In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Hey all. It's Game Day! Well, to be honest, I don't really follow football much anymore, but the SuperBowl remains a day to get together with my best peeps, gamble and drink. I can't really think of a better way to spend a Sunday. Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a blast. Here's what I've got for you this week.

Nice Form.

Here's a short I came across this week called Night Swim by Rod Blackhurst & Bryce James McGuire. It's brisk & well shot; two of the three things that make a great short film. Enjoy!



Dead Wars.

I found some cool artwork in my Facebook feed this week. First, is the work of artist collective Red Ape who envisioned the Star Wars Universe after a zombie apocalypse. Here's a taste.




I think we can all agree that last one is a bid improvement. For the rest via Moviepilot.com, click here.

Dead Disney.

Then I came across the art of Rob Carlos, who put a zombie spin on our beloved Disney princesses.




For the rest, again via Moviepilot.com, click here. And to check Carlos' website, click here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Crawlspace Dive!

As regular visitors would know, I have occasional Archives posts featuring horror stuff pulled out my parent's crawlspace. But what about all the non-genre stuff? The action figures, toys and all other manner of miscellaneous curiosities?

Well, this year I have started a new project. Now showing on Instagram is Crawlspace Dive Oh-One-Five 365. Everyday in 2015, I'll be posting something I pulled out of that cavernous pit under my parent's house.

Here's a sampling of stuff posted so far...






It's pretty video game-centric at the moment, but I'll be moving onto board games and collectible cards in the coming months. If you'd like to follow along, please do so! The Web address is http://www.instagram.com/jrclarke1888

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Trailer Tuesdays: The Shining

I hate, nay, I LOATHE winter. I always start to feel like Jack by this time every year.



Fun times. And in the interest of accuracy, here's the actual trailer.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Good afternoon! It would appear I have now hit the quarter-century mark for these things. That's a lot of Sundays! Thanks to everyone who keeps coming back on these lazy mornings.

Blood On The Wall.

A friend turned me onto a really cool artist named Patrick Hart. He creates all things grim and grotesque and then mounts them to canvas. Here is a sampling.






You can check out the rest here, but prepare to be there a while, as his collection at this point is nothing short of prolific.

XX.

This week, the poster for the female driven horror anthology XX hit the Web, and it is a beaut.


Featuring the talents of Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Chambers Lynch (Surveillance), Karen Kusama (Jennifer's Body) and animator Sofia Carillo, we can expect this welcome shot of genre estrogen to hopefully arrive sometime in late 2015.

As Advertised.

Director Alrik Bursell's short film Strange Thing has been touring the festival circuit for the last year, and has now found its way online. Check it out below.



A Delicious Morsel.

While it is maddening that we have to wait until summer for more Hannibal, we did get this teaser trailer.



It would appear that there will be some globe-trotting this year, as Will Graham hunts down Hannibal after the grisly events of last season's finale. It was also revealed recently that the infamous Frances “Tooth Fairy” Dolarhyde will appear this season, played by Richard Armitage. Perhaps of more interest to me is that Rutina Wesley is along for the ride as Dolarhyde's love interest Reba McClane. 

Actress Rutina Wesley

When I gave up on the hot mess that was True Blood about four seasons in, Wesley one of the many actresses I missed dearly, so I'm glad she's back on TV.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Red Ink 2015

It's been a very long while since I've talked about comics on here, so I figured I'd chime in on a new title from Dark Horse called Lady Killer.


Written by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich, I dug what was offered up here. It's a pretty easy sell, after all. Does Mad Men mixed with La Femme Nikita seem like something you would be interested in? If you're like me, the answer is a resounding...

Gkk = Yes.

However, there was more to this than its delicious premise. The art (also by Jones) is extremely appealing with wonderful use of colour. I really liked that the colour palette was a lot more vibrant when Josie - the title character in question - was playing the homemaker than when she was on a job. This technique is often employed in film, but I've never seen in it done in comics before. I don't really read a lot though, so it could be common practice.


I also really liked the balance between the whimsical nature of the art and the stark violence that was represented within it.

My only disappointment was its short length. Then again, I usually read trades, so singles always seem really brisk to me. The inaugural issue was all about setup and was over before I knew it. I'm definitely in, though.

For more info, check out the Lady Killer Tumblr.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trailer Tuesdays: The Keep

Today's trailer, apropos of nothing, is for Michael Mann's underseen supernatural horror film The Keep.



So brooding and mysterious, eh? You know what else is mysterious? Why this hasn't gotten ANY KIND of digital release!!! I mean I know the word on the street is that there are rights issues with the music in the film, but come on! Who wins by not having this little gem reach a wider audience?


This film has so much going for it...

White-eyed Scott Glenn, awesome production design, pre-Magneto/Gandalf Ian McKellen, Jurgen Prochnow & Gabriel Bryne and Nazis getting their comeuppance. Oh, and this fucking guy!


Now that I'm looking at him again, I wonder if the Resident Evil folks didn't fashion some of their big bads on this cat...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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Hello all. Here's what I've got for you this week.

Jason Lives.

Word came down the wire this week that Crystal Lake Entertainment is planning on releasing a new Friday the 13th video game. No word on which developer they are partnering with, but they did say they intend it to be a multi-player experience with one of the players playing the iconic killer Jason Voorhees.


You know, it's weird. I should be excited for this, but i can't help feel that these guys are a little late to the party. With three slasher games already in development (Until Dawn, Summer Camp and Last Year) I can't help feel this is an attempt to cash in a rising trend. I can only hope this game will not just be shovelware and further tarnish an already soiled franchise. 

It still stings.

Oh well, the game is set for release in October, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Killer Kart.

One of my favourite short films of recent years recently found its way online. James Feeney's 2012 effort Killer Kart is hysterically clever and can be seen below.



It makes a wonderful double bill with Jason Eisener's Treevenge, wouldn't you say?

Grand Theft Orange.

Last week, I said that rendition of The Car trailer was the best thing I'd seen using Grand Theft Auto V's online engine. Well, I spoke too soon. This wonderful take on A Clockwork Orange by WtfdidIjustwatch Productions will sharpen you up for a bit of the ol' Ultraviolence.