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Forbidden Tomes: Music to Get Scared To – Pairing Singers with Authors

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Now that Halloween season is over, it feels a little empty playing eerie soundtracks and revisiting favorite nightmares. The atmosphere just isn't quite there. But that's easily fixed, and few things build atmosphere more deftly than music. I've spent improper amounts of time trying to find artists who evoke the spirit of horror and Gothic fiction, but since music isn't a narrative genre by definition, it can be a nebulous process. Some musicians just go perfectly with certain storytellers, though. Here are five performers who complement a few of my favorite authors scarily well:

Clive Barker and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Both hailing from England and rising to fame in the same decade, Barker and Cave seem like a duo destined for emotional evisceration. Barker’s stories evoke an urban landscape that's gritty and hard, but also full of transcendent wonder. His language is high, poetic, and epic »

- Ben Larned

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*Updated* Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K Restoration SteelBook Blu-ray Slated for December 19th Release

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*Updated with the reported release date* "Do you know anything about witches?" Having been shaken to my core by the Goblin score while watching the 4K restoration of Suspiria at this year's Flashback Weekend in Chicago, I highly recommend you seek out the remastered screening if it plays anywhere near you (or several states away—it's that good). If you can't make it to one of the screenings, though, it's coming out on a collectible SteelBook Blu-ray from Synapse Films, and DiabolikDVD.com has revealed the official release date.

According to multiple sources, including DiabolikDVD, the Suspiria Blu-ray SteelBook is slated for a December 19th release from Synapse Films. We have a look at the previously announced special features below, and keep an eye on DiabolikDVD, Amazon, and Synapse Films' official website for more information. In case you missed it, check out Heather Wixson's review of the dazzling 4K restoration. »

- Derek Anderson

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Listen to the Corpse Club Celebrate the Work of Barbara Crampton on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

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She's been working in the horror genre for over 30 years, but Barbara Crampton is just getting started. Whether you look at her prolific recent work or her memorable roles from past decades, Crampton is someone who should always be celebrated when you talk about the most influential figures in horror cinema. Thankfully, that's exactly what co-hosts Patrick Bromley and Heather Wixson do on their new "Horrigins" episode of Daily Dead's Corpse Club podcast.

In a new "Horrigins" installment of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley and Heather Wixson celebrate the eclectic film career of Barbara Crampton. In addition to their fond reflections on Crampton's collaborations with Stuart Gordon in films like Re-Animator and From Beyond and her roles in cult films like Chopping Mall, the Corpse Club discuss the actress' remarkable resurgence in movies directed by some of the most exciting horror filmmakers of the 21st century, including her work in You're Next, »

- Derek Anderson

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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: More Black Friday Deals, Home Decor & Ornaments (Day Two)

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Happy Black Friday, readers! I hope everyone has been finding some great deals so far and saving some cash as well. We already brought you a handful of awesome deals to keep an eye on in our first 2017 Holiday Gift post, and now we’ve got even more sales and deals that you definitely will not want to miss out on.

For day two of Daily Dead’s Hgg, we’re also taking a look at some great Horror-fied Home Décor options, some holiday gift ideas and ornaments that any genre fan would love to receive this season as well. Be sure to check back right here on Daily Dead each and every day for more gift ideas, deals, and more!

Also, we’ve once again put together some really cool Holiday Gift Guide prize packs this year, and for your chance to win one, just send an email to contest@dailydead. »

- Heather Wixson

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Photos of Threezero’s Species Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles

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"We decided to make it female so it would be more docile and controllable..." Luckily for the men of Earth, she was everything but controllable. A new, carefully crafted Sil sixth scale replica from Threezero is based on the deadly character from Roger Donaldson's 1995 sci-fi movie Species, and ahead of its 2018 release from Sideshow Collectibles, we have a look at photos of the collectible figure that might make a great gift for that special horror and sci-fi fan in your life.

From Sideshow Collectibles: “Sideshow and Threezero are excited to announce the Sil Sixth Scale Figure from Species.

The Sil collectible figure features an original body uniquely crafted to replicate the alien character as seen in the 1995 film. A soft translucent Pvc was used on the torso, arms and legs and Sil features a textured interior-skeleton.

Don't miss your chance to add this Species collectible to your Sci-Fi collection! »

- Tamika Jones

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Creepy Co. to Keep Horror Fans Warm This Winter with Beistle Scratch Cat Blanket & Socks

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Creepy Co. is keeping the Halloween vibes alive and toasty this winter with new Beistle Cat scratch blanket and socks that will ship out to horror fans beginning the week of November 27th:

Beistle Scratch Cat Blanket: “Wrap yourself in the warm Halloween spirit all year long with this large knit Beistle blanket.

The Scratch Cat pattern and spongy soft jacquard weave make this blanket perfect as a couch accent or a bed spread to spruce up your digs!

Ships the week of November 27th

63" x 63"

Dry cleaning recommended, but machine washable with care; air dry only

100% acrylic

jacquard knit

Please Note: Final product is en route to us from the manufacturer. Our in-house sample varies slightly from the finished product. Finished blankets will have 5, larger cat heads spanning the length and height of the blanket!


Beistle Scratch Cat Socks: “Something neat for your feet!

Our Beistle Scratch Cat socks »

- Tamika Jones

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Zombies Gather Around the Table for a Morbid Thanksgiving Meal in New Installment of Jeff Fuller’s Living Dead Comic Strip Zomics

23 November 2017 1:44 PM, PST

It's not what's on the menu on Thanksgiving night that's important, it's the people around you... whatever is left of them, that is. Since the first panels premiered on Daily Dead during Comic-Con, we've been excited to showcase artist Jeff Fuller's living dead comic strip Zomics, which finds the macabre humor in the everyday horrors of a zombie apocalypse. We release a new installment of Zomics every Thursday, and today we're excited to share a special Thanksgiving-themed installment.

This week's Zomics is a reminder that even in the living dead apocalypse, it's important to gather around the dinner table and be thankful for the loved ones in your life... whether they're living or living dead.

In case you missed Fuller's previous Zomics panels, you can check out all of them in the gallery below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead next Thursday for another installment!

Influenced by Dr. Seuss »

- Derek Anderson

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Thanksgiving Dessert Idea: Learn How to Make The Stuff Marshmallow Cheesecake on a New Episode of The Homicidal Homemaker Cooking Show

23 November 2017 11:24 AM, PST

"It can overcome your mind and take over your body... and nothing can stop it." The delicious yet deadly substance from Larry Cohen's cult 1985 horror film can find a spot on your Thanksgiving dinner table thanks to Kaci Hansen's The Stuff marshmallow cheesecake recipe, a festively fun recipe that's featured on a new episode of her Homicidal Homemaker cooking show.

From The Homicidal Homemaker: "When it comes to the killer in horror films, we've seen it all - masked maniacs, reanimated corpses, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. But one film really changed the game by making the killer a food item...The Stuff, from 1985.

When a mysterious, marshmallow-y goo is discovered bubbling from the earth, the food industry packages it up, and mass markets it to consumers without even checking to see if it's safe for consumption. It turns out The Stuff actually consumes the consumer, »

- Derek Anderson

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Gothic Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Coming This January from Lionsgate

22 November 2017 6:22 PM, PST

What if the events that inspired Frankenstein's monster were more horrifying than the monster itself? For the 13th entry in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series, Lionsgate is taking viewers to a fateful night with Mary Shelley and her friends with the Blu-ray release of Ken Russell's Gothic this January:

Press Release: From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features, »

- Derek Anderson

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Catalog From The Beyond: The Invisible Man (1933)

22 November 2017 5:37 PM, PST

After a little over a year of doing this column, I think you and I have a pretty good thing going. If you’ve come this far and are still willing to follow my incessant ramblings, I think our relationship can survive a wee confession: hard as I try, I just cannot get into the Universal Monsters movies. Don’t get me wrong, I value them for laying the foundations of the horror genre, but when it comes to actually watching them, I just don’t find them as engaging as more modern films.

Take, for example, James Whale’s iconic Frankenstein. This is a movie that defined gothic horror and created the look for Frankenstein’s monster that would be ingrained in our collective consciousness for generations. I’m a huge fan of the film’s visual aesthetic and the notion of a sympathetic villain is one that always resonates with me. »

- Bryan Christopher

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Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is a Kafka-esque Nightmare for Millennial America

22 November 2017 4:44 PM, PST

Art reflects the period in which it is created, and maybe that’s why the awards race is full of extremely dark comedies. From Get Out to The Square, angry, amusing and bleak visions are coming to claim their Oscars. In spite of its A-list cast and crew, one film feels a bit too strange to join the awards conversation, yet it manages to be one of the year’s most uniquely devastating works. Part body horror, part social satire, all spine-chilling dread, singular auteur Yorgos Lanthimos brings his vision to America for The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

To explain the plot’s full introduction would ruin some of the film’s surprises; those who haven’t seen it and want the pure experience are forewarned. Colin Farrell teams up with Lanthimos for a second round post-Lobster, this time playing a wealthy surgeon who mentors young, impoverished Martin (Barry Keoghan »

- Ben Larned

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AFI Fest 2017 Review: Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts is a Morbid Feminist Tonic for Violent Masculinity

22 November 2017 3:24 PM, PST

Hollywood is in a state of semi-suspended upheaval at the moment. The patriarchal cycle of aggression, shame, and silence has been exposed, at least on the surface. The process has thrown crucial light onto depictions of brutality against women in film, which often seem exploitational or punishing for no reason simply due to the characters’ gender. Stories involving these elements are now being told through the lens of female filmmakers, however, and this year has seen a number of powerful trope inversions. Mouly Surya brings us what might be the most singular example of this from Indonesia, in the form of Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts.

As the evocative title suggests, Surya unfolds her film over four distinct stages. The first sets itself up like a quiet Peckinpah film: seven bandits rob widowed Marlina, force her to cook them dinner, and prepare to assault her. Marlina is more resourceful than they expect, »

- Ben Larned

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Review Round-Up: Sweet Virginia and The Ice Cream Truck

22 November 2017 2:12 PM, PST

Before it's time for us to serve up some turkey Stateside, here are my thoughts on two recent indie genre films I’ve had the pleasure of checking out: Megan Freels Johnston’s horror comedy The Ice Cream Truck and Jamie Dagg’s crime thriller Sweet Virginia, featuring Jon Bernthal.

The Ice Cream Truck: Akin to an early Tim Burton-esque take on the horrors of suburbia and adulthood, Johnston’s The Ice Cream Truck is a slightly absurd yet wholly relatable exploration of the anxieties of modern women, particularly those who don’t necessarily fit in with the typical “Bake Sale Moms” out there who always seem to have “it” together, living out their existences happily defined by their roles within their respective households.

In The Ice Cream Truck, we are introduced to Mary (Deanna Russo) who is anything but confident in the woman she has become over the years. »

- Heather Wixson

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December Theatrical Release Announced for New Horror Film Inoperable, Starring Danielle Harris

22 November 2017 1:47 PM, PST

Starring Danielle Harris (the Hatchet series, Halloween 4 and 5), the new mind-bending horror film Inoperable will enjoy a theatrical release in early December, and we have the full release details to let you know if it will be coming to a city near you:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA - Zorya Films and Millman Productions are putting scream queen Danielle Harris under the knife with the December 1st theatrical release of Christopher Lawrence Chapman's Inoperable.  Harris (Halloween 4 & 5, Rob Zombie's Halloween, the Hatchet franchise) stars as Amy, a hospital patient who must battle nature and the supernatural before she ends up trapped for eternity.  Chapman directed from a script he co-wrote with producer Jeff MillerInoperable will open December 1st in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cleveland and Minneapolis for weeklong runs.

A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. »

- Tamika Jones

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Waxwork Records’ 2018 Subscription to Include Vinyl Scores of Dawn Of The Dead, Night Of The Living Dead, Get Out, and More

22 November 2017 1:28 PM, PST

For years they've given new life to the most memorable sounds and songs of horror cinema, but in 2018, Waxwork Records looks to outdo even their own scary high standards with an upcoming vinyl score release slate that honors George A. Romero and celebrates one of the most exciting new voices in horror.

Waxwork Records announced that their 2018 vinyl releases will include the scores for Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The ’Burbs, Drag Me to Hell, and Get Out. Artwork and specific release details have yet to be revealed, but all five vinyl releases are included in the 2018 Waxwork Records Subscription, which can be purchased for $250 in the Us (and $285 internationally) beginning Friday, November 24th. Read on for more details on Waxwork Records' essential and exciting 2018 releases, and keep an eye on their website for more updates.

From Waxwork Records: "Here’s what we have in store »

- Derek Anderson

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Comics Corner: Doomsday Clock #1, The Demon: Hell Is Earth #1, Monsters Unleashed #8, Big Trouble In Little China: Old Man Jack #3 and More

22 November 2017 12:44 PM, PST

This week on Comics Corner, we have two new comic series from DC to start things off. The first, called Doomsday Clock #1, is from the masterful Geoff Johns, and we also have a look at The Demon: Hell is Earth #1, followed by Monsters Unleashed #8, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #25, the penultimate issue of Angel Season 11 #11, John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China Old Man Jack #3, Clue #6, four preview pages from Harvey Kurtzman's Marley's Ghost #1, The Hellblazer #16, Redneck #7, and Rick and Morty Pocket Like You Stole It #5.

Doomsday Clock #1: "DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank, and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.

Art by: Gary Frank

Cover by: Gary Frank

Variant cover by: Gary Frank

Written by: Geoff Johns

Series: Doomsday Clock 2017

U.S. Price »

- Tamika Jones

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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 1: Early Sales & Black Friday Finds

22 November 2017 11:17 AM, PST

Happy start of the holiday season, dear readers! It’s time once again for Daily Dead’s fifth annual Holiday Gift Guide, where this writer hopes to save you some money as you shop for all the horror lovers in your life (or maybe you’re looking to spoil yourself, too, which is totally cool) over the coming weeks. For our first day of the 2017 Hgg, we’re going to take a look at a ton of Black Friday deals coming this week, and some sites have already begun their sales, so you may be able to get a jump start on those gift lists even now.

And since there are a bunch of sales and deals that have yet to be announced, be sure to check back right here on Daily Dead this Friday for more Black Friday deals and many more gift ideas perfect for genre enthusiasts and the like. »

- Heather Wixson

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The Walking Dead “Lucille Patrol” Action Figure Box Set Coming from Skybound and McFarlane Toys

22 November 2017 10:05 AM, PST

After tapping into ’80s G.I. Joe-esque nostalgia with their Shiva Force action figures at San Diego Comic-Con, Skybound and McFarlane Toys are returning with their own version of Cobra: the Lucille Patrol.

Featuring the comic book editions of The Governor, Negan, Alpha, and Beta, the Lucille Patrol action figure box set will be available to order in clean and blood-spattered versions beginning 10:01pm Est on Thursday, November 23rd for Skybound Insiders, followed by a wide online release at 12:00am Est on Friday, November 24th.

Each figure comes with accessories unique to their character from Robert Kirkman's comic book series, and subscribers to Skybound's Megabox quarterly subscription will also receive a Dwight Lucille Patrol figure as well.

Specific pricing and shipping details have yet to be revealed, but you can watch the unboxing video below for more information and close-up looks at these figures. Keep an eye »

- Derek Anderson

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Freddy Krueger, Norman Bates & More Horror Icons Featured in Artwork from The Art Of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History

22 November 2017 6:32 AM, PST

Often as entertaining and haunting as iconic horror movies is the artwork that advertises the frights within the films, and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books celebrates the history of the horror genre with more than 600 images in the new book The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History. Edited by Stephen Jones, The Art of Horror Movies is out now in hardcover, and we have a look at several images from the book to share with Daily Dead readers looking for that special gift for the horror fan in their lives.

The Art of Horror Movies synopsis: "This magnificent companion to The Art of Horror, from the same creative team behind that award-winning illustrated volume, looks at the entire history of the horror film, from the silent era right up to the latest releases and trends. Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars chronologically charting the evolution of horror »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Highlights: Labyrinth Pop! Vinyl Figure, Grey Zone, Boggy Creek Monster, The Mothman Of Point Pleasant

22 November 2017 6:30 AM, PST

In today's Horror Highlights, we have a photo and details on the new member in Funko's Pop! vinyl line, a glitter variant of Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth! Also, we have the trailer and music video for Grey Zone and trailers for the creature-based documentaries Boggy Creek Monster and The Mothman of Point Pleasant.

New Funko Labyrinth Pop! Vinyl Figure Photo and Details: From ThinkGeek: "So the default version of the Funko Pop! Jareth from Labyrinth does not come with glitter. Which was obviously an oversight on someone's part. Somebody at Funko should probably be suspended head-first right now in the Bog of Eternal Stench for that.

However, we might pardon them considering they've given us a second costume option with this owl-cloak festooned David Bowie Pop! The cloak itself and his eyes have gold glitter, and the rest of his outfit has silver glitter spangled on it. And »

- Tamika Jones

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