Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me

No, this post is not a review of the 80's slasher flick where a dude gets a shish kebab shoved down his throat. Today's actually my 23rd birthday and I just wanted to quick hop on and show you the cake that Jen just whipped up and presented to me!

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Now lets take votes on how many people are gonna Google search a review of Happy Birthday To Me and end up getting very angry at yours truly when they click over to this post!

The ROBOGEISHA Trailer Is Here!


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As I mentioned in my Tokyo Gore Night recap post the other night, director Noboru Iguchi (Machine Girl) cut together an awesome trailer for his new flick ROBOGEISHA, specially for The New York Asian Film Festival, and today it has landed on YouTube! If you're a fan of Machine Girl and/or Tokyo Gore Police, you're gonna love this trailer, which I will let speak for itself!



Thanks to YouTube user DoctorExploitation for uploading this video!

ROBOGEISHA opens this coming Fall. You can head over to Robogeisha.com to keep up to date on the latest goings on with it.

New Yorkers, Here's Your Chance To See Evil Things!

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My buddy Zach just posted this over on his blog Terror Firmer and I figured i'd mention it on here being as i'm a fan and supporter of this movie. Dominic Perez' independent handheld horror flick Evil Things will be screening Friday, July 10th, in Bellmore NY. Here's all the info :


Long Island International Film Expo
EVIL THINGS SCREENING
Friday July 10, 2009 (9:30pm)
Bellmore Movie Theater
222 Pettit Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
516-783-3199
All Tickets $9.00
Advance Tickets: http://liifilmexpo.org/
Tickets also available at Box Office on night of the screening.
Bellmore Theater is across the street from LIRR (Bellmore station stop).


If you live in the New York area, I highly recommend you go and check this movie out. I had the chance to see it a month or so back and I loved it. You can read my review HERE. Up till now, only those who were sent screeners have been able to experience Evil Things, so this is an opportunity you should not pass up if you can make it out there. Bellmore is about a couple hours away from me, so I hope to be a part of this special screening.

Congratulations Dominic on getting your movie up on the big screen! As I said in my review, it's only a matter of time before this movie takes over the horror world!

You Pick The Night of the Creeps DVD Cover Art!

Earlier this month it was announced to much fanfare that the 1986 cult classic, Night of the Creeps, was finally getting its long awaited DVD release. Believe it or not, the flick has only ever been available on VHS! But in October of this very year, that is all going to change when the movie is not only unleashed on DVD, but is also going to come with a whole shit ton of special features including :

•Birth of the Creeps featurette featuring Dekker talking about the origins of the project
•Cast of the Creeps featurette featuring Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, and Jill Whitlow
•Creating the Creeps featurette featuring interviews with SFX creators David B. Miller and Robert Kurtzman
•A special Tom Atkins-centric piece called Tom Atkins: Man of Action
•Escape of the Creeps featurette providing a detailed look at the post-production
•Deleted scenes
•Trivia track
•Fred Dekker solo commentary
•Cast commentary featuring Atkins, Whitlow, Marshall, and Lively
•The original theatrical ending
•And footage from the aforementioned Cast and Crew reunion screening at the Alamo Drafthouse.


But the reason i'm typing away at the keyboard right now is to let you know that the fate of the cover art for the release is entirely in YOUR hands. There are as of now three possible ways it can go. The art that gets the most number of votes will become the official cover art for the October release!

Here are your three options :


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It's currently a close race between #1 and #3, with #2 gaining considerably less votes and seemingly being out of the running at this point. My personal pick was #3, which is as of now in second place. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE! You have until July 12th to do so.

You can pre-order your copy of Night of the Creeps on DVD for $17.99 by clicking here.

And if you just can't wait and want to watch the movie right this instant, you can do so on FEARnet!

Monday, June 29, 2009

LUNCHMEAT - A Horror VHS Fanzine

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One of the perks that comes with being a horror blogger is that every so often I get sent some free shit. People send over movies or products with the hopes that I will like them and talk about them on here. Sometimes I do like their stuff, other times I don't. Well the other day I received an e-mail from a dude by the name of Josh Schafer who offered up a copy of his horror zine (meaning a self published magazine) called LUNCHMEAT. He essentially described it as an ode to the glory days of horror on VHS, with particular attention paid to those many horror flicks which have never and probably will never (in most cases) come to DVD. Being that i'm one of those guys who loves and still collects horror movies on VHS (in fact I just bought one in the city from a homeless dude the other night titled Vampires & Other Stereotypes!), I figured this would be right up my alley and told him i'd love to check it out. Now i'll be honest, I didn't really expect much. Most of the zines i've seen are poorly and cheaply made as nothing more than a quickly slapped together attempt to make a few bucks off content that most people wouldn't even read for free. But I got issue #3 of LUNCHMEAT in the mail the other day and I gotta say, it's fucking awesome. It's one of those things that reminds me why I fell in love with the horror genre in the first place and takes me right back to the days of perusing the video aisles for the next gory treasure as a youngin. And in case you're wondering, no, I don't just hype up a product because I get sent it for free. I will only speak highly of products/movies that I truly think highly of. That being established, back to the awesomeness that is LUNCHMEAT!

The best way I can describe LUNCHMEAT is that it's a totally passionate love note to the horror on VHS world, a world that I myself am incredibly passionate about. The front and back inside covers are adorned with classic VHS covers and the inside pages (30+) chock full of reviews of obscure not out on DVD titles as well as interviews, articles, and even a crossword puzzle (for prizes!). It is incredibly clear by taking one look at the mag that it's a complete labor of love on behalf of not only Josh but his entire staff of writers and contributors. Not only is LUNCHMEAT well written and full of great content, but it's also incredibly well put together, shockingly so for a low budget self published magazine. The front and back covers are made of thick glossy paper and are emblazoned with kickass original artwork. If you saw this zine on the shelves of your local bookstore, you would not for a second think it looked out of place. It would fit right in with all the big name big budget mags and I for one feel like that's eventually where it will find its way. If you're a lover of horror VHS like myself, you NEED to check out LUNCHMEAT.

So how do you do that? If you want to subscribe for a full year (4 issues per year, plus surprise treats), you can go ahead and send $30 to :


LUNCHMEAT
710 Glendalough Rd.
Erdenheim, PA 19038


You may pay by check, money order, or well concealed cash. Be sure to specify which issue you would like to start with and include your name, address, and e-mail address. You can also make the payment via Paypal to lunchmeatvhs@gmail.com.

But you probably want to check the mag out for yourself before you take the plunge and subscribe, eh? A single issue will run you $8 ($9 to Canada/Mexico, and $11 to everywhere else) and you can pick that up by sending that money to the same address above (snail mail or Paypal) along with the issue you'd like to receive (#3 is the newest one and the only one available at the moment...the first two are out of print/sold out). You do save a few bucks by subscribing so that is the better deal and trust me, if you're into obscure horror, you'll love the magazine and will want more of it, so don't worry about being dissapointed by it. The $30 is well worth it, mark my words.

Feel free to drop the guys an e-mail at lunchmeatvhs@gmail.com if you have any questions/concerns. And check out LUNCHMEAT on MySpace for more info!

Re-animate your VCR and get in on the fun today!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tokyo Gore Night!

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The 8th annual New York Asian Film Festival has been running in New York City for the past week and a half (kicked off June 19th) and has already premiered a host of new Asian flicks the likes of the hotly anticipated Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, Yoshihiro Nishimura's follow up to Tokyo Gore Police. Among the over 50 new films debuting at the fest, a very special event appropriately dubbed 'Tokyo Gore Night' took place last night and Jen and I were lucky enough to be in attendance. Tokyo Gore Night was billed as follows :

"One of the most insane new voices in cinema is the screaming howl of Yoshihiro Nishimura, director of TOKYO GORE POLICE, and special effects genius (who also did the effects for LOVE EXPOSURE and SAMURAI PRINCESS, screening in this year's festival). He couldn't join us for the premiere of TOKYO GORE POLICE last year so for one weekend only we'll be hosting him at the New York Asian Film Festival and holding a special TOKYO GORE NIGHT event. First up will be screenings of several completely nuts short films from Nishimura and his cabal of lunatics all set in the TOKYO GORE POLICE and MACHINE GIRL universe. Then there will be a special onstage presentation by these madmen followed by a screening of TOKYO GORE POLICE during which we'll record a live audio commentary for the movie's upcoming special edition DVD. Accompanying Nishimura will be Noboru Iguchi, the director of MACHINE GIRL and the maniac responsible for the short film SHYNESS MACHINE GIRL which we'll also be screening that night. Also coming will be Tsuyoshi Kazuno, a visual effects supervisor on SAMURAI PRINCESS, MACHINE GIRL and many others. More surprises are in store, so make sure you wear something that you don't mind getting soaked with blood."

Living just a few short hours from the city, this was an event I could not pass up. I'm a huge fan of Machine Girl but had never actually seen Tokyo Gore Police and I figured on the big screen with the director in the house providing a live commentary would be the perfect way to introduce myself to the flick. So without further adieu, here is my personal experience with TOKYO GORE NIGHT, pictures and video provided by Jen!

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The night started off (at 11pm) with Yoshihiro Nishimura (director of Gore Police - pictured on the left), Tsuyoshi Kazuno (visual effects supervisor of Gore Police), and Noboru Iguchi (director of Machine Girl - pictured on the right), coming out and introducing a few short films that were special features on the Tokyo Gore Police Japanese DVD release. There's actually a video clip of that opening introduction on YouTube so if you want to check that out, click here. The shorts were all based in the Gore Police/Machine Girl universes (character spin off stories) and were all pretty whacky, as you can imagine. My favorite of the bunch was directed by Iguchi and was called Machine Girl Lite aka Shyness Machine Girl and revolved around Ami's thought to be dead friend from Machine Girl, who just so happens to have a machine gun that comes out of her ass. Essentially the plot of the comedic film was that a bunch of characters who were clearly brutally killed in Machine Girl somehow survived, patched themselves up, and came after "Shyness Machine Girl", whose ass gun fires off whenever she gets....shy. As I said, pretty whacky and out there, but they were all entertaining in their own fucked up ways.



After the shorts, Nishimura, Iguchi, Kazuno, and a few of the Asian Film Fest staff members paraded out in sumo diapers, for lack of a better term, and proceeded to dance up, down, and around the aisleways (seen above). At this point, Tak Sakaguchi came out, who is probably best known for playing the lead role in Versus. He is also an action director who choreographed the action for Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl. He had a little game in mind, which he carried out ; he was going to throw what looked like acupuncture needles at each of the mens bare asses. If the dart stuck in your ass, you were allowed to enroll in Samurai School. And so he proceeded to throw darts at asses. Those crazy Japanese! Jen caught some of this hilarity on video, which you can see below. You can also click here to see a full almost 9 minute clip of the dance and dart game that has popped up on YouTube. Enjoy!





Earlier in the night, while waiting on line, everyone was given a contest entry form to write their name on and the winners were chosen at this point in the night. A set of DVD's and then a DVD of Iguchi's new film, about a girl with a MASSIVE penis (of which a clip was shown), were the two prizes. Sadly, we were not lucky on this particular night.

The trailer of Iguchi's next film, ROBOGEISHA (about, naturally, robot Geisha girls), was then world premiered. Iguchi spent two days cutting the trailer together for the event. Looks totally off the wall and really fun. The trailer would've been a perfect fit as one of the fake trailers in Grindhouse. Will be interesting to see if it can remain entertaining for an hour and a half runtime. I believe that movie will be premiering at next year's Asian Film Fest.



This night was actually Iguchi's 40th birthday, so a surprise birthday party of sorts was thrown for him, which was really cool. A birthday cake, adorned with a penis shooting blood, was brought out (vid above shows Iguchi blowing out the candles, or trying to at least) and gifts were handed out. The gifts in question being an ass fetish book and a strap on chin dildo, which Iguchi proceeded to adorn!

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Next it was time for Iguchi's 'birthday spanks', one for each decade he's been around. Four volunteers were plucked from the audience and they were each handed a paddle with the word "bitch" on it, which they used to spank Iguchi on his bare ass, with increasing violence. I've heard of birthday punches, but this is the first i've seen of birthday spanks!

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All this madness behind us, it was time for the screening of Tokyo Gore Police, with a live commentary by all the guys along with audience participation. This commentary will apparently appear on a future special edition Gore Police DVD. As I said above, this is the first I had seen the movie and it was cool to see it in this way. The commentary was informative although the guys were all pretty tired by this point, as was the audience, and clearly wanted to get out of there and get to bed. The most interesting thing I learned from the commentary is that Nishimura, who not only directed Gore Police but also did the effects for it and Machine Girl among other films, was self taught when it comes to gore effects. Pretty fuckin cool as his effects are very impressive. Being that it was so late, the guys bailed on the commentary towards the end of the movie and left us to watch the finale with the volume cranked up and no disturbances. The movie is a pretty fun and entertaining ride, even though it gets a little too out there and ridiculous at times even for me. A lot of it doesn't even make sense, a point that Nishimura is well aware of and freely admits. Regardless, all gorehounds should definetly give it a view if they haven't yet.

The night ended with free Tokyo Gore Police posters being handed out, which we snagged a couple of. I believe the guys were gonna come out and sign them but we had a long journey home ahead of us so we headed out of there.

And I think that about covers most of the night. The only complaint I have about it would be that it started too late and went on a little too long. We didn't get out of there until almost 3 in the morning and i'll admit that sleep was on the forefront of my mind for the last hour or so of the movie. Even the director of Gore Police couldn't stay awake to watch Gore Police at that hour, so i'm not knocking the movie in any way. They just should've started this thing a little earlier. All in all, definetly glad I went and Jen and I had a hell of a good time (despite the 2 hour wait for the train home amongst the dregs of New York society that we had to endure). Those Japanese really know how to party and certaintly have mastered the art of entertaining!

The New York Asian Film Festival continues through July 5th. Head over to the website for more details and the full schedule.

Discussion of the Week - Week 8

Sometimes, a horror movie finishes exactly the way you want it to ; with utter and complete satisfaction and closure. It doesn't happen often but when it does, it feels pretty damn good. What is the most satisfying ending to a horror movie you've ever seen?

For me, it doesn't get much better than

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I'm sure you've gathered by now that i'm a huge fan of Eli Roth. Many in the horror community seem to like to bash him, and I really can't understand why. His movies kick ass, period. All of them. What's not to like? One of my favorite things about Hostel, Roth's "Miike film", is that pretty much all of the bad guys/girls in it end up getting brutally killed. Paxton's would be killer gets his leg chainsawed off by his own hand (Leatherface style) and then his brains blown out. The chicks who led the guys to Elite Hunting get hit by a car and then run over. The American businessman who torched Kana's eye out gets shot. The bald Elite Hunting heavy gets his head caved in with the blunt end of a rock (wielded by a child no less). All of those scenes are those "fuck ya" moments where you, as an audience, cannot help but grit your teeth and jump for joy at the sweet bloody justice that is going down on screen. Naturally, Hostel ends on one of these notes too with Paxton eviscerating the Dutch businessman aka Edward Saladhands. I honestly did not see it coming and I couldn't have been happier that Roth decided to take that route. When Paxton got on the train at the end and it pulled out of the station, I thought the movie was gonna end there. Then when he heard the Dutch businessman talking on the train, I though it was gonna cut to black there. And then when he followed the dude into the bathroom, closed the door behind him, and turned the "open" sign to "closed" I was SURE it was ending on that note, with us never really seeing exactly what goes down but knowing that Saladhands got his just desserts. But Eli Roth always seems to give us exactly what we fucking want and never shies away from showing us the things we want to see most and thus, we get to see the complete and brutal murder of the Dutch businessman. It's one of the greatest endings to a horror film ever and it sure as hell is, for me, the most satisfying. And how poetic is it that Paxton cuts off the dudes fingers, the same fingers Pax himself had chainsawed off earlier in the film? Three cheers for sweet revenge!

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Leave a comment and let me know your pick for most satisfying horror movie ending!

To check out or get in on past discussions, click here. It's never too late!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

While She Was Out - Another Dud


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There's a few things that drew me to While She Was Out right off the bat, as soon as I heard about it. 1. It's set during Christmas time. I love Christmas and there's really nothing I like more than a movie that has Christmas as a back drop. The music, the decorations, the atmosphere, I love it all. 2. It was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Now i'm sure he really had nothing to do with the actual making of the movie but just the fact that he attached his name to it counts for something, right? 3. It's a revenge flick, and a chick vs dude revenge flick at that. Now that's my shit. Not to mention, it sounded like a pretty cool idea : a woman goes out shopping on Christmas Eve, gets hassled by a bunch of dudes who are out to kill her, so she grabs a toolbox from the trunk of her car and knocks them off one by one at a construction site. Count me in!

Turns out all this hope was resting on the shoulders of a generic, predictable (I literally predicted every little twist and turn in the first 3 minutes), dumb, and downright boring revenge thriller. I was not buying for one second any of the acting (did Kim Basinger really win an Oscar at one point in her career?!) or any of the utterly ridiculous situations. All the kills tried pretty hard to be cool but ended up being lame and as I said, it was all just so boring and I did not care about any of it at any point. It's a simple formula : girl is on the run from a bunch of scary dudes, girl (wo)mans up and kills the fuckers. How does that turn out to be so dull and ineffective? I'll tell ya how ; by taking the one cool aspect of the story, Kim Basinger killing dudes, and making that totally boring, drawn out, uninteresting, and unsatisfactory. I wanted to see her exsanguinate (not only is True Blood awesome but it expands my vocab too!) those fuckers, not simply shoot them in the chest with a gun! It's like a shitty slasher movie that doesn't even have cool kills. What's the point?!

As I often do after watching a movie, I checked the IMDb message boards for While She Was Out and someone made a comparison between it and another film that really caught my eye. The guy said, and he said it in a positive towards this flick way, that While She Was Out is the American answer to Eden Lake. Does that not perfectly sum up the current state of American horror? Whereas the foreigners are laying on the table the raw, realistic, and disturbing side of such a horrific situation, us Americans are more comfortable showing the watered and dumbed down version of events. And While She Was Out is exactly that ; a seriously dumbed down version of a flick like Eden Lake. More palatable to Americans, yes, but those of us who expect more from our movies will not find many merits in this American drivel. If you want real horror, watch Eden Lake instead.

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus!


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"Woooo! Who wants shark skin boots!!"


I realize i'm a little bit late on this review as pretty much every horror blogger out there has already let their thoughts be known on this monsterpalooza, so i'll keep this short and to the point.

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus dissapointed me.

Now it's not that I expected it to be a great movie or had very high expectations at all going in. But I was expecting one thing ; poorly CGI'ed sea monsters tearing shit, and each other, up. It's all I wanted. And if I got it, i'd be the happiest man alive right now. But ya see, there's just not nearly enough mega shark, giant octopus, or mega shark vs giant octopus in Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. The two sea beasts combined have a total of about 3 minutes of screen time and only about 50 seconds of that is spent on them actually battling it out, in a highly anticlimactic (and looped) fight scene. The movie is more like mega shark and giant octopus vs Debbie Gibson, Lorenzo Lamas, and a guy trying way too hard to be the late Chris Penn's Nice Guy Eddie character from Reservoir Dogs (seriously, this dude that comes in towards the end of the movie sounds EXACTLY like him). I think the main problem here is that instead of Asylum reveling in the campy fun of a giant shark and a giant octopus kicking each others slick wet asses, they took themselves way too seriously and tried (and failed) to make a 'real' movie. If you're gonna make a movie with a title like this, have some fun with it!

So what could've been the most epic best worst movie ever made turned out to be nothing more than a few laughs and two cool scenes (shark vs plane & shark vs Golden Gate Bridge). If the whole rest of the movie were like those two scenes, it'd probably be my favorite movie of all time. My advice is, unless you've got friends and some beer to watch it with (drinking game to come!), stick to simply watching the MSVGO trailer.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can pick up Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus on Amazon today. I guess it's kinda slighty sorta fun....

Today Is a Special Day!

Today, June 25th, 2009, marks the one year anniversary of the creation of Freddy In Space! It was exactly one short year ago to the day that I finally decided to do what I had wanted to do for years and create my own little niche in the horror world and i'm so glad that I did. I've met some awesome people, i've gotten to talk to several people in the horror community that I greatly admire (some of which have even become fans of the blog), i've been featured on the IMDb homepage three times (one of which was on Halloween!), i've made 553 posts, i've pulled in almost 130,000 hits, and i've even created a secondary blog (Win Free Horror Shit!). But the greatest accomplishment of this past year for me is none of those things. No, my greatest claim to fame is this, in the words of Michael Scott, one of my readers :

"I first encountered your site about a year or so ago. I watched a horror film that I hadn't seen in about 15 years. I was noticing a whole lot of weird stuff that didn't initially register in my pre-adolescent brain. So, after many "what-the-hell?'s I looked it up on the 'ol internet to see if anybody else read it the same way. SO, rest easy. If anybody searches gay, freddy, homosexual, nightmare on elm street 2 together or in some combination, you're the man they'll come to."

I don't know about you, but I take great comfort in that. Thank you Michael, for reminding me what it's truly all about. I might not be the most important man in the horror blogosphere, but I sure do take pride in my accomplishments in the past year. Given the fact that i'm not the kinda guy who usually sticks with things, I also take pride in the fact that the longest span that has gone by in the past year without me making a post was a few days shy of a week. And it only happened one time. Here's to many more years of frequent posting to come. And here's to you guys continuing to read and be entertained by my small hole in the wall of the horror world. I'm currently getting the largest steady stream of hits i've ever gotten, and growing, so I guess i'm doing something right for once, eh? I think i've earned the right to slap some ads on this sumbitch and turn some profits, whadya think?!

And for the record, the Google searches "sweet dark meat" and "glory hole loses penis" will also take you to my site. How do I know this? Because those search terms have actually brought people over to my site in the past. So thank you as well, sick fucks.

One last thank you to my girlfriend Jen, without who I probably never would have created this blog in the first place. Now if you can only convince me to get a job and get the rest of my life on track!

Salud!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Stump...The...Campbell!

Two weeks ago, you stumped the Savini. Last week, you stumped the Krueger. And now this week comes perhaps the ultimate test of your horror smarts. Can you....


STUMP THE CAMPBELL?!



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No! Not that Campbell! This Campbell!!!



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He's played a wide range of characters in a vast number of movies, horror and non horror, ranging from a hero to a villain and just about everything in between. You know him, you love him, but how many of these Bruce Campbell movies can you actually name? Leave a comment with your guesses!

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Even More Horror Look-alikes!

***For more eerie horror look-alikes, click HERE & HERE!***

Once again, thanks to the awesome site Totally Looks Like and the users over there who submitted these. Head over there if you want to vote on these and thousands of other look-alikes or even submit your own!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Totally Looks Like The Breakfast Club


The Beef Jerky Bigfoot Totally Looks Like Madman Marz


Phil Spector Totally Looks Like Pennywise


Phil Spector Totally Looks Like Riff Raff


Pope Benedict XVI Totally Looks Like Reverend Kane


Gnaw Totally Looks Like Dying Breed


roman emperor Lucius Verus Totally Looks Like The Wolfman


***This one (below) was also pointed out by my pal Zac over at Why Do I Like Stupid Horror Movies?, who did a post (click link to see it) on similar horror poster art as a response to the post I made on the whole Babysitter Wanted conspiracy***

The Ruins Totally Looks Like Swamp Devil


Dead in 3 Days  Totally Looks Like Dead Winter


Aaaaand finally....

miley cyrus, the thing

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ten More Horror Flicks You Should Instantly Watch On Netflix!

Since the insta-view selection on the 'flix is ever growing and ever changing, I figured it was time for a new edition of the Ten Horror Flicks You Should Instantly Watch On Netflix post I made a while back. I could just as easily make a 100 Horror Flicks You Shouldn't Instantly Watch On Netflix post, given their vast amounts of shitty titles, but there are a few gems in there that I wanted to bring to your attention. Click the links to be taken directly to the page where you can watch the movies free with your Netflix account. If you don't already have an account, sign up for a free one month trial and start watching these movies right now!


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30 Days of Night


For some reason I wasn't expecting much from this movie and it reallllly surprised me. For one, it provided some seriously badass gore (Hartnett's axe vs vampires neck!!!) and for two, it solidified for me the fact that Ben Foster is the greatest actor of our generation. The man can do it all. Don't be fooled by the fact that Josh Hartnett is in this movie and don't be hesitant to watch it because you're sick of vampires, because it's a really kickass movie. And for the record, horror + snowy setting = gold.



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Grindhouse : Double Feature


I've said it before and i'll say it again ; the experience of watching Grindhouse will never be as enjoyable or memorable as it was in the theatre. If you missed checking it out during its run, I truly feel sorry for ya and can't help but feel like you'll never fully appreciate it. That being said, this is probably the next best thing. Netflix brings ya the whole bloody affair, all 3 hours and 11 minutes worth, in one shot and complete with all the fake trailers throughout. This is something that we haven't even gotten on DVD here in the states yet and we may never get for that matter. Planet Terror and Death Proof are also available to instantly watch seperately.



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Jack Brooks : Monster Slayer


This movie is just plain fun, and that's all it strives to be. It's a monster filled throwback to the days when horror was original, CGI-less, and again, FUN. Finally Robert Englund takes on another meaty role in a good horror movie, as opposed to his small cameos in shitty ones of late.



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The Last Horror Film


Troma just released the director's cut of this movie a few weeks back and if i'm not mistaken, this is that director's cut. If you liked Maniac, this one's for you. Joe Spinell once again proves that he is perhaps the king of sleazy horror in this highly enjoyable blood soaked romp through the Cannes Film Festival. Most of Troma's titles are available for instant viewing, in fact. Only thing is, unless it's been cleared up, the audio seems to be out of sync with the video on most if not all of their titles on Netflix instant watch. Hopefully this will be cleared up shortly if it hasn't been yet.



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Let The Right One In


I've waxed on about this one more than a few times already so all I will say is ; if you haven't already witnessed it, I strongly urge you take a couple hours out of your night and give this movie a viewing. It is in my opinion one of the best movies in the last decade and the opportunity to watch it free and right this instant is one you should not pass up.



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Maniac Cop Trilogy


I've only seen the first and second Maniac Cop, and I actually liked the second better, but both are worth checking out and i'm sure the third is too if it's anything like the first two. Robert Z'Dar's Matt Cordell (aka the titular Maniac Cop) is a severely underrated slasher villain who's got an awesome and complex backstory and kicks some serious Terminator style ass. Keep your eyes peeled for a very brief early career appearance from Danny Trejo as what else, a prisoner, in Maniac Cop 2!



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Night of the Living Dead (1990)


Forget Night of the Living Dead 3D, this is the only film other than Romero's with this title that you should be watching. This is the only feature length movie makeup effects legend Tom Savini has directed in his career and I can venture to guess that the reason he never did anything else was by his own choice, not because he didn't have the chops. Dare I say i'd probably even choose this version of NOTLD (which was written by Romero himself) over the original on most days. Direct another movie, Savini! Makeup effect another movie too while you're at it!



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Zombie


Fulci's movies are not always good, but you can usually expect to see some of the most jaw dropping gore scenes you've ever seen in your life. Zombie is definetly gore over substance and the moments where there isnt any blood or guts on screen tend to get a bit boring, but this is absolutely must see cinema for the horror fan all the same. From a sharp piece of wood going straight into a woman's eye to a zombie fighting and taking a bite out of a shark, Zombie is a highly memorable and highly brutal ride. The fact that such impressive effects were pulled off way back in 1979 is truly amazing.

Reminder For True Blood Fans!

Just wanted to post a quick reminder for those who may have missed my post last week about this or forgot about it....

I started a True Blood Season 2 discussion post that can be found on the sidebar at all times. This is where I will post my thoughts on new episodes of the show and where you guys can come and discuss the episodes with me whenever you'd like. Just head over to the sidebar on your right and scroll down a bit till you see this image :




Click that icon and get in on the discussion! If you're the forgetful type, you can CLICK HERE to subscribe to the feed for the comments section of that post and you will be notified whenever I post my thoughts on the next episode or whenever a new comment is made over there.

Judging from the small amount of comments to that post from only a select few people, it seems like not a lot of you guys watch True Blood, which kinda surprises me. Or maybe some folks just don't care to comment, which is fine too. Just out of curiosity though, how many of you guys are into True Blood? Leave a quick comment and let me know!

By the way, how crazy is this. You can ALREADY pre-order Troe Blood : The Complete Second Season DVD on Amazon! The episodes just started airing a week ago!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Awesome Scene, Bad Movie - Mother of Tears

Like most of Argento's work (don't bash me for this!), Mother of Tears main and only assets are the few scenes of kickass gore throughout. I can't deny that there are a couple really gory and memorable scenes in this movie, but the movie as a whole did absolutely nothing at all for me. In fact, I kinda hated it. But among those few scenes that were good solely because of the blood and guts they brought to the table, one stands out for me and I think you'll understand why once you watch the following clip. Enjoy this installment of Awesome Scene, Bad Movie!



***There was some nudity that I had to take out, thus the jarring edit towards the end***

If you want to see some more cool scenes in shitty movies, check out Turistas and See No Evil!

Jason Voorhees 2009 Unmasked!

Ever since I posted my review of the Friday The 13th Killer Cut DVD a few weeks back (seen here) and mentioned that both young and adult Jason are shown clearly in the light and unmasked in one of the special features, both things we do not see in the film itself, i've gotten a few e-mails from people asking for me to take screen grabs of these two sights. Now that the flick's officially out there on the DVD shelves, I figured why not oblige! Enjoy and don't take this to mean that you now don't have to pick up a copy for yourself as the Killer Cut provides a lot more fun and excitement than merely these images!

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Evil Dead : Fact or Fiction?


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I've been delving into Bill Warren's book The Evil Dead Companion over the last couple days and i've learned a lot of interesting facts about the trilogy and i've decided to turn those facts into another little game. So below you will find five Evil Dead related stories ; four are fact and only one is fiction. Your job is to figure out which one has been made up by yours truly. There's no prize this go around but if you want a free prize, you still have through this Friday to enter my Kevin Smith contest! Being that there's no prize to be won here, I kindly ask you to not try and look up these facts on Google. It's only for fun, so lets see who can really pick out the fake without cheating! Good luck!

1. Among the many titles that were considered for the original film, before Evil Dead was chosen, was 'These Bitches Are Witches'.

2. Coinciding with its initial release, a line of 100 limited edition Army of Darkness posters were printed up with a small vial of Bruce Campbell's blood mixed in with the red ink.

3. Freddy Krueger's famous razor glove can be seen hanging on the wall in the work shed in Evil Dead 2.

4. Richard Domeier, who played Ed in Evil Dead 2, is now a host on QVC.

5. The cabin that Evil Dead was filmed in was believed to be haunted/cursed, with many deaths and strange phenomena linked to it. The cabin has since mysteriously burnt to the ground.


Leave a comment with your guess!