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Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film Exhibit Opens October 2nd in SeattleWe know a lot of our readers live up in the great Pacific Northwest so when we heard about a new exhibit opening up this weekend at the Experience Music Project Museum entitled “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film”, of course we had to share the news. Read on for the details.

Horror films scare us so why do we like them? Vampires, monsters, and murderers have fascinated audiences for centuries. Today the movies that feature them dominate the box office, reinforcing the historical significance and cultural relevance of the horror genre. Organized by EMP, “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” examines the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience.

Three iconic horror directors–Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth–have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can safely explore the spectrum of cinematic horror from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.

Visitors will get a chance to view iconic artifacts, including the script from Night of the Living Dead, the alien creature suit from Alien, the scavenger demon from Constantine, Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining (pictured above), the original “Gill Man” mask used in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bram Stoker’s Dracula manuscript, and other horror film memorabilia.

Interactive highlights include:

  • Scream Booth: Visitors are prompted to scream on cue as they watch horror film footage in a soundproof booth. A camera memorializes the moment with multiple shots displayed just outside the stall.
  • Horror Soundscapes: Visitors explore the fundamental music elements and scoring techniques used in horror to enhance a cinematic sense of suspense, dread, and terror.
  • Monster Timeline: A large infographic defines the monster archetypes of horror film, examines their individual particularities, and explores why they continue to inhabit the collective conscious of popular culture.
  • Shadow Monsters: Philip Worthington’s interactive installation allows visitors to watch as their projected shadows morph into monsters.

    BEWARE! Due to the subject matter explored herein, this exhibition has a suggested rating of PG-13.

    For more details, including ticketing info, visit the EMP Museum website. EMP at Seattle Center is located at 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109; 206.770.2700 or 1.877.EMP.SFM1.

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    Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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    Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

    Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

    For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

    I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

    You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

    Track Listing

    1. “Do The Freddy”
    Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
    The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

    2. “Obsession”
    original song

    3. “Wooly Bully”
    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
    Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

    4. “Don’t Sleep”
    original song

    5. “In The Midnight Hour”
    Wilson Pickett cover

    6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
    Everly Brothers cover

    7. “Dance or Else”
    original song

    8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
    original song

    9. “Elm Street Dreams”
    original song

    Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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    That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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    Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

    Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

    Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

    Synopsis:
    Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

    Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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    Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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    Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

    Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

    Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

    The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

    I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

    How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

    Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

    Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

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    Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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