of Hammer Films finest movie artwork.


Moviephone had this to say about the book...click here to see some of the artwork samples


Hammer's on the comeback trail! Don't believe it? There's a Hammer film in theaters right this very second ('Let Me In'), there's another one right around the corner ('The Woman In Black' starring Daniel Radcliffe), and Titan Books is launching a jam-packed art book dedicated to the beloved British studio. Featuring over 300 images from private collections and studio archives, 'The Art of Hammer' details the history of the studio through its eye-popping movie posters. The book hits retailers November 2010, keeping the Halloween spirit alive all the way through the upcoming Holiday season.Titan has offered up four exclusive images from 'The Art of Hammer.' For poster fans, there's the bosomy, lurid poster for 'Blood From the Mummy's Tomb' and the funky fresh kung-fu stylings of 'The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires' (aka 'Seven Brothers Meet Dracula'). They're both very cool, but even cooler are the two promotion-related pics -- a double-bill advertisement for 'Dracula, Prince of Darkness' and 'Plague of the Zombies,' and an amazing shot from 1958, of the Gaumont Cinema in London's Haymarket, decked out for the premiere of 'Dracula' (known in the States as 'The Horror of Dracula'). Theater marquees today just don't have the same flair, do they?

Creepy and Eerie movies, TV and more!



STYD is reporting that the classic Warren Publishing horror comics "Creepy" and "Eerie" are going to be the basis for new movies, TV shows and other media projects. Read all the details in the link.

Very kick-ass news! I would love to see a weekly anthology show hosted by Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie!

The Twilight Zone (201?)


Deadline is reporting that Jason Rothenberg will write The Twilight Zone, a new flick being developed by Warner Bros is developing with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way.

There aren't a lot of details known, but the story says that "the expectation is they will take some of the original stories written for the series by the likes of Serling and Richard Matheson."

We are already expecting a new Outer Limits flick - so are you ready for a new Twilight Zone film as well? If so, would you like to see new stories or have the flick incorporate some of the original shows?

Sam Raimi to direct new "Triffids"?


We found out around a month ago that a new Triffids was coming our way, and now it looks like the project has a director.

Deadline is reporting that Mandate Pictures has acquired the rights to the remake, and the film will be produced by Ghost House (Mandate, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert). Word is that Raimi wants to direct because the the original was one of his favorites as a kid.

If this pans out, I think this redo willy could be very interesting! Whattya think?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pat Priest & Butch Patrick at The Bates Motel on Halloween Night!


Cool monster kid news for anyone in the area!

Pat Priest (Marilyn Munster) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) will both be making personal appearances on October 31st at The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride. Come out and say hi - they will be signing autographs and taking photos!

Piranha 3 DD (2011)


We new it was coming, but the sequel has just found its director and writers.

Dimension has hired John Gulager to direct and Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write Piranha 3 DD. More details in the link.

I had fun with the first flick, so definitely looking forward to more drunken college kids being turned into chum.....oh and 3D boobies!

Happy birthday Bela Lugosi


Happy birthday to one of the greatest horror icons of all time - Béla Lugosi (1882-1956)!

What could I possibly say about Lugosi that has not already been said or written? He had a long and varied acting career, including stage and film. His performance as Dracula has set the standard for all others that followed, and has become a part of our collective horror psyhe. Of course he also starred in many of the classic Universal films, as well as Poverty Row classics, and later the Ed Wood films.








Join me in a toast to Mr. Lugosi! Cheers!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

28 Months Later update

STYD has the "final word" on Boyle's involvment with a third flick and the status of the project.

Check out the story in the link.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Update - Troll Hunter


The guys over at BD just dropped this update on us...


The wait for The Troll Hunter won't be long as Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired World rights excluding Europe to writer/director André Ovredal’s docu-style horror flick. Shot in a vérité style, The Troll Hunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Hunter is said to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.
“THE TROLL HUNTER is one hell of a ride, with trolls the size of King Kong,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “André Ovredal has created a one-of-a-kind creature feature that’s sure to entertain and wow audiences all over the world. We’re extremely proud to add it to the Magnet slate.”"The interest in THE TROLL HUNTER from around the world has been overwhelming," says producer Jacobsen. "But it became clear to us early that Magnolia/Magnet would be a perfect fit both for us and for the film. We are really excited to be working with them on this movie."The deal for world rights excluding Europe were negotiated by Magnet’s Quinn with producer John M. Jacobsen. Magnet will release the film theatrically in 2011.

Click here to check out a few of the trailers...I am stoked!!!

Classic Movie Horror at The Landmark Lowe’s Jersey Theatre/Jersey City, NJ/October 22nd and 23rd



More classic horror playing - if you're near Jersey City, defnitely head over to the Landmark Lowe's Jersey Theatre on October 22nd and 23rd and catch these flicks!

All the details are in the link.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie update


Here's an update on the status of this flick.

Director David O. Russell and star Natalie Portman have left the project (although she will stay on as a producer), and now a lot of names are floating around for a replacement director. Rumors of possible names include David Slade (Twilight Saga: Esclipse, 30 Days of Night), Mike Newell (Prince of Persia) and Neil Marshall Doomsday).

What about a starring actress? More rumors name Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska.......

More details as they come.

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Oct. 17-23)


Hello all its Monday and time for this week’s “Horror History”

Oct. 17:
2003 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - released theatrically

Oct. 18:
1976 – Burnt Offerings - released theatrically
1980 – Motel Hell - released theatrically (Loved this movie)
1985 – Re-Animator - released theatrically
1996 – The Dentist - released theatrically
2002 – The Ring - released theatrically
2005 – Day of the Dead 2: Contagium released on DVD

Oct. 19:
1990 – Night of the Living Dead (1990) - released theatrically
2004 – Zombie Planet - released theatrically

Oct. 20:
1889 – Bela Lugosi born (d. 1956)
1942 – Night Monster - released theatrically

Oct. 21:
1988 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers - released theatrically
2005 – Doom - released theatrically

Oct. 22:
1982 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch - released theatrically
1988 – Monsters - premieres on television
2004 – The Grudge - released theatrically

Oct. 23
1942 – The Mummy's Tomb - released theatrically
1959 – Sam Raimi (creator of the Evil Dead series of films) born
1987 – Prince of Darkness - released theatrically
2001 – Thir13en Ghosts - released theatrically





Friday, October 15, 2010

The Candy Shop - A Macabe Tale


In my always continuing quest to find obscure and frightening films a friend of mine sent me a link to a film which is a rare cross between horror and social consciousness. The people over at Whitestone Motion Pictures have produced any erie macabe tale of the twisted sort.


TCM Prime Time Feature: Hammer Horror Festival

Check out tonight's TCM line-up, boils and ghouls!!! It's a Hammer-ific Mummy fest!

Mummy, The (1959)
A resurrected mummy stalks the archaeologists who defiled his tomb.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne Dir: Terence Fisher C-88 mins, TV-PG
8:00 p.m. EST

Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The (1964)
An unearthed mummy returns to life to claim the reincarnation of his lost love.
Cast: Ronald Howard, Terence Morgan, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland Dir: Michael Carreras C-80 mins, TV-PG
9:45 p.m. EST

Mummy's Shroud, The (1967)
The words on an Egyptian prince's burial shroud revive a vengeful mummy.
Cast: Andre Morell, John Phillips, David Buck, Elizabeth Sellars Dir: John Gilling C-90 mins, TV-PG
11:15 p.m. EST

Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
An evil Egyptian princess' sprit possesses an Egyptologist's daughter.
Cast: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden Dir: Seth Holt C-93 mins
1:00 a.m. EST