O.H.M.A.D. Day 19: Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings (1993)

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The original Pumpkinhead was a no-nonsense, straight forward horror/fairy tale hybrid with a simple and entertaining story line.  Pumpkinhead 2:  Blood Wings is a convoluted mess that epitomizes the best and worst of direct to video 1990’s horror.  Andrew Robinson (Hellraiser, Dirty Harry) was seemingly paid to chew the scenery as the films lead, Sheriff Braddock.  Robinson’s overly melodramatic character spends most of the film acting with his eyebrows to show how he feels about a situation.  As a veteran actor who can really bring it, it shows just how little he really cares about this film, and you can’t blame him. Continue reading

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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

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (2015)

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This has been one of the most hotly anticipated books of this year among horror fans.  Clive Barker returns to the character that put him on the map, the cenobite Pinhead, who was made iconic in the film Hellraiser, which was adapted from Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart.  It seems like Clive has been talking about returning to that character for the past twenty years.  The concept of the book has been described by it’s creator as being about Pinhead, who he really is, where he comes from, his real name, and his eventual destruction at the hands of Barker’s regular character Harry D’Amour.  One of D’Amour’s stories was also made into a film in 1995’s Lord of Illusions.  The book seems like a dream come true for Barker fans as the ideas on display tie a lot of his works together, especially The Books of the Art series that D’Amour appears in. Continue reading

A Coffee Fueled Rant On Silent Hill

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As most of you know, yesterday a big announcement was made for the scariest game franchise of all time:  Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro are teaming up to make a new Silent Hill game, called Silent Hills.  The project stars Norman Reedus as what seems to be the  games protagonist.  The project re-teams Del Toro and Reedus who previously worked together on the kick-ass Blade 2.  We can probably bet that Reedus is the star of the game, but Silent Hill by it’s very nature is designed to mind-screw with people and is now being supervised by the evil genius Hideo Kojma (who has his own history of subverting players expectations), he could turn into Tom Cruise…..or Clint Howard, midway through the game for no real reason.

But I’m going to back up a bit before I get more involved in talking about Silent Hills.

Way back in Spring Break in my junior year of high school (1999) quite a few of my classmates went to the beach, or on vacation, or somewhere fun.  I was in a pretty terrible depression at the time for various reasons, and just wanted to be left alone.  I took the week off work, planning to sleep and watch re-runs of Dark Shadows on Sci-Fi.   However, a trip to the mom and pop video store led me to rent a video game that changed the way I saw the medium.  I took a vacation all my own.

I went to Silent Hill. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. 13: Waxwork (1988)

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What a great movie and a perfect choice for the horror movie a day challenge!  We’ve got Zack Galligan (Gremlins) teaming up with Patrick Macnee (TV’s The Avengers and The Howling) to fight David Warner’s (The Omen and Tron) evil waxwork creations in this awesome piece of 80’s cheese.  A couple of college girls are on their way to class when David Warner invites them to bring four friends to see a midnight tour of his creations.  They, of course, take him up on it and two end up getting killed.  You see, when you step across the rope and into the attraction, you actually end up being a character in that world (i.e. a horny girl getting sucked to death by Dracula). Continue reading

The Pyramid Gallery

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A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me a link to one of the greatest Hellraiser websites: The Pyramid Gallery. It’s a Hellraiser fan-site, set up for a fictional art gallery in NY that features the work of Phillip LeMarchand. It comes pre-packaged it’s own fictional (maybe) universe with a variety of alternative puzzle boxes, each complete with a story behind it’s creation. The main story line focuses on LaMarchand himself, and the legacy of evil he has wrought. It’s a fascinating fan-made mythology that treats the franchise with the care and respect it deserves (i.e. it eschews Hellraiser parts 3 – Revelations from being part of it’s myths). Continue reading

Loves Easy Tears

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A Hellraiser FanFic by deathstalker2

I couldn’t believe it. She was no stranger to doing cold and hurtful things but even for her it was a new low. She threw this guy in my face like a weapon, knowing how I felt for her, and she tells me she is getting married to him. After spending 4 months telling me and anyone else who would listen to her incessant babbling that she would never get married. I remembered the last time I saw her, in October. After a night of partying, dancing, and drinking, she told me she didn’t want to see me anymore. Continue reading