Stuck for ideas on what to watch for Halloween? Want a moviethon that will appeal to everyone but no idea where to start? Do you go iconic with Halloween, surreal with Eraserhead or a bit of tongue in cheek with American Werewolf in London? Try a pick n mix from these sub-genres of horror to get things rolling:
Top 10 Classic ‘True’ Horror Movies
Ok so it might not be 100% FACT but there’s a definite edge to watching movies with elements of truth to add to the scare factor knowing these people do exist…out there…somewhere. Ham it up with friends and family until you’re well and truly freaked! What better time to revisit old classics than Halloween?
1. The Blob (1958) starring Steve McQueen might not leap out as a based on a true story but this expanding … Read More »
It’s that time of year again. A time when monsters, ghosts, and tales of the undead grace our t.v. screens filling our hearts with horrors of the unknown and bloody fun. Some of my favorite films, especially this time of year, have been horror movies that take place on or around Halloween. In my opinion, it helps add to the atmosphere of all things scary and relive moments in cinema that filled our childhood with terror, and our adult lives with newfound pleasures. Compiled here is a list of my top ten favorite Halloween themed films that are guaranteed to amp up your holiday with scares and remind us just why Halloween is the most thrilling and entertaining time for fans of the horror genre to celebrate!
10. Hell Night (1981)
Linda Blair (The Exorcist) stars in the film as Marti, a … Read More »
Wine? Boring! Beer? Boo! Get creative this Halloween with these Punch, Shooters and Cocktail recipes. A perfect fit for PWD’s Halloween drinking games…
1 shot = 25ml in these recipes
You will need:
1 shot peach schnapps
1 shot Irish cream liqueur
1 tsp grenadine syrup
Fill the shot glass with schnapps and top with liqueur which will create a curdled effect. Add the grenadine for blood and sprinkle with edible glitter for a shrapnel effect.
You will need:
Chilled juice from 8 blood oranges
6 tablespoons of blood orange liqueur
Combine juice and liqueur and chill for 30 mins minimum. Pour into test tubes for a blood bank effect or shot glasses.
You will need:
1 shot dry vermouth
1 shot Irish cream liqueur
1 shot tequila
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake, strain and pour. Garnish with grated chocolate.
You will need:
1 shot vanilla vodka
1 … Read More »
Why should trick or treaters have all the fun?
Halloween party drinking games to take your guests from bored to floored:
Atomic Apple Bobbing
There are two ways to play this game depending on how much you want to share face space with the people you’re hanging with!
Option 1: Grab a tub and fill with water. Get a selection of miniatures (or get your guests to provide them as an entry toll) and drop them in the water. Take it in turns to bob and drink.
Option 2: Grab a tub fill with alcoholic punch drop in apples that have numbers on them. The person has to drink as many shots as their boozy apple tells them to!
Poison Pumpkin Hunt
This is one for outside. Grab your mates and head outdoors where you will have already hidden little pumpkins. Set a time and race … Read More »
GLOBAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Where: Porthleven, Cornwall, UK
When: Sat 26th October, 2013
What: The Masked Ball
The Masked Ball is the biggest Halloween event in the UK. A biannual event for only the ‘finest partygoers’ the event hosts internationally renowned DJ’s and live bands and has been known to include mass pillow fights and snow domes. A legendary night out ‘with probably one of the most beautiful, up for it and dressed to the nines crowd you can possibly imagine’. Check it out here http://www.maskedball.net/
Where: Muhlatl, Germany
When: 19th October – 4th November, 2013
What: Halloween Burg Frankenstein
Burg Frankenstein is an old castle ruin from the 13th century that sits atop a mountain, reputedly haunted it is the perfect location for a spine-chilling Halloween. Monsters, Vampires, werewolves and ghosts will haunt and roam the ‘real’ Frankenstein castle for extra creep … Read More »
I am a staff writer here for Playwithdeath.com and recently I produced a short film titled “What Comes From Within.” The film has been accepted into many different festivals and has played all over the country this past year. Our final screening will be at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood! The festival takes place October 25th-27th at the Beverly Grand Theater in Hollywood. It is the perfect timing for our film to have its Hollywood premiere, especially since it’s a horror film and the screening is Halloween weekend.
“What Comes From Within” is a supernatural/thriller centering around siblings Josh and Jamie Hunt. After they lose their parents in a freak car accident, their cousin Haley moves in. Shortly after, strange things begin to occur. In 2006, over 15,000 cases of demonic possession … Read More »
If there’s one thing I love, its psychopaths. I have a whole list of actors that I didn’t find attractive until they played serial killers or sociopaths. Dan Dillard opens up his book How to Eat a Human Being not only with my favorite character type, but also one of my favorite genres.
The title piece is a rhyming, rhythmic poem about the joys and ways to partake in cannibalism. The sing-song tone and carefree attitude had me smiling and very excited to join the narrator’s cooking class. It was a perfect opening to his anthology about how far we can be driven to go to sate our desires.
As a person who tends to judge books by covers, this one was great. At one point, I found myself thinking that the story was moving along very quickly, then it was over … Read More »
I am a horror story fanatic. Give me a book filled with scares, a thunderstorm outside, and I’m in paradise. There’s something about a plot that can pull you in and make you face your deeper fears. A great story is an exaggeration of life and great horror is the exaggeration of death. Authors have known this since the first time cavemen and women painted on walls.
I’ve decided to split my list into books and categories to offer some alternative suggestions to the ones selected as the top. Feel free to try out any of these and let me know what you think.
It is debatable where to start. I think as good a point as any is the summer of 1816 with the extended vacation of Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and Byron’s doctor John Polidori. Legend has … Read More »
Many games in this genre go for shock value, and this game is no exception. Based on Inferno, from Dante’s Divine Comedy, this game takes you on a journey through hell like you have never before experienced before.
It follows Dante, a crusader that is designed much like a Templar knight, on a journey through hell to save the soul of his beloved, Beatrice.
Even though Dante has devout faith, the Bishop convinced him and his fellow crusaders that all their sins committed during the war would be absolved. So despite his promise to Beatrice to be faithful while away, he was not. He also committed many other atrocities, for which he thought he would be forgiven. During an attack led to steal a holy relic, Dante is stabbed in the back. Death appears before him, and damns Dante to hell for … Read More »
A highly addictive drug causing gangrene and even rotting flesh has found its way to the shores of the U.S. Krokodil (pronounced crocodile), aptly named for the scaly skin appearing around injection sites, is now being used in America.
The first cases were reported by doctors at the Banner Poison Control Center where two men from Arizona began to show signs of damage from the drug.
Originating from Russia, this homemade drug grew in popularity due to the price which is 20 times cheaper than heroin and the fact that it can be made very simply by using chemicals found in your garage. It is an opiate made from codeine-based headache pills, gasoline, paint thinner, and alcohol.
Users of the drug near Siberia are reported to have a life span of two to three years after continually injecting themselves. Once injected, the blood … Read More »
Throughout September 2013 the town of Northampton in England was invaded by a mystery clown modelled on Pennywise the creepy character from Stephen King’s bestselling novel It.
Captured in a range of disturbing grainy photographs, frightened residents reported the clandestine clown lurking stony faced in the shadows, sometimes clutching a bunch of balloons and just staring. The clown’s identity or the reason behind these eerie appearances remains unknown but on Friday 13th a Facebook page Spot Northampton’s Clown appeared.
Using the page as a platform some terrified residents pleaded with the clown to stop but to no avail. One of the mysterious messages left by the clown begins with Pennywise’s catchphrase ‘’Beep, Beep! Didn’t think I’d be seen tonight. Extremely quiet but there were a few of you who saw. See you all around”. Some residents claim they suffer … Read More »
Director: John Poliquin
Writers: The Vicious Brothers
The directors of “Grave Encounters” return with their highly anticipated sequel, ”Grave Encounters 2”. There certainly was a buzz about the first film in the series which was actually the Vicious Brothers directorial debut and was written by them. They also wrote the second but stepped down from the director’s chair for John Poliquin whose career started in music videos and commercials.
The premise of Grave Encounters 2 surrounds a film student named Alex Wright and his crew as they work on their thesis, a torture porn horror movie. Alex however, receives a message from an online user named DeathAwaits666 and begins to receive information leading him to believe that maybe the “Grave Encounters” movie may not have been fiction.
Weeks go by and Alex has become obsessed after he realizes that all the actors … Read More »
In 2012, anthology film “V/H/S” captured the interest of the horror community. Though met with mixed reviews, the movie’s concept—six short segments, all shot in the increasingly-popular “found footage” style and presented within the narrative as tapes from a mysterious snuff film collection—was fresh enough to garner major attention, and, of course, spawn a sequel.
2013′s “V/H/S 2” (formerly titled the more-clever “S-V/H/S”), much like the first installment, is a mixed bag. While this sequel improves on many of the first’s problem areas, it also makes some new mistakes and manages to repeat old ones.
This time around, there are only five segments (including the wrap-around framing story). While the pace of the film is considerably improved compared to its predecessor, one less segment also means a little less variety.
The framing narrative, “Tape 49” (directed by Simon Barrett), follows a private … Read More »
Directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel
Two degenerate teens discover a nameless, zombie-dead-girl. One teen decides to chill with it and play house. The other teen considers having sex with the dead girl, but then decides he is going to focus on another girl. One that is alive.
Deadgirl is a film about people who have sex with a dead girl. You can watch the situation corrupt JT (I know where there is this dead girl that I can bang!), and you can watch this guy named Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) pursue his pie-in-the-sky love while he waits most of the movie before he decides to save the day for dead girl.
JT doesn’t want to leave his “Precious Deadgirl,” and then discovers that deadgirl can bite and pass the zombie-condition. Even though he fails to capture a new woman to infect, the … Read More »
Ever since Bram Stoker started his classic novel Dracula, he put the world of the vampire directly in the hands of men. His count was a wealthy aristocrat, one from an exotic location with powers beyond anything society could imagine. The women of Stoker’s world existed at the whim of men and this was most likely a product of his time.
As film embraced the vampire, it followed suit. A stream of quality lead actors portrayed the creatures of the night. Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Gary Oldman, even Leslie Neilson and most recently Jonathan Rhys Meyers have all donned the cape. They have all been paired with sexy supplicants, women they’ve turned into wives to do their bidding and defend them against the Abraham Van Helsing’s of the world.
Finally, as film started yielding to other forms of … Read More »
With the Primetime Emmy nominations set to be announced next week (July 18, 2013), I don’t think anyone is holding their breath for The Walking Dead to be duly recognized in any of the major awards categories. Even though the show has been setting ratings records for AMC and was the most watched cable TV program in 2012, it’s just not likely that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is going to get over their bias against horror and sci-fi shows enough to give The Walking Dead the recognition it deserves.
Shows like FX’s American Horror Story, Showtime’s Dexter, and ABC’s Lost have shown that the Academy is somewhat more willing to honor non-traditional dramas with nominations than they were back in the days when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was snubbed year after year, in spite of the fact that … Read More »
Horror movie previews have a tough job to do. They need to capture the essence of a film in 3 minutes or less and give away enough of the film to make you want to see it, but not so much that they spoil the surprises of the film. Audiences don’t want to feel disappointed because all of the scariest stuff was shown in the preview, and since most horror movies will lose a chunk of their potential audience when they get slapped with an R-rating, the pressure is really on for studios to crank out great previews that make even a mediocre movie look like a must-see cinema event. They want to disturb the audience enough to leave them saying, “I have got to see that movie!”
Here are several horror movie previews for some upcoming 2013 films, as well … Read More »
Jeremiah Cress is a name to keep a lookout for in the mix of great horror authors. Cress’ new book “Seven Slightly Sadistic Stories” is a collection of short stories that keeps the hairs on the back of your neck standing at full attention in anticipation of what is next. Each story makes you as a reader realize just how horrific this world can be and the ease at which anyone could turn a great night into your last night.
Being that this is the horror genre, you know that something is going to wrong in every short story, but the way things transpire never seem to be the way that seems obvious when first diving into each story. Each tale brings you into a new setting and new mysterious place where, as the reader, you know the panic and screaming … Read More »
If you spend any amount of time watching scary movies, you know they are packed from beginning to end with stupid people who do stupid things that get themselves killed. You usually can identify these horror movie morons quite easily because they are the ones who make you stand up and start yelling at the screen. Of course, what you should and should not do in a scary, crisis situation always seems so obvious when you’re sitting in the theater and the creepy music starts to play and you suspect something is about to happen. But, without that creepy music to warn you of impending danger, are you still vigilant enough to avoid doing the things that would get you killed if you were in a horror movie?
Here’s a list of 10 stupid things that horror movies teach us we … Read More »
Released August 31st was the suspense thriller The Tall Man, starring Jessica Biel (Texas Chainsaw remake, The Illusionist) and co-starring Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, Exit Humanity). The film is about a small mining town called Cold Rock that is suffering from more than the loss of jobs after the mine shuts down. A dark secret is harbored among the community and amid the depressed citizens and bleak attitudes, children are being taken from them vanishing almost instantly. A legend spawns about a mysterious figure called The Tall Man, a name that was mutually given by the parents of Cold Rock. Some claim to have seen a dark hooded figure coming in and out of the dense forests at night…
The film opens with Julia Denning, played by Jessica Biel, as the town nurse who works for the local free clinic and is … Read More »
ROCK BOTTOM CREEK, directed and written by Steve Balewicz and M.C. Nowell, follows the journey of a stressed couple, Vic and Laurie (Steve Balewicz & Chantal Blue), as they decide to take weekend road trip to revive their battered courtship when an unpredictable series of luckless mishaps turn a reserved town into a personal hell. To make matters worse the local constable (Mick Sawyer) suspects Vic may have a connection to the latest string of missing persons in the area.
Due to an overwhelming response ROCK BOTTOM CREEK’s initial 8PM premiere was not going to provide enough seats for the Tampa Bay area fans to slake their thirst for a horror movie about a small town in the middle of nowhere called ROCK BOTTOM CREEK. That is when the two directors Steve Balewicz and M.C. Nowell decided to give something back … Read More »
Travis Campbell’s campy horror film Slaughter Daughter has been officially selected to premiere at the 2012 seventh annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival Saturday October 27 at 5:30 pm in Orlando, Florida. The film festival, which selected only 30 films to screen, is named as one of the 20 coolest film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine.
Slaughter Daughter, directed by Travis Campbell and written by Lauren Miller, tells the twisted story of former beauty queen Farrah (Nicola Fiore). Agoraphobic and increasingly mentally unstable, Farrah commits an act of heinous self-mutilation and is dragged kicking and screaming to Bellevue by her overbearing mother (Leesa Rowland). Once there, she begins writing to a serial killer on Death Row (Tim Dax). Obsession overtakes her, thoughts of murder become her only solace and love, blood and gore soon collide!
If you live in or near … Read More »
Richard Cimino Jr., of Doylestown, PA, was arrested for stripping naked in the street, breaking into a house, jumping through a second story window, attacking a woman in the street, and then biting her on the head in what is being described as “another naked cannibalistic zombie-style attack” presumed to be linked to the drug known as “bath salts”.
The incident took place on the morning of September 7, when the 20-year-old allegedly drove his car off the road, got out, stripped down to his underwear, and then tried to break into a local house on Hudson Street in Hawley, a small town located in Wayne County in Pennsylvania.
The Doylestown Patch reported that he woke an occupant in the house, but was not able to make it inside. Police said the homeowner yelled at the man who refused to leave at … Read More »
One of the main reasons December 2012 is linked with a number of doomsday predictions is that many people believe the “Mayan calendar” ends in December of 2012 and they think that was the Maya’s way of predicting the end of the world.
By now, most people have probably heard that the Maya didn’t believe the world was going to end in 2012. But, if the Maya didn’t believe doomsday was coming with the end of their calendar, then why do so many people think they did? What is the origin of this doomsday belief?
The origins of this myth read like an academic soap opera and a conspiracy to manipulate the public for profit that has been building up for over 1,000s of years. Several factors throughout history have perpetuated the myth. To understand them, we need to go back to the … Read More »
Neighbors in Camden, NJ are once again devastated by a brutal stabbing that left one 6-year-old boy dead and his 12-year-old sister in critical condition.
The stabbing comes less than two weeks after Camden mother Chevonne Thomas decapitated her 2-year-old son Zahree before stabbing herself in a murder/suicide that rocked the small town.
This time, ABC News reports that the two children were asleep in their home when, before 2:20 Sunday morning, the attacker entered the home and cut their throats, leaving their 14-year-old sister unharmed.
NJ.com reports that another 9-year-old girl was also in the home at the time, but was also uninjured.
After the attack, reports say that the 12-year-old, identified as Amber, was able to leave the home and go banging on neighbors’ doors asking for help. Police arrived at the scene and found her at a neighbor’s house with her … Read More »
Those who think they know what to expect from a low-budget horror movie are re-thinking their perception after the latest endeavor from producer/actress Leesa Rowland and writer/director Tara Robinson. The duo is testing the very limits of horror film making as it’s known in “After Birth,” a movie that promises to offend, disturb, and disgust even the avid horror fan with its antagonizing supernatural twist to social issues like homelessness, drug abuse, and abortion.
Breaking the unspoken male-dominated boundaries in film making, Rowland teams up with Robinson as they tell the boys to step aside as they roll up their sleeves and, with their team of DangerBitches and create a story designed to show viewers that true terror is something women face every day. As evidenced by the newly released teaser trailer, After Birth is going to be a bloody, scary, monster-filled … Read More »
Phew, let me just take a minute to catch my breath and regain my senses. OK, that’s better. Let me explain.
I’m sure by now you have all heard of the legend of Slender man, the tall faceless abductor of children and nightmare to many. Slender man was created back in 2007 by Victor Surge for a paranormal creature contest for Somethingawful.com. Since then, Slender man has circulated over the internet having people actually debating on his existence even though he was supposedly a creation of man. Old world legends will tell of a different story however and if you look into it, which you may not want to, you might also find yourself questioning where he came from. Many articles are written about the legend including this one: Slender Man. However, his existence is not the topic of discussion at … Read More »
Residents of Camden, NJ, are mourning another tragic murder/suicide in a town that has consistently been ranked one of the top 5 most dangerous cities in the U.S. This time, prosecutors say the victim was 2-year-old Zahree Thomas and the gruesome murder was committed by his own mother Chevonne Thomas in what investigators are describing as “one of the most horrific crime scenes they’ve seen.”
The 33-year-old mother of two reportedly called 9-1-1 around midnight and NBC10 News in Philadelphia reported that she hysterically told the operator that she had done something to her child.
Police arrived at the scene on the 1400 Block of Kaighns Avenue around 12:30.
Upon entering the residence, the police immediately found the decapitated body of a child on the first floor, according to Jason Laughlin from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
“They were aware that there was somebody … Read More »
Filmmakers to Raise Funding for Krampus Project:
Independent film-making group Fighting Owl Films is planning a new short film project and needs your help to make it happen! Fighting Owl Films was founded in 2007 by Thomas Smith and, in addition to producing numerous short films in the intervening years, produced the feature film The Night Shift in 2010. The low-budget feature received favorable reviews from media outlets across the country, was named Best Fantasy Feature at Shockerfest International Film Festival, and released on DVD by distributor R-Squared Films in October 2011. Since completing The Night Shift, the filmmakers have been busy producing C.U.P.I.D, a short romantic comedy currently in post-production.
The new film, Night of the Krampus, features a running time of around a half hour and revisits key characters from The Night Shift on a whole new adventure. The holiday-themed … Read More »
The terms “Armageddon” and “apocalypse” have become synonymous with the end of the world. They have been used to describe various earth-destroying events brought on by some form of natural disaster, or an interstellar object colliding with the earth, or even a horde of rampaging zombies. The term apocalypse, however, is derived from the Greek word “apokalupsis,” which doesn’t mean global annihilation, but instead means a prophetic disclosure or a “revelation.” The source of the term Armageddon reveals that its intended meaning is tied to a specific set of circumstances that lead not to end of the earth itself, but to the large-scale destruction of mankind.
What is Armageddon?
The concept of Armageddon originated from Christian theology, so the details of its meaning are inseparable from the Christian prophesy that inspired it and must be considered within that context. The term comes … Read More »