Attn: Horror fans – Horror Things from around the web and world…

tim burton and V Price

Attn: Horror fans – Horror Things from around the web and world…


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Want to read some of the great classic stories and authors? check ou the selection from: http://ebookfriendly.com/free-horror-stories/

(I’d like to credit Tim Prasil for making the Poe giphy)


 

SUBCUTANEOUS MAGAZINE –  I think this is THE BEST NEW HORROR MAGAZINE to come out in a while. Great stories, art, articles, It’s fantastic. Check it out. You can read it online or download the .pdf http://www.subqmag.com/

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The Fly 1986 - Jeff Goldblum

THE FLY 1986 – This is a MUST READ Awesome article pertaining to The BrundleFly from MONSTER LEGACY – The Fly 1986 https://monsterlegacy.net/2016/08/15/brundlefly/


Even in the heat and aftermath of Shin Godzilla…

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It looks like GODZILLA is finally going to get a royal respectable anime movie in 2017. We need a translator…
http://godzilla-anime.com/smph/index.html


This has to be one of the best read LOVECRAFT story collections I’ve heard. Narrated by Ian Gordon. Listen to your favorite Lovecraft stories or find one you’ve not read:
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyzOIlWgJY9GzT28zRRA8IGS3FhdUmXeP

lovecraft and phelps comparison

I’m sure you’ve seen the resemblance of Phelps and Lovecraft in these side by side pics. Wonder why Phelps is such a good swimmer? Perhaps fleeing underwater monsters in another life?


Monster Zero

WOW – Godzilla posters for great prices!!! https://www.etsy.com/shop/johnbellottijr?ref=hdr_shop_menu#_=_
I purchased this one already!


Buckethead MUSIC video using animation FROM the famous Hermoinyous Bosch painting. Great Stuff!


and last but not least, here’s a few collectables I may pic up when they are released later this month…

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The Top 5 Horror Movie Remakes

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The Top 5 Horror Movie Remakes

I’m not one of those prudes who think all old classic movies should be in a shrine and never be remade or revisited. I can like both, the original and the remake for different reasons and want to watch and enjoy both of them. But lets face it, most remakes are horrible and should have never been made. Yet, I do find some that I really like.

To me, there are only three reasons to do a remake.

1 – special effects improvements – advancements in film and effects technology will make the film visually appealing to a modern audience.

2 – expand the storyline – modernizing a film and bring it to date with the moods, opinions, and conscience of the changing world views.

3 – make a better film – an old b-movie can often be remade into a summer blockbuster or serious representative of its genre.

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The 5 Best Remakes in the last 50 years

I like all the originals of the following films, so I guess great concepts, ideas, and scripts also produce better remakes.

1 – The Thing (1982)
Excellent FX improvements and tweaking to the story made a taut thriller and monster movie combined. This is probably one of the most successful remakes ever made because of both, acceptance from horror/sci-fi film buffs and theater/dvd sales.

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2 – Maniac (2013)
The truth is, the original was watchable but not ‘best in class.’ This remake with Elijah Woods gave me newfound respect for his acting abilities and reignited my faith in the slasher genre. Shot in first person POV, the real horrors are when the young ladies realize there’s something not quite right with this man and their expressions go from playfully sexy to sheer terror.

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3 – Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Its like zombie-fan heaven in this movie. Any variation of a zombie and zombie scenario you can think of was in this film: zombie baby, fat-lady zombie, a twitcher, giving birth to a zombie, zombie baby, little girl zombies, fast zombies, slow zombies, gunning down zombies, the zombie tank-truck, exploding zombies, mall zombies… great FX, make-up and script!

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4 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Excellent pacing, horrific visuals and tense chase scenes. Loved the way they fleshed-out the characters in the beginning of the film, dialogue and acting seemed very natural. I love the original but this one has even more action and thrills.

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5 – The Fly (1986)
Took the classic 50s sci-fi horror staple and dosed it with steroids. Heartbreaking love story between Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) and Veronica (Gina Davis). This is such a great version. If you haven’t seen this in a while, revisit. Still an excellent film.

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Honorable mentions:

The Blob (1988)
Thankfully made before the CGI boom, the creature in this film is fast moving and fluid. See? You can do practical effects of abstract creatures – it just takes a little work and brainpower, rather than just handing it over to the CG department. The amoeba-like killer grows to monstrous proportions and eats a town.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The real and likable characters portrayed by, Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams and Jeff Goldblum are exceptional. You can’t help but root for their escape as the world goes mad around them. Coupled with some great special-effects, cinematography, and sound track (effects and music), the remake is a solid, must-see film.

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Willard (2003)
Crispin Glover excels as the dark, gothic, twisted, King of Rats! I did like Ernest Borgnine’s portrayal as Willard’s Boss in the original, but the film was slow-moving. This took a mediocre film and made it into a gothic horror fright-fest.

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Stay tuned for the Top 5 Worst Horror Remakes coming next post!

Love & Horror – My Top 5 Love Stories in Horror/Sci-fi

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Love & Horror
My Top 5 Love Stories in Horror and Sci-fi

Valentine’s Day is here so I thought it would be fun to name the top love stories in Horror and Sci-fi films. I came up with these 5 picks but I need your help. Give me some more ideas for Love in Horror Films (not horror in love stories).
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5) Frankenstein and his BrideThe Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Bride-Of-Frankenstein cover 1There are few heartbreaking scenes in horror as poignant as the one where the Frankenstein Monster is rejected by his newly reanimated bride. Love is supposed to heal all, but even from his own kind there is no love in this world for the monster. Despite all the face make-up you can see the humility and dejection in the monster‘s actions and movements; praise to Karloff for his ability to act through this creature design. His bottom lip quivers; one tear falls from his eye as he pulls the lever that explodes the castle.
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4) Verden Fell and Lady LigeiaThe Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
ligeia cover“Man need not kneel before the angels, nor lie in death for all eternity, save only for the weakness of his feeble will…” E.A. Poe
These are the last words spoken by Verden Fell’s wife, Ligeia before she dies. Verden visits Ligeia’s graveside often and speaks of her returning from the tomb. To his new wife’s dismay, Verden’s behavior becomes even stranger when they move into his Abbey after their honeymoon. Rowena begins to believe that Ligeia has already returned in the deep hours of night, stalking the halls and towers of their home, perhaps hiding by day in the body of a mysterious black cat. This fine Poe adaptation is a remarkably underrated film and one of Price’s classic character portrayals. Love can never die, but it can kill.
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3) Seth Brundle & Veronica Quaife
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It tugs at your heart, every time Veronica goes to see her love, scientist Seth Brundle, and finds he has become more fly-like than human. To her horror, Veronica finds out she is pregnant. Seth kidnaps her with plans to enter the telepod and become the ultimate family unit – man, wife and baby, sharing one body. Now that is true love and true love can certainly transform a person into something… better. Donuts, anyone?
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BS Dracula cover2) Count Dracula and Mina Bram Stokers Dracula (1992)
Love never dies, it just comes back to bite you in the… neck. Dracula could have easily mesmerized her and taken control, to gain what he wanted. But Count Dracula wanted Mina to fall in love with him again and discover her past life without his supernatural influence. He risks life and limb for this love to flourish, and it does in the end, just in time for him to die his final death. The film leaned heavy on the romance between Dracula and Mina, more so than in the book.
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1) King Kong and Ann Darrow King Kong (1933)
kingkongboxart_160wHe took her to the ends of the earth and to the top of the world, but still, this love was not acceptable in a modern world. He risked it all for his love, and lost it all. This is your basic Beauty and the Beast story, reinvented for the 19th century. If Kong could only speak… “What’s with all the screaming? Come on, you like me, You’re just playin’ hard to get. Look, I’ll beat up this pteradactyl. How you like me now?”
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So tell me, what are your favorite love stories in this genre?
Let me know and I will add  films to the list.

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Honorable Mentions/ Readers choices:

***Curt and Julie – Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993)
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Great suggestion from Creature With the Atomic Brain

***Oskar and Eli – Let the Right One In (2008)
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Another great suggestion from Porkchop

***Francesco and ‘the woman’ – Cemetery Man (1994)
aka: Dellamorte, DellAmore
OK, this should probably be in my Top-5. It also contains one of the most bizarre sex scenes (in a graveyard) I’ve ever seen in a horror film.
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Thanks, Rob!

***David and Nurse Alex – An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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Great choice offered by Brian, Hard Ticket to Home Video

***May and Adam – May (2002)
(& Polly & Petey & whatever that thing is at the end)

Never seen this but read the synopsis and seems like a good choice.
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I am definitely going to have to see this. Recommended by The IPC

***Yu & Hai’er  – from the ‘Going Home’ segment of ‘3 Extremes II’ (2002)
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Never saw this one either. Recommended by GaryLee

***Mark and Anna – Possession (1981) Gotta’ see this one again!
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And in my ‘got a clue’ moment of the year, I’ve just realized that Sam Neill has been in a lot of horror and sci-fi movies! Recommended by Jeff

***Eban and Stella – 30 Days of Night (2007)
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Okay, late entry, but had to get this one in. Recommended by my tech-challenged RLF, Tommy.

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Thanks to everyone that contributed to this list and for making it one of my most veiwed posts at Parlor of Horror. I have to check out a few of these that I have not seen and ya’ll should do the same. Unless there are any late entries, this list is done, and I am moving on. Happy Valentine’s Day – 2-14-2013