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By Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com
Tales of Poe, an anthology film directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, consists of three very strong, but very different short films adapted from the works of Edgar Alan Poe. Some viewers will prefer the straightforward yet creepy The Telltale Heart, others will laugh out loud the campy Tales from the Crypt inspired The Cask of Amontillado, while others will get sucked into the lush visuals of the abstract, surreal Dreams. The three stories in the anthology are all so strong, yet so distinct, that three people could watch the film and each one have a different favorite.
"The Telltale Heart", the most straightforward adaptation in the anthology, is also conversely the one that takes the most interesting liberties with its source material. Switching the genders of the main characters, and having the narrator, brilliantly played by the great Debbie Rochon, tell her »
Horror is a genre that transcends all mediums, but package it in the form of an anthology-television series and you’ve found the key to my heart. If you’re familiar with my posts on Icons, you’ll know I’m a sucker for this stuff, especially Freddy’S Nightmares! Despite the fact that they really aren’t too many bonafide classics (apart from the obvious usual suspects), it’s a format I enjoy if anything for the eclectic variety and ability to quickly invest in a segment without worrying about continuity. One of my morning rituals is to turn on The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, or something of that ilk while I eat breakfast for those reasons. If I love it, I’ll continually revisit it (“Walking Distance” in particular), and if I’m not too keen on it, it’s ok because the next episode will be entirely independent of itself. »
- Justin Edwards
Bad Milo!, 2013
Directed by Jacob Vaughan
A horror comedy centered on a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.
When describing Bad Milo! to someone, a fair few comparisons spring to mind. It’s like a 21st Century version of Basket Case, it’s the Tales from the Crypt episode they never made, it’s a big budget version of a skit you’d likely find on Youtube etc. But frankly there is no real way to describe just how odd and bizarre a movie like Bad Milo! is. After all, it’s about a man who has a demon living inside his anus.
Ken Marino plays Duncan, a man who is stressed with his whole life. His family »
- Luke Owen
They say that all good things must come to an end, and this eBook only release of Isolation brings David Moody’s zombie writing to an end, collecting his remaining fiction together and drawing a line underneath his undead work. Never say never, of course, because horror has a way of coming back from, ahem, the dead, but for now those of us who have been on Moody’s journey through the zombie apocalypse can step into his cadaver filled world one final time.
There are five stories in this collection, the main one being the titular Isolation, a novella based on a screenplay that Moody had been working on developing into a movie with Colchester based director Will Wright but which had, as these projects often do unfortunately, stalled. Telling the tale of Keith, a socially awkward young man who initially finds himself alone among the suddenly deceased rest of the world, »
It’s rare these days to get a scene on television that genuinely makes the hairs on your neck stand up on end, which really brutally knocks you for six.
We’re used to gore, of course. The rise of cable TV as the go-to medium for bloodthirsty, gripping stories, along with the fall in cost of decent CG effects has seen the amount of nasty body horror on television multiplied by a factor of what-the-hell in recent years.
But genuine, clammy-handed fright fests are few and far between. The old school weird sci fi and horror anthologies like The Twilight Zone, Masters Of Horror, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt were always more concerned with the macabre than the chilling. Those that have stood the test of time without crumbling into cheese were either gruesome, shocking or freaky, relying on a short, sharp shock in the »
- Ben Cooke
We have some sad news for horror fans hoping to have the Tales from the Crypt & Vault of Horror Blu-ray release in time for Halloween. Scream Factory has announced that the double feature is delayed due to a setback with locating the uncut footage from Vault of Horror:
“Sorry guys but we need to delay our upcoming blu-ray release of Tales From The Crypt / The Vault Of Horror. The double feature is now scheduled for 12/2/14 instead of its originally planned 10/14/14 date.
As you know, we announced this release with the goal of presenting Vault uncut. That is still the plan but we have run into some challenges in our process. Fox (whom we licensed the film from) does not have this original footage in their vaults and because of this we are seeking some other avenues to try to find suitable source material. One route we have pursued has been »
- Jonathan James
Later this month, we’ll see the release of a brand new Hellraiser comic book mini-series. This time, the series will go with an anthology format, giving us new tales in the Hellraiser universe from a variety of popular and upcoming writers. The first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller and Ben Meares, where a group sets out to steal Pinhead’s pins, and I caught up with both of them for the latest installment of our Q&A series.
Ben Meares: Hellraiser, in my mind, has always had a certain magic to it because the rules of the mythos can be applied to almost any kind of story.
Mark Miller: Right. »
- Jonathan James
Schwarzenegger is going to be in a horror genre film. Let that sink in for a moment. Sure, one can argue that The Terminator is essentially a sci-fi slasher. Also, don’t forget he directed a Tales from the Crypt episode as well. Before you cry out Predator as a horror film just simply know, I really don’t think of it as horror.
According to today’s post by Variety, his latest completed film, Maggie, has been added to the Toronto International Film Festival. If you haven’t heard about Maggie yet, good. That’s why we’re here. It has been mentioned online in the past but no one really knew if it was going to be a straight horror film, a drama, a comedy…no one knew. Well, more information has come out and it looks to be more of a zombie drama focusing on the conflict that a farmer, »
- Andy Triefenbach
The ’90s was an interesting decade to say the least. Growing up, nothing was better to me, than sitting down to watch either a horror film or one of my favorite HBO programs, whether it be Tales From The Crypt or The Kids In The Hall, most of my nights were spent eating McDonald’s and being stuck to the TV. Once in a great while, HBO would premiere films exclusively on their channel, and sometimes those films would be just what I was looking for. Whether it be 1991′s Lovecraftian, Phillip Marlow meets Black Magic type of film Cast A Deadly Spell, or the subject of this A Look Back At article, the 1993 Werewolf Cop film Full Eclipse, HBO really did a hell of a job offering some fun programming.
- Jerry Smith
The traveler of multiple realms, it’s no surprise that Pinhead is no stranger to the panels of comic books. His return to the medium this time is via Boom! Studios’ mini-series, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary, that hits shelves with its first issue this August with a Tales From The Crypt-like anthology format. One of the story arcs features a seemingly impossible and suicidal mission for a team of mercenaries: the stealing of the head Cenobite’s pins.
July 24, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA - “Award-winning publisher Boom! Studios invites horror fans to open the puzzle box and explore all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device with Clive Barker’S Hellraiser: Bestiary, a new anthology-style limited series that picks »
- Derek Anderson
On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.
“Screaming relaxes me so”
Though Vampira’s reign as »
1976 saw the publication of John Brosnan’s excellent book The Horror People. Written during the summer of 1975, it makes interesting reading 40 years down the line. Those who feature prominently in the book – Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Jack Arnold, Michael Carreras, Sam Arkoff, Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and Milton Subotsky – were still alive, as were Ralph Bates, Mario Bava, Jimmy Carreras, John Carradine, Dan Curtis, John Gilling, Robert Fuest, Michael Gough, Val Guest, Ray Milland, Robert Quarry and Michael Ripper, all of whom were given a mention. Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Junior, Michael Reeves and James H Nicholson were not long dead. Hammer, Amicus and American International Pictures were still in existence. George A Romero had yet to achieve his prominence and Stephen King wasn’t even heard of!
Brosnan devoted a chapter to a new British company called Tyburn Films. Founded by the charismatic and ambitious Kevin Francis, »
Lake Erie Monster #1
Written and Illustrated by: J. Kelly and John G.
Published by: Shiner Comics Group
Remember Creepy and Eerie comics? Did you grow up with Tales from the Crypt? Did you love watching Creepshow? The Lake Erie Monster is a wonderful throwback to the classic horror comics of the 70’s. The art, the tales, even the narration scream of a love for classic horror comics, and that, in part, is why the series is such an entertaining read. In Northeastern Ohio there is a legend of a monster that hides in the murky waters of Lake Erie. This mysterious creature has lent its name to a hockey team, a beer, and now, a series of spine chilling horror comics.
The first issue of the series is broken into two parts, a format familiar to comics of this genre. The first portion, set in the 1960’s/70’s, begins with a young, »
- Doctor Cory
Mighty Aphrodite: Polanski Returns With Spirited Adaptation
The once quite reticent Roman Polanski quickly returns with yet another adaptation of a popular Broadway play, Venus In Fur, which follows his 2011 star studded Carnage. Say what you will, but Polanski, who often tends to favor claustrophobic chamber pieces, excels with chatty subversiveness, and detractors of the sometimes forced Carnage should revel in this latest effort, a dark labyrinth of comedic mind games that does with words what something like Lady from Shanghai does with mirrors.
A dreary, desolate evening sees a desperate theater director, Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) pacing the stage as he bitches angrily on the phone about the miserable auditions he witnessed all day long for the lead in his new play, Venus In Furs, an adaptation of an infamous novel credited with birthing the term masochism. Clearly, the play is a labor of love for the man, and »
- Nicholas Bell
We all remember "Tales From the Crypt" as one of the most entertaining horror programs ever. Long before "The Walking Dead" and "Hannibal" were filling our television screens with gruesome imagery, The Crypt Keeper was bringing it to us every week.
And Fright Rags is celebrating his anniversary.
It's been 25 years since the John Kassir-voiced Crypt Keeper entered our lives with all his puns and terrible tales. He is indeed a Horror Hall of Famer. And the good people at Fright Rags recognize his excellence and are honoring the show and the host with some great shirt designs and a special offer you can pre-order now.
For you true fans of the show, Fright Rags is offering a Limited Edition Collection containing four shirts, as well as other collectible items that you can see below. Check out the official FrightRags.com website for all the details and be sure »
- Scott Hallam
If you giggled with glee every time the Cryptkeeper cackled out of his coffin at the beginning of each Tales from the Crypt episode, then you’ll likely love Fright Rags’ latest limited edition offering: shirts featuring the popular horror show’s wisecracking corpse, in honor of Tales from the Crypt‘s 25th anniversary.
Available for pre-order starting next Friday, June 27th at 10:00am Est and set to ship in mid-August are several Cryptkeeper T-shirts that showcase original artwork. These customized shirts are $27 apiece, limited to 500 in stock, printed in full color on 100% cotton shirts, and are available in the following shirts and sizes:
T-shirt – Small – 5x-Large Girl Shirt – Small – 2x-Large Zippered Hoodie (+ $20 design on back) – Small – 3x-Large
The artists and titles of the shirts are as follows:
If you dig all the designs »
- Derek Anderson
There are plenty of Kickstarter success stories out there, and we hope that The Mortuary Collection ends up joining their ranks as it sounds completely badass! As of this writing the guys have 56 hours left to raise just $4,000! Read on to see if you wanna pitch in!
Described as a stylized live-action horror anthology film that fuses the surreal storytelling of "The Twilight Zone" with the goopy aesthetics of "Tales from the Crypt," The Mortuary Collection will be comprised of four twisted tales of madness and the macabre in a sleepy New England town, spun by an eccentric mortician.
On the run from the police, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. There she meets Montgomery Dark, an eccentric undertaker with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last. »
- Steve Barton
John Schneider has done it all. He's found success in television, music and film. Most recently he decided to try his hand at something he's always loved: horror movies. With his new film Smothered being released soon, Schneider sat down with us to talk a bit more about the project.
As John Schneider isn't a name we normally associate with the horror genre, the writer and director of Smothered explained what led him to make the movie. "I've always been a horror fan," Schneider said.
"My mother used to subscribe to some magazine I remember seeing when I was a kid that had Frankenstein on the cover," he said of his early influences. "And when I was growing up in New York, there was a thing called 'Chiller Theater' and I'd watch that every week. I can still see the hand and the 'Chiiiillller' thing. So I've always been a fan. »
- Scott Hallam
On this day - June 10th - in 1989, HBO debuted Tales from the Crypt with the Walter Hill-directed episode "The Man Who Was Death." William Sadler starred as an executioner who, you could say, relished his job. He took things a bit too far, however, turning vigilante until he was caught by the law and sentenced to death himself, ultimately winding up in the electric chair he knew all too well. Beyond the cynical, archetypal "Crypt" twist we had become accustomed to by the time the series called it quits in 1996, the episode was significant in the fact that Sadler's character - Niles Talbot - broke the fourth wall. Sadler had this dead gaze - as he stared directy into the camera - that was hypnotic and menacing. It was only contradicted by a wry smile that would come when he was taking a swig of beer or talking about killing someone. »
- Ryan Turek
Do you crave horror in the anthology form? Do you miss the days when practical effects ruled the horror screen? If so, you’re not alone. Filmmaker Ryan Spindell shares those longings and is writing a love letter to horror’s 1980′s heydays with his Kickstarter project, The Mortuary Collection.
A gothic horror anthology film in the works, The Mortuary Collection centers on an undertaker who tells four tales of terror to a young girl who takes shelter in his mortuary. With 16 days left on its Kickstarter timeline, the film is over the halfway mark to reaching its $50,000 goal, but it could still use some help. If you like Creepshow, Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt, then this could very well be a project you’d like to support.
Ryan Spindell and his team are making each segment of The Mortuary Collection »
- Derek Anderson
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