Thursday, October 23, 2014

Who you gonna call... Box of Dread!

It's always family fun when your Box Of Dread hits the door step. With this being October we could not wait to dive in. I do want to point out that we thought that a CD was included but it turns out that we received a DVD. Box of Dread is a monthly subscription into horror goodness. Every month is another random surprise.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Must see

I know another Brew Ha Ha is here and I'm just to sick to drink any beers. I hope to catch up completely this weekend and do one big post for next week. So in the mean time what are the movies you just have to watch before or on Halloween?

Here is my list

It's just not Halloween with out the Night of the Living Dead. I can still remember watching this at a very young age in my bedroom one late Halloween night! Pure magic.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Watch The Puppet Master Franchise

I know it's Zombie Tuesday and I'm about to talk Puppet Master. But if you think about Zombies they originally came from cats andvoodoo. So it still fits. Way Puppet Master you ask? Well after watching the wonderful Elvira host PM on Hulu it was a wonderful trip down memory lane.

So this post today is really about the order that you should watch them in. There are 10 movies in total so it could get confusing.

Each installment is not created in chronological order, and the events of Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge are dated inaccurately. For instance, Puppet Master, first motion picture states that Toulon committed suicide in 1939 at the Bodega Bay Inn in Bodega Bay, California, while Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge takes place in 1941, and he is still very much alive, (possibly a mistake).

In an attempt to resolve the confusion, the installments are listed below in chronological order based on the plot summaries of each film.

Retro Puppet Master (1999)

It's 1892 and Sutekh is hopping mad. It seems a 3,000 year old Egyptian sorcerer has stolen one of the God's secrets of life - that of instilling the souls of the dying into inanimate things. Sutekh raises three mummified former high priests, led by the villainous "First Servant", and charges them with recovering both the Sorceror and his secret. There is no lack of victims for the 3 high-faluting, stylish villains as they pursue their prey to 19th century Paris, and the very young puppeteer, Andre Toulon. Toulon runs a puppet theatre in the heart of Paris, and meets the sorcerer (the mysterious Afzel) when he is found by the lovely Swiss Ambassador's daughter Ilsa, after being nearly killed. It is there and then that we find the seed of things to come, and the origin of the Puppetmaster series of tales.

Puppet Master 3 Toulon's Revenge (1991)

Set in Berlin during WWII, the Nazi regime is attempting to develop a drug that will animate the dead, in order to use in the war effort. Toulon arouses suspicion as a Nazi dissident, and his secret is discovered. During a Nazi raid on his home, Toulon's beautiful wife is murdered. Toulon vows revenge, with the help of his animated puppets. This movie gives a new perspective on Toulon and his "friends".

Puppet Master: Axis of  Evil (2010)

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, directed by David DeCoteau, was released on video in 2010. Continuing his journey to the United States, Toulon takes shelter at the Bodega Bay Inn in Bodega Bay, California. The Gestapo, however, have traced his location and two soldiers are sent to the hotel to assassinate him. With the chest containing his puppets and secrets hidden inside a wall panel, Toulon commits suicide before the assassins can infiltrate his room. (This is all a replay of the prologue/flashback sequence from the original 1989 Puppetmaster, augmented with new material.) Bodega Bay employee Danny Coogan discovers Toulon's body, along with his trunk of puppets, and begins taking care of them, eventually their secret. Coogan becomes jealous when his girlfriend, who also knows the puppets are alive, flirts with a man Coogan recognizes as one of the Gestapo who had come hunting for Toulon. Coogan discovers the Gestapo are involved in a plan to bomb the United States, and with the puppets' help, Coogan resolves to stop them, and creates a new puppet "Ninja" to aid the others in battle.

Puppet Master X Axis Rising (2012)

Puppet Master X: Axis Rising, directed by Charles Band, was released on video in 2012. Danny Coogan (played by Levi Feihler), the teenage handicapped boy who found Toulon's puppet's, goes to rescue the love of his life, Beth, from being kidnapped from Klaus, and kills two Japanese, and two Germans, but in the end, the puppets wind up helpless and stolen by the only survivor, Ozu. Leaving Blade, Pinhead, and new recruit, Ninja, with the soul of Don Coogan, (played by Taylor M. Graham), behind. They will need to get their old puppet friends back, and defeat a few new ones along the way, such as the leader, Blitzkreig, Bombshell, Weremecht, and the only Japanese puppet, (living with the other's as Nazis), is Kamikaze, but he is not able to go over sea's and fight against the Krauts, but he may just get his wish by doing his bit right in China Town, California, with the help of a newly rebuilt Six Shooter. Even if he is fighting with and against 12 inch tiny terrors!

Puppet Master (1989)

Puppet Master (first motion picture of the franchise), directed by David Schmoeller, was released on video in 1989. In 1989, four psychics each receive unsettling visions, which they assess have been sent by a former colleague, Neil Gallagher. The group meets at the Bodega Bay Inn where Gallagher has been staying, where before long they are introduced to Gallagher's wife, Megan. The psychics are skeptical that Gallagher had ever been wed, but this is forgotten when Megan reveals that he has recently commit suicide. Toulon's puppets, now out and about, proceed to murder everyone in the hotel before only the psychic Alex Whitaker, and Megan remain. It is here that Gallagher, alive, confronts the two survivors. Gallagher explains that while he did die, Toulon's formula was used to give himself eternal life. However, when Gallagher mistreats the puppet Jester, the others revolt against him, locking him in an elevator and mercilessly killing him. Whitaker returns home. Megan, now alone, is shown picking up Dana's taxidermic dog, and by the following scene, the dog becomes completely animate, indicating that she too has learned Toulon's method.

Curse of the Puppet Master (1998)

The Curse of the Puppet Master, directed by David DeCoteau, was released on video in 1998. After the incident, Toulon's trunk is soon placed into an auction by Megan, who believe as a revenge to get rid of the puppets for good, where they are obtained by Magrew, an honorary doctor who manages a sideshow in a small American community. Here, Magrew conducts experiments on transforming humans into puppets, in an attempt to primitively duplicate Andre Toulon's method of animation. When Magrew's daughter, Jane, returns from college, the two meet a gas station attendant named Robert "Tank" Winsley. Winsley's skill at carving wood is noticed by Magrew, and the boy is invited to stay with he and Jane if he agrees to carve a puppet for Magrew's experiment. As Winsley and Jane grow closer, Magrew tries to discourage Jane from seeing Winsley, so that in the event where the boy leaves, Jane will not be hurt. However, Jane assures her father that Winsley would not leave her. After carving the pieces for Magrew's puppet, Winsley becomes ill. Magrew calls for a doctor, and Jane is ordered to leave town to pick up a package for his sideshow. After learning that no package was sent, Jane races home, but makes a stop to inspect debris she had found burnt in a ditch shortly before. In it, she finds a grotesque fleshy puppet who knows her name, which she identifies as her father's former assistant; the role which Winsley has replaced. Winsley wakes restrained to a laboratory table, with Magrew nearby, brandishing a mechanical puppet of his own. Magrew transfers Winsley's soul into the machine, but before he can enjoy his success, Toulon's puppets become enraged by his disgusting experiments, and they attack him. When Jane returns home, she finds her bloodied father and the mechanical puppet, recognizing it as Winsley because his face appears on a visual display unit on the figure's head. Winsley then proceeds to electrocute Magrew to death.

Puppet Master 2 His Unholy Creation (1990)

Puppet Master 2, directed by Dave Allen, was released on video in 1991. After the puppets returned to Bodega Bay Inn, they visit the Shady Oaks cemetery where they recover Toulon's corpse and reanimate it using the last of the Egyptian's elixir. With Toulon alive, the puppets hope that he can brew a new elixir to continue keeping them sustained. Toulon humbly pursues the formula, but to do so, his puppets are required to continue killing, as blood and brain tissue are the key ingredient in the concoction. After slaying the Bodega Bay Inn's owner, Megan Gallagher, Toulon unofficially takes ownership of the hotel, to the confusion of a group of parapsychologists who come to investigate the rantings of Alex Whitaker, who has gone insane since his visit to the place. It is during this time that Toulon designs his last puppet, Torch. After seeing one of the investigators, Carolyn Bramwell, Toulon is reminded of his wife Elsa, who bears a striking resemblance to Bramwell, and uncharacteristically he abandons the plan to help his puppets in order to find a way of being united with who he believes is his reincarnated wife. Toulon, who has had two life-sized mannequins created to house the souls of both he and Bramwell, uses a combination of the elixir and a magic spell to place his soul into one mannequin. However before Bramwell's soul can be transferred into the other mannequin, her love interest, Michael Kenney, rescues her. The puppets, both angry and ashamed that their long loving master has abandoned them due to his mind being corrupted by formula he taken that made him nothing more but a shadow of his former self, opt to have him killed once again. They use the remaining elixir and mannequin to resurrect one of their victims, Michael's mother, Camille. However Camille takes on a sadistic personality and has the puppets locked away, with the exception of Torch, who shares her disgust for children. This is key in that Camille uses the puppets to terrorize institutionalized children. though this is only suggested and never shown on screen.

Puppet Master 4 The Demon (1993)

Puppet Master 4, directed by Jeff Burr, was released on video in 1993. Some time after Camille takes Toulon's puppets on the road, they are returned to the Bodega Bay Inn, where they are not discovered until one summer while a youth scientist named Rick Myers serves as caretaker for the hotel. It is at this time that the god Sutekh makes a second attempt to suppress the secret of animation. Sutekh has three tribal puppets, spiritually linked to demonic minions of his own, called Totems sent to Earth to hunt down key personnel in the Omega Project, an organization also attempting to create life in inanimate objects. Myers' girlfriend, Susie, pays a visit to the Bodega Bay Inn, along with her friends Cameron and Lauren. Unknown to Susie, both Myers and Cameron have been previously acquainted, and they are both members of the Omega Project. Lauren, a clairvoyant, leads the group to the chest containing Toulon's puppets, and from the puppeteer's notes, Myers learns to inject the puppets with elixir to reanimate them. The puppets befriend the group, and protect them when the Totems arrive to kill Myers and his friends. Toulon's spirit, at ease since his puppets slew him over his treachery, returns to guide the puppets, advising them to activate his unfinished figure, Decapitron. The puppets set up an electric current which is used to animate Decapitron, who uses its interchangeable heads to communicate with the group and attack Totems.

Puppet Master 5 The Final Chapter (1994)

Puppet Master 5, directed by Jeff Burr, was released on video in 1994. Following the events of Puppet Master 4, shortly after the attack, Myers is arrested under suspicion for having caused the murders committed by the Totems. His boss, Jennings, has Myers bailed because he believes he is innocent, and Myers tells Jennings about his experience with Toulon's puppets, all-the-while expecting Jennings not to believe him. However Jennings is interested in Myers' story, and he organizes a group of thugs to break into the Bodega Bay Inn and steal the puppets. Myers has a disturbing premonition and decides to return to the hotel with Blade to check on the puppets which were left behind when he was taken into custody. Meanwhile, Sutekh activates another Totem, which he proceeds to transfer his soul into. In the midst of their search for the puppets, Sutekh ambushes Jennings' thugs at the Bodega Bay Inn, before confronting Myers, who has recently arrived at the hotel, and Toulon's puppets. A battle between Sutekh and the puppets ensues, resulting in Sutekh attempting to retreat. However the spirit of Andre Toulon, piloting Decapitron, is able to destroy him, inadvertently damaging all of the puppets in the process.

Puppet Master The Legacy (2003)

Puppet Master: The Legacy, directed by Charles Band, was released on video in 2003. After Rick is murdered by rogue agent Maclain (off screen), The puppets were abdopted by Peter Hertz, adopted son of Toulon (Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge), who is now held hostage by rogue agent Maclain who is hired by the original puppets to learn how to reverse the spell of animation in order to end their suffering. Beforehand Maclain murders Rick Myers (Puppet Master 4 and Puppet Master 5) in order to obtain the Toulon’s journal; however, the text fails to mention de-animation, which brings him to the Inn. Hertz is not aware of how to reverse animation himself, so he plays several taped recordings of Andre Toulon that chronicles his life, but the secret is absent from these recordings as well. In the end, Hertz and Blade attack Maclain before they are ambushed by an unseen character.

So there it is in a nut shell. The way to watch the series in order. Charles Band has hinted at a Puppet Master Series later next year. After the success of Trohoy Heads.  I can see the plans moving forward as the legions of fan's will embrace the franchise as it heads into a new direction.

Now if you find yourself interested in the series there is a cheap way to catch up. Mills Creek has put the first 9 movies in one DVD set that you can easily find in the big dump bins. Remember to pack in that many movies the quality is going to suffer. But nevertheless still a good way to start.

If that is not enough is another great place to start.

Source for this article wikkipedia and IMDB  as well as Full Moon Horror.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Werewolves of Berwyn!


 How about a little Svengoolie for your musical enjoyment today. Make sure you are checking in with the other blogs out there Counting Down to Halloween!!! Boy this is getting fun the closer we get.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Great Pumpkin will be visiting this household!

So just in case you just clawed your way out of the cave last night and have not heard Elvira is back! She has a 13 film gig only on Hulu! So better hit the drive through in hopes of pulling a 30 free trail like this guy did. (And I hate fast food)

So what makes this even better is that Elvira has teamed up with the king of low budget freight fests Charles Band! How frigging cool is this? And it gets better the full list of movies has been released and its going to be great!!!!!

Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) – Holy guacamole, this movie is the pits! Elvira is no stranger to “man-eating women,” but she may have bit off more than she can chew in this indigestible entrĂ©e, starring Adrienne Barbeau, Shannon Tweed, and a young Bill Maher, who’s still trying to live this turkey down. (Premieres Sunday, October 19)

Puppet Master (1989) – The cult classic gets the hook when Elvira’s pulling the strings. There’s more Punch than Judy in this cinematrocity. (Premieres Monday, October 20)

Demonic Toys (1992) – No one likes playthings more than the Mistress of the Dark. But these toys are straight out of Hell’s toy box. Playtime is over! (Premieres Tuesday, October 21)

Hobgoblins (1988) – Elvira’s couch is infested with pesky little critters who are clearly Gremlinrejects. The only way she’s gonna get rid of them is to endure this flick. (Premieres Wednesday, October 22)

The Gingerdead Man (2005) – Elvira’s holiday gift is this awful lump of coal, straight off the naughty list. Gary Busey stars as the voice of this psychotic cookie made from the ashes of a serial killer and a few drops of blood. This is a recipe for disaster in this creepy clas-sick. (Premieres Thursday, October 23)

Dollman (1991) – Elvira is playing with a guy who’s got 13 inches!!! Actually, that’s all he’s got. He’s 13 inches high! Tim Thomerson stars in this knee-high nightmare. (Premieres Friday, October 24)

Trancers (1985) – Elvira sets her sights on the far-off future, and 1985, in this high-tech time travel chase through the minds of killers! (Premieres Saturday, October 25)

Oblivion (1994) – Fly the “fiendish” skies with Elvira as your host on a devilish trip to Oblivion. It’s cowboys and aliens as a bizarre gang of futuristic desperados, including cult faves Julie Newmar and George Takei, attempt to turn this tumbleweed town into their own private playground. (Premieres Sunday, October 26)

Shrunken Heads (1994) – Elvira is put through the ringer and hung out to dry after sitting through this movie. She should have quit while she was a head! (Premieres Monday, October 27)

Hideous (1997) – Elvira always says, when you can’t say something nice about a movie, come sit by her. And with this movie, she’s got plenty to say! (Premieres Tuesday, October 28)

Evil Bong (2006) – Potheads Beware: You may enjoy this trip so much you’ll DIE! Join Elvira as she gets a whiff of this “High Art” and gets high with a little help from her friend Tommy Chong. (Premieres Wednesday, October 29)

Seedpeople (1992) – Elvira is often mistaken for someone else, but this time even the alien creatures crawling out from inside these unsuspecting townspeople don’t want to be mistaken for her. (Premieres Thursday, October 30)

Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Elvira resurrects the original zombie classic and devours it with raw energy! Elvira loves George A. Romero’s masterpiece so much, she’s takin it to the grave! (Premieres Friday, October 31)

Are you kidding me right now! Puppet Master, Evil Bong, Trancers, Oblivion, and The Gingerdead Man!!! The Great Pumpkin has given us a great gift this year. The only movie I might skip or skip through would be Shrunken Heads only because I just watched it on Full Moon Streaming hosted by William Shatner.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

His hideous howl a dirge of death!

The Wolfman
1941 | B&W | 70 Min | 1:37:1 | NR | Horror| Mono | Universal Pictures

Director: George Waggner

Writer: Curt Siodmak

Claude Rains
Warren William
Lon Chaney Jr.
Upon the death of his brother, Larry Talbot returns from America to his ancestral home in Wales. He visits a gypsy camp with village girl Jenny Williams, who is attacked by Bela, a gypsy who has turned into a werewolf. Larry kills the werewolf but is bitten during the fight. Bela's mother tells him that this will cause him to become a werewolf at each full moon. Larry confesses his plight to his unbelieving father, Sir John, who then joins the villagers in a hunt for the wolf. Larry, transformed by the full moon, heads for the forest and a fateful meeting with both Sir John and Gwen.

Nothing gets the Halloween juices flowing like Universal Classic Monsters. “The Wolf Man” will prowl on MeTV tonight at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 pm central, and please check for time in your area. Chicago gets a second chilling look at “The Uninvited” on WCIU, the U, at 11 am! 

Speaking of trick or treating make sure you are checking out the other bloggers during the Count Down to Halloween. There are a few great post's for your enjoyment.

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Par for the Corpse

The Greenskeeper
2002 | Color | 99 Min | 1:85:1 | R | Horror| 2.0 | Ghostman on third productions

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene

Allelon Ruggiero
Bruce Taylor
Ron Lester
Johnny Rocker
Melissa Ponzio

When someone starts using the business end of a pair of hedgeclippers on the more snobbish patrons of a posh country club, rumors fly the slice-n'-dice handiwork is the signiture of The Greenskeeper, a serial killer long thought dead from an explosion years ago.

 Allen, whose mother owns the country club, begins having nightmare visions where he is haunted by The Greenskeeper. Allen begins to suspect he may have a connection to The Greenskeeper he never dared imagine. Meanwhile, the beautiful jetsetters of the club decide to sneak in after hours for some skinny-dipping, partying, and sex-on-the-green. Unfortunately for the teens, The Greenskeeper decides to crash the party, and armed with golf equipment and landscaping tools, begins picking off Izod's one by one. Joining forces with his new love interest Elena, Allen races to the club to try to save his friends. He and Elena must play a deadly game of cat and mouse to survive, because when you have a tee time with The Greenskeeper, it's par for the corpse.

Johnny Rocker
So every Halloween I try to scratch a few tiles of my bucket list The Greenskeeper is one of those titles. Here is why. I picked this up on VHS over the summer for .25 cents for two reasons. One never heard of it and the cover art was classic stuff so why not. Then when I flipped it over to read about the movie there it was a little bubble that read Soundtrack by Kip Winger. Wait what? I'm in! Plus a Greenskeeper as a killer is new to me I and liked that idea.

There is nothing ground breaking here a young cast that will give you the stereotypical base line playboy playmates, sex, drugs, party's, and of course a washed up baseball player. Not sure how they talked Johnny Rocker to be in this movie but they did. And it's just a name all he does it looks at the camera with that come get me ladies look. Blah.
Christi Taylor

I will say this being a fan of low to no budget films this one really does a great job of getting you into the story. The cast is likable the kill's are new and fresh. Despite being a B-film filmed mostly in the Atlanta area, it did receive much mainstream press coverage. The film received publicity in sports media because of the involvement of Rocker, who was an All-Star Major League Baseball pitcher that had made inflammatory political comments. It also featured music by platinum hair band artist Kip Winger and a former Playboy model Christi Taylor.

So lets get back to that soundtrack. At first all I could focus on was the bad attempt to bring n 80's style synthesizer music. This totally missed its mark. I was getting upset with it just based on this crap coming from my speakers. But when the killing started so did the fine work of Winger. For all the dark scenes he dug into the world of horror that we know. You can tell he did his homework to set the mood and tone. I would pick up the score if it was out there. Very hit miss for the soundtrack.

I would like to point out that one of the main charters has set the horror world on fire as well as the small screen. All though not her first role Melissa Ponzio but one that I'm sure helped her get noticed. Ponzio stole the show the second she hit the screen. A very strong charter and easy to fall in love with. Now we all know her as Karen from The Walking Dead, Melissa McCall on Teen Wolf and of course Donna Robbins this year on Chicago Fire.

So in the end is The Greenskeeper worth the time and effort. I would have to say yes. Once the story gets going and the soundtrack kicks in the pace picks up well and becomes a fun movie to watch. Is it a Halloween movie? Well yes and no it takes place in the fall has a killer but it is golf and to me that's a spring summer kind of sport. You can find this on DVD with 19 other movies from Echo Bridge making it a bargain bin must.

3 Bloody Brains out of 5

Part of the Count Down to Halloween 2014. Make sure to check out the other bloggers for trick or treat!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Comic Fest

This year The Man Cave will be handing out Halloween ComicFest books. You have to love these. When I was a kid the cool house was the one handing out comics and trading cards. Check out Halloween Comic Fest for more details.

Sample Page from Boom! Studios.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ebola this year's top costume?

Sorry gang no real post today. I have been a little under the weather hope to be in full swing soon.