Press Release: This Saturday Night will be the Last Grindhouse Show
To clear the air about all the nonsense that has been going on with Facebook. I have been banned from FB due to the actions of Jim O’Rear and his so called army. I didn’t have a problem with O’Rear until he decided to make fun of cancer survivors of which I happened to be one. I confronted O’Rear on the East Coast Horror Group about this. He said why we are friends and worked together. Another lie in a career made up of lies. O’rear was interviewed in Scars Magazine, which I wrote a few articles for, we never worked together, but when your a pathological liar like Jim, you honestly believe your own lies.
His entire IMDB bio was written by himself, he was thrown off the ECHG for starting problems. That’s when I got involved when he made fun of cancer survivors. It’s not because of his acting, which is a joke, or his writing which is at 3rd grade level, or his producing because anything he produced is an abortion. It is because Jim decided that it was ok to make fun of people who suffered with cancer. That was it, nothing more, nothing less.
But Jim is a complete loser and decided to retaliate by forming Jim’s Army. Jim your a 40 something year old man, did you even graduate high school? Because forming an “Army” of internet trolls is the only way you could combat the sad fact that your a loser. You practically beg people to book you at cons . Your sole phoney credit is being an attack zombie in DOTD, which has been proven over & over to be a lie.So his “army” targeted and I was turned in enough times to be banned from Facebook.
His “Army ” is claiming they drove me off Facebook. They didn’t. I could come back under a fake ID, but for what? Other than about a dozen people, I got no support from the so called “horror community”. All my so called friends & fans didn’t do a damn thing to back me up. I even got threats of violence from an “army ” member on my regular email. I had been contemplating leaving the business for close to a year. This and a few other things made up my mind. It wasn’t O’Rear’s army, it’s my choice to get out of a business that has become sooo adversarial that’s I waste more time defending myself and others than getting anything done. The Horror business is infested with bottom feeding trolls who couldn’t exist without Facebook or the internet. It’s feeds their misanthropic view of the world and makes them feel safe when they go out of their way to attack people without fear of retaliation. I don’t need this shit. No one fired me from Chiller or Monster Mania, I left because it was time to leave. It’s the same with this, it’s time to leave. I’m not welcome any longer and you know what? I don’t need or have never needed the so called horror community to make a living.
And I don’t have an ego that would make me take the shit I have taken to stay around. Saturday night I’ll say goodbye to The Grindhouse for good. It will be taped because I really don’t want to address this anymore. I have been made a ton of promises that have never come to come to pass. Like I said, I never relied on this business for squat, I know better. An editor at Fangoria said it best: “why pay writers when the fans will do it for free?’so that is why the business went to shit because of morons who work for nothing and continue to work for nothing. Got a flash for you guys, you not only fucked real writers, you fucked yourselves too because no one is ever gonna pay you.
I’m going to leave you with this, I have never wished Ill will on anyone, but this is for Jim O’rear ,personally. I was laid up for weeks with IV’s in both arms, oxygen, a catheter, and almost died. Every night I thought I would never see the sun rise. I couldn’t shower for weeks and didn’t have the strength to wipe my ass. And you, Jim O’Rear , think that was funny. Well I can only hope you find it funny when it happens to you. I hope you think it’s hysterical when blood is running out your asshole or your puking your guts out from chemo. Karma is bitch ,Jim, and your over do for payback. But I’ll leave that to the fates. To anyone who supported me, thanks, it’s been a hell of a ride, sometimes smooth, sometimes rough. If I have entertained you, I did my job, if I made you think, I did my job, and if I pissed you off, I did my job. it’s just a shame I have to leave something I really loved. The artist formerly known as 42nd Street Pete
Mike Exler, William L. Bozarth and Neal Jones team up at MadMonster Party in Charlotte, NC to bring you a special podcast. FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO, WITHOUT YOUR HEAD, EAST COAST HORROR GROUP and GODDAMN ZOMBIE team up to show there can be friends in the podcast world as we cover the great MadMonster Party Convention and just talk horror in general.
Most men would take a well deserved break from fundraising after spending the better part of a year raising $50,000 to save the iconic Evans City Cemetery chapel from “Night of the Living Dead.” But as many of us have learned Gary Streiner is not like most men. He cares about the history and culture of the region he lives and the movie industry. Many people in this world say they care but Gary backs up his words with energy and effort that I can only dream of having. Gary rallied his troops after he learned that the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Pennsylvania faced an uphill battle to upgrade to DCP projection and that if the goal isn’t met the possibility of the Hollywood Theater closing was a reality.
On Saturday March 2nd, 2013 Gary and his supporters put on an event at the Hollywood Theater that raised over $8,000 towards the $65,000 goal for the Hollywood Theaters digital conversion. It was a day full of events and a showcase of many talented people. Too many to mention in this article but some of the highlights of the day were:
Live music on stage that included a talented lineup including Vincent Price’s grandson.
Autographs and a Q&A with stars of Night of the Living Dead. Those in attendance were Kyra Schon, Russ Streiner, Ella Mae Smith, Joe Unitas, Paula Richards and of course Gary.
A silent auction with tons of cool items that any horror fan would proudly display in their home.
Ticket holders went home with a print of the original artwork for this event created by Terry Callen of Screaming Brain Studio.
But the main highlight of the day was Night of the Living Dead showing on the Hollywood’s big screen. It was shown in 35mm projection and it reminded me how great film can be and despite push for digital we need to preserve this type of movie viewing experience.
As the night ended and I said goodbye to friends old and new and I left with a great feeling. I’ve always felt like the horror film community is made up of some of the nicest and most caring people. This event validated my feelings. Gary is the ringleader but there are many volunteers that have helped his chapel efforts and now the Hollywood. They share the same passion as Gary and the desire help preserve important landmarks. Without all of these people the chapel would probably be a pile of rubble today and the Hollywood Theater in Dormont would not be $8,000 closer to its goal.
The fight for the Hollywood Theater isn’t over but Saturday was a huge leap forward. You can learn more about the theater and the fundraising efforts by visiting www.thehollywooddormont.org
To keep track of how construction at the Chapel is coming along and keep tabs on Gary and his army of supporters you can go to www.fixthechapel.com
East Coast Horror Group
The East Coast Horror Group moderates the 10 year anniversary panel of Rob Zombies, House of 1000 Corpses. Check out the candid discussion about the film, the distribution, and working on the film in general. Enjoy!
Drew, Mike and JC from the ECHG moderate the Blair Witch panel from Days of the Dead Atlanta. Listen to very interesting stories from the cast of the film on the production of the film and the impact the film had on the horror community.
DAYS OF THE DEAD ATLANTA is full swing and the FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO guys go live from the convention floor. Friends Will Bozarth and Bill Philputt stop by to talk about the weekend. Also Neal Jones and Annabelle Lecter from Without Your Head stop by to talk and show podcasts can live together. Check out this live broadcast. You never know who is going to stop by.
On October 20th 2012, two men left their homes for an outing that would change their lives forever. Or what’s left of them. They would be subjected to hours of exposure to sights of depravity and shame the likes of which had never been seen. And there were movies also. This is the account of two men who would not see there homes again… until they went back to them to see the kids and feed the dog. This is the account of The Hollywood Theater’s 13 Hours of Horror.
The Hollywood Theater has always been a great ally to East Coast Horror Group. Since we are based in Pittsburgh (which is a little big city) you get to know people with like minded tastes and goals pretty easily. I like to call it 6 degrees of Pittsburgh. That being said, we work with The Hollywood Theater when we can to promote events, especially the horror convention Horror Realm which is headed by Hollywood Theater badasses Sandy Stuhlfire and Rich Dalzatto. Now as the man once said, ON WITH THE SHOW!
Our first taste of horror, at noon, was Driller Killer. When I say horror, I don’t mean so much as a, “Holy Shit, I’m so scared that I shit myself and blew a hole in my underwear!”, but a shock that someone green lit this movie. Driller Killer tells the poorly executed story of Reno Miller, a bohemian artist living in Union Square neighborhood of NYC. Bohemian must mean being a pretentious douche who can’t pay his bills, has a lame girlfriend and her BFF is a train wreck whose parents probably thanked the Lord the day she ran away. On top of these issues his art dealer won’t front him the money he needs to pay his rent and a no wave band called “The Roosters” moves in and practices night and day. They really need the practice. After complaining to the Super with no resolution (much like this movie) he does what anyone would do. He takes his last $19.95 and runs out to buy something he saw on T.V. called a “Porta-Pac”, the miracle device that always you to plug things in away from a conventional outlet. This means if you snap and want to drill the shit out of a homeless guy you don’t need to lure him back to your place with the promise of a cheese sandwich and a bottle of Night Train. All you need to do is charge up the Porta-Pac and hit the streets, drill in hand! After offing a few more homeless, his girlfriend’s (now ex’) BFF and ex-husband, he can find piece lying under the covers of his ex-girlfriend’s bed as she whispers, “come here.” The audience found piece as well when the credits began to roll.
Our next foray into the abyss of terror was the 1984 release, Bloodsuckers from Outer Space. With a title like that and the first few minutes showing a hick farmer being somehow taken over and turning into a blue zombie I sudden wanted some wine to go along with the cheese that seemed we were about to be served. Luckily we got more of a nice palate cleansing sorbet which we desperately needed after Driller Killer. An evil force from outer space over takes the residents of a small Texas town making them puke their guts out and then become blood drinking zombie-esque characters akin to the original “I am Legend” story, not the POS starring, “Aww… Hell Naw” Will Smith. These undead can talk, reason and crack jokes. The joke cracking and breaking of the fourth wall was what really had me enjoying this movie. Winking at the camera, making references to the film’s score and cracking a joke every now and then made it able to be stomached. It realized what a waste it would have been just as a straight horror movie, so they went the route of Evil Dead 2 and schlocked it up for the masses.
In the next movie no one can live, in fact, Everyone Must Die! Huh, yeah, see what I did there? Everyone Must Die! treads the usual fare for horror movies; a story of young people going camping, being gay and getting murdered. A quick change up to the format makes the 2 girls and 2 guys being couples… with each other! Oh snap! You didn’t see that coming from a character named DJ Pink. While camping they are murdered. Then other people who knew of them get murdered. There is more than one killer. It’s kind of like Scream meets Brokeback Mountain. Not really, but you get the idea.
MIKE TAKE IT AWAY!!!!!!
Thank you JC and I am glad you were able to make it home in one safely after all of these terrifying horror films. I am just glad no one with a drill and a porta-pac didn’t find you.
The next set of films is from HorrorRealm favorites are local filmmakers Mike and Amy Lynn Best Watt. The two were there to set the films up and answer any questions the audience had. The two films they screened were Severe Injuries and Demons Diva’s. The turn out was great with a lot of conversation with the filmmakers after the screening. The biggest buzz in the lobby after the films was that of the cameo from Charlie Fleming in Severe Injuries. Everyone was saying he stole the show and I think I saw a few fans asking Charlie for his autograph!
The next film is one that I personally was looking forward to, The Redsin Tower by ToeTag Pictures. Fred Vogel and a few of the stars of the film were in attendance. Fred was there afterwards to answer any questions and also had a question for the audience. The question was how many people died in this film. The winner got an original poster of the film, a highly collectable poster. I thought that was a very cool gesture from a local filmmaker to the fans. I was just disappointed someone else raised their hand before I had a chance to raise mine. The Redsin Tower was the best horror film I have seen in the past 10 years. A good friend of mine Tim Gross of (Gross Film Reviews and Bloodbaths and Boomsticks) stated “it was like Vogel found a lost film that Argento and Fulci made in 1982 and didn’t let anyone know about it.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement. The film was shot on a less than shoe string budget and a total of 12 people made the film, including actors. Redsin was an original story that was genuinely creepy and disturbing at times and shows the true talent that Fred Vogel has. This film shows that Vogel is the best filmmaker to come out of Pittsburgh since George A. Romero.
The final film of the evening was the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The theater really started to pick up for this showing. With Redsin and TCM back to back the Hollywood Theater had a great turn out and a lot of people stayed the entire day.
This event was a lot of fun and it was not only the films that made it enjoyable. The lobby was always filled with people just relaxing and talking horror. I was able to hang out with some great friends and talk everything horror. Rich said it best that the Hollywood Theater became out playground for a day. And if you have a love for horror, a classic old time one screen theater and hanging around with friends and making new ones, this is the perfect event for you. HorrorRealm is planning on doing this again and I truly hope they do because it was the best 13 hours I have spent in a long time.
From Dusk Till Cons first every LIVE show from a convention. We go live at HorrorRealm in Pittsburgh PA. We are joined by good friends Tim Gross, Joe Ripple, Daggervision Films, Tiffany Shepis and more. Check this episode out, this is first of many Live episodes from conventions to come.
Rich Dalzotto from HorrorRealm stop by to talk about everything HorrorRealm the day before the big weekend show. We go over news, what to expect at the con and our favorite films from celebs that are at the show. Tune in and enjoy!
On the last day of the road to HorrorRealm we show you what the Spring 1 day show has to offer. We interview vendors, fans and show you a great panel from the Romero Dead Films. This is just a smal sample of what you have to look forward to at the full 3 day event this weekend at Pittsburgh’s Modern Horror Convention; HorrorRealm
East Coast Horror Group’s Review of HorrorFind Weekend
HorrorFind Weekend 14 in Gettysburg PA. The convention was held at the beautiful Wyndham Hotel in historic Gettysburg. The hotel is setup in a triangle made up of itself and another hotel and a huge movie theater named The Gateway Theater. Horrorfind hosted many different types of events. Below is a recap of those events.
The film festival was held there all weekend. Independent filmmakers submitted their films and they were shown on the big screen in a competition. Any one with paid admission to the convention could go over to the theater which was just across the parking lot from the convention hotel and view any of them films in the film contest. There was a full schedule all weekend long with an award ceremony held on Sunday at 3pm.
There was a sideshow located in the parking area of the hotel. This event showcased the type of acts you would see at the infamous Coney Island. The Scared & Dangerous Thrill Show, they bill themselves as a modern day traveling sideshow act performing record breaking stunts, and they did not disappoint. I believe this event fit in well with the horror convention crowd as some of these talents are lost arts. There was also an old timed traveling creepshow in the parking area of the hotel, brought you by The Trundle Manor. They were fully in character at all times, they had a mouthy barker on a elevated podium riding around getting people to come and check out the bizarre treasures they had in their twelve foot tall circus tent. Think of the TV show Oddities in a tent. This was a cool add on to the horror con experience. The last event they had outside the actual hotel is the HorrorFind Rides Car Show. There were many different hearses, cars decorated in macabre fashions and even a version of Ghostbuster’s Ecto 1. The car show was a huge success and they were award prizes as well at the end of the weekend in various categories.
Before I get to the vendors and celebrity’s area there are a few other indoor events to talk about. There was the annual Giant Costume Contest held in the Gateway Theater. This is a contest for kids, novices and all the way up to the most seasoned of cosplayers. Also there was Scaryoke on Friday and Saturday night. This is not your normal karaoke, its karaoke with a horror con feel. There was also a supernatural element to HorrorFind Weekend. They had several seminars on ghost hunting and even an event outside of the convention where you could go on an actual ghost hunt, with seasoned ghost hunting professionals. The last event to talk about which I think separates HorrorFind Weekend from other horror convention was the author readings. HFW had a lot of horror themed authors on hand that actually had readings from their books and took questions from the audience. All of the above events were included in the price of admission to the convention. So HorrorFind Weekend had a lot of other events to check out throughout the weekend.
HorrorFind had many different types of vendors this year. They had everyone from Independent Filmmakers selling their films, artists, custom T-shirt vendors like Western Evil, which is a convention favorite. Also Ken from Cinema Wasteland was there with his amazing collection of movie memorabilia for sale. We spoke with Ken and he has been coming to HorrorFind weekend since it began. There were also posters, contact lenses, DVDs and Blu Rays and many other things being sold in the vendor area. One issue that we saw with the vendor area was they had vendor lined up on both sides of the hallway, which made it very hard to browse each table as you always had someone trying to get passed you to go to other rooms or areas of the hotel. Also the hallways where there were a decent amount of vendors that didn’t fit in the vendor room was very hot and crowed. The quality of vendors was great; we just believe it needed to be laid out a little better.
The celebrity room was the largest room of the convention. Ray Wise, Ken Foree, Tyler Mane, and Malcolm McDowell anchored the four corners of the room. When we entered the room on the right side it was only Ray Wise and McDowell. Tyler Mane took up the back of the room. There was a large Pet Cemetery Reunion with most of the cast in attendance. Also a Rock and Roll High School Reunion with PJ Soles, Dey Young and Mary Woronov were located in the middle section. Also Patty Mullen, Sean Whalen, Meg Foster and Kim Darby were scattered within the middle of the room. The busiest area of the celebrity room was The Repo reunion with Bill Moseley, Ohgr, and Terrance from the film. At any time, they always had a line especially Ohgr from Skinny Puppy. Doug Bradley rounded out the celebs and is always a crowd favorite. All the guests were extremely nice and willing to talk to all the fans. One issue was the lines for each guest seemed to run into each other and we over heard that some guests thought they were standing in line for one celeb it was actually a line for another.
Overall the con was a great success. All conventions have their issues but the overall success is what matters and the fact that the promoters learn from past years issues, is why HorrorFind weekend is in its 14th year. The vendors were great, the celebs were happy to be there and the show was very well organized. If you have not been to a HorrorFind Weekend, we do recommend going. The show is great and the location is even better. Come for the horror con and stay for the history rich Gettysburg, and if you your so inclined we hear the ghost hunting in Gettysburg is some of the best.
Special thanks for the promoters and organizers of Horrorfind Weekend 14 for your hard work and dedication to putting on a great horror convention year after year. And also to Joe Ripple, head of security, for keeping us all safe!
For more information please visit HorrorFind Weekend at www.horrorfindweekend.com
This week the guys talk about some non horror disturbing films. Also Adolfo from Days of the Dead stops by with a huge announcement about 10 year anniversary of the Rob Zombie film, House of 1000 Corpses. Along with that the Days crew is putting together a Devils Rejects reunion as well. This was an exlusive announcement for From Dusk Till Con Radio. More information and guests to be announced soon. Also FDTC Radio is now available on iTunes. Just go to th iTunes store, podcasts an search East Coast Horror Group and subscribe to hear all of the radio show episodes as well as all of ECHG audio content.
Drew and Mike interview the creators of HauntCon, Leonard and Lara. Also there is a photo gallery on our Facebook page to show the photo coverage. HauntCon is is the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Convention. This is the show you want to be at if you are interested in starting you own haunt. Go to www.hauntcon.com for all the details and look for what city they will be in for the 2013 show.
East Coast Horror Group covers their first convention at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC. March 23-25, 2012 at this incredible event! The guest list was great, the show went off without a hitch. Check out our coverage, and interviews and don’t miss next years Mad Monster Party!
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