Legendary Thrash Metal Band TESTAMENT Unleash New Tour & Album In April!

Dating alllllllll the way back to the 80’s, Testament has remained a fixture to this very day in the thrash metal scene.  Definitely one of the more underappreciated bands, they continue to bring it and continue to tour to bring it to YOU.  I saw them a few years back, and they blew my mind.  And now Testament is embarking on a new US Tour this April, along with Black Dahlia Murder and Municipal Waste, to promote their upcoming album TITANS OF CREATION.

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And speaking of the new album, what better way to get my attention than with a horror-themed first track called ‘Night Of The Witch‘?  Looking forward to hearing this one live when I see them in Anaheim on the tour, and it makes my anticipation for the album even greater.  So just a quick recap:  The new Testament album TITANS OF CREATION is out April 3rd everywhere.  The US Tour supporting that album kicks off April 20th in Phoenix.  And you can follow everything that is Testament right HERE.  Now, turn your speakers waaaaaaay up and check out the ‘Night Of The Witch‘ lyric video below.

‘The Oddities Flea Market’ Is Coming Back To Los Angeles July 11-12!

As a lover of anything creepy and/or unusual, I am very excited that The Oddities Flea Market is coming back to downtown Los Angeles on July 11th & 12th!  If you’ve never been, then now is the time to prepare your eyes and your wallet.

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Here’s more from the official press release:

On Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th, Downtown Los Angeles‘ historic Globe Theatre will transform into a world of obscure, unusual and curious delights as THE ODDITIES FLEA MARKET returns for their annual Spring market curated by skeleton articulation virtuoso, collector and star of Discovery‘s Oddities, RYAN MATTHEW COHN and his wife/event producer REGINA MARIE COHN.

Attendees will be able to peruse items ranging from anatomical curiosities and osteological specimens, taxidermy, occult and obscure home décor, jewelry and clothing to natural history ephemera, medical history rarities and one-of-a-kind dark art designs from over 60 vendors including event curator Ryan Matthew Cohn, Conjurers Kitchen, Necromance, Gotham Taxidermy, Margaret Cross, Oddball Oddity and more (listed below). The event will also feature DJ sets throughout both days from Portland industrial/goth outfit, Dead Animal Assembly Plant.

General admission single day tickets for THE ODDITIES FLEA MARKET are available in advance for $10 or $15 cash-only at the door. A limited amount of VIP tickets are available which include two hours advance entry (10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.) for $40. Children under 10 get in free.

If you want to grab your tickets now (which is recommended), go HERE and snatch them up!  And for more info in general about The Oddities Flea Market, head over HERE to stay in the loop.

Hide Your Picnic Baskets! ‘Grizzly 2: Revenge’ Is Finally Coming!

While ‘Bear In A Cage‘ was all the rage courtesy of Midsommar last year, we all know what we were really wanting on the bear front.  And that would be……..a long-awaited sequel to the 1976 killer bear movie, Grizzly!  Ah yes, and what better title for a sequel than Grizzly 2: Electric Boogaloo.  Wait, that’s not it.  I meant to say Grizzly 2: Revenge. Ooooh – anything with the word ‘revenge’ in the title has to be good, right?

Long story short on this, is that this movie originally started production in the 80’s – but due to a shady producer and no money……the film was never completed.  One of the original producers has taken it upon herself to finally finish Grizzly 2: Revenge and you can see it soon!  And judging from the trailer below, it’s a bare necessity that you do.

Let’s digest that trailer for a minute.  Here are a few of my takeaways:

– Oh hey, look!  It’s George Clooney & Charlie Sheen!  I wonder if they die early on in the movie?  Spoiler alert:  They do. 

– Nurse Ratched!

– Oh, it’s that guy from Raiders Of The Lost Ark and he’s talking about a devil bear or something. 

– Insert random gigantic 50,000 person concert with 80’s music HERE. 

– Not the forklift!  

– Every good trailer needs an unnecessary slow motion grappling scene.

– Sweet bear sound effects, man. 

Ok, well – for better or probably worse, Grizzly 2: Revenge will be yours to see very soon!  Go to the official website HERE to stay in the know about everything Grizzly 2. Speaking of grizzlies, Grizzly Adams DID have a beard!

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Tears Of A Clown: RIP Sid Haig

‘Tis a sad day in the horror world, because we have lost the great Sid Haig at the age of 80.  I won’t bother getting into his long career in both television and movies (that’s what IMDB is for), but instead will tell a quick story of when I was lucky to meet and talk to him for the first time.

If you have gone to or frequent horror conventions, then there is a high probability that you saw Sid there.  Usually with his friend Bill Moseley in tow nearby, Sid would have his booth set up with glossy 8X10 pics from his acting career laid out for fans to choose from to be signed (Captain Spaulding being the most popular, of course).  His fee would always remain the same ($20 for a signed photo or poster – $10 to sign anything of your own that you brought), which is rare in the convention circuit.  Oh – and pictures/selfies were always free.  That day I had brought my DVD for The Devil’s Rejects to be signed, and I had actually just started this blog and had some stickers to pass around the convention.

I met Sid and he put his signature on the DVD cover and shook my hand.  Honestly couldn’t have been nicer.  He asked if I wanted a picture and I politely declined, and while I was leaving I gave him one of my Dirty Horror stickers.  As I was walking away, he yelled out “Tony, come here!”  So I went back and he said “You’re gonna do great with the blog – take a pic and I’ll hold up the sticker”.  I honestly kinda froze.  But he held the sticker up, and I took the picture……

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And that pretty much was who Sid seemed to be.  Judging from all of the posts on social media today from not just fans, but other acting colleagues, it’s obvious he touched a lot of people.

Now, the end of this story will only further prove my point of the greatness of Sid.  Being that I had brought my own DVD to get signed, the charge was $10.  Unbeknownst to me, I had given Sid a $20 bill.  As I’m walking away again (after getting my picture), I hear “Tony!  Tony!!!“.  I start my walk back to the booth and Sid yells over to me “You gave me a 20, I owe you $10!“.  I just kind of laughed (being that this was the second time I was walking away that Sid yelled out to me), and it made me realize even more that Sid was a pretty amazing guy.  Rest in peace, Sid.

You Will Chairish This New Trailer For ‘KILLER SOFA’!

Ignore my bad pun in the post title.  Or celebrate it.  Whichever.  But speaking of celebrating, oh how I have longed for the day where I would see a horror movie about a chair killing people.  Yes, the movie is called Killer Sofa.  But let’s be real, it’s a recliner.  A sofa recliner, perhaps – but a recliner/chair nonetheless.  Straight outta New Zealand, Killer Sofa actually looks……..good.  Here’s a quick synopsis before I hit you with the debut trailer:

Francesca always attracted weirdos. When one of her stalkers is found dead, she looks for comfort from her best friend, Maxi. Meanwhile, Maxi’s grandfather, Jack, a disgraced Rabbi, comes across a reclining chair containing a Dybbuk inside. Jack and his voodoo sorceress partner try to find out where the recliner has been delivered while exploring Jack’s newfound gift for communicating with the other world. Meanwhile the reclining chair becomes enchanted by Francesca and starts committing crimes of passion.

See?  Told you it actually looked good.  In a bad ‘recliner chair commits bloody crimes of passion‘ kind of way.  Killer Sofa shall not be winning any Oscars this year, but I think it’s pretty clear that it’s not going for any either.  I sort of miss these kinds of movies to be honest.  I mean, I just re-watched The Lift this past weekend (a Dutch 80’s horror movie about a killer elevator) and it tickled my horror bone.  So yeah, I’m in on Killer Sofa, which will hit DVD and On Demand in October.  And thanks to my girlfriend for pointing out the similarities between the murderous recliner in the movie and Chairry from Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

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Holy Demogorgons! The ‘Upside Down Beer Festival’ Is Coming To LA On September 28th!

Do you like beer?  Do you like waffles?  Well, then prepare to have your mind blown because if you come by to the Upside Down Beer Festival at the Globe Theatre in LA on September 28th – you can have beer AND waffles AND beer that tastes like waffles!  In case you didn’t figure it out, this is a Stranger Things inspired event and the deets are below:

Summer is getting strange in Los Angeles with our Upside Down Beer Festival on September 28th, inspired by the popular Netflix show.  Guests can enjoy samples of over 20 strange beers, including the Eggo waffle porter and also enjoy live 80’s music from the Supernatural Boys and DJ Eddey Fresh.  While there, explore the dark upside-down basement and beer gardens, and try to beat the high scores in our complimentary arcade room. Plus – don’t forget to eat at the waffle shop, and wear your best 80’s gear!

Want tickets?  Then head over HERE to grab them and start planning on whether or not you’ll bring your own syrup for the waffles.  I’m actually pretty excited for this event to be honet, being that I’m a huge fan of the show!  ‘Team Dustin’ all the way.  Now where the hell did I put my old school Zaxxon t-shirt???

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‘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!

‘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!