Horror Ghouls

Vanja and I just started a new horror movie website: “Horror Ghouls” ! Here we will post horror movie reviews, and horror shorts…and we also have our mascot, Mr. Ghööl, give “badges” to the movies.

My love for horror movies hasn’t faded over the years, and two years in a row I’ve had “Monsters of October” here on my blog. This has always been limited to October, however…and I’ve missed writing about horror movies on a more frequent scale. I used to run a norwegian horror movie website called Skrekkmania, but that’s been offline for years now. So when Vanja introduced me to the idea of a new horror movie website (after we got our recent batch of new horror movie dvd’s) I was thrilled! And thus, “Horror Ghouls” became a reality.

The website is now filled with the old “Monsters of October” reviews, but also some posts about horror shorts and a brand new review. It will be updated frequently, so check it out:

http://www.horrorghouls.com

So just keep your distance!

Pinup Drawing

This one is from from David Lynch’s masterpiece “Eraserhead” , one of my favorite movies. Drawn around 07/08 or maybe earlier..

Pinup Drawing

Got some great CD’s for christmas, one of them being the box set of Cannibal Corpse’s TORTURE. So now it’s time for a new unboxing. Here we go:

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

CD unboxing

 

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Frankenstein and Shiver by Junji Ito

When Vanja and I visited Trondheim (my city of birth) for the holidays, we went to a comic book store called “Outland”. This store has been selling various manga/anime/game related stuff for years, and this time we found two hard-cover comics from Junji Ito. He actually had his own shelf dedicated to his works.

Vanja, who has been a big fan of his works for years, introduced me to Junji Ito’s comics when we started dating back in 2007. Before I moved in with her in 2008, and still lived in Trondheim, she let me borrow “Uzumaki” , his most known works. I’ve seen a bunch of weird and bizarre japanese movies throughout the years, but to this date I haven’t read anything like this. And of course, only someone from Japan could make up stuff like this. His unique drawing style makes it a morbid, fun and fascinating reading experience. Highly recommended.

(And I also saw the movie based on the Uzumaki comics afterwards, which wasn’t that great…  Maybe I’ll talk more about it another time.)

Frankenstein” and “Shiver” is a collection of Junji Ito’s short comics (with “Frankenstein” actually being one of his longer comics, but the book also contains several of his short stories). And I never cease to be amazed by his totally weird imagination. Giant head-shaped balloons flying around and using their rope to hang people, a house with people living as puppets controlled by wire, and a fashion model that is actually a hideous monster… yeah, only Junji Ito could come up with stuff like that.

 

Frankenstein by Junji Ito

The strange tale of Oshikiri, by Junji Ito

Honored Ancestors, by Junji Ito

Honored Ancestors, by Junji Ito

Today, a small playable preview of one of the levels of “The Secret of Zombolia” was added on Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/zombolia-small-23460640

Zombolia

The official website for the project: http://www.zombolia.com/

 

Previous posts about Zombolia:

Been a good parent this year? No..? Then you really Better Watch Out!

Santa Drawing

Time for a new ride with the Wayback Machine. This one is from 2009.

Pinup Drawing

Yesterday was Halloween, and this year, we decided to dress up as a ghoulish nun and a priest! Below are some photos:

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

 

And of course, I carved a pumpkin as usual, and Vanja baked some Halloween cupcakes and some “lemon fromage monsters”, and we spent a spooky evening/night with friends and family!

 

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

The Haunted

Before The Conjuring, Annabelle and The Nun there was an obscure movie made for TV called “The Haunted”.

In the 1970’s, Jack and Janet Smurl moves to a big house in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, together with Jack’s parents who resides in one part of the house. Janet, being a housewife and spending most of the time alone in the house, starts experiencing strange things like unexplained noises and a dark shape showing up while she’s cleaning the house. As things escalate, they contact a pair of priests who, instead of helping them, advice them to seek family counseling. In desperation Janet seeks out the well-known paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and the war against the paranormal has started.

“The Haunted” can in many ways be seen as the first “Conjuring” movie, and is based on what the Smurl-family experienced in the period between 1979-89. However, this TV-movie is pretty obscure and doesn’t even have any official dvd release. Which is quite sad, as this is a pretty good haunted house horror movie.

My first meeting with this movie was in the early 1990’s when it was shown on “TV3” under the norwegian title “Hjemsøkt av djevelen” (which means “Haunted by the devil”). At that time (and age) it was the scariest movie I had seen and it caused a couple of sleepless nights afterwards. There are several scenes in the movie that are quite effective because they play the good game of “less is more”. There is, however, an incredibly cheesy scene where Jack Smurl is attacked and sexually assaulted by a demon in the living room, with pink lighting effects and a smoke machine. Aside from that, the movie does have a serious tone and is suspenseful and creepy, and it would be nice to see it released on dvd someday. Or, at the very least, on streaming (like Netflix, Prime, and so on). As of now, the only options you have are bootlegs or YouTube.

The Haunted

The film is also based on the biography “The Haunted: One Family’s Nightmare” by Robert Curran, which I recommend if you’re interested in the life of Ed and Lorraine Warren, or if you simply enjoy a great ghost story.

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102007/

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