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Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Halloween Overkill!!!!!!!


click above to visit the very first post on HalloweenOverkill, one year ago to the day!

Today is HalloweenOverkill's first birthday!!!  To commemorate the occasion I thought I'd take a trip back to the beginning.  For anyone that has been following since day 1 you will remember that my very first post was a huge shout out for the Alice Cooper/Rob Zombie Gruesome Twosome tour!  I cannot stress to you enough how much I love Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, easily my two favorite musicians of all time.  The fact that they were touring together was something to behold.  Unfortunately I didn't get to make any of the shows, however this year I will make amends.  If the stars align I will be seeing Alice Cooper in my hometown of Detroit. (Detroit is also Mr. Vincent Furnier's (the Alice Cooper) hometown.)  The two aren't touring together currently however they are doing their own thing this summer.  So one year later to the date I am yet again updating everyone on the tours from the amazing Alice Cooper and the one and only Rob Zombie.  As a side-note and a very large shout out I would like to mention that the original Alice Cooper group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year!  To revisit the very first post from HalloweenOverkill one year ago to the day please click the link at the top of the post!
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The "No more Mr. nice guy Tour"

click the pic to visit the official Alice Cooper website and get info on tour dates and links to purchase tickets

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The "Hell on Earth Tour" also featuring Slayer

click the poster to visit Rob Zombie's official site for tour dates and links to buy tickets

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 21

April 23rd
U is for Uncle Sam
I know the theme for my Blogging Challenge is "horror tools of the trade" however I just couldn't resist giving this badass his own post in the challenge.  Also it was really hard to think of an appropriate tool for the letter u.
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Two of the DVD covers

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WTF!  Looks like a patriotic tranny clown with a cleaver!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 20

April 22nd
T is for Tenafly Viper
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Some of you may be saying what the f#%k is Tenafly Viper.  If you don't know what it is then you need to go rent, netflix, stream, buy, or do whatever you can to see "Street Trash".  This little gem was released in 1987 and is one of the trashiest, grossest, funniest cult horror films you will ever see.
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Tenafly Viper is actually the name of a wine found in the basement of one of the characters in the movie.  Said character decides that it is a great idea to let the local hobos drink the old wine after which they become a total heap of melted human flesh. (thus leading to "Street Trash" being included in the "melt" horror genre.)  
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The awesome thing about "Street Trash" is how absolutely nauseating some of the gore scenes are, yet how absurdly hilarious the movie is at the same time.  One of those memorable scenes from "Street Trash" that will have you howling with laughter involves hobos playing catch with a poor victims severed genitals.  Yes you just read that correctly.  So yet again after you're done catching up on all of my HalloweenOverkill posts you need to get your hands on this DVD right now!  Just as a note, the version of the film I own actually came with several "Tenafly Viper" labels that can be used on wine bottles to create an authentic film prop!
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A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 19

April 21st
S is for Saw
No not that "Saw" but this one.............
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The scene where Ce'cile De France weilds this totally fu#&ing badass saw is one of my favorite horror scenes of all time.  The absolute carnage that ensues in this scene is unforgettable.  You know what is forgettable though?  The ending to High Tension (Haute Tension).  WTF were they thinking with that one.  I still can 't possibly make the ending make sense no matter how hard I try, but again this isn't about the movie but the bad-ass tool that is wielded in said film.
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For those out there who haven't seen the film yet go rent it right now.  Actually scratch that, go buy it right now so you can witness the absolute mind blowing carnage at the end of this little shocker.  (Also watch the neck snap scene in the beginning, that one is a gem as well!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 18

April 20th
R is for Revenge
Revenge is one of the key ingredients to any good horror film.  It is also one of the most used "tools of the trade" when it comes to horror villains.  Without revenge we aren't left with many other motives for the killer/alien/monster to do what they do.  Looking back it seems as though a lot of the best revenge films came out of the late 70's and early 80's.  Looking at the posters below, I'm not sure there is one bad movie among the bunch.  Here are some of those famous revenge films from the late 70's early 80's.
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That right there my friends is an amazing collection of revenge films.  Now that I think about it, these films need to be viewed in a weekend marathon of deadly grotesque revenge!!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 17

April 19th
Q is for Quill
I am about to provide you with only one instance where a quill is used as a tool of the trade for death, (and it's not even from a horror film) however I will address how I believe the quill is used as a tool of the horror trade without being a weapon of death later.  Here is my one instance where a quill is used as  a "tool of the horror trade" to actually kill someone.
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To the owner of this picture, thank you

Now please let me explain this next instance of the use of a quill.  I'm not sure if Edgar Allan Poe actually wrote with a quill, however he has been represented in many instances as using one.  As far as this being a tool of the trade, if Poe did use a quill to write some of the macabre stories that we all now consider such classics than could it be said that the quill was his "tool of the horror trade"?
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I would also like to apologize yet again for the funky centering of the pictures in the last few posts as yet again Blogger seems to hate me with its formatting.

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 16

April 18th
P is for Puppets
We've already done dolls, tonight we do puppets.  Puppets have been used in a variety of ways in the world of horror.  From the absurd to the downright creepy, puppets have invaded horror in such a way that has many o' horror viewers looking at what was once a cute representation of childhood imagination now viewing an image of pure terror.  Below we have some of the traditional scary uses of the puppet as a tool or the horror trade.
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Up next we have some of the more playful uses of puppets (although the characters are still horror themed)
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The one and only "The Count"
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The charactors from "Transylvania TV" (not for kids!)
Please check them out by clicking here!

I've received alot of flak from my buddy at work for not including Billy in the D is for Dolls post.  So, since you couldn't really argue against him being a puppet as opposed to a doll, here he is in all his "puppet" glory.
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You're welcome Brandon!

So who wins in the immortal struggle between Dolls & Puppets?  After you decide let me know in the comments.

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 15

April 17th
O is for Ocular Ouchies
Anything involving eyeballs makes me want to gag.  Any movie involving eyeball trauma makes me want to gag.  There isn't much to say for ocular damage other than it being one of the most effective gross outs when I am the viewer.  You hear that future film makers?  If you want to make me vomit right into your mouth then please include eyeball trauma.  Without further ado here are some ocular ouchies that make my stomach quiver.
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Here are some bonus 3D images for you Anachrome Red & Cyan 3D fetishists out there. (Everyone else is doing 3D why shouldn't HalloweenOverkill! By the way these really work, try it!)
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For this next picture I have to explain myself. Even though ocular trauma is the most disgusting thing on the face of the planet this happens to be one of the most memorable scenes in any horror movie of all time. It also happens to be one of my youngest memories of horror and has stuck with me ever since.  I know I am contradicting myself with this, but aside from gagging every time I see this, how can it not make you fall in love with horror?
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Yes, that is the famous eyeball scene from Zombi 2!!! (A.K.A. Zombie, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Island of the Flesh-Eaters, Island of the Living Dead, Woodoo, and Zombie 2: The Dead are Among Us, among others)
Here's one more bonus image for the ghouls out there. This is the ocular ouchie I suffered from after allergy season started last fall.
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A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 14

April 16th
N is for Nightmares
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Somehow Freddy just had to sneak his way into this blog challenge didn't he?  Of course, what A-Z of horror tools would be complete without some of the classic villains showing their faces?  Everybody knows the story so I shouldn't need to explain it, but for the uninitiated Freddy Krueger uses peoples dream-state a.k.a. nightmares as his way of unleashing his brand of terror upon the victims.  Below are some of my favorite "Nightmares"
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Seeing these pictures makes me want to have a full "Nightmare on Elm Street" series re-watch.  Speaking of, when the hell are we going to get a DVD treatment of "Freddy's Nightmares"?  I know it was watchable on AOL's video service a few years back but has since vanished.  If anybody out there is listening please put this out on DVD!  Oh and by the way this was my Freddy costume on Halloween a few years back.  I actually made the make up from scratch and applied it myself.  (I'm hoping to perfect it one day, but it turned out OK for a first timer)
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And here's a bonus pic for the gents (or ladies, I mean hey hot is hot right?)
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 13 (NSFW)

April 15th
M is for Massive Mammaries
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(I must stress again that this post is not safe for work, there is absolutely no nudity or anything pornographic, that's not the point, but it is definitely not safe for work!  I also want to mention that this post is in no way shape or form meant to objectify women but let's face it, nothing wrong with a little eye candy right ladies and gents?)

Do not adjust your monitor what you read above is correct!  Mammaries have long been a tool of the horror trade, don't believe me?  Pick any horror movie you have off the shelf and see for yourself.  It's almost as if the women with the big chest's are working for the villians, because as soon as those puppies are exposed what usually happens?  That's right an axe to the head!  As I sit here and write this I am realizing more and more that this isn't a post that needs many words, I'm sure the pics will do just fine........
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Bobbi Sue Luther from "Night of the Demons (Remake 2009)
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Rose McGowan from "Scream" (1996)
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Ingrid Pitt from "The House that Dripped Blood" (1971)
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Anna Paquin, Moneca Delain, Rochelle Aytes, & Lauren Lee Smith from "Trick R' Treat" (2007)
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Salma Hayek from "From Dusk till Dawn" (1996)
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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
I would really like to stress again that my hopes are that this post doesn't offend any women out there who read my blog it was just meant to be a little bit of innocent fun!  Plus who would have ever thought of me using mammaries for my letter m entry?

A-Z Blogging Challenge Day 12

April 14th
L is for Lollipop
Lollipop?  Really?  Give me a chance ghouls I think you'll like it.  One of our favorite new horror icons wielded a lollipop as his weapon so why not give him some love in the A-Z Blogging Challenge?
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Yes, I'm talking about Sam from "Trick R' Treat"  Trick R' Treat is another movie that I was so critical of when I finally got to see it.  I remember the day it finally came out on DVD I rushed to Walmart (yuck, but the only place that carried it by my house) and the whole time I waited in line I was thinking about the high hopes I had for the film and all the crazy good reviews I had read.  But after watching it I was kind of like "that's it?"  But.......... after several re-watches and cleansing my mind of what other people had said about it I realize what a masterpiece this film is.  It is definately required Halloween season viewing and to be quite honest is a must watch on the actual night along with Halloween I, II, & III.  ( want my Halloween season required viewing list?)

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If you haven't been to the Trick R' Treat official website you should check it out by clicking here, it is one hell of a website!
I want to remind everyone to come by HalloweenOverkill later today (since it is after midnight, thats Sunday April 17th) at 9:00 P.M. and pick a number (or register your own account) to sign into the live chat on the right side of my blog because I will be having a giveaway for Hysteria Project 2 for the iPad!!!  Also I will be catching up on some of the posts I missed this week including the letter M which I'm pretty sure you won't want to miss.  Want a clue?  It's a body part!  Actually it's two body parts! HAHAHA  Come back to see it unveiled tomorrow and don't forget 9 o' clock sharp be on the live blog chat on the sidebar for the giveaway.  ( we will be doing horror trivia for the codes!)