Minimalist Horror Movie Posters

October 23rd, 2014

Minimalist Horror Movie Posters

Here’s something else pretty cool I worked on for HalloweenCostumes.com. These are 11 x 17 posters for ten different horror movies done in a minimal style where the title isn’t on the poster, and you have to guess what movie it is. The posters themselves were created by my buddy Tommy St. James. If you like these, you can download full-size printable PDFs on the HalloweenCostumes.com Blog. Be sure to check out all the other great stuff going on over there this month, too.

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Halloween Costume of the Day: Ninja

October 17th, 2014

Halloween Costume of the Day: Ninja

In 1995 (or so), I was a Ninja for Halloween. Most years, I would first find a mask (most often a skull, but rarely a brand new one) and finish the look with my winter coat. This year, though, I found a black hood with a black see-through face. When my mom agreed to buy me the mask, I don’t think she understood quite what I had in mind to complete my Ninja costume.

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Chris Grap Guest Post: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

October 16th, 2014

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, James Algar

As a child of the ’80s we were not yet privy to such devices as DVRs or even a terribly wide selection of home videos. When the holidays rolled around and there was a special program you wanted to catch you had better damn well be sure to be sat in front of the telly or you missed your chance to see it for an entire year! It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Garfield’s Halloween Adventure, Mad Monster Party… the options were scant making these favorite holiday viewings of mine all the more cherished. But there was one holiday program even more elusive and shrouded under the guise of a fun romp with a cartoon amphibian.

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Zombie Pumpkins Guest Post: The Crow

October 15th, 2014

The Crow

The Crow (1994)
Directed by Alex Proyas

The Crow has the misfortune of carrying some baggage with it. For one thing, the pale-faced goth movement it helped revitalize may seem cliche now. And of course it’s nearly impossible to talk about the film without bringing up lead actor Brandon Lee’s tragic death during production.

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Sam Lawrence Guest Post: The Last of Us

October 14th, 2014

The Last of Us

The Last of Us (2013)
Directed by Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley

I am a fan of the horror genre, but I am not often an active participant. There are several reasons for this- the most important being that my wife dislikes scary stuff. I can respect that, and I enjoy a level of horror fandom that leaves me content with the occasional film.

Because of this reason, I was surprised when The Last of Us became a top interest in my household last month.

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Blogger Mike Guest Post: Halloween

October 13th, 2014

Halloween

Halloween (2007)
Directed by Rob Zombie

In the horror community, there are a few Holy Grail films that, when re-made, are considered taboo. It is very rare to find a re-make that bests the original. After all, A Nightmare on Elm Street failed miserably and the Friday the 13th re-make created less than a buzz. However, coming off of the amazing successes of House of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie now found himself in the director’s chair of Hollywood’s newest re-make: Halloween.

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Dracula Retold: From Gothic Horror to Tragic Hero [Infographic]

October 10th, 2014

Dracula Retold: From Gothic Horror to Tragic Hero [Infographic]

Here’s another infographic I worked on for HalloweenCostumes.com recently. In anticipation of the release of Dracula Untold (which comes out today, actually), artist Kate Willaert and I dug deep into Dracula’s history and came up with a list of the most influential versions of the character. Read on for the original post from the HalloweenCostumes.com Blog and to see the infographic itself.

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Monster Mash-Up Movies

October 9th, 2014

Monster Mash-Up Movies

The only thing more awesome than a monster movie is one where iconic monsters meet face to face… in theory, at least. I love Freddy vs. Jason and Universal’s “Monster Rally” movies, but Alien vs. Predator and its sequel leave a lot to be desired. Over the years, there have been rumors about other crossovers that never actually happened. These are my ideas for five epic movies that haven’t been made… yet.

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The Worst Films of All Time (and How to Enjoy Them)

October 8th, 2014

The Worst Films of All Time (and How to Enjoy Them)

Why is it that so many of the worst movies ever made are horror and science fiction? There are a number of possible explanations. They can be cheap to produce, which means it’s possible to make a horror film even if you have no business making a horror film. Mostly, though, I think it’s because sci-fi and horror are seen as lowbrow entertainment. Let’s face it, even some of the most popular films are pretty bad.

There are some movies so terrible that they go beyond the realm of “bad” and land somewhere that still allows them to be entertaining. They don’t come back around to being good, but they do end up with a cult audience. Do you have a friend that forces you to watch a movie that he swears is hilarious, but you find yourself falling asleep? These are six such films and companion pieces that just may allow you to appreciate them.

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Movie of the Week: Nightbreed

October 7th, 2014

Nightbreed

Nightbreed (1990)
Directed by Clive Barker

Nightbreed, based on Clive Barker’s novella Cabal, is about to change forever. Barker’s directorial followup to Hellraiser is an ambitious tale of monsters who turn out to be the good guys. Morgan Creek Productions and 20th Century Fox had no idea what to do with a bizarre, atypical horror movie. Barker’s original version was edited numerous times, and the final run time for the theatrical release was 109 minutes.

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