Give Me The Creeps: ‘Hanging Around’ From ‘Sinister’ (2012)

There’s nothing like an effective creepy beginning scene to a horror movie.  Especially a scene that makes you feel uneasy, like if you’re watching a snuff film that you shouldn’t be. Fun Fact:  I loved the 2012 movie Sinister.  The sequel that came out in 2015, not so much.  But the original kinda blew me away, and in the horror world it actually attempted to do something a little different.  That’s a rare feat nowadays, and one of the things that I loved about Sinister was the opening scene.  No set up.  No warning.

I still remember watching this scene in the theater.  I squirmed in my seat a little and may have squeezed the hand of the person next to me (who may have been a stranger). Luckily for Sinister, the rest of the movie followed suit with the creepiness (lawn mower scene, anyone?) and we even got a satisfying equally creepy ending too.  Too bad Sinister 2 sucked ass, but at least we have the original to fall back on if we ever need to see how it’s done right.  I’ll be attending Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood this weekend and they will have a partial maze built around the Sinister universe.  If they’re smart, they’ll somehow incorporate this ‘hanging family’ scene into it. Now – fuck you, Sinister for giving me the creeps!

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?

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 – Annabelle: Creation (2017)

It’s hard to believe that The Conjuring spinoff flick called Annabelle came out almost 3 years ago.  It seems like just yesterday that I was throwing tomatoes at the screen and yelling obscenities after watching that atrocity.  But, I have good news!  A prequel to that very movie called Annabelle: Creation has arrived and……….wait for it…………..it’s good!!!  Oh – and pretty fucking scary too.   Continue reading

Let’s Have Another Staring Contest…….

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Oh.  Hi Annabelle.  Ok – just because you have a brand new movie coming out in a few weeks, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to beat us at this staring contest.  My, what big eyes you have though.  Ok, time to stay focused.  Don’t be distracted by her rosy cheeks. Don’t be distracted by her pigtails and fancy bangs.  Just try and think about…….wait. Why am I peeing my pants?  Dammit, Annabelle!  You possessed me and made me piss myself, thus making me lose the staring contest!  Arrrgh.  Go see Annabelle: Creation on August 11th in theaters.  She made me say that too.

Beware Of ‘Pennywise The Dancing Clown’ And His………………Wig!!!!!!!!

I for one, am very excited about the upcoming revamped movie version of Stephen King’s IT.  I’ve been reading the novel to better prepare myself, and luckily there has been tons of new merchandise popping up to give the anticipation a little boost.  Case in point, the brand new Funko Pop! figures that were announced and revealed this week.  There will be 4 in total as of right now:  A regular orange-haired Pennywise that holds a paper boat, one that holds a balloon (Hot Topic Exclusive), a special ‘Chase’ version with a more sepia color tone, and then the Walmart Exclusive of Pennywise……….in a wig!

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Oh my shit.  Now at first glance, I would expect some My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy to be playing while I look at this figure.  Emo Pennywise is pretty rad.  I guess. But anyway, this is indeed a big scene from the trailer (and movie) for IT where Pennywise is wearing a wig – masking himself until he reveals his true self to The Loser’s Club.  Did it need it’s own figure?  Ehhhhh – maybe not.  It does make me want to go buy some Pantene shampoo or something though.  Regardless of my feelings for this particular Funko Pop!, I am digging the other ones and succumbed to the pressure and bought a ‘Chase’ version on eBay yesterday.  I wouldn’t mind a figure based on The Leper from the book btw.  Now get ready for IT, as it floats into theaters on September 8th!  That bad pun was free of charge.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Murderous Mirror’ From ‘Death Spa’ (1989)

Have you ever been in your gym having a nice workout and wondered if it was possessed?  Maybe the bad body odor going through the air can play tricks on your mind, making you think that something is controlling everyone’s smelly armpits.  Well, I’m here to tell you that your gym probably isn’t haunted.  But in the 1989 horror movie Death Spa (also awesomely known as Witch Bitch), there is a haunted gym/spa and it’s killing people in fun ways!

Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday, where I am indeed highlighting the movie Death Spa.  A first-time watch for me recently, this movie is pure 80’s horror cheesy greatness.  How I let this one slip by me for this long is beyond me.  And one of the things that makes it great, besides the 80’s aerobic outfits and multiple boob sightings, are some inventive kills.  Case in point, the one below where a woman is literally torn apart by a shattering mirror.  But don’t take my word for it – click below to see, and do yourself a favor and watch the whole movie.  And horror favorite Ken Foree is in it too!

*RIP George Romero*

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Not really an easy way to start this one, and I honestly never really write any kind of ‘In Memorium‘ posts….but this is for George FUCKING Romero.  So if anyone deserves a little of my horror sympathy and respect, it’s this man.

Anybody who knows me knows that I have pretty much been living and breathing horror since I was about 8-years-old.  But how did it start?  The simple, yet obvious, answer: George Romero.  I remember sitting in my Grandmother’s kitchen flipping through the channels (literally turning the dial, which is what you had to do back then) on her black and white TV.  And I stumbled upon an airing of Night Of The Living Dead.  I remember how much it stuck with me.  Not just the look of it, the characters, and the music – but the fact that zombies were mesmerizing.  Shortly after watching it, I also remember being back at my house and looking out my living room window constantly……looking for zombies.  I had nightmares.  A lot of nightmares.  But you know what?  I loved it.

When I was old enough, I was able to finally watch Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead.  Equally blown away as I was by it’s predecessor, George Romero was not only iconic for the introduction of ‘his’ zombies – but also for the social commentary strewn throughout his movies.  He took risks, and had his finger on the pulse of what was going on in the world around the time of all of his films.  These weren’t just zombie movies with guts and gore (although that was much appreciated) – they were zombie movies that were actually saying something.  Casting minorities into leading roles wasn’t necessarily the norm back then, especially in horror movies.  George paved the way, and even has had influence on films as recent as Jordan Peele’s 2017 hit Get Out.

We have lost a good one, people.  Not just a horror icon, but an icon in general.  Romero was set to produce an upcoming film titled Road Of The Dead, which at this point is probably the final project he was involved in.  The Walking Dead is a huge mainstream success – and if and when you watch it, think about the influence of George Romero. True fact:  George hated the ‘fast zombie’ craze.  So kudos to The Walking Dead for staying true to his original zombie traits (even though he had spoken out against the show).  Aside from Romero’s zombie films, he also directed the underrated vampire film Martin.  And don’t forget about Creepshow (an all-time fav), The Crazies, Monkey Shines, and The Dark Half.  He will always be remembered as ‘The Godfather Of Zombies’ though, so do yourself a favor and honor his memory by watching any or all of his films this week.  A true horror legend is gone, but never forgotten.