Oh my stars, it’s time for Sunday Bloody Sunday again! So let’s begin and say that I enjoyed the hell out of last year’s Candyman, even though I know some of you hated it. Yeah, you. I see you. But anyway, I think we can all agree (hopefully) that the art museum scene – where two characters justifiably meet their demise – was just a beautifully shot, and somewhat creepy scene. Need more convincing if you’re on the fence, check the link below!
Now, that’s some good carnage! I know it may be tame violence-wise in today’s horror world (The Sadness upped the ante on everything), but it’s some nice throat and ankle slashing nonetheless. The cinematography and style is one of the main things that draws me to this remake/reboot. Just a gorgeous horror film to admire from beginning to end. Ok, I’ll stop babbling now and buzz off.
Halloween is six months away. It seems like an eternity to most of us All Hallows’ Eve fanatics. So we relish in any and every opportunity to get into the spirit before October rolls around. And if you were in LA this past weekend, you were able to get your fix (and then some) because the Spooky Swap Meet returned once again to the Heritage Square Museum!
I must confess – this was my first time experiencing the Spooky Swap Meet…..and I left with my Halloween heart filled with joy, and also the bag I brought was filled with T-shirts and other spooky trinkets that I purchased from the many amazing vendors there. One of the things that makes this event that more special is that it takes place at the Heritage Square Museum, which is comprised of old Victorian-style houses to further set the mood!
When I walked in, I immediately felt like it was October. Frightfully delicious decor was everywhere, and they were even handing out little bags to go trick-or-treating at the houses! Not only that, but there were creepy characters walking about (some on stilts) – so it truly felt like a Halloween-time celebration. As I eluded to earlier, there were plenty of vendors to satisfy your urge to add to your horror-themed wardrobe and overall collection. I would honestly love to see what this experience could be like at night as well, so maybe they can make that happen in the future.
When the Spooky Swap Meet returns, please make sure to check it out. Stay connected to their social media and keep an eye out on their site HERE. Thank you to everyone who helped put this together, because now my Halloween scratch has been itched!
Once in a while, an 80’s horror movie hidden gem appears on my radar that I never really knew anything about. I remember seeing something pop up that Scream Factory was releasing a 1988 film called Twice Dead (in limited form nonetheless), but I glazed over it like a donut (now I want a donut) and completely forgot about it. That is until I was perusing the free streaming site Tubi and Twice Dead appeared! So of course I watched it, and it is a delightful little underrated 80’s horror flick. And here are 4 reasons why you should go watch it now!
Someone dies at the hand of a possessed motorcycle!
Todd Bridges from Diff’rent Strokes is in it!
But anyway, you see that I have a lot of excitement for Todd Bridges being in it. But aside from that, Twice Dead is a true 80’s cheesy horror movie treasure that you should seek out now on Tubi. And a quick sidenote: Tubi has some amazing ‘hidden gem’ horror movies up right now, especially from the 80’s and 90’s. And now I’ll leave you with the poster art for the movie, which I think is pretty snazzy.
There are great guitarists and then there’s John 5. Being Rob Zombie’s guitarist for over 15 years now is possibly what he’s most known for, but have you ever seen him live? Better question: Have you ever seen him live on one of his solo tours? I was fortunate enough to see him (I’ve seen him with Rob a ton of times) a few years ago and it blew my mind. What he does to that guitar should be illegal, and I mean that in the absolute best possible way. John 5’s new SINNER tour starts this month on April 19th (that date is sold out btw), and runs through mid-June:
With special guests The Haxans??? But who are The Haxans you ask? Well it’s the duo of Rob Zombie bassist Piggy D and New Years Day vocalist Ash Costello (swoon….)! They’ll be supporting John on a good chunk of this tour. But seriously though (and I’m not just blowing smoke up your ass), go check out this tour and you can go HERE for more info, tickets, merch, and copies of his newest album SINNER (which is what this tour is supporting of course). I’ll see you at the Garden Grove show if you’re there! Might even buy you a drink if you’re good.
Oh! How could I forget. Go check out both John 5 and Piggy D this summer on Rob Zombie’s ‘FREAKS ON PARADE tour, featuring support from Mudvayne, Static-X, and Powerman 5000!
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “Tony, was there ever a terrible 80’s slasher movie that starred that Body By Jake exercise video guy?” I bet about 100 people think this every day actually. I’m here to finally not only answer that question and thought, but to also present to you the trailer for that very movie called Home Sweet Home! Be warned though, the trailer pretty much shows the entire movie in a little over a minute. Not that it matters.
There’s a lot to unpack here: That Griswold family looking station wagon, the woman who’s not wearing a bra, the apparent electrocution of a mime, the close-up of the old lady at the end that clearly isn’t a real old lady, and last but not least…..Jake Steinfeld’s hair. It’s also clear that he had been doing his own workout video before he shot this movie, because dude is buff. Buffness aside, this is a stupidly fun stereotypical 80’s slasher movie that a lot of people probably don’t know about. So seek out Home Sweet Home if you can, and enjoy the cheese. Now I want some cheese. Cheddar, more specifically.
So I’m sitting there watching a slasher throwback from 2012 called The Sleeper for the first time the other night, and just when I thought things couldn’t get better (that’s not total sarcasm, it’s actually a decent little flick) a random out-of-the-blue synchronized dance segment pops up.
I know what you’re saying to yourself: Did they really just transition from ‘The Running Man‘ to ‘The Funky Chicken‘??? Yes. Yes they did. I know something else you’re probably saying to yourself: Why is this scene almost 2 minutes long and why are white people such terrible dancers? Well, I wish I had answers to both of those questions, but alas…..I don’t. All I do know is that we were all waiting for someone to start doing the ‘little kicks with the thumbs‘ dance. I see my few Seinfeld fans out there nodding their heads. But anyway, feel free to watch this clip if you ever want to feel better about yourself as a dancer. Sweet Fancy Moses!
Finally!! Finally we are getting somewhat back to normal and horror conventions are popping back up! And there is no bigger horror convention this year, than the gore-ious spectacle that is Monsterpalooza! And it’s all going down at The Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California on June 3-5.
Now….not much has been revealed so far about special guests, but I can tell you that Pinhead himself Doug Bradley will be there! And how about Jason Voorhees himself Kane Hodder! Make sure to ask him to choke you. More guests, panels, and events will be announced in the next few months – but for now just know that you’ll see a ton of ghoulish vendors, amazing make-up artists, and spooky special exhibits. And don’t forget to dress up! Just because it’s happening in the summer, doesn’t mean you can’t put your freaky makeup and costumes on.
Go grab your tickets and/or make some hotel reservations for Monsterpalooza 2022HERE, and I will scare you there!
Upon seeing the underwhelming trailer for the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie that’s coming out this month on Netflix, it got me to thinking that maybe I had been too hard on some of the franchise’s previous sequel/reboot efforts. So I took Texas Chainsaw from 2013 for another spin and the impression it left me with (besides Alexandra Daddario having an amazing shirt), was that the carnival scene was such a wasted opportunity! Gadzooks!
Now, I will say that this scene gave me a smile and a chuckle (kind of like Jason Voorhees walking around New York for all but 15 minutes) – but they could have done so much more, and there should have been so much more chainsaw carnage! And I’m sorry – but who dropped the ball on letting Leatherface take a quick break and play a carnival game?? Wasted opportunity. And who are the ad wizards that came up with him NOT riding the Ferris wheel?? Another wasted opportunity.
I guess the ridiculous chainsaw throw at the end was alright, until Leatherface scurried into the woods like a scared possum. But I digress. How about Alexandra Daddario’s shirt though? In any event, be sure to check out the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Netflix starting February 18th. Carnival most likely not included this time.
Oh man – nothing got ol’ Gene Siskel riled up more than those damn 80’s slasher movies! And he was fired up and fuming over our favorite Valentine’s Day themed horror movie, My Bloody Valentine back in 1981.
I always just have to chuckle when Siskel & Ebert would review horror movies. At least they acknowledged that Halloween was good in this review, and I admire Roger for even mentioning New Year’s Evil – but geez were they a couple of Grumpy Guses. The funny thing is, I had just watched a review they did for Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and they loved it! Granted, it’s a much better film than My Bloody Valentine – but two completely different styles obviously. Don’t listen to Ebenezer Siskel though, folks – you go watch My Bloody Valentine by yourself or with your significant other next month, and you cheer on Harry Warden while he murders those kids that look like they’re in their 30’s! It’s what any 80’s slasher movie would want you to do.
Holy shit – another year down…..and another year that Mister Covid reared his/her ugly head and kept a lot of people out of the theaters (again). But…..throughout all of that mess, us horror fans still had plenty to cheer for in 2021! Now, below are a few of my personal favorites of this past year – followed by a few stinkers that were super stinky and really stunk like poo poo. I hope you enjoyed that last sentence because it was written by a 5-year-old. Let’s get to it!