Friday, October 21, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 130 – 31 Days of Halloween – Found Footage

Phantom Troublemaker is joined by Beth V and by Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio to talk about found footage horror movies!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Devlin's Domain - Troll 2

The horror genre has delivered some of the greatest films of all time, but has also delivered some painful, pathetic excuses for movies. It's these stinkers that have given the genre a bad name over the years. To think it was kicked off with classics like Nosferatu and Vampyr. Horror used to produce films with class, and then someone figured out that audiences will watch anything with gore and tits. This week I'm taking a look at one of the worst ever. It doesn't even have tits.

31 Days of Halloween – Lifeforce (1985)

By Jerry Chandler

Lifeforce is an odd film. I could just as easily write it up as an entry in my “They’re Not Bad, They’re Just Filmed That Way” series and few people would have blinked twice at its placement there. On the other hand, there’s a pretty solid following for this film, and those followers would be pretty vocal about placing the film on any sort of “So Bad it’s Good” list. I should know, I’m a part of that pretty solid following. But one thing I think everyone can agree on- whether they like the film, love the film, or hate the film -is that this film is absolutely full on excremento de murciélago crazy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Spooky Toy Review – WWE Zombies Triple H from Mattel

Happy Halloween and welcome to the newest spooky toy review of the season on Needless Things!

I’ve already reviewed the undead versions of Paige and Bray Wyatt. We’ve got two more to go before the end of October, and today’s review is of Zombie Triple H!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Spooky Toy Review – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Ultimate Freddy Krueger from NECA

Happy Halloween and welcome to the latest spooky toy review of the season on Needless Things!

Freddy Krueger is my favorite of the horror movie “slashers”. He’s the only one that had a real personality and I latched onto that when I was a kid. Also, he was using the whole supernatural gimmick before the rest and I found that much more interesting than “big, scary dude in a mask”. Don’t get me wrong – I love Jason and Michael and Leatherface and could write whole posts about how great they are, but Freddy is my guy.

It's Time to Help the Artists We Love – Shut Down the Thieves

By Jerry Chandler

Okay, this isn’t part of the Halloween specials we’re running this month, but we can sort of dress it up a bit. I’m going to use two examples of horror themed art here, a “horror fan” website, and the idea that we can give ourselves a nice treat by jamming up some jerks with a nasty trick.

Monday, October 17, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: The Phantom Channel Listings for October 17, 2016

Welcome to the third week of 31 Days of Halloween here on Needless Things! We have all kinds of stuff in store for you guys this year, ranging from creepy to kooky to mysteriously spooky to gory and unforgettably disgusting. We’ll look at spooky toys, horror movies, and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

31 Days of Halloween – Demonoid (1981)

By Jerry Chandler

Demonoid: Messenger of Death (AKA Macabra) was meant to be writer/director Alfredo Zacarías’s horror tour de force. Unfortunately, while the film does have its loyal cult following, it came out a little more in the way of a tour de farce. The film boasts an almost clever idea, some rather pedestrian action scenes, music that would have been home on primetime television of the 1970s, silly FX, and a couple of lead actors who were probably only paying the bills at that point thanks to The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. No, seriously… Between the two of them they had nine appearances on Fantasy Island alone.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 129 – 31 Days of Halloween – The Puckin’ Fuppet Show

Phantom Troublemaker welcomes Mr. Beau Brown and puppeteer Gavin Cummins to the show to discuss the upcoming Halloween Puckin’ Fuppet Show, taking place at the Village theater in Atlanta on October 22nd!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

31 Days of Halloween – The Horror of Sound

By Jerry Chandler

This time of year you get a lot of reviews and discussion about books and movies, but what you don’t see a lot of people talking about is audio horror. I think that’s a real shame since audio horror pulled off well can be every bit as effective as a book or a film- maybe even more so. When done well, the sounds of two characters moving through decrepit old house that they’re maybe not the only occupants of can be more effective than two pages of written word, and the visual “FX budget” of your mind is obviously far less limited than even the biggest budgeted Hollywood film. Some can be fun and safe for family listening, some can be terrifying and maybe not for younger ears.