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.
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.
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:
If you’re in Boston, go get yourself a late snack!
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.
Fede Alvarez, the director behind the Evil Dead remake, tweeted the first and only photo from the set of the film. It’s nothing too special, but it gives us an idea of the film’s environment. Evil Dead is scheduled to be out April 12, 2013. We got a long wait ahead of us.
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.
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 synopsis: A 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.
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.
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.
As stated on our Facebook yesterday, the FrightCatalog gang is down here in Houston, Texas, covering Halloween Expo 2012. But since we’d be nothing without our faithful customers, we want to share the experience with you! So, here’s the first update of the convention:
The Expo opened at 8 AM, but they wouldn’t let anyone in until 9 AM, so we all just stood around for an hour. Nothing really happened. Some people mingled, attractive models in skimpy costumes walked through the crowd, and that’s pretty much it. Here’s a video of the entrance:
Once inside, I wandered over to the California Costume Collections booth, where I found this astonishing vampire mask and wings costume:
Yup, the wings move on their own. It blew my mind how cool these would be to wear around. Technology is definitely entering the Halloween industry, and I cannot wait to see what else is in store.
Also in the California Costume Collections booth were these Get Your Zombie On! costume kits:
Each kit includes the necessary makeup and accessories to transform your face into a ghoulish horror, as seen on the models above the displayed kits. Simple, easy-to-apply, and perfect for any zombie-loving Halloween fan.
But enough about California Costume Collections and their sweet products. I wanted to find some high quality weapons, and the Charades booth definitely delivered:
As you can see in the video, I squeezed the hell out of that foam hammer and it didn’t budge an inch. A Charades representative said they make the weapons specifically to give the wielder some heft, because “lightweight weapons don’t feel awesome enough.” The hammer, for example, has a metal rod running through the handle. No cheap materials, no unsatisfied customers, that’s the way to run a Halloween business.
Next I set my sights on the Forum Novelties booth, but I barely made it away from Charades when this terrifying attraction caught my attention:
That’s a 15′ clown costume worn by the president of Beyond Sales. The costume is fully moveable – wrists, arms, head, back, legs – and the president claims to have snowboarded down a mountain while wearing it. On the table is a DVD player showing clips of him rollerblading around Vancouver, Washington.
Then I finally made my way over to Forum Novelties, where they showed me their latest line of Halloween monster masks:
I had a good laugh when I saw the Obama mask at the end of the line. A political monster is still a monster, I guess, depending on your views.
And lastly, while heading away from the booths to write up this post, I stumbled upon what I can only call the “Demon Baby Ring of Death”:
So, that’s it for now, Fright Fans, but there will be plenty more coming up later today and tomorrow. If you want to see anything specific, like more vampire or zombie stuff, drop us a comment and we’ll check it out.
Let’s get this out of the way: I don’t read romance novels. I find the whole genre to be a plague upon all good and great things within the world. Before Twilight, for example, vampires and werewolves were fearsome creatures who stalked the night and tore bodies to pieces, not melodramatic teenagers who skipped math class to make out. (Don’t worry, we still stock the hardcore vampire costumes.)
But Twilight is a singular occurrence, right? Vampires and werewolves are the only ones to have felt the soft, seductive hands of the romance genre, right? I mean, theres no way someone could write a financially successful romance novel about, say, a zombie, right?
This is where I introduce you to Warm Bodies, a zombie romance novel.
R is a zombie. After a zombie apocalypse, he slowly moves through an America made up of collapsed buildings, rusted cars, shattered glass, and hollowed-out high-rises. He can speak only in grunts and simple syllables and craves human brains to get high on the memories they contain. After eating the brain of a suicidal teen, R is overcome with love for the teen’s companion, Julie Grigio. R rescues Julie from certain death by his zombie pack and takes her back to his lair. She eventually leaves, and R follows her to back to Citi Stadium, the largest remaining human habitation.
Somehow, the book has earned enough attention to garnish a film adaptation, which is expected to hit theaters this year. While I applaud the concept of zombies eating human brains to get high off memories, I cannot express any joy toward this novel or film. Zombies are the over-milked fad of recent years, and now the genre comes face-to-face with romance.
If anything, lets hope this movie kills the zombie fad and we can move onto the next horror icon to become popular, whored out, and then mixed with romance.
When it comes to horror, FrightCatalog.com prides itself on being ahead of the curve, which is why we feverishly scour for new, unique products – the kind you literally will not find anywhere else. Our most recent discovery came from an independent artist in Southern California, a woman who specializes in creating handmade Gothic dolls.
If you have any kind of love for the macabre, these dolls should seize your heart with horrifying joy. We listed the dolls online on our eBay store some days ago, with the prices starting at one penny one penny! but the auctions still have some days to run. Check out some of the dolls listed below, and then toss your bid into the mix.
In May 2008, Columbia Pictures snagged the rights to more than 50 Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine. Since then, the studio has been looking for the right director, writers, and producers.
But according to recent news released on HollywoodReporter.com, Columbia Pictures is now closing a deal with Darren Lemke, the writer behind Jack the Giant Killer, to pen the big-screen adaptation of these childrens horror books.
The producers behind the film are Neal Moritz, along with Sony-based Original Film group, and Deborah Forte, a member of Scholastic Entertainment.
Known for its classic sci-fi/horror stories, Goosebumps has helped bring horror to countless children, without stuffing in the usual horror tropes of gore, sex, and blood. Adult horror books often leave whole sections to describing dead bodies and body parts, while Goosebumps seeks to make its audience laugh, not cringe.
While it is unclear as to which of the Goosebumps books will see big-screen action, it is clear that these studios are taking their time with its creation. One can only hope that the finished product is worth the Goosebumps name.
If youre anything like the me, you hate Tuesdays. Sure, Mondays catch the most flak, what with its the-weekend-is-too-short, I-hate-my-job feeling, but at least the weekend absence from work gives you something to talk with coworkers about on Monday. Hey, Frank, what’d you do this weekend? Sell Halloween props? Wow, tell me about it.
Tuesdays, though, are transitional days, carrying you from the dreadful start of the week to the glorious midweek hump known as Wednesday. The only other transitional day is Thursday, which has the looming boon of Friday being only 24-hours away, followed quickly by the weekend. No, Tuesdays are the worst of the weekdays – the epitome of a nine-to-five lifestyle; the bane of an exciting life.
Thankfully, we here at FrightCatalog.com share this distaste for Tuesdays, so were always on the lookout for something to put a pep in our Tuesday step. Today, on this Tuesday, we stumbled upon a video that crams sixty-four horror films into a five-minute trailer.
Give it a gander, let the familiar horror films flow through your fleshy eyes, and remember, the weekend is only three more days away.