February 2010 archive

Custom Cover Art

Maybe it’s due to the dream I had awhile back about a video store’s VHS clearance sale, but I’ve been thinking about custom cover art for VHS and DVD lately. More specifically, covers created by rental store employees after something happened to the original cover. I’ve only seen this happen a couple of times, with …

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The Return of Horror Trivia

Back when the 1998 American Godzilla movie was announced, Sid Pink tried to get funding for a sequel to or remake of Reptilicus by commissioning some CGI test images. Curse of the Puppet Master was originally supposed to be the first entry in the proposed Puppet Wars trilogy, in which Toulon’s puppets battle a mummy …

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Remakes Are Hell

Horror remakes are always interesting and controversial: interesting, because it’s always good to see the old nightmares get new blood; controversial because the movies often trample over the established cannon for the sake of ‘modernizing’ and ‘revamping.’ Often when changes are made to the appearance of the central antagonist, they’re small and more subtle.  Michael …

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ADV is not dead, it just smells funny

I discovered something quite interesting while trying to find contact information for Section23/SXION 23 Films, AEsir Holdings and Switchblade Pictures so I could ask if they’d be licensing certain Asian sci-fi movies. You see, it turns out that I made a mistake when I reported that ADV Films had gone out of business and that …

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Chinese New Fear?

In honor of Chinese New Year (aka the Spring Festival), I had originally planned on doing a review of Mr. Vampire coupled with a paragraph about the origins and traditions of the holiday. Up until now, I had never known that Chinese New Year is celebrated over the course of 15 days or that it …

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Happy Valenslime’s Day!

Referencing The Green Slime on Valentine’s Day actually makes sense in a warped sort of way, seeing as how there’s a love triangle in the movie. (from neotokeo2001’s Youtube channel) Man, does that song ever need a CD release. Don’t laugh, it got a vinyl release back in the day. The film’s Wikipedia entry is …

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Lil’ Cthulhu

Given the popularity of “franchise characters as children” shows in the entertainment industry, it was inevitable that someone would create a parody using characters from a source that was anything but “kid-friendly.” Enter Youtube user TheZebu’s The Adventures of Lil’ Cthulhu. The Adventures of Lil’ Cthulhu is also a dead-on perfect parody of television programming …

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Away He GoGoes.

Just found out that Kevin “Sir GoGo Ghastly” Hair retired from The Ghastly Ones. They made the announcement on the site back on January 28th.  THE GHASTLY ONES want to extend a ghoulishly warm welcome to our newest member Ryan “Cousin Boris” Watusi who will be pounding the bass guitar in our band from here on …

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A Black History Horror First

Rather than doing my usual profile of an African-American who made some kind of contribution to horror cinema, I thought I’d do something a little different this year. Instead, I’m going to highlight the (alleged) first-ever collection of short horror fiction by African-American authors. First published in 2004, Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and …

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