Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Joshua Hoffine, Horror Photographer

Joshua Hoffine is a horror photographer who has recently been featured in both Rue Morgue magazine and Fangoria. He left a career as a wedding photographer to capture images illuminating the darker side of our psyche, exposing our childhood nightmares and fears.

Hoffline insists that the images be as real as possible, and that includes the children in the photographs. They're actually his real life daughters Anna (12), Shiva (10), Sade (5), and his main model Chloe (7).

The series, called After Dark, My Sweet, is still in progress and can be viewed at his website, where you can also purchase prints.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Come Now, My Child

Come now, my child if we were planning to harm you, do you think we'd be lurking here beside the path in the very darkest part of the forest?          (click to enlarge)
Picture poem by Kenneth Patchen

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This Week in Horror: March 29 - April 4

March 29
2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in North America

March 30
1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in the United States
2000 – The Typing of the Dead released on Sega Dreamcast and PC
2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on Game Boy Color

March 31
2006 – Slither released theatrically

April 1
1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. born (d. 1930)
2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned released theatrically
2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in North America

April 2
1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television
1982 – Cat People (1982) released theatrically

April 3
1961 – Eddie Murphy (actor in Vampire in Brooklyn) born
1962 – Jennifer Rubin (actress in numerous horror films) born

April 4
1932 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) born (d. 1992)
1993 – When a Stranger Calls Back premieres on television
2003 – Beyond Re-Animator released theatrically

Source: wikipedia Portal:Horror/This day in horror archive

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Nights Frights: The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

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Welcome to tonight's episode of Friday Night Frights.

Last week we had soldiers and werewolves, this week we have cowboys and dinosaurs!

Tonight's feature is a classic dinosaur movie from 1969, with some great stop-motion special effects by the genius Ray Harryhausen. I remember loving this on TV when I was a kid.

The Valley of Gwangi was directed by Jim O'Connolly; the cast includes James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, and Laurence Naismith.

Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. Guess what happens?

Here's the full movie, in a playlist:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Crypticon Minneapolis 2009

Crypticon returns for Year 4!

November 6, 7, and 8 2009
at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota

A new hotel with more space, larger indoor theater, bands and more!

Keep checking the official website for up to date information about events and guests.

The Mysterious Stranger

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The Mysterious Stranger is an unfinished work, and the last novel attempted, by the American author Mark Twain. It was worked on periodically from roughly 1890 up until his death in 1910. The body of work is a serious social commentary by Twain addressing his ideas of the Moral Sense and the "damned human race".

Twain actually wrote multiple versions of this story, each unfinished and each involving the character of "Satan".

Project Gutenberg has an online eBook containing the story.

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The Mysterious Stranger was adapted to a short scene in the 1985 claymation film The Adventures of Mark Twain, in which the children visit a planetoid and meet an angel named Satan. He claims to be incapable of performing an evil act as he does not understand the concept of wrongdoing. Satan builds a sandcastle and has the children make clay figures which he then brings to life. Two of the clay men bicker over ownership of a cow, and Satan kills them by mashing them with his palm. He then creates a storm and an earthquake to kill the remaining people and destroy the castle, to the horror of the watching children. Thereafter, the kids leave the planetoid as Satan lectures, "Life itself is only a vision, a dream. Nothing exists save empty space and you, and you are but a thought," ultimately disappearing with the planetoid, an illusion he created himself.

Due to the disturbing nature of this scene, it is edited out of the movie when aired on American television.

Here's the scene:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Week in Horror: March 22 - 28

March 22
1985 – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning released theatrically
1986 – Chopping Mall released theatrically
1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Japan
2002 – Blade II released theatrically
2002 – The Chronicle ends its run on television

March 23
1964 – Peter Lorre (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1904)

March 24
1939 – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) released theatrically
1974 – The Rocky Horror Show premieres at the the Roxy

March 25

March 26
1994 – System Shock released on PC and Mac

March 27
1973 – Sisters released theatrically
1986 – April Fool's Day released theatrically
1991 – Ralph Bates (actor in several Hammer horror films) dies (d. 1940)

March 28
1920 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) released theatrically
1963 – The Birds released theatrically
1979 – Phantasm released theatrically

Source: wikipedia Portal:Horror/This day in horror archive

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Night Frights: Dog Soldiers (2002)

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Six soldiers. Full moon. No chance.

Welcome to tonight's episode of Friday Night Frights.

Tonight's feature is a great "man movie" (as opposed to a "chick flick")! Soldiers and werewolves! Crack open a beer and enjoy!

Dog Soldiers was written and directed by Neil Marshall; the cast includes Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, and Liam Cunningham.

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Here's the full movie, in a playlist:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leprechaun (1993)

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Sure and it's a Happy St. Patrick's Day I be wishin' ye now!!!

Leprechaun was directed by Mark Jones. The cast includes Warwick Davis (as Leprechaun, and also of Willow and the Harry Potter movies fame), Jennifer Aniston (Her film debut! Begorrah!), Ken Olandt, and Mark Holton.

When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life.

Here's the full movie, from a playlist:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Scare Tactics

Scare Tactics is a reality show on the Sci-Fi Channel, currently hosted by Tracy Morgan.

This hidden camera show puts unsuspecting victims into terrifying situations, usually involving movie-style special effects and makeup that recreates horror movie clichés. The victims are set up by friends/family in tandem with producers.

The unsuspecting victims on the show are usually lured to some location, either invited there by people they know (who were in on the act), or reporting for what they thought was a new job. Soon they would experience some kind of terrifying scene — like a strange monster, a terrible accident, or a violent crime being committed – all of which was staged while the victim was secretly being video recorded.

Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)

Bambi Meets Godzilla was written, directed and (as you'll see) everything else by Marv Newland.

This cartoon prefaced Godzilla 1985 on New World Pictures' VHS release, but was omitted when that film was licensed to Starmaker.

For those interested, the background music is "Ranz Des Vaches", from Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell. The loud, elongated piano chord is the final note of "A Day in the Life" from "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

This Week in Horror: March 15 - 21

March 15
1943 – David Cronenberg (director of numerous horror films) born
2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in the United States

March 16
1925 – The Monster released theatrically
1995 – Alone in the Dark 3 released on PC and Mac

March 17
1943 – I Walked with a Zombie released theatrically
1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in North America
2000 – Final Destination released theatrically

March 18
1950 – Brad Dourif (actor who portrays Chucky in the Child's Play films) born
1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Mega Drive in Japan
2005 – The Ring Two released theatrically
2005 – Resident Evil 4 released for the Nintendo GameCube in Europe

March 19
2004 – Dawn of the Dead (2004) released theatrically

March 20
1964 – Two Thousand Maniacs! released theatrically
1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in Europe
1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in Japan

March 21
2001 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
2006 – Stay Alive released theatrically

Source: wikipedia Portal:Horror/This day in horror archive

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Severance: Stories

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Severance: Stories, by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler, is a book of 62 stories based on two facts: theory has it that consciousness lasts for one and a half minutes after decapitation, and people can utter 160 words per minute when agitated.

Each story consists of 240 words of stream-of-conciousness - the amount of words that could be uttered in one and a half minutes in a state of agitation.

These are the post-mortem thoughts of fictional, historical, mythical, animal and modern day figures who lost their head, but are given a voice for 240 words.

Characters include John the Baptist, Medusa, a chicken, Jayne Mansfield, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Tyler Alkins, the civilian truck driver beheaded in Iraq. The latter stories in the book are more disturbing as Butler moves through history into our present day.

Some of the last thoughts are remembrances of special times, others are a retreat to childhood. This book, while morbid, is quite thought provoking and will stay with you for a long time.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Night Frights: Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

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Welcome to tonight's episode of Friday Night Frights.

Tonight's feature is the 1956 movie Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

The movie was directed by Fred F. Sears, and stars Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor.

The groundbreaking flying saucer effects were courtesy of the legendary Ray Harryhausen.

Project Skyhook, a U.S. effort to launch a dozen satellites, is visited by a flying saucer. A misunderstanding leads to the aliens being fired on, and they retaliate by destroying the project site, killing everyone except Dr. Russell Marvin and his wife Carol. The sequence of events quickly spirals out of control and leads to a full scale invasion of Earth. Can Dr. and Mrs. Marvin find a way to stop these creatures, or is it the end of the human race?

Here's the full movie, in a playlist:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

This Week in Horror: March 8 - 14

March 8
1972 – Tales from the Crypt released theatrically
2005 – Rings released on DVD

March 9

March 10
1997 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer begins its run
2006 – The Hills Have Eyes (2006) released theatrically

March 11
1931 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) dies (b. 1888)
1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in North America
1999 – Castlevania 64 released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan

March 12
1999 – The Rage: Carrie 2 released theatrically

March 13
1942 – The Ghost of Frankenstein released theatrically
1981 – The Howling released theatrically
1987 – Evil Dead II released theatrically
1996 – Lucio Fulci (director of several horror films) dies (b. 1927)

March 14
2003 – Willard (2003) released theatrically

Source: wikipedia Portal:Horror/This day in horror archive

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Night Frights: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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Welcome to tonight's episode of Friday Night Frights.

Tonight's feature is the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The movie was directed by Don Seigel; the cast includes Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, and Carolyn Jones. It was based on the novel by Jack Finney.

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

This movie was remade in 1978 by Philip Kaufman, with Donald Sutherland in the lead role.

Here's the full movie, in a playlist:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Coming Soon - Hunted (House of Night Series #5)

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Zeitghost Media has just provided an exclusive book trailer (released today) as a prelude to the forthcoming March 10 release of the novel Hunted, book #5 of the House of Night series, written by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

The series follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird, who gets “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the Change into an actual vampyre.

The New York Times best selling mother-daughter writing team of P.C. and Kristin Cast again prove why they have become a major force in teen fiction. With over 3 million copies of their books in print, a well-publicized film option, an updated interactive website, daily-growing fanbase, and now a first national book tour, the Cast duo will command your attention with every page turn.

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

Special bonus: The book features a full-color poster of Zoey inside the cover!


Chapter One

The dream began with the sound of wings. In retrospect I realize I should have known that was a bad sign, what with the Raven Mockers being set loose and all, but in my dream it was just background noise, kinda like a fan whirring or the TV turned on to the QVC.

In my dream I was standing in the middle of a beautiful meadow. It was night, but there was an enormous full moon hovering just above the trees that framed the meadow. It cast a silver blue light strong enough to throw shadows and made everything look like it was underwater, an impression that was strengthened by the gentle breeze blowing the soft grasses against my bare legs in sweeps and whirls like waves lapping sweetly against a shore. That same wind was lifting my thick dark hair from my naked shoulders and it felt like silk floating against my skin.

Bare legs? Naked shoulders?

I looked down and let out a little yip of surprise. I was wearing a seriously short buckskin minidress. The top of it was cut in a wide V, front and back, so that it hung off my shoulders, leaving lots of skin visible. The dress itself was amazing. It was white and decorated with fringe, feathers, and shells and seemed to glow in the moonlight. All over it was beaded with intricate designs that were impossibly beautiful.

My imagination is so darn cool!

The dress tickled a memory, but I ignored it. I didn’t want to think too hard— I was dreaming! Instead of pondering déjà vu moments I danced gracefully through the meadow, wondering if Zac Efron or even Johnny Depp was going to suddenly appear and flirt outrageously with me.

I peeked around as I twirled and swayed with the wind and thought I saw the shadows flicker and move oddly within the massive trees. I stopped and was trying to squint so I could get a closer look at what was going on in the darkness. Knowing me and my weird dreams, I’d created bottles of brown pop hanging from the limbs like bizarre fruit, just waiting for me to pick them.

That’s when he appeared.
View Entire Excerpt of Chapter One

Here's the second chapter in audio:

Video trailer for Hunted (House of Night Series #5):

Here are the other books in the House of Night Series:

Marked (House of Night Series #1)
After she is Marked, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny— with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Betrayed (House of Night Series #2)
Zoey has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.

Chosen (House of Night Series #3)
Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and Zoey Redbird's adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare situation of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn't get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. It looks like the People of Faith are tired of living side-by-side with vampyres. But, as Zoey and her friends so often find out, how things appear rarely affects the truth...

Untamed (House of Night Series #4)
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, of the two Zoey has left, one is undead and one is unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wld and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

This Week in Horror: March 1 - 7

March 1
1974 – Blood for Dracula and Flesh for Frankenstein (both directed by Andy Warhol) released theatrically

March 2
1933 – King Kong released theatrically

March 3
2000 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Europe
2004 – Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital premieres on television

March 4
1922 – Nosferatu released theatrically
1965 – Paul W. S. Anderson (director of several horror films) born
1999 – Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Japan

March 5
1943 – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man released theatrically
1954 – Creature from the Black Lagoon released theatrically

March 6

March 7
1946 – The Mask of Diijon released theatrically
2003 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Europe

Source: wikipedia Portal:Horror/This day in horror archive

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