7/15/2018

Deep Red Magazine Launch Party at Forbidden Planet NYC

On July, Friday the 13th, 2018, Forbidden Planet NYC celebrated the relaunch of the classic horror magazine, Deep Red! This classic horror magazine was the creation of one Chas. Balun, a legend in the horror community. One of the most beloved writers to ever deal with the genre, Balun knew and loved horror and splatter very deeply. The man knew his gore films and was never afraid to speak his mind, even if the movie he was referring to sucked ass. He was my hero, my biggest influence, both in my love for horror, especially of the extreme variety, and my writing. Without his influence my life, and career, quite frankly would be very different. As such, this relaunch was one of the most exciting things I knew were happening the entire summer! I had to be there and attend.
There was a big list of those that worked on the magazine that were present. They signed copies of the magazine and talked to fans. They were all so so gracious and awesome! After all, they are fans like all of us are and live for and love the same bloody and scary things that we do. 
Those present were: 
Tom Skulan (Publisher)
John Szpunar (Editor-in-chief)
Raz Sanchez (Managing editor and copy writer)
Contributing Writers: Chris Poggiali, Dennis Daniel, Nick Casto, Mike Hunchback, and Art Ettinger
Contributing Artists: Matt Putrid Carr and Eric Rott
Some of them worked on the original Deep Red, others were new blood to the mag. All were cool as fuck!
I got to talk to them about my love and the influence of Chas. I learned that many were influenced by the man, themselves (how can you be a writer into bloody horror movies and not be?!), and of course, some knew the man and had been friends with him. The fact that they liked my Friday the 13th Victims and Survivors tee from Fright-Rags, that I was wearing on that day, was so humbling!
I got the issue signed by all. Simply looking at the glorious cover (which has images inspired by Slugs, Videodrome, and Tenebrae, as well Chas., himself) was enough to make me go all fanboy! The inside is great and having started reading it, I can tell you that it is awesome. It definitely keeps the legend and spirit of Chas. Balun alive!
There is also a glorious hardcover version, that they had on their table and were preparing signed copies of!
This was without a doubt the highlight of my summer, so far. If you are a fan of gory horror, you need to buy and read Deep Red! Here is to its return and the memory of Chas. Balun. And, I am keeping crossing my fingers and hoping that one day, I may have the honor of writing for them.

7/03/2018

Five Points Festival 2018, Pt. 4: The Final Chapter

Jim McKenzie had some amazing sculptures. I particularly LOVED the doggy ones!

Speaking of dogs, and bears(!), check out these made by Locknesters.

More doggy, and other cute animal love, this from Diana Teeter Art:

Check out the product of Vincent Scala, creator of Lucky Cat:

One-Eyed Girl returned from last year. I LOVE her product, so much! By the way, her scratch and sniff figurines really do smell. Hmmm, bacon! Yum!

Fellow horror and punk fans will love the work of Brian Ewing!

Simon Says Macy has some of the figurines stuff ever!

Last but not least, I LOVE the art of Agnes Garbowska, so much, that I bought the print of doggy Iron Man vs. doggy Captain America, off of her! Seriously, her work freaking rules, as it is cute and beautiful.
 
  

And, speaking of which, this is swag, I picked up at Five Points Festival:

Until, next year, Five Points!

Five Point Festival 2018, Pt. 1
Five Point Festival 2018, Pt. 2
Five Points Festival 2018, Pt. 3

7/02/2018

MORE BLOOD! (Review)

Title: More Blood!
Director: Heidi Moore
Cast: April Monique Burril, Kim Culpepper, Preston Fassel, Lloyd Kaufman, Jason Kolucki
Min: 85
Year: 2018

More Blood! is a 2018 horror movie documentary, from director/ producer Heidi (Dolly Deadly) Moore, about the love and fandom genre fans have for gore and graphic violence in genre  movies. In it, horror experts and writers (from websites like Bitches of Horror and more), actors, and filmmakers talk about their interest in blood and guts onscreen. What it is specifically, about the bloodletting that appeals to them and us, so that we may all have a better understanding about it.
First and foremost, I should mention that this docu is not a look at the history of gore in horror movies or anything of the sort. It is however, a loving look at our fascination with splatter. As that, it succeeds quite well at it, on top of being very entertaining.
The interviews are very fun to listen to. Some noteworthy people interviewed include Troma Films' co-founder and owner Lloyd Kaufman, the lovely April (Chainsaw Sally) Burril, and Jay Kay (full disclosure, whose radio show, Horror Happens, I was on a few years ago) The horror experts and fans chosen to talk discuss such theories on the gore film, as why do we sometimes find bloody violence, funny? What type of gore scene disturbs them? What was their first exposure to onscreen, graphic violence? What are their favorite gore scenes and more; all of which are discussed with gleeful love and respect for the genre. They even talk about acting and directing splatter, and how everyone wants to be cast in a bloody death scene.

On a side note, I am going to take this opportunity to put this out there. I, myself, would love to get killed in a gory manner in a horror movie!
Anyway, watching their interviews, I thought to myself, these people are all so cool! I would love to sit and have beers with all of them! The documentary is paced out well and seems to go by real fast, as you have so much fun listening to everyone talk. It almost feels like you want more, when it is over. Not because, it feels incomplete, but cause you could listen to everyone talk about horror and gore forever!
But, the real icing on the cake of awesomeness are the clips. There are clips from so many horror movies (and few none horror movies thrown in). And, the variety of said splatter movies is great! They include, but are not limited to,: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3&4, Halloween II, Evil Dead II, Predator, Cannibal Holocaust (including the horrible turtle scene which is thankfully kept to a minimum), Hellraiser, I Spit on Your Grave, Irreversible, Dead Alive, and so many countless more. I mean how many documentaries can say that they feature scene from Jurassic World and the fucking Slaughtered Vomit Dolls trilogy (which I must admit to have never seen)?!  Shootings, impalings, cannibalism, dismemberment, eyeball violence, and more abounds in gleeful and fucking kick ass amounts, throughout the documentary's running time!
More Blood! is fun, energetic, and a loving tribute to gore in horror movies. It makes one feel good about loving the splatter that we do, and it is great to listen to everyone talk about it. It goes by fast and will make any gore lover feel great when it is over. You can watch the full docu on YouTube over at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLHGdkDZVRk

3 out of 4

6/25/2018

Five Points Festival 2018, Pt. 3


POP Prolific and plushPLAY were right to next to each other. The former did nostalgia/ parody toys and the awesome and hilarious tees above. Their figures (below), which are done in the 5.5 inch size, are really cool!
Meanwhile, the product from plush PLAY was cute and very pretty (below).

It was hot as fuck on this Saturday, so everyone was in need of some refreshment. Thank God, then for Brooklyn's own Three Brewing, who had a booth set-up with some delicious beer! Below is one of the lovely bartenders on-hand to serve our thirsty needs.

Matt Lineham had some of the coolest shit at the entire event, especially if you love cult, horror, and/ or David Bowie.

The gorgeous attendee below had some of the most beautiful ink I have seen quite sometime.

I bought a Transformer (Insecticon Kickbak, if you must know) off of Allycat's booth.

We talked metal with those two working The Cotton Candy Machine booth.

Let's end this part with a visit to one of my favorite companies, Super7, where I finally picked up an Iron Maiden ReAction figure, the Trooper one.

Five Point Festival 2018, Pt. 1
Five Point Festival 2018, Pt. 2