Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Specials - Freddy's Nightmares : Freddy's Tricks & Treats!

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Planned on getting a whole lot more of these up throughout the month, but god damn is October a busy time for a horror blogger, which always results in many blogging plans inevitably not going exactly as planned.  But if there's one Halloween Special I wanted to get up, it was this one, so let's do it before Halloween is over, shall we?!

After three mega successful Elm Street movies, the spin-off series Freddy's Nightmares was launched in October of 1988, the same year Dream Master was released.  Though the pilot episode served as a pretty awesome prequel to the Elm Street films, the show quickly strayed away from Freddy storylines and essentially became a Tales From The Crypt style show, with Robert Englund (as Freddy, of course) merely presenting original stories to the audience, as a Cryptkeeper, of sorts.

The series ran for two seasons, ending in 1990 after 44 episodes.  Though many episodes were released onto VHS, the series has still never been released on DVD in the states, aside from two episodes being included on a special feature DVD disc as part of the recent Best Buy exclusive Blu-ray release of the entire Elm Street film franchise.  Total travesty that we never got and perhaps never will get a full series DVD release.  For shame.  For damn shame.

The fourth episode of the show, which aired on October 29th of 1988, was a Halloween themed episode titled Freddy's Tricks and Treats.  Rare for the series, the episode actually featured Freddy Krueger as a character in the story itself, making it one of the more memorable episodes.  Directed by Return of the Living Dead 2 director Ken Wiederhorn, the episode starred a young Mariska Hargitay as a med student who wants to study rather than party at Springwood College on Halloween, and who just so happens to not believe in the town's horrifying legend; Freddy Krueger.  Freddy don't like that.  And he's gonna make that SVU bitch believe in him before Halloween is over, with a little help from her dead abusive grandma.  Oh Freddy, you such a prankster.

Enjoy this oddball little treat, which essentially plays out like a short Elm Street film that takes place on Halloween (at least the first 20 minutes), thereby making it one of the coolest things ever.  Oh and keep your eyes peeled for an awesome Halloween 3 homage that may or may not actually be an intended Halloween 3 homage.  I prefer to believe it is.  So let's go with that.


Happy Halloween, and expect many more Halloween TV specials to get the spotlight shined on them next year!  Is it shined or shone?  Too tired to look it up.  And they both sound alright to me.

My Latest eBay Win : 13 Great Ways To Celebrate Halloween!

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If I told you I spent 8 bucks winning this silly little booklet on eBay recently, you'd probably wonder what the hell I was smoking at the time.  But this isn't a silly little booklet, as it may appear, it's actually a pretty cool and not so easy to track down vintage piece of Halloween history.  Allow me to explain!

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Back around Halloween time in 1982, in Chicago, seven people died after taking Tylenol that was laced with cyanide, in what was fittingly dubbed 'The Chicago Tylenol Murders'.  Though the incident had nothing whatsoever to do with Halloween, the fact that the deaths occurred so close to a holiday based around ingesting treats handed out by complete strangers naturally put parents on edge, many of whom decided to not let their kids out trick or treating that year.  Of course, that had a negative impact on costume sales for the next couple years, which prompted the leading costume company of the time, Ben Cooper, to do a little damage control.

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And so, the following year, Ben Cooper's chairman Robert Cooper teamed up with The Toy Manufacturers Of America and several other costume and toy makers, including Don Post Studios and Collegeville, to form the Halloween Celebration Committee, designed to show parents that Halloween could once again be a fun and totally safe holiday for their children.  That year, they put together and sent out the booklet 13 Great Ways To Celebrate Halloween, guidelines for both parents and children to follow in order to ensure that the holiday was as safe as possible.  And, ya know, get people buying costumes again.

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Did the booklet achieve its intended purpose?  Well, a few years later, Halloween costume and makeup sales began to once again rise, so I guess you could say it did.  Or maybe parents just forgot about the whole Chicago tragedy as time went on, which is the more likely explanation.  Still though, an admirable effort on Ben Cooper's part, even if the Halloween Celebration Committee was ultimately a thinly veiled way of putting the company back in the green.

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If I had a way of scanning each of the pages of the book and making them available for you to digitally flip through, I of course would, but alas, I have no idea how people go about such things.  Some form of wizardry, I'd imagine.  So instead, I'll just briefly summarize the contents.  Boring, I know.

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The booklet is just over 30 pages, and begins with some information about the history of Halloween, along with some general health and safety tips, as it pertains to things like applying face makeup and eating candy gathered on the big night.  After that stuff comes the 13 tips themselves, which essentially outline how to safely trick or treat (or as they say, 'Trick 'n Treat') and celebrate the day.  The booklet ends with some Halloween magic 'tricks' (get it?!), explanations of some of the holiday's iconic symbols, pumpkin carving tips, and even a handful of festive recipes, like pumpkin soup and popcorn balls.  Basically, the gist of the booklet is to use some common sense, have fun on Halloween, and oh yea, buy Ben Cooper costumes!!

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There's also a weird ass picture in there of a giant bent over human/cat hybrid, for what that's worth.  Oddly arousing, no?

It's very possible that after this explanation, you may still be asking yourself why the hell I bought this, which I can't say I'd blame you for wondering.  But hey, like I said, I find this to be a cool little piece of Halloween history, and I had to have it.  So there.  I'll be the one laughing last, when I'm safely celebrating Halloween and you're munching on razor blade stuffed Milky Ways and getting hit by cars because your costume doesn't have safety reflectors on it.  So HA!

The 'Day In The Life Of Dr. Loomis' Challenge : Win Trick Or Treat Studios' Michael Myers Mask!!

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I've raved about Trick or Treat Studios' new Michael Myers masks (above) several times already this year, so I'll keep the raving to a minimum here and try to get to the giveaway as soon as possible.  In quick summation, Trick or Treat Studios' partnered up with Universal to mass produce two Michael Myers masks this year, both based on his look in Halloween 2; the blood tears version, and the regular pre-gun shot to the head version.

Many companies have made Myers masks over the years, so why is this such awesome news, you ask?  Well, because every mass produced Myers mask prior to these ones has been pure and utter shit, that's why.  A high quality good looking Myers mask has always cost at least $150, and Trick or Treat Studios has taken that high quality good looking mask, mass produced it, and made it available for a mere $60.  Need I say more?

While I already picked up my own regular version of the mask a couple months back, the reason I'm here talking about these beauties again tonight is because myself and Trick or Treat Studios have partnered up today, to bring one of their masks to one of you lucky readers who hasn't yet snatched one up (or even those who've gotten one, but not the other).  That's right, Trick or Treat Studios has supplied me with one of their Michael Myers masks, in either the regular or bloody variety, to give away to one of you dear readers, today, on Halloween!

The catch?  Since this is such an awesome prize, with a retail value of $60, you're gonna have to do more than just leave the usual comment to enter to win this bad boy.  Allow me to elaborate!

While I was revisiting all the Halloween films over the course of the last week, I was struck with a simple thought that entered my mind with each passing installment ....

What the hell does Dr. Loomis do with his time when he's not hunting down Michael Myers?!?!

I've always had this feeling that Loomis is pretty damn bored without Myers in his life, and I can't help but picture him sitting around every Halloween, almost even hoping that Myers would return, to give him something to do, and give his life purpose again.  It seems like Loomis only exists whenever Michael is around, popping up only when he pops up, and he never seems to try all that hard to end him forever.  After all, what the hell would he do if Myers were to forever go away?  Sort of a sad thought, isn't it?!

Bottom line being, the thought of Loomis carrying out his daily life, buying groceries and saying weird shit to people, puts a big ole goofy smile on my face.  And that thought was the genesis for this giveaway.

So here's what I want you to do.  I want you to draw me a picture of Dr. Loomis carrying out a completely ordinary day of his life, whether he's folding laundry or lounging on the beach.  Basically, your goal is to make me laugh.  And the image that gets the biggest laugh from me will be the winner.  Oh and don't worry about art skills here.  This is more about creativity.  If your picture is crudely drawn in MS Paint, I certainly won't hold it against ya.  Hell, if you'd like to sculpt your vision out of Play Doh, be my guest, as long as you visually convey to me your concept of a day in the life of Dr. Loomis.  Above all else, be clever, and make me laugh.

You've got through next Wednesday, November 7th, to e-mail your images to me at MORTIS45@AOL.COM.  Also be sure to include which of the two masks you'd like to receive in the event that you win.  That'll be all!

Show your thanks to Trick or Treat Studios for not only making these awesome masks, but for supplying one for this contest, by 'liking' their page over on Facebook!!

Heads Up : RagingZombie Studios & DWN Productions Mask/Bust Halloween Sales!!

Just a quick Halloween day heads up that two independent mask/bust companies that I'm personally a big fan of are having some nice Halloween sales, today only.  Here's the scoop!

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First up is RagingZombie Studios, who make high quality display busts, which they sell in their eBay shop.  For today, everything in their shop is 15% off, with the discounts already slashed off the usual Buy It Now prices.  That snazzy Captain Spaulding bust you see above normally sells for $195, and today is going for a mere $165.75.  So if you're looking to add some kickass busts to your collection, now is the time!

Here's a little taste of some other goodies RagingZombie's got to offer!

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Head over to their eBay shop to see more (they've even got a Critters 2 replica egg!) and take advantage of the sale!!

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The other company running a Halloween sale is DWN Productions, who I've pimped several times here on the blog.  Big fan of their masks, as they tend to focus on characters that other mask companies typically don't.  In fact, I personally own their 'HomeBound' Trick 'r Treat mask, so I can attest to the quality of their  product.

Today they're offering 25% off any item of your choice from their shop.  To order you've gotta drop them an e-mail (DozersWireNutz@gmail.com), so they'll cut the 25% off the listed prices once they reply with a final cost.  I've already posted pictures of pretty much all their masks in the past, so head over to their site to see them all and snatch your favorites up while they're on the cheap!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Weekly Walking Dead-scussion - Season 3, Episode 3 : 'Walk With Me'

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Before we crack into this past Sunday's episode, let's check the poll results from last week's discussion!

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Haha, can't say I'm surprised by these results.  The general consensus seems to be that Lori is a total bitch and should probably die real soon, which I can't help but somewhat agree with.  While I totally see where she's coming from in the way she reacts to certain situations, she oftentimes goes about things in a way that leaves you scratching your head.  One minute she's telling Rick to kill Shane, the next she's getting pissed at Rick for ... killing Shane.  It's no wonder Rick's seemingly totally fed up with her at this point.  At the same time though, she's a pregnant woman in the zombie apocalypse, with a husband who doesn't exactly like her and a young son who has to shoot zombies in the head, so I guess ya can't blame her for being a little crazy!

This past Sunday's episode was a total departure from the usual format of the show, which typically follows around Rick and his group of fellow survivors.  While Episode 2 was completely devoid of Michonne and Andrea, 'Walk With Me' focused entirely on them and their encounters with both new and returning characters, including Merle(!), The Governor(!) and the town of Woodbury as a whole, which we find out is occupied by over 70 new characters.  Needless to say, I'm expecting a big time body count on the human front this season!

The episode opened with an army helicopter crashing in the woods, which Andrea, Michonne and her two zombie pets come upon.  At the sight of the crash, both they and we as the audience get our first glimpse at the infamous Governor, who will be the main villain of this season (even if he may not seem like one at first!).

In the zombie apocalypse, would you keep your zombified loved ones as 'pets'?
  
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After their hiding spot in the woods is almost given up by Michonne's growling pets, Michonne quickly disposes of her friends by cutting their heads clean off, showing that she'll do whatever she's gotta do to stay alive.  Nevertheless, they're found anyway, by The Governor's right hand man, who just so happens to have no right hand; the returning Merle Dixon, brother of Daryl.  Rooker!

**ZOMBIE KILL OF THE NIGHT : A WALKER APPROACHES MERLE FROM BEHIND, AND HE NONCHALANTLY DISPOSES OF IT BY STICKING HIS ROBOT KNIFE HAND INTO ITS UNDEAD THROAT, WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING**

Merle escorts the two to Woodbury, a town run by The Governor that eerily appears to be carrying out life as if there were no zombie apocalypse.  Kids go to school, and the community carries on normal everyday life, protected by armed guards and high walls.  Though at first they're treated like prisoners, Michonne and Andrea are soon embraced by The Governor and his town, in what quickly appears to be a too good to be true situation.

The Governor seems like a swell enough dude, until the end of the episode, when we see him cold bloodedly orchestrate the slaughter of a group of army soldiers and then, in the final moments, calmly take a seat in the back room of his home, where we see he's got a wall of aquarium tanks with human heads inside them, taking Michonne's zombie pet idea to a whole nother level.  He watches them with a drink in his hand, as you and I would watch an episode of our favorite TV show (Walking Dead!), driving home the too good to be true feeling.

**FUN FACT: WOODBURY IS A REAL TOWN IN GEORGIA, WITH A POPULATION OF JUST OVER 1,000!**

Not that there's even been an episode of the show that I didn't like, but I particularly enjoyed this week's episode, and the way that the town of Woodbury, and its ruthless Governor, were introduced to us.  It may seem crazy to take the attention off of Rick and his group, but I felt it was the absolute perfect way to usher us into Woodbury, before the inevitable meet and greet between the two groups.  And holy shit, between the introduction of The Governor and the re-introduction of a robot armed Merle, there was a whole lot to keep the entertainment factor high, even though the focus was mostly on characters we have never met before.  Not an easy feat!

POLL #2: If you lost a hand, which would you rather have affixed to it?
  
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And I absolutely love the idea of the Herbest West-ian doctor who is experimenting on and learning from the zombies, which reminded me a whole lot of Day Of The Dead (awesome practical effects and all!).  Excited to see where they go with that, and ya can't help but feel like The Governor has got a damn good chance of being the one to restore humanity to what it once was, even if ya know he's got some seriously evil shit up his sleeve.  Already cannot wait to see what happens once him and Rick collide!

**BADASS MOMENT OF THE NIGHT : THE GOVERNOR WALKS TOWARDS THE CAMERA IN SLOW MOTION, AS HAILS OF BULLETS ENTER AND LEAVE THE BODIES OF A HANDFUL OF SOLDIERS.  THAT MOFO AINT MESSIN' AROUND!**

Speaking of that inevitable encounter between the two groups, I think the most interesting character meet up is going to be between Daryl and Merle, neither of whom knows that the other is alive at this point.  Will Daryl and Merle join forces and fend for themselves, together?  Will Daryl leave Rick's group and join up with The Governor and his brother?  Will Merle leave The Governor's side and once again team up with Rick and his brother?  Or is their bond forever broken, now that they've both changed so much since they last saw each other?  Shall be interesting to see what becomes of the Dixon brothers, to say the least!!

So let's discuss the episode in the comments section below.  Feel free to discuss anything you've got on your mind about it.  I'll kick things off with this ...

What the hell do you make of The Governor's zombie head aquarium?!?!  Would love to hear what ya think about that!

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek of next week's episode, 'Killer Within'.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Freddy In Space's Vintage Halloween Costumes : Series 4!

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A couple weeks back, after I posted the third series of these awesome vintage style costumes, my right hand man Frank Browning asked me if I wanted to do one final series for the year.  Of course, I replied that if he was up for it, I was up for it, hoping that he would in fact be up for it.  Ya see, without Frank being on board with the things I pitch to him, my ideas are just ideas in my head, with no way for them to be turned into actual art for you guys to look at.  Thankfully, as he always is, Frank was more than up for it, and it wasn't long before I had a whole nother series of images delivered to my Facebook inbox.  Browning aint messin' around!



But first, if you haven't yet seen them or just want to revisit them, check out the past series' by clicking the above links!

Here then is Series 4, comprised of a whopping 12 costumes.  Enjoy!!

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**VINTAGE COSTUME FUN FACT : IN 1987, COLLEGEVILLE RELEASED THE VERY FIRST FREDDY KRUEGER HALLOWEEN COSTUME.  IRONICALLY, IT WAS FLAME RETARDANT!**

Just want to again thank Frank for doing these for me, as I had a lot of fun posting them, and I know you guys had a lot of fun looking at them.  Without Frank's hard work, these would simply have never been possible.  So show your support, and your thanks, by checking out his Deviant Art & CGHUB pages, where you can see more of his handiwork!

While we pack up the vintage costumes for this year, I assure you, they will return bigger and better than ever, next Halloween!!

FINAL PROCESSING : The Freddy In Space Exclusive Halloween 3 Art Print Goes On Sale At 8pm EST TONIGHT!!

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Happy Halloween Eve, ya'll!  Just a friendly reminder that the very first Freddy In Space exclusive art print will be going on sale tonight at 8pm EST, over in the Freddy In Space Facebook Shop.  This highly unique take on one of the most underrated horror films of all time, Halloween 3 : Season of the Witch, was whipped up by Patrick Carson Sparrow, and has been printed onto high quality 18"x24" semi gloss HP photo paper.  Only 10 pieces have been printed, and once it's gone, it's gone for good.

The cost is 30 bucks, with free shipping to the US and Canada.  Shipping to other locations will require the payment of additional fees, which will be dealt with on an individual basis.

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How do you get to the Freddy In Space Facebook Shop, you ask?  Simple!  Just click the 'SHOP HERE' tab underneath the banner on the Facebook page.  That's where all future exclusive art prints will go, and there will hopefully be many many more to come!

So be sure to gather around your computers at 8pm EST tonight, when final processing will begin!!

1 more day 'til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's Faked From The Dead Month, Over At Fake Criterions!

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As I mentioned in a post earlier this year, there's a pretty awesome Tumblr page called Fake Criterions, which is devoted to posting images of faux DVD covers for films, done up in the prestigious Criterion Collection style.  Essentially how it works is that artists send them the fake Criterion covers they whip up, and the people who run the blog throw them up on there, thereby creating a pretty much never ending stream of awesome faux cover arts, oftentimes for movies that would never even in a million years be considered for release by Criterion, which is largely what makes the blog so much fun.

Every year, throughout the month of October, Fake Criterions devotes the page to horror movies, in a little horror-thon they call Faked From The Dead Month.  Check out just a few of my favorites that have so far been featured on there this month!

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To see many more, even more of which will still be added through Halloween, head over to Fake Criterions.  And if you yourself have got some Photoshop skills that you're looking to flex, e-mail your own faux covers to FAKECRITERIONS@GMAIL.COM, and you just might see your work pop up on the site!

Deviant Art Adventures : The Cereal Monsters Edition!

If there's one thing that there's no shortage of out there on the internet, it's art inspired by the General Mills monster cereal icons; Franken Berry, Boo Berry, Count Chocula, and the short lived Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute.  I've seen so many different artistic takes on the characters and yet, just like the cereals themselves, I simply cannot get enough.  

If you feel the same way, sit back with a bowl of your favorite monster cereal, relax, and enjoy a gallery of some awesome art that I dug up in my latest Deviant Art Adventure.  As always, click the Deviant Art usernames below each image to see more art from the artists!

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