Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 30 of 31 scenes of terror - Halloween II (1981)

Day 30 of 31 scenes of terror - Halloween II (1981)

Nothing says being stuck in bed sick all day more than watching horror movies. Yep, surrounded by tissues, cough drops, and orange juice I decided to watch a few of my "holiday" favorites to pass this day of sickness.

I started my morning off around 5 (yep) watching the halloween episode of Friday the 13th the series. Then I moved onto Halloween 8 Resurrection (I don't wanna talk about it), then of course one of my personal favorites Halloween III and now into my favorite in the whole series Halloween II.

The Halloween series is near and dear to my heart since it was a favorite of my mothers. I have enjoyed all of these films, even the really bad ones. Still nothing beats the first four films and H20. Believe or not the original Halloween won't make the list of my 31 scenes of terror this year (spoiler alert!) I decided to pick off choices this year and instead of going with the original I decided to just pick my favorite from the series which is part II. No matter what you say, I still view this as a Carpenter film even tho he didn't direct. It's a great follow up to a classic, and uses a great trick I just love seeing in sequels with picking up exactly where the last one left off. In this film it does it flawlessly.

With the two main stars returning, Carpenter writing the screenplay, and of course a hyped up 80's version of the iconic theme, my all time favorite part of this entire movie has to be the opening. I know the Mr. Sandman playing as the camera pans down from the trees blowing in the night breeze right to the big shoot out we saw in the last film. 

The best of course if Loomis running down to the lawn only to find Michael gone and a perfectly shaped body imprint (gotta love that) and blood on the grass. It isn't long before a neighbor FINALLY comes out after all the gun fire and screaming. Loomis tells him to call the sheriff and to tell him that he shot him six times. The neighbor clearly confused asks if this is a joke since he was trick or treated to death tonight. Loomis stares at him and says the best line in the entire film. "You don't know what death is!" Before hauling ass and running away as the score blasts away. Gotta love the credits and of course the skull slowly coming out of the pumpkin. 

So Happy Halloween Eve, try to get in as many Halloween films as possible before it's too late!

Also did I buy the Scream Factory box set yet? No, trust me I'm tempted! I did just buy the SE director's cut of Nightbreed tho and those babies went for 80$ so I think it's safe to say I gotta cool my shit down for a while. But then again, one never knows. Muhahahahah!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 29 of 31 scenes of terror - Night Of The Demons (1988)

Day 29 of 31 scenes of terror - Night Of The Demons (1988)

With the 31 scenes of terror drawing to a close, I decided to write about one of my all time favorite movies set on Halloween.

Night Of The Demons.

The follow up film to Witchboard director Kevin Tenney, this amazing film is a cult classic filmed with a great punk rock soundtrack, awesome practice effects by Steve Johnson, and an over the top ending nobody could forever. This film spawned two cheesy sequels and a not so bad remake.

But the original will always be the best. Who doesn't get chills whenever those amazing credits pop up?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 28 of 31 scenes of terror - Graveyard Shift (1990)

Day 28 of 31 scenes of terror - Graveyard Shift (1990)

A title I've been looking forward to adding to the list all month comes from a lesser known work of Stephen King that I absolutely love.

Graveyard Shift.

Based off the brilliant short story in King's first collection of short stories from Night Shift, it stuns me it took this long to have in my eyes one of the best stories from that entire book turned into a film. This was back when they were striking when the iron was hot. King was a house hold name by 1990 and the 80's were filled with his popular novels being turned into films. One after another kept being cranked out. Hot off the heels of Pet Sematary, Graveyard Shift is made almost with the same dark style with colorful characters, gory moments, and one hell of an ending.

With some great actors such as Brad Dourif and Stephen Macht (with his sexy over the top maine accent) this was a great movie that sadly was over shadowed due to what seemed like a rushed third act, and the time it was released in. A favorite of mine to watch around the 4th of July and of course Halloween.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 27 of 31 scenes of terror - The Nest (1988)

Day 27 of 31 scenes of terror - The Nest (1988)

The 27th scene of terror comes from another awesome underrated late 80's gem.

The Nest.

Taking a page out of the 1950's and comeback in the 70's of nature gone wrong, this was a delightful little surprise filled with good characters, amazing practical effects, and gore! Trust me if you are not a fan of bugs...stay away, stay far far away.

The Nest tells the story of a small sea side town that becomes infested with flesh eating roaches that don't typically die as fast as normal bugs. In fact whenever they eat something, they slowly transform into whatever they fed on. 

With some over the top and bloody moments The Nest is a must for any gore fan.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 26 of 31 scenes of terror - Chopping Mall (1986)

Day 26 of 31 scenes of terror - Chopping Mall (1986)

Today 26th scene of terror comes from the uber cheese robot fest Chopping Mall. 

I can't help but love horror movies that take place in malls (Dawn Of The Dead, Phantom Of The Mall, and of course Chopping Mall.) I still remember buying this along with Summer School years ago and loving it. This is a must to watch (for some strange reason) every 4th of July.  It's a movie to watch completely shit faced with friends, and just laugh over how epic this movie is with those crazy laser shooting robots.

One of the best scenes in the entire movie is when some random chick's head gets blown off. Long live 80's gore!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nightbreed SE review

 Nightbreed SE review

Last week I was giddy with excitement when I pulled into my driveway and a package sent from Shout Factory resting between my porch and front door. Right away like a kid on Christmas I ran inside and got a knife to open it. 

Long story short...

It was beautiful.

Way back this summer when I first heard about Shout Factory being the lucky ones to re-release this Clive Barker classic, I knew it was in the right hands. For years and I mean YEARS the uncut version of this film has been floating in limbo. Finally after lots of hard work and passion the film was restored as was Barker's vision. I myself have always been a huge Nightbreed fan. In fact I've always really loved Clive Barker's work (mostly Lord Of Illusions) so I've always wanted to know what was really missing from this movie that all ready in my eyes seemed perfect. This film holds a ton of great memories for me. My mother bought me this on DVD (one of the first DVD's I ever owned), I made friends over this movie, and even back at school the first thing I ever sculpted was Dr. Decker. Knowing how highly ahead of it's time this movie was, I didn't regret at all shelling out the extra cash to get the SE of this film. 

The last few weeks I was seriously counting down the days until the blu-ray shipped. Shout began shipping the special orders out sooner than expected so it seemed as if I was on my phone nearly every day checking the tracking number waiting for it to finally ship to Mass. Well Thursday was my lucky day. I legit am sure I'm speaking for so many other people when I say I just simply sat and stared at the artwork (made by my friend Joel who I believe was the perfect artist for the job) and booklet. When I finally popped in the SE director's cut I went on a very wild ride to Midian.

- I'm going to seriously get killed for this, but even though I'm a massive Nightbreed fan, as much as I enjoyed watching the director's cut of the film and being able to see more of the monsters, and the new ending along with several new scenes that truly do shine a new light on the main heart is forever going to be with the original version. The added stuff was good, it explained more, made you truly feel for the characters of Boone and Lori.

Was it amazing? Eh, so-so. The Johnny Get Angry scene was great (can't get that song out of my head!), and I really did love how they extended the huge battle of man vs. monsters in the end. It really did show more of the characters, makeup, and action in the end. Sadly as cool and touching as the ending was, I really didn't feel Ash berry as the new villain. Yes I know they were trying to set it up for a sequel but overall I enjoy Decker rising from the dead again in the original. Still, the director's check showed more heart and I respect and enjoy it.

But I'm glad I have the original version now on blu-ray which is crystal clear.

I mean I even got a tattoo to celebrate this release.

The Extras 
The two main things that brings me to Shout aka Scream Factory time and time again is the new artwork and extras they put for their movies. For Nightbreed they didn't miss a beat making sure the fans would be pleased. I seriously spent all of Thursday getting anything done since I was plowing my way through the documentaries and deleted scenes. The main doc was great, hearing all the interviews, seeing clips of cut scenes, and seeing behind the scenes footage and hearing stories of how this film came to be and the response it's had since then. My favorite of course of talking about the dog Frank and how he would never come when called. I was very bummed out that Oliver Parker was nowhere to be seen which puzzles me since Peloquin is such a popular monster from the movie and the fact Parker is going to be in the Hellraiser documentary. I would have loved to hear his thoughts on being in this film (he really did steal the show) and maybe see stills or footage of him going into makeup. The few clips we do see of him are great. I love the one of him rubbing his neck after he has to thrash his head around, or all the uncut "love" scene which I'm still bullshit didn't make it into the film.

Still the extras, deleted scenes, photos, and commentaries are great. Even the making of monsters and seeing all the makeup tests blew my mind. 

My goal is to slowly try and meet as many people as possible from this film (one down all ready!) and get them to sign this stunning boxset I got.

So did I enjoy the director's cut? Sure.

But I will always love the original version better. For true Barker and Nightbreed fans I can't urge you enough to embrace the tribes of the moon and buy this!

Day 25 of 31 scenes of terror - The Kiss (1988)

Day 25 of 31 scenes of terror - The Kiss (1988) 

It's mind blowing that October is almost gone, which means we're slowly counting down the last few days of 31 scenes of terror. Today's choice comes from a late 80's gem that I first heard about when I saw the trailer at Cooliage on Halloween night. I love back in the day when the studio used to make trailers just for the film instead of showing a bunch of cut clips from it. This awesome scene isn't exactly from the film The Kiss, but from it's awesome trailer.

The movie tells the tale of two young sisters and how years ago when they were traveling with their father over seas they became separated. Here one of the sisters becomes possessed by a demon that hides within her body. One sister stays in the UK while the other returns to the states, always knowing that her something happened to her sister, and whatever lives inside her is evil. Years pass and both women are grown and haven't spoken in years. The sister who returned to the states is happily married with a teenage daughter. One day she receives a call from her estranged sister who's a model in Europe stating that the waiting is over. She needs her daughter in order to survive. Refusing to believe it, the sister leaves to go buy a gun to protect her family but is suddenly killed in a tragic car accident. (one of the most stomach turning gore moments in the entire movie.) 

About a month later the teenage daughter and husband feel lost, both are slowly trying to get over their grief when the mysterious sister appears. She's stunning, interesting, and very creepy. Slowly she starts taking over the house while the teenage daughter senses something isn't right. It appears her aunt wants something.

In fact, she wants a kiss.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 24 of 31 scenes of terror - Deadtime Stories (1986)

Day 24 of 31 scenes of terror - Deadtime Stories (1986)
The 24th scene of terror comes from the super catchy opening credits of 1986's Deadtime Stories. Back when horror anthologies were super popular, Deadtime Stories was a horror comedy that dared to be different with what appears to be a super drunk uncle trying to get a young boy to fall asleep while babysitting. Here he takes classics fairy tales and puts a darker spin on them. 

Was this movie memorable?

No, not at all.

I own it on VHS and can barley remember anything about it. 

The only thing that holds promise to this movie is the catchy opening credits as different monster hands flip the pages that display the cast and crew's names. The song is most likely the really only good thing about this movie and at least has a strong starter but sadly doesn't holds the strength the credits seems to be reflecting on for the rest of the film.

Still one of the better theme songs for a horror movie!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 23 of 31 scenes of terror - Psychic (1991)

Day 23 of 31 scenes of terror - Psychic (1991)
The twenty-third scene of terror comes from another highly underrated thriller. A movie that sadly got over shadowed at the era of time it was released in, but still holds up as a great murder mystery even today.

This of course being Psychic.

I had always remembered the uber early 90's cheesy VHS artwork for this movie (it really makes no sense) but finally got around to picking the tape up on a hunt a few years ago right before I flew down to Florida to meet Zach Galligan for the first time. 

I think I speak for myself here saying I'm a massive Galligan fan (I have the man tattooed on me from his episode of Strung Along) and even though I adore the Gremlin movies, I tend to enjoy to more underrated and lesser known films that I feel are classics in their own right (Waxwork 1&2, Mortal Passions, and Psychic) I'm a huge sucker for movies about the supernatural and people who have the ability to see the past or future (Rose Red, Puppet Master, The Dead Zone,The Gift) but it's very rare to see a young handsome leading man playing such a part. Lucky for us Galligan plays it pitch perfect. I have interviewed Zach about this movie in the past and I'm still convinced he was supposed to be the killer! (spoiler alert, he isn't.)

So if you want to catch out a great movie from the director of the original My Bloody Valentine, that has thrills, chills, and Galligan check out Psychic.

VHSPS sells Psychic on DVD and it's worth very penny. Love the menu song.

Psychicccc Magicccccc

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22 - of 31 scenes of terror - Ghoulies II (1988) Ghoulies attack!

Day 22 - of 31 scenes of terror - Ghoulies II (1988) Ghoulies attack!

The 22nd choice for 31 scenes of terror comes from one of my all time favorite movies of all time. I wouldn't call it a guilty pleasure, I would call it my favorite cult classic of all time. Shocking enough I'm not a massive original Ghoulies fan. I mean I enjoy the movie, but it's almost as much as I love the shit fest Ghoulies III, Ghoulies go to college. Ghoulies II on the other hand is in a league all on it's own. Back in school my friend Amanda brought her double feature disc of Ghoulies and Ghoulies II while we sculpted. She pretty much explained how these movies worked and I believe we barley got anything done since we were laughing so hard through them. 

Since then Ghoulies II has become one of my all time favorites and a must to watch with a group. I could pick apart why I love this movie or scenes that stand out but the best one after the giant ghoulie massacre has to be when the ghoulies first attack in Satan's Den. 

They all spring out at Larry (played by the dreamy Damon Martin) and start biting him. I somehow always loose it at this scene at Martin's facial expressions as he's being attacked and the random flying ghoulie that's just hanging out. Larry thinks fast and grabs into a few live wires in order to make the ghoulies let go. Sure in every right that should have killed him, but who's questioning it?! I'm not!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 21 - Of 31 scenes of terror - Carrie (1976)

 Day 21 - Of 31 scenes of terror - Carrie (1976)

The twenty-first scene of terror this month comes with the ORIGINAL and classic very first tale of Mr. Stephen King. That of course is Carrie.

Carrie tells the tale of a young awkward girl in her senior year of high school who's painfully shy and the local outcast due to her insane mother's religious rantings. Dying to belong, Carrie is always the butt of the cruel jokes and jabs of the teens that surround her. One day after gym class, Carrie is washing up in the showers when she begins screaming at the top of her lungs, her hands covered in blood. Thinking she's dying,

It appears that Carrie just got her first period and if that isn't bad enough, all of the girls laugh throwing tampons and pads at her yelling "Plug it up! Plug it up!" Before the gym teacher races to her aid. Days later one of the teens regrets her actions and decides to talk her boyfriend into asking Carrie out to the prom in some attempt to have her feel she's a part of things before they all graduate.

Sadly things don't go as planned since a group of teens find out about Carrie attending prom and decide for the ultimate prank. Filling a bucket of pig's blood above the stage where the prom king and queen will be crowned, they rig the voting, and bucket so everything falls into place and Carrie White will be at ground zero when it's pulled.

Unknown to anyone, Carrie possesses a power. A terrifying power in which she can move objects with her mind. When the bucket drops, covering her in blood she's reminded of her mother's warning about everyone laughing at her. Here all hell breaks loose.

Remade twice along with a shitty sequel, there's no way you can capture the same terror the original had with the split screen and blue and red lighting.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20 - of 31 scenes of terror - The Mutilator (1985)

Day 20 - The Mutilator (1985)
Today's 20th scene of terror comes from highly often over looked and underrated Fall Break flasher The Mutilator. 

Released when the slasher era was at it's highest, The Mutilator is an odd cheese and gore fest that features some of the most original and bloody kills ever seen on screen. The Mutilator goes down in my top ten favorite slashers of all time. This list includes such gems as Intruder, The Burning, Happy Birthday To Me, ect. 

In this scene of terror, features one of the most cringe worthy moments for a girl ever.

A young screaming girl is dragged to the workshop in a garage of a beach house while looking for her boyfriend. Here the killer throws her on the work bench and takes a giant fishing hook and rams it up her...

Well...pussy cat.

The hook goes through that "place" and through her stomach.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19 - of 31 scenes of terror - Waxwork (1988)

Day 19 - of 31 scenes of terror - Waxwork (1988)

The 19th day of 31 scenes of terror comes from my all time favorite movie.


I have blogged, written, and spoke about how much I adore this movie so of course it was a MUST to add to my list. The scene not only is from my all time favorite movie, but one of my all time favorite scenes in general.

Waxwork is a fun very ahead of it's time horror fest that pays tribute to many classics that came before. With a likable cast, great effects, and one hell of a showdown it was kinda hard to pin point which scene would make the list.

So I went with the best.

Mark Loftmore (Zach Galligan) is thrown into one of the wax musuem displays. Paying tribute to the classic black and white Night Of The Living Dead, Mark stumbles into a dark graveyard with crowds of flesh eating zombies slowly chasing after them. Fighting his way out, he chops one of the zombie's hands off with a rock before running to the gates. Here the movie's best effect happens. Mark goes to walk out when he's stopped. It seems there's an invisible barrier that traps the victims inside so they just can't escape. Mark feels along the wall, trapped before it dawns on him that the key to getting out is not to believe in these monsters so they can't kill him.

Great thinking Galligan!

As you can tell, I'm a pretty big fan of this scene...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rock & Shock recap - 2014

 Rock & Shock recap - 2014

This weekend's show is my 8th Rock & Shock, which is pretty cool since Rock & Shock was my very first convention I ever attended. This show has held some good memories for me since I brought my late mother to two of the shows, have met a lot of amazing friends, and have had some pretty good times there. Is it the best show ever? Hell no! In fact there was a bit of a slump for a few years where the show really went down hill. Still it's the only real local show around, and it's a way to spend the afternoon and have some fun in MA every October. Last year really restored my faith in the show (even though the guests always seem the same and are NEVER that impressive. Still, the vendors seemed to step up, and overall I really enjoyed myself finally going to a few movie screenings and Q&A panels. This year I went with my good friend Mike and the two of us pretty much just fucked around enjoying the afternoon before we planned on heading up to NH.

This year I decided to meet two guests.

The first is the ever so adorable Linnea Quigley. I'm a big fan of Linnea from her classics such as Silent Night Deadly Night, Graduation Day, Return Of The Living Dead, Night Of The Demons, Witchtrap, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 The Dream Master, and Innocent Blood. As strange as this sounds a huge reason why I'm a big fan of Linnea is because she was once married to makeup artist Steve Johnson. Even though the marriage didn't last long, I found them adorable and loved whenever these two moved together. (Did Stacy do an airbrush painting of the two taken on their wedding day? Maybe... -  no creepy at all) Linnea was a total sweetheart (so tiny!) and I told her how much I enjoyed her cameo and scream in Innocent Blood (where she had a cameo with then husband Steve Johnson.) I then got serious for a second and told her about how I fully supported her issue with trying to get funds to save her parent's house this summer. Linnea told me she was originally embarrassed about asking and I told her she shouldn't be. I explained how I lost my mother and how if I was ever in that spot I would do anything I could to save her home. Linnea was very sweet and really seemed to like the fact that I told her that this summer I even stuck up for her on a Podcast back when all that stupid drama was going around on supporting her right to ask for help. I had Linnea sign my new Scream Factory blu-ray since I'm in love with the artwork. Sure there's like 10 other things I would have had her sign but today I felt the blu-ray was the best choice. Linnea was super sweet and a must to meet at conventions!

Mike and I walked the convention floor a few times, running into some friends such as Nate, Meg and her adorable kids, Joel, John, and of course my awesome tattoo artist Shane. As for my haul I decided to treat myself a bit this year.

I got a few issues of Fangoria, 3 fucking amazing Terminator dolls. (I mean why not have a Sarah Connor and Kyle Reece doll? Hellooooo?!!!), some bootlegs from my friends at VHSPS. I got Monkey Shines, The Willies,  a new Rejuvenator disc (my old one broke), Creature From The Black Lake, and A Nightmare On Elm Street mega disc which has a bunch of behind the scenes footage on. Mike got the entire series of Freddy's Nightmares.

Meg supplied me with some awesome Honey Island Swamp soap bars (so I can smell like the swamp!), and a stunning Nightbreed shirt featuring Joel's stunning artwork that now graces the new SE Nightbreed covers.

Shane also gave me two stunning prints. One from Trick R Treat, the other from Evil Dead II. I also loved seeing my Raimi tattoo in his book. Shane, you are one talented bastard!

I didn't make it to any pannels or Q&A's since Mike and I were in a hurry, plus I was beginning to really feel sick (coming down with yet another cold), but I waited until finally Mrs. Chris McCorkindale came from Nightbreed. Chris was a sweetheart who signed my new Nightbreed disc, and knew me right away from Facebook. She loved my Peloquin tattoo my sadly didn't remember much about Mr. Oliver Parker (dammit!) she did talk about their cut love scene and how while filming they had to keep chasing after all those snakes!)

Last but not least I treated myself to a Freddy figure from my favorite Elm street sequel The Dream Master with all the souls bursting out of his chest.

Finally I had enough and began really feeling those con germs, Mike and I hauled ass out, but over all had a fun time. Who knows next year I may do a table, but seeing everyone and being able to meet some great people was worth it. Rock & Shock was a great time and I only look forward to next year!

Galligan is everywhere!

Oliver Parker as Pinhead. Who knows...could have happened!

 Oliver Parker as Pinhead. Who knows...could have happened!

This past week I listened to the commentary of the SE of Nightbreed and found out something that I have suspected for some time.

As we all know I'm a bit of a Nightbreed fan, mostly with this new director's cut having just been released. In fact just two weeks ago I had my awesome tattoo artist and friend Shane Murphy tattoo the most memorable of the monsters from Median on the back of my left leg, Peloquin. Today at Rock N Shock I met the actress who played Shuna Sassi, and showed my newest tattoo off and asked about her awesome co-star and "lover" from Clive Barker's classic film.

Peloquin played by Oliver Parker (now a famous director) started off as an actor in the UK in the 1980's to early 90's before his directing career took off. Oliver was a school friend of Clive's, and founder of a theater company they worked in. Back in 1986 when Hellraiser was being made, Clive revealed on the Nightbreed commentary that back when they began to film it he gave the choice between Oliver and Doug Bradley on who would play Pinhead, and who would play the moving man. Many people know that at the time Doug had just began as an actor and thought it was important to have his real face shown on screen and was sorta pushing for the moving man role. Well, Clive asked Oliver and him to decide on who would play who and the two went off and talked for a bit. At the time the twenty-five year old Parker wasn't exactly interested in having to do the whole makeup thing, so horror history was made when he told Doug he rather play one of the moving men instead of the lead demon. 

Of course Oliver came back playing yet another moving man in Hellbound, and then decided after all in 89 when they began to film Nightbreed to do the makeup thing and completely stole the show as Peloquin. 

It does make you wonder though, what would the Hellraiser series be like had Oliver decided to play Pinhead. 

I talked about this all ready and I explained that if there was ANY actor out there who maybe could fill Doug's shoes, it might have only been Oliver. We'll all seen what happens when other actors play Pinhead, and trust's ugly.


I believe Oliver would have played this role completely different, maybe with a little more of a sly charm with some darkness like he brought in Nightbreed. God knows what his voice would have sounded like but I'm almost 100% sure he would have brought it for this role just like he did in Nightbreed and steal the show. One thing I'm almost sure about is that Oliver would have maybe shown up for only maybe two more sequels. Hellbound and MAYBE Hell On Earth. It's tricky to say if he would have returned for anymore, mostly after Clive began to distance himself from the films but who knows. All I do know is Oliver began acting to get his foot in the door to better understanding directing which he really started going head first into in 1995 or so. Who knows, maybe this would have been a good thing. I mean let's be honest here. most of the sequels after part III are complete and utter shit.

Do I think Oliver missed out? Eh, hard to tell. Doug made Pinhead who he is today and Oliver in my eyes rocked the role in Nightbreed and seriously did an amazing job underneath all that makeup. Also had things been different we wouldn't have seen how adorable he looked as those moving men in Hellraiser 1&2.

Look at those eyebrows!

Can't wait to hear Oliver's stories in the up coming doc on the making of Hellraiser 1&2. I really do hope he starts doing more shows. It's like pulling teeth getting people to talk about him when he made Nightbreed. Come on people! I gotta find a way to show him this awesome tattoo! 

Day 18 - 31 scenes of terror - A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors (1987)

Day 18 - 31 scenes of terror - A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors (1987)

The 18th day in 31 scenes of terror comes from my favorite Elm Street movie after Dream Master. This being the ever so popular fan favorite Dream Warriors, a movie I loved as a child and still do as an adult. Pretty much tossing aside the mess of Freddy's Revenge, Dream Warriors feels to be the true sequel to the original Nightmare On Elm Street, and features some of the most likable cast who sadly suffer the most brutal deaths. 

One of my favorites has to be Philip to suffers one of the most iconic deaths in the entire film series. 

Philip played by Bradley Gregg (of Class of 1999) is one of the many teens locked up in the mental hospital after having dreams of a certain man in a red and green sweater. Well, Philip is nicknamed "The walker" due to the fact he sleepwalks all the time. One night Philip falls asleep only to have one of his clay puppets transform into Freddy who appears at the head of his bed and slices down his arms and legs, pulling his tendons out. Slowly he begins to pull Philip by them like a puppet slowly down the hallways. This seriously is a stomach turning scene and I love the effect + the heart beat sound as the music drums on. Philip is forced to a high window where a giant Freddy holds him before dropping him to his death as the helpless others watch from below. Brutal and awesome.

Hum maybe with some jump ropes this could make a fun getup for Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17 - Trilogy Of Terror II (1996)

Day 17 - Trilogy Of Terror II (1996)

Well I just got in from a birthday party so this post is supposed to be for the 17th day of 31 days of terror but it's been posted after midnight so it lands on the 18th, This scene comes from a fun little gem from the mid 1990's.

Trilogy Of Terror II

This was the follow up made for TV sequel to Dan Curtis' Trilogy Of Terror which starred the late Karen Black. With a new actress, Dan Curtis made 3 new stories of terror which believe it or not are all really good. The last story is a direct sequel to that crazy killer wooden doll that gave me many nightmares as a child, the other story a remake of "Bobby" a story told in another Curtis 70's movie Dead Of Night. The first of course being the one to feature the 17th scene of terror which features the scariest rats since Graveyard Shift. 

The story is like an old Hitchcock tale which lands the two leads looking for the key element which will unlock an account of undisclosed money after the murder of a wealthy business man. Finding themselves at his grave at night they ignore the warnings of the grounds keeper who tell them about how the old part of the graveyard is infested with giant rats that have a strong hunger for flesh. Well one thing leads to another at an epic scene of a young woman climbing into her late husband's empty grave and through the tunnels underground only to be surrounded by giant man eating rats.

Let's just say...things don't end well.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 16 - 31 scenes of terror (1987)

Day 16 - 31 scenes of terror (1987)

The 16th scene of terror comes from one of my new personal favorites. A highly underrated gem of the 1980's just like so many other films on the 31 day list. This was a film I had always seen the VHS cover artwork for but never thought twice about. Finally last spring I bought it as a bootleg and seriously was speechless. Not only did this film have a great story, soundtrack, and awesome practical effects. It also held my interest and is a movie I would urge almost anyone to check out.

The scene in question is towards the very end right when everything begins going bat shit crazy. It seems Anthony has woken up and isn't happy. The group of scientist trapped in the beach house during a stormy night are trying to understand what exactly is going on when suddenly something happens that's so out of left field it's a huge reason why I love this movie so much.

A mysterious character finally reveals why she can't ever sleep, or the reason why she feels so cold, and enjoys early morning swims. It seems working as a scientist she came into contact with the deadly gene that pretty much turns your DNA into a fish. Before everyone's eyes she transforms into a fish lady, gills and all. Legit a total WTF moment in the film but due to the awesome effects makes the all ready amazing movie even better.

It was like pressing my lips against a chilled shrimp. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 15 - 31 days of terror - Spellbinder (1988)

Day 15 - 31 days of terror - Spellbinder (1988)

Today's day of terror comes from the underatted supernatural thriller Spellbinder. This movie features a young Kelly Preston and Tim Daily. This film features a pretty good storyline but sadly hasn't seen the light of day with a proper release due to the fact Ms. Preston and her "famous" husband now owns the rights and won't re-release them since the film features too much nudity (...) and witchcraft.


My personal favorite scene has to come after the big twist at the end. Repeating the same events from the beginning of the film, the last scene shows yet another poor sucker falling for the same trap.

"You don't you what your getting yourself into friend..."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 14 - 31 scenes of terror - Eden Lake (2008)

Day 14 - 31 scenes of terror - Eden Lake (2008)
Want a nice bleak, depressing, and unsettling film? Well Eden Lake is right up your alley! I bought Eden Lake back in 2009 after I finished Inglorious Bastards and happened upon the pure perfection otherwise known as Michael Fassbender. Well besides the eye candy I couldn't seem to really get into this movie and it sat on my movie shelf up until this summer.

After getting Fassbender fever again (the man is seriously in every good movie made in the last few years.) Well I finally got through the entire movie and man, I felt like I needed a bath. maybe it's the UK way of filmmaking but this was one depressing ass movie. It was bleak, ugly, and didn't have the ending I expected. In fact as sad as this sounds Fassbender is really the only real reason to watch.

The most brutal scene in the movie after a long slow burn of tension caused by a group of asshole kids is after they kidnap poor Fassbender after a terrible accident. They chain and tie him up as his girlfriend watches helplessly in the woods. There the gang surrounds Fassbender cutting him with knifes as he begs for his life. The worst is when they get the youngest of the bang to shove a box cutter straight in his mouth, twisting it around.


The scenes afterwards with Fassbender are down right heartbreaking. This scene really makes you wish he had his powers from X-Men. Magneto would have kicked those little shits asses in.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13 - Phantasm (1979)

Day 13 - Phantasm (1979)

There are tons, and I mean TONS of scenes from Phantasm that are very memorable. The sphere death, the showdown, Mike's nightmare, the car chase, the kidnapping, and yes of course the ending. I'm sure they may be another Phantasm sequel that might pop up again in the remainder of the 31 days, but today I decided to pin point a very creepy scene. This scene in particular always reminds me of Stephen King's novel IT. In the book there's a young boy character also by the name of Mike who's at a parade performing on a float with his school. While riding around he happens to see Pennywise the clown and explains to the other fellow "losers" of his club how terrified he was. 

This scene, mostly made by the look of pure terror on A. Michael Baldwin's face along with the epic score totally captures the look and feel that this film has. I love the echoing footsteps of The Tall Man as he walks cross the street and how Michael turns and is frozen with fear as he stands feeling the cool air of the ice cream truck and grins.

Spooky for sure.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 12 - 31 scenes of terror - Amityville 1992 It's About Time.

Day 12 - 31 scenes of terror - Amityville 1992 It's About Time. 

For the 12th day of 31 scenes of terror comes from not only one of my favorite movies of all time, but one of my favorite sequels as well.

This being Amityville 1992 It's About Time.

This scene that I'm covering is a certain scene that I just can't help but love. In this highly underrated sequel, this was a brief shot of life that the Amityville series badly needed. As much as I enjoy the next installment The Next Generation, I just can't help but really admire that Tony Randel (director) tried to do not only for the sixth installment in a failing series, but for a horror film made in the early 90's when movies like this weren't really getting the time and attention they needed.

Amityville 1992 features a great cast, and the two standouts have to be the two teenagers from the family that becomes victim to the cursed clock from the original house. Lisa (Megan Ward - Freaked) and Rusty (Damon Martin - Ghoulies II) In the scene I'm talking about is towards the end after Lisa becomes possessed and turns from girl next door to trashy 90's slut. Trapped in the house, Rusty finds his entire bedroom covered in blood and his sister weeping on the floor. Picking her up, he attempts to get her out of there when she begins to mutter "Oh Rusty, it's so horrible!" When he asks what is? She replies "That your my brother..." and the most epic shot ever is a close up of her licking his ear. Gotta love this creepy and beyond hilarious scene with that 90's head banging music blasting. 

I love this scene so much it's the background of my phone and I had Nate Milliner (artist from Scream Factory do a custom piece for me this summer.) In fact, I plan on getting Lisa and Rusty tattooed on me. 

Brother and sister realness! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Day 11 - 31 scenes of terror - Christine (1983)

Day 11 - 31 scenes of terror - Christine (1983)

Today's scene of terror comes from not only one of my all time favorite movies, but favorite Stephen King films/novels as well.  There are tons, and I mean TONS of memorable scenes of Christine, two of my favorites are of course the "Show me" scene and opening which is the "birth" of Christine when she first rolls off the assembly line. This opening is so memorable because of the wonderful use of Bad To The Bone as Christine, gleaming red first appears and gets her first taste of death.

Stunning, simply stunning.

Christine, I'm saving a piece of my leg to get you tattooed on me! Don't you worry!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 10 - 31 scenes of terror - Hellbound Hellraiser II (1988)

Day 10 - 31 scenes of terror - Hellbound Hellraiser II (1988)

For the 10th day in 31 scenes of terror I decided to pick a sequel that dare I say it may even be better than the original.

This of course being from Hellbound Hellraiser II.

In 1987 Clive Barker forever changed the world of gothic horror with his masterpiece Hellraiser. The following year the follow up of Hellbound continued the story of the Cotton family, and the most unsettling outlook of the dark, cold, and terrifying of Hell. In the ending, we get a cameo from Mr. Oliver Parker himself. Yep, the same Oliver Parker from Nightbreed (I'm sorta a fan) Oliver was childhood friends with Barker and had a brief cameo in the first Hellraiser, before doing another one for it's sequel yet again playing a moving man. Well that nasty bloody mattress causes even more trouble again when in the ending scene Oliver and another moving man are clearing out boxes in the doctor's empty estate. Looks like the police left behind that "tiny" little piece of evidence which Oliver finds, squats down and touches it. Here a pair of bloody skinless arms reach out and drag him down only to have his friend walk in to find his legs sticking out with the pillar of souls twirling around. The same pillar that brings Pinhead back for part III.

Oh Mr. Parker, even skinless arms wanna hug you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 9 - 31 scenes of terror - Intruder (1989)

Day 9 - 31 scenes of terror - Intruder (1989)

Today's 9th day of 31 scenes of terror comes from my all time favorite slasher movie of all time that features in my eyes the best kill ever shown on screen. 

Intruder is a highly underrated slasher film that sadly fell under the radar at the end of the 1980's when the slasher boom began to die down. After the film was "butchered" with it's key death and gore scenes cut to pieces the film became out of print and only talked about among true hard core gore and horror fans.

For me I first heard about it back in 2008 when my horror collection was featured in HorrorHound magazine. I remember a huge reason why being in this issue was so awesome was because it had that stunning Michael Myers cover as well has had a huge article on some of the best underrated slasher of all time. On this list among likes of Graduation Day, The Burning, and My Bloody Valentine's Day was Intruder. With a lot of the same crew/producers/actors from the Evil Dead films, this film was made on a low budget but became a classic due to it's amazing early KNB effects and featuring acting roles from both Raimi brothers Sam and Ted, and a brief cameo from Bruce Campbell himself. It wasn't until 2011 when I bought the bare bones DVD and it simply sat on my shelf until I staffed HorrorHound that following Novermber and my friend Nate pointed out the flyers they were passing out for the new blu-ray release.

This flyer of course had Sam Raimi hanging from the meathook in all his glory.

Shortly after I watched the movie and fell in love with it, going out and getting it on blu-ray as well as tracking it down on laser disc and VHS as well. As a huge fan of this slasher I even got Sam Raimi tattooed from this movie on my right leg.

If that doesn't show what a fan I am of this scene I don't know what is!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 8 - 31 scenes of terror- The Stepfather (1987)

 Day 8 - 31 scenes of terror

For the 8th day of 31 scenes of terror comes from one of the most underrated thrillers from the 1980's. This of course being The Stepfather.

The Stepfather tells the tale of a crazed psychopath who marries into single families with this crazed idea of the "perfect family" and the American dream. Once the families fail to live up to his expectations he completely loses it, butchers the family then changes his identity and looks and moves to a new town, starts a new job, and finds a new family. Something he's done several times.

The original Stepfather opens with a punch when our lead, played brilliantly by Lost's very own Terry O'Quinn as he appears in a bathroom with blood splattered on his face. He goes into the shower, changes into fresh clothes, shaves, cuts his hair, and puts in contacts. Afterwards he packs a suitcase, walks out and slowly goes down the stairs on what seems like a pretty calm morning in a nice suburban  house. He strolls down the stairs, before the camera slowly pans back revealing framed photographs smeared with bloody hand prints and the constant tone of a phone off the hook. Here it shows the bloody aftermath of Jerry's latest breakdown. Several family members brutally murdered with their bodies laying everywhere including two small children. Jerry fixes a fallen over chair, then walks out into the nice fall day whistling as he goes onto his new life.

Complete and utter perfection. Something that always bothered me about the remake was the fact in the opening not once single drop of blood was shown with the dead family. Are you serious?

AMAZING announcement from Scream Factory - Ghoulies and Ghoulies II!

 AMAZING announcement from Scream Factory - Ghoulies and Ghoulies II!

Today Scream Factory has done it yet again in announcing that they are releasing another favorite films of mine this up coming spring. This of course being Ghoulies II. For me, this simply can't come soon enough!

Scream Factory lately has been killing it with their releases (Day Of The Dead, Nightbreed, Pumpkinhead, The Burning, Body Bags, Night Of The Comet, Witchboard, and Night Of The Demons) = Just to name a few! They have been cranking out classic after classic with awesome new artwork and amazing extras. Half of my blu-ray collection is half Scream Factory titles and I'm proud of it!

Seeing the both Ghoulies and Ghoulies II are going to get the HD treatment has my inner fan girl screaming on the inside. Now I can dream about there being some extras (mostly for part II, come on guys track down Damon Matin, I wanna hear him in a commentary!) but even if these films are just transferred to HD that would be cool enough (even tho my double feature DVD is pretty crystal clear). I hope in the up coming months we get some more info and hopefully some killer extras!

My phone case of Ghoulies II along with some killer Ghoulies earrings! 

Now if only they re-released Waxwork and Waxwork II

Hey a girl can dream right?!