Month: January 2021
No Turning Back
Melting Hand Candle
Add a touch of the macabre to your interior with this melting hand wax candle. Make one yourself using a latex glove. Find out how at Instructables: How to Make Hand Candles.
Horror Cinema Trivia: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
At the first cast meeting called by producer and director Francis Ford Coppola, he got all of the principal actors and actresses to read the entire Bram Stoker novel out loud to get a feel for the story. According to Sir Anthony Hopkins, it took two days to complete.
Gary Oldman said that when he first read the script, he decided it would be worth doing the movie just so he could feel what it would be like to say, “I’ve crossed oceans of time to find you” to someone.
In August 2018, Winona Ryder expressed concern that she might be legally married to Keanu Reeves. Apparently, Coppola wasn’t happy with their wedding scenes in the movie and, to achieve greater authenticity, he re-shot the sequence with a real priest.
Learn more about the making of Coppola’s adaptation of Dracula at IMDb Trivia: Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
DYK: The Title Behind “Murder, She Wrote”
Murder, She Wrote’s title is a reference to the Miss Marple mystery Murder She Said (1961), which was based on a novel by Agatha Christie.
Find more behind-the-scenes info about the greatest prime-time 80s murder mystery show at IMDb Trivia: Murder, She Wrote.
Keep on Killin’
I love this horror villain take on R. Crumb’s “keep on truckin'” by artist Mike Chiechi. You can find him on Instagram @franks_kid.
Horror Cinema: House (1977)
I waited for years before finally seeing Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House, and I think the excitement and expectations were too high for what the movie ended up being. I was expecting a mix between Dario Argento’s Suspiria and Tim Burton’s early 1980s Hansel and Gretel, which were both great and far superior than House. The majority of the good scenes were all in the trailer, except for my favourite, which was the eye in the mouth.
I guess I should have done more research into this movie other than watching trailers and hearing about how great it was from friends and family. Warning to those who have yet to see this, expect something more light-hearted with a light plot.
Obayashi, Nobuhiko. House, Toho, 1977.