A-Z TRIVIA WEDNESDAY: THIR13EN GHOSTS

This is a new feature that I want to try out here on Written in Blood. I have a pretty huge collection of horror DVDs and Blu-rays (always growing) and I thought what I would do is go down the line from the numeric titles all the way to Z and feature a still from a film and a piece of trivia to go along with it. It might be something you already know but then again maybe not. One thing I know about my readers is that you are all damn smart and you love your horror. Hopefully you’ll love A-Z Trivia Wednesday and it will be my new Wednesday feature. If not then I will keep trying.

Number One: Thir13en Ghosts* (2001):

Shannon Elizabeth in Thir13en Ghosts

Shannon Elizabeth in Thir13en Ghosts

 

 

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In the movie, the characters need special glasses to see the ghosts. In the original 13 Ghosts (1960), viewers needed special glasses to see the ghosts. This is one of the few details from the original that was kept.
*Yes, I realize the title starts with a ‘T'; it also has the number 13 in the title and therefore I figure it could be placed either in the ‘T’ section or the numerical section: Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts. I chose numerically.

 

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

Okay, so this is my second-favorite werewolf movie of all time. The Howling holds the number one spot in my heart. But what the hell, still got some cool posters to show off. Enjoy. Oh, and beware the moon. Stick to the roads. Stay off the moors. Drink lots of Dr. Pepper.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

Viergacht

Viergacht

Tom Duffy

Tom Duffy

Scott Woolston

Scott Woolston

Ostrander

Ostrander

Olly Moss

Olly Moss

Nik Cannon

Nik Cannon

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

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hartter

Harnois75

Harnois75

GICreative

GICreative

Fernando Reza

Fernando Reza

Daniel Norris

Daniel Norris

Creative Spark

Creative Spark

Brizie

Brizie

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

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ArtByPrescription

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0amp10

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE TRAILER PARK: DARK WAS THE NIGHT

First things first: I’m back with a new look that I hope everyone likes and with a new feature that I hope to present to you every Friday night. It’s called Friday Night at the Trailer Park and it is exactly what it says it is; every Friday I will feature a trailer for your enjoyment, amusement, shock and/or awe. It could be a trailer for an upcoming horror movie or for a previously released fright flick. Who knows what you will see here?

I’m going to start with a trailer for a film entitled Dark Was the Night (aka The Trees). It stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki, and Nick Damici.

SynopsisMaiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.

Dark Was the Night is directed by Jack Heller and written by Tyler Hisel. According to Wikipedia, that mightiest of know-it-alls, Hisel’s script was included in the 2009 Hollywood Blacklist (an annual list of the top 100 screenplays. The movie is based (loosely) on the real-life events that unfolded in Topsham, England in 1855, known as The Devil’s Footprints. The small town woke to find freshly fallen snow and biped hoof prints tracing the landscape. Dark Was the Night is said to tell the story of a present-day community’s reaction to a similar event.

Dark Was the Night was first released on October 16, 2014 at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival and is expected to be released to theaters on July 24th, 2015.

Check it out:

I WENT DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS (TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HELL TO DO WITH THIS BLOG)

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I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above, “Have mercy, now save me, if you please”

Crossroad Blues by Robert Johnson

Legend has it that the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and made a deal with the devil in order to make himself a legend. Turn your TV to the CW (unless you have DirecTV because then you are screwed) and the long-running Supernatural will show you exactly what happens when you make that dark deal. Ten years down the road and you will hear the baying of the hellhounds and their hot, fetid breath on your neck.

Do not panic, my friends and fellow bloggers, for I have made neither a deal nor do the hounds of hell snap at my heels. My crossroads is a mental one as I figure out exactly what I want this blog to be. In regards to that I am here to let you know that I intend to take a break while I get my head together about what I want to do. Oh, I will be around to like and comment on all of your blogs; do not get me wrong about that.

I will say this much: I don’t want to write reviews any more. In the past year review writing has become more of a chore or an obligation than it has a pleasure and a pasttime. I know that there are those of you who say that I write good (great?) reviews and I appreciate that. But there are people out there better equipped to do that. I just want to go back to watching movies for the enjoyment of watching movies.

I do know that I want to use the alternative posters in a big way. Ditto for the Scream Queens. What I need beyond that is at least one more supporting section. Of course I am always open to suggestions.

This blog has been a hell of a lot of fun over the past few years and I want it to be a lot of fun yet again. To all of you who have liked, commented, reblogged or have just been supportive you have my undying gratitude. Although we have never met I consider each and every one of you as my friends.

Thank you.

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: NOSFERATU

Only a woman can break his spell
Pure in heart who will offer herself
To nosferatu-

Blue Öyster Cult

ALT-POSTR-SPOTLIGHT: NOSFERATU

 

Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz

Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz

TwoSaxy

TwoSaxy

ryansd

ryansd

rodolforever

rodolforever

rodolforever

rodolforever

policegirl01

policegirl01

Phantom City Creative

Phantom City Creative

Nicholas Delort

Nicholas Delort

khakisoul

khakisoul

Godmachine

Godmachine

Gilles Vranckx

Gilles Vranckx

David O'Daniel

David O’Daniel

David Moscati

David Moscati

conorbryce

conorbryce

Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox

Chris Weston

Chris Weston

Casey Castille

Casey Castille

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Adam Rabalais

Adam Rabalais

4gottenlore

4gottenlore

EVERLY: LONG ON ACTION, SHORT ON ANSWERS

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Salma Hayek as Everly in Everly

Salma Hayek as Everly in Everly

Directed by Joe Lynch

Story by Yale Hannon and Joe Lynch

Screenplay by Yale Hannon

Salma Hayek plays Everly, a ______ trapped in her apartment and beset upon by a myriad of assassins after she ______ her boss. Dirty cops, hookers and The Sadist all invade Everly’s living space in the hopes of cashing in on the bounty on her head. Bullets fly, blood flows and the word ‘whore’ is thrown around like a frisbee at an outdoor concert in this one-room action thriller from Wrong Turn 2: Dead End director Joe Lynch.

The first thing I want to know is did I miss something? What is Everly’s connection to her boss? I know from the back of the DVD case that he, Taiko, is Yakuza but what is she to him; a girlfriend, a prostitute or what? I also know that Taiko wants her dead because of her disloyalty but again I had to read the back of the DVD case to find out this information. What act did she commit that was so disloyal? Was it at the beginning of the film when she guns down everyone in her apartment? Why does she do it? Questions, questions, questions and not an answer in sight.

This doesn’t mean that Everly doesn’t have merits. For a film whose sole set is an apartment director Lynch keeps the action moving at a speedy pace barely giving us time to catch our breath. Also, as I have been of the opinion that Salma Hayek would make a great action heroine she doesn’t let me down as she gives a near-perfect performance. Everly may be a film that’s all questions and no answers; the main thing here is that you’re not going to be thinking about those questions until after it’s all over.

TRIVIA

Kate Hudson was attached to the project for a long time, but after the movie was stuck in development, she dropped out and Salma Hayek later got the job.

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.

Joe Lynch has stated many times on his podcast “The Movie Crypt”, that the reason he wanted to shoot in Serbia was “because he wanted shoot somewhere foreign for a few months, like big time directors always claim to want to do.”

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Salma Hayek also appears in Frida and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

 

WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-MAY, 2015-KATRINA BOWDEN

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She’s blonde, beautiful, blue-eyed and sexy. She’s Katrina Bowden and she’s the Scream Queen of the Month for May, 2015. The month of May snuck up on me like a ghost so although I feel ill-prepared in my presentation I will tell you what I know about the bodacious Miss Bowden.

She was born Katrina Kay Bowden on September 19, 1988 in Wyckoff, New Jersey making her all of 26 years old. Although known mainly for comedies her genre films include The Shortcut (2009), the popular Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010), Piranha 3DD and Hold Your Breath (2012) and the films Nurse 3D and the horror-com Scary Movie 5 (2013).

She has also appeared in such films as Sex Drive (2008), American Reunion (2012) and Movie 43 and A True Story (2013).

Katrina’s TV credits include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2006), Psych (2007), Ugly Betty (2010), New Girl (2012) and 30 Rock (2006-2013).

What more can I say except feast your eyes upon the cheeky (I had to go there) and cheerful Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for May, 2015-Katrina Bowden!

KATCHIN’ UP WITH KATIE

5′ 9″

Voted the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in 2011.

Attended the now defunct Saint Thomas More School in Midland Park, New Jersey, for her grammar and middle school education.

Studies with acting coach Ann Ratray in NYC alongside Adam Scarimbolo, Addison Timlin, Yaya DaCosta, Stella Maeve, and Odeya Rush.

(May 19, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 3 years Ben Jorgensen following a 15-month-long engagement.