Trancers (1984)

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Way back in a mystical time known as “The 80s”, Charles Band’s Empire Pictures launched a series of instacult-classic flicks such as Ghoulies, Re-Animator, From Beyond, Troll, and TerrorVision.  It would still be a few years before Empire Pictures sadly went out of business and morphed into Full Moon Pictures, at which point Charles Band’s obsession with diminutive killers fully consumed him. But, before all that happened, Charles gave us the B-movie goodness that is Trancers. Continue reading

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Splatterfest

So I’m toying with the idea of writing a novel again, I get this bug around this time of year and loose it a couple weeks later, but I really like this story.  It’s deeply personal for me, and I feel I could see it through.  The title of it is the same as this post.  Basically, I’m just trying to get myself hyped up more to make this thing happen, and it’d be really great if people actually enjoyed reading it.

To give a little bit of what it’s about (as I envision it thus far), it’s like the low budget horror movie version of Super 8 mixed with Phantasm.  A coming of age story set in the blessed year of our Lord 1988, when NES and hair bands ruled, and seven year olds were first starting to watch the films whose box art scarred their souls when they walked into VHS stores.  To help capture the feel of that last part, I’m going to share with you some of my fave box arts from back in the day.  To those of you who did not get the chance to haunt the horror section in the heyday of VHS tapes, take a walk with me back into the past and enjoy the hucksterism and sideshow atmosphere of movies competing to get your $2.

To those who know what what I’m talking about — welcome home. Welcome to Splatterfest! Continue reading