Even as Amazon’s focus turns to its bevy of beefed-up e-readers, its fledgling publishing imprints are quietly releasing some of the better genre books around. In the wake of the excellent Wayward Pines series comes J. Lincoln Fenn’s Poe (October 22; 47North), winner of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award …which is sort of liking winning a “Best Child” award from your own mother. But I digress. READ MORE
Welcome to the future.
We already teased this new technology last Halloween, but shit just got even more insane.
NASA Engineer Mark Rober, who was one of many behind the Mars Rover, joined forces with Morphsuits and the Digital Dudz to share the key to Halloween party domination…
Watch the following video below for instruction on how to create the most incredible Halloween costume of 2013. Basically, you purchase a shirt with a sleeve for your mobile device, get the app for either Apple or Android, and then customize the digital effects that display through the holes in each shirt.
You can get a quick glance at the company’s website, or check out your local Party City if you prefer not to buy on online… READ MORE
This weekend Machete Kills tanked at the box office with only $3.8 million dollars despite boasting a cadre of stars that would have made any business affairs exec blush in their heyday. While Machete isn’t really a horror film – I often see the “no star” angle bandied about whenever a horror movie fails to live up to commercial expectations (however insane those expectations might be). And it’s not uncommon to see horror films filled with A-list talent die on the vine.
The fact is that’s a usually a misinformed argument. Horror, more than any other genre, has the highest immunity against “negative starpower.” For better or worse, horror films usually live or die based on word of mouth and marketing (sadly, these days it’s mostly dependent on marketing for the first weekend – with word of mouth picking up the slack to fill future playdates).
Finding examples for this list was like shooting fish in a barrel, and there’s a silver lining in that. In horror, you don’t necessarily need a star – you just need the best actor for the part (of course, that doesn’t stop lazy hacks from exploiting gene goodwill by filling their films with talentless nobodies – but one step at a time). This is only the tip of the iceberg. READ MORE
In “Halloween Hugs,” a coffin that was rented for a Halloween party winds up containing a terrifying/adorable secret in the 15th annual Halloween Short film from filmmaker Adam Green & ArieScope Pictures (Hatchet, Hatchet II, Frozen, “Jack Chop,” “Holliston”).
Give your family, friends, and co-workers a “Halloween Hug” and share this with them!
At Bloody-Disgusting we celebrate all aspects of Halloween. I’ve been writing about candies, Human-Centipede outfits, even dog costumes. And I have no plans on stopping, we dig that sh*t around here. And, while it’s tempting to go off on a tangent about how we don’t want to cover people who go to far… that would be a lie. This is the kind of stuff that keeps Halloween interesting!
I don’t mean to shame these people either, sometimes there’s nothing wrong with “wrong.” Perhaps they’re all geniuses with an eye towards shaking up the status quo? Maybe “Udder Lady” is a master culture jammer! There’s a chance “toilet lap man” is challenging our preconceived notions about what beauty truly is! Or maybe not.
Either way, it’s not boring. Head below for 5 Horribly Wrong Halloween Costumes!!! READ MORE
Pig Farmer Games is an indie studio whose name you might recognize from our coverage of Sanitarium Massacre, a horror game inspired by 80′s slasher films. We’ll have to wait for that, but thankfully, the wait just got way easier.
If you’re really jonesing for a slasher fix, today they released a brand new horror game based on the Halloween films. Set in 1978, the night Michael Myers was set loose upon poor, unsuspecting Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the perfect game to prepare for Halloween. Read on to see it in action!
Giant Bomb recently had the opportunity to briefly chat with legendary horror director John Carpenter, who is a vocal fan of video games — horror or otherwise — and has even dabbled in them with F.E.A.R. 3. He’s expressed interest in directing a Dead Space film, so he obviously enjoys his horror games.
Though, surprisingly, he doesn’t dissect them. You would think a guy who’s been crafting horror films for nearly four decades would enjoy deconstructing games like Silent Hill, which he enjoys, but instead, he says he just immerses himself in them. More after the jump.
Man, people really get into dressing up their pets! I’ve never really done this to any of my dogs, I just didn’t feel like annoying them that much. While I’m currently dogless, my family has historically gone for bigger breeds that would probably dismantle/destroy anything I had placed on them in a matter of seconds.
But most of the dogs in these pics seem like they’re handling their owners’ enthusiasm rather well. While I couldn’t find too many decent “horrific” iterations on this theme (lets face it, not too many people want to see their pets bloodied up – even as a simulation), here at BD we love everything Halloween. And I love dogs. So there you go.
Head below for 6 Bizarre Halloween Costumes For Dogs!!! READ MORE
Guillermo del Toro just never stops. Not only did he deliver one of the most amazing intros ever for The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XXIV, but he is also releasing his “Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions” just in time for Halloween with Harper Design. The book offers an in-depth look into del Toro’s mind, his creative process, and his love for horror. READ MORE
As we get into the Halloween spirit here at BD one of my favorite things to do is look for the best and worst Halloween costumes out there. So this is just the first post of many, but it’s totally great! As far as I can tell, a site called We Know Memes got to it first, so kudos to them.
But an even bigger kudos to the folks who designed this amazing Human Centipede homage! I can’t imagine crawling around like that all night, but I’m sure she brought joy into many people’s hearts. Also, send your best and worst Halloween costumes to firstname.lastname@example.org! You will be credited if we feature them on the site! READ MORE
I cannot even begin to tell you how stoked I am for the one-hour Ultimate Spider-Man Halloween Special. I grew up on the second generation Spider-Man cartoon series, and it has been a long time since we’ve seen Marvel bring elements of horror into their animated universe. The Halloween Special sees Spidey as he teams up with Werewolf by Night, Blade, The Living Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster and Man-Thing in order to take down Dracula. Check out the clip below. READ MORE
As a grown man, one of the last vestiges of my childhood that I latch onto with an enduring intensity is my love of candy. It will probably always be my achilles heel. I’m not into chocolate so much, I like the sour stuff. Having never had a cavity, I’m fairly confident my candy habit alone keeps toothpaste and Listerine stocks steady.
So one of of my favorite parts of Halloween is the new and inventive candies we see out at the specialty shops. To celebrate the first day of October I went out and took a look at what they had in stock. While I’m hoping my local joint increases the variety (and cool factor) of their candy selection throughout the month – I was able to find some worthy candidates.
However, we can’t stop here. We want YOU to go to your local candy store and send us pics of the cool sh*t you find! That way, together, we can create the Best Halloween Candy List ever and have it up before Halloween! The deadline is October 20th. Find the best Halloween candies you can and send the pics to email@example.com! You will be credited!
In the meantime, head below to check out what I got for starters. READ MORE
Well, this news came out of nowhere and completely blindsided me! Tomorrow sees the release of Halloween: The Sound of Evil-Music From The Halloween Film Scores, which celebrates the music of each of the Halloween films, from John Carpenter’s 1978 original to Rob Zombie’s 2009 Halloween II. The 22-track collection has music from each composer, including John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, John Ottman, Danny Lux, and Tyler Bates. The soundtrack will be released tomorrow digitally via BuySoundtrax. Check below for the full track list. READ MORE
The all-ages branch of BOOM! Studios announces the return of “Herobear and the Kid” with the 2013 Annual, a special Halloween edition, written by Mike Kunkel. The issue takes place on Halloween night, and Tyler and his pal Herobear are on a mission to gather as much candy as possible. READ MORE
On Friday I published my personal rankings of several horror franchises, and I was just as shocked as the rest of you when the Halloween series fell into 4th place. I had intended to rank it higher at the outset – after all, the original film is the best slasher of all time – but all of the sequels I just couldn’t squeeze any enjoyment from kept getting in the way and bogging it down in the rankings.
Like I said before 2 is good and Season Of The Witch is really good (with The Return Of Michael Myers being okay as well) but after that it’s just a melange of boredom for me. And while I’d say “embarrassing” is actually a step up from “boredom” in the sense that you’re actually engaging with the material in some manner, they’re never a good combo.
Take this moment from Halloween: Resurrection. When you’re coming off an apathetic run in the series (despite the relatively good reception of its predecessor, H20) it’s probably not a good move to snap your audience out of their collective coma so they can pay attention to a moment as hamfisted as this one. It’s not the fact that Busta Rhymes is in the movie that’s embarrassing, it’s the fact that we have to sit through a nightmare 75 seconds of dialogue so hackneyed and cliched it almost plays like a rejected Scary Movie 5 joke. The second clip isn’t much better but I’ve included it so you can get a sense of closure.
I can’t wait until this series regains its footing. What’s your most embarrassing franchise moment? READ MORE
John Carpenter’s Halloween needs no introduction. The 1978 classic could easily be considered my generation’s Gone With the Wind (or some other landmark film). To review the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray is actually quite an honor.
Known for its subtlety, Carpenter’s simply fantastic tale of Michael Myers – a young boy who brutally murders his sister on Halloween night in 1963 – remains a horror staple to this day. Locked up in an institution under the care of Dr. Samuel Loomis, Michael breaks out 15 years later only to return to his home of Haddonfield – to kill again.
Even with multiple viewings each year, there are moments within Halloween that I have never noticed until this Blu-ray transfer. I set up the 1999 Limited Edition THX DVD to play simultaneously with Blu-ray, and I was astonished by the picture quality. Immediately, the compression on the DVD is evident. In comparison, pits and scratches on the pumpkin are the first noticeable difference in the title sequence on the Blu-ray. From here, it continues to stun with details of things like leaves and wallpaper that become intricate versus just outlines. Landscapes are heavily sharpened, and scenes almost appear to take place at a different time of day between the two mediums. Everything that happens in the dark of night isn’t muted and bland, the scenery is there. Colors pop, like the green sleeve of young Michael’s costume that also has a sheen to it, while adult Michael’s coveralls are dirty and have holes. And a huge detail I noticed that the boys will love – good girl Laurie is definitely not wearing a bra under that ribbed turtleneck – and it is far more noticeable now. The sound on the Blu-ray is quite superior to the DVD. Compared to the muffled audio, the crisp mix is much clearer. There are the little things like Annie wiping the fogged windshield or Michael’s breathing that are balanced and amplified in the right way. The crunch of the knitting needle makes the right amount of impact.
Of course, the special features on the disc are almost as equally important as the film. The Night She Came Home is a documentary following Jamie Lee Curtis as she attends the one and only convention she has ever done (it was for charity) and it is a good watch. As stated by a few of the fans in the feature, far different than a lot of celebrities these days, Jamie is courteous, appreciative and engaging. The documentary itself is well made, however, the audio at times sounds like it is coming from a tin can. It also runs a bit too long, unless you are interested in hearing fan’s personal accounts and stories of why they love Halloween and horror. There were multiple times it seemed to be the end and it wasn’t. Still, a nice piece and, again, it is great to see that Jamie Lee Curtis can appreciate the fanbase and understand the impact Halloween has made on so many people.
On Location: 25 Years Later is a 10 minute feature showing where the movie was filmed. This feature is extra special because it focuses on the details of the filming process by interviewing Debra Hill. Debra was incredibly intelligent and knew what she was doing, right down to writing the dialogue of the characters she helped create. It is a shame there aren’t many women like her left in the horror genre. Watching this piece – and thinking about the prominent female names in the genre today – just shows how greatly she is missed.
The TV version footage is included on the disc, as well. The footage looks great, but isn’t quite as spectacular as the main film. It’s a cross between the DVD and Blu-ray. No option is included to insert the footage or watch the TV version on its own. There is also a trailer, which interestingly shows all of the highlights of the film. Rounding out the special features are three TV spots and three radio spots. I haven’t listened to the radio for years, so hearing the radio spots was definitely interesting and a reminder of old times.
For those who love commentaries, the new disc includes one with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis. It is fun to hear the two banter back and forth about what they remember – starting with the entire cast and crew white washing the Myers house together in order to shoot the first scene. The disc is enclosed in a beautiful, embossed hardcover booklet. Inside the booklet are twelve pages of reflection on the film written by Stef Hutchinson. Almost an academic paper on the subject, the information chosen and presented reflects the intelligence of the film and its depth. For average everyday fans, reading this should blow their minds.
While there are omissions from previous releases, this new definitive Halloween Blu-ray release includes so many great features, and the film itself is in such incredible shape, that it is definitely a must have and probably the greatest release of 2013 so far.
Franchises. As much as we like our smaller, more artistic, horror films we keep returning to the well of the familiar. There’s nothing wrong with that really, time has shown us that there’s plenty of space for more unique horror films to thrive (and perhaps become franchises themselves) alongside the old profitable standbys.
But what makes a good franchise? A great first film helps, and a lot of these have GREAT first films. But that’s not all it takes. For a franchise’s legacy to endure it requires an unholy (and sometimes contradictory) mix of consistency, variety and history. It’s entirely possible to have a flat-out classic as your first film but then taper off into highly unremarkable territory.
Head inside to see how your favorite franchises stack up and to vote in our poll! Needless to say, my list is highly subjective and I welcome differing opinions. Also – please note I stuck to franchises with 5 or more entries (including remakes)! READ MORE
We’ve got five new posters to kick off this Thursday morning, starting with UK quads for both Summit’s Ender’s Game (UK release October 25), starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford, and Open Road’s Machete Kills (UK theaters October 11), featuring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, Charlie Sheen, Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan, William Sadler, Lady Gaga, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, and Marko Zaror.
There’s also a cool art poster for Marina de Van’s Dark Touch, opening in select theaters, as well as on VOD and digital outlets on September 27th via IFC Midnight. “Niamh is the lone survivor of a bloody massacre after the furniture and objects in her family’s isolated house take on a monstrous life of their own. The police ignore her wild stories and the family friends and social worker who take her in try to introduce a new life. But in this psychological thriller, Niamh is unable to leave her violent past behind her, endangering everyone who crosses her path.”
Lastly come new theatrical one-sheets for the re-releases of Halloween, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. Each of these films will be presented in an allegedly striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio. For more information, visit the Halloween on Screen website and Halloween Movies online. READ MORE
Screenvision, a national leader in cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution, has teamed up with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the 1978 classic, John Carpenter’s Halloween, with a series of Halloween films on the big screen. The celebration begins in October with the nationwide release of John Carpenter’s Halloween, and continues through the month with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers in select theaters. Each of these films will be presented in an allegedly striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio. READ MORE
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and The Howling Commandos will make their very first appearance on the Disney Channel with a one-hour Halloween special event on October 5th. The new animated special will show the wall crawler teaming up with none other than Blade, Werewolf, The Living Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Man-Thing. That’s quite the Halloween team, and together they must fight off Dracula. I love when they bring horror into the superhero universe, and it’s been a good while since we’ve had anything like this. READ MORE
Last year’s The American Scream provided a heartwarming spotlight of a group of folks who spend hefty portions of their time and income on transforming their suburban homes into houses of horrors every Halloween. Halloween Home Haunts, the new documentary from Apprehensive Films, follows in the same vein, but takes a less introspective approach. While it may not dig as deep into the psyche of the home haunters and their families, HHH is still a good time and fiends of the almighty holiday will definitely have a good time with it.
HHH highlights about eight diverse home haunters and divides them into site-specific categories like “yard haunters,” “garage haunters,” and “pro haunters.” The haunted set-ups range from props bought from a Halloween store to elaborate home-made items of Hollywood quality. All of the home haunters are interviewed by a host in TV news fashion, or like something you’d see on a reality show. It’s pretty dry and edited rather blandly, but it works and still enjoyable to watch.
One really cool aspect that HHH does well is walk-through the individual home haunts. The format works nicely: after a home haunters spend some time talking about the various props they’re excited about, we’re given a nice little POV tour of their show in action. This is a welcome element kinda lacking in The American Scream.
The film also goes behind the scenes at Night Frights, creator of state-of-the-art Halloween props and effects for home haunters. We’re talking insane 3-D projection effects and my personal favorite, the Scary Mary mirror, which would have probably ruined me as a child if I encountered it in a haunted house. One of the honchos of Night Frights details some of their latest effects as they set up a “test run” inside a garage haunt. Judging from the Night Frights section of the doc, the future of home haunting is going to be some Hollywood-level effects shit, and also really expensive.
Some heavy time of the doc is given to Larry Scholl, an unassuming older man who built a freaking haunted train yard on his property. It’s a legit ride filled with tons of animatronics, fans, and, allegedly, scares. That’s devotion, man. One of the film’s special features also highlights another attraction Scholl has in his yard, an animatronic Tiki show. The film also looks at the Heartstoppers haunted attraction in Sacramento, CA, run by a former haunter turned pro. He provides some great insights about what that kinda huge shift in haunting is like.
HHH is pretty cut and dry, but shit, it’s a documentary about people obsessed with and devoted to Halloween. The subject matter alone makes it a fun watch, so getting past the bland presentation isn’t an issue. While The American Scream displayed the assortment of colorful characters who are obsessed with home haunting, Halloween Home Haunts focuses more on the haunts themselves. Check it out and hurl yourself into the Halloween spirit.
The Halloween Home Haunts DVD is presented in 1.78:1. It’s got a crisp image transferred from the camcorder it was shot on. The 2.0 audio mix sounds perfectly fine for what it is.
A lot of trailers.
Spotlight of the Hauntcast podcast, geared towards home haunters.
A look at Larry Scholl’s Tiki Room, that I mentioned in the review.
Alternate opening that differs from the Halloween tribute one contained in the film.
Behind the Scenes at Night Frights, the prop company mentioned in the review.
ABC Family has closed a deal for a high-profile horror spec script by writer Jeff Dixon, which has Halloween‘s Jamie Lee Curtis, pictured, attached to star and Friday the 13th Part 2 and Halloween H20‘s Steve Miner to direct and executive produce if the project goes to pilot, says Deadline.
This would mark a reunion and return to the horror genre for the Halloween H2O star Curtis and its director Miner.
Titled “The Final Girls,” the drama revolves around a group of girls who have, in essence, survived their own personal horror stories and are brought together by a mysterious older woman (Curtis) to channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good.
While there is no green light yet for the project, they hear it is being put on a fast track. READ MORE
Season 25 of FOX’s “The Simpsons,” can you believe it? Fan or not, every horror enthusiast is intrigued to see what they do next on their annual “Treehouse of Horror”.
With “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” arriving October 6, I personally hope they can get back to the “horror” roots and stop spoofing “Twilight” and “Harry Potter”. Maybe the addition of a couch gag from Guillermo del Toro will kick things off right? That sounds more like a treat than a trick…
From the press release: The opener of the 24th annual “Treehouse of Horror” is from Guillermo del Toro and features monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history. In “Oh The Places You’ll D’oh,” the first of three spine-tingling stories, Homer rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as “The Fat in The Hat” in a rhyming Dr. Seuss-ian tale. In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final terrifying tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge in the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” episode of The Simpsons” airing Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. READ MORE
Anchor Bay UK announced the Halloween 35th Anniversary Release in a limited edition collector’s steelbook, boasting a brand new high definition transfer, for October 21.
It is the horror classic that gave us the first scream queen (Jamie Lee Curtis), a formidable horror icon and a soundtrack that is instantly recognizable anywhere in the world. Halloween is the definitive slasher film that defies time and continues to get better with age. Featuring a whole host of specially created special features, a new audio mix and a transfer supervised by John Carpenter himself. This is the high definition release fans have been waiting for; delivering clarity, content and entertainment in equal measure! A must buy!
“In 1978 John Carpenter’s Halloween was hailed as a “brutally efficient exercise in tension” (Entertainment Weekly), scaring audiences worldwide with a new breed of menace and a whole new set of rules.
35 Years after its original release, Anchor Bay return to the original source material alongside creator John Carpenter and Director of Photography Dean Cundey to supervise an all new High Definition transfer. Containing the original audio and an all new 7.1 audio mix alongside a feature length audio commentary from John Carpenter and international star Jamie Lee Curtis.
In the small town of Haddonfield, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds her night of babysitting turns into a night of sheer terror as she comes face to face with the “Bogeyman”. As her friends are cut down one by one Laurie becomes the focus of attack turning one night into what seems like a lifetime… a lifetime about to be cut devastatingly short.” READ MORE