Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I think my response could easily change depending on how I'm to take the question ie favorite in what way? I'll give you two.
1. Character I want to be or aspire to be like: Chief Martin Brody from Jaws
2. Character that scares me as a villain: Michael Myers
These two represent the polar opposites for me. As a kid I'd play Brody, chasing and killing the shark. Rarely did I venture into Quint territory. While I often won't refer to Jaws as a true Horror movie, I considered it one as a child, and so Brody I love. This guy is righteous and flawed but funny and good. He smokes a lot. He shoots his gun a lot. He kills the bad guy twice. He knows how to get angry and deliver great one liners. I watched Jaws on endless repeat as a kid and always admired Chief Brody as a father and as a hero.
For my money, Jeff Zornow draws Myers the best in comic form. That's why I used his pic to represent my favorite baddie.
“It’s The Sopranos meets Clerks in this over-the-top gangster satire that pushes the boundaries of mainstream television and is tailor-made for binge watching” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. “We are making 24 HOUR RENTAL available exclusively for digital distribution starting with Hulu, and will aggressively market the series to build a national audience of discerning fans who readily seek edgy smart programming on the top digital platforms.”
24 HOUR RENTAL was created by Frank Massa, directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), co-written by Al Kratina and Mihalka, and stars Romano Orzari (Turbo Kid), Adam Kenneth Wilson, Aaron Berg, Vlasta Vrana, Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator). It was produced by Reel One Entertainment, Kim Yu and Neil Bregman and executive produced by Tom Berry, George Mihalka and Eris Salvatori.
“Reel One Entertainment is extremely excited to partner with XLrator Media to introduce 24 HOUR RENTAL to the U.S. market. The show’s unique mix of crime story and comedy should attract two diverse but strong fan bases,” said Tom Berry, CEO of Reel One Entertainment.
24 HOUR RENTAL follows former Mafia boss Tracker (Romano Orzari), who having barely avoided early retirement in a shallow grave, now operates a seedy video store. Struggling to stay afloat in the Internet age, Tracker runs his shop as a front for a host of petty crimes, from fencing jewelry to peddling dope cut with Drano and desperation, all in hopes of returning to power.
In addition to 24 HOUR RENTAL, the XLrator Media’s MACABRE collection on Hulu will add three new genre films in October: Poker Night starring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver and Beau Mirchoff, Feed the Gods and Strange Blood.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The ultimate for me was Castle Dracula on the boardwalk in Wildwood NJ. It's gone now. It burned to the fucking ground and that makes me so angry that I can barely even discuss it. It was my first haunt. I remember a few things from my visit. I remember a man jumping out of a picture when the lights dropped as a storm rumbled around us yelling and screaming. We then got to stare at body parts dangling in a mad scientists lab. One of the most terrifying things for a young me (Maybe I was 4 or 5) was to watch a woman go to the Guillotine and have her last request be to have me be next. "Take the little blond boy next"! Her head was chopped off. Blood drooled into a bucket. It was brilliant. The whole thing ended with a strange, tight room where I was forced to stare at a strobe lit Frankenstein. It was very loud and I cried.
Then I went back... again and again... year after year. It was expensive, but my parents always took me back. They even had an underground, boat ride that wasn't terrible and the fake spiders kinda killed me. Each year they'd adjust a few things in the house. One year the walls would appear to close as if they were going to crush us. Another you'd go high into the castle and walk around able to see the outskirts of the amusement pier from high above. It was breathtaking and then it was dark and evil again. The whole thing reminds me now of a Hammer Horror picture. It was perfectly Gothic, well acted and filled grue and gore and the gooey stuff.
I'll repost all the great articles and videos of it. I thank those that documented it so well.
Awesome writeup. We shared some of the pics from their amazing site. They appear to be selling a DVD which I only realized today. I will definitely pick one up.
The Larry Fessenden Collection (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Cold, Socially Conscious Heart of Independent Horror
The Last Winter (2006)
The Last Winter (2006)
Artsploitation Films is proud to present two of Jean-Francois Davy's best films in one DVD set (and in selected VOD outlets) creating a cinematic bookend of his career. First is his latest work, the X-rated documentary Chasing the Muse (2014). Coupled with this film is a new digitally restored Director's Cut of one of his early and most celebrated works, Exhibition (1974). Chasing the Muse (formerly titled Transgression) follows the now 70-year-old filmmaker as he travels through Eastern Europe in search of a new star for his upcoming feature.
Exhibition is Davy’s most celebrated film. It was popular with mainstream cinema-going audiences (over 3 million admissions in France alone) but also road the Porno Chic craze by being selected at international film festivals (and being the first porn film to play the Cannes Film Festival.) It has become a classic in the DVD market although only in cut and poorly transferred versions. The film is a documentary about the French porn industry and in particular, porn actress Claudine Beccarie. As the woman opens up about her painful childhood and her eventual entry into porn, scenes from her previous films, interviews with her fans, her co-stars and even her mother unspool. Candid, sensual and stimulating.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
I have random shocking horrible thoughts of losing all or one of them. It's paralyzing, and it's absurd, but once the though is in my brain I have to reach out to them and make sure they're fine. It's for that reason that I find watching invasion Horror difficult anymore. Movies like The Mist or A Serbian Film send me to tears (of course that's after I'm done laughing at A Serbian Film and enjoying the giant interdimensional creatures from The Mist). You put on Pet Sematary and I lose my shit. I don't know if it's instinct or a protective daddy nature, but first I get this adrenaline rush followed by sadness.
Other fears include: Heights (I get vertigo something fierce), Losing my job (because I don't think I can find another one that let's me wear Horror Tees and listen to soundtracks), Humidity... in the basement... where I keep my Horror prizes and dogs jumping at me while I'm wearing flip flops.
Tales from the Crypt. HBO's breakthrough Horror program that gave us the grue we so wanted from a TV show while preserving all the classic Horror of EC Comics. I love Tales from the Darkside and there are clearly episodes that rival Tales from the Crypt for top standing, but as a whole the feeling of Tales from the Crypt feels like Halloween. Strong intro. Strong host. Great storytelling, effects, stars and writers. Every year I plan to watch the a season during the month of October, and the busy review schedule seems to get in the way.
Maybe this year I'll give it another go.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
The whole thing works quite well with solid performances from all actors. It flows well as a multistory movie with several threads intertwining to from one cohesive movie much like Trick R Treat. There is sort of a wrap story with connective tissue binding the whole thing together featuring William Shatner as a radio DJ; his dialogue is comic genius and really does cement him in the Horror family (the Sci-Fi world has claimed him too long since we lost him after the first Star Trek movie). You know there's something more to humor in his performance; there's that quite, passionate Shatner that really gets you to empathize with him, even if he's spiked his egg nog to inifinty.
The effects work in this picture is top notch with plenty of physical effects and excellent makeup to balance on some passable CG (that seems to be used solely out of necessity). I'm glad to say that most of the music is traditional which gives it a true holiday feel. Of course a band called The Snots does the closing song, so that might shatter the mood for you. If you pay attention at the very end of the credits you'll get a subtle, humorous surprise. The kills feel like something out of Santa's Slay for the most part which absolute works and would make a perfect companion movie to this. In fact this movie is going to make nice with all your Christmas Horror favorites.
Watch out for Krampus, Santa, the Elves and, as always, the human beings! I'll tell you guys, I haven't really enjoyed the Krampus mythology up until A Christmas Horror movie or more precisely until I saw the new trailer for the Krampus movie from Michael Dougherty. I think I get it now. I think I'm hooked, and I think he is conveyed beautiful in this picture for all you K fans.
Hey still not convinced? That scene on the poster... the one where Santa Claus is fighting Krampus... that actually happens in the movie! It has some campy moments, slight flaws and one story thread that wanders too much for turning and creating a perfect Christmas Horror memory, but overall if you can laugh at a Horror movie, be entertained by a Horror movie and love Christmas Horror, this movie is for you. And yes... EVEN IN OCTOBER!
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins.
Friday, October 2, 2015
I think it stems from reading my favorite book as a kid, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. One of the bumbling idiots trying to catch our beloved animal friends was keen on protecting the cider stores (probably hard cider because it got em all drunk). That set me off. I wanted cider (of course not the alcoholic kind).
It actually makes me euphoric even without the booze. High. Sugar High, and while the sugar may hurt my teeth, the stuff cleans you out especially after a night of candy corn binging. The only downside is that I experience a tremendous sugar crash unlike any other from cider (well actually I suspect my beer crashes were just as hard with all the sugary sweet IPA's I used to drink). 30 minutes after being a Halloween colored demon, haunter extraordinaire I'm on the couch. Passed out. Asleep. Dreaming of October 31st with candy corn stuck in my teeth awaiting my next root canal.
And if you like cider as much as I do you'll enjoy cider hot dogs, cider kraut, cider baked beans. You'll rot your face off.
Drink cider. Enjoy cider.
|Hacklebarney Cider Mill|
Pics from Best's Fruit Farm because they rule.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Creepshow has been a steadfast movie in my life since I was a kid, saw it too young with the neighbor kids in tow and then preceded to have dreams and fantasies about it for years. I remember finding my father's comic book adaptation. I read it till it fell apart. The back cover with King's bearded face in red and black freaked me out. I could never read They're Creeping Up on You before bed. Massive Heebie Jeebie panic attacks. I always stared at Billie's nipples when she's being eaten by Fluffy. But that's the comic adaptation.
When Nathan Grantham's hand pops out of the ground in Father's Day I still jump. When I was a kid I'd cover my eyes until I could hear the expert music from John Harrison sting loud and proud. Then I'd dig the Hell out of one of the greatest zombie creations in cinema history. That's what George Romero and Tom Savini can do for you.
Creepshow and more specifically The Crate is where my star crush for Adrienne Barbeau emerged. Like I said, I used to stare at her nips in the comic book and realize she's not exactly the nicest person in the film, but those bazongas. Those outfits. That wholesale trash. Something got me gooey for Barbeau, and it's stuck with me.
Then there are thoughts about the movie that have evolved. No one really says that The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill is their favorite story. They just don't. While Father's Day and The Crate have always tied as personal favorites with Father's Day winning by a hair, the story about Jordy Verrill is depressing and really real. I find myself able to empathize with him. Identify with him. I guess that's what happens when you spend six months pining away drunk in an apartment alone, watching TV like I did. You finally get Jordy, his death and the loneliness. I think I'll grow to love it more as I get older and life changes me.
E.G. Marshall is a goddamn bastard! He really deserves everything he gets in Creepshow. I love to watch him explode in the end, but it's almost better seeing him earn his death. Great special effects and this may be the story that involved the most patience. That many bugs must require many bug wranglers.
What about Something to Tide You Over? It's got a strong finish with expert library music and some true comedy relief. When you've watched The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, you need a recovery movie. Something to Tide You Over is a great pickup movie. Do you go to the beach ecah summer? Do you bury yourself up to your neck? Do you plan your escape just in case someone ever digs a a hole below the high tide line? I do. Every time I'm on the beach.
The wrap story is our origin story. Not all of us, but many Horror fiends with shit dad's or at least dad's trying (and failing) to do their best. We are Billy. As a father I try and fail daily at not being Billy's dad. I remember to give me kids the comic books where the "people turn in to weeds for christsake" and I never say "That's why god made fathers". I also search their rooms for voodoo dolls.
I had the chance to order a replica of the comic used in the movie (not the actual one published). It's not complete, but it contains the important scenes from the movie. I recently picked up a tabletop standee and the UK version of the Blu-ray. I just to pick up each and every version I can find. I'm even wearing a Creepshow T-shirt from Pizza Party Printing right now and ordered Mondo's Creepshow prints today upon release. I own every variant of the Waxwork Records release, a signed CD by John Harrison, the aforementioned official release comic and I have a laundry list of items I'm still gunning for. Those Retroband action figures, wax paper cups and the original Creepshow Mondo print are on my list!
Neat mix that I found on Soundcloud:
I love Creepshow. It's on every October, and I watch it every October. My wife even likes it and watches it! I love the sequel. I love the unofficial sequel Tales from the Darkside The Movie and am greatly saddened by the third movie put out by Taurus.
Trailers from Creepshow
Tune in tomorrow for another entry in the HolidazeBlog Halloween Challenge.
Some of my favorite artwork from Creepshow
- Rocky-oke: Sing It!
- Commentary By Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn (Magenta)
- Don’t Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part I
- An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part II
- Mick Rock (A Photographer)
- Mick Rock's Picture Show (A Gallery)
- A Few From The Vault
- Deleted Musical Scenes
- 1: ”Once In A While”
- 2: ”Super Heroes”
- Alternate B&W Opening
- Alternate Credit & Misprint Ending
- "Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show" (1995)
- Beacon Theater, New York City (10th Anniversary)
- Time Warp Music Video
- The Midnight Experience
- Pressbook & Poster Gallery
If you’ve seen Rocky Horror than you know why you need to own it; to show your kids at the very least. If you haven’t, this would be a great way to experience it though I must be honest, live would be best with a full cast and plenty of audience participation. If you have a previous incarnation of the Blu-ray, there won’t be much for you to gain from picking up this disc. This is really about updating the packaging and getting this into every fans’ hands who need to put them on their hips and pelvic thrust. We all could use a little time warp.
Oh how I remember this one. What a creepy, creeper of a prehistoric buggie flick. There are times where I think about the effects in this movie and truly cringe. The Thaw has a strong cast, most of which you'd sort of would like to see killed. See a good number of them don't make it, that means you leave the movie feeling satisfied. Of course there are a number of gross outs along the way.
The Last Winter
This was my first experience with Last Winter. I watched it off the new Scream Factory Blu-ray set, The Larry Fessenden Collection. Looked great and a full review will follow shortly once I complete the set. The movie itself has a strong cast, but drags for the first half of the movie while you wait to reveal just what the Hell you're watching. By the end it all sort of makes sense and has some unique effects and a novel concept that make the labored opening worth while. Very strong finish that had me thinking about The Mist.
Repo The Genetic Opera
For the first ten minutes or so I wasn't exactly a happy camper. I enjoyed the opening and the comic book frames but these songs were pretty hard to sit through... until Giles showed up and started singing. Then it was like watching Once More With Feeling from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in an alternate universe. I adore Anthony Stewart Head. Great to enjoy him again and his beautiful voice. Some of the gore is exceptional and some of the singing is atrocious. Overall it reminded me of RENT only without any kind of deep personal connectivity. Paul Sorvino reminds me a little of Lon Chaney Jr at times when he sings.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Origin Story: Making Chapter 3 Featurette
Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
Being Haunted: A Psychic Medium Speaks Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Macabre Creations Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Stunts: The Car Crash Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Cherry Glazerr: Tiptoe Through the Tulips Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
- The upcoming Halloween break
- Plans for the future
- Reviews of:
- RETURN TO OZ
- BLACK MASS
- PAY THE GHOST
- THE BROOD
- and more!
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From Etiquette Pictures:
The wild, unexpected success of Easy Rider ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making pathologically rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King Of Hollywood for a day. Hopper’s follow-up work, The Last Movie, a deeply personal, but ultimately disastrous, meditation on the meaning of cinema, found Hopper drifting further and further into foolishness. Captured by co-directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, The American Dreamer is a multi-faceted document of the life and mind of one of the 20th century’s great cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. Shifting between being an insightful document of a complex artist in the midst of his creative process and a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes, The American Dreamer is a mesmerizing journey into the private world of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic directors/stars. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great ‘70s film documentary you always wished existed.
Etiquette Pictures, in partnership with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, brings this forgotten masterpiece to home video for the very first time in a new, director approved 2k restoration, painstakingly reconstructed from four 16mm prints housed in the Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Major support to preserve, digitize, and present this film and the entire Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.
+ Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Region Free | 1.33:1 OAR
+ Restored in 2k from multiple 16mm prints
+ All extras on both Blu-ray and DVD
+ “Fighting Against the Wind” – 30min making-of featurette
+ “A Long Way Home” – 7min preservation featurette
+ Extensive Photograph Gallery
+ 16pg Booklet Essay by Chris Poggiali
+ Reversible artwork
+ English SDH subtitles
You can order The American Dream on Blu-ray now.
or you can purchase it as part of a package for all the September releases.