Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Revenants Poster

We now have a graphic for our upcoming zombie play, The Revenants, by Scott T. Barsotti. The show opens April 20th, 2009 at the Angel Island Theater in Chicago. This intimate, dare I say, claustrophobic production will be directed by WildClaw company member, Anne Adams.


Poster by Charlie Athanas

Friday, December 26, 2008

Top Ten Holiday-Themed Horror Movies

Courtesy of our own Dr. AC. Feel free to rate, berate, and second-guess.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)
This groundbreaking proto-slasher, produced four years before John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, focuses on an escaped maniac taking refuge in the attic of the local sorority house. With stars Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, John Saxon and Keir Dullea, it’s a terrific mix of well-realized characters and stylish sequences of suspense and terror. Director Bob Clark would later helm the more family friendly holiday classic, A CHRISTMAS STORY.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006)
This ill-advised remake follows the modern trend of providing a ludicrous backstory for its crazies, with the results being an exercise is unpleasant splatter without a fraction of the original’s intelligence or wit. Andrea Martin, who played one of the sorority sisters in the 1974 classic, returns as the house mother this time around.

CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980)
Writer/director Lewis Jackson’s low budget holiday card to the masses features Brandon Maggart as a mentally unstable toy factory worker who loves Christmas so much, he keeps a “Naughty and Nice” book and come the Yuletide season, he dons his suit of red and proceeds to paint the town the same color.

DEAD OF NIGHT (1945)
Highly influential British horror anthology (the first of its kind, in fact) is best known for its closing sequence with ventriloquist Michael Redgrave matching wits with his dummy, but there’s also a dandy Christmas ghost tale that will send a shiver down your spine.

DON'T OPEN 'TIL CHRISTMAS (1984)
In a twist, rather than a psycho in a Santa suit, this English slasher flick features a serial killer who is targeting the jolly elf himself, or at least anyone dressed like him. If you ever harbored ill will toward a department store Santa for some traumatic childhood shopping mall experience, this is the film for you.

GREMLINS (1984)
Joe Dante’s instant classic features the cute fuzzy Mogwai, who must be kept away from water, out of the sunlight and never, ever fed after midnight. When these rules are inevitably broken, they multiply and become the malevolent reptilian “Gremlins” who set about bringing Zach Galligan’s small town to its knees, cackling all the while. Terrific creature design (Chris Walas, who would win an Oscar for David Cronenberg’s THE FLY in two years) combined with Chris Columbus’ razor sharp black comic script make this one for the ages. Phoebe Cates’ chimney monologue haunts us still.


JACK FROST (1996)
A killer snowman movie? Yep. Haven’t seen this one personally, but here’s the plot summary from IMDb: “A serial killer is genetically mutated in car wreck on the way to his execution. After which, he becomes a murdering snowman hell-bent on revenge for the sheriff who caught him.” The film’s tagline? “He’s chillin’ and killin’.” Niiiiiice.

NEW YEARS EVIL (1980)
During an L.A. New Year's Eve concert broadcast, "First Lady of Rock n' Roll" Roz Kelly ("Pinky Tuscadero" from HAPPY DAYS!) gets a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered--and she will be the last one. Sadly, it's not nearly as much fun as it sounds, the acting is pretty awful, and the whole thing is padded out with exhaustingly lame musical numbers.

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE (1993)
Masterful fantasy film from producer Tim Burton (who also provided the screen story) and director Henry Selick . Through wondrous stop-motion animation, the tale is spun of Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, who inadvertently discovers ChristmasTown but seems a little unclear on the concept. Simply sublime.

P2 (2007)
A businesswoman (Rachel Nichols) is pursued by a psychopath (AMERICAN BEAUTY’S Wes Bentley) after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve. Slickly made, so-so thriller.

SANTA CLAWS (1996)
Genre fave Debbie Rochon plays a scream queen (now that’s casting!) with a couple of problems: her marriage is falling apart and her nice guy next-door is obsessed with her and eventually begins dressing up like Santa Claus and killing people with a claw.

SANTA'S SLAY (2005)
Pro wrestler-turned-actor Bill Goldberg plays a killer Santa in this farcical black comedy starring every B-and-C lister available for a cameo, including Dave Thomas, Chris Kattan, Fran Drescher, Rebecca Gayheart, and Robert Culp. Worth watching for the first five minutes, which are a lot of fun, but quickly loses steam.

SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT (1974)
This underrated atmospheric chiller starring Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov and horror icon John Carradine lacks the polish of Bob Clark’s BLACK CHRISTMAS, but does share several similarities (menacing phone calls, decent body count). Worth checking out, and available on many of the bargain basement multi-packs.

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984)
The film’s notorious ad campaign is the stuff of legend. The movie itself? ‘S okay. After his parents are murdered, a young tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. In one of the most memorable sequences, oft-topless scream queen Linnea Quigley shows off her bountiful assets before being impaled on a set of antlers.

Followed by four sequels, only the first two of which carry on the Killer Santy storyline in any fashion whatsoever. The first follow-up, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 (1987), utilizes a highly exorbitant amount of flashback footage from the original - nearly half its running time!

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 3: BETTER WATCH OUT (1989)

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 4: INITIATION (1990)

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER (1991)

Haven’t seen any of these yet, although the last of these stars none other than Mickey Rooney. Now that’s scary.

TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972)
One of the best Amicus anthologies kicks off with “All Through the House,” a story about a spouse-murdering Joan Collins being terrorized by an escaped lunatic in a Santa suit on Christmas Eve. Talk about being ahead of your time.

TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT (1980)
Rare as all get out, this low budget effort bears the dubious honor of being one of the first Santa Claus slashers and features David Hess (star of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) in the director’s chair.

Monday, December 22, 2008

L. A. Banks Madame Isis Sword Contest


Damali Richard's Madame Isis Vampire-Killing Sword

You can own Damali Richard’s Madame Isis shero sword. The Devil’s Candy Store is holding an essay contest that will be judged by L. A. Banks. The winner will receive the Madame Isis sword created by Hollywood armourer, Tony Swatton (a $6,000 value).

Originally to be offered at auction, this gold-plated, gem-encrusted, one-of-a-kind vampire-killing sword will end up in the hands of the Vampire Huntress Legend most deserving fan. The winner will be presented with the Madame Isis sword on Saturday, February 14, 2009 during the Twelve Tribes Convergence Summit in Philadelphia, PA.

Here is the contest:
1. Write a one page essay that answers these questions:
a. Which major themes in the Vampire Huntress Legend series resonated with you?
b. Why will you make the best "Keeper of the Sword"?
2. The font size must be no smaller than 12 point.
3. No more than 600 words.
4. Any entry not meeting the criteria will be disqualified.
5. Entries must be by e-mailed to charlie.athanas@thedevilscandystore.com by midnight, January 31, 2009.

Contest Small Print (Please read):
- Applicants must be age 21 or over, as this sword can be considered a weapon.
- All essays will be passed on to L. A. Banks without names attached to allow the best essay to win on it’s own merits.
- Armourer Tony Swatton, The Devil's Candy Store, L.A. Banks are not responsible in any way for any injury sustained in the future by the sword.
- Armourer Tony Swatton, The Devil's Candy Store, L.A. Banks are not responsible for any future repairs of the Madame Isis Sword and/or its case.
- The deadline for receipt of your essay is midnight on January 31, 2009.
- This contest is sponsored by The Devil's Candy Store and in accordance with the wishes of author and creator L.A. Banks.
- Only one entry per person is accepted. - The winner need not be present.
- The prize is as stated and there will be no exchanges of prizes given.
- The Devil's Candy Store, L.A. Banks, and the L.A. Banks Street Team all have the right to post the winning entry and winner's image on any promotional materials, printed material, YouTube, and on all L.A. Banks and The Devil’s Candy Store related forums, blogs and online social networks.
- The winner must sign an image release permitting use of their image on any promotional materials to qualify for receipt of the Madame Isis sword.


Madame Isis Vampire-Killing Sword (detail)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Your Own Krampus


© 07 Christopher Bonnette

Stylus is giving away via download Christopher Bonnette's sweet Krampus flatpack toy. Print out, cut and assemble. Instant Krampus (with a bad child thrown in to complete the scene.) The link to download Krampus is just below the greeting cards near the bottom of the page.

While you're there, check out all of the other cool art. Sweet.

Episode #005 Dave Dorman Interview & Horror News!

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In this episode: Interview with artist Dave Dorman and News from the magical land of Horror!


more extensive show notes coming at ya when I ain't so tired....

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tis The Season of - KRAMPUS


Krampus

"Krampen" - an Old High German word for "claw". How appropriate! Turns out old St. Nick used to be accompanied by an incubus (Krampus) to keep those little Alpine children from misbehavin' all year. What a lovely tradition.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds - Barbie-style



Remember when your kid sister longed to have a doll that she could have run screaming from a horde of killer birds? Hmm... I don't.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Episode #004 A Lovecraft Holiday

In this episode: A Scene from The Dreams in the Witchhouse, Horrorific Holiday Gifts, Interview with Kenneth Hite, News from the Witchhouse and more!

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*Note this podcast is in the mp4a format in order to have some photo fanciness...you can convert it in itunes to the mp3 format in order to enjoy it on non-apple mp3 players.

The Dreams in the Witchhouse: Dumbroski played by Brian Amidei and Gilman played by Thomas Whittingham.

Give the Gift of Horror this Christmas...

Search Etsy for Lovecraft.
Get your honey a Santa Cthulhu, a tentacle pendant, or a zombie attack lampshade, or perhaps a festive Vampire Teddy bear?

Shop at Horrorbles in Berwyn!
Get a swell t-shirt at The Devil's Candy Store!
Send your sweetie back to school with Horror 101!

Interview with Kenneth Hite from Weird Tales Magazine
Trail of Cthulhu Role Playing Game


The Call of Cthulhu...best roleplaying game ever.

Support Wildclaw Theatre in 2009 and thanks for all your help in 2008!

WildClaw Kenneth Hite Interview


Kenneth Hite

We have a brand new, exclusive interview with Weird Tales Magazine Lovecraft columnist, Kenneth Hite. Ken is also an award-winning Role Playing Game designer with his recently released Trail of Cthulhu from Pelgrane Press.

Some excerpts from the Kenneth Hite interview:
"(Charley Sherman's) decisions sort of build out the city of Arkham and what’s going on, with the witch cult and the disappearing babies every May Eve and the whole rest of it. Giving it that sort of… what I told Charley - invert noir. Where you’ve got this dark secret that encompasses the whole town and the people who find out about it are literally the two least powerful characters in the entire play – Gilman and the girl. So, I thought that was structurally really interesting and obviously anything with blood and monsters and hyperspace is great fun to watch and they did a great job with that part too."

"Some people come to Lovecraft for the sense of mounting dread and personal annihilation that Lovecraft does in his stories as well. Something like Gilman in Dreams in the Witch House and the play carries that off terrifically."


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dr. AC interviewed on Racks n' Razors

Aaron Christensen: WildClawing Weirdness with the Editor of Horror 101 by Brian Kirst



"Aaron Christensen, or Dr. AC to those in the know, is not only the editor of the seminal book HORROR 101 (available at Amazon.com and elsewhere), one of the most comprehensive and fun guides to the horror genre, but he is also one of the founding members of Chicago's WildClaw Theatre (www.wildclawtheatre.com), a brilliantly inventive Midwest theatre company devoted to bringing works of horror to the stage. With HORROR 101's continual presence (and rave reviews) in such magazines as Fangoria and HorrorHound, Christensen has become a known commodity across the world, but his heart truly lies in Illinois and its community of scare loving fans is all the better for it.

AC recently took some time from his busy schedule to answer some questions for Racks and Razors..."

More at http://racksandrazors.com/aaron.html

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Barbie of the Undead

Make your own Barbie of the Undead! Just in time for Christmas.



When you are done, continue your zombie-lovin' urges by heading over to the WildClaw site and picking up your tickets to The Revenants. Opening April 20th at Angel Island Theatre in Chicago, this zombie drama will be directed by WildClaw's own, Anne Adams, and was written by Scott T. Barsotti.

Of course, that assumes that you've already seen The Dreams in the Witch House, currently playing at the Athenaeum Theatre until Dec. 21st. Only 8 more shows left!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sean Hannity Exposes Real Vampires!

If there is a pop culture danger to warn Real America about, Sean Hannity and Fox News are going to be the ones to do it. This time - it's vampires among us!

Our Thoughts Go Out to Bettie Page


Bettie Page

Our thoughts go out to Bettie Page who suffered from a heart attack Tuesday. She is listed in critical condition in a coma.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sci-fi's grand old man, Forrest J Ackerman, dies

Yesterday, we lost a true pioneer and a champion. Uncle Forry gave many of us a community where being a sci-fi, fantay or horror fan was not something to be ridiculed or to be ashamed of. Rest well, sweet and loveable dark prince...



By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES – Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term "sci-fi," has died. He was 92.

Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman's estate.

Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion overlooking Los Angeles.

"He became the Pied Piper, the spiritual leader, of everything science fiction, fantasy and horror," Burns said Friday.

Every Saturday morning that he was home, Ackerman would open up the house to anyone who wanted to view his treasures. He sold some pieces and gave others away when he moved to a smaller house in 2002, but he continued to let people visit him every Saturday for as long as his health permitted.

"My wife used to say, 'How can you let strangers into our home?' But what's the point of having a collection like this if you can't let people enjoy it?" an exuberant Ackerman told The Associated Press as he conducted a spirited tour of the mansion on his 85th birthday.

His collection once included more than 50,000 books, thousands of science-fiction magazines and such items as Bela Lugosi's cape from the 1931 film "Dracula."

His greatest achievement, however, was likely discovering Bradbury, author of the literary classics "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles." Ackerman had placed a flyer in a Los Angeles bookstore for a science-fiction club he was founding and a teenage Bradbury showed up.

Later, Ackerman gave Bradbury the money to start his own science-fiction magazine, Futuria Fantasia, and paid the author's way to New York for an authors meeting that Bradbury said helped launch his career.

"I hadn't published yet, and I met a lot of these people who encouraged me and helped me get my career started, and that was all because of Forry Ackerman," the author told the AP in 2005.

Later, as a literary agent, Ackerman represented Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and numerous other science-fiction writers.

He said the term "sci-fi" came to him in 1954 when he was listening to a car radio and heard an announcer mention the word "hi-fi."

"My dear wife said, 'Forget it, Forry, it will never catch on,'" he recalled.

Soon he was using it in Famous Monsters of Filmland, the magazine he helped found in 1958 and edited for 25 years.

Ackerman himself appeared in numerous films over the years, usually in bit parts. His credits include "Queen of Blood," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein," "Amazon Women on the Moon," "Vampirella," "Transylvania Twist," "The Howling" and the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video. More recently, he appeared in 2007's "The Dead Undead" and 2006's "The Boneyard Collection."

Ackerman returned briefly to Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1990s, but he quickly fell out with the publisher over creative differences. He sued and was awarded a judgment of more than $375,000.

Forrest James Ackerman was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 1916. He fell in love with science-fiction, he once said, when he was 9 years old and saw a magazine called Amazing Stories. He would hold onto that publication for the rest of his life.

Ackerman, who had no children, was preceded in death by his wife, Wendayne.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Making of The Dreams in the Witch House Poster

During the making of the play The Great God Pan earlier this year, Charlie Athanas documented that play's poster design process pretty thoroughly. Now that The Dreams in the Witch House is up and running and getting good reviews, we thought we would expose the guts of that poster. (Go see the play!)

The play's director and adaptor, Charley Sherman, wanted the poster to feel dark with blues and grays and the feeling of metal to express the city of Arkham. Arkham is H. P. Lovecraft's infamous city of nightmares where the play takes place. Athanas had done a teaser graphic that was photo manipulating via Photoshop filters, but it was a rush job and not what he wanted ultimately.


The Dreams in the Witch House teaser graphic

So when it came time to produce the final graphic, Athanas pulled several photos he had taken at various places and chose three to work with. He often pulls from his random photo files to either place them into designs completely unrelated to the topic or to use as reference for a drawing. He learned from Sparth (one of his favorite concept art artists) at the Massive Black Revelations Symposium this past January in Seattle, that Sparth does this all the time in his concept art designs. He will even take old finished concept art pieces and use them for textures and design elements in newer pieces.

Here are the three photos Athanas choose to work with:


A cool dilapidated iron fence in his neighborhood


A view from inside Northwestern Evanston hospital


A church steeple down the block from his house

He combined the three of them in Photoshop layers and composed and cropped to get this:



Athanas used the Plastic Wrap filter on the two non-steeple photos and adjusted Levels on all of them to get the contrasts he wanted and the textures suitably creepy.

From there he started playing with some type ideas for the title -


In the end, Athanas realized that something needed to be in this landscape and he initially had a hooded, vague shape with a rat's tail sticking out from the cloak to hint at the character, Brown Jenkins. After showing it to the director, they realized that it wasn't strong enough and Athanas went to a clearer rat image. This turned out to be for the best, because rats play a large role in the play and Arkham. After hours of trying to find the right way to fit in Lovecraft's name and his very long story title, this is the final image for the poster:


The Dreams in the Witch House poster graphic


Poster detail

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Catch Dreams in the Witch House Before It Closes

Get your tickets now!

Only 12 more performances of The Dreams in the Witch House are left. We must close on December 21st.

"Spectacular" (Killer-works)
"RECOMMENDED - I was completely entertained..." (Chicago Reader)
"A Gruesome Treat" (Time Out Chicago)
"You'd be a fool to miss..." (Viking Youth Power Hour)
"Well Worth Seeing" (Kitley's Krypt)
"Immense Entertainment" (Horror Society)

2008 Deathscribe Winner With His Bloody Axe


Albert and his axe

Albert Gerber was the first ever winner of a Deathscribe Bloody Axe for his horror play, Dark and Stormy (directed by Don Hall). He sent us this proud photo of himself and the axe. We are gearing up for Deathscribe 2009, so stay tuned for announcements. Get those scary thoughts to paper and see if you can win the 2009 Bloody Axe. Perfect for the mantle and ideal for clearing brush.

Although very biased, here is what Don Hall (director of the winning 2008 play) wrote on his website about his Deathscribe experience:

"Let me tell ya, these WildClaw kids are ones to look out for. The place was packed, the tech was extensive and well worked out, the event was like going to a comic book convention for horror fans."

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dreams in the Witch House Theme Song?

Courtesy of J. David Moeller and Chris Gagnon, we have an uncannily appropriate theme song for The Dreams in the Witch House theme.

Perhaps to be played at WildClaw's introduction at next year's Jeff Awards ceremony? Not likely. Perhaps to make H.P. Lovecraft and Charley Sherman spin in their graves? Probably. Regardless, I think it's brilliant.

http://s65.photobucket.com/albums/h225/starofgodchurch/New%20Stuph/?action=view¤t=TheTimeWarp-1.flv

It's astounding, time is fleeting
Madness takes its toll
But listen closely, not for very much longer
I've got to keep control

I remember doing the Time Warp
Drinking those moments when
The blackness would hit me and the void would be calling
Let's do the time warp again...
Let's do the time warp again!

It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me
So you can't see me, no not at all
In another dimension, with voyeuristic intention
Well-secluded, I see all

With a bit of a mind flip
You're there in the time slip
And nothing can ever be the same
You're spaced out on sensation, like you're under sedation
Let's do the Time Warp again!

The Ladies of Horror (SDCC 08)

Over at KPBS Comic-Con News they have a fun set of interviews from the floor of the San Diego Comic-Con 2008. Women like Jovanka Vuckovic, Elvira and Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser) all talk about their horror fun. Jovanka has a great quote in the middle of the piece - "We need more chicks in horror!"

Witch House Opening Night Celebration

After The Dreams in the Witch House opened at the Athenaeum Theatre on November 16th, the cast and crew retired to the Four Moon Tavern for a well-deserved drink or two. And here are most of the beautiful people scaring the pants off of you.


Carolyn Klein, Thomas Whittington, Ryan Patrick Dolan, and Sean Bolger


Sean, Ron Kuzava, Jen Poulin, Karen Tarjan, and Charley Sherman


David O'Brien, Anne Adams, Casey Cunningham, and Scott Barsotti


Brian Amidei and Tom Hickey


Charley Sherman and Chris Hainsworth


Dr. A.C.


Charley Sherman and Paul Foster

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Horror Society Rave Review for Witch House

The lovely folks at Horror Society, specifically, Brian Kirst, posted a great review of The Dreams in the Witch House. Here are some snippets:

"WildClaw Theatre’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House is full of all the things that one would expect from Chicago’s premiere company devoted to works of horror and the macabre.(D)irector-adaptor Charley Sherman provides a strong emotional core as we become spiritually invested in the quests of the show’s young heroes- Lillith and Gilman. Ultimately, whether you’ve taken multiple trips to the other side of the Necronomicon or not, WildClaw’s journey into The Dreams in the Witch House will provide immense entertainment and frequent moments of spine tingling fun."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mudpuppy Monsters Tin

A toy of joy - Mudpuppy Magnetic Monsters Tin!

"With mysterious backgrounds like haunted houses and alien planets and over 40 imaginative monster parts, you have everything you need to create scary, funny, and totally crazy monsters! Mix and match body parts to create monsters Dr. Frankenstein never dreamed of!

The Mudpuppy Magnetic Monsters Figures Tin is a great travel activity. Magnets stick straight to the tin for compact, portable fun."

A WildClaw Approved Toy.

Friday, November 28, 2008

FIT Does Gothic

The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC has a cool Gothic exhibit going on right now and an extensive website to go with it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Survival Research Lab Turns 30

If you don't know about Mark Pauline and SRL, you should.


Image by Garth Webb

True Blood Opening

Over at Art of the Title they got a great little analysis of the True Blood TV series opening title sequence.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Part 5

They talk about The Dreams In The Witch House in this final entry.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Part 4

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fascinating BBC documentary that might interest you folks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Viking Youth Power Hour Review of Witch House

Those horror fiends at the Viking Youth Power Hour wrote about their experience at The Dreams in the Witch House. Here are some choice excerpts:

"This past weekend I spent one of the more enjoyable Saturday night’s I’ve had in Chicago in some time at our city’s resident 'Horror Theatre' experts newest production, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 'The Dreams in the Witch House.'

'Witch House' tells the story of a young mathematics genius with a mysterious past, Walter Gilman, taking to school at the infamous Miskatonic University. Before our fated hero can even unpack his bags he’s beset by terrible omens, rat faced humans, odd foreigners, and troubling dreams encouraging geometry as a means to a rather inhabited fourth dimension. By the end of the show we’ve been treated to spirit possession, incest, baby pies, glowing pentagrams, an awesome chameo from an Old One, plenty of madness and witchery and enough murder to keep that old impotent cunt Dick Cheney horny for a week. In short, it’s a delicious trollop through the highest roads of horror's greatest riffs.

The performances were great as well... But what sets Wildclaw apart from other theatre groups is that they aren’t just pursuing art by way of theatre, they’re pursuing theatre by way of Horror. And this love of the wicked permeates every aspect of the show.

(Y)ou’d be fool to miss the WildClaw Theatre’s production of 'The Dreams in the Witch House'."

For the full review, check it out here.

Killer-works Review of The Dreams in the Witch House

"The Dreams in the Witch House is spectacular, in the old school, carnival funhouse sense of the word.

Do you like your theatre eerie, gory and surprisingly witty? Enjoy your protagonists pale and plagued by witches? Your good guys questionable (to say the least), and your bad guys such gibbering maniacs that the word "bad" no longer applies? The Dreams in the Witch House has it all. Plus The Necronomicon. Which is just cool. "
C.S.E. Cooney - Killer-works.com (see full review)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Dreams in the Witch House

The Dreams in the Witch House opened last night. Blood flowed, heads cracked, babies were stolen, and dimensions shifted. A fun time had by all! Come see the show. If you are a reader of this blog, you know it is time to buy those tickets and get on down to the Athenaeum for a taste of WildClaw Theatre madness.

If you live in New York, you should check out "The Call of Cthulhu" exhibition of sequential narratives from the School of Visual Arts.


© 2008 Lisel Ashcock

The Call of Cthulhu
November 21 - December 13, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, November 25, 6-8pm
601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, NY, NY

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It Has Begun - Arkham Awaits


Big begins building

Today we erected the set for H. P. Lovecraft's The Dreams in the Witch House at the Athenaeum Theater. Tech week has officially started. Platforms have been hoisted, screws tightened, paint flung. We open next Sunday, November 16th and run through December 21st.

Get your tickets now for WildClaw's most ambitious show. Centerstage has already called it a Must-See Show and Fangoria is telling you to obey that impulse and see it.

Here's what they said about WildClaw's The Great God Pan earlier this year:

"If this is the WildClaw standard for horror, we’ll gladly be horrified again"
-TimeOut Chicago

"Fantastically executed"
-Killer_works.com

"It delivers the guts and gore you crave and you may actually get blood splattered on you"
-The Chicagoist

"Spooky fun in the vein of the classic Hammer Films thrillers of the 1950s and '60s"
-Chicago Reader

You probably heard that Deathscribe was a blast. So what are you waiting for? Arkham awaits.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Clive Barker at Packer Schopf Gallery

This past weekend, after the Music Box Massacre 4 event, Clive Barker had a showing of his artwork at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, which included new pieces based on Midnight Meat Train. It was well attended and the new pieces are spectacular.

Photos from the Packer Schopf show.


Clive Barker and Charlie Athanas
© 2008 Anthony Kosar

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tura Satana - Tattoo Factory Gallery


© 2008 Dave Dorman

This Thursday night, October 30th, the Tattoo Factory Gallery and Pabst Blue Ribbon present Tura! Tura! Tura! A group art show happening celebrating the stunning, sexy, kickasstastic Tura Satana! Superstar of Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

From 7-11PM at 4443 N. Broadway, Chicago.

Featuring artists like Shag, Niagara, Glenn Barr, Molly Grabapple, Lisa Petrucci, Mark Atomos Pilon, Lou Brooks, Dave Dorman, Alex Wald, Mitch O'Connell and many more. Live performances by burlesque showstoppers "The Flaming Dames", with D.J. Joe Black's Midnight Spook Show. Fire breathers! Searchlights! Valet parking!!

A portion of the proceedings benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Apna Ghar Domestic Violence Shelter.


© 2008 Alex Wald

Chainsaw Maid

And now, for your Halloween pleasure - Chainsaw Maid! Singing birds! Zombies! Gore Galore!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Omnicircus Performance

In 1982, when I first arrived in Chicago, I answered a flyer in the Gingerman bar for a film looking for a synthesizer player. At the time I was sleeping on the floor of the Leo Lerner Theater box office, very broke, and often drunk. How could I say no? This was how I met the amazing Frank Garvey and his eternal film project - Omnicircus. In 1988, it turned into a live performance project. Think Survival Research Lab meets pre-war Munich and the birth of cabaret.

If you are in San Francisco, I urge you to check this event out. It is bound to entertain, mesmerize, and probably frighten and disturb you in ways you hadn't thought possible in our jaded universe today.



OmniCircus presents another fabulous EVENT-

A surreal anthem to the urban night
THOUSAND FACES BALL
DARK INDUSTRIAL CABARET!

Join Frank Garvey plus the MOTH NOR RUST Band for
2 BIG Saturday SHOWS!

November 1st & 8th @ 8pm

at OmniCircus

OPENING ACT: CUBAN CIGAR CRISIS

THOUSAND FACES BALL is a multimedia performance with
robots, music, projections, dance, performance and video...
Come experience our newest experimental surreal melo-drama
with the new OmniCircus band - MOTH NOR RUST

Featuring Underground Chanteuse and SUPERSTAR OmniDiva of
the Hell-blasted Streets -
JOAN LOON

The FIERY FURY of SPOKEN PREACHMENTS and Imprecations -
Reverand COSMO

The Honorable and Most Beneficial -
Colonel GEOFFREY POND
Of the Commandos of the LAST DAYS;

SARGENT-at-ARMS of the CHURCH of the 7th BARDO -
ARCHDUDE GARVEY

The Birdman of ABRACADABRA -
Dave GURSOM

The LADIES Auxiliary of the
JUNIOR DRAGONS of MYSTERY

And the Highly Sexually Sought-after CAN'T AFFORDIAN of the ACCORDIAN -
SPACE KAT THOMAS

As well as genius Multi-instrumentalist and Insta-mentalist -
COLFAX (aka Daniel BERKMAN)

and LINDEN the Lord of LOW-DOWN

And the Guru of Unholy Groundlings, the Terror and FIRST RESPONSE
PUNISHER of all Evolutionary LOTTERY LOSERS such as SMALL MAMMALS,
BIRDS, MICE and FLEAS...
SIR MONKEY!

PARTY AFTER THE SHOWS!!

$10 suggested donation
http://www.omnicircus.com
Please call 415-701-0686 for more information.

The OmniCircus is located at 550 Natoma Street,
between Mission and Howard and 6th and 7th Streets,
in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) district.
The door is on Russ Street.

Let The Right One In Trailer

Over at Apple's trailer site, they have a preview of the vampire flick, Let The Right One In. So much better than the YouTube version we posted earlier.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lovecraft Opening and Weird Tales Event

WildClaw Theatre, in conjunction with Weird Tales Magazine, is celebrating Weird Tales 85th Anniversary. Weird Tales was founded in Chicago in March, 1923 and they are happy to have found a Chicago company that utilizes the stories that made them great. Our first show was Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan and on November 16th WildClaw will present H. P. Lovecraft's The Dreams in the Witch House.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Music Box Massacre 4

If you had a great time at Deathscribe and your Halloween vibe is cooking, come on back to the Music Box Theatre for more scary fun.


Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train

Come to the Music Box Massacre 4. WildClaw will be there. Clive Barker will be there. You'll be there.

Showtimes
Noon The Haunted House
12:30pm Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1:45pm The Old Dark House
3:15pm Eyes Without A Face
5pm May (with director Lucky McKee in person)
7:30pm Midnight Meat Train (with Clive Barker in person)
10:15pm Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (with director Joseph Zito in person)
12:30pm Dead Alive
2:15am Phantom of the Paradise
4am Black Sabbath
6am Pieces
7:45am Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
9:30 am Exorcist
Plus:
Vendor tables! Appearances by Count Midnight and Aaron "Dr. AC" Christensen! Rusty Nails will MC! A live auction for AIDS charity Vital Bridges! Free Monster drinks! Prizes! Surprises! Wear a costume! Wear pajamas! Bring your sleeping bag! Bring your pillows!

Tickets are $27 in advance, $33 at the door. Pay once and come and go as you like! Advance tickets are available now at the theatre box office, Laurie's Planet of Sound, or through Ticketweb


*In addition to Mr. Barker's appearance at the Music Box Massacre, original concept paintings from the film MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, along with other artwork, will be on display at the Packer Schopf Gallery (942 W. Lake, Chicago, 312.226.8984, http://packergallery.com/barker/barker.html) on Sunday, October 26th.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book Videos



Neil Gaiman has been touring the country reading a chapter of his book The Graveyard Book at each stop. And all of these have been recorded so you can have Neil read the entire book to you.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Win Ghost House Pictures Underground Set



Quiet Earth is holding a contest until October 14th (hurry!) to win the Ghost House Underground box set.



Wednesday, October 8, 2008

WildClaw Season Two Teasers





See the entry below for ticket info for both of these shows.