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Archive for January, 2015

Opus Nightmares – Horror Themes

Opus-Nightmares_NexusSoundscapes and alternate horror themes created for your listening pleasure. Inspired by their favourite films such as Hellraiser, Jacobs Ladder, Event Horizon, Evil Dead and games such as Silent Hill, The Evil Within, Siren Blood and re-interpreted in their studio.

Check it out and back them on Kickstarter HERE
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/587513431/opus-nightmare-horror-soundtracks/widget/card.html?v=2


The Walking Dead – Season 5 Episode 9 Posters

The-Walking-Dead_Character-Posters-1The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, Feb. 8 with its midseason premiere, “What Happened and What’s Going On.” Written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero, the episode will show us how and where the group picks up after the hospital tragedy that left Beth dead. Check out the new gallery photos of the cast.

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iZombie – Trailer 2

Trailer 2 for the new CW series iZombie based on the graphic novel by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred.

Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. Malcolm Goodwin, newcomer Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, and David Anders (Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries) co-star. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains: She’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, she can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue.

Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’’s memories, and she begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. It’’s not the same as being alive again, but at least she can find purpose in her undead existence by helping to solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.


Texas Chainsaw Massacre – By Jason Edmiston

Grey Matter Art is proud to announce their next release for the 4 part artist series for the 40th Anniversary of the film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This poster is by the very talented Jason Edmiston… I need this…

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Knock Knock – Trailer

The new psychological sex thriller from Eli Roth made it’s bow at Sundance, here is the official press release:  Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.
The two young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film, so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.


2001: A Space Odyssey – Dave Bowman – Figurine

2001_Dave-Bowman_Keir-DulleaCheck out this incredible one-sixth scale model of Keir Dullea as astronaut Dave Bowman in the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Available in late 2015 from Executive Replicas HERE

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The Man in the Orange Jacket – Trailer

A trailer for a disturbing looking film from Latvia, with the following promotional blurb: A laid-off worker kills his ex-boss in cold blood, and assumes his lifestyle. The good times will be short-lived, however as things are about to take an unexpected turn.


Big Trouble in Little China – Funko Action Figures

Funko is delivering two great series that pay homage to Big Trouble In Little China. John Carpenter’s 1986 action flick, stars Kurt Russell as truck driver Jack Burton, Kim Catrall as Gracie Law, and James Hong as Lo Pan.

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Reanimator – The Graphic Novel

Re-Animator_Variant-Cover-ArtCreated in 1921 by Lovecraft as a semi-parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Reanimator story follows the creepy doctor Herbert West on his quest to conduct freaky experiments and create terrifying zombies. The character is likely best known from the epic 1985 film version, starring Jeffrey Combs in the title role.

Now the classic H.P. Lovecraft tale of the Reanimator is being re-imagined as a new comic series later this year. The comic will be written by Keith Davidsen with art by Randy Valiente, and published by Dynamite. The new series will see West headed to New Orleans to revamp his experiments, though it sounds like he’ll run afoul of the locals. Cue the epic voodoo battles. Dynamite has dabbled with the Reanimator franchise a few times in recent years via a one-shot issue, an Army of Darkness comic crossover.

Here’s the official synopsis for the run:

In Reanimator, Dr. Herbert West heads to New Orleans to continue his life’s work: the revival of the dead by purely chemical means. To accomplish this task, he recruits Susan Greene, a young and wide-eyed pharmacologist fascinated by his macabre experiments. Initially unfazed by West’s unorthodox practices (including how he funds his research – by selling zombie brain fluid as a narcotic), Susan may regret her scientific curiosity as sinister forces – those aligned with Elder Gods and Haitian Voodoo – begin to align against the Reanimator.


Tales of Halloween – Production Diaries 2

Three more Production diaries from the forthcoming Tales of Halloween anthology series. You can see the first 3 diaries HERE.




R.I.P Alan J. Hirshfield

Hirschfield (Medium)Long-time former studio and media executive Alan J. Hirschfield has died of natural causes at 79 in his Wilson, Wyoming, home, his son confirmed. Hirschfield was perhaps best known for overseeing the creation of Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but had a long career heading a number of media and entertainment companies before becoming a consultant and board member with many more companies in the industry and beyond.

Hirschfield was born in New York and grew up in Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from Harvard University. 

Hirschfield was CEO of Columbia Pictures from 1973 to 1978 before being ousted because he refused on moral grounds to reinstate David Begelman, who had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the studio. Between 1982 and 1986, Hirschfield was chairman of Twentieth Century Fox, then became a consultant for several years, including two as consultant to the chairman of Warner Communications.

From 1990 to 1992, Hirschfield was an investment banker and also co-CEO of Financial News Network. From 1992 to 2000, he was co-CEO of Data Broadcasting Corp., which subsequently merged with Financial Times/Pearson’s Inc. He then returned to consulting in the media and entertainment industry as president of Norman Hirschfield and Company. In the 1960s, he was an investment banker, and director and CFO of Warner/7 Arts.

A busy man, Hirschfield served on the boards of directors of Forbes, Carmike Cinemas, CBS Marketwatch, Billboard Publishing, Motown Records, Chappell Music Publishing, Chyron Corp., Cantel Medical Corp., Peregrine Systems, Interactive Data Corp., Enercrest, Wiltel Corp. and Leucadia National Corp. For decades, Hirschfield collected notable artifacts and art tied to the Old West and Native Americans. He also served with a number of philanthropic and non-profit organizations, including as director of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, as a trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The George Gustav Haye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. He also was a trustee of the American Film Institute and an MPAA director.He is survived by his wife, Berte Hirschfield and three children.


He Took His Skin Off For Me

The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea… Exceptional short film from Ben Aston. Check out the webpage HERE

Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It’s worth it.

He Took His Skin Off For Me from Ben Aston on Vimeo.


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Poltergeist – Movie Poster Art

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Poltergeist – Foreign Posters

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Poltergeist – Remake News

PoltergeistMore sad remake news is that the remake of Poltergeist will be a very PG friendly film. I know that the original was borderline but the difference being that it was so well done… something you can barely say about any of the plethora of remakes over the last decade.

Collider spoke to Sam Rockwell and asked him about the remake. Had he seen any footage yet:

I’ve seen a little in looping. I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one’s pretty damn good. This one’s gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that.

The actor then added a bit more about the film’s protagonist and angle:

The 10-year-old boy is really the protagonist this time. JoBeth Williams was the protagonist for the most part in the first one and now the kid, it’s really through his point-of-view. So it’s more of a kids’ movie so I don’t know if it’s gonna be like rated-R scary.

The first wasn’t R-rated scary, as mentioned above, but it was pretty damn scary. Rockwell elaborates:

It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.

The Poltergeist remake will probably be PG-13 as per Film Ratings HERE. It’s rated PG-13 for “intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.”


Escape From New York – Remake

Escape From New York_One Sheet Poster USAfter a few years arguments and bidding wars, Snake Plissken is back! Fox has emerged victorious and closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Carpenter cult classic Escape From New York. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company will produce.

The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were own by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer and will exert creative influence over the project. Fox’s Mike Ireland brought it in and will steer. The hope is to reinvent the property with an eye toward launching a new franchise.

In the original, Kurt Russell played Plissken, an eyepatch-sporting tough guy who is conscripted to rescue the president of the United States after Air Force One — en route to a summit that could head off WWIII — goes missing after it crashes in New York, which has been relegated to a maximum security prison. Plissken, a former special forces operative convicted of trying to rob the Federal Reserve, is given 22 hours to liberate the president and a tape he carries which holds the key to peace. If he fails, he’s wired to explode.

The cynical original, hatched by Carpenter after the Watergate scandal, was set in a futuristic Gotham circa 1997. There have been remake overtures before, but not with Carpenter involved. There were a spate of rumours earlier this fall that the film was about to be cast with the likes of Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, however it would appear that those rumours amounted to wishful thinking by fans, because there was no rights deal made until now, and there is still no script. They are starting from scratch. That said, the notion of Hunnam playing the Snake, or Chris Hemsworth who was another one rumored, would fit the bill. All of that is fantasy league stuff and the reality comes down the road when they hire a scribe and a filmmaker and the studio gets a script it likes. Who is worth considering for Plissken?


iZombie – Trailer

Check out the first trailer for the Vertigo comic adaptation iZombie. Starring Rose McIver (Power Rangers, Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex) as Liv, a zombie working at a morgue who can take the memories of any dead person after she eats their brain…


Tales of Halloween – Production Diaries

Check out these behind the scenes production diaries from Tales of Halloween segment directors Adam Gierasch, Mike Mendez, Andrew Kasch, and Neil Marshall; actors Kristina Klebe and Casey Ruggieri; filmmaker Adam Green in costume for his cameo; and more.


Dr Who – T-Shirt

The Doctor and Clara in classic Bill Watterson style… available at Shirtoid HERE

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Batkid Begins – Poster and Trailer

The Make-A-Wish story that took the world by storm and turned San Francisco into Gotham City for a day premieres this month in Park City. Pint-sized Batkid (aka leukemia patient Miles Scott) has even pulled iconic poster artist Drew Struzan out of retirement as the feature documentary Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World prepares for its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival.

The crowdfunded Batkid Begins chronicles how then-5-year-old Scott got to live out his superhero dream on November 15, 2013 with the help of the city, President Obama, and thousands of supporters by playing sidekick to the Caped Crusader in a series of staged missions as onlookers cheered him on. The event culminated with Scott receiving the key to the city from Mayor Ed Lee and sparked media attention and more than 400K tweets in 117 countries, reaching over 1.84 billion social media users.

Struzan’s artwork for film in the 1970s and ’80s is the stuff of movie geek legend, and his breathtaking painted designs for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films in particular sealed his place in the hearts of generations of fanboys and girls. Despite officially retiring from the poster game in 2008, Struzan is rumored to be coming back for the new Star Wars films. But first he created this original poster for director Dana Nachman’s Batkid Begins, pro-bono… Awesome.

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R.I.P. Rod Taylor

Rod-Taylor_The-Time-MachineRod Taylor, the Australian-born film and television actor who appeared in Inglourious Basterds and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds, died of natural causes Wednesday, several sources confirmed. He was 84.

Taylor appeared in more than 50 films and dozens of TV shows over the course a decades-long career. In the ’50s, he appeared in such television shows as Studio 57and western Cheyenne, and guest-starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone (“And When The Sky Was Opened”) in 1959.

His first leading role in a feature film was in 1960’s Time Machine, George Pal’s adaptation of the science-fiction classic by H. G. Wells. Taylor played a time traveller who, thousands of years in the future, falls for a woman played by Yvette Mimieux.

Taylor segued back and forth between film and television roles in the 1960s, landing a starring role in Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds as Mitch Brenner, whose home and town came under a menacing attack by birds.

He took on more tough-guy roles toward of the end of ’60s in films such as Chuka, Dark Of The Sun, Nobody Runs Forever and Darker Than Amber.

Taylor turned again to television in the ’70s, appearing in Bearcats! (1971) on CBS and in The Oregon Trail (1976) on NBC. He also had a regular role in the short-lived spy drama series Masquerade. His later TV credits included Falcon Crest, Murder She Wrote and Walker, Texas Ranger. His most recent film appearance was in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds in 2009, playing Winston Churchill in a cameo.


The Last Time I Saw Richard

Excellent short film by Nicholas Verso. “In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows?”

The Last Time I Saw Richard from Nicholas Verso on Vimeo.


This Is Horror Awards

It’s that time of year again, lists, awards… The This Is Horror Awards 2014 are now open. Please send your votes to awards@thisishorror.co.uk with the subject line ‘Awards 2014 Votes’. To cast a vote simply write the category and your vote for each award. You may vote for your top two in each category. For example:

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1. First choice
2. Second choice

Here are the awards and nominations:

Novel of the Year
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Revival by Stephen King
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Troop by Nick Cutter

Film of the Year
Oculus
Snowpiercer
The Babadook
The Raid 2
Under The Skin

TV Series of the Year
American Horror Story: Coven
Hannibal (Season Two)
The Strain
The Walking Dead (Season Four)
True Detective

Short Story Collection of the Year
After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones
Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales by Simon Strantzas
Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall
The End in All Beginnings by John F.D. Taff
Unseaming by Mike Allen

Anthology of the Year
Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Short Stories (Edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer)
The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen (Edited by Ellen Datlow)
The New Black (Edited by Richard Thomas)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories (Edited by Mark Morris)
Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1 (Edited by Laird Barron)

Magazine of the Year
Black Static
Fangoria
Morpheus Tales
Nightmare Magazine
Rue Morgue

As usual I’ll be posting my Top Films of the year soon, also as usual it will be later as we tend to get some films slightly later down here in Australia. Film of the year however is already locked in…

 


Big Game

Escape From New York, with a kid rescuing the President, in a Finnish Forest..? Sounds like a lost gem from 80’s cinema. Big Game, from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander, Samuel L. Jackson is the President, shot down when Air Force One is targeted. He is found by a young man played by Onni Tommila of Rare Exports — the kid is on a hunting adventure to prove his manhood, and stumbles into a very unusual sort of hunt.