Night Of The Living Dead 50th Anniversary Event




Mark your calendars for October 24 and 25! George A. Romero's 1968 iconic zombie masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead, is returning to theaters across the world! With a new, full 4K restoration!

From Fathom Events:
Celebrate 50 years of Living Dead by seeing the completely restored and remastered version of Night of the Living Dead in theaters. The iconic film that started the zombie genre and shaped modern horror movies as we know and love them today. Directed by horror legend, George A. Romero, the film is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time.

A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls. Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role.

For this special 50th anniversary event, audiences can see the stunning restoration of Night of the Living Dead, a product of the original filmmakers' collaborating with the Museum of Modern Art and the George Lucas Family Foundation to restore the film from the original camera negative. The remastered version is more visually striking and terrifying than ever.

If you haven't seen this film in theaters, you haven't truly seen Night of the Living Dead as it was intended: in a dark theater, on the big screen.

You know I'm all over this and I've already got the plans set with the rest of the AARGH crew for this mandatory event. But get your tickets now, because this one is sure to sell out!

Get tickets to your local theater showings at Fathom Events.




  

Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory 2018


The Legendary Akron Haunted Schoolhouse and Haunted Laboratory consists of seven total floors of complete terror and is northeast Ohio’s only multi-story haunted attraction.  The haunts feature the demented librarian Mrs. Alvah, tempting you to go through her horrifying book of stories, and the deranged Dr. Guttenheim, feverishly taunting you to venture through his lab and escape his mutations along with the virus that will likely infect you. Check out our new midway and experience the atmosphere and activities which includes photo ops, characters on the loose, seasonal vendors, games, merchandise, delicious concessions, and alcoholic beverages. Our newest event “Beer before Fear” lets you sip on an ice-cold beer before the attraction opens. The last two years the attractions and entire property have received an extensive overhaul and update. This massive attraction has been scaring millions for over four decades. Get your tickets now and let the nightmares begin.

It's nice to see the Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory, located a mere 10 minutes from Highbury Cemetery, continue its new rebirth. I have been going to this haunted house for 3 of its 4 decades (yes, that's 30 years!) in existence and has become my "official haunt." So much history and so many great memories.

And it's nice to see friends like Dave from Closed Casket Studios doing makeup and Katie Lane scare acting. Keep up the good work and carry on the legacy of the legendary Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory for the next 4 decades.

And you better believe that the local haunt crew and I will be in line and ready to go on September 21st, opening night! Gonna be in the northern Ohio area? Come down to Akron and have a few beverages with us and let's get down!





Thom Yorke - "Suspirium"


Today, Thom Yorke, front man for mega indie legends Radiohead, released the first track to his film score for the upcoming Suspiria remake. Although I've been fairly neutral with all things Radiohead, I was actually quite interested to hear what a Yorke-penned film score would sound like.

And upon first listen, it sounds pretty much like a Radiohead song. But that may not be a bad thing. The track itself is hauntingly melancholic, with minimal piano and flute tracks to support Yorke's signature lyrical sound.




After a few listens, I began to wonder how this track would fit into what looks like an incredibly dark, tense and muted film. It should be very interesting to see how this helps set the tone, and I'm really interested to hear more.

Yorke's Suspiria (Music For The Luca Guadagnino Film) is available for pre-order now at XL Recordings.

  

The Cramps - "Garbage Man"


We're at the start of a three-day holiday weekend. Time to get crankin' on my next Halloween project. The motivation is finally hitting hard and it's time to fill my days with orange and black, leading up to the big night.

Now I just need some killer music to REALLY get me into the mood...

Take it away, Lux!





Daniel Davies - "Shadows Alive"


From Daniel Davies, godson of and guitarist to John Carpenter's recording and touring band. A very "Carpenter-esque" haunting retro synth track from "Events Score," which releases today!

Events Score is available on Bandcamp, Lakeshore Records, and a gorgeous limited vinyl release from Burning Witches Records.




Guess which one I ordered!?!? And look for Davies' next release, the highly anticipated Halloween film soundtrack alongside current bandmates John and Cody Carpenter this October!






Suspiria (2018) Poster & Trailer


I am the first to admit that I'm against remakes. Especially horror films. Never even come close to the original, ultimately serving only to tarnish the original's reputation, uninspired, cheap cash grab, Hollywood is out of new ideas, and on and on and on.

And I was filled with complete dread (and dare say outrage) upon hearing the latest title to be remade: Dario Argento's 1977 masterpiece, Suspiria.

How could you do that!? WHY would you do that!? How can you compete with Goblin's original, iconic score!? And on and on and on.

And then a strange thing happened. I started seeing the first clips of the new film, and I wasn't mortified by what I saw. I specifically remember thinking, "that actually doesn't look half bad."

Of course Argento's signature bold swatches of vibrant color were absent, but this new version had its own muted, highly sophisticated look and feel. Every shot looked meticulously planned and stylistically shot, giving an unexpected sense of maturity (similar to the look and "slow burn" feel of Hereditary or The VVitch). And yes, you could even relate what was going on to Argento's original "ballet school for witches" storyline.

And on top of that, the official film poster was released today. And I absolutely love it:


Poster image courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.


The title typography is striking, especially when it's framed in by the bold, stark blood splatters and monotone eyes. It really relates to what I have seen in the trailer. This poster is so far ahead of most other film posters that are churned out anymore.

At this point, I'm almost rooting for this film to be the one remake that does it right. I'm hoping that Luca Guadagnino can take the classic original and do something truly interesting with it. He has an amazing cast to work with (I'm looking at you, Tilda Swinton), and I just hope that the story is as interesting and focused as the film's cinematography.

Suspiria hits theaters on November 2 and I think I'm going to be in line to see this one. Check the trailer below and let me know what you think!