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“Into the weenie mobile, weenie man away!”
Okay, you have a big decision to make this weekend: do you seen Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe Friday and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight on Saturday, or do you see Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie at The Tivoli midnight Friday and Return Of The Living Dead at midnight at The Hi-Pointe on Saturday? Either way, there’s a couple of fun midnight shows in St. Louis this weekend (read my take on the Return Of The Living Dead screening Here)
If you’re unacquainted with the origin of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, a cult cable series on the Sci-Fi Channel, fret not. Think of Mad Magazine meets a live-action version of Beavis & Butthead, and you’re on your way to the moon. Instead of having Burger »
- Tom Stockman
“Send more cops!”
Return Of The Living Dead screens this Friday and Saturday nights (July 11th and 12th) at midnight at the Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) as part of Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse series.
Return Of The Living Dead (1984) was a spin-off of the Living Dead series that resulted from the sharing of copyright between George Romero and Night Fo The Living Dead co-writer John Russo. While Romero went to continue the narrative with Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead, both bleak social satire/horrors, Russo undertook a humorous and far more chaotic reprise of the original story. Russo wisely teamed with writer/director Dan O’ Bannon (a St. Louis native!), who pulled out all the stops for one gut-buster of an entertaining horror film. From a strip tease in a graveyard by Scream Queen Linnea Quigley to a massive showdown between the zombies and the law, »
- Tom Stockman
On this 4th of July, we want to wish all of you a safe and fun holiday weekend. How do you plan on spending this break? Let us know which horror flicks you're dipping into. Me? I began with Return of the Living Dead, but finding myself looking forward to revisiting Land of the Dead. Caught this clip - which informs us Romero's zombies in his "Dead" universe are mesmerized by fireworks - online and it has me thinking about the film and how it doesn't get nearly as much love as it deserves.
The post Happy 4th of July from Riley & Charlie from the ‘Land of the Dead’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
When the clock strikes 2:30pm Pacific/5:30pm Eastern, before you leave work for the long 4th of July holiday weekend...let us reflect on those who were obliterated in Louisville, Kentucky thanks to an incident that reportedly began 30 years ago today at 5:30pm Eastern and carried into the morning hours of July 4, 1984. Nearly 4,000 were killed in a 20 block radius the next morning in a "containment protocol" the government assured us was "for our safety."
The post 30 Years Ago Today: Remembering the Tragedy Involving the Return of the Living Dead appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
What's the most American horror story: Friday the 13th? A Nightmare on Elm Street? … Leprechaun? We're not sure, but thanks to Reddit user ubermatze, we at least have fodder for discussion. He (or she) created this awesome map of the U.S., with each state's most iconic's logo overlaid. Some of them are fairly obvious: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's title doesn't leave much to the imagination, and 30 Days of Night is pretty inextricably tied to Alaska, because, well, what other state has 30 days of night? But did you know that Leprechaun takes place in North Dakota? Or that »
- Alex Heigl
Do You Wanna Party?
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery…those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, The Return Of The Living Dead is “a veritable smorgasbord of fun” (L.A. Herald Examiner) filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise!
On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S.military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates an army of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger…for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!
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- Andy Triefenbach
A good, creepy prop can make or break your production. If you get just the right item, you can make it a memorable and powerful addition to your film. In celebration The Monkey's Paw release on Blu-ray and DVD from Scream Factory, which contains a pretty gross prop of its own, we've decided to reminisce about some of our favorites.
Of course we must begin with some honorable mentions. The stickman figures that hung in the woods during The Blair Witch Project became the trademark for the film that scared the hell out of us that long ago summer.
If you pay close attention to Return of the Living Dead, you can see a reanimated half-dog (literally the left-hand side of a dog, bisected for research purposes) in the warehouse of the Uneeda Medical Supply Company. That's gotta get a nod.
Although perhaps more wardrobe than prop, "Buffalo Bill" Jame »
- Scott Hallam
Charles Pinion exists at a unique transection of the modern underground film scene.
A pioneer of the Analog Video Feature Film movement. (That never materialized.) Interaction with the Cinema of Transgression, but not a part of it. Screened back-to-back features at the then-nascent Chicago Underground Film Festival.
He’s been there. He’s done that.
To date, he’s made just three feature films. (Although, hard at work on finishing up his fourth.) And all three — Twisted Issues, Red Spirit Lake and We Await — deserve to be freshly rediscovered and recontextualized. These films put out vibes that stretch out and can be felt in work by makers such as Calvin Lee Reeder, Bob Moricz, Waylon Bacon and others, whether they were specifically influenced by them or not.
All of Pinion’s films can be purchased on DVD from the filmmaker’s website. Gross. Surreal. Unsettling. If that’s your bag »
- Mike Everleth
A successful Us scheme which enables moviegoers to select a title from a library and. screen it at a participating cinema is being introduced to Australia.
David Doepel.s Leap Frog Films is partnering with the Us cinema-on-demand platform Tugg to pitch the service to cinemas, producers and distributors in Oz and New Zealand.
Leap Frog piloted the scheme on March 24 by holding a crowd-sourced screening of its film Half of a Yellow Sun at the Piccadilly cinema in Adelaide.
Doepel said there was a sizable turn-out for the drama which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness) as an upper class couple whose marriage is put to the test when Nigeria breaks into a crippling civil war in 1967.
The first Us title from Tugg.s library to be screened in Australia will be Why We Ride, a Us documentary about the passionate devotees of motorcycle riding, »
- Don Groves
While Romero’s Day Of The Dead sits firmly in place as my favorite zombie film of all time, it’s not necessarily the most fun you’ll have when wanting something of a mix between horror and humor. The perfect film for that has been and will always be (in my opinion) Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 horror classic Return Of The Living Dead. It was the first film to inject a punk rock vibe to the zombie sub-genre, making it feel like it was something dangerous that your parents wouldn’t like and definitely wouldn’t understand, without coming off as being elitist or pretentious. It’s a movie that says “I just wanna party!” (literally) every single time that you watch it, so naturally, the trailer for the film is right up there with the amount of fun involved.
From the very start of the trailer, you’re »
- Jerry Smith
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Writer: Ken Wiederhorn
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Return of the Living Dead may have been the first zomedy ever. It was as far I’m concerned anyway. An off the rails and completely over the top parody homage that had the pedigree of being written by the guy that penned “Night of the Living Dead” and directed by the guy who wrote “Alien”. A very nostalgic movie for me, and an all-around favorite to just about any horror fan that I know of. Which brings me to the question of “Did the sequel that came three years later fair as an acceptable follow up?”
I’ve learned a couple of things about part 2 that I didn’t know. It wasn »
Directed by Axelle Carolyn, Soulmate is an atmospheric ghost story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown finding solace with an equally tortured spirit. The film debuted at last years Frightfest Halloween All-Nighter (review here) and with the film screening at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival this week, fan-favourite artist Graham Humphreys – artist on the iconic Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and Return of the Living Dead UK posters/VHS covers – has created a wonderfully sombre new poster for the film which captures the tone of Carolyn’s film perfectly.
In Soulmate, Anna Walton (Hellboy II) stars as the recently widowed Audrey, who moves to the countryside in a bid to get her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, she decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost…
(Source: Fangoria) »
- Phil Wheat
It's been awhile since we've had anything to report about Jonathan Zarantonello's The Butterfly Room, which is loaded with familiar faces from horror movies past. Today we're happy to report that the film is screening in California this weekend, and we've got all the details for ya. Read on!
Two separate screenings will take place at North Hollywood's Laemmle Noho 7 theater, on both Friday and Saturday night. Star Heather Langenkamp will be on hand for the Friday night showing while fellow horror icons/stars Barbara Steele and James Karen (Return of the Living Dead) will be hosting Q&A sessions on Saturday night.
You'll find full screening information over on The Butterfly Room's official website!
Ann, a reclusive, elegant lady with an obsession for butterflies, is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. Using her seductive innocence, »
- John Squires
Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!
Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright, »
- Jerry Smith
I am a huge fan of laughing at movies, and I love to be scared. However, when those two are combined into the same movie, results can be somewhat awkward. Although I am a huge fan of the whole “so bad it is funny and cool” aspect of cheesy horror films, it’s always weird when it is a serious horror movie meant to scare the hell out of you, with an unnecessary laughable scene mixed in unintentionally. Whether you laugh with me or not, we can all agree that some unfortunate situations can be funny..or maybe I’m just evil. Either way, here are Five Hilarious Scenes In Serious Horror Films, read on!
5.) Carrie – The “Plug It Up” Scene.
Ahh yes. When you really think about it, Carrie is not only a classic among us horror fans, but it also has its share of frightening moments. Depending on how you look at it, »
Reaper Comics has launched a new six-issue comic in the UK entitled Video Nasty, and we have a look at it for you here. It's by Mario Covone, hailed as "an exciting new voice in comics with a cool new spin on a provocative subject" by director Jake West (Doghouse).
The comic explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain while still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.
Covone, writer of the award-nominated web strip Circles, makes his published debut with Video Nasty. Mario is the former managing director of Apocalypse Comics and was an integral part of some innovative work with conventions and bringing more comic book variant covers to the UK than any comic shop before or since.
The artist, Vasilis Logios, makes his debut to comics outside of mainland Europe, but he has worked tirelessly for years in »
- Debi Moore
The Returning #1
Written by Jason Starr
Art by Andrea Mutti
Colors by Vladimir Popov
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Published by Boom! Studios
The Returning chases the white whale of horror/sci-fi: a fresh re-imagining of the undead. ‘Changers’ have been popping up, the relatively recent dead returning to life. While not noticeably different on the outside, something has changed in these erst-while dead folks, besides not being dead any more. Some of them have been committing heinous acts of violence, totally out of character from their living selves. No one knows why the Changers are coming back, but their actions have infected the populace with fear and mistrust. That’s the familiar state of the world in The Returning #1.
The story begins with Beth Turner returning from the dead in a hospital bed, violently reacting to her second chance at life while staff argues wether or not she’d be better off dead, »
- Tyler Hayden
One of the films high on my “must-see” Frightfest list last year, unfortunately work got in the way and I missed it. However I didn’t miss the furore surrounding its screenings, which – if memory serves, sold out on more than one occasion? Our man Jack Kirby did see it though and unfortunately he wasn’t too impressed, but I think he may have been suffering from zombie-movie fatigue having sat through opening night snoozefest The Dead 2.
Yet another example of the British zombie comedy, Stalled takes a more puerile route in pursuit of its laughs, but then when you set your film in a toilet where else is there for you to go? Essentially a one-man performance, the film sees hapless caretaker Wc (writer/actor Dan Palmer) trapped in the restroom when a zombie »
- Phil Wheat
Review Ron Hogan 10 Mar 2014 - 06:00
Bob Stookey's character is fleshed out in this week's suspenseful episode of The Walking Dead...
This review contains spoilers.
The Walking Dead has become increasingly dependent on montages set to music, and the more of these the show does, the better the montages seem to get. I must confess to enjoying a good montage, and the opening one of a lonely, wandering Bob Stookey really worked for me. We know that Bob spent a lot of time on his own, but this just emphasizes how alone he was. Wandering down the street, eating what looks like a grapefruit, hiding behind a tree, setting up temporary shelter in a cave, and so on until he's found by Daryl and Glenn and saved from his hopeless, lonesome situation.
In a way, that opening is more effective than the times Bob has mentioned that along the »
"The Walking Dead" is not a show to thrive on celebrity guests. Aside from Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and F/X god Greg Nicotero (who works on the show anyway), there have been no celebrity zombie appearances. But there have been plenty of zombie tributes.
Dynamo writer John Squires recently compiled a list of zombie "cameos" from "The Walking Dead." The list consists of zombies on the show designed to look like (in)famous zombies from films past, and we'll review them here.
If you've noticed any that may been have missed, please feel free to add them in the comments section below.
Season 1, Episode 4 - Day of the Dead - Doctor Tongue
- Scott Hallam
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