Wednesday, September 17, 2014

3 Speed - "Once Bitten" (1985)

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I've been getting into my Halloween music playlist quite a bit,. Since I first started compiling songs, for this massive collection, there have been 20 or so songs that were original additions and one of them is this track Once Bitten by the group 3-Speed. It has that classic 80s pop sound, but since the topic is about a vampire it's welcome on my Halloween playlist.

If you aren't familiar with this song, it's the title track to the 1985 horror/comedy film of the same name. The movie stars Jim Carrey in a very early role, long before he was a major star. I used to catch this back on HBO in the late 80s. It's enjoyable.. sort of in that Teen Wolf type of vein, pun intended.

Now, I must admit I don't remember seeing this video before. Up until about 10 minutes ago I thought the lead singer was a man. Now to see it'a s woman singing... it's a bit of a surprise. Clearly I'm not a 3-Speed hardcore fan.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joe Spinell on the Joe Franklin Show (1980)

If you are a fan of the classic horror film Maniac from 1980 than chances are you are familiar with Joe Spinell the star of the film. Joe co-wrote the screen play as well as stars in the flick. Below I have a video, I stumbled across, when he appeared on The Joe Franklin Show with some other folks. Joe speaks on Maniac, acting and a few other topics. Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of Joe and the roles he played back in the day. 

"The movie (Maniac) opens on Friday, the 30th. If you like horror by all means come. If you don't... " - Joe Spinell

Friday, September 12, 2014

Joe Lamont - "Quiet Cool"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

The other day I was listening to a collection of 80s pop/rock songs I have from various horror films. The song Quiet Cool came on that I actually haven't listened to in quite a while. It's performed by Joe Lamont. It's actually quite good, by 80s standards. It's really memorable to me because an instrumental version is heard during the intro title sequence to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. The character Kristin (Patricia Arquette) is building Nancy's house and this song is cranked up in an attempt to keep her awake.

I'm an 80s kid and the majority of movies I saw, especially horror, was on the small screen through cable television and VHS rentals. Dream Warriors was just one of these flicks that I would rent a lot and later tape off tv when it aired on cable. The intro title sequence for the VHS release contained Quiet Cool, but theatrical release and subsequent DVD release had "Into the Fire" by Dokken featured. Joe's song was originally written for a film called Quiet Cool, but re purposed on the Dream Warriors VHS release. Many years later seeing the film with Dokken's track, I must say I prefer the Joe Lamont track, perhaps merely on nostalgia. If you aren't familiar with it check it out below.

Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - VHS Title Sequence

 In addition, I have for your ears Quiet Cool vocal version and the Dokken track I mentioned.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Invaders from Mars (1986)

I recently came across the sci-fi/horror film Invaders from Mars (1986) directed by Tobe Hooper of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame. It's currently steaming on Netflix (at the time of this post). I stumbled across it after browsing one of those lists that show up in my feed. I had completely forgotten about the film, but just after seeing the artwork I had some memories pop in my mind. I remember that hill, and the fence, there was something mysterious and spooky about that. That hills is fairly prominent in the original film so I see why Tobe kept this in his film. I remember a teacher that was threatening and eating frogs and that's about it. In my memory the movie was interesting and enjoyable, but it's obviously far from a classic to me since clearly I don't recall it all that well.

I started watching about 15 minutes of it and I have to say it's grabbed my attention and I actually want to watch the whole thing and then do a write up about my reflection on it. It's weird because it's almost like seeing it for the first time and I'll be interested to see how it plays out. I don't recall the original at all, so I don't have that to compare to this film. I may have to take a peek at movie trivia about this film on IMDB. If you haven't seen it or forgot about it yourself I have the trailer below for you to take a peek at.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Dinosaur Dracula's 2014
Halloween Countdown

Hello boys and ghouls, it's September and that means that Halloween is coming just that much closer. When October hits Halloween fun gets into full swing, but there are some folks that aren't waiting for October and are jumping into Halloween right away. One of these folks that is kicking off the season with a lot of fun posts and videos is Matt over at the wonderful Dinosaur Dracula site. If you haven't visited Dino Drac before, take a few minutes and check it out. Below is one of the recent videos he did reviewing 5 of his favorite finds at a weird variety story called Magic City Superstore.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Thing (24 Page Read-Along Book/Audio)
Presented by Space Monkey X Audio

EVERYONE, listen to me carefully. Do I have your attention!?! What I have to tell you is something that cannot be missed. Rob Lammie over at Space Monkey X has created one of the coolest things I've seen in sometime. He produced and audio and PDF book for John Carpenter's classic "The Thing" in the vein of the old 24 Page Read-Along book and record sets that many of us had growing up in the 70s and 80s. Historically these sets were for children and so the releases were of family friendly fare (Dark Crystal, Gremlins, Indiana Jones). They would at times use original soundtrack and voice work from the film along with original music and voice recordings.

Back in the "good ol'" days, this was as close as many of us could get to enjoying the movie after seeing it at the theater. Long before all the avenues that we can now track down movies. What Rob has done here is basically create "The Thing" as if it was done as one of these sets and let me tell you, looking at the book and listening along it feels just like one of the old Read-Along sets. He felt that there are some really classic films from that time, that admittedly not being kid friendly never would have gotten this treatment, but would have awesome if they had been created. It's so much fun that I had to make sure you all knew about this. Head over to his website to download the book in PDF format and the audio in MP3 format. Also, drop Rob a comment there and let him know what you think. I'm hoping he does another one of these.

Space Monkey X - The Thing: An Original Read-Along Record Book

MacReady: I don't know. Thousands of years ago it crashes, and this thing... gets thrown out, or crawls out, and it ends up freezing in the ice.
Childs: I just cannot believe any of this voodoo bullshit.
Palmer: Childs, happens all the time, man. They're falling out of the skies like flies. Government knows all about it, right, Mac?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mad Max: Fury Road

I just watched the Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) preview/trailer that was shown at this year's ComicCon in San Diego. I had reservations about the idea of going back to this story in the modern era. It's usually impossible to capture lightening in a bottle. When re-boots, remakes and new sequels come out based on previously beloved films I can usually tell right from the trailer it's going to be a trainwreck. So with this film I wondered how it would look, would it be a CGI vomitorium, will a new actor of Max be acceptable, will the action and practical effects hold up to the original films?

Well watching this I have to say, early at this stage in the game I'm very interested in seeing this movie. The action looks spectacular, looks very reminiscent of the previous entries in the series and that's a good thing. It looks like a lot of practical effects, there did appear to be a little CGI, but not bad. If there was more I couldn't tell and that's acceptable to me. I hope this movie ends up being really cool.

Take a look at it below if you haven't seen it or just want to re-watch it.