Archive for August, 2010

Mariachis del Infierno

Posted by drew On August - 31 - 2010

Mariachis Del Infierno is a South Texas based Psychobilly band with plans to invade the rest of the country. I caught up with the band’s front man “Dirty” Al for a quick chat.

Who makes up the band?

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Horror of Dracula!

Posted by drew On August - 27 - 2010

Writing a review for something like “Horror of Dracula” is going to be tough. But I recently re-watched the film, so I’m going to give it a shot. The truth is that this film takes up a big part of my mental landscape. So before I start, here’s a little background on my relationship with this film.


When I was a kid, there were two types of horror movies; Slasher movies and Universal monster movies. Slasher movies were big, brash, and in color. The Universal horror shows were moody, gothic, and in glorious black and white. I loved both, but the two worlds never quite met. And vampires lived exclusively in the monochrome landscape that Universal offered up.

Then one dark and stormy night, I happened upon a showing of Terence Fisher’s “Horror of Dracula,” starring Christopher Lee, as the Count. I had nightmare for weeks. Bela Lugosi’s take on Dracula was very alien and distant. Creepy for sure, but nothing that I couldn’t handle, even as a small child. Christopher Lee was another matter altogether. Looking nearly seven feet tall, with blood-shot eyes, and furious body language. I thought Lee was going to leap out of the television and eat me. My young mind couldn’t imagine a more horrible figure.

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The Creepshow!

Posted by drew On August - 25 - 2010

Merging pop-punk fury with thundering psychobilly, the Creepshow’s sound is as infectious as a zombie’s bite! The group has long set the Canadian gold standard for rock ‘n’ roll. Now with a new album coming out, they’re poised and ready to take over the United States as well. Rockabilly Online was lucky enough to have a chat with the act’s bass-man, Sean “Sickboy” McNab to get the 4-1-1.


The band has its roots in the 905 music scene. With members having backgrounds as varied as ska, garage, and punk, do you think this help form the band’s sound?

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Something Called Nothing!

Posted by drew On August - 23 - 2010

Something Called Nothing are a rock ‘n’ roll trio based in Austin, Texas. They play music with the raw urgency of punk but with the fury of early rockabilly! I got a chance to chat up lead singer/song writer Virginia Lopez about the band’s future!

Juan Fernandes, Robert Wills, Virginia Lopez

Tells us the history of the band?

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War of the Gargantuas!

Posted by drew On August - 21 - 2010

Watching vintage Japanese monster movies is accepting to be part of an alternate reality. They have their own rules, their traditions, and simply are very different from their Hollywood counterparts. War of the Gargantuas is no exception to this. In fact, it might be perfect example.

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Dracula: 2000

Posted by drew On August - 21 - 2010

Ah, Dracula…Corrupter. Destroyer. Movie star.

Bram Stoker’s immortal Count has been mutilated, mutated, and reborn endless times on the screen, and no doubt will continue to do so into this relatively young century. The mythology Stoker tapped into is as restless as the bloodsucker himself, and if there is no rest for the wicked, Dracula shouldn’t expect nice nap for a good long while.

This version of the world’s most famous Transylvanian comes to us from director Patrick Lussier and producer Wes Craven. Like the two Hammer entries I recently reviewed it’s yet again an attempt to bring Dracula (300’s Gerard Butler) and his nemesis Van Helsing (the great Christopher Plummer) into modern times, as well as putting a post-modern spin on the vampire genre a la Craven’s Scream films. Sad to say that despite some interesting bits, it’s a bumpy ride.

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Monsters From The Surf

Posted by Ingrid On August - 20 - 2010

Monsters from the Surf is a kick ass band based out of the D.C. area that will get you going and have you laughing at the same time. They have been mixing together surf, punk, garage and rockabilly for twenty five years, creating a sound that is truly undefinable in the best way possible. Part of their charm is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. I got a chance to ask lead vocalist and guitar player “Monster” Rob Hornung a few questions about MFS and I found him to be much like his music, laid back and fun with a uniqueness all his own.

So you guys have been around for a really long time! Can you tell us a little about how you got started?

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Atomic Robo!

Posted by Bunny On August - 20 - 2010

Insane time traveling dinosaurs getting you down? How about vampires from outerspace? Well, thankfully ATOMIC ROBO is here to give those baddies a good sock in the kisser! We caught up with the creators of this delightfully daffy retro-comic for some Q&A action.

First off tell us who you guys are?

TAKE that EVIL!!!

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The Black Scorpion!

Posted by drew On August - 20 - 2010

Essentially a “south of the border” version of Them, The Black Scorpion doesn’t hold much surprise for monster fans. An entertaining enough atomic age horror show to be sure, but nothing new if you’re a hardcore fan of these kinds of movies.

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Tim Seeley!

Posted by Bunny On August - 19 - 2010

Genre nuts and comic fans have always been treated to their fair share of offbeat characters. Tim Seeley’s creation Cassie Hack is no exception. This horror punk comic takes all the genre conventions and tosses them in a blender. If you haven’t read it yet, here is your chance to see what is what!

First off, tell who you are and what you do?

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Rodan!

Posted by drew On August - 19 - 2010

Rodan

Little known fact about me – when I was a kid I ate up Japanese monster movies. Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidorah, were all well known in my household. And while by and large I have grown out of this, I still revisit my childhood obsession from time to time. Which brings me to an all-time favorite – Rodan!

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Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are BeVo!.

Posted by drew On August - 18 - 2010

Bevo is the perfect soundtrack to the Austin, Texas apocalypse. Combining bluegrass, roots rock, and hard rock, they pay tribute to one of the strangest acts in rock history–Devo! In doing so, they’ve become something equally strange and amazing in their own right.


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The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman (AKA Walpurgis Night)

Posted by drew On August - 18 - 2010

For whatever reason, werewolves and vampires just can’t seem to get along. This long standing in-fighting amongst creature of the night always struck me as funny. You’d think they’d team up to eat people and otherwise live in harmony. But no, that’s not on the cards, it seems. Take this 1970’s era Paul Naschy thriller for example. Werewolf anti-hero Waldemar Daninsky is killing vampires left and right – when he’s not running around gorging himself on human flesh that is.

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Friday the 13th(2009)

Posted by drew On August - 17 - 2010

I’m a huge Friday the 13th fan. Almost everyone reading this review knows this. I have a hockey mask hanging on my wall, I have a Jason Takes Manhattan poster signed by Kane Hodder, and I own several models in the image of the famous slasher. Needless to say, I’m a junkie for all things Voorhees. So as a fan, I approached this recent film with a degree of skepticism. I didn’t want my favorite franchise to be butchered.

On that note, it should be noted that I also hated Marcus Nispel’s takes on both Frankenstein and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. So yeah, I was very, very, VERY cautious when sitting down for this flick. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised. Eschewing both the campy trappings of the previous two entries and the nihilistic leanings of the “torture porn” genre, this reboot offers good, no-frills horror. It’s gory, spooky, and above all fun. Read the rest of this entry »

1408

Posted by drew On August - 17 - 2010

“It’s an evil fucking room.” This line is uttered relatively early on in 1408. The line is delivered with gusto by Samuel L. Jackson, proving once more that no-one can cuss quite as well as him. Strangely, his small role also proves that Jackson can channel Vincent Price better than anyone save perhaps Geoffrey Rush. But despite all that, this clever ghost story doesn’t belong to Mr. Jackson. Much of what is good about it boils down to a totally unhinged John Cusack, acting through most of the movie… totally by himself.

An evil room?

You see, the story (adapted from a Stephen King tale) involves Mike Enslin (Cusack), a skeptical writer of paranormal tourists. He’s tagged the titular room 1408 as the last chapter for his latest book. But what Enslin thinks will be a walk in the park ends up being a nosedive straight into hell. You see, room 1408 really is crawling with things that go bump in the night. And it wants to murder its latest tenant.

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The Reptile

Posted by drew On August - 17 - 2010

The Reptile

You’ve probably guessed this by now, but I’m a huge fan of Hammer studios and the gothic horror films they used to make. They represent the kind of horror movies we rarely see anymore, despite several attempts to revive the gothic setting – most notably, Van Helsing and the remake of the Wolfman, which despite being callbacks to Universal’s own long history of horror, have Hammer’s fingerprints all over them.

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Skinwalkers!

Posted by drew On August - 16 - 2010

I’m going to describe this flick to you and it’s going to sound like a ball. This movie has motorcycles, a pistol packing old lady, studly dudes, nearly nude babes, and of course werewolves. Werewolves, whom I might add, were designed by Stan Winston studios. So why isn’t it more fun? I mean, I had to fight off falling asleep in quite a few places, and I eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff.

Skinwalkers wouldn’t have had to do much, to end up in the “so-bad it’s good” section of the horror genre. The problem is director James Isaac(who brought us a lively guilty pleasure in Jason X) doesn’t want to deliver on the adolescent charm the concept is so ripe with. He stages the whole thing like a bad family drama, refusing to place his tongue into his cheek.

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Undead or Alive!

Posted by drew On August - 16 - 2010

“Undead or Alive” is the sort of low-rent horror-comedy that will be playing on Sci-Fi Channel any day now. From that perspective, you have to go in with extremely lowered expectations for the movie. I call these kinds of movies “filler” films, because they are the sort of thing you can watch, be entertained by, and then never think about again. Not bad enough for outright scorn, nor good enough for repeat viewings.

It stars SNLer Chris Kattan as a cowboy. Okay… let me repeat that so you can wrap your brain around that concept. Chris Kattan rides a horse, punches people, and fires guns in this movie. Thankfully, the filmmakers were wise enough not to have him playing an outright bad-ass, so Kattan’s cowpoke is a bit of a goofball, but it’s still a bit jarring to see him playing any kind of action hero. Bruce Campbell certainly won’t be worried about losing his status as B-Hollywood’s number one monster-basher.

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The Lost Continent!

Posted by drew On August - 15 - 2010

Hammer’s “The Lost Continent” is basically the story of a group of conflicted assholes as they slowly grow some ethics. They do so while marooned on a lost island infested with man-eating sea weed, giant bugs, and the descendants of Spanish conquistadores. The strain of anti-heroism running through the whole movie is what makes it stand out from the rest of Hammer’s genre catalogue.

Michael Carreras’s film is based on the Dennis Wheatley novel “Uncharted Sea.” Its episodic nature really makes it’s origins as pulp fiction show. The movie takes a good half hour before we’re even on the “lost continent” of the title. Before that we’re treated to hurricanes, mutiny, and shark attacks. While all this is entertaining enough, I think this is one flick that would have benefited from a little extra running time.

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Black Sheep!

Posted by drew On August - 15 - 2010

Back in the 80s and 90s, these sorts of films used to be made in droves. A nasty little sub-genre of horror called “splatstick”, which combined splatter-punk with old school comedy a la the Three Stooges. Sam Raimi brought this kind of flick to the forefront with his classic Evil Dead films, but another king of this genre was future Hobbit wrangler Peter Jackson with flicks such as “Meet the Feebles” and “Braindead.”

Black Sheep is an attempt to step back into that golden age, one with tangible links to Jackson thanks to some amazing FX from WETA. It’s more or less successful at recreating the fun vibe of those flicks. Jam -packed with zombie sheep, fetal sheep, and even were-sheep. Needless to say, you’ll never look at lamb chops the same way again.

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