Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Terrified by the clown of Northampton?

Do you suffer from Coulrophobian, if the answer is yes then perhaps you should avoid Northampton. A local is terrifying the locals by dressing as an evil clown and being spotted around in different locations. A facebook page has been set up to spot the clown with pictures rolling in thick and fast.

This act whilst scary is either a great PR stunt for something local or simply one mans obsession to fame. Having been on a number of major news channels and in print media he is sure to find new level of fame.

If you fancy doing something similar why not get yourself a scary clown mask

Monday, 5 August 2013

Pumpkins - Terrifying tips to carve!

Halloween is not the same without a scary pumpkin, but carving them isn't always the easiest! 

Also if that all seems to much effort why not get your own creepy pumpkin t-shirt!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Top 5 Horror Movie Opening Credits

As you sit with the curtains drawn and the lights off for the horror to unfold on your home cinema system, it's important that the opening credits set the tone for the next hour and a half of terror that will unfold. Many Horror films over the years have produced perfect opening theme tunes or scenes. Here is 5 of the best of them:

1- Halloween

Where would we be without this gem, the tune perfectly creepy and fast paced to get the heart thumping. Instantly recognisable the world over.

2 - Scream

An opening scene with a top actress butchered, you can't get much better than that to set the tone. No suspense or build up needed, first murder complete before the opening titles.

3 - Child's Play

Who could forget walking into the toy store for the first time, to be met by rows and rows of creepy dolls. None are as creepy of Chucky.

4 - Dawn of the Dead

Featuring broken clips and some terrifying zombie sounds, this is perhaps made scarier by the upbeat sound of Johnny Cash.

5 - Texas Chainsaw Massacre

A true story opening for any horror movie sets your pulse racing a bit faster, and before Google became available on your mobile phone there was no way to know if it was just a marketing ploy or not!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Human Muzzle

The Human Muzzle was used as a medieval torture device, often bulky and made from iron these would be used to clamp together the jaw of the prisoner. This would render the victim incapable of eating, biting or drinking properly and made talking extremely painful.

In Modern society the most common association of a human muzzle is in the film, Silence of the Lambs, about a convicted cannibal called Hannibal Lecter. This effect made Hannibal the Cannibal immeasurably more scary looking, wearing a muzzle is terrifying for those around you as clearly someone deemed you so unsafe you weren't allowed to bite anything in sight.

As a costume a Human Muzzle is sure to be terrifyingly scary to those around you, coupled with a straight jacket this is sure to a be a Halloween winner!

Friday, 24 May 2013

5 Terrifying Childrens Toys

With the release of the latest chucky movie this year, kids and their toys will be back in the glare of Horror, scaring the masses. Chucky the doll was a character of fun, slasher with a sense of humour, after all he was a childs toy. So let's have a look at some other kids toys that could easily become the next Chucky.

Chuck Mask £19.99
1 - Furbies - These creepy little things remind me of Gremlins, don't feed them after midnight or they will multiply and take over the town. I don't know which is more frightening, the toy itself or that fact these are the fastest selling toy in UK history.

2 - Pregnant Doll - We all want our kids to grow up educated and learn about a myriad of different things, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't include having a pregnant doll, complete with unborn fetus. Perhaps the pro life campaign can use these dolls as teaching aids, complete with a dustbin for all the unwanted babies. Or perhaps you could get an alien toy and then recreate a scene from the film alien with it bursting from the stomach.

3 - Shave Doll - This is just tooo wrong, its made in China, unsurpisingly I can't see a mass market for this hairy little creature.

4 - Face Bank - A face like something out of DR Who guarding your piggy bank, erm no thanks. Perhaps they are cool, but they also might end up speaking to your child in the night, making him steal from your wallet.

5 - Baby Jake - A rival for Chucky this doll is seriously creepy, the concept of the show being a baby that goes on wild adventures, but the doll is about as realistic as a stick man. This doll just needs a meat clever and you have a horror movie franchise right there!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Evolution of Zombies

Jesus a Zombie?
The idea of the dead walking the earth is as old as man. The most widely read story of all time is about a man risen from the dead, Jesus, the son of god was the original Zombie, but the main difference being the soul of the individual remained in the physical form.

Voodoo Magic Zombies

Vodou has referenced the idea of the walking dead, revived by witchcraft and controlled by a sorcerer. Those zombies are not the flesh eating monsters depicted in modern films. The main purpose of this was to create a slave who would follow your every command. There were early claims, dis proven by medical science about zombies in Haiti again these were said to have been created by voodoo magic. 

Zombie Monsters

In the early 19th century the concept became known in written fiction, but it was George A Romero who took the idea of the Haitian Zombie into the Horror Genre, without coining the phrase Zombie, which was referenced by Fans. These zombies were flesh eating monsters, devoid of the personality and soul of the living human, they were slow moving, instinctive creatures which simply had to destroy all living humans.

The most famous quote in reference to Zombies is "When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth." from the film Dawn of the Dead which used the concept that the living dead were returning due to an infection. There are some references in the Bible to the dead returning to the earth 
"And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths."
Remarkably this is very close to the depiction of the first zombie monsters. 

Zombie Infected

The zombie movies of modern culture moved away from the religious and magic concepts, with mild religious references usually depicted by mad preachers. The most used idea of zombies is infection, with so many infections across the globe it is a fear held by many that infection can spread quickly and easily in an ever increasing population. Going back to medieval times and the black plague human history shows the desperate measures we would go to rid ourselves of a deadly virus. 

Common themes began to appear, of no physical symptoms until bitten by an infected person, infection only present upon death and short gestation period meaning it spreads quicker than the Human race can enact a defence strategy.

Super Zombies

Traditional popular zombies lack any coherent brain function, relying on instinct, slow moving and clumsy they seek to devour any living flesh or Brains. But there was a new invention to come our way, super zombies, fast moving with strength and speed greater than the average living person. This is based on scientific evidence that suggest zombie cloned cells would actually have better strength than their living counterparts, fueling the idea of an infection, most likely leaked from a multi national pharmaceutical company into the population. Popularised by the franchise of Game-Film cross over Resident Evil and the success of Brit-Horror 28 Days Later.  


Zombie Evolution T-Shirt

Where next for the zombie genre to go? The idea has gained massive popular following, huge investment in TV series and films. We can be sure the zombie won't end anytime soon but will continue to evolve to play on the fears of future generations. Beginning in Religion at a time when the majority of western world was religious played on the fears of the day, leaning towards black magic a fear of the time from many White westerners, moving into infection cause zombies a fear brought about by a hugely global media, global commuters and over use of antibiotics and other medicines. To play on fear like any horror genre must, it will mutate further and as society changes so shall the concept of the zombie.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Zombie President - Target for the NRA?

When the apocalypse arrives we can be sure of one thing, there will be no discrimination in those who turn. From paperboys to presidents, you may find yourself face to face with the powerful and mighty in undead form. From the company that brought you the ex girlfriend target, there is now one boasting a remarkable resemblence to President Obama.

It has cause a stir, with many news corps saying the popularity of the target may be to do with Obama's desire to tighten gun control in the US.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Michael Myers Anniversary Convention

It's hard to imagine that it was 35 years ago we first encountered an evil little boy named Michael Myers, since then he has given Halloween a whole new twist, terrifying babysitters across the globe. Still as strong as today, Michael is the ultimate slasher.

You can now attend the celebrations yourself, of course if you can't make it, why not hold your own Halloween themed party. Get all the movies, some costumes some themed food and away you go. Perhaps you weren't around for the original, well now is the time to acquiant yourself with this great franchise.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

With this ring I thee Dead!

Zombie infection will plague all walks of life, from workers to sports star there will be no escape. But the thought of wedding in a zombie attire is perhaps a step too far for many. But not us, we love the idea, it's cool, modern and very very fun.

Zombie hen do's are last years trend, this year the whole wedding party gets involved. The first UK zombie wedding took place this April, and you can bet your brains it won't be the last! All the press coverage and rights to the official photo's will no doubt help with the costs, good on the happy undead couple!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Top 5 Weapons of Choice for Horror Slasher Villains

There have been so many items used, that you could be forgiven for thinking that an effective slasher could kill with any house-hold item. But the weapon is all part of the scary persona of the psycho killer, they need a unique handle, they don't do clumsy, they are professionals. A well used weapon can bring fear, and it doesn't need to be elaborate device of torture like a bear trap helmet in SAW.

Here are our top 5 Weapons of choice:

1. Jason Voorhess Machete - The Camp Crystal Lake Machete is basically a big knife, used for cutting down trees in the rainforest, Jason used this for some of his own flesh pruning. Iconic blood stains makes this collectable a great addition for any horror fan.

2. Freddy Kruegar Glove - Freddy has knifes for finger, his glove used to great affect in each of the Nightmar on Elm street films. Scraping his rusty claws down a blackboard, stings fear into his victims and they are great for riping holes in flesh!

3. Jason Kitchen Knife - A Kitchen Knife used as a weapon by a child, a child who was born evil and never returned from his killing ways. Michael Myers is the no nonsense slashed, with pure evil in his soul.

4. Leather-face Chainsaw - A cumbersome and messy tool, but wearing an apron keeps you dry from all that blood and gore. This weapon can be heard from metres away, no element of surprise needed.

5. Scythe - The iconic curved blade is great for decapitation, conjures up images of the Grim Reaper himself. The blade has featured prominently in many horror films, easy to hand at any American Ranch with unsuspecting victims.

Which is your favourite?

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Zombie Apocalypse Class - Could you Survive?

Teachers often come up with innovative ways to engage learning, the example from the University of Michigan was a breath of fresh air. A choice of a test or setting up a zombie apocalypse, it was literally a 'No-Brainer'.

The Epidemiology class, which is the study of patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions amongst defined populations, had to run this test apocalypse to help them pass a class based around survival preparation. There was some great examples of zombie outfits on show, but the real test was to understand all the elements needed should this type of outbreak occur.
This may all sound like a bit of a fun jolly, but in the real world there is often disasters both health related and otherwise, which require you to prepare. Zombies have gotten a lot of press, in no small part to the huge increase in television and film media, meaning the backdrop for this test was both fun and engaging.

So if your a teacher or a student, why not think up something this engaging to do. There are many different aspects to survival preparation, often applicable across a myriad of different situations. Remember survival preparedness does not have to be dull or boring, it can be fun and engaging!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Top 4 Hottest Horror Cosplay

Cosplay is on the increase in US and UK with more people enjoying dressing up as their favourite TV and Movie characters. There is a huge growth in support groups helping you source and even design your own props and clothing for the perfect look. Anime dominates the cosplay world with the popularity in China and Japan meaning some great outfits are being mass produced at low prices.

Great ways to enjoy Cosplay outside of Halloween is to host your own themed party, enjoy a theme night out or perhaps attend a festival for your favourite niche. Horror cosplay can be great fun and provoke a great reaction from participants and those who may come across your costumed group. Everybody loves scary movies and so many characters are household names.

Here are the 4 of the Hottest Horror genre Cosplay outfit ideas:

1.Alice - Resident Evil
The Resident Evil franchise is huge, Alice has it all, she is hot, sexy, incredible with a gun or knife and has some cool costumes:

2. Carrie - Carrie
With the remake due to make big waves again this classic Cosplay will be popular this year. Easy to acheive with some red paint and an old prom dress.

3.Ash - Evil Dead
Why stick to gender stereotypes cosplay can be done well cross gender. Ash and his boom-stick will always be a head turner in any Horror setting.

4. Zombie - Any zombie film/TV show
Zombies are here to stay, so get your zombie costume ready. Officially the biggest boom in any Horror niche since the rise of popularit in vampires the zombie is no longer the stupid shuffling creature, reserved for B movies and silly TV show cartoons. Zombies are credible, they are bad ass and they are everywhere!