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Last year we told you about a painter named Vincent Castiglia, who has made a name for himself by using his blood to create unique works of art. And he's not the only one doing it...
As we spotted over on Oddity Central, British artist Marc Quinn began his 'Self' series back in 1991, where he literally drains mass quantities of blood from his body, and uses the red stuff to form macabre self-portraits. To create the portraits, Quinn extracts up to five liters of his blood over a period of five months, which he pours into detailed molds of his face. Inside the mold, the blood is frozen, and when extracted, a bloodly replica of his face is left behind.
Quinn makes a new self-portrait every five years, and he says that the project was designed to document the changes in his face, as he gets older. The blood heads are stored in refrigeration units at a constant temperature of -15 degrees Celsius, to ensure that they don't melt down into bloody puddles of gore.
Learn more, and see more, over on Quinn's website.
The question of how far a person will go -- or how low a person will sink -- for large financial gain is one of the more prevalent and provocative questions in recent horror cinema. Eli Roth's Hostel series had a dark and compelling hook that showed how the very wealthy can toy with a person's flesh just because they need a new kick. More recently the excellently twisted thriller called Cheap Thrills offered a series of progressively more disturbing bribes and wagers.
Post-production on She Kills, from writer / director Ron Bonk, is nearly complete. This nutty spoof of 70s grindhouse flicks will hit the film festival circuit this summer. A release date will be announced shortly thereafter. In the meantime, here is the recently-completed first official preview trailer for the movie.
Story Synopsis: When Sadie's husband is murdered by a vicious gang called "The Touchers", she finds she possesses a strange hidden power that will aid her in her quest for revenge! She Kills is a madcap homage to exploitation / martial arts / revenge pictures of the 1970s.
The film is written and directed by Ron Bonk, and produced by Jonathan Straiton. The movie stars Jennie Russo, Trey Harrison, Michael Merchant, Jody Pucello, David Royal, and Martha Zemsta.
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Ron Bonk has been writing, producing, and directing indie films for more than two decades. As a director, he is best known for his films Ms. Cannibal Holocaust (2012), Clay (2007), and The Vicious Sweet (1997). Bonk is an executive producer on Night Of Something Strange (slated for release later this year), a "sister project" to She Kills. As both films' plots center on sexually transmitted diseases, it's safe to assume both sisters have something of a wild streak.
The impressive structure you currently find yourself looking at is Thailand's 'White Temple,' a Buddhist temple that was designed by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Though no doubt awesome looking from the outside, it's what you'll find on the grounds of the temple that will make you realize just how unique this particular place of worship really is.
For starters, you must pass over a hellish pit to get to the main building, which is filled out with creepy outstretched hands, reaching up from the fiery depths. As we spotted over on Thrillist, the pit represents the 'cycle of rebirth,' and the hands are a symbol of human desire. Or, if you're not that deep, they're zombies. Because they totally look like zombie hands.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of The White Temple are the unexpected pop-culture references the artist infused into it, including this statue of a Predator, emerging from the ground. It's hard to tell exactly why he decided to add Predator to the temple, but it's a decision we fully support, to say the least.
Started in 1996, Chalermchai Kositpipat plans on having the structure fully completed in 2070, when he will be 115-years-old. Now that's dedication!
Oddly enough, this isn't the only religious locale that pays homage to horror icons. Head over to France to see a church decorated with gargoyles inspired by Gremlins and Alien!
Blu Gilliand is a freelance writer of fiction and nonfiction. He covers horror fiction at his blog, October Country, and contributes interviews to the Horror World website. Follow him on Twitter at @BluGilliand.
This past weekend at the Monster Mania convention in Cherry Hill, NJ, Lisa and Louise Burns - aka the Grady twins from The Shining - made their first ever convention appearance. It’s been 34 years since Stanley Kubrick unleashed The Shining on audiences and horror has never quite been the same. The Grady twins are an indelible part of that legacy and have contributed to countless pop culture references, artwork and cosplay. But hey, let’s be real, meeting the ladies who made “Come play with us, Danny” a part of our vernacular is a priceless commodity in and of itself.
Personally, I only had a brief few moments with the twins at Monster Mania, but they were sweet and if I can say, precious. They are quite petite, and I don’t think I’d be out of line to say I don’t think they’re much taller than they were in The Shining when they were 12 years old. They were genuinely excited to meet fans and from what I had heard, they were very pleasant. In the time I had to speak with them they were very polite and downright fascinated with any items that had their likeness on it.
I nabbed a couple of pics of the twins at the convention, including them with another set of identical twins. Take a look! If they ever come to a show you’re at stop by and say hi, they want you to…forever….and ever…and ever.
Who doesn't love creepy-cute toys? Horrible people, that's who. Amanda Dempsey, owner of M is for Madness on Etsy, makes an exceptionally creepy-cute scary teddy bear out of thrift shop bears with hand-sculpted "masks." I love a cuddly stuffed friend who could also kill you in your sleep. Amanda was kind enough to walk us through the steps of making a "changeling." Sorry folks, the little guy has been sold. I named him Rolf and he lives on my desk to inspire extra-creepy writing.
A "sophomore" feature is always a big deal, and the reasons should be pretty obvious: the theory is that anyone can get lucky (and make a good film) once, but twice? That is indicative of some actual talent, and it also means a lot more pressure. The "sophomore slump" is not just a sports term. It simply means that a filmmaker must be careful on their second film. My advice? Remember what worked the first time around, drop what didn't, learn from the feedback you received, and don't let too many cooks into your kitchen.
For spiders, the intricate webs they spin out of silk have a multitude of uses, from catching prey to sheltering offspring. For us humans, those same webs are mostly a nuisance... right? Well, not exactly.
As reported by Chemical & Engineering News, synthetic spider silk is currently poised for commercial entry, which will allow humans to benefit from those pesky webs that we all too often finds ourselves walking into. By weight, a spider's silk is five times stronger than steel and three times tougher than Kevlar, and so impressively powerful is the material that scientists plan on using it to make super-strong cables and bulletproof vests. Yes, spider webs will soon be able to save lives, and other uses include the creation of antimicrobial wound patches and even artificial tendons.
Since gathering real web from actual spiders isn't an option, scientists have for years been working on developing the synthetic silk, which they're finally making serious progress on. One company is already selling synthetic silk as a beauty product, to improve skin and hair, and they'll also be unveiling a wound-healing spray later this year. Other companies are developing silk-based products for the textiles and automotive industries, which shows just how much we can benefit from the structures we once saw as nothing more than a nuisance.
Speaking of eight-legged freaks, want to see a spider that looks like Jason Voorhees? Check it out!!
At first glance, "horror movie" and "musical" would seem like an terrible mix. Musicals are often a celebration of human emotions whereas horror films frequently try to evoke and provoke those unpleasant things that terrify us all. But of course there is the cult classic granddaddy called The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), which is not only a horror movie and a musical, but also a maniacal love letter to old-fashioned horror movies and musicals. (Brian De Palma's 1974 film The Phantom of the Paradise also deserves a mention in this category.)
The Following Episode 208
Written By: Alexi Hawley
Directed By: Marcos Siega
Original Airdate: 10 March 2014
In This Episode…
Emma is understandably pissed at Joe. She hates it at Corbin, but Joe thinks with a bit of finesse, it could be theirs. Micah comes into the mess hall with a special announcement, welcoming Joe, Emma, and Mandy into the family. They are allowed to remove their masks and they are given red jumpsuits.
Julia takes Joe to see Micah. On the way, he jokes about how she and Micah seem to be making up their religion as they go along. She is deeply offended by this and reminds him that Micah is the leader - but she runs things. Even still, when she delivers Joe to Micah, Micah makes her leave the room before he tells Joe why he is here: “I want to kill people.”But first, he fills Joe in on their “religion.” Corbin’s scripture is based on cleansing souls. They don’t believe in an “after-life,” and see this life as “pre-life.” They must reach home, which is the ninth planet beyond Neptune, and they do so by eating the souls of others - then they ascend. In Micah’s mind, he has to kill to save souls. But that’s not all Micah wants. He wants a book written about him - and he wants Joe to write it. Micah also promises that he has people who have a desire to kill.
He takes Joe to the middle of the woods. Hidden beneath leaves and camo netting is a barred door. As Micah approaches, hands reach out through the bars, begging for attention and blessings. Micah slits one of the exposed wrists and flicks blood. “There, you are blessed,” he says before covering the doorway back up. “They are lovely followers; they just don’t play well with others,” Micah explains. He also wants their murder spree to begin in Los Angeles - there are a lot of souls that need to be cleansed there. He wants to kill famous people, like Manson. Joe suggests starting with New York - it is more accessible and everyone keeps their eyes on New York. This excites Micah; this is why he brought Joe here. For guidance. He does admit that not everyone is on board. Julia doesn’t believe they should be part of the outside world, but “she is my wife and will do as she is told.” There might be a few doubters, but he assures Joe it is a small group. Joe suggests they pray on it, which Micah loves. They get down on their knees together, and Julia sees them - and is instantly suspicious. That night, Julia delicately asks about Joe and suggests Micah be guarded around him. But Micah wants to celebrate and give Joe a “proper welcome.”
That proper welcome is a party. Joe and Emma enjoy the festivities cautiously, while Mandy is dancing with a new friend, Eric. Joe notices that Micah is offering communion to some followers. It doesn’t take long to find out why. In a few minutes, those who took communion start seizing and foaming at the mouth. Within moments, they are all dead. Panic erupts, and Micah calms them down, tells them to rejoice: god is moving among them, and our brothers and sisters are going home. “Send them home with shouts of praise!” he encourages. Before long, the surviving partiers are rejoicing - even Joe joins in the chants. Now it’s a party.
Later that night, Micah is overseeing the corpses being tossed into a mass grave in the woods, when Julia rushes up, horrified. She accuses him of abusing his power because only the ones who doubted him died. Micah didn’t tell her about his plan because he knew she would disagree. She blames Joe, even thought Micah takes full responsibility, and he has his guards drag her away.
But that’s only half the story. At the wake for Mike’s father, FBI director Franklin takes Ryan aside. He believes that Joe is still alive, that the FBI has been compromised, and he wants Ryan to help them out in a covert, off-the-books kind of way. He will have all the access and technical support he needs and he will be in charge of his own investigation. Ryan agrees to it. Seems perfect for him - this is exactly the way he has been working for the last few months anyway. He slips Ryan a thumb drive with all the stuff his British counterparts had on Joe’s half-brother. Ryan has another, far less pleasant visitor at the funeral: Carrie cooke, the “investigative journalist” who wrote the book about the Havenport tragedy. She heard from a private pilot that Joe Carroll is alive, and Ryan knows this to be true. Ryan won’t talk to her, and with good reason. Much of the info she got for her book came from Ryan while he was drunk. She got him very, very drunk, went back to his place, where they drank and talked and fucked and drank some more. She used him to get the info she wanted.
At home, Max and Ryan go through the drive and recognize three people in a photo. The two younger men were known associates of Roderick, and are up on Ryan’s board. The older gentleman Ryan recognizes as Arthur Strauss, Joe’s mentor from his time in an American boarding school. Ryan tried to speak with him when he was writing his own Joe book, but Arthur refused, claiming he hadn’t spoken to Joe since graduation. He happens to own a home 20 minutes from where the lighthouse was.
Ryan takes a drive up there. Strauss remembers Ryan, and has no interest in talking to him. Ryan is insistent and Strauss agrees to five minutes. He again reiterates that he has had no contact with Joe since he graduated, and paid him no special attention outside the attention he gave any of his other students. He also says that he never saw any evidence of psychopathy in Joe. Ryan thanks him for his time and leaves. He planted a bug in the living room, and while Max is listening back home, Ryan takes a transmitter and hangs out a fair distance from the house to listen for anything unusual.
Shortly after Ryan leaves, Strauss gets another visitor: Carrie Cooke. His patience is wearing thin, but he invites her in to chat. Almost immediately, he jabs her in the neck wiht a syringe. She screams, and Ryan comes running. He sees Strauss drag the unconscious Carrie down into the basement, but is attacked by a skinny dark-haired man who sprays him with knockout gas. When Ryan wakes, he is strapped into a wheelchair in some basement “operating room” with Strauss and Cole, his “student.” Carrie is unconscious on a medical table. While Strauss and Cole prep for surgery, he admits he was the one who taught Joe (almost) everything he knows. “I taught him how to perfectly remove an eyeball, but the need to kill was within him all along.” Cole wakes Carrie with smelling salts, then Strauss gives her some gas - enough to keep her calm and immobile, but not so much that she isn’t aware of what is going on. Ryan does the whole “operate on me first” thing, but he is ignored.
Strauss tells Cole to start with Carrie’s feet. He will need a sledgehammer to hobble her. He goes for one - and comes across Mike, who has a gun to his head. Cole makes a move; Mike shoots him. Max is there, too - when she lost contact with Ryan she thought he might be in trouble. Mike just happened to show up at the right time to roll out with her. Anyway, while Strauss is distracted by the sound of gunshots, Ryan throws himself out of the chair and wriggles out of his restraints. With Max and Mike in the room now, Strauss is easily subdued and replaces Carrie on the table. Ryan insists Max take Carrie upstairs. Carrie tries to fight the banishment, but it is no use. Now it is just the boys, and they want to know where Joe is. Strauss admits he helped clean Joe up immediately after the lighthouse explosion, but he left after a month and hasn’t heard from him since. The guys don’t believe him, and Mike takes a hammer to Strauss’s hand, ruining any chance he ever has of operating. Two strikes is all it takes for Strauss to spill what he knows: he admits that he helped get Joe’s half-brother into the country, and that Joe had a contact, a woman within the FBI. That’s all he knows. “Break my other hand if you want; that’s all you’ll get from me.”
Oh right, there is one more thing. Joe has decided it is time to tell the world he is alive.
Dig It or Bury It?
Ah, this show just gets crazier and crazier as the weeks go by. That cult, Corbin… they are just an amalgamation of all the craziest cults out there. I love it. I love that Micah has a dungeon filled with extra-crazy followers that have to be kept out of the general population. I find it odd that Micah needed Joe to help him with the killing. As a narcissist, he shouldn’t need “permission” from someone else to do whatever he wants. But I love the absurdity of the cult’s mission.
Here is a question: how does Pluto fit into “home?” If they have been working on this religion for 20 years, then Pluto was the ninth planet when they began. But now that it has been downgraded to not-a-planet, is it still home?
I kind of wish we had a little more time with Arthur Strauss. Tonight was the first time we heard mention of him, and just like that, someone who was a significant influence on Joe Carroll is rendered useless for the rest of the show.
Joe reveals himself to the world, and the killings ramp up.
Beginning in 1984, Clive Barker kicked off his fan-favorite Books of Blood series, which were largely responsible for making him a household name amongst genre fans. Comprised of six volumes in total, each of the books contained five or six tales of horror fiction, and several of those stories have been given the feature film treatment, over the years. Rawhead Rex and Candyman both started out as stories found within the pages of the Books of Blood, and more recently The Midnight Meat Train - which was a part of the original volume - was turned into a movie.
30 years after the release of that original volume, and six years after the release of the movie, The Midnight Meat Train returns in the form of a Definitive Edition hardcover book, which is jam-packed with all-new material, including an afterword written by Barker, a copy of the film's screenplay, never-before-seen photos and even nine color paintings based on the story, one of which you'll see below.
This definitive release of the story is available in three different formats, ranging from a $50 standard edition to a $1,300 ultra-deluxe traycased edition, the latter of which is limited to only 13 copies. In between is the deluxe signed slip-case version, selling for $200 and limited to 66 copies.
Quantites are limited on all of these, and they all come hand signed by Clive Barker. They'll be available for pre-order on Tuesday, March 25th, at 10am PST. Head over to the Dark Regions Press website to learn more about each edition, and be sure to bookmark the site, so you don't miss out!
Scream Factory has been continually bringing the goods, and their final list of extras for the Sleepaway Camp Blu-ray is no exception! Not only will it feature a new 2K scan of the original camera negative, which is the uncut version, but there will be new commentaries as well. One with actors Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten and one with writer/director Robert Hiltzik. This amazing special collectors edition hits shelves on 5/27. Read on for a complete list of these brand new extras!
• New 2K scan of the original camera negative. Uncut version!
• New Commentary with actors Felissa Rose (“Angela”) and Jonathan Tiersten (“Ricky”)
• New Commentary with writer/director Robert Hiltzik, moderated by SleepawayCampMovies.com webmaster Jeff Hayes
• Original Audio Commentary with writer/director Robert Hiltzik and star Felissa Rose
• At the Waterfront After the Social: The Legacy of Sleepaway Camp – new interviews with Robert Hiltzik, Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Paul DeAngelo (“Ronnie”), Karen Fields (“Judy”), Desiree Gould (“Aunt Martha”), Frank Saladino (“Gene”) and make-up FX artist Ed French.
• Judy - a short film by Jeff Hayes starring Karen Fields
• Princess - A Music Video by Jonathan Tiersten
• Camp Arawak Scrapbook – still gallery
• Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
Keep an eye on Scream Factory’s Facebook page for ongoing updates.
If you've seen indie horror films like A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next, or either V/H/S anthology, then you're already familiar with filmmaking partners Simon Barrett (screenwriter) and Adam Wingard (director). Along with their frequent collaborators (like producer Keith Calder and a bunch of cool actors), Barrett and Wingard have been more than content to create the sort low-budget cool concepts that generally go over really well at festivals and then again on home video. But no more. The gentlemen have temporarily turned their attention on something best described as (yes), a "thriller," but thankfully it's a pretty damn cool thriller.
Anyone who sets out to make a documentary film about the history of zombie cinema is in a no-win situation: if you stick with the obvious stuff, then the hardcore horror fans will get bored, impatient, and very annoyed. But if you focus mainly on the oddest and most obscure information regarding cinematic zombiedom, then you're leaving out all the newbies -- or the geeks who only pretend to know White Zombie from Rob Zombie.
What do all these random images have in common? They all, in one way or another, kinda sorta look like spiders, don't they? According to one research group, looking at pictures like these may be an effective cure for getting over your fear of arachnids.
As reported by io9, the finds of the group were recently published in a paper, which confirms their beliefs that you can overcome your fear of spiders, without actually even making any sort of contact with the eight-legged freaks.
Instead of showing arachnophobics spiders, the team exposed them to images like the ones above, which convey the general body shape of a spider. Once they found a group of images that each person was comfortable with looking at, they were burned onto a DVD and taken home, which the spider-haters were asked to watch twice a day. The idea was to make them comfortable with looking at spiders, by making them comfortable with looking at things that look like spiders.
Six months into the treatment, 90% of the test group saw a dramatic improvement in their level of spider-related fear, and three of them even felt comfortable enough to pet a tarantula that was hanging out in the lab.
Facing your fears without facing your fears - gotta love it!
Head into FEARNET's spider archives, for more creepy-crawly fun.
My affections for Gareth Evans' The Raid (aka The Raid: Redemption for no logical reason) are not only well-documented but also rather florid. Here's my review of the film, for example, or you can just hang around my Twitter feed and enjoy my rapturous responses when another movie geek asks my opinion of the film. The short version: it's one of the best action films ever made. I'm sure there are some fantastic action movies I haven't seen (including some martial arts classics) but I still feel confident in stating that "The Raid is one of the best action films ever made."