Holy Sh*t Horror: ‘Dumbbell Death’ From ‘Starry Eyes’ (2015)

You know the moment when you gasp while watching a horror movie and proceed to yell out “Holy Shit!” at that certain moment that is so astonishing, it deserves that kind of reaction?  Well, it’s been a while since a scene has made me do that.  So thank you to Starry Eyes, a mind fuck of a movie, for delivering those “Holy Shit!” goods.

If you haven’t seen the movie, then I would suggest not watching the clip below.  But maybe you’re just curious and are the type of person who looks up spoilers ahead of time because you just can’t wait.  Starry Eyes for all intent and purposes is a pretty damn good little horror movie.  Starts slow, and the storyline will sometimes have you ripping your hair out (those who have seen the movie will get that reference), but the last 30 minutes are bat-shit crazy.  And I mean that in a good way.  But there is a moment where you will be asking yourself “Did that just really happen?“.  And that moment puts the fire extinguisher scene from Irreversible to shame.  Yeah, I took it there.  So watch below if you want – or just do yourself a favor and watch the whole movie soon, as it’s now up on Netflix.  I’m not sure I can look at a dumbbell the same after this by the way.

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Popcorn’ Promotional Pin (1991)

Nothing gets me more excited than a promotional pin from an early 90′s horror movie.  I know, you might be thinking by that statement that I get easily excited – and you would be correct.  And luckily for me today, I came across a promotional pin on Ebay for one of the most underappreciated horror films of all time called Popcorn:

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Oh it may be small, but it sure does the job!  Words that any man would never want to hear by the way.  But let’s get back to this fantastic promotional pin. For those who don’t know, Popcorn is a great old school horror movie that came out in 1991, was set in a movie theater and has one of the best taglines ever (Buy a bag….go home in a box.)  Long overdue to have a proper DVD/Blu-ray release, Popcorn is a definite guilty pleasure and at the time was a breath of fresh air in the horror movie world.  If you’re interested in snatching up this pin, head over to the Ebay listing HERE.  It’s cheap, so I suspect it won’t be there for long, especially since I might go buy it right now.  Now let’s start the petition to get Popcorn on Blu-ray already.

C’Mon Everybody, Let’s Do The ‘Creepshow Dance’!

When I say the phrase ‘Creepshow Dance‘, the first thing that might pop into your mind is the amazing disco dance from Ed Harris in the 1982 movie to the tune of ‘Don’t Let Go’:

I could watch that for days.  And it’s a good thing that Ed Harris’ character had some fun and let loose before getting his head smashed in by a gravestone later after this scene.  But anyway – one of the reasons that I love the internet (besides being able to Google my own name) is that I can discover things. And discovering things can be pretty fun!  Especially when you can discover a French 1983 disco song called ‘Creepshow Dance‘ by a group called Le Spectre that apparently was either inspired or based on the 1982 horror anthology classic.

I’m usually good with my internet searching skills, but I couldn’t really find anything on this song and/or the correlation between it and Creepshow.  The artwork is obviously taken from the movie, but I’m unsure if it directly ties into it. All I know is that it’s pretty funky and I also know that I can’t understand a goddamn thing that the singer is saying because I don’t speak French. Nevertheless, it’s now my duty to own this gem on 7″ vinyl and will be purchasing from Discogs soon.  Thank you, internet!

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Holly’s Death’ From ‘The Descent’ (2005)

For a horror film to make me jump numerous times AND make me uneasy while watching it is a giant feat to say the least.  That’s what 2005′s claustrophobic cave dweller horror movie The Descent did for me.  I’ve been wanting to write more about this movie on my site, so what better way to kick it off than with a tense little scene where a hobbled female spelunker gets a nasty chunk bitten out of her neck.

On this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday as I previously stated, I’m showing some love to The Descent.  More specifically, the scene where Holly finally meets her demise (after suffering a gnarly broken leg) at the hands and teeth of a cave creature.  Watching this clip makes me want to re-watch the movie, especially since no matter how many times I watch it I still seem to jump at this scene when the creature appears.  Watch and enjoy!

Oh…..So They’re Remaking ‘The Blob’?

Maybe my finger just isn’t on the pulse of horror as much as it should be, because I either completely forgot or didn’t realize that there was another remake of The Blob in the works.  Once attached to Rob Zombie (which would have been……interesting), it looks like director Simon West is going behind the camera to bring our favorite blobby killer to the big screen again.

I believe I’ve let it be known that I hold the 1988 remake of The Blob in the highest regard as far as horror remakes go.  It paid homage to the 1958 original and introduced some amazing practical make-up effects for it’s time (not including Kevin Dillon’s hair) that still hold up to this day.  Not sure that we really need another rendition or update to The Blob, but it looks as though Samuel L. Jackson will be our main star battling the reincarnated blob.

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Not a bad choice, but what troubles me is that director Simon West has said that ‘with modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob‘. Granted there was some bad 80′s CGI in the 1988 version, but these days CGI is overused in a lot movies, including horror.  As long as those involved with this remake/reboot have fun with it and don’t make things too serious, we might be ok.  We’ll know more once a trailer pops up as far as what we’re dealing with though, so until then let’s enjoy all of the death scenes from the 1988 classic (yep, I’m calling it a classic):

Dirty Horror Memory Lane: ‘The Evil Dead’ Review From Siskel & Ebert (1981)

Growing up, I would constantly turn on the Siskel & Ebert TV show on Saturday afternoons to see if they were reviewing any horror movies that week.  It’s not a revelation that most horror movies that they did review got trashed (except Carnosaur for some reason), and one of my favorite reviews that they did was for The Evil Dead:

I think I will call horror movies ‘Ghoulies‘ from now on thanks to Gene Siskel.  I had never heard that term before, but I must start using it now.  But anyway, their review for The Evil Dead wasn’t a shock – but I was glad to see that they recognized the effects that were used at the time, even on the shoestring budget that Sam Raimi had.  Part of me kind of wishes that Siskel would have actually barfed while watching the movie though.  It would have been an accomplished mission from Sam and his crew.  Fun fact btw:  Roger Ebert actually gave Evil Dead II a glowing review when it came out in 1987.

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Demons’ Replica Mask (1985)

Easily one of my favorite horror movies of all time is Lamberto Bava’s 1985 Italian splatter classic, Demons.  A ridiculous but hugely entertaining mess of a movie that turns into full-on demon carnage after a prostitute named Rosemary (Geretta Geretta) puts on a prop mask at a movie theater.  And now thanks to the glorious Ebay gods, someone has replicated that very mask for you to own.

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Not too shabby.  Just don’t put the mask on if you buy it or else there’s a 50/50 chance that you’ll turn into a demon.  And you’re teeth will get all messed up, and you don’t want that.  But yes, up on Ebay right now, you can bid on one of these replica masks that comes with a mini framed poster (you get to choose from 3) and also a replica of the Metropol movie ticket from the movie as well. If you’re tempted to bid, it starts at $99.95 (plus $45 shipping) which honestly isn’t bad at all for this particular piece in my opinion.  You can go HERE if you want to check out more about it and maybe you’ll end up with the coolest Halloween mask in the process.  Now in the spirit of Demons, let’s end this post with some words of wisdom from Tony The Pimp:

Let’s Watch All Of Jason’s Fatalities/Brutalities in ‘Mortal Kombat X’

For those who don’t know – the newest saga in the Mortal Kombat video game franchise has been released and it’s called Mortal Kombat X.  And also for those who don’t know, our very own hockey mask wearing horror movie villain, Jason Voorhees, is part of it and you can play the game as him!  To do this, you would have had to purchase the Kombat Pack or you’ll have to download the DLC on May 12th to unlock Jason.

But maybe you don’t have an Xbox 360 or Playstation 4 or you just suck at fighting games (like me) and you still want to see all of Jason’s fatalities and brutalities from the game?  Good news then, because you can check them out below and I’m betting that it will give you incentive to drop the cash to test your own skills with Mr. Voorhees in video game form.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: William Katt

1976 was a monumental year, because that was the year that I was born.  Not trying to sound narcissistic, but I wouldn’t be giving you this insightful and sometime boring blog if I hadn’t been brought into this world.  But in 1976, something else was given to us.  Something more amazing and inspirational than myself.  Yes, that’s right – we were blessed with William Katt’s hair in the classic horror movie, Carrie:

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That’s right – the only thing that could upstage Sissy Spacek’s freckles would be that lovely blonde head mop up there in that photo.  William Katt would later go on to transition himself and that hair into The Greatest American Hero television show, but we’ll mostly always remember him as Tommy Ross – the nice guy who wanted to take Carrie to the prom and instead got knocked out on stage by a bucket full of pig’s blood.  Sadly in 1986, William Katt would cut most of his luscious locks off for the horror movie, House.  And he would replace the attention of that with this shirt:

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I’m sure you’re at as much of a lose words as I am.  So I’ll just let that image marinate in your brain for a little bit.  It was the 80′s, but some things are unforgivable, even during clothing-challenged decades.  But anyway – that shirt does not in any way deter me from having William Katt enshrined into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Unfortunately his V-neck shirt is not going to be enshrined into anything.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Boxing Decapitation’ From ‘Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’ (1989)

I’m sure when you were watching the big Mayweather/Pacquiao fight last night, you were rooting for one of them to literally punch the other’s head off.  A bit sadistic, yes – but wouldn’t it have made it more exciting and entertaining?  But alas, that only happens in movies.  More specifically, in Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday – and since everyone has been in a big boxing mood lately, I figured I’d return to one of the best on-screen deaths (in one of the worst sequels in the franchise) at the hands of Jason Voorhees.  Yes, young boxing prodigy Julius is about to find out why you don’t spar with the big guy in the hockey mask.  Take it away, Jason!