Category: Horror

Steven King’s American Vampire

Steven King is going to write a five issue arc of Scott Snyder’s “American Vampire” series which is set to premiere in March of 2010.  The main character, Skinner Sweet, became a vampire in the days of the old west.  Skinner is a new breed of vampire and Steven King has made him a  “bottomless pit of evil”.

If this sounds like something you’d like, then let your local comic retailer know.  Until then, here’s the full article about Steven King and “American Vampire”.

Creepiest Lines in Cinema

Site map recently posted their choices for the 25 Creepiest Movie Lines in Cinema. You know me, so using just their choices here are my TOP TEN:

  • 10.  “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” — Psycho (1960)  Combine that line and Anthony Perkins’ stare and you’ve got Creeepy with a capital C.
  • “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”— The Silence of the Lambs (1991)  Follow that with Anthony Hopkins making a sucking sound and you’ll get goosebumps.
  • “I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply…evil.” — Halloween (1978) That line hints at the scares to come.
  • “I see dead people.” — The Sixth Sense (1999)  The catch phrase of that years
  • “It’s people! Soylent Green is made out of people! They’re making our food out of people…” —Soylent Green (1973)  Not just creepy, but shocking to the 14 year old seeing the movie for the first time.
  • I can’t lie to you about your chances, but…you have my sympathies” — Alien (1979) How can THAT line not creep you out?
  • “There’s nothing to be afraid of. They were right. It’s painless. It’s good. Come. Sleep.” — Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)  It was creepy to hear when I was twenty watching the remake in a theater, but even creepier when I was a little kid up way late watching the original presented on”Sammy Terry’s Nightmare Theater” on a little black and white tv!
  • “I want you to make a choice… Let the game begin.” — Saw (2004)  Yeah, and Ms. Streep thought she had a tough choice.
  • “They’re heeeeere!” — Poltergeist (1982) Hearing that makes the small hair on the back of your neck stand on end.
  • “Have you checked the children?” — When a Stranger Calls (1979) That line creeped me out years before I had kids.

Lists are subjective, but how did my favorite creepy line, “They’re coming to get you, Barbara!” not make the cut?

“Shutter Island” Trailer 2

I’ve been singing the praises of Dennis Lehanne’s novel, Shutter Island for years. Publisher’s Weekly said it best: Shutter Island “carries an ending so shocking yet so faithful to what has come before, that it will go down as one of the most aesthetically right resolutions ever written.”

With Martin Scorsese directing a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley, each step closer to the premiere has me thinking that the movie will live up to the book’s excellence.  This new trailer is even more evidence that we’re going to be in for a great couple of hours.

“The Crazies” Ain’t Bad

That’s the poster for the remake of George Romero’s “The Crazies”. While I’m a HUGE fan of Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”, I felt that “The Crazies” wasn’t in the same league. The idea did have a lot of potential though, so I’m hoping that the remake will be even better. As for the poster, it ain’t bad. Let’s hope we can say the same thing about the movie.

Paul Gulacy Week: Day 3

PAUL GULACY WEEK: DAY 3 brings us the scan of the first Paul Gulacy pencil sketch that I ever owned.  I can’t tell you how excited I was to get it.  At the time, and you have to remember this was about 150 years before the birth of the internet, original art and sketches by comic book artists were as hard to come by as a health care plan acceptable to both parties.  But I digress…

Tomorrow we’ll see more of Paul’s pencils in a piece from 1975.

Paul Gulacy Week: Day 2

PAUL GULACY WEEK: DAY TWO and we have Paul’s frontpiece to issue 10 of Marvel’s Vampire Tales magazine cover dated April 1975 Paul provided the pencils and Duffy Vohland the inks for their rendition of Morbius

Tomorrow I’ll share a scan of a pencil sketch of Morbius and a victim that was the first Paul Gulacy sketch that I ever owned.  In fact, if I dig deep enough into the vault, I should be able to find the inked version that John Beatty did for stationary that I used when I regularly bought and sold original art back in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

“Plan 9” on 09.09.09

What are the odds that on 09.09.09 that I’d post about a movie called Plan 9?   Surprisingly, I’m not talking about Ed Wood’s cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Although some have called Plan 9 from Outer Space the worst movie ever made, I’m more in the camp of it’s so bad, it’s good.   Anyone that says Plan 9 from Outer Space [written and directed by Ed Wood, starring Bela Lugosi in his last role, Tor Johnson and Vampira] is the worst ever made must not have seen Highlander 2 or Seven Pounds or anything starring Carrot Top.

Anyway… if I’m not talking about Plan 9 from Outer Space what am I talking about?

I’m glad you asked.

Apparently there is a reboot of the original Plan 9 from Outer Space in the works.  No, I’m not kidding.  Check out this trailer for Plan 9 and then pop back.

So what did you think?  Me?  Actually, I kind of liked it.  Well, up until that fireball came out of the sky and hovered over the little girl.  It was cool how they had Criswell’s opening playing on the radio as the zombies were attacking everyone.  I’m thinking the remake could work as a low budget drive-in type movie.

Here’s a link to the Plan 9 website.  This will be one to keep an eye on.