‘Franken-Friend’ site lets you stitch you and your friends into an unholy monster

TAGLINE: “Meet your makers.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: So this is fun.

As part of the promotional campaign for their upcoming film Victor Frankenstein, 20th Century Fox just launched a cool site that lets you mash up photos of yourself, your friends, and your family into your own personalized Frankenstein monster.

Victor Frankenstein opens in U.S. theaters November 25th, and stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as the titular doctor.

Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.


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CONTEST: Recreate a horror scene for Screambox, win $500 and lifetime subscription

Screambox 'Recreate a Horror Scene' contest

Screambox Contest Entry - 'Psycho' shower sceneWHAT’S ON THE MENU: Streaming horror film service Screambox has announced a cool horror-themed contest. To enter, recreate a scene from a horror movie, snap a picture and upload it via their Facebook page, or post it on Twitter or Instagram and tag it with the #MyScreambox hashtag.

THE RULES: Every Wednesday, starting on September 23rd and running through October 21st, five photos from that week will be entered into the Finalist Round. Four will be selected by our Panel of the Damned, and the one that garners the most fan votes will be added to the Finalists. Out of the 25 Finalists, three winners will be selected on October 27th, and announced the following day.

THE PRIZES:

  • Screambox Horror Scene Contest - 'Scream'Grand Prize: $500 plus a lifetime Screambox subscription
  • 2nd Runner Up: One year Screambox membership plus $300 cash
  • 3rd Runner Up: Six month Screambox membership plus $200 cash

And best of all: one of the contest’s four judges on the Panel of the Damned will be Yours Truly! As a diehard horror fan, you’re probably already planning out this year’s Halloween costume. Why not leverage that into something you can enjoy the rest of the year? We’d love to see one of the faithful Horror Gourmands win this thing.

Good luck! And stay scary, my friends.


WHAT IS SCREAMBOX, ANYWAY?

Screambox bills itself as “Your New Home for Horror.” Here’s their description of the service:

Screambox 'Recreate a Horror Scene' Contest - 'The Grudge'Think of us as an all-you-can-kill menu of the most terrifying and widest range of horror programming from around the world: all-time classics, exciting new releases, film and TV entertainment.

Any time, any where, any device. Roku, Xbox 360, iPad, Android tablets, Samsung Smart TVs, Kindle Fire TVs and even more to come. Commercial Free and Uncut 24/7. Only $3.99 / month.

We’re more than just great content or cool devices. We’re also going to take you behind-the-scenes, connect you with filmmakers and give you a platform where you can rate content, create your own playlists, engage with other fans — and whatever else we can come up with.

Screambox is only just beginning.

Screambox 'Recreate a Horror Scene' Contest - Oct. 2015

Dead yourself in minutes. It’s (gross sick stomach-churning) fun!

Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead (which just grabbed its biggest ratings ever the other night), you can still derive macabre satisfaction from turning yourself into a putrefying, flesh-craving zombie (or walker, as they are called on the show). Just go to this site, feed in a photo (or take one on the spot with your computer’s built-in webcam), choose from a selection of eyes, mouths, and treatments, and… well, here’s what I ended up with:

The Walking Dead - dead yourself photo retouching site

Endless possible combinations. It’s a blast to play with. Try it – and if you feel like it, post links to the results in the comments below.

The Marsden Archive

Lanercost Priory, Cumbria, England - photography by Simon Marsden

Lanercost Priory, Cumbria, England – Simon Marsden

British photographer Simon Marsden died last February at the age of 63, but his haunting, eerily beautiful black and white photography remains. He favored subjects like decrepit houses, mystical landscapes, graveyards, alarmingly decayed cadavers, moonlit abbeys, and the like.

Cadaver, Collegiale Church, Saint Bonnet Le Chateau, Burgundy, France - Simon Marsden

Cadaver, Collegiale Church, Saint Bonnet Le Chateau, Burgundy, France – Simon Marsden

Marsden’s estate continues to offer his prints for sale, and you can view a gallery of them at his website here. Not only are his photographs sold in print form, but also as posters, DVDs, greeting cards, calendars and more.

Special thanks to photographer/gothic jewelry designer Amanda Norman for pointing us in the direction of Mr. Marsden. His work is remarkable (and so is hers).