Writer/director Adam Green is known for films like Chillerama, Frozen, Grace and of course, the Hatchet series, but some of his most personal work comes in the form of his shorts and original series. One of his more intimate original series was called Scary Sleepover.
Adam would invite guests to have a sleepover and they would get up to silly antics that made the audience laugh, but they would also have serious discussions about careers and real fears. Some of his past guests include Slash, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, the late Sid Haig and many more.
To the delight of Sleepover fans, Green has decided to resurrect the series. Unlike other creators, he is not rebooting it for selfish reasons. He decided to bring it back after reading an article by a fan describing how Adam and the series helped him through depression. The article is called “Adam Green Saved My Life” and was posted on NightmareNostalgia.com by Landon Evanson (read Landon’s incredible article HERE). Two months after reading the article, Green lost colleague and friend Sid Haig.
Your help is needed to bring back Scary Sleepover. The series was free for fans to watch, and that can get pretty pricey; instead of charging fans per episode, Green has launched an Indiegogo campaign. He has set a budget of $5,000 per episode, so every $5,000 raised is a new episode.
For more information on Scary Sleepover, to read the campaign in its entirety and/or to donate to a great cause, check out the official Scary Sleepover Indiegogo Campaign.
A group of people went into the woods in Tennessee not knowing that in 1981 they would release one of the horror genre’s biggest films, The Evil Dead. Not only is the film a classic, but the events of production of the film itself has brought some of the most bizarre and interesting stories of any other film. Here are 10 trivial facts about The Evil Dead.
10. Tape Scene Re-shoot
The script called for the characters to be smoking marijuana during the scene where they are listening to the tape; the cast decided to take it a step further and decided to actually smoke. This lead to the scene having to be later re-shot due to uncontrollable behavior.
9. Bruce Campbell and the Broken Shirt
The blood used in the film was made up of a concoction of Karo syrup, non-dairy creamer and red food coloring. During the course of filming, Bruce Campbell was completely drenched in the mixture, and after attempting to dry his shirt, the mixture solidified and when Campbell tried to put the shirt back on, it broke.
8. Missing Teeth
Since filming took place in a wooded area and inside of a small cabin, moving around proved to be complicated at times. While filming, a cameraman tripped and his camera smashed into Bruce Campbell’s face resulting in him losing several teeth.
7. King was a Fan
The film was shown to Stephen King and it was his praise that really sold the public and would later grace the poster. His praise even aided in the funding for Evil Dead II by the same company that worked with him on Maximum Overdrive.
6. Blood Donations
At the premier, blood donor stations were giving out free tickets in exchange for a blood donation. Participants also received pins that read “I bled for The Evil Dead”.
5. Workplace Hazards
Several actors were inadvertently stabbed or thrown into objects during production.
4. Video Nasty
The Evil Dead was one of the first films to be labeled a “video nasty” (a term used in the UK to describe a film that has been released to VHS that was criticized for its violent content by the press, social commentators and religious organisations) and was banned in the UK because of it.
3. Real Boomstick
When Ash shoots a Deadite through the window of he cabin resulting in an explosion of blood, Bruce Campbell was firing a real gun at a dummy for a more realistic shot.
2. Real-Life Cabin Horror Story
Raimi stated that the cabin’s eerie vibe was completely justified. During an interview, he recounted a real-life horror story that unfolded in the cabin years before:
“One night, during a thunderstorm, this little girl woke up and was scared by the lightning happening around the cabin. She ran into her mother’s room and pulling back the covers climbing into bed with her, she found that her mother was dead. She was so frightened she ran into her grandmother’s room and somehow that same evening, she had died also,” Raimi recalled. “The little girl ran into the storm … to this little farmhouse and [the family living there] found her screaming and banging on the doors. They took care of her after that and no one lived in the cabin since. The [little girl], who’s now an old woman, during thunderstorms after that … would often be found wandering around the woods.”
The kicker, however, was that story came to life during the film’s shoot. Raimi continued, “As we were shooting, this fella [from the farmhouse that took in the little girl] was looking for the [now old] woman, saying that because there was a thunderstorm the night before, he was looking for this woman, because it was possible that she had returned to the cabin … As far as we know, they never found [her.]”
1. Homage Tag
The Hills Have Eyes poster seen in The Evil Dead was Raimi’s way of paying tribute to the ripped Jaws poster that can be seen in Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. Craven responded by having Nancy watch The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street to which Raimi responded by hanging a Freddy glove about the tool shed door in Evil Dead II.
CONDWG Films (Daniel Goad and Constance Medrano) and RAD Entertainment (Tony Walters and Rebekah Erb) have teamed up to create a new addition to independent horror with Parallels.
What is Parallels?
Parallels follows two Monster-Hunters, Patrick and Albert, trying to save a woman who is possessed with a wicked entity. These money-for-hire Monster-Hunters are part of a larger collection of people tasked with keeping the world safe from things that go “bump in the night.” This next job is personal as the woman possessed his Patrick’s niece, Amelia, and they have to save her before it’s too late for everyone.
Parallels will star Ember Burns (Kill Dolly Kill), Jason Crowe (Don’t Fuck in the Woods 2), Christian Mahon (Black Bear) and will introduce James Bailey– a 20 year US Army Veteran, Tank Commander with 3 tours in Iraq (Documentary Fallout: Coming Home from the Iraq War).
The film is planned to start filming in July and August of 2020.
The Indiegogo Campaign will launch on January 31, 2020.
For more information and up-to-date news on Parallels, be sure to like the CONDWG Films Facebook page and follow @condwgfilms on Instagram and twitter.
Legendary horror director John Carpenter known for iconic films such as Halloween, They Live, The Thing, Prince of Darkness and many more turns 72 today. In honor of his birthday, popular horror apparel company, Fright-Rags has teamed with the immensely talented artist Nathan Thomas Milliner to create a brand new design paying homage to the director’s entire filmography called The Master Carpenter.
The Master Carpenter collection is available until Sunday, January 19th and will ship out the week of January 31st. Grab your while they are still available and show your appreciation for the master of the horror genre.
Not only have the folks at Fright-Rags been busy bringing a new John Carpenter design, they have also come out with a new line of merchandise to celebrate Rob Zombie’s directorial debut film, House of 1000 Corpses. The collection pays tribute to the late, great Sid Haig and his iconic character Captain Spaulding with a new t-shirt designs as well as socks. The collection features 3 brand new designs including a Haunted Mansion-style album cover.
Pick up these new designs as well as countless other amazing products at Fright-Rags.com.
Rock front-man Corey Taylor is no stranger to the weird and horrifying having donned many insidious masks throughout his career with Slipknot. Taylor has been in horror films before; he appeared alongside the legendary Robert Englund in 2014’s Fear Clinic and had a cameo in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. This time, he has taken the reins and wrote his own feature length film.
Taylor is also responsible for an 80’s horror retrospective documentary called In Search of Darkness which he spent the entirety of October releasing.
Taylor has enlisted the help of another horror icon to bring his creation to life, Tom Savini and his right-hand man Jason Baker will be providing their expertise in the special effects department. Savini’s name may be familiar to Slipknot fans for more than one reason, he is the creator of the mask that Taylor wore for the We Are Not Your Kind album cycle and tour.
Taylor told Kerrang!:
I wrote a script for a horror movie that I’m really stoked about. And I just broke the skin on book five, so I’m working on that as well. I’ve got a lot of things going on, but I’m also making sure there’s plenty of time for my family, my marriage and home… You never know how much time you’re gonna get there.
He also spoke with Rolling Stone having said:
I’m actually working on a movie right now. I finished a script and I’m aggressively looking for investors and producers. I’ve got all this stuff that I still want to get out of my system.
The film is currently in pre-production and will serve as Taylor’s directorial debut. The name and release date are yet to be announced.
Fans of the Friday the 13th franchise is fully aware that Jason Voorhees doesn’t stay dead for long, but sadly he has been dead and buried since 2009 (unless you count the video game) due to lawsuits and other conflicts. Cody Faulk (Three Bodies One Grave), Chris Plaushin (Three Bodies One Grave) and Wet Paint Pictures have decided to resurrect one of the most notorious cinematic serial killers with their fan film Voorhees.
Voorhees stars Danielle Sandler (Zeke), Jeremy “Ogre” Amos (Bigfoot!), Eileen Sugameli (A Witch in Salem) and more. Unlike every other film to include Mr. Voorhees, the identity of the actor portraying him is being kept a secret this time.
A crime has been committed…
Criminals have stolen a small fortune from a bank. Instead of trying to outrun the police they plan to lay low in a remote location with a notorious past until the heat is off. Their efforts to find sanctuary become complicated when they cross paths with a sinister force that has long been forgotten.
“Voorhees” is an independent horror fan film that brings a dark and sadistic vision to the iconic Friday the 13th franchise. This film stays true to the horror that has thrilled fans for many decades while bringing our own unique story line.
Our talented cast and crew have worked tirelessly to bring this story to life. “Voorhees” promises old school horror, bloody practical effects, and a Grindhouse cinematic look and feel.
From the ‘Voorhees’ Indiegogo
Anybody catch the nod to Freddy vs Jason?
The folks behind Voorhees have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finish funding the film (like other fan films, all money raised will be going to covering the costs of the film). This is where you will get a chance to win a screen used hockey mask signed by Voorhees and Cody Faulk. All you have to do is pledge $10 to be entered into the raffle.
No official release date has been set, but the Indiegogo Blu-ray perk says they are expected to ship in March of this year, but only time will tell.
Cinematic monsters may terrify us for an hour or two on screen, but some children and adults have to deal with real monsters on a daily basis in the form of bullies, and that terror can last a lifetime. In the world of social media and other digital platforms, bullying has become an even bigger problem than ever before; it is easy to be a monster and pick on someone when you’re guarded by a screen and an anonymous profile. The horror community is taking a proactive approach to teaching kids to be kind through the bullying prevention program, Don’t Be A Monster.
Don’t Be A Monster is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit founded in Denver, Colorado in 2013 by haunt industry leaders looking to make a difference in their community.
The program may have started as a way to make a difference in one community, but it has spread across the nation. Through the fall season, they offer Halloween-themed bullying prevention presentations to schools all over the country with their mascot, Frank. Frank represents the quirks that make us all different and he has brought the message of kindness and understanding to more than 1,000 schools.
Their program is highly-effective with 98.14% of schools surveyed pot-presentation having found the material to be beneficial and memorable for their students.