Monday, December 29, 2008

Horror In Your House - Tuesday, December 30th

The last batch of horror to be unleashed in 2008! And it's a pretty small batch ...

Event Horizon Blu-ray (1997)

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In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

This is an awesome movie that I first saw many years ago during my Sam Neill phase. Didn't we all have one? Mine ended abruptly when I popped Dead Calm into my DVD player, but I guess Billy Zane will do that to ya. This movie should look incredible on Blu and I can't wait to feast my eyes on it. Turn off the lights, crank up the volume, and watch it alone for optimal outerspace-ian terror!

Hellbound : Hellraiser 2 - 20th Anniversary Edition (1988)

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Return to the domain of pleasure and pain as Kirsty Cotton is committed to a psychiatric hospital run by the strange Dr. Channard. But when the doctor uncovers the secret of the Lament Configuration, he resurrects the skinless corpse of Kirsty's evil stepmother (WTF?!) and calls forth the legions of the damned led by Pinhead. Now, the doorway to Hell has been re-opened, the brutal cenobites again walk the Earth and the sweet suffering of evil has only just begun.

Believe it or not, I still haven't seen this one. I never really got too into the Hellraiser series and although I own about five of them, this one included, i've really only seen the first in its entirety. From what I hear, the second one is as good as the first so I guess i'll have to check it out at some point. Regardless, it's always nice to see older horror flicks get the special edition treatment. The disc includes the unrated cut as well as 60 minutes of all new featurettes.

Bloodsuckers From Outer Space (1986)

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An invisible alien presence invades rural Texas, revoltingly killing its victims, reanimating their corpses, and sending them on a bloodthirsty rampage. Scientists at a local research facility set out to study the phenomenon while top military brass are hell-bent on nuking the bloodsuckers.

Never saw this one, but anything with the title " .... From Outer Space" is usually fun. Plan 9 ... Killer Klowns ...

The Rest Stop!

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A low budget, campy, dark comedy, horror film in the likes of Evil Dead, Halloween and Friday the 13th. Based on real unsolved murders that have taken place in Rest Areas all across America.

Usually any movie that compares itself to Evil Dead, Halloween, or Friday the 13th is a complete and utter piece of crap that is doing nothing more than attempting to draw people in by mentioning the names of established and loved classic horror flicks. This movie isn't even listed on IMDb, which should give you an idea of just how low budget it is. In fact, it's not even an official DVD. Amazon states that the disc will be burned onto a blank DVD! I am highly interested in low budget horror filmmaking, but i'm not shelling out the cash to purchase such a film. A rental, on the other hand? Maybe.

What will I be adding to my Netflix queue? Now that I have a PS3, i'll definetly be checking out Event Horizon. I've been meaning to re-watch that one anyway. That's about it for this week ...

For a complete listing of all the new DVD's coming out tommorow, head over to Amazon.

And if you're planning on picking any of the above horror titles up, why not get 'em from my Amazon DVD Store. It's no different from buying from the regular Amazon page other than the fact that if ya buy from my link, you'll be helping to support Freddy In Space! And who doesn't wanna do that!

Halloween On Christmas!

I promise this will be my last mention of Christmas until December of next year!

Figured some of you might be interested to find out what I got on the big day, so here goes that. Don't wanna bore, and this is a horror blog, so i'll just post a few of the horror related items I got. Granted, most of the things I got were in fact horror related. I'm not complaining! That's what i'm into!

Lots of pictures ahead! Be forewarned!

First and foremost, the grand prize present of the day (and the one which has kept me away from blogging for the last few days) ....

Playstation 3! Hallelujah! I have finally gotten with the times! Got a couple Blu-rays with it (Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / Iron Man) and a game (Resistance 2). I haven't yet watched the movies but I did rent The Dark Knight on Blu the other day and it was quite the experience. Those boring old DVD's just feel so bland and VHS-like suddenly! And no, I will never be getting rid of my DVD collection. Resistance 2 is a really awesome game that's taken up a good chunk of my free time lately. Then again, my time is usually free time. Anyone else into that whole Playstation Home thing? Create your own character, walk around the mall talking to/fighting with other people currently on their PS3's? It's pretty amazing and highly concerning for the future of our generation. My name's johnnyboots on there, so if ya ever see a scary looking bearded dude with that name above him in the cyber-mall, don't hesistate to come up and say hello! I picked up Mortal Kombat vs DC with some of my Christmas money and it kicks all kinds of ass, as you could imagine. Superman vs Sub-Zero! Can't beat that! And just wait until you lock your eyes on Sonya and Catwoman in this one ...

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Jen got me a whole slew of t-shirts from Fright Rags, the best horror shirt company out there. And in fact, the only horror shirts I let adorn my doughy physique. As you can see, she got me the Shining, My Bloody Valentine, Creepshow and Michael Myers shirts. Oh .... and her mom got me this one ...

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That's the Fright Rags limited edition Gremlins Stripe shirt! Only 200 were made and they were only made available at a certain time of the day a couple weeks back to the newsletter subscribers! This is no doubt the coolest shirt in my arsenal and the way it was packaged and pulled off by the FR boys was truly impressive. It came in this awesome black box ...

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... and the tag, which is printed directly onto the shirt, lets everyone know just how exclusive and badass it really is ...

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The shirt is completely sold out but if you can track down one on Ebay, I highly suggest you pick it up. Needless to say, I probably won't be taking this baby off for quite some time. My apologies to anyone within 5 feet of me a couple weeks from now. Thanks Joan A. Ross!

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Stuntman Mike bobblehead! I had never even seen this thing before Christmas morning and it continues the tradition of my brother finding an awesome horror figure to get me that i've never seen or heard about before. Last year, he got me this Hostel 12 inch figure that turned out to be some kind of bootleg ...

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I messaged Eli Roth about it on MySpace after I got it and he thanked me for alerting him about it. Where's my walk on role in Hostel 3, Eli?!

Anyway, the Stuntman Mike figure is awesome and incredibly well done, as always from the guys at NECA. His cigarette even comes out of his mouth! Kurt Russel now proudly sits right next to my PS3, bobbing his head up and down in approval as I slay me some virtual zombies!

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My brother also got me this framed picture of Freddy, which if you could see closer, you'd see is hundreds and hundreds of small horror movie pictures that comprise his face. Let's see if I can get a nice shot showing that ...

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It's apparently #10 of only 25 made and it makes an excellent centerpiece for my ever growing (and admittedly lacking) Freddy display ...

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Also got a pack of Elm Street playing cards ...

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Each one features a different photo from the series. Can't wait to bust these out at the next Blackjack gathering at my place. Oh wait, that's right, i'm barely a man and don't even know how to play Blackjack!

Speaking of Freddy, remember this life size Freddy blow up lawn decoration I got on clearance around Halloween time? Well Jen got me the Jason one to go along with it!

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That's gonna be one badass lawn come Halloween next year!

And speaking of Jason! The new centerpiece of my coffee table ....

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Crystal Lake Memories : The Complete History of Friday the 13th! This book is absolutely chock full of pictures, interviews, and all the info you could ever want on Jason and the Friday series. Over 300 pages of extensive and comprehensive information, and the print is all pretty small! I've only read the foreword (by Sean Cunningham) and introduction thus far, and that took me about 40 minutes to read and i've already learned a ton of stuff. I figure i'll still be reading this thing well into next Christmas season! Any fans of Friday the 13th, DEFINETLY pick this book up NOW.

Last but not least, this one's not horror related, but I had to include it!

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Recognize that? It's the moose mug that Clark and Eddie drank egg nog out of in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!! I've always wanted one of these and my life feels just a little bit more complete now that I have one. If only I had me some egg nog ...

I'd say Santa was good to me this year! It's just too bad we left the fireplace on when we went to bed Christmas eve ...

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Oh well, at least I got a new decoration out of it!

So what did YOU get for Christmas?

By the way, if ya get the chance, I wrote an article earlier today on Benevolent Street about this badass new horror book called Splattered Beauty. It's got a synopsis and even a small excerpt and pretty much all the info you could want on it. Check it out and support the young new horror writer Brandon Ford, who has been called the new "Prince (soon to be King) of Horror"!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Goodbye Christmas ...

Hope you all had a merry one! I never got around to posting the 25th day of Christmas clip, due to holiday obligations (who the fuck wants to blog on Christmas?!), but i'm here to make it up to you! Here's the final clip of the 25 Days of Christmas Horrors! And unlike the others, this one is not from a movie. It's from real life and it's straight out of one of the many flicks we've been taking looks at for the past 25 days!



The maniacal Santa Claus, Bruce Pardo, was a 45 year old churchgoer and former aerospace engineer who was described by the head usher of the church he went to as "the nicest guy you could imagine." Ya, so was John Wayne Gacy! The Christmas Eve party was taking place at the house of the parent's of Pardo's ex-wife, which gives some clues as to why he did it. That must've been one nasty mother in law, eh?! He knocked on the door just before midnight and shot an 8 year old girl who answered the door right in the face. Thankfully, she survived, but at least eight were killed (a couple more bodies were discovered after that above clip aired) when Pardo torched the place with a homeade device of some kind. He was found several hours later at his home, dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

I don't mean to make light of this horrific situation but a man dressed as Santa killing people, in real life as opposed to in the movies, is something I figured you guys would be interested in! And you thought it only happened on the big screen!

And that concludes the 25 days of joyously bloody Christmas fun! I hope you all enjoyed! The Christmas horror content will remain on the sidebar for the next couple days, so check it out while ya can!

I don't have the time to get to it right now, but i'll be back in a couple days to show you some of the things I got for Christmas! For now, i'll leave you with only this ...

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On one last note, congratulations to Wayne Jennings who won the Black Christmas DVD giveaway contest over at my second writing home, Benevolent Street!

And to all a goodnight!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

On The 24th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

One of the best worst movies ever made ... 1964's Santa Claus Conquers The Martians ... in its entirety!!

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That's right! Because SCCTM has recently slipped into the public domain, it is completely legal for it to be broadcast anytime, anywhere! And thanks to YouTube member freeclassics, you can watch the whole thing right this instant! Yipee!

If you haven't yet seen or even heard of this cult classic, here's a little description of what it's about. And yes, I know it's not really a horror movie. But it's Santa being captured by aliens! What's more horrific than that!

The movie is about the people of Mars who are worried that their children are watching too much Earth television, namely a program which features an interview with Santa Claus in his workshop. The martian leader instructs the worried parents that they must allow their children to have fun and the freedom to do as they please. He decides that Mars needs a Santa figure for their planet, since this is obviously what the children desire. So what do they do? Head to earth, kidnap Santa, and bring him back to Mars! And they also take two Earth children with 'em!

If you've got an hour and 20 minutes to spare and haven't seen this must see movie, I think now would be the perfect time!



If you don't have the time and would just like to get a small sample of the movie for now, I also uploaded this very special three minute clip for you, featuring the kidnapping of Santa Claus!



Or better yet, watch the whole film condensed into 10 minutes thanks to the folks at Mystery Science Theatre 3000!



Is that enough options for ya?!

Merry Christmas Eve!

By the way, I got Paco Plazo's (REC) A Christmas Tale from Netflix today and finally got to watch it with English subtitles and it's an awesome fuckin movie. So much better when you can actually understand and follow the great dialogue! I recommend everyone go seek it out. I think you will like. Consider it my recommendation for the week since i'm not gonna have any time to post a proper full post recommendation this week. In fact, from now on, I think the recommendations are gonna be posted whenever I come across a movie that I want you all to see, rather than a structured weekly thing. If there's one thing I hate, it's structure! So lets do away with it!

And don't forget! You still have one day to get your entries in for the Benevolent Street Black Christmas DVD giveaway contest! Simply e-mail your name and address to me at johnnyboots@benevolentstreet.com with 'Black Christmas Contest' in the header! Be sure to get your e-mail in by midnight tommorow! Winners will be announced the day after Christmas! Good luck!

Santa Claus Conquers The Zombies!

So I originally intended on popping on here and typing up my brilliant idea for a film i'd love to see made titled Santa Claus Conquers The Zombies. First he conquered the martians .... now he will conquer the zombies! That was the tagline, in case ya couldn't tell. I did a quick Google search of that title just to make sure something like it hadn't already been thought up, much like I always do, and to my surprise a similar idea is actually in the works! That is both incredibly awesome (as i'd most likely never actually get around to making it myself) and incredibly saddening (to know that my brilliant ideas have already been thought up by someone much more brilliant). But before we get to that, here's the idea I came up with long before (read : several minutes before) I ever knew such an idea had already been thought up ...

So it's Christmas Eve and as a mother is putting her daughter to bed, she quickly flips off the television, which she isn't even paying attention to. We hear and see a small little glimpse of some kind of apocalyptic event, but we don't hear or see enough to figure out exactly what's going on. Cut to a few hours later. The little girl is in bed and Santa is coming down the chimney. He begins to set out the gifts when he hears banging on the front door ... a lot of banging. He finishes up, drinks his milk and cookies, reads the little note the little girl left out, and heads back up the chimney. When he arrives back on the roof, he finds several of his reindeer dead and mangled and the remainder of them cannibalizing one another. He still hears the banging and looks down from the roof to see several zombies pounding on the door of the house and eventually making their way in. With no means of transportation back to the North Pole, and with a little girl who wrote a cute little note about to get eaten inside the house he is standing atop, Santa decides to take matters into his own hands and springs into action. He magically makes an Uzi appear in his big red sack (hey, he can do that, can't he?) and goes to town on the zombies. Cue the awesome title card and some badass music. And thus begins an hour and a half of Santa kicking some serious undead ass.

All well and good! But when I googled 'Santa Claus Conquers The Zombies', I came upon a comic book titled The Last Christmas...

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Here's the plot ...

The story follows Santa Claus as he withdraws from normal life and turns his back on Christmas. When he emerges from seclusion, he has to find a way to save the world, and Christmas, from being overrun by demons, zombies and other bad guys.

Santa fighting zombies. Same general idea! According to Aint It Cool News, the comic book, which was co-penned by comedian Brian Posehn (the funny looking dude from The Devil's Rejects who went on and on about rodeo clowing and then got shot in the head), is being targeted for a movie adaptation (greatest movie of all time?) by some of the folks behind 300! So it looks like my little idea is gonna go from little idea to feature film without any work on my part! Now that's what I call a Christmas miracle! If only I could get some money for thinking of the idea a year or so after it had already been thought of ...

I guess the lesson here folks is, if ya think of something cool, do it before anyone else does it! Or else ya just might end up kicking yourself in the ass ...

Now go win yourself a free copy of Black Christmas (the original) on special edition DVD!

And if you're getting a little sick of the Christmas content (i'll admit I may have over done it a bit), it'll all be over in a couple days! Who knows, you might even miss it when it's gone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Freddy In Space Film Club - Month Two!

This months pick?

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A Real Friend (2006)

A Real Friend is part of the 6 Films To Keep You Awake dvd pack, which houses a collection of six horror flicks made for television by some of the top names in Spanish horror and was essentially Spain's answer to the Masters of Horror series.

The movie tells the story of Estrella. Estrella is a young girl who lives with her mom. Estrella has an imaginary friend to cope with her loneliness, like many kids do. But Estrella's imaginary friend is not like many kids'. Her imaginary friend is the villain from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface!

To be quite honest, that's really all I know about the movie and that's really all I need to know! Best to go into movies without too much information about them, i've found. I've been incredibly interested in seeing this movie ever since I found out about it a few days ago and have not been able to get it off my mind since gazing at this awesome picture of Leatherface in school....

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Here's the trailer for the 6 Films To Keep You Awake, which features a few glimpses of the flick :



Let's watch it together!

All you've gotta do to participate is watch the film and type up a review of it on your blog or website by January 24th, link to me in that review, and then e-mail me your link at mortis45@aol.com. Once I post my thoughts on the film come the 24th, i'll return the favor and link to you. It's that simple! If you have trouble tracking down the movie, let me know early on and I might be able to help ya out. Or you can just get a Netflix account, which you should already have ya cheap fuck. And if you have no outlet where you can type up and post your review, you can still participate! Just wait until I post my review and then leave your thoughts in the comments section. Or better yet, if you'd like to see your beautifully hand crafted words appear right on the main page of Freddy In Space, e-mail me a short two sentence or so summary of what you thought of the flick and i'll post it right there in my review! No man will be left behind!

Reviews are due January 24th of next year! Enjoy!

Interesting Horror Fact Of The Week!

Ya ready?!

Kevin Smith's latest film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, was filmed in Monroeville, Pennysylvania, with a couple scenes being shot in the Monroeville Mall.

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What's so interesting about that?

That is the same mall from George Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead!

Regarding filming there, Smith had this to say ... "We got to shoot at the Monroeville Mall, and for a movie buff, that's a very cool thing. We had Tom Savini [in a cameo appearance], we shot at the Monroeville Mall, it's as close to a zombie movie as I'll ever get."

Seth Rogen's character, Zack, even plays for a hockey team by the name of the Monroeville Zombies!

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Talk about a cool little homage!

On The 23rd Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

A very special clip from the only flick with a female killer in a Santa costume, 2005's Spanish made for tv movie, A Christmas Tale!

Before I type another word, i'd like to send out a big thank you to Ross over at Anchorwoman In Peril! If it wasn't for him mentioning this movie on his blog the other day, i'm not sure I ever would have even known about it! So thank you Ross!

I also must note that the only copy of the movie I was able to track down and watch for now was in Spanish with Swedish subtitles. But I still loved the movie! And apparently "slut" means "the end" in Swedish. I've got the English subbed version coming tommorow from Netflix. The film was released as part of the 6 Films To Keep You Awake DVD set.

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A Christmas Tale weaves the story of a group of Goonies style young kids who find a woman in a Santa Claus costume at the bottom of an old well one day. While they initially plan on helping her get out, they soon find out that she is a dangerous fugitive from the law who has just stolen two million pesetas, so they decide to keep her in the hole with no food in the hopes that she will eventually hand the money over to them. Which she does. When they finally get the police to the well, the woman is gone and she begins to hunt the boys down. And she's found herself a pretty large axe! Killer Santa's sure do love their axes...

Let the chase begin!

The audio's a little off, but what can ya do. You won't be able to understand what's being said anyway, nor do ya need to!



Oooooh cliffhanger! Sorry! Guess you're just gonna have to go give the film a rent!

By the way! A Christmas Tale was directed by Paco Plaza, who was one half of the directing team behind the awesome REC!

CONTEST TIME!

Want to win a brand spankin new copy of Black Christmas on special edition dvd? I've just bought a copy and i'm itchin to send it to ya! Head over to Benevolent Street to find out how you can get it in your grubby little hands!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Official Victor Crowley Mask Is Here!

The wait is finally over! All of us Hatchet fans have been dying for a Crowley mask to call our own and today's the day that we can bust out our credit cards and place our pre-orders! If only I had a credit card!

You've got two options...

You can get just the head part of the mask, which is gonna cost ya $129.00 :

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Or you can get the entire head and neck piece combo mask, which will run you $178 :

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PLACE YOUR ORDERS NOW!

You're still gonna have to wait a couple months before you can actually become Victor Crowley, as pre-orders won't begin shipping until February the 15th of next year. But make sure to place your orders now before they sell out! I forsee a lot of little Crowley's running around next Halloween!

The masks were crafted by the folks over at Make-up & Monsters, who worked on films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Jeepers Creepers, and Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! Check out the above link for more info on them and their amazing creations!

Also, if you're a fan of Hatchet, check out the Interview I did with director Adam Green if ya haven't yet! And why not gather some friends and play the Hatchet Drinking Game!

On a side note, I just got done watching the awesome movie RED, which I highly recommend you all check out (especially if you love dogs!) Follow that link to read my full review I wrote up for Benevolent Street.

On The 22nd Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

Michael Got His Gun ; another Christmasy horror short film from the Creepy Christmas Film Festival!

On day 13 I posted Beck Underwood's short 'Phantom Limbs' from the festival and didn't really plan on posting any others on here, but this one caught my eye and I just had to share. What I didn't realize until after I watched this short was that it was made by the same dudes (Oliver Noble & Sam Falconi) who made Night of the Living Jews! Which, as i've made pretty clear, I highly enjoyed.

So now, enjoy their heart warming cautionary Christmas tale...

Michael Got His Gun

And you thought Ralphie got the bad end of the wanting a toy gun for Christmas stick!

Head over to the Creepy Christmas Film Festival to check out all 22 short films that have been posted so far. And venture back over there for the next three days for the final three shorts!

And for that matter, venture back over here for the next three days for the final days of the 25 Days of Christmas Horrors! It's almost gone, folks! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Film Club Reviews Are In!

This months pick was Stuart Gordon's Stuck. Let's get right into my review and then you can check out a couple other reviews and viewpoints care of my fellow film clubbers!

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Mena Suvari stars as Brandi Boski, an old age home nurse who has just gotten a much needed promotion. On the other end of the life spectrum is Tom, played by Stephen Rea. Tom was layed off from his job some time ago and has just been evicted from his apartment due to his inability to pay rent. Now essentially homeless, Tom is walking around one night when his and Brandi's lives run head on into one another. Brandi, drunk, drugged up, and talking on her cell phone, drives her car straight into Tom, who literally gets STUCK in her car's windsheild! You've heard of a hit and run, right? Well, Brandi opts for the complete opposite. She hits and brings home! Not wanting to go to prison for a really really long time thanks to her drunk driving escapades, Brandi decides to drive the car, with Tom stuck in it, back to her house and park it in her garage! She promises that she will get Tom help but when he begins to realize she's gonna leave him there to die, he starts to fight back!

Where the hell do they come up with this stuff?! Well, believe it or not, Stuck is actually based on a true story. On October 26, 2001, Chante Jawan Mallard struck a 37 year old homeless man, Gregory Biggs, with her car. He got stuck in the windshield and Mallard drove him back to her home and let him die in her garage, without ever contacting the authorities! Much like in the film, Mallard and a male friend of hers attempted to set fire to the body and car in an attempt to disguise the evidence! You can't make this stuff up! So just in case you're watching the movie and thinking to yourself that no one could really be as dumb as Suvari's character, just know it really happened!

But back to the movie...

Stuck is one of those movies that I immediately knew I was gonna like within five minutes of it starting (wherin an old man shits himself). In fact, i'll go as far as to say I knew I was gonna like it before I even popped it in. The story looked incredibly unique and interesting and Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon was in the director's chair, so I figured it had to be at least halfway decent. I'll admit that Gordon's churned out some crap lately, but i'm happy to say that Stuck is my favorite movie he's done in quite some time. It's consistently entertaining and, like I said, totally unique. It's not a remake, it's not a sequel, and it's not a stolen or rehashed idea. It's completely original and one of a kind and that's something that must be appreciated.

One of my favorite things about the movie was the characters themselves. They were all very interesting and relatable and even likable when they probably shouldn't have been. I've always been a big fan of Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) and the early scenes where he was homeless and alone wandering around the city were some of the best of the whole film. I could've watched an hour and a half of just that and been entertained! For the Mena Suvari fans, she once again gets topless. But she's in the movie, so that's pretty much a given. Yes, even after hitting a man with her car she still manages to show her goods! God bless her! I loved the dynamic between Rea's and Suvari's characters. Suvari is a young girl in the prime of her life while Rea is an older gentleman who is at his worst point in life. Watching those two lives crash into one another is pretty interesting.

The best way I can sum up the movie is to say that it's just plain fun. It gets a little silly and unbelievable at times, but so what. It's an original idea that may sound like it'd get old and boring after an hour or so, but manages to stay fresh and interesting. Just when you think it can't get any better or wilder, it does! It's like Misery taken to the next level! It's one of those movies you just don't want to end, and i've learned to appreciate such movies. Stuck is a darkly comical journey that should probably be watched for its entertainment value and nothing more.

Let's take a look at what the other film clubbers this month thought, shall we?

They Were Warned

Totally agree with Brad's viewpoint that the crash scene was one of the best moments of the whole movie. Incredibly well done and thank god, as that's essentially the scene that the whole movie is counting on.

Creepy Kitch

I also agree with Cindy's comments regarding the direction of the film ... "It just couldn't make up its mind on what it wanted to be. Drama? Horror? Thriller? Dark Comedy? Social Commentary? It wanted to be all these things but never really put a firm foot into any of them for me to even consider putting it into those categories." I felt the same way throughout the movie, although it didn't bother me all that much. Still not sure what i'd classify it as...

Thanks to both of you for participating! If anyone else has seen the movie, leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Next month's film club flick will be announced soon! Any suggestions?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

On The 20th And 21st Days Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

A double dose of the 1984 anti-Santa flick, Don't Open Till Christmas!

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I've been pretty busy the last couple days getting last mintue shopping in and what not, so I never got around to posting a clip yesterday. My apologies! Figured i'd make it up to you by catching up and posting two clips in one today! And despite the title of the movie which they're from, you can open 'em right now!

Don't Open Till Christmas is the complete opposite of most of the Christmas horror movies out there. While the good majority of them deal with a dude dressing up as Santa going around and killing people, this one has a dude going around killing anyone dressed up as Santa! What's cooler? A killer Santa or a bunch of Santa's being killed?!

If you prefer the latter, you're in for a real treat! Here's two awesome clips of Santa being slaughtered! Not safe for children!

In this first clip, a drunken bum Santa gets his brains blown out...



And in the second clip a mall Santa hits the urinals, where a pretty gruesome surprise awaits him...



Yes, there exists a film out there where Santa gets his genitalia cut off. Isn't your life just complete now?

Come on back for the next four days for more Christmasy horror fun! And Happy Hanukkah to all of those out there who celebrate! I'd post Hanukkah horror clips for you guys for the next 8 days, but there are sadly no such films! Although there's always Night of the Living Jews and Hanukklaus to satisfy your kosher appetites!

Friday, December 19, 2008

On The 19th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

The only existing (and highly exclusive) footage from the Christmas horror flick that never was, Christmas Slay!

Christmas Slay was set to be about a space alien who comes to Earth one Christmas to terrorize and slaughter little children. But why have you never heard of it and why was it never made?

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Well, truthfully, Christmas Slay was a fictional horror film within a film that was being filmed in the film Ernest Saves Christmas. Got all that? Ya see, in Ernest Saves Christmas, the real Santa Claus comes to Ernest's town looking for Joe Curruthers, a local children's television personality who is set to be the next Santa. But when Santa finds his soon to be replacement, he sees that Curruthers agent has convinced him to take a role in a less than children friendly movie. Yep, you guessed it. Christmas Slay. And that's Slay. Not Sleigh. Santa, obviously, doesn't like this one bit. And that brings us to a very special behind the scenes look at the Christmas horror movie that we will sadly never see...Christmas Slay!



I remember watching this movie as a kid and being much more into the fake horror flick being shot than the actual movie itself! I still deep down kinda wanna see it in its entirety...

Thankfully, Joe snaps out of it, quits the movie, and fulfills his destiny of being the new Santa Claus. And everyone lives happily ever after. Except for Jim Varney, who would later die of lung cancer in 2000. God rest your soul, Ernest. I miss you more and more with each passing day, my dear friend.

Did You Know?! Many people have reported and claimed that the name of the fictional horror flick in ESC was Santa's Slay and thus that is where the 2005 Bill Goldberg starring movie got it's name from. This is obviously untrue. So you're welcome for finally debunking that myth!

Only six more days of Christmas horrors left to go! Come on back each and every one of those days for more holiday horror fun! And check out the sidebar on your right for all the X-mas horror you can stomach!

I'll let this special bonus video speak my final parting words for the night...

My Stray From Horror For The Month...

Every so often, a non horror movie comes along that so inspires and interests me that I just can't bear to not talk about it on this blog, even if it's a strictly horror blog. I did it with The Wrestler and now, after seeing the latest trailer, i've been inspired once more...

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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Opening December 25th

Pitt...Fincher...that's really all I needed to hear to get excited about this movie. I remember hearing about it long before it even started shooting and immediately anticipating its release. Brad Pitt and David Fincher previously collaborated on the films Fight Club and Seven which, as cliche as it is to say, are two of my favorite movies of all time. Throw on top of that the fact that, thanks to that sick and sadistic channel TLC, i've been utterly fascinated by Progeria and the subject of reverse and premature aging. Here's what the movie is about, for those who weren't aware...

Pitt plays Benjamin Button, a man who is born into the world with the appearance and physical limitations of an 80 year old man. Benjamin is abandonded at a nursing home by his parents and miraculously, begins to age backwards. While there, he meets a young aspiring ballerina, Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett. The two embark on an immediate romance and are forced to deal with the struggles of one of them growing older while the other grows younger.

TRIVIA TIDBIT! The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button was adapted from a 1922 short story by Great Gatsby scribe F. Scott Fitzgerald!

I know movie magic can make some pretty incredible things a reality, but how the hell can they pull off making Brad Pitt look like an 80 year old man-baby? And for that matter, how can they pull off making him look like a young man! Granted, Pitt still does look in his twenties, even though he's in his mid forties. But an 80 year old?! Well, I just got around to checking out some clips from the film where you get a full up close and personal look at the ancient Pitt child but first, lets take a look at the trailer...



Did You Know?! Brad pitt, although nominated in 1996 for Twelve Monkeys, has never won an Academy Award. This year, he's already been nominated for the best actor Golden Globe for Ben Button. Will this finally be Pitt's year to claim Oscar glory?

Now I want you to check out some truly breathtaking clips from the film, thanks to Moviefone...

Clip #1

Clip #2

Apparently what they did was film a younger/smaller actor and then CGI Brad Pitt's old makeup'ed face onto that actor's body. If you had told me they were doing that before I saw any clips of it, I would've probably rioted and had visions of Marlon Wayans in Little Man dancing in my head. But the job they did on this one looks absolutely amazing and you can't even tell that there's anything CGI going on whatsoever. Sure it looks kinda odd, but an 80 year old little boy would look pretty odd in real life, would it not! Although I do kinda wish they hadn't shown any glimpses of Pitt as an old dude until the films release date. Then it would've been a real shocker. But I guess nothing can be kept a secret these days.

TRIVIA TIDBIT! The story was originally going to be directed, in 1990, by Steven Spielberg, with Tom Cruise as Ben Button! In 1998, it was then planned that Ron Howard would direct, with John Travolta in the lead role! Thank god that didn't come to fruition...

Again, the film opens Christmas day. Who's gonna be seeing it? I think I might have to go alone because i'm pretty sure i'll be balling like an infant by the time the credits roll. And I just don't want anyone to witness me in that state!

Back to horror until another movie comes along that inspires me to write about it...

Guess The Movie!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

On The 18th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

A very special public service announcement from Silent Night, Deadly Night!

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What does Santa do to those naughty boys and girls who decide to steal a sled right out from under a poor innocent good boy or girls bottom?

THIS!



Steal a sled...lose your head!

Who says horror movies can't have positive and uplifting messages?

I originally intended on posting the clip of Linnea Quigley getting hung to a wall on deer antlers but as I looked back on the scene, there was just way too much nudity in it and I thought it best to not upload that. Not because I want to shield all of your young eyes from such vulgarity, but because i've already been kicked off certain video hosting sites before and I really don't want it to happen again! So I figured a decapitation would more than suffice!

To check out the awesome opening of Silent Night, Deadly Night, head over to Day One of the countdown!

On a totally unrelated but equally important and self promoting note, head over to Benevolent Street where i've just posted an article letting you know how you too can smell like a serial killer! I say you too because I currently smell like one, although that has nothing to do with the cologne I talk about in that article...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

On The 17th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

A horrible actor in a Santa costume choking out a softcore porn chick in perhaps the worst and most low budget Christmas horror flick ever lensed, Santa Claws! I know, I know. It's the clip you've been eagerly anticipating!

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This one belongs in the deceiving cover art hall of fame...

In Santa Claws, a young boy witnesses his Santa hat wearing step dad bedding his mother one Christmas and naturally, shoots them both dead from point blank range, like any kid would do. He grows up to be a Santa costume wearing madman with an obsession for Raven Quinn, a B-movie scream queen, and goes around killing everyone in her life with a claw, thus the name Santa Claws. Clever, very clever...

In this scene, we see that he's become so obsessed with Ms. Quinn that he sees her whenever he looks at any big breasted female!

Roll tape!



After this scene, the dude spray paints (yes, spray paints) his Santa suit black, in an apparent effort to be more of a badass. And yes, it looks as bad as you'd think a piece of clothing spray painted black would look...

Did you know?! Santa Claws was directed by John A. Russo, the same dude who co-wrote the original Night of the Living Dead! It also stars Karl Hardman, Bill Hinzman, and Marilyn Eastman, all fellow NOTLD alumns!

There aren't many Christmas horror flicks out there that i'd advise you to stay away from as i'm not so hard to please in that department (obviously), but i'm definetly gonna have to recommend you pass on this one. It's not hard to see who the real brains behind NOTLD was...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Still Need A Gift For The Horror Lover In Your Life?

Cryptic Creations just might be able to help ya out!

I just discovered this awesome site and while they only have a pretty small selection of items currently available, they're all pretty impressive and best of all, totally hand made and one of a kind! Check out the above link for all the badass items they've made just for you.

In my opinion, the coolest thing they have available is this Saw display piece...

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From the site...

This original display is inspired by the Saw movie. Framed inside are 4 real, rusted metal saw blades that appear to be cutting into the frame. Centered in the display is the infamous jigsaw puzzle piece of human flesh. Jigsaw cuts this piece of flesh from any unlucky victim that dies from his traps. The flesh is sculpted from clay and ran in latex rubber, then airbrushed with skin tones with added drops and smears of blood. The piece of flesh is secured with rusty metal tacks. Framed around the flesh is real rusty barbed wire that is old but the barbs are still sharp. The backdrop is a fabric that has been dyed a blood red color. The clasp and 4 metal corner accent pieces have been painted a hammered texture with dark bronze. The contents are protected behind a 1/8" thick clear plexiglass cover. The display case is hinged and can be opened to take a closer look at the contents inside. This piece can be displayed vertically or horizontally, either hung on a wall or free standing like a picture frame on a shelf. A must for any Saw fan!

The piece is gonna run ya $150 bucks but remember, it's one of a kind and will be made specifically for you when you place your order! Check out the site for more info and pictures.

If you're interested in any of their stuff, drop them an email at crypticcreations@new.rr.com for shipping quotes, product availability, and any other questions you may have.

From rotting skulls and legs to gothic inspired chandeliers, Cryptic Creations is the place to go for horror home decor!

And speaking of horror creations, check out my homeade Evil Dead Necronomicon and find out how you can make one yourself right here!

Film Club Reviews Are Due This Friday!

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This month's Freddy In Space Film Club movie is Stuart Gordon's Stuck. Watch the flick, post a review of it on your own blog or website by this Friday, mention and link to me in your review, and then email me your link and i'll link to you this Friday when I post my review! If you've got no outlet to write up and post a review, just wait until I post mine and you can leave your thoughts in the comments section of that post! Easy peasy!

You've only got a few more days! Get to watchin and get to reviewing! If a few people participate this month, we can continue to watch movies together each and every month!

On The 16th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

The best scene from the mediocre Christmastime horror flick, P2!

But first, a little necessary setup...

P2 centers around a corporate employee, Angela, who gets locked in her building on Christmas Eve. But she's not alone. Also in the building is the seemingly harmless security guard, Tom. After Angela turns down Tom's offer to spend Christmas with him, his true colors come out and Angela soon realizes her Christmas this year will be spent in a battle for her life against her obsessed stalker.

In this clip, Tom drives Angela down to parking level 4, where her fellow co-worker, Jim, is tied up to a chair. This is the crazed security guards Christmas gift to her. Jim had previously made sexual advances towards Angela at the office Christmas party and Tom saw it all go down on security camera footage. He assumes that Angela will want her bloody revenge on Jim but when he finds out she doesn't, he decides to take care of matters on his own...



Did you know?! P2 was co-written and produced by High Tension and Hills Have Eyes filmmaker Alexandre Aja!

Like I said above, it's a pretty mediocre movie, but if ya got nothing better to do it's a fun little watch. Especially around this time of the year.

Check out the sidebar to your right for more Christmas horror content! And come on back tommorow and every day through the big day for more bloody gifts!

Interesting Horror Fact Of The Week!

It's that time of the week again and I have a feeling this one is really gonna blow your mind! It certaintly blew mine when I made the discovery. In fact, I can still hardly believe it...

Do you know who directed 1974's holiday horror classic Black Christmas?

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Bob Clark.

Do you know who directed 1983's family holiday classic A Christmas Story?

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Bob Clark!

That's right! In a span of only 9 years, one man directed both the best Christmas horror flick of all time and, by most peoples opinions, the best Christmas movie period of all time! I say most peoples opinions because i'm a Christmas Vacation man myself.

The Black Christmas remake even payed homage to this fact by having the famed Christmas Story leg lamp appear in the background of several scenes at the sorority house!

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Sadly, Bob Clark and his son were killed by a drunk driver in a head on automobile collision on April 4th of last year. Drink and drive and kill a genius director! Good job, asshole!

On the subject of A Christmas Story, here's another interesting little tidbit for ya. 2 for 1 this week! Zack Ward, the kid who played the evil bully Scut Farkus in the flick, was in Freddy VS Jason!

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Ya learn something new everyday at Freddy In Space!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Horror In Your House - Tuesday, December 16th

Only two more Tuesdays to go till Christmas! Here's a few discs ya may wanna throw on your list...

Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray

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Who wants to buy me a Blu-ray player for Christmas? Although I still question whether or not older flicks like this really look that much different in Blu...

Planet Terror Blu-ray

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A Grindhouse-esque movie in high def, eh? Isn't that kinda an oxy moron?

Death Proof Blu-ray

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Ditto from above. Love both of these movies by the way. And don't you dare ask me to pick a favorite.

Silent Night, Gory Night Collection

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This set comes with three low budget Christmas horror movies that i've never even heard of. Probably for good reason...

Christmas Season Massacre (2001)

Tommy is a loser. He wears a pirate eye-patch, a Christmas gift he was given as a child. It is a symbol of the humiliation Tommy endured in high school. Tommy was the subject of so much torment from his classmates that he became a bloodthirsty maniac! Tommy disappeared, vowing to eventually slay all of his schoolyard tormentors. Over the years, he has slaughtered all but six of them. Now, these six former schoolmates unite to end Tommy's reign of terror. Will they put Tommy six feet under? Or will Tommy win by slicing and dicing the six remaining on his victim list?

Satan Claus (1996)

On the night before Christmas, a serial killer dressed in a Santa Claus suit stalks the streets of New York looking for blood. It seems this madman is building the perfect Christmas tree and adorning it with parts of his victims. It's up to an actor, his police officer girlfriend and a vodoo woman to stop him.

Psycho Santa (2003)

Couldn't really find a plot for this one but i'm assuming it's about a dude in a Santa costume killing people?

Ice Scream : The Remix (2008)

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A perverted ice cream shop owner, Ricky, boosts declining sales by renaming his shop to "Scoopettes", and marketing it as an adult ice cream store. This sleepy towns ice scream store has started serving a little more than just your typical flavors, dishing out gobs of Virgin Vanilla and Busty Buttercrunch, but wait - what's that? Eeeeek! There's an eyeball staring up from the Cherry Vanilla! The five girls, whom Ricky calls "The Scoopettes", are so hot the ice cream will never stay hard! But everyone leaves with a smile and much, much more! It becomes apparent that someone doesn't like the success that Ricky is experiencing when one of the Scoopettes is found murdered in the freezer. The killing of the girls continues one at a time and the customers find a little extra in their ice scream!

The Ice Cream Man with Clint Howard being replaced by hot naked chicks? I'm not sure if that's a downgrade or an upgrade. Either way, i'm a sucker for the ice cream with body parts in it sub genre of horror.

The Mummy : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor also comes out today on both DVD and Blu-ray (as well as the whole trilogy in both formats), but who really cares about that series or Brendan Fraser at this point? Ah, who am I kidding. Who ever cared about Brendan Fraser?

What will I be tossing on my Netflix queue, you ask?

I'll take a gander at Silent Night, Gory Night for the sole purpose of maybe finding one amusing little clip to post as part of the 25 Days Of Christmas Horrors celebration. I'm pretty much balls deep into the whole killer Santa thing right now so i'll take anything that promises such a thing. And you know i'll be checking out Ice Scream...

For a listing of all the DVD's (horror & non-horror) hitting shelves today, head over to Amazon. And to purchase any of the above titles, check out my Amazon associates store. It's the same as buying from Amazon but if ya buy from that link, you'll help support Freddy In Space! And why wouldn't ya wanna do that!

On the 15th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

The resurrection of THE GINGERDEAD MAN! To check out the G-Man's birth, scroll down to the post right below this one!

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In The Gingerdead Man 2 : The Passion Of The Crust, a fictional film titled Tiny Terrors 9 : Purgatory of the Petite is being filmed at Cheatum Studios when a box of bakery treats is delivered to set. Inside the box is your usual assortment of donuts and....the Gary Busey gingerbread cookie! Just when you thought it was safe to head back to the bakery! The G-Man's mission this time around is to transfer his soul into a human body so, ya know, he doesn't have to go around killing people as a tiny little cookie anymore.

I'll let this clip speak for itself...



Move over, Sleepaway Camp. The Golden Iron award for best death by a curling iron has just been handed over to the Gingerdead Man! Congratulations, big guy!

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To check out my full review of the flick, head on over to Benevolent Street.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

On The 14th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

The birth of a horror icon...THE GINGERDEAD MAN!

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Now The Gingerdead Man isn't exactly a Christmas film per se, but if gingerbread cookies aren't a pivotal point of the holiday, then I just don't know what is! Besides, is anyone complaining that i'm posting a clip of Gary Busey as a killer cookie?

Busey plays Millard Findlemeyer, a maniacal killer (that's a stretch, huh?) who's just been executed thanks to the testimony of Sarah Leigh, a young gal he mistakenly left alive in a diner massacre. Leigh works for a bakery owned by her mother and one day, shortly after the execution, a mysterious woman leaves a package at the door step containing gingerbread cookie mix. This mysterious woman is Mrs. Findlemeyer, and you can bet your ass that she put her son's ashes into the mix. While mixing the dough, Sarah's co-worker cuts his hand and a few drops of his blood manage to spill unnoticed into the batch. And that brings us to this clip, wherein Sarah is beginning to make and cook the giant gingerbread cookie which will soon be the resurrected and angry Gary Busey...



If ya want more Gingerdead Man, check out my full review of the flick that I recently posted on Benevolent Street here. And if ya still want more, come back tommorow for a clip from the sequel, Gingerdead Man 2 : The Passion Of The Crust! See ya then!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

On The 13th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

Phantom Limbs!

Huh?

Allow me to explain...

I decided to go in a bit of a different direction with todays clip and post a short film as opposed to the usual short clip from a film I have been posting here. No, i'm not running out of awesome Christmas horror clips! They'll be back tommorow!

Remember that Creepy Christmas film festival I talked about a couple times? A whole bunch of artists and filmmakers got together to make 25 short films, one for each of the 25 days of December leading up to Christmas, that were each based off of an image from the Creepy Christmas Advent Calendar. While i'll admit that many of the shorts are artsy and pretentious and just plain worthless, i've actually found merit in a couple of them thus far. And when I say a couple, I mean a small exclusive couple. As in two. I figured i'd share my favorite one of the bunch so far, which was posted on December 9th and was made by the artist of the advent calendar, Beck Underwood.

I really don't have much introduction to the short other than to say I thought it was highly amusing and, well, I just plain liked it! Maybe you will too...

Phantom Limbs

Whadya think?

Check out Beck's official website for more of her art and all that fun stuff.

I suppose I could've milked another clip out of this festival by posting my second favorite of the shorts thus far on a seperate day, but i'm not cheap like that so just check it out now! This ones called Santa Claws and was directed by Wendigo/Last Winter director Larry Fessenden. Check out all the other shorts while you're at it. You just might find something you like.

See ya tommorow!

Friday, December 12, 2008

On the 12th Day Of Christmas...

Freddy In Space gave to me...

To All A Goodnight in 7 minutes!

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1980's To All A Goodnight marks the directing debut, and in fact the only directorial effort, of genre favorite (and one of my personal fav's!) David Hess, who's probably best known for his role as the sleazy Krug from the original Last House on the Left. I must say I have never seen the flick as it's not available on DVD yet (not that i'm above watching VHS), but judging from this 7 minute summary compilation video I found on YouTube, it looks pretty badass! Here's what it's about...

To All A Goodnight is essentially Prom Night (both released in the same year) with a killer Santa thrown into the mix. Two years ago, a sorority initiation ended in the death of a young girl. Now, two years later, it's Christmas break at the sorority and a man in a Santa costume is knocking the pretty little sluts off one by one. Whodunit?! Could there be any link to the initiation gone wrong from years prior? YA THINK?!

Thanks to YouTube's unhinged1980s, we can watch the entire flick in only seven minutes! Enjoy!



Did You Know?! David Hess began his career as a songwriter. He wrote the song "All Shook Up", which was later performed by and credited to Elvis Presley! He went on to write an additional six songs for The King!

Did You Know?! Part 2! The one time directorial effort is not all that rare in the horror world. Other notable cases? The killer cars flick Maxiumum Overdrive, which remains the only film Stephen King ever directed!