Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Top Haunts Voting Poll

 Groove on this, haunt kids! Vote early & often - of course, I am partial to The Bates & Pennhurst!! Voting ends 8/31. Go to the link & cast away!

2012 Top Haunts Voting Poll opens in just a few hours!!!

Vote for your favorite haunted attraction on our website beginning Sunday, July 1 at 12:00 AM EST. Votes are limited to one vote per user per day. Please remember that this is a friendly competition and respect your fellow competitors .

Congratulations to the 2012 Official Selections! The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride (PA, USA) Bennett's Curse (MD, USA) Chambers of the Mausoleum (CA, USA) The Dent School House (OH, USA) Disturbia Haunted Attraction (AL, USA) Fear Fair (IN, USA) Haunted Overload (NH, USA) Haunted Plantation (HI, USA) Haunted Play (CA, USA) Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses (NY, USA) The House of Shock (LA, USA) House of Torment (TX, USA) Hundred Acres Manor (PA, USA) Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (CA, USA) Netherworld Haunted House (GA, USA) Pennhurst Asylum (PA, USA) The ScareHouse (PA, USA) Sinister Pointe Haunted Attractions (CA, USA) Statesville Haunted Prison (IL, USA) Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear 4.0 at Fuji-Q Highland (Japan) Winchester Mystery House Fright Nights (CA, USA) 13th Floor Haunted House (CO, USA) The 13th Gate (LA, USA) 

Marvel Zombies Halloween this October

Fred Van Lente and Alessandro Vitti celebrate "Marvel Zombies Halloween" this October Cover art by Francesco Francavilla.... Check out the interview over at CBR.

Hauntcast 40 coming July 6th!

Hauntcast 40 airs July 6th featuring a special prop segment by Mache Master Stolloween, Musical Guest Verse 13 and and interview with award winning home haunter Chris Ainsworth of the Thornhill woods Haunted House and President of Scarefest I rejoin with my amazing new segment.....

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Midnite Spook Frolic Jukebox: "Honky Tonk Blood"

"The Walking Dead" magazine

Thanks to CBR for the press release information:

Official Press Release

Titan Magazines and Skybound are pleased to announce the launch of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, based on Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning comic book series, best-selling graphic novels and Emmy-winning AMC television series based upon them.

Following its transition from groundbreaking comic book to the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time, The Walking Dead has cemented its status, not only as a phenomenon with the wildly diverging fans of horror and of character-driven drama, but as a milestone in quality, mainstream television.

Robert Kirkman, creator/writer of The Walking Dead, debuted the groundbreaking Skybound/Image comic in 2003. In 2010, AMC debuted the hit television series, The Walking Dead, based upon the comic series. The television series became the highest-rated original basic cable drama of all time and an international success in 120 countries and 250 million homes, and counting. In 2011, The Walking Dead graphic novels were the best-selling graphic novels of the year. Now, in 2012, Titan Publishing/Skybound and AMC bring you The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine to answer the burning questions insatiable zombie-loving fans have about the Emmy-winning television show, comics and graphic novels.

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine will feature an inside look at the comic and show as only a fully sanctioned quarterly can. No one will get more exclusives than this magazine. Get exclusive access to the most successful television adaptation of a comic ever, including in-depth interviews Kirkman, Executive Producer/Writer on the show; Glen Mazzara, Showrunner/ Executive Producer/Writer of the series and David Alpert, Executive Producer of the series. That's not all, readers will hear from all of the leads on the hit TV show beginning with Andrew Lincoln, who stars as Rick Grimes; Sarah Wayne Callies, who stars as Lori Grimes, and Jon Bernthal, who played fan-favorite bad boy Shane.

To get behind-the-scenes on the set with co-Executive Producer Greg Nicotero and see how he creates the greatest on-screen zombies ever, fans should read The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine. The only way into the closed door writers’ room to learn about the scripting process lies within the magazine’s pages. Fans will also get the opportunity toask Kirkman what's coming up in future issues of The Walking Dead, or find out how the series artist Charlie Adlard keeps up with the fast pace of the monthly comic so brilliantly.

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine debuts on October 23 with 100 pages of all access, no holds barred zombie festing and feasting. With all the latest news, revelations and tips for fans of the television show and the graphic novels. Get it, read it or be the last to know all the exclusive scoops for every incarnation of The Walking Dead.

Issue #1 of The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine comes with an alternative cover featuring an exclusive, colored zombie scene by The Walking Dead comic artist, Charlie Adlard. This alternative collector’s edition is only available through comic stores. Retailers can order via August Diamond PREVIEWS.

Robert Kirkman commented, "This magazine will be your one stop destination for all the news pertaining to the comic, TV show, video game, toys, games, and whatever else exists in the ever-expanding Walking Dead universe! If it's happening, you'll find out all about it right here!"

Nick Landau, Titan Publisher, added: “We're very excited to be publishing the quarterly The Walking Dead Magazine with Robert Kirkman and Skybound, which will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to get unlimited access to the show and comic."

Fans of the show are urged to join The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with exclusive developments and deals. The magazine is currently offering fans a special pre-order subscription saving 20% off the newsstand cover price! – click here

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine issue #1 will be available on newsstands and in specialty comic book stores in the US on October 23, in the UK on November 8 and Australia & New Zealand on December 18.

For more information on The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine visit:

Universal Classic Monsters The Essential Collection Blu Ray release October 2nd

Dig it, gang!

Check out all the details in the link. Thanks to AICN for the head's up.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

TSA agent dumps ashes

Uh, nice goin'.........

A man suffered humiliation and distress at the hands of an airport security agent when she insisted on opening a jar containing his grandfather’s remains and then dropped them on the floor. John Gross, of Indianapolis, was trying to bring Mario Mark Marcaletti’s ashes home from Florida and had them in his bag in a tightly sealed jar clearly marked ‘Human Remains’.

"He was found with blood and fur all over him"

Another bizarre attack.............

A drug-fuelled rampage led a man to attack several people and chase around a neighbour while growling like an animal - before he brutally killed and ate a dog.

Cops arrived at a home in Waco, Texas, on June 14 after a man called 911 to report a man living in his house that was 'going crazy.'

Police said that Michael Terron Daniel told his housemates that he was 'on a bad trip' after taking the synthetic drug K-2 and began attacking them.

Midnite Spook Frolic Toon Time

Michael Jackson's ghost

Ooooooh, spooky, kids!

Michael Jackson's ghost is apparently haunting the Beverly Hills mansion where he breathed his last.

Neighbours insist that they have seen the King Of Pop strolling around his old LA home like a scene from his 'Thriller' video.
And they have even heard his music and singing during the night.

Story in the link.

Frankenweenie full trailer

Check it out.

Thanks to STYD.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Doc of the Dead coming

Exhibit A Pictures, the outfit behind new doc The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus (a world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival today), is now stretching its tentacles into zombie land.
Director Alexandre O Philippe [pictured] has revealed that he is already at work on Doc Of The Dead, a thoroughgoing new film that will explore zombies on screen in all their manifestations. Shooting is underway. Philippe has already spoken to Simon Pegg for the film and is shortly to interview zombie guru George Romero on camera.

All the undead details in da link.

Godzilla: Half-Century War

 If you dig the giant monsters, go check out's cool interview & feature on IDW's upcoming new Godzilla book:

 Gojira! Those who have enjoyed James Stokoe’s psychopathically detailed art on Image Comics’ Orc Stain or recently supported his Kickstarter hit Sullivan’s Sluggers are going to get a mega-dose of destruction in August when he chronicles 50 years of atomic lizard mayhem in Godzilla: Half-Century War, a look at what it would really be like to live with cinema’s most famous lizard constantly destroying Tokyo. We talked with Stokoe about his new work and Godzilla fandom, and even got some color and black-and-white preview images!

The Midnite Spook Frolic Jukebox: The Graveyard Train "Boneyard"

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mad Monster Party

From the Press Release:

What better way to get in the Halloween sprit than by celebrating with a monster party? Lionsgate Home Entertainment makes Mad Monster Party available for the first time in high definition with the release of the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) as well as HD Digital Download and On Demand arriving just in time for the spookiest holiday of the year and the theatrical release of the similarly themed Hotel Transylvania. From the team who created the stop-motion and animated holiday classics "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman," Mad Monster Party stars the voice talents of Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) and Phyllis Diller (Eight on the Lam). The Blu-ray Combo Pack bonus materials include a "making of" featurette plus two featurettes that look at the animation and the music of the film as well as two bonus sing-along tracks. The Mad Monster Party Blu-ray Combo Pack arrives on September 4th for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Baron Von Frankenstein (voice of Boris Karloff) has decided to retire as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters. But first, he must inform the other monsters about his plans. How to deliver the news? How else - through a Mad Monster Party! Von Frankenstein's guests include a who's who of Halloween favorites, including the Werewolf, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and more. But who among them is fit to be the new head of the monsters?

Special Features

•"Mad Monster Party: Making of a Cult Classic" featurette

•"Groovy Ghouls: The Music of Mad Monster Party" featurette

•"It's Sheer Animagic! Secrets of Stop-Motion Animation" featurette

•Two bonus sing-along tracks for kids of all ages


Zombies zombies zombies

Another zombie attack........

PALMETTO, Fla. - The latest in a string of “zombie” like attacks happened in a Manatee County home Wednesday night after a man under the influence went into a fit of rage and bit a piece of someone’s arm off during a visit with his children. Much like the Miami face-eating attack, 26-year-old Charles Baker got naked, ate human flesh and wouldn’t go down without a fight, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Universal developing zombie/vampire flick "Bethlehem"

Cool news. Would definitely be great if they would film on location which is right up the turnpike.

"Bethlehem" is the working title of a movie whose script was bought this month by Universal Studios. Its production has been fast-tracked, according to several cinema websites.
The movie follows the last few humans struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse. The humans form an alliance with a vampire. They trade themselves as food in exchange for protection since, the script asserts, zombies don't eat vampires.

The vampire, in return, shepherds the humans to a safe haven in Bethlehem.

All the details in the link.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

v/h/s trailer

Dig it, fiends! I'm looking forward to this one.

Man claims leprechauns beat him up for dancing

Those leprechauns are badass.

A “bunch of leprechauns” beat up a man in Belltown on Saturday, the bruised and bloodied victim told police. Police say they received reports about the fight around 1:55 a.m. on Bell Street near the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but when they arrived they saw numerous people running from the scene. Police then saw a man on the ground, who was covered in blood and holding his head and screaming in pain. When police asked the man who was involved in the fight he said, “It was a bunch of leprechauns,” that were mad because he was dancing with a girl, according to police.
Police were unable to find the leprechauns or anyone else involved.

Full story in the link.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Vegas Rhythm Kings

Dig this month's guest on Shocktail Hour - The Vegas Rhythm Kings! Bringing their unique death metal sound straight from the grave to your stereo, they pack a dirty skeleton punch straight to the ghoulies of the modern metal scene. These zombie bastards are on a mission hell-bent on releasing a solid string of blistering albums & badass horror clips for your dark pleasure.

Check 'em out at their official site, and download their album Maggot Pinata for free! Also look for their follow up The Screaming Dead in August!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Shocktail Hour 5 with The Vegas Rhythm Kings

Cheers & beers, boils & ghouls! Dig it - the new Shocktail Hour is up. This month's special guest is the Vegas Rhythm Kings, and we review Piranha 3DD, Prometheus & Chernobyl Diaries!
 And check out the Vegas Rhythm Kings at

"Zombies" from IDW

Dig it, boils & ghouls!

San Diego, CA (May 29, 2012) – In the shuffling, deranged footsteps of Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein and Bob Powell’s Terror comes a thrilling, spine-tingling collection of classic, taboo horror comics. Hitting shelves with a vengeance tomorrow, IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are proud to present ZOMBIES! Conjured back to print by Eisner-winning Editor and designer Craig Yoe, these classic, lost tales are being reproduced in astonishing detail in a beautiful hardcover edition that belies the unstoppable, macabre forces within!

ZOMBIES ($21.99, 148 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available in comic book stores May 29, 2012. ISBN 978-1-61377-213-3.

More info in the link.

Baker & me at Hauntcon

Better late than never.......

Here's a pic of the Genius and me at the Hauntcon costume party. Shockingly, we were pretty hammered.............

Haunted Hot Sauce R.I.P.

In case you haven't heard the sad news, Haunted Hot Sauce is no more. Totally understand his reasoning, and wanted to say 'thanks' for all his work and badass product! From Vic's website:

Haunted Hot Sauce is closed permanently.

Thank you all so much for such a great ride all these years!

Over the past 8-9 years my crazy "hot sauce in a coffin" idea has really turned into something special. Anyone who's ever talked to me or purchased one of my products (in a coffin especially) knows the amount of work I put into everything I do. Well that amount of work has finally caught up to me. Haunted Hot Sauce has grown to a level that I can't keep up with anymore. My customer service is beginning to suffer, I'm behind on all of my projects with partners, it takes me waaay too long to fill orders...and this is in JUNE, wait til it starts to get busy! I have a day job and a family and right now I'm spending all morning before work filing orders. I work all day. I spend all evening, every evening making the coffins...weekends too! It's consuming me like a drug! Everyone around me is being affected and everything I do aside from Haunted Hot Sauce, and now INCLUDING Haunted Hot Sauce is before I start really dropping the ball with customers' money, and quality of product and time to fulfill orders...I'm having to close the coffin lid on a successful and fulfilling project. I appreciate more than you know all of those who have supported this crazy idea! Anyone who would actually buy zombie hot sauce in a coffin with moss and maggots are my kind of people!

I'll still be making Halloween props and decorating my yard for halloween, building creepy costumes, attending haunt conventions (maybe even more now), making pumpkin spice liqueur and doing what I do, I just won't be selling hot sauce online every day anymore.

You can keep in touch with me through Facebook at:

or through my blog at . the hot sauce site is going away. The Undertaker isn't.

Please keep in touch.
Thank you.

Stay Rotten,
Victor "The Undertaker" Ives

Best wishes for the future, Vic!! Hope I get to meet ya one of these days at a con. Stay scary!

Titanic replica haunted?

Spooky, kids.

It’s been 100 years since the RMS Titantic struck an iceberg and sent more than 1,500 souls to their watery graves.

In 2004, a Portsmouth man completed a replica of the ship – nine feet long, weighing more than 200 pounds.

But according to the builder — the museum quality replica has recently acquired something that may now qualify it as a ‘ghost ship’. Who knows what lurks inside this replica of the ill fated RMS Titanic?

The builder told Barbara Ciara that you can’t see it with the naked eye, but he took a photograph of the boat that revealed what he thinks are two ghostly images.

Story in the link.

Woman moves into hubby's tomb

Interesting digs......

Story in the link.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mausoleum Horror Convention in Philadelphia June 15 & 16

This weekend, Horror Con—that’s the Mausoleum Horror Convention, for those unfamiliar with it—is coming to Philadelphia. The two-day celebration of the “wild and weird,” presented by the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art and, is taking place at PhilMOCA this Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th.

All the info in the link.

Universal Monsters Online

Dig it!

ESP Guitars' limited edition LTD "Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave" guitar

 From STYD: 

  ESP Guitars is coming out with a limited edition LTD "Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave" guitar, which comes with a limited edition killer coffin case as well. There will be only 325 of these made worldwide. The guitar will be featured at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con this July and will be heavily publicized by ESP in Premier Guitar magazine's October issue. The Lugosi guitar will be signed by both Bela Lugosi, Jr., and the artwork designer Kerry Gammill, publisher of Monsterverse Entertainment. The release date is set for October, just in time for Lugosi and rock monsters to celebrate Halloween. For more info visit ESP Guitars and the official Monsterverse website.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

MMMMM lungs

LOS ANGELES — Authorities are investigating what appear to be a pair of lungs found on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles. 

  Story in the link.

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Haunted" hospital raided by ghost hunters


(Reuters) - The dingy corridors and gloomy wards of a long-abandoned Saudi Arabian hospital have drawn hundreds of amateur ghost hunters who believe it to be haunted by jinn, the malevolent spirits of the Koran and Arabian mythology.

Full story in the link.

Hauntcast 39 "Dysfunctional Family Values" now slaying!

What up, boils & ghouls! The latest and greatest ep of Hauntcast is now available to subscribers.

This month you can check out - HAUNTING GURU INTERVIEW: Jay Gracianette of The House of Shock. GHOULIE GROOVES: Scott Karan of Prelude To A Nightmare. THE BONE PHONE: Ed Roberts of the West Coast Haunters Convention. THE BLACK MARKET: The spotlight is on Burt Zelten of MARKETING MORGUE: The Voice from Hell, Dick Terhune, joins the Scream Team. THEATER OF THE MIND: Revenent on interweaving family history into a backstory. SHRUNKEN HEADLINES: Grimlock with haunting news and fresh links. SOMETHING WICKED: Wick-Ed Gannon with a torture museum as a side attraction. THE CHARMED POT: The Mistress of Mayhem and a summer reading list. TERROR TURNPIKE: Eric Vysther visits the Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory in Akron, OH. MAD PROPS FOR PROPS: Propers where propers are due for Widowmaker Productions’ Grieving Widow prop. PLUS!… This month we’re giving away a Pro Foam Carving Kit from Hot Wire Foam Factory worth over $200! Congratulations to this month’s winner Tabatha Blackburn!

Be there or be square!