Archive for May, 2005

Terry Sharp: Hell-bent on fighting Satanists

Groovy Age of Horror has activated the bat signal to spring the horror blogosphere into a grassroots “spread the word” campaign for a highly worthwhile comic book, Faceless: A Terry Sharp Story. From the online preview:

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ENGLAND – 1962. By day, Terry Sharp is a hard-living, skirt-chasing, celebrated director of classic horror films. But by night, the horror turns real – Terry has discovered a shadowy group of Satanists hell-bent on taking control of the British government. This knowledge has made him a marked man. Black magic or bullets – the Faceless conspirators don’t particularly care which – as long as the end result is Terry’s death. Too bad for them, Terry Sharp isn’t ready to die just yet – not without taking a whole lot of bad guys with him

This is the kind of story telling the Haunted Vampire is happy to help promote. Now if you’ll excuse me, I got a comic book to race out and buy.

UPDATE – Groovy Age of Horror has snagged an exclusive.
UPDATE 2 – Exploring the Terry Sharp web site, I found this comic book, The Black Forest. The story is set on the battlefields of World War I with an American fighting vampires and other creatures of the night. The comic was released in 2004 when I was busy fighting to stop other bloodthirsty horrors. I’m going to look for The Black Forest. The other great news is The Black Forest 2 is scheduled for release on Sept. 7, 2005.

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Haunted by Granny

The Mirror of London has the story of a family haunted by Granny:

The 58-year-old – Sue’s mum – says: “The first thing was the sheets moving as I lay in bed. I sensed my mum and felt the blankets moving around me. It was like she was tucking me in just like she used to.”

When Joe, 75, died in 1997, the problems got worse.

“After the funeral, the boxes of his old stuff would move about,” says Sandra. “I’d make a point of putting, say, a pension book on the table and walking out of the room. Each time it moved.”

Next she heard footsteps at night. Then the coughing started. “It scared me so much that I wouldn’t go to bed,” she recalls.

My grandmother is probably haunting the Bingo Hall.

‘Bewitched’ statue Part Deux

I’ve blogged this already. Go read this post to read my thoughts. Here’s the latest story, this one from the L.A. Times:

When the city’s design review board approved the project this month, many in town were relieved.

“It’s probably going to be the best-looking statue in town,” said Megan Kalgren, 20. Scooping herbs into little plastic bags to sell for “spell kits” at her mother’s witch supply store, Kalgren said she had attended meetings about the statue and thought the opposition was ridiculous.

“A bunch of people were complaining, but I’m like, ‘It’s a statue, it’s cute, get over it,’ ” Kalgren said.

A customer in Kalgren’s store, Natasha Rooney of Rochester, N.H., said she was a witch and saw nothing offensive about honoring the television version. “I think it’s cool,” said Rooney, 16. “Salem is all about history, and even though the statue that is going up may not be historical, it fits right in with the town.”

Salem Mayor Stanley J. Usovicz Jr. agreed: “Despite the unfortunate events in 1692,” he said, “I think — and many people here also think — that popular culture and contemporary art in a historic city makes a great deal of sense.”

Makes sense to me.

Theater calls in ghost hunters

From the Glasgow Evening Times:

Members of the Scottish Paranormal Investigations (SPI) team will spend a night in the Tron Theatre to analyse spirit activity.

The team’s overnight stay comes after several people, including the theatre’s caretaker, reported seeing spectres in various parts of the building.

The tower is the oldest part of the Trongate theatre and dates back to the 16th century. It has survived several fires and has a rich history which includes a spell as a place of execution.

There have been reports of people dressed in old-fashioned clothing seen near the tower and also of people looking out of its window down to the street below.

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Incan children sacrificed in ceremonies

If you kids don’t behave, I’m going to send you to the temple. From Discovery News:

Recent evidence sheds light on the young boys and girls who were killed during Inca sacrificial ceremonies in the 15th and 16th centuries, evidence that includes pottery and human remains found at South American mountaintop sites.

Although archaeologists do not believe the Inca practiced cannibalism, as did their Aztec neighbors to the north, the evidence does suggest that Inca leaders targeted children to serve as sacrificial “tribute,” somewhat similar to money collected for state taxes.

North Wales Paranormal Research calls it quits

The North Wales Paranormal Research team has decided to give up the ghost. The founder of the group, which began in 2002, has announced on the organization’s web site that she and the other directors decided to shut it down.

We’ve all travelled up and down the country, as far afield as Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire and Newcastle Keep in Newcastle upon Tyne. In addition to these we have investigated some of the supposedly ‘most haunted’ buildings in the UK, including Chingle Hall, the aforementioned Derby Gaol and Plas Teg. In addition to the larger scale venues, we have also been involved in a number of private residence cases which have all proved interesting. We’ve had some very interesting results but most importantly of all we have all had great fun along the way.

Good luck in the future.

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Perfect tour for me

I would love to do this.

Coming attractions

I haven’t done this in a while. I should go back to see how many of the upcoming movies I wanted to see I managed to see. I was going to see House of Wax this weekend, finally, but instead took the kids to see Madagascar (I know, I just ruined what little street cred I had in the horror blogosphere).

UPDATE: When I compiled similar lists earlier in this blog’s history, I was pretty much writing it for myself as a checklist reminder of movies I wanted to see. But I want to throw out the question to others: Which of the upcoming movies are you most looking forward to seeing?

June 10 – Haute tension. French film opens in the U.S. Trailer here. This will probably go into my NetFlix queue even though I’d prefer to see it on the big screen.

June 17 – Batman Begins. Let’s just say I’m cautiously optimistic.

June 24 – Land of the Dead. ::Drool:: Long awaited, eagerly anticipated and politically probably more relevant than ever before, I can’t wait for this movie to open.

Bewitched. I saw a trailer for it before Revenge of the Sith. It looks like the great pilot episode for a remake of a TV series. I doubt if there’s enough to make it worth seeing on the big screen. Nicole Kidman as a witch is hot, though, and the wife loves Will Ferrell.

July 1 – War of the Worlds. If the drive-in at Stephen City, Va., is playing it, that’s where I’m going to try to see it. For some reason, seems like the perfect place to see this movie.

Undead. An Australian zombie film hits the U.S. probably to ride the coattails of Land of the Dead. But it looks like a good popcorn flick and if you haven’t seen the trailer yet you should. The Guardian raved about it. To be honest, I’m looking forward to this more than the big budget War of the Worlds. Here’s what The Guardian had to say about Undead:

There’s a few bob in zombie films nowadays; it’s a lucrative niche market, and platoons of the walking dead with their outstretched arms and vacant stare are relatively cheap to rustle up. But Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s superb zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead recently raised the bar very high for this kind of thing, as well as giving us an unimprovably brilliant description of the zombie’s befuddled, belligerent behaviour: “Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.” This is an Australian zombiesploitation splatterfest by the Spierig brothers, Michael and Peter, and it likeably declines to take itself too seriously, while simultaneously being very clearly the creation of people who take the genre very seriously indeed.

July 8 – Fantastic Four. This may sound like the most trivial of concerns, but I really wish they had made The Thing more clunky looking. Irregardless of the reviews, this is on my must-see list. The inner-fan boy in me cannot be denied. Trailer here.

Dark Water. I don’t know if I want to dive in to these waters after walking out of Ring 2. As someone on the IMDB message board asked, “No pirates?”

July 22 – The Devil’s Rejects. Long-time readers of this site know I’ve been watching the development of this movie with keen interest.

July 29 – The Brothers Grimm.
From the IMDB description of the plot:

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.

Terry Gilliam directing. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. What’s not to like?

Night Watch. Russian fantasy film with vampires, witches, shapeshifters and other creatures battle for control of the night. Here’s part of how Filmcritic.com described Night Watch:

Once it receives its long due stateside release, the smash Russian fantasy epic Night Watch will inevitably be compared to The Matrix, most likely because of all the people running about a modern-day city (wearing sunglasses at night, no less) doing battle with forces that normal folks can’t even see. Also, the film was a box office hit and the first in a planned trilogy. But truth be told, Night Watch has much more in common with the worlds created by fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman, most especially his classic Neverwhere (filmed for British TV) about a secret world existing just below the surface of everyday London. The two works share an abiding interest in the careful creation and delineation of complex universes of the unreal – not to mention a love of dark, shady places, and large-scale struggles between good and evil.

Entire review well worth reading.

Don’t forget to answer which movie you’re most looking forward to seeing.

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New feature added

I added a new feature to my sidebar between recommendations and advertisements for some of my visitors. You know who you are.

‘The Opera Ghost really existed’

The Bad Hair Blog has a great post on The Phantom of the Opera novel by Gaston Laroux and the many movie and stage adaptions that followed.

The Phantom of the Opera story, while originally a horror tale, is in a sense a retelling of the French folk tale of Beauty and the Beast, and of course of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the book written by Victor Hugo in 1831, not the Disney movie).

Go read the entire post here or at the Blogger News Network here.

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