Terror Train – audio version podcast

Terror Train – audio version podcast

If any of you are interested in my story, Steel Deliverance, which was published in the horror anthology, Terror Train, you can hear an audio version this week only!

Best thing, it’s FREE! and you don’t have to sign in or sign up or download a special player.

All you have to do is go to the Terror Train website and click the audio player bar…

http://terrortrain.wordpress.com

Just to clarify what is going on in the podcast, it starts off with an introduction. The first reading from Terror Train is a poem written by Roger Cowin. My story is the second reading at about, 10 minutes. If you got some time, let the whole podcast play in the background while you’re checking emails or your Facebook…

And special thanks to David Schutz II,  for lending his wonderful reading voice to my story. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Monster Wars – Model on the Mantle

Monster Wars
Monster Model on the Mantle

Ok, so here’s a short video I posted on youtube. Any married man that has his guy toys should be able to relate to this. The wives’ never want our guy things in the general expanse of the home; they think they should stay relegated to the man cave or specially cordoned room. See what happens when I try to expand my influence into the rest of the house…

The video gets a little shaky in the middle. I didn’t want the wife to know I was recording. I’ll post some better pics of this model at a later date.

The model is Ymir, 20 Million Miles to Earth by Geometric

 

 

 

8mm and Super 8mm Horror – flicks on film

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The ‘clicking’ of the projector, the strobe-like flashing on the parallel walls, a rectangle of pure white in the dark, and presto! there’s monsters in my bedroom…

8mm and Super 8mm Horror – flicks on film

When I was a youngster, we didn’t have VHS, DVDs, or On-demand movies. We had to watch and wait, for the 6 or 7 television channels available, to air our favorite films. They would show up maybe once or twice a year. (Sometimes never.) However, that didn’t stop some of us, especially us monster fans, from wanting to take our favorite monsters home with us.8mm projector

When I was about 13, I had saved up enough money from shoveling snow and handing out flyers for businesses to send away for a Super 8mm projector. I had seen the ad in the back of Famous Monsters of Filmland and got a money order made out to Captain Company. It was about $24 which would probably be like $100 today. The big brown truck delivered the projector and it came with one complimentary film reel.

The films were only 15 minutes in length each, like highlight reels, touching on the main points and action scenes of the movies they were edited from. Some films were even edited into a new simpler story line, rearranged in sequence to support the edited plot. I didn’t care; I was in it for the monster scenes, not the stories.

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One of my fave things to do with this new projector…8mm ghidorah

My neighbor’s house was very close to ours and the side that faced us had only one small bathroom window. The house was all white. I used to aim the projector out the window so it could shine a giant image of Ghidorah onto the house. For some reason that was the only film it would work for, I guess because of the strong contrast of the scene itself. The image was very light, ghost-like, but I thought it was cool and me and my friends would laugh, trying to scare people walking down the street.

Here’s a look at some of the 8mm and Super 8mm films of the time (1960’s – 1970’s). Mine are long gone, but luckily some people had saved these and shared the box covers on the internet. I just collected the images here, so thanks to all you collectors for sharing. Some of these I owned and others I would have eventually purchased if VHS and Cable TV didn’t make their debut in the early 1980’s.

 

My Top 5 Gothic Vincent Price Movies

Check out my guest post at Vic’s Movie Den,

My Top 5 Gothic Vincent Price Movies

In the 1960’s, Vincent Price was the master of gothic horror suspense. With the help of Roger Corman, AIP, and writer’s like Richard Matheson, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, the gothic horror film was in it’s prime. Check out my top VP picks for the era.

Also Thanks to Vic’s Movie Den for the guest post spot. While you’re there check out some of Vic’s other awesome movie posts.

 

My Top 5 Women in Sci-Fi flicks of yesteryear

My Top 5 Women in Sci-Fi flicks of yesteryear

 (films 25 years and older)

5) Space Vampire – Lifeforce (1985) – Mathilda May
She’s deadly, but what a way to go. She walks around naked through most of the film.

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4) Ellen - It Came from Outer Space (1953) – Barbara Rush
Babara’s innocent, natural beauty struck me even as a young lad.

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3) Lisa – Weird Science (1985) – Kelly LeBroch
Two high school nerds create the perfect fantasy woman. What teenage boy didn’t want to be them?

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2) Kay – Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – Julie Adams
Growing up watching all those 50’s sci-fi/horror flicks on TV, this film had to be the first time I noticed a beautiful woman in a bathing suit.

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1) Nova – Planet of the Apes/Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1968) – Linda Harrison
Stuck on a planet ruled by apes? Linda Harrison’s, Nova, made it all bearable.

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Honorable mention:
Jessica – Logan’s Run (1976) – Jennifer Agutter
Yeah, this film had one of Charlie’s Angels in it, but it was the wide-eyed charm of Jennifer Agutter that kept me watching.

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I didn’t include dinosaur or fantasy films; I will have a separate post for that genre.

 

Blood Beach (1980) – Movie review

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Blood Beach (1980)

Directed by Jeffery Bloom

David Huffman
Marianna Hill
Burt Young
John Saxon

I remember going to see this in the theaters when I was a young ‘un and thinking it was pretty good, Jaws made you scared to go in the water, and now this flick made you scared of the sand. The tagline for the film, (also one of John Saxon’s lines) “Just when you thought it was safe to go bacblood beach posterk into the water, you can’t even get to it.” For whatever reason, the thought of people being sucked down into the sand and the simple practical effect of the film worked for me at the time. However, this is a B-movie in every sense of the meaning, from hokey characters, to bad acting, to a lame monster that they show only once at the end. If you can find the VHS, the film quality is horrendous and I don’t believe it has ever been released on DVD or Blu-Ray. The whole film is on you tube, but the original bad quality is made even worse by the digital compression needed to post it. It takes place at Santa Monica Beach, right near the famous pier. Some unknown worm-like creature, with a head like a sunflower (?), has taken up residence beneath the sand and picks off beach goers (mostly) in the wee hours of the night. Between John Saxon’s stiff acting as the police captain and Burt Young’s ‘so loose, I might not even be following the script’ performance, any scene with either of them is a train wreck. Burt Young plays Sergeant Royko like a NY Crime Boss, oddly out of place in the Cali setting. David Huffman plays a romantic who’s girlfriend disappears (is eaten) by the beach creatch, but that’s okay ‘cause his ex-fiancé is here and he is on the prowl for the hook up. The flick still retains the casual feel of movies from the 1970’s, which makes it all the more bizarre (and boring). The one tell-tale sign that lets you know it was an 80’s flick is, it ends with explosions! As they blow up the pier and the beach. Halleluiah!

 

Creature (1998) – movie review

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Creature (1998) aka: Peter Benchley’s Creature

Craig T. Nelson
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This feels like an 80’s monster movie and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Both Nelson and Cattrall already had successful careers, it would seem unlikely they would show up in a made-for-TV monster flick. But there they were, providing above average acting to what should be a B-sci fi/horror film. The monster here is a genetically engineered mutation, half man/half shark, on steroids, a set of massive teeth on two legs chasing down his prey which consisted mostly of humans. The script was well-written from Peter Benchley’s novel and made the events seem plausible. Stan Winston’s special-FX team worked up a defined original creature, enjoyable for the monster fan. So why isn’t it well known and praised in the horror genre? Because it was over a decade too late. If this had come out in the mid-eighties, had a little more gore and skin, it would have made some waves. Unfortunately in 1998, it was little more than a ripple in a puddle. However that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, just don’t expect it to live up to today’s monster movie standards. Being a TV movie, it takes an hour for things to really start heating up but the pay-off is good. It certainly ain’t no ‘Jaws,’ so it’s best to think of it as an 80’s ‘B’ monster film.