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Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies Is A True School For Screams

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Horror has often been associated with the arcane. Curiosity for knowledge of beyond that mortals cannot even comprehend. And right now, there is an organization for all those educational desires; The Miskatonic Institute Of Horror Studies! Per their website, this non-profit organization was founded by Kier-La Janisse in March 2010 in Canada, but has since grown to recurring events in London, New York, and most recently Los Angeles. ”

In fall of 2018, Miskatonic will be launching a pilot semester in Los Angeles, co-directed by Kier-La Janisse with Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane of Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast, which will be hosted at the storied Los Feliz headquarters of the Philosophical Research Society, founded by occultist Manly Palmer Hall in 1934.”

Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane introduce the event. Image via Jacob Davison.

I had the good fortune of attending the first Miskatonic Los Angeles class: a conversation with PhantasmBubba Ho-Tep, and John Dies At The End director/writer Don Coscarelli! An event lined up with his new biographical book True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking. The event held at a lecture hall in the Philosophical Research Society building, which coincidentally is where I took a semester in yoga. A sizable crowd attended to hear the life and career path of one of the ‘Masters Of Horror’ straight form the man himself. After a short introduction from Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane, as well as Philosophical Research society school president Dr. Greg Salyer giving a brief history on the premises, JACKALS screenwriter and Deadright Horror Trivia co-host Jared Rivet took the stage as the night’s moderator before being joined by Don Coscarelli.

Don Coscarelli and moderator Jared Rivet. Image via Jacob Davison.

It was a fascinating conversation and presentation from one of independent horror’s most treasured heroes. Starting from his roots in Long Beach and his numerous struggles trying to get his first feature, Jim: The World’s Greatest off the ground to further career difficulties throughout. But all the way, Don persisted and made numerous friends like Reggie Bannister and Angus Scrimm and still managed for the most part to make the kinds of projects he wanted. Going into more recent movies like John Dies At The End and the finale to his beloved franchise, Phantasm RaVager. Though the event was three hours long (with a ten minute intermission in the middle) the night slipped past me as I hung on every word to the very end. Eventually ending the night to a roar of applause and a book signing of True Indie afterward.

Don Coscarelli and Jared Rivet talk Phantasm. Image via Jacob Davison.

If you’re looking to broaden your education of all things horror, I cannot reccommend attending these classes enough. The next being Rebekah McKendry’s “I Dream Of Deep Water: An Exploration Of The History And Psychology Of Aquatic Horror” tomorrow in Los Angeles with more courses of carnage to come!

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Doug Bradley Wants To Play Pinhead Again In A ‘The Scarlet Gospels’ Movie Adaptation

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This is exciting news for fans of the actor and the franchise. In an exclusive interview with Bloody Disgusting, Doug Bradley says, I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. Check out more of what he says in the interview below.

Movie Scene from Hellraiser (1987)

Doug Bradley says, “I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. I’ve never said I’m retired from it. I’m sensible about these things, too. I was in my mid-30s when I first played the character, and I was just turning 50 when I played him the last time. I ain’t in that age range anymore. I’m now in my 70th year, and to some extent, I think special effects makeup is a younger man’s game.”

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Then, when talking about a movie adaptation of The Scarlet Gospels, he says “If we did that, we could maybe present an older Pinhead to be aware of the fact that I am the age I am, that time and gravity does what time and gravity does. An older, darker Pinhead would intrigue me, one not so much in love with the flippant one-liners and the witty comebacks and so forth.”

Deleted Scene from Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)

The Scarlet Gospels is a novel written by Clive Barker that was published in 2015. It served as a continuation of his novel The Hellbound Heart and the Harry D’Amour stories. The book followed the story of the Hell Priest, the demonic Cenobite nicknamed “Pinhead”, and his efforts to gain power. Occult detective Harry D’Amour must journey into Hell to rescue his friend and stop the Hell Priest’s plans.”

Movie Scene from Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

While Bradley does state he is too old for the role, The Scarlet Gospels follows an older pinhead which would work perfectly for the actor. Are you excited about the news of him playing the character again if this adaptation happens? Let us know in the comments below.

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Season 5 of HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Is Greenlit

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Whether you liked Issa López’s interpretation of HBO’s True Detective: Night Country, the streamer has given her the go-ahead for another season, the fifth for the long-running series.

That’s right López will once again take the reigns of True Detective which HBO says the Night Country installment was its most-watched season of the creepy series to date, with its finale (aired on February 18) getting the highest viewership numbers since its premiere in January.

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True Detective: Night Country

“From conception to release, ‘Night Country’ has been the most beautiful collaboration and adventure of my entire creative life,” López told Variety. “HBO trusted my vision all the way, and the idea of bringing to life a new incarnation of ‘True Detective’ with Casey, Francesca and the whole team is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go again.”

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Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming added, “Issa López is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit. She helmed ‘True Detective: Night Country’ from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera. Alongside Jodie and Kali’s impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.”

López was very verbal on social media about doing Night Country, from the announcement she got the gig, until its completion. You might know her work outside of HBO starting with the sublime 2017 supernatural thriller Tigers Are Not Afraid.

Some viewers were divided on the supernatural direction Lopez took True Detective, but the overall consensus is that it was a great twist to an already phenomenal series.

True Detective: Night Country stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as two investigators examining the strange mass death of an Ennis, Alaska research team who may or may not have succumbed to a curse perpetuated by the indigenous people of the area.

There is no word yet on plot details but keep checking back with us and we will keep you posted.

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Josh Brolin Replaces Pedro Pascal in New Zach Cregger Film ‘Weapons’

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Horror fans who loved Zach Cregger’s Barbarian will be excited to hear that his new project Weapons is still in active production. An exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter states that Josh Brolin is in negation for the film’s lead role.

The role was originally meant for Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us) but a scheduling conflict with the new Fantastic Four film has caused him to leave the project. This is an interesting decision on the part of Pascal. The Fantastic Four film franchise hasn’t exactly gone well in the past. But hey, there’s a first time for everything, right?

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Pedro Pascal

Luckily, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War) is showing up to fill the position. Horror fans have been wildly excited about the new project from Zach Cregger, even though very little is known about the project.

The Hollywood Report states that the film is ‘an interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of Magnolia“. And I’ll be honest, I have no idea what that means, but it sounds amazing. If anyone can pull off a film like that, it’s Josh Brolin.

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This would technically be Josh Brolin’s first horror film. The actor has been known to be very picky about who he worked with in the past. Fans are taking this as an indication that the film will be well written. Or at the very least, have an original concept.

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