Written by Charlie Brigden
Yesterday Thanksgiving! This means a lot in America but fuck all over here in the UK, but we will nevertheless be thankful, especially for Krampus! Coming out soon is the new movie dedicated to the mental Germanic legend of “Krampus”, who is basically the anti-Santa Claus, and having just listened to Douglas Pipes‘ score for the film my anticipation is through the chimney.
Basically, Krampus the score is a whole sackful of fun. If I had to sum it up I’d say it’s Jerry Goldsmith’s Gremlins meets Danny Elfman’s Batman Returns, a full orchestral feast that mixes Christmas carols with cloven hoof percussion and terrifying strings. It opens very traditional – at least when you get past the howling moans of ‘A Cold Wind’ – lulling you into a false sense of security with hammered dulcimer and chimes with a Kevin McCallister-esque mischievousness, and before long we’re hearing a wonderfully warm and traditional rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
But things change with ‘The Wish’, which gives us the Krampus motif, a wonderful ascending melody that runs through the rest of the score, along with the Elfman choral parts. ‘Bells, Bones, and Chains’ brings the motif into full creepy mood, seductive and haunting like you’d expect from a half-man, half-goat that looks like the Beezelebub from The Devil Rides Out. The score really goes into overdrive after this, with the void of strings and bells of ‘Into The Storm’, the cacophony of strings in ‘Christmas Angels’, and the full-on assault of ‘The Snow Beast’.
Krampus is at its best when it launches into these attacks, like the terrifying strings in ‘Season’s Eatings’ and the horribly (intentionally) off-key rendition of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ in ‘Creatures Are Stirring’. This is where it really resembles the aforementioned Gremlins, with the quiet moments of respite punctuated with these bursts of mischief , like the music box version of ‘Silent Night’ interrupted by a flash of the Krampus motif in ‘Bells…’
‘Elfen’ sounds like a downright homage to Gremlins with its big homicidal reading of the motif, and then there’s ‘Sacrifice’, where beautifully emotional strings are broken by huge brass. Later in the track there’s a fantastic moment when an ethereal choir turns into more ‘Silent Night’, which is then overtaken by chants of “Gruß vom Krampus!”, and it’s hilarious and creepy. That’s really what Krampus is, both funny and terrifying, and hugely successful.
It isn’t all cloven tapdancing however, and it gets a bit long at times, although that’s really a complaint I could level at most score albums I listen to these days. But what matters is Krampus is utterly creepy in places – it knows what scares you, and both it and you have a ball doing it. Let’s hope ‘Krampus Karol of the Bells’ quickly becomes a Christmas classic – or the horned one might be paying us a visit.
Krampus is out on vinyl from Waxwork Records and on digital and CD from Backlot Music on December 4th.
Charlie Brigden is a longtime horror nerd who runs his own site about film scores and soundtracks, Films On Wax. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter as well as subscribe to his podcast on Soundcloud.
America. A changed country. No more obesity. No more weight-related illnesses. No more overeating. A utopia of health conscious, cardio obsessed drones, carefully watching what they eat all year round. But on one day of the year, one special evening, all bets are off and we can all pretend that calories don’t exist.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the national broadcast system announcing the beginning of the annual “Binge”. Go forth and eat until your bellies burst and you slip in the ultimate food coma. Embrace “the itis”, for tomorrow the bundles of kale shall rise like a phoenix from the ashes, and carcasses, of your grotesque Thanksgiving meal, showering its super nutritional value upon you.
Oh, and don’t fucking kill people. This isn’t The Purge, okay? What’s wrong with some of you?
Blood Rage is often touted as a “Thanksgiving slasher”—mostly because the holiday has never been properly exploited in the slasher canon. It’s set on Thanksgiving, sure, but, turkey dinner aside, it might as well happen on any other night. A reference to pumpkin pie and a running joke about cranberry sauce doesn’t necessarily make this required viewing at November’s end, although we horror fans crave rituals so it’s unsurprising that we’ve put that on Blood Rage. It doesn’t matter that there isn’t so much as a pilgrim decoration to be found—we like tradition!
Blood Rage (on screen title here is Slasher) was released in 1987 but made in 1983, making it one from the subgenre’s “golden age.” It’s briskly paced and wastes almost no time in getting the body count underway. Those who crave splatter will be delighted, and it demonstrates plenty of oddball touches for further distinction.
The 1974 prologue follows young twin brothers sneaking out of their mom’s station wagon at the drive-in. Rather than watch her make out with her resident boyfriend, they peep a young couple having sex in the backseat of another vehicle, which triggers one of them to plant a hatchet in the guy’s face. Before he’s caught, he rubs blood on his innocent brother and blames him for the brutal killing.
Present day finds Todd committed for Terry’s crime. He stages an off camera escape from the institution where he’s committed, heading home to presumably confront his psycho brother (his motive is never made clear). This concerns Todd’s psychiatrist who has a pretty good idea where he’s headed. She follows him to his mother and brother (living in an apartment complex called Shadow Woods) while harboring doubts about his guilt. She’s not exactly Dr. Loomis, though, tempting fate by aggravating the situation and then wandering around the woods without any type of plan other than “he’s gotta be around here somewhere.”
We learn the impetus behind Terry’s “blood rage” pretty quickly: whenever mommy (Louise Lasser) gets serious about men, it’s time to kill. At Thanksgiving dinner she announces her engagement to a recent boyfriend, causing Terry to flip his lid and take his anger out on everyone living at Shadow Woods. The movie’s structure is odd, like the opening 20 minutes of The Toolbox Murders stretched to feature length. Characters come and go while Terry runs around the apartment complex doing his thing. The movie doesn’t really know what to do with its premise of dueling brothers, so the freshly escaped Todd disappears for large stretches for no reason other than to pass the time until the climactic confrontation.
The uncut version of Blood Rage is pretty wet thanks to make-up artist Ed French. Anyone who’s seen that other 1983 slasher classic, Sleepaway Camp, will recall his work and Blood Rage is another showcase for his talents. His severed heads and dead bodies have a distinct style that’s effective even when somewhat unconvincing. Whether we’re talking about a water snake slithering out of a corpse’s mouth at Camp Arawak, or the literal split and severed heads here, French’s FX work packs a punch. At a time when many slashers were diced to pieces at the hands of an overzealous MPAA, it’s a miracle that we’re able to view Blood Rage in all its uncut glory today.
Blood Rage also stands out because of its performances. Louise Lasser’s harried mother is pathetically tragic. You can feel the crushing burden when it comes to her sons, and it’s great to see her become more undone as things progress. Likewise, Mark Soper’s dual role as the crazed brothers gives us two very different psychos. His Terry is one of the most charismatic slashers ever, committing murders with pure relish. The leads know how to go over-the-top without being overdone, understanding the material and knowing just how to milk it. Maybe the quality of the supporting cast ranges, but our leads give this a memorable stamp.
Blood Rage comes to Blu-ray spouting a glorious 2k restoration courtesy of Arrow Video. As a long time fan, this release is a revelation. Arrow gives us a nice, filmic transfer that offers astonishing detail all around. Daytime scenes pop with incredible color and the evening stuff is obviously darker and grainier without sacrificing any beauty. You’ll find a few scattered instances of dirt on the print, but nothing that detracts.
These Arrow releases feel like a horror fan’s dream. Yes, there are a half dozen labels rescuing cult films from the brink of permanent obscurity, but Arrow and Synapse feel like the guys who really deserve the “Criterion of cult cinema” accolade. Not only does Blood Rage look incredible, the host of supplementary material is almost overwhelming.
It should be noted that I’m reviewing a sample disc. As such, this review is missing a critique of the two additional cuts of the movie: the 1987 Nightmare at Shadow Woods home video re-edit, which contains material not seen in the Blood Rage theatrical cut. It also features a composite edit of both versions and includes never-before-seen outtakes. Also excluded from my coverage, artwork and the requisite Arrow booklet.
Moving on to what is included here:
- Audio commentary with director John Grissmer (and John Daley): Moderated by someone from Arrow, this is a decent commentary that offers good information while occasionally lapsing into silence. The moderator does a great job of ensuring conversational flow, while Grissmer is hilariously over self-congratulatory at times (“she’s wearing all white, that’s exactly what I wanted her to look like”). Differences in the various cuts are well-covered, and nobody has any real illusions about the type of movie they made. We also learn a little about the legal issues spurred by DVD labels selling this illegally in other countries. A diverse conversation and one worth listening to.
- Both Sides of the Camera – an interview with producer/actress Marianne Kanter: This is a very funny segment, mostly because Kanter pulls no punches with her remembrances. Obviously Blood Rage was filmed on a shoestring budget, and Kanter explains her process for scrounging up money for productions. She also talks about tension between Louise Lasser and director John Grissmer, which led to the director temporarily quitting the production.
- Double Jeopardy – an interview with actor Mark Soper: Soper reveals a newfound appreciation for this movie, discusses his approach to playing twin brothers, and incorrectly identifies his other genre role as Understudy II (he means The Understudy: Graveyard Shift II).
- Jeez, Louise! – an interview with actress Louise Lasser: Lasser talks about her history in acting and how it led to Blood Rage. She doesn’t remember why she agreed to make it, but recalls her desire to do something interesting with the character and then wonders aloud if she was successful in doing so.
- Man Behind the Mayhem – an interview with special make-up effects creator Ed French: A conversation with French that covers his early career leading to Blood Rage. Interestingly, he also touches on the marketing efforts, believing the campaign should’ve focused on this being a turkey day slasher.
- Three Minutes with Ted Raimi – an interview with actor Ted Raimi: A really quick three minutes that are less about Raimi’s cameo as a drug dealer who dresses like Crazy Ralph and more about how he almost missed a career in acting altogether.
- Return to Shadow Woods – featurette revisiting the original locations in Jacksonville, Florida: Many supplemental packages include these types of features these days, but this is among the best because the Florida-based film historian gives a brief history of each of Blood Rage’s locations, including when they made their transition to modernity.
- Alternate opening titles: A full screen VHS sourced version of alternate titles containing the title Blood Rage (perhaps included to prove that yes, this film was actually called Blood Rage somewhere).
Blood Rage is about to be discovered by a slew of new folks, and that’s pretty cool. It’s super entertaining and Arrow’s presentation basks it in a whole new light. Even if this review doesn’t cover all the supplements, what’s here would’ve been plenty. That the final product includes a second disc of alternate cuts (as well as a DVD copy) is just another example of these guys going above and beyond in their pursuit of genre preservation. This marks the first time Blood Rage has been legitimately released in the digital age, and that’s grounds for celebration whether you want to watch it on Thanksgiving or enjoy it any other time of the year. It’s never a bad time to be thankful for Blood Rage and the fantastic work that Arrow has done on it.
Releasing next year, Cassidy Way (Facebook) claims to be based on true events, which these days is usually just another way of saying that your film should be considered more important that others. But while it certainly won’t be self-righteous award season Oscar bait, it sure does look like a great killer flick.
Director Harvey Lowry is primarily known as a makeup artist, having worked on such films as Watchmen, X-Men 3, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. According to IMDb, he has no fewer than 11 upcoming directing projects, so expect to be hearing a lot more about him in the future.
Cassidy Way is a gut-wrenching thriller about a college senior, Gina Alexander, and her two friends, Collin and Mitch, who set out to make her thesis documentary film. When the footage is missing a few days before the project is due, they improvise an expedition into an abandoned fracking facility in Kern County. Mitch comes across some highly classified documents, but the doors suddenly lock and the room is filled with lethal gas. Narrowly escaping, the students are found by Jamison Connors, who invite them back to their house where they meet their sister and mother. When Donald, the father, comes home, he insists they stay over for dinner before he takes them to their car. Donald accidentally finds the classified documents Mitch took from the bunker that contains an old newspaper clipping of his older son’s tragic death. This leads Donald to believe the three of them are involved in a conspiracy plot against him and his family, which sends him into a psychopathic killing spree.
Have you ever watched a slasher film and found yourself wondering at the end what happens to the lone survivor? Do they become plagued by nightmares and consumed with survivor’s guilt? Are they able to get on with their lives, or do the memories of what they lived through haunt them forever?
Mike McKown, director of the aptly named horror Stiff, attempts to answer these questions with his new film, Survival Knife (official website). It’s hitting DVD on January 26, 2016, so we don’t have long to wait until we find out what really happens after the credits for a slasher movie roll.
SURVIVAL KNIFE picks up where the typical Hollywood slasher film ends. Penny (Danielle Donahue) is the sole survivor of a vicious attack that killed five of her closest friends. To escape, she was forced to brutally kill her would-be murderer. As she begins the slow process of recovering both physically and mentally, she struggles to deal with the violence that happened to her – and the violence she committed herself – and worries that the same killer instinct that helped her survive is slowly turning her into something else.
When it comes to epic horror crossovers, we sure do have some pretty awesome flicks. King Kong vs. Godzilla, Freddy vs. Jason, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, to name but a few. Now we can add another to that list in the form of Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein, which recently began filming.
Director Gautier Cazenave actually conceived the idea for this truly incredible sounding film some time ago and is now thrilled that he’s finally at the stage where it’s becoming a reality:
“When I started writing Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein, my wife and I were expecting our first daughter. Now she’s five, and she plays little Maria in the scenes that we’ve shot! This film has become a part of my life, and vice versa, so it means a lot to be finally capturing the images that have been floating in my head for so long. The team is great, and we’re all very eager to move on to principal photography.”
Take a look at some of the first images from the set below. “The game is a foot” is clearly a classic tagline in the making, and you can stay ahead of the game by following Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein on Facebook.
1898. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Germany to investigate a strange case in the village of Darmstadt. Who is the mysterious figure who digs up corpses and steals their limbs? Could these events be related to the nearby presence of Castle Frankenstein, whose name is closely associated to Mary Shelley’s horror novel ? Everyone is a suspect…
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Who doesn’t love monster movies? Short form, long form, we cannot get enough of ’em! The next one to hit our radar is a short film called, simply enough, Monsters.
Steve Desmond directs from a script he wrote with Michael Sherman. Caitlin Carmichael, Ione Skye, Christopher Wiehl, and Joey Luthman star. Check out the goods below.
Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…
And just like Star Wars, fans will get a brand new Alien trilogy!
Hopefully you’re keeping up with the news rush surrounding Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise.
It was announced that Scott begins filming Alien: Covenant next March for release on October 6, 2017. The newly titled Prometheus sequel is not only a followup to his Alien prequel, but is also now confirmed (below) to be the first in a brand new trilogy. This makes Prometheus a one-shot story that’s the basis of events that will begin in Alien: Covenant, which is said to follow a new crew on a new mission.
The plan, as I’ve written more than a handful of times, is to build on the mythology that would eventually bridge directly into Scott’s 1979 Alien.
This new obsession with Alien sequels stems from Scott’s frustration over the franchise sequels, and how the filmmakers never asked “why?”
Via THR: ” ‘Alien: Covenant’ and the following two films will be origin stories, answering the “very basic questions posed in ‘Alien’: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?” Scott revealed at a press conference in Sydney where he is starting pre-production on Covenant, the first sequel to ‘Prometheus.’
“Its a very complex story. Its an evolution of what I first did with ‘Prometheus 1,’ ” he said of the new film, which tells the story of the crew of the colony ship Covenant, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
“’Prometheus 1′ was borne out of my frustration that on ‘Alien 1’ in 1979 – I only did one as I don’t normally do sequels. I was amazed that in the 3 that followed that no-one asked the question “why the ‘Alien,’ who made it and why?” Very basic questions. So I came up with the notion of ‘Prometheus 1,’ which starts to indicate who might have made it and where it came from,” Scott said.
“So I’m now going to the next one, which is the next evolution directly connected with the first one, which was this Shaw, when he replaced Michael Fassbender in two pieces and we’ll kind of pick it up there and it will evolve. When that’s finished there’ll be another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979,” the British director revealed.
“So in other words, why was this space jockey there and why did he have an Alien inside him? And those questions will be answered,” he added.
While Scott spews a monologue out about how he was frustrated with the Alien sequels, the real reason we’re getting a brand new trilogy is because of, get this, Star Wars.
“Star Wars will be a juggernaut. Why do you think I’m doing sequels,” Scott quipped.
Yes, Star Wars is going to be a juggernaut, and so will Alien. It’s sort of ironic that – from what I’ve been told – Fox and Scott were a little angry when Damon Lindelof rewrote Prometheus and removed the bridge directly tying it to Alien, and then abandoned them to figure out a sequel on their own. Now, because of the new ending, Scott and Fox are able to expand the franchise for another decade. I’m actually a huge fan of Prometheus, and think the original ending would have been received with open arms in the film community. Still, I’d trade that perfect circle for a new Alien trilogy any day. And if the only catastrophe is Neill Blomkamp’s fan-service Alien 5, well, I’m okay with that!
What say you?
If you’re reading this site, you obviously have a love for horror films, and Vertigo has a new comic book series for you! Survivors’ Club, co-written by Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen, is based on those who made it out of the horror films from the 80’s alive.
Intrigued? Check out our exclusive sneak peek of Survivors’ Club Issue #3, available December 2nd, below! Pre-orders are available from TFAW.
Halvorsen lays out the foundation of the comic as follows: “For many the ‘80s, along with the ‘70s, was a golden era for horror films. A lot of those films from then are deeply ingrained in pop culture. We all know the story of The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and so on. They have almost become our generation’s fairy tales. We draw a lot on that mythology in Survivors’ Club, but we take it in unexpected directions.”
Issue #3 Synopsis:
Six kids who lived through unbelievable terror in the ‘80s are somehow united in LA. Alice and Simon continue their lusty game of cat and mouse as Chenzira and Kiri resort to illegal measures to find more information about the cursed game Akheron. And Harvey’s psychotic imaginary Mr. Empty goes from the voice inside his head to fully realized horror right in front of his face.
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One of the best memories of my childhood was whenever my mom would buy me some Hi-C Ecto Cooler. You have to understand that my mom had this interesting theory that drinks like that, including anything like Gatorade and Kool-Aid, would dye my insides a different color. How that was a bad thing I’ll never know. Okay, so my small intestines are purple. So what?
It’s because of those nostalgically amazing memories that I’m extremely excited to learn that Coca-Cola, the parent company of Minute Maid, who owns Hi-C, has re-registered the trademark for their Ghostbusters-themed flavor! The flavor made its appearance in 1987 as a tie-in with the animated series The Real Ghostbusters and, due to its immense popularity, it continued until 2001, although Slimer left the box art around 1997.
What this means for the flavor is unknown. Maybe we’ll be getting some new Ecto Cooler in stores? Maybe they’re doing it so their trademark doesn’t lapse? Who knows? But the fact that Coca-Cola still has interest in the product is pretty cool. Hell, maybe they’ll do a limited run when Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters comes out! Just keep those fingers crossed and those childhood memories in check until we know for certain!
In the meantime, us adults can enjoy an adult version of the Ecto Cooler that’s a bit more…potent. Some of you might remember the BD video game writer TJ (aka BurnTheBlueSky). When he visited me in Michigan, we went to a bar that made this recipe and he swore up and down that it tasted exactly like the original.
H/T: Planet Ghostbusters
Every year, as is tradition, we give thanks on the fourth Thursday of November. And, as is tradition, we remember the Grindhouse trailer for the faux movie Thanksgiving, which was a throwback to the slashers of the 70’s and 80’s.
The trailer drew enough interest and appreciation that a feature length film was strongly considered at one point. However, things have been completely silent on that front for a while now, so it’s probably safe to assume that the project is as dead as grandma is in the trailer, although hopefully not splayed and stuff the same way.
Still, we’ll always have the knife-meets-vagina by way of trampoline scene to make us all cringe. Watch below and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Director Jessica Cameron wrote in to let us know about some cool stuff that’s happening with her latest film, Mania, and share some new stills from the flick! Eat ’em up!
From the Press Release:
Jessica Cameron’s sophomore film Mania continues to rack up festival awards and screenings with three new dates announced.
Jessica Cameron’s first film, Truth or Dare, won 34 awards throughout the course of a long and successful festival run. Mania is still fresh off its September launch at The Arizona Underground Film Festival, but it’s already snagged two best picture awards at Arizona and The RIP Film Festival in Hollywood and a best actress award at RIP for Ellie Church. Mania is set to receive its fourth award at The Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival when it wins best narrative feature at the end of November.
If you are in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving weekend, make sure to check out Mania’s second LA screening at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. Mania had its LA premiere on Halloween night at the RIP Film Festival to a large and enthusiastic crowd. Mania screens at the LAUFF on Saturday, November 28th, at The Complex Theater, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90036. Get your tickets here.
Then, on December 5th, Mania is set to have its Sydney premiere at the Dendy Cinema Newtown as part of A Night of Horror Film Festival, the longest running horror film festival in Australia. If you are going to be in Sydney in early December, you can buy your tickets here.
Finally, Mania is set to screen at The Portland Underground Film Festival December 4th at 8:00 PM. A full festival pass is only $30, and there are a lot of other great films playing as well as Mania. Get you tickets for The Portland Underground Film Festival here or call 1 (865) 985-3123.
Mania is produced by Mem Ferda, who also brought us Jessica Cameron’s debut, Truth or Dare, which shocked audiences worldwide with its extreme, relentless violence. Mania is just as uncompromising as its predecessor, but the violence of Cameron’s first film is replaced with a lesbian sexuality that is just as relentless and just as shocking as Truth or Dare’s extreme gore. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Lionsgate UK is kicking the undead’s ass with a new international trailer and one-sheet for their undead actioneer, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, set for release February 5th, 2016.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies focuses on the Bennett sisters – Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) – several badass women who have been trained to brutally slay the undead. The trailer is more of the same as we’ve seen in previous trailers. The poster, however, comes together nicely.
The events begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been rated PG-13 for “zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material.“
After premiering last year at the Horror on Sea Film Festival, the UK horror Serial Kaller is finally heading to DVD Stateside on January 26, 2016.
Starring Danni Thompson, Debbie Rochon, and Suzi Lorraine, with Bear Scary director Dan Brownlie at the helm, the slasher flick sets out to prove once and for all that there’s more to life than looks, as a bunch of beautiful models learn by literally losing their lives.
A group of beautiful Internet models are trapped inside their recording studio and hunted down by a mentally unstable fan they insulted live on the air. Now the girls must join together to escape and face their murderous stalker or be picked of one by one. Beauty may only be skin deep, but revenge cuts to the bone.
Indie filmmaker James Balsamo just wrote in with a pretty unique promotion for his new flick Killer Waves. Read on for details.
“Imagine if you could have came up with an idea for a kill for the original Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street. CEO of Acid Bath Productions James Balsamo is giving you the chance of a lifetime to suggest a kill for his new movie! When you order a Killer Waves t-shirt off of acidbathproductions.com, you can suggest a kill that might be featured in the film. One winner will be picked each week to have their idea for an onscreen murder to be featured in the movie! The kill will be released at the end of each week. This way you don’t have to wait till the film comes out for the blood and guts!! Help support the budget and make your sick fantasies come true on the big screen!”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We here at Bloody Disgusting sincerely hope you are having a relaxing holiday and getting to spend some quality time with your families and maybe squeeze in a horror movie or two in the process.. We’re taking today to reminisce and celebrate one of the greatest Thanksgiving celebrations ever put on film (and it doesn’t even take place on Thanksgiving!): Addams Family Values.
If, like me, you were a child of the 90s, you probably watched Addams Family Values a lot growing up. For me, it was one of those movies that was funny but had its roots planted firmly enough in the horror genre that it scratched the itch I had from not being allowed to watch actual horror movies as a child.
Addams Family Values has a macabre sense if humor, and that helps it in being much better than its predecessor quality-wise, though it didn’t help with box office numbers (it has since gained a cult following). In the film, Fester’s (Christopher Lloyd) new wife Debbie (a gloriously unhinged Joan Cusack) is also a serial killer known as the Black Widow, who marries men only to kill them and gain their inheritance. In her plot to marry Fester, she sends Wednesday (Christina Ricci, in what is arguably her best role) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) to summer camp, where a pair of counselors (Peter MacNicol & Christine Baranski) are putting on a Thanksgiving play (in the summer…for reasons not mentioned). They cast Wednesday and Pocahontas and mayhem ensues.
That’s enough of a history lesson, we’re here to talk about Thanksgiving! The Thanksgiving play is the centerpiece of Addams Family Values and is the sequence I used to rewind and watch over and over again with my sister while we were growing up. It’s a cathartic scene for anyone who has ever been an outcast and for anyone who has ever wanted to see Harmony from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel really get what’s coming to her. Basically, it’s awesome. Now stop reading and watch it, because Thanksgiving.
As if Google Maps and Google Earth weren’t already impressive enough, allowing you to see your home from satellites in the sky, the introduction of Street View took those technologies to new levels. Now, simply by entering an address, you can virtually visit almost any location in the world.
Google sends out specially designed cars with cameras affixed to them that literally take snapshots of each individual street the vehicles drive past, and in doing so they’ve managed to capture our day to day lives like never before. It’s pretty crazy, and when you think about it, kind of scary.
Not surprisingly, some pretty strange shit has been captured by Google Street View over the years, and we set out to find the creepiest of the creepy. The images range from obvious glitches to genuinely unexplainable doses of pure nightmare fuel, so strap in and get ready for the chills.
Here are the 15 creepiest images that have been documented by Google Street View!
1) YUP. THAT’S TOTALLY NORMAL. MOVING RIGHT ALONG.
2) SQUAD GOALS
3) THE PIGEONS ARE HUNGRY. FOR YOUR SOUL.
4) WHEN DRAGGING A CORPSE OFF THE PIER, MAKE SURE GOOGLE ISN’T AROUND
5) MOM SAID DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS, BUT SHE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE EASTER BUNNY
MORE CREEPY IMAGES ON THE NEXT PAGE!
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Altman be praised. He spoke of Convergence, and now our time has come. Take my hands, brothers and sisters, for we are to be made whole through the healing power of LEGO.
This wondrous creation is the holy work of the prophet Rat Dude, and through his passion and faith we have been gifted with a replica of the USG Ishimura from the Dead Space series. Praise Altman. Now I’d like you all to stand with me so we can celebrate the divine and unknowable being that is The Rat Dude with the Unitologist’s hymn. Ooooh, hoooleeeeey beee…
In case you missed it, Night Dive Studios revealed their next project earlier this month, and it’s a remake of the now 21 year-old horror classic System Shock.
The Unity-powered remake is being developed in collaboration with Robert Waters, the original concept artist, to ensure it stays true to its source material. This is the same team that brought us the System Shock: Enhanced Edition in September, so I doubt they’ll disappoint.
Night Dive CEO Stephen Kick recently offered some new details, along with some early screens and concept art that can be found over on Polygon.
No release window has been announced, but when it does arrive, you can find it on PC and consoles. If it performs well enough, we may finally get a System Shock 3.
Fox Searchlight is getting back into the business of horror – this is a good thing, a really, really good thing – with Elimination.
The Last Exorcism helmer Daniel Stamm has been hired to direct the horror-thriller, which is to be produced by Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment, reports Variety.
Stamm will oversee a draft with the writer, Zak Olkewicz. Plot details are being kept under wraps at this time, unfortunately.
DanTram Nguyen and Taylor Friedman will lead the project for Fox Searchlight, the company behind 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Club Dread, Day Watch and The Hills Have Eyes.