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9/06/2022

Metal Legends Mercyful Fate Announce First North American Tour in Over Two Decades! Tickets on Sale Friday, September 9!

Photo by Livia Zita

 Heavy metal icons MERCYFUL FATE today announce their first North American headlining tour in over two decades! The journey will commence on October 25th in Dallas, Texas and weave its way through fourteen cities, closing on November 16th in Atlanta, Georgia. The tour follows the band’s stunning headlining performance at this year’s edition of Psycho Las Vegas.


Vocalist King Diamond comments, “These will be the first MERCYFUL FATE concerts in North American theaters in over twenty years. Memories of a lifetime. Your special chance to see MERCYFUL FATE with the full European festival production, but up close and personal. You cannot miss this… I hereby respectfully invite you to Come To The Sabbath by which you may free your soul and feast with us in the dark Of Night. Witches and Demons, you may come as you are! Satanic Regards - King Diamond 666.”

Support for MERCYFUL FATE will be provided by Kreator and labelmates, Midnight. Various presales are available throughout the week:

Citi Presale: Tuesday, September 6th @ 11:00am ET | Password: Citi BINs
Mercyful Fate Fan Club Presale: Tuesday, September 6th @ 12:00pm ET | Password: EVIL
Ticketmaster Presale: Wednesday, September 7th @ 10:00am ET | Password: MELISSA
Live Nation Presale: Wednesday, September 7th @ 10:00am local time | Password: VENUE
Blabbermouth Presale: Wednesday, September 7th @ 10:00am local time | Password: SABBATH
Knotfest.com Presale: Wednesday, September 7th @ 10:00am local time | Password: OATH
 
All presales end Thursday, September 8th at 10:00pm local time. General onsale date is Friday, September 9th at 10:00am local time at mercyfulfatecoven.com. These shows will sell out! Don't miss it!
 
Additionally, multiple limited VIP packages will be available which will include Meet & Greets, photo opps, private Q&As, exclusive merch, and more starting Wednesday, September 7th at mercyfulfatecoven.com. Secure yours today. 


MERCYFUL FATE w/ Kreator, Midnight:
10/25/2022 Dallas, TX - The Factory
10/27/2022 Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Financial Theatre 
10/29/2022 Inglewood, CA - Youtube Theater
10/30/2022 Wheatland, CA - Hard Rock Live Sacramento
11/01/2022 Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
11/03/2022 Gary, IN - Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
11/04/2022 Cincinnati, OH - The Andrew J. Brady Music Center
11/05/2022 Detroit, MI - Masonic
11/08/2022 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
11/10/2022 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theater
11/11/2022 Laval, QC - Place Bell
11/13/2022 Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall At Fenway
11/14/2022 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/16/2022 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle

MERCYFUL FATE is currently working on a new album and recently gave fans a taste of the new material when they debuted a song called "The Jackal Of Salzburg" in Germany this past June as well as at Psycho Las Vegas. The band's current lineup is King Diamond on vocals, Hank Shermann and Mike Wead on guitars, Bjarne T. Holm on drums and Joey Vera on bass.

MERCYFUL FATE was formed in early 1981 in Copenhagen, Denmark by vocalist King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann. They were later joined by guitarist Michael Denner and bassist Timi Hansen, and soon thereafter drummer Kim Ruzz would join to complete the band lineup. The band recorded two demos in 1981 and later signed with Rave On Records in Holland for the recording of their successful self-titled EP, released in November of 1982. The Mercyful Fate EP was soon in heavy rotation around core metal radio stations, launching a new breed of heavy metal with their unique sound.

The band joined Roadrunner Records in 1983 and their debut full-length, Melissa, was recorded and released that same year. The following year, MERCYFUL FATE returned to the studio to record their now legendary Don't Break The Oath full-length, released in September of 1984.

MERCYFUL FATE embarked upon a two month US tour in support of the record, which took them across the States several times sharing the stage with the likes of Motörhead and Exciter. The shows had created a brush fire within the metal community. The band reaped recognition globally, closing the year with a five-date tour in Germany with Motörhead, Girlschool, Helix, and Talon.

MERCYFUL FATE’s first concert of 1985 was in their hometown of Copenhagen at an old movie theater with a large capacity. The show sold out and their stage show exhibited a new level of distinction. The night was a huge victory and a new highlight for the band.

By April of 1985 however, MERCYFUL FATE decided to part ways for each to pursue new challenges. The King Diamond band was born and reaped critical acclaim the following years with five studio albums on Roadrunner Records. King Diamond has since signed with Metal Blade Records and is going stronger than ever before.

In the Summer of 1992, MERCYFUL FATE decided to reunite and penned a new deal with Brian Slagel and his label, Metal Blade Records. In The Shadows was released in 1993 and was an instant triumph furthered by a sold out US tour.

MERCYFUL FATE has gone on to release another five studio albums and have toured Europe, the US, and South America multiple times. The highlight of 1999 was their critically acclaimed album 9 which was followed by a European tour with Metallica, where King Diamond and Hank Shermann joined the band onstage several times for the medley "Mercyful Fate" which Metallica had recorded on their Garage Inc. double tribute album the year prior. Tours in the US and in South America followed, marking the band's last live performances for over a decade. MERCYFUL FATE then went on hiatus, but made a brief appearance when members joined Metallica onstage in 2011 for their 30th anniversary show in San Francisco, California.

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Shudder Releases Brand New Trailer to Found-Footage/ Horror/ Comedy "Deadstream"


Widely Praised Feature Directorial Debut from Joseph and Vanessa Winter (V/H/S/99Streams Exclusively on Shudder Thursday, October 6, 2022

Available on Shudder U.S., Shudder CA, Shudder UKI, and Shudder ANZ




Official Selection: World Premiere — SXSW Film Festival, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival 

 

“A HORROR-COMEDY YOU’LL WANT IN YOUR HALLOWEEN ROTATION”

Indiewire

 

“A GONZO HORROR-COMEDY FULL OF BODILY FLUIDS, GORE, AND GHOSTLY CREATURES THAT WOULD MAKE SAM RAIMI PROUD — ★★★★

Bloody Disgusting

 

“AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT”

The Austin Chronicle


Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, is thrilled to release the trailer for the Shudder Original Deadstream ahead of the film’s debut on the platform on Thursday, October 6. The feature directorial debut from husband-and-wife filmmaking couple Vanessa and Joseph Winter, who also share writing co-credits, premiered earlier this year at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival in the Midnight section to wild acclaim from audiences and critics. Joseph Winter also stars, alongside Melanie Stone and Jason K. Wixom. The film is available now on Screeners.com

 

Deadstream follows a disgraced internet personality who attempts to win back his followers by livestreaming one night alone in a haunted house. But when he accidentally pisses off a vengeful spirit, his big comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life.

 

With Deadstream, a rare horror comedy as frightening as it is funny, the Winters have boldly announced themselves as exciting emerging talent ready to take the genre scene by storm. The work of the filmmaking duo can next be seen in a segment from Shudder’s hotly-anticipated V/H/S/99, the latest installment in the celebrated found-footage horror series, which premieres out of TIFF’s Midnight Madness later this month.

 

Deadstream is produced by Joseph and Vanessa Winters, alongside cinematographer Jared Cook and actress Melanie Stone, who also star in the film. The Winters co-edited the film, with Joseph contributing to music for the project as well.  

8/30/2022

Who Invited Them (Review)


Writer/ Director: Duncan Birmingham
Cast: Perry Mattfeld, Timothy Granaderos, Ryan Hansen, Melissa Tang, Matthew Kimbrough
Year: 2022
Min: 81

Adam (Ryan Hansen) and his wife Margo (Melissa Tang) are having a house warming for their fancy new home. After everyone else leaves one couple consisting of Tom (Timothy Granaderos) and Sasha (Perry Mattfeld), which no one invited or bought with them, stick around. They say that they are their wealthy neighbors and admit to crashing the party. The two couple have drinks, do coke, and basically have a fun, wild night. But, it's a long night, and as the proceedings escalate, things begin to get worse and worse.

Who Invited Them is a horror/ thriller that looks to try something new with the home invasion trope. And, while the way the couple do the home invading is a slight bit different than the usual offerings, the end result isn't all it's cracked up to be. It certainly starts off feeling like it'll be a fun movie. And, while it is a slow burn it doesn't feel boring, at first. But, note I said, at first, as the movie drags its ass to get where we know it was going from the get go. There is a moment where it feels like it is getting intense, and then it slows down again. 

There is also a pointless subplot where a friend couple of Adam and Margo are babysitting their little son. Said kid is suffering from nightmares, and he doesn't have his plushie. The wife of this couple spends her time driving around looking for our protagonists' house. She's lost and can't find it. Any and every time it cuts back to this, it made me feel irritated. As it quite frankly doesn't add tension or suspense, it's simply fucking annoying.

The twist/ revelation about the party crashers, which we all fucking know what it'll be, takes forever to happen. And, needless to say, it isn't shocking or intense or memorable. As a matter of fact, once it comes; it all but kills this flick. For fuck's sake, it's in the title and the goddamn trailer! Although, then the climax happens, and it looks like everything is coming alive and getting exciting. Only to get get one final nail in its coffin, as we end on an open ending. This finale isn't creepy, disturbing, deep, or thought provoking. It is simply frustrating.

To the flick's advantage, it is well acted. But, the two male leads, played by Ryan Hansen and Timothy Granaderos, come off as douchebags, and note one of these, Hansen, is the supposed good guy. This would be OK, if Melissa Tang's character of Margo was likable, but she comes off as not particularly interesting. The absolutely gorgeous Perry (In the Dark) Mattfeld is great as Sasha, though. She comes off as sexy, seductive, dangerous, and interesting, and is the best thing about this movie. But, that's not enough to save it. Still, the four leads do have good chemistry together, but if you don't like anyone why would you care about what happens?

Who Invited Them has some great acting and a fairly interesting setup. Unfortunately it takes too long for the secret or twist or whatever you want to call it to reveal itself. Even though we all fucking know what it is from the very beginning. The characters aren't particularly likeable, this is especially true of both males who are total douchebags. Mattfeld is great and easily the best thing in the movie, but she's definitely not enough to save it. The open ending kills whatever little hope the climax had given me. This film is a total missed opportunity as it could have been at least good fun and an intense horror/ thriller. But, in all honesty it ends up being tiresome and infuriating, making you feel like you wasted your time watching it. That all being said you can check it out for yourself when it starts streaming on Shudder on September 1, 2022.





8/29/2022

Mischa Montana Receives Brutal Attack by Two Legends at XPW "Night of Reckoning"!

(Los Angeles, CA / August 29, 2022) -- Misha Montana got into a WILD altercation with adult film stars Veronica Caine and Jasmin St. Claire as part of Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW)’s ‘Night of Reckoning’ live event, available exclusively at FITE.TV PPV Replay.
 
Montana is the valet/manager for XPW’s ‘King of the Deathmatch’ Champion Shlak, who is being aggressively recruited by Caine and St. Claire in order to create their own stable of wrestlers. This has led to physical confrontations the last two shows, with this second one resulting in heated slapping between Montana and Caine.
 
The attack intensifies as St. Claire gets in her shots with a Kendo Stick, leaving bloody welts and bruises all over Montana’s back and shoulder. She was eventually helped to the back by XPW officials, but now vows on revenge coming up at the next XPW show. Montana will be looking for bloody revenge at the upcoming event, “Halloween in Hell #3”.

“I can’t believe Veronica and Jasmine took it that far in attacking me at the XPW show; I knew we would have a physical altercation eventually but Jasmine took it too far with the Kendo stick,” said Montana.

“I had bruises, welts and cuts for a week. She blindsided me this time but next time they won’t be so lucky! I want blood in October so get your tickets it’s going to be the most insane show yet and I promise I’ll be getting my revenge.”
 
Montana and her partner-in-crime Ivan will be posting the attack on their official YouTube channel www.2Russians1America.com.

To find out more about Xtreme Pro Wrestling and its live events, visit TheXPWWrestling.com and XPWonline.com.

Get to know Misha Montana at:
 
@TheMishaMontana (Instagram)

ABOUT MISHA MONTANA
 
Raven-haired (but blonde for now!), pale-skinned and covered in tattoos, Misha Montana (aka Xeno Kitty) represents the ideal model of the Millennium. The Nevada native of Russian descent is not only one of the adult industry’s fastest-rising performers, she is also the Chief Brand Officer, Production Manager and in-house director for Alt Erotic, an award-winning alternative lifestyle adult film brand.
 
From her Xenomorph face-hugger alien tattoo on her pussy that was documented in an AltErotic scene to making adult and mainstream headlines in 2021 for her stroke and getting engaged to her partner in crime, Ivan, on the red carpet during the AltPorn Awards, Misha consistently makes history as a creative artist on the rise.
 
The exotic beauty started adult modeling ten years ago, but launched her adult film career full-time in 2020, with spirited performances for AltErotic.com and other high-profile studios. She also co-hosts YouTube videos with Ivan on the Slivan TV channel, as well as their “2 Russians, 1 America” podcast.

8/21/2022

Monster-Mania August 2022

 August 13, 2022 marked my return to Monster-Mania after not having been there since 2019. I went there with my friend and Master's Minion, Freddie. It was a packed show, both in terms of guests and attendees. A lot came for the Scream reunion, especially for David Arquette and Matthew Lillard, both who had insane lines (Arquette's line looked like absolute nightmare!). But, since I like but am not the biggest fan of that franchise and figured the horrors the Arquette line would be, it really wasn't any loss to me. 

To me, as a ridiculously HUGE Aliens fan, the person I was most pumped to meet was Carrie Henn. She was a little girl when she played Newt in James Cameron's superior, classic sci-fi/ action/ horror sequel. She is rare to cons, in fact, this might only be her second one. Anywho, she is a teacher, nowadays and was so sweet and friendly in person. It was a great way for our day to start. 

Up next for me was Lynn Eastman- Rossi, who played Sally in Don Coscarelli's classic Phantasm. That's one of my favorite movies, and she really doesn't do a lot of cons, if any, either. As such, she was another actress I was excited to meet. The wife of Leo (Halloween II, Maniac Cop 2) Rossi (who was signing autographs right next to her), she's appeared in many other movies, like Night of the Demon (1983) and the underrated Unlawful Entry. She was incredibly amicable and down to earth, in person. We talked about how nice the Tall Man, himself, Angus Scrimm was. I told that he was the first celeb that I ever met, when I was about 13 or so. She also told me that she and her hubby were gonna take a vacation after the weekend of the con was over. Like, I said incredibly sweet and humble in person.

The next celeb I met was dying to do so was Debra S. Hayes, AKA Claudette, the girl of the couple to get killed first in the classic opening to slasher masterpiece Friday the 13th (1980). The fact that she is one of the first two victims in one of horror's most prolific franchise made her a must meet! And, as I have said before, to me the first remains, easily the best in the series and one of the greatest slashers ever made. Anywho, she was very sweet and all smiles in person.  

This cosplay of Spikey from Killer Klowns from Outer Space was probably my favorite cosplay that I saw at the con!

After getting some lunch (which we had to walk to Dunkin Donuts for cause there was a half hour wait for food on top of the half hour we had already waited to get to the front of the line...), we went back to meeting celebs. And, we met the absolutely gorgeous Julie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dexter) Benz. She has long been one of my favorite actresses and my actual favorite on Buffy/ Angel, where she played vampire hottie and Angel's sire, Darla. I actually met her years ago at a Chiller, where I only got her autograph and not a pic with her. This time, I did the opposite and finally got a pic with her! 

She is absolutely AMAZING in person, as she talked to us for a good amount of time. We even talked about doggies, including hers and the loss of mine. She was so sweet and friendly. Not only does she look amazing, and clearly doesn't age (maybe she is really a vampire!), but also one of the nicest celebs I've ever met at a con. I did mention that I had met her at a Chiller ages ago. She thought about it for a bit and then was like she was in her 20s when she did that con!

The last person that I went up to was Zach (Gremlins 1&2, Waxwork 1&2) Galligan. Despite the fact that the two Gremlins movies are two of my favorite movies of all time, I had never gone up to him. I finally did and got a great pic with him!

These are the autographs that I got on that day. All are my discs from my collection:
Aliens: Carrie Henn
Friday the 13th: Debra S. Hayes
Phantasm: Lynn Eastman-Rossi

This is all the swag that I bought:
Phummy plush by Kid Robot of King Ghidorah
Thundarr the Barbarian: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray (which I bought of Diabolik DVD's booth)
Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon Gill-Man from Jada Toys
The Evil Dead and Maniac T-shirts from Fright-Rags.

I had a great time, and all of the celebs that we met were so nice. That being said, we were exhausted by the end of the day. 

Before I go I felt it would be wrong of me to not bring up that Gary Busey was kicked out of Monster-Mania on Sunday for alleged sexual offense charges. These is obviously disgusting and abhorrent behavior. You can read more about it here.

8/08/2022

The 10 Greatest Good Doggies in Horror Movies

 

WARNING: Possible spoilers throughout article!

Horror movies and doggies are two of my favorite things in the entire world. Unfortunately, I get severe anxiety every time a dog dies in a movie, this coming from someone who doesn't bat an eye when say, John Morghen (nee Giovanni Radice) gets his dick chopped off and then munched on in Umberto Lenzi's Cannibal Ferox (AKA Make Them Die Slowly) or other forms of extreme splatter committed on humans. But, make it an animal (don't even get me started on real violence against animals...), especially a dog, and I look away. Which is why I always visit Does the Dog Die whenever I see a pupper in a horror flick. It's the kind of spoiler yours truly doesn't mind seeing.

I recently did just that while watching the awesome Predator prequel Prey (the best entry in the franchise, outside of the first two), after seeing the adorable Sarii. This got me to thinking: who are horror's best good doggies? An, this list idea was thus born.

I put certain requirements for the doggy to be able to make it on this list: 

1. The dog must belong to the protagonist or a good character.
2. He or she must be good, obviously.
3. And, the doggy must survive the movie, so as to not bum out viewers.

Anywho, let's get this furry and fun list started!

10. Barney from Gremlins- Let's kick off the list with a doggy cute enough to hold his own against freaking Gizmo, himself, Barney! Originally, he was suppose to die in the movie, thank God they opted out of that decision with the worst thing happening to him, being tangled up with Christmas lights.


9. E. Buzz from 
Poltergeist- Like the Joe Dante directed movie above, this Tobe Hooper classic is also produced by Steven Spielberg. Cute doggies who survive horror movies is the kind of Spielberg touch, I honestly appreciate (and, I don't always appreciate a lot of his touch...)

8. Pippin from The Meg- The Meg isn't a good movie, in fact, it is, by far, the worst fucking movie here. A huge and wimpy disappointment, it is actually worse the more you think about it. However, one of the few good things in it, is the adorable and tiny Pippin. This super cute Yorkie ends up falling in the water and swimming back to its owners escaping the hungry, giant shark of the title.

7. Sugar from Crawl- This cutie also survives big killer animals, in this case gators. Crawl from Alexandre (High TensionPiranha 3D) Aja is intense and kick ass and made even more enjoyable by the fact that this little furball makes all the way to the end. 
6. Pete from The Monster Squad- Pete isn't just adorable. He hangs out with the Monster Squad in their horror fandom treehouse. And, most importantly, he actually helps out in taking out the Mummy! 


5. Harry from The Amityville HorrorHarry is very obviously aware before the rest of the Lutz family, that weird and bad shit is going on in their new house. In the end, George comes back to the house to save the doggy. Though, it actually ends up being Harry who pulls George out of the black slime-pit. Minus, points for the remake which actually has the doggy die bloodily. Who the fuck thought that was a good plot choice?!

4. Nanook from The Lost Boys- Aside from being a beautiful boy, he's also a legit hero that helps in taking down one of the pretty boy vampires in this fan favorite flick. 

3. Sarii from Prey- The most modern addition on this list is one of the best doggies in a horror movies in years. There is a bit of a rough scene where he gets caught in a trap, but he's OK after his mommy and badass final girl Naru (Amber Midhunter) frees and helps him. He's a good and brave boy who has no fear in helping her battle the Predator, in the movie's killer climax.

2. Beast from The Hills Have Eyes-
Honestly, the top two were a hard choice, and I kept going back and forth. But, ultimately the German Shepard from Wes Craven's masterful and brutal classic (and, by extension it's entertaining but inferior remake from Alexander Aja) gets the runner up. He gets revenge for his doggy companion Beauty getting killed, in an admit ably uncomfortable scene and aftermath, and for his family. His battle with Pluto (Michael Berryman) is one of the movie's true highlights, which is saying a lot considering how great this movie is. 

1. Thor from Bad Moon- Thor is a beautiful German Shepard, who is loyal to his family and brave. He also knows what's up from the get-go and battles the movie's evil werewolf. For all intents and purposes he is the movie's final dog. It's one of the endearing aspects of Bad Moon that has made it one of my persona favorite movies. He is the flick's true hero and the definitive greatest good doggy in a horror movie!

This article is dedicated to my two furbabies, Topacio (or Topi for short) and Zoey, who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2016 and 2021, respectively. They were amazing little girls, my everything, and both saved me in ways they will never know. I miss them and love them so much. They are always in my heart and thoughts. 


Topacio (Topi)
Zoey 

7/18/2022

This Is Gwar (Review)

Director: Scott Barber
Cast: Dave Brockie, Ethan Embry, Bob Gorman, Jared "Evil" Hasselhoff, Slymenstra Hymen
Year: 2021
Min: 110

This Is Gwar is a music bio/ documentary about the legendary metal/ shock rock/ art collective, titular band. It tells its tale in chronological order beginning with the band's origins in Richmond, VA, and the art graduates who would go on to form it. It goes through their album and video releases and most, if not all, of the major spots in their career. The successes, slip ups, and tragedies are all covered, broken up like chapters, by each of these moments. Helping the story to be told and moved along are clips of videos, performances, and interviews with band and crew members, both past and present, and others who knew the band.

From the very get-go the docu starts with a really fun intro of people describing Gwar. I knew from that very moment that I was gonna love the fuck out of this. It sets up everything perfectly and lets you know that Gwar is unlike any other band that came before it. And, that, in turn, this documentary will be an entertaining and loving representation of the band and their story. 

I loved learning about the beginnings of Gwar. And, how they had an open policy on artists getting to join them and work with them. While, I grew up on their music during my time in high school and college, I didn't honestly know any of this. Learning all these facts that I didn't know before is one of the best things about this flick, all while still being absolutely entertained by it. 

The interviews with the band members, which include all or at least the prinicple ones, are honest and open. They talk with such joy and reverence, that it's obvious that they loved having been in or still being in Gwar. From there, we get some great stories like, for example, when they toured using an old school bus. Other celebs are also interviewed including horror filmmaker Adam Green, Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God, Kyle Shatt of The Sword, Mike Schliebaum of Darkest Hour, and, even, Weird Al. They all add to the story being told and speak highly of the band adding to the love for them that is felt. 

Throughout the movie's runtime, there are some awesome clips both from their videos and live performances. We also get some snippets of some kick ass Gwar tunes. These factors add to the visual and audio appeal of this wonderful film. Which, in turn, adds to the utter joy I felt viewing this. Other highlights, and there are many(!), include legendary frontman Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, getting arrested for indecency. This happened at a show where they had a priest with a prosthetic butt get swords, crucifixes, and more shoved up his poop shoot. Learning about their home video releases like Phallus in Wonderland, was also fascinating. 


 
I also loved hearing about how Mike Judge was a fan of the band and got them on Beavis and Butt-Head, and how, in turn, it helped them get bigger. This led to them being a major part of the MTV metalhead duo's Sega videogame. Their appearances on Mystery Date, Empire Records, Jerry SpringerThe Joan Rivers Show, and more are also covered. I fondly remember much, if not all of this, and it really bought a feeling of nostalgia to me. In fact, watching most of this movie is pure and utter joy. Until it isn't. Tragedies like the passing of guitarist Cory Smoot hit hard. But, the documentary really pulls at the heartstrings when it gets to the death of Brockie. There is such pain in the eyes and voices of those being interviewed, that I honestly teared up as I listened to them.

There are some parts and events that aren't really mentioned in this docu like the short time addition of female signer Kim Dylla. As the story reaches the later years of the band, it kind of goes  quickly through whatever happened in this time period. But, then any documentary will more than likely miss parts or focus more on others, as it would last an eternity if it didn't. These types of omissions are almost a given. And, one wonders if maybe they were shot and subsequently cut out. If so will they end up on a future Blu-ray/ DVD release? Only time will tell.

This Is Gwar is a wonderful, energetic, and informative documentary. It covers a lot of ground, at a mostly exhaustive level. While, it deals with the later years in a quicker manner, you remain very informed on the history of the band. The interviews are honest, open, fun, loving, and emotional. There are some really cool clips spread throughout its running time, and, of course, some great headbanging song bits. This flick is the definitive word on Gwar and ranks as one of the most fun docus on a single band ever. But, one that never loses its ability to also touch the heart when it needs to. This is a must see for hardcore and casual fans, as well as those who are simply curious about this group. Shit, this might even gain them some well deserved new fans. It begins streaming on Shudder exclusively on July 21, 2022.



6/12/2022

Horror Crush: Lara Wendel


It's time to honor another beauty from our genre, as we once again, induct an actress into the Horror Crushes section of our site. For this induction we are go with German beauty Lara Wendel star of many Italian horror films. 


Lara Wendell was born in Munich, Germany on March 29, 1965. Her parents were German actress Britta Wendel and American football player/ actor Walt Barnes. At four, she was modeling for ads and by age seven she made her acting debut in 1972 with giallo flick My Dear Killer (1972, Mi Caro Assassino). She appeared in many ontroversial films like Maladolscenza (1977), La Petite Fille en Velours Bleu (1978, Little Girl in Blue Velvet), Mimi (1979), and Desideria: La Vita Interiore (1980). Why were they controversial? Well they featured underaged actors nude and/ or involved in sexual situations. 

At around the same time, in 1979, she appeared in a horror movie called Ring of Darkness, AKA Satan's Wife. Have any of you seeing this one? I haven't but would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below. 


Her next horror flick, is the one that I first saw and crushed on her in: Dario Argento's Tenebrae. One of my personal favorite movies, and Argento's third best film (after Suspiria and Deep Red) this stylish and bloody tale of an author who inspires brutal killings of beautiful women is an absolute masterpiece. It also might just be Argento's most gory movie with an incredible wall painting amputation via axe being an absolute highlight. It ends on of one the best finales in genre history. There is also some incredible camera work, a great soundtrack, and some truly gorgeous women. 


One of these stunners is, of course, Wendel, who plays a student and plumber who assists our main character with fixing his pipes. I mean this literally not figuratively. Who knew plumbers were this beautiful? The scene where she gets dumped by her date, then chased by an unrelenting doggy, and ends up at the killer's house is not just a great example of someone having a really shitty night. But, it's also a fucking killer scene from start to finish. Well, actually all of Tenebrae is!

In 1986, she came back to the genre in Lamberto (Demons) Bava's Midnight Killer. This is another one I have never seen but apparently is a giallo where a cop is suspected of being a serial killer. Anyone of you guys seen this one? If so let me know your thoughts below.



1987 saw her in Joe (Beyond the Darkness) D'Amato's Zombie 5: Killing Birds (AKA simply Killing Birds). Fuck, this movie is awful. It is incredibly stupid and, honestly, not very interesting. It fails both as a zombie movie and a killer animal movie. But, hey Wendel is in it, so it has that going for it. Oh and the poster art (right) is really cool, too. Oh wow, I came up with two nice things to say about this one!




Wendel continued to work with Italy's most renowned horror directors by appearing in 1988's Ghosthouse from Umberto (Cannibal Ferox) Lenzi. This movie is Italy's gore drenched answer to Poltergeist and The Amityville Horror. It's stupid as hell, for sure, but has some incredible splatter scenes including blades to the throat, acid meltdowns, body bisections, and more. It's ultimately good, braindead fun. Wendel actually plays the lead here, as she accompanies her boyfriend in investigating a haunted house.  


Her final horror role came in the form of The Red Monks, which would also end up being her second to last movie. This is another one, I haven't seen, but she again plays the lead. This time as a new bride, who wonders why her hubby spends more time in the basement than with her. OK, seriously, what is wrong with this moron?! Anyway, apparently this film also features some nudity from her. So, I definitely need to see this flick! Any thoughts on it, from you guys and gals?


And so, two years later, in 1991 she would appear in her final movie Husbands and Lovers. She would retire soon after. But, with her exquisite beauty and work with some of Italy's most legendary horror directors, Lara Wendel has achieved legend status, herself. It is with that, that I feel honored to induct her into Horror Crushes!