Monday, July 30, 2012

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Who Wants to Take Another Trip to the Overlook Hotel?


The only thing worse than a sequel is a prequel and Warner Brother's is thinking about making an origin story for the 1980 Stanley Kubrick classic, The Shining, based off of Stephen King's book of the same name--because audiences really need things thoroughly explained to them NOW. We're not that stupid Warner Brother's; I'm pretty sure we got it the first time and either loved it or hated it.

According to the LA Times, a source revealed, “Warner Bros. is quietly exploring the possibility of a prequel to “The Shining,” the 1980 Stanley Kubrick chillfest that many fans regard as the scariest movie of all time. The studio has solicited the involvement of Hollywood writer-producer Laeta Kalogridis and her partners Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt to craft a new take as producers, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly… "

The article went on to say that a prequel would involve what happened at the Overlook Hotel before the Torrance Family arrived and madness ensued. Huh? I'm pretty sure The Shining explained what happened--the previous caretaker went nuts, just like Jack, and murdered his family. End of story.

I am a little mixed on this one because The Shining is one of my favorite horror movies (next to Dawn of the Dead) and it would break my heart to see another adaptation get made, especially if done poorly. I've heard a lot of criticism from moviegoers insisting that Kubrick ruined King's original story and I completely disagree; he made it better and made the characters, especially Jack Torrance, alive and way more likeable, despite the situation.

I don't find a prequel necessary because the atmosphere created in the original film was so intense and terrifying because of what we didn't know. What we were given, which was a decent amount of backstory--enough to keep you in the know--pretty much explained the story enough to where we don't need an entire film based on previous events.

However, if the film does find an interesting story and praiseworthy director, it may turn out fine. Most likely not though. It's too near and dear to my heart as well as many others to have it messed with. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Please let it be, Warner Brothers.

What do you think about a prequel to The Shining?

Friday, July 27, 2012

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Deadgirl: Movie Review


Boys will be boys and at 17, boys are nothing but horny bastards. One can only wonder what hormonal teen boys would do if they ever found a naked girl, tied up, and completely at their disposal. The horror flick, Deadgirl, explores just that, showcasing that when it comes to sex and love, guys will do anything to be in control.

The 2008 horror, Deadgirl, directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel, follows two best friends on their dark journey into sex and enslavement that all starts at a fateful trip to an abandoned mental asylum. Ricky (Shiloh Fernandez) and JT (Noah Segan) prove that when it comes down to it, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want.

The film starts with Ricky and JT having fun at the local asylum and when they take a wrong turn, they find something they never expected to see: a body. When the pair look closer, they realize their discovery is alive and upon further examination, they realize that she cannot die. The pair conclude that she isn't human and JT's nature takes over as he decides that he will use the girl for whatever he desires.

Ricky immediately has reservations but the weak and timid boy is too afraid to stand up to his determined friend, whom begins using the strange girl as his personal sex slave, even going as far as to share her with their friend, Wheeler (Eric Podnar). The scared boy does nothing as he watches his friend's keep the girl tied up and abuse her day after day, like a ragdoll.

During all of this, Ricky is still pining after his first love, Joanne (Candice Accola), whom has more than moved on from him. He refuses to participate in his friend's sick games as he tries his best to remain good for the person he really loves. The problem with love is, sometimes when you love someone, they never love you back.

When Joanne's angry boyfriend attacks Ricky, Ricky and Wheeler accidentally let their little secret slip and are forced to show him and his jock buddy their girlfriend. Once there, Ricky persuades the jock to put himself too close to the dead girl, whom bites him in a sacred place, resulting in something the boys didn't expect; the boy begins to become exactly like the girl: dead. It's from here that JT and Wheeler realize that they can make more sex slaves by having the dead girl bite and infect them.

The movie is very dark and disgusting as you watch how these young men treat this woman, and it worsens as they try to justify their actions. The pair explain that she's not human and that it's okay; however, human or not, what they do to her should never be done to anyone or anything. The film is hard to watch because I could only imagine how certain individuals would do the same exact thing if they were put into the given situation.

Deadgirl is definitely a study of human nature and what people will do under certain circumstances and how far individuals are willing to go for what they want--especially sex. Human nature is a powerful thing and when you mix your desires with power and control, it results in the worst kind of weapon that anyone can have. People become monsters when they feel above the law and that's terrifying.

Although the film had an interesting concept and some great ideas, the way that everything was executed was done poorly. The majority of the film just consists of the two friends raping the dead girl while Ricky struggles with the situation and his love for Joanne. The boys never try finding out exactly who or what the woman is or where she came from and if we were given some answers, it would have been interesting.

It seemed as though the directors and writers really wanted to upset the audience and show them just how horrible the boys were becoming by constantly showing their brutal actions; however, they didn't need to do so. The message was understood from the very beginning of the film, when the boys made their decision, so, it would have been better if the film including more variety.

It isn't until the final act of the film that things begin to shift and the movie takes an intriguing turn. When the girl bites one of the boys, they discover that she has infected them in a zombie-like way, and they realize they can use this to their advantage. The boys just want to have sex and what better way to intensify their situation than by infecting more girls to make their slaves? The problem is, they executed this too late in the film and barely went anywhere with it.

The ending was satisfying because it showed us just how far the righteous and seemingly good character, Ricky, was willing to go. When it really came down to it, he was just as monstrous as his friends were. I really enjoyed the way that Ricky turned out in the end because he seemed more realistic and if the writers made him completely angelic it would have felt like a total cop-out. The character reacted in the way that any person in love would have acted--he acted in his nature.

Deadgirl had an interesting and brutal idea that examined how individuals will act when put into a situation where they have complete control. People aren't always good and they don't always do the right things and this film highlights it well. However, the film focuses too much on the boy's disturbing actions, making it seem repetive and pointless, rather than moving the plot along sooner. The ending was satisfactory and tied everything up perfectly. It is definitely a horror to watch, to see how the young boys changed in the process, but prepare to see the same situation for a majority of the film.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Harper's Island: Review


Imagine preparing to marry the girl of your dreams on the island in which you grew up, only to have a sadistic serial killer begin killing off all of your friends and family. The 2009 mini-series, Harper's Island, was a horror-mystery that played out for 13 weeks and kept audiences wondering which character was going to be killed next. The show was fun, intense, and at times humorus most of the way through and with its list of likeable characters, it was enjoyable to watch. Its only falter was a cliche and predictable ending that can easily be overlooked when considering the rest of the show's interesting elements.

Harper's Island premiered on CBS back in 2009 and promised 13 weeks, 25 suspects, 1 killer. The mini-series opens with Henry (Christopher Gorham) and Trish (Katie Cassidy) boarding a ferry to their hometown of Harper's Island where, along with their friends and family, the pair would be married. Henry's best friend, Abby (Elaine Cassidy), joins in on the monumental moment, returning home 7 years after a murderer killed her mother and 5 other people there.

Unbeknownst to the friends and family, Trish's cousin Ben is strapped to the bottom of the boat and inevitably dies once they take off, thus setting off a chain of events that would change their lives forever. When the individuals arrive to Harper's Island, they begin being killed off, one by one.

The original murders that took place years prior hangs as a dark cloud over the main characters for the entire series as they question whether or not the killer, John Wakefield, has come back for more. The body count increases with each episode and a list of suspects narrows once the core group realizes what is going on.

Although the series had its soap-opera moments, it played out like a typical horror slasher that any genre fan could enjoy. The non-stop deaths were always creative and brutal and only made you want to keep watching further, guessing how the next victim would meet their end.

As the series went on, it was hard not to become attached to a few of the main characters such as Trish, Henry and Abby; however, the two characters that grabbed at my heartstrings were couple, Chloe and Cal, played by Cameron Richardson and Adam Campbell. The pair started as one-dimensional individuals who quickly grew into a loving pair that you could root for, although rooting for characters in a show like this doesn't do them any good.

There was never a lull in the series where the audience had time to become bored because the island's mysterious past was revealed gradually along with the current murders that started up again. The characters are in the dark on the sudden murder spree until a climax at a wedding rehearsal that throws every one of them for a loop. The scene was shocking, sad, and the death that occurs was slightly unexpected. Following this heartbreaking moment, things really pick up as the group try to figure out who's committing the crimes and how to stay alive.

Everyone becomes a suspect as you play along, trying to figure out who the killer is. About halfway through the series, it became a little predictable when certain things are revealed, leading me to narrow down to two final suspects. When the big reveal came and it was explained why the murderer was doing what they were doing, it left me scratching my head saying, "Huh?"

My only problem with this show was the predictable ending and the stupid explanation behind the horrendus events that happened to 25 people. The whole thing could have done without the explanation that was given or it could have been much better. It was as if the writers had no idea where they were going at the beginning of the series and just decided to make a person a killer, for a shocking "twist", that only made the finale seem thrown together in a rush.

Aside from the less-than-perfect ending, the series was entertaining most of the way through. The performances from Gorham, Elaine and Katie Cassidy, as well as Jim Beaver were heartbreaking and chilling from beginning to end as well as several side characters who made you really fall for them too.

If you missed the series the first time around you should definitely check it out on Netflix. It's easy to get into and it's fast paced, resulting in a enjoyable experience. Just be prepared for a weak ending that may or may not satisfy you.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Pontypool Sequel Update


In 2008 a unique take on the zombie genre introduced itself to horror fans as Pontypool, a movie that showed very little but still managed to creep you out with its eerie atmosphere and praiseworthy performances from actors like Stephen McHattie. A new poster for the upcoming sequel, Pontypool Changes, can be seen outside of the Fantasia Film Festival currently happening in Montreal.

The follow up to the horror will once again be directed by Bruce Macdonald and written by Tony Burgess, whom also wrote the book in which the first film was based. The poster is accompanied by a tagline that teases, "You've HEARD it all before but you ain't seen nothing yet!"

In the first film, audiences followed a radio DJ as he and his crew are inside their station in the midst of an unexplainable outbreak. The film relied soley on sounds and caller testimonies of the events that were occurring around the small town rather than showcasing everything that was happening. The poster for the sequel suggests that the next entry will be showing viewers a lot more of what is going on in Pontypool and I CANNOT WAIT!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Vanishing on 7th Street: Movie Review


Being the only female left on Earth with Hayden Christensen and John Leguizamo sounds like the perfect fantasy for any woman; however, in the horror, Vanishing on 7th Street, the fantasy of being one of the few people left alive is more of a nightmare, especially when evil lurks in the darkness that surrounds you. The horror had an interesting concept but soon fell short midway through and by the time it was over, there was nothing worth remembering or going back for.

Vanishing on 7th Street, directed by Brad Anderson, starts off with Paul (Leguizamo), a projectionist at a movie theater in Detroit. The night begins perfectly fine until the power unexpectedly goes out and Paul realizes that everyone inside the theater has disappeared. While investigating the scene and trying to make sense of what has happened, Paul runs into a security officer and witnesses him get taken by something in the darkness before succumbing to the darkness himself.

Following Paul, we are then introduced to Rosemary, a physical therapist at a nearby hospital, hysterical as she makes her way through the dark and empty facility. The woman navigates her way through the place that once was full with patients and doctors only to find that she is the only one left.

After we briefly see Rosemary and how she reacts to the phenomena occurring around the city, the audience is then introduced to Luke, a local news reporter whom has absolutely no idea what has happened. He awakens to an empty apartment and doesn't realize something is wrong until he steps outside and sees the abandoned cars and clothing scattered around him.

The movie shifts forward three days and shows us what our three characters have been up to since the strange occurrence happened in the city. Luke is searching the dark streets for a working car when he hears music playing in a nearby bar on 7th street (get it?). When he goes inside he eventually meets a young boy, James, whom is just as terrified as he is. Upon their brief and less-than-warm greeting, Rosemary makes her way into the bar, still hysterical as she looks for her missing son.

The baffled individuals try to make sense of what is happening to them and we learn a little bit more about each character and what they were doing at the time of the initial happening. After the group talk for a few minutes, they hear someone's cries coming from down the street--in the darkness. Luke hesitantly goes to save the person and finds Paul, badly hurt in the middle of the street.

Once all of the main characters are inside of the bar they begin questioning things further and wonder why they were actually led to the bar in the first place. Light is the only thing that keeps them safe and they only have a small source of it. God and fate, as well as the Rapture are brought up a lot as the group argues that what is happening is a reboot of the world.

Luke remains skeptical but frightened while Rosemary and Paul have strong religious beliefs. The film does have several symbolic messages related to God, the Bible and the Rapture. The characters names are biblical, the bar is located on 7th street at the corner of seal--possibly referencing the seventh seal in the Book of Revelations. The rapture is described as God taking many people and the world being plunged into darkness, and in the film the individuals are literally plunged into darkness while several people vanish.

There are several more clever biblical messages, especially toward the end of the film, making the concept interesting and cool. It was a great concept, setting up a perfect and eery story; however, it was poorly executed.

Some of the performances in the film seemed a little off-key, even though I like all three of the main actors in the movie (Christensen, Leguizamo, and Thandie Newton). The atmosphere was unsettling and scary but the director didn't seem as though he used everything he had to his advantage. The entire film takes place in the bar, which would have been fine, but the characters seem to talk about the same thing over and over without actually doing anything or going anywhere.

I like the way that the film was set up and the unexplained phenomena happening suddenly, but I disagree with the way the story jumped ahead three days. I think that if the director focused on our key characters for a little bit longer, letting us see what they went through on their own, and then introduced them three days later, it would have been better; their stories would have been fleshed out more--especially Paul, who apparently was taken by the darkness.

The movie wasn't entirely bad; it just wasn't entirely great either. I enjoyed the religious aspect of the film and I find the Rapture to be an interesting--and terrifying--topic, so, it was fun to see how the director used the idea to make a unique story. However, he could have utilized what he had to execute the story in a much better way. The film is quite similar to the video game, Alan Wake, which uses the same idea of light and darkness, but does so in a much better way. The film should have taken note and used the game as their guide.

Although the movie isn't completely enticing or fast paced, it does have an interesting concept. I would suggest giving the film a watch, just for the symbolic elements, and come up with your own conclusions on what the film was about.

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Top 10 Horror Anthology Segments


Following my first giveaway, which prompted my readers to name their favorite horror anthology, I couldn't help but think about some of my favorites as well. Horror anthologies are both fun and scary because the viewer gets a little bit of everything with each segment in the movie. There is always one story that stands out among the rest within each film and I've decided to compile a list of my favorite ones. Check out below to see if yours made the list!

10.) Trick 'R Treat--Meet Sam


Trick 'R Treat was a lovely little gem that was given to horror fans in 2007. The film followed four interwoven tales set on Halloween night and it introduced genre fans to their favorite new character: Sam. The movie is perfect to watch on Halloween because each tale details the importance of following specific rules for the spooky holiday and if those rules aren't followed--Sam will make sure that you pay for it. Although each story was exciting and fun to watch, the one that stood out most was the last, which revolved around Brian Cox's character, Mr. Kreeg. Kreeg was a grumpy old man with a past who made the fatal mistake of not having any candy to leave out for trick-or-treaters. Sam shows that size doesn't really matter when he attacks Kreeg for his mistakes, giving the old man the fight of his life. The segment was enticing and creepy to watch and it kept the viewer on the edge of their seat as they anticipated what was going to happen next. One thing is for sure: people learned that they better follow the rules of Halloween--or else.

9.) Body Bags--Eye

In 1993, horror alums John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper teamed up for an anthology of three separate horror tales. The Eye told the story of a major league ball player who loses his eye after experiencing a bad car crash. In effort to regain his life back, the ball player, Brent, seeks an eye transplant and following a procedure, he can see again. At first, everything seems perfect--until Brent begins seeing awful things. The ballplayer begins having nightmares involving him murdering women and then having sex with them. After several episodes, Brent finds out that his donor was a serial killing necrophiliac and realizes that he is tied to the killer's spirit through his eye. When Brent almost murders his wife he decides to take matters into his own hands, cutting out his eye and ridding the murderous spirit from his life for good.

8.)Cat's Eye--General

Stephen King clearly has a thing for cat's and his 1985 anthology horror perfectly showcases his dedication to the feline. The film follows a cat and his adventures through three different tales. The third tale finds the cat in the arms of Amanda, played by Drew Barrymore, a young and happy girl looking for a cuddly pet. Unfortunately for the little girl, her mother is a bitch and decides to keep the cat outside for the night. Um, bad idea, mom. The cat actually proves to be a vital factor in the young girl's life when an evil troll makes his way into Amanda's room and tries stealing her  breath as she sleeps. The cat fights the troll and actually saves the day, making for the perfect "awww" moment between pet and owner. I so wish I had a cat who would protect me from evil spirits. Mine just shits in the tub.

7.) Creepshow--Something to Tide You Over


Arguably one of the best horror anthologies, Creepshow is written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. The film has five unique King-esque horror stories that keep the audience enthralled, even long after the film has ended. The story that hooked me in is Something to Tide You Over, a tale of revenge and karma. The story follows Richard (Leslie Nielson), a wealthy psychopath, who seeks vengeance on his unfaithful wife and her lover, played by Ted Danson. Richard captures the pair and buries them in the sand up to their necks, informing them that the tide will be in soon, inevitably causing their demise. Richard kills the pair and is happy to have gotten away with it, except the murdered pair comes back in a zombie-like state and gives the playboy a taste of his own medicine. No one won in the particular tale, showcasing just how powerful karma truly is.

6.)Creepshow 2--The Raft


The success of Creepshow prompted a worthy sequel which delivered some of my favorite stories, including The Raft. The Raft followed four college co-eds who just so happened to be at the wrong place for their planned day of fun. The group find a desolate lake in the middle of nowhere and swim out onto the wooden raft in the center of it, only to discover that there is an evil force lurking around them. A black blob comes close to the raft and completely consumes one of the kids, sending everyone else into a panic. The group realize that they are stuck, with no one to help, as they try to keep away from the murderous substance. The story was frightening because the situation was inescapable and could have been completely avoided if the kids had paid attention. The segment prompted viewers to question what they would do in the given situation--try to swim for safety or wait it out? Either way sucked and it made you think about being more vigilant to your surroundings in the future. No swimming in lakes for this girl!

5.) The Willies--Gordy Belcher


The Willies is b-movie cheese at its finest. The movie follows a group of kids who decide to tell scary stories around the campfire. They begin with urban legends and then delve into some original stories, including one about a young boy obsessed with flies. The tale follows Gordy Belcher (Donkey Lips himself, Michael Bower) as he collects flies, pulls off their wings, and uses them in his fly society. Um, yuck. Gordy steals some fertilizer from a local farmer, not knowing that it is used to make things grow to abnormal sizes, and he places it into his fly jar. Things go awry and the flies begin growing to ginormous sizes--which isn't so great for the fly-murdering Gordy. The tale was fun, gross, and it taught a message about the way one should treat things. Don't kill flies because they may grow to massive size and seek revenge.


4.) Campfire Tales--People Can Lick Too


Being home alone can be fun for most, as well as scary for others and in Campfire Tales, Amanda(Alexa Mckenna) learns that not only is being home alone a very bad idea, she realizes that talking to strangers on the internet is even worse. Campfire Tales is an anthology that follows popular Urban Legends and the legend of The Licked Hand is one of the more terrifying. In the film, a charismatic young girl is left alone for the night with her party-girl older sister as well as the family dog. During her free time, the young girl strikes up an online friendship with someone whom she believes to be her age. Come to find out, the person on the other end of the screen is a creepy, murderous bastard who likes to prey on young girls. While home alone, Amanda becomes increasingly nervous and worried about the situation but tries not to let it get to her head and decides to go to bed. She takes her dog with her into her bedroom and keeps him under her bed for comfort, periodically reaching her hand down to be licked. When the young girl finally decides to turn on the light, she sees that a man is actually licking her hand and the words, "People can lick too" are written on her mirror. The scene sent a jolt through my body because it was something that could possibly happen. It definitely makes one think twice before letting their hands or feet dangle over their bedside.

3.) Tales from the Crypt--And All Through the House


Before the TV series and Demon Knight, Tales from the Crypt was an anthology horror, based on the comics, which featured five different tales that depicted how five individuals would die. A group of people stumble upon a crypt, where they meet the Crypt keeper, and he tells them their fate. Each story was scary but the one that has always frightened me and always comes to my mind at Christmas is the segment, And All Through the House, starring Joan Collins. Collins plays Joanne, a selfish wife who murders her husband for his money. Joanne picks the wrong time to commit her crime because on the same night, a crazed lunatic escapes from a nearby hospital and makes his way to her house. Fearing that she will be caught, she doesn't call the police; she simply tries making sure the killer can't get in. However, the crazy man is dressed as Santa and Joanne's daughter lets him in, unaware what his true intentions are. Rather than getting coal for Christmas, Joanne gets a nice cup of Death. He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you've been naughty and he knows when you've been nice. So, be nice.

2.) The Twilight Zone: The Movie--Nightmare at 20,000 Feet


Flying is terrifying in itself but imagine if you saw a creature on the wing of the plane! The Twilight Zone movie took three stories from the classic series, combined with one original tale, which made for a truly frightening experience. The story that always bothered me most was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, which featured the talented John Lithgow as a panicked passenger who's fears come true in the worst possible way, at the worst possible time. Already a nervous wreck to begin with, when John Valentine (Lithgow) peers outside his window, he notices a gremlin attacking the wing of the plane. Of course no one believes him and assumes he's just crazy, worsening the situation. Valentine finally snaps and shoots the window, causing a whole lot of drama. The segment is filled with paranoia, cases of claustrophobia, and absolute fear the moment the audience gets a glimpse of the mysterious monster along for the ride. The perfectly directed story made the viewer feel exactly what Valentine was feeling in that moment--and made me never want to fly again.

1.)Trilogy of Terror--Amelia


Dolls are supposed to be a child's best friend but what if that doll came to life and it wasn't so nice? Trilogy of Terror was a made-for-TV movie of the week which starred Karen Black as the protagonist of all three stories. The one that stood out--to pretty much everyone--is the tale of Amelia, which followed a young woman who receives a mysterious Zuni doll. The doll is small and in the form of a warrior with sharp teeth and a spear--all perfectly suitable things for a harmless doll to have, right? It also comes with a scroll which explains that the doll contains a spirit of a Zuni hunter named "He Who Kills" and the necklace around his neck keeps the spirit from coming alive. Unbeknownst to Amelia, the chain accidentally falls off and the Zuni dolls come to life. MY WORST NIGHTMARE! The doll may be tiny but he is evil and brutal as hell as he attacks a harmless Amelia. The entire story is frightening to watch and it made viewers think twice before purchasing a doll again. Especially one named He Who Kills.

There you have it; my list of my favorite horror anthology segments. It just makes you want to have a horror anthology marathon, doesn't it? Anthologies are few and far between as of late and it would be awesome if they made a comeback in the near future. For now though, horror fans will have to settle for remakes. Sigh.
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Christian Slater Continues to Ride Horror Train


Christian Slater seems to have found a niche in the horror genre, recently appearing in Playback and soon to be starring in Stranded. The 80's heartthrob will begin filming another horror, The Awakened, which will also star 90's It-Boy, Edward Furlong (Brain Scan, Terminator 2).

The Awakened is a horror that will be a modern take on Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. The story will follow a young woman as she returns to her hometown 14 years later to find her mother's killer. The film will be directed by Arno Malarone.

The upcoming horror will also star Corey Sevier (Decoys--YUM), Steven Bauer (Scarface), and Julianne Michelle. Shooting will begin on September 10 in the Hamptons, NY.

Although Slater does better in comedies, I can't complain that he is popping up a lot more frequently in my favorite genre! The film is still in early development so there's aren't many details to give at this moment.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Be A Part of The Walking Dead This Halloween


For zombie fans who wish that they could be a part of The Walking Dead universe, AMC and Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is going to make your fantasy a reality. The power duo have teamed up to create an attraction based on the hit comic and television series which will allow fans to navigate through elaborate mazes this October.

Universal studios at Orlando and Hollywood are currently working with AMC  to create an authentic haunted house experience that will make any fan of The Walking Dead feel as though they are fighting alongside Rick and his crew in Georgia.

Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and SFX artist for the show stated, “We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two – and will continue to face in our third season...“Our collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.” 

 In response to the event 's newest attraction, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort, Jim Timon said, “The Walking Dead puts real people in incredibly horrific situations where they experience true, raw fear, and guests at Halloween Horror Nights experience the same thing...we can’t wait to merge the two powerful concepts together.”

Just two days ago it was confirmed that Universal will open up a Silent Hill attraction, making it the first time that a video game franchise has ever been adapted into a haunted house for the park.

Jim Simon stated, “This is our first partnership with a video game property and we are very excited to create an unparalleled, all-new level of horror for our guests...we can’t wait to watch our guests actually walk into the hell that is ‘Silent Hill.’”

Halloween Horror Nights takes over Universal Studios at Orlando and Hollywood from September 21-October 31. For more details on the event and how you can score tickets, visit their website . In the meantime, check out the announcement video for TWD below:



Friday, July 13, 2012

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Chris Columbus is Ready to Get "Creepy" and Weird


Family-friendly director, Chris Columbus, is a horror fan at heart and is currently working on the rights to turn the American horror comic-magazine, Creepy, into an anthology feature film. Columbus is currently working with his production company, 1942, and has plans to work with three other directors on the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director announced his plans for a 4-part anthology film based on the classic horror magazine that was created in 1964. To bring the publication to life, 1942 productions will be working alongside Submarine/New Comic Company's principals Dan and Josh Braun and producer Sara Feldman Sheehan.

Creepy was a horror comic-magazine that ran from 1964-1983 under Warren Publishing. Some artists featured in the mag include, Frank Frazetta, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, and more. All rights to the production, along with sister publication Eerie, have been sold to the Braun brothers and partners, Rick Brookwell and Craig Haffner.

Columbus stated, "I am thrilled to be immersed once again in the world of Creepy and Eerie...They featured some of the most important comic book artists of the time and were incredibly influential in my desire to become a filmmaker. It is really exciting to bring these unique tales to the screen and share them with today's audiences."

The deal hasn't been finalized yet and the project is in the early stages of development. There are no further details regarding the project at this time.



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Cannibalism is the New Black


It seems as though the zombie craze has made its way to the land down under. Authorities in Papua New Guinea have arrested 29 individuals accused of being a part of a cannibalistic cult and murdering 7 people within the last week.

According to The National newspaper in the region, Madang Police Commander, Anthony Wagambie, explained that the cult members ate their victims brains raw and made soup from their penises. Wagambie told the Associated Press, "They don't think they've done anything wrong; they admit what they've done openly."

The commander explained that the cult members believed that their victims practiced "sanguma", or sorcery, and were extorting money and sex from the poor locals in exchange for their supernatural services. The cult justified their actions, explaining that eating the witch doctors organs would make them bulletproof.

Wagambie believes that there could be anywhere between 700-1,000 cult members in several of the villages in Papua New Guinea, insisting that cult activity is very popular in the region.

The National newspaper reported that 28 men and women appeared in court on Tuesday and were charged with willful murder. Wagambie suspects that he will make over 100 arrests for cult-related crimes over the weekend.

The police will be gathering witnesses before making any charges to the cannibal allegations. Murder is a crime punishable by death in Papua New Guinea.

Four of the seven victims were murdered last week and Wagambie added that their remains have still not been found, insisting, "They're probably all eaten up."

Penis soup, anyone? I am so dying for some of that.
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And the Winners Are...


It's Friday the 13th and you know what that means? Besides a hockey-masked mama's boy creeping around all of you sexually active--it's the end of my first giveaway! The winner of the autographed Comic-Con edition DVD of the upcoming horror anthology, The Perfect House is...

Eric Martin! Eric's favorite anthology horror is The Willies, a underrated horror that a lot of moviegoers seem to miss.

The second prize, which is a regular DVD of the horror film is...

Melanie! Melanie's favorite anthology horror is Tales from the Darkside and she won big points by mentioning Christian Slater in her response.

All of your responses were fun to read and a winner was chosen unanimously (I picked a name out of a hat, son!). Please subscribe to my blog and stay connected for future giveaways.

Thank you all for reading and participating!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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The Zombie Wave Continues


Has someone checked the water over in Florida yet? The zombie-like attacks just keep happening in the Sunshine state, the latest incident in St. Augustine, when a 22 year-old man went on a naked rampage, biting a chunk of a man's stomach this past Saturday, July 7.

The attacker, Jeremiah Haughee, leapt from a homeowner's roof and began to trash his patio before running inside of his home and attacking him. Prior to the attack, Haughee began to uriniate all over the residence. Classy.

When authorities arrived to the scene, they found Haughee wrestling the man and his sons on top of a glass and pee-covered porch. At that point the officers tasered the young man but to no avail. Following their failed attempt to restrain him, three more officers arrived and began tasering Haughee along with striking him in the knees--all of which did absolutely nothing to stop his maddness. Haughee then took a bite out of one of the officers before they managed to shackle and hood him.

Following the incident, the homeowner explained that Haughee had jumped from his roof, made his way to their porch, tackled him and his son, and then bit him on the stomach. According to the NY Daily News, the attacker was not tested for drugs because there apparently was no reason for him to take the test.

Hmmm, I guess running around naked and randomly attacking and biting a stranger doesn't consitute as a good enough reason to be tested for drugs. Clearly, Haughee was on something OR he was just looking for attention. This is all starting to get out of hand now...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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John Carpenter Closer to Directing Darkchylde


Director John Carpenter is obviously a legend in the horror industry with classics like Halloween and The Thing; however, lately it seems as though the legend has lost his magic--ahem, The Ward. Now, news is circulating that the filmmaker is closer to finishing a deal to film Darkchylde, based off of the comic book by Randy Queen.

Daily Grindhouse reports that Carpenter and his wife, Sandy King Carpenter, are currently gathering things together and creating the perfect creature to scare up audiences. The pair are teaming with Weta (Lord of the Rings) and Illusion Industries (Watchmen) to create both the creature and main character designs.

Darkchylde is a 1996 comic that followed a cursed teen, Ariel, who can become the creatures of her nightmares. The Carpenter's are interested in Chloe Moretz, Elizabeth Olsen, and Elle Fanning for the lead role in the film.
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Horror Movie Extra Scam


For the die-hard horror fans, being an extra in a horror movie is a life goal. For others, being a film extra is just regular work. For individuals in Scotland, responding to an ad to be an extra in a horror film may just rob you of your money.

Authorities in Fort Augustus, Scotland have reported an apparent scam revolving around a horror movie, Wood Evil, contacting individuals by email requesting their services to be an extra. The email asked the recipient to pay £60 to work on the film, which is around $90 in the U.S. Concerns were raised once the individuals contacted VisitScotland for information on the project, with no results.

Northern Constabulary and the Highland Film Commision in Scotland had no record of a project titled Wood Evil and explained that production companies would not ask for money from an extra. DUH! Authorities advised any further recipients to not pay and to inform them of the matter.

Wow, well thank the obvious police for clearing that up because apparently people in Scotland don't have the common sense enough to just ignore the emails on their own. And Wood Evil? Come on, scammer. You couldn't come up with a better title for your fake movie? Or ask for MORE money? Weakest scam ever.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Autographed DVD Giveaway!


The people over at Gratwick Productions have decided to present my readers with a copy of their upcoming horror anthology, The Perfect House, for the Morgue's first giveaway! Two readers will be chosen to win a free copy of the haunted house horror which will be released July 17 on DVD and VOD.

First prize is a Comic-Con edition of the DVD, signed by filmmaker Kris Hulbert and graphic designer Chris Barber. The runner-up will receive a regular version of the DVD.

To win:

1.) Make sure to LIKE The Perfect House and Mandy's Morgue of Horror on Facebook

2.) Follow The Perfect House on Twitter

3.) Comment below or email me at Amanda@Mandysmorgueofhorror.com detailing your favorite horror anthology and why!

Make sure to Follow and/or Subscribe to Mandy's Morgue of Horror to receive updates on the giveaway and upcoming contests!

The Perfect House is an anthology horror that follows three separate stories revolving around a dream house with dark secrets.

 Enter to win a FREE DVD to add to your collection of horror movies. The contest will end this Friday, July 13 and the winners will be announced shortly after. Why pass up the chance to win something? Enter now!!

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Christian Slater Stranded in Canada


Christian Slater is going to make a comeback soon--I can feel it. The actor has several projects underway and is currently in Saskatchewan shooting the sci-fi horror, Stranded, directed by Academy Award winning director, Roger Christian. Man, what I would give just to be a PA mopping up Slater's ball sweat during the filming.

Slater, who recently appeared in the forgettable thriller, Playback (don't even get me started),will star in the upcoming horror as an astronaut a part of an Ark moon base that accidentally collides with a meteor. The crew quickly learns that spores from the meteorite can replicate cell structure, reproduce and mutate, causing everyone on board to fight for survival. Um, two Christian Slater's for the price of one? Hell yes, meteorite, do your damn magic!

Along with the gorgeous Slater (who has a thing for younger women--CALL ME), the film also stars Brendan Fehr (YAY! Roswell for life!), Michael Therriault, and Amy Matysio.

I honestly don't even care what this movie is about or who else is in it. It has two of my favorite things: Horror and Slater. I am already sold, thank you very much.
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Sam May Be Having Lots of Sex in Season 8 of Supernatural


The Winchester brothers always seem to find room for love in their lives along with monster slaying and saving the world from the apocalypse and season 8 of the hit CW series, Supernatural, is no different. Sammy boy is set to have a new love interest as well as a new person to worry about.

According to TVLine, actress Liane Balaban (Alphas) will play the reoccurring role of Amelia, a "tragedy damaged soul" with a soft, sarcastic side. She sounds perfect for Sam! Or even Dean, who seriously needs to get laid and turn his frown upside down--once he escapes Purgatory, of course.

Along with a new lady friend, the brothers may have a problem in Benny, a new character who will make his first appearance in episode 2 of the upcoming season. Spoiler TV reveals that Benny hides behind a mask of deep savagery.

I was slightly disappointed in last season and it's anti-climatic take down of the all powerful Leviathan; however, was excited by the brief glimpse of Purgatory. I cannot wait to see how Dean escapes and reunites with his brother to start where they left off.

Monday, July 9, 2012

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Hatchet 3 News


Comic-Con is this week and there are already some sneak peaks on the horror front. This Saturday, Dark Sky Films and Ariescope Pictures will be distributing a limited edition poster for Hatchet III, which can be seen below!

An official Hatchet III signing, including writer/producer Adam Green; director BJ McDonnell; Kane Hodder; Zach Gilligan and Rileah Vanderbilt, will be held at the con Saturday, July 14, in the Sails Pavillion from 2:30-4:30pm. Fans who meet and greet the stars will be given a free Hatchet III poster not available anywhere else.

During the nerdfest, if fans snap a photo with Victor Crowley--who will be walking the convention floor--and tweet @Darkskyfilms, they will be entered to win a Hatchet Army t-shirt and limited edition poster.

The third film in the franchise will take place right where Hatchet II left off, following a search and rescue team as they clean up the mess left by Crowley. During the cleanup, Marybeth, played by Danielle Harris, tries to find out the true secret behind the voodoo curse that allows Crowley to roam the swamp and put an end to it for good.

Check out the poster below:




Friday, July 6, 2012

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The Walking Dead First Person Shooter


Activision has just announced its plans for a new first person shooter based on the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead. The game is currently being developed by Terminal Reality, the company responsible for the Ghostbusters video game.

The game, which has nothing to do with the series released by Telltale Games, will allow you to play as Walking Dead fan favorite, Daryl Dixon, as he and his brother Merle make their way through Georgia. Gameplay will take place before the brothers meet up with the rest of the survivors depicted in the first season of the television series.

In the first person shooter, Daryl must navigate through the city, find food, choose to fight or hide from zombies, and decide how he will interact with strangers along the way. The upcoming game is trying for a 2013 release to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news revolving the project, go to their website. Check out the teaser for the game below:




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Barry Burton Makes Big Screen Debut in Resident Evil Retribution


The next installment in Paul Anderson's Resident Evil franchise doesn't hit theaters until September 14, 2012, so Screen Gems has decide to reward fans with several screenshots from the upcoming zombie horror. The seven new images include a first glance at RE veteran, Barry Burton, played by Kevin Durand.

Resident Evil: Retribution follows Alice as she once again tries to take down the evil Umbrella Corporation responsible for the undead virus that has taken over the world. In the film, Alice hunts down baddies from Tokyo to New York, and from Moscow to Washington with the help of some familiar faces as well as new ones.

The film stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li BingBing (her name makes me giggle), Kevin Durand, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon.

Check out the images below:




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Your Chance to Meet Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis


Women are the staple of horror and actress, Jamie Lee Curtis, reigns supreme as THE Scream Queen for most genre fans. The horror icon, who made her debut in John Carpenter's Halloween, is finally making a convention appearance and it will be her last. Curtis will be at this year's HorrorHound weekend in Indianapolis from November 16-18, giving horror fans the opportunity to finally meet and greet Laurie Strode herself.

Curtis will be the guest of honor at this year's HorrorHound convention which will be held at the Indianapolis Marriot East in Indiana. The actress will be appearing both Saturday and Sunday signing autographs, taking photos, as well as participating in a Q&A session with fans.

So what made Curtis FINALLY decide to come to a convention filled with the people who love her? Charity. The scream queen will be donating all of her profits to the Starlight Children's Foundation and a part of the proceeds from HorrorHound weekend will be donated as well.

Curtis wanted to stress that this convention appearance will be her first and ONLY one because she will be retiring directly after. Retiring? How can you retire from something you've barely done and why retire when you can be making bank? I guess she's been too busy with her Activia commercials and shitting on the toilet to actually make an appearance at more conventions.

The actress, the daughter of Janet Leigh (Psycho), made a career for herself in the 80s with horror classics such as, The Fog, Prom Night, and Terror Train. Tickets to meet the star will be sold in advance so that fans will be certain to see her. Ticket information will be made available next month on the HorrorHound Website.

This is obviously exciting news for horror fans and I may have to book some tickets to go to Indianapolis! Will you be attending HorrorHound weekend?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Eli Roth's Goretorium Details


Eli Roth has just made Las Vegas a whole lot more appealing. As reported a few months back, the horror director has been hard at work creating a haunted house, The Goretorium, which was previously set to open on October 31. Horror fans can rejoice because the haunted attraction will be opening a little earlier in September and will remain open for the rest of the year. The horror nut released a statement detailing exactly what fans can expect from his newest creation.

The Goretorium will be set at The Delmont hotel and casino, located across the street from City Center and The Cosmopolitan on the Vegas strip. The multi-level attraction allows visitors to make their way through the hotel, beginning in the lobby which will unveil the gruesome history of past guests and the serial-killer family behind the madness. The attraction will include live actors, animatronics, and special effects that will rival any Hollywood movie production.

Roth stated, "The GORETORIUM will be a destination for both horror fans and tourists from around the world, 365 days a year,” Roth said. “We are creating the most intense live terror experience a person can have, incorporating the latest technology with old-fashioned scares. This will be the premiere haunted experience in the world, filled with all kinds of surprises. I’ve spent years planning this, and all my nightmares are finally coming true. No matter which haunted houses you’ve been through, you have never been through anything quite like the Goretorium.”

The attraction will have something for everyone including a freaky, 60's inspired lounge called Baby Dolls which will entertain guests with caged zombie dancers and live feedings (whatever that means). The Goretorium will also have a retail shop for customers to stock up on their favorite horror memorabilia and a to-go bar called Bloody-Mary's where they can stock up on more alcohol--because you know very well that no one is going to be sober when they enter the front doors of the place.

For more information on the upcoming horror house, visit The Goretorium website or follow them on Twitter.

Eli Roth, I fucking love you.
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Zombie Apocalypse Theme Park


Zombie enthusiasts alike have always loved participating in events revolving around their favorite undead creature and Mark Siwak believes that passion may help make Detroit some money. The options for zombie fans to gather are few as of now, including zombie walks and capture-the-flag style races; however, if Siwak can raise $145,000, he would like to create a zombie apocalypse theme park that is sure to satiate the appetite of any horror fan.

Siwak has started a fundraiser on IndieGoGo in effort to raise the necessary funds to create a live-action zombie theme park set in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood. The fund has raised $2,788 of the $145,000 and only has 39 days left to meet his goal. If he meets his goal, Siwak will create a park, Z World, where customers can pay to be chased by a horde of (actor) zombies through a specific area in a desolate section of the city where they must seek shelter in the available places.

The Z World visionary hasn't exactly gotten permission from the city of Detroit, nor has he made enough money yet; however, he has already received several applications for people looking for employment at the park. Siwak stated on his site, "While zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighborhood - with the opportunity to work with neighborhood groups and organization."

If Siwak's dreams come true, his park will be added alongside the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, a paintball gun park where customers shoot at the undead in an abandoned truck stop, as well as the Zombie Experience in the U.K. where customers can pay to experience an apocalypse at an abandoned shopping mall.

Zombies are IN right now and I think that Siwak's idea sounds awesome, I'm just not sure how well it would work, especially in Detroit. The park is costly to make and it may make the city some money but who would want to do that in Detroit? I'd be afraid of actually being murdered. I keed, I keed!

If you would like to see a zombie theme park made--and who wouldn't--then head over to IndieGoGo to make a donation!
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People Must Taste Like Chicken


Lately it seems as though eating people has become the "cool" thing to do. The most notable case that caused people to cry zombie apocalypse was the Miami man who attacked a homeless man, eating 75% of the his face before being shot several times by police. Officials speculated that the attacker was hopped up on bath salts, a form of LSD, which is said to cause cases of rage, hallucinations and paranoia. As it turns out, a completed autopsy revealed that attacker, Rudy Eugene, didn't have bath salts in his system--the only thing found in his body was marijuana. If that's not the perfect PSA for staying away from weed then I don't know what is.

The news of the autopsy has zombie enthusiasts even more adamant that a zombie apocalypse is on the rise and looking at the evidence, there have been several different cannibalistic cases in recent months that may support their theories.

Back in April a Massachusetts man ate his wife, insisting that she was not his spouse. Seventy-nine year-old Jieming Liu, an immigrant from China (someone needs to check people in China for the T-virus) attacked his seventy-three year old spouse, Yuee Zhou, severing and devouring her left arm below the elbow and eating several of her fingers from one hand. The man's son found his father sitting in a chair soaked in blood and repeating, "This is not your mother."

April also had another case of cannibalism and murder which occurred in Brazil. A man, his wife, and his mistress, murdered at least two women, ate part of their bodies, and then used parts of their flesh to make stuffed pastries known as empanadas--which they then sold to neighbors in their Brazil City.

Speaking of Brazil, although not a cannibal case, the death and brief resurrection of Kelvin Santos is a notable entry in the zombie saga. Two year-old Santos died of pneumonia while in the hospital; however, the young boy sat up in his coffin, asked his father for water, and then died...again. The incident baffled authorities who said that Santos sat in an airtight body bag for 3 hours before being released to his family.

The cases only worsened around the same time of the Miami attack when a Maryland college student admitted to killing his roommate and eating his heart and brain. Sounds delish, doesn't it? Alexander Kinyua, 21, attacked Kujo Bonsafo Agyei-Kodi with a knife, dismembered him, ingested his heart and brain, and secured his head and hands in a tin in his family's basement. Kinyua disposed of the rest of the body in a dumpster behind a church nearby. Kinyua had no explanation for why he did what he did but one thing is certain: he was hungry.

The hunger for human flesh seems to be growing and the cases just keep happening. Last Tuesday, a bus driver in China attacked a female motorist, biting her face and leaving her nose and mouth brutally mutilated. The man ran into the road, jumped onto the woman's car and began banging on her windshield. When the woman tried escaping, the man ran after her and began chewing on her face. Witnesses tried to stop the attack but insisted that the man was "too crazed" and could not be removed from the situation. He was later arrested and the attack was caught on camera for the internet to ponder over.

Currently, a former Canadian porn star, Luka Magnotta, is facing a murder trial over his lover, Jun Lin. Magnotta video taped himself hacking Lin to death and eating parts of his flesh. Following the murder, Magnotta allegedly sent Lin's body parts to Canadian politicians.

My guess is that the cases are going to be more noticeable in the news, mostly due to the Miami case that caused many to worry that a zombie apocalypse has begun. There have been bizarre cases like these that have been happening for some time but it's only now that they are making the news and standing out because people have started to pay attention. The Miami attack opened Pandora's box and I think that the events are only going to get worse. Maybe they will be the cause for the end of the world, which is right around the corner!

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