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How appropriate that Hatchet III, the third installment in the cult horror franchise, should be released for Father’s Day weekend. Those of you who are familiar with Victor Crowley, arguably the most beloved slasher of the new millennium, know that he has serious Daddy issues....Read More
Much like Pat Boone was in 1997, I have been in a metal mood, and recently meeting Lita Ford just turned it up to 11. Followers of my insane ramblings will surely know by now that I was self-fed a steady audio diet of hair metal as a young teen. That germinated into a death...Read More
So as many of you are likely aware by now, on top of being a huge horror fanatic, I am also a rabid fan of a few old TV shows, specifically Married… With Children, The Simpsons and All in the Family. With so much nerdy fandom swishing around in my head (along with all of...Read More
THE LATEST BOLT OF BEAUTIFUL MADNESS FROM THE MAN WHO BROUGHT US PHANTASM AND BUBBA HO-TEP! Like most horror fans, I savor the bizarre. While I love the camp value of wisecracking slashers and the comfortable familiarity of evil puppets in toilets, I am always far more...Read More
WE MADE YOU! WE-MADE-YOU! In celebration of the release of Post Mortem Press’s newest anthology, The Ghost IS the Machine, we at the Tavern of Terror have put together a list of our all time favorite killer machine horror flicks. Haunted cars, serial killing video games,...Read More
How appropriate that Hatchet III, the third installment in the cult horror franchise, should be released for Father’s Day weekend. Those of you who are familiar with Victor Crowley, arguably the most beloved slasher of the new millennium, know that he has serious Daddy issues.
I’ve followed the Hatchet saga since the beginning, seeing the premier of the original in a low-rent theater outside of Boston. Its classic 80’s slasher feel, during the rise of tired remakes and SOV drivel, was a much-appreciated back-to-basics for gorehounds across the world.
The second film, though bogged down by too much juxtaposition and needlessly complicated back story, delivered the same sort of creative kills and high octane violence that made the first one such a delight – so much so that it had to be released unrated to keep the carnage in tact.
For the third and possibly final film in the Crowley legacy, writer-director Adam Green passes the director’s torch to Florida filmmaker BJ McDonnell, but still wields his creative wand as screenwriter.
Now available in select theaters and on every VOD site, it’s up to us horror fans to judge for ourselves. We at the Tavern downloaded it as soon as we could, and although we’re still bogged down in a big project that put our webpage on hold all through May, we thought the return of Victor Crowley should get us to dust off our keyboard.…Read More
Does it make you warmly nostalgic to think about them? You’re not alone. VHS is in the midst of a huge comeback thanks to sentimental collectors. I myself have fond memories of roaming the dusty horror shelf in the back of the old Mom and Pop video store my family frequented in the 80s’. Then, in the 90’s, I ended up working as a video store clerk. Luckily I left this profession, seeing how things turned out for them.
As a nostalgic videovore myself, I couldn’t help but get excited to hear about the new documentary Adjust Your Tracking, a renegade film about obsessive VHS collecting. Documenting the country’s most impressive collections and including interviews with VHS hunters and hoarders, this documentary puts the spotlight on the VHS craze and hopes to spark a little of that sentimental flair that’s in all of us.
I sat down at the bar with the director, Dan Kinem, to discuss the blood, sweat and gasoline that went into this passion project.Read More
As someone who lived right outside of Watertown, MA for six years, this has been a crazy week. Yesterday the wife and I watched this whole manhunt unfurl via my Boston friends’ Facebook posts; including photos of SWAT teams searching my old neighborhood and videos of shootouts taken on my friends' cellphones. I'm so glad that this lockdown is over, this suspect is in custody, and most of all that my friends are safe.
In an effort to lighten the mood and get my mind off of all this, here’s a quick roundup of what’s cookin’ in the sphere.Read More
Part psychic horror film, part dark comedy, part sexy pool party footage, Boardinghouse is one of the most beloved shot-on-video films of the 1980’s. Filled with bizarre meditations, cheap masks, bikini-clad girls, this Horrorvision-filmed flick is considered a video age classic by genre fans and VHS collectors alike. But finding a copy can be a difficult task, with the Code Red DVD long out of print and the old VHS tape selling for astronomical prices on ebay.
But now, thanks to Slasher//Video, fans will not only be able to obtain a copy, but, for the first time, they will be able to get a copy of the extended director’s cut.
We sat down at the bar with the company’s founder, Jesus Teran, and asked him to fill us in on this deluxe edition.Read More
The sun is coming out and the trees are beginning to bud. Sounds like the perfect time to board up the windows, throw on an 80’s horror flick, and nuzzle your ass into the sofa. Actually, winter has been a long one and we’re just as excited as you to get outside and flip some burgers. But before I pop the top of my first Shiner Bock of the day, I need to wrangle all these horror tidbits for this week’s roundup!Read More
Yes, we know. This is supposed to be a ‘weekly” roundup and last Sunday we didn’t have one. Well, last weekend was a busy blast for us as we attended Charlotte’s second annual Mad Monster Party, one of the biggest and best horror cons in the south.
Featuring celebrity guests, crazed vendors, haunted houses, a film festival, panels and even scaraoke, this was the horror event of the season and you know the Tavern was there, representin’!
So this weekend’s roundup is going to highlight all of the horror scoops we unearthed in our adventures there. However, I must first confess my lameness in missing two key events: the photo-op with Bruce Campbell and the exclusive screening of Maniac on Friday (sadly, I have a life outside of loving horror, and it got in the way). Still, I came back from this con with a lot of info and artifacts that I can’t wait to share with all you Tavernities. So why wait?Read More