Everyone give it up for Kyle Lambert. Not only has he managed to indelibly capture the aesthetic essence of Toy Story, he’s managed to graft it onto a series of key images from The Shining that remind us just how many classic moments Kubrick’s masterpiece has. The Shining is such an incredibly cinematic, visual film and I love the contrast Lambert provides by mixing its universe with something more innocent.
Being that April Fool’s was just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but assume this was a joke on the level of mine from 2011. But it wasn’t, which makes the following story even more cruel… Six Flags Amusement Parks almost had a Ghostbusters ride! It was to be similar to the Toy Story and Men in Black rides that grace Disney and Universal, where the rider would become a Ghost Buster and shoot ghosts in a hotel that looked like a newly constructed “Haunted Mansion.” It was ingenius. And there’s dozens of concept art pieces to prove it. What I would have done for this (and another round of Slimer gum)… READ MORE
I’m a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 The Birds, and have always wondered how we’d truly react to such a phenomenon. Well, a small Kentucky city has experienced the terror of millions of birds that’s caused chaos over this past winter.
Millions of birds have descended on a small Kentucky city this winter, fouling the landscape, scaring pets and raising the risk for disease in a real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film, The Birds, says BDN.
The blackbirds and European starlings blacken the sky of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, before roosting at dusk, turn the landscape white with bird poop, and the disease they carry can kill a dog and sicken humans. More inside… READ MORE
Some hilarious news was just sent to us by “Peter Pumpkin Eater” who caught wind of an article in the Jamaican Star that alleges that classes ended prematurely at a Corporate Area high school last Thursday following reports that there were demons at the institution, one of which possessed a female student.
“The demon revealed himself and discouraged other students from praying for the possessed girl warning them that if they disobeyed he would leave the girl’s body and enter theirs instead,” the magazine reported.
“It was also understood that fear hung over the institution forcing the school’s administration to seek the assistance of a special prayer team that specialises in demon possession. The prayer team is from a nearby church. When the team arrived, they were reportedly greeted by a group of Baptist pastors who were eager to lend their assistance to rid the school of the demons. Subsequently, the school’s administration summoned students to a general prayer assembly feeling confident that the scare had ended but they were in for a surprise.
‘The pastors said dem feel the evil spirit all over the school so they called the school population to an assembly. In the middle of assembly, suddenly out of the ceiling, a bird’s head, cut off from the bird, drop down inna the middle of the assembly. It was chaos after that,‘ a source who witnessed the incident said.
The school’s vice-principal was reluctant to elaborate on what transpired at the school on the day of the incident and downplayed it as something minor. ‘That’s something at the school. I’m not going to disclose what took place. Whatever took place was not something drastic. Whoever told you should have given all the details,‘ she said.”
When Swedish indie rock band Shout Out Louds decided to release “Blue Ice”, the first single from their upcoming album Optics, they decided to think a little outside of the box. What they did was send 10 lucky fans and publicists each a box that contained a kit to make a record that would give the listener a chance to hear their new single before anyone else. As you’ve probably guessed from the headline above, the listener had to make the record out of ice. It’s a really fascinating experiment and it fits the title of the track perfectly. Below is a video that documents exactly what was required as well as the full song in “ice audio”. Also below is the official video. Definitely one of the coolest (ZING!) things I’ve seen in a while. READ MORE
With the holidays looming upon us, we look back at Halloween with our heads down knowing that it’ll be another year before we can trick or treat again. And while everyone focuses their attention on ol’ Santa Claus, us horror fans typically focus our attention on the classic The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The 1993 stop-motion animated classic was based on Tim Burton’s 1982 poem, and before that inception, Disney has wanted to develop Jack Skellington and his Halloween Town into a short film or TV Christmas special, but feared it was too scary for kids.
Making the viral waves this very morning is a wonderful “The Nightmare Before Christmas” animated short as narrated by the great Christopher Lee! The short features many variations from the final film product, which ones do you spot? READ MORE
With the holidays looming, the horror news has come to a screeching halt. And because we never stop, we’ve been trying to mix in some random cool articles just to keep you guys entertained.
Thanks to one of my Twitter followers, Efrain Franco, we’re excited to share this hilarious gem that will kick your weekend off with a bucket of laughs.
As explained in the details, the following video originally ran on the “Today” show, in May, 1984. It’s a segment about a “haunted toaster.” Yes, a toaster so haunted that it burns “Satan lives” into the bread!
The uploader thanks Richard Dominick, the interviewer (and producer from Jerry Springer) who made this astounding moment in TV history possible, and to Boyd Matson, the reporter who produced and narrated the segment. READ MORE
One of the big reasons I hate going to the movies is because none of the theaters do anything about people using their cellphones during the show. The Alamo Drafthouse gives a stern pre-show warning, while various other chains also “ask nicely” during the trailer presentations. It doesn’t do anything, and I think all of us can attest to this.
With rising ticket prices, it pisses me off that there aren’t watchdogs sitting in the back of theaters, or in the projection booth, shooting a red laser on the phones that light up the theater. It’s an easy way to call out the perp without causing a scene. If it continues, escort them out. Here in Los Angeles we pay upwards of $15 a ticket – you’re telling me that can’t pay someone $8 an hour whose sole job is to stop people from using their phones? Cheap bastards.
The kids at /Film report on The Prince Charles Cinema in London where cinephiles offer “Ninja” services in exchange for free tickets. When they spot a patron talking, texting, throwing popcorn, kicking seats, or otherwise engaging in rude behavior, they swoop down to give the jerk in question a talking-to. One of the program’s recent targets, moviegoer Abdul Stagg, recounted his experience to the site:
“I normally hate noisy people in cinemas, but I got a call from my friend just as the movie started and thought I could get away with taking it. The last thing I expected was two completely blacked-out people suddenly appearing by our seats and give me and my mates a warning to shut up. It was actually pretty terrifying at first, but then I realised it was a bit of a laugh and a great way to make it clear what I was doing was having an impact on those around me. It certainly made me hang up and shut up for the rest of the film.”
I’ll tell you right now that, as cool as an idea this may be, there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. These “Ninjas” are not employees. If violence were to ensue because of an altercation, the theater is going to be held responsible. Get ready for a followup to this… READ MORE
“For those who seek a ‘richer experience’ when it comes to watching horror movies, Tokyo-based researchers led by Shogo Fukushima from the University of Electro-Communications have created a chair that artificially intensifies the ‘emotional feeling’ through haptic technologies when you get scared,” reports Design Taxi.
“Called the ‘Chilly Chair’, the chair has armrests and a backrest that sends out electrostatic force to literally make your hair stand.
“The involuntary physiological change in body sensations enhance the emotional feeling experienced—enabling the change in a person’s physical and emotional experience when it comes to watching horror movies, making the movie feel even scarier.
“We constructed a device that controls piloerection on the forearm by electrostatic force. From a psychophysical experiment, we revealed that the piloerection system has enhancement effect on ‘surprise’ feeling,” the researchers wrote in their paper.”
In 1979, prototypes for 3 ¾” action figures for Ridley Scott’s Alien film were developed but never manufactured. Through our network of industry and collector contacts, Super7 has unearthed the original 33-year-old prototypes and will utilize these to help make these “lost toys” a reality. (As we speak I’m clearing a spot on my shelf.)
With official authorization from 20th Century Fox, Super7 will produce the full series of Alien toys as part of our REACTION Figure Series (Retro-Action.) REACTION Figures are stylized exactly as items from the “golden age” of action figures with approximately five points of articulation, accessories, and period-authentic blister card packaging.
The original line up of 3 ¾” action figures for the Alien were scheduled to be RIPLEY, ASH, DALLAS, KANE in NOSTROMO SUIT, and the BIG CHAP (the nickname used on-set for the Alien creature).
Other Alien & Aliens merchandise will follow, including Designer Vinyl Figures and retro-styled Glassware! Please visit Super7’s booth (#4729) at the San Diego Comic Con for teasers of what is to come in 2013! READ MORE
A Detroit local is hoping to bring the dead back to life…in more than one way. If Marc Siwak’s plan comes into fruition, zombies will rise in the dead streets of Detroit as part of a major new theme park attraction.
Siwak wants to create live-action terror theme park Z World on Motor City’s run-down and abandoned streets. Customers would pay to be chased by professional actors and try to seek shelter in ghostly homes, factories and businesses, says the Daily Mail.
Siwak said it would breathe fresh life into the rundown city, giving jobs to hundreds, if not thousands, of people. But critics say it is an ‘exploitative and insensitive ploy’ to profit from Detroit’s problems.
Siwak, who has raised $2,200 of the $140,000 needed through fundraising website IndieGoGo, explains, “While zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighbourhood – with the opportunity to work with neighbourhood groups and organisation.”
I absolutely hated Columbia Pictures’ trailer for Total Recall, the Len Winseman-directed remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi horror adventure starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that will open in theaters August 3. Every time I see footage I crumble a little bit and think to myself, “Why make this, especially now that they’re not on Mars?”
There’s something to be said about my reaction, unless Tristar’s original 1990 trailer is just as bad. What am I talking about? Well, CinestirTV discovered that whomever edited together the trailer for this summer’s redo created a version that’s a (nearly) shot-for-shot rehash of Verhoeven’s vision.
EDIT: It appears that CinestirTV re-edited the original trailer to match the remake trailer. But the point remains that both have the roughly same content, and the aesthetics of the original are much more interesting. It’s also a hearty reconfirmation that the new Total Recall is indeed a remake of the earlier film, and not a re-adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s book as some have suggested.
Could it be that, even though it’s the exact same shots, Len Wiseman’s creative choices quite simply just suck? Well, yes. The above video is more than just an interesting display of a studio attempting to lift from the original’s palette, it’s video evidence that a modern reenactment, featuring modern FX, can still be more visually unappealing than a movie made over 20 years ago!
I find this to be one of the most interesting videos of the year. What do you guys think?!
One of the most entertaining, violent, and quirky XBLA games to come out in 2010 was Super Meat Boy, which followed the adventures of the title character as he tried to rescue his girlfriend, Bandage Girl, from the clutches of the evil Dr. Fetus. Aural Pleasures co-host Bill Frye is a huge fan of the game and I’ve many side-splitting laughter moments watching him struggle through some of the later levels.
Well, turns out there are other rabid fans of the game on the Internet. YouTube user FamilyJules7x has put together a pretty badass mashup of several of the game’s tunes. You can check out the video below and then download the MP3 FOR FREE here. READ MORE
Drummer Jake Massucco of Four Year Strong might have just scored one of the coolest custom drum kits I’ve ever seen. The kit, put together by SJC Custom Drums, is an homage to the 1975 Spielberg classic film Jaws. Massucco will be using the kit on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Check out these awesome pictures and leave your thoughts!
Rock n roll is a genre that came from blues and has morphed into countless subgenres and forms of expression. We hear it everyday and don’t even realize it. Well, one guy decided to play 100 iconic guitar riffs one after the other to create a sort of history of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an awesome video that I highly recommend watching below.
Gotta give thanks to my fellow Aural Pleasures host Bill Frye for turning me onto this video.
What is with amazing tours not having the decency to stop in my neck of the woods? Yesterday it was the Kansas/King’s X tour that got my hopes up before crushing them entirely. Today it has been announced that Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia will be headlining the “Epic Kings And Idols” tour, which sees support coming from Paradise Lost and Stolen Babies. DTP and Katatonia will alternate headlining each show.
DTP will be touring in support of their upcoming album Epicloud (no official release date announced) while Katatonia will be supporting their upcoming album Dead End Kings (coming out Aug. 28th). This tour also sees Paradise Lost back in the States after a five-year hiatus.
You can see all the tour dates below (No Detroit date means I’m weeping as I write this). READ MORE
Stumbling across awesome YouTube videos isn’t really that hard of a chore. I mean, how many YouTube videos are there? The number is probably in the billions by now, right? Tens of billions? Meh, whatever, I’m straying from the point. Finding awesome videos isn’t that hard but finding awesome videos that I want to share with YOU, my lovely readers, is something completely different!
Below, you can see a video from YouTube user SuperGuitarBros as they acoustically jam through several Castlevania tunes. The song was actually recorded as part of a greater soundtrack of Castlevania jams from several different musicians. The compilation, entitled Vampire Variations, is available for free download here. I’ve snagged it but I haven’t had a chance to peruse it yet. Here’s hoping it rocks! READ MORE
Whilst reading through some of my favorite websites, I stumbled across a video from Cut Copy entitled Take Me Over. In the video, a young girl who is being bullied and sees the world glitching around her builds a badass robot suit to face her foes head on. Looking like the love child between a stereotypical Native American outfit and a steampunked Gundam, the girl whoops a great deal of ass, all to the 80′s electro-pop inspired song. Speaking of the song, I couldn’t stop hearing bits and pieces that sounded like they came from Toto‘s Africa, which just so happens to be one of the greatest songs ever. I’ll fight anybody that says otherwise.
Some incredible PR took place this past Wednesday as Kadokawa Shoten Company, the studio behind the forthcoming May 12 release of Sadako 3D, brought the Ringu franchise villain to the Tokyo Dome in order to throw out the first pitch! Hilarious video above!
Koji Suzuki, the author of the original “Ring” novel series, originally indicated that the new 3D film will include a scene of Sadako coming out of a television set, similar to the original. He penned the screenplay. Tsutomu Hanabusa directs.
For those of you keeping tally, there have been four Japanese films based on Koji Suzuki’s popular Ring series including Ringu, Rasen, Ringu 2, and Ringu 0: Birthday. Then there are the little known Japanese TV Series: “Ring: The Final Chapter” (12 Episodes) and it’s sequel “Rasen” (13 Episodes). And then there’s the Korean remake The Ring Virus alongside the two U.S. remakes. READ MORE
Okay, so there isn’t much in the way with music in this video but it’s still so cool that I had to share it with you all. What you’ve got is an experiment by which water, travelling through a small tube, passes in front of a speaker that is playing a 24hz sine wave. The camera recording all of this is also set to 24fps. This gives the illusion that water is actually ‘frozen’ in midair, even though you can clearly still hear water dripping. The illusion is taken a step further when the frequency is changed to 23hz, making it look like the water is actually climbing back up into the pipe! Super amazing wizard magic stuff going on here! Check it out below. READ MORE
Online artist Joebot is giving tribute to Alfred Hitchcock in the form of 1988 NES game covers.
“The next show i’m so proud to be a part of is “Suspense & Gallows Humor: A Tribute to the All-Time Greatest” at Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA.
Alfred Hitchcock was a true master. His work was so chilling and visually captivating, there are many options for an artist to interpret his work, which is why I’m so excited for this show! Below is my contribution.
In the 80′s Nintendo was a dominant force to be reckoned with. Had Hitchcock been just a few years behind I’m almost certain that Nintendo would have jumped on the chance to make video-game adaptations of some of his most iconic films. I’m almost certain that their game boxes would have looked a little something like so…”
Hit the jump for boxes featuring Psycho, The Birds and North By Northwest! READ MORE
Alfred Hitchcock fan Jeff Desom has done something quite remarkable with the footage from Hitchcock’s classic 1954 Rear Window, his thriller about a wheelchair bound photographer who spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
As explained by Desom: “I dissected all of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and stitched it back together in After Effects. I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie’s plot.”
You’ll find this absolutely epic video below, with screen grabs of views from various points in the day at his website. READ MORE
I just popped a raging geek boner courtesy of some clever genre fans in the UK, and I’d do just about anything to take part in this “life-changing experience.”
Wish.co.uk is hosting “Zombie Shopping Mall”, where one can fight zombies in an abandoned shopping mall making it the ultimate undead experience!
“Prepare yourself for the three most horrifying words in the English language: Reading shopping centre.
Bone chilling stuff, I think you’ll agree. We’ve prepared a bespoke, abandoned shopping centre in Reading, sprinkled to the gills with maniacal ZOMBIES lusting for your tender brains.
We know you want to combat them until they cannot be combated anymore. And now you have the chance.”
This zombie experience is available for a limited period, as the venue is due for demolition. Included for the 119GBP you’ll battle the zombie menace in an abandoned shopping mall – equipped with movie-quality special effects & video game-style missions – for 3+ hours.
“In this spectacular ‘full immersion’ experience, you’ll be briefed and armed by the Police Special Zombie Bashing Unit. They’ll fill you in on the full, unfolding, undead apocalypse that is going down in Reading town. An apocalypse that, for once, you didn’t cause, but will have to try and fix,” says the online brochure. “Then you’ll hit the spooky, deserted shopping mall, but you won’t be shopping for that lovely little Pashmina you saw in Littlewoods. Instead, you and your team will be depleting the zombie population with full Bronson-style perspicacity. Using state of the art special effects and large, blood-inducing props you’ll tackle a series of computer game like missions in a full-on ‘run and gun’ gore fest.”