Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Prometheus Viral Video: Watch Peter Wayland Promote His Company at TED!

I came across this viral video for "Prometheus" and had to post it here. It is a video of Peter Weyland (played by Guy Pearce) talking at the TED conference in 2023 about his vision for the future: Andriods!

Remember Science Officer Ash, the android from Alien (played by Ian Holm) that wreaked havoc on the Nostromo and got a lot of people killed by the xenomorph? His model was made by the Wayland Corporation.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City

"Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City" takes place in Raccoon City (hence the title), during the events of "Resident Evil 2," "Resident Evil 3: Nemesis" and two of the "Resident Evil: Outbreak" games.

An outbreak of the T-virus has spread throughout the city, turning people into zombies, or worse...

In the game you can play as an officer of the Umbrella Security Service (USS) or as a member of the United States Special Ops force. Umbrella agents must destroy evidence of Umbrella's illegal activities, which includes killing survivors. Special Ops have to expose the illegal actions of the company, and manage to stay alive during the process. Unfortunately for Leon fans, such as myself, the game gives you the option of killing Leon Kennedy (which, really, makes no sense. But it is just a "what-if" scenario and not cannon to the series. So, whatever.)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out

There are only three more episodes left of Season 2 of The Walking Dead and things are finally starting to heat up!

"The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out" is framed somewhat like the episode in which Shane killed Otis and starts out in a "flash forward" with Shane running away from walkers on what appears to be a fenced in school grounds. Shane is being chased by walkers. Rick sees one fall out of the window and a tied up Randal is wriggling like an inch worm towards a knife. Shane runs into a school bus and struggles to keep the door shut as the walkers attempt to get in.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 11: Judge, Jury, Executioner Preview

Does the end of civilization mean that EVERY rule you used to live by should be thrown out the window?

With the voices of reason whittling down to just Dale and Rick, it appears that Dale is going to have to push people to keep their humanity. Dale doesn't want them to lose their moral compass and he knows that once they start killing people just because they are afraid of repercussions that may or may not happen-- because they aren't sure if it's safe to trust Randall or not-- they become just as immoral and monstrous as the men that the kid used to run with.

Watch the preview of Episode 11!

Here are some preview pictures!

Dale looks like he's about to get really serious. Will he be able to stop them from executing Randall?

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Friday, February 24, 2012

World War Z Movie Teaser Trailer and Preview Pictures

The popular book "World War Z" by Max Brooks consists of a series of interviews with survivors of a zombie outbreak. The  movie rights to the novel were purchased in 2007 by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Free Movie Friday! The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

This week's free movie is the pure psychological horror classic "The Mothman Prophecies." There is no gore or big fight scenes in this one. But not everything needs to be blood and guts and sub-machine guns. Now does it?

"The Mothman Prophecies" happens to be the best, and most under-rated movie Richard Gere has ever done. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by John Keel. Keel went to Point Pleasant during the summer of 1966 and personally interviewed eye-witnesses of the Mothman. He even had some peculiar things happen to himself while he was there, such as the strange phone calls that happen in the movie. (That book is so scary; I couldn't even read it at night. )

"The Mothman Propheices" is full of shots that are strictly from the point of view of SOMETHING that swoops down to watch events unfold and then flies away at the end of the scene. Mothman is watching all of the characters as news reporter John Klein desperately tries to uncover the truth behind the strange and eerie sightings of the Mothman and the prophecies of Indrid Cold. It could be that Mothman is Indrid Cold, with his creepy inhuman smile and bone chilling voice, or not... I'll let you decide.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Best Zombie Movie Opening Ever

Like the different takes of slow and fast zombies that are now prevalent in the genre, some zombie movies start slow and some start fast. Then there are fast zombie movies that have such incredibly intense openings that they stay with you for years. Such is the case of Dawn of the Dead (2004), which has the best zombie movie opening ever.

The screenplay was brilliantly written adaptation of George A. Romero's original "Dawn of the Dead" script and was penned by James Gunn. It was so good in fact, that it was nominated for the 2005 Bram Stoker Award for Screenplays.

"Dawn of the Dead" starts out innocently enough, all the while cleverly leaving little hints that begin to add up and point to zombie apocalypse that I just love.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out Preview

In the previews for "The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 10: 18 Miles Out" that were aired last Sunday,  Rick and Shane get into a fistfight and are attacked by walkers. Rick is pinned beneath a dead walker and Shane runs away, leaving Rick when a group of walkers comes running after him.

In the second preview aired last Sunday Rick and Shane approach a strange shaped building.  They spot a walker and Shane draws his gun and goes to shoot, but Rick stops him and draws the walker over by cutting his finger and wiping his blood on the chain link fence. When the walker grabs the fence, Rick shoves a knife in its eye and kills it. He is trying to show Shane that there are better ways to do things. Smarter ways. But... why?

I wonder where and what that place is.  Did they go looking for the rest of Randall's group? Is it the prison?  

In the following preview, Maggie talks to Lori about Glenn. Sounds like those two are already having relationship problems.

Watch the preview of Episode 10: 18 Miles Out!

Check out the bonus video montage of all the zombie special effects for Season 2 of "The Walking Dead!"

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Trigger Finger

"The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Trigger Finger" is by far one of the best episodes of the season.  It had a lot of action, a lot of zombies, and a heck of a lot of character development. Conversations that should've happened several episodes ago finally happen and we got to see the reason why Lori ran off like she did...

Episode 9: Trigger Finger starts out with Lori unconscious in the wrecked car and a walker trying to get in to eat her. It shoves its face through the broken windshield, ripping off flesh around its mouth and chin in an attempt to get at her. (Which was pretty awesome if I do say so myself.)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wow! Over 10,000 Page Views!

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This weekend Cassie Carnage's House of Horror reached 10,676 page views!

That's way over 9,000!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Playing Dead with Telltale Games: The Walking Dead Video Game

"The Walking Dead: The Game"  by Telltale Games is a single player adventure horror video game that takes place during the initial zombie outbreak in Atlanta when Rick Grimes is still in a coma. Telltale Games are the guys that brought us "Tales of Monkey Island," "Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People" and "Law & Order: Legacies."

In "The Walking Dead: The Game" you play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who escapes from a crashed cop car and finds himself all alone during the zombie apocalypse. As he fights to survive, he comes across an orphaned girl named Clementine that he takes in and decides to protect.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Trigger Finger Preview

In the preview of "The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Trigger Finger" Andrea and Shane talk about a man that appears at the farm and the potential consequences of helping him and before sending him on his way.

Watch the preview below!

Here are two sneak peek photos from Episode 9. 

Dave and Tony weren't traveling alone. Whoever they were with starts shooting at Rick, Glenn and Hershel and set off a good old fashioned Wild West gun fight in a bar. I wonder if all that noise they're making is going to draw the attention of any nearby walkers?

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8: Nebraska

When we last left the group, Shane had rallied the group to his side and broke open the barn where they were storing the walkers. After they gunned the walkers down like a line of gunmen at an execution, poor Sophia appears at the barn door, and we learn that she had been attacked and turned into a walker. With everyone stunned by her appearance, Rick steps up and kills her.

Everyone is in shock over Shane's violent outburst. He finally got his way, drew the group to follow his lead, and left a pile of corpses in his wake.

Carol pushes Daryl away, angry at him- Daryl was an agent of hope for her and her daughter, but it appears that hope is a dangerous thing to have in a zombie apocalypse. Carol runs to the RV, where she had been sitting, waiting for them to find Sophia.

Beth, Hershel's youngest daughter, runs to her mother's side (she was one of the walkers that was in the barn), calling out her name and crying. When she turns her over, her undead mother attacks her, and she screams. Andrea, Glenn, T-Dog come to her aid and Andrea drives a scythe through the back of the walker's head.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Songs in the Key of Murder and Free Flash Horror Game

MC Randumb and Jewish Dave have a duo-rap style similar to the Beastie Boys with a theme that is reminiscent of the techno songs by Zombie Girl, except more naughty. They are self described comedy-rap group that make gangsta rap albums about horror and cult B-movies.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Free Movie Friday! Aaah! Zombies!!

This week's free horror movie is "Aaah! Zombies!!" (aka "Wasting Away"). It is a horror comedy about a group of friends that accidentally start a zombie outbreak when they come across a secret serum made by the government. They attempt to continue on with their lives and don't realize when they encounter trouble that the problem is that they're dead. The movie is shot in color and in black and white; the point of view of the color scenes is the zombies; the point of view of the black and white scenes is from those who are still alive.

There is a lot of tongue-in-cheek and slapstick humor, and just the right amount of blood and gore for a zombie movie. "Aaah! Zombies!!" is terribly funny and sure to become a cult classic if it hasn't become one already.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Sound of the Scare Highlights: John Carpenter's THE THING: THE MUSICAL

I was shown "John Carpenter's THE THING: THE MUSICAL" by Jon and Al Kaplan a few days ago by my significant other, Shane Strange, and decided to look to see if the guys behind it had made any other great musicals based on horror films and boy was I not disappointed!  The Kaplan's are musical geniuses with a great sense of humor and a love for horror films that I can admire. They composed the score, wrote the lyrics and did the video editing to all of the musical videos I posted here.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Video Promo

With the second season of "The Walking Dead" starting February 12th, there has been two goodies thrown our way.

One is the Facebook app "The Walking Dead - Left Behind," which is a short video that was shot in first person. "Left Behind" is about a man that comes to and finds that he is locked up in a walker infested police station. You can find the app here

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

[Rec] 3: Genesis Preview Pictures and Trailer

After the amazingly scary [REC] and [REC]2, we now get to see the demonic possession/infection outbreak in full daylight. Yeah, they aren't zombies, more like puppets of a diabolical force that works like a virus that the Vatican tried to study and accidentally unleashed in the city. Oops...

[REC]3: Genesis is going to be in a more classic cinematic style and will only have certain events seen through the lens of a hand-held video camera. The found footage elements will remain to provide a total immersion of the action sequences, however it will not be the main focus of the third film of the [REC] franchise.

While I loved the way the directors handled the found footage in the first two films, they still made me a bit motion sick at parts, so I'm glad that the entire film is not going to be wild camera shots that swing from one subject to the next with such speed as to give your brain whiplash.

In [REC]3: Genesis, the demonic infection has left the apartment building and has managed to spread several miles to the location of Koldo and Clara's wedding. The third movie is supposed to draw together the plots of [REC] and [REC] 2 and hold information that can be used to decode the clues left behind in the top apartment and attic that were hidden in plain site (the articles on the walls, invisible coffins, mysterious audio tapes and more!) and lead up to the final installment of the franchise [REC] 4: Apocalypse.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Review and Author Interview: "Normalcy" by Kim Cooney

While most of the time I find that books that are labeled with warnings of intense violence or disturbing images are not disturbing in the slightest, for once I've found a novella that actually is what it claims to be. "Normalcy" by Kim Cooney is a first person narrative that follows a young woman named Christine as she discovers the "joys" of murder as she blossoms into a predatory serial killer.

Now, I'm not one for torture porn or slasher flicks or books about serial killers. I find them trite, overdone and excuses for senseless violence against poor defenseless attractive women (and sometimes defenseless good looking men). That being said, "Normalcy" really impressed me. Cooney's choice of words create a vivid picture of the life of a disturbed woman as we follow her development from an abused child that tortures animals into a young woman who is a vicious serial killer.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Free Horror Movie Friday! Severed Forest of the Dead (2005)

This week's free horror movie is "Severed Forest of the Dead."

"Severed Forest of the Dead" is a gem of a splatter punk zombie story. One of those silent cult classics that was never really advertised but is pretty darn good.

Its about a Canadian logging company that has to deal with tree hugging hippies (er.. Environmentalists) that want to protect the forest and accidentally unleash a zombie plague.

Synopsis from IMDB:
A multi-national forestry company engages in genetic experimentation to increase logging yield in a remote section of forest. But the experimentation goes disastrously wrong, transforming a disparate group of loggers and environmental activists into the "infected" -- ravenous, zombie-like creatures who prey upon the few terrified survivors while they attempt to understand and control the disaster... 

If you love zombie movies, you need to watch this one! It's got evil forest corporations, genetic experiments gone wrong, fast zombies and a lot of blood and gore. Not only that, but it has Paul Campbell who played Billy in Battlestart Galactica as the starring role!

"Severed Forest of the Dead" is one of my favorites. You can watch it for free here