Saturday, October 29, 2016

Let's Talk: The Lost Boys Sequel

Hello, all!

Better call the Frog Brothers because it seems like Santa Carla is once again becoming a haven for the undead. Thanks to Vertigo Comics, we're thrown back into the 80's cult favorite, The Lost Boys, in all its bloody, big-haired vampire glory.

The monthly miniseries, first published on October 12th, is backed by some serious veteran horror writers as well; you've got Tim Seeley writing, artists Scott Godlewski and Patricia Mulvihill and covers by Tony Harris, and all are excited to pay homage to the gruesomely stylish film.

The series centers around brothers, Michael and Sam Emerson, who, with the help of militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog, have to rid their town of another gang of ruthless nightcrawlers. This time though, instead of being Kiefer Sutherland, it's a gaggle of ladies called the Blood Belles, who have come to collect their sister (and Michael's love interest), Star. You can just imagine all the trouble that's gonna cause.

I'm actually pretty interested to see how this series develops and if it'll hold up to the original. The Lost Boys was one of my first introductions into horror (I know, it's not horror horror, but you get my drift. Also, it had the Corey's!), so I have a special place for this movie in my heart and I hope that the comics will do it justice.

Is anyone else interested in this series? Or has anyone picked it up? Lemme know!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Let's Talk: RHPS Remake

Hello, all!

If you've been around since last years Halloween posts, you'll know that I love The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I remember seeing it at a Halloween party when I was younger (way younger than I should've been) and loving every second of it. From the songs to the costumes to the characters themselves, I was just drawn in. It was a bunch of weirdos, and that's what I loved most.

As I got older, I used to go see my friends perform as Brad and Frank-N-Furter at midnight in little playhouses. It's really a movie that I grew up with, so I was pretty excited to hear that Fox was putting out a remake, which aired yesterday, and after all the antici..............pation, it left me pretty meh.

It seemed like they tried to stay true to the original film while also trying to make it fresh for a new audience, but it just felt too polished, too overproduced, and just didn't have the same grit. The cast definitely were talented and Laverne Cox brought sass and was like if Tina Turner and Frank-N-Furter had a baby, and I really dug the Cyndi Lauper vibe that Columbia was giving off. While those were cool, there were iconic moments that you just didn't get-- the show didn't kick off with a close up of those red lips singing "Science Fiction/Double Feature"; Rocky wasn't wearing his famous gold Speedo; Eddie driving around the lab seemed too careful and not with the same wild abandon that Meatloaf had; and even the cut aways to the crowd doing the call outs seemed forced rather than a nice homage to the live shows. The reason the call outs work so well during those live shows is because the people that go to the live shows usually have been doing it for years and are familiar with it, if you were seeing Rocky Horror for the first time last night, it probably wouldn't have made sense to you.

I understand since it was broadcasted on a family(-ish) network that a lot of the overt innuendos had to be tamed, but even so, the entire thing just felt so stiff and boring to me. I feel like a lot of the choices that were made were very safe, and that's not what Rocky Horror is about. It's about pushing boundaries, it's about making people question things and making people uncomfortable. Even Tim Curry's cameo felt a bit sad and not in the nostalgic sort of way. If you went in thinking this was going to be just like the original, you'd be disappointed. It definitely didn't live up to the cult like phenomenon, and I feel like it had the potential to be really great, but they just jumped a little bit too far to the left.

Did anyone else watch? What'd you think?

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Book by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Hello, all!

Growing up, I always wanted to be Elvira. I've always loved campy B-horror movies, and the fact that she had her own show which was based around all that, little Heather was like 'Yes, this is what I want to do!' Needless to say, that didn't happen (probably because I could never pull off an outfit such as hers), so instead I settled for sitting in my room watching the Mistress of the Dark movie over and over. Now, cut to me at the beginning of the month when I found out that she was coming out with a "coffin table" book.

The book, which details the ghoulishly glamorous 35 year career of Cassandra Peters (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), was released on October 5th through Tweeterhead Publishing. The deluxe 240 page retrospective includes commentary from Peters, as well as never before seen pictures of her early modeling career, pictures of her while she's pregnant with her daughter, and even showcase how Peters has aged her cult persona.

It's amazing how 35 years later, people are still loving this character that Peters has created. She still regularly goes to conventions and has a widely popular Halloween horror show at Knott's Scary Farm every year.  Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is available in two different forms: a standard and a signed copy, and can be purchased through the publishing company here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny! The Shining Coming Back to Theaters

Hello all and happy October!

We've finally come to my favorite time of the year; cozy sweaters, crisp air and all things Halloween. I have a tradition where every October in preparation for my favorite holiday, I marathon any creepy/scary/campy horror movie throughout the whole month.

Now, normally, I don't get too freaked out by movies and only a few have ever made me cringe and The Shining is one of them. (This doesn't stop me from going "Redrum! Redrum!" while curling my finger at people, though.) To this day I can't look at Jack Nicholson without getting the willies. He's just too perfect at being a psychopath. This movie creeps me out so much that I usually take it out of the marathon line-up unless I have someone to watch it with me, and this year thanks to Turner Classic Movies, I can watch it with a whole theater filled with people!

TCM, Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Entertainment have teamed up to bring Stanley Kubrick's modern horror masterpiece take on Stephen King's novel back to select theaters for two days this month -- Sunday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 26th at 2pm and 7pm local times. The screenings will also include exclusive commentary by TCM host, Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets and more information can be found on the Fathom Events website here.

Even though the majority of this movie creeps me out (I'm lookin' at you flood of blood) I may try dragging a few friends out to the theaters for this one. Anyone else? What other movies would you like to see back in theaters?