Friday, July 3, 2015

What moive kicks off your 4th of July?

Ever since I can remember the 4th of July has been a big summer movie weekend. And as we plan on hitting the multiplex for some Inside Out this weekend here are a few of the movies I like to revisit to get in the Independence Day mood.


Nothing gets the American blood flowing like Rocky can!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Vacation Time


All though the thermostat  says 70 degrees and the calendar says July I'm a bit confused as I write this post. Part of me wants to grab some pumpkin ale and sit on the porch while carving a few Jack-O-Lanterns. It is summer and the 4th of July is one of those big picnic and party days where everybody gathers together and create fun memories to last a lifetime. So today I thought why not share a few recipes from my Seagram's food and drink guide that has that late 60's vibe.



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This is a pretty big book if you like this post let me know and I will post a few more in the future. Happy 4th paly safe.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Michael Vs Jason

Friday The 31st
2005 | Color | 20 Minutes | 1.37:1 | R | Horror | Stereo | Blinky Production

Source: DVD

Director: Chris R. Notarile

Writer: Chris R. Notarile

Stars: 
Jonathan Ellis
Niki Rubin
Mar Omega

Plot:
Friday the 31st: Michael vs Jason is 2005, 22-minute, a fan-made film directed by Chris Notarile. This film has become a sensation for horror fans worldwide, first being uploaded on YouTube and being available on other websites such as Vimeo. The film starts with John Tate visiting his mother's grave in Haddonfield, Illinois. After the visit, John and his fiancee, Sara Moyer, then head off for New York, unaware that they're being followed by John's deadly uncle, Michael Myers. Lost for directions, they end up in Crystal Lake in New Jersey and they encounter Tommy Jarvis, on the run from his masked nemesis, Jason Voorhees. Tommy elaborates what happened when he was 12 when Jason killed his mother. As John encounters Jason, Tommy's partner, Chera, is killed by Michael, and Tommy is incapacitated by Jason, and as they encounter each other, they begin their fierce battle.

Sometimes you just find the oddest things at a garage sale. I have never heard of this had no clue what I was getting into but for the price figured what the hell I'm in. Was it a good thing or a bad thing well... 


Read on to find out.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Some call it hoarding some call it hunting we just call it fun!


It's fathers day weekend and you know what that means! Baseball, cookouts, and 120 miles of Garage Sale fun. Well for me that is. We look forward to this event every year, but it is pretty hard to cover 120 miles in just a few hours of a Saturday so we just pick a direction (we live 15 miles South of the middle of the sale) this year we went West. We really only intended to do Princeton and Wynette this year, but we tossed in Dover and one here in our back yard. Next year we will head back east. When Ella and I first did the trip a few years back we made it pretty far to the west but now it goes even longer than before. But we still found quite a few treasures.

My youngest is not much of a fan rummaging through other people's junk but she goes to make her dad happy and she does have some fun even if she sits in the car for a few stops listing to her music while my oldest and I pick through it all. But this year Lainey found this bunny and that is all she could talk about. For some odd reason, she is all about the rabbits in the yard and wants one for a pet so badly. So when she saw this for 20 bucks she really wanted it. Then she realized how bad it smelled and yay me and mom she did not want it at all. But for somebody you got the cage and the bunny for 20 bucks not sure if this is a good price but it did seem fair to me.


One of the reason's for hitting Princeton is the fairground. They always have 30 plus vendors all in one spot making it so convenient to stop in one place and shop. Right, off the bat I found a super nice lady selling DVD's. Being I was with two younger girls, she seemed concerned about what I was about to look at. She had two small boxes of Horror DVD's and she wanted to make sure I knew there was nothing Kid related in the box. I was like "Oh Yeah you are singing my tune!" she was a little shocked, but the girls let her know that is what I collect and have over 700 of them collection dust. So I found a few and the lady made me a nice deal I walked away with 10 movies from her the first time around and then went back and wiped her out picking up 10 more. She was so sweet and really enjoyed talking to the girls and I. I truly hope they had a fantastic sellers weekend they had a lot of cool stuff. But as soon as we made our way inside the girls found a few nicely priced Bitty Baby toys and some odd-looking tower for little people. At this stop for less than 20 minutes and already loading the car up. Found a few more DVD's inside and a 360 game for only a dollar which was crazy when there was another guy selling his for 4 dollars and they looked wet and all scratched to hell so when I offered to buy one for 2 bucks he kind of laughed at me. Well ok, then I do not need your crap anyway.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

When Bad Puppets, turn Good

Puppet Master 4: When Bad Puppets, Turn Good
1993 | Color | 79 Minutes | 1.37:1 | R | Horror | Mono | Full Moon

Source: DVD

Director: Jeff Burr

Writers: Todd Henschell

Stars: 
Gordon Currie
Chandra West
Ash Adams

Plot:
A young scientist working on an artificial intelligence project is the target of strange gremlin-like creatures, who are out to kill him and thus terminate his research. By coincidence, in one of the rooms he uses, there's a mysterious case containing the puppets of the "puppet master". When the puppets are brought to life, they help destroy the creatures.




So what the hell just happened? What the heck was this movie? And this was set to be a big screen flick titled Puppet Master The Movie! Thank god they did not do that. And it was filmed back to back with Part 5 that I already know is the weakest of the group. So I wonder how could it get any worse than this. Boy, I have so much to look forward to.

Blade 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Two Mightiest Monsters Of All Time!

King Kong Vs Godzilla
1962 | Color | 74 Minutes | 1.37:1 | PG | Action | Mono | ToHo Studio's

Source: Svengoolie

Director: 
Ishirô Honda

Writers:
Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Bruce Howard (American version)

Stars: 
Tadao Takashima
Kenji Sahara
Yû Fujiki

Mr. Tako, the chairman of a pharmaceutical company, learns of Roma tomato-sized berries that grow on Farou Island, are a miracle cure, and that the natives worship a god called King Kong who has allegedly grown to giant size from eating the berries. What better way to promote the product, Tako figures, than to bring the creature back to Japan? So he leads an expedition with Sakurai and Future to get the berries and the monster. Meanwhile, some American pilots discover the chunk of the glacier Godzilla was sealed in back in 1955. Sakurai's sister's boyfriend Kazuo is busy trying to sell an invisible but super-strong wire, which, of course, no one wants until Kong escapes...


Who does not love men in rubber suits fighting for the good of mankind? I'm a pretty big fan of the Godzilla movies and if you look past the cheese that comes with this you will find a fun little monster vs monster movie. The idea for this movie came from the mind of Willis O'Brien who was the special effects artist on King Kong (1933). The same man who was pushing to make King Kong vs Frankenstein in the 1950's. Frank was to be made of Animal parts how gross is that? John Beck offered the idea to Toho who replaced Frankenstein with Godzilla.

For this film, they toned down Godzilla's famous roar to the higher pitch that what we hear today. This was to make him less scary to kids. They also made Kong a little more comical to make them less scary. This, of course, was before Godzilla became a hero.



Not much you can say for the acting its dubbed of course, but one of the key things with these movies is the way they look and feel. Nothing is better then miniature tanks and houses being destroyed. I love the soundtrack for this movie, especially the native island chant's and drums. This was a fun movie to revisit and Sven's shtick was perfect.

So you can see I'm super far behind on my Sven watching and really need to get caught up. Thankfully we have a ton of space still on the TiVo.

Before Freddy Vs Jason, these two mighty monsters dueled to a tune of...

3 Bloody Brains out of 5



Monday, June 15, 2015

Pick Ups for the week of June 8-14th.


Kind of a slow week this week. We really had no intention of hunting, but we were within a jump of the thrift shop so we ran in fast. Nothing too exciting they were running a 5 for a dollar on VHS tapes, but they only had one that I have never seen before. I just might venture out during the fathers day weekend for the big garage sale but not 100% on that yet. Click here for more information on the Route 34 Sales. I will never do the full 100 plus miles but still we hit a few of the bigger towns and that is more than enough for me.


First up this week a little mailbag. This month Delirium magazine came in. Outside of the Howling, it was kind of weak not there best effort but never the less still one of the better zins out there.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

World War 2 Has Just Gotten Smaller!

Puppet Master 3
1992 | Color | 86 Minutes | 1.85:1 | R | Horror | 5.1 Dolby | Full Moon

Source: BluRay

Director: David DeCoteau

Writers: C. Courtney Joyner

Stars:
Guy Rolfe
Richard Lynch
Ian Abercrombie

Plot:
Set in Berlin during WWII, the Nazi regime is attempting to develop a drug that will animate the dead, in order to use in the war effort. Toulon arouses suspicion as a Nazi dissident, and his secret is discovered. During a Nazi raid on his home, Toulon's beautiful wife is murdered. Toulon vows revenge, with the help of his animated puppets. This movie gives a new perspective on Toulon and his "friends".

These are the TALONS of The Vampire Bat

The Vampire Bat
1933 | B&W | 65 Minutes | 1.37:1 | TV-PG | Horror | Mono | Majestic Pictures

Source: DVD


Director: Frank R. Strayer

Writer: Edward T. Lowe Jr.

Stars: 
Lionel Atwill
Fay Wray
Melvyn Douglas

Story:
In the small village of Kleinshloss, the locals are scared with a serial killer that is draining the blood of his victims, and the Burgomaster Gustave Schoen is convinced that a vampire is responsible for the deaths. The skeptical police inspector Karl Brettschneider is reluctant to accept the existence of vampires, but the local doctor Otto Von Newman shows literature about cases of vampirism inclusive in Amazon. When the apple street vendor Martha Mueller is murdered, the prime suspect becomes the slow Herman Gleib, a man with a mind of a child that loves bats. The group of vigilantes chases Herman, while Dr. Von Newman's housemaid Georgiana is attacked by the killer.


I love when somebody starts talking about a movie and you're intrigued to sit down and watch it. Well, that is kind of what happened here the only thing is they were talking about The Bat, not the Vampire Bat so I will have to look into that as well. As for Vampire Bat what a pleasant surprise.


 Now the print I watched was from the Bouns Feature on Trailers From Hell DVD it claims to be a New Digital Transfer. Well, it looks ok but they did not put too much time or money into the restoration of this movie. Never the less it looks good enough and the scratch's or bad spoke holes do not slow down the movie to bad. There are a few scene that you wish were in better shape but for a poverty row movie that is still around I will take what I can. Now some spoilers might come from this so do not read too far into it if you plan on watching this.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Warning! The Monster demands a Mate!


The Bride Of Frankenstein
1935 | B&W | 75 Minutes | 1.37:1 | R | Horror | Mono | Universal

Director: James Whale

Writer: William Hurlbut

Stars: 
Boris Karloff
Elsa Lanchester
Colin Clive

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.

“Bride of Frankenstein” walks down the aisle known as MeTV tonight at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 pm central, or- check your local listings. ( A note- hockey fans have our permission to dvr our show, in the event that the Stanley Cup finals game continues into our air time!) In Chicago, if you missed the Dawn Wells appearance last week in “Curucu: Beast of the Amazon”- you can see it this morning at 11 am on our sister station, WCIU, the U! Also, if you’re in our area, remember that you can meet me today from 5 to 7 pm at the Bauer house in Lombard during the Hardcore Hearse Club show- you’ll find full details on our site under “appearances”. - See more at: http://svengoolie.com/?p=7885#sthash.w1DuYIzc.dpuf