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Creative Duo Transforms Garbage into Horrifying Shadow Art
The talented team of Tim Noble and Sue Webster have taken recycling to a whole new level: their unique sculptures, fashioned from scrap metal, wood, bones and collections of assorted garbage, seem like disturbing abstract shapes when viewed by themselves. But when a light is turned on them at just the right angle, their shadows fall across the wall, revealing eerie, terrifying silhouettes. "Cold Death" by Tim Noble and Sue Webster Noble and Webster carefully align the hunks of junk at specific angles and distances from a light source. The resulting images include a variety of human figures – including some macabre images that Vlad the Impaler might have enjoyed displaying on his castle walls. "Kiss of Death" by Tim Noble and Sue Webster Grisly displays like “Kiss of Death” are just as creepy on both sides of the spotlight: this one is assembled from the body parts of crows, rats and several other animals. »
- Gregory Burkart
Concept Trailer 'The Best There Ever Was' Tells Origin Story of Leatherface
5 hours ago
Pretty much anything and everything that can be done with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has been done with it, over the years. A handful of sequels to Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic have told stories of the further adventures of Leatherface and his twisted family, and the reboot button was hit on the franchise back in 2003 - a remake that got its own prequel a few years later. Most recently, this year's Texas Chainsaw 3D disregarded the remake and its prequel and picked up directly after the events of Leatherface's original outing, adding yet another layer to one of the most bizarre cases in the annals of (fictional) American history.
So, what's next? Well, one filmmaker/fan has taken it upon himself to head further back in time than any of the Chainsaw sequels/prequels have ever delved, putting together an impressive concept trailer for a film that chronicles Leatherface's childhood. »
- John Squires
Biologists Create Micro-Zombies out of Living Cells
7 hours ago
Researchers at the University of New Mexico have engineered 'zombie cells' – undead replicas of animal cells that may actually be stronger than their living counterparts. Photo: Sandia National Laboratories According to a report at Energy.gov, biologists at Unm's Sandia National Laboratories have developed a method of embalming the cell of a mammal with silica to create a functioning replica of the original. The silica acts as a kind of armor plating; when exposed to extreme temperatures the original cell was destroyed... but the silica copy continued functioning. Bryan Kaehr, head of the research team, says the term "zombie" is fitting because, unlike mummies, which only imitate the appearance of the living, these preserved dead cells just get up and go about their cellular business. “King Tut was mummified to approximately resemble his living self, but the process took place without mineralization [a process of fossilization]," he explains. "Our zombie cells bridge chemistry and »
- Gregory Burkart
Gift Guide: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Perfume
8 hours ago
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark: actress, singer, writer, horror host... and now, perfumer. Elvira has teamed with Demeter Fragrance to create three dark floral fragrances. Choose from Elvira's Zombie (ylang ylang, red poppies, tobaccor leaves, black vanilla, coca petals), Elvira's Black Roses (rose water tea, Bulgarian rose petals, red currants, davana blossom, dark amber, and patchouli), or Elvira's Vamp (belladonna, Dracula orchid, vanilla, white musk, ivy, and Mandarin peel).
$25 each at Elvira's Website
- Alyse Wax
See People Transformed Into Their Own Nightmares in This Chilling Short Film
9 hours ago
For his final film thesis at UK's Northumbria University, director/animator Samuel Blain tackled no less than the essence of our nightmares.
The experimental short In Dreams is based on an elegantly simple concept: Blain filmed a series of interviews in which the subjects discuss their recurring bad dreams, and then employed 3D animation to morph the interviewees into literal interpretations of what scares them. The result is a chilling, funny and intimate examination of the images that haunt us all – including a woman who dreams of her teeth falling out and a man who envisions eyes watching him from the walls – all narrated by surreal monster-headed beings.
In Dreams has brought home multiple awards, screened in dozens of festivals around the world, and was recently featured as one of Vimeo's Staff Picks and highlighted on io9. Watch it here now! »
- Gregory Burkart
Unsettling Greenpeace Video Uses Santa to Spread Environmental Message
10 hours ago
Environmental organization Greenpeace has been criticized by many people over the years for their oftentimes controversial means of getting across their positive messages. True, sometimes you have to resort to extreme and attention grabbing measures to get people to process and understand what you're trying to say, but the organization has a way of sometimes going a little too far. And I'm thinking that's precisely what they've done with this latest campaign.
As always, the cause is a good one. Dubbed 'Save the Arctic,' Greenpeace is looking to help prevent the rapidly melting Arctic's further destruction by oil companies, whose drilling in the Arctic Ocean is only serving to speed up the process. That's all good and well. But here's where things take a turn for the weird.
Tying the campaign in with the Christmas season, Greenpeace has enlisted the help of none other than Santa Claus himself, putting »
- John Squires
Massive and Mysterious New Alien Planet Discovered
11 hours ago
Let's test how well you paid attention in Science class. Can you tell me which planet is the largest of them all? If you answered Jupiter, then give yourself a gold star and a pat on the back. Over 11 times the size of Earth, Jupiter is the largest planet out there, 2.5 times more massive than all the others Combined.
Yea, that's pretty big. And guess what? Jupiter has just been dethroned, thereby making your above answer and my above statement incorrect. Sorry, but I'm going to have to take back that gold star. You can keep the pat on the back.
As reported by NBC News, scientists have just discovered a brand new alien planet that is a whopping 11 times larger than Jupiter, which they've dubbed HD 106906 b. A thermal infrared camera mounted on the Magellan Telescope led to the discovery, which was confirmed using data from the Hubble Space Telescope. »
- John Squires
Gremlins, Robocop and Other Classics Turned Into Stained Glass Windows
12 hours ago
If that Hellraiser stained glass window we posted about last month left you itching to see what some of your other favorite movies would look like if given the same treatment, then you're in luck!
Based out of Turin, Italy, the artists of Van Orton Design are big fans of classic 80s movies, and they also happen to have a heavy interest in the artistry of the stained glass window. Taking the art form out of the church and into the land of pop culture, they've just unveiled an entire collection of the most unique posters you've ever seen, movies like Gremlins, Robocop and The Terminator all being beautifully depicted in the colorful stained glass style.
Check out a few of the pieces below and then head over to the Van Orton Design website to see more. Over there you'll also find work-in-progress images of each of the posters, along »
- John Squires
FEARnet Movie Review: 'Ms. 45'
13 hours ago
It's difficult to locate all that much depth and artistry while picking through the "rape/revenge" films of the 1970s. The psychological hook is obvious: rape is horrific, revenge is cathartic, and the nastier they are, the more the audience will feel some sort of impact. That's how it works in theory, anyway, "Mainstream" Hollywood films like Deliverance and Straw Dogs dealt with on-screen rape in shocking but relatively artistic fashion, whereas exploitation films like Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave were more intent on "rubbing your face" in the ugliness of the subject matter.
Falling somewhere in between those two camps is 1980's Ms. 45, which is both ugly and aggressive (like those indie films) and oddly, sometimes disconcertingly beautiful, powerful and tragic. What starts out as a nasty but familiar story (a mute young NYC woman is raped (twice!) in one day and »
- Scott Weinberg
The 7 Most Dangerous Jobs in Horror Films
14 hours ago
We all know that anything that requires you to travel to a distant region of space, pose as a filmmaker to find a new wife, relocate to a town called Castle Rock, or poke your nose into a parallel universe is tantamount to suicide. But what professions put you directly in the firing line? Are akin to having a huge red bulls-eye on your back? For the folks on this list, the term “occupational hazard” has far more ominous connotations.
We present seven of the most dangerous horror movie professions you can have (with some minor spoilers)...
Scientist – The Fly (1986)
A hallmark of science-gone-awry in the horror genre is that, for the scientist at the center of the story, it will inevitably end in blood, tears, and for Jeff Goldblum in David Cronenberg’s 1986 reimagining of Kurt Neumann’s 1958 original The Fly, monstrous transmutation and decapitation at the business end »
- Alan Kelly