Friday, July 21, 2017

Halloween 2017 Begins

It's never to early to start working on Halloween. All in favor say "Eye".


American Horror Story: Cult

It's official. The seventh season of American Horror Story is titled "Cult" as revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. So far the teaser imagery includes swaying clowns, honeycombs, bee swarms, and American flags. Fan favorites Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Frances Conroy are returning, and joining them are series newcomers Billy Eichner, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Colton Hayes and yes, Lena Dunham (for one episode). The election-themed season will premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10/9c and will run for 11 episodes. Here's a preview of some of the horrors we'll face, plus sign up at AHS7.com for exclusive content.

https://youtu.be/6v0ISjTugh4








Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rest in Peace


George A. Romero  1940-2017

Thank you for a lifetime of horror and nightmares. Rest in peace. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blumhouse & The Hauntist Blogs

The highly successful Blumhouse Productions has churned out hit after hit.... Get Out, Split, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Purge, Insidious, and Paranormal Activity, has been running what is easily the most entertaining horror site on the internet. I know it sounds odd but instead of filling their site with fluff about their films (movie posters, press releases, blah blah blah), they've dedicated the space to "the celebration of all things scary." This includes the best horror shorts, news, behind the scenes, hilarious posts (like the cannibal doll from Mattel), Creepy Pasta highlights, real paranormal stories, and even a podcast that's quite entertaining. This site is now a daily stop for me. Make sure to subscribe to their newsletter, follow them on social media, or RSS feed (for the two readers out there who use RSS feeds). Check it out: blumhouse.com.



For those few who have not cut the cord and still have cable, the Destination: America channel has become the authority for all things paranormal with a roster of the best shows: My Haunted House, Paranormal Witness, A Haunting and everything else Ghost Asylum, Mountain Monsters, Paranormal Lockdown, Paranormal Survivor, Ghost Brothers, Haunted Collector, on and on. On their exceptionally clunky website, they feature a cool blog called "The Hauntist" that features weird, creepy and spooky stories from around the country. The blog is split up into categories such as Hauntings, Ghosts, Aliens, Bigfoot, Paranormal 101, etc. Unfortunately, it looks like it's still a work in progress as there are some bugs (don't shrink the browser screen to much or it all goes black), terrible navigation, and obtrusive ads but don't let that dissuade you from exploring it's riches. Visit destinationamerica.com/thehauntist



Friday, July 7, 2017

The Mist ~ Early Review

After three episodes of Spike TV's adaptation of the The Mist it's clear this is a very different beast from the one Stephen King wrote. In fact, only a few plot points are the same: the fog, a military installation, and sequestered folks. The characters run from bland to blander (although I love Frances Conroy), and the non-action is split into two locations, a church and a mall (is that supposed to be an allegory?). And unfortunately, it doesn't appear that we will get any of the fantastical monsters from the novella (and brilliant 2007 movie) as I fear that the mist itself is "the monster" as some sort of ecological terror.

The mystery seems less interesting this time probably because so far not much has happened. I'm not certain that this particular story lends itself to episodic and compelling storytelling, and the format is making it crawl along at a snail's pace. Already I see the strain of the Under The Dome curse (taking a singular incident and prolonging it regardless of how little sense it all makes). But to its advantage this story is more open ended. I can see the mist traveling to different locations with different casts each season. Of course, how do keep it from being repetitive? (Maybe for season two, the mist could descend onto a convent and a strip bar?)

Clearly the biggest hurdle is getting over the expectations of what came before and allowing this incarnation to develop its own identity. It's a sticking point for me to remake a story for the sake of using a well known name and not improve or expand upon the original. What's the point then? Also, it doesn't have compelling characters you can empathize with which is needed for terror/dramas to work. And the pace has to pick up – the fog cannot be the fastest moving thing on the screen. Right now the mist is most captivating character since it appears to be like the judgy smoke monster from LOST.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Twilight Zone Marathon

Before the fireworks this Fourth of July, tune into SYFY for their all-day TWILIGHT ZONE marathon!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation looks absolutely terrifying. It's from the director of Lights Out and is a prequel to The Conjuring's spinoff, Annabelle. I can barely keep it straight. Could period prequel sequels be horror's next obsession? Ouija: Origin of Evil was leagues better than the first one.

https://youtu.be/EjZkJa6Z-SY

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Void ~ Review

If you get down to the nitty gritty, there's two things I love in a horror movie: wild ideas and a respectable execution, with extra credit if it attempts a 70s or 80s pastiche. The Void is unhinged, unabashedly weird, and audaciously retro. While it's not a screaming success across the board, there's so much great stuff here that fans of John Carpenter's early work, Stephen King, and H.P. Lovecraft should run to find this. It's easily one of the best horror films this year.

For starters, understand The Void is an indie with no-name actors (unfortunately only one or two notable performances) and while it's a low-budget film, it makes the most of every aspect. Every dollar of it's budget ends up on the screen. This is a hardcore 80s throwback with a deliberate slow pace, solemn tone, and epic cosmic horror that echo classic films like The Thing, From Beyond, and Hellraiser. It is also a messy, gory film with horrific monsters done with practical effects (almost unheard of in the digital age) that evoke Lovecraft's minions.

The film starts in the lazy outskirts of a small town, then escalates quickly with some monstrous action in a nearly abandoned hospital, then shifts again into an unraveling mystery that seems familiar yet the dread keeps building, and then there's just utter madness in the third act. Ultimately, this movie is all about the trip and not the destination, and like much of Lovecraft's work, is more about the feelings the movie evokes and the big ideas at the periphery. It won't please everyone, but given the right frame of mind, this is one will move you. Where it moves you is beyond explanation.






Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Now THIS is the spirit of Halloween!

A young boy with a terrible disease got a birthday to remember when his family and neighborhood celebrated his favorite holiday five months early. Thank you to the Castaic, CA community for making sure this boy didn’t miss Halloween! (Read more at ABC News)