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The REAL Dark Universe

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M. Night Shyamalan's ups and downs have been epic.
With "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," and "Signs," he was prematurely crowned 'The Next Spielberg. After "The Happening" and "The Last Airbender," he was brought back to earth. It seemed with his ego he wouldn't be able to come back from films like "After Earth." But he smartly regrouped and scaled down.
"The Visit" was a great step forward. Then "Split" came. Headed by a BRILLIANT performance from the magnificent James McAvoy, the film was unsettling and a return to form for Shyamalan. What happened at the end credit scene made fans excited again. For this was the beginning of a shared universe.

I was one of the handful of people that was rooting for Universal's 'Dark Universe.' I loved the old Universal Monsters characters and wanted to see a shared universe with my favorites (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, etc.), but the e…

The Triumphant Return Of PREDATOR?

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The "Predator" series has had it's ups and downs. To some fans, it's only really had one up. And that's the original classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can't really blame them. The sequels haven't lived up to that film. With Arnold being one of my action heroes of the '80's, that original was just another great movie of his. An amazing sci fi horror experience. The second one is very '80's and sometimes that is code for 'cheese,' but I had fun with it. The Alien -vs- Predator series is fun but could've been more.
Now it returns with "Predator" veteran Shane Black. He says it will bring the Predator franchise to that 'event' status it had back in the day. I really hope so. With horror (both mainstream and indie) making great strides at the box office, this could mark the triumphant return. We shall see...







Hail To The King Baby (Happy Birthday Bruce Campbell!)

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Thanks to the so called 'fans' either not showing up to watch "Ash Vs The Evil Dead" or just stealing the show and watching it via bootleg, the final chapter of the iconic Ash Williams has come to an end. I figured he was going to call it a day anyway and retire the character, but not so abruptly. But even after all of that...it was a GREAT run.
I've always had a fond love for horror comedies. From the early days of Abbott and Costello to Mel Brooks to the modern classics like "Shaun Of The Dead," they are just so much fun. And I definitely put The Evil Dead Trilogy (or at least the last two installments) up there with the best. And besides the weird and wonderful imagination of Sam Raimi, the other reason for it's success is the weird and wonderful performance of Campbell. It's not that far off to say he's beloved to all of us horror fans. Hail to the King, baby...



"Curse Of The Revenant 10th Anniversary Reissue" - Vimeo On Demand

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https://vimeo.com/ondemand/Curse10thAnniversary

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of "Curse Of The Revenant," a very small horror debut from director Jess Solis that has gained cult status, Ghoulish Grin Films is rereleasing the film on Vimeo On Demand. This release includes the most popular version of the film (the alternate cut) plus the rarely seen 2008 rough cut. This version was only seen on public access television and was edited with a $20 Circuit City edit board and a VHS player, and was filmed on a Hi8 videocamera with titles created either on paper or within the camera itself. Absolutely NOTHING digital in that version. A great look back at how an idea was realized into a movie. Never give up, people. Thank you for your support.




A Happy Father's Day To The Special Dads!

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Hope all the fathers are enjoying their Father's Day and here's to a lifetime of special moments. I hope you keep your loved ones close and make sure you never let them go. Enjoy vacations with them and just create amazing memories. Happy Father's Day!



"Curse Of The Revenant" Hits 70K On YouTube!

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Thanks to the wonderful fans, the alternate cut of "Curse Of The Revenant" hit 70,000 + views on YouTube! I'm amazed at how well the indie horror community received the new edit of the film. The original was close to my heart, but understandably it wasn't well received critically or with the viewers. But this more modernized version was, and surpassed all movies and videos from Ghoulish Grin Films. Thank you once again...




"THE NUN" - Expanding The Wan Horror Universe

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As some know, I'm a big James Wan fan. I've always gravitated towards older horror films, having grown up with Universal Monsters and later to Hammer Studios. It's why I'm a fan. And I love that James Wan has tapped into the feel of those older films with the "Insidious" and especially "The Conjuring" films. And I also appreciate his versatility within the genre, having debuted with the now classic gore film "Saw." And his versatility in general with mainstream action films. Warner Bros. has wisely made him a staple of their studio.
And now the trailer for "The Nun" drops. Having first met this character in the amazing "The Conjuring 2," she was a character that was more than memorable. She was terrifying.
I've voiced my opinion that the "Annabelle" films weren't up to par with the rest of the Wan Horror Universe. She's a character that I'm fine with in doses. I don't believe she is worthy…

"Young Frankenstein" Spoof Yet Belonging (Happy Birthday Gene Wilder!)

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My dad knew him as the weird guy hanging around with Richard Pryor in "Stir Crazy." I knew him as Willy Wonka as a kid in the magical "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory." They're still trying to bring back that franchise with casting rumors landing on everyone from Ryan Gosling to Donald Glover (sorry, Mr. Wilder OWNS that part). But one classic that brings the world of comedy and classic horror together and holds a special place in my heart is the Mel Brooks comedy horror "Young Frankenstein."
A film that parodies the Universal Monsters era yet has the look and feel of a Universal horror movie. Much like "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein," it's a great comedic take on the genre, yet also BELONGS to the genre. And the master Gene Wilder is as manic and hilarious as any film you'll ever see him in.
It's also fun to see outtakes of the cast, as they seem to be having the time of their lives. Mel Brooks, not so much. :D

The Legend Of "Halloween" Returns!

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The hype is real! This new (and perhaps last) sequel to the legendary 1978 horror film featuring one of the greatest movie monsters of all time, Michael Myers, will be revealed in October of this year. In a period of amazing original horror, seeing yet another version of a franchise property may be a bit weary. Not after seeing this trailer. It looks like it's going to live up to the legend of Halloween and the great John Carpenter. And to realize that Mr. Carpenter is involved as well as starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role is reason to be excited. To my horror brothers and sisters...rejoice in this new age of terror!





The Last Horror Gentleman (Happy Birthday Robert Englund)

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In 1984, the classically trained actor Robert Englund starred in horror maven Wes Craven's "A Nightmare On Elm Street," turning him into a horror icon, arguably the first horror star since the magnificent Hammer Studios duo of Lee and Cushing. He shares a distinction with other icons like "Hellraiser"s Doug Bradley, and the classic era's Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee in appearing multiple times as his iconic character...Freddy Krueger. And much like those Hammer Studio icons, he is also a gentleman of horror. And that's something not often seen in the modern era of horror. And as a fan of the Universal Monsters and Hammer Studios eras, I very much appreciate that.
Along with that original film, my favorite of the series oddly enough is the self aware sequel "New Nightmare." You got to see both the monster AND the man. And it foreshadowed a future Wes Craven franchise..."Scream."
So happy birthday Robert Englund, a modern day hor…

The Horror Remake (Susperia)

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My Google + friend Scott Napier commented on the new "Susperia" trailer and voiced his apprehension. And every film fan has a right to be a little worried about the remake of a great film.
The film in question is the original 1977 Dario Argento classic, "Susperia," a masterwork of visual horror. The new film, starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz.
I can completely understand as a fan of film how attached I can be towards a film or a franchise. But when this topic comes up I always bring up my favorite Hammer Studio films. "Curse Of Frankenstein" starring the legendary duo of Sir Christopher Lee and the great Peter Cushing, was a remake of the masterpiece from Universal Studios, "Frankenstein," starring Boris Karloff. It held it's own as an adaptation of the immortal novel by Mary Shelley and stood out as it's own film as well. Following that up was "Horror Of Dracula," starring the same legendary duo. …