Gourmet Horror http://www.gourmethorror.com Tasty terror, served ice cold. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:15:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://i1.wp.com/www.gourmethorror.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-eyes_ominous_bw-leveled-text-640x640.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Gourmet Horror http://www.gourmethorror.com 32 32 72099428 SHORT: Latest ‘Scary Endings’ anthology entry, ‘Am I Beautiful?’ (2017), based on Japanese legend http://www.gourmethorror.com/2017/04/21/am-i-beautiful-short-2017/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:40:18 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3674 The post SHORT: Latest ‘Scary Endings’ anthology entry, ‘Am I Beautiful?’ (2017), based on Japanese legend appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Online horror anthology series Scary Endings offers up another serving of short-form terror, Am I Beautiful?. This time around, writer/director John Fitzpatrick (Skypemare) and the Scary Endings team look to an ancient Japanese ghost story, Kuchisake-onna (‘Slit-Mouthed Woman’), for their inspiration:

May (Sarah Scott) and Zach (Abraham Martinez) are moving into their new home unbeknownst to the evil spirit haunting their bathroom mirror – the Slit-Mouthed Woman (Belinda Gosbee). She’ll ask you a question; answer correctly and she’ll spare your life but at a cost…

Interestingly, this episode is the first to be shot entirely on iPhone. To our eyes, cinematographer Nicholas Kaat‘s work looks professional as always, which speaks volumes about the potential quality of current smartphone videography. This should serve as a huge encouragement to all you budding horror filmmakers out there!


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Eagerly anticipated first trailer for Stephen King’s ‘IT’ finally drops, in all its bone-chilling glory http://www.gourmethorror.com/2017/03/29/trailer-it-stephen-king-2017/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:13:48 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3654 The post Eagerly anticipated first trailer for Stephen King’s ‘IT’ finally drops, in all its bone-chilling glory appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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TAGLINE FOR IT: “You’ll float too.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: The film version of Stephen King’s beloved novel is directed by Andrés Muschietti, who did a fine job on 2013’s haunting MamaBill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise the sadistic, centuries-old clown – a role immortalized by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV miniseries. Especially intriguing is a credit for Javier Botet as “The Leper.” Botet towers over six and a half feet tall, with a singular skill for impossibly contorted figures. Muschietti exploited this skill to great advantage when Botet played the titular spirit in Mama. You may also know his work as the floor-scrabbling hell-creature in [REC] and the “Nightmare Character” in The Revenant. Finn Wolfhard continues polishing his genre credentials, following a memorable run in Season 1 of Netflix hit Stranger Things.

So that’s a pretty good pedigree. Some of us had reservations about Skarsgård, about the new look for Pennywise, about the wisdom of attempting to remake something that had already been done so indelibly. With this trailer, it seems safe to say those reservations have vanished.

In other words: We can’t wait for IT to hit US theaters on September 8th. Here’s the official synopsis:

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.


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SHORT: ‘Girls Night’ (2017) Halloween finds three girlfriends at a party gone wrong http://www.gourmethorror.com/2017/02/21/short-girls-night-2017-halloween-horror/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:10:16 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3616 The post SHORT: ‘Girls Night’ (2017) Halloween finds three girlfriends at a party gone wrong appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Filmmaker David Teixeira wrote, directed, shot, and edited this modest short, which is in French but offers English subtitles. Here’s the official synopsis:

Girls Night is a short horror film that takes place in Halloween. Three girlfriends stay home for a slumber party that goes bloody wrong. Literally.”

It’s a variation on the venerable “Bloody Mary” legend. You’d think most folks would know better by now.

Teixeira leaned in to the inherent constraints of a shoestring budget, and came up with a mostly good-looking film that underdelivers in the scares department. There are some lingering shots that could be tightened up a bit. But the score is effective, the three main characters are colorful and engaging, and the central antagonist, in creepy mask and blonde wig, has an eerie menacing quality that makes this short worth a look.

So how can you take such a look at Girls Night? Currently, you can’t – but that will soon change. We touched base with Teixeira on the subject:

“It’s been submitted to 15 film festivals internationally. It will be online soon, still waiting to see how it goes with the film festivals and then I’ll put it online. Maybe in April.”

Stay tuned.


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SHORT: Check out ambitious new episode of ‘Scary Endings’ anthology: ‘The Water Rises’ http://www.gourmethorror.com/2017/01/06/short-check-out-ambitious-new-episode-of-scary-endings-anthology-the-water-rises/ Sat, 07 Jan 2017 01:06:05 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3593 The post SHORT: Check out ambitious new episode of ‘Scary Endings’ anthology: ‘The Water Rises’ appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Online horror anthology series Scary Endings kicks off the new year with what may be its most ambitious episode yet, The Water Rises. Writer/director John Fitzpatrick (Skypemare) and the usual gang of suspects have put together an intense, nasty piece of work set aboard a cruise ship. Two newlyweds find themselves trapped in one of the ship’s elevators when disaster strikes. As the water rises, so does the tension… and the terror.

From a technical standpoint, this was clearly a challenging shoot, as evidenced by the “Behind the Scenes” video below. The Scary Endings team’s efforts really pay off, giving us a claustrophobic, heartbreaking entry in what has grown to become one of our favorite horror anthology series.

The Water Rises co-stars Empire‘s Kaitlin Doubleday and co-producer (and frequent Scary Endings actor) Adam J. Yeend. It also features voice-only cameos from horror veteran Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Skypemare) and co-producer Ryan Dillon.


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“Behind the Scenes” look at the making of The Water Rises, featuring the cast and crew:

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SHORT: Horror anthology ‘Scary Endings’ S2E02 gets seasonal with ‘Santa Claus is a Vampire’ http://www.gourmethorror.com/2016/12/12/short-horror-anthology-scary-endings-s2e02-gets-seasonal-with-santa-claus-is-a-vampire/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:06:01 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3573 The post SHORT: Horror anthology ‘Scary Endings’ S2E02 gets seasonal with ‘Santa Claus is a Vampire’ appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Addictive online horror anthology series Scary Endings has released the second epsiode of its sophomore season – and it’s a holiday special! Santa Claus Is a Vampire strikes a tone midway between comedy and horror, with a liberal dash of holiday spice. Writer/director John Fitzpatrick (Skypemare) and his team tell a tale of a less-than-jolly St. Nick wrestling with a thirst that just cannot be quenched. Here’s the official synopsis:

Happily married couple Sharon (Hannah Marshall) and Cody (Ryan Dillon) are returning home with this year’s Christmas tree when an unexpected encounter with Vampire Santa Claus (Casey Kooyman) leaves Sharon sole defender of her home where no one is safe, not her son, the babysitter Holly (Charlotte Chimes) or even herself. Can she stop Santa from coming down that chimney? Traditional vampire rules apply…

It’s good to see Scary Endings return from hiatus. Look for a new short from them each month – they’re worth waiting for.


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Moving new TV spot from Apple combines horror and the holiday spirit http://www.gourmethorror.com/2016/11/25/moving-new-tv-spot-from-apple-combines-horror-and-the-holiday-spirit/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:19:30 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3559 The post Moving new TV spot from Apple combines horror and the holiday spirit appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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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.

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TRAILER: Tech dystopia series ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 debuts October 21st – this time on Netflix http://www.gourmethorror.com/2016/10/18/trailer-tech-dystopia-series-black-mirror-season-3-debuts-october-21st-this-time-on-netflix/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:43:27 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3534 The post TRAILER: Tech dystopia series ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 debuts October 21st – this time on Netflix appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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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 http://www.gourmethorror.com/2016/09/28/redrum-tcm-to-present-the-shining-1980-in-select-us-theaters-october-23rd-and-26th/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:19:57 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3512 The post “REDRUM!” TCM to present ‘The Shining’ (1980) in select US theaters October 23rd and 26th appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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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 http://www.gourmethorror.com/2016/09/26/horror-serial-deeper-than-hell-to-debut-on-morbidly-beautiful-october-7th-2016/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:10:09 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3490 The post Horror serial ‘Deeper Than Hell’ to debut on Morbidly Beautiful October 7th, 2016 appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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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.

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Vengeance thriller ‘Tonight She Comes’ to make festival debut October 9th at UK’s GRIMMFEST http://www.gourmethorror.com/2016/09/15/vengeance-thriller-tonight-she-comes-to-make-festival-debut-october-9th-at-uks-grimmfest/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:24:46 +0000 http://www.gourmethorror.com/?p=3467 The post Vengeance thriller ‘Tonight She Comes’ to make festival debut October 9th at UK’s GRIMMFEST appeared first on Gourmet Horror.

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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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