Showing posts from November, 2014

Stalking STALKER: S01E09 - "Crazy for You"

The latest episode of STALKER, titled "Crazy for You", is somewhat of a personal episode for Maggie Q's Beth Davis.  But it also has to do with an interesting story about a psychiatrist and his patient(s) stalking habits.

Stalker -- S01E09 -- "Crazy for You"

Last week's episode "Skin" didn't have much of a cold opening.  That disappointed me a little because I've come to adore the types of openings that have gave STALKER that little extra creep factor.  But alas, "Crazy for You" gets back on track with a great opening.  A psychiatrist watches as his last patient leaves, but he soon realizes he's not alone in the office.  Strange sounds and that good old-fashioned sense of paranoia get the better of the doctor as he grows scared.

The opening, however, sheds no blood.  But instead, a package is left on the doctor's chair.  Hard to tell, but there is a shadowy figure passing behind the doctor in the photo to the right (whic…

Revisiting the PROM NIGHT sequels

I was talking to Chad over at The Horror Movie BBQ the other day and he asked me what my favorite PROM NIGHT movie was.  And it suddenly occurred to me that I haven't seen any of the PROM NIGHT sequels in at least eight years.  That needed to change.  Mostly so I could give him a proper answer.  But also for my own well-being, because I was struggling to remember the bulk of the sequels.

We start this journey of revisiting with...


Oh, yes.  Mary Lou Maloney (played by Lisa Schrage).  The scandalous 1957 prom queen at Hamilton High -- that is, until she's burned to death from a prank gone horribly wrong -- all whilst being crowned.

Oh, hell, here's Chad's quick synopsis of PN2...
Mary Lou goes up in flames and perishes. 30 years later, Vicki Carpenter, a prom queen candidate roams around the basement of Hamilton High and opens a trunk with Mary Lou's sash and crown. In opening this sacred trunk, she unleashes the curse of Mary L…


I went into SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 with absolutely zero knowledge of the sequel.  But that's okay, because the first half of the movie is basically a recap of the first flick -- only this time, it's a story being told my Billy's younger brother, Ricky -- who he, himself, is now incarcerated.

In fact, I owe all the thanks in the world to Chad over at The Horror Movie BBQ for the relentless recommendation of SNDN2.  So thanks, Chad -- I loved SNDN2!

Once the actual plot and story of this sequel began to unfold, it reminded me of all those slashers that I'm so fond of, like the SLEEPAWAY CAMP sequels with the extreme campiness of TROLL 2.  Yeah, it's that good!

So despite the first half of the movie retelling the events of the first film, we're given little nuggets of exterior knowledge by Ricky.  His perspective, if you will.  And honestly, he's just as nuts as his big brother, Billy.

It's made clear pretty early on that Ricky is triggered by …

Stalking STALKER: S01E08 - "Skin"

Last night's STALKER, titled "Skin", dealt with an ex-Neo-Nazi is stalked by what would appear to be current Neo-Nazis.  Or is he?  It was an interesting episode, to say the least.

Stalker -- S01E08 -- "Skin"
"Skin" broke away from the standard stalk-and-slash cold opening that has become a staple in STALKER thus far.  The episode begins with a family in their home when there's a disturbance in the front.  The father rushes outside to see a fire in his front yard and word "NAZI" plastered across the front of his house.

Oh, yeah, and father's torso is covered in ant-Semitic tattoos.

See, the dad is an ex-Neo-Nazi.  And he fears that he is being targeted by current, active, Neo-Nazis.  So the Threat Assessment Unit is brought in to handle things.

Like I said, the case in interesting, but I felt it really didn't need to be an episode of STALKER.  It just didn't quite fit the template, I suppose.

Now for the subplots of Beth and…

I AM SANTA CLAUS Is Wonderfully Entertaining

It's been a long, long time since a documentary has put a smile this big on my face.  And I watch a lot of documentaries.  I AM SANTA CLAUS is one of those rare gems that keep the audience engaged from opening credits to the end crawl.

It's a subject that I've never really thought about, and it's sort of cool to get a quasi behind-the-scenes look at Santas across the country.  To some, this is their life.  To others, it's just a paycheck.  Or both, to others.

We're introduced to several professional Santas across the country, including WWE legend Mick Foley, whose dream to to be a professional Santa.

Mick comes off as a genuine guy and super like-able family man -- which was a surprise to me, because I've only ever known him as "Cactus Jack", "Mankind" and "Dude Love" in wrestling.  Mick's heart is in all the right places and he makes for a wonderful Santa Claus.

One Santa in the doc which caused a bit of a stir is Santa J…

(UPDATED!) ICYMI: Jamie Kennedy Shares Insane SCREAM Artwork

If you missed it over the weekend, Jamie Kennedy, best known to the horror universe as Randy Meeks from the SCREAM movies, shared some ridiculously insane SCREAM artwork from Germany.

I'd kill to get this bad boy framed and hung -- preferably above my couch.  You know, 'cause that's where I'd hang it.  If you were able to peep this over the weekend, then good for you.  If you didn't, well, then here's an embed of Kennedy's Instagram post.

Germany does is right!!!! A photo posted by Jamie Kennedy (@thefakejamiekennedy) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:11am PST

Does this artwork do it for you?  I feel as if it perfectly encompasses the first movie to a T.

It's okay to drool.

Here's the full version of the artwork, thanks to!

Mail Call: Dino Drac November '14 Funpack is here!

Ahhh!  My Dinosaur Dracula November Funpack has arrived!  And in the immortal words of Frank the Tank, "He looks glorious!"

As with the October Funpack, I couldn't tear this thing open fast enough (there's even evidence of this in the accompanied photo).

Once again, Matt doesn't disappoint.  This thing is loaded with all sorts of magical, nostalgic, goodness.  My favorite piece probably being the M.U.S.C.L.E. toy.  I remember these from my childhood and I have Matt to thank for the flashback!

Here's a rundown of the Funpack...

Thanksgiving Mini-Poster!Dino Drac Specimen #4: A Piece of Urkel-O's Cereal!Boxed Half-Set of TMNT Trading Cards!"Unofficial M.U.S.C.L.E. 1-Pack," with Crude Packaging Designed by Me!"Arco's Ark" Animal Toys. (Gas Station Giveaways from Long Ago!)A Full-Body E.T. Necklace...Wear It with Pride!A Pack of Tiny Chiclets! Yes, They Still Exist! Yes, You Can Chew Them!Other Things that I Hope You'll Enjoy! So, …


To kick start the holiday feature here on Nick, in a new segment we'll call Psycho Xmas, we take a look at 1984's SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT.

A classic in its own right, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is firmly cemented in in the lore of Holiday slashers -- hell, it's even a cult favorite among horror fans in general.  Not so much in the tradition of 1974's BLACK CHRISTMAS, which really paved the way for the immortal classic HALLOWEEN, but a little more along the lines of FRIDAY THE 13TH.

SNDN is about a boy named Billy who witnesses his parents get slaughtered by a maniacal madman dressed in a Santa Claus outfit on Christmas Eve, but not before his invalid grandfather warns him that Santa punishes boys and girls who are naughty.  So naturally, even before witnessing his parents' death, young Billy is growing terrified of Santa Claus.

Billy's sent to an orphanage where his psychological disorders are clearly not treated properly.  "He'll get bet…

Stalking STALKER: S01E07 - "Fanatic"

Last night's STALKER upped the ante a little bit by Hollywood on us.  A scenario that's been done to death, but "Fanatic" managed to make it their own in pure Kevin Williamson fashion -- and it totally worked.  Think FRIDAY THE 13TH meets SCREAM 3 meets STALKER.

Stalker -- S01E07 -- "Fanatic"
Once again, the episode starts off with a cold opening.  This time, we find actress Nina, played by the gorgeous AnnaLynne McCord, being stalked by a man wearing a burn/trauma mask in her home.  There isn't an opening kill -- in fact, the intruder actually prepares dinner for Nina and litters her room with rose petals.  Why are you afraid of this guy?

Alas, the intruder leaves without an incident.  Well, after Nina locks herself in a panic room and sets off the alarm, that is.  Naturally, the TAU is called to the scene to investigate because the actress has had a history of stalkers.

Meanwhile, we really don't get a look into the subplot of Jack in this episode…

Too Groovy: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Coming To Starz

Well, boys and girls, we are finally getting that once-talked-about EVIL DEAD TV series that escaped the lips of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell a few months back.

With the breaking news the day before yesterday, word has finally come that the new show, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, will be heading to Starz.

It's been confirmed that Sam Raimi will return to direct and Bruce Campbell will be playing Ash.  But the truth is...I'm just not that excited for this.

Don't get me wrong, I love the EVIL DEAD movies as much as the next guy, and I'm sure I'll tune into every episode of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, but at this moment in time, I'm just not that excited.

Maybe I'll change camps once a promo is released.


Happy 26th Anniversary, CHILD'S PLAY

On November 9, 1988, a movie was released that would spawn off a whole new sub-genre of horror films.  That sub-genre was killer doll movies, and that movie was CHILD'S PLAY.

Don't get me wrong, killer doll movies have been around long before CHILD'S PLAY was even an idea (TRILOGY OF TERROR, MAGIC), but what creator Don Mancini and director Tom Holland were able to capture was the true magic of film-making.

The premise was simple: a struggling mother buys her son the season's hottest toy, a Good Guy doll, from a peddler in the alley behind her work.  She gives her son the doll in the hopes that his birthday wishes come true.  And they do...for awhile.

But the doll has a backstory that neither the peddler, mother or the son could possibly know.  Just days earlier, a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray was gunned down in a local toy story.  With his final breaths, he uttered a voodoo chant that transferred his soul from his dying human body into that of a nearby Good Gu…

EXISTS Is A Grisly Blast, A Terrific Bigfoot Movie

Let me just start off by saying that I saw Bobcat Goldthwait's WILLOW CREEK earlier this year and absolutely loved it.  I thought to myself, it's going to be hard for EXISTS to top this.

But I was wrong.  Very, very, wrong.

While WILLOW CREEK is a nice addition to the Bigfoot lore of mockumentaries, EXISTS takes less of a page from the book BLAIR WITCH, and perhaps grabs a few paragraphs from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.  I say that, because instead of just being a straight-up raw found footage flick, it's more of an edited found footage movie.  And it works.
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway- a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed-something not exactly human, but not completely animal- an urban legend come to terrifying life...and seeking murderous revenge. As the synopsis ab…

Stalking STALKER: S01E06 - "Love Is A Battlefield"

Following their Halloween episode "The Haunting", episode six is titled "Love is a Battlefield" and it's one of the more bat-shit crazy episodes so far -- and that's definitely a good thing.

Stalker -- S01E06 -- "Love is a Battlefield"
In this episode's cold opening, we really don't get any blood or carnage, but instead, we're treated to threatening/mocking graffiti plastered all over a woman's house.  And since this is a Kevin Williamson creation, I can't help but draw a few similarities with SCREAM 4.

Williamson's original opening for S4 involved a grisly message being written on the wall of the opening victim's house.  It also hearkens several scenes from SE7EN.

The episode plays along as we start to believe that the ex-husband of the woman is stalking her.  Her dog shows up dead, she's beaten to a pulp in a parking garage and all the while, we are told it's her husband.

Now this is where I refer back to SCRE…

JACK-O Commentary; You're Welcome, Internet

I'm sure many of you are familiar with the low-budget 1995 slasher JACK-O (aka JACKO LANTERN).  Produced by Fred Olen Ray (HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS) and directed by Steve Latshaw, JACK-O is one of the best-bad Halloween-themed movies ever.

Much like my love for BLOODY MURDER, I appreciate and adore every moment of this little gem.  So, needless to say, I was pretty stoked when I learned that there was a 10th Anniversary edition floating around -- with audio commentary!

I was able to snag a copy a few years on eBay from a small fee, and I had read about the now-infamous commentary.  But after hearing it for myself, it's just as good as the movie.

Now, I'm not sure how long this video will last on YouTube, but I decided to share the glory with the world.  I give you JACK-O with audio commentary!

It's harvest time!

BLOODY MURDER, the movie that changed my life

Yes, that BLOODY MURDER.  It changed my life forever.  Let me take you back to 2001, to a time when a younger Nick loved browsing the horror aisle of his local Blockbuster Video.  I think you know the time.  We all had that time.

I was really -- for the first time -- starting to give B-movies a chance.  B-slashers, at that.  I was already well-versed in the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise, so it's a no-brainer that a VHS box cover sporting a maniacal killer wearing a hockey mask and brandishing a chainsaw caught my attention.  Sold.  Well, rented.  I had to see it.

If memory serves, I also remember grabbing one of the giant tubs of Rasinets that were at Blockbuster.  So, yeah, after getting home, I ran upstairs to my bedroom, drew the shades, slid the videocassette into the VCR and sat up on my bed with my giant bowl of chocolate-covered raisins on my lap.

The movie started.  Oo, a night shot!  A lone car on a desolate road runs out of gas.  Eerie, right?  The male driver leaves his pr…

SUMMER CAMP, The Video Game You've Been Dying For

The announcement trailer for a new video game called SUMMER CAMP was released over the weekend.  And what can I say?  It's the video game that slasher fans have been waiting for.

The game takes place at the renamed summer camp in FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (Camp Forest Green), but doesn't look like Jason will be involved.  Which I'm fine with, by the way.

The neat thing is that FX guru Tom Savini is a creative consultant on the game and it appears that Harry Manfredini may be scoring the game.  Pretty cool, really.

I don't play games myself, but I'm sure a lot of you will get a kick out of this.

What did you think of the announcement trailer?