31 Nightmares 2018: The 4th

On the 1st during our opener, we highlighted Kevin Yagher and his work in special effects as well as his gorgeous showcasing of some that work online.

Today we’d like to highlight someone in that same realm with an equal number of impressive accomplishments and the skills to match.

Mark Shostrom is the man I’m referring to.

& He also has a really amazing page linked below.

https://www.instagram.com/markshostrom/

I’ve been like a small child in a room full of bright colors ever since I found Mark online. He shares some truly wonderful behind-the-scenes magic on a pretty regular basis. He’s worked on a good number of all the movies I’ve ever loved as well.

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Evil Dead II (1987). My in-progress rough sculpture for Henrietta’s second look, along with one of the finished heads. The initial sculpture block-out was quite symmetrical, then Sam came out for a look and suggested making it a bit lopsided. The only part I couldn’t move was the eyeball placement, otherwise #DaveKindlon’s eye animatronics would not work. I put in a few plastic teeth I had handy for placement, then later sculpted big gnarly ones. Pictured is a stunt head made of Poly Tech 1016, a really tough foam like a soccer ball that Bruce and everyone could kick the shit out of, slam the cellar door on, etc. We also made an animatronic one for the ‘hush little baby’ bit, and #BryantTausek & I made two gelatin heads for Bruce’s shotgun finale. @nealkennemore’s mom Melinda Kennemore made all the Henrietta wigs, including for the Pee-wee head. Incidentally, we called this the Pee-wee Head after Large Marge in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure since the stop-motion by Rick Catizone was going for a similar popping out effect. #markshostrom #EvilDead2 #EvilDeadII #80shorror #BehindTheScenes #FxMakeup #SFX #spfxmakeup #bts #horrorfilms #horrorhistory #horrormovies #practicaleffects #specialeffects #specialmakeupeffects #culthorror #deadbydawn #illswallowyoursoul #someonesinmyfruitcellar #henrietta #cometohenrietta #bookofthedead #deadite #necronomicon #monstersculpture #peeweehead #monsters #moviemonsters

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This is one of my favorite bits of work he’s shared.

There is so much more, though! If you’re on Instagram, please consider giving him a follow. He’s really a treasure and so is his art.


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31 Nightmares 2018: The 2nd

Obscure Horror

Last year, there were a few sleeper mentions I later got questions about. At least once during our madness here we like to mention something most people may not have heard of.

One of my favorites out of those is indeed The Watcher in the Woods.
This is an old one but it is so worth digging for if you can find it. The story is surrealistic almost to a point of science fiction if it weren’t for the heavy horror undertones.

There is no blood or gore in this movie. Every element of horror is purely psychological, and done very well, might I add. Bette Davis is a sort of surprise character and she is fantastic.

Everything about this story sets the tone for all of the atmospheric visuals you’ll see throughout.

If you can unearth this movie somehow (as it can be extremely hard to find) I highly recommend watching this version.


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…and we are just getting warmed up!

31 Nightmares 2018: The 1st

It’s been three years now since we first began this series. Now, becoming a sort of tradition backed by horror-loving demand,

31 Nightmares

has returned.


When we first started this madness in 2015, we did so in tribute to man whose life has touched so many in their respective fields. That man is Mr. Wes Craven, and you can read about how this series got its start here. Since then, it has grown into much more—a gathering of us horror heads, if you will.

For now, my Snapping Turtle family would simply like to welcome you here. Don’t forget! CardCastles Terms apply here during this event as well as across all social media accounts. We’ve got some guests coming up while we waltz through each day and night. Please be kind. We don’t want to have to feed you to our guards.

Love,

Daydreams


If you are into the world of special effects like we are here at home, there is someone I highly recommend following that we haven’t mentioned before.

His name is Kevin Yagher

and his Instagram account can be found below.

https://www.instagram.com/yagherfx/

I had already been familiar with Kevin’s work from hearing his name floated around horror circles. What I didn’t know was the sheer number of things Mr. Yagher has worked on. If you do a little digging, you’ll find out this man’s trail of past work is seriously impressive.

One of the highlights worth mentioning is recently Kevin started selling some of his work as well:

How cool is that?


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31 Nightmares 2017: The 28th

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of sound & music in horror when it comes to television, movies, and video games. The topic is sprinkled about throughout these years of doing #31Nightmares.

Along with soundtracks and sound effects, recently I came across a wonderfully haunting theme that belongs to a show.

We are nearing the end of our nightmarish journey. Still more to come. We hope you’ve enjoyed this October with us here at cardcastlesinthesky.com


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31 Nightmares 2017: The 22nd

Today we have a guest from The Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle is made up of the lovely Michael Patrick, and his companion, a pet cheetah named Paladin. Yes, you heard me correctly. Head on over to The Inner Circle to check them out! You won’t be let down.

Let us begin.


It’s 11:43 PM

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Once again I was out and about doing a little movie hunting. Unlike many websites, I review movies that I buy. No studio sends me anything and I don’t have a YouTube channel where I do vlogs.
Nope, I do this the old fashioned way, I either find short films on YouTube or Vimeo that catch my attention or I go shopping at Family Video, Goodwill or wait for Dollar Tree to drop a shipment of titles. The rule is I can’t spend more then a 1.50 on any title. I also try not to review “blockbusters” or major mainstream releases.
I really loved the comment that my fellow blogger Heidi left on my “The Night Crew” review.

“Your blog always clues me in on stuff I haven’t seen.”

I guess that is what is fun about doing this series here, sharing the unknown with folks who like movies as much as I do.

 

 

So while I was looking for titles, I ran across this IFC Midnight release called “The Dead Room.” Now while I have found some great IFC releases, their horror branch hasn’t really been that good so far. The cheetah and I watched one a few weeks ago called “The Abandoned” and were both disappointed by it,it just wasn’t as good we normally see under the IFC banner.

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But “The Dead Room” was vastly different and much,much better. It restored our faith in the IFC Midnight label.

“The Dead Room” is from New Zealand and that makes it stand out right there. The only horror I have either watched or heard about has been from Peter Jackson and that was eons ago.

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The plot has a small team of ghost hunters being asked to investigate a home where a family was scared so badly they simply ran out without looking back. The team is led by Scott (Jeffrey Thomas) who believes science plays a critical role in exploring the paranormal,Liam (Jed Brophy) who supplies the tech gear and expertise and Holly (Laura Petersen) who is a psychic.
The team has worked together as you see them interact with each as they each set up the house,rigging it with detectors and sensors. Holly can’t detect any presence at first as they settle in.
“The Dead Room” is a slow burn tale…meaning there isn’t a lot of action going on, director Jason Stutter (also co-wrote the story w/Kevin Stevens) decides to ratchet up the suspense little by little.
Why this works so much better then most “haunted house” stories are Scott and Liam are much older then the usual youthful characters that cast in these films. Thomas and Brophy shine because they add a sense of realism here. Not taking anything from Petersen,her turn as Holly is very good as well,the chemistry of the three leads is a real plus here.

 

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When the spirits start making their presence known, Holly wants to bolt while Liam is starting to feel uneasy as well. Scott’s observation about running right after they have met the goal of their life’s research is dead on. You spend years hunting and then panic at the first real sign?? It’s a nice touch by Stutter and Stevens drives that emotion home.

Running away was never in his mind, he wants to see what he has hunted his entire life.
I will have to say the ending wasn’t the best, several plot holes pop up that could have been explained a little better with just a bit more time. The Dead Room clocks in at a fast 78 minutes. I think Stutter could have fleshed out the ending a little better by adding 10-12 minutes of story including adding a origin.
The DVD contains no extras and that is pretty disappointing as most IFC releases have good extra features. But overall,the cheetah and I enjoyed this fun film from New Zealand and we give it a paws/thumb up.

Thanks for reading….if you have a suggestion of a small unknown film that Paladin and I should check out, please leave a comment below!!

Source: Have Cheetah,Will View #32 – “The Dead Room” (2015)The Inner Circle

provided with permission from Michael Patrick to cardcastlesinthesky.com


*If you have any questions or comments for our guest please leave them in the comment bubble below.

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