Friday, December 30, 2011

Free Movie Friday! 80's Cult Classic Puppet Master



This 1989 horror cult classic started the Puppet Master franchise. The stop-motion animation segments of the animated puppets in "Puppet Master" was done by the late David W. Allen. His work included the  Bloodlust: Subspecies II, Dollman vs. Demonic Toys, Bride of Re-Animator, Ghoulies II, Willow, *Batteries Not Included, The Howling, and the hallucination sequence in Young Sherlock Holmes. His production company  released Puppet Master series and the Demonic Toys series, amongst others.


Andre Toulon is a puppeteer who has mastered the alchemical secrets of animation. He made four living puppets; multi-paneled faced Jester who changes facial expression, fedora wearing knife wielding Blade, strongman Pinhead, drill headed Tunneler, and leech vomiting Leech Woman or Miss Leech, as the trailer calls her. (Leech Woman apparently is her fan name.) While they don't sound all that impressive, these little terrors are serial killers. After the death of their master at the hands of Nazi scientists, they are filled with rage.

"Present day" 1989, three psychics are contacted by Neil Gallagher and head to Bodega Bay Inn to meet him. When they get there, they are met with the news that Neil killed himself.

Soon after, the puppets come out and begin to kill the guests, one by one. It appears that Neil Gallagher has used their master's alchemical formula to fake his death and give himself eternal life, which has sent the puppets on a frenzied killing spree as they search out the man who stole their creator's secrets.







Click here to watch "Puppet Master" for free on Hulu.com!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Resident Evil: First Hour Behind the Scenes

So this week we don't have a new episode for Resident Evil: First Hour, but we do have a behind the scenes look at the making of the series.

It looks like this may be the last of the Resident Evil: First Hour videos from Machinima.com.  I honestly would like to see more fan films like this one. For all it's low budget makeup effects, it has a lot more tension and is far more interesting than the ridiculous crap that Hollywood made and then slapped the Resident Evil name on it. *sigh* (Sure the first one was OK, however the quality of the others in the franchise quickly spiraled down the toilet. But that's a discussion for another post.)

Watch behind the scenes footage of Resident Evil: First Hour below!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cassie's Christmas Horror Movie Watch List

The Hogfather (2006)





















"The Hogfather" is a dark fantasy Christmas movie that stars Death (the Reaper) and his daughter Susan.  It's Hogswatch (think pig themed Christmas Eve) and the Hogfather (porcine version of Santa Claus) has gone missing. Death takes it upon himself to stand in the Hogfather's stead, while Susan hunts the missing deity down.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Prometheus Trailer!

Hey Horror Fans!
The trailer for the Alien series prequel "Prometheus" is finally here!



Free Short Film: The Code

"The Code" is a horror comedy about what happens when a group of zombies, a serial killer and a vampire can't decide which night it is that they are supposed to be out killing people. I never thought that watching a zombie whine about Google Calender could ever be so cute and funny. But it is.

"The Code" won the Splatterfest Short Film Competition's Grand Prize, and 10 other Splatterfest awards including  Best Writing, Best Splatter, Best Editing, Best Kill, Best Special Effects, Best Director and Best Film.

Bruce Campbell awards director Mark Blitch the 2011 Grand Prize Canon Rebel t3i for the short film "The Code! " 

Watch "The Code" below!

The Code - watch more funny videos

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 4

Leon and Richard are stuck in the barn at the farm. Richard was bitten by Philip, who turned into a zombie. Richard is living on borrowed time; he knows that he is going to turn into one of them as well. Leon and Richard make a run for their vehicle and are then shot at by Umbrella operatives. Will Leon make it back to Raccoon City?

Fun Fact:
Moonlight Sonata, the piano music you hear at the end of the episode, was a song you had to play on the piano in the first Resident Evil game to open a locked door.

Also, we get our first look at Claire Redfield at the end of the episode!

Watch Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 4 below.

[REC] First Person Shooter in the Works!

It was announced today by our friends over at Bloody-Disgusting that Filmax and Tonika Games have reached an agreement and the [REC] franchise is soon going to be turned into a video game.


Can you imaging how intense it's going to be to fight off one of the infected from [REC] with a fireman's axe?

The game is going to faithfully reproduce the story from the movies. Each movie is going to have its own world or level. The first two that are going to be released are [REC] and [REC] 2, and the others will come out when [REC] 3 and 4 are released. The game is going to be developed using the Unity3D engine that is capable of making games for PlayStation 3, iPhone and Android. It is going to be a "gender-based" FPS that will use the Unity3D engine to recreate the immersive experience of the movies in game play. So far, word is that the game play is going to be mission based with objectives to be met, and will be set at locations from the movies, such as the apartment complex from [REC] and [REC] 2.

Dynamic lighting and surround sound is going to be incorporated in the game, in an effort to make it as terrifying an experience as watching the movies. Weapon choices will be different for each character and scenario/mission, and it's sure to be a bloody violent, yet scary good time.

[REC] the game will be available for play on the iPhone, iPad, PC, Blackberry and Android tablet, in English, French, Castilian, Italian and German. The scheduled price is 2.99 Euros, and it is currently projected to be released for PC and Mac in January 2012, and can be purchased at the official website, or at the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Android market for the Android tablet.

You can sign up to be a beta tester for [REC] the game at the official website: rec-thegame.com

Friday, December 16, 2011

Free Movie Friday! John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns with Norman Reedus


John Carpenter's "Cigarette Burns" with the legendary actor Udo Kier and Norman Reedus is by far the best movie put out by the Masters of Horror Series.

"Cigarette Burns" is about a bankrupt movie theater owner who is hired by the eccentric film collector Mr. Bellinger to find the last remaining film reel of the legendary movie, "Le Fin Absolue du Monde" ("the Absolute End of the World"). It was only showed once, at the Sitges Festival, and it drove the audience into a killing frenzy. Kirby owes his father-in-law a ton of money, and feels guilt over the death of his wife. When he finds the film, it not only offers him a chance to pay off his debt, but get his dead wife back, even at the risk of damning his own soul.

Daryl Dixon fans who are starving for their fix of Norman Reedus need to watch this one! You may find his role as the main protagonist, Kirby, a bit subdued when compared to Daryl's redneck antics, but the obsessed movie theater owner has his own crazed charm about him that's pure gold.

By far, this is one of the best films that John Carpenter has done in a while.

Masters of Horror has the coolest song for the intro. I still can't find a copy of it for my iTunes though...

Watch "Cigarette Burns" below!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Free Short Film: Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 3

After Philip was bitten by the dead farmer's wife, Leon administered first aid. He and Richard are trying to find a way out of the barn and back to their vehicle so that they can get Philip to a hospital. Before they can escape the farm, poor Philip succumbs to the T-Virus and turns into a raving (albeit a little goofy sounding) madman. Are Leon and Richard going to get out of this alive, or are they going to join the ranks of the undead?

Fun Facts:

  • In this episode, the live action fan film's director April Choi makes a cameo as the stray female zombie that manages to find her way into the barn. 
  • Watch the end closely, as you'll get your first glimpse of Umbrella Operatives as they approach the farm. 


Watch Episode 3 below!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Howlidays! Infinite Santa 8000

Infinite Santa


"A thousand years ago the world completely collapsed. Everyone must kill to survive, even Santa."

"Infinite Santa 8000" takes place in the sand blasted wastelands of a ruined earth, where the only life that remains are hideous blood thirsty mutants and a handful of robot people. Old St. Nick has battled monstrous demons for hundreds of years, and hasn't seen a single soul, until Martha comes along. The little cyborg girl warms Santa's ice cold heart, and for the first time in over a thousand years, he finds himself laughing once more. Santa's joy is short lived, however, when the evil Dr. Shackleton reveals his hideous plans to vivisect him and discover what makes Santa immortal.

Dr. Shachleton

Santa is one bad-ass mother is this flash animation cartoon series, he battles with Christmas themed pole-axes and snowflake shaped throwing stars, and he has a cool "hog" to ride on as well.

If you are a fan of splatter punk, Christmas horror, and the creepy monstrous art style of Metalocalypse, this 12 episode cartoon series is for you.

Check out the website here


Watch the trailer and Episode 1 below!




'Dying To Live' Book Review and Interview with Author Kim Paffenroth

Bram Stoker Award-winner Kim Paffenroth has written "Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero’s Visions of Hell on Earth" "Dying to Live: A Novel of Life Among the Undead",  "Dying to Live: Life Sentence", "Dying to Live: Last Rites", and edited the zombie anthology "History is Dead", that was recently was nominated for the Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Fiction. 

"Dying to Live" by Kim Paffenroth is the thinking man's zombie book. By that I mean, everything that was written, everything that happens to the characters had a lot of thought put into it. Paffenroth took the time to research, and it shows.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Howlidays! Free Movie Treevenge (2008) Christmas Tree Exploitation at its Finest

From the makers of "Hobo with a Shotgun" comes the award winning horror comedy "Treevenge." Movie Moxie describes it as a "Christmas tree exploitation film." I call it a work of pure genius.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book Review: High Midnight by Rob Mosca




"High Midnight" by Rob Mosca is about... well, I guess it's supposed to be about the sheriff luchadore, but I honestly thought that is was about the weird clown guy on the cover who is a serial killer that gets off on wearing "plaid bondage pants" while he blows people away.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Walking Dead Christmas Gifts



Not sure what to get for the Walked Dead fan in your life this Christmas? Well, you've come to the right place. Here's a list of some of the coolest Walking Dead merchandise on the web.

Free Short Film: Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 2 (Live Action Fan Film)


In the last episode of "Resident Evil: First Hour" we saw Leon Kennedy arrive for his first day on the police force in Raccoon City. He apparently went to the wrong building and walked in on a meeting that the chief was holding. A lot of the people in the force are out sick and they are short handed, so a co-worker (Philip) asks Leon to help investigate a report of domestic disturbance at a farm before he drops him off at the right building.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Happy Howlidays! Nation Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Horror Style

Here's what my happens when my favorite Christmas movie of all times, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" is turned into a horror movie. It's so funny and yet so disturbing when you see all of the violent events of the movie one after the other like this. I have to admit, the editing in this is fantastic!

Watch "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Re-Cut Trailer Thriller" below.

Movie Review and Director Interview: Jenny Ringo and the Monkey's Paw by Chris Regan


"Jenny Ringo and the Monkey's Paw" is a horror comedy by Chris Regan loosely based on the classic short horror story "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs which you can read here

Jenny Ringo lives with her slacker best friend Gavin. While on a Wiccan retreat, he deigns to leave the apartment and comes across the mysterious and musical Magician who gives him a magic monkey's paw that will grant three wishes. Needless to say, Gavin does not wish wisely and quickly regrets wishing for an awesome new best friend named Jeff Awesome. Jeff needs a girlfriend that is as awesome as he is, and Gavin wishes for Candy Gorgeous, and a pizza. Comedic antics ensue as Jenny returns to find Gavin in trouble. It's up to her to save him from the curse of the monkey's paw.


Unfortunately Jeff Awesome and Candy Gorgeous don't want to be erased from existence, and the only way to undo Gavin's wishes is to re-attach the paw to the monkey, which brings it's own troubles by sending the individual to their own personal hell.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Dead Island Christmas Giveaways



Every day from now until December 25th, 2011, Deep Silver is holding a contest where players use their knowledge of Dead Island and zombie movies to answer questions and solve puzzles related to the award winning video game. You can enter and play every day in December to earn prizes and hints to the grand finale contest taking place on Christmas day.

Free Horror Movie Friday! Resident Evil: Degeneration

Resident Evil Degeneration

This week's free movie is "Resident Evil: Degeneration" and can be found here

Watching "Resident Evil: First Hour" got me in the mood to watch more Leon Kennedy goodness. I came across "Resident Evil: Degeneration" on Hulu, where you can watch it for free.

"Resident Evil: Degeneration" takes place seven years after the events of Resident Evil 2, where Raccoon City was decimated by a zombie outbreak caused by the evil Umbrella Corporation.

Claire Redfield is now a human rights activist and Leon Kennedy works as an agent for the U.S. Government. The duo reunites after a plane crash at an airport releases a new zombie outbreak. Can they stop it the spread of the deadly G-Virus before it's too late?

Watch the trailer below.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Short Film: Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 1 (Live Action Fan Film)



I came across a live action fan film/webseries for "Resident Evil 2" called "Resident Evil: First Hour" and it's pretty darn good. It's about Leon Kennedy's first day on the job as a Raccoon City policeman- and what happens to him after he first arrives at the police station, up until the zombie outbreak in the city.

"Resident Evil 2" is a survival horror video game that was originally released for PlayStation in 1998. It takes place after the events in "Resident Evil." Claire Redfield arrives at Raccoon City in search of her missing brother Chris (one of the playable characters in the first game). Leon Kennedy, the poor guy, has just started his new job at one of Raccoon City's finest, and his first day is going to be a killer as the zombie outbreak reaches the city and all hell breaks loose.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8 Preview

In the preview of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8: Nebraska Rick confronts Shane about killing the walkers. Shane believes that Hershel knew Sophia was dead and let them go out looking for her anyway. Rick is furious with Shane handing out the guns and taking over, killing walkers that their host, Hershel, believed to be people. Shane knows that he did the right thing to keep everyone safe.

During the Talking Dead, we were shown a clip of Episode 8 in which Dale tells Lori that Shane killed Otis. Lori isn't quick to believe him, but Dale isn't the type to lie. I wonder just how long it will take her to realize that once Shane learned of her pregnancy that it made him snap. Her having a baby was his last straw- sure the presence of the walkers in the barn really scared him (which is why he became so angry and confrontational) but to him, her having his baby, and not letting him raise it, it was just too much.

Jon Bernthal did a great job portraying Shane's transition of going head first in downward spiral from a jealous over-protective, selfish jerk to  full-blown megalomania. Shane is tired of Rick making what he perceives as bad and dangerous choices. He believes he can lead the group better, and never truly got over Rick usurping his position once he met up with the group in the first season. 


Shane aims to take back what is his: leadership of the group, and Lori. You could visually see on his face all the thoughts racing through his head once Rick told him. After what he did to rally the group and take out the walkers, it's only a matter of time before he goes all cave-man on Lori and tries to drag her away from Rick by the hair.

Watch the preview here

Here are two sneak peek photos:

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

Watch the cast talk about the second half of Season 2 here

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 7: Pretty Much Dead Already

During breakfast, Glenn is sitting watching Maggie from afar, who is standing on her porch, shaking her head no. He looks to Dale, who gives him an encouraging nod, and then he steps in front of the group and nervously asks for their attention. He tells them that the barn is full of walkers.

Shane and the others head over to the barn. Shane looks inside, and a walker heads up to the door looking to him eye to eye. Shane wants to take care of them, before they break out and kill them. Rick says no. They are guests on Hershel's farm. They must abide by his rules. Shane wants to make things right and kill the walkers, or go to Fort Bennett, like they were talking about.

Rick doesn't want to leave until they find Sophia. Shane thinks that it's a waste of time, he believes that Sophia is dead. His words anger Daryl, who firmly believes that she is still alive, and that she is worth searching for. Daryl is about to get into a fight with Shane, and Lori breaks them up. Dale tells them that Hershel doesn't see the walkers as undead monstrosities, but as people. Hershel's wife and step-son are in the barn. He thinks that they're just sick people, and doesn't see them as the danger that they are. Their raised voices causes the walkers to push on the front door, which is bolted and chained shut. Shane believes its only a matter of time before they break free and attack them.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Anima Sola Scene Autopsy

Latin Horror has a series called "Scene Autopsy," where they challenge creative people who work in film to talk about the art of film making. The intent is to get film makers to stop thinking in terms of generating buzz for a current project and short term goals to get as many people to "like" the film as possible, and to start thinking of movie making as an art form.

According to Latin Horror, there is far too much emphasis on short-term gimmicks and fake creative discrimination- in other words, current social media and TV trailers for movies have removed us from the heart and soul of movies, and their intended purpose. Movies were not originally created in order for a production company to make a quick buck, but to entertain and move the audience.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Toys for Tots: Horror Style




There is nothing more horrific, more terrifying in the mind of a small child than the thought of waking up Christmas morning to find that Santa has left her NOTHING.

There are many families this holiday season that are suffering in this terrible economy- and many who have to go without and make really tough choices in order to survive from day to day. Toys for Tots is a Christmas tradition that brightens a child's life, if only for a little bit, by donating new toys to families in need. You can learn more about the program here

Toys for Tots Horror Style (TFTHS) is a give a little, win a lot type of contest. Donate a toy valued at $5 or more and you could win the entire collection of signed horror books donated to Toys for Tots Horror Style by horror writers, editors and publishers.


The Days God Slept

Jeremiah Kipp's new project is "The Days God Slept." It is described as a "cinematic prayer that deals with love and secrets;with faith and acceptance." Main character Kristy has a secret to tell John, that may cause him to leave her, or may strengthen their love for one another. "The Days God Slept" takes place in an "ethereal inner-city strip club" where Kristy and John learn that the hardest thing to accept is themselves.

Kipp is currently holding a fundraiser for this movie. I was so impressed with "Contact" and "Crestfallen" that I just had to do a post about this.


The Days God Slept - Teaser Trailer from Lauren Rayner on Vimeo.

Please help out in any way you can so that Mr. Kipp's newest independent film can get the funding it needs, $5,000, to start the first round of principal photography in New York City in the third week of December. A donation of just $10 will get you a personal invitation to the movie's screening.

To learn more about "The Days God Slept" and how you can help visit  Indie GoGo here

Jeremiah Kipp Interview: Crestfallen, Contact and The Sadist


Jeremiah Kipp is a journalist that works for Fangoria and Shock Cinema Magazine. He has directed seven short films, including "The Christmas Party," "The Pod," "Contact" and "Crestfallen." His first feature length film "The Sadist" starring Tom Savini is currently in post-production.

In my humble opinion, he is a fantastic director with a fine eye for detail that allows his works to conjure up strong, deep emotions in the viewer. Not very many directors are able to do that, especially when working with minimalist dialogue, or in the case of "Crestfallen," no dialogue at all.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Free Horror Movie: ThanksKilling (2009)



ThanksKilling. The best B-grade Thanksgiving themed horror film ever made!

If there was ever a day that you needed dark comedic relief from having to suffer through a meal with family members, it's Thanksgiving. Don't even get me started on Uncle Edgar's kidney pie, or the one year he brought a friend to eat for dinner...

Dead Island Bloodbath Arena DLC and Patches


Bloodbath Arena DLC
"Dead Island Bloodbath Arena DLC" was released yesterday. It contains four arenas with new challenges for single player or co-op mode. All items and XP earned in the Bloodbath Arena transfers over into the campaign mode. DLC also comes with a new exclusive weapon called the brain wave bomb.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Review: Dark Moon Presents ZOMBIES!

Dark Moon Presents


Dark Moon Digest brings us the special edition of Dark Moon Presents ZOMBIES! It has 15 short horror stories featuring zombies. A good number of them are quite entertaining and enjoyable to read. The others, not so much. But, like with most anthologies, there are some stories for you, and some stories for the other guy to enjoy. I'm putting the stories I don't care for into the latter category.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 7 Preview

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 7: Pretty Much Dead Already is going to be the last episode of the Walking Dead of the year before the show goes on mid-season hiatus. We won't get to watch the rest of the 13 episodes of Season 2 until February. Episode 8 of season 2 of The Walking Dead will be airing on February 12, 2012.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6: Secrets

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6 "Secrets" starts out with Carl and Lori feeding the chickens. He comments that the chicks are missing their mother and that she was probably eaten. "Everything's food for something else" he says. Wise one, that Carl.

In the background, you can see Patricia in the chicken hut, watching them. When they look away, she nabs a chicken and takes it to the butcher shed. Where she breaks its legs, then totes the chicken to the barn where she dumps out a sack full of chickens down to the walkers to feed them.

On her way to the barn, the horse that spooked and bucked Daryl off runs across the field in front of her. The smart horse made its way back to the farm on its own.

I'll be the first to admit that I was wrong about them not feeding the walkers in the barn. But, that part still doesn't make any sense to me. Won't they run out of food if they're tossing five chickens at a time in to feed them?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Claymation Horror! Chainsaw Maid













Japanese claymation short horror film, "Chainsaw Maid" by Takena Nagao (aka TNT) is about a loyal maid that fights off a horde of zombies with a chainsaw. Takena made it as a tribute to 1980s splatter punk horror films. Personally, I love this little gem of claymation horror. It doesn't get any more full of blood, guts and gore than this!

Free Horror Short Film: The Gate



"95% of the human genome is composed of redundant gene sequences. They appear to have no known biological function. Could a chance event reactivate them?"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Sound of the Scare Part 2: Suspiria (1977)



In the Sound of the Scare Part 2, we are going to be taking a look at the soundtrack of Dario Argento's classic horror film "Suspiria."

"Suspiria" is the first movie of The Three Mothers trilogy. It is about the eldest witch of an ancient and powerful coven, Mater Suspiriorum, who is also called the Mother of Sighs. The movie's score was composed by the progressive rock band Goblin, who also did a number of other horror movies directed by Argento in the 1970s.

The main theme song for "Suspiria" starts with a simple musical idea performed with bells. The idea is a cascade of sixteenth notes in arpeggio that evokes the sounds of a music box and a dainty ballerina deftly pirouetting across the stage. The music creates waves of high and low notes leaping through the air as though it is a stream trickling down a rocky bed.

A little further into the song, a drum and an added musical idea on a dulcimer runs counterpoint to the bells, which is held together by haunting vocals. The main musical theme then moves on to the keyboard and electric guitar mid-way through the song to transform it into a rock ballad.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6: Secrets Preview

In the preview of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6: Secrets we see Shane trying to get Andrea to use her anger to focus and hit a moving target. Shane goes a little too far, and Andrea ends up walking away from him, unable to deal with his harsh views of reality.

Watch the preview here


Here are some sneak peek photos from the next episode.


The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos



The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: Chupacabra

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: Chupacabra starts out with a dream sequence. Lori, Shane, Carl, Sophia, Carol and her husband are stuck on a road leading up to Atlanta in a huge traffic jamb. Carol offers to give Lori some of her husband's food rations and he refuses to share. It's a tactical matter of survival--a mirror image of the argument between caring for the group, or just for those that matter the most to you that is going on between Rick and Shane.

Shane can't pick up anything on the radio, not even an emergency broadcast, so he and Lori decide to walk ahead on the road to see what's going on. A little further up, past people who are fighting, they see military helicopters fly overhead and a strange light flashing in the sky. The military is dropping napalm on the city. Shane holds onto Lori as they watch the city burn. There is no going back to the way things used to be.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Free Short Horror Film: ROSA




I came across this really neat sci-fi CG short film that is set in a post-apocalypse called ROSA. The visual style is stunning, the character animation is so well done that their movements have a genuine sense of weight to them. It looks so good, and has to much depth that you feel as though you could just reach out and touch them. Not that you'd want to, seeing as how they are fighting to the death... But, you know what I mean.


ROSA is about a cyborg named Rosa from the Kernel project who awakens in the aftermath of the global destruction. She must fight for her life when two other cyborgs start hunting her.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Popcorn Horror: Free Horror Film Mobile App

Popcorn Horror


The Popcorn Horror mobile phone app can be downloaded for free on Android here and i-Phone and i-Pad here. The app offers free short horror films on a weekly basis from independent horror film makers around the world.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: Chupacabra Preview

El chupacabra is a goat sucking monster that hails from Mexico. Wonder what the title refers to?

In the Episode 5 preview, Glenn is talking to Dale about how weird the women are acting and has an interesting theory. Dale wisely tells him to keep it to himself. Glenn tells him about Maggie and Dale discusses with him what the consequences of his actions may have on the group.

Watch a preview of Episode 5 here

Here's another sneak peak photo.
I wonder what Andrea's aiming at?

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4: Cherokee Rose

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4: "Cherokee Rose" starts out with Carl waking up and asking about Sophia. Rick lies to him and tells him that she's fine, even though they haven't found her yet. Something he feels guilty about as soon as he says it.

Daryl, Dale, Andrea and Carol pull up at the farmhouse in the morning after leaving canned food and a sign on the back of a car's window near where they last saw Sophia on the freeway, like they said they would. After they are greeted by Rick Dale asks about his son. Rick tells them that if it weren't for Shane, that he'd be dead. Shane shies away from speaking about it with the group.

A memorial service is held for Otis, and his wife Patricia, asks Shane to tell them what happened. She wants to know that his death had meaning. Shane lies, remembering the horrifying actions that he committed in order to survive-- he shot Otis in the leg, hobbling him, and then shoved him to the ground while a herd of walkers was closing in on them at the high school. Shane fought him for the bag of medical supplies, then limped away as fast as he could as the walkers chowed down on Otis; eating him alive.

Shane says "We have to save the boy. See that's what he said." and then goes on to say that Otis told him to run ahead, that he would hold them off, and he did, but when he looked back... he doesn't finish the sentence. He picks up a rock (as those attending the service all placed one on the pile that is Otis' memorial marker) and tells her that if it weren't for Otis, Carl and he would be dead.  If any death had any meaning, it was his.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: Swords of the Dead




"Swords of the Dead" by Danke S. Kaus is a novella about a small town that is invaded by... wait for it... Zombie Ninjas. Mike and his EXTREME fighter friends are hired by Dr. Eva Stratmore to take care of the abnormally acrobatic undead that are literally chewing up her small town.

"Swords of the Dead"  is soon going to be made into a movie. I was contacted in October by the author and asked to review the book, which is based on the now sold movie script. Of course, I said yes, thinking that it would be at least somewhat of a decent book to read because it has such wonderful reviews written about it. Boy was I wrong.

"Swords of the Dead" isn't funny, brilliant, exciting, nor any of the other pretty words used by the quoted reviewers; which can be found here.

I tried to read the novella through a constructive critique lens-- and found myself utterly abhorred by what I read. Not because it is shocking or brutal or anything like that. But because it was written so poorly. The novella is drowning in cliches and the writing style is jarring; making it impossible to enjoy what has the potential to be a cult classic; B-film grade; horror comedy.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 Preview

In the preview of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4: "Cherokee Rose" we see an impromptu memorial service being held for Otis. His bereaved wife asks Shane to tell them what happened, what his final moments were like.

Put on the spot, Shane has to lie to them, and restates the story he told Rick and Lori upon his return from the high school. If you watch him closely, he appears to avoid eye contact as he speaks. At the end of the scene, Shane places a rock on a pile, which is Otis's grave marker. Otis was not buried, it's just a memorial- it would be far too dangerous to return to the high school in an attempt to find what little would remain of his body after the herd of walkers dug into him for a midnight snack.
Watch the preview for Episode 4 here

This sneak peek photo from Episode 4 shows Daryl outside of an abandoned house. I wonder if he'll find Sophia in there...
The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

If you missed episode 3, you can catch a recap video of the main events here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Free Horror Movie: Undead



Our friends at Fearnet.com have the great Australian zombie movie "Undead" available here on VOD from now until Thursday, November 17th.

From IMDB:
"A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out."

If you haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it. It is quirky and the main character, despite his appearance as a local  yokel of a fisherman, is quite the bad ass. And it gives a funny reason for why everyone is turning into a zombie and a resolution to the problem that I absolutely love. It's a bit cheesy and over the top, but a great piece of Aussie horror that is definitely a must see.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3: Save the Last One

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2: "Blood Letting" ended with Carl's life hanging in the balance due to a gunshot wound. Sophia has been missing for a total of one day, going on two.

Episode 3: "Save the Last One" starts with Shane in the farmhouse bathroom shaving off his hair. It appears that he has made it back from the high school in one piece, but... he doesn't seem quite right. The opening scene is a kind of "flash-forward" to the end of the episode. The entire show does a back and forth between three groups of people, those at the farmhouse, Shane and Otis at the high school, and Dale and company at his RV on the highway.

It's night time, during the same day that Carl was shot and Sophia went missing. Rick is talking with Lori as they watch over Carl and brings up the story of how Shane stole the high school principal's car, parked it in a chicken coop, and managed to run three miles back in enough time to finish his lunch. Thus revealing that Shane is a fast runner, and that he has a darker side to him.

Back at the RV, Carol is softly crying on the bed. Andrea is busy cleaning her gun and making a lot of noise, preventing Daryl from sleeping where he is lying on the floor near the small RV kitchenette. Daryl gets up, says that he's going to look for Sophia, which seems to calm Carol down enough to get her to stop crying. Andrea goes with him.

At the walking dead infested high school, Shane and Otis are running for their lives through the hallways, desperately looking for a way out as they are chased by a large herd of walkers. They run into the gym and climb up on top of the bleachers, where they are seemingly trapped by the walkers.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos


Monday, October 31, 2011

Free Horror Short Movie: #19 Review and Director Interview

#19 is a short horror film directed by Tommy Merry. It's about a cannibal serial killer that "tenderizes" his meat before he butchers it. By meat, I mean victims. 


Now, I don't normally care for serial killer, hack and slash type movies. I call them "torture porn"-- which should give you an idea as to how I feel about them. But, this movie was different. The directing style and great acting provokes a lot of strong emotions in the viewer, and you'll find yourself disgusted and yet unable to stop watching. 


Nothing is exactly what it seems, and #19 keeps you wondering what is going to happen, right up until the very end. 


Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3 Preview

AMC put up a sneak peak of episode 3 of "The Walking Dead" titled "Save the Last One."

In it, Daryl and Andrea are walking through the woods at night, searching for Sophia. Andrea asks him if he thinks that they are going to find her. He replies that she could be hiding just about anywhere. Georgia isn't that big of a place, and they could find her at anytime.

Daryl tells her about when was younger than Sophia and got lost in the woods. He is confident that Sophia will survive because she has people looking for her. He didn't. His father was off on a bender and his brother Merl was locked up in juvenile detention. Daryl fended for himself and finally managed to get back home on his own. He believes that if he could survive nine days lost in the woods by himself that Sophia can as well.


Watch the preview here

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2: Bloodletting

Episode 1 of Season 2 of the Walking Dead ended on a cliffhanger, with Sophia missing and Carl shot by a hunter and lying unconscious on the forest floor.

Episode 2: "Bloodletting" starts with a flashback sequence, with Lori talking to a friend about Rick as she waits for Carl to get out of school for the day. Lori has a short fuse and her anger seems to get the better of her. What's worse is that Rick knows this and attempts to talk her down to prevent an argument from escalating to a point where they would both do things that they regret. It is clear that she is worried about her relationship with her husband, and unsure as to what the future will bring.

Just before the final school bell rings, Shane drives up in a police car. As soon as he steps out and starts to approach her, Lori knows that Rick has been shot-- which is one of the things she feared the most.

Shane tells her what happened, and that it is his fault, as he didn't see the third suspect in the vehicle. Lori doesn't blame him, but her heart sinks as school gets out and Carl starts walking towards them. She doesn't know how to tell him that Rick has been hurt. Shane offers to do it, but Lori refuses, and approaches Carl and tells him what happened. Here we see that she understands that when you need to talk with a child, especially about something so important, that you get down to their eye-level and speak with them.

The flashback ends, and Rick is running as fast as he can, carrying Carl through a field, struggling to hold him up as he goes. Shane and the hunter, Otis, are running behind him. Otis is overweight and out of shape, and can't keep up, so he points them in the direction of the doctor's farm house. Shane pushes Otis along, and they run after Rick.
The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos


Friday, October 28, 2011

Atrocious (2010) Review

Atrocious
I caught the live streaming VOD on Bloody Disgusting of "Atrocious" today and I like it. Unlike other found footage movies, there are two video cameras involved, giving you the main characters' perspectives of events as things subtly go from ordinary to deadly.


"Atrocious" is a Spanish found-footage film that starts out as a ghost hunting movie that turns into a slasher flick. This is done through the clever use of misdirection and the characters dropping seemingly benign clues that hint at the truth of what is going on. 


Normally I don't care for the slash and hack genre, but... this movie is different.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jack o'Lanterns


Victory!!!

Just a reminder to all you ghosts and ghouls out there. Halloween is approaching, and the DVD Contest where you can win your own copy of "Dawn of the Dead" (2004) Unrated Director's Cut DVD  is up and running.

To enter, take a picture of your pumpkin, with a piece of paper with the date and time written on it. The paper can be either propped up in front of the pumpkin, or you can hold it in front of it when you take the picture.

Send the picture of your pumpkin along with your name, in an email addressed to cassieshouseofhorror@gmail.com with "October DVD Contest" in the subject line.

The pictures will be posted here on Halloween, so get carving! The best pumpkin wins.

What makes it the best you ask?
Well, it needs to be something original. Your pumpkin can be quirky, cute, or downright scary. The main point is, you did it yourself. And you should be proud!

It doesn't have to be professional, just homemade. That's it!

Don't know how to make your own pumpkin?

You can find a great tutorial on how to make your own pumpkin stencils out of your favorite horror pictures with MS Paint here and Photoshop here

Visit here to learn how to cut out your stencil and preserve your pumpkin.

Then upload your picture and send it to me. :)

Free Short Horror Film: Night of the Pumpkin

The guys behind "Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet" are at it again. This Halloween, they bring us the short film "Night of the Pumpkin."

On Halloween night, two buddies head over to a cemetery with a jack o'lantern to hold a seance and accidentally summon a demon, which possesses the pumpkin and wreaks unholy terror on their small town.

It's a cute horror film, with some genuinely funny parts. If you're into B-horror or cheesy goodness of Trauma films, you'll love it.

I will warn you though:
Although it is not rated, it does have mature content and should be rated R.
Watch here at your own discretion.

"It's time to make some pumpkin pie!"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Party Music Must-Haves

Don't buy another cheesy Halloween music compilation CD! Here are three great bands that have the perfect spooky sounds for your Halloween party, without all that ridiculous singing to annoy your guests. (Personally, if I ever hear "Monster Mash" again, it'll be too soon.)

Midnight Syndicate

Click here to purchase and download.

Midnight Syndicate is the horror music making duo Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka. They make Gothic, fantasy and horror soundtracks. They are a Halloween themed band that has been around since 1995. Midnight Syndicate has composed music for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights and two horror films, "The Rage" and "The Dead Matter." Their synth music is broody and Gothic and sets the perfect mood for a Halloween party. I highly recommend "Born of the Night", "Realm of Shadows" and their self titled first album "Midnight Syndicate."

Nox Arcana

Click here to purchase and download.


Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski of Nox Arcana make dark ambient, dark-wave and neoclassical music. They base their albums on Gothic fiction and classic horror literature such as the works of H.P. Lovecraft-- one of the fathers of modern American Horror-- Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury. Nox Arcana uses classical instruments and a main theme for each album. The music tracks each build upon each other to tell a story, and are accompanied by narrative, sound effects, Gregorian chants and even choirs. My personal favorite is "Darklore Manor" which takes you through the haunted halls of a Victorian mansion.

Lustmord

Click here to purchase and download.

Brian Williams' Lustmord has been around since 1980, and is thought to be the creator of the dark ambient genre. He originally incorporated sounds that he recorded in crypts and slaughterhouses into his music before moving on to becoming strictly dark electronica and gothic ambient. Lustmord brings us to a black place where experimental ambiance and dark space music fills the cold late October air. If you want something that sounds utterly unique and eerie, pick up one of Lustmord's CDs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top 13 Kids Movies for Halloween

13. Monster Squad (1987)PG-13
A group of kids in a club dedicated to movie monsters discover that Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein are real. They must stop them from getting their hands on a magic amulet that will give Dracula the power to rule the world. This movie is cute and has a few genuinely funny moments. Even better, it has all of the classic movie monsters in it.



12. Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) G
"It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" is a made for TV Peanuts cartoon. Blanket toting Linus is waiting for the great pumpkin to arrive and Charlie Brown goes to a Halloween party. This is a feel good Halloween kids movie that invokes the feelings of excitement and anticipation that a child experiences on the days leading up to Halloween.



Monday, October 24, 2011

Horror Movie Monsters: CG vs. Practical Effects

I recently read an interview that Evan Dickson over at Bloody Disgusting did with Eric Heisserer, the screenwriter of "The Thing" 2011- who really did not like what was done with the film in post-production. Some of Mr. Heisserer's comments about how they were originally using practical effects for the creature in the movie, i.e. "old skool" special effects with prosthetics and latex models of monsters, and that they were completely and utterly ruined by their replacement with computer graphic animations got me thinking. I've seen a lot of horror movies. Some good, some mediocre, and some just outright bad.  The main thing that really set the good apart from the terrible movies was how the monster was shown on-screen. Some movie makers seem to think that if it's CG, it's awesome, and that you don't need to do anything else other than film the actors and plug in the CG afterwards. And that line of logic is totally and utterly wrong.

It's not that CG is bad. It's just that when it isn't done right, it really stands out. The best movie monsters that I have seen are the ones that combine real practical effects with CG. It's the marriage of old techniques and the new technology that make the most convincing creatures come to life on-screen.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

[REC] Review




[REC] is a Spanish "found footage" film written and directed by Jaume Balaguero. It is the first installment of the [REC] series.

The movie follows Angela Vidal, a local news reporter and her cameraman Pablo, who are on-site at a firehouse in Barcelona doing a show for her documentary series "While You're Asleep."

The entire movie is filmed from the point of view of her cameraman Pablo. It feels like he truly is a professional cameraman. There are moments of shaky cam hell, but for the most part, he holds the camera steady. (And for that I am thankful. I don't know about you, but other first person point-of-view found footage films make me motion sick.)

During her tour of the firehouse there is an emergency call, and they join the firefighters in their truck as they head over to an apartment complex. The firemen were called in to help an elderly woman who is trapped in her apartment.  As soon as they break down the door and enter her apartment, you see that something isn't quite right. The old woman charges at them, attacks and bites a policeman.



Win a Copy of Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Cassie Carnage's House of Horrors is holding its very first DVD give away contest!


The person with the best jack o'lantern will win a copy of the Unrated Director's Cut of "Dawn of the Dead" (2004).

The DVD had bonus features such as behind the scene documentaries, "lost footage" tape of Andy from the gun store across the street from the mall, and news coverage of the impending zombie apocalypse.

From the back of the DVD box:
"Packed with more blood, more gore, and more bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrills, "Dawn of the Dead" Unrated Director's Cut is the version too terrifying to be shown in theaters! Starring Makhi Phifer, Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley in an edgy, electrifying thrill-ride. 

When a mysterious virus turns people into mindless, flesh-eating zombies, a handful of survivors wage a desperate last-stand battle to stay alive...and human."



Contest Rules:
Take a picture of your carved pumpkin while holding a piece of paper in front of it with the date and the time. Send it along with your name and "October DVD Contest" in the subject line in an email to cassieshouseofhorror@gmail.com.


  • Contest runs from October 22, 2011 to October 31, 2011. 
  • The best pictures received will be put up on this blog on Halloween. 
  • Winner will be announced November 1st, 2011 on the Day of the Dead and notified by email.