Horror Movie Posters I Love: Blood Diner (1987)

We need more horror movies based around a diner where two brothers murder people to appease their dead serial killer uncle, attempting to resurrect a goddess named Sheetar. What?  There’s no market for that anymore?  Pfffft.  But anyway, who remembers Blood Diner????  That wacky horror/comedy directed by Jackie Kong that developed a strong cult following since it’s 30-some year old release in 1987.  Yes, the movie is tremendous trash – but I want to talk about the original poster, which I remember used to hang in my local Mom & Pop video store.

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God I love that poster!  Oh, and that tagline “First They Greet You, Then They Eat You.” is perfection.  I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but there really wasn’t a better time for horror than in the 80’s.  The posters alone were on another level, and this Blood Diner one is no exception.  During that time, even if the movie ended up being crap – a good poster would lure you in and make you grab it off the shelf to take home and pop into your dusty-ass VHS player.  But enough of my blabbering about the days of old…….go watch Blood Diner if you haven’t already!  If you don’t, Sheetar will be paying you a visit.

The Possibilities Are Endless With This Michael Myers ‘Halloween’ Posable Prop!

Have you ever wanted to have Michael Myers cook dinner with you?  What about watch you while you shower?  Well…….thanks to Trick or Treat Studios and Distortions Unlimited, you soon can do all of that with Mikey and more!  A fully posable 6’1″ tall prop is being released this year and you can preorder your copy now.

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Omg.  I can hear his heavy breathing already.  Now – if the prop looks as good as that pic, I’m sold.  And yes, it comes with the butcher knife which is an obvious necessity.  Annie’s famous chewing is not included, however.  If you’d like to plunk down your cash for the preorder, you can go HERE to the Trick or Treat Studios site and commit.  Hopefully he will come home in time for Halloween!

5 Reasons Why ‘The Prodigy’ Gave Me A Horror Boner!

I love surprises (hint, hint for my birthday this year), and I love them even more when they’re a neatly wrapped horror movie with a giant black bow on top.  The recent film The Prodigy was indeed a surprise for me.  The typical ‘go in with low expectations’ kind of thing, where you leave the theater saying “Well, that was way better than I thought it would be“.  Yes, it’s another in a long….long….long line of creepy kid movies – but I dug it.   Continue reading

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!

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!

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……

Christmas Is Coming. And So Is ‘The Warm Side Of The Door’

Ok, Thanksgiving is over.  Now bring on Christmas so we can all tell our loved ones how much they’ve disappointed us throughout the year.  Oh no, wait – that’s Festivus.  But Christmas, yes!  Cookies and egg nog and sappy trees.  Doesn’t get much better than that!  Unless we’re talking about the classic Christmas song ‘The Warm Side Of The Door‘.  What – you’ve never heard of it?  Shut the warm side of the front door!!  Ok, it’s time to school you then.

See – there’s this movie called Silent Night, Deadly Night about a guy named Billy that dresses up like Santa Claus and kills people and whatnot.  But before Billy goes full loco, there’s a sweet little compilation scene of Billy working at the department store with the song ‘The Warm Side Of The Door‘ playing!  It’s a ridiculously awesome moment in the movie, and it catapulted the songwriter (Morgan Ames) to great heights in the music industry!  Actually it didn’t, but it’s a good song.  So enjoy it below and break it out during your holiday family or work function this year.  Apologies that I don’t have the actual scene from the movie with the song.  Maybe if you ask Santa for it for Christmas, you’ll get lucky.

Why Do I Want To See This New ‘Leprechaun’ Movie So Bad?

**Sits down and eats bowl of Lucky Charms**

Ya know, I was just saying to my friend the other day “Man, I really want to see another Leprechaun movie“.  And low and behold……a trailer was released last week for another Leprechaun movie!  Christmas miracles have started early this year.

Real quick, before I let you watch the trailer for Leprechaun Returns – this is a direct sequel to the first Leprechaun movie from 1993 (that one with that girl from the show Friends).  So, Halloween isn’t the only franchise erasing sequels!  Also, for those wondering – no, Warwick Davis is NOT reprising his role as the little Irish dude who wants his gold.  Fear not though, because I think we will be in good tiny hands with actor Linden Porco.

Oh!  And the bully from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Mark Holton…..who was also in the original Leprechaun movie) is back!  So yeah, I’m excited for some reason.  I’m easily amused, especially by wise-cracking killer leprechauns and bad acting.  We can all witness the Christmas miracle of Leprechaun Returns On Demand and digitally when December 11th rolls around.