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Sunday, April 30, 2017

J.P.’s Top 5 Boogeyman Movies Intro and Honorable Mentions




The Bogeyman (usually spelled boogeyman in the U.S.) is a common allusion to a creature in most cultures that is used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief or general misbehaviour, depending on what purpose needs serving. In some cases, the bogeyman is a nickname for the Devil. Bogeyman tales vary by region but all regions have at least one. To most adults the Bogeyman is mythical, a tool to keep children in line. According to children, he’s definitely real, and lurking in all the dark corners of their imagination. As for these movies, they explore the legend and the reality of one of our oldest fears… the embodiment of evil that is waiting for us to drop our guard.


“Hush, hush, hush, here comes the boogeyman, do not run away from him he'll catch you if he can...." ~ Henry Hall


Honorable Mentions:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.


Oogie Boogie is your Oogie Boogie man. How can you not be little creeped out by this bug infested creature that lurks in the darkness and sings about his evil exploits!


And


A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.


Normally we don’t think of ANoES as a boogeyman movie, but it is. They even call Freddie that a few times. But, again, we think of it more as a slasher, thus the honorable. Either way it is classic you can’t live without.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

On this day in horror history.... April 29th, 1980


On this day in horror history.... considered to be one of the, if not the, greatest horror/suspense film maker of all time, Alfred Hitchcock dies. Known for 'Vertigo', 'The Birds' and a personal favorite of mine, 'Psycho'. Alfred set the standard for what horror film making should be. Blending elements of suspense and shock and awe, he created the slasher genre and made some of the most memorable films of the 50's and 60's. The world was a less terrifying place when he left this mortal coil.



J.P.’s Random Review: Killer Pinata (2015)




A possessed piñata, seeking to avenge the savagery that humanity has inflicted on his kind, picks off a group of friends, one by one, in an unending night of terror. (IMDB)


Director: Stephen Tramontana; Writer: Megan Macmanus; Stars: Lindsay Ashcroft, Nate Bryan, Billy Chengary





Before viewing KILLER PINATA the expectation is something similar to the brilliance that is ThanksKillling. In fact the filmmakers make sure to thank the evil Turkie in the credits. What we get is something closer to Rubber with a huge chunk of Chuckie. Sadly, our evil killer pinata does not have any nasty one liners, which I was really hoping for when the first 10 minutes brilliantly teased the possibilities. The next hour and a half that makes up the full story line contains sparse nuggets of comedy brilliance, clever kills, and quite a few “what the hell” moments. So yes, there is a killer pinata, his backstory is Chuckie like, and there are times he has some kind of special powers to turn people into puppets. Most of the kills make you wonder if there’s a message in there about candy, and a castration scene. Those are just a few of the nuggets I mentioned to look forward too without spoiling it.



Condensed down to its basic elements, KILLER PINATA would be a fantastic short film. In its entirety the acting can’t seem to keep up with the preposterous nature of the subject matter. Bit of the story seem to fluff to fill fill time while a greatest hits of all the best scenes would have been hilarious and plenty. While the little noises the pinata made were funny, I still kind of want some nasty one liners, I mean there were plenty of opportunities for it. Either that or KILLER PINATA needs to be MST3K’d.





See KILLER PINATA on Amazon!




Thursday, April 27, 2017

On this day in horror history.... April 27th, 1980


On this day in horror history.... another of the Italian horror legends, Mario Bava, passes away. Known for surch classics as, 'Black Sabbath', 'Evil Eye' and 'Lisa and the Devil'. Mario stood side by side with the other foreign masters of the day. A truly sad day in horror history.



my top 12.... 'Friday the 13th' films - number 8


With the upcoming release of the new 'Friday the 13th: The Game', on Xbox One, it's had me thinking a lot about one of my favorite franchises. Granted, it's a bit of a guilty pleasure, Jason has always held a soft spot in my heart among the horror icons. With a new film seemingly in development hell, there is a bright spot with the fan made 'Never Hike Alone', currently in production. However, there's 12 other feature films that have been released since 1980 and I thought it might be fun to rank them, according to which ones I consider to be the best. So here we go, my personal top 12 'Friday the 13th' movies....

Number 8) Friday the 13th part II

Hot off the heels of the original, the studio wanted a sequel. Still a fairly new concept, they did their best to continue the story, but this time.... with Jason in the lead. This film works pretty well, over all, but killing off your most popular character in the first 10 minutes was not the best idea in the world. A solid entry into the franchise and one that still holds up pretty well. 3 out of 5 stars.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On this day in horror history.... April 26th, 2002


On this day in horror history.... the only 'Friday the 13th' film I was able to see in the theaters, 'Jason X' is released. One of the originators of the idea to launch a floundering franchise into space. 'Jason X' took a proven formula and moved it to uncharted waters. Sadly, the experiment didn't really work to well, but it gave way for several other franchises to do the same. It put a nail, almost, into the coffin of Jason, but he still keeps coming back.



Electro-Metal Collective KILL THE PRECEDENT Reveals NSFW Music Video for "Lesser of Two Evils"


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New Album Some Version Of The Truth Order via Bandcamp & Amazon

KILL THE PRECEDENT's music is often described as dangerous, unpredictable and unexplainable. Their new music video for "Lesser of Two Evils" - directed by Brian Cox of Flarelight Films - follows suit, starring a guy who just can't seem to find himself a "wholesome girlfriend" through Tinder, no matter how hard he tries! The video depicts the dangers of internet dating and how you can never really trust who is on the other side of the screen. The track itself is violent, vicious and explodes on impact with speedy brutality.
 
WARNING - this video is VERY NSFW and not for the faint of heart! Watch now viaPunkNews.orghttps://www.punknews.org/article/63097/kill-the-precedent-lesser-of-two-evils-punknews-exclusive
 
Vocalist Twig the Exfoliator says, "You never really know who you're going to meet on Tinder, and in this case, who's to say it went wrong? Maybe that's exactly what we all need every once in a while - a rude awakening to find out that someone is not the perfect match the internet says they'll be! You have to be careful out there! When you open yourself up to internet dating, you're potentially opening yourself up to CRAZY."

KILL THE PRECDENT - featuring Twig the Exfoliator [vocals], The Ugly American [vocals], Tapeworm [guitar, electronics], Catastrofiend [guitar, visuals], Jimmy Hazard [guitar], Jon the Jew [bass], and Sgt. Pepper [drums] - raze and shred expectations with a singular style of crossover gonzo gutter thrash fueled by reckless punk abandon on Some Version of the Truth.
 
Since their formation and the release of 2013's Dialogues with the Dead, the band has stirred up a furious local following and national fervor. They've received acclaim from press and fans alike and their live shows have become the stuff of legend, with the band often appearing in costumes and treating their performances like a theatrical party. One night will be priests versus boy scouts, while the next is cops and robbers or even a zombie beach party!
 
In late 2016, the KILL THE PRECEDENT entered Pus Caverns in Sacramento, CA with producer Joe Johnston. They quickly cut the Some Version of the Truth's seven anthems, composing the singles "Two Way Mirrors" and "Watch What You Think" in the studio.
 
Ultimately, Some Version of the Truth stands out as smoldering, sizzling, and scorching proof that rock music can still surprise in 2017.
 
Some Version of the Truth Track Listing:
1) Two Way Mirrors
2) Lesser of Two Evils
3) Down North
4) Watch What You Think
5) Irrational Anthem
6) A Song for Slit Wrists
7) Dictated Not Read
 
KILL THE PRECEDENT is:
Twig the Exfoliator - Vocals
The Ugly American - Vocals
Tapeworm - Guitar/Electronics
Catastrofiend - Guitar/Visuals
Jimmy Hazard - Guitar
Jon the Jew - Bass
Sgt. Pepper - Drums
 
KILL THE PRECEDENT Online:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kill Time and Stress With These Horror Adult Coloring Books!


Enter the Kill Time Coloring Book series.



The Amazon description of the coloring book by Horror Movie Classics adds, “This book is designed to give you peace of mind. Instead of cussing at the person that made you mad, color the anger way. Release the tension in your life by coloring some of the greatest horror kills of all time.” You can pick up these gems for only $6.99 and free shipping for Prime members.

Volume One contains classic Jason Voorhees and fan-favorite Friday the 13th kill scenes. So that one would be ideal in stress relief coloring therapy while imagining the spilled blood of thine enemies.
Volume Two offers a variety of slashers and classic horror icons in their iconic settings. Slashers such as Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Michael Myers, and Leatherface take over the pages in this edition.

Monday, April 24, 2017

On this day in horror history.... April 24th, 1914


On this day in horror history.... The king of the theatrical gimmick, William Castle, is born. He took an already proven genre, horror, and put it on it's ear. Creating interactive film going, that made the audience a part of the action on the screen! Shocking people in their seats (literally), having ghosts swinging from the rafters and many other wonderful scary treats. Mr. Castle was never one to back down from finding a new way to make money.



LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN


Canadian micro-publisher Spectacular Optical is pleased to announce a new book focused on the career of French fantasy and horror filmmaker Jean Rollin, LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN, penned by all women critics, scholars and film historians. Set to be released in the summer of 2017, this collection of essays covers the wide range of Rollin’s career from 1968’s LE VIOL DU VAMPIRE through his 2010 swansong, LE MASQUE DE LA MÉDUSE, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime and sex films—including many lesser seen titles. The book closely examines Rollin’s core themes: his focus on overwhelmingly female protagonists, his use of horror genre and exploitation tropes, his reinterpretations of the fairy tale and fantastique, the influence of crime serials, Gothic literature and the occult, as well as much more.

LOST GIRLS is the third book in Spectacular Optical’s ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books, which includes KID POWER! (2014) and SATANIC PANIC: POP CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s (2015) and will precede the previously announced YULETIDE TERROR: CHRISTMAS HORROR IN FILM AND TELEVISION, which will be released in fall of 2017.

Curated and edited by Samm Deighan (DIABOLIQUE), contributors to LOST GIRLS include some of the most important critical voices to emerge over the last decade of genre journalism: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (SENSES OF CINEMA), Kat Ellinger (DIABOLIQUE), Virginie Selavy (ELECTRIC SHEEP), Alison Nastasi (SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s), Marcelline Block (ART DECADES), Rebecca Booth (DIABOLIQUE), Michelle Alexander (CINEMADROME), Lisa Cunningham (THE LAUGHING DEAD: THE HORROR-COMEDY FILM FROM BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN TO ZOMBIELAND), Heather Drain (DANGEROUS MINDS), Erin Miskell (THAT’S NOT CURRENT), Gianna D’Emilio (DIABOLIQUE)—and more to be confirmed.

More details, including cover art, full table of contents, and information about the book’s forthcoming crowdfunding campaign will be announced in April 2017.

About Spectacular Optical:
Owned and operated by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN) with managing editor Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com), Spectacular Optical is a Canadian indie press that specializes in film and pop culture books, in addition to featuring articles, essays and interviews on the Spectacular Optical website on a year-round basis. www.spectacularoptical.ca

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Tingler (1959) Classic Review



A pathologist discovers and captures a creature that lives in every vertebrate and grows when fear grips its host unless you "Scream for your lives!"



Directed by William Castle, written by Robb White, and starring Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, and Darryl Hickman



I really wish I could have been a teenager during the dawn of the William Castle gimmicks! Back when the insanity of something as simple as planting screaming and fainting guests or using smells and vibrations to enhance the film watching experience. Watching a film like The Tingler makes me nostalgic for a time I'll never get to experience. Now all we get is an over abundance of 3D like films and the promise of a ghost possessing out smartphones. Alas, unless I can find an old theater to renovate and a group of obsessed film students to help me ala Popcorn style (without the live snuff film element, preferably) I don't suppose it will ever happen.



Ok, so despite the fact the entire concept is silly and, in light of todays technology, archaic, I love this film. Notable aspects include... the opening warning from the director “Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic! But SCREAM! Scream for your lives!” ...the use of black of white with the bathtube of cleverly placed red (haven't seen this since The Blob)... Vincent Price is masterfully stoic, legitamately creepy and creeped out... and the realization that some people in the audience got to enjoy tingles of their own (via a vibrating seat aka Percepto!)... Lets face it, despite what Jason and Mike say there is nothing about this film that you shouldn't love!



So if you can find an old theater to show this, or just about any of the gimmicked Castle films with SpectraVision, Smell O' Rama, etc.) don't rob yourself of the experience! As a general movie watch it's still fun!

Got any thoughts/questions/concerns for J.P.? Leave a comment below, E-mail, shoot him a message on Twitter, or on Creepercast!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

On this day in horror history.... April 22nd, 1935


On this day in horror history.... A film like no other, 'The Bride of Frankenstein' is released. The follow up to James Whales' original masterpiece, this film raised the bar for Universal horror. Almost to the point, of no one being able to surpass it. Containing comedic elements among the horror, it combined one of the original movie monsters with a mate. The fact that it still holds up today, is a tribute to Mr. Whale and what he created.



Random Review: Axeman at Cutters Creek (2013)



Nine vacationing twenty-somethings are hunted by an axe-wielding local legend.



Writer/Director Joston Theney presents an homage to all the classic B slashers in true indy form with The Axeman. Sadly the acting falls flat, with the notable exception of the robbers at the beginning of the film, and Scot Pollard (Survivor TV Series) is the perfect axe wielding murderer. Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here) is also a familiar face. The sub plots are confusing and are only there for fluff, but I disagree with most critics that the legend of the axeman needs more back story. I like my villains to be big question marks that just like to kill. The Axeman is still worthy while binge watching your favorite slashers. Now available on all media platforms.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

my top 12.... 'Friday the 13th' films - number 9


With the upcoming release of the new 'Friday the 13th: The Game', on Xbox One, it's had me thinking a lot about one of my favorite franchises. Granted, it's a bit of a guilty pleasure, Jason has always held a soft spot in my heart among the horror icons. With a new film seemingly in development hell, there is a bright spot with the fan made 'Never Hike Alone', currently in production. However, there's 12 other feature films that have been released since 1980 and I thought it might be fun to rank them, according to which ones I consider to be the best. So here we go, my personal top 12 'Friday the 13th' movies....

Number 9) Friday the 13th part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Another trick, used in the horror genre, when you've kind of run out of ideas. Take your main character and put them into a new environment. In this case, New York. While the concept works pretty well, when Jason is ACTUALLY in New York, the other 80% of the movie is spent on a boat. I get that it's hard to make a lower budget horror film in a big city, but think that through before committing to the idea. 3 out of 5 stars.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On this day in horror history.... April 19th, 2013


On this day in horror history.... Rob Zombie's polarizing tale of witches, 'The Lords of Salem' is released. Unfortunately panned by the critics and causing a large divide among his fans, this film was a throwback to a time, when films consisted of a slow burn. Beautifully shot and mesmerizing to watch, this one is unique among it's peers. Love it or hate it, 'The Lords of Salem' is something unique to behold.



Doom/Death Metal Duo MONTFAUCON Stream Entire New Album "Renaissance"


Listen Now, Exclusively via Invisible Oranges | Order Now via Bandcamp
 
Mixed & Mastered by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Katatonia)

MONTFAUCON - the medieval era-inspired doom/death metal concept project from Uzbekistani duo Valentin Mayamsin and Michel Cadenzar -  released their six-track album, Renaissance. The album can be ordered now via BandcampInvisible Oranges is exclusively streaming Renaissance in full. Listen here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/montfaucon-renaissansce-album-premiere/
 
Valentin Mayamsin states, "These tracks on Renaissance are restless ghosts of unreleased songs have been haunting us for many years. Now it's time to release them and turn a new page in the history of MONTFAUCON! We've been waiting to release this record for many years. It's been quite a journey, and we never thought the path would be so long and windy. We were able to overcome many barriers and are grateful for the support of friends and fans all over the globe. We put a lot of effort and thought into this piece of art. We hope you enjoy the album as much as we do!"
 
MONTFAUCON resonates with historic tales of violence and upheaval, exploring the implications and consequences of emotional turmoil, aggression and fear. Renaissance - which features mixing and mastering from death metal veteran Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Katatonia) - is a majestic, eclectic and musically diverse portrait of darkness, desperation and barbarism that presents a new perspective on the ever-shifting landscape of extreme metal.
 
Renaissance track listing:
1. Prisoner
2. I Was A Warrior
3. Alone
4. Mastermind
5. Insanity
6. The Last Night
 
MONTFAUCON achieves a sound that's at once brutal and beautiful, alternately direct and dizzying. Renaissance draws from black metal, progressive doom and symphonic metal influences, accented by Michel's complex, haunting piano melodies. From one song to the next, there are hints of well-known acts such as Satyricon, Darkthone, Cradle of Filth, Death, Opeth and Pink Floyd, as well as traces of more obscure artists, including Lux Occulta, Dominion and My Dying Bride.
 
It's incredible that Valentin and Michel have crafted such diverse, high-impact and intensely melodic songs from opposite parts of the world (Valentin resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, while Michel continues to reside in their native Uzbekestan). What's even more impressive is that as forward-thinking as the songs on Renaissance are, the skeletons were written years ago, and early versions of some of the tracks were played on metal radio in Uzbekistan, and were well received by the region's loyal underground scene.
 
When it was time for Valentin to start putting Renaissance together back in his home studio in San Francisco, he struggled at first to find the right gear and learn how to use it. Since he didn't have much experience with home recording, he experienced several setbacks. To make sure the songs sounded as good on the digital files as they did when he played them in his living room, Valentin hired The Faceless guitarist Michael Keene to help him assemble a rig that would yield a high quality recording.
 
For metal fans who are excited to hear more, MONTFAUCON are already working on five or six new death/prog songs that will leave listeners speechless. Until then, Renaissance should be inspiring and enthralling enough to keep listeners completely satisfied.
 
MONTFAUCON online:

MONTFAUCON is:
Michel Cadenzar - piano, keyboards, sampling
Valentin Mayamsin - guitars, bass, vocals, sampling

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Survival Thriller THE DARK BELOW Now Available

Douglas Schulze (MIMESIS, DARK FIELDS) brings us his fourth an most daring film. THE DARK BELOW is a tense, fear driven film that utilizes minimal dialog to tell the story of a woman (Lauren Mae Shafer) struggling for survival beneath a frozen lake while a serial killer (David G.B. Brown) stalks her from the surface. 
With its bone-chilling soundtrack by multiplatinum recording artist Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill, The Beastie Boys) and a searing supporting performance by Veronica Cartwirght (ALIEN, 24: LEGACY), THE DARK BELOW, which played several high profile genre film festivals - including Fantasia International Film Festival, FrightFest UK, Monsters of Film in Sweden and Toronto After Dark - has been celebrated by critics and audiences alike.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monster Pictures is proud to announce the Australian home entertainment release of THE GREASY STRANGLER



Monster Pictures’ GREASY DOWN UNDER 2 DISC DELUXE EDITION will easily be the most  ‘grease-packed’ version to be released anywhere in the world, lovingly put together with the serious collector in mind and limited to 2000 copies only. 

It will feature exclusive footage with stars Sky Elobar and Elizabeth De Razzo shot while on tour screening the film to Australian audiences in November 2016. 

The 2-disc Blu-ray, will only be available exclusively through JB Hi-Fi and can be pre-ordered now at 
https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-shows/movies-tv-shows-on-sale/horror/greasy-strangler-the-greasy-down-under-deluxe-edition/326607/

The GREASY DOWN UNDER 2 DISC DELUXE EDITION is clogged to the arteries with additional content, here’s the Greasy breakdown:

Collectable Packaging with Newly Commissioned Artwork & Reversible Sleeve
Audio Commentary with director Jim Hosking, Michael St. Michaels and Sky Elobar
On-set Interviews with  - 
Michael St. Michaels (Big Ronnie)
Sky Elobar (Big Brayden
Elizabeth De Razzo (Janet)
Holland MacFallister, Abdoulaye N'Gom, Sam Dissanayake (Tourists)
Carl Solomon (Various Cast)
Ant Timpson (Producer and Art Department)
Jason Kisvarday (Production Designer)
Zack Carlson (Prop Department)
Trailers
Collectable Slipcase Packaging with art by Jay Shaw
Newly Commissioned sleeve art by Australian artist Pierre Iloga
Bullshit Artist - an interview with co-writer/director Jim Hosking. 
I’m A Cheesy Old Cornball - an interview with actor Sky Elobar (Big Brayden).
Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie! - an interview with actress Elizabeth De Razzo (Janet).
The Greasy Trap - cast and crew discuss their experiences working on-set in the house used in the film.
The Greasy Effect - Jim Hosking talks about the special effects used in the film.
Greasy Down Under Cuisine - actor Sky Elobar and actress Elizabeth De Razzo endure a selection of Aussie foods.
Greasy Down Under Road Trip - an on the road to Ballarat home movie.
Monster Fest 2016 Q&A with actor Sky Elobar & actress Elizabeth De Razzo.
Deleted Scenes / Extended Scenes
Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery

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