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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

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Pet-FutureOne of the greatest minds in horror has always been the one and only Stephen King who provided us with so many great novels like IT, The Shining, The Stand, and countless other stories and shorts that were turned into films as well. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t be a countdown to Halloween without a film that was based off of one of his books and that is why I chose Pet Sematary for today’s film. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family have decided to move away from the big city of Chicago in favor of the countryside in Maine. The only problem is that behind his backyard lies a deep and dark secret that may be the key to life and death, but one you do not mess with. Unfortunately that is put to the test when a tragic incident draws the power of that secret and becomes a full force. The film also stars Fred Gwynne (The Munsters) as Jud,  Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Rachel Creed, Miko Hughes (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) as Gage Creed, Blaze Berdahl (DC Super Friends) as Ellie Creed, Brad Greenquist (The Lone Ranger) as Victor Pascow, Michael Lombard (The Thomas Crown Affair) as Irwin, Susan Blommaert (Edward Scissorhands) as Missy Dandridge, and the film was directed by Mary Lambert (Madonna: Like A Prayer). 

PetSemataryBelieve it or not, this was one of those films that I had never finished watching cause I would get to the truck scene and that would be it for me. This time, I wanted to make a point to watch the whole entire film once and for all. One thing that is for certain is that the acting was really good from everyone including a young Miko who would have to get used to playing a role like this later on. The one thing I couldn’t get over is every time I saw Fred Gwynne on screen I thought of him as the judge from My Cousin Vinny. I love Fred and I thought he was fantastic, but his accent is a little out of place even for Maine. The makeup department did a pretty good job in this film especially with Victor Pascow who had to walk around most of the film with his brain exposed. My only question is when Gage gets hit by the truck, how is he in one piece and how can he put shoes on again? We see a shoe flying covered in blood, I would assume that met his foot was knocked off or something. Nevertheless, the cinematography was fantastic, I loved the overhead shot of the Indian burial ground which seemed to be a big thing in the 80’s with a lot of films. I do have to give Miko credit because that little bastard was creepy as hell towards the end of the film with his laugh. This film is definitely worth the watch especially if you are a fan of Stephen King and his stories, but I can imagine that the book is amazing too. With all that said, give it a shot because I am giving the film an A- for a final grade.

beyond the gatesWhen I search for horror movies to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I always try to find films that strike some kind of interest from me. One of those things can be anything having to do with the 1980’s whether it be a theme or maybe a star from that era like the beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). While cruising through Netflix’s horror section, I came across today’s film which is called Beyond The Gates. Brothers Gordon (Graham Skipper) and John Hardesty (Chase Williamson) are forced to see each once again when their father goes missing and is presumed dead. The two have to clean out their father’s video rental store that is made up of all old VHS cassettes. One day while in the office of the store, they stumble on an old VHS adventure game called Beyond The Gates. What they don’t realize is once they play the tape, they are forced to play the game or it will claim their souls. The film also stars Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II) as Margo, Matt Mercer (Contracted: Phase II) as Derek, Justin Welborn (The Final Destination) as Hank, Jesse Merlin (12 Deadly Days) as Elric, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) as Dahlia, Henry LeBlanc (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Dad, Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) as Ghoul, and the film was directed by Jackson Stewart (Supernatural). 

barbaraI always give you guys my honest opinion on everything I watch because I am a horror fan and it’s my genre of choice. Beyond The Gates is an excellent film that while it had some quirks to it (not many), it was a well written film and very well acted. The story itself was a very interesting one where what if you started playing a game and it wouldn’t let you go until you either finished it or it took your soul. What would you do? You’d have no other choice, but to finish the game because now it messes with reality. The kills in the film were a very interesting part of the film where the main characters are doing it without really doing it. I know that makes no sense, but what if the game told you to go outside and find the X. You find it only to dig it up and you find a doll. The game tells you there is a key inside so you tear the doll apart looking for it without realizing that your tearing a friend’s insides out. That is what I am talking about and I actually liked that about the film. It was very different than usual and very cool. Barbara Crampton was amazing as usual as the gamekeeper from hell who forces our brothers to play the game. The camera work is great and the editing is on point as well. I love the intro to the film that kind of shows you how a VHS cassette worked. I thought that was a cool nostalgic thing. I am however going to give the film an A- for a final grade and it’s available on Netflix as we speak.

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demon windSometimes I treat my films like I treat heavy metal records. I simply sometimes choose a film to watch based on the movie poster or DVD cover and that is what I have done with some albums and that is what I did with today’s film. Today’s film Demon Wind is another film that I picked up courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome at the previous weekend’s Rock and Shock Convention. Cory (Eric Larson) has never really known where he was from or who his dad really was. After a weird chance meeting with his father, he decides to go back to the family land where his grandparents once lived. Along with his friends, Cory will discover and unlock the truth behind what happened so many years ago to his family and the land they lived on. The film also stars Francine Lapensée (Hollywood’s New Blood) as Elaine, Rufus Norris (Broken) as Harcourt, Jack Vogel (Presumed Guilty) as Stacy, Stephen Quadros (Cradle 2 The Grave) as Chuck, Mark David Fritsche (Somewhere In Time) as Jack, Sherry Leigh (Sid and Nancy) as Bonnie, Bobby Johnston (Loveblind) as Dell, Lynn Clark (My Fellow Americans) as Terri, Richard Gabai (The Wasp Woman) as Willy, Mia M. Ruiz (Witchcraft II: The Temptress) as Reena, and the film was directed by Charles Philip Moore (Angel Of Destruction). 

demon wind 2'I actually really liked this film, but I did have some issues with it in general and one of them was the corny dialogue. I loved the story and what the film was about, but there were just too many instances of awkward dialogue. It was either that the writer didn’t know how people communicate or the cast just made the dialogue real cheesy. They had this big jock who every time his girlfriend said something, he made sure to tell people that that was the reason that he kept her around. I wanted to go through the screen to tell the guy that no one gave a sh**. Now some of the things I liked is the way the townspeople looked or the friends looked when they were bitten or possessed by the demons that plagued the land. They acted like zombies, but they had the sense of humor that reminded me of The Evil Dead. Some of the kills were cheesy, but overall some of them actually were pretty cool. The one issue I had was what the hell does Cory turn in to when he battles the head demon at the end? He looked like an alien from Alien Nation with the ears of a demon. That part just made no sense to me because he wasn’t possessed at all by the demons. I thought overall that it was actually a pretty fun film to watch, I definitely enjoyed it. That is why I am going to give it a grade somewhere between an C+ and a B-. It’s somewhere in that grade range.

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the blackcoats daughterIt’s crazy to think that you see that a film was made a couple of years back, but yet it’s the first time that you’ve seen or heard of it. That is definitely the case with today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween film The Blackcoat’s Daughter which says that it was made in 2015, but didn’t see the light of day until 2017. Today’s film is an interesting one to say the least as it follows three different girls and their experiences from their unique perspective. Rose (Sing Street‘s Lucy Boynton) is a senior at the Bramford Academy that has a lot to chew on her plate that could potentially change her life for the worse. Kat (Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka) is a freshman at the academy that is a little different than the rest. Rose and Kat are trapped at the academy while everyone else is back him for winter break and they must battle an evil presence. For Joan (We’re The Millers Emma Roberts), she is just trying to get to where she needs to be, but when a stranger offers help, will she get there? The film also stars Lauren Holly (Dumb And Dumber) as Linda, James Remar (Tales From The Darkside: The Movie) as Bill, Emma Holzer (Spring Breakers) as Lizzy, Peter J. Gray (The Age Of Adaline) as Rick, Heather Tod Mitchell (The Best Laid Plans) as Mrs. Drake, Matthew Stefiuk (Clown) as Ranger, and the film was written and directed by Oz Perkins (I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House).

blackcoats daughterYou really have to understand what kind of a film you are getting yourself into when you decide to watch this one. I certainly didn’t know, but once I found out the style of the film I was fine with it. You have to love films that take it’s time to build up whatever it is it’s going to throw in your face because this is definitely a slow cooker, but it’s well worth it. This is definitely one of the best horror films of 2017 (I say that because it was released in 2017) for a lot of reasons. One of the many reasons this is a great film is because of the writing. It is truly an amazing film that builds up momentum as it goes along and the writing definitely helped with that. The cinematography was also amazing with so many great shots throughout and the score helped a lot with the creepiness of the film. The acting was fantastic as well and you have to give kudos to the three girls because it really was great performances from them. I also have to give James Remar and Lauren Holly a lot of credit as well, but I can’t give away too much on that because it was potentially spoil the film. The end of the film is definitely going to shock you, but when you figure out the twist you are going to be like holy sh** and that is one of my favorite reactions watching a film. The end of the film just keeps getting better and it ends on such a weird note that it’s amazing. I have to give Oz Perkins a lot of credit on this film and I strongly suggest that you guys check this one out. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

horror-short-filmsWelcome everyone to the third edition of the shorts, a segment where we take the time to check out some of the coolest horror short films that are out there on Youtube. You never know, we could be checking out a short from someone who may have a future in the business. Someone whose film could one day end up getting reviewed by me for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween. As usual, we scoured through Youtube trying to find the shorts that impressed us the most and definitely put you on the radar. We have a great collection for you all below so without further ado, let’s check out some shorts.

hallwoeenHalloween: The Night HE Came Home– It’s funny on last year’s edition of The Shorts, I had announced that there was a rumor that by 2017 there was going to be another Halloween film. Boy, was I wrong about that, but I am fine with it because by 2018 we should have the next installment. What I have for you guys is a little longer than a usual short film because it’s 45 minutes long, but that’s OK cause it’s Michael Myers. The film takes place 40 years after the events of Halloween II and it puts us right back into Haddonfield where an aspiring actress has just moved to in order to reconnect with her brother. Unbeknownst to her, she has some sort of connection with the events of that unfortunate night in 1978. The fan film was directed by Dave McRae and it stars Leah Kellar, William Reill, Bob Sleeper, and many more. The cool thing about the film besides the story itself is the fact that they filmed on location in Pasadena where the original film was filmed. Check it out for yourselves below, it is one of the better fan made films. I can’t share it on the page, but click here to watch.

The Oven– This was one of the first short films that popped up on my feed and I was instantly curious. The film was directed by Rush Smith and the short has this kind of creepy vibe to it as you watch our main character bake what looks like a loaf of bread. I don’t want to give away what happens next because I want you to see it for yourself. I love the way he definitely shot the film with different shots of the process of making the bread and how it would cut in and out. I thought that was very cool. Definitely give this one a watch below and for more on Rush Smith, click here.

Mannequin– Not to be confused with the cheesy 1980’s film of the same name, we have a short from writer and director Zach McCoy-Davies which centers on either a fashion designer or costume designer who is asked to stay at work even later than she had anticipated. After taking some caffeine pills to try and help her stay awake, things start to get weird. Is it the lack of sleep or is the mannequin really alive? You’ll have to watch to find out for yourself. I really liked the short from Davies, it’s shot very well and the story itself is great, but the champion is in the editing. The editing definitely helped in telling the story for sure and kudos to Amy Shaw on an amazing performance. Check out the short below:

Peek A Boo– The next short on my list was directed by Jose Escorcia and it stars Vivian Wu as Claire, a girl who is home alone minding her own business and listening to tunes when she gets a message from someone she doesn’t know. Thinking it’s one of her friends, she agrees to play a game of Peek A Boo, but soon realizes that there is something sinister behind this game. This is another short where you have to give kudos to the cinematographer and the editing team because they helped tell this very cool story which tips their caps to some of horror’s great past. Check this one out below:

The Moonlight Man 2– I had to watch the first Moonlight Man so I would feel I knew what was going on. This is the sequel to the original short and this time it follows a burglar who is about to break into a building until the creepy monster ruins all of his plans. The short was directed by Danny Donahue and it was a really great short. My favorite thing in the world is that the monster is creepy as hell so kudos to them for making him that creepy. Now I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk alone at night in a parking lot. Check it out below:

 

thehaxanspartymonsterscdI am always on an endless search to bring new and exciting albums to you guys that I am also discovering at the same time as well. I do this especially when I cover Halloween/horror/Goth themed music for the Album Of The week posts when October rolls around. This past Friday The 13TH, one of those opportunities came knocking on my door when I was presented with a group that features a member of Rob Zombie’s band and New Year’s Day. The group I am talking about is a Goth Pop duo by the name of The Haxans (named after the 1922 silent horror film) which features Matt Montgomery a.k.a. Piggy D (Vocals & Guitar) and Ashley Costello (Vocals) of New Year’s Day. The name of the album is Party Monsters and here is Matt talking about it, “This record is a party for everyone else like us. The cover, the songtitles, the energy and the colors of this record are going to pull together an amazing cross section of people. It’s just everything we like and celebrate every day, but amped up to eleven! It’s got a kids-jumping-on-the-bed-while-the-parents-are-out-of-the-room feeling to it to me, which is kind of what this record was for us.” I’m not 100% positive on who else performed on the record, but I believe Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Ex-Rob Zombie) may have helped in some way.

lights out1. Lights Out– A very cool Goth Pop song that has a little of The Munsters flavor to it combined with the Zombie feel. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album and it seems like it’s all about the fun starting when the lights go out. 5/5

2. Young Blood– A cool track that starts off rocking before it mellows out with only bass and drums during the verses before turning it up to 11 again. 4.5/5

3. Dirty Magic– A cool track off the album that has a little bit of that electronic club feel to it along with the rock. Ashley proves in this track that she is a frontwoman as she sings about how she can’t believe that she fell for someone so it must have been dirty magic. 5/5

4. Black Cat Bone– This is a cool track that has a more rock version of a Shania Twain/Robert Palmer track. This is a track that Matt and Ash sing together on the track. Costello talked about the track saying, ” In voodoo culture, wearing a black cats bone would ward off unwanted romantic gestures. Something to think about.” 5/5

5. Party Time– More of a horror like track than what we previous heard as it almost has a Zombie feel in a track that is about a bunch of kids who are on the brink of death in the name of partying. Cool guitar solo from Matt on this track for sure. 4.5/5

6. Chains– A cool more mellow and eerie track from the duo that Costello told Alternative Press, “The song ‘Chains’ is the first song that we recorded together and it has such a groovy vibe. The lyrics are about someone who is like a ghost in your life. Someone that just won’t go away. This song is the direct message to them.” 4.5/5

7. Witch Wave– Definitely a electro-pop track with Ash’s vocals having a hip hop feel to it about a girl who feels betrayed so she’s out for revenge. 4/5

haxans8. I Think Of Demons– A very different track with some keys in it, but a very much a pop track in this track that is a duet between the two again which is a sympathy track for demons cause who else thinks for them? 4/5

9. Professional Weirdo– This is a song that is sung int he same style of another that I can’t think of right now. It runs on the idea of teenage angst where the narrator is mad at the world that they don’t fit in. 4/5

10. Slick Black Coffin– More of that electro goth pop fun that is actually a great signature sound for the band. The track has that feel of if Lady Gaga decided to be more hard rock. 5/5

11. Boo– A very cool b-horror themed intro along with the Zombie-esque rock before it mellows out for the verses. The track seems to be about a ghost who loves scaring people. 5/5

12- Vampira– The band’s cover of the famous Misfits track. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I honestly think that these guys could have a future if they decide to do any more music. Most of the album goes from sounding like a female fronted Zombie band to a Lady Gaga gone horror rock/pop style. Ashley is an amazing vocalist whose style fits the music perfectly. I am a huge fan of the record and I hope to hear more from them in the future. Check it out for yourselves, I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.