Many horror fans still talk about the now-legendary appearance of Jamie Lee Curtis at HorrorHound Weekend in 2012. After years of inactivity in the horror community, the original Scream Queen would be signing autographs and granting photo ops to anyone lucky enough to make it to Indiana and also manage to grab a coveted ticket. And better yet, all of the proceeds went to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This was touted as the one and only chance fans would have at getting pictures taken with Jamie, and getting their horror items signed that have gone way too long without being complete with the most precious of signatures.
Horror lost another legend today as Herschell Gordon Lewis, the “Godfather of Gore” passed away at the age of 87. The director ushered in what is now known as “splatter films” with his release of gory classics such as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Color Me Blood Red. The three films being known collectively as “The Blood Trilogy.”
Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1929, Lewis worked as an English professor at Mississippi State University before getting his start in film in the 1950’s creating TV commercials in Chicago. He made TV commercials in the 50s. After wetting his appetite with that, Lewis joined forces with David Friedman, to produce a slew of gory features that were incredibly shocking, yet influential. This sub genre was later branded “grindhouse.” read more
As reported by B. Allan Orange of Movie Web, Frito Lay has just released a Halloween-themed Doritos flavor for the season in Japan.
The Doritos are jet black and covered with garlic seasoning. You can even catch an illustration of Count Vlad Dracula lamenting the fact that he can’t eat them, but he sure wishes he could on the back of the bag.
This horror-themed snack follows the summer release of GhostBuster-themed burgers at Japanese fast food chain J.S. Burgers Cafe. The burger featured “…a black olive and anchovy paste beef patty topped with tomatoes and purple cabbage sandwiched between a black bun.” The chain also released a “dessert burger” called “the Marshmallow Mad Burger” which consisted of “a ghostly white bun and is filled with marshmallows, Oreos and raisins and topped with a “blood” garnish.” read more
It takes a lot of guts to turn one of the most infamous horror films of all time into a network television series. Most horror fans have such vivid and sacred memories of 1973’s The Exorcist, that the producers must have known that comparisons would inevitably made between the original masterpiece and Fox’s new Friday night series. The decisions of the showrunners over which elements of the film to include in their pilot episode could help viewers determine what kind of remake/reboot/re-whatever this is going to be. While some of these decisions end up being a little too formulaic and redundant, some of the new elements added to the formula could ultimately be what might make the show interesting. read more
The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Joe Hill’s horror novela “Snapshot 1988” has been acquired by Universal Pictures. If the story doesn’t sound familiar to Joe Hill fans, it is because the story has not been released yet. “Snapshot 1988” is one of four stories that will be published as a collection in the Spring of 2018.
Why did this story generate so much buzz in Hollywood? The Hollywood Reporter speculates that it is based on “the Stranger Things ripple effect”. It is certainly unusual for an unpublished property to be fast-tracked in this way, and it may have to do with the subject matter. The story focuses on ” … a 13-year old boy who ends up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper whom he thinks is succumbing to dementia. What he doesn’t know is that her memories are not being lost but stolen by an evil man named The Phoenician who uses a camera that steals memories.” read more
In order to get an early edge on its competition, the trailer for Annabelle 2, which doesn’t theaters May 19, 2017, was released earlier this week. In addition to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just two weeks before, Annabelle 2 premieres the same day as popular upcoming films Bay Watch, The Nut Job 2, and Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) directs the film, which is a prequel to Annabelle and The Conjuring. The story centers around the origin of the possessed doll, the dollmaker who created it and how the spirit of Annabelle Higgins first came to inhabit it. Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto and Stephanie Sigman star. read more
This Saturday, the remastered version of Don Coscarelli’s 1979 classic Phantasm is scheduled to hit theaters and, in anticipation, a new trailer has been released to get folks in the mood for some Tall Man.
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Synopsis: Since its release in 1979, director Don Coscarelli‘s epic tale of the Tall Man, his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres, and the group of small-town friends who must band together to stop his dimension-hopping schemes has captivated and terrified horror and sci-fi fans around the world. An immediate success, bringing in 40 times its production budget, the film has influenced generations of filmmakers. Thirty-seven years later, PHANTASM has been finally restored to its original glory by J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot and Coscarelli, with a stunning new 4K remaster and 5.1 surround sound mix from the original elements that ensures Phantasm will be around to scare the hell out of generations to come. read more
A new trailer for season 3 of WGN’s Salem teases the devil’s influence in Salem and the absolute chaos ahead this season. The witches have created a hell on earth, however it might not be exactly what they had in mind.
According to the official synopsis by WGN, “The third season of Salem dawns with the triumph of the witches’ plan to remake the New World by bringing the devil to earth and making Salem his capital. But the devil is a liar, and instead of a New World free from murderous Puritan hypocrisy, his own plan will bring nothing but death and slavery with the ultimate aim of leading humanity to destroy itself.” read more
BPRD: Hell on Earth #145 Review
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Laurence Campbell
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: September 21st, 2016
Rating: 10 out of 10
Synopsis: The end of the BPRD looms, as does the world!
Mignola, Arcudi, and Campbell are weaving an epic, emotional end to the BPRD, and this may be the most harrowing story yet; beloved characters seem to meet their demise, others are left exhausted after insurmountable battles, and some just want to “free the butterflies”. read more
The much anticipated Blair Witch reboot delivered anemic box office numbers, as the film’s hype did not translate into ticket sales during the film’s opening weekend. As reported by Horror News Network on Friday, director “Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch sequel/reboot is garnering mixed reviews as the film debuts this weekend for anxious fans of the original Blair Witch Project. The film currently sits at 38% on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes and has steadily declined throughout the week. The film originally sat at 53% positive on Wednesday but as more reviews poured in, the film experienced a steep drop.” read more