My youngest brother Gary, a professional illustrator, has been living in Osaka with his wife and her family for the past few years. In an effort to give back to his adopted home he has decided to offer a free sketch to anyone who donates $10 to the Red Cross. You can find more information on Gary’s blog and on Facebook. If you’re interested in taking him up on his offer, may I suggest something from the 80’s, like Gremlins, Critters, or Inhumanoids, or a creature with a cryptozoological bent? If someone were to ask for Mothman, Gary would lose his shit.
Inspired by his generosity, I have decided to join him in offering the same deal. While I can’t promise the quality of a sketch by Gary, if you have enjoyed any of the original artwork found on this blog I would be happy to draw up a subject of your choice provided a $10 donation is made to the Red Cross. Here’s how it’ll work.
1) Write me with your request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) After I approve your request, make a donation to the Red Cross for $10.
3) Show me proof of your donation and I will get started on your sketch.
4) When I’m finished I’ll send the artwork your way.
A few things to keep in mind. Please keep it simple, preferably one character with no background. Scroll through the last few posts of the blog to see what you should expect. The drawing will most likely be black ink on half a sheet of regular printer paper, though I might crack out the watercolours like I did for the Mothra doodle above if I’m feeling up to it. If you want something specific, please be specific. It would be a shame if you just said ‘Dracula’ and got Lugosi when you really wanted Lee. The subject doesn’t necessarily have to be horror-related. I would also be happy to part with most any of the drawings already on the site, provided I haven’t already burned them in disgust.
I will send a digital copy of the sketch upon completion, and if requested I can send the original drawing in the mail, though be warned it will be sent as a regular letter and I cannot be held responsible if it ends up lost or damaged. As I will be working on these in my spare time, I can’t guarantee how quickly I’ll be getting them out, though I’m hoping Gary and I can get together for a couple of marathon sessions, if needed. And please refrain from using any artwork you receive for commercial purposes.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at the address above or leave a comment below. Thanks for your support!
Canadian film critic Richard Crouse seems to have his hands full with regular gigs in mainstream television, radio and print journalism, yet still manages to find the time to indulge in his lifelong passion for cult cinema. His most recent tome is The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a follow-up to The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, both of them containing a heavy amount of the macabre.
Making up a list like this is tough. I’m sure I’ll remember a classic or two that I should have included after I hit the send button, but, off the top of my head, here are my faves…
1. The Exorcist 1973, Directed by William Friedkin. The single scariest night at the movies this ten year old ever experienced.
2. Let the Right One In 2008, Directed by Tomas Alfredson. A vampire film without a castle, a cape or coffin. Loved it.
3. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948, Directed by Charles Barton. Perfect mix of corny laughs and scary stuff.
4. Ginger Snaps 2000, Directed by John Fawcett. Great reinvention of the werewolf myth.
5. Frankenstein 1931, Directed by James Whale. For my money the best of the classic Universal monster movies.
6. Dawn of the Dead 1978, Directed by George A. Romero. Probably the greatest zombie flick ever.
7. Rosemary’s Baby 1968, Directed by Roman Polanski. Evil atmosphere you could cut with a knife.
8. Psycho 1960, Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I still get creeped out in the shower.
9. May 2002, Directed by Lucky McKee. Really underrated horror film that deserves to be better known than it is.
10. The Host 2006, Directed by Joon-ho Bong. Big bug movies don’t get much better than this.
The Horror Blog Top Ten returns from a short stint in the grave with today’s selection, hand-picked by the Mad Monk of horror blogging, Arbogast. For the month of October Arbogast has cast aside his idiosyncratic musings on weird cinema to concentrate once more on the extraordinary screams of the damned, with a serving of auditory delights on the side. Feast your ears and orbs on that!
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)
CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)
BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)
THE WOMAN WHO CAME BACK (1945)
We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this very special announcement.
I received a very urgent missive from Threadless, the online t-shirt company that sells designs created by the public. They’re throwing a 24-hour Halloween sale, with a number of their creepiest t-shirts knocked down to just $10, perfect for the recession and the strong loonie. I’m partial to a number of the designs, including The Horde, Three Dimensions of Terror, Bone Idol, and of course, Hot Chicks on Wolves. The sale is only good for another… 17 hours! Please help me decide on which one I should order before it’s too late!
In other apparel news, you may have noticed a particularly gruesome advertisement added to the sidebar. That would be Zombie Liquorice, the horror t-shirt company that caters to those who prefer splatter to cute. I already own The Swarm, and can attest to both its comfort and its ability to sicken those who I encounter while wearing it. I am very excited to show it off at the next metal show I attend.
Finally, J. won me a t-shirt at Trash Palace this past weekend. I officially have too many t-shirts.
Three years ago, Sam Costello escaped the horror blog ghetto in order to concentrate on something far more rewarding, the creation of his horror webcomic, Split Lip. In concert with the blood-stained hands of a diverse set of like-minded and talented artists, Sam has crafted over 25 short stories of terror, each with their own uniquely macabre feel. The first print volume is available now, though why not try before you buy?
I’ve never made a Top 10 horror movies list. In fact, I usually resist this sort of thing; it’s too hard, too constricting. I’m game, though, so in creating this list, I threw out the things that make these lists tough for me: historic importance and influence, artistic value, and all kinds of other high-minded concerns.
Instead, these are my favorite horror movies, the ones I enjoy the most, that scare me the most, that have had the greatest influence on me (for tie-breakers, I did rely on influence/importance to the genre).
2. The Descent
3. The Ring (US)
4. The Blair Witch Project
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
7. A Tale of Two Sisters
8. Session 9
9. Carnival of Souls
10. Le Sang des Betes
Proprietor of the wonderful Tomb It May Concern, David Z. is one of the world’s foremost authorities on matters concerning Christina Lindberg, Yor, the Pastapocalypse and other equally compelling topics. He’s also the only individual other than Satan to have a Horror Roundtable devoted to him. If you like what you see, please consider purchasing Tough To Kill, the definitive guide to 80’s Italian action movies written by David Z. and Paul Cooke.
House By The Cemetery - THE European horror film of the 80s and, for me, the best entry in the Lucio Fulci filmography. The perfect balance of Gothic Ghoulishness and Psychotic Splatsploitation….every trip through the basement of Freudstein is pure horror bliss.
Day of the Dead - While the first two entries in the Dead series get the love, I find Day to be the most interesting and scariest. Trapped and surrounded by a bunch of hungry monsters, a few survivors dream of creating their own little place in the world. And then there are zombies to contend with as well! Big Bonus…who doesn’t just love BUB?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre - This could be the only dinner I’d dread more than eating creme de foie gras again.
Lips of Blood - I love Jean Rollin films, and this one is his most satisfying horror film. The mixture of the protagonist seeking lost memories from his youth and the bizarre turns his quest takes as he frees a batch of vampires is wonderfully surreal and frightening.
Erotic Rites of Frankenstein - Jess Franco pays tribute to and plays with the conventions of monster rallies in this bizarre film. Sadly the versions presented on DVD are the covered/censored prints, though you can see the sequences in lesser quality in the supplements sections. The silver skin of the Monster-a crazed whipping machine in this film-is great, but Howard Vernon as Cagliostro and Anne Libert as Melisa the Bird Woman will forever remain in my memory. Have a really high fever and want to see something amazing, grab this and enjoy.
Devil’s Nightmare - Erika Blanc stars in her best role in a wacked out tale of nazis, succubi, sinners that sin seven ways and a priest with a mission. The ambiance is sleazy, the horror is trippy and the ending is twisted. Leave it to this one to have a zany confrontation with SATAN no less. Maybe it is just me, but this knocked Black Sunday off the list-it is just that good.
Deadline - This 1981 film directed by Mario Azzopardi seems easy to dismiss when you first start watching it. A horror film screenwriter wants to move away from his genre fame, but keeps getting sucked back in to the business…blah blah. The gore sequences from his films are fantastic, and keeps you watching. Then he gets a little more hypocritical and begins to not only hate his horror work, but becomes haunted by it. When his children are involved in a tragedy that may or may not be inspired by dear old dad-all hell breaks loose. Azzopardi has directed tons of TV shows, I wish he could be involved in looking back at this great film someday.
The Thing - Howard Hawks’ original film scared the crap out of me as a kid because yes… the killer carrot ruled. But John Carpenter slammed my face into the wall the first time I saw this one and it never gets (c)old. A perfect blend of horror, thriller and a little bit of humor to entertain me forever.
Return of the Blind Dead - The second in Amando de Ossorio’s quadrilogy of zombie terror, this one is my favorite Visually Impaired Templar films. What it loses in ambience from the first film, it makes up for with action set pieces of the Templars running amok. I love the Blind Dead…badasses beyond the grave, they come back meaner than when they died!
Vampyres - THE best lesbian vampire film ever shot, it is like a ghost story mixed with a vampire tale and stirred by a stiff but soft porn swizzle stick. Anulka and Marianne Morris look great and director Jose Larraz takes all of his elements and plays each to the hilt. Gory, haunting and one of the headiest horror cocktails you could devour this Halloween season.
The Horror Blog is very proud to present the eclectic top ten horror movie list of a living legend, one of the masters of pulp horror, Guy N. Smith. For nearly four decades the prolific Mr. Smith has been delivering lurid masterpieces to his legion of rabid fans. Like a runaway train full of giant crabs he’s shown no sign of stopping, writing a steady stream of short stories, novels, non-fiction, comics and other wonders. If you’re not familiar with his work, do yourself a favour and visit his website, sample a free e-book, or best of all, take a stroll down to your local used bookstore and pick up one of his classics.
1. The Yellow Balloon (1952)
2. The Devil Rides Out (1968)
3. Frankenstein (1931)
4. The Ghoul (1975)
5. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1921)
6. The Howling (1980)
7. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
8. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
9. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
10. Island Claws (1980)
With comics including The Land Of Nod, Jetcat and Atomic City Tales, Jay Stephens has established himself as one of the great contemporary humour cartoonists. However, it’s his creation of two animated series, Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays, with which Stephens is shaping the next generation of Monster Kids. And as if all that weren’t enough, he also runs Cute Creeps From Pop Culture, one of the finest old school horror blogs. Somehow he found the time to send in the following list.
Really hard to narrow it down to only 10, and my list shifts all the time depending on mood, but here you go. Jay Stephens’ top 10 horror movies…
#10- An American Werewolf In London. The Oscar-Winning John Landis masterpiece is utterly surreal and at turns blackly humorous and genuinely unsettling. Still holds up nicely.
#9- El Orfanato (The Orphanage). Thought I’d throw in a recent-vintage film that I felt succeeded in gorgeously artful horror. Bayona delivers a heart-achingly horrifying story that stays with you for days.
#8- The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Robert Fuest directed this bizarre camp-fest that has become my favorite Vincent Price film after repeated viewings, even though the actor never actually moves his mouth to speak! I enjoy a little humor with my horror…
#7- Kwaidan. This 1964 masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi is an anthology of four hauntingly wonderful Japanese ghost stories. Fantastic stuff.
#6- Fright Night. Tom Holland’s 1985 self-referential take on the horror genre is still a fave from my youth.
#5- I Tre Volti Della Paura (Black Sabbath). Another anthology, this time by the master Mario Bava. All three stories are superb.
#4- The Thing. John Carpenter scared the crap out of me with this one as a kid. It’s still thoroughly terrifying.
#3- Creepshow. E.C.. comics plus Steven King plus George A. Romero plus the anthology format that I’m so obviously partial to. I love this flick!
#2- Bride Of Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1935 sequel surpasses the original, and remains my favorite of all the early Monster Movies.
#1- The Wicker Man. Robin Hardy’s 1975 thriller is my favorite scary movie. Creepy, unique, and starring the brilliant Christopher Lee.