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Scary vs. Gorey

Posted by Horror Grinder on January 8, 2013

I love scary movies and I love blood and guts and severed heads and tangled up intestines everywhere. I guess tangled-up intestines are kind of the same thing as guts, but, wow, do I love grisly gore. It seems like older horror movies often focused more on the psychology of how horrifying a situation or act was and newer horror movies put more attention into convincingly showing every stab and every spurting artery on camera. For example, especially when you factor in what audiences of the time were used to, Last House on the Left was really shocking in 1972. It’s slogan was “To avoid fainting, keep repeating it’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie.” Most of the most horrible events in the movie, you hear the suffering, but you can’t really see what is going on. By contrast, the 2009 version seems to be shot somehow higher quality, partly just due to the technology of modern cinematography. To my modern eyes, the color palette is more pleasing in the 2009 Last House on the Left. More of the gruesome parts are visible, although they could still go more extreme with that, for my taste. But the new one somehow loses some of the aura of menace, while at the same time vastly improving special effects and general overall look. Partly I suppose Aaron Paul just didn’t seem very scary to begin with and he already seemed like a tragic hero to anyone who had seen him play Jesse in Breaking Bad. You can research more about both the 1972 film version and the more recent 2009 remake at Wikipedia and you can read a bit about Last House on the Left distribution channels for horror at Blue Blood.

Horror special effects definitely have come a long way since the seventies. Now though, the special effects are, not to sound ironic, to die for. Trust me, if the quality of movies were still the same as they were a few decades ago, you can bet that I wouldn’t drop what I was doing over at http://www.partybingo.com just to watch some crappy special effects, and acting that we will just label as sub-par. Thank god though, that isn’t the case! To prove my point, just go watch one of the many (I think there are eight) movies in the Saw series, or if you are really up for some cringing, then watch Hostel.

So, in conclusion, I’ll watch the seventies movies for the acting and the newer ones for the special effects, but the special effects really have to be pretty impressive. I’m thinking about going to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. I figure, even if the acting is all Disney Channel, the special effects on that have to be worth a theater ticket.

Exclusive Clip from truTV’s Fake Off Recreates Iconic Horror Moments

Posted by Debi Moore on October 25, 2014

truTVWith Halloween drawing ever closer, all sorts of people are getting in touch regarding their horror-themed projects, and the latest goodie to land in our inbox is an exclusive clip from truTV’s “Fake Off” featuring “Kristef Strikes Back,” a four-member comedy acrobatics team from Vegas, in which they get in touch with their dark sides.

Formed by Kristofer Saly and Stefan Liden (i.e., Kristef), the troupe combines comedy and acrobatics in a totally unique way.

Born into circus families and friends since they were 6 years old, Kris and Stefan seem born to do hand-balancing and other acrobatic feats. As a duo they’ve traveled the world, but for “Fake Off” they’ve doubled in size to include Jacky, Kris’ fiancée, and Faegann. So performing with “girls” will be a Kristef first. The team has also never performed with props, nor worked within a particular theme. And it could be a challenge for Stefan’s strong body to embrace storytelling. But the entire team is ready for anything “Fake Off” can throw at them.

And what exactly is “Fake Off”? It’s an original performance competition series hosted by Rob Hoffman (Step Up 2) with judges Harry Shum Jr. (“Glee,” “The LXD”), Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the mega-group TLC, and world renowned visual and concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway’s The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil’s Love).

You can watch the premiere of “Fake Off” on Monday, October 27th, 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on truTV. Check out our exclusive clip below, and to learn more about Kristef and all the other talented teams, visit truTV.com.

Team Kristef Strikes Back on truTV's Fake Off

The art of “faking “is the combination of theatre, dance, acrobatics, illusion, black light, shadow puppetry, and performance technologies to tell a story. Think Cirque du Soleil meets “America’s Got Talent.” Each week, the performance teams are challenged to create a totally original act that reimagines a theme or moment in pop culture to wow the audience and the judges to see who’s got truly got the skills and imagination to be named America’s “Fake Off” Champions.

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Previews and Synopses for Grimm Ep. 4.02 – Octopus Head and Constantine Ep. 1.02 – The Darkness Beneath

Posted by Debi Moore on October 25, 2014

NBC TV Network“Friday Fright Nights” are back on NBC, and we’d love to hear what you think of the pairing of “Grimm” with “Constantine.” We still haven’t watched the new eps yet, but if you’re ready to look ahead to next week, here are the previews and synopses of the former’s Episode 4.02, “Octopus Head,” and the latter’s Episode 1.02, “The Darkness Beneath.”

As an extra bonus the network also released a sneak peek of “Constantine” that introduces us to new character Zed Martin.

“Grimm” Episode 4.02 – “Octopus Head” (10/31/14; 9-10pm)
AN UNFORGETTABLE WESEN CONTINUES HIS PATH OF DESTRUCTION AS HE SETS HIS SIGHTS ON TRUBEL — ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, LOUISE LOMBARD, ALEXIS DENISOF, AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR — As Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) turn their attention to a string of attacks where victims are left without their memories, Nick weighs whether or not he should regain his Grimm abilities. Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) joins the investigation and puts herself in harm’s way.

In Vienna, Adalind (Claire Coffee) is being held captive and learns that she is more connected than ever to Nick. Meanwhile, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) continues to fight for his life as a mysterious visitor (guest star Louise Lombard) arrives to help him.

Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, and Bree Turner also star. Phillip Anthony Rodriguez and Brian Letscher also guest star.

For more info visit “Grimm” on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, “like” “Grimm” on Facebook, and follow “Grimm” on Twitter.

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“Constantine” Episode 1.02 – “The Darkness Beneath” (10/31/14; 10-11pm)
AN ANCIENT SPIRIT TORMENTS A PENNSYLVANIA MINING TOWN — JAMES LEGROS GUEST STARS — Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John (Matt Ryan) is a small mining community’s only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John finds a vital new ally in a mysterious young woman named Zed (Angélica Celaya).

Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.

For the latest news, like “Constantine” on Facebook and follow “Constantine” on Twitter.

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Video Nasty (Comic)

Posted by Gareth Jones on October 25, 2014

Mario Covone's Video NastyWritten by Mario Covone

Art by Vasilis Logios

Colours by Sam Palmer

Available from MarioCovone.com


It’s 1983, and the sleepy Midlands town of Kettering, England, is rocked by a savage murder in the local park at the beginning of Mario Covone’s six-issue comic series Video Nasty. Drafted in to investigate is inspector David Gorley, who finds himself pressured into linking the grotesque incident with the growing popularity of horror films – dubbed ‘Video Nasties’ by the media at the time – by his politically-motivated Chief Constable.

Disbelieving of the link between film and real-life violence, Gorley sets about immersing himself in the sadistic material lining VHS rental shelves, soon drawing a disturbing parallel between the increasing number of brutal slayings plaguing the town and scenes from various horror movies. As the bodies pile up without a corresponding increase in evidence, the situation becomes ever more dire for Gorley – but is the killer really just a blood-crazed man in a demonic suit or something much more sinister?

On a base level, Covone’s Video Nasty is a simple ‘whodunnit?’ tale, with our desperate inspector moving from crime scene to crime scene, anxious to get to the bottom of the killings while the story continues to throw the requisite red herrings and hints at the reader. Covone sets up a few nice kill sequences mirroring various ‘nasties’ of the time, especially one related to Ruggero Deodato’s infamous Cannibal Holocaust.

Thrown into the investigation are various side characters, including the local Neo-Nazi gang leader and the horror-loving video rental clerk, though few are particularly well developed. Most rounded of the supporting characters is B-movie director Alan Derry – desperate to protect his filmmaking career, he rather naively offers himself up to the media as a voice of reason, only to be summarily dragged through the mud amidst the anti-horror fervour of the era, much to his chagrin. The final revelation of the killer’s identity and motivations feels rather too abrupt and expository, also, even for the more dialogue-driven format.

Underneath the simplistic nature of the story itself, though, lies Covone’s astute tackling of the mentality of the times: career politicians and those seeking to ride on their coattails playing an easy media-fuelled blame game as distraction in order to win over the very hearts and minds that they were, on the other face, riding roughshod over. The cards are on the table quite early, with initial reactions to the first murder on the news including one local man pointing the finger squarely at “all these bloody immigrants” – an ignorant accusation that makes as much sense as the assertion levelled at horror movies that immediately follows it. It’s a story that focuses on this use of distraction for means of varying degrees of manipulation and evil, and it does it very well.

The panel art by Vasilis Logios is suitably low-key and grim, matching the written material with a style that hearkens nicely to the historical setting, sporting some excellent full-page images such as Issue #1’s victim pausing at the entrance to the park while his stalker approaches from behind. Cover art for each issue by Graham Humphries is excellent – visceral, evocative, and a perfect draw for horror fans.

As an independent release, Video Nasty is a clear success for Covone and Co. With Series 2 having been announced, here’s hoping that the writing truly finds its stride, rounding out the characters a little more and avoiding the uncomfortably abrupt blast of a climax that sees this first turn for the theme fall just short of excellence, but remain well worth picking up.

 

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Believe In this Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 10.04 – Paper Moon

Posted by Debi Moore on October 24, 2014

Supernatural Season 10As this new sneak peek of next Tuesday night’s Episode 10.04 of “Supernatural,” entitled “Paper Moon,” indicates, our boys are embarking on a very familiar hunt.  Good thing, too, since Dean is no doubt still getting his bearings after being un-Deanmonized.

“Supernatural” Episode 10.04 – “Paper Moon” (airs 10/28/14)
WEREWOLF KATE RETURNS — A recent string of werewolf attacks points to a surprising culprit – Kate (guest star Britni Sheridan), the werewolf Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) let live. Jeannot Szwarc directed the episode written by Adam Glass.

For more info visit “Supernatural” on cwtv.com, “like” “Supernatural” on Facebook, and follow @CW_spn on Twitter.

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Davina’s in Charge of this Second Clip from The Originals Episode 2.04 – Live and Let Die

Posted by Debi Moore on October 24, 2014

originalssA second sneak peek of “The Originals”  Episode 2.04, “Live and Let Die,” has arrived; and just like the first, this one focuses on Mikael and Davina.  She may be in charge now… but how long can that last?

Want more? The CW also just released a new Producers’ Preview of the ep, in which executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci talk about the chess game going in on New Orleans.

“The Originals” Episode 2.04 – “Live and Let Die” (airs 10/27/14)
A HIDEOUT IN THE WOODS — Knowing that it’s only a matter of time before Klaus (Joseph Morgan) comes after them, Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) to her family cabin in the woods. When Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) gets a tip that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) is recruiting young, unsuspecting teenagers in order to build a werewolf army, she enlists the help of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) to rescue the group.

After Cami (Leah Pipes) inadvertently lets Klaus in on Davina’s whereabouts, she tags along in an attempt to truly understand the deeply rooted hatred he has for his parents. At his mother’s urging, Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) seeks out Davina in order to locate the missing white oak stake and is caught off guard when he has a dangerous encounter at the cabin.

Lastly, Josh (guest star Steven Kruger), who continues to struggle with his vampire identity, opens up to an unexpected ally. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

For more info visit “The Originals” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Originals” on Facebook, and follow “The Originals” on Twitter.

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Cary Elwes Reflects on 10 Years of Saw

Posted by Steve Barton on October 24, 2014

The original Saw is on its way back to theatres for one week only this Halloween, and to celebrate its return, Lionsgate has released a special interview with the film’s star, Cary Elwes. Check it out!

Look for the film to open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven Saw films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.

Saw was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The Conjuring.

Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, Saw is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.

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Image Gallery and Extended Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.05 – The World Has Turned and Left Me Here

Posted by Debi Moore on October 24, 2014

vampdiariesAfter last night’s surprising reveal about little orphan Sarah’s parentage, it’s a bit disappointing to not see her mentioned in the synopsis for next week’s Episode 6.05 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here.” But with so much else going on, it’s no surprise.  After all… IT’S HOMECOMING!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.05 – “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here” (10/30/14)
With Homecoming around the corner, Elena (Nina Dobrev) invites Liam (guest star Marco James) to attend a party at the corn maze with her. Instead of attending the homecoming festivities, Caroline (Candice Accola) is preoccupied after Stefan (Paul Wesley) shows up unexpectedly and needs her help cleaning up a mess created by Enzo (Michael Malarkey).

Heeding Elena’s advice to be more social, Alaric (Matt Davis) reluctantly attends the party, but a devastating accident quickly leaves him and Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) rushing to save lives. Elsewhere, Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds himself in a dangerous position when his werewolf curse is put to the test, and an emotionally embattled Stefan comes clean to Caroline about his intent to move on from Mystic Falls.

Lastly, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) make an important discovery that affects their quest to get back home. Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Brett Matthews.

For more info visit “The Vampire Diaries” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Vampire Diaries” on Facebook, and follow “The Vampire Diaries” on Twitter.

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Image Gallery and Extended Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.05 – The World Has Turned and Left Me Here

Posted by Debi Moore on October 24, 2014

vampdiariesAfter last night’s surprising reveal about little orphan Sarah’s parentage, it’s a bit disappointing to not see her mentioned in the synopsis for next week’s Episode 6.05 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here.” But with so much else going on, it’s no surprise.  After all… IT’S HOMECOMING!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.05 – “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here” (10/30/14)
With Homecoming around the corner, Elena (Nina Dobrev) invites Liam (guest star Marco James) to attend a party at the corn maze with her. Instead of attending the homecoming festivities, Caroline (Candice Accola) is preoccupied after Stefan (Paul Wesley) shows up unexpectedly and needs her help cleaning up a mess created by Enzo (Michael Malarkey).

Heeding Elena’s advice to be more social, Alaric (Matt Davis) reluctantly attends the party, but a devastating accident quickly leaves him and Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) rushing to save lives. Elsewhere, Tyler (Michael Trevino) finds himself in a dangerous position when his werewolf curse is put to the test, and an emotionally embattled Stefan comes clean to Caroline about his intent to move on from Mystic Falls.

Lastly, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) make an important discovery that affects their quest to get back home. Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Brett Matthews.

For more info visit “The Vampire Diaries” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Vampire Diaries” on Facebook, and follow “The Vampire Diaries” on Twitter.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6

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The Banshee Chapter Goes Virtual with Oculus Rift Support!

Posted by Steve Barton on October 24, 2014

A new chapter in the life of the highly acclaimed film  Banshee Chapter (review here) is about to open as the flick is poised and ready to become the first to take terror to a brand new level!

From the Press Release
Indie development studio Jamwix announced today that they’ve created software called CHIMERA that allows feature films to be distributed in an incredibly immersive 3D experience within the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The first feature film released for the Oculus Rift is the award-winning horror film BANSHEE CHAPTER distributed in the U.S. by XLrator Media.

Beginning today, BANSHEE CHAPTER: OCULUS RIFT EDITION will be available for free via Jamwix.com.

Blair Erickson said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment for technology and entertainment. We were thrilled to begin unlocking the potential of the next generation storytelling experiences in virtual reality.”

Winner of the “Scariest Film” award at both the 2013 London FrightFest and Toronto’s After Dark Film Festival, BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a young online journalist who follows the disturbing trail of a missing friend and a mind-altering chemical developed in secret 1973 CIA experiments. The story is often described as a modern re-imagining of an H.P. Lovecraft tale fused with real life facts.

BANSHEE CHAPTER was produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs, Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel. The film stars Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (“Sleepy Hollow”), and Michael McMillian (“True Blood”). For those who don’t have an Oculus to experience it, a 2D release of the movie is available on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, and other digital platforms.

As the Creative Director of Omnicom’s high-tech interactive agency “Millions of Us,” Erickson created breakthrough interactive stories, transmedia experiences, and live-action stories in virtual worlds, short films, and online communities. His diverse array of work for entertainment companies and clients include Warner Bros., Fox, Syfy Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Facebook, Activision, Ubisoft, Discovery, and DreamWorks. He is co-founder of Jamwix.

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Nightmare on Name Street: Do You Share a Name with a Horror Icon?

Posted by Debi Moore on October 24, 2014

In honor of Halloween, Whitepages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., has revealed its list of the 13 most common names in the country shared with horror movie villains as well as a few famously frightening directors and authors. We thought their list makes for a fun little Halloween treat so read on for the details!

Taking the top spot on the list – and putting fear in the hearts of audiences everywhere – is Michael Myers from Halloween with 4,282 people nationwide sharing the name.

Rounding out the top five are Stephen King (author; 2,068 people), Norman Bates (Psycho; 96 people), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th; 30 people), and Annie Wilkes (Misery; 25 people).

“Many people could say they’ve been scared by a number of the villains on this list but until now have probably never thought that one could be living next door!” says Liz Powell, culture and trend expert from Whitepages. “For fans of a ‘friendlier ghost’ neighbor, Whitepages data found 2,632 Caspers nationwide, the most living in North Dakota.”

Additional Halloween-centric name data includes:

Carrie (Carrie): 315,711; 23,343 in CA; first name only
Hannibal (The Silence of the Lambs): 6,399; 97 in CA; first name only
Frankenstein: 510; 92 in PA; last name only
Ghost: 38; 14 in PA; last name only

The Whitepages Top 13 list breaks down how many people share the name in the U.S. as well as the states where the most people with these names are living.

Top 13 Most Common Horror Movie Monikers:

1. Michael Myers (Halloween): 4,282; 333 in OH
2. Stephen King (Author): 2,068; 168 in TX
3. Norman Bates (Psycho): 96; 9 in TX
4. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th): 30; 4 each in PA, CA, NY
5. Annie Wilkes (Misery): 25; 10 in GA
6. Jack Torrance (The Shining): 10; 2 in CA
7. Wes Craven (Director): 7; 2 in NC
8. Alfred Hitchcock (Director): 7; 2 each in CA and MD
9. Max Cady (Cape Fear): 6; 3 in FL
10. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street): 5; 2 in WA
11. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko): 4; 3 in PA
12. Samara Morgan (The Ring): 2; 1 each in TX and ND
13. Damien Thorn (The Omen): 1 in CA

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