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    twilight zoneReady for another The Twilight Zone reboot? I'm not, either, but this isn't just another "I hate reboots, leave the original alone" rant. Twilight Zone has been rebooted many, many times in the past - and never with success.

    CBS (who produced the original Twilight Zone series) has enlisted Bryan Singer to develop, executive produce, and possibly direct a new Twilight Zone TV series, based on the Rod Serling classic which ran from 1959 to 1964. A writer is still being sought, pending approval from the Serling estate. It is not clear if the series will remake original episodes of the classic anthology suspense show, or if it will create new stories in the same vein.

    This seems like a bad idea. The Twilight Zone has endured many reincarnations since the original series, and none have done well. In 1983, a feature film anthology was created with segments directed by Steven Speilberg, Joe Dante, John Landis, and George Miller. A tragic helicopter accident during the filming killed star Vic Morrow and two child actors. While the film broke even at the box office, it was never able to emerge from the shadow of that accident.

    The series was brought back to television in 1985. I never saw that run of the show, but from what I understand, it received a warm-ish welcome; some critical acclaim but low ratings and it never really hooked an audience. Perhaps it had to do with the awkward format: season one consisted of hour-long episodes that contained two or three individual stories. Halfway through the second season, they switched to single-story half-hour episodes. The New Twilight Zone lasted two seasons on CBS, with an abbreviated third season created specifically for syndication. 

    In 2002, another attempt was made to bring The Twilight Zone back to television. This time it was hosted by Forrest Whitaker and aired two half-hour stories as a single hour-long episode. This version suffered from low ratings, a second-rate network (the now-defunct UPN) and terrible stories and acting. Unsurprisingly, 2002's Twilight Zone lasted a single season.

    So why? Why a reboot now? Is it to tie in with Warner Bros.'s upcoming attempt to turn a few classic tales into a big-budget, non-anthology tentpole film? Is it to capitalize on the recent surge of genre television? Does someone actually think that this time they can break "The Twilight Zone curse?"


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    New Ghostbusters coverIf you can’t make it to the Mr. Stay Puft store, get your Ghostbusters fill with The New Ghostbusters comic from IDW Publishing.

    Ghostbusters #1 will be available February 27. You can pre-order from TFAW and get the subscription cover here.

    Our friends over at Dread Central have the full details, here’s the rundown of the plot with photos below:

    The Ghostbusters are gone, spirited away by some dastardly demons from another dimension! But spectral shenanigans haven't ceased in the city that never sleeps, meaning a new group will need to step up and don the proton packs.

    IDW Publishing and Sony Pictures Consumer Products are pleased to announce the launch of an all-new Ghostbusters ongoing comic series, picking up where the first mega-hit ongoing volume left off. The Ghostbusters creative super-team of Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening (along with series colorist-extraordinaire Luis Antonio Delgado) return to bust out more ectoplasmic excitement in this second ongoing volume.

    “We've seen the Ghostbusters deal with a newly minted servant of Gozer, a child-possessing demon, the Spirit of Death, a cross-country road trip, and sloppy business rivals,” explained writer Burnham, “but we've never seen what might happen if something got the jump on them. This story takes a look at what might happen if the Ghostbusters were abducted. The city still needs paranormal exterminators, after all.”

     

    New Ghostbusters full cover

    New Ghostbusters cover alternative


     

     


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    Return to Nuke Em High posterIt’s over 27 years later and the class of Nuke ‘Em high is planning a reunion of sorts. Like most reunions it’s a time to catch up with your old friends, and find out how things have changed, how they’ve grown as people. In the case of the Nuke Em high student body, they haven’t matured too much. Thankfully, there’s a refresher to get you up to speed with what they’ve been up to.

    You can probably guess, but it’s typical Tromavilla hijinks involving nudity, boobs, spray paint, guns, melting bodies, and general bad behavior.  Here’s the plot:

    Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into hideous Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lovers- bloggers, must fight not only mutants and monsters but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Will they save Tromaville High School and the world?

    The movie will premiere at Cannes this year, find out more about the film on the Facebook page. Final warning, the clip below is not safe for work.
     


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    A cross between Victorian cabinet cards and Gibson girl illustrations gone wrong, these recreation prints cast a creepy hue on idealized beauties.

    Little girls don’t seem so sweet when they’re staring at you with hungry, hallowed-out eyes and the image of a woman with blood running down her face gives new meaning to the term naughty nurse. Even the most classically feminine photo takes on a sickly tone when half of the subject's face is decaying.

    Coles Fine Art’s cards are 5x7 and printed on glossy archival paper.
     

    Zombie Nurse Cabinet Card


    $10.00 at Etsy


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    Atlanta has become a hotbed for filming. Some of our favorite TV shows are filmed there: Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries and... The Walking Dead. A company called Atlanta Movie Tours is now offering tours of filming locations in their backyard - all led by real-life walkers.

    Zombies from The Walking Dead lead the tour. The details on the website are sparse, but I have to imagine that these are extras from the show - TWD uses locals for their walkers. The three-hour tour will take fans to "popular downtown filming locations as well as places few have access to" and offers trivia and horror-themed prizes. You will even get a tutorial on how to walk like a walker:

    Tours happen most Saturdays (with more dates added around Halloween) and cost $45 per person. To book, visit AtlantaMovieTours.com


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    FEARnet has lots of tricks up its sleeve for January. At the top of our must-see list is the unedited broadcast premiere of Let Me In starring Chloe Grace Moretz. We've also got the world television premieres of Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You, and Rogue River. Broadcast television premieres include Blood Creek and The New Daughter; and network premieres include Slither, Lost Boys, and The Omen (2006).

    We are also having a game-filled movie marathon (Taboo, Wishmaster, When Evil Calls, Simon Says, and House of the Dead 2) and a "violent vixens" marathon (Little Witches, Life Blood, The New Daughter and Neighbor).

    Premiere dates are as follows:

    ·         Slither, Saturday, January 5 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT;
    ·         The New Daughter, Sunday, January 6 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT;
    ·         Blood Creek, Sunday, January 6 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT;
    ·         “Violent Vixens” Marathon, Thursday, January 10 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT;
    ·         Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet Saturday, January 12 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT;
    ·         Parents, Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT;
    ·         The Omen, Sunday, January 13 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT;
    ·         Let Me In, Sunday, January 13 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT;
    ·         “The Games” Marathon, Thursday, January 17 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT;
    ·         Rogue River, Sunday, January 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT;
    ·         You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You, Sunday, January 20 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT;
    ·         The Lost Boys, Sunday, January 27, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT;
    ·         Lost Boys: The Tribe, Sunday, January 27, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

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    girls against boysOfficial selection at SXSW 2012, Girls Against Boys finds a home with Anchor Bay. The genre titans will bring the revenge flick to limited theaters in New York and Los Angeles on February 1st; no word yet on DVD or VOD release dates.

    When Shae, a naïve college student, is tormented by several men in a matter of days, she reaches her breaking point, and is drawn into coworker Lu’s twisted plan for revenge. Together, the two embark on a gruesome killing spree, terrorizing and brutally murdering not just their attackers, but any man who gets in their way. However, after a wild weekend of retaliation, the friendship between the girls shifts into a dangerous obsession, and their perverse game becomes a desperate struggle for Shae to maintain control against Lu’s deadly and seductive influence.

    Girls Against Boys stars Danielle Panabaker (Piranha 3DD, The Crazies), Nicole LaLiberte (Dexter), Andrew Howard (I Spit on Your Grave, Pig), and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield). Austin Chick (XX/XY) wrote and directed the film.


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    Rick Baker is a living legend. Plain and simple. He's been nominated for a total of 12 times for an Oscar and has won 7; his first win for the incredible transformation sequence in An American Werewolf In London. (Which is quite frankly still to this day the best werewolf transformation ever put to film.) And let's not forget his contributions to Michael Jackson's Thriller, the Men In Black movies, the amazing work he's done on Eddie Murphy over the years in films such as Coming To America (with his American Werewolf director John Landis) and The Nutty Professor. Looking over his body of work is just tremendous. And it's equally as fun to listen to the soft spoken artist speak about his love of the art, as well as all things monsters!

    In Part 1 of his episode with Mick Garris for Post Mortem, Baker confesses to growing up as a "monster kid" and talks about his fascination with movie magic at a very young age, even going as far as to nickname himself "Rick Baker Monster Maker". He also talks about first discovering the work of Jack Pierce and Dick Smith & explains that his parents were always extremely supportive of his ambitions. Part 2 expands upon his relationship with Dick Smith and how a letter he sent to the famed FX artist as a teenager eventually led him to work on The Exorcist with his mentor.

    Part 3 delves into his long working relationship with director John Landis starting with his debut feature Schlock and eventually leading 10 years later to An American Werewolf In London. If you're a fan of American Werewolf, then you'll love some of the fun tidbits Baker goes into regarding the creature work and infamous transformation sequence. Part 4 is all about his relationship with Eddie Murphy, which began on Coming To America where Baker made the comic up to appear as an old Jewish man and conducted a series of videos tests. That process has been pivotol for Murphy and he's chosen to work with Rick ever since. Finally, Part 5, Rick discusses the few jobs in the business he personally lobbied for which included Tim Burton's Ed Wood and Universal's remake of The Wolfman.

    It's all great stuff, so sit back and enjoy, fiends. Here's Post Mortem: Rick Baker!


     

    Want more Post Mortem? Check out more episodes on our Post Mortem page!


     

     


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  • 12/20/12--16:30: Gift Guide: 3-D Skull Pan
  • Maybe you think a skull pan doesn’t sound too versatile, but you’d be wrong. Here's the thing: Everyone wants to eat a skull and you don’t really need a special occasion to do it.

    The cool thing is you can use this pan to make a mummy head, Day of the Dead cake, and vampire head cake. Better yet, use it to freak out your younger siblings. Or your kids! Or that annoying neighbor next door! The uses are endless, so bake up a disembodied head and get scaring.

    Wilton.om has recipes to make the different types of skulls shown below. They also have a 3-D skeleton in a casket pan.
     

    3-D skull pan

    Skull cake

    Skull cake - Dead Head

     

    $34.99 at Wilton.com


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  • 12/20/12--17:00: 'Dexter' Season 7 Autopsy
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    I loved this season of Dexter. I think that is pretty obvious. I know a lot of other people felt it jumped the shark, or otherwise became fed-up with the series. But I loved it, and here’s why.

    Deb found out. It was inevitable that she discover Dexter’s secret, and some may say it took too long. But you don’t want to blow that wad too early in a series, and it was necessary for Deb to gain a high-ranking status in the department. She needed to have more power to manipulate the situation, and more to lose. The season six cliffhanger, with Deb walking in on Dexter, was exactly the right cliffhanger. You have to leave the season there because the anticipation that builds is insane.

    Dexter became “human.” It is something that the show touched upon in season five, with Trinity and his family, but that was really Dexter trying to make his fake life look more real. It took another murderer, Hannah, for Dexter to feel human. Whether or not Dexter was/is truly in love with Hannah is still up for debate. He has been well-established as a sociopath, and from my understanding, true sociopaths simply cannot feel love. Dexter’s scenes with Hannah always felt like they could be love... or it could just be mind-blowing sex that has him all mixed up. But Hannah truly did open up Dexter’s humanity: she made him choose between her or Deb. And Dexter chose the lifelong bond with someone who has always been by his side over the mind-blowing sex.

    Serial killers in love. Regardless of whether Hannah or Dexter can truly feel love, they were in love with each other. I can’t think of any other show or movie in which two murderers find each other well into their murder “career.” Usually it is a dominant partner who drags his or her partner into a crime spree that escalates (as in Hannah and her boyfriend, or like Natural Born Killers.) But here, Dexter and Hannah both had successful “careers” as murderers before finding each other. It was inevitable that it would end in heartbreak, because Dexter was right: two killers can’t trust each other.

    Ray Stevenson. The Ukrainian ganger plot was dry. It was the same shit that played out in 65% of Law & Order episodes. Quinn makes (another) poor choice in the girlfriend department, and that storyline fizzles quickly (how many people forgot that Quinn second degree murdered George? I did.) But Ray Stevenson was a ray of light. He wasn’t just a gang boss; he was human. Even before he had his big emotional outpouring to Dexter at the bar, he was more than just a season “big bad.” The bar scene just solidified him as a human character, and perhaps the only true friend that Dexter could ever hope to have. It is such a pity they killed him.

    There were many other details of this season I liked, but I think that these are the main arcs.

    So what about season eight? There seems to be some question as to whether or not season eight will be the last. Showtime made the deal for seasons seven and eight at the same time, which generally means that they planned to end it after season eight, plus Michael C. Hall was asking for a ton of money. But now it seems that Showtime might not want to end the series. Showrunner Scott Buck said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter that they honestly don’t know if eight is the end.

    Regardless of when Showtime decides to end Dexter’s run, it got me thinking about how to end the series. There are three possible outcomes for Dexter: he is caught; he is killed; or he escapes. I don’t like any of those options. I don’t think I would be satisfied with any of them. 


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    fringeThere are only four episodes left of Fringe. Before you start weeping uncontrollably, you can take part in Fringe Benefits. This charity project presented by Gallery 1988 will feature six limited-edition artworks based on your favorite episodes of Fringe

    Head over to FringeBenefitsProject.com to vote for your favorite episodes. There will be six posters in all, and the first one, Anthony Petrie's "White Tulip" is already available for sale. All proceeds go to The Mission Continues, which helps empower veterans with community outreach projects. All posters will be on display at the Los Angeles Paley Center during a special screening of the third-to-last episode and panel with cast and creative team members.


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    arliss howardTrue Blood has new law among its ranks. Actor Arliss Howard has joined the sixth season of the HBO show as a series regular. He will play Louisiana governor Truman Burrell, "a good ol’ boy politician who has a major beef with vampires ever since his wife ran off with one, leaving him as a single father to their only daughter. Politically savvy and perhaps overly ambitious, Truman tends to let his personal aspirations overshadow his humanity."

    Howard's 30+ year career includes roles in Full Metal Jacket, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Natural Born Killers, and Awake. Season six of True Blood bows this summer on HBO.

    Source: TV Line


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    I am really looking forward to Stoker. The posters alone have sold me on the film, and the fact that it’s directed by Park Chan-wook and produced by Ridley Scott just seals the deal. There’s a new poster out which adds a little more mystery to the messed-up family tale. It looks like a portrait of an almost disturbingly perfect, wasp-y family, but look a little closer and you’ll see Mia Wasikowska’s character is holding a pencil in her bloodied hand. There’s also a very prominently placed key around her neck. What can it be there for? I’m sure it unlocks something dark, and hidden ...

    Here’s a refresher on the plot, the poster follows:

    After India's (Wasikowska's) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
     

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    glen mazzaraLots of The Walking Dead news today. Some was expected; some was not.

    First, the expected: AMC officially picked up The Walking Dead for a fourth season. This should come as a shock to no one, since The Walking Dead is one of the highest-rated shows on any basic cable network. The second half of season three resumes in February; season four is expected in October.

    Now, for the surprise news: show runner Glen Mazzara is leaving The Walking Dead.  He will finish out the post-production on the remainder of season three, but after that, he will have no further involvement in the show. Mazzara stepped up as show runner at the beginning of season two, to fill the shoes of series co-creator Frank Darabont, who left the show suddenly at the end of season one. Unlike the Darabont departure, Mazzara's absence has an official reason.

    The joint statement from AMC and Glen Mazzara:

    Today, AMC announces the season 4 pick-up of The Walking Dead. 

    AMC also jointly announces with Glen Mazzara today that for future seasons, the two parties have mutually decided to part ways.  Glen guided the series creatively for seasons 2 and 3.  AMC is grateful for his hard work.  We are both proud of our shared success. 

    Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways.  This decision is amicable and Glen will remain on for post-production on season 3B as showrunner and executive producer. 

    Producer Gale Anne Hurd had this to say:

    I am appreciative and grateful to Glen for his hard work on ‘The Walking Dead.’ I am supportive of AMC and Glen's decision and know that the series is in great hands with one of the most talented and dedicated casts and crews in the business. I look forward to the show's continued success.

    The statement from Robert Kirkman, series producer and comic book creator:

    I am in full support of both AMC and Glen Mazzara in the decision they have come to and believe the parties came to this decision in the best interest of the future of the show.  I thank Glen for his hard work and appreciate his many contributions to The Walking Dead and look forward to working with him as we complete post production on Season 3.  I am also excited to begin work on another spectacular season of this show that I know means so much to so many people. This show has always been the result of a wide range of extremely talented men and women working tirelessly to produce their best work collectively.  I believe the future is bright for The Walking Dead.  Thank you to the fans for your continued support. 


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    Olaf de FleurIcelandic filmmaker Olaf de Fleur and Summit entertainment just sealed the deal to make the sci-fi action flick Revoc.

    Warm Bodies’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are attached as producers. There are few details on the film, but Summit is describing it as “being in the vein of District 9 and Moon and is a post-alien invasion thriller.”

    Olaf de Fleur made a name for himself (and what a name it is) in his home country with the crime drama City State. Back in October, it was rumored that director James Mangold would be helming the US remake of the film. Watch the trailer for de Fleur’s City State. No reindeer sweaters!
     

     

     

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    New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!

    locke and keyLocke and Key: Omega No. 2

    Big trouble is on the horizon. Bode's body has been taken over by a demon spirit, and the only one who can see Bode's lingering soul is Rufus, his mentally handicapped buddy. Armed with this knowledge but without the faculties to really express it, he lashes out against the possessed Bode and pays the price for it.

    Bag it or board it up? Have you been following the series? If the answer is "no" skip this comic. They're so far into the mythos of this series it would be hard to catch up. But, if you do follow the comic, this issue is a delight, and just another step toward something incredible coming down the pike. It's awesome to see reality, and then see how Rufus envisions his surroundings. And like a lot of Locke and Key, it's both cool and a little sad.

    evil ernieEvil Ernie No. 3

    Evil Ernie, the reboot of the classic series, picks up right where the last issue left off. Ernie was given the death penalty, killed, and reborn as an arcane font of evil power. Ignoring the advice of Smiley, his demonic smiley-faced button/tutor, Evil Ernie has gone all out with his powers... and they've run out. Now we see Ernie gunning down his enemies in the prison where he was just executed, and he faces off against an archangel on his way to save his only friend.

    Bag it or board it up?Evil Ernie is a train that keeps on chugging. The action is fast-paced, break-neck, and super gory. The dynamic between Smiley and Ernie really picks up and develops in this issue, and we see a glimpse of more of the powers at Ernie's disposal. It's nice to learn with Ernie, as we experience his powers at the same time as he does. And hey, I loved Ernie before, but it's great to see a solid plot developing for a character as iconic and chaotic as the devil kid.

    rotten appleRotten Apple

    Rotten Apple is a frenetic, wild story about a (very) post-apocalyptic Earth governed and warred-over by religious cults and sects. The world is full of zombies, and rival gangs vie for power. In the middle of all of this is a girl, San Gee, with extremely potent magical/psychic/elemental powers. She's after the heart of a fallen god, as are a bunch of bad guys in Reservoir Dogs-style suits and giant masks. And believe it or not, craziness and lots of high-flying battles take place over this stolen heart.

    Bag it or board it up? This is a fun one-shot comic. It may not be as horror as I initially thought (I see zombies, I see destruction, and I hope for the best) but the story is definitely there. The way the comic slowly delivers information about the world feels natural, which is in total juxtaposition to the frenetic action. Plus, I love anything that takes place tens of thousands of years in the future (but that's the Dune franchise lover in me).

    b.p.r.d. hell on earthB.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Return of the Master No. 5

    This is it! Craziness! All of the giant monsters that we've been dreaming of are bursting through the crust of the Earth and destroying shit. It's up to everyone, not just the Bureau, to try and fix this problem. But can they? This issue is coming off of the back of some serious plot twists in the last issue, and if that was the feint, then this issue is the fist that keeps on punching.

    Bag it or board it up? Hell on Earth indeed. This is technically the fifth of five issues, but this is in no way the end of this storyline. I'm definitely looking forward to next month's issue, but it's a bit of a shame that this issue didn't have a little bit more closure. That being said, I also kind of don't care, because the action, drama, and destruction of this issue is so intense and leaves the story open for so much excitement. The Master has returned... and we're totally screwed.


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    Remy Couture on tral for moral corruptionHonestly, this seems like the kind of “moral panic” story that belongs in the early ‘80s, not in 2012. Filmmaker and artist Remy Couture is on trial in Canada for “moral corruption through propagation of obscene material.” If you aren’t familiar with the case, here’s the abridged version: Remy Couture is behind the site InnerDepravity, the contents of which depict a “psychopath killer committing fictitious murders.” Couture is a makeup artist as well as the creator of the videos. The works are hyper-realistic and brutal, but Couture contends, completely fictional.

    “I have created all the special effects make up, the special effects and the scenarios. The site contained over 20 photo sessions and two short cuts. The realism of the make-up and the settings might leave people perplex. It was a site which could be construed as the fake intimate visual and brought to life diaries of a fictitious psychopath," Couture said.

    "The scenes were produced and directed in an artistic context as is the case for the best-known horror movies known by the large public. What made my site popular is apparently its dark feeling due to the scenes of very explicit nature.”

    Interpol feels differently about the content, believing it to be real, and arrested Couture for ''representation of induced sexual content'' – which means "without any artistic value, or content." The scenario is almost laughable, yet today is the final day of Couture’s trial. He is asking horror-fans across the globe to support him in his fight for artistic expression.

    “I create horror. I’m not a pornographer,” Couture told the jury. “The goal is not to excite, it’s to disgust.”

    Anyone who has gone to court knows lawyer fees are steep and Couture’s cost upwards of $25K. You can support the filmmaker by donating or buying an item on Supportremy.com.  Find out more about the case in this trailer for the film about Remy, Art/Crime.
     


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    Legend frontman Krummi
     
    Iceland's two-piece electronic band Legend doesn't conform to the usual conventions of what you'd call industrial, electro-rock or darkwave, although those labels have been applied to them now and then, as well as favorable comparisons to Joy Division, Bauhaus and Depeche Mode. But honestly, while this duo knows the rules of those genres, they choose to shatter them and assemble a new entity from the jagged pieces. I knew very little about the team of frontman Krummi Björgvinsson (formerly of punk group Minus, and a prominent presence in Icelandic music) and instrumentalist Halldor Björnsson until I was introduced to a haunting short film by Kitty Von-Sometime, part of an amazing series entitled the “Weird Girls Project.” Sister is the twelfth episode in that collection, and features the Legend track of the same name (be sure to check it out at the end of this article). The music was so entrancing, in perfect symphony with the ghostly, half-awake nightmare visuals, that I wanted to hear more, so I picked up their debut album and was instantly hooked.
     
    Legend "Fearless" cover art
    Not only are most of the songs on Fearless dripping with angst, dread and lust, they're also musically tight and melodically powerful, to the point that I could hardly believe I was listening to a band that formed less than two years ago. Earth-shaking, beefy beats support coarse guitars that are just refined enough to fuse to the shifting electro patterns, while Krummi's moody vocals transform the grim, sinister melodies into infectious dark-pop hooks, and the entire sonic package is wrapped in a veil of synth pads that make the album feel genuinely haunted.
     
    You'll slip into its grip immediately in the deep drones and unearthly wordless chants that open "Amazon War,” which become even more disturbing as dramatic synth layers are added, finally exploding into a cyber-tribal beat... and that's just to get you in the mood for what's still to come. Instrumental setups like this are common across the album, whether to get your pulse racing with a bumping bass-beat foundation before the guitars kick in on the quirky “Benjamite Bloodline” or to soak the sound space with ambient colors on tracks like the colossal "Runaway Train" before burning low chords and cinematic piano strains set the basic melody, as Krummi's memerizing voice finally takes center stage. The lyrics are usually simple and cyclical, sometimes taking on mantra-like patterns, which gives a lot of room for production artistry, layering and treating the vocals like instruments. "Sister" is one of the best examples of this approach, making it a wise choice for a single and video, as you will soon find out. 
     
    Legend band promo 1
     
    Lighter touches are rare but well-employed on "Sudden Stop” and “Traveling Blind,” which are the closest to lightweight pop to be found here, but for me they seem a touch too gentle for the album's overall tone. Moodier, more pensive tracks like "Violence" manage to maintain a warm core of humanity within dense, oppressive layers of bass and thudding rhythms, which sometimes break open to reveal brighter, more optimistic variations – the title track is a good example, and benefits from a Peter Gabriel-like quality to the chorus vocals – or a sensual undercurrent in the case of "Devil In Me,” with its horny, bump-and-grind urgency, blended with an '80s vibe in the bonus remix. "Lust" follows with more blatantly sexual lyrics, but ironically with a more melancholy romantic sensibility... not so with the bonus track “Virgin,” which is a virtual firestorm of sexual energy with an incredible ground-pounding beat, and my personal favorite from the band. If you buy this album, make sure you include get this track in the pack; it's a keeper.
     
     
    Fearless is a standout release in gothic/electro music in 2012, and that's actually saying a lot, because a lot of unique and inventive artists have stepped into the game this year. I'm personally glad I came across this band when I did, because I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot about them soon – on both sides of the Atlantic – and I want to stay on top of this particular wave. Here's another taste in the form of Kitty Von-Sometime's video for “Sister,” which starts out spooky enough as it is, but watch for Krummi's chilling arrival shortly after the three-minute mark...
     

     


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    Little Shop of Horrors demented dentistThis week in horror history saw the birth of two modern movies classics and one evil seductress. Vampira, born Maila Nurmi changed the face of TV as the hostess of the ‘50s cult and sci-fi series, The Vampira Show. She boasted two-inch nails, a micro waist, and a feline face.

    Movie-wise Wes Craven’s 1996 film Scream introduced us to the “rules” of horror with a tongue-in-cheek look at the slasher genre that Craven was integral in creating more than 20 years earlier. 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors was Frank Oz’s musical adaptation of Roger Corman’s 1960 low-budget traum-com. It includes Steve Martin playing the most true-to-life dentist in movie history. Watch Clips below.

    Title: Scream
    Released: December 20, 1996
    Tagline: Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape.
     



    Title:Little Shop of Horrors
    Released: December 19, 1986
    Tagline: A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist.
     




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  • 12/21/12--15:00: FEARnet's Best Games of 2012
  • There are only a few weeks left in the year, and as we wind down to the end and lurch into 2013, let’s take a look at some of the best games that 2012 gave us.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    While my mid-90’s nostalgia meter has its needle thrust firmly in the red for XCOM, developer Firaxis managed to craft a thrilling, fun strategy game that’s seemingly simple on the surface, but offers hours of deep, compelling gameplay.  Turn-based gameplay has never been so nerve-wracking as when your squad is facing off against the Sectoid invaders with the ever-present specter of permanent death for your units that you’ve spent hours enhancing and leveling.  Even worse is the potential of sponsor countries dropping out of your organization, stripping you of much-needed funds at crucial moments.  It may not be for all tastes, but XCOM is accessible, tense, and brilliantly executed in every way.

    Resident Evil 6

    Resident Evil 6 is a divisive title.  Some may bemoan the lack of traditional survival horror elements, stripped out and replaced by white-knuckle action, but this is what Resident Evil has become, and Resident Evil 6 represents this mutated vision with an incredible level of polish.  Insane, explosive set pieces, an army of vicious new monsters, and an epic four-part story may not be reminiscent of Resident Evil’s past, but it shows its furious and fun future as a balls-to-the-wall action franchise with a tasty bio-horror topping.

    Resident Evil: Revelations

    The second of 2012’s great Resident Evil titles (Slant Six’s lame-duck Operation Raccoon City will not be making the list), Resident Evil: Revelations gave a full, nostalgic RE experience on the Nintendo 3DS.  It shared the same over-the-shoulder perspective of RE4 and its contemporaries, but its tone and pacing bore more of a resemblance to the first RE, especially in its desolate cruise ship setting.  While it all but demanded the optional Circle Pad Pro add-on for the 3DS, which added on a much-needed second analog stick, it gave a full, authentic RE experience in a handheld, which is an amazing feat in itself.

    The Walking Dead: The Video Game

    It’s rare that a licensed game lives up to the promise of its source material, but it’s practically unheard of for the source material to be eclipsed.  The Walking Dead: The Video Game referred back to Robert Kirkman’s original comic instead of the AMC TV series, and it delivered an experience that exceeded the quality of both.  While most of the characters were new to the franchise, with the exception of a few fan-baiting additions, the main characters of ex-con Lee and his young ward Clementine were compelling, fascinating, and wonderfully written.  Clementine in particular was a fascinating journey, from wide-eyed little girl to world-hardened survivor over the course of the game’s five episodes, watching her world and those around her fall to the walkers and each other.  It’s a rare game that brings a tear to my eye, and The Walking Dead did just that.

    Dear Esther

    It ain’t that rare for me to feel a little misty in 2012, as thechineseroom’s Dear Esther made me feel a deep, mournful sadness unlike anything I had played before.  Less a game and more an interactive memoir, the game had your character reading love letters to his dead wife as he walked around an island that was haunted my memories and quite possibly something else.  Far more subtle than what horror gaming is used to, Dear Esther is no less effective in building an atmosphere that’s equal parts tingling and tragic.  While not a true “game,” it’s an engrossing experience regardless.


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