Poses of Blood: Top 5 Horror Movie Monsters You Only See Once

Top 5 Horror Movie Monsters You Only See Once
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Over the years, we have been blessed with iconic horror monsters that take to the screen and chill us to our core for years to come. From The Thing in The Thing, to the Xenomorph in Alien, to Predator, there are countless monsters to traumatize you. However, let’s discuss the monsters that appear once and disappear forever. Today on Top 5 Scary Videos, we bring you our list of the Top 5 Horror Movie Monsters You Only See Once.

Posts of Blood: The Origin of Halloween – Documentary

Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallows Tide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical contemporary festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercial and secular celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.

Posts of Blood: Stephen King & George A. Romero Team

Creepshow.. This was my first introduction to George Romero world and Stephen King as a whole. At the time I more into the Nightmare on Elm and Friday the 13th and wasn’t to aware of the other horror movies that were going around me. I remember I was at my grandparents house for a couple of day in October and my Gandma wanted to watch some spooky movies.. I remember she got House on Haunted Hill, Frankenstein, Halloween and Creepshow(because the video clerk told her about it).

Creepshow (1982) - IMDb

While she as in complete surprise/shock with Creepshow, she still let me watch it hahaha. I believe she said, “Don’t tell your parents” a number of times through out this film hahaha. I’ve always loved the classic EC comic feel to it. EC was based in horror comics, like Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror and the The Haunt of Fear. Romero and King being both fans of the EC comics, made Creepshow to serve as a homage to the 1950’s comic company. Both of them hired Tom Savini to make the effects for the movie and have it give that EC comic feel.

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Two of the stories I really remember were the “The Crate” and “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” that actuality featured King as Jordy Verrill. The story of Jordy Verrill was based off King’s short story called Weeds. Now if you haven’t seen this movie, there will be spoilers ahead and you have been warned….. Verrill is backwoods yokel, thinks that a meteorite landing on his farm will provide enough money from the local college to pay off his $200 bank loan. Now the meteorite is too hot to touch, Jordy douses it with water, causing it to crack and spill this glowing blue substance. It comes into contact with Jordy’s skin before soaking into the earth and he finds himself being overcome by a rapidly spreading plant-like organism that starts to grow all over himself, the house and everything he touches.

Jordy begins to panic and pours himself a bottle of vodka, and then falls asleep in a drunken stupor. When Jordy wakes up, thinking this is all a bad dream, he looks into the mirror and sees that he has now grown a beard of weeds. Jumping into a bath,thinking it would help and he is cautioned by the ghost of his father that the plant wants water. The itching from the growth on his skin becomes unbearable, he gives into temptation and collapses into the bathwater. Next morning, Jordy and his farm have been completely covered with dense layers of the alien vegetation. In despair, he reaches for a shotgun and blows the top of his head off. A radio weather forecast comes on and announces that heavy rains are coming, giving the implication that this will spread of the extraterrestrial plant growth to surrounding areas.

Now the story of the “The Crate” was always my favorite. This one is also a short story from King that was written for the Gallery in 1979. King later adapted the story for the Creepshow film in 1982. The story itself as a whole is faithful to the original. There were a few different changes for the movie. The changes include the appearance of the beast to a small Yeti-like creature with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and the beast destroying the waterlogged crate after being dumped in the 400-foot-deep lake and escaping into the outside world.

In the ninth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, an Easter egg of “The Crate” can be seen – labeled “Arctic Expedition Julia Carpenter Horlicks University“. A crate marked “Ship to Horlicks University via Julia Carpenter” can be seen in The Walking Dead, Episode 1 of Season 5. While trying to escape from Terminus, Rick Grimes, Glenn, Daryl and Bob try to save someone trapped in a container. As they run across the street, the container can be seen off to the right of the screen.

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A college janitor, drops a quarter and finds a wooden storage crate marked “Arctic Expedition – June 19, 1834” under a staircase. He would later Dexter Stanley, a college professor about it. The two decide to open the crate and found out that it contains a multi-fanged ape-like creature, which despite its diminutive size kills and devours the janitor, leaving behind his boot. Stanley runs into a graduate student, Charlie Gereson, being rather skeptical. The crate has moved back under the stairs some how and Gereson is killed by the creature. Stanley flees to inform his friend/colleague at the university, Professor Henry Northrup.

Stanley, now traumatized and hysterical, tells Northrup that the monster must be disposed of. Northrup sees the creature as a way to rid himself of his drunk, obnoxious and emotionally abusive wife, Wilma, whom he often daydreams of killing(a classic scene in the story by the way). He contrives a scheme to lure her to the crate, where the beast pops out and beings to maul/eat her. Northrup secures the beast back in the crate, then drops it into a lake, where it sinks to the bottom. He returns to assure Stanley that the creature is no more. Subsequently it is revealed that the beast has escaped from its crate.

References:

“Creepshow (1982)”. The Numbers. Retrieved April 27, 2016.

“Creepshow (1982)”. Box Office Mojo. 1982-12-28. Retrieved 2016-01-22.

Kennedy, Michael (29 May 2020). “Every Future Movie Star in Creepshow”. Screen Rant. Retrieved 6 September 2020.

Tiech, John (2013). Pittsburgh Film History: On Set in the Steel City. The History Press. pp. 39–40.

Posts of Blood: William Castle

Mister William Castle has always been one of my favorite Directors/story tellers. He has acted as a main source inspiration for a lot of my art work and life style. Well him, Vincent Price and Ed Wood. I’ve always loved that era of movies/stories and always felt an odd contention with them. I miss gimmicks theme they use to do back in the day. Castle was one of the few that would actually get the people involved in his movies. With the use of “gimmicks” or tricks to scare people over the course of the film.

The Seats Are Buzzing: The Films of William Castle (A Rerun) | The Loafer  Online

Castle at age 13, went to see Dracula with Bela Lugosi and was entranced. He watched it over and over, eventually managing to meet Lugosi himself. He wrote in his autobiography Step Right Up! I’m Gonna Scare the Pants off America:

“I knew then what I wanted to do with my life—I wanted to scare the pants off audiences.”

Lugosi recommended him for assistant stage manager for the road company tour of the play. The 15-year-old dropped out of high school to take the job. He spent his teenage years working on Broadway in jobs from set building to acting. He obtained Orson Welles’ telephone number and persuaded Welles to lease him the Stony Creek Theatre in Connecticut.

Looking Back on William Castle's Cinema Gimmicks | Halloween Love

He left for Hollywood at 23 to work for Columbia Pictures. Beginning as a dialogue director for Music in My Heart (1940). Unsatisfied, Castle began to make films independently. The inspiration of the 1955 French psychological thriller Les Diaboliques set William Castle on the course for the genre he would become famous for. He financed his first movie, Macabre (1958), by mortgaging his house. He would come up with the idea to give customers a $1,000 life insurance policy from Lloyd’s of London. Just in case they should die of fright during the film. He would place nurses in the lobbies and have hearses parked outside the theaters. Macabre was a hit.

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House on Haunted Hill (1959), filmed in “Emergo”. A skeleton with red lighted eye sockets attached to wire floated over the audience in the final moments of some showings of the film to parallel the action on screen when a skeleton rises from a vat of acid and pursues the villainous wife of Vincent Price’s character. Once word spread about the skeleton, kids enjoyed trying to knock it down with candy boxes, soda cups, or any other objects at hand.

In praise of William Castle – undisputed king of cinema gimmickry

The Tingler (1959), filmed in “Percepto”. The title character is a creature that attaches itself to the human spinal cord. It is activated by fright and can only be destroyed by screaming. Castle purchased military surplus airplane wing de-icers (consisting of vibrating motors) and had a crew travel from theatre to theatre, attaching them to the underside of some of the seats (in that era, a movie did not necessarily open on the same night nationwide). In the finale, one of the creatures supposedly gets loose in the movie theater itself. The buzzers were activated as the film’s star, Vincent Price, warned the audience to “scream—scream for your lives!” Some sources incorrectly state the seats were wired to give electrical jolts. Filmmaker and Castle fan John Waters recounted in Spine Tingler! how, as a youngster, he would search for a seat that had been wired in order to enjoy the full effect.

The Tingler, 1959: “Can You Take Percepto?”

13 Ghosts (1960), filmed in “Illusion-O.” Each patron received a handheld ghost viewer/remover. During certain segments of the film, a person could see the ghosts by looking through the red cellophane or hide them by looking through the blue. Without the viewer, the ghosts were somewhat visible. The DVD release included red/blue glasses (not 3D glasses, as sometimes reported) to replicate the effect.

Homicidal (1961), There was a “fright break” with a timer overlaid on the film’s climax, as the heroine approaches a house harboring a sadistic killer. The audience had 45 seconds to leave and get a full refund if they were too frightened to see the remainder of the film. In an early showing, wily patrons simply sat through the movie a second time and left at the break to get their money back; to prevent this in future, Castle had different color tickets printed for each showing. About 1% of patrons still demanded refunds. John Waters described Castle’s response:

William Castle simply went nuts. He came up with “Coward’s Corner,” a yellow cardboard booth, manned by a bewildered theater employee in the lobby. When the Fright Break was announced, and you found that you couldn’t take it anymore, you had to leave your seat and, in front of the entire audience, follow yellow footsteps up the aisle, bathed in a yellow light. Before you reached Coward’s Corner, you crossed yellow lines with the stenciled message: “Cowards Keep Walking.” You passed a nurse (in a yellow uniform?…I wonder), who would offer a blood-pressure test. All the while a recording was blaring, “Watch the chicken! Watch him shiver in Coward’s Corner!” As the audience howled, you had to go through one final indignity – at Coward’s Corner you were forced to sign a yellow card stating, “I am a bona fide coward.”

Castle would later try and brake into the “A Movie” list with Rosemary’s Baby and even mortgaged his home again to get the rights for the movie before the novel was published. Castle would later try and make a deal with Paramount to direct the movie. But they went with Roman Polanski and made Castle a producer for the film. Sadly he wasn’t able to continue the success, having suffered kidney failure. Once he recovered, Castle went back to making “B movies” and his last acting gig was as a Director in the film The Day of the Locust in 1975.

Facts about William Castle:

Alfred Hitchcock decided to make Psycho after noting the financial success of 1950s B-movies by Castle and Roger Corman.

Among his admirers is filmmaker John Waters, who wrote, “William Castle was my idol. His films made me want to make films… William Castle was God.” Waters portrayed Castle in the episode “Hagsploitation” in the first season of the FX television anthology series Feud, depicting the notorious rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford through the production and aftermath of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Waters (playing Castle) appears onstage at an Oklahoma theater in 1964, exuberantly introducing a screening of Strait-Jacket while Jessica Lange (as Crawford) proceeds down the aisle, wincing and wielding an axe past hooting teenagers before pursuing Castle behind a backlit scrim to “decapitate” him in silhouette.

He is Robert Zemeckis’s “favorite filmmaker.” Zemeckis co-founded Dark Castle Entertainment, which was intended to remake Castle’s films.

Two of his films were remade by his daughter Terry Ann Castle, who co-produced House on Haunted Hill in 1999 and Thirteen Ghosts in 2001 (the latter retitled Thir13en Ghosts).

A documentary focusing on Castle’s life, Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, premiered at AFI Fest 2007 in Los Angeles on November 8, 2007. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

The protagonist in the 1993 film Matinee, played by John Goodman, is based on Castle.

Sadly on May 31, 1977 William Castle dead of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

Arrival Story: Terry Castle | KCETWilliam Castle with his wife(Ellen Falck) and two kids.

Sources & References:

Castle, William and Joseph, Robert, with introduction by Orson Welles (1945). Hero’s Oak. New York, The Reader’s Press.

Waters, John (1983). Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters. New York, Macmillan Publishing Company. Chapter 2, “Whatever Happened to Showmanship?”, was originally published in American Film December 1983 in a slightly different form.

Castle, William (2011). “From the Grave: The Prayer”. William Castle Productions.

Documentary. Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

Robert Bloch. Once Around the Bloch: An Unauthorised Autobiography. NY: Tor Books, 1993. Chapter 35 deals with Bloch’s experiences scripting Strait-Jacket for Castle.

Posts of Blood: Miner’s Mountain

A sheriff comes under fire when two S.B.I. agents question his involvement in
an unsolved murder case that shares distinct similarities with a recent homicide.

Best Short Film Beaufort International Film Festival 2020
Featured Weekly Pick Film Shortage
Official Selection Cucalorus Film Festival 2019

HMM Day 11 – The Lost Boys

I’m going to have piggyback of this post again. But it’s STORY TIME!

I believe I was about 7 or 8 years old when I first saw this movie. I remember this one for a number of reasons . One being it was my first real introduction to modern horror movie(for that time in the 80s). The other one was a bit of an odd one. I remember we had to leave our house for some reason, I remember that there was something wrong with the house and we could stay there for a couple of night. I’m sure I could just call my Mom and ask, but that would be to easy hahaha. Anywho! So we can’t stay at our house and a family friend let us stay at his other houses. He had a few of them around town. I was called out of school for those few days and the first night we were there. There wasn’t much in the house. There was this off white carpet with this fuzzy light blue rug, hospital white walls. In the middle of the living room there was a futon in the middle and a nightstand next to it. There was a basic TV and VCR in front of the futon. There was two bedrooms and small kitchen. Once we made ourselves at home, my Mom and Dad went out and get pizza and rent a few movies. One of tho movies was the Lost Boys! I remember there was a long conversation between my parents if I should watch this movie.

Fast forward a bit, I was able to watch the movie and have some pizza . I sat on the floor as my parents would sit on the futon. As the movie started I kept feeling these weird things crawl on me. Looking at my arms and legs I couldn’t see anything at first. Trying my best to watch the movie and ignore the odd itchy feeling I managed to make it the part where Michael is being introduced to the life style that is a Vampire. I couldn’t take it anymore and stood up and looked at my legs. I had these little black things jumping on and off me and my legs and arms were cover in little bit marks. My parent soon did the same thing and my Mom freaked out and said that there were fleas everywhere! Looking to my right at the TV I see Kiefer Sutherland biting into a guy’s head. Being as little as I was, I was scared and also freaking out about the mount of fleas in this house. Sadly I didn’t get to finish the movie and my parents dropped me off at my Grandparents. Took my shower and went to bed…. I did not sleep at all that night or for the next few nights. The image of that movie and not being ableto finish it haunted me.

Once we got back to the house I over heard my parents talking about the friend’s house. Saying that he would use it as a storing place for his dogs. That he didn’t think that there was going to be a problem like that hahaha. Sadly it wasn’t till about early 90s I was finally about to finish The Lost Boys and I loved it. By that time I was already way into horror/action/fantasy movies. Like I said, it was an odd story and I can’t help to think about it every time I see this movie.

As Mike starts changing into a vamp, the only person he can rely is his younger brother. It’s through their bond and love that the movie has a good deal of heart. Mix in some truly awesome death scenes and the movie is what I like to call a well made cake.

HMM Day 11 – The Lost Boys

Posts of Blood: THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN

Published on Sep 10, 2020

Guillermo Del Toro gave this film a shoutout on social media. Winner for Best Direct Release Film at the iHorror Awards 2015.
Title: THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN
Summary: Deborah Logan, a woman battling Alzheimer’s, allows a film crew to document her condition. As the days of filming progress, the crew notes strange behaviors and occurrences happening around Deborah inconsistent with Alzheimer’s -things that are dark and ominous. Whatever it is that’s within her is clearly trying to get out and it threatens to consume anyone who tries to stop it.  #horror #horrormovies

Posts of Blood: The Babysitter: Killer Queen

It is a sequel to the 2017 film The Babysitter(here is the link from when I watch the first movie back in Oct. of 2017). The film continues the story of Cole Johnson, now in his junior year of high school, who must again fight to ensure his survival over one night, as he is hunted by demonic enemies, both old and new.

Now before I continue with this post. There will be spoilers ahead and if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want spoilers. I would stop now.

Babysitter: Killer Queen is set about two years after the events of the first movie. Still following the main character Cole, now in high school. No one believes him of the events that took place in the first movie and his parents start to think he is crazy. They would later enroll him (or tries to at least) into a psychiatric school.

As any teenager would, they would escape and find themselves at a party by the lake. It would later be reveled that his new found friends were cult members and trying to kill Cole. At this point the original cultists Sonya, Allison, Max, and John also appear, having been resurrected so they could partake in the ritual by sunrise. However, Phoebe suddenly appears, looking for gas for her jet ski, and provides Cole with some time to evade the cult members and escape with Phoebe.

Cole explains to Phoebe, while the cultists give chase. Sonya makes the first attempt to kill them, but they end up running her over with a car left by a stranger and decapitate her with a surfboard…… A surfboard…… Allison finds them, but the two would later trap her between a narrow wedge of rocks and rip off her head. The two board a boat and drive off, but Max catches the raft attached to the back of the boat and is able to pull himself onto the boat. Phoebe at this point sets Max on fire with a can of silly string and a lighter, then shreds him with the boat’s propeller. Diego and Jimmy supernaturally disintegrate when they attempt to back off.

They arrive at Phoebe’s old family cabin, where they take refuge and hope to wait out the night. In the cabin bunker, Phoebe tells Cole that her parents died because she crashed into them in a fatal car accident. Cole comforts her, and the two have sex(as you do). Melanie calls Cole’s father Archie, who has been searching for him alongside Melanie’s father Juan, and fakes being drunk so that he can pick them up, hoping to lure Cole out. Cole and Phoebe come out of the bunker armed with crossbows and John accidentally kills himself when a chandelier crashes on him. Archie gives Cole a sleeping drug so he can take him to his car as Melanie kills Juan with a machete and captures Phoebe.

Stopping for gas, Cole regains consciousness, locks Archie out of the car, and drives back to the lake to save Phoebe. In a cove, Melanie holds Phoebe hostage before Cole shows up and volunteers to be sacrificed. Bee emerges from the water and is revealed to be Phoebe’s babysitter who was responsible for the car accident that killed her parents. Bee made a deal with the devil to save Phoebe’s life in exchange for her soul. Sonya, Allison, Max, and John are resurrected again, and the four alongside Melanie drink the blood of Cole that happens to be mixed with Boom-Boom’s blood. Since Cole has had sex with Phoebe, the ritual backfires and the five melt and disintegrate. Bee, did not drink the blood, reveals that she orchestrated everything so that Phoebe and Cole could unite and defeat the cult, having a change of heart after Cole’s love confession after her first defeat. Bee is still technically a demon, she drinks the blood, she says farewell to Cole and Phoebe and disintegrates to save the two. Archie shows up and, having witnessed Bee’s death, now believes what Cole said was true. As the sun comes up, Cole and Phoebe embrace in a kiss.

Now there is a Easter egg in the mid-credits scene, Bee’s devil book is shown on the sand, still intact. Guess they are leaving things open to make another one? Maybe? Do we need another one? I rather enjoyed the movie and much like the first one. It was a joy to watch and pure brainless fun. What I like to call a “popcorn movie” and if you have the time or looking for a good horror movie. I’d definitely check this movie out!