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Written by Mike Macabre

I recently had a catch up with Bill Oberst Jr. and that man is BUSY! It will come as no surprise to the majority of our readers that his unwavering efforts in the horror genre are as strong as ever. Only a few days ago, we posted how he needs your help to make his Gothic Goodnight podcast better than ever! But, that’s not all. Bill is also working with director Jason Zada on Take This Lollipop 2, sequel to the viral sensation of 2011.

You may recall Jason Zada‘s short film and Facebook app took the internet by storm. The interactive film initially requested that viewers temporarily allow the application access to their Facebook account. It then incorporates information obtained from the viewer’s Facebook page to fill in details of the film itself.

Bill Oberst Jr. starred as ‘The Facebook Stalker’, scouring through images provided from the accessed Facebook account. The Stalker becomes more and more agitated as he scrolls through the information, until he locates the home of the user. He then pulls up Google Maps, and finds directions to the user’s home from geographic data contained in his or her profile. Bill is then seen driving his truck, seemingly to the Facebook user’s address.

Take This Lollipop

At the end of the film, a screen appears with an image of a red lollipop containing a razor blade. Below the image is the viewer’s Facebook screenname and the name of the stalker’s next victim as gleaned from the viewer’s own profile.

The interactive film has received both national and international attention and even won a Daytime Emmy Award!

Take This Lollipop 2

Following on from this success, Jason and Bill have teamed up again to bring us an updated sequel! Despite being tight-lipped around the tech, Jason said “In October 2020, we will launch a sequel to one of the most viral pieces of entertainment of all time. During the last six months, technology has been the catalyst that has transformed the way we work, socialize and communicate. Just like the original Take This Lollipop did in 2011, we are going to combine entertainment with seamless technology to frighten a global audience.” 

October is upon us, meaning it’s only a matter of time before we get the sequel. But, for now, here’s a teaser trailer!

What do you think of the upcoming Take This Lollipop 2? Did you see the original? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments below.

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Bill Oberst Jr.

That’s right! Bill Oberst Jr. our indie King of Horror, is reaching out to horror fans worldwide to make the 13th episode of his Gothic Goodnight podcast the best one yet!

For those who don’t know, Bill has been reading gothic bedtime fiction on his podcast since March. The Gothic Goodnight, podcast has so far produced 12 captivating, spine-tingling episodes. The 13th and final episode is one he wants you all to be involved in. Following the news that the podcast is due to be packaged for Audible.com, Bill had this to say;

“I owe one last episode, the 13th, and I wish to make that last episode a collective cry to the future by having lovers of horror and the macabre leave voice messages to the yet unborn. I need voice messages for this Time Capsule from your readers!

That’s right, you have a chance to be part of horror history! Your voice, along with horror fans worldwide, can be in a collection that will be heard for generations to come.

Here’s an audio clip from the show which poses the types of questions Bill is trying to get responses to:

Voice messages to the future may be left (either named or anonymously) at https://www.speakpipe.com/billoberstjr.

The site recorder allows for messages of up to 90 seconds. Messages received will be used on the upcoming 13th episode of Gothic Goodnight, and included in the Audible edition collection of Season One.

But, you need to be quick! Bill is hoping to receive all messages by 18th October in order to add them to his final episode.

Planning on leaving a voice message for Bill Oberst Jr’s podcast? Let us know on FacebookTwitterInstagram or in the comments below and we’ll give you a shout out!

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Noise in the middle

Terror Films has acquired the worldwide digital rights to Marcus McCollum’s feature film debut, “NOISE IN THE MIDDLE”.

Synopsis

After the sudden death of his wife Sara, Richard, a grieving and emotionally ill-equipped father, is left on his own to care for his severely, non-verbal autistic daughter Emmie. Before her death Sara had arranged for Emmy to partake in an experimental therapy and rented a house near the facility where the treatments would take place. Little does Richard know the house has a haunted history.

While Richard struggles with his wife’s death he soon realizes he has no patience, skills, or even any empathy to deal with Emmie’s condition and begins to find solace in drinking and drugs.  As the spirits in the house grow restless,  so does the noise in Emmie’s head, awakening her psychic abilities along with Richard’s personal demons. When visions of his dead wife begin to appear, Richard is convinced she has returned to help him. But is the spirit really his wife or something more sinister sent to take them both?

Written by McCollum and Glen Kannon, the film stars John Mese  Tara Buck and Tom Konkle. Juliette Jeffers and Jim Holmes also star, as well as Faye Hostetter as Emmie. The film was produced by McCollum and Mark Conley under their Whiskey Tango Films production shingle.

Noise in the middle

The film makes its exclusive, worldwide premiere on the premium AVOD Horror Channel, Kings of Horror Thursday, October 29th. It will include a live stream chat with the filmmakers and several cast members. It will remain on the platform exclusively for 6 weeks before launching onto multiple digital platforms beginning Friday, December 11th.

The distributor is giving horror fans a sneak peek by releasing the Official Trailer, Poster and several stills in advance!

About Terror Films

Terror Films officially launched in 2016 with a mere 7 films in its catalogue and has since amassed a diverse library of films available in over 60 countries across 20 platforms (and growing). Their films have been acquired by Shudder, Netflix, Pantaya, Screambox and many others. The indie label has quickly grown into one of the most respected and recognizable digital distributors in the genre space. 
To learn more, visit:

Official Website
Official Facebook Page

About Kings of Horror

Founded in 2015, Kings of Horror quickly became the most visited and subscribed channel for full-length horror movies on YouTube with over 1 million subscribers and growing.

To learn more, visit:
Official Facebook Page
Official Channel

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No sooner as filming started for the latest SCREAM instalment, production has come to a halt. It has been confirmed that 3 of the crew members have tested positive for COVID-19. However, the delay is only temporary, as Deadline notes, the production isn’t being shut down. Rather, after a weekend break, filming will resume this coming Monday.

The site reports that the 3 crew members will be immediately quarantined and undergo further testing. They also explained that precautionary measures were put into place prior to filming. Different departments have been separated into group “pods”, with little to no contact with other crew members outside of their group. As a result, they weren’t in the primary pod which includes “the actors, the director, assistant directors and DP.”

News that the production will go ahead will come as a relief to horror fans worldwide. We’ve already seen the likes of Candyman, Antebellum and others fall victim to COVID-19 already. Whilst we desperately wait for 2020 to come to an end, there’s no telling what other casualties we’re going to have to endure.

What’s your thoughts on the latest news? Do you think it’ll resume after the weekend or is this just the start of things to come? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in the comments below!

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Stephen King Is Sorry You Feel Like You're Stuck In A Stephen King Novel :  NPR

Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. An author of over 60 novels, selling more than 350 million copies, King is often regarded as the greatest horror writer of our time. Many of his novels have been adapted into films and television series which have spawned countless cinematic masterpieces. Winner of countless awards, he has been described as the “King of Horror”, a play on his surname and a reference to his high standing in pop culture.

Did you know?

  • As a child, King apparently witnessed one of his friends being struck and killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event. His family told him that after leaving home to play with the boy, King returned speechless and seemingly in shock. Only later did the family learn of the friend’s death. Some commentators have suggested that this event may have psychologically inspired some of King’s darker works
  • Was arrested in the late 60’s for stealing traffic cones (he was annoyed after one of the cones knocked his muffler loose), he was fined $250 for petty larceny
  • King played guitar for the rock band Rock Bottom Remainders, several of whose members are authors
  • On June 19, 1999, at about 4:30 p.m, King was hit by a car whilst walking on the shoulder of Maine State Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. He suffered a collapsed right lung, scalp laceration, a broken hip and multiple fractures of his right leg. In fact, his leg was so severely damaged that doctors initially considered amputation.

Notable Movie/ TV adaptations

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