Thursday, May 26, 2016

Staystillreviews' Sensational Summer Part Deux!

 Staystillreviews' Sensational Summer Part Deux!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yep, that's night. I decided to go for another round with Staystillreview's Sensational Summer! This time around I decided to cut it a little shorter than last year, but instead of covering strictly movies, I'm branching out. Here are the weekly themes. Now there may not be a post everyday, but the ones that are put up each week will be well worth it. I have been planning this line-up for the last month or so. There will be reviews, artist spotlights, interviews, trailers, original artwork, and yes epic giveaways. So stay tuned as we kick off another round of summer themed fun in just a few weeks!

WEEK 1 - June 12th - Tarantino 

WEEK 2 - June 19th - Camp Slashers

WEEK 3 - June 26th - 1980's

WEEK 4 - July 3rd - Jurassic Park

WEEK 5 - July 10th - James Cameron films

WEEK 6 - July 17th - Sharks

WEEK 7 - July 24th - Stephen King

WEEK 8 - July 31st - John Carpenter

WEEK 9 - August 7th - Zach Galligan movies

WEEK 10 - August 14th - 1990'S

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top 10 favorite houses in horror

 Top 10 favorite houses in horror.
Location, location, location. It's everything. If you are anything like me, you love a great setting. Here, I decided to list some of my all time favorite houses featured in a horror movie!

1) 1428 Elm Street. 
- The original setting of one of the most original and vivid horror films of all time. Being featured in several other sequels, the house has seen it all. It's changed the color of the door, and has become something of a haunted house in the town of Springwood. Many fans have argued that there are two houses exactly alike in this universe of films. One being the house Nancy/Jessie lived in, the other being the house Freddy lived in. Eh, not really buying it. I feel it's remained the same house. I can't be the only one that got complete chills when I saw New Nightmare and watched Heather slowly turn around to see her house transformed into 1428. Amazing.

2) 112 Ocean Avenue.
- Most likely the most popular house of horror on the list. What makes this house even scarier than most of the other locations is that it's actually the source of some real life terror all within it's own. Back in the early 1970's a young man murdered his entire family in cold blood. When sent to trial he claimed voices from within the house told him to commit the murders. Soon after a new family moved in and after just 28 days supposedly had to flee in the middle of the night leaving all of their personal belongings behind after stating that the house was haunted. This gave birth to the popular novel and 1979 film The Amityville Horror and it's endless amusing sequels. This is my #1 choice of dream places to visit. Seeing that it's just a few hours away I really don't have any excuse. Hum, road trip anyone?

3) The Cobb House.
- How could I not include the house from well...House! I really don't know what it is about this stunning Victorian mansion, but I've always loved this movie mainly because of the outside of this house. Not only is it the main setting of the 1986 cult classic, it also is beyond eye catching and inspired me to write a novel several years ago. The entire time I wrote about the house where the entire story took place, I was thinking of this one!

4) Bates Motel/mansion.
- What's better than a house and a business just a few feet away? I mean it's a place where you can take a nice relaxing shower! One of the more iconic locations in horror history, is also another huge favorite of mine. The setting of 1960 classic Psycho, along with it's sequels, spin-offs, and yes the awesome TV series Bates Motel. I am completely in love with the giant aging house that looms over the hotel on the hill. In fact, I really gotta hand it to all of the filmmakers that make sequels/spin-offs to the original by staying true to the original lay-out and design of the house. Seriously, why hasn't anyone ever built this house before?! 

5) The Myers house.
- The setting of young Michael Myers' very first murder. A normal two story plain, white framed house. It's really nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, it's pretty normal looking. Maybe that's what makes it so scary! This house has been reused countless times in the sequels, but the P.O.V shot in the original will forever and always creep the hell out of me. My favorite shot in the entire series has to be after the brutal murder of Michael's sister how the killer hurries outside just in time for the Myers to pull up and get out. Here the best reveal ever shown in an opening is revealed. "Michael?" Here we see the clown mask taken off an innocent, yet stunned little boy as his parents stand back stunned.

6) The Poltergeist house.
- Just your typical all American normal house. Well, almost. I love the original Poltergeist. I think a huge reason why I love this movie is because of how realistic it feels. This is a middle class family, living in a nice middle class house. I loved the clutter, the 1980's gold railing going up the stairs, the pink carpet, the toys, and clutter everywhere. What makes this welcoming cozy house even more terrifying is what happens on the inside of these walls. The creepy clown doll,  the giant tree in the backyard, even the sliding chairs. What's most epic about this house is the fact it legit disappears turning into an empty lot. Whoa now!

7) Rose Red
One of my favorite things to do on Memorial Day Weekend is watching Rose Red. This is one of my all time favorite mini series of all time. Seriously one of my favorite movies to re-watch over and over again. It never gets old. Stephen King, the master of horror, and anything supernatural decided to make the ultimate haunted house movie. This of course being Rose Red. Making up rich history to the giant, massive setting, King set up the perfect story of a group of psychics gathering to gather evidence on the house's darker past. Between the endless rooms, the moving walls, the upside down office, the glass library, and how completely gorgeous it looks inside this is visual eye candy for any horror fan.

8) The Loftmore mansion.
- Not only was this Mark Loftmore's house in Waxwork, it was also used in films such as Willard, Witchboard, even episodes of Buffy, and Tales From The Crypt. This house is completely stunning, with it's stone work up front, large rooms, and circular bay windows. Another huge location I would love to visit!

9) Burnt Offerings house.
- This is not only one of my all time favorite supernatural/haunted house movies, but also one of my all time favorite movies from the 70's. With Karen Black and Oliver Reed playing a married couple who take their family to this giant mansion for the summer, it doesn't take long for the power of the house to overtake them. Here it's revealed that the house seriously starts to take on a life of it's own, even fixing and changing itself. One of the creepiest films of all time. My all time favorite scene is when Karen Black wakes up the next day to find the back all re-done and new and stands back completely stunned. Man a house that fixes and cleans itself?! Sounds good to me!

10) The Conjuring house.
- A huge large framed house in New England. Who wouldn't fall in love with it? Well, that is until all Hell breaks loose. I really enjoyed this film (and looking forward to it's sequel) this house isn't anything out of the ordinary, but still is the source of some pretty creepy stuff!

Which ones do you think should make the list?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Top 10 Monsters episodes.

 Top 10 Monsters episodes.
This past winter I decided to give myself a bit of a challenge. This being to binge watch all 3 seasons of the 80's show Monsters which in total was 72 episodes. I originally bought a bootleg set of this show at a convention and viewed a couple of episodes. Besides just a handful, I never really found the motivation on finishing the series. I'll be the first to admit, I own way too many movies as well as too many TV series which I've still yet to finish. Deciding to say fuck it while I was on vacation, I slowly while recovering from the head cold from HELL finished the entire show. Here are the episodes I felt were the best and stood out within the 72 of them. Monsters was a lower budget Tales From The Crypt, and an even lower budget Tales From The Darkside. This show mostly focused on monsters, demons, and creatures, even including some episodes written by Mr. Stephen King himself. Lasting only 3 seasons, this show was packed full of guest stars, and memorable moments. Here are the top ten that impressed me.

Holly's House 
- A working puppeteer on a popular children's show learns she's pregnant and begins to debate if she should quit show business and start a family. That all seems like a good idea until Holly, the live sized anatomic puppet begins to show a much darker jealous side on it's creator wanting to leave her.

- The last three survivors of a deadly plague which had wiped out the entire population of their small mid-western town find themselves trapped during the dead of winter by some sort of invisible force field. This cause of this virus was from an alien who crash landed and accidentally released the virus killing thousands. Knowing time is running out, the alien tries to find a way to communicate to the survivors to stop the virus from spreading and destroying the rest of the planet.

The Match Game
- A group of teenagers break into an old broken down Victorian house and play "The match game" which is the teenagers sitting in the dark, telling ghost stories. Each teen gets a turn while striking a match. Once the match burns out, the next person takes a turn. Sadly for these teens, the ghoul they created for their story comes to life and is slowly lurking in the darkness around them.

A Bond Of Silk
- A pair of newlyweds are invited to a honeymoon suite in the city. Once they arrive, they notice something strange. There's no bed, and there are dozens of old wedding dresses left in the closet. Confused, they wander around until they notice a hidden room where a massive silk web hangs off the ceiling and something very bloody thirsty waiting for them.

The Farmer's Daughter
- One rainy night a salesman gets into an accident, causing him to show up on the front porch of a farmer and his wife's home. Inviting him in, they apologize before telling him there isn't much room for him to stay unless he bunks up with their daughter who lives in the attic above them. The salesman agrees, and meets the daughter who's absolutely stunning. Instantly falling in love with her, the salesman begs her to run away with him. Here he breaks the one rule she told him to follow. He touches her. Here her true self is revealed. The same lonely soul which has been waiting decades for her one true love to take her away.

- A P.I follows a wealthy married couple to a remote inn which sits in the middle of deserted swamp land. Here he learns the frightening truth about the innkeeper selling a very special batch of jars. Jars that have a living creature inside of them which will spring out if the lid is opened and completely suck of whatever unlucky person has opened it, eating everything, and I mean everything. 

Bug House  
- A young woman visits her estranged sister who she hasn't seen in months. Going back to their childhood home, she finds her sister pregrant and living with a strange but attractive man. Here, the woman begins to notice not all is what it seems. 

Small Blessings
- A young mother is stressed beyond belief when she gives birth to a monster of an infant. No,'s a monster. Trying to find a way to bond with her child, she discovers that actually having a flesh eating demon isn't that bad at all, mostly with a psychopath lurking around the neighborhood. 

A Face For Radio
- A late night talk-show radio host invites a beautiful but strange woman who claims she has a creature from another planet. It isn't until the host sees the creature with his own eyes that he knows that there isn't something right about it, or the mysterious stranger who brought it.

The Moving Finger.
- Based off the Stephen King short story, tells the tale about a middle class soft spoken man who lives in a comfy little apartment with this wife. One evening while watching TV, he goes to use the bathroom where he happens to glance at the sink and sees a human finger sticking out of the drain slowly wiggling. Unable to believe his eyes, he first thinks he's losing his mind. Whenever his wife goes to use the bathroom the finger isn't there. Puzzled, and terrified at the same time the man begins to obsess over trying to figure out how to stop the finger from returning, and where it's coming from.

Interview with Heather Murphy

Interview with Heather Murphy.
Actress, artist, and model Heather Murphy was kind enough to answer some questions here at Staystill Reviews.! Check out her amazing throw back to classic 90's websites over at

1) What were your favorite movies growing up that had a lasting impression on you?

"Day of the Dead" was my introduction to horror films, which my dad let me watch with him when I was about 4 years old. So that was the genesis of my horror addiction, which has stayed with me my entire life! "Jaws" was the first movie that made me think, "how did they do it?!", and as a kid, my theory was that the shark was some kind of submarine that the actors would swim inside when they got killed, LMAO! And "Aliens" is pretty special to me as well, to the point of getting a Facehugger tattooed on me.

2) Top 5 favorite movies on VHS?

I'm gonna do this by VHS tapes that I own, so they would be: 1)Rock N' Roll Nightmare, 2)My Demon Lover, 3)Night Life, 4)Rumpelstiltskin & 5)Wild at Heart  

3) You have acted, modeled, made beautiful artwork and created some pretty awesome projects, most recently your tribute to old school 90's websites. What's next for you?

I'm trying to set up a blog & new youtube channel, and also toying with the idea of doing another retro website! Although that has to remain top secret at the moment :] I'd also love to get back into doing more art this year!

4) What five movies would you recommend to anyone without any hesitation? 

Blade Runner, Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, Der Fan (The Fan), The Holy Mountain & Fade to Black.

5) Best place you have ever visited?
 Las Vegas. Since I'm usually up all night, a city that "never sleeps" is very appealing :) Plus the energy there is just INSANE. 

6) Movie you feel needs a remake and why?

"Eyes of Fire"!!! It is such a cool film, and the FX are already great. But, the "good stuff" is few and far between in that film. I think that is definitely a movie that could use a fresh take. "The VVitch" is actually very similar to it, but 'Eyes of Fire' has a creepy monster witch, which I would love to see more of, in a modern retelling. 

7) Favorite slasher movie and why?

I'm not even going to try to pick from a franchise, so I'm gonna go with "Bloody Birthday", because there's something just so cool about kids being the killers! 

8) Thoughts on the new Ghostbuster movie? Yay? Or Nay?

I've been so fucking stoked for it, and then the trailer came out and I'm not sure what to think. The ghost CGI looks terrible, but I'm still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure it will be entertaining, probably won't love it, but I would love to be disproved! The people who HATE it with a passion (males especially) really make me laugh, though. 

9) Favorite actor and actress?

George "Mother Fucking" C. Scott!!! Favorite actress would have to be Pat Ast, solely for her performance in "Reform School Girls"!

10) Best ending to a horror movie?

Most memorable for me hands down is The Mist!!! Second runner up would probably be Sleepaway Camp.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Interview with John Campopiano

 Interview with John Campopiano 
I had the complete honor of picking my good friend John's brain today. John not only is an avid movie fan, collector, yeti, and buddy, he's also one hell of a filmmaker. This year, Justin White and himself will be releasing the epic documentary Unearthed And Untold, the making of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. I am thankful for the afternoon while guarding the door to the room which held several cast members from The Walking Dead in 2011 at HorrorHound where John and Justin noticed my Fright Rag's Pet Sematary T-shirt and struck up a conversation. I have been lucky enough to watch the final product of this documentary and all I gotta say far best documentary since Camp Crystal Lake Memories! Order it today with this killer box set and see it before it's officially released this October! 

1) What were your favorite films growing up and left a lasting impression with you?
I can think of a few films that had a significant impact on me growing up, from the horror genre: JAWS (& the sequels!), The Witches, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, Stephen King's IT, Ed Hunt's The Brain, Pumpkinhead, The Fly (1986), and Pet Sematary. I also distinctly remember seeking out the oddball titles from the video stores - titles that I felt didn't get much attention or ones you didn't hear much about, such as Leprechaun, Ghoulies, and the Ice Cream Man with Clint Howard. I have a vivid memory of coming home from Suncoast Video with a VHS copy of Leprechaun and my parents sitting me down at the kitchen table to talk about the amount of horror films I was exposing myself to. They were cool about it, though genuinely concerned that the number of films I was buying for the collection. My guess is that they feared I was going to grow up and be damaged in some way. Haha.

As far as lasting impressions from other genres, I actually remember the ending of My Girl having a significant impact on me when I was very young. It sounds really funny saying that now, but I recall the scene when Macaulay Culkin dies from bee stings as being particularly traumatic for me at a young age. Speaking of Culkin, his role in The Good Son was particularly haunting for me -- even today when I see it.

Growing up I was also really into Richard Greenberg's Little Monsters (we must have rented it a hundred times from our local Seekonk, MA, video rental store Maximum Video), Tremors, and most of the trashy action movies Hulk Hogan was responsible for in the 1980s and 90s, like No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando, and Mr. Nanny). As I got a little older I would binge on the Friday the 13th movies with neighborhood kids. I was addicted to professional wrestling as a kid, so oftentimes the horror movies and pay-per-view wrestling events competed for my time.

2) Top 5 favorite VHS tapes you own?
Hmm... this is tough. Let me see...I would have to say: 

1. Ganjasaurus Rex
2. To Catch a Yeti
3. German clamshell release of Ed Hunt's The Brain
4. Green PM Entertainment release of Dark Breed starring Jonathan Banks
5. Greek clamshell release of Island Claws


3) How did Unearthed and Untold come to be? What made you want to make a documentary about that particular production?
When we first set out for Maine nearly six years ago we thought, at most, we would take some photographs of the filming locations from Stephen King's Pet Sematary and post them to social media. But upon that very first visit we knew that we had stumbled upon something special -- stories, people, and places that had been barely documented for the extensive, global horror fan community. We knew within that first year that we needed to go back to Maine and continue to dig not just to satisfy our own curiosities but to try and bring an in-depth making of story about Pet Sematary to others who also share a deep appreciation for the film. Since that first trip to Maine we as an independent, two-man filmmaker team have traveled from Ohio to the mountains of Upstate New York to Acadia National Park in northern Maine. Thousands of emails and letters have been sent trying to track down everyone from lead actors to local Maine extras, crew, and even the most diehard fans from around the world. (Fan testimonials in the documentary span from Cape Cod to Scandinavia). 

4) Oddest thing you collect?
Oddesst? Maybe fast food toys from the 1980s and 1990s.

5) Favorite poster/print you own and why?
That's an easy one: my original poster for the 1975 Brazilian JAWS knock-off, Bacalhau. It's a super rare poster that I've only ever seen come up on eBay one other time. The movie itself is rare so I would guess that makes the poster even more so. The reason it's a favorite is because it was given to me by a close friend and because it embodies the trend that would follow the release of JAWS in what I like to refer to as the JAWS rip-off. For at least a decade I've been fascinated by the movies that JAWS has inspired. From a cultural standpoint I'm fascinated by them because they represent just how huge of a command JAWS has had on filmmaking and even the marketing of films. JAWS was responsible, after all, for the coining of the term "summer blockbuster."

Of course other than the Bacalhau poster I'd have to say that my Pet Sematary 1-sheet with all the cast and crew signatures on it is my favorite. It's also the only poster I've had professionally matted and framed, so it looks super sexy hanging on the wall. Someday I'd like to give the same treatment to some of my other posters.

6) Top five films you would highly recommend to anyone?
1. The Bicycle Thief
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
4. Alfred Hitchcock's The Rope
5. Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary ;)

7) When did you know you were destined to work in media? What sparked that certain interest?
I think the spark first came in the spring of 2009 when I realized that I was destined to work with materials of historical and cultural value. It wasn't so much that I wanted to work in media as much as it was I knew I wanted to be surrounded by objects and materials that held stories, stories that I felt were worthy of telling and preserving. So, that spark took the form of me going back to school to get a degree in Library Science with a focus on digital archives management. I've also loved films, but I also love music (I received my bachelors degree in Ethnomusicology) and other forms of expressive art, so working in an area that offered an opportunity to work with any sort of art was my goal.

Before landing at WGBH Educational Foundation / FRONTLINE where I am now, I spent time at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Jewish Women's Archive, and the Harvard Film Archive. All of those opportunities gave me the chance to work with legacy media (obsolete media) from music to film to paper manuscripts. 

In retrospect, ending up at FRONTLINE seems like the perfect fit. I get to be surrounded by some of the world's greatest storytellers as well as a supportive community who shares an interest in media, production, and the challenges we face in preserving it all. I still have so much to learn but feel as though I'm currently in the right place to learn it!

8) You can visit any filming location or any movie? What would it be?
If I had to pick a movie location to visit that I haven't already been to I would have to say the locations from Stephen King's IT which are mostly scattered in and around British Columbia. That movie made such an impression on me growing up - I still love it today - and so to walk around those streets and tunnels where they filmed would be an absolute joy for me. Someday!

9) Favorite guest you ever met at a convention?
I think meeting Denise Crosby for the first time was the best. She is such a warm person and takes the time to talk with her fans. I remember being so incredibly nervous to meet her in New Jersey for Monster Mania (back in 2010) but the moment we began talking I loosened up and was totally comforted by her approachability and warm personality. 

Other than that I would have to say meeting Max Grodenchik in Boston several years ago was a huge treat for me. Since middle school I've adored the little shit-box of a film he made with Mark Jones, Rumpelstiltskin, and so meeting him and having him sign my Rumpy 1-sheet poster was so rad for me.

10) What's up next for you project wise?
I've got some ideas cooking but my first real challenge is to convince Justin White (my film partner on Unearthed & Untold) that they're worth pursuing! Not surprisingly he and I are both pretty wiped after this 5-year long project, so it may take some time for us to re-charge our batteries before tackling another project.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Top 8 movies to show the younger generation.

 Top 8 movies to show the younger generation. 

I'm often asked my parents which horror movies would I recommend for them to show their child. I for one don't really like this question since it really comes down to how much your child can handle. My parents were very easy going with me and my sister growing up. My mother always brought me to the video store as a kid for a treat and always I would race towards the horror section. I was terrified of movies like Stephen King's IT and A Nightmare On Elm Street. My mother made me close my eyes during any sex scenes (let's be honest, I looked.) and knew what films not to show me. She slowly built me up with what I could handle and started me off with the basics. She made me understand that these were just movies and if I couldn't handle them that was it. I started off with many gems you will see below, and slowly but surely worked up to the classics. I remember being 9 and seeing Scream 2 at the theaters? Why? Because I was a good kid that viewed theses movies as just movies. I knew they were pretend, and liked being scared since as a child I was so scared of Nightmare and IT I learned that the movie you watched these movies, the more you would see they were pretend. If you knew what was going to happen, then you wouldn't be scared. I started off with classics like The Monster Squad, Fright Night, The Lost Boys, and worked up to the Scream films, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and finally discovered the really true classics My Bloody Valentine, Evil Dead, Last House On The Left. I was well seasoned thanks to the movies I saw when I was younger! I would say these choices all differ depending on the child's age, what they have seen before, and what they can handle. Here are a brief little list of movies I feel if you wanted to show children from a  certain age range which would be perfect to slowly build into working on making new generation of horror fans!

1) The Monster Squad.
- The greatest childhood movie of all time. Limitless memories of watching this movie as a kid. Fred Dekker made a PG13 movie (which, let's be honest, PG13 was very different in 1987 than what PG13 is today.) Still, the movie is all heart, and pays tribute to the classic Unversal  monsters with a present twist. With likable child actors (which is rare to find.) and scares that are just enough to not be too intense, this film still holds up with it's effects, action, laughs, and awesome Rock Until You Drop montage. 

2) Popcorn.
- A slasher movie that isn't too gory, and a perfect movie to show for some pre-teens that want a scary movie, that still stays fun. With an awesome location and the movies within the movie, this is the sort of movie you would want to show some kids at a sleepover. This is a film that doesn't take itself too serious, yet still remains creepy.

3) Critters.
- Younger kids want a scary monster movie but you don't want to be too intense? You won't have to worry about any sex scenes, or over the top gore. In fact, the bodycount is pretty low as are the onscreen deaths which aren't gory at all. This movie is a fun little thrill ride with a likable child actor as the lead, a great soundtrack, and cute little creatures that are a tad bit more bad ass than Gremlins. I will always answer Critters as my number one choice for movies to show a younger person.

4) Poltergeist 
- I'll never forget how I showed this movie on the bus of my 8th grade class trip. Looking back on the fact the parents smoke a joint in bed makes me truly think maybe I should have re-thought my movie choice. Still, none of the teachers seemed to care (Having to spend a week with a bunch of 13/14 years olds I would want a joint to.)

5) The Midnight Hour
- A movie I rented countless times as a child. In fact, it's my all time favorite movie to watch around Halloween. This was originally a made for TV movie, which has a great soundtrack, a fun storyline, a cute love story, and plenty of zombies, monsters, ghouls, vampires, witches, and yes werewolf's to go around. Still, this is a movie I would trust an 8 year old to watch and be able to handle perfectly without being too scary.

6) Witchboard.
- Now this is a movie I would trust 12 and up to watch mostly because the gore is a tad more intense and we do sees boobs at one point. This is a creepy movie without being too bloody or crazy. 

7) Ghoulies II
- My second favorite pick whenever parents ask what's a good movie for their child to watch. Yes this movie has a little bit of gore, some swear words, and a few scarier moments, but really when you break it down it's tame fun stuff. It's a silly fun little movie with cute monsters, that I think any kid would get a kick out of.

8) Deadly Friend. 
- To see if your child can handle Wes Craven, start them off with either this movie or The people Under The Stairs. This movie does have some over the top gory moments, but honestly isn't that bad. Another choice for maybe say 10 and up. It's spooky without crossing the line.