Review: IT (2017)

Have you heard the one about the evil clown named Pennywise that eats children and feeds off of their fears?  I guess the punchline isn’t going to really be funny.  Regardless, the wait is over and the revamped version of Stephen King’s IT movie has finally arrived in theaters!  Part remake.  Part redo.  And all business.  Literally, because it’s going to make a shit-ton of money on opening weekend (latest projection is around $130 million).  But does this new incarnation of IT live up to the hype, and how does it compare to the original 1990 mini-series of the same name?  The latter I won’t focus on too much, but the former I definitely will.   Continue reading

Let’s Have Another Staring Contest…….

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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.

Monday Bloody Monday: ‘Belch’s Death’ From ‘Stephen King’s IT’ (1990)

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!

‘The Hilarious House Of Frightenstein’ Is Coming To Vinyl!

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!

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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!

Captain Obvious: The Market For ‘IT’ Has Been Amazing!

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).

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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?

Victor Crowley Returns! And The Movie Is Called…….’Victor Crowley’!

I’ll make this brief because I’m still kicking myself, punching myself, and kicking myself again for not going to the special reunion/anniversary screening of Hatchet in Hollywood last night.  Director/writer Adam Green promised many stars in attendance – special surprises – and maybe even some popcorn!  But…….sadly, a reunion screening of the original Hatchet did not take place.  But you know what did?  I super secret NEW film in the Hatchet franchise called Victor Crowley!  Mind blown.

The Hatchet movies always give me a permagrin when I watch them, because they’re a great gory homage to horror movies from a simpler time.  Bummed I didn’t get to see Victor Crowley, the new addition to the series – but there will be a traveling roadshow coming up where you can catch screenings.  For now, he’s a sweet teaser trailer to wet your appetite:

The Second Best ‘Sleeping Bag Kill’ In A Horror Movie Is………..

As an avid Friday The 13th franchise fan, I don’t think it’s any shock that one of the greatest Jason Voorhees kills in it’s history is the infamous ‘sleeping bag’ tree slamming incident from Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood.  The ‘unedited’ version is much better, complete with a few more whacks and swings – making it at the top, or close to it, on Jason’s highlight reel.  And much respect to Mr. Kane Hodder who played Jason in that movie, but did you know that he had some ‘sleeping bag’ kill competition in the form of Bigfoot in 1980?  Don’t believe me or don’t believe in Bigfoot?  Then just watch the clip below:

Wow.  Sign that Bigfoot up for the next Olympics!  Did you see that form?  No offense to Kane Hodder, but Bigfoot might have you beat as far as sleeping bag tossing skills.  But alas, Kane will always get top billing (and rightfully so) – while our friend Bigfoot here comes in a close and hairy second.  Oh, I guess I should mention that this clip is from the 1980 movie Night Of The Demon – which shouldn’t be confused with the 1988 movie Night Of The Demons (plural) which has no Bigfoot involved…..just some disappearing lipstick.  Stay safe out there campers – there just might be a Bigfoot looming in the forest waiting for his big chance for a gold medal in the 2020 Olympics.

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Final Destination 2’ Promotional Hat (2003)

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……..

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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!

Dirty Horror Memory Lane: Over-Exaggerated 80’s Horror Movie Testimonials!

Ahhhh – The 80’s.  A glorious time when if you were on the fence about seeing a horror movie, luckily you had TV spots like the one below to sway you into plunking down your hard-earned money.  Did you ever see the 1986 movie Critters or maybe you haven’t and still want to?  This will steer you in the right direction!  And it’s not phony.  At all!

Now, to be fair – I actually like Critters.  But I don’t necessarily know if it’s a “scream through the whole thing” kind of horror movie.  It is true that they love to party too though! But anyway, TV spots like this were the norm back then – and not just for horror movies. Looking back at them now, it’s a nice slice of nostalgia and things like this always take me back to a simpler time in the horror world.  Kudos to whoever uploads this content btw, because I love having my ‘memory lane’ horror brain jarred from time to time.

Review: Lamb Of God @ The Forum (Los Angeles)

Crossing things of my bucket list is fun.  And I got to cross another one off the other night when I finally saw Lamb Of God at The Forum in Los Angeles for the first time.

Been a fan for a while, so I was amped to see what they had in store for the LA crowd.  And minus a few mic issues (f*cking sound guys) at the start of ‘Laid To Rest’ to open the show, the boys pummeled the crowd with 10 songs – raising the intensity with each one.  Randy Blythe is a force onstage – and to me, that’s one of Lamb Of God’s strong points as a live band.  The heavy riffs, the booming drums…..they’ll always be there.  But it’s Randy’s energy and interaction with the crowd that makes the experience hit you even harder.

On the band’s closing song ‘Redneck‘, Randy encourages the crowd to get the biggest circle pit going that The Forum has ever fucking seen.  And from my vantage point, they may have succeeded.  Great show.  Great energy.  And oh yeah, Slayer was there too.  HORNS UP!

SETLIST:

Laid To Rest
Now You’ve Got Something To Die For
512
Engage The Fear Machine
Ruin
Descending
Blacken The Cursed Sun
Still Echoes
Walk With Me In Hell
Redneck