Monthly Archives: February 2012

Clive Barker Recovers from Coma

On January 22, Clive Barker, creator of Hellraiser and Candyman, sent out this message on his Twitter account: Dear Friends, I’ve had some medical issues that have recently forced me away from my beloved desk and into the hospital… But do not worry… I will be home soon and back to causing trouble! My apologies for being off the radar! All of my love, Clive XOXO.

But no more messages came from Barkers Twitter account only silence. Why was Barker in the hospital? Was he all right? What happened? Days passed, yet no news came.

Clive Barker

Clive Barker in 2007 at the EMP/Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.

Then Clive Barkers official website put out this message:

My friends, Clive here. I’m at home now after a while in hospital, thanks to a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my blood that my whole system crashed, putting me into a coma. I spent several days in Intensive Care, with a machine breathing for me. Later, my Doctors said that they had not anticipated a happy ending until I started to fight, repeatedly pulling out the tubes that I was constantly gagging on. After a few days of nightmarish delusions I woke up to my life again, tired, twenty pounds lighter but happy to be back from a very dark place. And here in the world I intend to stay. I’ve books to write, films to make and paintings to paint. I seem to have come home with my sight clearer somehow, and my sense of purpose intensified. Thank you all for your messages your prayers and love. What better reason to wake to life than knowing I have such friends? Again, thank you. My love to you always. Clive.

Its strange to see a legend as big as Clive Barker succumb to a freak accident. It reminds us that underneath all of those novels and films and paintings Barker is as human as the rest of us. From all of us at FrightCatalog.com, we wish Barker the quickest of recoveries.

Fox Rejects Proposed $80 Million Frankenstein Film

A script for a new Frankenstein film has been kicking around since August of last year. The writer behind the script is Max Landis, the same writer who produced the recent blockbuster film Chronicle. Landis’ script is said to have utilized more science fiction tropes than the traditional Mary Shelley story.

Shawn Levy, director behind Real Steel, Night at the Museum, and Date Night, was expected to take creative charge on the film, transforming the script into a cinematic experience.

Landis frankenstein

However, according to Vulture, …Fox recently balked at making Levys planned remake of Frankenstein at an $80 million budget… Since Chronicle only held a budget of $15 million, one can see why Fox would be so hesitant to fund an $80 million project that’s quite a leap of finances, no matter how well Chronicle did in theaters. So, for now, we must remain content with traditional Frankenstein costumes, but maybe soon we’ll see some science fiction cyborg Frankenstein groaning onto the silver screen.

900 Pounds of Butterfingers Left in Copley Square, Boston

In a remarkable marketing stunt, Pawngo.com left 900 pounds of Butterfingers candy bars in Copley Square, Boston. Next to the pile of candy, a sign read, Thank you Wes Welker Pawngo.com.

Clearly, the company is calling out Welker, the wide receiver for the Patriots, who dropped a crucial pass late in last Sundays Super Bowl game. And it doesnt take a rocket scientist to see what the message here is: Pawngo.com thinks Welker is all Butterfingers.

The company put out a Twitter message, We’re giving Boston a late morning snack to get over Sundays loss #butterfingers.

Here’s a picture of people clamoring for their Butterfingers:

pawngo butterfingers

 

If you’re in Boston, go get yourself a late snack!

The World of Horror Loses Two Members

According to Dread Central, Bill Hinzman, best known as Zombie #1 in George Romeros Night of the Living Dead, passed away yesterday. He was 75, and had been fighting against cancer.

If you have not seen Romeros Night of the Living Dead, Hinzman is the zombie shambling through the graveyard in this scene:

In addition to Hinzmans infamous role as the original Romero zombie, he also worked on such films as Theres Always Vanilla, The Crazies, and Hungry Wives. In 1988, Hinzman wrote, edited, directed, and starred in Flesh Eater, in which he plays the same role as Zombie #1 from Night of the Living Dead. Hinzman was a frequent attendant of the Halloween convention circuit, often attending in costume as the famed Romero zombie.

Josephine Streiner, another actress in Romeros Night of the Living Dead, also passed away today. Josephine played another of the many ghouls within the film, and it is her car that Barbara wrecked while trying to escape the graveyard where Hinzman first appeared.

Both of these individuals will be greatly missed, for they contributed to one of horrors greatest films. From all of us at FrightCatalog.com, we wish their families peace and solace.

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

If you were alive during the 1960s, you may remember a day-time Gothic soap opera named Dark Shadows. The show featured werewolves, zombies, ghosts, witches, time travel, parallel universes, warlocks, man-made monsters, and all sorts of other supernatural Halloween costumes. Although the show originally aired in 1966, it did not attract true mainstream attention until one year later, when vampire Barnabas Collins joined the cast of characters.

Due to the shows day-time schedule, the show amassed more episodes (1,225) in its five-year lifespan than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre television shows, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek franchise. In 2007, Dark Shadows ranked #23 on TV Guides Top Cult Shows Ever list.

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Johnny Depp starring as Barnabas Collins.

Now, nearly fifty years later, the series is set to see a silver-screen revival, with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp leading the theatrical project. This is another of many films Burton and Depp have worked on together, previously including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007),and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

The Dark Shadows cinematic release is scheduled for May 11, 2012 so only just around the corner. Not much is known about the actual plotline of the film, other than the general plot synopsisA gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.

Dark Shadows Johnny Depp

And, of course, Depp has again taken to visually transforming himself for the role of a character. We saw him become madness and mayhem as the Mad Hatter, eccentricity and genius as Willy Wonka, and horror and despair as Sweeny Todd. Now Depp brings us the sophisticated elegance of a Victorian vampire, as Barnabas Collins.

But Depps thrill of becoming a character goes further than merely playing dress-up. In fact, Colleen Atwood, the woman behind Depps Barnabas Collins costume, says, [Depp] has it in contract that he gets to keep all his costumes.Each and every costume Johnny Depp has ever worn for a film is archived in his Santa Monica showroom.

Dark Shadows cast.

The cast.

Will the silver-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows attract the same cult status as the original series? Come May 11, 2012, we’ll find out.