Friday, October 21, 2016

Day 19-21 of Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Day 19-21 of Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Again I decided to bundle these next few tapes together as we get closer and closer to Halloween. Our first choice for day 19 is one of the stronger Elm Street sequels is part 3 Dream Warriors. I adore the first Nightmare On Elm Street. In fact, it's one of the main movies that began my love for all things horror. Part 3 was a movie I remember renting from my childhood and believe has some of the most stunning artwork out of them all. What I love about this poster is the colors and the tiny pieces of detail such as the house lit up at the bottom. Beautiful. 

Day 20 goes down in my top three favorite movies of all time. This being Clive Barker's epic follow up to Hellraiser which is Nightbreed.
I love the artwork/cover to this movie simply because it has all of the monsters of Midian up front in center. This is a movie that doesn't screw around and right off the bat you know this is going to be a darker fantasy feel with amazing visuals. Also how fucking boss do these creatures look?!

Day 21 is one of my all time favorite films I own on tape. This being the epic creature feature killer bug film The Nest!!!
This beautiful cover basically sums up what kind of movie it is. We got a pretty girl, half naked being eaten by a HUGE roach! This is a fun movie with AMAZING effects, a great score, and has been transferred onto stunning HD. One of my favorites to watch around this time of year!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Day 14-18 of Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Day 14-18 of Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Due to the busy past weekend at Rock & Shock I didn't have time to really update with my 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes so I'm finally catching up.

Day 14 was Wes Craven's Deadly Friend. This movie is one of my favorites but often overlooked due to Craven's very impressive career. This being made in the mid 1980's during Freddy mania. Sadly Craven's follow up films after A Nightmare On Elm Street was so often left in the shadows until the next decade he made Scream. Films like Deadly Friend, and Shocker were great attempts to making a new horror villain, but each try just didn't completely work. I still adore this film, first off it's based off a wonderful and chilling novel. I could see where Craven was going with this movie, but had he stuck a little closer with the novel I think the result would have been very different. Still, with a great cast, over the top effects, a wonderful score, and believe it or not a really solid storyline the movie is cheesy but wonderful at the same time. Would love to see a remake to this movie!

Day 15 is the over the top sequel to Night Of The Demons. I love the original Night Of The Demons movie, and believe it or not have only seen the second one ONCE. Still, I really liked the movie for what it was. Filled with nudity, blood, great effects, and wonderful moments this is a fun little sequel to watch around Halloween!

Day 16 is the sci-fi horror film Bleeders. I'll admit I never saw this movie, but I remember it from the video store and was lucky enough to pick up this past summer. I love the blood filled VHS tape!

Day 17 is one of my favorites by Tobe Hooper,
Spontaneous Combustion. What a great movie. First off you have Brad Dourif as the lead, a KILLER opening/backstory, and a pretty cool storyline with an epic climax. This film sure has it's flaws, it sorta feels like it falls a little flat before the big ending, but still is a huge treat to watch. In fact I ordered the very rare blu-ray a few years back and it's one of my favorite films to watch. The visuals are amazing, as are the score!

Day 18 is Sean Cunningham's The New Kids. This movie isn't exactly horror, but a great thriller. Packed with an all star cast this movie not only features the greatest opening montage with Tom Atkins, but two really decent leads facing off against a gang of thugs after losing their parents and being forced to move down to Florida to live with distant family. The movie is very well made, and again I stress the actors featured in it are amazing. Again this is yet another movie where James Spader plays a total asshole and I love it. Two things that I love are A). The bedroom break-in when the lead actor ties up Spader, and B). The amazing final showdown in the amusement park. Great fun movie from a director who made a great classic earlier that decade!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rock & Shock recap

 Rock & Shock recap.

So as I sit here drinking tea and listening to the Waxwork commentary I decided to whip up a quick post recapping this past weekend. Rock & Shock was my first horror convention ever way back in 2006. Little did I know that ten years later I would be dying laughing, vending, and spending a few days with some of the best people in the world. Rock & Shock is a fun little show, that I first happened upon years ago and ended up completely loving, which began my love for attending these shows. It's 45 mins away, and really the only local convention in MA. I haven't attended every single show, but the ones I have were always a good time. Just last year I decided to say YOLO and start vending selling some of my artwork. After getting a taste for how things worked on the other side of the show we decide to come back and vend again this time under the new name of Amity Antiques. 

Vending only Saturday and Sunday, I arrived early with my friend Nate and set up. The best of course was how one end of our table collapsed and just like in Titanic the table slowly sank down to one side as I stood there in complete silence watching everything spill everywhere. F.M.L

After the table was fixed, we waited before our friends Jeanette and Casey came to help vend driving up all the way from New York. The doors opened and the whole first day was highly successful. My coffins sold out almost right away. Everyone loved playing the game "Who's got a brain?" I was also selling magazines, artwork, and of course a stunning framed Hateful Eight Mondo print. The foot traffic wasn't as busy as last year, but all of us did very well and of course loved people watching. 

One thing I began noticing as more friends continued to show up at the table to say hi was if I had seen the Zach Galligan panel the night before? I of course hadn't seen it since I was working but everyone kept saying how Zach mentioned me during it. Instantly I became curious, and tried my hardest to find out what he said. As we all know I'm a massive Galligan fan and even more massive Waxwork and Waxwork II fan. For years I have been trying to rally different studios to re-buy the rights to these movies and get them the treatment they deserve on blu-ray, even starting a Facebook page trying to show the support people had for this happening. Well thanks to friends Heather and Michael, the movies were FINALLY officially released due to a wonderful retro series by Vestron video with such titles like Blood Dinner, and Chopping Mall. Waxwork and Waxwork II got the treatment and I couldn't be happier. Thrilled, I was waiting to finally experience these movies in stunning HD. Well, I guess Friday night Zach mentioned me and how I was such a huge fan trying to get these movies released and told the audience that he would be giving me tomorrow his OWN personal copy of the two movies. 


Well, it all made sense since nearly everyone knew about this surprise so when I finally was able to get away from my table I had some friends following me. When I went up to Galligan he surprised me with the movies and signed it for me and really said something heartfelt. He expressed how I was one of the main reasons why this movie got released. Which I honestly don't think, this was other people's effort, I was just supporting it since I loved it so much. Still, hearing one of my all time favorite actors who played my favorite character in my favorite movie saying this meant the world. I legit acted like a complete mess. I couldn't talk, couldn't speak, was in a daze and afterwards ugly cried, or as Zach now says Blair Witch cried afterwards. Beyond humbling. Thank you Zach, seriously my all time favorite item in my collection. 

The rest of the day I mostly stayed by my table (received a killer Gremlins laserdisc by my friend Chris.) and continued saying hi to tons of people, still in complete awe over what I had received earlier. I then ran upstairs to catch Zach's movie The Chair. That movie was...interesting. After packing up and heading home we partied some more before getting a total of 3 hours of sleep.

The next morning we headed off early, got to see Galligan again, and set up. I continued selling next to Jeanette and got a chance to walk around. I was able to see my friend and tattoo artist Shane Murphy who was tattooing and selling his AMAZING artwork and pins by his company Theater Of Creeps where I got some killer stuff. I went to RatKnife, another great company selling pins, saw my buddies Sean and George at VHSPS which is my favorite vendor at any show. Thanks for all the movies Sean, all ready digging into them and LOVING them! Went to a few more booths, but mostly hung at my table, still seeing friends. My favorite of course being Chris and Courtney at London 1888 where they gifted me with AN AMAZING The Mutilator original poster signed by the director and cast. I seriously asked Jeanette at one point if I was dying since I was receiving so many amazing gifts. Just another reason why my friends are amazing and why I love them so much.

Thanks to Courtney I met Jeff Daniels Philips from Lords Of Salem and 31. I love him from this commercial where he asks an old lady for her social security number to order a pizza. We had a good laugh over that and Twisted Sundays, and of course how I have Zach tattooed on my leg in which he insisted we walked over to Zach. As always Galligan was amazing and we took some photos and remarked about Galligangiving!

The day ended with lots of laughs, hugs, and seeing many ICP kids. I hated leaving, but had a great time! This one was for the books and makes me look forward to next year even more!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5 things we would have loved to see in Phantasm II

5 things we would have loved to see in Phantasm II
We all love and adore the action packed sequel of Phantasm II. This movie, made years after the original really showcased Mr. Don Coscarelli true talents. Universal Studios wanted to cash in on the huge horror villains that were overtaking the 1980's, so why not bring one back from the 1970's? This movie was a great film killed with amazing special effects, stunning music, great action scenes, and again one HELL of an ending. As near perfect as this film was, what are some things we would have wanted changed or added to?

1) Keep A. Michael Baldwin as Mike.
The biggest let down to this movie was the fact A. Michael Baldwin was recast due to pressue from the studio. Since Michael and Reggie hadn't acted in years, they gave Don the choice of keeping one actor, and replacing the other. I really have to hand it to Don since he fought so hard for Michael to return to the role he originally played as a young boy. He even auditioned for the role along side with such unknowns as Brad Pitt. Sadly, the studio kept their foot down, and in the end Don had to make the only choice that made sense and replaced Michael. This movie truly as amazing as it feels just doesn't seem right. Don decided to say YOLO with part III and brought back Michael to his role which seemed like somebody putting on an old comfy pair of shoes that finally fit right. Here above is a photo of Michael as a teen around the time part II was made. I somehow think this would have made the movie near perfect had the stuck with the original cast.

2) Have Jody return.
Another thing that always seemed to be missing was the character of Jody in part II. He's briefly mentioned but that's it. After basically being the lead in the original, it's a bit of a letdown not really seeing the character again, even though we learn he died in a car crash before the original film took place. I really love how Don got all the old gang back together in part III and did the clever twist of Jody being a slave/sphere by the Tall Man. Still even if they had shown him in a flashback or dream it would have grounded the character of Michael better.

3) Horror cameos!
Another thing that would have tickled me would be cameos in the film. Don does do little nods to fellow horror directors, and films (the best known is the ashes with the name Raimi on them) In all honestly if you think about it, Phantasm II is Evil Dead II with spheres. I would have LOVED seeing Sam or Ted Raimi play the funeral directors. How cool would it have been to see a Raimi brother die by a sphere! 

4) Tone down on the love story. Wasn't buying it.
Another thing the studio pressured Don over was having a love story between the two young leads. Don was against this since the movie mostly focuses on Reggie and Mike fighting alone without any ties. I mean how heartbreaking was it when Reggie lost his entire family? (That scene in part III when Tim finds the photo of Reggie's daughter always gets me.) As much as I liked the female character, it all felt a little too cheesy and forced. I feel having a female lead wasn't bad at all. In fact, she kicked total ass in this movie. Still, the fact she was so connected to Mike just made me roll my eyes. I love how Don is so brutal about ending that character in part III giving zero fucks. I would have kept her just as a friend more than a forced romance. Who knows, maybe had A. Michael played Mike the chemistry would have been there.

5) Keep with the surreal dream like storylines.
YET ANOTHER thing the studio forced was the lack of dreamlike storytelling. They wanted a more straight and narrow plot that wasn't so confusing to the viewer. I for one like the mixed up plot. It stays better with my theory. Still, would have been awesome to keep seeing more nightmares, and strange moments. (Not that this film doesn't have any but I feel there could have been much richer storytelling in this!


Day 13 of 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Day 13 of 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Today's choice for 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes is Robert England's highly underrated 1980's take on the classic Phantom Of The Opera. I myself was never a fan of this story/musical (gasp) I know. Still, I found this to be a very interesting take with a very 80's spin to it. It took me YEARS to finally get around to watching this movie (even after owning it on bootleg and VHS) As a huge fan of Robert from the Elm Street series, you can clearly tell this was what they were trying to cash in on when Freddy mania was at it's highest in the late 1980's. (I mean look at the cover, he even looks like Freddy.) Still, this was a very cool take and revision on this movie, with the ever so lovely Ms. Jill Schoelen as the lead. This had a cool ending, and the chemistry between Jill and Robert is amazing. You can be a fan of the musical, or just a fan of horror in general to really like this re-telling. Check out right away and see how attractive Robert is in this movie, gross burnt face and all!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

5 things that would have worked in Phantasm V

 5 things that would have worked in Phantasm V

I know there have been many mixed reviews dealing with the latest installment of Phantasm V. Now I'm not defending this movie seeing that it was by far the weakest installment yet (I will forever and always love the ending to part 4.) This film was packed with flaws, loose ends, and left me beyond 
disappointed. Still, I loved the movie for what it was. I respect the movie for what it is. It's an original idea, a sequel to a series I adore, and showcased characters I've loved from the very beginning. Still, here are five things I might have changed or done to make part 5 truly feel like the final true last chapter in this epic series.


1). Have Don Coscarelli direct.
I feel you instantly know it's a Coscarelli movie the second you watch it. Clearly the man still has it with the films he's directed in the past since his Phantasm movies ended. Still, as much as I feel the director did a good job it would have felt perfect if Don directed the final part. I feel with him writing and directing it would have seemed more complete. 

2) Feature more of The Tall Man.
I know Angus was much older in this latest installment but there are so many ways around this. In this entry he barley seemed to be here. Plus his death in this movie? Really?! I would have liked a better fitting send off for one of the best villains of all time. A showdown between either him or Reggie would have seemed more complete.

3) Stick with Michael being the focus.
If you think of my own personal theory on these films was correct, you might also see that Michael was the main focus of the Tall Man's obsession. He wanted him to become him and take over. Why suddenly this seems no longer important in the newest film? I liked that Reggie was the hero in this film, but seeing more of Mike would have been much better for the film to be full circle. His ending in part 4 was much better than his new scenes in this newest film. 

4) Return to Morningside 
I really sat on the edge of my seat when The Tall Man tells Reggie he can have his family back if he doesn't interfere with the original film's timeline. We all know it's possible (Back To The Future anyone?) With clever filming tricks I felt it would have been epic showing the final chapter back in the 1970's.

5) Keep the storyline of it being in Reggie's head.
In true Phantasm nature things were all over the place. I made my own theory or what was happening in this film, but I think it confused lots of the audience. Had they stuck a little clearer with this being in Reggie's mind, and as he passes away he's finally with his friends in this fantasy/universe where he believes he's a warrior. He's with his loved ones, and he has a purpose. This was what really got me, but with a clearer storyline it would have been shown better with a much less confusing ending.


Day 12 of 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Day 12 of 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Today's choice for 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes is one of my personal favorite movies.

Amityville 1992.

Not only do I believe after part II is this the strongest entry in the series, but one of the most underrated horror movies from the 1990's when in all honestly the well was becoming quite dry. Sure this movie isn't perfect, it's cheesy, and pretty laughable, but it really is one of the strongest installments. Featuring effects by KNB, directed by the same guy who made the amazing Hellhound Hellraiser II, and with amazing actors, and a pretty solid script with a great ending, this is a movie I will always recommend to anyone. Next year this movie turns 25. Is it too much to dream of a SE blu-ray with a commentary with Megan Ward and Damon Martin.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 11 of 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

Day 11 of 31 Tubular Terrifying Tapes!

For today's choice of Tubular Terrifying Tapes is one of my all time favorite movies Phantasm! After watching part V yesterday I am in a Phantasm state of mind! I've always said after A Nightmare On Elm Street the artwork to this movie is some of the most stunning I've ever seen. (Would make a killer tattoo someday.) For fans of this movie, all of the artwork to the sequels have been good, but nothing of course beats the original! With it's reds, blues, and silvers it perfectly captures the rich texture this film has as a living breathing piece of artwork.

Look at those spheres fly!

Phantasm V - What does it all mean?

Phantasm V - What does it all mean?

So last night I finally got around to watching Phantasm V Ravager. I was a little weary since right from the start many hardcore fans of the first four films were saying how awful it looked. Between the low budget, the lifetime it felt that everyone was waiting for this to be released, the fact Coscarelli wasn't directing, AND how complete and final everything (at least in my eyes) felt at the end of part 4. I wasn't sure if the fifth installment we had been waiting for was really going to be worth it in the long run.

So I went to a friend's house, we rented it via VOD and I was pleasantly surprised. I think since I had very expectations this worked out in my favor. I knew this would be a complete hot mess, but I think as being a huge fan, and being emotional invested in this movie and the characters, I sorta ignored the flaws (and trust me there were many) This by far was the weakest installment, and honestly left me wanting more. There were tons of loose ends, and it really didn't feel like the last and final movie (mostly with this being Angus' last film in the series.) But who knows, I'm all down for another sequel. 

So here it is, I'll sum up my own personal theory on the past 4 films.


I believe the first four films all take place in Michael's mind. That in the original Phantasm Michael nearly two years before hand lost his older brother Jody and parents in a horrible car accident. Being traumatized by survivor's guilt and the aftermath of the funeral, Mike slipped into a world of his own. This being a total escape from his biggest fear.


That unable to come to terms with the deaths of his family and the fact there was nothing he could do, his fragile mind made up this fantasy where his brother Jody was still alive. That he always needs to follow him since he's afraid he'll leave him behind. Here death (aka the Grim Reaper) is The Tall Man. This alien being that's unstoppable (You can't escape death) who transforms the dead into slaves. That he has super human strength, and is bothered by the cold (cold as in dead flesh, a morgue, ect.) That there are all these surreal strange dreamlike moments that surround Michael as he teams up with his brother and friend (who has served as a father figure since his parent's passing) That they all stand up to defeat and stop this being. There are TONS and I mean TONS of symbolism in the original movie. Between the scene of Michael waking in the street after the dwarf attack (Almost as if Jody willed him back to life.) or how Jody doesn't have the guts to open his father's casket but Michael does, sending him running and screaming. The silver spheres that legit drain your life right out of you, or The Tall Man telling Michael he's been waiting for him and legit tosses into him the back of the hearse. Over and over it's repeated that Michael needs to have no fear, and that there's no escape from death.

The movie ends with Michael awaking from a dream. This I believe was true. The entire first movie was all a dream/fantasy to Michael and that he finally awakes from it and is faced again by the terrible reality that Jody and his parents are dead. Here Reggie tries to explain things to him, but yet again his fragile mind can't take the reality of the truth and the scene where Michael is pulled back into the mirror is his mind snapping back into this fantasy.

Part II even through it follow a more straight and narrow storyline is basically the same. How Michael even as a teenager could never escape The Tall Man. That Reggie's entire family is killed and the two are faced to hit the road as warriors in a sense going from ghost town to ghost town trying to find him. How religion won't save you or how the one girl that was connected to Michael or his only true chance at a normal life or chance at love is shattered at the end. Again he's pulled back further and further into this fantasy. I feel at Michael's age he really was committed to a mental hospital and released. Here he's unable to cope that he actually could have a chance at living a normal life, and throws it all away still fearing death.

In part III the same thing happens again. In the film's first opening moments Liz is killed, showing any chance Michael could of had is ruined. Perhaps he threw away any chance at having any relationships due to this obsession. He's sent into a coma (more years of his youth wasted) where Reggie remains the only person that stands by his side. Here after all this years Jody returns, again showing how guilty and lost Michael is without him. At the end of the movie Michael is older, and it shows the reality of getting older is really hitting him. That could he actually be transforming into what he fears the most? Could death be coming closer and closer? 

Here Reggie, himself, and others battle only to learn that it's hopeless. Tim, the young boy mirrors Michael at an early age, and how there's no escape. Michael dreams of a massive sphere (The gold one, much like the one inside The Tall Man) that there's this terrible thing growing inside of him (brain tumor anyone?) and he could actually die and become death as he's always feared. 

In part 4, Michael is alone again with his only hope being Reggie to follow him as he goes further and further into the abyss. Here in his mind he sees his own brother as a threat who betrays him since deep down inside he's angry that he died all those years ago. There's a scene of him in the hearse writing his will, maybe coming to terms that he might actually really be dying. Here he attempts to stop The Tall Man, only to learn you can't change the past (Something he's lived with for years) In the ending showdown he sees he can't stop The Tall Man aka death and that he's dying (brain tumor again anyone?) and that Reggie is still there to continue fighting for him. In the last scene, which in my eyes is completely beautiful he flashes back to a memory of himself much younger back with Reggie. Here it almost seems as if he's come with terms with what's happened and everything is full circle. Now with part 5 I believe Michael does in fact live and in a way somewhat cured. It took a near death experience (perhaps a tumor, or cancer) that made him open his eyes to the fact that he's older and there's no stopping the future. That he's at peace, and able to move on.

In part 5 it stays very heavy that most of this is taking place in Reggie's mind.  Flashing back and forth between three different storylines. I feel the true reality is Reggie in the nursing home, sick, and slowly wasting away. As his mind is slipping, he's become wrapped up in this other universe. One he's made after years of listening to Michael back when he was very ill. Here he's stronger, and fighting The Tall Man (death) again, Now at Reggie's age it seems almost impossible to stop = The entire planet being taken over. Here Reggie keeps slipping in and out of things while Michael, now older has to watch his one true friend who helped him through his own hard times waste away. To Reggie, he's slipping into a reality where he's a solider in a war, one of which he's fighting beside a boy he looks at as a son. At the end it shows him dying with both Michael and Jody holding his hand. I don't think Jody was really there, that in Reggie's mind he's passing away with two people that meant the most to him. (Is Michael really there is the question, perhaps he died as well.) Here this old man in his mind sees himself fighting the Tall Man's warriors (mirroring the doctors and nurses) and in the end scene as he passes away goes into the Cuda and rides off into the sunset with Michael, Jody. (the little guy, who I kept believing was Tim) and yes Rocky. Here they are a team, a family. They are all working together, looking at new ways to stop The Tall Man, together. 
Agree or disagree? 

Let me know your thoughts after watching part v!