Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Movie Trailer Of The Day # 1

"Little Red Riding Hood & The Monsters"
By K. Gordon Murray

K. Gordon Murray's Schlocky fairy tale horror fantasy Little Red Riding Hood and The Monsters
I really like the trailers that go on forever explaining the plot and kinda ruining the movie for you. This one does drag on a little bit, but I love the corniness of it all. This is apparently part of a series of Little Red Riding Hood movies. I hope these will come on DVD soon. If not I guess I can get it off the site promoted at the bottom of the video..

Friday, April 24, 2009

Deadbolt(Obscure Music)

Now this is a little weird to talk about, because its not a movie, or a game, but it definitively is on the level of what I talk about here..

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Deadbolt(formed in 1987) is a rock/Surf/Shockabilly band from San Diego, California. They are the self proclaimed "Scariest Band in the World". The band also often features two bass players who are called "The Wall of Thunder."

Ive been a long time fan of Deadbolt after hearing their album "Shrunken Head". After hearing the first song I was hooked, it was a weird blend of surf music, with weird story telling and lots of humor. The bands members are:
Harley Davidson(Singer)
Gary “Third Degree” Burns(Bassist)
R.A. McLean(Bassist)
Bad Time Charlie(Drummer)

Former members of the band include:
The Phantom(Bass and Guitar)
Tank Johnson(Drums)
Claymore Mines(Bass)
The Coroner(Bass)
Coffin Boy(Bass)
Moose Cutter(Bass)
Vocalist/guitarist Diana Death occasionally plays with them.

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The band originally formed in 1987 as a trio featuring guitarist and vocalist Harley Davidson, bassist and vocalist Robert "RA" MacLean and drummer Les Vegas. Vegas eventually left the band. Vegas' departure is told in the song "Po' Boy" on the album "Hobo Babylon". Deadbolt's music combines surf rock, goth, psychobilly and blues with unusual, humorous and offbeat lyrics, a style the band calls " Voodoobilly."

They're songs are very quirky, and strange with songs like "The Store That Cannot Be Named" about a store called "Store", or the song "The Mocker" about a guy who mocks people over truck radios. Deadbolt also have reappearing characters in their songs like Patches The Clown, who's a violent, homicidal Clown, and the Post Office songs about people going crazy in the post office..
The band is known for its use of power tools during their live performances, and it is customary to be showered with sparks of red-hot metal during their live shows. The band has a total of 7 CDs and still plays.
CDs and Cassettes:

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Shrunken Head(1993)
1.Shrunken Head
2.Down in the Lab
3.El Sadistico
4.Voodoo Doll
5.Hank Watson Stalks the Earth
6.Zip Code
7.You Don't Know Me
8.Slap
9.The Store That Cannot Be Named
10.Blue Light

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Tiki Man(1994)
1.Scare Me
2.Voodoobilly Man
3.Who the Hell Is Mrs. Valdez?
4.Tiki Man
5.Insecto
6.Patches the Clown
7.Twang Zombie
8.Channel 5
9.The Meat
10.Mambo Room
11.Chuty's House of Beer
12.Cockeye
13.The Lucy Joke

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Tijuana Hit Squad(1996)
1.El Perversio
2.Tijuana Hit Squad
3.Convict Man
4.A Hit Gone Wrong
5.You're Just Like Me
6.I Remember You
7.Conductor
8.Last Time I Saw Cole
9.The Day I Got My Spine Back
10.Devil Took Mrs. Jenkins to Hell
11.She's a Snake
12.Going to Witchata
13.Prison Shank
14.The Interview
15.Dad Why Did My Friends Explode

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Zulu Death Mask(1998)
1.15 Year Search
2.Macombo's Revenge
3.Jackals Of Botswana
4.Watongo
5.Zulu Death Mask
6.She's Gone Gongwipdu
7.Jimmie's Grave
8.Swahili Bob
9.Burn, Lil' Debby, Burn
10.Creepy And Weird
11.Return Of Patches
12.October In Zimbabwe
13.Crime Scene
14.Mogimbu
15.It's A Creepy World

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Voodoo Trucker(2000)

1.Billy's Dead
2.Voodoo Trucker
3.Truck Driving SOB
4.Red Cooley
5.Voodoo Curse
6.McGortsy
7.Blacktop Fever
8.Whereabouts Unknown
9.What Can I Do?
10.Roadside Cross
11.The Mocker
12.The Mocker
13.Lone Highway
14.Trucker's Rumble

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Hobo Babylon(2002)

1.She Walks With the Dead
2.Hobo Babylon
3.One Day I Will Kill You
4.It Was You
5.Bitch Tried to Kill Me
6.Creep Me
7.Come on and Get It
8.Po' Boy
9.Big Man Makes a Fool of You
10.Patches Rides the Rail
11.Drunk Guy on the Train
12.Who Whacked Paully
13.The Hearse

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Best Of Deadbolt:Haight Street Hippie Massacre(2003)

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I Should Have Killed You(2005)

1.I Should Have Killed You
2.Scary Voodoo Girl
3.Telephone The Dead
4.When The Lights Come On
5.Hell Dorado
6.Spot Where They Gunned Him Down
7.Every Minute Of The Day
8.She Ran Away
9.El Segundo
10.Tell Me Where He Lies
11.Big John
12.Fright Wig

Deadbolt - Mrs. Valdez


Deadbolt - You Dont Scare Me


Deadbolt - It Was You


Website:
http://www.downinthelab.com/

Sunday, April 19, 2009

2 Heads Are Shlockier then 1


____"The Thing With 2 Heads"(1972)______

Directed by: Lee Frost
Starring:
Ray Milland
"Rosey" Grier

Tag lines:
"They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body!"
"And now with the fights, the Fuzz, the chicks and the choppers...Man, they're really in deeeeep trouble!"
"The doctor blew it--the most fantastic medical experiment of the age."
"They share the same body... but hate each others guts!"


A movie I heard of while looking at some old movie trailers, this one really did catch my eye. For one its about a guy with 2 heads running amok...that's fucking awesome! Now lets make it better..lets have one be a racist, and the other a "Soul Brotha' " as the trailer says. But lets not stop there; throw in a two headed gorilla and some chase scenes. Now this movie is sounding much more awesome. We can just list the Exploitation in this film from Blaxploitation to Apesploitation! Also goes into the two headed monster sub-genre; which this DVD has another movie that we will get to eventually, called "The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant". Now lets focus on the director here; Lee Frost. Hes made a shit-ton of bad movies; just to name a few...
House on Bare Mountain, Mondo Freudo, Mondo Bizarro, Hot Spur, Love Camp 7, Chain Gang Women, Zero in and Scream, The Black Gestapo, and much more. He even plays a character in this film; Sergeant Hacker. Also helped Produce the great "Race with the Devil".

His career started with making commercials. He then got his first film done in the early 60's with "Surftide 77". He went on to make a crap ton of Exploitation films, from soft core, to shockumentaries. Most of his 60's films were made for trash movie producer Bob Cresse. Hes literally done every kind of exploitation film imaginable. His last being a direct to video soft-core flick called Private Obsession. Lee died at the age of 71 on May 25, 2007. The writer, Wes Bishop helped Lee with most of the films, and also wrote "Race With The Devil". While talking about the cast, we cant forget to mention Ray Miland in this. The great Ray Miland has been in a shit load of movies, and always gives a great performance. Then we got Rosey Grier who was a former Los Angles Ram, and did a bunch of TV shows. He became a ordained minister in 83.

The movie is about the Racist Bigot; Dr. Maxwell Kirshner(Milland) who is bound to a wheel chair and dying. He has been working on experiments to some how find a way to save himself. He then figures out that he can graph his head onto another body then take it over. He tests his theory with an experiment involving surgically transferring the head of a gorilla to the body of another. The process takes a while to work, mainly because the other head needs time to start the take over. Thus making a two headed Gorilla creature, Genius! This has to be the most awesome gorilla costume I've ever seen. Why? TWO HEADS! Come on its a fucking Gorilla with two heads. Imagine it; double the wackiness and double the Hilarity!

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The Creature eventually escapes and causes a ruckus in town. Dr. Kirshner sends a few scientists to go capture the Ape, which they find in a mini-mart eating bananas. You could say that that Apes went bananas and split! Har Har Har.
With The Dr. hanging on by a limb they decide to try and get a body for him quickly, which leads us to Jack. Jack(Rosey) is in prison for Murder, and is about to be executed. He says hes innocent, and was framed. So the doctors taking car of Kirshner ask if they can get one of the death row convicts to agree to give thier body for science to help Dr. Kirshner. Jack about to be fried in the Electric chair agrees to it. Once there they knock Rosie out, and begin the surgery. They first cut off Kirshners head and hook it up to a life support system and then attach him to Jack. This scene is pretty well shot, and the effects are pretty god damn good for such a corny movie like this. Well once attached to his new body Kirshner is ecstatic till he finds out..his new body is Jack's. He deals with this hard, but not as hard as Jack does when he realizes what had been done to him. He retaliates but is put back into sedation.

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Now for this to go off well, Kirshner has to be attached to Jack for awhile, till he can have full control over jacks body, then they will get rid of Jack's head and put Kirshner's there instead. Jack on the otherhand has a diffrent plan. After easily knocking out a nurse(My god are nurses useless when it comes to monsters, mutations and freaks of nature) he makes his escape along with the new Doctor, Fred Williams.
He takes Fred as a hostage, and he also dislikes Kirshner because he gave him crap earlier on. The rest of the film is one really, really..Very long car chase with the doctors and cops. Then a LONG Bike chase. The constant argueing between Jack and Kirshner which are mainly consisted of Kirshner bitching and Jack telling him to shut up. That's all Kirshner really does in this movie, bitch and be racist. Now, the chase scene is insane, its just a bunch of bumbling cops wrecking cars all over the place, its ridiculous. So finally they escape to Jack's girlfriend's; there they stay the night and eat. Dr. Williams agrees to help Jack get Kirshner off his body. Its also revealed that Jack was framed. Luckly for Kirshner, he finds out he has gained control over Jacks body and escapes to cut off Jacks head himself. Unfortunatly for him Dr. Williams saves the day and stops Kirshner by just saying the sentence "..don't do it." Wow..that's anti-climactic. No fight?, no struggle? I mean Kirshner could have easily killed Dr. Williams or at lest knock him out and finish the surgery..no?
Fine.

Well Dr. Williams gets rid of Kirshner's head, leaving him there on a table and drives off with Jack and Patricia(Jacks girl)while singing.
Once thing I wondered is what happened to the side story about Jack being framed? They never end it, and just leave it wide open, so you never really know if Jack's innocent or not. Also Jack's still considered a criminal, and even if he proves his innocence, he still ran from the cops, and demolished at lest 18 police vehicles.

This movies fun, but thats really it, a campy cheesy B-movie thats fun to see. If you happen to find this movie I suggest getting it in the "Midnight Movies" double feature pack. That way you get two, Two headed monster movies, instead of one. And don't worry about price, I got mine for 7$. I loved how Jack and Kirshner look when joined, its hilariously cheesy. So overall, if your a fan of cheesy movies, then buy it; its a must for any B-Movie fan, but otherwise its a rent or download.

Oh and one more thing, I got to say how ridiculous the poster looks. It looks kinda like the art on the boxes for the old big Gi-Joe toys, and the way Grier and Milland look is so hilarious..
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Overall:
Deaths/Gore:1/5 No one really dies, except I swear to god one car wrecks so bad, there's no way the cop survived
Cheesiness:5/5
Monster:4/5 They do say 2 heads are better then one..
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4 Double Monkey heads out of 5

Just a fun movie, great for a party, or if you just like B-Movies

Poster:
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Quote:
"What the hell is the matter with you, Moss? Get back to bed!"
" You jive."

Saturday, April 11, 2009

OBEY

_____"They Live"(1988)_____
Directed by:
John Carpenter
Starring:
(George Nada)Roddy "Rowdy" Piper
(Frank Armitage)Keith David
Tag Lines:
"You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong."
"Who are they? And what do they want?"

When you think John Carpenter, many people's minds usually jump to the slasher classic "Halloween", or his sci-fi masterpiece "The Thing". But when I hear his name my mind goes to a more unknown film in is filmography by the name of "They Live". Which is strange, because the influence of They Live is all around us. "They Live" is based on a short story by Ray Nelson called "Eight O’Clock in the Morning" and stars Pro-Wrestler Roddy "Rowdy" Piper as the lead, George Nada.
The short story follows George Nada who is hypnotized and when awakened, suddenly sees alien creatures posing as humans and controlling the world. These aliens are called "the Fascinators", who in the book are described as reptilian with yellow eyes. Now, right away you see some differences from the movie. One, George Nada is never hypnotized, he finds out through special glasses. Two, the aliens are never called by any name in the film. The design is a bit different as well in the film version. George goes and realizes that the Fascinator's are brain washing people with television and billboards which bear sayings like "Marry and Reproduce" and "OBEY". George gets a call from one of the Fascinator's telling him "This is your control, Chief of Police Robinson. You are an old man, George Nada. Tomorrow morning at eight o'clock, your heart will stop. Please repeat." Which he then repeats. George visits his girlfriend and try to wake her up to this all, and fails. This leads to George killing one of her neighbors who was a Fascinator. She reacts the obvious way, she freaks out. George ties her up and obtains a dart gun from the Fascinator's home, and goes off and invades a television show and wakes up all of the people watching to the aliens, starting a war. George unfortunately doesn't make it to continue the fight, because his heart mysteriously stops. The short story is written very well, and is a pretty interesting read; check it out.

John Carpenter took the story, and did a somewhat close adaption. A weird choice Carpenter made in this film is hiring Pro-Wrestler Roddy "Rowdy" Piper as John Nada (Instead of George). Normally Carpenter hired actor Kurt Russel for his action hero roles, using him in numerous movies before like The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, and many more. This fortunately worked well for Carpenter since Piper did an amazing performance, this being his fourth film.

John Carpenter took the story, and did a somewhat close adaption. A weird choice Carpenter made in this film is hiring Pro-Wrestler Roddy "Rowdy" Piper as John Nada (Instead of George). Normally Carpenter hired actor Kurt Russel for his action hero roles, using him in numerous movies before like The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, and many more. This fortunately worked well for Carpenter since Piper did an amazing performance, this being his fourth film.
John Nada, a Nomad wanderer who goes to look for some work, stumbles into a fight against the alien menace who are controlling the world. The movie starts off kinda slow showing John as a homeless wanderer, as he goes off to find a job at this construction site. While working there he meets the other main character, Frank(Played by Keith David) who helps him find a place to sleep. That's when the movie picks up. John notices weird stuff at the small church across the street. Investigating, he finds a lab in the back room. There, cardboard boxes are stacked full of these sunglasses. Once adorning them, the wearer gets to see the world as it truly is.

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So basically the rest of the movie is John and his war against the alien, going on many mini rampages. During these rampages, he utters the famous line "I'm Here To Kick Ass, and Chew Bubble Gum, and I'm all out of Gum."
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A quote used in various other things, most notably the video game Duke Nukem, where you can see the obvious similarity between Duke and John. Speaking of things influenced by this movie, one of the most notable is by the company OBEY. The famous image of Andre the Giant is a direct reference to the movie. While on his rampage John meets his love interest, a girl named Holly, and recruits Frank after a very, very long fight scene in a alley way. The fight scene is later referenced in an episode of South Park. John then decides to take down the alien signal influencing the people of earth.

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I grew up with a brother who watched old school wrestling, so I know who Piper is, and if your a fan of his then you have this movie. his acting in the movie really surprised me, its actually really good, he made a good action star. which is what I cant say for other wrestlers turned actors(John Cena, Hulk Hogan, etc.) If I didn't love the movie so much, and think if they remade it they would loose all the charm, id love to see this movie using a 3-D gimmick. It would work perfectly along with the whole sunglasses thing in the movie. So if you want to see a good unusual action film pick up John Carpenter's They Live.

Overall:
Gore: 2/5 There are some moments that I love
Villain: 4/5 Great alien designs with a cool concept
Cheese:5/5 A great cheesy action flick with all the things you want in one.
Action: 4/5
Final verdict: 4/5

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4 Sunglasses Out Of 5

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Subliminal Messages:
"OBEY"
"CONFORM"
"MARRY AND REPRODUCE"
"CONSUME"
"WATCH TELEVISION"
"SLEEP"

Quote:
"Formaldehyde-face!"