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Horror Art by Bryan Baugh

Bryan Baugh is and illustrator and the creator of the comic Wulf and Batsy. By day he works as a storyboard artist in television animation including “Transformers: Prime” as well as kiddie shows like “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”. By night he draws MONSTERS!

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Behind The Scenes Photos from Classic Universal Monster Movies

Spearheaded by producer Carl Laemmle, Jr. and visionary makeup artist Jack Pierce, Universal Studios’ series of monster movies were responsible for giving the world of cinema its first true horror icons, laying the groundwork for all other iconic boogeymen to follow. 

Beginning in 1925 with the Lon Cheney fronted silent horror classic The Phantom of the Opera, Universal Studios churned out a series of monster movies that were heavy in tension, suspense and atmosphere, setting the ominous mood and tone for each film by way of thick fog, classical music scores and towering gothic castles. Adapting the works of such prominent literary figures as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and H. G. Wells, Universal effectively established itself as Hollywood’s ‘House of Horrors’ and continued its landmark series through the 1960s, the last of its original iconic monsters arriving in 1954 with Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Insane “Trick ‘r Treat” Sam Cosplay

The warm glow of jack o’ lanterns. The crisp Autumn air. The orange leaves covering sidewalks for miles. The list of things I love about Halloween, and the Fall season in general, could go on and on ad nauseam.

Not to mention that I love horror films, in case you hadn’t noticed.

That said, there is perhaps no other motion picture that captures the feeling of fall and celebrates Halloween as perfectly as Michael Dougherty’s horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat. It is, in my humble opinion, the essential Halloween film, rightfully standing alongside such classics as John Carpenter’s Halloween and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

So check out this amazing Sam cosplay, as well as more of Rebecca’s work by clicking here.

Anonymous
Long time follower... a few questions about Hitchcock and "Psycho" since I've read you say that you're a giant Hitchcock fan: 1) Alot of people say "Psycho" isn't a horror film, but a thriller. Your opinion? 2) In your opinion did "Psycho" start the slasher movie craze? 3) Do you think that movies like "Rear Window" or "Frenzy" are horror flicks? 4) Was "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" a horror TV show? Thanks

Alfred Hitchcock often gets pegged as a “horror director” even though only two of his films (Psycho and The Birds) were directed with the intention of being classified horror movies (there is arguably a third film that can be considered a horror flick, but we’ll get to that in a moment). Indeed, Psycho is without a doubt the most well-known horror film of all time, and the one that people instantly think of when they hear the name ‘Hitchcock’. The common misconception that Alfred Hitchcock was a horror movie director is a direct result of Psycho's lasting legacy and infamy. 

Most of Hitchcock’s films could be categorized as ‘thrillers’. The thriller and horror genres, however, are arguably not-so-distant cousins; it is true that both genres of film borrow heavily from one another, one of the most famous examples being Silence of the Lambs, a psychological thriller that is often incorrectly pegged as being a horror film. Those looking to delve deeper into the Hitchcock catalog should keep this in mind and not be swayed by this fact, because Hitchcock’s films are some of the greatest pieces of cinema you could ever hope to find. Yes, Frenzy could also be considered a horror film, and it is the most graphically violent film that the director ever made, but that still may be stretching it.

Some people call Psycho a thriller. Those who are confused as to what genre the film should be associated with are advised to pick up Stephen Rebello’s excellent book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of “Psycho”. It is one of the most definitive books ever authored in dedication to a classic film. Much of the book’s content was derived from Hitchcock’s personal notes, letters and journal entries that Mr. Rebello was given access to. Hitchcock, by his own admission, approached the making of Psycho with the intention of making a horror film. Period, end of story. If that was what the director chose to classify his film as, then that’s what anyone should choose to classify it as. 

There is no question the film’s substantial influence on the slasher subgenre, as well as on the horror genre in general. One doesn’t need to dig too deeply below the surface of films such as Halloween and Carrie to recognize the Psycho inspiration. However, Psycho was not the first film of its kind. H.G. Clouzot’s French horror classic Les diaboliques predated Psycho by a whole five years and featured such familiar images as a bathtub murder and a marketing campaign that advised movie-goers against arriving to the theater after the opening credits had already rolled. In fact, the press in America had taken notice to Les diaboliques and named Clouzot “the new Hitchcock” (some were kinder and named him “The French Hitchcock”). Indeed, Psycho owes a debt to Clouzot’s film, though the material for both were derived from two different preexisting novels. Did Psycho kick-start the slasher craze? No question. Was it the first film of its kind? No, not really.

As for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The show incorporated a number of different genres such as drama, comedy, thriller, suspense, mystery and, yes, horror. There was even a rather touching Christmas episode! Check it out, along with everything else Hitchcock has ever done.

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"House of 1000 Corpses" (2003) | Rob Zombie

"Trick ‘r Treat: Sam’s Going Back to School" (2012) | Harold Zam

Ten Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes

Ah, Halloween. A day of mischief and mayhem, candy and carnage, fun and fright. A day where the streets are littered with children dressed up as their favorite monsters and madmen, hoping to take the title of “scariest kid on the block”—the one who returns home at the end of the night with the biggest collection of candy.

Or at least, that’s how it used to be.

Let’s face it: Halloween has become unappreciated in today’s politically correct society. To be perfectly blunt… it sucks. Nowadays, each costume is “cuter” than the next; princesses, superheroes, fairies, popstars and Disney characters. Sure, there’s the occasional cool kid who will come knocking on your door clad in Michael Myers’ trademark white mask and baggy coveralls, but they’ve become the exception to the rule. Gone are the days of Freddy, Jason, Michael, Chucky and Ghostface worshippers populating the city streets on October 31st, each one younger than the next, each child just a little more frighteningly dedicated to the role than the last.

But the good old days of the 80s and 90s that most of us cling to so lovingly laid the foundation for the increasing commercialization and overall dumbing down of Halloween that seems to get worse every year. What about the years… gaspbefore the 80s and 90s? Believe it or not, there was a time when Halloween costumes with officially licensed characters from TV shows and films were virtually nonexistent. Instead, store shelves were overrun with generic masks bearing the visages of witches, vampires, pumpkins and skulls. And if you were able to score one of those masks, you were the lucky kid on the block. The not-so-lucky kids were slaves to whatever their parents could throw together from common household items, and everything from old couch cushions to worn-out tablecloths were fair game, masks usually made out of such rudimentary material as bags or pillow cases.

But the overall moral of this story? Halloween costumes were way more creepy back in the day. In fact, many were downright disturbing.

So enjoy these ten images showcasing some of the most frightening vintage Halloween costumes and check your closets for some old pillow cases and tablecloths you may not be using… you might just have all the materials required to put together the scariest Halloween costume on the block.

Anonymous
Do you watch anything special around Halloween time? Or is it just horror as always? I kinda like having a theme for the month of october with what I watch. Might make me weird :P

Nope, not weird at all! In fact, last year I watched Universal Monster movies pretty much exclusively for the whole month of October, and mixed in other Universal horror classics such as The Raven and The Black Cat. Even the worst of the Monster sequels have their own unique charm to them. Plus, they’re just fun.

I don’t necessarily only watch horror during the month of October. I love Ernest Scared StupidHocus PocusIt’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and old sitcom Halloween specials, primarily from the 80s and 90s. I also tend to watch a lot of The MunstersThe Addams Family and Tales From the Crypt episodes.

As far as horror goes, and aside from the obvious choices of Halloween and Trick ‘r Treat, I love watching anthology horror flicks leading up to Halloween; Creepshow 1 & 2, Tales From the DarksideBlack Sabbath and the old Amicus-produced film adaptations of Tales From the Crypt and Vault of Horror to name a few. In relation to my Universal Monsters theme of last year, I also like to revisit Hammer Horror’s monster series (really, anything from Hammer Horror is good for October. Well, and any time, really). Some of the other films I gravitate towards include House of 1,000 CorpsesThe CrowThe OmenHell Night, The House on Haunted HillThe Amityville Horror, Night of the Demons, and The Monster Squad, among many others.

"Trick ‘r Treat" (2007) | Michael Dougherty

"Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998) | Steve Miner