Saturday, July 31, 2010

ANOTHER ONE FOR THE FIRE: RACE AND THE AMERICAN ZOMBIE FILM PT. 4

Outside of the two films primarily mentioned above, there are countless examples to further prove the correlation between the transformation of American zombie films and of the struggle of African American people in society.  Films such as King of the Zombies (1941) and I Walked With A Zombie (1943) further expressed the idea of slave made zombies through Haitian rituals.  Both cases reflect the Caribbean people as zombies in order to benefit the white man, whereas post-Romero zombie films like The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), 28 Days Later…(2002), and Land of the Dead (2005) contain strong African American protagonists.   The Serpent and the Rainbow as well as 28 Days Later… both contain not just an African American protagonist, but an African American FEMALE protagonist as well.  As the viewpoints of society evolved, the role of African Americans in the zombie film evolved as well.  (NOTE: 28 Days Later... is a British film)


It may be difficult for many to grasp the idea of zombies as more than just decaying, decrepit, cannibalistic monsters, but the progression American zombie film is a direct correlation of the evolution of the black individual in America.  By showcasing the blatantly racist voodoo induced zombies of the 1930’s and leading into the post-civil rights movement black protagonists, it becomes very obvious of the zombie film’s impact on not only society, but also the genre as a whole.  Horror films have been forever changed by the zombie film, not only as a means of terrifying audiences, but also as a showcase to society’s inner workings. American attitudes toward race relations underwent dramatic change during the 20th century, and we can now understand that the zombie film was in synch with those changes every step of the way.

GIMME SOME SUGAR BABY: Bruce Campbell Burlesque!

I've never been to Coney Island, and the thought of this show being available has really made me contemplate what I'm doing here in the Midwest(other than the fact Chicago freaking rules).  Casino O' Fortune cookie are the same people that have created burlesque shows inspired by Johnny Cash, Patrick Swayze, Queen, Costello, and even Pulp Fiction. The latest creation to seduce and entertain is a show dedicated to the sexiest man to ever wield a chainsaw, Bruce Campbell.  There will be a bald magician, there will be fire eating, and of course, there will be a striptease.

From their official website: Casino O’Fortune Cookie Productions consists of burlesque stars Anita Cookie and Clams Casino and emcee Neil O’Fortune. Separately, Clams and Anita are multiple award-winning stars who have performed and produced on stages across the country. Neil is the host of the popular live downtown game show, the Gameshow Speakeasy. In 2008, they decided to put together their years of performing and producing experience, and begin producing burlesque shows together, with a distinctive approach. Every show showcases a beloved musical or pop culture icon, combined with world-class casts of burlesque and cabaret stars, live music and production numbers to create a truly unique, sexy and hilarious stage event!

In all honesty, I won't be able to make this show.  This doesn't mean that you can't though!  If you're anywhere on the East coast, I suggest you get yourself ten bucks and truck yourself to Coney Island to check it out.  The show will be performing on Thursday, August 5th  at 9:00pm.  It looks to me like it will be a guaranteed sexy time.  I mean, half naked chicks dedicated to Bruce Campbell? It's like a walking wet dream for horror nerds.  BE THERE.

Friday, July 30, 2010

ANOTHER ONE FOR THE FIRE: RACE AND THE AMERICAN ZOMBIE FILM PT. 3

During the time that passed between White Zombie and the age of Romero zombies, the mindset of the American people went through a drastic shift.  World War II and Vietnam made people less willing to accept the fantasies provided by Hollywood, and social responsibility became more mainstream.  It was at this time that African Americans migrated in droves from the southern states up to the northern, changing the landscape of many big cities and forcing mainstream America's heightened awareness of racial issues.  The Vietnam War in particular jaded the people, and the Civil Rights movement made it far more difficult for white America to get away with the kind of lazy racial stereotyping so common in the past.

George A. Romero ushered in the modern zombie movie as the world accepts it today in a post Civil Rights Movement, post Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. society. It was now deemed unacceptable for filmmakers to write characters, African Americans in particular, in the same light in which they were previously exploited. It must be noted however, that the more enlightened thinkers such as George A. Romero wouldn't want to stereotype African Americans anyway. Instead of portraying them as useless, or even worse, actively evil, this time around he created African American characters as the voice of reason. The closest thing to a hero in Night of the Living Dead, Ben, was a black male character. He is the protector, the leader, and even the one person to order around a white woman. Unlike White Zombie, in which the entire basis is the subjugation of the blacks and the untouchable nature of white women, it is accepted that Ben had the liberty to speak as he pleased, not because he was black, but because he was a fellow man. Romero even went as far as to add depth by making the character flawed, just like every other human being. Ben loses his temper, and not all of his decisions are correct. He's not perfect by any means, but he's a real person rather than a caricature. 


Romero's 1978 masterpiece, Dawn of the Dead, was the final nail in the coffin in Romero's quest to showcase African Americans in a brighter light.  Genre observers directly cite Dawn of the Dead as responsible for the modern zombie as we know it.  Like Night of the Living Dead, Dawn exposes a zombie outbreak formed without reasoning and without discrimination.  The main protagonist is an African American SWAT team member, Peter, who is represented as a "Christ Figure" throughout the film.  A Christ figure is a character that often times can draw allusions to the biblical Jesus Christ.  For example, Peter is seen as the “go-to guy”, the voice of reason, the watchful protector, and the one willing to give up his life in order to protect the lives of others.  While often noted for its "dangers of consumerism" undertones (Dawn of the Dead chronicles a zombie outbreak in a shopping mall), it cannot be ignored that the racial undertones are equally as present. In contrast, not all critics agree that the evolution of the zombie film has been a positive one. For example, the Libertarian Alliance has gone on record to state “For myself, I cannot conceive how any reasonable person could sit through Dawn of the Dead and not come away struck by its advocacy of racial segregation where not supremacy.” (Free Life, 2000).  While there are those who believe Romero’s portrayal of African Americans is borderline reverse racism, I firmly believe it is his way of apologizing for the blatant disregard for equality in the zombie films of the 1930’s.  One of the most memorable lines of Dawn of the Dead is when Peter acknowledges that his grandfather was a voodoo priest in Trinidad and how he was raised to believe “when there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth.” (Romero 1978).  By including this nod to the voodoo zombies of yesteryear, it not only shows his acknowledgement of the zombie predecessors, but also his awareness of the social impact it resonated within the African American community.

In contrast to how powerful Peter is, and what a positive character he is, we are reminded still of how grave a problem race is in society.  The racial differences still play a factor even in a Romero post-zombie world. They are treated as second-class citizens, and made to live in horrible, dangerous conditions. Zombies are corralled like animals, which in essence, really was not all that different from before the zombies were there.  Cops use it as an excuse to perpetrate random violence against minorities, as the more vulnerable citizens were affected by the outbreak more rapidly due to their social exposure. Zombism becomes the problem of the minorities worse than anyone else, like so many other social ills.  For the 1970’s, this would unfortunately be targeting the minority cultures as they were as a majority, the lower classes at this time.  Romero found a way to blatantly put in our faces, without any disguise of “magic” how we as a society treated other cultures and social classes.  Dawn of the Dead may be the quintessential film in the progression of the zombie as a character, but its reflections of the progression of African Americans in society is equally as impacting. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

ANOTHER ONE FOR THE FIRE: RACE AND THE AMERICAN ZOMBIE FILM PT. 2

The very concept of zombies in the 1930s came from an American obsession with the voodoo practices of Haiti. Americans found themselves intrigued with the “exotic” and “fascinating” practices unlike the typical Catholic/Christian backgrounds most Americans at the time were a part of. It was the idea that the Haitians’ own religion offered an opportunity for white commanders to enslave the Haitian people to do their bidding for as long as they desired that appealed to a pre-World War II America. The zombification of yesteryear was a statement on not just the social classes, but also the discrimination of the time before the civil rights movement.

It was by using the mystical powers of voodoo, bodies would be removed after burial and transformed into mindless creatures that had no concept of performing anything other than what they were ordered to do. Here were Haitian workers persecuted all their lives by those in power, and were now at risk to serve the needs of those enslaving them even after they have died.

The fear of the zombie creature was not so much an attack that society has become accustomed to today, but rather the fear of actually becoming a mindless zombie with no other purpose than to serve the needs of others. Film critic Elizabeth A. Kingsley has drawn special attention to the discrimination in place amongst even the zombie characters. “Clarence Muse stands out like a sore thumb amongst the “black” characters in this film, many of whom are white actors in blackface. The zombies who slave in Legendre’s sugar mills are given only a passing glance; it is the white zombies, they who form Legendre’s bodyguard, in whom the film’s horror is located.”(Kingsley, And You Call Yourself A Scientist!). Her statement agrees that is almost insinuated that the black characters are without soul and it is a much more devastating occurrence for a white person to be transformed into a zombie.
The visuals set up in the film itself expose the black zombies as almost cattle-like while the white zombies are shown in a more sympathetic and horrific position.

It cannot be ignored that most of the black zombies in the film were merely white actors in blackface. Blackface was a type of theatrical makeup design in which white actors would cover their bodies with a grease based black paint in order to imitate black individuals. While originally a vaudeville practice, blackface was an extremely racist practice of performance and is seldom use in today’s productions. It seems to add insult to injury by portraying black zombies in such a negative light, and to have them performed by white actors in stage makeup. White Zombie was overtly racist in many facets, including its media campaigns. The tagline for the film is as follows: They knew this fiend was practicing zombiism on the natives…but when he tried it on a white girl, the nation revolted! Even the tagline for the film seems to emphasize the assumption that zombiism is a tragedy for white people but an accepted practice when it comes to black people. It’s almost as if being a zombie is closer to the natural state of being for a black individual according to this racist viewpoint. She continues on to comment “while the tagline may be an inaccurate reflection of the film, it was perhaps an accurate one of the mindset of the time”(Kingsley, And You Call Yourself A Scientist). As previously stated, it was almost implied that functioning in a zombie-like state was closer to the true state of the Haitian people, thus making it such a horrifying concept of becoming a zombie as a white person.

The question remains, is it the fear of becoming a zombie enslaved by another for the rest of eternity, or is it the fear of being put on the same level as the black man? “Black zombie slavery in the film thus represents a macabre version of the forced labor system which the U.S. inflicted on the Haitian population in 1918” (Williams, White Zombie). By putting slavery on film and portraying it as a “period piece”, American filmmakers were able to get away with their obvious racist viewpoints. After White Zombie, there came an underrated film titled Ouanga (1935). Like White Zombie, Ouanga was set in Haiti and dealt with a voodoo priestess. The reasoning behind the use of the zombies in this film differed in that the main character, a black female plantation owner enacts a voodoo curse, and revives zombies for revenge. While this may sound a bit more modern horror in comparison to White Zombie, the revenge plot was still very much a pre-civil rights movement concept. The plantation owner was raising zombies because her white male neighbor chose a white woman to be his wife instead of her. The fact remains that before World War II and essentially, the Vietnam War as well, the attitude of the zombie film had been that zombie-caused slavery is acceptable if it remains confined to black people. The true sense of horror from these creatures isn’t present until it carries over into the white population.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ANOTHER ONE FOR THE FIRE: RACE AND THE AMERICAN ZOMBIE FILM PT. 1

Many of you out there follow me either on Twitter or Facebook and have been hearing my constant moaning about a paper I was instructed to write about zombies.  While many would jump at the opportunity to spend 10 pages blammering about how awesome the undead are, I was given the task of approaching the zombie genre as something more than horrifying.  I had to primarily discuss two films from the genre (one before the 50's and one after) and cite sources to help back up my claims. With a TON of help from Brian Solomon of The Vault of Horror, I have decided to present to you (as a series) the finished essay.  Enjoy :D

Another One For The Fire: Race and the American Zombie Film


The evolution of the zombie film is a direct reflection of America’s changing attitudes towards race.  Born in a time when racism in popular culture was relatively acceptable, the zombie film has evolved as a direct correlation into an age where outright discriminatory behavior is socially permissible. 

Before the Cold War, there was a strong emphasis on fantasy and escapism in American cinema.  However, in a post World War II America, movies became more socially responsible.  The zombie sub-genre of horror films is no exception.  Brothers Victor and Edward Halperin spawned an entirely new creature in the midst of the Universal Studios explosion of movie monsters.  While big budget Frankenstein’s and nocturnal bloodsuckers were challenging sexual and social mores, the early zombie film was a safe haven to reinforce the discriminatory ideals by setting up a racial dynamic within a fantasy setting.  1932’s White Zombie is typical of the blatant racism that was commonplace in society at that time.  

Fast-forward to 1978 when a maverick director from Pittsburgh took away every ounce of fantasy and delivered us a slice of reality based Americana. Gone were the voodoo rituals, and the safe distance of time and place.  George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead completely revamped the modern zombie film forever, and exposed the ugly truth in human nature for what it really was.  Instead of reinforcing or exploiting the racial fears that white Americans possessed, he condemns them and even shames the viewer for feeling that way.  As the racial views of Americans evolved, so did the underlying message of the modern zombie film.  


TA-DA! All you get today was the introduction.  Hopefully I've peaked your interests at least slightly.  Come back the rest of this week for more installments!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

WATCH CHEMICAL 12-D HERE, NOW!!!

So remember how I became completely enamored with what has proven itself to be one of the best horror shorts of the year?  Well, director Mac Eldridge and his crew have made it so you can see the FULL short of Chemical 12-D in its entirety on Youtube.  The short won countless awards during its festival run and will be opening for The Human Centipede at Fantastic Fest this year.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

THE FIRST EVER HORROR BLOGGER'S MEME!

My "blogfather" (insert Italian hands here) Pax Romano of Billy Loves Stu is quite the stand up guy.  He's so stand-up in fact, that he's created quite potentially the greatest thing this side of the horror blogosphere.  That is, he's created The First Ever Billy Loves Stu Meme for Horror Bloggers. The reasoning for it is as follows:

"a Meme for horror bloggers to complete so that the next time someone stumbles across the electronic journal of a burgeoning Pauline Kael, or Stephen King-wanna-be; the reader might get a better idea of where this bloody blogger is coming from."



1: In Ten Words or Less, Describe Your Blog:
 A safe haven for offbeat horror fans to intermingle.

2: During What Cinematic Era Where you Born?
                                            A: The Classic Horror Era (late 30's to 40's)
                                            B: The Atomic Monster/Nuclear Angst Era (the late 40's through 50's)
                                            C: The Psycho Era ( Early 60's)
                                            D: The Rosemary's Baby Era (Mid to Late 60's)
                                            E: The Exorcism Era (Early to mid 70's)
                                            F: The Halloween Era (Late 70's to Early 80's)
                                            G: The Slasher Era (Mid to late 80's)
                                            H: The Self Referential/Post Modern Era (1990 to 1999) 
 While I may have been born in 1990 during the Self Referential/Post Modern Era, this isn't to say that my expertise lies solely within that era.  I was lucky enough to have parents who raised me on everything from the Classic Horror Era, to the Slasher Era.
                                    
3: The Carrie Compatibility Question:
                                           (gay men and straight women - make your choice from section A)
                                           A: Billy Nolan or Tommy Ross, who would you take to the prom?
                                           (straight guys and lesbians - make your choice from section B)
                                           B: Sue Snell or Chris Hargensen, who would you take to the prom?
As much as Tommy Ross has a labyrinth of golden locks, Billy Nolan has pouty lips I would want all over me.

4: You have been given an ungodly amount of money, and total control of a major motion picture studio - what would your dream Horror project be?
I would create a psychological torture film based roughly on George Orwell's 1984 and William Golding's Lord of the Flies.  Set in a distopian society with a female protagonist who manages to figure out away to defeat those trying to control the thoughts of others, the money would go towards effects without using CGI, and the best cast of no-names in existence. 

5: What horror film "franchise" that others have embraced, left you cold?
Hellraiser.  I hate Hellraiser more than any other franchise, even Saw.  Cenobites are the absolute epitome of a let down.  They may be horrifically awesome creatures, but they need the assistance of a teenage girl?  Come on, now...you're demons from hell!  Since when do you have "rules"?

6:  Is Michael Bay the Antichrist?
Yes. Yes he is.

7: Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Frankenstein Monster - which one of these classic villains scares you, and why?
As much as I adore the Frankenstein Monster and Dracula, The Wolf Man has always given me the creeps.  I'm not very good with wild animals in the dark, and a manimal makes me even less uneasy.  

8: Tell me about a scene from a NON HORROR Film that scares the crap out of you:
The boat ride in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has scarred me for life.  Roald Dahl was a really demented man, and Gene Wilder is a brilliantly horrific actor.

9: Baby Jane Hudson invites you over to her house for lunch.  What do you bring?
The biography of Rose Hovick, a cell phone for Blanche, and copious amounts of liquor.

10: So, between you and me, do you have any ulterior motives for blogging?  Come, on you can tell me, it will be our little secret, I won't tell a soul. 
I'm currently a Theatre; Acting and English Literature major.  I love to write, and I love to see my written work available for the public...but I cannot lie and say I don't have big dreams of becoming a Scream Queen. 

11: What would you have brought to Rosemary Woodhouse's baby shower?
Probably a quilt. I'm a sewing machine fiend.

12: Godzilla vs The Cloverfield Monster, who wins?
I'm pretty sure the Clover would cry in a corner if Godzilla ever stepped foot in his neck of the woods.

13: If you found out that Rob Zombie was reading your blog, what would you post in hopes that he read it?
I would create a video blog consisting of some brilliant fucking Mark Twain Shit thanking him for the Firefly family, congratulating him on getting to bone Sheri Moon, and begging him to leave classic films alone.

14: What is your favorite NON HORROR FILM, and why?
The Godfather, Star Wars, Batman, and My Cousin Vinny are in a tie.  I can't choose.
15: If blogging technology did not exist, what would you be doing?
Pageant training, baton twirling, singing, acting, and writing plays that will never see the light of day.

HEEERE'S BJ-C!

Oh my darling womanizers, how I have mistreated you!  My deepest apologies for being so MIA as of late.  However, I regret to announce my retirement from competitive baton twirling.  I will still be twirling at my university, but I needed to retire from competitive twirling.  It may not mean much to you, but it's ending a 16 year long era for me.  This does mean that I will be much more available and active within the horror community and more accessible to all of you fine folk!

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Unless this is your first time on DotW, you may notice something completely different.  By completely different...I mean the entire layout has changed!  1000 thankyous to my dear friend Corey of Evil On Two Legs for completely re-vamping DotW to make it easier to manage and for giving it a much more professional look to it 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Say Hi to the Hunchback...

B-Sol of The Vault of Horror here, just dropping by to let all you loyal Womanizers know that Ms. BJ-C will be absent from the premises for just a little bit. At the moment she's at the University of Notre Dame, getting set for the National Baton Twirling Championships, which run from now through Saturday. Here's wishing her all the best, and hoping she and her teammates fare a bit better than these poor lasses...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

CHRIS ZENGA PRESENTS: CATHU-YOU!

Chris Zenga (the same man who masterfully crafted the BJ-C zombie portrait) has a brand new project up his sleeve that deserves your attention! Not only does he do fabulous zombie characterizations of people by request, but he's also spiced things up Lovecraftian style! That's right, now you can become the spitting image of a Cthulhu monster! He ever so lovingly did a drawing of yours truly as an example of his "Cathu-YOU" artwork.

LATE SUNSETS, EARLY SUNRISES: A HORROR COMIC YOU MUST READ

The brainchild of an absolutely brilliant creative team, Bloody-Disgusting is presenting their first ever comic mini-series, "Late Sunsets, Early Sunrises". Writer/creator Theo Scheresky (Bloody Disgusting’s very own Graphic Content Editor THEoDEAD)and artist Idiceanu Mihai use their talents to tell a story of "death, damnation, and a man's struggle to recapture not only his lost love, but his own humanity" (B-D).

Thanks to Kristy Jett and the other folks at The Blood Sprayer, I've been given the opportunity to be connected with Theo Scheresky and I've been lucky enough to see an exclusive look at the finished project. The upcoming series will be comprised of 6-issues, and let me tell you this...it's going to be big.

Late Sunsets, Early Sunrises never holds back and contains an attribute for every horror lover (regardless of genre preference) to obsess over. Vampires, post-apocolyptic wastelands, murder, revenge, gangsters, brutal battles, and a main character the reader will absolutely adore, help to make this one of the more interesting and creative horror comics I've read in quite some time. Scheresky is remarkably talented in creating a story that is captivating, exhilarating, and down-right fantastic. However, the brilliance of the story cannot be over-shined or overshadowed by Mihai's absolutely breathtaking artwork. This doesn't look like your typical comic book, and it definitely doesn't feel like the ordinary story either. I'm not going to give a full review until it is released, but trust me when I say that Late Sunsets, Early Sunrises is a solid investment

According to Scheresky: "This story has a message to convey, and not your typical story of "eternal unflinching love that you'll never find" like Twilight. This is a real message, a warning that people should hear and heed to." According to Bloody-Disgusting: "Set in a time in the not so distant future where most of the planet has been ravaged by World War 3 and the resulting nuclear fallout. Much of the planet is left barren and uninhabitable, and those that were 'lucky' enough to make it out of the cities that were touched by the ash are burnt, deformed, or worse.

There are no governments, no rulers, no presidents, no politicians or principalities. Rape, robbery, and murder are no longer just fears in the back of one's mind but morbid guarantees to those that do not protect themselves accordingly. The only rules are those set forth by those that have the most drugs, and as a result, the most money.

One such man is The Don. A man who controls the mostly dead remains of the graveyard that used to be Vegas. Everything and everyone in the town of 'Lost Vegas' is owned by The Don and his men: the psychotic rockabilly punk Viggy, the hulking muscle Butch, and the quiet beautiful man named Angel Eyes. Together these men keep the inhabitants of Lost Vegas controlled with heroine and the threat of an execution order with your name on it. Seemingly the only weakness in The Don's armor is his wife, Meghan. Beautiful and as majestic to the world now as a cold soda or a warm bath, Meghan is seemingly one of the few untainted and untarnished creatures left in Lost Vegas.

Will Morris is the gardener of The Don's estate, a handsome and innocent young orphan who is simply trying to survive long enough to earn the money to run away to Missouri where people say that the air is good and the sounds of birds are not just recordings on the old videos. These are the things of Will’s dreams. That is until he sets eyes on Meghan, and she on him.

So sets the scene for the star-crossed love of two people born into a world that has forgotten the meaning of the word. A small piece of paper slipped under a door and sealed with a kiss that reads "Meet Me At The Ruby Slipper".

A bride dressed in her finest wedding gown in the back of a dimly lit strip club and a suitcase full of stolen cash. A gardener with just the clothes on his back. Together they race through the desert hand in hand towards Missouri, leaving Sin City behind to be together forever.

Until they are run off the dirt road by a black Cadillac and out steps a lover scorned and his men. The two are brutally beaten by The Don and his men and then forced to kneel at the barrel of a gun. The last thing that Will will ever see with his soul intact is the flash of red that exploded from the forehead of Meghan before the deafening sound of thunder that pulled the curtains down on his life echoed through the cascading red hills of the Nevada desert.

Will awakens face down in the sand. A smoking hole occupying the back of his scalp, but besides that no evidence of the events that occurred before he blacked out are visible. Adding to the confusion is the cabin standing against all reason before him, a thick cloud of dark smoke rising from its stack. The door is open. The Gardener stumbles into the house of The Hermit, a shriveled and tired looking old man who might have seen much in his time, but one could not tell with how deep his eyes have sunk back into his skull. He offers Will a seat with the reassuring calm of a grandfather offering the same to his grandchild.

Then the offer comes. The Hermit tells him that Meghan is dead, with the scorpions crawling up and down the very same curves that he once caressed beneath the sheets of his bed. According to The Hermit, The Gardener himself is dead as well, but there is a chance of that changing. IF he says yes that is.

The offer is this: take the lives of 99 evil men so that The Hermit may 'take what is rightfully' his and he will give Will back his dearly departed lover good as new. In order to carry out his end of the deal The Hermit promises that he will provide the young man with all the tools necessary. These are the stipulations and these are the rules. There is no negotiation nor is there room to question.

Will agrees. Will is damned.

So begins the story of death, damnation, and morality that is the final days of Will Morris' soul. For when he awakens Will is less of a man and more of a monster. A monster that cannot step into the sun directly without searing the flesh from his bones and boiling the impossibly stilled blood in his veins. A monster with a hunger for revenge and death that will stop at nothing until its debt is paid in full. A monster that becomes less human by the day, seeming to put a terrible deadline on Will’s contract.

It's time to go back to sin city. It's time to get revenge. It's time for blood to flow.
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I've had the opportunity to not only see the finished product in its entirety, but I've been hearing little blips of what else the series is going to have in store. This, my friends, is a horror comic you absolutely cannot miss.

August 20th at the Fantasy Shop in St. Charles, MO at 5:00pm, there will be an official release party for the comic. It is a home town show for the writer/creator, and he will be there personally signing copies of Late Sunsets, Early Sunrises.

If you cannot attend the show, never fear! There are plenty of other opportunities to get your hands on this wonderful piece of work. Bloody-Disgusting.com is very excited to announce its first online comic series that will launch 100% FREE this August exclusively to Bloody Disgusting members.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

THE NEW I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE POSTER DOESN'T SUCK!

Next to Let Me In, the remake that I'm most anticipating is the Anchor Bay remake of I Spit On Your Grave. Unless you missed the huge rump staring you right in the face the second you got to the site, it isn't surprising that I have a tad bit of an obsession with the film (*cough*DOTW*cough*). When it was first announced that it was going to be remade, my heart died a little bit inside. One of the most influential films of my existence was going to get bitten by the remake bug. The trailer looked awful and the original one-sheet was a downright abomination. I first saw this released over on Bloody-Disgusting and I have to say that my little body was twittering in delight. This newly updated poster is a complete homage to its inspiration, and even includes quite possibly my favorite part of the entire poster. The line that says DAY OF THE WOMAN. One of the reasons a few other horror authors even gave me any slight inch of respect is because I named my blog after the "forgotten" title of ISOYG. The fact this poster uses it as a way to introduce when the film is going to open, absolutely blows my mind. This has given me a smidgen of hope that it just maybe, won't suck.

Friday, July 9, 2010

BJ-C'S FAVORITE BOOB RELATED DEATHS!

Boobs and horror just seem to go together like ramalamalama ka dingity ding de dong. It's almost protocol for every female in a horror film to be absolutely stacked and in tight fitting clothing. On a more personal level, I seem to have acquired a little "BJ-C's boobie fan base"from the amount of emails I've received lately requesting topless video blogs. I'm fully accepting of the typical horror fan's obsession with mammaries, but I really believe that it is next to impossible to show a boob related death in a horror film and not cringe a little bit. The boob trauma is the equivalent to the male's dick chop scene. It doesn't matter how hilarious the situation may be, I'm going to hold tight to my lady humps every time I see another woman in the same pain. So here is a list of my favorite boob related deaths!
THIS IS WHAT WE CALL KARMA: Scream
Poor Tatum. Rose McGowan is one of the most idolized of all horror actresses of the modern age, and part of her charm is the nice set she's got stuck to her. The people behind Scream finally put good use to the "big boobs = death" rule in horror films and used them as the literal cause of her death. If Rose McGowan was maybe a B-Cup, she'd have totally shimmied her way through the doggy door.
A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE "NIP SLIP": Ichi The Killer
When it comes to the Japanese, they truly go balls to the wall in terms of graphic violence. A tale of sadomasochism spiked up to the nth degree. Ichi actually slices off a woman's nipple. It would be one thing to just know about it, but of course Takashi Mike has to make sure we see every glorious detail. *shivers*
FORMULA SOUNDS MIGHTY FINE RIGHT ABOUT NOW: Grace
No one actually dies in this film directly due to breast related injury, but there is so much boob trauma in this film it almost makes me never want to have children. Baby Grace feeds off of human blood and absolutely TEARS her mother's hooters apart. If that wasn't bad enough, there's an extremely disturbing psuedo-sexual scene between two old people that contains breast feeding. Awkward...
IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE BITES DOWN: Interview with a Vampire
I am one of those people who absolutely adores this Anne Rice film adaptation despite Tom Cruise being the worst possible choice for Lestat of all time. However, that doesn't change the fact that a seemingly erotic scene takes a dastardly turn as Lestat bites down on a woman's breast causing her blouse and corset to bleed through.
WHY I'LL NEVER PIERCE MY NIPPLES: Cannibal Ferox
I'm being 100% genuine when I say that this scene is the reason I'll never pierce my nipples. In an already extremely disturbing film, we have to throw in a sequence where a woman has huge metal hooks shoved into her chest. I physically cringe every time I'm exposed to this scene and I'm not afraid to admit it.
Ginger, Snapped: Freddy Vs. Jason
My goodness, can we talk about a train wreck of a movie? If we push aside the fact that FVJ is by far one of the worst slasher films of either franchises, we are left with the beautiful Katharine Isabelle with an exploding chest. Granted it's more of a "heart" trauma than anything, but her headlights still feel quite a bit of pain on that one.THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR LETTING STRANGERS FONDLE YOU: My Bloody Valentine
In one of the best slasher films to pop out of the 80's, we were given an over the top view of heart and "love" related deaths. In the opening scene of MBV, a super hot babe lets a strange man in a mask fondle her, to only be shoved into a metal spike that shoves right through her chest.THANK GOD I'M ALL NATURAL: Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
I freely admit that I am a total Tromaniac. The first time I saw Poultrygeist, I was filled with great delight with the over-the-top gore, ridiculous deaths, cheesy dialogue, catchy songs, and of course...the bitch who gets her implants ripped right out of her. There is no better boob related death, and there will never be one that even comes close to this one. It's bad enough that you're being picked apart by the chicken dead, but to watch someone rip your implants right out of your body and flash them to your face...that's the ultimate case of adding insult to injury.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

VAMPIRES SUCK

Alright. Let it be known that the Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, and the like are some of the worst films I've ever had the displeasure to sit through. Yet, I am more than encouraging to anything that picks fun at Twatlight. That being said, enjoy the trailer for Vampires Suck. I thank you, shitty filmmakers, for putting everything we've all been thinking into a film.


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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

TERRIBLE POSTER TUESDAY: PIRANHA 3-D

My goodness, it has been such a long while since I've woken up to the stench of a steaming pile of shit in poster form. However, nothing brings me greater delight than spending a Tuesday afternoon showcasing some of the most terrible movie posters the horror genre has managed to crank out. Yes, you are reading this right...it is the return of TERRIBLE POSTER TUESDAY!

This delightful little ball of failure has been released as the French one-sheet for Alexandre Aja's highly anticipated Piranha 3-D. Now, there seems to be quite the fan following over this poster. "Oh, but it's an homage to Jaws" they'll try to tell me. "Oh, it's such a throwback!" they plead. Uh...no. I define an homage or a throwback to be something that is equally as captivating or at least on the same level. This sad excuse for a poster is just the product of a lazy marketing campaign. I'm sorry, but this poster blows major league ass. I'm not even saying the good kind of ass that as a functioning human I'd enjoy looking at...since that's blocked by her floating chair of boredom anyway.

This poster promises a film of sex, sea, and blood. All I'm seeing is a standard chick on a flotation device, some water that hasn't been affected by BP, and some poorly photoshopped fish with big teeth. I want a naked chick being ripped to shreds underneath the red stained water with a deflating raft above her! This is lazy as hell! I seriously think this chick was taken off of a Carnival cruise-line ad and photoshopped into the water. The one thing I will give it, is that I love posters with good font, and this one has some pretty good font. However, there's nothing that makes me want to see this in 3-D. SHOW ME A GIANT FISH ABOUT TO DEMOLISH THIS HARPY!

I can't even give them respect for the 70's style "folded" appearance to it. The fish are so faded and poorly made, it doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as the wonderful animals run amok films of yesteryear. Maybe the poster could have been a little more inspiring if the killer piranha's didn't look like this:

Monday, July 5, 2010

TUNES OF THE UNDEAD: ZOMBIE MUSIC

Since I'm a crazed lover of all things gimmicky, I figured I could add another one to the ranks of things that I don't have the time to keep up with ;) Just kidding, my schedule just opened WAY up, and I finally have time to do some work. If there ends up being a mass amount of posting in the next day or so, you have been warned. NOW, onto the new festivities that will be occurring here on DotW. I'm not sure if you remember WAY back in the day (so...last year) but I wanted to do something to showcase different local bands by having them sit through horror movies with me as a repayal for shamelessly promoting them here on DotW. Clearly, that concept fell through as bands are constantly touring and don't exactly have the time to hang out with lil' ol' me. I've decided that I still want to throw out some sweet horror themed jams at you folks with the stress on either "lesser known" or local artists. I know that anyone could just look up some Rob Zombie or the Misfits and find themselves a zombie song, but there are so many artists out there deserving some attention from all different genres. I'm not going to ram a bunch of hardcore unknowns down your throat, I promise I'll include music for all walks of life.

ROISON MURPHY: Ramalama Bang Bang
Her popular tune was featured on a season of So You Think You Can Dance with the ensemble cast decked out in Victorian zombie attire. The song has a twisted beat and an intriguing sound to it, but when you really listen to the lyrics...it's all zombie, baby.
LISTEN TO IT HERE
SUFJAN STEVENS: They Are Night Zombies!!!
If you're sick and tired of the heavily riffing guitars and the amps that go up to 11, Sufjan Stevens can be for you. A little indie darling with lyrical prowess, he puts the words about zombies into a tune so cute you could clean your room to it. I also hope you notice the chant at the beginning, they're spelling out I-L-L-I-N-O-I-S.
LISTEN TO IT HERE
BAMF!: Ska Zombie
When hardcore music and ska music combine, I firmly believe it is the equivalent of the stars aligning. An up-and-coming band from St. Louis, BAMF! delivers a hell of a fun punch with this tune. They're actually on tour right now, so check out their myspace (the link below) and try to catch a show to hear this song live!
LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE
PHANTOM PLANET: The Living Dead
Chances are, you've heard Phantom Planet but never even knew it. Made famous for their single "California" which was turned into the theme song to the O.C. , PP actually has a much different sound than what most of society has heard. They take a much rasher sound with this one.
LISTEN TO IT HERE
NO MORE KINGS: Zombie Me
So imagine the dilemma of being a zombie fan who loves to listen Jason Mraz. Fret no more soft rock zombie fan, No More Kings has the answer to your prayers. In a very, very obvious tribute to our undead friends, NMK shows that you don't have to be screaming at the top of your lungs to appreciate the living dead.
LISTEN HERE
DR. MANHATTAN: Biscuits and Groovy
I'll be completely honest, to this day, I still have no idea what the hell they're talking about in this song...or any of their songs. Dr. Manhattan delivers one of the most interesting shows (that's putting it lightly) that one could sit through. However, this sound of a throwback has one of the best "breakdowns" I've heard for a song of its caliber. Imagine an entire crowd of people with flashlights taped to their glasses singing "I am a zombie from Mozambique"
LISTEN TO IT HERE
OINGO BOINGO: No One Lives Forever
I'm in absolute shock to admit how many people have never heard an Oingo Boingo song. Otherwise known as "that dude's band who writes all the music for Tim Burton", Oingo Boingo's music is absolutely flooding with horror references. While I could have put Dead Man's Party on here, No One Lives Forever is my favorite.
LISTEN TO IT HERE
JOHN LENNON AND VINCENT PRICE: IMAGINE THE THRILLER
Oh yeah, this just happened.
LISTEN TO IT HERE


Of course there are hundreds of thousands of other songs that weren't included, so feel free to type up your favorites in the comment section.
Peace, Love, & Brains

Thursday, July 1, 2010

MY TOP 10 WILLY INDUCING MOMENT

Oh yeah, I absolutely and completely ripped this off of Andre Dumas over at The Horror Digest. However, she left that post open ended with a "what's yours?" which means it's clearly acceptable to do one of my own. Everyone has certain things that make their skin crawl and their hair stand on end. These are 10 moments in horror films that have made me run to sleep in bed with my Mommy, or cause my knees to sit up a little bit higher when it hits the screen.

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10) THAT GOD DAMN BAG: Audition
I can't even begin to tell you how high I jumped when that damn bag moved the first time I saw Audition. I know it scares most people, but for some reason...I yelped something fierce.


09) SHUT UP LINDA!!: Evil Dead
I hate creepy laughter. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. If I'm ever in a dark room and I hear that manic laughter, there's a good chance I will flip shit and run as fast as I can towards the exit.


08)THEY'RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU: Carrie
It wasn't even so much that she was wreaking havok on the prom as it was the vocal overlaps from her mother, teachers, and classmates that did it in for me.


07)CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE: Opera
Argento is a sick puppy, you know that? Everyone knows that I'm a major wimp when it comes to any form of eye trauma, so this entire scene gives me the heebie jeebies and makes my hair stand on end.


06)SPILL YOUR GUTS: City of the Living Dead
Fulci isn't far behind when it comes to being truly demented in the head. COTLD has plenty of death scenes to make me feel uneasy, but the most famous is still the one that gets me.


05)THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS: The Children
I'm a sucker for killer kids. I love children to the point of no return and when I see them turning on people...I can't handle it. I really can't. This one has a scene in particular involving a sled and a gardening tool. Jesus. H. Macy.


04)BUT...I THREW THAT...WAIT...: The Changeling
The real kicker in this one for me is obviously the ghost in the water, but this scene comes awfully close in making my heart skip a few beats.


03)EVERYTHING FLOATS DOWN HERE: Stephen King's "IT"
I hate clowns. HATE. Clowns. That's all that needs to be said.


02)IT'S A KIDS SHOW...WTF: Are you Afraid of the Dark
I don't care that it isn't a movie, and I don't care that it isn't all that scary. When I was a little kid, I was absolutely FLOORED by this television show, but that opening sequence gave me nightmares. I can't explain why, but it did. Even to this day the sound of the theme song triggers the slightest bit of fear within me. Make fun of me all you want, I know.


01)I'LL JUST BE DIRTY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE KTHNX: Psycho
Of course the granddaddy of all horrifying death scenes had to top this list. There's a genuinely horrifying thought about showering in places other than my home. I still check shower curtains and lock doors in hotels...just in case.

LET ME IN TRAILER LOOKS...PROMISING


I'll be the first one to admit that when news broke of an Americanized remake of Let The Right One In was in production, my heart died a little bit. However, listening to interviews with Matt Reeves, Chloe Morentz absolutely mind-blowing performance in Kick-Ass, and seeing the released images have put my worried soul a little bit more at ease. Bloody-Disgusting announced today that the international trailer for Let Me In has been released and I'll be honest, it doesn't look terrible. It does look a bit shot-for-shot, but it's also a trailer. I did notice slight differences that remind me more of the novel than of the Swedish film, and that gives me some feeling of promise. View the trailer yourself and make your own opinion!



Let the record show that I do not believe it will be anywhere near the same level as LTROI, but I don't think it's going to be a total bust.
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