Thursday, September 30, 2010

Horror Fans, It's Time To Nut Up or Shut Up


As i've more than hammered into your skull in the past couple weeks, Hatchet 2 finally hits theatres across the country this weekend, totally unrated - making it the widest release of an unrated horror film in well over two decades. While this weekend is a celebration of the returns of both Adam Green and Victor Crowley to the big screen, it's also a weekend that is much bigger than any one single movie could ever possibly be. Thanks to AMC having the balls to release the film in its fully uncut form, the fate of the horror genre has literally been put into our hands this weekend. To everyone who has ever complained about remakes and PG-13 horror, this is your chance to finally stop bitching about it, stop blogging about it and actually do something about it. It's time to bring about change in the horror genre and if we can show the people in control that we want our horror films unrated, we could actually bring about that change. Best of all, all you have to do to help out the cause is drop a few bucks to spend your weekend with an awesome fuckin' gorefest of a movie that you will most likely love and have the time of your life with. In other words, if you really love the genre, you will drive your ass as far out of the way as you can to see the film or you will just go ahead and buy a ticket even if it's playing nowhere near you - not to trick anyone into thinking more people saw the movie then they did, but to show them that this is how you want your horror films and that you will spend your hard earned dollars on hardcore balls to the wall horror, the way horror is meant to be. I know it's tough enough for a lot of us to spend $10 on a movie we're actually going to see, much less one we're not, but think of it this way - if the horror genre were on its death bed and a single 10 dollar donation from you and everyone who loved the genre could save its life, would you whip out your credit card and come to the rescue? I sure hope you would and I sure hope you do this weekend. This shit is totally up to us.

To purchase tickets, head over to, type in your zip code and pick a time.

Adam Green and some of the stars of the film, including Tony Todd and Danielle Harris, will be at select showings across the country, a full list of which you will find below, along with complete theatrical listings.


TAMPA -- 10/1 for midnight showings at 12:01am
AMC Veterans Expressway 24 (9302 Anderson Rd)

ORLANDO - 10/1 for prime evening showing
AMC Pleasure Island 24 (1500 E Buena Vista Dr Lake Buena Vista, FL)
Q&A to follow film

CHICAGO - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Crestwood 18 (13221 Rivercrest Dr, Crestwood, IL)
Q&A to follow film

LOS ANGELES - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (100 Universal City Plaza)
Q&A to follow film

DETROIT - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Rd Livonia, MI)
Q&A to follow film

NEW YORK CITY - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Empire 25 (234 W 42nd St)

NEW YORK CITY - 10/1 for prime evening screening
AMC Empire 25 (234 W 42nd St)
Q&A to follow film


Eastern Shore Premiere Cinema (30500 State Highway 181, Spanish Fort, AL)
Tannehill Premiere Cinema (4801 Promenade Parkway, Bessemer, AL)
Gadsden Premiere Cinema 16 (1001 Rainbow Drive Suite 2, Gadsden, AL)

AMC Foothills 15 (7401 N La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ)

· AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (100 Universal City Plaza)
· AMC 30 at The Block (20 City Blvd, Orange, CA)
· AMC Ontario Mills 30 (4549 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA)
· AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA)
· AMC Norwalk 20 (12300 Civic Center Dr, Norwalk, CA)
· AMC Covina 30 (1414 N Azusa Ave Covina, CA)
· MANN Chinese 6 (6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA)
· AMC Bay Street 16 (5614 Shellmound Street, Emeryville, CA)
· AMC Palm Promenade 24 (770 Dennery Rd, San Diego, CA)

AMC Plainville 20 (220 New Britain Ave, Plainville, CT)

· AMC Mall of America (19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL)
· AMC Sunset Place 24 (5701 Sunset Dr South, Miami, FL)
· AMC Regency 24 (9451 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL)
· AMC Orange Park 24 (1910 Wells Rd, Orange Park, FL)
· AMC Pleasure Island 24 (1500 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL)
· AMC Universal Cineplex 20(6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL)
· AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 (2415 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL)
· AMC Veterans Expressway 24 (9302 Anderson Rd, Tampa, FL)
· AMC Regency Square 20 (2496 W Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL)

· AMC Barrett Commons 24 (2600 Cobb Place Ln NW, Kennesaw, GA)
· AMC Southlake Pavilion 24(7065 Mount Zion Cir, Morrow, GA)

· AMC Crestwood 18 (13221 Rivercrest Dr, Crestwood, IL)
· AMC Pipers Alley 4 (1608 N Wells St, Chicago, IL)

· AMC Elmwood Palace 20 (1200 Elmwood Park Blvd, Harahan, LA)
· AMC Westbank Palace 16 (1151 Manhattan Blvd Harvey, LA)

· AMC Boston Common 19 (175 Tremont St, Boston, MA)
· AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 (100 Independence Way, Danvers, MA)
· AMC Methuen 20 (90 Pleasant Valley St, Methuen, MA)

AMC Owings Mills 17 (10100 Mill Run Cir, Owings Mills, MD)

· AMC Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI)
· AMC Southfield 20 (25333 W 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI)
· AMC Great Lakes 24 (4300 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI)

AMC West Olive 16 (12657 Olive St, Creve Coeur, MO)

· AMC Empire 25 (234 W 42nd St, NY, NY)
· AMC 34th Street 14 (312 W. 34th St, NY, NY)
· AMC MJ Harlem 9 (2309 Frederick Douglas Blvd, NY, NY)
· AMC 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway, NY, NY)
· AMC Village 7 (66 Third Ave, NY, NY)
· AMC New Brunswick 18 (17 Route 1, New Brunswick, NJ)
· AMC Jersey Gardens 20 (Jersey Gardens Mall, Jersey City, NJ)
· AMC Palisades Center 21 (4403 Palisades Center Drive West, Nyack, NY)

AMC Carolina Pavilion 22 (9541 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC)
AMC Concord Mills 24 (8421 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC)

· AMC Newport on the Levee 20 (1 Levee Way, Newport, KY)
· AMC Easton Town Center 20 (160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH)
· AMC Lennox Town Center 24 (777 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH)

· AMC Waterfront 22 (300 Waterfront Dr W, Homestead, PA)
· AMC Cherry Hill 24 (2121 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ)
· AMC Hamilton 24 (325 Sloan Ave, Hamilton, NJ)

· AMC Studio 30 (2949 Dunvale Rd, Houston, TX)
· AMC Gulf Pointe 30 (11801 S Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX)
· AMC The Grand 24 (10110 Technology Blvd E, Dallas, TX)
· AMC Mesquite 30 (19919 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Mesquite, TX)

AMC Hampton 24 (Town Center Way, Hampton, VA)

· AMC Alderwood 16 (18733 33rd Ave West, Lynnwood, WA)
· AMC Uptown 3 (511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA)

· AMC Hoffman Center 22 (206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, VA)
· AMC Potomac Mills 18 (2700 Potomac Mills Cir, Woodbridge, VA)

AMC Mayfair Mall 18 (2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI)

· AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (10 Dundas Street East, Toronto)
· AMC Montreal: Forum 22 (2313 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal)

Jen and I, along with Adam Barnick and a slew of other friends of both of ours, will be at the 7:30 show in Times Square tommorow night, where Danielle Harris will be in attendance for a Q&A after the movie. If you're anywhere in the area, come on down and join in the fun. We would love to see ya there!

And don't forget - if you buy a ticket to see the film and e-mail me confirmation that you did, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a Hatchet 2 poster! Every ticket you buy counts as an entry, just be sure to drop me an e-mail before the end of the weekend. The two winners will also get some other little treats in their prize package, to show my appreciation for their support.

I leave you with two great articles that were posted on Dread Central this week, both of which stress the importance of this weekend as well as the importance of YOU supporting the film.

YOUR Chance To Change The Rules

And Now A Message From Tim Sullivan

Book Review - Let The Right One In

With all this talk of Hatchet 2, i'm pretty sure I have completely failed to even give one single mention to another horror film being released this weekend, a film that I don't fully support but nevertheless am looking forward to checking out ; Let Me In, the remake to one of my favorite movies in recent years, 2008's Swedish vampire love story, Let The Right One In. It is in my opinion totally unnecessary to remake such a perfect film, especially so soon, but that's not what i'm here to talk about. In fact, i'm really not here to talk about anything. Tonight I hand the reigns over to one of my best friends and a brilliant writer, Jesse Bartel, who is here to talk about the book that the original film was based on.

Just to give a little introduction, Jesse is a guy I met last year when I started working at my current job. He was a co-worker who quickly became a really good friend and though he just recently left the job and went off to college in the city, we still remain really close and see one another pretty often. He's one of the coolest and nicest dudes i've ever had the pleasure of calling a friend and he also happens to be a horror fan who is one hell of a writer. A couple months back we came up with the idea for Jesse to be the official book reviewer of Freddy In Space, since I really don't get around to reading many books but would love to have reviews of new and upcoming books on the site. As his debut review he decided to tackle Let The Right One In, just in time for the release of the remake. Freddy In Space has always been mostly a one man show, which is the way I like it, but I think quite highly of this fella and we share pretty similar opinions when it comes to the genre, not to mention he's far better than me at reviewing and analyzing books, so i'm incredibly happy to have him on the team. As you will soon see, i'm pretty sure i've let the right one in.....


“Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Rating: 4 out of 5

First and foremost, I would like to thank John Squires the mastermind of this blog for letting me enter his world and giving me a chance to widen the audience of his website. John is one of my best friends and I feel honored to be able to work with him.

Now, as many of you horror hounds know, “Let the Right One In” was a phenomenal film and a truly beautiful take on the vampire/horror genre. The novel was written a few years before the movie and became an international bestseller in a very short amount of time, giving the author a push into fame. I will discuss the context of the book and then dip your toes into some of the sub textual elements. I will talk a little about the film later and how the book uncovers even more dark and chilling secrets.

Quite simply the story focuses on several characters and how their lives are suddenly impacted by a series of murders and strange happenings in a small urban area in Blackberg, Sweden. The character that the book is truly about is Oskar, a 12 year old boy and his developing relationship with a newly moved in neighbor by the name of Eli. Eli, who also appears young, has an elderly man that lives in the apartment with her, who keeps to himself and often is out late at night. Oskar is severely bullied in school, to the point of having physical pain inflicted on him. As Eli and Oskar become closer with each passing day, their relationship is compromised when Eli’s dark secret begins to surface and the authorities become involved. There are many characters in the novel and they are all put into situations that are a direct cause of Eli. The domino effect lasts the entire book until its very gruesome yet beautiful ending. End brief synopsis.

Having seen the film first, I already knew what to expect and to be honest I was prepared for the book to be predictable because of that fact. At times it was but that really didn’t make it boring for me at all nor did I ever really want to put the book down. Being that the book is a vampire tale focused on emotions and situations where characters try to save one another, you could conjure up images of the “Twilight” series and pass over this read. I urge you not to.

The novel starts out with the author giving you the context of the area in which the book will take place; he helps to paint a bleak picture that seems devoid of any beauty at all. We come to realize that this is not the case in the end. As a reader you see lots of violence throughout the novel, violence that is graphic and explodes color into this dark world. All of the characters in the book are not people who you feel you could be friends with, they are all lowlifes and hardly admirable. Even Oskar is a thief and a bit mean, so that at times you feel you need to disconnect yourself from him. The book is broken down into four sections that all have a sort of loosely created theme and there are often quotes from musicians and other authors to help with the theme in the beginning of each section as well. Within the four sections there are chapters that are set apart by dates like “Saturday 24 October”; the chapter will then go through the course of the day through the eyes of several characters. The characters switch on and off and even though it sounds difficult to read, the author really makes it easy for the reader to keep up with the events. The great thing about this book, is that even though the story is heavy, is that it is written in a way so that anyone can pick it up.

I only had a few real problems with this book and they were few. Like I wrote earlier about the writing, sometimes the descriptions are a little weak and it feels as if characters and places are a little two dimensional. So I was a little frustrated at times when the picture wasn’t painted in my head as much as I wanted it to be. Also, there were a few of passages that I felt were not necessary and did not add to the overall story.

Some problems arose early on and then worked themselves out later, for example the character of Tommy and his family. At first he was just getting in the way of what I thought the story was, until it all came together at the very end. There were some other characters that proved themselves useful towards the climax but I do not want to give too much away. Another problem I thought I was encountering were all the references to literature, music, and religion. It seemed to me that the author was just trying to make all these profound remarks and I was getting a little angry at the idea of him making up bullshit but it wasn’t until later that I realized what he was talking about.

Now, without getting all into the book and dissecting it and sounding like an analytical snob, the author was definitely making a point with all of those references. People let things into their lives that can either destroy them or give their life meaning. Those “things” can be anything, from a person to a god. That’s all I will say about the book. Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss more about this after you have read the book or have seen the movie.

Concerning those who have already seen the film *SPOILER FREE*

If you have seen the film, I would really suggest you read the book. That is if you found the movie to be wonderful. A lot of holes are filled in, especially with the old man’s past; I am talking about the man who helps Eli. Even some of Eli’s past is provided to you and how she got that burn mark but the best of all is the scenes that were not put into the movie. One scene involved Eli feasting off a cancer patient and having a severe drug trip after she realized that there was morphine in the blood. Another was her transforming into this demonic creature, which probably would have looked silly in the movie but is really creepy to read. What I really liked was being able to get into the heads of all of the characters and learning what made them tick and truly empathizing with them at times. There are parts of the book that were changed for the movie and it is great to get that nice turnaround while reading the novel. There is a really long couple of passages on Virginia and her transformation, how she cuts herself to drink her depleting blood. All in all, the book is better than the film but that is always the case.

Overall, the novel is an instant classic. It is on the surface a horror novel but deep down there is more to it and there is plenty to keep you thinking for days about it. The shortcomings do not hinder the overall enjoyment of the book, if you love horror and love reading then this is the book to get.

This October the American film version of the book will be released, it is entitled “Let Me In”. If you have read the book or seen the Swedish film, I think most of you will agree that this film will be a waste of time.

Peace and happy stabbings. - Jesse

Fright Rags VS Breast Cancer

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Tommorow morning at 10am, Fright Rags will release this very special tee. Not only is it a beautiful shirt, but the proceeds from it will be going to a great cause - a friend of theirs who is currently battling breast cancer. Full details will be available on their website in the morning, where you will be able to purchase it and help out the cause.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Release Review - 8213 : Gacy House



John Wayne Gacy murdered 33 young men and boys between 1972 and 1978 in suburban Chicago. 26 bodies were found in a crawl space beneath his house and 3 others were buried in the backyard. Although the house was completely demolished during the exhumation of the bodies, on May 15, 2004 a group of paranormal investigators wired the home that was built in its place with paranormal detection and surveillance equipment. The outcome of the investigation was grisly, terrifying and disturbing.

Billed as actual footage recovered from an actual crime scene, 8213 : Gacy House is yet another installment in the found footage sub-genre of horror that films like The Blair Witch Project and most recently REC and Paranormal Activity have made so popular. It's a type of film that has been absolutely done to death in recent years, but 8213 puts a unique spin on it, throwing real life serial killer John Wayne Gacy into the 'we've seen it all before' formula, making this one somewhat of a fresh and inventive take on the concept .... somewhat. It's also a pretty well done installment within the sub-genre, with mostly solid acting throughout that helps sell it all as believable as well as a few genuinely effective scares. It gets a little silly at times, with one particular character cheapening the proceedings by having her massive fake breasts exposed several times in very lame attempts to add some sex appeal to a movie that needs absolutely none, but it's a pretty well done movie all around, especially considering the company it comes from ; The Asylum, a company that has built their name on a string of blatant ripoffs of Hollywood hits with titles like Snakes on a Train, Paranormal Entity and Hillside Cannibals. Make no mistake, Gacy House is, like much of their catalogue, a ripoff of several different found footage horror flicks from years past (AKA all of the ones mentioned above), but the inclusion of John Wayne Gacy in the mix really spices things up and helps set it apart a bit from the pack. Truth be told, if the exact same movie were just about some random evil spirit and not Gacy, I probably wouldn't have cared all that much for it. Aside from this unique premise, it really doesn't bring anything new to the table, but that idea of the ghost of the clown faced Gacy running around killing people was enough to sit my ass on the couch, hold my interest and keep me entertained throughout.

If you're not yet sick of the whole handheld found footage thing, give this one a watch. It's without question one of the better things The Asylum has ever put out.

Fangoria's FrightFest Films - Out Now!

Though they've been available to rent exclusively at Blockbuster stores since early last month, the eight films in this years Fangoria FrightFest line have just hit DVD shelves and video on demand services everywhere today. I made it a personal goal last month to watch and review all eight of the films in time for their big release, so that i'd be able to make this very post tonight and let you guys know which ones to check out and which to avoid - a goal that I narrowly succeeded in by finishing watching the final film just last night. As I expected, the majority of the releases are pretty weak, but there's also a few gems in the bunch. Here's a rundown of each of the films, in order from my favorite to my least favorite, along with brief one sentence summaries of my thoughts on each. For my full thoughts, click any of the eight links below.



Totally horrifying and a total must watch - but only for those who can stomach deep dark explorations of the most extreme forms of human depravity.



As with most films starring Jeffrey Combs, it's a fun watch and stands out as the most entertaining of all the FrightFest films.



It's not all good but it's good enough and ultimately rewarding enough to merit a watch.



Interesting premise with interesting elements throughout, but it eventually becomes a frustrating as all hell movie that never goes anywhere and never explains itself.



Not a horrible film, it's just oddly lacking in the giant killer pig that it so promises, making it a deceiving dissapointment of the utmost degree.



Saw ripoff without any of the things that make the Saw movies good .... AKA a total waste of time.



Totally generic and by the numbers ghost story the likes of which we've seen a million times before.



Amateurish and messy sleep inducer with bad acting, directing, and writing.

So I guess the bottom line here is that I recommend you check out Grimm Love, Dark House and Fragile. Save your money on the rest.

The Ultimate SPLICE Prize Pack Giveaway Begins Now!


Though I wasn't too into the direction the film went in its later half, I still consider Splice to be one of the best genre films of 2010 - read my review here. That being established, I was incredibly excited when I received an e-mail from Warner Brothers last week asking if i'd like to host a super awesome giveaway tied to next Tuesday's release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray.

(They also pitched an Elm Street remake giveaway to me and though I love Freddy to death, and though my blog is named after the burnt bastard, I just didn't feel right hosting a giveaway for a movie that I panned so hardcore. Sorry to any fans of that movie!)


Not only have they offered up a copy of the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack for you guys, but they've also supplied me with one of the incredibly rare and limited edition baby Dren plush dolls, the same doll that I sought out and bought from a friend of mine several months back! That's right, one of you lucky motherfuckers is not only going to win a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Splice, but also your very own baby Dren plush doll! I can't express how happy I am that I have the opportunity to bring this awesome prize into one of your lives.

Here's all you have to do to enter!

Leave a comment below with your e-mail address. If you've seen Splice, include why you dug it - i'm assuming you did if you want this prize. If you haven't seen it, include why you want to see it.

That is all. Giveaway is open to everyone and will run through next Tuesday, October 5th, the day of Splice's DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand release. Good luck!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fangoria FrightFest : The Tomb


Young professor Jonathan has it all, a promising career and an adoring fiancee, but when enigmatic Russian student Ligeia appears, he is spellbound. As though possessed, Jonathan is unable to resist the diabolically beautiful stranger who draws out his wild side. They move to a remote mansion, where Ligeia reveals the spine-chilling secret to her immortality - the extraction of human souls. Horrified, Jonathan tries to run .... but if Ligeia can't have him, she's determined to make sure no one else will either.

There's a reason The Tomb is the last Fangoria FrightFest flick I got around to watching and it's because I was avoiding it based on the fact that it didn't look or sound like something i'd at all be into. I'm rarely proven wrong in cases like this and this stinker is most definitely no exception. This amateurish piece of crap was a total bore from the very start to the very finish and I was completely uninterested by every aspect of it (save for a few cool locations), from the poor acting to the messy direction and terrible writing - somehow, it was written by the dude who wrote The Crow back in the early 90's and was even based on a Poe story! It's corny, it's stupid, and it's without a doubt the worst FrightFest film of them all - and that's saying something, as theres more than a couple crappers in the bunch. It proves once more one of the golden rules of cinema - if Michael Madsen's name is on the cover of a movie and Quentin Tarantino's isn't alongside it, it's gonna suck. To all you doctors out there, forget Ambien, prescribe The Tomb to the next insomniac that walks through your door instead.

Latest Halloween Purchases!

Over the past several weeks, Jen and I have bought far more Halloween related goodies than I can comfortably fit into one post, but here are some choice items we've picked up recently from stores ranging from Halloween City all the way to the unassuming Pier One Imports!


This CD started off pretty cool, with classic themes from Psycho, The Shining and The Exorcist to listen to or play 'guess the movie' games with, but I felt pretty duped about halfway through when I realized that the themes titled 'Saw', 'Chainsaw Massacre' and 'Scream' were not themes from those movies, but generic haunted house sounds of saws, chainsaws and screams. Quite the misleading little CD, to say the least. But there is one pretty awesome thing about it - the track titled 'Friday The 13th' is actually the kickass and super catchy theme from Part 3! Because of this, I can't be too mad at Drew for tricking me into buying his CD under false pretenses.


Zombie hand toilet grabber sticker!


Scratching hands stickers - $1.00 from Party City! These things actually look pretty badass under the right lighting.


Ghost and candy corn soap dispensers!

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Mummy candy dish - which currently plays host to a soon to be devoured bag of pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses!


These little handmade wooden dolls are the coolest thing i've found in Pier One this year. A lot of their stuff is kinda lame but I thought these were really awesome and they look like something you'd find someone selling at a horror convention, rather than something you'd see in a mainstream store. Extra cool points for the bolts in Frank's neck being actual heavy duty bolts!


Jack-o-Lantern dip bowls!


These little cheapo masks were a mere 50 cents a piece at Christmas Tree Shops and were must buys for us because they look like vintage Halloween masks. As Jen pointed out, the Dracula one looks like the mask the little boy wears in one of her favorite movies, Lady In White.


This creepy doll becomes infinitely creepier the moment you peel back its skull mask ....


I warned you!


This is another cool Pier One find. It was kinda expensive but looks well worth the price once its actually worn. I intended on taking a picture of Jen wearing it, but she's at work right now and I wanted to get this post up tonight.


I'm pretty sure this thing is supposed to just have its legs hanging down below its body but Jen got pretty creative and tacked each leg up and hung it over our bed. As a friend of mine said, it's like a chandelier of awesomeness!

Failure To Communicate ... With The Dead


My family has had this Parker Brothers Ouija board since as long as I can remember and i've always been utterly fascinated by the thing, even if it has never managed to contact a single spirit. I'm one of those skeptics who so desperately wants to be a believer and it's for this reason that I inevitably take the thing out once a year to give it another go - for whatever reason, I still always expect it to work. Last night Jen and I had over a couple of our friends to our new place and after polishing off the delicious steak and pumpkin ale pie that Jen whipped up for us, we decided to channel some spirits, Parker Brothers style.


My friends and I got drunk a couple years back and tried the thing to no avail but one of our friends who is a hardcore believer in it was present this time around so we thought maybe she'd be able to make some magic happen. She says that she has Ouija'd many times with friends of hers and they have several times managed to contact spirits, though you obviously can never fully trust that the person you're doing it with is not moving the thing around and messing with you - which I presume is 100% always the case whenever there's any actual planchette movement. Regardless, she has some pretty wild stories that are hard to believe could have come from the mind of one of her friends thinking on the fly in an elaborate effort to fuck with her, so who knows. Anyways, with a strong believer on our side, we set out to see if there were any spirits floating around. As the below video will show you, there wasn't much going on in this house - we ultimately decided that all deceased parties were more than likely busy watching the season premiere of Dexter last night.

This is how 50% of all Ouija sessions in my life have gone, with the other 50% bringing about movement which was eventually admitted by a friend to be total bullshit on their part. Ah well, i'm sure i'll try again another time.

While we didn't have any actual board movement, something kinda creepy did happen later on in the Ouija session which I must address. We attempted to contact the spirit of a girl we went to school with who passed away a few years back. It was a rather still and quiet night out and the minute my friend asked if she was present in the room, the wind picked up considerably and a light rain began to fall. A couple minutes later, when we stopped trying to contact her, both the rain and wind immediately stopped. Was it a coincidence or was that her way to tell us she was there? We can never know for sure but I think I speak for everyone who was present in that room when I say it was pretty damn eerie!

So, have you ever had any experiences with a Ouija board? Leave a comment and tell me about it!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Most Beautiful Thing In The World

I mentioned the other day that I bought a whole wall of new release shelving from a going out of business Blockbuster in my area a couple weeks back, all for a mere 100 bucks. I had to wait two weeks until the store officially closed down to pick them up, as they were still being used to display clearance DVD's, and this past Monday was that big day. My dad and I went over there Monday night to disassemble the three seperate pieces and bring them home, which he then reassembled over here - only two of the shelves fit in the area I wanted them and I soon discovered I only needed two. Last night I spent a majority of the night painstakingly putting all of my DVD's on the shelving, in alphabetical order by genre - I had them in this order at my parent's place and I thankfully kept them as together as possible when I packed them away several weeks back, making this a lot easier than it could've been. Several hours later, my masterpiece was complete!


*Just to give you an idea of how much of my collection is horror, the horror section begins at the start of the shelving and ends where I drew that little red line in*

Space has always been an issue with me when it comes to my DVD's and this was the absolute most perfect solution I ever could've found. I'm fully confident that no matter how much money I had at my disposal, I never could've found shelving as good as this. It's gonna be easier to file new titles in, it looks great, and best of all, it holds my entire collection - and then some. If I hadn't stumbled into Blockbuster at the right moment, looking for nothing more than $2.99 previously viewed and scratched to shit horror films, I likely would've ended up spending far more than 100 dollars for far less impressive shelving. Right place, right time!

In NYC? Come See Hatchet 2 With Me In Times Square!


We are just over a week away from the unrated theatrical release of Hatchet 2, the largest worldwide release of an uncut horror film in over 25 years. Full theatrical listings were announced last week and it's looking like i'll be heading into the heart of New York City on opening night to see Victor Crowley dismember motherfuckers on the big screen once more. My buddy Adam Barnick - the super talented dude behind the Grace and Frozen (out next Tuesday on DVD & Blu!) special feature documentaries - created a Facebook event page for this opening night Times Square screening (exact time to be announced soon, but it's looking like it'll be around 9-10pm), which he and I will be attending alongside what we hope to be the largest collection of Hatchet fans on the east coast - which is where YOU come in! If you live in or near the NYC area, we'd love for you to come on down and see the flick with us. It's gonna be an epic and awesome 25 years in the making night for all of us gorehounds and I hope to see some of you guys there. And bring every horror loving friend you can find! Lots of blood will be spilled and tons of fun will be had - I can guarantee that!

CLICK HERE to check out the event page and to RSVP!

And don't forget ; buy a ticket to Hatchet 2 between now and October 3rd, e-mail me confirmation that you did, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Hatchet 2 poster! All the details lie within this link.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fangoria FrightFest : Fragile


After almost a century, the Mercy Falls Children's Hospital is about to close its doors for good. A nurse (Calista Flockhart) is hired to assist in the closing process, but it soon becomes increasingly clear that there is a dangerous spirit living in the hospital, which the children call the 'mechanical girl'. This ghostly presence has a terrifying hold over them and will stop at nothing to keep them in the hospital with her forever.

As is the case with many of the Fango FrightFest flicks, Fragile was made several years back (in 2005) and is only now seeing release in the states thanks to the straight to DVD festival. Interesting to note also is that it was directed by one half of REC's directing duo, Jaume Balaguero, a couple years before he made REC. The success of that film is most likely why this one is finally seeing the light of day and that's a good thing, because it's a pretty solid little ghost story that totally shits on the last FrightFest film I watched, The Haunting. Though Fragile does at times fall into that Haunting-esque territory of being predictable, generic and somewhat boring, it ultimately becomes something that ghost film was not ; rewarding.

Much like with REC, Balaguero explores the idea of a vengeful and deformed female entity that resides in the locked up upstairs of the creepy building the film is set in, only with less successful results. Whereas the Medeiros girl terrified the living hell out of me, and probably everyone reading this, the 'mechanical girl' is far less terrifying and memorable, though she does have a pretty interesting motive and origin story, as well as an awesomely brutal way of keeping the children with her. The strong points of this pre-REC effort are not in the scares, but in the emotions, particularly towards the end. While REC ended with me frozen in fear in my seat, Fragile admittedly left me in tears, proving that Balaguero is most definitely a versatile filmmaker, even if both films deal with similar elements. At the end of my review for A Haunting I instructed anyone looking for a good spanish made ghost story to check out The Orphanage instead. I'm happy to say that Fragile is a lot closer to that ballpark, making it one of the stronger FrightFest releases.

Oh and I must mention one last thing about the film. Though the back cover says it's rated PG-13, there are way more uses of the word 'fuck' than are possible in such a film. In other words, despite what the cover says, it must be rated R. There are also a couple gruesome sequences that I doubt would make the PG-13 cut.

The Bloody Best Project

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Is that Danielle Harris as Carrie? Why yes, yes it is, and it's part of a very exciting and groundbreaking new venture, dubbed The Bloody Best Project. The brainchild of a team of four powerhouse artists - a photographer, a make-up artist, a visual effects artist and a wardrobe stylist - The Bloody Best Project brings together some of the biggest and best names in horror today and puts them to work in a very unique and interesting way. Read on for the full scoop!


The Bloody Best Project is a celebration of the horror genre and the people who have shaped it into what it is today. We do this by creating high end conceptual images of the very people who have scared us on the silver screen. Never before has a project like this been attempted, but our team - Ama, Autumn, Melissa, and Roger - take on the challenge full force. Our hope is to bring you a beautiful, twisted, and dark collection of images that will showcase the amazing talent of legendary scream queens, slashers, monsters, directors, FX artists, and of the minds and talent that have created nightmares for decades. This project has stemmed out of our life long love and enthusiasm for the horror genre and our goal is to channel that passion into this project and bring you art that is awe inspiring, gut wrenching, and that immortalizes the bloody best - the legends of the horror industry.

If this looks and sounds like something you'd dig, check out The Bloody Best Project for totally badass photographs of folks like James Gunn, Adam Green and Ti West, and keep your eyes peeled on the site for more additions in the future. You can also follow the project on Facebook to get behind the scenes skinny on the various photoshoots going down, including an upcoming one with the sexiest Deadgirl alive, Jenny Spain!

Note to The Bloody Best Project - start selling prints of these things!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Speaking of Pumpkin Flavored Things...


These are absolutely delicious.


And so are these.

God damn I love this time of the year.

WIN FREE HORROR SHIT! - Replica Freddy Glove, Dead Rising 2 & More!

Pay particular attention to the first giveaway on the list - it's a HUGE one and you only have until midnight tonight (Sept. 20th) to enter. Sorry for not posting this one sooner and I promise, there will be more frequent Win Free Horror Shit! posts in the future!!


HORROR BID - Win a Nightmare on Elm Street remake Freddy glove, made by the artist who made the glove for the film! Deadline is September 20th at midnight.

THE BLOOD SPRAYER - Win a copy of Guillermo Del Toro's new book The Fall! Deadline is September 21st.

FEARNET - Win a $200 Fandango movie pass and a killer FEARnet prize pack! Deadline is September 23rd.

DOLLAR BIN HORROR - Win a handmade plush zombie hand! Deadline is September 24th.

HORRORVIEW - Win Hatchet on Blu-ray (deadline not specified), Survival of the Dead on DVD (Sept. 24th deadline), Evil Dead on Blu-ray (Oct. 22nd deadline), Night of the Living Trekkies on DVD (Oct. 22nd deadline), or the Guillermo Del Toro book The Fall (Oct. 29th deadline)!

ZED WORD BLOG - Win Dead Rising 2 for X-Box 360! Deadline is September 28th.

HAYES HUDSON'S HOUSE OF HORROR - Win a back issue of your choosing of Girls and Corpses Magazine! Deadline is September 29th.

ZOMBIES AND TOYS - Win a zombie bib, or a zombie hunting license plate! Both giveaways run through the month of September.

SCARE SARAH - Win Armageddon of the Dead on DVD! Deadline is October 1st.

ZOMBO'S CLOSET OF HORROR - Win Thriller : The Complete Series on DVD! Deadline is October 15th.

SHOUT FACTORY - Win a DVD or Blu-ray (your choice) prize pack including Audition, Piranha, The Stepfather, Forbidden World and many more! Deadline is October 15th.

Good luck and as always, if you're hosting a giveaway or find one on your favorite horror site, drop me a line at MORTIS45@AOL.COM and let me know about it!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

DEVIL - In a Surprise Twist .... I Liked It!


Right off the bat, Devil had two strikes against it ; it's rated PG-13 and the story is from the mind of twist-hungry M. Night Shyamalan, who also produced the film - this would have been an incredibly good factor working in the film's favor about ten years ago, but in these current post-Happening days .... not so much. But it also had something good going for it ; a pretty damn solid premise. Five people are stuck in an elevator. One of them is the Devil. It was this premise that brought my ass into the theatre. And all things considered, my money was well spent. Devil is a pretty mediocre film all around, but it's one that held my interest and kept me entertained throughout most of its runtime and for that, I can look past its shortcomings.

One of the main problems I had with the film was that not enough time was spent on the characters stuck in the elevator, characters who weren't all that interesting to begin with (another pretty prominent issue I had with it). More of the runtime is spent focused on a detective trying to figure out what's going on and get those characters out of the elevator alive, which makes it less of a claustrophobic experience wherein you're more an observer of the action than a part of it. I can't help but feel it would've been a much better film had we as an audience been made to feel like we were trapped in that tiny cramped elevator with the characters. It certaintly would've made for a scarier experience, especially for me given my moderate fear of elevators. Nevertheless, a pretty good job was done keeping things interesting and entertaining within the confines of such a limited premise and I understand that it would've been nearly impossible to set the entire movie in the elevator.

Another issue I had with the movie was with the latter parts of it, particularly the ending. Horror films more than any other genre tend to fall apart towards the end and Devil is no exception. The twist, or should I say twists, are highly unimpressive and though I admittedly didn't see them coming from a mile away, I was far from blown away or shocked once they arrived. In other words, this is no Bruce Willis has been dead the whole time type shit, proving once more that M. Night has lost a lot of his flair when it comes to the big twist.

But again, I think the most important thing here is that I had a great time riding the edge of my seat waiting for that big mind blowing ending to come, even if it never did come. Ya it's silly at times and no it's not the best of films, but I was ultimately pleasantly surprised by this little satanic thriller, perhaps thanks in part to the low expectations I had going into it. With Quarantine and now Devil, director John Erick Dowdle is two for two in my book - and M. Night has slightly redeemed himself for his last couple ideas. Don't be scared off by his name being attached, as this is in my opinion one of the best things he's put his stamp on in many years.

And that poster is fuckin' awesome, is it not?

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Holy Grail of Pop Tarts

It should come as no shock to you that i'm a lover of all things pumpkin scented and pumpkin flavored - not just this time of the year, but all year round. My fridge is often stocked with pumpkin beer, my cabinets with pumpkin coffee, my kitchen has a pumpkin spice plug in air freshener in it - which pumps out pumpkin scented deliciousness 24 hours a day - and there's both pumpkin hand soap and room freshener in my bathroom. In addition to pumpkins, i've also had a lifelong love for Pop Tarts, so much so that there was a time in my life where I exclusively ate them - for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Needless to say, when I stumbled upon the very last box of these at a recent visit to Target's newly set up Halloween section, I nearly lost my shit.



As expected, they're pretty goddamn delicious, tasting like a cross between my favorite Pop Tart, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and a delicious homeade pumpkin pie - which I guess makes sense being that cinnamon is a main ingredient in such a dish. The only complaint I have about them is the same complaint i've had about many a Pop Tart in the past - there's just not enough of that advertised flavor wedged inside the outer shell! Double Stuffed Pop Tarts - whadya say, Kellogs?! Neverless, they're quite tasty and I highly recommend you pumpkin pie fans stock up, as these Limited Edition Tarts will not last very long!


Kellogs has also put out another Halloween themed Pop Tart this year, which they've dubbed 'Choc-o-Lantern'. Pretty cool in appearance but they look to be a typical chocolate Pop Tart when it comes to taste time, making them a bit less of a must have treat than their pumpkin pie brothers.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hatchet 2 Red Band Theatrical Trailer!!

It's looking like it's gonna be a Hatchet 2 overload this week - in the best way possible! Check out the just released and gory as hell red band theatrical trailer for Victor Crowley's uncut return to the big screen on October 1st!!

Also head over to Movie Jungle to check out a new clip which features Tony Todd assembling a badass crew to hunt down the legendary madman!!

And don't forget - Hatchet 2 tickets are on sale NOW and you can win a free poster just by purchasing yours today! Click here for all the details!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hatchet 2 Theatre Listings! Tickets On Sale Now! Free Posters!

As i've mentioned now several times in the past couple weeks (and probably will mention a few more times in the near future), AMC Theatres are releasing Hatchet 2 totally unrated all over the country on October 1st. This is the widest unrated release for a film in over two decades and could change the way horror movies are released in the future - if all of us fans go out and support it! If you've been wondering if you'll be able to do so, wonder no more because the theatrical listings have just been posted on AMC's website!

Kennesaw, GA - Barrett Commons 24
Morrow, GA - Southlake Pavilion 24
Owings Mills, MD - Owings Mills 17
Boston, MA - Boston Common 19
Danvers, MA - Liberty Tree Mall 20
Methuen, MA - Methuen 20
Plainville, CT - Plainville 20
Charlotte, NC - Carolina Pavilion 22
Concord, NC - Concord Mills 24
Crestwood, IL - Crestwood 18
Chicago, IL - Pipers Alley 4
Newport, KY - Newport on the Levee 20
Columbus, OH - Easton 30 with IMAX
Columbus, OH - Lennox 24
Livonia, MI - Livonia 20
Southfield, MI - Southfield 20 (Star)
Auburn Hills, MI - Great Lakes 25 (Star)
Dallas, TX - Grand 24
Mesquite, TX - Mesquite 30
Houston, TX - Studio 30
Houston, TX - Gulf Pointe 30
Universal City, CA - CityWalk Stadium 19
Orange, CA - Block 30
Ontario, CA - Ontario Mills 30
Burbank, CA - Burbank Town Center 8
Norwalk, CA - Norwalk 20
Covina, CA - Covina 30
San Diego, CA - Palm Promenade 24
Emeryville, CA - Bay Street 16
Orange Park, FL - Orange Park 24
Jacksonville, FL - Regency Square 24
Aventura, FL - Aventura 24
Miami, FL - Sunset Place 24
Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee 20
Tampa, FL - Veterans Expressway 24
Brandon, FL - Regency 20
Lake Buena Vista, FL - Pleasure Island 24
Orlando, FL - Universal Cineplex 20
Wauwatosa, WI - Mayfair 18
Montreal, QB - Forum 22
Harahan, LA - Elmwood Palace 20
Harvey, LA - Westbank Palace 16
New York, NY - Empire 25
New York, NY - 34th Street 14
New York, NY - MJ Harlem 9
New York, NY - 84th Street 6
New York, NY - Village 7
West Nyack, NY - Palisades Center 21
New Brunswick, NJ - New Brunswick 18
Elizabeth, NJ - Jersey Gardens 20
Cherry Hill, NJ - Cherry Hill 24
Hamilton, NJ - Hamilton 24
Homestead, PA - Waterfront 22
Lynnwood, WA - Alderwood Mall 16
Seattle, WA - Uptown 3
Creve Coeur, MO - West Olive 16
Toronto, ON - Yonge & Dundas 24
Alexandria, VA - Hoffman Center 22
Woodbridge, VA - Potomac Mills 18

If the film is not scheduled to play anywhere near you, call up your local AMC Theatre and DEMAND IT! If it is, or even if it isn't and you just want to be super supportive of the cause, tickets are on sale right now and if enough fans purchase them, the flick will be released even wider. For this reason, I encourage you to purchase your tickets ASAP and i've got a little extra incentive for you to do so - as if you needed more incentive than to help re-animate the horror genre!


I've got two of these Hatchet 2 mini posters that i'd love to pass onto you guys. All you've gotta do is send me some kind of confirmation between now and October 3rd that you purchased tickets to see the movie (e-mail confirmation receipts or pictures of your tickets will do the trick) and I will enter you into a drawing wherein two winners will receive the Hatchet 2 poster seen above! E-mail your evidence to me at MORTIS45@AOL.COM and I will select two lucky winners the Monday after Hatchet 2's release!

Good luck, enjoy the movie, and thank you for supporting the genre we all love so much!

Screener Review : Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell



Originally released on VHS back in 1987 and now on DVD for the very first time, Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell is a collection of 47 totally uncut trailers for exploitation/horror films the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Corpse Grinders, Torso, I Eat Your Skin, I Dismember Mama, 3 on a Meathook and Ilsa : She Wolf of the SS - you know, the ones with ample freeze frames and narrators with uber deep voices that hammer the name of the film into your head over and over again. In between the trailers are skits featuring a ventriloquist and his zombie pal, who are hosting the trailer viewing event for an all zombie audience, which is being projected onto the screen by Mad Ron, a psychopath chained up in the projection booth. Ya just gotta love the 80's!

Unfortunately, with the advent of YouTube giving anyone and everyone accessibility to all of these trailers and then some with a mere click of a mouse, Prevues From Hell is far less exciting and must own than it was back in the late 80's, but it is nonetheless a fascinating and nostalgic relic from a bygone era when horror films still had balls and remains a very entertaining compilation of some of the best trailers from that era. In our current day and age where many of these films are either making their way onto Blu-ray or are getting crisper and cleaner DVD releases, it's nice and refreshing to just sit back and watch a bunch of beat up old trailers from yesteryear. I probably could've done without all the filler skits though, even if they do have trace amounts of cheeseball charm.

I'm admittedly a sucker for trailer compilation DVD's and I had a lot of fun watching Prevues From Hell last night, though I can't help but think it would've been a lot more fun had I had a six pack and some of my horror loving friends by my side - which is most definitely the next experience I will be having with this DVD. It is pretty much the perfect background action for a night of laid back drinking and I can only imagine that I will be wearing this disc out at such hangouts in the near future. Yes, you can get all these trailers for free on YouTube, but it's always nice to be able to pop in a single disc and get 'em all in one fell swoop.

If nothing more, I can guarantee you that this unearthed 80's gem will bring plenty of new exploitation flicks into the homes and lives of those who may not spend their days seeking out such films and will also bring about some serious revisitation to those that do. Glad to see this one finally getting a re-release.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fangoria FrightFest : Grimm Love


An American criminal psychology student in Germany sets out to write her thesis on the strange case of a man who willingly allowed himself to be cannibalized by a stranger he met over the internet. Delving deeper and deeper into the case and the mens' pasts, she finds that what she discovers will change her life forever.

HO. LY. SHIT. Over the years, i've been exposed to so much violent imagery - both real and fake - that i've become highly desensitized to the types of films that most consider disturbing. It is for this reason that very few films actually manage to succeed in disturbing me. Grimm Love is one of those rare films that pulled it off. While I was incredibly unsettled while watching it, it wasn't until I Wikipedia'd the film afterwards that I was shaken to my very core. The events that were unraveling before me were so over the top and bizarre that I found it hard to suspend disbelief and fully take the film seriously while I was watching it. And then I looked it up. And then I realized that everything I just witnessed actually happened. And then I realized how fucked up of a world we truly live in. And then I couldn't sleep.

In a horrifically disturbing nutshell, Grimm Love tells the very true story of Armin Meiwes, a man with a fetish for eating humans, and J├╝rgen Brandes, a man with a fetish for being eaten by a human. The two men met up on the internet and shared their fetishes with one another, an act that was caught on a videotape that has for obvious reasons never been made available to the public (so don't even bother trying to Google it, you sick fuck). After downing mass quantities of alcohol and pain killers, Brandes let Meiwes cut his penis off, which the two of them attempted to cook and consume. Several hours later, Meiwes killed Brandes by stabbing him in the throat. He then ate his body over the course of the next year, fulfilling both of their desires. Read all the details here.

Yep, it's all true and Grimm Love is so well done, without exploiting the case, that you almost feel like you're watching the actual footage that Meiwes filmed. In other words, it's one of the most fucked up movies i've ever seen - and was in fact banned in Germany for several years after Meiwes complained that his rights had been violated. It is obviously not for the faint of heart but for those who can stomach it and are into pitch black material, it's a hell of a fascinating look inside the darkest recesses of humanity.

If you see only one film from Fangoria's FrightFest line, make it Grimm Love. But again, only if you think you can handle it. And don't be comforted or fooled by the incredibly deceptive fact that Keri Russell is in it - this is far from the kind of thing fans of hers should be exposed to and I must commend her for taking on such grimm material. Felicity fans, stay far far away.

DVD Update - Monday, September 13th

I haven't done one of these in a while, being that I haven't bought many DVD's in the last couple months, but I have gotten a lot of screeners lately and I did pick up some goodies at the mall yesterday, so i'd say it's time for an update!

But before that, I must mention something else on a DVD collection related note....

I've always had a problem with shelf space for my DVD's, being that I have a good thousand of them. Moving into the new place, I was desperately looking for some kind of shelf that would hold them all but I couldn't really find anything that held that many and the ones closest to that amount of space that I found were several hundred dollars. I was pretty sure I was gonna have to bust out the hammer and put my man skills to the test when I stumbled into a Blockbuster in my area that was going out of business. I figured i'd pick up a few of their cheapo previously viewed horror flicks but I ended up walking out with an entire wall of their new release shelving - for a mere $100! (Well I actually didn't walk out with them but I purchased them and will be able to pick them up once the store officially shuts down next Monday). So not only is that problem solved, but I got pretty much the coolest DVD shelving possible, for the cheapest price possible. I've bashed Blockbuster many a time in the past but I can't help but give them a big thank you right about now!

And now, onto the newest titles that will fill up that shelf.

















Expect reviews of many of these in the coming weeks!