2016 AKA The Year of Celebrity Death?

With only 15 days into the new year, 2016 is shaping up to be ‘the year of celebrity deaths’ as a string of well-known, and some well-loved, celebrities have succumbed to the Grim Reaper.

Alan Rickman – 69 years old – Cancer took the life of “Die Hard’s” Hans Gruber, “Harry Potter” series’s Professor Snape, and other many, many more interesting characters on 1/14/16.

David Margulies – 78 years old – Most famously known as the mayor from the two Ghostbuster movies, Margulies died 1/11/16.

David Bowie – 69 years old – Cancer, once again, claims a life and the androgynous and iconic pop music star became the man who fell from earth on 1/10/16.

Dan Haggerty – 74 years old – Cancer, what a bitch, claims the life of Grizzly Adams who is no longer on the run since today 1/15/16.

Tera Wray Static – 33 year old – The widow of the late Static-X frontman Wayne Static and former adult star fell into the suicide pool as her body was discovered on 1/14/16.

Angus Scrimm – 89 years old – The unforgettable “Tall Man” from the Phatasm series departed our dimension 1/9/16

Who’s next? Who’s on the verge of 2016 being their last year alive? Its a scary thought, but that’s life, unfortunately.

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Phantasm V: Ravager teaser trailer! What!?!

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I just came in my pants when I heard a Phantasm sequel was in the works and now a teaser trailer has been released. That was quick work, very quick work. Phantasm V: Ravager is written and directed by David Hartman along with series creator Don Coscarelli being a co-writer and having a lot of power when overseeing the production.

Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Kat Lester are all making their grand return making the fifth installment feel legit. Bannister plays the relentless hunter of the Tall Man to where he comes face-to-face in the finale agains’t his long-life foe.

From the Evil Mind of Don Coscarelli! John Dies at the End review!

jdateposterIf you did a retrospective analysis of Don Coscarelli’s film career and try to pinpoint Coscarelli’s area of specialty with in the realm of horror, you’ll wind up scattered all over the place unable to achieve an exact position of Coscarelli’s sub-genre schtick. His latest (and greatest) film endeavor John Dies at the End embarks on being Coscarelli’s next longevity cult hit. Unpredictable and captivating forces you to forget that this indie movie bares no no-named stardom and borders the edge of “crinchable” special effects, but the story grabs you, shakes you, chews you up, and spits you out wanting to know more while leaving you wondering what the hell just happened…in a good way.

Paranormal exorcists and best friends David and John are bound by the supernatural Soy Sauce, a jet black living drug that give David and John the outer body experience and is the source of their powers to fight evil. The Soy Sauce has a ying-yang affect and drive them down a path of sends them into another dimension to face off agains’t a monstrous being that wants to absorb their dimensions knowledge by digesting everything they know!
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John Dies at the End won’t scare you. There are no thrills or chills. What it will do is give you a wicked acid trip. Where bits of meat conjure together to become a meat monster, where door handles morph into large veiny penises, and where eye balls burst out by soul devouring gnats! Only Coscarelli’s mind could be this warped and that warp sense mixture of humor and horror keeps our attention waiting to see what happens next. This mixture also drives the film which is a definite positive, but can also be a negative.

Coscarelli’s film feels all over the place that makes the concept hard to grasp. The non-linear plot places characters in our conscious in disorderly manner without any grounded statuses. By the end of the movie, I start to wonder if there are pieces missing from the story boards. The concept of time doesn’t seem to exist and that might be part of the film’s facade as the drug-fueled outer-body experience.

Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes are great as Dave and John. Dave’s a passive person with a sarcastic attitude but willing to stand John’s frantic personality. John, as I said before, is a bit spastic and has that carpe diem attitude. Their contrast draws them together to form a powerhouse team. Tack on Clancy Brown as a co-worker of their trade with a sleazy white hairdo and Paul Giamatti as a skeptic feature reporter and you have great talent supporting the the two leads who are already phenomenal as your slummy ghostbusters. Doug Jones (Hellboy) makes an appearance whose character doesn’t have enough time screen in my opinion as an other dimension mystic. Lets not forget the cameo of Angus Scrimm as a demon priest – fantastic.
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John Dies at the End will smack you in the face and you’ll smile at the end. You’ll definitely get some laughs because this horror comedy is nearly in the same vein as the Bubba Ho-tep with the anal soul sucking mummy. Magnet Releasing brings you the next Don Coscarelli hit and you can purchase at Amazon.

Evil Nostalgia! Phantasm II on HBO and big screen viewing of John Carpenter’s They Live @ the Colonial Theatre!

Welcome back!  And, boy, it sure does feel good to be back in the wide world of evil!  With a new job, new wife, and practically a whole new life, my once idle hands were struggling to juggle my new found life.  Where to begin?  What to say?  How can I build up that base I had over a year ago!  Has the evil come back to me to guide my hands again?  Has my “dark passenger” returned?  (Dexter reference as I’ve caught up on all 7 seasons in the last month).  We’ll see what happens with Its Bloggin’ Evil.  No one knows where this road may lead the amateur horror fan site.  I might not be as swanky by going to all the conventions and movie screenings like Freddy in Space.com or be an ultra-reviewer like Cinesploitation.com (whom I use to write for).  Both of those sites have shunned me from doing what I need to do, what I care to do, what I love to do.

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Lets start this off on the right severed foot with Phantasm II.  You may be wondering why Phantasm II.  Well, it just happened to be on HBO Zone last night and I sat, with my now wife, and we watched.  I subjected her to Angus Scrimm’s The Tall Man and the othet dimension dwelling evil dwarfs.  You would think one like myself owns all the Phantasm films.  Don’t get me wrong, I do!  I proudly bought the limited edition UK Sphere box set and have yet to open the sucker.  I joyfully viewed after years of not opening the box set and not viewing the film anywhere else. My eyes were glued to the 32” TV and I probably had the wide and bright eyes of a fat kid in a candy store.  What a way to start off (or to rekindle) It’s Bloggin’ Evil!

Don Coscarelli’s sequel just brings a grin from ear to ear even if the writing is a bit over-the-top, but hey, that’s the masterful dialogue of the 80’s and who can argue with that?  Some might also dislike Phantasm II for the scab step-in roll filler James LeGros to fill the shoes of A. Michael Baldwin’s original character Mike.  LeGros became the one who “shan’t be named” because Baldwin continued the character in the third and fourth sequel.  However, Phantasm II brings back the deadly spheres, the pint sized evil dwarfs, and always sinister, never a minister, The Tall Man with special effects that are the epitome of 80’s glory.  As you can see from the image on the left, this is what to expect – in case you’re sheltered self never seen Phantasm II.  You can thank Robert Kurtzman and Greg Nicotero who had a helping hand in creating realistically stunning exaggerations of body horror.  Throw Mark Shostrom into the mix and you have a party of special effects gold.

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Next stop – John Carpenter’s They Live!  Obey The very same night as Phantasm II, I sat on our couch thinking what to do with my wife.  We had no plans for a Friday night (sans boring married couple).  She had no idea what to do.  That is when it donned on me!  I remembered that the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA was having a 25th Anniversary screening of They Live.  After fairly little convincing, I managed to get my wife to come along to the 10:10pm showing.  I think she was glad she attended because the turn out better than what she expected. Conform  When we screened Night Breed months ago, the turn out was not as grand and we didn’t receive any free swag!  For They Live, fans of the cult film flooded the theatre and the freebies was a pair of black shades, two pieces of a bubblegum, and a “Chew Bubblegum Kick Ass” sticker with Roddy Piper!

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As you can see, we had lots of fun.  The 35mm screening had all the imperfection glory, but that won’t deter us fans away from catching all of Roddy Piper’s catch phrases.  You never know how outdated a film can be after 2.5 decades, but the dialogue and the actions of 80’s filmmaking leads my heart home.  We will attend more screenings at Colonial especially Hammer Film’s The Brides of Dracula and Grisly in the coming months.  I can’t wait!