Bay of the Living Dead: I Lost My Horror Movie Virginity to The Deadly Bees

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The Deadly Bees: theatrical release poster from 1967--that's star Suzanna Leigh in the center

Welcome to Bay of the Living Dead, a monthly column dedicated to horror movies and TV, past and present.

To this day, I have no idea what possessed me to go see The Deadly Bees at the Mayfair Theater in Brooklyn, New York. It was 1967 and I was 11 years old. But ever since I walked out of that theater, I've been obsessed with horror movies.

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The Great Horror Campout: The Stuff of Camping Nightmares Can Be Yours

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Don't let the Hellhunters bite

An important moment in the history of human behavior has arrived: it is now possible to pay for the experience of living a nightmare. The Great Horror Campout, an overnight summer camp-style thriller experience, promises to combine elements of social awareness with options that include being "forcibly handled by a cast of actors."

For those for whom real summer camp was something of a nightmare (unwelcome physical activity, searing social awkwardness, and shoddily prepared food,) this one-night experience may be a reprieve from adult life, what with its unwelcome physical activity, searing social awkwardness, and shoddily prepared food.

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NBC's Rosemary's Baby: French Twist on a Classic Chiller

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The baby is coming!

On Sunday night, the Peacock network unveils its reimagined version of Rosemary's Baby -- the seminal 1968 horror classic which brought respectability, including an Oscar for co-star Ruth Gordon, to the often maligned horror genre.

At the time horror films were often considered cinema's "poor relation," and were considered strictly drive-in fare. Director Roman Polanski, the then darling of the art house set, surprised and mesmerized moviegoers by creating a character-driven mood piece completely devoid of the shocks often associated with the genre. The end result was unnerving.

Polanski's Rosemary's Baby went on to become not only a horror classic, but one of cinema's all time greats.

Will NBC's reimagining -- as the network calls its new, four-hour film -- cut the muster, or will fans of the original reject it?

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Big Bad Wolf: Crime and Punishment in the Trailer Park

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Big Bad Wolf: DVD Box cover

Originally titled Huff, Paul Morrell's violent new psycho-thriller comes out on DVD today as Big Bad Wolf. The credits claim that the story was inspired by The Three Little Pigs. Though there are thematic similarities between the film and the children's nursery rhyme, Big Bad Wolf is closer in tone to a crime thriller, with elements of slasher classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th added for good measure.

The film's title, and it's marketing campaign misled some to assume that Big Bad Wolf is a werewolf movie. It is not.

Charlie O'Connell, a likable actor best known for his work in lighter fare, gets to show off his acting chops in this movie. As Huff, the stepfather from hell, he screams, laughs maniacally, and kills one person after another (sometimes after torturing them) with a rage-filled glee that's genuinely frightening. O'Connell is superb, and may have opened up his career to all new possibilities with this performance.

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Paying Tribute to the Power of Tools in Horror Films

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Remember the good ole days when all you needed was a kitchen knife or chainsaw in order to hack off the limbs of some screaming teen who had wandered into a dark forest in the middle of the night?

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Peek-a-Boo: 5 Haunted Places in San Francisco

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Mamma Mia

You should think twice the next time you decide to litter in Stow Lake or sneak a handful of unpaid chocolate raisins from the candy aisle at Safeway. The ghosts of San Francisco's past might be watching and it's probably best not to upset them.

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Tonight's TV Forecast: Shark Tornadoes

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This is what it looks like inside a shark tornado

A lot of TV shows jump the shark. We prefer when programs confront their sharks directly, in any way, shape, or form, be they sharks in the water or sharks in the sky.

Please, please, please don't miss "Sharknado," a made-for-TV movie premiering on the SyFy channel tonight, at 9 p.m. PST. In what promises to be the most epic racket involving weird animal disasters since Snakes on a Plane, (sans Samuel L. Jackson, unfortunately), disaster strikes SoCal in the form of a freak thunderstorm, lifting and scattering our favorite living fossils to the four winds.

Check out the trailer of massive, whirling tunnels of sharks.

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Do This Tonight: Naked Men Reading H.P. Lovecraft at Stage Werx

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For those of you who didn't get the handbook, Rule 34 of the Internet states: "If you can imagine it, there is porn of it. No exceptions." Even if you keep Rule 34 in mind, H.P. Lovecraft is kind of an odd choice of author to jerk off to. It's surprising how many people out there really seem to want to get it on with one (or more) of Lovecraft's Great Old Ones, the ancient gods who lurk beneath the earth and sea, patiently awaiting the day when they will rule again.

Even in the relatively innocent days of the Internet (before it had pictures), one of the most infamous newsgroups on Usenet was alt.sex.cthulhu, much to the bewilderment of those who preferred their sexual partners not to have tentacles or require human sacrifice. Those who seek forbidden congress with creatures from beyond can even order dildos with the visage and form of dread Cthulhu himself.


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Six Ridiculous Yoga Fads that Need to Die Immediately

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I feel so grounded and open.

We love yoga. We do it 5-6 times a week, and by far our most transformative, euphoric experiences (outside of the bedroom) have occurred on the mat. Through yoga, we've overcome our two greatest fears: falling on our heads and farting in public. But at some point in the last few years, this ancient Indian spiritual practice has morphed into something all-together ridiculous -- and we're not even talking about those videos involving Jennifer Aniston's "yoga" abs. Since the first step of moving on is admitting we have a problem, we are enlightening you on the six most vexing yoga fads we've come across, so that we might burnish them from our minds, studios, and bank accounts.

See also:

S.F. to Get Its First Face-Slapping Parlor

Ridiculous Weight-Loss Procedures From a Soviet Textbook (pics)


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Video of the Day: The Silent Era's Best Horror Movie

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They're watching you.

The uninitiated moviegoer might toss out a dig at silent films, and be heard speaking dismissively of black-and-white movies. It's a juvenile offense. But nobody jokes about The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Robert Weine's 1920 horror film and an early gem of German Expressionism. That influential movement sought to convey mood, emotion, and psychology through the lighting and sets, an approach that directors of film noir copied a couple decades later.

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Mrs. Doubtfire (The Horror Film)

Siouxsie and the Banshees' Steven Severin Scores Horror Classic Vampyr

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