WildClaw Theatre Delivers a Horror Western!

Hell Followed with Her posterFor the last 12 years, WildClaw Theatre has been bringing horror to the stage. From the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Sheridan Le Fanu to the more modern day tales from Scott T. Barsotti and Paul Foster. Now they bring us something a little different from the horror genre, a western. Of course, it wouldn’t be WildClaw without throwing in something a little more terrifying, right? So come out to see their latest, a “bloody tale of the good, the bad, and the undying.”

Hell Followed with Her is the story of revenge. Willow Parker has been searching for man for two years with revenge in her heart and mind. Now she has finally tracked him down, but making this tale of revenge a little more difficult is the undead that has followed her.

Directed by WildClaw’s Artistic Director Josh Zagoren, and written by Bill Daniel, this new play starts on October 11th and runs through November 9th at The Den Theatre in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now (just click HERE). Starring Jyreika Guest, Ardarius Blakley, Krista D’Agostino, Kim Boler, Brittany Ellis, Gregory Madden, Ashley Yates, Sophia Rosado, Polley Cooney, Nora King, Savanna Rae and George Zerante.

Horror theater is something that all horror fans should experience. Live performances is incomparable to a movie because it is taking place right in front of you! And WildClaw has been giving Chicago the opportunity to witness this for a dozen years. So help them continue by supporting them and going out to see their latest production, Hell Followed with Her.

Discover the Horror Tour Continues

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We had an amazing time at Flashback Weekend (pictured above with filmmaker John Borowski), even selling a few more copies of my book, Discover the Horror. I got to do a little Q&A on Saturday morning to talk about the book (thanks Mike & Mia!!!) and answer a few questions. My good friend Bryan Martinez not only recorded it, but made a nice little video out of it, with film clips and all! You can see it below.

Please remember that if you have read the book, PLEASE go on to Amazon and post a review. It doesn’t have to be an essay, but can just be a sentence or two. But the more reviews it gets the more circulation it will get for similar titles. So please take a second and post your thoughts. And besides, I would love to hear them as well. Continue reading

Kicking the Seat Podcast

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Totally forgot about posting this last week! But better late than never. Last week, while we were at the Music Box Theatre for our book launch, I had the great opportunity to sit down with Ian Simmons from Kicking the Seat podcast. The first part of the podcast, we talk about the book and what keeps me busy. But after that, if you’re a lover of Argento and the giallo, then you’re going to want to continue to listen!

After I get done rambling, you’ll get to hear Ian, along with Aaron Christensen (Horror 101 with Dr. AC) and Bryan Martinez from The Giallo Room YouTube series, as they discuss Argento’s 1982 film Tenebre. Ian and Aaron have been discussing a lot of Argento over the last few months so check out some of the older podcasts to hear more.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast. Enjoy!

 

Frankenstein on Stage!

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Last Sunday, Dawn and I headed into Chicago for our third stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The first time wasn’t really live theater, but the National Theatre Live’s version of the story, directed by Danny Boyle and with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the rotating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. It was decent enough, but maybe because it wasn’t live, it didn’t have the punch I was hoping for. Next was the Lifeline Theatre’s version last year, which was much different than Shelley’s story. It was more about with dealing grief, with Victor actually being a woman named Victoria trying to resurrect her father. Again, it was a very interesting take on the story, but not what I was hoping for. Continue reading

Do We Really Need Another Zombie Shirt?

ZOMBIE_BOATUh…that answer would be YES! Especially when it is something a little different than the usual images we have from Fulci’s Zombie! Pallbearer Press, who consistently puts out not only high quality products, but comes up with some great looking and original designs. And this is no different. This art is from Barlow and is just fantastic.

I know the new thing is to have these multi-colored shirts of our favorite horror films, but honestly for me, there is something special about a nice 1 or 2 color shirt. Maybe its nostalgia or just being an old man, but the look of these kinds of shirts just feel right. Continue reading

Color Comes Back to Langella’s Dracula

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I can remember watching the 1979 version of Dracula on VHS, and loving the look, the feel, and the atmosphere of it, especially in its glorious color. But something happened when it was released to DVD for the first time. All of the color was bled out, making it almost look black and white. Here’s the little backstory to that. Originally, director John Badham wanted to film it in black and white but the studios said no way in hell. When it came to be released on DVD, Badham had control over the look of the film and had it modified to fit the version he originally wanted to make. Continue reading

2014 Year End Review

(Originally posted on our old site on January 13th, 2015)

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2014 really has been a rollercoaster of a year and one that I am glad is over. Not that anything really bad happened, but just that it has been a bumpy ride. Last December, I started a new job which had me working 12-14 hour days for most of the first part of the year. I have to say those kind of hours can really cut down on one’s movie-watching time, not to mention everything else. So my movie count for this year was way lower than I usually get to. But at least I have a job, right? So shouldn’t really be complaining about that. The hours are better now and while not saying this place doesn’t have its share of issues, I’m trying to remain somewhat positive and hopeful. But besides the job and the long hours, we’ve had to deal with a (supposedly) busted sewer pipe, which meant having our basement floor dug up. Granted, it was an unfinished basement, so again, it could have been worse. Though, after spending a few thousand dollars to get it fixed, it really didn’t matter. Then throw in the fact that after spending a grand to have a leak somewhere in our A/C system fixed, we discover there is ANOTHER leak somewhere else that is going to cost another grand to find and fix. And of course, that is not to say that yet another leak won’t appear. Granted, the AC place be more than happy to install a whole system where they could guarantee no future leaks. Sure, let me just grab that extra $4000 sitting in on my shelf. Continue reading