Saturday, February 28, 2015

SMF's Weekly ShartOuts (February 22nd - 28th)



1: This week's first "ShartOut" goes to Jason Price (of Icon vs. Icon) for making the banner at the top of this post! After seeing some of Jason's recent for Facebook page for one of my favorite podcasts "Acid Pop Cult", I asked if could whip something up for this weekly feature! Thanks again Jason!

2: My friend Kris Triana (of Tavern of Terror) has a book titled "Growing Dark" coming out soon. I got a preview of this collection of horror short stories a few month back and I highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy when it becomes available!

For more info check out this POST from Kris that also includes some early reviews!

3: With it less then two weeks away the guest list for Monster Mania (see HERE) keeps continuing to impress me!


This week they added Judge Reinhold to the mix! Loved this guy in Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, and other roles . . . but if I had to pick a favorite role it would be his performance in "Vice Versa"! I easily seen this movie over a 100 times since it use to run endless on cable in the late 80s/early 90s!

"Don't STOP now Man . . .  We're really Waling!!!"


4: Kate Davis (Facebook) is back with another David Lynch inspired piece! Check out her "Ladies of David Lynch" she did in acrylic on 16x20 canvas!


5: Over at Dinosaur Dracula, Matt ranks the VHS Covers of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film series in this awesome POST!

I agree with his number one pick, do you? 

6: CavityColors has released this wicked cool "iScream" shirt that is only available on their website until Sunday!

7: And finally John Squires wrote this awesome article over at Shock till you Drop asking if Kid Friendly Horror is Making a Comeback! 
Check that post out right (HERE)


- Tom
http://shitmoviefest.tumblr.com/ (SMF on Tumblr; Page ran by Chris Gormley)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SMF's Weekly ShartOuts (February 15th - 21st)


Welcome to this week's edition of SMF's ShartOuts! I got a lot to cover this time around including an Interview with a Living Legend of Cinema, some Great Cult Movie Art, and also my very own Horror Movie debut!!!

1: 
Over at Icon Vs Icon my good friend Jason Price has up a very informative interview with Cult Movie Icon Lance Henriksen!
Jay and Lance talk about all kinds of things including his career longevity and some advice for younger actors! You Can Read That Interview Right "HERE!"

2:
My friend Kate Davis has been killing it with her art postings as of late! Last week I shared on here Kate's "Twin Peaks" Painting and I felt the need to feature her again this week because of how awesome her latest portrait of actress Geretta Geretta as  "Rosemary" in "Demons is"!

3:
Over at the Halloween Love blog, John Squires takes a look at some early horror film roles from the 2015 Oscar Nominees! 
You can read that post right HERE!

4:
 This past Monday Legendary Singer Leslie Gore Passed Away. The reason I mention this is because Leslie's music appeared in a lot of great movies over the years including "Hairspray", "Problem Child", "Waxwork"! Her most popular song "You Don't Own Me" set the tone for the criminally underrated film "The Convent" when it played in the opening credits! 

5:
When it comes to favorite Horror Series nothing tops Halloween for me and i loved that "Season of the Witch" art has been popping up more and more in the past few years as the film finally gains the accolades it deserves!
Artist Matt Ryan Tobin was commissioned by private individuals to do this stunning work you see below!


6:
 If you know me or follow me on Twitter or Facebook you probably know my love for the show "Bar Rescue"! I've seen every episode multiple times and it is my must watch Show on Sunday Nights! So while I was watching Jeopardy last evening i was elated to see that Jon Taffer was part of a category on "Bar Science" . . . cause nobody knows more about Bar Science then John Taffer!!! Anyway I tweeted about Mr. Taffer's appearance and wouldn't you know it but Jon re-tweeted me! 

7:
Here is another great Cult Movie Art Pieces that got posted this week! Artist Dan Mumford did this stylish "Puppet Master" for the Website Grey Matter Art!


I'm a big fan of the Puppet Master Series (well the first 5 movies anyway) and this has to be one of the best Puppet Master related artwork I've ever seen! Andre Toulon would be proud!

8:
Last weekends "Toy Fair" announced a lot of great figures to look out for this year especially in the realm of Horror! 


John Squires got you covered on the best best Toy Fair had to offer  checkout  his recent post over at Halloween Love right HERE!

9:
When it comes to Slashers getting represented in cotton, Chucky more often then not gets shortchanged! But fear not Chucky Lovers because Fright Rags (my favorite Horror Shits Company) announced a whole line of "Child's Play" Shirts hitting their site this coming Tuesday!

Read all about it in this LINK!

10:
And Lastly ICYMI, this past Monday I visited the set of American Exorcist and even did some acting during the day while appearing as a "Monster Arm" in one of the key special effects scenes!

Read All About It on the blog right HERE!


Thanks For Reading This Week's ShartOut and please Support all the Sites and Artists mentioned in this week's Post!

- Tom
http://shitmoviefest.tumblr.com/ (SMF on Tumblr; Page ran by Chris Gormley)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My day on the set of "American Exorcist"!



 "American Exorcist" is an Independent Horror Film currently filming in Philadelphia from directors Tony Trov & Johnny Zito. The duo (who previously made the Sorority Horror flick "Alpha Girls") invited me to to be part of their new movie as an Actor in a key special effects scene that was being shot on Monday and since I was off for President's Day I was more than happy more than happy to abide! I arrived to the building where the movie was being shot a little before 10 AM and seeing a lot of familiar faces of friends I've knows for years as soon I walked in the door helped calmed my nerves! The part I would be playing in the movie was that of a Monster who's arm grabs the movie's star Falon Joslyn  from under the floor as she's messing with an ouija board!


Around 11 AM I was sent to the Makeup and Special Effects Department to get my arm in Monster shape for before filming started! The crew working on me and the other five actors who would make up the scene included Steve Saturn (imdb), Lauren Palmer (imdb), Tanya Belfiiore (pinuplifestyle.com/), Jade Raquel Figueroa (facebook), Rei and Daniel Cusimano (linkedin.com) Below is a few shots of my arm in different stages of makeup, the idea was to make my arm appear as if it was in a office fire and damn did the crew nail it!




I was the first to have their "Monster" Arm makeup done, so I was also the first to head off to the set for the morning! In order to achieve the effect of a group of arms coming from under the floor my good friend Kevin Gallagher (imdb) built a huge stage for us to lay underneath with the carpet on top of the stage matching that of the carpet used in prior setup shots. There were six holes spread out around the stage so each arm could pop up and grab Falon! My job was to grab Falon's right wrist while trying to pull her down below, the other five hands had a grip on her other arm, legs, hair, etc!






Since I spent as a good portion of my day under that stage with my fellow Monsters we quickly bounded over cornball pop songs off my phone with some sing-a-longs to kill the time!


I won't spoil the end result of the scene but after seeing some of the dailies throughout the day it's going to be Insane when it's all pieced together!  Being a life long fan of Horror Movies I was extremely happy to be able to take part in the making one and was without a doubt one of the cooler experiences I've had in recent times!
Below some American Exorcist related links so you can keep up to dat in this project and well as the kickstarter if you would like to donate!
Follow A.X. at the following places;  FacebookKickstarter, and Twitter!


- Tom

http://shitmoviefest.tumblr.com/ (SMF on Tumblr; Page ran by Chris Gormley)


Saturday, February 14, 2015

SMF's Weekly ShartOuts (February 8th - 14th)



Welcome to the Second Edition of SMF's "SharOuts", I hope everyone reading this is having a nice Weekend and Staying Warm!

 . . . Now Let's Get to some ShartOuts!


First I wanna welcome my friends over at the Acid Pop Cult Podcast back after a short hiatus!


Jeremy L. Morrison and Jason Price (also of Icon vs. Icon) were back in full swing last Thursday Night talking about where the Hell they been the last 4 months and also some of their best Horror Cons Stories from over the years! Download and give them a listen HERE!


To celebrate Friday The 13th Electric Zombie debuted some awesome Jason gear and posters over at his Webstore! I love that when most artists/sites only do merch for the earlier movies in the Franchise, Kyle always goes out of his way to give the whole series the love it deserves, case in point these two awesome "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" posters below:




Artist and Writer Kate Davis released this Phenomenal Twin Peaks "Black Lodge Cooper" Poster Print over at her ESTY Page!

Over at "Dinosaur Dracula", Matt unearthed this Majestic Video of Pee-wee Herman on Late Night with David Letterman talking about his Gremlins Collection!

Read that Post Right HERE!


If I was doing these ShartOuts on here a month back then surly this "Tremors" 25th Anniversary article that B.J. Colangelo (of Day of the Woman) wrote for Playboy would have been featured here!

BJ always knocked out of the park with this one, ICYMI read it right (HERE)


I shared here on the blog before my love for FUNKO's Vinyl Toys (POST) and this pictured of their planed Second Wave of Horror Minis has me Elated! I need them all RIGHT NOW, especially that Creature!

And Finally I wouldn't feel right about not sharing something Harry Warden related in this post since it is Valentine's Day after all! Below is one of my favorite pieces of Slasher Artwork featuring not only our Killer Coal Miner but also The Prowler!


From the Artist Richard Wells (Deviantart.com/)
"A comissioned T-Shirt design I did last year for a Slasher movie double-bill of 'My Bloody Valentine' and 'The Prowler'. The only requirement was that I use no more than 3 colours (to go on a black shirt). With the connection between the films being Valentines / jilted love, a bloody broken heart seemed the obvious way to go, including illustrations of the killers from each film."


Thanks for reading everyone and please show some Love to all the artists and writers showcased in this weekly feature!


- Tom
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Evil Comes In All Sizes (My love for the "Puppet Master" series!)


*I first wrote this for Guts and Grog back in 2012 for Eric's "Horror With Training Wheels" Event . . .


 Evil Comes In All Sizes (My love for the "Puppet Master" series!)



When Eric first asked me to contribute to the "Horror With Training Wheels" Week here at the G&G I had a dilemma about remembering what some of my favorite kid friendly horror movies were growing up. Of course there was "The Monster Squad", "The Gate" and also that Joey Lawrence film "Pulse"; but at the age of 9 I already had a taste for Slashers and Gore!

Also being a child of the 80s and an only child at that, I spent a lot of time playing with Toys! The Turtles, G.I. Joes, and Hasbro WWF Figures occupied most of my time while I lived in Wildwoon, NJ where my family had a Summer Shore House that we would spend the season at. But there was one such movie that brought my love of Horror Movies and Toys together and that was "Puppet Master 2"! 


I never even seen the first Puppet Master when I learned of the existence of this sequel or knew what a direct-to-video meant, but while vacationing in Wildwood I remember laying my eyes on the glorious VHS box cover for P.M.2 at a Mom and Pop Video Store for the first time and couldn't wait to get the word out to my friends about these movies when I got back to Philly! 



Besides my family not owning a VCR until the Mid-90s (that's a story for another time), my Mom would never allow me to view anything that was to ghastly in her opinion, so I was still a few years away from seeing any of Freddy and Jason's latest killing sprees . . . but luckily I had friend who lived right next door to me who's Mother was a "Cool Mom" who would pretty much rent any movie we asked her too!

When I returned home, I remembered the P.M. 2 box and I had to know who the puppet with the fire weapon was and also what kind of mayhem these Puppets would unleash on those that crossed their paths. Needless to say after finding and watching P.M 1 and 2 back-to-back I was not left disappointed, I loved the premise of a Killer Doll already from seeing the first two "Child's Play" movies but this was even better in my opinion cause there were multiple killers! The puppet "Blade" who was always forefront and acted as the leader of the gang was favorite, not only because of the way he killed his prey throughout the movie but also for his keen fashion sense and the way his tips his hat as a way to convey his message!

These two movies helped me become a fan of Charles Band over night, besides the first two "Ghoulies" films, I was unfamiliar with Band's previous work with Wizard Video and Empire Pictures up to that point, but because of Puppet Master I always made an effort to rent any movie I seen at the video store with the Full Moon Logo on the Box from that point on!




Movies such as "Bad Channels", "Shrunken Heads" plus the Tim Thomerson staring films "Trancers" & "Dollman" were some of my favorite guilty pleasure while still in my preteens, but the Puppet Master Series always reigned supreme over all of them!

Some how when the third movie came out I was able to convince my Father to rent it off of pay-per-view when it available for the day, btw this was when our cable company would run one movie a day for 24 Hours and if you missed it oh well. I think this was when I truly fell in love with the series, as said up top my favorite puppet up to that point was Blade (and it still is), but without him showing up until the very end it gave me a much bigger appreciation for the other puppets in the gang and also the newly added Six Shooter. Finally getting more of the back story to who Andre Toulon was and the World War 2 setting made for the best movie in the series and it still hold up to this day! (I watched it right before I started working on this post!).

When Part 4 & 5 came out my family finally had a VCR and my Mom became a lot more lenient in allowing me to rent certain Horror Films, I think when those two films came along I was just getting into more legit movies and comedies. I loved that they made the Puppets fully Good guys in these two films cause I was already rooting for then any way, but I didn't know at the time that this was pretty much the last hurrah for the Puppet Master Series for quite while!
Actual drawing by me when I was 12 Years Old . . .

While in High School I remember grabbing the latest issue of Fangoria and became even more excited by that particular issue's back cover . . . it was an ad for "Curse of the Puppet Master"


I had so many questions when the fuck was this coming out and have the puppets turned evil once again?
Sadly I found out when my local Blockbusters got a single copy in the summer of 1998, everything about this movie felt cheap and lame. I know all the previous films were low budget but they worked and this just felt like the magic of Andre Tolon was gone forever! But I also wonder maybe if the problem had to do with myself since I was older now!

When I was in the 11th Grade I remember having to write 3 letters in my English Class to 3 "Famous" People . . . I wrote one letter to my favorite Football Player John Elway, the second to WWF Wrestler Ahmed Johnson, and the third letter to Charles Band. From Elway I got a Facsimile Signature Mini Poster and from Band I actually got a letter back! I told him how much of a fan I was of Puppet Master films but was let down with the 6th one, and in true Ed Wood fashion he promised me the next one wold be better!
In case you were wondering I never heard back from Ahmed, then again the way he use to butcher the English language as seen in this video. I wasn't really surprised! Total MushMouth!!!

Well Mr. Band was wrong cause the following sequel "Retro" didn't help matters any cause I thought it was boring and even worse missed the puppets I actually fell in love with! All was well though because also around this time a line of toys were coming out and I didn't care about how old I was cause I felt like I waited my whole life to own these figures!


I was excited to display these on my computer desk just like I was Rick Myers!


Besides the Toys the last of the Puppet Master merchandise I remember picking up while I was still a teen was the DVD Boxset that was highly coveted until the movies stated to make their ways into the Wal-mart $5 Bin as of late . . .I got this bad boy at an HMV in Philly when their store was still around in the the city, I remember it being marked down to $75 and while that was a lot of money for me at the time I knew it was also a great deal since the thing was also getting recalled from stores!






















Over the years my love for the first 5 Puppet Master movies has always remained strong, but my feeling for Full Moon in general are a thing of the past. Later offerings such as "Killer Bong", "Blood Dolls", "SideShow" and "Killjoy" has left little to be desired and the less said the better. The only films I can recall liking since the late 90s till now were the Zombie movie "The Dead Hate the Living!" (which originally was going to be a Thanksgiving Themed Zombie filmed named "The Dead Hate Thanksgiving") and the Gingerdead Man!
But you truly can't keep a good puppet or Charles Band down cause The Puppet Master series has seen a resurgence as a late with 2010's "Axis of Evil" and the just released "Axis Rising". I have yet to seen "Rising", but I appreciated Axis of Evil for once again taking place during WW2 and fighting Nazis and love that the newest one has them fighting other puppets!Plus all the old movies are starting to show up on Blu-ray . . . I really do need to see P.M. 3 in Widescreen!


Well that's all for now hope you enjoyed this post of me sharing some of my found "Full Moon" memories from childhood and can't wait to read the rest of the postings here as part of ""Horror with Training Wheels" Week!" Thanks again Eric for allowing me to be part of it!


- Tom Bryce




Tom runs Shit Movie Fest which  is a Blogand Facebook Page based off a monthly "Bad Movie Party" he does with his friends in Philadelphia! The first SMF Party was no different than what him and his  friend Chris were doing since they met in High School back in the 90s when they would watch a few movies and trash them, but over time SMF has continued to grow in both attendance and support from friends new and old!

Gut's and Grog's "2 Extremes" (Stuff I Wrote for other Blogs)

Gonna share some posts I wrote up for other pages in the past, first up is a post I did last year for Eric Martin of (Guts and Grog) "2 Extremes" Event! . . .


When Eric first asked me to take part in the "2 Extremes" event for the G&G blog I thought I had a good idea in doing a post on two very different Surf Flicks; the 80s Troma release "Surf Nazis Must Die" and the early 90s kiddie flick "Surf Ninjas"! But then after watching both these turds back to back a few Saturdays ago I couldn't think of anything interesting to say about either of them besides that Gail Neely (Eleanor "Mama" Washington in Surf Nazis) was way better then that movie deserved and should have been featured in her own film franchise! And the subject of "Surf Ninjas" I found it extremely unrealistic that the kid was always on his Sega Game Gear because everyone knows those things had such a SHITY battery life! 
So with those two movies out, it was back to the old drawing board and I decided on writing about two films I saw a week apart at the movie theater when I was 9 years old . . . "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" & the Seagal flick "Out For Justice"! 



















 Back in the Spring of 1991 I was a full-blown Ninja Turtles addict; if there was turtle product on the market there was a good chance I had it! I would play with all the toys, watch all the cartoons, reads the comics, and eat those barely edible Turtle Pies on a daily basis! As you can probably imagine I was eagerly excited about the second Turtles film coming out and since it was a few days right before my birthday, my Uncle Bob agreed to take me to go see it that opening weekend. In a cruel twist of fate all shows were sold out and we ended up seeing the Albert Brooks film "Defending Your Life" instead of going home. Nothing against "Defending" cause it's actually a cool little flick but at the time all the jokes went way over my head and went home that night very disappointed! A week later my Uncle made it up to me by taking me to see the Turtles film, right off the bat I noticed a lot had changed in the year since the original flick came out! For one my favorite character Casey Jones was Missing in Action, April was played by some new lady (though way Hotter) , and maybe worse of all the Turtles barely even used the weapons they were each best known for over the course of the movie! Those complaints aside, I absolutely fell in love with the second Turtles film and would consider it the peak of my Turtles Fandom because by the time the third film in the series came out I was interested in going to see in it's theater run at all and didn't watch it until it came out on VHS. There's a lot of factors that go into my dwindling interest into the Turtles. For one the cartoon and toy line had lost a lot of steam by 1993, but also for me it's the movie that I saw the following week after "Turtles 2" that changed my perception of what an Action film was! 
That film was "Out For Justice", and I have my Uncle to thank for taking me to my first R rated film in the theaters! At the time I had no clue who Steven Seagal was, but O.F.J. was just about the perfect introduction one can have to Man with the Ponytail and to this day I consider it one of the most absurd movies ever made! Seagal stars as New York Cop "Gino Felino", early in the film Gino's partner "Bobby" is killed in cold blood in front of his family by a crazed crackhead named "Richie" played brilliantly by actor William Forsythe who really steals the show in this movie with his unpredictable antics! 


The movie more or less is a cat a mouse chase around New York city with Gino hunting Richie and his Crew everywhere from a low rent bar, a butcher shop, chop shop, a whore house, etc . . . So what make this movie so absurd? Well for one look at this ridiculous outfit that Gino sports for a good portion of the film early on . . .


 It's pretty hard to take him seriously looking like that! 
Also even though it was his partner that was murdered, there is no way the police department would allow just one cop to go looking for the murderer, the whole force would want to be involved in catching this prick! 
One of the most hilarious scenes in the movie (or any movie for that matter!) is when Gino takes down a whole bar that is owned by Richie's brother Vinny!


Is that not the best thing ever? All these years later I still wonder who's Hot Dog that was! 
So would I recommend these two films as a double feature? 
Absolutely!
 Even though one movie is ratted PG and the other R, both films are extremely cartoonish in the way they handle their violence. For example in the video of the bar fight I shared above from Out For Justice features one character named "Tattoos" getting most of his teeth knocked out by a cue ball only to be completely fine about an hour later relaxing at Richie's hideout! I could totally see the Turtles and Gino crossing paths in NYC! Like all great crossovers they would fight due to a misunderstanding early on, but later team up to take down the bad guys and then go out for a pizza later to celebrate! 
Hey Gino . . . I found Richie! 


Tom runs Shit Movie Fest which  is a 
Blogand Facebook Page based off a monthly "Bad Movie Party" he does with his friends in Philadelphia! The first SMF Party was no different than what him and his  friend Chris were doing since they met in High School back in the 90s when they would watch a few movies and trash them, but over time SMF has continued to grow in both attendance and support from friends new and old!