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

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


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 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.


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

  • 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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Sound of the Scare Part 1 The Thing (1982)

The soundtrack is the one subject that is the least discussed by people when talking about the horror movies. Because of this, I have decided to start an ongoing series called "The Sound of the Scare." 

Unfortunately there are a plethora of films in the genre whose potentially tense scenes are completely trampled over by an over-exuberant score. Even worse is when the film depends more on the suspense created by the music than on the acting, character development and overall plot. These cheap scares are typically signaled by a score that continuously grows louder in volume until it screams at the audience; the blaring speakers making them jump. The terror here is due to the assault on the eardrums, rather than the cerebellum. Directors that intentionally use it to provide auditory cues as to when the next “big scare” is coming up are just using it as a crutch. It is a weak attempt to cover up their inability to conjure up suspense via dialogue and action.

However, when done correctly the soundtrack adds to the sense of foreboding and dread that the story was intended to dredge up in the viewer to begin with.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 Preview

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to see what happens in season 2 episode 2 of "The Walking Dead." The title of the episode is "Bloodletting." That can't be a good sign.

What is going to happen to Carl?

There's also a sneak peak at what's ahead for the gang of "The Walking Dead" on You can catch it here. It's a scene with Dale and T-Dog. T-Dog is not having a good day, and thinks that he and Dale are going to be left behind or killed by the others. Sounds like the summer heat is getting to him.

Don't miss the next episode of "The Walking Dead" this Sunday at 9pm! I know that I won't.

Watch REC for Free Online

Watch the greatest Spanish zombie movie of all time for free online here at until the end of October. It is a gem of a found footage film that will wrap its bloody claws around you and won't let go as it takes you on a horrific ride into hell. Literally. Pay Attention to the end scenes and you'll see what I mean.

"REC" is the movie that "Quarantine" was based off of. "REC" is by far, the superior movie of the two. Through out the movie, the perfectly paced plot creates suspense and terror that keeps ramping up right along with the action.

The best part: the characters are interesting and most are people that you would care about if you met them in person. Well, you would, until they tried to rip off your face...

A full review of "REC" from Cassie Carnage's House of Horror will be posted later this week.

Check out the trailer below!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"The Walking Dead" Season 2 Premier Breaks Viewing Records

In a press release from AMC, it was announced that the first episode of "The Walking Dead" Season 2 had a record breaking number of viewers watching with a total of 11 million viewers for all three airings this past sunday.

This makes "The Walking Dead" the "most watched drama in the history of basic cable!"

Congratulations guys!

Visit here to get to  for the full story.
Cast picture courtesy of

Check Out "The Walking Dead" Parody: The Walken Dead

This has to be the funniest Christopher Walken parody I have ever seen--and a "The Walking Dead" parody at that.

In this comedy short, a terrible virus outbreak is turning people into Christopher Walken zombies-- walking undead that utter Walken quotes. Horrifying.

"Needs more cowbell!"

Monday, October 17, 2011

Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1

I am happy to say that Season 2 of "The Walking Dead" has opened with a strong character driven first episode.

Episode 1 "What Lies Ahead" has many intense moments that will leave you biting your nails in anticipation of what could possibly happen next.

The show starts out with Rick and gang leaving Atlanta. Unfortunately, Dale's RV breaks down on the freeway, which has turned into a parking lot after a huge multiple car collision caused by a large semi-truck. The accident left the road littered with abandoned cars; some of which have dead bodies in them, other with sorely needed supplies like food and water.

Just when you think that they are safe from any sort of walker attack, a huge mob of zombies starts heading their way.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Free Horror Film: Atrocious


Our friends over at are showing a free online screening of "Atrocious" starting Thursday October 27th at 8:30pm EST/5:30 pm PST.

"Atrocious" is a Spanish found footage horror movie directed by Fernando Barreda Luna. The footage documents the Quintanilla family's final visit to their summer home; during which Cristian and July Quintanilla spend their time investigating the source of a local urban legend, with disasterous repercussions.

"Atrocious" is available for free video-on-demand streaming starting Thursday, October 27th at 8:30pm EST/5:30 PST with the last show starting at 7:00pm EST/ 4:pm PST on Friday October 28th.

A live chat event will take place during the screening starting at 8:30 EST on the Big Live video player on and Facebook.

Find more information about this free event here

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dead Island Review

The award winning video game Dead Island by Deep Silver for the XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, and the PC takes place on the beautifully rendered tropical island of Banoi in Papua New Guinea. You can play one of four characters; rapper Sam B, former policewoman Xian Mei, bodyguard Purna or retired football star Logan. During the start of the game the PCs discover that they are mysteriously immune to the disease that is ravaging the resort paradise and turning people into undead monstrosities.

Dead Island has RPG elements and gorgeous graphics and sound that really make you feel like you can feel the spray of the ocean on your face and the hot tropical sun on your back. The fact that you are being assaulted by dead people in bikinis and swim trunks makes the atmosphere of the game all the more terrifying.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Starts Tomorrow!

For those of you who haven't heard about this fantastic new horror TV series on AMC, "The Walking Dead" is about a group of people that are struggling to survive in a zombie apocalypse. The series is based on the comic book/graphic novel series of the same name.

The first season is about sheriff deputy Rick Grimes' search for his wife Lori and 12 year old son Carl. Rick has a strong sense of justice and upholds his principles, even in the face of the extinction of the human race.

When we last left off, Rick and the group of survivors he ran into had just escaped the CDC in Atlanta after it had been blown up by the suicidal doctor Edwin Jenner. Rick talked Jenner into letting them leave before the building self destructed. As they said their quick fair-wells, Jenner whispered something in his ear.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night

"Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night" is an independent Japanese film that is a sequel to "Paranormal Activity" that was released in November 2010. Unfortunately it came out the same year as "Paranormal Activity 2" did in the United States and did not receive the attention it rightfully deserves. 

PA2:TN centers around Haruka Yamano and her younger brother Yoichi. The movie starts with Haruka returning home from San Diego, California after she was in a car accident that broke both of her legs.