Artist Matthew Therrien enters The Gates Of Misery!

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The Gates Of Misery is a new project coming soon (with your help) from the mind of illustrator Matthew Therrien and a group of talented writers straight from the movies!
Described as a true passion project by all involved, The Gates Of Misery is a new anthology comic book series, a throwback to the glory days of EC comics and the creepy tales of terror we all grew up with.
Illustrated by Matthew, the premiere issue will contain original stories from young horror film directors Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Steven Kostanski (Manborg) and Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks : Monster Slayer) and colored by Shira Haberman (Manborg: The Official Comic).

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Each story will follow a different unique character who finds themselves trapped within the Gates Of Misery, and is being created with us horror fans in mind. This series is speaking directly to the independent horror community, for anyone who wants more from their modern comics. The series premise possesses the potential for infinite possibilities of stories set in this dark and strange world, and if the caliber of talent on board for the first issue is any indicator, we are all in for a real treat with this book!

Artist Matthew Therrien has a Facebook page where you can see a large selection of his horror art, and proof of the passionate horror fan behind this project. A few of my favorite examples of his work can be seen below.

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There is also a new Facebook page in support of this project, and of course, a Kickstarter campaign accepting donations now. This type of project is the perfect thing for crowd-funding, in my opinion. Independent artwork from passionate genre people, who want to give us something we are asking for. They are offering up some great incentives on the finished book for those who donate, so be sure and check out their Kickstarter campaign here and give if you can.
I know I will be, and am greatly looking forward to seeing this unique project on my shelf in the near future!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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