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32-ogWhile this piece is going to be an opinion piece, I always remind you the Readers to take my opinion for what it is, but I have been too plenty of conventions to form this opinion. I have been going to Rock and Shock, a horror convention in Worcester, MA since 2015, I have been to two Rhode Island Comic Cons, and Three Super Megafests. I have spent plenty of money meeting all the movie stars, wrestlers, comic book artists, and everyone in between to form this opinion and this year’s Rock and Shock has been the best convention I have ever been to. This year’s Rock and Shock featured stars like Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks/The Wraith), Ray Wise (Cat People/Twin Peaks), Adrienne King (Friday The 13TH), Edwin Neal (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), John Dugan (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Bill Moseley (3 From Hell), Bill Johnson (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II), Derek Mears (Friday The 13TH 2009), Kane Hodder (Friday The 13TH Parts 7, 8, 9, 10), Adam Green (Hatchet), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), and so many more. With so many big names of the genre, it was hard to gauge coming in how everyone would react to the stark raving mad horror fans like me.

72070314_10217302401245635_7744229040059318272_nOne name on the list gave me hope for the rest of the show and that was original final girl Adrienne King who first gained fame as Alice in the original 1980 Friday The 13TH. The moment I approached her table, she was the sweetest woman on the planet who gets her fans 1000% and she was just a joy to talk to. I was feeling good about myself after meeting her that I made my way to Edwin Neal’s table who first appeared to us as The Hitchhiker in the original 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and we had a great conversation about the power the film had in its time and for years that followed. I couldn’t believe it, two for two, this had to be some odd anomaly because you never get two sweet people in a row. I then made my way five feet over to John Dugan who made his debut in the horror world alongside Neal as Grandpa and what an amazing gentlemen he was and Dugan was so knowledgeable that he has made me a fan for life. The one thing that we both could agree on is that Hollywood does not truly care about the horror genre otherwise we would have a category at the Oscars for it if they did. At this point, every has been great to my friend and I and it was smooth sailing from that point on as every one was amazing. Dan Yeager was amazing, Sherilyn Fenn was amazing, and Adam Green and Felissa Rose were always the nicest people to meet at a convention. A certain head spinning, green vomiting, cross shoving in the crotch area legend who appeared last year could learn a thing or two about humility. I want to thank the organizers of this convention on a job well done and I hope that there will be more to come next year.

Lazarus-Effect-The-posterI have noticed in the last couple of years that Blumhouse Productions has become one of the leading companies for horror movies as of late whether good or bad. The Lazarus Effect is one of those films that I wanted to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween and thanks to my local Redbox, here it is. The Lazarus Effect is about a group of Doctors at a university that are trying to perfect a drug that could potentially bring people back from the dead. After the school revokes their grant and a pharmaceutical company takes over, the group of doctors decide to break into the facility one last time to try and duplicate the experiment before it’s take over completely. The only problem is that one of the doctors in Zoe (Olivia Wilde) gets electrocuted and dies. After failing to revive her, they decide to use the experiment on her, but what they get is not anything what they expected. The film also stars Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Clay, Donald Glover (Magic Mike XXL) as Niko, Mark Duplass (The League) as Frank, Sarah Bolger (The Spiderwick Chronicles) as Eva, Ray Wise (RoboCop) as Mr. Wallace, Amy Aquino (White Oleander) as President Dalley, and the film was directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams Of Sushi).

lazaruseffect_As far as the film is concerned, I actually enjoyed watching this even though I don’t believe that its the greatest horror movie out there. It tries to answer some age old questions of what the afterlife is like and what happens when humans try to play God. It’s basically 88 minutes of them telling you once again that trying to play God is a very very bad idea and the film is also what would happen if Lucy (the Scarlet Johansson film) was a horror movie. You’ll find out exactly what I am talking about with that last statement when you watch the film for yourself. As far as acting is concerned, I really enjoyed every person in the film including Mark Duplass who could very well be an MVP of the film along with Olivia Wilde. The film definitely toes the line as far as the argument of religion vs science as you have one doctor who doesn’t believe in the tales told by religion vs one who believes some of it. It takes the idea that the worst traumatic experience of your life is what hell is for you when you die. Pretty interesting stuff, I say. As I said before, is it the best horror movie ever made? Definitely not, but I definitely think that the film is worth watching if you are a fan of horror films. They try for both some cheap scares and some supernatural scares in it, but it wasn’t enough to make me soil myself from the fear. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade for the fact that I also enjoyed the cinematography.

You are probably wondering who in the hell is PTP and what movie soundtrack did they appear in that I would include for my Soundtrack Saturdays post? PTP (or Programming The Psychodrill which was a J.G. Ballard song) is probably one of the shortest lived side projects that Al Jourgensen of Ministry has ever been involved with in his whole entire career and believe me he has had a lot of side projects. The track Show Me Your Spine was written by Jourgensen, Paul Barker, and Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy and it was featured in the film RoboCop (not the remake, but the original 1987 film). The song is briefly played when RoboCop (Peter Weller) goes into the club to grab one of the villains named Nash (Ray Wise) to question him about his murder. The sounds of the music sonically represents the Wax Trax sound that was known for having arpeggio melodies, Loud Drums, Fairlight orchestral hits, and the distorted vocal style of Ogre. It’s one of those tracks that I can actually imagine a club spinning because it has that feel to it where you would dance. Check out the track below:

robocopFor this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday flick, we are going back to the 1980’s o check out the most bad ass cyborg cop in the world and this is the original and not the remake that came out last year. I decided to cover Robocop for today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday flick because it was one of the coolest ideas back in the day. Peter Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Alex Murphy, a police officer from the nice side of Detroit who gets to transferred to old Detroit where his world is about to get rocked. Meanwhile, the company OCP who took a contract with the police station is clamoring to create the perfect police officer to help them foresee the building of Delta City, a city that will replace Old Detroit. The only problem is that the first model failed due to a glitch and now they’ll use a human instead and Murphy is going to get volunteered for the job, but he doesn’t know it yet. You see Murphy gets fatally shot by some serious bad people and when he returns as Robocop, he is on the hunt. The film also stars Nancy Allen (Carrie) as Officer Lewis, Dan O’Herlihy (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch) as The Old Man, Ronnie Cox (Beverly Hills Cop) as Dick Jones, Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) as Clarence Boddicker, Miguel Ferrer (Iron Man 3) as Bob Morton, Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class) as Nash, Robert DoQui (Coffee) as Sgt. Warren Reed, Paul McCrane (Fame) as Emil, Jesse D. Goins (WarGames) as Joe Cox, andthe film was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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robocop 2As I said before, I remember watching this film and being in amazement when I was a child because the idea of someone being brought back as a bad ass robot cop was very cool. It’s like the reporter in the film says, “your parents are finally seeing things they only read about in comic books.” So, in the film I divided up the knockouts/kills into two separate categories because he does start off the movie as Alex Murphy. So as Alex Murphy, he only gets two kills before he is taken out and returned as Robocop who gets a total of 28 kills in the film. He has no origin story that we can speak of other than that he was married with one child and that is all we know about him in this film. He definitely defeats the big boss, but the man goes through hell just to do it. The film is a great example of why private organizations and companies should not be contracted by Law enforcement as only nothing but bad can come out of it. This film was at a time when paranoia about technology rising was running rampant. Think about it, Terminator was released before this film and it gives you that idea of machines and progress with technology being very bad. While some may think the film is cheesy, it was pretty cool for it’s time and it had some good ole fashioned action in it so check it out. I am going to give this film, four fists out of five for a final grade.

superman doomsdayFor today’s Super Sunday film, we are travelling back to the DC Universe to take a look at an animated film that I always wished they had a made a live action version. The film is 2007’s Superman/Doomsday which features the battle between Superman (Adam Baldwin) and the alien destruction machine Doomsday. You see Lex Luthor (James Marsters) is still reeling from the fact that he can’t defeat Superman or do anything without the savior of Metropolis knowing. While on a digging expedition, a team hired by Luthor accidentally let’s out a absolute killing machine known as Doomsday. Doomsday will make his way to Metropolis where he and Superman will fight to the death (literally). After Superman saves Metropolis once again, he unfortunately dies or so at least we think and the city especially Lois Lane (Anne Heche) mourns his death. Then all of a sudden, Superman has risen from the grave to save the day once again, but Lois begins to notice that he isn’t acting the same as he used to. Luckily, Lois and one of Superman’s robots is on the investigation as they discover that Lex Luthor has been up to something very dastardly. The film also stars John DiMaggio (Futurama) as Toy Man, Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants) as The Robot, Swoosie Kurtz (Liar Liar) as Martha Kent, Ray Wise (Robocop) as Perry White, Adam Wylie (The Smurfs 2) as Jimmy, and the film was directed by Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).

doomsdayOne of the best parts of this film is the fight scene between Superman and Doomsday, it felt like that fight was never going to end. I always thought that this should have been explored in a live action manner, but nevertheless we got it as an animated film which means they can do more than they could in a live action film. I like how dark the film became when Superman returned from the grave (or at least you think he does), but the end battle between the two Supermen is pretty good as well with the real Superman donning a new suit. The animation for the film is still in the style of the 90’s animated series which I love more than today’s animation.  The film is PG-13 which means that even though there isn’t any sex or anything, there is still some adult subject matter in it like it’s known that Superman takes Lois Lane for weekend escapades at The Fortress Of Solitude in this film. The film is only 75 minutes long so, it doesn’t feel like a huge investment of time, but it is well worth it if you are a Superman fan like me. If you have the special two disc edition of the film, it comes with the comic The Death of Superman on a special CD-Rom disc that you can check out as well.