Fight!

So, the mysterious Mortal Kombat Rebirth film short/trailer that started making the rounds this week is not a game teaser, but a pitch to Warner Brothers for a new, darker MK movie, according to Jeri Ryan, who appears in the short. No word yet on whether WB is backing the movie, but if you were hoping that the mystery film was a game teaser, you’re in luck: a new Mortal Kombat game is coming in ’11 for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360. The new version, to be released by Warner Brothers, is expected to go back to featuring ultra-gory finishing moves.

I don’t know, sounds like an excuse to dress up as a ninja fighter!

Ninja Gal Teen Costume

In other news, I saw via Dread Central that “Kick Ass” star Christopher Mintz-Plasse will play Evil Ed in the “Fright Night” remake. Peter Vincent will be played by David Tennant, aka Dr. Who. I can totally see it.

App of the Dead and other Apps… of the Dead

The Official George A. Romero App of the Dead has finally been released “in anticipation of … ‘Survival of the Dead,'” which opened in arthouse theaters across the US last week (and is still available to view on Amazon On Demand and several other direct streaming options). OK, so it’s a little late. It’s a photomanipulation app that goes for $1.99 — you take a photo of a friend with your iPhone or use a photo from your iTunes gallery and turn it into a zombie. It’s pretty cool, but a couple of additional features would have made it really worth the money. I definitely think it should have the full “Come to Plum Island” video pitch that the characters watched on an iPhone in the movie. Hello? They watched it on an iPhone! There goes my summer plan to recreate the scene in the back of a truck on the way to Slaughter Beach. Which is an actual place here in Delaware, by the way. Fun fact!

Anyway. App of the Dead is still an addition to the coolest zombie apps you can pick up for iPhone and iPod Touch. My personal favorites:

Undead Attack Pinball: classic pinball game, with an added twist: you have to knock out waves of zombies with the pinball before they reach your gate, below the flippers. I’m not big on iPod games, but this one is a blast. $2.99 for the full version, with a free Lite version available.

Diner of the Dead: Another game — this one would be just OK, if not for the awesome art. Instead of killing zombies, you feed them various body parts in the order they “request.” If too many starve, you lose. 99 cents for the full version, with a free version available.

Lost Zombies: Notes From the Apocalypse: The app companion to the huge Lost Zombies community and interactive zombie documentary experiment. Visually awesome. $1.99

Got a favorite zombie app? Comment!

The Dead Have Spoken: Brazil to Win World Cup

According to a report from Reuters, Nigerian mystic John Adatiri was given a spoiler from beyond the grave on the outcome of the ’10 World Cup, which starts next week in South Africa: Brazil will take it. The dead also informed him that his own home team would make the quarter-finals. Zulu witch-doctor Sebenzile Nsukwini has also contacted the dead in regards to the event, and assures us that there will be no terror attack on the World Cup. In other news, soccer is kind of awesome for once.

By the way, the World Cup isn’t just the world’s biggest sporting event, it’s also an excuse to dress up! There’s still time to order the Adult Male soccer uniform (the sexy Adult Female costume of currently out of stock, but there’s always the Victoria Beckham-style “Soccer Wife Wig”). My personal favorite soccer-related item in the Fright Catalog is the Plush Soccer Ball Purse:

Next to the costumes of dead people, of course.

h/t: @nshn

57 Mummies

In honor of the 57 newly-unearthed Egyptian mummies, I’m calling today “Dress Like a Mummy Day.” Don’t tear up all your white sheets–check out these costumes in the Fright Catalog shop:

Universal Studios Mummy Mask

Arguably the coolest of all the mummy items in the store, the Universal Studios Mummy Mask is a realistic latex over-the-head mask of Boris Karloff’s Imhotep in the classic 1932 monster movie “The Mummy.”

Mummy Queen Costume

Decomposition not your style? The sexy Mummy Queen costume with headdress and pencil-cut skirt is super cute, if not super scary.

Mummy Adult Costume

Scary Mummy Adult costume with un wrapped face.

 

Pink Mummy Child

Pink Mummy Child is a sort of winged angel/mummy hybrid… and she’s pink! Weird compromise between a creepy and an adorable costume for little girls — I like it! Continue reading

It’s Alive!

This is one of those news stories that reads like the first chapter of an apocalyptic horror story: Scientists create artificial, self-replicating DNA cells that they plan to manipulate into synthetic bacteria to be released into the air in an effort to reverse damage to the environment. I’m not making this up.

Dramatization

To be fair, I’m not afraid of technology in general. I don’t live in fear of genetically modified vegetables, nuclear power, or DDT. What’s frightening about unleashing microscopic artificial life into the air we breathe, aside from, well, unleashing microscopic artificial life into the air we breathe, are the Utopian suggestions that, in effect, it can allow humans to control the environment and bring about world peace (or at least eradicate our dependency on oil by using the buggers to create fuel). Anything that appears so too-good-to-be-true is bound to bite us on the ass. And, I mean, think about it: in theory (not established scientific theory, but theory) self-aware micro-organisms could fly in through your nose and mouth and take over your brain and body. Not to mention the bodies of dead people. Just saying….

h/t: @rarenews

Mad Scientist Costume Kit (pictured above) available on frightcatalog.com

Fulci’s Zombie vs. Shark All Over TV

I was knocked over when I saw the new Windows 7 ad, which features a clip from Lucio Fulci’s 1979 film “Zombi 2″ (aka “Zombie” and “Zombie 2: The Dead are Among Us” in the US). The Italian “zombie vs. shark” scene is a cult classic, but the clip’s relative obscurity made it possible for the ad to recontextualize it — it’s not a movie clip in the ad, but a nature documentary streamed from the fictional “Zombie Companion” Website that describes the zombie’s “loving bond with its fellow man-eater, the Great White.” Which begs the question: Do David and his roommates live in an alternate post-zombie outbreak universe? Is “Intel WiDi” even real? Still, best Windows 7 ad ever!

Check out the uncut zombie vs. shark scene here.

Fun fact: “Zombi 2″ is not actually a sequel. The first “Zombi” is Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” (“Zombi” was its Italian title). The name was changed to lead people to believe it was connected to the popular American series. Despite the cheesy marketing ploy, “Zombi 2″ is a classic in its own right. Let’s see if the exposure from the Windows ad leads to a run on Man-Eating Shark costumes to pair with Zombie costumes this year!

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Can Charley Defeat Edward?

A couple of years ago, a “Near Dark” remake was scrapped because the producer was afraid that the story, which has a teenage romance element, would come off like an R-rated “Twilight” knockoff — apparently, the planned unnecessary remake was probably a thousand times worse than imagined. Although 1985’s “Fright Night” isn’t quite as awesome as the near-perfect “Near Dark,” it’s up there; “Fright Night” also has a teen romance element, so it’s fair to worry that the updated remake that’s currently in development could tread too close to Twilight territory. More likely, the “Fright Night” remake will be the anti-Twilight, an encyclopedia of traditional vampire lore like the original, with wooden crosses, bats and razor-sharp fangs.

The remake actually looks promising. This week, it was announced that Colin Farrell and Toni Colette have been added to the the cast, in addition to Anton Yelchin (aka teen Kyle Reese) as Charley and rumors that Chris Sarandon will be featured as himself in the Roddy McDowell role, which would be too cool, if true. Now word is the new “Fright Night” will be in 3D, too — how could a ’10s version not be?

Actual Space Zombie Threatens to Spread Infection

Couldn’t pass on the totally true astro-story going around about the zombie satellite Galaxy 15 that’s tearing through space putting other, working satellites at risk. See, Galaxy 15 isn’t some fried-out dead satellite, but a fried-out satellite that still has power and can’t be communicated with. Will its Earth-bound handlers manage to kill it in time? Stay tuned… if you still have a connection by daybreak.

In other news, Dread Central reports that George A. Romero has revealed some info on upcoming projects, now that “Survival of the Dead” has been unveiled in the US (watch it now on Amazon, XBOX Live and Playstation VOD). Are you going to dress up when the movie is released in theaters on May 28th? Make sure you’re stocked with plenty of liquid latex, scar putty and ghoul makeup from Fright Catalog. Or wear the stylish Zombie 3D costume:

Order before it’s too late…

Alternative Baby Boy Apparel

Superman Infant (6-12 Months) Costume

Batman Infant Costume

Besides the fact that hell would freeze over, if for some reason by the immaculate conception I, the Halloween Harlot, had a child… I would make it awesome.

Face it, baby clothes are expensive. Add the clothes to the cost of formula, diapers, school, food, etc and you’ve grown yourself your very own financial pocket parasite. Not to mention, kids aren’t particularly the cutest things in the world. Wouldn’t you rather have a puppy? At least you can leave them alone in the house for a few hours while you run errands.

Anyway, I’m getting off subject. If I had a kid, I’d dress it up like something fun every day. At FrightCatalog.com you can find lots of fun outfits for the same price or less than the cost of normal vanilla baby outfits that you’d find elsewhere.

Little Damion, you want to be Superman today? Hell yeah kiddo! Go save the world! The other kids might try to make fun of him, but I mean, how can you -really- make fun of Superman? He’ll kick your ass. Same goes with Batman or a Stormtrooper. Your kid will start a trend in the school yard. Soon, every kid will want it to be Halloween everyday.

Shrek Infant Toddler Costume

Bonus: The kid will use his imagination! Dressing up in different characters encourages the brain to think outside the box. He will also gain confidence. The more you encourage his awesomeness, the more awesome he will be.

It’s also fun to have to dress the kid up because it’s like having a new character everyday instead of a child. It’s entertainment for the parent. Dress him up like a Rockstar and bring him to a Korn concert. The babes will be all over you that’s for sure. Try dressing him up like a Stormtrooper and tell him that Luke Skywalker called and needs him to clean his room to save the world. Kids are gullible. By dressing him up, you make him more gullible. He’ll feel like cleaning his room is his duty to save the world!

He won’t eat his greens? Dress him up like Shrek and tell him Shrek needs to eat green to stay green! Trust me, he’ll eat his greens.

Your Halloween Harlot- Miss Cara Maria

Why live in a boring world? Imagination starts at youth. Make it Halloween every day and not only will you have a constant source of entertainment, but your kid will grow up brighter and way more awesome then those vanilla Gap babies. Make a stand. Viva Halloween!

Separated at Undeath

Left: Eyjafjallajökull. Right: Zombie

The ghoulish Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallaj kull, seen here in an aerial photo via the German tabloid Bild, continues to make the news for its reign of terror over Europe. Not flying planes into that zombie-ash sounds like a good call. Want to dress up as Eyjafjallaj kull? Pick up a Goon 12 mask — it’s almost uncanny!

Bild published the creepy photo along with ten apocalyptic theories about the volcano. The zombie theory was overlooked for some reason. The possibility that aliens are preparing a large-scale operation, however, has been noted. In any event: be prepared.