It’s a Different Halloween

So with 2020 being it’s own horror show and Covid-19 still well in place. Halloween has become a little different this year. Normally we decorate, dress up and go trick or treating, followed with a party. I had to make the lemons we were dealt in to lemonade.

While the kids got some parts of their costumes, we can’t really go to house to house like we use to. At least in our area.. Sadly we almost have to skip Halloween this year. Almost…

We did go to the pumpkin patch, carved pumpkins. We picked up a bunch of candy and making them their favorite dinner. I have gone through my collection of movies and pulled out what horror/spooky movies for everyone to watch ALL DAY! Figured I’d start off with the classics like William Castle, and Ed Wood. Standard Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, and Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and Lon Chaney’s (Jr.) Werewolf. Of course any and all Vincent Price movies hahaha.

For in between I have Elvira’s movie and her TV shows. A number of 80s classic horror, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Fright Night, etc. Then moving into the 90’s and current horror movies.

Not to mention that there is a few classic Wes Craven, Romero worked into the list hahaha. I think Tom Savini had his hand in every movie I have here, but I almost every movie hahaha. But it should be a good Halloween, not the best. But a good kicked back Halloween for everyone here.

Have a safe Halloween everyone! Happy Halloween!

Posts of Blood: IT: The Complete History of Pennywise

It, also known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, The Deadlights and Robert Gray, is the evil entity that has plagued Derry for over a million years. Throughout the novel, It by Stephen King, we receive a trickle of information regarding the history of It, from It’s inception millions of years ago in an interdimensional void known as The Macroverse, to It’s arrival in Derry before the Ice Age to It’s ultimate battle against the Losers Club and beyond.

In this video I’ll be going over the ENTIRE (!) chronological life of Pennywise / It, doing a complete breakdown and analysis of the character, discussing what drives It, what rules bind It, and explaining the events seen in the book that never made the movie or mini-series adaptations.

This will cover the entire known history of Pennywise from the creation of It to the present. Please note that this will only analyse the ancient creature as It is are written in the books of Stephen King. I will show clips from the movies as a visual aid, but for the purposes of Horror History, the books are canon!

Posts of Blood: Story Time & Tremors

Story time/Posts of Blood/reblog: I believe I have shared this story a few times in a number podcasts I’ve done over the years. But I don’t think I’ve wrote about it yet.

The movie Tremors as odd as it sounds has become vary near and dear to my heart. When I was younger, my Father worked with a college who his building as a sister campus. One of the rooms had a huge TV almost a mini theater if you would. About one a month or every other month, we would have a movie night there and order a lot of pizza, etc.

One day we rented Tremors because we hadn’t seen it yet. We fell in love with it haha. Later on the second one came out and another movie called Deep Rising. At that point started calling Worm Fest. As more Tremors movie kept coming out the more we added to the list.

So many great memories and times we shared. To this day I continued the tradition with my kids and friends. This something started by my Father and I and I hope my kids will keep this going. Now that we have new Tremors movie out now, it’s time to start the new year Worm Fest again!

But now that I’ve shared that with you. Please check this other post that triggered this is the memory. HMM Day 22 – Tremors

The balance of gore and feel good attitude is a perfect concoction for people that aren’t necessarily hard core horror fanatics like you and me. But that isn’t to say the movie is a baby class kind of horror flick.

HMM Day 22 – Tremors

Posts of Blood: Faust: Love of the Damned

Every once an awhile a movie comes out that is so bad, it’s good. Faust is one of those movies. While it is based off a comic series, the movie captures the essence. Shockingly the graphics for the film were very good. Given the budget and period of time this movie came out.

Now be forewarned in this movie and comics. There is a of violence and gore, a long with nudity.

I remember finding this movie, while I was looking for more movies with the actor from Wish Master. Reading the back and going what the hell!? Okay I’ll rent it. Yes rent.. Blockbuster was still a thing back then. At the time I wasn’t aware that it had been a comic series for a number of years before. So I jumped blindly into this weird world.

While the movie isn’t the greatest. But I love bad movies and this is easily in my top 10. It’s corny, cheesy, violent, gore, sexy fun. Definitely turn your brain off while watching it hahaha and don’t over think it.

Faust: Love of the Damned is a 2000 American English-language Spanish superhero horror film directed by Brian Yuzna. It is adapted from a screenplay by David Quinn and Miguel Tejada-Flores based on the comic book of the same name by Tim Vigil and David Quinn. It was produced by Ted Chalmers, Carlos, Julio and Antonio Fernández, Bea Morillas, Miguel Torrente and Brian Yuzna. It premiered at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival on 12 October 2000.

Original comic book series.

Faust is the lead superhero character and title of a collective series of comic books by Tim Vigil (art) and playwright David Quinn (stories), released by American publishers Northstar Comics, Caliber Comics, Avatar Press, and principally by Vigil and Quinn’s own Rebel Studios.

Alongside fellow graphic novels like the Watchmen, The Crow, and The Dark Knight Returns, Faust was credited with popularizing the “deconstructed superheroes” genre and the notion “comics aren’t just for kids.” One of the bestselling independent comics of the era, Faust issue 1 sold over 100,000 copies with later issues averaging 50,000 sales per issue, most of which sold through several printings and editions.

The series featured strong graphic violence and sexual situations. The main series is known as “Faust: Love Of The Damned” and started publishing in 1987, with new issues being published irregularly, roughly once a year, or sometimes every two years. David Quinn completed a script in 1996 (when writing the proposal to sell the film). The gap between issues grew wider with time. Issue 13 was published in 2005. It then took seven years for the authors to deliver the two last issues, 14 and 15, which concluded the story 25 years after the first episode.

The comic book series Faust: Love Of The Damned was banned in Canada and England.

It has been widely theorized that the mainstream comic book series Spawn, which debuted in 1992, was directly inspired by Faust. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has stated publicly that he remembers Tim Vigil’s work “from way back – he’s definitely got talent.”

Information sources:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust:_Love_of_the_Damned

“Just an outbreak of chaos” — Faust: Love of the Damned

Poses of Blood: 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).

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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.

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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.

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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.