Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fright Rags Unveils Their Plan 9

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Ok so this shirt was unveiled a couple weeks back but I was on vacation at the time and so I never got to make a post about it. However, Fright Rags still has some of these limited edition shirts available (only 200 were made!), so I figured better late than never to bring this to the attention of anyone who might not have heard about it....

While supplies last, the Rags is offering up two exclusive and highly limited edition pieces, to commemorate one of the notoriously worst movies ever made, Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. You get both an incredible six color t-shirt (seen above) as well as a 17X25" screenprinted poster from the folks over at Mondo (seen below).

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You get both of these for 50 bucks and the sizes that remain in the shirts are small, medium, XL, 2XL, 3XL and girl shirts in XL. If this sounds good to you and you want, you better act quick because these shirts will surely not last much longer. Click here to purchase!

Oh and for those who signed up for the highly limited edition Elm Street Dream Edition shirts, don't forget, they go on sale at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, just in time for the release of the Elm Street remake on the big screen. You will have only 24 hours to order the shirts and then the designs will be destroyed, so hop on that the first chance you get! If you didn't already sign up to be a part of this deal a week or so back (which I should've notified you guys about but again, I was on vacation), sorry, but you're gonna have to sit this one out.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nightmare on Elm Street - In Memoriam

Last year, around the time the Friday The 13th remake landed in theatres, I made a post honoring all of the men and women from the entire Friday franchise who are no longer with us. It became the most linked to and successful post of my blogging career and I received a ton of positive comments on it, including ones from a few friends of the deceased stars. Being that it was such a hit and being that the Elm Street remake is right around the corner, I thought why not do the same for that franchise. So before we go see the remake this weekend, let's take a moment to remember those Elm Street residents who are no longer with us - but who will live on forever through the magic of film.

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Hope Lange - Cheryl Walsh - Elm Street Part 2

November 28th, 1933 - December 19th, 2003


Hope Elise Ross Lange, daughter of an actress and musician, began her acting career at the age of 11 and went on to win several Emmy awards in her career as well as receive an Academy Award nomination for her role in 1957's Peyton Place. If horror fans don't remember her as main character Jesse's mother in Freddy's Revenge, they probably remember her as Mrs. Williams in David Lynch's Blue Velvet. At the age of 70, Lange succombed to Ischemic colitis at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

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Nan Martin - Sister Mary Helena - Elm Street Part 3

July 15th, 1927 - March 4th, 2010

Although the name Sister Mary Helena may not be a household name amongst horror fans, Nan Martin actually played one of the most pivotal roles in the Elm Street universe - that of Amanda Krueger, Freddy's mother. Martin was an accomplished stage, television, and film actress who appeared in The Twilight Zone, The Drew Carey Show and the film Cast Away over her 50 year career. Martin died of complications from emphysema in Malibu, California at the age of 82.

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Michael Rougas - 'Priest in Church' - Elm Street Part 3

January 22nd, 1931 - June 19th, 2008

Michael Rougas is probably best known to genre fans for his role as Frank in 1957's I Was a Teenage Werewolf - this was also Rougas' first film role. Though he remained acting for 30 years, Rougas only appeared in a handful of other works, which included Scarface and Star Trek : The Motion Picture. Dream Warriors - where he played the priest who Neil encounters when stealing a cross and holy water to kill Freddy - was his last role before passing away in Palm Springs, California at the age of 77, from unidentified causes.

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Burr DeBenning - Mr. Jordan - Elm Street Part 5

September 21st, 1936 - May 26th, 2003

An accomplished character actor, Burr DeBenning appeared in over 100 films and television shows throughout his career. Interestingly enough, one year before landing a role in Dream Child, DeBenning appeared in an episode of Freddy's Nightmares, the television show which featured Freddy Krueger. He passed away at age 66 in Calfornia from unidentified causes.

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Wally George - Himself - Elm Street Part 5

December 4th, 1931 - October 7th, 2003

Born George Walter Pearch, Wally George - father of Rebecca De Mornay - was an early Howard Stern of sorts, a radio and television commentator known for his outlandish antics. While he wasn't technically in Dream Child as an actor - footage of George is quickly shown playing on a television screen in the film - he's listed on IMDb as being in it, so I figured i'd mention him. Besides Dream Child, George appeared in only a couple others movies and shows, mostly as himself. George passed away from pneumonia at the Fountain Valley Hospital in Orange County, Calfornia at the age of 71.

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Angelina Estrada - Carlos' Mother - Elm Street Part 6

February 28th, 1932 - August 5th, 2005

Throughout her career, Angelina Estrada mostly had small roles in television shows and hit movies such as Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke and Ghost. In Freddy's Dead, she played the character Carlos' mother, who Freddy takes the form of for the infamous and painful to watch giant cotton swab in the ear scene. In real life, Estrada was the mother of Bad Religion drummer Bobby Schayer. She passed away at the age of 73 in Las Vegas, Nevada from heart failure.

Gretchen Oehler - 'Script Supervisor' - New Nightmare

December 13th, 1943 - September 8th, 2001

Gretchen Oehler was most widely known as a soap actress thanks to her long running roles on the shows Another World and Texas - she played the same character, Vivien Gorrow, in both shows. In the late 80's Oehler stopped acting and became a script supervisor, which ironically led to her returning to acting in New Nightmare, a film that she served as the actual script supervisor for in addition to playing the script supervisor in the film. After a decade long battle with cancer, Oehler passed away in Moose, Wyoming at the age of 57. I was not able to find a picture of Oehler in the film, but you can hear her voice after Wes Craven says to her, "Print that, Gretchen!", at the start of the film. I'm not sure she appears on screen in the film, but if anyone knows otherwise or has an image of her, please let me know. Also, her date of death is listed as September 8th on some sites and November 7th on others, so if anyone knows more about that, please also let me know.

Rest In Peace to all of these men and women who helped make the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise what it is today.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cover Art Wars - The Descent : Part 2

I always hear fellow Region 1'ers bitching and complaining that the Region 2'ers always get the cooler DVD arts. Sometimes, this is the case, but other times the opposite is true. I think what it all boils down to is that the grass always seems greener on the other side and we always want something other than what we have - in other words, i'm willing to bet there's just as much complaining going on from the Region 2'ers. Anyway, since those of us in the states get oftentimes vastly different DVD cover art from those in the UK, I thought it would be interesting to start a recurring feature where I pit opposing cover arts against one another and let you guys comment and decide who got the better end of the deal. Sound good? Then let the Cover Art Wars begin!

Being that it was just released today on DVD and being that i'm pretty excited about it being released today on DVD, the first cover art up on the chopping block is The Descent : Part 2, the as of yet unseen by myself follow up to one of my favorite horror movies of the past decade. Look over the images below and leave a comment with your favorite.

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I gotta go with Region 1 on this one. While i'm not in love with the art, it does have it all - crawlers, Sarah, pick axe, and cave - and it lets ya know that Part 2 is gonna pick up right where Part 1 left off, with Sarah still trapped in the cave. As for the R2 art, it's amateur looking and is it just me or is that crawler's face way too long? It would've been much cooler if it was just the full image of a screaming Sarah against a black background.

My Newest Purchase

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My buddy Jayson posted a picture of this one sheet a couple weeks back on his blog Basement of Ghoulish Decadence - I immediately found it on eBay and purchased it. It will soon be framed and hung proudly over my bed. Isn't it glorious?

DVD Update - Georgia Style!

Pretty massive DVD update this time around, thanks in large part to my trip to Georgia. Most of these came from there with the large majority of them coming from a going out of business Hollywood Video in the town we stayed in. When we got to Georgia, everything was 50-60% off with rentals 3 for $12 and by the time we were heading out, everything had dropped to 70% off with rentals 3 for $10 - these are the results of those once in a lifetime blowout sales that I took full advantage of.

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All that for just around 100 bucks - i'd say I made out pretty well!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Freddy Krueger or Cheese Pizza?

Georgia was awesome. I slept in a room where a dude killed himself, I spent an hour of the vacation as a blind man, I saw lots of dead penis, and I valiantly white water rafted down treacherous white waters - but i'm not gonna bore you with the details of my unrelated to the world of horror journey. Instead, being that i've been absent from this blog for almost two weeks now, I figured you'd prefer it if I jumped straight back into the shit you come here for. The downside of this is that you may never know just what kinds of paranormal shit I experienced in that haunted room.....*

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Can you believe that we're mere days away from the return of Freddy Krueger, albeit a new version of Freddy Krueger, to the big screen? For horror bloggers the world over, this means that the next few days are gonna be chock full of Elm Street related content and while I don't plan on overdoing it, I do have a couple little Freddy related treats up my own sleeve for the week. Rather than bore you with reviews of all the films in the franchise (Dream Warriors > all), i've decided to instead kick this celebration off with a fun little game I like to call Freddy Krueger or Cheese Pizza? - the basis of the game of course being that my beloved dream demon totally looks like a slice of cheese pizza - it's a fact that was even exploited in Dream Master, when Freddy serves up his own brand of 'soul food' to one of his victims. So here's the challenge....

Take a gander at the eight images below and leave a comment telling me which you think are magnified images of a cheese pizza and which you've deemed are magnified images of the burnt face of everyone's favorite wise cracking finger fucker. Have at it!

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*Do you really think i'd hold out if I experienced even the remotest of paranormal occurences? Despite spending over a week in a room where an old man blew his own brains out with a shotgun years prior, I did not even get the faintest sense of his presence. A bit of a bummer in retrospect, as it would've made for great blogging material, but I gotta say, at the time, I was kinda glad Harry let me sleep in peace. Now leave a comment with your guesses, will ya?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Off To Georgia

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As the title suggests, Jen and I are hopping on a flight tommorow morning to Georgia (to visit a friend) and will remain there until April 25th, which unfortunately means that I probably will not be updating the blog during that time period - unless of course I get a free moment to spare. Just wanted to let you guys know this so that you don't wonder where the hell I am!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter if you're for any reason interested in what i'm up to down there.

See ya guys in about a week and a half! Oh and leave a comment if you want to place a bet on whether or not this bearded motherfucker will be "randomly searched" at the airport again!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Hudson Valley Horrors

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So a couple weekends back Jen and I went upstate New York to visit her aunt and on Friday night, we ended up going to this really cool old school roller rink and slapping on the four wheels for the first time. While roller skating isn't necessarily the kinda thing I would think i'd be into, I gotta say, when a good song comes on the radio and you get into a groove, it's a hell of a lot of fun. But anyway, this rink is home to a roller derby team that goes by the name The Hudson Valley Horrors and I have to give them a shoutout on here not only for the awesome name and not only because they "think derby is the best thing next to B-horror movies", but also for the kickass shirt they came up with that I just had to buy for Jen as soon I laid eyes on it....

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How cool is that? Anyone who puts a sexy version of the creepy Shining twins on their shirt, holding roller skates no less, gets my utmost support and respect and in fact, Jen and I are even considering heading back upstate to check out one of their games sometime. Truth be told, we probably would've never had any interest in doing such a thing if it weren't for this shirt and for their horror theme, which goes to show the power of marketing. It also goes to show that wherever there is anything even remotely horror related, I will be there.

So ya, that's really all I had to say. Never thought i'd have a favorite roller derby team!

Shame On You, New Line

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That's the cover of the new Elm Street DVD collection that was just released today and yes, that is Jackie Earle Haley on the cover. While I have absolutely no problems with a new actor being hired to play Freddy in the upcoming remake, I do have a MAJOR problem with a DVD set of the original films not having Robert Englund's Freddy on the cover, when Englund played Freddy in all 8 films in the set. Is it just me or does it almost seem like New Line is trying to make the younger generation forget about the past Elm Street's and just start an entirely new franchise, with Haley in the role? Again, I have nothing wrong with the remake or Haley slapping on the Christmas sweater, but this right here is some fucked up shit and totally shits on not only the original films, but also on Robert Englund himself. I'd love to know what he thinks about this....

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Do yourself a favor and pick up the Elm Street Collection that was released back in 1999. It may have those shitty cardboard snap cases, but you get a few pairs of 3D glasses, a nice bonus materials disc, and best of all, the dude who actually played Freddy in the movies spanning the 8 discs is depicted on the cover art. What a novel idea!

By the way, have you seen the latest clear pictures of Haley's Krueger? These images are the most we've ever seen of his new look and you can check them out at one of my favorite horror sites, Horror Bid. Still don't really dig the look so much, especially from certain angles, but i'm nonetheless very excited to see how the remake turned out.