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!

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!"

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!

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!


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!



SMF's Weekly ShartOuts (February 1st - 7th)


Welcome to the first of a what I hope to be a weekly feature here at the SMF Blog! The idea behind the "Weekly ShartOuts" is to share some noteworthy posts & stories that you may have missed from the week that was!
   Before I get started I must admit that this idea came to me from what my good friend John "Freddy In Space" Squires who has been doing something like this called "The Most Awesome Images Of The Week" over at The Halloween Love Blog! So after reading this post, please head over there and check out John's writing and all the writers featured at Halloween Love!

First up I want I to give a ShartOut to Artist Chris Garofalo of (QuiltfaceStudios) for this stunning "Event Horizon" poster he did for The Colonial Theatre's recent 35mm screening of the late 90s Horror Gem!
Chris' signed and numbered edition of 50 is almost sold out so if you want to add this poster to your wall act now by going to his Storenvy!


My Second ShartOut goes to Actress Tuesday Knight who not only played "Kristen Parker" in "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" but also set the tone for the movie by providing the main title theme "Nightmare"! Earlier this week Tuesday announced that an EP of the Single will be hitting both Vinyl and CD soon featuring art work from Dakota Thomas! For more details and updates follow the Facebook Page Tuesday Knight "Nightmare" EP (HERE!)


Next I want to give a ShartOut and also wish Good Luck to my friends Tony Trov and Johhny Zito who will start filming on their latest horror movie American Exorcist in a couple days! This will be Trov and Zito followup to the Sorority Slasher flick Alpha Girls they directed few years back!
 Please check out their Kickstarter for this project and if you are not in a position to donate at this time please share and help get the word out!


I already mention checking out Halloween Love a bit earlier in this post, but incase you didn't get the hint check out this great collection of Horror Movie Teaser Trailers (LINK!) that John Squires dug up from the interwebs!   


So by now I'm sure that you seen or at least heard about the "Save By The Bell Reunion" on The Tonight Show, but if not check it out and then head over to the Horror Movie BBQ to get my friend Chad Young's (who the biggest S.B.T.B. Fan I know btw!) take on this bit of 90s  Nostalgia! 



And finally big thanks to everyone for helping both the SMF Twitter and Instagram Page reach up to 1500 Followers this week, I appreciate all the Support!



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