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10 Bone-Chilling Urban Legends

Gregory Myers at ListVerse presents 10 Bone-Chilling Urban Legends.

You won’t find an escaped con with a hook for a hand, but there are more than a few scary stories.  My favorite of the urban legends presented is Chilling Discovery.

So lights on, or lights off?

Z-Nation: “This is an Extinction-Scale Event…”

“This is an extinction-scale event.  The president is dead.”

Those are the first two sentences you hear in the trailer to Z Nation  which premieres in September on the SyFy Channel.

While it’s true that I’m skeptical of anything brought to us from the folks behind Sharknado, the trailer does look promising.  Let me warn you before you watch the Z Nation  trailer below, there is typical zombie movie gore.  So give the trailer a view and let me know your thoughts.

“Curse of the Werewolf” is the Best…

As a kid the wolf man was always my favorite monster.  This is interesting because werewolf movies weren’t [and aren't] my favorite monster movies.  Perhaps it was because the wolf man was a victim and easier to relate to than an undead vampire, a monster made of corpses or a fishman.

Ah, but I digress…

So the wolf man was always my favorite monster.  The Curse of the Werewolf  was [and remains] my favorite werewolf movie.  I agree with everything John Landis has to say about The Curse of the Werewolf  and would only add that the design of the wolf man for Curse of the Werewolf  has never been topped.

Behind the Scenes on Set with Director George Romero

Recently Vic’s Movie Den posted On the Set – Director George Romero.  The piece contains a bunch of behind the scenes photos and video of, you guessed it, George Romero (and others) on the set of Romero’s movies.  It’s well worth a look for all Romero, and zombie fans.

“Walking Dead” Season 5 Trailer

Did you dig the Walking Dead  Season 5 Trailer that was shown at Comic Con?

Yeah, me too!

“Horns” Premieres October 31st

I like this poster for Horns.

Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe will premiere on October 31, 2014, and is based on the fan-favorite novel by Joe Hill.

If you’d like to see a bigger version of the poster, you can, thanks to ComingSoon.

Salem’s Lot: The Ultimate In Terror

When I saw this poster for Salem’s Lot  it brought back a lot of memories.  Released as a 3 hour television mini-series in 1979, Salem’s Lot  was one of the last tv events that you had to be in front of the set when it aired if you wanted to see it.  Remember, this was in the pre-VCR (anyone remember those) days.

I was excited about the mini-series since I’d read and enjoyed Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot.  The mini-series was well done and lived up to expectations.  I still can see that kid vampire floating outside a second story window asking to be let in… CREEPY!

Source: Dr. Horror Geek.

 

Which “Walking Dead” Survivor Are You?

The Zombie Apocalypse is coming.

What will it reveal about your true character?  Will you become a leader, a follower, someone who takes advantage of the weak, or a zombie’s lunch?

As the sign says if you take the quiz Which Walking Dead Survivor Are You? there could be spoilers…

For the record… I got Rick.

Source: Buzzfeed.

Every Stephen King Movie & TV Show in Development

Stephen King.

King is one of the world’s most successful writers… not only at getting his books published and into the hands of his millions of fans, but also at getting his novels adapted into movies and television events.

Den of Geek recently posted a list of Every Stephen King Movie and TV Show in Development.

There’s a lot of potentially fun/good stuff on the list.  Here are my top five (in no particular order:

11/22/63

The premise of this show is as Stephen King as it gets: a guy must go back in time and stop the Kennedy assassination. Anyone who’s familiar with The Dark Tower series andThe Dead Zone will recognize a recurring theme: altering the past before it affects the future.

In 11/22/63, a guy named Jake steps through a pantry that magically transports him back to 1958 — plenty of time to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing the President. As expected, Jake discovers on his journey that some things are better left in the past.

J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot production company has acquired the rights to adapt this novel into a TV show. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) was working on the script, but he dropped out over disagreements on the direction the show should take. Bummer.

Cell

This is King’s big zombie story. He’s written a couple of other short stories, including the great “Home Delivery” from Nightmares & Dreamscapes, but this is the one he will be remembered for. The zombies in Cell aren’t your typical brain-eating monsters. Instead, it’s a strange cell phone signal from an unknown source that turns most of humanity into a zombie hive mind, whose goal is to turn the remaining humans into zombies. Sure, it’s all chaos at first, but the monsters begin to organize in a weird way, kind of like in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead.

Eli Roth (Hostel) talked about adapting this novel into a feature film a few years back, but that didn’t happen. Instead, it’s currently in production eyeing a 2015 release. It stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Owen Teague. The film will be directed by Todd “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2), with King and Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left remake) writing the screenplay.

The Dark Tower

If there was a Stephen King cinematic universe, The Dark Tower would undoubtedly be its Avengers. The series of books ties most of King’s book together in a very large web of monsters, magic, and alternate timelines. Inspired by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and spaghetti westerns, King created the anthem of all geekdom. The books are full of magic, gunslingers, sorcerors, battles on horseback, time-travel portals, evil A.I., vampires, demons, werewolves, and giant parasite-infested robotic bears. Why haven’t they made a movie already?

Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) has been trying to make this movie for years. At one point, he even tapped Javier Bardem for the lead role of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who must travel to the eponymous Dark Tower in order to stop the Crimson King from tearing fabric of reality apart.

Now it looks like Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) might play the role of Roland along with Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) in an unspecified role. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) has also met with Howard about a part. Writer Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazen, both ofA Beautiful Mind fame, are also attached to move this adaptation along.

The big problem is getting a studio to finance such an ambitious project. The idea includes film and TV series that would tell the entire story in the most faithful way possible. Universal almost bought into it at one point and HBO had the television rights. Now it’s rumored that Media Rights Capital will produce the film. Who knows anymore.

 

The Shop

Remember when I mentioned that whole business about how cool it would be to start movie franchise revolving around The Shop? Well, they’re getting their own TV series thanks to TNT. What is in it’s most basic form a sequel to Firestarter, will undoubtedly branch out to tell other Shop stories involving new characters with supernatural powers.

Charlie McGee will be back, once again running from an even more powerful Shop. Luckily, she’ll have a guy named Henry Talbot, a former Shop employee, to guide her through her life as a fugitive.

The project is written by Robbie Thompson (Supernatural) and produced by James Middleton (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jaime Paglia (Eureka) and Thompson.

The Stand

A superflu called “Captain Trips” wipes out most of the world’s population in King’s mangum opus. It’s all about surviving the apocalypse for the main characters in this monstrous novel. But it’s not just a pandemic the survivors have to worry about. There’s real evil out there. Enter Randall Flagg, the most notorious villain in the King universe. The evil wizard hippie dude has shown up in many of King’s books and stories to f*** things up for the main characters. But The Stand is the best of those books, a true examination of good and evil.

Josh Boone is directing and writing this one, too. Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), who has already worked with Boone, is rumored to be in the cast. The film would be a 3-hour movie adaptation — plenty of room, but it probably won’t be as expansive as the 1994 TV series.

Will You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

It’s been a while since we did a quiz… so, let’s see how well we would survive the zombie apocalypse.

Let me rephrase that, Will You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

See, I’ve already taken the quiz and I’m going to easily survive.  I’m hoping the best for you.

Really, I am.

11 Facts About Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery  is considered a modern horror masterpiece.  Surprisingly when it was first published reader reaction was far from universally positive.

Here are 11 Facts About Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” that may surprise you.

 

Source: Mental Floss.

 

16 Truly Terrifying Super-Short Stories

Do you like scary stories, but don’t have a lot of time to read?

Perfect.

Here are 16 Truly Terrifying Super-Short Stories that are more than worth the time it takes to read ‘em.

Source: Buzzfeed.

Z-View: The Crow Pestilence #3

The Crow: Pestilence #3 is published by IDW.

Writer: Frank Bill

Artist: Drew Moss

Colorist: Oliver Lee Arce

Cover Shown: James O’Barr

Salvador heads to the Midwest to search for the men who murdered his family, only to find them involved in trafficking drugs…and humans. As The Crow watches, guiding him, he begins to exact his revenge. But why is one of the gang members speaking with the police?

 

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The Good

  • J. O’Barr‘s cover.
  • Frank Bill throws in a surprise on the last page that really sets up the next issue.
  • Drew Moss’ art.

The Bad:

  • Some people will be put off by the violence and profanity.
  • Bill fleshes out the supporting cast but I want to see more of Salvador [The Crow].

The Ugly:

  • The Crow is a violent comic but this issue is especially rough.

The Crow: Pestilence #3  is a comic for mature audiences due to violence and language.  

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Top 26 Horror Films of All Time

Recently Hollywood.com posted their choices for the Top 26 Horror Films of All Time.

Their list isn’t a bad one.  I’ve seen 22 of the 26 films.  Of the four I’ve not yet seen yet [Let the Right One In / Eyes without a Face / Rec / and The Blair Witch Project ], the one I want to see most is Let the Right One In. [I have it cued on Netflix!]

I’ve posted images of my five favorites of the 22 that I have seen.  Can you name the five? [Answers below]

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Night of the Living Dead, 28 days later, The Exorcist, Carrie and The Birds.