Anticipation Alert: The Gallows (2015)

Nothing pleases me more than having a teaser trailer for a new horror movie pop up on my screen that impresses me so much, I feel the need to watch it again.  Such is the case with The Gallows:

I’m hoping I’m not alone with this one, but I think that it’s of the better teasers I’ve seen in a long time.  Coming to us from Blumhouse Productions, this hopeful little treat arrives in theaters on July 10th.  Below is the synapsis for The Gallows:

20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.

After watching the teaser trailer and then reading the synapsis again, I’m even more intrigued.  The red lighting in the teaser definitely wins me over, as does the final shot with the noose around the girl’s neck.  Speaking of necks, what the hell happened to that girl’s neck?  Was she bitten?  Is she having a bad reaction to a new lotion that she tried out?  We’ll see what the full trailer reveals, but for now – I’m definitely onboard with The Gallows.

5 Things I Learned From The New ‘Sinister 2′ Trailer

Who’s excited for Sinister 2 later this year?!?!  That was pathetic.  I said…..who’s excited for Sinister 2 later this year!!!!!!????  Still pathetic.  But anyway, yes Sinister 2 is coming whether you like it or not.  The sequel to the somewhat surprising 2012 hit starring Ethan Hawke is coming August 21st and the new trailer was unleashed the other week:

Now after digesting that, here are 5 things that I learned and observed from the Sinister 2 trailer:

1.  Shannon Sossamon is still acting.  Who knew.  Still have a crush btw. 

2.  Apparently, if you think you see something and you flash a flashlight at the spot enough times, something will definitely appear.

3.  Could this possibly be moonlighting as a Children Of The Corn sequel?

4.  Is Bagul the Michael Jackson of horror villains?  (c’mon, you can figure that one out)

5.  Somewhere in the world, Sherlock Holmes is laughing at Deputy So & So.  

Just Another Metal Monday: Marilyn Manson’s ‘Tourniquet’ Music Video

Ahhhh.  That lovely feeling of a Monday morning.  And that feeling is something between getting drilled on at the dentist and having diarrhea.  Case in point:  Mondays pretty much suck.  But what would make this Monday a little better?  How about a horror-influenced video with tons of creepy-ass imagery from Marilyn Manson?

Oh yes – one of my favorite music videos ever and it makes you appreciate the misunderstood Marilyn Manson just a little bit more, doesn’t it?  From his 1996 breakthrough album Antichrist Superstar, the video for the song Tourniquet is your worst (in a good way) haunted house come to life.  Not to mention that you probably feel the need to shower after watching it.  Happy Monday, everybody!

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Trick ‘R Treat’ Lollipop Props

It’s the middle of April and I’m already posting about Halloween.  There’s nothing wrong with this statement, because it’s never to early to talk about Halloween!  And when I think of this beloved holiday, I think about Trick ‘R Treat, the amazing anthology horror movie given to us in 2007 by writer/director Michael Dougherty.  So who wouldn’t want to own some homemade replica lollipops that Sam carried around in the movie and sometimes murdered people with?

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Be careful if you’re thinking that those look delicious, because you can’t eat them.  Unfortunately, they’re not edible unless you have a taste for sculpted resin.  They’re pretty dead on to the real thing from the movie though, which makes them a must have for any real Trick ‘R Treat fan.  Only problem is that they’re going to cost you $75.  I may have just lost a few of you on that price tag, but if you’ve got some deep pockets then head on over to the listing HERE and grab them while you can.  Me personally, I would do it for $50, so maybe the seller will drop the price eventually.  Oh btw – Halloween is only 203 days away!

Best Opening Horror Scenes Ever: Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

I remember back in 2004 when I begrudgingly went to the theater to see Zack Snyder’s Dawn Of The Dead remake.  I was timid….I was pessimistic….I was craving some movie theater popcorn with extra butter.  Now back in 2004, there hadn’t been a lot of horror remakes made yet.  So when I heard that my beloved 1978 version of Dawn Of The Dead was in fact being remade, I shuddered and threw something at my crappy laptop that I had at the time. And then I saw the opening sequence in the theater and much like The Grinch, my heart started to grow……

Love that aerial shot towards the end.  And you gotta love how Ana’s husband Luis is in full pursuit of her car, but then quickly veers off to the side to grab some lunch at the expense of a hapless neighbor.  Obviously, the biggest beef I did end up having with this movie was the debut of the sprinting zombies (28 Days Later had it, but at least it was explained there).  It just never really computes with me and I much prefer the slower brain dead version when I’m watching the walking dead in a horror film.

Oh – and one more beef was the character Nicole’s obsession with fucking Chips the dog.  Seriously?  Oh sure – it’s a cute dog, but when you’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, why in the fuck would you endanger your life and the lives of all of the other people to go and……..ok – I’m sorry I need to calm down.  That’s a sore subject with me and I’m obviously very passionate about it in a much unneeded and semi-disturbing way.  So yeah – hooray to the opening scene from the Dawn Of The Dead remake!  It almost made me forget about that stupid ass Chips the dog subplot.  Almost.

Give Me The Creeps: The Window Scene From ‘Salem’s Lot’ (1979)

What the hell were my parents thinking when they let me watch Salem’s Lot on TV when I was 6-years-old?  Well, thanks Mom & Dad – because I’m still having nightmares about a ghostly floating vampire boy scratching at my window, just begging to be let in.

Not many TV movies nowadays could give me the creeps (unless the acting in Sharknado counts), and Salem’s Lot definitely succeeded there numerous times.  Released as a TV mini-series that was based on the novel by Stephen King, this is easily one of the better vampire horror movies around.  The window scene is the true master here (sorry, Barlow) and that is the scene that makes me grab at my blankey extra tight.  I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to determine if I really do still have a blankey.  But anyway, high praise goes out to you Salem’s Lot and your creepy ass window scene – you will forever give me nightmares.  Oh, Hi Barlow!  How long have you been standing there?

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Sunday Bloody Sunday ‘The Easter Edition’: Night Of The Lepus (1972)

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a cheesy 1972 horror movie about giant killer bunny rabbits?  Sigh – I know…..it’s such a shame that we don’t have a definitive horror movie based around Easter.  It would seem to be so easy considering all of the creepy old timey Easter Bunny pics that you can find on the internet.  But alas, all we really have is a flick about huge mutant rabbits.

Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday, where I’m going full on B-movie this week with the 1972 ridiculousness called Night Of The Lepus.  Someone was kind enough to string together some of the best scenes from it on Youtube, so please take a break from eating your marshmallow Peeps and watch it below. Fun fact btw:  This movie was rated PG.  Keep that in mind while you view the bloody bunny carnage in the clip.

SyFy’s ‘Face Off’ May Have Given Birth To A New Horror Villain The Other Night…..

If you’re a horror fan and haven’t been watching the SyFy Channel make-up effects show Face Off for the last 8 seasons, then you’ve been missing out. That statement didn’t ring more true than it did the other night when the contestants had to create a horror character based off a doll of their choosing. We had a rag doll, voodoo doll, and even a ventriloquist doll.  But nothing was more terrifying and impressive than the porcelain doll……

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I can feel the evil piercing into the soul of my eyes when I look at that.  Kudos to a contestant named Darla for creating what I think is my favorite make-up EVER on this show.  The pic doesn’t even do it justice by the way, because this creepy fucking thing would look into a handheld mirror onstage and then mock ‘smash’ it into her head.  Thus, giving the cracking effect even more of an effect.  If there ever was a make-up from Face Off that was camera ready, it’s this one. Put her in a horror movie ASAP!

Check Out Alex Pardee’s ‘Doppelgängers’ Book!

If you’re into horror art and have been looking for something new to thumb through while you do your business on the toilet, then look no further than artist Alex Pardee’s book, Doppelgängers!

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Yes, you’re seeing that correctly.  He actually did a drawing of the snake monster from Dreamscape.  I’ve showcased some of Alex Pardee’s work before on my Facebook page for Dirty Horror, but now you have a huge collection of that work in 172 pages of awesome book form to drool over.  If you order from the Zero Friends shop HERE, you can get it signed by Mr. Pardee as well, so that’s a big bonus.  There are 4 different covers and you will randomly get one of them when you order, but if you’re feeling froggy and want all 4 covers, just order 4 copies and you automatically get them all.  Head on over and snatch your copy up of Doppelgängers now and support some real horror art!

Underrated Exorcisms: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

The other week, I was restless and couldn’t sleep.  So naturally what I do when I can’t sleep at night is turn on a horror movie.  It calms me.  It soothes me.  It makes me urinate uncontrollably at times.  As gross as that last thing sounds, I was confident that night that I would be able to control my bladder when I stumbled upon the 2014 movie, Deliver Us From Evil.

This was yet another in a long line or supernatural/possession movies, but this one was based on actual events!  It was inspired by real accounts from a NYPD officer who……blah, blah, blah, blah.  Who gives a shit, right?  All of these movies are ‘based on actual events‘.  The saving grace of Deliver Us From Evil was the ending exorcism scene.  And what makes a good exorcism scene?  Why, Jim Morrison of course!  Yes, one of The Doors most popular songs “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” is used prominently here as a carved up man is trying to rid the demon that takes over him.  Feel free to rock out with your demonic cock out below: