The Human Centipede 3 : Final Sequence is gloriously offensive in every way.

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The Human Centipede 3 : Full Sequence is a film designed to be offensive in some way to every single human being on the planet.
To cap off his notorious trilogy, writer/director Tom Six has gone out of his way to make the most disgusting and provocative film of the year, most likely the decade.
Every single thing about the film is jarringly off-putting in some way.

The whole framework of the story is a not-so-subtle attack on the American penitentiary system, with the plot revolving around a deranged warden named Bill Boss (Deiter Laser, who portrayed the antagonist from the first film) who is desperate to find a way to control his prison population. When his attempts at medieval torture methods fail to get the results he is seeking, and even castration is not a harsh enough deterrent, his trusty assistant Dwight (played by Laurence Harvey, the antagonist from the second film) comes up with the questionably brilliant idea of connecting the prisoners mouth to anus, as he has seen in the two previous HC films, which exist in the meta world of this one.

Right from the beginning, the very look of the film is off-putting, shot like a 70s soap opera, the color scheme all drab brown and shades of orange and yellow. Bill Boss is an instantly despicable figure, and Laser plays him like an over-the-top cartoon character, chewing through the scenery like no one is watching. His performance is so abrasive and borderline irritating, that it is obviously meant to turn the viewers off in a big way. Laser is fearless and committed to his excess, bringing to the screen insane histrionics every few moments.

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Most of the dialogue spewing from Bill’s mouth will turn the stomach of viewers who can understand his exaggerated delivery, as he munches on fried clitorises and medium rare testicles, while lamenting the heat and firing attacks at every single character he comes in contact with.
Of course, he has monologues directed at African Americans, Mexicans, and Muslims. Rest assured, he also makes sure to offend homosexuals, dwarfs and especially women. Speaking of women, there is only one of them in the entire film (Bree Olsen, one of Charlie Sheen’s “goddesses”), and she exists only as a sexual object that is even more attractive when she is beaten up.

Some other familiar faces also are along for the show, including Tiny Lister, Rob LASardo, and Eric Roberts, further confirming his anything-for-a-paycheck work ethic. The meat of the film (so to speak) comes in the final third, after a particularly graphic nightmare inspires Bill to finally accept the idea of transforming his prisoners into the first human prison centipede. They consult a shady prison doctor who insists he can make it work and set about attaching the prisoners in a 500-person-long string around the prison yard.

Director Six even shows up halfway through the flick as himself, acting offended at the sights he inspired and even vomits in revulsion to his own film that he wrote and directed. If that doesn’t give some clue to what kind of twisted genius Mr. Six is, then nothing will. I picture him as the misfit kid from grade school who always asked everyone whats grosser than gross, and would answer every single test question wrong just to prove he was smarter than everyone else.

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A visionary troublemaker with some seriously twisted ideas, Mr. Six has the balls to be the guy poking all the bears with his cane, and most likely basking in all the outrage while he rolls around in a pile of hate mail. Love him or hate him, we need directors like him, lest the only options for viewing become big budget dumb affairs without a bit of originality. After the entire film pushing the envelope, I still found myself shaking my head in amused shock as the Star-Spangled Banner played over the rolling credits.

With all that said, Final Sequence is a difficult film for anyone to like, which I suspect was exactly the point Six was trying to make.
I loved it.

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Finally! The first trailer for Human Centipede 3 : Full Sequence!

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At long last, we have the much anticipated trailer for Human Centipede 3 : Final Sequence!
Just put your eyeballs on this for a minute, then we will talk about it :

Many people have been looking forward to seeing what diabolical director Tom Six was cooking up for fans of this disgusting franchise for the past two years. In fact, it was on my most wanted list for 2014.
Another cool thing is that I was lucky enough to have spent a week on this set as an extra, and yes, I am in the centipede!
(In fact, you can even see me in the trailer above around the 30 second mark, if you look closely enough!)
A sequel that has it’s tongue firmly planted in many cheeks, I am sure this trilogy finale is going to be something exciting to see!
When the film finally releases on May 22nd in theaters and On Demand, we will all get to see what the big deal is!
I know that I can not wait!
For more news and updates, check out the HC3 page on Facebook, and follow Tom Six on Twitter, if you dare…

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New Release Review : Digging Up The Marrow

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The horror community is a tight-knit one, a fact that anyone who immerses themselves in the culture of modern horror can attest to. It all begins with movies, and extends it’s dark reach into virtually every of modern popular culture. Books, comics, clothing design, and a growing circle of incredible horror artists who are taking their lifelong love of monsters to new previously unexplored depths. Alex Pardee has been one of those independent artists leading the charge with a consistent output of incredible and unique artwork over the past several years. His work has an unmistakable style, and it has been interesting to see his take on classic characters and his style evolve as he creates his own original legion of monsters. In fact his work so inspired horror director Adam Green that he has created a whole film based on the artwork of Alex Pardee, who also serves as an executive producer.
This new film is called Digging Up The Marrow, and it is a winner!
Get out to a theater and support this film this weekend if it is available near you. You will not be sorry.

The story,  in fact, began life in the sketchbook of Pardee, who created a fictional story about the creatures he imagined inhabiting an underground world called the Marrow. As he continued to sketch, he developed the interesting story of one John Decker, who claimed he had seen these creatures in the flesh, and was hoping to spread the word to the world with a detailed account of what he had seen in the woods and below.

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Over the past five years, Pardee began to work closely with Green to develop the idea as a live action feature, and at long last we horror fans get treated with the end result. What Adam Green has crafted from these years of work is an expert-level tale of misunderstood monsters of all shapes and sizes, which turns the found footage sub-genre on it’s head (“It’s not found footage! It’s footage footage!” he argues exasperatedly at one point.) and ultimately reveals itself to be a heartfelt love letter to these ghouls who go bump in the night. Adapting Pardee’s original premise of a strange man convinced of monsters who is trying to share his story, the film is a psuedo-documentary which follows Green and his cameraman Will as they interview Decker and attempt to bring the story of these elusive creatures to the masses.
The intro of the film sets the tone immediately, establishing roots in the horror convention scene in interviews and conversations with horror luminaries such as Tony Todd, Lloyd Kaufman, comedian Steve Agee, and artists like Jason Edmiston and Pardee himself, all professing their love of horror, and specifically, monsters. In one touching tribute to the director’s good friend and frequent co-star, the late and sorely missed Oderus Urungus says “I have been a monster. I will always be a monster. And after I am dead, I will still be a monster.”
The heart of the film is laid from the beginning ; a true love of monsters. And Adam Green is the perfect guy to tell this story ; his likeable presence in front of the camera has been great for his web-series Holliston, and here, playing himself, his love of the dark underbelly shines through and the passion with which he pursues the possibilities of real monsters is infectious. Even though most of his co-horts and fellow horror geeks are skeptical, Green remains a firm believer and it is hard not to get as excited as he is when they get their first glimpse of the creatures in the woods. Kane Hodder shows up and steals one scene as Green excitedly shows him some of the footage only for the horror icon to shake his head and scoff “Found footage? Oh boy, like that hasn’t been done before…”
The whole story is sold even further by the note-perfect performance by Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) as Decker, as he explains the “Marrow” and his relationship with it in a series of amusingly deadpan interviews. He takes some of the more absurd dialogue to new levels with his completely serious commitment to the character. One particularly chilling anecdote tells the tale of Brella, a story we only hear through the telling and a painting of her likeness, but serves as a creepy warning of what is to come.
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In fact it is this kind of ambiguous storytelling that makes the film so effective. In true monster movie form, very little of the creatures are seen full on. In fact, the mythology around these misunderstood ghouls is built surely and steadily with stories like this, small unexplained details, quick glimpses of shadow, until the audience is just as eager as Green is to ultimately confirm or deny the existence of these real monsters. The film moves along at such a brisk pace that sucks the viewer right into this world where something else really is out there in the woods, underneath our feet, living their own lives as we go about ours.
As Decker ultimately reveals himself to be a sort of gaurdian of these misfits with his own secret ties to their society, things escalate beyond control, and the hidden tribe is forced to defend themselves and protect their territory, as Green and his crew continue to film.  The unpredictability of the third act keeps the viewer guessing the whole time, and shows us some truly innovative sights, equal parts terrifying and heart-wrenching. The practical effects based on Pardee’s unique artwork are convincing and creepy as hell, especially the way they are presented to us, not as special effects but as real breathing beings. One of the many triumphs of this truly amazing and memorable film.

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Overall, Digging Up The Marrow is a top-notch entry in to the horror films of 2015, and a confident move in a new direction for director Adam Green. Here’s hoping he continues to make innovative passion projects like this for years to come.
I can’t recommend this film enough. This is a must-see for horror geeks of all shapes and sizes.
Digging Up The Marrow opens in limited theaters tomorrow February 20th, and simultaneously On Demand that same day.
It will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 24th, 2015.
For more news and updates, follow Adam Green on Alex Pardee on Facebook.
Grade : A

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New Home Viewing Releases for February 2015!

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2015 is already flying by fast, and February is actually bringing a ton of cool new horror releases!
Only a handful of theatrical releases, and most every thing will be arriving to your chosen On Demand platform, as the latest trend seems to be. I love the fact that so many films are being wide released for home viewing on the same day as the theatrical release. It is great to get the chance to see so many cool independent movies we would have missed or had to wait and track down. I still love going to the theater, but it is so cool to have all the options we now have at our fingertips.
That said, check out this long list of kick ass releases coming this month.
And if you decide to purchase or rent these movies from Amazon, please use the added links to our Amazon store. For no extra cost to you, we get a percentage of any sales, so it is a great way to show your support for Horror Homework! Thanks.


February 3 ~ Starry Eyes (DVD)

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Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.

I still need to give this one a look. I have heard nothing but good stuff about it, and the trailer below looks weird and awesome.


 

February 3 ~ ABCs of Death 2 (DVD)

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The sequel to the ambitious anthology ABCs of Death, featuring 26 new tales of death and each director tackling a letter of the alphabet.

I loved this one, and found it to be far superior to the first collection. A lot of fun and each film brings something unique to the table. See my review here.

 


 

February 3 ~ Exists (DVD)

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For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

I saw this one On Demand a few months ago. It is a pretty damn good Bigfoot flick!
I still preferred Willow Creek, but Exists was a whole different animal. A lot of fun.


 

February 3 ~ Dracula Untold (DVD)

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In 15th-century Transylvania, Vlad III (Luke Evans), prince of Wallachia, is known as a just ruler. With his beloved wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon), Vlad has brokered a prolonged period of peace and ensured that his people are protected, especially from the Ottoman Empire. However, when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) demands 1,000 of the country’s boys, including Vlad’s son, for his army, Vlad makes a deal with a monster that will enable him to defeat the Turks — but cost him his humanity.

I saw this one at the drive in. Hated it. At least it was a double feature with Nightcrawler, and that was an awesome flick!


 

February 3 ~ Ouija (DVD)

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Following the sudden death of her best friend, Debbie, Laine finds an antique Ouija board in Debbie’s room and tries to use it to say goodbye. Instead, she makes contact with a spirit that calls itself DZ. As strange events begin to occur, Laine enlists others to help her determine DZ’s identity and what it wants. As the friends delve deeper, they find that Debbie’s mysterious death was not unique, and that they will suffer the same fate unless they learn how to close the portal they’ve opened.

Yeah this one is a definite maybe for me. As in maybe when it gets to Netflix streaming and I am really drunk one night…


 

February 6 ~ Seventh Son (DVD)

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In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.

What the what? Is this a sequel to the Big Lebowski?


 

February 6 ~ Enter The Dangerous Mind (On Demand)

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Enter the mind of Jim (Jake Hoffman)—a socially awkward EDM musician with a traumatic past, a tenuous grip on reality, and voices in his head. When he meets Wendy (Nikki Reed), he thinks he might finally have a shot at happiness. But as long-buried memories begin to stir, and his crush turns into obsession, Jim finds himself looking into a violent abyss… and he won’t be going alone. Pulsating with raw energy and an intense electronic soundtrack, Enter the Dangerous Mind is a pitch-black psychological thriller that doesn’t let off the gas for a second as it twists to its shocking conclusion.

This one looks like it could go either way to me. That Scott Bakula, though!


 

February 6 ~ The Voices (On Demand)

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Jerry Hickfang is a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.

I’m not the biggest Ryan Reynolds fan, but this one looks pretty fucking weird and funny. Count me in.


 

February 10 ~ Fear Clinic (DVD)

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When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the ‘Fear Clinic,’ hoping to find the answers they need to get cured. Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his Fear Chamber to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination.

Pretty cool looking. Plus, Robert Englund!


 

February 13 ~ Wyrmwood (DVD)

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Wyrmwood follows Barry, a mechanic and family man, as he struggles to rescue his sister, who was kidnapped by soldiers on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. He sets out through the harsh, blood-splattered Australian bushland to battle both the undead and the military alike.

Mad Max meets Dawn Of The Dead? I’m listening…


 

February 13 ~ GirlHouse (On Demand)

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In an attempt to make some extra cash while away at College, Kylie (Ali Corbin) moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.


 

February 17 ~ V/H/S : Viral (DVD)

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V/H/S: VIRAL’s segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.

I enjoyed the first two, for the most part. Down for this sequel.


February 20 ~ Digging Up the Marrow (On Demand and DVD)

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When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package in his fan mail from a strange man claiming that he can prove that monsters indeed exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows and deep down under the ground below our very feet.

This is the one I am looking forward to the most this month! Adam Green teaming up with artist Alex Pardee for a unique monster movie is like a dream come true for this horror geek. Watch out kids, I think this film is going to really be something beautiful.
The DVD and On Demand release is the 20th, but they will be screening the film in some limited theaters that week and the week before with tons of cool perks! More info about the theatrical tour can be found here.


 

February 24 ~ CUT! (DVD)

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In CUT!, the apparent is never the truth as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a film by scaring people for real; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the only way to make a truly terrifying movie.

I’m going to check this one out in the theater the week before the DVD release, so check back for a full review!


 

February 24 ~ Zombieworld (DVD)

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Zombie world is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse.

I don’t know. I am suffering from zombie fatigue and this one looks kind of uninspired. Even that poster is a direct rip of Zombieland, but the trailer below did make me smile with some of the gratuitous gore!


 

February 27 ~ Ejecta (On Demand)

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Tells the story of two men who witness an unexplainable event in the atmosphere on the eve of a historic solar storm and must survive a terrifying life form that’s hunting them. An anonymous group will stop at nothing to unearth the truth behind what happened to the men that night and prove to the world that we were never alone in the universe.

Interesting concept and it looks creepy as shit! I’m down for this one, for sure!


So there we have it! A nice long list of at home horrors for the coming month!
Let us know what you are watching on our discussion boards!
Log in now, and stab your friends, if you are into that sort of thing…

Later, freaks!

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Movie Review : In The House Of Flies

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I’m going to be honest here, as I am with all of my movie reviews.
I love a lot of horror movies, I love monsters and weird stuff, crazy inexplicable violence on screen.
But the whole “torture porn” sub-genre has never done much for me. The original Saw was pretty good, but I honestly lost interest after the first few sequels, and Hostel never did rub me the right way, as much as I consider myself to be a fan of Eli Roth. (Can’t wait for The Green Inferno!)
Trying to think of examples of the genre I liked, I’m coming up with a short list. The first Wolf Creek. Martyrs, but that film re-invented the whole idea of “torture porn”. I don’t know, I am sure there have been a few more that I enjoyed but they never stand out as my favorites.

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With that said, the major selling point of the new film In The House Of Flies, to me, was the casting of legend Henry Rollins as “the voice of the killer”. I am a life long fan of Rollins, through his music, books and spoken word performances. I love the incredibly ironic on-screen roles that he chooses, for example the cop in The Chase or the Nazi skinhead in Sons Of Anarchy. I especially love that he isn’t afraid to play in the horror genre, giving us that awesome Rambo-esque performance in Wrong Turn 2, the fornicating motivational speaker-turned-battering ram in Feast, and even in a starring role (I think he is a vampire, but still not a lot of news about this one)  in the upcoming horror film He Never Died.
So yeah, the flick more than lives up to this premise, and gives some good chuckles and serious gross-outs along the way, but in the end it is just another tedious torture flick.
Honestly, without the inclusion of Rollins’ horrifying phone calls as he playfully puts the screws to our beleaguered and bland lead couple, I probably would have just skipped it.
The predicament that Steve  and Heather find themselves in is unique and compelling at first, as they inexplicably wake up trapped in a random basement, with only a few mysterious locked suitcases and an old rotary phone. It is incredibly claustrophobic and uncomfortable as they become accustomed to their surroundings, only to repeatedly be menaced by Rollins on the phone making ridiculous demands in exchange for the combinations to the suitcases. As Henry’s demands become more sadistic and the contents of the cases become increasingly stranger, the main characters obviously and unfortunately become more fatigued and uninteresting. To be fair, if you were trapped in a basement for three weeks playing the mindfuck games of a sadistic stranger, you would probably become a lot less active and interesting. So it is realistic, I guess, but it just isn’t a whole lot of fun to watch two defeated, deflated characters wish that they could just die already. It makes you long for it to just be over, as well.

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So, in that sense, I think the film is successful. By the end of it you feel like you have slogged through the ordeal with them, for better and worse.
It is worth a watch for any Rollins fan to hear him say lines like “Bad girls don’t get water“.
One last quick note. I find it really odd that even though the title of the film is obviously inspired by the Deftones song [Change] In The House Of FLies, nowhere in the film does the song appear, although during some tense basement scenes, you can hear some tones reminiscent of the tune. I for sure thought it would play over the closing credits. Maybe the rights cost too much or something, but the songs that bookend the film felt jarringly inappropriate, and feel like the film as a whole would have benefited from actually using the titular song.
Grade : C




Dreams From The Witch House

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A gorgeous new project is in the works from our friends at Dark Regions Press, in the form of an ambitious new book entitled Dreams From The Witch House : Female Voices Of Lovecraftian Horror. The title alone sells it for me, but the impressive list of authors confirmed for this project is incredible! Including a novelette by Joyce Carol Oates, and short stories from the likes of Caitlin R Kiernan, Nancy Kilpatrick, Storm Constantine and many more, this is bound be be a top shelf collection!
Add in the bonus of original watercolor illustrations from artist Daniele Serra, and this book itself becomes an incredible work of art.
Just have a gander at the gallery below of some of his gorgeous artwork, all of which is available for purchase during the campaign!

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In fact it is one of the main goals of the Dreams from the Witch House indiegogo campaign to gain the funds to commission Daniele Serra to create an original painting to accompany each story, which would truly transform this book into a unique masterpiece.
The campaign is offering many great incentives for supporters of the publication, including various editions of the final book, discounted passes to CthulhuCon 2015 (!), passes to the Stanley Hotel Writer’s Retreat, and even a custom illustration from amazing artist Daniele Serra.
In addition, the publishers are still accepting submissions for inclusion in this unique volume, so if you are a female writer of Lovecraftian horror, cosmic horror or weird fiction be sure and check the rules for submissions and let your voices be heard. This would be a great project to get involved in!
Find the indiegogo campaign here to show your support, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter  for news and updates about the project as it progresses.

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Digging Up The Marrow – First trailer and tour information!

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February 20th 2015 will finally see the theatrical release of Adam Green’s long-awaited collaboration with one of our favorite artists, Alex Pardee!
This film has reportedly been in development for the past four years, and if they have accomplished the goal of bringing Pardee’s monstrous creations to life, that time will be very well spent.
For a closer look at some of Alex Pardee’s artwork, check him out on Facebook here, or the artist spotlight we did on his work back in 2012. Adam Green is the director of Hatchet, Spiral, and Frozen, and creator of the very amusing web series Holliston, and it is very exciting to see such a true blue horror geek tackling a unique original horror film!
For everyone who bitches about remakes and unoriginal ideas, here is your chance to get out and support a unique horror concept!
In fact, the cast and crew are even giving horror fans a bigger incentive to get out to the theaters for this film, with the just-announced Touring Through The Marrow!
Beginning on February 12th, the tour will begin in Berkeley California and, according to the ArieScope website, will include a screening of the film before it is officially released, an art exhibit of Pardee’s original artwork that inspired the film alongside never-before-seen concept art and photos from the film’s production, an audience Q&A with Green and Pardee, one of the actual “monsters” from the movie “in person”, plus artwork, books, and other exclusive tour merchandise for sale.
More info about this is available at the website linked above, and a VIP ticket admission will get you everything mentioned above, plus the addition of a limited edition art print from Alex Pardee that will be available on this tour only!

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The film opens theatrically and On Demand on February 20th and will hopefully expand to more cities if we all get out there and show our support!
The Blu-Ray release will follow quickly on March 24th and you can support the artists directly by pre-ordering your very own copy autographed by Adam Green right here.
Dig this trailer below!
It has a very modern Nightbreed feeling to me, and I can’t wait to see Alex Pardee’s monsters come to life!




Reserve your room at the Stanley Hotel Writer’s Retreat 2015!

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Dark Regions Press is hosting the chance of a lifetime for any horror fans and/or aspiring writers this year with a four day writer’s retreat at the legendary Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King was inspired to write his creepy masterpiece, The Shining. That’s right, this October 22nd-25th, the legendary hotel will be a temporary home to a gang of aspiring and inspiring horror authors in what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Featuring some impressive guest authors like Jack Ketchum, Kealan Patrick Burke, Tom Piccirilli, and many more who will be available in various capacities depending on your needs and choice of package. Various plans of how to spend this time are available and completely up to you, whether you are interested in getting feedback from authors or would just like some isolated time alone to write in these iconic surroundings. For example, all of the packages include a tour of Room 217, but the top tier level buys you a four-hour block of undisturbed time alone in the dreadful room!

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Be aware that the registration fees do not cover your hotel stay or travel arrangements, but do include group discounts and early access for tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner and The Shining Masquerade Ball (!), two events that seem like they are not to be missed.
The current indiegogo campaign has nearly reached it’s goal, but check it out to see the various perks available, and reserve your room now!
You can also find The Stanley Hotel Writer’s Retreat on Facebook for more information and updates over the months leading up to the event.
I know I am packing up my adult tricycle for my stay, so look out for me tearing down the halls this October!
See you there!

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Watch Now : He Took His Skin Off For Me

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Now available to watch for free is this extraordinary short film from director Ben Aston.
Based on an original story by Maria Hummer, this is an incredibly effective grad film, that brings us some very promising new talent to look forward to in the future.
The director recommends that you “Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It’s worth it.”
He is right. Do those things and watch this film right here right now!

Pretty impressive, right?
This up and coming film maker deserves all of our kudos, in my opinion.
Even more so, when you learn that those effects are 100% practical and the lead actor Sebastian Armesto spent around 8 hours a day getting put into that fantastic make up!
You can see some fascinating behind the scenes videos here, and stay up to date with news about the film as it hits the festival circuit on Facebook, Twitter, and the official website.
I honestly can’t wait to see what this director comes up with in the future!

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The New Republic and what it says about you if you believe everything you read on the internet.

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Although I am extremely hesitant to give a despicable click-bait headline more intended traffic, it is a must that all of you dedicated horror fans read this before you waste a further five minutes of your life reading my rebuttal.
So here it is, a headline run by the New Republic website, which claims to have been around for 100 years although I have never heard of them before today :

The Babadook and What It Says About You If You Enjoy Horror Movies

Okay so now you all read that and are as angry and confused as I am right now. Good.
What follows is an open letter to the author and publisher of this unprovoked and utterly misinformed piece of propaganda.

Dear Miss Robb and New Republic,
Obviously you have a different outlook on the world than the average fan of horror films. Hey, I can’t hate you for that. We are all unique human beings.
However, I can (and do) hate you very much for the disgraceful post you are credited with authoring for the New Republic on January 4th 2015.
What you have unleashed upon the internet is nothing short of the worst type of generalization and uninformed hogwash this side of the the annual Pig Hose in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
As a fellow “blogger”, I have to give you negative props for perpetuating the myth that anyone with a ridiculous opinion is entitled to broadcast it to the whole wide world. You just made all of us look bad. (frowny face)
I know that this is obviously impossible for you to understand, but many of us actually like to watch films that “will scare the hell out of us“, and coincidentally we all still live relatively normal lives as productive parts of society. It is really that simple.
Yes, as much as you don’t believe it, most horror fans are just average everyday people who work jobs that are much more complicated than copying and pasting details of ancient social studies to prove an obscure point. After a long day of work, which again usually is much more involved than manipulating a currently popular film title into a flimsy unprovoked attack on a whole bunch of innocent people, most average Joes (and Janes) that I know actually like to wind down with some good old-fashioned escapism.
That’s right, escapism. The whole reason that the entertainment industry exists, lady.
No one wants to see a movie about their boring life.
We are the thrill-seekers, the livers of life!
We want to see the things we will never see in real life. The sex, the blood, the gore, it is all cathartic for those of us who get the joke.
As far as the broad generalizations and outdated references you cited in your post, I could go on and on about how Avatar doesn’t even come close to qualifying as a horror film, or that your references to 20-year-old studies have absolutely nothing to do with reality. Or that a poll of moviegoers who took a date to see  who saw I Know What You did Last Summer in 2001 exactly has nothing to do with the mindset of any horror movie fans. Or that someone had a heart attack while they were watching  a movie about Jesus (seriously how the heck does that reference relate to anything? I’m serious I want to know please tell me)

>Deep breath.<

Especially telling in this poorly-written excuse for “journalism” is the fact that the very popular psychological horror film The Babadook is barely mentioned, despite it’s exceptional quality and the great impression it has made upon many well-adjusted movie-goers, other than in the embarrassing title of this article. The barely-qualified generalizations you detail in the latter half of this condescending post (I can’t bring myself to call it an article anymore) go out of their way to insult several types of people, so good for you for covering all the bases, I guess.
At least you pissed everyone off with this preposterous post, that’s for sure.
Yeah, for sure, according to your misinformed nonsense, we are all either sociopaths who lack empathy or frightened women who needs protecting.
So at least you covered all of the bases. There is obviously no grey area whatsoever, according to your printable toilet tissue. We are either thrill-seeking alpha male heathens with no care for others, or terrified damsels who can’t take care of themselves in your eyes. No middle ground where perhaps we horror fanatics are just regular people who enjoy winding down from their boring lives with a little fantasy excitement on the screen before they get up in the morning and do it all over again.
No, because that is obviously just a fiction, and no one would click that bait.
You should be ashamed to have your name on this piece.

Sincerely,
Larry Darling Jr.
larry@horrorhomework.com

 

Once again, Miss Robb’s insulting piece can be seen ( and angrily commented on) here, if you are so inclined.
Also her Twitter address is this, if you want to tell her what you think in under 140 characters.
Until next time, keep it weird…

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