Saturday, March 30, 2013

Greatest made for TV horror movies

 Greatest made for TV horror movies
I'm sure I speak for many people my age that made for TV movies really was a huge part of their upbringing when it came to their love of horror. Television had a golden period when it came to some really truly awesome movies. Still, every once in a while we're treated to some real hidden gems made for specific channels, or believe it or not on Lifetime (trust me, there's some really awesome stalker movies that air on that channel every once in a while.) On such channels as CBS and ABC, certian really awesome movies would air mostly around Halloween. Thanks to bootlegs, and new releases, some of these old childhood favorites are finally getting the time in the sun they deserve. Here is my personal favorite top made for TV horror movies of all time. 

Bad Ronald

Bates Motel

Body Bags

Dark Night Of The Scarecrow

Dead Of Night

Midnight Offerings

The Babysitter 

Psycho IV: The Beginning

The Midnight Hour 

Nick Knight  

The Night Stalker

Trilogy Of Terror

Trilogy Of Terror 2

Friday, March 29, 2013

I've got a new obsession...

 Obsession is a common thing between Stacy and I. If you haven't notice from Stacy's previous post, she's kinda been on a Sam Raimi kick. Well last weekend at Horrorhound I stumbled onto my new obsession.
Stacy has always told me movies to check out, specifcally her favourites. So I finally watched Christine. As I was watching, I was impressed with Buddy's amazing sideburns and then my mom came in and said "He's got a nice butt". And he did, plus the tight jeans of the time really showed off the assets.

I knew Stacy was super excited to meet the bullies from Christine and the see the amazing setup they had for the car. I of course wanted to see how William Ostrander and the fellow bullies aged, and oh my Mr. Ostrander still looks amazing! Slowly the obsession begins.

On Sunday I went up to met Stacy to meet everyone and to meet them myself. They guys were all amazing and incredibly nice. I decided to tell Mr. Ostrander on my mom's comment on his backside, in which I told him that it still was a great looking asset. In which he signed my picture as follows "To Melissa, This picture should have been shot from behind!"

I believe this is what did it, best signature ever, well next to Gallo there. But now I am starting to try and watch whatever he has been in. North & South is on it's way from Netflix and the hunt for others begin. I even changed my desktop at work to his image. It also freaked out my fellow co worker who said "I dont know if I should be scared of the knife or his crotch."

Where this obsession goes, no one knows, but I'm happy I get to share another obsession with Miss Still.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Evil Dead II shutter realness

 Evil Dead II shutter realness
This past weekend at HorrorHound my good friend Kristy Jett from Fright Rags showed me something beyond awesome when I swung by her table on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Michael Felsher, the man behind making some awesome visuals for the Evil Dead II blu-ray and soon to be Crimewave blu-ray had a piece of Raimi memorabilia any hardcore Evil Dead fan would drool over.

He had one of the original shutters used in the cabin from Evil Dead II. 

This baby is one of eight as seen in the film and had a pretty sweet carving done on it. Kristy being the awesome friend she is asked me if I wanted to buy it. Now I'm a HUGE Raimi fan, in fact over the weekend I got started on my Sam Raimi tribute tattoo, which I hope to end up getting his character Randy from Intruder finally done on me. This past weekend I started with simply getting Sam's autograph which sorta looks more like squiggles than anything else but I completely love it! 

Due to low funds, and the fact that unless I knew for a fact that Raimi licked it or something, I decided to pass on the offer.

Later that afternoon I got a big laugh from Kristy when she showed me that she had indeed ended up buying it. Of course I had to snap a photo with it and I really gotta hand it to Kristy, she sure is a hardcore Evil Dead fan. So in honor of the remake being released soon, here is a photo of me holding one of the original shutters from the greatest horror sequel of all time!

Long live Raimi!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Friday the 13th the series - What a mother wouldn't do?

 Friday the 13th the series - What a mother wouldn't do?

PLOT - A pregnant woman is devastated when her doctor informs her that she should end her pregnancy since her child will be born with a rare breathing condition that will end it's life shortly after birth. Having no idea what to do, she wanders around in the rain only to notice a beautiful wooden cradle in the display window of an antique shop. Going in she meets the owner, a kind old gentlemen who comforts her and takes her into the back for a nice cup of tea and to explain how truly special the cradle is.   

Nearly a year later a lot has changed, that old antique owner is dead and the store is now called Curious Goods, with his distant niece and nephew running it, trying to get back every single cursed object he sold. Around this time we learn that the woman who did end up getting the cradle did indeed end up giving birth to a sickly baby. Both her and her husband learn the curse of the cradle, the baby is never allowed to leave the cradle and before a certian date and time, they must kill seven people in water and their young daughter will be healed.  

LOWDOWN - Since I'm sick yet again with the stomach bug, I decided to write up a quick review of one of my personal favorite episodes from my all time favorite show Friday the 13th the series. This is an episode I clearly remember watching back when I watched re-runs of the show for the first time back in 2007 when it aired on Chiller (back when the channel was still good.) In fact I've been meaning to do a whole post bitching about how shitty that channel got before I canceled it. Anywho, What A Mother Wouldn't Do was one of the boldest episodes that ever aired through all three seasons. This deals with some pretty heavy issues such as abortion, murder, death of a child, and how truly far parents could go to save their own child's life. 

I feel the end of season 1 was just starting to get truly going with it's awesome story-lines and cursed objects. This was a perfect way to bridge off into the second season which is my personal favorite out of all three. In my eyes the further you get into season 1, the better the episodes are. In fact the episode that aired before this one was Badge Of Honor which guest starred Christine star John Stockwell. 

What A Mother Wouldn't do has one of my favorite openings to an episode. I love the little surprise you get when the woman wanders into the antique store only to find Uncle Lewis standing there, showing that all of this happened in the past. 

I found this object very interesting. First off it's back-story is awesome, a cursed wooden cradle from the Titanic. How a young woman tried to push the cradle up on a lifeboat to save her baby, only to have it knocked over resulting in the child drowning. The curse ends up being that these parents MUST always keep their baby inside the cradle or she'll die almost instantly. That they must kill seven people in water before April 14th at 12:15 or the curse won't work anymore and the baby will die.

April 14th 12:15 is the date and time the Titanic sunk. 

I love how clever each kill was, how they always had to die in water. How they bludgeoned the doctor in the lake, drowning the janitor in the bathroom, ect. Each death is very creative with how quickly these parents react in order to save their baby. Watching the mother was very heartbreaking. Here is a woman who has been told that her baby would die even before she was ever born. You have to sympathize for her. In fact it seems as though she's the only one fighting to keep her child alive. Just the line she tells her husband "This is the only child I'm ever going to have...I'm not going to let her die." Just certian moments in the episode show how crazed and driven she is to keep her child alive. Just the look on her face when her friends surprise her with the cradle at the baby shower, or how she's talking to herself when she truly thinks she's killed all 7, thinking that her and her baby can finally have a normal life. The complex storyline between the husband and wife was very well written. I love how guilty the husband is, and how he just sees each death as cold blood murder. I love how in the end he gives up thinking the curse didn't work and tells his wife he's had enough. He wants to just hold his daughter and hope she knows he tried to stop her pain.

The biggest moment in the episode has to be when the mother knows the time is up. How she runs and throws herself off the balcony just to save her baby and how our three leads look down finding her dead in the water fountain, and the husband shot and killed underneath the broken fish tank. "Seven dead by water...the curse is fulfilled." 

A tragic ending to say the least.

I love how guilty our three leads feel as well. Just the scene where Micki tries to lift the baby out of the cradle and it starts violently rocking back and forth and the baby starts screaming. I love how they see that even if they stop this curse from happening, a poor innocent baby will die. 

And of course that epic scene where the crazed mother tries killing Ryan and the nanny in the water, screaming "You're the last!" and just the look on her face when he barges in soaking wet. I think this is when the mother knows she screwed up and has to sacrifice herself. 

A very serious and low beat episode, with a tragic ending. I do love the small glimmer of hope though with the baby smiling on the bus, finally healthy and alive.

To me this is one of the best episodes in the entire series and every time I listen to the soundtrack, I love the faint nursery jingle that plays over the original these.

= first part of episode, rest of it is on YouTube

5 Stars!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Trailer of the week!

 Trailer of the week!

HorrorHound 2013 - The good, the bad, and the ugly

 HorrorHound 2013 - The good, the bad, and the ugly

HorrorHound weekend has become a joy of mine to staff for ever since my first show back in 2010. This past weekend was my 5th show I would be working, and the biggest one to date. Traveling the very LONG 15 hours to Ohio, I spend the weekend meeting up with friends, guarding doors and lines, freezing to death, being stuffed up, and meeting the bullies from Christine!

I think the biggest thing that really got me down was the fact I was stupid enough to make this God forsaken drive yet again. I really hate driving, in fact I think it's one of my top three least favorite things to do. The fact that I decided yet again to make the haul out there even though after every show I always promise it will be my last drive out there...I find myself back in the car hating life.

This past show was the final nail in the coffin with me deciding that for now on if I want to staff this show I'm going to have to fly. I seriously lost half the weekend by being exhausted from it. Still, I did have a wonderful time even though the second I got home after being up for twenty-four straight hours I ended up puking everywhere only to find out I have the same stomach bug I had earlier this winter. So today as I rest up and re-watch Friday the 13th the series, I'll quickly recap on the highlights of meeting a few people, the merch I grabbed, and how crazy and packed this very awesome show was. Glad to be a part of it, but even happier to now be home!

This weekend I staffed the show, mostly guarding doors, lines, helping set up vendors, and doing airport runs. This was HorrorHound's biggest show yet due to the Walking Dead cast being there. Now being held at the convention center across from the hotel, the best way to describe the weekend was insane. I've never seen a convention this packed or busy. 

I'm going to shout some realtalk now. I really didn't give two shits about the Walking Dead cast. I mean yeah I watch the show, but I really didn't care that the cast was there this weekend. In fact I was blown away by how many people were in lines that wrapped around the building just to meet them. I find it funny though, most of them were for Norman Reedus. I met Norman a few shows back when I had him sign a Boondock Saints poster for my sister. He was a nice guy, but still waiting for ten + hours for some person? Ehhh...

Anywho the biggest reason why I went to this show was the fact they had Mr. John Carpenter and the three main bullies from Christine there. Last month my sister and me bought the limited edition of Christine on blu-ray, wanting to get Carpenter and the cast to sign the two copies, I had to laugh to myself when I found out that they would be doing Rock N Shock in Boston this upcoming October. Who's that asshole who drove 15 hours? This guy!

Still, it was a pleasure to meet everyone, and the guys were beyond sweet to me. I LOVED the sick Christine display they had and couldn't help but smile every time I head the "bad to the bone" song play over the speakers. "sigh..."

I also got a sweet photo opp with John Carpenter with my friend Jeanette. I would like to call these two...the most awkward family photos ever.

Me and Jeanette also picked Tamara Glynn and Sergio Stivaletti from the airport. The two of us were running on zero sleep and felt like complete shit, but they were very nice and pleasure to go get. I'll be the first to admit that this weekend I sorta kept a low profile. I felt "off" ever since we drove in and didn't really stay up late to party. Of course when I finally got home yesterday morning and began to puke my brains out I knew why. Thanks stomach virus...your the best.

A huge thing I did get done at the convention was treat myself to start my Sam Raimi tattoo. I got Sam's autograph inked on me. Squiggle realness!

Due to the snow storm, on Sunday we had to haul ass to leave. Sadly I didn't get time to meet Michael Madsen, (even though I did walk in on him eating lunch to unplug my sweet flip phone that was charging. I did make it a point though to meet Rusty Schwimmer from Jason Goes To Hell. Rusty signed my comic books from the movie and was very sweet. Another step closer to meeting John D LeMay!

Here's some merch I picked up this weekend...
 = Yep...favorite purchase e-v-e-r

= Signed by Bill Moseley, such a nice guy!

= My signed Christine blu-rays = $$$$!!!

= Sadly didn't have a chance to meet the cast but did pick up this little gem of a boxset. 

= Bootleg haul. Got some really awesome gems along with a free copy of Bad Ronald. I plan on watching and re-viewing every single one of these!

I also recieved two very awesome gifts from my friends Melissa and Erica. The first being an original radio used Summer School soundtrack and a set of books based on the show Supernatural.

and last but not I look after driving for 15 hours straight. This photo was taken one hour before I started puking...wonderful.