Mystic Skull Horror News
Horrifying!: another crappy remake to be excreted of a beloved classic. Guillermo Del Toro producing 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' retread

Peter Jackson back on board to direct 'The Hobbit' films--maybe

New trailer up for 'Jaws' documentary, 'The Shark Is Still Working'

Sam Raimi's 'Drag Me To Hell' wins Saturn award for Best Horror Film--'Avatar' wins almost everything else

A second trailer premiers for upcoming DVD release of 'Lethal Obsession' from Darkrider Studios.

Roger Corman looking to start his own TV network.

'Slime City Massacre' to screen on Friday, June 18 at 8:00pm at Crypticon in Seattle

Winners announced for 2009 Golden Cob Awards celebrating B movies and performances; Brooke Lewis wins Best Scream Queen for 'Slime City Massacre' role

Legendary horror director John Carpenter signs on to adaptation of John Marks’ 2008 novel 'Fangland'

Cemetery Dance releases limited edition of Tim Lebbon's short fiction collection 'Last Exit for the Lost'

San Francisco-based theater troupe, The Primitive Screwheads, brings bloody parody, 'Much Ado About Lebowski,' to the stage June 24-7

Miss Zombie Queen UK 2010 launches

New trailer posts for 'The Last Exorcism' releasing 27 August 2010.

Teaser released for 'District 9' star Sharlto Copley's movie 'Spoon,' starring Rutger Hauer.

New CD released: 'They Won't Stay Dead!' original digitally restored music from 'Night of the Living Dead.'

'The Living Dead: The Beginning' is coming. The first of two novels by legendary director George A. Romero is set for release by Grand Central Publishing on July1, 2010.
Congrats to Gregory Lamberson! 'Personal Demons' receives the Independent Book Publisher's Gold Medal for Best Horror.

Dorchester Publishers announces the publication of Brian Keene's novel 'A Gathering of Crows' for July 2010. Read an excerpt from Keene's blog.

Horrorpunk band The Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space to release their new CD "Return of..." from Fiendforce Records on June 18.

Midnight Syndicate Films will release a special edition 'The Dead Matter' DVD set including two new Midnight Syndicate CDs on July 30th. The new official trailer to 'The Dead Matter' can be seen at the newly-redesigned official Dead Matter website.

Verdi Corrente Productions' first feature film, "Inkubus," has wrapped production. The film starring Robert Englund is about a skeleton crew working the final shift at a soon-to-be demolished police station. The night takes a gruesome turn when the demon, Inkubus (Englund) shows up with a severed head.

Goth-Punk band The Deep Eynde releases new CD "Spell*Bound" on May 21.

Mystic Skull Magazine is a web-based mag on horror films, books, and music. We cover the gamut from the golden age of Universal horror movies featuring Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman to the Hammer Films era and Roger Corman's Vincent Price and Poe period to the grindhouse films of the 60s and 70s such as George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Tobe Hopper's Dawn of the Dead to the 80s new wave era of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Chucky to today's gore, thriller, terror, and macabre films. In fiction, we move from Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe to H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to Brian Keene. Mystic Skull will post reviews, features, interviews, and stories from our many regular contributors, and new writers are encouraged to submit as well. Read, respond often (mysticskullmag@gmail.com), and most of all enjoy.


Our new column!:

Author, model, and low-budget scream-queen, Zombie Kitten, will be posting a regular column answering all the questions you horror fans might have about the film industry, macabre celebs, or your own dark impulses. Send your emails here and you might just get into her column.

Long Strange Trip: The Making of Virginia Creepers

By Sean Kotz


In spring of 2008, our independent film company, Horse Archer Productions, was back to square one. My film partner, Chris Valluzzo, and I were riding high on the strength of our first documentary, HOKIE NATION, a film about Virginia Tech’s football fan culture. It did very well and opened a lot of doors for us, but when the honeymoon was over, we did not know what to do next. I hit on the idea of a documentary about the horror host history of Virginia. But I started to wonder, would anyone really care about the hosts of just one state?

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David J. Skal might be the most important writer on horror film and literature in America today. His classic The Monster Show is a brilliant work examining how horror movies reflect not only what a society fears, but how they give the viewers great comfort during times of world events which look to doom us all.
Mr. Skal was kind enough to talk to Matt Sanborn for Mystic Skull recently: On your website you state that you were fascinated with them during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Can you talk about what those very tense days did to you and how it brought you closer to the genre?

David J. Skal: The first movies I ever remember seeing were Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and King Kong, both on television when I was about six years old. When I was ten, Cold War jitters gave me my first big jolt of death anxiety, and it's not surprising that I latched on to death-defying creatures like Dracula and Frankenstein, basically as nuclear security blankets. Dracula's crypt seemed preferable to a fallout shelter.


Mystic Skull's July 2010 Monster's Bride


Ronald Stein: A Man Made Out of Music
by Jedediah Smith

A solitary man walks along a beach on a remote desert island in the Pacific. He is studying the effects of radiation from atomic tests on the plants and animals. Suddenly he hears the voice of someone else from his scientific group calling him, tempting him closer. Only when it’s too late does he see that the voice is coming from a giant crab monster. Mutated by the radiation, the crabs are not only gigantic but have gained psychic powers. The hapless scientist is torn apart. And while this happens, music plays: tight little violin figures evoke that the weird mental-powers of the crabs and long sustained notes from an organ that scream out in horror.


Interview with Filmmaker Randy Kent

By Zombie Kitten

Randy Kent has directed, written and produced an arsenal of short films, webisodes, TV commercials and features. His feature film work includes Life, Death & Mini-Golf, starring SNL’s Kristen Wiig, The Lempke Brothers, Life of Lemon and the horror anthology The Perfect House. His short film, Timmy the BagBoy, is an award winning festival hit that played throughout the United States, along with schools across the country of India. With three feature films currently in post-production and one in pre-production, this award winning director continues to push boundaries with his off-the-cuff sense of humor, style and his keen eye for taking stories from the written page to the screen. Kent spoke with scream-queen and writer Zombie Kitten for Mystic Skull about his past and present film work.

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The Sound of Dark Shadows
by David Alex Nahmod

The UK based Big Finish Productions has successfully done what many thought impossible: they revived Dark Shadows, with original cast members reprising their legendary 1960s roles.

As with all things, Dark Shadows should be viewed in the context of the time and place in which it was produced. Today, the daytime soap opera's under rehearsed-cast and primitive special effects are easy to laugh at. But when Dark Shadows first aired during the late 1960s, it was a groundbreaking sensation.

Dark Shadows redefined the boundaries of daytime drama. Beyond the fact the fact that other soaps would never have considered doing storylines about vampires, werewolves, witches and time travel, Dark Shadows was the first of these shows which offered lavish, elegantly appointed sets, and a full orchestral score.

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