Saturday, April 30, 2011
For those of you who have never gone to Dallas, TX for Texas Frightmare Weekend, do yourselves a favor and book your rooms now. This being my first time to partake in this multitude of horror and mayhem, I was to say the least...VERY IMPRESSED, especially with the overall structure of the event. From the support staff (who NEVER gets as much credit as they deserve) to the vendors and the stars themselves.
With the opportunity to meet horror royalty like Roger Corman, Clive Barker, Robert Englund, Malcolm McDowell, Angus Scrimm (the tall man from Phantasm) as well as maestro of the ink, Halloween tattoo specialist, Shaun Kama, Sid Haig, "Hobo with a Shotgun" director Jason Eisner and Cary Elwes from "Saw", and the list keeps going on I just wish I had the space to list all of them.
From the time we walked in my wife and I were bombarded with a sensory overload of ALL THINGS horror. The day started with going to the Moxley Manor Zombie Walk (of course...how could you not right?) then on to the registration desk and vendor's floor where two hours before the event started hundreds of patrons were all ready in line waiting for a peak of the stars of horror themselves. Registration was smooth and seamless. The staff member I was speaking to told me the amount of on-line registrants was over 1,800, double the amount of last years early ticket buyers. We do love our horror don't we?
While on the vendors floor I meet some of the best people around. For example independent film makers like Larry W. Carrell and executive producer Stacy Davidson, with Odyssee Pictures, their feature "jacob" looks to be an awesome and eerie ghost story, plus they were a blast to talk too. The more you get to read my musing you will understand my championing of indie film makers, they are the truest underdogs. I also met Leif Jonker whose film "Darkness" is what I call a classic underground splatter film. Joe Bob Briggs, host of TNT's MONSTERVISION said of "Darkness", "...some of the most impressive gross-out special effects since the original 'Evil Dead! CHECK IT OUT!" Not a bad comparison if you ask me.
I also spoke with many talented artists and illustrators whose dark arts had me drooling at the mouth, especially being a fellow artist myself. Artist Felix Matos, whose underground art can be seen at www.moviesartwork.com, had a huge line of buyers lining up to grab up his talented offerings. Illustrator James C. Cole's art was just phenomenal (www.angels2zombies.com). But by far the funniest pair I meet, and had the pleasure of purchasing one of his prints from, was illustrator, Sam Flegal and his talented graphic designer wife. These two had me and my wife rolling until the time we left their booth. Check out this talented artist at www.samflegal.com.
After feeling dizzy from the sheer amount of people and things to see we decided to head over to the Q&A session with Angus Scrimm, the tall man from the "Phantasm" films. This 84 year old horror thespian entered the room with all of the fanfare he deserved...a roaring standing ovation. In this one hour Q&A you could expect some of the regular questions he would be asked like...What was your favorite Phantasm? His answer..."All of them of course" Asked if there would be a Phantasm 5 and he said, "...I really don't want to see another one made, I feel the series works perfectly with the four originals, but I defer all questions about another one to the director and producer Don Coscarelli who tends to be very secretive about these things." Mr. Scrimm was a great man to listen too, when he was asked to recite his infamous line from "Phantasm"...."...come here boy!" with that gravely eerie low tone, I still shuddered a little with fear.
The Hearse and Shock Rod show was plain and simple...bad ass rides. My favorite had to be the hearse sponsored by Cutting Edge Haunted House (the Guinness world record holder for largest walk-thru haunted house) this behemoth hearse on a 4x4 chassis had a machine gun turret and some of the sickest zombie clowns manning it. I think one literally had an eye out for the wife.
Then to beat the Texas heat and humidity we went back inside and sat in on an amazing Frightmare 101 class on latex mask painting with the highly entertaining Tom Martino of DWN Productions, very cool indeed.
We tried getting into the Q&A sessions with Roger Corman and Robert Englund, but it was standing room only for both of them, and when I mean "only" I mean ONLY. You could not squeeze a fart into that room. So thus we decided to take a break for the evening and go back tonight to see Voltaire, puppet master and filmmaker of the macabre and then at midnight for the screening of "The Human Centipede" with live commentary from director Tom Six and star Dieter Laser, this should be like watching an evil version of pop-up video.
Before leaving I did find out this will be the last year for TFW at its current location. Next year they are moving the event to the enormous Hyatt Regency Hotel, inside the Dallas Fort Worth Airport. This venue will offer three times the event space and almost four times the amount of guest rooms. Plus, there will be FREE unlimited parking.
Go to my facebook page to see the rest of the pics...
Friday, April 29, 2011
What up, boils and ghouls!! Hauntcast 30: Aural Pleasure is here and ribbed for his and her listening pleasure! This show features:
- Me breaking Chris’ beans and a review of Scream 4.
- Is scaring the crap out of people the only objective of a haunt? Revenant reports, you decide.
- The Mistress of Mayhem leads you into the dark depths of the French and Italian catacombs.
- Chris’ spider senses are tingling as he bows down and gives up props to Spider Ryder’s Giant Spider.
- The dungeons new denizens, the Hauntcast 10 Dwarfs.
- Denny straps on the latex once again to demonstrate home made corpse lids.
- Author of Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History & newly released Halloween Nation: Behind the scenes of America’s Fright Night Lesley Bannatyne joins Chris for a behind the scenes sneak peek at her new book.
Hauntcast Radio for Haunters and Halloween Fanatics. Go check it out now!
Due to popular and overwhelming demand, Chris has decided to do another run of Hauntcast t-shirts in a slightly new design. Kick-ass!
From the desk of da G/Host:
Due to the constant badgering I decided to offer Hauntcast Tees once again. I am also going to offer baby doll shirts for women and Hoodies for all. This is a limited time small run of shirts and hoodies. It’s first come first serve. I will not be ordering product again. If you buy the Loyal minion subscription you get the entire 2011 season of Hauntcast and a Tee or baby doll for only $28 (shipping not included, plus sizes extra).
The tees, baby doll shirts and hoodies are available in the Hauntcast Grossery Store now, so go order!!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hauntcast will also be representing at the West Coast Haunters Convention on 5/13 & 5/14.
Robert Santos from Mantooth Manor will be working the booth along with our graphics guru Guy Miller.
Chris also hopes to have the new Hauntcast t-shirt for sale at the show.
I had a chance to sit down and talk with with Twin brothers Zachary and Jeremy Ball, a.k.a. the Bloodshed Brothers last night and they have been wreaking havoc on their southern California neighborhood for the better part of 11 years. These two Temecula, CA. twins were bitten by the haunt bug at a relatively early age, when most kids wanted to watch cartoons and play video games these two brothers were setting the stage for a hobby which is now blossoming into a full-time career.
The Brothers ambitions began on Halloween night when a neighbor down the street scared the crap out of them when they were two years old, and they were hooked. Years later and parents who fully supported them they decided to have their first walk thru haunt. The Brothers said, “We are in the 5th grade and getting tired of just laying on the porch scaring people. We wanted to have some type of walk through haunt. We got together with a friend and planed a small walk way haunt at their house. It was a blast. A strobe light, black-light lit the scene, and black plastic for the walls. We had a cardboard box with a hole cut out of it for a head to fit through. We put an actor inside the box and he would spring to life when the children came to get candy.”
Fast forward to 2010, The Brothers multi-room haunt “The Hyde Street Massacre” which had over 1400 visitors over three nights, pretty spectacular considering it is built on their parent’s front yard.
Zachary and Jeremy are doing much more now and have greater ambitions then when they were young. Currently, they are one year into “The Blood Vlogs” which follows them through a year of being a home-haunter. Letting Halloween consume their everyday life while they invite you along for the ride. They also have horror movie reviews on the vlog as well. Here is an example of their reaching popularity, recently they posted their vlog review of “Insidious”, and the review has over 11,000 hits.
The Brothers have also ventured into the realm of movie special effects and make-up for a web series called Matt & Wes Vs. The Zombie Apocalypse. It is a comedy that follows Matt and Wes as they try to survive though a mass zombie outbreak. I highly suggest you check this out, it is HILARIOUS.
Being constantly on the move and looking to expand their blood lust and brand The Brothers will be making the Haunt Convention circuit this year. They plan on attending the West Coast Haunters Convention on May 13-15 in Salem, OR and the National Haunters Convention on May 5-8 in King of Prussia, PA.
So do yourselves a favor and check these guys out at www.thebloodshedbrothers.com or on Facebook.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Yup, Hauntcast will represent once again at this year's NHC which runs from May 5th through the 8th.
Although Baker, Shell and Rev can't make the trip, Denny and I will be in da house starting Thursday night. I will be working the booth Friday and Saturday until the early afternoon. I know Grim Ghost will be there too, as well as a bunch of other HauntForum & HalloweenForum members, so there will be a lot of us freaks there.
If you are planning on attending the NHC this year, be sure to stop by the Hauntcast booth and say "Yo!" (and buy us a beer or 12). Denny will even throw in a few hugs and kisses.
For all the info, check out the official NHC site.
Monday, April 25, 2011
What up, boils and ghouls! Wanted to share some cool news about a film screening I will be attending tonight at the Ibrahim Theater at the International House in Philly.
The Perfect House is a film from Kris Hulbert & Randy Kent, and I was really impressed with the trailer. Thanks to Chris Tillman over at Rocky Mountain Terror for the 411 on this flick and for the hook-up. Chris recently saw the film at a con and told me to check it out. Coindicidentally, the film is touring and just happens to be playing in Philly tonight.
Here's the official synopsis:
THE PERFECT HOUSE - a unique horror story that crossed the lines of taste and ethics long before the script hit a piece of paper. This ultimate horror anthology features three intertwined stories taking place generations apart, all set in the same house. Homage is paid to the horror stylings of the different time periods each story is set.
Newlyweds, Mike and Marisol, are given the tour of their potential dream home by a perky real estate Agent. They soon find out that their perfect house might just have a past. The ugly horrors of this house are revealed through three original tales of terror:
A Hitchcock inspired, dark shadow filled tale of an abusive family taking shelter in their basement from a violent, fast approaching storm. Soon we learn that the weather isn't the only thing threatening to tear this family apart....
Jason, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger are all mythological perfect killing machines that still to this day terrorize our subconscious. But could the perfect serial killer truly exist? Maybe he's already been operating undetected for years. Maybe he's someone's next-door neighbor. Maybe even yours......
Overseas tourists and malcontents have been tortured and dismembered by sick sociopaths in puzzling ways many times over. These days you never know what can be the trigger that unleashes a brutal murderous attack. Infidelity? Revenge? Greed? Power? Maybe something as simple as forgetting to return that borrowed lawn tool can set someone off. You'll be sure to have all your affairs in order the next time
you accept an invitation to be a "Dinner Guest."
I am really looking forward to the screening, and plan on doing a review for the May episode of Hauntcast. For more info, check out the official site or the IMDB page.
1953 – House of Wax - released theatrically
1956 – The Creature Walks Among Us - released theatrically
1991 – Monsters - Ends its run on television
2002 – Jason X - released theatrically
1953 – House of Wax - released theatrically
1980 – Mario Bava (director, Planet of Vampires; Kill, Baby Kill; Baron Blood) dies (b. 1914)
Nothing notable on this day
1980 – Alfred Hitchcock dies (b. 1899)
1981 – The Beyond - released theatrically
2004 – Godsend - released theatrically
1981 – Friday the 13Th Part 2 - released theatrically
1987 – Creepshow 2 - released theatrically
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
As you may know, to mark the 21st anniverary of the release of John Carpenter's The Fog, Halloweenut has organized Ghost Ship Day: A Tribute to "The Fog". Thanks again to him for the invite to participate in this event!
Like most horror fans, Carpenter is and remains one of my favorite filmmakers. "The Fog" also ranks among some of my favorite films, due to the story, direction and - of course - the music. Carpenter's distinctive and innovative music compositions stand out in the world of the horror film. The music in "The Fog" is no exception. Truly chilling, the music underscores the ghostly goings-on perfectly.
This was reinforced for me recently after I read the wonderful scholarly essay entitiled “Hearing Deep Seated Fears: John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980)” by K.J. Donnelly which is available in the amazing collection Music in the Horror Film: Listening to Fear by Neil Lerner.
In brief, the essay examines "the primal quality of the film’s music. Carpenter’s scores are repetitive and characterised by minimalism. In The Fog, the relentless drones embody the fog. The synthesizers create a sonic and virtual threat and produce effectively the physical embodiment of the threatening presence of the fog."
As has been noted "By leading us with the ear to hear these films in new ways, these essays allow us to see horror films with fresh eyes."
Donnelly's essay, in particular, achieves this and gives new perspective to Carpenter's film. A must read for all fans of "The Fog" and John Carpenter.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This looks like it's going to be a fun and kick-ass mini. As a huge fan of the Marvel 70s horror comics, I'm definitely digging the appearance by Frankenstein's Monster and Man-Thing, as well as my favorite Defender, Nighthawk.
CBR spoke with writer Brandon Montclare about his June miniseries, "Fear Itself: Fearsome Four," which sends Howard the Duck, She-Hulk, Nighthawk and Frankenstein's monster on a mission to save the Man-Thing.
Check it out!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Dig on this, boils and ghouls!
From the desk of da G/Host:
Not only are the past two seasons of Hauntcast available for Free on the Archives page and iTunes, but we are now infecting the non-members with a 10-15 minute sample of all the 2011 shows. Spread the word like VD and lure non-subscribers to sample the latest episodes.
But wait - THERE'S MORE!!!
We have some cool things in the works. Coming next week an iPhone & Droid App. You will be able to listen to the past 2 seasons and 10-15 minute previews of each 2011 episode. I am also working on a new run of T-Shirts with a new design and color.
Hauntcast 30 airs April 29th featuring an interview with author Lesley Bannatyne of Halloween Nation.
Go check 'em out and subscribe.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Just a ghoulish head's up to all the horror fans in the area -
Definitely thinking about taking the drive up from Philly. I'll probably make a last minute decision that Saturday, but hopefully I be able to check it out. Looks like fun!
Check out the details in the link.
One of my favorite new comic books of the past few years has been the very cool iZombie from DC/Vertigo. The cast of characters and the world created is very rich and fun. Definitely well worth your time.
Here’s a cool interview with writer Chris Roberson about the series and where it is going in its second year.
Check it out.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
This looks like a kick-ass new monster kid mag! Thanks to DC for the head's up.
From the Press Release:
In the tradition of iconic horror mags of the past century, MAD MONSTER is creepy and creative entertainment and media commentary at its best. As early as 1896 when Georges Méliès presented his film, “House of the Devil”, Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies have captured the imagination of the public. And by the 1950’s “classic” horror magazines began to do more than just delight readers. These periodicals actually turned the spotlight from the stars in front of the camera to the artists and craftspeople behind the scenes - the people who MADE the monsters we love to loathe. Disciples of the monster mag movement turned out to be people like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro, Tom Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Jackson and many others.
Today, you may find a number of genre magazines that deal specifically with classic horror and some others that chronicle more contemporary faire. MAD MONSTER fills the gap between these bookends. New MAD MONSTER magazine is a purely modern magazine decked out in retro-style and always faithfully dropping a trail of dread-crumbs to lead the way from horrors of today, back to the origins of the most popular genres in our pop-culture. MAD MONSTER is informative, irreverent, challenging, titillating and always graphically and thematically innovative. How? Well here are a few ways:
• MAD MONSTER is published by creepy zodiac (12 issues annually + 1 special) and each issue incorporates the themes of its respective zodiac sign (subject matter, birthdays of subjects and other sign attributes).
• MAD MONSTER’s pages are all framed by ornate borders that integrate a different animated “flip-book” in each issue.
• MAD MONSTER features fun monster and horror themed activities (cutout paper models and puppets) and games (crossword puzzles, mazes and more).
MAD MONSTER features recurring features like “Tales of Mad Science” profiling real life “Mad Scientists”. “Crypt Critters” showcasing insects and other critters in films and pop culture. And lots of “what if” articles that inspire, inform and entertain.
• MAD MONSTER is written and designed by horror writers, filmmakers, artists and musicians devoted to the genre.
MAD MONSTER is setting out to bring a new generation of horror seekers into the fold while paying respect to the classic horror fans that started it all! Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi are just other words for imagination and creativity. And we know from experience that a world filled with imagination is a world full of endless possibilities! MAD MONSTER continues our horror legacy by honoring, celebrating and reinventing it!
The cost of the first ish is $6.66, plus $5.00 for shipping and handling. The year subscription is little pricey - $86.58 plus $65.00 for shipping and handling, or a total of $151.58. Go to the official Mad Monster site for all the details.
What up, boils and ghouls!
In case any of you have not been watching Elvira's new show (and if you're not, then you really should be), they will now be available on DVD. Love the cover!!!
From the press release (thanks to STYD for the info!):
Independent distributor Entertainment One has acquired North American home video and digital rights for the nationally syndicated series ELVIRA’S MOVIE MACABRE, which will arrive in its first two installments of hilariously horrifying “Double Feature DVDs” this June. Presented by Elvira: Mistress of the Dark – the world’s sexiest, most outrageous and original movie hostess – ELVIRA’S MOVIE MACABRE was re-launched on over 120 stations across the country this past fall and was instantly praised as “a dream come true for horror fans”.
Featuring Elvira’s signature, unflinching, tongue-in-cheek commentary of some of the “greatest” B-movies ever to unspool, eOne’s release of all-new ELVIRA’S MOVIE MACABRE “Double Feature DVDs” kicks off with the zombie-themed pairing of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead with I Eat Your Skin and a double-bill of Hammer Film’s The Satanic Rites of Dracula with The Werewolf of Washington. Future DVDs will pair such camp classics as The Terror (starring Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson) with Eegah! and Scared to Death (starring Bela Lugosi) with Manster.
When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind – Halloween icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark. The first horror host ever to be syndicated nationally, Elvira has seen her reign as “Queen of Halloween” span an amazing twenty-nine years, highlighted by two feature films, an IMAX film and two motion control rides. She has appeared in national ad campaigns for Pepsi and Coors, recorded five music CDs, published four books and licensed over 400 products, including two Bally pinball machines, BC Rich guitars, three comic book series, Elvira’s “Night Brew” beer, “Evil” perfume and a slot machines from IGT. Elvira also boasts the best selling female costume of all time and has just launched a new iPhone App and an online fan club at www.elvira.com.
Just a head's up for anyone who doesn't already have a year subscription (you know, the one that costs the insanely obscene amount of 12 bucks - or - a buck a show.......), da G/Host Chris Baker now has individual new shows available.
Go to the Subscriptions section on the Hauntcast site and check it out. Obviously, Chris would prefer you cough up that crazy 12 bucks to show your support and keep the show going, but......Again, the choice is the community's. We don't wanna hear y'all crying when it goes away after the November show - because - as Chris has said - there ain't no gettin' the band back together once it's over.
So, go subscribe.
I mean it.
Friday, April 8, 2011
CARY ELWES (SAW, SAW 3D, The Princess Bride, Hot Shots, Glory, Shadow of the Vampire, etc.)
SHAWNEE SMITH (SAW, SAW II, SAW III, SAW VI, The Blob, The Stand, Carnival of Souls)
CLIVE BARKER (director)
ROGER CORMAN (director)
ANGUS SCRIMM (Phantasm I-IV, Masters of Horror, I Sell the Dead)
ROBERT ENGLAND (A Nightmare on Elm St, Galaxy of Terror, Masters of Horror)
MALCOLM MCDOWELL (A Clockwork Orange, Halloween, Halloween II, Caligula, Time After Time, Cat People, etc.)
DIETER LASER (The Human Centipede)
TOM SIX (director The Human Centipede)
YOSHIHIRO NISHIMURA (director Audition, Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, Mutant Girls Squad, etc.)
DOUG BRADLEY (Pinhead in Hellraiser)
JASON EISENER (director Hobo with a Shotgun) SID HAIG (Captain Howdy)
SEAN PATRICK FLANERY (Saw 3D, The Boondock Saints, Masters of Horror: The Damned Thing, Stephen King's Dead Zone)
NORMAN REEDUS (The Walking Dead, Pandorum, The Boondock Saints, Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns, Blade II, Mimic)
Who would you be the most interested in me interviewing and what questions would you like me to ask?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
This is an effed up story out of Pakistan.....
Police in Pakistan have arrested two men for allegedly digging up a newly buried corpse and eating its flesh in a curry.
A senior police officer, Malik Abdul Rehman, told the Guardian the brothers had been eating corpses for at least a year, but some local media reports alleged that they had been human flesh eaters for a decade.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This is a pretty cool contest. Thanks to the fiends over at DC for the head's up.
Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener is running a trailer contest to give other new filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their talents and get a flick made.
Click on over to the official site and vote now for one of the top five faux trailers.
Check out the complete list of films being shown during the next Sclock Around the Clock here, but the hightlights include:
6:30 pm - White Zombie
8:00 pm - Bride of the Monster
1:00 pm - Monster Zero
3:00 pm - Destroy all Monsters
9:30 pm - Night Train to Terror
1:00 pm - It Came from Outer Space
3:00pm - Creature from the Black Lagoon
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Check out the fangtastic art by Rick Baker that will grace the cover of the second issue of "Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave" available in July.
Monday, April 4, 2011
A theory called the "uncanny valley" says we tend to feel attracted to inanimate objects with human traits, the way a teddy bear or a rag doll seems cute. Our affection grows as an object looks more human. But if it looks too human, we suddenly become repulsed.
Anybody experience these kind of thoughts or have a similar take?
Check it out, boils and ghouls!! Thanks to taraco over on the CHFB for the skinny on casting calls for the second season of Face Off:
We received an e-mail from the casting folks behind SyFy's special effects make-up show, FACE OFF! Seems they are looking for make-up folks who'd be willing to try out for the show. Casting calls are Saturday, April 10 at Monsterpalooza in Burbank and at IMATS in New York City.
Check out the flier for all the details.
Master-Macabre is one of the younger members over on HauntForum, but when you check out his makeup and artistic talent, it's hard to believe he's only 16 years old. He has been posting many amazing photos of his makeup and costuming, but his latest really struck me - not only how wonderful the look was and how he effectuated it, but the touching inspiration as well.
With his permission, I am sharing his post:
About 2 months ago I did a sugar skull makeup that extended from my hairline all the way to about half my torso for my nana who passed away not to long ago.
I live on a border town so everyone else in my family is like 100% Mexican and Spanish was my first language. I grew up equally in Mexico as in California. My Nana was a HUGE Day of the Dead celebrator. I mean some of my best childhood memories are running around her house on Day of the Dead. Her house was directly across the street from a cemetery so ever year she made more then 100 massive tissue paper flower wreaths by hand and sold them. They were hung in looong rows across the white iron fence of her house. Alongside that she sold all kinds of Mexican candies, had huge glass containers with jamaica and horchata (kind of like the American equivalent to fruit juice), sold tortas (Mexican version of the sub sandwich) amongst a bunch of other stuff. She had 8 kids (and too many grandkids :P) but I spent every Saturday of most of my life in her house. This past summer she passed away in the hospital. They had her asleep the last 4 days so I slept right next to her and had a good long 4 day goodbye. This past February was her birthday so I commemorated her with this sugar skull makeup.
Delia Galvan, my Nana. 1935-2010
She definitely loves, and is proud of you, MM! Keep up the great work.