Friday, June 24, 2016

The Unnamable (1988)

The Unnamable (1988) dir. Jean-Paul Ouellette,  K.P. Productions/Yankee Classic Pictures

The Summer of Love(craft) continues. As the 1980's moved on, the success of the Re-Animator series brought Lovecraft back into the forefront of the viewing public. Going with one of Lovecraft's lesser known short stories, the Unnamable had Lovecraft's occasional hero Randolph Carter having a weird encounter in your typical New England graveyard.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) dir. Danny Steinmann,  Paramount Pictures/Georgetown Productions Inc./Sean S. Cunningham Films

Jason, he of the hockey mask and various sharp instruments, was dead, having been on the receiving end of a machete beat down. Sadly part four turned a tidy profit so Paramount had no choice but to bring the man behind the mask back...or did they?

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.