Monday, August 15, 2011

Scott Ian as a zombie!

Hey ghoulies,

     Sorry for the delay.  It started with a computer issue, then it became an issue of time management.  Technology-wise, it seems pretty smooth now, so I'm testing it out by posting a link to one of my favorite horror sites, ShockTillYouDrop.com.  They've got a photo of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian in full zombie make-up for his cameo in the upcoming second season of The Walking Dead.  I think with all the negative press concerning AMC's bone-headed move in firing showrunner Frank Darabont, I thought this would be at least one good nugget to share.  Enjoy.

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=20509

~ Doctor Splatter

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dear God YES!

Hey Ghoulies,

I saw this on www.shocktillyoudrop.com and I just had to share it.  This looks horrendously awesome!  I have to see this.











~ Doctor Splatter

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Trailer for DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK.

Hey ghoulies,

    A couple of days ago, Jenn went to see Insidious a second time, and she saw a trailer for this film, the newest from Guillermo del Toro as producer.  I've read tidbits on it from different sites, but I never really did that much searching on it.  Anyways, I checked out the trailer for myself, and I think we may have a winner.  Even though it is a remake of a 1973 TV-movie, del Toro has never disappointed, and this could prove to be a great summer scare.  We'll find out when the film opens this August- provided it doesn't get pushed back again.  Until then, here's the trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.  Thanks to Jenn for telling me about this, and to http://www.aintitcool.com/ for posting the trailer.



~ Doctor Splatter

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trailer for FRIGHT NIGHT remake.

Hey ghoulies,

     Finally, after nothing but just a few production stills we got our first good luck at this summer's remake of the classic film Fright Night via a trailer over the weekend.  I, like every other horror fan, was really unhappy with the news that the 1985 horror spoof was becoming yet another victim of the "re-imagining".  Pissed off was more like it, actually.  The original film was one of my all-time favorite monster movies as a kid.  Fright Night is still scary, funny, relevent, and- even after more than 25 years- still pretty hot .  Alas, all I could do was the usual "nothing-is-sacred" hanging of head in disappointment.  

     After watching the trailer, I have to say that I'm not digging this at all.  Granted, there is an obvious bias on my part, but still, the new direction Craig Gillespie is taking with the story (of a teen who's convinced his next door neighbor is a vampire) is looking largely uninspired.  One talk-backer already commented on it being "Distubia with vampires".  In addition, the character of Jerry Dandrige (this time played by Colin Farrell) bears more resemblance to True Blood's Vampire Bill than the one Chris Sarandon brought to life in the '85 version.  What's really sad- yes, sadder than the fact that McLovin is playing Evil Ed- is that due to the PG-13 rating this new Fright Night probably won't be nearly as genuinely sexy as the original.  The only hope I do have for the flick is David Tennant (of Doctor Who fame) in the role of Peter Vincent, who, in the remake, is a Las Vegas illusionist, a la Criss Angel.
       
     My other hope is that out of this comes a special edition DVD and Blu-Ray of the 1985 movie.  Until then, have a look at the trailer for Fright Night (2011), due in theaters this August.

~ Doctor Splatter

Friday, February 25, 2011

"Hey look at me, ain't I cute?"

Hey Ghoulies,

     Wow, October 17th, 2010.  That was the day of my last post.  Needless to say the Laboratory has been looking a little dusty and cobweb-y lately.  What happened was I got sucked into this temporary office job in West Los Angeles, and it took up quite a bit of my time.  Very quickly, it was beginning to look like it was going to turn into a permanent position, but earlier this month I was told that the company wasn't ready to hire me directly.  So, my temp gig ended when it was supposed to, and I'm out of a job again.  Yeah, it completely blows, but I'm not going to piss and moan about it.

     A few days ago I read a tweet from a local horror filmmaker I'm following on Twitter talking about how much he loves his job being around monsters all day long.  Cue the overhead light and heavenly music, because here comes the epiphany: I suddenly said to myself,

     That's what I want to do!  Wait, shit, that's what I always wanted to do!  Why the fuck did I go to university to study theater for?  Why did I move to LA?  Just to live out the movie Office Space for the rest of my life?!

     The truth is my career priority was screwed up, and for a stupid reason at that.  Intellectual types call it "low self-image", but I call it not having the balls to throw myself out there.  I keep thinking back to what George Carlin once said to John Stewart about was at the heart of getting into comedy.  He said it's all about, "Hey look at me, ain't I cute?"  I believe that's true with everybody in entertainment, and that is something I, personally, have not done enough of.  Instead of jumping up and down and going, "Hey look at me, ain't I cute?", I don't say a damn thing.  Worse, there have been times when I do jump and down, shouting, "Hey look at me, ain't I cute?", then I get freaked out and lull myself back into silence, like I did with a couple of horror sites.  Doesn't exactly give the impression of someone who's serious, does it?

     I'm in need of work right now to pay the bills, but I absolutely refuse to once again get sucked into the mental mind trap called "stability", or else I'm going to be the Comic Book Guy when he realizes he's wasted his life right before the nuclear missile drops on him.  At this moment I'm right here, so I might as well go for it.

    I'm moving ahead and getting into acting.  It has been a long time since I've been a performer, and I feel like my talent and my education is going to waste.  It is what I went to school for: the purpose of living out my dream of helping bring fantasy worlds to the big screen.  Call it my way of saying thanks to all those who brought so much joy to my childhood.  If my fellow Southern Californians are reading this, and I hope you are, I could use any and all advice, tidbits, warnings... anything to help me get started.  If there are any horror filmmakers out there I would love the opportunity to work with you.  I can't guarantee you de Niro, but I can promise you no dumbass or diva, though.  Thank you in advance for the chance.

     And thanks to all you ghoulies for listening to me rant for a bit.  Hope it wasn't too painful.

~ Doc