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Ring (1998, Japan)

Ring (1998)

Adapted from Koji Suzuki’s 1991 novel of the same name, Ringu リング is a cultural phenomena. Directed by Hideo Nakata, Ring launched a revival of horror filmmaking in Japan, and influenced American horror cinema at the turn of the 21st century. From the moment the Toho vanity card ends, Ringu gets under your skin. Forgoing the science behind the videotape in Koji Suzuki’s original novel, Hideo Nakata and screenwriter Hiroshi Takahashi instead re-imagine Ringu as a curse.

“So that video is… It’s not of this world. It’s Sadako’s fury. And she’s put a curse on us.”

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Ring by Koji Suzuki; translated by Robert B. Rohmer and Glynne Walley (1991, 2003 Japan)

Ring by Koji Suzuki (1991)

A cult phenomena has to start somewhere, and as a longtime fan of Hideo Nakata’s horror film Ring (1998) I thought it was about time I delved into the original source material.

Written by Koji Suzuki, his second novel after releasing his debut Rakuen 楽園 (Paradise), Ringu リング, or Ring as it would become known in the west, transformed the landscape of contemporary horror in the 1990s.

“Those who have viewed these images are fated to die at this exact hour one week from now. If you do not wish to die, you must follow these instructions exactly…”

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5 Non-Marvel or DC Comic Book Film Adaptations

5 Non-Marvel or DC Comic Book Film Adaptations

With the release of Avengers: Infinity War and a packed year of comic book films to come, mainly adapted from Marvel, it’s important to note it’s not just the big two [including DC Comics] that release comic book film adaptions.

“You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.”

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Fangoria and Vintage Halloween Merchandise from Fright-Rags

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Fangoria and Vintage Halloween Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags celebrates 50 years of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, honors Fangoria’s return to publication, and continue to release high-quality horror movie merchandise all year long.

“They won’t stay dead!”

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RUCKING FOTTEN クソ 腐った Slasher Pack VI: Not of This World

RUCKING FOTTEN クソ 腐った Slasher Pack VI: Not of This World

Slasher Pack VI: Not of This World includes four Japanese inspired horror tees from Aliens, Predator 2, Critters and The Blob; available for pre-order now!

“There are some places in the universe you don’t go alone.”

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Waxwork Records Presents Stephen King’s IT Vinyl Soundtrack 🎈

Waxwork Records presents the deluxe debut vinyl release of Stephen King’s It original television motion picture soundtrack. Over a year in the making, Waxwork Records worked closely with Warner Bros., author Stephen King, and composer Richard Bellis to deliver a stunning triple LP set featuring the complete soundtrack from the original 1990 TV miniseries.

“I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I’m your worst dream come true. I’m everything you ever were afraid of.”

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The Dead Will Walk the Earth in Fright-Rags’ DAWN OF THE DEAD, HELLRAISER and EVIL DEAD Apparel

The Dead Will Walk the Earth in Fright-Rags' DAWN OF THE DEAD, HELLRAISER and EVIL DEAD Apparel

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth in Fright-Rags’ Dawn of the Dead, Hellraiser, and Evil Dead apparel!

“Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them. It gets up and kills! The people it kills get up and kill!”

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Wishmaster (1997, USA) Vestron Video Blu-ray Review

Wishmaster (1997)

In the mid-1990s there was a void in horror cinema. When Wishmaster was announced, it was met with excitement. This was a horror movie created by horror fans for horror fans. Executive produced by Wes Craven, directed by special make-up effects artist Robert Kurtzman, starring horror icons Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Joseph Pilato, and scored by Harry Manfredini, Wishmaster appeared to have the ‘killer’ team. What could go wrong?

“Be careful what you wish for.”

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COMET TV and CHARGE! Giveaway

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

“You must learn to be faster than any punch or kick, that way won’t get hit.” Comet TV, Charge! and Attack from Planet B are delivering a pulse-pounding cyber-slam, to give one randomly chosen person the offensive maneuvers to win awesome movie merchandise. “Action has a new hero.”

Competition ends Tuesday, April 3rd 2018

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ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Merchandise from Fright-Rags

ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags commemorates the 25th anniversary of Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness with a groovy line of apparel; The Strangers: Prey at Night with merchandise featuring the film’s mysterious killers; and with Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Fright-Rags has also put Halloween III: Season of the Witch’s Silver Shamrock emblem on a custom-made baseball tee with green sleeves.

“How can you destroy an army that’s already dead?”

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5 Essential Female Directed Horror Films from the 1980s and 1990s

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

It may be International Women’s Day, but there are numerous female filmmakers, writers, actresses and artists that are making history every single day.

“The light that’s leaving that star right now will take a billion years to get down here. You want to know why you’ve never met a girl like me before? Because I’ll still be here when the light from that star gets down here to Earth in a billion years.”

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BELA LUGOSI and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Merchandise from Fright-Rags

BELA LUGOSI and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags has teamed up with the Lugosi estate to release two t-shirts and a pair of socks, featuring the classic horror icon in his signature Dracula costume.

To enter the mind of a killer you must challenge the mind of a madman. Fright-Rags takes on the challenge with a new line of apparel from Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs.

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music *they* make.”

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