Thursday, December 26, 2013

The SnowDay Emergency Kit Giveaway!

So, my goals of wanting to blog more and more these past few months hasn't really been achieved as I would've hoped. Blame it on real life kinda kicking me in the butt and getting in my way of having any motivation to really post things. Oh well. Anyway, I sincerely hope you've had a great Christmas season and forged great memories with your loved ones. I know I did.

So, with that said, my first year of really putting more effort into my blogging has been a success in my mind. I've really put more thought into what I wanted to this blog to represent and what I want people to know about my love of goofy interests and the stuff that fascinates me. It's still a learning process, but I'm having fun with it and I am very thankful for everyone who has supported me in this. And because I've felt so much love and support from those reading my wild posts about flea markets and obscure actors, I want to thank you by giving you a chance to win a fun little package to keep you nice and warm during what will no doubt be a hellish winter!

Presenting the SnowDay Emergency Kit!

Thar she blows! And it could be all yours! Let's run down the contents, shall we?

First up, something to keep your mind stimulated while you lay in bed with a nice cup of soup, the amazing book “Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age” by Matthew Klickenstein. What has proven to be a must read by it's rave reviews, you won't want to put this book down once you start reading!

Need to rest your weary head on the couch? My buddy Johnny at FreddyInSpace has you covered. This “HorrorBalls” pillow depicts a certain Elm Street resident that has stolen the heart of millions and now you can rest easy while you welcome the man of your dreams into YOUR dreams as you relax using this amazingly comfy pillow.

Want to have a fun movie marathon but don't have enough choices? Oh boy, are you in luck! In this special package, you'll be getting 11 movies that should help forget all your worries and just sink into your bed. The famous Lionsgate Horror 8-Pack, featuring 976-Evil 2, Waxwork, The Unholy, Class of 1999: Part 2, and so many other obscure gems. The legendary Mac and Me will also be thrown in for good measure alongside VHS copies of the trashy Rock and Roll High School Forever starring the even trashier Corey Feldman and Child's Play 2! With this much movie goodness, you'll never need to leave the bed. Just make sure you have a jar next to the bed if you do partake in a lengthy marathon!

If there is one person that I feel represents the diverse nature of this blog, it's Hulk Hogan. He represents everything that I love: cheesy movies, pro wrestling, the 80s, and action figures. I feel that no matter what issue I tackle, Hulk Hogan probably has been involved with it one way or another. And when you're all snuggled in your blanket all by yourself, you may need someone to talk to. And no one is easier to blame for all life's problems, like the Hulkster. So I'll be throwing in this Hasbro action figure which shows Hogan showing off the 24 inch pythons, brother!

Tired of movies and books? I'm including an Ewoks puffy stickers and a pack of Rocketeer and Dick Tracy trading cards for an alternative form of entertainment. I don't really see why you can't find a million uses with these. You can make that happen. I believe in you.

Finally, no one really wants to wake up and do a lot of moving around, and with all the movies and reading, you're gonna get hungry from all the awesome imagery of Chucky chasing Christine Ellise and reading about Bobby Budnick. So I'm including a box of Boo Berry. Not just Boo Berry, but the retro box of Boo Berry that was a Target that was a part of the Monster Cereal phenomenon that captured the internet's hearts for the Halloween season(and for the rest of time).

So, I'm sure you're asking yourself...”Chad, how in the world do I win such an award?”. The answer is simple:

     1.)Head over and "like" the growing Horror Movie BBQ Facebook page by clicking here!

     2.) Now the fun part. I just want to know what was the highlight of YOUR year? Was there someone you met that changed your life? Meet your favorite horror actor at a convention? Find that Ninja Turtles figure you've wanted since you were 8? Tell me in the comment section below please! And please don't forget to leave your email address in your comment. I need that for contacting you if you win!

You can enter anytime between now and January 16 at midnight to enter. I'll pick a name at random on Friday January the 17th and you will be notified via the email you provided.

Again, consider this my way of thanking you for inspiring me to blog more and just be generally goofy without a care in the world.

    A very special thank you so much to John Squires of FreddyInSpace and Matthew Klickenstein and Penguin Press for their donations. Please visit them at their respective sites and Facebook  pages.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giveaway Teaser 1: Slimed!

Christmas is almost here and I'm excited. Not just to spend it with my loved ones but also to give gifts. It's a fantastic feeling that I feel, not just around Christmas, but all year round. I've always been taught that if you appreciate someone enough, spoil them with gifts, be it physical or sentimental. And this has been a challenging year for me in keeping up with this blog, but people have been supporting me and it's been very appreciated. So, that said, I'm planning to do a giveaway at the end of this month. You can expect the full giveaway lot to be revealed a little after Christmas but I wanted to post this now(mainly because I'm super excited and feeling impatient). The first prize to be thrown into the mix will be a copy of Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age!

I am a huge fan of behind the scenes books. One of the best books I've read is "Live From New York" which covers Saturday Night Live's extensive history which includes interviews with almost every cast member from it's inception(save for Eddie Murphy, of course) and is a tremendous read with amazing stories that have to be read to be believed. Now I want you to imagine that kind of book featuring almost every cast member of every Nickelodeon show from it's debut to the last 10 or so years. You have Slimed! by Matthew Klickstein. This book is an amazing read and may be in contention with Live from New York as most comprehensive and fascinating book when it comes to behind the scenes stories. Never before seen photos, stories of And with a foreword by everyone's favorite host, Marc Summers, you know it's gonna be a must-read.

If you, like me, grew up glued to the TV watching Hey Dude, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Ren and Stimpy, Pete and Pete and fell in love with Clarissa Darling, then this is a must own book. And thanks to Penguin Publishing and author Matthew Klickstein, I'll be throwing this in a very fun lot of goodies at the end of this month! You can find out more about this Slimed! at their official site and it's official Facebook page as well!

More announcements to follow. But like I said. I love giving gifts and this is one gift I'm super stoked about giving away!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finding Eric Freeman: A Horror Movie BBQ Exclusive

Since March, I've been holding onto information that most people have wanted to know. And it's been very difficult for me to share it for a variety of reasons. But, finally, I'm presenting the second and final part of "Finding Freeman".

Back in May, I wrote an entry called "Finding Freeman: Found?" where I teased that maybe, just maybe, supposedly lost actor of the famed Silent Night Deadly Night 2, Eric Freeman had been found. It's been a good 7 months since that article and quite frankly there's a few things that need to be revealed:

First. In early march, I received an email out of the blue from someone claiming to be Eric Freeman. Now, I was skeptical at first. Anyone can pull this "I'm a famous person" on the internet these days and it can lead to problems. But I was intrigued. And quite frankly, I've spent a lot of time and effort on this so I took a risk to find out if it was him. Here's the email I received:

"A friend of mine told me about your site some time ago.He told me his brother was trying to put some pictures of me up on your site and no one believed him. When I look at some of my clips from that movie, I dont recognize myself. I am not ashamed of that movie,Truth be told, I was trained with the mindset of less is more. I was a good actor before that project and all the work that followed. I do regret not paying attention to my instincts and instead listening to Lee saying "give me more"  and all of those urgings from Joe Earle to go over the top.I wasnt  born in No. Carolina and Wikipedia has it all ass backwards. What can you do now.All this bullshit talk over the years, Where is he. Did he die of embarrassment. They should pull his Sag card .Fuck you. It's actually simple, Life happened when I was making plans. It is so strange to see this movie still has a following, Little kids to this day run up to me and ask if I ever did a horror film. My friend and I were laughing at the thought of ricky having a comeback. He's been in an insane asylum for the last twenty years.If you would like to write me ,feel free. Take care, Eric"

Skeptical? Sure you are. But like I said, I was curious and I've wanted closure since discovering this. The worst case scenario would be it wasn't him and I was being played as a fool. But I had to pursue. After a few more emails, "Eric" gave me his phone number and told me to call him and he'd be willing to answer any questions I had regarding SNDN 2. Well, this got a little more interesting.

So, I sat on this number for a few hours. In between doing laundry and organizing the apartment, I decided to just go for it and give him a call. Nervously, I dialed the number and I can tell you that I've never been so nervous waiting for someone to pick up on the other line. In fact, asking out my middle school crush wasn't as nerve wracking as this was.

Someone picked up. Could it be him?

I introduced myself and gave my little spiel. This person then went onto formally introduce himself as Eric Freeman, famed slasher movie obscure legend. His voice sounded a tad bit like the Ricky character we saw in Silent Night Deadly Night 2 that we've been watching since 1987 and within a good two minutes of us talking, I could tell it was him.

We started talking about the blog entries I wrote and my motivation behind them. We also discussed the Facebook group that was run by Eric's friend from high school who found it funny the internet was making a huge deal out of a small comment on a dvd commentary. Eric told me that he found it hysterical that there was such a huge fanbase regarding this movie considering the movie was pretty screwed from the start and how he was just a normal guy that just stopped working in the movie and tv business.

So the important question had to be asked: If the comment on the dvd commentary was true, just what happened to him and his career?

According to Eric, he just became burnt out. Plain and simple. He felt he was going as far as he was going to go in the entertainment business and just didn't care to pursue future projects. Apparently bad experiences and projects that never came to fruition helped him cement his decision (including a sitcom on NBC that was halted due to the late 80s writers strike).

That's it. Nothing shocking or exciting. Just a guy who didn't care to continue acting. No muss, no fuss. But why was there a comment made by director Lee Harry in which he claims they couldn't find him? Eric said he was just so out of the scene that no one had his number and no one bothered to even try to look for him. According to him, he didn't even get the DVD of the release.

Discussing the production of the film was extra fun for me. I've been a fan of it for years and to hear the stories was pretty darn cool. Eric's statement was that the production was screwed from the start and director Lee Harry gave him little to no direction on what to do as far as his character, his motivation, so on, so on. Further corresponsdance with Mr. Harry via Facebook resulted in this quote:

"He's right about the production being screwed from the start; chalk that up to low-budget filmmaking! And I don't disagree about my direction of him or any of the other actors; I was more concerned with camera placement and having something to cut together later! We all made rookie-mistakes. There were no crew shirts or wrap party or much of anything in the way of extras on the shoot. When I got the call from Anchor Bay about doing a commentary, I had only remained in contact with Joe Earle and Jim Newman (Dr. Bloom). None of us had heard from Eric in years and would have loved to have him involved in the DVD. I did receive a copy which I would gladly give to Eric if/when I see him again. I bought one of the Fright Rags tee-shirts online and wear it proudly."

Something I found interesting was Eric claiming the ending to the movie was vastly different. Instead of just chopping Mother Superior in half, Eric suggested the end involving chopping the door down, tackling Mother Superior (I compared it to pro wrestler Goldberg preforming the Spear in which he tackles someone and knocking the person down) out of her chair.

Eric, continued saying that his interest in the movie has waned due to not receiving even a VHS copy of its initial release and there was not even a crew shirt or any promo items given to crew whatsoever. I brought up the Fright Rags shirt recently released and he expressed interest in owning one specifically because he has no mementos.

As far as the online community embracing his silly performance, he was embarrassed about it at first, but has embraced it as part of his past. He says the Garbage Day legacy doesn't bother him anymore and is quite frankly overwhlemed that people care enough to try and find him. But, at this point, he has no interest in branching out and doing conventions, autographs, interviews, and the like. He also found it important to point out, his number has been online and there are people that have gotten ahold of him, but he has no interest in becoming a member of the online community, i.e. Facebook, Twitter. Eric's privacy seems important to him.

So that's it. The highlights of an hour conversation with Eric Freeman. I had no idea I'd hear all these stories. I just expected maybe, a 5 minute conversation and that would be it. Eric seemed pretty appreciative of my respect for him and my willingness to give him his privacy.

There's the closure to the story of Eric Freeman. In recent attempts to get a hold of him, Eric seems to have gone offline and my luck of getting ahold of him via email have been no luck. I guess Eric just prefers it to be that way and my hopes of Eric reading this post can only be via google I suppose.


Thanks to John Squires of Freddy In Space and Lee Harry for their further assistance in the completion of this article.