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Henry-Portrait-Key-ArtI do not work or get paid by Shudder, but as a consumer of horror films, there is no better app in the world if you are a fan of horror films. I have seen films that I probably would have never checked out on that app and the film that I chose for today is one that I had been meaning to see for a long time. Plus this is my 2000TH post on the blog and I wanted it to be special. The film that I am talking about is Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer which was released in 1986 and was written and directed by John McNaughton (Wild Things) is a biography of sorts as it is loosely based on real life killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. The film stars Michael Rooker (Guardians Of The Galaxy) plays our title character Henry, a serial killer who believes that he operates with impunity meaning that he can do it without worrying about consequences. The film also stars Tom Towles (House Of 1000 Corpses) as Otis, Tracy Arnold (The Borrower) as Becky, Mary Demas (The Naked Face) as prostitute, Elizabeth Kaden and Ted Kaden as the dead couple, Monica Anne O’Malley as Mall Victim, Erzsebet Sziky as Hitchhiker, Kurt Naebig (Public Enemies) as High School Jock, Lisa Temple (For The People) as Murdered Family-Wife, and Ray Atherton (F.A.R.T. The Movie) as Fence.

maxresdefault (1)One of the things I liked about the film is that for most of the film they don’t show you a lot of his killings. In the beginning, they only show the aftermaths of what he had done and you can see it as plain as day that he is getting away with seemingly all the murders. It’s a very bone chilling film because he is such a calm and cool character that has this side of him that he just can’t stop and you see the change that happens to Otis in the film after he is exposed to Henry’s world. The film was also a perfect amalgamation of a great cast and a great story because Michael Rooker carried this film and the others helped it succeed as well as they told this dark story that has no light at the end of the tunnel. When you see the end of the film, you are going to be shocked because I did not see it coming and it blew my mind. After all that, you knew at that point that Henry was incapable of feeling love no matter who it was. The film is pretty psychotic and it gets pretty graphic as the killing spree goes on and the scene with Towles and Arnold gets a little uncomfortable as well. I loved the way the film was shot because it felt gritty and it matched the overall tone of the film as well so kudos to them on that one. If you love horror films that are based on real life serial killers or you love Michael Rooker then this is definitely one film to watch and it’s less than an one hour and the half. So check it out and I am giving the film an A- for a final grade.

3 from hellWhen Rob Zombie first decided to become a film director, he released one of the craziest and insane films in House Of 1000 Corpses in 2003. It was the story of some unlucky travelers who crossed paths with the wrong family in the Firefly Clan. In 2005, he would release the more structured and solid sequel The Devil’s Rejects that dealt with the aftermath of the first film, but followed three key members in Captain Spaulding (the late Sid Haig), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), and Otis (Bill Moseley) and by the end of the film they were thought to be dead. Then fast forward 14 years later and Rob Zombie has unleashed the last film in Firefly trilogy entitled 3 From Hell. In this film, Otis is joined by his brother Foxy (Richard Brake) as they attempt to spring Baby out of the jail that she’s been in, but even if they succeed, the road to freedom will just get a little harder. The film also stars Dee Wallace (Cujo) as Greta, Jeff Daniel Phillips (Lords Of Salem) as Warden Harper, Emilio Rivera (Mayans M.C.) as Aquarius, Pancho Moler (Candy Corn) as Sebastian, Richard Edson (Do The Right Thing) as Carlos Perro, Clint Howard (The Wraith) as Mr. Baggy Britches, Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as Burt, and Tracey Leigh (Modern Family) as Judy Harper.

otis and foxyI had a lot of worries heading into this film because I didn’t know what to expect from it and there have been plenty of films that took to long to come out. So, I was wondering could they re-capture the magic from The Devil’s Rejects once again or would it just fall short? The other question was whether we still cared about these characters and let me answer that one first by saying, “Hell yes we do!” Now the film isn’t as amazing as The Devil’s Rejects, but I have to say that this was a very solid sequel to that film. While they couldn’t do much about Sid for the film due to his declining health at the time, Richard Brake did a fantastic job fitting into the family as we loved his interactions with Otis. One thing that I did notice about this film and that is they make it seem like Otis isn’t as crazy as we thought he was from House Of 1000 Corpses. We actually figure out in this film who the crazy one was after all in the family and let me tell you that Sheri Moon Zombie did not disappoint either. She did an amazing job as she played Baby, a character who was falling more and more into the abyss and she sure had a lot of fun doing it. One thing is definitely for sure with this film, the last 20 minutes of the film, the proverbial sh** gets real in this film and you have to see it to believe it. I just wanted to take the time to say that Pancho Moler is such an amazing actor and what an excellent addition to the franchise that he really was. The film was everything we would want from a Rob Zombie film and that is essentially all we can ask for. You need to watch this film and I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.

9194552d5c5c45578aba7aca476d99b6_mdToday was truly a day that most horror fans woke up in utter sadness when we discovered that legendary actor Sid Haig, who played Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie Firefly Family trilogy passed away at the age of 80 from an accident a couple of weeks back where he had apparently taken a nasty spill. His wife, Susan L. Oberg had posted that he was winning the fight earlier in the week, but she had taken down the comment and then  she posted this on Instagram, “My light, my heart, my true love, my King, the other half of my soul, Sidney, passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the Universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, his friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn be respected.” Sid Haig got his start in horror films like Blood Bath and Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told which believe it or not was one of the first time I had seen him in a film after I went on a Lon Chaney Jr. binge. From there he would star in some Blaxploitation films like Coffy and Foxy Brown.

sid-haig-passing-main2He would spend much of the 80’s getting roles on TV shows before he took a little break in the 90’s. It wasn’t until 1997’s Jackie Brown which was made by Quentin Tarantino that he would make his return to film. It wasn’t until 2003’s House Of 1000 Corpses by Rob Zombie that Sid would forever carve his name and legacy into the Horror books with his most iconic role as the murderous clown Captain Spaulding. He would once again dawn the grease paint for the sequel The Devil’s Rejects which became a mega hit. He would go on to star in more films like Night Of The Living Dead 3D, Rob Zombie’s Halloween & Lords Of Salem, Hatchet III, Death House before making a brief appearance in the final film to the Firefly Family trilogy 3 From Hell. Rob talks about the complications of his appearance saying, “The movie that I prepped to make, and was getting ready to start shooting, it was Captain Spaulding, Otis, and Baby, the three originals. But three weeks out from shooting, I got a call from Sid Haig. He had been in the hospital, and he had just had surgery, and he was now recovering in a rehabilitation facility. I’m like, holy sh—, this is a serious business. So, I went to see him, and he had changed drastically from the last time I saw him. Because Sid, he’s big and burly, and now he’s tiny as a skeleton. So, I was like, oh man. I kind of realized, yeah, he’s in rough shape.”

download (1)Rob Zombie would go on to say, “Lionsgate was fine with me sort of sneaking him in one day to shoot as much as I could. It was on me to make sure that nothing went wrong. So I got him in, I shot everything I could shoot.” Sid would also star in films like Bone Tomahawk, Kill Bill, Vol. 2, and so many more films. Rosario Dawson, who once worked with Sid in a deleted scene in The Devil’s Rejects had this to say about him, “Oh! Dear Sid. You will be missed beloved. Grateful to have met and worked with you. What a talent and energy graced this earth. Blessings and love to your adored family.” Fangoria Magazine honored Sid on Twitter saying, “RIP to horror legend, our friend, Sid Haig. We will miss you, Captain.” Special FX guru Tom Savini took to Twitter as well saying, “Goodbye Sid Haig. A great mate to hang with. An enthralling storyteller. A class act. One of a kind. An historical landmark that will missed forever.” B-Movie critic and legendary host Joe Bob Briggs reminded us on Twitter of how much Sid loved all of his fans saying, “Let history record that just last month Sid Haig showed up for the Scares That Care charity event, flying cross country and taking care of his fans even when he was having trouble walking. He loved the horror family as much as horror loved him.” Sid Haig was and always will be a true legend in the world of Horror and cinema. We love you Sid and we will cherish the moments you left us forever. R.I.P. Sid Haig (1939-2019)

RobZombie_Korn_SiteTeaser_550x307png17 years ago, Korn and Rob Zombie teamed up for the Rock Is Dead Tour, they would team up together 14 years later for the Night Of The Living Dreads Tour, and now they have teamed up again for the Return Of The Dreads Tour which stopped at The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA with upstarts In This Moment as the opener. The show definitely promised to be a memorable show with two of the three bands being very theatrical in their performances as well as this was a hometown show for Rob Zombie (originally from Haverhill). The show was definitely a mixture of sex, horror, and heavy metal as it was a beautiful night for some metal mayhem. In This Moment opened up the show with their band members dressed like demon soldiers of the dead while Maria Brink changed her outfits for every song along with her half naked dancers. I do have to admit though that Brink definitely commanded the crowd as they blazed through tracks like Sick Like Me, Sex Metal Barbie, and show closer Blood. The best way to describe her would be that Maria Brink is what you would get if Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga had a child.

IMG_6073After they were done, we knew that it was time for one of the greatest stage shows in all of metal besides Alice Cooper in Rob Zombie. Zombie hit the stage precisely at 8:05 PM with opener Dead City Radio and The New Gods Of Supertown before we were treated with a giant devil walking onstage during the next song Superbeast. From then on, he never looked back as we were treated to the macabre with a lethal dose of old and new tracks. Rob was definitely the highlight of the night as he and the band showed that they were true showman with all of the costumes, the props, the horror videos, and even a little Tone Loc Wild Thing cover before the band jumped right into concert staple Living Dead Girl. The crowd was treated by a visit from Rob’s wife actress Sheri Moon Zombie as she was delivering aliens for the track Well, Everybody’s F**king in a U.F.O. and they showed their adoration for her. He would blaze through classics like Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy), House Of 1000 Corpses, Thunderkiss 65, before tearing the roof off the place with their cover of We’re An American Band. He would show a trailer for his newest film 31 before ending the show with set classic Dragula.

IMG_6099Korn was the last band to take the set and they were a huge difference from the previous bands because it was all about the music. There are no theatrics when it comes to Korn, they basically have a bunch of lights, screens, and their high octane brand of crushing metal. The band sounded pretty good as they opened the set with the punishing Right Now before heading into the classic Here To Stay. Of course, Korn have a new album coming out in October so it’s only natural the band kick right into a new track Rotting In Vain before they dug deep into their catalog playing classics like Somebody Someone, Did My Time, Y’All Want A Single, and Make Me Bad. The highlight of the night for me came when singer Jonathan Davis brought out the bagpipes for Shoots And Ladders which ended with a snippet of Metallica’s One. When it came to Nu-Metal, there was absolutely no one better and Korn proved that as they brought all the energy you would want from a Korn show. The band finished off the night playing classics like Blind (which the crowd went nuts for), Twist, Got The Life, Falling Away From Me, and the closer Freak On A Leash. Overall, it was one heck of a night as we relived what was great about the 90’s and like Jonathan had said during the show (not an exact quote) that it was cool to have a place where all metal heads could meet to celebrate the music they loved. This was definitely one of my favorite shows of the year. The concert gets an A- overall for a final grade.

hatchet 3For today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I wanted to explore a film from one of my favorite directors of the new generation of horror directors in Adam Green (Holliston). The film is called Hatchet III and its the third and final chapter in the trilogy about maniac Lousiana Swamp murderer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). In this film, Marybeth Dunstan (Danielle Harris) has managed to escape the clutches of Crowley and turns herself into the police station. The only problem is that they don’t believe her story that Victor Crowley is alive. That is until, they go on a search and rescue mission to try and see if there are any survivors and that is when they discover that Victor Crowley is very much alive. A disgraced reporter named Amanda (Caroline Williams) is the only one that knows the key to stopping Victor and she’ll need Marybeth in order to finish it. The film also stars Zach Galligan (Gremlins) as Sheriff Fowler, Parry Shen (Hatchet) as Andrew, Robert Diago DoQui (When The Game Stands Tall) as Deputy Winslow, Derek Mears (Friday The 13TH 2009) as Tyler Hawes, Sean Whalen (The People Under The Stairs) as Randy, Cody Blue Snider (Fool’s Day) as Cory Schneiderman, Rileah Vanderbilt (Digging Up The Marrow) as Mikaela Dougherty, John Michael Sudol (Columbiana) as Jim and the film even features a cameo from the great Sid Haig (House Of 1000 Corpses).

victor crowleyOne thing that I will say about these films is that if you love blood, gore, and violence then this is the horror film for you. The other thing that this particular series does is that it brought back some giants of the horror world from back in the day like Sean Whalen, my favorite Jason Voorhees in Kane Hodder, and even Zach Galligan who starred in one of my favorite 80’s films in Gremlins. The legend (or story) behind Victor Crowley and why he does what he does is actually kind of a cool story as well. It’s sort of reminiscent of Pumpkinhead in a way where he was a mentally challenged and deformed child that was tormented and killed by the locals and now he’s back for revenge thanks to a voodoo curse. The horror world needs more films like this to come out into the open because Hollywood’s PG-13 train is just not cutting it for me even though their accessible to watch. All I am saying is that we need more monsters in our lives like we did back in the 80’s. I was surprised to learn that Dee Snider’s son starred in this film cause I didn’t even know he was an actor to begin with. This film won’t win an Oscar, but to be honest that is okay with me cause it’s fun, gory, and it fills that void. Check it out for yourself cause it’s available on Netflix right now. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Danielle Harris covered in blood is still sexy

Danielle Harris covered in blood is still sexy

rock and shockThis past weekend in Worcester, MA, the 12TH Annual Rock And Shock Horror convention took over both the Palladium and The DCU Center for three nights of horror and music. The music side that took place at the Palladium featured three days worth of shows that featured Soulfly on Friday, Danzig & Superjoint on Saturday, and Twiztid on Sunday. The horror convention side which took place at The DCU Center featured the likes of Doug Bradley, Samantha Mathis, Tobin Bell, Robert Allen Mukes, Derek Mears, William Forsythe, Erika Ervin, Naomi Grossman, Bill Moseley, and so many more. Not only were there special guests, but there were plenty of vendors as well from all over like the Troma, Vinegar Syndrome, Bar Accessories INC., Bad Moon Consignment, Famous Monsters Of Filmland, Hellcat Press, Prince Of Pieces, Rhode Island Comic Con, Scares That Care, and so many more.

me and adam greenOut of all the 12 years that this convention has existed, this was my very first time eve attending one of these and I have no idea why. There is so much to do in one of these that you can forget the time and not even care because you are having so much fun. The overall attitude of the event is nothing, but of a fun nature because for horror fans like me this is heaven on earth. One of the first things I did when I got inside the convention was I needed to find where al of the legends were sitting and I found them with ease. The first person I met in the whole show is one of Hollywood’s most underrated actor of all time in Bill Moseley. Bill Moseley was arguably the star of The Devil’s Rejects, House Of 1000 Corpses, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, and so many more. He was such a such a cool guy that I wish there were more like him at these conventions. The next person I met was Bill Johnson who played Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. After him I made a b-line all the way to Tobin Bell who was famous for playing Jigsaw in the Saw franchise. Tobin was very excited to tell me about his newest project the Manson Family Vacation which is a different take on the famous story. The film is out on iTunes right now and on Netflix I believe by October 27TH. The rest of the day included me meeting the legend George A. Romero, Adam Green, Doug Bradley, and a very good conversation with Michael Reid Mackay (The Monster Squad, Insidious: Chapter 3). One of the cool things that I also witnessed on Sunday was a press conference for Twiztid and that was pretty interesting. The one thing I can say about the group is that they care tremendously for their fans. As I said before, I regret not going to any other Rock And Shock in my life before and I suggest that every horror fan go to an event like this one.

superI wanted to once again choose something that was completely outside of the DC or Marvel Universe for today’s Super Sunday film. The film I chose for today however has a connection with a Marvel smash hit because the writer and director of today’s film Super is James Gunn. Gunn is the man that wrote and directed last summer’s smash hit Guardians Of The Galaxy, but before that he had this film. Super stars Rainn Wilson (House Of 1000 Corpses) as Frank, a guy who has never been that lucky in his life until he married Sarah (Liv Tyler). One day, Frank is so oblivious to what is really going on that Sarah leaves him for Jacques (Kevin Bacon), a strip club owner and overall jerk off. One day, Frank is given a vision by The Holy Avenger (Nathan Fillion) and Frank decides to become a super hero named The Crimson Bolt. Alongside, Boltie (Ellen Page), they’ll do their best to clean up the crime in the city and hopefully win Sarah back. The film also stars Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) as Abe, Gregg Henry (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Detective Felkner, Andre Royo (The Wire) as Hamilton, William Katt (The Greatest American Hero) as Sgt. Fitzgibbon, Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy) as Maria, and Rob Zombie as God.

super 2One thing that you are definitely going to say is that the film has a similar tone to Kick Ass in where a regular person decides to dress up as a superhero in order to fight crime. You have every right to believe that, but just for your information, Gunn actually wrote this film back in 2002 and he had trouble shopping the film around because they felt that it was too violent. Kick Ass had Hit Girl and The Crimson Bolt has Boltie and that is where the similarities end between the two films. One thing that you will also notice is that Gunn makes excellent decisions as to what music to use for a soundtrack because this film’s soundtrack is actualluy very good as compared to the excellent one used in Guardians Of The Galaxy, but what I am saying is that you can see’s Gunn’s evolution unveiling right before your eyes. You’ll also notice that Lloyd Kaufman once again makes another cameo appearance and why shouldn’t he, James Gunn starred in Tromeo & Juliet. I really liked the film and thought it was a cool and different take on the genre. I am going to give Super a B+ for a final grade.

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