In today's special Halloween edition of Horror Highlights, we have a look at photos from the Shaun of the Dead screening at the Greek Theatre (featuring special guests Edgar Wright and Lucy Davis), details on director Darren Lynn Bousman's appearance as a guest judge on Shaken: The Cocktail Challenge, info on new Halloween music from the Stranger Things composers, a Kickstarter campaign for the new short film Tick, PBS' digital series Origin of Everything, and the Mausoleum of the Macabre's Halloween special.
Shaun of the Dead Screening at the Greek Theatre: "Focus 15, the initiative commemorating the founding 15 years ago of worldwide film company Focus Features, partnered with Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies, and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a special Halloween week outdoor zombie screening of Shaun of the Dead last night, hosted by Fandango’s Alicia Malone and joined by the film’s director Edgar Wright and one of its stars Lucy Davis. Shaun of the Dead was the first film in The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, and was followed by Hot Fuzz and The World’s End."
Kickstarter Campaign for Short Film Tick: "Tick is a blood-soaked sci-fi/horror short that explores the North American colonial relations in a post-pandemic age. It takes you through a fractured, society, in a time after vampirism has begun to appear in a small subset of the population. We follow one such girl, Nishiime, who lives in hiding from the organization who kidnapped and enslaved her family."
PBS' Origin of Everything: "From razors hidden apples to creepy clowns terrorizing neighborhoods, Halloween is the holiday full of creepy urban legends. PBS explores these bizarre tales in two episodes of their new digital series, Origin of Everything.
Poison Halloween Candy: Every year around Halloween, we hear the same concern: you gotta check the candy for poison because strangers put laxatives in Tootsie Rolls, Razor Blades in Apples and heroine in Snickers. But is this trick or treat dilemma an actual reality or just a clever way for your parents to steal your candy? The truth is out there (and by out there we mean in the episode that you should definitely watch).
Scary Clowns: We all know that 1980s horror movies like IT and Killer Klowns from Outer Space led to the cultural phenomenon of "scary clown," did you know the reality is much deeper than that? From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to 19th Century England, clowns have always been around to bring a little chaos. And the truth is, up until the late 1800s they were NEVER for kids. So while Pennywise might be back in the terrifying new IT remake, the truth is terrifying killer clowns are nothing new. Which frankly is even scarier."
Mausoleum of the Macabre's Halloween Special: "Mausoleum of the Macabre presents its first ever Halloween Special! Halloween is Needles the Gravedigger's favorite holiday and he has been hard at work unearthing this spine tingling episode for you. Watch the perfectly crafted Halloween horror short- Almost Halloween, written, directed, shot and edited by Ruben Rodrigeuz. Find more about Ruben here: facebook.com/people/Ruben-Rodriguez/1002671588
Sit back and prepared to be frightened and entertained!!"
About the Author - Derek Anderson
Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.
When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.
👻🎃💀 The masks may have changed, but Halloween’s not canceled! Our 2021 #Beistle Collection is coming 9/16 with over 60 new and restocked treats (our biggest collection EVER). Mark your calendars and stay tuned for candy buckets full of surprises, reveals, and jump scares!
Hey y’all! I had the chance to tour two of the new Horror Nights mazes recently from @HorrorNights - check out our preview for #UniversalHHN in Hollywood below! https://twitter.com/dailydeadnews/status/1432842876229197824
Who’s excited for #Malignant next week?!?!? Daily Dead joined a group of journos to chat with James Wan recently about the influences behind the film (Bava/Argento were mentioned), James wanting to do something different & more. Check it out! #MalignantMovie https://twitter.com/DailyDeadNews/status/1433098294155223046
Over the past couple of weeks, we celebrated some of our favorite horror movies released four decades ago in our Class of 1981 retrospective series! Be sure to visit Daily Dead to catch up on all of our Class of 1981 special features!