Wednesday, February 29, 2012

15 Of My Favorite Songs Featured In Horror and Cult Movies

I have always had a huge love for movie soundtracks. When the right song is used in a particular scene it can make both the scene and song iconic forever. Think about it, what is "Reservoir Dogs" without "Stuck In The Middle With You" or "GoodFellas" without "Layla" playing during the death montage? Sure those movies would still be considered classics, but you have to admit they were enhanced tenfold by the music's presence!

So I started thinking about how music has affected some of my favorite horror or cult movies and could I come up with a list of my 10 Favorite songs in that genre . . .

Narrowing down the list was a lot harder than I thought so instead of 10 I had to go with 15. To make it easier on myself I decided only to include songs that were either written for the movie they appeared in or if the song came out around the same time period (and was used for that reason). So while I love the music choices Rob Zombie included in his films or when a movie uses a classic song to set a tone such as "Mr. Sandman" in the Halloween series, I didn't incorporate them into this list. Maybe that's something I will work on as a follow up!

A youtube video is included for each song and as always feedback is welcomed, either at the blog or the SMF Facebook page . . . Anyway here goes :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

This Friday It's Miller Time! ("Night of the Creeps" in 35mm!)

This Friday (3/2) The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA will be hosting a screening of "Night of the Creeps" as part of their monthly First Friday Fright Night Event!

Hot Asphalt and Roaring Violence - Music for the Open Road

An audio compilation of the best snippets, songs and trailer moments from the GNARLIEST Biker Films of the '60s. Courtesy of the Devil's Master, Mr. Isaac Williams. It's like a radio station for the fuzzed and buzzed.


My love for Exploitation Cinema is at a fever pitch! 
Now go visit Isaac's tumblr.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Sleaziest of Sleeze

Exploitation films are about sex. Yes, some of these movies have flesh eating zombies, chain wielding bikers, pus dripping creatures, and even hungrier flesh eating cannibals, but what defines the genre is S.E.X. The lust for it, the fear of it, and even being repulsed by it. Sex is at the core of any (good) exploitation film.

Like rock and roll and baseball, exploitation films are a purely American creation (that the Japanese do better). These movies speak more honestly about the American psyche than any art house film or academic documentary. What exploitation films understand is; WE (Americans, dudes, rock and rollers) will take anything at anytime, do anything at anytime, and act like it was all ours from the beginning. And in the end we want to be punished for it. We do things to the extreme, even guilt. Exploitation allows us to relish in rape, then salivate over the evisceration of the rapist. Just like Private Joker’s peace sign on his army fatigues, exploitation movies say something about the duality of man (men, scumbags, ladies with penis envy and rock and rollers).

In celebration of this joyous American art form Thomas Bryce and I are hosting an event that will wallow in the truth and shining transcendence of exploitation cinema. Next Sunday we will hold  'All American Sleeze 2: Deeper into the Cesspool’ at my house in Fishtown.

Shit Movie Fest is not only a monthly party for like-minded morons, but an opportunity to challenge and expand each other’s cinematic horizons. At each event our group tries to top one another and find THAT FILM. The one flick no one has seen; even for the heaviest movie-holics of the group. It is a great community and anything goes. Since we have expanded our group to both facebook and this blog I invite YOU to this month’s (or any month’s) event. Just reach out to me privately. Shit Movie Fests are house parties and I won’t give out my private info on the internets. A private IM is the only way toward group boozing, hard noshing and supreme mind’sploding.

Below is the line up for ‘All American Sleeze 2’.  Please leave comments and future suggestions either on the blog or our facebook page. We would love to hear from everyone and expand the SMF community. We look forward to sharing our love of the obscure, the weird, and the sleaziest of sleeze...

WARNING: The following films contain drug abuse, extreme violence, abhorrent behavior. flagrant acts of Kung Fu, kleptomania, torture, abuse by (and on) the Ku Klux Klan, psychomania, O.J Simpson and of course, lots and lots of sex.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Calling All Cars! (A Look Back At Playmate's Dick Tracy Figures)

Looking back on the late 80s and early 90s I have some very fond memories of all the toys I had when I was a kid. I covered the WWF Hasbro line and some other random toys here in the past few weeks. Today I'm going to take a look back at Playmate's Dick Tracy line of figures!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where's The Fucking Bourbon?

For a good while now Mike Smash (of Curious-Goods) and I have been tossing around ideas for making shirts we could sell at Horror Cons. We had a list of films that we really thought would make for a killer shirt, but one we both agreed on was doing something for "Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors"! Not only is it one of my all time favorite Horror Movies, but it's one of the earliest I can recall seeing and my introduction to all things Krueger!

There's so many iconic scenes and Freddy "one liners" in Dream Warriors to choose from, but we narrowed it down to one scene in particular . . .  "Where's The Fucking Bourbon? "

This past weekend while Mike was in Florida he started talking to Chris Ott of London 1888, and Chris was more than up to the task of capturing Elaine Parker's Decapitation for us! Later that night I got this outline drawing from Chris, who was already channeling his inner Kristen Parker and Staying up late, Burning The Midnight Oil (I have no doubt in my mind that he had Dokken blasting on his computer!)

                                 A Day later it was finished and ready to go off to the printer!
I am in love with this!

I must have over a 100 Horror related shirt in my closet, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would play a part in getting one made, and even better one as good looking as the one Chris lent his talents too! I have always been a huge fan of Chris' work and I consider this a real honor to do business with both him and Mike on what is the first of what hopefully will be many other shirt creations in the future!

So, by now I guess you're wonder how you can get one of these bad boys! Well, it's going to be a Limited Edition of only 72 shirts (1 dozen per size S-M-L-XL-2XL-3X) and it's going to be available exclusively at MonsterMania 21 in Cherry Hill, NJ (March 9 - 11)! So, if you are looking to buy one Mike Smash will have them set up on his table at this Connvention and if you don't know who Mike is get a hold of me and I will point you in the right direction :)

Sorry there will be NO pre-orders for thi item and the prices go as follows:  $20 for S-M-L-XL and $25 For 2XL-3X and once they're gone . . . they're gone!

- Tom Bryce

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vintage Print Advertisements #4 (Movie Ads From Philly's Past!)

GrindHouse cinema at it's finest!

This time around I am doing something a little different for the latest edition of SMF's V.P.A. As you can see from the poster above I am featuring movie ads that appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News back in the late 70s/Early 80s.

To gather up these images I took a trip to the Free Library of Philadelphia yesterday and spent a couple hours in their Newspapers Archive Section.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Harry Warden Day (14 "My Bloody Valentine" Posters and Shirts!)

In honor of today being Valentine's Day I figured why not make a post dedicated to "My Bloody Valentine", one of my favorite Holiday Slashers and it's Coal Miner Suited Killer Harry Warden!

Today I'm going to post 14 Posters covering everything from the 1981 Movie, the 2009 3D Remake, Fan-made posters, VHS/DVD Box Art , and Harry related T-Shirts . . .

The Poster above was done by the very talented Chris Garofalo
of Quiltface-Studios

Chris made this for a recent screening of M.B.V. at the The Colonial Theatre

Monday, February 13, 2012

Vintage Print Advertisements (Week #3)

Oh Yeah . . . Dig It!
P.S. I bet Red Roster did the JOB that Night!

Last week I promised some old toy ads for this edition of V.P.A. and while I found some really good ones, I didn't think it was enough for a full post (not just yet). So while I'm still working on that idea I went ahead and scanned these vintage ads from a March 1990 TV Guide for you guys!

I found this about a week ago in mint condition! It was a great blast from the past, and I totally remember some of these shows like it was yesterday. The others I can't figure out how they ever made it to the air!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

All American Sleaze . . .

When the Shit Movie Fest Parties first started there really wasn't any rhyme or reason to them. It was pretty much a free-for-all; what ever Bad Movies we could think up that people would enjoy watching and drink some beers to, but we also had to make sure they wouldn't want to punch us in the face by the time the night was over! It wasn't until Last Year (1/22/11 to be exact) that we hosted the first SMF that had an actual theme! Before there was "SpaderFest" , "A Night Of Tom Atkins" or even the ever so popular "Mystery Shit-MovieFest", There was . . .

"All American Sleaze" was a collection of the all around Sleaziest Movies ever put on celluloid. We picked 4 movies made between the Late 70s and Early 80s and each did their job at making everyone feel extra dirty by the end of the night! The choices were "Vice Squad", Hardcore", "Fight For Your Life", and "The Exterminator". Chris Gormley went ahead and made poster for the first 3 movies.Something him and his fiancé Christine have been doing ever since . . .

Saturday, February 11, 2012

SMF's Tub of Terrible Toys (Vol. 2)

I'm posting this one a little head of schedule. Since I've been suffering from horrible sinus headaches the last couple of days, I figured I would post something that I was already done writing and call it a day.

As I mentioned in Volume 1 of SMF's Tub of Terrible Toys, not everything covered will be complete shit. These toys just weren't as popular as the main toy lines out around the same time (G.I. Joe, He-Man, T.M.N.T., etc)

First up we have a Kids Meal toy from Burger King.

This toy used to give me nightmares as a kid. Why would anyone want to eat something that has a face on it? And second, why does the Tender have a smile on his face? You're about to be eaten! Run! It all just creeps me out.

Do you know that McDonald's Nuggets Post that's been making the rounds on Facebook?

Still not as frightening as the Tender Toy was when I was a kid!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Vintage Print Advertisements (Week #2) - Video Game Extravaganza Edition

Thank you for all the feedback from last week's Vintage Print Advertisements feature. In case you missed that one you can view it HERE. Anyway, I'm back this week with an All Video Game Edition.

The following ads are all from either the late 80s or early 90s, and were found in the pages of my old comic books and wrestling magazines:

            Bill and Ted on NES . . . Excellent!             And Game Boy Too . . . Not Bogus?

Monday, February 6, 2012

SMF's Tub of Terrible Toys (Vol. 1)

For all the great toys lines to come out of the 80s and 90s there were just as many equality bad ones. I have TUBS of old toys in my storage room and that got me thinking, why not post some of the more obscure toys that I bought back in day (for one reason or another) on the blog?

These toys are just taking up space along side some of my most played with figures (back in day) which were T.M.N.T., G,I. Joes, and the Marvel and DC Super Heros. The terrible toys next to them are Karate Fighters, Freaks on Skate Boards, and generic dollar store wrestlers. Just to be clear, not all of the toys I'm going to showcase in this new weekly feature are going to suck out right. They just weren't as popular as the others from that same time period.  Well, let's see if you remember any of these figures from 'Shit Movie Fest's Island of Misfit Toys'!

SMF's first time meeting (Uncle) Lloyd Kaufman . . .

A few days ago I made a post HERE about how I first discovered The Toxic Avenger. Today I want to share a short story about the time Chris and I first met Toxie's creator Lloyd Kaufman.

About 10 years ago "Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV" was making a city to city tour. The film was being showcased in small independently operated theaters around the East Coast. We found out that Philly made the cut and our plans to see Blade 2 that weekend got pushed aside!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Something Wicked (Magazine) This Way Comes . . .

Here is a long defunct horror magazine that gets little to no love. It is pretty much forgotten by people I talk to. The magazine's name was "Wicked" and it was a spinoff/sister magazine to Cinescape (who is also no longer in the game).

Wicked was first published in 1999 and since I wasn't aware of Rue Morgue yet Wicked served as a nice alternative to Fangoria. The first issue featured a cover story on "Scream 3". There was also a different cover featuring Johnny Depp and Sleepy Hollow. Inside there was an article on USA's criminally underrated TV show "G vs. E" and a list of the '50 Greatest Horror Movies Of All Time' (N.O.T.L.D. took the #1 Spot). At 82 pages Wicked was a well put together product and still is (I just reread it for this blog post).

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The 10 Best Sports Related Deaths In Movie History!

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday (aka the most watched sporting event in America) I compiled a list of the 10 Best Sports Related Deaths and Kills In Movie History! Now this may be a very loose interpretation of what counts as a sports related kill, but for a scene to have made the cut I narrowed it down to these two requirements:

1) It takes place at a sporting event.
2) It involves sports equipment in the death

OK, on 3 break. 1 - 2 - 3 BREAK!

How I found out the difference between a 'Toxic Crusader' and a 'Toxic Avenger'

This will be the first in a series of posts about my life long love of all things Troma. Since it is the first I guess it would be wise to establish how that love affair began. Back in the early 90s there was nothing more shocking to me than finding out my lovable Toxic Crusaders cartoon and toys were actually based off a balls to wall horror movie named The Toxic Avenger. Up until to that point I was clueless about all things Tromaville. I just enjoyed the cartoon immensely and was thrilled that the toys were the same size as my Ninja Turtle figures. Toxie and Major Disaster had many adventures with the 4 Turtles fighting Shredder and Dr. Killemoff.

The first time I ever saw the "Avenger" name attached to the end of Toxic and not "Crusaders" came courtesy of Marvel Comics. Right around the time of the cartoon a comic named "The Toxic Avenger" started appearing at my local comic book shop. I remember getting the first two issues along with the TMNT and Spiderman books I was reading at the time. The guy at the book store filled me in on Toxie, him being from a movie before a kid's cartoon. Just like that my young mind was blown. Next time I went to the video store with my next door neighbor/childhood friend I asked his Mom if she would rent the video for us. She was one of those "Cool Moms". Not only did she rent the first movie, but she also got us the second! After that day I was no longer a little boy. No, I became a Man . . . ok I was still some years from that, but at least you could say I was a full fledged citizen of Tromavile and I never looked back.  To his day it still boggles my mind how Lloyd Kaufman was able to make a deal with Marvel Comics and get a children's cartoon made out of such an X-rated product. Then again, that is why Uncle Lloyd is an EVIL FUCKING GENIUS and businessman extraordinaire.

Friday, February 3, 2012

This SMF Post Will Give You "Goosebumps"!

Since I began to write a lot of 80s and 90s nostalgia posts on the blog I knew there was one subject that I could not skip while I'm still in my "Blasts From The Pasts" mindset. That subject is none other than one of the biggest book crazes of all time...R.L. Stine's Goosebumps!

My love affair with R.L. Stine's Goosebumps started around the time I was in the 5th grade. I was already a fan of horror by the age of 11, but up to that point the only books I read where Dr. Seuss's "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Motion Picture Sticker Book. Wait, does that last one count?

A couple of times a year my grade school would host a book fair down in the school's gymnasium. One was held at the start of the school year and the other was towards the end. My Mom would always give me about ten dollars and insist that I don'tt come home with any more dragon book markers!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ACK ACK ACK: The Art and Toys of Mars Attacks!

2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the most mean spirited creation known to man. The 1962 Topps science fiction trading cards...Mars Attacks!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Recesses of Rural Pennsylvania: St Martha's Manor

St Martha's Manor is a nursing home owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia located in Downingtown, PA (home of Victory Brewing). Most people don't realize that behind the property, which sits on a major road, are acres of land. Half of this land has been reclaimed by the woods and the other half has become a beautiful clearing with rolling hills. Between these two areas rests the original St Martha's Manor. Built in the 1800s the original manor was one of the Archdiocese's first retirement homes.

The old property consists of the manor, a building that appears to be a chapel and a barn. The manor is still in excellent shape, but the other two are in ruins. Below are pictures that I took while scouting the area for old hidden homes. Check out the first 'Recesses' post for the details on the project (HERE).


Vintage Print Advertisements (Week #1)

So, I have been thinking up different ideas for weekly features here on the blog and I think I came up with one you guys will like and will be pretty easy for me to pull off.

Once a week I'm going to scan and post some Old School Print Ads from my collection of 70s & 80s magazines. The advertisements will come from old comic books, horror mags, wrestling or any other entertainment magazines that I still happen to possess. This weeks edition comes from a few late 80s Fangorias and also some early to mid-90s WWF & WCW mags. Ok here we go!