Amazing new work from Horror Illustrator Steve McGinnis!

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One of the coolest and most rewarding things about having a horror website is getting to know the many artists who exist in the genre and helping spread the word about awesome artwork that many people might not otherwise see.
One such artist is Steve McGinnis, a creative and prolific illustrator that has become a great friend of mine over the past year. Growing up in the frozen wasteland known as Canada, Mr. McGinnis has worked his way into many of the greatest horror publications still on the newsstands, like Gore Noir, Fangoria, Diabolique, and Gore Zone.
According to his website, Steve started illustrating from a young age, and his horror style appeared early in life, resulting in many trips to the school office for his parents. Throughout grade and high school Steve was an artistic sponge, absorbing different styles from different mediums, while developing his own young style. This style helped him win multiple awards and honours with his art.
He really caught my eye earlier this year with a new series of classic horror icon illustrations done in a bold new style of black, grey, white, and just a drop of red.
Have a look at his great creations below, along with a brief interview with Steve McGinnis and a look at the various new projects this prolific and talented artist has in the works!

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Please tell me a little bit about your black and white classic monster series. Where did the idea come from? The style really stands out.

Steve McGinnis : I’ve always just like sitting at the coffee table or wear ever and sketching. I started with the Myers mask and really enjoyed it. So I did a couple more and couldn’t stop. The last show I did the crowds response was over whelming. So I’m doing quite a few more.

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Great, can’t wait to see them!
You have really taken that style and run with it, making some very unique pieces. I am looking forward to more in the series. Do you know who is the next icon to be immortalized in this style?

Steve McGinnis : Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. My dad had a tee shirt he always wore on weekends with that face on it and it used to mesmerize me.

Ha! I’m wearing one right now. Can’t wait to see it!
Check out Steve’s more recent masterpieces below, including both Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee as Dracula, Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera, and the one and only Vincent Price!

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Tell me a little bit about the pin-up series you have have been working on.

Steve McGinnis : That is a fun new style for me. Writer / Director Ryan M. Andrews approached me to do some art for his new movie Save Yourself. We were back and forth a lot and came up with the idea of a horror pin up for each girl in the film.

So did you actually have Tristan Risk modeling for you? That would be like a dream come true!

Steve McGinnis : LOL!! That would be amazing, but no. I actually was back and forth with her on FB and she sent some good face pics at different angles for reference. I had to research pin up poses and what they look like.
It’s a really fun style. I’d like to do more of them.

Ah, bummer! So you probably just used her photo shoot for Hush magazine for reference, right? Yeah, me too…

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So what can you tell us about the film “Save Yourself“? Are you involved in it other than the poster art?

Steve McGinnis : I’m not sure the whole story behind Save Yourself. I was only involved with the poster creations. I think everything is hush hush at this point. No ones really giving any hints about it.

Cool. I like that. Horror films should surprise you. I know you have been hard at work on an original graphic novel. Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect, and when?

Steve McGinnis : Yeah, it’s been quite a undertaking. I came up with the idea last year at a horror con I was at and thought “That’s it, time for me to write and illustrate this story”. It’s a different take on a slasher story. It spans from early 1900′s to the present day. I wanted to make sure there was some substance and not just GORE GORE blood….but there are some good kills in it.

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It sounds great and is looking good in the updates you share on your art page on Facebook! Any idea of when we can expect to see it as a complete project?

Steve McGinnis : I’m releasing the whole book at Horror Rama November 1st and 2nd in Toronto. So, November first and on.

Very exciting! So is it actually complete, or is it crunch time right now?

Steve McGinnis : It is CRUNCH TIME!!! I’ll think I’m finished and read it and say, I need a bit more back story. or, I don’t like that panel.

Of course, the dreaded second guessing! Well, I for one am really looking forward to it. I will wrap this little interview up and let you get back to work. Do you have a favorite horror character to illustrate?
I really love your Krueger piece!

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Steve McGinnis : Oh thanks! I really like illustrating Michael Myers, that emotionless expression is terrifying to me. And the way he’d cock his head to look you over.
Chilling.

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One last thing, what’s with all the cute and cuddly characters you have been working on lately? Is it just to help purge the horror from your soul and keep you balanced? Or is it something you do for fun?

Steve McGinnis : It’s the yin to my yang. I’m a children’s book artist as well. As a freelance artist you have to have many irons on the fire to stay busy. So when horror art slows down I jump to children’s novels.

Very cool, man! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, and we will be looking forward to new work from you in the future. Cheers!

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A big thanks to artist Steve McGinnis for taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat with me! If anyone is still reading this after the link to Tristan Risk’s nude photo shoot above, be sure and check out more work from Steve McGinnis at his website and frequently updated Facebook page!
And don’t forget to check back here often at www.horrorhomework.com for more of your favorite artists, new movie reviews and horror news!

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Artist Rafael Koff makes Freddy and Jason Have Fun!

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Over the past few years of scouring the internet for fun things to post on the HorrorHomework.com Facebook page, I have repeatedly run into some simple cartoons by an artist named Rafael Koff.
He is a comic artist from Brazil, and has created a long-running series called “Freddy and Jason Have Fun” which features our two favorite slashers getting into all manner of “cute” misadventures.
Unfortunately his website is in Portuguese, and my Google translate isn’t helping much today, but his work speaks for itself. You can find many more similar pieces on the Freddy And Jason Have Fun Facebook page, but in the meantime have a look :

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Stephen Cooney Artist Spotlight

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Artist Spotlight : Stephen Cooney

Working with Horrorhomework.com, I get to see all kinds of crazy shit. From a variety of films, to books, and even art. So every once and awhile during a regular session of perusing the macabre on the internet, you come across something that catches your eye immediately. That’s exactly what happened when I came across the art of Stephen Cooney. After looking into more of his artwork I just knew I had to have a chat with him and share it with my fellow horror classmates. Based out of the UK he has been painting for as long as he can remember, but took a couple of years to break into the tattoo industry, which he became very popular in because of his horror art style which is always a favorite of many. He does both ink sketches and full paintings, but prefers full paintings, finding them more enjoyable. Stephen is always doing commissioned pieces of some kind of another.
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When I asked him about the dark tone of most of his artwork, some of which looked like it had Lovecraftian influence, this is what he said.
“Well I don’t know really, I’ve always been into the dark side of art. As a kid I grew up listening to Iron maiden and in art class I would sit and copy the artwork and day dream that I would one day do the same thing, designing album covers for the biggest metal bands and seeing my artwork on t shirts. Then I got into the fantasy side of things because a friend was into Dungeons and Dragons, of which TSR had the best artwork I had ever seen. But in terms of influence, it would have to be Derek Riggs, the Iron Maiden artist.”

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I can totally see the Iron Maiden artwork influence. Stephen’s artwork seems as if it is right off of an Iron Maiden’s Greatest Hits album cover. While he has not done any album covers as of yet, he has done about 60 book covers and endless magazine covers. He is the over artist for Nightmare Illustrated Magazine, which is a bi-monthly publication. A new project which seems to be growing fast. Check it out at horrifiedpress.com

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He has done over 100 paintings so when I asked him if he had a favorite, he said he couldn’t really say. They all have their special meaning, some coming from a time when he was just trying to get his name out there. Knowing his style of work I had to ask the question, had he ever done any horror icons, or was all of his artwork original?
“I’ve been really lucky so far. Publishers have always come to me saying, we’ve got this title, see what you can come up with. Which has been great for me, using my own imagination to come up with something which maybe hasn’t been done yet. I haven’t done an exciting character yet.”

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Of course the questions of “If you could do any horror character, who or what would it be? Do you have a favorite horror film?” had to be asked.
“Alien was a massive film for me. The fact that you hardly saw it and if you did, it was always in the dark. I love that in a horror film and films like the Exorcist. I love anything demonic. As for existing characters, no one has asked. Really, I’ll paint anything, although I was asked to paint a barbarian thing and I had to say, it been done so many times before so I came up with a mad max type of thing. I think along those lines instead of something that’s been painted by many artists.”

Stephen says in the future he would like to see his artwork on album covers and back stage drops for rock bands, tour t-shirts, maybe films, but in the mean time to just keep doing what he’s doing to push towards that goal. He is now getting into subjects other than horror now, which he is enjoying.
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He would like to give a huge thank you to all his publishers for having such faith in his work. And would like to thank his wife Amanda, who puts up with so much crap, paintings everywhere and the like. She is very supportive in her own way and would never have accomplished what he has without her.

I have no doubts that Stephen’s talent will be able to achieve any endeavors that lay ahead of him. I appreciate Stephen taking the time out of his busy schedule to chat with me about his artwork. They are all truly amazing. You too can check out his artwork on Facebook on the Cooney Art page.

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The Bride Of Frankenstein gets re-imagined for The “Its Alive” project 2014!

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The “Its Alive” project is back, this time bringing a blushing bride.
If you recall, in 2011 the project celebrated the 80th anniversary of James Whale’s Frankenstein and raised money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital by assembling a group of very creative artists to re-imagine Frankenstein.
This year, the ongoing project celebrates The Bride of Frankenstein by presenting 80 re-imagined Life Size Elsa Lanchester Bride of Frankenstein Busts from a wide variety of creative people.

According to the Its Alive Facebook page :
In addition to the busts, there will be 10 special life sized statues created as part of the collection. Each of the 90 artists will be asked to recreate the Bride in their own vision, style and hand. You will be amazed and frightened by what can happen when these talented artists unleash their creative monsters on this unique and terrifying project. See creations from some of the top local artists as well as Professional Monster Makers from across the country. All proceeds from the auction of these busts will benefit the St Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

All of the busts will be on display at the Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank , California (tickets available here) from September 12-14 this year, and will go immediately up for auction on eBay after the showing.

Check out a collection of my personal favorites in the series below, and stay tuned to the official Its Alive page for more details.
All photos are credited to Michael Gavin.

“The Bride’s Castle” by Rob Burman.

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“Frankies Girl” by Mars Visions.

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“Bolts of Frightening” by Tim Martin.

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“Diabolical Bride” by Todd Gibson.

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“Bride of Stupidstein” by Adam Dougherty.

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“What Lies Beneath” by Jonathan Fuller.

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“Barlow’s Bride” by Casey Love.

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“If Lovecraft built a Bride” by Anti-Warhol.

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“Bride of Tokyo” by Adam Milicevic.

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“Day of the Dead Bride” by Saul Alvarez.

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“Bride of Burlapstein” by Andy Wright.

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“Bride of The Thing” by Christian Marchwinski.

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“Technicolor Bride” by Jeff Camp.

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“Bride of Skellingstein” by Scott Fensterer.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is one of us.

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Last weekend, Marvel’s latest production destroyed critics and the box office alike with Guardians of the Galaxy. A perfectly entertaining summer movie made with undeniable passion and genuine weirdness, much of the credit for it’s success is due to hard-working writer/director James Gunn.
For many mainstream movie-goers, his name may not ring many bells. But for us astute students of horror, he has been on the radar for a long time and is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
This madman marvel got his humble start at the legendary Troma studios nearly twenty years ago, writing the low-budget classic Tromeo and Juliet for the studio. Serving as an associate director on that film as well, Gunn’s roots at Troma run deep as you can see from Lloyd Kaufman’s quick cameo in the new film.

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Learning the trade of low budget film-making from Mr. Kaufman (and even co-writing the book All I Need To Know About FILMMAKING I Learned From THE TOXIC AVENGER) Gunn began making his name in Hollywood as the screenwriter of the two live-action Scooby Doo films. He followed those up with the excellent script for 2004′s remake of “Dawn of the Dead“, one of the most widely accepted remakes of classic horror films.
After that surprising success, he was given the freedom to direct, and brought us one of the most truly unique, bizarre, and completely awesome horror flicks in recent memory, 2006′s “Slither“.

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In the time between Slither and Guardians, Mr. Gunn was attached to many projects in a wide variety of mediums, but I always kept tabs on him at his outstanding Youtube channel, where he consistently uploaded some of the most bat-shit insane short films ever.
His PG Porn series is a highlight, a great series of shorts “for people who love everything about porn, except the sex.”

In 2009, he produced the pilot episode for the web sitcom, “Humanzee”, which was actually banned from Xbox Live and Spike, where it was originally intended to be an ongoing series. The premise of the show was this : James sends his sperm to a secret laboratory in Bratislava and receives his human-chimp hybrid son in the mail.
You can see the insanely awesome pilot below!

Another proposed series of shorts was titled “Sparky and Mikaela”, and concerned a young lady and a raccoon fighting crime together and having other offbeat adventures. The single produced episode can be seen right here :

More recently, Gunn directed a post-credits segment for the parody film “Movie 43″ and managed to win Golden Raspberry Awards for “Worst Director” and “Worst Screenplay” for his short about a very possessive cat. Check out “It’s Beezel”, so you don’t have to watch the rest of the movie!

To me, these are the highlights of an offbeat career from a unique visionary, and it is beyond exciting to see this creative maniac on the loose, wreaking high-budget havoc at Marvel. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
Go see Guardians of the Galaxy for a great time at the movies, and stay tuned to James Gunn on Facebook and his official site to see what kind of degenerate developments he comes up with next!
It is really great to have a director at the helm of these giant films that really gets what it is all about! He is definitely one of the good ones.
Check out his thank you letter to the audiences who came out in droves to see the new film this past weekend :

Thanks to all of you who saw (and are seeing) ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ this weekend, from the bottom of my heart. The Guardians are a group of oddballs, outcasts, and geeks. The movie is for anyone who ever felt cast aside, left out, or different. It’s for all of us who don’t belong. This movie belongs to you. And, today, I think we’re doing okay.

I am of course happy with all the film has accomplished box-office-wise. But what touches me the most is that the film I told the folks at Marvel I wanted to make two years ago is the film that you’re seeing in theaters today – it’s that so many of you seem to be directly EXPERIENCING the film I INTENDED. The cast, the producers, the crew, and I felt like we were making something special while we were making it. But it is very rare that a director’s INTENTIONS in creating a film, or a scene, or a character, or a line of dialogue are, seemingly, specifically what is experienced by an audience (not to mention critics!), and that seems to be what has happened here. You have allowed a talking raccoon – for a moment, a minute, or a day – to make you a little more human. And for that, I am profoundly grateful.

If I relied on myself to implement these intentions, the film would be a shambling mess. But instead, I had a wonderful cast, genius producers, an incredibly brave studio, sublimely talented visual effects artists, great editors, and the best damn crew of mostly-British bastards to actually implement these intentions for me. Where I had a good idea they would, through alchemy, transform it into a great one. Many of you involved are friends of mine on Facebook. Many of you will read this somewhere else. I love you all.

You may remember me posting here a couple weeks ago how sad I was to be finishing up the film, that I was having trouble letting go of Rocket, and that I was going to miss him. But seeing him (and Groot, and the rest of the team) embraced by the world like they have been, to be UNDERSTOOD, makes it a wonderful letting go. It’s like giving a foster pet up for adoption to the most wonderful parents in the world.

And, of course, I’m not really saying goodbye as, while many of you have been enjoying the film, I’ve spent this weekend hard at work on the sequel. I couldn’t help myself! The results are nice but it’s really the creative process I love and that keeps me going. I’m on fire with this thing! The Guardians have so many hardships and heartaches and triumphs ahead of them, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you.

Onto week two…

Love, James

 

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DVD and On Demand Releases for August 2014!

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Summer is nearing it’s end at last, and soon we will move into every horror fans favorite season. Cool nights, colored leaves, and a glut of horror movies are on the way in the coming months, but for now take a look at what we will have to make do with for the month of August.
As always, I have included links directly to Amazon for each title, so if you intend to purchase them, doing so through these links helps to keep Horror Homework alive!
Thanks for a great nearly three years here, loyal readers.
Now, let’s see what we have for this month…

August 5 – Oculus

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Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents.  Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether:  a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.  Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century.  With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

 

August 5Comedown (On Demand)

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Six friends, who’ve known each other from childhood, break into the tower block they lived in as kids, now deserted and condemned, to rig-up a pirate radio station, get high and party. When one of the group goes missing, her friends begin to search the dark interior of the tower and soon realize that they are not alone: a resident psychopath lurks in the shadows and is hunting them down, taking them out, one-by-one.

 

August 8 — At The Devil’s Door (On Demand)

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When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

 

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While walking home from her latest OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. This horrible event seems to be a blessing in disguise when Esther finds consolation in a support group. Her life of sadness and solitude is opened up to friendship, understanding, and even acceptance. However, friendship and understanding can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

 

August 12Devil’s Mile

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Follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages — two teenage girls — to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape attempt, their simmering mistrust explodes into shocking violence. But what they thought was their worst case scenario is only the beginning, as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road — a road they realize they may never escape. Now captors and captive must fight together to escape the monstrous forces pursuing them and somehow survive…The Devil’s Mile.

 

August 19The Quiet Ones

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Tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group members quickly realize they have triggered a force more terrifying and evil than they ever could have imagined.

 

August 19Only Lovers Left Alive

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Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

 

August 19The Sacrament

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Follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot, soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.


August 19
Neverlake

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A teenager visiting her estranged father in Italy stumbles across the Neverlake, an ancient lake said to be guarded by the spirits of the dead. There she befriends a peculiar group of children who are each plagued by strange injuries. As she uncovers the horrific secrets behind the lake – and her new friends – she becomes haunted by disturbing visions that connect to her own mysterious past. However, the ghosts of the past may be more dangerous than she ever thought possible.

 

August 26Blood Glacier

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Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the Alps. He is a loner, the regularly changing scientists who share the rocky idyll with him are just tolerated by him. Making things more difficult is the approaching visit of the environment minister, which brings rivalries at the station to the boil.

So everyone involved is grateful when their barren routine is interrupted by a strange discovery. A red liquid pours from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust shrinking with climate change. This “glacier blood” turns out to be a very special juice, with unimagined effects on the local animals.

Soon Janek has his hands full defending himself and the station against a growing horde of monstrosities: biological ones lurking outside, human ones inside. And as if all that wasn’t already dangerous enough, his heart also threatens to break: among the minister’s entourage is Tanja, who is the only one who knows the reason for Janek’s self-chosen isolation…


August 26
Leprechaun Origins (On Demand)

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 Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

So there you have it for the home video releases for August 2014.
It actually turned out to be a pretty intriguing list, so it should make for some fun viewing this month!
Until next time, freaks…

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Details on the first ever “Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival”!

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Bruce Campbell is storming back into the horror world, and he is bringing us with him. Now that the television series Burn Notice has ended, everybody’s favorite everyman, Mr. Bruce Campbell is returning to his roots in a big way!
Last week, he confirmed that he will be starring in an Evil Dead television series produced by long time pal Sam Raimi. Add that to his recent announcement that he would love to make a film that would be “The Expendables of Horror” as a sequel to “My Name Is Bruce”. And now, Mr. Campbell has announced the very first “Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival” in Chicago later this month! The film festival will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (August 21-24) and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!

showbiz-bruce-campbell-2Apparently this will be an ongoing event, as the plan is for Mr. Campbell to return next year in March to emcee his recently announced Horror Fest, also presented by Wizard World Chicago. Fans can expect to see some of their favorite genre stars, directors and writers from great television shows, movies, graphic novels, and comics.
According to the press release, the line up for the August event will be  :

ZOMBEAVERS
Director: Jordan Rubin, Writers: Jordan Rubin, Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan
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An action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. Yes, really. That’s the plot!

KILLERS
Directors: The Mo Brothers, Writers: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto
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A dark look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo and Bayu, a failing journalist who lives in Jakarta. Connected through a series violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. (Not literally). Co-directors The Mo Brothers (MACABRE, V/H/S/2) deliver an epic tale that works as action, suspense, and disturbing horror at the same time..

ASMODEXIA
Director: Marc Carrete, Writers: Marc Carrete, Mike Hostench
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Written by Mike Hostench (Deputy Director of Sitges Film Festival) ASMODEXIA documents five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter working in the Barcelona area. If you think you’ve seen every exorcism angle imaginable, prepare to be surprised. And a little grossed out.

SUBURBAN GOTHIC
Director: Richard Bates Jr., Writers: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Brune
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Raymond can channel the paranormal, but he’s afraid of chatting with a cute girl. Kicked out of his big-city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, Ray recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to help solve the mystery. From the director of the admirably strange EXCISION, and starring Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, and Kat Dennings.

STARRY EYES
Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer, Writers: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
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A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune. From the producer of CHEAP THRILLS and JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch’s STARRY EYES is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame. Leading lady Alex Essoe is an absolute revelation, but there’s a lot for horror fans to get behind here.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL
Director: The Vicious Brothers, Writers: The Vicious Brothers

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A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors, who promptly chase everyone all over the place. So it’s a slasher movie, a suspense thriller, and a pretty gruesome alien abduction tale all at once. Plus it’s got some solid humor and an amazing final shot. From the directors of the found-footage horror flick GRAVE ENCOUNTERS. Oh, also Michael Ironside pops up!

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD
Director: Tommy Wirkola, Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, Tommy Wirkola

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If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you’d have to assume that things couldn’t get much worse. In Martin’s case, that was only the beginning. From the director of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS and (of course) DEAD SNOW.

CYBERNATURAL
Director: Levan Gabriadze, Writer: Nelson Greaves

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While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, CYBERNATURAL redefines ‘found footage’ for a new generation of teens. From producer Timur Bekmambetov (NIGHT WATCH, WANTED).

INNER DEMONS
Director: Seth Grossman, Writer: Glenn Gers

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INNER DEMONS follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. Director Seth Grossman was a producer on A&E’s award winning series “Intervention,” which certainly lends an air of authenticity to a gradually more unpredictable horror story.

MEET ME THERE
Director: Lex Lybrand, Writer: Brandon Stroud

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After several years of sexual dysfunction, Ada and her boyfriend, Calvin, travel to her hometown in rural Oklahoma in the hopes of piecing together her fragmented childhood memories. They find their answers, but can they find their way back home? Starring WWE’s Goldust & DC Comic’s Jill Thompson.

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As if that weren’t enough to make us giddy with excitement, interactive Panels at the event will include:

BRUCE CAMPBELL VS. THE AUDIENCE
Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics ARMY OF DARKNESS and THE EVIL DEAD, as well as his role as Sam Axe in the hit TV series “Burn Notice,” Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with as an actor, director, and author. Don’t miss your chance to ask him your most interesting questions as he makes an appearance at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.

A CHAT WITH JOHN CARPENTER
Join us for this very special occasion as we honor the Master of Horror with a conversation spanning his entire career.

THE MANY TALENTS OF JON SCHNEPP
(METALOCALYPSE, DETHLOK, THE ABCs OF DEATH, THE DEATH OF ‘SUPERMAN LIVES’: WHAT HAPPENED?)
Death Metal is the horror genre of the music industry and Adult Swim’s “Metalocalypse” may just be its greatest tribute ever. Join us as we chat with one of the masterminds behind that show (and so much more), as well as his discuss his upcoming feature, THE DEATH OF ‘SUPERMAN LIVES’

THE EVIL DEAD MARATHON
THE EVIL DEAD (1981), EVIL DEAD 2 (1987), and ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992) You’ve almost definitely seen the EVIL DEAD movies before, but we guarantee you’ve never seen them like this. Join us under The Dome at Rosemont Ballpark as we screen the original entire EVIL DEAD trilogy on a giant 30 foot movie screen. This marathon is completely FREE for all to attend; No badges or Wizard World ticket necessary.

A CRITICAL DEFENSE OF B-MOVIES
Panel discussion and Q&A with film critics Steve “Capone” Prokopy (Ain’t It Cool News), Erik “The Movieman” Childress (Chicago Film Critics Association), and Scott Weinberg (FEARnet, The Horror Show). Special guest filmmakers will also be joining the panel.

Limited festival badges are on sale now for $50 and include guaranteed access to all screenings included in the festival. Badges are non-transferable.
Get yours right here, and see you in Chicago!

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Visit the “Black Lodge” with incredible artist Tom Bagshaw!

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Artist Tom Bagshaw has been working on a new project for over a year now, an ambitious series of paintings of dark and otherworldly beauty. The new series is fittingly labeled “The Black Lodge”, and it shows off the darkest side of the artist, who is already well-known for his unique style of beautiful and mysterious digital paintings. He creates some of the most unforgettable female portraits in memory, balancing them somewhere between wickedness and whimsy.
The Black Lodge series compiles a year and a half worth of inspired work from Mr. Bagshaw, and as of today August first 2014, will be available as a one of a kind art book, limited to 100. All eighteen of the original portraits in the collection are up for sale right now as well, but going quickly.
Check out the artist’s website mostlywanted.com for more info about purchase of the book and artwork. Collected below are some of the impressive paintings from the Black Lodge.

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theMorrigan2phulsBride2sacrificiumIntellectus2theConjuration2mooncall2The very limited edition of the Black Lodge book is a must have for art fans, and comes signed, numbered, and embossed. Be sure and swing by Mr. Bagshaw’s online shop to secure a copy, and stay tuned to the artist’s Facebook page for updates about his new artwork and upcoming projects!

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Director Billy Pon sends in the homicidal serial rapist clowns for “Circus Of The Dead”!

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“Nobody likes a clown at midnight.”
- Stephen King

Coulrophobia appears to be at an all time high right now, with evil clowns reaching heights of popularity we have never seen the likes of before. Rob Zombie has just introduced his new killer clown flick 31 to the wonders of the internet, a big screen remake of Stephen King’s “It” is reportedly in production, and the real world is filling up with juggalos and Northhampton Clown copycats.
Recent horror flicks like Stitches, All Hallow’s Eve and The Last Circus have all tapped into this fast spreading inexplicable fear of clowns to varying degrees of success. And then Circus Of The Dead shows up to teach them all how it is done…
Circus Of The Dead is sure to be two of the dirtiest, most morally-bankrupt, sadistic hours of your life. A film that has no boundaries, and acts only to push yours, this chaotic clown rampage is not one that you will soon forget. Director Billy Pon has earned the nickname “Bloody Bill”, without a doubt.

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After a quick introduction to our colorful clowns that instantly let’s us know they mean business, the film gets started inconspicuously enough. We meet the Johnson family, who seem to be the whole package, as they head out for family fun time at the local circus.
Unfortunately for them, this Circus is under the dark influence of Papa Corn and he has his own demented idea of what passes for entertainment. The top-notch performance from Bill Oberst Jr. as “Papa” is a particular stand-out among some of the other slightly underwhelming performances. Mr. Oberst, a ubiquitous mainstay in many modern horror films, attacks this role with demented glee, managing to go from eerily calm to frothing lunatic at a moment’s notice.

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At first, Papa Corn appears to select his victim’s somewhat at random, using an old deck of tarot-like cards as the only method to his madness. Described as a variation of “Bingo from Mexico”, Papa sets his eye on the obvious choice at the big top show — the MILF holding a corn dog in one hand and dabbing mustard from her cleavage with the other!

Armed with a staple gun, an electric carving knife, a blowtorch and various other misappropriated tools, Poppa and his crew abduct Johnson’s wife and daughters and proceed to force him to participate in their planned twisted rampage if he ever wants to see them again.
Now when I say “twisted rampage”, I mean it. I consider myself to be a pretty damn jaded horror fan (for better or worse) but a few of these scenes actually had me wincing and cringing with disbelief.

Be warned, this film is not for the easily offended. This is a balls-out, mean-ass horror film!

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The director takes the story to places so depraved and sadistic, and there is a level of real cruelty and extreme apathy at work here that is rarely seen in any film. It is as if “Papa Corn” has taken the agent of chaos theory from his fellow cinematic clown “The Joker” to a whole new extreme.

Taking tonal cues from classic exploitation films and amping them up for the new millennium, Circus Of The Dead builds to an insanely hectic stalk and slash climax at an old movie theater playing a double feature of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Jaws”. The clown carnage reaches a bloody crescendo here, and leaves us with one of the most cruel final acts since Frank Darabont’s adaptation of “The Mist”.

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If you can take any more, be sure and stay tuned for a surprise after the credits, which revisits Doll-Boy, a character from Bloody Bill’s earlier short film which inspired this feature.
This is a horror film made with passion for fans of dirty old school thrills with a cruel streak. Worth watching for Bill Oberst Jr.’s hypnotic performance alone, the level of anarchy otherwise on display here is more than enough to satisfy gore lovers and cinematic sociopaths of any kind.
Currently touring festivals and making appearances in various theaters in the director’s native Texas, Circus Of The Dead is still looking for the distributor with the balls to release this film to a wide audience.
Stay tuned to the official Circus Of The Dead Facebook page for more news and updates on when you will be able to see this deranged masterpiece for yourselves.
Recommended.
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Awesome new artwork available from Zombieking!

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One of the coolest artists I have met over the past years doing my horror homework, goes simply by the name Zombieking. He first caught my attention producing a series of amazing Hellraiser paintings, and has since consistently filled my news-feed with amazingly creative new works of art. Over the past few weeks I had noticed his conspicuous absence, and now I know why.
He had a well-received showing of his work at MelloMello earlier this month!
Congrats to Zombieking, and what follows is a selection of original new paintings up for sale right now :

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Ever since the successful showing, he has apparently been locked away on a creative binge, busy bringing us some new artwork to drool over.
He reappeared last week, teasing a series of unique mythical “test tube babies”. He meticulously designed and constructed these little fellas and their packaging, and has subsequently made them all available now in his store!

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As I mentioned, all of the brand new original artwork (and much more) is now available from Zombieking at his official store!
As he is based in the UK, he has put shipping prices on each piece available worldwide, but notes that he “would always prefer a painting to find a new home with somebody who loves it, rather than it be stored away unseen in the studio here. So, I am open to offers on these prices.”
So get them while they are hot, and be sure and stay tuned to the Zombieking Facebook page for consistent updates about his new and upcoming projects.
You won’t be disappointed!

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