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Joshua Hoffine's "Black Lullaby" Kickstarter Project

on October 28, 2013 - 8:53pm

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a fan of Joshua Hoffine's photography. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife (then fiancée) Jennifer a few years ago when I bought his print "Death" a few years ago.

Before you pick up that discounted copy of a B-horror film, or buy a pumkin spiced latte, or buy clearance Halloween items, let me direct you to a better cause for your $10 to be spent on. 

And I say $10 specifically because I know money is tight everywhere. Believe me. I know. 

But even that little bit of cash can help to support something pretty cool. 

He has a kickstarter project called Black Lullaby which I just pledged $30 towards. He's in the process of making a short film inspired by his collection of photographs and needs some help with shooting the final monster appearance plus all that post production goodness. Watch the video below to learn more directly from the man himself.

Hell No: The Sensible Horror Film

on October 15, 2013 - 11:29pm

The horror movie I've been waiting for.


Halloween on the Screen

on October 18, 2012 - 12:33pm

There hasn't been much time for anything, lately. I've tried to put the brakes on a little and remind myself to enjoy the season (don't want to be all Sally Brown, lamenting "Halloween is over and I MISSED it!"). 

A huge part of that - as a child and as an adult - is media. Be it film or television, the one constant in my celebration regime is animation of some sort. 

Is it me, or does there seem to be a lack of Halloween cartoons in the last 10 years? The Nickelodeon collection of cartoon series are good to deliver a special episode, but where are the stand alone features? And I don't count newer Disney specials which star people (hey Disney, remember when you made cartoons? I think it made you famous). 

Dreamworks has stepped up and tried to fill the Halloween gap with Shrek and Monsters vs Aliens specials, but where is everyone else?

And so I am left to be nostalgic, reaching back to my childhood (which is why I posted the picture of Grover by Jack Davis I came across last night as I was trying to catch up on all the Halloween Countdown blogs).

If you were a child in the 70s and 80s, or you love older cartoon Halloween specials, come sit by me. I'm going to share a couple of blogs that might make you feel better.

Mad Monster Party Art Show

on October 15, 2012 - 12:48pm

I'm a big fan of the site Doo Wacka Doodles  (and Belle Dee's art) throughout the year, but during the Halloween Countdown it's an even better treat. 

Spotted this post about a Mad Monster Party Art Show in Sherman Oaks, CA. Belle has put a link to the gallery and samples of what's being shown, what's for sale and all the details so please visit the links above.

Instead of repeating all of her post, I just wanted to highlight one piece for sale by Dan Szczepanski of a carved pumpkin (selling for $900). There's a video where you can see each side.

Dan Szczepanski has an entire collection of carved foam pumpkins which are quite stunning. Like the Haunted Mansion pumpkin, the Edgar Allen Poe pumpkin, the Headless Horseman pumpkin, and a whole lot of Disney, Universal Monsters, and Halloween goodness. 

Spooks Run Wild

on October 4, 2012 - 10:20am

I've been watching a number of classic horror films while preparing for Halloween.

Of all the movies I've seen so far (which I'd never seen in the past), I have to say I'm most taken with Spooks Run Wild starring Bela Lugosi and the East Side Kids.

It's a silly spooky romp, just perfect for this time of year (especially if you're looking for something different and light hearted). Enjoy!

Brushing Up on the Classics

on September 25, 2012 - 8:33am

My VCR died. 

Joke and laugh about my retro entertainment means, but when you have a solid collection of favourite films on VHS and a limited budget, one tends not to be in a rush to convert an entire catalogue of film to DVD. 

I still have one working VCR/TV combo, but I know it's only a matter of time before that fails me as well. 

I didn't realize how often I dip into my VHS collection (especially between September and December when I'm working on holiday items) until my recent loss. I knew I used it, but I used it a lot. And while my modest DVD collection is made up of films I like to watch over and over, I don't want to do so within a week. 

For my viewing pleasure, I have acquired some new films for the Halloween season. Starting from right to left in the photo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Spencer Tracy (which I had never seen), House of Wax with Vincent Price (which I've always wanted to own), as well as Freaks and The Haunting (both of which I already own on VHS). I burned through that as soon as the package arrived. I do love an inexpensive 4 movie collection of what I consider to be some of the best classics. 

The Countdown is On

on October 25, 2011 - 9:57am

Less than a week until Halloween and I'm scurrying around to get last minute items in place (as I'm sure all of you are too). 

The weekend started with a late night screening of Fulci's ZOMBIE (or Zombi 2, if you like). Seeing a classic up on the big screen was great, and now it's being released on Blue Ray so everyone can have some 70's zombie goodness. Found this trailer with Guillermo del Toro talking about the film which is fun in itself.

Going to sleep at 3 am before a show is maybe not the best idea. On Sunday morning I actually forgot to bring copies of my book with me (I remembered the sign though. Does that count?). Still, it was a good day and many of my creations were adopted (especially the undead nutcrackers). I have some items leftover and will put that up on etsy closer to the end of November. 

Today I finish the last large prop of the Halloween theme and the final little additions to the house. Hopefully by Friday I'll be able to share some photos of that with you.

In the meantime, head on over to The Happy Undertaker where Drazen has slowly been releasing a 10 part series of story illustrations called House of Bats. So far, 3 pages have been revealed and I am patiently waiting for the rest.

Don't Jump!

on October 22, 2011 - 7:53pm

Yetch decided he wanted one of my little pumpkins from the batch I made for tomorrow's show. I left this little fella on his own while I packed up everyone else, and he just looked so forlorn (and a little desperate) by himself, perched so precariously. I quickly got him inside the curio cabinet with the other little pumpkins I've kept in the past.

I'm almost all packed up for tomorrow morning, which is good since all of Toronto is one big gridlock at the moment. Highway closures abound, and of course everywhere I need to be in the next 24 hours is on the other side of the city.

First stop is a late night showing of Fulci's Zombie (I won two tickets through Fangoria Magazine, which is pretty cool). But Yetch seems to finally be coming down with whatever virus has had me pinned to the mat all month, so I'm not sure if he's going to be up for it. It's one thing to get him into the car but another to ask him to travel to the other side of the city via transit and then walk a couple blocks when he's feeling poorly.

And tomorrow should be interesting since I have to drive across the city to get my wares to the Bazaar of the Bizarre and the highway I need to take will still be closed. 

So by the end of tomorrow I'll either be happy from all the Halloween goodness I was able to attend, or ready to climb up on the edge with my sad little pumpkin.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Fright Night Remake Trailer

on May 14, 2011 - 9:18am

I've already expressed how I feel about horror movie remakes in the past, so I won't bore you with that again. Instead, I will simply post the trailer for the re-imagined Fright Night film.

It certainly looks darker than the original, which at the very least means they're putting their own spin on it. I do have trouble buying Colin Farrell as a vampire, but I think that's just because I'm not a huge fan of his.

As for my beloved David Tennant, get ready for a movie trailer game of Where's Waldo. Blink and you'll miss him.

Quick Movie Review from You Know Who

on November 6, 2009 - 4:28pm

Dead SnowFor my Halloween viewing, I rented three movies I've been wanting to see: a) Drag Me to Hell, b) Grace, and c) Dead Snow.

Drag Me to Hell was fine. I didn't care for the protagonist (perhaps I wasn't supposed to like her, but I didn't even get to enjoy my dislike for her). The ending was obvious (at least to me) for the last 30 minutes of the movie, so it was a matter of just waiting for it to be over instead of enjoying the misdirection. Overall, I think the movie was pretty weak and have no intention to ever watch it again.

Having said that, the movie had a handful of great moments (especially the first physical scuffle between the protagonist and the gypsy, which I thoroughly enjoyed).