Your Horror Head Hosts!
Thank you for joining us for the launch of the NightmareFeed. Hosted by Joe Kernozek and Horror Author Reed Alexander.
A little about how we intend to get under your skin. Me and Joe are huge horror heads from way back in the days but with interestingly separate and unique tastes in horror. While I’m better known for my brash, foulmouthed horror review, which celebrates violence and entertainment, Joe is more a fan of the subtle and the imposing. We very frequently part ways on horror which should make for some interesting debates during our weekly podcast.
Every Monday, we’ll release a horror themed podcast discussing last weeks news, events and developments in horror, then give our astute opinion on these thing. Throughout the week, we’ll post news, reviews, quizzes, and other viral content such as our meme of the day. Wanna know what kind of serial killer you’d be? Take one of our many up and coming horror surveys and find out!
Tune in regularly for updates, as we’ll eventually commit to short videos featuring real local urban legends, urban decay exploration, reaction videos to some of the worst movies horror has to offer, and even live stream events like ‘lets plays’ and conventions!
A little about Joe:
(He/Him) I previously ran a small publishing company, ARTPOST magazine, that published a wide range of fiction from horror to mystery to the whimsical and everything in between as well as artwork, photography and poetry. I’ve run several review websites including DailyReview. I am also Twitch affiliate under the name ko_zenker and stream retro classics from the golden age of video games.
My first brush with the horror genre was through literature and started with R.L, Stine’s Fear Street series and then progressed to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the novel that introduced me to my new love…Stephen King’s Cujo. After that it was all Stephen King, all the time for the next few years for me. My favorite novel of his being Needful Things with Misery being a close second. When it comes to horror films my first real experience with the genre was when, as a kid, I found a VHS tape in our house simply labeled “Psycho Cop” which I watched and then re-watched dozens of times. Only a few years later, after watching more horror, did I realize this movie wasn’t the defining standard of the genre and was, actually, not well regarded at all. Since then my tastes have evolved and below you will find the list of my top five horror movies.
My All Time Top Horror Movies are:
- Dracula (1931)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
- The Blair Witch Project (1999)
- Misery (1990)
This list was very tricky for me to put together and when doing so I actually composed a list of my top 50 horror movies to make sure I was considering all possibilities. I suspect that if you asked me last week or next week this list may look different with the exception of Dracula, this will always be my number one.
A little about Reed:
(He/Him) I’ve had multiple books and short stories published. I specialize in the terrifying, macabre, and the bizarre. My current publishing house is Madnessheart.Press.
While my influences clearly include H. P. Lovecraft, I believe I was more directly influenced by Sci-Fi horror writers Harlen Ellison and Robert Heinlein. Indeed, my all time favorite novel is a collection of shorts, The Deathbird Stories, by Ellison. Even my choices from more contemporary writers like Stephen King tend to default to Sci-Fi horror. My favorite King novel being Tommyknockers.
My All Time Top Horror Movies are,
- Alien (1979)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
- The Thing (2011)
- Suspiria (2018)
- Doctor Sleep (2019)
While that list is ever changing, it’s highly unlikely that anything will ever dethrone the number 1 and 2 spot. Alien (1979) I frequently refer to as ‘The Perfect Movie.’ The Thing (1982) is such a legend, likely nothing will ever top it’s uniqueness or ingenuity.
Horror movie reviews posted here, and on MHP every Thursday. Check out my archived reviews on Vocal: Reed Alexander’s Horror Review
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H. P. Lovecraft, Cosmic Horror, and its influence on cinema
The popularization of H. P. Lovecraft and Cosmic horror has been sweeping horror media over the last decade. From the 90s through 00s it had almost completely disappeared from horror movies, but was taking over comics and books, keeping it alive. Even still, masters of horror like John Carpenter, Clive Barker, and David Cronenberg were keeping the genre with their creature features and body horror which were deeply influenced by H. P. Lovecraft. Indeed, Carpenters Lovecraftian influences can be see in many of his movies such as my second all time favorite The Thing (1982) which seemed a lot more like At The Mountains of Madness than Who Goes There?, the book it was based on.
The 2010’s have seen a sudden uptick, not just in cinema, but even in comics and books which, at one point, seemed to be Lovecraft last bastion. Cosmic Horror fandom has been taking over horror and sci-fi conventions alike, nowadays seeming to be almost as popular as Zombie Survival Horror. Indeed, even I got swept up as a writer in the craze, all three of my cosmic horror novellas getting picked up for publication for three consecutive years in a row. In the Shadow of the Mountain (2019), In The Beginning (2020), and Parabiosys (2021).
With the 2020 release of Color Out Of Space, featuring Nicolas Cage, this trend shows no sign of slowing. For me, it’s a good time to be a cosmic horror writer. For fandom, it’s just a great time to be live.
In the coming weeks, NightmareFeed will explore the Lovecraftian genre of Cosmic Horror. We’ll take a look at some of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, how they’ve influenced the media, fandom, and even us here at Nightmare Feed. We’ll look at Color Out Of Space (2020), and the tumultuous horror career of Nicolis Cage. I’ll also be dropping a review of Color Out Of Space (2020), as well as recommending dozens more Lovecraftian movies, starting with my Top 5 Lovecraft Inspired Movie List.
Top Five Lovecraft Inspired Horror Movies:
#1) John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) (and by extension The Thing 2011)
- The Thing From Another World (1951) was inspired by the book Who Goes There and would eventual inspire a young John Carpenter to try his own hand in Sci-Fi horror. However, Carpenter’s take on the movie was almost nothing like the original 1951 black and white film. So where did Carpenter get the idea for a micro organism that works like a collective intelligence to slowly digest and assimilate its host? One only has to look as far as Carpenter’s other influence H. P. Lovecraft. The Thing (1982), more closely reflects At the Mountains of Madness than Who Goes There. While The Thing is clearly no Shoggoth, its design of tumorous, undulating tendrils in a mass, closely matches the description of the Shoggoth. Indeed, The Thing (1982) opens with an expedition discovering the slaughtered remains of another expedition, much like At The Mountains of Madness. This would go on to -SPOILERS- influence the prequel, The Thing (2011).
#2) Event Horizon (1997):
- A horror movie likely inspired by legend Clive Barker, every bit as much he was inspired by Lovecraft, and some of that seemed to bleed through. Spurned by critics, and produced by a lazy hack, under the direction of the defunct, trash studio Dimension Films, the cards seemed stacked against Event Horizon. But it quickly gained a cult following for its intriguing mythos about a ship possessed by the cosmic beyond. In the story, The Event Horizon had a special new gravity drive that gave it the ability of faster than light travel, effectively by puncturing a hole through folded space by using a contained black hole. Unfortunately for the original crew of The Event Horizon, this works the same way as the Warhammer 40k universe, and like the Warhammer 40k universe, the space between dimensions is one of pure chaos, filled with horrors beyond comprehension. While the movie leans on lame Anglo-Christian terminology like ‘hell’ and ‘demons,’ the plot always hits to something much darker.
#3) Black Mountain Side (2014)
- A deliberate head nod to H. P. Lovecraft and his novella, At The Mountains of Madness. Again -SPOILERS- No Shoggoth, but while there is no Shoggoth, something sinister and malignant waits for the expedition crew in the Canadian Wilderness. They uncover a Mesoamerican structure that is unlike any other encountered, and certainly doesn’t belong in the Canadian wilderness under a receding glacier. This causes the crew to start acting strangely, some of whom become paranoid, while others become quite violent. The story sort of supposes what likely happened to Professor Lake and his expedition from the story At the Mountains of Madness, though the setting and names are changed.
#4) The Lighthouse (2019)
- While there is no direct story correlating with this Lovecraftian inspired movie, it absolutely draws its influences from many of Lovecraft’s tales. The plot follows a wickey and his apprentice as the two slowly descend into madness tending a New England lighthouse on a remote island. As it turns out, the wickey worships the light of the lighthouse almost like a celestial being, and soon a struggle of jealousy overtakes him and his apprentice. The film itself is in black and white, with every damn frame of the movie being like a picturesque work of art. The setting and atmosphere are so damn perfect it seeps thought the screen.
#5) Lord of Illusions (1995)
- A movie that firmly proves Lovecraftian horror is a style, not a tentacle monster. It doesn’t even have to be Cosmic Horror specifically, though Lovecraft was most well know for his cosmic horror pantheon. Brought to you by Clive Barker, we follow the investigations of Private Detective, Harry D’Amour. Harry is hired to investigate the strange death of illusionist Phillip Swan, and is quickly sucked into the plot of a strange death cult to summon their leader Nix from the grave. It has a fun film noir style, and while the practical FX can be shoddy at times, the plot, mythos, and characters are deeply compelling.
Discussion: H. P. Lovecraft in Cinema
The Colour Out Of Space: The Curse, The Colour from the Dark, The Color Out Of Space (2010), Color Out Of Space (2020)
We Can’t talk about H. P. Lovecraft in Cinima without talking about the movies that were directly adapted from his stories. No more often than my personal favorite story The Colour Out Of Space. A novella by H. P. Lovecraft which features a strange force from the cosmos invading earth in the form of an indescribable color.
We’ll be posting a review of the most recent adaptation Thursday, March 12th, which also touches of the second most recent adaptation, a Germans film The Color Out Of Space (2010)
Join us also for our weekly pod cast, released the following Monday, March 16th. We’ll be discussing H. P. Lovecraft, the most recent Color Out Of Space, our favorite stories by the author, and the movies he directly influence. Not to mention, we’ll likely be ragging on the career of Nicolas Cage, the hammiest horror actor alive.