Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth

FLICKS GET KINDA CRAZY WITH A SPOOKY LITTLE TURD LIKE YOU

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 in All Reviews, Featured, Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth, Surprisingly Good | 1 comment

tavernofterror.comYesterday I had a day off and a pile of old horror movies to sift through, when it dawned on me that I hadn’t done a Please, Rewind segment in a while. Horror fans that are my age (old) tend to dig nostalgia, and 80’s horror is what made me yearn to start a blog in the first place, so I thought doing a new rewind post would be a good way to kick off a whole new year of Tavern of Terror.

This particular pile of horror movies is a stack of never-been-released-on-DVD treasures I scored during VHSPS’s Black Friday sale. One of these gems was a movie I once owned on regular VHS. It was the year 2000 and all the video stores (remember them?) were jettisoning their VHS tapes to make room for DVDs, which had dominated the market. Former rentals were selling cheap, and when I saw a copy of the late eighties indie shocker Spookies sitting in the dusty bin I knew it was time to dig out some change from my pocket. I enjoyed revisiting that lost video boom turd, but then loaned it to some asshat who never gave it back. Obviously the friendship died and I never reclaimed my copy of Spookies. But now VHSPS has helped me with that tragedy.

Question: what happens when skilled special effects artists slap together a movie without skilled directors, writers or actors involved?

Answer: Spookies.

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FLICKS GET KINDA CRAZY WITH A SPOOKY LITTLE TURD LIKE YOU

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 in All Reviews, Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth, Surprisingly Good | 0 comments

tavernofterror.comYesterday I had a day off and a pile of old horror movies to sift through, when it dawned on me that I hadn’t done a Please, Rewind segment in a while. Horror fans that are my age (old) tend to dig nostalgia, and 80’s horror is what made me yearn to start a blog in the first place, so I thought doing a new rewind post would be a good way to kick off a whole new year of Tavern of Terror.

This particular pile of horror movies is a stack of never-been-released-on-DVD treasures I scored during VHSPS’s Black Friday sale. One of these gems was a movie I once owned on regular VHS. It was the year 2000 and all the video stores (remember them?) were jettisoning their VHS tapes to make room for DVDs, which had dominated the market. Former rentals were selling cheap, and when I saw a copy of the late eighties indie shocker Spookies sitting in the dusty bin I knew it was time to dig out some change from my pocket. I enjoyed revisiting that lost video boom turd, but then loaned it to some asshat who never gave it back. Obviously the friendship died and I never reclaimed my copy of Spookies. But now VHSPS has helped me with that tragedy.

Question: what happens when skilled special effects artists slap together a movie without skilled directors, writers or actors involved?

Answer: Spookies.

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Guest Post over at GUTS AND GROG, part II

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 in Halloween, Horror for the Holidays, Interviews & Guest Posts, Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth | 0 comments

Anyone else a fan of this old Halloween story?

I did a second piece for Guts and Grog‘s “Horror with Training Wheels”. On Halloween morning I sat down and re-read one of my favorite children’s books, “The Pumpkin Smasher”, now long out of print. I reflected on Halloweens past, and wrote this:

Check it out over at Guts and Grog

SITTING IN A DARK TAVERN
REFLECTING ON THE PUMPKIN SMASHER

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Guest Post over at GUTS AND GROG, part I

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 in Christmas, Horror for the Holidays, Interviews & Guest Posts, Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth | 0 comments

Did you miss me?
Check out my guest post over at Guts and Grog

SPAWN OF GIZMO or CHRISTMAS MOVIES SUCK UNLESS PEOPLE DIE IN THEM

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And stay tuned later this week for a review that’s just in time for the holidays! Any guesses?

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A Quick Review of the Special Edition Halloween II and III DVDs

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in 80's Horror, All Reviews, Halloween, Horror for the Holidays, Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth | 0 comments

www.tavernofterror.comThe long awaited Scream Factory special collector’s editions of Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch have been released, and as a hardcore fan of both sequels I am happy to announce that these editions really live up to the anticipation.

Scream Factory brings the love to these releases, giving each of them slip-sleeve covers with brand new retro-style artwork from Nathan Thomas Milliner, plus reversible covers inside featuring the original artwork from the 80’s.

The bonus features are legion, most notably the all-new exclusive documentaries. Each one includes new interviews with the cast and crew of the films. Halloween II’s documentary The Nightmare Isn’t Over, is a solid 40 minutes while Halloween III’s Stand Alone runs about a good 30.  Featuring comical insights and behind the scenes secrets, these mini-documentaries are well done, reaching out to everyone from the stars, the directors, the producers, and even the composer of the two films, Alan Howarth.

My favorite moment is in Stand Alone is when a fan asks director Tommy Lee Wallace a great question about Halloween III: Season of the Witch. He asks if main heroine Ellie was a robot the entire time or if she was made into one later. Wallace replied, laughing, “I don’t know!”(I always assumed that Ellie was replaced by an identical droid to assassinate Dr. Challis if he escaped, which of course he did.)

The trailers, radio and TV spots are all here, including even a TV spot for Halloween III’s first run on television! All to this nostalgia whore’s delight.

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HIGH VOLTAGE HORROR II

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 in 80's Horror, All Reviews, Best of the Best, Please Rewind: Revisiting My Youth | 4 comments

THE HORROR SHOW vs. SHOCKER

Shocker (1989)

It’s time for another slaughterhouse showdown here at Tavern of Terror. While our previous entry Let’s Commit Aerobicide caused some discussion, it also pertained to some rather hard to find flicks, Death Spa and Killer Workout. This new title bout pits up two movies that are better known, especially Shocker, though they too have esoteric appeal. Both of these movies came out in the same yearboth were efforts by horror movie legends (Shocker was written and directed by Wes Craven and The Horror Show was produced by Sean S. Cunningham) and both have a very similar concept behind them: a serial killer goes to the electric chair and becomes an electric supernatural slasher.

Shocker actually belongs in my Please, Rewind categoryas it was an enormous part of my tween years. But sentimentality aside, I want to put ‘ol Horace Pinker toe-to-toe with Max Jenke and see who proves the more victorious villain. We already covered The Horror Show in our last review, so now let’s dig down into Shocker and see how it stands up so we can crown a winner in our electro-slasher showdown!

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