Let’s Watch 10 Minutes Of Scissorman From The ‘Clock Tower’ Video Game…….

One of the most frustrating and equally terrifying video games experiences I ever had was when I would sit down and play Clock Tower on my Playstation.  Inspired by Dario Argento films (and you can tell by the dialogue and music alone), Clock Tower made me throw my Playstation controller against the wall numerous times (sorry, wall) – but also made me sweat and nearly pee my pants as well (sorry for the gross visual).

Well, someone was nice enough to put up about 10 minutes of some gameplay from Clock Tower involving our favorite Scissorman stalking his prey.  I’ll admit, the constant clanking of the giant scissors got on my nerves, but the overall stalking element always won me over.

Ok, so from watching that footage – I concluded that:

–  You can fight off a guy holding massive killer sheers with a sheet, umbrella, and a fire extinguisher.  

–  This game has a lot of vomiting. 

–  Don’t hide under a bed from the Scissorman. 

–  The security guard voice over at the beginning is some of the best around. 

–  The scissor clanking is still annoying. 

Don’t………Forget About This Retro ‘Don’t Go In The House’ Trailer!

Something had me looking for 70’s horror movie trailers at 5 in the morning today, and low and behold I found gold with the trailer for the 1979 film that one reviewer called ‘worthless and repugnant‘.  Yes, it’s Don’t Go In The House!  Fun fact:  The original title did actually have an exclamation point attached at the end.  Watch the grainy goodness of the trailer below, and we’ll discuss afterwards.

Sooooo……am I supposed to go into the house, or not?  I’m still confused about that. But anyway, I think I would go into the house.  The trailer just oozes nostalgia though. The voiceover, the visual grainy crackling, the title card popping up onto the screen several times.

To be honest, Don’t Go In The House is not a great movie……but, it is entertaining! Aside from some kooky scenes and acting, it does sport a pretty impressive score which Waxwork Records will be releasing soon for the first time ever on vinyl!  So be on the lookout for that, and go hunt the movie down and give it a watch so you can see for yourself if it is indeed ‘worthless and repugnant‘.

Review: The Queen Mary’s ‘Dark Harbor’ 2019 (Long Beach, CA)

Ahoy!  It’s time to set sail on the spoooooky and haunted (yeah – it’s said to be really haunted) Queen Mary in Long Beach, California for their 10th anniversary of Dark Harbor!  I was lucky enough to go on opening night, and it was the perfect way to kick off my Halloween season.

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From the opening moment when The Captain bellows to his fellow monsters to open the gate – you’re immersed into a world where you can walk by a snarling Scary Mary (my fav), before getting spooked by a 10-foot-tall creepy clown.  The atmosphere is top notch here (something that Universal Horror Nights is lacking), and Dark Harbor not only brings it in terms of that atmosphere – but also with the mazes.

With a total of 6 mazes in all, Dark Harbor has unleashed Rogue this year as it’s newest addition and it lived up to the hype.  My personal favorites Lullaby and Circus are back, with a few new twists that attendees from previous years will appreciate.  The scare actors really go for it in all of the mazes, which makes the interactions with them all the more fun (and terrifying).

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Once again, Dark Harbor satisfied all of my haunt needs this year and did itself proud for its 10 year anniversary!  If you find yourself in the Long Beach area or are looking for something to satisfy your own haunt needs this Halloween season, then go HERE for more info on the schedule and ticketing for The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor experience! Scare ya, later!

Tears Of A Clown: RIP Sid Haig

‘Tis a sad day in the horror world, because we have lost the great Sid Haig at the age of 80.  I won’t bother getting into his long career in both television and movies (that’s what IMDB is for), but instead will tell a quick story of when I was lucky to meet and talk to him for the first time.

If you have gone to or frequent horror conventions, then there is a high probability that you saw Sid there.  Usually with his friend Bill Moseley in tow nearby, Sid would have his booth set up with glossy 8X10 pics from his acting career laid out for fans to choose from to be signed (Captain Spaulding being the most popular, of course).  His fee would always remain the same ($20 for a signed photo or poster – $10 to sign anything of your own that you brought), which is rare in the convention circuit.  Oh – and pictures/selfies were always free.  That day I had brought my DVD for The Devil’s Rejects to be signed, and I had actually just started this blog and had some stickers to pass around the convention.

I met Sid and he put his signature on the DVD cover and shook my hand.  Honestly couldn’t have been nicer.  He asked if I wanted a picture and I politely declined, and while I was leaving I gave him one of my Dirty Horror stickers.  As I was walking away, he yelled out “Tony, come here!”  So I went back and he said “You’re gonna do great with the blog – take a pic and I’ll hold up the sticker”.  I honestly kinda froze.  But he held the sticker up, and I took the picture……

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And that pretty much was who Sid seemed to be.  Judging from all of the posts on social media today from not just fans, but other acting colleagues, it’s obvious he touched a lot of people.

Now, the end of this story will only further prove my point of the greatness of Sid.  Being that I had brought my own DVD to get signed, the charge was $10.  Unbeknownst to me, I had given Sid a $20 bill.  As I’m walking away again (after getting my picture), I hear “Tony!  Tony!!!“.  I start my walk back to the booth and Sid yells over to me “You gave me a 20, I owe you $10!“.  I just kind of laughed (being that this was the second time I was walking away that Sid yelled out to me), and it made me realize even more that Sid was a pretty amazing guy.  Rest in peace, Sid.

All Severed Hands On Deck: The Queen Mary’s ‘Dark Harbor’ Launches September 26th!

One of my favorite Southern California haunts is the famed and spoooooooky Dark Harbor which takes place on and around The Queen Mary ship (rumored to be heavily haunted) in Long Beach, California.  And……they are about to set sail for their 10th year and are bringing along a new terrifying maze to celebrate!

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Yes, that there is Scary Mary and she will be back this year – along with The Captain, The Chef, The Ringmaster, and more!  As I mentioned earlier, there will be a brand new maze called Rogue to go along with 5 other spine-tingling mazes.  One of the things I love about Dark Harbor is that some of the mazes are actually located on The Queen Mary which gives you an even more unsettling feeling while you shuffle nervously from room to room.

In addition to the mazes, there will be numerous ghouls and ghosts roaming the grounds – as well as other entertainment to make you feel all the more welcome (or unwelcome if you wish).  Bottom line:  It’s going to be spooky.  It’s going to be fun.  And you need to go HERE now and grab tickets for Dark Harbor in Long Beach if you’re going to be in the area between September 26th-November 2nd.  Happy Haunting!

Let’s All Groove To The Sound Of The ‘TerrorVision’ Theme Song!

Work got you down?  Is your significant other farting too much in front of you?  Well, I’ve got just the thing to turn that frown upside down and shake your blues loose.  And that thing is…..a theme song!  Not just any theme song though – the theme song from the 1986 horror cult classic TerrorVision.  Put together by the LA rock band The Fibonaccis – it’s easily one of my favorite horror theme songs ever, as it captures the vibe of the movie perfectly.  Now click ‘play’ below on the Youtube clip and thank me later…….

Ya know – after listening to that song again, I really anticipate hearing Fred Schneider from The B-52s jump in at some point (insert terrible Fred Schneider impersonation HERE). But alas, he did not – however we are still left with that 80’s horror soundtrack goodness and the TerrorVision soundtrack as a whole is pretty worthy of your time and earholes. Oh, and the movie ain’t too shabby either.  Especially if you’re into slimy orgies and guys who wear W.A.S.P. t-shirts

You Will Chairish This New Trailer For ‘KILLER SOFA’!

Ignore my bad pun in the post title.  Or celebrate it.  Whichever.  But speaking of celebrating, oh how I have longed for the day where I would see a horror movie about a chair killing people.  Yes, the movie is called Killer Sofa.  But let’s be real, it’s a recliner.  A sofa recliner, perhaps – but a recliner/chair nonetheless.  Straight outta New Zealand, Killer Sofa actually looks……..good.  Here’s a quick synopsis before I hit you with the debut trailer:

Francesca always attracted weirdos. When one of her stalkers is found dead, she looks for comfort from her best friend, Maxi. Meanwhile, Maxi’s grandfather, Jack, a disgraced Rabbi, comes across a reclining chair containing a Dybbuk inside. Jack and his voodoo sorceress partner try to find out where the recliner has been delivered while exploring Jack’s newfound gift for communicating with the other world. Meanwhile the reclining chair becomes enchanted by Francesca and starts committing crimes of passion.

See?  Told you it actually looked good.  In a bad ‘recliner chair commits bloody crimes of passion‘ kind of way.  Killer Sofa shall not be winning any Oscars this year, but I think it’s pretty clear that it’s not going for any either.  I sort of miss these kinds of movies to be honest.  I mean, I just re-watched The Lift this past weekend (a Dutch 80’s horror movie about a killer elevator) and it tickled my horror bone.  So yeah, I’m in on Killer Sofa, which will hit DVD and On Demand in October.  And thanks to my girlfriend for pointing out the similarities between the murderous recliner in the movie and Chairry from Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

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Holy Demogorgons! The ‘Upside Down Beer Festival’ Is Coming To LA On September 28th!

Do you like beer?  Do you like waffles?  Well, then prepare to have your mind blown because if you come by to the Upside Down Beer Festival at the Globe Theatre in LA on September 28th – you can have beer AND waffles AND beer that tastes like waffles!  In case you didn’t figure it out, this is a Stranger Things inspired event and the deets are below:

Summer is getting strange in Los Angeles with our Upside Down Beer Festival on September 28th, inspired by the popular Netflix show.  Guests can enjoy samples of over 20 strange beers, including the Eggo waffle porter and also enjoy live 80’s music from the Supernatural Boys and DJ Eddey Fresh.  While there, explore the dark upside-down basement and beer gardens, and try to beat the high scores in our complimentary arcade room. Plus – don’t forget to eat at the waffle shop, and wear your best 80’s gear!

Want tickets?  Then head over HERE to grab them and start planning on whether or not you’ll bring your own syrup for the waffles.  I’m actually pretty excited for this event to be honet, being that I’m a huge fan of the show!  ‘Team Dustin’ all the way.  Now where the hell did I put my old school Zaxxon t-shirt???

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Horror Movie Posters I Love: Trick Or Treat (1986)

“What would we do baby, without us??  What would we dooooo baby, without us???” Oh, sorry.  For whatever reason I have the Family Ties theme song stuck in my head today. And then I got to thinking about Skippy (Marc Price) from that show.  And that of course got me to thinking about the 1986 horror/metal hybrid Trick Or Treat!  I always loved the original poster art for this movie, so I wanted to show some love to it.  So…….gaze your eyes on that Sammi Curr prize below!

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To me, this is a quintessential 80’s horror movie because it combines the horror AND the metal – two of my passions back then and still today.  But the poster art really stuck out to me, including the font used for the title.  The use of the jack-o-lantern is rad (figured I’d use an 80’s term there), and the tagline “What are you afraid of? It’s only rock & roll.” hits my horror spot.  Seek this movie out this coming Halloween, as I feel a lot of people forget about it.  A proper Blu-ray/DVD release would be ideal (I’m looking at you, Scream Factory) – but until then, scrounge up your old DVD copies and watch it on Youtube if you have to!  Sha la la la………

‘L.A. Comic Con’ Coming To Los Angeles October 11th – 13th!

Cosplayers!  A Hellboy reunion!  A reunion of The Office cast!

That must mean one thing  – – –  L.A. Comic Con is back and better than ever this year!  Is it bad that I’m already in line to meet Creed from The Office?  But anyway, yes – one of my favorite conventions is almost upon us and will be officially upon us October 11th – 13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.

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Aside from the reunions I already mentioned, L.A. Comic Con will feature tons of booths where you can buy amazing merchandise, artwork, and more!  And did I mention the cosplayers?  Oh yeah – I already did.  But I’ll mention it again because it’s always a highlight and makes me wish that I could be that creative with a costume (sad face).

On Saturday, be sure to stop by and meet Elijah Wood!  What?!?  Yes – Frodo (or that guy from the Maniac remake that scalped women) will be in the house signing autographs and taking selfies with you! (for a nominal fee, that is)  You can find all of the info for the convention HERE, including how to get tickets and how to pre-purchase autograph and picture passes.  See you there!