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5 Creepy Scenes in the Lord of the Rings Films

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Over the past several days the internet has been abuzz with the news that Amazon would be creating a multi-season adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series. For many there was serious hesitation and consternation. After all, why would anyone want to mess with Peter Jackson’s trilogy that borders on cinematic perfection? For others, however, there was a sense of unbridled excitement as the movies, for as wonderful as they are, left out a lot of scenes and details from the books. This, many believe, is a chance for those stories to not only be told but to be fleshed out and given rich backstories of their own.

As a child, I was besotted with the world of fantasy. I devoured the books of David Eddings, I spent countless hours playing Lunar the Silver Star on my Sega CD (yes, I was the weird kid who had one of those), and my favorite childhood film was Ridley Scott’s Legend. While I’ve since mostly left that world behind, there is still a part of me that is always going to be entranced by that genre.

To that end, I thought it’d be fun to recognize that horror and fantasy often go hand-in-hand; and Peter Jackson, who brought us films like Dead Alive and The Frighteners, brought us some truly eerie and sinister moments in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Below are five picks that immediately came to my mind.

Shelob

Look, I hate spiders and I’ve made that very clear. I have absolutely no shame in admitting my arachnophobia so trust me when I say that this scene had me basically in a panic attack in theaters.

My own fears aside, let’s look at this scene with a horror lens: It takes place in a dark cave where countless creatures have been ensnared by Shelob, the giant spider, and fed upon. Smeagol has deceived Frodo by leading him into her lair, leaving him completely unaware, lost, and basically helpless. Every turn brings him across more death and into greater peril. If that’s not pure horror, I don’t know what is.

Smeagol’s Transformation Into Gollum

One of the most memorable characters from the series, Gollum wasn’t always the emaciated deceiver we all know. Originally a hobbit by the name of Smeagol, he killed his best friend and cousin, Déagol, to take the One Ring from him after a fishing trip. His horrific act, coupled with the Ring’s manipulative powers, transformed his body and mind, twisting them to suit its nefarious needs, breaking him down completely and utterly. This metamorphosis is horrifying because it’s rooted in the purest of evils.

The Army of the Dead

Peter Jackson looked at haunted house movies, scoffed, and brought us a freaking castle that holds an army of ghosts! Each one desiccated and gruesome, the soldiers that seek to regain their honor so as to break their curse are eerie specters befitting any horror film.

Plus, how badass are they?

The Mouth of Sauron

We all agree that Guillermo del Toro brings us some of the most inventive and wondrous creatures in cinema these days, right? With all due respect, something about the Mouth of Sauron is just so damn cool. Looking like a fantasy version of a Cenobite, and certainly speaking in similar mannerisms, the giant rotten teeth, the cracked and exposed flesh around the lips, and the lack of eyes make this character as mesmerizing as it is loathsome.

Saruman vs. Gandalf

This one may seem strange, but hear me out, okay? Saruman is Gandalf’s trusted friend and his mentor. In this scene, not only does he learn of Saruman’s betrayal, he is faced with the realization that Mordor has the ability to corrupt those closest to him, those who are powerful beyond words. Then, just moments after this unveiling, he must fight against a person he called friend. Set against the stark, cold, and unfeeling backdrop of Saruman’s tower, the fight ends with Gandalf spinning on the floor (I’ve always adored that visual) before being banished into the darkness of the spire. Without Gandalf, everything seems bleak and hopeless.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Flatliners with This Exclusive Clip

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The remake of Flatliners is on its way to your house from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; and to celebrate its arrival, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip for you featuring the film’s star, Ellen Page. Dig it!

Flatliners is available now on digital platforms and will hit December 26 on Blu-ray and DVD formats.

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev with a story by Peter Filardi and a screenplay by Ben Ripley, Flatliners was produced by Laurence Mark, Michael Douglas, and Peter Safran and executive produced by Michael Bederman, Robert Mitas, David Blackman, Brian Oliver, and Hassan Taher.

Synopsis:
Five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment. By stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience. As the investigation becomes more and more perilous, they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts, as well as contend with the supernatural consequences of trespassing to the other side.

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#Brainwaves Episode 70: A Very Brainwaves Christmas

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It’s that special time of the year again, kids! Yep, Knetter, Creepy, and the gang are all set to jingle your balls with a special episode of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio… “A Very Brainwaves Christmas!” Expect surprises, call-ins, and all the stupidity that your brain can handle! Just be leery of where Joe hangs his mistletoe.

Join us this coming Wednesday, December 20th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC and @JonathanBarkan using the hashtag #BrainWaves.

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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AfterShock Comics Announces First Anthology Collection Titled Shock

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AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting Shock, its very first anthology collection featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. It arrives in March of next year, and we have a look at the cover plus a few interior pages for you along with quotes from several of the creators.

Presented in the “European Album” format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Bill Willingham, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Sarah Delaine, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Neil Gaiman, Dalibor Talajic, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze, and more.  The cover art is by John Cassaday.

Shock hails from Joe Pruett, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.

CREATOR QUOTES:

CULLEN BUNN: My story, “Blooderflies,” is a horror/dark fantasy yarn that tells a complete story in just 8 pages, but it should keep readers thinking about the setting and “what happens next” for some time to come. To me, that’s part of what makes AfterShock’s catalog so thrilling. These stories, short or long, really fire the imagination. I couldn’t be happier to be included alongside these amazing creators.

MARC GUGGENHEIM: “Metroclash” is an idea that’s been burning a hole in my notebook for years: What if cities could fight like people? It’s the kind of huge, visually-driven idea that could only be done in comics. My story centers on a clash between New York City and Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited about getting this crazy, bombastic concept out into the world.

MIKE CAREY: My story in the anthology is an autobiographical piece about growing up in Liverpool in the middle of the last century, a time that in some ways feels as distant as the late Jurassic. I’m trying to make sense of the disconnect between the world I knew as a kid and the world I live in now. It’s also a story about the way memories work and the way we constantly try to build a coherent narrative out of the incoherent facts of our lives. I’ve slipped biographical details into stories before, but I’ve never written a fully autobiographical story. I’m excited to see how it comes out, not least because Szymon Kudranski is doing the art, and I can’t wait to see how my life looks in his gorgeous black and white palette.

FRANK TIERI: My story is called “Little Red Hood,” and you can think of it as basically “Little Red Riding Hood” as if it was a Quentin Tarantino movie. The familiar fairy tale is instead set up as a big drug deal gone horribly wrong. So in our case, Red is a drug courier delivering a package to the biggest drug dealer in town– that of course being Grandma– and then rival drug dealer “The Wolf” arrives, and everything hits the fan. It’s over-the-top, ultra-violent, and very much not the beloved Brothers Grimm yarn we all grew up with. So yeah, this ain’t a beddy bye story you’ll be reading to your kids anytime soon. Or at least it sure as hell shouldn’t be!

MARGUERITE BENNETT: AfterShock has given me the most creative freedom I’ve had in my entire career–I’m always delighted to submit these twisted pitches and hear back that this is the one place those strangest stories can find a home. For my own part, my story is a family revenge drama set in a Border town in the 1970s–a ghastly little tale about the gifts that give and the gifts that take. I’m thrilled to be a part of such a splendid anthology.

PHIL HESTER: I feel privileged to work with one of my all-time comics heroes in Jim Starlin. Our short story “Berserker” is a prime example of Jim’s unique ability to marry very personal narratives with cosmic action and timeless imponderables. I hope I can do it justice.

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