This is Horror, Issue 11 is a sampling of Horror Movies, Art, Fiction, and Gaming, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you.
This is Horror’s Quote to Consider:
“Can you imagine life without the horror genre? There would be no monsters. Only a**holes.”
― Michael A. Arnzen
Horror Movie Suggestion for the Week
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954): Pretty much everyone knows about this movie, but how many of you have actually seen it? I’ll be honest and tell you that I haven’t. But I want to. So, this week’s horror suggestion is with the aim of improving your old-school horror movie repertoire.
Creature from the Black Lagoon Synopsis: A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.
Opening this week (June 2nd):
Coming Soon / Trailer to Watch:
47 Meters Down: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Thoughts: Oh… oh dear. I expect better from Mandy Moore. This kind of makes me sad.
Featured Horror DeviantArt
Saw this and my first reaction was “Well! That’s disturbing!” So, I knew I had to share it! If you think that this is neat, please remember to hop on over to Deviantart and just let the artist know s/he’s awesome.
Notable Events in Horror History
5 Horror Actors or Authors Birth / Death (May 20th-June 2nd)
- Poppy Z. Brite – b. May 25th (Lost Souls, author)
- Peter Cushing – b. May 26th (Van Helsing)
- Christopher Lee – b. May 27th (Dracula)
- Vincent Price – b. May 27th (All the other awesome roles. And GracieKat’s cuddle-bunny)
- William Castle – d. May 31st (Dir. House on Haunted Hill)
5 Bits of Horror Film / Show News (May 20th-June 2nd)
- Night Gallery ends its run (1969-1973)
- Phantasm released (1979)
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space released (1988)
- Carnosaur released (1993) – I’m not even sorry for including this one as a ‘notable’.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run. (1997-2003)
May was a very good month for horror. Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. The Godfathers of Horror.Names which even non-horror fans know. For being the biggies of horror it’s surprising to know that the three of them only starred in two movies altogether. Although it seems strange the most simple explanation for this is that Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing were bound to Hammer Films while Vincent Price was working for Roger Corman. Back in those days it was much harder to break a contract with the studios and to support this theory is the fact that the two movies were made much later than the peak production of these particular studios.
The first movie was Scream and Scream Again. Although being the highest billed, the three actor’s total screen time only makes up 1/5th of the movie. Peter Cushing was actually a late addition and only in one scene. Christopher Lee and Vincent Price have one scene together, almost near the end of the movie.
House of the Long Shadows is the second movie in which Price, Cushing and Lee appear and the only movie in which Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine (another well-regarded horror veteran) all appear together. Again, even though they received top billing, it takes Christopher Lee 49 minutes to actually enter the film. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing appeared in 22 movies together, 6 of which Cushing kills Lee. This is the only movie that they worked together in which Lee kills Cushing.
So, let’s have a toast with a crystal goblet (blood-filled is optional) to the three great men of horror who are sadly no longer with us. Along with another for William Castle who was a genius when it came to marketing with gimmicks. If you would like a fuller run-down of his ingenious tactics you can find them in this edition of This is Horror #4.
Black Mad Wheel – Josh Malerman (author of Bird Box)– May 23rd, 2017
The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.
Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious-and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day. – Goodreads
The White Road – Sarah Lotz – May 30th, 2017
Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ‘Journey to the Dark Side’, ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he’s hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth. After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth’s bowels goes viral. Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death – a trip to Everest. But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he’ll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy – a truth that means he might not be coming back alive. A truth that will change him – and anyone who views the footage he captures – forever.
Cavern of the Damned – Russell James – May 22nd, 2017
Broke and desperate, paleontologist Grant Coleman gets the chance of a lifetime exploring a long-sealed cave, the fabled home of a gigantic creatures. NPS Ranger McKinley Stinson discovers a rancher’s prize bull has been butchered by an airborne killer, and tracks the blood trail back to the re-opened cavern. But as she’s about to arrest the trespassers, the unstable roof collapses, trapping all. Their only way out is at the cave system’s far end. But an eco-system of terrifying mega fauna stands between them and freedom. Death, double-crosses, and a slew of monstrous cave creatures take their toll as the group battles to what they pray is an exit.
Will anyone survive this cavern of the damned?
Note: Have read this one, review out soon. It’s worth picking up if you like creature features.
3 Book to Film Successes
Horror on the Web
- If you like foreign horror, The LA Times is warning you to stay away from Dark Signal
- The Collider has released their list of Best Horror Movies of 2017 So Far
- Gizmodo introduces us to a Vimeo Lovecraftian Short Film that’s a must-see for weird reasons
- Paste Magazine announces the Indie Horror Director pick for Godzilla vs Kong
- GQ says that the next X-Men movie (yes, another one) is going to be straight-up horror
- Remember Little Devils? Its getting a re-release – ComingSoon.net
- BloodyDisgusting has a handy list of horror movies streaming on Netflix in June 17.