‘Son Of Monsterpalooza’ Coming Back To Burbank, California September 16-18!

If you live in the Los Angeles area, love horror movies and make-up effects, and aren’t doing anything September 16-18…..then I just made plans for you!  Yes, the fantastic Son Of Monsterpalooza Convention (with it’s ‘father’ being the Monsterpalooza Convention that happened earlier in the year) is coming back to Burbank, CA and is coming fully packed with celebrities and events!

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Up on that flyer are some of the details, but if you want the full lowdown then head on over to their website HERE.  In addition to movie screenings, live on-set make-up tutorials, and costume contests – there will be a plethora of your favorite current and past movie and TV stars.  Did I mention that the creepy nun from The Conjuring 2 is going to be there?  More guests will be announced in the next few months, so stay tuned to the Son Of Monsterpalooza website and their social media pages for more info.  Below is a list of confirmed guests just to wet your appetite.  See you in September!

Jeffrey Combs – The Re-Animator, The Frightners, Gotham
Dee Wallace – E.T., The Howling, The Hills Have Eyes
Bruce Abbott – The Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator
Bonnie Aarons – The Conjuring 2, Mulholland Drive, Drag Me to Hell
Zach Galligan – Gremlins, Waxworks, Hatchet 3
Michael Berryman – The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
Vernon Wells – Mad Max: The Road Warrior, Commando
Quinn Lord – Trick r Treat, Supernatural
Jonathan Fransham – Ash vs The Evil Dead, What We Do in the Shadows
Jonathan Brugh – What We Do in the Shadows
Judy Odea – Night of the Living Dead

 

Anticipation Alert: Don’t Breathe (2016)

Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake in 2013 was a breath of fresh gory air as far as horror remakes go.  It gave enough nods and winks to the original, but managed to up the gross-out factor X 10 with some impressive practical effects throughout the experience.  I still can’t carve a turkey without thinking of an arm getting sawed off.  Well now Alvarez’s follow-up feature is finally coming in the form of Don’t Breathe – a movie that’s getting pretty solid early reviews for being a tense little ‘trapped in the house’ thriller.

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The teaser poster is simple, but effective.  The plot behind Don’t Breathe is about a group of teenagers who break into rich people’s houses to further their own economic status by stealing shit that isn’t theirs.  Only problem is that they choose a blind guy as their latest victim and, you guessed it, the tables get turned!  Originally titled A Man In The Dark (which I might like better actually), it sounds like a refreshing idea to the someone tired premise of being ‘trapped in a house’.  Oh – and it stars Jane Levy who was in Alvarez’s Evil Dead as well.

Blind people in horror movies usually aren’t too successful in their quest to stay alive (I’m looking at you Suspiria and The Beyond), so to have a blind person get revenge on a bunch of kids trying to rob him sounds like a good time to me!  As I stated earlier, the early buzz on this is that it’s pretty good, so stay tuned for a trailer hopefully dropping soon and a release date.  In the meantime, do as the title says and don’t breathe.  Actually, go ahead and breathe or you may have some health issues.

So About This New Hellraiser Movie That’s Coming……

Pinhead fans rejoice!  You’re going to get another actor other than Doug Bradley to play him in the upcoming Hellraiser: Judgment movie!  This isn’t exactly new news that Paul T. Taylor would be nailing on the pins for the upcoming sequel, but what is new is your first look at him in this teaser poster below:

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Alright, let’s get the obvious out of the way.  He looks 10 X better than the Pinhead in the 2011 travesty known as Hellraiser: Revelations.  Here’s a revelation:  You sucked as Pinhead, Stephan Smith Collins.  Ok – now let’s talk about this teaser poster a little more. No Doug Bradley, but it looks as though those involved in Hellraiser: Judgment at least have gotten the look somewhat right – if you like to base things on blurry unfocused poster art that is.

I do have to say though that I hate the tagline ‘Evil Seeks Evil‘.  Of course evil seeks evil! It’s not like evil is going to seek out some rainbows and ponies.  As a whole, I’m over these weak-ass Hellraiser sequels though.  Unless you can get Clive Barker officially onboard AND get Doug Bradley back – I’m pretty much already checked out.  How they dropped the ball with the franchise is a little mind-boggling to be honest.  The possibilities were endless and we could have seen Pinhead go to the deepest, darkest places……Instead we got him in a nightclub in Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (guilty pleasure scene though). I’m anticipating the trailer for this sequel (which is already in post-production), but my expectations are lower than low.  Btw – how great would it be if Julia returned in some way or form?

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This ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’ Teaser Trailer Just Gave Me A Horror Boner……

Hi.  I’m Tony.  And I used to be a J-horroraholic.  I would binge watch any and every Japanese horror title back when it was the cool thing to do.  It got so bad that I finally had to go on the wagon and refrain from watching any creepy dark-haired Asian women crawling out of television sets.  But now my friends, I’m afraid I’m about to slip and go off that wagon.  Why you ask?  Because of this!

That’s right, I don’t know how to read Japanese either!  But I can tell that the movie is SADAKO VS. KAYAKO!!!  For those not following, it’s basically The Ring vs. The Grudge.  The teaser trailer is everything that it should be, including a lot of loud and unnecessary sounds and music.  Many will tote this as being the Japanese version of Freddy vs. Jason and I can agree with that, but I’m hoping that Sadako vs. Kayako is so bat-shit crazy and ridiculous that it will surpass the former on every level.  This looks like it will be released in June this year, so stay tuned to see if the actual movie lives up to the much deserved hype of the teaser trailer!

Check Out The Spook-Tastic Video For ‘Dead Or Alive (For Now)’ From Fable Cry!

I love when I come across a band that infuses horror into their sound and overall image. Such was the case when I was tipped off to to a band called Fable Cry, who describe their sound as ‘theatrical scamp rock’.  It’s a bit macabre and quirky, with the quirky part being a good thing, and their new video for ‘Dead Or Alive (For Now)‘ looks like it belongs in smack dab in the middle of a Tim Burton movie.  I dig the old school horror visuals in the video and I’m not ashamed to admit I was more than creeped out by the cello player.  Check out the video below and check out more about Fable Cry right HERE!

Anticipation Alert: Zoombies (2016)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were enjoying a delightful time at the zoo and a zombie virus erupted and started infecting all the animals that you were there to see?  Good thing that the infamous ‘king of independent b-movies’ production company called The Asylum has wondered that very thing too!  Feast your eyes on Zoombies!

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First of all, the title Zoombies is going to be really tough to beat for the ‘Best Horror Movie Title‘ award this year.  And that’s saying something since the year has just started.  But yes, if your dream has always been to see zombie lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) chase down and eat people, then your dream is about to become reality.  I would give you the synopsis for Zoombies, but I think you can already figure that out Sherlock.  Apparently this beautiful specimen will be making an arrival in March in 3000 theaters across the country!  Just kidding – this will be going straight to DVD or maybe even the dumpster.  Get ready for a Zoombies trailer (which will be magnificent) coming soon!

Michael Myers…….Now With More Sexy Abs!

I’m always up for new art revolving around the world of horror, and more specifically our beloved horror icons.  A London artist named Karl Von Frankenstein (cute) has just released a few of his creations that bring out the erotic side of your favorite slasher villains.  But since it’s October, I’m going to focus on the Michael Myers one.  Be prepared to never be able to look at Michael the same again when you watch your Halloween marathon this year.  Or maybe you’ll be turned on by it if that’s your bag.

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‘No Beauty Without Strangeness’ Halloween Art Exhibit Coming To Pasadena This Month!

Woo hoo!  It’s October 1st!  Which means it’s time to start getting into the Halloween spirit.  And what better way to get into the Halloween spirit, than with an art and photography exhibit revolving around our favorite time of the year?  And you know what’s even better about it?  It’s located right next door to the original Michael Myers house from the 1978 horror classic, Halloween!

The ‘No Beauty Without Strangeness‘ Halloween art exhibition will be running from October 3rd through the 31st in South Pasadena, California. Sorry to my non-Southern California readers (unless you decide to make the drive) for the bad news.  This exhibit will feature work from several artists and photographers, including Kim Gottlieb-Walker who was the unit photographer on Halloween and will also be doing a book/poster signing as well.  Check out the flier below for more info and Happy Halloween Month, everybody!

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Ho-Ho-Holy Shit! The ‘Krampus’ Trailer Has Arrived!

I have to admit that I’ve become a bit obsessed and fascinated by the folklore involving Krampus, the horned and hoofed creature that would come around at Christmastime to torment bad little girls and boys.  Had I known about it as a child, I probably would have behaved much better considering the alternative if Krampus ever found me.  No child wants to be stuffed into a burlap sack and dragged away to a cave to be eaten.  And now finally, we will get a proper movie version of the story, thanks to writer/director Michael Dougherty, appropriately titled Krampus.

Well that looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?!?  For those living under a rock for the last 8 years, Michael Dougherty wrote and directed the AMAZING Halloween anthology movie, Trick ‘r Treat.  And if you’ve seen that (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you can see his stamp all over the Krampus trailer stylistically and with the tongue-in-cheek humor.

We haven’t had a really good Christmas horror movie in a while (Rare Exports was good, but more fantasy than horror in my opinion), so Krampus will be welcomed with open arms when it’s released in December.  Hopefully it will live up to the hype of the trailer and of the poster below, which somehow reminds me of another Christmastime horror movie called Elves.  Let’s just all hope that the comparisons stop at the poster for that one.  Look for Krampus in what will most likely be a small theater run (although I’m hoping for a bigger one) on December 4th!

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Introducing The New Funko ‘Regan’ Figure From ‘The Exorcist’……Now With More Pea Soup!

CKYaVThUkAE-ecZI’ve been on a Funko figure collecting kick lately (still waiting for a reasonable price for the unmasked Jason Voorhees from Comic-Con), so I was deliciously delighted to see that our favorite head-spinning vulgar mouthed possessed girl Regan from The Exorcist is getting the Funko treatment!  Said to be released in October, just in time for Halloween, this figure is pretty visually striking.  I vote for a variant version with the spinning head btw.  You can track down one of these Regan figures for a good price (around $10-12) up for pre-order on Ebay and a variety of websites.