This upcoming independent horror film gives us “10 Seconds To Run”!

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After a great debut last year with House Guest, director Jake Jalbert is back for more with an ambitious new project entitled “10 Seconds To Run”. Jake and his brother, producer Brian Jalbert, have been making their own films since they were children, and in 2009 started their own production company Iryus Entertainment. Last year’s House Guest, written by and starring Child’s Play’s Alex Vincent, was an entertaining and fun flick made with quality on a shoestring budget. You can see our review of the film and interview with Mr. Vincent right here.
For their next project, they have upped the stakes considerably, and need your help. Embracing the new wave of social media and technology, the horror-loving brothers have turned to Kickstarter in order to help get this movie made!
They are offering some great incentives like DVDs, posters, props and even the option to name a character or appear as a missing person in the film. For more generous donations, they even offer the chance to be in the film with dialogue!
Check out the video below for more details and a short teaser trailer for the film!

According to the synopsis, the story of the film concerns a group of friends on their way to a concert that are stranded without cell or GPS service. They have the misfortune of running into a group of rednecks that like to play a sadistic game with their victims called 10 Seconds To Run. At the same time a father is tracking down his missing daughter, and searching for answers.
A well-traveled scenario, to be sure, but if these talented young filmmakers can give it a unique spin, it could have the potential to become a new cult classic The brothers have hired on a talented group of actors and staff to ensure their vision gets to the big screen, including special effects artists Derek and Eric Garcia from Season 3 of Face Off!
Now all that is left is for them to raise the budget and get filming, which they can do with your help!
Check out the 10 Seconds To Run Kickstarter Page to donate to the cause, and keep independent horror in the hands of the fans!
Also be sure and stay tuned to the 10 Seconds To Run Facebook page and our friends at iHorror for more news and updates about this project as it progresses!

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Trailer for “Tusk”, a truly independent horror film from Kevin Smith!

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I have always admired the films and the career of director Kevin Smith. He is one of those people that I love : the ones who get away with it. People who have succeeded by following their own path, the weirdos, the true originals are the only ones for me.
I am thinking of my favorite artists, musicians and film-makers. People like Hunter S Thompson, Henry Rollins, Alejandro Jodorowsky, John Waters, and Kevin Smith.
A director that has always paved his own way, he broke ground in 1994 with Clerks, a film that spoke directly to me and my generation of lost souls slaving away in soul-killing day jobs. Over the two decades that have followed, a new film from Smith has always been a must see for me, and each one of them has stuck with me for one reason or the other. Okay, maybe not so much the cop one with Bruce Willis, but at least he was trying something different…
Along the way, Smith’s candidness about his work and life and films have also proven entertaining, as he toured extensively with an insightful spoken word show and several fun podcasts.
After recently announcing his retirement, Smith has reconsidered, and taken a sudden turn on his path, continuing to blaze an all-new trail.

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Turning his attention to horror films after his success with 2011′s quick and dirty Red State, Smith is experiencing a new love for making movies his own way. For example, as we are all waiting for Clerks 3 (which the Weinstein’s have reportedly passed on for some insane reason), he has been consistently coming up with offbeat ideas inspired by the podcasted conversations between him and his creative circle.
About nine months ago, during an off-hand on-air conversation between Smith and long-time collaborator Scott Mosier, they struck upon the unlikely story idea of a deranged man who decides to surgically turn another man into a walrus (!).
The thing that is setting Smith apart from the rest of us, is that he is following through with it. What could have been simply an oddball entertaining story lost in the podcast archives has, through hard work and perseverance, become an actual film!
Drawing influences from Misery, Frankenstein, The Human Centipede and The Island Of Dr. Moreau, and adding in the flavor of Kevin Smith’s writing, a new and unique film has been born.
Behold the first trailer for Kevin Smith’s Tusk :

 

And you can listen to the original podcast which inspired this film right here :

Be sure and check out the official Tusk website and Facebook page as we get closer to the film’s release this September.
Did I mention that I would watch the great actor Michael Parks in anything?
Just another selling point for this flick to me, which I can’t wait to see!
What do you guys think about Kevin Smith’s next film?
Leave your comments below!

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Sam Raimi is bringing Evil Dead to television!

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As a whirlwind of cool stuff flies out of San Diego Comic Con this weekend, one of the coolest things that has been reported was today’s appearance of director Sam Raimi, and his confirmation that a television series based on his cult classic 1981 flick Evil Dead is in the works, with none other than Bruce Campbell!
This nugget of news was apparently dropped by Raimi during his appearance at the Screen Gems panel for his upcoming production of a big screen adaptation of The Last Of Us. It is being reported that Raimi rather casually mentioned that he and Bruce were currently at work writing a TV series. But that was it. No further details are available at this point.

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However that is all the news that die hard fans of the classic franchise need to begin wild speculation. The original film had a very simple premise, which was then expanded and stylized in the sequel (My all time favorite movie!), and evolved into something completely different by the time Army Of Darkness hit theaters in 1993. The story of Ash and his never-ending struggle with the Deadites has subsequently developed a rich and wild mythology throughout several comic book series’ and a handful of video game sequels.
Add in to this mix the re-imagined world of last years remake, and there are near limitless sources that this series could draw from in it’s effort to entertain us.
Even though Evil Dead 4 or Army Of Darkness 2 (or whatever) has been rumored and teased by Raimi himself many times over the course of the past two decades, the mere mention of a potential Evil Dead series has us very excited!
What do you guys think?
What would you like to see in an Evil Dead series?
Chime in below!

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Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

A voyeur’s look at San Diego Comic Con 2014!

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If you’re like me, you love all things weird and wonderful, not just limited to horror. Most of us ghouls got bitten with the collector’s bug at young ages, which means we likely still tend to drool over new action figures, trading cards, T-shirts, and posters of all kinds. Some of us never grow up, and Comic Con knows this!
Also, if you are like me, you are not attending Comic Con this year…

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However, the wonders of the internet have not stopped us from letting us all know what we are missing! As my Facebook news-feed fills up with all the collectible awesomeness debuting at the Con right now, I am going to attempt to show you some of the coolest must haves that you will soon be able to find on eBay for triple the price!
Okay, ready? Let’s get jealous!

At the top of my personal wish list would have to be these great “Limited Edition Art Toys” from amazing artist, Jason Edmiston! Based on his Frankenberry/Frankenstein painting from earlier this year, the toy is is sculpted by Barsom Manashian. The unique toy comes in 3 parts and stands at 7″ tall and 4″ 1/2 wide shoulder to shoulder.  You can only get him at Jason’s table (#5015) in the illustrators section.  This is a SDCC Exclusive, and he will have 50 of them at $65 each.

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Mr. Edmiston is apparently trying to win Comic Con this year, because in addition to the awesomeness above, he has designed the packaging for some of NECA’s new horror icon figures!
He will also have loads of new and exclusive art prints up for grabs, so be sure and stop by his booth.

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In fact, NECA is revealing tons of new toys at the Con, including this limited edition “Super Freddy” figure, with package art designed by Horror Homework favorite, Christopher Ott.
Mr. Ott is also in attendance at booth J7, where you will be able to pick up some awesome artwork!

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In fact, so many of our favorite artists are all gathered together in San Diego right now, each with unique offers and exclusives for the fans who made it to the con this weekend!
For example, amazing artist N.C. Winters just offered up a great deal on his awesome Predator print for the first person who walks up to his booth (#4531) and says : “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

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The incredible Alex Pardee is also in attendance there, located at booth #5502, offering up this exclusive print, titled “Copycat”.

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And back to the toys…
Sideshow unveiled their new Hellraiser 3 “Pinhead” figure :

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Funko is showing off their latest Hannibal-inspired vinyl figures :

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And for the first time ever, NECA is introducing Alien/Aliens figures with likenesses approved by Sigourney Weaver herself :

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However, NECA isn’t the only company to debut some new Alien playthings. Check out this Egg Chamber Action Playset from indy toy-makers Super 7 :

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And last but not least, he good folks behind Clive Barker’s new art book Imaginer have a booth set up, and will be promoting the grand opening of Mr. Barker’s art show and parade in San Diego tonight!
Con attendees might just want to sneak away at 7 this evening to check this out.
I am sure they have some great sights to show you…

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I hope all of you lucky Con-goers are having a blast this weekend, and know that the rest of us hate you this much…

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Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

Artist Jay Hansen welcomes you to the Cesspool!

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Jay Hansen is a unique painter based out of Minneapolis Minnesota, an award-winning creator of dark and incredibly detailed works of art. His work has been featured in the pages of Gore Noir magazine, and he has recently had several well-received local showings of his work.
Currently working on his tattoo apprenticeship, Mr. Hansen consistently creates and shares his amazing work online, and you can find him on Facebook here. Specializing in “Zombie Girls” and a wide variety of dark and intricate designs, his DeviantArt page is also loaded with stunning imagery, and I collected a few of my favorites below for your enjoyment!

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I had a chance for a quick chat with the artist the other day, and was excited to hear that he has an original graphic novel in the works, titled Cesspool. I asked him to tell me a little more about it and this is what we learned…

HH : Tell me a little about the graphic novel you are working on.

Jay Hansen : It’s called CESSPOOL. My lifetime buddy Devin Francisco and myself have been working on projects together for a few years now. He came up to me last year with a possible idea on making a book. It’s not really in the comic book style (panels and such), more of a collection of short stories (somewhat similar to “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark“) Best way I can describe it right now, as I haven’t read most of the stories yet.

We have a group of talented writers, which I believe all live in Minnesota. MP Johnson, Joe Knetter, Ken Olson, Todd Wardrope, Roxie Hockensmith, and Tyler Hansen. We’re trying to get it set up and ready by late October for Minneapolis Crypticon. I just posted another teaser painting for the book on my page about a hour ago if you want to check it out.

Also planning on releasing a hard cover addition that will include a series of short films, only about 1-4mins long. That’s a whole other project altogether. So yeah, Devin and myself have some of our best work included in this project, and we cant wait for it to all piece itself together.

HH : It sounds awesome! How are you guys planning to distribute it? Are you going to create a Kickstarter or anything like that?

JH : As of right now, we are selling these Cesspool exclusive prints through my bigcartel site. We talked about a Kickstarter, but we travel to many conventions, we would like to have the art pay for getting the book off the ground. I cant remember the site we are going through to produce the book, but I think they offer a option on selling it through Amazon. Other than that we will all be selling the books individually.

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HH : Is this all of the artwork you are currently selling?

JH : No, there’s more than just that. We are just trying to push those prints the most, as every set sold goes to help fund our book. Some of our darkest illustrations have been unleashed on this project, and we’ve hired some of the best writers Minnesota has to offer. We are all extremely excited to show the world what we came up with, you wont be disappointed.
Everything is listed as convention prices this week. Have a look at JayBird’s BigCartel store!

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So there you have it. A group of talented, creative people doing it the old fashioned way, by just jumping in there and making it happen!
Be sure and help make this project a reality by purchasing some unique artwork, and stay up to date with the status of this project on the official Cesspool page. And don’t forget to follow Jay Hansen’s art page for consistent updates and new artwork!

An uncharted realm where beauty and the plague collide, imagination is a creation without cause.
Chaos is not feared, only fed upon.
And the impossibility of transformation is only the start of a future yet to be born.

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Closet Monsters : An awesome collection of retro trading cards from The Strange Kids Club!

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When I was growing up in the 1980s, anything “retro” obviously meant a throwback to the generations before I was born, which didn’t mean a lot back then. I was your typical self-centered child, who believed that history started on the day I was born.
Now, all these years later and just slightly wiser, the term retro brings me right back to those childhood days of secretly watching horror VHS tapes, collecting Garbage Pail Kids and melting the heads of my G.I.Joes.
Nowadays, I fall for anything that reminds me of that sweet sweet wasted youth…

Suddenly, along comes the Strange Kids Club, with an idea that combines all of the things I lovingly reminisced about above. They have successfully evoked a strange neo-nostalgia for the whole time period!

They have set about creating an original new series of monster-themed trading cards to make all of us greying geeks giddy with excitement. The series is called “Closet Monsters” and boasts designs from a wide array of some of the best horror artists working right now!
Updated with new monsters weekly, the plan is for this unique collection of monsters to eventually be printed as physical trading cards!

Check out the collection below of some of my favorites in their current line-up, complete with amusing stories behind why each of them came to be hiding in your closet.
Be sure and swing by The Strange Kids Club website to check them all out!
Also, I have linked to current pages for all of the artists who have worked on this project, and just in researching this post, I have discovered some new and fantastic artists here.
So do yourself a favor and follow those links and do some good old-fashioned web-surfing.
There are some seriously fantastic, subversive, and unique artists on this project.
You won’t regret it!

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“Boogary Bill” by Lou Rusconi.

“Compiled of all your nose pickings that are flung about, this creature has pulled himself together to form one being: BOOGARY BILL! Nothing to fear from Bill, look, has all of your favorites toys and just wants to PLAY!!!”

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“Count Vonrape” by Makinita.
“Not much is known about the Count, aside for his Snuffleupagus fetish, a flair for the theatrical and an obsession with numbers. For the most part the Count prefers to hide in the shadows, counting his many victims and dreaming of one day making it to Broadway.”

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“Flloyd” by Andrew Barr.

“Flloyd comes from a distant planet. Classified as garbage he was dumped on Earth to fend for himself. Sadly he didn’t really understand the human art of “Wearing Clothes.” He’s always looking for a new ‘suit.’”

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“Penanggalan” by Mike Faille.

“Referred to as a ‘Penanggalan’ due to a resemblance to the flying vampire-head creature from Southeast Asian mythology, this Closet Monster is actually more of a Cthuhlu/Gieger/8th Dimension sort of devil-spawn. It floats around, scaring the begeebus out of people, forcing them to look for hidden genitalia, and generally getting up to no good.”

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“Hansel” by John Hageman Jr.

“Hansel is a tobacco chewing leprechaun that was cursed from drinking stagnant water from a tainted wishing well. He lost his arm to a goat and then traveled to the future to have a robot arm installed. Today, with his stick of justice, he seeks the goat that took his arm. He’s also a Shriner.”

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“Eech & Fangface” by Eric Pigors.

“EECH & FANGFACE live 6 feet under, down at Rotting Caskets Funeral Home where they take care of the freshly buried corpses. Well… in their own sick way, which is stacking them up inside their hide out, underground coffin #13. They like reading to their newly decayed friends, especially their favorite spooky book,’GHOULISHLY GHASTLY DEADTIMES STORIES’ from their creator UNKLE PIGORS.”

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“Deadly Ruxpin” by Aaron Klopp.

“When a certain thrash metal cassette (Slayer) is inserted into his back, mild mannered Teddy transforms into a maggot-ridden monster from Hell! Attacking the other toys he finds in the closet, Deadly dismembers them and uses them as his trophies.

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“Intes-Stan” by David DeGrand.

“A poor fellow who went insane after playing too many zombie video games, Intes-Stan now thinks he IS a zombie. He is confused however, and eats his own guts instead of munching on hapless victims, making him a perfectly safe and fun playtime companion!”

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“Kreap” by Nils Vogeding.

Kreap was once a violent demon with powerful horns. In an epic battle the magical ice cream wizard of Neptune saved the universe by turning those horns into ice cream cones. Without his horns Kreap was unable to keep up his pitch-black aura and his evil powers vanished. The curse that the mighty wizard brought upon him left him unable to return to the demonworld. Candy and the color pink are not very popular over there. He now wanders through the shadows trying to find a way to lift his curse. His revenge will be served ice cold.”

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“Drugs Bunny” by Casey Cityhall.

Time makes monsters of us all. Especially if that time is spent drinking windex and freebasing flea powder. This bunny had it all: adorable fluff, a great catch phrase. But that all melted away and left nothing behind but a hideous ghoul. When this bunny finally OD’ed he went straight to hell, then was immediately kicked out when they found him snorting up all of the lava and brimstone. Now he wanders the earth, scouring children’s closets for his next fix. Maybe he’ll find it in that juicy skull of yours!”

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“Wretch Armgone” by Reis O’Brien.

Wretch Armgone is all that is left of your beloved Stretch Armstrong. Once a favorite beloved toy, Wretch has been transformed, deep in the recesses of your closet, into a rotting, goo-spilling toy-corpse bent on revenge! You should have taken better care of him, because now he’s going to take care of you.”

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“Gourd Goblin” by Zach Bellissimo.

Pumpkin carvers beware! This freaky, knobby skinned creature can be found roaming around in gourd patches among the pumpkins, which he considers family. When eager children come to pick out a Jack O’ Lantern the Gourd Goblin instantly goes nuts, jumping out from his hole with ferocious speed and razor sharp claws to rip each kid’s face off and paste it on one of his pumpkin pals.”

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“Ron Pussman” by Jetpacks and Rollerskates.

“Ron, a once top tier elementary school cafeteria worker respected by parents for developing a healthy lunch program for the students. Until one day when the kids revolted and a quickly escalated melon balling fight went out of control leaving Ron with the loss of his lower mobility. Due to severe cutbacks, no wheelchair could be provided to Ron but instead an old bathtub long abandoned by the phys ed department.

With no one to take control of the kids dietary needs the school moved in another direction; installing deep fryers. After years of exposure to the grease, Ron’s body is now covered in self erupting zits and he wears a mask to hide his true emotions. He is now referred by the children as Ron Pussman.”

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“Zombie Yeti” by Zombie Yeti.

“My name is ZombieYeti and this is my self portrait. I imagine if I were stuffed in a closet I would have to pee in the closet if there were no bathroom.* I also like circus peanuts. *This is in fact the truth. I tried it shortly after writing this.”

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“Billy Skinsuit” by Trevor Henderson.

Billy Skinsuit is a tiny, mummified corpse that lives like a parasite! He infests various creatures around the galaxy and wears their slowly decomposing corpses as suits!

He does this to use their vital fluids to rejuvenate his shriveled and puny body, and to get close to his next victim. If you find Billy in your closet, you should feel very special! He’s traveled a long way to see how it feels to experience life in your skin!”

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“Bloody Billy” by Jeremy the Artist.

Billy is your everyday, average spawn of Satan who decided the 5th wasn’t fun enough for him- so now he lives in random kids closets, terrorizing youngsters late at night- waking them up with scratching at the closet doors—slowly opening the doors to reveal his crimson smile, and dark, dark empty eye holes.

Fun Fact: Bloody Billy’s shoes aren’t actually shoes but are his actual feet. Oddly enough, one foot prefers to eat rats….and the other foot, baby humans.

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“Ike Rust” by Joey Souza.

Little Ike Rust always had a runny nose and crusty eyes. He was constantly teased at school for his sniffling, eye rubbing, and general oozing appearance.

One morning Ike Rust woke up with a case of eye crust so bad that his eyes were stuck shut. The children of the town all pointed and laughed as he stumbled down the street searching for someone to tell him where he was. Blinded by eye crust, Ike Rust wandered into what he thought was a doctor’s office, but actually turned out to be a cave full of hungry bears. And while the bears did test and treat Ike for several of his diseases and infections, they also ate him.

Now the ghost of little Ike Rust and his eye crust seeks his revenge. Waiting in your closet until you get up to pee in the middle of the night, Ike Rust sneaks over to your bed, rubs his eye crust on your blankets, steals your eye drops, and farts on your pillow.

So when you lie in bed late at night and hear a faint noise in the distance that sounds like: “Ah! My eyes are so itchy!” You’d better hold it in, because Ike Rust may be waiting to share his crusty eye infection with you.

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“Pikkels” by Sean Ferguson.

“Pikkels are known to dwell in moist, damp closets, living off the fungus growing on their backs and shoulders. These monsters prefer closets with lots of secrets, so it’s best to keep your stash somewhere else, unless you want it covered in Pikkel juice.”

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“Soozey” by Guro.

“Soozey feeds on every nasty thought you’ve ever had, every guilty pleasure that you’ve hidden inside a dirty box and forgot all about, but soon enough she’ll be able to escape from the closet, and the only thing to satisfy her appetite will be the same filthy brain that created her. Yes, the one inside your skull!”

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“The Toy Man” by Mikuloctopus.

“Johnny’s parents asked him where he’d been getting his new toys. When he answered, ‘My closet.’ his parents scolded him for lying. ‘I’m not lying!,’ Johnny proclaimed. ‘The funny man in my closet gave them to me. He said it makes him happy.’”

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“Double Dewey” by Matthew Allison.

“The failed first attempt by toymaker Aleister Rothman to create a living, breathing “doll” to compete against Xavier Roberts’ popular line of Cabbage Patch Kids, Double Dewey was the result of a malicious ex-assistant’s reprisal. After being fired by Rothman the sour subordinate poured a vial of his former employer’s “Creature Serum” into Dewey’s test tube and the resulting monstrosity was hidden from public view in the second bedroom of Aleister’s condo. Poor Double Dewey – will he ever know the outside world?”

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“Pumpers Blottnickel” by Pedro Camargo.

“Pumpers was once actually a magical elf who helped fix people’s shoes until the day he decided to fix the neighborhood’s 10 year old miscreant: Blottnickel. Blottnickel thought it would be funny to trap poor little Pumpers inside the shoe he was selflessly trying to fix, and then stick in the microwave for a good 30 minutes.

Pumpers who had then become a radioactive bubbling blob, slithered away and hid inside another pair of Blottnickel’s shoes, patiently awaiting his moment of revenge. However, before Pumpers could react, Blottnickel thrust his foot into the shoe, squashing the radioactive slime that Pumpers had become. Immediately they fused into one single hideous, radioactive, mutant being known simply as Pumpers Blottnickel.

Today, Pumpers Blottnickel can usually be found leaking and pulsating in closets with old worn-out shoes.”

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“Evil-NES” by Drew Wise.

“There have been many different tales told of this particular gaming system. Some say it’s host to a 1,000 year old evil genie. Others claim it’s possessed by the angry spirit of a worker who was crushed on the assembly line. Still others say it was just “born” evil. The only thing anyone really knows is that anyone who plays it gets a disturbing phone call from the 1-900 Pretendo hotline and dies seven days later.”

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“The Witch and her Werewolf” by Steve Van Essche.

When I was a child, two ugly monsters lived in my attic: an old Witch and her bloody Werewolf.

They waited for the darkness to snigger and howl, then crept down the stairs, making them creak with their every slow step to hide behind the door : the one just in front of my bedroom.

There they stayed many long hours, scratching and knocking at the door, bidding me to come and open. But I never dared. If it was the case no doubt would I not be here to tell this story.

Today I am the one living in the attic; the Witch and her Werewolf are gone, compelled to dwell in the closet… biding their time for a young and carefree child to open the door.”“

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“Salty Pickens” by Sky Flygare.

“The unwanted remnant of a past lunch, a lone pickle lies buried within the dank and odorous closet in its skull emblazoned lunchbox tomb. The unique chemistry of putrid undergarments and a rotten vinegar soaked cucumber gives rise to the unmentionable Salty Pickens. Armed with a spatula and improper attire, he longs to join humanity… By replacing you!”

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Doomsday is coming. What are you going to wear?

Must Watch : A collection of the greatest scare pranks on Youtube!

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Lately I have seen some pretty great scare pranks floating around on YouTube and social media, so I thought I would take a second and collect some of my favorites here for you guys, in case you have missed any of them!
Some good watching follows. Enjoy!

First up we have a very nasty prank involving evil clowns from the guys at DM Pranks, which asks the question : What would you do if a psycho clown killed someone right in front of you?

My favorite one above is the silent clown pouring gasoline around that guys car at the lonesome gas station! So great!
This next video has been making the rounds, and is another great one from the Prank Bros, who were responsible for the great Evil Snowman videos a few years ago. The Bros have stepped up their game lately, and invested in some scuba equipment to take their new ideas to the next level.
This Jason prank is pure gold!

This next video is a little bit older, and comes to us from an apparently very cruel reality show in Brazil. A small compartment hides a ghostly girl who sneaks out when the producers flicker the lights, leaving the unsuspecting victims on a claustrophobic elevator. This one is great!

This next video was part of the viral marketing campaign for last year’s remake of Carrie. A special effects team rigged up an NYC coffee shop to give the appearance that one of the patrons had serious telekinetic powers. Kudos to them for going the extra mile!

Next up we have the terrifying tales of the Owlman, produced to promote the excellent independent horror flick, Lord Of Tears. After putting the imposing figure of the all-knowing owl to good use scaring kids on sites like Chat Roulette and omegle, the producers of the film set up at the abandoned location of St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and waiting for some unsuspecting photographers and explorers to show up…

Also last year, the producers of the latest incarnation of the Child’s Play franchise, Curse Of Chucky, set up this prank to torment unsuspecting bus riders. Sometimes it is simply amazing that these pranksters have not yet gotten hurt…

And last but not least, we have the brilliant video from professional prankster Tom Mabe. A grim reaper flies in on unsuspecting victims out for a stroll in the park. The reaper is attached to a radio controlled helicopter over 150 feet above, and controlled by Mabe in an awesomely terrifying prank!

 

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Where to find the best horror groups on Facebook!

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Over the past few months, even casual users of the social media giant Facebook have likely noticed some big changes in the content they now see in their news-feeds. Your favorite pages may have disappeared completely, and the people and artists you took the time to follow are probably being shown to you less and less, with more “suggestions” and “sponsored” posts taking their place.
This is all part of the website’s current money-making plan, and as shady as it may seem, it is their site to manipulate how they please. I will admit that it has been frustrating and disappointing that, after almost three years of steadily building a fan base there, now less than 1% of the 123,000 fans of HorrorHomework.com see our posts.
Again, it is their site to run as they please, and bitching about it gets us nowhere.

With that said, a bit of a loophole has appeared in the form of Facebook “groups” as opposed to pages. The groups have always been there, as a great place to meet and connect with other people from around the world who share similar interests. In fact, that is where the whole idea for this very website was born. In September of 2011, I posted a status about Chiller TV’s baffling “top horror films of the new millennium” on my personal page, and got tons of comments from friends, and they were still coming the next day…
A few days later, I created a group called Horror Homework, which grew into the page and website right here. As our focus shifted to building an original website and finding fans for our page, the group fell silent. Until recently.

For whatever reasons, the group pages seem to show up more often in the news-feeds, so it has been interesting to see the shift. Who knows how long it will be until FB realizes that we have found the back door, but in the meantime we can all enjoy the benefits of joining a group and seeing the content that we are interested in, without all the meddling.

So what follows is a list of some of the more interesting horror groups currently on Facebook, recommended for everyone.

Of course, Horror Homework is our group that I would encourage you to join, as well as making an effort to check in on the actual site for consistent news, reviews, contests, and artist profiles. Did I mention we created our very own independent social network?
You can join that and create a free profile by clicking the join tab in the upper right hand of the homepage here.

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Elsewhere on Facebook, the large group Fans Of All Things Horror has a ton of members that consistently interact with each other and post interesting topics for discussion. Moderated by Stephen Pisani, a veteran of horror on TV and film, who often puts unique and irresistible collectables up for sale. He has an online store to visit here, but lists many of his newest and greatest items right in the group for the members to have the first chance at them. This is a very entertaining and recommended group!

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Another wonderful group is the Horror Artists group, where I have been lucky enough to meet and interact with a ton of great artists working within the genre. The group is a real pleasure to browse, as the artists themselves consistently upload their newest works and share constructive criticism and compliments with each other. A great group to join if you are a horror artist, or just someone who appreciates great art, with a dark side.

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The Bloody Pit Of Horror is fun group from the admins of Horror And Shit and Horror of Truant, a drama-free environment where fans can gather to discuss their love of all things grotesque and wonderful.

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Legends Of Horror is a group moderated by Brandon Stephens, a screenwriter who definitely knows his stuff. A friendly and interesting group for horror fans, it consists of art/drawings, movie reviews, contests, trivia, movie updates and a random horror movie every Sunday!

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Finally, be sure and check out I LOVE ALL HORROR, a group created by our friends at iHorror. Another place to get your fill of all the news and discussions you can handle. Be sure and check it out, for news and updates!

I hope you guys find this list useful, and be sure to join these groups to fill your Facebook news-feed up with the horrific images and articles that we have been missing!
Enjoy, and remember to try and get along with everyone if you join these groups. We are only as weird as our neighbors…

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The true story of “Annabelle”, the creepy doll from The Conjuring.

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Yesterday afternoon, New Line Cinema dropped the first teaser trailer for their upcoming spin-off/prequel to last summer’s horrific hit, The Conjuring. While very few details about the film are known, it is said to tell the story of how the creepy doll came to be “possessed”, and how it ended up in the hands of the young college students and eventually in the Warrens’ basement at the beginning of the earlier film.
The new film is set for release on October 3rd, 2014, and you can check out the trailer below :

While the teaser has some creepy, stylish elements and the film will most likely prove to be an entertaining time, it seems that the Hollywood version of the story is getting further away from the documented case of what actually happened.
Although no one can ever say for sure what really inhabited the doll (if anything), the story of the original case is just as fascinating, without any Hollywood embellishments.
In fact, the trailer above even contradicts the fictional history of Annabelle, as presented to us in The Conjuring. It appears to be the origin of how the doll came to be possessed, even though Patrick Wilson told us that the doll was never possessed by a human.
So, yeah, the trailer above is a bit baffling, but we will reserve judgement until October.

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In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the real world history of this case. First of all, the real “Annabelle” doll has a much different appearance than the one in the films. In fact, she was a Raggedy Ann doll, based on the writings of Johnny Gruelle, which were very popular in the early 20th century.

Lorraine Warren with "Annabelle".

Lorraine Warren with “Annabelle”.

Although the opening sequence to The Conjuring claims it took place in 1968, the documented case occurred in the summer of 1970, when a mother purchased an antique Raggedy Ann doll from a hobby store. The doll was meant as a birthday gift to her daughter, Donna, a nursing student who resided with a room-mate named Angie in a small apartment.
Happy with her gift, Donna placed the doll on her bed and didn’t give much thought to it until the pair started to notice strange things concerning the doll. It appeared to move around and switch positions, crossing and uncrossing it’s legs and arms when no one was around. As time passed, the occurrences became more common and increasingly bold.
The girls would come home to find the doll in a completely different room than it was left in. Sometimes they would find it standing upright in the kitchen, or with it’s legs crossed on the couch, awaiting their return. Donna began placing the doll face down on the couch before leaving for her studies, only to return to find it back in her room on the bed with the door closed.
After about a month of these strange happenings Donna and Angie began to find cryptic messages, in pencil on parchment paper, by what looked to be the hand-writing of a small child. The messages said “Help us” and “Help Lou”.
The Lou in question was a friend of the roomies, and not a fan of Donna’s creepy doll. He urged her several times to get rid of the doll, but as it was a gift from her mother, Donna wanted to keep it because of her sentimental attachment.
One night Donna came home to find that the doll had moved again, and this time it was covered in what appeared to be blood. Feeling more frightened than ever, the girls contacted a medium and held a seance. The medium claimed to have picked up the story of “Annabelle”, a young girl who had lived and died on the property years previous, before the apartments had even been built. The medium told the girls that the spirit of the young girl had found comfort with them, and wanted only to live among them and be loved. Convinced by the sad story of the young girl who had left the earthly plane too soon, the girls then invited “Annabelle” to inhabit the doll and stay with them.
Which turned out to not be such a great idea…
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Their friend Lou was the victim of the first physical manifestation of what the girls had unwittingly invited into their home. One night while awakened from a deep sleep, Lou found himself unable to move in the bed. He claims that the doll was in the bed with him and slowly moved up his body and began to strangle him with it’s little doll hands, while he was paralyzed.
His friends dismissed it as a dream, but Lou was convinced that something evil was lurking within the doll, and on another night his suspicions were confirmed. Lou and Angie were alone in the apartment, making plans for a rod trip the next day when they heard a rustling noise coming from Donna’s room. Lou found the room empty of intruders, but spied the doll tossed on the floor in the corner. He made his way to the doll, and had a distinct feeling that someone was behind him. He turned around to see no one there, but a moment later he claims that his chest was slashed by seven claw marks, three vertically and four horizontally. The cuts were burning and bleeding, but reportedly healed fully within the next two days.
At this point, the students were put in contact with the Warrens, who quickly took an interest in the case. As portrayed in The Conjuring, Ed and Lorraine Warren quickly concluded that the doll was not “possessed”, but rather being manipulated by a demonic presence.
The Warrens had an exorcism performed at the apartment, and agreed to take the doll into custody as it were, and have imprisoned the suspected conduit in a glass case for the past decades.
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Despite the doll’s lock-up, there have been subsequent incidents thought to have been caused by “Anabelle”.
But, in reality, it is just a silly old rag doll, right?
Ed Warren believes otherwise, and says only, “Do not challenge evil. No man is more powerful than Satan.”
Okay, okay, I take it back!



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Win a T-shirt and flashlight to prepare for The Purge : Anarchy!

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Last summer’s surprise horror hit The Purge featured a concept so balls-out insane and unlikely that it was hard to resist. The idea of an annual “Purge Night”, where all crime including murder is legal for 12 hours seemed like a huge stretch in credibility, but audiences ate it up.
Even I will admit that it turned out to be an entertaining flick despite of the presence of Ethan Hawke.
With the sequel, which hits theaters everywhere tomorrow, the fictional world appears to have been opened much wider providing a scope for this film which will potentially allow it to live up to it’s subtitle.
Check out the trailer for The Purge : Anarchy below :

Today the good folks at Universal have provided us with a cool gift package for one of you lucky students of Horror Homework!
The package includes an official Anarchy T-shirt (size Large) and a flashlight to protect your assets on Purge Night, if you choose to partake!

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To be eligible to win, simply like and share this post with your friends, and comment below on how you would stay safe and what you would do if the Purge night really happened.
And prepare for Anarchy by checking out the “5 Things To Know Before You Watch The Purge: Anarchy” Interactive GIFs below.
Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the scene!

Good luck out there!
And don’t forget to leave your comment in the section below to be eligible to win this prize!
What would you do, if there were no repercussions?

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