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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jeff's Really Short Reviews Presents: THE SNOWMAN (2017)

THE SNOWMAN is the story of a British detective (or was he American? its so hard to tell when Fassbender is the lead) in Norway begins with an obvious flashback that is so confusing when the movie starts its takes half the movie before you know who it was supposed to be giving insight too. Despite that, the film is full of amazing scenic filmography of the frozen wasteland that is Norway. I understand this is based on a book in which Fassbenders Detective Harry Hole (I giggled when I first heard his name) is likely a famous alcoholic tragic hero has a thing for solving serial killer crimes when he's not torturing himself. Ultimately what we have here is your typical crime proceedural complete with the obvious outcome. I must admit I think it was done better in the first season of Dexter. But, wehn the film finally got going the snowman concept was pretty clever.

If you like your tortured detectives hunting down serial killers with the most obvious results THE SNOWMAN is now available on all platforms.

Jeff's really short reviews are designed to breifly highlight those movies that Jeff either loves, or in some cases, hates, without any fluff in between.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On this day in horror history.... March 20th, 1964

On this day in horror history.... the godfather of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis releases his magnum opus, '2000 Maniacs'. A bloody feast of hillbilly horror that still holds up today as a cult classic. Remade and then the remake got a sequel. They're not as good as the original, but it just proves that a good story lives on, long after the film ends.


Jamie Bernadette wants her revenge this April!

Joan Butler is an implacable spirit out to bring down the mobsters that left her for dead in writer/director Todd Bartoo’s highly-anticipated and unique unification of The Crow and Death Wish, Killing Joan – released this April from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Joan (Jamie Bernadette, All Girl’s Weekend, I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu) is an enforcer known for her ruthless tactics and wild abandon. After she is double crossed by her boss and left for dead, she becomes a vengeful spirit and is doomed to wander the Earth until she is able to take down the men that attacked her.

Available on Digital 4/3 and DVD 7/10.

Happy SPRING Equinox from the Creepercast

Spring has sprung and here to celebrate with us is a scene from our favorite seasonal flick...

Be sure to checkout this monstrous love story available now on all video platforms!

Your March 20th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Monday, March 19, 2018

On this day in horror history.... March 19th, 2004

On this day in horror history.... Zack Snyder brings to life the remake of the George A. Romero classic, 'Dawn of the Dead'. A much more kinetic and frantic take on the tale, it proves to be one of the best remakes that's been made. If you've never seen it or had apprehensions about it, don't. It's fantastic and genuinely frightening.


Boston Film Family, LLC, has released the official trailer of its upcoming feature film, PARTS UNKNOWN. The wrestling/horror movie will have its world premiere on June 9, 2018.

Parts Unknown Trailer from Boston Film Family on Vimeo.

After putting their bodies on the line for countless years, a family of professional wrestlers seek a brand new way to satisfy an impeccable bloodlust.

Written, produced and directed by Boston Film Family CEO Richard Chandler, PARTS UNKNOWN is the story about how the infamous Von Strasser family (of professional wrestling fame) seek to violently reclaim their notorious status through supernatural means despite being blackballed by forces within the industry. The movie stars retired pro-wrestler/actor William DeCoff, pro-wrestling manager/actress Lizzie Havoc, and Boston Film Family alumni Alexandra Cipolla, Alexander Hauck, and Sarah Michelle.

Former pro-wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts lends his vocal talents to the movie. Cameos are also provided by the indie tag team The Devil’s Doormen as well as YouTube and podcast personality Brian Zane (of “Wrestling with Wregret” fame).

Boston Film Family, LLC, is an award-winning Massachusetts-based independent film production company that specializes in the creation of visual horror and grindhouse stories. Its previous works include the featurette WITCH HUNT (2016), the feature film GILGAMESH (2014), and the webseries BOSTON MASSACRE (2012-2013).

For more information on Boston Film Family, LLC, the company’s homepage can be accessed at Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pg/bostonundead/about/?ref=page_internal - or on the company’s website - www.bostonfilmfamily.com . The movie’s IMDb page can be found through the following link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5759188/reference.

Your March 19th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

On this day in horror history.... March 18th, 2005

On this day in horror history.... a travesty of a sequel, 'The Ring 2', is released. After Gore Verbinski's brilliant remake of the Japanese original, this next installment was terrible. Despite Naomi Watts coming back again, it couldn't save this film. Sadly, I own it.

Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Horror Films: Aliens (1986)

To most of the crew, the choice of James Cameron as director was mystifying as The Terminator (1984) hadn't been released at that stage. The film's assistant director continually questioned Cameron's decisions and was openly antagonistic towards him. Ultimately producer Gale Anne Hurd had no choice but to fire him and he briefly instigated a mass walk-out from the rest of the crew. Fortunately this was quickly resolved but caused some doubt as to whether the film would make it to completion (IMDB).

Jeff reviews RISE OF THE ZOMBIE DOLLS (2018)

"While on a camping trip, two friends find themselves in the middle of a mystical war between a father and his dead daughter."

Directed/Written/Produced by Chuck Wheeler, starring Nathaniel Buechler, Sean Pickering, Chuck Wheeler, and Daren Stanley. RISE OF THE ZOMBIE DOLLS is 54 minutes of sheer low budget goofiness about three sets of partners who've entered the same section of woods for different reasons that end up battling each other and a hoard of zombie dolls. That's right, dolls.

RISE OF THE ZOMBIE DOLLS opens on audio in which someone seems to intent on killing someone else. Then we have wandered into the woods with two friends(?) who are out looking for a good time camping in the woods. Why these two are friends is impossible to tell because one is a jerk to the other and the other is kind of special. Its pretty much the same combination for the second set of guys only they have a map and are searching for gold. Finally, the third set of guys are get intercut with the other ones as we see one of them strolling through the woods shooting everything in site. Well, as we learn by paying careful attention, that what he is shooting is the dolls that are spread all over the ground and hanging off of trees. His partner eventually joins in the madness looking for him to shoot him for being such a dick. By the way, these last two are moonshiners, I bring it up because the shine becomes very important to everyone involved. Also, just in case you want to have some on hand should you choose to watch this movie. As the three sides converge the dolls close on their victims, as does what sounds like a bear or a monkey, or a monkey bear. The rest is a haze of fake muzzle flashes and CGI blood.

RISE OF THE ZOMBIE DOLLS is not for the serious horror fan. I suppose that should have been a give away based on the title. But if you like horribly bad, lower than low budget, and yet still hilarious movies with a ridiculous premise, intentionally bad, then RISE OF THE ZOMBIE DOLLS is the movie for you. Here are some of the highlights based on my notes...

A slow-motion gunfight with animated gunfire/smoke, did that guy actually dodge? The canned sound effects are hilarious. Nobody can hit anything even if its sitting next to them. Classic, goofy kid thinks he got shot when he didn't. Hikers trip out scene on moonshine. Doll just attacked dude. Thank god they used inserted muzzle flash/smoke over actual gunfire as often as these guys pull their triggers. Some lazy camera placement. Damn, they shoot everything or rather miss everything when they shoot. And of course, a katana that just happens be stashed in a short bus that just happens to be abandoned in the woods. Hilarious effects when dolls finally attack amidst the struggles. Animated blood. All special effects are inserted hilarity. Looks like the dolls can even teleport. About 3 minutes of non-stop stop motion superimposed and blasted away dolls. No reload necessary. Not that they can even hit anything. Yep, there's a gorilla. Especially like hearing the gunshots before seeing the barrel flash. You know cuz sound travels faster. And I didn't figure it out until now but apparently, the guy hunting the other dude is his daughter.

Don't forget to watch the after credits scene for an idea of what it was like on the set (or rather in the woods)! Available now on Amazon.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Terror Time Out Featuring: Aliens (1986)

"I'm ready, man, check it out. I am the *ultimate* badass! State of the badass art! You do not wanna fuck with me. Check it out! Hey Ripley, don't worry. Me and my squad of ultimate badasses will protect you! Check it out! Independently targeting particle beam phalanx. Vwap! Fry half a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missiles, phased plasma pulse rifles, RPGs, we got sonic electronic ball breakers! We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks..."

It's very rare to find a sequel that can stand up to the original, you can count on Cameron to make that happen (see also Terminator 2).

Jeff Reviews 'Jackals' (2017)

After the Powells hire a cult deprogrammer (Stephen Dorff) to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, they find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.

Jackals is directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Jessabelle), written by Jared Rivet. Jackals stars Deborah Kara Unger (White Noise, Silent Hill), Stephen Dorff (Blade, Leatherface), Johnathon Schaech (Quarantine, Laid to Rest), Nick Roux, and so many more.

Set in the 1980s, with very little way of telling that other than cults and cult deprogramming where popular then. Stephen Dorff is a cult deprogrammer who has been hired by the Powell family to retrieve their estranged teenage son from a murderous cult. While deprogramming the boy, they find themselves under siege by the cultists who demand the boy be returned to them. Dorff actually comes into this exactly as you would expect. His character is a veteran that looks like battles demons for a living, and his method of reaching the cult afflicted is a mash of new wave psychology and tough love. Deborah Kara Unger and Johnathon Schaech are the quintessential tortured parents who are fantastic at helping us feel the conflict between trying to win back a loved one and deciding when to give them up. The only real issues I had with the story and character combinations lie with the cult initiated kid and his brother. Nick Roux and Ben Sullivan hardly come off as teenagers. If anything they'd be early twenties, especially given one of them apparently has a child. Ultimately it appears that setting is supposed to make up any failings of characterization which leads to stereotyping what a farm family in the 1980's would look and act like. Though it doesn't fail ultimately, it does leave something to be desired.

Director Greutert is better known for being part of the editing crew for the first five Saw films and The Strangers. His first director credit starts with Saw VI. He eventually got to direct more original material with Jessabelle, Visions, and now Jackals. Most reviewers like to point to the obvious similarities to The Strangers, a film I enjoyed greatly and look forward to the new installment. But as a stand-alone film, Jackals derives from most if not all home invasion style films like The Purge, and You're Next. Jackals' may be derivative, but it still provides frights. The film does a great job creating an atmosphere where it is hard to tell if this is truly just human cult followers or whether there is supernatural elements. Is there truly demonic possession or is the brainwashing just that good? This can be especially noticed when the kid changed personalities. There really wasn't that much of a difference. Although I'll admit the evil personality had much better lines and delivery. I also give extra points for Greutert's willingness to attack an '80s-set Cult Thriller. Cult-versus-family flicks are rare these days, much less nostalgic set and assembled. Although, like previously noted, if it weren't for the description of the film you never would have known.

Jackals was screened at Cannes Film Festival, introduced by Highland Film Group, where Shout! Factory purchased the rights to distribute the film throughout North America. The film has made multiple appearances at horror film festivals, including Fright Fest at Leicester Square in London, and the Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Miami, Florida. It is currently available on VOD and though its an amalgam of everything you've seen, it does deserve a place on the shelf and promises good thing to come from its director.

Your Required Holiday Horror Film for Saint Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th: 'Leprechaun' (1993)

It seems so obvious, but a Leprechaun bing is all you need to have a horror filled day o the green...

Dan O'Grady (Shay Duffin) steals 100 gold coins from a leprechaun (Warwick Davis) while on vacation in Ireland. The leprechaun follows him home, but Dan locks the murderous midget in a crate, held at bay by a four-leaf clover. Ten years later, J.D. Redding (John Sanderford) and his daughter, Tory (Jennifer Aniston), rent O'Grady's property for the summer. When their new neighbors accidentally release the leprechaun, he goes on a murderous rampage to reclaim his gold.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Creepercast Presents A Horror Moment from: Aliens (1986)

Your March 16th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

WILL HAVEN Conjures Atmospheric Chaos with New Track, "Winds of Change"

Sacramento-based mainstays of noise metal WILL HAVEN recently announced their return, and are set to release their sixth full-length album and first for minus HEAD Records, entitled Muerte, out on March 23, 2018. Muerte is available for pre-order now via iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, with PledgeMusic bundles and Spotify streaming becoming available very soon (the track "El Sol" can be streamed via Spotify now here).

Today, the band is following up on the successful release of their first single - the six minute-plus epic, "El Sol", co-written and performed with guest guitarist Stephen Carpenter of Deftones. WILL HAVEN have dropped a second offering, "Winds of Change" - a track that showcases a more familiar side of the band without sacrificing their new stylistic direction. The four-piece wastes no time in conjuring a sonic maelstrom on "Winds of Change", starting out in a frenzied fit of chaos and slowly cascading into a thumpy, droning, atmospheric down-spiral. Listen now via Metal Injection: http://www.metalinjection.net/av/new-music/will-havens-new-song-winds-of-change-is-a-chaotic-downward-spiral

Your March 15th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

On this day in horror history.... March 14th, 2003

On this day in horror history.... the Crispin Glover remake of 'Willard' is released. Granted, I've never seen the original, I loved the remake. Primarily because of the man himself. He embodies all that it means to be an artist. Weird, wacky, wonderful and wild. In this film, he proves once again, why he's a force to be reckoned with.

Jeff's Really Short Reviews Presents: FLATLINERS (2017)

Remember that movie from the 90's that featured old and new stars you couldn't get enough of experiencing death in a dark humorous and quirky way? Well this remake is not that movie. It seems to take itself too seriouly in a sadly morose way despite being darker with better effects. Of course I'm not a fan of remakes and in this case bringing Keifer back as a instructor, which almost hints at this being a sequel, did not save the over all affect this film. Maybe if they would have gone all in on the sequel tease there would have been some redemption.

If you don't mind watching your childhood getting killed and brought back to life with something evil attached FLATLINERS (2017) is now available on all platforms. But I would suggest not bothering with this remake since the original from 1990 is much better and stars people you know and already love in there prime.

Jeff's really short reviews are designed to breifly highlight those movies that Jeff either loves, or in some cases, hates, without any fluff in between.

my thoughts on.... 'Die Hölle aka Cold Hell'

As with all of my reviews of films for The Creepercast, I fully recommend that you check each and every one of them out. I am one man and this is my opinion. I've seen plenty of movies that received reviews that were the complete opposite of how I saw the film. These writers, directors, producers and actors all put a lot of time and love into these projects. They deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they are. Everyone has a dream and I fully support the people that take the time to make theirs a reality. With that being said....

Before we get started, let's talk about the elephant in the room. While I don't believe that this film is horror, it's hitting Shudder on March 15th, which is a primarily horror based streaming service. Then you take into consideration some other films that seem to get qualified as horror, that I don't agree with that distinction. 'The Silence of the Lambs' and 'I Saw the Devil', being the two closest analogs I can think of to 'Die Hölle aka Cold Hell'. There are certainly others, but that's not why I'm here, to dispute what qualifies as a horror film. After all is said and done and I've gone home for the day, this film was amazing, regardless of it's classification. I, personally, would throw it into the revenge thriller or serial killer genre, but that's a slippery slope. Case in point, 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer' or 'August Underground'. Those films are about serial killers, but have crossed that line into horror. I think where the line ends up for me, is what's more reality based horror. While the earlier examples border more on the dramatic side to a bit of the fantastical, the latter two fall much more on the true horror of man to another man. Not unlike the home invasion genre, which to me is one of the ultimate horrors. Nothing more frightening than having the safety of your own home destroyed. I can watch Jason Voorhees do his thing for hours and never think twice, but the film 'Secuestrados aka Kidnapped' (2010), I never need to see again. It left a permanent scar. So, now that I've set the tone for this review, let's talk about the plot. For once, I didn't write this myself, as I felt like letting Shudder do the talking for me.

Synopsis courtesy of the Shudder press release: "Özge is a young Turkish-born taxi driver, who attends evening classes and is also an ambitious Thai-boxer. She rarely speaks and trains hard. One day she witnesses an extremely brutal murder. The suspect is an insane serial killer, inspired by Islam. And he is convinced that Özge has seen him. A life-and-death struggle ensues. In his job as a police officer, Christian Steiner often has contact with people from immigrant backgrounds. Some years ago his wife left him, taking their child with her. Since then Steiner has been living with his father and cares for him as best he can. Steiner finds it very difficult to trust other people, especially women."

I am a die hard lover of 'women in power' films. I think that's one of the reasons I love horror so much. For far too long, women were the cowering and fragile victims in the corner. Somewhere around 'Halloween' (1978) everything changed. Ever since then and maybe even before then, “The Final Girl” concept was born. The last one standing and usually the one who vanquishes the bad guy, before the credits roll. I love stories where the odds are stacked against our protagonists and yet they come out on top. Sometimes it's only one, sometimes it's many. In 'Cold Hell', we see a woman who's already been broken, but she's been fighting literally and figuratively to regain the strength she lost. Perhaps she never did, but she needed to prove to herself that she was still inside somewhere. Suddenly, she's put in a position where she's backed into a corner by accident when she witnesses the aftermath of what one man does to a woman. When he realizes he's being watched, she becomes his next target. She seeks help from a very doubtful and apathetic police force, her family, friends and even her former lover. Ultimately, she's on her own. It takes everything she's fought so hard for, to provide her the strength to meet this head on. It's a story we can all relate to in some way. Maybe not in any direct correlation to our own lives, but as a metaphor for the struggles we all have to overcome. It's a tale of facing your demons and overcoming them at all costs.

This film is filled with well rounded characters that seem to each have their own capability to be the main character. I don't know if they all had predetermined backstories, that we only get glimpses of, but it feels as though there's a much deeper well that they're all drawing from throughout the film. It's beautifully shot, using a very rich color palette that makes it incredibly enjoyable visually. The story is very engaging and the primary antagonist, is portrayed like a shark. Singular in his purpose, but still blending in with all the other fish around him. That leaves us with Özge (played by the electric Violetta Schurawlow). She's a cab driver by night, a overly caring friend by day and a cold hearted stranger to those who she feels aren't worthy of more from her. She's strong, independent and willing to do whatever it takes to protect those that she loves. I'm trying not to give away too much about this film, as it's something I recommend highly, for lovers of the genre, to see. It has a little bit of something for all of us. It may not have the sheer scope of 'I Saw the Devil'. As a matter of fact, it's a very simple story and it doesn't need to be more than that. It almost hearkens back to the old 70's revenge films. Where you have a character that is content on living their life one way, but then something horrific happens that throws them into a chaotic frenzy of blood lust. It actually takes our heroine a while to decide that what she has to do is stop looking for others to protect her and take the law into her own hands. But you can hear and audible click, when the wheels stop turning in one direction and she makes a hard left turn into Charles Bronson territory. This film easily deserves a 4 out of 5 star rating. The director, Stefan Ruzowitzky, took something old and made it new again and I'm thankful for that. There's something very satisfying about living out that fantasy of taking back what's been taken from you. I have very few misgivings about this film. It engages you within the first few minutes and doesn't let you go until the credits roll. How many films can you say that about these days?

'Die Hölle aka Cold Hell' lands exclusively on Shudder starting March 15th!

If you like this, check out: 'Thriller: A Cruel Picture aka They Call Her One Eye' (1973), 'The Brave One' (2007) and 'Baise Moi' (2000)

Your March 14th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Did You Know? Pretending to practise witchcraft in Canada

According to Canada Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) Section 365 which deals with Pretending to practise witchcraft, etc.
"Every one who fraudulently

(a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,

(b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or

(c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction."

Summary conviction offences encompass the most minor offences in the Criminal Code. Unless a different penalty is specified, summary conviction offences are punishable by a fine of up to $500 or six months' jail or both without the right to a jury trial and/or indictment.

According to the way this law is written, witchcraft is only illegal when a person displays an intent to defraud. That implies that something is lost in the exchange, typically money or some tangible asset and/or a person does not actually engage in some Wiccan practice, but only pretends to do so. So you would think that this would mean that all the real and proven practicing witches would be safe from most prosecution. Only those that would seek to do harm by impersonating witches would have to worry about this. Kind of like the laws that prosecute those for impersonating police officers, the law appears to be designed to protect the general public from scam artists that would seek to do them harm. Of course there are holes in this as well, I mean, what if a proven witch still wanted to defraud people. But the real problem is how do you prove a witch is real and not pretending. It all is pretty much subjective for the most part, right? So is this law primarily to prosecute witches, whether we believe them or not, or is it a law designed to protect witches and their clients from false representation? That is exactly what the Canadian Department of Justice had to determine last year.

The good news is, that in June 2017, the Canadian Department of Justice repealed the law recognizing that antiquity of the law and the idea of Wicca as a protected religion. However, the existing laws against fraud (still can be subjective) or practicing medicine without a licence could likely still get witches arrested. In fact, though the law against pretending to practice witchcraft has been used quite recently; police will now have to use general fraud charges.

In other news, Canada has also overturned their you can't challenge someone to a duel law. Sadly, if we're talking about pistol duels it is still unflawful to point a gun at another person. But dueling witches can now be a thing in Canada whether they are pretending or not (and as long as there is no fraud or guns involved)!

Your March 13th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Monday, March 12, 2018

On this day in horror history.... March 12th, 1999

On this day in horror history.... an unnecessary sequel makes its way to the big screen, as 'The Rage: Carrie 2' is released. A forgettable film and one that is another chapter in a somewhat darker time for horror. While it's not the worst in the 'Carrie' canon, it's still a blight on the proud legacy of Carrie White.

Official Trailer and Poster to IFC Midnight's PYEWACKET

We have the official trailer and poster for IFC Midnight's release of PYEWACKET, the new film from BACKCOUNTRY director Adam MacDonald starring Laurie Holden (THE WALKING DEAD; THE X-FILES) and Nicole Muñoz, coming to select theaters, VOD and via digital platforms in the U.S. on MARCH 23, 2018.

Official Synopsis:
When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for… In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father—and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden)—by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first, until a blow out argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. No sooner has the girl performed the ritual than she regrets it. But it may be too late, as an evil presence known as Pyewacket begins to make itself known—and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter. Backcountry director Adam MacDonald builds hair-raising tension around what’s both a complex mother-daughter tale and a frightening fable about our darkest desires.

Your March 12th Horror for the Day by Shaenon K. Garrity

Shaenon K. Garrity, the self-professed Mayor of Horror Movies, is mostly a cartoonist who just happens to watch a lot of scary movies while drawing cartoons. Check out her thematically appropriate horror movie for each day of the year at Horror Every Day. Continue to visit the Creepercast every day for that days featured Horror offering.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Horror Films: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

For the blood geyser sequence where Glen (Johnny Depp) is killed, the filmmakers used the same revolving room set that was used for Tina's death. They put the set so that it was upside down and attached the camera so that it looked like the room was right side up, then they poured gallons of red water (the red came from food coloring; normal movie blood couldn't create the right effect for the geyser) into the room by pumping it down through the bed. The room itself was to be turned as the blood flowed, but it was turned in the wrong direction so instead of the blood gushing out of the bed and then splashing down the walls, it gushed out of the bed and out of the room through the open door where the camera and equipment was, with exposed wires and electrical sockets. The power on the set went out, but no one was injured. On the DVD commentary, Wes Craven remarks that the room spinning the wrong way was like a "Ferris Wheel from hell." The blood was water mixed with food coloring. The scene was partly inspired by the elevator scene in The Shining (IMDB).

On this day in horror history.... March 11th, 1931

On this day in horror history.... a legend in the history of horror, F.W. Murnau, dies. The man behind the iconic film 'Nosferatu', one of the earliest tales of Dracula and a movie that is seared into the minds of ever fan of the genre. His importance cannot be overstated. RIP