Saturday, January 26, 2013

Some More Recent Wrestling Toys Picks Up!

On the eve of the Royal Rumble I'm here to share some recent pickups for my Wrestling Collection.


P.N. News, Blue Blazer, Ricky Morton, Magnum T.A., and Raven

Sin Cara, Great Muta, Ultimo Dragon

Baston Booger, Sabu, and Billy Kidman

The next three all come from my favorite Hasbro Custom Figure Maker "Double_J_Collectibles"

First up is "Ultmo Drago", I was a big Dragon mark from his 90's run in WCW, never thought someone would make a figure as detailed as this though, all that is missing is Sonny Onoo to carry around his ten championship titles!

Next up is "The Sultan". Better know for gimmicks such as Fatu and Rikishi, The Sultan is a gimmick I love just for the back story of his tongue being cut out and having someone who might have been an even worse talker cutting all his promos, that being "The Iron Sheik". His biggest claim to fame was losing to then I.C. Campion Rocky Maivia at WrestleMania 13. I really don't remember much else about him before or after that match!

My Movie Tie-in Books and some other Horror Fiction . . .

 Here's a look at some of the movie tie-in paperbacks and other horror fiction I've picked up in the last few years, I scored most of these at Horror Con or off of Ebay with most all going for $5 or less!

The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection Books are two of my favorites, the book covering movies 1-3 I've had since a teen, it wasn't until recently that I was able to find the book with Dream Master & Dream Child. I love the little changes that are featured in some of these, I wouldn't say they are better then in the movie but there are all pretty interesting. For instance Joey and Kincaid die doing battle with Freddy in the Dream Warriors book, Taryn is no longer a recovering drug addict or a White for that matter, and best of all Freddy kills Dr. Simms! As an added bonus there is a couple chapters about Freddy's youth and early murders in the first book!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Resurgence of the VHS Box!

In the last couple years many companies have been going out of their way to release special edition VHS Tapes of both Classic and Independent Movies. Consider it a gimmick or a novelty act, but whatever you call it this ploy has been working cause most of these tapes have sold out rather quickly and as a result have become a highly sought after collectible on sites such as Ebay!

I have quite a few of the ones below, with my favorite being The Toxic Avenger one that Lloyd Kaufman drew a cock on!
(Read All About That Epic Night HERE)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Doug Masters' TNT Book Series . . .

No Woman Can Satisfy Him . . . 

I just recently found out about this 7 Book Series by Doug Masters that ran from January 1985 to August 1986. I'm halfway done the the first book and it's EPIC trash at it's finest. Since these are all way out of print I'll be searching ebay to find the rest, I can't wait to see how ridiculous they get based off these covers and plots alone!     

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wrestlers of the Universe (When He-man Meets Hasbro)

When I was a kid I never minded mixing and teaming up my toys, Dick Tracy and The Turtles would go on adventures with The Toxic Crusaders, Captain Planet would fight alongside the X-men, and best of all He-man would enter the squared circle to fight the likes of Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior . . .

 Good Leg Toys  has done just that by taking parts of my beloved WWF Hasbro figures and parts from the Master of the Universe line to make a new league of wrestling . . .
Behold "The Wrestlers of the Universe"! 

Dead Diebia$e

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Charles Moran (Poster Round Up)

 The following Concert and Movie Posters comes to us from Charles Moran aka Zomic, I meet Charles at a few different shows in the last year and he's a very nice guy. I love his work because of the unique style and colors he uses. So far I have a print of his Night of the Creeps and Deadly Spawn, but hope to add to that at the next Monster Mania . . .  

Friday, January 11, 2013

10 Books I'd Like To See Get A Movie Adaptation . . .

It always surprises me just how many great books that are out there that still haven't been developed into a movie . . .  yet!
Where an author such as Stephen King's has had everything he wrote just shy of his weekly grocery list already turned into a movie, below are some books that are both just waiting to be rediscovered and are tailor made for the Big Screen!

1: Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck (1980)

Description: Trying to escape the vicious King Kobra gang and  troubled life at home, eighth graders Barnie and  Teresa flee the city. With only four dollars  between them, they hop a bus, hoping to find a new life  at the end of the line. Destination: Paradise  Park. But Paradise Park turns out to be a  cement-covered suburban shopping mall--not quite the paradise  they had hoped for.
With no money  and no home to retum to, they are forced to stay.  And paradise park takes them in--in more ways than  one. Barnie and Teresa spend their days and nights  in the climate-controlled consumer paradise of a  large department store. And just when they think  they can live there unnoticed forever, Teresa and  Barnie find that even Paradise Park has its secrets.  Even in the dead of night, they are far from  alone....

My Take: 
If this was made now there would have to be some minor changes, but a story about a mall inhabited by mannequins all out to get you is golden. This movie could be rated either PG-13 or R and still be Creepy as Hell!

Alex Pardee (Poster Round Up)

Here's a look at some of the posters Alex Pardee has made in the last three years for the Alamo Draft House, I scored the Tremors Poster which is also my very first Mondo purchase . . . 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wonder Brothers (Post Round Up)

 I'm a huge fan of the "Wonder Bros." I think I posted all these posters before at the facebook page one time or another, I love how they can pull off both the highly detailed and minimalism posters look. If I had to pick a favorite it would be "The Thing" poster that's second from the bottom.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cinema Overdrive (The Poster Round Up)

The following poster are from a Cult Movie Night known as "Cinema Overdrive", these events take place at a theater in Raleigh, NC.
Danny Miller is the man behind the Art, I'm lucky enough to have the "Class of 1984" one you'll see below . . .

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tyler Stout (The Poster Round Up)

When I think of Mondo and Special Edition Posters the first name that comes to mind is Tyler Stout!
Tyler's work has become some one of the most sought after and I'd love to have any of these works of art hanging on my wall!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Death O' Lantern (A SMF Review)

I'm back with a review of another Warlock Home Video release, today's film is "Death O' Lantern"!

Just like Happy Helladays, this is another "Lost Film" from the the 1980s and also filmed on VHS!
Now while I enjoyed Helladays a lot more then this effort, that's not to say this one isn't a lot of fun either. Death O' Lantern is a 80s inspired slasher set in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, where the students of Sleepy Hollow High are being knocked off by a pumpkin headed demon named "Stingy Jack"!

Jack struck a deal with the Devil before being executed for being a Child Murder, he gets to come back for 3 Days leading up to Halloween and if he's able to six children during that time he gets to become human once again!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ken Taylor (The Poster Round Up)

Ken Taylor isn't just one of my favorite artist because of the insane skills he possesses,  but I love the fact that 99% of the posters he puts out for Mondo are for movies I absolutely adore! Below is just the tip of the iceberg of what this guy's done for the custom poster industry and why he's one of the top guys in the game . . .

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mac and Me (The Cheesetastic Cinema Club #2)

How two boys worlds apart become the best of friends and developed childhood obesity thanks to Fast Food Coca-cola! 

While I was watching "Mac and Me" this morning besides questioning my sanity, I also wondered if "Mac and Me" even fit the bill of a cheesy movie. It's definitely a horrible movie, but is it cheesy?
The conclusion I came up with was this isn't even a movie, but a 99 minute long advertisement for McDonald and Coca-Cola products!

I have a long history with this movie, when it first came out in the Summer of 1988 my parents took me to see it at drive-in located in Wildwood, Jersey and it's also one of the earliest VHS Tapes I owned when my family got a VCR . . .  but all along I never had a doubt that movie was SHIT! Granted it is Shit that's fun as hell to watch though!

Now even though I upgraded to the DVD recently when BestBuy had it on sale for $3, I chosen to watch my old VHS copy today to get more of that 80s nostalgia fuel kicking!

Easyriders (March 1982)

Been a long time since I did a "Vintage Print Advertisements" feature on here, usually I just feature old ads from a magazine from the 70s or 80s, but today I am going to feature the magazine it's self . . . a "ScanJob" of sorts!
These pics all come from the March 1982 Issue of "Easyriders", which just so happens to also be the month and year that I was born! I found this issue at Zerns over the Summer in a pile of Fangorias and Old Porn Mags a guy had for sale, I know it's pretty gross to buy this kind of shit used, but he gave me a "No Pages Stuck Together Guarantee" so how could I resist?!? Even though Bicycle culture isn't really my bag, it's awesome going through the mags I bought and seeing how BadAss these clubs were in the late 70s and 80s!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Some Recent Wrestling Toy Pick-ups . . .

Here's some recent wrestling toy pick-ups I got from Ebay and Chiller last Spring.
The first five pics are the small bendie counterparts to those huge LGN Rubber figures from the 80s.
I only became aware of these by chance when I got five of them from a seller at the Chiller Con. They are a tad smaller then the Hasbo figures but fit well standing next to them also!

Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gut (A SMF Review)

Every so often I get an email from someone asking if I'd be interested in a promotional copy of their movie for a review on this blog.

I usually have to decline the majority of these screeners because working a 9 to 5 (and having somewhat of a social life) it's hard to fit them in and then write a review in a timely fashion! But every so often a trailer is sent to me that catches my eye and that's why I accepted the film "Gut" for review!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Best Genre Films of 2012

As I look back on my list of the 10 best genre movies of this year I notice there are no real "indie gems". What do I mean by "indie gems"? The tiny independent films that are unleashed onto a unsuspecting world, and slowly (but surely) excite the self-loathing, yet adventurous independent film community. Last year we had mini-masterpieces like Monsters, The Reef, and Rubber along bigger titles from Magnet Releasing that blew the collective minds of horror nerds and lovers of strange cinema alike. The only movie that came out of nowhere and thoroughly impressed me this year was the sorority horror tale Alpha Girls. That film felt like it was made with a, "if this is the only film we ever make then god-damnit everything is going in!" I love that about independent horror movies. Since Alpha Girls won't get a wide release until 2013 I will refrain from including it in my top 10 of this year.

My favorite movies of the year were large, lumbering messes that either delivered action, gore or aberrant behavior in deliciously satisfying ways. The films on this years list are not subtle, thought-provoking or clever, but they are intelligently crafted and beautifully executed. They are just bold, brash and full of kung fu/wolf punching/fried chicken madness! That isn't to say there aren't any indie gems waiting for me to discover. So if you believe that I missed a small yet mind-blowing flick then please let me know in the comment section below. So, without further ado, let the list begin.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Police Academy (SMF's Tub of Toys)

It's been a good while since I did a toy post on here, below is the collection of Police Academy figures I have came across at FleaMarkets over the years . . .
These toys are based off of the carton series that ran for a couple seasons back in the late 80s, by that time the movie franchise had pretty much hit a wall so the cartoon was their one last try milk this once huge cash-cow!

Teen Witch (The Cheesetastic Cinema Club #1)

Happy New Years Everyone! Welcome to the first post of "The Cheesetastic Cinema Club", a new feature here on the blog where I feature some of my all-time favorite cheesy movies and television series  . . .

 I can't think of a better candidate to kick things off with then the 1989 film "Teen Witch"! The popularity (or rather infamy) of this movie is a direct result of the the numerous times it aired on both HBO and Cinemax in the early 90s and also the now infamous "Rap Battle" scene that I will discuss more in depth in a bit!

Teen Witch stars Robyn Lively as "Louise Miller" a geeky but cute girl who wants nothing more then to win the affection of the most popular boy in her school Brad (a poor man's Jake Ryan).
 For the most part nobody in the school even knows Louise exists save for her best friend "Polly" and and a English Teacher who has it out for her named "Mr. Weaver".