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!

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!