I always love entertaining horror movie titles. So you can imagine my excitement with a title like Hauntedween. Yes, Hauntedween……a lovely little independent slasher from 1991 that reminds me so much of my old video store that I used to frequent as a teen. Why you ask? Because I can still remember seeing the VHS cover for the movie.
(photo credit: vhscollector)
You have to admit, it’s a pretty sweet cover. And the mask is actually pretty fucking creepy. Now granted, this movie falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category – but in a very unapologetic way. And I can respect that when it comes to 80’s/90’s horror slashers. Considering I remember Hauntedween specifically in VHS form, it should be noted that if you have an original VHS copy then it is definitely worth some cash. In a season where everyone is watching Michael Myers and little Sam and his lollipop, seek out Hauntedween even if it’s just on Youtube. To wet your appetite for Hauntedween (can you tell that I really love to say Hauntedween), here’s a clip below of the killer who is clearly distraught over his mother dying. Or maybe he’s just bummed he dropped his wood.
As we officially roll into October (also known as Halloween month), I am reminded of my healthy obsession with old Ben Cooper Halloween masks from the days of past. I myself, had a few Ben Cooper costumes when I was a young lad – so naturally now that I’m in my 40’s, I do enjoy reminiscing on eBay as I try to find some good deals to increase my collection. Case in point:
They’re glorious! So, so glorious! Don’t you just love how the colors pop on these? You can try and duplicate the style, but there’s nothing better than having an original Ben Cooper mask. Or how about 6 of them? The eBay listing that you can find HERE was recently put up and already has some bids (of course). To make these even more tantalizing is the fact that they are in GREAT condition and come with the elastic bands still attached! Very rare. Expect the price to steadily move up on these, but to me the price will be worth it.
I recently revisited the 80’s slasher movie The House On Sorority Row and realized that this movie has been criminally underrated on my 80’s slasher scale. And it got me to thinking……about those hot girls in the 2009 loose remake called Sorority Row. So many hot girls. Sorry, I’m getting sidetracked due to my one-track mind……but it also got me to thinking about that death scene where the girl gets the bottle of alcohol shoved down her throat.
Cheers, to that death scene! The movie itself was fairly run-of-the-mill as far as slashers go, but it did have some hot girls in it. Did I mention the hot girls btw? Because there are definitely hot girls in there. Oh! And that bottle death scene that you watched above. To me, it’s a top notch kill with some great practical effects and a nasty little throat slit to boot. So because it’s a slow news day (other than all of that ‘Trump Vs. The NFL’ crap going on), I felt the need to spotlight this scene from Sorority Row and also overemphasize the hotness of the girls in the movie. I’m proud of myself for refraining from an oral sex joke about that bottle going down her throat btw.
There’s nothing like an effective creepy beginning scene to a horror movie. Especially a scene that makes you feel uneasy, like if you’re watching a snuff film that you shouldn’t be. Fun Fact: I loved the 2012 movie Sinister. The sequel that came out in 2015, not so much. But the original kinda blew me away, and in the horror world it actually attempted to do something a little different. That’s a rare feat nowadays, and one of the things that I loved about Sinister was the opening scene. No set up. No warning.
I still remember watching this scene in the theater. I squirmed in my seat a little and may have squeezed the hand of the person next to me (who may have been a stranger). Luckily for Sinister, the rest of the movie followed suit with the creepiness (lawn mower scene, anyone?) and we even got a satisfying equally creepy ending too. Too bad Sinister 2 sucked ass, but at least we have the original to fall back on if we ever need to see how it’s done right. I’ll be attending Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood this weekend and they will have a partial maze built around the Sinister universe. If they’re smart, they’ll somehow incorporate this ‘hanging family’ scene into it. Now – fuck you, Sinister for giving me the creeps!
FYI – that was my attempt in the title for this post at the song ‘Bad To The Bone’. But yes, John Carpenter himself has resurrected the killer car Christine for a pretty sweet music video that’s promoting his new Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 project being released on October 20th. Carpenter directed a new music video that showcases not only the sexy vehicle named Christine, but also a re-working of the title theme from the movie. Oh and there’s a pretty hot girl (Rita Volk) in the video as well. And a surprise at the end too!
I for one, have always thought that Christine was one of the better Stephen King book adaptations. Great characters. Great soundtrack. Great score. And great directing from the legend himself. And how about Buddy Repperton’s hair??? Carpenter will be taking his band on the road soon to promote the new album, and I for one get to see him on Halloween night in Hollywood. That’s right, HALLOWEEN NIGHT! Check out the Christine-inspired video below and go grab tickets for the tour if it’s hitting your town!
Oh of course. Our competitor is the original Pennywise because the new IT movie is coming out tomorrow (with the new Pennywise as well). Classic promotional tactic. But anyway, don’t look into his deadlights! If you don’t, you might have a chance to win this staring contest. But, seeing that you need to look him in the eyes to be victorious in this particular challenge pretty much means that you’re fucked. Oh well – I’m sure it’s not so bad in the deadlights. Maybe you could even get a nice fruity alcoholic drink while you’re there. Don’t forget your balloon! Don’t you want it?Don’t you want it?Don’t you want it? Beep Beep. You lose.
Have you heard the news? There’s some movie called IT coming out this week. Yeah, you probably haven’t read or seen much about it, but apparently it’s a reboot/remake of the 1990 mini-series of the same name and a potentially much more faithful adaptation of the Stephen King novel. Oh, I’m pulling your leg – you’d have to be living in a sewer to not know about this movie, since news of IT has been floating around everywhere.
So on this week’s Monday Bloody Monday, I felt it only right to go back to the original movie (which hasn’t aged well in spots unfortunately) and revisit one of my favorite scenes: Belch’s death. This scene always creeped me out as a kid, the way his body bends in half when he gets pulled in by the ‘deadlights’. Make sure to keep watching and check out Henry Bowers’ wicked white Elvis hairdo too. And make sure not to be a loser and go check out the new version of IT in theaters this week!
If you don’t know about The Hilarious House Of Frightenstein, then I suggest you head to Youtube right now and look up some clips. Created in the early 70’s in Canada, this was a comedy sketch show with a horror twist. All of the characters had a monster/creature vibe going on (Count Frightenstein, Igor, The Wolfman, etc), so being the horror aficionado that I am – I was happy to see that the company Groove Vinyl is releasing the best bits of the show on 4 different collectible vinyl variants!
Starting on September 1st at Noon CST, you can order one or all of the limited vinyl variants of The Hilarious House Of Frightenstein. Each has their own color listed below:
The Count ‘Gory Gory Transylvania’ album on custom RED vinyl
The Igor ‘Yes Master’ album on custom GREEN vinyl
The Wolfman ‘Dig It’ album on custom ORANGE vinyl
The Vincent Price ‘Don’t Come Alone’ album on custom GLOW IN THE DARK vinyl
Vincent Price? Awww yeah! That’s the one I’m going for. Go to the Groove Vinyl page HERE on September 1st at Noon CST to grab one or all of them. For more info beforehand, you can go HERE for any questions you might need answered. Stay spooky!
Yeah yeah – not the most shocking and groundbreaking headline, I know. But color me very impressed with the way that Warner Brothers and the folks behind the new IT movie have marketed it’s upcoming September 8th release. Having seen the original 1990 mini-series and recently finishing the original Stephen King novel for the first time, I am more than ready to see this new incarnation of Pennywise ‘The Dancing Clown’ on the big screen. And luckily for all of you as excited as me, there is more than enough fanfare to go around to keep the IT anticipation train rolling.
I was lucky enough to hop aboard the IT: Float cinematic virtual reality school bus a few weeks back at the ScareLA convention in Los Angeles. After boarding the bus and standing in a mock sewer (with creepy audio surrounding you in addition to a jump scare or two), you’re taken to your VR chair where you put on the corresponding headgear and headphones and begin your IT journey through the streets of the town Derry where IT lives. You can actually experience this for yourself HERE if you have the proper equipment. It (no puns) was pretty cool and started to get me more and more onboard with the upcoming movie. As did the recently released 8-bit video game that you can either play on your computer or phone. Check that out HERE.
But by far the best promotional move for IT has come in the form of the actual Neibolt house from the book (this wasn’t really shown or referenced in the 1990 movie). If you’re lucky enough to live or be in the vicinity of Hollywood, then you can experience the IT Experience: Neibolt House on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. It’s pretty amazing that they got this up as fast as they did, and not so amazing is that reservations quickly sold out. Luckily I had some, but if you’re not as fortunate then there is a standby line (with a wait time between 1-3 hours).
You’re guided into the house by Georgie (complete with yellow raincoat and all) and taken up some spiral stairs where you then go from room to room, experiencing some pretty cool animatronics and creepy live actors as well. This limited haunted house runs through the weekend of September 10th. And make sure you snatch up your tickets for the actual IT movie coming out that same weekend on September 8th! All in all, this movie is on track to do in the area of $50 million on opening weekend, which is pretty amazing for any movie in September, let alone an ‘R’ rated horror one. Kudos to anyone involved with the promotion and marketing for IT, because that has really helped spread the word, especially to people not even familiar with the book or original 1990 mini-series. Now who’s ready to float with me?
Well, the summer is in full swing. The humidity is at an all time high. The sun is shining brightly while I run around at the beach, enjoying seeing people in bathing suits that they probably shouldn’t be wearing. But you know what? I don’t have a hat to protect me from the dastardly UV rays from the aforementioned sun. I wish I had a blue corduroy Final Destination 2 fisherman hat to help me out……..
Oh, what luck! Thanks to eBay, that is indeed a promotional fisherman hat from the movie Final Destination 2. I’m always amazed at the kind of horror movie promotional items that pop up on there. But anyway, if you are indeed a fan of this movie (to be honest, it was a solid sequel) – then now’s your chance to support it and grab this hat HERE. Starting price of $25 with an option to ‘Make An Offer‘, so that’s always fun. Enjoy and always remember to wear sunscreen and help prevent skin cancer!