Monday, July 29, 2013

Vintage Comics: This Magazine is Haunted - The Curse of Carnoc Castle Pt. 1 (Cover - Page 8)

Ah, eternal youth. A lot of us like to think we'd want it, enjoy it for all eternity. Me, personally, I can appreciate too much of a good thing. This comic has some...odd phrasing, but it's otherwise not too terrible. Since this part of the issue is so long, I'll only be posting the first half of the story for now...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Short Film: The Vampire Child

A friend of mine, Aidan, who you might remember from my alien video I posted awhile back...sent me a link to a little project he just did of his own. It didn't take much to get him to let me share it with all of you.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Scream Queens and Glamorous Ghouls

Recently I made a picture post devoted to the male horror greats in their youth, who made the silver screen come alive (ironically). Now I've decided to give you guys a bit of a treat, for the women onscreen who, whether evil or innocent, still stand today as creepy icons.

Simone Simon

Perhaps not so famous to most of us, she was incredibly gorgeous, and especially in Catpeople, which is what makes her an icon, in my mind.

Ingrid Pitt

Ingrid was one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen onscreen. With one look, she could probably seduce every man on-set in her prime. This helped her incredibly deadly characters, and was only emphasized by the grace she seemed to exude with every movement or word. If it's not apparent, she's one of my favorites.

Vampira (Maila Nurmi)

I don't think I need to explain why this lady is an icon.

Vera Miles

Psycho. Nuff said.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Honestly, I can only ever picture one woman when it comes to slasher chicks. She's the top girl in these movies, even after all the different movies that have come out. Though Jamie is defined by more than just her famous horror role, Micheal would be nothing without her.

Elvira (Cassandra Peterson)

She's the mistress of the dark. I really don't need to add anything else.

There are so very many actresses out there who've made their splashes on the big and little screen in very scary ways, but not nearly enough time in the world to cram them into one entry. In the future, I hope to mention a few more, but hopefully this will do for now.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Horror Flick of the Week: Game of Werewolves

There are a lot of werewolf movies out there. A lot of them seem to have ditched the 'creepy village' plot element, which is a real shame. This one didn't. In fact, I'd say 'creepy village' is pretty much a major player in this story line. It's got everything. Gypsy curses, army of werewolves, human sacrifice, aforementioned village, and a great vibe. I mean the lighting is just incredibly atmospheric.

With so many vampire and werewolf movies coming out in the last few years, and a huge amount of them just being...bad...this one stands out. It's a genuinely entertaining story about a young man who goes back to the village he grew up in, and reconnects with an old friend and a somewhat evil uncle. A 100 years ago, a gypsy placed a curse on his family and the village, that on the anniversary of a terrible crime committed by one of his family members, someone of his bloodline would have to be sacrificed.

Obviously the poor guy doesn't know this, because it would have been a lot harder for anyone to persuade him to go home. Taken by surprise in the middle of the night, he's trapped in a cellar with the werewolf, along with his publisher who made a surprise visit that same day. An old friend manages to help them escape, which sadly unleashes yet another curse on the village, much worse than the first.

The same man who helped our hero escape is forced to go back to the cellar the next day, to find out if the werewolf is still there. What he finds is...a child. Yes, the werewolf was a child cursed to become a beast every night for a hundred years...

So he sneaks the kid back to his place, and they decide there might be another way to end the curse. Cut off the main guy's pinky and feed it to the kid.

He's not too terribly receptive to the idea, but as they say...any port in a storm, right?

This is a clever little film. It's not the end-all be-all of werewolf cinema, but it's great if you're just in the mood for a good movie. An excellent double feature with Dog Soldiers.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Creepy Short Cartoons: Stop Motion

Film itself is an incredibly time-consuming, and most often worthwhile art-form. Animation is definitely one of the more difficult types of film, because you're not just looking at actual people and telling them 'look there, say this' several times, you're basically taking one picture and then slightly modifying it to an almost microscopic degree, and doing this several hundred times...just to have a character turn their head and move an arm, or walk down a hallway. The following are a few selections of personal favorites, and I hope you like them too.

As one person pointed out, it's really difficult to adapt Lovecraft to film, and still capture the feel. I definitely think this one almost got it.

I want to say this short motivated me to become vegetarian, but we all know that's a dirty, dirty lie.

If this one was particularly enthralling for you, (you sick monkey) then I'd suggest browsing the rest of this odd series on youtube.

I think if I snapped one day, this would pretty much be what everything might look like. This is yet another video hosted by the artist who made it.

Another video hosted by the artist, I'd definitely suggest checking out their channel. I found this particular short oddly charming, in it's own twisted way.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Drive-in Trailers: Bad Monkeys

More than talking toys, possessed grandmothers, cannibal pygmies, and disease-infested pets...we should fear the primate. Monkeys in general are the source of all evil, which is why they pretend they don't see, speak, or hear any of it. That being said, witness below several examples of the ultimate horrors these hairy harbingers of hate have and will commit towards the human race. Yes, even rat monkey bites count.

Vintage Comics: Beyond - Master of the Undead (Pages 28-34)

Okay, the final part of this comic issue, at long last. I'll probably make it a weekly thing to post vintage horror comics, but it will be more one portion at a time than the whole darn thing at once. Anyway, this last story pulled the ultimate cop-out, which should never...EVER be any kind of story. The plus side is that the art itself in this last one seems a lot crisper, like more time was probably spent on it.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vintage Comics: Beyond - The Phantom Puppet and The Mummy's Curse (Pages 19-27)

Okay, so I've seen a lot of puppet movies and read a lot of puppet stories. They usually don't go much further than the puppet murdering other people, the puppet being all in the ventriloquist's head, or the puppet being shifted off to another owner. This one took a cool turn by actually having the puppet onstage in legitimate plays with other real actors. Anyway, it's a pretty cool twist. I wonder why it hasn't been done again...

On another note, if you find the text on the last two pages is just too small, being an actual written story, let me know, and I'll transcribe it in another post.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Vintage Comics: Beyond - The Reluctant Ghost and Tales of the Supernatural (Pages 11-18)

Well, here we are again. I decided I was going to go ahead and give you the second section of this old comic, for the sake of consistency. There are about 2 more bits after this, which is always nice. I love having something creepy to look forward to, don't you? Maybe I might perform a seance myself one of these days.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vintage Comics: Beyond - The Werewolf Strikes and Tales of the Supernatural (Cover + Pages 1-8)

Digging through my computer and getting rid of some old trash, I found a comic I'd saved from an archive, I thought a few of you might appreciate. This was the first issue from 'Beyond'. You gotta admit, it's pretty amazing how many variations there are to what a werewolf can look like. The mullet in this one isn't really my favorite, though...And don't worry, I'll be showing the rest of this issue in further posts.