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Gothic Artist Paul Booth Teams with Designer Marcus Maximus Mera for New Horror Jewelry Line



It’s finally Halloween weekend, and there are cool events taking place all over the country, but if you live in or near NYC, one of the coolest is Last Rites Gallery‘s ninth annual 13th Hour exhibition and Halloween party, taking place Saturday, October 29th. Why should you attend? Because Gothic artist Paul Booth is debuting his new jewelry line there.

Can’t make it? Never fear – we have all the details and a few images right here!

From the Press Release:
World-renowned dark artist Paul Booth is pleased to announce his most recent creative endeavor: limited edition wearable art. This new line of original rings and pendants is a manifestation of Booth’s continued growth into new mediums and artistic disciplines. Booth joins forces with jewelry designer Marcus Maximus Mera, who began his career designing for such jewelry heavyweights as Lazare Kaplan and Alexis Bittar.

With Mera’s design prowess and Booth’s art and sculpting style, the new pieces are conversation-starting works of art. Forged from sterling silver, each highly-detailed casting of Booth’s sculptures are meticulously tooled, oxidized, and polished by Mera’s own hand as well as individually finished by Booth himself.

Booth launches The Booth Brand‘s limited edition jewelry line with a series commemorating the iconography of his signature brand Last Rites, which he founded in 1991. Since that time, the infamous Ritean Skull that is the brand’s crest has been and continues to be tattooed on countless passionate individuals around the world. The Ritean Skull represents a certain dedication to the appreciation and exploration of the dark side of the human condition through art.


The trademark piece in Paul Booth’s new collection is the “Captive Fetus,” an image based off his own 1990’s flash tattoo art that has become a mascot for Last Rites over the years. This dynamically haunting creature serves as a suitable collection centerpiece with fascinating details and textures reflective of Booth’s distinctive art style. The piece encapsulates small sterling silver beads so the pendant mimics the sound of a baby’s rattle when shaken.

Of the “Captive Fetus,” Booth commented, “The Captive Fetus is symbolic of one’s ‘inner child’ and the inherent darkness that lies therein. Constantly restrained and policed by the id, this self seldom gets free to see the light of day. I know if my inner child got loose, the world would surely plunge into chaos. I even had to make him a baby rattle just to keep him occupied.”



Paul Booth’s new jewelry collection will debut on the evening of October 29th coinciding with Booth’s Last Rites Gallery’s ninth annual 13th Hour exhibition and Halloween party in New York City. The event is open to the public; more info and tickets can be found here.

Paul Booth is a tattoo artist, sculptor, painter, filmmaker, and musician. Through multiple mediums, he focuses on the dark, macabre, and surreal as a means of personal development and therapy. Perhaps best known for his impact as a tattoo artist, Booth took the world of tattooing by storm with his formidable use of black and grey ink to depict demons, beasts, evil fetuses, and other nightmare-worthy visuals. It wasn’t long until a cult following developed and swelled to include heavy metal rockers, actors, musicians, and other purveyors of the dark aesthetic. Booth’s signature imagery graces the skin of many celebrities including Greg Allman, members of Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Down, Lamb of God, and many more. This following, along with his quintessential imagery, has led Rolling Stone to dub Paul as “The New King of Rock Tattoos.”.

In 1998 Booth opened up Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City with some of the finest tattoo artists in the world. In 2007 he expanded his artistic and professional scope and opened the first dark art gallery in New York City, aptly named Last Rites Gallery. In 2000 Paul co-founded an international charitable art organization called The ArtFusion Experiment (AFE) with world-renowned peers Filip and Titine Leu. In association with The International Child Arts Foundation (ICAF), AFE is devoted to bringing art to underprivileged children from around the world. This tattoo-centric art movement focuses its energy on a unique collaborative art concept and demonstrates the strength of the contemporary tattoo artist’s ability to work together as a community. This aspect of AFE allows artists to put their egos aside and collaboratively fuse their individual styles to achieve unequaled works of art. It also gives the artist the opportunity to be both a student and a teacher simultaneously. This unique nature of AFE provides artists from around the world a chance to work together to create a single piece.

In 2007 Booth’s directorial debut, The ArtFusion Experiment, had the honor of winning Best Feature Documentary at The Newport Beach Film Festival and continues to extend the reach and success of the movement he created. His second film, the experimental pseudodocumentary Paul Booth’s Last Rites: Volume I, deftly illustrates his unique twisted vision and reveals the sinister depth of his eclectic universe. The film provides not only a closer look into the process of Paul’s art but, more importantly, a glance into the lifestyles that surround him. Both films together share a juxtaposition that offers a glimpse into the mysterious mind of this enigmatic artist.




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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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