Tuesday, May 31, 2011

10 Questions with Horror Author, Dennis McDonald

I had the privilege of meeting Dennis McDonald at a small sci-fi convention (SoonerCon) roughly three years ago in Oklahoma City. After picking up his “13 Nightmares” collection of short stories, this writer had me hooked. The imagination and power of his story telling grabbed me by the throat and did not let go until I was finished reading. Then he had the audacity to come out with his first full-length novel, a fierce and terrifying lycanthrope tale entitled “Ebon Moon” and it left me wanting more from this writer.
I was able to convince Dennis to let me ask him a few questions about his past, present and future plans.

How old where you when the writing bug hit you?
When I was thirteen years old and attending junior high back in 1968. I remember carrying around a binder stuffed with the starts of dozens of stories. Back then I wanted to be a science fiction writer like the authors I read voraciously: Heinlein, Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, etc. It just took me forty years to actually finish something. I had to get a thing called a life out of the way first.

All of your stories are based in your home state of Oklahoma. What inspiration does this centralized state give to your writing?
Oklahoma is a very scary place. We have everything here from tornados, earthquakes, rednecks, ghost towns, etc. Add a touch of supernatural to the setting and you got the making for a good story. Writers like to write about what they know best. That is why King has so many stories set in Maine.

Your first published book was “13 Nightmares,” a collection of short stories which covers the gamut of the horror genre. How did you come up with these dark and eerie tales?
I have a twisted imagination. I grew up watching Twilight Zone so the tales were modeled with that format in mind. Would the story make a good episode? Several of them were floating around in my head for years. Something you read or hear about will inspire a story. A friend once told me about his next door neighbor who had a sex doll and treated it like a real woman; even arguing with it like it was his wife. Bam! There’s an idea for a story and so I wrote The Girl Next Door about a creepy sex doll.

One of these shorts “The Last Trick or Treater” was turned into a short film, of which you wrote the screenplay. Who approached you with the project and how was that experience?
I was at a little horror convention and met Darla and Dana, the girls of Next Monkey Films. At that time 13 Nightmares was just in manuscript form and yet to come back from the publisher. They were interested in finding a new writer so I let them have the manuscript and told them to let me know if they would like one of the stories scripted. They got back with me and said they wanted to do The Last Trick or Treater. I scripted and sent it to them and promptly started work on my werewolf novel Ebon Moon. They sent me little updates about the production as I continued on the novel. Then I got the email that the production was done and there would be a screening at the theater in Tulsa two weeks before Halloween. Awesome!

Did the short turn out as you had envisioned it when the original story was written?
The story and the film are equal but separate versions of the same tale. I told myself when I went to watch it for the first time not to compare it to the original story. Just sit and watch the film. There were things I would’ve done differently, but there are things that they added which I like. When I wrote the original script, I didn’t put flashback scenes into the story. They added those. In retrospect it made sense. A film should always be visually stimulating. Overall, they are both really good Halloween tales.

Your current book on the shelves is the brutal story of “Ebon Moon,” a wonderfully crafted lycanthrope tale. Where did you get the idea for this one and how long did it take you to write?
When I was growing up werewolves were scary. They were my favorite monster as a kid. Somehow over the years they’ve been reduced to romantic love interests in stories and lost a lot of their bite, if you’ll pardon the pun. Supernatural romance writers can have vampires, but not my werewolves. I set out to write Ebon Moon to prove the werewolf could still be a savage frightening beast which is their birthright. I knew to do that I had to involve characters which everyone could identify with. It took me about fourteen months to write.

I believe “Dead Flesh” is the current novel you are working on? Tell us about this exciting new book.
It’s the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of one man fighting desperately to keep his family alive. I wanted the real walking dead, not the virus-based zombie, but corpses crawling right out of the grave. To me that would be a lot more frightening. The events of late, such as the predicted rapture and the end of the Mayan calendar, are great fodder for a post-apocalypse zombie tale. I’m just hoping that the current zombie craze doesn’t die, again pardon the pun, before I get the book done. I don’t think it will. There’s always room for another great zombie story.

After you finish “Dead Flesh,” what type of twisted tale are you imagining next?
I’m looking at another collection of shorts or a creepy ghost story.

Who is your current publisher and what type of experience has it been?
My publisher is iUniverse, a high-end self publishing company. When I wrote 13 Nightmares I knew no one would touch a collection of stories from an unknown author so I did it myself to test the waters. With Ebon Moon the publisher went in on the editing costs so I wouldn’t have to pay the full price of publishing an 117,000 word novel. By the way, both books have been professionally edited and won Editor’s Choice. I would love to break into mainstream publishing but I have no regrets publishing it myself. You can’t go into self-publishing thinking you’re going to be as rich as Stephen King. You’ll be sadly disappointed. But if you do so with the mindset that you are going to write the best story you can and hopefully someone will buy it, you’ll find it the most rewarding experience of your life. I still feel honored every time someone buys one of my books.

Have you been hitting the horror convention circuit this spring, where are you going next month?
I’ll be at Soonercon in Oklahoma City in June then I’m a vendor at Days of the Dead in Indianapolis in the first of July. I love conventions and meeting people.

You can find out more about this talented story teller at
www.dennismcdonaldhorrorauthor.com. And if you wish purchase Dennis’s books you can find them on www.amazon.com.

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (May 30-June 5)

Hello everyone, here is this week's installment

May 30:
1943 - Dennis Etchison (horror author) was born
1967 - Claude Rains (actor in The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man) died (b. 1889)
2003 - Wrong Turn - released theatrically

May 31:
1977 - William Castle (director, House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, etc.) died (b. 1914)

June 1:
1979 - Phantasm - released theatrically
1980 - Alien Dead - released theatrically

June 2-3:
Nothing notable on these days

June 4:
1982 - Poltergeist - released theatrically

June 5:
Nothing notable on this day

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hauntcast: FREE again & Better Than Ever!

Yo all you cool ghouls! Johnny Thunder here with some really cool news!

Hauntcast is once again absolutely FREE as of this Friday's show thanks to the continued support of our kick-ass fans and our sponsors! That's right - given the explosion of downloads the past few months, and the resulting vendor/sponsor interest, Da G/Host Baker is able to produce the show free to the public!

Part of this exciting new development in the evolution of Hauntcast is an all new redesign of the website which will allow for easier navigation. Also, the new episodes of Hauntcast will be available on the first Friday of the month, not the last.

If you know any vendors that should advertise with us please send them an email and let them know Chris is looking to bring new advertisers on board!

Again, thank you from the bottom of our rotten spooky hearts for all the continued support and haunted love the community has shown us!

Once again - the new Hauntcast will be unleashed this Friday, June 3rd! All right, boils and ghouls, this is Johnny Thunder reminding you to stay scary!

New officially licensed Universal Studios Monsters Collector's Edition Masks by Forum Novelties, Inc.

What up, boils and ghouls! Check out this kick-ass line of new officially licensed Universal Studios Monsters Collector's Edition Masks by Forum Novelties, Inc.

There's no release date yet set, but they are said to be at the factory and should be available very soon. Check out more info in the link.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

Cool news about a June release from MGM's Limited Edition Collection.

The one that would be of most interest to us monster movie kids is Curse of the Faceless Man (1958). Here's the spooky summary:

In the excavation of Pompeii, a stone-encrusted body is found with a bronze medallion bearing a strange Etruscan inscription. Carlo Fiorillo, Italian archaeologist, speculates the robust body may hold some life; medical researcher Paul Mallon scoffs at the idea. But people left alone with the seemingly petrified "faceless man" keep dying of crushed skulls; and Paul's artist fiancée Tina starts having strange visions...

Check out the official MGM site for more info. Thanks to DC for the head's up.

Man kept wife's body in freezer for 10 years

Grim story out of Tampa:

Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man kept his wife's body in a freezer for a decade so he could continue to collect her benefits.

Officials say Allan Dunn committed suicide last August at age 86.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that a woman who was helping prepare his estate went to the Sun City Center condo Tuesday to clean. That's when she found the remains of an elderly woman, believed to be Dunn's wife Margaret, in a freezer on the back porch.

Where's the new Hauntcast ep?

What up boils and ghouls!

Reminder that the latest and greatest ep of the award-winning Hauntcast will be out next Friday, June 3rd! It will be well worth the wait, we promise.

Have a great long weekend, gang!

Saturday Nightmares Horror & Sci Fi Expo/June 3rd-5th East Rutherford, NJ

If anyone is in the area and you're free next weekend, this looks like a cool con at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ.

Check out the official site for all the gory details.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Visible Horror Custom Framing

I was browsing Facebook this morning and came across this awesome link for Visible Custom Horror Framing (VCHF) and it was just too cool not to share here.

In part from his info page...

I have a passion for woodworking, and about 10 years ago I started creating horror lighted art out of cardboard boxes and Christmas lights, and as the years progressed, so has my work. All of my horror work is sure to please any horror fan, and my pieces will make great additions to your collections

All of my lighted art pieces are themed with specific paint jobs and details, suited perfectly for each photo. All lighted art comes fully ready to use, and light bulbs and hanging hardware are installed, so just plug in and/or hang it up and enjoy it!If you have a specific picture and style in mind, email me a copy of the photo (visiblehorror@yahoo.com) or if you are in the area, bring me the photo personally. I can customize your photo in any way you desire, or let my imagine run wild for you!

His prices are right around $50, click here to check out his picture page.

“Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires” by Dr. Richard Sugg

Among the more interesting facts documented in this book is that British royalty dined on human flesh.

They have long been famed for their love of lavish banquets and rich recipes. But what is less well known is that the British royals also had a taste for human flesh.

A new book on medicinal cannibalism has revealed that possibly as recently as the end of the 18th century British royalty swallowed parts of the human body.

Check out the link for the full story.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It came from the Garden of EVIL!!!!

Just when you thought it was safe to back into the garden...

Check out these cool zombie garden gnomes...click here

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes illustrated novel

Courtesy of the official press lease on CBR:

Archaia Entertainment has set July 25th for the release of Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, its first illustrated novel, through its new book trade distributor Publishers Group West (PGW).

Written by celebrated author, artist, and digital producer Andrew E.C. Gaska, and adapted from a story by Gaska, Rich Handley, Christian Berntsen and Erik Matthews, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes recounts what happened between the scenes of the classic 1968 Twentieth Century Fox film, centering on the astronaut John Landon, Chimpanzee scientists Dr. Milo and Dr. Galen, and Gorilla Security Chief Marcus.

The book contains 30 full-color paintings and another 19 black-and-white illustrations, including a cover by legendary artist Jim Steranko (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and interior art from some of the top talent in the industry, including renowned book cover painter Ken Kelly (Conan, KISS), Joe Jusko (Savage Sword of Conan, Tarzan), Sanjulian (Eerie, Vampirella), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Wolverine), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Matt Busch (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica), Brian Rood (Indiana Jones, Star Wars), Tom Scioli (Godland), David Hueso (G.I. Joe: Storm Shadow) and newcomers Dan Dussault (Critical Millennium) and Dirk Shearer (Mice Templar).

Pressure cooker amputates leg

Sounds like a Stephen King short story in the making.......

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (May 23-29)

Hello everyone, here is this week's installment

May 23:
1980 - The Shining - released theatrically
1986 - Poltergeist II - released theatrically

May 24:
1995 - Tales from the Hood - released theatrically

May 25:
1967 - Poppy Z. Brite (horror author) was born
1979 - Alien - released theatrically
2007 - Bug - released theatrically

May 26:
1913 - Peter Cushing (best known for playing Abraham Van Helsing) was born (d. 1994)
1964 - Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) was born
1990 - Friday the 13th: The Series - ends its run on television

May 27:
1911 - Vincent Price (master horror thespian) was born (d. 1993)
1922 - Christopher Lee (master horror thespian) was born
1973 - Night Gallery - ends its run on television
1988 - Killer Klowns from Outer Space - released theatrically

May 28:
nothing notable on this day

May 29:
1912 - John Gilling (Hammer Horror Films director) was born
1953 - Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, Edward Scissorhands) was born
1957 - James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)

Gypsy black market blood trade

Wow, this is a weird story...........

Big news is coming soon about Hauntcast......

Yup, boils and ghouls, look for a major announcement in the very near future about our little show. Keep your eye here at the Spook Frolic for information, and always check out Baker's ramblings on the official show Blog page.

Also, Da G/Host is still taking pre-orders on Hauntcast Tees, Hoodies and Babydoll shirts in the Grossery Store. He pushed back the order until until June 8th because of some new developments with the show. If you need a plus size (XXXL, XXXXL) or Small or Medium sizes order now because he will not be ordering those sizes except for the pre-orders he receives.

Stay tuned, true believers!! And thanks for your support.

The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box

For all you Elfman fans, check out the Press Release being carried over at STYD:

As previously reported, Warner Bros. Records is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ingenious collaboration between renowned composer Danny Elfman and legendary film director Tim Burton, with the release of the The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box on May 24th. This extraordinary, highly collectable limited-edition box set collects expansions of the 13 original scores that Elfman has composed for Burton's iconic films; a newly produced library of 16 CDs each packaged with artwork by Burton, adding up to more than 19 hours of music. Additionally, the package will contain a bonus DVD of a recent exclusive conversation between Elfman and Burton discussing every film and score in their remarkable quarter century collaboration. The first 1,000 Special numbered edition boxes have already sold out online but this unprecedented and beautiful package is ready for general sale at www.elfmanburton.com and at select retail outlets including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Store (LACMA) beginning May 24th.

This elaborate and lovingly designed collectible box set includes the first-time-ever soundtrack release of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), as well as scores to the films Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Mars Attacks! (1986), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). It also includes music from Elfman and Burton's numerous other collaborations: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Jar, Amazing Stories: Family Dog, Beetlejuice: The Animated Series, The World of Stainboy, Tim Burton's Museum of Modern Art Exhibit and Danny Elfman's unused score to the Edward Scissorhands Ballet.

Additional highlights of The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box include:

• Among the almost 20 hours of music are over 8 hours of previously unreleased music including such rarities as additional masters, cut songs, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign-language songs.

• Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton: A meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 260+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, titled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music -- from the early days of Elfman's band Oingo Boingo to the recent blockbuster film Alice in Wonderland. Interviewed are such collaborators and peers as Guillermo Del Toro, Phillip Glass, Paul Haggis, James Newton Howard, Tom Jones, Michael Keaton, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, Thomas Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Jon Peters, Paul Reubens, David Rockwell, Scott Rudin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Twyla Tharp, Gus Van Sant, and Richard Zanuck. This comprehensive 10"x10" keepsake book is written by acclaimed film-music journalist Jeff Bond and designed by Grammy Award winning designer Matt Taylor.

• An hour-long exclusive, newly filmed DVD featuring an extended conversation between Burton and Elfman as they reflect on their quarter-century collaboration.

• As a collectible created exclusively for this treasure box of music, a distinctive Skeleton Key USB Flash Drive has been designed -- inspired by the art of Tim Burton. A pull of the key unlocks a USB drive loaded with MP3s of the entire contents of this Limited-Edition Music Box. From Pee-Wee's Big Adventure through Alice In Wonderland, it's all there, including all the bonus tracks, demos, work tapes, and other rarities. The USB Flash Drive also contains an additional 21 exclusive bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else.

• Newly created liner notes by Elfman discussing each expanded score and their bonus material of additional masters, song and score demos, work tapes, orchestra-only song mixes, and foreign language versions.

A collection of music as unique as Elfman's for the films of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed previously unseen art by Burton and crafted a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing "The Music Box Suite" arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Burton and Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

Friday, May 20, 2011

10 questions with “Jacob” writer and director Larry Wade Carrell

While attending Texas Frightmare Weekend last month I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Wade Carrell, vice president of Odyssee Pictures and writer/director of the dark horror film Jacob, along with one of the films executive producers, Cynthia Ivans Lauer.

I was able to convince Larry to allow me to ask him a few questions about this very powerful and wonderfully executed film.

Here is a synopsis of the film…
Lonely and disturbed, Jacob Kell loved his little sister more than anything on Earth. When she is tragically murdered by their stepfather in a drunken rage, Jacob retaliates the only way he knows how… and all those who cross his path will know his brutal vengeance.

What inspired you to write and direct Jacob?
I would have to say the cast. Over the past couple of

years I have been acting in numerous projects and have been meeting a lot of talented people that I really enjoyed performing with. We all shared a passion and we were willing to do just about anything to stay busy and practice what we love. However I really I kept feeling like we were missing something. I knew that we could come together as a team and really accomplish something wonderful. All we needed was the right story. Something we could embrace that would challenge us and push us to our limits. So I decided to shoot something, I wasn't sure what I wanted to write. It had to be something real, with genuine emotion. Then it hit me. I had already written this story.
I actually wrote the story of Jacob back in 2002 when I was creating my first commercial haunted attraction The Nest Haunted House. Instead of having a bunch of rooms with Freddy in one and Jason in another I wanted to create an interactive horror story that involved the audience. Something they may have heard of that made it seem real. So I came up with the legend of Jacob Kell, based on the Arizona Ripper.
I pulled out my old notes and started the first rewrite, and it just poured out of me, knowing the actors I had in mind I was able to visualize the entire movie in my head. I finished the script and sent it out to my colleagues and they all agreed. I really just had one crucial piece to find to tell my story and that was the role of Sissy, Jacob's little sister. Once I found Grace Powell and made one other cast change we were ready to shoot!

How long was the shoot and where did the principle photography take place?
We shot 21 days in and around Houston Texas. Our interiors were built on a sound stage and to create the town of Melvin Falls from 1975 we shot in Richmond and Rosenberg Texas.

How did you ever get the “Christine” car to be available for the movie?

Jacob actress Roxy Vandiver is friends with the cars current owner and had been planning to do a photo shoot with Christine but had never gotten around to it. We were in pre-production and lining up all the classic cars we needed for Jacob and Roxy suggested using Christine. She said she might be able to kill 2 birds with one stone and make this happen. We were like Hell Yes! Next thing you know we are on set and Christine comes pulling in the Dairy Treat. It was so surreal. I don't think I will ever forget that night. I knew it was going to happen but it didn’t really hit me till I did happen! Epic Win!

What were some of the problems you ran into during production?
COLD! We had one of the coldest winters ever! We began production in January to capture that winter feel for our backdrop. The dead trees and cold steel colored sky’s really set a tone for our story. It was about 5 mins into the first night of shooting I was thinking Jacob would have made a nice summer story! I have never been so cold in my life. Ext. Night + Winter = Blah. But we pushed through and we made it. I think it even gave us an edge performance wise. The only really bad thing was the big freeze that shut everything down for a week. This caused some schedule conflicts and pushed us into wrapping in March. Other than that the cast and crew assembled for Jacob were the finest group of people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Even in the coldest weather the hot chocolate and smiles kept us going, and hugs, lots of hugs.

How hard was it to take on two rolls and direct simultaneously?
It was definitely a challenge! I think the hardest part was getting myself to a very dark and emotional place as an actor to deliver a performance, then having something happen on set that would require me pull me out of that moment where I had to give my attention to other concerns. Then I would have to get back to that moment and keep the energy level consistent. My number one rule on the set is that there are no false moments on camera. Jacob deals with some heavy and dark subject matter and it gets to you. Walking around for hours or days even feeling like your family has been murdered. Good Times!
But looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. My goal was to tell the story of Jacob and Sissy the best way that I could and I felt I needed to do each of these jobs to achieve that goal. It was a lot of hard work but I believe not only did we achieve that goal but we surpassed any expectations I had in my mind.

Give me a couple of funny things that happened during filming?
Well I remember one night when we were on location shooting a murder scene. We are at a private home, with 3 ambulances, 2 fire trucks and several police cars. It is about 2am, we are getting ready to shoot a scene when a car pulls up and a man looking very worried gets out without a clue as to what is going on. It turned out he was the actual owner of the home and the man we had the agreement with was the renter, (who just happened to forget to mention to the owner we were shooting there). Awkward! After a brief conversation he was very excited to be a part of the production and the shoot raged on.
Krystn, Grace and Dylan were a riot. All of them were able to drop in to character, deliver a crazy wicked performance and has soon as cut was called they were cracking jokes that had the crew rolling. My favorite thing Dylan did was call for a line during this one really emotional take. This is really funny because Dylan has no lines. At all.
There is one scene where my character Otis is drunk, getting arrested and vomits. We are watching dailies and Grace sees the scene and says “Gross what is that?” I say “Chocolate Milk, Coke Zero and Cheerios “Grace says “Oooooo! Who chewed the Cheerios for you”?

Where did you find Grace Powell? And what was her favorite part about being the movie I was searching everywhere to find just the right girl to play “Sissy” Jacob's little sister. Without the right girl I just wouldn’t have a movie. Has fate would have it I was working a commercial, big shoot there was 150 extras there. I knew the casting director and was helping her organize the head shots and resumes, when one slipped out of the pile. I went to pick it up and I just knew instantly this was my “Sissy” I searched the crowd and found her. Went over introduced myself to her mother, was able to convince her that I was not a creep or a wacko. I got her email and sent her the script. Within a week we set up a screen test and the rest is history. Grace and her entire family have been there every step of the way and we wouldn’t even be here without them. I am eternally grateful.
Grace told me her favorite part of the movie was the tea party scene. She shares some great moments with Dylan and everything was clicking. Really great stuff.

Dylan Horne is a sheer presence on the screen, what are his plans for the future?
Dylan rocked it out! I met Dylan at the last day job I had. I hired him to sling video games for me at the video game store I ran. Every time he came to work and I saw him I just kept seeing Jacob. I shared my love of acting and film making with him and it turned out he had a background in theater. A few drinks later and he is the 2011 model of Jacob! I must say that is was a combination of meeting him and working with Krystn Caldwell that made me want to dust off this story from 2002 and shoot it! Dylan is a great talent and he has been offered a few other roles already. I know I look forward to working with him again in the future.

Have you had any interest in distribution since you have been hitting the FilmFest circuit? Yes. I cannot really give you any details at this time but Odyssee Pictures enjoys a great working relationship with a few distributors. In fact look for Sweatshop in stores in the fourth quarter of this year. To keep up with the latest news and release dates for all Odyssee Pictures movies stay tuned to the Odyssee Pictures website and our Facebook pages for details.

What is in the future for Odyssee Pictures and yourself?
Odyssee Pictures is looking to build a brand that stands for quality entertainment. We want an audience to know that when you see the Odyssee Mask before a film you are in for a great ride. We really set the bar high with our first two films Stacy Davidson's Domain of the Damned and Sweatshop, Jacob is going to continue this trend and show audiences a different side of Odyssee Pictures. As we continue to evolve and grow there are no limits to the worlds and adventures we can create to deliver on our commitment to the audience, our promise to keep them entertained.
Personally, after Jacob I have to several projects ready to go, one is going to be a 3-D roller coaster ride of blood and carnage in the tradition of Sweatshop, and of course I will be returning to the town of Melvin Fall to tell the rest of the story. Jacob is just the first of three films in the Melvin Falls trilogy.

If you are in Houston on Memorial Day weekend you need to be at Comicpalooza “Texas’ Largest Comic-Con”. Visit the Odyssee Booth to get a free signed poster from members of the cast of Jacob and Sweatshop while supplies last and get your picture with The Beast! You can also make plans on Friday, May 27 at 12:10 AM to attend a screening of Sweatshop and a very special sneak peak from Odyssee Pictures latest thriller Jacob on Saturday, May 28 at 6:45 PM. Both events will be followed by a Q&A so here is your chance to ask them questions.

Go to Odyssee Pictures web site and check out the trailer for Jacob.

The Houston Chainsaw Massacre

Real life imitating art........

Houston police have charged a man with the murder of his best friend after the friend's dismembered body was found near a chainsaw.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Man caught eating friend's liver with potatoes

From Reuters:

Russian police said on Tuesday they had detained a man who was caught eating an acquaintance's liver.

Police tracked down the suspect after a trail of severed body parts including limbs and a head were found across Moscow.

"When the police came to arrest the suspect, he was eating a human liver with potatoes," a police spokeswoman for the Moscow's western district said by telephone.

CDC’s zombie outbreak plan

Thankfully they are now focused on real public health issues.

Zombie preparedness!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dolores Fuller (1923-2011) R.I.P.

Actress Dolores Fuller passed away on May 9th at the age of 88.

Best known for her roles in Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda, Jail Bait and Bride of the Monster, she was the director/writer/actor’s girlfriend for a period of time. Mainstream audiences will recall she was portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker in Tim Burton’s 1994 film Ed Wood.


Paranormal Director Oren Peli's latest manifestiation "The River" hauls in big monster scares

Bloody Disgusting has just reported that ABC has picked up the pilot for Paranormal Activity director/creator Oren Peli's latest thriller The River, and released its first teaser clip. It looks very well done and the cast seems pretty solid..Jeff Galfer stars as "Sammy," Thomas Kretschmann (Hostel: Part III, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, King Kong), Bruce Greenwood and Leslie Hope, and was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Orphan).

Here is a little synopsis of the plot...
"Hope stars as "Tess," a world traveler and top-notch producer who, six months after her TV explorer husband "Emmet Cole" (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon, receives a signal from his beacon. Convinced that Emmet is alive, Tess forces her reluctant son "Lincoln" (Joe Anderson) to abandon his medical studies and lead a rescue expedition."

Click here to check out the teaser clip and tell me what you think.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (2012) update

Previously going under the title Leatherface 3D, this is yet another sequel/reimagining/relaunching/reimagining whatever of the franchise. The film is said to be a "direct sequel" to Hooper's 1974 classic in which our lead character, Heather, who along with her friends, travel to Texas in order to collect an inheritance.

The hook is that the inheritance comes with a cousin who goes by the name of Leatherface. Uhm ok then.....

The studio also has multiple sequels planned. It's casting now, and shooting will start in June in Shreveport, LA. Look for the release in Summer 2012

Because we need more sequel/remakes and more 3D.........But I'm completely on-board if they would like to hire me lol!

Scary Monsters Magazine #79 Cover by Terry Beatty

Dig on this, boils and ghouls!

Check out this kick-ass preview of Mr. Beatty's cover for Scary Monster Magazine #79! Much like the cool Frankenstein monster tribute cover, he manages to squeeze in tons of cool versions of Drac (including my favorite Blacula)!

Image courtesy of Scary Terry's World.

Monsters 2 (2012)

Hey boils and ghouls - here's some cool sequel news.

I really dug Monsters from last year, and would love to see a well done sequel.
From Dread Central:

Here's the lowdown: Monsters 2 will be directed by emerging hotshots Brent Bonacorso and Jesse Atlas with original director Gareth Edwards serving as executive producer alongside actor Scoot McNairy and Vertigo’s Rupert Preston. Vertigo’s Allan Niblo and James Richardson have also brought in Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken from Between the Eyes as producers.

This story will continue by introducing a teacher living in a protected walled city, who has to go into the infected zone to find his long-lost brother, a former military man who is now a Col. Kurtz-esque figure. Niblo promises “lots more creatures” than the original.


Only skinny zombies need apply

Well, here's some cool news for all actors and wanna be stars - well, if ya be skinny.

The Walking Dead is looking for extras for season 2. Requirements?

18-60yrs, slim build/facial features, willing to work south of Atlanta.

I guess all the husky zombies lost a lot of weight or are too lazy and fat to crawl out of their graves? Oh well, count me out! lol....

Frankenstein Alive, Alive! by Wrightson and Niles

Way cool teaser image and news about a new Bernie Wrightson/Steve Niles comic.

Not a lot of details right now, but this is a new take on the Frankenstein legend. More info as it comes!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (May 16-22)

Good morning my horror brethren, here is your weekly horror fix of..."this week in Horror History."

May 16:
1836 - Edgar Allen Poe marries his 13 year-old cousin Virginia.
1960 - Peeping Tom - released theatrically

May 17:
1946 - F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) was born
1973 - Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films, House of 100 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Carnivale - TV Series) was born (d. 2005)

May 18:
1924 - Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie) was born
1971 - The Abominable Mr. Phibes - released theatrically
2006 - The Breed - released theatrically

May 19:
1989 - Fright Night II - released theatrically
2002 - The X-Files - ends its run on television
2004 - Angel - ends its run on television

May 20:
2003 - Buffy the Vampire Slayer - ends its run on television
2005 - Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist - released theatrically

May 21:
1992 - Carnosuar - released theatrically

May 22:
1922 - Christopher Lee (actor) was born
1992 - Alien3 - released theatrically

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

Cool news for Corman fans!

Anchor Bay Films has picked up North American rights to the Far Hills Pictures documentary Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel. A theatrical run is scheduled for late summer on the film, which launched at Sundance and receives its international premiere when it screens in the festival here on May 18. Corman and his wife, producer Julie Corman, are expected to attend.

The Dark Knight Rises

Ok then!!

"A man dressed as Batman was arrested on Wednesday after police in a small Michigan town found him hanging off the side of a building."

Is it Family Portrait Time?

If it's that time of year when you need to get that dull, boring family portrait done. Think again, the twisted minds of artists Sean Gardner and Nick Mitchell with Zombie Caricatures will produce you a family portrait that will one-up your next door neighbors.

Normally you can find them touring the convention scene, this weekend you can check them out at the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Convention in Nashville, Tenn. But, if you can't make it to one of the shows you can order one online thru their website (click above). All you have to do is send them a few high quality photos from different angles and for $50 per person (up to six in one portrait) they will carve you into the sickest Zombie Caricature you have seen. For special rates email them at zombiecaricatures@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (May 9-15)

Hello my horror brethren, it that time of the week again (a little late)…here is the latest installment of ...“This week in Horror History.”

May 9:
– Friday the 13th – released theatrically

May 10:
– Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror for teenagers) was born

1994 - John Wayne Gacy (serial killer) was executed

May 11:
– Dracula's Daughter – released theatrically

1955 – Revenge of the Creature – released theatrically

1984 – Firestarter – released theatrically

2001 – Ginger Snaps– released theatrically

2006 - World Horror Convention held in San Francisco

May 12:
– Jesus Franco (director of sexploitation horror films) was born
1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII) was born

May 13:
– Werewolf of London – released theatrically

1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood– released theatrically

May 14:
– Dante Aligheri (author of The Divine Comedy) was born (d. 1321)
1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2) was born

May 15:
1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) was born

2000 - Shadow of the Vampire - released theatrically

Monday, May 9, 2011

NHC 2011

Had a great time at the convention hanging with my brother Denny & meeting a lot of great people this weekend. More on all that in this month's Fright Flicks on Hauntcast, I promise (I need to fill time......).

Since I didn't really take any pics, and I'm completely lazy, go check out the great write-ups and pics over at Devil's Eye and Grimlock Manor.


Dana Wynter (1931-2011) R.I.P.

Dana Wynter, best known for starring in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," has passed away. She was 79.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

NHC reminder

If you're headed to the NHC this weekend here in King of Prussia, be sure to swing by the Hauntcast booth. Denny and I will be there and out and about as well.

See ya there!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (May 2-8)

Hello me horror brethren, it that time of the week again…here is the latest installment of ...“this week in Horror History.”

May 2:
1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason in Friday the 13th) was born
1989 – Society – released theatrically
1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1938)

May 3:
1996 – The Craft – released theatrically

May 4:
1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in Ginger Snaps films) was born

May 5:
1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in Aliens, AVP, Hellraiser: Hellworld) was born
1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) was born
1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution – released theatrically

May 6:
1982 – the onstage version of Little Shop of Horrors premiers
2005 – House of Wax – released theatrically (boooo)

May 7:
1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director Cannibal Holocaust) was born
1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) was born ----settle down J.T.

May 8:
1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically