10/20/2018

NYCC 2018: Sat, Part 2: More of the Best of Cosplay

Last time I showed you the first part of my Saturday coverage at NYCC 2018. Here is the second part of it! These are more of my favorite cosplays that I saw that day:

 Oh yeah!


Holy shit! Look at all the detail and then think of all the work that must have gone into this Doomsday (below)! Amazing! Also, it should be noted that this is better than the CGI crap that was in the shitfest that is Batman V Superman. And, done with less of the budget and resources, just saying.

 Is he interrupting your tweeting, Spidey?


 As a huge fan of Indiana Jones, I fucking loved these two!



This awesome cosplay is done by my good friend Nelson D. Martinez.

And, here I am with my friend:

Check out this AMAZING Annihilus (below)! He may well have been my favorite cosplay of the day. I made sure to "battle" him! 


One more pic, also with me as Logan. But, this time posing with a lovely cosplayer doing a fucking awesome Dark Phoenix! I love the way this pic came out and is one my favorites of the day:

10/17/2018

DEATH KISS (Review)

Writer/ Director: Rene Perez
Cast: Robert Kovacs Bronzi, Daniel Baldwin, Richard Tyson, Eva Hamilton, Stormi Maya, J.D. Angstadt
Min: 90
Year: 2018

A Stranger (Rober Kovacs Bronzi) takes justice into his own hands killing drug pushers, those who pimp under-aged kids, and other assorted human filth. Along the way he also financially helps a pretty, single mom named Ana (Eva Hamilton) and her wheelchair bound daughter, by anonymously sending them money. She sees him one day, putting the cash in her mailbox, and tries to befriend him. But, while he talks to her; he remains distant and mysterious. A the same time, but unbeknownst to her, he is continuing to rack up a scumbag body count.
Death Kiss is an awesome and loving tribute to the late, great Charles Bronson and the cult favorite Death Wish franchise. The character of the Stranger is never named, and the actor who plays him Robert Kovacs Bronzi has an uncanny resemblance to the legendary Bronson, himself. In some ways, one might think of this as the Death Wish sequel that never was. But, it is ultimately its own movie and a damn good at that.
Long time B-movie director Rene Perez does a good job in this movie. The movie is fluid and is well shot. It has good action scenes and a good use of some slow-mo scenes. The result is a flick that is never boring and always fun, as it is thoroughly entertaining throughout. If you, like me, love this type of exploitation movie, you will love this one! It is also wonderfully ultra-violent, as it features some of the most blood spattering squibs that you ever likely to see!
The climax is well done. It features a nice moment/ revelation that ties in the whole film quite nicely. The music by writer/ director Perez is very suitable, as it sounds and feels like an actual soundtrack to a Death Wish movie. Aside, from the obvious homages to those movies, eagle eye fans will notice a scene that shows its love for the first Dirty Harry movie. This is also present in the gun that our hero likes to use.

I love the character of the Stranger, himself, who makes for a great protagonist. Kovacs is so calm and badass as him, just as Bronson was playing Paul Kersey in the aforementioned Death Wish movies. The relationship between he and Ana is one of the more interesting aspects of the film. It helps to give the movie more heart and, in turn, makes him more likable.
The rest of acting is fine, as well. Daniel Baldwin is especially good as a right wing radio host. His character adds some interesting, if controversial dialogue. This is actually true in tone with the message of the first Death Wish movie, which  explicitly mentioned that liberal Kersey would go to adopt more conservative views as the movie progressed. The gorgeous Eva Hamilton is quite likable as the single mom, and also helps to add some nice eye candy to the proceedings.
Death Kiss is one of the best indie/ underground, exploitation movies of 2018. And, truth be told, is actually better than most Hollywood action movies released this year. It is fun and well acted. Kovacs, with his psychical resemblance to Bronson, is quite the discovery. The film, itself, is a wonderful and bloody tribute to Bronson and the Death Wish movies. If you, like me, love those movies and graphically  violent action movies in general, then you need to see this one!


4 out of 4

10/15/2018

NYCC 2018: Sat, Part 1: Cosplay and More!

Due to reasons that I won't get into here, I was only able to attend Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6&7, as opposed to all four days, of New York Comic Con (NYCC). That being said, I had a blast. And, I did not hesitate in bringing you kind of coverage that you are use to seeing here at WORDS FROM THE MASTER. Let's begin with my first part of highlights from Sat.
This lovely, young lady did an awesome Charlotte Flair cosplay. I have never seen anyone do her, and now it will be hard to beat just how good she did her! It's a beautiful robe, and the cosplayer, herself, really knew how to bring Ms. Flair to life. And, she is even more beautiful the lovely lady she is cosplaying as!

This year, I didn't notice a single cosplay that was overdone, as in past years with characters like Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, or Deadpool. Those characters were there, but at normal amounts. However, a couple of ladies did Bowsette, a sexy, female take on Super Mario Brothers villain Bowser. But, even this was not overdone. The above lovely lady was one of my favorites takes on this cosplay.

Halloween is coming up and this site loves and lives for horror, so here are some awesome horror cosplays for you!



Speaking of horror, I attended the Anna and the Apocalypse panel. It was fucking awesome! You can read more about that here: https://www.themastergio.com/2018/10/anna-and-apocalypse-panel-at-nycc-2018.html
Below, you'll see an exclusive pic of the panel, that you won't find on that link: 

Some more of my favorite cosplays, of the day:




This dude was born to cosplay as He-Man!
 That's my friend Kiara in the middle in her "Dragonball" inspired cosplay, with two "Mortal Kombat" Subzero and Scorpion and their friendship! 


On Saturday I cosplayed as Logan, once again, but thanks to my aunt, who did my make-up, I added some blood and cuts to him.
Here I am with the Marvel pets at the "Marvel Puzzle Quest" booth!
With badass and beautiful cosplayer Scarlet SpyderQueen.

To be continued...

10/12/2018

Terrorizer- Caustic Attack (Album Review)


Musician: Terrorizer
Album Title: Caustic Attack
Genre/ Subgenre: Grindcore
Label: The End Records
Release Date: October 12, 2018

American grindcore legends Terrorizer are back with their latest work, Caustic Attack, their first in six years. The resulting album is a blistering and breakneck paced killer. It has a full frontal attack that is the musical equivalent to pure and total Armageddon.

Mixing a dark and menacing feel with unrelenting blast beats, "Invasion" is a searing bombardment of pummeling power. "Devastate" sounds and feels like a fighter jet coming in shooting and bombing the shit out of everything in site. The changing between blast-beats and a pummeling sound does what it's title says. "Crisis" has this cool Slayer-like beginning that is both catchy and heavy as fuck. Then the machine gun like blast-beats come in with the growling vocals and simply explodes with brutality! "The Downtrodden" has a slow and brutal intro and wastes no time into beating the shit out of you. "Terror Cycles" truly highlights extreme metal drumming legend Pete Sandoval (who since leaving Morbid Angel has decided to dedicate his time entirely to Terrorizer) incredible drumming with insanely fast and unrelenting blast-beats. By the time closing track "Wasteland" comes on, you will swear that an atom bomb has come down and its nuclear winds are destroying everything in site.

The album and the band have amazing musicianship throughout. Beyond Sandoval's incredible drumming, there are the searing guitar riffs from Lee Harrison and a pummeling bass and menacing growls from bassist/ vocalist Sam Molina. 

The production from Jason (All That Remains, Deicide, Kataklysm, etc) Suecof is heavy, thick, and clear. The bass and drums sound full, while the riffing and vocals sound perfectly and clearly mixed in. The apocalyptic artwork by Timbul (Rotting Christ, Pyrexia) Cahyono is not only perfectly fitting to the album's theme and feel but is also cool as fucking hell.
Caustic Attack is as great a grindcore release as you are likely to hear this year. It is a truly devastating attack, with unrelenting ferocity. Feeling like absolute nuclear destruction, this one of fucking hell of an extreme metal release!


4.5 out of 5

10/10/2018

"Anna and the Apocalypse" Panel at NYCC 2018

Photo credits: Amy Sussman

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, the cast of what is probably my most hotly anticipated horror movie of the year, had an awesome and super fun panel at New York Comic Con: Anna and the Apocalypse! It consisted of (left to right, above): director John McPhail, Ella Hunt, Malcom Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, and composers Tommy Reilly and Roddy Hart. 
It was a super entertaining and lively panel that showed some exclusive clips from the movie, which looks so freaking amazing! My friend, Asta Paredes, whom I was hanging out with at the panel, already has seen it and highly recommends it.
The cast talked about filming, the film's music and songs, horror movies, and much more. It was all such a total blast to hear! It is very clear that they all enjoyed the experience of working on this flick.


Everyone came off so cool and friendly, that it made for an excellent panel. They laughed and seemed to be having as much fun being there as we had listening to them.
Afterwards, fans were lucky to get autographs from the awesomely sweet cast. In all, this was one of the true highlights of NYCC 2018. And, all I can say is the release of this movie cannot come soon enough!

In Select Theaters November 30, Expanding Nationwide December 7

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other...

Cast: Ella Hunt, Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Mark Benton & Paul Kaye
Directed by: John McPhail
Written by: Alan McDonald & Ryan McHenry
Produced by: Naysun Alae-Carew, Nicholas Crum, Tracy Jarvis 
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical  
Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes  
Distributor: Orion Pictures

10/09/2018

Fangoria- Witness the Rebirth: Signing at Forbidden Planet NYC

It was a sad day in the horror world when in 2017, Fangoria ceased to be in print. It seemed all is lost until the magazine was announced to be returning to print, earlier this year. This would be with new leadership, that of editor-in-chief Phil Nobile Jr. Last Thurday on Jan., Oct. 4, 2018, there was a relaunch party and signing at the best damn comic-book shop in the world, Forbidden Planet NYC, and of course. I was there to partake in it!
It took a while for the guests to all get there, but once they did it was on! There were lots of fans on hand waiting on the line, excited to meet everyone and to get our hands on the new issue of Fangoria, which is officially numbered Vol. 2 #1 (though on the film strip it also says #349).

On hand were many horror and Fangoria luminaries, including:
Phil Nobile Jr.- Editor in Chief
Michael J. Seidlinger- Author of "Fangoria" Presents novel "My Per Serial Killer"
Michael Gingold- former EIC "Fangoria"
Tony Timpone- former EIC "Fangoria"
Norm Jacobs- Co-Creator "Fangoria"
Tom Weaver- Writer and Reviewer, AKA Dr. Cyclops from "Fangoria"
Brian O'Halloran- Actor
And, many more!








I got to talk a little to some of them, saying hi to those I already know like Timpone and Gingold, while introducing myself, to the new faces like Nobile (while, of course, mentioning that I had written for Fango in the past). I even got to tell Weaver, AKA Dr. Cyclops (below), that he was a big influence on me. He was like, "Oh no!" and laughed it off.
This was such an exciting and grandiose moment in horror history. I was happy to attend and get my issued sign. I had a blast, all while doing this, making it one of the true highlights on my entire year!
The magazine, itself, looks gorgeous. Perhaps the best it has looked since it's golden era, if not ever. It is now published seasonally (AKA four times a year). I am loving pouring through the issue and already cannot wait for the next issue (out in Jan). Long live Fangoria!