Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Burnt Offerings

Friday the 13th, Part 2

House of 1000 Corpses

Day of the Woman/I Spit on Your Grave

Interview with the Vampire

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Taking the color out of horror: Part 2

Because I'm a big fan of black and white horror, I've chosen several more films to take the color out of and imagine as a monochrome piece of work. If you missed part one, here it is.

And now - Part 2...

The Fog (1980)

Wind Chill

The Descent 2

Jurassic Park


*Foreign films are quite striking this way:

Sauna (2008, Finland)

Pan's Labyrinth (2007, Spain)

Let the Right One In (2008, Sweden)

*Black and white makes water look even more ominous.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Lake Mungo


*Weren't vampires meant to be in monochrome?

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Dracula (1979)

Creepy kids...even worse in black & white...

The Omen

The Devil's Backbone

Trick 'r Treat

Children of the Corn

*I'd think twice before buying, renting, attending school, or spending the weekend in any of these places...

Burnt Offerings


The Amityville Horror

The Evil Dead

Psycho 2 [don't tell me that picture isn't perfect.....]

Again, period films really work this way.
The first of two from Angel Heart:

The Burrowers


*Werewolves: Proving color means nothing when you're talking terror.

Dog Soldiers

An American Werewolf in London

*Don't you hate it when the person next to you just might not be himself anymore?

The Thing (1982)

The Machinist [god that's dreadful!]

The Crazies (2010) [proving Timothy Olyphant looks good even without a bit of color in his cheeks.]

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Monday, May 24, 2010

So apparently, now I'm filthy. Or at least blood-soaked.

Wanted to share a bit of news for those who may not know. I've been asked to join the staff of the awesome up & coming horror website, The Blood Sprayer. According to its tagline, it's "all the filth that's fit to publish"...

I have my lovely friend Kristy Jett to thank for suggesting me to the editor, Wes Allen, who took a chance on me not to muck things up too horribly. It's my first writing gig outside of this blog and the LoTT-D and TPOTD, so I've basically been acting like a psycho for the last few days.

Appropriately, my first article is about the pros and cons of dating Norman I think you should go there RIGHT NOW if you haven't already. And be sure to check out all the articles on the site - Wes has a great lineup of top-notch contributors hanging out over there - including a few that should be familiar to the blogging community: Brittney-Jade Colangelo of Day of the Woman, Bill Adcock of Radiation-Scarred Reviews, and John Squires of Freddy in Space.
But everyone at The Blood Sprayer is a huge talent and I am honored and humbled to be working with them!

And don't worry (not that you did) - Fascination with Fear isn't going anywhere. I love writing, and between this blog and The Blood Sprayer, I'm seriously hoping nobody gets sick of me, to be honest.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Bloody Sunday: Argento Edition

Okay, so it started out with two pics from Argento movies and then I realized I had several more on my hard drive and voilà! A very specific Sunday.

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso)

Masters of Horror: Jenifer


The Stendhal Syndrome


Mother of Tears

Do you like Hitchcock?


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Leaving the light on...

Because last week I was on vacation but was unable to take the usual trip to the Outer Banks, I was feeling rather melancholy and kept wistfully thinking of lighthouses (because there are four we see there every year)... and of course my warped mind worked that right into thoughts of lighthouses in horror movies.

I'm a big fan of lighthouses, in general. I've seen quite a few up and down the entire East coast, and a few in the Great Lakes region, so they really appeal to me in horror movies as well. Whereas they are supposed to be beacons of hope and all that happy jazz, in horror they evoke more dread at times that anything else. But that could very well be simply because of the content of the film.
Sometimes they play a pivotal role within the movie, other times they are just there to be aesthetically pleasing or give a sense of unease.

In any case, just a few of my favorites:

The Ring (2002; the photo at the top of the post is also from The Ring)

Lighthouse a.k.a. Dead of Night (2000)

Darkness Falls (2003)

The Orphanage (2007; image stolen from Andre at The Horror Digest)

The Shuttered Room (1967)

Harper's Island (tv, 2009)

Storm of the Century (tv, 1999)

Half Light (2006)

Jaws (1975)

Jaws (again)

The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Goonies (1985)

Shutter Island (2010)

The Fog (1980)

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