After a test screening, Roald Dahl angrily expressed to the producers how “appalled” he was at “the vulgarity, the bad taste” and “actual terror” in certain parts of The Witches. He demanded that his name and his book’s title be removed from the film prior to release, but after receiving an apologetic, complimentary letter from Jim Henson, he grudgingly withdrew his threat.
I was pleased to really enjoy Ryan Murphy’s Ratched on Netflix, with its cast of misfit characters, satisfying gore and engaging narrative. Sharon Stone was a particular delight. I loved her styling in the series. It was difficult not to think about season 2 of American Horror Story because the settings were so similar and Sarah Paulson’s character was a variation of the same theme, but it did not take away from the show’s appeal or success. I’m looking forward to another season!
Weeks before his death in January 1883, Gustave Doré completed a set of illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” They were prepared for publication as a Christmas book gift available by October of that year. A copy of the book cost $10 at the time, which is equivalent to $244 today. It sold well and received critical praise. Following are some select images from the edition from the Graphic Arts Collection of the Fireside Library at Princeton University (see full post at https://graphicarts.princeton.edu/2018/03/29/gustave-dores-raven/).
Did you know that “Demon Knight” was a script that had been circulating in Hollywood for a number of years? Although it wasn’t adapted from E.C. Comics and lacked the standard morality play, the producers decided it had the right mixture of horror and humor to be produced as a Tales from the Crypt (1989) spin-off movie.
Toshio’s spirit is often heard meowing throughout the film Ju-On: The Grudge. Not only does this imply that his spirit merged with his deceased cat Mar, but it also relates to an old Japanese legend where the damned spirits of lost children become strays and, as a result, produce a cat’s meow.