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!