Posts Tagged ‘The Conjuring’

R-1113013-1349122345-6756.jpegThere was once a time when four bands in the thrash metal world would each release an album that would go down in infamy and put the scene on the map. You see those bands would go on to be known as the Big Four of Thrash Metal and those bands are Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica would release Master Of Puppets, Slayer would release Reign In Blood, Anthrax would release Among The Living, and our album of the week this week was Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? by Megadeth. The album was released on September 19, 1986 and it was the second album to feature Dave Mustiane (Lead Vocals/Guitar), David Ellefson (Bass), Chris Poland (Guitars), and Gar Samuelson (Drums). Unfortunately, this was the last album to ever feature Gar on Drums as he would pass away in 1999 and this was also the last to feature Chris Poland until 2004’s The System Has Failed Us as a session guitarist. The album was hugely successful for Megadeth at the time as it charted and peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Top 200 Chrtas as well as being listed in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Martin Popoff’s  Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. Most importantly the album was ranked 9TH on Loudwire.com’s 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list.

megadeth-peace-sells-but-whos-buying-3-cd1. Wake Up Dead-The song just kicks right off into overdrive with Ellefson’s help as Dave tells us a story of a man who is cheating on his wife, but is afraid that if she finds out she’ll kill him. The track is autobiographical of a situation that Mustaine was in at one time. 5/5

2. The Conjuring-An interesting track that is all about black magic and according to Dave even has instructions on how to perform hexes. 5/5

3. Peace Sells– That world famous bass riff starts off the track before Mustaine and co. come in with one of the fiercest riffs in this track that is all about Mustaine’s distaste for the way American culture was at the time. That last stanza of the track where Dave sing Peace Sells along with all the guitar solos is one of my favorite moments in a track. 5/5

4. Devil’s Island– They are relentless as the fury continues into this track that is all about the French prison island French Guiana about a man who was imprisoned there, but after being spared by God he is forced to live out the rest of his days there. 5/5

megadeth-peace-sells-but-whos-buying-4-cd5. Good Mourning/Black Friday– The very melodic and eerie Good Mourning is the instrumental part of the track before it leads into Black Friday which is a track about a serial killer. The track was apparently inspired by the band’s original drummer Dijon Carruthers who had friends that practiced Occultism. 5/5

6. Bad Omen– The song is about Occultism as Mustaine once described the track as being about, “two happy campers who have stumbled onto a Satanic orgy in the middle of the woods.” He basically ends it by saying that, “they see these fools waiting around for Satan’s blessing.” 5/5

7. I Ain’t Superstitious– This is Megadeth’s cover of the Howlin’ Wolf track that was written by Willie Dixon. I love how Megadeth put their own twist on this bluesy track. 5/5

8. My Last Words– Is the last track on the album and a track that a lot of people believed proved that Megadeth were purveyors of speed metal and some of the best at it. The song is about the game of Russian Roulette and the fear that goes into playing this interesting game. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– I will always argue with anyone that I truly believe that this is the best Megadeth record ever released because this was a band that was hungry and ready to prove all the naysayers that they meant business. Listen to the whole damn album because this gets the perfect five score and is in the perfect five album club.

leatherfaceOne of the most iconic independent horror films ever made besides John Carpenter’s Halloween is the 1974 Tobe Hooper classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The film featured one of the most iconic characters in the chainsaw wielding Leatherface who was based off of real life serial killer Ed Gein. In total there were four original films with three remakes that followed in the 2000’s. None of those however have ever taken the approach that today’s film has done in the brand new 2017 film Leatherface. Hal Hartman (Stephen Dorff) is the local sheriff who has a thing with locking up troubled kids in a mental institute and there is a reason for that. After his daughter died at the hands of the infamous Sawyer family, he made it a mission. Ten years later, he is back on the manhunt after four inmates escape the institution with a nurse as their hostage. Oh and Jed (Leatherface) maybe one of the escaped inmates. The film stars Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) as Verna Sawyer, Sam Strike (EastEnders) as Jackson, Vanessa Grasse (Roboshark) as Lizzie, Finn Jones (Iron Fist) as Deputy Sorrel, Sam Coleman (Game Of Thrones) as Bud, Jessica Madsen (Tina And Bobby) as Clarice, James Bloor (Dunkirk) as Ike, Christopher Adamson (Les Misérables) as Dr. Lang, Dimo Alexiev (Getaway) as Drayton Sawyer, and the film was directed by Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) and Julien Maury (ABCs Of Death 2). 

leatherface [icI was reading a lot of bad reviews online about the film and usually I try not to pay attention to it because I have liked films that others have hated. This was definitely one of those films that I really liked that a lot of people did not. I do have some criticisms on the film my self, but I want to talk about what I did like. Lily Taylor was one of the things that I liked about the film as she plays the strong role of Verna Sawyer, the matriarch of the killer family. She emphasizes and conveys the feeling of power and her love for her family to the point that you believe it. Now you see Jed as a child, but when the film moves to ten years later, you have no idea who Jed is because all of their names have changed. So when the four patients escape, I think one of the characters is Jed until I am proven wrong. The one character who turns out to be him is someone I did not expect because he is actually for the most part a docile character who does fight for who he loves. Was I happy with the choice they had for an older Jed? I’m not disappointed in the choice, but from what we have seen over the years with how he is built, it didn’t live up in my opinion.

leatherfacecmaskNow that is not a testimony of how bad the film is because as I said I enjoyed everything about the film from the acting (Madsen and Bloor pay real psychopaths), but there are some strange elements to the film. In this film, you have everything from a sex scene that involves some necrophilia, some intense graphic violence, death by pigs, and much more. This is definitely a film that should please any fan of horror, but as far as TCM fans are concerned, it may or may not please all of them. I was also a huge fan of the sets, the costumes, and how they were able to keep it in the past instead of today like Texas Chainsaw 3D did for us. The makeup department definitely deserves some kudos for how Madsen looked in the film (wait for that infamous scene I said above and you’ll know what I mean). I definitely also was a fan of how they set up why Leatherface looks the way he does and why he chooses to make dead skin masks. Is this one of my favorite films in the series, it’s definitely up there for me and I would definitely recommend this one to anyone. So with all of that being said, I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade. Check it out on VUDU right now as we speak.

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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

maxresdefault-3There are few things in this life that truly freak me out and one of those things happens to be a Ouija board and the other is evil spirits. So, what happens when you combine those two things into one film, well hopefully a good horror film. For today’s film, I decided to check out the prequel to the 2014 film Ouija in Ouija: Origin Of Evil. For Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser), life hasn’t been easy for her and her girls since the death of her husband. She relies heavily on scamming people during seances to get some extra cash. One day she brings home a Ouija board to add a little something extra to the seances, but what she doesn’t realize is the impact it’ll have when an evil spirit possesses her daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) as a result of it. Now they’ll have to battle the demon inside her in order to save her.The film also stars Annalise Basso (Oculus) as Lina Zander, Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as Father Tom, Parker Mack (The Darkness) as Mikey, Doug Jones (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) as Ghoul Marcus, Chelsea Gonzalez (Criminal Minds) as Gloria, Michael Weaver (Super Troopers) as Roger Zander, and the film was directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush).

ouija-origin-of-evil-shows-its-dark-scaresSpoiler Alert: There may be information contained in this Article that could potentially spoil the plot of the film so continue with caution or do not read any further if you do not want to know. This is the film that the original should have been as far as scary and spooky moments are concerned. This is another horror film that I absolutely loved this year even though I went in very skeptical. I definitely feel that this film could compete with The Conjuring films (at least part 2), Annabelle, and any other film like it. When you watch this film, the original Ouija film from 2014 will make sense or t least the backstory that you get in that film will make sense. Lin Shaye (Insidious) plays Lina Zander in the 2014 film and we wonder why she is freaking out and why our main characters have to cut the stitches off the girls mouth in the film. Well, this is the film that is going to explain it all for you so sit tight and enjoy the show. There are plenty of cheap scares to go along with the demonic imagery that we get, but a lot of kudos goes to Lulu Wilson who plays one creepy little girl when she gets possessed. There is a reason why this film has an 81% (as of right now) on Rotten Tomatoes because this film is legit. The other element that I loved as a film nerd is the ode to the old 60’s/70’s films with the old title card and the burn marks that appear on the screen every now and again. It was a cool thing to include and it was much appreciated by me and some of my colleagues. This is one of my favorite horror films of the year and that is why I am giving it an A- for a final grade.

Annabelle-posterBefore The Conjuring, there was Annabelle which is the tag line that New Line Cinema was using for their prequel film that came out this past Friday into theaters. I really suggest that everyone get familiar with The Warrens and what they did with all of the paranormal, demonic, etc. cases that they were involved with. Check out their website for a lot of cool info at warrens.net and maybe you can pay a visit to the museum which holds the actual Annabelle doll. For Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John Gordon (Ward Horton), they were beginning to settle into their lives with Mia being pregnant with their daughter Leah and John being in Med school, things were looking up. That was until one unfaithful night when the next door neighbors daughter and boyfriend returned to murder her parents in order to summons a demon. Unfortunately, they had a run in with the twisted couple and the soul of the daughter Annabelle went into the doll. Feeling vulnerable and frail from the events, the doll begins to prey on and torture the weak Mia in order for the demons to claim her soul. Can they get rid f the demons or will it be too late for poor Mia. The film also stars Tony Amendola (Blow) as Father Perez, Alfre Woodard (Primal Fear) as Evelyn, Eric Ladin (Cursed) as Detective Clarkin, Brian Howe (Gran Torino) as Pete Higgins, Kerry O’Malley (Case 39) as Sharon Higgins, Tree O’Toole (The Conjuring) as Annabelle Higgins, Keira Daniels as Young Annabelle Higgins, and the film was directed by John R. Leonetti (The Butterfly Effect 2).

ab-06250rv2-jpgI’m not going to lie to you and say that the film was scary because to be honest the real life story is a lot scarier than this film, but the film did have some redeeming qualities to it. There are some scenes in the film that you cant believe that they were about to go there and the demons were pretty cool looking. The scenes that you see in the commercials are the least scariest scenes in the film, but there enjoyable enough for anyone to watch. The movie borrows elements from every great supernatural horror flick where the darkest scenes are supposed to invoke emotions of fear, but the problem is that we have seen it all already. I’m still going to give the film credit where credit is due because the story was well written and the acting was amazing especially from Annabelle Wallis and Alfre Woodard who were the stars of the film besides the evil Annabelle doll who looks nothing like the real version. Annabelle Wallis’s character of Mia is definitely the main focus of the film as she tries her best to battle this demon that she believes is trying to steal her daughters soul and you can visibly see throughout the while film that Mia is slowly breaking down as far as her spirit is concerned. For a final grade, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because it was enjoyable to watch.

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The Real Annabelle

The 2014 Monster Entertainment Awards- You Vote!!!

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Awards
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Here is your chance to let your voices be heard as you vote in each and every category that is provided that covers music, movies, and other fun categories. You will have from now until May 1ST to decide who wins. Choose wisely and have fun with it and spread the word. You may also want to remember that we are celebrating all the best of 2013 with the Monster Entertainment Awards.

The 3RD Annual Monster Awards Nominations

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The 3RD Annual Monster Awards is back and we are ready to crown the best of 2013. As always, the awards are decided based on the participation of everyone which means it is up to you to crown the winners of each category. I’ve decided to get rid of some categories, but I have also added some brand new categories to the list. The category I have gotten rid of is the sports category because we don’t cover sports here, but we have kept one category and that is Wrestler Of The Year because it is sports entertainment after all. So, here are the categories and the nominees.

Music Categories:

Album Of The Year:

1. The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

2. Stars Dance by Selena Gomez

3. Artpop by Lady Gaga

4. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk

5. Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend

6. …Like Clockwork by Queens Of The Stone Age

Rap Album Of The Year

1. I’m A Human Being II by Lil Wayne

2. Wolf by Tyler, The Creator

3. Hotel California by Tyga

4. Yeezus by Kayne West

5. Magna Carter Holy Grail by Jay-Z

6. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Wretched And Divine by Black Veil Brides

2. Notes From The Underground by Hollywood Undead

3. Earth Rocker by Clutch

4. House Of Gold & Bones Part 2 by Stone Sour

5. Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies by Volbeat

6. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor by Rob Zombie

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Aftershock by Motorhead

2. Disarm The Descent by Killswitch Engage

3. Infestissumam by Ghost

4. Hail To The King by Avenged Sevenfold

5. Super Collider by Megadeth

6. 13 by Black Sabbath

Tour Of The Year

1. Mayhem fest 2013

2. Black Sabbath

3. Bon Jovi

4. Fleetwood Mac

5. Kid Rock

Movie Category:

Movie Of The Year

1. Prisoners

2. Captain Phillips

3. American Hustle

4. Gangster Squad

5. The Hobbit 2

6. The Wolf Of Wall Street

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Carrie

2. You’re Next

3. Evil Dead

4. The Conjuring

5. Insidious: Chapter 2

6. Texas Chainsaw 3D

Comedy Of The Year

1. This Is The End

2. The World’s End

3. Anchorman 2

4. The Heat

5. We’re The Millers

6. A Haunted House

Badass Movie Of The Year

1. Machete Kills

2. Homefront

3. Fast & Furious 6

4. Pacific Rim

5. Escape

6. The Grandmaster

Remake Of The Year

1. Maniac

2. Evil Dead

3. Oldboy

4. Lone Ranger

5. The Great Gatsby

Superhero Movie Of The Year

1. Man Of Steel

2. The Wolverine

3. Thor: The Dark World

4. Iron Man 3

5. Kick Ass 2

Animated Films Of The Year

1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

2. Planes

3. Frozen

4. Despicable Me 2

5. Monsters University

6. Turbo

Misc Categories 

Wrestler Of The Year

1. Daniel Bryan

2. Golddust

3. CM Punk

4. AJ Styles

5. Bobby Roode

6. Randy Orton

Twitter/#FriskyFriday Model Of The Year

1. Ashley Alexiss

2. Elle Johnson

3. Ashley Heinrichs

4. Chelsie Farah

5. Taryn Maria

6. Audrey Allen

Babe Of The Year

1. Scarlett Johansson

2. Amy Adams

3. Jennifer Lawrence

4. Mila Kunis

5. Teresa Palmer

6. Kate Upton