Name That (Horror) Frame- Week of 11/5/12 – Contest Guidelines Update + Special Presidental Edition

OK, it was going to be an “Election Theme”, but I start to get a panic attack every time I think about it, so I’ll wait. Wednesday I’m either going to be in a really really shitty mood or in a great one, and I’ll hold off on all the actual election, etc. and just stick to stuff that’s more White House related. You’ll be able to figure out the theme pretty fast if you can identify them. I hope to actually post the horror TV show later in the week, and because most of us are in a GOOD mood. After I rented this from Netflix in 2005, I bought not only one but TWO copies, kept one, gave one to my mom, then the next year bought two more, one for a Christmas gift to my friend Dale, the other I ended up giving to Patton Oswalt the first time I met him at a meet-and-greet kind of thing (since I sincerely agree with all his political beliefs, plus he makes them funny. Or did back at the time. OK, beside the point, other than I don’t think I’ve ever given that many copies of the same horror movie to that many people.

So if you can identify the movie… free DVD. I thought I should go over the rules/guidelines of these weekly chances for a free DVD, since only one person even tried for one answer (though I appreciated her doing that) and another recognized and posted the frame from their favorite haunted asylum movie (thanks, Lobotomy Jack)!  Either I’m making them way, way too hard, made the rules sound like a pain in the ass, or the list of movies on DVD I’m giving sounded really uninspiring. Oh, if more than one person guesses correctly, first come first serve. If they guess them right exactly at the same time, then I’ll just, I don’t know, draw their names out of an actual human skull from a severed head to determine the winner (since the chances of two people answering, let alone answering at the exact same time, are about the same as me chopping someone’s head off).

So, here’s the deal, the first one I didn’t knock myself out presenting the guidelines because I was scared multiple people would guess every single one and I’d be scrambling to accommodate everyone. Doesn’t look like a problem, so let me lay this out again…

  • I’ll post three photos per week, some with a connecting theme. In the past some have been, Thai Horror Edition, Creepy Little Kids Edition, Halloween Edition, Jaw-Ripped-Off Edition, Face-Melting Edition, Masters of Horror Edition… one week I even used all of them from the same Thai horror anthology movie and dropped a bunch of hints, which I guess were not as clever as I thought, since either no-one has heard about it or seen it. I mainly do the themes for fun (for both sides) and to try to make it easier. Hint: sometimes I’ll put the title of the film in the “tags” area, especially if it’s in Thai or Korean. A few weeks ago (in the ones that were all from the same Thai horror anthology movie) I put See Prang 2, Phobia 2, 4bia 2, 5bia, and Phobia sequel all in the tags, which is every possible title the movie in question has in Thai and English. I am LEAVING THE CONTEST FOR THE TITLE OF THAT MOVIE OPEN for two more weeks, by the way, and I just gave anyone reading this the answer. HINT!
  • Then put the answers down in the comment/reply section. I keep the “comments” section open for a maximum of 90 days. Sometimes (such as if there is a hit count that shows only one person looked at it on purpose) I spill the answer/s earlier –especially if I’m covering the movie in a piece coming up, or it’s a movie I want to really, really recommend because I know that, even if the movie is hard to find, I can give them the Horror Boom Seal of Approval, by which I mean a movie that I know the majority of horror fans and regular followers of the blog would LOVE and I think it’s underseen/underrated.
  • OK, so say you get all the answers right. If it’s just you who tried and got them, you win a (used, but not beat up) DVD I was thinking of selling, but would rather give it to a fellow fan I know would appreciate them. A breakdown of how I handle that is next:
  • I’ll pay for everything but the cost of postage (though if you live less than an hour’s drive from us, we may just drop it personally in your mailbox).
  • I changed the rule about it only shipping within the US, but if you’re in Canada and want to pay the higher cost of postage it takes to mail out, that’ll work. I’m not going to gouge you on the ship charges to make some extra money. I’ll send them out within the next few (2-3) weeks or so. I just want to give myself some breathing room if I’m sick or have a deadline or family crisis.
  • If you want to pay for more than the cost of ground service, fine with me. Tell me what you want, I’ll find the price (say if you wanted it from UPS D-Day Air) and show you. I’ll even send it with delivery confirmation, or insured, if you want. Takes longer at the post office, but if you want to pay for the extra cost, no problem. I’ll accept the shipping payment (doubt it’s more than a couple bucks to ship by ground service) via Paypal.
  • And here are the DVDs I’m giving away:  The Descent (Director’s cut, the bleaker ending by far), Cabin Fever 2, Hostel 3, Masters of Horror – Pelts,  Jaws (Special Edition DVD), A Korean horror movie called The Wig, An R-Rated version of a The Neighbor  (If that movie’s not torture porn, then I don’t know what is), the very disgusting Bone Sickness,  Event Horizon special edition (I think it’s a two-disc version, but even if not, it’s packed with special features) a VHS-format copy of Suicide Club  (J-Horror), and last but not least, an unrated copy of Adam Green’s Hatchet ! I may add more titles, but that’s all I’m prepared to give away as of this writing,  mainly because I don’t have the energy to pick through my collection right now. You get the pick the movie, though depending on how many people have won already, it might not be your first choice (I will tell you what’s left). Again, it’ll  closes for comments in 90 days, that should give you time.
  • If someone cheats with, I don’t know, an app on your iPhone or something, I’ll be able to tell if you haven’t seen it, or are posing. I always have a little quiz to do that.

Sound good? OK, let’s bring this week’s three on…

First, there’s this…

second, this…

AAAND this to finish up!

That’s a wrap for today! Now tell me how you identified them and get your DVD!

Post-Halloween Depression? Oh HELL No! Site News, Updates for November 2012 (Including Ju-On/Grudge Info)

Damn, not only is my ‘hit count’ improving drastically, but as of this writing, I’m at exactly 666 hits, which is a first! That’s pretty awesome, and– wait, did you guys hear that noise? Why did it get so hot in this room all of a sudden?

Yes, sadly Halloween has come and gone, but the scary goodies will be continuing, hopefully at the same pace they have been. Right now lots of horror fans are pretty excited about American Horror Story Asylum, so I’m adding more news and spoilers as I hear them (with spoiler warnings, of course).  Hopefully I’ll get a news round-up with links to any new interviews at least once a week. I’ve noticed lately that the specific search terms that show up the most for the show* are variations on “American Horror Story who is the Pinhead.” I’m surprised a fan page for Naomi Grossman as Pepper hasn’t sprung up–wait, actually, I bet if I searched, there’d be a couple at this point.

I upgraded and added the option for adding sound and video files to my posts. I’ll keep slapping up the You Tube videos, of course, but now there’s other forms of media.  I’m trying to use the “Press This” option (AKA re-blogging), too, so that you get some variety; I’m the only one writing this site,  hearing fresh voices is probably nice. There’s room for every horror writer/blogger on here!  Everyone has been super-cool and supportive lately, and I appreciate it. It was just a few months ago when I was averaging about 30 hits on a good  day, which really was a drag.

If you want to check out Horror Boom on You Tube, I don’t have anything really spectacular right now, but I’m putting together playlists, especially of hard-to-find movies that are worth a watch.

Oh yeah- here’s a poll (below) that’s be cool if you could give your opinion on. Basically, what would you like to see more of here? If you have a favorite feature and just want it to keep going, that’s worth a vote. You can vote for up to five things you think would be groovy to see on Horror Boom, plus write in something if it’s not listed. Plus, I promise to actually pay attention and respond to what you’d be amped up to see on here. Thanks in advance for voting …and hopefully it’ll take your mind off the “Election 2012” 24/7 media jamboree that you’re really, really fucking sick of hearing about (and thinking about) by now. ENOUGH. We already sent in our ballots and are mostly watching horror DVDs when the TV is on, until Election Night. At this point I think many of us just want it to be OVER. Anyway, the feedback from y’all fellow horror fans would be great.

Image-wise, I just added ten more photos of Kayako to the recent Ju-On  Gallery. They’re all PR photos (or very close– if they weren’t ones taken in a closed session with Takako Fuji posing and making her scariest facial expressions, they used shots on set as official PR photos) and I’m pretty sure, unless you have a weird Ju-On  obsession like I do that includes buying the novel, tie-in Manga, and a copy of the Ju-On “Haunted House Simulator” game for Nintendo Wii even though I knew I’d probably be too much of a pussy to sit down and play, there’s several you haven’t seen yet. At least half of them were staged photo shoots, because if they were in a Ju-On movie scene, you would definitely remember the image/shot.  Check out the latest growing Kayako gallery here. The first series of Grudge/Ju-On images I posted, let me think, right over here, and here’s the “Chills to Beat the Summer Heat” gallery I did second.  More Ju-On goodies–OK, I don’t know if that sounds appropriate when referring to one of the Top Five most frightening females in horror history, let alone J-horror history. Uhhh, try that again. I mean more Ju-on/Grudge  (relatively) rare footage, trivia, and of course, plenty of new photos are coming soon. Also I would again to state I am well aware I do not own the copyrights to any of the images, they’re here to entertain you; if anyone who DOES own the copyright wants me to take it down, I will. Just contact me …I’m not looking for any copyright trouble!

Meanwhile, genius that I am when I’m not getting enough sleep, I go rifling through Kayako content on the night we set our clocks back, after I spent several hours (before and after sundown) watching a bunch of J-Horror shorts back-to-back Friday and Saturday to build up a decent backlog of “Scariest Short Horror Film of The Week” entries like a moron. Hell, I’m watching a featurette right now on The Grudge 2 (American sequel) boxed collector’s tin/set AFTER I sat through the last half of the movie; I think back and find no real justification whatsoever for this.  Something tells me an Onyro might be making a surprise cameo in one of my dreams soon. Ooooh goodie!

While I’m on the subject, I’m still puzzled and sort of concerned over the amount of males who make comments on You Tube, and/or have websites, where they rhapsodize about how hot and sexy Kayako is. Not Takako Fuji, the actress who plays her, mind you, or even Fuji-San as Kayako before she was murdered, but Kayako in full-out terrifying, crawling or limping un-naturally right at you, dead white, eyes wide as saucers, bloody running down her face, croaking out the classic Grudge/Ju-On Death Rattle mode. Attraction is subjective, and I know she’s a beautiful actress, but I just don’t get it. One said the “kind of lustful, hungry look” she has on her face is “soooo HOT!”  Fine, to each their own, but I do hope it’s not because the think only women who look very dead, have broken necks, with blood-smeared faces and a white dress so soaked with her own blood it actually could be mistaken for a red dress are sexually attractive.  I’m not even close to a judgemental person, yet I am not altogether comfortable with that piece of information…

Anyway, thanks for reading, and Happy November. Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend, and even if you hate less daylight (I do), look on the bright side– hey, that’s time for an extra episode of American Horror Story, time for watching/re-watching a Masters of Horror episode (may I recommend Dance of the DeadImprint , or The Damned Thing ?) or two back-to-back Tales From The Crypt episodes you can enjoy.

Hey, it beats more election coverage…

Stay Scared,
Mrs. Horror Boom

*after variations on “Evan Peters naked”, “Evan Peters getting spanked”, and “Evan Peters butt,” that is.

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)

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!