Sunday, July 31, 2011

Aliens Invade Western ... Bring Kickass Summer Action Flick With Them

I gotta admit, sometimes I get tired of watching movies critically and forcing myself to rush home and write up a review after every trip to the theatre. Sometimes I just wanna sit back and enjoy a movie, like I was able to do before I decided to become another internet movie reviewer (not that I don't love spewing my opinions across the blogosphere). Last night, upon buying my ticket to see Cowboys & Aliens, I kinda promised myself that I wasn't going to pressure myself to write up a review or think about it too much, but rather just have a good summer night out at the movies. Being that it's not a horror film, I figured I could allow myself that pleasure. But here I find myself, sitting at the computer and just itching to share some thoughts about the film, a film which isn't too out of place being discussed on a horror blog. I guess I just can't turn it off, no matter how hard I try, but i'll try and keep this brief!

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I'm not a huge fan of summer action movies. Big explosions and wild effects generally don't do much for me, especially when they're there in place of story, characters or anything else that makes a good movie good (*cough* Transformers *cough*). That being said, I had a blast with Cowboys & Aliens, a summer blockbuster that is as much of a good movie as it is a display of some pretty seriously kickass action and effects. At the same time, the film knows exactly what kind of film it is and is completely comfortable being that gloriously over the top and wild ride with one main intention; giving the audience a fun night out at the movies. Unlike many alien themed flicks of late, Cowboys & Aliens doesn't feel the need to deliver any kind of preachy message or really even have any point, and for that I admire it greatly. Who really cares why the aliens are there? All that matters is that they are and that a motley crue of cowboys, indians and thieves are gonna try and stop them. The film literally plays out like watching a kickass John Wayne western that gets hijacked by vicious alien beings halfway through and it's just pure fun from start to finish, no matter which of the two genres it's focusing on at any given time. The two different films (the western & the alien invasion) are both pulled off quite competently and go figure, they work pretty damn well mashed together.

The cast all around is solid, including Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, the stunning and serviceable Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford (as somewhat of a bad guy for a change), but the real standout here is Daniel Craig, for my money the most kickass manly man that's come to the big screen since The Governator. Channeling the likes of Eastwood and Wayne, Craig is at his captivating and ass kicking best as Jake Lonergan, a man with no memory who wakes up in the middle of the desert at the start of the film with an alien device strapped to his wrist. As much as I love to watch Craig kick ass and take names, he also makes me feel like a total pussy. Now that's a real man. I'm not quite sure what I am.

Whether he's directing elves or iron men, Jon Favreau once again proves that he can always be relied on for one thing; giving us our money's worth. Full of laughs, action, cowboys, aliens and even some great moments of Harrison Ford blowing away afformentioned giant aliens(!), this may very well be the action movie of the summer. It's not my favorite alien invasion flick of the year, but it's not really fair to compare this to Super 8 either (Spielberg had his hands on both and both concern fairly similar looking creatures, but that's about where the similarities end). Cowboys & Aliens is a wild and over the top graphic novel come to life and if you're into just sitting back and having a blast at the movies, I can't recommend it enough. Consider your $11.50 well spent. And treat yourself to a bucket of buttery popcorn while you're at it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Frame By Frame Brutality - Amityville : A New Generation

Let's be honest here. Even if you get queasy at the slightest hint of blood or violence in the real world, you get a thrill out of people getting seriously maimed and brutalized onscreen ... it's one of the reasons we all love to watch horror movies and there aint nothin' wrong with that. Chances are you've encountered many gore scenes in your days of horror movie watching that have been so kickass and happen so quickly that you can't help but hit the rewind button on your remote and watch them over again, sometimes several times and oftentimes even in slow motion. Sometimes watching those scenes of carnage in slow motion, frame by frame, exposes some pretty shady effects work that you wouldn't have otherwise noticed at the intended frame rate and other times you can't believe your eyes at how real it all looks ... so you inevitably end up watching the scene a few more times. Don't feel bad about it, we all know you only do it so you can admire the great special effects on display. At least, we hope that's why ...

Well in this new feature here on Freddy In Space i've decided to do the work for ya, screengrabbing brutal scenes of violent gore on a frame by frame basis, from the moments of impact to the horrifying end results. Though Amityville : A New Generation is a fairly crappy sequel, there's one incredibly brutal and memorable scene in it which sees a character killing his entire family in his dreams, a scene meant to echo the brutality of the real life DeFeo murders that the Amityville movies all stem from. This is one of those scenes that is pulled off so well, even in slow motion, and looking at it frame by frame really captures how the scene was done. So enjoy this first installment of Frame By Frame Brutality, ya sick bastard!

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These Horror Icons Spray More Than Blood : A Look At Horror Movie Themed Squirt Toys!

I was stocking the shelves at my job the other day with various new squirt guns and other watersports toys for the kiddies when the image of the old Freddy and Jason spitballs popped into my head, which lead me to rack my brain for all of the summer water toys with horror movie themes that I could think of, in the hopes that I could come up with enough of them to warrant making a blog post about it (...if you knew how much time I spent trying to think of fun blog posts while i'm at work/home/everywhere else, you'd probably be sad for me). Well I came up with enough. So here's that.

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I don't think theres a single horror fan around my age that didn't at one point in their childhood squeeze Freddy and Jason's balls in an attempt to get them to squirt as far as they possibly could. Each featuring nameless victims alongside the two horror icons (cause, ya know, Ira Heiden and Larry Zerner would've probably been up in arms had a little squirting head that looked somewhat like them been out there in the world, soaking up profits that they'd never see), the spitballs were put out by LJN back in the late 80's, right around the time Dream Warriors and The New Blood were released. Rather than giving Freddy a big fat face, which was easier to disguise for Jason with his hockey mask, LJN decided to instead have Freddy's face look like it was growing out of the squirt ball, which is pretty clever even if it wasn't intended being that Freddy always had a tendency for morphing into things and taking on different shapes and properties. If Freddy ever decided to manifest himself as one of the veiny testicles of a dreaming victim, this is probably what it would've looked like. As for Jason, though the packaging features images from both The Final Chapter and The New Blood, the axe wound and beat up lower half of his mask as well as the greenish zombie looking skin suggest that LJN was going for the look of the latter. Ironic and kinda cruel on LJN's part to make a toy that forces you to dunk Jason into a large container of water, eh?

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LJN also made these Universal Monsters themed spitballs, which I admit I never knew about until I just stumbled upon them through a Google image search to find the above photos. The coolest thing about these is the totally epic packaging art depicting a raging battle between Dracula and Frankenstein, each squirting violent streams of water at one another out of their own squishy heads. By the looks of things, it appears as if Lugosi's popped collar is giving him a distinct advantage. Guess that thing is good for something other than disguising a chiropractor's identity afterall. Anyone else have a strong urge to try and blow that glorious art up to poster size and hang it on their wall?

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Right around the time the spitballs were put out, LJN took the idea of a squirting Freddy head to the next level with this deluxe edition model, which fit over its child owner's hand to become a puppet of sorts, which he could manipulate to bukkake his friends. Many toy and mask makers over the years have failed to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of getting Freddy's face to look just right, but I gotta say LJN nailed it with this one. That being said, it is slightly disturbing when you think about the fact that this toy is encouraging little kids to puppet the head of a pedophile and taunt their friends with it. Oh, the 80's.

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Don't worry if these don't look familiar to you. Your memory isn't falling by the wayside in your old age, but rather these toy guns were actually never released by LJN (as far as i'm aware). It looks like the Freddy one made it to the prototype stage while Jason languished in concept art hell. This is the only image of the two that appears to exist, taken from an old 80's LJN vendor catalog. I guess squeezing a purple shirted Jason and having him shoot a stream of water out of his beloved axe is the kind of memory we can only think back fondly on in our dreams. Sigh.

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I'm not sure who came up with the idea to turn Freddy and Jason into water squirting devices (I kiss the feet of that man/woman, whoever he/she may be), but something about a Jaws squirt gun tie-in just seems a heck of a lot more natural to me. Only downside of this one is that anyone that saw you playing with this thing would just think you got it from the local aquarium, being that there's no sign on the thing that it's actually supposed to be in the likeness of the one and only Bruce. Only you will know the truth and you will be a better person for it. **Thanks to the awesome site JawsCollector.com for the image**

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And finally, this series of monster squirt guns was put out by a company called AHI in the late 70's, which must make them the first ever horror themed squirting devices (my decision to feature them last is purely poor blogging on my part and i'm far too lazy to copy and paste this to the start of the post). From what I gather, AHI specialized in cheap rack toys like these, using their Universal Monsters license to create everything from bendies to windups. These squirters are pretty hard to come by these days, with the Creature From The Black Lagoon being the most valuable of the trio. To me though, the coolest one is King Kong, if only because he looks more like The Tarman than he does the giant ape who rips planes from the sky.

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New Shirts From Fright Rags?! You Betcha!!

Not only did Fright Rags unleash four brand new t-shirts yesterday, but they also brought back three from their vault, per fan demand. First, lets take a look at the four movies that are the latest to have been given the prestigious Fright Rags treatment. If you've ever craved their shirts in a color other than black, today is your lucky day!

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Thriller : A Cruel Picture (They Call Her One Eye)

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Dog Soldiers

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Blood Diner

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Creepshow - The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verill

As for the three shirts that have been brought back from the dead, well, you're gonna have to take a trip over to Fright Rags to see which ones were injected with the green serum this time around. All of the shirts can be picked up for $19.95 a piece and if you never got around to getting the stunning Leatherface and Chop Top posters they made available a few weeks back (signed by Gunnar Hansen and Bill Moseley, respectively), you can still do that while you're there, but ya better act fast!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Release Review : Scream of the Banshee

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RELEASED YESTERDAY ON DVD!

After taking the lid off a mysterious box she and her students found in the university's basement, an archeology professor hears the dangerous, blood-curdling scream of a banshee that proceeds to hunt down her and her pupils relentlessly.

Of the eight films that fall under this year's After Dark Originals banner (films for the first time actually produced by the company), six have thus far been released onto DVD throughout this year, with the final two coming later in the year. Hate to say it but i've fallen way behind on this year's crop, having only so far seen Husk and now Scream of the Banshee, released yesterday onto DVD along with The Task. I've obviously gotta play catch up before I can make any real judgement call as to whether or not this has been a successful year for the company, but they're so far two for two in my playbook. Much like I found Husk to be a fairly entertaining flick (read my review), I also had a good enough time with this one tonight.

Scream of the Banshee was co-produced by Syfy and in fact premiered on the channel back in March of this year. Not exactly something to brag about, given the lack of quality that generally comes out of Syfy, but this is actually one of the better movies that has followed a "Syfy Presents" opening credits proclamation in quite some time. Banshee has got three standout things going for it, three things that are very rarely seen in any movie that Syfy has anything to do with; a decent story (even if it's not very original), likable three dimensional characters and practical gore and creature effects.

Much of the runtime of the film is spent on the story and characters. One the one hand there are admittedly those boring moments of tedious downtime where you just want to see a demonic banshee tear some shit up (certaintly could've used a bit more of that) but it's ultimately quite nice to see a horror film, especially one Syfy had their mittens all over, focus on those two elements. The acting is solid (with one glaring exception) and the characters are, rare for about 90% of horror movies, folks you'd actually rather see live than die. Go figure.

As for the practical effects, i've come to really appreciate and respect any current day horror film that employs them over CGI, which is again something not often seen in the films put out by the Syfy network. The film is fairly tame when it comes to gore throughout, all of it capable of airing on TV (in fact, I would imagine this DVD version is the same exact one that aired on Syfy, jarring commercial break cuts and all), but there are some solid moments of practically pulled off bloodshed and old school style creature effects whenever the banshees are on screen, who at times are humans with demon makeup on and at other times look more like the over the top creatures from Feast. Would've benefited from a bit more gore but again, it's just so nice to see makeup effects artists get work rather than computer wizards. I hate that that's something that's so rarely seen these days that it's become a selling point for a horror film, rather than standard practice, but that's the age we live in.

The only real downside of the film is the fact that though Lance Henriksen (whose name is spelt wrong in the opening credits) is in it, his role is fairly small, more of a glorified cameo until the final 10 minutes of the film. He's referenced a bunch throughout and serves as a major part of the storyline, but you can tell the director didn't have much time to work with him on set. As always though, even with the limited screentime he gets, Lance creates yet another memorable character through yet another commendable performance (even if you get the sense that he knows he deserves to be in a better film). God bless Lance for elevating all the horror flicks he's in to the next level, even the ones that aint so great. That being said, i'd really love to see him get some bigger roles in some better movies at some point. If anyone deserves it, it's that man.

All in all, Scream of the Banshee is a fairly fun way to kill an hour and a half. It's nothing new or overly impressive but some good effects, decent characters and a strong focus on story (which is ironically both a positive and at times negative aspect of the film) make it one of the better Syfy efforts out there.

10 Eye Catching New Halloween Costumes For 2011!

It's not exactly time to start gathering the materials for your Halloween costume this year, but it's getting pretty close to that time where you should start putting some thought into what/who you're gonna be. In an effort to help you with that agonizing thought process, i've spent a few hours rifling through the new costumes on several different Halloween costume websites and i've pulled out some select choices from this year that caught my eye. So here are 10 costumes-in-a-bag that you will be seeing pop up in your local Halloween shops in the coming months that just might appeal to ya!

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When I was younger, I was a mega Masters of the Universe fan, both of the kickass Dolph Lundgren flick and the cartoons and children's books, the latter of which my dad used to read to my brother and I and spice up by throwing in curse words like "damn" and "shit", which would make us giggle uncontrollably. In fact, I recall even having bedsheets adorned with Evil-lyn, He-Man and of course, Skeletor, perhaps the first villain that I ever fell in love with. This highly impressive costume is better than most costumes you'll find in a bag and pretty much comes off looking like the old Mattel figure come to life. This year also sees the release of officially licensed She-Ra & He-Man costumes and I can only hope and pray that the trend continues in the following years, with Gwildor and his bucket of chicken soon to follow (he was going to share). It's a long shot, but a Masters fan can hope, can he not?

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Stay Puft costumes have always been pretty popular over the years, but it's inevitably a hard one to pull off unless you're a pretty hefty dude or can figure out a way to make a bulky puffed out costume. This year, everyone can become their favorite marshallow man with ease with this costume, which features a fan inside that not only keeps ya cool but also inflates to give you that proper jet puffed look. Just be sure to stay away from sharp objects. And campfires.

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Halloween always finds a way to make you want to sleep with things and people you never imagined you'd want to sleep with. In the past, i've been oddly sexually attracted to everything from boxes of crayons to Twister game boards. This year, I find myself wanting to bed Peter Criss, which makes me wonder if that's something i've always desired but have been able to repress for most of my life. Don't worry fellas, sexy female costumes of the whole gang will be available this year, so you can try and convince your girlfriend to help you live out your sick sexual desires, no matter which member is your favorite.

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It's almost become a badge of honor for horror icons the past couple years to get sexy costumes made in their image. Freddy, Michael, Leatherface, Jason and Chucky have all gotten sexified(?) in the past and Ghostface has now officially made it into that elite group of legendary horror villains. When you're a mass murdering horror icon and your outfit can be used to elicit sexual desires from men on Halloween night, that's when you know you've truly made it. Congratulations, Ghostface.

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Not only did that jerk Vincent Price not make poor Edward Scissorhands a woman friend, but he never even got around to giving him human hands that could take care of his desires ... now that's cruel. If he did make a wife for him, this is probably what she would've looked like. And something tells me she'd be one of the most popular chicks in town. After all, she's one wrong hand movement away from a serious wardrobe malfunction at all times!

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Well now, this is guaranteed to be the most controversial costume of the year and i'm pretty sure once it begins showing up in stores, it is going to be taken off the market shortly thereafter. A couple years back a costume of a space alien in a prison jumpsuit that read "Illegal Alien" on it rose to Halloween infamy after getting pulled off the market due to consumer complaint and i'd say this one is the next to go. Not that I don't support the complete annihilation of Bin Laden, but I can't help but feel this one is just too raw and real for the general public. It's a costume i'd expect to see at a party, but not at Spirit Halloween.

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Between this one and the Skeletor costume above, i'm thinking it might be high time to get a group of friends together and assemble to create the ultimate team of 80's cartoon icons this Halloween. Now that'd be epic. Panthro also gets costumized this year, if he's more your style.

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Titled "Slasher Star", this costume transforms its wearer into a living breathing scream queen, complete with a visible scream for help, blood soaked clothes and a knife that she probably swiped off a kitchen counter in a way that made it slide along the countertop and make that iconic sound that us horror fans have heard more times than we've heard Wilhelm scream.

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Damn, Halloween 2011 is really set to be the year that my childhood comes to life. This year sees the release of a line of wrestling legends costumes, including Roddy Piper (above), Sgt. Slaughter, The Iron Sheik and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, all officially licensed by WWE. Never in his life did Piper have a six pack, but ya gotta love it regardless. This is one codpiece away from being a pretty sweet Hell Comes To Frogtown mashup costume, if ya ask me.

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The Walking Dead is bound to be a popular go to for Halloween this year, and the show has taken advantage of that fact by offering up their license for a slew of soon to be released costumes, masks and prosthetics appliances. The only human from the show that's gotten the costume treatment is the main character, Rick Grimes, but something tells me dressing up as Daryl Dixon would get ya more female attention on Halloween night. The ladies love the Reedus.

So, any idea what you're gonna be for Halloween this year? Leave a comment and let me know!

The Gingerdead Man Dances His Way Back Onto DVD!

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Just a quick reminder that everyone's favorite killer cookie has returned as of this past Monday, when Full Moon released a fan edition DVD three pack exclusively on their website that consists of the Gary Busey starring first film, the sequel Passion of the Crust and the brand new second sequel, Saturday Night Cleaver. As of now, this is the only way to see the latest sequel, which sees the Gingerdead Man traveling back in time to the 70's, and it will remain that way until the film is officially released to the masses this coming September. So if you're hungry for your next fix of the tastiest mass murderer of all time, head over to Full Moon Direct and snatch up your copy of the set. You may already own the previous two films in the series, but for only 25 bucks for all three films, you really can't go wrong!

On Monday Full Moon also released a similar Evil Bong three pack, which contains the very first release of Evil Bong 3 : Wrath of Bong as well as a 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray of Subspecies. Good time to be a Full Moon fan, indeed!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Release Review : The Dead And The Damned

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OUT TODAY ON DVD!

When a group of gold miners unearth a dangerous meteorite, they unleash an intergalactic plague that ravages their town and turns the population into blood-thirsty mutants. It's up to a high plains drifter and his arch-enemy, an Indian warrior, to battle the zombies and save the Old West from the horrors of the dead and the damned.

Before cowboys do battle with aliens on the big screen this Friday, they first have to get through a horde of zombies in this just released flick, which is titled Cowboys & Zombies in the UK but was changed for the US DVD release for reasons that seem quite foolish to me. If you're gonna try and pull in some of the audience from an impending big time big screen movie whose book you're clearly taking a page out of, why not at least just go balls to the wall with the idea and try to fool people into thinking you're in some small way of the same ilk as that film? Inception Media Group, I think you could learn a few things from The Asylum, the totally shameless company behind such hits as Snakes on a Train and Paranormal Entity. But I digress.

Billed as both a Clint Eastwood style western and a George Romero-esque zombie flick, The Dead and the Damned is in truth nothing more than a poorly made western that eventually collides head on with an equally poorly made zombie movie. It begins with a CGI laden shootout between cowboys and cowboys and ends with a CGI laden shootout between cowboys and zombies, with the other hour and 15 minutes in between being filled out with a sloppy and utterly boring mismash of the two genres of filmmaking. The film seems desperately to want to focus on our hero, the most unbadass, contradicatory and unconvincing cowboy hero to perhaps ever grace a western, and his plight to bring to justice an Indian warrior who is clearly too soft to be the evil rape hungry savage he's initially portrayed to us as (surprise! he's actually just a misunderstood romantic!), but takes breaks every so often to bring us some lame zombie action with totally unnecessary boobage throughout, tossed in as an attempt to distract us from the fact that we're watching a shitty movie. I will say that there are some pretty tasty juggs featured in there, but even the most glorious of funbags could never distract this bearded viewer from the fact that he's watching a bad movie thats budget could've instead been used to save the lives of many starving children the world over. But again, I digress.

The Dead and the Damned is nothing more than an hour and a half of extended sequences of boring drivel, a bad zombie movie and a bad shoot 'em up western all wrapped into one CGI filled journey through the mountains of bad filmmaking and even badder acting. Oh and about those gun toting zombie cowboys and zombified horses that fill out the cover art. I'm not sure why, but I paid close attention to the movie through its entire runtime and never once did I see a zombie horse nor did a single undead cowboy ever pick up a big ass gun. WTF, mate?

Gotta admit that i'm getting more than a little tired of spending huge chunks of my nights several times a week both watching and then reviewing shitty screeners, but I guess that's the nature of the blogging business. As much as it pains me sometimes, i'm happy to be the guy who can subject himself to this stuff so you folks don't have to. But the thing that pains me the most about all these bad movies being made is the fact that there are so many good horror movies that either have trouble getting made or get made and can never seem to get released, no matter how many fans see them at festivals and absolutely love them. And yet, movies like this one not only get made but get easily released onto DVD on a weekly basis. So rather than waste any more of your time reading a negative review or my time writing a negative review, i'm instead going to use the rest of my typing energy for the night to do some good. So here goes that.

As you sit here reading this, the makers of Behind The Mask : The Rise of Leslie Vernon deperately need your help. Despite the fact that their film was a big time success among horror fans, they can't seem to get the funding for the sequel that they're dying to shoot. Yep, The Dead and the Damned got made but the sequel to a hit horror film cannot. There's something terribly wrong with that picture but instead of bitching and complaining about it, we can all band together and do something to bring about a change. Right now over on Facebook there is a fundraising drive going on to help Before The Mask : The Return of Leslie Vernon get made, with monetary donations earning you signed memorabilia, exclusive copies of the DVD once it comes out and even the chance to be killed by Leslie Vernon in the film. So instead of wasting our time harping on how crappy movies like the one this post is supposed to be devoted entirely to reviewing are, I urge you to head over to the Before The Mask Facebook page, take a look at the funding options available and consider helping out the cause. It's times like these that we need to take action, rather than sitting back and whining about how no good horror flicks seem to ever come our way anymore. Who's with me?

On a more closely related note, if it's a decent western horror flick you're after, be sure to check out The Burrowers if ya haven't yet.

I Think I'm Gonna Be Sick : Horror Movie Promotional Barf Bags!!

One of the coolest little promotional gimmicks used to amp up fan excitement about horror flicks is the ole airline barf bag, a simple white paper bag usually with the films logo slapped on the front of it. Either handed out during select theatrical runs or included with home video releases, barf bags not only serve as nifty little collectible items (provided they're not utilized during the film...) but also a cheap and creative way to get fans asses to theatres. After all, what self respecting horror fan wouldn't immediately go see a flick that promised gore and brutality so vile that a barf bag need be provided in order to catch all the bodily fluids it would make you lose control of!?

Here are some of the barf bags that have been created for various horror flicks in the past!

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Mark of the Devil is perhaps the most notable barf bag film, given the fact that dozens of bags can be found on eBay at any given time. Rated 'V For Violence', the 1970 flick guaranteed it would upset your stomach.

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If this one looks familiar, it's because the company that released it was the same company behind Mark of the Devil, and they simply put a Tomb of the Blind Dead sticker over the art, making it the new 'most horrifying film ever made.' Note that the sticker even takes a shot at Mark of the Devil, claiming this one makes it look like a fairy tale. Gotta love a company competing with and upstaging their own releases!

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Magnum Entertainment included these bags with their original release of Peter Jackson's Bad Taste on VHS, which encouraged you to throw up into it during the film and then toss it aside and resume play on the tape, making sure not to confuse the bag with party dip. Eww.

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For their home video release of The Beyond back in 2000, Anchor Bay threw this nifty treat in as an added little extra. Can't think of any film that deserves the vomit bag treatment more than one directed by Lucio Fulci. Speaking of which, barf bags were also handed out during theatrical runs of Fulci's Zombie, and a proclamation at the end of the theatrical trailer even stated "In the interest of public health, the management of this theatre will upon the request of any patron buying a ticket, provide patron with a barf bag similar to those used for airline sickness." Unfortunately have never been able to track down an image of those vomit bags.

I guess the rest of these speak for themselves, so I suppose i'll shut up now!

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Morbid Enterprises Vomits Pea Soup All Over The 2011 Halloween Season!

We are less than 100 days until Halloween and now is about the time when companies are starting to unveil their upcoming masks, costumes and decorations for the year. One such company, Morbid Enterprises, has already made a huge impact on the scene with various licensed pieces that are sure to gobble up your bank account funds this impending Halloween season. Their attention has largely been focused on The Exorcist this year, with both kickass costumes and props set to turn your head 360 degrees around. Lets take a look at what they've got to offer on the Exorcist front!

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As far as i'm aware, this is the very first officially licensed Exorcist costume ever released (could be wrong, but it's the first i've seen). It's set to retail for about $50 or the mask can be bought seperately in the event that you've got your own pea soup soaked nightgown to throw on. The full costume will be available in both teen and adult sizes. If any of you fellas out there can get your lady friend to throw this on and jump in the sack with ya, you will earn my eternal respect.



This five foot tall lifesize animatronic Regan features a head that spins 360 degrees, eyes that turn white, a body that convulses and a moving mouth that spews dialogue from the film, all while playing the famous Exorcist theme song. This one will be an exclusive to Spirit Halloween and will retail for $179.99. Click play to see this must own item in action!

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Scare your house guests, and probably even yourself, with this Exorcist door drape, complete with subliminal images of Pazuzu just like in the film!



If you ever wanted Linda Blair's head on a silver platter (you sick bastard), now's your chance (if you're willing to drop 80 bucks). With the simple press of a button, her head does a complete turnaround. Much like the full body prop, the head also spouts dialogue from the movie and plays the theme song. This one also features eyes that light up in demonic red fashion. Now if only they could make it vomit chlorophyll green at passersby ...

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And finally, this 28"x21" framed lenticular image goes from normal happy Regan to demonic pissed off Regan right before your very eyes. Note the added touch of Pazuzu looming over her head, making sure she does in fact make the grisly transformation.

Morbid Enterprises supplies their wares to various online and brick and mortar Halloween shops, so keep an eye out for all of these in the coming months over at your favorite retailer. Check out their site for more awesome new items for the 2011 haunting season including a Captain Spaulding mask and lifesize animatronic prop and even a Rob Zombie mask!

Monday, July 25, 2011

10 More Fan Made Posters To Swoon Over!

It's time once again to open up the desktop folder of kickass fan made horror poster art that I collect in my travels around the net. Here are 10 more I think you're gonna like. As always, click on the artists names to see more of their amazing work!

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TERRY CALLEN

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