Saturday, March 31, 2012

Haunted Attraction Magazine #57 featuring Pennhurst Asylum



If you haven't yet, pick up a copy of the newest ish of HA featuring a great cover & feature on Pennhurst.

Dig it!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Trucker who killed hitchhikers gets life sentences in plea deal

Talk about a real life nightmare & horror flick:

A serial killer who set up a torture chamber in his truck and kidnapped mostly female hitchhikers across the United States has admitted murdering a newlywed couple in Texas, according to reports.....

...In his cab was "a type of dungeon with handcuffs on the ceiling," the News reported. In 1996, the Tucson Weekly, citing officials, said it was believed that Rhoades had been killing an average of three women a month by the early 1990s...

...The paper said Rhoades, a long-haul truck driver, was the subject of the book "Roadside Prey" by Alva Busch.


Full story - and freaky mug shot - in the link.

The Tenth Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards



What up, boils & ghouls!

If you haven't yet voted, be sure to do so. Voting via email only; all you need to do is copy the ballot and send the email with your votes to taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 1, 2012. Winners will be announced Tuesday night, April 2, 2012 at rondoaward.com and the Classic Horror Film Board.

Go here for the official ballot & scaretastic information.

The Imaginary (?) Monsters of U.S. Cities



Check out this fun slideshow for some urban (legend) cryptids.

MARS ATTACKS: The Broadway Musical



Dig the official press release!

Topps & IDW Announce Joint Venture
MARS ATTACKS: The Broadway Musical

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Coinciding with the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, trading card giant Topps and comic book publisher IDW announced today an exciting joint venture: the co-production of a thrilling, big-budget Broadway musical based on the MARS ATTACKS saga,which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. While Topps and IDW have each had success with their properties in film, a Broadway production is a first for both companies.

“Topps and IDW recently made a long-term commitment to MARS ATTACKS in the form of an ongoing comic book series, andthis unique project is an extension of that,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP of Publishing and Licensing.

Greg Goldstein, President of IDW Publishing, continued, “We’ve been hard at work preparing our new comic series since last fall, and a live stage production was the logical next step in expanding our partnership. This will be a ferocious, seat-of-your-pants musical that will engage audiences—a jaw-dropping extravaganza unlike anything theatre-goers have seen before.”

The musical, to be titled Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter, will be written and produced by comics veteran John Layman, and set in the same continuity as the comic book that he is authoring. His story, adapted for the stage, chronicles the modern-day invasion of Earth by grotesque aliens from Mars, who utilize giant insects, killer robots and a variety of stunning death rays to conquer the planet.

“Ever since I saw The Sound of Music as a youngster living in New York I have dreamed of a career on Broadway, and I’m very excited to be branching out into theatre,” said Layman. “My approach to MARS ATTACKS on stage is sort of a science fiction version of West Side Story: a human and a Martian involved in a star-crossed romance, set against the backdrop of a violent interstellar war—with all of humanity caught in between! It’s going to be a rollicking good time, with songs that will make you want to get up and dance!”

Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter is scheduled for rehearsals later this year with a Broadway debut planned for 2013. Topps and IDW are in negotiations with a high-profile director/songwriter team and are currentlyseeking a seven-foot tall male lead with extensive rock vocal experience.

IDW’s comic book series “Mars Attacks” launches this June. Topps will release a commemorative card set this July. For more information on Mars Attacks, follow their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MarsAttacks

Contact: Adam Levine, email: alevine@topps.com, phone: (212) 376-0607

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 40 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Topps

Founded in 1938, The Topps Company is thepreeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products and distinctive confectionery. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, UFC, WWE, Star Wars, Garbage Pail Kids and Mars Attacks. The Topps Company’s top confectionery brands include “Ring Pop,” “Push Pop,” “Baby Bottle Pop,” “Bazooka” bubble gum, “Sharkies” and “Juicy Drop Pop” products. For more information, visit www.topps.com.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Bloody Jug Band’s new album “Coffin Up Blood” official release party Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL Saturday March 31st – Doors @ 9



What up, boils & ghouls! If you are in the Orlando area this Saturday night, join all the cool ghouls at The Bloody Jug Band's new album release gig! Don't miss your chance to check out these cats performing live and snag a copy of their badass new disc!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Walking Dead Minimates



Dig, boils & ghouls!

A Diamond Select release designed and sculpted by Art Asylum. The dead have risen! As Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead comic book shambles towards its 100th issue, DST is immortalizing the book's indelible characters with a line of highly detailed Minimates minifigures! The first assortment of two-packs features a mix of humans and zombies and includes Rick Grimes with Roamer Zombie, a Herd Zombie 2-pack, Dale with Roamer Zombie, and a short-packed Dale in Winter Coat with Roamer Zombie! Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories.

Go preorder 'em here! Thanks again to the cool ghouls at DC for the info.

New edition of Dracula includes Stoker's contract

Pretty interesting historical info.

Thanks to DC for the head's up!

Man saws off foot to avoid work

Hmmm, ok, well, I've been known to call off once in a while but........

Yikes.

Ghosts haunt mortuary-turned-bar

Before Kells Irish Pub in Seattle became a charming family-run bar, it served as a waiting room for the afterlife -- a mortuary purpose-built to handle flood of dead bodies produced by plague, mining accidents and violence in the early 1900s.

The owners of the bar say a piece of that dark history has clung to their humble establishment, meaning the haunted pub serves up a host of spirits, along with pints of beer.


Full story in the link.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shocktail Hour episode 2 now pouring



What up, boils & ghouls! The latest and greatest Shocktail Hour is now pouring! In this ep, I review Zaat, The Snowtown Murders, and Ghost Rider, and Chris and I bs about The Walking Dead, the delayed Munsters remake pilot, upcoming cons & events and DC's new Night Force mini. Pour a drink and join us!

Shocktail Hour: Horror on the rocks, with a twist of bullshit.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Midnite Spook Frolic Jukebox: John Hex's CreepShow "I Don't Want to Live"



Dig, boils & ghouls!

Hauntcast Prize Dead-Line

Hammer resurrecting Dracula?

Yes, please.

"The company’s chairman, Simon Oakes, is talking about making a new Dracula and setting it in present-day London," says Hearn. "It’s fun to speculate who could step into Christopher Lee’s shoes. Just last year I would probably have dismissed the idea of another Hammer Dracula as quite far-fetched, but I think the success of The Woman in Black has opened up all sorts of possibilities."

Thanks to DC for the head's up.

100 human corpses found in basement

To the people who found the room, it looked like a scene from a horror film. Last month, staff at the University of Cologne in Germany discovered a basement room in the institute of anatomy filled with more than 100 human corpses and plastic buckets labeled, “noses,” “newborns” and “shark head,” the Guardian reported. It appeared they had been abandoned for a decade or longer.

A staff member told a German newspaper that the cooling system had broken and that the room smelled putrid.


Full creepy story in the link.

World War Z release date moved



Paramount has moved World War Z from its December 21, 2012 release to June 21, 2013.

Does this show that the studio smells big summer blockbuster (apparently they are talking trilogy) or problems with the flick? I think summer makes more sense than the ho-ho-holidays.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mars Attacks Plush


Perfect for all the demented kids in your life. Dig!

MEZCO REVEALS MARS ATTACKS PLUSH

LIC, NY -- Mar 12, 2012 -- Based on the iconic trading cards, Mars Attacks, that forever changed the face of science fiction. Mezco brings these Martians to life with this 8inch scale plush figure. The other-worldly creation features the Martian's signature exposed oversized brain and bulbous eyes, along with the iconic green spacesuit.

Revealed at the 2012 New York International Toy Fair in February, they have already received praise:

"… totally nailed the detail in their brain-like head…" wrote Kastors Korner, "The cuddliest alien I've ever seen! He's invaded my heart!!" says Eric Resnik of YouBentMyWookie.

Mars Attacks trading cards have made an indelible impression on pop culture since their initial release in 1962, inspiring a hit film, comics, graphic novels, and more. Coinciding this summer with the landmark half-century milestone of the original release, Topps is pulling out all the stops for collectors to re-connect with the cult classic while ushering in a whole new generation of fans.

The Martians invade your local retailers in October 2012.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hauntcast returns & it's Shocktail Hour somewhere


What up, boils & ghouls! Dig it! The interwebs is abuzz with the news that the fan-driven effort to bring back Hauntcast has succeeded. Right now, Chris has gotten some 200+ subs, and the show will return in April for those subscribers.

There's also all kinds of crazy details about the raffles & all, but I can't keep it all straight. Check out the Hauntcast site, the Hauntcast Minions group on Facebook, or head over to Shelley's blog for all the dirty details.


Also, remember, this is in addition to our new monthly drunken horror show Shocktail Hour. A new ep of SH will be out next Friday, March 16th. Stay scary!