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Cook With The Necronomnomnom, Just Don’t Read It Aloud

H.P. Lovecraft cooked up a lot of fictional books in his time, like the Book of Eibon and the Pnakotic Manuscripts. But none are as infamous as the Necronomicon. And yes, The Necronomnomnom is the pun come-to-life we’ve all been… Continue Reading →

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Someone Made a Necronomicon Pop Up Book and It’s Amazing

Someone Made a Necronomicon Pop Up Book and It’s Amazing
The Necronomicon has of course become synonymous with the Evil Dead franchise, but it was H.P. Lovecraft who introduced the world to the fictional “Book of the Dead.” Lovecraft’s 1924 short “The Hound” first made mention of the book. All these years later, the Necronomicon has been turned into a fun pop-up book! Illustrated by Skinner […]
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Forbidden Tomes: Vast Beauty – The Cosmic Poeticism of Clark Ashton Smith

When one thinks of cosmic literature, one typically imagines H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon. Lovecraft himself drew inspiration from his peers, however, and he was particularly close friends and creative kin with a man named Clark Ashton Smith, a pulp storyteller, sculptor, and insane poet. Smith’s writing is mythical in its intense depictions of colorful worlds, heinous gods, and unending darkness; and the myths are all Smith’s inventions. He creates his own universe through the originality of his visions in a way that Lovecraft does not.

As in Lovecraft, Smith invents a few deities for his worlds, such as Thasaidon, the Lord of Evil, and the Biblical grimoire The Book of Eibon. Yet Smith reaches a mythical strangeness that Lovecraft never aimed for. Lovecraft’s work created tears in our reality and minds, and while some of Smith’s stories take place in a recognizable world, many of
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Cannes: ‘Clementina,’ ‘Necromicon,’ ’Our Evil’ Set For Cannes’ 2017 Blood Window

Cannes: ‘Clementina,’ ‘Necromicon,’ ’Our Evil’ Set For Cannes’ 2017 Blood Window
Cannes — “Clementina,” “Necromicon” and “Our Evil” have made the cut for the Cannes Festival’s 2017 Blood Window showcase of the best and most promising in Latino – Latin American, Spanish, Italian – fantastic cinema. Departing from its prior format, the 4th Blood Window Cannes spread will offer 10-minute sneak previews of seven pix-in-post, plus the screening of three complete films endorsed by international fantastic film festivals.

Of completed movies, “Clementina,” the solo feature debut of Argentina’s Jimena Monteoliva,turns on a woman who’s in shock at the loss of her baby after being ferociously beaten by her husband. Clementina’s trauma causes her to see ghosts. Monteoliva served as a production manager on Pablo Trapero’s “Lion’s Den” and a producer on Nicanor Loreti’s cult Argentine superhero movie “Kryptonite” and co-directed with Tamae GarateguyAll Night Long,” a Mar del Plata’s Midnight Screamings standout in 2015. She also produced Garateguy’s “She Love.
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The Real Ghostbusters: Great Episodes to Seek Out on Netflix

For those of you who grew up loving it as much as I did, you’ll be pleased to know that The Real Ghostbusters animated series is now streaming on Netflix. The Real Ghostbusters began its run in 1986, two years after the release of the first film, and aired until 1991, with 140 episodes in total airing over the course of seven seasons. With five long years between films, this series was a godsend to rabid Ghostbusters fans and became an immediate hit.

Compared to other cartoons produced at that time, the look of The Real Ghostbusters had distinct anime touches and boasted a variety of awesomely creepy ghost designs and atmospheric painted backgrounds. The show also featured writing talent like J. Michael Straczynski, whose wildly imaginative and ambitious storylines made this series arguably better than Ghostbusters II, and, in some ways, indirectly affected elements of the sequel, as the appearance of
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Getting a Grip on ‘Evil Dead II’

Celebrating 30 years worth of fanaticism and community in the cult of Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams.

Thanks to our Star Trekian utopia of VOD insta-satisfaction (“Number One, slap The Greasy Strangler on the view screen!”), it’s becoming difficult to remember the ruthless savagery of that bygone VHS hunt. I spent far too many days roaming my hometown and neighboring cities chasing down lesser-known Kurosawas, the Critters sequels, and the seemingly always elusive pre-Mad Max apocalyptic mindfuck, A Boy and His Dog. Too often I had to settle for less, and rewatch Police Academy 4 instead of the highbrow hilarity of Zapped! cuz some other Scott Baio devotee had the local Power Video on stakeout. If your tastes in cinema aligned with the Blockbuster new release guarantee then you were golden, but us degenerates with a predilection for Roger Corman, and movies made before our births were doomed to the endless quest. Which, of
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It Came From The Tube: Cast A Deadly Spell (1991)

Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.

Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.

Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:

Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)

L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired
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Forbidden Tomes: Books to Films – The Literary Influences on Lucio Fulci

Few filmmakers have accomplished what Lucio Fulci has by turning gorefest pulp into a demented form of art. For the uninitiated, it may be impossible to get past the incomprehensible dubbing, inhuman acting, and nonexistent plots in some of Fulci’s films. Once used to these elements, though, one can see the way his films feel like nightmares, a series of impressionistic images that inspire dread. While I won’t claim that Fulci’s films are high art, I can perceive something important going on beneath the smears of gore. He has more on his mind than creative kills.

In two of Fulci’s films, The Beyond and City of the Living Dead, there are direct references to Clark Ashton Smith, the author who helped create the fantasy and science fiction genres. Smith was a friend of H.P. Lovecraft, and created a cosmic mythos of his own, with inventions like
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Blu-ray Review: Return Of The Living Dead 3 Vestron Video Collector’s Series

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Given just how lousy with zombies our current pop culture climate has become over the last decade or so, it’s hard to remember that the walking dead were out of favor as recently as the 1990s. The decade had a few bright spots (Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, aka Braindead is a stone-cold classic, as is Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte Dellamore, aka Cemetery Man), but on the whole there weren’t a lot of memorable zombie movies coming out of the Clinton decade. Well, along comes the new Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray of Brian Yuzna’s Return of the Living Dead 3 to remind us that at least one more terrific zombie movie did come out in the ’90s, but many horror fans slept on it. Hopefully that changes now.

Pretty much a sequel in name only, 1993’s Return of the Living Dead 3 bears almost no
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Behind the Scenes Photo of Tim Curry as Pennywise in Stephen King's It and Concept Art

Tim Curry was perfect as Pennywise the Clown in ABC's TV movie adaption of Stephen King's It. I love the book and I'm a fan of the original film. While we wait to see how the upcoming new feature film adaptation turns out, here's a great behind the scenes photo of Curry on the set of the original film looking creepy as hell as he smokes a cigarette. This character design and makeup for it was created by Bart J. Mixon (Fright Night II, Necronomicon). I also included an original early character sketch of Pennywise created by the artist below. 

Via: Stan Winston School
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Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

Ever wonder what H.P. Lovecraft might have been like as a child? Sean Patrick O’Reilly’s animated movie Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom explores one possible idea. Cover art as well as release details for the film’s Blu-ray / DVD combo pack (with Digital) were recently revealed by Shout! Factory, and you can see what spooky hijinks Howard and his monstrous friends get into on September 27th:

Press Release: H.P. Lovecraft, famed horror and fantasy writer, was once just Howard Lovecraft, a strange and lonely child. Howard was a boy of infinite imagination and boundless curiosity. His family, however, was not without peculiarities of their own… This fall, loyal fans and enthusiasts of Lovecraft’s literature are invited to venture into the imaginative Lovecraft universe through the new animated feature Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom. Written, directed and produced by Arcana Studio’s Sean Patrick O’Reilly
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Curtin, Perlman, & Plummer Lends Voices to Howard Lovecraft

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H.P. Lovecraft, famed horror and fantasy writer, was once just Howard Lovecraft, a strange and lonely child. Howard was a boy of infinite imagination and boundless curiosity. His family however was not without peculiarities of their own… This fall, loyal fans and enthusiasts of Lovecraft’s literature are invited to venture into the imaginative Lovecraft universe through the new animated feature Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom. Written, directed and produced by Arcana Studio’s Sean Patrick O’Reilly (Pixies), Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom is the highly-anticipated movie adaption of Arcana’s popular graphic novel of the same name and features an all-star voice cast of Emmy®-winner Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun), Golden Globe®-winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Academy Awards®-winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, Up), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), Kiefer O’Reilly (Legends of Tomorrow) and Alison Wandzura (CW
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Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer Cast in H.P. Lovecraft Animated Film

There have been many versions of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, and there are a lot of Lovecraft fans out there ready to soak it up. Well, if you are one of those fans, I have some good news for you.

The graphic novel Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom by Bruce Brown is being turned into an animated film. Deadline informed us that casting has begun, and the production has landed two big fish. Veteran actors Christopher Plummer and Ron Pearlman will be lending their talents to the movie. Here is what the report had to say about it:

"Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer have been cast in the upcoming animated film Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom from filmmaker (and Arcana Studios CEO) Sean Patrick O’Reilly. The film, based on Bruce Brown’s popular graphic novel of the same name, is being done in conjunction with Shout! Factory.
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Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day Two- More Black Friday Deals & Gift Ideas for Everyone!

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Welcome back to the second day of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide- hope everyone survived Turkey Day and is ready to save some cash on more Black Friday deals and many other gift ideas I have rounded up for you all today.

We’re starting off today with more Black Friday sales that might be of interest to you and a bunch more gift ideas perfect for genre fans of all ages, including two recent visual histories of iconic films from the 1980’s, one of Scream Factory’s awesome recent releases, apparel from Dark Bunny, horror-themed cross stitch and more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very
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Ash vs Evil Dead, Ep. 1.03, “Books From Beyond”

Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 1, Episode 3, “Books from Beyond”

Written by Sean Clements

Directed by Michael J. Bassett

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on Starz

“Bait”, the second episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, was an exciting course correction for the series after a disappointing premiere. But declaring Ash vs Evil Dead a success based on that episode might have been premature. This week’s episode, “Books from Beyond”, is a quick, weightless oddity that tries to pack a bunch of elements into a brief 30 minutes, and doesn’t quite succeed. Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his new friends Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) (a group Pablo has now dubbed “The Ghost Beaters”, much to Ash and Kelly’s chagrin) head off to Books from Beyond with hopes of finding something in the Necronomicon to stop the recently unleashed evil forces. The series has been teasing getting to this
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October 27th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Army Of Darkness, The Gift, The Fifth Element

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Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.

Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul BassPhase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.

Other notable titles coming out on
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Lovecraft by Any Other Name: 10 Films Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft doesn’t translate to film very well. Many have tried, few have succeed. Lovecraft’s stories are mood-driven, using his dense antiquarian writing style to tell tales that say so much while unfolding so little in terms of action. This doesn’t exactly lend itself to a cinematic adaptation. Yet several films have found a way to tackle Lovecraft without actually adapting Lovecraft. The following films pay tribute to Lovecraft without actually adapting any of his stories.

10.Evil Dead

Sam Raimi’s 1981 The Evil Dead features one of Lovecraft’s most widely known creations: The Necronomicon. Lovecraft used this book of magic, which was attributed to the fictional Abdul Alhazred, in several of his stories. This recurrence was one of the many Lovecraftian elements that gave a reader the sense of an ever-growing mythology — stories all loosely connected, existing in the same mad universe. Lovecraft wrote a short
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Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom North American Rights Acquired by Shout! Factory

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Shout! Factory and Arcana Studio are teaming up to bring the imaginative world of H.P. Lovecraft to a younger audience with their newly announced animated film adaptation of Bruce Brown's graphic novel, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom.

Currently in production and slated for a 2016 release, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom will feature a mix of recognizable pieces from Lovecraft's tales, new adventures, and some biographical elements from the influential author's life, as it will follow Lovecraft as a boy.

Sean Patrick O’Reilly will write, direct, and produce the project. The voice cast has yet to be revealed, but we have the official press release with more details, as well as a look at the graphic novel's cover art. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

Press Release: "Los Angeles and Vancouver – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Arcana Studio have entered into a
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Shout! Factory Nabs North American Rights to Animated Feature 'Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom'

Shout! Factory and Vancouver-based Arcana Studios have inked a North American distribution deal for the forthcoming animated film "Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom," the companies announced today. Based on Bruce Brown's popular graphic novel, the film, written, directed, and produced by Sean Patrick O'Reilly ("Pixies"), will receive multi-platform U.S. and Canadian releases from Shout! Factory in 2016. The timely acquisition capitalizes on the current vogue for big-screen comic book adaptations, as well as renewed interest in author H.P. Lovecraft, whose work inspired a thicket of allusions in the first season HBO's "True Detective." The graphic novel introduces Lovecraft's particular brand of eerie fiction—including the famed book of magic known as the Necronomicon—to a new generation, following young Howard through a portal and into a dangerous frozen world, where he befriends a monster named Spot. The move also signals further...
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Army Of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Details and Cover Art

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Scream Factory's revealed the impressive list of special features for their three-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness (hitting shelves October 27th), which includes a new interview with boomstick king Bruce Campbell, four versions of the film, and much more.

Press Release: Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient "Necronomicon" – the Book of the Dead – unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in this outrageously hilarious third chapter of Evil Dead Trilogy from legendary director Sam Raimi (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) and producer Robert Tapert (Ash vs. Evil Dead). On October 27, 2015, Scream Facotry™ is proud to present Army Of Darkness Collector’s Edition, featuring the Theatrical Cut of the film, the Director’s Cut (with 15 minutes of extra footage), the International Cut and the TV version (in standard definition). This definitive collector’s edition of Army Of Darkness is jam-packed with a wealth of bonus content,
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