It turns out that if you cut together a bunch of scenes from Disney's Cinderella
along with the audio track for the trailer of the new Carrie remake
, you get something very creepy, disturbing and brilliant
Kevin Smith has been given the green light
to shoot his next film, a horror movie about a man forced to dress up in a walrus suit by a sadistic tormentor
. The film will be called 'Tusk'. Smith was inspired by a real life advert placed on Gumtree earlier this year
in which a man who had befriended a walrus called Gregory while living on a remote island off Alaska (now heartbroken, having returned to the UK), offered free rent in his Queen's Park flat for anyone willing to wear a walrus suit for two hours a day. The advert was a prank by a Brighton performance poet
. I am not making any of this up. [more inside]
Afterlife with Archie
is a gorgeous new horror comic
featuring Archie, Jughead, Sabrina, and the gang in zombie-filled Riverdale
"Here’s what was off-limits, according to many of the people I grew up with: books about witchcraft, the writings of Anton LaVey, Ouija boards, New Age crystals, pentagrams, albums with backward masking, and the music of most heavy-metal bands. ... Yet here’s what was okay to enjoy, according to those same chums and acquaintances: The Omen. The Amityville Horror. Rosemary’s Baby. The Exorcist
. These movies passed muster because they didn’t encourage people to dabble in the dark arts; they warned
people." The Exorcist And The South's Love Of Devil Movies.
Monsters Rule OK: A British Horror Playlist.
Fangoria presents a mixtape of British horror that includes musical selections from Blood on Satan's Claw
, The Wicker Man
, Berberian Sound Studio
, A Field in England
, Children of the Stones
, and Twisted Nerve
—as well as dialogue excerpts from Don't Look Now, The Stone Tape, Hellraiser and others.
Deadly Asian giant hornets
- aka Vespa mandarinia
- kill at least 41 people in China
. Hundreds more have been hospitalized by these 2+ inch beasts with a sting that packs a human-tissue dissolving neurotoxin. Survivor stories
are terrifying. Think you are safe in the U.S. or Britain? Nope
. (via @BitterOldPunk
The Stanley Hotel
, inspiration for the haunted Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's 1977 novel The Shining
, has announced plans to dig up
the pet cemetery
on its grounds. [more inside]
is an 8-bit-looking indie flash game of cosmic horror and some bureaucracy and bickering with colleagues. The launch trailer
provides a selection of the reactions you will likely experience while playing it.
In 1987, alongside another popular first-run syndicated show (perhaps you've heard of it?
), a horror anthology series premiered, and together they spearheaded a massive wave of first-run syndication genre shows including, but by no means limited to, "War of the Worlds
"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
"Xena: Warrior Princess
", and "Babylon 5
". [more inside]
Network of Blood
: "Videodrome’s depiction of techno-body synthesis is, to be sure, intense; Cronenberg has the unusual talent of making violent, disgusting, and erotic things seem even more so. The technology is veiny and lubed. It breaths and moans; after watching the film, I want to cut my phone open just to see if it will bleed. Fittingly, the film was originally titled 'Network of Blood,' which is precisely how we should understand social media, as a technology not just of wires and circuits, but of bodies and politics. There’s nothing anti-human about technology: the smartphone that you rub and take to bed is a technology of flesh." Nathan Jurgenson
writes about Videodrome
) as a way of understanding our present social media technologies for Omni Magazine
"My wife and I were chatting while she was slicing potatoes on a mandoline..."
A list of kitchen accidents, both personal and professional. (Maybe NSFW, definitely gory, though entertaining as hell.) [more inside]
is an annual, one-night tournament of monsters competing in various categories -- Best Kill, Most Unnecessary Collateral Damage, Sexiest Victim -- with the top prize being the coveted Killer Cup. The objective of the tournament is killing humans.
If you rented VHS horror and sci-fi in the late eighties and early nineties, then you’ll recognize the name of Charles Band
. [more inside]
Comic artist Chris Weston
unilaterally declares it Kurt Russell week and produces a triptych of posters for Escape from New York
, The Thing
and Big Trouble in little China
. These are just the roughs
The X-Files 20th anniversary reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con
(Youtube) (Podcast version here
) (Summary and slideshow
), featuring Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, Jim Wong, John Shiban, Howard Gordon and James Amann. sex scenes
, a third movie
are discussed. The Lone Gunmen
will return in Season 10
. The Guardian picks 13 best X-Files episodes
but somehow misses Jose Chung's From Outer Space
In the pre-podcast days of 1999, the then Sci-Fi Channel website worked with the Seeing Ear Theater and Bablyon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to produce a series of Twilight Zone-inspired radio stories called "City Of Dreams" along with a cast that included Steve Buscemi, Tim Curry, Kevin Conway, and John Turturro. 13 episodes were planned, but only 8 got produced, and with the decline of Real Player and the Seeing Ear Theater, the episodes were thought to be lost to the mists of internet history.
Until someone uploaded all of them to Youtube.
(each episode about 30 min, link goes to the first video for the episode)
The Damned Are Playing At Godzilla's Tonight!
. Rolling Thunder
.The Friends Of Jackie Clay
. The Tolling Of The Hour
. Night Calls
. Samuel Becket, Your Ride Is Here
. The Alpha And Omega Of David Wells
. MSCD 00121J [more inside]
is a chilling, sound-rich supernatural radio drama written by Australian author Louis Nowra
. Originally aired on BBC Radio 4
, it is now available on SoundCloud via producer/director Judith Kampfner
. [more inside]
At the dawn of the millennium, Japanese society has suffered a severe economic collapse, leading to widespread youth apathy and 800,000 students boycotting school. Adult society sought to reassert their authority by passing the Millennium Education Reform Act, otherwise known as the BR Act.
- a look at Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale
Viscera Cleanup Detail
is a free PC game that casts as a space station janitor
mopping up after a hero who left the station encrusted with gore. Via Gamers With Jobs' podcast on 'mundane games'.
It's actually the third game about a space janitor, after Space Quest
and Space Station 13.
is a blog dedicated to preserving the history of the Horror Host, old and new.
A month after its release, Naughty Dog
's sweeping interactive epic The Last of Us
is being hailed as one of the best games of all time
, with perfect scores even from notoriously demanding critics
Inspired by an eerily beautiful segment from the BBC's Planet Earth
, the game portrays an America twenty years after a pandemic of the zombiefying Cordyceps
), leaving behind lush wastelands
of elegant decay
teeming with monsters
and beset by vicious bandits, a brutal military, and the revolutionary Fireflies.
Into this bleak vision of desperate violence
journey Joel, a gruffly stoic Texan with a painful past, and his ward Ellie, a precocious teenager who may hold the key to mankind's future.
Boasting tense, immersive gameplay
, compelling performances
from a diverse cast, a movingly minimalist score
from Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla
, and an array of influences from Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men
to Cormac McCarthy's The Road
, it's already being slotted alongside BioShock Infinite
and Half-Life 2
as one of modern gaming's crowning achievements
. And while it's hard to disentangle plot from action, you don't have to buy a PS3 to experience it -- YouTube offers many filmic edits of the game, including this three-hour version of all relevant passages
And don't miss the 84-minute documentary
exploring every facet of its production. [more inside]
Sean Demory’s short story The Ballad of the Wayfaring Stranger and the Dead Man’s Whore
is built round the mythology and atmosphere of classic American murder ballads like Knoxville Girl
and In the Pines
. It spooked the bejaysus out of me, and may do the same for you…
The Moon is Rolling in Her Grave
is a video adaptation of the first chapter of the ongoing (since 2003) comic series "No Rest For The Wicked
" by Andrea L. Peterson, a fantasy / adventure / horror tale that takes traditional fairytales and turns them on their heads
: "Ms. Peterson uses, in conjunction with several more popular fables, folktales that you may have never even heard of. The entire plot actually centers around a little known Grimm fairytale called 'The Buried Moon', while also making reference to 'Red Riding Hood', 'Hansel & Gretel', 'The Girl Without Hands', 'The Boy Who Went Forth and Learned What Fear Was', and many MANY others." [more inside]
It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z
signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's
bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later
, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend.
From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London
(set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings"
) to the frenzied chaos of its climax
, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale
of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count
And while sequel 28 Weeks Later
with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions
failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences
in modern horror), and 28 Months
looks increasingly unlikely
, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games. [more inside]
"If Shirley Jackson’s intent was to symbolize into complete mystification, and at the same time be gratuitously disagreeable, she certainly succeeded" - The New Yorker takes a look at the over 300 letters in reaction to The Lottery
"I think a major change in zombie behavior in this was if something were to bite you, well, you're still fresh, you're still able to move quickly. But now you don't think about yourself. You only think about where's my next bite, where's my next takedown. And you will run as fast as you can because you're still healthy, and you'll lead with your teeth to take the next human down..." says
Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor of World War Z
, on the fast moving
zombies in the movie. [more inside]
Mr. Sardonicus is a horror film produced and directed by William Castle. It tells the story of Sardonicus, a man whose face becomes frozen in a horrifying grin while robbing his father's grave to obtain a winning lottery ticket. Castle cited the film in his memoir as one of his favorites to produce, and, with his reputation as the "king of gimmicks" to market his films, built the marketing for the film around the idea of the two possible endings.
Inseminoid Academic criticism of Inseminoid has concentrated on the film's treatment of the female sex and female sexualities in the context of corruption by an alien source. In addition to its depiction of the abject Sandy, who is rendered a distorted Other in the aftermath of her unnatural impregnation, the film has been seen to incorporate a clash between the patriarchal and the maternal towards its climax, as the would-be-mother eliminates her former friends one by one. [more inside]
When it comes to unappealing couples that have been featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Arch Hall Jr. and Marilyn Manning are near the top of the heap. Their appearance in Eegah
provided rich fodder for Joel and the bots. And yet, only one year after the release of Eegah
, Hall and Manning would find themselves together again in radically different roles. [more inside]
Cosas Feas (Nasty Stuff)
is a short, gooey Lovecraftian coming-of-age comedy by Mexican director Isaac Ezban. Its recomended for fans of Stuart Gordon and anyone who had an awkward childhood.
William Prince's short Click
is very simple little horror film about a bunch of kids, an abandoned building, and a light switch that you'd better watch before it gets dark. The short was a finalist in Popcorn Horror's Blood Games short film competition. You can view the other five finalists here
We Have Such Films To Show You
- Damned souls cortex
have been condemned to the infernal torment of watching all 10 Hellraiser movies, and wish to share their explorations of the further realms of experience with you in their new podcast. [via mefi projects
‘I am a phantasmagoric
maximalist. I like things to be overwhelmingly strange
and capacitous. I want what I write to live; it isn’t about
something, it is
something’— Michael Cisco
. [more inside]
Last year, a free indie horror game called Slender
, based on the Slender Man meme (previously)
, became moderately famous for being terrifying
despite its simplicity. Now, its creator has teamed up with the writers behind Marble Hornets
video series (previously, previouslier)
to create the sequel. Slender: The Arrival
is available for PC and Mac for $10, and promises a much bigger and more varied environment with better and scarier graphics, and an actual storyline that will take an average player "a few hours" to complete. There's a teaser trailer
showing off the moody new environments.
Down to a Sunless Sea
- a new short story by Neil Gaiman published by The Guardian as part of their series of Water stories
ripped it up, madly channeling the sordid specters of rock 'n roll's past while staying true to its psychedelic future, even when voxman Lux Interior was a lean 59 years old. The first show from their last-ever tour does nothing but prove it
. [more inside]
British horror writer James Herbert
of the modern classic of the genre The Rats
among many others. [more inside]