ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: FRIDAY THE 13TH

While most of the posters in this set represent the classic original there is one from the remake and maybe another from one of the films in the original franchise. I will give you a hint as to how many alt-posters are in this set: it’s between 12 and 14.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: FRIDAY THE 13TH

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Dan Mumford

doaly

doaly

doaly

doaly

fauxster

fauxster

Franchesco Francavilla

Franchesco Francavilla

Irdezign

Irdezign

Jason Edmiston

Jason Edmiston

Jay Shaw

Jay Shaw

Jeff Zornow

Jeff Zornow

lafar88

lafar88

Matt Guillen

Matt Guillen

ultimatefandom

ultimatefandom

Francesco Francavilla

Francesco Francavilla

 

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: PAN’S LABYRINTH

It feels kind of strange using Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth as alt-poster subject matter seeing as how I have never actually seen the movie. To that I say who gives a crap? Enjoy the posters.

Aaron Horkey

Aaron Horkey

Adam Rabalais

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Stewart Forrest

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

disgorgeapocalypse

disgorgeapocalypse

Dr3amtracerCc

Dr3amtracerCc

Faction Creative Designs

Faction Creative Designs

foursquare

foursquare

Ian Hinley

Ian Hinley

kenpudiosaki

kenpudiosaki

lafar88

lafar88

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin

my own wonderland

my own wonderland

Peter James Maggs

Peter James Maggs

Peter Strain

Peter Strain

Roxanne Jelley

Roxanne Jelley

scourge07

scourge07

Sean Gilbey

Sean Gilbey

SilverAreya

SilverAreya

Simon Favreau McNulty

Simon Favreau McNulty

Stephen Sampson

Stephen Sampson

 

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THE VOICES

THE VOICES-United States/Germany-103 Mins. 2014

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Ryan Reynolds as Jerry in The Voices

Ryan Reynolds as Jerry in The Voices

Gemma Arterton as Fiona in The Voices

Gemma Arterton as Fiona in The Voices

Anna Kendrick as Lisa in The Voices

Anna Kendrick as Lisa in The Voices

Jacki Weaver as Dr. Warren in The Voices

Jacki Weaver as Dr. Warren in The Voices

Directed by Marjane Satrapi

Written by Michael R. Perry

Ryan Reynolds stars as Jerry, a guy who hears voices that tell him to do terrible things-and that he’s a good boy-in The Voices; a movie that starts out funny, ends up morbid and exits to absurdity in the closing credits.

We know that Jerry has problems when he mentions a state appointed psychiatrist to his boss after he is asked to volunteer for help with the company picnic. We just don’t realize what type of problems Jerry has until he goes home and has a three-way conversation with his cat, Mr. Whiskers; and his dog, Bosco. I can’t take credit for saying this but I found it to be a stroke of genius that the cat is the one that continually attempts to push Jerry over to the dark side while simultaneously his dog enables him and tells him he’s a ‘good boy’.

Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick star as the objects of Jerry’s affections. Gemma plays the hot British import Fiona whom Jerry is initially infatuated with. Kendrick plays Lisa, the hot girl who likes Jerry but let’s face facts: she’s the leftovers after Jerry’s failed tryst with Fiona. It’s okay; by the end they both end up giving great head while somehow managing to stay fresh in Jerry’s refrigerator.

I liked The Voices but I do feel that the film’s major problem is that it seems to be all over the place. One minute I was laughing at/with Jerry and the next I was mortified by what his life was about when the pills he is ordered to take take effect and the cold of reality sets in. The closing credits don’t really help the film’s credibility, either; a singing, dancing Jesus; really? Not that I don’t believe that Jesus has ever sang or danced but within the context of The Voices I just found it to be absurd. The Voices would have benefitted from keeping a consistent playing field.

So what have we learned from The Voices? I learned 3 things.

1. If you are a female and that hot guy you like mentions a court-appointed psychiatrist then may I suggest running away post haste.

2. Never under any circumstances listen to your cats. Cats are the serial killers of the animal kingdom.

and finally

3. No matter how much you protest it you should really and truly consider letting your dog sniff your crotch at least once a day. They’ll be your friend for life if you do.

TRIVIA

Director Marjane Satrapi was initially going to hire voice actors for the animals’ voices, however Ryan Reynolds convinced her that he should do them as they are voices that his character hears in his head, and therefore should be different variations of his voice. He convinced her by sending her recordings of his voice, tailored specifically for each of the animals.

Ryan Reynolds modeled the voice of the cat after a Scottish friend he has known for over twenty years.

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.

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Ryan Reynolds also appears in Buried and The Proposal.

Gemma Arterton also appears in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Quantum of Solace.

Anna Kendrick also appears in Up in the Air and Into the Woods.

Jacki Weaver also appears in Silver Linings Playbook and Stoker.

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: RE-ANIMATOR

What’s not to love about this mad scientist/zombie mashup based on a tale by H. P. Lovecraft and that features a fantastically maniacal Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West and a severed head that gives…as good as it gets. Enjoy the posters.

Alan Cook

Alan Cook

Artist Unknown (possibly Dave Dorman)

Artist Unknown (possibly Dave Dorman)

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Colin McDowell

Colin McDowell

Dave Dorman

Dave Dorman

jeknight

jeknight

Lulz

Lulz

malevolentnate

malevolentnate

Mist-Des

Mist-Des

r-k-n

r-k-n

Steve Marchal

Steve Marchal

Eugene Graff?

Eugene Graff?

 

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CRONOS

CRONOS-Mexico-94 Mins. 1993

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Federico Luppi as Jesus Gris in Cronos

Federico Luppi as Jesus Gris in Cronos

Ron Perlman as Angel de la Guardia in Cronos

Ron Perlman as Angel de la Guardia in Cronos

Written and Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Cronos begins with a prologue and a narrative that details to us the story of the 16th century alchemist Fulcanelli and his creation of the Cronos device and the hopes that it will bear him eternal life. Skip ahead a few hundred years and we meet Jesus Gris; a kindly antiques dealer who literally stumbles upon the device and has his life forever changed by its seductive and deadly power.

That most omniscient of websites-Wikipedia-describes Cronos as a “1993 Mexican vampire horror film.” I agree with half of that; I agree with the part about it being a Mexican horror film. However, I don’t agree that it is a vampire film in the truest sense of the word. Yes, Jesus Gris develops a taste for human blood as a result of the Cronos device and it is ultimately what he will need if he hopes to keep himself alive; but I see Cronos more as a film about our obsession with time. We want more of it and the more of it that we have it never seems like there is enough. “If only I had more time”; “Time is on my side”; “But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them”; yes I realize I am quoting The Rolling Stones and the late Jim Croce but I hope you understand what I am trying to say and that is that the characters in Cronos are obsessed with time and not blood. They want more of it and-in the case of the dying Dieter de la Guardia and his nephew Angel (a fantastic Ron Perlman in the first of what would become many collaborations with writer-director Guillermo del Toro)-they are even willing to kill for it. Cronos is a variation on ‘Khronos’, or the personification of time; if the obsession within the film had been for blood and not time then perhaps the title would been more descriptive of such a thing; it might have been called “Sangre”, perhaps.

Cronos is the debut film of director Guillermo del Toro and there are elements of the film that would become iconic trademarks of his career: insects, angels and religious symbolism and clockwork designs and motifs. This was my first time watching Cronos and of course I have seen several of del Toro’s later films. The thing that impressed me the most about Cronos is that for its 94 minute runtime it never once feels like a first film. Instead it feels like a seasoned film from an immensely imaginative talent that would fit anywhere within del Toro’s filmography.

TRIVIA

The alchemist at the beginning of the movie is named Fulcanelli, which was the pseudonym of a famous French alchemist of the late 19th/early 20th century, who mysteriously disappeared in the 1940s and whose real name and identity has never been known.

All of the original Cronos devices created for this film were stolen when production was completed. They were never recovered, so the Cronos devices that Del Toro owns are replicas.

The two De La Guardia characters were deliberately intended to be somewhat unreal, like comic book characters. Del Toro explains in his commentary that he did this as a sort of revenge against Hollywood films that having Mexican characters that are rather stereotypical.

In an interview included on the Criterion edition of this movie, Ron Perlman talks about how Angel was meant to speak Spanish fluently. Ron Perlman tried this, but Guillermo Del Toro found his reading to be completely unusable. So, the character was changed to an expatriated American who so hates being in Mexico, that what little Spanish he speaks is deliberately spoken poorly.

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Federico Luppi also appears in Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.

Ron Perlman also appears in Hellboy and Pacific Rim.

Claudio Brook also appears in Revenge and Simon of the Desert.

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ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: THE WALKING DEAD

Love the comic book series, hate the comic book series; love the AMC TV series, hate the AMC TV series. None of that matters here; it’s all about the posters.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: THE WALKING DEAD

Albert Exergian

Albert Exergian

Alex Ross

Alex Ross

Alexander Iaccarino

Alexander Iaccarino

Andy Helms

Andy Helms

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

bananapatatas

bananapatatas

Blake Douglas

Blake Douglas

condem79

condem79

cunaka

cunaka

Daniel Mead

Daniel Mead

Daniel Norris

Daniel Norris

disgorgeapocalypse

disgorgeapocalypse

disgorgeapocalypse

disgorgeapocalypse

disgorgeapocalypse

disgorgeapocalypse

dkng

dkng

Doaly

Doaly

erich0823

erich0823

Noble6

Noble6

Oliver Barrett

Oliver Barrett

Pro Design Co

Pro Design Co

Ryan McArthur

Ryan McArthur

Ryan McArthur

Ryan McArthur

tchav

tchav

TippingPoint

TippingPoint

noble-6

noble-6

 

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WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-APRIL, 2015-SARAH FRENCH

Photo by Cory Willaby

Photo by Cory Willaby

You know what makes it so easy to write about this month’s featured Scream Queen, Sarah French? I mean aside from the obvious fact that she’s drop-dead gorgeous with a side order of sexy to go with it; it’s because she is a 100% Bona Fide Scream Queen and that is the facts. I don’t have to include a line that says something like “outside the horror, thriller or fantasy genre her credits include…”-nope, none of that. When speaking with Sarah to ask about what photo I could use for this article she said to me-and I quote-“I live for horror!” Yes ma’am you do!

Sarah French (with Sara Paxton) in Killer Biker Chicks

Sarah French (with Sara Plotkin) in Killer Biker Chicks

Sarah French was born in Melrose, Minnesota on April 22, 1982. She got into modeling after being discovered at a metal concert and began using the stage name Scarlet Salem. As Scarlet she has appeared in the short films You’re Next 3: Pajama Party Massacre (2007) and The Alphabet of Sex (2008) as well as Tales of the Dead and Trinity (both from 2008). She went back to short films for Higher Purpose (again from 2008) before appearing in Killer Biker Chicks, The City, Unholy Reunion, Terror Overload, Living Arrangements, Incest Death Squad and Camp Kill in 2009. 2010 saw her take it a bit easy by only appearing in two films released that year, Strip Club Slasher and Night on Has Been Mountain. In 2011 she starred in In Harm’s Way and Shriek of the Sasquatch. In 2012 she starred in Dropping Evil and her final appearance as Scarlet Salem was in 2014 with The Half-Life Horror from Hell or: Irradiated Satan Rocks the World!

Under her real name Sarah has kept herself as busy as ever by starring in Necrostalgic, Opposite Blood and the short Daddy-O Died So That Love Could Live (all 2012 releases). Taking a break in 2013 she was back with a vengeance in 2014 with Zombie Pirates, Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead and The Bitch That Cried Wolf. The year 2015 sees her in American Rescue Squad, the short Twiztid: Boogieman and Insectula! Bad Habit, Chainsaw Maidens, A Cursed Coven and Zombie Dolls are in post-production; Bite School is filming and Beautiful Nightmare, Marilyn: Zombie Hunter and Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead 2 have been announced. In between this busy schedule Sarah has found the time to do the little things like eating, breathing and sleeping. Holy Horrors, Batman! This girl has been busy!

It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for April, 2015: the beautiful Sarah French!

Sarah French (with Joe Knetter) in Terror Overload

Sarah French (with Joe Knetter) in Terror Overload

FRENCH KISSES

Her nickname is Frenchy

She’s 5′ 4″

Loved metal music since she was in eighth grade.

Doesn’t have any piercings or tattoos because she’s afraid of needles.

Started making home movies (horror mainly) with friends when she was age 15.

Has two bunnies, Zeus(Dutch) and Cadbury(English).

Is in a relationship with author, actor, screenwriter Joe Knetter who played the killer in her first movie Pajama Party Massacre.

Sarah (as Scarlet Salem) as a redhead.

Sarah (as Scarlet Salem) as a redhead.

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