“Victor Frankenstein”

Victor Frankenstein

I liked it. Granted, this is a lighter, more “pop” take on the material — it’s not a “real” horror movie — but a Victorian setting, monsters… I’m a pretty easy mark for this kind of material. I’m sure that some people are grousing about this movie’s lack of fidelity of Mary Shelley’s novel, but if that’s your position, do yourself a favor and don’t watch any Frankenstein movies. None of them are faithful.

The tone I picked up from the U.S. trailer proved to be pretty spot-on: imagine a cross between the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes flicks and later-period Hammer Gothic. I thought Daniel Radcliffe’s Igor and James McAvoy’s Victor had a likable, easy chemistry. I was actually pretty impressed with the monster once he showed up near the end, too. He’s massive and powerful, almost Hulk-like, but realized with better special effects. Plus they kept his visual appearance simple, rather than trying to graft on various contraptions a la the monster in Van Helsing.

I guess what it boils down to is, if you saw the trailers and thought it looked fun, you’ll like the full film. It will probably turn out to be the 2010’s answer to The Bride, but, as I’ve said before, I liked that movie, too.

Happy birthday, Bram Stoker!

Bram Stoker

Happy birthday to Bram Stoker, born November 8, 1847, author of such great horror tales as “The Squaw,” “The Judge’s House,” and the genuinely disturbing “The Dualitists.”

Oh, and also Dracula, the most influential vampire novel of all time.

Interview With Yours Truly at The Punkettes

Erin Latimer conducted an interview with me about The Origins of #Dreadpunk over at The Punkettes blog.

Many, many thanks to Erin and The Punkettes for letting me say my piece and for their support of this blog.

Happy Halloween!

I’ll be busy tomorrow, but it would look like I was really falling down on the job if I didn’t acknowledge Halloween. So happy Halloween, stay safe and indulge your love of horror!

“Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell”: Holmes vs. Cenobites

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell

Pardon the phrase, but oh hell yes. Coming in July 2016 from Solaris Books, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell introduces the Great Detective into the warped mythos popularized by the film Hellraiser. The novel, written by Paul Kane but authorized by Clive Barker, will be the third long form prose fiction centered on the iconic Cenobites. In addition to being a novelist himself, Kane is an expert on Pinhead’s crew, having written the non-fiction book The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy. I’m glad that this is on my radar, especially since it gives me an excuse to mention Hellraiser on Dreadpunk.com.

DESCRIPTION: Sherlock Holmes and the Servants Of Hell

Late 1895, and Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr John Watson are called upon to investigate a missing persons case. On the face of it, this seems like a mystery that Holmes might relish – as the person in question vanished from a locked room – and something to occupy him other than testing the limits of his mind and body.

But this is just the start of an investigation that will draw the pair into contact with a shadowy organisation talked about in whispers and known only as ‘The Order of the Gash’. As more and more people go missing in a similar fashion, the clues point to a sinister asylum in France and to the underworld of London. However, it is an altogether different underworld that Holmes will soon discover – as he finds himself face to face not only with those followers who do the Order’s bidding on Earth, but those who serve it in Hell: the Cenobites…

Source: Solaris Damns Its Soul With Acquisition of Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell

“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride”

The one-off Sherlock special that returns the characters to their traditional Victorian setting will air January 1, 2016. That date will be both for UK and USA audiences. Bearing the subtitle The Abominable Bride, it looks fantastic. I like the contemporary Sherlock series, but I hope that the cast is available to make these period-piece programs from time to time.

“Extraordinary Tales” looks extraord— really cool

Now here’s something cool: an animated anthology of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest horror tales read by an all-star line-up. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the late Sir Christopher Lee narrates “The Fall of the House of Usher,” none other than Bela Lugosi lends his voice to “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Julian Sands brings “The Facts in the case of M. Valdemar” to life (sorry, couldn’t resist), Guillermo del Toro narrates “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and Roger Corman revisits “The Masque of the Red Death.” Director Raul Garcia presents these stories in wildly varied animation styles; production took nine years and I admire the ambition.

Extraordinary Tales will be getting a limited theatrical release and will also be available on VOD beginning October 23. I’m hoping that a DVD/Blu Ray release has a behind-the-scenes look at the production; I’m curious how Garcia got a hold of a Bela Lugosi vocal track.

For more information, be sure to check the film’s Facebook page.

My thoughts about “Crimson Peak”

Crimson Peak logo

I loved Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, but it’s a deeply divisive movie among viewers. Unfortunately, it also had a terrible opening weekend, which means it’ll probably be a while before another Gothic historical film gets greenlit. Thank God for Penny Dreadful.

While I am not going to give away major plot specifics in Crimson Peak, please be advised that there are slight SPOILERS after the jump.
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The Frankenstein Chronicles

The Frankenstein Chronicles

Digital Trends has a cool trailer for an upcoming series titled The Frankenstein Chronicles starring showbiz’s foremost corpse, Sean Bean. They are reporting that A&E has picked up the British-produced six-episode series, which reimagines the Frankenstein mythos as a 19th century crime drama. The show will follow a London inspector on the trail of Victor Frankenstein, the Monster — or possibly both. What’s intriguing is that this series takes place in world where Mary Shelley and her novel also exist. The Frankenstein Chronicles won’t be the first story to explore that idea, but it still looks to give added wrinkles to the proceedings.

The Frankenstein Chronicles was created by director and writer Benjamin Ross and writer Barry Langford. A&E has not announced a premiere date at this time.

Source: Digital Trends

Dragon Con’s Sleepy Hollow panels

Fox’s Sleepy Hollow has always been tangential to the regular themes of this website, but I’ve grandfathered the show in because of the material it takes inspiration from. I still enjoy the show, though, and I got the chance to meet its star, Tom Mison, at Dragon Con last month. Since Mison plays Ichabod, I felt it was appropriate to have my friend Ichabod interview him. Comedy ensued.

Mison was an incredibly nice dude with no airs about himself. I also met make-up department head Corey Castellano, who put on a special presentation focusing on the show’s monsters. I didn’t have a chance to meet either Nicole Beharie (who was on the Saturday panel) or John Noble (who joined the Sunday panel).

Thanks to Tom Mison Fans for recording and uploading some of the highlights of Dragon Con 2015.


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