Monday, September 26, 2011

AV In/AV Out . . . Confessions of an Early Video Pirate

Back in the day who else here used to rent a bunch of movies from the video store, hook up two VCRs and try to dub as many movies as you could on one VHS tape?

My Shitty Drawing of how to hookup two VCRs in the back of this book


As you can imagine the quality was piss-poor on these homemade video compilations, but it beat the alternative at the time which was paying the high prices of buying the movies. Before DVDs came out most of the prices to own ranged from about $80 to $100. I remember in the Mid 90s asking the owner at a Suncoast Video how much a copy of Killer Klowns From Outer Space would run. He got back to me and said $85. A few years later it was less then $10 on DVD . . .

Anyway, I had probably about a 100 of these six to eight hour tapes packed with 70s and 80s classics. Most of them are long gone now since I built a pretty good collection of DVDs and Blu-rays over the years. But I never forget the lost art of dubbing movies together and trading them off with friends.

Here are some of the ones I remember making like it was yesterday:

Jamie Lee Curtis "Queen of the Scream"

Terror Train, Prom Night, The Fog, Halloween 1, and 2

"H is For Horror" He Knows You're Alone, House, Happy Birthday To Me, and Hell Night.

GhostBusters 1 and 2 paired up with Gremlins 1 and 2

Goonies, BeetleJuice, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Burbs

Return of the Living Dead, RepoMan, Dawn of Dead, and The Lost Boys (I worn this tape down to the bone)
Just One of the Guys, Teen Witch, Once Bitten, and Vice Versa

Puppetmaster 1-5, with Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge being the first movie on the tape to keep things in some kind of order.

"Summer Camp Funtime" The Burning along with Sleepaway Camp 1, 2, and 3

And of course this Gem which I never parted with . . .

Ghoulies 1-4

It's funny how now we all care so much about high-definition video and sound, but for the most part our introduction to film was anything but. Hell, I didn't even know what widescreen meant until DVD came out and you had to choose between having your movie in either Widescreen or Fullscreen . . .




- Tom Bryce
 ShitMovieFest (FaceBook Page)

Friday, September 23, 2011

PA/NJ Horror Club Meeting (9/22/2011)

Last night I attended my first PA/NJ Horror Club meeting. Just like the PA/NJ Horror Facebook Group, the meeting was put together by Rob Dimension along with his Wife Kim.
                                                 Rob and I at Capes and Cowls Collectibles

Since I only became aware of the group about a month ago I wasn't sure what what to expect . . .
But Rob and Kim do a great job at making everyone feel at home and It's a great way to interact with fellow Horror Movie Fans while watching an Independent Feature Films. Last night's film was Sylvia and Jen Soska's "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" and it was screen for us at Capes and Cowls Collectibles.

Dead Hooker is so much more than a catchy title, both written and directed by the The Soska Sisters it pushes a lot of buttons when it comes to Violence and all around craziness that made even me turn away at certain points in the movie.  Right now the it is looking for an American Distribution, but is available for purchase on Amazon.com's U.K. Site.

Before and after the movie we had some lengthy conversations with topics ranging from "What movie made you a Horror Fan" , "Pro and Cons of Indy Horror", and "What were some movies you didn't like the first time you watched it, but after a second or third viewing you changed your opinion on."  Also Rob talked some about the Q&As he hosted last weekend at Monster Mania 20.

Here's some other cool shit that went down at the meeting  . . .
There was a table set up for VHS/DVD Trading

Rob gave out some giveaways, I won a Poltergeist Keychain, which was fitting since I wearing my New FrightRags Poltergeist Tee.

Speaking of Shirts, almost everyone there was rocking some cool horror gear. This "Krueger Realty" Shirt really stood out and was my favorite of the night.

Ken Haeser, artist of "The Living Corpse" was on hand to draw Zombified versions of everyone who came to the meeting. Here's how mine turned out . . .



Well as you could imagine all of this was a lot of Fun. Big thanks to the Dimensions for running this event, the people who came out from the Facebook Group, it's always nice to meet people whom you talk to online in real life! Also props to the staff of Capes and Cowls Collectibles, who I had a good conversation about Comics and Old School Wrestling with after the movie was finished. I can't wait to make it out to one of these again, thanks again Rob for inviting me out.

-Tom Bryce
http://www.facebook.com/ShitMovieFest

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Well It's Been Nice Knowing You Netflix . . .

I think this COMIC from The Oat Meal pretty much sums up how the majority of us feel about the latest shenanigans Netflix has come up with.  I was pissed when did away with the "Friends Features" but stuck around, I thought the price hike was handled stupidly but once again I stuck around . . . But this splitting it into the separate companies is the last straw for me. I know most people only just stream from them already, but I hardy ever find movies to stream off their website I like or haven't seen already . . . and also most of the Horror Selection is Bottom of Barrel Shit that's pretty unwatchable. I still do like the DVD Mailer service because it allowed me bring the movies into work to watch on my Lunch Hour with my coworkers or bring them to a Shit Movie Fest Party if it was an Out Of Print Movie or something Chris or I somehow didn't own . . .


But after tonight I am canceling my account outright and taking a break for the foreseeable future. I may join "Qwikster" at a later date, but for now I am going to start watching all those movies I got at the Horror Cons still sitting on my shelf . . .


Here's a a list of everything I rented  in the last 3 years I been a member (The List Goes From Last to First) . . . I'm Happy to say I left on a High Note with "Weekend at Bernie's II" being my Last Rental . . . 
And wow I rented Paul Schrader's "HARDCORE" on 3 separate occasions! I should buy that movie at this point lol.





Weekend at Bernie's 2
Take Me Home Tonight
Hot Tub Time Machine
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Casablanca
Rules of Engagement: Season 4: Disc 2
Rules of Engagement: Season 4: Disc 1
Cedar Rapids
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Rocketeer
Drive Angry
Blood and Bone
Rushmore
Bottle Rocket
The Gauntlet
The Room
The Wild Bunch: Special Edition
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Tightrope
The Black Cauldron
I Spit on Your Grave
The Wire: Season 1: Disc 1
The Last Boy Scout
Demons 2
MacGruber
Miss March
Battle Girl: The Living Dead in Tokyo Bay
My Soul to Take
Demons 2
Deep Red
Boston Legal: Season 1: Disc 5
Boston Legal: Season 1: Disc 4
Boston Legal: Season 1: Disc 3
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Boston Legal: Season 1: Disc 2
Boston Legal: Season 1: Disc 1
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Can't Hardly Wait
The Room
Doctor Who: Season 5: Disc 5
Doctor Who: Season 5: Disc 4
Black Caesar
Pinky Violence: Girl Boss Guerilla
School of the Holy Beast
Gate of Flesh
Pinky Violence: Terrifying ... High School
How to Train Your Dragon
Death Race 2
Due Date
The Grifters
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Glengarry Glen Ross
Cyrus
The Other Guys
Hardcore
The Town
Lady in White
Perfect Blue
Dinner for Schmucks
Miracle
SS Hell Camp
Cannibal Apocalypse
Home for the Holidays
Death Sentence
The Kids Are All Right
Sleepers
How I Met Your Mother: Season 5: Disc 1
How I Met Your Mother: Season 5: Disc 3
How I Met Your Mother: Season 5: Disc 2
Grown Ups
Money for Nothing
The Color of Money
The Hustler
The Karate Kid
Best Worst Movie
The Slammin' Salmon
Suck
Lost Boys: The Thirst
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
Wait Until Dark
Ricochet
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Night of the Demons
Run Ronnie Run!
The Wicker Man
The Haunting
Rules of Engagement: Season 3: Disc 2
Rules of Engagement: Season 3: Disc 1
Sons of Anarchy: Season 2: Disc 2
Sons of Anarchy: Season 2: Disc 3
Sons of Anarchy: Season 2: Disc 1
The Vampire Diaries: Season 1: Disc 4
The Vampire Diaries: Season 1: Disc 3
The Vampire Diaries: Season 1: Disc 2
The Vampire Diaries: Season 1: Disc 1
Insomnia
Survival of the Dead
Batman: Under The Red Hood
Death at a Funeral
Blood Diamond
Spirited Away
Triumph of the Will
Downtown
Puppet Master: Axis of Evil
Children of Men
North by Northwest
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Mother
Death Race 2000
The Runaways
Chloe
Gangs of New York
The Prestige
When You're Strange
Vanishing Point
Two and a Half Men: Season 1: Disc 1
The Crazies
Up
The New York Ripper
Youth in Revolt
A Simple Plan
Memento
Tony Manero
Rules of Engagement: Season 2: Disc 2
Rules of Engagement: Season 2: Disc 1
Pumping Iron
The Road
Rules of Engagement: Season 1
Daybreakers
Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth
Doctor Who: The Beginning: Disc 1
The Lovely Bones
The Thing from Another World
The Wraith
A Serious Man
Red Dawn
Futurama: Vol. 1: Disc 1
Up in the Air
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Brothers
Train
Bad Biology
Battle Royale
Kidnapping of President/Deathrow Gameshow
The Informant!
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
North by Northwest
Damn Yankees
Gentlemen Broncos
Black Devil Doll
Thirst
Sorority Row
Law Abiding Citizen
Gamer
The Stepfather
Public Enemies
Streets of Fire
The Company of Wolves
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Eraserhead
The House of the Devil
Gladiator
The King of Comedy
Killing Zoe
Tuff Turf
Lost Highway
Hard Boiled
Heavy Metal Parking Lot
I Confess
Jonestown: The Life.... of Peoples Temple
The Equalizer: Season 1: Disc 1
The Equalizer: Season 1: Disc 2
In the Loop
The Hurt Locker
Hardcore
Alone in the Dark
A Perfect Getaway
Colossus: The Forbin Project
Jennifer's Body
The Hills Run Red
Blood: The Last Vampire
(500) Days of Summer
District 9
Carriers
Stepfather II
The Stepfather
Funny People
Clash of the Titans
Tenebre
The Collector
The Spiral Staircase
Village of the Damned / Children of Damned
Star Trek
Storm Warning
Miracle Mile
Undead
Long Weekend
Dead End Drive-In
Escape 2000
Over the Edge
Louis C.K.: Chewed Up
Not Quite Hollywood
Lady Terminator
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
How I Met Your Mother: Season 4: Disc 3
How I Met Your Mother: Season 4: Disc 2
How I Met Your Mother: Season 4: Disc 1
Bubba Ho-Tep
Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings
Orphan
The Funhouse
The Evil That Men Do
Raising Cain
Bad Lieutenant
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Felon
Land of the Lost
Blood Simple
Mean Streets
Swimming with Sharks
Deadgirl
Murphy's Law
The Centerfold Girls
Phenomena
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 7
Away We Go
The Girlfriend Experience
Hard Times
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 6
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 5
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 4
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 3
Fighting
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 1
Gossip Girl: Season 2: Disc 2
Gossip Girl: Season 1: Disc 5
Gossip Girl: Season 1: Disc 3
Gossip Girl: Season 1: Disc 4
Gossip Girl: Season 1: Disc 2
Straight Time
Savage Streets
Gossip Girl: Season 1: Disc 1
Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf
The Bridge
Chopper
The Informers
The Beach
Adventureland
Vigilante
Street Smart
The Living End
The Last House on the Left
Party Monster: The Shockumentary
The Two Jakes
I Love You, Man
Donkey Punch
Chinatown
Dog Day Afternoon
Elevator to the Gallows
Midnight Cowboy
Coraline
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Wise Blood
Repulsion
UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
[REC]
Straw Dogs
The Smashing Machine
UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral
Mahakaal: The Monster
UFC 79: Nemesis
End of the Line
Push
Time Limit
Yes Man
The Searchers
Inside
How I Met Your Mother: Season 3: Disc 3
How I Met Your Mother: Season 3: Disc 2
How I Met Your Mother: Season 3: Disc 1
How I Met Your Mother: Season 2: Disc 3
UFC: Best of 2007: Disc 2
How I Met Your Mother: Season 2: Disc 2
UFC: Best of 2007: Disc 1
UFC: Ultimate Ultimate Knockouts
How I Met Your Mother: Season 1: Disc 3
How I Met Your Mother: Season 2: Disc 1
From Within
Q: The Winged Serpent
Defiance
How I Met Your Mother: Season 1: Disc 2
How I Met Your Mother: Season 1: Disc 1
Skins: Vol. 1: Disc 1
Munich
Killshot
The House on Sorority Row
A Fistful of Dollars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For a Few Dollars More
The Uninvited
Plague Town
Taken
Phantasm IV: Oblivion
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead
Straight Time
JCVD
10 to Midnight
Martyrs
The Mechanic
Joshua
Wet Hot American Summer
The Boys from Brazil
Death Wish 5: The Face of Death
Detroit 9000
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
WWE: Greatest Stars of the 90's: Disc 1
One Eyed Jacks
Marathon Man
Blood, Boobs & Beast
Lakeview Terrace
Hardcore
Fiend Without a Face
Punisher: War Zone
Quadrophenia
Sonatine
Blue Velvet
Sesame Street: Vol. 1: Disc 1
On the Waterfront
The 400 Blows
Let the Right One In
Role Models
Rachel Getting Married
Transporter 3
WALL-E
Boss
White Dog
Trancers
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Choke
Sex Drive
Still Waiting
100 Tears
Dolly Dearest
Buffalo '66
Snow Angels
42nd Street Forever: Vol. 2: The Deuce
42nd Street Forever: Vol. 3: Exploitation
War
9 Songs
Deadly Friend
Cape Fear
Six Feet Under: Season 1: Disc 3
42nd Street Forever: Vol. 1
The People Under the Stairs
Scum
Picnic
The Happening
Garden Party
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Ghost Town
Six Feet Under: Season 1: Disc 2
The Fountain
The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Death Race
Leatherheads
Stuck
Six Feet Under: Season 1: Disc 1
Redbelt
Get Smart
Prom Night
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Shocker
Mister Foe
Cursed
The Mist
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
The Foot Fist Way
Return to Sleepaway Camp
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Transsiberian
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
The Strangers
Flesh for Frankenstein
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
City of Men
The Driller Killer: Limited Edition
Cannibal Holocaust
Raising Arizona
Stay
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Masters of Horror: Takashi Miike: Imprint
Beyond Re-Animator
Baby Mama
Road House
Persepolis
Bride of Re-Animator
Stag
Cocaine Cowboys 2
Mr. Untouchable
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Hairspray
21
The Tripper
The Lost Boys: The Tribe
Knightriders
The Condemned
Vantage Point
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Orphanage
In the Company of Men
Popcorn
The Brave One
Bebe's Kids
Party Monster: The Shockumentary
DiG!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monster Mania 20 Weekend Recap (Days 2&3)

Day 2 (September 17, 2011)

I woke up around 8am Saturday Morning, after grabbing a shower and posting on Facebook some I headed down to the main floor.
Mike needed some time to talk with Tony Todd about the Candy Man Mirrors he made for him to sell, so I filled in again at Mike's table most of the morning.

After Mike came back I headed over to see my friends from the VHS Preservation Society.
I pretty much wiped out Sean the last few shows when it came to the Old School Wrestling DVDs, so these two with Hogan completes the whole set he carries. I was able to grab a movie I been looking for and wanted to add to the the SMF:Rocktober Event named "Get Crazy". Also I got something called "Mutant Hunt" I couldn't pass up based off that cover.


Besides an order of Fries from the night before, I decided maybe it would be good idea to actually get something to eat in the hotel's restaurant (especially since I planed on Drinking some later that night.) When I got there I saw Freddy and Jason chilling and drinking beer . . . stuff like this never gets old to me lol


Since I was in Maryland I figured I'd try to the CrabCakes, they did not disappoint. The fact I was eating CrabCakes and watching some College Football game on the TV this scene from Wedding Crashers pop in my head.


After eating I stop over to see my friend Gregg's DVD Table. This time around he had huge new setup, and not a table like he has had at passed shows . . .

Talking to Gregg is always a pleasure, he has a wicked sense of humor and is very knowledgeable about the movies he carries. Most of them I never heard of, but based off his recommendations I give them a shot and usually end up loving them.
The Dude never steers you wrong, instead of making a quick buck he tell what's good and what's bad based off you tastes in movies. I got  Massacre at Central High(which I been trying to find for ages), Three Tough Guys (staring Isaac Hayes and Fred Williamson!) and a Gator Bait 1&2.
                                       

Since my Man-Purse was filled with movies from Gregg and Sean I mad a pitstop back in my hotel room, I ended up resting some in the room  before i heading back down stairs.
I texted the guys from icon vs. icon to see if they would still be making the show, but something came up. It suck cause I really looked forward to seeing them . . . (Season of the Witch fellas, I'll be there)
Anfter resting I ran into John S. again, we talked about the weekend so far, he gave me his number and said we'd hang later tonight.
I checked in with Mike and he was excited he sold his "Uncle Frank" Hellraiser figure and also the Zombie vs. Shark Figure, I told him I would fill on for him shortly, but first I was going to walk over to Clare Higgins and Barbara Crampton tables with Brandt. He knows as well as I do it's hard to get good pictures at these things, cause the jackass you trust to take them always fucks it up somehow (See my John Carpenter pic for reference). After getting the pics with Brandt I was back to selling, but I also managed to get some movies off of him while we were sitting there shooting the shit  . . .
 555, Linnea Quigley's Horror Workout, Death Warmed Over, Hack-O-Latern, Watchers, and Stepfather 3.

Some very soild pick ups if I must say. The Linnea Quigley one is a complete trainwreck . . .
Here's the Summary on the Back: "After a nice shower, Linnea does some warm-up stretches and then goes for a run. She encounters some flabby zombies who follow her back to the house, where she leads them in some poolside aerobic routines. Later she unwinds by inviting some girlfriends over for a slumber party and some exercise. When something goes bump in the house, her friends begin experiencing an attrition problem."

The Vending and autograph Signing Rooms were close to closing for the night, so some of the actors were walking around checking out the tables. One such actor was Ernie Hudson . . .
I always been a big GhostBusters fan, and even more so a fan of "Leo Glynn" Ernie's role on HBO Series Oz . . . I asked if he minded grabbing photo with me and he was more then happy to do so . . . Cool Beans!
Who you Gonna Call?

The show was ending for the night, but the true fun and highlight of the weekend for me was about to begin . . . Drinking With Everyone at the Hotel!

Mike was heading out to go eat dinner somewhere with Tony Todd, Jeffrey "Re-Animator" Combs, and a few of their friends. I was invited to come along but I wanted to chill by myself for a bit, grab a shower then maybe stop down at the bar. I got a text from John S. to come hang out in his room, there was a promise of Pumpkin Beer . . . My Favorite! We hung there for a while, then made suicidal trip across the highway to Wegmans for some grub. Wegmans has just about every type of food you can think of, but save for Dick we all ended up getting chinese food for some reason.
After eating we headed back to the hotel room and got very lit. We talked about everything from 90s Wrestling Toys and how Chris's son is getting into wrestling now, Jeff was doing his best Last Call with Scott Hall impression, and we had a lengthy conversation about Scarlett Johansson's Naked Ass Pics that leaked online a few days ago. We went down to the bar to see what the scene was like but ending staying in the hallway serenading a Wedding Party with David Bowie songs (This went for like an hour no lie!) We had to go back to the room to get more beer, then we finally made it to the bar. Everyone there seamed to be enjoying them selfs but it was to packed to get in the actual bar area. We were chilling in the lobby section but then got harassed by this hotel manger about drinking outside beers, I must say she did redeem herself when she handed out plastic cups for us to put them . . .
Many pictures we taken, songs were sang, then we headed back up to John's room for a one more beer, then I left to go back to my room. Special Thanks to John and Jen for inviting out with the group, I had a much better time then if I did anything else that night.
                                                Some of The Saturday Night Drinking Crew . . .
Kristy Jett and I(wearing Dick's glasses)
Weezer should write a song about me . . . Woo-ee-oo, Tom looks just like Buddy Holly . . .
John of my favorite Horror Blog "Freddy In Space"
John, Jen, Kristy, and I . . .



Day 3 (September 18, 2011)

Some how I woke up the next day without a hangover, I got out of bed around 9. Mike and I shared some stories from the night before, then got our stuff ready so we could check out and not have to deal with it later.

I went to over to Zach Galligan's table with Brandt. Brandt is a big time Gremlins fans so he got a lot of old Press Kits to get signed and I ended up getting one of those Pop! Movies: Vinyl Figure of Stripe signed. 

Sunday turned out to be a very slow crowd day and a lot of vendors ended up breaking down and packing up  early to get home. I did a final lap around the tables and picked up some crazy stuff . . .

Serial Killer/True Crime Comic Books featuring Dahmer, Aileen Wuornos, and David Koresh 
A Halloween 3:Season of the Witch novel from the 80s
Some Stands from Knee High Horror (http://www.warfear.net/khh/)
Lisa who had a table next to Mike was selling these fake Parking Permits, for Halloween, Elm Street, Etc.
I also got a Freddy sticker from Lisa for my MoleSkin Notebook . . .

A Silver Shamrock Novelties Magnet from Getyourbuttons.com


After those pickups, I said my goodbyes to John, Jen, Dick, Chris Tanski, Kristy Jett, Dallas, Curt, and Sean VSHPS. The hardest part of these weekends is saying the goodbyes. We all had so much fun together the last few days, but more then likely won't get to all hangout again for a few months or maybe not until next year at the latest.

Mike also decided to call it a day early, so we broke everything down, but before we loaded it into the Van we meet with Tony and he signed this Mirror for me . . .


 Mike was meeting some friends for food after the show, but I was pretty beat by the end of that day, so I declined the invite and hit 95 North to get back in my own bed and maybe catch some of the Eagles before falling asleep  . . .

Thanks to everyone who helped make this a very memorial weekend for me, you guys all rock, and I can't wait to do it again. March 9th can't come fast enough . . .

Monster Mania 20 Weekend Recap (Day 1)

After having a blast  at  Monster Mania 19 in Cherry Hill last month, I really couldn't wait for the next one roll around.  These shows are the few chances a year I get to hang out with my online Horror buddies who are spread out all over the East Coast and also a chance to meet some pretty cool people.
It just so happened the next Monster Mania was only a few weeks away and would be taking place in Hunt Valley, MD . . .
I decided it was time  to broaden my horizons and finally checkout a Horror Convention outside the State of New Jersey. The line up for that Monster Mania 20 was stacked! Even more so then the one in Jersey! John Carpenter, Anthony Michael Hall, Tony Todd, Ernie Hudson, Kristin Bauer, and one of my All-Time Favorite Actors Tom Atkins were all scheduled to appear.
Even better many of friends I meet from previous conventions were making the trip down to Maryland . . .
John Squires of (Freddy in Space), his Girlfriend Jen, Kristy "The Queen of  Sass" Jett (Fright Rags Shirts), Jay and Steve (Icon vs Icon), Rob Dimension (Late Night Horror Hotel), Dick Greco who I would be meeting for the first time, and Mike Smash who had a table set up with his mirrors and Amazing custom Figures.
Any way here is a recap of my weekend  and memories that will last a lifetime . . .

Day 1 (September 16, 2011)
I left Philly a little before 2pm, the the directions were pretty straight forward, 90 or so miles on I95 South then a couple turns as I got close to the Hotel, I made pretty good time and got there a little after 3.
I got in touch with Mike Smash when I arrived and he hooked me up with his extra pass for the weekend, that saved me about $60, pretty sweet.
I walked around the vendor area for a bit but everyone was still setting up their tables for the most part. I  got a chance to speak to Rob and Kim Dimension (along with their puppet friends Hack & Danny Pickle). I recently joined the PA/NJ Horror Group Rob runs and I plan on making my first meeting this coming Thursday.  After talking to the Dimensions, I headed up stairs to see if a lined formed yet to meet John Carpenter. I peaked in the Halloween Cast Room a few times to see if Carpenter was in yet but but seen someone even cooler  . . . Tom "Thrill Me!" Atkins. Mr Atkins was just getting set up his self so he recommend  stopping back in about 20. Like I said there was a lot people scattered about in the lobby, but since there was nothing official yet I figured it was a good time to get some pictures of Christine who was parked outside while it was still Daylight . . .
What a beauty! 
                                                      (Courtesy of  the Christine Car Club)

After Getting those pictures, I went back inside and along with a couple from New york we kinda got the line going for J.C. I'm pretty impatience person when it comes to waiting in line, so most of the times I usually bail on meeting the Bigger/Main Attraction Stars of the Weekend, but since my buddy Scott couldn't make the show, he asked me to get his original Halloween poster signed for him. Since I knew Saturday would be much more crowded I figured It was best to get in out of the way A.S.A.P. Also since I was already waiting I should get something signed also, soI brought with me my Chris Ott (Of London 1888) They Live Poster . . .
The whole process took about an hour from waiting in line to actually meeting Carpenter, but John was really cool and very personable so it was worth it.


I soon headed down stairs and talked to the Fright Rags Crew for the first of many times that weekend. I always been a big fan of their company and have just about a whole closet filled of their shirts by now, but I can't tell you how awesome it is to talk and know these people outside of ordering off them from online. Kristy is one of the funniest people I ever meet, and I got to meet Dick Greco and Chris Tanski for the first time. We didn't get to talk all that long on Friday, but I could tell right off the bat they were my kind of people.
I grabbed a bunch of stickers/ and the new Poltergeist shirt off them before leaving to catch up with Mike Smash.
Mike had his table set up and already sold a couple of his Stormtrooper Zombies since i saw him earlier in the day. The last couple Horror Cons I been helping Mike sell at his table so could get a chance to socialize/network someone or use the Little Boys Room without having to worry about someone walking off with his Customs Figures.
I filled in for Mike for couple hours. Friday Night was a little slow on the Sellers end, so in the meantime I got to talk to the people selling at the tables around me. There was Brandt (of VideoDrome Collectables) selling hard to find/obscure Horror movies and a girl named Lisa who had a table of custom Horror Related Stickers, Girly Things, School Supplies, etc. Both were really nice and made the time fly by some.
In those two hours I have gained a newfound respect for the people who rent out space to sell at these conventions, for every cool person who comes up to the stand, you have 5 dipshits who want to hagle you down on the prices or worse want to know how everything was made.  Mike's stuff is really cool and I seen first hand the amount of time and effort he puts into the stuff he makes, but his prices really aren't that crazy. Try finding Ear Rings or anything for that matter when it comes to the Movies Mike makes products for . . . YOU WON"T!
                                                       Mike and I setting up his stand . . .

 Mike's Zombie vs Shark, CreepShow, and Pieces Figures
A Look a Mike's Setup At Monster Mania 20 . . .

One of the NonDipShits to stop by was John Squires and his GF Jen. They are two of the nicest people around and I enjoy reading John's Blog "Freddy In Space" almost everyday. It was cool seeing them but since I was stuck at the table I didn't get a chance to talk to them very long, but we made plans to grab drinks some time over the the weekend. After Mike got back I filled him in in what sold and used the the remaining couple hours of the night to get get a couple of more autographs . . .

My friend Juliette asked me earlier in the week to get an 8X10 signed by True Blood Star Kristin "Vampire Pam" Bauer.  Kristin was so cool, she signed the photo with a the quote about Sookie's precious fairy vagina. And I alsogot to take a picture with her to boot.

I figured I should go see if Tom Atkins was still around, so I headed up starts back to the "Halloween Room". I got there and Mr. Atkins was sitting alone, he asked where have I been? "I told you to come back in 20 Minutes" Holy Shit he remember that lol
We talked for a good while, I told him about how we did a "Tom Atkins" Night for my Birthday last March and he became the Pardon Saint of our Horror Gatherings "Shit Movie Fest".
He got a good kick out of it all and even agreed to pose for some pictures holding the Shit Movie Fest Banner . . .

As you can image all of this was very surreal. Also he signed the SMF Banner and an 8x10 featuring him from Night of the Creeps that reads "Thrill Me"
                                            Tom Atkins you truly are a God amongst men!


The show was wrapping up for the first night, so after a quick stop in our hotel room, Mike and I came back down stairs and hung with Brandt some in the Hotel Bar. The bar was packed with some of the Actors from the show . . . We ran into Anthony Michael Hall who was sitting at the table next to us, he was a cool cat and was up for taking pictures with whomever asked . . .

Also we hung out with Michael Tough , who played the killer from Prom Night. He told us some good stories about how it was like with work with Leslie Nielsen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Mike headed back up to the room to work on some stuff and I didn't stay to much long after Brandt left.

All in all it was a good first day, I didn't get to really do any shopping for myself, it was relief  to get all the signing I needed to get out of the way.

I'll get the recap for Saturday/Sunday up later tonight. Hope you enjoyed reading it so far.

- Tom Bryce
(Shit Movie Fest Facebook Page)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Favorite Goofy Dialogue from Horror and Cult Films

Below are 10 scenes with the oddest, strangest and downright goofiest dialogue you will ever hear. These scenes never get old!                                              

Enjoy.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Shit Movie Fest Presents: Rocktober!

On Sunday October 2nd Shit Movie Fest Presents: Rocktober!
(Live for 1 Night Only At Planet Hewson!)


Chris and I went back and forth with a long list of what movies we wanted to showcase for Rocktober. We decided on skipping the more know "Rock Films"
(such as "Spinal Tap", "Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Return of the Living Dead", "Rock N Roll High School", etc.) and focus on slightly more obscure titles.
These Are The Six Films To Make The Cut . . . 

                                                        001: Hard Rock Zombies (1984)

                                                 002: Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)
003: Wild Zero (2000)
004: Black Roses (1988)
005: Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
                                            006: Rock N Roll High School Forever (1991)

Also we are going to fit in "The Cramps: Live at Napa State Mental Hospital" & "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" sometime during the day . . .

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Some more Repertory Film Goodness . . .

Figured I'd do quick follow up on my posting about Repertory Films, since I went and caught two separate shows over the weekend.

The first one I attended was at Colonial Theatre and it was 35mm Print of "Pieces".

If you aren't familiar with the 1982 Slasher Film, I recommend you adding it to your Netflix queue, get some buddies together, and be prepared to laugh your ass off!
 Nick Lombardo (one of the guys running the "First Friday Fright Nights") did a show  of hands asking who here has seen Pieces before and it was 50/50. I was there with my friend Mike Smash and even though we both seen this film multiple times, this was the first time for either of us seeing it with a large audience. The audience made all the difference in the world. Scenes that might have gotten little or no reaction while viewing alone instantly became hilarious. Even though this is still a pretty Gory Horror film, the Effects are so Over The Top and and the Acting is so awful, you'll often wonder how this wasn't labeled a comedy
This video is some of the shit you'll witness . . . Spoilers Warning!


The Second Repertory Show I went to this weekend was Exhumed Films Presents: A Double Dose of Cannibal Carnage!
The Double Feature that night was "Jungle Holocaust" and "Raw Meat"

I got to the I-House about an hour early, I thought the show started at 7:30, but it wasn't to 8pm
I killed some time sitting on a couch waiting for the Diabolik Dvd Table to get set up and that's when I heard this conversation from two foreign students who live at the I-House.

F.S.1: Hi you, what did you do today?
F.S.2: I went to the Yuish American Museum.
F.S.1: Who are Yuish People, where are they from?
F.S.2: They are kind of like the Muslims and they are from Israel. Have you heard of them?
F.S.1: Oh you mean the Jewish People! Yes everyone knows who they are.
"That's gold, Jerry!"

Shortly after all that, the dvds were out. I spotted Nick from last night and told him how much I enjoyed the show, I tried to limit my self from just buying one dvd from the table and succeed at first when i got the Nesting on Blu-ray. Later in the night before Diabolik packed up, I picked up "Troll Hunter" on Blu and "Invitation To Hell", and I also grabbed "The Angry Guest" and "The Chinese Boxer" out of a box marked "Free. Please Take!"

Now on to the movies . . . Full Disclosure here, I never been a big fan of the "Cannibal Films Genre" but I wanted to view "Raw Meat" cause I liked a few movies it's director Gary Sherman has been involved with and it stars Donald Pleasence. Since Raw Meat was the second film that night, so I was going to have to sit threw Jungle Holocaust first to get there.
I got to admit this wasn't really that bad as i thought it would be and I actually kinda enjoyed it. The scenes with the cannibals skinning animals made me feel horrible for those creatures, but later there is a part in the movie where a pregnant lady gives birth and then uses her newborn as bait to capture a crocodile for her tribe
 . . . That got a laugh out of me and most of the crowd. SICK lol
After the movie and before "Raw Meat" we were treated to some trailers (one of my favorite things about Exhumed Shows)
All the trailers that night had to do with movies about Flesh Eating . . . We got Tender Flesh, Survival, Dawn of the Dead, Dead Alive, and of course The Texas Chain Saw Massacre!

Raw Meat started playing around 10:30 give or take. It could be because I was getting tired, but I just wasn't feeling this movie.  Pleasence was his goofy self and the city of London City made a nice contrast to the other movie's Jungle setting, but unlike Jungle were there was many cannibals, the ones in Raw Meat weren't featured as much and instead we got more of a police investigation of the killing that were talking place (mostly in the dark I must add)
I seen a good amount of people leave for the night as this movie was on, it wasn't because it was repulsive, it was just very boring. I too left about half way in, not something I am proud of, but it was either that or possibly getting kicked out of the I-House for snoring.
It's funny how the movie I didn't care about seeing I enjoyed and I would rematch again, as for Raw Meat only if i had trouble sleeping at night I'd consider putting it on.

Any way I'm looking forward to the next First Friday which will be "An American WereWolf in London" on October 7th and of courseExhumed Films 5th Annual 24 Hour Horrorthon! Exhumed is promising 14 Films they have never screened before. If you check out this (list) I know I am in for a lot of film rarities and most of all a lot of Fun!