Say Hello To October


Once again it has arrived. A Horror fans favorite time of year. October. Every November 1st we all attempt to get over our Halloween hangovers and restart our countdown and eagerly anticipate the return of that chill in the air that signifies we are almost ready to begin pulling out our Halloween decorations and snacking on pumpkin flavored treats. October. Finally back to bring us a month full of tricks, treats and frightful fun.





Here at TrueHorror.net it has been a busy year. In just a few days we will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary. In preparation for this as well as our month long celebration of October and Halloween, we have been working hard on all types of new content. From our trademark photo sets, to all new articles and features. We are excited to share all of our hard work with you. We also have an entire new batch of Halloween themed items that will be available in our store within the next few days.

Here is a quick look at some of the things you can anticipate from us throughout the month along with many other treats and surprises.

TrueHorror.net photosets


This month we have a number of fun October/Horror/Halloween themed shoots lined up to be featured each week. We won't give away too much right away, but rest assured they will be full of that same sense of fun and attention to detail you have come to expect from us.

The First Annual TrueHorror.net Online Halloween Art Show


Long name, simple concept. Throughout our first year we have had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with so many new people, many of whom are talented artists in their own right. So We here figured a great way to celebrate the season as well as bring some light to all the talented artists we know would be to combine the two and showcase them all here to expose them to an all new audience all at once. This is one of the things we are most excited about.

Ordinance 103178 and other October/Halloween themed items.


One of the items we are most excited to offer this month are our Ordinance 103178 prints. These 11 x 17 prints depict one of the measures the Haddonfield Sheriffs Department take in order to keep Haddonfield safe. Keep an eye out for a little easter egg from other Halloween lore included. We are sure you will make the connection. These should be available before the weekend. We also have other Halloween(the holiday) themed prints, stickers and buttons headed your way soon enough!

BLOOD, BABES AND BOOGEYMEN


Our tagline has inspired a series of photos we are currently working on depicting just that. We have collaborated with some of our favorite models and friends to create a series of images inspired by everyone's favorite iconic boogeymen. We can't wait to show you these but unfortunately we have to.
Still we feel these will be worth the wait for all of you who are fans of the TrueHorror.net style.

CARVED

Our main project for the season has been in the works for quite some time, part photo feature part video project. Carved is a Halloween themed slasher project that will hopefully capture all the things horror fans love about October and its horror ties.Originally conceived as a faux 80s slasher one sheet back in 2012 with fan favorite model Holly. We have expanded on the concept and re imagined it to create something a bit more grim and scary. The tagline "Not Everyone Gets a Happy Halloween" should say it all.



MUCH MORE

This is just a small sample of what you can expect this month here at TrueHorror.net and we hope you are as excited to celebrate October and Halloween with us as we are with you all. As it is you all who has helped make this site such a success and so much fun to run. For that, we cant thank you enough.

- Jason

Review: The Guest


Around this time every year, for most horror fans the anticipation for October and the Halloween season builds to a boil. Mid September is usually when I myself get ready to really kick the celebrating into gear (well moreso than the rest of the years usual horror shenanigans I suppose). Whether it's buying decorations, pumpkin flavored treats, checking out all the fun costume related stuff in stores or working on my own October related projects, this is that time of year I truly feel more alive and motivated than others. Of course with October and Halloween comes the tradition of movie watching. Horror films are the life blood of the month for most and rightfully so. Even my non horror fanatic friends enjoy watching a good scary movie or two during the season. That brings us to the point of this little write up, each season we are treated (or punished) with various attempts by filmmakers and studios to cash in on everyone's desire to be scared for a few weeks. Sometimes we get some genuinely enjoyable well crafted films and sometimes we get pure crap (why be nice about it?) This year I am pleased to say that the best Halloween themed movie we will probably get this year isn't really even a horror film at all.


 The Guest is director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's latest film. This is the same duo that brought us last years most enjoyable theater going experience (for me anyway) "You're Next". That film ( which is cleverly nodded to twice during The Guest, keep an eye out) really caught me by surprise as I approached it as I try to do with most films. Go in knowing as little about it as possible. It turned what could have been a boring and silly rehash of the home invasion sub genre into a different, thrilling, gore filled good time. Speaking of thrilling, that is exactly what I suppose one would classify The Guest as. This story of a stranger (played perfectly charming and menacingly by Dan Stevens) who shows up at a familys home with the story that he served with their son in the military and was with him when he passed away, needless to say, he becomes their guest and then things get real (which is about all of the plot you will get out of me as I don't spoil films) is not a horror film, sure it certainly has aspects and events that are horrific and has many familiar themes a horror film carries, but still, I don't feel like I would classify it as one and that is what makes it such a refreshing watch.


 Now before everyone says "well its not a horror film, why are you even reviewing it?" Let me just state it may not be a straight up horror film, but it is certainly a perfect film to be watched during the Halloween season. The Guest is filled to the brim with Halloween imagery, as it is set on the last two weeks of October, everything is decorated for the holiday. Almost every scene has some sort of orange, black and purple to it, whether its just a pumpkin in the background or some other type of decoration that lines the walls of almost every shot, Halloween itself is a major character in this film. There are Halloween parties and Haunted House style set pieces that make it perfect viewing for this time of year. The Halloween influence doesn't stop at production design, nor does it only include the actual holiday. The Guest features enough nods and love letters to our beloved Halloween film series to make every horror fan smile. Some obvious and awesome (Halloween 3) and others more noticeable to those with a quick eye and attention to detail (Halloween 4). The film itself feels like the type of film old school John Carpenter would make if he was transported 30+ years into the future and used that enthusiasm he had to direct today. This again is obviously a good thing and exactly why I feel this film will (and already has) appeal to most horror and Halloween fans. Wingard knows exactly what he is going for here and succeeds achieving that.  Not to mention The Guest earns its hard R rating for the most part with good ol' violence of the practical fx kind. No cgi blood here.


 Lastly I must make mention of the incredible score and soundtrack usage found within The Guest. As stated up above, there is a heavy Carpenter influence running throughout the film, this is not exclusive to only the look of the film, but also the sound. Remember how everyone (myself included) fell in love with the synth heavy retro styled soundtrack to the Ryan Gosling flick "Drive" ? and later went nuts (again so did I) over its horror drenched cousin the impeccable "Maniac" remake score by Rob. I will be surprised if the same doesn't happen here. Full of pulsing synth heavy tracks, the soundtrack on its own is enough to do the job, every scene is matched up perfectly and taken to another level by the inclusion of the obviously carefully placed tracks. However in addition to the songs found in the film, the score performed by Steve Moore is a perfect compliment to the imagery and blends seamlessly with the other sounds in the film. My favorite portion of the synth heavy score were the jarring and ominous "stabs" that could be straight out of the Halloween 3 or even 2 score. As soon as any of this music kicks in it will no doubt win people over. It's just as good as the "Erin"s theme" Carpenter-esque portions of the "You're Next" score everyone seemed to love (and is still waiting for an official version of) Overall all the music featured in The Guest is what really for me anyway, pulled everything together.


 So there you have it, The Guest is the Halloween movie you should definitely check out that isn't really a movie about Halloween, even though some of its biggest inspirations are firmly culled from the classic Halloween film series. It's not a perfect film and there are some issues I have here and there, but those are easily overlooked when you just go along for the ride the creators are trying to take you on. The performances here are all pretty much on point, as stated up above Dan Stevens plays his role to perfection and his co-star Maika Monroe who plays the main protagonist Anna really does a good job playing off of Stevens performance. The rest of the supporting cast also do their jobs admirably. For a fun time at the theaters that will still count towards the spirit of the season this October, see the Guest, and dont forget to pick up that soundtrack while you are at it.

Second Teaser Image For CARVED











We are excited to share with you our second official teaser image from our upcoming Halloween themed T.H.F. project "Carved", featuring frequent collaborator and fan favorite Holly. Based on a previous photo project, we have expanded and revamped the "Carved" concept to create something new, exciting and perfect for every horror fans favorite time of year. Now officially only a month away from October, we are reveal our second teaser image for the project. While everything for this venture is still in the process of being created little by little,  we hope you dig this latest reveal which hopefully will intrigue you and help raise anticipation for what comes next here at TrueHorror.net.


Carved - teaser one sheet "B"



First All New Teaser Image For CARVED


In anticipation of our upcoming month long October/Halloween celebration as well as our One year anniversary. We are proud to present our first official teaser image from our upcoming Halloween themed T.H.F. project "Carved", featuring frequent collaborator and fan favorite Holly. Based on a previous photo project, we have expanded and revamped the "Carved" concept to create something new, exciting and perfect for every horror fans favorite time of year. With just under two months till October, we have decided to start revealing images, info and posters from this project. We hope you enjoy this first look at what we hope will be the start of something special for us here at TrueHorror.net.

Carved -  teaser one sheet "A"

New Items For Sale!


We are excited to offer our newest exclusive products now available to purchase in our web store!

First off we have our TrueHorror.net Post Card sets featuring all original photography depicting horrors most iconic tools of the trade. The set features nine 4 x 6 post cards and is priced at 10.00 plus shipping.

Imogen shows off her TrueHorror.net post cards.
True
Horror.net Button Set: Series 2


Following our first series of popular sold out TrueHorror.net buttons, comes our second series featuring our TrueHorror.net slogan button, a vintage styled Chucky button and a mysterious silhouette of one of our favorite horror babes. These are available now in limited quantities.

TrueHorror.net Button Set: Series 2


Also we have our original Silent Hill print, a collaboration between TrueHorror.net and illustrator Cole Roberts, which features everyone's favorite Silent Hill mascot Robbie The Rabbit. Here we have a blood spattered Robbie urging everyone to come visit the haunted town's infamous Lakeside Amusement park. This print is available in extremely limited quantities and once it's gone will not be reprinted. The print is sized at 19 x 13 and priced at 12.00.


Good Guy prints now available in our store!


Playtime Is Over!


NOTE: Please be advised this post contains partial nudity.

Here at TrueHorror.net we make no secret about our love for Chucky and the Child's Play films. The release of last years "Curse of Chucky" played a huge part in the successful relaunch of this site. We have Good Guy doll inspired prints and stickers in our webstore, and our two most popular photo sets to date are both Good Guy Doll related. When debating what new content to come up with next for the site, it dawned on me that Chucky himself has not made an appearance in one of our featured sets.  So I decided I wanted to change that, and found a way to do so rather quickly when I came across some photos from years ago that were never used for anything. I decided to re-edit them and shoot some additional ones to compliment the existing material.

"A True Classic Never Goes Out Of Style!"

Chucky admires his handiwork.


Up Close and Personal with Charles Lee Ray





















First off I have to thank an old buddy of mine Kal Michael who helped a great deal with shooting a few of these photos, they were done when I was just getting into photography, he had all the good equipment and was kind enough to collaborate with me on these back in the day so that they would turn out well. Also have to extend thanks to the model Heidi who was actually visiting all the way from Norway and was a great sport when it came to being one of Chucky's victims. These are the only photos I have done that display some sort of nudity, normally I don't feel the need to include nudity in photos when its not part of the story telling I am trying to achieve through the images. However in this instance I feel it fits well, and if I recall correctly she wanted to do her dead scenes nude due to the fact that she said thats how she actually sleeps and since the idea of the photos was Chucky sneaking into her room in the middle of the night and murdering her, it made sense to her to do it like that. So that is what we did.

Chuckys Latest Victim























On the editing front I went for a nighttime look with a slight bluish hue which is prevalent in the Bride of Chucky film, as I wanted it to seem like the lights were off and maybe just ambient light from outside is lighting the room, I think I achieved it well enough to the point where it gives that vibe yet the subjects are still visible.


I feel in these photos Chucky  looks particularly scary and menacing, which really made these photos a new favorite of mine once I edited them accordingly. After doing the previous Good Guy Doll shoots with Holly and Krystal, that were much more lighthearted, sexy and fun, it was a nice change of pace to be able to showcase Chucky in his true form within a photoset that was much more grim in nature. I hope you all enjoy this look at the other side of everyone's favorite Good Guy.

Chucky In All His Glory


Alternate Bonus Color version


















Alternate version. 

Lurk with Krystal


It's no secret that I love movie posters or "one sheets" as they are commonly referred to. Horror fans such as myself love them, and I always enjoy trying my hand at creating them, whether it be for existing films or non existing films. I love to tell a story or sell someone on the idea of checking out a film, so I am always ready to work on a new one when inspiration strikes.

When brainstorming new ideas for shoots with Krystal, we discussed the idea of doing a new movie poster themed shoot. We weren't sure exactly what to build it around, just that we knew we wanted to do it. It wasn't till we noticed a shirt she had that the idea came to fruition. It was simply an orange t-shirt that read "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" that eventually got the wheels turning. The idea evolved into an 80's style monster-themed one sheet for a made-up horror film simply titled "Lurk."

Companion Piece Theater Marquee Image

Once we settled on the idea that our creature feature would be of the monster under the bed variety. It was on to figuring out how to accomplish this shoot and what we wanted it to look like. The checklist we came up with was basically "creepy, sexy, and fun," and from there on out we put it together little by little.

Lurk Theater Banner

I knew from working on two previous projects with Krystal that we have a good chemistry. We wanted it to be faithful to old 80s movie and VHS cover imagery. So we went with the sexy actress in unknowing peril route that was so prevalent in the art those days. Krystal did a great job of looking the part and giving the shots just what we needed. Every time we do a shoot she gets more and more comfortable in front of the camera and is truly one of my favorite people to collaborate with. These photos speak for themselves when it comes to her presence. As for the monster, as in all great monster flicks, it's all about what you don't see. So I opted to only show the hands to hint at the creature and glowing red eyes peeking out from the shadows below the bed. I wanted to leave the rest of it up to the imagination and feel it turned out very effective.

Lurk One Sheet (Main)

Overall I feel these are some of our strongest images to date. They turned out better than I could have imagined. Krystal looks fantastic, the monster turned out really cool, and the whole image satisfies our initial checklist of creepy, sexy, and fun. I hope you guys enjoy this shoot because we put plenty of love into it!

Lurk Alternate One Sheet 

Lurk  VHS advertisement (Village Voice quote version)
Krystal shows off her very own LURK One Sheet.

Lurk VHS Advertisement (Tagline Version)





Review: GODZILLA



GODZILLA (2014)

Bring up the name Godzilla to anyone and you will undoubtedly get a wide array of reactions and responses. Some will speak fondly of childhood memories of Saturdays spent watching the giant monster slug it out with other giant monsters, others will dismiss it as nothing more than a cheesy man in a rubber suit with badly dubbed acting, and there are even a small unfortunate bunch who sadly associate the big G with the atrocious farce of a film vomited out onto the public in 1998 which soiled his good name for years. Regardless of ones opinion on Godzilla and his films, the fact remains everyone knows who Godzilla is and that in itself is a testament to the character.


Before I review the film, I need to explain which group I fall into and how I got there. Myself? I fall into the camp of big time Godzilla fan. I can’t sit here and say I have seen every single Godzilla movie, especially the newer ones, but I definitely have had my fair share of vhs tapes full of his classic films (Godzilla vs Hedorah aka the Smog Monster) while growing up. I can name the majority of his classic kaiju rivals (Gigan was always my favorite) and I had plenty of Godzilla toys and merchandise too. The point I’m trying to make here is that Godzilla matters to me. We all hold things from our childhoods that were special to us close to the heart and the King of the Monsters is still one of those things for me. From my earliest memories of watching them with my big brother, it was a way we could connect and something we always shared a bond about. I always looked up to my brother and a lot of his interests and fandom’s informed my own. To this day about half of my favorite fictional works and characters were introduced to me by him, the other half of them certainly discovered through my fathers introductions, he was also a big Godzilla fan and encouraged my interest by making sure I knew whenever they would be showing one of his films on tv and recording it so I could watch it over and over again. 

I remember being taken BOTH Forbidden Planet stores in Manhattan (when they had two different locations) throughout my youth and marveling at all the Toho (the company that created and owns Godzilla and all related characters) figures and was always extra happy when I was lucky enough to take one home. I especially remember my brother had this one particular really awesome figure of Godzilla that I was always jealous of and I eventually got one of my own, it wasn’t AS good or large as his, but it was still from the same company and still one of the more top notch versions out. Sadly as of today I have no clue what happened to that figure, it must have been lost or misplaced in one of my moves throughout my life. Regardless I still remember it fondly and will always remember what it meant to me and what Godzilla means to me. While I love watching the big green lizard destroy cities while fighting other giant monsters, and that’s a major part of his appeal, the real value of Godzilla for me, is the connection it provides me to my brother and my father, a shared appreciation for a fictional character that created so many fond and lasting memories. This brings us now to the latest Godzilla film. Would it honor the character and those fond memories as well as validate a fandom to the masses that still have a bad taste in there mouth from the 1998 fraud masquerading as our hero? The answer is an emphatic yes.


From the moment this film was announced all Godzilla fans hoped for was a film that at the very least gave us a faithful interpretation of the character. Hollywood is littered with the bastardized corpses of our childhood icons. From Transformers to G.I. Joe to the likes of Ghost Rider and numerous other comic and cartoon inspired films, plenty have missed the mark and arrogantly omitted the heart and soul that made those properties work in the first place. So most feared it could happen to Godzilla for a second time and bury and hopes of ever seeing him done full justice on a large scale by a U.S. studio ever again. 

The announcement of “Monsters” (2010) director Gareth Evans was an interesting one yet still didn’t do much to settle any nerves about the film. The Casting news of Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame was an eye raiser and little by little it seemed like maybe this could hopefully have potential. Then the marketing campaign started to hit, there was a superb test footage teaser released that most people didn’t get to see, I was lucky enough to see it and immediately was blown away. It didn’t feature much if any footage from the actual film, but it definitely set the tone for something extremely serious, which is how most fans want there beloved properties handled. After that we received what I consider one of the best official teaser trailers I’ve ever seen. Set to Gyorgy Ligeti’s haunting “Requiem” composition made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001 a Space Odyssey “ we are treated to a horrific vision of an apocalyptic landscape where San Francisco once stood and Godzilla is only seen in quick glimpses obscured by smoke and debris and its absolutely terrifying. After seeing this I was all in and Godzilla quickly became my most anticipated film of the year.


So last night while in an Imax theater filled to capacity with hopeful fans,as the lights dimmed and the newest Godzilla chapter began to unfold, something incredible happened. Little by little this film began to live up to the hype; everything on screen was being handled with care and taken seriously. Bryan Cranston’s excellent performance draws you in and sets the stage for what’s soon to come. The human side of the story as in all Godzilla films before it is necessary and serves the film well enough. As you have seen in the trailers it’s a very military centric plot and that works just fine. When your films star doesn’t speak, it is important that the cast convey the severity of the situation and provide insight into what is happening and its filled with enough likable characters and solid actors so that it isn’t tiresome and you aren’t simply waiting for Godzilla to show up. 

The film unfolds like any great monster film, slowly. Just as in the classics such as Jaws and Alien, we have to earn our first full look at the monster and at the moment we get our first full glimpse of Godzilla, the crowd erupted into applause, myself included. I’m not talking about a few people clapping here and there or some awkward slow clap, I am talking about full blown cheering and applause. Godzilla was back; OUR Godzilla was back and from that moment on, everyone was hooked. The FX featured in the film are astounding and bring him and the carnage that follows him to life like never before. The trailers and marketing campaign were excellent in that believe me when I say, you haven’t seen anything yet! 

There would be several more instances of the crowd cheering and clapping for what was transpiring on screen and it was during these moments that I realized it had been a while since I had felt the true power of film so strongly. Those moments are what going to the movies is all about, to escape and not bicker or nit pick the little things or go into a film ready to not like it. It’s about investing yourself in the story just as you would a good book and taking the ride. I had recently watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both featuring characters I love (especially Spider-Man) both which gave me plenty of moments of excitement and chills, however neither filled me with the sense of pride and enjoyment that seeing a character I have cared about for most of my life, make a triumphant return to the masses and showing everyone why he is and always will be the King of the Monsters.



I realize this review doesn’t really give you much to go on as far as plot, etc. But I have never been one to go into detail when reviewing a film, as spoiling things is not in my nature. I will say that the first thing I did when I got out of the theater was call my brother and then my dad and simply told them “They got it right!” which is the highest compliment one can give a film based on something that has meant so much to them and still does. All Hail the King.

NOTE: I highly recommend this film and cannot stress enough how important it is that you see it in Imax 3D. This is exactly the type of film that Imax was made for and to truly witness the size and scope it’s the only way I would recommend seeing it.