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"End Of An Era: Sears" Now On Prime Video

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The sixth episode in the Ghoulish Grin Films END OF AN ERA series, "End Of An Era: Sears," is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Rent it for only 99 Cents or stream it for FREE with an Amazon Prime Membership!
Check out the entire video catalog from Ghoulish Grin Films HERE: http://amazon.com/v/ghoulishgrinfilms

Check out the other END OF AN ERA episodes on Amazon Prime Video! Thanks for your support!









A Master Contribution To Horror & Sci Fi (Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg)

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Steven Spielberg is arguably the most diverse when it comes to the great modern directors and genres. Give him a film genre, and chances are he will make something great out of it. Whether it's popcorn fare like "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" to period political thrillers like "Munich" or period political dramas like "Lincoln," he has made classic films that will be with us for generations to come.
So on his birthday, I want to recognize the great Steven Spielberg and his contributions to the horror and science fiction genres. His first official feature was 1971's "Duel," a terrifying tale of a man being chased by an unseen driver. His third feature (and first theatrical release) was the now widely recognized classic film "Jaws," which kept many folks out of the waters in 1975.
And with that film started his legend. He would conquer the popcorn summer flick with films such as "Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom," "…

Merry Friday The 13thmas!

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Have a holly, jolly Friday The...

Wait...WHAT???

Friday The 13th?!?! NOW?

You mean...a day of fun spookiness has entered the holiday of 'kissing under the mistletoe' and 'peace and good will towards men?' THAT day? Friday The 13th?!?!

Well! Gives 'Silent Night' a whole new meaning...

What's next?!?! National Sobriety Day landing on April 20th???

And with this Friday The 13th a new horror movie is released..."Black Friday."
Is this karma for the Fat Man every year slowly squeezing his fluffy bum into Halloween? Who knows. Friday The 13th can be a day of great strangeness. However for me, it's a day of great luck, believe it or not.

I will take this day in stride. A great opportunity to return to that Halloween spirit. Make the day delightfully SPOOKY!






"The Rise Of The Walkers" Now Streaming

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The long form zombie short film "The Rise Of The Walkers" is now available to stream at Vimeo On Demand and Amazon Instant Video!
You can rent or purchase the film at Vimeo On Demand with download capability. At Amazon Instant Video you can watch for free with an Amazon Prime membership and also rent and purchase.
Based on zombie short films and edited into a long form story by Ghoulish Grin Films' Jess Solis, it is a bleak look at humanity and its mutation into The Undead.
Thank you for your support and have a great holiday season!

Check it out on Vimeo On Demand or Amazon Instant Video!
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theriseofthewalkers
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Three Holiday Cheers For The Prince Of Darkness (Happy Birthday Ozzy Osbourne)

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When one is getting thrown into the Christmas frenzy of early December, they don't necessarily think of Ozzy Osbourne. I mean...he's the freakin' Prince Of Darkness! But oh! A merry occasion arises as he celebrates his 72nd birthday.
My first taste of The Ozzman came from an old live television performance of Black Sabbath's Iron Man. It was also my first taste of Sabbath, and I fell hard for both.
He would be a Heavy Metal legend with this over decade long run ALONE. But once he was released by the band (and later replaced by ANOTHER legend in Ronnie James Dio), he formed his solo act. And achieved even greater heights.
He is known as a rock madman. His tales of indulgence and rock lunacy are rarely topped. He bit off the heads of bats and doves. He snorted ants in front of rock hedonists Mötley Crüe. 
What makes his birthdays so special is that he should've been dead LONG ago. How can a man have lived this kind of life and still be ticking? A marvel of a man. 
Not…

Black Friday & The Zombie-Like Masses

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It's Black Friday...again.
Another year of the masses trampling over terrified retail employees, pepper spraying their obstacles over a high speed blender, pushing little kids to the ground for a high def big screen T.V.
You know...all that holiday cheer stuff!
And for the past couple of years now, it wasn't well enough that it existed on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Oh no! It just HAD to spill into Thanksgiving!
Every year it gets earlier. Don't blink...the entire day may end up being fair game!
As our modern shopper can see, online shopping has taken a massive chuck of the retail game. And that has made retail chains go into ultra competitive strategies that feed the zombie-like masses.
Oh, what does it matter? Automation is probably going to take these jobs anyway and these midnight deal walkers can just head to a Kiosk. Or shop in the safety of their own home. The frenzy of Black Friday may be a phenomenon that seemed like it only lasted in a blink of an eye.
I must…

Egon But Not Forgotten (Happy Birthday Harold Ramis)

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"I Had A Slinky...But I Straightened It"
- Dr. Egon Spengler

On November 21st, 1944, Harold Ramis was born. Early in his celebrated career he was part of the legendary Second City improvisational comedy troupe and SCTV.
He is known for directing comedy classics like "Caddyshack" and "National Lampoon's Vacation." He co-wrote and directed the masterpiece that is "Groundhog Day." That alone cements his legacy.
But as a young child growing up in The '80's, I knew him specifically as Dr. Egon Spengler in the paranormal comedy franchise "Ghostbusters."
For a period in time I was obsessed with Ghostbusters. I loved the films, the cartoon show...I had the toys and to this day I still await the Hi-C Ecto Cooler when a new Ghostbusters film premiers.
He will forever be an important part of my childhood and he still means so much to me. As a fan of Ghostbusters, I've seen the good and bad in the fandom. But I'm praying that …

Tips To Cure The Halloween Blues

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Halloween has come and gone. It was magical while it lasted.
And now the holiday season is ramping up, with frantic families shopping for not only Turkey Day but Christmas presents for December. The Spooky Season seems long out of sight...in the rear view mirror.
Some of us love Halloween. For some, our favorite holiday. So seeing all of this 'holiday cheer' may be a complete U-Turn from the spectacular ghosts and goblins hiding in our imaginations and in our hearts. What is one ghoulie to do?
Here are some tips to keep Halloween alive year round, even amongst the madness that is Black Friday and Christmas Crazies.

1. Horror Is Year-Round
   The horror genre lives on, whether it's January, July, Or October. There are new horror movies being released in the theaters, on demand, or just being available for viewing at any time. And that is the movie genre that Halloween thrives on. If you happen to run into a festive horror film like "Thankskilling," "Krampus,…

"NightShadow" Now Streaming Online!

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The 2019 vampire anthology based on the legend of the vampire and the classic Bram Stoker novel "Dracula," "NightShadow: A Vampire's Chronicle" is available for streaming on Amazon Instant Video (for rent, purchase, or for free with an Amazon Prime membership), YouTube (for free with ads), or for digital rent or download purchase at Vimeo On Demand.
A film with a vibe of the gothic and classic horror, this collection is for fans of the vampire, of "Dracula" and "Nosferatu" lovers, and for goth enthusiasts. Enjoy and thanks for your support!

"NightShadow" On Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/190287





Jekyll Is Everyday...HYDE IS HALLOWEEN! (Happy Halloween 2019)

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On Halloween 1931, in what would be a spectacular year for classic horror, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" would open to horrified viewers thanks to the masterful Oscar winning performance of Fredric March. Based on the classic novella from Robert Louis Stevenson, this was one of many adaptations and to this day is one of the great storylines portraying the evil in mens hearts.
The character was brilliantly portrayed by March, and is probably the characters finest hour. An amazing feat, considering the character over the years has been played by John Barrymore, Jack Palance...even Jerry Lewis!
So on this night of nights where we wear our masks, our alter egos, let's remember the landmark story that was immortalized on a year that would live on in horror, thanks to this film and masterpieces like "Frankenstein" and "Dracula." Happy Halloween 2019!






Why HALLOWEEN 1978 Is An Enduring Classic

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On October 25th, 1978, a film would continue the tradition of the supernatural movie monster all the while ushering in a new era in horror with the slasher film.
Although "Psycho" did it in much earlier in 1960 and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" showed up in 1974 with it's chainsaw wielding maniac Leatherface, the Halloween franchise was one of the most successful independent (at the time) horror films of all time. The success paved the way for the countless slasher films of The '80's and left the Universal Monsters era into the golden past of movie horror.
I've always considered "Psycho" the granddaddy of the slasher and it's always been fitting that Jamie Lee Curtis was the final girl in Halloween, being the daughter of Janet Leigh...star of "Psycho." I always loved that connection, but putting that aside Jamie Lee Curtis was (and is) a fantastic actress and gave a performance that will stand time.
The character of Doctor L…

"Halloween III: Season Of The Witch" - The Rediscovered Classic

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I put off watching the third entry of the HALLOWEEN franchise for a long, long time. It was in its day thrown out like a prodigal son. Knowing that it had nothing to do with Michael Myers or any of the original storyline made it unappealing.
Then one day it came on television. And I just said 'what the hell.' After seeing it, I found it to be an amazing horror film. Like an extended, sinister Twilight Zone episode, it played out beautifully. Lead by the fantastic Tom Atkins, it was a film that stood on its own. Had they called it just SEASON OF THE WITCH, I think the film would be a classic today. Some are already appreciating it as it's own unique horror classic.
Throw out what you know about the original Michael Myers saga. You know...scratch that. You CAN take the saga into account. They've already tampered with that mythos to the point where they've put out a new version erasing ALL that came before it except the first film. The storyline is such a mess when i…

The 15 Second Fright Series On Amazon Video

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The spooky season is upon us! And with that there is always Halloween viewing. The 5 Part Series 15 SECOND FRIGHT is now available for streaming for FREE with an Amazon Prime membership!
This 5 part series is a collection of micro short films ranging from ghostly, horrific, and humorous. There's something for every fan of horror and its a fun viewing for the casual fan. And for those kids with short attention spans, it's darn near perfect!
Thanks for your support and Happy Holidays!








The Sweet Legacy Of CANDYMAN

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27 years ago "Candyman" was released in theaters. Based on the great short story "The Forbidden" from the now legendary Clive Barker horror short story collection THE BOOKS OF BLOOD, "Candyman" ushered in a new era of horror monsters, and was brought to life by horror icon Tony Todd.
Also starring the wonderful Virginia Madsen, the film brought a gritty realism to a fantastical tale and was told with great craftsmanship and talent.
Horror can sometimes act as a guilty pleasure when it's executed without that kind of care and skill. But this film today stands the test of time thanks to the acting abilities of these great actors and the skillful filmmaking of Bernard Rose.
The legacy of this film is so strong, horror's newest voice Jordan Peele plans to remake the film.
I hold reverence to Clive Barker's dark and brilliant imagination with his BOOKS OF BLOOD and it's a testament to those books that this story continues to spark interest.



60 Years Of THE TWILIGHT ZONE

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On October 2nd, 1959 the world was introduced to the fascinating, mind-bending, and all around greatest television shows to have made it to air, "The Twilight Zone."
Created by the weird and wonderful imagination of the legendary Rod Serling, this American anthology show changed the landscape of horror and sci-fi and opened up a whole new world of possibilities for imaginative people who grew up with it.
I watched the syndicated runs religiously and I can honestly say I've never run into a bad episode (though I do have my favorites, as most would). This show now feels like a part of my DNA as I am constantly going back to that imaginative well when it comes to creating and thinking.
There have been revivals (as recent as last year), songs and parodies, even an amazing Disneyland ride (which being Californian I STILL miss), so it's impact is still felt to this day amongst the masses. I mean...how can you NOT hum that intro?
Here's to 60 years of other dimensions.…

The Movie And The Man That Changed Horror (51 Years Of Night Of The Living Dead)

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On October 1st 1968 the zombie film would be reinvented into a genre that would live on in modern horror thanks to the vision of horror master George A. Romero.
"Night Of The Living Dead" continues to be a Halloween favorite for horror fans around the world. A film that acts as a bridge between the old school horror era and our modern age of gore, it's the rare film that satisfies both sensibilities.
Influential to pretty much all zombie films and shows that came after, this film still holds up as a classic piece of horror, political commentary, and just plain horror goodness.
This film continues to be for me a joy to watch and is a film I have to at least watch in part every Halloween. Long live George A. Romero. And this zombie of a film has already stood the test of time. And will continue as long as horror lives in the arts and entertainment.




"Battle At Big Rock" - A Taste Of Jurassic World!

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The fantastic new short film based in the world of Jurassic Park, "Battle At Big Rock," is now streaming for free online! Directed by "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow," the short film has all the excitement, thrills, and feel of the Jurassic Franchise. Enjoy the film and get your fix of dinosaurs before the Netflix animated series next year and the third film in the "Jurassic World" trilogy. It's fantastic to have Colin Trevorrow back in the directors seat, as his style brings that "Jurassic World" feel throughout the film. Not a boring moment and it supplies a few surprises in such a short amount of time. Great stuff...




Kung Fu Grindhouse Now Playing At Ghoulish Grin Films!

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Now playing at the Ghoulish Grin Films YouTube channel and the Free Horror Films Playlist, also at the channel, are three 70's Grindhouse Kung Fu films to enjoy for free! If you enjoy that Grindhouse era, here are some fun films to enjoy. Bring Back Grindhouse with Ghoulish Grin Films!







"End Of An Era: Blockbuster" Now Streaming On Amazon!

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The fourth part of the END OF AN ERA Series is now streaming for FREE with an Amazon Prime membership (or as a 99 cent rental), at Amazon Instant Video!
Enjoy the nostalgia of '90's video stores with commercials, history, and a few surprises.
Thank you for your support of the END OF AN ERA Series and enjoy this nice slice of a time now gone, ironically because of what you now watch your movies and shows on...digital downloads and rentals.




Watch The END OF AN ERA Series On Amazon!

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Check out the END OF AN ERA series on Amazon for FREE with an Amazon Prime membership! The series includes: END OF AN ERA Toys R Us, Payless, Mervyns, and just recently added The Extras, which deals with historic California Arby's and Marie Callender's buildings. A great nostalgia trip for classic franchises moving on in this digital age.

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99¢ Ghoulish Grin Films Rentals At Vimeo!

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Summertime is here! And for your summer viewing check out Ghoulish Grin Films on Vimeo!

https://vimeo.com/user60705981/vod_pages

You can rent indie horror movies for only 99¢! Titles include "The Frankenstein Legacy," "The JEKYLL/HYDE Anthology," "Curse Of The Revenant: 10th Anniversary Reissue," and the third original feature from director Jess Solis now in consideration for 2019 film festivals, "The Strange Case Of Mr. Cravn." More titles are on the way and will appear on the same link provided. All movies are also available as digital purchases for only $2.99.
Thank you for your support! #SupportIndieFilm #SupportIndieArtists #SupportSmallStreamers