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Interview: The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira aka Michonne on Season 3 and Beyond

2 December 2012 1:07 PM, PST

The Walking Dead’s Michonne surely embodies the notion of a “badass.” She has the take-no-crap-from-anyone attitude, the icy stare, wields two lethal katana swords and slices and dices through zombies like melted butter. Since her grand entrance, Michonne has forged a strong friendship with Andrea and made a mortal enemy out of the Governor. Actress Danai Gurira spoke exclusively to me about joining The Walking Dead TV series and Michonne’s dark journey.  

To prepare for the role of Michonne, you delved into the comic books. What was your initial impression of who she was?

Well, it was obvious Michonne was very much her own woman and self-motivated and a very strong person. She had a sense of herself that would not allow anything around her to dictate her actions. She had a very independent soul and spirit. Michonne was driven by what felt right and good to her. »


- Bryan Cairns

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Troubled Myke Hideous Rocumentary Gets a New Cut and a Trailer

30 November 2012 5:00 PM, PST

You may know Myke Hideous from the bands The Empire Hideous, SpySociety99, The Misfits and The Bronx Casket Co. He also wrote an autobiography about his life and times in the music industry, King Of An Empire To The Shoes Of A Misfit.

 

Director Pawl Bazile’s film Living the American Nightmare was released in 2011. The documentary tells Myke’s story in the industry through interviews with fellow musicians.  

There’s been a bit of drama surrounding this documentary. Pawl Bazile had this to say about Myke’s interviews in the film:

“One of the funniest aspects of the film is how seriously Myke Hideous takes himself in comparison to the other guys in his band. And when you see that, and as the film cuts back and forth, you see the other guys are really light-hearted about everything and then Myke is staring at the camera intently and pointing his finger. »


- Sara Castillo

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Bagged and Boarded Comic Reviews: American Vampire, Lot 13 and More

30 November 2012 4:08 PM, PST

New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!

American Vampire No. 33

This issue sees the culmination of the "The Blacklist" storyline, which followed the love story of Pearl the vampire and Henry the human. With her old enemies about to turn her dying love into a vampire under their control, Pearl has to fight to save her husband's life (and next-life).

Bag it or board it up?

This is a beautiful, heartfelt end to a great run with these characters. I don't know if the next storyline will pick up where this one leaves off, but I hope it does. Not only does »


- Giaco Furino

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Zombify Your Xmas - Tree Ornaments, Non-Zombie Edition

30 November 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Yesterday, we gave you a gallery of ghoulish zombie ornaments to cheer up your Christmas tree. We wanted to highlight some of the non-zombie, but equally horrifying, twisted, and weird ornaments there are out there.

Mars Attacks! It's pricey, but it's cool.

$48.99 at Entertainment Earth

Joy to Cthulhu

$7.99 at Think Geek

Jigsaw

$12.99 at Etsy

You get two Santa skulls for the price of one!

$9.99 at Etsy

Disney embraces the dark side of Christmas with these Haunted Mansion Holiday-inspired ornaments.

$75.00 for three at Disney

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- Alyse Wax

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FEARnet Fan Obsessions: Goblin Albums

30 November 2012 2:00 PM, PST

Most of us know rabid record collectors, but a rabid record collector who specializes in the '70s prog rock outfit Goblin - that's next level. Goblin is probably best known for creating the unforgettable musical accompaniments to Argento's films.

This month, Ian Zapczynski takes FEARnet on a tour of his over 600 strong LP, 7" and 12" collection. This man is serious about Goblin and all things related to the band.

The Collector:  Ian Zapczynski

Location:  About 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

What:  Goblin.  LPs, CDs, and all merchandise related to the band who is best known for their music for horror films.   This includes records by other artists that members of Goblin performed on or produced, an aspect which makes my collection unique amongst the few other serious Goblin collectors.   You haven't lived until you've paid $50+ for an LP that is absolutely impossible to listen to just because Maurizio Guarini played keyboards on one track. »


- Sara Castillo

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FEARnet's Final Girl Friday: Jennifer Hills

30 November 2012 1:30 PM, PST

It’s a new FEARnet feature dedicated to the awesome women of horror, the final girls. A label first coined by film scholar Carol Clover, the Final Girl embarks on a battle against a monster which ultimately causes a personal transformation. In other words, this girl drives the story, fights the slasher, and at the end, is a changed person.

This week’s final girl is Jennifer Hills from I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman), an extremely controversial film in its time and one that many still find difficult to watch. It’s held up as a classic example of a rape/revenge film and in some circles considered to be a positive force in the criticism of mainstream movie making, a reaction to violence against women and a fully feminist film.

Movie: I Spit on Your Grave

Year: 1978

Final Girl: Jennifer Hills

Best Kill: In classic final girl style, »


- Sara Castillo

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This Week in Horror: 'Let Sleeping Corpses Lie'

30 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST

Typically, this feature is titled “This Day in Horror.” Unfortunately, not too much was happening on November 30. But, taking a look back at the full week, there were a few cool releases. One was Jorge Grau’s Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, which in the original Spanish title roughly translates to Do Not Profane the Sleep of the Dead. It’s also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and in America, Don't Open the Window.

This early addition to the zombie film genre is renowned for a rumored eyeball-eating scene that, as far as I know, has never been confirmed. It boasts beautiful camera work, a satirical plot, and a dash of Hammer influence.  Edgar Wright was influenced by Let Sleeping Corpses Lie for his Grindhouse trailer Don’t.  He told the MovieFreak.com,  “Yeah. It basically like in the ‘70’s when American International would open their films in »


- Sara Castillo

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Exclusive: Dallas Roberts Talks Zombie Cures, The Governor, and 'The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale

30 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

Out of all the new characters to appear on The Walking Dead during the first half of this third season, the one that arrived with the least fanfare is Woodbury’s resident scientist Milton Mamet. Played effectively with an understated cautiousness and optimism by Dallas Roberts (The Grey), Milton has become slowly but surely become a bit of a fan favorite while trying his best to stay in the Governor’s good graces by doing his evil experimental bidding. Will Milton suddenly decide to toss aside his glasses and pick up a weapon during this Sunday’s midseason finale on AMC? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

FEARnet recently sat down with actor Dallas Roberts to discuss his allegiance to science and the Governor, working with the “insane” Michael Rooker, and the prospect of watching Matthew McConaughey chow down on a tasty hamburger.

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- Scott Neumyer

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Sundance Announces Its Park City at Midnight Lineup

30 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

It might be one of the more "prestigious" film festivals, but Sundance still squeezes in the scares, the sleaze, and the strange. Check out their lineup for Park City at Midnight.

Ass Backwards / U.S.A. (Director: Chris Nelson, Screenwriters: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson) — Loveable losers Kate and Chloe take a road trip back to their hometown to claim the beauty pageant crown that eluded them as children, only to discover what really counts: friendship.Cast: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, Brian Geraghty.

Hell Baby / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon) — An expectant couple moves into the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans – a house with a demonic curse. Things spiral out of control and soon only the Vatican's elite exorcism team can save the pair – or can it? Cast: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, »


- Alyse Wax

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Gift Guide: Haunting Holiday Scents and Sounds by Jill Tracy

30 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST

 

Call it "Night Fragrance for Night Music." Multi-talented artist Jill Tracy is not only a celebrated singer-songwriter and composer of dark, sensual and otherworldly musicc, she has also entered the world of exotic fragrances. Together with master perfumer Emerson Hart of San Francisco's Nocturne Alchemy, Jill has designed a set of perfumes that share the same name name and theme as her recently-released album Silver Smoke, Star of Night, which she describes as “Christmas music for those who prefer the October chill.”

“Just like we create visuals to go with music, like album art and videos, I thought why not create a scent as a “conjuring companion” to music?” Jill told FEARnet. “That was the whole idea behind these perfumes—she describes on her blog as “My musical netherworld set to scent.”

Silver Smoke is a blend of Boswellia Carteri Frankincense Resin tears discovered in Egypt and Somalia and steam »


- Gregory Burkart

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Just in Time for 'V/H/S' DVD Release New 'S-vhs' Photos

30 November 2012 9:30 AM, PST

V/H/S is out on DVD Tuesday December 4 and it was just announced that its sequel S-vhs is scheduled to premiere as part of the Sundance Film Festival Midnight Movies line-up.

V/H/S DVD bonus features include:

Deleted Scenes

Visual Effects

Behind the Scenes

Axs TV: A Look at V/H/S

Trailers

S-vhs boasts more mysterious VHS tapes found in an abandoned house by two private investigators that are searching for a missing student. Directors include Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, and Jason Eisener. Check out the new images below. Haven’t people learned not to trust fuzzy TVs yet?

 

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- Sara Castillo

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Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' Goes Straight to Series on CBS

30 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Twenty years ago, Stephen King adaptations fell into two groups: theatrical releases for film adaptations, and mini-series for television. The multi-night mini-series is a long dead format, so CBS has done the next best thing when adapting Stephen King's Under the Dome to television: develop it as a TV series.

The network, which does not often delve into genre programming (their last genre project was the short-lived werewolf procedural Moonlight in 2007) has ordered Under the Dome​ straight to series, giving it a 12-episode order with plans to air during the network's summer programming push. CBS will co-produce with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Comic writer Brian K. Vaughan scripted the pilot, with Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) on to direct.

Under the Dome details a small town who suddenly find themselves housed beneath an invisible, impenetrable dome and find the situation within quickly turns post-apocalyptic. »


- Alyse Wax

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Silent Night'

30 November 2012 8:16 AM, PST

The main reason that most horror fans complain when they hear about remakes is, well, they enjoy the original films, and they know how this machine works by now: a new (and usually terrible) horror film uses the title (and perhaps the basic premise) of a well-known (or at least "known") older film -- and even a mild fan of the horror genre knows that most of the recent remakes are mediocre, bad, or plain old awful. Making matters worse is that producers rarely seem to try anything "new" with these remakes; just the same old generic package that leaves the loyal patrons of scary cinema wondering why anyone bothered.

But about 2 out of 5 horror remakes are what one could call watchable, decent, or surprisingly good, and most of these remakes have something in common: A) they started out by choosing an "original" horror movie that's a real piece of junk, »


- Scott Weinberg

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TV Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' Episode 407 - 'My Brother's Keeper'

30 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST

 

The Vampire Diaries Episode 407

“My Brother’s Keeper”

Written By: Caroline Dries & Elisabeth R. Finch

Directed By: Jeffrey Hunt

Original Airdate: 29 November 2012

In This Episode...

Another year, another Miss Mystic Falls pageant. As with all Mystic Falls activities, shit hits the fan. First the emotional nonsense: Stefan has the “pleasure” of telling Damon that he and Elena broke up. Caroline is horrified when Stefan tells her why they broke up. Tyler and Caroline are still carrying on the ruse that the broke up, which means that Caroline and Klaus attend the pageant together (and by the end of it, she has really warmed to him) and Tyler and Hayley go together (and Tyler is insanely jealous when he sees Caroline laughing with Klaus.)

Now onto the intrigue: Jeremy. Jeremy is having nightmares about killing Elena. He voices his concerns to Matt, who reads in the Hunter’s Handbook (assumedly) that »


- Alyse Wax

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'Silent Night' Director Taking On 'Scavenger'

29 November 2012 2:00 PM, PST

Christmas came early for Silent Night director Steven C. Miller. Variety reports that he will be directing Vigilante Entertainment’s new indie thriller, Scavenger.

The script was written by James Nash of Lovely Molly fame and Bradley Paul. The film “centers on a woman who must race against time to save her kidnapped daughter from a sadistic game-master. She is up against a man facing similar circumstances.”

Miller’s loose remake of Silent Night is due out in limited theatrical release on November 30, and on Blu-Ray/ DVD on December 4. A new featurette was released yesterday, watch it here.

via Variety

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- Sara Castillo

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Infographic: Quick Guide to Choosing a Vampire Hunter

29 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST

You’re in a pinch. There’s a vampire in your town who is trying to date your daughter and you need to get rid of him stat. Who will you call to terminate the pesky blood sucker? Buffy? She’s perfect for undercover work, but there’s so much drama with her. Selene? She’s already immortal so that’s points in her favor, and she looks good in vinyl, but she is also, and will forever be, a vampire at heart. Gabriel Van Helsing? Sure he has the experience, and knows how to kill a number of creatures, but maybe he’s just a little bit over-the-hill?

It’s really a guessing game. Thankfully, there’s a cheat sheet comparing vampire hunters to guide you through this decision with all the pertinent gun-for-hire information you may need: weapon, strengths, weaknesses and blood lust level. It even calculates how »


- Sara Castillo

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Gorgeous Poster for Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker'

29 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

If Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's new film Stoker is even half as good as its marketing materials I will be satisfied. The trailer debuted a few months ago with Nicole Kidman doing her best sinister step-mother and this new poster gives us a closer look at her daughter, India (Mia Wasikowska).

Stoker looks to have a place within a long history of tales of disturbed women living with dark secrets in large, lavish houses.  The poster reflects this with its Gothic elements that draw upon both botany illustration and Victorian death portraiture.

Wentworth Miller wrote the screenplay, which made 2010’s Black List of best unproduced screenplays, under the pseudonym Ted FoulkeStoker is in theaters March 1.

 

via Twitch

 

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- Sara Castillo

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Gift Guide: Tasty! Crusty Zombie Toenails Snack

29 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

I almost can’t write the title of this gift without gagging. It sounds like something a big brother would make up to punish his younger siblings. “Shut up or I’ll make you eat crusty zombie toenails!”

The ingredients of these undead toenails are a bit of a mystery as is the process by which they are harvested but the seller assures us they are perfect for snacking. You know, come home, put your feet up, grab a beer and a bag of toenails.

 

“Fit for human consumption, these Curly Zombie Toenails are curly and smelly, and they may reek of the stench of death.” Crunchy treats!

$3.95 at House of Mysterious Secrets

 

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- Sara Castillo

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Exclusive Interview: Jill Tracy and the Season’s Night Music

29 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST

The first chat I had with pianist/singer/renaissance worman Jill Tracy opened my eyes and ears to a beautifully haunted world of music, stories and images, including her collaboration with filmmaker Bill Domonkos on “The Fine Art of Poisoning,” one of many excellent films in FEARnet's shorts collection; her intense upcoming musical project after being awarded a grant by Philadelphia's amazing Mütter Museum; and a series of “Musical Séances” (with violinist Paul Mercer) in which the audience's treasured objects and artefacts actually channel a spontaneous live performance. Those are just a few pages from Jill's body of work, and we'll be exploring more in the near future... but today I'd like to focus on a mixed-media holiday project that Jill describes as “Christmas for those who prefer the October chill.” The album Silver Smoke, Star of Night explores the roots of well-known Christmas carols in ways that will surprise and maybe even chill you. »


- Gregory Burkart

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TV Recap: 'American Horror Story: Asylum' Episode 207 - 'Dark Cousin'

29 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

 

American Horror Story: Asylum Episode 207

“Dark Cousin”

Written By: Tim Minear

Directed By: Michael Rymer

Original Airdate: 28 November 2012

In This Episode...

The Angel of Death comes to Briarcliff in the form of Frances Conroy. I have no idea why the Angel of Death waited until halfway through the season to appear (scheduling conflicts?) but she’s here now, and she kisses each person when she reaps their soul. And everyone is having brushes with death this week.

Let’s start with Jude. She has just discovered Goodman bleeding out in his hotel. She calls the police, but it is too late. Goodman is gone. A bottle of whiskey on the night stand calls to her, and she gives in. Sister Mary Eunice calls, taunting her, and telling her that she left the whiskey and a straight razor for Jude. Jude drunkenly heads out to a coffee shop. She goes to »


- Alyse Wax

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