News Bleed: The “IT Came From Ripley’s” Edition

Is Amazon’s Suspiria nearly three hours long? #dreamsdocumtrue Dread Central

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights gets groovy with Ash vs. Evil Dead! 🙂 Attractions Magazine

New Cult of Chucky image unveils the Bride of Chucky. 🙂 SyFy

Annabelle will take over Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium for one day only! 🙂 Ripley’s Times Square

The totally jawsome Sarah Paulson joins M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass!🙂 Variety

Halloween’s creeping up on us… get a look at the 2017 Spooky Town collection! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

The latest IT trailer gives a voice to Pennywise. 🙂 Screen Rant

Horror Happenings: AHS: Roanoke Paleyfest

On Sunday night, PaleyFest LA 2017 ended not with bang, but with a blood-curdling scream…

That’s right, Horror Fanatics! The cast & crew of AHS: Roanoke ended the fesival on a fiendish note! Cast members Sarah Paulson, Adina Porter, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare and Cheyenne Jackson were in attendance, along with Executive Producers Brad Falchuk (co-creator) and Tim Menear.

Image: Kinky Horror’s Mystery Reporter. (lol)

Image: Kinky Horror’s Mystery Reporter. (lol, part deuxxx)

There wasn’t much in way of information on the upcoming season, but there was a lot of fun to be had. The team was a charmingly silly bunch, giving off the impression that they had deep admiration for each other, including the absent Angela Basset. Everyone had a few good laughs and seemed to be having a grand time, but it was Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates who had ’em rolling. The two teased each other throughout the night, constantly giving each other a hard time. Paulson did a Swedish Chef-like impression of Bates, to which Bates responded with a simple “Go fuck yourself.”  Bates ended up doing her Paulson impression, which involved puffing out her lips. The two sat next to each other and kept touching and hugging each other during the entire event. Bates referred to Paulson as “The People’s Princess.”

Image: Kinky Horror’s Mystery Reporter. (and again I say, lol…Thank you, “Mystery Reporter”. 😉 xoxo)

Image: Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center

When the floor opened for questions, we did get some more a bit more info. The actors were asked which AHS roles they would like to reprise. Paulson had chosen Cordelia, the head witch in charge in Coven. “We only got to see her just getting her powers. I just would like to know if the power might have been something that kind of changed her,” said Paulson. O’Hare went with Larry Harvey, the burnt-faced man who ended up in prison in the first season. “I’d like to see him get out of jail, he’s probably been organizing musicals there,” remarked O’Hare.

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One fan asked if there would be “more famous people” next season. Instantly, Bates, Gooding Jr., O’Hare and Paulson walked off the stage, resulting in a thunderous roar of laughter from the audience. A fan delivered a letter to Sarah Paulson, in a move almost identical to the PaleyFest scene at the end of Roanoke.

Image: Kinky Horror’s Mystery Reporter.

After the Q&A, the stars stuck around and signed autographs/took pictures with the fans. Paulson, who stuck around and took a incredible amount of “selfies”, really lived up to Bate’s title of “People’s Princess.”

Image: Paley Center

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Image: Kinky Horror’s Mystery Reporter

I’d say this event was a lovely nightmare for AHS fans.

News Bleed: The “Stranger Friday” Edition

The Friday the 13th reboot has shut down and Mah Boo is not happy! 🙁 Hollywood Reporter

Stranger Things will happen on Halloween. 🙂 CBS News

Sarah Paulson is on the hunt for a serial killer in Lost Girls. 🙂 Entertainment Weekly

The Suspiria remake has finished filming and is heading Europeon Film MarketTilda Swinton and Jessica Harper together?! Sold! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez has formed Bad Hombre and genre fans rejoice! 🙂 Variety

The Life Super Bowl spot goes full Alien. /FILM

And on a bummer note, Mr. Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) has passed away. xoxo  Bleeding Cool




#WCW: The “Women of Horror/Sci-Fi Unite!” Edition

Hiya, Ho-rror Ho-mies!  Last Saturday was The Women’s March, a worldwide protest in support of women’s rights, health care reform, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion,and workers’ rights. Without getting too political, we noticed that a few eXXXtremely awesome queens of genre fiction (and Dita Von Teese *squee!!* :)) were in attendance, and we love them even more for it! Here are some of the Gore-gous women that marched on Saturday. (And there are so many more that could be included…It was a beautiful experience, and I’m ho-nored I got to be part of it. Now the real work begins… 😉 xoxoxo)

Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Phantom of the Paradise)

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Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween series, Terror Train, Scream Queens)

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Rose McGowan (Scream, Charmed)

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Dita Von Teese (Burlesque Queen)

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Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)

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Lily Rabe (American Horror Story)

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Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)

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Cassandra Peterson (“Elvira”)

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Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, American Gothic)

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Die-ana Prince: Your Ho-stess at the Protest 😉 xoxo

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December Birthdays: #NeverForget ;)

December is rough time to have a birthday, dear fiends! As great as the Ho-rrorday season is, some birthdays get overshadowed because this time of the year. To make up for this, we’re celebrating the totally awesome December horror birthdays today in one big ol’ post! We wish all these wonderful ghouls the best and we hope they have/had the most spooky-cool birthday imaginable! 🙂

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TONY TODD: DECEMBER 4, 1954

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If there is a man we can describe as the modern Christopher Lee, it’s certainly Tony Todd. Standing at a Sasquatchian 6′ 5″ and possessing a wicked charisma, Mr. Todd is certainly worthy of his reputation as a legend of fright! Mr. Todd’s compelling performance as the titular boogeyman in 1992’s Candyman is the kind of Monster that elicits both fear and an odd sort of sympathy like only the truly great movie creeps can. The great monster would go on to play a plethora of great monsters and madmen, including the eternally classic duo of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! We dare you to say his name five times!

SHIRLEY JACKSON: DECEMBER 14, 1916

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The Undisputed Queen of Horror Literature! Ms. Jackson is primarily known for The Haunting of Hill House (the basis for The Haunting) and The Lottery, a truly chilling short story. Genre geniuses Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Richard Matheson have all cited Jackson as an inspiration on their own work and she remains the High Priestess of Printed Chillers. While all of her morbid fiction is prime fright fare,  I highly recommend We Have Always Lived in the Castle, one of my all-time favorite novels. The first paragraph is one of the greatest openings ever written and a great example of her peculiar style:

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenent, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.

 

Thanks for haunting us, Ms. Jackson!

The first paragraph is certainly one of the greatest openings ever written:

SARAH PAULSON: DECEMBER 17, 1974

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Sarah Paulson is one of three performers to appear in every single season of American Horror Story and she always emerges as one of highlights in a show bursting with sensationally macabre delights! Throughout the course of the show, she has portrayed a psychic, a perpetually teary-eyed ghost, Siamese Twins with a dark past, a witch, and other victims of the strange and macabre. She also starred on American Gothic in the mid ’90s, so Ms. Paulson is no stranger to the world of Terror-Vision. Of all her wonderfully oddball performances on AHS, it’s her dual performance as the conjoined Dot and Bette in Freak Show that made her a favorite of ours here at Kinky Horror. Two heads are better than one!

FREDDIE FRANCIS: DECEMBER 22, 1912

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Here’s a fellow with an eye for horror! While Terence Fisher was Hammer’s Master of Terror, Freddie Francis certainly has an impressive collection of British shockers to his name. His works include 1971’s Tales from the Crypt for Amicus, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Evil of Frankenstein, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, and Girly.  In addition to his Hammer and Amicus terror tales, Mr. Francis had an excellent career as a cinematographer, even winning two Academy Awards! Mr. Francis was also the man who gave The Elephant Man its eerily beautiful look in 1980. For six (including the wraparound) excellent tales of the macabre in one, Check out Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors! Looking creepy, Freddie F.!

DICK MILLER: DECEMBER 25, 1928

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Dick Miller is a National Treasure to anyone with a healthy love for exploitation, blood, and gooey ghouls! With his craggy face and distinctive voice,  he has graced (and saved) a seemingly endless amount of B-movies with a blue-collar charm all of his own. Horror aficionados will certainly remember his turn as Walter Paisley in Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood, a true classic of splatstick!  Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve certainly seen his lovable mug before, as Mr. Miller has appeared in such classics as The Terminator, The Howling, and Gremlins. The affectionate and ever-popular descriptor of “that guy” was practically coined for Miller. Appropriately enough, there is a documentary called That Guy Dick Miller that serves as wonderful tribute this legend and we highly recommend it to both fans and newbies alike. Nice to know That Guy!

BARBARA CRAMPTON: DECEMBER 27, 1958

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Barbara Crampton is one of the dreamiest, screamiest scream queens to ever haunt the screen! From her early (and still excellent) work in Re-Animator and From Beyond to her work in modern fare like You’re Next and Beyond the Gates, it’s clear that this scare idol is going strong and will continue to her decades-long reign!  Ms. Crampton is one of horror’s best-loved actresses and an inspiration to us here at Kinky Horror. For fans looking for a new Crampton masterpiece, check out her truly excellent turn in We Are Still Here, a modern creeper sure to turn your hair white! Keep up the ghoul work, Ms. Crampton!

F.W. MURNAU: DECEMBER 28, 1888

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The Master of Shadows! F.W. Murnau was once called “the greatest poet the screen has ever known” by French film theorist and director Alexandre Astruc, and his dreamlike imagery certainly backs this claim up. Murnau was like a painter, more concerned with the mood and images than the dimensions of his characters. His cinematic paintings have lost none of their power today. Why, just look at enduring popularity of his Nosferatu, his unauthorized adaptation of Dracula! That film is the golden standard of the German Expressionist Accustomed to the weird and eerie, Murnau also directed versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Faust, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, HIs Jekyll and Hyde and Hunchback are lost to time, but his Faust survived and is highly recommended. Hail Murnau!

BARBARA STEELE: DECEMBER 29, 1937

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The Scream Queeniest of All Scream Queens! Barbara Steele is up there with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in the realm of fright legends! Her piercing eyes cut through you like a machete and her dark presence will stick with you long after the credits roll! She’s worked with Vincent Price, Roger Corman, Mario Bava, Joe Dante, and many other titans of terror and she can hold her own with the best Horror has to offer. Her performance in Black Sunday is iconic in every sense of the word and continues to haunt the best of us to this day. Ms. Steele has a gazillion slasherpieces her name, but we highly recommend Long Hair of Death, a lesser-known gothic chiller with great atmosphere and a killer ending that does Wicker Man before Wicker Man! Long Live the Queen!

#WCW Quickie

Politics Schmolitics, amirite? 😉 Regardless, this pic of two of the current Queeniest Scream Queens is too cute not to share. 🙂

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Bonus:

Sarah Paulson gettin’ seXXXified:

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and Swimmers (2005)

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and Jamie Lee gettin’ seXXXified in…everything, basically. 😉 xoxo

Trading Places (1983)

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Love Letters (1983)

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Prom Night (1980)

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(to name butt a few… ;))

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Dandy!!!! (and Others ;) @Payleyfest 2015

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Last night was the American Ho-rror Story panel/closing ceremonies at Paleyfest 2015. Some interesting news came out (Jessica Lange is DEFINITELY not coming back, Matt Bomer IS coming back, etc.), which you can get the full scoop on here. You can even watch the complete panel in action here (or here :)) if you’d like.

Since I was there, though, I’m gonna give you a complete run down on the event from a simple AHS Super Fan’s POV. 🙂

First: If you go to an AHS event and attempt a quickie cosplay in homage to Jessica Lange (in Coven), please make sure you have the proper hair/wig to go along with that look. I made the mistake of thinking any ol’ blonde would be “close enough”, and was repeatedly mobbed by rabid Gaga fans thinking “she” was there to promote Season 5.  (Those Lil’ Monsters LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE their Mama Monster, lemme tell ya!!!!! Next season is going to be FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;))

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Second: Matt Bomer and Finn Whitrock are DAMN HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And were very sweet to the crowd, staying after to sign autographs and take pics a’plenty!! :)) #MMM x’s 2!!! <33333

Third: There were cocktails available backstage pre-panel, which…livened things up a bit, I’d say. (I’m looking at you, Drunk Sarah Paulson!!! ;))

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Here’s my #WrapUp for each panelist:

Tim Minear (executive producer): #HumanGrumpyCat

Jessica Lange: #OneTrueSupreme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3333333333333333333

Evan Peters: #AdorableFrankenPuppy <333333333

Kathy Bates: #ClassAct! 🙂

Michael Chiklis: #SpitOutYourDangGum!!!

Sarah Paulson: #DrunkAuntieRealness (NOT a bad thing! :))

Denis Patrick Seamus O’Hare (#bestnameever!! :)): #LessSlappableThanExpected 🙂

Finn Whitrock: #PrinceCharming <3333333333

Matt Bomer: #NeedsToBeNekkidNexxxtSeason!!

Cheyenne Jackson: #AlsoThere.

My #WrapUp for the night: #CANNOTWAITTILNEXXXTSEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 xoxoxoxo