If I had to make a list of the top four horror movie killers, it’d include Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Pinhead. Ghostface comes in at a close fifth place, and of course there’s Chucky, Leatherface, Jigsaw, Hannibal Lecter — err, this isn’t the point. Deviant Artist Chris Fulton has done a fantastic job capturing their murderous charm, which I don’t find all that surprising after seeing his amazing Silent Hill art. After the break I have five of the top horror movie killers, and the mystery killer is quite possibly the most death-obsessed of them all.
Rob Zombie is most certainly a talented visualist, but he’s an inconsistent storyteller. That being said, I’ve found something to appreciate (and dislike) in almost all of his films and I figured now would be as good a time as any to take a look at his filmography. If anything, he does deserve some credit for having his own vision.
His upcoming The Lords of Salem hits limited theaters (New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Detroit) on April 19th from Anchor Bay Films, and I also thought it would be interesting to discuss my thoughts on the film within the larger context of his overall filmography.
The film “tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?”
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“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
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
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
Reviewed by Mike Ferraro
Perhaps the coolest thing about Halloween 5 I can recall deals with a certain theatrical adventure from my childhood. It was 1989 and technology had not yet ruined the planet. Drive-in theaters were a lot more common than they are today, but they were still dying out even in that time. I was 8 years old and my parents took me to see a double feature. The bill? Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, followed by Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.
At the beginning, my level of excitement was off the charts. Then, as the films progressed, this level all but disappeared into a state of sadness. It didn’t matter to me the order of which they played, because they were both equally disappointing, and I haven’t watched Halloween 5 since. READ MORE
Reviewed by Mike Ferraro
I used to really like Halloween 4 when I was a kid but I haven’t really revisited it too often in my adult years. Even during the Zombie Halloween years, I could only muster up the strength to revisit John Carpenter’s masterful original. So when given the opportunity to check out the film on Blu-ray, I was pretty excited. Did my excitement stand? READ MORE
There’s nothing more frustrating to us horror fans than sitting around waiting for some of our beloved slasher icons to make it back to theaters. While the studios continue to pump money into various superhero franchises, the horror legends we grew up loving are sitting on the couch getting fat on Cheetos. Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are sitting pretty on Friday the 13th, while Warners and New Line has A Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger in a coma. Then there’s Universal who’s attempting CPR on the Child’s Play franchise with the direct-to-video Curse of Chucky, now in pre-production, and Lionsgate has a January date set for their Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.
This leaves a few other familiar faces that have a home with Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Dimension Films. While the duo continue develop both a Scream sequel/reboot and TV series, they’ve also set their sights on getting both Pinhead and Michael Myers back in theaters.
Back on April 1 we broke the news that Platinum Dunes was in talks to take the producing reigns on Dimension’s next Halloween installment. (They may have also taken on the Hellraiser remake.) Sources told Bloody exclusively this weekend that, after nearly four months, Dunes is no longer working on either film. We can also confirm that the Weinsteins want to re-remake Halloween.
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Michael Myers is back, and he’s never looked better. On August 28th, Anchor Bay Entertainment revamps two of the most iconic horror films to ever grace the big screen with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. The classics will be coming to blu-ray with all new HD transfers and over an hour of both archival and newly created bonus features! Check out full specs below.
Halloween 4: “He had maimed 16 people to get to his sister. He was shot and incinerated, but still the entity that Dr. Sam Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) calls “Evil on two legs” would not die. Tonight, Michael Myers has come home again…to kill! This time, Michael returns to Haddonfield for Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) – the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode – and her babysitter Rachel (Ellie Cornell). Can Loomis stop Michael before the unholy slaughter reaches his innocent young niece?”
Bonus Features: Deleted & Alternate Scenes (30 minutes of NEW scenes!), Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm (NEW), Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris, Audio Commentary with Writer Alan B. McElroy, Halloween 4/5 Discussion Panel, and Theatrical Trailer
Halloween 5: “Michael Myers survived the mine explosion thought to have killed him. One year later, his traumatized young niece Jamie is horrified to discover she has a telepathic bond with her evil Uncle…and that Uncle Michael is on his way back to Haddonfield. But Dr. Loomis has a new plan to destroy The Boogey Man in his childhood home using Jamie as bait. With enhanced gore and effects, vengeance has never looked so gruesome!”
Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman; Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm (NEW); Halloween 5: Orginal Promo (NEW) and Halloween 5: On Set Footage (NEW – 17 mins. of raw footage) READ MORE
Being a serial killer, retarded or otherwise, isn’t a job with a healthy retirement plan. And as good as you are, it’s lonely at the top. Freddy Krueger doesn’t have a special someone to grow old with, Jason doesn’t understand basic economics and the ladies never flocked to Michael Myers’ charming personality.
Photographer Federico Chiesa understands this and he’s crafted a new series of photographs that relay the fates of our favorite villains. The photos are part of his series “Horror Vacui” (latin for “fear of empty space“) and they’re something you’re definitely gonna want to check out.
Hit the jump to see the fates that await some of our most iconic evil-doers! READ MORE