‘We Kill The Dead’ Horror Comic Fans Have Been Waiting For!!

Written by Tina Griffith

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A brand new comic was just released that holds record setting potential (as I will say since it isn’t official yet with the people of Guinness World Records. They have a lot to do so they may may not be the fastest people.). Consisting of four issues and contaning more than 20 recognizable horror characters, We Kill The Dead is being produced by The Blood-Shed. Written by John Lepper who often goes by Johnny Macabre, this is one comic that horror fans will love as well as previous comic fans.

After reading issue 1 there is no doubt this will be a very kick ass comic series. Johnny Macabre asked all of the owners of popular and indie horror icons to use their characters and a surprising number said yes. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to read it but I can tell you that the cover art features a wonderfully demented Jack The Ripper. Artwork is done by Bryan Revell and lettering by Genesis Maya. The whole piece has a great flow and the artwork is amazing.

Just over a year ago this was just a thought in John’s head. He shows that it is possible to chase dreams until you catch them and the guys in horror are often the most generous. Great work by John and the team, I highly suggest picking up a copy from TheBlood-Shed.com. If you don’t want to pay for the phsyical copy the digital download is affordable for just about anyone. Since I think this will break records and probably be a ground breaking comic we already bought all 4 issues as they come out. Besides it is a really good comic anyway.

Check it out right here!

Netflix Horror Releases – May 2016

The month of May is here (that happened so suddenly, didn’t it?) and that means Netflix will be bringing in some new movies. As always there are only a few in the horror genre but let’s take a look at them.

On May 1st, so it’s already out, is Ava’s Possessions. It seems to have a bit crazy of a storyline. Ava Dobkins is someone recovering from demonic possession. This means she needs to go to a Spirit Possession Annonymous support group while trying to re-sort her life before the possession. Of course no good movie will have this happen without the demon trying to come back to Ava. It seems pretty fun and one I may actually watch at some point.

The Goosebumps Movie comes out this month also. It stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine. More of a family movie than real horror this is a movie anyone who has ever read a Goosebumps book as a kid will love. For that matter if you haven’t read any of those books it is still a fun movie.

 

Shark Lake will be out on the 11th. From 2015 this is obviously another movie about killer sharks. If you like those you should check this one out. A few people will survive and try to take down the killer momma shark and her young.

 

 

They Look Like People will be arriving on the 15th. This is an indie film that I have only found a little about but it seems pretty cool. A man sees everyone around him turning evil and has to figure out what is going on. It has been called creepy and unsettling. Less monsters and more human horror.

 

On May 22nd We Are Still Here comes out. It is a new take on the haunted house genre. Basically a greiving couple moves to a small town to start over and their new house is a nightmare. This one has gotten a few good reviews and really looks good.

 

 

The last one this month is The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death. This one surrounds a group of friends who get stuck in a movie theater and are attacked by spirits released from a Ouija board. After the first Ouija Experiment I question this one but sometimes the 2nd is better anyway.

What you didn’t know – The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist Comes to Halloween Horror Nights 26 for the First Time Ever

So as most of you may have heard by now, Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood announced earlier today that The Exorcist will be coming to both coasts this year for their events.

The film is a benchmark in so many ways. It was the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture. It helped lead the charge in a sequence of “demonic child” storylines. And it has often been replicated in many horror films today, irrefutably placing it among the kings of influential horror pop culture.

But the following are some random facts about the movie or surrounding the production you may not have known.

When originally released in the UK a number of town councils imposed a complete ban on the showing of the film. This led to the bizarre spectacle of “Exorcist Bus Trips” where enterprising travel companies organized buses to take groups to the nearest town where the film was showing.

A filmgoer who saw the movie in 1974 during its original release fainted and broke his jaw on the seat in front of him. He then sued Warner Brothers and the filmmakers, claiming that the use of subliminal imagery in the film had caused him to pass out. The studio settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. The film affected many audiences so strongly that at many theaters, paramedics were called to treat people who fainted and others who went into hysterics.

If adjusted for inflation, the Exorcist would be the top grossing R-rated film of all time.

William Peter Blatty based his novel on a supposedly genuine exorcism from 1949, which was partially performed in both Cottage City, Maryland, and Bel-Nor, Missouri. Several area newspapers reported on a speech a minister gave to an amateur parapsychology society, in which he claimed to have exorcised a demon from a 13-year-old boy named Robbie, and that the ordeal lasted a little more than six weeks.

Due to death threats against Linda Blair from religious zealots who believed the film “glorified Satan”, Warner Bros. had bodyguards protecting her for six months after the film’s release.

The demon that possesses Regan MacNeil is actually named Pazuzu, however the demon’s name is never mentioned in any way in either version of ‘The Exorcist’ (or ‘The Exorcist: The Restored Version’). During the film Pazuzu lies to Father Damien Karras claiming to be the actual Devil.

There are tales about ominous events surrounding the year-long shoot, including the deaths of nine people associated with the production and stories about a mysterious fire that destroyed the set one weekend. Actors Jack MacGowran (who played Burke Dennings) and Vasiliki Maliaros (Father Karras’ Mother) died before the film was released.

Facts courtesy of : Listverse

25 Fascinating Facts About The Exorcist

Snapchat Horror Short Is A Huge Hit!

 

 

Alex J. Mann is a filmmaker based in LA. Recently he wrote/directed a short Snapchat horror film called 3 SECONDS. I have over the past while been studying the importance of social media and its relevance thanks to a guy named Gary Vaynerchuk.

A movie based around something like Snapchat is a very clever idea, and don’t be surprised if this one gets the feature length treatment, especially with the quality that Alex and his team delivered.

Allison wakes up to a Snapchat of her sleeping. Who sent it?

Written and Directed by: Alex J. Mann
Executive Producers: Alex J. Mann, K. Adam Bloom, Nelson Ramm, Joel Amat Güell, Matt Sadeghian
Starring: Allison Raskin
Director of Photography: Carlos Medina
Edited by: Nelson Ramm
Score, Sound Design and Mixing by: Tristan Clopet
Visual Effects by: Jenice Lee

“Sincerely yours, The Management” A Horror Short You Need To See!

“A young man living on his own for the first time finds out the hard way what happens when he doesn’t follow the rules posted in his new apartment building.”
“Sincerely yours, The Management” is a short film by Tom Jorgensen, a New Hampshire filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He has previously worked on projects like ‘St.Osmunds’.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with him about his new project and getting a look inside the mind of someone we may see in the big league in the near future.
When asked about the inspiration for the movie here is what Tom had to say:
The concept of “Sincerely yours, The Management” was inspired by “The Twilight Zone” and, probably more appropriate for my age, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” I loved the idea of a self-contained, sparse piece; a morality tale, as those anthologies tend to be. I also knew what I had to work with- a mostly empty apartment. I moved to Los Angeles this past September and was thinking of what kind of movie to make, and so I went back to one of my favorite horror conventions, which is taking something ordinary and everyday and making it terrifying, like Jaws did for the ocean or It for clowns. So having just moved into a new building, the idea of these notes from the building’s management sprang up. And the idea many people never actually meet their building’s management seemed like the perfect thing to play off of for this film.
From this we delved into how production went and the process of making such an amazing project without a huge studio company behind you.
Here’s what Tom had to say:
As far as the shoot goes, we filmed the whole thing in a day here at my apartment in Los Angeles. Because I knew exactly what our location was, and that I’d probably only be able to afford a one day shoot, I wrote the script in a way that minimized the setups we had to get through. Even so, I still ended up cutting a scene on the day; it was a little character moment early on that would’ve been nice, but didn’t move the plot forward at all.
I was very lucky to be surrounded by a lot of talented people on this project. My crew was totally fantastic, and they went above and beyond what I could’ve hoped for. Taylor, who plays the Tenant, was extremely helpful throughout the writing process giving notes on the script and suggestions for his character. Kevin Piper, my composer, gave us a score that draws you close and doesn’t let you go until the last shot. And my producers, Rob and Reyna Wells, great lovers of independent film, gave me complete freedom to make “Sincerely yours ” the way I wanted to, which is a rarity and something couldn’t be more grateful for.
Make sure to subscribe to Tom’s channel for more amazing content.

CryptTV’s Weird Is Good Movement

Written by Tina Griffith

You may or may not have seen the hashtag/slogan Weird Is Good floating around Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in the last year or so. If you have you may know what it’s about. If not, well, it’s about literally the fact that weird is good. What does normal get you? Really though, normal never did anything amazing. It’s hard to be someone on that side sometimes though. Here’s a look at where this slogan came from.

In December of 2012 (If I remember correctly) an Iphone app came out by the name of the Crypt. It was essentially like Instagram in format but about the horror genre. Eli Roth was the brain behind this idea as he wanted a platform for fans and those in higher positions in the genre to be more equal. It gained a little in popularity but like any app only for Apple it may have gone higher if available on other devices. As the app began to crash and only 1 original member of the team stayed it seemed it was all dying.

From the ashes of the Crypt app came something better. That one last team member never gave up. It is now Crypt TV and they are on most social media. Most of the videos are on the YouTube account but also many are featured on Facebook. There is a webpage where you can enter your email address to receive a monthly newsletter about what’s’ going on in the Weird Is Good community. The team has grown much bigger. There are Crypt TV reps in most of the US, Canada, and the UK and spreading even farther. These reps attend conventions and film festivals with stickers and tell people what Crypt TV is about. It is encouraged when meeting a celebrity to hand them a sticker. Yes, sometimes reps meet celebrities.

Although most of the crypt started in straight horror all things weird are now being focused on. There are YouTube shows about tattoos and people who are physically different. There are also real life horror stories about near death experiences and traumas. More will be coming in the future as well. Suggestions are always welcome and ideas come from everyone involved. It’s a really cool thing to be part of. Weird is good, I swear.

There are so many awesome podcasts, movies, and blogs connected with Crypt TV. There are too many to name just a few but sometime soon I will post a list of very cool people who do very interesting things.

If you feel like you belong, you can always add your email to crypttv.com or just look for Crypt TV on social media or anyone with one of those crypt family banners on their profile picture. The thing about weirdos is that they welcome other weirdos with open arms. Look for more talk of weird is good in the future. Never be afraid to be one of the weirdos (we are much cooler people anyway).

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Coming To HHN 26!!!

Leatherface Invades Halloween Horror Nights 26 in an All-New Haunted Maze

Halloween Horror Nights 26 got it’s first announcement today guys! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 will appear as a haunted maze at Universal Orlando this year.

Here are some words from the Creative Director Mike Aiello.

“As creators of Halloween Horror Nights, we have the privilege of bringing to life many popular horror films. Every now and then, we are able to replicate one that forged the reason horror has become such a factor in many of our lives. The original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is undoubtedly on that short list.

Like all of you, the horror fan in me is looking forward to reliving this story and entering that dilapidated Texas farmhouse. The anticipation of coming face-to-face with a horror legend and having my screams drowned by that saw blade is just as prevalent now as when I first witnessed this amazing horror film decades ago.”

Jeepers Creepers 3 Is Not Cancelled!!

As many of you may have been aware, since moving into production Jeepers Creepers 3 hasn’t been having an easy time getting off the ground. Much of this has to do with director Victor Salva’s past and previous criminal activity.

The movie recently had a casting call in Canada which was soon boycotted and taken down. Since then many fans have split opinions on the situation, some contest that Mr. Salva done his time and we should move on, while others say that they will boycott anything to do with the production as long as he is involved.

A few days ago somebody on Twitter asked producer Stan Spry what was happening behind the scenes. He addressed the fan’s concerns on Twitter and assured him that the movie is still moving forward. Rather, the film’s producers are actively seeking a way to get the film distributed in the United States.

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HHN 26 Speculation – Jeepers Creepers!

So as most of you already know Universal Orlando’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event is once again fast approaching. Most of us spend the entire year speculating what the coming year will bring to life… And this year is no different.

Many rumors have been circling the many websites, blogs and YouTube channels that cover the event each year! Some are extremely far-fetched and some may just very well be what A&D bring our way this year.

Over the coming months we will explore all possibilities from plain out right crazy to major likeliness of appearing.

7. Jeepers Creepers

Released in 2001, Jeepers Creeper has become a huge staple in modern day horror. This villain might look like a man at first glance, but he’s actually an ancient demon who appears for 23 days every 23rd spring to feast on human flesh and assemble himself a new body from the various body parts. He also drives a massive truck that has become as much a hallmark of the franchise as anything else.

The Creeper returned in a 2003 sequel, and the word is that MGM has given writer/director Victor Salva the go-ahead to film a back-to-back pair of sequels which have been met with some resistance due to Salva’s past. The Creeper should be feasting on human flesh for a long time to come yet, which makes it an interesting choice for the event.

Unfortunately with the criticism the director has come under I highly doubt we see Universal involve themselves in that conversation at all. No judgement being made here but I think that they would rather steer clear of any possible bad press etc.

  

There is a plethora of amazing scenes you could recreate for this house. From the old church and diner scenes to the underground cave, or possibly even the cornfield from the second movie?! I’m sure it would be a welcome addition to the event but I think we might have to wait another while before we see it grace the event!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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