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10 Tales of Terrible Transformation You Might Have Missed

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We’ve all had our fair share of monster fantasies. Whether it’s a vampire sex thing or a Hulk smash cathartic rampage, being a monster would be awesome. As long as there aren’t any of those consequences associated with becoming a creature of nightmares. Being a werewolf is great when you have some exes who need convenient animal attack murders, but actually having to lock yourself in your basement every full moon would be a chore.

There are a ton of famous transformation horror flicks, including classics like The Fly, The Thing, and An American Werewolf in London. But I like giving some love to the little guy. So in light of the recent DVD release of The Fiancé, I wanted to take a look at some of the lesser known flicks where average joes and janes become bloodthirsty monsters.

Directed by Mark Allen Michaels and starring Carrie Keagan, Dallas Valdez, and Douglas Tait (check out his Brainwaves interview here), The Fiancé tells the story of a couple whose idyllic cabin retreat is interrupted by a Bigfoot problem. Soon the bride-to-be starts becoming less than an ideal match.

Some rules right off the bat: First, there are no big names on this list! Cult classics are fine, but I want these to be films you actually might have missed. Everyone knows that The Thing is awesome. Second, there is only ONE film of each monster type. That means one vampire, one zombie, etc. So a few neat flicks got left on the cutting room floor, but rules are rules.

Now, with that out of the way, here are my 10 Tales of Terrible Transformation You Might Have Missed:

10) Bite (2015):

You can pretty confidently describe Bite as “The Fly but way grosser.” Which is great because that’s what it’s going for. I’m not really a fan of body horror, but even I took some delightful glee in all the puss and slime that Bite threw into my eyeballs. If you’re the kind of person who likes to see just how much gross you can take, then check it out.

9) Starry Eyes (2014):

Speaking of movies about young women becoming smelly grotesque monsters in their apartments! Starry Eyes would have edged Bite out if their transformations yielded similar results. Instead of turning into a bug monster, Starry Eyes’ Sarah turns into… something else entirely. This is one of those quality indie horror films rooted deep in metaphor but without a reliance on it. It’s shocking enough to satisfy but also cerebral enough to make you keep thinking about it after the credits roll.

8) Spring (2014):

Spring

This is going to be the film that hits the limits of my whole “that you might have missed” thing. Receiving near universal praise, it’s almost impossible to think that a horror nut hasn’t heard of Spring. I ended up deciding to include it for two reasons: First, as a love story, some fans looking for true horror might be turned away. Second, it’s just so damn good that I couldn’t well leave it off. Spring is an entirely different kind of transformation story. I don’t want to spoil it, but this isn’t about a person turning into a nightmare monster. It’s almost the other way around.


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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 152 – Cloverfield Paradox & The Ritual

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Last week Netflix shocked the world by not only releasing a new trailer for Cloverfield Paradox during the Superbowl, but announcing the film would be available to stream right after the game. In a move no one saw coming, Netflix shook the film industry to it’s very core. A few days later, Netflix quietly released horror festival darling: The Ritual.

Hold on to your Higgs Boson, because this week we’ve got a double header for ya, and we’re not talking about that “world’s largest gummy worm” in your mom’s nightstand. Why was one film marketed during the biggest sporting event of the year, and why was one quietly snuck in like a pinky in your pooper? Tune in a find out!

Meet me at the waterfront after the social for the Who Goes There Podcast episode 152!

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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