Alan Draven, an author we've been following for several years now, has just released his third novel, Nocturnal Offerings; and he tells us that he considers it to be his absolute best. Read on to check out the cover art and learn more about the book.
Bitternest’s favorite radio disc jockey and debunker of supernatural myths Nick Kubrick is on vacation and on his way to Montreal to surprise his big brother. When he gets there, he finds his brother’s mailbox overflowing with mail and the lawn hasn’t been mowed in weeks. No sign of him anywhere. He decides to stick around town and try to find out where he is.
Nick rapidly realizes that the city of Montreal isn’t so different from his spooky hometown of Bitternest as a string of bizarre, gruesome murders are shocking the city. After bumping into an old high school buddy named Lance, Nick is invited to a gated community that Lance and his wife designed. It’s a postcard-perfect spot, but there is definitely something odd about the place. No one’s over forty, there aren’t any kids anywhere, and its residents all look like supermodels.
Things come full circle when Nick returns to eerie Bitternest and is approached by private eye Jim Coffin, who requests his assistance to investigate a series of strange, ghastly murders. Are these murders linked to the ones in Montreal? Meanwhile, a mysterious traveling carnival rolls into town. Nick and Jim are in for a few surprises, and when all will be said and done, Nick will never be the same again...
Writer/director MJ Dixon's Slasher House prequel, Legacy of Thorn, is working its way through post-production, and in advance of its first screening in London early next year, a teaser trailer and four new posters have arrived.
The film was shot over two weeks last summer in an abandoned high school in the northwest of England. Based on the oldest character in the Mycho Universe, Thorn is an all new independent feature length production from Mycho Entertainment Group. It harks back to classic slasher movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th but with the usual Mycho twist.
Legacy of Thorn stars Jade Wallis, Johnnie Russell, Craig Canning, and Jane Haslehurst with Aaron Jeffcoat, Stephanie Jezard, Evie Constanti, Anas Belarbi, and Richard Holloran as Thorn and Mem Ferda as Detective Cyphers.
Four years ago, on February 29th, Jessica was a pretty, popular high school girl with everything going for her when, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she and her friends faced a deadly nightmare when the local urban legend known only as Thorn became a terrifying reality. Thorn descended on her school in a massacre of blood and terror from which she barely escaped with her life, if not her sanity, intact.
On this night she and a band of survivors resolve to face the unstoppable creature once and for all to put an end to their torment and avenge the deaths of his victims. But can the monster ever be truly stopped, and will they discover the secrets of Jessica’s mysterious past and why she is the one cursed with the Legacy of Thorn?
Young, High and Dead… does that title sound like the story of your life? For those that can relate to it, be sure to check out the British horror/slasher flick which hit VOD on Halloween.
Young, High and Dead was written and directed by Luke Brady and co-directed by Jonathan Brady, Portia Barnett-Herrin, Daniel Fenton and Thabo Mhlatshwa. It stars Hannah Tointon, Louisa Lytton, Philip Barantini, Nigel Boyle and Matthew Stathers.
To celebrate a recent engagement, a group of five friends embark on a camping trip they will never return from. Deep in the forest the group pitch their tents next to the grave of a local missing child. As the killer watches them, it’s not long before a night of drinking and drugs turns into a waking nightmare. When the group awakes in the early hours, they find themselves shackled and chained to trees. Will the group stick and work together in order to exit the situation and the forest alive? Or will the killer leave them all Young, High and Dead?
Our Mr. Dark got an early look at Matthan Harris' The Inflicted (review here) at the 2012 Texas Frighmare Weekend, and now the film's making a run at this year's American Film Market with some updated sales art and a new trailer.
TomCat Films is taking the psychological thriller to AFM. It's written, produced, and directed by Matthan Harris and stars horror icons Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), and Giovanni Lombardo Radice (City of the Living Dead).
Harris also appears as the film's serial killer, David O'Hara. Lindsay Hightower, Charles Duran, Gerardo Davila, Amy Erin Amory, Matt Socia, Terry Spector, Ka Beesler, Allison Victoria, and Ian Maurer co-star.
In 1992 six-year-old David O’Hara witnessed his father, Richard O’Hara, murder his two-year-old sister in Waco, Texas. David also lost his mother two years prior when she died while giving birth to his sister. In adulthood David becomes a psychopath, like his father, and starts kidnapping young women while enrolled in a medical school in Dallas.
David rapes and impregnates one of his victims, Melissa Daniels, in an attempt to replace the family that he lost as a young boy. However, the Dallas Police track down the location of David’s warehouse and rescue Melissa. Enraged, David seeks guidance from his estranged father, and they devise a plan to reclaim David’s "family." Meanwhile, the FBI has added David to their Most Wanted list and joins forces with the Dallas Police in order to catch him. David is hell-bent on getting custody of his baby, Jessica, and he goes on a murderous rampage in an attempt to get her back.
Related Story: Texas Frightmakers: Interview with Matthan Harris
There's a lot going on to commemorate the 35th anniversary of John Carpenter's Halloween, but the granddaddy of them all is the "35 Years of Terror" convention taking place November 15-17 in Pasadena, CA. If you're lucky, you can score a pair of passes on us!
With guests from every film in the series, this con promises to be the "official, ultimate Halloween experience, 35 years in the making!" It's being held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street; (626) 795-9311.
We have one pair of tickets to give away (transportation NOT included). To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll notify the winner by Tuesday, November 12th, so you can plan accordingly.
Recently added guests include, in his first convention appearance EVER, Rick Rosenthal, director of HALLOWEEN II (1981) and HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION; Daniel Farrands, screenwriter of HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS; and scream queen Adrienne Barbeau (HALLOWEEN 2007 Director's Cut). Keep your eyes on the 35 Years of Terror Facebook page for updates.
The schedule at press time is below. Yours truly will be hosting a few panels on Saturday, the 16th, so if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and say hello. Be sure to also visit the 35 Years of Terror website, where you'll find the full guest list, ticket info, and lots more.
5:00pm VIP early access
6:00pm General Admission
Show closes at 11:00pm
10:00am VIP early entry
11:00am General Admission
Show closes at 7:00pm
Tickets for The Horror's Hallowed Grounds bus tour of the filming locations can be obtained over at Horror's Hallowed Grounds.
7:00pm Halloween (1978)
Panel: Brian Andrews, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kim Gottlieb-Walker
8:00pm Halloween 5
Panel: Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris, Wendy Kaplan, Jon Chapin, Jeffrey Landman, Tamara Glynn
9:00pm Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Panel: Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Alan Howarth, Dick Warlock
1:00pm Shout/Scream Factory Panel
2:00pm Halloween 2 (1981)
Panel: Lance Guest, Billy Warlock, Gloria Gifford, Leo Rossi, Tawny Moyer, Alan Howarth, Cliff Emmich
3:00pm Halloween 4
Panel: Dwight Little, Danielle Harris, John Carl Buechler, Kathleen Kinmont, Sasha Jensen, Beau Starr
4:00pm Rob Zombie’s Halloween/Halloween II
Panel: Ken Foree, Sybil Danning, Kristina Klebe, Renae Geerlings, Malek Akkad
5:00pm Michael Myers
Panel: Nick Castle, Jim Winburn, Tommy Lee Wallace, Will Sandin, Dick Warlock, Tom Morga, Erik Preston, Don Shanks, Chris Durand, Tyler Mane
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We're back with the third installment in our Tabletop Terrors series, and if you're looking to embark on a supernatural adventure in the comfort of your own home, Flying Frog's A Touch of Evil is the game for you!
Flying Frog Productions makes incredibly cinematic board games designed to evoke the feelings of genre films we all love. Using a signature style of artwork featuring photographs of models in full makeup and costumes rather than artwork, their games immediately put you in the movies you love to watch.
In Last Night on Earth, it's your group of survivors versus the zombie apocalypse in a setting reminiscent of the early undead classics. In Invasion from Outer Space, you're dropped in the middle of a Martian invasion of Earth right out of a 1950's drive-in flick.
A Touch of Evil, then, is a Hammer horror masterpiece brought to life in a board game.
The year is 1799, and monsters run wild in the new nation of America. The town of Shadowbrook is beset by a supernatural menace that has infiltrated its populace and feeds on its citizens with impunity. Thankfully, you have arrived: monster hunters prepared to combat the evil and save the town from a terrible fate.
High collars, highwaymen, and classic creatures are the name of the game in A Touch of Evil, all with a Grand Guignol, Gothic feel.
Players are the hunters. As with all Flying Frog games, players choose a character to play in the game. Each character has special abilities and different statistics to aid them in their hunt, and over time they will accumulate items and weapons to protect themselves and attack the seemingly endless waves of horrors infesting Shadowbrook.
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At the beginning of the game, a primary villain is selected. Options in the core set include an animated scarecrow, a vampire, a werewolf, and my personal favorite: the Headless Horseman! Each villain has special abilities and attacks that are triggered during a turn at the end of each round of play. They also have a set of minion creatures that are generated by the game to harass and attack our heroes.
Players can work against each other to try to be the first to defeat the boss villain or, using a co-operative variant, can work together against a much tougher villain in a grand final all-or-nothing battle.
As hunters move around the board using a dice in traditional board game style, they investigate locations, gain gold, and fight minions. Their goal is to locate the lair of the villain and build their forces enough to attack and kill it successfully. The town itself is available to them to build their stats, buy items from a blacksmith, and heal wounds.
The town also has six elders. An elder can be selected to form a hunting party when a player attacks the villain it its lair, but there's a problem: Some of the elders have been corrupted by the villain! If a corrupt elder is chosen, they turn traitor and attack with the villain. Investigating the elders to discover their secrets is another task the players must do while they track the villain, lest their final attack is betrayed and they meet a grisly fate.
As with most Flying Frog games, a "doom counter" clicks up each round, and the villain wins if the hunters have not killed it by the time the clock runs out.
Attacks and some story events are resolved using "stat checks" similar to role-playing games. Rolling against various stats the characters possess, modified by items and skills, decide whether they find a treasure or a trap, hit a minion or are hit by one, and other events. Searching some of the locations in the game uncovers cards specific to that location that move the story forward and bring either fortune or ill to our band of hunters.
This is where the story comes in. Each card has "flavor" text explaining what happens to the player who pulls the card. As the game progresses, these cards tell a story of what's happening in the story being played. Evidence of the lair's location might be found, or an artifact of great power could be located. An ally could be attained to accompany a hunter, or a cache of weapons or gold could be uncovered.
By the time you finish a game of A Touch of Evil, you'll have played through a unique horror "film" beginning to end. The best comparison I can make is an episode of "Supernatural" set in the 18th century. In fact, if Flying Frog ever wanted to dabble in licenses, there's a "Supernatural" board game in here they could create with some new art assets.
Flying Frog games have two features beyond the high quality and unique photographic elements to make them one of my favorite game companies. First, each game comes with a soundtrack CD to accompany the gameplay. The music sets the mood perfectly, creating a much more immersive experience. Second, they always make several expansions for each title. A Touch of Evil has two large expansions that provide a new board to add to the existing town of Shadowbrook as well as new cards, heroes, and villains. Adding these two expansions effectively triples the size of the board! They also have "hero packs" that contain new heroes and a new villain to give even more play. Finally, they have several free villains on their website to print yourself, including a demonic nutcracker for holiday gaming!
A Touch of Evil is a fantastic experience for two or more players who enjoy the classic Hammer films set during the days of muskets and sabers. It's a game of medium complexity that isn't terribly difficult to set up or play. Players with experience in RPG's will get started faster than others as they'll be familiar with stat checks and management. It only takes about as much room as a game of Monopoly with the base set but gets quite large if you start adding the big expansion boards, so be ready if you purchase those.
Pro Tip: I advise adding a copy of "A Touch of Evil" by Judas Priest to your game soundtrack. It provides the perfect end credits song to the experience.
It's the first Monday on the way to Halloween 2014, and right now we have an exclusive look at the home video box art for Insidious: Chapter 2 as well as all the release details. Read on!
From the Press Release
The famed horror team of director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and writer Leigh Whannell (Saw, Saw III) reunite with the original cast in the highly anticipated, spine-tingling follow-up INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, debuting December 24 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Fans can delve deeper into “The Further” with more than an hour of bonus materials exclusive to the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a three-part webisode called “Insidious: Spectral Sightings,” which gives an inside look at the business operations of Specs and Tucker from their early days as paranormal investigators through their investigation with Elise. Cast and crew highlights are also included in the three additional behind-the-scenes featurettes available exclusively on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, including a discussion about making INSIDIOUS 2 and what it was like to film at a haunted location. Fans can unlock secrets from this suspense thriller through two additional featurettes available on both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. “Peripheral Vision: Behind the Scenes” takes fans onto the set of the film to see how it was created, and “Ghostly Transformation” follows the make-up effects used to create the ghosts in The Further.
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 has a running time of approximately 106 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence and thematic elements.
How deep into the darkness will you go to discover the truth? The terrifying sequel to Insidious follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. They must rely on familiar allies to exile the demons that follow them and unearth the secret before the evil continues its deadly rampage. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey reprise their roles in the film directed by James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring). Directed by Wan from a story by Wan and Leigh Whannell and a screenplay by Leigh Whannell, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 was produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli. The executive producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, and Steven Schneider.
Sexy scream queen Jacqui Holland (Dead Ringer, "Desperate Housewives," Monsters in the Woods) has signed to star in The Mangled, the first installment in an intended new horror franchise that boasts a salivating cast of horror icons.
The Kickstarter-funded project sees Holland (pictured) join an ensemble cast of recognizable horror favorites including Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes) and Kane Hodder (the Friday the 13th series).
Written, produced and directed by Lawrence W. Nelson II, The Mangled tells the bloody tale of a family celebrating a 25th anniversary on a rainy night in southern Texas when four twenty-somethings come pounding on their door desperate for help. And one of them serious injured. But as the night goes on, we find out the Bates family members have secrets of their own.
As a testament to the film's appeal and its exciting cast, the film's budget has already been raised on Kickstarter - with some 40 days to go!
Before beginning work on The Mangled, Holland will appear as Freya in the Thor film God of Thunder, released in December. She recently filmed a role in Joe Carnahan's upcoming Stretch.
Just in time for this year's AFM (get used to hearing that a lot this month), we have the first word and sales trailer for the new indie flick Morning Star from Luca Boni and Marco Ristori. Check it out along with a bit of artwork.
Adrian Bouchet, Mike Mitchell, Daniel Vivian, Ivy Corbin, David White, Rosella Elmi, and Ally McClelland star.
What's it all about? Why, fighting evil of course! You know... evil. It can be pesky. Especially medieval type evil. That's the worst kind. In any event, check out the trailer below, and look for more soon!
After a pitched battle a man is on his way back home, but it is just the beginning of a journey in a forgotten and dark world. He will meet weird and evil characters and fight for his freedom. Only at the end of his path the man will discover that the world in which he lived has changed forever.
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! Hurry! Hurry! It's time for you to take your first peek into the latest circus of horrors from the UK, The Midnight Horror Show! They will tear more than your tickets at the door!
From the Press Release
Principal photography is complete on the British independent film THE MIDNIGHT HORROR SHOW, which follows the story of the Moreau family, who travel around the UK putting on an underground variety act for adult audiences. Doctor Deimos Moreau is the father and host of the show. His sons are Trinculo the clown, Apollo the magician, Janus the ventriloquist and his dummy Epimetheus. Deimos' daughter Venus is also in the show as a burlesque dancer. But behind the curtain there is something more sinister going on than simple entertainment. Dare you enter The Midnight Horror Show? You'll never get out alive!
THE MIDNIGHT HORROR SHOW is written, produced and directed by Welsh filmmaker Andrew Jones. Shooting took place throughout October in South Wales, UK. The cast features Jared Morgan as Doctor Deimos, Lee Bane as Janus, Nathan Head as Trinculo, Shireen Ashton as Venus and Sam Harding as Apollo. UK-based company North Bank Entertainment produced the film. Robert Graham of financiers Independent Moving Pictures executive produced.
4Digital Media has acquired UK and Ireland distribution rights to THE MIDNIGHT HORROR SHOW with Hannover House picking up distribution rights in North America and Canada.
More end of the week goodness has arrived in the fashion of an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Brian De Palma's latest thriller, Passion, starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams. Dig it!
Two beautiful young corporate executives engage in a dangerous and tantalizing competition that will take a deeply personal and violent turn in PASSION, the wildly received new thriller from suspense master Brian De Palma. The film, starring Rachel McAdams (as she's never been seen before) and Noomi Rapace, arrives on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on November 5, 2013, from eOne. The SRPs are, respectively, $29.98 and $24.98.
Forty years after his breakthrough thriller Sisters put him in the suspense/horror pantheon, Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed to Kill and Body Double with PASSION, an erotic thriller fueled by sex, ambition and the murderous side of passion. Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace star as two female executives whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cutthroat.
Christine (McAdams, The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes) is a driven, devious executive at the sleek Berlin office of an international advertising agency. When her ambitious but outwardly shy subordinate Isabelle (Rapace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Prometheus) comes up with a brilliant ad campaign for a smartphone, Christine shamelessly takes credit for it, hoping it will bring her a promotion and a transfer to the New York office.
While appearing strangely forgiving, Isabelle in fact takes her elaborate revenge on her superior - which leads Christine to counterattack by setting up her own elaborate scheme to ultimately get her way. The teasing sexual interplay between the two women adds another layer of deception as De Palma employs all his stylistic flair to keep viewers on edge right up to the shocking climax.
The Blu-ray and DVD from eOne both contain bonus features, including interviews with director De Palma and stars McAdams and Rapace.
Actor Shia LeBeouf took to Twitter today to tease fans of a new project he's been working on. Though no exact details have been announced just yet, we do have some tasty morsels to share with you should you read on. Which you should, by the way.
LaBeouf tweeted out the first page of a script called Kill the Architect along with the message - "A hungry dog hunts best.#killthearchitect @Cagewm @eliroth @ASAPYams @ChillerTV @marilynmanson We start in January." Pretty interesting company tagged in that tweet, no?
As far as we can tell, this is some sort of film project inspired by Cage's album of the same name. How Eli Roth, Marilyn Manson, and Chiller TV factor in remains to be seen. Stay tuned, kids!
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) November 4, 2013
The very first one-sheet for The Scribbler from director John Suits has arrived, and it definitely has a new slant on things. Check it out to see what we mean, and look for more on this one as soon as we get it!
The Scribbler, stars Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell, Sasha Grey, Ashlynn Yennie, Kunal Nayyar, and T.V. Carpio.
The Scribbler concerns Suki (Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using "The Siamese Burn," an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being "cured," she's haunted by a thought... what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?
Wow, after the bombshell from Carol last week, we had no idea where this show would be heading to next. Who knew a simple "Yes" could have such an impact? Talk about an evolution of character! Episode 4.04 "Indifference" was written by Matt Negrete and directed by Tricia Brock.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
While Rick was prepping for a food and medicine run, Carol went to see a hopeful Lizzy. At the same time, Rick was imagining how Carol killed the sickly Karen, dragged her body out to the yard and burned the corpses. Carol urged Lizzy to protect herself and her sister and not be afraid to kill. When Rick found a knife missing from a set, we found that Carol had given it to Lizzy. When Lizzy accidentally called Carol mom, she scolded Lizzy to not call her that again. Carol also showed Lizzy how not to be afraid and fight through the fear. "And then one day, you just change. We all change." Was that what happened to Carol?
When we came back from commercial break, Tyreese washed the blood and guts off his shirt while the others planned their next steps.
Rick and Carol drove without talking for a while. Carol described why she did what she did. "I had to try. Somebody had to," said Carol. Rick was skeptical but kept mostly quiet.
During the search in the woods, Daryl continue to give Michonne a hard time for not staying with the group.
Rick and Carol parked in a suburban neighborhood and started their search for medicine and food.
Daryl and the group found an abandoned car and tried to hot-wire it but they needed a new battery. They then tried to clear the overgrowth off a building with Tyreese taking out his frustration while clearing a path. And then they were attacked by walkers reaching out at them. With Michonne's katana action, they mostly got rid of these walkers but at one point, Tyreese refused to let go of his attacking walker. Why did he not let go, Michonne asked.
Rick and Carol entered an abandoned house. As they started to explore, Carol heard a walker coming down from upstairs. When the walker tripped and fell down the stairs, Rick pulled Carol to safety. After getting her bearings back, Carol promptly knifed the fallen walker in the brain while Rick observed. More sounds came from upstairs and Rick readied his gun as the upstairs door creaked open and a couple of humans came out offering them fruit.
The two people, Sam and Ana, were in the greenhouse nearby that had fruit before they were chased here by the walkers. When Sam complained about his dislocated shoulder, Carol took the reins to reset his shoulder. Rick observed from the back and was impressed by Carol's taking charge.
Daryl and Bob found a car battery while Tyreese and Michonne continue to clear the fallen tree from the car. Michonne lectured him about anger. "Anger makes you stupid." She was angry about the Governor but not any longer, although she still couldn't explain why she kept going after him.
While Rick and Carol were cleaning up the house of food and medicine, Sam and Ana wanted to join them back at the prison. They wanted to help and Carol suggested they scope out the neighborhood for more supplies even though while Rick was apprehensive about it, he finally agreed.
Watching Daryl fixing the car, Bob confessed his guilt about causing the accident at the Big Spot supermarket when Zack got killed. He had a drinking problem and tried to stop himself with the bottle when the shelf came down, causing the mayhem. After getting the car to start, Daryl then told Bob that what happened at the supermarket was an accident and wasn't anyone's fault.
Raiding another house's medicine cabinet, Rick asked Carol if they did the right thing to let Sam and Ana join them. Carol was hopeful about them. Then Carol confronted Rick to talk about what she did. While Rick was more driven by morals, Carol was more pragmatic. "You don't have to like what I did, Rick, I don't. You just accept it." Wow, Melissa McBride is killing it this episode as Carol!
Daryl and the group got to the veterinarian school and started their search inside.
When Rick asked Carol how she knew how to reset a dislocated shoulder, she said she learned it herself online so she could fix herself up when she was a battered wife. Picking tomatoes, they talked about their losses. She had accepted Sophia's death while Rick talked about still expecting Lori to be there in the morning next to him. Another powerful scene by Carol and Rick.
Then they came upon Ana's body being devoured by walkers. Carol just accepted it and suggested they go find Sam.
After collecting everything they came for, Daryl and the group started to leave when they were chased by walkers.
Back at the first house, Rick and Carol waited for Sam. Though Rick wanted to wait a little longer, Carol knew they couldn't wait any longer and they had to go. "It was a nice watch," she said, about the timepiece Rick had given Sam when they parted.
The group at the school continued to fight their way out when Bob fell and got his pack grabbed by the walkers. When he refused to let go, the group helped to rescue him and his pack. That was when they saw the alcohol inside. "It's for when it gets quiet," said Bob. Daryl would have none of that but let Bob keep the alcohol, and they marched off.
After packing up the car, Rick finally confronted Carol. That exchange, while not intense, sure packed a wallop. Recapping it would not do it justice. Go watch it. At the end, Rick dropped Carol's pack on the ground.
Michonne took over driving the group back and agreed with Daryl, she didn't need to go looking for the Governor anymore. He approved.
Rick helped Carol pack her own car and she gave him her watch before she drove off on her own.
Wow, is that the end of Carol? Melissa McBride is definitely the performer of the week in this episode.
Hey, friends to the end! It's time for you to pick up your mobile devices and rampage your way through a gaggle of hapless victims as a new gameplay trailer for Chucky: Slash and Dash has arrived!
The lunacy is available on the App store now for just $.99! Buy it now and, as a limited-time offer, you get "Tiffany" and a golden knife.
In the game, Chucky is stuck in a never-ending nightmare in which he’s endlessly running through the factory that produces Good Guys dolls. Players will control Chucky while sprinting through the factory floor, the catwalks, the warehouse, or even outside, and will need to avoid conveyor belts, forklifts, acid pools, barrels and other obstacles. Chucky can also eliminate security guards patrolling the factory using his classic knife or other more outlandish weapons like a cleaver, screwdriver, or hatchet. As they play, gamers will collect batteries that can be used to purchase in-game items or power-ups, such as a double battery bonus, a fast start, or extra lives that can extend a run after dying.
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - MANY - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!A
Writer - The Toolbox Murders (2004), Schism, Night of the Demons (2009), Mother of Tears
1) I write horror because I fear many things, so I can't narrow this down to one thing. Thus, four categories
- Biggest horror movie trope fear: woman alone in house harassed by stalker (see SCREAM opening, which reduced me to tears)
- Biggest fear in the animal kingdom: crocodiles/alligators
- Biggest real-world fear: never working again and going broke (This can't be exploited for horror; no one wants to see "RENT'S DUE: THE SEQUEL")
- Most random thing that creeps me out: those stupid inflatable "sky dancers" that buck and wave in front of car dealerships. See what I mean?
2) Right at this very second I'll say The Exorcist, which I just rewatched the other night. It's so grounded. The characters do everything they can NOT to believe in possession, which makes the situation all the more frightening.B
Co-host - "Ghost Adventures"
2) Bram Stoker's Dracula
Director - Wrestlemaniac; Producer All Hallows' Eve, Mischief Night
1) Clowns (shameless All Hallows' Eve plug)
2) Argento's Deep Red.
Producer - The Puppetmaster franchise, From Beyond, Troll, Ghoulies, Zombies vs. Strippers
1) Running out of dough!
2) The Exorcist.
Director - The Zombie Diaries, The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill
1) Being banned for life from a cinema chain that I have never heard of.
2) The brilliant film that launched M. Night Shyamalan's career: Jacob's Ladder.
Paranormal radio talk show legend
1) Having a hole open and being swallowed by the Earth.
2) The Exorcist
Actor - The Terminator, Aliens
2) The Exorcist
Actor - Among Friends; Director - The Night Visitor
1) Actually seeing a ghost and whatever happens afterwards.
2) The Exorcist
Director - The Saw franchise, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil's Carnival
1) Someone not believing me or refusing to believe me because it makes them uncomfortable. Example: I see a ghost and I run in and tell my wife and she wont allow herself to believe me. It seems small, but it's a horrible paranoia of mine!
2) My favorite horror film right now is Requiem for a Dream. It's not horror, I know, but it is horrific, disturbing, and hard to watch. In essence it has the three staples of what makes me love horror. It just unnerves me. If doesn't have to be Freddy vs Jason to be horror! As for a more traditional horror film... Rosemary's Baby It's simplistic yet truly engrossing.
Actor - You're Next, House of the Devil, A Horrible Way to Die, The Signal
1) That I'm a monster.
2) I'm gonna say Murder Party or Something Wicked This Way Comes. Nothing beats Carpenter though so Halloween. Oh, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch!C
Actor - 2001 Maniacs, Drive Angry; Producer - Texas Chainsaw 3D, Eliza Graves
1) I'm claustrophobic ! So small places... The fear of not being able to breathe... That scares the crap out of me!
2) I grew up on Poltergeist... But I love Repulsion! The dead rabbit freaks me out!
Writer - Sinister
1) Home invasion by police error. There's something terrifying about the authorities busting in, shooting your dogs and hauling you out in cuffs all because some overworked clerk wrote the wrong numbers on a warrant.
2) Peter Medak's The Changeling starring George C. Scott.
Director - Soulmate; Actor - Centurion, Doomsday
1) I can't walk past mirrors at night. I don't know what it is I'm afraid to see in there, but mirrors in the dark freak me out.
2) Any day: David Cronenberg's The Fly, or The Devil's Backbone. For a fun party: Re-Animator. For Halloween: Donnie Darko, Satan's Little Helper or Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Director - Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Escape from New York, Prince of Darkness, They Live and many more
1) I'm afraid of everything equally.
2) Almost impossible to pick one. I'd have to go back to when I was young and stupid. Maybe The Thing from Another World.
Creator - "Horror's Hallowed Grounds"
2) The Shining (1980)
Director - The Phantasm franchise, John Dies at the End, Bubba Hotep
1) Being forced one day to explain the full meaning of Phantasm. Just kidding there of course! Like all homo sapiens, a hundred thousand years of evolution have ingrained in me a fear of being eaten. That's probably why zombie movies have always been so popular. Those photos of golfers found inside Florida gators just freak me out.
2) Well of course I love great genre movies like Bride of Frankenstein, Godzilla, Invaders from Mars, Exorcist, Suspiria, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, etc... But the one that terrified me as a kid was The Twonky by Arch Oboler. A sentient TV that walks - freaky stuff!
Actor - Re-Animator, From Beyond, You're Next!
1) My biggest fear in life is to not feel enough. I want to taste every joy, every sorrow deeply. Horror movies are such a thrill ride and provide me with enough tension, scares and relief of such... to allow me to feel emotions on a visceral level. I can scream, run, hide and fight my enemy by watching my favorite hero and final gals over and over again. I enjoy the excitement and aliveness horror movies allow me to feel.
2) The supernatural ones are what really get me. The Haunting, The Exorcist, the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Candyman, The Fog, The Omen, and Phantasm are just some of the movies which still terrify me to this day.
The feeling of not being able to name or fight your attacker with conventional means sends delightful shocks through my entire system. That feeling is an energy I crave. I enjoy, crying, screaming and running to safety while...acting It's very cathartic! In the movie From Beyond, my character Katherine McMichaels says: "I want to see more, feel more!" That about sums me up.
It's hard to choose a favorite horror movie. I usually say The Texas Chain Saw Massacre which is not supernatural but the one that I saw when I was too young and very impressionable and the one that seemed to stay with me the longest after seeing it for the first time. That movie is pure fright beginning to end. Gunnar and I have become friends over the years and it's funny to be friends with a person who scared you to death as a child! The Shining has a special place in my heart because of the cabin in the woods story with a husband terrifying his family. There is something so base to that premise, it's relatable to all. The humor and darkness that Nicholson puts into his character never gets old. Rosemary's Baby is terrific and the camera work is stellar. I love that Guy Woodhouse sacrifices his wife for a successful acting career! Melancholia really hit a nerve with me. But maybe you won't think that's a horror movie?D
Director - Red Clover, Camera Obscura, numerous short films
1) My biggest fear is the dark. Not that interesting of an answer, I know, but I have a good genesis of why it scares the hell out of me and I'll share it now. When I was 9, I grew up in the midwest and the winters were (and still are) unbearably harsh.
Two other facts you need to know, going into this story.
One is that our garage was a separate building than our home, one of those old homes where the garage was next to the house. Two, is that my dad would by cartons of soda (the old glass bottles) in bulk and store them in the fridge.
Well, one night, the weatherman came on and said that the temperatures were going well below freezing later that night. Dad called from work (he worked 3rd shift) and told my mom to have me bring in the soda pop bottles from the garage so they didn't all burst from the cold. Normally, I just went out in the dark, guided by the light of the snow and the moonlight, and brought them in. But on this night, for some reason, I decided to turn the light inside the garage on first. We had a switch inside our house that turned the lights on in the garage.
And that's when one of the most horrifying moments of my life occurred. You see, car thieves were inside our garage trying to steal our car, and when I threw on the light inside the garage from the safety of the house, our car roared to life in the garage, and the thieves tried to back the car out THROUGH our garage door. The car got stuck in the door framework, and the tires spun and squealed, and eventually the thieves, flustered by the car that was no stuck in the shattered and bent garage door - ran out and away into the darkness.
By the time the police arrived, the thieves were long gone. And I was changed forever.
I would never enter a pitch black room again without turning on a light, because had I not turned the light on in the garage that night before heading out, I would have walked into a dark garage with men who would have done me incredible harm.
And that's why, as a fully capable grown-ass man at 6'2" and 250 lbs, I still turn on lights before going into rooms.
2) In context of what I've told you, two of my favorite horror films are the 1967 Wait Until Dark and 1971's See No Evil, both about blind people being terrorized and being at a disadvantage for not being able to see their antagonists.
Director - Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Beware the Night, Two Eyes Staring
1) The death of my children.
2) A tie between The Exorcist, The Shining, The Changeling, Silence of the Lambs, Suspiria and 28 Days Later.
Director - Dread, Cassadaga, Paymon, Missionary
1) I nearly choked to death a few years ago, I was at lunch with my Dread producer Joe Daley, and something stuck in my throat, and I made the decision to make a full on scene in the restaurant! It's definitely a decision you only have a short window to make, get up, knock everything off the table, draw attention to yourself to let everyone know you're dying! Well after a few awkward attempts at the Heimlich maneuver I was saved, but that shit sticks with you.
2) It has to be Peter Medak's The Changeling. It's a film that I go back to over and over again. An elevated ghost story that The Ring drew a lot of inspiration from. A scary as hell film hinged on a great performance by George C. Scott.
Author - Exorcizing My Demons; Actor - The Exorcist, Helter Skelter
1) Attics scare me, and being ignored or invisible scares me... that people don't see me.
2) The scariest movie I have ever seen was the original Night of the Living Dead. I saw it alone in NYC and walked home alone and I thought Zombies were hiding behind every building. After that was Jaws, having grown up near the Long Island Sound I thought there might be sharks everywhere.
Writer - The Saw franchise, The Collector, The Collection; Director - The Collector, The Collection
1) A spider larger than my hand... even most of the spiders smaller than my hand... pretty much a blanket alert on all things with that many eyes and legs scurrying toward me in the night. And the sound... that horrible sound they make with their pincers... rubbing them together like a chef sharpening knives.
2) Suspiria. It is simply perfect. So beautiful. So savage. A genuine article.
However for readers of DC, I imagine this selection is typical. In light of Goblin knocking the walls down at the Egyptian to a sold out crowd, I imagine it is downright familiar. So, I reach further to an image which scared me deeply. Not the film per se, but one moment in a film where my heart stopped...
The film: The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996). Yes, it is a children's film. At the time I was an usher at a movie theater which played The Adventures of Pinocchio and I had no bearing on the story at all, I just saw the end... And when I walked into the theater all I saw was Martin Landau... sitting on a beach with his eyes beaming... wanting... Landau's mouth in a half-smile... yearning... pleased... This older man was sitting in the sand watching something... And then they showed what he was watching: Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The young boy danced and splashed in the crest of the water line before his rocking audience of one creepy old man. In the movie, sure, a moment of wonder as Geppetto finally sees the wooden boy come to life... Out of context; a horrifying shout-out to child predators 'round the world. That movie still scares the white shit out of me.E
Actor - The A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Eaten Alive, 2001 Maniacs
1) My biggest fear used to be snakes but now it's LA rush hour. Or motorcycle flash mobs on the 405.
2) My favorite scary movie is Brian DePalma's Sisters. I also like The Innocents, May, Rosemary's Baby, and John Carpenter's The Thing.F
Writer - Jason X, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry
1) Losing your love.
Director - Crystal Lake Memories; Co-director - Never Sleep Again; Producer A Haunting in Connecticut
1) A cold toilet seat on a winter morning.
2) John Carpenter's Halloween.
Actor - Paranormal Activity franchise
1) My biggest fear is being alone- really really alone.
2. My favorite scary movie (today, that is, as it changes sometimes), is Jaws!
Director - Absentia, Oculus
1) Confrontation, actually. I'm terrible at it. That, and large spiders. So I guess having to have a confrontation with a spider would just about do me in.
2) Always an impossible question to answer... there are so many. Today I'll go with Robert Wise's The Haunting. It's so amazing what he does, how that movie jump starts your imagination and turns it against you. Brilliant.
Director - The Dead, The Dead II: India
1) Not having had enough fun in this life before death takes me!
2) The Exorcist - it's not like I want to watch it all the time, or even ever again but that thing has a raw power that goes beyond the sum of its parts... It's the boss!!
Actor - Dawn of the Dead, The Devil's Rejects
1) Man's ever escalating cruelty to man
2) The Exorcist
Actor - Shriek of the Sasquatch!, Insectula!
1) Porcelain dolls.
2) Child's PlayG
Director - The Stand, The Shining (1997), Sleepwalkers, Bag of Bones
1) Nothing scares me more than the Tea Party (and I don't mean Boston). Ted Cruz is perhaps the most terrifying living dead creature since Freddy Krueger.
2) My favorite scary movie depends entirely on my mood: Classic: The Bride of Frankenstein. Funny: The Howling or An American Werewolf in London. International creature feature: The Host (and most assuredly not the Stephanie Meyer namesake). Dark and brilliant: Dead Ringers. Ghosts: The Devil's Backbone and The Changeling. And to fill out a week's worth: Cronenberg's The Fly.
Director - Autopsy, Night of the Demons (2009), Fertile Ground, Schism
1) The answer to the first one is simple: DYING! Whether it's disease, cancer, or somebody slipping Ricin in my pudding!
2) Number two is also easy. Rosemary's Baby. The matter what I write or direct Roman Polanski's influence always slips in. To me it's the perfect film. I love the way all the action happens offscreen, And it's left up to you for your out what's going on. A perfect movie!
Co-host - "Ghost Adventures"
1) I fear a few things but do them anyway. My biggest fear? I really don't know. I don't really fear death so all those fears are more like worries to me and i try to never worry
2) 13 Ghosts, but only because the ghosts just keep getting closer and closer. At the time that got to me. I fear that in my hunts as well... a face right next to me popping up. Scary movies don't scare me really. Ever since I was a kid I knew they were just movies and that one scene takes like 20 takes. But yeah, 13 Ghosts got me just a few times.
Director - Hatchet, Frozen, Spiral; Actor - "Holliston"
1) As lame as it sounds- I am scared of bugs. Pretty much all of them. Spiders, bees, you name it- I turn in to a 6 year old girl as soon as I come into contact with one.
2) While it's impossible to pick just one, come Halloween time three of the films in regular rotation in my household are Trick 'r Treat, Disney's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Disney's animated The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Three "must owns" for any serious Halloween holiday fan.
Co-host - "Ghost Adventures"
1) I have done a lot of crazy things in my life. I really don't have to many fears, but if I had to choose one it would be being locked in a morgue alive until I pass on to the other side. That would be a fear I wouldn't want to go through.
2) I am a horror fanatic. Took me along time to figure this out. The Exorcist is my scariest film. This movie personally got to me for the realism that possession can happen and evil does exist.H
Actor - The Devil's Rejects and every other movie ever made
1) My biggest fear is to not be able to show what I can do as an actor, beyond what all of you have seen.
2) My favorite scary movie is the original House of Wax.
Actor - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Texas Chainsaw 3D
1) Closed places.
2) The Haunting (1963)
Actor - The Halloween franchise, the Hatchet franchise
1) I have a fear of fish. I love the ocean and I'm kind of fascinated by them, but if one swims up to me I will freak the fuck out! I was just in Hawaii and I was on a paddle board when a school of fish swam around me and I started to hyperventilate. No joke, you'd have thought it was a shark!
2) My favorite scary movies are Poltergeist and Gremlins. I saw Piranha when I was 4. Joe Dante screwed me up with that one.
Actor - The Hatchet franchise, the Friday the 13th franchise
1) I don't have any fears.
2) Seeing The Exorcist in a theatre.
Director - Child's Play, Fright Night (1985); Actor - Hatchet II, Psycho II
1) Not being Loved.
2) Alfred Hitchcock's PsychoI J
Actor - Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Absentia, John Dies at the End, Quarantine, "Falling Skies," "The Strain"
1) Losing my independence, physically or financially, becoming dependent on others, and wondering who to trust.
2) The Mummy (Boris Karloff). Oh, and there's love for you, ya big silly! Editor's Note: Right back 'atcha!
Magician; Writer - "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!," Actor - Night of the Little Dead
1) I guess it's claustrophobia. I used to be terrified of scary movies and very jumpy, but there were too many smart powerful movies in that genre, so I had to work through that for art. And I worked through claustrophobia too I've hidden in little tiny places behind mirror that I couldn't get out of with Teller, so I could magically appear. I've been in a barrel unable to move with swords all around me. I've done that for long enough that it would cramp me up and I would get panicked, but I learned to handle it... you know... for art. But, I can't shake it completely.
Sometimes I have nightmares that I've somehow scammed the world into letting me go into space. At a zillion dollars a pound, I've convinced them to spend 300 zillion on me, and then I'm on the launch pad and I can't stand the idea of being in that little space and I ask them to stop and let me out. And I'm so embarrassed and humiliated but I'm more scared of being in the little space in space. You can't open a window. I don't like thinking about not being able to stand up or open a window. I went to see a shuttle launch and the night before the launch, in my hotel room, I started thinking about the astronauts being strapped in and I just started flop sweating. I had to go outside in the middle of the night and just breath. Even the world seemed too small for me. I didn't put on clothes. They seemed too confining. I was just naked outside in the chilly sweaty Central FLA night trying to not feel trapped, trying to get more air in my lungs and there didn't seem to be enough in the world. And that, officer, is my story. Yeah, closed spaces. Reading "Packing for Mars," a great book, was a nightmare for me. I would have to get out of bed and go outside when reading that. I would have to go outside, naked, in Vegas, and breath the dry chilly night air and try to hope there was enough. Even looking at the Apollo lunar landing module on exhibit makes me crazy. But, I didn't strip naked at the Smithsonian. And that, brothers and sisters of the revolution is my biggest shame.
2) George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead -- and that would be my answer even if you dropped the adjective. It's smart and it's visceral. The purpose of art is to have to intellect and the visceral collide at the highest speed, with the biggest explosion. Think and feel and do it at once. Dawn of the Dead delivers.K
Voice of The Cryptkeeper on "Tales From the Crypt"
1) My biggest fear is permanently losing my voice.
2) All of the original Universal Monster Movies, even Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Producer - Freddy vs. Jason, Snakes on a Plane
1) Being buried alive.
2) John Carpenter's Halloween
1) Author - The Girl Next Door, Off Season, The Lost
1) Alzheimer's. No question.
2) There are so many great ones. But the one that influenced me most was the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Actor - The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Why Don't You Play in Hell?
1) Being eaten alive.
2) The Human Centipede of course!
Actor - Chillerama, Rob Zombie's Halloween
1) My biggest physical fear is of heights and falling.
2) The Shining
Creator "Carnivale," Executive producer NBC's "Dracula"
1) It's a tie between rats and being devoured alive from the inside out. So I guess my greatest fear is being devoured alive from the inside out by rats.
2) The Shining. "Come play with us, Danny. For ever. And ever. And ever..."
Author - Twisted Loneliness, Sucked Up Phit, Thirsty
1) My biggest fear is spiders. When I was 10 I woke up in the middle of the night to find a spider biting my scrotum. As much as I LOVE things nibbling on my genitals that was a case that freaked me out and made me hate those ugly little fucks.
2) My favorite movie of all time is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2... for personal reasons. That being said, the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the best horror movie of all time. I still get goosebumps when Leatherface slams that metal door shut. So gritty, so real, so perfect.L
Actor - The Hellraiser franchise, Lightning Bug
1) I try to live a life devoid of fear.
2) Lambada: The Forbidden Dance.
Director - The Apparition
1) Big country spiders on my face!
2) John Carpenter's The Thing.
Director - My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry
1) That the sound in the night that I'm sure is the cat running around jacked up on catnip is in fact not the cat... because the cat's hiding next to me saying... 'shit, dude, what the fuck is that?' And I'm saying, 'I thought it was you,' and the cat's saying, 'fuck no, it's not me... it's found us... IT HAS FOUND US!' And I say, 'What you mean 'IT', what the fuck is IT????' And then the cat vanishes under the bed whispering, 'You go check, dude, but tell It I'm not here.' Damn cat.
2) A tie between Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, (1978) and Medak's The Changeling, (1980).
Actor - "Holliston;" Director - Wrong Turn 2, Knight of Badassdom, Chillerama, Everly
2) George A. Romero's Day of the Dead... for today anyway.M
Actor - Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's Halloween, Halloween II, X-Men
1) Being on the ocean in a sinking boat.
2) Jaws. Needless to say I don't go on many cruises.
Creator of Hollywood's The Blood List
1) My biggest fear is drowning.
2) The Shining is the best movie ever!
Director - The Devil's Chair, Luster, Junkie, Pig, Not Safe for Work
1) My biggest fear is when you get a phone call out of the blue, and the voice on the other end of the line is different to normal... and you can just tell subconsciously somehow from their tone that they are about to tell you that someone close to you has died. Times like that scar you for the rest of your life.
2) I'll never forget the first time I saw Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was back in the early 90's when it was banned in the UK, and my best mates older brother had that on a 3rd generation VHS - which made it all the more terrifying somehow. The picture kept dropping out to static, and in parts the image was so degraded that you really couldn't make out what was happening... but the sound in that movie is such a huge part of what makes it so completely awful and harrowing.
I remember walking home at 2 or 3 in the morning through the totally silent village where I grew up, and ending up running as fast as I could, the line between the movie and my reality blurring for that moment... I haven't seen a movie in years and years sadly that had that absolute gut reaction to me in terms of absolute terror.
A close second would be when I was 15 and I saw a midnight screening of The Exorcist in a tiny cinema in Lyme Regis (an old school British sea side resort). In the scene where Regan is being prodded around at the hospital - a girl behind me stood up and screamed, and fell down the whole flight of stairs. They had to stop the movie while she was carried out. For a movie that people used to talk about in hushed whispers - that was a hell of an added attraction... The film didn't let me down, and still doesn't to this day.
Producer - Former showrunner "The Walking Dead"
1) Outliving my wife and kids.
2) The Exorcist.
Director - Rogue River, Children of Sorrow
1) Losing control of myself. The idea of having a psychological meltdown and committing unspeakable atrocities is one of the scariest things I can possibly think of. This became more terrifying as I became a father. It’s one of those very real things we hear about too often today that scares me to the core and to make matters worse we rarely know why people go crazy. That's my biggest fear.
2) The Shining
Writer - The Saw franchise, The Collector, The Collection
1) Well, one of my biggest fears came from a movie I watched when young. Did you remember Michael Man's Manhunter? It was based on Thomas Harris's novel Red Dragon, which came before The Silence of the Lambs. Anyhow, it begins with this POV shot of the someone entering a house at night under the cover of darkness. The person moves from room to room and then comes to the master bedroom, waking up the couple sleeping by simply shining a flashlight on their face. The movie cuts at that point, but that sequence always stuck in my head... and it's probably one of my biggest fears, to be woken up in that manner.
2) That'd have to be the original Halloween. In my estimates, it's probably the "perfect" scary movie. Suggestions of ghost and demons and fantastical monsters don't particularly scare me. I think they're fun, but they don't really scare me. Humans scare me. And Halloween exhibits everything that's scary about a real human threat.
Director - Big Ass Spider!, The Gravedancers, The Convent
1) Sewer rats.
2) My favorite scary movie is The Exorcist although that documentary about rabid Tiffany fans, I Think We're Alone Now, scared the crap out of me.
Actor - Leatherface: The Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II
1) Death, because it is the end of earthly delights.
2) Leatherface: The Chainsaw Massacre III, Hatchet II, Smothered (for obvious reasons).
Director - Unidentified; Producer - Hatchet II, Frozen, Chillerama
1) My biggest fear is sharks! Ever since I saw Jaws when I was a very little kid I've been afraid to swim in the ocean and when I was little I was scared of the deep end of the pool. Thanks Steven Spielberg!
2) My favorite scary movie evolves with new releases. I think my favorite go to now is Drag Me to Hell. I love how the all the scares are well crafted but still fun. Sam Raimi went back to his roots but definitely upped his game!
Director - I Spit on Your Grave (2010) and I Spit on Your Grave 2
1) Directing the sequel to the remake, that I also directed, of a cult classic film when you know everyone is going to fucking hate it and want rip your head off no mater what just because its a sequel.
2) Total 3 way tie - The Exorcist, Jaws, and Alien.
Actor - Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil's Rejects
1) Something bad happening to my children.
2) The Exorcist.N O
Actor - Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Take This Lollipop, Resolution
1) The Devil
2) The Exorcist.
Actor - The Clerks franchise, Brutal Massacre
1) Being burned alive.
2) The ExorcistP
Director - The Hills Run Red, Coldwater
1) My biggest fear is death.
2) George A. Romero's Creepshow is without question my favorite horror movie.
Director - Paranormal Activity; Producer - Sinister, Insidious, Insidious 2
1) The unknown.
2) The Exorcist
1) My biggest fear is waking up to find my nightmares have become a reality.
2) My favorite scary movie is the original version of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting.
Actor - George A. Romero's Day of the Dead
1) Death. Especially at the hands of pus-fuck zombies!
2) It would be a toss up between Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World and Son of Frankenstein.
Actor - Laid to Rest franchise, Madison County
1) To be immobilized. To lose all body movement and sight, but still be able to think and feel.
2) Tomb of the Blind Dead 2 (aka Return of the Evil Dead)Q R
Writer - Final Destination franchise
1) My biggest fear is dying a long, slow death.
2) My favorite movie is the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Actor - "The Walking Dead"
1) Dying alone.
2) The Omen (1976)
Author - The Vampire Chronicles, The Mayfair Witches, The Wolf Gift Chronicles
1) I'm scared of the dark and scared of ghosts! Really scared of them. Really, really.
2) Oh, I love so many scary movies. I would say The Others with Nicole Kidman is my top choice scary movie at this time. I mean there are so many subtle terrifying ghost scenes in that film. Love it.
Director - Look, Chillerama, Detroit Rock City
1) Embarrassing as it is to admit, my biggest fear is Pseudodysphagia, better known as the fear of choking to death. There's nothing romantic about fearing choking to death. It lacks the excitement of Acrophobia (heights), the romance of Nyctophobia (the dark) or the sheer curb appeal of a real in your face, chills up and down your spine kind of fear, like Arachnophobia (spiders). No, Pseudodysphagia is a blue collar fear.
It hits those of us who experience it squarely where we live. Well, technically where we eat. And it could happen at any mundane meal. The idea of abruptly cutting off a good laugh over dinner by inadvertently sucking a hunk broccoli deep into my windpipe, and not being able to breath, or wheeze, or utter any sound of distress of any kind hunches me over in dread. And once it lodges the clock starts ticking. A good Samaritan would have less than four minutes to save me from death or permanent brain injury. The hope, the entirely unreliable hope, is that someone at the dinner party or on the other side of the restaurant is skilled at administering the illusive and wholly under trained for Heimlich maneuver. Of course, part of the fear is imagining a restaurant filled with blank staring faces. Nobody knowing what to do. Waiting for someone else to take control. Or worse, someone who has no discernible idea of how to administer the Heimlich properly and finding myself slowly and painfully losing consciousness while all of my ribs are loudly snapping. I know exactly when the fear took hold. I was probably three. Perhaps four. I was sitting at the foot of my parents' bed watching my father put on his pilot's uniform while I ate a banana. I laughed. Before I knew what had happened a bite of banana was down my throat. My breath stopped and panic gripped me. I remember my father's fingers digging down my windpipe, trying to grab hold of the slippery morsel. Being that this was pre-Heimlich, he had no other field of reference. I don't remember which direction the banana ultimately went, up and out, or down. All I remember was the subsequent fear when I ate. A fear that still haunts me today.
2) I'm not going to list an obscure Italian cannibal movie or a rarely seen cult creeper that can only be found on bootleg VHS. No, my favorite scary movie happens to be the most successful scary movie in all of cinema history. The Exorcist. And no, not the "new and improved" Director's Cut released in 2000, the original 1973 cut only. The film doesn't scare me because it taps into deep religious iconography and fears that had been beaten into me from my youth, far from it. One needn't be religious to be traumatized by The Exorcist. To me, the reason The Exorcist excels beyond all others is because it's not presented as a horror film, it's a gritty 70's drama about a priest questioning his faith. LIke The French Connection before it, William Friedkin's directing style is stark, simple and almost documentary in it's no nonsense presentation. The performances are authentic, the camera work, minimalistic and there's barely a musical score. Consequently, it feels real. Sure there are some great "boo" moments, and Dick Smith's "monster" make-up is the stuff of nightmares, but Friedkin's grounded styleless style makes The Exorcist feel like it could actually happen in your town. In your house. In your soul.
Director - Alien Raiders; Production Designer - The Blair Witch Project
1) Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not really a control freak, but I am a self-control freak - and I think my biggest fear is being out of control of my body and/or my mind. When I hear about things like "trapped-in syndrome" or certain kinds of illness that rob people of their mental capacities… That shit freaks me out. I know it's supposed to be bittersweet, but books like "Flowers for Algernon" mess with my head just thinking about losing my mind and knowing I'm losing my mind.
And spiders. They scare the living fuck out of me. Little ones, big ones, poisonous ones, ones that keep other bugs at bay. In college I had a pet scorpion and my roommate had a pet tarantula - I could handle the scorpion all day but thinking about Ray's long-dead tarantula right now makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Tap-dancin' Jesus do I hate me some spiders.
2) There are so many and I desperately want to blow you away with some obscure gem that nobody's ever heard of but the choosiest of horror fans, but it's hard for me not to loop back to John Carpenter's The Thing. It manages to be grounded in a very real world of very real-feeling people where very surreal things happen, and those surreal things want to eat you. It's a movie than never takes the stupid shortcut of having people do something stupid just so the plot can be advanced, and the practical FX in that movie especially have always had a lifelike creepiness. I think I'm going to go watch it again right now.
George A. Romero
Director - Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Creepshow, Martin, Monkey Shines, The Crazies
1) Tea Party loonie, Ted Cruz.
2) The Thing from Another WorldS
Host "Paranormal Paparazzi"; Paranormal speaker
1) Zombies, man, they creep me out. Relentless hordes of the resurrected dead is scary enough, but the idea that my loved ones could come back and try to eat me -- unless I destroy their brain -- just really eats at me (ahem). Outside of zombies, the closet thing to a "real" fear I have is cockroaches. I grew up in Florida, where nothing ever dies, it just gets bigger. Cockroaches are disgusting, flying, swarming creatures that can survive an apocalypse. Come to think of it, they are kind of like the zombies of the animal kingdom. Give me spiders, snakes, sharks or anything else traditionally freaky -- just please keep me away from the cockroaches.
2) I saw Night of the Living Dead when I was too young and I think that legitimately did some damage to me. But 1980's The Children seems to have stuck in my head more. The low-budget horror about atomic zombie kids with black fingernails who kill adults through hugs makes me never want to procreate. Not surprisingly the Stephen King-penned "They're Creeping Up On You" chapter of Creepshow still disturbs me. While Romero messed with me with NOTLD," it's this cockroach horror story that continues to churn my stomach. I nearly lose it when the buggers crawl out of Upton's mouth. As a runner-up, the scene in Jaws when Ben Gardner's corpse floats up and startles Hooper makes me jump every time.
Director - The Blair Witch Project, Altered, Exisits, Seventh Moon, Lovely Molly
1) Other than something bad happening to my kids - being buried alive is my biggest fear.
2) The Exorcist. It just freaks me out so badly.
Actor - Night of the Living Dead; Our favorite Ghoul Next Door
1) I have so many fears it's hard to know which one to list. I think the main one is a fear of losing my mind/getting dementia.
2) Favorite scary movie of all time: Jaws
Director - Dark House; Writer - Tales From the Hood
1) The suffering that often proceeds death.
2) Rosemary's Baby.
Actor - Nightmare Man, Night of the Demons (2009)
1) Heights, and being kidnapped and forced to live in some freak's basement.
2) The original A Nightmare on Elm Street and also The Conjuring. Special nod to the campy Motel Hell and Attack the Block.
Author and Splatterpunk icon
1) Drowning in bullshit. (But any shit would be pretty bad.)
2) My scariest favorite movie is Jacob's Ladder. My favorite scary movie is like a hundred-film-long human centipede of cinema greatness that I could spend all day enumerating. Let's call it DAWN OF ROSEMARY'S EXORCIST MEETS DEAD ALIVE INHUMAN RESOURCES FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, ASKING WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN TWIN PEAKS, CREEPSHOW STYLE, WITH A SIDE OF SANTA SANGRE AND AN ORIGINAL TEXAS CHAINSAW PSYCHO OF THE LIVING DEAD MESSIAH OF EVIL, STARRING DR. PHIBES, SHAUN, MAY, AND THE LORDS OF SALEM, WITH SPECIAL GUEST HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL SHINING VIDEODROME FLY BROOD THING ALIEN PHANTOM OF THE CARRIE-DICE (NOW WITH MARTYRS, TARGETS, AND A TWITCH OF THE HOWLING BLACK SABBATH PRINCE OF DARKNESS!)
Actor - Paranormal Activity
1) I don't want to tell you my biggest fear, because a voodoo witchdoctor might use that information to control my brain. That shit is real!
2) Paranormal Activity
Producer - Feast, Pulse, The Prophecy
1) Public speaking.
2) Little Miss Sunshine. Those little beauty queens scared the shit out of me.
Director - Grace, Dark Summer
1) Down time. And maybe dying alone, or something boring and existential like that.
2) Jacob's Ladder. But this is a difficult question.... Aliens, Alien, The Thing, The Shining... Impossible to decide.
Co-director - American Mary, See No Evil 2
1) My biggest fear is Sylv dying. I would go dark Willow if that happened.
2) John Carpenter's The Thing and American Psycho.
Co-director - American Mary, See No Evil 2
1) I'm afraid of commitment (truthfully).
2) American Psycho and Antichrist.
Director - The Last Exorcism
1) I always thought it would suck to do arts and crafts and accidentally get one eyeball super-glued to an anvil and the other to a helium balloon. It sounds crazy but it's true.
2) Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho always terrified the shit out of me.T
Director - Witchboard, Night of the Demons, Brain Dead
1) My in-laws. Ha! (Although Uncle Creepy is a close second) Editor's Note: It's always friggin' me.
2) The Exorcist
Actor - "The Walking Dead," The Devil's Rejects
1) Getting curb stomped like in American History X.
2) Rosemary's Baby
Former Fangoria editor
1) Fatal, lingering illness
2) Psycho (1960)
Actor - The Candyman franchise, the Hatchet franchise, the Final Destination franchise, Night of the Living Dead (1990)
1) When I was a kid deathly afraid of earthworms.
2) Rosemary's Baby.
Former editor - Rue Morgue Magazine; Director - The Captured Bird
1) As a mother, that one's easy: birth control failure.
2) There are many. But I always defer to John Carpenter's The Thing when forced to choose. A near perfect film that's just as effective today as it was the day it was released (when it was panned by critics who later ate their words). A Lovecraftian masterpiece.W
Actor - "The Walking Dead," The Exorcist III
1) Getting eaten by walkers.
2) The Thing From Another World
Director - A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next, V/H/S/, V/H/S/2
1) Being hyper aware of a slow painful death.
2) It's a tie between The Shining and Alien.X Y Z
Actor - Shelly in Friday the 13th Part III in 3D
1) That I will go through life without making sweet love to Uncle Creepy. Editor's Note: See what I mean?
"Supernatural" fans know the wackiest sounding episodes are usually the most wrenching in the end so we're already bracing ourselves for what's to come in "Supernatural" Episode 9.05, "Dog Dean Afternoon." If you've had your shots, check out the preview.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.05 - "Dog Dean Afternoon" (airs 11/5/13, 9-10pm)
While investigating two bizarre murders, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) realize there is an eyewitness to both gruesome deaths – a German Shepherd. Anxious to find out if they are dealing with a witch, a skinwalker, or other supernatural monster, the guys look up a spell that could let Dean “communicate” with the dog.
Unfortunately, the spell comes with side effects that no one saw coming.
Tim Andrew directed the episode written by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.
And "The Originals" continues to be our biggest surprise of the season with its twist and turns and the especially delicious performance of Joseph Morgan as Klaus. Feel the same? Then check out our image gallery for Episode 1.06, "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree."
"The Originals" Episode 1.06 - "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" (airs 11/5/13, 8-9pm)
When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) discovers Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) life is being threatened, he goes to extreme lengths to protect her and their unborn baby. Having a difficult time dealing with the tragic events of her past, Cami (Leah Pipes) turns to Father Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick) for guidance.
Feeling as though he can trust no one, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) visits an old friend to seek out some advice, while Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes steps to learn how to control her magic. Finally, Klaus delivers some surprising news to Father Kieran.
Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, and Daniella Pineda also star. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau and Diane Ademu-John.
If you remember, yesterday I told you about a mystery image that popped up on Telltale Games' official fan page with the line "Keep that hair short…" and a statement that all would be revealed on October 29th.
Well, today it's the 29th, and we got exactly what I (and most of the world) thought we'd get - a big ol' teaser...
Thankfully, Telltale Games didn't leave me with the proverbial "video game teaser blue balls"; they also gave a wee smackerel of what's to come for TWD: Season Two.
WARNING: If you haven't finished Season One OR 400 Days, here be (possible) spoilers.
The Walking Dead: Season 2 picks up months after the events of Season One with our young orphan heroine Clementine braving the elements and walkers in order to find a safe haven... all by herself. As Clementine, you will once again walk through a choice-based minefield that will tailor your storyline with every decision you make.
NOTE: Decisions you've made in Season One and 400 Days WILL affect your Season Two gameplay
There's no release date as of yet, BUT pre-ordering has begun with PC/Mac users getting a 10% off special when ordering the season pass.
Stay tuned, darlings.
Zombies, man. They're as hot as their skin is cold, and everyone is clamoring to have the next big undead thing shambling their way. Speaking of which... read on for the first news on Patient Zero.
According to The Wrap, Screen Gems has acquired Mike Le’s zombie script Patient Zero, which is described as a character-driven action-thriller.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Patient Zero features a unique hook — a protagonist with the ability to speak the language of the undead who interrogates zombies in the hopes of finding Patient Zero and a cure for his infected wife.
Those familiar with the script told the site that it features a rich mythology and has the potential to reinvent the zombie genre just as Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s 28 Days Later did in 2002. One individual described the project as being in the vein of “The Walking Dead” and Warm Bodies, while another compared it to Interview with the Vampire but with zombies.
More on this one as it comes.