Saturday, October 31, 2009

Myth Busters to test a Jason X myth!

Anyone remember that turd of a movie called Jason X? No? Well, unfortunately my wallet and I remember it quite well. Sadly, my subconscious had to intake this movie because I was practically asleep during it. At any rate, Wednesday November 4th at 9 PM the MythBusters will tackle the death of Adrienne (No, not Adrienne King!) in the 2002 Opus of Shit Jason X.

ESPN: How A Hockey Mask Became So Scary

Jaques Plante donning his mask
Larry Zerner posted this on his Face book and I found this interesting to say the least.
The most recognizable piece of sports equipment was never used in an actual game. Unless you consider mass murder a sport.

The first time I noticed it was as I walked through the local video store, a preteen-ager not yet worried about catching glimpses through the doors of the adults-only section. Then, I was more focused on the forbidden allure of the horror aisle, fascinated by the terrible images on the back of the VHS boxes: buxom girls in tattered clothes screaming, chain saws glistening, bloody machetes about to strike. These weren't production stills, they were portals to hell. And every so often, you could catch sight of the demon causing all the wreckage: a bulking man in a hockey mask.

Friday, October 30, 2009

A New Beginning shooting location!

Thanks to Germaniac on the Friday The 13th board, we know the exact spot where Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning was shot. Thanks to his detective work we found out the location is called Rancho Rosita in Camarillo, California. Here are a few photos that come from the site, as you can see it's most definitely the house and the barn from the movie.


I thought I would enjoy this more than I am...

As a kid of the 1980's- being able to actually rent videos at a legitimate mom & pop video store- you'd think seeing all of the Blockbusters going out ob business would give me more happiness. I can say that those video rental stores were my Grindhouses, and Hwy 41 in High Springs, Fl (which had my rental store of my choice) was my 42nd Street.

When Blockbuster started to infiltrate the small towns (after it had taken over the cities) pretty much every independent video rental store went out of business. Thankfully, very select few independently owned ones did stay and survive, but those are few and far between. I can never express how much I hated Blockbuster for doing that to the video rental industry.

Halloween goodness: I rank the Halloween movies WORST to FIRST

10) Halloween (2007): By far the worst of the entire franchise, and that says a lot with all of the turds. Rob Zombie did well with this film visually and directing, but once again failed miserably with the writing. In my opinion Zombie went way too far back and recreated way too much about Michael Myers that it simply can not be forgiven. Myers was always a good child from a good family turned evil without any provocation. Zombie made Michael a stereotypical, cliche killer by putting him in a bad family and being a product of his environment.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Then & Now: John Robert Dixon

Friday The 13th Part III 3-D propaganda

I am always on the look out for foreign advertisements for these movies, lobby cards, programs, ad slicks, etc. Here are some posters (one's a video case) for Part III- oh nostalgia.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friday The 30th!: Tons of guests added!

This will turn out to be better than the 25th Anniversary convention at Necrocomicon! Some of the most notable guests (for me, at least) are:

Part I:
Harry Crosby (Bill)- it's his first ever convention and this guy really is known to be elusive in the autograph trading community!

Juliette Cummins at a recent Psycho reunion.

Here are some photos of Juliette from a recent Psycho reunion at a Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention. I have to say that she is still as beautiful as ever. I did not like her hair in A New Beginning, but she was beautiful and I loved her in A New Beginning, Psycho III, Slumber Party Massacre II and Deadly Dreams (full frontal nudity FTW). Anyways, check out the rest of the photos and a full write up of the convention at Icons Of Fright.

Behind the scenes photos of the week: Constructing Jason IV

Here's a compilation of photos found around the net and various DVDs.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Part II shooting location demolished.

Vicky on the Guts And Gory forum posted these photos of the Part II shooting cabins in Kent, CT. The land has been sold and the long standing cabins have been demolished and it's a shame. This follows the Part III cabin (arson fire) in shooting locations that are no longer standing.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

By popular demand: Scabboy's Top 10 Halloween flicks!

So, I get asked a lot about my favorite movies to watch on Halloween. Realistically, you can never count out the obvious Halloween movies (i.e. Halloween) so I will do a top ten list. Most people's Halloween top 10 is chock-full of Halloween sequels, Universal Monster movies and Saw films- mine isn't. I think some people will be surprised with some of my picks.

10) Trick Or Treat (1986): Not only is this a Halloween based movie (hence the name) with that 1980's cheesy charm, but it has Skippy (Marc Price) from Family Ties with a kick ass mullet. The movie also has cameos by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. The story is also quite simple- the school outcast played by Marc obtains a demo from his late rock hero who died in a fire. The tape possesses him and he seems revenge against his tormentors. Even though this is #10, it's a MUST for Halloween viewing.

Fangoria # 22: Douglas J White talks about Jason III

Alan A. Appone and Douglas J White work on Jason
from: MEL Effects
In Fangoria #22 Douglas J. White talks about creating the face of Jason and what inspired the look.
"The other task was the creation of killer Jason's makeup, a task what was created within some time limitations. We'd already been working on the show for almost 10 weeks when they came up to me to do the (new) makeup for Jason (Jason's makeup was previously done by Stan Winston).

Short Part III reunion

Of course being shot by Scott Goldberg, the video looks superb- the video has Paul Kratka, David Katims, Richard Brooker and Larry Zerner and is from Screamfest 2007.

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Dana Kimmell goodness: Texas- The Shooting Of Alex Wheeler

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Behind The Scenes Photos Of The Week: Tom Savini

Here's a few behind the scenes photos from Friday The 13th (1980) and Friday The 13th: Part IV The Final Chapter (1984) of Tom Savini doing his work. The first is Tom doing some touch ups on young Jason Vorrhees, the next is Tom doing some work on Mrs. Voorhees head that will be used in the decapitation and the last is from The Final Chapter, which is Teddy's head used with the knife impact.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

SFX Spotlight: Carl Fullerton

Carl Fullerton applying latex to Warrington Gillette (Jason Voorhees) 

Watching Friday The 13th: Part II (1981) and seeing the special effects you'd never have guessed that the special effects artist Carl Fullerton later became a twice nominated Oscar Award artist. The special make-up effects in Friday The 13th: Part II was not at all badly done, however they were pretty much non-existent because of the cuts made to the film to get an MPAA R rating.

Carl Fullerton was suggested to producers when Tom Savini turned down the film to do The Burning and Stan Winston was not available. Carl Fullerton apprenticed under special make-up effects legend Dick Smith and worked on such great horror films like Rituals (1977), Altered States (1980), Wolfen (1981), The Hunger (1983) and Warlock (1989). Fullerton also went into the mainstream and did effects for larger films Goodfellas (1990), The Godfather: Part III (1990), Philadelphia (1993) and pretty much every Denzel Washington movie since 1996 as Mr. Washington's personal make-up artist.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Part 3 contact sheet: Alternate ending

Thanks to Ty for sending me a small scan of this contact sheet. I am still looking for a super high-res scan (or the real thing) of this scene, and any other scenes from the movie.

I have seen a lot of contact sheets (I own one), there's another one of the alternate ending that I am looking for as well that is mainly photos of Dana Kimmell and her stunt double being beheaded.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kane Hodder as Leatherface.

Here I go plugging Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III again- it's a movie I have always loved since I first saw it, which was as soon as it came to VHS in about 1991 or so. I think it's such an underrated movie and fuck what critics say- it's greatly entertaining, violent, nasty and gory.

Behind The Scenes Photos Of The Week: Jason Lives

Here are some behind the scenes photos of Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives that I had floating around on my hard drive. I'm not sure what the one of CJ Graham having make up applied to his face is from- it's more recent- but, I included it too.

Monday, October 12, 2009

DVD stills of the week: Friday The 13th Part III in 3-D

Here are some 3-D screen caps from the Friday The 13th Part III in 3-D Deluxe Edition. If you have a pair of anaglyphic 3-D glasses handy (the red and blue ones)you can actually see this in 3-D!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My favorite movies from the real 'Masters Of Horror'

I get asked a lot- "What are your favorite movies from the 'Masters of Horror'? When I say 'Masters of Horror' I mean the true masters from the late 1970's and 1980's; George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg. A lot of people may really get angry when I say this, but I truly feel (with an exception of Cronenberg) that all of these directors are well past their prime and really have not done anything worthwhile since the late 1980's (and with Craven the mid 1990's).

However, if I would have to pick two of my favorite movies from each of the aforementioned directors I'd pick these:

George A. Romero
#1) Day Of The Dead (1985): I absolutely love this movie and think it's far superior to Dawn Of The Dead in may ways. The story not only has a very desperate, claustrophobic feel to it, but it's pretty much everyone's nightmare come true. Imagine being trapped underground with a bunch of evil fucks with machine guns and the alternative is combating the undead and probably being eaten alive. I also feel that this is Tom Savini's best movie special effects wise and has some of the best gore from the 1980's.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Very good Paul Kratka interview by Stone Cold Crazy blog!

Another great interview from the guy who did probably one of the two best Danny Steinmann interviews out there (the other is on I really enjoyed reading this interview, so enjoy!

JC: What other acting had you done before Friday the 13th Part III?

PK: Well, I had been studying privately in North Hollywood, studying acting and just scrambling around trying to get jobs. I was doing some on-camera spokesman work, some commercials, and had done a small part on General Hospital.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Horror movie review Thursday: Final Stab (2001)

"Angela's sister wants to make a revenge game up on her, inviting to mystery farm her old friends, to participate into a game with fake blood and knifes - but Angela and her disturbed boyfriend Charlie were not supposed to know about the fake part. But what starts as a little friendly game, get dark and bloody with real deaths - and sure, real blood and knifes."

The plot, in my opinion, was already done, but pretty unique. The plot alone kept me tuned in the entire movie-- it's an easy catch because we all want to know who did it! I am a sucker for movies like this good and bad, so it's really easy to be biased. It was released in Europe as Final Scream, so yeah-- name recognition before good content.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Funny Tom Morga clip.

This may be amusing for some of us A New Beginning fans, so I just wanted to share this. It's a cleverly done/edited little piece and again, Tom Morga really is not that great of an actor-- at least not back then.

DVD still of the week: Jason Takes Manhattan

So, back to this atrocity of a movie- one more screen capture from the cut footage of the film. Here's Timothy Burr Mirkovich (Young Jason) crawling out of Jason's mouth while he's drowning in sewage. Some people have wondered how Young Jason got into the sewer and how Jason transformed into Young Jason. Well, he did not transform- Young Jason crawled out of his mouth and Jason disintegrated-- sounds better, right?

Now I can see why they opted with the edit where it looks like that Jason turned into Young Jason over this abomination!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Friday The 13th 2010: My Wish List

So, with Friday The 13th 2009 being such a great success we are being (blessed) with another installment-- probably in 3-D and if the rumors are correct without Derek Mears. Although Brad Fuller has said Mears will indeed come back, you never know. A couple months back some rumors surfaced that the chode Tim Sylvia will be donning the mask for the sequel and I have to say that would be a fucking mistake. Not only does his body look out of shape and portly, but he just does not have the body of Jason Voorhees.

Another rumor floating around is that the opening sequence will take place in the Winter, which has been something a good amount of fans has wanted for some time now. I'm on the fence about it as long as it's done right, it may work. I mean, Camp Crystal Lake supposed to be in the Northeast USA, which is infamous for it's snow so it makes sense.

Behind the scenes photos of the week: Part III

indHere's a handful of behind the scenes photos from Friday The 13th Part III. Clockwise from the left: 1) Richard Brooker wearing the Part 3 stunt hock used for the axe chop to the head. 2) The slit throat gag from Lerry Zerner's (Shelly) death scene. 3) Richard Brooker (Jason) wearing Stan Winston's mask in between shots during Chili's poker death. 4) Director Steve Miner and (what seems to be writers Martin Kitrosser and Karen Kitrosser-Watson. 5) A shot from the long-lost alternate ending. 6) Special Effects master Douglas J. White applying make-up to Marilyn Poucher (Mrs. Voorhees).

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Video Dead will premier on MGM HD in HD!

For fans of this little movie- such as myself- this should be a great treat for us! MGM HD is one of the more underrated HD channels out there (any channel who plays Motel Hell in HD is cool in my book!) and they will be showing The Video Dead starting November 1st at 11pm EST and will be playing throughout the month.

For those of you who have never seen this movie, it's about a zombie outbreak via an old possessed TV! It's got the same feel of other 80's obscure and marginally good gems such as Terrorvision, Night Of The Comet and Chopping Mall. To see what you are missing, here are some comparisons with the VHS and the new HD transfer below!

Be sure to visit The Video Dead on DVD Myspace to help get this thing released legitimately!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday The 13th Part II: August 13, 2010?

Looks like it is indeed coming!

Friday the 13th Part 2 Date Official
Source:Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor
October 1, 2009

New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. made it official today. Friday the 13th Part 2, a sequel to this year's Friday the 13th, is slated to hit on August 13, 2010.

Brad Fuller and Andrew Form tipped us off back in June right here, that if all goes according to plan, that was the date they were looking at. Fuller stresses to us, however, that the sequel still does not have a greenlight.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift will return to write. And Derek Mears will absolutely be back to reprise his role as Jason Voorhees, contrary to the many wild rumors running around on the web.

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