Aug 312013

Fundraising campaign has begun for Los Angeles-based ‘haunted house’ attraction hell-bent on offering a unique, psychological horror experience based on enhancing guests’ own fears.

(August 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA.) Looking to be scared to pieces? Want to experience a different twist on the haunted attraction this Halloween season? Then help us bring ALONE to reality. Developed by artist Devon Paulson, producer Lawrence T. Lewis and Tiny Little Pictures, ALONE [an existential haunting] is part interactive theater and part psychological nightmare where participants must enter the attraction alone, facing what’s inside both the space and themselves. There will be NO prosthetics, NO fake blood, NO clowns and NO chainsaws. Each guest will be immersed in total darkness with a flashlight and will have to come face-to-face with what scares them, along with some surprises lurking in the dark.

“We’ve created ALONE [an existential haunting] to play with the idea of the traditional ‘haunted house’ attraction,” says artist Devon Paulson. “We want to tap into and appropriate your authentic, psychic fears without a narrative structure or familiar Halloween themes. We personally find that costumes, gory makeup, fake blood, can actually separate us from the experience itself, providing a less scary environment. In ALONE, we want to place you in a vulnerable situation where you’ll feel absolutely out of control and make your personal fears rise to the surface.”

The ALONE Kickstarter campaign’s goal is to raise $10,000 in completion funds in by Friday the 13th of September. ALONE will open in October 2013 and the fundraising will help pay for pay for “actors”, location fees, permits and insurance costs, with a goal to provide you with an experience you’ll never forget…that is if you make it all the way through. A sampling of some of the wicked incentives to give include:

☻ Limited-edition hand-screened ALONE t-shirts.
☻ VIP ticket to any night of the event with priority line access, a commemorative ALONE mask for completing the event and drink tickets to a local drinking establishment to gather yourself after your terrifying walk-through.
☻ Exclusive attendance to the Opening and Closing night parties.
☻ And the $666 pledge level which will grant you 6 VIP tickets to Preview, Opening and Closing events and being listed as a “Demon Donor” on all marketing materials.

Visit the official Kickstarter page for ALONE [an existential haunting] and help us spread the terror.

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Artist and designer Devon Paulson is co-creator of ALONE [an existential haunting]. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. While attending California Institute of the Arts, Devon Paulson began engaging with not only the visual arts but also with performance and installation and sound sculpture. While he has continued to experiment in these disparate fine art fields, he has also annexed this with the design and fabrication of commercial spaces, mostly restaurants, over the last sixteen years. This has allowed Devon to create larger works of art that straddle both the fine art and public domains and knows that there doesn’t have to be a compromise in integrity when thinking about scale.

Film producer Lawrence T. Lewis is co-creator of ALONE [an existential haunting]. He started his career in filmmaking at the age of 5 when his parents let him use their Super 8mm camera. Those early years swiftly landed Lawrence in the producer role as he navigated through a path through a variety of positions in TV news, independent feature films, major studio feature films, commercial film, and new media. With a virtuosic flair for the operational side of things, Lawrence spends his days solving logistical problems and translating conceptual ideas into reality. Producing both large and small productions has given him the ability to find the creative solution to every problem.

Jul 232013

Beverly Hills, CA – In 1978, Compass International Pictures released an indie horror film by an up and coming director and a largely unknown cast. Presented by the late Moustapha Akkad, the film cost $325,000 and ended up not only becoming one of the most successful independent motion pictures of its time, but single handedly created the genre of the modern horror film along with the first iconic (via a painted-over William Shatner mask) cinematic slasher!

Its global success spawned seven sequels, a reboot directed by Rob Zombie and a sequel-to-the-reboot, as well as created generations of grateful fans. The director’s name is John Carpenter and the film was Halloween. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the timeless thriller and to celebrate, Anchor Bay Entertainment is bringing back the terrifying original as it’s never been seen or heard before!


Anchor Bay Entertainment and Trancas International proudly announce the September 24th release of the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray™ release of Halloween. For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award® nominee Dean Cundey (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, the Back to the Future trilogy), a new 7.1 audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Ms. Curtis, as well as selected legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases. Available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 20 pages featuring archival photos, an essay by Halloween historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw, SRP is $34.99 and pre-book is August 28.

“Anchor Bay Entertainment has been home to Halloween for almost 20 years,” noted Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of Moustapha Akkad. “I’m so happy that we’re partnering with them to present the definitive edition of what is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal horror films of the 20th century.”

Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis).

Co-starring P.J. Soles (Carrie, Stripes, Rock ‘n Roll High School), Kyle Richards (The Watcher in the Woods, Eaten Alive), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog), Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Brian Andrews (The Great Santini, Three O’Clock High), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, “It”).

Bonus features on Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray™ include

All-new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis;
“The Night She Came Home” new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD);
On Location;
TV & Radio Spots;
Additional Scenes from TV Version

Jul 192013

Girl Afraid was a guest host last week on Charred Remains with special guest William Instone.

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Charred Remains welcomes filmmaker William R. Instone of Austin, Texas. He will be talking about his film, JON. I met William at this year’s Texas Frightmare Weekend. He was at the Austin Horror Society table with sister podcaster, Girl Afraid.

If you haven’t seen JON and you are a reviewer, I recommend you contact William, to review his film and set up appointment to interview the man behind the story.

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Jun 272013

Feast your eyes upon the official one sheet for You’re Next;

You're Next

If August 23rd doesn’t get here soon, I’m going to hurt someone. And from what I hear this film kicks some major ass. You can bet your life I’ll be there on opening night at an Alamo Drafthouse near …. me.

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May 082013

By Katherine Tomlinson

Even though Stephen King writes like a maniac (in a good way), turning out more books in a year than some people do in a lifetime (Harper Lee, we’re looking at you), eventually there comes a time in everyone’s life when he has read every book King has written (even Rose Madder) twice. So what’s a fan to do? It’s not that easy to find writers whose books share King’s signature blend of great characters, heart-felt emotion, and horror that’s grounded in everyday reality. When you want to read a Stephen King book, you want to read a Stephen King book and not something by V.C. Andrews. Being offered an ordinary horror novel in the place of one by the master is like being hungry for a home-made chocolate chip cookie and being offered Snackwells instead. Yes, it’s a chocolate chip cookie but it’s not the chocolate chip cookie you want.

Luckily for you, at Horror Snark, we’re fans too and we understand your particular and selective craving. We’ve compiled this list of books to help you feed your need for a King-like reading experience while you’re waiting for King himself to finish his own next novel. Also luckily for you, if you pace yourself just right, you’ll finish the last book on the list just as Joyland arrives (June 4).

You’re welcome. Feel free to send us home-made chocolate chip cookies in gratitude.

1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Almost every school kid in America has read “The Lottery,” Jackson’s most famous short story and a staple of English courses. Her 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House, is one of the greatest haunted house stories ever written. Not only is it genuinely creepy, but the author’s portrait of the main character, a woman who spent years caring for her invalid mother, only to be cheated of her inheritance, is beautifully drawn, as are the other characters who are chosen to participate in a paranormal investigation at the eponymous Hill House. Jackson’s prose is so beautifully crafted that her opening and closing paragraphs are close to poetry.

2. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Probably the only novel ever inspired by an eBay listing, Heart-Shaped Box revolves around rock star with an enormous sense of entitlement and really bad taste in collectibles, an innocent little girl and a malevolent ghost who ruined several lives in life and plans to wreak even more havoc in the after-life. Rocker Judas (“Jude”) Coyne has run roughshod over the people he’s known, and all his sins come home to roost when the heart-shaped box arrives. Unfortunately for Jude, he’s not the only one in the ghost’s sights.

3. Swan Song by Robert McCammon

This is McCammon’s epic work, a post-apocalyptic tale of retribution and redemption and rebirth that’s often compared to King’s novel The Stand. The story takes place after a nuclear exchange has laid waste to America and chronicles the adventures of a group of survivors who must contend with the forces of chaos, represented by “the Man with the Scarlet Eye.” The characters here are ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary accelerated evolution of humankind and adjusting according to their natures. Some seek power and domination while others, like the homeless woman known as “Sister,” are searching only for peace. Sister is a powerful character whose deliverance from guilt and sorrow provides the book’s emotional backbone. Continue reading »