Name That (Horror) Frame – Week of 9/23/12 – Masters of Horror Edition!

The  Masters of Horror series doesn’t get near the amount of recognition it deserves. And yes, the best episodes truly are the stuff of nightmares.

Now would be an appropriate time for me to repeat I do NOT own the copyrights for any of the images here, nor own them in any way–I put them here for entertainment purposes only!

Well, if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of the Mick Garris-produced Showtime series Masters of Horror,  you’ll be in luck this week.  Those shows (OK, most of them, they got pretty hit-or-miss in the final season) were very, very memorable.  Just the opening credits (the frames above, and directly below) were a disturbing work of art. Actually, I’m not sure why I’m using the past tense …they still creep me out.

Yep, that’s someone burying an axe is someone else’s head.

So, if you can name these episodes, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll win a DVD. I’m working on a list of the top ten episodes of Masters of Horror, but I’m having serious trouble narrowing it down. Hell, I own more than ten of them. I might just have to spotlight the best ones and forget lists. By the way, I definitely count the unaired Takashi Miike-directed “Imprint” as an official episode. So much sick shit went down on the series that I still wonder if it was a publicity stunt Showtime pulled, or something.. I’ll have to look into that. There’s a torture scene in that episode that makes the notorious one towards the end of Miike’s Audition look tame.  I still have to cover my eyes with my fingers for most of the “Imprint” scene, it’s that hard to watch.

But I digress. The photos below are all from different episodes… feel free to comment if you just want to know which episodes they are! The Masters of Horror  series doesn’t get near the amount of recognition it deserves. And yes, the best episodes truly are the stuff of nightmares.

I believe the above frame took place during the opening credits of the episode…

And below, what the last thing you’d want to see written on a wall when you woke up at the bottom of a pit?

and finally, thanks to the genius of Greg Nicotero’s make-up and FX work… what a shot.

That’s it (for this game) until next week. Don’t forget, American Horror Story Season One comes out on DVD and Blu- ray Tuesday. Expect at least one piece on it this week!

Imprint (Masters of Horror)

Imprint (Masters of Horror) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yoko OH NO!

Name that (Horror) Frame-week of 9/16/12 – Special Jaw-Ripping Edition!

Well, I think that title is pretty clear. Why don’t we just jump right into it, here? At least one is obvious-if you saw the movie, you WILL remember it. Firstly:

Bleh- but I LOVED that scene in the movie!

This one is the third movie in a series of three… this shot was in the red band trailer!

and the next one will DEFINITELY be obvious if you’ve seen the movie–mostly main-stream, got a great theatrical release. We jaw saw it in the theater and I screamed VERY loudly at least twice. This scene is one of those horror movie moments in the theater when something so spectacularly and unexpectedly gory happens that they entire audience’s reaction is to yell  “HOAH!” in unison. Do not look at this one if you have TMJ! Or if, you know, some demonic spirit trapped in a mirror caused your entire lower jaw to tear itself free from your head while you were trying to relax in a nice warm bath.

Put your guesses in the comment section! Enjoy your Sunday…

We All Scream

Name That (Horror) Frame Contest – Week of 9/9/12 – Special Face-Melting Edition!

OK, who’s ready for some free DVDs… or just to see some great face-melting stills?

First up: if you don’t know this one, this is the one time I will say you’re definitely  on the wrong blog! I don’t judge people who aren’t into horror movies, to each their own, but if you haven’t seen this movie, you’re not into movies, period.

So! Fucking! Cool!

This next one might be a little harder:

We All Scream

Yes, that was actually a human being to start out with. A few minutes ago, in fact.

I should point out, to be fair, that the above face-melt image was not in a theatrical release movie, it was a premium cable series. One I really miss! Also, really, the only decent scene in the episode. Next up:

By now you know the drill… put your guesses in the comments section to win.  Also, that first face-melt was such a memorable moment that I forgot all about the other one in the same scene (see below). When they open that ark up, KEEP YOUR EYES CLOSED, NO MATTER WHAT!

Name That (Horror) Frame Contest- Week of 9/3/2012

 

OK, it’s that time of week again! I’m still not getting any guesses, but I’m gonna keep plugging away. They’re fun to post and hey, I should maybe get in a couple more watches of the Director’s Cut of The Descent, and the commentary for Cabin Fever 2. Oh, and the UNRATED Hatchet! 

And a-one, and a-two, and-a…

This first one is pretty obvious, but it’s also dark. I figured that would level the playing field a little.

No goddamn way I'm going in the water...

Then we have this, from a recently-released on DVD film that I featured the trailer for…

Nothin' like a Mexican Standoff.

And finally,  a scary movie out of Thailand goes meta:

Extra points for naming the segment of this omnibus from Thailand.

Because it still works (when done by the director of this movie, that’s for sure)?

And that’s it for this week! Sometimes if you hover your cursor over the image, you’ll get alternate text, and maybe even a big hint. Meanwhile, the pile of prizes keeps growing…

-Mrs. Horror Boom

 

Name That (Horror) Frame Contest – Week of 8/26/12

OK! I’m worn out by the back-to-back (to-back) watching of the True Blood Season 5 Finale, and the second-to-last episode of Breaking Badmajor shit went down in both of them. What’s say we dig right in?

For the first frame, see if you can recognize the movie for this flick made over 20 years ago:

Hint: it (or another frame grabbed from the same movie) will be up sooner rather than later as part of a R.I.P. tribute piece.

And in the middle, up next…

Hint: From an anthology horror movie. If you watch ANY scary movies made in Thailand, you’ll probably get this one. And if you don’t watch any scary movies from Thailand… what the hell are you waiting for? You’re missing out, man!

aaaaand finishing off the list for the week, I’m mixing it up a little. So for image #3, we have… a movie that has not been released yet (but is on PLENTY of horror fan’s radar)! This is a PR photo that will either be used to advertise the movie (not on the posters I’ve seen yet-the poster is disturbing, though), or one of the stories. Oh, by the way, a photo that I do NOT own the rights to, and if someone who did create it or was part of The (Blank-blank ) Exhibition wants me to remove it, then I will.  Just holla at me. You might have heard of the movie, but I had to go a little out of my way to discover the image; I bumped into it while I was desperately flailing around online, hoping that by some miracle the movie had recently been released On Demand.* Yes, it’s another anthology movie, but this one  (unlike the above) will be rated NC-17. I just wish they had a release date! Got a guess for the following image?

And it was so gorgeous (even though there’s probably something ugly under that hair, and those may even be man-hands) I used it as the featured image. So take your best shot in the comments section! Also, until someone guesses them, all the previous weeks sets of pics are still up for grabs–not too late if you recognize any of ’em.

Oh, I should note after I post this I’ll be on vacation and on and off “the grid” till early September. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll see a post or two, it’s just gonna slow down till I’m officially back (and my brain comes out of ‘vacation lag’). I have one more “Cold Chills for Summer Heat” piece, and it’s a doozy-but will take longer to write up. Till then, as Mr. Romero would say, stay scared!

-Mrs. Horror Boom

*Not as of this writing, goddamnit!  I’ll keep you posted, though.

Name that (Horror) Frame Contest- Week of 8/12/2012!

OK, Here’s the round-up for this week! Besides the other DVDs in the giveaway, I’ve new added the UNRATED, Uncensored, uncut version of Adam Green‘s Hatchet  to the mix. Best place to put your guesses/answers is in the comments section.

First up,  I’m hoping this looks familiar to someone (I think it may have even been in the theatrical trailer, so there)!

This one isn’t too complicated (at least I HOPE not)! Major theatrical release.

Okey dokey… this one’s a bit harder…

To be fair, this is from an alternate ending, but you SHOULD be able to recognize her and the movie title if you know your J-horror!

And last but not least: Most will remember Mr. Carl Rimbaldi as the FX wizard who won as Oscar for creating E.T. and a second one for Special Effects for  the original Alien (I believe it was mostly for all the work done on  the animatronic head, with the additional set of sharp teeth, the mouth/jaw within-a-mouth)!  However, we genre fans may also be more likely to recall his work in Dario Argento’s Deep Red (Profoundo Rosso). I actually recall the first time I saw a Dario Argento film–Deep Red, in my case–more clearly and even more fondly than when I saw E.T.*   Mr. Rimbaldi was also responsible for the makeup/FX in another horror movie –the one that the below still is from (late 1980s). Can you identify it?

This one is a tribute to the memory of Carlo Rimbaldi, who passed away at his home in Italy a few days ago (as of this writing). RIP, Mr. Rimbaldi.

He also received a special Academy Award for the visual effects in  King Kong (1976). That award was shared with Glen Robinson and Frank Van der Veer. Mr Rimbaldi will be missed!

Any takers?  Remember those DVDs you can win! Happy Monday, if that’s not an oxymoron.

*My main memories of seeing E.T. in the theater are that I went on what my very naïve young mind thought was my first date. I was so young I hadn’t started crying at movies yet. I remember that, during the scene in the evil shitty government agency that had taken E.T. where E.T. is very, very weak and sad, I looked over and saw with unease that my “date'”was crying so hard that he was wiping snot from his nose (and he’d hit puberty, too). The scene was pretty sad, I’m not a sociopath, but I was old enough to know the movie was going to have a happy ending because half the audience in the theater was under age 10. Great special effects, though, enough so it didn’t sit there wondering how they did it …just watching it and buying into it completely so I could focus on the movie.

The ABCs of Death – Horror Boom’s Top 20 Picks From the “T” Contest (2/5)

Hey there! Now you don’t have to wait another week for another list of four of the best of the T entries for The ABCs of Death “26th Director” competition (plus one runner-up per list).  Also, I have to blurt out that I confirmed the word/way to die for the final letter of the alphabet : Z is for Zymosis.  I hope everyone will be done with their popcorn by the time that one rolls around!

Oh, and more good news confirmed about the rating! Here’s how and why : Rated NC-17: For Graphic Horror Violence, Strong Vulgar Language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and some drug use. DONE and DONE!

T is for Tiles, written and directed by Vincent Gárcia.

OK, here’s that disturbing content warning I promised in my introduction earlier!  If I tell you how long the gory part is, or when it appears in the entry, you won’t ‘go in clean’.  You know what, though? If you’ve been following Horror Boom for a while and the content (not to mention my habit to like a swear like a regular on The Sopranos) hasn’t driven you away, then you’ll wince (maybe not, though I sure did) but not have your day ruined.  This one’s clever;  a slow-burn with a great pay-off. I also discovered the director is a seasoned professional with several feature-length films under his belt so far, IMDB him and check out his résumé —not too shabby.

Next up, there’s the one other UK claymation entry called T is for Top Hat.  I find it festive in a weird way, and there’s certainly some showmanship. This little gem (also quite possibly the shortest entry) was directed by Sarah Davison and Sarah Duffield-Harding.

Then there’s this stellar entry, T is for Tantrum (a T-word chosen to create entries that was used more than once, as were Tomato, Trash, Time, Tranny, Toy, and Teratophobia*, among others). This is one of the two entries to use a “name” actor, probably easily recognizable by their fans. The first time I saw it, I was distracted trying to decide if that was Paul F. Tompkins playing The Dad, or just strongly resembled the stand-up/actor (he doesn’t have a bad resume either).

Turned out it was indeed him, and without the distraction, a re-watch of Tantrum proved that this entry packs a wallop, and I couldn’t second-guess any of it. Check it out… but not if you’re having trouble sleeping right now.

The final pick of the best of the contest entries for tonight, T is for Trick (written and directed by Travis Betz), happens to be the other featuring a familiar face: Amber Benson, who (me being the Buffy TVS super-geek that I am) I recognized less than a minute in. I can see why she’d be happy to appear in this entry, because it’s by far one of the best and the director knows how to create the perfect blend of dark humor, surprises, and  briskly paced story. I hope it gets seen as much as it deserves to be, since it’s a real treat for the viewer and any horror fan with a sense of humor. Hope I don’t jinx anything, but when I was arranging the lists to make sure there was a good mix of styles and scares, Trick was categorized by me under “Sure Things.”** This one is especially fun to watch.

Another runner-up:  T is for Toy, Directed by Eli Dorsey, which I mostly included due to the intended Creepshow vibe, right down to the score. Drew Pierce & Eli Dorsey also deserve a mention for the fun props and art design.

Awesome additional poster art for the film.

By the way, the world première of the film itself (you know, the one with every letter of the alphabet in it) was recently announced!  It’ll show at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival’s MIDNIGHT MADNESS. You can read more here, and in the “Related Articles” listed below. Man, am I sorry I’m missing this (not that I’ve ever been to TIFF before, or even been anywhere near Toronto itself in my entire life) because there’s a TON of additional Midnight Madness world premieres– I think 2012 sets a new record.

Oh, and more good news confirmed about the rating! Here’s how and why : Rated NC-17: For Graphic Horror Violence, Strong Vulgar Language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and some drug use. DONE and DONE!

* I am not making this up. There were two. It refers to the fear of giving birth to a deformed child, which you’d think could create some pretty impressive material, but I guess I had my expectations too high, because the finished entries all disappointed me.

** since I’m already flirting with a jinx here, the other four “sure things” I wrote down on my list were:, T is for Time,  T is for Table,  T is for Temptation, and T is for Top Hat.

Name That Frame! New Horror Boom Game

Soooo, I’ve been toying with this idea a while, and it’s time to get off my ass and start.  The title should be self-explanatory, but here are the details:

  • Every week (I’ll let you know if it ends up being on a specific day of the week consistently) I’ll post three stills/shots/frames —OK, you get the idea— from a horror genre movie.
  • If you can guess (via the comments section) what horror movie/TV show the pics are from corrects, I’ll put your name in a drawing for a free DVD.
  • I’ll do the drawing once a month, or after 4 weeks of Name That Horror Frame. If no-one guesses anything correctly (or if no-one even tries) I’ll just keep plugging away till someone gets them correctly. I have a HUGE supply of stills, no shortage there.
  • By “a free DVD” I mean one of a group of at least ten I have that I’d just like to pass on to another horror fan.  All I ask is you pay postage. I do NOT overcharge on postage, I’ll send it the cheapest way I can, or if you want it faster, tell me and I’ll adjust the shipping accordingly.
  • There’s no DVDs in there that I want to get rid of because they’re completely shitty and boring. A few I have set aside for the pile of DVDs are: Xavier GensThe Divide, and the director’s (downbeat) cut of The Descent.   I have to look and see what else I have around that I have duplicate copies of; it’s not that rare that I get so excited about a movie I accidentally buy it twice. Hostel 3 and Cabin Fever 2 are also in the mix.

Sound interesting? Let’s at least give it a shot. Below are the horror frames to name (which by the way I do not own the rights to, the people who made the movies do) for the week starting Sunday, July 29th. If you’re not sure and just want to toss out a guess if it looks familiar, nothing wrong with that.
I’ll be watching the comments…

#1?

Second frame…

#3?

If you’re not sure and just want to toss out a guess if it looks familiar, nothing wrong with that.
I’ll be watching the comments… Happy Monday!

Claymation Horror Short of the Month – Lee Hardcastle’s T is for Toilet

Wait wait whoa whoa whoa! Give me a chance to explain.

A little over 24 hours ago I discovered a movie that’ll be released in October from Magnet Releasing, called The ABCs of Death. Hold up, is that as sick as I think it sounds? Why YES. I read the description from the  twisted but very entertaining, and even addictive, official site for the movie…

FROM THE DIRECTORS OF
HOUSE OF THE DEVIL
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN
A SERBIAN FILM
TOKYO GORE POLICE
YOU’RE NEXT & Many More
COMES THE GENRE EVENT OF 2012

Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC’s OF DEATH is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is composed of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death.

Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational, THE ABC’s OF DEATH is the definitive vision of modern horror diversity. Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films are proud to present this alphabetical arsenal of destruction orchestrated by what Fangoria calls “a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world.” 

They are not fucking around, trust me. The trailer alone was the goriest trailer I’ve seen in over a year. Maybe more, I’ll add it at the end of this post, so you have plenty of warning NOT to watch it if you’re eating something, are easily offended, and can’t stand violent trailers. Even  I was saying, out loud, ” Jesus fucking Christ!!”  at higher than normal volume for when my husband is trying to get some sleep next to me. I’m surprised my husband slept through my reaction.

Don’t take the adjective ‘disturbing’ lightly! Oh, and  several YouTube comments strongly advised “Do not watch if you’re high“. I didn’t feel the slightest urge to test this theory out, but I’m still 100%  sure it’s great advice. This is hands down the goriest claymation short I’ve ever seen…

So there’s that. Then I read about their contest for the letter “T”. It was an open call for short horror films lasting less than five minutes, the prize being the short getting to be included in this fucked-up anthology, with plenty of cool directors attached –the winner would be the 26th director. I am really sorry I missed voting on there, even the entries that I thought would be more appropriately titled, “T is for Torture Porn” had good production values, good effects, and it was clear that the directors took pains to craft the best short film they could. I have a dozen or so more entries I’m either going to post or include in a playlist on You Tube. There are a few ones less worth your while than other ones; I’ll try to limit my playlist to the ten best, entertaining, most effective ones  (okay, maybe twenty, but no more), not necessarily all of them. If by some miracle I can exercise enough self-control to keep it down to ten, I’ll post ’em here for you to watch.

I also watched maybe… pffffft …15-20 entries in a row, which did not have a beneficial effect on my sleep cycle. I had nightmares not about any of the images in the movie, or the movie itself, and I can only half-remember said nightmares. You may be familiar with those. I do remember it was one of those dreams that was so stressful and/or wretched that I made a deliberate, and successful effort to say, OK, this is horrible, I think I’ll wake up now. Even going without enough sleep I can live with, since it’s better than this God-awful dream. Unless you need to stay awake and can’t find coffee, I recommend NOT watching ten of the contest entries in a row after dark.

You Tube description : Very disturbing, not for children. Humorously creepy clay-mation horror that tells the story of a little boy who is a bit uncomfortable about using the toilet.

Don’t take that disturbing part too lightly! Oh, and “Do not watch if you’re high,” several YouTube comments advised. I didn’t feel the slightest urge to test this theory out, but I’m pretty sure it’s great advice. This is the goriest claymation short I have ever seen. Even though there were DOZENS of entries, at least half of them out-standing,  the below short is the one than won the contest call to be included in the movie. I assume the claymation gave them an angle–as well as it should, since it probably took a long, looong time and hard work to create, then execute the concept. I’ll share some of the finest coming up.

OK, you have NOW BEEN WARNED! Plus if this is too gruesome for you, DEFINITELY don’t watch the seriously Red Band gore-fest trailer that I’ll post last.

Nasty little twist at the end, too, that really nails it shut!

Here’s the goriest trailer I’ve seen in years. I think the last real jaw-dropper was a trailer for “Summer Massacre,” but I’m not 100% sure that’s an actual feature film that has now been completed. Again, don’t say I didn’t warn you! BEWARE …unless you’re a gore fan, or curious. VERY NSFW!

Well, I warned you! More shorts from the contest entries coming soon!