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Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Wonderful Wizard, The Quivering Brain, The Witches Sabbath, etc. (Pg. 14 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by ranranami

With so many stories packed into so few pages, I was unable to fit them all in the title, so the additional two at the end of this comic are: ‘Charles Fort, The Supreme Doubter’ and ‘Crafton’s Curse’.The first story here seems to have far too much stuff packed into each page for the reader to follow the first time around, and there’s an additional character drawing eerily reminiscent of Peter Cushing (but just a little too early for that to be anything but a coincidence.) It’s actually the ‘true story’, albeit brief, of Daniel Dunglas Home, a man reputed to be able to fly, levitate objects, contact the dead, and predict the future. I can’t imagine what a show by that guy would’ve been like, and I definitely plan on doing a write-up of him in the future. I mean if you look up photos of him, the guy’s as magnificent as Oscar Wilde in his famous leaning portrait.

The next story gets points just for the title alone. THE QUIVERING BRAIN. You’re also required to always scream a title like that, announcer-style. It’s impossible not to. It’s a bit melodramatic, I’m not going to lie, but I think the concept alone makes it one of my favorite stories I’ve featured on this blog so far. Then we’re lead into a disturbing summary of what constitutes a proper witch’s sabbath, a summary of a historically influential skeptic named Charles Fort, and another story about a mobster getting his just desserts.

All-in-all, not an incredible issue, but some of the concepts are at least ripe for modern revisions.

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Drive-in Trailers: Hospital Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by ranranami

 

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to never need surgery, but I think a vast majority of us have had to make a few trips to the hospital for one reason or another, and it’s never fun. But imagine how much worse it would be if you were dealing with serial killers, ghosts, or just plain crazy demons with their own idea of ‘medicine’. This week I’d like to focus on hospital horror trailers, and if you find yourself sitting at home right now trying to fight a nasty case of the flu…please, get well soon.

Horror Flick of the Week: Popcorn (1991)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by ranranami

This one took more than one attempt to watch, because it opens with a trippy dream sequence. Narration and dream sequences are two film devices I tend to struggle with, as they are fairly lazy attempts to tell a story without properly showing it. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, I tried again. Why? Because just look at that poster! There’s no way in hell a movie could have a poster like this and not turn out to be awesome!

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This time I made it. After the dream sequence, which I can appreciate now is a clear not to Giallo, the movie got so much better. College students get one special night to take what could possibly be one of the most incredible movie theaters in history and host a horror film marathon. William Castle style. Gigantic props flying around, smell-o-vision, shockers in the seats, and everything in-between. Popcorn is a bit of a love story to classic horror, despite the main actress’s at times grating voice (despite this, Jill Schoelen was, and is, a lovely person). It doesn’t stop there, however, as strange memories plague her character throughout the film, and bizarre murders begin to take place. Madness? Ghosts? A killer stalking the night? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself.

5 More Horrific Soundtracks

Posted in Videos and Clips, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2017 by ranranami

This Halloween season has been pretty quiet. Oh, there’s plenty of screams to wake you up at night, along with those pesky bumps. Then, of course, you’ve got the cackling witches in your backyard (why they can’t get their own damned giant cauldron to chant Shakespeare quotes, I haven’t a clue), but where’s the music? The carols? The mood-setting tunes? They are, as always, in the movies. Bringing you back around once more for even more epic horror OST’s, and here’s hoping you have an awesome Halloween.

Oh, by the way, I did finally get around to watching Mephisto Waltz. It was good, but the score was better.

 

1. Suspiria

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It would be a crime to forget Goblin on another one of these OST horror lists, and an absolute tragedy to forget Suspiria. Chilling, beautiful, and packed with atmosphere. There could have been no artists to rival the beauty of the movie and pair so well with Argento’s masterpiece than Goblin.

2. Return of the Living Dead

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Maybe I’m in a metal mood. A punk mood. An 80s mood. Or, maybe, just maybe–Return of the Living Dead has not only one of the most epic title songs in cinematic history (well, maybe not traditionally epic, but definitely awesome), but it’s an arrangement of some of my absolute favorite music artists to boot.

3. Near Dark

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Tangerine dream. There’s just something about them. Even though synthesizers aren’t generally my style, they somehow manage to take the style and create something absolutely beautiful. Another excellent example of a band that paired so well with the atmosphere of the movie, I can’t imagine anyone else being quite so perfect.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street part 3: Dream Warriors

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Okay, so why didn’t I pick part 1? That’s where the original title song came from, isn’t it? Yes, however, part 1 didn’t have Dokken. Part 3 did. They have a lot more fun with rock in this one than the earlier two did, and it definitely shows in the somewhat ‘metal’ moments of the better character deaths.

5. 28 Days Later

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When this film came out, my mom immediately rushed out to buy the cd. Neither of us had heard anything like it before, or seen a film quite so groundbreaking. Yes, say what you will about 28 Days now, but there’s no denying that it transformed the genre of zombie films. I’d say maybe the same way Sam Peckinpah changed westerns. The music is jarring, gritty, and yet–absolutely beautiful, beginning to end.

Drive-in Trailers: Melt Movies

Posted in Media, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by ranranami

Back once more to the silver screen. Or perhaps the green screen. There’s a bit of yellow there, too…wait, what part of your body was yell–you know what? I don’t need to know. The point is, you’re a puddle of goop on the floor now with nowhere else to go but down.

Melt horror, probably one of the most obscure subgenres out there, I didn’t even know it existed until I got a little too much into a Street Trash streaming group the other night. Man, the 80s were jam-packed with some of the best physical effects. Melt horror is the goriest, grossest, and best of the lot, incorporating puppetry, fake slime, blood, you name it…all in the most gruesome, entertaining ways. So, without further ado, let’s pay tribute to these awful cult classics with a list of trailers (and maybe start off with a fake short film I think you’ll enjoy).

Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Werewolf of Washington Square, Cup of Moonglow (Cover – Pg. 13)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by ranranami

Whew! Almost mid-October (happy Friday the 13th, and I hope you’re enjoying a bit of Jason slaughter today!) The posts are warming up, and so is my grad school homework. Still, I’ve found time to upload yet another vintage comic. This one is in far worse shape than the others I’ve managed to scrounge up, but the art is – – well, how should I put it? Cartoonier? A little more offbeat? Somehow, at the same time, certain elements of these stories are also pretty detailed towards realism. In fact, the werewolf face is remarkably similar to Dr. Hyde in the ’31 film. 21 years after the fact, I can’t help but wonder if the artist sourced a lobby card or old poster, perhaps?

Following on the tail-end of the glory days (pre-code horror comics), I sort of appreciate the pulp-ish inspiration they clearly drew from on the cover art. It’s also a victim of radio-style dialog, per usual for the earlier stuff, but there’s a certain charm to that too. The first story is…well…I mean it’s a basic werewolf plot. Incredbly basic. Bare bones down to the character name (Eric Lupin.) The second story proves yet another age-old fact. You can’t trust men. You can’t trust women. You definitely can’t trust gigantic Amazonian witch snakes.

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Horror Flick of the Week: The Final Girls (2015)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by ranranami

I have a confession. I’m a movie snob. I’ve got a strict ‘no insult/putdown’ rule on this blog for movies, because no matter how bad the picture, a film always has a lot of work put into it, and there’s going to be an audience for just about everything. Still, I am a movie snob. It’s tough for me to put on a lot of new things, because I have this desperate fear I’ll waste ten or more minutes of my life on a film I may hate. Even after hearing rave reviews about this one, listening to an interview with the director, and adoring the description…the poster had me convinced I just wouldn’t like it…

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This movie, my friends, is why I have to remind myself NOT to judge anything by its cover. I loved it. Every shot, every second, every line. As a not-so-subtle tribute to everything camp slasher (literal summer camp slasher), and a clear nod to the Friday the 13th series, it was perfect. Do yourself a favor this week, and if not now, then definitely on this Friday the 13th…watch some F13…and then pop in The Final Girls. You will love it.

On another note, best striptease scene ever. EVER. Yes, my friends, even Dusk Till Dawn.