Moving new TV spot from Apple combines horror and the holiday spirit

Moving new TV spot from Apple combines horror and the holiday spirit

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Sure, it’s sentimental as hell, but damned if this new spot doesn’t tug at the emotions. Entitled Frankie’s Holiday, it premiered Thanksgiving Day during NFL football. At least at our house, there may have been a little sniffling going on by the time it ended. Beyond that, it’s a great message presented with some truly cinematic production values. And man, the actor playing “Frankie” sure looks familiar. Anyone know who it is?

From all of us at Gourmet Horror, happy holidays! And stay scary, my friends.

TRAILER: Tech dystopia series ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 debuts October 21st – this time on Netflix

TRAILER: Tech dystopia series ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 debuts October 21st – this time on Netflix

TAGLINE: “The future is bright.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: This Friday, just in time for Halloween, Netflix will gift us with six new episodes of one of the most innovative, chilling, and dark series of the past decade. Black Mirror jumps ship from Britain’s Channel 4 and BBC America to the online streaming giant, which can only be a good thing. Freed of the shackles of basic cable censorship and with a sizable bump in budget, the series stands poised to deliver still more hard-hitting scenarios involving a future that seems just around the corner—and all too plausible.

All six episodes of Black Mirror will be available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, October 21st, 2016. Time to get your binge on!


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“REDRUM!” TCM to present ‘The Shining’ (1980) in select US theaters October 23rd and 26th

“REDRUM!” TCM to present ‘The Shining’ (1980) in select US theaters October 23rd and 26th

TAGLINE: “The Horror is driving him crazy.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: 36 years ago, one of cinema’s greatest directors tried his hand at a horror film. Based on a best-selling novel by horror master Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining stands as one of the towering examples of the genre. Even judged solely as a film, free of genre compartmentalization, it is a masterpiece. (Though Gourmet Horror has not yet posted a review of this classic, rest assured it will be a 5-knife one when it eventually is.) Many of us – myself included – have never had the opportunity to see it on the big screen.

Well, now is our chance. Here’s the official announcement:

Heeeere’s Johnny… back on the big screen! Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment invite you to relive Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror, The Shining (1980), when it returns to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event on Sunday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 26.

From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, director Stanley Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel, as the off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd). Torrance has never been there before – or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.

This is no small-scale release. The Shining will play in no less than 2,076 theaters nationwide! Chances are very good it will be shown at a venue near you (and you can find out for sure here). The presenters promise the film will be presented uncut, and in its original United States theatrical aspect ratio (which I assume will be 1.85:1, about which there is much controversy and discussion, some of which is related here). Showings will be preceded by a specially-produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

Who else wants to watch The Shining as the horror gods intended – in the dark, with strangers, on a huge screen? I know I’ll be there. Shall I save you a seat?

Pre-sale tickets are available now.

Jack uttering one of horror's immortal lines

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Horror serial ‘Deeper Than Hell’ to debut on Morbidly Beautiful October 7th, 2016

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Horror site (and fellow Crypt TV member) Morbidly Beautiful is teaming up with writer Josh Millican and artist Sean Wilson on the dark horror serial Deeper Than Hell. While the site has featured creative writing in the past, this will be its first recurring series. Here’s the official one sentence synopsis:

Deeper Than Hell tells the story of Sonny and Drew, two heroin addicts living in the tunnels below Las Vegas who go on a bizarre pilgrimage underground.

Josh Millican is best known as a prolific horror blogger (currently featured on HorrorFreakNews.com, Blumhouse.com, and PopHorror.com). He’s also the Director of Community for CryptTV. “Most people know me as something of a journalist, so I’m excited to get back to my creative roots,” said Millican about the project. “My goal is to create compelling characters and storylines that people will be excited to follow, something that readers can look forward to. Expect plenty of cliffhangers!”

Sean Wilson is an artist known for his unusual and often unsettling work, including the poster (seen here) for the upcoming feature film Death House, described as “The Expendables of Horror.” He will contribute original artwork and “inspiration” for each chapter of Deeper Than Hell. Millican is enthusiastic about their collaboration: “Sean’s got an incredible, wicked style that’s all his own. I’m excited and honored to be working with him to create a unique and terrifying universe for readers to get lost in!”

While plot details are being closely guarded, Deeper Than Hell will resonate with fans of horror movies and literature.

“Fans of Lovecraft and Clive Barker will love it,” said Millican. “It’s got some parallels to Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno, but I’m also drawing influence from 1980’s and 1990’s sci-fi and dystopia. And cults!”

'Deeper Than Hell' creator/writer Josh Millican
Sean Wilson's excellent poster for 'Death House'

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The first chapter of Deeper Than Hell drops October 7th; additional chapters will be published the first Friday of each month, and the serial is slated to continue through September 2017.


Morbidly Beautiful was founded in October 2015 as an independent, not-for-profit site dedicated to horror and committed to celebrating the genre across all media — film, television, literature, and art. The site strives to recognize and support emerging artists, independent film and filmmakers, women in horror, and original creative voices in the genre. Site features include horror news, interviews, new and retro film reviews, video reviews, genre analysis, short horror fiction, artist spotlights and other exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else.

Vengeance thriller ‘Tonight She Comes’ to make festival debut October 9th at UK’s GRIMMFEST

Vengeance thriller ‘Tonight She Comes’ to make festival debut October 9th at UK’s GRIMMFEST

TAGLINE: “Yesterday… she was chosen. At midnight… she was sacrificed. This morning… she was buried. But tonight… Tonight She Comes. Everyone else will die.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: I really love the bold colors and stark lines of this poster, created especially for the Manchester, UK horror festival GrimmFest (AKA Grimm Up North), where this film debuts early next month. And the stylish, synth-drenched teaser trailer (see below) reveals very little, but sure looks cool as hell.

Here’s the official synopsis:

After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love, and THEY MUST ALL DIE.

Tonight She Comes was written, directed, and edited by Matt Stuertz. He previously directed the feature horror / sci-fi film RWD, created the Sixty Second Slashers anthology series, and directed Mindless, part of Bloody Disgusting’s World of Death horror short film curation.

The film features a pulse pounding synth score composed by Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here, Beyond the Gates, Late Phases) and intense, hard hitting sound design by Shawn Duffy (Darling, Carnage Park). The special festival poster shown above was crreated by Marie Bergeron.

The cast includes Nathan Eswine, Larissa White, Jenna McDonald, Brock Russell, Cameisha Cotton, Dal Nicole, Adam Hartley, and Frankie Ray. Theatrical, DVD, and VOD release dates have not yet been announced.


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