Why couldn’t they have this when I was a kid?

June 11th, 2012

The monster kid in me just squealed with joy. When I was but a lad, all I ever wanted to play with were my LEGO and Star Wars toys. I may have to clear space in my toy chest for what is coming out soon… LEGO HAUNTED HOUSE! I would have killed for this as a child… maybe not literally, but maiming someone would not be out of the realm of possibility. I had to build my own crappy version and use my stupid imagination if I wanted something close to this back then.

 

 

Take that imagination, I have no use for you anymore. Now I can have the real thing. I will build this house on the dining room table and play with it constantly. We will find another spot to eat our meals. If I even have time for meals between bouts of building and playing.

 

 

Obviously I am out of the LEGO loop these days, as I had no clue that the haunted house is tied into the whole line of the LEGO® Monster Fighters Collection. I had seen a few monster inspired figures in their blind boxed mini fig packages at my local comic shop. Little did I know about these beauties though. I want them… nay, NEED THEM ALL!! Surprisingly, I want the Mad Scientist and his Monster over the Zombie Bride and Groom.

 

 

And the Vampyre’s Castle looks to be even better than the Haunted House.

 

 

 

 

The Great Old Ones want your money!!!

June 11th, 2012

If I had unlimited funds, not only would I own every single t-shirt I post about on this blog, I would also peruse kickstarter and indiegogo every day and fund all the amazing projects and products I find there.

 

 

Being an unrepentant nerd, I love games of all types. Throw Cthulhu in the mix, and you are guaranteed to grab my attention. So, ‘The Doom That Came to Atlantic City’ is exactly what I have been looking for. I love my other Mythos inspired game, ‘Arkham Horror’, but it can be a bit daunting to set up and play. This one looks to be much easier to just bust out and go. And it comes with sculpted figures. The 12 year old me who bought up all the pewter D&D figures in the hobby shop is squealing with glee right now.

 

 

Next up, we have a product that mashes up two things I never thought would go together so well, tentacles and tiki drinks. One of my fondest dreams is an authentic tiki bar built in my backyard, complete with a giant fire-breathing tiki idol… once I get a backyard that is… a big one… with neighbors who are understanding, and not so quick to call the fire department. Obviously, this product was made just for me. Horror in Clay has made these amazing mugs. To receive one, you have to pledge at least $40. But come on, who only wants one, you gotta have at least a matched set, right?!? I have to keep my check book and debit card locked up, lest I drain my account filling my cupboards with Cthulhu!

 

 

Well, if you can’t afford the $40 and still want to support this amazing project, there are smaller donation amounts. You will miss out on the tiki mugs, but you will still get some nice stuff. Including, postcards, t-shirts, coasters, and matchbooks.

 

 

It may not be exactly horror related, but this video store in Brooklyn is looking for backing. Indie stores, and video stores in general, are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Thanks to my local VHS emporium, and some nearby theaters and drive ins, I was able to become the horror fan you now see before you. Drive ins are almost extinct, so a place like this is one of the last chances for the wee monster kids to get the education they need to carry the torch once my fingers rot off and I am unable to type up another blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monsters at Sacred

May 18th, 2012

My friends down at Sacred Gallery have an excellent exhibit of Dave Devries, The Monster Engine, running until the end of May.

 

I have yet to go myself, but am eagerly looking forward to checking it out. Ever since I first heard about Mr. Devries and his art project, I have wanted a chance to see these up close and personal.

Sacred isn’t just an art space though, it is also a amazing tattoo shop. So, come on by, check out some pictures and get yourself some personalized art permanently etched on your body!!

 

 

Happy Belated Zombie Jesus Day

May 2nd, 2012

Another Easter has come and gone. I definitely ate my weight in Cadbury Mini Eggs again this season. Maybe my sugar induced diabetic coma is the reason I missed out on a few awesome ideas to help with your holiday.

Thinkgeek is a great place to shop for geeks of all stripes, and they are offering their Chocolate Zombie Bunny again.

However, if you are a thrifty little monster like me, you will want to save your hard earned cash and try your hand at making your own bloody little bunnies.

Check out Criminal Crafts amazing version. I like this one much more than the simple thingeek version.

Another DIY version can be found at Strumpet’s Crumpets.

Both versions look fairly easy and loads of fun. We may be too late for this year, but look for our zombie bunny army to pop up in your Easter basket next year!

 

 

Prom Night

April 12th, 2012

Dust off your tux or dress and freshen up your corsage or boutonniere, Prom is just around the corner. Oh, and don’t forget your blood and latex too!!

I haven’t been to a zombie event in a while, and I haven’t had a chance to see GWAR live since sometime around High School. So, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to hear that this summer we are lucky to have the NYC Zombie Prom.

If you happen to be in the area on June 9th, you definitely should try to attend. Tickets are not cheap, but it is bound to be well worth it. Leah and I will be there in our finest attire, so feel free to track us down.

Vicious Valentines

February 13th, 2012

I love what Warren Ellis has to say about V-Day… but for those of you who want to catch the detached eye and win the spurting heart of your favorite ghoul, might I suggest some sites that offer interesting holiday cards?

Marcelo Gallegos has some nice pieces up on his site for those with a love of Cthulhu or creepy cupcakes.

Have a zombie fetish? I know I do! Then these Walking Dead cards are just what you need.

Want something just a little bit older and stranger? Here are some scans of vintage cards with a weird and sinister bent posted on facebook.

Anyone who hungers for love and tasty meat snacks will want to go to the Jack Link’s site to check out their sasquatch valentine’s.

I sent a couple of the Walking Dead ones to Leah. Much to her chagrin, I also sent some of the sasquatch ones. I declared to her on this past New Year’s Eve that 2012 would be the year of the sasquatch. She was not nearly  as amused by this as I was. However, if I keep it up I feel she may come around to my side. Or… bludgeon me to death with a DVD copy of The Legend of Boggy Creek.

 

Mourning the loss of one of our zombie brethren… and help save a horror landmark

February 13th, 2012

 

I was sad to hear about the passing of Bill Hinzman earlier this month. You may know him better as the cemetery zombie from the original ‘Night of the Living Dead’. He passed away on February 5th at the age of 75 from cancer.

While he may not have gone on to great stardom after NOTLD, he has always been close the the hearts of every modern shambler fanatic. He was the first rotting glimpse we got of what Romero had in store for us. Hinzman went on to play roles in a few other genre movies. He even directed one of his own, ‘Flesheater’ in 1988. Naturally, it was a zombie flick.

Bill was also a mainstay of horror conventions, and I am doubly sad that I will never get to meet the man. By all accounts he was a great guy to hang out with, and thoroughly enjoyed his stature as the first modern zombie.

Here he is in a pizza commercial that will surely put a smile… or at least revolting  rictus on your face…

 

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While we are on the subject of the living dead, I wanted to mention a cause that may interest all of us fans of the seminal NOLTD. It seems that the Evans City Chapel, which also had a cameo in the film, is in need of our help. The chapel has fallen into massive disrepair over the years, and is in danger of being torn down. Gary R. Steiner, who happens to have been the sound engineer on the film, has a year to raise $50,000 to restore the chapel to it’s former state. Please go to the website for further info. And if you can’t donate, at least help to spread the word.  The website lists all the ways one can pitch in. You can donate, buy merch from the store, or attend any of the events listed on their page. Please do all you can to save this landmark from destruction!

The problem with SOPA and PIPA

January 18th, 2012

I would go black today in protest like many other sites… but I don’t think anyone would really notice! 😛 Mwahaha…

I did however, want to put in my two cents on this whole SOPA/PIPA debacle that is still unfolding. As it affects the internet and the movie industry, I felt it was apropos to post something. I just copied and pasted my little verbal diatribe from my FB page earlier this morning… so, it suffers from sever lack of editing…

 

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Remember VCRs? Back in the day both Jack Valenti of the MPAA and the whole of the movie industry were scared of those things. They felt that it would be far too easy for someone to sit at home and just pirate copy after copy of any movie they wished. They thought that the VCR would be the death of the movie industry.

“‘I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.’ Jack Valenti said this in 1982 in testimony to the House of Representatives on why the VCR should be illegal.

Of course, Hollywood soon learned how much profit could be had from this new technology, they just had to learn to adapt to it. With the advent of videotapes and then DVDs, they opened new avenues for more revenue.

So it is with SOPA and PIPA, a ridiculous over the top reaction to a new technology that frightens and threatens the status quo. Many artist and filmmakers have learned to adapt and thrive in this new arena. Louis C.K. just made around $200,000 by charging $5 for his latest standup show.

I am not saying that piracy doesn’t happen, or it isn’t and issue or problem. However, cassette tapes and CDs did not kill the music industry. VHS tapes and DVDs have not killed the movie industry. Yes, the internet makes it easier to acquire your favorite music or movies or tv shows, but if the entertainment industry would realize that they have yet another untapped revenue stream here, things might change for the better on both ends. Look at Netflix, or Hulu or iTunes. I believe that most people would much rather pay a fair price to watch or own something (preferably DRM free!), than go through the trouble of downloading a possibly corrupted, third generation VHS digitized version of some movie they loved as a kid.

Look, I don’t think Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cameron, or the heads of Warner Brothers are in any serious danger of getting kicked out of their mansions and forced to live in cardboard boxes. If anyone is hurt by piracy, it will be the independent film makers, and the actors who are waiting for their big break. But SOPA is like operating on a cancer with a sledgehammer when a scalpel is the right tool for the job.

To simplify it… SOPA would be like having a neighbor in your apartment building back in the 80s who owns one of Jack Valenti’s dreaded VCRs. This neighbor decides to start making copies of his favorite movie and handing it out to his friends and family. Not only would he be arrested if caught, but also so would you, and your other neighbors, and the landlord could be held liable as well for allowing your criminal neighbor to rent space in his building. Even though everyone else in the building was unaware of what this guy was up to.

Again, sorry for the rant. I would like to partly blame this on the amount of coffee I consumed this morning. I have had a lot of time to think on this. It may be rambling, all over the place, and rife with grammar and spelling mistakes, but I feel my intent is clear. All I am saying is there has to be a better way. Do we really want lawmakers who are willfully and happily ignorant on tech issues, voting on such important matters? Do we really want to hand that much power over to anyone to censor the internet as they see fit?

There are ways you can get involved with this issue if you feel as strongly as I do:

http://americancensorship.org/

http://voteforthenet.com/

Sorry for the break!!

January 15th, 2012

It has been quite a while since I have posted here. I have had some very interesting times of late, but I want to get back to posting here more often. So, to start off… here is something neat for those Monster families who carpool:

 

 

Check it out here!

Back off man, I’m a scientist

September 18th, 2011

As reported on the official Ghostbusters Facebook page, the movie will be re-released this October. So far, any other news is pretty scant, the last post with any update stated:

“Have you missed Mr. Stay Puft? It takes an awfully big screen to contain this king-sized ‘mallow. Stay tuned, as Janine will relay all specific screening times and locations once our office receives word from the Mayor. In the meantime, anybody want to play Parcheesi?”

I myself, saw the movie on the big screen 3 times when it was first released. And, I still watch it at least twice a year on DVD. Loathe though I am to admit it, I even saw the far inferior sequel a few times. I faithfully watched every episode of the cartoon (while eating the sugary sweet cereal), played all the video games, and enjoyed the pen and paper role playing game. Heck, even my Xbox avatar is wearing the GB jumpsuit! I am already warming up my proton pack in anticipation…