Have you ever woken up in the morning and looked in the mirror, and your hair is sticking up in every direction possible à la Bill Murray in the hilarious bowling comedy Kingpin? I unfortunately know not those joys in life, because I don’t have a lot of hair……but I bet horror icon Christopher Lee had a lot of those mornings! Why am I bringing up Christopher Lee? Oh, only because he has some of the best hair in a horror movie ever. And the movie I’m talking about is The Wicker Man! Not the terrible remake one.
Look at that. It’s majestic! If my hair could do that, I would never leave my mirror. The way it just almost dances off of his head…..swaying to and fro. It’s poetic. Either that or his hair is just trying to escape his head because it’s terrified. But nonetheless – Christopher Lee’s hair in The Wicker Man has now earned him the most coveted award and honor of all time! He and it have now been inducted into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!!!! Unfortunately, this great man is no longer alive to enjoy this victory – but please honor him and watch The Wicker Man when you can. Not the terrible remake one.
Robert Englund. Bruce Campbell. Oh, do I have your attention now? Because if you choose to go to the always great….never duplicated….best convention around called Monsterpalooza this coming June 2nd through the 4th in Pasadena – you will have the chance to meet both of these horror icons! That’s right, Monsterpalooza is back and better than ever. It’s my favorite horror convention to frequent, and this year they have Freddy….Ash….and one of my favorites, Doug Jones….Kane Hodder….and more to still be announced!
Now, as of me writing this – there are VERY limited spots available for professional photo-ops with Robert and Bruce, but there are still plenty of other celebs you can snap a pic with AND get your favorite horror merch signed to boot. In addition to that – there will be cosplayers, tons of spooky vendors, makeup demonstrations and showcases, and panel Q&As with all of the already mentioned horror talent!
Just buy a 3-day pass and thank me later. And speaking of, you can go HERE to purchase your tickets. Be warned – they will sell out, so snatch em’ up now. Monsterpalooza is going to be the place to be in June, and you don’t want to regret it when you see all of your friends posting their super fun pics on social media. So hit the link above and get to it. I will scare you there!
Is there any greater joy in life than listening to people pronounce things incorrectly? I still remember the Three’s Company episode where Mr. Furley mispronounces everything in the French restaurant when he’s there with Janet. The point of me talking about an old relic sitcom from the 70’s, is that I liked Mr. Furley better than Mr. Roper……and also to accentuate the point of me often mispronouncing the new ‘little horror movie that could‘, Skinamarink.
For those unaware, Skinamarink was made for a mere $15,000 by writer/director Kyle Edward Ball. It’s already grossed almost $2 million at the box office in limited release AND it’s getting released courtesy of Shudder this weekend on February 2nd! All joking aside about the name, I will say that the trailer tickled my horror spot and was brilliantly done. I mean, don’t you wanna know what happened in ‘this house‘??!?!
Now back to my inability to say the name of the movie right. Oh, my girlfriend and I have had quite the laughing fest when I try and say it and “Skinkakatmandoo” comes out. Or even “Skinkaminkapalooza“. And one of these days I might say it right. It’s easy to type out though. Skinamarink! The funny thing is that if you type the name into Google, you can see other people unintentionally misspelling it as well. Circling back to the real news of this post, Skinamarink premieres on Shudder this week on February 2nd! So check it out with me, and then let’s all get messed up and keep trying to say the name 10 times in a row really fast.
So long, 2022 – you dirty rotten egg! Oh, but wait! 2022 wasn’t all bad. Yeah, we still had the Covid around – and Trump still exists – and Bob Saget died…….but in my opinion, it was a great year for horror movies! Here’s my Top 3, followed by my ‘honorable mentions’:
Another year, another Los Angeles Comic Con! And this time there were hobbits (Elijah Wood & Sean Astin), amazing vendors, amazing cosplay, and the amazing William Shatner! Typing that name made me think of the old SNL Star Trek convention skit. But anyway, L.A. Comic Con is one of my favorite conventions to frequent….and me being a huge horror fan, I can even have my ‘horror bone’ tickled when I go! Apologies if you have a fear of eyeballs….
Besides randomly seeing Billy Zane, one of my favorite pastimes of going to L.A. Comic Con is gawking at all of the wonderfully ingenious costumes and cosplay. Especially since I would fail terribly if I ever tried to put together a costume on my own. This year was no exception (the cosplay at the convention, not me being costume constructing challenged), as there were some amazing visuals and also some visuals that might give you nightmares (see below).
All in all….L.A. Comic Con brought together a lot of genres, styles, people, fun, William Shatners, and more! It’s already been announced that next year in 2023 it will be back December 1-3, so feel free to go HERE for all of the latest updates leading up to then. And maybe I’ll actually give some cosplay a go so I can possibly give people some nightmares. Anything I can do to help……
I know most of you might think that the original Black Christmas is the best Christmas-themed horror movie ever, but I’m here to tell you that you’re right. Now aside from my agreement on that topic, another Christmas-themed horror movie that you need to see is Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker! I know you probably need convincing, so watch this clip below and I’ll tell you 5 things that I personally learned from this monumental scene in horror movie history:
Ok, here we go:
Always make sure to say something funny like “It’s to die for.” right before you knowingly send someone to their inevitable death.
He should have crashed at least 10 times considering his eyes rarely made contact with the road at any point in this clip.
Larry The Larvae is quite persistent.
Larry The Larvae must also be a vampire since no blood really appears when he pops the guy’s eyeball out.
It’s unfortunate that Mickey Rooney isn’t in this scene.
Well, that was fun I guess. Go watch this gem of a Christmas horror movie on Shudder now!
Surprisingly, I have not seen every Halloween-themed horror movie. And one of those that I hadn’t seen was 1982’s Trick or Treats! Not to be confused with Trick or Treat…or Trick ‘r Treat, I had remembered seeing the VHS version of Trick or Treats when I was kid – but I never rented it. Over the years, I became more and more curious because I had nothing better to do with my life. And the other night, it finally happened after 45 years! I had sex. Oh, and also I finally watched Trick or Treats!
And, I started a new paragraph to leave you in more suspense as to what my thoughts on the movie are. Well, I’ll get to the point I suppose: It was shit. Not even good shit, if you know what I mean. Like, I didn’t even finish the movie. That might be a first as far as Halloween-themed horror movies. Some lowlights: There was a kid playing pranks and a crazy guy escaping an asylum, David Carradine was in it for some reason, and also some person with the last name ‘Snodgrass’ which made me laugh. But anyway, I’ll save you the time and show you the best thing below about the movie…..the poster. So steer clear of Trick or Treats if you haven’t seen it, and go watch the other two movies with ‘Trick’ and ‘Treat’ in the titles instead!
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 October 8th & 9th! If you’ve never been, then now is the time to prepare your eyes and your wallet!! It’s one of my personal favorite events to peruse, and what better time to do it than in October?? Halloween would encourage you to check this event out.
Prepare to be dazzled by wonders unimagined! Shop three curated floors of medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, home decor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, and much more.
Does that have your attention yet? Trust me when I say that the plethora of creepy/unusual vendors that will be on display will leave you in awe. AND they will make you want to spend your hard-earned money too! So don’t delay and grab your tickets HERE, and I will see you there! My wallet will be empty by the end of the weekend, but I will still see you there and will have no regrets.
Halloween Haunt announcements are in full swing, and now Los Angeles’ famed Haunted Hayride is getting into the mix! One of my favorite haunts will be returning to Griffith Park starting on September 28th and running allllllllll the way through Halloween on select nights. Check out more info below!
Guests can expect a return to Midnight Falls – a strange town that’s Halloween year round, featuring fan favorite mazes including the Hayride, Trick or Treat, Midnight Mortuary, and (S)Laughterhouse – a newly revamped maze for 2022. Monte Revolta – the self appointed Mayor of Midnight Falls – will be also making a triumphant return with his highly anticipated nightly Town Square performances.
Presale tickets go on sale beginning Thursday, August 25th, with general public sales beginning Thursday, September 1st. General admission tickets start at $39.99, with limited presale tickets available at a discount while supplies last! You can go to the website HERE for more details. I personally loved the haunted mazes they had last year, so trust me – you won’t be disappointed. Scare you there!
Egads! It’s Paul from the stellar 1988 remake of The Blob! He’s looking right into the soul of your eyes, so try not to be too intimidated…..but that layer of The Blob over his peepers probably helps your chances! Oh great, sexy 1988 version of Shawnee Smith (and also Paul’s girlfriend in the movie) just walked by trying to distract you. Nice try, Shawnee! It’s gonna take a lot more than that……oh dear God – it’s Kevin Dillon’s mullet from the movie and it just distracted you! Curses! Paul wins. But also dies because The Blob just ate him.