Wednesday, November 30, 2016

You're Never Nothing is coming soon!

Here's a promo for my band's first album. We've been described as "pant-wettingly awful" by black diamond.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Films I Watched: October 2016

* means first time watch.

The Burbs
The Corpse Bride
Count Dracula's Great Love
Mr. Boogedy
Practical Magic
The Old Dark House (1932)
The Crow
Idle Hands
The Craft
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Black Sunday
The Nice Guys*
Hocus Pocus
Dracula (1931)
Trick R Treat
Cat People (1942)
Dracula's Daughter
Dracula 2000
The Conjuring
The Conjuring 2*
Sleepy Hollow
The Worst Witch
Son of Dracula*
House of Frankenstein*
The Invisible Man
The Lost Boys
The Addams Family
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Woods
Shin Godzilla*
Boo! A Madea Halloween*
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary*
Hell Night
The Invitation*
Son of Frankenstein*
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Halloween: Resurrection
The Witches
Arsenic and Old Lace
Ginger Snaps
Fiend Without a Face*
Once Bitten
I Walked With a Zombie
Freaky Farley
The Fog
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

H!TITDS Fundraiser Part 2: The Revenge Of Hosting Fees

Hello again! It's time to beg for money again! Last time I did one of these fundraisers, it was wildly successful. Now it's time to be wildly successful AGAIN! In this Doomed Moviethon Bandcamp exclusive episode, Nafa and I discuss seeing Shin Godzilla. We had a great time and I think it comes across in this recording. The episode is only $1 but if you'd care to give more to support the show, please do, you'd be helping out the show so much.

Click right here to get the party started and/or keep it going.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Films I Watched: September 2016

* means first time watch.

Cold Comfort Farm
Tomie: Another Face
Tomie: Re-play
Mystery Men
Dead & Buried
Sixty Million Dollar Man
Captain America
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Center Stage
Blair Witch (2016)*
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pet Sematary Two*
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
The Mermaid*
Love and Friendship*
Corpse Party*
Midnight Special*
My Best Friend is a Vampire

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hello! This is the Doomed Show Fundraiser October 2016

Hey there, folks! It's come to my attention that podcasts cost money. Damn it to hell. Why was I so naive? Just kidding! I was very proud that I went 5 years without spending a dime on anything other than recording equipment. So yeah, I started actually paying for bandwidth so that we could reach more people like you as well as not get podblocked by running out of storage and stuff. (I should probably coin the phrase "podblocked".)

So here is my grand idea for the first ever Doomed Show fundraiser drive. I have two albums of spooky music here for sale on the newly made Doomed Moviethon Bandcamp. First up is something I made especially for this fundraiser. It's called Alex & The Haunted Ice Cream Factory. It's an album of synthesizer and guitar weirdness that sets the mood for the bizarre plot (yes, the album comes with a plot). The other album for sale is Terror. This was previously a freebee from Goblinhaus if you bought the Fauxrror album. It's my tribute to films like Symptoms, Tomie, Fury of the Wolfman, etc. and features some rad dialog from the films mixed in with some bonkers soundscapes I made with synthesizers I found entirely online. I'm nothing if not resourceful.

Both albums are only $1 apiece but if you'd care to give more to support the show, we'll gladly accept it! Everything I make on these releases goes DIRECTLY to paying for the show's bandwidth and anything left over after that goes to pay for hosting Doomed Moviethon. The next Doomed Show fundraiser will be for some exclusive episodes of the show that'll be for sale and not in the normal feed. More about those later.

Here's the link to the albums!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Ramble - Too Little But Not Too Late: Revisiting Dracula (1931)

For Halloween this year, I really wanted to get my old school horror movie mojo going by looking at as many of the Universal monster movies as I could. What better way to start then by watching a film that I haven't seen since I was in my early teens. I've spent more time reading about Dracula (1931) than I have watching it. So yeah, 25 (or more) years ago, I thought the original Dracula was boring and awkward. Kids. What can ya do? I do remember thinking that it was really important to watch this and other classics as a burgeoning horror kid.

The first thing that blows my mind are things that I definitely was never consciously aware of as a kid like the production design. Man oh man, the matte paintings are fantastic. They give everything the feel of an alien landscape especially now that everything these days is done with CGI. Will people in the future look back on our cinema and find our bad techno-trickery all charming and shit? As for the sets, wow just wow. Obviously, camera tricks were the CGI of their day and of course, filmmakers from then would have used computers to make their vision end up on the screen. But these quaint and obviously hand-crafted touches make me so happy and I don't mean that in a condescending way (at least I don't think I do).

Okay, what is with the bug? So when Dracula and his lady Draculas are getting out of their coffins, there's some crazy shit going on. First of all, there's a possum. I found this very amusing because I live in Florida and the dang things are everywhere. Then I remember that Todd Browning was from Kentucky so that means he knew that they will appear exotic to the rest of the world. Maybe. I don't know where I was going with that. Anyway, the bug. So we see everyone getting out of their coffins and then there's a shot of a bug climbing out of his/her coffin -a tiny coffin? Or was that supposed to be a human sized coffin with a giant bug in it? My pal Nafa just suggested that the bug may be one of the wives other forms. I like that idea. There's also some armadillos which made me shake my head when they were chillin' in the crypt. They're pretty friggin' adorable.

The next thing that I really adore now -more than I could have ever anticipated as a young lad- are the smoke machines pumping a metric ton of atmosphere into this bad-boy. They give all the mist, fog, smoke, smog, haze, etc. that just makes me giddy in my current state of fandom. When Renfield shows up to switch carriages, the smoke looks like it was absolutely choking everyone on the set. Even though this scene is supposed to be outdoors, it's so claustrophobic that it made me frickin' nervous.

The vampire wives skulking around in the aforementioned mist is something I remember VERY DISTINCTLY. In fact, when they leave the movie (???), I remember just checking out for the most part. I thought they were so slinky and sexy that my brain never made the connection as to how dangerous these characters are. Has that attitude changed for me? Hell no, it hasn't. I'm still like "Ladies, I know I'm not Bela but hey I'm kinda pale. What are my chances?" Come to think of it, all of the women in this movie are just stunning. The ones that are stricken with ye olde vampire syndrome are just made up and photographed so perfectly that I just can't them out of my head.

This will come as a surprise to very few people (or no one at all) but my old complaining for years at how slow and silly this film is have melted away. While it's true that a few lines of dialogue and especially some of the over-the-top delivery still make me chuckle, I adore this cast. Whenever Dwight Frye as Renfield comes cackling into frame, I just want to high five whoever is sitting closest to me (which is my wife LeEtta, naturally). If I try to imagine audiences in 1931 seeing this film for the first time, I have to assume that his scuttling across the floor to go after the exposed neck of the maid must have scared the living shit out of people.

As for the pacing, I was never bored for a second during this viewing. There's just so much going on here that I have to wonder why the hell I don't watch this more often. I thought my attention span was getting worse not better! One of the big blind-spots in my horror fandom is for the 1930s. I swear I'm getting better about this era.

The almost total lack of a music score is certainly something. I really don't know how I feel about it. The opening music is perfect and the bit at the opera house works great. I'm not saying there should have been wall to wall music but yeah, I think the minimal score might be something that alienates people from this version. I like it because it does something funny to my brain that probably wasn't intentional at all. Has anyone taken the score from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. and used it on Dracula? I think that should be a thing. Did Philip Glass do the score for any of the Ace Ventura movies? Speaking of blind-spots, I absolutely have a block about the silent era of horror. I'll probably need more time for that. Don't give up on me just yet.

The darkness of the shadows and the suffocating nature of the nighttime scenes are almost too much for my tiny mind to take. So much mood is communicated with the simplest of things. When Dracula attacks the flower girl, holy crap! While I should probably be ashamed that I had such a low opinion of this film for so long, I'm very happy to have finally come around to it. Ladies and gentlemen, I love Todd Browning's Dracula! I can practically hear your eyes rolling but this is a big deal for me. Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble again. It's been a while. The shadows are where I'll be if you need me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Films I Watched: August 2016

* means first time watch

City of the Living Dead
Only Yesterday*
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
The Witch*
Star Trek Beyond*
Blood Rage*
Female Prisoner Scorpion #701*
Female Prisoner Scorpion Grudge Song*
The Dead are Alive
Fright House*
Hail Caesar!*
Bay of Blood
Shadow of the Wraith
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
In the Heart of the Sea*
Suicide Squad*
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gamera: The Giant Monster
Gamera Vs. Barugon*
The Boy and the Beast*
Amazing Spiderman
Argoman: The Fantastic Superman*
Tomie: Forbidden Fruit
Easy A
The Visit*
Kick Ass
St. Trinians
Horror Rises from the Tomb

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Films I Watched: July 2016

* means "First Time Viewing"

A Black Veil for Lisa
Parasite Eve*
Let Us Prey*
Rider of the Skulls*
Miami Golem*
The Women (1939)*
Real Genius
The Boy*
Kiss Me Deadly
Sin City
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf*
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
The Dark Knight Returns*
Escape from New York
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Seven Notes in Black
Watch Me When I Kill
White Christmas
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Perfume of the Lady in Black
The Shining
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41*
Blood and Black Lace
Blade Runner