MONSTERPALOOZA Coming Back To Pasadena April 12th-14th!

Can you feel that?  No, it’s not another minor California earthquake……it’s the excitement building for this year’s Monsterpalooza convention creeping it’s way back into Pasadena in April!  Easily my favorite convention to attend, it perfectly blends the worlds of ‘horror’ and ‘makeup effects’ to give the convention crowd a once in a lifetime experience.

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So, I know you are wondering…..who’s going to be there?  Well, no one really…….except Bruce Campbell, Linda Blair, Henry Thomas (part of an E.T. reunion), Kane Hodder, Chris Sarandon, and more!  Did I mention Bruce Campbell?!?  Groovy.  In addition to the special guests, there will be tons of vendors and presentations……not to mention several booths where you can see the art of makeup effects being applied to models in person!  If you’re curious in knowing more about this year’s Monsterpalooza convention taking place April 12th-14th, head over HERE for more info and links to purchase tickets (fyi, online sales will most likely sell out…..so get them now).  See you there!

The ‘Pet Sematary’ Trailer Heard Round The World!!!

I was having a pretty boring Thursday morning, just eating my oatmeal and preparing for another mundane workday.  And then…..it happened.  The new Pet Sematary trailer was unleashed upon us and we would never be the same!  Mostly because Gage doesn’t appear to die in this adaptation.  Oops….spoiler alert.  Just watch the trailer below because there are a lot of spoilers:

Ok, ok.  So it appears Ellie, the older sister, is the one to meet a demise by way of ‘speeding big rig’ and Gage seems safe and sound.  It’s hard to judge that big switch just from a 2 minute trailer, but yes – it is indeed a big switch.  In a way, I applaud it though and I will reserve my final judgment on how it all plays out until I’ve seen this new incarnation of Pet Sematary in full.  I mean, do we really want to see a ‘note for note’ remake here of the 1989 version?  Having said all of that, I do think overall it looks pretty slick and there looks to be just as many ‘give me the creeps’ moments as in the original.  All shall be revealed, along with gratuitous ankle slicings, on April 5th when the remake hits theaters nationwide!

Gifts For Horror Lovers: ‘My Demon Lover’ Promo Pin (1987)

I am here to save your Valentine’s Day!  With a completely random gift idea for that horror lover in your life that loves 80’s horror movies……and maybe more specifically – the 1987 horror/comedy My Demon Lover.  Yeah, it’s probably a very small group of you.  But what if I told you that you could own a very rare promotional pin that changes actor Scott Valentine (Nick from Family Ties) into a demon with one quick movement???

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I feel like I’ve hit a new low here.  But, yes!  That lovely promo pin from My Demon Lover can be yours if you head over HERE and either buy it or make an offer.  I would suggest making an offer.  A very low offer.  All kidding aside, I love finding these quirky little promo items on eBay because it reminds me of a simpler time in horror.  Now, don’t delay and snatch it up before another Scott Valentine fan does it before you.

There’s A ‘Werewolf Detective’ Movie Starring Lindsay Lohan……

Yeah.  It’s really a thing.  A werewolf detective movie called Among The Shadows that stars Lindsay Lohan.  Here you go!  Have at it:

One can only hope that WolfCop shows up at some point and rights all of the wrongs within this movie.  Look for Among The Shadows in theaters nationwide on March 5th!  Just kidding, this dumpster fire is headed straight to VOD.  Yay!

ASTRONOMICON 2 Is Coming To Sterling Heights, Michigan On February 8th-10th!

Looking for something to do in the Detroit, Michigan area the weekend before Valentine’s Day??  I’ve got you covered.  Actually……the guys from the hip hop duo Twiztid have you covered with their ASTRONOMICON 2 convention in Sterling Heights, Michigan on February 8th-10th!

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Wow.  I am definitely jealous that I will be stuck in California and not at the convention!  You see the promo pic there?  I’m sure you’ll spot a few of your favorite icons from movie and wrestling fame.  And you know what?  Some of them will be doing photo-ops in character!  That’s right – you can get a pic with Bill Moseley as Otis Driftwood, Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, one of my favorite wrestlers of all time (because of the horror theme) The Boogeyman will hopefully be eating worms while taking pics…….and speaking of wrestlers, how about a photo-op with none other than glittery Goldust himself aka Dustin Rhodes!

Head on over HERE and check out more info on the other guests, panels, and contests for ASTRONOMICON 2.  Oh did I mention Linda Blair is going to be there?  Yeah.  Get your tickets now!

Anticipation Alert: The Final Wish (2019)

Quick…..make a wish!  Granted.  Ok, I’m assuming your wish was to have a post about my excitement for the movie The Final Wish.  To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting to write this post.  This film flew waaaaaay under my radar, and it wasn’t until I saw that it would be having a ‘one night only‘ screening on January 24th in select theaters that I started to really pay attention to it.

Yes, the whole ‘grant a wish’ premise has been done before in the Wishmaster franchise and most recently in 2017’s Wish Upon (which actually wasn’t all that terrible). But did either of those have scream…..I mean screen vets Lin Shaye and Tony Todd?!? What about the original writer/creator of Final Destination?!?  Nope, didn’t think so. Rather than me copy and pasting the synopsis of The Final Wish from Wikipedia, let’s watch the trailer real quick together and get a feel for it:

Am I expecting the greatest horror movie of all time with The Final Wish?  No.  But from the looks of the trailer and from early reviews, this looks fun and could be a nice little surprise.  If you’re down, go look up your local theater and see if The Final Wish is playing there on January 24th.  And stay after the movie for a special pre-taped Q&A with the cast and crew!

Go Grab This Waxwork Records Release Of ‘The Prowler’ Soundtrack On Vinyl!

Can you feel that in the air?  It’s love!  Because Valentine’s Day is only about a month away!  Yeah, yeah.  It’s a fake holiday.  But, why not cuddle up with that special someone this year and put the soundtrack from the 1981 slasher flick The Prowler on the ol’ turntable and wait for the magic to happen.  Oh you didn’t know??  Waxwork Records has released Richard Einhorn’s score to the beloved Tom Savini effects heavy film (some of his best work in my opinion) on double ‘army green/rose petal splatter‘ vinyl!

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It’s glorious!  Oh, I forget to mention a very important tidbit:  The ridiculously good artwork was done by none other than Ghoulish Gary Pullin!  Also included is a printed insert featuring Rosemary’s break-up letter (the movie also goes by the title Rosemary’s Killer btw).  So, if you’re looking for a somewhat romantic gift (there are rose petals on the cover) for that horror-lover in your life……head on over to Waxwork Records HERE to pick it up!  Speaking of head, let’s enjoy this clip below for my favorite kill in The Prowler:

Give Me The Creeps: ‘Do-It-Yourself Decapitation’

**SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD**

Ha.  I just realized I wrote ‘ahead’ when I’m about to talk about a decapitation.  But anyway, yes – I will spoil some of Hereditary (my favorite movie of 2018) in this post, so you’ve been warned.

Now, there are numerous parts of this movie that honestly gave me the heebie jeebies (I love that term).  So, needless to say – it’s tough to pick just one for this post.  But……if I had to – it would be Toni Collette’s character Annie performing a ‘self decapitation’ on herself while hovering above her son Peter (Alex Wolff) as he watches in horror.  It’s an unnerving, unsettling, and grotesque image as Annie saws slow at first…..then faster as the blood begins to flow from her neck.

I have to say real quick after watching Hereditary again last night – that I think it’s fantastic, and not just for a horror movie.  And if you think this isn’t a horror movie (yes, there is a debate about that), please feel free to give me some reasons why in the comment section.  If it’s not your cup of tea, I totally respect that.  And if you don’t understand what was happening with the plot, I totally get that too (although a little research could be to your benefit with that).  But, if you think Hereditary isn’t a horror movie……..I just don’t get it.  Ok ok – enough of my slight rant…..let’s get on with the ‘self decapitation’!

Dirty Horror’s Best & Worst Of 2018!

Wait.  What’s that?  Is that 2019 creeping in already?  Calm down, 2019.  We still have unfinished business here in 2018.  And by unfinished business, I mean hearing my Best & Worst Horror Movies Of 2018!  I know, it’s all very exciting.  Let’s get into it and start with the worst first!   Continue reading

Underrated Xmas Horror: The Children (2008)

Ho Ho Ho!  It’s time to spread that holiday horror cheer and put a little something in your stocking (that sounded somewhat dirty) to make you smile!  And what is Santa going into his sack (keeps getting worse) for?  Well it’s the 2008 British horror movie, The Children! It takes place during Christmas, so just go with it.

To be honest, The Children is a heavily underrated Christmas-themed horror movie.  It’s creepy, well acted, well shot, and has some stomach-turning violence and gore (some against kids, so be warned).  If you haven’t seen it, seek it out and enjoy it over a big glass of egg nog or some kind of ‘high alcohol content’ beverage.  Below is a clip to get your holiday juices flowing.  And speaking of flowing, the aftermath of this scene is pretty gnarly. ‘Slay’ bells ring, are you listening……