We all know that lots of horror novels have been turned into horror movies over the years (especially with Stephen King), but what about when a horror movie comes first? Sometimes those movies are adapted into books, often with authors making significant changes to the stories. Last year, I did a full report on a super cheesy Friday the 13th young adult novel with a completely original storyline and some amazing cover art. Reading it reminded me of some of the horror movie adaptation books I had when I was younger, and many of them featured all new covers that were completely different from their horror movie poster and VHS box counterparts. Sadly, I sold off most of those books ages ago, and only have a handful left that are surely buried so deep in a box somewhere that it's as if I was trying to make it impossible for myself to ever find them again. Fortunately, these books weren't all that uncommon, and I found some great photos of their covers on eBay. With that in mind, I'd like to share with you five of my favorite examples of horror movie paperback cover artwork.
Here we have the cover for the Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives paperback novel, and as you can see, it's very different from the original movie poster that featured his hockey mask glowing behind a tombstone. It still plays into the whole Jason being resurrected theme, what with the lightning coursing through his bloody machete and mask. While I haven't read it, this is the book known for featuring Elias Voorhees (aka: Mr. Voorhees... Jason's father!), so aside from the colorful cover art, it's worth looking into for that reason too. Also, the author apparently spells Jason's last name as "Vorhees", so maybe it's about an entirely different killer who happens to wear a hockey mask at Crystal Lake Camp.
While it can't compete with the iconic poster art from the original 1978 Halloween film, I've always loved the cover art for this paperback adaptation. It's a blend between a vintage blow mold pumpkin and the scene where Michael Myers dresses up like a ghost and strangles Lynda to death with her telephone cord. The book also gives readers some extra details about Michael Myers' life in the sanitarium and opens with this chilling line about the origins of his curse: "The horror started on the eve of Samhain, in a foggy vale in northern Ireland, at the dawn of the Celtic race. And once started, it trod the earth forevermore, wreaking its savagery suddenly, swiftly, and with incredible ferocity." Kind of makes the cover seem a bit too cheery, doesn't it? Good stuff.
The Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D novelization cover art is easily my favorite of all the Friday the 13th film adaptations, and it should be easy to see why. They didn't even try to make Jason's mask resemble the one in the movie, or any of the other movies for that matter, save for the portion of it that was chopped in the top right section. It's more like a professional NHL hockey goalie's mask, so either it's Jason staring menacingly at us from behind it, or just an extremely pissed off goalie. Either way, gotta love all the blood seeping from the air holes on the mask. Makes you wonder if there was a discarded storyline where Jason Voorhees suffered from hemophilia, yes? I only wish the entire book was printed so you needed 3-D glasses to actually read it, since it does actually say "3-D" on the cover. Sure, that'd be pure hell on your eyes, but goddamn... would that be an incredibly corny and amazing promotional novelty or what!?
Here we have The Nightmares on Elm Street paperback, which includes the first three movies, and does a surprisingly good job of recreating them. I must've read this book a thousand times when I was a kid, and to this day, the cover features what is honestly my all-time favorite illustration of Freddy Krueger's infamous razor glove. The lightning, the barely visible tattered sweater sleeve, the claw marks raking their way across the title... it's just perfect in every way. There was a second paperback that covered parts 4 and 5, but the cover for it was unfortunately one of the standard Freddy Krueger press photos instead of another fantastic illustration.
I should also mention that the book includes a bonus chapter titled "The Life and Death of Freddy Krueger", and that's where it goes off the rails a bit. For example, it talks about how his father was a pimp and abused Freddy because he wasn't taking up the family business like he had hoped. It also goes on to say Freddy was a drifting drunkard who slept in alleys and ran into trouble with the law, and eventually hired an arsonist to burn down his father's house. Hmm, yeah... can't see most of that being accepted into Elm Street canon.
Last up, we have the Halloween II paperback novel, and I'm sorry to fans of the sequel film poster, but I've always thought this cover was far superior. Yeah, I know the poster was great, blending a skull and a pumpkin together 'n all, but this... this is even better. This is something I'd actually want to see in one of the movies. Can you imagine Michael Myers, killing one of his victims, they carving a jack-o-lantern and leaving the severed head inside it? Or maybe he takes a jack-o-lantern and slams it down on somebody's head after seeing them smashing pumpkins? It would be amazing, and that precise moment has been beautifully captured here on this illustrated book cover.
So those are some of my favorite horror movie book covers. How about you? Do you have any favorite horror movie book covers? What about general horror genre book covers? Lemme know in the comments section below. Also, if you never read my book report on the Camp Crystal Lake young adult novel, you can read it here. Ki-ki-ki... ma-ma-ma...
Happy October, everyone!
If I haven't already been crystal clear over the years, what with him knowing how to throw a party and looking amazing in The Monster Squad 'n all, the Creature from the Black Lagoon (aka: "Gill-Man") is my absolute favorite Universal Studios classic movie monster. He's always felt like the loner of the group... probably because he spends much of his time at the bottom of a lagoon.
Being such a fan of ol' Lagoony, I'm sure you can imagine just how happy I was to see that Creature Features (one of my favorite local shops) had put on a group art show completely dedicated to him. They had some truly fantastic pieces on display and it made me wish my pockets were much deeper, as I'd love to have many of the fine works in my home. Fortunately, taking photographs to preserve the memories doesn't cost a dime, so today I'd like to share with you a handful of my favorite pieces that were on display at the Creature from the Black Lagoon's 60th anniversary group art show. Enjoy!
Black Vavoom indeed! This piece is clearly modeled after the classic "Weird-Ohs" model kits by Bill Campbell. I love that the chassis for his car is a bathtub, and he comes complete with a surfboard and a deep sea diving helmet.
I've seen these life-sized Creature statues a few times before, but that doesn't make them any less impressive, and man what I wouldn't give to have one on display at home. Just look at all the fine details in it; the massive claws, the killer paint job, and thousands of tiny scales. Soooo nice! I really dig the "Criatura da Lagoa Negra" painting next to it as well.
Hit the jump to see the rest of the artwork: (more...)
While I've already covered the 2014 Monster Cereals, how General Mills has released both the 80s incarnations of their boxes (complete with classic cut-out masks) and a more modern incarnation of the original trio of monsters, I simply have to show you what arrived on my doorstep today.
General Mills sent me this incredibly nice "Monster Makeover" box to commemorate their recent collaboration with artists from DC Comics to create the slick new limited-edition looks for Boo Berry, Franken Berry, and Count Chocula. Inside, I found one of each of these new cereal boxes, which is already a great surprise, but it's what's on the outside of the box that really stunned me in the best possible way. I realize what you see above just looks like a somewhat fancy box with a cute skull & cross-spoons and coffin utensils pattern; no big deal, right? Well, that's only because you haven't seen what they did on the other three sides. Behold!
When I first saw this box I shouted "holy crap!", and Re came running into the room thinking there was some kind of an emergency... and there was, because my jaw had fallen onto the floor. General Mills had actually sent me a beautifully crafted box with framed images of each of the big three cereal monsters. What's even better, each monster illustration is actually a large lenticular image! By turning the box, you can see your favorite monsters morph from their original 70s likenesses into their 2014 incarnations. Killer! I love how they created a nice blue frame around Boo Berry too, so it actually looks like a photo worth hanging on a wall. He even has a few happy lil' blue ghosts flying around him. Well, I think they're ghosts. They might be moons, or moon ghosts. Yes, that's what they are - moon ghosts.
Hit the jump to see the other monster sides plus a video to see the box in action! (more...)
Boogedy-boogedy-moooo... er... booo! So why are you staring at a photograph of a cow holding a trick-or-treat bag whilst standing atop of a can of Halloween soda that's resting on top of a can of Real Ghostbusters Ecto-Plazm? Honestly, it's the best way I could think of visually preparing you for just how incredibly random the Halloween season can be. One day you're drinking orange-colored milk in a corn maze filled with pumpkin-headed scarecrows, and the next day you're running through a haunted house as the giant spider gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch stalks you while the theme song from Ernest Scared Stupid plays in the background. It could happen! Yes indeedy, my ghoulish companions, we're gonna be celebrating Halloween every day until the cows come home!
September 1st marks the beginning of I-Mockery's annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. Every single update you see on this site from now until October 31st will be Halloween-themed in one way or another. I think we can agree that Halloween 2013 is going to be hard to top considering all of the amazing products that were released last year, such as all of the original Monster Cereals in their retro boxes (including Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy). Still, my excitement for the 2014 season has been growing quickly and it's shaping up to be a hell of a good time; it's only September 1st and we've already seen new Monster Cereal designs, Candy Apple Oreo cookies (with Pumpkin Spice on the way!), some amazing new A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th Mego-style dolls from NECA (which I'll be covering soon), and who knows what else is on the way. If you're a fan of horror movies, candy, haunted attractions, pumpkin carving, creepy crafts, bizarre novelties, and monster toys, I promise the next two months are going to be infinitely more awesome for you. There is no greater time of the year.
And now for some big updates...
BIG UPDATE #1: I'm trying out Disqus software for the first time this season as the comments system for all our new articles. What does this mean to you? Basically, it means you can use any of your social media accounts OR no accounts at all to comment on an article. You no longer have to register an account on I-Mockery to join in the discussions! The fact that you're reading this already makes you a part of our ever-growing Halloween family, so please don't be shy; if you read a new article that interests you in any way, drop a comment and join in the fun with your fellow graveyard ghouls! Also, if you encounter any problems with this new system, please lemme know, as I'm still making adjustments to it. Hopefully it'll all work out and we'll have a permanent new comments system in place moving forward. (note: old articles will not have this new comments system in place until I have a chance to go through them all).
BIG UPDATE #2: I'm happy to announce that our classic Halloween Club Packs WILL be returning this season with all new goodies! They did incredibly well last year, selling out in less than a day, and I know a lot of people were disappointed they didn't get their orders in on time. This year, I'm doing my best to stock up on enough supplies so I can put together more than twice as many packs as last season. That said, they're still in limited supplies, so when you see them go up for sale here on I-Mockery, place your orders quickly so you don't miss out. If you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, you'll know the instant the packs go up for sale. I don't have an official date / time set yet, but you can expect it to be towards the end of September. Just like last year, these packs will be available to people in the continental United States only. Sorry to our international readers, but the amount of time it takes me to fill out all those customs forms would be much better spent on writing more articles. That said, if you live elsewhere in the world and you really, really want a club pack, you can email me and I'll see if I can possibly set one aside from you.
With that out of the way, let's get into the details of what you can expect to see on I-Mockery in the coming months. As you probably already know, we pride ourselves on going crazier over this holiday than just about any other place has in our 17+ year history, so we've got all sorts o' rib cage-crackin' surprises planned for the 2014 Halloween season. We'll have coverage of various haunted Halloween attractions, horrific novelties, my huge annual round-up of the best & worst Halloween candies, horror movie reviews, new videos, craft projects, toy features, contests, and all the other wonderfully random oddities we stumble upon over the next two months.
If any of you have suggestions for Halloweeny things you'd like to see covered this season, please let me know here in the blog thread or shoot me an email. It doesn't matter if it's a Halloween event taking place in your area, a horror movie, an independent seasonal costume shop, some new candy, or some completely bizarro new Halloween novelty... I wanna see and hear all about it, so please get in touch!
To those of you who aren't well acquainted with our annual Halloween celebration here on I-Mockery, I always suggest checking out some of our main Halloween attractions. We have a huge archive of Halloween material on this site from previous years, so while you wait for our newest pieces to go up, I highly recommend checking out those older things to get in the spirit of the season.
-I-Mockery's Halloween Collection: Here you'll find quick 'n easy access to most of our Halloween material from the past. Extremely in-depth horror movie and candy reviews, product reviews, and of course the boppin' Halloween adventures of Count Pop himself along with other oddities. Of course, be sure to check back here on the homepage every day for the very latest Halloween updates as well.
-The Halloween Grab Bag: Much like our "Shorts" section, this is a place where you'll find our smaller Halloween articles, but often covering some of the weirdest stuff we've ever stumbled upon.
-The Greatest Horror Movie Moments: Another favorite is our ongoing quest to document some of the finest moments in horror movies. Sometimes they're moments you're well aware of, other times, it's stuff you probably never knew existed. Either way, if you're looking for some horror movies to check out this season, this is a great place to start.
-The Halloween Jack-O-Juke: Here be our Halloween music jukebox, filled with over 210 hand-picked horrifying songs and counting to keep your decaying ears bleeding with ghoulish glee all season long. Feel free to keep the Jack-O-Juke open in a separate window so you can listen to all of the hand-picked tunes while still checking out the latest article offerings here on I-Mockery. We've already added 30 new tunes so far this season, and if there's a song you think should be added to the jukebox, be sure to let me know and I'll try to add it before the end of October!
-Trick-Or-Treat Adventure: One of the largest Flash games we ever made... and it's all about Halloween. If you're a fan of classic adventure games such as Secret of Monkey Island and Space Quest, you'll feel right at home with this one as you go on an adventure to build a Halloween costume and then collect enough candies before you battle the ultimate evil! It even auto-saves your progress as you go play, so you don't have to beat the game all in one sitting.
-Haunted House Candy Hunt: In this Halloween game, we pay tribute to the games of the Atari 2600 by creating an all new one in the same style. You must guide two buddies (who just so happen to be from a galaxy far, far away) through all the treacherous rooms of a spooky haunted house as they hold hands. Should you reach the end of the game, you'll have a showdown with the ultimate candy hoarder - The Grim Reaper himself! I've also heard from a reliable source (ie: myself) that there's a secret level select hidden somewhere in the game. But you don't need that anyway, right? Cheater!
-MonsterTime: With our most recent Halloween game, we pay tribute to another favorite arcade classic, BurgerTime. Only difference is, instead of building burgers, you're a mad scientist named Doc Mock who is building classic monsters to save you from the modern slasher monsters who are out for your blood!
-Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum: Doc Mock, I-Mockery's official horror host, performed at UCB theatre last year and is still looking for a new home to shoot his original web show at, but we have over 30 archived episodes you can still watch online. If you're looking for a good cheesy b-movie flick, check out some of the Doc's episodes that are still archived on YouTube, including his Halloween specials from 2009! Doc is planning on hitting up Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights once again this year, so expect coverage of that too and possibly some other surprises!
In addition to a ton of new feature articles, you can still expect our regular site updates to the Blog (don't forget the archived Halloween blog entries from years past). We've also got some great Halloween contests in store for you to participate in as well. Please show your support for all the hard work we put into our Halloween celebration by following I-Mockery us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to get all the latest updates.
ONE FINAL NOTE: As a writer, the best compliment you can pay me is to chime in with your comments on any articles I post, and to share them with your friends on various social networks. I can't even begin to tell you just how much of my life gets swallowed up by Halloween for two months out of every year, and the workload is pretty tremendous; so it's the little things like your comments that which keep me motivated and going full-steam ahead on my DRAG-U-LA from now through October 31st. I-Mockery's big 2014 Halloween season has finally begun and I hope you'll join me on this spooky ride once again!
While our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration doesn't officially begin until September 1st, I have some news that just can't wait another 25 days. We all know that last year was an absolute dream come true for Monster Cereal fanatics, what with General Mills finally bringing back Fruity Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute in addition to retro boxes from the 70s. While it unfortunately appears that we won't be seeing Mummy and Brute this year, there is some good news: I'm happy to unveil the complete set of retro Monster Cereal boxes for the 2014 Halloween season!
General Mills is bringing back the exclusive retro boxes to Target once again, and while they couldn't possibly top last year's news, they're still doing some great fan service here. For starters, these aren't the same mid-seventies retro box designs from last year; they went with the 1979-1980 versions instead, which showcase the monsters pouring milk on their respective cereals. In addition to the alternate retro designs, they've added vintage style cut-out masks to the back of your favorite Monster Cereal boxes. Granted, most collectors won't want to damage their boxes, so I suggest you pick up an extra set so you can cut out the masks and still have some pristine boxes to hold onto. I'm honestly surprised to see the exclusive retro boxes again this year, as I figured they were gonna be a one-time opportunity, so that combined with the fact that they didn't just release the same designs again puts a big smile on my mug, and I can't wait to get my hands on 'em.
Also, in case you haven't heard already, General Mills surprised everyone today by announcing they've teamed up with artists DC Comics to create a brand new set of boxes for the 2014 Halloween season, and guess who has an early look at the complete designs? Behold!
DC Comics artists Jim Lee, Dave Johnson, & Terry and Rachel Dodson have each created slick new box art for the Monster Cereals this season, and they also had Brent Schoonover draw some individual comic strips on the back of each box! While I'll always prefer the original retro boxes, as they tug at my nostalgic heartstrings, I'm digging the new designs and think this could be a start of a wonderful new trend. For too many years, we've seen cereal companies re-release the same box designs every season; so I'm really hoping we see a new set of artists from all walks of life working on modern box designs every year from here on out.
Now you all know I'm a huuuuge fan of Boo Berry cereal, but of the DC designs, I gotta go with the Frankenberry design by Dave Johnson as the pick of the litter. Aside from the wonderfully clunky mechanics embedded in his head, I love that he actually has strawberries painted onto his nails. It's the little details that matter most. That said, I enjoyed the comic strip on back of Boo Berry's box the most, as it had the best monster-themed jokes of the bunch.
It may not be grave-shattering as the 2013 announcements, but we have a great set of Monster Cereals for Halloween this year. I for one am thankful that we're now living in a time where we actually get multiple box designs to choose from and they're far easier to track down than they were about 15 years ago. There was a time when I was getting thousands of people to email General Mills just to convince them to make the Monster Cereals more available to the public. Nowadays, it's no problem having them haunt our Halloween breakfasts. Here's hoping General Mills will continue the trend of of new box designs in 2015... but even more importantly, I'm still holding onto the hope that they'll finally introduce a NEW monster to join their cereal family.
Come on, Big G! Make it happen in 2015!
Now it's your turn. What do you think of the 2014 Monster Cereal boxes and which is your favorite design? What do you think General Mills should create as a new cereal monster mascot? Drop a comment below and lemme know!
You too could experience the thrill of being mauled at Comic-Con!
My wallet is screaming in agony, so that can only mean one thing: it's time to pack up the car and head down to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. It's hard to believe it, but this will be I-Mockery's sixth time as an exhibitor, and I'm excited to see all the familiar faces (and new ones) who stop by our booth. Be sure to pay us a visit if you're coming to Comic-Con as we'll be at (Booth #E10 - near Aisles 600 & 700 on the West side of the convention center - here's a handy map). As always, we'll have a variety of nifty things for you to check out, and here's some of what you can expect:
-The unveiling of our brand new "8-bit Worlds Collide" pixel poster! This will be the first time the poster will be made available to the public, and it's also our first new pixel poster project since completing the "Four Seasons of Pixels" a few years back. I seriously can't wait for you guys to see this one, because it's a poster Pox and I have been wanting to do for years!
-Mystery Goodie Bags! Another Comic-Con first for us; we'll have a limited number of surprise goodie bags available for purchase at our booth this year. They'll have everything from crazy toys and strange candies to vintage trading card packs, stickers, cans of slime and more!
-A set of four incredibly stylish 8x8 Halloween Witch Prints by Strangepuppets!
-We'll have our complete Adult Swim Games project, Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla on-hand so you can play it with a gamepad controller and show us just how good (or bad) your platform gaming skills are. This version will have all of the levels and costumes unlocked so maybe you'll discover some new things you never even unlocked while playing it online! It's also the first time we're testing it with native gamepad support, so we're looking forward to seeing what people think of it!
-We'll have a giant Abobo on-hand, waiting to pose with you for a very special photo opportunity.
-Glow-in-the-dark "Giga Say Watt!?" I-Mockery t-shirts!
-I-Mockery Button Packs!
-I-Mockery Magnets & Stickers!
-PickleMan comic books! Protoclown's comic books!
-They've been a staple at our SDCC booth every year, so why break with tradition? Free ultra-gory "Dinosaurs Attack" vintage trading card packs from the eighties with every purchase while supplies last! (this site is old as a dinosaur, so why not?)
-The latest videos from my YouTube channel and more!
In addition to all the Comic-Con booth fun, I'll be performing in a free, LIVE Tournament of Nerds. The show will be Thursday, July 24th at 8:00PM, located at the Room 5AB in the convention center. Myself, Maddox, and other funny nerds will all be in the show along with some special guest judges, so don't miss out on it. I'll be doing one of my favorite characters at this event, so I promise you'll have a good time watching it.
As always, we had an absolute blast last year, so I can't wait to head on down to the convention and get started. It's too much fun meeting longtime fans of the site along with all the new ones. We've put a ton of work and cash into making this happen once again this year, and it's all because want to celebrate the 15+ years this site has been online with the fans that have kept us going! So, if you're going to be at the Comic-Con, be sure to stop by I-Mockery Productions Booth #E10 - near Aisles 600 & 700! (here's a map to our booth)
Myself, Re, and some other pals will all be there at the table again this year. And yes, to those of you who've asked, we'll be more than happy to sign anything you buy (or any other weird things you bring to the convention for us to sign). We'll even sign your face if you remember to bring it with you.
For those of you who can't come, we're sorry you're gonna miss it, but rest assured we'll still do our best to take as many photos of the convention as possible, though things got so busy I didn't even have a chance to post them online last year. Obviously, we're gonna be super-busy with the booth, so getting time away from it to take pictures is always tricky. Once I'm back in town from Comic-Con, I'll do my best to post them if I'm not too swarmed with work. I'll also try to update the I-Mockery Twitter account and Facebook page with some photos each day if time permits.
Again, for those of you who've never been, I feel I need to once again remind you of a very important fact: despite the misleading name, the Comic-Con has MUCH more than just comic books. True, if you're a fan of comic books, you'll be in heaven, but if you're not that into 'em, there's still PLENTY for you to do. Over the years, the convention has basically become a mega-media event. The convention center is chock full o' the latest video games for you to test out, tons of movie promotions, toys galore, incredible costumes, and some truly amazing artists as well. If anything, comics have taken a backseat to all the other crazy things going on at the convention. So yeah, the name is really misleading to some people, and that's unfortunate because they have no idea what they're missing out on.
Be sure to keep an eye on the I-Mockery Facebook and I-Mockery Twitter pages throughout the week. I'll try to update the I-Mockery Tumblr as well. I'm gonna be super busy, but I'll do my best to update them from Comic-Con whenever I have a chance.
Alright, that's all for now. Wish us luck, cuz this is gonna be one hell of an insane week... again!
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