This was my first panel at Connooga this year: IT: The Horror of Stephen King. I had the great fun of sitting on this one with Chad Sides, Master of Horror at Connooga, and Tim Green, builder of haunts (including Ruby Falls’ Haunted Caverns). As we always try to do on horror track panels, this one has a lot of audience participation. I apologize for some of the poor audio quality, I am working with a small microphone and a MP3 recorder.
I hope you enjoy the audio below and check back again tomorrow for another panel, Scary Story Time.
Hello all, we have done a good deal of films this year dealing with various monsters and the mayhem that they cause. For our final monster, I’ve delved back to the early 2000’s. Today, I give to you Jeepers Creepers.
This movie has spawned two sequels (the latest film arrived in September 2017), features a good creature design, does not give away all of its secrets, and features a young Justin Long. Two siblings are harassed by a strange truck on a small country road. They see the driver of the truck throwing strangely shaped bundles into a drainpipe and investigate. This is where they become a target of the creeper. Inside, they find a strange mural of the macabre with multiple human bodies having been preserved and placed on the stone wall. Their attempts to flee the monster will lead them to a local psychic and a final pulse-pounding chase through a crowded police station.
Part of the charm of this series is the fact that it hints at a mythology that creates a solid reality and never fully explains everything. You don’t see a wood-cutting from a book and then receive a flashback to fully detail the events of the past. What the film does is provide you with a glimpse of historic things featuring our monster, while not explaining the hows and whys. For a low-budget horror film, Jeepers Creepers hits all the right buttons for me.
You can click below to pick up a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: After making a horrific discovery in the basement of an old abandoned church, Trish (Gina Philips) and her brother Darry (Justin Long) watch their routine road trip home turn into a heart stopping race for their lives.
As some of you may be able to figure by my book Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror, werewolves hold a very special place for me, and I love alliteration so this month will see Werewolf Wednesday every week.
On this the first Werewolf Wednesday of October 2017, I’ve got a great recommendation for you. Bad Moon is not your usual film in this genre. After being wounded on an assignment, a photojournalist visits his sister and her children, but Thor, the family dog, knows something is wrong. This film is well-acted and written. The only really weak point of this film is the transformation that they show, using early CGI in an unimpressive scene. Based off of the book Thor, this movie takes a great approach to werewolves and shows just how much a dog is willing to do to protect its family. Below is the official synopsis, and you can click on the image below to pick up a copy of the movie.
Synopsis: Full, crescent, quarter…each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison. By day, he’s a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific half-human: a werewolf. Dead men tell no tales, so Ted’s sure he alone knows about his vile double life. The secret, however, may be out. The family dog Thor, devoted to defending the household, has his suspicions.
Writer/director Eric Red (Cohen and Tate, Body Parts) delivers a new infusion of thrills with this red blooded shocker. Michael Pare (Streets of Fire) portrays Ted, hiding his accursed condition from his sister (Mariel Hemmingway, Lipstick, Star 80) and nephew (Mason Gamble). What better way to hide it than to create suspicion that the local killings are the work of another: especially if that other is the family’s all-too-wise German shepherd!
Since I do enjoy this time of year so much, I thought that I would give you guys a recommendation a day for each day, just so that you have some wonderful choices for your frightful reading and viewing.
I figured I would start the first with one of my personal favorites: The Remastered Phantasm. My wife got me this for Christmas last year, and the remastering by JJ Abrams is amazing with remastered HD video and audio, it really is like a brand new experience. So, by all means check it out and add it to your Halloween viewing list.
You can pick up a copy by clicking on the image below.
Synopsis: Strange things are happening at the Morningside Cemetery. Jody Pearson (Bill Thornbury) attends the funeral of a recently departed friend. His younger brother, Mike (Michael Baldwin), watches the final rites and observes a tall mortician clad in black (Angus Scrimm) tossing the heavy, unburied coffin into a waiting hearse as if it were only a stick of kindling wood. Determined to uncover the truth behind this unusual sight, Mike returns to the cemetery at night and breaks into the mortuary. There, he finds deadly, spectral creatures inhabiting the home’s embalming cellar and comes face-to-face with the sinister Tall Man. After barely managing to escape with his life, Mike enlists Jody and their close friend, Reggie (Reggie Bannister), to discover what is really happening at the Morningside Mortuary and the secrets of the living dead who dwell there.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another recommendation.
Hello loyal readers, since we are not 15 days from October and the season of Halloween, I’m offering my e-short Friends Don’t Let Friends be Undead for free for today only. You can read the synopsis below and click on the cover to pick it up on Amazon.com. If you read it and like it, please leave a review on Amazon or your favorite review site.
Thanks for reading and keep coming back to find out where I’ll be and what I’m up to.
Synopsis: Three days after her husband dies, Lily is shocked to see him staring at her from outside her home. Calling on the four men he trusted most, Lily relies on them to place Steve back into his eternal rest. Guided by his journal, his friends will find that the man they loved has been replaced by a vicious fiend that will stop at nothing to sate its thirst for blood.
The latest review of Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror. One Amazon customer had this to say in their 5-star review: “Well written. Good character and story development. I have read some of this author’s short stories and would recommend his work.”
Thanks to all of you who have reviewed my books, I appreciate all the reviews that I get.
So following the Craft of Lovecraft panel, my next panel was Classic Horror vs Modern Horror (specifically films). Rejoining me were Tim Green, Chad Sides (Master of Horror for Connooga), Tony Young, and last, but most definitely not least the wonderful Victoria Price, daughter of horror icon Vincent Price. Listen below and let me know your thoughts. And as before, there is adult commentary on this panel.
Victoria Price, daughter of legendary Vincent Price.