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Patton Oswalt: Death Bed

If you only know Patton Oswalt from his stint on King of Queens or as the voice of Remy from Ratatouille, you should do yourself a favor and check out some of his stand-up. On his most recent comedy album Werewolves and Lollypops he talks about how his job as a screenwriter in Hollywood got harder with the DVD release of an obscure 70's horror film called Death Bed: The Bed That Eats.

Apocalypse Mixtape Part VII: The Final Sacrifice

The Cold War was the war that just kept on giving. The space race, Yakov Smirnoff, Invasion U.S.A.; none of these would exist without the paranoia and constant fear that with the press of a button the world would be reduced to a cinder and we'd all start wearing clothes made out of used tires and spikes, driving sweet tricked-out dune buggies and fighting in a gladiator ring for the pleasure of Tina Turner.

Anno Dracula

You know that old saying "never judge a book by its cover"? Well, I do it all the time. Hell, I judge people by the covers of the books they're reading. Sometimes, though, a publisher tries to cash in on a trend by slapping a misleading cover on a book and trying to draw in the wrong crowd. This phenomenon is certainly not limited to books - a while back there were reports of people walking out of Sweeney Todd in droves because the trailer never really made it clear that Johnny Depp was going to be singing all through it.

Apocalypse Mixtape Part VI: Blood Wings

Reader Farkwit McFakename writes:

Dear John,

The Return of Richard Stanley

Richard Stanley, the South African director of cult favorites Hardware and Dust Devil, is slowly tunneling his way out of the movie jail he's been trapped in for over a decade after clashes with Val Kilmer led to him being fired four days into the shoot of the 1996 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Graffiti + Animation = Muto

This is a very cool idea done incredibly well. It must have taken a ton of work and I'm especially amazed that even as the video kept going on and on the artist continued to come up with new ways to interact with the environment. Somehow the artwork reminds me of both Bill Plympton and Keith Haring. Excellent stuff.

Apocalypse Mixtape Part V: A New Beginning

In Apocalypse Mixtape we search out songs with themes that fit into the horror genre.

On today's very special episode of Apocalypse Mixtape, instead of single songs, we're going to look at some album-length horror based music.

Album: Fantomas - The Director's Cut
Song: Rosemary's Baby

RIP John Phillip Law

John Phillip Law, the tall, steel-eyed star of numerous Italian sci-fi and action films, passed away this week at the age of 70. Law is probably best known for his role as Pygar, the blind angel love interest of Jane Fonda in "Barbarella", but cult film/Beastie Boys/MST3K fans will recognize him as the star of Mario Bava's psychedelic comic book film "Danger: Diabolik". Law also starred opposite Lee Van Cleef in the classic spaghetti western "Death Rides a Horse", a movie Quentin Tarantino liberally sto... er, borrowed from when making "Kill Bill".

In a World...

This one's been around for a while, but it's still pretty awesome. It's weird to me that these guys have actual physical bodies and aren't just disembodied voices imprisoned by the studios in some sort of Lemarchand box, eternally damned to narrate the trailer for every movie Michael Bay shits outs.

The Strangers: Based on a True Story?

Yep, guess so.

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