The Week In Horror: Festival Season Cometh, Zombies, ‘F13: The Final Chapter’ Turns 35

Eibon Press/Fulci Comics’ Zombie #7 is now on sale exclusively at their website. If you haven’t been keeping up, this is the official adaptation of Lucio Fulci’s classic zombie gorefest/unofficial sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. The series has wrapped up the actual adaptation and has now moved into sequel territory with an all-new story. Furthermore, publisher Shawn Lewis has been teasing The Beyond series, written by Stephen Romano. Be excited, fiends. I’ve been singing this company’s praises since before they launched!

The 23rd Edition of Fantasia International Film Festival has released their new poster and deadline for submissions, which is May 2nd, so, you might wanna get off your ass? The beautiful artwork is by Donal Caron. Stay tuned for full program announcements.

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Arguably the first or second best entry into the Friday the 13th franchise, The Final Chapter, turns 35 this weekend. Directed by The Prowler’s Joseph Zito, the movie features special FX by the master Tom Savini. It stars Ted White as Jason, Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis, and Crispin Glover as a dead fuck. This is really my second favorite, right behind Jason Lives, but we’re talking right behind. Aside from a couple of questionable story beats and a bit of silly dialogue here and there, Zito and company crafted one of the great slasher films of the 80s. Ted White portrayed a very physical and aggressive Jason. We even see him running down his prey, as opposed to the slow stalk of Kane Hodder. It’s good some of the goriest kills of the franchise. Jason looks amazing, legitimately scary. And it boasts one of the very best openings of any of these films.

Cinepocalypse has announced that Joel Schumacher will preside over the film fest as Jury President. Also, two members of GWAR, BalSac, the Jaws o’ Death and manager Sleazy P. Martini, will be in attendance to present some of the Scumdogs of the Universe’s best videos and short films! Get your tickets for The Music Box in Chicago June 13-20.

And finally, coming up on Good Friday, our own Jeffery X Martin will release his newest novel, The Flock, a direct sequel to the shocking Hunting Witches. I’ve already read it, fiends, and let me just say, with crossed arms and my most judgmental facial expression, if you aren’t already reading Jeff’s work, well, you are missing out on some of the best modern horror writing out there. I mean that shit. Pre-orders are for the e-book are live now and the physical book goes live Friday. Pull that trigger.

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