Happy, Happy Halloween… from Horror Boom AND Silver Shamrock!

No more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween!

 

No more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…

We would recommend NOT looking at the magic pumpkin on the TV while wearing a Silver Shamrock mask!

We also thank you for being so patient with the sporadic posts. 2016 was a rough year that included the sudden death of Mrs. Horror Boom’s father, along with plenty of other horrible events. Again, we can’t thank you enough …when we get our laptop replaced (which we hope is soon), you can expect to see much more frequent posts… including one fro Mrs. Horror Boom called “Horror Movies My Dad Took Me To See”, which she has been jotting down notes for all year.

Meanwhile, enjoy your Halloween and check out the following You Tube video that consists of every Halloween trailer:

What’s that? You want to see a little more gore? We’ve got you covered with this nasty death scene from Halloween 3 – Season of the Witch:

So yeah, don’t try fucking around with the chip in the mask…

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10 Trivia Facts About The Conjuring 2 (2016) – We Bet You Don’t Know Them All!

James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 did well in theaters and with critics, and it’s finally available for rental!  There are no major spoilers here, just some fun trivia that we would be surprised if you had heard all about before now.

  1.  Javier Botet played “The Crooked Man”. Search “Javier Botet” in the content for this site and you’ll come up with a hell of a lot a pieces he’s tagged in. Mr. Botet has portrayed many of the most frightening, nightmarish characters in the last ten years of cinema, including “the Medeiros Girl” in the fucking terrifying climax of [REC] (2007) and two other movies in the same franchise, the titular character of Mama (2013), who can kill you just by showing up, and the horrifying ghostly female apparitions featured in the only scary scenes in Crimson Peak (2015), among others. He is 6 ft 7 and weighs about 110 lbs, and he is also double-jointed.  If you didn’t know Mr. Botet’s work well, you would think that the Crooked Man apparition in The Conjuring 2 was created by using CGI animation …but you would be wrong.
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Guess who?

2/3. See that featured image up at the top of this piece? Notice the letters on the bookshelves? V-A-L-A-K. Also, check out the colorful letters on the window below…

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4. Lily Taylor blew her voice out from screaming during filming of the first Conjuring. Vera Farmiga did her one better and blew out a damned lymph node from screaming (multiple takes were needed, which made it worse) filming her role as Elizabeth Warren during The Conjuring 2. Jesus! Ouch! [source: IMDB]

 

5. Did you know that to promote the DVD/Blu-ray release, the studio put out a trailer that consists of the original trailer backwards, and it is somehow even creepier that way? You can watch it right here (EW.com made it an exclusive, so no insert)… and (hint) listen.

 

6. Speaking of very scary voices, the actual recording of the possessed Janet Hodgson is played over the end credits. The dialogue in the movie follows the recording closely. If you are feeling brave and the lights are on, you can listen to it below (this recording goes for a full twelve minutes, unlike the condensed version played in The Conjuring 2). Regardless of your level of skepticism, does THIS sound like an 11-year old girl to you? The working class Hodgson family did not exactly have access to sophisticated voice-altering technology. Today it could be easily be faked …but not back in 1977. Listeners beware, however; this made the hair on our bodies stand on end.

 

7. You probably spotted Annabelle (you don’t forget that thing’s face) in her glass cabinet, along with the music box from The Conjuring in the Warren’s museum,  but did you see the black and white painting hanging in the Warren’s office?

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It’s the house from The Conjuring, along with that very distinctive tree. Minus Bathsheba’s shadow hanging from the tree, it looks very close to the image on the theatrical poster.

8.  Here’s an extremely creepy one. During the Amityville séance cold-open, Elizabeth Warren is terrorized by (among other things) a demonic-looking little boy whose eyes glow a white-silver. Director James Wan was inspired by the following notorious photo claiming to show the youngest victim of the DeFeo massacre (copyright: Paranormal Guide), AKA the “Amityville Ghost Boy”.

 

9. There is yet another image where you can pick out the demon Valak’s name. This one, you need to be looking for (thank you, IMDB trivia section, for telling us the time mark in the movie). You can see the “V” in the “love” plaque, and the rest…

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How did THAT get there?

10. Finally, we are pretty sure this is just PR from the movie studio to promote the home video release of The Conjuring 2, though warning potential viewers of possible unexplained, dangerous paranormal activity directly caused by watching a copy might not be the best media strategy. Here are alleged scary incidents pointing to some kind of “visual curse” that is the result of watching…

 

Oh, GIMME A FREAKIN’ BREAK! Stupidest thing we ever heard, pffffft! We rented the movie on VOD and watched it Saturday night, and we’re fine! Calling bullshit on this one, because… because… what was that noise?

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GROOVY NEWS! ‘Evil Dead’ TV show Starring Bruce Campbell Officially Greenlit by Starz

It’s official! Also, they can get away with pretty much anything on Starz. Watch this space for more as it comes in!

Hannibal Back For Seconds in February

It’s about time Hannibal ‘s back! We’ll need something to fill the void after the American Horror Story Coven finale at the end of January, too (unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for Friday, February 28th for the Hannibal season 2 premiere). The tagline for Hannibal Season Two premiere teasers? “Embrace the Madness.

As soon as they start running raw new footage in the promos, we’ll let you know! Bring it on.

 

TVLine

hannibal episode pulled boston bombingsHungry for more Hannibal? Good news — NBC announced Thursday that the acclaimed thriller’s 13-episode second season will launch on Friday, Feb. 28 at 10/9c.

RELATED | Hannibal Exclusive: Sex Symbol Cynthia Nixon Joins Season 2 Cast as [Spoiler]

Dracula, which is currently occupying the 10 pm perch, airs its season (series?) finale on Jan. 24.

“Bryan and his team are running on all creative cylinders once again and have delivered episodes full of intrigue, scares and surprises,” said NBC prez Jennifer Salke. “The show continues to astound us with its incredible aesthetic beauty and its amazingly talented cast.”

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Gallery: Count The Homages in Guillermo del Toro’s Killer ‘Treehouse of Horror XXIV’ From The Simpsons

Del Toro wound up creating a mash-up love letter to all sorts of his horror/fantasy inspirations in paying tribute to The Simpsons, while taking a page from Mad magazine’s Mort Drucker, Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman. “They would try to cram so many references in,” he says. “You as a kid could spend an afternoon on your bed with your magnifying glass going through a frame of Mad magazine and finding all these references to this and that.” Keep your eyes peeled for a Futurama nod too. (“I integrate[d] Lisa falling through the couch like Alice in Wonderland but in the dress of the girl from Pan’s Labyrinth, and instead of landing next to the giant toad in Pan’s Labyrinth, she lands next to the Hypnotoad from Futurama.) He stuffed in as many horror/fantasy masters and iconic characters as he could (from H.P. Lovecraft to Edgar Allen Poe to Stephen King to the Universal monsters), though many more had to be left on the cutting room floor. “At the last minute I wanted to put a Mexican wrestler in there,” he notes with a chuckle, “but [casting producer] Bonnie Pietila said to me, ‘We’ve got to go! We cannot keep adding and adding stuff.”

–From the EW.com piece by Dan Snierson (see below)

First of all, if you haven’t read the EW.com piece and watched the opening credits created by Guillermo Del Toro for The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror XXIV (airing this Sunday, October 6th) check the piece AND the especially awesome (and horror homage-packed) out right here.

Seen it now? Told you it was pretty goddamned cool! The below gallery would be bigger (and we’d have some informal ‘catch the obscure horror references’ contest), but we’re having a couple technical difficulties, plus this writer has a splitting headache. We’ll add to it before Sunday if we can.

(Click on any screen-cap to enlarge) Let’s see, off the top of my (tired, aching) head, what did you spot besides the following:

  • Charles Burns (the artist)
  • The Shining
  • Clash of The Titans
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original)
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Illustrated Man
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
  • The Fly (original)
  • Cronos
  • The Invisible Man
  • Blade
  • Classic Universal Studios monsters
  • Hellboy
  • The Mist
  • Hot Fuzz (we think)
  • Todd Browning’s Freaks
  • HP Lovecraft
  • Mars Attacks! Trading cards
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (you don’t need a sharp eye to spot these particular homages)
  • Brian DePalma‘s Phantom of Paradise
  • Ray Harryhausen
  • Mexican wrestler

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‘The Simpsons’: Guillermo del Toro on creating the epic opening to ‘Treehouse of Horror XXIV’

If you’re getting the sense that del Toro is a big fan of The Simpsons, you’re right. Not only did he slip a few homages to The Simpsons in Hellboy (“Mmmm, nachos” “Why you little…!”), he has a room in his house that’s brimming with Simpsons memorabilia. “My favorite is a 30-inch tall Mr. Burns as Dracula that they only make in Germany,” he says. “It’s a really good sculpture. It’s going to run away eventually, but I think that’s very appropriate.”

-from the EW.com article by Dan Snierson

Don’t miss this! It is almost impossible to count the homages and references here. The classic Universal Studios monsters, artist Charles Burns, Brian DePalma‘s Phantom of Paradise, Lovecraft, Bong June Ho’s The Host, Ray Bradbury‘s The Illustrated Man (short story collection and the movie), Todd Browning’s Freaks (watch for the pinhead from the movie; I’d say it was an American Horror Story Asylum reference but it’s in a shot with a bunch of really old-school monsters and aliens, including the Ray Harryhausen skeletons)… they have to be into the triple-digits. Mrs. Horror Boom was going to be all clever and try and list them all, but that’s pretty time-consuming even without a nasty headache. Of course, special attention is paid to Guillermo Del Toro‘s movies (even ones that most moviegoers aren’t familiar with), especially Pan’s Labyrinth. Just check out the screen caps in the gallery link right here, and see how many you can spot… and enjoy this year’s Treehouse of Horror, which airs this Sunday, October 6th!

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Cover art released for Penguin Horror series curated by Guillermo del Toro — EXCLUSIVE

WE WANT ‘EM ALL! Awesome cover art, awesome set! Be sure to hit the link and check out the EW.com’s exclusive gallery – amazing stuff.

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Tom Savini’s Death Island movie campaign on Indiegogo

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In a departure from the usual wargaming stuff, we go to the realms of movieland and the undead, Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for Tom Savini‘s Death Island!!

Ok, so if you don’t know who Tom Savini is, you might as well be a zombie! Serious fans of the horror genre will instantly recognise the legendary man behind this brilliant new Indiegogo campaign to raise $1 million to fund a new zombie film, Death Island.

Tom is a SFX pioneer, accomplished actor (Knightriders, Dawn of the dead (original & remake), From Dusk till Dawn) , director and producer, and this new movie will mark his return as director since he did the remake of Romero’s original Night of the Living dead. With the help of us lot, we could make this a reality and even get a speaking role in the upcoming film (Yeah, I…

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‘Evil Dead’ Video Interview: Director And Bruce Campbell on Their ‘Rock Concert Of Gore’! (SPOILER WARNING)

You had us at “Rock Concert of Gore”!

‘Evil Dead’ Video Interview: Director & Bruce Campbell on Their ‘Rock Concert Of Gore’.

 

OK, they had us when we saw the first red band trailer.

 

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Bruce Campbell signing a VHS copy of The Evil Dead at a fan meet and greet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*SPOILER* Evil Dead 2013 – Why You HAVE To Stay After Credits (Watch On Vimeo) *SPOILER*

4/4  Update! Alas, someone ended up narcing to Tri Star Studios, and Vimeo had to remove the copyright-violating footage on 4/2 (surprised it was up for over a week before it got yanked). Hopefully everyone who wanted to see it and be spoiled got to, and now that The Evil Dead IS NOW IN THEATERS, HELL YEAH, WOOOOOO-HOOOOO! you can see it that way. STAY AFTER THE CREDITS! If you still want to use the link below to the Spoiler-Rama page, we’ll describe it briefly and you can highlight it to read.  Now we don’t have to feel like Horror Boom has potentially offended …uh, the two guys involved in it.
-Mrs. Horror Boom

 

It’s exactly what you were hoping for …but somehow cooler.

That being said, if you can wait until you see it in the theater, WAIT AND SEE IT AFTER THE CREDITS THEN. It’s  seconds long and worth waiting for. IF YOU HAVE WILLPOWER, JUST WAIT! The quality will be better in the theater, too. But if you break down and watch it, you’ll get the idea. Don’t forget the get the volume cranked up, too.

It is something filmed new, not archival footage from one of the originals.

Click here to go to the “Spoiler-Rama” page of the Horror Boom site for the link to watch it (because we still feel guilty for sharing it)!  description (you’ll need to high-light it to read). If it’s The Evil Dead spoilers you want, here’s a TON of related articles. We still recommend waiting for the movie, though!