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Michael Vs Jason

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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 Michae…

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

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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…

When Bad Puppets, turn Good

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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.

The Two Mightiest Monsters Of All Time!

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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 g…

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

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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.

World War 2 Has Just Gotten Smaller!

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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

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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. W…

Warning! The Monster demands a Mate!

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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: h…

Evil begets evil on the sabbath of the undead!

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Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride
1973 | Color | 87 Minutes | 1.85:1 | R | Horror | Mono | Hammer Films
Source: DVD
Director: Alan Gibson

Writer: Don Houghton

Stars:  Christopher Lee Peter Cushing Michael Coles
Story:
It's 1974 - two years after the events in Dracula 1972. Strange things are happening - some girls are disappearing from the street and some of them are secretaries to important people. The Police and the Secret Service become interested when rich people (including a Lord) are pouring their empires into a foundation in which the boss hasn't been seen and a photograph of him doesn't produce a figure. The Inspector from D72 comes to see Van Helsing and Jessica and their investigations lead them to believe that the boss is Dracula...

After hearing about Christopher Lee passing away it was not a shock but still brought sadness. So over the weekend I planned on watching one of his many Hammer Horror Features that we always hear so much about. After scanning throug…

Swamp Thing...Your Amazing...

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Swap Thing: The Un-Men Unleashed
1991 | Color | 28 Minutes | 1.85:1 | G | Animation | 2.0 Dolby | Kenner Toys

Source: VHS
Creators:  Len Wein Bernie Wrightson

Stars:  Len Carlson Don Francks Philip Akin
Plot: Believing that Swamp Thing can grant him immortality, Anton Arcane turns three swamp thugs into human-animal hybrids, the Un-Men and sends them to capture him. Instead, they capture two lost boys, so Swamp Thing and friends intervene.




Picked this tape up a year or two ago at a book sale with the intent of watching it over the Halloween season. Well, that said season has come and gone. I had some time to kill the other day and its 23-minute run time was perfect. I have never heard of the swamp thing cartoon, but it makes sense with Kenner putting out some god awful action figures and a so so NES game. So let us pop this bad boy in shale we?

Terror Is Loose In the City! My Summer of 1982!

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Revenge of The Creature
1955 | B&W 3D | 82 Minutes | 2.00:1 | NR | Horror | Mono | Universal

Director: Jack Arnold

Writers: Martin Berkeley

Stars:  John Agar Lori Nelson John Bromfield


Plot:
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is back! This time he's captured by scientists and transported to an aquarium in south Florida. Naturally, he's attracted to the lovely female scientist and manages to escape and kidnap her, heading to Jacksonville, presumably to catch a Jaguars game.


I don't think I will ever forget the summer of 1982 and how it will live on through stories that I can't wait to tell my grandkids someday. All though just like my girls they won't care but for me it was a life-changing summer. We had Mrs. Pac-Man, Jack and Diane, Pudding Pop's, and the introduction to Skittles.

It was also the start to my infatuation with Universal Monsters. So a little background, my mom would watch Yellow Screaming Theatre and Svengoolie I was quickly turned on to Horr…

Great week for Pick ups!

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Ok, gang, it was a great week for pickups. This week we had a few town-wide sales and the two big book sales of the year. Those said book sales are always good for some rare VHS tapes but not so much this year. In fact, the one book sale with the town wide Garage Sale is where we start.


They had nothing and I mean nothing at this book sale. They usually have the books in some type of order like Horror, Romance etc nope not this year. My wife who collects and reads all the books has been disappointed the past few years and deiced to skip this year. I did pick up The Screaming Skull only because I like the cover art that has nothing to do with the movie itself. The girls found a book or two and that was it. In fact, that was all their was after stopping at a few sales. We did pick up on CD it was for Monsters University, but it was not the soundtrack it was music based on or something like that.

The Man Cave over haul.

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So I have been working on The Man Cave this week. I read an article on *Gulp* Pinterest about making things out of Pallets. And one person used a pallet for their DVD collection. Well, I work with pallets every day and stumbled onto this one. It was huge and I have well over 500 Horror DVD's so I thought why not give it a shot. Would you believe they all fit and I have room for 20 or so more! and I can still move some big box sets out to put more DVD's in.

So what do you think? Is it silly or pretty cool? It has already changed from the last time I took this picture and the whole cave is getting moved around. The girls and I even went crazy and hooked up almost all of the game systems. I will post more about the cave when I get it done.


The hardest part has been finding places for all the trend and posters. I have moved my VHS about 50 times already I'm no Martha Stewart but I want my collection out to show.

Halloween is gearing up in 2015

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Looks like Mill Creek Entertainment is gearing up for Halloween with a couple cool releases coming soon. First up William Castle.

William Castle Horror Collection Five Films From the Master of Fright

13 Ghosts
Mr. Sardonicus
Homicidal
The Old Dark House
13 Frightened Gils
So I have heard of the two Classic's but the bottom 3 I'm  not familiar with. So that alone will have me picking this up when it hits dump bins this August.


Next up Hammer Films Collection Volume One. Now I'm not that in tuned with Hammer but they sure have a following. Again you get 5 movies here as well.
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
Scream of Fear!
The Gorgon
Stop Me Before I Kill!
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
I have heard of some tiles and will most likely pick this up if the price is right. 
Both discs debut August 18th with a suggested retail of $14.98.



The Man Cave Turns 6!

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Holy cats the Man Cave turns 6 years old today. I never in a million years would have thought it would last this long.

Crazy that I still like doing this. And man has the blog changed over the years. I started this as a way to escape the pain of life and my daughters diagnosis of being a type one diabetic. As my viewer base grew I changed with it. When I stumbled upon the countdown to Halloween the Man Cave really took root.

I quickly realized that I was not alone in a geek world and people enjoyed reading what I had to say as much as I enjoyed reading others. I thank you all for stopping by! It's been a wild a crazy ride that I feel I can do for a few more years yet.


Oh Hell No!!

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His unholy creations hold the strings to your life.

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Puppet Master 2
1991 | Color | 88 Minutes | 1.85:1 | R | Horror | 5.1 Surround sound | Full Moon Horror
Source: Blu-Ray

Director: David Allen

Writers: Charles Band

Stars:  Elizabeth Maclellan Collin Bernsen Steve Welles
Toulon's puppets help collect brain tissue from human victims for Toulon to create his formula to animate the inanimate. The victims this time includes a group of researchers from a US department, responsible for investigating the paranormal.




There back....

The second film in the Puppet Master franchise was a direct to video to the smash hit Puppet Master. And here we sit almost 25 years later and we are still talking about this one by Dave Allen as the best in the series. I'm sad to say this came out on Blu-Ray back in 2012 and I'm just now getting to it. This puppy looks fantastic. The color correction is amazing for a low budget film that is this old. And the plot holds up as well. We are finally interduced to my favorite puppet Torch. Sadly he only shows u…

Hawks 2 Bolts 1

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One hell of a game tonight!

Get Over Here!! It's Mortal Kombat Cartoon!

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MK: The Journey Begins
1995 | Color | 38 Minutes | 1.33:1 | PG | Action | Dolby | Turner Home Entertainment
Source: VHS
Director: Joseph Francis

Writer: Kevin Droney

Stars:  Jeff Bennett Jim Cummings Ron Feinberg
Plot: As the three chosen defenders of Earth travel to the Kombat Island, Rayden teaches them how to be the masters of their destiny's, how to overcome their foes, and how to control their powers. Liu Kang, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage must defeat Shang Tsung, Sub Zero, Scorpion and Goro if they are to survive this challenge to decide the fate of the earth.

See what happened before Optimus Prime and Megatron came to Earth.

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Transformers: Beginnings
2007 | Color | 19 Minutes | 1.78:1 | NA | Animation | Dolby | Hasbro
Source: DVD
Directors: Harold Hayes Jr.

Writers: Simon Furman

Stars:  Peter Cullen Frank Welker Mark Ryan
Plot: On their home planet of Cybertron, the Autobots and Decepticons are involved in an explosive battle over the coveted AllSpark. With the fate of the universe at stake, the Autobots send it far from the reaches of the ruthless Megatron, leader of the Decepticons. But there are even more surprises in store when it crash-lands on Earth.

What is with my and picking up these animation prequels?

RIP Betsy Palmer

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Was so saddened to learn about the passing of actress Betsy Palmer, best known for portraying Pamela Voorhees in Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part II. She was 88 and died of natural causes at a hospice care centre in Connecticut on Friday 29th May. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Merendino.

I have had the privilege of meeting Palmer a few years back. She blew me away for her kindness and gratefulness. She really loved her fans and could talk for hours about Friday the 13th and and of her other body of work. She was such a joy to be around. I spent a good 30 minutes chatting with her that day. How many celebrities do you know that would do that.

And after talking to her about her appearance on the love boat and most of all Murder She Wrote and how I jumped for joy saying to my Grandma she was from Friday the 13th!!! Besty laughed hard and gave me the biggest warmest hug and kissed me on the check thanking me for the trip down memory lane. I really loved meeting her and …

Some call it Junk I call them Treasures!

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So this week I'm going to try something new and see how it goes. I have always been a movie collector and always shared my finds with my buddies and they would get pretty crazy seeing what I have found. So I thought why not join the club of Hunters out there and post my finds. I do not go out looking all the time but will try to post weekly. With all the book sales and garage sales coming up, I'm sure to find some cool stuff. So let us dive in shall we...