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Dracula’s Bloodline


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Gestapo Toht Candle

Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark_Gestapo-Toht_CandleChristmas will soon be upon us and some will be running around looking for that perfect gift, candles! They’re always popular…

If you’ve seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, there’s probably one scene that really sticks in the memory. No not that gigantic boulder tumbling after Indy, nor when he shoots that sword-twirling nutter in the market square, nor even when he has that uncomfortable staring contest with a cobra…

No, the scene when ruthless Gestapo agent Toht gets his gory comeuppance at the end of the film – you know, when his eyes roll back like a couple of boiled eggs and he lets out a blood-curdling scream as his entire face dribbles off his skull. That bit. Just awesome.

Whether it left you with nightmares for weeks or just had you repeatedly hitting the re-wind button, celebrate one of the greatest deaths in all of cinema history with the Melting Toht Candle. Thankfully this detailed replica won’t melt quite as fast so you can really savour the moment.

Just light the wick to set the glorious melting process in motion – there’s no need to seek out the Ark of the Covenant and unceremoniously release its supernatural powers. Order it HERE


Batman – Francesco Francavilla

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The Jurassic World – Viral Site

Jurassic-WorldThe Jurassic World viral site is masraniglobal.com. The site is technically for a company called Masrani Global, which, in the film, is the construction company which helped to build and create Jurassic World. The site has a ton of images, some of which feature actors Irrfan Khan and B.D. Wong, as well as some history of the island and park which opened (according to the site) in June 2005. You can read quotes from the site below or click to see it HERE.

Soon after the acquisition of InGen in 1998, Simon Masrani looked to work at a plan that seemed impossible given the circumstances of the years preceeding – the control and re-invention of a new theme park on Isla Nublar. Experts from the Masrani company were collected together, along with Dr. Henry Wu from the InGen company, to plan for the greatest theme park and attractions ever constructed in humankind’s history.

Simon Masrani used subsidaries Axis Boulder Engineering and Timack Construction to work on the preparation and planning prior to construction on the island. Construction workers were protected from native wildlife by InGen security over the course of the three years from 2002 until completion in 2004. With over $1.2 billion alone spent in concrete and building materials, this project was never underestimated.

The most incredible thing about the project for me was the fact that we were able to construct so far off the mainland, while maintaining all deadlines”, explains Jurassic World Project Manager Mr. Eli Jacobs. “The logistics and the planning were just incredible. Security teams, perimeter fencing, scientists, quarantine zones … it was quite the atmosphere.”

Simon Masrani was taking no chance.

Simon adds, “The sense of security proved vital in the establishment of Jurassic World. The media were having a frenzy at the time, conservation groups around the globe were looking and waiting for any incident to tarnish our reputation to try and take Isla Nublar away from us. We had to set a feeling of safety, for when the time came for opening in 2005, we had to ensure people were willing to come.

And come they did … Jurassic World officially opened in June 2005 to an incredible 98,120 visitors in its first month of operation.


The Sandman – By Paul Berry

Thanks to Deane Taylor’s comment on yesterday’s post, here is the short stop-motion film, The Sandman, directed and animated by Paul Berry.

A chilling interpretation of an old European folktale. This Oscar-nominated short film was conceived, designed and produced by Colin Batty, Paul Berry and Ian Mackinnon. It has won awards at Festivals in Hiroshima, Annecy, Stuttgart, Ottawa and Espinho.


Support Dario Argento’s The Sandman

Support The Maestro Dario Argento and his creative freedom as he crafts his most HORRIFIC FILM EVER! Check it out on indiegogo HERE

Going back to the dark, original German legend: the REAL Sandman was someone who stole the eyes of any children that wouldn’t just close them and go to sleep… he’d then go feed them to his hungry children on the moon.

Nathan, a young  student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed “The Sandman”: a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon (yes, you read that right!), and claims their eyes as trophies. Nathan killed The Sandman years ago, on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother, and the nightmare seems to be buried in the past … until he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that very same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey into the night country of his past, his dreams…and the buried secrets of… you guessed it!… The Sandman, who’s on the hunt again.


Wyrmwood – IFC Midnight

Great news for Australian film, IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Australian zombie horror Wymwood. Filmed as a DIY project over a period of four years, the film was directed by Kiah Roache-Turner with a screenplay from Roache-Turner and his brother Tristan Roache-Turner.

The story involves a mechanic who struggles to rescue his kidnapped sister on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey and Leon Burchill star.

Wyrmwood premiered at Fantastic Fest and continued a festival career in Toronto After Dark and at the Busan festival in South Korea. The film was produced by Tristan Roache-Turner and executive produced by Jamie Hilton and Josh Pomeranz.


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