In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Manure In Japan!

This is just crazy. Manure, the short I co-wrote with Michael Schwartz for the ABC's of Death 26th Director contest is going to be screening in Yubari, Japan this weekend!


Tomorrow, as part of a twelve-hour marathon of mayhem and madness at the Yubari Chamber of Commerce, Manure will be one of ten ABC submissions that were handpicked by Yoshihiro Nishimura himself. The maniac who brought us Tokyo Gore Police likes our shit!

It warms my heart to know that our humble short will be playing before a live S&M event featuring Eihi Shiina (of Audition fame) and a screening of Brian Yuzna's 2005 flick Beneath Still Waters.


What is most awesome is that Manure has now been subtitled in Japanese. Schwartz tells me we'll be getting a copy, and I can't wait to see what “shit for brains” looks like in Japanese. For more info on the “Rebirth of the Nishi-Zo Marathon Event”, check out this post over at Twitch. For the entire schedule, check out the Yubari festival website, here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WIHM: 27 x 41

Rounding out Women In Horror Month, I wanted to highlight a great posting from my friend Tal Zimmerman's Tumblr 27 x 41" about graphic artists Tricia Zimic and Joann Daley. Zimic created several posters for Troma Entertainment back in the eighties and Daley was responsible for some of the most iconic horror posters around. To check out the post, click here, but here below are some samples of their fantastic work.





Tal is an life-long poster collector, currently neck-deep in production on his documentary Why Horror? and just came back from filming interviews overseas. For more info on that project, click here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Trailer Tuesdays: Slumber Party Massacre

Hey all. With it being the tail end of Women In Horror Month, it seems fitting to post the trailer for the 1982 “feminist” slasher flick The Slumber Party Massacre.

Trailer courtesy of trailer0boy.

For more SPM, check out this Q&A with writer/director Amy Holden Jones following a Toronto screening of the film last year.



For the original post from 2012, including the end of the interview, click here.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

DKTM 211


Hello all. I just woke up after a nap following Canada's hockey gold performance in Sochi. It was about the only thing (save from a film shoot) that could get me up at six a.m. on a Sunday, so I'm glad it was worth it. Anyhoo, following last week's archives posts, I thought I'd keep today's festivities heavy on the VHS, as well. Enjoy.

1-900-VHS-TAPE.

I found an old Deviantart post from Matt McEver this week, that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye. Below is a huge poster made up of about nine hundred horror VHS covers that would have been available in your local video store's horror section circa 1989.

Right click to enlarge.

Apparently Matt made this for a friend as part of a wedding present. Man, if only we could all have friends like these! I have an idea how long this must have taken him, as it reminds me of the labourious hours I spent fashioning my thousandth-post video some years ago.

Re-appropriation.

VHS may be a dead format in the eyes of many, but two French artists named Patrick Massobrio and Nan (whom I discovered by way of FearNet) have decided to use those crusty black boxes for their own artistic endeavours. Check out the following pieces below;





To visit their website, which includes all manner of oddities, click here.

The Women In Red.

I regretfully realized that Women In Horror Recognition Month had almost passed me by when I saw this year's WIHM Masive Blood Drive PSA this week. With the help of contributors that included The Soska Twins, Jessica Cameron and Hannah Neurotica, this year's ad focuses on the amount of blood needed to survive various nasty mishaps. Check it out below.



Stay safe, kids.

Friday, February 21, 2014

It Came From The Archives 23.5!

Okay, here we are. Here's the last eleven VHS insert sleeves I snagged during my tenure at Ballbuster. For the previous four posts earlier this week, click here, here, here & here.







After first viewing those last two titles above, I started to become wise to Ballbuster's insidious censorship practices. I had seen snips of Return of the Alien's Spawn years before as part of Continental Video's glorified sizzle reel project Terror On Tape and was no doubt a little confused after viewing this version. Also, as you may know, Deadly Spawn is not even close to 90 minutes, so that's a little shady, as well.

Additionally, they went out of their way to mention that version of Suspiria was unrated. So, by that rationale, any unmarked horror film they did rent WAS rated. It wasn't until much later that they started marking “RATED VERSION” on their cases. I didn't discover I'd watched a heavily cut version of Return of the Living Dead 3 until over a decade later. Oh, the treachery!






So, that's all I got. I hoped you enjoyed looking at these old things. Who knows? Maybe you learned something! Have a great weekend and see you all back here soon.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

It Came From The Archives 23.4!

Here's the next batch of BBV inserts. For some context, check out part one from Monday here. You can also enlarge the image by making with the clickedy-click.













Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It Came From The Archives 23.3!

Welcome back for part three of my BBV inserts archives post. For my intro post from Monday, click here. Be sure to click the images for a closer look.











I'm not sure what happened with that last one. Maybe it's like when you press “send” too early on an email. Nowadays you can send another one right after, but in 1991 they probably printed out dozens of these things and just said, “fuck it, good enough...” Anyway, come on back tomorrow for another batch.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It Came From The Archives 23.2!

So, let's continue with my small collection of rental inserts. To see my introductory post from yesterday, click here. Be sure to click the images for a closer look, as you may find the “viewing hints” helpful.











Come back tomorrow for Part 3.