Friday, September 29, 2017

The Return of The KISS Poster Magazine

Talk about your Flashback Friday!

KISS poster and pin-up mags were all the rage when I was about 10 years old. Word would spread on the school playground like wildfire and we'd hit the local 7-11 or nearby newsstand for our own copy.

Because my house had been declared a KISS-Free Zone by my parents – well, really just my Mom – I got great at hiding such contraband, a skill that would serve me well later in life!

My friends and I would gather on the playground and pass around our copies, debating if Gene was really a demon (or Satanist) and even pretending to breathe "fire" if the air was cool enough.

Who knew that over three decades later my 10 year old daughter would be able to get her very own KISS poster magazine – "Complete with 8 Giant Pull-Out Posters"!

Coming soon from FANTASM Media the book promises "new, exclusive and unseen photos from KISS's past and present, brand new interviews and features as well as eight giant foldout posters, perfect for framing and hanging on whatever wall you want".

Stay tuned to the FANTASM website for pre-order info and check out the poster mag's Facebook page.

#kiss #genesimmons #paulstanley

And for your Friday viewing pleasure here's Lynda Carter performing "I Was Made for Loving You" with faux KISS backup dancers...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy Shirts from FrightRags.com


No Fruit Brute or Yummy Mummy on the cereal aisle shelves this year but don't fret... FrightRags.com has got you covered with shirts and baseball tees for both flavors.

Check out the Fright Rags store for these as well as some limited edition masks and shirts featuring Frankenberry, Chocula and Boo Berry.

#fruitbrute #monstercereal #yummymummy #halloween #halloween2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

What's New at Our eBay Store?

Searching for cool and hard-to-find collectibles for your shelves?

Look no further and swing by our ever-growing ebay store.

New items are being added daily and we're in the process of photographing and prepping tons of soundtrack CDs, original theatrical posters and much more for the coming months.

Check out some of these recent additions to the store. We offer discounts for combined purchases on select items and will consider all reasonable offers.

New Issue of LIQUID CHEESE Arrives with Tributes to Hooper, Romero

It's turning into a regular Fanzine Friday here at ER!

Check out the latest issue of Liquid Cheese Fanzine from our friend Dave Kosanke.

Issue number 44 features 56 full color pages of music and movies to warp your fragile little mind, complete with tributes to late greats like Tobe Hooper and George Romero plus reviews galore and much, much more.

Chas. Balun's DEEP RED Mag is Back and In Excellent Hands!

I'm not big on endorsing Kickstarter campaigns but knowing the folks involved with this one makes it a no brainer.

If you're like me, the work of Chas. Balun and his books and mags were highly influential in terms of what I watched as well as my expectations of what genre books and mags could be (or, at least, aspire to be).

Well, Balun's sorely missed DEEP RED magazine is back and in good hands (and authorized by the Balun estate).

XEROX FEROX author John Szpunar is at the editorial helm and he's being joined by DEEP RED vets like Kris Gilpin (who recently wrote for Exploitation Retrospect 53), Greg Goodsell and Steve Bissette as well as such new blood as good pal and fellow 24 Horrorthoner Bruce Holecheck of Cinema Arcana, ER contributors David Zuzelo and Chris Poggiali, Nick Cato (an old friend from the 80s zine trenches), ULTRA VIOLENT's Art Ettinger and more.

And, with the inclusion of a recently announced interview with PSYCHOTRONIC author/publisher Michael Weldon this one is a must have for your genre bookshelf.

The publication has almost reached its Kickstarter goal and has a few weeks to go. Help get this welcome relaunch – scheduled for January 2018 – back into the hands of genre fans everywhere.

Click here to back the project. – Dan Taylor

Friday, September 08, 2017

1984's THE MASTER – Yes, That THE MASTER – Is Coming to Blu-Ray

From the "Never Thought I'd See The Day" Department comes the announcement that Kino Lorber will be releasing the 1984 martial arts action series THE MASTER on Blu-Ray.

Lasting a whopping 13 episodes from January to August during my senior year of high school, THE MASTER was must see TV in my household thanks to the presence of Lee Van Cleef and "Salami" from THE WHITE SHADOW. I'd watch on the big TV in our family room and chortle while my Dad read his paper and occasionally peered over the top to shake his head. Pretty sure he felt THE MASTER was no ROCKFORD FILES.

The 13 episodes are chock full of martial arts nonsense, ninja shtick and appearances from the likes of Demi Moore, Sho Kosugi, George Lazenby, Crystal Bernard, Doug McClure, Claude Akins, Clu Gulager, Edd Byrnes and George Maharis!

Check Out Italian Horror Week at DocTerror.com


Tired of Hurricane Irma coverage? Need something to do while you wait for IT to open at your local multiplex?

Pop on over to DocTerror.com for Doc Terror's Italian Horror Week (there's also a Facebook page for the event).

Created in honor of Jimmy "Doc Terror" Harris who passed away earlier this year after a courageous battle against cancer, Italian Horror Week continues the grand tradition that Doc ran on his website over the years. His friends and horror colleagues have put together giveaways, fresh content and some cool surprises that celebrate and keep his legacy of horror love and appreciation going so go check it out.

In the meantime, please note that I didn't mean to take the last four months off from blogging, it just sorta happened. Burnout after publishing the last issue (still available from Amazon and our website), the end of the school year (in which May has become as busy for people with kids as December), work, overseas travel, swim team and some lazy hazy summer days by the pool and ocean all conspired to keep me away from watching, reading and writing about trash as much as at any point over the last 30 years.

Hopefully, the falling temps and more structured schedule will get me back in the saddle soon!

Monday, May 01, 2017

"Filth is My Politics! Filth is My Life!" Or, A Wrap-Up of exFest 2017

John Waters introduces 1972's PINK FLAMINGOS at exFest.
So, I can check "seeing PINK FLAMINGOS on the big screen with an introduction by John Waters" off my cinematic bucket list.

Spent Saturday up in Philadelphia hanging out with pals and catching the annual Exhumed Films exFest, a 12-hour celebration of all things exploitation.

While I still refer to their 24 Hour Horrorthon each October as "my Christmas", exFest is always a highlight of the spring thanks to its complete anything goes grab bag of chop sockey, spaghetti western, bikers, sexploitation and whatever else they foist upon attendees.

After a quick trip to the city from Maryland we gathered provisions and settled into the steamy theater (temperatures were pushing 90 outside making for a sweltering viewing experience) for seven slices of sinema:

  • DYNASTY (period martial arts mayhem with lots of gratuitous 3D action);
  • DEATH RIDES A HORSE (quality revenge-driven Spaghetti western with Van Cleef and John Philip Law);
  • NEW BARBARIANS (aka Enzo Castellari's WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND with Fred Williamson and "Timothy Brent" as they take on a band of gay post-apoc marauders led by George Eastman);
  • COMBAT COPS (aka ZEBRA KILLER which was like an odd DIRTY HARRY rip-off via blaxploitation with Austin Stoker from ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 as a no fucks given detective on the trail of a deranged killer);
  • Gregory Dark's STREET ASYLUM (a disappointing late 80s blend of action and sci-fi with Wings Hauser, G Gordon Liddy, Alex Cord and Sy Richardson that should have been MUCH better);
  • 1972's LOVE ME DEADLY (slow moving but sorta intriguing movie about necrophilia from 1972 starring Mary Wilcox and Lyle Waggoner!); 
  • and, finally, PINK FLAMINGOS with a surprise live intro from director John Waters. 
Alas, the whole experience was a tad bittersweet as it was the first Exhumed event after the tragic, way-too-soon loss of our friend James "Doc Terror" Harris. Seeing James' smiling face in line always brightened my mood at these events and we'd catch up as we browsed the offerings from Diabolik or poured over the mysterious lineup (Exhumed doesn't share the titles for the exFest or Horrothon in advance). Between flicks we'd share quick opinions on what we just saw (often accompanied by friendly debate) and guesses about what we'd see next. I'd like to think that just some of Doc's enthusiasm and love for sinema rubbed off on me over the years and made me a more forgiving cinephile and a better person.

RIP, Doc and oh, yeah, Fuck Cancer.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

TROMA TUESDAY Returns, For Better or Worse, With YETI: A LOVE STORY (2006)

Have you ever wanted to see a yeti butt-fuck a man to death?

Ah, I'll bet that got your attention. But that isn't some ruse to get you to read further: it's a scene straight out of the 2006 Troma-tic bowel movement, YETI: A LOVE STORY.

The year is 1985. A group of college dipshits camping in New Hampshire stumble upon a cult dedicated to worshipping the yeti, whom they routinely offer sacrifices to. Emily (Lauren Glasscott) learns of a prophecy in which the yeti can be set free from the machinations of the cult via love from a sodomite. Adam (Adam Malamut) and the yeti fall in love – and just in time because Dick (Dave Paige) is about to be sacrificed by the cult (and I'm about to be sacrificed by myself for having put this much effort into describing this movie's story).

Reportedly shot for a mere $200, YETI: A LOVE STORY begins promisingly – even eliciting a chuckle or two – but soon devolves into a 70-minute borefest complete with overdone jokes, execrable attempts at humor, and no attempts at entertaining the viewer. Sure, this Troma-tic experience is accompanied by plenty of blood, guts, tits, ass and dicks (so your wives and gay friends will be happy); but given I can just see this stuff in any generic horror film which flies down the shit chute, I'd rather spend my time and money elsewhere.

YETI: A LOVE STORY is proof that some movies should never be made. I really thought this was gonna be a hidden gem in a shit-hill. Nope: 'tis but a shit clump disguised as fool's gold. As per usual, the folks at Troma show they'll distribute any festering piece of shit so long as it is tasteless. It really makes ya wonder if they even watch the crap they distribute.

Or, worse yet, maybe they DO! – Evan Romero

Evan Romero is a regular contributor to the pages of ER (including our mammoth 30th anniversary issue available from our website) and spends much of his time reading morally questionable books and watching movies no sane person would touch. He is the vocalist/bassist for the punk band Porno Holocaust (you can find them on Facebook and listen to some demos if you’re inclined). His short story “Touch” was recently published in REJECTED FOR CONTENT 5: SANITARIUM. You can read more of his reviews at ReelAtrocities.com or at PopHorror.com. He last wrote about MOST LIKELY TO DIE.

YETI: A LOVE STORY is available from Amazon.




Friday, February 17, 2017

SLASHER FRIDAY: Who Is MOST LIKELY TO DIE (2015)?

Combine desperation with boredom, mix in a Netflix account, and you're liable to make the same viewing mistakes I make on a nightly basis. Granted, not every film I watch is a flush-worthy turd, but more often than not a night on Netflix ends with me disappointed and annoyed with myself for not having better sense. Yes, a one-star film MIGHT just be a hidden gem. More often than not, however, they turn out to be like MOST LIKELY TO DIE.

It's been ten years since high school graduation and you know what that means: reunion time! Before heading to the reunion proper, a group of friends decide to meet up at Ray's (Jason Tobias) house for a little pre-reunion fun. Upon arriving, they discover Ray is missing and his ditzy blonde girlfriend, Ashley (Skylar Vallo) has been murdered – and the murderer is still on the loose! Could it be Ray himself, who's snapped after the Rangers kicked him off the hockey team? Or is it some guy whom the group used to torment back in high school?

Watching MOST LIKELY TO DIE, I couldn't help but wonder why this film was even made. Slasher films are supposed to be all about watching death fodder get offed, right? Yes. But MOST LIKELY TO DIE finds that boring. Instead, the bulk of the 80-minute runtime is comprised of characters we don't care about talking about problems we don't care about. Every so often the killer will pop up and off someone to keep viewers from falling asleep. It's like a John Hughes film crossed with FRIDAY THE 13TH. I'll give the film credit for at least fleshing out the death fodder, but let's be honest here: we watch slasher films to see idiots get killed, not because we're in the mood for drama and characterization that, ultimately, goes nowhere.

But all is not lost: we get Jake Busey, who buys the farm the minute the check clears, and is here to add name value and whose character adds absolutely nothing to the proceedings aside from a voyeuristic act which gives the audience a brief glimpse of ass and titties. And we get a slasher who utilizes a creative weapon: a mortarboard concealing a razor-sharp instrument – which he does little with except slit throats. But at least we get one brutal kill which I'll spoil for you so you don't have to watch the movie: he slits a girl's throat, then tears off her head. Fun.

MOST LIKELY TO DIE is most likely gonna remind you of your years in high school, assuming they were like mine: boring, depressing, uninspiring and a waste of time. If your high school years were better, the same descriptors still apply. Give MOST LIKELY TO DIE a wide berth. In fact, forget it exists. – Evan Romero

Evan Romero is a regular contributor to the pages of ER (including our mammoth 30th anniversary issue available from our website) and spends much of his time reading morally questionable books and watching movies no sane person would touch. He is the vocalist/bassist for the punk band Porno Holocaust (you can find them on Facebook and listen to some demos if you’re inclined). His short story “Touch” was recently published in REJECTED FOR CONTENT 5: SANITARIUM. You can read more of his reviews at ReelAtrocities.com or at PopHorror.com. He last wrote about NIGHTBEAST.

MOST LIKELY TO DIE is available from Amazon.