‘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!

Trailer Trash: ‘Mountaintop Motel Massacre’ (1986)

WARNINGBefore you watch the original 1986 trailer for Mountaintop Motel Massacre, please be aware that the following are included in the trailer:

–  terrible car singing

–  a lazy voiceover guy who sounds like he wants to be anywhere but the trailer

–  wet t-shirts with protruding nipples

–  a lot of people just saying or yelling out different names

–  a guy saying the phrase “No way, Jose!” 

–  also, they pretty much give the whole movie away in the trailer

Well, if you still watched despite all of my warnings, then…..congratulations!   You were in for the ‘protruding nipples’, weren’t you?  But anyway – Mountaintop Motel Massacre (I always felt there should be a ‘The’ in the title) is good cheesy 80’s horror fun, and you can now own a sparkling Blu-ray transfer of it from Vinegar Syndrome HERE.  And yes, the ‘protruding nipples’ are included in the price.  Hooray!

That Time Roger Ebert Said ‘Phantasm’ Was A Mess (1979)

Not sure if you’ve ever heard of the movie Phantasm, but chances are you have.  And chances are that you liked it more than both Siskel & Ebert did back in 1979.  Ah yes, one of my favorite pastimes:  Looking up old Siskel & Ebert horror movie reviews on Youtube. And given that this year is the 40th Anniversary of Phantasm, I figured I’d snoop around and see if these two jokesters ever did a review when it originally came out.  And, they did!  Check it below:

Ok, ok.  We get it.  You didn’t like the ‘weird little stainless steel ball‘, Roger Ebert.  And Siskel’s snickering during Ebert’s rant only irked me more.  They did both enjoy the severed finger though, so there’s that.  I never did take their horror movie reviews seriously, but this one made me chuckle due to their obvious disdain for the ‘lack of explantation’ of anything in Phantasm.  Rule #1 for watching Phantasm:  Don’t take it seriously!  Just sit back, enjoy the visuals, enjoy the score, enjoy Angus Scrimm, and enjoy this song:

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Flatliners’ Promotion Tank Top (1990)

**cues up some Beach Boys music**

Awww yeah!  It’s summertime and nothing says summertime like hittin’ the beach for some sand, sun, and tasty waves.  And who wouldn’t want to hit the beach with something that would make people stop and stare and say “Why the hell is that person wearing a promotional tank top from the original 1990 Flatliners movie?

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Why, yes.  That is indeed an original promotional tank top from the 1990 movie Flatliners. Notice I had to specify by saying the year because of that remake abortion that came out in 2017.  Anywho – I do love perusing eBay for old promotional horror items and when this one popped up in my search, I just had to share.  It even has a fun ‘beach’ color to it!  So if you’re interested in knowing more about purchasing, head on over to the listing HERE. Cowabunga, dudes!

When Pregnancies Go Bad: Species 2 (1998)

I don’t have any children, but if I did I would imagine that watching them be born would be a wondrous and breathtaking experience.  I’m sure there’s nothing gross about it, unless of course you have it in your head that birth is something like in that scene in 1998’s Species 2.  Why the hell are you watching Species 2 btw?

Oh, it was ME that was watching Species 2.  Guilty as charged!  But anyway, it’s a pretty terrible movie – save for some entertaining gore and Natasha Henstridge getting topless again.  Let us not forget about the infamous birthing scene though, over-exaggerated facial expressions and all.  Check it out below and stay to the end for Marg Helgenberger to tell you just how awful it is:

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘The Wedding Attack’ From ‘Alligator’ (1980)

Whoa!  The return of Sunday Bloody Sunday!  Since everybody has ‘alligator fever’ right now because of the newly released ‘creature feature’ Crawl (I shall be seeing it today btw), I figured I would go back to my original killer alligator movie that I adored as a child:  Alligator!  (they really knew how to give a horror movie a title back then)

Yes, Alligator – the 80’s movie that showed us the downside to flushing a baby alligator down the toilet.  And probably one of the most famous scenes in the movie is the ‘wedding scene’.  Do you like seeing people scurry in a panic bumping into each other and falling into a pool?  Do you like seeing a giant mutated alligator whack those people with his giant mutated tail and send them hilariously flying through the air?  Do you like seeing a wedding cake get demolished?  If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, then please watch the carnage unfold below:

Great Moments In Jump Scare History: ‘The Hallway Scene’ From ‘The Prodigy’ (2019)

I enjoy being scared.  No, really – I do.  And there’s nothing better than a good ol’ fashioned jump scare in a horror movie.  It takes a lot to get me to spill my Goobers everywhere or grab onto the total stranger sitting next to me – but when it happens, it’s pretty horror-gasmic.  See what I did there?  Anyway, thanks to my surprise sleeper horror movie so far this year, The Prodigy – I did get a good little jolt in my pants.  Watch the scene below and wait for the moment in the hallway……

Now, imagine being a theater on opening weekend when it was somewhat crowded and that scene happened.  It’s like, you kind of knew something was coming – but at the same time, it seemed like the kid was just going to run and hug his Mom like a normal scared kid would.  Either way, it’s effective and The Prodigy overall was pretty effective in my opinion.  Seek it out if you can, because there’s one other scene that didn’t necessarily make me jump – but it was creepy and well done and got a few yelps from the audience when I saw it. (hint, hint – it’s another face changing scene)

Review: Child’s Play (2019)

Can I get my crow barbecued, please?  Yeah – I’m eating crow now because I poo-pooed the new remake/reboot of Child’s Play before it opened this past weekend.  Actually, I kind of dug the first trailer and had an open mind.  And when Mark Hamill was announced as the voice of Chucky (aka Buddi), my mind was even more open.  Then the second trailer dropped and I had doubts, at which point the poo-pooing began.  Next were the ads of Chucky destroying various Toy Story characters (that movie opened the same weekend), which seemed like ‘desperation time’ for me.  But…..low and behold – Child’s Play was actually (gulp) GOOD.   Continue reading

Let’s Have Another Staring Contest…….

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Oh no!  It’s Chucky!  Or…..I mean, Buddi!  Or…..Chucky!  I don’t know, it’s all very confusing.  But regardless, it’s that doll from that new Child’s Play movie.  Look at those piercing, haunting blue eyes.  No seriously, look at them or you’re going to lose the staring contest.  Stay focused, man!  Try not to think about the comparisons to the original Chucky doll.  Or the fact that Brad Dourif isn’t doing the voice this time.  Or the fact that Luke Skywalker is.  (Throws coins on the ground)  Wait, that doll was distracted by money and you win the staring contest!  Seems fitting.  Oh – and go see Child’s Play this weekend.  Or don’t.  Either way it’s all good.

I’m Kinda In Love With This New Etched Version Of ‘Pennywise’ From NECA!

Ok, I’ll get this out in the open first:  I didn’t love the 2017 version of IT.  I know I may be somewhat in the minority there, as I’ve stated in the past, but it didn’t (bad pun coming up) float my boat.  Having said that, I am looking forward to IT: Chapter 2 as the trailer pretty much blew me away, as well as the star-power acting wise that’s involved.  Now that I got that out of the way, I have to give some love to this new ‘etched’ version of Pennywise from NECA for it’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con release:

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I know that NECA alone has released a lot of versions of the new Pennywise character, but this one kind of blows me a way.  Based on the Derry Charter engravings from the movie (where Pennywise is seen) – the figure stands 7″, comes in a display box that opens to reveal the figure, along with two head sculpts and two balloons.  Pre-orders on the NECA website have unfortunately closed – so grab one if you’re lucky enough to go to SDCC this year in July or snag one off eBay for a good price now (I was lucky enough to get one pretty much at cost).  For more pics and details, go HERE and scroll down!