Monday, February 28, 2011

The Horror News Stories From The Past Week You Need To Know About : 2/21 - 2/27

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It was the second year in a row for horror recognition at the Academy Awards, as last night Rick Baker and Dave Elsey nabbed themselves an Oscar for their makeup work on last year's Wolfman redux. In addition, Natalie Portman went home with a Best Actress statue, making her only the third actress to receive such an honor for her work in the genre. I'd say last night was a pretty damn good one for horror!



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In the most unexpected development of the week, a press release was issued last week to announce cult director Ruggero Deodato's next film; a sequel to his 1980 flick The House on the Edge of the Park! Deodato will be directing the film and star of the original Giovanni Lombardo Radice will reprise his role. Betcha didn't see that one coming!



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The criminally misused and under appreciated Lance Henriksen is about to get a little respect, in the form of a biography written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles. Here's what Niles had to say about the book; "We’re making it ourselves and selling it ourselves. I am deeply indebted to Lance Henriksen (who just met me last week) for allowing us to publish his book. It’s going to be a real challenge but will give me first hand experience selling in various markets with grassroots marketing. People love his films. He's been in some of the greatest genre films of all-time. Our hope is that by combining Lance's book with some of comics top talent, then maybe we can each find new fans."



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One of the most talked about indie films of the last couple years, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, is finally being given a DVD release, at least over in the UK. The disc will drop over there on May 23rd, with no US date announced yet. Congratulations to the Soska Sisters on this one, as I know they've been dying to unleash their dead hooker to the world!



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Several months back it was announced that Dario Argento would next be tackling the legendary tale of Dracula, with a 3D version of the classic being helmed by the Italian master of horror. Well ya can't have Dracula without Van Helsing and last week the project was given its Van Helsing when king of badass Rutger Hauer signed on to the film. John Ryder going toe to toe with Dracula? Count me in!


Leave a comment below with your thoughts on any or all of this week's news stories!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Captain vs The Count, Today On Tee Fury!

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As last year's recap of Halloween weekend surely showed you, i'm a big time fan of the General Mills Monster Cereals; Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Frankenberry and yes, even their less successful brothers, Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy. Naturally, I was very excited to discover that Tee Fury's t-shirt of the day today pays tribute to the lovable and oh so delicious monsters, in the form of an epic battle for cereal supremacy. If you dig the design be sure to snatch one up real quick, as the shirt will no longer be available come midnight tonight!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where Do These People Come From?!

Much like last weekend, i'm most likely not going to be around this weekend to do any blogging, as two friends of mine are coming out to visit and spend the weekend; Geof Capodanno of The Man Cave and his best friend Dan, both of whom i've spent many a good time hanging out with at various different Monster Mania conventions. I figure there's no better note to leave you guys off on for a couple days than a little search term compilation, an inside look at some of the crazy shit people have searched on Google and consequently, ended up here on Freddy In Space through those searches. Thanks to Blogger's webmaster tools feature, this highly invasive look into the mind of the sick and depraved folks who end up here on Freddy In Space is possible. Honestly, i'm not sure whether to be concerned over the fact that people are searching for this stuff or that all of these searches lead directly to .... ME. Enjoy and i'll see ya guys on Monday!

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'haunted vagina'


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'hitler 3D glasses'


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'monkey pisses in his own face'


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'thanks for not aborting me'


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'gary busey clown'


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'japanese woman living in my closet'


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'being a dick head's cool'


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'where does a woman urinate from'

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

17 More Kickass Alternate Horror Posters!

My buddy Mike D. just turned me onto an awesome site called Reelizer, which serves as a gallery of some of the coolest movie posters that have been created over the years, posters that were mostly done up for one night only screenings of films at select special locations. Here are just a handful of the gems I found on there!

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Lil Tuffy


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Jason Edmiston


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Martin Ansin


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The Silent Giants


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Ken Taylor


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Eric Tan


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Todd Slater


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Phantom City Creative


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Sam Markiewicz


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Jon Smith


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Alan Forbes


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Tom Whalen


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Tom Whalen


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Fro Design Co.


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Laz Marquez


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Laz Marquez


I strongly encourage you to head over to Reelizer to check out the rest of the amazing work featured on there, where you will also see higher quality larger images of all the poster arts seen above!

Dear Best Buy,

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Why does your horror DVD selection get smaller and smaller every time I patronize your establishment? Is there going to be anything left in a couple months?

- Concerned Fan

It's Like Halloween Meets The Breakfast Club ... With Tits!

Remember that Bruce Campbell themed burlesque show I hit up in Coney Island last year? It's a night I will personally never forget, one filled with about as much debauchery as one would expect from a scantily clad tribute to a horror icon. Well the good folks behind that amazing show, Casino O'Fortune Cookie Productions, are bringing their nipple tassles and ass wine back to New York City this Saturday night, and it's looking like things are about to get even wilder. Bringing together two of the greatest John's ever unleashed unto this earth and throwing them into a frying pan filled with a hot mess of perversion, the burlesque troupe this time brings us Snake Plissken's Day Off, a sexy tribute to both Master of Horror John Carpenter and Master of Iconic 80's Movies, the late great John Hughes. That's right, Hughes and Carpenter meet tits and ass this weekend in New York City. Here's all the details!

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Casino O’Fortune Cookie Productions, the Eastern Seaboard’s premier purveyors of pop-culture burlesque, return to the Joe’s Pubstage with the funniest, sexiest striptease and variety tribute ever to two guys named John. They’re two of the most influential and beloved moviemakers ever: between them they defined for a generation what it was to be scared, and what it meant to be a teenager. And you know you love one, or the other, or both. It’s SNAKE PLISSKEN’S DAY OFF: JOHN HUGHES VS. JOHN CARPENTER BURLESQUE!

Join internationally-touring, award-winning burlesque stars Anita Cookie and Clams Casino, BB Heart, Creamy Stevens, Minnie Tonka and Tigger! Cabaret sensations Gigi & Pop! Audience participation with Neil O’Fortune! Stage panther Hard Corey! And it’s all brought to you by our host, comic sideshow magician Albert Cadabra!

It’s a meeting that the obsessive fans of both filmmakers never knew they’ve been missing! Finally, Michael Myers stalks the Breakfast Club ... The Thing meets Pretty in Pink ... Kurt Russell vs. Molly Ringwald! For every guy who’s quoted the bubblegum speech from They Live, for every girl who’s still in love with Jake Ryan, now there’s a burlesque show for BOTH of you!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!


I know my burlesque buddy Zach Shildwachter is for sure going to be there and I hope to meet up with him Saturday night to see the show, along with Man Cave's Geof Capodanno and his friend Dan, who will be spending this weekend at mine and Jen's place. Obviously, if we do end up there, a full recap will follow!

Valuable Life Lessons Horror Movies Have Taught Me : #1

The first in an ongoing list of the most important life lessons i've learned from my many years of ingesting horror movies. Just cause they're sick and depraved doesn't mean they can't educate ya!

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Friday The 13th : Part 2

#1 When all your friends go out to a cabin in the woods with a history of being stalked by a killer, opt instead to go get wasted at the nearest bar.

Yep, Stu Charno is the reason I drink. Pretty damn awesome that I ended up drinking with Stu Charno at a horror convention a while back, eh?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In Case You've Missed It ...

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I'm not usually one to re-post stuff that can be seen pretty much everywhere else around the net, but I just caught wind of the brilliant faux trailer for the gory faux sequel to ET and I simply could not resist posting it. If you somehow haven't come across a site that has posted it yet today, YOU MUST WATCH THIS!



A killer snake-like version of ET edited into the Hatchet jaw rip scene ... you just gotta love it!!

You're All My Kittens Now!

Driving home from the Rock N Shock Convention last year, the random line "You're all my kittens now!" popped into Fright Rags' Kristy Jett's head. Naturally, she pictured Freddy Krueger surrounded by kittens, an image which has just been turned into an official Fright Rags design, to be sold on the site beginning in April. Check out an image of the design and leave a comment below letting them know what you think of it!

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So what say you? Will you be buying this one come April?

"Clean Your Beard Hairs Out Of My Sink" : It's Rochester Recap Time!

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As I said, the main reason Zach Shildwachter and I headed into Rochester this past weekend to meet up with Kristy Jett was to work on a screenplay, which is precisely what we ended up doing ... between sessions of eating great food, drinking cheap beer and watching oodles of increasingly vile and disturbing porno bloopers. As much as i'd love to, I unfortunately can't talk much about this part of the weekend just yet, but I can skirt around specific details to tell ya a little bit about what went down. Like I mentioned in the post right before I left, what we worked on is not a horror screenplay, though it is made for horror fans more than it is for anyone else. That's about all I can offer in terms of plot at the moment. As far as how the writing sessions went, i'm feeling really good about things. While I was incredibly excited about the script idea when I came up with it, an excitement that increased tenfold when Zach and Kristy dug it and hopped on board with me, I can barely contain that excitement now that we've fleshed out the story and a solid structure for where we want to go with it. My two partners in crime brought elements and ideas to the table that really brought my original concept to life and I honestly cannot wait to see where it goes from here. What we've got on our hands is a pretty meaningful and beautiful love letter to the horror genre, while still remaining appealing to those who may not be horror fans, which makes me very very happy. We each brought something different to the proceedings and ended up working like a well oiled porn watching machine, making us all wonder if maybe we were brought into each others lives to do exactly what we spent our time doing over the course of last weekend. I can't thank those two enough for continually inspiring and motivating me to do the things I want to do with my life. So much more i'd like to tell you guys about all this, but it'll have to wait for now!

So what else did we do in Rochester, other than write? Here are a couple little tidbits!

First off, I just want to say that I totally overestimated the Greyhound form of travel, which is how we went from NYC to Rochester. I had never been on a Greyhound bus in my life and for whatever reason, I was under the impression that plush comfortable seats came along with my $116 roundtrip ticket. I even wondered if there would be sexy ladies walking around with drink carts, selling me the little bottles of booze you're served on airplanes. I guess I don't get out too much, because these assumptions couldn't have been further from the truth. Not only are the barely padded seats uncomfortable to the point that you can't find a single comfortable ass cheek position on them, but our Greyhound was armed to the teeth with the kinds of folks you don't exactly want to be tightly packed into a hot and sweaty metal box with. Believe it or not, we even picked up a prostitute at one point, a career choice she revealed through several obscenely loud phone calls where she detailed her hours of neverending sex with a soldier just back from Iraq. On the other end of the bus was a guy who gave a good two hour lecture to another passenger, filling him with all kinds of (at times incredibly smart and at times incredibly idiotic) wisdom about life and how to get ahead. Folks, if you ever want to get famous, "sell your butthole .... REAL CHEAP!" Though the ride was far from comfortable, I will say that the colorful personalities did end up making it a little more tolerable. That being said, I now have a better understanding of why that dude a couple years back lost his shit and got all decapitation happy during a Greyhound trip ...

Our first stop in Rochester was a little burrito place called Sol Burrito, which won me over immediately by a sign at the counter that used a picture of Leatherface holding a chainsaw in order to convey that burritos could be cut in half per customer request. It further won me over shortly thereafter by presenting me with a burrito to die for, half of which ended up dangling off my beard. Burritos are never easy to eat when you've got a beard, but I simply can't live without them.

After a trip to a fabulous place called Record Archive, a store stocked wall to wall with cheap records, DVD's (including a $5 copy of the out of print original Gate DVD release!) and even VHS tapes, we stocked up on beer at Wegmans (<3) and then headed into nerd paradise AKA Kristy's apartment, where we spent the rest of the night writing, eating a delicious home cooked meal courtesy of Zach and then turning in for the night to catch up on all the sleep that the Greyhound viciously robbed us of.

Friday we went to Dinosaur BBQ for lunch, where we met up with Fright Rags' Ben Scrivens and Tim Kilmer - two of the nicest people a man could ever hope to eat delicious BBQ with. This place was off the charts good, well worth the unavoidable long wait time that seems to always be present at its doors. Also joining us for the meal was Laurie Pizzi, who runs the kickass shop Knit Terrors. This was my first time meeting Laurie and I definitely hope to hang out with her more in the future. If you haven't yet checked out Laurie's knit creations, I urge you to click that link above and do so! So glad we got a chance to hang out with all those folks during the trip, even if our times together were short lived. Ben, thanks so much once again for lunch. Shots are on me at Mania!

After lunch we hit up Kristy and Laurie's favorite porn shop, where we scrounged around the $5 bin, stuck our fingers through holes in fuck toy packaging to touch rubber labias and discovered that Psycho, Saw, Silence of the Lambs and Friday The 13th have all recently been given the porn treatment. If these "legit movies" weren't so goddamned expensive ($40 & upwards!), I probably would've ended up coming home with more than merely a $5 copy of "What The Fuck Is That?", a 6 hour compilation of women with highly disturbing looking nether regions. Oh well, at least it wasn't previously viewed ...

After splitting ways with Laurie, who surely had to go knit some more awesome creations (feel free to bring me a Victor Crowley Knit Terror at Monster Mania!), Kristy took us to Beers of the World, an enormous building that lives up to its name. Never in my life have I seen such a diverse and massive collection of beers, beers literally from all around the world. As awesome as it was to be in there, I couldn't help but feel a little bit sad that I don't have a place like that near me. Ended up walking out with a bottle of Rogue's 'Santa's Private Reserve' and Sierra Nevada's 'Bigfoot Ale'. Beers of the World, you are really doing a kickass job of convincing me to move to Rochester. We will meet again someday real soon.

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Did some more writing at Kristy's apartment and then grabbed some chinese for dinner with Chris Tanski, who I first met last year during my debut trip to Rochester. Tanski is a really cool guy who recently started a series called 'Boogey Babies' (as in, 'before they were Boogeymen they were Boogey Babies'), humorous depictions of horror villains as they might have been as innocent little infants; as seen above. I don't remember what the Chinese place was called but it was pretty tasty and the cheap beers didn't hurt ... and probably contributed to me not remembering the name of the place. Afterwards we grabbed some custard (AKA soft serve ice cream) for dessert, which Kristy insisted we eat in the freezing cold outdoors, a judgement that was fortunately overturned before our fingers blackened and crumbled off. Bellies more than full, it was back to writing and fucking around on the computer. This is about the time that I introduced Kristy to porn bloopers, which she quickly developed an immense fascination over. Zach humorously wondered if the Coen Brothers watch porn bloopers when they write ...

Most of Saturday was spent at the Fright Rags offices, an incredibly inspiring place to write and an awesome place to hang out and watch movies. Got a peek at the new posters Fright Rags just put out over the weekend (check 'em out!) and spent at least an hour wandering around the place in awe of all the cool shit that's packed into it. If heaven exists, it surely looks a little something like the Fright Rags offices. Aside from brainstorming ideas, we watched Best Worst Movie, which gets better and better everytime, and then filmed Kristy's Kickstarter video for her upcoming Popcorn DVD re-release project. I know i've already talked about that before but in case you don't know what i'm talking about, Kristy is working on a special feature packed DVD re-release of the cult horror flick Popcorn, which she will be shooting a retrospective documentary for. In an effort to raise the minimal amount of funds needed to get the project more off the ground than it already is, she will be launching a Kickstarter fund sometime really soon, the video for which Zach filmed on Saturday. Kristy totally rocked it and I have no doubt that the project will get the funding needed. Once that goes live on Kickstarter, i'll be sure to let you guys know about it. In the meantime, head over to the recently launched website for the project, which you can show your support by following and keeping up to date on! Suffice to say, many awesome treats await those who donate to the cause.

After a final meal together (Taco Bell) and another umcomfortable 7 hours in an uncomfortable bus, it was back home for myself and Zach. All in all it was a highly productive and fun trip, where we managed to not only get a lot done but also set aside a good amount of time for fun and leisure. The basic skeletal system of our movie established, something that could only have been done through the three of us being physically in the same room, we now embark on our journey to get this thing fully fleshed out and finished, the majority of which we will do from our individual homes. As soon as I can provide any more details on the whole thing, you can bet your ass that I will. For now, i'll leave you off on this note regarding the project :

If all goes as planned, things really begin to take shape later this year ...

Scott Campbell's Great Showdowns!

Throughout most of February, artist Scott Campbell is/has been running an exhibit through Gallery 1988 of over 200 pieces from his "Great Showdowns" series, a line of watercolor paintings he did depicting some of the great battles of screen history (Scut Farkus vs Ralphie, Clarence vs Drexl, Clark W. Griswold vs giant balls of Christmas lights ... you get the idea). In a world where intricate and highly detailed art pieces get the most attention, Campbell shows that sometimes beauty lies in the simplicity of it all. Here are his simple and to the point depictions of some of the best showdowns in the history of horror cinema!

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You can check out the rest of Campbell's "Great Showdowns" over at Gallery 1988, where you will also find details about the live gallery of these pieces, which will be running in California through February 26th.

Monday, February 21, 2011

You Guys Are Too Much ...

Came home from my weekend in Rochester yesterday (full recap tommorow!) to several packages waiting for me in my office, two of which were incredible gifts given to me by two awesome friends i've made through this whole blogging journey that I began a couple years back. I've always said that the most satisfying thing that has come of my blogging career are all the friendships i've made through doing it and when I say that, I completely mean it. My readers and horror community friends are some of the most genuine and kind people i've met in my entire life. If I haven't already proven that to you before, I think this post oughta make you realize that.

A couple weeks back I made a post about cool promotional items made to promote horror movies and in it I featured a stick of lip balm made to promote one of the best horror flicks of last year, Adam Green's Frozen. I had only seen a picture of the chapstick online and had never seen one in person or even heard about it aside from that one picture popping up online, so I honestly thought i'd never have one. In fact, I wasn't even 100% sure it was real. When I opened up a package from the man behind Hayes Hudson's House of Horror yesterday, my jaw nearly hit the floor ...

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Apparently Anchor Bay was handing these out at Texas Frightmare Weekend last year and Hayes snatched one up. Upon seeing it featured on my blog and realizing I hardcore wanted it, he decided to send it my way. How awesome is that?!

Dustin Sain is another kickass dude who has been a loyal reader of mine for quite some time now, always dropping me e-mails informing me of cool horror related shit he finds on the web, several tidbits of which I have utilized for blog posts - hell, Dustin even has his own tag on here! He e-mailed me a couple weeks back telling me he bought me an art print of the General Mills Monster Cereals, which arrived in my mailbox this past weekend.

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As if that wasn't awesome enough, Dustin also surprised the living hell out of me by including another print, one he had his friend custom make for him. HorrorHound Magazine had a special issue sometime last year talking about the top horror films of the decade, every film of which was depicted in an incredible piece of art that was featured in the magazine (done by Nathan Thomas Milliner). I immediately knew I had to have the piece blown up to be hung on my wall, though I really never thought it'd be possible. Thanks to Dustin, it's now one of the coolest things on my wall ...

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The quality is amazing and i'm really not even sure how it was done, but I do know that only a few of these were made by Dustin's friend and i'm totally in awe that he parted with one so that I could have it. The picture above does the piece absolutely zero justice, but it's the best I could do. The print is 31x20" and is absolutely stunning in person. Gonna get a frame worthy of holding it real soon.

Hayes and Dustin, thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I owe you both big time!