Sunday, October 30, 2011

For all of us on the East Coast......

Final night at The Bates Motel

Hard to believe, but tonight is my final evening of acting for the season. Even though we had many long nights, looking back the month flew.

Looking forward to one last night of scares!

Friday, October 28, 2011

If I had a dollar every time this happened to me....

A Zimbabwean man has told a court that he hired a prostitute who during the night transformed into a donkey, and that he is now "seriously in love" with the animal, according to state media.

Christ almighty - story in the link.

Mars Attacks



Some cool info courtesy of CBR:

Leading into the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con, IDW Publishing and Topps today announced a long-term partnership to offer new comics based on the fan-favorite Mars Attacks. Created in 1962, Mars Attacks will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012 with major product launches throughout the year. IDW’s new comic series, as well as high-quality reprints of existing material, will be a cornerstone of that effort.
“We are excited to be partnering with Topps on this classic brand. Mars Attacks has always been a favorite of the comics creator community, and fans can look forward to top talent bringing their visions to fruition,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW’s Chief Operating Officer. “I know we will definitely bring the comics to the next level.”

Originally developed as a series of trading cards, Mars Attacks was created by Len Brown and Woody Gelman, after Brown was inspired by the Wally Wood cover to Weird Science #16 (EC Comics). The cards went on to achieve cult status for their then-shocking imagery, fully painted by pulp legend Norm Saunders, and remains a staple of pop culture. Topps revived the franchise in the mid 1990s with a second card set, comic book series and toy line. The story was also adapted into the 1996 feature film, Mars Attacks!, directed by Tim Burton.

“When looking for a comics partner for Mars Attacks, we wanted a publisher with the right creative sensibilities and an appreciation of our brand’s fifty-year legacy,” said Ira Friedman, Topps/VP, Global Licensing. “There’s no doubt that IDW will provide a great home for us. We’re looking forward to Mars Attacks complementing their existing stable of powerhouse franchises.”

Debuting in summer 2012, IDW’s comic series will offer the first stories of an all-new Mars Attacks universe, bringing the brand’s outrageous action and dark humor to a new set of tales.

Lugosi's 'Dracula' cape up for auction



The cape Bela Lugosi wore as Count Dracula in 1931 movie "Dracula" is set to be auctioned off. The cape will be one of 17 Lugosi lots consigned by the horror icon's son, Bela Lugosi, Jr., available at the Profiles in History sale in December.
The item is expected to fetch up to $2 million when it goes under the hammer during the sale, Dec. 15 to Dec. 17.


Check out the link.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Horror of It All, Volume Two



I've been playing the crap out of this all week long. Think I'll add it to the Trick or Treat soundtrack for Monday night...........

Grim Night


Universal just picked up the distribution for this flick.

Looks pretty cool to me. Check it out.

Giant Lego Man washes ashore in FL


Sweet!

Check out the link.

Drinking and driving is so much fun

Dozens of people were injured late Saturday after a hayride overturned on Patten Tract Road south of Bogart Road in Perkins Township, according to the Sandusky Register. The driver of the hayride is charged with drinking and driving, among other charges.

Unbelievable story in the link.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chopper - Slice 1


Hey, freaks - check it out. I first covered this series back in February, and now it's here.

From the Press Release, courtesy of STYD:

While Paranormal Activity 3 was scaring up box office records in the theaters this past weekend- proving the horror genre’s undying vitality- another original ghost story was creeping its way into people’s homes via the internet. Chopper, an online horror series starring Tyler Mane (Michael Myers, Halloween) and Andrew Bryniarski (Leatherface, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) launched its premiere episode late Friday night and proved its own scrappy success by managing to go viral despite the challenges of producing and promoting webseries with micro-budgets compared to traditional Hollywood fare.

The first episode (aka “Slice 1”) was designed to introduce audiences to the scary world of outlaw bikers that underpins the series’ sub-plots- along with establishing the explosive tension between key characters that will lead to bloody mayhem in future episodes. Former brothers-in-arms Mad Dog (Bryniarski) and Jeremiah Carver (Mane- aka Chopper) face off over the whereabouts of Chopper’s signature blade and leave audiences wondering what insanity might unfold when they meet again. Future episodes will shed light on who- or what- ultimately wrestled control of the deadly blade and set up new storylines intended to unfold in future seasons both online and via feature film(s).

Produced by Dilemma, a Los Angeles based Branded Entertainment and Marketing Communications Agency, Chopper is essentially a contemporary spin on the timeless Sleepy Hollow mythology. Storylines revolve around a headless outlaw biker seeking vengeance in the afterlife by killing mortal sinners. The project- based on the recent Asylum Press comic- was written, produced and directed by Dilemma principal J.C. Christofilis. Chopper received sponsorship support from bold brands including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Sullen Clothing and also features special appearances from bands including Machine Head, Straightline Stitch and Unearth. Newcomers Attika7 (former members of Biohazard and Static-X) also contribute heavily to the rocking soundtrack.


Check it out!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bones & caskets popping out of ground

When there's no more room in Hell..........

Check out the story.

CDC puts out zombie comic book


Uhm, yeah, so - I guess they don't really have any real issues to work on anymore since all disease has been eradicated in the U.S.

Check out their comic here. Thanks to STYD.

10 cool props for a haunt

From zombie garden gnomes to the most terrifying front door imaginable, the latest Halloween decorations and gadgetry will help you step up your haunting, and keep the neighbors screaming.

Thanks to my wife for the link.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Prop hanging by noose causing controversy

Story and vid in the link.

Meh. It's Halloween.

Haunted attractions that are really haunted

Cool article that includes an interview with Randy Bates talking about Pennhurst.

Check out the story.

Beheaded Animals Found at Cemetery

Police are investigating the beheading of several animals at a Vineland cemetery. The latest incident happened on Tuesday at 8 a.m. The Daily Journal reports Doug Riley, groundskeeper at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, spotted a clear plastic bag on the property. When he went to pick it up, he says he discovered the severed head of a pig.

Story in the link.

2011 Zombie Safe House Competition

Architects Southwest, an architecture firm based in Louisiana, has launched the 2011Zombie Safe House Competition. The organization has tasked artists, architects and other zombie enthusiasts with one goal: Design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it.

Check out the link.

Zaat


Is the monster man.......fish......or devil?

Well, boils & ghouls, you can figure it out yourself. DC is reporting some Zaat news regarding a DVD/Blu-ray release and a (zoinks!) sequel.

Synergy Entertainment will be releasing a special 40th anniversary special edition with a commentary track with surviving cast and crew. Additionally, filmmaker Don Barton will present a 40th anniversary screening October 23rd at the 5 Points Theater in Jacksonville, FL, and also is said to announce a sequel.

Sign me up, I play a mean monster.....fish........or devil.

Man beats woman with frozen armadillo

Uhm, yeah.

A man used a frozen armadillo to attack a 57-year old Pleasant Grove woman, Dallas police said. The incident happened on Sept. 29 in an apartment complex parking lot.

Story in the link.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Midnite Spookfrolic Jukebox: Siouxsie and the Banshees “Halloween” (Live 1981)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D teaser poster


For your consideration.

Dunno - kinda boring to me. Thanks to STYD.

NIght Force


What up, freaks! Cool release today from DC Comics - a collection of the kick ass series Night Force. I dug this book as a kid. So, if you missed out back in the day, here's a chance to grab the whole series in one collection.

Written by MARV WOLFMAN; Art by GENE COLAN and others; Cover by GENE COLAN and DICK GIORDANO

The creative team behind Tomb of Dracula reunited in 1982 for NIGHT FORCE! The series begins as the mysterious sorcerer Baron Winter assembles a team to take on an occult evil. But can the granddaughter of Dracula's greatest foe, a powerful parapsychologist and a timelost warrior from the court of King David tackle these threats? Collecting all fourteen issues of the original series for the first time!


All the details in the link.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black magic sperm rituals

Hey, sign me up!

Check out the story.

Yachtsman eaten by cannibals?

Check out this weird story........

German sailor Stefan Ramin was on the trip of a lifetime when it turned into a nightmare on an island in the middle of nowhere. He set off on 2008 with his girlfriend and traversed the globe looking for paradise - but it took a horrible twist when he reached Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia. The remote tropical island was the last place Mr Ramin was seen before remains, believed to be his, were uncovered.
Experts believe he was "hacked to pieces and burned" and eaten by suspected cannibals.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family gets lost in corn maze & calls 911

Seriously?

"A man and woman who couldn't find their way out of a corn maze in Danvers, Mass., on Monday called 911 for help..."

Check out the dumb details in the link.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Zombies hurt on "Resident Evil" set

This made me laugh.........

Emergency crews called to an accident on a film set in Toronto were confronted with alarming blood and gore - but it wasn't as bad as it looked..."

It did kind of catch us off-guard when we walked in," said police Sergeant Andrew Gibson.

Nicole Rodrigues, EMS: "I was trying to figure out where the blood was coming from and what blood was real blood."

"I could see the look on the first paramedic, saying 'Oh my God'," Toronto emergency medical services Commander David Ralph told Associated Press news agency.

Mysterious crooked forest


Pretty weird & cool.......

Check out the link.

Customer shot in haunted trail

So what's the problem?

Check out the link.

Famous Monsters #259 cover by Rick Baker


Link
Dig it, monster kids! Rick Baker's fangtastic cover for FM #259!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

David Hess (1942- 2011) R.I.P.


Photo from moviespad.com

Actor/songwriter Hess passed away on Saturday, October 8th at the age of 69. Best known to genre fans for his role as Krug in The Last House on the Left (1972), he also appeared in Swamp Thing (1982), and was an accomplished and award winning songwriter/composer.

Rest in peace.

Curse of the Phantom Shadow


What up, boils & ghouls! Check out this cool indie retro serial project titled Curse of the Phantom Shadow that needs some help.

Here's the plot summary:

The year is 1948 and the United States has a new enemy, The Phantom Shadow. This dark figure has diabolical plans for captured scientist, Dr. Hammond, and his War Department weapons of mass destruction. Upon the Phantom Shadow launching a treacherous missile attack on key locations in the United States, the government takes action. There is only one man to call, Agent 236, an elite government agent. Agent 236 has been dispatched to launch a rescue. Along the way, Agent 236 is befriended by a spunky, sarcastic, gas station attendant who just happens to have pinup girl good looks. She also just happens to be looking for a little action, and excitement. Luckily, Agent 236 is the man of her dreams. Agent 236 puts the station attendant and her tow truck into service in pursuit of the Phantom Shadow.

However, in order to complete this project, they still need additional funding. Most of the film has been funded with personal savings, but the filmmakers need to finish the last 25% of the flick.

If you are able to help, go to the link and help 'em out with a pledge. Donations end on 12/4.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hauntcast 35: Witch's Brew


Happy Halloween!! Hauntcast 35: Witch's Brew is now slaying! Check out the details of the new ep:

An informative and insightful recollection by Mr. Conal Cochran opens up this year’s Halloween spooktacular featuring an interview with renowned haunt designer Tattoo aka Mike Krausert of Bad Boys Scenic Design and director of Nightmare New England/Spookyworld and Fear at Fenway. Mix one part 60′s beach party, one part B-movie, a pinch of bikinis, a splash of hot babes with pipes to match and you have this month’s musical guests, Witches in Bikinis. Revenant has updates on the latest gatherings and events in News From Beyond. Grimlock drops more dark links for your listening, viewing and purchasing pleasure in Access Hollyween. Chris gets In The Cut with Bill Rozar and Caitlin, the creator/producer and newest member of Witches in Bikinis and we spin their cut, “Calling King Kong”. The Mistress of Mayhem welcomes you to her parlor as she presents a tribute to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in The Charmed Pot. One-man flash mob Johnny Thunder updates us on HorrorFind Weekend and his side-gig at Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride and serves up his review of Tucker and Dale vs Evil as well as updates on upcoming TV and movie horror in Fright Flicks and Horror Reviews. Happy Halloween greetings from the past year’s guest haunters. “Candy Corn” by Lewis Black. “Calling Dr. Frankenstein” by Witches in Bikinis. The Hauntcast Top Ten makes a return for Halloween with the “Top 10 treats you should NOT hand out this Halloween”. Ed Gannon talks about crowd entertainment and walk-around characters in Something Wicked. Chris interviews Zack from Magic Stone Productions about their still-in-production documentary, scheduled for release on an as-yet-unnamed NBC network in 2012 and tentatively titled Homemade House of Horrors. “A Scary Kind of Love” by Witches in Bikinis. Form of monster mud… shape of statuettes… we give propers to Christie aka Dionicia12′s Wonder Twins props in Mad Props for Props. Revenant pontificates on the fine art of masquerade and costuming and the necessity of themes and change in a haunt in Theater of the Mind. “Witches in Bikinis” by Witches in Bikinis. Happy Halloween from all of us here at Hauntcast!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Hello 911? There's a Halloween prop in the yard..."

Seriously, aren't there 15 of these stories every year? Are people that dumb?

Check out the link.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Saturday Fright Special Spooktacular VI at the Colonial Theatre, Sunday 10/30


What up, boils & ghouls! Just in time for Halloween, the crew from Saturday Fright Special is working with the Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH to bring you monster kids Spooktacular VI!

The flick is the classic Universal picture FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN on Sunday, October 30th, as a special 3 p.m. matinee. There will also be a bunch of vintage 35mm trailers and snack bar ads, a live appearance by Scarewolf from Saturday Fright Special, and prizes a-plenty.

Tickets are $10. Head over to the Colonial site to order. Also be sure to check out the You Tube promo.

Looks like another cool time!