Thursday, March 31, 2011

Super-Creepy 'Pinocchio' Short Film


Ever wanted to know the true story of Pinocchio? Moviefone has placed Navin Dev's nine-minute short film, 'The Tree Man" on their site. Within this macabre tale you get to watch his "...spiritually journeys into an inferno of fear, guilt and hope through his encounters with key symbolic characters such as the Maiden With Azure Hair and the ghost of the Talking Cricket. As he falls deeper into darkness he learns the crucial dangers and virtues of the mortality he seeks"


Welcome to the Bates Motel (2011)


What up, boils and ghouls! Nice to see this indie film getting some love.

Welcome to the Bates Motel was filmed at The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride, and features many of the fiends associated with the haunt. Here's the synopsis of the flick:

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride is one of the scariest haunts in the world. When a mysterious death occurs at the park, Agnes Rickover starts a personal investigation to prove the accident was really a murder. Despite being dismissed as crazy by her father, Agnes must uncover and stop a deadly plot before the Haunt claims any more victims.

Kick-ass!

For more information, be sure to check out the official site and the IMDB page.

The 9th Annual Rondo Awards Winners


Scream out and congrats to all of this year's winners!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lionsgate micro-budget initiative


This definitely sounds like a move that could give us some well done and good quality projects. Perhaps a much-needed shot in the arm to the genre from fresh blood who have great and creative ideas, but not the financial backing.

Lionsgate announced that is starting "a micro-budget production initiative, which is focused exclusively on producing films with budgets of under $2 million." They're going to start with three flicks, including one from Greg Mclean ("Wolf Creek" and "Rogue"). They hope to produce up to 10 films per year.

Scream out to DC for the head's up. Check out the link for more details.

Piranha 3DD - Now November 23rd


We'll be taking another trip to the boob-tastic, drunken, exploitative and over the top lake of those nasty killer fishies a bit later than originally thought.

Check out the link for details on the skin-tastic sequel and new release date.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

History of the Haunted Industry


Larry Kirchner over at HauntWorld.com has put together an outstanding article on the history of our beloved industry. Do yourselves a huge favor, click on the link below...sit back, crack open a cold one and enjoy his article.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration! May 2011, St. Louis, MO


What a kick-ass event! Scream out to tomsmonstertoys over on CHFB for the head's up! Check out the details and more info at the link.

It’s not a convention and it’s not just a film festival. There has never been anything like Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration!
Vincent Price was born in St. Louis, so this is where we are throwing this major event that consists of two exhibits, two stage productions, two publications, and two film festivals including the comprehensive 10-day Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival with lecture series to be kicked off by legendary director Roger Corman. The event will be capped on May 27th, Vincent Price’s 100th birthday, with a presentation by Victoria Price, author of Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography.
Most of the films and events are free, but some things are ticketed. All ticket info is now up at http://www.vincentennial.com/ NOW!
Here’s the rundown:
The Vincentennial Vincent Price Legacy Exhibit at The Sheldon
There are two exhibits. The first is the ‘Vincentennial Vincent Price Legacy Exhibit’ which will open April 22 at The Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries at 3648 Washington Boulevard in St. Louis. (http://www.sheldonconcerthall.org)/ This exhibit will consist of Vincent Price historical items, movie memorabilia, and collectibles. Robert Taylor, Rick Squires, Jenni Nolan O’Dell, and Cortland Hull are all loaning items from their collections as well as some St. Louis-based collectors. Robert’s bringing some one-of-a-kind pieces from Price’s childhood and youth, Rick’s loaning just a fraction of his enormous collection of ephemera and collectibles from all aspects of Price’s career, and Cortland is bringing (among other things) his life-size figures of Dr. Phibes and Professor Jarrod from HOUSE OF WAX. There will be displays of movie and theater posters, stills, toys, and resin kits in the exhibit as well. The ‘Vincentennial Vincent Price Legacy Exhibit’ will run throughout most of the summer ending the second week in August.
Vincent Price Presents at the Star Clipper Exhibit
The second exhibit is one of artwork titled ‘Vincent Price Presents at the Star Clipper’ and will open August 29th at the gallery at Star Clipper Comics, St. Louis’ premiere comic shop located at 6392 Delmar Blvd. in the Loop area of St. Louis (http://www.starclipper.com/). This exhibit will feature paintings and illustrations of Vincent Price by more than a dozen local artists as well as the works of Joel Robinson, who created the vivid covers for the first eight issues of Bluewater Comics’ ‘Vincent Price Presents’ series, and Shana Bilbrey, popular genre artist and regular contributor to Little Shop of Horrors and other publications. Most of the art will be for sale and there will prints of Joel and Shana’s work to purchase. The ‘Vincent Price Presents at the Star Clipper’ exhibit will run through the end of June.
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES Stage Play
The Magic Smoking Monkey Theater group is an offshoot of St. Louis Shakespeare and every spring they adapt a cult movie into a stage play. This year to tie into Vincentennial, they are presenting a play based on THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES to be presented at the Regional Arts Commission Building at 6128 Delmar in St. Louis. The dates for the play are Friday and Saturday May 13th and 14th and the following weekend May 20th and 21st. Performance times are 8pm and 10:30pm. Tickets for the play are $15.00 and go on sale March 30th at 9am (CT). To purchase tickets go to: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/156769 The Regional Arts Commission’s theater only seats about 120 so all four performances will sell out fairly quickly. They sell out every year just with the interest of the local Shakespeare and theater community so with the added Vincent Price element, this will be a hot ticket. Anyone who buys tickets to the 10:30pm performance on May 13th will be able to arrive at the Regional Arts Commission early for The Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Film Fest in 3D. This is a 90 minute show comprised of 5 Vincent Price movies condensed to 9 minutes each (CONQUEROR WORM, WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP, THE RAVEN, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, and MASTER OF THE WORLD), a 17-minute cut of THE MAD MAGICIAN in 3-D (we’ve got plenty of 3D glasses), 7 trailers from Vincent Price movies, and Tim Burton’s 6-minute short VINCENT. All of these are on Super-8 film with magnetic soundtrack and will be projected on a big screen upstairs from 8:30pm to 10:00pm while the 8pm performance of the play is going on downstairs. Only ticket holders for the 10:30 play will be allowed upstairs for the Super-8 show. Also, the play’s performances on the second weekend will conflict with parts of the Vincentennial Film Festival so check all schedules carefully.
The Vincentennial Film Festival Schedule:

Thursday May 19:
7:30pm- THE FLY (1958) to be presented at MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM’S
MacDERMOTT GRAND HALL. With activities, a cash bar, and a special bonus at the door for Vincent Price look-a-likes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. screening of “The Fly.” Admission is free. (http://www.mohistory.org/)

The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival then moves to the The Hi-Pointe Theater for the next three days. (http://www.hi-pointetheatre.com/)

Friday May 20:
7:00pm - THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) will be presented in a stunning 35mm print to be preceded by Tim Burton’s 6-minute stop-motion animation short VINCENT. With an introduction and post-film discussion by Richard Squires, creator of the Web site the Vincent Price Exhibit.

9:30pm - The William Castle Double Feature in ‘Emergo’ and ‘Percepto’. HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) will be presented in its original gimmick ‘Emergo’ followed by THE TINGLER (1959) also presented in its original gimmick ‘Percepto’ With introductions and post-film discussions by Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein who is helping recreate these gimmicks.

Saturday May 21:
Noon - Encore screening of THE TINGLER in ‘Percepto’. With an introduction and post-film discussion by Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein.

2:30pm - THEATRE OF BLOOD (1972) will be presented in a 35mm print. With an introduction and post-film discussion by Richard Squires, creator of the Web site the Vincent Price Exhibit.

5:00pm - THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1962)

8:00pm - The first of our two evenings with Roger Corman. TOMB OF LIGEIA (1965) will be screened in 35mm. With an introduction by Roger Corman and a post-film interview with the director about his collaborations with Price, conducted by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.

Sunday May 22:
12:30pm – A double feature of THE RAVEN (1963) and THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971). This will be held at LEE AUDITORIUM at the Missouri History Museum.

5:00pm – (back at the Hi-Pointe) TBA (this will either be a screening of the new documentary CORMAN’S WORLD, EXPOLITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL or a 35mm print of HOUSE OF USHER).

7:30pm (at the Hi-Pointe) The second of our two evenings with Roger Corman. MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964) will be screened in 35mm. With an introduction by Roger Corman; a clip reel of career highlights; a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation; and a post-film interview with the director about his storied career, conducted by Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog.

All films at the Hi-Pointe will be ticketed. For ticket info, go to http://www.vincentennial.com/. Ticket info will be up Monday March 21.

Starting Monday May 23, The Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival moves to Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University. All films at Brown Hall are free.

Monday May 23:
7:00pm – Double feature of LAURA (1944) and DRAGONWYCK (1948) With introductions and a post-film discussion of “Laura” by Washington U. film & media professor Gaylyn Studlar, David May Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and director of the Film & Media Studies program.

Tuesday May 24:
7:00pm - Double feature of CHAMPAGNE FOR CEASAR (1950 – presented in 35mm) and BARON OF ARIZONA (1950) With introductions and a post-film discussion of “Champagne for Caesar” by Washington U. film & media lecturer Hunter Vaughan.
Wednesday May 25:
7:00pm - THE WHALES OF AUGUST (1987) followed by VINCENT PRICE, THE SINISTER IMAGE, a 62-minute interview by journalist David Del Valle. With an introduction by David Del Valle and an on-stage post-film interview with Victoria Price, author of “Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography”

Thursday May 26:
7:00pm - WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968). This is the British cut of the film better known in the U.S. as THE CONQUEROR WORM and will be presented in a 35mm print. With an introduction and a post-film discussion by Washington U. film & media professor William Paul.

10:00pm - Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D at The Way Out Club (2525 Jefferson Avenue in South St. Louis). This is a 100 minute show comprised of 5 Vincent Price movies condensed to 9 minutes each (CONQUEROR WORM, WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP, THE RAVEN, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, and MASTER OF THE WORLD), a 17-minute cut of THE MAD MAGICIAN in 3-D (we’ve got plenty of 3D glasses), 7 trailers from Vincent Price movies, and Tim Burton’s 6-minute short VINCENT. All of these are on Super-8 film with magnetic soundtrack and will be projected on a big screen. The Way Out Club is a 21+ Club! Victoria Price may stop by the Way Out Club to say hi!

Friday May 27th:
7:00pm - In LEE AUDITORIUM at the Missouri History Museum. An Evening With Victoria Price. The author of “Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography” will be making a multi-media presentation about her famous father. To be preceded by a performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” by local actor John Contini as Vincent Price. Admission is free.

Saturday May 28th:
8:30pm - Free outdoor screening of a giant inflatable screen in Forest Park of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) which featured Vincent Price’s final film performance to be preceded by Tim Burton’s VINCENT and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER on a giant inflatable screen.
There will also be a Vincentennial program published as well as a special extended Vincent Price edition of the Globe Democrat nostalgia paper with many articles on Price that will serve as a guide to all things Vincentennial and will have a fold-out map of St. Louis with all the Vincent Price landmarks on it (his boyhood home, his father’s candy factory, etc…). Anyone with questions or anyone who wants our press release can contact me at tom@vincentennial.com. Keep checking http://www.vincentennial.com/ for details as well as the Vincentennial facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vincentennial-The-Vincent-Price-100th-Birthday-Celebration/196798720333558
Also check http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/ for upcoming articles about Vincent Price and Vincentennial.
Our Vincentennial host hotel, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, is offering a special $99 rate for event attendees. Click on the logo above to make reservations. The group code is CSL.
http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLBVHF-CSL-20110517/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG%3Cbr+%2F%3E

Gary B's: This Week in Horror History (Mar. 28-April 3)


Good morning my horror brethren, it’s time for your weekly dose of “This Week in Horror History”…


Mar. 28:

Nothing notable on this day


Mar. 29:

1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) was born

1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tales from the Crypt and lead singer of Oingo Boingo) was born

1957 – James Whale (director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man) dies (b. 1889)


Mar. 30:

1943 – Dennis Etchison (author) born

1967 – Claude Raines (actor The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, Casablanca, ) dies (b. 1889)

2003 – Wrong Turn - released theatrically


Mar. 31:

1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) was born

1977 – William Castle (director of House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler) dies (b. 1914)


April 1:

1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. was born (d. 1930)

2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned - released theatrically


April 2:

1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television

1982 – Cat People - released theatrically

April 3:

1973 – Jennifer Rubin (actress ) was born

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hauntcast reminder - new show 4/1


Just a heads' up to all the Minions -

Although the new episodes are usually out on the final Friday of each month, the new Hauntcast will not be unleashed until next Friday, April 1st.

No foolin'.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

El Santo in "El Vampiro y el Sexo: The Director's Cut" (1969)


Hola, haunted amigos! Some El Santo news here!

The director's cut of "El Vampiro y el Sexo" (The Vampire and the Sex) will debut next week at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. It is also known as "Santo in the Treasure of Dracula", but now with added scenes of "voluptuous, blood-thirsty, in-the-buff temptresses." Hey now!!

This uncut version was locked away by the producer because of concerns for El Santo's family friendly image. Now we have the chance to see the hero of Mexican horror-wrestling cimena take on some hot naked vampire chicks.

I don't have tickets or the required personal army to accompany me to the fest, so I'll hold off until the DVD release.

Seven Deadly Sins and Four Endings



Being a graphic designer one of the toughest choices we have is selecting the right font for the right job. Typography can make or break a design----PERIOD.

The guys over at The Chopping Block blog posted these awesome pieces of typography, designed by Joby Cummings.
click here to read the post and....enjoy!

Juneau Studios at Transworld


Scream out to Jay Juneau from Juneau Studios for graciously inviting Chris & The Scream Team to hang out in his booth.

He is a good and way talented dude. Check out his kick-ass work at his site.

It also didn't hurt that he had hottie after scantily clad hottie helping to peddle his wares. Thanks again!

N.C. man has Bigfoot video?


"One thing I know is the smell of it was horrid. It smelled like a cross between road kill and a skunk," said Thomas Byers of North Carolina, who shared this still photo from a short video he took of what he believes to be Bigfoot.

Hmmmm..........check out the link.

Happy birthday Harry Houdini (1874-1926)


And of course today is Harry Houdini's birthday (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926).

Happy bday!

Dorothy Young, stage assistant to Houdini, dies at age 103


I am a huge fan of the history of stage magic and magicians, and did not want to let this passing go without recognition.

Dorothy Young, the last surviving stage assistant of Harry Houdini, has died at the age of 103. Check out the link for more about her life and accomplishemnts.

R.I.P.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Where's Hauntcast?


Yo boils and ghouls - don't fret. I'm sure you noticed that the site's been down a few days, but Baker hasn't permamently closed the dungeon.

He's in the process of moving the site to a new server and once done will have the first two seasons up for download. We'll be back up and running tomorrow night!

The new episode will haunt the airwaves on Friday, April 1st (no foolin')!

DC's Showcase Presents: The Witching Hour Vol. 1


DC Comics
Written by various; Art by various; Cover by Nick Cardy
544 pages, B&W, softcover
$19.99 US

This kick-ass new collection is out today at your local shop. From the official description:

DC's mystery/horror series THE WITCHING HOUR is collected for the first time in a value-priced package featuring issues #1-21! This volume features artwork by comics luminaries including Neal Adams, Alex Toth, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Wallace Wood, Gil Kane and more.

Definitely picking this up after work!

More random fun from Transworld





















Hatchet 3 (201?)


Victor Crowley will once again slice and dice his way through the haunted bayous of Louisiana in Hatchet 3. Groovy.