Posts Tagged ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’

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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zapped againFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema entry, I was looking through IMDB when this film came up in the suggestions and so I took a look at what the synopsis was. The cool thing about this film is that they don’t forget about the original film and the idea behind it. Todd Eric Andrews (The Diamond Trap) plays Kevin Matthews, a kid that has been moved around from school to school to unknown reasons other than he says his move moves a lot. All he wants to do is fit in at his new school, Ralph Waldo Emerson High School, but he immediately makes enemies when he hits on the popular kid Wayne’s (Reed Rudy) girlfriend Amanda (Maria McCann). So without the chance of joining the key club, he joins the science club where he discovers some sort of drink hidden within a wall that all of sudden gives him telekinetic powers. With his new found powers, Kevin will stop at nothing to change the way things are going and bring the science club the prestige it once lost after an incident with Barney Springboro years before. The film also stars Kelli Williams (The Practice) as Lucy, David Donah (Roseanne) as Cecil, Ira Heiden (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors) as Elliot, Linda Larkin (Aladdin) as Joanne, the late Lyle Alzado (Ernest Goes To Camp) as Coach Kirby, Sue Ane Langdon (UHF) as Ms. Burnhart, and cameos by Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and Karen Black (House Of 1000 Corpses) as teachers.

Linda Blair's butt is the first picture

Linda Blair’s butt is the first picture

Before I get into the details of what was good and what was bad about this film  I have one thing to say. All I know is that Linda Blair was an absolute fox back in the day and she looks incredibly sexy in this film even though it’s only a brief cameo. I also wanted to say that the overall acting was good, but the real stars of the film were Todd Eric Andrews and Kelli Williams. Those two made a perfect onscreen pair and the chemistry and acting chops were definitely there as they carried the film. There is not a crap ton of T&A in this film, but believe me there is plenty of it in small doses. You have to remember that he has the ability to lift clothing with his mind and it pays off at times. One of the other great things about this film is that it was released in 1990 which meant that people were still in an 80’s frame of mind when the film was made. So, you still get a little bit of that 80’s cheesiness like the jerk off bully who doesn’t like you main character which was a must have in raunchy 80’s teen comedy films. This was definitely one of my favorite films to watch and I actually sat through the whole film unlike the first one which I’m not going to take anything away till I view the whole film.On a scale of 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am going to give this film a 2.2 for a final grade.

1332491956_hellbilly-deluxeThe full album title is Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, but a lot of us just refer to the album as Hellbilly Deluxe. This album was my proper introduction to Rob Zombie because I know I had heard White Zombie before, but I never had paid attention till I had seen him at Ozzfest 99 when he was promoting this album. It was Rob Zombie’s first venture as a solo artist after he disbanded White Zombie and it featured much of the same sound as White Zombie, but it was more ferocious and in your face. It mixed sounds of rock, metal, and industrial into while combining the awesomeness of b-horror movie madness. On the record, Rob played with Riggs (Guitars), Blasko (Bass), and the album saw John Tempesta (Drums) come over from White Zombie and the album features additional work from Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Danny Lohner, and Mark Matcho. The album was released on August 25, 1998 and the album peaked at number 5 on The Billboard Top 200 charts while going 3 times platinum since in the US and 2 times platinum in Canada. The album features a 24 page booklet which includes the cover and has artwork designed by Marvel Comics artists Gene Colan and Dan Brereton. The robot posing with Rob Zombie is a replica robot from the 1939 movie The Phantom Creeps and was designed by Wayne Toth (he would later work with Rob on House Of 1000 Corpses) specifically for Rob. The album also features samples from old horror films like Lady Frankenstein, The Last House On The Left, The City Of The Dead, Mark Of The Devil, Daughters Of Darkness, and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula.

rob_zombie_-_hellbilly_deluxe_(1998)-back1. Call Of The Zombie– A creepy little intro that I believe that Sherri Moon Zombie is the one saying it. The sound clip at the end of it is from the Vincent Price film Madhouse. 4/5

2. Superbeast– This song is absolutely intense as it chugs away with the industrial madness behind it as it smashes your eardrums. If you were driving in a Camaro, this song would make you want to drive more than a 100 MPH. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record and it was an amazing way that Rob used to open his concerts with back in the day. 5/5

3. Dragula– This is probably one of the most famous tracks on the record with it’s crazy club industrial metal sound about the car that The Munsters had in the show. 5/5

4. Living Dead Girl– A song whose music I can only describe as seductive and mesmerizing with the line in the beginning of the track from the film Lady Frankenstein. The music in the beginning of the song is from The Last House On The Left Trailer while the line What are you thinking about?/The same thing you are is from the film Daughters Of Darkness. 5/5

5. Perversion 99– Another intro track that leaves you in a  trance as you wait for the next track because you can’t avoid it. 4/5

6. Demonoid Phenomenon– This track is an absolute sledgehammer as Riggs guitar sound melts your face combined with the industrial dance floor like metal. The lines “don’t lie to yourself, it gave you pleasure” and “enjoy the dead girl’s body” are from the Daughters Of Darkness film. 5/5

7. Spookshow Baby– This is an interesting song that is all industrial in nature before changing into a metal blitzkrieg for the choruses. 4/5

8. How To Make A Monster– Never one of my favorites on this record due to it’s low quality sound. I usually avoid this one. 1/5

9. Meet the Creeper– This is a step back in the right direction for the band as it’s another track on the record that is a freight train going out of control with the muted string/dropped d sound combined with more of the industrial beats. This is one of the tracks that features Tommy Lee on drums. 5/5

1180359262-inlay-cover10. The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore– This is techno madness at it’s best mixed with metal. This is the other track on the record that features Tommy Lee on drums. 4/5

11. What Lurks On Channel X?– This song isn’t bad on the record, but I have always said that it sounded better live. This is a another great example of the industrial techno metal sound where the samples are at the forefront of the track. 3/5

12. Return Of The Phantom Stranger– I love the organs mixed in the beginning of the track along with the techno metal. Mt favorite part of the song is the chorus, I just live all the elements that are mixed in with the song. It reminds me of the White Zombie track Blood, Milk, And Sky and I love that song. 4/5

13. The Beginning Of The End can be considered the outro, but it’s a bunch of industrial machine factory like noise which can essentially symbolize what a disastrous end would sound like. 2/5

My Final Thoughts: I became obsessed with Rob Zombie after I saw what an amazing live show he had and I have to say out of all the lineups he has had, this one is still my favorite. Riggs and Blasko brought another dimension into Zombie’s band that was amazing live. I still believe that the guys he has now are amazing, but it’s been hard to top these first two solo records in Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge which is my absolute favorite.  The album gets four stars out of five for a final grade. This is the last Halloween related post for the album of the week category. It has been a fun ride this year. Here is to next year.

eddie's top 5Every week I am going to try and give you what I believe to be my top 5 of any topic possible like Top 5 heavy metal albums, top 5 concerts of all time, etc. Since, we are doing a Halloween theme on this blog in observance of the great holiday on the 31ST of October, we are going to look at my top 5 horror films of all time. These are my top 5 favorite horror films that I have loved for a very long time. The list is going to be pretty self explanatory and if you know me the choices should come as no shock. Here are my top 5 horror films:

5. The House Of 1000 Corpses– Rob Zombie in my opinion is a true icon because the man has done everything from comics, movies, and music. This was his first feature length film and I was so obsessed with it that I have gone to the movies the first day a Rob Zombie film comes out. I mean think about it for a second here, I did a 25 page thesis paper on Rob Zombie for my senior thesis. If that doesn’t read that O am a Zombie fan, then I don’t know what will.

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2– Two words explain my love for this film and those two words are Chop Top. Chop Top was one of the most colorful characters portrayed by Bill Moseley and he did such an amazing job playing a complete screwjob. Leatherface was more prominent and there in this film and the sets were absolutely crazy. This film still makes an impact on my life, let me explain: When I was a radio DJ at my Alma mater Bridgewater State University, I used to get scared working there at night cause I thought some whack job would come in with a chainsaw and kill me.

3. Friday The 13TH Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan– At this point I wasn’t afraid of horror movies any longer, but out of all the films this one was always my favorite of them all. I loved it because it was the first film to take Jason Voorhees completely out of his element which was Camp Crystal Lake ad he’s in the city that never sleeps.

2. A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3: The Dream Warriors– I was in love with Patricia Arquette back in the day and this was honestly the first film in the series that I had ever watched and I went to bed with nightmares. I was afraid Freddy was going to kill me in my dreams so I tried to stay awake as much as I can, but that obviously didn’t work.

1. Halloween – The 1978 John Carpenter classic for some reason got imprinted into my head. It was the first horror film that I watched in amazement and it was the first film that made me say I love horror. I always though Michael Myers was a true icon of horror and he is definitely my number one on this list.