Thursday, September 17, 2015

Some scraps...09/17/15

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cropsy's Crypt is 5 years old

I just realized I passed the 5 year mark for this blog.  This weekend I will begin working on the cover of the new fanzine and I have been re-writing a lot of old reviews.  I hope to drop another art bomb here soon.  I think for the next compilation fanzine I am leaving out any and all "popular" and modern movies, so don't expect to see TCM 3D or The Collection in there.  I am only focusing on the slop that has had it's chance to burrow into pop culture subconsciousness.  Here's to 5 more years of terror!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dream Eater - rough draft jellyfish horror story

Here is my latest whack at writing.  Rough draft, will be included with my creature feature book I am working on, to be released via Kindle.  Let me know what you think.  I wanted to write a story about how in small towns there is no escaping the entaglement of others lives; society has a way of sucking people in, under the backdrop of the discovery of a giant beached jellyfish.  To me horror is the inability to escape, no matter which way you pull.


The awesome stench of it cast its pall across the shore, over the rocks and scraggly grass, and into Ken’s bedroom, waking him out of a particularly pleasant dream involving a frisky Playmate model.  The details of the dream coalesced and disappeared like most dreams do as they retreat in front of the great rumbling yawl of conscious thought. He awoke suddenly from his slumber to a world of stench.  A world of straight up stank. 

Ken lived by the shore his entire life and he knew the normal salt smell of the ocean.  He breathed it and lived in it since he could first put one foot in front of the other; he learned to walk on the sand.  He learned how to throw a baseball by the beach.  He never truly appreciated the water, or rather the freedom and mystery it represented; he always seemed to take it for granted.  It was a constant in his small circle of life, one that never got much traction of thought during his adolescence.  No, now he was much more interested in girls.

And as always, it was an interest focused on one girl in particular; Kelly Korvac.  She was the next door sweetheart, the all American heart throb that he would never attain; he might as well quest for the Holy Grail.    He was a baseball nerd, not as bad as a pimply Trekker or some fantasy dork, but still low on the list of people that would ever have a chance with Kelly.  Ken wasn’t old enough to understand the feelings he had for her, the ramifications of the adolescent biological steam train that ran through his blood stream, only that he want he wanted to be with her, and more perversely, in her.  That last thought made him feel a little dirty, but dirty thoughts are fertile grounds for a boy’s rampant imagination.  Just as he was imagining what he’d do with her he heard her voice.  It came from below his window, but he thought he somehow imagined it, conjured it from his perverse fantasy.  Again he heard her voice, clear as the stench that wafted in through his curtains, and his face went red with embarrassment.  He was sure his cheeks were still rosy when he popped his head out his window to see what the commotion was. 

To his surprise he not only saw Kelly’s pretty face, but he also saw several groups of excited people walking and chattering across his lawn, then he saw kid closer to the shore pointing off in the distance at something, eyes wide and beholden.  The public beach was over two miles down the road, and while it wasn’t uncommon to spot a few people walking the beach, mostly with metal detectors, or big bird watching binoculars, it was rather uncommon to see hundreds of people combing the land, all heading in one direction.  He guessed it was the direction of the mysterious stench.

“Did a whale get beached or something?”

“Nah, it was something bigger…some ugly looking thing.  People have been taking pictures of it all morning; scared my mom half to death when she took the dog out to go potty.”  Ken had to smile.  He thought it was cute when Kelly used baby words like “potty”.  Then again he thought pretty much everything she did was cute.  Even her islander accent struck a magical cord within.

More and more people began to flow over the landscape towards the mysterious stench fueling Ken’s own curiosity.  He spent many days as a kid scouring the beach for treasures washed up shore.  Sometimes the treasure would take the form of a doomed jellyfish, or a weird looking shell; most of the time it would be loose change or broken bottles.  He read once that there is a massive heap of trash floating around the ocean the size of Texas; sometimes he wondering if half that trash ended up in his little back yard.
Ken threw on a shirt and flew down the stairs to his house, his feet only touching a few steps on the way down.  He heard his mother calling out from some nook in the kitchen; he couldn’t discern the words and couldn’t wait for her to repeat them.  Repeating meant that he would have to acknowledge them, and acknowledging meant he would have to do whatever she told him.  Usually it would be some form of menial labor, like taking the trash to the curb, but he had no time for trash, not when Kelly was waiting for him outside.

He always had a thing for Kelly, and half suspected his mother would let him loose if she knew “that sweet girl” from next door was over.  His mom liked Kelly, she was a smart and mature young lady who didn’t seem to let her looks or parent’s social statuses (high rollers around town) get the better of her personality.  She half expected Ken to have his heart broken by her at some point, she knew as mothers always know, or at least thought they knew, what their kids wanted.

She awoke although she wasn’t sure how long she was awake; the world was so pitch dark she couldn’t see or even tell that her eyes were open.  In this sea of darkness she lost herself.  Who was she?  Why was she here?  These thoughts gnawed at her sanity briefly before a wave of relaxation swept over her.  Suddenly she was as calm as a Hindu cow; her worries and doubt sunk into the background noise.  She was a child in the womb again.  Safe and secure in her self-contained universe; she was a bug in the rug, a child without a worry.  Was she drugged?  She had no memory of how she got here.  She had barely any memory at all.  Her name escaped her.  What was her name?  She meditated on her thoughts, focused on her breathing.  She began repeating an old mantra; even though she had no memory of where it came from, the words flowed effortlessly from her in a stream. 
“If there is no movement there is no sound.”
“If there is no light there is no sight.”
“If there is no thought there is only emptiness.”
What is my name?  Where am I from?  In the dark these ideas bounced around her for what seemed like eternity.  Time was kept pace by her heartbeat alone and it beat its drum a million times…. 

They followed the ebb and flow of the crowd; over the sharp rocks that Ken had scraped his knees over a thousand times as a kid battling make believe dragons by the buffs, into the dune of sand that separated the rocks from the shore.  The water line was receding, but the sand remained soggy, threatening to pull off sandals in the sticky muck.  Ken spotted some people who looked familiar, not quite acquaintances but in this small island community everyone seemed to bump elbows with everyone at some point.  Everyone’s lives were intertwined and connected in some way here; the idea made him feel a little claustrophobic, like no matter what happened, his mistakes, his triumphs, his whole history would always hang around his neck here.  He would always be inter-tangled in their lives, a niche in the community that he never asked to be part of and dreamed of escaping someday to college or the military.  But their journeys would always overlap with his and there was no way around it; no secrets about his past he could hide; he was sure this dead fish would be the topic of conversation around the small corner store on Main Street for years to come. 

He walked side by side with Kelly and swooned at the feeling of being with her, even in a purely platonic way.  He partially forgot his curiosity about the smell and the growing crowd of gawkers; he was getting lost in her eyes, in the way she moved, and in her scent.  She didn’t notice she seemed more worried than he was; he seemed slightly alarmed but didn’t want to let on that he was anything but a cool cat to her.  Plus with nearly everyone in the community converging here he wanted to keep up his game face; a facade to appear braver than he actually was.  If he had stumbled upon this creature by himself during one of his thoughtful strolls he was pretty sure he would brown his underwear.   

It appeared and smelled dead.  That deep thunderous musk was all around them now; Kelly pulled a handkerchief from her purse and covered her mouth, gagging on the smell.  It looked to Ken like a deep sea jellyfish of some sort, the largest and ugliest he had ever seen or heard of.  The thing was nearly 100 feet long, stretching from the black rocks of the shore all the way to the roaming waves of the beach head, where its long tendrils still floated like fine hair in the ocean water.  The enormity of the thing frightened him a bit more than he’d ever admit; he had to re-assure himself by kicking the side of it that it was fully truly dead.  Kelly stood back further than he did, unsure of the entire situation.  Now that she saw it she felt something dire in the pit of her stomach.  Something inside her was raising the panic alarm, overclocking her brain, making time slow down.  There was something wrong here.

His eyes open but there is no light.  His mouth opens but there is no air.  The darkness entombs him.  He tries to wiggle his arms, his fingers, his legs; none can follow the simple command to move.  Numbness sets in before he can exert too much strength.  He is a “Bob” as the old joke goes; a man with no arms and legs bobbing around the ocean.  But he wasn’t in the ocean, or in water, or on land.  Where is he?  More importantly, who is he?  He doesn’t remember falling asleep.  He doesn’t remember where he was or what he was doing.  He feels like a chalk board that was hastily erased; some of the old words still showed through if you looked hard enough.  All he had to do was recall his name.  Begin somewhere; who am I?

The fish lying in front of them, if it was a fish, stood nearly 7 feet tall on its side.  It appeared to have segments, like a worm, and it endlessly sloshed around like a garbage bag full of water.  Some on lookers had been brave enough to try to pierce the side of the beast with sharp sticks or rocks they found washed ashore.  The hide was deceptively strong, any poking and prodding seemed to only result in slight indentations of the tissue of the dead thing.  A glistening sheen of clear goop covered the fetid beast; slime that some small children began flinging at each other until their overly embarrassed mother apologized profusely and shooed them away.  He recognized her as the woman who lived down the street with all the bright plastic kid’s toys in her lawn; sometimes she would leave up a sign shaped like a turtle that said “slow down, children at play” by her driveway, prompting cars to take heed well after the children had retired to their playtime inside.  Her kids looked perpetually dirty, like Pig Pen from those Charlie Brown cartoons he could imagine little dust clouds following them around.    

The creature had jet back skin, slick and strong like a dolphin’s hide. It appeared prehistoric, like a monstrous dinosaur carcass vomited from the ocean, kept intact and submerged by some mysterious deep sea current that scientists have yet to discover.  He remembered hearing from a television show on the topic of deep sea creatures, “Monsters of the Deep” was the name, that every time scientist sunk into the inky depths of the oceans bottom they discovered new a new fish or species.  This could easily have been something hiding in the abysmal depths of the ocean, taking shelter in some impenetrable trench or deep sea cavern.  It had no eyes or mouth that Ken could discern, but it was lined by circular milky white ports on his side, like a ship.  The insides were far too murky to make out anything clear, but there were definitely some form of guts inside of the thing. 

It lay like a flaccid balloon on the sand, slightly rolling this way and that as the tide knocked it around.  Seaweed tangled in clumps around it.  It reminded Kelly of some grotesque salad, a thought that brought on a fresh wave of nausea.  It was gross and now that her curiosity seemed sated she wanted to leave.   She could find out what it really is by watching the news later.  Let the eggheads figure it out.  At one point in her life she dreamed about becoming a marine biologist, but that dream quickly dissipated when she found out more and more about the ocean and the potential horrors hidden within.  It was just too weird and outlandish for her white picket fence sensibilities. 

She found herself drifting in and out of consciousness; sleep came too easy in this dark womb.  She tried to shake free with the frantic energy of a snared animal, but nothing budged.  The darkness seemed to burst through her eyelids, burrowing into her skull.  She had repeated her mantra in the dark for as long as her sanity held; for as long as she could think the words and mouth them in silence.  But sleep came too easy, her body seemed so tired.  Her mind was working slowly now, she wasn’t sure if it was delirium or something else, but in her head she heard someone else.  In her thoughts she felt something, alien.  She felt eyes move over her mind, prodding her soul, observing her with alien detachment.   She no longer felt alone, and it terrified her.  It said “hello”. 

More people gathered around the great upturned beast; more neighbors and small town acquaintances lined up.  It got so Ken couldn’t turn without tripping or bumping into some townie, and he certainly didn’t want to fall in the sand covered in that strange jelly and tendrils from the dead monster before him. He knew from years of living on the shore that jellyfish can sting sometimes even when they appeared deceased. He was stung by a jelly fish once; he remembered how strong it stung and how he had to run Windex over his hands to finally snuff the ache.  It left a spaghetti trail of red rash behind it, an irritating scab he had to endure the rest of that summer and explain to his wide eyed friends.  He wasn’t entirely convinced this thing couldn’t still sting him as well.  He turned and saw Kelly disappear into the onlookers. 

Kelly was starting to feel a bit claustrophobic, working her way towards the back of the crowd, when she noticed some men being led by a police officer through the crowd of gawkers.  They didn’t look official to her, amidst the crowd of blue jeans and rumpled sleeveless shirts with pizza stains they were dressed formally, and something about them wafted of academia to her, like they absorbed the smell of the libraries they frequented, but these didn’t seem like professional scientists with lab coats and beakers; more like excited hobbyist.  They had brought a tape measure and some expensive looking cameras; she recognized the older of the two as the man who gave nickels and walnuts to the kids on his block during Halloween.  He had subbed at her middle school a few times and while he had never taught for her class she was sure the kids had a field day with him.    

The cop forced the crowd back a few steps so the biologists could conduct their study.  They certainly seemed just as buzzed as the rest of the crowd, she heard the balding gentleman mumble something about it being “an astonishing find” and his skinny red headed partner with the hipster glasses practically sprinted to take the tape measurement of it.  They had covered their faces with medical masks to cope with the smell of the dead fish thing.  People kept asking them if they knew what it was but they were reluctant to answer; Kelly suspected they were just as clueless about the creature as everyone else. 

Okay so he couldn’t recall his name.  No need to panic right?  Somehow he felt calm and in control despite conflicting feelings like he should be frantically trying to escape.   There was a sensation of rushing movement, of weightlessness, but it was brief and fleeting, like experiencing turbulence on a descending airplane.  He felt like he was in a flying coffin.  Did he die?  Was he dead?  Thoughts pinged around his mind in the eternal darkness, thoughts that seemed to never end, and none offered solace of any kind.  And in the perpetual darkness he felt strange tendrils crack open his mind and someone else slip effortlessly in. 
Soon there was a cacophony of voices wailing in the dark, and god help him he recognized them as neighbors and friends in his community.  Their panic, fear, and madness joined his own, entangled forever in the void. 

“It resembles a darker, less pretty version of the Portugese Man-O-War’s, but I wonder if it is a siphonophore or something else entirely.  Its pneumatophore seems deflated, but if it was sitting on top of the water some ship would have spotted it.” The balding biologist chimed in from behind a clip board, happy to share his esoteric knowledge.  He was a mousy little man with a pocket protector and brown jacket with worn elbows and frayed cuffs.  Despite being on the beach he looked like he just stepped out of a college lecture.  His hands were still dusty with chalk and it stained his pockets as he reached in to grab a mint.  “But I’m not sure that’s the case with our friend here.  The sack is deflated looking, and too heavy to give it buoyancy.  Maybe it used it to dive deep down? Jellyfish have been known to deflate their sack and submerge to avoid danger at the surface.”

“Yeah, no way is it gas filled.”  The red haired man spoke up, confident in his assessment of the great beast.
 “So if it isn’t filled with gas, then what’s in it?  What’s that stench?  I’ve smelled dead fish before, sure, live right down the road there, but never something like this.  This is like a red tide times ten you know what I am saying?”   A local fisher was looking at the man with great apprehension, as if he was trying to sell him a con.
“Well sir, that’s what we are here to find out.  If you would excuse me…” the professor began working his way closer towards the corpse with purpose.  Clenched in his hand was a shiny, sharp object; a surgical saw, one that he uses to cut through mollusk shells back in class.  Certainly more than match for the tough hide of the dead thing before them.

As he approached the hulk the crowd had backed up considerably.  Nobody was really quite sure what to make of the ugly black thing that emerged from the depths to fill their imaginations with curiosity and dread.  With gloved hands the old professor ran fingers along the side of the being, felt around the giant deflated sack for organs, and his hand grazed something surprisingly tough.  It startled him and left the hair on the back of his neck standing on end.  Typically jellyfish were very flabby, invertebrates typically were.  This was the biggest invertebrate he had ever seen in his life, or even read about.  He had trouble recalling if anything like this even existed in cryptozoology, an area of study he never took seriously but found amusing none the less.  His whole reason for becoming a biologist, besides following in his father footsteps, was to discover and catalog strange and bizarre creatures, maybe even name one after himself, securing his legacy in the annals of scientific history.  He silently regretted not having any kids to carry on his name; but this was better.  Maybe he would name this giant jellyfish after himself; “The Emperor Stubbard Jelly Fish”.  He kind of liked the sound of that.

But what was inside of it?  He felt around and around causing the giant sac to swoosh and billow in different spots, and again he came on to some protuberance.  Feeling around it more carefully it was almost as if this thing he was feeling had a humanoid shape.  No, that’s impossible.  Had this thing actually swallowed a human being?  A thousand terrible horror movies and creature features played out in his mind and he had to snicker at these ridiculous thoughts.   He would have to cut whatever this was out of it to know for sure, although even if he found a goat or unlucky seal in the stomach of this thing he wasn’t sure if it would dispel his creature feature fear.  More of his curious peers were on the way and he wanted first crack at the beast before someone else could stake their claim to glory and fortune on this thing.

After briefly consulting with his coworker, the wiry red headed hipster, the professor got into a wide stance, ready to cut into the mighty beached fish with his saw.  The moment was pregnant with expectation from the crowd of rubber-neckers; Kelly grasped Ken’s sweat slick hand, afraid of what was coming next but rooted to the spot with curiosity.  If some little kid spilled out of the thing she was sure to be sent screaming.  Ken looked on with almost a ghoulish glee; like a child pulling the wings off an insect.  He was less worried about the creature, and more focused on Kelly’s lavender hand in his palm and the idea that the rumor would spread that he and Kelly were together, all it took was one or two eye witnesses seeing those holding hands and that would be it.  They were never close friends, just neighbors who occasionally greeted each other when they took out the trash or passed each other on bikes, mostly kept different circles of friends, but by Monday the school would be buzzing with this new slice of gossip.  The simple act of her clutching his hand left Ken day dreaming about a dozen future sexual entanglements, he barely registered the drama unfolding before him, even the enormous stench of the dead thing faded into the background.

The professor made his first careful slice into the alien flesh with and to his utter surprise, it flinched.  A noxious green gas erupted from the beast, going everywhere all at once.  A horrified gasp came from the crowd.  Ken heard a scream to his right; someone fell to the ground behind him, Kelly turned too quickly and fell over her own ankles, slogged in the mushy beach sand.  There was animal panic everywhere as people ran from the beast.  The gas was all around; Ken held his breath as he desperately tried to help Kelly up so they too could escape.  The deep ember green color of the gas robbed it of all transparency.   His eyes bulged in their sockets as he strained to move her while his lungs begged him for air, but suddenly he felt all of her weigh pulling him down like a drowning man; she stopped struggling.  She went limp, but through the gassy fog could still make out that she was awake and conscious.  Was that a smile on her face?
A few feet ahead of them a cadaver tumbles out of the fresh incision like cordwood, followed by another, and another.  As the bodies pile heavily at his feet his mind screams in horror, but his mouth can’t stop laughing.  The gas has made him absolutely loopy; he couldn’t be brought to care about the dead bodies, and was struggling to remember why he was even here to begin with when the once flaccid tentacles began twisting around his limbs, pulling him into the abysmal black maw of the beast. 

Kelly refuses to budge; her dead weight is too much for Ken to overcome without the benefit of oxygen.  His thoughts quickly returned to the urgent matter of his own survival.  He is almost out of breath.  He tries to run but is held back but something tugging at his skin and holding strong.  It seems to have embedded itself in his leg without pain or much sensation of any kind.  To his horror he looks down to discover hundreds of red silica from the writhing tentacles of the jellyfish has bored into his calf muscles; he can see them worming underneath the surface of his skin, like the veins themselves have sprung to life.  He sees more scoot through the sand snaring other victims.  His stomach goes sour with fright and he makes a fatal mistake.  He breathes in. 

The thing that came from the sea slowly works its way back down the shoreline and into the salty water below leaving a cascade of crumpled, oily clothes behind it.  Its tentacles flail and kick sand; it’s slow moving but its belly is full and it is fat and happy despite being slightly wounded by the large monkey that pierced its hide.  It’s been hundreds of years since it last felt pain.  The sensation invigorated it, nearly delighted it, like a man feeling the soft glide of a woman’s touch for the first time in years.  It was a successful hunt and it had plenty of friends to keep it company in the deep, plenty of minds to explore and play with as it slowly digested its brood at the bottom of the lonely ocean.   It would be many years until it surfaced again and when it would the cycle would repeat itself as it always has for the sleeping ones endlessly dreaming and digesting our thoughts under the waves of the waking world. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DEEP STAR SIX / LEVIATHAN (double header)

The Cold War is over, the Ocean Wars have begun.  Through nonsensical war games and international posturing the world’s two big super powers, the USSR and the USA, duke it out for real estate on the ocean floor.  Missile sites are quickly and carelessly erected under tight schedules and budget restrictions; national security must be maintained.  The “reds” hate freedom and bacon cheeseburgers and flowers; we’ve got to beat them at any cost.  The people behind these slap dash ocean floor missile silo operations are salt of the Earth, blue collar workers trying to etch out an existence, even at the bottom of the deep blue sea.  Why would you want to launch a missile from the ocean floor, err, umm…shut up and enjoy the movie ya scalawag!

These movies are mindless hog wash for scurvies and gore fiends alike; to truly appreciate this creature filth arm yourself with a stack of Fish Filet and a bottle of warm rum.  Bounce your head off the floor a few times, numb them senses.  Leave your thinking cap at the door professor.  Following are some gore-centric highlights from Deep Star Six for the chunk blower crowd.

A man in a deep sea diving suit is elevated in the air by a crane.  The creature emerges screeching from the airlock; we get our first good look at it.  It looks like a scaly flesh flower unfolding with rows of long sharp tusks inside. Fish with teeth are gross.  It bites the diver in half like it just snapped into a Slim Jim.  The vivisected corpse dangles above the water, blood flowing from it in a shower.  Booyah!

The desperate, pathetic blowhard of the movie steals the last escape pod for himself, dooming his comrades to being a deep sea buffet.  In his panic he ignores decompression protocols.  As his pod races towards the surface his body rapidly decompresses.  Blood oozes from his pores, saturating the cabin in his gloppy bits.  Soon he pops like a human zit from the enormous pressure change.  Booyah!  

The creature snacking on the crew of Deep Star Six is supposedly a giant
eurypterid; or arthropod; a crab like thing that has lived on the ocean floor for billions of years.  These creatures are related to land arachnids, and have earned the name “sea scorpion” even though they are harmless and non-aggressive, it just sounds cooler.  
There is a blowhard jerk in this movie that trumps most of the blowhard jerks in other movies.  Snyder has had his fill of manual labor on Deep Star Six; he desperately wants to see the surface world again and get some booty.  Everyone in the crew is anxious to wrap up work and call it a day, but Snyder is really unraveling at the seams, flunking his psyche evaluation, generally not giving a shit.  His lines are pure comedy gold, calling people “piss asses” and basically being an all-around wad of jerk.  Every deep sea creature feature needs a Snyder.  He screws up some missile calibration procedure causing a nuke to detonate underwater and the Deep Star Six to become severely damaged in the aftermath.  Oops.  On top of being the biggest jerk in the crew he is also a shameless coward, running from the creature only to lock his co-workers in with the beast, throwing other people in front of him when the monster closes in for the kill, and stealing the last escape pod for himself.  I dare say that when he meets his grisly end spontaneously combusting like a giant purulent boil I lose a little interest.  

In the future we will all work long hours in an underwater basement, complaining about the lack of good grub and counting down the days we will go port side for some “poo-tang”.  Inevitably, when the time to leave comes close some super storm will delay our departure, a catastrophic mistake or hardware failure will happen, and we will be stuck in an underwater tomb, locked in battle with a deadly ancient sea monster until the rescue comes (hint: it never will).  Consider this a warning. 

Leviathan –

Filthy commie vodka swill causes an underwater epidemic for a crew of hard working, blue collar ocean floor drillers.  Let this serve as a warning to future generations of true blue Americans; Ruskie sauce doesn’t mix with freedom.  Vodka is poison to rebel blood and will cause you to mutate into an underwater sea creature who will probably be a communist too.

Peter Weller is the head geologist in charge, but he’s not a good manager.  The smug resident doctor just seems to do whatever he wants to, ignoring protocol, sleeping late into his shift.  The crew is openly disrespectful and growing more rowdy; some goofball named “Six-Pack” is picking on him ‘I’m going to pop all six of those tops” and his cold blooded director, “Martin”, keeps purring on about potential profit margins.  Why the hell they gave a bombshell CEO a pug name like Martin is anyone’s guess.   The guy can’t catch a break in this dimly lit tin can, but luckily his shift is ending soon.

Oh wait, I was lying, that shit is never ending.  Some inclement weather is parked over the whole operation, making surfacing impossible (or is it just a bunch of corporate lies?), and the crew just stumbled upon a scuttled Russian barge ship called ‘Leviathan”.  With that name it was probably not a Disney pleasure cruise, but that doesn’t stop these thirsty sailors from guzzling down the vodka they find aboard.  Turns out you can’t even trust a dead Russian; the liquor was contaminated by an experimental mutagen that transmogrifies skin to scales, and even works on dead flesh.   It was meant to create an army of super Russian soldiers, but like the good doctor says “don’t fuck with mother nature”.  God damn Reds.

Pandemonium ensues as the crew desperately tries to quarantine the afflicted while questioning who is contaminated with the “Leviathan” commie disease and who is still a true red blooded American native.  The creature evolves into a fun variety of shapes and sizes; like the conjoined zombie carcass, the whipping leg tentacle, and a blood sucking lamprey.  All the ugly cast members are killed off first, the “Shack” implodes like a tin can, and the crew members with slightly better skin are allowed to live and surface with the monster right on their tail.  The token black guy dies; Peter Weller shoots a grenade into the creature’s mouth like he is tossing in a three pointer from the foul line.  “Say ahhhhh fucker!”  I’m pretty sure I saw a finger roll.  He saves the girl that is training to be an astronaut, dolphins sing, and all is right in the deep blue sea once more. 

Hope everyone is staying out of the water this summer!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Halloween Returns?

Not sure how I feel yet about the new Halloween movie news.  I am excited about getting a new Halloween movie that's not a part of the re-fake universe, but the plot description ain't exactly curling my toes either.

Here's all the news out so far on the new Halloween movie!

Halloween Returns!

Halloween Returns will be a standalone film set to reintroduce audiences to Michael Myers years after his initial rampage. It will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers.
The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
Shock has learned Halloween II’s Deputy Gary Hunt—who you may remember from the 1981 sequel as the blonde officer who accompanies Dr. Loomis to the school on the night he came home—appears in Halloween Returns, now as sheriff.
This morning news broke that casting is currently underway on the newly titled Halloween Returns, a “recalibration” of the Halloween franchise penned by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the duo behind various Saw sequels, as well as Pacific Rim, Feast, The Collector andThe Collection.

Friday, June 5, 2015

New Scream Mask

New Scream mask for the MTV series.  Rumor is they will be paying direct homage to Friday the 13th in this new series.  That's cream cheese with me.

See below for a quick shot of a mongoloid from the trailers that is supposedly one of the killers.  With Scream though, nothing is ever as it seems so we will just have to wait and find out.  I'm glad they are moving away from the characters in the movies, the last Scream was fun but it proved the old mainstays have kind of worn out their stay.  Scream as more of a homage to slasher movies in general is more keeping with the original.  The sequels began to self parody, which is the death spasms of a franchise IMO.
On a more personal front I am still planning on coming out with another fanzine.  Work is slowly coming along.  I feel like there really isn't any interest in it, so as a hobby I just kind of take my time.  Plus I took a little break from B-rated trash for a while to focus on post apocalyptic wastelander shit.  I mean, there really hasn't been a lot going on, but there is always tons of trash to delve through, I just needed to catch a breath.  You may see this blog getting more B-rated trash oriented and not just slasher focused.  I do plan on getting the fanzine itself out around October.  Will see; I'm also starting a new crazy workout regime next week because I feel like a pile of mush.  So far I definitely have enough review and art material, but I might make it a special extra sized thing that has my old reviews/art included as well.  I just want it to feel slam packed with gore and guts and all that fun stuff. I am also back on Facebook as well under my real name.  I will be checking the CC page for any messages or new fanzine requests, but you are better off messaging me directly if you want a copy, or better yet trade me something!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sketches 04/12/15

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IT FOLLOWS poster art

Man I want to see this beast.  Hopefully I will get to see it this week if I get a break from working for a living.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown - quad poster

Got this from

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sketches 3/17/15

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Maniac Cop 2 vinyl



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Friday the Mondo poster

Watching Friday 5 and 6 tonight with lots of Valentine Day candy.  Check out the BA Friday 6 poster from MONDO.  I didn't snag, funds are low, but damn that looks nice.

More Friday the 13th art from the interwebs. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015


I love Fright Rags, as evident by my frightful rags collection.  Check out some of their new stuff.  Good grief these ghouls know their cinematic slime.

Order them HERE!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year ghouls!  2015 is coming up all Cropsy's Crypt.  Still sending out the old magazine to some unlucky kiddies out there, a new magazine is on the horizon, more trash than ever to sift through, it should be a good one.  I might be changing the format to more Creepy/Eerie flipside kind of thing, where one side of the fanzine will be pure slasher goodness and the other will be total cheese sci-fi; the stuff I loved as a kid that no one ever talks about like the Ice Pirates or Space Invaders or The Incredible Melting Man.  Dohler is a spacegod.  You dig?  Maybe not but I am thinking of trying my hand with some of that.  I will always love the stalk and slash movies though and this will always be primarily a place for that....anyways just some off hand musing hope your crypt is nice and warm for 2015. 

Speaking of Scream television series on the horizon that might actually be fun, more talk of Halloween and Friday the 13th sequels and television series.....let's see what she brings...