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Those of you living in the Boston area are in for a real treat this Halloween, as Edgar Allan Poe is coming back to life for one night only. Jeffrey Combs plays the iconic author in the stage show Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, and a special art print has been revealed that celebrates the must-see performance. Read on for all the pertinent info!

From the Press Release
On October 31, 2014, fans of the darker literary persuasion will find a very special treat at the Somerville Theatre. At 8pm the house lights will go down, and Edgar Allan Poe will return. In “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe,” Jeffrey Combs, known as Herbert West in Re-Animator, several Star Trek TV characters, and the eccentric FBI agent in The Frighteners, will fill Poe’s shoes, coat, and personage. Combs’ portrayal of the Boston-born author is so mesmerizing that attendees will forget that Poe has left us and that it is, in fact, not 1848.

For the occasion of this rare night, “Nevermore” producer and Boston filmmaker Izzy Lee has commissioned the award-winning art studio Phantom City Creative to create a rendition of Combs as Boston’s favorite wayward son. The stark, romantic image combines the image of Poe along with representations of his well-known tales The Raven, The Black Cat, and The Tell-Tale Heart. This illustration will be hand-screened on high-quality art paper, will be limited to 100 prints, and will be signed by Combs himself. The 18” x 24” “Nevermore” prints will be for presale for $50 (or $65 shipped) on www.nihilnoctem.com for pickup in the Somerville Theatre’s lobby on the evening of the Halloween show; any remaining prints will be for sale then as well. 

Additionally, fans in the Boston area can have their art print signed in person at two different locations:

Scarlet Letter Press and Gallery, 102 Wharf St., Salem, MA, on October 29, 2014, from 6-8pm. Graham Humphreys will be also signing posters.

Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA, on October 30, 2014, from 12noon-1pm. Legendary artist Graham Humphreys will be signing posters from 12-2pm.

“I was honored when was asked to create a poster for Nevermore,” says illustrator Justin Erickson. “Right away, I knew I wanted to do an illustration of Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe that touched on some of Poe’s most well-known works such as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Black Cat.”

“Nevermore” will be the second night of a two-night event; on Thursday, October 30, at 6pm, the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project will be unveiling the results of the successful Kickstarter to create—you guessed it—a bronze bust of Poe, created by renowned sculptor Bryan Moore. The bust will be unveiled in America’s oldest public library, the Boston Public Library. The event is free, open to the public, and will be showcased in the majestic Abbey Room of the palatial McKim Building. The Kicksarter was funded in part by a $10,000 donation from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Strain); authors Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline, Sandman) and Peter Straub (Ghost Story, The Talisman, Shadowland); and other Poe advocates and fans. Attending will be Moore; Lee; Boston College English Professor and Poe expert Paul Lewis; and Jeffrey Combs, the talented character actor who plays Poe in “Nevermore.”

Poe—the author of the widely acclaimed stories The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Black Cat—pioneered macabre mystery narratives and provoked heated debates among his contemporaries. He earned little money, mixed reviews, and especially cold Boston receptions in his lifetime but found widespread acclaim posthumously as generations of fans recognized his genius.

As the “Nevermore” October 31st show date approaches, Moore and Lee are optimistic because they feel the tide is finally turning in Poe’s favor in Boston but also because the greater fan community—across North America and even Europe—has already shown support for giving Poe a prominent memorial in a prestigious hall near his birthplace.

For more information on Nevermore and the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, visit: www.facebook.com/EdgarAllanPoeBronzeBustProject.

About “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe”
Written by Denis Paoli, known as the author of the Re-Animator screenplay and the “Masters of Horror” episode “The Black Cat,” also starring Combs as Poe, the special Halloween night rendition of “Nevermore” will be its first and only New England performance. Previously directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon, Stuck) in cities including Los Angeles, Montreal, Austin, and New York, Boston’s performance is being produced by Lee for the historic Somerville Theater in Davis Square on October 31 at 8pm. The play is set in 1848—one year after the death of Poe’s wife and muse, Virginia, and two years before his own death—and features Combs personifying him with 90 riveting minutes ranging from comedy to horror and tragedy. 

Tickets are $35 general admission and available at www.somervilletheatreonline.com.

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Several Muppets Were Run Through The Walking Dead’s Zombie App and It’s Kind of Amazing

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For many people, a big part of their childhood were the Muppets from “Sesame Street”. The lessons they learned from characters such as Bert and Ernie, Count von Count, Big Bird, and more, were invaluable and set a foundation of how to live ones life. On top of educational lessons, they were taught compassion, sharing, decency, and other traits that form the basis of a civilized society. Then zombies came along and botched everything.

Using an app from “The Walking Dead”, several characters from “Sesame Street” have been zombified, resulting in images that will no doubt make some of you laugh while others might be horrified at what their childhood characters have gone through. It’s kinda hard to deny that Count von Count doesn’t look gruesome as hell with a dislocated and dangling jaw…

Below is a gallery of these images and, just for fun, underneath that is “The Walking Gingerbread”, an actual parody of “The Walking Dead” done by “Sesame Street” for Halloween!

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Josh Millican’s Best Horror Films of 2017

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It may just be that my love of horror grows every year, but it honestly feels as though 2017 has been a red-letter year for the genre. Not only are films like Andy Muschietti’s IT and Jordan Peele’s Get Out generating Oscar buzz but we’ve seen horror elements seep into mainstream movies and TV shows, from Logan to “Stranger Things”.

And this hasn’t merely been an amazing year for mainstream horror, with powerful indies emerging as some 2017’s best; it’s further proof that many of the most compelling and important genre flicks are being produced outside the traditional Hollywood system. Below, in no particular order, are my selections for the Best Horror Films of 2017. Let me know what you think in the Comments section!


Brawl in Cell Block 99

Though the subject matter is completely different, S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 has many parallels to his first film, 2015’s Bone Tomahawk. Both movies build slowly and are anchored by compelling characters and engrossing dialogue; furthermore, both films are deceptively understated until an explosive and shocking 3rd Act hits like a gut-punch.

Vince Vaughn delivers a genuinely poignant portrayal of Bradley Thomas, a down-on-his-luck drug runner willing to do anything to protect his family from disgruntled former associates. Don Johnson also deserves a shout-out for his turn as corrupt Warden Tuggs, the most unnerving fictional jailer since Cool Hand Luke.

Brawl in Cell Block 99 isn’t your typical horror movie, presenting a meandering narrative, but it’s still as entertaining as anything that follows an established formula. Horror is always most compelling when we can connect with a film’s protagonists, and this film delivers in spades.


Raw

Julia Ducournau’s Raw both benefited and suffered from reports of audience members fainting and falling ill during the film’s 2015 premiere at TIFF. Upon its limited theatrical release, The Nuart in Los Angeles passed barf bags out to moviegoers, a tactic usually reserved for the most extreme and outlandish of B-movies, films intentionally crafted to trigger the gag-reflex. While Raw does indeed contain scenes that are very difficult to stomach (pun intended!) it’s hardly a 2-dimensional gross-out.

Before classifying the film as horror, it’s a coming of age saga first and foremost. Themes of cannibalism and bodily mutilations become metaphors for sexual awakenings and transitions into adulthood. Raw is also a compelling study of sibling rivalries and the powerful influence of heredity on personal development.


The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Though released after I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is actually the debut film from Oz Perkins (son of horror icon Anthony Perkins). It combines the supernatural terrors of a possession movie with the compelling complexity of a murder mystery. The all-girls boarding school in winter provides a moody aesthetic with Gothic undertones while serving as an incubator for sexual awakenings and religious guilt.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter hinges on a powerful twist, but this doesn’t hit the audience like a ton of bricks; rather, the film’s secrets are gradually unraveled, resulting in a slow realization that’s as poignant as it is shocking. The film succeeds in no small part thanks to compelling performances by a trio of talented young thespians: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, and Lucy Boynton.


The Devil’s Candy

Sean Byrne is one of the most talented horror practitioners to emerge from Australia in the 21st Century. His debut film, The Loved Ones, is an under-seen sleeper that balances teen angst, dark comedy, and extreme violence. With his follow-up film, The Devil’s Candy, Byrne is finally getting the attention he deserves.

It’s less extreme than The Loved Ones, but The Devil’s Candy’s understated presentation, genuine drama, and slow-burn build-up delivers more palpable dread and a lasting resonance. The Devil’s Candy is a chaotic mix of heavy metal music and inner demons and can be viewed as a metaphor for how the blind pursuit of art can destroy families.

Ethan Embry deserves a shout out for his harrowing portrayal of father and artist Jesse Hellman. Who’d have thought the kid from Can’t Hardly Wait would develop into such a skilled actor?


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Historically, Q1 is a bad time for horror movies, as studios are prone to dumping films they have little faith in. Jordan Peele’s Get Out breaks the rules in many ways and, though released in February, it remains one of the most lauded and analyzed films of 2017—in any genre. The inclusion of sociopolitical elements makes Get Out both unique and timely, although even without its social agenda, Get Out is a compelling and unnerving experience, one that stokes paranoia by exacerbating primal fears related to deception and isolation.

Peele has become an exciting and refreshing figure in horror with plans for more socially-conscious thrillers in the years to come.


47 Meters Down

Nearly unceremoniously dumped directly to DVD in 2016, In the Deep was rebranded 47 Meters Down and given a theatrical release last Summer, where it became an unlikely hit. Perhaps hampered by preconceptions relating to lead actress Mandy Moore, 47 Meters Down is nonetheless immensely entertaining, eclipsing 2016’s shark-horror blockbuster The Shallows.

I do have doubts about the film’s ability to spawn a franchise (there’s currently a sequel in the works, being produced under the temporary title 48 Meters Down) considering this film hinges on a twist that can only be used once, so it’s difficult to imagine a sequel with the same impact—but who knows?

Ultimately, though, even a bad sequel won’t diminish the shine of 47 Meters Down. The film also proves there are still plenty of ways to pack legitimate terror into a PG-13 horror movie.

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Ash Vs Evil Dead Seasons 1 and 2 Are Now Streaming on Netflix

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The last word we brought you guys on the upcoming third season of Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” starring Bruce Campbell was when we shared the show’s all-new teaser trailer (below).

Today we have awesome news that the first two seasons are now streaming on Netflix!

So if you’ve been putting off watching the series (for some reason) or have been waiting until the day where you could just binge-watch the series in one grand swoop, then today is your day. There isn’t a better time than now. Just make sure you’re caught up come February.

Hell, yeah.

Are you excited to watch (or rewatch) the first two seasons of “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Netflix? Let us know below!

“Ash vs Evil Dead” stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3’s new showrunners are Mark Verheiden and Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season 3 hits STARZ Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Synopsis:

Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind’s only hope.

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