Category Archive: Articles

Jul 20 2014

Doorways To Horror

One of the many short lived crazes of the 1980s was VHS games. The idea was that watching and playing along with a video tape would add a new aspect to board games. Maybe this was an attempt to deal with increased competition from video games or maybe it was just a way to cash …

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Jul 16 2014

Must Take Test Before Seeing “Dementia 13″

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Everyone in town is talking about the “D-13″ test which the producers of “Dementia 13″ require to be taken before you are permitted to see this shocking, horror movie now playing at the Leathbridge Theatre. Unprecedented in the annals of Hollywood, this is a test to determine the ability of the individual to withstand the …

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Jul 03 2014

Quick And Dirty Alien Artifact

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A friend of mine is having an “Area 51″ themed Halloween party and asked if I would be willing to come up with some decorations. He already had an awesome prop of a grey alien in a cryochamber from last year (created from a cylindrical Coca-Cola ice cooler he salvaged from a local convenience store) …

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Jun 04 2014

Movie Review: Neon Maniacs (1986) Trading Card Monsters

Zombos Says: Fair  We were sitting in Zombos' study. Outside, the Long Island winter winds blew the gray barren tree limbs to and fro. Paul Hollstenwall was visiting and brought alongNeon Maniacs. The Hollstenwalls live at 0004 Gravestart Lane, a few minutes’ walk from the mansion. Not far enough, if you ask me. It’s always …

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May 15 2014

GdL16 Kaiju Flashback

Given how Legendary Pictures’ take on Godzilla is almost upon us, we here at Gravedigger’s Local 16 have decided to put together a list of articles which deal with Japanese monster movies in some way: Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales Mothra Madness 12 Interesting Things About Gigan 12 Interesting Things About Hedorah Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Daikaiju …

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May 06 2014

The Finger of Nephren-Ka

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I’ve been working on this particular project for a while, which is a bit embarrassing. In theory this is a trivially easy prop- a mummified finger. What made it so time consuming is that I wanted to do it with old school gaff techniques while making it realistic enough to meet modern presentation standards. Part …

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Apr 26 2014

Beyond Innsmouth

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When the subject of Lovecraftian films is discussed, it’s only a matter of time before someone suggests that any film containing a “Gill Man” of sorts fits the bill. The argument is that since Creature from the Black Lagoon came out in 1954 and The Shadow Over Innsmouth was published in 1936, H.P. Lovecraft deserves …

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Feb 28 2014

Why We Need Another Take on “The Island of Doctor Moreau”

Normally I’m very against the idea of remakes. To me, a remake or a “reimagining” is basically the admission the studio doesn’t have any original ideas and have so faith in the quality of their work that they feel they have to piggyback on an established name in order to generate any interest. But sometimes …

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Feb 26 2014

Lola Falana: The Vampira That Never Was

In 1981, Los Angeles TV station KHJ-TV was in the market for a horror host program. Although they had success with Fright Night in the past, its host Seymour (played by Larry Vincent) had passed away in 1975. Then someone got the idea to revive the program that started off the horror host boom: The …

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Feb 13 2014

Movie Review: Scarecrows (1988)

Zombos Says: Good Scarecrows is one of those horror movies that with better acting and better direction, and a more coherent script, would be quite compelling as a good example of a horror movie. As it is, it’s still creepy with effective makeup and gore effects, and does manage to maintain its mood of unknown …

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Feb 04 2014

In Tribute: Lux Interior

Lux Interior (aka Erick Lee Purkhiser) died five years ago today. A lot more will be written by those who knew him, who saw him perform, those who had a personal connection with the man and his band’s music. Since I’m a gravedigger, I usually find out about things after they’re dead, so I have no “The …

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Jan 14 2014

Unknown Specimen

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This is a followup to the Mongolian Death Worm gaff back in May. The basic idea behind this series of projects is to create a sideshow-style gaff using techniques and materials that would have been available in the early 20th century. For this one I used the same materials as before- paper, flour, glue, and …

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Dec 13 2013

Guest Blog: 13 Horror Disappointments – 2013 Edition

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 13 Horror Disappointments:  2013 Edition by KEVIN T. FISCHER  It’s easy to look back on the year and reminisce on all the wonderful, proud moments in horror.  But there sure were a lot of questionable and downright mucky things going on in the genre as well. Despite our best efforts to forget them, these thirteen …

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Nov 20 2013

Movie Review: The Funhouse (1981)

Zombos Says: Very Good Director Tobe Hooper, who did the unsettling Dance of the Dead episode for Masters of Horror on Showtime, as well as the family classic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)—insane family, that is—presents a not so pretty picture of carnival life, and a somewhat pathetic, definitely homicidal, disfigured monster with a penchant for …

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Nov 04 2013

Mongolian Death Worm Gaff

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This “Mongolian Death Worm” was the result of an experiment using vintage gaff making techniques. I wanted to recreate the process of crafting a sideshow display using materials available in the early 20th century. Except for cheating on the teeth, which were made from epoxy putty, I used traditional paper mache for the entire specimen. …

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Oct 22 2013

Pepper’s Ghost

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Check out the image illustrating this article. It looks amazing, doesn’t it? If you show it to your average person, it’s practically guaranteed they’ll identify it as a hologram. It’s not, but it’s an understandable mistake. In addition to Bill Nye mistakenly asserting the Pepper’s Ghost-based effects at Disney’s Haunted Mansion were accomplished with holograms, …

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