Category: Horror

“The Spore” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

The poster for The Spore gets an “A” for effort.  I like the use of art, but don’t think the poster excels at making me want to see the movie.  The trailer works for me though.  I plan to check out The Spore.

Lionsgate’s horror film THE SPORE will be arriving on Digital, on Demand and DVD November 9.

“Fleeing from civilization as a horrific plague ravages mankind. Meadow gets a lift from a stranger. When she sees that the driver is gruesomely infected, Meadow escapes and takes refuge in a cabin that’s abandoned…or is it? The apocalypse started days earlier when an evil spore, long dormant beneath an ancient ice field, was awakened by global warming. Now, as ten strangers try to evade the madness, some must succumb to the hideously mutating fungus and claim the survivors as their bitter prey.”

“Night Teeth” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

I can usually tell pretty quickly watching a trailer if it is going to be my kind of film.  Not so with Night Teeth.  I started out thinking it wasn’t going to be for me, but the more I watched the more I liked what I was seeing.  Night Teeth looks like Collateral with vampires.  I plan to go along for the ride.

Benny’s entire world is turned upside down after picking up two mysterious girls who expose him to a secret world he never knew existed. He is suddenly hurled into their cryptic underworld on a mission to save his city from dripping in blood.

“Invasion” – The 2nd Trailer is Here!

Invasion looks like it could be a fun ride.

We are not alone. Extraterrestrial beings have made their way to Earth from across the universe. Civilization could collapse. And survival is up to you. Feel what it’s like to live through an alien invasion starting October 22 on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_Invasion

Invasion follows a global cast – including Sam Neil, Golshifteh Farahani, Shamier Anderson, Billy Barrett, and Shioli Kutsuna – as they try to navigate a terrifying new reality infested by lethal aliens.

Song: “This Bitter Earth (Heavy Duty Remix)” by The Seshen

Black & White Classic Monsters in Color!

I know that there are many purists who think that colorizing ANY movie (especially classics) is terrible.  I’m of the mindset that as long as the originals are still available, why not colorize?  It may encourage younger viewers to watch and turn them on to the originals.  I know I’d be interested in seeing the black and white classic monsters in color… but I wouldn’t give up my dvd originals.

A collection of scenes from black and white horror classics, mostly Universal Monsters, colourized using the programs EbSynth, DeOldify and Photoshop.

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Nosferatu, Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Werewolf of London, Mad Love, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Music by Bernhard Herrmann from Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo.

Source: Patrick Zircher

Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

I’m looking forward to Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.  He’s assembled a great cast and has a feel for this type of film.  Don’t take my word for it.  Check out the poster above and the trailer below.  As for me, I’m heading for Nightmare Alley come December.

In NIGHTMARE ALLEY, an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, David Strathairn

The All-Time Best Movie Jump Scares!

Alex Riviello at /FIlm posted A Brief History Of The Horror Movie Jump Scare with excellent examples.  Before you click over, here are my five favorites from Riviello”s list plus three that didn’t make his list, but would have made mine.

Carrie.  I saw Carrie at a midnight movie when I was 18.  It was nearly 2am and it appeared the movie was done.  Remember this was in the days when happy endings were common (and jump scares at the end of movies were not). When the jump scare happened I came out of the seat and probably scared my date more than the jump scare.

The Descent.  The first part of The Descent sets up the horror of being underground in tightly enclosed spaces.  Finally they get to an area with some breathing room.  As they use the night vision glasses to see the best way to proceed we get the jump scare and it is great one!

Friday the 13th. I saw Friday the 13th for the first time on HBO and had no idea the jump scare was coming.  It was well after midnight.  I thought the end credits were getting ready to roll so I got up to to turn off the tv (no remote control in those prehistoric days).  As I stood in front of the tv the jump scare happened and it’s a miracle I didn’t wake up the entire apartment complex.

Psycho.  Hitchcock is the master of suspense.  He slowly builds tension as Detective Arbogast slowly goes up the big staircase.  He cuts to a door with a sliver of light and then back to Arbogast reaching the top of the stairs.  Hitch switches to an overhead shot of an old lady attacking with a knife!  Wha-what?  

Wait Until Dark.  I’m glad this one was included because it is one of the best jump scares.  Audrey Heburn plays a blind lady with two killers in her house.  I don’t want to give anything away.  Watch Wait Until Dark.  It’s an underrated gem.

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Here are three classic jump scares that would have made my list…

Exorcist III:  Late at night a nurse is checking on things.  The camera views her doing this from a distance.  As she walks across the hall we see someone (something) walking quickly behind her holding huge shears at her neck level.  Perfect set-up for this jump scare with the person in background called away and then back and away again.

Play Misty For Me. Clint Eastwood plays a popular DJ who had a one night stand with a woman. She becomes unhinged when he dumps her. The jump scare happens in a scene when Eastwood wakes up to find her in his bedroom. I saw this at a drive-in when I was 13 and I’ll admit that I jumped more than Clint Eastwood — and he came out of his bed!

Alien:  Dallas has a flamethrower and is looking for the alien.  His crew members are monitoring and telling Dallas the alien is close.  Dallas sees evidence of it but not the alien itself.  The crew continues to tell Dallas the alien is getting closer and finally they tell him to run… cue the jump scare!

 

Bram “Dracula” Stoker – Facts You May Not Know!

Almost everyone knows that Bram Stoker wrote one of the pillars of horror fiction, Dracula.  Brigit Katz at Mental Floss dug deeper and came up with 11 Enlightening Facts About Bram Stoker.  Before you click over, here are three of my favorites with my thoughts on each…

IT TOOK BRAM STOKER SEVEN YEARS TO WRITE DRACULA. (What’s interesting is he liked to say the story came to him in a dream after “a too-generous helping of dressed crab at supper.”  I’ll admit his version is more fun than the reality of seven years of writing, research and rewriting. – Craig)

DRACULA WAS ALMOST NAMED “COUNT WAMPYR.” (Count Wampyr!  C’mon, man, you know that sounds wimpy compared to Count Dracula.  Plus “DRACULA in Wallachian language means DEVIL.”  Thankfully Stoker changed his mind and went with Dracula! – Craig)

BRAM STOKER SENT FAN MAIL TO WALT WHITMAN. (Whitman responded and the two authors actually did meet three different times.  I love it when I learn trivia like this.  It makes both men seem more down to earth. – Craig)

All-Time Best Movies About the Devil!

Chad Collins at /Film came up with his list of The 13 Best Movies About The Devil Ranked.  Using just Collins’ list, here are my top five in alphabetical order with thoughts on each.

Curse of the Demon: is one of those films that gets better with each viewing.  I just watched it a couple of days ago and it never fails to entertain.  It’s scary without being gory and is more of a psychological thriller.  What if you don’t believe in the devil until you do… and it is too late!

The Devil’s Advocate:  I remember liking this one more than most folks.  Al Pacino as the devil with Keanu Reeves before his John Wick persona that could send the devil running for safety.  

The Exorcist:  Hands-down the scariest devil movie ever made.  Perhaps the scariest movie ever made.

Race with the Devil:  I saw this in a theater when it was first released and loved it.  “When you race with the devil, you better be faster than hell.”  

Rosemary’s Baby:  While Race with the Devil is all about action, speed and thrills, Rosemary’s Baby is slow increasing tension, fear and dread and is considered a classic in the genre.

Here are three that I would have included but didn’t make Collins’ list.

Angel Heart:  Robert Deniro plays Louis Cyphre in this stylish Alan Parker film.  Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Charlotte Rampling co-star.

Legend:  Tim Curry as the Devil?  Yep.  Tom Cruise as the hero in a Ridley Scott film.  How could this not make the list? 

All That Money Can Buy aka The Devil and Daniel Webster:  was made in 1941 and released under different titles depending on where it was playing.  Movies with the word “Devil” in the title didn’t do as well in the religious south.  A farmer makes a deal with the devil – he trades years of prosperity for his soul.  When the devil comes to collect, the great lawyer Daniel Webster takes him to court!

 

Kevin Wilson’s “Creature from the Black Lagoon” Alt Movie Poster!

To get the full beauty of Kevin Wilson’s Creature from the Black Lagoon print, you should click over to BottleneckGallery.com and see the larger version.  While you’re then you can even check out Wilson’s variant version.  I prefer the color one above, but your mileage may differ.  If you really dig the Creature from the Black Lagoon print, be advised that they go on sale today and there is a limited number available.

“Midnight Mass” – The Poster and Trailer are Here!

First off, bonus points to Midnight Mass for having a painted movie poster.  Check out the trailer and let me know, if like me, you plan to attend Midnight Mass.

This little island, so sleepy it might be dead. The isolated community on Crockett Island experiences miraculous events – and frightening omens – following the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. An original series from Mike Flanagan come to Netflix on September, 24th.

Watch Midnight Mass, only on Netflix.

From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan, MIDNIGHT MASS tells the tale of a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater). When Father Paul’s appearance on Crockett Island coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events, a renewed religious fervor takes hold of the community – but do these miracles come at a price?

The Best Alien Movies – Have You Seen Them?

Margaret David at /Film came up with her list of 20 Movies About Aliens That You Definitely Need To Watch.  Using just her list, here are my top five (in alphabetical order) and my thoughts on each.

10 Cloverfield Lane: I was glad to see 10 Cloverfield Lane make the list.  While it’s not the first movie to come to mind when most folks think of “alien” movies, it surely qualifies.  I love how it starts as one thing, turns into another and then ends up as a definite alien movie.  I need to see it again!

Alien NationAlien Nation is under-rated. If you haven’t seen it you should.  This is another one I need to rewatch.

Contact:  I’m a big fan!  Contact is another under-rated gem.  Plus Jodie Foster!

They Live: John Carpenter mixes a social message with alien overlords starring Roddy Piper and it works!

Thing, TheJohn Carpenter dared to remake the classic The Thing from Another World and in the process created what some consider his best movie.  I saw The Thing in a nearly empty theater on it’s initial theatrical release.  The Thing was not highly thought of at the time by most fans and critics, but has gone on to develop a following and is considered a classic in the genre.

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The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers didn’t make David’s list, but would have made mine and well ahead of the 1978 sequel (which did make her list).

The All-Time Best Zombie Movies!

Audrey Fox at /Film created her list of The 20 Best Zombie Movies Of All Time.  Using just her list here are my top five (in alpha order):

28 days later: Purists will argue that this isn’t a true zombie movie.  Instead of arguing, I’d just watch it again!

Dawn of the Dead (2004): Has one of the best opening scenes of any zombie movie (except for World War Z) and I love that Fox acknowledges that in her article!

Night of the Living Dead: The original by George Romero that kickstarted the zombie renaissance.

Overlord: Zombies and WW2 mash-up.  Another that some will argue isn’t a true zombie movie.  Again, I say, “Rewatch  instead of arguing.”

Train to Busan:  A modern classic.  More people should see this film!

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Some films on her list that didn’t make mine but are good: Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland and The Dead Don’t Die.  They’re funny and worth a view, but when the dead start to rise, I prefer scary to funny. (I still want to see Little Monsters!)

I haven’t seen Blood Quantum but want to.