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.
A fun, modern horror twist on everyday items can be found at the Etsy shop, Redcoversme. Bloody red mouths splashed on pillowcases and sheets, placemats and toilet seat covers will complete any horror lovers decor, while intestine guts anatomy adorn bodysuit swimsuits and T-style swimsuits. Or if you’re in the mood for something a little less… bloody… you can go for the simple brain design. Either way, you are sure to make a statement by showing a little bit of your gory side. Maybe you would rather express your zombie love by wearing a halter top bathing suit or a bandana with a wicked set of bloody chompers? No problem. Redcoversme has these items, too, along with a purse, cute little buttons sporting the bloody teeth and brain logo, and even a padded laptop sleeve, cosmetics bag and a padded iPad case.
A self-professed workaholic, Toronto based designer Vega L. makes each order by hand, and works alone, so allow up to 3 weeks for delivery, but know that each item is certain to be a unique conversation starter. The cute buttons mentioned above can be purchased separately, but they are also included free with any order!
Redcoversme brings the zombie lover, the gore lover and the general horror aficionado exactly what they want.
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A picture of a bloody bath mat, with the caption, “bath mat that turns red when wet”, has been burning up Pinterest. This is fiction. While it might be cool to have a bath mat which turned blood-red when stepped on with your wet bare feet, this product does not exist. The rug pictured is a creation of Spinning Hat. The Spinning Hat Blood Bath collection includes a bloody bath mat, Blood Bath shower curtain, blood towel, blood apron, blood pillow (Do you use aprons and pillows in the bathroom?), and bloody shower gel in, of course, the shape of an intravenous drip bag.
The third annual Women in Horror Month, a service provided through Viscera, a non-profit organization, took place this past February. Their mission is to expand opportunities for filmmakers, artists and fans by raising awareness about the changing roles for women through filmmaking, writing, events and networking. Throughout the month of February, several events took place to support the Women in Horror Month. In addition to many blog series, there were also opportunities to celebrate the month by various events such as viewings of certain movies and roundtable discussions. There was also a blood drive that was called, “The Massive Blood Drive”, and was sponsored by Jen and Sylvia Soska, twin sisters who wrote, produced, directed and starred in their own film, “Dead Hooker In a Trunk”, along with Twisted Twins Productions. The drive has been wildly successful, and is only one of many things that are recognizing women in horror. FEARnet and Rue Morgue have also been participants in this macabre month. Ravenous Monster also had a series of articles during February to celebrate. Day of the Woman provided the “ABCs of Women in Horror”. Go to the Women in Horror website to find out more information about this informative and enlightening month.
I was really excited when I got my hands on this DVD. It didn’t disappoint me at all.
Fritt Vilt (Cold Prey; english subtitle translation) is a Norwegian slasher film about a group of five friends who go to Jotunheimen, a mountain range in southern Norway, for a snowboarding getaway. Everything goes smoothly until one of them has a mishap, so they need to find shelter quickly because…
It is that time of year! We’d like to give a hearty thank you to the the great folks at SPFX Masks for our bloody site design. If they can make us look this scary, think what they could do for you. Halloween is just around the corner.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15 — SPFXMasks, the originator of silicone Halloween masks has created a line of full-head specialty masks using high quality silicone — a material that until now has been primarily used by professional special effects artists in Hollywood.
Rusty Slusser founded SPFXMasks in early 2001 with his business partner Ron Hess, and his company is the first on the market to offer this exciting new product.
“Most Halloween mask manufacturers produce their masks using a stiff slip latex which yields a static expression with little or no natural movement,” Rusty says. “Some companies have begun to use foam latex material to create prosthetics that allow the wearer to show their natural facial expressions, but the prosthetic first needs to be applied and then blended and painted. This time-consuming procedure requires not only artistic talent but also a lot of patience. Silicone masks are the perfect alternative.”
Utilizing special manufacturing and painting techniques developed specifically for silicone, SPFXMasks has created a line of masks that allow the wearer to experience the best of both worlds – the ease of wear ability that traditional slip cast latex masks provide, as well as the real-life fleshy movements and realism of foam latex prosthetics. Jeff Rector, Writer, Director, and Producer of “REVAMPED” says: “I just worked with SPFXMasks on my new horror/action film ‘Revamped.’ Their mask was incredibly lifelike and saved my actors many grueling and uncomfortable hours in the makeup chair. The end result was fantastic! With our shooting schedule, I simply didn’t have time to create that kind of extensive make-up. This new silicone technology that SPFXMasks has pioneered not only saved me a lot of time and money, but also helped create a wonderful demonic character for my film. These guys are great! Thanks for everything Rusty!”
Dustin Diamond, better known as ‘Screech’ from Saved by the Bell, is a proud SPFXMasks customer. Dustin says, “For more than 21 years in the television and film industry I have been up close and personal with many different special effects artists. Everyone agrees that when it comes to masks that look real and can scare the pants off of you, Hollywood professionals are where it’s at. SPFXMasks makes some of the most realistic and scary masks that you can buy. The quality of the materials is outstanding. Using silicone instead of latex means that your mask will last a lifetime. The high level of detail and professional paint job that goes into each and every mask means that you’re getting what you would expect to see on a movie set.”
Tom Morawetz, author of “Making Faces, Playing God” says: “SPFXMasks are unique. Nothing on the market matches their quality and visual impact. They represent a new dimension in the creation and marketing of high-quality silicone masks. SPFXMasks will be in my next book.”
SPFXMasks is currently gearing up to create several new exciting and original designs for the 2007 Halloween season, so just beware.