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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.

Night LifeWe are rolling right through with more horror films for Cheeseball Cinema cause we all know there are tons of them. For this week’s Cheeseball Cinema film, we are looking at a very different zombie film than most of you are used to with the 1989 film Night Life which was directed by David Acomba (Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave). The film centers around Archie (Scott Grimes), a nerd in a small town who is looking to get out of the town by getting into college. The only problem is that he can’t afford school so he works at his Uncle’s Mortuary in order to do so. Did I mention, that there a couple of jocks and there girlfriends who terrorize him any chance they get? After a prank, the four kids are involved in an automobile accident and they end up at the mortuary where Archie works. One night, lightning strikes the house and it brings the back to life where they continue to terrorize poor Archie. The film also stars John Astin (Return Of The Killer Tomatoes!) as Uncle Flanders, Cheryl Pollak (My Best Friend Is A Vampire) as Charly, Anthony Geary (UHF) as John, Alan Blumenfeld (Righteous Kill) as Frank, Kenneth Ian Davis (Porky’s II: The Next Day) as Rog, Darcy DeMoss (Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives) as Roberta, Lisa Fuller (The Monster Squad) as Joanie, Mark Pellegrino (The Number 23) as Allen, and Phil Proctor (Toy Story) as Randolph Whitlock.

night life 3All I can really say about the film is that it is very unique in a way and it has some interesting differences than most zombie films. First off, it’s almost an hour in to the film before anyone becomes a zombie and the film is only 1 and 28 minutes long. The film also has a very unique scene in that it has a zombie sex scene. Don’t worry, it doesn’t show anything, but it’s implied when you see Archie under the bed and the bed is rocking. The zombies are also a lot different in this film than most because they are not slow and they are not asking for brains. They actually move like humans, they drive cars, and they are just as sadistic dead as they were alive in this film. For those wondering if there is any T&A in this film, there is not and in fact the only thing you get to see is Lisa Fuller in some black lingerie. It’s an interesting take on the zombie genre for those who are interested. The acting was pretty good especially from John Astin who plays a good asshole Uncle with your future in his hands. The only problem I had with the film was some of the interactions between Grimes character and some of the bullies. Other than that I didn’t really find too much wrong with the film to begin with. Check it out for yourself on Youtube as we speak. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time I am going to give this one a 2.1 for a final grade.

The Monster SquadThere are very few times where I go onto Netflix and I get super excited about wanting to watch a movie and the other day I noticed they had added a favorite of mine from the 1980’s. The other day I noticed that they added The Monster Squad, a film that came out in 1987 So I decided to watch it and review for Cheeseball Cinema. A group of kids led by their fearless leader Sean (Andre Gower) are obsessed with monsters and various horror films that they have their own club. Well one day, Dracula (Duncan Regehr) gets dropped into their little town and he is looking for a book that was written by Van Helsing (Jack Gwillim). You see the book provides a way for whoever possess it to destroy Dracula and his various monsters by having an amulet and a virgin read one of the spells or rituals. It just so happens that Sean possess that very book and so Dracula is on the hunt and it’s up to Sean and his Monster Squad to get the job done because no one else believes them. The film also stars Robby Kiger (Children Of The Corn) as Patrick, Stephen Macht (Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift) as Del, Tom Noonan (Last Action Hero) as Frankenstein’s Monster, Brent Chalem (Moving Violations) as Horace (The Fat Kid), Ryan Lambert (Freeze Frame) as Rudy, Ashley Bank (The Haunted) as Phoebe, Jason Hervey (The Wonder Years) as E.J., and the film was directed by Fred Dekker (RoboCop 3).

monster squad 2This was definitely one of my favorite films, but at the same time there is a lot of things about the movie that was a little cheesy. We could go on and on about how many goofs there were in this film like the obvious flying bats around Dracula that are clearly being done by puppeteers. There’s the scenes where there is dialogue, but nobody’s lips or are moving or the error where they call the monster Frankenstein even though they identified him earlier in the film as Frankenstein’s Monster. I do however love the ode to the original classic where Frankenstein’s Monster approaches Phoebe who is picking flowers by the lake. That was a very nice touch to the film that also has some dark tones to it as well. The film back in it’s time was rated PG-13 and rightfully so, but how many kids went to see this and didn’t realize all of the adult tones to it. For example, Sean’s parents are going through some troubles and they talk about divorce with their son or the fact that she has her bags packed and ready to go in one scene. How bout the fact that Dracula throws dynamite into the clubhouse and literally tells Sean’s father Del that he is going to kill his son. To top that off, he picks up little Phoebe and tells her, “give me the amulet you bitch.” That is some pretty heavy stuff for such a film. No matter what as I said, I really love this film and all that makes it as cheesy and fun as the 80’s were. This film is proof of what was great about the 80’s more than any other decade in my opinion. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving this film a 2 for a final grade.

Teen WitchIt must have been more than 24 years since I last watched the film that I chose for today’s Cheeseball Cinema entry. The film is called Teen Witch and it stars the beautiful Robyn Lively (Wildcats) as Louise Miller, a girl who by looking at her you can instantly tell that she is not one of the popular kids in school. One thing is for sure, all she wants is what every girl dreams of and that is to be noticed by everyone, but by the high school hunk which in this film’s instance is a jock named Brad (Dan Gauthier). Well, one day, Louise visits a fortune teller and she finds out that she comes from a long line of witches and when she turns 16, she’ll be able to cast spells on everyone at the school. The film also stars Joshua John Miller (River’s Edge) as Richie Miller, Dick Sargent (Bewitched) as Mr. Miller, Mandy Ingber (Mr. Mom) as Polly, Zelda Rubinstein (Poltergeist) as Madame Serena, Tina Caspary (Can’t Buy Me Love) as Shawn, Lisa Fuller (The Monster Squad) as Randa, Shelley Berman (Meet The Fockers) as Mr. Weaver, Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons) as Ms. Malloy, and the film was directed by Dorian Walker (Making The Grade). 

robin livelyI can’t believe that I was such a huge fan of this film back when I saw it on HBO or something back in 1990 or 91. It’s one huge music video or dance number after another, but after watching it you just ed up saying to yourself it was only the 80’s. One thing the film did do was it tried to incorporate Hip Hop with mainstream films considering the art for was starting to take over the airwaves. Think about who was popular in 1989: N.W.A., The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Run DMC, and so many others. For those of you that are wondering, there is absolutely no T&A, but there was Robyn Lively who was clearly the reason I loved and watched the whole entire film in my pre-pubescent days. I was watching the film earlier tonight thinking man I can’t believe how corny this film was for the time. Apparently according to Wikipedia, when it was pitched to exes, it was pitched as the female version of Teen Wolf which makes sense, but nowhere close to those films. The movie however is considered a cult classic so I have to give the film props because it has its good points and it features the late and great Zelda Rubinstein who starred in the original and amazing Poltergeist film. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to have to give this film a 2.5 for a final grade because I am still in love with the 80’s and Robyn Lively. Check it out right now on Netflix.