It seems to be the theme of the world these days, but we have yet another horror movie remake coming our way as part of FrightFest UK, and we’re actually looking forward to this one making its way across the pond. The film being remade is Rabid, originally created in 1977, and in honor of the upcoming renovation, we’re going to take a look at the old film and see what it did right, what it did wrong. Then we’ll take a look at what we think should be updated in the newest edition and what should be left alone. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 1977 version of Rabid.
Rabid (1977)With a name like Rabid you’d rather expect the film to be about what's written on the tin, wouldn’t you? Well, you might just be surprised. The story doesn’t involve someone getting infected with this disease and going all Cujo on people, instead, it's about a woman’s recovery from a horrific accident. Following a motorcycle accident, our main character Rose has extensive injuries and a doctor who wants to try something new to help her heal.
The process involves the implantation of graphs with morphogenetic properties that he hopes will automatically form into replacements for the skin and organs that have become damaged. Rose wakes up in terror in the middle of the night over a month later and causes a bizarre injury to a fellow patient while they’re trying to calm her. It turns out that Rose has developed a stinger under her armpit and no longer has the capacity to eat normally, but must consume human blood.
Unfortunately, those who are injured by her stinger become infected with some strange condition (hence the titles name) and begin attacking people who, in turn, become infected. This leads to an ongoing zombie apocalypse style scenario that the news reports as ‘a new form of rabies’. The story drives on to a rather tragic end as Rose tries to find a way to stop the horror from progressing but can’t help but spread it.
The film does an excellent job of playing with multiple tropes, including the zombie apocalypse scenario (before it had been so overdone). Another great aspect is that our main character does not desire to spread the disease and is driven to do so, and is playing part and parcel in trying to find a cure. The most critically tragic part of it is where her attempts to do so lead to her own death, and her body being disposed of by those unaware that she is the progenitor and possible source of the cure.
We found the movie to be timeless and well-done, and it was enjoyable being exposed to special effects that were over 40 years old. The upcoming film has all the benefits of modern technology to create a horrific new version, but we hope they don’t go overboard on the CGI. The topics covered in the film are still topical, and in fact perhaps even more relevant today than they were at the time of the creation of the film. And WE know YOU know that watching a movie like this only whets your appetite for some of the most intense, realistic Zombie Masks and Zombie Costumes ever sold, right here at The Horror Dome!
You know what’s better than a hot plate of delicious Spanish food from your favorite ethnic restaurant? That same meal served up with a side of good old Spanish horror. Spain has a long history full of incredible mythology that has resulted in a genre of horror we just can’t get enough of. We’ve put together this list of Spanish films to serve as something of a primer to the style, but there are countless more out there - some full of realistic scary Halloween props and others with more horrific villains than even our scariest Halloween costumes.
The Blood-Spattered Bride
This film was created in 1972 and hearkens back to the original vampire story, Carmilla. The film is used as a platform for anti-fascism and involves a lesbian vampire seeking to separate a woman and her husband. Under the hand of Vicente Aranda, this film brings to life a newlywed couple's trip to a chilling mansion that served as the husband's childhood home. Violent dreams cause her to start pulling away from her husband and into the arms of Mircalla. Those who know will recognize this as another homage to Carmilla, to the rest of you, it’s time to read Carmilla.
The Awful Dr. Orlof
This production came together as the result of a Spanish and French corroboration and paved the way for what the horror genre in Spain was set to become. Obsession with perfection plays actively in this movie in the form of a mad surgeon trying to repair the face of his daughter with skin stolen from other women. All of this takes place with the assistance of his horrid assistant Morpho.
Horror Rises From The Tomb
This is an incredible film that blows the top off of the horror genre with the innovation it brought to the screen in its time. It all starts with severed heads, and it’s tough to go wrong from there. The head begins possessing people to try to find the rest of its body so that it can reform itself back into the powerful warlock it once was. We’re not sure where ‘Centuries dead dismembered warlock’ fits in the horror prop category, but it’d definitely make a fun Halloween costume.
Who Can Kill A Child?
One of the most notable talents of the Spanish directors is their ability to produce visually stunning films that have storylines that involve children doing horrible things. On vacation to what they believe to be a deserted island they encounter a band of children who steadily murder all adults that come near the island.
These four movies are incredible representations of the style of horror you can expect to experience from Spanish directors. The storytelling tends towards suspense and psychological horror while playing with social elements that can serve to make the viewer distinctly uncomfortable. These movies are a significant variation from our typical fare, and we never regret taking time to explore the newest ones available. If you’re looking to diversify your horror diet then its time to sit down with a great Spanish horror film and see what the old country has to offer.
With thousands of horror movies available on the market from every conceivable source today, it can be a little hard to pick the perfect villain out of a lineup. With incredible classics like Freddy Kreuger and Jason Vorhees mixing it up with new stars like Samara and Kayako Saeki how are we even supposed to choose? It wasn’t easy but we took the time to select a few of our favorite villains from the horror genre to share with you. This set of bad guys (and girls) really stands apart from the crowd.
Halloween’s Leading Man, Michael Myers
We have to start with a classic here as Michael Myers just become an icon of everything that’s great about horror films. Add in that the remakes of the original films have done nothing to dull his frightening intensity and you’re left with all the things that make a horror villain great. Utter silence, a murderous intent, and it all being done from behind a mask of emotionlessness. And, for a site like TheHorrorDome.com, we can only bow down at the undisputed king of Halloween Masks.
The Entity From It Follows
If you’re out in the world being sexually active, you’ve already got one specter of sex following you. That would be the fear of STD’s. The Entity from It Follows is what happens if a ghost and an STD come together and have a horrid horrid baby. To become The Entity’s victim, you have to have sex with someone who is currently being followed by it. This passes it on to them, and they can only get rid of it by doing the same. Once it has its sights on you it will hunt you down, or the person you passed it on to. This doesn’t get you out of it though, if the one you passed it to dies it’s coming back for you.
Mr. Babadook from The Babadook
No matter what you thought of this film you have to agree that the horrid creature that is Mr. Babadook is enough to give anyone nightmares. That creepy white face with the too perfect teeth, the dark encompassing black of its presence, and that terrible sound it makes makes it one of our favorite villains. We find him utterly bone-chilling and disturbing, and all the more-so for the depression and sorrow that he represents.
Samara From The Ring
Samara is an example of existential terror wrapped up with a fear of vengeance in the perfect little box. That’s right, a child. There is nothing so terrifying as children in horror, especially since they spend so much of their time in real life talking to things that aren’t there. If you didn’t side-eye your TV after watching the Ring, you’re made of stronger stuff than I.
These four represent our favorite beasties, pulled from the annals of old and new. While we’re always open to looking at new villains to inspire our favorite scary costumes and Halloween masks, none of them will ever quite take the place of these incredible leaders of horror.
If there’s one thing we love it’s diving into a horror movie from another country. There’s something engaging about learning how other cultures view horror and how their viewers consume it. Every culture seems to have its own areas of emphasis, and its own tropes they play with. In Spain, you’ll find many psychological thrillers with bizarre twists (The House At The End Of Time) while Mexico will deliver enough blood and violence for any fan of gore. The Golem was the first time we had the opportunity to see a film produced by an Israeli film company, and you better believe we were excited to check it out!
A Premise Mixed In Mythology and Tragedy
Of all the ancient Hebrew myths the one that is the most known is that of Lilith, first wife of Adam. Only slightly less well-known is that of the Golem, a powerful creature created by a Rabbi using the 72 special characters and the secret name of God. Having formed a great beast out of clay the rabbi inserted a piece of paper bound in a red thread into the mouth of it, bringing it to life.
The Golem reaches back to this story, showing us that the first summoning of a Golem ended in tragedy for everyone involved. It then brings us into the ‘modern day’ for the story (17th Century Lithuania) where we meet a Jewish community, Hanna in particular. Many of the names in this story are going to seem familiar if you know your Bible or Torah, and it becomes clear very quickly that the themes associated with them will be central to our tale.
Violence, Sickness, And Fear
After a regrettable encounter with Gentiles (Non-Jews) who are dying of the plague, the town gets invaded by outsiders convinced that ‘Jewish Spells’ have struck them down with this illness. Vladimir, leader of this group of gentiles, is particular grief-stricken as his daughter is currently in the last stage of the plague. They are told that if they don’t ‘lift their spells’ and save his daughter then their entire village will be slaughtered.
Our main character, Hanna, is a bundle of secrets that slowly get revealed throughout the film. We start getting a glimpse under the proverbial hood when we see her hiding under the building where the Rabbi teaches the secrets of the Kaballah. Her husband is loving and supportive of her in this and clearly does his best to see past the parochial thoughts of the community. Little does he know of the betrayal that awaits in the course of this film.
The storytelling in The Golem is excellent, and there’s a lot of different elements to discover as the tale unravels. If you’ve yet to see this incredible piece of horror we can’t encourage you enough to check it out. All of the major players are sympathetic in this story, and the end leaves you with more moral questions than it does answers. It's one of the best films we’ve seen recently as a result, and it’s definitely worth your time. And while we do not currently sell Golem Halloween props at this time, we do sell some of the scariest Halloween Costumes you've ever seen.