Tuesday, September 30, 2008

31 Days of Halloween: Day1: Spooky Tunes

Midnight theater (by Midnight-digital)
Midnight theater (by Midnight-digital)

(Argh! This was supposed to be posted on the first... oh well...)

Spooky Tunes
(all songs are available for a very limited time)

(mp3) Spectre Detector - The Tiki Tones

(Youtube) Island of Lost Soul - The Tiki Tones



Vampires on Broadway

Dance of the Vampires / Tanz Der Vampire
Dance of the Vampires (or Tanz der Vampire as the original German language version is named) is a musical remake of a 1967 Roman Polanski film of the same name (called The Fearless Vampire Killers in the USA). Polanski also directed the original German production of this musical. Music was composed by Jim Steinman and orchestrated by Steve Margoshes, and original German book and lyrics were written by Michael Kunze. (Wikipedia)
Carpe Jugulum (Dance of the Vampires Tribute Site)

(m4a)Vampires in Love (a re-written version of Total Eclipse of the Heart)

Youtube:

last stuff before October

datajunkie offers two prime examples of The Horror Art Of Dick Ayers!

Evil on Two Legs says House of the Dead: Overkill has "the best. game trailer. evar".

The Groovy Age of Horror compares and contrasts Tomb of Dracula's two incarnations.

Cinema Fromage reviews Pulse 2

Skull-A-Day on Martha Stewart!!!

Hulu has added SciFi's Sanctuary
Dr. Helen Magnus holds the secret to a clandestine population of strange beings that hide among humans.
io9 on Sanctuary: Sanctuary Stuffed To The Gills With Ape People, Mermaids and Greenscreens

2008: The Year in Horror Movie...Posters @ Suvudu

Fan made Buffy Season 8 animated videos via Wheedonesque

Anime's Hell Girl Comes to American TV @ The Underwire

Super Punch points us too a super nifty Frankenstein Papercraft!

Here's a Super Mario Boo Papercraft @ Papercraft Paradise

And a Freddy Krueger @ Horrorwood

Very cool Ancient-looking tombstones (Terra @ Halloween Forum)

The Internet Archive presents the classic TV program Suspense - The Cask Of Amontillado with Bela Lugosi

Netflix Watch Instantly (req account)

Bloodrayne
A half-human, half vampire sets out to destroy her vampire king father in this Gothic horror film based on the video game. Bloodthirsty Lord Kagan (Ben Kingsley) wants his daughter to become a full-fledged vampiress, but fanged femme fatale Rayne (Kristanna Loken) denounces her father's legacy and instead joins up with a trio of vampire hunters (Michael Madsen, Michelle Rodriguez and Matt Davis). Billy Zane and Udo Kier co-star.
BloodRayne 2: Deliverance

The Last Hour
Six hard-core criminals are lured by letters -- each from their late fathers promising wealth beyond their wildest dreams -- to a remote bulletproof house, where they soon discover they have only an hour to live … unless they can survive. The cops are outside awaiting their chance to take out these six, but the group actually has only one thing to fear: the mysterious madman on the inside who's icing them one by one.

Somebody Help Me
Brendan (Marques Houston) and Darryl (Omarion Grandberry) take their girlfriends and a few other buddies to a remote cabin for a weekend. But they soon realize that the locals are not at all what they seem, and terror strikes shortly after. One by one, the vacationers go missing or go dead, and the survivors must team up to get away from this nightmarish getaway in this teen horror flick in the vein of Cabin Fever and The Hills Have Eyes.

Levitation
Rejected by her alcoholic adoptive father and abandoned by her adoptive mother, teenager Acey (Sarah Paulson) must also deal with the fact that she's suddenly begun levitating while she sleeps. Acey enlists the help of disc jockey Downbeat (Ernie Hudson) and the enigmatic Bob (Jeremy London) in her quest to find her real mother. As Acey searches for a family to love her, she also uncovers the truth behind her supernatural condition.

Timber Falls
When Mike (Josh Randall) and his girlfriend, Sheryl (Brianna Brown), go hiking in West Virginia, their idyllic getaway quickly turns into a nightmare they can't seem to wake from. Their choice to follow a less-traveled trail brings them face to face with a homicidal backwoods family with a creepy religious agenda. The next day, when Sheryl vanishes, Mike must comb the woods to find her, enduring a series of horrific events.


almost there stuff

...things seem eerily quiet on October Eve...

Dabbled has a great collection of Halloween arts and crafts links

Para Abnormal

Amazing submissions for Skull a Day's Skull Papercraft contest continue to roll in.

Bloody Good Horror Podcast 44 now available.

Flickr:

The Uncanny (by nkimadams)


Halloween Love (by dadadreams)

Monday, September 29, 2008

rainy Monday stuff

Son of Silent Scream re-discovers The Lost World @ And Now the Screaming Starts

The Bloody Italiana Blog reviews Beyond the Darkness

DVD Savant reviews:

Icons Of Horror Collection: Hammer Films
  • The Two Faces Of Dr. Jekyll
  • Scream of Fear,
  • The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb
  • The Gorgon
Goliath and the Barbarians and Goliath and the Vampires

Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire stares deeply into the Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll

Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies reviews Frightmare

Twitch interviews Deadgirl Writer Trent Haaga

Monsters A Go-Go has the Halloween skeds for TCM and AMC

Fringe Has Most DVR Viewers

Same Hat! Same Hat! on the Simpsons "Death Note" parody in the latest Treehouse of Terror comic.

The Drunken Severed Head has much more info on the, hopefully, forthcoming Monster Kids cartoon series.

Making a Flameless Candle @ Dave Lowe Design

The Horrors of it All docks at The Port of Terror!

Words for a Jig to be Danced on the Grave of an Enemy @ A Victorian Halloween

This week's Classic Horror on TV

Mon - Thur.
All times eastern/subject to change
list is in no way exhaustive - ymmv
I say horror but Scifi, fantasy and mystery flix may be included

Classic Horror on Turner Classic Movies


Wednesday

3:00 am Psycho (1960) (trailer)
A woman on the run gets mixed up with a repressed young man and his violent mother.
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. BW-109 mins, TV-PG

9:15 am Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)
Peace and quiet elude a writer hiding away in a mysterious country inn.
Cast: Richard Dix, Miriam Seegar, Lucien Littlefield. Dir: Reginald Barker. BW-73 mins, TV-G

3:00 pm The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
A big game hunter decides to stalk human prey.
Cast: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks. Dir: Irving Pichel. BW-63 mins, TV-PG

Thursday

1:15 am King Kong (1933)
A film crew discovers the "eighth wonder of the world," a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.
Cast: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot. Dir: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. BW-105 mins, TV-PG

Classic-ish Horror on other networks..

Monday

1:50 PM Encore Mystery The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Tuesday

2:30 am TBS An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
7:35 am Encore Mystery The Prestige (2006)
8:00 am ShowBeyond Burnt Offerings (1976)
11:50 am Encore Mystery The Mummy (1999)

Wednesday

12:00 am IFC The Prophecy (1995)
2:50 am Encore Mystery Crimson Rivers II (2004)
4:40 am Encore Mystery The Howling II (1985)
6:20 am Encore Mystery Nothing But the Night (1973)
7:00 am IFC The Final Cut (2004)
8:30 am FoxMovies Earthbound (1940)
305 pm Movie Channel X Equinox (1970)

Thursday

3:15 am Encore Mystery Spirit Trap (2005)
9:00 pm IFC The Burning (1981)
10:30 pm AMC King Kong (1976)

This week's Halloween TV

Halloween TV Stuff Mon - Thur.
All times eastern /subject to change


Tuesday

1:30 am Disc.Kids Truth or Scare "The True Story of Halloween" (2003)
10:00 am FX Halloween Resurrection (2002)
6:00 pm USA NCIS "Witch Hunt" (2006)

Wednesday

2:00 am QVC Halloween Spooktacular
8:00 pm Dis Halloweentown (1998)

Thursday

1:00 am Dis The Replacements "Halloweeen Spirits" (2006)
1:15 am Toon Home Movies (2003)
8:00 am Chiller Tales From the Darkside "Hellowe'en" (1987)
8:30 am Dis Mickey Moouse Clubhouse "Halloween Party at Trick or Treat Tower" (2006)
12:00pm Dis Halloweentown (1998)
4:00 pm Life Wife Swap (2006)
6:30 The N Ned's Declassified... (Halloween: Vampires, Werewolves, Gossts..." (2006)
8:00 pm Dis Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
8:30 pm SITV Freddie "Halloween" (2005)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

sunday evening stuff (haunt how-to, naughty book covers, stuff)

while I mourn my miserable Mets here's some stuff...

Let the Right One In Trailer & More Confusing Updates on Pixar's John Carter of Mars @ Firstshowing.net

Oh my... Misteria - raunchy horror book covers @ Blonde Zombie (nsfw)

The Secret of the Moaning Ghosts @ the Horrors of it All

Wondermark #446; In which a Toy prevents against Neglect

Cinema Fromage reviews Mulberry Street.

Some Haunt tutorials...
DVD Talk Reviews:
One Step Beyond : Brainwave
Aboard a United States ship in Japanese waters during World War II, Captain Fielding is critically injured. A hospital corpsman must perform surgery with only the radio voice of a doctor on another ship to guide him.
Flickr:

NTF22f (by a75)


Beware the Headless Horseman! (by katznstamper)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

stuff with zombies & comics & music & movies & more stuff

@ Twitch: Nazi Zombies Invade Norway! & First Trailer Arrives for Toby Wilken's SPLINTER

DVD Talk Reviews
The Haunted Museum examines the life, illusions and séances of Harry Houdini. "A Magician Among the Spirits"

Steve Niles webcast interview at Radical Comics Sept 30th 6pm pst.

Dance of the Vampires aka The Fearless Vampire Killers retold in screen caps

datajunkie shares Psycho 21

The Vampirella ReVamp Winners have been announced!

And Now The Screaming Starts tickles The Man Who Laughs.

Dave Lowe shows off his whimsical yard zombie!

Halloween Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else Part 4:
THEME FROM THE BAT (L. Forbes)--The Ventures, 1964.
FEAR (MAIN THEME FROM ONE STEP BEYOND) (Lubin)--The Ventures, 1964.
THE MUMMY (Rod McKuen)--Bob McFadden and Dor, 1959.
FUNERAL MARCH OF A MARIONETTE (Gounod) Russian Symphony Orch., 1912.
IT'S A MONSTERS' HOLIDAY--Buck Owens, 1974.
GREENWICH WITCH (Confrey)--Zez Confrey, piano, 1922.
IT'S WITCHERY (Tobias)--Charle Spivak O., v: Tommy Mercer, 1947.
DESERTED BALLROOM (Gould)--Elliot Everette Orch.
MARCH OF THE LUNATICS (Pennario)--Leonard Pennario X 2, pianos, 1960.
BLUE GHOST--Tommy Roe, Jordanaires, 1962.
HAUNTED MERRY-GO-ROUND--Lee Hartsfeld (who?), 2008.
IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING (Grieg)--Victor Symphony O., 1926.
MOUNTAIN KING (Grieg)--Lawrence Welk and His Orch., 1961

Boom! Studios Brings H.P. Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep to life this Winter (CBR)

also at CBR - Dinicartoons presents "Jingle Belle: Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein"

mid-Saturday stuff

One Step Beyond:Ordeal on Locust Street (1959)
A seemingly normal family is hiding a terrible secret: their son has the features of a deformed, fish-like monster. A somewhat mysterious hypnotist with strange powers claims that he can help them, and in their desperation they enlist his aid.
Wonderful handcrafted items for Autumn and Halloween: Etsy's Autumn Showcase

Join Jerry Beck, from Cartoon Brew, for a Cartoon Spooktacular on 10/21 at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood.
Animation historian Jerry Beck returns to the Cinefamily with a special show of the horrific characters, monsterous motifs and the creepiest concepts in classic animated cartoons from the 1930s to the 1960s. Frankenstein's Cat, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Milton the Monster join forces with the groovy ghoulies, screaming skulls and bloody best of animation's past. Beck will also present several brand new "monsterrific" cartoons and special guest animators to discuss their ghastly influences. Rare 16mm and 35mm prints will be screamed… err, screened.
Plus, if you're local, don't miss TV Tuesday: Halloween Edition on 10/28 and The Tingler and Cinefamily Halloween Party on Halloween itself!

Shadowplay looks at the career of nearly forgotten genre director George King.

Animation Backgrounds has a spooky cap of some spooky trees from Snow White.

Netflix Watch Instantly (req account)
Urchin
Deep beneath New York City, a homeless boy (Sebastian Montoya) joins a mystical visitor (Larry Swansen) in a quest to locate five lost nobles and unlock the door to paradise for Scum City's residents. A murderous giant (Rick Poli) is also on the hunt, and danger lurks around every grimy corner. Filmed in New York's network of sewers and tunnels, John Harlacher's surreal tale follows the boy through his harrowing pursuit of a brighter existence.

Beg!
In a decaying future world, strange events unfold inside a run-down hospital. Dr. Penny Second's (Peta Lily) world careens chaotically: Her lover's been murdered, and Det. Sgt. Stiltskin, who's investigating the case, suddenly goes mad. Infatuated with Penny and blinded by a jealous rage, Stiltskin doggedly pursues Penny's new lover through a nightmare of bloodshed and insanity. Christopher Middleton and Robert Golden direct.

Lynch
Journey inside the mind of the man who shaped such surreal cinematic masterpieces as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and "Twin Peaks" with this absorbing documentary that traces David Lynch's creative process as he works on his latest film. Filmmaker Søren Larsen follows Lynch for two years during the making of Inland Empire, capturing both the experimental vision of the innovative director and the personal life of the man.
Hallowindow: animated window displays for Halloween @ Drawn!

last Saturday in September stuff

One of the last of the real "Movie Stars" has left us.
Paul Newman R.I.P.


The Evil League of Evil is now accepting applications. No, really!

AICN's A Movie A Day is all horror all October.

The Bloody Italiana Blog announces Gialloween 2008!

Dread Central have posted The Weekly Wrap-Up.

Frankensteinia reviews Igor.

Jon's Movie of the Week, at Random Acts of Geekery, is... Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero!

Monster Brains on the astonishing, and unsettling, work of artist Patricia Piccinini.

Pretty Scary clues us in to a very cool sounding interactive horror theater event in Philly... Slumber Party Slaughterhouse: The Interactive Game

For all you Haunt makers out there - Creating Faux Wooden Boards with Cardboard @ My Ghoul Friday

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday night stuffs

kindertrauma pledges The House on Sorority Row plus a hysterical collection of faux-sters.

Icons of Fright, home of the recent exclusive Child's Play commentary track, has added a pair of exclusive commentaries for the eighties classic Fright Night.

And Now the Screaming Starts kicks off it's Son of Silent Screams series "with Abel Gance's 1923 two-reel horror comedy Au secours! (known in English under both the literal translation Help! and the more thematic Haunted House)."

Pumpkin Wine via BijouBob8mm @ CHFB

Food that makes you loose your appetite - A Flayed Skin Cheeseball a@ Dabbled

Dread Central has the lineup for the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

MattH at HTF reviews Friday the 13th - The Series: The 1st Season

Coroner's Report: Revenge of the Living Dead Girls
(Film School Rejects)

Horror Movie a Day reviews The Phantom of Soho (1964)

The Horrors of it All presents the 1952 horror comic tale Witch Woman

TheoFantastique interviews Cryptic Magazine Publisher Chazz DeMoss

Romero's Undead Island Trying To Corner The Market On Water Zombies (io9)

Monsters A Go-Go has posted ABC Family's 13 Days of Halloween sked.

kevin g shinnick at The Scarlet Street forums runs down NYC's Two Boots Pioneer Theater's Schlock-tober Film Festival roster.

Web Comic: Better Zombies Through Physics 01 (Tor.com)

Halloween Picks & Horror Flicks on TV this Weekend

All times eastern...

Halloween Picks

Saturday

1:00 pm FineLiving Martha Stewart's Halloween: Things (2007)

Sunday

2:30 am Disney American Dragon "Halloween Bash" (2005)
7:00 am Soap Beverly Hills, 90210 "Halloween Party at the Peach Pit" (1996)

Horror Flicks

Saturday

12:00 am IFC Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
12:00 am Fuse Halloween (1978)
12:00 am Encore Myst. Videodrome (1983)
1:30 am AMC The Exorcist (1973)
1:40 am Starz Hatchet (2006)
2:00 am TCM Night of the Lepus (1972)
3:00 pm Chiller Thinner (1996)
6:10 pm Flix Alice Sweet Alice (1977)
8:00 pm Sleuth Darkman II (1995)
8:00 pm Flix The Faculty (1998)
9:00 pm Chiller Friday 13th II (1981)
9:00 pm Starz 30 Days of Night (2007)
10:00 pm Sleuth Darkman III (1996)

Sunday

1:50 am Max Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
8:00 am IFC Black Cat (1968)
9:45 am IFC Haxan (1922)
12:35 pm Encore Myst. The Believers (1987)
2:30 pm Encore Myst. Child's Play (1988)
4:00 pm Starz Wind Chill (2007)
5:00 pm Chiller Tale of a Vampire (1992)
5:35 pm Starz 30 Days of Night (2007)
9:00 pm Chiller The Thing (1982)

Monday Morning

12:00 am Show Black Christmas (2006)
12:25 am IFC A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
1:20 am TMC The Blair Witch Project (1999)
4:00 am Max Candyman Day of the Dead (1999)
10:00 am FX Long Time Dead (2001)
10:00 am Chiller The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Friday morning stuff

The Classic Tales Podcast has released Part 2 of The Canterville Ghost

Comicmix interviews podcaster extraordinaire Steve Wilson of Prometheus Radio Theatre

Halloween was once a romantic occasion where lovers used various methods of arcane divination to forecast their love life. A Victorian Halloween examines one of these once popular pastimes, the fine art of Crystal Gazing.

Ain't it Cool's Moriarty's Fantastic Fest Mega Post Part One

New reviews @ Teleport City

The Witches
The College Girl Murders
Murder in the Museum
The Fellowship of the Frog
Strangler of the Swamp
Strangler of Blackmoor Castle

Dave Sindelar reviews Misterios de la magia negra (1958) aka Mysteries of Black Magic, Return from the Beyond

Omega Man has posted the MGM-HD genre sked for October. A frequent flick, the Curse of the Faceless Man, is wonderfully ludercrous.

Have you gotten your tickets yet?
(or at least checked out these creepy fright sites?)

The Horrors of it All presents Two Frightened People

Fears of the Dark - Trailer | Official Site
FEAR(S) OF THE DARK is a wildly inventive and visually dazzling collection of fearful tales by six of the world's most renowned comic and graphic artists - Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, and Richard McGuire. From a besotted student whose girlfriend is weirdly ardent in her affections, to a Japanese schoolgirl menaced by a long-dead samurai, and a pack of hounds on a bloodthirsty rampage, FEAR(S) has a story strand to trouble every sleep - not to mention a stunning range of animation styles. Shot in shimmering black and white, the six intertwined tales create an unprecedented epic where phobias and nightmares come to life and reveal Fear at its most naked and intense.
Scooby Doo & the Goblin King Mini Soundtrack @ Universal Monster sounds

TCM Weekend Frights


Some choice cheese and a SciFi classic this weekend on Turner Classic Movies

Saturday Sept 27 (all times eastern)
Descriptions courtesy TCM.com

2:00 am Night Of The Lepus (1972) (view trailer)
Husband-and-wife scientists unwittingly unleash a horde of giant man-eating rabbits.
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun. Dir: William F. Claxton. C-89 mins, TV-14

3:30 am Giant Claw, The (1957)
A giant anti-matter bird invades the Earth's atmosphere.
Cast: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum. Dir: Fred F. Sears. BW-74 mins, TV-PG

5:00 am Watch the Skies! (2005)
This TCM original documentary explores the history of the science fiction genre beginning in the 1950s. Features interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Ridley Scott. Dir: Richard Schickel. BW-56 mins, TV-PG

2:00 pm Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Aliens bring the dead to life to conquer the Earth.
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira. Dir: Edward D. Wood, Jr. BW-78 mins, TV-PG

3:30 pm Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) (view trailer)
A blue-collar worker's encounter with a UFO leaves him a changed man.
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr. Dir: Steven Spielberg. C-137 mins, TV-MA

Thursday, September 25, 2008

flickr frights: Potion Ingredients Label (by Love Manor)

Potion Ingredients Label (by Love Manor)

thursday night storm stuff

It is a dark and stormy night here in Ravensdeath Manor...

Storycast has posted the first of it's Halloween shows - The Black Cat's Message.

DannyChoo offers supercool, though unintelligible to a non japanese speaker such as myself, clips from a Beat Takeshi hosted paranormal panel show "Unbelievable". The topic here is Ghost Photography Japan-style.

Cosmobells is hosting all the Mighty Samson and Kona: Monarh of Monster Island comics you'll ever need!

Ain't it Cool Fantastic Fest reviews:
Cool-Mo-Dee has a classic Thunderbirds comic for your nostalgic enjoyment.

Steven Spielberg Might Direct John Wyndham's Chocky? (Firstshowing)

Splinter - Trailer

Nightmare Boat Doll (October Effigies)

No Smoking in the Skull Cave champions the somewhat underground art horror of "Blood for Dracula" and "Flesh for Frankenstein"

Final Girl unlocks the childhood nightmare that is Medusa!

Follow gadget now available

I've added the Blogger Follow gadget to the sidebar. I feel a little bit weird asking anyone to become my "follower" but it would certainly be a gratifying ego boost if at least a few kind souls signed up. And with the 31 very busy days of Halloween coming up it might be a good way to keep track of the huge number of posts I expect to be making.

If you're interested, the gadget is on the side bar below the link lists and blog archive.

Here's how Blogger explains the thingy...

What is Following?

Do you have a favorite blog and want to let the author and readers know that you are a fan? Well now you can do that and more with the Blogger Following feature! You can even keep track of the blogs you follow via your Reading List on the Blogger dashboard.

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more thursday afternoon stuff

7 Scary Ghost Towns: Eternal Remnants From Abandonment, Death and Destruction (Cult Case)

Free Torchwood Pumpkin Carving Pattern (Pink Raygun)

Haribo launching Halloween themed candies (slashfood)

Wisdom of the Moon shows off some fun & creepy monster cupcakes.

And Now the Screaming Starts is about to embark on another journey to the earliest days of horror cinema. be sure to check out the posts from last year, if you happen to have missed them.

flickr:

Disney - Haunted Mansion (by Express Monorail)

Ghost Bride (by avolluz65)

Disney - Master (Explored) (by Express Monorail)

thursday afternoon stuff

Cinebeats remembers the Japanese monster flicks 100 Monsters aka Yôkai hyaku monogatari and Yokai Monsters - Spook Warfare aka Yôkai daisensô

Cloverfield's Matt Reeves Remaking Let the Right One In (Firstshowing)

HTF announces the 9th Annual HTF October Scary Movie Challenge!

Retro Slashers gets it's own trailer!

SF Signal's first impressions of The Mentalist.

Ten Horror Sequels and Remakes that Top the Originals @ suvudu


Now that the new TV season's well and fully underway I figured I'd jot down a few notes on the subject...

Fringe: Pleasantly surprised. Thus far the only new show I actually look forward to watching.

The Mentalist: Not so much a horror genre related series - I guess I hoped they'd do more with the psychic bit. As many have suggested it's essentially Psych with serial killers and less slapstick. However, I thought the first episode was pretty good and I'm more than willing to keep watching.

Sarah Connor/Terminator thingie: I wanted to like, no, I wanted to love this show but I don't. I have no emotional attachment to any of these characters, I don't believe in them. I've ditched my season pass (again) and will catch up on Fox.com and Hulu.

Destination Truth: This is the one high-ish profile ghost/monster/ufo hunting series that doesn't take itself too seriously or try to defraud the viewer at every other turn. There have been a couple of times this season where it looked headed in the night vision heavy, fake shock-a-thon bin (the haunted Malaysian Mosque for instance) but I have faith in Josh Gates who's simply too cool to go total woo.

I'll miss Eureka, until it returns next year, and I missed the last few minutes of the last episode thanks to what, wrestling? On Scifi? Idiots - both me and them - I should have checked my season pass and padded the episode - they should have never canceled MST3K ( yeah, I can hold a grudge) or started showing wrestling!

Halloween 2008, Part 3--Sci-Fi @ MY(P)WHAE

Another installment of out of this world tunes from Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else
SLAYLIST

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN--Ray Anthony and His Orch., 1957.
THE BLACK HOLE--END TITLE (Barry)--Andre Kostelanetz, 1980.
LITTLE SPACE GIRL--Jesse Lee Turner, 1958.
THE FACE FROM OUTER SPACE--Jeff Barry w. Billy Mure O., 1960.
THE SCREAMIN' MEEMIES FROM PLANET X--Merv Griffin, 1961.
MONKEY BUSINESS (Billy Sherrill)--Eddie Hill and Group, 1959.
THIRTEEN MEN--Dinah Shore, 1958.
FALL OF THE PLANET EARTH--The Moonbillies, 1960.
THE 'LECTRONIC BRAIN--The Moonbillies, 1960.
SUPERMAN--The Sandpiper Singers, 1959.
ROCKETSHIP X-M (MAIN TITLE) (Grofe)--movie soundtrack, 1950.
COUNTDOWN: LAUNCH; INTO ORBIT (Grofe)--Same.
JOURNEY INTO SPACE (Phillips)--Frank Weir and His Orch., 1955.
Get Halloween 2008, Part 3--Sci-Fi now!

thursday's first stuff

I Am Legend Prequel Officially Greenlit at Warner Brothers (FirstShowing)

Fringe's Brain Science Flirts with Facts in 3rd Episode: Hollywood Fact vs. Fiction (Popular Mechanics)

Frankensteinia points us towards artist Aaron Blecha's neat-o monster designs.

Horror Movie a Day reviews This Darkness (2003)

Horrors Not Dead reviews Unearthed.

Midnight Muenster Podcast #15
.

Mary Shelley Overdrive Unveils Full-Length Debut (Manchester Morgue)

The Toy Box looks at Amoktime's Rondo Hatton figure...
"If you're a fan of the old Universal horror movies, then you'll know exactly who Rondo Hatton is. In films like the Sherlock Holmes flick The Pearl of Death, House of Horrors and The Brute Man, Rondo played a disfigured killer often called the Creeper. His unusual looks landed him many uncredited and bit parts in films from 1936 until 1946, when a complication of the acromegaly that plagued him took his life..."
SFFaudio has news of upcoming H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society audio dramas.

Hello Skully (Skull a Day)

One Step Beyond : Delusion at Internet Archive
Harold Stern has an extremely rare blood type--so rare, in fact, that the act of giving blood causes him to become aware of events in the recipient's life that have not happened yet. One day he is called upon to give blood to save the life of a dying young girl, and he doesn't like what he sees in store for her.

Igor (2008): Where's Dwight Frye When You Need Him? (Zombo's Closet)

On My Desk: Metrosexual Vampires (Genreville)
"This train of thought naturally led to thinking of all the ways that male vampires are, shall we say, not like other men. They can't create children, though they sometimes adopt. They have excellent fashion sense and are well-spoken and mannerly. Their physical strength is significant but not overtly displayed, and they don't tend to engage in the dominance games that human men are so fond of. They enjoy the nightlife. They sparkle. Women can't resist them, but they're generally not into that whole romantic commitment thing. In other words, they're pretty much portrayed like stereotypical gay men."

Halloween TV Thurs 25 & Fri 26

All Times Eastern

Thursday Sept 25

9:00 AM - SciFi - Tales From the Darkside "Halloween Candy"
10:00 AM - Lifetime - Frasier - "Halloween" (1997)
9:00 PM - The N - Sabrina the Teenage Witch "A River of Candy Corn Runs Through It" (1997)

Friday Sept 26

2:35 AM - SHOCS - The Hollywood Knights (1980)
11:00 AM - TMC - The Roost (2005)
12:30 PM - WE - Hope & Faith "The Halloween Party" (2005)
1:00 PM - TBS - Home Improvement "Bewitched" (1998)
3:30 PM - Dis - The Suite Life of Zack & Cody "Arwinstein" (2007)
9:00 PM - Fuse - Halloween (1978)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

overnight stuff

The first Aspect Ratio Podcast is now available:
Our first podcast is up with interviews of Sandy Clark, writer/producer of "American Scary", and Rich Scrivani, author of the coolest book on Zacherley - "Goodnight, Whatever You Are!"
the second Bagged and Boarded Podcast is now up:
BAGGED & BOARDED #2: The Sheening - In Which Matt and Jesse discuss the delicate subject of sex (very delicately), FINAL CRISIS, Lars Von Trier, and are paid an imaginary visit from Alan Moore, Jimmy Moore… and Dracula. The bus to hilarity town has arrived, folks. All Aboard…

Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies
looks at Paul Bartel's "Private Parts".

Bruce Campbell Atones for Bubba Ho-Tep With My Name Is Bruce (Monsterfest)

"I WILL eat your hand, Mommy." (Rifftrax Blog)

Captain Gardiner of the International Police, A Secret Service Novel of the Future, by Allen Robert Dodd @ Manybooks

Chester Brown's Zombie Romance @ The Walrus
"I hate zombies. I loathe the marketing of "culture." But I admire Chester Brown. And I think I love Chester Brown's comic strip about zombies attending cultural events..."
DVD Talk Reviews...
The Devils Chair
Fat Albert Halloween Special
Alvin & the Chipmunks Classic Holiday Gift Set
The Top Ten Must See Made for Television Horror Films of the 70s (Made For TV Mayhem)

Bird With Crystal Plumage to be Remade Next? (Dread Central)

Viva Santo! (TCM Movieblog)

The Mentalist @ Meta Critic

flickr frights: Steps To Autumn. (by Confused-Hair)

Stuff for a Tuesday afternoon

Tag along with kindertrauma on a Horror Movie Bar Crawl

Mr. Beaks Talks MOTHER OF TEARS And GIALLO With Dario Argento!! (AICN)

Cameras roll on new Hammer horror (BBC)
Hammer Films has begun shooting in Donegal on its first production in almost 30 years - a horror thriller entitled The Wake Wood.

The film - about a couple who try to resurrect their dead daughter - stars Timothy Spall and Aidan Gillen.
Games, clips, wallpaper & stuff @ Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt site (click on "Twisted Fun")

Blood Splattered Blog takes a bite out of Cannibal Terror.

Dave Sindelar reviews One Minute Before Death (1972)

Worst. Toy. Idea. Ever. (CHFB)

Nacho Vigalondo's Timecrimes Trailer (Firstshowing.net)

Steampunk Is The New Black - part of Steampunk Week at The Galaxy Express!

The Mentalist debuts tonight.

Hulu:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Richard Dreyfuss stars as an average guy who stumbles unto an encounter with a UFO while the U.S. government plots an elaborate cover-up of the impending UFO landing. One of the best science fiction films of all time!
Naruto
The Village Hidden in the Leaves is home to the stealthiest ninja in the land. But twelve years earlier, a fearsome Nine-tailed Fox terrorized the village before it was subdued and its spirit sealed within the body of a baby boy--Naruto Uzumaki!

Mushi-shi
Ginko helps people with supernatural problems related to the Mushi.

Death Note
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?
Science Fiction TV Classics You're Not Allowed To Own On DVD (io9)

The Vampire Nest On True Blood Is As Lame As It Sounds [True Blood Recap] (also io9)

Random Videos of Geekery: The Adventures of Superman - The Haunted Lighthouse!

Todd Erwin at HTF reviews Bloodsucking Cinema

The 50 greatest villains in literature (The Telegraph)
26 Cthulhu from The Call of Cthulhu, by HP Lovecraft

Gigantic tentacular star-spawned Presence in Lovecraft's baroque cosmogony, sleeping in a sunken, "non-Euclidean" city until the time comes for it to swallow the world's soul. Frequently evoked in barbaric, indecipherable language, although some people quite like Lovecraft's prose. Gloriously, you can now buy a T-shirt reading: "What part of 'ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn' don't you understand?"
Manybooks offers
Black Spirits and White, A Book of Ghost Stories by Ralph Adams Cram(1895)
Werwolves (1912) by Elliott O'Donnell
The Mystery of the Green Ray (1915) by William le Queux

Random Scooby Doo:

Scooby Doo 135

Halloween at MY(P)WHAE, Part 2--Halloween Humour

MY(P)WHAE has released part two of it's amazing collection of vintage Halloween tunes. Check out this "slaylist":
THE LOCH NESS MONSTER, PTS. 1 & 2--John Tilley, 1934. From Columbia 78.
SWEENEY TODD THE BARBER--Stanley Holloway, 1956.
WITH HER HEAD TUCKED UNDER HER ARM--Cyril Scott, 1949. From Castle 78.
THE COOL GOOL--Sharkey Todd and His Monsters, 1959.
THE HORROR SHOW--Sharkey Tood and His Monsters, 1959.
I'M A MUMMY--Douglas Byng, 1963.
GHOST RHAPSODY (Templeton)--Alec Templeton, 1938.
IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING (Grieg)--Orig. Piano Quartet, 1964.
SPOOKY SPOOKS (Claypoole)--Prince's Band, 1916.
THE SNEAK--(Herb Nacio Brown)--Club Royal Orch., 1922.
Get it Here!!!

and if you haven't already snagged it here's where you'll find Part One

Monday, September 22, 2008

flickr frights: dracula (by Jason K.)

Monday morning stuff

The Horrors of it All begins Journey into Unknown Worlds Week with The Undertaker.

Quatermass II - All Six Parts Compiled into One File @ Internet Archive.

Bloody Good Horror Podcast 42 now up.
"This week we review Casey's staff pick of "Something Wicked This Way Comes". We discuss the marked differences between this and the children's films of today, Schnaars' hangover, and why everyone is hating on me for my pick from last week of "Postal"."
Monster Mondays at Random Acts of Geekery features Gamera and The Ghost of Frankenstien.

Latest Horror Power Ranking List at Monsterfest. (SciFi Power Ranking's new too)

SFF Audio looks at LibriVox's 6th Ghost Story Collection.

EPA Shuts Down Local Ghost-Entrapment Business (The Onion)

Feedbooks has Jan Neruda's The Vampire.

Manybooks offers Edgar Wallace's "The Black" (more Wallace)

Phantom of the Paradise outtakes (via HTF)

I do love me a ghost ship so I'm absolutely going to check out Image's new comic Dead Ahead.
On a restless ocean, a group of weary survivors contemplate their grim fortune: What had started out as a fun little fishing trip soon turns into a nightmare of damnation, trapped on a floating prison. The continents have been hit by a plague that has turned humanity into living corpses - leaving our castaways at sea to fend for themselves! With provisions low, hope comes in the form of a luxury liner sailing into view on the horizon... All they needed to survive would be on board, but who among them has what it takes to find out what happened to its crew and passengers?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

playing catch up stuff

Anchorwoman in Peril reviews the domestic thriller "The Strangers". (the similar French Film Ils (Them) is available through Netflix's Watch Instantly)

Horror Movie A Day reviews "The Last Broadcast".

The Dark Sublime's Hellraiser fest has continued at an alarming pace.

EerieTube is coming!

Alex Billington at First Showing reviews the Swedish flick "Let the Right One In"

Horrors Not Dead reviews White Noise 2: The Light.

TheoFantastique interviews Jeffrey Cohen editor of "Monster Theory".

io9 looks at "My Own Worst Enemy"

It's Friday the 13th at The Manchester Morgue.

Monsters A Go Go has Chillers October sked. Chiller (and it's companion network Sleuth) annoy me nearly as much as AMC. With so many genre films and TV series to choose from why must we suffer endless repeats of the same old same old?!) At least Chiller does aspiring filmmakers a solid with it's Dare 2 Direct short film competition.

Those Fabulous Fifties share some Spencer Spook.

You are the Zombie (for $2.50) at Thunder Panda...
I have a little project that I’ll draw as many zombies as i could, so that I’ll draw people as zombie based on photographs, all result would be posted here in Thunderpanda.
Feedbooks has released Bram Stoker's Crooken Sands & The Dualitists

'Necropolis' houses the paranormal and the criminal (USA Today)
"In the same way Buffy the Vampire Slayer mixed high school and bloodsuckers, Doug Dorst combines cops and ghosts in his Alive in Necropolis. The result is a haunted variation on Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series."


Flickr
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Betty the Dead Bride (by loopy boopy) Revenge of the Creature, 1956 (by Lucky Stars) listen (by BetterOffDead)

flicker frights: Carbarlick Acid Rag (by wackystuff)

some little Sunday stuff

Dartman shares soundtracks to Escape & Beneath the Planet of the Apes (plus bonus Ape goodness) and Destroy All Monsters.

Harry's Saturday at Fantastic Fest mega post (ain't it cool)

The Definitive Cinematic Retrospective presents "31 Days of Graveyard Screams" starting October 1st
"With a program airing every night, we would love for you to tune your "skeleton dial" in and help us spread the chills. Our main program is The Definitive Cinematic Retrospective but each year in October we switch over to all things horror. We highlight classic films, television, radio ect. from the silent era all the way up to 1970. That classic monster movie era!
We also let our audience talk about their favorites by having them participate in every show we do. We've got some great prizes to give away this year."
Crosseyed Cyclops offer more Famous Monsters of Filmland. (and here as well)

Full Film Lineup for Screamfest 2008! via Dread Central Also, make sure to check out Dread Central's weekly wrap-up.

At the Classic Horror Film Board oldmanster reviews The Tatooist.

Frankensteinia on Dick Briefer's Frankenstein comic book series.

Find The Pattern..Find The Triangles? @ Fringe Bloggers

While I may be forever disgusted with the powers that be at AMC I do love thier Monsterfest blog (will it be renamed to Fearfest as well?). Here they ponder The Flesh Eaters.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

another short stuff

Greenbriar Picture Show has posted the second part of it's phenomenal classic horror article "Frankenstein/Dracula Forever!

Carrie Fisher may pledge 'Row' (Hollywood Reporter)
"Carrie Fisher is in negotiations, while "Samurai Girl" star Jamie Chung and Audrina Patridge from "The Hills" are set to join the cast of "Sorority Row," Summit's remake of the 1983 horror movie, "The House on Sorority Row."
(snip)
The plot sees a group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked and killed by a serial killer..."
TV Fall Preview- Pushing Daisies, Ghost Whisperer (Spoiler TV)

DVD Talk's Ian Jane reviews Bloodsucking Cinema: The Origin And Evolution Of The Vampire Movie

The News Hound at the Scarlet Street Forums has a rundown of genre titles unspooling on FMC in October.

The Horror Section looks at some Direct to Video horrors.