Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Spirit (1987)

The Spirit (1987) dir. Michael Schultz, Von Zerneck-Samuels Productions/Warner Bros. Television


The first draft of this review was roughly six pages of profanities directed at Frank Miller. For those not in the know, Will Eisner created the blue suit clad hero for the Register and Tribune Syndicate in 1940.

The character enjoyed decades in the funny papers, although Hollywood skipped Eisner's work by. When a big budget version was brought to the big screen in 2008 the results were...mixed. Despite Miller's general jackassery, that wasn't the first attempt to get the Spirit on a screen.


Made in 1986 but dumped on the viewing public in late summer of '87, the Spirit told how policeman Denny Colt became the Spirit.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2016 up and coming

2015 was about a twenty mile stretch of bad road, but it is over. For the new year, there will be some updates. This summer we'll see the return of the Summer of Love(craft). October will see more horror reviews and a special look at the horror hosts of the prairie when we take a look at the hosts of Illinois.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) dir. Joseph Zito,  Paramount Pictures/Georgetown Productions Inc./Sean S. Cunningham Films





You'd think they would know better than to call something 'final' at this point, but I suppose that's why I'm not a producer.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Mr. Lobo

Real name: Erik Lobo
Years active: 2001-present






And now we come to the final horror host of the Golden State. We've had zombies, demons, ghouls, luchadors, but this is out first saint. Yup, Mr. Lobo is the patron saint of horror hosts as deemed by the Church of Ed Wood.

Starting back KXTV Channel 10 in Sacramento, the show was re-titled Cinema Insomnia the following year. Since then he's been broadcast coast to coast from California to Virginia. The character has been described as Rod Serling as being played by an idiot.

Had a chance to interview him, but it seems our schedules never could match. He's one of the longer lasting hosts who is still on the air, so kudos to him.



Cinema Insomnia






Horror Countdown 2015: Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Night of the Ghouls (1959) dir. Ed Wood, Wade Williams Presentation



And now we bring down the curtain on Edward D. Wood Jr.'s last horror film before he began his slow descent into skin flicks and juvenile delinquency scare films.

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Balrok and No Name/Miss Misery

Real names: Unknown
Years active: 2012-present

Miss Misery, No Name, and Balrok


And here we have the latest hosts to debut in the Bay Area. Creepy Kofy Movie Time, airing on KOFY Channel 20 in San Fransisco. the cast is certainly one of the larger groups, including the aforementioned Miss Misery. She has has own segment on the show, focusing on shorts, but if Internet scuttlebutt is to believed there are also rumblings of her getting her own separate show. 

Movies, guests, and even some educational content. The show has even inspired some comics and some animated shorts. So far it looks like the next generation of horror hosts is in good hands. 

Website

Miss Misery





Friday, October 30, 2015

Horror Host Retrospective 2015: Spookman Dan

Real name: Dan Turner
Years active: 1982-1985






Funny enough I wasn't even aware of this host until I found an old episode of TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. Elvira was the guest and they showed a slew of horror hosts who were active around 1982. Spookman Dan made the cut.

Hosting Late Night Fright Theater on KVIQ Channel 6 in Eureka, Spookman managed to be low key in appearance and over the top in manner. He did a brief go as a speakeasy owner a few years ago, but that business seems to have closed. As of 2011 he's back and on Youtube.