Monday Bloody Monday: ‘Exploding Head On A Plate’ From ‘The Horror Show’ (1989)

I realized while I was eating breakfast the other day, that I haven’t had a lot of posts on my site focusing on exploding heads.  Yes, it was a random thought – but an important one nonetheless.  Because now I can start to go in the right direction, and I’ll even kick things off with a lesser known exploding head to boot!

Welcome to Monday Bloody Monday (sometimes known as Sunday Bloody Sunday) where I am indeed showcasing a very special exploding head.  And not just any exploding head – an exploding head from the 1989 movie The Horror Show!  Or as some of you may know it, House III (which really never made much sense to me).  So what do you get in the following clip besides an exploding head on a plate?  Well, you get Lance Henriksen yelling!  How’s that for doubling down?  Get at it below:

It’s Random ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ Pic Time!

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Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen) and his good friend Pumpkinhead (1988)

Anticipation Alert: Stung (2015)

One of my worst memories as a child was excitedly running through the park by my house to get to my favorite swing on the playground.  That’s not the bad part – the bad part is when I unknowingly stepped on a bee and got stung.  Oh the pain that I would incur for about five agonizing minutes was torture to a young boy.  And ever since then, I was terrified of bees.

Which brings me to the real point of this post, which is to share with you my anticipation for an upcoming horror/comedy that centers around bees (more specifically: wasps) called Stung.

Lance Henriksen?  Giant Killer Wasps?  Lance Henriksen?!?!  Now, I’m more than willing to push my fear of bees to the side so I can sit down and fully enjoy Stung when it’s released later this year.  Obviously it’s not to be taken seriously and is definitely more in the horror/comedy range instead of straight horror.  Watching this trailer honestly makes me want to go watch some other giant killer bug movies like Ticks and Mosquito.  Get ready for Stung to come buzzing to theaters (sorry for that bad pun) sometime later this year and early reviews from screenings have been positive so far.  By the way, did you know that if you do ever get stung by a bee, you should put a mixture of baking soda and water on it?  It diminishes the pain and hardens the stinger so it pops out. You learned something today!

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Ebay Find Of The Week: Pumpkinhead Coffee Mug

Tired of your old coffee mug?  Have you been craving one that reminds you of a large demonic creature from the depths of hell that comes to exact revenge thanks to a creepy witch summoning him?

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If you can’t read or maybe don’t have your glasses on, I’ll tell you what that is. It’s a rare Pumpkinhead promotional coffee mug given out to video shop owners back in 1988 when the movie was released on VHS.  Now even though it doesn’t have the face of the great creature that the late Stan Winston created, it’s still a nice little slice of horror nostalgia, especially if you’re a coffee drinker.  Head on over to the listing HERE on Ebay and ‘Buy It Now’ for a reasonable $17!

Anticipation Alert: Harbinger Down (2014)

You had me at practical effects.  And also, Lance Henriksen.  That’s what I said after I first read about the independent Sci-Fi/Horror movie, Harbinger Down, a few months back.  Funded primarily from Kickstarter, it’s been boasting around town (with good intent mind you) that it’s going back to the good ol’ days of animatronics, prosthetic makeup, and one of my favs:  stop motion effects.  And it’s about f*cking time!

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Any movie that pays homage to The Thing and Alien has a pretty good start going for it.  I’m holding out hope though that it ends up with better results than this year’s alien abduction indie Sci-Fi/Horror flick, Almost Human.  For those interested in the premise of Harbinger Down, it goes a little something like this:

A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Old school plot.  Old school effects.  And an old school teaser trailer to boot that you can check out below.  Stay tuned for more info on Harbinger Down and look for a release date soon!

Review: Son Of Monsterpalooza Convention In Burbank, CA

This past Saturday, my day was spent walking by severed body parts, Lance Henriksen, zombified hookers, and that asshole judge from Syfy’s show Face Off.  Not a bad way to spend the day and much better than going to Bed Bath and Beyond. Where was I you ask?  At the Son Of Monsterpalooza make-up fx/horror convention in Burbank, California of course!  Having been to the now defunct Weekend Of Horrors convention numerous times, this was my first time checking out the Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank and now that I’ve been, it definitely won’t be my last.

*a crowded airplane’s worst nightmare*

Normally done in April, Monsterpalooza spawned the Son Of Monsterpalooza for the first time due to popular demand and judging from the crowd, it will be a staple to have this event two times a year from now on!    Continue reading