Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Autumnal Art

I will start by publishing a very short piece I started to write one Halloween, or so I think, just after I’d made a Jack-O-Lantern. It was originally meant to be a real short story, but ended up some sort of poem instead. I originally called it ‘The Cutting of Jack‘, but decided to rename it ‘Autumnal Art‘. It is sprung from the more macabre depth of my imagination, but I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

It’s the cutting that makes it interesting. But you need to have a good design first, lest you’ll make a foul job of it. To feel the skin under your fingers, and then, slowly, feel the knifes edge penetrating it. Smoothly, softly. An almost erotic, sensuos feeling, as you use this night to emulate the gods. As you create true art.

 

Then, to see your creation grow with every cut, making a truly unique piece. Something the world never saw before, nor will ever see again. To see the flesh, to smell the flesh. The grim reality of the inside of a thing. The sweet smell of death. The tingling feeling of excitement and night time horror.

 

Truly, the cutting of the head at Halloween is what any dark and macabre mind is longing for. One night to be aloud to let your true soul show. To cut, to create. To kill. Since it is impossible for us, the children of the autumn, to ever feel quite at home in a world obsessed with sunshine, but forever hidden in the murky depth of the winter fog, we would do best to not forget the cutting, the twisted faces, the glowing horror.

 

Never forget Jack!

 

Thobias

The Twilit Theatre presents: Horror Express (1973)

In a continuing theme of testing different things with wordpress, I decided to take VodPod for a spin. This is because, while I do like the blogging system that is wordpress, I find it extremely annoying that you can’t post Flash nor JavaScript. To a certain extent this is alleviated by VodPod. It’s a service that allows you to post just about any embedded flash video to your blog.

For this test I have chosen to do a screening of a Hammer-style horror film called Horror Express. It’s from 1973 and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and it is directed by Eugenio Martín. (Also see the Wikipedia entry.)

Plot (from IMDb): 

An English anthropologist (Christopher Lee) has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link. He brings the creature back to Europe aboard a trans-Siberian express, but during the trip the monster thaws out and starts to butcher the passengers one by one.

It gets a 6.3 rating at IMDb, and I am looking forward to my own first screening, along with you, dear reader. Shall we?

 

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.archive.org posted with vodpod

 

Inspector Mirov: The two of you together. That’s fine. But what if one of you is the monster?

Dr. Wells: Monster?? We’re British, you know!

Thobias

Movie courtesy of the Internet Archive.
Addendum: For some reason it isn’t working as it should. It works over on VodPod, 
it works on Archive.org, but why, oh why, does it refuse to work here? Any ideas?
Update: after having been in contact with the excellent people at VodPod, I now know that they do have problems concerning Archive.org. Hopefully this will be resolved in the future. In the mean time, enjoy movies directly at the archive, or via the Twilit Theatre Pod!

Yes, Master!

I just wanted to share the trailer for a movie that seems to be the animated Halloween movie of the year: Igor. Let’s hope it’s any good. After all it has John Cusack, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese as voice actors. (Yes, that’s a good thing…)

Pull the switch!Yeth, mathter!

Thobias

Vampires

Few things have enticed mankind as horror stories, and during the 20th century those about Vampires seems to have been of a particular interest. Perhaps most well known amongst the vampire depictions are Bela Lugosí and Christopher Lee, both very suave and sexy.

Though I do like those versions, one of my all time favorites is F.W. Murnaus Nosferatú from 1922. This, although wonky acting wise, captures a true horror of the Vampire that most later movies never even attempt. Count Orlok is by no means as sexy as Dracula (in the movies though far closer to Mr Stokers book), but all the more scary for it. There are plenty historic scenes in this flick. When the Count enters Hutters room at night, when he walks up the stairs, and when he drinks the wifes blood.

Thanks to the Internet Archive you can actually download this masterpiece for free, either via the net or FTP. But not only that, there is also streaming! Enjoy it here or at the Archive!

Unpleasant dreams!