I play a lot of video games and I watch a lot of horror movies, but I never realized how many qualities some of gaming’s most iconic characters share with a few of our favorite horror film psychopaths. Kirby Krueger may be my favorite of the bunch, because it’s so obvious that it kind of bums me out I never saw the connection until now. If you’re more of a visual soul, Dorkly has you covered.
Check out these amazing mash-ups after the break!
I know a few of the Halloween Treats today are oddly corporately synergistic. We’re not getting paid for this, it’s just that a few companies have stood up to the bat with their product pimping. I’m not encouraging you to buy Tide or anything like that (I use some weird hippie detergent), but I am encouraging you to spend a few seconds with their Halloween Vines if you’re killing time while your significant other is perfecting his/her costume.
They cover The Shining, The Ring, Poltergeist, Psycho and Carrie. The latter is pretty great!
Check ‘em out below! READ MORE
I’m not normally a fan of Bing but this is actually pretty cool. You know how Google has their “Google Doodles” – those alterations to their homepage they do every holiday or on special occasions? Well Bing has given their entire homepage a thorough makeover.
You’ll notice the creepy Poltergeist TV right off the bat, but move your cursor around and you’ll discover a few other horror references! Some of them lead to standard searches, and some lead to imagery. If you’re bored and the office and waiting to get drunk at the Halloween party in a few hours, check it out!
I just received the best Halloween Treat of the year, courtesy of Billy J. Kirkus. What you see below is an alternate take of the opening scene from John Carpenter’s classic Halloween, in which a young Michael Myers stalks his own house on his way to killing his older sister.
“This is the first take of the opening to Halloween,” explains Kirkus further adding that “this was the first time they tried shooting it, without the cuts that they did in take number 2. They only shot this whole scene twice. Notice all of the blue in the picture…completely toned down for the recent release of the movie on Blu-ray.”
He implores that if you want to see more of the “Unseen Halloween” you’ll need to contact Trancas International Films and tell them you want to see the “Unseen Halloween.” He gives very Special Thanks to James G. Chandler and of course the wonderful Don May, Jr and Synapse Films.
“I was amazed that we got that shot in just a few takes, two to be exact” said Carpenter in “Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen” by Jim Grove. “I thought it would be impossible; I thought we’d have a problem with every take, and that we’d have to do it over and over agin and that eventually we’d have to change the whole scene because there was only enough money left to do two or three takes of that scene.” READ MORE
While the video is headlined as “banned” and the description boasts “never aired,” Kevin Eis’ YouTube video is actually just a funny spoof of those annoying as hell Febreze commercials.
In this version, two people can smell all sorts of wonderful things, like “puppies running around on the ocean,” before their shown what they’re really smelling. And it’s grizzly… READ MORE
Eric Millikin, an experimental artist from Detroit, contacted us with a link to his latest project – a series of tasty portraits of monsters, each built out of Halloween candy. He calls this series “Totally Sweet.”
So far, this series includes everything from classic monsters like The Bride of Frankenstein to modern killers from slasher movies. He’s also been taking requests; one of his favorites has been Gort, the alien killer robot from the 1950s sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Click here for the full gallery of delicious art over at The Detroit Free Press. It’s awesome because you can zoom in and actually see what candy was used! READ MORE
While I didn’t laugh out loud at this video from Barely Political, I thought it was funny and definitely a worthwhile curio for fans of Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Myers and Jigsaw. It totally breaks franchise canon in the first 30 seconds by having Jason talk, but the bickering between the villains does expose some of the strengths and weaknesses of each franchise.
Check it out below! READ MORE
Have $8,000 just laying around? Have a way to get to Austin, Texas to pick up this art? Well, we have something perfect for you.
Created for Bernie Wrightson & Steve Niles’ “Something Spooky” at Guzu Gallery, Nicole Cantú created one of the greatest pieces of horror art of all time.
What she has for sale is “Lord of Leviathan”, a Hellraiser-inspired piece of art (sized 24″ x 36″) depicting Pinhead and the Lament Configuration box done up with stained glass in a light box.
It’s too delicate to ship, so you’ll have to pick it up. If you have $8,000 to drop, I dare you to bring a suitcase filled with singles, although you’ll burn in hell for that. READ MORE
‘Tis the season to get spooky! While many of us enjoy watching horror movies all year round, regardless of the Halloween season, there’s something that we can’t really do no matter the time of year and that is wearing costumes. I mean, we could but there would definitely be a lot of queer looks thrown our way. So for those of you who are into putting on costumes, this time of year is especially fun for you! I personally don’t wear costumes but that’s because I’m a serious Debbie Downer about them.
Below are several costumes that are making their way around the net that I thought I’d share with you in case you’re trying to get some last minute inspiration for Thursday. Head on down and enjoy! READ MORE
If It Were Stine Tumblr imagines ancient classics and modern masterpieces of horror as seen through the neon-green, pun-dripping lense of R.L. Stine’s beloved “Goosebumps” series!
Take a look below as films like Phantasm, Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, Shining, Halloween and Carrie are given the “Goosebumps” treatment! you’ll find tons more at the aforementioned link or at the archive. READ MORE
Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining is one of my all time favorite films, so I was really quite happy to see this page of candid on-set photos compiled by JoinYouInTheSun. As a big fan, there were a few of these that I hadn’t seen before.
Check out the full gallery below! READ MORE
Exclusive: Check out this awesome video that shows you zombie rehearsals for World War Z (review), now on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand. This featurette is a Best Buy exclusive!
Starring international superstar Brad Pitt, the tense and thrilling film follows a former United Nations investigator (Pitt) as he helps stop the chaotic pandemic that has gripped populations around the world. World War Z features stunning visual effects and edge-of-your-seat action and suspense that take the zombie apocalypse phenomenon to a more extreme and electrifying level.
World War Z is available on Blu-ray Combo or Blu-ray 3D Combo with an Unrated Cut packed with even more thrills and action too intense for theaters, along with the theatrical version of the film. The combo packs feature UltraViolet and boast in-depth looks at the making of the film, the seamless blending of practical and digital effects, the science behind the zombie outbreak and much more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. READ MORE
Director Mathieu Berthon wrote us about his short faux grindhouse trailer for Feed to Kill, shot last year at a budget of only $250!
The pretty hilarious trailer was influenced by VHS exploitation of the 80′s (Cannon, Vestron, Troma, etc.).
Check it out below! READ MORE
Kristian B. Walters of Norway just tipped us to a commercial for a Norwegian pizza company who created a horror-themed commercial for their company.
Check out a post-apocalyptic commercial for Peppes Pizza, and make sure you ask for “no tongue” on your za! READ MORE
“Saturday Night Live” struck comedy gold last night when they imagined a world with a horror film directed by Wes Anderson, known for his quirky dark comedies like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom.
The trailer describes The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders as “an all-new thriller from the mind of Wes Anderson, starring Edward Norton as Owen Wilson.”
The trailer takes loving jabs at Anderson, and his followers, giving us a taste of what an Anderson-directed genre film might look like. Fans of Anderson are going to LOVE this… READ MORE
For one day only Woot is selling this fantastic Army of Darkness-inspired T-shirt entitled “Groovy”.
The artist description teases a new game of rock, paper, scissors, in which chainsaw beats all. Here are the rules: “Okay, so rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and paper beats rock, and chainsaw beats everything, but if you use chainsaw on someone, he gets nubs to use in the next round, and nubs beat everything because, you know, pity.
“However, if you’re beaten by someone with nubs you get charity points, and if you save enough charity points you can buy a foundation, and if you use a foundation it means that everyone needs to donate whatever they throw down – scissors, rock, paper, chainsaw, or nubs – to your cause, which means they lose the round but get double charity points to put towards building a rival foundation, which they can use to get back their moves from rounds previous.
“Of course, nobody plays with any of these moves, though, because everyone knows that the real way to win at everything in life is with a reference to a cult classic horror comedy.” READ MORE
Earlier today I happened upon the following illustrations by Andreas Werchmeister and I knew I had to share them with you guys. While I always prefer the more threatening, cinematic versions of these iconic characters, sometimes it’s refreshing to see them disarmed and wide-eyed a bit.
Dubbed Freddy Jr, Leatherface Jr and Jason Jr by the artist, these are definitely worth a look. Make ‘em big! READ MORE
After a decade of torture, and several films, watch as Jigsaw puts a family through hell…
YouTube user Chris Capel directed a hilarious Saw spoof entitled “Living with Jigsaw”, in which Jigsaw (in this case, the Billy puppet) torments his roomies with random tasks in order to survive…life. The funniest bit is when Jigsaw (Billy) puts his roommate’s car keys inside his dog and tells him he needs to kill his best friend, or be late for work… READ MORE
If you’re anything like me (and hopefully you’re not) you couldn’t get enough Garbage Pail Kids when you were growing up. I remember getting packages from my Mom at camp full of things like the new Skid Row album and Garbage Pail Kids. Either she wasn’t vetting the contents of these packages or she was just cool and confident that I would grow up without any issues (sorry to prove her wrong on the latter count).
One of the things I kept noticing in those days was how the “Pail” creators would often recycle images (aka make “twins”) for popular characters. You get a little bit of that from this image – but mainly it’s a cool trip down memory lane.
As a bonus I’ve included one of the grosses Garbage Pail Kids below the master image. Check it out below! And if the image still looks small when you enlarge it, it’s just the browser window. Drag it onto your desktop or a new window for the full 3000 wide experience. READ MORE
Thanks to a tip by ‘Chris O.’ we’ve learned that a gruesome Halloween display in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn has drawn heated controversy, with some calling it a work of art and others saying it crosses a line, CBS reports.
As CBS 2’s Tamara Leitner reported Tuesday, some residents called the display “demonic,” while others called it “brilliant and creative.”
The porch of the Bergen Street brownstone with the display has been turned into what appears to be a torture chamber, they explain in the following video. A surgeon with a jack-o-lantern head operates on a bloody baby doll, hooked up to an IV.
Other dolls are impaled, decapitated and mutilated, with knives or nails in their heads or skewers impaling their bodies. Another looks plaintively out of a bird cage, and another still is chained to a chair.
One doll even has a smaller doll emerging from a bloody gash in its belly, reminiscent of the Alien movies. READ MORE
Threadless HQ headquarters has been attacked by the undead.
The company known for making super sweet shirts produced a short film, “The Nightshift,” to get buyers in the holiday spirit. It’s nothing great, but it’s fun nonetheless.
“When Justin and Chelsea sneak into Threadless HQ after hours, they think they’ll have the place all to themselves. After a run-in with the overnight janitor, who warns them of the dangers tucked away in the warehouse, it doesn’t take long for them to discover that they were dead wrong. Watch as the couple’s romantic little B&E quickly escalates into a full-fledged zombie outbreak in The Nightshift!”
I guess you can get 30% off items the next few days using the promo code SPOOKY30. They do have tons of horror-themed merch. READ MORE
“It’s A Texas fried treat”!
Visual effects specialist Rocky Curby directs this new Halloween Treat, “Happy Meal Horror”.
In the short, “A robot cow searches for its mother in a slaughter house, while being pursued by a killer robot.”
Curby is known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Super 8, The Adventures of Tintin, Thor, Battle Los Angeles and many more. READ MORE
Lindsay Ames (also known as “Comic Book Girl 19″) had a little Halloween fun and created a cardboard costume based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed RoboCop.
Although the cosplay was assembled for the 2013 Dragon-Con and Comic-Con, Ames had some fun by recreating the pinnacle scene from the film in which Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller) introduces himself as “RoboCop”.
In addition to his absolutely fantastic re-enactment, we’ve also included a video of her creating the costume. And as an added bonus, we also stumbled across a supremely rare and bizarre image of Richard Nixon with RoboCop, which you can read all about here.
“10 more days ’til Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Silver Shamrock!”
These awesome figurines honoring Halloween III: Season Of The Witch come from Retroband. The bummer is that they were manufactured in an extremely limited quantity (20 each). The upside is that they look awesome and are a delightfully sinister addition to anyone’s bookshelf (or wherever you keep this stuff). Having seen Halloween III, if I saw these trick ‘r treating I’d be leery of letting my (imaginary) kids eat anything from that house.
The line included both a Skeleton and Pumpkin figure that each came with a TV accessory along with the awesome warning that, “*Each piece [is] individually hand painted so no two are exactly alike.”
Can Retroband be convinced to expand their line without devaluing the investment of the lucky 20 people who got them? Maybe make a few changes to set the new ones apart? Or are you going to be stuck on EBay this afternoon? At any rate, check out their site, they’ve got some cool Night Of The Creeps and Creepshow stuff on there as well. I should also note I found this on the twitter feed of BenDavid Grabinski, who has an uncanny ability to come across cool horror ephemera. READ MORE