There’s been a lot of talk lately about the new British shock series ‘True Horror’. It’s always interesting when we hear that the more horrific elements of a true story were not the ones dramatized for its adaptation. Here’s what The Daily Star said about the new series detailing the supernatural events surrounding painter Bill Rich and his family and their harrowing experiences that took place in the 90s.
“The place was rumoured to be haunted following tales that a witches’ coven had held rituals there.
Within weeks, their farm animals died for no reason, their pets went mad, unexplained power surges sent their electricity bills sky-high and visitors thought they were being watched.
But things took a more sinister turn when the spectre of an elderly woman,dark, shadowy, hooded even a seven-foot spook with the head of a bird appeared.
Bill started creating very dark and disturbing paintings and at one point contemplated self-harm.
He was blamed for opening himself up to the devil by a local Baptist minister who warned: “The spirits won’t leave until you want them to.”
How can we NOT fall instantly in love with these Fisher Price Adventure People Killers figures?!?!? A line including these ADORABLE figures of Jason, Freddy, Leatherface and more is the brainchild of graphic artist and illustrator Phil Postma? The rub? Well, as of right now they technically don’t exist. A mix of illustration and graphic design these figures are purely just hangin out in the ether until someone hears my cries for help and makes then a reality. So please, someone, TAKE MY MONEY!!! go here for the full story and lineup
I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s. Born in ’75 I remember Famous Monsters of Filmland, awesome used bookstores, my cousins Kiss collection and midnight movies. In those pre-internet days fans had to scramble to feed their horror/sci-fi addictions and anything that appealed to our interests became the holy grail of our existence. This trailer for Kevin Doherty’s book encapsulates everything I remember about my own chlidhood and I for one will be pouring over this one, cover-to-cover! It is also currently available on Amazon
Horrormania '79: Memoirs of a Ten Year Old Horror Fan Book Trailer - YouTube
Hereford Films, the London-based production outfit best known for its stylish and crowd-pleasing urban thrillers (We Still Kill the Old Way; Vendetta) has unveiled striking key art for the first title under its brand new Hereford Horror banner: the US-set, Blumhouse-style supernatural shocker, AURA. The film is due for release in the UK and USA in August by 4Digital Media and Sony Home Entertainment respectively.
In AURA, Mitch Walker and his pregnant wife Diane look to start a new life in the home he has inherited from his late uncle; a decision resented by his mother, who is convinced that no good can come from a house that harbors such a dark history. In her childhood, Mitch’s sister Karen suffered a horrifying trauma inside the house that changed her life forever, causing her to be institutionalized in a near-catatonic state. With the blame placed on her uncle, the family was never the same again. In a bid to heal the wounds of the past, Mitch brings Karen home, but soon discovers that her condition is the result of an evil force that has possessed her for most of her life. Working with local clairvoyant Ada, Mitch is thrust into battle with a terrifying demonic presence. Facing insurmountable odds, he must uncover the truth buried within the house and find the key – an old camera designed for Kirlian photography (the practice of capturing a subject’s ‘aura’) – that may save his sister’s life.
Written and directed by Steve Lawson, AURA stars Shane Taylor (HBO’s Band of Brothers), Rula Lenska (Coronation Street; Inside No. 9), Denise Moreno (Demons & Doors) and stunning newcomer Janine Nerissa (The Krays: Dead Man Walking). Producers are Jonathan Sothcott (Eat Local) and Richard Watts-Joyce. Director of Photography is Richard John Taylor.
Hereford Films’ exciting 2018 slate is loaded with forthcoming additions to the Hereford Horror label, including PENTAGRAM, which is set to shoot in May, and TORMENTED and DEMONICUS in the summer.
Hereford Films CEO Jonathan Sothcott commented: “We are incredibly proud of Aura; it’s a terrific horror movie and we believe it will give us the momentum to become a major player in the genre. I don’t believe there has ever been a horror story brought to the screen that revolves around Kirlian photography, so what we have is a truly unique concept, and one that I’ve wanted to turn into a movie for years. It’s certainly a rare feat to find something that’s never been done before, especially in horror, and I’m very pleased to present Aura this summer. It delivers, and we’re already working on a sequel.”
Drawing influence from the likes of Blumhouse and the legendary Hammer, Hereford Films aims to produce six horror pictures per year.
Mainstream Hollywood seems to be full of head scratchers these days. As recently as this past August original Gremlins scribe Chis Columbus was saying that the third entry, one that he toted as being incredibly dark, would indeed be a return to the original franchise and serve as a much welcomed official sequel to the first two films. Original series star Zach Galligan took to the web lobbying for the film and it seemed as though the fans had been heard and we were getting a tried and true Gremlins film…well, until this week.
Suddenly interview snippets were hitting the web detailing a 180 from creator Columbus who now says the film will most likely be “a full reboot”. Looks like somebody in the bowels of the Hollywood shit machine with their finger so far off the the pulse that it stopped sharing zip codes with reality started writing some checks.
Strange that Columbus was singing such a different tune just months ago when the writer was telling the press that the script was not only done, but how happy he was with it.
Let’s face it, with the exception of about everything that comes out of the House of Mouse of these days, Hollywood has been greenlighting a ton of misfires from the latest 3D Transformers where Optimus Prime turns into a great big golden space vibrator to the latest John McClane adventure where he smacks the shit out of everybody else in line at the Social Security office. There’s a lot of potential green in it for the studio who sees the value in reuniting the fans with the original cast in a true to form Gremlins movie. Let’s hope that the right idea sneaks its way past the brass and we don’t get another Ghostbuster fiasco…
So Tuesday just keeps getting better and better. We see a lot of mashups where one universe bleeds into another. usually these are just fan edits of pre-existing footage. But a short original film where Pennwise, Jason Todd, the Joker and Nightwing share a universe together?!?!?! Well, color me happy as today we bring you Redhood IT from filmmakers Hisonni Johnson and Alberto Triana.
Johnson and Triana not only manage to give us one of the most memorable crossovers we have seen in a while but they do it with some masterful storytelling and impressive filmmaking on top of it. Watch the full 16 minute short below!
The film “Abrakadabra”, directed by brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti, will debut on May 12th at Cannes Film Festival. It has been one of the 7 films selected to participate in the “Upcoming Fantastic Films” section of Blood Window.
“Abrakadabra” is the fourth film by the Onetti brothers and closes the “giallo” trilogy that began with “Sonno Profondo” (2013) and “Francesca” (2015).
“Dante, The Great”, a prestigious magician, accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later his son Lorenzo, also a magician, presents a magic show in one of the most important theaters in the city. From then on, a series of murders will begin to take place and will attempt to incriminate him. Lorenzo must discover who and why seeks to involve him before it is too late…
“Abrakadabra” is starred by Germán Baudino (“What the Waters Left Behind”, “2/11 Day of the Dead”) y María Eugenia Rigón (“Deadpoint”), and also starring Clara Kovacic (“I am So, Tita from Buenos Aires”, “Jasmine”), Ivi Brickell (“Until it happens”, “Parasomnia”), Gustavo D´Alessandro (“Francesca”), Raúl Gederlini (“Francesca”) y Pablo Vilela (“Giants of Mexico”).
Countries: Argentina / New Zealand
Directors: Luciano and Nicolás Onetti
Script: Carlos Goitia, Luciano Onetti and Nicolás Onetti
Producers: Nicolás Onetti and Carlos Goitia
Editor: Luciano Onetti
Music: Luciano Onetti
Director of Photography: Carlos Goitia
Art Director: Paola Tolosa
Costume Designer: Taz Pereyra
FX Designer / Make-Up Artist: Florencia Ollé
Assitant Directors: Diego Savignano and Matías Salinas
Production Manager: Neri Lauría
Executive Producers: Michael Kraetzer and María Paula Ríos
Associate Producer: Pablo Guisa Koestinger
Production Companies: Black Mandala and Guante Negro Films
Cast: Germán Baudino, María Eugenia Rigón, Clara Kovacic, Ivi Brickell, Gustavo D´Alessandro, Raúl Gedrlini, Pablo Vilela, Alejandro Troman, Lucía Galizio, Abel Gianonni, Camilo Levigne, Luz Champané, Claudio Rusiecky, Francisco Lacelli, Martín Sánchez, Fernando Marcilese, Victoria Sayavedra, Ismael Andrada, José Luis Rodríguez, Miguel López, Belen Díaz, Yanina Lojo, Sandra Navarrete, Yamila Embil, Juan María Onetti, Idiel Idiaquez, Juana Perez Cachenaut, Emiliano Lagos, Dora Fernandez Seixo, Malena Pardeilhan, Chavela Morales, Lila Goitia, Melanie Málaga, Sofía Garay, Samuel Vilela, Claudio Vilela, Martín Canaliccio, Lorién Pabese, Mariana Fittipaldi, Cristina Tolosa, Florencia Germondari, Juan Gil, Ludmila Chiodi.
Crew: Neri Lauría (Production Manager), Dai Gallardo and Evangelina Goitia (Production Assistants), Diego Savignano and Matías Salinas (Assistant Directors), Pablo Vilela (Director of Actors), Paola Tolosa (Art Director), Mariana Lupo, Facundo Ribeiro and Ivan Escudero (Assistants Art), Taz Pereyra (Costume Designer), Carlos Goitia (Director of Photography and Camera Operator), Emmanuel Medina (Gaffer), Pocho Mandagarán (Best Boy Electric), Mai Preciado (Still Photographer), Pol Lozano and Miguel Merlos (Assistants Camera), Florencia Ollé (FX Designer and Make-Up Artist), Emilia Ollé and Sabrina Toledo (Hair Stylists), Cristina García (Make-Up Assistant), Lucho Martínez (Graphic Artist), Magic Effects Assistance (Maxi Chávez).
As much as I try to focus on just horror movies, the possibility of real life bumps in the night has always intrigued me. Argentina seems to definitely get its fair share of the weird. First there was gnomesquatch (watch both videos below for some ultimate shake yer groove thing gnome action) and now this beastie. The NY Post reported on this one after the alleged nasty was photographed just after two neighborhood dogs were reportedly killed by it. From the original article:
“A mysterious “half human, half animal” creature has been caught on camera after it was said to have savaged two dogs.
The beast is reported to have been spotted prowling through the streets of Santa Fe, Argentina.
The photo was taken after it was said to have butchered a German shepherd and a pit bull.
Some locals likened the creature to a camel because of its long neck and small head.”
2010’s premiere of The Walking Dead set a new standard for horror tv. Viewers were introduced to a world ripped form the pages of a comic book that had warmth, depth and surprisingly a LOT of gore for a mainstream series. The show, which has undoubtedly had its fair share of ups and downs over the course of its 8 seasons was many audiences first glimpse of just how the epic premise of a world ravaged by the undead worked on the small screen. In fact, it now seems as though it was tailor made for just that. TWD, for all its ground-breaking, wasn’t the first to cut their teeth on the idea. In all fairness, our brothers across the pond already had all the kinks worked out.
In 2008 UK’s E4 launched a five part series called Dead Set that was ambitious, brilliant, and chock full of a whole bunch of glistening, gory meta. The idea was ripe for its time: The cast of Big Brother, sheltered from the outside world, is unknowingly trapped in the center of the zombie apocalypse. And yes, its THAT Big Brother. Part of Great Britain’s INSANELY popular reality show was that the contestants were unable to communicate with the outside world, a fact that made the ensuing madness STRANGELY convenient. The show follows members of the show’s production crew as well as the cast as they fight for survival. Dead Set was relevant, at times moving in the portrayal of its characters AND EXTREMELY gory; most of the elements that TWD has been praised for. Although the show only ran for 5 episodes it set a high bar that unfortunately went largely overlooked. For those wanting to experience the ground-breaking series in its entirety it is current;uy available on Netflix.
I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Alice Cooper. Its not easy for an artist to constantly reinvent themselves while still retaining the core of what appealed to their fans in the first place. In that sense Cooper has always had a pretty good handle on the industry, what he represents as a performer and how to separate the two. In a recent interview with Loudwire, Cooper talked about which performers were able to strike that balance and represent rock and roll and horror at the same time. Cooper’s ‘Constrictor’ and ‘Raise Your Fist and Yell’ both had some big impact on me when I was a young horror fan so I for one enjoyed this. Watch the interview below!
Alice Cooper: 'Evil Bands' + Marilyn Manson Religious Talks - YouTube