Hide Your Picnic Baskets! ‘Grizzly 2: Revenge’ Is Finally Coming!

While ‘Bear In A Cage‘ was all the rage courtesy of Midsommar last year, we all know what we were really wanting on the bear front.  And that would be……..a long-awaited sequel to the 1976 killer bear movie, Grizzly!  Ah yes, and what better title for a sequel than Grizzly 2: Electric Boogaloo.  Wait, that’s not it.  I meant to say Grizzly 2: Revenge. Ooooh – anything with the word ‘revenge’ in the title has to be good, right?

Long story short on this, is that this movie originally started production in the 80’s – but due to a shady producer and no money……the film was never completed.  One of the original producers has taken it upon herself to finally finish Grizzly 2: Revenge and you can see it soon!  And judging from the trailer below, it’s a bare necessity that you do.

Let’s digest that trailer for a minute.  Here are a few of my takeaways:

– Oh hey, look!  It’s George Clooney & Charlie Sheen!  I wonder if they die early on in the movie?  Spoiler alert:  They do. 

– Nurse Ratched!

– Oh, it’s that guy from Raiders Of The Lost Ark and he’s talking about a devil bear or something. 

– Insert random gigantic 50,000 person concert with 80’s music HERE. 

– Not the forklift!  

– Every good trailer needs an unnecessary slow motion grappling scene.

– Sweet bear sound effects, man. 

Ok, well – for better or probably worse, Grizzly 2: Revenge will be yours to see very soon!  Go to the official website HERE to stay in the know about everything Grizzly 2. Speaking of grizzlies, Grizzly Adams DID have a beard!

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Monsterpalooza Has Such Sights To Show You May 8-10 In Pasadena!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, not Christmas……it’s almost Monsterpalooza time!  Mark your calendars and free up any plans you might have had May 8-10, because Monsterpalooza is indeed coming back to Pasadena, CA for another round of frightful fun.  The thing I love about this convention compared to others, is that it mixes together your favorite horror celebrities AND the amazing work of make-up and effects artists.  77274402_2856075537744290_2805292489638936576_o

The title of my post may have tipped you off a little to one of the celebrities attending this year, but to clarify even more – the one and only Clive Barker will be there!  If that’s not enough – how about a Scream reunion with Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, and Jamie Kennedy??  Two guests that I’m really looking forward to that I’ve never seen at a convention are John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story, Fargo) and legendary guitarist John 5 (Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson).  FYI – there will be a FREE afterparty Saturday night (with a wristband from the day) that will have a performance from John 5!

Aside from the celebrity guests, expect to have special panels announced soon, as well as some special screenings.  One thing that Monsterpalooza is doing differently this year that I think is pretty cool, is that they’re letting you pre-order your Photo Ops online beforehand.  Most of the bigger celebs will be participating, so go to the site HERE for more info as it’s added.  And get your tickets for Monsterpalooza HERE because there is a good chance that tickets will sell out online!

Best Terrible Transformation Ever: Sleepwalkers (1992)

We’ve all had those moments where we’re having a bad day and just wish we could transform into a giant werewolf cat.  Which makes this scene in 1992’s ridiculous Sleepwalkers even more relatable!  Now, I’ve talked about this movie before – and even with the Stephen King stamp on it, Sleepwalkers is a pretty hard pill to swallow.

But…….in some ways, I love it.  It’s pure ridiculousness, and Clovis The Cat is a true American hero!  Now watch below as Charles (Brian Krause) gets spooked by Clovis with a comically bad (but good) scary transformation.

That Clown From 1988’s ‘Ghosthouse’ Though…….

Clowns freak me out.  Especially clown dolls – as my sister used to have one that sat in a rocking chair when I was younger that scared the shit out of me, thanks mostly in part to a little film called Poltergeist.  Hey – speaking of that movie!  There’s a 1988 Italian horror movie called Ghosthouse (written and directed by Umberto Lenzi) that pretty much blatantly steals the look of the clown from Poltergeist.  Issa ok though, because it’s still creepy as fuck AND has an accompanying ‘creepy as fuck’ song (thanks to composer Piero Montanari) to minimize the plagiarism.

Zoinks!  That clown made me wet myself.  He’s super, but the real champ of the scene and of the movie might be that song that pops up about every 2 minutes.  Ghosthouse was actually a first watch for me the other night, and I recommend it if you’re looking for a ‘so bad it’s good’ 80’s horror movie with no real plot.  Fun fact:  There’s a sequel called Witchery that stars both Linda Blair AND David Hasselhoff!  Yeah.  Chew on that for a minute.

Let’s All Watch The German Trailer For ‘Slugs’!

Hurry, everyone!  Grab a Pilsner, crank up the Rammstein, and put another sausage on the barbie!  Sorry, that joke was the wurst.  As was that one.  But yes, let’s get German!  Because I have quite possibly my favorite thing I’ve found in a while for you in this post.  And that is:  The German version of the trailer for the 1988 killer slug movie…..Slugs!  I did a post about the regular American version of the trailer like a sucker last year, but this one is far superior.  Just watch and listen, and try not giggle and have a fit when the voiceover guy says “Sluuuuugs!” (echo, echo, echo)

Frightening Funnies: The Son Of Svengoolie ‘Dr. Rābbees’ Commercial!

Please indulge me for a moment and take a trip down memory lane…….to a wondrous place called the Son Of Svengoolie show from the 80’s!  What???  You don’t know what the Son Of Svengoolie show was???  Well….if you didn’t live near Chicago and if you don’t peruse around Youtube a lot looking up old clips of 80’s horror movie shows, then you probably are clueless.  Let’s just say that the show was a HUGE part of my childhood and Sven is still on the air today on MeTV ( he’s now known as just Svengoolie though).

The point of this particular post is to spotlight a parody that was done on the Son Of Svengoolie show a loooooong time ago, which clearly was poking fun at David Naughton from An American Werewolf In London.  You see, before David was turning all fangy and hairy courtesy of make-up effects master Rick Baker in that classic 1981 movie…..he was peddling Dr. Pepper to the masses!

Amazing.  And I am curious how many of you out there wanted to be a Pepper too.  But anyway, Son Of Svengoolie periodically would do song parodies on his show and yes, he parodied the Dr. Pepper commercial.  Only instead of Dr. Pepper, it was called Dr. Rābbees!  Get it?  Because of the werewolf thing??  And werewolves might have rabies????  Anyway, here’s the clip and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do for the ridiculousness that it is.  And make sure and watch Svengoolie on MeTV every Saturday!

Dirty Horror Memory Lane: That Werewolf Movie Called ‘Full Eclipse’ (1993)

Quick!  What’s the best werewolf movie to come out in 1993???  Sort of a trick question…..because there was kind of only one werewolf movie that came out in 1993.  And that werewolf movie is…….Full Eclipse!  See, they probably didn’t want to call it Full Moon because that’s kinda too obvious.  Plus, in this movie – a full eclipse renders the werewolves to be indestructible, even against silver!  But enough gabbing about eclipses and whatnot, let’s watch the original trailer.  Oh, and sidenote:  Mario Van Peebles is in this!

Yeah, as you can gather from the trailer – there’s a shit ton of guns, jumping, biting, clawing, and Mr. Van Peebles in Full Eclipse.  I still remember seeing the VHS in my local video store (I believe it was the unrated version).  Directed by Anthony Hickox (who also directed Waxwork and Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth), this movie is the epitome of a guilty pleasure.

And if you are having a hankering to see Full Eclipse on the big screen, I have pretty sweet news if you live in the Los Angeles area.  There will be a special screening on February 7th at The Hayworth Theater in downtown LA……and Anthony Hickox will be in attendance!  Someone get Mario on the phone too while we’re at it.

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Dirty Horror’s Best & Worst Of 2019!

Spoiler Alert:  My favorite movie of 2019 was technically NOT a horror film.  But, there were quite a few pleasant surprises on the horror front this year.  And, there were some stinkers as well.  Let’s get to those stinkers first, so you can disinfect before I get to the good stuff.  Continue reading

Let’s Have Another Staring Contest…….

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Oh no!  It’s Grandpa from Silent Night, Deadly Night!  This staring contest will be challenging because Grandpa just literally stares ahead most of the time anyway……unless of course he’s talking and scaring the shit out of his grandson, Billy.  Focus!  Stare into Grandpa’s beady little eyes.  Don’t let the smell of Bengay that’s permeating off of his body distract you.  Or the urine smell from his adult diapers.  I said focus, dammit!  Wait – what’s this???  Billy’s brother Ricky just ran behind you and yelled “Garbage Day!” and Grandpa looked away!  You win!  But Ricky loses because Grandpa is now beating him with his cane.

Ebay Find Of The Week: Promotional ‘Sleepwalkers’ Satin Jacket!

What’s the one thing that always turns a lame holiday gift, into an amazing holiday gift. No, not alcohol.  Satin!  Yes, satin – the underrated fabric.  Well, if you’re looking for something incredibly satiny for that special person this year that loves 1990’s horror movies……then I’ve got just the thing for you.  Behold!  A promotional Sleepwalkers satin jacket!

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Ah yes – who wouldn’t love a satin Sleepwalkers jacket?  A great movie, it is not – but a fun one at the end of the day.  I always love perusing around on eBay by the way, looking at all of the old promotional horror movie merchandise that’s up there.  Sometimes you can find some real gems.  Not sure if this satin goodness falls into that category, but it’s a fine jacket.  And it’s only $200!  Wait, wait – come back!  I’m sure the seller will negotiate on the price if you need them to.

You can check out the listing HERE, where you can also see a front view of the jacket on a creepy mannequin wearing a Giants baseball hat for some reason.  Happy Holidays!