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Be very glad that the “skeleton shrimp” is a tiny species, because it's terrifying enough to look at through a microscope. In fact, H.P. Lovecraft might even have pictured human-sized versions of creatures like these as the mutant monsters of The Shadow Over Innsmouth or Dagon. Photo: Sinc This pair of super-creepy translucent crustaceans were discovered a few years ago in a deep ocean cave near Catalina Island in Southern California, and have since been cataloged as a new species of Liropus, or caprellid amphipods. Despite their nickname, they're not actually shrimp... and you'd better not call them that, or risk their evil wrath. According to LiveScience, the specimens were being stored at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa when marine biologist José Manuel Guerra-García realized he was looking at something entirely new to the area. His findings were eventually documented in a report for Zoology journal Zootaxa. »
- Gregory Burkart
Director Richard Raaphorst’s “Frankenstein’s Army” has had a long and arduous road to screen, and thanks to the promise of a bizarre plot and Nazi biomechanical monsters, has built up a definite sense of anticipation amongst horror fans. The film is Raaphorst’s first feature, following up on a series of popular shorts charting back to “Zombi 1” in 1995, and a career in the art department, having worked on “Beyond Re-Animator”, “Dagon” and others. Having finally emerged, the film has played at a variety of genre festivals, largely to fan approval, and lands shortly on region 2 DVD through Entertainment One. Behind the amusingly pulpy premise of having a descendant of Frankenstein (Czech actor Karel Roden, a recognisable character actor seen in the likes of “Hellboy” and “A Lonely Place to Die”) working for the Nazis during World War II to create a monster army lies a very basic story, »
- James Mudge
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
If you think you’ve seen every possible extrapolation of the found footage concept, think again.
Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’s Army may do its best to adhere to a first-person camera perspective, but it’s crazed mixture of classic old-school Gothic horror, steam-punk monsters and extravagant gore effects ensure that it feels fresher than other recent forays in the genre. While there’s not exactly a good reason that Army need be a found footage film, the approach doesn’t inhibit what Raaphorst is up to, and on more than one occasion it allows him to have a certain degree of trashy fun with the concept. Whether this ends up being to the delight of the audience, or at their expense, will depend entirely on the squeamishness of the viewer.
It’s the waning days of WWII and we are behind German lines with a »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
Stuart Gordon's From Beyond has always been the stepchild when it came to his Lovecraft adaptations. The iconic gore fest Re-Animator is the elephant in the room, there's no two ways about that. While Re-Animator has gained an immense cult following, well deserved I might add, From Beyond languished in home video hell for many, many years. It wasn't until 2007 that the film hit DVD, and in its unedited, "director's cut" version and finally began to win some of the praise that it deserved all along. Now, as the Gods are good, we have not one, but two editions of what may be Stuart Gordon's crowning achievement in Lovecraft adaptation (Dagon and Castle Freak are fun, but definitely not in the running) on Blu-ray....
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Australian artist DrFaustusAU has taken the classic Dr. Seuss style and mixed in some classic horror, resulting in a frightfully faithful way to introduce your kids to scary stuff.
What started as imaginary covers soon turned into full-blown retellings of classic H.P. Lovecraft tales "for beginning readers," including The Call of Cthulhu, The Tomb, and Dagon (this one is done in the style of Tin Tin). These are fully illustrated, full-length retellings of the classic tales.
Besides stories, DrFaustusAU also blends decidedly more adult pop culture references into a Seussical soup. My favorites include his versions of Evil Dead and Silent Hill.
- Alyse Wax
Stuart Gordon‘s 1985 film, Re-Animator, remains one of the absolute best horror/comedies of the last three decades thanks to its spectacular mix of over the top, extremely bloody shenanigans and blackly comic sense of humor. The creative forces on that film (including Gordon, writer Dennis Paoli, producer Brian Yuzna, stars Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs, and many members of the sfx team) joined together on another film a year later that once again adapted the work of H.P. Lovecraft into an eyeful of a movie. From Beyond never achieved the same levels of popularity or infamy as its predecessor, but it remains a fun, sexy and practical effects-filled romp into the unknown. Scream Factory continues their bid to become the Criterion Collection for genre fans by bringing the uncut From Beyond to Blu-ray for the very first time complete with a beautifully restored picture and loads of special features. Keep »
- Rob Hunter
From Beyond, 1986.
Directed by Stuart Gordon.
Doctor Katherine “Wonder-girl” McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) is called upon by the District Attorney to assess whether Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), suspected of the murder of his mentor Doctor Frank Pretorius, is fit to stand trial. With the events of that night shrouded in mystery, and Tillinghast’s explanation dismissed as the ravings of a mad man, McMichael’s insists on exploring his outlandish claims. Together they re-visit the scene of the crime where she is introduced to ‘The Resonator’, a machine that opens the door to a world beyond our own.
Stuart Gordon’s 1986 body horror classic From Beyond is now presented in a sparkling new Blu-ray HD print with an array of extras thanks to Second Sight. It is the first of Gordon’s Lovecraft cycle to be released on region B, »
- Flickering Myth
7 items from 2013
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