Doesn't this picture remind you just a wee bit of the opening credit sequence of Amazing Stories?
I'm not Mr. Summer. That's not to say that I don't love some beach time and a virgin Pina Colada. I love the smell of sun tan lotion (no shit). What I've come to appreciate about the hottest season we've got is the ability to enjoy the lazy days of summer. Now in recent years that's changed quite a bit for me. You have a new family and a new baby and you're less lucky to sit around watching Jaws and Twilight Zone marathons. You have to fight for time in front of the television. That's where we horror folk belong. Cold, dark places, heavily caffeinated and nearly blind. So what are my plans for the summer? Let's give it a firm run down because I don't even remember half the shit I've planned and this is the time for you to mark your calenders because if you've read to the end of the second paragraph, I can assume you give two shits (one shit will do). Get ready to go to summer camp. Get ready to NOT FORGET YOUR RUBBERS. Get ready for the summer of love... wait a minute...
THIS AIN'T THE SUMMER OF LOVE!!!
Amidst an endless sea of barbecues I'll be making plenty of time to blog this summer. There are a couple things that I've been planning since Labor Day last year and I'm glad to share them with you now. Just remember what BLUE CHEER in your festivities (follow this link if you need a laugh):
Enjoy the trailer responsibly:
The Italian All-Nighter Splatter-Fest on June 9 will be my first trip to the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville Pennsylvania. This is a classic theater. It's where the goddamn Blob was filmed and they celebrate this fact ad nauseum. I warm my heart to know this place exists and that I'll be spending a night amongst a bunch of garlic eatin' motherfuckers. What's on the docket? An eclectic pile of Italian greats in 35mm. The line up is as follows:
1981 – 97 min – aka Nightmares in a Damaged Brain or Blood Splash
This famous video nasty is reputed to be one of the most disturbing slasher films ever made. The blood flows in torrents when a mental patient is dosed with an experimental drug that his doctors hope will free him from the grip of homicidal mania. When it appears to work they set him free. But of course, it doesn’t work and the town is painted gleefully red in his vicious wake.
1980 – 87 min – aka Anthropophagus or The Zombie’s Rage
Directed by genre favorite Joe D’Amato, our second film also holds a place on the UK’s infamous Video Nasty list, having been banned there for being too horrific according to censors. It’s the story of a group of tourists visiting a Greek island that appears to be deserted. They soon discover that it isn’t entirely devoid of life and meet many horrific and splatter filled ends.
1979 – 81 min – aka Island of the Fishmen
What diabolical madness is afoot on this lonesome Caribbean island? Has our hero survived two shipwrecks only to be stranded here with convicts? And what of the beautiful Barbara Bach; what does she know about the deadly fish men who now imperil our hero?
1977 – 93 min – aka Beyond the Door II
Despite the clever marketing ploy, this is not a sequel to Beyond the Door. Instead this is master Italian director Mario Bava’s final film. It’s a wicked ghost possession tale that absolutely doesn’t go where you think it is. We dare you to puzzle it out.
City of the Walking Dead
1980 – 88 min – aka Nightmare City
How can we not end an Italian Splatter Fest with a zombie film? This one’s a doozy! A nuclear accident leads to uncontrollable zombies being unleashed upon our hero, played by famed Mexican horror actor Hugo Stiglitz. Director Umberto Lenzi (of Cannibal Ferox and Eaten Alive fame) doesn’t consider this zombie film a zombie film, rather he claims it’s an anti war piece. Whatever he says, it’s got all the goods to please living dead fans.
Tickets are only $20! I've got my ticket. I hope to see you there. Let me know if you'll be attending below. We can have a sword fight in the men's room after we down too many Peronis.
Here's how to order...
The Syracuse Annual Horror & Sci-Fi Garage Sale: This is a thing of legend in NJ. People come from just about everywhere to spend some dough, see the obscure wares of vendors who have some fairly unique shit. Now I've not been to one yet, but this thing has a reputation (whores!). I've also heard that Vultra Video is going to release a project they've been working on called the Fumigator. Vultra's peaked my interest. 80's, Shot on Video horror is the next found footage only its probably near impossible to fuck up. We wish these guys the best. I'm tentatively scheduled to make the trek to upstate New York, but it's a bit of drive and who knows if I'll actually get my permission slip signed by the wife. Saturday June 30th you should make your way to the home of the Orange Men.
To check out Vultra Video stop by their FaceBook page HERE.
With a little luck there will be a Twilight Zone marathon on July 4th. I strongly doubt it this year, and in fact I fully anticipate sitting in front of my Droid on a beach watching episodes on Netflix streaming. We'll try to make sure we at least have a cocktail in hand. There's always Jaws right? Even thought the goddamn Blu-Ray won't be out in time for July (You can almost hear Larry yelling these beaches will be open). No definitive plans for a mini-marathon, but as the date approaches and I find out what my viewing options are I'll make a list. Check it twice and post what I'm watching.
ITALIAN HORROR WEEK: I got my start in blogging one special week, one summer not too long ago due to a good friend Kristy Jett. She was running the Italian Horror Week festivities at the Blood Sprayer at the time. Writers would contribute articles based on their own personal Italo-Horror preference. The only criteria is that they would need to involve the voluptuous films and music of Italy... horror related to be exact. I can tell you that this just might be my favorite country of origin for horror films. I'm currently attempting to watch every giallo film ever made (nearly 90 movies finished thus far). It seems like it's time to make Italian Horror Week a very real part of Dr. Terror's Blog of Horrors. I'll be accepting submissions from guest writers, putting up a few features and maybe even running a giveaway or two. I make no guarantees for giveaways because I've never done a giveaway in the history of this establishment. It's time we live up to the status quo. In addition I'll be posting videos, music and quotes on Dr. Terror's FaceBook page and here on the BoH. Italian Horror Week we'll ramp up on July 13th. That would be Friday the 13th motherfuckers. Let me assure you that it has everything to do with Twitch of the Death Nerve aka Bay of Blood influencing strongly and perhaps being the subject of near plagiarism by Friday the 13th (you call this an "homage"). Sean Cunningham, we adore you... MARIO BAVA SHOT FIRST ... Side note: the image you are looking for is a picture of Han Solo and Greedo from Star Wars a New Hope facing off in a gun battle with Mario Bava's Head on Greedo's body and Sean Cunningham's head on Han Solo's body... oh wait, what's this:
Read my first blog ever HERE (reposted from its original source to preserve for posterity). Special thanks to Kristy Jett for giving me her blessing on following my nerd heart, encouraging my writing and making this an annual Dr. Terror event. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at FaceBook if we're buddies. I'll be spreading the word and scouting potential giveaways and contributors. Ciao!
Note: I want to mention this now so that you folks who are not exactly in on it keep yourselves up to date on just what Exhumed Films will be doing this summer and October. It's around this time (August) that tickets to their 24 Hour Horror-thon go on sale. These sell out. You need to buy them NOW... now being August of course. Here's a link to Exhumed Film's website where you an sign up for email updates. Other shows this summer include:
MEETING OF THE LOSERS CLUB: There were rumors... he was into field hockey players... ENOUGH! I may not be as cool as Kim Deal, but coming this August there may just be a meeting of a small group of us bloggers and friends somewhere in New York. I don't think you can call it an event. It's more like a happening. With no firm plans only a date in mind, let's see what we can come up with. We absolutely need to video tape and post our findings as they happen. Keep your eyes out for more on this. It's best to order enough popcorn to last you the entire weekend.
MONSTER-MANIA!!!: I'd love to give my RSVP to this now, but I can't actually confirm it due to the meeting of the Losers Club and my wife' birthday bash (she'll be 30!). Looks like a veritable Hellraiser reunion, Tom Savini, John Russo... it's gonna be pretty good especially for zombie movie fans. Check it out HERE. If I'm going then I'm gonna be armed with my convention sack and maybe... :gasp some business cards. I'll be looking for more VHSPS to feature on IT CAME FROM 1980 X, back issues of Fango and indy horror to support.
Those are the big ticket events. I'd also like to rummage around Blairstown, NJ and do some Friday the 13th snooping... maybe even the weekend of Friday the 13th. It's only 35 minutes from my house. I also may try to make it out to Amityville, NY this summer. I think it's important. The Amityville Horror was one of my favorite books as a kid and I need to see the damn house, no matter how modified in the flesh. I'll be saving the Sleepy Hollow and Pennhurst Asylum for October. Consider them historical trips. There's a slight chance of making it to Salem July 4th weekend. Also, find my at Hot Dog Johnny's at least once a month for the entire summer. I can't get enough of those peanut oil cooked dogs with mustard and pickle.
Let's leave this blog with the Doctor's prescription for a fucking awesome summer... some Queens of the Stone Age and a big ol' bottle of whatever poison you're enjoyng these days.
Dr. Terror With the Cure for the Summer Time Blues