Friday, April 13, 2018

Been Sickly

Hey gang. I've been out sick from the world lately but fear not, I am recovering. Nothing that a little laparoscopic surgery can't fix! The only thing I've accomplished lately is putting editing this new episode of the Doomed Show. Jeffrey and I talked at length about Monster Dog from 1984 and friend of the show, Markky Karloff, made a cameo appearance. The film stars Alice Cooper and is directed by Mr. Troll 2 himself, Claudio Fragasso. So yeah, it's crazy.

Monster Dog episode link!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Unseen By Me Horror Films Of The 1980s

It's with a wee bit of shame that I post this. There are definitely some titles on here that I think folks will consider must-see. I can handle the shame because part of my inspiration for putting this post together is so that I have a reminder to look into these must-sees. I used both IMDB and Wikipedia to make this lists so if there are incorrect years and non-horror movies on here, that's their problem! This isn't a complete list of horror films from these years by any means and you may notice a lack of Bollywood, Hong Kong, and some other countries' horror output missing from this list. I love horror films from all over the world but there's no way that I could have been 100% completist with this post.

I also cut a whole mess of titles that were just insanely obscure. I normally love the insanely obscure but once I hit 1988, I had to reel it in somehow. Thanks to the VHS boom, horror movies grew exponentially every frickin' year from 1980 to 1989. They exploded so much that I almost gave up when I got to the latter half of the 80s. Hopefully, there aren't too many egregious omissions on my part. Help me track those hard-to-find obscurities down in the comments, dear reader! Researching this list has been richly rewarding. Have I seen it all? Oh dear God no. I have a lot of homework to do. So anyway, here are the films from each year of the 1980s that I haven't seen... yet!

1980:

The Alien Dead
Alien 2: On Earth
The Attic
Beyond Evil
Cardiac Arrest
The Children
The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb
Demented
Devil Hunter
Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype
Don’t Answer the Phone
Effects
Fade to Black
The Godsend
The Haunting of M.
Island Claws
Last Rites
Mama Dracula
Mondo Cannibale
Monstroid
Mother’s Day
Night of Death
Nightmares
Patrick Still Lives
Phobia
Schizoid
Sex and Black Magic
Shadows of the Mind
Terror on Tour
The Unseen

1981:

Alison’s Birthday
The Appointment
Bewitched
Dawn of the Mummy
Deadly Blessing
Demonoid
Fear No Evil
Frankenstein Island
Ghostkeeper
Home Sweet Home
The Intruder Within
Jaws of Satan
Kiss Daddy Goodbye
The Last Shark
The Monster Club
The Nesting
Night of Horror
Night of the Zombies
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain
The Other Hell
The Pit
Sannata
Scared to Death
Scream
Suddenly in the Dark
Tattoo
Venom

1982:

The Black Room
Blood Song
Blood Tide
Burned at the Stake
Class Reunion
Curse of the Cannibal Confederates
Dark Sanity
Deadly Games
Death Screams
Death Valley
Double Exposure
Forbidden World
The Forest
The Ghost Dance
Honeymoon Horror
Island of Blood
Mansion of the Living Dead
Murder by Phone
Night Warning
Nightbeast
Parasite
Runaway Nightmare
Satan’s Baby Doll
Satan’s Mistress
The Scorpion with Two Tails
Sobrenatural
A Stranger is Watching
Time Walker
Wacko

1983:

The Alchemist
American Nightmare
Angst
The Being
The Demons of Ludlow
Devil Fetus
The Demon Murder Case
The Devonsville Terror
Dogs of Hell
Extra Terrestrial Visitors
The Final Terror
The Forest
Frightmare
Grizzly II: The Concert
House of the Long Shadows
Julie Darling
Mad Mutilator
Mausoleum
Microwave Massacre
A Night to Dismember
Scalps
Screamtime
Sledgehammer
Spasms
Suffer Little Children

1984:

Blind Date
Bloodsuckers from Outer Space
Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues
Carnage
Deadline
Devil Fish
Disconnected
The Dungeonmaster
Fatal Games
Innocent Prey
The Jar
Mr. Wrong
Poison for the Fairies
The Power
The Sea Serpent
Shadows Run Black
Silent Madness
Sleepwalker
Special Effects
Strangler vs. Strangler
Tales of the Third Dimension
Wild Beasts

1985:

Appointment With Fear
Attack of the Beast Creatures
Bits and Pieces
Bloodstream
Chiller
The Dark Power
Devil Story
Evils of the Night
Fright Show
Future-Kill
Hard Rock Zombies
Junior
Murderlust
Psycho Girls
Saamri
The Sea Serpent
The Strangeness
They Don't Cut the Grass Anymore
Zuma

1986:

The Abomination
Alone Against the Dark
Bodycount
Beaks: The Movie
Dark Age
Death Powder
Dreamaniac
Escapes
Evil in the Woods
Fair Game
Gore-met, Zombie Chef from Hell
Hunter’s Blood
In a Glass Cage
Las Vegas Serial Killer
Lucker the Necrophagous
Monster in the Closet
Mutilations
Night of Terror
The Night Stalker
Nomads
Ozone: The Attack of the Redneck Mutants
Raiders of the Living Dead
Spookies
Star Crystal
The Tomb
Twisted
Vicious Lips
The Vindicator
The Wraith

1987:

Anguish
Backwoods
Bay Coven
Beaks: The Movie
Berserker
Beyond the 7th Door
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
Blood Frenzy
Blood Harvest
Blood Lake
Bloody Wednesday
Born of Fire
Cannibal Hookers
Chillers
Criminally Insane 2
Cross of the Seven Jewels
Dak Bangla
Dark Age
Deadly Love
Don’t Panic
Demon of Paradise
Deranged
Doom Asylum
Epidemic
Epitaph
Fatal Pulse
Frenchman’s Farm
From a Whisper to a Scream
Ghost Riders
Goodnight, God Bless
Graveyard Disturbance
Graveyard Shift
Hell High
Howling III: The Marsupials
Howl of the Devil
I Was a Teenage Zombie
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive
The Magic Toyshop
Maniac Killer
Mindkiller
Monstrosity
Necropolis
Night Vision
Nightflyers
The Offspring
Open House
Plutonium Baby
Psychos in Love
Reflections
Rest in Pieces
Retribution
Scared Stiff
Scared Stiff (HK)
Scorched Heat
7 Saal Baad
Shallow Grave
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
Specters
Street Trash
Stripped to Kill
Terror on Alcatraz
The Tomb
Twisted Nightmare
White of the Eye
Zombie High

1988:

Beyond Dream's Door
Black Roses
Blood Delirium
Blood Relations
The Brain
Brain Damage
The Carpenter
The Carrier
Catacombs
Celia
Cellar Dweller
Chillers
Curse II: The Bite
Dead Mate
Deadly Intrudger
Death by Dialogue
Demon Warrior
Demonwarp
Dial: Help
The Discarnates
Dr. Hackenstein
Dracula's Widow
Dream Demon
Edge of the Axe
Flesh Eater
Flesh-Eating Mothers
Ghost Town
The Ghosts of Sodom
Hard Rock Nightmare
Headhunter
The Heart of Midnight
Hobgoblins
Hollow Gate
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare
Judgement Day
The Kiss
Kuutamosonaatti
Lone Wolf
Midnight Movie Massacre
Nightmare Sisters
Not of This Earth
Out of the Dark
Phantom Brother
Pin
The Prince of Terror
Prison
Pulse Pounders
Rabid Grannies
Ratman
Rejuvenatrix
Rush Week
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back
Spellbinder
The Stay Awake Stones of Death
Teen Vamp
The Thirteenth Floor
To Die For
Transformations
The Undertaker
The Unholy
Unmasked Part 25
Vacaciones de terror
Vampire in Venice
The Visitors
Witchcraft

1989:

After Midnight
Alien From the Deep
Alien Space Avenger
Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes
Anak ng demonyo
The Basement
Baxter
Beasties
Beverly Hills Vamp
Black Past
Black Rainbow
Blood Nasty
Bloody Psycho
The Cellar
The Chilling
Chopper Chicks in Zombietown
Dance of the Damned
Dark Heritage
Dark Tower
Darkroom
Dead Dudes in the House
Death Doll
Death Spa
Dinner With a Vampire
Doomed Megalopolis
Family Reunion
Fatal Exposure
The Forgotten One
Freakshow
Game Over
Grave Secrets
Heartstopper
Hellgate
Hell's Trap
High Desert Kill
The House of Usher
Howling V: The Rebirth
I, Madman
The Jitters
Killer Crocodile
Las Vegas Bloodbath
Laurin
Lisa
Lobster Man from Mars
Luna di sangue
Mangetsu no Kuchizuke
Masque of the Red Death
Massacre
Maya
Monster High
Moonstalker
Moontrap
Mutator
My Mom's a Werewolf
Nick Knight
Night Visitor
Nightwish
Offerings
Out of the Body
Paint it Black
Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge
The Phantom of the Opera
Playroom
Psycho Cop
Purani Haveli
Redneck Zombies
Return of the Family Man
Shocking Dark
Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
Superstition 2
Surgikill
Terror Eyes
Things
Der Todesking
The Urge to Kill
The Vineyard
Violent Shit
Witchtrap

Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Favorite Films I Watched In 2017

Hi there. Here are all of my favorite first time watches for Twenty Dang Seventeener! As usual, I'm playing catch-up with my movie watching. It seems like I'm always a year (or 30) behind so a lot of my faves from this year came out last year or even earlier. Unlike 2016, I didn't keep track of the movies I watched this year so putting this together was even more difficult than usual. My plan for 2018 is to track all of my movie watching again to make this easier. And I decided to expand my Honorable Mentions to three categories just for funsies. I also included the stupidest thing I watched this year. Boy howdy, it was bad and yet, I want to watch it again. Thanks for reading, y'all.

My Top 10:

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Wolf Guy (1975)
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Tag (2015)
Trick or Treat (1986)
Trick or Treats (1982)
The Babysitter (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Honorable mentions:

The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
Horror House on Highway 5 (1985)
Iced (1988)
Phoenix Forgotten (2017)
1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)
Happy Death Day (2017)
One Dark Night (1982)
La La Land (2016)
A Cure for Wellness (2016)
Paganini Horror (1989)
Train to Busan (2016)
The Dreaming (1988)
It (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Arrival (2016)
Split (2016)
Don't Breathe (2016)
It Comes at Night (2017)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Netflix streaming dumpster diving (but in a good way):

Beyond the Gates (2016)
The Void (2016)
Honeymoon (2014)
Tales of Halloween (2015)
Last Shift (2014)
The Devil's Candy (2015)
They Look Like People (2015)
Antibirth (2016)
The Pact (2012)
The Midnight After (2014)
The Hallow (2015)
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)
III - The Ritual (2015)
The Similars (2015)

Stupidest and best bullshit movie:

American Poltergeist (2015)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hallowed Friends

So my band, GYROJETS, put out an EP in time for Halloween this year and I wanted to talk about it just a little bit on the old bloogerino. It's called Hallowed Friends and you can listen to it, download it, or buy the CD. Are you still here? Phew, now that those very subtle links are out of the way, I can get down to the heart of the matter, even if, even if you don't love me anymore. I might be misquoting those lyrics.

We started recording this badboy in September and rushed it just a little to have it up on the Bandcamp page on October 30th. Some of these songs will be rerecorded again in the future, especially one of the tracks because we're still writing the song -but I'll get to that momentarily. As usual, my wife LeEtta played the part of our in-house artist and drew some fantastic art for this thing. We told her a few of our ideas and she did her thing. We did the recording ourselves as usual with Sam's drums being squished into a mono channel due to the limitations of my Tascam DP-006. I'm happy with the results but one of these days, we need to get some studio time.

Okay, let's run through the songs! First up is "Laurie Strode", our ode to Miss Strode, as played by Scout Taylor-Compton in Rob Zombie's Halloween II. I probably think about that movie too much. Anything Michael Myers-related makes me happy. We were still writing this one right up until we recorded it. Next up is the instrumental "Why Can't We Be Wraiths?". Sam and I jam a lot just so we can get into that pretentious zone where you mind-meld with your fellow artist. You can't spell artisanal without anal. Wait what? Sam and our pal Ryan Hoge made a bunch of synth sounds that I layered throughout this nearly 8 minute thing.

"Kari Frankenstein" was a birthday present for our bud in our sister band, The Prople. We wrote it the night before her birthday show and then performed it. This was the easiest song to record once we stopped trying to do it all fancy and stuff. You can hear Sam saying, "Yeah, 'cause it's fucking me up..." Then we nailed it the very next take. "We Are [Nearly] Dead" is an unfinished song. Sam wrote the lyrics and does the speaking part. I was flirting with this cool riff for this song forever, then I forgot how to play it. So we made this instead. My guitar is running through a fuzz pedal that my friend Wavley at Eccohollow built for me a while back. The last song is "Gay Werewolves"! I cannibalized some old riffs from a song we don't play anymore and then we wrote this LGBTQ-friendly song. I wrote a line or two while Sam wrote the rest and sings nearly the entire song. This song is so fun to play and hopefully makes everyone feel good. Or hairy.

Well, thanks for reading this and thanks for listening if you clinked those links. I hope you will play "Why Can't We Be Wraiths?" at the next haunted house you build. The secret of GYROJETS is something I will reveal here. It's all a ploy for me to get to hang out with Sam as much as possible. Awww, bless your heart, Richard.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Horror Shelfie!

New vlog series where I talk about my horror movie collection. Here's what it's all about:

(I'm not happy with the audio/video quality of the intro. :/ It gets better in episode 1.)

And the first episode: