Q&A with Sarah Wayne Callies on Sunday’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, The Suicide King (SPOILERS)

(SPOILER ALERT). For what it’s worth, even in HD I could see so little that I figured they just had a similar-looking female stand in for Callies (especially with that lighting and that wedding dress draped over her figure). Speaking of the state of Mr.  This Isn’t A Democracy’s  health… Wow, Rick is seriously losing his shit. I’m hoping they take a similar turn they did in the print version (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WALKING DEAD COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL) and basically vote that there’s going to be a group of leaders, an ad-hoc committee, or put someone else in charge. Vote on it, if the entire gang isn’t as mentally fractured as Rick is. In the comic– well, as I recall anyway– OK, let me back up for a minute. I did all my catching-up on the TWD graphic novels in a series of big greedy bites lasting six weeks (TOPS, probably closer to a month the way I was wolfing them down) in the summer of 2011, and I would have blasted through them in a week to ten days if I had been able to purchase all the compendiums at once. Now I keep up with the paperback volumes, but that’s going to have to stop. After “The Saviors” killed off a much-loved main character (there from the beginning) off shockingly, horribly, and graphically in the last TPB–an event which I’m surprised didn’t have to cause creator Robert Kirkman to pack his suitcase and move to Aruba until things settled down to escape angry fans coming at him with torches and pitchforks– I’m going to have to subscribe, because I want to see some serious payback… and, as usual, what happens next.. OK, where was I? Sorry for the digression, but if you’re a TWD comics reader, you know the event I mean, and understand; I’m betting I wasn’t the only one who actually had their day ruined it was so sad and brutal.

 

Back to the Rick prison-meltdown In the comics–and this was before the shit REALLY hit the fan with The Governor, and Lori was still alive and pregnant– Rick got more and more cold-blooded and ruthless, got in a huge physical fight with another male character bigger than him, and fell off the second-story railing of the prison and was in and out of consciousness due to his injuries long enough for everyone else to have gotten together, had a civilized discussion, and voted on a different system of leadership. [END THE WALKING DEAD COMICS SPOILER] I hope that’s what happens here. They need Michonne, they need Tyreese, and whoever else they can trust –especially with Daryl gone. Too bad Dale’s not around anymore.

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Rick getting those imaginary phone calls from Lori (also happened in the comic-but just Lori’s voice, not a few different people) I can actually excuse as a reaction to acute grief and shock. Shit, when you’re in that much pain, do whatever works do get through it, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. However, he lost his shit in front of the entire group, also doesn’t seem to be bonding to his infant “Little Ass-Kicker” daughter, looks like someone you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw them in public–and carries around a loaded weapon. Something’s got to change. Until next week, enjoy this interview with Sara Callies on the post-mortem cameos–voice and otherwise–by Lori. We’ll re-blog anything else of interest on EW.com’s “Inside TV”, especially when Dalton Ross writes it.

Sneak Peek of Mid-Season Premiere of The Walking Dead Unveiled – Darryl VS. Merle VS. The Governer VS. Andrea!

Speaking of The Walking Dead- Killer Kaylyn has a clip from the newest episode, 309, titled The Suicide King. There’s also a GREAT promo for the 2nd half of S3. Check it out! Don’t miss the links for “related articles” below from Dread Central, either (and that “major spoiler” has been confirmed to be an image from another movie – it is Norman Reedus, just NOT from The Walking Dead).

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Was the ending of the midseason finale a cruel cliffhanger or what!? The long separated Dixon brothers were finally reunited, in the worst way possible. In a gladiator-style arena, the Governor brought Merle and Daryl together, and ordered to fight. Before the battle could begin, however, the episode ended, and the audience was told to wait until February to witness the outcome of the horrific, highly anticipated event. Luckily, a clip from the newest episode, titled “The Suicide King”, was released recently, along with a trailer for the second part of the third season. Check out both below!

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Horror Boom Christmas Countdown For the Holidays – Watch The Tales From The Crypt Episode “And All Through The House,” Boils and Ghouls!

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I brought up the ominously titled “And All Through The House…” when I wrote about American Horror Story Asylum’s Christmas Episode, A Very American Horror Story Christmas (OK, that joke has now played out) “Unholy Night”. The scene in the cold open where a little girl finds murderous Ian McShane in their living room six days before Christmas wearing a Santa suit, but isn’t scared of him because she thinks he’s Santa, definitely brought this comic AND this episode in mind.  It’s 22 minutes long (kind of short for a cable drama) and well worth your time… especially the ending, which still creeps me out (a perfect reveal). The TFTC episode is also much closer to the original comic than the version starring Joan Collins that was in the 1970s anthology movie. Check it out below…

Property Of HBO© For entertainment purposes only.   Any problems getting it to play, let us know and we’ll put in the 3-part version. More holiday-themed horror fun to come. Also, more on the comic version to come! You see, THIS Santa loves to SLAY BELLES!

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The “featured image’ in the header is  the first page of the comic; so is the artwork below. Johnny Craig preferred the slightly more subtle stories and left the really blood-curdling stuff to “Ghastly” Graham Ingels (whose horrifying depictions sometimes even caused me trouble falling asleep as an adult) or to our personal favorite, Jack Davis (who moved on to the next EC venture, MAD Magazine.)

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Now THAT’S how you kick off a story!

The Walking Dead’: Andrew Lincoln Talks All About The Midseason Finale’s Surprise Cameo

I admit, I missed it the first time around. There was already enough hell breaking loose in The Walking Dead mid-season finale, “Made To Suffer”, written by Robert Kirkman, and I had plenty of re-winding to do. Pretty cool interview, though!  If you want to read the Robert Kirkman EW.com review, it’s over here, and the interview with show-runner Glen Mazzara interview is here.  Enjoy!

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 10th, at 9PM Eastern.  ‘Talking Dead’ is also expanding from half-hour format to an hour!

The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale – Robert Kirkman Interview With EW.com (SPOILERS!)

SPOILER ALERT FOR 12/2/2012 episode of TWD! Proceed at your own risk.

Robert Kirkman wrote the screenplay for the episode tonight (“Made To Suffer”, which if it isn’t a title of one of those quarterly volumes, sure as hell sounds like one) and it damn well showed. A pretty good interview, though I admit I’m not thrilled with the idea of mid-season finales in general, especially when they end on the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER they can come up with, that after a point in some instances, it seems more of a “I bet you wanna know what happens next, huh? Well,  fuck you!   You’re waiting as long as we say you are!” This tonight was just about right, though. It was also Kirkman’s idea–or at least his brainstorming –to figure out a way to bring Jon Bernthal back, which was made more difficult by the fact that he was in the middle of shooting the new Scorsese flick and contractually, couldn’t shave his beard off. I think they worked it in pretty well.

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Also cannot BELIEVE the amount of gore this show gets away with. I’m definitely not complaining; it just seems bizarre that they can do ANYTHING gory as long as they do it to a zombie (though T-Dawg’s shoulder bite and subsequent ripping apart were bloody, and the great “Romero shot” last week with the hobo was maybe the goriest death a human has had on the show. Oh, when I say “Romero shot”, I mean those magical sick shots where at least 4 or 5 ravenous zombies all fall upon a human at once, ripping him apart at the same time and hungrily rifling through his internal organs to grab whatever they can stuff in their mouths, and for a REAL Romero tribute, limbs are pulled off by separate zombies to gnaw on with everything they have. The icing on the Romero Tribute cake it when the person screams until you see their head pulled off.

I remember-I was only nine or ten, but I remember– Dawn Of The Dead   being rated X for “graphic scenes of cannibalism” and “Made to Suffer” made it look kind of quaint. Oh, it had some great gore, but tonight a zombie got its face graphically hacked into split down the middle, and a little girl zombie got the business end of a Katana sword – not decapitated, but shoved into her mouth exiting the back of her skull to take her down (the argument could be made for a mercy killing).

Earlier in the season Rick discovers that his wife’s corpse (she was killed after she died and before she could turn) is now a gory puddle, then follows the drag marks down the hallway, until they lead to a zombie with a big fat belly as though it were pregnant (it ate her whole body and was stuffed and lethargic, but my brain said the zombie’s either pregnant or just fat, there’s no way they could get away with… shit, is that HAIR sticking out of its mouth?)   Rick then really lost his shit and stabbed the very satisfied zombie RIGHT IN THE STOMACH over and over. I still didn’t believe it until I saw Talking Dead and Nicotero confirmed the whole thing. I can’t recall as of this writing whether it was due to him just taking out his rage and grief, or trying to get her wedding ring back. That was his half-digested wife it there!  That’s fucked up, down, and sideways. I recall the usually enthusiastic, bloodthirsty  studio audience of zombie/TWD fans all making a disgusted groan (first reaction like that I can remember on The Talking Dead) when Nicotero pointed out the tufts of hair.*

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Oh, and the shard of glass in the Governor’s eye made me wince it looked so real- large broken off chunks of it sticking out of it – I was hoping she was going to do it, but I winced during the scene where the doctor was taking way too close of a look at it. If that was practical effects, they did a hell of a job, and if it was CGI, I couldn’t tell. I know they get away with much more on the show after the commercial success, and that usually pisses me off, but I’m sure as hell not going to complain about a bunch of gruesome, creative kills Nicotero and his team put together that I get to watch. They want to keep trying to top themselves every week, fine with me!

It would be really nice, though, if the show could have two black male characters alive through an entire episode. Just once, I’d like to see a black male meeting another and kicking ass as a team. SIGH. Oh well, we have Michonne and Cutty from The Wire. Would have been nice if Oscar had been able to stick around, that’s all. That’s my two cents– enjoy the interview, and don’t miss this one with Glen Mazzara, either! EW.com has it together to give you what you want to read RIGHT after the episode.

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*I’m kind of wondering, now that I think of it, what happened to her bones-especially her skull. No way it could fit in the zombies mouth, and the zombie didn’t have the motor skills to break it into pieces with a brick, so did it just rip the face and scalp off her corpse, or… I guess Nicotero, who helmed the episode, knew they had to draw the line because they were pushing it already.

 

Here’s 13 Essential Tools for Surviving a Zombie Outbreak…

Hey, I had to post something  in consideration of the fact that The Walking Dead Season Three premiere, titled “Seed”, is less than 24 hours away– now with 100% more MICHONNE!

Yep, it’s good to have moleskin on hand, but in my book, I’d take one blister over ten zombies (see the statement that “One Blister Is More Dangerous To You Than Ten Zombies” in the guide below). Unless the blister was caused by stepping on a zombie’s mouth in your bare feet (or you’re such an idiot that you don’t pay attention to it until your foot is rotting off with gangrene, in which case you probably weren’t going to make it long anyway with such shitty survival skills and no common sense), that’d be SO the least of your problems if ten zombies shamble up to you. What’s the worst thing that can happen with a blister without moleskin? It’ll get infected, and I’ll have to use the hydrogen peroxide I’d carry with me in my little first aid I keep in my glove compartment even when the zombie apocalypse hasn’t happened? How is that more dangerous than ten hungry zombies? Worst case, you drain it and put a band-aid over the blister.

Worst case with ten zombies, though? Oh, I don’t know, maybe if they corner or outnumber you when you’re alone and out of bullets, they rip into with their bloodthirsty, decayed, zombie-virus-carrying mouths and teeth, and end up awkwardly pulling you apart, as you slowly die watching them eat your insides, then you come back as a zombie who’ll never get any food because your brain wasn’t destroyed and you’re just a rotting torso making horrible noises, THEN the best case scenario is some compassionate human with a loaded gun or a heavy/sharp tool stumbles over your pathetic, weakly flailing upper half and feels sorry enough for you that they shoot you in the head and put you out of your misery. But God forbid you if have a blister!   Don’t worry about those ten zombies, they’re not as dangerous.  Take care of that blister and apply the moleskin immediately, that’s your top priority. Then you can worry about ending up like “Bicycle Girl,” or some having a pack of cruel, bored human survivors see what happens if they cut off your head and put it on a stick for entertainment, bounce empty beer cans off your forehead, and laugh when you make pathetic attempts to bite them when they hold their hands just out of reach of your mouth. A sore on your foot would be much worse, though!

I’m just kidding.  Either way,  I still thought this was creative on REI’s part, so enjoy this entertaining piece from The Blackened Skull. Their blog rocks. I love the fact that  Dead Alive  is on the “Zombie Research Materials” list. Someone in REI’s marketing department knows their zombie movies!

10/15/12 UPDATE! Here’s the link to watch the (fast-paced and gory as hell) Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere, “Seed”, on AMCTV.com.  It’s only available until Halloween, though.

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Ten More Trailers to Keep You Awake- #2/10 – The Wishing Stairs (South Korea), 2003

 

Do you dare do climb the 29th step?  HELL NO!

…South Korean boarding schools for girls (especially those that focus on the arts) seem like wretched enough places already without having to deal with ghosts suddenly swooping down at you from the ceiling when you’re trying to sleep in a dark, spooky room,  or pale hands slipping out of nowhere to grasp your wrist or ankle in the middle of the night…

More skin-crawling Asian Horror- this time from South Korea.

 

I first saw this movie in Fall 2009, when it scared me so bad it actually kept me awake until I purposely watched the DVD extras to see interviews with the actresses to try to put things in perspective (just a movie…just a movie… ), got up and grabbed both our cats to sleep on the bed with me, and scooted as far over to my husband’s side of the bed as I could without danger of injury.  I’m pretty sure that was probably the last time I watched anything from the South Korean Whispering Corridors series (this is #3, and probably the second-most frightening) after dark for quite some time. As I was writing this article, I realized to myself that the last time I watched any J-horror by myself after dark was around 2005 (and it may have been earlier than that). The last J-horror movie I remember watching after dark, period, was Uzakami (2000, AKA Spiral) in Summer 2008.  I have a piece written up on the movie and the equally nightmarish manga written up, but I want to flesh it out some first, and there’s no goddamned way I’m touching on the most frightening elements, including getting out my copies of the paperback to refresh my memory, and posting it at 3AM!

Here’s the unnerving trailer for The Wishing Stairs:

Do you dare to climb the 29th step?  No, as a matter of fact, I fucking don’t! What do you think I am, crazy?

I do highly recommend the movie, and as soon as I can find a HD version of the trailer I’ll post it.  South Korean boarding schools for girls (especially those that focus on the arts) look like wretched enough places already without having to deal with ghosts suddenly swooping down at you from the ceiling when you’re trying to sleep in a dark, spooky room,  or pale hands slipping out of nowhere to grasp your wrist or ankle in the middle of the night. I recall reading reports that yes, bullying is as bad as it is in this series. That’s abuse from the students and  some of the teachers.  I don’t know if things have improved in the last ten years, but when I did research, I’m genuinely sorry to report that I was assured the attempted suicide, and suicide rates were significant (and that’s without supernatural elements).

Feeling sleepy yet?

Scariest Japanese Urban Legend of the Month – Teke Teke (AKA Tek-Tek) テケテケ

A lone boy was walking home from school later than usual; dusk had just begin to hit. The streets were nearly deserted, so he was surprised to hear a sound behind him. He looked around for the source of the sound, and soon saw a lighted window. A pretty young girl his age was sitting at the window, hugging her elbows, which were propped on the open window sill…

Creepy-ass poster art from the J-Horror adaptation of the Teke Teke legend (2009)

I honestly don’t know which creeps me out more– Teke Teke or the Slit-Mouthed Woman. They both frightened the bejeezus out of me when I first discovered them… on You Tube. A few years ago. When the only internet connection in the house was also in the most dimly lit, coldest room in the house. The desk in the room can only be placed one way,  so my back was always to the door. I may have also mentioned that about this time, the two kittens we’d adopted (who I swear could violate the laws of physics) weren’t allowed in that room because there were too many irreplaceable possessions in there for them to destroy, (no matter where in the room we hid the breakable stuff), so we kept the door closed at all times. This room ALSO had the one door in the house with some kind of frame dysfunction, whereas the kittens discovered if they both hurled themselves against it enthusiastically enough*, the door would crash open so they could enter (more like ‘explode into’) the office!  You can read about my first experience with that here (funny now, NOT funny then).  My point is, imagine watching one of the scariest videos  on You Tube for the first time, sound up, after dark, then adding the door to the room crashing open so hard it bounces off the wall (with no warning whatsoever). Someone might as well have snuck in the room behind me and tossed a lit firecracker under my chair.

Which brings me to Teke Teke (テケテケ). I hadn’t heard of either of the blood-curdling, horrifying Japanese urban legends at the time, and I discovered Slit-Mouth Woman and Teke Teke within the same half hour!** Oh, what a nice ninety minutes or so of sleep in had that night …when I wasn’t having nightmares about being chased around by Slit-Mouth woman or Teke Teke.

If you think the name of the legend, ‘Teke Teke’ sounds too goofy or even too cute to be scary,  join the club …though the club membership only lasts until you get the equivalent of Teke Teke 101 by watching this:

Aaaand I stopped seeing the humor in the name too!

Here’s a retelling –this one’s actually written by yours truly– of what I thought was one of the most frightening variations of Teke Teke…

A lone boy was walking home from school later than usual; dusk had just begin to hit. The streets were nearly deserted, so he was surprised to hear a sound behind him. He looked around for the source of the sound, and soon saw a lighted window. A young girl was sitting at the window, hugging her elbows, which were propped on the open window sill.
It was unusual place for a girl his age to show up, as it was an industrial section of town. Still, he couldn’t take his eyes away from her slender silhouette, her long hair blowing in the wind as she rocked gently on her elbows. Nervous but also curious, he slowly walked closer to the window and the girl so he see her face, ask her name.
As he got closer, he thought he saw her give him a slow, inviting smile as she rocked.  It was then that she suddenly leapt out of the window and onto the ground, landing on her hands. He froze as he realized with horror that the lower half of her body, below her ribcage, was missing. The girl’s head lolled on her neck and grinned at him as she balanced on her palms.  She lowered herself down further, onto her elbows. Then she began to rapidly drag herself towards him on her hands.  Since the flesh on her elbows was partially worn away, the bones made a distinct sound on the pavement as she skittered towards him: tek tek… tek tek… tek tek…
Horrified, he moved to run but stumbled backwards and fell; the impact when he hit the ground hard temporarily knocked the wind out of him.  He tried to shuffle back on his hands and push his legs back and away, opened his mouth and inhaled a huge gulp of air. The half-girl paused for a moment.
Before he could scream, however, she sprang onto him and tore him in half at the waist.
After the police arrived at the scene the next morning, they found the boy’s remains, but no trace of the girl. And though they searched for weeks, they never did find the lower half of his body…

something tells me I’m in for some real bad dreams tonight…

There’s a third re-telling that was made into a J-horror movie (Teke Teke, then the sequel, Teke Teke 2 Electric Bugaloo). Here’s the official plot synopsis:

Yuko Oshima stars as Kana, a schoolgirl whose normal life is turned upside-down when her best friend is found brutally murdered, having been cut completely in half at the waist. Soon, Kana hears about the urban legend of “Teke Teke,” the ghost of a legless woman who was found dismembered years ago and now haunts the railway station. If you see her, in three days you will be killed. In a race against time, Kana must search for the truth in order to escape the horrific fate that awaits her.

I’ve looked all over the goddamned internet to try to obtain or watch either movie in the series, but so far, no go. I did find a creepy trailer, though…

Plus a trailer for the sequel, which seems to be bloodier. Like, a lot.

If I do track these down, trust me, you’ll be the first to know. If you find the first one, every single review sternly advises that you stay after the end credits, which tie the two movies together.  I’ll also report back if I can locate the manga Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, which apparently cuts to the chase and features victims just being pushed in front of the tracks right off the bat.  The other version I found of the legend takes place in a bathroom stall (if you know much about Asian urban legends, you’ll know bathroom stalls–especially in any kind of school– are not the safest place to be when you’re alone.

In that version, Teke Teke (who again, lost her legs on the train tracks) haunts bathroom stalls and will ask the occupant where her legs are. Answering incorrectly will result in having your legs promptly ripped off. To save yourself you must answer and tell her that her legs are at the Meishin Railway. I don’t know what happens after that, but now you know what to do in the situation.***

*and LOUDLY enough, of course…

**I also discovered “Red Cloak”, and “No Face,” among other horrifying Asian Urban Legends , but let’s spread the sleep-with-the-lights-on posts out a little, huh? Good, I’d rather dial down the nightmares a little bit too.

***Also, if you run into the slit-mouthed woman, I’ve heard you should toss something shiny on the ground–or some candy– and run. Riiiight. Yeah, you know what, I’m not going to Japan any time soon.

If you see this, well, bad news …you’re fucked.

A.Zombie For President – Another Entertaining New “Drop Dish” Zombie Promo From AMC

A one-issue candidate, A. Zombie’s mission is to rally zombie fans around the country who don’t have access to these networks and shows to find an alternative television provider before the highly anticipated third season premiere on October 14, 2012 of A.Zombie’s favorite show: AMC’s The Walking Dead!

Remember the “Put Zombies Back on TV” ad spot from AMC that I covered a couple of months ago? Yet another fun  “Drop Dish” zombie-themed campaign –this time with a 2012 Presidential Election theme (EEEEEK!)– has gone viral;  A. Zombie is backed by an independent zombie party endorsed by AMC Networks. Yes, if you vote for A.Zombie, his only goal is to make sure everyone in the U.S. gets the choice to watch The Walking Dead! Committed to equal viewing opportunities for all. Watch his campaign ad below. No mud-slinging (or blood-slinging) at other candidates or similar bullshit here! Just pure zombie goodness. And guess what his favorite TV show is? It ain’t Here Comes Honey BooBoo!*

A. Zombie for President: He’s dead right. You’ve been wronged. Paid for by citizens who want zombies back on DISH.  The fictional Weekly World News columnist, Ed Anger, has officially endorsed him – read the hilarious column on the WWN website here.

Here’s the full official Press Release from the official website/campaign headquarters:

A. Zombie Enters the 2012 Presidential Race
NEW CANDIDATE VOWS TO RESTORE ZOMBIES TO TELEVISIONS EVERYWHERE

New York, NY — August 20, 2012 –The 2012 Presidential race is about to get more lively thanks to something quite dead – the news that A. Zombie, America’s first Zombie Presidential candidate, is entering the race. A formidable third party contender for the nation’s highest office, A. Zombie is slated to announce his candidacy at a high-energy rally on Monday, August 20th at Westfield Horton Plaza in San Diego.

The candidate and his human wife, Patty Morgan-Zombie, will then commence a cross-country bus tour that will take them to six major U.S. cities, including Tampa and Charlotte, where they will bring their pro-zombie message to the Republican and Democratic Conventions. “My husband is someone who has dedicated his life and his afterlife to bringing equal viewing opportunities to all Americans,” said Mrs. Zombie. “He’s the right man to lead the fight to bring zombies to everyone in America, and he won’t stop — even if it kills him, again.”

The A. Zombie for President Campaign is organized by AMC Networks, home to AMC, WE-TV, IFC and the Sundance Channel. Satellite company DISH dropped these networks earlier this year because of an unrelated lawsuit and is now in the disadvantaged position of being the nation’s only major television provider without these channels and their popular shows. A one-issue candidate, A. Zombie’s mission is to rally zombie fans around the country who don’t have access to these networks and shows to find an alternative television provider before the highly anticipated third season premiere on October 14, 2012 of A.Zombie’s favorite show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched basic cable scripted drama series among DISH subscribers, according to the Nielsen company.

For more information about the campaign, please visit:
www.azombieforpresident.com.

Alas, A.Zombie did not stop anywhere in the Northwest during his various rallies, but I found a video from a recent convention appearance by the candidate and his wife, Patty Morgan-Zombie, who seems to do most of his zombie-to-human speech-translation. Not the Republican or Democratic Conventions (though the press material states he visited them– sorry I missed that coverage), but… well, you’ll see.

And the below is an actual screenshot  from A.Zombie’s official Twitter page (I swear I am not making this up) that gave me a good laugh -could NOT resist passing it on:

Hee hee! Though I don’t think A.Zombie appreciates the unsavory comparison.

They said it, not me. Do you feel especially patriotic –and anti-Dish– right now? Me too!

*A. Zombie loses his appetite watching toxic waste. Though if he paid the ‘cast’ a visit with some very, very hungry undead pals, you can bet ratings would skyrocket around the world. Hell, I’d watch it on Pay-Per-View!

Chills to Beat Summer Heat, Part 5 – Ok-su Station Ghost (Bong-Cheon-Dong Ghost Prequel)

So, this is the last “Chills to Beat the Summer Heat” installment of the year. Though I have a ton of other scary shit to show and tell you about, Fall  is coming in less than two weeks –SIGH. For everyone out there who wondered if there was another Korean web comic by Studio Horang, the creator of the notoriously frightening Bong-Cheon-Dong Ghost web comic that scares the living shit bejeezus out of everyone, wonder no more!

OK, if there’s anything to be learned from Studio Horang’s horror web comics, it’s that if you see a strangely-moving, out-of-place female figure anywhere near you, SPRINT the fuck away in the opposite direction and don’t stop till you’re home.

If  you were too scared to read the Bong-Cheon-Dong Ghost web comic I posted earlier this summer, maybe you could check this one out. Oh, it’s scary, don’t get me wrong.  It’s just a notch less hit-the-ceiling scary than the Bong-Cheon-Dong Ghost. Of course, for full effect, make sure the volume is on and watch in a dark room …alone.

…things in common with the other comic?. Strangely-moving figures that aren’t supposed to be somewhere… a sense of wrongness that becomes more and more pervasive… and a back-story revealed as an epilogue that will make the comic seem twice as chilling in perspective (do read those epilogues, by that point nothing else is going to swoop out at you, promise).

To the best of my understanding, this (as the site puts it) “special horror episode for the summer season” actually came before the BCD ghost story. That one was a sequel, which makes sense as it’s a complete show-stopper. You create something that scary (at some point I’ll put up one of the many, many “reaction videos” on You Tube, almost all of them documenting grown men screaming like schoolgirls when the big seat-jumper comes) then unless you can top it –doubtful– you just take a bow and step back gracefully.  This one is a different story, but since Studio Horang only created two of these, I think this one qualifies as a prequel. It’s got things in common with the other comic. Strangely-moving figures that aren’t supposed to be somewhere… a sense of wrongness that becomes more and more pervasive… and a back-story revealed as an epilogue that will make the comic seem twice as chilling in perspective (do read those epilogues, by that point nothing else is going to swoop out at you, promise). So…

Click here to read the Ok-Su Station Ghost Korean Web comic (English translation)
Try clicking here to read if you have trouble with the above URL; this link will take you to a deviantART ‘exit page’, then there’ll be a warning you are leaving deviantART (“Out There Be Monsters”-so of course you gotta click THAT option) with an outgoing link to click for the comic.**

While I haven’t been able to find anything else by the artist, and believe me, I’ve been looking, you can check out Studio Horang’s Facebook page here. Unfortunately, it’s in Korean, but if I find an English translation or any other official documentation, I promise to come back and post an update! Also, click here for an article on how South Koreans also beat summer heat with scares.

Until then …don’t talk to strangers, especially in Seoul.

**Note: if you STILL aren’t getting any links to the Ok-su Station Ghost story, drop me a comment below and I’ll try to remedy the situation as quickly as possible. You can also find my email address at the bottom of the “About” page on Horror Boom.

HEY!
09/12/12: ooooooOOOOOO! Red Alert! BREAKING NEWS, updated 09/12/12! I’m 90% sure I discovered (OK, “stumbled blindly into” would be more accurate) a recent, ALL-NEW horror web comic by, you guessed it, Studio Horang! I’m looking thoroughly into it to find an English version, but if I can’t find one in the next week, I’ll post the Korean version, with links to help you translate. If it’s anything like the others, you’ll be too busy trying not to soil yourself to go to look up the text on a Korean–> English dictionary site. So check back! Ole Mrs. Horror Boom here will keep you covered on this development. Promise!
Keep your fingers crossed…