Top Ten Tobe Hooper Poster Art

Inspired by the release of the official poster for Rob Zombie’s 31, I wanted to put up a post looking at some poster art and home release covers for Tobe Hooper movies. One of my favourite filmmakers, Hooper is an under appreciated director whose films have clearly been a big influence on Zombie.

Poltergeist

10. Poltergeist (1982) ‘Who really directed Poltergeist, Hooper or Spielberg? My opinion is that this would have been a much better, scarier (although probably not as successful) movie if Spielberg had left Hooper to it. I’ll take a coked up Hooper over any type of Spielberg any day.’

Eaten Alive

09. Eaten Alive AKA Horror Hotel AKA Starlight Slaughter AKA Death Trap AKA Legend ofthe Bayou (1977) ‘Hooper’s follow up to TCM went by many names when it was originally released in 1977 and in 1984 it acquired yet another one when it showed up in New York theaters with the title ‘Legend of the Bayou’. Inspired by the true life killings of Joe Ball, the Alligator Man, a bar owner who supposedly fed his victims to his pet alligator, the film is a decent follow up to TCM.’

Salem's Lot

08. Salem’s Lot (1979)

Massacre 2

07.Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) ‘This was the last picture released by Hooper as part of his three picture deal with Cannon, and the only one that was a success at the box office.’

Carnaval del Terror

06. The Funhouse (1981)

Liforce - Italy

05. Lifeforce AKA Space Vampires (1985) ‘This is the Italian poster for the first picture released by Hooper after he signed a three picture deal with Cannon Films. Released in America as Lifeforce, the film was not a commercial success there, not a good start for Hooper and Cannon. Had the film been released as Space Vampires (also the title of the Colin Wilson novel it was based on) I think the film might have achieved better box office.’

TXChainsaw French

04. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) ‘After suffering a five year ban, TCM was finally released in France with this poster art.’

The Funhouse

03. The Funhouse (1981) ‘The specially commisioned Rick Melton cover for Arrow Films’ release of The Funhouse.’ Find more of Melton’s work at his website Stunningly Savage.

Lifeforce

02. Lifeforce AKA Space Vampires (1985)

TCM 2

01. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) ‘Commisioned for the recent Shout! Factory Bluray, this picture for TCM 2 is, like the film itself, a masterpiece.’

 

 

Christina's World

‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth (1948) The painting that helped inspire Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

 

Official Poster For Rob Zombie’s 31 Unveiled

The official poster for Rob Zombie’s long awaited movie 31 has been released and it looks amazing. I’m really looking forward to seeing this flick. It comes out on VOD on September 16th and in theaters on October 21st.

Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

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Blood Lines: A Collection of Horror Stories

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“The dead of night, on a desert highway, Sarah McCall is on the road to freedom, escaping a life of government sponsored torture. If she drives non stop untill morning she’ll be free, but will an encounter with a biker reveal to her that no matter where she runs to pain will follow.

The Loneliest Road is the first story in Blood Lines, a macabre collection of short horror stories in the tradition of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood and Stephen King’s seminal Night Shift. These tales of terror feature voodoo, necromancy, ghosts, prurient demons and a bizarre crop of psychomaniacs.”

New Horror Anthology: Devolution Z, July 2016

My story ‘Scars’ is one of thirteen new stories featured in this month’s edition of Devolution Z: The Horror Magazine.

Devolution Z July 2016

logo_white_“13 original short stories and poems from talented authors of horror from around the world. Published monthly.

Werewolves will be leading the charge in this month’s issue, followed by a cacophony of moans from spirits, demons, ghosts and the undead. Read on, if you dare!”

Blue Oyster Cult & King Diamond Coming To London

Two of my all time favourite acts are coming to London to perform two classic albums. These two acts are King Diamond, the Stephen King of metal, and Blue Oyster Cult – ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ is not there only song!

Cross of QuestioningBOC haven’t played London in years, and it’s great that Albert Bouchard will be joining them. Bouchard was fired (or quit) from the band in 1981, after they recorded probably my favourite BOC album ‘Fire of Unknown Origin’. He was the bands drummer, but he also helped pen some of their best songs. And on ‘Agents of Fortune’, the album they’ll be performing in its entirety, he took the lead vocals on three songs. So they really couldn’t do these 30th anniversary shows without him.

It’s a shame that Blue Oyster Cult seem to be a bit of a forgotten band nowadays, they’re not even in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, which shows what a crock of shit that thing is. Currently without a record deal, their last album was fifteen years ago, 2001’s ‘Curse of the Hidden Mirror’ (most of the lyrics for that album were written by sci-fi/fantasy writer John Shirley). Unfortunately, I think the reason they get overlooked is because a lot of people think of them as being a one song band – Not True! Their song catalogue is amazing. Five favourite BOC songs – excluding ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’: Astronomy, Veteran of the Psychic Wars, Black Blade, Flaming Telepaths, Transmaniacon MC.

As for King Diamond, five years ago he was rushed to the hospital and ended up undergoing triple-bypass surgery, and apparently it’s been a long road to recovery since, so it’s great to see him healthy and  out touring again.

“Grandmaaaaaa!! I got a fever and the only the prescription is more cowbell.”

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King Diamond - Kentish Town

New Horror Anthology: It’s My Party… And I’ll Die If I Want To

My story ‘The Philanthropist’ can now be found in It’s My Party . . . And I’ll Die If I Want To, a new anthology from Horrified Press.

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“It’s My Party … And I’ll Die If I Want To is an anthology of party themed horror stories. When sweet sixteens turn sour and dream presents turn into nightmares, you may not live to regret missing this collection of stories that are guranteed to frighten and entertain in equal measure.”

DVD Release for Tobe Hooper’s I’m Dangerous Tonight (1990)

I'm Dangerous TonightI’m a massive Tobe Hooper, he is without question my favourite American genre director, I’ve seen all his movies, all, that is, except for 1990’s I’m Dangerous Tonight. Based on a novella by crime writer Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968), this was a made for TV horror movie that aired on the USA Network on 8 August 1990 and then released on home video. It stars the gorgeous Madchen Amick (Shelly from Twin Peaks), which makes me all the more desperate to see it. VHS copies have always alluded me, they’re incredibly rare, and my scouring the internet for a copy of the film to stream has never been successful. But now finally, on 18 July 2016, it’s getting a long overdue DVD release, thanks to Final Cut Entertainment.

This has been a long time coming, it’s terrible how this movie, directed the man who gave us Texas Chain Saw Massacre (and Crocodile) and starring one of the hottest women ever to have a camera focused on her, has been pretty much forgotten about for twenty-six years! And sure, the plot about an evil Aztec cloak sounds corny as hell, but, even so, I can’t wait to finally get my hands on a copy and see what craziness Hooper did with this one. Now can we please get a DVD release for 1999’s The Apartment Complex.

“Psycho star Anthony Perkins stars in this brilliant supernatural thriller. When a college student turns an ancient Aztec cloak into a party dress the results are catastrophic. The death toll mounts as supernatural powers cause the deaths of anyone who comes into contact with the dress. Directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper. Product Description from Amazon.

Lost Themes II

Also, John Carpenter, probably my second favourite American genre director, has just released Lost Themes II, the follow up to his amazing Lost Themes album, which I’m really looking forward to sitting down and listening to, and Danzig has put out an awesome music video for his cover of Black Sabbath’s NIB. Typical of a Danzig video, it features a lot of scantily clad models. It’s what music videos would look like if Jean Rollin directed them. Good stuff!

NIB Two Girls

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