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TV Recap: 'Fringe' Episode 508 - 'The Human Kind'

8 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST

 

Fringe Episode 508

“The Human Kind”

Written By: Alison Schapker

Directed By: Dennis Smith

Original Airdate: 7 December 2012

In This Episode...

Walter and Astrid have dug out tape eight, which says they need to retrieve an industrial magnet from Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Peter is not there, but he does call. He is in New York, predicting Windmark’s timeline to ultimately kill him. He called to warn them not to go back to Etta’s apartment - the Observers tracked him there (or he led them there) and it is no longer safe. Walter is very worried, because at this point, he is more Observer than man, and Walter is terrified of losing his son. Olivia is fearful of losing Peter again, so she throws herself into work and volunteers to go get the industrial magnet.

While Olivia is doing that, Walter and Astrid experiment with the Observers tech that she brought back. »


- Alyse Wax

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Zombify Your Xmas - Carols, Music, And Other Auditory Horrors

7 December 2012 5:00 PM, PST

How many times can you hear "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" before you want to jam sharp sticks into your ears? While I haven't done a scientific study, I know that I have reached my limit. Here are some darker carols (or "scarols") to lighten your holidays.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Holiday truly started the "scarol" tradition. A recording of those scarols (with titles like "We Wish You a Scary Christmas," "Wreck the Halls" and "The 13 Days of Christmas") will now cost you an obscene amount on eBay but you can get the lyric book for a very reasonable price.

$12.95 at Amazon.com

"We wish you a zombie Christmas / We hope you have a death wish / We wish you a zombie Christmas / 'Cause you won't see next year."

Zombie Christmas album, $9 to download / $15 for the CD

The Cryptkeeper got in on the Christmas action.

Starting at $31.98 on Amazon

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! »

- Alyse Wax

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Ghoul Girls Calendar Pays Tribute to Favorite Monsters and Shows Some Skin

7 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Sexy Beetlejuice. Two words I wouldn’t put together. But Candace “VampireKitten” Miller makes it work in her Ghoul Girls calendar.

Ghoul Girls began in 2007 as a fun way for horror fans to get experience as photographers, make up artists and models. It’s expanded into a models-meet-monsters business that provides tutorials for working models and photographers as well as a place to sell their work.

“The goal was to create a niche within the horror genre with a twist that would not only be entertaining, but also a tribute to our favorite things. We give long time and new models exposure in a high traffic/non-exclusive setting that is fun for all involved,” Miller said.

Check out images from their 2013 calendar below, including tributes to My Bloody Valentine and Twilight Zone, and order it here.

 

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- Sara Castillo

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This Week in Horror: 'House of Dracula', 'Cat People'

7 December 2012 2:00 PM, PST

The week was a great week in classic horror history.

House of Dracula, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. and John Carradine, is part of the Universal Studio's monster movie tome. It’s a story that includes all the heavy hitters: Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein. The general gist is that Dracula is looking for something to cure his never-ending desire to nibble on people’s necks. He shows up at Dr. Franz Edelmann’s castle seeking help. In a strange coincidence,  Lawrence Talbot also stops by Edelmann’s castle. He too is looking for a cure, but in his case, it’s for lycanthropy.  On top of this Dr. Edelmann has been working on a few experiments of his own with the help of a surpisingly attractive hunchbacked woman. Not surprisingly things go very awry and get more than a little chompy.

Title: House of Dracula

Released: December 7, 1945

Tagline: Horror Upon »


- Sara Castillo

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Gift Guide: Real Beaver Foot to Find Your Keys

7 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST

Ew. It’s real.

Perfect for the backwoods inbred mutant killer in your life who keeps losing their keys, this beaver foot hook offers a helpful claw for whatever you want to hang.

According to the EvasFeathers, no animals were hurt or killed in the making of this keychain, so we’ll just assume all the beavers died of natural causes.

“Beaver foot wall mounts can also be used to hang other items such as necklaces, lanyards, charms, etc, and they also just look plain weird and creepy sticking out of a wall all by themselves as if a real fantasy horror creature is actually coming out of your wall.”  Too true. The shop also offers other pieces of dead animals to display including a squirrel foot hook, and an alligator backscratcher.

 

 

$16.95 on Etsy

 

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- Sara Castillo

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FEARnet's Final Girl Friday: Sarah Carter

7 December 2012 12:00 PM, PST

I file The Descent away in a category all its own. I love pretty much everything Neil Marshall creates and The Descent is such an interesting and nuanced film. It’s packed with nods to other films, but somehow manages to be an original story.

Final girl pick of the week, Sarah Carter battles creeping hairless monsters straight out of a nightmare while trapped in a cave in the middle of the earth. On top of that, the poor woman is fighting personal demons of loss and betrayal, literally and figuratively clawing her way back to the land of the living. I never equate The Descent with "final girl movies," but Sarah Cater is every bit a final girl.


Movie: The Descent

Year: 2005


Final Girl: Sarah Carter (Shauna Macdonald)

The Issues: This needs to be set up a bit, but I’ll try not to spoil too much. Sarah is »


- Sara Castillo

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'Hitchcock'

7 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST

 

There are so many ways for a "biopic" to go wrong: actors who mistake caricature for character, history that's been sanitized to make for a more simplistic story; filmmakers who admire their subjects too much to be truly frank and honest about their flaws, and on and on. The light and unexpectedly colorful new bio-pic known simply as Hitchcock suffers from a variety of the standard problems, and perhaps even a few egregious ones -- but there's also a handsome look, admirable tone, and a lot of amusing novelty to be found in Sacha Gervasi's affectionate story about the mad genius who made Psycho. Those who are looking for a scandalous tell-all biopic of the man who gave us Rear Window, Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, and North By Northwest may find this rendition a bit over-scrubbed and, yes, sanitized -- but taken as a sly and affectionate look »


- Scott Weinberg

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Therion: 'Les Fleurs Du Mal' – CD Review [Nsfw]

7 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST

 

  Founded by Christofer Johnsson over a quarter-century ago and heralded as one of the standard-bearers of symphonic metal, Swedish band Therion tend to set musical trends rather than follow them... so it wasn't so much a surprise to me to discover that the band has moved even further out of the metal domain to explore other realms of grand-scale gothic rock in their fifteenth studio album Les Fleurs Du Mal. The title (which translates as “The Flowers of Evil”) comes from a collection of darkly erotic poems by controversial 19th-century writer Charles Baudelaire, and it's a fitting concept for a band whose lyrics often focus on grandiose nightmare imagery and sinister seduction – except I guess this isn't technically a concept record; it's actually more of a unique approach to a covers album. Very unique in fact, since the tunes being covered here are all vintage French “chanson” pop songs and »


- Gregory Burkart

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Gift Guide: Brain Cube

7 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Rubick's Cube takes on a dark twist with the Brain Cube. It's just like Rubick's puzzle, but instead of matching colors, you match the folds of the brain. It's pretty cool if you like brainteasers, but let's be honest: this toy needs a hearty splash of blood. Maybe a bite mark. You know, zombie it up (and disguise the fact that this is kinda-sorta an educational toy.)

$34.99 at Marbles: The Brain Store

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- Alyse Wax

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Dan Aykroyd and 'Ghostbusters 3' - 'We're Closer Than We Ever Have Been'

7 December 2012

Another interview, another rumor about the possibilities of a Ghostbusters 3, more than 20 years after part two. Dan Aykroyd gave a recent interview to Esquire magazine and, naturally, one of the first topics to come up was Ghostbusters 3, especially seeing as how Aykroyd has been the sequel's "biggest cheerleader."

"I've worked on every draft in the last three years, as Ivan [Reitman, the director] has, and now we have a story and a draft that everybody seems to agree would make the third movie," Aykroyd tells Esquire. "At this point, I think we're closer than we ever have been. And because of the ever-shifting sands and nature of the motion-picture business, I will just say that hopefully, at some point, it will be morphing into what is known in the business as a [Aykroyd mimes air quotes] "production number XP39789." Then I will begin to rent cars, get hotel rooms, and bill for writing. But that point hasn't come. »


- Alyse Wax

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Gale Anne Hurd Brings Aliens to USA Network

6 December 2012 5:00 PM, PST

Gale Anne Hurd is bringing a new invasion to television screens. USA Networks has bought an alien-invasion series from The Walking Dead producer. Horizon is set during WWII and it follows "a secretary at the FBI who discovers that her husband might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion." Hurd will executive produce the series along with Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice), who will write the pilot.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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- Alyse Wax

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Guillermo del Toro Bringing 'Pan's Labyrinth' to the Stage

6 December 2012 3:02 PM, PST

After four years of work under the radar, plans to bring Guillermo del Toro's stunning Pan's Labyrinth to the stage as a live musical are finally being solidified.

Del Toro worked with Jeremy Ungar to write the book (aka the script for the show), with cinema composer Gustavo Santaolalla writing the music and Paul Williams handling lyrics. Del Toro will produce the project, though no word yet on who will be directing.

It will be interesting to see how Pan's Labyrinth, the story of a girl who escapes into a fantasy land that might be more terrifying than the warzone she is escaping, will be attempted on the stage. While the film is an FX wonderland, so much of it was done practically that I imagine it would translate rather well.

Source: Deadline

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- Alyse Wax

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Lance Henriksen's Dark Horse Comic 'To Hell You Ride' Is a Brutal, Mystical Epic

6 December 2012 2:00 PM, PST

Lance Henriksen is a master storyteller. In the veteran actor's films, Henriksen goes to great lengths in order to truly live his characters. He imbues each one with details that most audiences aren't cognizant of, but they are important parts of a picture he paints for his dramatic narrative.

Henriksen's leap to comic books doesn't seem that unusual, then — a medium where visuals and words are equally important symbols, joining forces to tell a story. There's another partnership at work with Henriksen's comic debut, To Hell You Ride. The Aliens actor has re-teamed with his Not Bad for a Human biography co-writer, Joseph Maddrey, and comic artist, Tom Mandrake, to create a tale that spans decades, mountains, and ghostly messengers from the past.

The story opens in the blustery Colorado mountains, 1880. Miners have struck gold, but their axes are covered in the blood of the Native Americans who populate the land. »


- Alison Nastasi

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Catch Satanic Sorority Indie 'Alpha Girls' on its Winter Tour

6 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST

Alpha Girls is a delightful pact-with-Satan sorority girls flick. Written and directed by Tony Torv and Johnny Zito, Alpha Girls tells the story of an inexplicably powerful sorority where the bodies of dead pink-sweater clad pledges keep piling up. One of girls hoping to pledge makes a little pact with the devil and, of course, she just happens to be the biggest bitch in the house. She goes on a bloody power trip and coeds die in varied and creative ways. The movie makes some fun nods to classic satanic flicks and boasts cameos by Ron Jeremy and Schoolly D.

If you are in Philadelphia, catch a screening Sunday, December 9 before it goes on a 30-city tour. The dates are below the trailer. Check the Alpha Girls site for full summary and specifics on screening locations.

 

Alpha Girls (2012) Official Trailer [HD]

Dates:

1/23  Wd: Wilmington, De

1/24 & nbsp;Th: Baltimore, MD

1/25  Fr: Washington DC

1/26  St: Richmond, »


- Sara Castillo

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Gift Guide: Get Leatherface’s Signature Scent

6 December 2012 12:00 PM, PST

The horror genre is severely underrepresented when it comes to celebrity scents. But no longer. Now you can smell just like chainsaw-wiedling A-lister, Leatherface.

What does Leatherface smell like? Blood, brains and human skin, to start. But in addition to that, “A warm, woody, spicy scent with additional notes of leather, musk, smoke, vanilla, and very slight hints of pomegranate and subtle florals to soften it up.” Who knew Leatherface was such a softie? I guess it shouldn’t be a suprise, he is in touch with his more feminine side.

Leatherface fragrance oil comes from the Mannaia Fragrance shop which also offers a Cenobite fragrance and a Donner party perfume.

 

$6.00 on Etsy.com

 

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- Sara Castillo

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Fright Rags Debuts Limited Edition 'The Shining' Inspired Jack Shinington Shirt

6 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST

Here’s Jack-y!

What happens when Jack Skellington and Sally take a vacation at the Overlook Hotel? Things get a little dicey. This awesome Fright Rags Jack Shinington shirt shows Jack in action after a few days at the secluded resort.

The shirt is extra-special because Fright Rags is offering it as a limited edition, with only 500 printed and no pre-order.  It’s first- come, first-serve, so you have to get on it if you want to get your bony hands on a shirt.

Available beginning Wednesday December 12 at 10am Est.  Jack Skellington will put you back a mere $25.95 and is available in men’s sizes Small – 5Xl.

 

 

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- Sara Castillo

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TV Recap: 'American Horror Story: Asylum' Episode 208 - 'Unholy Night'

6 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST

 

American Horror Story: Asylum Episode 208

“Unholy Night”

Written By: James Wong

Directed By: Michael Lehmann

Original Airdate: 5 December 2012

In This Episode...

Every show needs a Christmas episode, and Ahs is no exception. We meet inmate Lee, who had only been at Briarcliff for about two years. During last year’s Christmas “party,” Lee was forced to attend wearing shackles. This set him off, and he ripped out an orderly’s throat with his teeth. After that, he was sent to the hole, never to be released again. Until, of course, the possessed Sister Mary Eunice came into power. To spread a little holiday cheer, she not only let Lee out of solitary, she gave him a shiny new Santa suit to wear.

Arden has a test for Sister Mary Eunice. He gives her a pair of ruby earrings, then tells her how he got them: he took them from a »


- Alyse Wax

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TV Recap: 'Supernatural' Episode 809 - 'Citizen Fang'

6 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

 

Supernatural Episode 809

“Citizen Fang”

Written By: Daniel Loflin

Directed By: Nick Copus

Original Airdate: 5 December 2012

In This Episode...

Sam has asked Martin, a hunter recently released from a mental hospital, to keep an eye on Benny, who is living in the Louisiana bayou. When a body turns up he calls Sam, who insists that he and Dean check it out. Dean resists - partly, I think, because he is afraid that Benny really did fall off the wagon - but eventually agrees. Sam, in turn, agrees to give Dean a few hours to talk to Benny and see what’s up. Martin is very upset by this.

Dean finds Benny at a fishing hole - burying a second body. He insists that this is not his doing. A headstrong vampire named Desmond (side note: is that not the douchiest vampire name ever?) has decided he is going to put together »


- Alyse Wax

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You Could Create the 'Bates Motel' Opening Title Sequence

5 December 2012 5:00 PM, PST

Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse invites fans to create their own opening sequence for the upcoming A&E thriller. With 15 seconds of opener to fill, that's not a lot of time. Cuse is careful to note that they are looking for something that "captures the feel of Bates Motel -- not as a slasher/horror show, but as a complex, character-based thriller." If Cuse chooses your video clip, it will be the official show opener.

Bates Motel is a "prequel" to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Set during modern times, the focus is on an adolescent Norman Bates, his overbearing mother Norma, his rebel brother Dylan, and what turned Norman into the monster we all know and love.

The series will premiere this March on A&E. The contest is open until January 3rd; for more details visit the offical Bates Motel Facebook page.

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- Alyse Wax

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FEARnet Killer Snack Attack: 'Troll 2's' Deadly Confections

5 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Sweet and dour. Pop culture is filled with food that looks scrumptious but turns nasty on the other side. Horror movies are especially notorious for feeding fans killer treats. In this series we’re paying tribute to snacks that attack the consumer, and not at just at the waistline. Although sometimes the culinary killers do come busting through a stomach or two …

First up: Troll 2, a movie that has nothing to do with Trolls and everything to do vegetarian goblins who use a nifty loophole to devour unsuspecting humans.

Movie: Troll 2 (written and directed by Claudio Fragasso)

Year: 1990

Deadly Recipe: Bright green confections, vegetables tainted with goblin goo and frothy green drinks turn the people who sample them into leafy vegetables which the goblin community of Nilbog consumes with  abandon.

Chef: The friendly folks of Nilbog, helped along by head chef and sexy druid queen Creedence Leonore Gielgud. »


- Sara Castillo

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