May 01 2016

Free Comic Book Day is Coming!

May 7th is the date of Free Comic Book Day 2016, so mark your calendars. And if you don’t have one, be sure to print out and mark your calendars immediately!

For more details, please head over to Free Comic Book Day’s official website and Facebook page. We’ll also post a reminder on the big day (along with some special bonus goodies)…

Apr 28 2016

6’+ Episode 180 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Spayed, delayed but never afraid. We’re no scaredy cats here on this feline-fueled episode of the horror music podcast that makes all the black cats howl. Strange Jason celebrates his own ghost cat with a playlist featuring THE DAZZLERS, THE AFTERDARKS, HAUNTED GEORGE, THE INVADERS and so much more. Monstermatt Patterson tries out some new jokes in the alley but ends up with a bad case of fleas on another MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Apr 25 2016

More Tentacle Fun

Let us have a moment of silence for the pool noodles that sacrificed their lives for the cause. You will not be forgotten!

Last week I posted some shots of the awesome textures produced when you slash a pool noodle with a razor knife and then blast it with a heat gun.  I picked up a few more pool noodles this weekend to try and refine the process.  My ultimate goal was to produce a nice looking tentacle prop.  Here’s a look at some of the text subjects.  As tentacles, these suck.  The melting process is too uncontrollable to get a taper down to a point along the length of the noodle. 

If you want eyestalks, the results aren’t half bad.  To get the polyethylene foam to wrap around the eye, in this case a ping pong ball, you have to slash the plastic both vertically and horizontally along one end.  Once the plastic is soft you can compress it it into a bulge by pressing the end into a glass plate.  Then carefully insert the ping pong ball into the still hot foam and press it into the central cavity of the noodle.  I would strongly advise wearing some stout leather gloves when handling the semi-molten plastic. 

This is the closest I could get to a tapered tentacle shape.  This particular piece was made with a no-name dollar store noodle.  The plastic foam is noticeably less dense than noodles available at most big box stores.  Trying to cut a taper into the noodle before it undergoes heat treatment is an exercise in frustration.  I think it’s doable, but you’ll need something like a giant pencil sharpener to do it.  I can see using a length of PVC to fit inside the central channel of the noodle, and then rotating it around that.  An electric foam cutting knife, essentially a heated length of wire, could then trim the end of the noodle to the angle of your choice.

This piece was made from a “Funnoodle”brand noodle produced by Jakks Pacific.  They sell the same noodles under a variety of brand names.  The foam formulation is much denser than the cheapo dollar store versions and produces more prominent ridges when heat is applied.  This would be make some nice tabletop wargaming terrain. 

Another “Funnoodle” piece.  The plastic melts perpendicularly to the direction of surface cuts, producing the surface ridging effect.  Multiple short, shallow cuts produce the eye-shaped openings.  Longer, deeper cuts result in the stacked ridges along the top.

While the technique didn’t give me the results I wanted, it would be ideal for producing vines or tendrils for a home haunt or low budget film.  If you only lightly melt the surface after slashing the noodle the texture is almost identical to a palm tree trunk.  They’d be great for some cheap scenery at your poolside tiki bar.

Oh, one last thing, and it may be the coolest part of this whole series of experiments.  I wondered what would happen if you stuck a light source inside the central channel of the pool noodle.  The results were pretty impressive. 

Polyethylene foam has absolutely amazing light transmission properties.  I suspect the even illumination is because of the multiple facets of the internal polyethylene cells.  The entire length, about 14″, lit up with the light from a mini-Maglite LED flashlight powered by two AA batteries. That’s from a very modest 3-watt LED.   With a string of LED lights threaded through the center you could get the entire length of a pool noodle to glow.  Just imagine the cool effects.  How about a bio-luminescent plant?  Or a glowing fairy mushroom?  A wizard’s staff?  Thanks to the flexibility of the polyethylene foam you could even incorporate it into a costume.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Apr 21 2016

A Solution in Search of a Problem

When I need to relax there are few things more rewarding than melting things with a heat gun.

Today I was goofing off with a spare pool noodle and tried slashing it across it’s width with a razor knife before gently melting the surface.  The result was a really interesting ridged texture interspersed with bubbly gaps.  Here are a couple of shots I squeezed off before my camera decided to call it quits.  The piece is about 13″ long and roughly 2 inches in diameter.

It’s a really bizarre organic effect, but I’m not quite sure what it would be good for at this point.  If I was still into tabletop miniatures this would be ideal for some quick and easy Tyranid-syle terrain pieces.  With a nice three tone paintjob and some strands of clear epoxy it would have an awesome, gooey appearance.

It would be great for some kind of tentacle or tendril, but I need to figure out how to taper the effect along the length of the noodle.  The one I was using had a hole running through the middle, so melting it down to a point wasn’t possible.  If I can get my hands on some solid pool noodles without a hole I think the technique has some real possibilities.

This article originally appeared at Propnomicon.

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Apr 19 2016

Wolf-Face/Teen Agers split 12″-Teen Wolf


say047  Say 10 Records recently released a split 12″ by two up and coming Florida punk bands. The Teen Agers from Orlando who have a pop punk approach to the music but with their own shine to it. And Wolf-Face from St.Petersburg who hide their identities by performing exclusively in werewolf masks. Wich is fitting, as how lead vocalist, Michael J. Wolf had his life story hijacked by Hollywood and made into the film Teen Wolf.

When the Teen Agers side of the record starts, I feel like putting on one of those old Tony Hawk Pro Skater videogames. Mostly because I’m too fat,old and lazy to actually skateboard. But the opening song,”KWM”, does give you that toe taping energy that makes you want to get up and go do something. The cover of Sense Field’s “Buildings” and the “It’s Hard To Know” cover from fellow Florida punkers Hot Water Music has some serious blood running through their veins. What with the honest,endearing, heartfelt lyrics and desperate urgent vocals that make it seem like they are telling you the most important words ever. The songs “River Road” and “Van Pizza Road Apple Coffee” would be right at home on some of those late 90’s Fat Wreck comps we all love. And those songs would definitely be standout tracks on those comps.

As we flip the record over, Wolf-Face starts us off with what we think is a slow ballad in the form of the song “Goddamn This Beast”. But about 1/2 way through the song, it turns into a full on,head bobbing rocker. It is then followed up by the super catchy “Boof Ain’t Too Loose.” And while obvious lyrics that reference the love plot of Teen Wolf,this song seems to use those references as a metaphor for real subject matter. Very similar to what they do in the lyrics for “I’m So Much Better”.  Which is great. Wolf-Face does a cover version of the TV On The Radio song “Wolf Like Me” that,in my opinion far surpasses the original. Wich is super rare for any cover song. But WF create such a force with this song. The song sounds epic in a way that’s hard to describe. The other song on here is “W-O-L-F Spells Shitkicker”. A song I played on my segment of 6ft Plus episode 178. A rousing song about being a cool as fuck,ass kicking werewolf.

Both bands brought their A game to this record. Proof, again that a split LP doesn’t have to have a good side and a meh side. This LP is A+ and I’ve been listening to it A LOT since it’s release. It’s available either digitally or in various vinyl colors from the bands, Say 10 Records, or Smartpunk.com  And check out both bands at Wolf-Face (who have new record coming out VERY soon from Swamp Cabbage Records ) and Teen Agers (who are on tour in europe. Catch them at Groezrock.)

Apr 18 2016

6’+ Episode 179 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“HEY! HO! LET’S GO! It’s a horror-power-punk fueled episode inspired by those four non-brothers from Queens. On this horror punk podcast, fueled by the ghosts of CBGB’s, there’s music from KOBANES, THE HALLINGTONS, MURDERLAND, HORROR OF ’59 and more. A special segment featuring THE MOANS as we play their new EP. Plus, Monstermatt Patterson tries to become Monstermatt Ramone and the results are not pretty on the latest MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Apr 16 2016

Record Store Day Is Here!

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It’s the third Saturday of April and you know what that means: our unofficial celebration of Record Store Day is finally here! It’s just our way of offering something extra for those who missed out on the official exclusives they had their eyes on (or who just plain don’t have a record store in their area). Judging from our analytics data, it would be much more accurate to say it’s for people to check out the day after Record Store Day!

Thanks to the vinyl revival, it’s getting harder and harder to track down LPs that aren’t sold out. Hopefully the following items in this year’s suggested vinyl purchases will still be available by the time you see them:

The Surf Zombies
The Coffin Daggers
Kava Kon
Ding Dong Devils
The Martini Kings
Clouseaux
Anima Morte

That last link also leads to a treasure trove of potential purchases from lots of other artists!

Speaking of artists, some like to give you the option of choosing between a free download or buying their work at a price you think is fair. The Out of Limits actually do this for their entire catalog! Others, such as the Ghoulies prefer to offer an album of their choosing rather than potentially give away everything. Speaking of ghouls, the Gabba Ghouls and GhoulKids also use this payment model for select releases. Honeymoonhill brings us a fright night of music and Noelle Picara uses her special brand of “dark theatrical piano rock” to tell a special tale regarding a famous monster. You might have to use a translation program to navigate their page, but the music of LOS FRENETICOS is well worth it. Finally, dive into the “Scythe” music universe with Jon of the Shred and prepare to be blown away!

Last but not least are our free downloads:

Strange Jason is a big fan of Lugosi’s Morphine and one listen will immediately demonstrate why. Actor/musician Christophe Murdock and Mazinga are both offering free EPs while Globelamp has a free full album. Let’s not forget all of the free tracks available from High Jinx and Here Come The Mummies on SoundCloud!

Happy Record Store Day!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

Apr 11 2016

Power of the Night

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the film Critters and there is only one way to properly celebrate. So, thanks to
TheSpringwoodSlasher, here is the film’s most famous musical composition:

Back when I first saw the movie, I assumed this was just another example of some indie band teaming up with the makers of a low budget movie. The repeated use of the song in the film was all too easy to attribute to some producer trying to squeeze as much use out of a single licensed track as possible. But had I actually paid attention to the end credits, I would have figured out the lead singer “Johnny Steele” was played by Terrence Mann and that “Power of the Night” was created especially for the film. Sadly, the song was apparently left off the CD version of the film’s soundtrack. But thankfully it was included on the original LP version. Perhaps there’s hope for a new pressing from a specialty label since vinyl has made a comeback. Throw in a free digital download and you’ve got a surefire hit!

Apr 04 2016

Horror Garage

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Taken from website: Horrorgarage.com

“HORROR GARAGE combines the best in original dark fiction with the finest in horrific rock n’ roll. Think HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, PSYCHOMANIA, and DEATH RACE 2000: B-movie babes, screamin’ skulls, bug-eyed creeps, and gallons of blood.

HORROR GARAGE began as a print magazine, of which twelve issues were published. These issues included fiction by (in alphabetical order): Spencer Allen, Tom Alexander, Pete Butler, Sara Joan Berniker, Joel Betancourt, Michael Boatman, Terry Bramlett, M. Christian, Peter Crowther, Michael Davidson, Mitch Earleywine, Elizabeth Engstrom, Dennis Etchison, C.A. Gardner, James Gallagher, J.C. Geiger, Laura Anne Gilman, Kent Gowran, Jack Fisher, Ken Goldman, Ed Gorman, Brian Hodge, Gerard Houarner, Michael T. Huyck, Charlee Jacob, Teri A. Jacobs, Barbara Johnson-Haddad, Mark Justice, Richard Kadrey, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Greg Kihn, Paul R. Klein, Kathe Koja, Joe Konrath, Edward Lee, Weston Ochse, Thomas Ligotti, Dale Lucas, Mark Patrick Lynch, Debbie MacGuffie, Mark McLaughlin, Kim Newman, Norman Partridge, David Reames, James Reilly, Thomas S. Roche, Bruce Holland Rogers, Rudy Rucker, Robert J. Santa, David J. Schow, Harry Shannon, Lorelei Shannon, Leo Siren, John Shirley, L.L. Soares, Dana Solomon, Chris Sumberg, Steve Rasnic Tem, Thomas Tessier, Tia V. Travis, Steve Vernon, Don Webb and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

Stories from the first five issues of HORROR GARAGE have appeared in THE YEAR’S BEST HORROR AND FANTASY, one was selected for THE YEAR’S BEST DARK FANTASY: 2002, two more stories were chosen for MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 12, and yet another for BEST OF THE REST 3: THE BEST UNKNOWN SF AND FANTASY OF 2001; one was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the magazine itself was given the International Horror Guild Award for Best Publication in 2001.

Musical acts appearing in HORROR GARAGE have included Converge, Alice Cooper, The Cramps, Children of Bodom, Deadbolt, Electric Frankenstein, Ghoultown, The Misfits, My Dying Bride, Ray Manzarek (yes, of the fuckin’ DOORS!), Nekromantix, Ramallah, Tiger Army, and Turbonegro.

Clive Barker, Wes Craven, Sephera Giron, Ed Gorman, Gerard Houarner, Brian Keene, Joe R. Lansdale, H.G. Lewis, Bentley Little, China Mieville, Linnea Quigley, John Saul, David J. Schow and Craig Spector have also been featured.

The web version of HORROR GARAGE expands on the print magazine’s original theme. There is still uber-cool dark fiction (be SURE to check the latest guidelines!), along with features on authors and bands. We’ve added things like GARAGE GRRL galleries and made the HORROR GARAGE Facebook page accessible. The online store area includes books, music, videos and t-shirt.”

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Horrorgarage Facebook


 

Apr 04 2016

Record Store Day Is Coming!

This year Record Store Day falls on April 16th and the selection should be of great interest to our readers. Legendary Hammer horror composer James Bernard’s score for the silent classic Nosferatu is getting a vinyl release and Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks is making a return to vinyl, complete with the narration by Tom Baker!

You can learn much more about Record Store Day at its official website, which has everything from a full list of
Record Store Day releases to participating stores. Gravedigger’s Local 16 will be celebrating with our own unofficial selection of freebies and vinyl LPs you can pick up once you get back from your local store.

Apr 02 2016

6’+ Episode 178 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Six Foot Plus is five-years-old! To celebrate this scary music podcast making it this far, we party down with music from ZOMBIE SURF CAMP, BAD WHOREMOANS, VOODOO ZOMBIE, THE MEMPHIS MORTICIANS, and all the call-ins from listeners ready for a slice of cake. Monstermatt Patterson gets into the spirit (but only winds up possessed) on THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE and we have a delightful KILLER KUT from Kraig Khaos.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Mar 27 2016

The 7th Annual GdL16 Easter Egg Hunt

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Look at that little rabbit mixing up dye to make some Easter eggs. It’s downright adorable! At least it is until you realize the rabbit is actually a stuffed bunny corpse. And with an introduction like this, you just know you’re hunting for Easter eggs at Gravedigger’s Local 16. There’s only one to be found this year, but it’s well hidden among all these other links. Let the hunting begin!

Demonic Toys
Music to Haunt By: Nightmare Chronicles
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Creepxotica
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror
Music to Haunt By: The Dead of Fall
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Voodoo Organist
The Dead Matter
Sounds to Scare By: Sinister Sounds
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Vulcanos
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion
Music to Haunt By: Virgil Franklin

Happy Easter!

Mar 26 2016

6’+ Episode 177 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“It’s a psychobilly podcast! On this episode that honors the 40th anniversary of the term “psychobilly,” we get to wreckin’ with music from THE METEORS, TORMENT, FRENZY, SKITZO, THE VIBES and so much more. Monstermatt Patterson tries to give himself a psycho quiff but ends up shaving his head bald in a mishap only found in THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Mar 23 2016

Alexandre Desplat, GODZILLA: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

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Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, WaterTower Music 2014

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While reviews of the film itself seem quite positive for the most part, reviews of the soundtrack for Legendary’s Godzilla are much more divisive. Some felt it was too over the top and others insisted it was too restrained for a Godzilla movie. Others claimed much of it was interchangeable with music from any given modern action movie. Many G-fans were bewildered by the lack of Akira Ifukube’s work and some even wondered why there wasn’t a dedicated military theme like on the other Godzilla soundtracks. After having seen the movie and listened to the soundtrack, I can say all of these comments do have a little truth to them. But I want to address one point in particular before starting my review (and getting to the other issues). You don’t hire an award-winning composer like Alexandre Desplat and have him churn out a direct imitation of someone else’s style. While I can understand the disappointment from those who would have preferred the use of either the classic Godzilla theme or the “Godzilla March” on an otherwise original soundtrack, I’m not sure that was even possible. As faithful readers of this site know, the movie has its origins in an authorized, but non-canon sequel of sorts to Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. So I’m not even sure Legendary was even allowed to use any classic Godzilla themes!

Please keep in mind that the name for album’s tracks do give away the plot, so skip reading this until you see the movie. But I will try to limit the amount of spoilers if you feel you just have to read this first.

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Mar 19 2016

6’+ Episode 176 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“ZOMBIES! That’s all we really need to say, because we won’t be saying much once the rigor mortis kicks in. Get your undead groove on with a zombie podcast full of tracks from THE DEMON SEEDS, CLOCKWORK PSYCHO, THE VIVISECTORS, THE DIRTY COAL TRAIN and more. Monstermatt Patterson gets his hands on some Trioxin 245, meaning that THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE will never truly die!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Mar 17 2016

Scary Saint Patrick’s Day Fun

Do you live in or near Plano, Texas? If so, you desperately need to look into attending “Saint Patrick’s Slay” at the Dark Hour Haunted House (or at least pick up one of their shirts commemorating the event).

If you want to learn more about the world of Irish horror, the Spooky Isles and Emerald Gore Society have you covered. Speaking of covers, check out the one on Artisans d’Azure’s Celtic Grimoire prop!

Getting back to the subject of films, it would be nice if more horror sites celebrated St. Patty’s Day with something other than reviews of the films from the Leprechaun franchise. If you absolutely had to review something with leprechauns, why not try Red Clover on for size? Dementia 13 could also be fun, especially if you look into its old promotional materials as well. But Dementia 13 isn’t the only horror film made in Ireland with a Roger Corman connection. He set up a production studio in Galway, Ireland and made numerous films from 1996-2002. Some of these films were horror movies, such as Knocking on Death’s Door and Spectre (which was actually set in its country of origin). There’s actually a documentary about the studio and how it effected the Irish film industry as a whole called It Came From Connemara which has yet to receive a US home video release at this time. Which is a shame, especially since the trailer posted by Galway Film Fleadh looks especially interesting:

But Corman isn’t the only horror legend with a connection to Irish cinema! Although best known for her appearances in countless Italian horror movies, actress Geretta Geretta has also done work in the Emerald Isle.

Are you sick of hearing the same kinds of music at every Saint Patrick’s Day celebration you attend? Esoteric Visions (formerly Tribal Gothic) has an amazing free musical download that’s sure to shake things up!

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