Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Halloween Viewing List

Here's my list of films for the movie viewing part of my Halloween celebration.  If you wish to join in, watch some and chat about them with me!  
Halloween 2014 Viewing List
Haunted Places
1. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
2. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
3. The Changeling (1980)
4. The Amityville Horror (1979)
5. House on Haunted Hill (1999)
6. The Innkeepers (2011)
7. Prince of Darkness (1987)
8. Fright Night (1985)
9. Night of the Creeps (1986)
10. Near Dark (1987)
11. House (1986)
12. Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
13. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pre 'Ween Roll Call

Brandon Early at Movies at Dog Farm does a hell of a job coordinating a bunch of mooks and spooks to celebrate Halloween longer than just the day itself.  What follows is a list of this years phantoms and ghouls who will post some wonderfully haunting and chilling posts for the season.  Enjoy them all!

Cinematic Catharsis

Candy-Coated Razor Blades

Seven Doors Of Cinema
90s Horror Movies

The Vern's Video Vortex

Zombie Hall

Watching The Dead

Bloodsucking Geek

Midnight Cinephile

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Info Zombie Podcast #83

Villain, Jerry, and I reunited, and it feels so good.  We talk about theme park changes, growing old, and Halloween candy.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Death Makes A Holiday: An Info Zombie Review

David J. Skal is the scholar that I want to be.  He utilizes a conversational tone to broadcast well-researched information to provide analysis that is approachable and brilliant.  This results in the legitimatization of topics often thought trivial, baseless, and escapist.  His investigation into the horror movie culture of the United States reveals amazing links between the country’s status (Vietnam era and September 11th) and its craving for the horror genre.

With his 2002 book, Death Makes A Holiday, he gives academic clout to the celebration of Halloween.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Battle Command Optimus Prime

When fans think of Japanese transformers, we tend to think of Masterpiece. We think of premium paint jobs, accurate sculpting, higher complexity, and loads of accessories. We think of toys geared more towards older collectors, whereas Hasbro's focus is primarily on children.

This is a rare example of an expensive Japanese exclusive that is explicitly aimed at children. It's as gimmicky and fun as anything Hasbro could release, but with a touch of premium quality to it. It's a bizarre clash of styles, and I like it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Halloween Warm-Up Sacrifice

September has been a brutally busy month with birthdays, work activities, and obligations that have eaten up time and spit out exhaustion.  In order to pep myself up, I concocted a little tribute to the Halloween forces.

By the good fortune that happened upon me, I would say that my little tribute worked.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Blu-ray This Week: Godzilla

The biggest Blu-ray release this week and one of the biggest this month is of course Godzilla. I just might buy this movie. I just might.

Check out my usual rundown of the various releases after the break.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Info Zombie Podcast #82: Mark Gibson

Mark Gibson returns in all his glory.  Listen to his golden voice expound on the philosophical nature of the human condition.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

South Florida is Not the Paradise You Think

As fall and winter approach, people up north gather wood, fill tanks with gas for heating, and dread the snow and ice that make twenty-minute commutes bulge into two-hour excursions.  Worst of all, some of them harbor an illusion that down south awaits a paradise free of such inconveniences.  But they’re wrong.

South Florida lost its utopia status a long time ago.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

English, Do You Speak It?

If I buy something in the United Sates, the instructions damn well better be in English. I have nothing against printing instructions in other languages as well so long as I, an American citizen, can find the instructions I need in a language I speak for something purchased in my own country. This should be a simple concept.

On Monday I got a nice new monitor for my computer. It works well, and the screen size is fantastic. However, getting it set up to my liking was more annoying than it needed to be. What happened is stupid, and I have to call it out. Prepare for a rant.