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Misery – Bruce Willis on Broadway

miseryWarner Bros. Theatre Ventures confirmed last night that Bruce Willis will co-star with New York stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, House Of Cards) in a new stage version of Misery as the successful romance-novel author rescued and held captive by his “Number One Fan.” William Goldman’s play is an adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel and the 1990 film that the Princess Bride screenwriter co-wrote with King, starring James Caan, Oscar winner Kathy Bates and directed by Rob Reiner.

Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) will direct the play, which was tried out in the fall of 2012 at the Bucks County Playhouse. Dates are not set and no theatre has been booked for the “strictly limited engagement,” which is being co-produced by the Warner Bros. arm with Castle Rock Entertainment and Raymond Wu.

The casting of Willis is certain to add excitement to the Broadway fall season as well as certify the trend of star-driven shows with brief, ultra-high-priced runs.

Tools – Poster Art

01-bigI love these simple designs for series titled ‘Tools’ featuring 4 classic films. Would have all of them on my wall. Check out more from the artist Javier Vera Lainez on his site HERE




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 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:

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
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
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…


The Mist: The Novella Cut

The-Mist-The-Novella-CutKevin Karstens, a graphic illustrator, prefers the Stephen King version of the Mist and hates the movies ending.  Kevin said: “I had looked forward to a film adaption for over 20 years, and was thrilled to hear they were doing one (and by Frank Darabont, no less)…until I started hearing, ‘they changed the ending’….and I personally REALLY did NOT care for the ‘new version’…so I did something baout it, and you might find it interesting…”

What he did was recut  the movie, creating a fan film titled, The Mist, The Novella Cut. “Certain scenes have been cut, others added from the DELETED SCENES found on the DVD release, as they mirrored actual sequences from the source material. Chapter ‘headings’ have been added in areas to reflect the feel of a novella, and the ending now pays homage to the ‘Hartford/hope’ finale originally seen in King’s original text.”

Amount of time Cut/Added : CUT: Approx 10 min ADDED: Approx 5 min.

Go to Kevin’s webpage where you can access information to obtain/view a copy of the recut version HERE

I for one actually liked the ending of The Mist, it’s a brave way to end a big film. Darabont did what King has failed to do so many times in his books, actually have an ending that made sense. King is a master at creating incredible set-ups but not so great at creating endings…

The United States of Horror

The United States of Horror updated by The Art of Horror. See more HERE


Every Reference in The Cabin in the Woods

Considering that The Cabin in the Woods is very much about all of the horror films that preceded it – it’s both an homage to and criticism of the entire horror genre – trying to pinpoint each of the hundreds of subtle and not-so-subtle references in The Cabin in the Woods is an undertaking worthy of applause.

For those of you who have seen the film, you’re definitely in for a treat. If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately so that you can come back and partake in this wonderful video essay. Obviously, there are some spoilers ahead.

Stephen King – Revival

Stephen-King_RevivalRevival by Stephen King will be shipping in just a few weeks, and the mad-King fans over at have announced that is now online HERE

What is Here’s how they describe the site:

As Revival is perhaps Stephen’s darkest novel to date, some Constant Readers may wish to take some time to prepare for the experience of reading the story.

Prepare for Revival is intended for Stephen’s fans to explore the dark side of the human condition in anticipation of reading the novel. Prepare for Revival invites you to explore and anonymously share your innermost thoughts on the major themes contained within the story.

Users can safely and securely post their experiences and feelings about Faith, Tragedy, Disillusion, Addiction, Curiosity, Obsession, Death and The Afterlife.

Once users have read the novel, fans can also post their thoughts on Revival, its plot, characters, events and the larger-than-life climax.


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