80’s Horror

RETURN OF THE B-MOVIE BADASS

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 in 80's Horror, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Interviews & Guest Posts | 20 comments

An interview with Ted Prior, star of The Deadliest Prey — and one extremely rare giveaway!

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The blonde hair. The bulging muscles. The thousand-mile stare.

Ted Prior is no stranger to cult cinema.

 

Multi-talented as an actor, filmmaker, model, musician and FX artist, Ted has lent his skills to screen and stage since his youth. He is beloved by cult cinema fans for his roles in Troma productions, his sci-fi buddy flick with David Carradine, and most of all, his collaborations with his director brother David A. Prior.

Together, the Prior brothers have created some cult and camp favorites, including Killer Workout, Sledgehammer, Born Killer, Raw Nerve and Raw Justice.

But the film they are most celebrated for is their 1987 one-man-army movie, Deadly Prey – a wild and ferocious underground film that is part The Deadliest Game and part First Blood. In it, an army of mercenaries who train by hunting live targets pursues an unstoppable killing machine. That killing machine is Mike Danton, and he is played perfectly by a muscle-bound and mullet-headed Ted Prior.

 

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One reason I believe Deadly Prey is so beloved is that it is a time-capsule example of post-Vietnam War American films – particularly those that came out during the 80’s VHS boom, when indie filmmakers flooded the Mom n’ Pop video shelves with their more cost effective alternatives to big studio releases. It is one of many angry film fantasies from that era that vented the country’s frustration over the outcome of that war – films like Missing in Action, Steele Justice and of course the Rambo series.

But the other reason Deadly Prey remains one of the Prior’s brother’s most popular movies is that it never gets preachy, never takes itself too seriously, and it knows how to deliver truckloads of explosive fun even upon repeat viewings. It is over the top, ultra-violent, and shamelessly hammy.

When watching a movie like Deadly Prey, cult cinema fans can’t help but remark: “Man, they just don’t make them like this anymore.”

For twenty-seven years, that has been true. But now it’s 2013, and Mike Danton is back, baby!

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THE ART OF FEAR: An interview with Illustrator Kevin John, and a chance to win some of his horror artwork!

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 in 80's Horror, Interviews & Guest Posts | 40 comments

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Kevin John has been a professional sports artist for twenty-five years. He has done portraits of athletic legends such as Curtis Granderson, Joe Haden, Joe Frazier and Terrell Owens. His work has been showcased on ESPN, NBC and Spike TV. The man even works for Disney. He’s an accomplished artist to say the least, but now he’s catering to the devil on his shoulder.

John has just launched a new horror art project, taking a bold departure from his normal lineup of jock icons and trading in the boxing gloves for a rusty chainsaw.

John will be our featured artist at our Terror in the Park horrorcon for 80’s in the Park, and he’ll be creating a whole new masterwork for the event.

John swung by the tavern to shed some light on his new dark side. Read the interview and find out how you can win a set of lithographs of these gorgeously gruesome pieces!

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MORE BRAINS: A Return to the Living Dead!

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 in 80's Horror | 0 comments

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TERROR IN THE PARK’S
FRIDAY NIGHT FILM FEST:

MORE BRAINS: A Return to the Living Dead!

 

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We’re excited to announce that we have added MORE BRAINS : A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD to our line-up for our cult films festival as part of 80’s in the Park. This definitive documentary explores the complete history of my favorite zombie movie, Return of the Living Dead, a glorious artifact of 80’s horror.

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Tarman art by Justin Osbourne

 

Presenting the film will be its writer, Thommy Hutson, writer/producer of such horror documentaries as His Name Was Jason and Never Sleep Again.

 

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This film joins Adjust Your Tracking, Deadliest Prey, and Rock N Roll Nightmare!

Only at our Terror in the Park Cult Film Festival!

Friday, September 27th at Cinemaworld in Melbourne, FL.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE FRIDAY CULT FILM FESTIVAL: DEADLIEST PREY

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in 80's Horror | 0 comments

We’re excited to announce that we have added the David A. Prior film Deadliest Prey to our Friday Cult Film Festival, which launches our 80’s in the Park event.

 

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Twenty-seven years in the making, Deadliest Prey is the brand new, action-packed sequel to Prior’s cult classic Deadly Prey.

 

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The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Ted Prior, star of Deadliest Prey, Surf Nazis Must Die, Born Killer and Sledgehammer. He will also be signing autographs and selling copies of the film.

 

 

Nearly thirty years ago, the highly decorated special forces soldier Mike Danton (Ted Prior) was inadvertently sucked into a violent game of cat and mouse with Colonel Hogan (David Campbell), his ex-commanding officer. Thrown out into the middle of the woods with nothing but a pair of shorts on his body and no weapons, Danton was forced to fight dozens of armed soldiers to survive. And he did.

 

Killing all but one.

 

Now, all these years later, the one he left alive is coming back to haunt him, as the bitter Colonel Hogan gets released from prison and immediately seeks out his revenge on Danton. And this time he is broadcasting every bloody moment of it over the internet to prove to the whole world that he is in fact the very best there is.

 

Some people just don’t learn.

 

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http://www.deadliestprey.com

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DR. TERROR’S BLOG OF HORRORS ULTIMATE 80’S LIST! (AND A GIVEAWAY!!)

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 in 80's Horror, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Interviews & Guest Posts | 3 comments

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To celebrate the big festival convention we are co-hosting, 80’s in the Park, the Tavern has decided to host an 80’s week.

We’ve reached out to our favorite blogs, websites and writers to ask them to take a virtual time warp with us back to that glorious age of wall swatches and teased mullets, when ripped jeans became new and neon was everyone’s favorite color.

We came up with a top 8 list of our favorite eighties, and asked our friends at Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors, Shit Movie Fest, Guts and Grog, Freddy in Space and Back Online-Back On Duty to fill us in on their top 8 favorites as well.

Check out the earlier posts:
The Tavern of Terror
Shit Movie Fest
Freddy in Space
Guts and Grog
Back Online. Back on Duty

As part of this week, we have a contest going with a truly grand prize. One lucky winner will receive TWO FREE PASSES* to all three days of 80’s in the Park in Melbourne, FL – featuring a cult film fest, min-horror con, faux prom, retro arcade and multiple concerts by 80’s legends such as Quiet Riot, Warrant, Slaughter, Tommy Tutone, and more.

Each day will post a new article by one of our rad guest writers, and each day you will have another chance to enter… to the max! The more articles you check out and share, the more chances you have to win!

*Two free adult passes to 80’s in the Park, includes both days at the Pavilion and the movie festival at Cinemaworld. This prize does NOT include travel expenses, lodging or cost of any food, autographs or merchandise bought at the event.

 

Get stoked for
DR. TERROR’S BLOG OF HORRORS’ ULTIMATE 80’s LIST!

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BACK ONLINE. BACK ON DUTY’S ULTIMATE 80’s LIST! (AND A GIVEAWAY!!)

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in 80's Horror, CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS, Lists & Countdowns | 3 comments

80sparty-TOT

 

To celebrate the big festival convention we are co-hosting, 80’s in the Park, the Tavern has decided to host an 80’s week.

We’ve reached out to our favorite blogs, websites and writers to ask them to take a virtual time warp with us back to that glorious age of wall swatches and teased mullets, when ripped jeans became new and neon was everyone’s favorite color.

We came up with a top 8 list of our favorite eighties, and asked our friends at Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors, Shit Movie Fest, Guts and Grog, Freddy in Space and Back Online-Back On Duty to fill us in on their top 8 favorites as well.

Check out the earlier posts:
The Tavern of Terror
Shit Movie Fest
Freddy in Space
Guts and Grog

As part of this week, we have a contest going with a truly grand prize. One lucky winner will receive TWO FREE PASSES* to all three days of 80’s in the Park in Melbourne, FL – featuring a cult film fest, min-horror con, faux prom, retro arcade and multiple concerts by 80’s legends such as Quiet Riot, Warrant, Slaughter, Tommy Tutone, and more.

Each day will post a new article by one of our rad guest writers, and each day you will have another chance to enter… to the max! The more articles you check out and share, the more chances you have to win!

*Two free adult passes to 80’s in the Park, includes both days at the Pavilion and the movie festival at Cinemaworld. This prize does NOT include travel expenses, lodging or cost of any food, autographs or merchandise bought at the event.

 

Let’s kick it with
BACK ONLINE. BACK ON DUTY’S
ULTIMATE 80’s LIST!

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