Friday, October 29, 2010

31 Days of Halloween – Day 29: No Writin' today!

     I had to come up with something for today last Saturday. Unfortunately I didn't feel like writing at all. Fortunately (or maybe not, depending on your enjoyment of this post) I did feel like drawing, which is something I don't do nearly as much as I used to. I am severely out of practice, but I'm actually fairly happy with what I came up with here. Or you wouldn't be looking at them.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 28: Vintage Troublemaker - Paranormal Activity

Since the new one just came out, I think it's entirely apropriate and not at all lazy to post my review of the first one. Not lazy at all - no sir.

Huh. I'm not sure what to make of this one.

Mrs. Troublemaker was more stoked to see this movie than any other movie we've seen since I've known her. I was pretty excited about it, too. Honestly, seeing two movies in a month is a record for us, much less a freakin' week. The internet had hyped the dhit out of this one. Even our friend, John, had told us it was awesome and had scared the piss out of him to the point where he couldn't sleep. We were both ready to be even more scared than when Obama won the election. Expectations were high. In other words, this neat little movie was kind of fucked from the start.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

31 Days of Halloween – Day 27: Comic Book Wednesday - Supernatural Comic Book Heroes

I had a whole intro written about supernatural themes and beings and how they had been woven into the worlds of superheroes in comic books. Then I started making my list and realized that some of the greatest occult-oriented characters had never interacted with a standard capes-and-tights universe. So that whole intro was right out.
Instead, this intro is about how horror and the occult have always accompanied our favorite funnybooks. From the legendary EC horror comics to the X-Men fighting Dracula right up to pretty much everything IDW printed up until a couple of years ago (and that company is now a Diamond Premiere Publisher, alongside DC and Marvel thanks to those titles), the supernatural is a common theme.
That’s because anything having to do with monsters and magic is naturally intriguing and mysterious – a ready-made point of interest and conflict (not to mention a proven money-maker). Humanity’s nature demands that we be drawn in by the unknown and unexplained, and comic creators have always cashed in on this just as much as novelists and Hollywood.
So here is a compilation of some of the most notable of comicdom’s more supernatural personalities. These are the characters that live in the shadows or fight them. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 26: Vintage Troublemaker - The Tower of Terror!

Today I am going to talk about one of my favorite theme park rides of all time: the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the Disney MGM Studio Theme Park in Orlando. That is one long moniker.
Walt Disney World is my favorite place on this planet. If I had the option to pick anywhere to go on vacation, Disney would be it. It's clean, it's fun and it is the one place I have ever been where you really get true separation from the real world. If there is one thing you should be able to figure out about a guy who writes from a masked persona, it's that he probably wants to escape from reality a good bit. That is the true magic of Disney World. Everything there is self-contained and you can live in that place the whole time you are there without ever seeing a bank, a Wal-Mart or an urban outdoorsman. Fucking Utopia, I tell you. I'll probably do a whole special feature on the Disney parks at some point, but today is reserved for… TERROR!

Monday, October 25, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 25: Toy Review Blade: Trinity – Abigail Whistler By Hot Toys

I have cut back dramatically on my purchasing of 1/6th scale figures in the past several months. As much as I love the products that Sideshow Collectibles offers, the average sale price for a single figure has jumped from around $80.00 to $110.00. I just can’t justify it like I used to.
I’ll still pick up a figure from time to time if it is something really special. If they do a great job on Zartan or Destro I might have to pony up. Although after skipping Firefly, I’m kind of thinking I might have that habit beat. If I can turn down my favorite Joe character ever I should be able to avoid any further temptation. As far as their Star Wars line goes, there are only a few characters that haven’t been produced yet that I would want to have. Those are mostly from the Expanded Universe (the Solo kids, Mara Jade, Pellaeon), so I’m not going to hold my breath.
As long as their line of zombie figures - The Dead – stays under a hundred bucks apiece I’ll keep getting those.
All of this talk of not spending too much money brings me to the subject of today’s toy review: Hot Toys’ $149.99 Abigail Whistler figure.

Friday, October 22, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 22: Freaked! & The Evil Dead on Blu-Ray

October is going to be all horror, all the time (unless we’re hanging out with Lil’ Troublemaker; but even then we’ll watch kid-friendly Halloween stuff) and I’m going to give you mini-reviews of every movie I watch rather than churn out more lazy (notice I said “more” – that doesn’t mean I won’t keep re-posting old ones) Top Ten lists.
Along with our annual viewing of THINGS this past Saturday night, we also showed The Evil Dead (Blu-Ray) and Freaked. Freaked won out over C.H.U.D. by popular vote. Sadly.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 21: Vintage Troublemaker - The Top Ten Wrestlers That Best Represent Halloween

There have been many, many wrestlers with outlandish gimmicks over the years. Out of those, there are a select few that truly embody the ideals of our favorite non-Christmas holiday.
These are the guys that are creepy, kooky and spooky enough to bring Halloween to mind even when it is months away.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 20: Candyman

October is going to be all horror, all the time (unless we’re hanging out with Lil’ Troublemaker; but even then we’ll watch kid-friendly Halloween stuff) and I’m going to give you mini-reviews of every movie I watch rather than churn out more lazy (notice I said “more” – that doesn’t mean I won’t keep re-posting old ones) Top Ten lists.
I always underestimate this movie. My brain tends to lump it in with all of the other slasher flicks (not that I don’t love those), but Candyman is much more than just a horror flick. I mean, Phillip Glass did the score - People Under the Stairs this ain’t.
Virginia Madsen plays a reporter who wants to do an article that shines a light on urban plight or some bullshit. Being a stupid white upper-middle-class liberal with no sense of reality whatsoever, she goes down to the projects to look for a story. It is there that she learns about the Urban Myth of…
CANDYMAN!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 19: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

I don’t know about you, but the Troublemakers had a pretty awesome fucking weekend.
On Friday, the wife and I celebrated our five-year anniversary at the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse with JTW and his lady. Saturday was my annual showing of the cinematic abomination that is THINGS, and we had three new victims to corrupt this time. On Sunday we had Lil’ Troublemaker’s birthday party. 
He won’t actually be three until the 27th, but we’ll be at the greatest place on the planet that day, so anybody showing up will be hanging out with Varis and Otis. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
While it is a bit difficult to pick out the best part of an overall great weekend, our experience at the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse on Friday night wins. It is one of the best things I have ever done. Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I didn’t bring my actual camera. These were all taken with my shitty phone camera. Also, there are no shots of the actual walk-through because they don’t allow it and I wouldn’t even if they did because I hate spoilers.

Monday, October 18, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 18: Hostels

October is going to be all horror, all the time (unless we’re hanging out with Lil’ Troublemaker; but even then we’ll watch kid-friendly Halloween stuff) and I’m going to give you mini-reviews of every movie I watch rather than churn out more lazy (notice I said “more” – that doesn’t mean I won’t keep re-posting old ones) Top Ten lists.
Here’s Eli Roth’s disgusta-fests, Hostel and Hostel Part 2:

Friday, October 15, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day15: Vintage Troublemaker - THINGS - The DVD!

THINGS – The 19 ½ Anniversary Special Edition DVD!


31 Days of Halloween - Day15: Love! Exciting and... spooky!

Hello there, ghouls and ghoulettes. As much fun as it is to talk about blood and guts and monsters; there is another aspect of the spooky season that merits inspection.
Sexy inspection – ooooh.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day14: Toy Review – Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees By NECA

Dammit! I could have done this one yesterday when it would have been more appropriate.
I had no intention whatsoever of buying this figure until I pulled him off the peg at Toys R Us. I like the remake, I just didn’t see the need for another Jason figure. I’ve got plenty (although if I can find a Jason X I’ll get it).
But as I was standing there looking at the “Totally Inappropriate for Kids” section in the World’s Greatest Toy Store, inspiration struck for an article. More appropriately, for a portion of an article that I’m already working on. This incarnation of Voorhees looked pretty cool and was reasonably priced for today’s expensive toy market, so I bought him.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day13: Vintage Troublemaker - THINGS

If I had given it just a little more thought, today's post would have been about Jason Voorhees. Instead, it's about a real horror of a movie.

Today’s post concerns some serious subject matter. Something that I love dearly, yet may present a very real threat to all of humanity. Something that I have a boundless enthusiasm for but that could well destroy society as we know it. What could the topic possibly be? Vampires? No, these pale dandies would explode into dust at the mere mention of today’s subject. Zombies? Not even close. The imminent zombie apocalypse seems like small potatoes when compared with the mind-crumbling madness of the movie known as:
THINGS

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 12: Vintage Troublemaker Toy Review - Michael Myers Living Dead Doll

Here's a toy review from last year. I like this one because we were just getting the thing out of habit - Rob Zombie, Halloween; had to have it. But it ended up being a superb toy.

Michael Meyers Living Dead Doll
By Mezco
By Phantom Troublemaker

This actually came a couple of weeks ago from bigbadtoystore. I pre-ordered it back in May because I thought it would make a great anniversary present for Mrs. Troublemaker. I was right (I have the coolest wife). We didn’t get to really see it until the fifteenth when she opened it, though.

Monday, October 11, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 11: Hellraiser 3

I’m fucking sick of Top Ten lists, how about you?

I’ve still got some I’m fond of that I want to re-post, but I’m increasingly feeling like they’re kind of a cop-out. I can knock one of them out, no problem; but I really don’t know how many more “Top Ten Permanent Limb Loss” lists the internet really needs.

[Robocop
Planet Terror
Empire Strikes Back
Cabin Fever 2 (The movie sucked, but this scene was brutal)
The Fly (Remake)
Idle Hands
SAW
The Ruins
Evil Dead 2
Monty Python and the Holy Grail]

So instead of giving you more of something you don’t need, I’m giving less of something you don’t need. Let me explain.

Since wrestling is beyond godawful right now, I’ve been watching horror movies from my personal collection while I’m on the computer or moving stuff around or cleaning or whatever.

October is going to be all horror, all the time (unless we’re hanging out with Lil’ Troublemaker; but even then we’ll watch kid-friendly Halloween stuff) and I’m going to give you mini-reviews of every movie I watch.

Starting with the craptastic Hellraiser III.

Friday, October 8, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 8: Hellbilly Deluxe 2 reissue

Album Review - Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool Reissue
Fucking Roadrunner Records. They’re like the Anchor Bay of music. Almost every new album they put out gets a reissue within twelve months of release, and it’s usually mostly worth it. I guess they’re not quite as bad as the Bay since I’m not on my fifth copy of any Slipknot albums yet (whereas I did just buy Evil Dead for the fifth time), but they are reliable double-dippers.
In the case of Zombie’s newest album it hurts even more since this is the fourth time I’ve spent money on something under the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 moniker. First was the album itself, next was a set of iTunes exclusive bonus tracks (which I will discuss in this review since I didn’t cover them in my original), then another copy of the album to get signed at the Mayhem festival and finally this new version.
The reissue features three brand new tracks and an alternate version of The Man Who Laughs with a new Joey Jordison drum solo. It also comes with a DVD with videos for Mars Needs Women and School’s Out (w/ Alice Cooper); and a tour documentary.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 7: Vintage Troublemaker - Sideshow's Dead Babysitter

This is the very first toy review I ever did. It has no format, isn't entirely helpful and doesn't do the awesome figure justice. But here it is, in all its totally three years ago glory:

Toy Review
Sideshow's The Dead: Subject 1025 (The Babysitter)
By Phantom Troublemaker


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 6: Comic Book Wednesday - Halloweeny Comic Characters

This list isn’t about characters that are scary, supernatural or monstrous. Not necessarily, anyway. It’s about the comic book characters that you could stick in your front yard for Halloween. The ones that Party City could sell as a window cling or that Hallmark could stick on the front of a Halloween card. These are all characters that so clearly and visually embody all things Halloween-ish that somebody who had never picked up a comic in their life would look at them and say, “Well I guess it must be Halloween again, Judy!”
Assuming they’re speaking to someone named Judy.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 5: Vintage Troublemaker - Hallo'music

Here's a quick n' dirty repost to buy me some time to write. I was writer-blocked up worse than an old lady coming off of a month-long cheese bender. I've got all of my Vintage Halloween articles planned now as well as several of my new ones. For now, here's some music:


Monday, October 4, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 4 - Top Ten Horror Movie Chicks

I have long maintained that two of the essential trademarks of horror movies are gore and titties (or is that three?). Watching a supposed horror movie without those crucial elements is like fucking the lunchlady. Yeah, you’re going to get the job done, but it sure isn’t going to be any fun.
These next lovely ladies are a huge part of what is great about horror flicks. Several of them don’t even show the naughty bits, but they are so blisteringly hot it doesn’t matter. Yeah, this list is pretty objectifying and might even be a bit offensive to some of you Women’s Studies majors out there. If that is you, then I suggest you slip into some work boots, cuddle up in a nice flannel shirt and go munch on your girlfriend’s unshaven vagina while listening to Rites of Passage by the Indigo Girls.
For the rest of us who live in the real world where real men loudly proclaim their love for titties and real women shamelessly want to lick Brad Pitt’s abdomen, here’s the list:
(This article might be a little bit NSFW. Okay, a lot

Friday, October 1, 2010

31 Days of Halloween - Day 1 - Welcome Back, Halloween!

           Man. I love Halloween. Every year at this time I have to ponder whether I love this holiday or Christmas more. This year I’m pondering it more seriously since stupid Target has a bunch of Christmas merchandise out already. At the back of the Halloween section.
C’mon, assholes. Can’t we just enjoy this primal, relatively low-impact month of thrills and chills before we have to start stressing about money and relatives and all of the nerve-wracking shit that goes along with the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Okay. Maybe I prefer Halloween just a bit. But only a little bit.