Tuesday, August 15, 2017

mother!

Darren Aronofsky, the director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, is back with what looks like a full-on horror film. The terrific cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and – YES – Michelle Pfeiffer. It's called mother! and opens on September 15. Take a look at the tension-filled trailer:



https://youtu.be/XpICoc65uh0

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Home Depot Wins Halloween, Again

The Home Depot stepped into the Halloween arena last year with a fantastic selection of Halloween decor. Who can forget last year's full-size skeleton horse? They have once again out done themselves for 2017. Giant dinosaurs! Giant spiders and bugs! Dragons!  Okay – some of these are rightfully debatable inflatables BUT they seem to be moving in the right direction. With some good lighting (not what's inside them) and dressing you might have something very scary. Visit homedepot.com and have these giant things shipped free to the store (for you to pick-up) and get free shipping on other orders of $45 or more.

8-foot T-Rex and Baby T-Rex
10-foot Preying Mantis
9-foot Posable Spider


11-foot Two Headed Dragon

16-foot Colossal Serpent
Rat Chewing Zombie Head
Spider Phone


Screamy Fortune Teller Tombstone?!





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fright Like a Girl

Fright Like a Girl. I absolutely LOVE today's tee at TeeVillain.com – available only for 24 hrs (8/10/17 EST).



Monday, August 7, 2017

MyScaryHalloween.com Relaunched

MyScaryHalloween.com has relaunched for the season – now 113% more mobile friendly – BUT I'm still exorcising all the buggy little demons. It was rebuilt from scratch on a new platform, reorganized for easier navigation, and with a new hosting provider since the last one jacked up my prices 400% (after being with them for 9 years, jerks).

Take a look around and contact me if you spot anything... unusual.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Midsummer Scream 2017

I made it out to Midsummer Scream 2017 in Long Beach, CA this past weekend and it was a fantastic Halloween festival! Here are some of my highlights. Two panel discussions stood out: "Beyond the 5th Dimension: Creating the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" with the original creators of the Disneyworld ride and the voice of Rod Sterling, Mark Silverman.

The Winchester Mystery House presentation on Sunday afternoon gave all attendees free tickets to their new Explore More Tour, a newly commissioned print (which I can't display yet), and info on the upcoming movie which opens February 23, 2018. Unfortunately, CBS Films didn't have any footage to show us but revealed a good overview about the story, the cast, and some behind the scenes filming at the actual site – spirits be damned.

Celebrity sightings included Cassandra Peterson who unfortunately did not don her signature Elvira costume but was stunning just the same. The line to get an autograph stretched almost the length of the convention center. And of course, Mr. Jason Vorhees himself, Kane Hodder was there looking frighteningly kind as ever, and I also got to meet some of the faces behind my favorite site, Dread Central.

My favorite classes included the "Designing Immersive Environments" from the directors of The Nest, "Ouija: an Introduction to Necromancy & Spirit Communication" from the folks at the Mystic Museum, wonderful historical overview in "Halloween Decorations: A History" by Mike Gills of AtmosFX, the leading digital decorating company.

As far as performances, the Fallen Saints: Dia de los Muertos teaser by the Forces of Nature Productions was breathtaking and visceral, and I'm planning to return to Burbank, CA for the full performance this October.

The showfloor was packed with vendors and artists including some old and new favorites including Chick Lips, Bone Yard Effects (who turned people into zombies all weekend), Haunted Manor Boutique, Little Shop of Gore, Hilary's Vanity, Trick or Treat Studios, Calaveras y Diablitos, Bloodbath Products, Hayes Haunt, The Best Little Horrorhouse, 7 Hells, and Fiendish Thingies. The list goes on and on and will be adding them to the Sinister Shops on MyScaryHalloween.com.

And don't even get me started on the Hall of Shadows mini-haunts, film shorts, haunted attraction presentations, and the many insanely wonderful costumes which brought October scares to July. WHOOHOO! There was no way to see it all but I will definitely try again next year, and I would highly recommend putting this on your calendar now.

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