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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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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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Sep 23 2013

Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane (2007)

ZC Rating 2 of 7: Fair Marauding, mindless zombies, no first class, no in-flight movies, and no salted nuts. And it gets worse! New Line Home Entertainment lands Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak On A Plane straight to DVD, so fasten your seat belts because it's going to be a bumpy ride. At a …

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Sep 05 2013

Back To School

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The back to school season is upon us, and with it an opportunity to get some great sculpting tools.  Just head over to the eraser section of the school supplies.  You’ll more than likely find novelty erasers depicting all sorts of odd items featuring some amazing textures.  Last night I picked up a package of …

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Jul 09 2013

Tentacles: The Suckering!

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Following up on the original tentacle project, I wanted to try making one with “suckers” running along it’s length. To make the sucker rings I used 1/2″ cabone rings applied while one of the sealing layers of latex was still wet. After that layer dried, effectively serving to glue the rings to the body of …

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Jul 08 2013

Making A Tentacle

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The humble tentacle is arguably the most iconic of Mythos images, trumping even the mighty Necronomicon. Rightly or wrongly (keeping in mind that actual tentacles are few and far between in Lovecraft’s works) it has become symbolic of the entire genre of cosmic horror. Now, at long last, I’ve made my first prop tentacle.The impetus …

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Jun 17 2013

No Bones About It: The Boneyard (1991)

ZC Rating 2 of 7: Fair It was a late winter night for us in the cinematorium. Zimba stretched out on the Empire scroll sofa, already snoring away, while I prepared drinks for myself and Zombos. “Make mine a double-espresso with lots of foam,” said Zombos. He stretched out his long legs and slumped in …

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Jun 18 2012

Japanese Sci-Fi A to Z

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[In 1995, Christopher Elam started a Japanese monster movie fanzine called Owari (which means "The End"). While the focus grew broader as the years went on, he never lost his fondness for the genre. Today Owari exists as his blog, where today's article originally appeared there! So why are we posting it? If you can't …

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Jan 16 2012

Guest Post: Babysitter Extraordinaire

[Having written over a thousand bad monster jokes, Monstermatt Patterson has a mind unlike any other. Today, he recollects on a fond memory of his and a movie he's seen. Find more about the mind of Monstermatt here at his site, and then head to pick up his first book,  Monstermatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol.1] Ghoul …

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Jan 11 2012

Guest Post: McVladie interviews DACRE STOKER

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When we first introduced you to McVladie, she introduced herself as “My pen name is CLMcNally but most know me as Carlota aka McVladie. I have always been passionate about two things law and writing.” She has returned with a second post, and it’s a doozy. As I stand on the shore of the lake …

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Nov 08 2011

Guest Post: McVladie Interviews author Elizabeth Miller

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[Today's guest post is brought to us by one, McVladie. But let us allow her to introduce herself:] It is ironic isn’t it that a writer can go on for ions about the characters they have created yet when it comes to self description there is a void as deep as a black hole….HELLLOOOO Can …

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Jul 18 2011

Guest Post: Monstermatt Patterson’s First taste of “Frankenstein Conquers The World”

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[Having written over a thousand bad monster jokes, Monstermatt Patterson has a mind unlike any other. Today, he recollects on a fond memory of his and a movie he's seen. Find more about the mind of Monstermatt here at his site, and then head to pick up his first book,  Monstermatt's Bad Monster Jokes Vol.1] …

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Jul 11 2011

Guest Post: Another visit from Mr. Bertram Bertram, Haunt Expert

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[As you may recall, we once got in touch with one Mr. Bertram Bertram, soliciting his expert opinion and analysis for our readers. You can find his prior contributions here, here and here. As one of the foremost Haunt Experts around , we remain incredibly pleased to host his words here. He continues to educate us with …

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