“I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding. Even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes…the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply…evil”
Halloween. The 1978 classic.
Oh, come on, you knew I was going to go there this week.
John 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. READ MORE
Today’s news flow is out of control slow so I’m going to drop a bomb of videos on your guys that will ease the pain of a Friday afternoon leading into the Halloween weekend (even though Halloween is mid-week this year, which sucks ass).
Let’s see, what do we have here… Ok, let’s start with my personal favorite of the bunch, a video courtesy of Stan Winston School that takes us behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg’s 1994 classic Jurassic Park. In the below video you’ll learn how the “puppet” Raptors operated… with a human inside. Yup! “Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for Jurassic Park, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets, insert legs and men-in-suits,” says the video. “This exclusive “Making of” video, narrated by raptor suit performer, 25-year SWS supervisor & co-founder of Legacy Effects, John Rosengrant, walks you through the evolution of Jurassic Park’s raptor suits, from first foam fabricated “garbage bag test” to the finished suits that you see in the final film.” AMAZING.
Next up is a behind-the-scenes video from the 1997 Alien: Resurrection where studioADI shares a never-before-seen look at the “Alien Newborn Death”. “Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wanted practical effects for the scene in which the Newborn is sucked through a small hole in a window into space,” they explain. “He wanted the head to be the final image, first stripped of skin and then the skull shattering as it disappeared into space. That was a whole lotta’ Newborn to make disappear. Here are the first tests that, despite the shaky wall mock-up, had us moving in the right direction. A network of wires attached to a pre-scored skin went first, followed by a pre-scored and delicate skull rigged with an even more complex spiderweb of wires to shatter and pull pieces through the hole. And then… what better way to end this video by spilling our guts…”
Zombies are no match for the love of pets! Watch Pets vs. Zombies and have a Happy Howloween from Petco! Follow that with Housemates of Horror, a Fox Home Entertainment spoof where a bunch of horror icons share a living space. Screen Junkies, who usually knocks it out of the park, shared this ho-hum video entitled Halloween with Mike Myers as Michael Myers (it was only a matter of time until someone made this).
Lastly, we round out the madness with a rash of sweet Halloween-themed commercials. READ MORE
Halloween’s only a few days away, and boy am I excited. To me, Halloween isn’t just a holiday, it’s a way of life. It’s also not limited to October 31st, as I’m doing all sorts of Halloween-related shenanigans all month long. This is the time of year when I can be strange and creepy and not only is it justified, but it’s encouraged. One of the things I like to do is watch nothing but horror movies, and play exclusively horror video games. Check out my “playlist” for this year, after the break. READ MORE
GWAR, the Scumdogs of the Universe, may look like they’re perfectly suited (pun intended) for the Halloween season, but remember that, to them, this is who they are! And this is also the first Halloween where they’ve gone out trick-or-treating, so you can imagine the shenanigans they get into walking the neighborhoods of New Jersey. Yeesh…
It’s a video that will definitely elicit a chuckle or two, so have fun below! READ MORE
There’s no better time for horror comic fanatics than Halloween week. Luckily, new comic day happens to fall on Halloween this year. In partnership with Avatar Press, who will be releasing the first issue of their new Night Of The Living Dead: Aftermath book, some comic shops will be hosting celebration parties. Ask your local shop if they’ll be participating in the fun. All details about the parties below READ MORE
The last time I went trick-or-treating, I was dressed in full Nemesis attire, complete with big leather jacket (with a stunning Umbrella logo stitched to the back), rocket launcher, and boots that added a good 3-4 inches of pure terror. It was hopelessly geeky and way over-the-top, but at the time, I felt like a total badass. Now, I can relive those fond memories, sans Nemesis ensemble, in the new Halloween update available now for Guild Wars 2. NCsoft and ArenaNet don’t want to ruin anything since they’d rather you see it for yourself, but what we know is it adds a brand new story that follows the return of a king who was slain by his own people, trick-or-treating, special costumes, and holiday themed crafting recipes. Much of the new content is temporary, so if you want to enjoy it now, you best act quick. It’s free, so you have nothing to lose. READ MORE
A few months back I wrote a piece that highlighted 5 horror films and the horrible endings that the filmmakers chose for them. But now it’s October and I’m in the mood for love, especially when it comes to my favorite genre, so it’s time to turn the tables and talk about the films that really hit it out of the park with their endings.
When it comes to endings, sometimes you’ve got to take the advice of Jesus (as played by Jerry Cantrell in Jerry Maguire) and hang your balls out there to be great. So while all of these endings are awesome, most of them aren’t exactly happy. It’s not that I’m against happy endings, but often they clash so harshly with the film’s overall tone and theme that you just know they’re tacked on compromises.
Head inside to check it out. And let me know YOUR favorite horror endings in the comments! READ MORE
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Remember perusing the video store on a Friday night looking for something to watch? Back when the video store doubled as your own personal art gallery? Cult poster artist extraordinaire and horror film fiend The Dude Designs (Hobo With a Shotgun,The Inkeepers, They Live Blu-ray art) does and he’s paying homage to all things home video from the ’80s and early ’90s in this illustrated poster curated by Poster Collective. And naturally, he’s brought some icons of horror along for the ride as well.
Poster Collective presents The Dude’s FIRST EVER limited edition print available for sale to the human public (and/or all types of computer-trained dogs or monkeys.) The print will be available for sale on Friday, Oct 19th 2012 @ 10AM EST via Poster Collective at this link. The sale page will also include an in-depth interview with The Dude on his concept for this poster, VHS memories, video nasties in the UK and much more.
They’ve also teamed up with Keep A Breast (the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization) to whom we will donate $1 for each poster sold and an extra $50 if all the posters sell out. October is National Breast Cancer Prevention Month.
See the new poster below that features horror icons Chucky, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees! READ MORE
We know that John Carpenter’s Halloween will see a nationwide release beginning October 25th with select showings through October 31st. It will be the widest distribution the film has seen since originally shocking audiences in 1978. But while some of those screenings will be Blu-ray and DCP, we know one place where you can see the film on 35MM. In LA. With John Carpenter in attendance. Where? The New Beverly, of course.
Ticket prices are steep, but it’s for a good cause. It’s playing as part of the first-ever Debra Hill Film Festival on Saturday, October 27 at 730PM. One of the most beloved and influential producers of her time, trailblazer Debra Hill was one of the first women to establish herself as a major feature film producer in the modern era. All proceeds benefit the foundation.
Mondo artist Ken Taylor has created two variations of a beautiful poster for the event. Head inside to check them out. You can pick up tickets here. READ MORE
You love horror. Naturally, you want to show that love on Halloween, the one day a year when you can dress like a psychotic killer and still look relatively normal.
But beware what costume you choose.
Each character says something about you as a person which you might not feel comfortable sharing with the rest of the world. Here are just ten costumes and the secrets about you they could reveal. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you this awesome opportunity to make YOUR voice heard! Celldweller is looking to do a cover/remix of a famed horror theme for this Halloween and we want to know which one YOU would love to hear the most! Below is a poll that lets you pick between these four choices: “Cry Little Sister” (The Lost Boys), “Tubular Bells” (The Exorcist), “Hello Zepp” (Saw), and the Tales From The Crypt Theme! The poll is open until Noon EST this Sunday, the 14th, so make sure to get your vote in below!
Make sure to check out our exclusive video interview with Klayton here. READ MORE
We all know that sex and violence have been bedfellows in entertainment since the dawn of time. They’ve certainly walked hand in hand since the dawn of cinema, so much so that this list could never hope to be completed in just one outing. In fact, you could probably have an entry on this list for every legit slasher ever made (I even had to make a rule about including only one Friday The 13th film).
While I’m not 100% sure of the science behind what causes the desire to see these two elements combined, I’m guessing it has something to do with both of them being such primal forces. At any rate, it’s here to stay – so why not look at some of the best scenes this unholy combination of elements has to offer?
Head inside for a look at some of the best sex-related kills in horror! Let us know your favorites in the comments! READ MORE
Halloween is supposed to be a night for celebrating the darker sides of human nature. But just like with Christmas, it’s original meaning has been adulterated by consumerism. Instead of worrying about demons and zombies, we now spend Halloween collecting buckets of candy and/or ogling sexy maids/nurses/teachers/adult babies.
Let’s bring the focus back on what Halloween’s really about: Death. While you’re out trick or treating this year, keep these wonderful Halloween-themed threats in mind. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the legendary lead guitarist of Metallica! We got the opportunity to ask Kirk a few questions about Metallica before we dove into the world of horror and his book Too Much Horror Business (Amazon). We also get to hear stories of Kirk’s childhood as well as a bit about Cliff Burton and his love of horror. You can read this exclusive interview below! READ MORE
It’s finally Halloween month, and there’s no better time to be reading horror comics. Major and indie publishers alike pull out all the stops to introduce their biggest horror stories of the year. This means loads of new titles, events, and special edition printings . This first week in October kicks off with the start of the “Animal Man/Swamp Thing” crossover, Marvel brings back Carnage in “Minimum Carnage”, a Lovecraft edition of “Creepy Comics”, and plenty more.
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading list somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If I’ve missed something you’re stoked about or if you’ve got any questions, list it in the comments. READ MORE
Every year Hatchet, Hatchet II and Frozen director Adam Green directs a new horror short in the spirit of Halloween. This year’s short stars David Moore (Avatar) and Kane Hodder (as Michael Myers!) in “DRIVING LESSONS – Halloween 1978 Deleted Scene”.
“In John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween, Michael Myers was suddenly able to drive a car after having sat in a sanitarium staring at the wall since childhood. While the filmmakers addressed this slight plot hole briefly in the original movie with a throw away line by Donald Pleasance (“Maybe someone around here gave him lessons”), we here at ArieScope Pictures were fortunate enough to track down a never-before-seen deleted scene from HALLOWEEN that thoroughly explains what really happened.
“Our 14th annual Halloween Short Film parodies our favorite slasher film of all time and stars Joel David Moore and Kane Hodder (Hatchet 1-3, Friday the 13th 7-10) as “Michael Myers”.” READ MORE
One of Sinister‘s many strengths is its use of unsettling imagery. There are so many quick moments in the film that stick really with you. These moments are so deceptively simple that, on paper, they may not read as being incredibly striking. But their effect on the screen is undeniable. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see the movie, some of the stuff in it is unshakeable!
In sponsored honor of these terrifying and unsettling moments, I’ve decided to comb through my internal horror library in search of some of horror’s most unsettling moments. By no means is this list comprehensive, but I wanted it to be a good starting point to get you guys to share your favorite moments!
Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
For the past twenty-two years, Universal Orlando has been home to the always fun and sometimes genuinely frightening Halloween Horror Nights. For their 2012 edition, Universal has gone all out, creating all-new houses with the help of a famous illusion/comedy duo and musician, as well as taking inspiration from one of my favorite horror game series of all time, the biggest horror show currently on television, and the company’s own history.
(Assumedly) Due to the all the construction going on in the park, there are only seven houses this year instead of the traditional eight – which is a bummer – but between everything the event has to offer, there’s enough to keep you occupied for a night.
What happens when you toss a Soprano, a Ramone, and a starlet into the same prison cell? According to Alan Robert (“Crawl to Me”), you get a dark comedy zombie apocalypse. Robert has successfully made the transition from world class rock star to world class comic creator over the past few years and his latest creation is the absolutely insane.
Killogy stars the unlikely cast of Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (formerly of The Ramones) and Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter) who find themselves together in the midst of an undead war. Robert takes on writing and art duties for the series, which is set for release in time for Halloween. Below you can check out the preview from IDW. READ MORE
We’ve just now landed the official trailer for Screenvision, Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films’ re-release of John Carpenter’s immortal 1978 classic, Halloween. This nationwide release, beginning October 25th with select showings through October 31st, will be the widest distribution the film has seen since originally shocking audiences in 1978. This cinema scare classic will be presented in a striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio. While we’ve been e-mailed with unconfirmed reports that the UK release will be shown on Blu-ray, a Screenvision representative is checking to confim the film’s new HDCAM projection as I write this article. A Twitter follower tells me it will be a satellite-broadcast digital version like Fathom Events (something I will never return to). I guess you’d be going will the sole intent to experience it with a group of horror fans in theaters?
Screenvision’s presentation of Halloween will also include an exclusive documentary short entitled “You Can’t Kill The Bogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween.” The documentary focuses on the undeniable impact the film, and series, has had on culture and the genre. A full list of exhibiting theaters will be announced soon. READ MORE
A lot of you guys have no idea how competitive and difficult it is to get hired for a directing gig. It’s kind of like getting a job at Starbucks, only you’re going up against a handful of name directors who spend tens of thousands of dollars creating pitch packs and short videos to land the job. I’ve heard of directors spending $25,000 (and up) of their own money to make a short video showing the producers and financiers of a film what they can do, and what their vision is.
With that said, I’m really excited to share the following video and images created to pitch for Dimension Films’ next Halloween, when Platinum Dunes was aboard to produce (they aren’t anymore). Federico D’Alessandro, the head Storyboard Artist and Animatics Supervisor over at Marvel Studios (who worked on Thor, Captain America, Avengers, as well as Iron Man 3 and Thor 2), contacted us with an animatic video short and some keyframes used to sell himself to Platinum Dunes. I like to pretend what I’m watching is the un-produced Halloween remake.
“As a lifelong ‘Halloween’ fan it would be a dream to direct a reboot of the franchise that’s so near and dear to my heart,” said D’Alessandro. “I created this animatic to show the tone and storytelling that I would bring to the project if I were lucky enough to have that chance.” He added: “It turned out pretty cool, but unfortunately while I was in the middle of working on it, talks fell through between Platinum Dunes and the Weinsteins…so I missed the boat on that one.”
What do you guys think of the following short and imagery? Would you have been happy to see this as the Halloween re-remake? Would you want to see Dimension and Weinstein Company get behind it? READ MORE
If you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween on the big screen, you just may be able to fix that problem next month. No matter where you live, apparently, since it seems to be getting a fairly wide re-release.
The official Facebook for the film says “This will be the biggest run the film has had since shocking audiences in 1978.” We’re not sure how big this means it will actually be, but hopefully it’s wide enough for you to go check out (wherever you are). Screening before the film will be Justin Beahm’s new mini-doc You Can’t Kill The Boogeyman: 35 Years Of Halloween.
Halloween Movies will soon have info regarding the release, as will we. You’ll know it as it comes in.
Every year I look forward to “The Simpsons” Halloween “Treehouse of Horror” episode, only to be disappointed. For some reason the writers behind the record-breaking animated series feel the need to inject non-horror themed stories, focusing on pop-culture like Harry Potter. Will this year’s episode be different?
Black holes, Back to the Future, demonic possession and the end of the world await “Simpsons” fans in the upcoming season’s “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” episode.
TV Line reports that this year’s installment of the annual Halloween-adjacent special will air on Sunday, October 7, executive producer Al Jean reveals. The first segment will be “The Simpsons”’ Marty McFly act. “Bart goes back and prevents Marge and Homer from ever getting married, and we see what happens next,” says the showrunner. (For what it’s worth, Jon Lovitz – who voices Marge’s high school paramour Artie Ziff, among other characters – is involved.) Another segment is “a found-footage parody” – in the vein of Paranormal Activity – “where something really strange is going on in the Simpson house,” he adds.
Also on tap: “We have a segment where a mini black hole terrorizes Springfield and starts sucking everything in, and it’s to tie into the discovery this summer of the Higgs boson,” he says, referring to the so-called “God particle.” Finally, Jean adds, “We also deal a little with the Mayan prophecy of the world ending this year.”
Sounds like a great line-up this year, what would you guys have liked to see?