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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #60 on: March 02, 2012, 02:47:30 pm »
My initial response to that Triffids Poster:

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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2012, 10:18:33 am »
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This looks good and creepy. From the creator of Paranormal Activities (and The River  >:( )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayFBqrxOFWE
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« Reply #62 on: March 16, 2012, 10:47:51 am »
Haha. As soon as you said 'The River', my red flag went up. Wait and see approach for me...............
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« Reply #63 on: March 16, 2012, 11:14:32 am »
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Haha. As soon as you said 'The River', my red flag went up. Wait and see approach for me...............

I'm a wait and see too.

The point I was making above is, there's a good argument that the 'found footage' is good for one movie. The found footage on a series like The River doesn't work.
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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #64 on: April 02, 2012, 10:18:55 am »
I thought I'd point out again that Cabin In The Woods (April 13th) is slowly generating enormous buzz and sounding very positive that it's refreshing and out of the box horror. Not really horror... leaning into sci-fi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQWnPVOSZKg

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Any movie with Joss Whedon's name attached comes with high hopes, as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator doesn't often let us down. And thanks to an early screening, we can tell you that "Cabin in the Woods" lives up to the Whedon mystique. It's not really a horror movie, it's more a whip-smart riff on horror movies, and trust us, you don't want to go in knowing too much more than that. You want to be spoiler-free for this one.
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« Reply #65 on: April 02, 2012, 10:22:21 am »
The screenshot of the above Trailer looks like a bad case of Puppy Love.
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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #66 on: April 10, 2012, 02:01:14 pm »
Where Have All The Monsters Gone? [Things I'm Still Bitter About]

This is a great rant about the state of horror movies and monsters. Completely agree with his take.

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Am I just crazy or have all the good movie monsters disappeared and all thatís left to frighten the general masses (barely frighten, that is) are ghosts, vampires, and zombies? What the hell happened?! When I was growing up we had a plethora of movie monsters just waiting to give us the heebie-jeebies, and now all that seems to be left are a measly gathering of the undead.

I know for a while now Hollywood has appeared to have a problem with creativity and all they manage to produce are remakes and adaptations, but that can still work for the monster movies. There are tons of horrifying monster stories just waiting to be adapted to film and probably a bazillion terrifying, low-budget, B-movie creatures hoping for a better writer or director or production company to come along and breathe new life into them. Personally, I would love to see a remake of The Creature from The Black Lagoon brought to life rather than another vampire or zombie film spewed out. I thought a trend of reviving classic movie monsters might start with The Wolfman remake, but since it didnít do as well financially as expected and suffered from less-than-spectacular reviews, that trend never made itís way out of the castle to torment the villagers (See what I did there). I mean, I enjoyed the film. It felt like a classic Wolfman film and made me jump at times. Apparently thatís not enough.

With the way we see real life unfolding everyday on the news, what with terrorism and violence spreading like a plague through our day-to-day lives, itís possible that Hollywood is delving into a ďless nightmarish escape from realityĒ mentality. I think one of the big problems is that a majority of the Hollywood big-wigs, the people the shell out the cash, donít believe that people still want to be scared. Thatís why weíre seeing an overabundance of comedies (romantic and Bro), emotional dramas (chick flicks and sappy, overcoming tragedy and adversity films), and action films (things go boom). When we do get a horror show, itís nothing to get excited about. ďOh wow, another Paranormal Activity.Ē ďGee whiz, another zombie flick.Ē Or how about one more serial killer/slasher/deranged psychopath movie filled with idiotic teens, who in all honesty should be wiped out entirely in the first 10 minutes of those films. None of the sex-crazed morons should survive and yet one or two of them manage to defeat the killer in the end. Screw that!

I, and many others Iím sure, want the thrills and chills of a good olí fashioned horror film with a good olí fashioned movie monster, updated of course. I mean, weíre going for frights, not laughs and nostalgia. A guy in a rubber suit just doesnít cut it anymore. It would have to be something pretty extraordinary that I think this guy and this guy could pull off, otherwise youíre gonna need some high quality special effects. But donít over do it, a la Michael Bay or (current) George Lucas. If youíre filming the entire film on a green-screen set, youíre probably doing it wrong.



I think the last good monster films that I watched were Cloverfield and Apollo 18, and if you take out the nauseating shaky-cam effect of Cloverfield, they were solid and suspenseful monster films. They were filmed in a found footage style and you would only catch brief glimpses of the monsters in the beginning. But when you did see them, you jumped or chills shot up through your body. In the end, you would get fuller shots of the creatures, and they were even more frightening. Donít forget, readers, a good monster film should contain a great amount of suspense to compliment the shock and horror.

So hereís what Iím getting at: I am months away from turning 30 years old and I havenít been truly scared by a horror film in maybe 15 or 16 years and I miss the fear. Iím sure Iím not the only one, or maybe Iím just morbid. I miss the chills and thrills and waking up in cold sweats from the nightmares that keep me from sleeping properly for days on end. I want a movie that will scare me so much that I soil myself in terror from watching. Not because of how awful it is, Hollywood, but because itís just that mortifying that it scares the crap out of me! Literally. And I want all of the spooky, terrible goings-ons to be performed by monsters. Real monsters. Frankenstein, Wolfman or werewolves, demons, goblins, ghouls, or any other bloodthirsty neíer-do-wells you can rustle up. No more sparkly vampires, love-sick werewolves, lame ghosts, or boring zombies. And take it seriously! Avoid the teen slasher element.

There is loads of creative talent out there that can think up this stuff, myself included (hint hint), just take the time to search it out and give it a chance. Hell, tap into some of the geniuses from the comic book industry. Those guys are hella-talented! Just give us something that weíll enjoy and want to watch over and over again, even though itíll keep us up at night. Make us love Hollywood horror again.
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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2012, 07:55:08 pm »
Evil Dead 2 Rotoscoped

Brief but very kewl


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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #68 on: April 10, 2012, 08:08:38 pm »
Monsterpalooza

You are so lucky... This sounds fun


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For the first time in ages, I will not be attending a Weekend of Horrors convention this year, but not by choice or a scheduling conflict. In fact no one is attending - the convention, a staple for horror fans dating back for over 25 years, is no longer being held. After years of declining attendance (and quality of guests/panels), not to mention splitting ways with Fangoria in 2010, they finally opted to just give it up rather than beat the dead horse any further. It's a shame it went out this way, but both parties simply refused to adapt to the times, sticking to the same format that they had in the 80s and 90s, before the internet took over. They still had the trailer reel to kick things off, but the spots were all available on iTunes. And they'd still bring out the auction for lame things like signed photos of John Saxon, when you can get most of this stuff on eBay. By the end it was embarrassing to attend; I kept going out of obligation but couldn't recall the last time I actually enjoyed one.

Luckily, we Los Angeles folk have Monsterpalooza, which is a superior convention in every way one can imagine anyway. While there are still a few D-listers charging 20 bucks for their autograph (when I first started going in the late 90s, no one charged. Nowadays, the guys that DON'T charge are given the evil eye from the others for "making them look bad"), everything about the convention screams "FOR THE FANS!". The panels mostly focus on creatures and makeup work instead of lame indies that might not even get made. Indeed, I still remember a WoH con in 2006 that had a panel for a film called Sin-Jin Smyth that has still not been released, and its participants on the panel were mostly drunk, as I recall. There's none of that sort of tomfoolery at Monsterpalooza; the guys on stage are professional and want to be there just as much as the people in the crowd.

That's another thing about the con; you'll see guys like Guillermo Del Toro or John Landis walking around even if they don't have a panel or anything in particular to promote - they're going because it's awesome. The dealer room is loaded with stuff worth checking out, and I'm sure more than a few attendees have come home to angry spouses after dropping the electric bill money on a rare poster or scale statue. And the attitude of the convention holders is infectious; when I'd go to a Creation-run con there would always be a lot of surliness among the staff and attendees, but that's not the case at any Monsterpalooza I've attended - the volunteers are friendly, the celebs seem to be having fun, and the attendees are in high spirits. Amazing what can happen when they're not being bilked out of their dough at every turn. Even if you don't spend a penny (besides the fairly cheap door admission) you can still have a great time, a far cry from say, the Supernatural convention, where you can't do ANYTHING without opening your wallet (check out Devin's depressing but 100% accurate report from that nightmare).

Hell, you even get free stuff that's worth a damn. As a model kit enthusiast, I've never been more bummed out over the fact that I don't have any children than when I saw the notice that the first 100 kids through the door EACH DAY (Fri-Sun) of the convention get a free Moebius monster kit. The convention is very much geared toward classic horror; you're more likely to see statues or kits of Lugosi or Karloff than one of the Saw villains. They also focus on the craft; makeup demonstrations and the like are common sights as you walk around, and the guest list is heavily skewed in favor of FX gurus and artists. Not only does it make it more appealing to the fans, but it also caters to kids in a way - you see a lot of dads bringing their budding "Monster Kids" around and opening their eyes to the world of horror via the stuff that has endured for decades. What from our generation is going to be around in 30 years? No one's going to be waxing nostalgic and introducing their kids to The Devil Inside.

And here's the funny thing - I love Monsterpalooza simply for doing things right. There's a great Onion article about a pro basketball player who was lauded for being a "decent human being", and the humor of that piece applies in a similar manner here. The convention is great mainly because it shows respect for the genre that it's celebrating - why is that so "weird"? I wish I could make it out to some of the others: Texas' Frightmare Weekend, Kentucky's Scarefest, etc, just to see if those are more like a Weekend of Horrors or Monsterpalooza. As I look at their websites, it seems to be the former - I don't see the sort of celebratory nature of Monsterpalooza's lineup (with tributes to Jack Pierce, Ray Harryhausen, etc) on their sites. I mean, the headline on one site's festival page is "Verne Troyer Announced!" Yeah man, that's who horror fans want to see: Mini-Me.

As I've said millions of times, most horror fans are actually the nicest folks in the world. Standing in line at a con will always result in making a new pal as you talk about this or that movie or complimenting each others' shirts or whatever; as opposed to at a ball game where you're more likely to get into a fight over a spilled beer. And I never heard of a guy in a Jason shirt beating a guy in a Freddy shirt into a coma, like some Dodger fans did to this poor Giants fan a year ago. Going to cons can and SHOULD be fun for all involved, and thus I want to thank Monsterpalooza for getting it right, and hope that the other annual cons around the country follow their lead when programming their own. You don't want to end up like the Weekend of Horrors, killed off by its own greed and lack of concern for the attendees.

Anyway, I hope some of you fine folks can make it. Probably too late to fly out, but definitely worth a road trip if you're in California or even Arizona/Nevada. Monsterpalooza is held at the Marriott across from the Burbank Airport, from April 13-15th. Tickets are available at the door; discounted weekend passes are available. Visit the site for a full lineup of guests and panels. And if you see me, say hi! I'll be the guy drooling at the Don Post Halloween III masks.
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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #69 on: April 13, 2012, 02:40:48 pm »
Mentioned earlier...

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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #70 on: April 16, 2012, 10:23:42 am »
The Map Of The Dead Will Help You Prepare For The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse



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The zombie apocalypse is coming. Itís no secret, the signs are everywhere, itís really just a matter of time. The only thing you can do is be prepared, and while your chances of survival ultimately depend on you, Iím doing everything I can to help prepare you for it. When the dead rise because thereís no room left in hell or after a greedy corporation synthesizes a virus that reanimates corpses, thereís a very small window of time for you to come up with a plan. Youíll need water, food, weapons, and much more if youíre to survive. Thanks to an incredibly cool Google Map, we now have a tool that tells us all that and so much more. Head past the break for more.

Dubbed the Map of the Dead, this handy tool takes your location and flags nearby points of interest like pharmacies, grocery stores, hospitals, and military outposts, so you can plan accordingly. This map is a fantastic addition, or for those who arenít fond of reading, it could be a replacement for the Zombie Survival Guide. The only thing this map is missing is a way for me to find the nearest crovel.

Come on, people! Donít let the zombies catch you with your pants down, because thatís how you get your naughty bits bitten off. If youíre interested in getting a good idea of your chances of survival when the **** hits the fan, I suggest you head on over to the Map of the Dead so you can be better prepared for the coming zombie apocalypse.
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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #71 on: April 16, 2012, 10:51:17 am »
I think deep down inside, Mac wishes he was a Zombie. Just think of all the chicks that he would get to eat out.

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« Reply #72 on: April 16, 2012, 10:59:50 am »
Dohhhhhhhhhhhh
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Re: All Things Horror...
« Reply #73 on: April 25, 2012, 07:29:56 pm »
The Road (2012) Philipine

I typically cannot stand these ultra quick cut trailers, and I still hate this one, but the imagery they do show has caught my attention. Looks uber creepy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfa1vOkUiGs
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