Monday, November 5, 2018

Skinner (1993)

 Skinner (1993)

PLOT - Dennis Skinner, a nerdy, charming, cute, and rather withdrawn young man has just arrived in the seedy city of Los Angeles. Renting a room from a lonely housewife who's husband is constantly on the road, he befriends her, and gets a job at a local factory. Everything seems to be going fine, but somebody is following Dennis. A mysterious young woman named Heidi. She's a drag addict, wears her beautiful long blond hair in her face, a big floppy hat, long gloves, and a trench coat. Here she arrives in the same city and seems to be looking for revenge. It appears that Dennis has a big secret. Dennis is actually a deeply disturbed serial killer, who stalks hookers in the city, before murdering them, taking their bodies back to abandoned warehouses, and skins their bodies. Afterwards he wears his victims' skin, taking on their personality. He's been committing these brutal crimes ever since he was a young boy, after he witnessed his abusive father skin his own mother's dead body right in front of him. Here Heidi, the soul survivor of his very high body count is dead-set to find and murder Skinner before he claims another life.


LOWDOWN - This past October I was by far the sickest I've ever been. I seriously spent the whole month basically bed bound. on tons of antibiotics, hating so much life. One of the biggest reasons I hated being so sick was the fact that I missed the chance to meet Mr. Ted Raimi when he appeared at Rock & Shock earlier that month. I'm sure everyone knows what a MASSIVE Raimi fan I am. I adore Sam and Ted's movies, and it's a dream of mine to someday meet them. I mean I even have Sam from Intruder tattooed on me as well as his autograph. As much as I love Sam, I love Ted the same. I always get such a kick out of his cameos, and had been dying for quite some time to actually meet him and let him know how much I adored him. It seems as though sickness is a common theme with Ted and I never being able to meet. Roughly around 2014, I was working security at HorrorHound and was lucky enough to get assigned to pick Ted up from the airport as well as work his table all weekend. I can't even explain how nervous and giddy I was. Sadly when me and my friend arrived at the airport to go get him we learned that Ted had the flu and had to cancel his appearance. = Bummer of the century. Still, I was pretty pumped to meet him at Rock & Shock, but I got sick...real sick. I took a ton of meds and somehow by the will of God I was able to attend for an hour or so. My friend Courtney talked me into attending Ted' Q&A where we sat up front. At this time I was running a pretty high fever, so I can't really recall that much, but I remember sitting in awe over the fact I was sitting THIS close to a Raimi. As always Raimi was a riot, and very charming, but by the end of the panel I knew there was no way I could meet him. I knew I would probably get him sick, and even tried to rally the next day and see if I felt better to drive back and meet him...sadly my fever was really high and I had to throw in the towel. I was devastated. I spent the next two weeks beyond sick, puking, and even going to the hospital. I remember at one point as I was puking, I started being a total drama queen sobbing that this was the worst October ever since I felt like I was dying AND I missed the chance to meet Ted. I was crushed. Still, I decided to cheer myself up while recovering and tried to watch every Ted movie possible. One of which was a film I remembered seeing as a VHS tape in the horror section as a kid.

This film was Skinner.

I watched the full film on YouTube, impressed by the oddball cast. Instantly I became curious since I read a small video store article stating that talkshow queen Ricki Lake refused to talk about this film. Hummm...interesting. What I really liked was the fact that Ted was the lead. Very few movies does Ted get the chance to really show his talents besides supporting roles or cameos. How this guy's career never fully took off his beyond me. He's handsome in a not so typical way, and he actually has some really great acting chops. When you set aside the fact he's Sam's little brother, you can see he's really his own person, and steals every scene he's ever been in. Skinner truly was his movie. In the early 90's there were a few low budget films where Ted got his chance to shine. Lunatics A Love Story was one, and Skinner was the other.


Skinner was a film that came in the mid to early 90's as horror for most people were taking a nosedive. (I on the other hand disagree since there were a ton of underrated horror films made this this era.) This was the bastard mix of Silence Of The Lambs, and gritty films from the 80's like Pieces and Maniac. Is this a really good film? Eh. It is what it is. I actually really dug the plot. We have Ted playing Dennis Skinner (man irony party of one is calling!) who seems to be this shy, timid, handsome, charming young man. Ted does a wonderful job playing this role, and seriously gives some major uneasy vibes since so many real life serial killers (Ted Bundy, ect) were exactly like this. Ted looks like the boy next door, harmless, and you actually sympathize with him. It's very rare a villain doing so many horrible things on screen can do this, but I think a big reason behind this is because Ted played Dennis. You can't help but like him. 


The film looks gritty, dirty, and really does show some serious sketchy parts of LA where Dennis stalks his prey in the daylight. I found the whole storyline of Heidi (Traci Lords) on the hunt after Dennis the most fascinating. This is what made Skinner stand apart for me. This is a movie jammed packed with cult actors. I found Traci not just mysterious and beautiful but hypnotizing as well. You can feel her pain. This is a woman with a dark past, that has hit rock bottom. She's a junkie, and looks to be using the last of her cash to find the man that ruined her life. I would have loved to see more backstory on this character. Just the settle scenes of her covering the mirror at her hotel room with the newspaper, or speaking to the photograph of Dennis as she takes her needles out. Was Heidi a hooker? Was she a past girlfriend or lover of Dennis? What really happened between them? Makes you wonder. Still, as in your face as the twist with her character is, I actually had no idea. I found it interesting as well as heartbreaking. 


A big WHOA...moment has to be when Dennis takes care of a man he works with who bullies him. Dennis murders and skins him, only to wear his skin around like a suit, pretending to be like this, talking in his voice, and wandering around and deserted factories in the skin suit without a care in the world. The person he murders is a black man, and he talks like a black man. This scene goes on, and on, and on, and he even chases after a poor young woman who makes the fatal mistake of getting out of her boyfriend's car after a fight, only to be chased by Dennis in the skin suit. Disturbing, terrifying, unsettling, and I'm sure a scene like this wouldn't happen today. Yikes!


I did love the little love story between Ted and Ricki Lake. It was sweet seeing the two being the company and comfort they needed. Somehow the bloody towels, and bags full of knifes...or Ted arriving and sneaking in at night wearing a skin suit multiple times never set off any warnings. But hey, when you need those rent checks, you'll take those rent checks! Ted and Ricki had great chemistry and I sorta wish they would have played it a little more serious via Manhunter. I truly believe Dennis thought he could find someone to share that part of his life, and show the real "him." Also those scenes of him toweling off shirtless, or pressing against the door. HELLO!


I have seen this film uncut and cut. Youtube is completely uncut, and features KNB's killer effects in all their glory. We get a scene where Dennis skins a blond hooker, all the while telling he story of his abusive as a child. Here we see him completely pull her face off, before wearing her skin like a suit. It's gory, bloody, and awesome.

Without spoiling anything, we do get quite the showdown, and a very unsettling ending which left things open for a sequel...which I do kinda wish we could still get! Ted Raimi posted last year he was recording special features for a proper Blu-Ray release. Still not word sadly. I'm waiting since I know for a fact this film would be killer seeing in HD. 

This Halloween once I was fully recovered I even attended a party dressed as Traci Lords' character paying tribute to this highly underrated slasher. So in closing if you are a fan of Ted Raimi, or Traci Lords...or slashers with gory KNB effects...check out Skinner ASAP!

4 Stars!!!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

A dream sequel to Candyman - what could have been...

 A dream sequel to Candyman - What could have been...
Spoilers ahead!

About a month ago, a killer IG account I follow by the name of Spookshow_girl posted a really killer photo. Here was actress Virginia Madsen as Helen in the end of Bernard Rose's highly underrated 90's horror film Candyman. Trish aka Spookshow_girl is a fellow horror fan, who owns one HELL of a horror collection, and has amazing taste in movies. Her post basically said how badly she wished a direct sequel was made with Helen's character becoming the new villain aka Candyman for the next installment in the series. 

Instantly my jaw dropped.

This was genius. 

Basically Candyman tells the story of a young married grad student named Helen. Here she's researching urban legends for her thesis. A skeptic, she debunks a popular ghost story from the projects in Chicago. This legend is based off a spirit named Candyman. A slave, murdered after having an affair with his owner's daughter nearly a hundred years ago. The innocent man was beaten, his hand sawed off with a rusty blade, and then honey smeared all over his naked body, in which thousands of bees stung him to death. Over the years the story changed, and after a series of grizzly murders of people killed from inside their apartments. All doors and windows locked from the inside. Helen links it all back to a recent murder at an apartment building where a woman called 911 screaming that somebody was coming through the walls to murder her. When the police arrived yet again, doors and windows all locked...but the woman was torn to pieces. Helen figures out that actually these apartment buildings, as well as her own condo across the city has the small design. The  medicine cabinets are built into the actual walls. If you took the mirror off, you can climb into the next apartment. After taking some huge risks, she finally proves the truth behind this so called "ghost story" and leads it all back to local gangs in the area. 


That is until...the actual spirit of Candyman, sensing that Helen has proven his story to be that of myth, he crosses over after she makes the fatal mistake by saying his name five times in a mirror. A few weeks after she research has prove to be on the right track...he appears, and instantly she's hypnotized. When she awakes, she's covered in blood, and found in the apartment of a woman she interviewed for her paper. The woman who lives in the apartment is hysterical. Her dog has been slaughtered, and her infant son is missing. Helen is arrested, and has absolutely no idea what happened. She's taken into police custody, who believe she took the baby. Unable to remember a single thing, Candyman begins to appear only to her, haunting her, and making her look crazy. Time moves on, and more innocent people are slaughtered, all making it look as if Helen is the one responsible. Committed to a mental hospital, Helen knows that she's the only one who can stop this madness once and for all. On her journey, she discovers that her husband has been unfaithful, and has moved in his girlfriend, while abandoning her at the hospital believing she was crazy. Here it all leads back to the apartment where the baby was kidnapped. She climbs into a massive trash heap, full of broken furniture, that's nearly thirty feet tall. She climbs inside, and finds the baby, before Candyman appears. Outside the people of the community can't hear Helen or the baby's screams, and light the mountain of trash on fire. Here Helen grabs the baby, and crawls out, leaving Candyman to die, before crawling out, badly burned, hair missing, skin horribly disfigured, as she slides the untouched baby to it's stunned mother. Here the people witness that Helen was actually innocent, and dies from her injuries before them.


At Helen's funeral, her unfaithful husband Trevor stands with his girlfriend, before suddenly hundreds of people from the projects come to pay tribute to Helen, and throwing the hook they found in the fire left by Candyman on her grave. Weeks later, Trevor...Helen's asshole husband clearly is riddled with guilt. He goes into the bathroom, looks in the mirror and starts to groan and say his late wife's name who he wronged so badly. Over and over he says her name. "Helen, Helen, Helen, Helen...Helen." Just then the lights go out and flicker. Trevor turns, and sees his dead wife, her hair missing, horribly burned. Here she smiles, and holds up the large hook. "What's the matter Trevor? Scared?" With that she guts Trevor before vanishing. His girlfriend walks into the bathroom, before screaming in horror at his torn apart body in the bathtub. 


In my eyes this was one of the best endings not only to a film in the 1990's, but one of the best endings to a film ever. I constantly tell people this film is worth checking out, and a perfect example that believe it or not a whole handful of awesome horror films did come out in this decade long before Scream. We all know Candyman got two more sequels. 

Part 2 was Farewell To Flesh, which I actually have to admit is a REALLY great sequel. It's really not completely a direct film to the original besides a character who appeared in the first film, and is murdered in the opening of this movie. It takes place in New Orleans, has a great cast, huge gory moments, and really expands on Candyman's backstory. I always enjoyed it, but can't really speak for part 3 since I've never seen it. From what I hear, it's really not that great. Still, the first two films had strong female characters, a beautiful haunting score, and what I really loved was Tony Todd's portrayal of Candyman. It's very rare we get to see an African American horror icon. I love Tony, I've met him several times, and I'm sure I'm speaking to anyone who has met him he's a total class act. Candyman which is 26 years old now (damn I'm old!) is a beautiful haunting love story if you really think about it. Watching Helen's sacrifice herself to save the baby always gets me, as well as totally rooting for her when she guts that scum bag of a husband of hers at the end of the first one.


So to build of Trish's killer idea, she wished instead of continuing Candyman's story, why didn't they keep up with Helen's story? I feel in my eyes, it's very rare to have a female villain. Sure there's a few of them (Friday the 13th, The Devil's Rejects, Fright Night II, ect) but not many iconic females that rank along the sides of Leatherface, Freddy, Jason, Chucky, ect. I feel they really could have tried something different by making the next movie completely about Helen, and how years after the original she's become something of legend, murdering unfaithful lovers all over the world. 

I mean think about it.

They could have saved a sequel mostly about Candyman (via Farewell To The Flesh) as the third and final movie in the trilogy. I feel maybe even had Helen (Madsen) returned in the sequel she should have been front row and center as the main "villain" now I really don't like using that term since I found even the Candyman a misunderstood "monster" with a heartbreaking past. This vengeful spirit, collecting wronged souls. Helen is basically the same. Could she have killed right beside Candyman, her soulmate in the afterlife? Sure. But I truly would have just wanted to see just Helen as the killer in the next movie.


My rough pitch is that it should have been made in 1995 (Farewell To The Flesh could be made a year or two later, making this a trilogy.) I would have a series of grizzly murders (maybe mostly men) who have been unfaithful or abusive being found brutally murdered. What if a young rookie police officer begins following these murders, and links them back to the legend of Candyman and of Helen who in her own right has become just as popular as a ghost story over the years. I could totally see this rookie getting over his head, as the murders begin to pile up, and it all leads back to the mysterious woman who will appear, hook in hand, horribly burned, and waiting in the shadows...

Spooky right?


What if this rookie is approached by a biker with white hair, who has a connection to the whole Candyman/Helen murders so many years ago. 

Billy aka Ted Raimi from the opening of the first movie.
It's so hard to tell, but I photoshopped Ted's hair "somewhat" white for this. I'm dying. Super proud of it.

We all remember this killer cameo from the original film. Billy (Raimi) appears as the bad boy biker who comes over, hoping to get lucky with the babysitter. Here the two start getting frisky in front of the mirror as they talk about the urban legend of Candyman. Billy stopped at four, going downstairs to wait and have a beer, while the babysitter makes the fatal mistake in saying Candyman a 5th time, and being slaughtered. In the beginning of this movie, a student tells Helen as she does her research that the babysitter was split in two, and the baby was murdered as well. Billy's hair turned white from fright and lost his mind. Maybe this was part true? What if he was blamed for the murders originally?  What if his hair really did turn white from seeing what he saw, and spent a few years in a mental hospital. Since then he's been on the rode, going from place to place trying to track down any murders connected to the Candyman or Helen. Here he ends up working side by side with this rookie cop to discover the truth and put this to an end once and for all. 


What I love about these movies are how beautiful and downright heartbreaking they are. I would have loved a great killer ending, and Helen making a small cameo in the third movie, showing that Candyman and his long lost "love" are together now for all time.

So thoughts? Yay or Nay? I for one would have LOVED to see this kind of sequel! Who knows, maybe we'll get a forth film after all these years. I'm not too sure if Madsen would be down to return, but she is hands down one of my favorite female characters in a horror movie. Plus, with Michael Myers returning, and maybe Freddy...who knows maybe Candyman and Helen are waiting for us to say their name 5 times!



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Top ten favorite roles of Mr. Ted Raimi!!!

Top ten favorite roles of Mr. Ted Raimi!!!

I'm writing this article from bed since I still haven't shaken this flu/sinus infection from HELL. I'm totally beating myself up since sickness seems to be a very common theme in why I've yet to meet Mr. Ted Raimi. It all happened back in 2014 when I was working security at HorrorHound. They were having a bit of an Evil Dead trilogy reunion and Trevor, one of the main runners of the show knew how much I adored the Raimi brothers. He was awesome enough to allow me to not only pick up Ted from the airport, but to be his assistant and work his table. I seriously couldn't believe it. I was giddy with excitement the whole week leading up to it...then tragedy struck. We received news at the airport that Thursday to go get him that Ted came down with the flu and had to sadly cancel. Bummer of the century. Cut to this past weekend. Ted was going to be one of the guests at Rock & Shock. I seriously couldn't believe it. I have been a Raimi fan for years. I have Sam from Intruder tattooed on me (have been planning on getting Ted tattooed on me as well.) I adore his movies, and have been dying to meet him since that weekend in 2014. I was gearing up to meet him, show him the tattoo, and basically melt since I've had a crush on him since I first saw him in Shocker. Sadly I came down with the sinus infection/flu from HELL which I still haven't been able to shake for the last two weeks. As exhausted as I was, I tried to rally and at least meet the Twin Peaks dude as well as see some of my friends I only get to see this time of year. Well, the closest I got to being near Raimi was attending his panel hosted by the awesome Stephanie Wiley. Me, Courtney, and Mike sat front row and got to see Ted act hilarious, and speak about his career. I seriously wanted to ask a question, but I was starting to really not feel so hot since my fever was returning. Still, I was in complete awe I was sitting this close to a Raimi. I had plans on meeting him, but sadly I was too sick and didn't want to get him sick. I seems illness seems to be a common theme on us never meeting. Still, I've made it my goal to try and meet him within the next year even if I have to travel to do so. (Hum...maybe I should get going on that Ted tattoo soon...) 

So to celebrate Mr. Raimi and the fact I've still yet to meet this man, I decided to make a list of my personal favorite roles played my Mr. Ted Raimi himself. Until next time Ted, hopefully we'll both be in better health next time...

10) Heavy Metal Dude - Twin Peaks 
- As if we need any other reasons to list why Ted is such an icon, why not mention that he appeared in two episodes of Twin Peaks back in the early 90's as a heavy metal dude who sadly wandered into the woods with the promise of beer, only to get sealed into a giant chess piece as be used as a message to Agent Cooper. Somehow season 2 of Twin Peaks is something I constantly watch whenever I'm sick. Ted's episode is always one that plays constantly in my house. Sure season two had some crazy subplots, but that's what made it so wonderful and strange! I loved every single second of it. Just a shame that he got killed off! Would have loved to see him come back for The Return. Ted mentioned during the panel I attended that when he went in for his reading, he had no idea that David Lynch was in the room since he looked like...and I quote "Somebody's dad." Only Ted Raimi would read for Lynch having no idea who he was and still get the part. Legendary!!!

9) Ed - Wishmaster 
- Anyone my age remembers renting Wishmaster. This was a super decent 90's horror movie that was loaded with memorable faces in the world of horror. I love Ted's cameo since he accidentally gets killed when a very drunk Captain Rhodes (Day Of The Dead) lets a heavy box snap from a crane and go crashing down on him. It's a brief little role, but nevertheless worthy of a mention since Ted is featured along side so many other kings of horror just like himself.

8) Billy - Candyman 
- Ted looked sexy as HELL in his brief little role in Clive Barker's Candyman. I'm a huge fan of the first two Candyman movies, and have always said they are perfect examples that the 1990's actually did have some really great horror movies in them. Ted played Billy, in the film's opening through a story that a college student is telling the lead. It seems there's this urban legend which is sorta like Bloody Mary, but instead if you say Candyman five times in a mirror, the ghost of Candyman, a man with a hook for a hand will come and kill you. Ted is Billy, who's the badass rebel that the girl in the story is more interested in (way to go Ted!) The two go up to the bathroom where the girl starts getting a little hot and heavy with Ted in front of the mirror before they start saying Candyman in the mirror. Lucky for Ted, he stops at 4 times, before going downstairs for a beer. The girl on the other hand is a complete idiot and says candyman for the 5th time. The rest of the story says that the girl and baby she was babysitting were slaughtered, and when Ted saw the aftermath his hair turned white from fright. A small cameo, but nevertheless very memorable. Also Ted knows how to rock the shit out of a leather jacket!!!

7) Alex - The Grudge
- I remember how HUGE The Grudge remake was when I was in high school. I caught it in theathers, having never seen the original and actually dug the first movie (I bought 2 and 3 and honestly can't say I even remember them.) The first film on the other hand I did remember. Ted played Alex, who if I remember correctly was the lead's boss at the health aid company who hired people to go to houses where the elderly lived to help them. Ted's role wasn't huge, but it was memorable. First of all, he looked handsome AF in it. (Was it just me that kinda wished Sarah Michelle Gellar's love interest was Alex? What? Only me?) Ted's death is actually one of the scariest, even if we don't see it on screen. That ghost with no jaw was terrifying! Also long live the scream king Ted Raimi. That man sure knows how to die in a film!

6) Joe - Intruder 
- Intruder is one of my all time favorite slashers! (I have Ted's brother Sam dead on a  meathook tattooed on me) I always found this film highly underrated, and loved that it got a killer blu-ray release a few years back completely uncut showing all of the super gory deaths in all their glory! Ted plays Produce Joe, who is barley in the movie, but nevertheless has some hilarious scenes. He basically is the only one who keeps working the whole movie, blissfuly unaware of anything going on, headphones blasting. I love the scene where he's jamming out, still working out back where Sam his brother calls out "Lost your job Joe!" as Joe, who hasn't heard him keeps working. Joe sadly gets a knife to the head, and his very hacked up body is found later on by the poor final girl as she runs and tries to hide in the locked up supermarket. It always warms my heart seeing the Raimi brothers work together, and this film is very near and dear to my heart. Love that Ted was able to be one of the very unlucky crew members to get sliced and diced!!!

5) Possessed Henrietta - Evil Dead 2
- I adore Ted's brother Sam's movies, and what is even cooler is the fact Ted usually is a hidden Easter egg in them that fans need to spot. Some roles are bigger than others, but one of the most memorable ones has to be in Evil Dead II where he plays old sweet possessed Henrietta. Bursting up from the fruit cellar, Ted wearing VERY heavy makeup attacks Ash in the cabin, and becomes quite the terrifying monster uttering the film's most iconic line "I'll swallow your soul!" A fun, and sorta gross fact about Ted in this movie is that the heavy suit he wore (which was also loaded down with sand bags) was so heavy and became so hot underneath the studio lights, that Ted would be drenched in sweat. Like...a very unhealthy amount of sweat. Ted has appeared in one way or another in all of Sam's Evil Dead films. This crazy balls to the wall sequel is Ted's biggest role. In fact whenever you think of the Evil Dead films, as well as the 3 season Ash Vs. Evil Dead Ted's Henrietta is what usually comes to mind. 

4) Rick - Darkman
- Darkman is a perfect example that Ted's brother Sam had the ability to make superhero films long before the first series of Spiderman movies that came out in the mid 2000's. Darkman was a VHS tape my parents owned and I remember watching often as a kid. It wasn't until a few years back that I re-visited the film that I saw what a great film it actually is. It tells the story of a scientist who has discovered how to make synthetic skin. Only problem is that it only lasts under an hour or so before melting away. It isn't until a crime boss attacks him at his lab, leaving him horribly burned and disfigured. Seeking revenge on those who harmed him, he uses his skin to use different identities and kill off everyone who harmed him while still trying to protect his girlfriend. Ted has appeared in many of his brother's films, and this was the first time since Crimewave since he appeared without prosthetics or heavy makeup. Ted played Rick, a man new to this family of crime that is the first to get eliminated by "Darkman" seeking information. His death is actually very unsettling. He's shoved up through a manhole cover as cars and trucks zoom past him until finally his luck runs out and he's run over. I did like the little settle mention that the crime boss "liked" Rick and was insanely jealous of anyone being around him, which works to Darkman's advantage. Ted wears his trademark glasses, and his death was always something I remembered as a kid, seeing his lenses light up as a massive bus speeds towards his head!

3) Hank - Lunatics: A Love Story 
- To quote my friend Stephanie at Ted's panel, this film is "An hour and twenty minutes of pure charm." I'll always remember this zany movie from it's hilarious cover at the video store as a kid. This was one of the few times Ted was a leading man, as well as surviving AND getting the girl! A total crazy little guilty pleasure of mine, and that so great hearing Ted talk about this past weekend. Luantics tells the story of Hank, agoraphobic who hasn't left his apartment in months. Hank has some crazy delusions (such as doctors, giant spiders, and rappers) It isn't until a beautiful young woman accidentally by chance do to a phone glitch receives a call from Hank at a phone booth, and both meet. Of course a series of crazy adventures follow, which make Hank finally wrap himself up with tin foil to venture out into the city to find the girl, and finally once and for all get over his fears! This movie seriously is all heart. I adore Deborah Foreman, as well as Ted. They make such an adorable couple. With cameos by Bruce Campbell, as well as some clever stop motion effects, this is a film that deserves more love. Due to it's cult following, rumors have been floating around that a DVD or blu-ray release may be happening soon! Fingers crossed!

2) Pac Man - Shocker 
- The one movie I've been dying to talk about with Ted when I (hopefully) ever meet him is Wes Craven's Shocker. Ted played the small role as the assistant coach Pac Man. This most likely was the first movie I ever saw Ted in since I remember when (spoiler!) when his character was killed off I screamed and shut my TV off, refusing to watch the rest of my VHS tape I rented. It wasn't until a few years later when I actually owned a copy that I finally saw how the movie ended. I remember it broke my heart. Ted might have had a small role in this, but his character was beyond sweet and very likable. Basically this film was Wes Craven's way to try and make a new "Freddy" with a different series. Sadly the box office results were less than overwhelming, and didn't have the response that A Nightmare On Elm Street had five or so years before. Shocker tells the story of a high school star football player who has a vivid nightmare of his family that adopted him when he was younger being brutally murdered by a television repair man who has been massacring families all over the city. When he wakes up, he learns the horrifying truth that what he dreamed was actually true, and that this man is very much real. Using his dreams, he helps his police detective father to help track down this man who eventually lands up in the electric chair. Unfortunately this serial killer has been worshiping the devil, and finds a way to transport his soul through electric power. After he's "fried" he jumps from body to body, trying to kill the high school student who put him to death. Sounds insane? Well guess what? It is! I find Shocker a pretty decent Wes Craven film, despite the fact it really truly tried so badly to be an Elm Street rip off. Still, it's a favorite of mine dating back from my childhood, and has some great visuals (the chair coming to life anyone?) I do wish, even though the lead did a decent job (who's a director now) I think Wes could have been a little cutting edge in casting Ted as the lead. Sure he's not the football player type, but seeing a "nerdy" guy of guy become the horror hero would have been refreshing. Still, Ted's death in this is absolutely heartbreaking!!!


1) Dennis Skinner - Skinner 
- This is my personal favorite role Ted has ever done and I constantly try to recommend it to fellow horror fans. It tells the twisted story of Dennis Skinner, a man who as a child was horribly abused by his father, and forced to watch his father skin his deceased mother right in front of him. Since then, Dennis has become somewhat of a drifter, going from city to city, working odd jobs, and abducting women and skinning them alive. It isn't until he moves to a seedy looking city, renting a room from a lonely married woman, that he's unaware that one of his past victims who he left horribly disfigured is tracking him down, looking for revenge! This low budget film features such talents as Ricki Lake, and Traci Lords. Ted gives a sympathetic protrai as Dennis. I couldn't help but feel bad for this guy! Very few films actually make you side with the villain despite what horrible and disturbing things they do. I feel this was mainly because Ted played the role the way he did. I absolutely loved his chemistry with Ricki Lake, as well as the ending as he lays beside Traci Lords, wounded, and most likely dying, telling her what will...and most likely probably happen to him. For horror fans, as well as Raimi fans RUN...do not walk to check this movie out!!!

So in closing, I'm sitting in bed, pushing the fluids, watching Shocker, and hoping sometime soon I can meet Mr. Raimi. One day we'll meet! I can feel it! 
(How I basically feel at the moment)


Sunday, October 14, 2018

October Movie recommendations!!!

 October Movie recommendations!!!

Over the course of the last few weeks I reached out to some of my favorite artists, companies, friends, actors, directors, writers, and fellow horror fans asking them what are their personal favorite top  movies to watch in October are? These films didn't have to be horror, but movies that they feel are staples to watch durning this time of year. I honestly can't thank everyone who took part and gave me their answers. I found them very fascinating, and love the shared love of this very special time of year. Take a look at the lists below, and see if you spot any similar titles, or new ones you are just dying to check out! - Stacy


Click below to see some of my own choices of what I like to watch this month. Remember guys, us horror fans we usually watch these movies year round. Still, there just happens to be some titles you just can't help but watching in October. Let it be your favorite episodes of Tales From The Crypt, and Friday the 13th the series. Maybe the Halloween movies? Or lesser known films like Hauntedween and Offerings? Let's see who has similar taste!!!


Side note - Some lists have reasons behind the choices, some don't. Some are in order, some aren't. Some lists are long, some are short. I listened IG user names as well, so please go check these people out and see their killer collections! Again a huge thanks to everyone to took part in listing their favorites! I hope this inspires some marathons in the next few weeks!!!

Heather - Writer and runner from Viewer Discretion Advised -
Ernest Scared Stupid 
Monster House 
The Midnight Hour 
WNUF Halloween Special 
The Guest 
Murder Party 
Trick 'r Treat 
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch 
Halloween (1978)

Brian Bremer actor from such films as Society, Pumpkinhead, and Silent Night Deadly Night 5 -
- Halloween (1978)
- Pumpkinhead 
- The Haunting (1963
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
- The Others (2001) 
- Season 1 of American Horror Story - Murder House 
- Whatever current season American Horror Story is airing, mostly the Halloween episodes. (2011-Present)

Diandra Lazor - Cosplayer, actress, writer. Fredheads, and Don't Fall Asleep -
Halloween - Cliche I know, but I watch it every Halloween. 
Trick r Treat - A fantastic horror anthology that's creepy, well made and captures that special Halloween spirit. 
Trick or Treat - Rock n roll and Halloween. How could I not love it? Sammi Curr forever!
Hocus Pocus - Probably the greatest halloween movie of all time.
 Poltergeist - I didn't watch horror much growing up, but my family and I love this film.
A Nightmare On Elm Street - I held out and worked hard to not make it number 1. A classic!
Halloweentown - Reminds me of the good old days. So much fun!
Tales Of Halloween - I'm a sucker for Halloween anthologies and this is another fun one with a great cast!
The Hollow - Not a great film, I'll admit, but this used to be on ABC family all the time and it takes me back to days when ABC Family had so many good "Halloween" movies on.
When Good Ghouls Go Bad - Filling this final spot was tough, but it's another oldie but a goodie that used to be on ABC Family. Took me years to figure out what this film was. 
Honorable mentions - Under Wraps, Goosebumps, Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire, and Ghostbusters. 

Alex DiVincenzo - Writer and Runner of Broke Horror Fan -
 The Barn 
The Return Of The Living Dead
The VVitch 
House Of 1000 Corpses
Frankenstein (1931)
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
Hocus Pocus
The Monster Squad
Halloween (1978)

Uncle TNUC from Uncletnuc.com - 
- Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
- Halloween (1978)
- The American Scream
- Pet Sematary
- Trick 'r Treat
- House Of The Devil
- Elvira Mistress Of The Dark
- An American Werewolf In London
- Creepshow

John Campopiano - Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, Pennywise Doc -
Pumpkinhead II
Pumpkinhead
Trick Or Treat
Creepshow
Possession 
Night Shadow 
Halloween II
Halloween (1978)
It's Alive

Tj Frizzi - Actor/ Horror fan -
Evil Dead (1981)
Halloween (1978)
Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
Night Of The Demons (1988)
The Howling
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
House
Vamp
Elvira Mistress Of The Dark

William Casey - Horror fan - 
Hocus Pocus
Friday the 13th (1980)
Hellraiser
Phantasm
Halloween (1978)
Halloweentown 
Any of the sequels to the Nightmare On Elm Street films from the 80's
IT (1990)
The Shinning (1980)]
The Nightmare Before Christmas 

Justin R. Lafleur - Horror Fan - 
Cemetery Of Terror
The Lords Of Salem 
Pet Semetary 2
House Of The Devil
 Night Of The Demons 2
Night Of The Demons (1988)
The Guest
Horror Hotel (aka City of the dead)
Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages
The Midnight Hour 

Graham Le Neve Painter - Runner of Ghoulies movies, writer of Ghoulies Companion -
The Midnight Hour
Fun Size
Halloween (1978)
Ghostwatch
Creepshow
Night Of The Demons (1988)
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Trick 'r Treat
The Worst Witch
Idle Hands

Nathan Thomas Milliner - Artist, writer, and director. -
Halloween 1-4
Ed Wood - It always pops in my mind now. Maybe for the Halloween scene but really for the aesthetic, the score, the opening credits. 
Trick 'r Treat
Pumpkinhead
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
The Old Dark House
Monster House
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Lady In White
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Boys In The Trees - I really enjoyed this. I think that was the name of it. Set on Halloween night in the 90's. 
Any Universal movie really. 
Sleepy Hollow
Arsenic and Old Lace Dark
Night Of The Scarecrow 

BJ Colangeo - Writer, director. Co-founder of Sickening Pictures. -
Tales Of Halloween
The Lost Boys
The Monster Squad
Halloweentown
Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddy's Revenge
Fright Night (1984)
Hocus Pocus
Fido
Trick 'r Treat
 Halloween (1978)

Jeff Nelson - Shout Factory -
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
House On Haunted Hill (1959)
Poltergeist 
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Trick or Treats 
The Exorcist
The Fog (1980)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch 
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween (1978)

Kristian Masters - Horror fan -
The Changeling
The Lady In White
Dark Night Of The Scarecrow
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (1973)
Ghostwatch
Boo
Silver Bullet
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane 
Summer Of Fear
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell - Both Summer of Fear and Devil Dog premiered on Halloween night in 1978!

Mat Dedoussis - Horror fan - 
The Scream franchise
Creepshow
Friday the 13th franchise 
Phantasm
Trick or Treat
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Pet Sematary 2
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
Any Universal Studio Monster movies.
Halloween (1978)

Thomas Bryce - Runner of Shit Movie Fest -
Donnie Darko
Halloween 4
Night Of The Demons 2
Ragman: Trick or Treat
Neon Maniacs
The Midnight Hour 

Zach Galligan actor from Gremlins 1&2, Waxwork 1&2, and Hatchet III -
The Exorcist
The Thing
The VVitch
Mandy
The Ritual
Heredity
The Invitation
Cloverfield 
Rosemary's Baby
Let The Right One In

Chris Tanski - Fright Rags 
Scream
Halloween 2 (1981)
The Lost Boys
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
Fright Night (1984)
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween (1978)

Ken Reid - Writer, Runner of TV Guidance Counselor -
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Halloween (1978)
Messiah Of Evil
Phantasm
The Midnight Hour
Elvira Mistress of the dark
Neon Maniacs
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch

Dane Sturgeon - Horror movie fan -
The Monster Squad
The Shinning
Casper
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
Halloween Town
The Exorcist
Ernest Scared Stupid
Hocus Pocus
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween (1978)

Lauren Smith - Horror fan - 
House of 1000 Corpses
The Shinning
The Exorcist
Ghostbusters 

Belinda McKay -
Fright Night (1984)
The Lost Boys
Popcorn
The Blob (1988)
Trick 'r Treat
Trick Or Treat
Day Of The Dead
Dolls
Creepshow

Toby Barron - FX artist - (He worked in Winchester!!!)
Return Of The Living Dead
Raw
Jaws
Creepshow 2
Mamma
Nightmare On Elm Street
Invaders From Mars
A Quiet Place
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Hunger

Elijah Marcano actor from A Tale Of Two Coreys, and The Walking Dead -
Halloween (1978)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Fright Night (1984)
The Shinning (1980)
IT (2017)
It Follows
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
The Exorcist
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Jennifer Lynch writer and director of Boxing Helena, and Chained -
Session 9
Halloween (1978)
The Exorcist
The Sixth Sense
Rosemary's Baby
The Shinning (1980)
Rear Window
Sybil
The Andromeda Strain 

John D LeMay actor from Friday the 13th the series, and Jason Goes To Hell -
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Ghost And Mr. Chicken
Abbott and Costello Meet The Wolf Man

Stacy Davis - Horror fan, artist - 
Creepshow
Ginger Snaps
May
Trick 'r Treat
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Terrifier
Ju-on
Sleepy Hollow
Insidious
In The Month Of Madness
Hocus Pocus
The Garfield and Peanuts Halloween speicals
Any older Disney Halloween programming (DTV Monster Hits)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Lady In White

Heather Murphy - Actress, and artist - 
The Midnight Hour
Lady In White

Mcmillankid - Artist
The Midnight Hour
The Halloween Tree
Ginger Snaps
Night Of The demons (1988)
The Lady In White
Trick 'r Treat
Ghost Watcher 
Halloween (1978)
Satan's Little Helper
Dark Night Of The Scarecrow 

Blake Ballinger - Model, and Horror fan -
Hocus Pocus
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tales Of Halloween
A Nightmare Before Christmas
Halloweentown High
Trick 'r Treat
Pet Semetary
31
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)

Alysha Minor - Horror fan - 
Hocus Pocus
Halloween (1978)
Nightmare Before Christmas 
Halloweentown 
Trick 'r Treat
Scream
IT (2017)
Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Fright Night (1984)

Dick Greco - Horror fan, effects artist - 
Shaun Of The Dead
Trick 'r Treat
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
The Monster Squad
The Creature From The Black Lagoon in 3D
Elvira Mistress Of The Dark
Friday The 13th part VIII
Creepshow

Stephen Macht - Actor from Graveyard Shift, The Monster Squad, and Amityville 1992 -
Raging Bull
Mad Max Fury Road
All of the Godfather films
Zorba The Greek
Citizen Kane
Casablanca
2001 A Space Odyssey
Some Like It Hot
On The Waterfront
Viva Zapata
Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
(Also, he highly recommended to get into the TV show Peaky Blinders) 

Shanesaw_Massacre - Horror fan -
The Halloween Franchise
Trick 'r Treat
House That October built 1&2
Hocus Pocus
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
House Of 1000 Corpses
Tales Of Halloween
Satan's Little helper
Pumpkinhead
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

Ouiltface Studios - Artist -
Halloween III
Trick' r Treat
The Deadly Spawn 
Tales Of Halloween
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Slaughterhouse 
Slither
Halloween (1978)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
The Willies 

Ian Fetterman - Artist -
Halloween (1978)
True Romance
The Fog (1980)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Goodfellas
The Thing (1982)
Killer Klowns
Creepshow
Dazed and Confused
The Karate Kid (1985) 

Sean - VHSPS -
Dracula
Halloween (1978)
The Worst Witch
Hellraiser
Young Frankenstein
Halloween 3
Creepshow
Hocus Pocus
Lady In White
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Whopperhorror - Horror fan -
Friday the 13th 1-4
Halloween (1978)
The Burbs
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Decent 
The Twilight Zone The Movie
Night Of The Demons (1988)

Steph Coughlin - Yoga instructor/Horror fan -
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Exorcist
Insidious
The Conjuring
Paranormal Activity
The Shinning (1980)
Amityville Horror (2005)
Psycho (1960)
Sinister
Hush

Patty Mullen - Actress from Doom Asylum, and Frankenhooker -
What We Do In The Shadows
It's Alive
Tusk
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Sick Girl
Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
Frankenhooker 

Ur.lilspookysprite - Horror fan -
The Virgin Suicides
Sleepwalkers
The Green Inferno
Eraserhead 
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me 
Pumpkinhead
Lords Of Salem 
The Dreamers
I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
Hellraiser 

Thehorrorghoul - Horror fan - 
The Barn 
Terrifier
Satan's Little Helper
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Hocus Pocus
Halloween 1-3
Idle Hands
Trick 'r Treat

Travis Falligant - Artist, horror fan, AND designer of our very own Chip! -
Elvira Mistress Of The Scarecrow
Fright Night (1984)
The Monster Squad
Halloween 4
Child's Play
Once Bitten
Evil Dead 2
When A Stranger Calls Back
I Know What You Did Last Summer

Kimmy Banks - Fright Rags -
Hocus Pocus
Halloween (1978)
The Worst Witch
Trick 'r Treat
Halloween 3: Season of The Witch
Lady In White
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
Halloweentown
Satan's Little Helper
House of 1000

London 1888 - 
Night Of The Demons
Hocus Pocus 
Trick' r Treat
Tales Of Halloween 
Halloween (1978)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
House Of 1000 Corpses
31
Nightmare Before Christmas
May

Will Douglas - Horror fan -
Halloween (1978)
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
The Fog (1980)
Trick Or Treat 2986)
Trick' r Treat
The Midnight Hour
WNUF Halloween Special
Alice Cooper: The Nightmare 1975 conceptual TV special)
John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Creepshow
The Trouble With Miss Switch (ABC animated TV special from 1981)

Benjamin Scrivens - Fright Rags - 
Halloween (1978)
Silver Bullet
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Trick' r Treat
Lady In White
Halloween 4
Halloween 3
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween 5
Ed Wood

Felissa Rose - Actress from Sleepaway Camp and Victory Crowley - 
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Misery
Tales Of Halloween
Victory Crowley
The Shinning (1980)
Magic
Poltergiest
Cabin Fever
Child's Play
Halloween (1978)

Cuntcakepop - Horror fan -
The Crow
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Trick' r Treat
Pumpkinhead
Hocus Pocus
Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
Halloween (1978)
Casper
Idle Hands
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Ginger Snaps
Sleepy hollow
Pet Sematary 2
Trick Or Treat
Lady In White
House of 1000 Corpses
The Addams Family
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Mean Girls
Donnie Darko 

Sp00kyghoul - Horror fan -
Halloween series
Trick' r Treat
Jack O
Lady In White'
Satan's Little Helper
Primal Rage (1988)
Night Of The Demons (1988)
The Pumpkin Karver
Pumpkinhead
Trick or Treat
Hocus Pocus 

Lacreeperie - Vintage records/book store - Horror fan -
Lady In White
Trick' r Treat
Trick Or Treat
Ghost Story
Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
Nightmare Before Christmas
Any Tales from The Darkside Halloween episodes

Tiffany Santiago - Runner of Psycho Chicks, and a huge Horror Fan -
Disney's Adventure Of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The Halloween series
Creepshow
Creepshow 2
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1, 2, and 3.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Debbie Zoller - Makeup artist -
Young Frankenstein
Stigmata
Better Off Dead
Defending Your Life
The Howling
Legend 
Monthy Pythons The Meaning OD Life
The Island Of Dr. Moreau
The Poseidon Adventure 

Ryan Lambert - Actor from The Monster Squad -
Poltergiest
The Changeling
Spies Like Us
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Breathless
Take The Money And Run
The Frighteners
Skin Deep
Fear And Desire
Ishtar

Lauren Marie Taylor - Actress from Girls Nite Out, and Friday the 13th part 2 -
The Shinning (1980)
The Omen (1976)
The Exorcist 
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Silence Of The Lambs
Carrie (1976)
Misery
The Conjuring 2
Rosemary's Baby
The Birds
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

Jeff Zornow - Artist -
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Curse Of Frankenstein
House Of Dracula 
Dracula: Prince Of Darkness
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 
La Marca De Hombre Lobo/ Mark Of The Wolfman
La Noche De Walpurgis Nacht/ aka Werewolf Shadow aka Werewolf VS Vampire Woman
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
City Of The Living Dead
House By he  Cemetery
(Just started getting into Dark Shadows, pre barn/vampy period. So silly and good at the same time! I also listen to lots of Bauhaus in October!)
I also love watching A Nightmare On Elm Street durning October since I remember it always played on TV in the late 80's almost as soon as it came on VHS and was always  touted on TV as a "big deal"

TJ Parks - Horror fan -
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III
House Of 1000 Corpses
Trick' r Treat
Fright Night (1984)
The Hollow 
Hocus Pocus
Goosebumps - The Haunted Mask
Halloweentown 
- This year I also have some first time watches lined up - Trick Or Treats, Trick Or Treat, Creepshow, and Hauntedween.

Shane Murphy - Tattoo artist, owner of Theater Of Creeps -
Halloween (1978) 
Trick' R Treat
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 
Treehouse Of Horror
The Midnight Hour
Goosebumps - The Haunted Mask
All of the Halloween films (Mostly 1, 2, and 4)
The Guest
All Hollow's Eve 
Night Of The Demons (1988)
Hocus Pocus 
Dark Night Of The Scarecrow 
Any Halloween episode/special cartoon wise 
Pumpkinhead 
Love episodes from Tales From The Crypt



- A huge thanks to everyone to pitched in! If I didn't get you this time around, no worries! There is always next year! I loved seeing the similar tastes, and seeing some new titles that are now on my watch list! Looking forward to some killer movie marathons this month!!!