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Sunset Horror

Written by Tom Naughton (Lunar Ponyo)

From Michael Myers creeping around the sides of houses, hiding dead bodies at night, to Lights Out which plays on our fears of the unknown in the dark, horror movies are intertwined with the darkness more than any other genre of film. This makes sense, after all, our natural survival instinct is being scared of what we don’t know, and the dark is the ultimate unknown. But, an underappreciated aspect of light that’s used in some of the greatest horror movies to great effect, is sunrises/sunsets.

If the night represents the unknown, the terrifying, the omni-present dread, then the sunrise/sunset represents security, the peaceful, the beautiful. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we always see sunrises/sunsets at the beginning and ending of horror films. Sunsets are used at the beginning of a film to represent the night creeping in and taking away the security; the calm before the storm.

The sunrise used at the end of horror films represents an escape of some kind. An escape from the darkness, an evil. For example, hopping on a pickup truck and riding into the sunrise to escape Leatherface wielding a chainsaw.

(Pictured: Final Scene of Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

A perfect example of the use of sunsets in horror is the 1977 Japanese classic Hausu. This horror movie incorporates sunsets more than once. I feel the use of them in Hausu is supposed to represent the still, subtle beauty shown in the beginning of the movie. This is to contrast the chaotic, loud horror that the characters find themselves in later in the movie when the shit hits the fan (notice when said shit hits said fan and goes completely ape shit it’s at night).

(Pictured: One of the first scenes in Hausu)

Even resident dark dweller Michael Myers himself has a sunset before he strikes, accompanied by an ominous skull in the trees. 

(Pictured: Scene of Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode)

There’s already natural beauty to sunsets/sunrises and horror filmmakers throughout the decades have utilized that aesthetic to great effect. Whether that be to rip the light away from the sky or bring security to the final girl. They represent a transitory period which, in itself, is just as haunting as the light from the moon or a hook to the face. 

(Pictured: Bram Stoker’s Dracula)

I’ve always felt that if something is so unbelievably tranquil then it has to be followed with chaos – the yin and yang of the sun and the moon. It transports us to an almost altered reality right before slamming us down into the brutalness of the night. As the sun rises and the sunbeams bleed out over the horizon, so do the victims of a sharp kitchen knife. Long live sunset/sunrise horror, or at least until the sunlight vaporizes us away like Nosferatu.

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The Good Things Devils Do

Kane HodderBill Oberst Jr. and Linnea Quigley star in the hugely exciting THE GOOD THINGS DEVILS DO. The Gravitas Ventures movie is available on digital platforms and DVD from today!

Written and directed by Jess Norvisgaard, the movie also stars David Rucker III, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Veronika Stoykova and Kelley Wilson Robinson.

Synopsis

Richard (Oberst Jr.), a small-time gangster, is retiring. Before he can, he must take one last job: to steal money from a rival gangster’s house. Miles apart, Melvin [Rucker] is a reluctant family man who has dreams of becoming a famous curator for his Museum of the Macabre. His newest acquisition? The remains of the notorious Masquerade, a vampire born from the embers of hell, slain centuries ago. On Halloween night, their paths will collide and they’ll be forced to work together to fight centuries-old evil with everything on the line.

Check out The Good Things Devils Do trailer below!

Stay tuned for our review!

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We have a REAL exclusive for you this time guys, and it comes in the form of Bill Oberst Jr.’s new project Lord Bateman!

We are the ONLY site based in the UK that has been granted this access – So as you can imagine, we feel extremely privileged! We, like so many of Bill’s ever-growing fan-base, believe this guy is one of the top indie horror actors out there. His talent far exceeds many of Hollywood’s big paid stars and it’s an injustice that he hasn’t yet received the worldwide recognition he deserves. With this in mind, we hope to promote and highlight his career in any way we can. And from that picture above you can see why! It’s enough to make your skin crawl.

Fans of Bill Oberst Jr. will be well aware of his ability to portray the creepy, obsessive, psychopath (as seen in Take This Lollipop) but these test shots just show that his portrayal of horror characteristics knows no bounds!

I mean look at this guy!

Now think back to the horror movies that have come out on the big screen in the past 12 months – Do any of them even come close to the potential of this movie? I think not – Lord Bateman is not a sequel, it’s not a remake and it’s not cashing in on any pre-established horror icons…

Anyway we’ve given you a few of the exclusive pictures, here’s the exclusive press release:

“Erebus Horror has been granted a UK exclusive from Los Angeles, including test shots which depict actor Bill Oberst Jr. as the demonic Lord Bateman for his in-development film project of the same name. The shots, showing Oberst as a bile-drooling creature with charred red skin and horns, are a sneak preview of a much larger photo set to be released on Halloween.
Oberst, whose performance in the horror-themed Facebook application ‘Take This Lollipop‘ won a Daytime Emmy Award in June, told Erebus Horror that while the pics here are “just a tease,” they represent the tone of the entire Lord Bateman photo set to come on Halloween. “I wanted to run a make-up test anyway, so we got two gorgeous models, Anna Christina Pullig and Alice Orozco, to interact with the demon. The shots that came out of the session are truly skin-crawling. The release of the full photo set with the female models on October 31 will also mark the roll-out of our feature film proposal to investors.”
The Lord Bateman project sprang from Oberst’s interest in depictions of demonic beings by medieval artists and from his often-expressed desire to play a classic cinematic monster. “Frankly, my sympathies have always been with the monster,” he says, “and I’m tired of seeing demons who look like pretty people with FX contact lenses. Maybe it’s time for the return of the red devil.”
Oberst says the current screenplay outline places the action in 16th century Europe. “Lord Bateman is a man of royal lineage who is plagued by visions of himself as a demon. He comes to believe that he actually is a demon, cursed to live a human existence as punishment for some infraction down below. The question is whether he is right…or delusional. Of course, to his victims it matters little.” The actor says Lord Bateman will have both a hellishly brutal side and a gentle, sophisticated side evoking classic dark literary characters like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Henry Jekyll and Edgar Allan Poe’s Roderick Usher. “I’m a big fan of classic Hammer horror,” says Oberst, “and we’re adding a little hellfire to that vibe.” The Lord Bateman concept is based on original ideas from Oberst’s ‘Anatomy Of Fear’ and the novella ‘Cipher In The Sun’ by Ed Thomas, who shot the session with fellow photographer Spencer Filichia.
Lord Bateman is currently in the early script stage and is in active pre-development in association with Dismal Productions. Erebus Horror readers will get the full Lord Bateman photo set a little earlier than anyone else in the U.K., says Oberst “I’m a big supporter of what Erebus Horror is trying to do for the genre…and being named Erebus’ King Of Horror earlier this year was a big boost to my career. I’m proud to support the site.”

Erebus Horror has been around for nearly two years now, and in that time we have established a growing number of followers with the same blood-thirsty interests as ourselves. So I’m sure the majority of you will be making a note of this movie and will show your support to make the investor’s decision a little easier (although let’s face it – If you had the cash you’d invest too right?)  And why wouldn’t you? This project looks great! And yet how do we know that the next 12 months will see another wave of terrible ‘horror’ movies on the big screen.

I fail to see why the industry overlooks projects such as Lord Bateman… If only they would take a chance on them… just once… They would realise how awesome these flicks are. More people would back them, and our horror genre would be saved from circling the drain.

It’s a great dream right? Well my friends its possible! All we have to do is support great projects like these. Share a link on your Facebook/ Twitter pages. Give your own reviews. Tell your friends, family or strangers in the street (y’know if you don’t mind the terrified stares…) If every horror fan shows their support for these projects, movie producers will eventually take notice. I know they must be the dumbest fucks in the world, but even a blind man could see that the horror genre is in decline. The solution? Take a chance on the underdogs.

I urge you all to help us. Let’s get the word out. Lord Bateman is going to rock! It would be a shame for so many to miss out just because they never heard about it. Educate your peers. You heard it here first!

We’ll bring you another exclusive real soon.

Finally something set in stone, and something I’m very excited about.

This Halloween will see the birth of our annual Horror Awards! The theme will be similar to most awards evenings, with nominations for a number of categories including best actor, best director, best author, best band – All sorts!

And who decides the winner?          YOU DO

In the preceding months, everyone will be given the chance to nominate up to five things for each category (on a top 5 basis) Once the top five people/films/books etc have been established, we will announce the nominees at the beginning of October. Everyone can then vote for their favourite and the result will be revealed on Halloween night. There will be measures in place to limit one vote per person to prevent fixing.

Each award will be given out based on the number of votes for that person.

That’s all I can say on the topic at the minute, but this is something that is DEFINITELY going to happen.

More info will be revealed a bit closer to the time.

As for the three options mentioned in a previous post, we are still in talks about which route to pursue and will let you know as soon as a decision is made.

It’s definitely a very exciting year!

 

After a huge leap in site visits following our post on Horrorcore, we figured we’d keep the music theme going.

With this in mind, we introduce Prowler – A horror/metal band from Myrtle Beach SC!

As soon as we heard these guys, our first thought was an evil Metallica! They’re AWESOME. Listen to the full song below and you will see what we mean.

Prowler is a 3-piece thrash horror metal band with terrorific riffs, spine-tingling sounds, memorable lyrics and quotes that should be familiar to aficionados of the horror genre. They combine metal with some old, chilling horror and thriller lyrics as well as quotes and live samples directly from the movies themselves.

The vocals range from melodic to death metal (with the death adding to the horror element and emphasizing the theme even deeper) The concept is deadly contagious and each song is written about an individual horror, slasher, or thriller film.

Their debut EP, entitled “PART 1,” was released in January of 2011. It introduced the 2 tracks, “THE DEAD RISE AGAIN” (based on Romero’s iconic, classic, 1968 black and white, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) and “FRIDAY THE 13TH,” (based on the 1980 Original). In June of 2011 they released their debut follow up, entitled PART 2 to a growing and hungry audience. Selling out of their first press the first week, PART 2 features the two tracks, “THE STALKER” (encompassing any slasher, stalker, thriller film with a female victim and samples taken from Savini’s 1981 “THE PROWLER”), and “THE TALL MAN” (based on the 1979 cult Coscarelli classic, PHANTASM).

They have just released their 3rd EP on Halloween entitled PART 3. PART 3 features the two terrors, “SAY HELLO TO THE NITE (based on one of the best vampire films; Joel Shumacher’s 1987, “THE LOST BOYS”) and “HADDONFIELD,” (from the 1978 slasher film that started them all, John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN).

Prowler has already started a steady, devoted following and has been embraced with critical acclaim from all walks of the living, dead and undead. They have also released two videos, one for “THE DEAD RISE AGAIN” in March of 2011 and the other from PART 1, “FRIDAY THE 13TH,” in August 2011.

Wanna see? Here’s the video for FRIDAY THE 13TH,

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY8WkO4YREM]

Pretty cool right? The rest of the horror unfolds like this…….. There will be a limited edition series ran featuring – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – and the Final Chapter – (Part 4). Each series will consist of 2 songs making the series 8 songs total. Each part of the series will be sold only at a press of 500 copies, making each part a limited series collectible. Each part will contain a different cover and back photo jacket as well as different artwork on the actual disc. PART 1, 2 and 3 are available now and Prowler will be releasing the Final Chapter (PART 4) summer of 2012. After the 4 part series is released, a full length album will be pressed and distributed in Europe and the US. This album will be 9 tracks, featuring 1 bonus track not available anywhere else.

If you want to find out any more information about Prowler, visit their reverbnation page here:

http://www.reverbnation.com/prowlermusic

As far as we’re concerned, this is a prime example of what horror bands should be!