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Making INNSMOUTH

Whether you’re a Joshua Hoffine fan or not (though I can think of no good reason why any horror fan would not dig him), and whether you’re a Lovecraft fan or not, you owe it to yourself to check out the artist’s blog post on his latest piece–hell, we can’t think of a reason not to call it a masterpiece– titled INNSMOUTH. The creation boasts the absolutely stellar work of J. Anthony Kosar and his talented team at Kosart Studios; just when I think their effects/prosthetic work cannot get any better, it does. Hoffine was also able to get Doug Jones to star in the piece (no, not as an eerily thin creature of some kind) as the hero. Mr. Hoffine’s talent, paired with the top-tier dedication to putting the most care, concern, and craftsmanship into his creations possible into every detail, is well on display here. He even takes you step-by-step through his entire process (with lots of great behind-the-scenes photos and backstory). The attribute of his art that shines through, however, that puts him on a level with the best horror artists among, say, Bernie Wrightson, is his true love of and devotion to the horror genre. True horror fans can see and feel the heart (no pun intended) and soul of a kindred horror fan as soon as you lay eyes on his art …and that’s not common to find, these days. Enjoy!

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This is my new photograph called INNSMOUTH.  This image is based on the story Shadow Over Innsmouth by legendary Horror author H.P. Lovecraft. This photograph stars actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) as the victim and features Special FX from frequent collaborator and Face/Off champion J. Anthony Kosar and his talented team at Kosart Studios.

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In the 1931 story Shadow Over Innsmouth, the human victim is chased through the streets of the seaside town of Innsmouth by a teeming mob of monstrous fish people called the Deep Ones. The imagery of a sole individual being pursued by a city full of monsters is similar to Invasion of The Body Snatchers, I Am Legend, or any modern zombie movie, but exists first in Shadow Over Innsmouth.  As with my previous zombie photograph LAST STAND, INNSMOUTH is populated by a horde of monsters…

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Horror Boom Creepy Holiday Countdown 2013: Watch The Scary Short Film “Santa”!

Here’s a little something we really wanted to re-blog now that Christmas is drawing near… and two years later, it’s still scary. Enjoy this short horror film!

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You know, this one doesn’t really need much of an introduction.

Thanks to the tip-off from Arrow Through The Head’s Eric. We have no background into on the short (yet-we weren’t going to wait to find any before posting it). It’s just really cool… creepy as hell, and probably something I shouldn’t have watched after dark and right before bedtime. Eeeek!

 

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Review: Krampus, the shadow of Saint Nicholas

We have not had the pleasure of seeing this yet, but after reading this review? Count us in.

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It’s hard to believe that we’ve had to wait this long for a new Michael Dougherty-directed feature film, marking Krampus as his first movie since 2007’s Halloween classic Trick ‘R Treat. And just like Trick ‘R Treat, Krampus explores holiday horror in terrifying fashion, cementing his new film as an instant Christmas-horror classic. In it, after his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max turns his back on Christmas, unknowingly summoning the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

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American Horror Story Hotel: Who Do You Think The 10 Commandments Killer Is?

UPDATE 12-7-15:

Well well, looks like most of us were right! Thanks for everyone who voted. Only two more new episodes before the Christmas break, so savor them! Oh, and Evan Peters is stealing every scene he’s in as Mr. March. Nice to see him playing a character who is having fun, for once!

 

So, this week’s episode of AHS Hotel, titled “The Ten Commandments Killer”, has promised to reveal the identity of said serial killer. It’s been a long two weeks, huh?

We’re 99% sure of the identity of the killer, but how about you? Take our poll below and tell us who you think the killer will turn out to be!

Feel free to write in your vote, not to mention tell us your theories!

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Ten Little-Known Trivia Facts About American Horror Story Asylum – We Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All Yet!

An oldie, but a goodie. Thanks for for being patient , you guys… new content is coming!

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Some of these you may have read or heard; others also obsessed with American Horror Story Asylum may know most. However, I’m thinking you’ll read at least one fact you didn’t know, hopefully more! I cited sources when I could, or links to the articles I came across the info or quotes in. A couple I stumbled upon by accident –I was trying to find more than ten, so I could weed out a few of the blander ones–even surprised me.  Let’s start things off with a bang (so to speak)…

Ryan Murphy told EW.com that Cromwell said, “Well you have to fucking cast my son — he looks just like me.’  He walked in and indeed he did. We cast him on the spot… it was perfect.”

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New Body trailer is a holiday nightmare!

We are blessed with three holiday-themed horror flicks this year! I haven’t seen this (or Krampus) yet, but I have seen the anthology flick A Christmas Horror Story and enjoyed it so much I may buy a copy! Check out ACHS when you can, and check out this trailer (great poster, too).

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After a highly praised festival run, Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s Christmas-set horror tale Body is making its way into our lives in just over a month, so to celebrate the occasion we have an all-new theatrical trailer for the Holiday-themed thriller! This comes right on the heels of a new poster, which is a thing of minimalistic beauty—find it below along with the trailer!

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Trick ‘R Treat director’s new holiday horror Krampus gets a trailer!

Now this is more like it! Hope this gets a regular theatrical release, since it’ll be here just in time for the holidays!

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There’s one place that the genre doesn’t explore nearly enough and that is Christmas. Sure, there are plenty of classic holiday horror films—Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, and Gremlins come to mind—but it’s still a largely untapped area for the genre (at least as far as good horror goes). That’s why Michael Dougherty’s Krampus is such a special occasion because not only is this his first film since 2007’s Halloween classic Trick ‘R Treat, but his latest is going straight for the throat of the Christmas season. Better hope you’re not on the naughty list!

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Review: The Editor, cutting room carnage

We are going to be checking this out as soon as we can!

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Long gone are the days of giallo cinema, a genre that really came into its own during the 70s and 80s with films like Deep RedTenebrae and Stagefright leaving an indelible mark on horror. While the genre has almost become a lost art in the world of film, every once in a while we see a movie that captures the very spirit of Italy’s neon thrillers. And although they are few and far between, a modern-day giallo film is a nice little treat to the genre, especially when they’re as bloody red and ridiculous as Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy’s The Editor. In it, a film editor with a wooden hand gets entangled in a web of murders in which he becomes the prime suspect.

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Film Review: ‘The Gallows’

Getting locked inside an empty school at night is a solidly bone-chilling premise for teens, and a certain subset of that audience won’t mind that nearly every one of Lofing and Cluff’s ostensibly scary setpieces can be seen coming a mile away (mostly because we’ve already seen them in other movies). Loud noises, narrow corridors, locker doors opening and closing on their own, a television set that turns on by itself to provide expositional news footage — “The Gallows” isn’t without a certain amount of atmosphere, it simply feels borrowed wholesale.

-from the Variety.com review by Geoff Berkshire

I should note that this is one of the kinder reviews I’ve read so far of this movie. This movie was already asking for it with the ad campaign, which had the nerve to compare the killer to Leatherface and Jason Vorhees. Read on…

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One advantage of selling horror movies to teenagers is that they’re less likely to already know all the genre tropes. That’s about the only thing working for [pmc_film_review_snippet]“The Gallows,” a routine found-footage chiller of interest mostly to those who weren’t yet old enough to catch “Paranormal Activity” in its theatrical release a mere six years ago.[/pmc_film_review_snippet] Fortunately, the microbudget feature helming debut of Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff has a relatively low bar to clear at the B.O., even if grosses fall short of the summer’s other spookfests, “Poltergeist” and “Insidious: Chapter 3.”

The filmmakers quickly establish their mythology in an effective enough urban-legend-caught-on-videotape opening sequence set in 1993, in which Nebraska high-school thespian Charlie Grimille literally dies onstage in a freak accident during a school play. Twenty years later, the school has rather inexplicably scheduled a tribute performance of the same play, titled “The Gallows,” despite concerns from some…

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The Month in Horror Releases: July

Man, July is PACKED with new releases! Thanks, Ryan!

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The summer season isn’t exactly known for producing quality horror, but with the recent boom in VOD releases, we’re starting to see some of the best films the genre has to offer as they quietly sneak around the blockbusters. And while July doesn’t have the strongest line-up we’ve seen this year, it does offer a diverse group of films, some of which could turn out to be the surprise hits of the year. Before we get started, here’s a quick recap of what I watched in June:

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