I saw Phantasm Remastered at Chicago’s Flashback Weekend.

Flashback Weekend is a yearly horror convention held in Chicago.  For the past couple years I’ve been meaning to go, but circumstances conspired against me.  This year, my fiancee and I made it down there for the 2016 outing — Flashback’s fourteenth year of operation. Our plans were originally just to catch the screening of Phantasm Remastered.  That changed when we inadvertently booked our hotel at the Rosemont, the same hotel where Flashback Weekend was taking place.     Continue reading

Green Room (2016)

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A young punk rock band is riding the road in search of gigs in order to survive.  Barely scraping bay, siphoning gas to stay on the road, and with a couple cartons of Mexican take out for sustenance, the group take on a gig at a skinhead Neo-Nazi bar for $350.  After the gig is over, they stumble upon a crime scene in the bar and things go downhill quick for all involved.  This review contains very light spoilers. Continue reading

Transitioning

“If you’re good at something, NEVER do it for free”.  — Joker, “The Dark Knight”.

Over the past year, I’ve been seriously considering stepping up this blog and making it into a website.  Writing is something that is a strong passion of mine even as I tell myself “you suck!” constantly; however, I have had many positive comments on my reviews and stories over the past few years and it has led me to believe I should receive cash from it.  And in the interest of full disclosure, I got hurt at work last year and have been unemployed since.  I have a lot of free time to invest in this venture at the moment and feel I should go full steam ahead.

I’ve purchased a domain and am working on getting my feet wet in the world of web design and I hope to port over all the content from this blog.  The Mind of Madness has turned from a hobby shared only with close friends that has turned into a passion project over the course of the past six years and I’ve enjoyed having all of you come on board.  I appreciate all the comments and likes fellow bloggers have been kind enough to bestow upon me.  I’ll keep you guys updated on details as they are finalized, and if any of you have experience with incorporating WP into a website and have any pointers, please let me know.

Thanks!

Dr. Loomis: A Quick Appreciation

deathWhat sets Halloween above and beyond all other slasher films is the pivotal character of Dr. Loomis (the creepy Donald Pleasence).  Other than Phantasm, Halloween is the only horror series to maintain the narrative consistency of it’s “Dr. Ahab” character.  Sam Loomis has always been an intriguing character to me, but as I get older I start to understand where he’s coming from a bit more, especially in the first film.  At the opening of the first film, especially, when he is so worn down and tired, strapped with a responsibility he’s learned he can not do because his hands are tied by a bureaucracy that will not listen to him. Continue reading

The Savage South

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Well, since we’re almost in the Summer solstice, and it’s hot as Satan’s armpit in my home town back in North Kakalacki, I’m going to do a series on films that take place in the SAVAGE SOUTH. First up I’m going to do a run through of the first four Texas Chain Saw Massacre flicks, then hit up Rob Zombie’s first two flicks about the Firefly clan and their untimely demise, before I move on to one called Fair Game which I found on YouTube and seems to be a mix of I Spit On Your Grave meets Mad Max. Also, I’m going to see if I can track down Slaughterhouse for this series as well. I’d like to keep this going for the duration of the summer if I can find enough films for the criteria; is there any you guys would recommend?

RIP Christopher Lee

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Like many of you, I woke up to some very sad news today. Sir Christopher Lee passed away at age 93 after having lived a life worthy of a Marvel Comics super hero. As a huge horror fan who grew up with Lee’s work (as well his contemporaries Vincent Price and Peter Cushing), I felt I should write up this piece to pay tribute to the man. In light of such greatness, I feel my words are inadequate; his life was full of adventure and great accomplishments that it makes me feel writing this is somewhat trivial. Despite those things, I felt I should give a somewhat brief statement on what the loss means to our community, and to the entertainment industry in general. Continue reading

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Dollman Was a Stand Up Comedian

I always liked this guy as a kid.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up watching him in Full Moon/Charles Band films* where he played the quick-witted, but stoic, anti-heroes in Trancers and Dollman.  I always thought he was a good actor, and up there with John Saxon as far as favorite genre guys.  Interestingly enough, I came across this while looking through the comment section of the A.V. Club’s article on the Death Wish series in which they focus on the more unpleasant aspects of the series.  I can’t deny the things they say exist, however, I think they miss the point that the films were meant to be escapist grindhouse fare, and not the treatise on conservatism it’s painted as.  The comments section, as always with the site, is incredibly entertaining as quips about the series and fond recollections are posted, as well as the inevitable Simpsons reference.  One of the more interesting comments notes the girl who played Bronson’s daughter in the first film was also the commenters history teacher.  He notes it was odd seeing her ass spray painted in a film and then going to class the next day, to which one guy says “Yeah teachers have lives outside of class, how strange!” and someone quips back “Yeah seeing a teacher naked on screen isn’t exactly the same as bumping into her at the gas station”.

*I’m going to be really embarrassed if I’m the only one who remembers Tim Thomerson.