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I am very excited about the new season of American Horror Story! Sideshows have always been a part of Pop Culture and have been intriguing and mysterious ever since their conception. The imagery associated with sideshows is striking to say the least. Tod Browning‘s masterpiece, FREAKS is haunting and unforgettable. Tales from the Crypt had a couple of amazing Circus themed episodes, and Carnivàle was very successful on HBO… Rob Zombie also borrows heavily from the ascetic. What we have is a full history of good imagery.
Which is why not I’m Impressed with American Horror Story’s supposed new opening sequence.
They ask “Are there hints lurking in Freak Show’s mesmerizing main title sequence? We’ll let you decide…“ If they’re asking about the corners they’re cutting to keep the cost down, they gave us more than a clue:
Heavily featuring a prop from Spirit Halloween stores?… A prop which has been in stores for at least two years?
Fan reaction has been mixed. Most people are extremely excited and love the visuals of the new main title sequence, others think it looks like a poorly executed Tool Music Video. With the budget this project has I feel they could have hired someone to make this $36 dollar animated Halloween decoration a new pillbox hat, or repaint his face… or anything? I guess the neck ruffle is a nice touch.
So many questions spawn from this observation:
Is it Fan Made? If it’s fan made, kudos too you unnamed fan, whoever you are. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to use a pre-made prop if you’re working on zero budget.
Is it Product Placement? Is Spirit Halloween sponsoring the new season of AHS?
Did they think no one would notice? Soo Bawls Sees all. I live in a Halloween store, you can’t slip anything by me.
Oh well, regardless of this minor disappointment, I’m still excited and can’t wait to see what twists and turns this new season takes.
This month Syfy presents a Booth Brothers film DEAD STILL. Starring Ben Browder, Ray Wise, Gavin Casalegno, Elle LaMont and featuring Heather Buckley (pictured above). Premieres on Syfy October 6th showcasing the 31 Days Of Halloween. Check your local cable guide for times and channel!
For all 31 Days In October Devin Cönnörs and Myles Arden post One 10 track volume of Halloween Music to keep your addiction thriving & strong! They cover every music style — no genre is denied entry from these compilations! Today is the first of October, so it’s the first day of mixes — Dedicated to the memory of Dave Brockie: GWAROWEEN. To download the mix CLICK HERE and Follow their Tumblr for future mixes and Halloween inspired content!
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The Massacre: 24 Hours of Horror Movie Madness at The Portage Theater in Chicago, IL
JIM WYNORSKI (Chopping Mall) & DOUG MCKEOWN (Deadly Spawn)
Program includes: THE UNKNOWN (Silent Film with Live Organ by Jay Warren!), BLACK CHRISTMAS (70′s Masterpiece!), TARGETS (Boris Karloff Rarity!), CHOPPING MALL (director Jim Wynorski in Person!), DEADLY SPAWN (director Doug McKeown in Person!), CEMETERY MAN (Italian Insanity!), TENEBRAE (Dario Argento Classic!), EATEN ALIVE (Rare Tobe Hooper!), THE FOG (Cult Classic!), DAY OF THE DEAD (Romero Insanity!), and more films and guests to come!
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Amazing poster by Mitch O’Connell!
Check out past posters HERE!
If you read issue one of Horror Hosts and Creature Features you know all about our first She-Creature, Thea Munster and her amazing event The Toronto Zombie Walk! If you didn’t get a chance to read about it in our magazine, The Toronto Zombie Walk started in 2003 with a handful of zombies and has grown into a full scale Halloween festival with over 10,000 participants, including legions of zombies, monster syndicates, fiendish floats, undead marching bands and almost any horror themed oddity you could nightmare up.
As you can imagine with it’s continued growth, costs have gone up exponentially. Despite continued fundraising activities, searches to find sponsors, and grant applications the Toronto Zombie Walk is still $7000 under budget and has only 21 days to raise the total funds for the event!
If you have enjoyed the event in the past please to help them out by donating a dollar or two for every time they’ve attended the walk and parade — if everyone gave a dollar that would be over $10,000 and if they make more money than they need, all extra funds will go to The Canadian Wildlife Federation Help the Bats!
Please visit their Lend a Limb to The Toronto Zombie Walk Campaign to donate and learn more!
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TO SERVE A BIG BIG MAN
At 1:01:01 on the timeline in CINEMA INSOMNIA’s PRESENTATION OF EEGAH! THE NAME WRITTEN IN BLOOD(1962) you will see Mr. Lobo’s interview with a Gentle Giant. 7ft-2in actor, RICHARD KIEL was a hero to me and–I assume–tall weird kids everywhere! As a youngster, everyday in school, I put my tin foil from my lunch in my mouth and pretended to be the metal toothed villain JAWS from the 007 Movies THE SPY WHO LOVED ME(1977) and MOONRAKER(1979).
Mr. Lobo saw Richard Kiel’s serious side when he gave me a lecture about being professional–I was late to our scheduled interview. I felt even smaller but learned an important lesson from a pro. In the same meeting I also saw his generous jovial and sweet side as our interview unfolded–as you will see in the clips we used for EEGAH!
He told me, he started his career as an actor just so he could buy clothes that fit him and sleep in a be that was his size. He starred in dozens of movies over the span of 50 years. He was bulb headed alien, The Kanomit, in the iconic and popular episode of Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE called TO SERVE MAN.
CInsomaniacs and MSTies know he was in THE HUMAN DUPLICATORS(1965) and was inside the unforgivably hot and uncomfortable dopey-dog-looking-alien costume in PHANTOM PLANET(1961).
He had lots of bit parts in legendary TV shows like GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, THE MONKEES, MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., FALL GUY, I SPY, SIMON AND SIMON, WILD WILD WEST, KOLCHACK: THE NIGHT STALKER, SID & MARTY KROFT’S LAND OF THE LOST and BORIS KARLOFF’S THRILLER. I remember watching movies like SILVER STREAK(1976) and SO FINE(1981) on TV and getting excited that he had cameos in them.
Though he traveled extensively to many conventions to meet his legions of movie fans–he was wracked with health problems and limited mobility–the curse of many GIANT performers. The body has to work a lot harder to support such a large frame and the bones break down. Everyone who visits autograph shows knows Chewbacca walks with a cane and JAWS is on a scooter. At some of these shows we were booked at side-by-side..he and his lovely wife were neighbors at our Wondercon appearance. We had to move both our tables to make room for the scooter. Once behind the table he would switch to a regular chair and summon this amazing energy for his fans–all signs of his weakening health became instantly invisible.
Kiel, a Fresno California resident, had broken his leg last week. Reportedly, a family member said he passed away this afternoon in a Fresno hospital. However, he will always remain LARGE and IN CHARGE on the BIG SCREEN and in our hearts. Mr. Lobo would like to think he just traded his scooter for wings!
It’s all about life, laughs, and Madd Madd love!
Midwest Monster, Madd Frank is unearthed in this documentary which blends original footage and modern day interviews. From 1985 to 1995, a horror host show took the airwaves. Madd Frank Presents, like many horror host programs introduced their viewers to the world of horror movies. “Call them outcasts, mavericks, comedians or oddballs – but, on top of that, they are legends who haven’t had the chance to tell their story…until now!”
Madd Frank and crew are ready to tell their story. Help them reach their goal and find yourself the proud owner of some Madd cool collector’s items. They only have 9 hours to make the goal.
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