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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Halloween 4 - new designs by Gutter Garbs

Tonight at 630 EST Gutter Garbs is releasing new designs based on Halloween 4.

https://guttergarbs.com/collections/halloween-4-the-return-of-michael-myers

Make sure to grab me one ;)

Gutter Garbs/ Terror Threads - New Halloween shirts

I just wanted to point out Gutter Garbs and Terror Threads are continuing to impress with their new Halloween line of shirts...

https://guttergarbs.com/products/halloween-halloween-1963-t-shirt

https://terrorthreads.com/collections/mens/products/halloween-the-evil-is-gone-baseball-t-shirt?variant=13785704988727

Or maybe a rewind of die baseball tee?  Halloween is coming kiddies!  What will you be for the big night?



Anybody want to grab me some?

Saturday the 14th

Saturday the 14th is a hooky time killer, great for a hung-over pizza laden Sunday.  None of the jokes are actually funny, nothing sticks, but for some reason I can't tear myself away from its cheap basement budget charm.  It reminds me of Scooby-Do meets The Spookies.  They kind of toss in as many rubber monsters and dime store vampires as they can to spice things up a bit, which is fine by this monster kid.  I get the feeling that the writers are from the same pool of talent as the people behind Return of the Killer Tomatoes.  The jokes kind of land the same, all lame.  This is really some next level goofy nonsense, but it's the 80's so nobody really gives a damn, just have fun with it.  It centers around a family that moves into an old haunted mansion.  The son accidentally unleashes a monster Armageddon from an ancient book of evil that prophesies Saturday the 14th as the end of the world.  Despite the movie having a kind of wholesome family quality to it there is some gore centering around the creatures tearing people to pieces mostly off screen.  It was actually kind of shocking to see any blood in this; it could have easily screened on television as part of a fun Saturday morning marathon for kids.  I would recommend if you are in the mood for some serious cheese:

       

AHS 1984 - Poster


Friday, September 13, 2019

Happy Friday the 13th!

Almost forgot!  It's Friday the 13th, time for a stalk and slash marathon featuring my favorite mongoloid camper.  Speaking of camp, that new American Horror Story 1984 show looks like it peeled back my skull and peered inside my brain.  I can't wait to check that one out.  I was a little hesitant, I mean everything after season 2 has pretty much been downhill for me.  If they break into a song I'm totally out.

 

Friday, September 6, 2019

The new Lonnie - Halloween Kills

Meet the new Lonnie...


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Black Christmas - new trailer


Monday, July 29, 2019

Tommy Doyle returns?

Tommy Doyle is returning to Halloween!

Remember the kids? The ones she was babysitting, on that night in the original Halloween. Well, according to a pair of reporters on The Sneider Cut, a podcast put on by Collider reporter Jeff Sneider, one of those kids—Tommy Doyle, specifically—is returning to the world of masked horror in Halloween Kills.



Updated: 

Halloween Kills

Variety reports Anthony Michael Hall will inherit the role of Tommy Doyle from Paul Rudd in Halloween Kills. Originally a charge of Laurie Strode’s babysitting services, the adult Doyle went on to beat Michael Myers with a lead pipe in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

HALLOWEEN KILLS and HALLOWEEN ENDS!

This Fall HALLOWEEN WILL KILL!

Halloween sequel news!



THEN...ONE YEAR LATER....



Friday, July 12, 2019

Halloween sequels shooting back to back?

Wow, color me intrigued....I'd even be down for a triple header!

From the article:

Before digging in, we must caution this should only be regarded as a rumor for the time being, as it has yet to be confirmed by the studio or anyone associated with the production. That having been said, a new report claiming to have info from an "extremely reliable insider" states that Blumhouse wants director David Gordon Green, who helmed 2018's Halloween, to shoot two sequels back-to-back. That's not all. This same insider claims the studio is considering releasing both of these alleged sequels in the same month.

It had been previously reported that Halloween 2 was expected to be released on October 16, 2020. So how would this work? Would Halloween 3 then hit theaters the following week? Would they maybe wait until October 30, just ahead of 2020's actual Halloween, giving moviegoers a couple of weeks to watch the first of these new sequels before having to rush back out to theaters in order to see how everything wraps up? For now, we have precious few answers, but we could be seeing a whole lot more of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, and perhaps a lot sooner than we expected.


Halloween sequel news...


Felissa Rose shirts at Terror Threads

Felissa Rose sporting her/his(?) Sleepaway Camp look :)....hot as love!


Grab this t-shirt to cover your repulsive body boils at Terror Threads!  Grab me one too while you are at it!



Terror Threads


Gutter Garbs - Friday the 13th

Limited time release of these killer shirts...

JASON'S BACK!



Gutter Garbs - Friday 2 pack

Friday, July 5, 2019

Happy Friday!

Another week in the bucket, another Friday, and another excuse to watch Jason do his thing.   I hope you saved enough room for pizza and classick stalk and slash carnage! 


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy 4th of July

What slasher do you watch on the 4th of July?  For me I think this year will be a double-header of Jason Takes Manhattan and The Prowler....


Freddy Krueger on the Goldbergs

So it's come to this....the last appearance of the true Freddy...on TV...





Not looking too shabby, I'd say he has at least one more NOES left in him.  ;)


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Digital Slashers...

Jumping back into Friday the 13th and starting Dead by Daylight again.  I feel like I've been missing out on the party, Friday the 13th has been polished a lot since I last logged in, there was no offline mode at all.  I have been having fun exploring all the offline content there, it feels more cinematic and encompassing, can't wait to get warmed up enough to jump back to the online rooms.  Anybody want to play?  I'm on PS4 as CPLCHUD, hit me up sometime if you see me stalking online.  I would like to get a regular room for Friday the 13th going every Friday night for anybody who is down. 

Yup I got the Savini skin, pre-ordered this game years ago for the kick-starter campaign, totally worth it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Child's Play art










I've been on kind of a Chucky kick lately after seeing Child's Play 2019.  It really made me pine for the older entries; they are still cheesy as hell but I love them anyhow.  Expect a review on the whole series coming up in the next few weeks, I'm just making it through Cult of Chucky now.

NECA Ultimate Child's Play

Yeah I'm a little late to the party on this, but I am really digging the Chucky series right now.

Had to nab this little killer cutie....





Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Scream Resurrection - TV

Looks like Scream is coming back strong on television with the original Ghostface mask and voice actor returning -

Scream Resurrection trailer

I still have to catch up with the other seasons...but will check this out when it drops on July 8th.


Child's Play 2019 - Review



Child’s Play (2019) – The new, upgraded, 2.0 version of Child’s Play is not as frightening as the original, plain as that, but please don’t let that scare you away from watching it on the big fancy silver screen.  Chucky is no longer a doll possessed by a black magic wielding serial killer, but rather the result of a snubbed factory worker disabling all of the uber advanced doll’s AI safeguards; more like the cyber-nightmare of Elon Musk than a product of evil supernatural powers. Voodoo always comes off as creepier to me because you can never be sure what the rules are; with malfunctioning robots it’s always the same, unplug and disconnect the fucker from the master control program; but with demon possessed dolls you can’t even be sure if burning it seals the deal.



The new Chucky is sadly no longer a Good Guy doll, but a “Buddi” toy that’s more like an advanced but creepier version of Amazon’s Alexa, a “smart” device for the home that connects and controls all the appliances while acting as a personal assistant for the kids.  The new Andy is too old for dolls but takes to the malfunctioning robot anyways to appease his hard-working mom who got it on return at the retail store she slaves away at.  Little does she know; the device lacks any safeguards, which means this Buddi doll can swear, act violently and develop independence from its owners.  At first this amuses Andy and his newfound friends, but things quickly take a darker turn when the doll’s AI confuses violence and pleasure (thanks Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, you ruined another life 😉) and begins attacking anything that even remotely threatens Andy or their precious “play time”.  Chucky truly becomes Andy’s “best friend”, leaving him grisly gifts and gruesome trinkets after each murder. I don’t know what Andy’s problem is, that sounds pretty rad. I want a killer robot AI friend.

Chucky’s ability to control other blu-tooth enabled objects around the house leads to some great stalk and slash set-pieces and unique kills involving several household appliances.  The complexity of these gore-soaked set-pieces gave me that old school stalk and slash rush and there’s a healthy spattering of witty black humor throughout to lighten the mood; it doesn’t take this shit too seriously.  The last scene devolves into a full-scale department store massacre when Chucky takes possession of other Buddi dolls and drones to cause retail store havoc on the scale of the legendary Cabbage Patch Kid shopper stampedes from the 80’s; it certainly doesn’t try to hold much back and embraces the over-indulgent, insane madcap violence of old school robot-gone-crazy horror flicks like Chopping Mall.   The final confrontation is as open ended as you expected; I assume the new Chucky 2.0 can simply upload his deranged AI persona to another doll, making him practically immortal, and the sequel possibilities endless.



Mark Hamill does well as the voice of the pint-sized psycho doll but he’s no horror cult legend like Brad Dourif, and this new doll comes off as cozier and much more kid friendly than the old incarnation.   While the new entry doesn’t shy away from the crimson carnage the old series always had some cool body-horror FX going on where Chucky would begin taking on more human form as a doll and is subsequently dismembered into bloody plastic covered chunks by the conclusion; a shocking fusion of flesh, bone, and burnt rubber.  You really can’t do that with the robot Chucky, which is a pretty lame step back for me.  I prefer the old Chucky to the millennial snowflake version, but I think there’s enough room for both concepts to survive as the old Chucky has pretty much fallen into the hell of self-parody.

LONG LIVE THE ORIGINAL CHILD'S PLAY! A TRUE SLASHER CLASSICK!

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Hatchet series




Hatchet – I am not sure I can cover just one Hatchet movie at a time, the trilogy and subsequent secret fourth entry are all chunk blowers of the highest caliber; a cinematic love note to the lords of gore and the gods of 80’s VHS horror art, each subsequent entry raising a higher blood stained middle finger to good taste.  Gallows humor, black as tar, the 3 B’s are in full effect; blood-boobs-bad words, the body count hits the double digits and then some, Victor Crowley strives hard to prove he’s the next big tier slasher, with the immortal Kane Hodder behind the makeup it’s practically guaranteed that this crypt keeper is going to have fun.  Fuck all the haters and cinematic snob jobs that troll anything that tries, the Hatchet series rules, and seems to only get better with time.  If you aren’t having fun, chances are you’re thinking too hard.

The first 3 movies focus on the revenge of Marybeth Dunston, whose father helped cause the curse of the bayou butcher in the first place, throwing firecrackers at young Victor Crowley’s swamp shack that caught it on fire, prompting the terrible accident that resulted in his gruesome accidental death at the hands of his own father.  Now Victor’s cursed to be a “returner”, reliving the night he died in an endless loop of torment, slaughtering everything in his path in a never-ending fit of rage.  The curse also effectively makes him immortal, whenever the night falls he rises from his grave, a nocturnal predator resurrected and ready for revenge, setting the perfect stage for a stalk and slash story set deep in back water Louisiana. 



All taking place during and around Mardi Gras and keeping with the old school slasher tradition set by early Friday the 13th and Halloween movies the trilogy is set back to back, each sequel picks up precisely the moment the prior leaves off.  It starts with a group of Mardi Gras revelers on the tail end of a bender; a pair break off from the group to experience some quiet down time at a haunted swamp ghost tour.  Marybeth Dunston hitches a ride on the tour bus as well in hopes of finding her lost father and brother in the dense wilderness; redneck crocodile hunters who have wandered too close to Victor’s island and have paid the price for their transgressions.



To nobody’s surprise their swamp boat, helmed by an incompetent tour guide, crashes into a rock, and the group is stranded on the island just as Victor rises from his grave.  What follows next is one over-the-top kill after another, each as brutal and unforgiving as the last; elaborate and gory set pieces that emphasize old school creature FX and creative bodily dismemberment.  Bring a barf bag, because the blood doesn’t stop flowing until the gut flinging finale which leads right into the next movie, where Adam Green (director/writer/slash-head) manages to up the ante with mercenaries and bounty hunters looking to kill Crowley for a $5,000-dollar prize.  The kills are some of the most creative in cine-splatter history, the movie goes full tilt gore crazy towards the end, which leads into another planned sequel and end of the Marybeth trilogy, this time the local police force and SWAT is involved, but all prove to be just more meat for the grinder as the blood-soaked mongoloid Victor appears practically unstoppable.



The fourth movie, filmed in secret and toured around the US roadshow style, breaks from the trilogy mold to follow the lone and cowardly survivor of part III as he returns to the swamp once again, earning a sort of celebrity status from his harrowing ordeal.  His pill popping agent convinces him to do an interview on Victor Crowley’s old hunting grounds, which has now opened for tourism, complete with vendors selling cutesy Victor Crowley plush toys and other kitsch trinkets.  Tragedy again strikes when his plane crashes into the swamp around the same time Victor is summoned from the grave by a dark magic ritual spoken over a cell phone recording (you might think this is convoluted, but your first mistake was thinking) and the bayou butcher is back to bring the brutality.  Severed limbs are stuffed into body cavities, intestines are used to choke out people, and life is good again.

Hatchet has acted as a sort of pied piper call for cult horror celebrities; each movie is a virtual who’s-who of horror convention personalities.  It proudly carries the flag of unrepentant, unapologetic, old school horror and practical FX work that defies critical analysis; these are anti-intellectual films catering to the worst of our bad tastes, and I couldn’t be happier they exist.  While they can sometimes come off as more parody of slashers, the acting seems almost deliberately sub-par, the characters all act like buffoonish caricatures  of real people, but it plays into the carnival Troma-like atmosphere of the films, where almost anything goes. 

         OLD SCHOOL AMERICAN HORROR FOREVER!
    


Laurie Strode coming back?

Halloween 2 rumors are rearing their ugly head, I'm very much down with a sequel but I am not sure I want it to focus on Laurie, again.  Why not just have Michael move to a new town to stalk babysitters that remind him of Judith?  Jamie Lee Curtis seems to go in circles about whether is will be her "final final" Halloween movie; to be honest I'm not her biggest fan and am kind of sick of seeing her in these.  She seems to say contradictory things all the time in interviews when she isn't trying to speak over writers and directors and doesn't seem to have the best things to say about the fan base; actively avoiding horror conventions for most of her career alluding to die-hard slasher fans as weirdos.  But I do want to see Michael stalk and slash again, I don't feel like the last movie was a good send off for the character, they left a huge "exit right" for him....

Check out the latest news:
Bleeding Cool H2 news

Halloween fans, it may be time to get excited all over again. It is being reported that the sequel to last years smash hit Halloween will go in front of cameras this fall for an October 2020 release. It is also being said that David Gordon Green will likely again direct from his own script, with Jamie Lee Curtis coming back as Laurie Strode, along with Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as her daughter and granddaughter. The film would be another co-production between Universal and Blumhouse.



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Child's Play 2019



Confession; I've never been big into the killer doll movies.  For some reason Chucky just never really scared me as a kid so I never latched onto the franchise like I did Halloween, or Friday the 13th.  However I am hearing some good things about this remake, not ground breaking but it seems to dabble heavily in the old school slasher game.  With all the rain we are getting today it seems like the perfect weekend to give this one a gander...review later...

JASON TAKES NO PRISONERS

I think the Friday the 13th re-fake from roughly decade ago gets a lot of undeserved guff and backlash for not capturing the feel and atmospheric dread of the classic films, lacking the classic Manfredini soundtrack and ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma zazz.  Jason has become a cultural icon, the films themselves have carved a niche in the horror community for being fun popcorn slashers repeating the same stalk and slash formula ad nauseum with boobs, bad words, and booze on both sides of the screen.  The refake was pretty and polished, practically an Abercombie and Fitch ad with nubile teens and soft skin in dressed in ripped jeans and covered in pseudo-Americana, practically a spiritual opposite of the original films, but none of this really bothered me.   The director Marcus Nispel is a music video director from Germany, so some of the backwoods stuff feels more like a Hollywood backlot than a real location, kind of like the German approximation of what camping in America feels like, but again none of this really bugged me, his Texas Chainsaw Massacre refake looked and felt like it was pulled from the same universe.  The first 15 minutes of the movie really ratchet up the tension and are probably some of the most intense moments in the franchise history.  Jason displays a new bag of tricks, each increasing his threat level exponentially.  He runs, he sets traps, and is generally much faster and more aggressive than any Jason we've seen before, which is awesome.  However, what is not awesome is Jason actively kidnapping and taking people prisoner.  There really isn't any precedent set, you could argue "new remake, new rules" but typically the new rules don't cut against the core of what defines the character.  

Well what defines the character of Jason?  After over a decade of films I think we have a pretty good template to go on; for one Jason doesn't talk, or reason with his victims.  He's essentially a land shark with machete teeth killing anything that wanders close to his camp, including poodles (part 2).    Jason's not completely mentally handicap, he has displayed some mental capacity through using various power tools and prank calling Alice, it's a fair bet to say he isn't trying to solve the mystery of the missing dark matter in the universe from his shack in the woods, but setting and baiting traps around Crystal Lake is probably not much of a stretch for him.  In parts 2 and 3 he was fairly speedy as a regular human mongoloid, so running isn't much of an issue either.  These new aspects only act to enhance his lethal repertoire and they use them brilliantly in the 2009 remake.  

In over a decade of films centering around Jason there are really no instances of him showing any hint of mercy for anyone invading his territory, much like the land shark he is, there is no room for any forgiveness or cajoling him into stopping outside of temporarily tricking him with his mom’s favorite threads.  Essentially Jason is defined by killing relentless; the bull in a china shop.

So why does it make any sense to suddenly have him kidnapping women who remind him of his mother (without looking anything like her, or even having that worn out sweater)?  It cuts against the core of his character; by kidnapping and allowing to live he is essentially showing prolonged mercy, which should never be in Jason’s highly limited vocabulary.  I know this is a refake, but this isn’t a ground up re-imagining of the mythos; there are certain expectations one has with a Friday the 13th movie that they do manage to adhere to throughout, it’s just that one plot point sticks out like a severed limb to me, even a decade later.

The good news is this movie looks better in retrospect and with time, as the future of the Friday the 13th series remains up in the air, at least we can settle on the fact that the last movie wasn’t too bad, but for my money I just want Kane Hodder back!  Just one more film!  Jason in the snow…make it happen!  Derek did a fine job, but least Kane would have never agreed to the kidnapping bit….




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Dead by Daylight - Ghostface

I was so disappointed by Friday the 13th's legal struggles and woes that I took a long break from the game, but I think it's time for me to dip back into the world of digital stalk and slash.  It's time to take another look at Dead by Daylight...is it worth it?  Looks like they just added Ghostface to their killers.


Another reason I stopped playing Friday the 13th the game was the endless nerfing and complaining about Jason being over powered.  Well derrrr....he's supposed to be, there should be a slim chance for survival.  There shouldn't be car loads of people driving out of Crystal Lake every round with ease.  Survival is earned, not awarded for meekly participating.  Anyways I hope I can jump back into that as well and give my take on the state of the game.