The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

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Movie Released: 1960 in b/w | DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008

 

dvd_the_little_shop_of_horrorsThe Little Shop of Horrors was produced in 1960 on $28,000 budget (according to my research the budget ranged between $24,000 and $30,000 — so your guess is as good as mine.) Directed by the legendary Roger Corman, this movie was produced within two days. Corman decided to use an earlier film setting that was due to be torn down in the next two days.

The movie is a horror-themed, black comedy B-movie that gained a cult following. The theme is said to be inspired by the novella Green Thoughts by John Collier and the science fiction short story The Reluctant Orchid by Arthur C. Clarke. In 1982, The Little Shop of Horrors was turned into an Off-Broadway, horror comedy rock musical and in 2003, it debuted as a Broadway production. If you don’t mind spoilers, continue reading.

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Doghouse (2009)

Movie Released: 2009 | DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010

 

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Vince (Stephen Graham) is recently divorced and on a downward spiral. Vince’s closest friends, Neil (Danny Dyer), Mikey (Noel Clarke), Graham (Emil Marwa), Matt (Lee Ingleby), Patrick (Keith-Lee Castle) and Banksy (Neil Maskell), take him on an out-of-town boys weekend to a remote town where Neil promises the women are plentiful, hot and easy. On first blush, Moodley looks like a town where everyone suddenly walked away but what lurks behind closed doors will take the best the men have to stay alive.

 

 

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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

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Movie Released: 1962 | DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002

 

dvd_the_brain_that_wouldnt_dieProduced in the 1960s on a $ 64,000 budget, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, belongs to the typical “it’s so bad — it’s good” category and makes this black-and-white science fiction, horror movie a cult classic.

The story line is predictable and anyone that has read the book Frankenstein or seen the movie knows this isn’t going to end well — at least not for some of the participants. If you are fine with spoilers then continue reading.

 

 

 

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Spooky Halloween Reads and More for 2015

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Books

Reviewed especially for Halloween:

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Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography by Victoria Price

The late Vincent Price was the master of horror and comedy. His movies had an eerie and unsettling quality that made him a horror film icon. Read a review of his biography written by his daughter, Victoria Price.

 

 

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The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

In the tradition of his enticing book Verliege, Rivers, once again, takes the reader on a supernatural adventure. This time, he chose the sea as a location for tragedy and suspense on board of The Black Witch—read what happens in this review.

 

 

GW_Oh_Shit_Im_DeadOh Shit, I’m Dead! by G.R. Williams

This debut novel by Williams is a short story into the afterlife. The character, Ray, takes readers along on a emotionally-charged journey to the final destination. Read the The Oh Shit, I’m Dead! review.

 

 

 

 

Spooks Reads Recommendations

For this year’s Halloween, we put together some spooky reads that have been reviewed throughout the year on this website. Check out our Spooky Reads for Halloween 2015 list.

 

 

Further Reading

 

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The Mariner’s Shadow by Clive S. Johnson

Once again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews is able to present one of Clive S. Johnson’s popular poems The Mariner’s Shadow. Don’t miss out on his other two poems From a Moorland Walk and Remiss that were published on this blog in 2014. Clive S. Johnson is a science fiction author and poet. Check out a review of the book Cold Angel Days, the fourth book in The Dica Series.

 

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Romance, science fiction author, Veronica Scott, presents a special post and illustrations dealing with Victorian Veggie People for Halloween.

 

HALLOWEENPALOOZA III: 31 Days of Halloween

There is a Halloween celebration going on on the HALLOWEENPALOOZA Facebook page. You can read short stories entered for this event on the HALLOWEENPALOOZA blog.

 

…and More

Last year’s movie reviews proved to be a success. This year again, we reviewed some movie classics for you:

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House of Wax (2005 | 1958)

A remake of the original House of Wax starring the legendary actor Vincent Price that does not live up to its 1953’s predecessor. The message conveyed in the modern version is that if you’re going to take a detour, take a lot of friends to keep the killers busy while you look for a way out. Read more about House of Wax.

 

 

 

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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

This movie was one of the first that introduced the audience to a formulaic plot line and gory details. It is a parody of southern hospitality, which at times, has a very comical effect. The film was mostly played in drive-in movies and became on instant success. Read more about Two Thousand Maniacs!

 

 

 

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The Screaming Skull (1958)

The Screaming Skull is a cult classic and a fun look at the classic, psychological horror genre. You won’t die of fright watching it, but it contains enough highly dramatic and scary moments to keep you watching. The movie was based on the classic horror story by the author F. Marion Crawford and originally published in 1911. Read more about The Screaming Skull.

 

 

 

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 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

This horror, comedy movie is a British-French-American production dealing with an apocalyptic zombie uprising and has become a cult classic. Because of its satirical approach, it is now considered one of the top horror movies of the decade and the best zombie movie ever made. According to Screenrant, Shaun of the Dead is one of Tarantino’s top 20 movies.

 

 

 

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Ghost Ship (2002)

Originally, the screenplay was written as a relatively bloodless psychological horror movie. The script underwent several revisions and turned Ghost Ship into a gory film with an emphasis on the supernatural element.

 

 

 

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The Uninvited (1944)

This atmospheric and moody film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematorgraphy in 1945. The movie is based on the novel “Uneasy Freehold” by Dorothy Macardle that was published in 1942. The Uninvited is listed as one of the 11 scariest horror movies of all time by Martin Scorsese.

 

 

DVD_Attack_of_the_Killer_TomatoesAttack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

What type of movie do you get when scientists experiment with tomatoes? A musical, black comedy horror B-movie that is so bad, it became part of the pop culture. Although Attack of the Killer Tomatoes will probably go into the annals of the worst vegetable movie ever made, fans are pushing for a remake.

 

 

 

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

This movie is a science fiction, horror comedy that has reached a cult classic status. Aliens, who resemble evil circus clowns, invade a small town. Although the story line is considered quite simple, the movie, in general, is a reminiscent of past B-movies. Killer Klowns From Outer Space received praise for its special effects and visual design.

 

 

 

Around the Internet

On the Metro page you can check out the 5 tips (from scientists) on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Bored Panda has a great recipe for a red velvet zombielicious Brain Cake.

Live Science page has a ‘The Walking Dead’: How to Survive a Zombie Invasion article on their site.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Edition is having a Halloween round-up. Articles include the history and traditions of HalloweenThe Perfect Halloween PumpkinHow to Make Green Goo/GloopPumpkin-Potato-Polenta Dumplings and Scary Tales for Halloween.

Zombie Research Society is the leading expert on everything zombie. Their homepage is dedicated to zombie survival, zombie culture and zombie science. Enjoy articles like The Benefit of Cannibalism, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Zombie-Proof your Apartment, 7 Badass Zombie Kills, and the Apocalypse Check List: High-Tech Gadgets.

Business Insider released an article A giant ‘spooky’ space rock is flying close to Earth on Halloween, but that’s not the most disturbing part. We hope this is not any kind of zombie apocalypse.

Fast Company has run an article with photos on Running a Haunted House is Scarier Than You Think.

Missed Spooky Halloween Reads and More last year? check out our post now.

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Skull Photo:
©Rowan Russell — All Rights Reserved

 

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Release Date: September 24, 2004 | DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004

 

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Shaun is a slacker who lives a routine life. With his relationship on the rocks and a contentious relationship with his stepfather, Shaun takes some time to notice that his neighbors are turning into zombies. While gathering his friends and getting to the bar on his mind, will Shaun and his friends survive brains intact?

 

 

 

 

 

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