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Three Films that Remind Us: Don’t Mess with the Devil!



If I’ve learned anything from horror movies, it is this: Don’t mess with the devil.

Sure, he’ll promise all kinds of things, but ultimately he doesn’t care if you’re screwed… and he has eternity to wait for it. Keep your soul. Eventually, you’ll need it.

Here are three films that hammer that point home.

Curse of the Demon (Spanish Blu-ray)

Smart and well acted for a ’50s horror yarn, Curse of the Demon (aka Night of the Demon) (1957) follows an American psychologist investigating the death of a colleague, possibly due to a demonic curse. Actor Dana Andrews, though in many ways a typical ’50s male movie hero, portrays the skeptic believably, making his fall even more interesting, as science collides with sorcery.

The idea for the film came from a 1911 M.R. James short story, “Casting the Runes.” A curse is physically passed along to the victim. Frightening, when you think about it — those who are cursed first have to figure out they are and how it happened.

Sure, the devil in this movie is 1957 awful, but note how distance and lighting helps immensely. (I can be quite forgiving of movies shot prior to Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic.)

There’s an excellent soundtrack by Clifton Parker. For the best cut, look for the original UK version. Director Jacques Tourneur uses just enough atmospheric lighting, long hallways, and storms to set the proper mood.

The Death Wheelers (also called Psychomania) (1973) is a gem from the age of B-movie and gives us motorcycling teens. English bikers The Living Dead kill themselves on the thinnest of promises to return from the dead. But why not? They’re groovy.

The high-speed bike and car stunts are well filmed for this age before Mad Max (1979) set a higher standard. Death Wheelers doesn’t live up to its premise as a horror movie, though — picture “the biker dead” and you’re way off — and there is no payoff on some cool concepts like living dead bikers, the witches, or the missing father. However, I was entertained by the unexpected turns, the humor, and the period style.

As bad B-movies go, Death Wheelers isn’t too bad a trip. It’s directed by Don Sharp (Kiss of the Vampire, Rasputin: The Mad Monk). Oscar winner George Sanders (All About Eve, the voice of Shere Khan in The Jungle Book cartoon) shines as the devil in this last movie role before his suicide.

It’s a pleasure to discover an early ’60s B-movie with competent acting, like The Devil’s Partner (1961). Jean Allison, Richard Crane, and others here, including Edgar Buchanan (Uncle Joe on “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres”), had long careers in movies and TV, and they ply their craft well.

Black magic works its way into the lives of people in a rural community when a handsome stranger comes to town.

This movie is far from perfect. Every inside room appears to have 20- to 30-foot ceilings. Don’t expect fast-paced action. In typical Eisenhower era fashion, the evil works its way into everyone’s lives subtly, like those damn Communists.

It’s hard to build mood when most everything takes place in full sunlight. Director Charles R. Rondeau knows, though, that when things go dark, the mood gets sinister. Plus, everyone loves hearing a theremin! Thanks, Ronald Stein, composer for over 80 movies, most of them horror.

There is no attempt at major special effects, monster makeup, or gore. I appreciate the simplicity of The Devil’s Partner, but I understand simple is not for everyone.

So, if Satan saunters up and offers to curse someone for you, grant you eternal life, or the power of transmutation, just smile, say “No thank you,” and run fast and far!

Gary Scott Beatty’s graphic novel Wounds is available on Amazon and Comixology. Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse? The strangest zombie story ever written, Wounds throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father’s concern for his wife and daughter. If you enjoy that “What th-?” factor in graphic novels, you’ll enjoy Wounds. For more from Gary Scott Beatty, visit him on Twitter and Facebook.


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



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!



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.


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.



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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3



Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.


When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.


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