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October 27th isn’t just the date of the new season of “Stranger Things” or the release of Jigsaw, it’s also when Urn, the new album from Australian progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris, comes out. Featuring six tracks that total to over 45 minutes of music, Ne Obliviscaris is a prime example of epic music. Even when their tracks don’t run over 10 minutes, there is an atmosphere their music evokes that makes the listener feel like they’re on an amazing, unpredictable journey.

To celebrate their upcoming album and how epic it is, we got vocalist Xenoyr to share his Top 10 Epic Horror Films, a list that includes a wide variety of classic horror titles that each, in their own way, take viewers on horrifying journeys. Some of the films may be contained to a single locations while others venture into the stars but all of them feel like they’re part of a greater mythology, which makes them all the more daunting yet alluring.

You can pre-order Urn through Season of Mist.


The Shining (1980)

Stephen King + Stanley Kubrick = psychologically messed up, intelligent, cold, and ominous. I don’t think any other movie has been quite able to portray that complete sense of isolation and suspense like this movie…but whenever I hear the line, “Here’s Johnny” though, I remember that fucking dance song by Hocus Pocus – one way to ruin a great movie moment.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 remake)

The first psychological horror movie I watched as a child which really affected me, I sat there thinking about it for hours afterwards. The concept is more terrifying than a world of zombies, because at least you know where your enemies are…and for me, it holds one of the most disturbing noises in the horror history, those that have seen it will know what I’m talking about.


Alien (1979)

The first installment of the Alien franchise will always have a place in my heart, it was dark, gritty, brilliantly acted, suffocating, intense and stylish all at the same time. I have to give a massive nod to the mind of HR Giger (bless his beautifully, twisted mind) who’s visual stamp made it what it was, and which each following Alien movie has to thank him for. It’s perfectly paced, and doesn’t fall into the trap of revealing everything too early.


Event Horizon (1997)

Anything that involves a black hole and the idea of being transported to Hell, has me interested. It has an almost Alien feel and a gritty Hellraiser edge, centered around an eerie, tense atmosphere, reminiscent of The Shining. I’ve always thought it was a highly under-rated film, granted some of the science may be questionable but that’s what science fiction is. I’m not sure if it’s intentional but there’s a particular scene which reminded me of a Bosch Renaissance painting, twisted limbs in some bizarre, bloody orgy… it’s intense.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

I grew up reading old literature classics, and fell in love with the story, so to see it come to life in film, was something special. With book-to-movie adaptions they tend to be disappointing but because of how this was written originally, and adapted, the movie could explore things a little more aesthetically. It had cleverly and purposefully created sets like in old movies and used thoughtful filming techniques rather computer generated effects. It takes the time visually also to tip the hat to 1922’s Nosferatu. It’s horrific in subject, but has a romantic depth which pulls people in…and as a movie, it stands the test of time, both visually and as a great story. As side note though; my only real gripe was the wooden acting of Keanu Reeves and to an extent Winona Ryder, but Gary Oldman makes up for it, as Dracula he shows how brilliant an actor he truly is.


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Most would class it as a psychological thriller, however arguably I think it crosses too many borders with horror to be classed just a thriller. Its horrific in content (more so psychologically), and visually creepy…some of the film is actually quite fucked up, in a cannibalistic genius sort of way. Without question, the star of the film is Anthony Hopkins, he’s elegant yet brutal and cold…and delivers one of the best movie lines, “Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?”


Evil Dead II (1987)

As a child, I remember watching this with my brother after our parents had gone to bed. Being very young, curious and probably stupid, at the time we thought, “it’s just a movie…”, and from memory, regretted it afterwards. I think the most disturbing thing about the film was not knowing whether to laugh or freak out, as it was not only scary (at the time), but also very humorous. Bruce Campbell was instantly likable and had some of the cheesiest moments in horror history, but that’s part of the movie’s charm.


Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Most vampire enthusiasts will have this in their top lists, I think the romanticism and poetic nature of it gives it a depth that not many darker movies have. It was grand aesthetically, brilliantly imaginative (I wish Anne Rice didn’t wander so much afterwards), well acted, violent, sad, and ultimately, quite philosophical. An epic movie in most ways, and enough to forgive the differences from the book.


The Orphanage (2007)

This would be what I’d call a beautiful horror movie. People may raise an eyebrow at this choice, but for me what was epic about it was the depth and emotion it portrayed. Granted it’s probably going to be for people with decent attention spans but it’s well developed, the score is haunting, it’s chilling in ‘The Shining’ way, it’s creepy as it elegant, and it’s crushingly sad. I left the cinema feeling both inspired and devastated.


The Blob (1988 remake)

What can I say, I watched it as a child, and I’ve never looked at sinks and jelly the same way since…It easily contains one of the most brutal ways to die. It was a very solid remake, it wasn’t stylised, but it was well acted, raw, unnerving, and it wasn’t afraid to kill off children…


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Attack of the Mushroom People Attacks Amazon Prime

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We don’t typically get excited about press releases wanting to the world to know a 55-year-old monster movie has just been made available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers, but when that movie is Attack of the Mushroom People

Not familiar with this trippy 1963 creature feature from longtime Godzilla director Ishiro Honda? If you thought Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster was the pinnacle of bizarro Toho filmmaking, then you’ve never seen Matango, aka Attack of the Mushroom People.

Synopsis:
After a yacht is damaged in a storm, its boarders stranded on a deserted island take refuge in a mysterious fungus-covered boat. With nothing else to eat, some members of the shipwrecked party begin to ingest mysterious mushrooms, transforming them into hideous monsters.

By “hideous monsters” they quite literally mean “mushroom people” that look like something Sid & Marty Krofft would have come up in the 1970’s had they ever attempted a Lovecraft-themed kid’s show.

H.P. Pufnstuf?

SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce they have just released this fungal fright flick on Amazon Prime in the United States and United Kingdom.

Well, you gonna drop some shrooms or not?

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Must-Own: Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31 on DVD and/or VHS

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I make it no secret that I am a big fan of Halloween and horror anthologies. I mean who doesn’t love those two great tastes?

Well, like Reese’s peanut butter cups, someone went ahead and put the two greats tastes together for the Halloween horror anthology 10/31.

We reviewed the film recently and you can check that out HERE. But today we want to pass along the news that not only has the film hit DVD, but Scream Team Releasing has also put together a release of the film on VHS!

I literally snagged up a copy of the film on VHS as fast as I could and I am now counting down the days until it arrives on my doorstep. But if you’re not a VHS nut like me, then maybe you’ll be interested in some of the other merch the 10/31 team has put together.

These bits and pieces include a 10/31 & The Barn combo pack, a Limited Edition DVD with the film’s IndieGoGo artwork, the soundtrack on CD, and Travis Smith’s poster.

You can check out pics of all the cool merch below and then let us know what you think!

10/31 is now available on DVD and VHS RIGHT HERE.

Synopsis:

Red Letter Entertainment brings you…’10/31′ – a Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. 5 spooky tales from masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror written and directed by indie horrors best and brightest such as award-winning filmmakers Justin M. Seaman and Zane Hershberger (The Barn), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror) an original score and segment directed by award-winning film and game composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, Killing Floor 2, Close Calls) and features web horror host Malvolia: The Queen of Screams (Jennifer Nangle). These blood-soaked tales of terror and the macabre in the vein of Creepshow, Body Bags, Tales of Halloween and V/H/S are sure to chill horror lovers to the bone.

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First Look: Jim Parsons and Kaya Scodelario in Zac Efron Ted Bundy Flick

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Last week we shared you first look at Metallica’s James Hetfield in director Joe Berlinger’s Ted Bundy flick Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

Today we have a few new pics from the film straight from Zac Efron himself. The actor posted these fresh photos on his Instagram today and you can check them out below.

The new pics feature Efron as creepy Bundy, along with our first looks at “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons as Lead Prosecutor Larry Simpson and Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Carole Anne Boone, the ex-wife of the notorious serial killer.

If we can say nothing more about this Bundy film at this time, we can say that it sure as hell boasts some ballsy casting choices. And we’re all for that. What do you think? Let us know below!

The film is directed by Joe Berlinger from a script by Michael Werwie and stars John Malkovich, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Jim Parsons, and Zac Efron as Ted Bundy.

The movie is currently shooting in Covington, Kentucky.

Synopsis:

Told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend who went years denying the accusations against Bundy, but ultimately turned him into the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

I’m literally falling for you. ❤😎#happyvalentinesday

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