"Welcome to my nightmare." Alice Cooper had a big impact on the impressionable mind of the young Doctor Gash. One of my earliest, yet most personality molding television memories as a child was watching the infamous Alice Cooper episode of "The Muppet Show," which aired on March 28, 1978.
"Not bad for a human." Do you recognize that voice on the Verizon Droid commercials? That is the voice of a badass. That is the voice of Lance Henriksen. And "Not bad for a human" is not only one of the more memorable lines ever delivered by the man, whose career has spanned a veritable library of film, it's also the name of his biography. And a full biography it is.
On September 30, 2011, Universal Studios brings us the newest offering in mind-bending thrills with the release of Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. It's the tale of a family relocated from the bustle of New York City to a serene New England town. Once moved into their "perfect" home, the family soon see everything begin to come unraveled as the past comes back to haunt them.
"You've got the body…I've got the brains." That was the scene that did it for me. We've all got our favorite Freddy Krueger moment ... Nancy in the bathtub, Johnny Depp getting sucked into the bed, the cockroach transformation scene or even "Welcome to prime time, bitch!". But the one that stuck with me was Krueger peeling back the top of his head, revealing a pulsing brain, while reciting that line to a screaming Jesse in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge.
Ten years ago true horror reared its head and thousands were lost. Thousands more were left in mourning. Thousands still are out there fighting for what we love and what we have lost. At this time we here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to reflect on and honor the memories of our friends and family who were lost to us a decade ago. You'll always be close to our hearts.
To celebrate the upcoming release of the new psychological terror-filled tale Straw Dogs, Dread Central has decided to take a look back at movie characters who, like that film's David Sumner, have been pushed too far.
Who the hell is Kane Hodder? I distinctly remember saying those exact words. Picture it, a young, 14-year-old Doctor Gash. Here I was, not even an intern yet, preparing for a visit to my hometown cinema, The Community Theater, to see Jason Voorhees' newest offering, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
FX has been creating quite a buzz with its slew of promotional spots for the chilling upcoming series "American Horror Story." You know the ones I'm talking about, with the pregnant woman in the path of a creepy looking thing in a latex suit, the presumably dead looking baby doll (or baby?) and the mysterious arms playing cello on people's bellies. Intrigued word of mouth has definitely been circulating, and in just a few short weeks we'll get a chance to engorge ourselves with what looks to be a veritable feast for the eyes.
The Tip of the Scalpel tribute is awarded to individuals who have impressed the genre community with their contributions to the world of horror. Our first honor goes to Bill Moseley.
We all have that horror movie slasher we think is the scariest, most powerful of them all. Some go for Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers. All heavy hitters, absolutely. Leatherface and the Firefly Clan? No doubt they are ruthless, cold-blooded blood-letters, but only one film series features a killer more powerful than all the rest.
The horror genre isn’t exactly known for its breadth of tearjerkers. Whenever “sad” movie moments are dissected in lists or discussions, horror is generally excluded. It’s a ridiculous notion, of course, considering there’s no genre of movies quite as emotional as this.
While there was no shortage of successful horror films in 1999 (Sleepy Hollow, The Sixth Sense, The Blair Witch Project, Stigmata), teen-based films were on the wane. 1998 represented the financial peak of this subgenre, with only two miserable offerings crawling into theaters the following year.
What a difference a year makes. Opening less than 365 days after its predecessor, Scream 2 was perfectly poised to rake in the big bucks. For starters opening night at the local theater was no longer a "fans only" event.
DISCLAIMER: Help. Please help me. HELP. Never mind. That was a knee-jerk reaction to finally submitting this entry to you. See, I’ve been grappling with this article for months. Life interjected here and there, sure…but the real problem was realizing that I had bitten off much more than I could quickly chew. What was once a fun idea grew to Kongish proportions.
There was a time when the name Leisure Books was synonymous with horror novels. When it came to mass market paperbacks, Leisure ruled the horror world. Authors like Ed Lee, Craig Spector, Brian Keene, Richard Laymon, Graham Masterton, Jack Ketchum, and even Stephen King have published with Leisure, which was owned by Dorchester Publishing.