The guys wrap up their coverage of DAYS OF THE DEAD ATLANTA with their recap show. Check it out to hear all our stories from the crazy weekend that was DOTD Atl!
On this episode of FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO, the ECHG guys make their big announcement concerning the DAYS OF THE DEAD ATLANTA horror convention. Also the crew talks about two very influential films; House of 1000 Corpses and The Blair Witch Project.Take a listen to found out the announcement and come and see us in Atlanta; Feb. 1st – 3rd.
Beverly Randolph and Linnea Quigley from the cult classic Return Of The Living Dead stop FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO. First Beverly stops by to talk about the film, the Days of the Dead: Atlanta Horror Convention and gets a little crude with the guys. Then Linnea stops by to talk about her role as Trash and what it takes to be a true Scream Queen. Also Executive Producer of More Brains, Mike Perez calls in to talk about the convention and his newest documentary. You wont want to miss this packed episode!
Drew, JC and Mike talk about the rise of the horror genre on TV with the popularity of American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and Dexter. Is this the here to stay or will be bring screen topple the little screen in the horror genre.
Your every fear – all in one deadly enemy. This was one of the taglines used to promote the 1990 2 night mini-series of Stephen King’s IT. I had turned 10 a few months prior and being that age allows children universal abilities for certain things.
1. Their obsessions. If you dug comics, you knew every type of Kryptonite there is. If it was sports, you knew what the all time RBI of your favorite player was. If it was horror, you knew the first name of Freddy’s mother, who did the special FX makeup for The Exorcist and how many protrusions are sticking out from Pinhead’s melon. To be honest, most of us horror fans still know the answer to at least one of those examples.
2. An unbreakable will. If there was something you wanted… needed to be awake for or attend, you made damn sure it happened. I once set my alarm clock for 3:30AM just to make sure I got to watch Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare before I went to school and my parents had to take it back to the video rental store. Kids have dedication.
3. Electronics. This is the age when parents finally relinquish all reigns to the kids to program the damn VCR.
Speaking of VCRs, this is where our tale of dedication (and later regret) comes into play. Promotions on TV and buzz around the playground ran rampant about Stephen King’s IT and how they are making it for ABC. AWESOME!!!! Having just finished the book a month before, (like I said, kids have dedication) I was super geeked to no end about this historic event. Being broken down into not 1, but 2 nights meant there was so much suspense built that is was palpable. Having done preliminary checks to make sure the VCR was set to record and the video tapes were new and not just taped over episodes of Mama’s Family I was ready to go.
BEST. MOVIE. EVER. Not having reached “hound” status yet, us horror “pups” were gushing about this movie for weeks. Tim Curry was AMAZING!!! That lady from Superman 3 was great! Judge Harry Stone from Night Court was so funny and the dorky looking kid who played the younger version of his character was funny too! Yay!!! Candy and scrapped knees and boom boxes! Life rules! I wish I could have fake married this movie on the playground during recess. I’m glad I didn’t. It would have been a very messy divorce and I don’t want custody of any offspring from that unholy union.
The real point of this (and possible future articles) is to bring to light some things our memories may have misfiled under the category “good” from our childhood.
IT sadly wasn’t as good as I remember. It has a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean the reviews are right because most people are idiots. If you are reading this, you are not. Back to the clown. Tim Curry’s performance was exceptional, but many of the other performances fell a bit flat. The child actors did a much better job in my opinion, it’s just a shame more of their careers didn’t do more. The major exception to that is Seth Green and to a lesser extent Emily Perkins [Ginger Snaps].
The sound design wasn’t horrible, in fact it won an Emmy. The sound probably is the best part of the movie, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. But that’s about it. The clown make-up aside, the creature effects and make-up effects were less than amazing. You could almost see the wires being pulled on certain puppets. Belch being sucked into the tunnel in the sewer didn’t come off as intense or credible, it looked more like someone bent a lasagna noodle and sucked it through a straw without any give or buckling. AKA: Bullshit. It really looked better when I was 10.
Thinking back on the time that the movie can out, I can realize now that Disney watered it down and (much like any novel to film adaptation) they cut the hell out of it, including many of the best and goriest parts. Characters that really fleshed out the atmosphere of Derry, the tension in the air that lingered from generation to generation, that longing for answers on your part and the suppression of information on the part of the characters.
Interestingly enough, as I was doing research on this article I came across some information that you may or may not know. On June 7, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the novel would be adapted into a two-part film, directed by Cary Fukunaga with Chase Palmer as screenwriter; Jon Silk, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith as producers and John Powers Middleton as executive producer. If this will ever come to fruition is yet to be discerned, but it couldn’t hurt to hope.
The Master of Horror unleashes everything you were ever afraid of. That was another tagline for the mini-series. It was everything I was ever afraid of. Unfortunately I now fear looking back on fond childhood memories. Rewatch at your own risk.
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.
On this episode of FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO the guys ar joined by 42nd Street Pete to talk Wasteland and some old school grindhouse films. Then we are joined by Bill, Adolfo and Rick from Days of the Dead to talk about the 2nd birthday of the annoucnement of their new venture. They talk past, present and future of the show. You wont want to miss this one!
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!
Drew and Mike have a few major announcements for East Coast Horror Group and Days of the Dead. The guys are also joined by Jeff from The Scarefest to talk about his upcoming convention.
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
Autumn Dies and Tim join Mike and Drew for a horror conversation talking about Horror Blu Ray special editions, convention photo ops and many other horror related topics. The crew also announces a new guest for Days of the Dead Atlanta and two panels DOTD Chicago.
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.
On this episode of FROM DUSK TILL CON RADIO, our friends from GODDAMN ZOMBIE stop by for an interesting conversation on any and all things horror. Will Bozarth and Zombi Astral talk about the band, the con scene and many other things. So sit back an enjoy this very funny interview.
Brutal is a true indie film that brings a much needed twist of originality to a sub genre dubbed torture porn. Brutal is a tale of torture, revenge, madness and depravity that will leave you asking yourself, would you do anything differently? A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm) is absolutely riveting as the man bearing the brunt of Brutal’s sick and twisted torture practices. His performance was amazing and you felt every bit of pain and torture that his character did. You feel his helplessness as he cries out he has a family as Brutal spins a wheel to see what he will torture him with next. Michael Patrick Stevens (Writer/Director/Lead actor) portrays Brutal. At first you think him to be just another depraved serial killer who wants to bask in the joyful glow of a tortured victim. He is a large brooding man that seems to have no expression as the torture wears on. As the film goes on you see he is actually full of emotion and this is where you see the true acting ability of Michael. With the originality that he has put into this film, I see Brutal becoming an indie hit and hopefully we will see more from this talented writer/director and actor. This film feels Indie, its gritty; the special effects are all practical so it gives it that feeling of being real. There are no frills to this film which I think helps it greatly. If you’re a fan of Saw and Hostel, but look for more originality in your films, Brutal hits that mark and more. Support Indie horror and do yourself a favor and check this movie out. For more information including release date visit www.brutalmovie.net
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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.
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Hello all. Mike here from East Coast Horror Group.
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East Coast Horror Group covers the fund raiser for Fixthechapel.com to help save the Evans City Cemetery Chapel. We interview cast and fans attending the showing of Night of the Living Dead on Romero’s birthday.
“I was immediately impressed with the level of professionalism and attention to detail that Mike and Drew brought to the table when they asked me to do an interview with them for East Coast Horror,” says Adolfo G. Dorta. “Right away I knew these guys had a very bright future ahead of them as journalists in our scene. They embody many of the same qualities that From Dusk Till Con does in their passion for bringing something they love dearly to a wider audience and doing so in an honest, no fluff, straightforward fashion. It’s absolutely a pleasure to be working with them.”
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A Judgement by J.C. Ciesielski
College. Good times. The first time being away from home without any authority figures, (except maybe an R.A. who was addicted to Doom 2, never leaving his room.) Creating special codes to ask questions of an illicit manner to other student in front of teachers, (wanna get some “pizza” after class?” wink wink, nudge nudge. BTW, unless you want to stare at a Vertigo poster for an hour, avoid the “pizza with mushrooms.” College is also a time to experiment in other ways. Paying a Senior to buy you booze, girls experimenting with other girls, guys finding out just how incredibly hot it is to watch in person rather than on a computer monitor. There are other things to avoid in college. Hardcore drugs, (unless you’re dealing, gotta pay those student loans.) Missing classes that you’re paying out the ass for just so you can beat Motherbrain. And possibly the biggest mistake one can make is saying, “yes” to a classmate asking you to be in a student film. I want you to learn from my mistakes and the mistakes I’ve just made up.
Bone Cave has a similar plot to many a college students’ Junior year. Looking to make money for rent, drugs, sex or inflatable things from Japan, students have thrown parties for decades. Joining together idiotic classmates that will pay out the ass for Jell-o shot and upside down margarita’s, the biggest problem is coming up with a theme. A theme that will draw the attention of insecure girls who are allowed to get wasted and finally work up the courage to dress slutty and of course guys. As long as women are involved, men will pretty much do anything. From your classic Toga Party, to the beauty of the Halloween party, (God bless you naughty nuns), to any other theme that can guarantee a 75% ratio of women to men, the theme is key. This is where “The Rave Cave” comes in. Sometimes is actually just a house that is inhabited by students addicted to drum and bass, candy necklaces, candy flipping and anything shiny or that glows. Other times it’s actually a theme to a party. Bone Cave is the brain child of a few students who are convinced to actually have a rave in a cave. Named after not what the party is, but hopefully the end result, Bone Cave flyers are passed out among campus. Like usual in these situations, ecstasy is stolen from the local drug dealer, who will hopefully be reimbursed with interest since he is currently out of town and the party throwers don’t have the money to front anyway. But, just like my Sex Ed teacher once said, “Be careful when you’re fuckin’ around with somebody, you never know you may be watching.”
Jump cut to the rave. I didn’t see them bring in a generator, but they had party lights and a turntable. Well done. That’s when the fun begins. Party goers start getting hacked apart by a maniac dressed in an outfit the likes of which seemed to be if The Ghost of Christmas Future and Skeletor had a baby. I don’t what to start throwing in spoilers, so getting back to the sage like advice of my Sex Ed teacher, “Let’s get technical.”
To be honest, you can go right to the website to check out the trailer and get a feel for Bone Cave yourself. Technically the movie needs a bit of tweaking as far as sound, lighting and special effects are concerned. The extra casting wasn’t as choice as it could be, you can be sure someone’s sister was thrown in there so there were some more girls at the party. The editing could have been a little sharper as well as the background and mic levels on the principal characters. That being said, by myself and in the trailer, it’s probably one of the best movies you’ll see shot that year in a cave in Ohio for under $15 grand.
I had a chance to meet a few of the people involved with the film at Horror Realm this spring. They had brought pieces of the set, which you can see being constructed on their website, to draw in a crowd to ask what that thing was. Worked on me. After talking with them a few minutes I could tell they’re genuine people, proud of what they did and are trying to recoup expenses and put a little coinage in their pockets for all of their hard word. I think the website needs updated a bit to have a way to directly purchase a DVD, but instead it has a link to the production company, http://www.ghattproductions.com/ where you can email them about buying a physical copy. You can also rent or purchase it for download on Amazon . I would suggest they put up a link to buy a physical copy on Amazon as well.
All in all it wasn’t the scariest or most amazing horror movie I had ever scene, but to surmise, if you buy it and don’t like it, why don’t you put the game controller down, go out, raise $15 grand and make a damn movie yourself? Like Kermit said many a time, “It’s not easy being green”, but once you have that first one under your belt you’re closer to figuring out what to do the next time and learn from your mistakes. The Zen quote, another philosophical gem from my Sex Ed teacher. Get out there and scare.