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These Animated Vintage Horror Posters Are Magnificent

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on June 9, 2017

Movie posters are an incredibly important part of a marketing campaign. A good poster can get a lot of word-of-mouth, entice theatergoers when they see them in cinemas, and get shares on the internet when done right. Then again, they can go viral when done wrong, as evidenced by Marvel’s recent Spider-man: Homecoming and Black Panther abominations.

If you want to get someone’s attention with a poster, you’ve got to do something different these days. You have to step away from tried and true clichés and think strongly about the product you’re marketing and how to make it pop. Or you can do something that visually engages the viewer because of how unique it is. It’s the latter case in action with the below offerings.

The animated posters, which appeared on Camp-CrystalLake‘s Tumblr, use the same basic model of a vintage poster, complete with folds, creases, wrinkles, smudge marks, and aged edges, but where image would go is instead replaced with a gif from the film that’s being pushed. These are all classic films, so we know the scenes and where they come from. But seeing them put into this format gives not only the scenes new life but also rekindles my interest in revisiting these films. The posters do what they are intending to do, which is make me want to see the movie.

Now let’s just hope that Hollywood can learn from examples like this to go outside of the box.

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Halloween 2018 – NOT Currently Filming

Posted by Steve Barton on June 5, 2017

There have been stories floating around all morning that David Gordon Green’s Halloween had begun shooting, utilizing locations around Cali that were used for John Carpenter’s original film.

We reached out to Blumhouse to get the skinny, and we’re told that whatever’s going on at those locations it is NOT them. Furthermore the studio’s Ryan Turek just tweeted the following…

We’re as excited as anyone for the latest Halloween film and as soon as anything solid is out there you guys will be amongst the first to know. Keep it locked right here on D.C.

John Carpenter, who may also be providing the film’s score, will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and Danny McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Halloween is expected to return to theaters October 19, 2018.

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9 Spooky Horror Atari 2600 Games That Are Worth a Damn

Posted by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi on May 30, 2017

The Atari 2600 isn’t known for its horror games, but quite a few were released for the system. While they may not make you leave skid marks on your Snuggie, some of them are worth checking out.

Alien

On the Atari 2600, nobody can hear you scream. They’ll hear you crying instead from playing this Pac-Man clone. Based on the original film, you play as Ripley who has to run through the USCSS Nostromo dodging sad looking xenomorphs (H.R. Giger’s influence is nowhere to be seen on these sloppy sprites). If you play your cards right, you can snatch up a flamethrower (think the power pellet in Pac-Man) and turn the tables. This one is a smidge more enjoyable than watching Alien: Resurrection sober.

Frankenstein’s Monster

Run through the castle to defeat the evil titular monster of Dr. Frankenstein. Much like other games of the time, this is a rip-off of an arcade game. In this case, this Donkey Kong knock-off has controls stiffer than the bolts in Frankie’s neck. The stages are a bit different and the Frankenstein Monster appears menacing enough, but the gameplay is poor.

Ghost Manor

Ghost Manor is quite ambitious. You play as a couple of kids going into the (what else?) Ghost Manor. After catching a rainbow ghost in a graveyard, you have to battle skeletons and a fierce mummy. This is not an exciting as it sounds, but the levels are quite varied, making this one of the more ambitious titles for the time.

Gremlins

Based on the hit movie, you play as Billy Peltzer, a kid who gets a menacing creature as a pet. Gameplay revolves around two rotating stages. First, you collect as many Mogwai as possible to keep them from eating burgers and turning into their cocoons. The Mogwais transform into Gremlins, requiring you to blast them into submission in the second round. Like the best Atari games, this keeps the gameplay nice and simple.

Halloween

Based on the original John Carpenter film, Halloween has you rescuing a bunch of kids as the evil Michael Myers stalks you in your house. Taking place over two floors, you have to shuffle kids to the safe areas, but beware! If you hear the iconic Carpenter music theme squawking through your speakers, that means Michael Myers is near. He has a knife and he’s not afraid to use it. This game is pretty suspenseful. Color me surprised.

Haunted House

A bit of a dungeon crawl like the classic Adventure, this has you roaming through a haunted house collecting treasures. You are represented by wide open eyes and you’ll need a flashlight to see the monsters that lie within. This one’s pretty cool if you with a creepy atmosphere to boot.

Rampage

A port of the arcade game, Rampage has you playing as a human turned monster who smashes his way from city to city. The Atari 2600 can’t muster up the iconic graphics and sounds of the original, leaving things in a blocky messy. It’s impressive the gameplay is close to the original, albeit simplified to a degree. Stick with one of the million other home versions of this game.

Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes

This is a very odd shooting game that’s rips off the horror comedy Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. You have to blast Beefsteak Tomatoes while avoiding their attacks. That’s it. Lacking in humor and sophistication, this is easily the worst game I played for this list. You’re better off getting in a screaming contest with a sack of tomatoes.

Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Based on the controversial Tobe Hooper flick, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has an inspired take on its bloody source material. You play as the killer Leatherface who has to whip out his chainsaw and slice up the men and women who are running away (!!!). Sure, the controls are stiff, but the digitized screams of your victims are hilarious. You die when you run out of gas. Playing a bit like an endless runner in the mold of Temple Run, it’s more fun than it should be.

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The Licensing Expo Halloween Poster is as Minimalistic as You Can Get

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on May 23, 2017

Fresh off the floor at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, our pals over at Collider have snapped some photos of posters for Blumhouse’s upcoming take on Halloween, which is being directed by David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the film with Danny McBride. Much like with the posters for Alita: Battle Angel and The Predator, what you’re looking at below is NOT an official poster. Rather, it’s just something meant to catch the eyes of attendees to get them drawn in to hear more about the project.

So, while the minimalistic presentation shown here is rather charming, in its own way, it’s almost certainly nothing close to what we’ll see once the marketing for this film kicks off.

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Halloween Shooting This Fall; More From Danny McBride

Posted by Steve Barton on May 16, 2017

Danny McBride recently appeared on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts to talk more about the upcoming next installment in the Halloween franchise he’s working on with director David Gordon Green.

First and foremost McBride confirmed that the flick will be filming this fall. He also talked more about his approach to the material.

Related Story: Halloween – Danny McBride Talks Making Michael Scary Again

It’s not a reboot, it’s not gonna be a rehash,” said McBride. “It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.

We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.

Interesting… Rob Zombie’s take on Myers was that he was real, but it would be cool to see what would happen if that basis could be applied in a newer, fresher, and dare I say, less skanky world.

John Carpenter, who may also be providing the film’s score, will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Halloween is expected to return to theaters October 19, 2018.

Halloween Michael Myers

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Halloween Shooting This Fall; More From Danny McBride

Posted by Steve Barton on May 16, 2017

Danny McBride recently appeared on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts to talk more about the upcoming next installment in the Halloween franchise he’s working on with director David Gordon Green.

First and foremost McBride confirmed that the flick will be filming this fall. He also talked more about his approach to the material.

Related Story: Halloween – Danny McBride Talks Making Michael Scary Again

It’s not a reboot, it’s not gonna be a rehash,” said McBride. “It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.

We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.

Interesting… Rob Zombie’s take on Myers was that he was real, but it would be cool to see what would happen if that basis could be applied in a newer, fresher, and dare I say, less skanky world.

John Carpenter, who may also be providing the film’s score, will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Halloween is expected to return to theaters October 19, 2018.

Halloween Michael Myers

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Halloween – Danny McBride Talks Making Michael Scary Again

Posted by Steve Barton on May 15, 2017

The Halloween franchise has admittedly gone to some really weird places over the decades and as a result the character of Michael Myers had to adapt and keep moving like the shark that he is. Recently Danny McBride sat down with the Empire Film Podcast to talk about the reboot he’s working on with David Gordon Green.

Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement,” said McBride making a point that’s really hard to argue. “David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.

McBride continued, “I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.

In all fairness, there was nothing supernatural about Rob Zombie’s interpretation of Michael Myers. He was as scary as they come and that’s probably the only thing that Zombie got right about the franchise. Hopefully we’ll see a return by Tyler Mane who kicked a lot of ass as the character.

John Carpenter, who may also be providing the film’s score, will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Halloween is expected to return to theaters October 19, 2018.

Halloween Michael Myers

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Original A Nightmare on Elm Street Poster Artist Turns His Carved Eyes to Halloween

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on May 9, 2017

When I think of amazing horror posters, one of my go-to examples is always going to be the A Nightmare on Elm Street series and the artwork of Matthew Peak. His work on the first five films of that franchise is nothing short of majestic, proving that poster artwork can transcend clichés and elevate itself to high art.

While that may sound hyperbolic, I’m serious in my belief. Peak’s artwork is the kind of stuff that you’d hang on your wall, and it’d be more than just “another movie poster.” It’d be something to look at, marvel over, and appreciate for its technique and mastery of color. Plus, those posters have Freddy on them, so…

With five A Nightmare on Elm Street posters under his belt, Peak has turned to a different franchise, one that began six years prior: Halloween. That’s right… Matthew Peak has created his own take on the classic John Carpenter slasher, crafting a poster that exudes not only the atmosphere of the film but also the joy of the titular holiday. It’s dark and spooky, and the jack o’ lantern is delightfully orange.

Unfortunately, both variants, which were on sale through Bottleneck Gallery, have already sold out. However, they’re still worth taking a look at, which you can do below.

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Create Some of Horror’s Most Iconic Houses Using Only Paper

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on April 13, 2017

One of the things I love about the horror community is how damn creative some of you are. From cosplay outfits to custom props to t-shirt designs to short films, some of you embrace horror and not only take it in but give back with your creations. It’s always exciting to see what you have cooked up and I hope that passion never abates.

Take for example Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights design team member Ray Keim, who runs the website Haunted Dimensions. It’s a site that focuses on art and projects that can be constructed in 3D, such as Gingerbread Houses, Mansions, and more. But what I found to be incredible is the section that focuses on how to create iconic horror houses using paper. Using specific tools and Keim’s instructions, people can print out a kit of a horror house model and construct it for their own pleasure. Think of it like putting together a puzzle, expect here you’ll need an X-acto knife, some glue, and a hell of a lot of patience. Also, knowing myself, I’d add a box of band-aids because I’m bound to get some paper cuts.

Below are some examples of his Bates House from Psycho but if you go to the website you can also find projects for the Haddonfield house from Halloween, 112 Ocean Avenue from The Amityville Horror, various Haunted Mansions, the Colonial Theater from The Blob, and more.

All Keim asks is that if you put any of them together that you make sure his, “…name and credit appear on the model and documents. And please do not repackage it, or try to sell it in a modified form.

Also, a quick thanks to The Dirge for the heads up!

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Sid Haig Married a Couple at This Year’s Mad Monster Party Dressed as Captain Spaulding

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on March 28, 2017

For many of us fans, horror isn’t just something we prefer watching, it’s a large part of our lifestyle. It’s something we live and breathe on a daily basis, something that shapes who we are. Whether it be with random quotes, listening to horror soundtracks while commuting, getting tattoos of famed villains, or whatever else we might do to show our love, horror is deeply embedded within each of us.

For some people, the love of horror will find its way into the most important days of their lives. Take, for example, Kelli and Matt, who tied the knot at this year’s Mad Monster Party in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Not just content on dressing up like denizens from a classic genre title, they reached out to none other than Sid Haig to preside over the ceremony, which he agreed to do! Dressed fully in his House of 1,000 Corpses Captain Spaulding outfit, Haig did the whole bit, including the signing of the marriage certificate after the ceremony, although I don’t know if he attended a reception afterwards. I would certainly hope that an invitation was extended, especially because you definitely don’t want a pissed off clown coming after you!

But let’s be honest here and admit that this is really sweet and precious. Two horror fans found love in each other and then got Sid Haig to dress up as Captain Spaulding, perhaps one of the most iconic horror villains of this century, to wed them. It’s moments like these that make me love just how passionate, dedicated, and connected this community can be.

To Kelli and Matt, may you two have many years of health, wealth, happiness, and trust ahead of you! We send our best wishes as you two start a new life together as husband and wife!

You can seen the full video of the ceremony below. I highly recommend wearing headphones as the volume levels aren’t the best.

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