Review: IT, you’ll float too —The Missing Reel

Andy Muschietti was a curious choice for New Line when they first announced that he would be taking over the new adaptation of IT that was once so comfortably in the hands of Cary Fukunaga. At the time the only feature film to Muschietti’s name was Mama, which was a very by-the-numbers supernatural haunter—not exactly the […]

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You’re All Gonna Laugh at The Editing Room’s Parody of The “Carrie” (2013) Remake!

From the hilarious Abridged Script by by Chris W.:

CHLOË is dressed in FARM CLOTHES and taken to the PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE.

PRINCIPAL
Chloë, we must call your mother and tell her about your Aunt Flo.

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ
NO!!!!!
(uses telekinesis to break shit)

PRINCIPAL
Let’s all ignore the fact shit just broke all by itself.

CHLOË goes home and some TWERP ON A BIKE harasses her, so she uses TELEKINESIS to knock him off.

TWERP ON A BIKE
Let’s all pretend that didn’t just happen, and that anyone who saw the original Carrie isn’t having a severe fucking case of déjà vu.

Wow, this makes us both REALLY happy that we decided to wait for the DVD (A decision based on our gut feelings and Ryan from Rhino Horror.com’s probably spot-on review –-he knows what he’s talking about and seems to have pretty close to the same taste in horror that we do).

The parody is hilarious, the excerpt above doesn’t do it justice. So click below to read…

Carrie (2013): The Abridged Script | The Editing Room.

Film Review: ‘Carrie’

Sounds like they did the best they could… but the original is a very, very tough act to follow.

Under the Dome: Which ‘Burning’ Questions Were Answered in Week 2? (Spoiler Alert)Which Lives Were Lost?

Well, I’m a little past page 700 right now, and less than a week has gone by (with all hell breaking loose including, riots, arson, murders, suicides, murder-suicides, and more). Since there’s 13 episodes, the “covering one day per episode” comment made by one of the producers in this previous article either means they’re going to be doing a lot of re-structuring, or going back on the 13-day thing. Re-structuring means there’ll be some major deviations from the Stephen King novel, so I’m curious how they’re going to do this.  If you are too, be sure to check out the piece under “Related Articles” below and the changes from the novel.

Now if you’ll excuse me here, I’m going back to reading…

TVLine

Under the Dome Recap Duke Dead House FireThis week on CBS’ Under the Dome, the residents of Chester’s Mill learned a bit more about their frightful fishbowl, and along the way bid a tragic adieu to two neighbors.

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ANSWERS WE GOT
* In flashback, we learned that Barbie was after Julia’s husband Peter to “pay up,” but was confronting him merely to give a scare. But when Peter pulled a(n empty) pistol, the men scuffled and Peter wound up on the fatal receiving end of a gunshot. Later, after Barbie retrieves his dog tags from the site of the fight, we (and Julia) learn his full name: Dale Barbara. Yeah… “Barbie” might actually be better.

* About the dome itself: By young (and smart!) Joe’s calculations, the barrier measures about 10 miles across, encasing Chester’s Mill and some of an adjacent lake. And while the…

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‘Under the Dome’ ratings big for summer

It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a drop in the ratings for the next episode of Under the Dome… with the numbers they’re pulling now, I doubt it’ll be a big one.

 

Did CBS’ Under the Dome Pull You In? Plus: Executive Producers Reveal What’s Next!

We liked it better than we thought we would. Ole Mrs. Horror Boom here (the hardcore Stephen King fan in the staff whose parents may or may not have made an error in judgement when they bought her a copy of Night Shift and then The Shining when she was barely in the sixth grade, but long-term, The Mrs. doesn’t have any regrets) just had it on at first when she was doing some online housekeeping. Then that hapless cow got bisected like an anatomy exhibit (and hey, someone made a .gif, click here to peep it), Dean Norris as “Big Jim” Rennie showed up, more hell started breaking loose, and it held serious interest for me. I even started to tackle my giant hardcover copy, which I’d only made it about 100 pages into because it didn’t grab me the way King’s books usually do…but that’s another story. By the time you read this, I’ll be on page 450, and the only thing that slowed me down was the latest issue of Fangoria showing in the mail Wednesday. For one thing, I HAD to know what those propane tanks were being misappropriated for. Here’s a hint (SPOILER ALERT): you know that other show Dean Norris is on? The one also involving certain VERY illegal activities? Yeah, that stuff, though I doubt it’ll be blue. He’s just on the other side this time, which is going to be hard to get used to for us obsessed Breaking Bad mega-fans. Anyway, TVline.com here has a brief outline of the core characters and set-up, then drops some hints about what else we can expect (and not expect).

 

English: Dean Norris.

 

Since this isn’t a mini-series–though we’ll have to get back to you on exactly how many shows this “batch of episodes” mentioned by exec producers constitutes–we’ll be getting back to you with more updates. If they really do want to have each episode amount to one day (which we’re not thrilled about, since I don’t even think it’s been a week so far and a TON of shit has gone down including BIG reveals, major deaths, and some things they’re really, really going to have to tone down or leave out entirely because they’re too graphic and brutal for CBS –and yeah, we’ve seen some *nasty* content on CSI) they have their work cut out for them either doing some very, very tight plotting and action, or cutting so much out it takes the quality of the show down notches. Here’s hoping they won’t fuck it up too bad, but so far, we’ll give it a B for the pilot, as we did in the poll contained in the article. Oh, and if you really want more spoilers from us (though you could also just ask someone you know who’s read the epic-length novel), comment or drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do…

 

 

 

TVLine

under-the-dome-300Under the Dome made its debut on Monday at 10/9c (CBS) — did it capture your attention?

Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, the summer drama takes place in Chester’s Mill, a sleepy rural town that is suddenly encompassed by a gigantic, transparent dome. There’s no explanation for the new enclosure, but it’s causing disaster left and right — including a plane crash that leaves no survivors.

Despite Chester’s Mill’s seemingly harmless atmosphere — after all, the town’s biggest concern is a newly constructed Denny’s stealing business from the local diner — we quickly learn that its inhabitants are hiding secrets of their own.

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Among the colorful characters are Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Bates Motel’s Mike Vogel), a mysterious former Army Captain who we learn is responsible for a murder, despite his trustworthy nature; Sheriff Perkins (Lost’s Jeff…

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Stephen King unearths origin of ‘The Shining’ sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ — EXCLUSIVE (EW.com)

Right now? Unless it gets terrible terrible reviews, I’m doing the pre-order from Amazon deal, where I get it in the mail the DAY it is released. Don’t even have to leave my house before I fall into the book.

 

Pepper The Pinhead On American Story Is Based On This Real-Life Performer…

Here’s a great post. Since various combinations of “Pepper the Pinhead on American Horror Story Asylum” has probably been one of (if not the #1) top search term that lands horror fans on Horror Boom for the past month, I still wonder what her make-up process is, and if any  wanted to see how her make-up was done. This great post from Laurie Kendrick briefly discusses that, but also the real life person Pepper is based on, Simon Metz (I never knew “Schlitze” was a man, which is kind of embarrassing since I consider myself a subject matter expert and big fan of the movie since I read about it in 1980. Then I discovered the Ramones connection and that took my obsession to a whole new level. I was actually too scared to see it after I read Stephen King’s vivid, horrifying description of the seminal film in his non-fiction book, Danse Macabre.

At the time, I didn’t want to see anything that gave Stephen King nightmares. Anyway, I’ve read several books on what were oh-so-compassionately termed Freak Shows and the actual people who performed in them. This is a great read on the subject of the movie and “Schlitze”. I have more information on the subject, but that’s for later, and Ms. Kendrick does a much better job here than if I worked on a piece full-time for a week. Check it out – and I agree. May Schlitze Surtees rest in peace. He’s more than earned it.

Laurie Kendrick

A year ago—maybe longer—I wrote a post about a genetic condition commonly known as “Pinhead Syndrome”.    And since the premier of American Horror Story: Asylum its been receiving renewed interest.

Actress, Naomi Grossman endures grueling hours of special make up,  putting on oversized clothes and prosthetic application to transform into Pepper, a patient incarcerated in the edifice which serves as this season’s main character:  an asylum called Briarcliff.   Pepper is  microcephalic.

In the simplest of terms,  the character  has a considerably smaller head than normal, due to a smaller than normal brain case.   She  seems  gentle and playful but as we learned in the first episode this season, she has a very violent past.  She drowned her nephew and cut off his ears.  But we later learn, that her brother in-law committed the murder and mutilation and blamed it on her because of her disability. 

Having microcephaly doesn’t automatically make one homicidal, and from what…

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How Cool is THIS? Copy of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion For Sale! (The Orange County Register)

Ooooh BABY!  The featured photo above isn’t from the Orange County Register re-press, but from a Huffington Post article on the sale of the home (on eBay!)  – by far the coolest pic I’ve seen of this rockin’ pad.

At the risk of sounding petty due to my envy, I have to say they’re doing the house a disservice by only having one slightly haunted room. Man, you have that kind of time and money to do this little side projects? Go ALL OUT.

You don’t need to have Doom Buggies installed to shuttle you from room to room (though I could live with that) and I know you can’t recreate the Disney holograms, but come on, if you’re going to go to all that trouble, construct a ‘stretching room’ and at least one hallway with transforming paintings on the walls.  Have your door chime play an abbreviated version of the chorus of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” The place doesn’t have to look like it’s decaying, or be so dark you can’t walk across a room without tripping over something …but would having your dinner table be in a Grand Ballroom with a few holograms you designed yourself be so bad? You got that kind of bread, go to fucking town!

It’s located in Atlanta, too, so have kudzu vines around the exterior and make it look like a sturdier, cleaner version of the mansion from the classic Thriller episode “Pigeons From Hell“*  OK, you should have the place be more structurally sound than the PFH mansion, since  you probably won’t have much company in the place if it has vermin and it’s rickety enough inside you’re worried the grand staircase won’t hold you.

Get one of those pipe organs for the Ballroom. Hey, fun fact: the one at Disneyland Anaheim Haunted Mansion was the actual pipe organ used in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Yeah, I’m a Disneyland –classic Disneyland you know, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jetsons-era Tomrrowland, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride–geek; the hardcore, loyalist type who becomes enraged about older rides being “updated” or tweaked, and who actually goes through the stages of grieving when I hear about a beloved ride or attraction being shut down despite all the letters, petitions, and emails to save it. But that’s a story for another piece.

Honestly, until a day or two after I posted this, I hadn’t read the captions for the eight photos included with the article, and there’s only one exterior of this new place. The remainder of exterior photos consist of the actual Disneyland New Orléans Square attraction. I’d been thinking, “great detail, they have the Disneyland Haunted Hearse outside, and looks like people must line up to see it on Halloween!” Those are of the real thing (I was going on zero sleep due to jury duty at the time, and not exactly detail-oriented). To the owner’s credit, they did include a plaque outside their gate just like the real one:

This is the replica of the plaque, from the “replica house” now on the market.

Now that’s not too shabby. Look for a couple more pieces from Horror Boom on The Haunted Mansion (Halloween season seems like great timing), including some cool links. If I wrote full-time from now to Halloween, there’s no way I could completely do that Disneyland attraction justice, and there’s some sites out there with such loving attention to every cool detail that they simply cannot be missed. Here’s a Disney version of Grim Grinning Ghosts originally aired on a Halloween special that takes place at a “swinging wake”…that’s one catchy-ass song!

Copy of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion for sale – The Orange County Register.

Until then, mind if we… HITCH A RIDE?

We want a framed copy of this poster! Should have picked a copy up at the gift shop, but we couldn’t figure out a way to get it in our luggage without crumpling it up.

*if you’re not familiar with “Pigeons From Hell”, it’s  way  scarier than it sounds. It took me literally over 20 years to finally see from the time I first read about it in the early 80s in Stephen King’s first non-fiction title Dansé Macabre  to the time I found it on iTunes to buy the single episode. Not because I was too scared to, but because it was hard to find, plus there was a HORROR BOOM! kicking off in the early 80s that distracted me with so much other kick-ass horror movies, books, TV shows and even comics that my schedule got crowded and I could barely keep up with the new stuff, let alone stuff from the 60s besides Night of The Living Dead.  Do yourself a favor if you’re unfamiliar;  PLEASE go in as clean as possible! All you need to know is it’s a very frightening Southern Gothic tale (filmed in black and white, introduced by Boris Karloff) that takes place in the early 60s. I can reveal that the titular pigeons are the SO least of the character’s problems, though.

First Teaser Trailer for the 2013 Carrie Remake Starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore Is Here – Bloody Hell!

When I first heard about this project, it sounded like a terrible idea to me. Why mess with one of the most perfect Stephen King film adaptations–hell, one of the most perfect horror films, period*–ever made? To this day, the 1976 original holds up. Not only does it still hold up, it’s one of those movies that is just as powerful and deeply frightening with every re-watch (that’d be probably close to fifty times for me over the last three-plus decades) and I’ve only seen it on TV.  I’d love to see it on the big screen, and if I do, I can all but guarantee I will scream at  the top of my lungs in panic at the end, even though I am 100% sure exactly how, where, and when that hand will burst up through the stones covering the grave and grab Sue Stern’s wrist in her nightmare.

The more I heard, though, the less stupid it sounded, especially when I saw the two photos of Chloë Grace Moretz in the title role and Julianne Moore as Mrs. White (Carrie’s scary religious nutcase mother). Then I finally got to see this– one of the best teasers I’ve seen in years for a horror movie. Here it is in HD, if you haven’t seen it yet, and if you have, it’s worth another look!

I had read they were going to stay closer to the novel than the original, and so far so good, since in the novel Carrie ended up destroying the entire town, she was so enraged. Hundreds of dead and injured; most fire-related. Carrie also uses her powers to unscrew all the fire hydrants she can so there’s less water to put the fires out. Here’s the official PR to go with the teaser trailer:

The official teaser trailer for ‘Carrie’ (2013) starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie in an adaptation of Stephen King’s original novel ‘Carrie’. Official description: A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

OK, that’s a huge fucking understatement, but fine. Now I see what all the buzz is about, so far I see no reason not to trust director Kimberly Peirce, and I’ll be following the coverage pretty closely and sharing it here! Here’s a link to the official URL,  WhatHappenedToCarrie.com. Plus, since the American Horror Story Asylum premiere, I’ve had the haunting Pino Donaggio score to the Brian De Palma original stuck in my head…

*no pun intended. Really.

“There’s something no-one seems to understand. She wasn’t some …monster, she was …just a girl.”