One of my favorite Southern California haunts is the famed and spoooooooky Dark Harbor which takes place on and around The Queen Mary ship (rumored to be heavily haunted) in Long Beach, California. And……they are about to set sail for their 10th year and are bringing along a new terrifying maze to celebrate!
Yes, that there is Scary Mary and she will be back this year – along with The Captain, The Chef, The Ringmaster, and more! As I mentioned earlier, there will be a brand new maze called Rogue to go along with 5 other spine-tingling mazes. One of the things I love about Dark Harbor is that some of the mazes are actually located on The Queen Mary which gives you an even more unsettling feeling while you shuffle nervously from room to room.
In addition to the mazes, there will be numerous ghouls and ghosts roaming the grounds – as well as other entertainment to make you feel all the more welcome (or unwelcome if you wish). Bottom line: It’s going to be spooky. It’s going to be fun. And you need to go HERE now and grab tickets for Dark Harbor in Long Beach if you’re going to be in the area between September 26th-November 2nd. Happy Haunting!
Work got you down? Is your significant other farting too much in front of you? Well, I’ve got just the thing to turn that frown upside down and shake your blues loose. And that thing is…..a theme song! Not just any theme song though – the theme song from the 1986 horror cult classic TerrorVision. Put together by the LA rock band The Fibonaccis – it’s easily one of my favorite horror theme songs ever, as it captures the vibe of the movie perfectly. Now click ‘play’ below on the Youtube clip and thank me later…….
Ya know – after listening to that song again, I really anticipate hearing Fred Schneider from The B-52s jump in at some point (insert terrible Fred Schneider impersonation HERE). But alas, he did not – however we are still left with that 80’s horror soundtrack goodness and the TerrorVision soundtrack as a whole is pretty worthy of your time and earholes. Oh, and the movie ain’t too shabby either. Especially if you’re into slimy orgies and guys who wear W.A.S.P. t-shirts
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.
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???
“What would we do baby, without us?? What would we dooooo baby, without us???” Oh, sorry. For whatever reason I have the Family Ties theme song stuck in my head today. And then I got to thinking about Skippy (Marc Price) from that show. And that of course got me to thinking about the 1986 horror/metal hybrid Trick Or Treat! I always loved the original poster art for this movie, so I wanted to show some love to it. So…….gaze your eyes on that Sammi Curr prize below!
To me, this is a quintessential 80’s horror movie because it combines the horror AND the metal – two of my passions back then and still today. But the poster art really stuck out to me, including the font used for the title. The use of the jack-o-lantern is rad (figured I’d use an 80’s term there), and the tagline “What are you afraid of? It’s only rock & roll.” hits my horror spot. Seek this movie out this coming Halloween, as I feel a lot of people forget about it. A proper Blu-ray/DVD release would be ideal (I’m looking at you, Scream Factory) – but until then, scrounge up your old DVD copies and watch it on Youtube if you have to! Sha la la la………
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.
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!
WARNING – Before you watch the original 1986 trailer for Mountaintop Motel Massacre, please be aware that the following are included in the trailer:
– terrible car singing
– a lazy voiceover guy who sounds like he wants to be anywhere but the trailer
– wet t-shirts with protruding nipples
– a lot of people just saying or yelling out different names
– a guy saying the phrase “No way, Jose!”
– also, they pretty much give the whole movie away in the trailer
Well, if you still watched despite all of my warnings, then…..congratulations! You were in for the ‘protruding nipples’, weren’t you? But anyway – Mountaintop Motel Massacre (I always felt there should be a ‘The’ in the title) is good cheesy 80’s horror fun, and you can now own a sparkling Blu-ray transfer of it from Vinegar SyndromeHERE. And yes, the ‘protruding nipples’ are included in the price. Hooray!
Not sure if you’ve ever heard of the movie Phantasm, but chances are you have. And chances are that you liked it more than both Siskel & Ebert did back in 1979. Ah yes, one of my favorite pastimes: Looking up old Siskel & Ebert horror movie reviews on Youtube. And given that this year is the 40th Anniversary of Phantasm, I figured I’d snoop around and see if these two jokesters ever did a review when it originally came out. And, they did! Check it below:
Ok, ok. We get it. You didn’t like the ‘weird little stainless steel ball‘, Roger Ebert. And Siskel’s snickering during Ebert’s rant only irked me more. They did both enjoy the severed finger though, so there’s that. I never did take their horror movie reviews seriously, but this one made me chuckle due to their obvious disdain for the ‘lack of explantation’ of anything in Phantasm. Rule #1 for watching Phantasm: Don’t take it seriously! Just sit back, enjoy the visuals, enjoy the score, enjoy Angus Scrimm, and enjoy this song:
Awww yeah! It’s summertime and nothing says summertime like hittin’ the beach for some sand, sun, and tasty waves. And who wouldn’t want to hit the beach with something that would make people stop and stare and say “Why the hell is that person wearing a promotional tank top from the original 1990 Flatliners movie?”
Why, yes. That is indeed an original promotional tank top from the 1990 movie Flatliners. Notice I had to specify by saying the year because of that remake abortion that came out in 2017. Anywho – I do love perusing eBay for old promotional horror items and when this one popped up in my search, I just had to share. It even has a fun ‘beach’ color to it! So if you’re interested in knowing more about purchasing, head on over to the listing HERE. Cowabunga, dudes!
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.
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 MonsterpaloozaHERE 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!!!