Saturday, May 26, 2007

SCREAM! The Creepiest Comic Ever!

Here's the first four issues of SCREAM!, the short-lived comic from the UK that sort of came and went in the mid-80's. Being that I was only about 3 (and American) when SCREAM! came out, I'd never really heard much about it, so it was cool checking them out when I found them. Well, these aren't my scans, so I mean it was cool checking out the scans when I found them to download. The covers are pretty weak compared to what you'd get with any issue of Creepy or Eerie, or the Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror comics, but the interior artwork is great. For more info on SCREAM, I suggest you take a look at the SCREAM! Back From The Depths site. They have a lot of information on the comic, plus a couple of issues to check out as well.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Barry Goldberg - Return of the Living Dead 3

Brian Yunza's Return of the Living Dead 3. Return of the Living Dead is my favorite movie, so obviously it's my favorite of the trilogy, but I think Part 3 would be my second favorite. It's not a great movie, but I do think it's a respectable effort. Of course, don't take my word for it, I even like Part 2, which is considered by many to be a complete and total piece of crap. I think what bothered most people about Part 2 was the overuse of cheesy comedy. Sure the original was very funny, but that was due to the characters and how they reacted to the situations. Part 2 tries to be wacky a little bit too much, I'm amazed they didn't work a zombie fart joke into the film. (By the way, I'm aware of and own ROTLD 4 Necropolis and ROTLD 5 Rave From The Grave, but I refuse to acknowledge those as actual Return of the Living Dead films.)

ROTLD 3 is much more serious than any of the other films in the series. Perhaps a little too serious to where it's even a bit depressing at times. Starring Melinda Clarke (or Mindy as she's credited in this), of recently canceled mindless melodramatic teeny bopper soap opera The O.C. as Julie, a girl who bites it in a motorcycle accident while running away with her aspiring drummer boyfriend. The boyfriend, Curt, is played J. Trevor Edmond, who you might recognize as the tremendously miscast badass in the hilariously terrible Pumpkinhead 2. Curt is distraught over losing Julie, because while he didn't know her all that long, she was really, really hot. Oh, and he loved her. I guess. So he does what any loving boyfriend would do, sneaks her corpse into his father's top secret military lab and resurrects her with some zombifying toxin. Since Curt never saw the full effect of what this toxin does to a corpse, this plan backfires as she gradually turns into a flesh-eating she-beast. Albeit, a hot flesh-eating she-beast. It's a pretty good film overall, but I think it has too much of a military sci-fi film kind of feel during several scenes. Still, check it out if you haven't already.

1. Intro title (02:54)
2. Enter the isolation room (01:21)
3. Lab enter (01:32)
4. Osc'scope zombie (04:22)
5. Zombie a go go (01:44)
6. Worker zombie (01:21)
7. The motorcycle ride (00:51)
8. Julie's dead (01:48)
9. Back at the lab (03:44)
10. Julie comes back to life (00:54)
11. Lab full of zombies (03:53)
12. Shooting in the store (00:35)
13. Julie's first bite (00:46)
14. Escape from the store (03:01)
15. Police investigate (02:42)
16. Julie's first piecing (00:39)
17. Julie's rebuke (00:39)
18. riverman (00:31)
19. Julie falls (01:06)
20. Riverman meets Kurt (00:32)
21. Julie is found (01:41)
22. Kids flee (03:28)
23. Riverman's tale (00:57)
24. COIN / Tunnel (01:26)
25. Julie shows her stuff (08:34)
26. Fight and capture (04:14)
27. Julie is freed (05:45)
28. Last fight / end credits (10:12)

Julie, are you eating him? You should stop it.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future II

Back to the Future Part II, my personal favorite of the BTTF Trilogy. I still think Part I was the best overall, but I enjoy Part II a little bit more. The plot to Part II actually gets pretty complicated, but it remains very funny, exciting and highly entertaining. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd are great as always but Thomas Wilson steals the show as like 5 different Biffs. There's Geriatric Biff, Young Stupid Griff, 50's Biff, 1985 Biff, and Incredibly Wealthy Alternate Universe 1985 Biff. That is a ton of Biff, and being that Biff is hilarious, that's alright by me.

Anyone else remember Pizza Hut's promotional sunglasses they came out with immediately after the release of Back to the Future II? I used to have the whole set, when I was a kid, no idea where they are now. Judging by this picture, I think I can live without them:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

EERIE - Illustrated Pages of Terror and Suspense!

This is an idea I got from the spectacular X-Y-Z-Cosmonaut's CosmoBlog. In addition to posting a lot of super obscure music they also post some comics in .cbr format. I've always been a fan of the old Warren comics, ever since my uncle gave a bunch of issues of Creepy and Eerie when I was a kid. So I thought it might be fun to post a few issues of Eerie that I just got in .cbr format. In order to view .cbr files you need a program like CDisplay, which you can find with a quick Google search. Also, I found that if you just use the WinRAR Archiver you can open them as well. Of course with CDisplay it's easier to actually read them, but WinRAR will do the trick.

I'm just putting up three random issues I have to sort of test it out and see if anyone is interested in any more of them. I have a ton of Eerie comics like this, and I'm getting some other pretty cool horror-themed comics that I may post if there is any interest. The issues included in this set are #43 (Nov. 1972), #89 (Jan 1978), and #110 (Apr. 1980), a few of my personal favorites. I only put up 3 since I'm not sure how high the demand is going to be for these, and these things are about 30MB a piece, so I stopped at 3 to keep it under 100MB.

Note: These aren't my scans, I got them from a site I frequent and the guy who posted them didn't really say whose scans they were on all of them, so I'm not sure who to credit. But thanks a ton to whoever is responsible for scanning them.

Jean Rollin Interview from 1982 Starburst Magazine

I thought this was pretty interesting. It's a Jean Rollin interview from Starburst Magazine, their 1982 Zombie Issue to be exact. Which, incidentally was one of the coolest eBay purchases I've made. I'm a big Rollin fan and I thought it was cool hearing about a film he's "preparing to do called Living Dead Girl." Click on the image above to actually read the interview.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I don't want no chicks with zits, I want fine chicks!

Here is the Unofficial Soundtrack to The Stoned Age. The Stoned Age is one of several movies out there that just doesn't have an actual soundtrack album. A bit odd I think, given that they probably spent a good deal of the movie's budget securing the rights to the songs featured in the movie. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple tracks can't be cheap. Anyway, I've thrown together this soundtrack featuring all the songs featured in the movie that I was able to find.

The Stoned Age was the beginning of James Melkonian's directorial career, a career that was pretty much ended the following year with The Jerky Boys. It's often referred to as a lower budget, poorer version of Dazed and Confused, but aside from being set in the 70's and taking place during the span of one day, I don't think it's really all that similar. A little at times, sure, but not a ripoff as I've heard it called before. Dazed has a few rather dramatic scenes, The Stoned Age is pretty much a straight raunchy comedy. I like both films, Dazed a bit more, but you gotta respect The Stoned Age at least a bit. After all, it does feature the best "pissing in the ice tray" scene ever filmed.

One line in the movie bothered me a bit. When asked to describe how the movie's "fine chick" looks, a character says she looks "just like that chick from the Virgin Killer album". This is an odd statement being that the "chick from the Virgin Killer album" was a naked prepubescent girl. Now either the writer never actually saw the album cover and made a mistake, or he is a complete and total pervert.

Now for some random information that I'm too lazy to string together into a proper paragraph:

Renee Griffin, who plays the hot and frequently naked or half naked Lanie is the wife of James Marshall who played James Hurley on 24 episodes of Twin Peaks. Frankie Avalon makes a brief appearance as Frankie Avalon at the end of the movie. Also look out for Jake "The Teeth" Busey in a brief appearance at a party, doing his spot-on weird looking asshole impression. And, if you stay for the credits, a couple members of Joe and Hubb's beloved BOC show up selling bootleg T-Shirts from their very own band. That's awesome if you ask me.

Sadly, I couldn't find everything listed on the IMDB page for the movie, but I did get most of them. Some of them just don't seem to exist anywhere. Also I wanted to thank Vinnie at Vinnie Rattolle's Rare Records, I grabbed the Cat Scratch Fever track from him a while back in his expanded Detroit Rock City soundtrack.

1. Stoned Age Text Crawl
2. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
3. Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
4. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear (The Reaper)
5. Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You
6. Foghat - Slow Ride
7. Foghat - Drivin' Wheel
8. Montrose - Rock Candy
9. The Trammps - Disco Inferno
10. KC And The Sunshine Band - I Like To Do It
11. BT Express - Do It (Till You're Satisfied)
12. Focus - Hocus Pocus
13. T-Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On)
14. Led Zeppelin - In The Light
15. Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
16. Deep Purple - Highway Star
17. Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra

I'd kick his ass if it wasn't for his massive upper body strength.


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