5 items from 2013
Halloween is nigh, and that means horror movies aplenty, not that we need any more of an excuse to dust off the classics of our favorite genre. But Beyond Fest, an event taking place in La throughout this October, is making that experience interactive, bringing together some of the finest filmmakers, the best movies, and even infusing screenings with live music from the likes of Umberto, Goblin, and Alan Howarth.
Perhaps the day I was most looking forward to was this past Saturday’s “Full Moon” double feature, serving up perhaps the two best werewolf movies of all-time, right after one another. Kicking off the evening is 1981′s The Howling, followed by the movie that it (and every werewolf movie) is indebted to: Universal’s The Wolf Man, with Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, and Bela Lugosi. That right there is reason enough to make the trek to the movie theater… »
- Andy Greene
Halloween horror music masters Midnight Syndicate are about to unveil their latest creation: a new album dedicated entirely to our favorite creatures from the golden age of horror cinema, appropriately titled Monsters of Legend. The album features iconic artwork from Universal horror classics like Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, and Dracula, and blends the band's signature blend of symphonic music and elaborate sound design to recreate the essence and atmosphere of those movies. “We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films,” says Midnight Syndicate founder Edward Douglas, “that you've entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner.” “Carriage Ride,” which makes its world premiere on FEARnet, is a great example of this immersive sound design, recreating the mood of the sinister scene from Dracula wherein the Count, »
- Gregory Burkart
Horror fans far and wide who embrace the unique band Midnight Syndicate should be thrilled to hear that their newest album, Monsters of Legend, will be released on July 19. It's their 16th studio album! Read on for all the details.
Composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have created another menagerie of music and sound effects that the band has become famous for. The cover art features some of your favorite classic monsters, and there will even be a 12" vinyl edition available.
From the Press Release
Monsters of Legend, the newest album from Midnight Syndicate, is a "tribute to the golden age of horror" that features sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. "We want to make you feel »
- Scott Hallam
Have you ever wanted to put your own stamp on an iconic Universal monster? Well, here’s your chance, as Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights has announced a brand new contest, asking horror fans to do just that. Here are the official rules/specifics:
Here’s a chance to put your twist on a Universal Classic Monsters character and have it brought to life at Halloween Horror Nights! Winner and a guest will be invited to experience the design’s unveiling at the opening night red carpet event in Hollywood.
Re-invent or re-imagine one (1) Universal Classic Monsters character from the list below. The design must be your original concept and cannot be based on an actor’s likeness or another existing character design (i.e., a movie remake, comic book, video game, TV show, toy product, etc.).
• Dracula/Male Vampire
(as inspired by Dracula 1931)
• Dracula’s Bride/Female »
Well, Sound on Sight’s Locations Month is coming to a close. A lot of good articles about iconic locations have gone up. But there’s one left. The big one. One of the most iconic and enduring locations in both film and television.
That’s right kiddies, it’s time to talk about the Vasquez Rocks.
The rocks were formed roundabouts 25 million years ago by rapid erosion and the San Andreas Vault. That’s right, this one wasn’t cobbled together by no independent contractor or stage hand, oh no. This sucker was formed in the dawn of time by the hand of freakin’ God.
The rocks took their name from Tiburcio Vásquez, who was either a brave freedom fighter crusading against the oppressive white man or a thieving, murderous outlaw depending on who you ask. Vásquez was active around the 1870s and used the rocks as one of »
- Thomas O'Connor
5 items from 2013
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