The popularity of zombies didn’t start with the TV show The Walking Dead and the movie Zombieland. Horror fans have loved and developed cult followings of zombie movies since the 1970s, the decade George A. Romero came out with Night of the Living Dead. Low-budget American zombie movies inspire Italian filmmakers to make their own zombie films. Many American audiences haven’t seen Italian zombie films, but these five films are worth watching for their gory, comedic and frightening moments.
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie by Jorge Grau
In the 1974 film, antique store owner George and his traveling companion Edna get an unexpected surprise when they travel together to the countryside to George’s country home. When they arrive in the remote area, the pair starts to notice the use of radiation to kill insects and the presence of dangerous roaming creatures. After the death of Edna’s sister’s husband, a overly ambitious detective begins to question George as a suspect in the murder. George and Edna have bigger worries as they are pursued by the undead, brought to life by radiation in local farmers’ pesticides. Director Jorge Grau wrote and directed a number of horror films in the 1960s and ’70s, including Violent Blood Bath and The Legend of Blood Castle.
Hell of the Living Dead by Bruno Mattei
Originally known under the title Virus, the movie Hell of the Living Dead follows a commando unit as it travels to Papa New Guinea after a chemical leak at a local plant. The group soon meets up with a camera crew, headed by reporter Lia Rosseau, and finds out the the government and military have been trying to cover up the goings-on at the facility. The two teams find out the island has been taken over by zombies, created by an recently unleashed virus. They must fight for survival as the flesh-eating zombies pursue them. The film is currently seeing a resurgence of popularity thanks to the El Rey network’s rerunning of it (click here for listings). Director Bruno Mattei was also known for his Nazi exploitation films and horror flicks such as Rats: Night of Terror. He directed many of his films under the pseudonym Vincent Dawn.
The House by the Cemetery by Lucio Fulci
Released in 1981, The House by the Cemetery is in many ways similar to later classics such as The Shining. In the movie, Dr. Norman Boyle, his wife and his son Bob move from New York to New England to the former home of Norman’s colleague, who murdered his mistress and himself. Norman sets out to find out about the killing, but he ends up discovering the house has a much darker past and a hidden secret inside the basement. The film brings a number of supernatural elements, including ghosts that appear before the family members inside the house. The Italian version of George A. Romero, Lucio Fulci not only directed horror flicks such as A Lizard In Women’s Skin and Don’t Torture a Duckling but also established himself in the western, musical and comedy genres. During his heyday, the controversial filmmaker made two to three films a year.
City of the Living Dead by Lucio Fulci
The 1980 film City of the Living Dead delves into the supernatural when a priest’s suicide leads to an open portal to Hell in the New England village Dunwich. Journalist Peter Bell and Mary work together to try to find the “Gate to Hell”, through which the undead enter the world of the living. The film features a number of gory moments, including a sequence in which a zombie woman vomits her guts. The movie was originally known as Twilight of the Dead, but a cease-and-desist order from United Film Distribution Company prompted a change in the name and promotional posters.
Zombi 2 by Lucio Fulci
Released in 1979, Zombi 2 follows Ann Bowles and reporter Peter West as they travel to the Antilles island Matul to find out what happened to Ann’s father, a scholar who had been conducting research on the island. An empty boat, owned by her father, with a zombie inside prompts the investigation. When the two arrive, they discover Dr. David Menaro, a colleague of Ann’s father who is trying to find out why the dead have come back to life on the island. In one of the most memorable sequences of the film, a zombie tries to take on a shark underwater. Although the movie appears to be a sequel of Zombi, the movie Zombi was the Italian version of Dawn of the Dead.
Article by: Jared Hill
“I’m done,” Lange told the crowd at Paleyfest, after repeated questions by the moderator.
We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play, and in all madness, I love the writers and Ryan and the insanity of shooting it.”
Lange had long hinted that the fourth season would be her last.
‘American Horror Story season 5: Hotel’ news and spoilers: will the plot play out in the present day at Cecil Hotel? Lady Gaga in starring role
Since pop sensation Lady Gaga announced her lead role in “American Horror Story” season five and revealed the theme as hotel, the Internet has been abuzz with news, rumors and calculated guesswork. Below are three things fans know for sure and a guess on which hotel will feature on the forthcoming season:
1. Set in present: Ryan Murphy has told several media outlets that “American Horror Story: Hotel” will take place in present day. This also follows Murphy’s rule that odd numbered seasons are set in the present rather than the past. Season one and three followed stories in present day, so expect five to follow suit.
2. Lady Gaga is in it, but is it a musical? : Lady Gaga announced in February 2015 that she will play the lead role in season five. Express reports that a lingering shot of a top hat on a coffee cup in “Freak Show” refers to the 1935 musical comedy Top Hat which was set in a hotel. It is also a reference to Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s album “Cheek To Cheek” whose title song is from Top Hat. Could this mean “Hotel” will be a musical? Executive producer Ryan Murphy is also the producer for “Glee”. However, this theory conflicts with the 1935 date since “Hotel” is set in the present.
3. All seasons are connected: Murphy has said several times that all seasons of the FX anthology series are connected. Fans and avid viewers of the show keep looking for connections but Murphy revealed one between “Freak Show” and “Asylum” that was certainly a revelation to fans.
4. Cecil Hotel: Perhaps the most popular speculation of “Hotel” is that the plot will revolve in Cecil hotel located in Los Angeles. Movie Pilot reports that the hotel was the site of a mysterious drowning of a girl named Elise Lam and serial killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger stayed there. Bizarre deaths and suicides were commonplace in Cecil hotel. It was also the last place where Elizabeth Short aka Black Dahlia was seen alive, according to GameNGuide.
Filming begins in July and “American Horror Story: Hotel” will premier in October 2015.
Conor Slattery has been a contract film-maker that slots his own projects in when finances allow. This is film-making at the sharp end: no contingency fund. We hook up with him as he nears the end of his most ambitious and satisfying project, Beau Diable.
IIZ: Lets start by getting some background. How does a nautical graduate end up making horror films?
Conor: I never graduated Nautical Science. A buddy and I, instead of going to lectures, would walk in to Cork city, stand outside the Capital Cinema, write down the times of the movies showing, pay our two pounds at the box office at about 14:00, and watch as many films as time would allow. In between movies, we’d hide in the toilets. I guess I studied film long before I went to film school – which was about 6 years after the Nautical Science course.
IIZ: According to your imdb listing you have on a large number of projects in a variety of roles since 2006. You have a family. Hardwork? Difficult?
Conor: I started working in film in 1999. It’s animal work, but, I have a family, who all help, so it’s easier. My wife used to help with production on my commercials, some of which she edited too, back when editing required a degree of skill – nowadays even I can edit. She came on board for me on Beau to shore up anything that Keith O’ Connell (Line Producer) or I couldn’t get to. Keith is my go to guy, my right hand man. He makes my productions easier too. On other films my eldest son has operated camera and edited and my two younger guys have jumped in front of the camera. So yeah, it’s bloody vicious work, but with Keith and my wife and children around it’s really enjoyable. If film was booze I’d be a boozehound and these people would be facilitating my addiction : ) .
IIZ: What motivates you and where do you draw your influences from?
Conor: My motivation is wanting to tell stories and to entertain. I have loads of stories, in detail, in my head and on paper. They arrive almost complete, usually when I’m driving or even more so when I’m showering in the morning. It’s nice to be treated to a free story every day : ) It would be nicer again to be able to share some of these stories. I love them. Maybe one or two, maybe even ten, people might like them and be entertained.
My influences would have to be everything. From the Sunday matinees at home growing up where pirates and cowboys were invited in to our living room to, well, to everything ; there are stories everywhere. Every single thing has a story associated with it, and they’re all brilliant.
IIZ: We know there is a sailing trip an abduction and a something lurking. Can you sum up Beau Diable for us?
Soon after they discover that the bad ass Drug Smuggler is a pussycat in comparison to the demon
Conor: To sum up Beau Diable I’d say ; a group of students go on a sailing trip, they get kidnapped by a South American drug smuggler who needs both them and their vessel to retrieve something from an island. When they arrive on the island they discover an underground labyrinth. Soon after they discover that the bad ass Drug Smuggler is a pussycat in comparison to the demon who possesses the tunnel complex.
IIZ: In dark places the human brain starts to hallucinate does this feature? We know something lurks in the dark but are there also implied/ hallucinated horrors?
Conor: No hallucinations. Everything that happens really happens.
Conor: The title came from an older draft of the script – I went through . . . I think it was 17, lots at any rate. It was never perfect. I wrote it, didn’t like it, got it rewritten, didn’t like it, got it rewritten . . . you know where this is going, well it went there for two years, until I was introduced to Gemma McCarthy, who I was told was a script analyst but who agreed to do a rewrite with me after reading the screenplay. About three weeks later I had a script that I loved. About a month later I started casting, why wait?
IIZ: Tell us how production is going? How much is left to shoot?
Conor: Principal photography is pretty much complete; I still have the opening scene to shoot in late September. I have a cast restriction, but it’s a restriction that I’m delighted to have because without it I wouldn’t have the cast member, who I love – he’s a relative of the world’s first indie filmmaker and is totally dedicated to anything he agrees to do and has an extremely positive attitude when it comes to life and work. I’ll tell you who it is after we’ve shot out his days : ) Apart from that I’m building a computer to cut on. I can’t afford a super duper mac, so I’ll build one, the simplest solutions are always the right solutions. Can’t afford it? Build it. Someone else did, so can you : )
IIZ: We love the look and feel of the short clips we have seen so far. Whats the ambition for the final film?
I want the final film to provide escapism and to entertain people. I hope it does. I have a very visual style and I use organic sounds to create sound tracks – the soundtrack from the second “sneak peek” over on facebook was made up mainly of Grace Kelley’s, who plays Kate in the movie, breathing slowed down. I added a bang from a 10 foot cubed metal diesel container that we found deep in the tunnels on each cut and at one point I added the creak from a heavy rusted metal door, also slowed down. So yeah, I hope my way of telling a story entertains and provides escapism.
IIZ: You have a cast of young actors which is great to see. Any stand out talents? Any future Irish scream queens?
I detest this new “trout pout” approach to filmmaking.
Conor: All of the cast in this are proper actors. I detest this new “trout pout” approach to filmmaking. I see actors literally pouting in scenes and I’m like ; “that’s not acting, acting is pretending, watch any three year old, they act, you’re posing.” So really, any of the cast could be future scream queens if they wanted to and if they got offered the roles – except for the lads maybe, although come to think of it . . . . . haha : ) Seriously though, the cast in Beau were animals for work, immensely positive whether at sea in a 1M swell or 50 feet underground, so it’s just a matter of being offered the roles for them in my opinion.
IIZ: How long has it taken to bring the film to this point?
To get to here, about two years I’d say. I have loads of scripts and stories, I’ve won awards for shorts, I’ve produced and directed about 40 – ish television commercials, my work has been broadcast to at least 1/2 BN homes internationally – I googled ; “how many homes does Discovery broadcast to internationally?” and it spat that back at me – but ultimately I’m a nobody haha : ) Plus I have zero patience. Raising budget time could be filmmaking time : ) So I sat down one day and thought ; “What can I get access to?” The answer was ; “Boats and tunnels.” I grew up in Crosshaven in Co. Cork, home to the oldest yacht club in the world and a third of Cork harbour’s coastal fortifications in the form of Camden Fort, complete with 2KM of underground tunnels. It wasn’t a far stretch to get to horror film from there. I think that idea first came to me about 2 years ago – I can’t remember whether or not I was showering at the time : )
IIZ: Was funding difficult? Have you thought of crowdfunding?
Conor: Ugh! Funding! It would be so handy to have the where with all to raise funding, or to believe that as an artist I deserve other people’s hard earned cash money. I think I’ll be poor until I start entertaining people and until people are willing to part with money to watch my stories. Beau was made by a group of cast and crew who all want to entertain and everything that had to be paid for was paid for by me. I worked as a 2nd on a feature in Dublin just before shooting Beau. They were a nice crowd to work with, and I raised my funding by working for them. Does that count as crowd funding? I’d love 50K or 100K! I have great stories, but most of them are art heavy, so I’d need a bit of cash for sets, costume and make up. Hopefully some day : ) If not I’ll keep telling my lo/no’s. Like I said; I’m addicted to telling stories on film, or on a little magic card at 1080p these days : )
You might kick yourself for not noticing this! It turns out, ‘American Horror Story’ laid out a very specific clue last season to hint that Lady Gaga would be starring in the future installment!
Fans of American Horror Story are still reeling from the major news that Lady Gaga will be starring in the upcoming season, titled Hotel. However, the pop superstar’s involvement with the show was actually revealed months ago. In fact, during the Oct. 28 episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, there was a hidden clue that probably even the most serious AHS fans didn’t pick up on! That sneaky Ryan Murphy!
On the Oct. 29 episode of Freak Show, eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed a scene featuring a paper cup. However, it’s what was on the cup that matters: a big top-hat logo.
Here’s where things got really insidery. The song “Cheek to Cheek” was originally written for the film Top Hat, in 1935. Of course, “Cheek to Cheek” is also the title of Lady Gaga’s current album of duets with Tony Bennett. (Also of note, Top Hat was set in a hotel, which we now know was also a clue about this season’s current theme.)
‘It’s Very Purposeful’
Ryan warned audiences back in October that the cup had a huge significance. “That is a big season 5 clue!” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, ‘Oh! You dirty bastard!’”
Um, you kinda took the words right outta our mouths, Ryan!
While there’s still no word as to who or what Gaga will play on the series, the role will definitely have an enormous amount of thought put into it. EW also confirmed that Ryan and Gaga had been speaking about her involvement in the show since the fall, and Gaga officially signed on board once the right role had been crafted for her.
Okay, we are fully unable to stand the anticipation for the new season!
Long past their former glory, the minor league Sluggers get an invitation to play a baseball game in a cursed small town. After the 7th inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of flesh-eating monsters!
Now, it’s up to coach Casey Sullivan to help his team escape from being the next dish in the town’s terrifying feeding frenzy!
Eisner & Harvey Award-winning graphic novel author Mark Andrew Smith joins forces with Eisner nominated illustrator James Stokoe for a gripping roller coaster of a graphic novel, packed with shocks, gore, and screamingly outrageous humor, when America’s Favorite Past Time becomes one team’s ultimate nightmare!
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Miriam looked at Joseph’s watch. It was almost 10:30pm. They were engaged, but in spite of this and the fact that she was in her 20′s, she still had to arrive home by a certain time. Joseph really hated this.
But time it was and they had been courting in the shadows down a little lane and still whispering sweet nothings to each other, they walked slowly down the lane to the main road lingering as long as possible.
There is now a garden and a housing estate on the main road, but then it used to be an open piece of ground with a rubble wall round the perimeter, Joseph and his pals often played football there when they were children, but his thoughts were miles away from sport.
As they went round the corner, they came abruptly into a pool of light from the street lamp. Before their eyes had properly adjusted, Joseph gave a startled cry and grabbed Miriam’s arm even tighter. Leaning back against the wall as a man, wearing a long, dark cloak, his face hidden in its shadows. He swears that the man was much taller than normal – almost seven feet tall, but it was not that which had caused him to pull away. The man had an aura of threat, almost of evil.
Miriam ignored Joseph, wanting to get home before her dad noticed how late she was. But Joseph refused to pass by the stranger, pulling her over to the other side of the road. As they walked down the road, the only sound was the tap-tapping of Miriam’s heels. Joseph looked back over his shoulder but the man still stood there, not moving.
Joseph felt rather silly about it. Looking back on it in the cold light of day, so to speak he could not explain why he had felt threatened.
Till 4 days later. He was at the band club playing billiards with a friend, when Freddie pulled him over to a quieter part of the room.
“Joseph, you will never believe this,”, he started. “You know the field, the one where we used to play football? Well, a few days ago, I was walking Grace home and we were, you know, holding hands. And then I saw this man coming up towards us, and I don’t know why, but I felt really frightened of him. I suppose it was because I could not see his face, because he was wearing some sort of long cloak. Anyway, he just pushed straight between us. I shivered, I can tell you that. I felt frozen where he had brushed against me…”
It had been the same day, the same place in year 1953.
Seven years later, a company was drilling by the bastions there. One night a power cut plunged the engineers into darkness. One of them, a Scottish guy, was sent out to investigate. He walked up the wall that ran along the side of the bastions, checking the cable connections that they had put there temporarily while they were drilling. Everything seemed to be fine. But his message did not get back to the other engineers, who were still waiting in candlelight for the electricity to be switched on again.
When a few hours had passed, another man was sent out to look for him. He was found unconscious by the wall. When they managed to revive him, he said that a tall man, wearing a dark cloak, had just picked him up like a ragdoll and thrown him against the wall.
These 3 sightings of a tall, cloaked man, would qualify for the title of strange all on their own.
But years later, Joseph found a book in a jumble sale in United Kingdom. In it there was a story of an Englishman, Paul Take, who died in mysterious circumstances in that same place in Spain in 1935.
“Across the square, he could see a remarkably tall man in a long, dark cloak, standing motionless under one of the mess windows. Something about the appearance of this solitary shrouded figure attracted his attention. To be wearing such clothes in such a heat wave seemed peculiar.
With a leap, the cloaked man sprang onto the windowsill and disappeared through the curtains into the mess… Then after a few seconds, an ear piercing scream rang out – a harsh , appalling cry of rage and terror and to his horror and utter amazement, he saw the man reappear at the window with Paul in his arms. Both men vanished around the corner..
He ran to the mess and found the card-room in chaos. On the floor, surrounded by half a dozen officers, lay Paul Take, dead.
A formal military enquiry revealed that no civilian was in the garrison after 10pm that day. The card-players testified in their evidence that a momentary gust of wind seemed to shake the nearest window. Simultaneously, the card table was stirred and Paul Take, throwing his hands up into the air, slumped in his chair gasping as though in a fit. Medical evidence showed that he had died of a heart attack…”
Check out the tribute track below!
Released digitally via Bandcamp, iTunes etc. the track also comes with a video using footage from Indonesian knockoff Srigala.
Bloody Disgusting called it “perfect for your Halloween party!” and Friday the 13th: The Film Franchise summed it up as “great” and the video “pure gold”.
This is our first interview for September 2013. We love to promote Indie Horror movies and this month we interviewed the creator/producer of Twinge Horror Movie: VeeVee.
So, VeeVee, tell us a bit about yourself?
This question is very interesting because I always feel like I’m forgetting something. There are so many layers and interesting things about me, but I’ll stick to the whole, I’m a writer and producer story. I’m trying to knock on the doors of Hollywood and really hope they let me in.
Can you tell us about how you got started in entertainment industry?
My mother loved to design and sew so I start modelling her creations in local fashion shows as a child. I’ve always had a keen sense of imagination, so my dreams of becoming an actress weren’t too farfetched. In grade school, my music teacher loved my powerful voice and asked me if I wanted to be in a stage production, and the rest was history. Fast forward into adulthood where I officially got my start as an extra on the hit TV show One Tree Hill. I partook in indie projects here and there because like everyone else, I was trying to catch my big break. A few years ago I decided to delve into writing and more recently into producing. I always knew that I would do both, but I never knew it would happen so soon. So here I am.
What was your inspiration for ‘Twinge’?
I knew that I wanted to write a horror film so I began to flesh out my ideas on paper. Twinge wasn’t planned; it just kind of happened at the spare of the moment.
Tell us a bit more about ‘Twinge’.
Twinge tells the story of a mother who replaces her kids she lost in a car accident. This twisted tale revolves around a brainwashed warped family who will do anything to keep their loving family together. Let’s not forget there is lots of blood, gore, and torture involved. Are you surprised? So am I. Well, not really.
Does character come from plot, or plot from character?
I guess that all depends on each individual’s perception and specific story. No two stories are alike and the process to create those stories varies. In the case of Twinge, the plot developed from the main character. It was because of the character’s flaws and personal story that I was able to paint the initial picture and the full story evolved from there.
Which is your favourite horror movie?
There’s so many out there, but if I had to choose just one, I would choose Saw followed by Hostel. I guess that makes two.
What defines a good movie plot?
For starters, it has to capture the audience’s full attention. If the audience can get lost within the realms of their own imagination and become emotionally involved and attached, you’ve got yourself a pretty good plot.
Which writers and producers do you admire most and why?
It’s hard to narrow it down to a specific writer as of yet, but I will say, that I admire Steven Spielberg as a producer because of his variety and ability to produce great films.
When a writer has an idea for a movie, what questions should they be asking themselves before writing?
What is the story about? What genre am I looking to write? What message am I trying to convey to my audience? Is this story marketable? What is my target audience? Is this going to be believable? I’m sure there are plenty questions each individual writer ask themselves, but these are just a few of my questions.
Anything else you would like to say?
I love all genres; therefore, I aim to create something for various audiences. I’m inspired by so many things in life and I want that reflected through the work I create. I hope my work touches lives, sparks an interest, and entertain the minds of great people alike. On that note, Twinge is launching its first funding campaign on Indiegogo. The plan is to raise development funds (in 30 days) so we can get underway. Please visit the campaign page at http://igg.me/at/twingemovie and kindly chuck some bucks our way. Remember to LIKE the fan page at: facebook.com/TwingeMovie. This film is a potential franchise, and with your help, we’ll go down in horror history in a major way.
I remember watching the original version of The Time Machine on TV when I was little, and afterward having nightmares for months. And while those months of nightmares felt like a lifetime right then, was I really scarred for life? Not so much. As an adult I watched it again to see if it was still as scary as I remembered it being before watching the remake. It was fun to compare my perceptions as a child versus now and also the two versions of the movie. A lot of parents try to prevent their kids from scary movies, but should they be sheltering them or should they allow their children to watch horror shows? While parents should monitor what movies their kids watch, they don’t need to go overboard. Some scary movies can be okay for kids and here are 10 reasons why.
- Handling fear – Scary movies are a great way for kids to learn how to handle fear. No matter how real it may seem, it’s just a movie after all. An occasional horror movie may help your child to confront their fears and deal with them.
- Thrills – Some kids enjoy being scared a little and like to watch spooky movies just for the thrills. It’s fun to shriek, giggle and hide their face all the while making fun of their siblings or friends. By the age of 8 to 10 youngsters may be looking for more thrill seeking adventuresome movies to watch.
- Reality vs. make believe – Watching a scary movie can help kids learn to differentiate between reality and make believe. In order to deal with the fear factor they need to step back and realize what they’re watching didn’t actually happen, but was all made up in a movie studio.
- Learn to analyze – Once they put it into context, kids can learn to analyze the horror movie and how it was made. They can also contemplate why one thing makes them scared while other things don’t.
- Just for fun – Kids might want to watch an occasional horror movie just for the fun of it. Maybe it’s a change of pace from their normal viewing or a special occasion. And really, who doesn’t like watching scary movies on Halloween?
- Pushing boundaries – Children can’t be raised in a vacuum, and sometimes pushing the boundaries is a good thing. Kids who have never watched a scary movie while growing up certainly won’t know how to deal with it as an adult.
- Share a passion – Some people really enjoy watching horror movies, so for kids it could be a way of sharing a passion with someone in their life. Whether it’s a parent, sibling or friends, watching a scary movie together is a unique way to share something special.
- Part of growing up – Everyone needs to get the daylights scared out of them at some point in their life. It’s all a part of growing up, so watching scary movies is a pretty harmless way to clear that hurdle.
- Fitting in – Kids always want to fit in with their friends, so never watching a scary movie will make them feel left out. When all their friends are talking about the latest spooky episode, they want to be included in the conversation.
- Snuggle time – Parents can use this as an opportunity to get some snuggle time with their kids as they get older. Watching a scary movie together may be a good way to squeeze out a few extra hugs that have diminished over the years.
Parents don’t want their kids to have nightmares, but they do need to be careful not to shelter them too much. Children under the age of 7 have trouble separating fiction from reality, so watching gory movies at that age would be a bad idea, and I’m certainly not advocating that. However, with a little discretion, parents and kids should be able to decide on a few movies with appropriate scariness. Be sure to include some humor and a happy ending is a must. There’s even some evidence that kids are better off watching scary movies without their parents. Mom and dad may reinforce the fear and make it even more frightening to the child. Just remember that different things are scary for different people. An occasional thriller may not be a bad thing for your child.