‘Son Of Monsterpalooza’ Is Coming Back To Burbank September 13th-15th!!

It’s that time of the year again, folks!  Yes, it’s MONSTERPALOOZA time!  Actually, it’s SON OF MONSTERPALOOZA time!  Pretty much the same thing though because my excitement level is equal for both.

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Coming back to Burbank (that’s in California for those who don’t know) once again September 13th-15th, Son Of Monsterpalooza already has the ‘Master Of Italian Horror‘ Dario Argento getting top-billing so far on the celebrity front.  In addition to him, you can also see a full-blown Phantasm 40th Anniversary Reunion – including creator/writer/director Don Coscarelli and the majority of the cast from the original film! (RIP Angus Scrimm)

Did someone say they liked Terminator 2: Judgement Day?  Well, it’s a good thing then that Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong (along with other cast members) will be in attendance and have a panel on Sunday!  Oh, did I mention Billy Zane is going to be at the convention too?  Billy Zane!!  I love Demon Knight……sorry.

I highly suggest that you purchase tickets in advance for Son Of Monsterpalooza HERE on their website, because there is a good chance that it sells out.  You can also see the full schedule rundown and celebrity lineup (with more to be added).  Oh – I almost forgot. Being that we’re nearing Halloween, there will be a costume contest as well – so come dressed in your best creepy attire!  Scare you there!!!

Static-X Is Out On A 20th Anniversary Tour For ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’……With A Mysterious New Frontman!

I am far from ashamed to admit that I was a huge fan of the Nu-Metal movement in the late 90’s/early 2000’s.  Yes, I listened to Korn.  Yes, I listened to (gulp) Limp Bizkit.  And one of my favorite, and somewhat underrated bands, was Static-X.  Their music was also deemed ‘evil disco’ by lead singer Wayne Static, which described not only the sound the band had – but also the energy they brought onstage.

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Sadly, Wayne passed away a few years back amidst tensions still going on with him and the other original members of Static-X.  But alas, the three surviving original members (Tony Campos, Koichi Fukuda, and Ken Jay) have gotten the band back together for a 20th Anniversary tour of the band’s seminal debut album Wisconsin Death Trip!  The best part:  This tour mostly serves as a memorial tribute to Wayne Static, with a mysterious frontman named Xer0 stepping into Wayne’s shoes (and hair) to pay proper homage.

Now, I’ve seen footage of this tour already and it looks pretty amazing. The energy is there – and it’s a finished product that Wayne would be proud of.  It’s also pretty much known who the identity of Xer0 is, but I’ll zip my lips for now to avoid giving away any spoilers. Support from Dope, DevilDriver, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black as openers on the tour.  So, head on over to the band’s website HERE for more info on the tour dates, upcoming new album, and more!  Fun fact:  Wayne used to be in a band with Billy Corgan before he formed Static-X.

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!

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……

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!

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!

There’s A ‘Werewolf Detective’ Movie Starring Lindsay Lohan……

Yeah.  It’s really a thing.  A werewolf detective movie called Among The Shadows that stars Lindsay Lohan.  Here you go!  Have at it:

One can only hope that WolfCop shows up at some point and rights all of the wrongs within this movie.  Look for Among The Shadows in theaters nationwide on March 5th!  Just kidding, this dumpster fire is headed straight to VOD.  Yay!

Go Grab This Waxwork Records Release Of ‘The Prowler’ Soundtrack On Vinyl!

Can you feel that in the air?  It’s love!  Because Valentine’s Day is only about a month away!  Yeah, yeah.  It’s a fake holiday.  But, why not cuddle up with that special someone this year and put the soundtrack from the 1981 slasher flick The Prowler on the ol’ turntable and wait for the magic to happen.  Oh you didn’t know??  Waxwork Records has released Richard Einhorn’s score to the beloved Tom Savini effects heavy film (some of his best work in my opinion) on double ‘army green/rose petal splatter‘ vinyl!

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It’s glorious!  Oh, I forget to mention a very important tidbit:  The ridiculously good artwork was done by none other than Ghoulish Gary Pullin!  Also included is a printed insert featuring Rosemary’s break-up letter (the movie also goes by the title Rosemary’s Killer btw).  So, if you’re looking for a somewhat romantic gift (there are rose petals on the cover) for that horror-lover in your life……head on over to Waxwork Records HERE to pick it up!  Speaking of head, let’s enjoy this clip below for my favorite kill in The Prowler:

Grab Your Official ‘Dawn Of The Dead’ Trading Cards From ‘Fright-Rags’ Now!!

You’re never too old to collect trading cards.  Especially if they are Dawn Of The Dead trading cards!  Wait.  What?  Yep, that’s right.  Fresh off of their successful Re-Animator trading cards, Fright-Rags recently unleashed a preorder for their Dawn Of The Dead card packs!

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Gotta love that design!  And, as a bonus – each pack will actually glow-in-the-dark.  In addition to getting 9 trading cards and 1 sticker in each pack, you could also receive a randomly inserted artist sketch or chase card as well.  As I mentioned earlier….Fright-Rags released a Re-Animator set last year and having bought more than a few packs myself, I can say that the quality is superb.  I expect the same with these, and you can go over to the Fright-Rags site HERE to order some.  Act fast though, because there are only about 150 single packs left.  You can also buy a sealed box for $120 right HERE as well.