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circus-660x330-1Clowns seem to be the thing in Hollywood as of late or even just in horror films itself like Eli Roth’s Clown which was released last year or this years horror mega hit in IT. It just seems that people want to remind themselves why they have coulrophobia so I figured that I would join the club myself. The only problem is that the group of clowns I am providing you with today are scarier than your average clowns. Today’s 31 Days Of Halloween film is the 2014 independent horror film Circus Of The Dead and it stars Parrish Randall (Possum Walk) as Donald your everyday average West Texas suburban dad. Nothing seems to be going right for Donald, life just seems to be stale with is wife and two beautiful daughters. That all changes for Donald when he takes his wife and kids to the circus where they are spotted by serial rapist clown Papa Corn (Bill Oberst Jr.) who sets his sights on Donald’s family. If Donald ever wants to see them alive again, he’ll have to do what Papa tells him. The film also stars Chanel Ryan (BASEketball) as Tiffany Johnson, Roger Edwards (Captain Phillips) as TC, Ryan Clapp (Krampus: The Devil Returns) as Noodledome the Clown, Rusty Edwards as Mister Blister the Clown, Mike Williams as Jumbo the Clown, and the film was directed by Billy ‘Bloody Bill’ Pon (Doll Boy). 

maxresdefault (4)If you are easily disturbed by things then I suggest that you do not watch this film at all because there are some real disturbing things. The character of Papa Corn is a homicidal serial rapist and I didn’t realize that going into the film which is why I said I have a group of clowns you will be afraid of. While it was disturbing to watch Papa Corn perform sexual acts on a severed head or masturbating outside a window to a couple having sex, they were so creepy and they did such a great job at it that they were the highlight of the film. The film was otherwise kind of lousy where there was bad acting from certain characters including an unenthusiastic ring leader of the circus. She sounded like she was reading off of a card instead of putting in the effort to sound like one. The best half of the film is actually the last hour of it where things get intense and you are sort of on the edge of your seat asking when is the madness going to end and where the hell are the police this whole time? The visuals are very graphic at times, but much credit to the set department for a job well done especially when are in their trailer. The make up and costume department also deserve some kudos as well. Other than those things, this wasn’t that bad of a film so that is why I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade. The ending to the film is one where you say maybe I should have seen it coming because Donald sure didn’t.

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state of euphoriaFor this week’s album of the week, I was inspired by the new hit horror film IT which has broken box office numbers when it came to this week’s record. One of the characters in the film is wearing an Anthrax shirt and one of the scenes features the track Antisocial which is off of this week’s album State Of Euphoria which was released on September 19, 1988. The album featured Joey Belladonna (Vocals), Dan Spitz (Lead Guitar), Scott Ian (Rhythm Guitar), Frank Bello (Bass), and Charlie Benante (Drums) and it was produced by Mark Dodson and the band. The album’s back cover is pretty cool because it was designed by famed caricaturist artist and Mad magazine artist Mort Drucker who drew the band. After the release of the album, it peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and it was certified Gold selling over 500,000 albums even though critics were not warm to the album. A lot of critics felt that the album didn’t live up to the name of the previous albums even though it contained some amazing tracks.

state1.Be All, End All– The song kicks off with cellist Carol Freedman before the band comes in with a monster riff in a track that is all about controlling your own destiny. 4.5/5

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind– Another in your face track with a monster bass riff from Bello runs this track that is about bands ripping off other bands. 4.5/5

3. Make Me Laugh– an interesting track on the album where the band attacks TV evangelists like Jim and Tammy Fae Bakker who were targets of a lot of thrash bands at the time. 5/5

4. Antisocial– This is the band’s amazing cover of French band Trust’s classic track, but the thing is the band had to do their best to convert the lyrics from French to English to make it work 5/5

5. Who Cares Wins– The track starts very melodic before it gets heavy in this track that is all about the homeless and their struggle to live. 5/5

state-of-euphoria-50008585db5756. Now It’s Dark– The track starts off with someone breathing before Bello and Spitz lead you right in to this track that is about Dennis Hoppers character in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. 4.5/5

7. Schism– The drums fade right in as the track kicks off with some punk laden metal riff where the lyrics talk about if you peel all the layers of labels that society has for us, we are all the same. 4/5

8. Misery Loves Company– This is a track the band wrote based on the novel by Stephen King in Misery. 4/5

9. 13– an instrumental track on the album that the band recorded that was an intro to the next track. 4/5

10. Fīnalē– The aptly titled last track on the record and it features some razor sharp riffs with that insane bass playing from Bello in a track that is all about marrying the wrong person. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought that this was a really good record from the band despite what the critics thought at the time. It features some really amazing tracks that are essential to who Anthrax is. Check it out for yourself, I am giving the record 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

ChristinePosterTo kick off our third year of doing Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, I wanted to start it off right with a true icon of horror. When you think of novels and horror in the same sentence, Stephen King instantly comes to mind and that is because he is a true icon with great books such as The Shining, It, The Dead Zone, etc. There is also a reason why I chose Christine and that’s because the film was directed by one of my all time favorite directors in John Carpenter who directed my favorite horror film in Halloween. Christine is a film about a kid named Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), a geek who just wants to fit in with the cool kids. One unlucky day, Arnie comes across a 1958 Plymouth Fury that just happens to be supernaturally possessed and it’s name is Christine. Despite the objection of the purchase of the car by his best friend Dennis (John Stockwell), he goes ahead and he purchases it, but unfortunately for him the car consumes him until he meets his doom like the last owner of the car. The film also stars Alexandra Paul (Baywatch) as Leigh, the late Robert Prosky (Gremlins 2) as Will Darnell, Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man) as Detective Junkins, William Ostrander (Mulholland Drive) as Buddy, Christine Belford (The Gambler) as Regina Cunningham, Roberts Blossom (Home Alone) as George LeBay, and David Spielberg (Final Draft) as Mr. Casey.

tumblr_mvwmx7w7kf1s3c6who10_1280You can tell during the kill scenes in this film that it’s definitely a John Carpenter horror film because the style of music in the score that is playing is always the same type no matter what film. It’s very easy to identify when watching his late 70’s/early 80’s films. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Christine had crashed into the garage and she is literally up in flames, but she still chases one of her offenders. That was a very cool scene in my opinion and the story is just amazing. You literally see this kid go from geek to cool when he fixes up Christine, but then you just see him get worse as the film goes on because he becomes more obsessed with the car and he loses touch with reality. The story was written very well and why not? It was written by Stephen King after all! The final battle scene is one of those series of events that leave you asking, “is there any way to kill this damn car?” One of the scenes in the film that also always stuck out in my mind and for a long time it was the only one I could remember from the film until I watched it again was the scene where one of the bullies gets crushed to death by Christine. For some odd reason that scene was embedded in my skull for a very long time. This is definitely one of my favorite Stephen King films and that is why I am giving the film an A- for a final grade.

halloween 3I want to start off by saying that I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween and with all that being said, this is the end of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween 2013. I had a lot of fun discovering new films and revisiting old films. That is why I decided to watch Halloween III: Season Of The Witch which in hindsight should have been called just Season Of The Witch, but it was still a classic. The movie starts off with a man running away from guys in suits and it seems like a life and death situation. The man is able to make it to the hospital where he will be taken care of by Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins). At first, Dr. Challis thinks the old man is crazy when he says that they’re all going to die, but he starts to think otherwise when the old man is murdered in the hospital. With the help of the old man’s daughter Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), they’ll head to the factory where the mask the old man had a strong grip on was made. There they will discover what the head man over at Silver Shamrock is up to. The movie also stars Dan O’Herlihy (Robocop) as Conal Cochran, Jonathan Terry (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Starker, Nancy Kyes (a.k.a. Nancy Loomis from Halloween) as Linda, Ralph Strait (The Beastmaster) as Bruce, Wendy Wessberg (Illegal In Blue) as Teddy, and the film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King’s It).

stacey NelkinAs I had said above, this movie is really a classic. It has a very strong story in my opinion and it has some great acting from Atkins and O’Herlihy as well. Stacey Nelkin was a great addition to the team adding some much need sexiness to the movie. I will always say that I do believe that this should have been it’s own movie instead of getting the Halloween tag, but I can understand why they did it. The cinematography was great in my opinion and the special effects were pretty decent for a film in the early 80’s. One of my favorite scenes is when one of the ladies accidentally triggers the misfire in the mask. What they did with her face is priceless and great especially with the bugs crawling out. It was nice to see Nancy Loomis (who basically plays an older version of herself from Halloween) in the film since her acting career did end rather early. If you’ve never taken the time to watch the film, then why not? I love the film, but it’s getting a B- from me only because of the title of the film.

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