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Italy's Most Haunted Island Is Up For Auction
9 hours ago
It seems that whenever many people lose their lives tragically in a specific location, the ghost stories are never far behind. You have your houses, hotels, hospitals, amusement parks, and even islands. All frequent settings for tragedy and the acompanying paranormal activity. Now if the idea of owning a haunted property (specifically an island) is something that piques your interest, you’re in luck! Thanks to Italy’s massive debt problems, several state owned properties are going up for auction. One of these is a tiny Venetian island of Poveglia.
During the late 1700’s, the island was used as a check point station for merchants and travelers trying to enter Venice. The island was put under a “temporary confinement” when it was learned that there were several cases of the plague on two ships. Several years later, the island was deemed a permanent quarantine. It remained so until 1814. It was »
- Chris Connors
John Carpenter Tribute Art Show
11 hours ago
Right on the heels of its Wes Craven Tribute Art Show last month, Hyaena Gallery (1928 W Olive Ave.) in Burbank, California is now playing host to an art show – called "All Outta Bubblegum" - dedicated to another master of horror: John Carpenter.
Don't live in La? No problem! Head over to our friends at Shock Till You Drop for over 30 images from the exhibit. For more Hyaena Gallery check some videos below from our past visits.
For info or to make a purchase, Hyaena Galleries website.
- Shock Till You Drop
The Art of Serial Killers
12 hours ago
The idea of the modern serial killer dates back to 1888 with the Whitechapel Murders. Of course the perpetrator in this case was never officially apprehended and has been infamously dubbed Jack The Ripper. Though Jack managed to elude the law enforcement of the time, thankfully many others have not been as lucky.
From these studying these murders, it has been learned that many of them share similar characteristics. They often suffer mental illness or have low Iq’s, have been abused or bullied as children, or they fit some or all of the Mcdonald Triad. Another trait many seem to share is their penchant for art. A surprising number of serial killers fancy themselves the artist. We collected some of their work below.
John Wayne Gacy
Keith Hunter Jesperson
John Edward Robinson
Though many of the men above are famous, »
- Chris Connors
Friday the 13th Reboot Finds A Director
13 hours ago
Bruckner's last directorial outing was in the inaugural edition of horror anthology series V/H/S. He was responsible for the first vingnette in that film, "Amature Night".
The only other thing known for sure right now is the release date of May 13, 2015. However, rumors have circulated that they may take a found footage approach with this installment. While not conclusive, this seems even more likely now that they have tapped a director with found footage experience.
What do you think about the idea of a found footage Friday the 13th? Should we be rebooting or doing a sequel to 2009's reboot?
- Chris Connors
The 'Rosemary's Baby' Mini-Series Has A Trailer
17 hours ago
First Rosemary announced her due date(s), May 11th and 15th. Now we have the full trailer for the 4 hour mini-series update of Roman Polanski's 1968 classic. Check out the trailer below.
NBC's Rosemary's Baby stars Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) as Rosemary and Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as her husband, Guy. The pair are running from a painful past in New York and accept an apartment in an exclusive building in Paris. But if things seem too good to be true, they probably are. Their neighbors, the Castevets, seem warm and friendly, but Rosemary starts to believe the worst when Margeaux's holistic treatments are making her health worse and research reveals that Roman - and the building - have a dark and sinister past.
- Chris Connors
New York Artist Brings Dead Insects to Life with Creative Dioramas
19 hours ago
New Yorker Daisy Tainton has a pretty unique job; she's an insect preparator at the American Museum of Natural History, which essentially means that she catalogs and is in charge of the museum's many insect display pieces. But that's only her job during the day. When she gets home from her 9-5, Daisy's work with her little insect friends continues, and they become the centerpieces of her attention-grabbing artwork.
As we spotted over on Gothamist, the 36-year-old artist has mastered the art of what she calls "whimsical entomology," which is just about the perfect description for her unique brand of art. It was a part-time job at a small Upper West Side shop that taught Tainton how to manipulate and work with dead bugs, an unconventional skill set that has allowed for her to shine, as an artist. Through her art, she essentially brings dead bugs back to life, placing »
- John Squires
Ten of the Most Disturbing Body Horror Films Ever Made
14 April 2014 6:00 PM, PDT
There are several subgenres in scary movies, but one of the most petrifying to endure is "body horror." While it's certainly unnerving to watch an innocent heroine try to hold her own against a murdering sociopath, it's much more unsettling to witness a person menaced by their own body. Body horror films are often difficult to sit through, since the viewer feels his or her own vulnerability at work; after all, what greater invasion of privacy is there than to have your nemesis lurking beneath your own skin? What greater discomfort exists than watching a familiar character morph into a horrific creature? In honor of this particularly repulsive horror category, I've listed ten of the most disturbing body horror movies ever made. Read on, and see which titles you can stomach... 10. Thinner In this Stephen King adaptation, Billy Halleck is a self-centered, overweight man with no remorse. When he accidentally runs over a gypsy woman, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Autopsy-Trained Artist Creates Macabre Jewelry from Real Bones
14 April 2014 4:00 PM, PDT
It's fairly rare to see the fields of forensic science and high fashion come together to make something beautiful (although we've seen some pretty wicked examples lately), but artist Kirstin Bunyard has found a way to make it work. Photos: Ossuaria Jewelry Bunyard's beautifully macabre line Ossuaria Jewelry caught the attention of Oddity Central, who recently showcased several of the artist's works – which include elaborate necklaces, chokers, bracelets and other pieces crafted from real animal bones. “My primary source of inspiration comes from the bones themselves,” Bunyard says. “The natural shapes of the material are so beautiful and brilliantly designed – they simply scream to be shown, for once, outside the skin.” While she's been into fashion since she was 10 years old, Bunyard's college studies in criminology, followed by her work as an autopsy assistant, gave her a new fascination with the beauty of bones. She eventually brought the two interests together, »
- Gregory Burkart
Horror Geeks Love Cosplay, Too: 14 Amazing Diy Horror Costume Designs
14 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT
Anyone who has attended a comic or anime convention is all too familiar with cosplayers. Whether you're the person muttering "nerd" under your breath, or the one excitedly snapping photos of all the awesome designs, you can't miss those dedicated costumed fans. Did you know that cosplay is popular among horror fans, too? We naturally love dressing up anyway (Halloween!), so it makes total sense. More and more elaborate costumes are popping up at horror conventions everywhere these days. Here are some of the creepiest, coolest, most creative horror cosplays I have come across: There is everything from the uncomfortably sexy.... Rannie Rodil as They Live Hooters Girl, San Diego Comic Con 2013 (Photo Credit: Rodil Photography) Unknown Cosplayer as Chucky, Baltimore Comic Con 2013 (Photo Credit: Viewer Discretion Advised) To prosthetic masters and monster makers... Danny Wagner as The Thing, Son of Monsterpalooza 2012 (Photo Credit: G4TV) Unknown Cosplayer as The »
- Heather Seebach
Hundreds Have Taken Their Lives in Japan's 'Suicide Forest'
14 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT
Over the years here on Fearnet, we've virtually taken you to some of the creepiest places in the world, from Mexico's 'Island of the Dolls' to the abandoned mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, the latter of which served as the inspiration for Silent Hill's title location. But none of those places come even close to being as horrifying as Japan's 'Suicide Forest,' which is the most popular suicide spot in the world.
Per Wikipedia, the real name of the so-called 'Suicide Forest' is Aokigahara, a 35-square-kilometer woodland that's found at the base of Mount Fuji. The forest is known in Japanese mythology for having an association with demons, and many believe that it is those demons who draw Japanese people deep into the forest, forcing them to take their lives.
An average of 100 suicides take place in 'Suicide Forest' every single year, with hanging and drug overdoses being the most common methods. »
- John Squires
Nano-Tech Company Turns Venomous Jellyfish Into Household Products
14 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT
You've probably read some creepy headlines about the “jellyfish invasion”... the venomous sea creatures have caused deaths, beach closings, seawater intake blockages, dips in fish populations and other environmental imbalances as their numbers continue to increase (a phenomenon called “blooming”) due to recent rises in ocean temperatures. But an Israeli tech start-up may have come up with a pretty radical solution to the jellyfish apocalypse – by turning the creatures into paper towels, tissues, diapers and tampons. Photo: National Geographic Yes, you read that right: nanotechnology company Cine’al Ltd. is working on a way to turn jellyfish into a super-absorbent, biodegradable material that rivals any paper-based product on the market, and could replace the synthetic polymers that make up many of those products. The company's research into nano-materials led to a process that converts the creatures into super-absorbent “hydromash,” which can absorb several times its volume and bio-degrades in less than 30 days. »
- Gregory Burkart
'Urban Legends: Final Cut' Deserves Another Chance, and Here’s Why...
14 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT
I’m not going to delude myself and think that we’re going to start a revolution, and that Urban Legends: Final Cut will somehow surpass Halloween as the better film. But just hear me out; it’s a much better film than people have ever given it credit to be.
I was surfing around Netflix and saw it had been added; I own the DVD but as is with our age of digital gratification I popped it on anyways. As the credits started I remembered back to when I first saw it. The year was 2000, and I was looking through the DVD selection at my local Ames; a chain long since extinct, and I spotted it. I didn’t even have internet at the time- (go ahead and judge), and had heard nothing about a sequel to Urban Legends. I bought it sight unseen after reading the description, for a modest $24.99. Yes, »
- Kristy Jett
Scientists Find New Species of Blood-Sucking 'Dracula Ants'
14 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT
In Madagascar, there are six species of ant that possess bizarre vampire-like tendencies – earning them the truly awesome nickname “Dracula ants.” All six varieties engage in a macabre behavior called "nondestructive cannibalism," in which the queen and worker ants actually suck the blood from their own larval young. Photo: Rockefeller University According to LiveScience, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences recently published a study in the journal ZooKeys on the habits of the bloodsucking critters – all of which fall under the genus Mystrium, with equally awesome species names like labyrinth, mirror and shadow. Though the Draculas' existence was actually discovered a decade ago, only now have scientists been able to distinguish between different species types based on their understanding of the ants' original states, instead of classifying them by the social/mating roles they adopt later in life. Photo: Alex Wild Among the many strange traits of the Dracula »
- Gregory Burkart
Bizarre Medical Condition Makes UK Woman Smell Like Dead Fish
14 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT
As with so many tales about rare and unusual medical conditions (like this woman whose allergies turned her into a "human Etch-a-Sketch"), the story of Ellie James from Abingdon in Oxfordshire is both bizarre and heartbreaking: for the past 14 years, she has been afflicted with a disorder known as trimethylaminuria, which causes its sufferers to constantly emit the odor of dead fish. According to the UK's Sunday Mirror, Ellie's efforts to counteract the smell – including showering with detergent several times a day – actually made it worse. “At first I didn’t understand what was wrong,” Ellie told the Mirror. “I wondered if my cat had brought in a mouse and left it to rot. But I slowly realized it was me when strangers began to stare at me while holding their noses.” Photo: Sunday Mirror Trimethylaminuria is caused by the lack of a specific enzyme which breaks down the chemical trimethylamine, »
- Gregory Burkart
Looking Back on the Two Vintage Video Games that Clive Barker's 'Nightbreed' Spawned
14 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT
2014 is set to be a big year for fans of Clive Barker's Nightbreed, which was originally released back in 1990. As we learned last year, Scream Factory will be putting out the long-awaited 'Cabal Cut' of the film sometime this year - an extended version of the movie that has only been seen on the festival circuit, in the last couple years. While we wait for that release, today we look back on the two Nightbreed video games that came out in conjunction with the film, which have been all but forgotten over the years.
As the website Dirty Horror reminded us, a company called Ocean Software put out Nightbreed: The Action Game the same year as the movie, which was available for systems like the Amiga and Commodore 64. With a plot similar to the movie, players were tasked with controlling Aaron Boone and navigating him through Midian, fighting off a host of creatures. »
- John Squires
'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero' Dated for Release; Check Out New Stills and Poster Art
14 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT
While direct-to-dvd horror sequels aren't typically cause for excitement, we must admit that Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is looking to be one worth checking out. If you've missed our coverage of the franchise's third installment thus far, be sure to check out the trailer and a handful of behind the scenes images, which show the gruesome practical effects that will be on display in it.
We've just learned that Rlj/Image Entertainment will be releasing Patient Zero on VOD outlets June 26th, with a theatrical release to follow, on August 1st. Written by Jake Wade Wall and directed by Kaare Andrews, the film stars Sean Astin, Currie Graham and Ryan Donowho, and centers on a group of friends who explore a remote island in the Caribbean, and encounter an abandoned research facility. As you might have guessed, they unleash the flesh-eating virus that has been wreaking havoc since 2002, and things get messy. »
- John Squires
Exclusive Interview: Author Nnedi Okorafor Discusses How Horror Influences Her Career
14 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT
The stunning and talented Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning author of several novels and short stories, and she is also a college professor. The writer took some time out of her schedule to talk about her writing and horror.
Your work is often categorized as fantasy or science fiction. Yet there are definite elements of horror - chaotic landscapes, death, destruction, monsters. Can you talk about how your work crosses those boundaries?
There are some stories I tell that are horrific. When I’m writing these stories or these parts of stories, I’m fully aware of the fact that I’ve crossed into horror. It’s necessary. There’s a story in my short story collection Kabu Kabu called “The Black Stain.” When I was writing it, I knew the moment where it happened and I remember pausing and shivering and thinking, “This is just…evil.” Then I kept writing. »
- Nancy Greene
The Apocalyptic 'Blood Moon' Will Rise Tonight!
14 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT
Skywatchers in North and South America can witness a rare and ominous event tonight, when a rare total lunar eclipse turns the moon blood-red. Photo: Nasa.gov According to Nasa, the chilling display – appropriately nicknamed a “Blood Moon” – is the first of four total lunar eclipses that will be viewable in North America within the next year and a half. While the dramatic red color is commonly seen when Earth's shadow completely covers the moon – also known as an umbral eclipse – it's extremely rare for a cluster of four such events (called a tetrad) to occur over such a relatively short span of time. The first eclipse can be viewed in most of North and South America beginning around 2am Eastern on Tuesday, April 15th. The blood-red phenomenon will begin about an hour later, as the Earth's shadow obscures the moon completely. If you're not in the viewing areas, a »
- Gregory Burkart