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Some horror writers are haunted by the past...
And some crime writers are mediums for the world that came before. Pamila Payne is a unique fusion of both, an author compelled by the sins of the past to speak for a bygone eras’ lost souls. Her Vintage Vice site features a prolific archive of early-20th century tales revealing haunted criminals and the spirits, both real and imagined, that torment them.
Part time-travel, part seance and all too vivid, Pamila’s stories transport readers to another era and let them walk alongside its ghosts. In this interview, we’ll meet the ghosts that possess her.
Gina Marie: Who are you?
Pamila Payne: I'm Pamila Payne. Writer. Narrator. Creator of the Bella Vista Motel.
Gina Marie: You describe your work as “vintage vice.” What sources do you draw on for your research?
Pamila Payne: My fascination with the past has been a lifelong obsession, »
- Gina Marie
Ghost stories are always better, and scarier, the longer motivations remain a mystery. In an occasionally jarring, though pivotal moment, the covers are removed from our eyes and everything we’ve waited for is revealed. The reveal of a building narrative in an apparition film is a difficult performance and can either undermine everything that came before it or excel the movie to the catalog of the horror elite.
The film is based on a short film directed by McCarthy and follows a far-flung family returning to their childhood home to attend their mother’s funeral. The film begins with a great introduction. Nichole (Agnes Bruckner) is talking to her daughter on a webcam in her recently deceased mother’s house. On her walk »
- Monte Yazzie
Title: Greystone Park Directed by: Sean Stone Starring: Sean Stone, Antonella Lentini, Alexander Wraith and Oliver Stone Running time: 83 minutes, Rated R, Available on Blu-ray Special features: Alternate Ending, Sean Stones Ghost Stories: The Making of Greystone Park, Locations of Greystone Park, Commentary by Sean Stone & cast Sean Stone, the son of renowned director Oliver Stone decides to take a camera and a couple of friends into the abandoned Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital and attempt to film some “shadow men” and other unexplained phenomenon rumored to haunt the building; unfortunately they get more than they bargained for. Picture The Blair Witch Project on a bigger budget, and a [ Read More ]
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The “omnibus” horror film – a feature length collection of cinematic horror stories – is one of the most beloved and respected horror movie genres for many reasons; but most importantly, horror is often very effective in concentrated doses (just check out our excellent short film collection for some great examples), especially with a storyline that's designed to set up one good shock or twist, saving the writer the effort of milking more scares out of a single tale. The field is overflowing with some landmark films, including the timeless 1945 classic Dead of Night (still creepy and funny after all these years); Roger Corman's Poe collection Tales of Terror; a ton of cool flicks like From Beyond the Grave from UK studio Amicus; EC Comics-inspired films like the original Tales from the Crypt (actually another Amicus film) and George Romero's Creepshow; made-for-tv faves like Trilogy of Terror; and stylish international »
- Gregory Burkart
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
150: Session 9
Directed by Brad Anderson
If there was ever a perfect setting for a horror movie, it would be the abandoned Danvers State Mental Hospital. Built in 1878 on an isolated site in rural Massachusetts, it was a multi-acre, self-contained psychiatric hospital rumoured to have been the birthplace of the pre-frontal lobotomy. The hospital was the setting for the 2001 horror film Session 9, where an asbestos clean-up crew discover a series of nine tapes, which have recorded a patient with multiple personalities, all of which are innocent, except for number nine. With a shoestring budget and no real special effects, Session 9 »
Hammer applies its trademark Gothic veneer with considerably greater care than usual in this, the second and best of the company's three stabs at the satanic stylings of author Dennis Wheatley. Christopher Lee comes over to the light for a rare foray as central hero the Duc de Richleau, teaming up with friend Rex van Rijn (Leon Greene) to prevent the evil Satanist Mocata (Charles Gray) from enmeshing the son of his old friend (Patrick Mower) into a devil-worshipping cult.
The Devil Rides Out is perhaps best remembered for what Lee argues in his commentary to be Hammer's most enduring image, that of our heroes fighting a series of spectral and psychological nemeses from within the protective confines of a ritual circle. And yet the most chilling scene contains no special effects, but is instead a simple conversation between the wife »
The Stalls of Barchester, 1971.
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark.
A Warning to the Curious, 1972.
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark.
There was an annual series in the ‘70s, called A Ghost Story for Christmas. The Stalls of Barchester really deserves a re-screening in its original slot , just before midnight on Christmas Eve. It’s a tale of dark thoughts and darker deeds, so if at all possible (or bearable), turn out all the lights in the house to put yourself in a suitably jittery state of mind.
In 1932, a library cataloguer, Dr Black (Clive Swift) delves into the mystery of a priest’s mysterious death some 50 years before. Hidden amongst the dull »
Whistle and I’ll Come To You, 1968.
Directed by Jonathan Miller.
Whistle and I’ll Come To You, 2010.
Directed by Andy de Emmony.
Montague Rhodes James, better known as M.R. James, was a Mediaeval scholar and provost of Eton and King’s College. He also happened to enjoy scaring the holy shivering bejesus out of people. He wrote the short stories that are the basis for these adaptations some hundred years ago.
Don’t kid yourself that means these tales come from a more innocent time. James was an antiquarian; a student of the world’s ancient past. He knew better than most that greed and pride and vengeance were nothing new to mankind. Pride »
Ghost Stories: Volumes 1&2
If being scared out of your wits is what Christmas is all about for you, then blame the BBC. For most of the 1970s, and again in the 2000s, a tiny portion of the licence fee went to creating a series of short films based on the ghostly writings of the great Mr James. These were broadcast in the small hours of the festive season and made their mark not just because they weren't joining in with the more traditional fun, but because they were among the best things British television has ever produced.
The series started off in an unconventional manner, with Jonathan Miller directing a classic version of James's Whistle And I'll Come To You. Miller's film laid the template for all that followed: shot on location on film, cast one well-respected, not too famous actor – in this case Sir Michael Hordern – then heat »
- Phelim O'Neill
The BFI will make all twelve of the classic BBC films from A Ghost Story for Christmas series available on DVD this year, with the first two volumes – each containing a double bill of chilling tales – released on August 20th, and we have a copy of volumes one and two to give away to one lucky reader in our latest competition.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter...
As a Christmas treat during the 1970s, the BBC screened adaptations of the classic ghost stories of Mr James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spinetingling tales in the English language. Most of the instalments, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter, were directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark, who has been interviewed for new introductions on these BFI releases.
The first release features Jonathan Miller’s Whistle and I’ll »
Also known by the decidedly more fitting name “Nightclub Suspense Tale”, “Any Other Side” is another Chinese omnibus of ghostly tales of the weird and supernatural, marking the debut of writer director Fang Yaxi (aka Captain Fang). Featuring three tangentially linked stories, the genre outing boasts a top eye candy cast of popular young actors and actresses, including the gorgeous Hong Kong actress model Chrissie Chau (“Hong Kong Ghost Stories”), Taiwanese star and singer Van Fan (“Cape No. 7”), Singaporean actor Qi Yuwu (“Painted Skin”), up and coming Mainland starlet Deng Jiajia (“Double Trouble”) and singer Yida Huang. The film revolves around a framing device of a group of 5 friends meeting in a nightclub and sharing spooky stories over a few drinks. “Lost” comes first, following Chrissie Chau as a young wheelchair bound woman being menaced in her house by a raincoat wearing killer, who she believes has killed her twin »
- James Mudge
Welcome to the fourth episode of our new video podcast hosted by ex-Inside Xbox presenter Dan Maher. Each week the guys atHomework ask people to suggest one game that they should play, one film they they should watch and one challenge to attempt…
This time, Dan Maher, Gareth Wild and guest Aoife Wilson take on a long-limbed urban legend, a ballet school with a dark secret to hide (it’s witches) and, rather stupidly, fear itself. Strap on your ear goggles and keep watching until the very, Very end.
Why do we take pleasure in petrification? Science, that’s why. It’s precisely that sort of flippant attitude to the inner workings of the human psyche that drives us through this episode of Homework, as we career through fear like joyriding teens would a startled hedgehog.
The terror-filled task breakdown:
Task 1: Slender (Suggested by Matthew Jones & co.) — 04:11
Written by Christopher Melkus
Horror movies are almost predictably cyclical compared to other genres of filmmaking. Often, one generation is born in reaction to the previous. As the slasher boom of the seventies and eighties led to a glut of critically panned sequels and imitators that dominated the next ten years, the “torture porn” era was born as response, leaving its mark on the 2000s. With those films now aging and losing ground, an emerging trend in horror is showing signs of taking hold; ghost stories.
Ghost stories are certainly nothing new in horror; The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist were all successful ghost stories released within ten years of each other and while they certainly weren.t imitators, their success relied partially on the theatre-filling fear that each prior film inspired. But, unlike slasher films, ghost stories have always been a riskier bet for a studio looking to »
- Movie Geeks
The actor and frontman of Kula Shaker on how they came to make the comedy-horror film A Fantastic Fear of Everything
In an ideal world, Simon Pegg would physically assault his audience. "People need to be poked in the face," he announces, gripped suddenly by a passion so intense it causes him to surface from the fog of jetlag and shove aside his walnut and avocado salad. (He only recently returned to the UK from shooting Star Trek 2 in Los Angeles, and admits to needing help with key nouns and adjectives.) "Maybe not a poke in the face," he continues after a second's thought. "But the ribs, at least. I like the idea of confounding audiences to a degree, challenging their expectations. We are given what we expect so much now. There's this desperate fear of upsetting anyone. All we get in the cinema are 3D fireworks displays. But »
- Ryan Gilbey
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Gravitas Ventures. Director: Dan T. Hall. Cast: Chris Lein and Savahanna Wise (Paranormal State: The New Class); Marilene Isaacs, (Ghost Stories) Michelle Huff, Shannon Weides, Duane Datzman, Mike McDowell (Unmaksing the Dead); and Tracy Bacon (The Possessed). Sometimes the study of what goes on in a real serial killer's mind can be just as fascinating as reading Red Dragon, or its better-known sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. To understand why these individuals are intent on killing, or even targeting specific individuals, can be considered morbid. But for psychologists, it can help lead to treatments so a problem child do not end up becoming the next generation. When the killer commits suicide before even being indited, he leaves a legacy. The paranormal documentary The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm does a good job at capturing some of that history »
- email@example.com (Ed Sum)
Warner Bros and Dark Castle have dropped the ghoulish (if somewhat misogynist) trailer and poster for their latest horror The Apparition.
It stars Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger) as a couple who find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit that gets all up in their grill. Their only hope maybe supernatural expert Patrick, played by a bespectacled and monotone Tom Felton. But even a hipster Draco Malfoy may not be enough to save them, because once you believe… you Die!
Fair dos, but that poster, it’s a bit rapey, isn’t it? A subdued (almost docile), naked woman being grabbed by predatory, invasive hands, one even covering her mouth and two grabbing her elbows as if they were her breasts. Not cool, WB. Does she have to be naked? Ghost stories need chilling promotional material, but do you have to release »
- John Sharp
The historic - and rumored to be haunted - Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles is undergoing a $40 million renovation in order to be converted to apartments for low-income senior citizens, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Originally built in 1905 as a hospital for the employees of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, the hospital was demolished and rebuilt in the mid-1920s, but it still contains relics from the railway days. The coved ceilings in wide hallways are meant to look like the inside of a caboose and staff and patient rooms are lined with Sante Fe tile.
Despite the fun trail feel, it is still a very creepy place inside - which is by design, since it's one of the most popular filming locations in Los Angeles. It has been featured in some upbeat programs, like the pilot episode of "ER" or the hospital scenes in "Pearl Harbor. »
In more news from this past weekend's Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse Comics has announced that their popular title Ghost will be returning in a single-issue monthly format. Read on for more details.
From the Press Release:
Ghost debuted in 1993 as part of Dark Horse Comics’ Greatest World series. The fan-favorite title ran for ten years and featured crossovers with Hellboy, X, The Mask, and Barb Wire.
This new incarnation of Ghost is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Phil Noto. Fans can pick up the critically acclaimed series in September, beginning with a zero issue that collects the Ghost stories from Dark Horse Presents.
“There’s something about her, something about the way Phil draws her... I think it’s in the eyes. It’s like he’s given her a soul. She’s equal parts charismatic and creepy for me to work with, honestly,” said DeConnick. »
- The Woman In Black
Since its first publication in 1983, Susan Hill’s Gothic chiller The Woman in Black has been terrorising audiences, from teenagers studying the novel in English lessons to horror aficionados like Mark Kermode, who wrote a chapter on the novel for his PhD in horror fiction. Its reputation has been subsequently enhanced by the long-running stage play, which left the author of this piece so scared, he had to be prised from his chair with a crowbar.
The most recent incarnation of The Woman in Black (our review Here) was released in cinemas on February 10th, with the backing of the reformed Hammer brand and the star power of Daniel Radcliffe in his first proper post-Potter role. It joins a ream of recent ghost stories to make it to our screens, including The Others, The Orphanage and The Awakening. What explains this resurgence for old-fashioned horror of creaks, shadows and suggestion? »
- Daniel Mumby
There is something enjoyable about a good mash-up. You take the best parts of a few things and wad them together to make something new and, hopefully, at least as enjoyable as the original works. We've got the ultimate horror mash-up for you in The Horror Portfolio.
Containing bits of 64 horror films which cross the screen in just under five minutes, The Horror Portfolio covers it all. It's got new films, old films, originals and remakes, classics and clunkers. Take five minutes out of your day and get a refresher on a ton of great horror. We've included the full list of films included in the video, but see how many you can identify before you look at the answers. Enjoy!
Films in The Horror Portfolio
Chapter One (Haunted Houses & Ghost Stories)
- Doctor Gash
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