Monday, August 17, 2015

Pay to get in. PRAY to get out! (A Huge Gallery of Fun Houses, Haunted Houses, and Dark Rides!)

As mentioned by me before, some of my fondest memories as a kid was spending my entire Summers in Wildwood, New Jersey! Walking the nearly two mile long boardwalk day and night would never get old to me . . . the food (Sam's Pizza and Curley's Fries on the reg), the prize wheel games and arcade games ("Gateway 26" collected many of my quarters!), and of course the rides . . . oh those fantastic rides! Now truth be told I've never been one for roller coaster or galvatron type rides . . . remember that chewing tobacco scene from "The Sandlot"? Well that was usually the end result any time I got brave enough to put my body into the hands of zero gravity. But one type of ride I always was able to handle and would flock to on a daily basis were the numerous "Dark Rides" that each of the 4 main Piers featured! Off hand (keep in mind I'm talking about the Mid 80s to the Early 90s here) I remember Morey's Piers having Dante's Inferno and a huge Ghostly Pirate Ship that was more of a Walk through attraction then a ride; Hunts' Pier had "The Golden Nugget", "The Whacky Shack", and a "Keystone Cops" rides; Mariner's Landing I believe had a Jungle Cruise that featured Cannibals; and the Nickels Midway Pier featured the infamous Castle Dracula (aka Dracula's Castle)

Credit: Dark in the Park 

A lot of pictures and info of all the rides I mentioned above can be found at two of my favorite sites on the web, that being Dark in the Park and Fun Chase, but today I'm here to share some pics from a new favorite I just became aware of, it's called Enchanted Kiddieland and is ran by a good good friend of mine name Missy Mazzaferro!

I became aware of Missy mutual love of Dark Rides when she posted the pics you are about to see below on her Facebook timeline a couple weeks back! I was in awe of the gaudy airbrushed monsters and the total disregard for copyright infringement that these rides that Missy has visited over the years all over the United States! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Enter to Win a Groovy Poster signed by Bruce Campbell!

Hey everyone I'm back with another poster giveaway, this time around I'm teaming up with Josh Goldbloom of The Awesome Fest to give you a chance to win a custom poster from signed by the one and only Bruce Campbell! 

The poster you see above was for the first annual "Bruce Campbell's Horror Film Festival" that was held last year at Wizard World Chicago! To help spread the word for the 2nd Edition of this Event (now dubbed "The Groovy Fest")  Josh has donated a event poster singed by "The Chin" himself for this latest SMF Giveaway!

So Here's All You Have All You Have To Do Enter . . .

First I ask for you to please give The Awesome Fest's Facebook Page (HERE) & also the official "Bruce Campbell Horror Fest" page (HERE) some Sugar by liking their pages! After doing that come back to this Contest Page and Answer In THE Blog's Comments Section Below What Your Favorite Scene in "The Evil Dead" Series is!

That's All There Is To It!

The Deadline for this Give-A-Way is Midnight August 31st! So have your entry in by then and please also include your Email Address or How to Contact You in your Comment, that way I can reach you if are the Winner!  All entries will be given a Number and a Winner will be picked out using the Quick Random Number Generator on my phone, so best of luck and thanks playing!

For A Bonus Chance to Win Re-tweet this Tweet Dated July 31st (5:23 AM) 

- Tom

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"DEVILTRY" (unproduced Jersey Devil movie from 1990!)

The trailer above for an unproduced Jersey Devil flick titled "Deviltry" was posted a couple days ago over at the blog Philebrity! The story goes according to Philebrity  . . .

"Back in 1990, Philadelphia-based filmmaker Chris Blake Sasser filmed a trailer for a New Jersey Devil-based horror flick called Deviltry to raise funds for the low-budget production. While a full feature never materialized, the two minutes of cheesy movie magic (oh man, the acting in this is something out of a Joel Hodgson fever dream!)"

I have since watched that trailer a few times now and truly wish that this movie saw completion!

- Tom

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dino Horrors - Carnosaur 3: Primal Species

Carnosaur 3: Primal Species is so bad it's actually difficult to review. The entire film is a jumbled mess of poorly written action cliches, illogical characters, goofy puppet effects and indescribably bad acting. The pace of the film is insane, making the overall plot and action completely confusing. Characters scream at rubber dinosaurs, get trapped under cardboard boxes, pretend to arm wrestle and react to danger like kids riding a rollercoaster (hands in the air and SCREAM).

Every single actor understands that they're in a Carnosaur film, and they seem to love every minute of it. I don't think 10 minutes go by without a prehistoric dino-muppet ripping someone's face off. You will never lose interest in Carnosaur 3 even though you won't take the movie seriously. Watching Primal Species is like hitting the fast forward button on all of the previous Carnosaur films, pausing only for hilarious one-liners and out of focus dinosaur attacks.

Come to think of it, Carnosaur 3 is a pretty brilliant film.

Instead of reviewing Carnosaur 3, I would like to share 10 things that I learned while watching the film. All you need to know about the plot is that US Army Special Forces are called to a harbor in Los Angeles. They're looking for top secret cargo stolen by terrorists. The crack team of soldiers consult a shady and somewhat bitchy military scientist. They're told that the secret cargo are genetically modified raptors and a head ripping T-Rex. Our heroes spend the rest of the movie in the bowels of a ship trying to kill these creatures while discovering that the T-Rex is (of course) pregnant.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dino Horrors - G.I. War Tales #1 (Comic Book)

DC's G.I. War Tales was a short lived reprint of their 1960s Star-Spangled War Stories. Only four issues were published in 1973. I guess 70s kids were more interested in star children and robot shenanigans than hard nosed G.I.s bazooka blasting man-eating Theropods. Their loss. I only own the first issue, but it seems not all of these stories were dinosaur related, and therefore not worth my time.

I discovered this comic in my wife's insanely random, but beautifully bizarre comic book collection about 5 or 6 years ago. It sat alongside The Maxx comics and a Pope John Paul II comic Marvel released back in the early 90s. Yes, I did check if the Pope comic was worth money, it is not.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Dino Horrors - Planet of Dinosaurs

The poster for Planet of Dinosaurs wants you to believe the movie is Star Wars with dinosaurs. The film is actually a cheap 70s drive-in exploitation film that could have been a children's matinee feature if it didn't look so much like a porno. Surprisingly, the stop motion dino-action is pretty good, and when the claymation lizards start picking off our subpar space explorers things get pretty brutal. I laughed a lot at this movie, but I yawned a lot too. I should have been drunk. I always should be drunk while watching this stuff.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

(ICYMI) My Dream "Drive-In Double Feature" for!

ICYMI it earlier this week I wrote a post over at my friend Joey Gallimore's Blog for a feature he came up with asking people to share what their Dream "Drive-In Double Feature" would be!

As you can see from the poster above (that Icon Vs. Icon whipped up for me) what my two choices were, but please check out the post right HERE to read why and also be sure to check out some other interesting choices in this LINK!