Thursday, July 29, 2010

trailer post in the meantime

I have my hands full with a baby and a delicious ice cream cone, but I do have a blog to write today - it's coming later though. For now, I want to share some video madness with you. Respeck!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Skool is in session!

The big deal around here this week is that I started up a Tumblr blog as a companion to this blog. If you're not on the Fright Skool Facebook fan page, or Tumblr, then you ain't gettin the goodies. I'm posting all kinds of cool shit there that you will not get here - at least not until I find a widget that will do it for me, heh heh!)

Go. Now. Follow. I'll show you boobs.

(I never said they were my boobs though.)

Also... I may be writing for some other sites besides Damned Society so I guess you could say things are picking up for me. I'm open to opportunities, in case you were wondering - and writin' ain't the only thing I do with these fingers! (I make art and dabble in graphic design, ya pervert! Geeze!)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Woot! The First Ever Billy Loves Stu Meme for Horror Bloggers

Blogger is being a jerk and not allowing me to reformat my text colors. I'm dealing with it, so should you :P

1: In Ten Words or Less, Describe Your Blog:
nutzoid writergrrl horrorfan pimpin scary stuff on tha realz

2: During What Cinematic Era Where you Born?
F: The Halloween Era (Late 70's to Early 80's) 1976 to be specific.
3: The Carrie Compatibility Question:
  (gay men and straight women - make your choice from section A)
    A: Billy Nolan or Tommy Ross, who would you take to the prom?
  (straight guys and lesbians - make your choice from section B)
    B: Sue Snell or Chris Hargensen, who would you take to the prom?
 Ok, well since I'm bisexual and I already have a guy, I'm gonna have to say Chris Hargensen because I really have a thing for bitchy chicks, only because me and my duct tape REALLY wanna teach them a lesson. Nancy Allen was hot as hell back then, too. Tommy Ross had one bitchin 'fro though.

4: You have been given an ungodly amount of money, and total control of a major motion picture studio - what would your dream Horror project be?
I haven't written it yet, but if my nightmares and vivid imagination are any indicator, it'll be scarier than most of the stuff that passes for horror these days.

5: What horror film "franchise" that others have embraced, left you cold?
Friday the 13th. They're great for a few laughs - Jason isn't scary. Also, how many fucking movies can they make about a machete-wielding psycho who walks while his victims run? It gets so boring! HOWEVER, F13 part 4 is classic because of Crispin Hellion Glover's amazingness.

6:  Is Michael Bay the Antichrist?
No, he just has more money than he knows what to do with, and can't seem to hire a talented writing/directing team to save his life.

7: Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Frankenstein Monster - which one of these classic villains scares you, and why?
Dracula, just because of all the bullshit romantic garbage he's unwittingly created over the decades. Hello? Twilight! EW!

8: Tell me about a scene from a NON HORROR Film that scares the crap out of you:
that boat ride in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory... Me no likey multi-legged insects!

9: Baby Jane Hudson invites you over to her house for lunch.  What do you bring?
A few joints of the kind bud... Alcoholics aren't my bag, baby. I suppose I oughta bring some snacks too, we're gonna need em!

10: So, between you and me, do you have any ulterior motives for blogging?  Come, on you can tell me, it will be our little secret, I won't tell a soul.
I'm trying to be a work at home mom. The thought of leaving my infant son in the care of anyone else scares the piss out of me. I'm a decent writer, and I love horror, so I figure if I stick to it long enough, either I'll get a paid gig or my Ad Sense will start bringing checks to my mailbox...

11: What would you have brought to Rosemary Woodhouse's baby shower?
Cloth Diapers made from the Shroud of Turin!
12: Godzilla vs The Cloverfield Monster, who wins?
13: If you found out that Rob Zombie was reading your blog, what would you post in hopes that he read it?
Give me your wife, please! Duct tape optional!

14: What is your favorite NON HORROR FILM, and why?
Probably Summer School... I loved it as a kid, Dean Cameron is an underrated comedic genius, I wish there had been a spinoff or sequel JUST about Chainsaw & Dave.
15: If blogging technology did not exist, what would you be doing?
Probably being more productive with my art. I should get off this damn box! 
thanks to Pax Romano of Billy Loves Stu for creating this meme, and Kristy Jett for alerting me to this meme...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Spirit of Evil returns?

8 years ago, I was a freewheelin' mama living in New Jersey and I spent all of my free time watching movies. One of my favorite things to do during this era of my life was to attend the shows that Exhumed Films put on at the Hoyts Theater. I was a little late to the party and never did attend one of their classic shows at the Harwan, such is life.

On a crisp autumn evening in 2002, I went to Exhumed's "Undead Night", specifically to watch the vampire masterpiece, Near Dark. But it was the opener, touted as Russia's first horror film and based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol that arrested my senses for the first half of the show.

Viy, or The Spirit of Evil started off a little goofy but continued on to be a tense and enjoyable thriller with special effects that were pretty stellar for the time - 1967. It has an ethereal, dreamlike quality, and once the witch got started on her scarefest, I didn't want to look away. I was pretty excited about this film, and I was glad that I had an opportunity to see it on a big screen with an audience.

For those of you who don't want to click on the links, the basic story is this:
A young seminary student named Khoma, after battling a witch that turned into a beautiful girl upon her defeat, is called upon to pray over the dead girl's body in the church for three nights. What no one but Khoma knows is that she is the witch, determined to scare the daylights out of the boozy seminary student! Good times ensue! Flying coffins! Creepy crawlies! Chalk circles! Wowie zowie!

Anyway, I had been thinking about this movie and wanted to look up the trailer. What I discovered is that a big budget 3D remake has been in the works for the last few years, and it looks like a pretty wild ride. It is being remade in its home country, by the way - this isn't another dreaded Platinum Dunes project. I doubt those guys even know The Viy exists.

Here is said trailer, in English:

Upon further investigation, I found that this is not the first time that Viy has been remade. Suggested to be a sequel, "Evil" (or "Vedma", "The Witch"  "The Power of Fear", or, simply, "Ведьма") is apparently horribly overdubbed and poorly acted. From what I read on the IMDB reviews, the Russian actors spoke English but were then overdubbed, making it really awkward looking. The actors were stiff because of their uncertainty with the language. The filmmakers decided it would be a good idea to set the film in rural America but it was filmed in Estonia - and it is obvious. Hmmm. Sounds lame to me, folks. The trailer makes it look promising, but there's no evident dialog. You can judge for yourself, of course. The trailer is here:

"Evil (Vedma)" Viy Sequel from 2006

At any rate, the new Viy movie looks very promising and I hope to see it released soon, and in America. If you haven't yet seen the 1967 classic, it does come highly recommended, and I suggest you go get your hot little hands on a copy of it now. See what you're missing:

For your enjoyment and pleasure.... Further investigations:

Viy 2010 IMDB
Viy 2010 Offical Site
Cavalcade of Perversions review of the original Viy

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

new Handmade Horrors today!

Hallo fiends,
I've been recovering from a bit of surgery for the last week, so that's why it's been a bit quiet around here lately. I still have an awful lot of catching up to do in a few areas, but I wanted to pop in and let you know that I picked out 4 new Handmade Horrors today - see the sidebar to check it out!
So much great stuff has happened in the online horror community this week, I hope you haven't missed any of it. The Blood Sprayer's Italian Horror Week was a frightening plethora of great info, reviews, and tons more that I don't even know about because I've been so hopped up on pain meds that I can't see straight enough to read... But I plan to catch up on all I missed in the upcoming next few days now that I'm mostly back to normal!
Our bud Rob Delamorte published his long awaited interview with none other than Adrienne King over at today, you must go have a peek at that - you vino lovers will definitely appreciate what one of our favorite Final Girls is up to these days!
I'm sure I'm forgetting something but I'll come back and update if it comes back to me... This heat isn't helping my brain any! Melting medulla... aarrrggghhhh.....
You should "Like" my Facebook page iff'n ya don't mind... I do a lot of updating there, check the sidebar yet again for the button!
Keep cool, my fiends. Much love from the 3rd floor hell!
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