He ushered in a new Halloween tradition by taking us to Haddonfield and introducing us to The Shape, and now John Carpenter has teamed up with a talented team of artists and writers to bring us more seasonal scares with Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 3, the latest entry in the graphic novel anthology series from Storm King Productions. Ahead of the third volume's release in early October, we've been provided with preview pages that tease fun and frightening times in a haunted house filled with familiar faces from horror genre history.
Fresh off of directing The Neighbor episode of Dario Argento’s Door Into Darkness, Luigi Cozzi co-wrote and directed, The Killer Must Kill Again. The film was shot in 1973 but released theatrically two years later in 1975.
George Hilton stars as Giorgio Mainardi, the husband of a wealthy socialite (Tere Velasquez) in an unhappy marriage. One night he comes across a man (Michel Antoine), pushing a car with a dead body into a canal.
Expert swordsman Kronos and his hunchback assistant travel from village to village hunting vampires. Their search leads them to a village where the young girls are being drained of their youth. Suspicion immediately falls upon the newcomers but Kronos' quest leads him to the local aristocrats, the Durwards.
Professor Forbes and his daughter arrive in a small Cornish village to come to the aid of the local doctor who wrote to them for help when young workers are dying mysteriously. The locals fear it is marsh flu but the results are far more sinister as the owner of the local tin mine has been resurrecting the dead using voodoo and forcing the zombies to work as slaves in his mine!
In medieval Europe, the aging Countess Elisabeth rules over her kingdom with the help of her lover, Captain Dobi. One night she inadvertently discovers that bathing in the blood of young virgins makes her young again.
She gets Dobi to start bringing her virgins with the promise that she will marry him. When she reverts back to a younger age than Dobi, however, she wants someone of her own age and poses as her own daughter to fall in love with the young soldier who was to marry her.
Professor Jules Heitz travels to the remote Eastern European village of Vandorf when one of his sons is accused of murder before taking his own life. However, he encounters hostility from the locals and suspects that they are hiding something from him.
Despite threats of violence, Heitz elects to stay in Vandorf to find out the truth. During the dead of night, the calls of a siren lure him to the ruins of the castle where he has a fatal encounter with Magera, a snake-haired gorgon from Greek mythology who could turn a man to stone with her gaze.
Bubba is a mentally challenged but good natured man who spends his spare time playing with a little girl in their local farming community. When she is apparently mauled to death by a neighbour's dog, news spreads around the town fast and Otis, the local mailman, forms a mob to take down this supposed child killer. They track him down to his farm where his mother says she hasn't seen him but the mob eventually finds Bubba hiding as a scarecrow in the middle of the field.
After taking out mob justice with their shotguns, the men are shocked to find out that the little girl survived and Bubba was the one who saved her from the dog. When their murder trial is thrown out for a lack of evidence, they walk free from court. However not long after, a mysterious scarecrow begins appearing on each of the men's property, dressed exactly the same as Bubba was when he was murdered, and someone begins to stalk them. But who?
Five strangers board a train and are joined by a mysterious fortune teller who offers to read their tarot cards. Each man has a different story to tell including an architect who returns to his ancestral home to find a werewolf out for revenge, a doctor who finds out his wife is a vampire, a huge plant which traps the occupants of a house inside, a musician who gets involved in voodoo and an art critic who is tormented by the severed hand of a famous artist.
It’s not often you get to see a young Jack Nicholson alongside one of the greats of horror, Boris Karloff. Add to the mix being directed by Roger Corman (at least partially) and if you still have not seen this movie you are truly missing out. Jack’s signature brow line and voice combined with Karloff’s equally recognizable appearance do a lot to keep you starring at the screen for more than just the twisting storyline in this 1963 AIP film.
Renowned vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing is giving a lecture in China when some villagers persuade him to travel to their remote village and help them fight off seven vampires which have cursed their village. Unknown to Van Helsing, the head vampire is in fact his arch nemesis, Count Dracula, who has assumed the body of one of the Chinese vampires.
In London in the 1970s, Scotland Yard think they have uncovered a case of vampirism and head off to seek the expert advice of Professor Larimer Van Helsing. Investigating further, Van Helsing discovers that some extremely rich and powerful figures are ploughing money into a huge foundation with a boss who has never been seen.
It turns out that this boss is in fact the resurrected Count Dracula who is finally sick of the endless pain and suffering of eternal life and is plotting to unleash a new enhanced strain of the Black Death thus taking everyone in the world down with him when he dies.
After Count Dracula is finally defeated by Van Helsing in 1872, one of his faithful servants kept a bottle of his ashes and his ring. A hundred years later, the descendant of Dracula's servant resurrects the Count with the help of his friends including the granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing, Jessica.
As revenge, Dracula is determined to destroy the house of Van Helsing once and for all and targets Jessica to be his bride. But Jess' father, Abraham Van Helsing, has followed in his family's footsteps is a scholar as well. He realizes that he must take up the reigns from his grandfather in order to put an end to Dracula once and for all.
After being caught in bed with the burgomaster's daughter, Paul Carlson jumps into a nearby coach and makes a hasty escape. He winds up at Castle Dracula where he becomes Dracula's latest victim. His brother, Simon, and girlfriend find out that he's missing and set about trying to track down his last whereabouts. This leads to an eventual confrontation with Dracula.
A merchant witnesses the death of Dracula and scoops up some of his remains, his cloak and an amulet for safe keeping. Years later a trio of respectable gentlemen who are fed up of their bourgeois lifestyle decide to indulge in a bit of black arts.
They meet up with Lord Courtley, one of Dracula's disciples and together they set about resurrecting the Count. But during the ceremony the gentlemen lose their nerve and bottle it but are unaware that Count Dracula has been brought back to life anyway. Dracula sets out to get revenge on them by targeting their children.