Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Christmas Carol - Trailer (1938)

Here is the trailer for the 1938 "A Christmas Carol" starring Reginald Owen. As you can see trailers were vastly different than what we see in the 21st century. This trailer consists of Lionel Barrymore siting next to a fire puffing on a pipe and talking about the movie with a few clips peppered throughout. It's exciting stuff!! BAH Humbug!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Silly Symphony: The Night Before Christmas

Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of Disney and their movies, but I have to admit the short Silly Symphony films they made are actually kind of fun, especially for my kids. In the age of CGI animation that you see across the board, Disney included, these old flims have a great nostalgia and life to them. CGI feels devoid of that. It's kind of like looking at an old classic book VS say a Barbie book from 2012.

Since it's getting into the "Holidays" soon I thought I'd share this old short film called "The Night Before Christmas". Enjoy!

In a weird, but maybe not surprising thing I noticed was this obviously racist bit of this "blackface" visual. A small baby gets soot on his face and this is the look they give him, apparently for laughs.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FACT's 100 Greatest Horror Soundtracks 

Boys and ghouls I came across a fairly thorough/expansive list at where they listed the 100 greatest horror soundtracks of all-time. I originally misread the link when I saw it in my Twitter feed and thought it was a top 10. If you know anything about me and what this blog was originally about, it was soundtracks. 

When I hear a top 10 list being thrown out there, I immediately get skeptical. I expect it to be too mainstream (not that there's anything wrong with some of the big guns out there),  that there are so many excellent scores that your average horror movie viewer doesn't know about that no list can be dead on. However, this is 100... a HUNDRED so they are able to really pull in a great selection of soundtracks. Of course you won't/don't love them all, but I think you'll be pleased at what they put together. It honestly turned me onto a few scores I wasn't all that familiar with. So give it a read, especially fans of this blog that liked it more back in the good 'ol days.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Teaser Trailer (2014)

As I'm sure you all know Marvel Studios released the trailer to next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron and from what it shows, it looks pretty cool. I've been looking forward to this one since I heard that Ultron was going to be the villain. From the things I recall of the character in the comic books, he was a nearly unstoppable force that multiple heroes had trouble dealing with. I'm expecting the flick to be very enjoyable and they'll probably do their best to give all the various characters their screen time, but honestly would love to see an hour straight of Ultron crippling, crushing and smashing the Avengers into dust. Also, someone brought to my attention a version of the song "I've Got No Strings" from Disney's Pinocchio movie was used in the trailer. That works surprisingly well here, especially when we are shown a bit of an evolution of Ultron. When I heard James Spader would be the voice of Ultron I thought that seemed like a great choice, but there was a part of me that wondered if it would work. Well, after seeing this I'm sold on him in the role. Also it's worth noting this might be the first time 27 yrs that Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader are squaring off against each other. The last time was in the drug addict drama Less Than Zero.

I imagine down the road we'll see a longer trailer, but this is pretty fun for right now. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in May 2015.


 “I’m going to show you something beautiful. Everyone screaming… for mercy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Siskel & Ebert Review
Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning

When looking for a synopsis in video form for a horror movie the other day, I stumbled across Siskel and Ebert movie reviews from the 80s. I started looking up various movies that I dig and see what they had to say about. I went into watching the reviews expecting the duo to hate the movies and I wasn't disappointed as is the case with 1985's Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning.  They call it trash and completely useless. To each his own, of course. I respect their position, but personally I count myself a fan. Siskel does dare to say he'll give away the twist/reveal of the film, but thankfully he doesn't do that for viewers back in 1985.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Plague from Hobo with a Shotgun

A friend of mine was talking to me about some modern music that has that 80s synth sound that I really dig. So as I explored music in that style that got me thinking about the song "Hunters" by Lazerhawk featured in the film Hobo with a Shotgun. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is a remake/cover of the same song by the artist Power Glove.  This scene in the film was probably the most memorable and just visually striking for me. The Plauge killers look was fantastic. They are really the type of weird characters I like and I wasn't expecting anything like this in the film so their appearance was great. They were just maniacs. They seem like robots, ninjas, cyborgs, monsters... the unexplained quality makes for something awesome.

I wrote a movie review for this flick when I saw it originally and looking back on that I talked about this scene then. It's quite striking.

Also, this has got me to thinking that about three years ago I "painstakingly" tracked down as many of the songs from this film that I could find and put together an unofficial soundtrack, but never released it due to things going on in the soundtrack blogging world at the time. 

Check out the clip below where they show up at the hospital. Really cool stuff.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tales from the Crypt
Lower Berth

I've really been on an horror/mystery anthology television kick this Halloween season. As I've been digging into my own memory and Youtube I've come across some really classic episodes of television that I liked when I was younger. One of the great series was HBO's Tales from the Crypt which was a really strong series that put on the small screen some of E.C. comics' great stories as well as original work for the show.

One of my favorite Tales from the Crypt episodes is the one I present to you here, called "Lower Berth".  The story takes place in what I believe is the 1940s at a traveling Sideshow that exhibits freaks and oddities. The sideshow owner/barker, Mr. Feeley has a man, Mr. Sickles that works behind the scenes for him because primarily he is the owner of a two-faced man named Enoch, that is the star of the sideshow. Sickles finds that he is a desperate position to keep his job because of some problems with Enoch. Thankfully Sickles meets up with a man that has an oddity he wants to offload for nothing more than a small cut of the profits his exhibit will bring in. It's an ancient Eyptian mummy. The introduction of this exhibit changes the lives of all connected to this. I won't spoil the episode for you, but to say that the final reveal twist is one of those things I absolutely love. Without further ado... ladies, gentleman, boys and girls... look upon the episode the Crypt Keeper affectionitely calls "Lower Berth".

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Retroist
Saturday Frights Podcast 

Hello boys and ghouls since we are mid-way through October and I imagine many of you are out there seeking strange and spooky type of entertainment. I feel it's my duty to share with you that really cool stuff I see other websites/blogs are putting out there that seem to tap into my sensibilities. 

The website The Retroist  has been putting out a new podcast series called "Saturday Frights" hosted by Vic Sage and the mysterious character by the name of The Projectionist. They have nearly 20 episodes that are touching on film and television with an eye to the scary and creepy. They give a breakdown of the story and provide their ideas, insights and some cool trivia.  On their latest episode they discuss the Tales from the Darkside story "Inside the Closest". I posted about that episode a couple of weeks ago on here, because I love it so much. I suggest you guys give them a listen. It's a great time and fun to hear people who are way into this stuff like we are.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wolfmen of Mars - A Light in the Corner of Your Eye
Brand New Album

Boys and ghouls, I'm digging this post back up from the grave, because we are into the Halloween season. I originally posted it in May, but I think it's deserving of your eyes and ears. Having aptly themed music for this time of year is important to me and Wolfmen of Mars bring that vibe in spades. So if you step forward, give them a listen and you may find it's just what you are looking for!

Hello all! l have some musical news hot off the digital presses. They always entertaining and musically prolific Wolfmen of Mars have a brand new album available today. The album is called "The Light in the Corner of Your Eye" and features their trademark sound of grinding, gritty guitars with heavy doses of synth, which I love. A lot of the music I love to listen to is old 70s and 80s synth heavy soundtracks and the Wolfmen's work harkens back to that era to me, but putting a modern twist on it. That's really what gravitated me to their music years back when I first heard it. As the Wolfmen put it, "It's an apocalypse party and we brought the sludgy disco."

If you are a fan of their work you'll definitely want to check this album out. If you haven't listened to the Wolfmen's work, check out the music samples below. Also I want to note that the artwork for this album is really awesome and very striking. It was done by Patrick Carson Sparrow. My personal favorite track on the album is "Technicolor Rd." That one really captures that vibe the Wolfmen of Mars bring on their albums. Really great stuff!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Tim Curry
"Anything Can Happen on Halloween" (Single)

Today I have a track that is a favorite of mine that I like to spin during the month of October. This is the Tim Curry song from the 1986 movie The Wost Witch starring Fairuza Balk. The special effects used during Curry's performance of this song could be the worst the 80s ever produced. They threw every effect including the kitchen sink into this sequence, but that song is so damn catchy. Curry, as always, is pretty entertaining even in this small role. He's not a major character here, but I'd imagine many fans of the film don't forget his performance. It's not Rocky Horror Picture Show legendary, but honestly, it's up there as one of my favorite roles he's done.

I highly recommend downloading this to add to your Halloween playlist. Below I have the video of the scene where he performs this track. I must admit the visual effects didn't quite age well, but that just adds to the charm and fun of watching it in the 21st century.

This flick is still really enjoyable and good fun to watch especially around the Halloween season. Enjoy the track!

"A true witch isn't always one who comes out on top of the tests. A true witch has witchcraft in her at all times, and this is what you have, Mildred Hubble.".

Download the track today!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ray Bradbury Theater
The Man Upstairs

If you have been interested in my last few posts about anthology based TV shows, then I think you'll dig this offering I have today. Here is an episode from the Ray Bradbury Theater show that was on the air in the 1980s. It was very much like the Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Tales from the Darkside, but the stories here were based on Bradbury's writing. Here is a stand out story that really captured my imagination. It's called "The Man Upstairs", I didn't see this story when it originally aried, but came across it after listening to the radio play of the same name that was on the radio waves back in the day.

The story is about a young boy staying with his grandmother who has a boarding house that has a few people renting out rooms. A strange and mysterious man named Mr. Coburman comes to stay at the house for a while. He seems off a bit and the young boy, Douglsas, feels there is something more to Coburman than just being an eccentric guy. Douglass has a few odd encounters with Coburman that spooks him a bit. I'm not going to give anything else away and spoil the story, but I do recommend checking it out if you like a good yarn that has a mix of mystery, suspense and a touch of horror.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tales from the Darkside
Inside the Closet

We are starting to creep into the Halloween season more and more and I know you all will be seeking out old and new forms of spooky entertainment. Let me turn your attention to a fantastic episode of Tales from the Darkside called "Inside the Closet". I haven't by any means seen all of the Tales episodes, but I've seen a bunch of them and this by far is in my top 5 favorites ever. It really captures the flavor of what I think this show was all about. Tales from the Darkside if you didn't know, was to essentially be Creepshow the tv show based on the films, but due to some copyright holding info on that title George Romero couldn't use the title so they cooked up a new one.  In any event if you haven't seen this, definitely check it out.  It has some nice little mystery and horror going on.

The story is about a young college girl that begins renting a room in a house owned by a mysterious man that continually dismisses the girls suspicions that there is some kind of rat or animal in the closet she's renting. The story has a bunch of callbacks to Creepshow with Tom Savini doing direction and make-up/FX. There is a part of the story that feels like Creepshow's "The Crate" story that is only enhanced more because Fritz Weaver appears as the homeowner. Watch it now, you won't be disappointed.

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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Traumafession:: Fiji Mermaid on Alien (1979)

Hello all, I wanted to let you know that I was featured on the incredible Kindertrauma site just a couple of days ago. If you haven't visited Kindertrauma before then you my friend have a very large void in your life. Get over there ASAP for everything they have to offer.

They posted a recent Traumafession that submitted to them.  "What's a "traumafession?, you ask. Basically it's write-up of a memory of something that scared you, gave you the creeps and or unnerving regarding pop culture in some way when you were a young person. Generally that's what its. I submitted a traumafession in regards to the movie ALIEN.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Uncle Buck - Soundtrack
Never Released Officially

It's been a long time since I've posted a soundtrack. The era of soundtrack sharing has sort of come to an end, as it goes with blogs like mine and the other great blogs were out there years ago. My position was always and only posting things that were long out-of-print (OOP), or and is the case here, never released. There were many movies that we all love that never got official soundtrack releases and that still happens today. So when their isn't an official release folks will track down all the songs from the movie and compile them for fans. Again, I will say, if anyone wants this pulled down I'll be more than happy to take this post down.

So anywho, what I have here is a collection of all the tracks you heard in the film. There are some really memorable ones if you are a fan of the film. It's actually quite an eclectic mix. Tone Loc, the Chordettes and more. It's all over the map. With out further ado...

Download the soundtrack here!

"We can talk about burying the hatchet. You know what a hatchet is, don't you, Bug? I got one in my car if you'd like to see it. I like to carry it, you never know when you're going to need it. A situation may come up say for example, someone has been drinking, and about to drive a loved one home... then I'd like to know I have it. Not to kill, no. Just to maim. Take a little off the shoulder. Swish! The elbow. Slash! Shave a little meat off the old kneecap. Fowap! Ooooo! You got both kneecaps? I like to keep mine razor sharp. Sharp enough you can shave with it. Why I've been known to circumcise a gnat. You're not a gnat are you, Bug? Wait a minute, bug, gnat. Is there a little similarity? Whoa, I think there is! Ha ha ha. You understand what I'm talking about? I don't think you do. I'll be right back. Heh heh heh heh."

Monday, June 23, 2014

Scared to Death (1980) - Trailer

Today I had some strange memory pop into my mind about an early 80s horror film called "Scared to Death". I first saw just a bit of it back in 1995 when  I worked at a mom & pop VHS rental store. Due to the occasional boredom I would wander around the store looking at the various movies in particular genres we had. I gravitated to the horror section mostly just to look at the sometimes weird and often memorable box art. One movie that would jump out to me was called Scared to Death. It had what looked like a sort of H.R. Giger designed creature on the cover holding a girls head in it's hands. The synopsis on the back sounded interesting, so I watched just a few minutes of it in the store when there weren't any customers around. It seemed kind of cool, but I never went back to it, for whatever reason. I think I just forgot about it.

Then in 2002 or so I was at a Blockbuster video and saw it again. I rented it and was for the most part pleasantly surprised. It was a sort-of Sci-Fi/Horror flick. Nothing overly original. Felt like a slasher type film, but it had a weird monster that was more, like a said earlier an Alien-esque rip-off in design. Now, that being said, it actually looks pretty cool. Now on the off chance you've forgotten about this movie, or never heard of it, check out the trailer and see if it's something you want to track down. The trailer actually does a fairly good job of making you want to see it and not giving away too much.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Nite Jewel - "One Second Of Love" Video

Normally I don't post anything here that doesn't tie into pop culture movies/tv/comics etc. The only real reason I don't do that is so the blog doesn't go off the rails and not have any type of theme/direction. However, I wanted to share some music I discovered while traveling down the rabbit hole of Youtube and recommended videos based on videos I was searching for. After hearing artist Nite Jewel on the chorus of a song I really dug from last year I discovered she has quite a bit of music out there I"ve never heard. I thought let me check out a solo track by her and see what I think. Well, I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised. The video I watched was for the song "One Second of Love". It grabbed me musically because it really has this 80s synth vibe going on, which I absolutely love. Her vocals are equally fantastic over the track. Being that this is a video, and as often is the case with me personally, sometimes a video can really enhance a song. This video did just that. I wasn't expecting the tone, and imagery that was shown here and it's pretty damn cool.

It appears to be a bachelorette party, and right off the bat the girl of honor steps out of the room. The rest of the girls have money in hand and seem to be waiting for a male stripper to show up. A trio of girls show up with a guy dressed in some kind of strange goat, cultish looking robes and they dance to the song and sing it. The girls watch, not really sure what to make of it all. Some of the girls start vomiting up pearls, octopus legs and black goo. Check it out my friends! I had to get this track and quickly put it on heavy rotation!

If you are curious what original song I was listening to with Nite Jewel, I have that below for you. She appeared with Bay Area rappers Droop-E and J-Stalin on the track "'N The Traffic".

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Godzilla's Greatest Enemies

The new Godzilla movie has just hit theaters. From what I've seen in the teasers and trailers there is a new monster for him to do battle with. What that monster is I don't know. I'm going to stay away from reviews or discussions on the movie so that when I eventually see it, it will be with fresh eyes.

Ever since I was a little kid I've really enjoyed watching Godzilla movies. Honestly the thing that makes them so much fun is watching the fights he has with all those fantastic beasts the creative minds at Toho came up with. These days, it's those fights that stand out more so than story. If I put on a Godzilla movie today, I can't help but just fast-forward to the action! So below for your viewing pleasure, I want to show you who are my personal favorite enemies of Godzilla.


King Ghidorah

Wonder what other monsters I hold in high esteem? Check out the rest of the list!

Monday, May 05, 2014

1987 Pirate Broadcast Hijacked Dr. Who Episode in Chicago

Here is a weird news story I came across. I don't know if I would call it creepy, but certainly very strange. In 1987 a Chicago area television news station was broadcasting the the popular British television show Dr. Who episode "Horror of Fang Rock". During the broadcast an individual(s) overpowered the signal and appeared on the screen for 90 seconds. He was disguised in a Max Headroom mask and was dancing around and speaking in distorted speech. At one point he drops his pants and someone begins to spank him with a fly swatter. At the time the station had no idea how the signal was able to be hijacked and who do it.Very strange, especially at that time, I wouldn't think the average person would be able to accomplish this.

Although, I think perhaps the strangest thing about the video is that a viewer who is interviewed on the following news story. Some viewer was so upset he claims he "wanted to bust" his TV set. Seems pretty extreme.. I mean how is he going to catch the following weeks thrilling Dr. Who episode.

CBS News Story (1987)

The full hijacking video as viewers experienced in back in 1987

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

GODZILLA (2014) - Asia Trailer

I just had a chance to watch the "Asia Trailer" for the upcoming Godzilla from Legendary. This has some of the same things we've seen in the previous teasers/trailers, but shows a bit more and at least, to me, a bit more about the story. One really fantastic thing this shows is Godzilla about to square off against a new, seemingly very destructive monster. This is something that was hinted at before, but I was really hoping we'd get to see Godzilla battling another monster. The reason this is important to me as a fan is that when I think about Godzilla I think about him fighting with all sorts of fantastical creatures. The fights stand out more to me than the stories. I was a bit worried this would maybe go down the road of Godzilla 1985 or Godzilla 1998 where his only adversary was man, which to me was rather boring. I have high hopes for this flick.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Twisted Twins - "Fight Like a Girl" Blood Drive 2014 Segment

Check out the brand new "Fight Like a Girl" Blood Drive 2014 segment brought to you by the Twisted Twins (Jen and Sylvia Soska).  If you are a fan of their previous work you should definitely enjoy this. It's what seems to be a demonic Jen and Sylvia beating the hell out of each other in a Fight Club / Lionheart type of underground fighting match. There is a wide array of supporters cheering on the fighters and they battle. Being that it's a Blood Drive PSA, you won't be disappointed by lack of blood here. Check out the video below!

If you are interested in  keeping up with the Twisted Twins check them out on these social networks.

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, and Youtube

Friday, April 25, 2014

Amityville Horror: Kathy sees Jody

He-Man Official - Youtube Channel

Boys and ghouls, if you are a fan of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated show from Filmation in the early 80s, then I have the Youtube channel for you to subscribe to. I came across the "He-Man Official" channel few months back and it has some really fantastic content that, channel admin, James Eatock is putting out there for fans of the show. He's clearly a guy that is a huge fan and the content reflects that. He has trivia, break down of storyboards in comparison to the show, episode commentary and more. Now there is one thing that I want to point out on this channel that is in that "more" category and it's absolutely fantastic! James Eatock along with Dusan M. have "painstakingly" gone through the music/sfx tracks from the original episodes and pieced together the original cues heard in the show.

This is something fans of the show have been clamoring for, for the last 30 years. The closest any of the fans have had was an official soundtrack released in Argentina in the 80s. This had some nice selections from the show, but was missing a large majority of music including fan favorite cues from many of the action sequenses. Well now by visiting this channel you can hear those in great audio quality. If you aren't sold on it, check out the video below for a track titled "Mystic Grounds". This is my personal all-time-favorite bit of music heard in the show. It just captures the magic, mystery, spookiness and adventure of the show.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Orange is the New Black - Season 2 Trailer

I just saw that Netflix released the trailer for season 2 of their original show "Orange is the New Black". I'm looking forward to this one. I had heard good things about season 1 and finally had a chance to watch them and was presently surprised. I had low expectations for it, but it's quite well done and really something I got into. Looks like this will be showing up on June 6, 2014.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Buffalo Bill & The Creeper

Just the other day I was listening to Silence of the Lambs. What I mean by that is I have mp3 audio of some favorite films so that I can listen to them while I work or I'm out-and-about. If you know a movie pretty cold then it's a great way to enjoy a flick while doing something other than sitting in front of a screen. I'm getting away from the point however. I was listening to the film and about 48 minutes into the movie, just after the scene when Clarice's scientific friends identify the "death's head moth", there is a scene where the camera moves through Buffalo Bill's lair. The camera moves through various rooms and you can hear screaming and music playing and then there is a reveal of Buffalo Bill sitting nude on a stool at a work bench. You can hear a sewing machine going and he looks focused on working on something. Listening to that scene I had an epiphany about a scene in the 2001 film Jeepers Creepers.

At the end of that film... spoilers here folks. I'm not sure I really need to say that for a 13yr old movie, but in the event you haven't seen it I'm going to give away the ending here. The Creeper at the end of the film actually claims one of the main characters of the film, Darry, and flies off with him. Given what the film as showed to us up to that point we know that the Creeper wants a body part from Darry and that he'll most likely be killed by the creature. The final scene of the movie takes us to the Creeper's latest lair... see where I'm going with this now. The camera moves through the rooms, with creepy sound effects and music playing. Just like in  Silence of the Lambs there is the reveal of villain, the Creeper, not in his human clothes disguise, but nude at a workbench working just like Buffalo Bill. I've never heard this scene talked about or anyone ever mention the similarity to Lambs. I think this is a direct homage to that film and I think done very well. It only took me 13 years to notice it. Have any of you noticed this before?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dark Dungeons - Chick Tract

Many years ago my wife and I came across some Jack Chick tracts. It had been years since either of us had seen them. I had forgotten about them completely up until that point. For the uninitiated they are a series of small two/three panel comics put out by what I believe to be an extreme Christian by the name of Jack Chick. Many of them are over-the-top and completely ridiculous and in turn hilarious. My wife bought me a ton of them and after reading through them we found there are some that are so classic and others not so great. Of the many I've read now, the one called Dark Dungeons is an all-time favorite.

Dark Dungeons is about the dangers of playing role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. It's about some kids playing, seemingly unsupervised by their parents, with adults in the neighborhood. These adults just happen to be a witches coven and are recruiting kids to their cult through the game. They claim to be able to teach the kids real magic. Two of the girls in the story are heavy into the game. One girls apparently is casting spells to maker her dad buy her D&D game stuff and the other friend died in the game and is so saddened by this... kills herself. The other friend apparently sees the error of her ways. Below is a video someone put together with some sinister music, a computer voice and visuals from the comic. Enjoy.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Sideshow Cinema Extends to Facebook

Well at long last my Sideshow Cinema blog has a new tentacle. I'm extending myself into the world of Facebook. The reason is sort of two-fold. One reason was to add another avenue for you boys and ghouls to connect with me and add weird pop-culture items into your Facebook news feed. I thought it would break up the normal boring fare your friends post, pictures of kids, how many miles they ran and the like. The other reason is that my own personal FB page didn't feel so fitting for most things I like to post about, the average friend on there I don't think finds it to be their cup of tea. My page is relatively new so I don't have a lot of posts for you to dig back through yet.

You might wonder why I say my new Facebook page is a another tentacle, if all you know about is this blog. Well friends I'm out there in some of the other social media arenas too, Twitter, Instagram and my movie review site that shares the name of this blog.

Join me friends... Sideshow Cinema on Facebook!

Monday, March 03, 2014

She-Ra - "Too Long At the Fair" Book

Just yesterday my wife was at a local grocery store, of sorts. Along with food they have an area with books for sale. She found this perfect/never used copy of She-Ra: Princess of Power "Too Long At the Fair". We're guessing somewhere these were sitting in a wherehouse for 20 years and someone unearthed them to sell here. Whatever the reason it's a very cool find. My daughters are big She-Ra fans so they were excited to get this book.

Overall the book is pretty enjoyable, as far as standards can be for a Golden Heroic Champions book based on a toyline and animated series. The bar tends to be low generally in this area. The artwork I like quite a bit because they characters seem to closely match their Filmation counterparts instead of the actual Mattel toyline that just didn't feel as defined as individual characters.

The story is about Adora asking Castaspella to come to the rebellion's festival that they have going on. Castaspella initially tells Adora she can't come because the festival date corresponds with a magical day in Mystacor where she must make sure she stays at the stroke of midnight to say some magic words and retrain her throne there. She warns that if she's not there her evil cousin, Allepsatsac, will have the opportunity to take over. She as you can guess is Castaspella's opposite. Backwards name, backwards morals, backwards outfit, the whole deal. Adora assures her she'll be back in time as the festival won't go so late. Castaspella agrees to show up, but Catra and Allepsatsac, were listening in. They hatch a plan to take over Mystacor. The plan hinges on Catra's henchmen going to the rebellion's festival and continuing to asking Castaspella to do more magic tricks, which sort to keeps Castaspella tied up for the whole evening and under a spell of performing. She-Ra figures out a way to snap her out of the spell and gets her back to Mystacor before all is lost.

Like I said, an enjoyable story, if not a bit corny. I'd rather they use standard characters from the She-Ra universe. I think Shadow Weaver would have been cooler to see here trying to take over rather than this identical/backwards cousin angle. Castaspella and Allepsatsac makes me think it's like a Patty Duke Show kind of thing... "cousins... identical cousins!"

Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Fixx heard in "The House of the Devil"

I just recently watch the 2009 horror film The House of the Devil and was pleasantly surprised. I was hoping I would like it, but admittedly wary of many modern horror films. I intentionally stayed away from reviews, because I wanted to see it as fresh as possible without being influenced by outside opinions  I plan to write a more lengthy review on my sister site "Sideshow Cinema", but for now and since this blog was for many moons a soundtrack centric place I wanted to touch on the soundtrack to the film.

The movie, and hopefully this isn't a spoiler, is set in the 80s. The original score is great haunting stuff, but I really loved those few scenes when pop music of the time was used when the characters had music on. One great example of this is when character Samantha puts on her WalkMan and headphones and cranks up the track "One Thing Leads to Another" by the band The Fixx. This really captured for me that love I have of hearing pop music in 80s classic films. When done right both the scene, and music are somehow enhanced... and probably forever now when I hear this song the movie will come to mind and that, my friends, isn't a bad thing. Now of course this isn't a true film from the 80s, but it is a film that was done in that style/vibe if you will. Done expertly.