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4K Restoration of “The Fog” Coming to Theaters For Halloween!

Merry early Halloween folks! A fully restored version of John Carpenter’s landmark horror gem, The Fog, is hitting theaters this October!

4K Restoration of "The Fog" Coming to Theaters For Halloween!

In its first-ever major restoration, John Carpenter’s THE FOG is back in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal and opens October 26 for a limited run at the Metrograph in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.

Carpenter’s first post-Halloween venture into the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic vein that he would continue to mine in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), THE FOG depicts the seaside California town of Antonio Bay in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist. Drenched in malevolent atmosphere and packing an ensemble cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the director at his ingenious, chilling best, servicing a contemporary taste for gore while simultaneously evoking the spirit of Val Lewton.   

Out of theatrical release for years due to faded, unplayable prints, THE FOG can now be viewed again as it was intended, with the restoration of its breathtaking color cinematography by Dean Cundey (Escape From New York, Back To The Future (I-III), Apollo 13, Romancing The Stone), who deftly captured both the daylight beauty of the Point Reyes shore and the ghostly goings-on in the dark, eerie night.

The Fog has been our most requested title for as long as we have handled the Studiocanal library here,” according to Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto’s director of sales. “It is Carpenter’s most visually alluring film and we think it’s been worth the wait.”

Founded in 1997 by Bruce Goldstein, Rialto Pictures brings the finest of world cinema to screens across North America. From new restorations of enduring classics such as Carol Reed’s The Third Man, Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion, and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran to genre mainstays like John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, Rialto Pictures offers an eclectic range of cinematic adventures appealing to any audience. Since 2012, Rialto Pictures has been the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical representative of the Studiocanal library of over 2,000 international classics. Often featuring updated subtitles and renewed marketing materials, Rialto Pictures aims to engage moviegoers with cinematic history, preserve film culture, and highlight the continued relevance of classic stories through high-quality theatrical presentations.

Mondo Releasing First 5 Halloween Movie Soundtracks On Vinyl For 40th Anniversary!

At first I thought, “Is this a joke? I’ve been trick or treated to death today..” and then low and behold- I didn’t know what death was until I legit just about had a heart attack over this glorious news from Mondo. The first five wonderful films of the Halloween franchise are getting a beautiful vinyl soundtrack release with exclusive new art AND a slipcase only available through the company that will hold all five stunning records for the ultimate packaging!

Me running to get money in the bank…

Mondo Releasing First 5 Halloween Movie Soundtracks On Vinyl For 40th Anniversary!

Starting tomorrow July 25th, the long-awaited Halloween 4 and 5 soundtracks will be available for purchase through MondoTees.com with a cool option to bundle the pair and get that slipcase mentioned above FREE with that purchase!

Per MONDO:

Mondo Music is kicking off the witching season early this year. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original HALLOWEEN, Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Company are re-issuing the soundtracks to the first five HALLOWEEN franchise films on vinyl beginning this week. The long-awaited
re-issues of HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS, available for the first time on vinyl in 30 years, will go on sale Wednesday, July 25 at MondoTees.com. In addition to the records, a slipcase to hold all five soundtracks will ship free with the purchase of the HALLOWEEN 4 and 5 soundtrack bundle. The re-issues continue with one release a month, concluding this October with the original John Carpenter score to the 1978 classic that started it all. The audio for all five releases has been re-mastered and the previously released versions of Mondo’s HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN II, and HALLOWEEN III soundtracks will feature all new artwork.

AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

 

HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by Alan Howarth

Original artwork by Gary Pullin

Liner notes by J. Blake Fichera.

Pressed on 180 Gram Clown Costume Red & White vinyl

Housed inside a 425gsm gatefold jacket

$32

 

HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by Alan Howarth

Original artwork by Randy Ortiz

Liner notes by J. Blake Fichera

Pressed on 180 Gram Michael Myers Blue & White vinyl

Housed inside a 425gsm gatefold jacket.

$32

 

HALLOWEEN BUNDLE: HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5 BUNDLE

+ FREE SLIPCASE

Mondo has produced a slipcase featuring artwork by Mike Saputo that all five soundtrack releases will sit in. The slipcase ships free with a purchase of the HALLOWEEN 4 and 5 bundle.

$60

 

UPCOMING HALLOWEEN RELEASES

 

August 2018

HALLOWEEN III: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth

Original artwork and design by Alan Hynes

 

September 2018

HALLOWEEN II

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth

Original Artwork by Paul Mann

 

October 2018

HALLOWEEN

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Music by John Carpenter

Original Artwork by Mike Saputo

 

Visit the official Mondo site & social handles for more information:

MondoTees.com

Twitter.com/MondoNews

Facebook.com/MondoTees

Instagram.com/MondoNews

 

 

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Just to get you even more excited, here’s a reminder of just how wonderful that theme to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers actually is.

Creature Feature: The Skeevie Inducing Norris-Thing

Nightmare Nostalgia Presents Creature Feature: An ongoing tip of the hat to some of horror’s greatest monsters throughout the genre that don’t seem to get the recognition they wholeheartedly deserve.

Last October, some friends, the better half, and myself witnessed the glorious spectacle of John Carpenter live in concert. Now, normally I never bother to leave my Gollum cave of gloom and somber for shows and concerts these days unless it’s totally worth sliding some pants on for. But hey, this was John fuckin’ Carpenter and his orchestra playing the theme songs to some of horror’s finest films- his films. I sure as shit wasn’t going to pass this up and just as I had expected, it was a night to never be forgotten. From Halloween, They Live, and of course today’s focal point The Thing, it was a perfect way to head into Devil’s Night last October.

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With what is arguably (I guess) one of John Carpenter’s greatest pieces of cinematic art turning 36 this week, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk a little about the goddamn Norris-Thing. In the 1982 film, we see a handful of variations of this “thing” ranging from an ordinary human, a cute husky, also a not-so-cute halfway transformed husky, to well-something ungodly such as this. Which in itself, comes in three (3) count em, forms of infested Norris all in under five minutes.

Beautiful.

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The poor geologist at the heart of the chaos located at Outpost 31 had suffered a heart attack, (could you really blame the guy for his life-pumper giving out under the circumstances?) His fellow comrades rushed a dying Norris to the medical ward in an attempt to jump-start his heart and holy eight-legged-fucks was that the worst idea ever.

In the case anyone here is unfamiliar haven not seen the film (for-shame), The Thing centers around a parasitic extraterrestrial life force that likes to imitate other organisms, thus ensuring an overabundant amount of paranoia in the group as everyone suspects each other as an “infected host”.

We good? Ok, back to Norris dying on the table.

Anyway, the defibrillator is shocking away and low and behold everyone, Norris was indeed a host for this otherworldly leech as the thing begins to extract himself from the ribcage of Norris and immediately defend itself. Norris’ chest transforms into a jaw trap so powerful, even Bruce the shark would be a little envious. After chomping away at what the Thing deems as an attack on itself, (stupid alien doesn’t know what a heart attack is), it mutates even further into a Norris-Snake-Thing that again, would give Freddy-Snake a run for his money. Enter the action of Kurt Russell, our epically bearded hero to the rescue and a flame-thrower to the Norris-Thing it is.  In the midst of the fire and flames, the Norris-Thing head tears away from its presently incinerating body, grows some spider-like legs and Linda Blair crab-walks it’s happy little self across the room inducing all the skeevies and dingleberries from fellow Outposters.

A few thoughts:

As I so eloquently stated above, it always sort of bothered me how this alien parasite didn’t realize he had copied a defective heart along with the rest of Norris. I guess I would just assume the alien would automatically see through that flaw with some alien-type goggles in its DNA, but we all know when you assume, you make an ass out of “u” and me. It’s just a little thing that I always thought about during that scene, not slamming it all mind you. Just sharing what goes on with hamster wheel in my head.

What makes this scene in particular so effectively terrifying above all others, (IMHO), is the “thing” shows just what lengths it will go to survive. Sure the monster magic is insanely gorgeous. I might even say, revolutionary for its time. And sure enough, induces all the skeevies inside you to come popping out to say, “Oh hello old friend!” Especially if you have a phobia of snakes, spiders, or severed heads with insect legs altogether. The point of the matter is, like a true ’80s slasher, it comes coming. It has an agenda and will stop at nothing to reach its goal. This “thing” could literally be anywhere, anyone, or any living thing. That’s the really terrifying part, my friends.

Because it takes a village to raise a child, and apparently a huge team of artists to make movie magic like this happen, I wanted to include this clip from CineFix. Which wonderfully showcases some behind the scenes action, facts, and trivia with director John Carpenter, Norris (Charles Hallahan), and crew involving this scene in particular. Also, here’s an Amazon link because right now, there’s a hot deal on the Blu-Ray for only $7.88!! If you don’t own it yet, now is a great time to snatch this classic up.

Happy Unofficial Thing Day!

Myers Has Finally Come Home In The Official Halloween 2018 Movie Trailer!

The moment the entire horror community and beyond has been waiting for the better part of the entire year is finally here Haddonfield residents! Lock your doors, bolt your windows, and turn out the lights, (see what I did there), the Boogeyman has landed! And this time around, Laurie is ready for him.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: 

Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

In case you need a refresher:

David Gordon Green directs the movie with a script co-written alongside notable funnyman Danny McBride. Every sequel associated with the beloved franchise over the past 40 years, including in my humble opinion, the just as great as the original Halloween II, making this 2018 addition a direct sequel to the original from horror master John Carpenter. Halloween is throwing out the Laurie and Michael being related thing in favor of a fresh new look at the two subjects. In which case, I’m sure John Carpenter was thrilled with that aspect as he has stated repeatedly he regretted the decision of the whole brother VS sister route. Carpenter is serving as executive producer along with returning to his roots and overseeing the film’s cinematic score one more time.

The movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, with Judy Greer playing Karen Strode- Laurie’s daughter. Andi Matichak who plays daughter to Greer and granddaughter to Curtis.

Nick Castle returns to the role he originally made infamous, Michael Myers, while stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney also is credited as Myers in, I’m assuming, more demanding scenes.

The cast also includes Virginia “Ginny” Gardner (Project Almanac, Marvel’s “Runaways”), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle, My Friend Dahmer), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound, Laggies, When We Rise), and Drew Scheid (“Stranger Things”, The War with Grandpa).

Malek Akkad is producing for Trancas International with Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse Productions. Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for Miramax, which is co-financing with Blumhouse.

Halloween releases nationwide on October 19th, 2018 to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary AND Myers’ cinematic birthday according to the original franchise canon.

It’s time Michael…

Myers Has Finally Come Home In The Official Halloween 2018 Movie Trailer!

Michael Has Come Home! First Official Photos From “Halloween”!

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse just released the first photos from the new Halloween movie and holy shit guys… Michael has finally found his way home and he is looking PISSED.

Seen first via USA Today, the following pictures give us a better look at an aged Michael Myers (portrayed once more by original Shape Nick Castle) and Laurie Strode (resurrected by scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis). The trailer, which drops this Friday, has given way to a surge of anxiety from fans all over the world as the hype for this one is almost as huge as last year’s adaptation of IT. And who wouldn’t be excited to have a good chunk of the original cast and crew back handing out Haddonfield boners to fans of the William Shatner nightmare?!

Check it out, guys!

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Images via USA TODAY

In addition to Curtis, Halloween stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner. Original Halloween director John Carpenter is back to executive produce and give us another nightmarish soundtrack for us to obsess over.

Halloween opens October 19, 2018. Stay tuned for the trailer this Friday!!

 

“Halloween 2018” Will Pay Homage to Every Other “Halloween” Movie

That means we’ll get a Silver Shamrock tribute, right?!

Here at Nightmare Nostalgia, we don’t really cover too many current events and films, with the exception of course to anything referencing throwbacks to classics. However, this is Halloween, and the return of the one and only Nick Castle as “The Shape”. So yeah, I don’t really think I need to give any further explanation.

 

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Anyway as you may, or hey may not have heard, Halloween 2018 is set to be a straight sequel to the 1978 immortal classic with John Carpenter producing and overseeing the ominous score. And of course, one of the most beloved scream queens of our generation Jaimie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. It doesn’t really get any better than that folks. That is until news coming exclusively from Flickering Myth this morning via an interview with co-writer Danny McBride who says the new film will hold references to the other Halloween films in the franchise.

 

“This picks up after the first one. The Halloween franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there’s some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from there. It was nicer than knowing you’re working on Halloween 11, it just seemed cooler, ‘we’re making Halloween 2‘. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there.”

 

With no official title yet other than Halloween, the film is helmed by David Gordon Green with a script by Green and Danny McBride. Along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle returning, the film stars Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes, Archer), Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black), Will Patton (Shots Fired), Virginia Gadner (Runaways), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound) and Drew Scheid (Stranger Things).

Hell unleashes on Haddonfield on October 19, 2018. Are you ready?! Stay tuned for further updates!

 

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Silver Shamrock Invades Fright-Rags This Friday!

Gather ’round kids. The clock is ticking. Fright Rags has a big sale THIS Friday at 10 am EST for both a new AND old favorite going up for sale! You’re not gonna want to miss this!

18 days till Paddy’s Day, Paddy’s Day, Paddy’s Day… 18 days till Paddy’s Day, Silver Shamrock!

 

Silver Shamrock Invades Fright-Rags This Friday!

 

That’s right kids! The top-of-the-line horror merch shop is being invaded by Santa Mira’s infamously own Silver Shamrock Novelties by resurrecting the beloved Silver Shamrock tee offered last year! Of course, with the expected demand for Season of the Witch lovers to be high come launch time, Fright Rags is also releasing an all-new baseball raglan tee! Officially licensed and exclusively made for the online one-stop horror tee shop, both shirts will be available in sizes S-5x!

These bad boys are expected to go quick. So come release time this Friday, March 2, 2018, at 10 am EST, set your alarm, tell your boss you have explosive diarrhea at work and run to the bathroom with the best WiFi… Do what you gotta do.  Don’t miss it. And don’t forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It’s almost time…

 

Silver Shamrock Invades Fright-Rags This Friday!

John Carpenter’s Elvis Biopic Starring Kurt Russell; Yeah, That Happened

It’s one of those things that if you didn’t know, you’re mind just got friggin’ blown like a scene from Scanners.

I was one of those people, and I’m seriously pissed off that nobody bothered to tell me that this national treasure existed. FOR SHAME on you, while I hang my own head in humility.

Anway, upon learning about this hidden-from-me-gem, I immediately ordered a copy (and you should too) from Amazon, and gave it a view over this past weekend. I was not disappointed folks.

Fresh off the massive genre hit with fans Halloween, Carpenter aimed his directorial skills toward the smaller screen with 1979’s made for TV biopic Elvis. Starring in his first of many Carpenter films, Kurt Russell takes on the daunting task of portraying the man, the myth, the lip-curl himself, along with Russell’s real-life father Bing Russell playing Elvis’ father Vernon in the film as well. Which would totally account for the believability factor as far as paternal ownership in the movie. Shelly Winters (Roseanne, The Poisedian Adventure) tackles the important role of Mama Gladys- if you’re an Elvis fan, you know how much this man loved his mama. Also starring Halloween alumni Charles Cyphers, Pat Hingle, and Russell’s ex-wife Season Hubley as Priscilla Presley, Elvis is a wonderful Carpenter family affair on-screen that respectfully pays tribute to the trials and tribulations of rock legend without diving into his death.

Made only two years after the King’s passing, the 150-minute biopic focuses on the star’s childhood, the rise and peak of his fame, and the important relationships in this legend’s life that affected an empathetic man so greatly. According to reports, there are two other versions of the film that aired in the UK beginning with Elvis’ hair being cut before his entrance into the US army, and then the death of his mother. With a great deal of the story being told before these two incidents appear in the film, I’m certainly glad that wasn’t the final cut! We cannot be deprived of that wonderful Shelley Winters, now can we?

Apart from the obvious, and at times not so great lip-synching, Russell’s Elvis persona is by far, my favorite I’ve ever seen. You’re also talking to a born and raised Vegas girl here, and I’ve seen COUNTLESS impersonators in my lifetime; more than I even care to. But, Russell really does pull it off embodying the very spirit of the King right down to his signature movements and hell, he really does look like him too! So that’s a pretty great bonus. With portraying a personality as large as Elvis, it’s so easy to go overboard (haha) with it. However, with Russell, it seems natural. Which speaks volumes about his acting chops. Fun fact: Kurt Russell actually appeared in an Elvis film, It Happened at the World’s Fair in 1963, where a mini Russell kicked the King of Rock and Roll in the shins. Russell also dubbed the voice of Elvis seen in Forrest Gump in ’94 and played an Elvis impersonator in 3000 Miles to Graceland. So I suppose it’s fair to say Russell has had his fair share of defining Elvis moments in cinema.  However, Carpenter’s Elvis should, and I think is, his crowning achievement in his lip-curling legacy towards the once Graceland resident.

Originally airing as part of an ABC Sunday night special movie in 1979, Elvis went on to receive nominations from the Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture Made For Television and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor (Russell). Didn’t win, but well deserved in any regard.

 

If you’re an Elvis fan or a lover of made for TV glory, I highly recommend picking this diddy up and adding it to your collection.

Click the image to pick it up over on Amazon!

Check Out the 1979 Audio Audience Reactions From Carpenter’s “Halloween”!

I truly envy those who were lucky enough to experience a time at the movies where emotions ran high and raw; especially during a horror film, like John Carpenter’s immortal classic, Halloween.

During the glorious ’70s, horror grabbed audiences by the balls by pushing the boundaries of gore, foul language, and nudity to the point of people vomiting, fainting, and or being so disgusted to the point of walking out. With the release of The Exorcist at the end of 1973, that movie managed to do all of these for paid movie-goers. I guess nobody was really prepared to see a 12-year-old profusely stab herself in the crotch with a crucifix. (For braver viewers, that seemed to be the deal-breaker). Perhaps with the exception of last year’s controversial mother!, we rarely see that sort of impact on audiences today.

Kind of sucks, doesn’t it? We’re so desensitized these days.

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Maybe not as extreme as Freidkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s literary masterpiece, but Halloween had one hell of an impact on audiences as well. One-half of my life givers, Robert Butrico of Queens, NY, remembers seeing John Carpenter’s groundbreaking slasher during its first initial run.

“I was there with a bunch of friends, we were really excited about this movie. We heard it was so scary! And you know what? It really was when we first saw it. We had never seen anything like it. There were a few girls who ran out of the theater screaming. That was actually pretty funny.”

And according to the presented audio below provided by YouTuber  Kyle J. Wood’s DarkCastle2012, my father said that’s pretty close to how he remembers his experience as well. And goddamn I am so envious of all this. It’s one thing to be annoyed by loud and obnoxious movie-goers at the theater, and quite another to experience a joined passion of emotions during a film. From the sounds of it below, this crowd is having a damn good time! I especially love the, “He gonna get up again!,” and the random guy in the back shouting, “One more time!

Per the YouTube description:

This is ACTUAL AUDIENCE AUDIO with matching video scenes added (a bit “out of sync” sorry) that I tape recorded inside a Hollywood Boulevard movie theater in 1979—one year after the film’s initial release.

 

For fuck’s sake, can we get a time machine already?!