Monday, December 31, 2012

A New Year's Eve Horror Treat for You Hip, New Wave Kids

Welcome to the end of the year. You surived an apocalypse. You may still be prepared to go straight over a fiscal cliff in a few hours and most importantly, you've decided to spend a few choice minutes with us before it's all over and 2013 gets all hot and bothered on your ass.

We had scheduled a fake video game of New Year's Evil, but were unable to do so due to the holiday season just being one giant rat turd. Frank created this beautiful 8 Bit graphic of New Year's Evil and Sean O'Connor painstsakingly crafted this stunning 8 Bit rendition of the music from New Year's Evil including Auld Lang Syne which you could certainly platy at midnight.

Please enjoy here:

For those of you unfamiliar with New Year's Evil take a moment to stop by today's IT CAME FROM 1980x and get more familiar. It's out now on DVD so you be sure to pick up and laugh at it just the way the rest of us do. Make sure to listen to the original as well to see just what 8 Bit offers this "esteemed" soundtrack.

Tomorrow we will bring you our New Year's Resolution Challenge annoucnement. Early this year ya'll voted for the challenge you thought would make Dr. TERROR a better man. Find out January 1st.

Thanks for supporting us this year and we'll be back with more content than your eyes have room for in 2013.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

From the Lab Notes of Franklin-Stein: How much do Boobs cost in the Matrix?" or "Resident Evil: Retribution"

Note to our readers: Frank Browning has been contributing here in one way or another for some time. You see his handy work all over this page and even in some articles. Frank will be contributing a column under the guise of one, Franklin-Stein. Frank makes me laugh. Let Frank make you laugh. Hopefully we'll have a new column/page dedicated to all of Frank hi-jinx around DOCTERROR.COM soon. 

Greetings, True Believers!

Doc Terror has, once again, allowed me to grace his blog with my insane ramblings of Boobs and Bullets. Today, we’ll be looking at Resident Evil: Retribution.

Firstly, I must give much thanks to my twin brother, the good Dr. Terror himself, for purchasing this Blu Ray for me . T’was my Christmas gift from him. As he will tell you, it’s not always easy to just blast out to the theater and catch a flick when you have stinky babies of which to take care. With that said, I will not be commenting on the 3D aspect of the film for I have no knowledge of it.
Now, if you’re looking for an in-depth analysis with excruciating detail to its faithfulness to the game franchise, you are simply retarded and there is no help/hope for you. Likewise, I shan’t rant about how poorly it was shot or destroy it for being unoriginal. You’d be looking for the heartless film hipster down the street…

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

THE BAY: Barry Levinson Told Me Found Footage Ain't Dead, But YOU ARE!!! (REVIEW)

Before watching Barry Levinson’s The Bay I had been bombarded with quite a few negative opinions about it. It’s hard not to listen when the resounding yawp from the internet trounces a movie that had an interesting trailer and a great one sheet. There are two groups of folks I dislike in the movie making world; the marketeers (not the marketers … markeTEERS) and the money men. Both are necessary evils. Both can absolutely screw a film to a wall, editing content and removing vision away from the filmmaker. The marketers can spin the movie any which way they choose further disemboweling it and failing to give it a fair run in front of the fans. That’s a rant right there in the middle of my opening paragraph to a review of a movie I enjoyed despite popular opinion and for once, the marketing seemed to work. Now I’m left to wonder why folks dislike The Bay so much.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HACKTIVISION Presents BLACK CHRISTMAS for the Nintendo Entertainment System

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! There, now I've gone and said it. It's Christmas Eve actually which is just about the scariest night of the year (just ask little Billy Caldwell). In the spirit of the holiday, my love for Christmas horror and my enduring collaboration with Mr. Frank Browning and Sean O'Connor, we have decided it is time to bring you a new 8-Bit trailer for a game that WILL NEVER EXIST. This time we're bringing you Bob Clark's Black Christmas.

For those of you unfamiliar with Black Christmas please enjoy the movie trailer below and then immediately go pick it up. You'll need it in your collection. It is considered the mold for all slasher films. It is arguably the first slasher film and stars Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Oliva Hussey and Keir Dullea. The basic premise is detailed in game play below. 

Please enjoy the trailer for BLACK CHRISTMAS for the Nintendo Entertainment System:

Here's the limited Edition game box that comes with the infamous Teletroler (see below)

Game cartridge. Also available in Green and Red shiny limited edition release. Limited Edition release in Green comes with the Teletroler. Red includes the obscene levels with added gore, violence and repeated use of the word "CUNT".

From the manual

Thank you for selecting the Nintendo Entertainment System’s BLACK CHRISTMAS


  1. Insert the BLACK CHRISTMAS cartridge and turn on the Nintendo machine. The story of Black Christmas will being. If you would like to skip the story, press START.
  3. You must now choose START to begin the game.


There’s a rooster in the hen house, or rather a strange has infiltrated the sorority house at 6 Belmont street. During a Christmas party, a series of obscene phone calls lead to a string of disappearances including the sorority house mother, Mrs. MacHenry. While the local police have been informed, they are unable to determined what has happened to some of the sorority members and suspect foul play.

It is up to sorority sister, Jess Bradford, to figure out what has become of her long lost sister, the house mother and who the lecherous “moaner” is on the other end of the telephone line. Just from where are the phone calls coming? 


Push RIGHT, LEFT, UP or DOWN on the controller to move JESS around the screen. The viewing window is from over top the character and will allow four direction of movement through the house or town.

The A button is for accessing a Item A or talking to other characters (See Items list)

The B button is for using Item B (see Items list).

The START Button brings up the Item selection menu. Items include a telephone, a bottle of Sherry (restores energy a little), a bottle of Whiskey (restores energy to full), piano wire, a glass unicorn, a hook, a dry cleaner bag, a suitcase and a basement key. You can also acquire a gun or a fireplace poker to be used as weapons. 

The SELECT button pauses the game.


1 PLAYER JESS is game play as Jess Bradford. The Player interacts with other characters at the sorority house, the police station, the music conservatory and on the manhunt for her missing friend. Jess must figure out THE MOANER’S identity and report it to the policy. The moaner makes frequent phone calls and offers clues as to his identity. You can only ever see THE MOANER’S eyes.

1 PLAYER BARB is game play as Barbara Coard. The Player interacts in the same way as 1 PLAYER JESS Mode only the level is more difficult, actions are obscured and occasionally the screen grows hazy or goes black as Barb is drunk throughout the game. The goal is to find out the identity of the MOANER and stay alive, however Barb must imbibe a certain amount of spirits each level. Too much and she grows drunk and the screen blackens. Too little and she will move sluggishly and chaotically.

1 PLAYER MOANER NOVICE  is game play as THE MOANER. The Player must stalk the sorority girls (10 in all). The MOANER makes phone calls, kills sorority girls/collects them using weapons and must avoid contact with the police. If a police officer touches THE MOANER, he goes to jail and gets the electric chair. Novice mode is easy, the girls are more drunk and easier to kill. The police make more mistakes.

1 PLAYER MOANER NORMAL is game play as THE MOANER the same as NOVICE mode only in NORMAL mode, the sorority girls fight back and move at a regular pace. The policy make fewer mistakes and weapons are somewhat more difficult to locate.

1 PLAYER MOANER OBSCENE is game play as THE MOANER the same as NOVICE and NORMAL mode only the game features extremely violent sequences, references to abortion, obscene language and there is a secret ending if you win the game with as few deaths as possible where you see the birth of your child after stopping Jess from having the abortion. NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 17

2 PLAYER ESCAPE THE SORORITY is game play by two players, one as THE MOANER and the other as either JESS, BARB or a POLICE OFFICER. The goal is to escape the house before the Moaner and his henchman kill you. Floating dry cleaner bags block your way and Mrs. MacHenry can you send you to your room for drinking too much.

2 PLAYER DRINK COMPETITION is game play between two players where JESS and BARB have a drinking competition featuring beers of the 1970’s including Olympia (featured), Sherry and Whiskey. Drink by pressing the A and B BUTTONS repetitively in order to out drink your opponent. The loser is sent to the attic and stowed near the window by THE MOANER.

TRACE THAT CALL! MODE is game play by one player versus the computer. In this mode THE MOANER makes a phone call and you are a POLICE OFFICER tracing the phone call on a game board representing a series of phone switches. You must figure out from where THE MOANER is calling before he hangs up. If you do not complete the trace in the appropriate amount of time, a sorority girl dies on screen. TRACE THAT CALL! also appears as a bonus game during regular game play as JESS or BARB.

That's the game folks!!!

In marketing this particular game a few special promo items were assembled. 

Created by Frank Browning for Shit Movie Fest and is the perfect way to celebrate the release of this new fake game. Drink responsibly. This is also perfect for SHITMAS, going on now over at Shit Movie Fest!!!

The innovative NES controller that The Teletroler allows the player to actually interact as the Moaner and to participate in a special, interactive phone trace game. Very limited. 

If the black and tans aren't quite doing it for you hit this limited edition Black Haus rebranded for this NES release. Gaming ain't just for kids anymore as you may well know.

You can get your own branded Black Christmas NES dry cleaning bag in this handsome black, opaque bag... 

or is this classic clear bag. Do not wear it over your head... even if your stuck in the attic.

Finally, this is the Nintendo Power release with cheats and tricks to help you battle the Moaner, unlock secret levels and improve you game play. This edition was crafted special for the Black Christmas game release as Nintendo Power is no longer in production. 

Last but not least, make sure to keep your eyes out for the next release in the Bob Clark Nintendo Gaming Series,  A CHRISTMAS STORIES... You'll shoot your eye out!!!

The group below will henceforth be known as Hacktivision and will be producing more games for you in 2013. Programmers with 8-Bit skills, feel free to email me at Currently accepting applications. 


Born and raised in southern West Virginia, Frank Browning's passion for art developed at a very young age.. He would spend time recreating his favorite images from his beloved Marvel comic books while "Empire Strikes Back" played in the background. He continued to develop his talent throughout high school, then took that talent to college. He graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, with a bachelor's in graphic design.

Frank has a broad range of talent and has designed for the likes of Spencer's, Hot Topic, FYE, HBO, Capcom, Epic Games, DC, Warner Brothers, and Jim Hensen Company, to name a few. Many of his designs can still be found in Spencer's stores today.

Frank currently works for the West Virginia Department of Education and enjoys doing freelance design projects. He loves all things horror, Star Wars, and Marvel, but his favorite thing is spending time with his wife and 6 week old son.


While it is not entirely certain from what time or space the creator of our 8 Bit audio clip comes from one thing is for certain, he was born with a light gun in his hand. The Konami code actually appears in his DNA and we hope that someday... he gets his Gameboy.  Sea O'Connor is an exceptionally talented musician and friend who has performed in such musical acts as Leema Mountain, Me Hate Me and Melatonin. Feel free to check out his musicHERE and support him like you would any set of finely crafted breasts. We hope to work with Sean on future 8-Bit renditions of the movies you love, the games you deserve on the system that was made specifically for people who like to stay up all night long with a 3 liter bottle of Mountain Dew and a bag of Cheese Puffs.

Game Play, Ranting, Uprisings and poor use of punctuation and terror specific non-8-Bit styling by JIMMY TERROR. 



ALSO... make sure you stop back on New Year's Eve for another game from HACKTIVISION!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Welcome to the first video Christmas card from Dr. TERROR. Please enjoy just how awkward this is for the both us and expect more video offering later this year. 

Thank you for all the support and make sure to get in on the Silent Night Deadly Night Giveaway HERE. 


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dr. TERROR'S CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: The Silent Night, Deadly Night Series!!!

Christmastime is here! That means Christmas horror movie and Christmas cheer and Christmas egg nog and Christmas beer and a Christmas GIVEAWAY!!! One of my early New Years resolutions was to start doing some giveaways. I want to make sure that my readers know that I absolutely love that they come back for more, show support and help create the horror community that drives me daily. You think this is a Santa suit is a fucking costume? This is a way of life! Before we get to the big giveaway that I've been name dropping all day let's talk about what you can expect over the next couple days on DOCTERROR.COM and across the horror-verse.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wrong Turn 5: Takes a Wrong Turn (Review)

It’s time for a somewhat negative review. I’m afraid that Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines, just didn’t do it for me in the way that the other installments in this franchise have. I’m not completely surprised by this. We are on part 5 here, and with few exceptions the fifth entry into any movie hasn’t been my favorite. Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child… least favorite Nightmare even though I will admit that there are some very creative kills. Halloween 5: I know some people have an absolute orgiastic love affair with this flick and no, it has nothing to do with Danielle Harris! I do not hate Halloween 5 at all, but it is my least favorite sequel in the franchise. Friday the 13th part 5 actually makes me a happy horror fan though I understand why some folks shy away from it. I’m not going to pretend that it has the power of The Final Chapter or 3-D. Hell, it may not be superior to any of the films in the top six  of the Friday the 13th series, but I love it and understand why many don’t.  If you thought you’d be in for anything truly groundbreaking in Bloodlines, well, maybe the faith of a child you experience on a daily basis needs some testing.


Back in August I was given the privilege of reading and reviewing the first four comic anthologies in a continuing series straight from the Bloke himself, The Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror; the alliteration is so horrifyingly camp, that you wonder what your going to find your way into. I have not as of yet been remotely disappointed by the Bloke and his offerings. I dare say that I have been knocked off my block impressed with each edition, and while I have my own favorite stories none of them have provided anything less than the strictest attention to homage and honor paid to Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and the EC rabble as well as Creepy and Eerie. Fans of these books MUST apply and purchase the four back issues from the Bloke as well as the newest, Fifth Fearsome Issue!

My general opinion of this issue is that it is filled with a variety of story lines, writers and artists that have made the collective experience of reading a Terrible Tomb of Terror magical. You're not getting one artist or one artist with one story line set on repeat to Gothic Rock Volume #3. This book, as with its predecessors, is an amalgam of some of the best tropes in horror film, literature and comic. The Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror survives by the conciseness of its tales mixed with the O'Henry irony that you've grown to love from the books of William M. Gaines and yet break off into modern equivalents of said tales all the while cuddled, lovingly, by the wit and wisdom of THE BLOKE HIMSELF.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

No Clowning Around (2012) Review - Behind the Grease Paint

Chances are good that if you know what Red Stag is, well, you’ve probably ended up in a stranger’s bathtub, stinking of booze and awakened by a small child with a “what the fuck are you doing in my bathtub” look on her face. However, you probably were not wearing clown makeup. Further still you most likely did not have a clown outfit on and said little girl probably didn’t refer to you over and over again as HER clown. Now if I’m wrong (and there’s a chance that you might be sipping on the Old Grand Dad in lieu of Red Stag which might make you exempt from the clown costume exception) then you’re either a truly gifted alcoholic, probably have befriended Bill at least once OR… you’re name is Rob Dimension… or rather Mumbles the Clown. So brings us to one of the funniest and actually somewhat touching short films of 2012, No Clowning Around, directed by Rob Dimension and Matthew Burd.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TWINS OF EVIL on Blu-ray From Synapse is Bloody Good!

The Hammer Resurgence Continues! Synapse Films has unleashed Count Karnstein on stunning Blu-ray with DVD chaser. While horror fans of a certain age are more likely to be familiar with films like the Horror of Dracula or Curse of Frankenstein, Hammer truly gave us the blood, gut and boob show starting later in their illustrious Universal monster phase featuring vamps, a variety of strange monsters, Franks and even a few lunatic madmen. Later day Hammer, prior to the slow down and fall off in the late 70’s and early 80’s, was producing films guaranteed to shock and arouse a certain audience, keeping them firmly in seat and hopefully with a hand or two in the most inappropriate of locations (with a date or stag to be sure). The Karnstein trilogy which began with The Vampire Lovers (which will be released shortly by Scream Factory) and then moved on the Lust for a Vampire before making its way to Twins of Evil, is considered some of the most graphic and sexy of any of the Hammer installments of any generations and paved the way for Euro varietals of vampire and werewolf pictures.

Barn of the Naked Dead. You Call It NIGHTMARE CIRCUS!

Remember video magazines? They used to come at the end of full feature length VHS tapes and promoted new movies in a way that was more like an extended trailer and would become the precursor to the modern day making of special feature that is attached to move DVD and Blu-rays. Now most video magazines weren’t nearly as complete as the modern day equivalent. Some chose to focus on a wider array of titles rather than focusing on the purchased/viewed title. Full Moon entertainment had the absolute best video magazines and continue to be a source of discussion and cult favoritism. Those of you familiar with the work of Johnny Legend and the films to which he lends his name will appreciate the Gore Beat video magazine featured on the Barn of the Naked Dead release of the Legend House  label distributed by CAV.

Synopsis (probably the best damn synopsis I’ve read from the back of a title in some time):

Three nubile young showgirls on their way to a gig in Vegas break down in the desert, where they are soon abducted, stripped naked, chained like animals and forced to be circus puppets for a demented ringmaster, AndrĂ© (cult superstar and Tarantino favorite Andrew Prine). Andre also has a “Psycho” –style mother complex and his old man has been transformed into a hideous homicidal post-nuclear mutant!

Monday, December 10, 2012

FRIGHT FEST: 12 Movies from Mill Creek at a Great Price. Instant Marathon!

Twelve movies. List price is about ten dollars. Sale price… even less! What more does Mill Creek Entertainment have to do to get you to put a few dollars down for some classic horror entertainment that spans the gamut and really reaches for everything from classic horror icons like The Ice Cream Man to holiday horror not seen since a carrot made it’s rather violent journey in the sequel to the break out Christmas classic, Jack Frost 2?  Fright Fest features twelve movies on DVD in a 3 Disc Set. I love the compilation packages put out by Mill Creek Entertainment. They’re cheap. They give you an instant collection of horror movies that just might give you some street cred in a conversation with a B movie snob and they offer a variety of different titles in one convenient location. Instant marathon!

Let’s walk through some of the titles and take a look at the trailers:

Devil in the Flesh

Starring Rose McGowan, Alex McArthur, Peg Shirley
1998 Color R
She’s young, beautiful, sexy and dangerous. Debbie Strand (Rose McGowan) is the new girl in class that everybody notices. At the moment she arrives, Debbie sets her sights on her teacher, Peter (Alex McArthur), the high school heartthrob. But her seductive advances don’t win Peter until she threatens him with blackmail. What Debbie wants, Debbie gets, no matter what’s standing in her way. As a checkered past of unsolved murders catches up with her, Debbie’s games threaten to turn deadly again.

Devil in the Flesh 2

Starring Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Jsu Garcia, Katherine Kendall
2000 Color R
After escaping from a mental institution, Debbie Strong steals the car, money and identity of a college co-ed and heads off to college where she becomes obsessed with Sam, a handsome writing teacher. When her roommate discovers Debbie’s true identity and horrifying past, her wicked web of deception is threatened, sending murder and seduction to higher and more terrifying levels than ever before.

Diary of a Serial Killer
Starring Bruce Robert Cole, Jessica Aldridge, Andreas
2008 Color R
On a rainy night, in a dark alley, award-winning journalist Nelson Keece witnesses a vicious murder. Although horrified, his curiosity takes over when this cold-blooded killer forces Nelson to interview him. Now, the tension mounts as fast as the body count rises while the killer stalks the streets. This film’s disturbing portrayal of the killer, the cop and the writer is shocking and not to be forgotten.

Evil Behind You
Starring Hillary Kennedy, Manuel Velazquez, D.C. Lee
2006 Color PG-13
Lisa Williams (Hilary Kennedy) and Debra Reynolds (Gwendolynn Murphy) were both enjoying evenings out when something went very wrong. Neither girl can recall what has happened as they awake locked in a dark observation room. Debra’s husband, Tony, (D.C. Lee) and Lisa’s boyfriend David (Manuel Velazquez) are both handcuffed to operating tables and there is no explanation. No one will respond to their calls for help and there is no way out of the room. The abducted couples are unwilling victims of a scientific experiment.

The Fear 2
(yes the trailer is in German... it makes it better)
Starring Gordon Currie, Stacy Grant, Philip Rhys
1999 Color R
On Halloween weekend Mike Hawthorn has invited his girlfriend, Peg, and some other friends to stay at his family’s country retreat where they intend to party till dawn dressed in costumes that represent each individual’s deepest, darkest fears. The Halloween party is set to be great fun, until Mike reacquaints himself with an old family friend, an American Indian named Crow. Crow has other plans for Mike, namely to prepare him for an ancient ceremony using an antique wooden mannequin nicknamed Morty.

Ice Cream Man

Starring Clint Howard, Justin Isfeld, Anndi McAfee
1995 Color R
The happy jingle of the neighborhood ice cream truck turns into hell’s bells as Gregory Tudor (Clint Howard) delivers torture, murder and mayhem with every scoop of rocky road. After witnessing the murder of his friend “The Ice Cream King”, Gregory grows up to become a demented ice cream man with mysterious frozen treats. No one is safe from the ice cream man in this pulse-pounding nightmare that’s sure to leave you chilled to the bone.

Jack Frost 2

Starring Christopher Allport, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller
2000 Color R
Jack, the chiller killer is back and he’s mad as hell. An accidental lab experiment resurrected the evil snowman, but this time, the crystal killer can’t be stopped by fire, bullets or even his worst enemy, chemical anti-freeze. With revenge on his mind, Jack sets out to finish off his nemesis, Sheriff Sam, who is vacationing on a Caribbean island. Sam’s balmy paradise turns into a Winter Terrorland when Jack freezes the island and quickly ices everyone around him. No one can stop the chilling killing spree when Jack can travel as lethal liquid or fatal, frosty flakes. Just when you thawed it was safe to go back in the fridge…

Killing Grounds

Starring Priscilla Barnes, Courtney Gains, Cynthia Geary
1998 Color R
After the fatal crash of a small airplane in the high Sierras, six greedy strangers clash over a fortune in stolen gold. When four hikers stumble on the treasure and begin hauling it away, two drug dealing thugs come to claim the loot, regardless of who gets hurt. The torturous trip down the mountainside becomes a frightening ordeal as each has his own plans for the gold. No one hears their bloodcurdling cries as they cross the killing grounds at the bottom of the mountain.


Starring Urmila Matondar, Anuj Sawhney, Malavikka
2005 Color Not Rated
On a day of solar eclipse five year old Naina loses her eyesight and her parents in a road accident in London. Twenty years later she is bestowed with the gift of sight thanks to the marvels of modern science. Her period of darkness is over; or is it? A horrifying period of darkness begins. What is this curse that has been upon her? Will she ever be able to escape it? Will this extraordinary sense she is now bestowed with destroy her life? Will she ever be able to resume her regular life again? “Naina” is the Quest of a young woman trying to find answers to these supernatural mysteries. Will she succeed?

Night Feeders

Starring Donnie Evans, Brett Gentile, Mike Monzitta
2006 Color R
In the remote Southern wilderness a fiery meteor crashes to Earth and forever changes Mankind’s view of the Universe. For this “meteor” unleashes an infestation of nocturnal alien creatures with just one intention: To devour every warm-blooded life form on our planet. When night falls four hapless deer hunters in search of some weekend fun and sport are about to discover how it feels to be the prey!

The Other Side

Starring Nathan Mobley, Jaimie Alexander, Cory Rouse
2006 Color R
On the night Sam North (Nathan Mobley) plans to reunite with the girl he loves (Jaimie Alexander), he’s mysteriously murdered and sent to the horrific realm of the damned. With the help of two other denizens of “The Pit” he somehow escapes back into the world of the living. But now there’s Hell to pay. Three invincible bounty hunters called “Reapers” are determined to drag him back to the Netherworld where he’ll writhe in torment… forever!

Within the Rock

Starring Xander Berkeley, Caroline Barclay, Bradford Tatum
1996 Color R
The ultimate predator…unleashed! The countdown to the end of the world has begun. As a runaway moon hurtles through space on a collision course with Earth, only a small team of interplanetary miners stands in its way. Their mission to alter the moon’s course is halted when a fossilized alien is unleashed from its subterranean hibernation. The indestructible creature now stands between them and their determination to save humankind from certain extinction.

Approx. Runtime: 17 Hours 58 Minute

Maybe there are only a few titles you’re looking for. Maybe you’re not looking for the super collectors edition version of Ice Cream Man. It’s important to know what this collection isn’t. This is not the super collectible limited edition release of any of the titles though a few of these you won’t likely find anywhere else any time soon sans your very own personal VHS collection. These are good transfers of fun films. The movies come in slip sleeves that fit into a standard sized DVD case. Two movies per side per disc. You aren’t getting bonus cover art, but again, for a little less than ten bucks, you’ll be more than happy with the content.

This is probably not for the high end collectors, but we all don’t have stacks of cash to pay for just one flick that might not even meet our expectations. Think of this collection as twelve chamber roulette wheel. Twelve chances for great entertainment that fits your personal liking. I can tell you that not every movie on here is my favorite, but that movies like Jack Frost 2, Ice Cream Man and The Fear 2 are crowd pleasers. Others like Devil in the Flesh and its sequel may titillate you in other ways. Then of course there’s a pile of B fodder that have the camp production value you and content that seems to draw fans to our beloved genre.

Make sure to visit the Mill Creek Entertainment website to check out all the titles you can buy, usually on the cheap with an overload of movies per collection. You can pick up Fright Fest HERE.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

DARK STAR on Thermonuclear Blu-ray! Hyperdrive Edition Sold Separately.

This past year The Liberal Dead’s podcast crew had spent time reviewing the works of John Carpenter in a rather broad stroke retrospective series encompassing not just the creepy, post-apocalyptic imagery created by Carpenter, but the lighted hearted films, earlier works and well, everything. I had the opportunity to be on the show as a guest a couple of times and certainly had a great time discussing The Thing and Escape from LA with Jeff Konopka. You might even find me on a few more before the year is out as the series still has Ghosts of Mars, Vampires, The Ward and the Masters of Horror series to tackle. But let’s go way back to the beginning.

In the beginning Carpenter created the heavens and the earth… well, he created outer space and a planet that was destined for a surf ride unlike any previously imaged with perhaps the exception of Marvel Comics. Dark Star was born out of the loins of Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead, Dead & Buried and pretty much everything) and Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog…  and yeah, pretty much everything else), as a student film project in the years leading up to 1974 eventual release. It was not expected to become the cult favorite that it has become. “The Spaced Out Odyssey” is something of a phenomenon when the early work of a director/writer team is embraced by so many and seen as groundbreaking in its outright parody of 2001 A Space Odyssey and it’s spaceship creation and animation.  Let’s face it, the movie’s fucking funny. It’s science fiction on screen when science fiction was beginning to take itself too seriously; after the 1950’s rocket ship to mars and alien from outer space pictures, a movie like Dark Star comes off like a belly rolling satire and not only of outer space travel, but of filmmakers creating science fiction with almost impossible realism.

This is the student film that could. I first watched it on an old VHS tape that my father had recorded off the Late Late Show (quite literally called the Late Late Show). The already less than Hollywood quality of the picture was dumbed down further by the transmission of mid-80’s television and further by the recording on a less than stellar playback mode. The audio was barely intelligible and the commercials may have made a bigger impression on me than the film itself. That all changed once I had the chance to review the gorgeous Blu-ray edition from VCI.

Beyond an audio and video transfer that is clearly the best you’re ever going to get, this disc is chock full of an amazing assortment of special features that may even rival the actual film itself.  The greatest of these features is Let there Be Light: The Odyssey of “Dark Star” a documentary of such weight, substance and content I found it more intriguing than Dark Star itself.  This is a must watch piece of history although I’m sure we would all have appreciated greater participation from Mr. Carpenter who seems to have distanced himself throughout the years from his student film. There’s an interview with Sci-Fi author Dean Foster, Brian Narelle, a 3-D Guide to the Dark Star Ship (this is bordering on Trekkie shit) and commentary by the “Super-Fan” Andrew Gilchrist.  This isn’t a stripped down, cheap-o version of Dark Star for the casual observer. This is fan boy shit right here.

The written introduction by Dan O’Bannon (who had passed on a few year ago) is truly touching. He is much beloved by the genre community, respected for all his efforts and is missed still. Somehow reading this intro feels more like a message from beyond a grave rather than a discussion of his early work. I laughed and then I actually teared up. You know growing up I wasn’t a Dark Star fanatic. It took a little love from the Liberal Dead crew and a VHS tape. The Blu-ray seals the deal and pulls on all the heartstrings. This is the kind of release that can convert a stoic old bastard like myself into a lighthearted Sci-Fi lover.

What you love about Dark Star has never looked better and the clean up has done wonders for the viewing experience. The Dark Star Blu-ray is available HERE in Thermostellar and HERE in Hyperdrive via VCI Entertainment. Please make sure to stop by VCI HEREand peruse their catalog further. Remember Dark Star is a comedy, Alien isn’t… simple truths to live by.


Friday, December 7, 2012

CREATE YOUR OWN HORROR-THON: The Homework Assignment from Last Blog on Dead-End Street

A great friend of mine Thomas A Kaye who runs The Last Blog on Dead-End Street put me up to a little pre-Exhumed Films task: To compile my ultimate Horror-thon based on some of the rather loose rules of the Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-thons in the past years. Well the judge got face and the lawyer got famous, but this puppy didn't make it up and it has been sitting around waiting for Nancy's mother to tell you all about how she and the other neighborhood parents killed Fred Krueger.. um... or it was simply waiting to be posted. Now it isn't perfect. It may not actually be the ultimate horror-thon, but one thing is for certain, it contains a rather strange variety of movies in true Exhumed style. I had an amazing time compiling it. Please take a gander, post your own or if you should blog out your own list, send me the link and post below.

Thanks Thomas! Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horror-thon 666 Recap and Review in 3-D coming soon!

1.Beloved ClassicThey Live – You have to have fun at a horror-thon, and what’s more fun then They Live. Rowdy Roddy Piper and Keith David kicking ass, taking names, chewing bubblegum and perhaps going to the store to pick up some more when they run out. It has a very impressive end sequence that features the co-star of any good horror movie, tits.

2. Giant Monster Movie Godzilla 1985 – This was my first experience with Godzilla. Between Dr. Pepper commercials during Creature Feature week as a kid, Godzilla would reign supreme alongside Raymond Burr and the great city of Tokyo. The ending is sad, but beautiful and I always cheer even though I also cry a little. This is a the most emo of the Godzilla’s, maybe too emo for most attendees of a horror-thon of this caliber.

3. Sci-Fi HorrorXtro – I only saw this one recently, but it’s got all the goodies to be a Video Nasty even though it was only unofficially labeled as such. Full size human birth and some other truly funny moments make this a crowd favorite. I like to think of it as the other Deadly Spawn although maybe not quite as funny, the budget seems to be a little higher for Xtro. (POST SCRIPT: They actually showed this one this year! Recap to follow soon). 

4. Horror AnthologyTales from the Crypt – When I saw the Exhumed Films Horror-thon was showing the Vault of Horror a few years ago all I could think was that I would love to see this gem as well. I’d pay to see it separately in a double feature with the original. Hell, I’ll accept any double feature that involves Amicus or an anthology from this period. I can only imagine that the monkey’s paw storyline will come off quite a bit like Death Wheelers did at the most recent Exhumed Films Horror-thon. Get your helmets on!

5. Crazy Feature #1 - Motel Hell – If there was an unofficial theme for this horror-thon that I’m putting it together it would be Places You Can Go Other than Tejas for a Chainsaw fight. It’s a fan favorite. It’s bat shit crazy. Maybe we should hand out beef jerky at the door… maybe…. I guess you’d have to have Vegan jerky as well. Can Vegans eat humans? They aren’t animals after all.

6. Slasher Classic - Tourist Trap – To me, this is the scariest movie ever made (well this and Kingdom of the Spiders but we’re not going to put spiders anywhere near that damn projector). Chuck Connors is a great villain and the one liners in this are priceless. I always consider the opening scene out of place but terrifying.

7. Horror ComedyTeen Wolf – Initially I wanted to put Monster Squad in this slot and part of me still does. I think that Teen Wolf might be just as important to my early horror development and besides, I didn’t want to infringe on the line up the Dryden Theater had in upstate New York many moons ago by showing Monster Squad and one of our later entries in one night (I use the poster from this event as my computer wallpaper).

8. Foreign Horror - Mark of the Devil – Nothing quite like torturing suspect witches with Udo Kier. There were so many movies that would fill this spot. I mean literally I think you couldn’t ask for a harder slot to fill, however ever since my sister gave me a vomit bag from a Mark of the Devil screening I though this was a pretty awesome movie to screen theatrically. Will it compete with Cannibal Holocaust? Nope, but it can try.

9. Weird Kung Fu or Animated Film (went Sword and Sandal) – Conquest – I have been told that is near impossible to find a film print of this, so I’m including this as a challenge. Somebody try and find this so we can screen at my mock dream-horror-thon. Lucio Fulci doing what Fulci does very well. Brightly lit, sword and sandal with outlandish fantastical monsters and a brilliant score. (actually screen December 15th in Philadelphia at the iHouse via Exhumed Films!)

10. Crazy Feature #2Pieces – Both Exhumed Films and the Hudson Horror Show have screened this and yet I still haven’t seen it on the big screen. When I was a kid I fawned over this picture. I still do. I’m still searching for a naked lady jigsaw puzzle to complete my man-thing cave. Goes along with the chainsaw theme.

11. Random Horror Sequel - Sleepaway Camp II – Valerie Hartman’s boobs on the big screen. The end. Also, funny. Also great soundtrack and… if that wasn’t enough, TC with mullet in full force smelling himself. Pit toilet death. Tell me you wouldn’t screen this for a large group of horny males!

12. Unpleasant Romp - Last House on the Left – I’m a fan boy of this film. I love the music and the acting and the revenge. I think it’ll play well to a large group of people and has that awe inspiring presence. It’d be a real treat to screen this along I Spit on Your Grave, but I think that I Spit on Your Grave is a total downer compared to this revenge flick. Maybe you could get away with Ms. 45, but Ms. 45 sucks!

13. "Attack of the ______" Movie - Squirm – It’s just gross. I think if you’re going to screen this one you have to be prepared to launch large bowls of wet spaghetti at people during particular scenes. If you can get a theater to commit to that kind of hijinks then you have found a new home for your horror-thon.

14. "Leave 'em wanting more" Classic - Night of the Creeps – Who doesn’t love Tom Atkins? Thrill me! I’m pretty sure this would thrill anyone and would be an upbeat way to send off a crowd of tired horror-thoners. Let’s make sure we get the alternate ending with the cemetery sequence.