Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Best of Mr. T's Be Somebody Or Be Somebody's Fool

There are certain things I really wait for the right time to post. It just has to feel right. And today being the 5th anniversary of me rebranding this blog as "The Horror Movie BBQ", feels like the right time to finally sit down and review one of the greatest things you'll ever witness. That's right, I'm talking about the legendary motivational guide to change your life for the better. I present to you from 1984...MR. T'S BE SOMEBODY (OR BE SOMEBODY'S FOOL).


You don't know what this tape is all about? Well, I pit you fool. But that's ok, because I'm here to educate and so is Mr. T and some of his (borderline) famous friends! This tape was produced in hopes to to deter children from making bad decisions and show them the true ways to avoid becoming a fool. It was also produced at a time when pretty much every celebrity lent their name and image to a motivational/workout tape/ponzi scheme, and at that time, the only bigger celebrity than Mr. T was KITT the Car from Knight Rider and I didn't see that car in line at "Hands Across America", so no tape for Feeny. 


This tape doesn't just entertain you. Heavens no! It inspires you and helps you grow. It's all about helping the kids...while not talking trash about your friends mother. So are you ready? Good, because the pity I previously offered won't last long. Why? Because after watching this tape, you'll learn so much that you won't be a fool!. You'll walk in merely a boy but walk out a MAN. Strap yourself in, grab a notepad and prepare to change your life!



I should preface this by saying there's about 14 topics discussed in this. Now while that is a lot for anyone to pay attention to, I just wanna touch on the winners here, because it did get a bit dull at times. But I promise if you've never seen this, it'll be worth it and you'll be scouring eBay for it almost immediately.

Friday, June 15, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 8: Dads!



After a 3 week hiatus, the boys are back to discuss the dads! Carl Winslow, Earl Sinclair and even...Mr Cooper?!?!? Yup, all the dads are here and ready to celebrate Fathers Day!

Also discussed:

-Heather Langenkamp
-Scott Hall
-Retron Con
-Diabetes Movies
-Chinese Food
-Growing Pains
-Is "Carol" an old lady name?

Please be aware, there were some technical issues, so a lot of cuts had to be made.



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-Derek, TC, and Chad


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Orange Cream-Mania!

Y'all can eat all the strawberry cake and drink all the cherry soda you want this summer, you can bake all the s'mores you wish, but nothing...NOTHING...can take the place of the deliciously citrus taste of orange cream.

Ok, now that may have been a bit harsh, but I am as passionate about orange cream as others are about Stranger Things or breathing oxygen. It's a different strokes for different folks situation, because I'm fully aware not everyone grabbed the orange freezer bars out of the box of Fla-Vor-Ice like I did but you have to remember that the taste of artificial strawberry and cherry made me nauseous, so I had to have something to cool me down. Even now, I'd rather have an orange soda over a beer when I'm having a cheeseburger off the grill.

So what kind of items are my favorites? Well, I'm glad you asked...

TASTYKAKE:


For those of you who didn't grow up in the northeast, Tastykake, imagine a classier Little Debbie. Cakes, pies, cookies, it's essentially a super processed bakery from Philadelphia, but the pies are like Tastykake has certainly stepped up it's game in the orange cream arena. As great as all of their delicious treats are, the summertime exclusive pie is really where I'd put my money. These orange cream mini pies are a perfect treat, I highly suggest picking one up along with your Wawa hoagie. It'll be a match made in heaven.


FLINTSTONE PUSH POPS:

Yabba Dabba Yum!

These are still being made, but without the Fred Flintstone endorsement. Apparently Fred saw it more financially prudent to just lend his image to a cereal. Respect. But he had a good run. The last time I remember buying a pack of these at the grocery store, was in 2004 when my girlfriend at the time came over to spend the night and she brought these because she hadn't seen them in years. All 6 bars were gone by midnight.

These Push-Ups were pretty popular in my town. I don't know how popular they were with you and your friends, but the fact that these not only included orange, but a cartoon character, helped make this an easy purchase from the ice cream truck. And they weren't just ice cream, they were sherbert. To me, sherbert was only brought in to the equation was during Christmas, when it was mixed with ginger ale or 7-Up, so this was a special treat. Also available in Bedrock Berry and Lime Rock Lime, these provided a cool, tasty distraction from the heat.


STEWART'S:
I'm surprised it made it home with me...


This one isn't regional or discontinued, so you're in luck.

Imagine taking a giant orange creamsicle, melt it, carbonate it and put it in a glass. That's EXACTLY what this tastes like. I didn't have this before I moved up to NY, so it's not a traditional favorite for me personally, but I envy those who grew up drinking this. I bet it would go well with just about anything at your upcoming cookout. Besides, who doesn't love drinking sodas out of glass bottles?


TWIZZLERS:

That's summer right there...


 I've never been a fan of Twizzlers/Red Vines/licorice. The flavor always bothered me, as mentioned at the beginning. But once I discovered they had these bad boys, I was singing a new tune. I'm sure these will taste little too sugary from some people's personal preference, but I still suggest picking them up! It seems they're only around for a few weeks at the beginning of the summer and then vanish, only to be seen again next year for a short time. I've already found them clearanced at Target, so time may be up for them.

ORANGE CREAM SLUSH:


Eating a handful of Sonic's delicious tots and slurping this is what I imagine my summer to be in a nuthshell. This is seriously amazing. And don't forget a topping of whipped cream to send the point home. Yes, it's sugar/orange cream overload, but it's so worth it!


MARKET PANTRY ORANGE DREAMSICLE ICE CREAM:


 My white(and orange) whale.

This was introduced a few years ago but to the best of my knowledge, no one I know has actually tried it! I'm assuming it's either regional or produced in very, very limited batches because I've never seen it pop up at any of the stores in my area. Sure, it's nothing but orange sherbert, but Market Pantry ice cream is some of the best hard pack ice cream ever, so my hopes are insanely high for these. Apparently they're also available in bar form, but I have yet to see those either. If anyone at Target is reading this, PLEASE SHIP THESE OUT TO WESTERN NY! I WANT TO GIVE YOU MY MONEY! ALL MY MONEY.


FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY:

The king. His royal orange-ness. This guys its upon a throne of orange creamsicle goodness and demands respect. For good reason.

I don't have the memories of eating this as a child, but when it was brought back in 2013 after an almost 25 year absence, I had to try it. The hype surrounding it was enormous, as those who had it as kids sang it's praises. Well, after months of hearing how great it was, I finally got my hands on a box and...AND...

I actually remember this day, my first bowl of Yummy Mummy.

IT SURPASSED THE HYPE.

Oh the taste. It was like everything above crammed in a blender and mixed with a cereal.  Whereas I never had this as a kid, something about it made me feel like a kid anyways. Maybe it was the bright colors and marshmallows, maybe it's the box, maybe it's the taste, maybe it's the mascot maybe it was the experience of being in my first apartment on a Saturday morning in October, while eating these and watching Saved By The Bell (which is something I still do!). It brought a lot of happiness to me and certainly anyone who tasted it. I don't really recall anyone hating it, although if you weren't a fan of orange, I can imagine you'd wanna stick with Frute Brute or Frankenberry. But for me, this gives Chocula a run for his (blood) money.

Sadly, Yummy Mummy hasn't been back since 2013 and every year, fans continue to hope for his epic return. Hopefully it won't take another 25 years.


So there you have it, a fun list of orange creamy goodness. If there's one thing this list convinced me of, it's that I need to stock my freezer with all of these items all year round.



-Chad



 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Review: Death Wish 4 and 5

Synopsis: 


 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
Four times the action, four times the suspense - notorious crusader Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson, The Dirty Dozen) returns to settle old scores and make new enemies in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, from veteran action director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear)
With the tragic cocaine-induced death of his girlfriend's teenage daughter Kersey steps into the breach and faces-off against two rival drug gangs waging war in the blood-drenched inner city.
Even at the best of times the streets of LA are never safe - run by pimps and ruthless drug traffickers, they remain a melting-pot of crime and violence. But when original urban vigilante and one-man justice machine Paul Kersey reaches into his extensive arsenal of weapons to take check, it's time to run for cover.
Death Wish 5: The Face of Death

After battling on the streets in cities from coast to coast, vigilante, Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson, The Magnificent Seven), has moved back to New York. But when his beautiful fiancee, Olivia (Lesley-Anne Down, Hanover Street), is killed and her daughter kidnapped by a kingpin of the underworld, Kersey finds himself back in the war.
Kersey's plan to live anonymously is shattered when he learns that his fiancee was the victim of a protection racket run by her ex-husband, criminal Tommy O'Sheay. One by one Kersey hunts down the criminals. Once again upholding the law becomes his way of life... And this time it's for good.


Death Wish 5 was one of the final films produced by 21st Century Film Corporation, a company owned by former Cannon Group boss, Menahem Golan.
  


Review:

Towards the end of Cannon's run, two stars stood above everyone else in the company: Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson. While Norris's star was on the rise due to his intense charisma and exciting kung-fu abilities, Bronson was on the way out. Charles wasn't really as in demand as he had been in his hey-day but he was still a familiar face that Cannon could trust and bank on, which at that time, Cannon needed.

It's been said by the time these sequels came out, Bronson wanted to make better movies but Cannon's scripts called for his roles to become more and more intense in a way to rival even Schwarzeneggar or Stallone's star-power. Sadly, it just wasn't meant to be and these movies suffered as a result. Instead of establishing a new character or new stars (like Michael Dudikoff who had a bright future had he been a star in outside projects), Cannon made the same mistakes that World Championship Wrestling did towards the end of their run: make the same movie over and over and didn't invest in their future. Death Wish 4 and 5 are often regarded as the least popular movies in the series. Instead of a decent script, Cannon just decided to make more " blow 'em up" movies.

Now, of course that's no fault of Bronson, who just needed a paycheck and no other studio would've paid him what he was asking at that point other than Cannon. He realized he had to fall back on the role that made him a household name. Leaning on rocket launchers, big stunts and other action movie cliches, both Death Wish 4 and 5 delivered that signature Cannon spark that turned into a gigantic explosion for the eyes. If you're in the mood for a big action movie with a lot of bullets and a familiar face then I do suggest picking these up. Because, let's face it, sometimes the cheesiest, silliest, most over the top action films are the best to watch and enjoy.



And speaking of reasons to buy, check out these great extras:

  • AUDIO COMMENTARIES BY PAUL TALBOT
  • THEATRICAL TRAILERS
  • TV SPOT
  • TV BROADCAST PROMO
  • VHS PREVIEWS
  • IMAGE GALLERY

The most pleasant surprise comes in the form of the "TV Broadcast Promo" spot was a nice surprise, since it was a tv spot from "New York's Movie Station" WPIX 11. If you grew up with that familiar voice narrating your favorite weekend programing, then you can definitely appreciate this being included!

I just want to thank Umbrella for giving us so much Cannon goodness. Cannon has always been home of some of my favorite movies and Umbrella has certainly done these movies justice with terrific releases. I've written about their fantastic releases before and you can find that here. To complete your "Cannon Classics" collection, pick this up from Umbrella Entertainment.



-Chad

Friday, May 25, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 7: Moms!

Well, we're about 2 weeks late, but we can't truly celebrate the zaniness without discussing the true heroes: THE MOMS.


In today's episode, we discuss our favorite moms, their impact on the TGIF Universe and who we think is the Ultimate Mom of TGIF! Also discussed:

-Thundercats and She-Ra revivals
-Danny/Pam conspiracies
-Who was the best Peter Venkman?
-TC watches Michelle-less Full House
- Chad's earth shattering theory about Carol's previous relationships! YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!


And yes, I'm fully aware today's episode is labeled "8" instead of "7", but uh...


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-Derek, TC, Chad

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8-Bit Zombie Presents: Wizard Wednesday!


It's #WizardWednesday and our pal Ross over at 8-Bit Zombie (who I interviewed years ago about his love of The Wizard!) has unveiled a brand new collection of awesome shirts, a hat and other goodies. By now, if you follow me on any social media platform, you've figured out how much I love these shirts and products due to the incredible passion put into the artwork, themes and the originality that goes into thesm. In fact, alongside Fright-Rags (who offered their own Video Armageddon shirt earlier this year, but seems to have sold out!) and WWE, they're the only shirts I own anymore! And today, I'm happy to share with you some of the coolest products I've seen Ross release. Ladies and gentlemen, 8-Bit Zombie brings you...THE WIZARD...


Check out that sweet gear! Patches, a pin, a hat and some sweet new shirts! Let's take a closer look though...






Let's start off with the patches. The purple and pink Power Glove are very reminiscent of the box art and magazine advertisements. I love both of those patches, but there's something very late 80s about that pink patch, that's for sure!

The Video Armageddon Power Patch is super special. For those who may not remember, Nintendo had a "world championship" tournament in 1990, somewhat of a real life Video Armageddon. Every participant was given the patch you see above, as well as a black hat with the same logo:





These hats are extremely hard to come by and usually can go for quite a pretty penny. Thankfully, we're getting a patch that is not just an homage to that event but one that makes you an official Video Armageddon "Power Player"!

Speaking of which...one of my favorite pieces of this collection is the Power Player hat. We've seen Ross offer plenty of hats before, ranging from My Pet Monster (which if anyone has one they'd like to let go of, let me know!) to Big Trouble In Little China to Robocop and everything in between. But just like the patch, this hat is all about playing with power and recreating that famous NES Championship:


 Summer is around the corner and I'm always looking for a new hat to wear out and about and I've decided to go full on retro/neon this summer so the pink and black on this hat make for a perfect accessory to anything I wear. A trucker hat that Hayley's friend Spanky would no doubt approve of while he beats up on Mr. Putnam but also one that Jimmy Woods would wear while defeating his dreaded nemesis Lucas on the big stage, I'd say we got ourselves a winner. Bonus: check out the two buttons on the side, an 8BZ trademark. So you don't just get a sweet hat, but some fun buttons too! Double winner.

Pins have become quite popular with collectors and the more you have on your vest/bookbag/fanny pack, the cooler you are. Well that's before we got a sweet Power Glove branded with 8BZ, now you're even radder. I've actually got a Power Glove pin already, but it's not as elaborate as this. The detailing of the buttons and the fingers are just right. So if you're a pin collector, definitely pick this up!


Now onto the main event...The shirts...

That image looks familiar. You know EXACTLY who's playing that arcade game. It's JIMMY WOOOOODS. With his lunchbox in town, Jimmy seems to be head over heels playing the 8-Bit Zombie game Thrash Or Die, a game you can actually play while you wear this fun shirt! Be aware that this particular shirt is a little softer and smaller than the others, so if you're like me and need a larger shirt, go up a size.


A Video Armageddon shirt to go along with the hat and patch. Because if you're really going to be the ultimate Power Player, you simply must have all the gear. Now, sure, somedays you don't feel like wearing a hat. That's understandable. But with a shirt so soft and so bright, you'll wanna wear THIS all the time! And peep that 8-Bit Zombie logo down below. Look familiar? Of course. How could you not recognize it. Artist and Thrashor designer Matthew Skiff seemed to work in a tip of the (Power Player) hat to Universal Studios, where Video Armageddon took place in The Wizard. Great way to show the world that you're not to be messed with when it comes to playing Super Mario 3.


To top off this amazing collection is LUCAS. Who else but the ultimate jerkface could close this collection out?

If you're a long time fan of 8BZ, you no doubt remember the original Lucas, which not only paid tribute to the films iconic character and famous "It's So Bad" line, but also Vision Street Wear:



Well, Ross retired that design but decided it was time to give it another go and offer us a SECOND Lucas shirt. Not as in your face, but still maintaining that "VSW" feel. The font, colors and crackling background really make this new shirt stand out. In fact, the first time I saw this shirt, I could've been fooled that it was a shirt from the late 80s. The authenticity of it really makes it quite special. So bad? Not at all, this shirt is just SO RAD!


So if you're a Wizard fan like I am and have been hoping for some fun shirts to add to your collection, head over to 8BitZombie to pick them up. Who knows, maybe you'll find yourself at an arcade and need the right gear to strike fear into your opponent!




-Chad

Friday, May 11, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 6: Musical Guests!

The boys are back and ready to rock!

In TGIF's long history, a lot of famous musicians popped in for an appearance or two and jammed with our favorite characters! From The Beach Boys to Debbie Gibson, we cover them all!

Also discussed:

-TC's love of Furries
-TC's love of Big Dogs shirts
-Derek's love of Debbie Gibson
-Chad's hatred for Michelle



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-Derek, TC and Chad

Monday, May 7, 2018

What I've Been Watching: DC/WB Edition

SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY:




Synopsis:

  It’s batter up at Belle Reve and that can only mean that Amanda Waller, the penitentiary’s cold and calculating warden, has a mission that only the damned will take on. It’s time to unleash Task Force X again, stacked with seasoned vets such as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn, these crafty criminals are joined by newcomers Copperhead, Killer Frost and the martial art master, Bronze Tiger!


With the target objective being a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it, you can be sure it will be collision of chaos, gunfire and attitudes. So, take aim for a raging road trip with the Suicide Squad!

Thoughts:

For anyone who still has a bad taste in their mouth due to the live action Suicide Squad movie, this is the movie for you. Suicide Squad, is one of DC's sleeper groups and really should be given more attention considering all the great characters involved. Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang are all legendary characters and still have so much to offer in other mediums, unfortunately they haven't been as exploited as they should. I think a major reason I love this particular release is because it focuses more on the strengths of the characters. The animation, as always, provides the perfect medium to tell a story of all these villains turned hitmen for Amanda Waller and the government. I think if this movie were released before the live action movie, more people would be willing to embrace the movie itself and accept these characters as a new team in the DCEU.


BATMAN NINJA:



Synopsis: 

 
Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan—along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies—including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family—to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.


The visually stunning Batman Ninja is the creative result of a trio of anime's finest filmmakers: director Jumpei Mizusaki (Opening animation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), writer Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) produced the original movie with Warner Bros. Japan. The script was then reinterpreted and rewritten for English-language distribution by award-winning screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.


Thoughts:


Without a doubt, this is one of the most impressive DC animated movies I've ever seen. Enlisting the assistance of some of the best anime artists and animators help make this the most ambitious and stunning animated movie in DC's long history. The character designs, with heavy Japanese inspiration, provide a different look at Batman's legendary battle with the Joker and other members of his rogues gallery. The costumes and battles have an old school anime feel, so if you're a fan of things like Fist of the North Star, Akira and Ninja Scroll, this will be a favorite of yours. I truly believe this overtakes Batman: Gotham By Gaslight as the best animated film since Justice League Dark and has a lot of rewatchability value.

2018 has become a great year for DCA films and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for us from DC/WB.



-Chad
 

What I've Been Watching: Umbrella Edition

Society (Umbrella Entertainment) :




Synopsis:

Legendary schlock producer Brian Yuzna (Re-animator, Return of the Living Dead), creates a tense and gory work of horrific social satire in his directorial debut. Billy Whitney (Billy Warlock - Baywatch, General Hospital), a model rich kid and prefect at the Beverley Hills Academy who enjoys rubbing oil into his girlfriend around the pool, is inexplicably embroiled in a spiraling web of fear and paranoia, a surreal, psychotic world that is fast becoming a nightmare. His worst fears are realized when he crashes a perverse socialite gathering that turns into a shocking, and sticky, shunting ritual. The sick and disturbing finale was made possible through ultra-special effects by Screaming Mad George! After 4 minutes were censored for its American release, Society is now presented totally uncut and uncensored, including full restoration of the infamous orgy scene.

Review:

Society is, hands down, one of the most bizarre and twisted movies I've ever seen. It's been a favorite of mine since I first discovered it in high school and since then, multiple releases have hit the home media market. Every release has had strengths and weaknesses. This Umbrella release focuses on more of the movie than extras. Admittedly, if you prefer to buy a disc loaded with extras, there are other options, but quite frankly if you're looking for a release that's not overloaded, this is a great option.

Society is one of those movies you really need to see at least once in your life. The team of Bryan Yuzna and Screaming Mad George help tell a twisted story (that helped somewhat inspire Get Out) with a message about the upper class society of this world that can be perceived as a warning to our modern day world. Yuzna certain has a different look at what qualifies as horror when it comes to a movie such as this but delivers it's message of society eating it's young very well. The imagery helps drives the message home as well. Screaming Mad George, the f/x wizard on this picture, has helped create some of the most memorable and revolting creations you'll ever see. If you've never seen it, pick this up today. It's certainly something you'll never forget.
SYNPOSIS:

Just when you thought that you’d seen every pulse-pounding, blood-drenched, flesh-filled scrap of trailer trash comes this third stupefying serving of mind-numbing, skull-splitting retro movie madness!
Bulging with over 6 hours of non-stop sex, violence, vehicle destruction and cockamamie cosmic carnage - DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: THE NEW BATCH is a rip-roaring, off-road, high-def ruckus that proudly programs your Blu-ray player to DETONATE!

Extra Features

  • VHS DELIRIUM - BONUS 95 MINUTE SD TRAILER COMPILE


Thoughts: 

Once again, Umbrella holds nothing back with their Drive In Delirium release. An endless collection of amazing trailers of movies you love, you may have forgotten, and some you never knew existed. I'm a huge fan of these sets and always look forward to putting the trailers on for a horror movie marathon filler or just when I need something to play while I do chores. Drive In Delirium is certainly one of Umbrella's best offerings and if you've wanted to see these gems in great quality, here's your chance. And may I suggest picking one of these up for your Halloween party? Sure, Haunted House music is a great idea, but having these play on the tv in the background will be a different great conversation starter for your friends.

-Chad