Dirty Horror Fun Fact: I Hate Maggots!

Maggots.  Even typing that word makes me uneasy.  It all started when I was a young boy in Indiana (insert cheesy dream sequence music)……….

Growing up in Indiana, it would get humid in the summertime.  My parents had three plastic trash cans outside and as part of my chores, I would have to bring them up every Thursday.  One day, I forgot to do it.  And as you could guess, I wouldn’t get my allowance if I didn’t go get them.  Unluckily for me, it was dark out by the time I went to collect the trash cans.  A generous 90% humidity was in the air…..it had rained earlier in the day…..and there was a minor stench from the rain water under my nose.  I ran outside, got to the trash can destination, and gripped my hand around the handle pulling it up to the side of the house.  But, something felt…..wrong.  As I kept going, I felt almost a tickling feeling on my hand.  Then almost an uncomfortable itching feeling accompanied that.  I had to stop my trek up to the house and turn around and see what was going on.  And guess what?  Oh, you probably already guessed.  MAGGOTS WERE CRAWLING ON MY HAND!  I shook them off, nearly peeing my pants as I did.  The trash can lid fell off in the process and inside were literally hundreds of maggots clinging to the sides and bottom.  I ran back in the house and said “Keep your fucking allowance this week!” and bolted to my room and hid under my covers.  Ok, I didn’t really say that – but I thought it.  My Dad, always the hero, took care of the trash cans and I was traumatized for the rest of my life.

So there you have it.  That’s why I hate maggots.  Well, that and the chicken scene in Poltergeist.  And the raining maggot scene in Suspiria.  Oh, and not to be outdone – this legendary flying maggot scene from City Of The Living Dead.  Fuck you, maggots!

Anticipation Alert: The Collector 3 (2019)

About 10 years ago, a little movie called The Collector came onto the horror scene and honestly surprised me.  There was a slick likeness to the Saw franchise (the movie was actually shopped around as a prequel to that series btw), but it carved a place for itself in the ‘torture porn’ horror realm.  Director and writer Marcus Dunstan (Patrick Melton also co-wrote both entries) definitely didn’t shy away the red stuff, especially in the 2012 sequel The Collection.  That movie ended with Arkin (Josh Stewart) capturing The Collector, securing him in one of his own red trunks as the film went to the closing credits. But…..what happened after that?

As a fan of both movies, I wanted a sequel.  There’s been far worse in the way of horror being churned out over the last 7 years……so why not bring back our favorite black-masked psychopathic entomologist killer for one more run?  Well guess what…….he’s back, baby!

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I’m probably more excited for this than I should be, but I can’t help it.  As far as we know, Josh Stewart will be back and Marcus Dunstan is set to direct again.  That’s about all we do know for now, other than the teaser poster, but I’m sure more info will be creeping in soon about The Collector 3.  Or you can just call it The Coll3ctor like in the poster.  Even with it’s similarities to the Saw films as far as the traps, and considering that franchise has ended with more than a whimper (and keeps limping along) – I’m way more into seeing what The Collector has up his sleeve than anything Jigsaw-related.  Less we forget what The Collector orchestrated at the beginning of The Collection?  (7-year spoiler alert)

Stay tuned for more info on The Collector 3!  And stay out of the dance clubs until then.

Rapper J.I.D. Gets Held Captive By A Maniac In New ‘151 Rum’ Music Video!

Who woulda thought that I would get my ‘horror fix’ this week from a hip hop music video? That’s exactly what happened when I watched the new video by J.I.D. for his song “151 Rum“.  The rapper, held captive by a homicidal maniac with bubbling sores who likes cheeseburgers, is forced to record music while being chained up and bloodied.

J.I.D. is an upcoming rapper, with a flow reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar at times and is signed to fellow rapper J. Cole’s record label.  The song “151 Rum” appears on J.I.D.’s album DiCaprio 2, and honestly the video has made me take notice even more than I had before.  Gotta love the creepiness and often frantic camerawork on display, and kudos for the super dark ending.  Watch below because it’s honestly better than most full-length horror movies that are coming out nowadays……

Great Moments In Jump Scare History: ‘The Woman In White Smacks Back’ From ‘Insidious – Chapter 2’ (2013)

Who is in need of a good jump scare to get your week rolling along???  That’s it?  Just one person?  Ok, well – here is one of my favorite ‘jump scare’ moments in a ‘not so good’ horror movie sequel.  Admittingly, I didn’t care much for Insidious: Chapter 2.  I pretty much loved the predecessor, but the sequel was pretty ho-hum for me.  Except of course…..this jump scare from The Woman In White (no relation to The Lady In Red, but a definite relation to The Bride In Black).  Now – if you haven’t seen the movie or the jump scare, then turn the volume wayyyyyyyy up and wait for it.

Ok, go change your pants now.  That Rose Byrne can sure take a slap though, huh?  Fun fact:  The scare actor playing The Woman In White during a Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights maze for Insidious a few years ago scared the ever-loving shit out of me reenacting this exact scene.

Ebay Find Of The Week: Original Prop Bones From ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’! (1974)

Bones!!!  I said…..BONES!!!  Yes, everyone loves a good bone.  But who doesn’t really love a good bone from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie set?!?  You’re probably a bit confused, so let me explain a little.  Someone on eBay is selling three bones said to be used in the Sawyer house (specifically the ‘door slam scene’) from the horror classic.  Below are said bones:

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Now, to help along with the certification – the seller has gotten Ed Neal (The Hitchhiker) from the movie to sign for the authenticity.  I bet you’re wondering how much these bones cost.  Well……no bones about it, they’re not cheap.  Starting at the price of around $2100 (ouch), you can choose ONE of the three ones.  Only one bone for you!  Want to know more?  Head over HERE to the listing to check it out.  Now, the original TCM is my favorite horror movie of all time……but, I don’t know I can plunk down $2100 for a bone from the set.  To each his/her own though!

Best Vampire Fingers Ever: Radu From ‘Subspecies’ (1991)

If you’re a vampire, you need to either have rugged good looks or extremely long gangly creepy fingers to get the ladies.  If you’re ever seen the straight-to-video 1991 movie Subspecies, then you know where Radu (the head vampire) falls between the two.  Not saying that Radu is ugly or anything (he’s an acquired taste), but it’s all about those fingers! Ladies, try to contain yourself while you watch the original trailer for Subspecies below:

Other than Puppet Master, the Subspecies franchise is easily my favorite in the Full Moon catalog.  And I honestly always thought that Radu (played brilliantly by Anders Hove) was an underappreciated vampire.  If only today’s generation could appreciate Radu.  If only there were another Subspecies movie coming out soon to help with that appreciation.  If only Anders Hove was reprising the role of Radu.  Do you see a pattern of my thought process here?  Well, it just so happens that Bloodrise: Subspecies 5 is coming later this year!  Get ready to drool over those vampire fingers again, everyone…..and stay tuned for more info!

Concert Review: John 5 & The Creatures @ The House Of Blues (Anaheim, CA)

As the inflatable witches and pumpkins stood at attention on the stage at The Parish in Anaheim’s House Of Blues, John 5 was about to descend upon the eager attendees.   Continue reading

Are You Aware That ‘Readful Things’ Are Making The Best Horror-Themed Figures Right Now?

I know what you’ve been asking yourself: “Why can’t there be a figure based off of Anne Ramsey getting her head obliterated by a basketball from the movie Deadly Friend?”  I too have laid awake at night thinking this exact thing.  But now…….you can get a figure based off of Anne Ramsey getting her head obliterated by a basketball from the movie Deadly Friend!  Thanks to the online horror figure company Readful Things, of course.

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See?  I told you.  I don’t make things up.  But anyway, Readful Things has been putting out amazing product like that above pic for a little while now – and to be honest, I feel like they’re just getting started.  The thing I love about this company is that they cover some obscure horror movies from all decades, and they also make sure to cover some of the best scenes as well.  Like that guy who got acidic vomit spewn into his face in The Fly II, causing him to have a literal ‘meltdown’.

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So you may be asking yourself…..how can I get some of these amazing releases?  Well, therein lies the rub.  These are pretty limited.  Some only are an edition of 1.  So you have to follow Readful Things on Instagram for news on the latest drops and if you want to get into some bidding wars, you can check their eBay auctions as well.  Their online store is HERE where you can find the main drops, and you can also view some of their past work that is now sold out.  Can’t wait to see what’s next!  Maybe a figure based on The Cat From Hell from the Tales From The Darkside movie?  Oh no, wait.  They did that. Damn, they’re good!

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The Time That Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Divided The Horror Community………

Oh, I love the horror movie community.  I calmly sat back and watched everyone either ‘praise’ or ‘tear apart’ Jordan Peele’s newest offering Us last weekend…..all while Mr. Peele went on to one of the biggest box office openings for a horror movie EVER with $70 million.  Love the movie or hate it, Us has people talking and it also has people going to the theater for a horror movie that maybe wouldn’t normally go.  And we’re seriously mad about that?  Pfffft. Continue reading

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.