Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Horror Movie BBQ 2014 Christmas Fallout!






Crap. Christmas has come and gone. I really wish it was still Christmas. Everything just went perfectly and I sincerely hope it was as great for your family as it was mine. So of course while everything went well, the days after Christmas have been kinda depressing. I don't know, I had such a fun Christmas season and it's been a crummy year so I wanted Christmas to last as long as possible. But memories of the great season will last forever.

And of course with the generous helping of food, family and fellowship, there's also presents. I'm a pretty easy guy to buy for, as you'll see. I don't know, if I need clothes or tools or electronics, I usually pick it up when I need it. But when it comes to gifts, I usually ask for dvds, blurays and books. This year was really no different. So while I've always wanted to try my hand at these since they always are a fun read over at DinosaurDracula(as well as X-Entertainment) I finally decided to pull the trigger and do my first annual Christmas Fallout. Let's begin, shall we!


MOVIES!!!!







Good gosh, look at that beautiful stack of movies. I never have to buy movies ever again. Some wrestling, some horror, two Batman movies, some comedies and the Peanuts Holiday set. If you've ever wondered what my movie shelf looks like, this should give you a great idea. All great movies to add to my collection. Some I've wanted to replace old dvds or vhs, so these will definitely get great use. I'm told more are on the way, as Christmas Vacation on bluray just didn't arrive on time. But that's a movie that I'll be happy to wait for. I also bet that Masters of the Universe bluray will look terrific in hidef.




FUNKOS!!!!!



As of late, I've been getting out of the action figure game and diving head first into these Funko Pop! Vinyl figures. For under 10 bucks, I can get an arty bobblehead featuring my favorite pop culture characters. From comic books to horror to WWE to cereal mascots, they have it all. So knowing this, my girlfriend decided to gift me three Pop! figures and a neat Ninja Turtles mystery figure. Slimer, Gus from Breaking Bad, and Wonder Woman were added to my growing Pop! collection as well as that awesome vinyl Shredder. These figures are just too awesome. And I firmly believe that's the best Shredder figure I've ever owned. Hyperbole? Perhaps. But it likes great in my collection and he has a great pose. Slimer seems to be the most popular Funko amongst geeks mainly for his slime stand, so I'm thrilled to finally own him.


MONSTER CEREALS!!!





I don't know how, but my girlfriend's parents found 4 boxes of Frankenberry and Boo Berry. There's no real words I can use to explain my joy over these.


MR.T BE SOMEBODY OR BE SOMEBODYS FOOL!!!!


Ok, I got this for myself. And normally I hate buying things for myself for Christmas, but I've been on the hunt for this for sometime now. I rented this years ago at a video store and meant to copy it for my own enjoyment but my copier wasn't working. And sadly when I went back to buy it when the store announced it's closing, it was gone. GONE. Since then it's become a rather pricey tape to pick up and rather hard to find. So when I saw it on ebay, I snatched it up quickly and it sits in my collection lovingly next to other prizes such as the original Elm Street tapes and Video Dead. And yes, it's just as awesome as I remember it to be. Especially with scenes like this:




Worth every penny.




I received a lot of other great things but I simply could not let this year go by without sharing these cool pop culture relics. Hope you enjoyed! And don't forget to check out the DinoDrac Christmas Fallout as well as my buddy Nick Meece's Christmas Fallout as well! Looks like everyone made out pretty good! In fact, I'd say everyone I've spoken to had a pretty enjoyable Christmas as well. I'd love to hear what you got under your tree as well! Socks? Toys? Toxic Avenger set? Sound off in the comments!




-Chad


 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Silent Night Deadly Night 2 Fan Commentary!






I had the pleasure of joining my friend Jeff Konopka on his podcast, The Dead Air Horror And Genre Podcast, to have a great time watching and discussing one of my all time faves, Silent Night Deadly Night 2. Enjoy!



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Return of the Loot Crate!

It's back! Yup! Loot Crate makes it's highly anticipated return with a new killer package. I received my first one back in August as an early birthday from my girlfriend but cancelled it after we received the October shipment left us underwhelmed. But reading up on the description for December's elusive package, we were intrigued. The tagline was "anniversaries" which eluded to Batman, Ghostbusters, and others as well as including an exclusive Funko Pop. So being a Batman fanatic and a Funko collector, I knew I had to have it.







 After weeks of anticipation, it finally arrived! Look at all that goodness! And even better, it's based on the Batcave design. Love the Batmobile sticking out! A great way to start it off! I always look forward to the inner box design, it's always a special treat.              
 
 
There it is. Fantastic. A mishmash of geeky goodness. Look at it! And they even included a candy cane. How kind! Of the four packages I've received, this could very well be the best variety. There's something for everyone. In fact, my rabbit Charlie was so excited for it, even he decided to hop up and take a quick look...
 
 
So, Charlie approved. Good. I'd hate to throw all this fantastic stuff out. Let's take a quick peek!
 
 
The Loot Crate Magazine, a Batman comic and a 30 day subscription to an anime/manga on demand service. Now, I use to be into anime, but not anymore, so I won't have much use for it. But the magazine boasting an interview with THE REAL Stan Lee(as opposed to his phony doppelganger known for creating Fentel The Demented ArachnoidHuman Hybrid) and a copy of a Batman comic featuring an exclusive cover. Not a bad deal, huh? More Batman comics are always welcome in my home. And it's a great cover! 1-0, Loot Crate.
 
 
 
 
Up next is a nice set of items that could turn any rainy day into Christmas morning. A GhostBusters door hanger, a Captain America air freshener(vanilla!) and a Tetris sticker set. Come on! How can you have a bad day with this stuff? Hang Slimer on your door handle, hang up the air freshener, and go to town on your wall with Tetris stickers. Now it all makes sense! 2-0!
 
 
 
 Need something to hold your cash while you're in your room playing with your Tetris stickers? This handy dandy Simpsons wallet takes care of that! Interestingly enough, I had a Bart Simpson wallet as a kid, so this brings me full circle. The whole town of Springfield is just sitting in your pocket protecting your life savings! Good to me. 3-0



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Now this got claimed early on by my girlfriend. She loves Groot and a comfy pair of socks. So when those two things come together as one, she can't be stopped. Ironically, Groot was the main star of my first Loot Crate. 4-0


 
 
This is it. The main event. The anniversary celebration ends with the mashup of The Joker and Batman. I saw this earlier this week in a spoiler. I could no longer wait to receive this, I had to know. And it was worth it. This Pop! may be the best one yet. The design and colors literally(no pun intended) pops out at you! Yes, I know it's just a repaint of a normal Batman figure but it works so well. His eyes, the green and purple, the demented smile. Definitely seems like an idea Joker would come up with, which makes it even better. Everything. I love this figure and think in the vast Pop! universe, this could very well be my favorite release ever. 5-0.
 
 
A 5 star set. Can't say it much better than that. Everything in this collection is a flawless item and useful for all geeks! So if you're interested in receiving more geeky goodness, subscribe today for next month's great crate! And if my endorsement isn't enough, perhaps Charlie will?
 
 
 
 
 

Well, he's busy digging through my Ghostbusters pail. But he'd want you to subscribe!
 
 
-Chad
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 


Monday, December 15, 2014

Celebrating The Wizard!!!!

 
 
I really have no better way to start this entry. It's a pretty special one for me. Today's entry is dedicated to my favorite childhood movie, The Wizard, which celebrates it's 25th anniversary today!



 


 

 

 

 
 Yes, THAT Wizard.

In case you're new to the internet or you were born yesterday, allow me to give you a quick synopsis of the movie. A young boy named Jimmy who suffers from developmental disabilities was put in a group home but escaped via his brother played by the always awesome Fred Savage and went cross country to participate in the Video Armageddon. Along the way, they encounter many diverse characters(as diverse as you can get in a family movie from 1989) and wacky situations that culiminate in an event proving that, yes, Jimmy is the greatest video game player of all time. I have pretty fond memories of this one, as with everything I write about. Seeing this at the right age definitely helped me appreciate it. It's not a movie that's going to win awards, but as a kids movie, it hit all the right buttons. No pun intended.

There's really no way I can describe it properly to those who weren't around to see it upon it's first release. It's definitely a time capsule of all that was trendy and popular in the late 80s. Especially Nintendo...ESPECIALLY NINTENDO. And since my household at the time was a Nintendo family(despite my brother owning a Sega Master System) this was a perfect chance for the family to get together and sepnd the day with Fred Savage. Much like many other family movies at that time, it has it's cheesey moments and moments that make you go "argh!". But it's a still a fun movie that you really need to see. My job today will be to present you with 5 reasons why you SHOULD tune in.

Advertising:



 


My gosh, there's more advertising in this movie than a Super Bowl. This was clearly meant as a Nintendo movie, but there are other distractions to note. Universal did it the right way. If you had pumped this movie full of crap that kids wouldn't have cared about like Forbes magazine, Olive Garden and those goofy Gator shirts, the movie wouldn't have been as memorable. Now Pepsi? 7-11? Hostess? Vision Streetwear? Now that got our attention. And if you're a nostalgia addict, it's even more fun. Also, as a fan of Universal Studios theme park, seeing all the cool scenes filmed at the California park was an added bonus.

Soundtrack:




Oh man! That soundtrack was a mish mash of current pop bands and an oldie or two. "Send Me An Angel(1989 Version)" by Real Life , "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on The Block, "Don't Be Cruel" by Bobby Brown are just some of the songs on the soundtrack that really summed up that era in pop music. It's not the easiest soundtrack to locate mainly because an official soundtrack wasn't released(to my knowledge) but a fan edition called "The Video Armageddon Edition" featuring various NES songs as well was created a few years ago. It's a pretty fun collection, but I'm sure pretty soon you'll find one...

Cast:




Look at the cast! Fred Savage and Christian Slater alone were pretty hot at that time. Jenny Lewis and Luke Edwards weren't known just yet and wouldn't have the same career as Savage and Slater. Beau Bridges who plays the father of the Woods clan, well, his career has been pretty stellar and at this point, I'm sure he was just looking for a fun movie to star in. The cast works pretty well together and Fred and Jenny play off each other in a fun, conflicting way.





BONUS: Video Armageddon Announcer:
 
 
 
 As great as the cast of characters are(Mr. Putnam, I adore thee), my favorite character was the over the top Video Game Announcer played by character actor Steven Grives. His ridiculous announcing and general goofiness was something that always made me laugh. And of course, when he announced the video game in the finals of the VGA, our lives changed forever...

Super Mario Brothers 3 Reveal:




Ok, this has ALWAYS been disputed. I'm a firm believer that I discovered Super Mario Brothers 3 before the movie came out. Maybe my timeline is screwy here, but I'll go to my grave claiming that, even if others have claimed differently. Either way, let's face facts, Super Mario Brothers 3 was the greatest game to hit the NES in it's illustrious run. It definitely cleaned up the mess left by Super Mario 2(which, I kinda enjoyed) and left people very satisfied. So many different aspects of that game including mini-games, awesome new powerups and disguises for our hero to get through that crazy universe of his, and of course more Bowser. This game generated so many sales and more importantly, so many cherished memories for anyone in our generation. In fact, it's not uncommon for someone to say this was their favorite NES game.

And finally...suprise, surprise...

THE POWER GLOVE:


Of course, I can't write this entry without mentioning the Power Glove scene. As cheesy as it is, in reality there was no way this scene could be taken seriously. A 12 year old boy wearing a shirt that resembles newspaper with that goofy looking haircut can't really deliver a line and be considered badass. It really cemented my love and envy of the Power Glove, the one component of my video game childhood I never owned. Despite my friends telling me it never worked, I still wanted it. It just looked so...so...bad! Years later, I'd eventually try it on and goof off with it, but it wouldn't be the same unless I could go back in time and destroy the record in Rad Racer. If time travel des happen, I know what my trip will be for.


 
 


So there you have it. I really do love this movie and alongside Ninja Turtles and GI Joe The Movie, is one of the very few movies from my childhood that I can continue to watch and get entertainment out of. It's also a movie that has garnered such a massive fan following from nostalgists to video game fans to lovers of goofy, offbeat movies. It's really a fun time for anyone, no matter what your reasoning for liking it may be. Some day, I hope it gets the bluray release it deserves. I get the sense I'm not the only person who would drop dime on a copy!

That said...since it's the holiday season and you guys helped me hit my goal of achieving well over 1,000 like son the Facebook page, I'm in the giving mood! My goal of this entry was obviously to spread word of this movie on it's 25th anniversary, so I'm giving you a chance to win a (unofficial) Wizard prize pack! Check out the goods!

 

A Wizard dvd!  Um...yeah, I know that's a vhs copy from a previous entry(plug: read here!), there's a good reason. I ordered a copy for this and of course being the holiday, there's delays in the shipment so I couldn't receive it in time. But be aware that you'll recieve a brand new, unopened copy of The Wizard on dvd. The vhs, will stay with me though. Sorry to lead you on.

Rounding out the prize pack is a Mario candy tin container, a Mario blind bag figure and a bag of Holiday Jelly Bellies. Yeah, ok it has nothing to do with the movie, but it's the holidays, so why turn why not stay in the spirit somehow?

Sounds good right? Eh...ok, one more item!

The infamous Wizard Soundtrack "Video Armageddon Edition" that I had discussed earlier will be included as well. A cd-r featuring the best songs from the movie as well as the rare "Dart on the Map" score! What better way to drive to work than channeling your inner joy stick hero?

Allright! So how do you achieve such badness? Simple!

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

2.) Tell me what your favorite childhood movie is to this very day. Is it Dark Crystal? Lion King? Sandlot? What is it? 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!


I'll pick a winner at random on December 29th, so comment now!

-Chad, who sadly has the video game skill as a newborn.


Obviously this giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Nintendo or Universal or anyone else.
 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Village Gate Toy Show December 2014. A New Batch Of Fun!

So remember that toy show I attended back in March? The Village Gate Toy Show? No? Well, silly, here's a reminder!

Today I attended the December installment of the show. Except...I wasn't attending to buy stuff, I was attending to sell stuff! Yep. I've got a lot of stuff in my apartment that needed to be moved out so we can have more space around here. Plus, it's Christmastime, so who doesn't more money for gifts? It was  meant to be.

So after a trip to Tim Hortons, my girlfriend Laurie and I raced to the Village Gate and set up shop. Within ten minutes of setting up(and before doors opened) I sold a WWF Ultimate Warrior Wrestling Buddy. I tried not to get my confidence up as this was my first show vending, but this was a very good sign. All the vendors around us seemed to have a solid camaraderie. Always having time for joking and chatting about toys and geek stuff. And for being the new guy of the show, a lot of them were willing to help me out with advice and tips which came in handy big time.

The doors opened at 10 am and we had already been set up for a good 30 minutes so we discussed game plans and prices for haggling purposes. People filtered in and slowly but surely we saw our inventory of vhs, wrestling figures, Ninja Turtles, She-Ra and more vanish before our eyes. It was pretty nice to know we'd walk away with less junk and a little more cash. These days, every penny helps.  We had a great time meeting new people and making connections. A lot of people who passed were fans of GI Joe, She-Ra, horror, and a LOT of comments from people who saw McDonalds McChangeables and discussed how much they loved them as a kid. Adults telling their significant other or children about their childhood memories was pretty fun to see. It was also great to see parents share their favorites with their kids. Always enjoy seeing that. Who wouldn't?

One trend that I enjoyed seeing the most was the rise in popularity of loose figures. I had my best success selling loose figures over packaged items. I also heard other vendors remark how well loose figures sell. I've always been a big collector of loose figures so to see them selling made me smile. Especially since I've always said that toys are meant to be opened. C'mon people! They're not museum pieces!!!

The clock wound down, as did the vendors. We were all exhausted, being up at 6:30 on a Sunday is pretty grueling no matter what the reason. Despite the 4 pm end time, the more experienced vendors decided to call it a day by 2. We however, had a lot to gain, so decided to be stubborn and stick around. Which was great because we got about 4 more sales before we left.

Now, I still walked around a few times to check out other vendors merchandise. A lot of impressive and tempting stuff including a guy trying to pawn off a complete 1989 Batcave for 25 bucks. Yes, I regret it. Forgive me, my geek friends. I had too. But aside from the Batcave, I found an item I thought I would never see up close...




GREMLINS. CEREAL.


Despite it looking like I'm yawning, I'm quite excited to be holding this terrific box in hands. I felt like I was a little kid all over again. I'm a huge Gremlins fan and I just had to have this. Sadly, the $50 asking price was just too much for me. But it was totally worth it. I love collectible cereal boxes and this is one of the best looking boxes ever. Definitely a fantastic item for Gremlins fans to own. I hope whoever did pick it up, enjoys it.

Soon after this, it became 3:30 and we decided we did good enough to call it a career. We said goodbye to our vending neighbors as well as some friends we made and loaded up the car. It was a terrific time had by all and if you're in the Rochester area on March 15th, you're invited to the next show! I certainly hope you'll stop by and relive your childhood all over again! It definitely is great therapy and a huge escape from everyday life!


-Chad

PS-Next time I'll take more pictures! Promise!

Figures Cinema Forgot Finale: Guest Writer Jason Price of IconvsIcon


Banner by: Jay of TheSexyArmpit


Note From Chad: I want to apologize for delaying this. October to December has been very trying due to a back injury and surgery following it, so my attention to this blog hasn't been at it's highest ever. I also want to apologize to Jason of IconVsIcon for the delay in posting the last installment of Figures Cinema Forgot. I also want to thank ALL the contributors who assisted in this fun project! All the entries and contributions have been absolutely fantastic!!!!


DIE HARD


 

 
Action cinema came into its own in the 1980s and made a superstar out of a Bruce Willis. As you know, the film is loaded balls to the walls action and memorable one liners. What kid didn't want to follow in the bloody footsteps of Officer John McClane? I know I did! I often think about how great a Nakatomi Plaza playset could have been. I would hope it would be on a massive scale like the legendary G.I. JOE aircraft carrier. This set would have room for Al Powell and his cop car, a helicopter complete with special agent Johnson and special agent Johnson, no relation.You could open the building up to reveal several usable floors to hide your terrorists (featuring kung-fu grip) and hostages. A working elevator and useable duct work is a must! The major mind blowing feature of the playset would be a button at the bottom of the elevator shaft that would pop off chunks of the building and cue explosion sounds when triggered by your office chair strapped with C4 and a computer monitor! Swing from the roof with your friends or play alone — just make sure you circle the Nakatomi Tower playset in the 1987 Sears Wishbook!



 

MONSTER SQUAD

It is hard to find a child of the 80s who doesn't have fond memories of The Monster Squad. Often dismissed as low-rent Goonies style adventure, The Monster Squad is a lot more fun and features the classic Universal Monsters we all love; Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolf Man, the Gillman, and the Mummy. I think this underrated film and the classic monsters would have lent themselves well to some amazing plush creations — something in the vein of My Pet Monster perhaps. My Pet Monster was great because it was big, colorful and featured a lot of different textures and would lend themselves well to bringing these icons to life. Wolfman's nards sold separately.

 

POLTERGEIST
 
Few movies in my youth scared me the way 'Poltergeist.' Whether it was slightly strange looking blonde haired girl communicating with unseen invaders from the spirit word, the other-worldly charm of Zelda Rubinstein or the Incredible Hulk riding horse back during some type of possession, something about it has always intrigued me. If Steven Spielberg really directed this film, as opposed to Tobe Hooper, how the hell did his pal George Lucas let him drop the ball on creating a line of toys?! How great would it have been to have had some action figures and playsets for the franchise. You could have had hours of fun using a little slider level to make the chair move across the room by itself, being freaked out by a little television set that would turn itself on without rhyme or reason or waste away many an afternoon posing Craig T. Nelson in whacky positions as he battled the forces of evil. The go to item of this toyline would have been the house and swimming pool burial ground playset. It would feature pop up corpses and crazy indian magic… you know, the stuff that every cool suburban neighborhood needs! In addition, it is hard to imagine a little girl who wouldn't want to pal around with their own personal talking Carol Anne doll! That item alone would have buried Kid Sister! In my opinion, 'Poltergeist' is definitely a movie from the past that doesn't get enough love.



 

TOTAL RECALL

As you can tell, what makes a great toy line for me is memorable characters. Few films have as memorable and visually over the top characters as Total Recall. I find it shocking that this Arnold Schwarzenegger classic never got a toy line. Yeah, it was not really for kids but they made a TV series out of 'Rambo.' I am not asking for a three breasted woman, unless you know one, but there is some missed potential here! One idea that instantly spring to mind if vehicular in nature. As you remember, Power Wheels were huge in the 80s and 90s. What would be more fitting for that budding young driver than wrapping wet towel around there head and hopping in the back seat of a Johnny Cab! Buckle up and get your ass to mars!

 

THE LOST BOYS

When it comes to classic flicks from the 80s, The Lost Boys has always had a place in my heart and in my Top 5 horror flicks from that decade. Even to this day there is a serious lack of cool Lost Boys memorabilia! With so many cool locations and fashionable characters in the film, the possibilities are staggering! Using the technology of replaceable faces developed on G.I. JOE's Zartan, they could have easily made a sweet Michael figure. Just think about it! One second he is rocking out at your "I Still Believe" boardwalk concert playset (Yes! The shirtless saxaphone player is included!) and the next minute he is vamping out at Grandpa's house! You could easy tuck the vampire version of his face behind his amazingly feathered hairdo like you did with Zartan's hood! The look and costumes of the cast easily lend themselves to stellar figures. How did they not do this! How sweet would it be to take all your Lost Boys figures down to David's lair, complete with it's totally radical Jim Morrison mural! At the very least, they could have churned out some great Lost Boys related Nerf products! I mean, come on, this was the age of the original Lawn Darts! People were practically getting staked by friends and family members at every BBQ!

 

 

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-Chad

 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

That Stinging Feel Of Being A Wrestling Fan

Tonight, it happened. After everyone said you'd never see it, you saw it go down. After hearing rumors saying it wouldn't be possible, you heard it happened. Finally, after all these years, STING finally stepped foot in a WWE ring. And his impact was felt HARD.


I'm of age to remember cheering on Sting in WCW in the late 80s/early 90s. I'm of age to remember cheering him during his Crow era in WCW. His TNA days...eh...Well, I cheered him on there as well. See, once I'm loyal to something or someone, it takes a lot...a LOT for me to give it up. And I've been a Sting fan since a young age when he'd put on great matches and he has the ability to put on great matches now, so why give up my love of the Stinger?

Tonight was huge. Make no doubt about it. History was made in St. Louis. After all the years of saying Sting would never step in a WWE ring, after all the back and forth, after the flipping and flopping, he finally appeared in a WWE ring in front of a live crowd. I can't believe it. I've been dreaming of this since I was a kid playing with a Sting Galoob fighting my Randy Savage Hasbro. I've been holding on to hope since WCW closed and every year his contract with TNA was announced to be expiring. Like I said, worth it.

When news broke this past weekend of Sting showing up, fans were clamoring and guessing in what capacity. I think most thought he'd just saunter down and do a speech advertising the WWE Network or plug the video game WWE 2K15. But I don't think anyone...ANYONE expected Sting to actually hit the ring to throw Triple H in a Scorpion DeathDrop. Being that active was way more than I and anyone else expected.

Now, what's next for the Icon? As someone who's been hoping and dreaming of this moment, it's simple: Undertaker. I can't say Sting vs. Taker will be the 5 star match of the century. It won't be Flair vs. Steamboat. At their ages, they're gonna work at a slower pace. But from a storyline point of view, they've beaten the same people, they were the cornerstones of each respective companies, they've been loyal to those companies that made them famous and they have rather similar styles. Will this match be a 5 star Dave Meltzer classic? Probably not, but for the fans who hoped it would happen, it would send us all back to being 8 year olds in front our tv playing fantasy booking with our action figures.

For the time being, Sting is in WWE. And no one and nothing can take this excitement away. I honestly feel like a ten year old all over again. I knew it was happening, I heard it, I saw it...but I still cant believe it.

And that's the joy of being a wrestling fan of any age. That's the magic of believing if only for a second. And while my girlfriend may have laughed and teased me(in good fun) of hyperventilating and going over the top with excitement, this is a moment I'll never forget as long as I live. A moment every fan will remember where they were. A moment...much like the man himself...that was ICONIC.

Now, WWE...make us happy...because IT'S SHOWTIME!!!!


-Chad

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Happy 30th Anniversary Freddy!

30 years. Wow. Feels like a lifetime ago! Yup, today, November 9th, marks the 30th anniversary since the release of Nightmare On Elm Street and the introduction of my favorite horror icon, Freddy Krueger! Can you believe it? 30 years?!?!

 
Now, I was only a year old when the first Elm Street movie was released but being a child of 80s, Freddy was everywhere. My brother was a fan and rented the movies, Freddy gloves were in stores, Freddy's Nightmares were on tv. If you were a young fan of creepiness and horror, he was your number 1 guy. By the time I saw my first Elm Street movie at age 6, I knew the deal. I knew Freddy wasn't real, he was just a character on a movie. Some kids wouldn't be able to separate reality from fiction and would've become terrified of ol' pizza face. Not me. I embraced him. He was no different than a Ninja Turtle or He-Man. He was just pure entertainment.


Since age 6, I've become immersed in Freddy. Be it merchandising, meeting the actors at conventions, having multiple viewings of every movie(well, maybe not Freddy's Dead). It's consumed me. And why not? It's a movie series you can't compare to any other. We've all seen cartoons and movies make a "Nightmare on something street" joke or a Freddy parody. There's not too many movies 30 years later that can really say they have the staying power of Nightmare On Elm Street. Heck, not many movies 10 years ago that has the staying power.


Freddy definitely changed the way we look at slashers and fear itself. The movie series, if anything, has taught us we can control the fear, embrace it, and then kick it's ass! Freddy, while originally meant to be feared, became the charismatic, cool villain that we all fell in love with. And now, with all the troubles in the world, he's more important than ever. Because no matter what happens during the day, if you can come home and enjoy an Elm Street movie, then for an hour and a half, everything is ok.


I've had the pleasure of meeting Robert Englund twice which was always a dream for me. To meet the man behind the blades himself? Oh yeah. Had to happen! Just be careful, if he starts talking, he won't stop! Which isn't a bad thing!


Freddy's fans, myself included, are some of the most rabid, loyal, loving fans you'll ever meet. They can recite every line, discuss the characteristics of every character and even tell you all about the town of Springwood. I'd hate to even consider where the series would've gone without it's crazy fanbase. I can't imagine it would've been as successful. But thankfully, there are the wild fans who would follow Robert to the end of the earth.


Wes Craven didn't know what he was doing when he first came up with Freddy. How could he? There's no way to determine what will be a huge success. But I'm sure he's happy that he did. I know I am. And I'm sure you are as well.


So, here's to Freddy, Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and anyone else who had anything to do with the success of this great series! And here's to 30 more!


-Chad

For more of my Freddy related entries, check these out:

Freddy's Nightmares
Awesome VHS ads
NECA 8-Bit Freddy Review
Freddy VS. Jason
Hell of Fame Induction(piece I did for Death Ensemble)
Freddy Memorabilia







Monday, October 13, 2014

Remembering Hardees Hideaways

Halloween is such a great time to look back and reminisce on your favorite moments of your youth. I guess that's why holidays truly exist. To come together with friends and family, create new memories and enjoy laughing at moments of yesteryear. I'm ok with this. Because quite frankly, despite having a lot of crap happen to me as a kid, I really did have a great childhood. I can't really complain. And I grew up in a great era too! I mean, the 80s and 90s were a fantastic time for cartoons, toys, comics, movies. I wouldn't trade it for anything! I mean, the memories I have of playing with the toys of my youth with my friends were some great memories. Sadly, as I get older, some of those memories fade away and go forgotten. But thankfully trips to Hardees with my dad and getting some amazing toys from their kids meals is not one of those memories that have faded away.

Back in 1989, Hardees was tops. My family didn't really do a lot of fast food. That was more of a treat for special or rushed occasions. But for some reason, if we did, McDonalds was always the last resort. Hardees, Roy Rogers and Burger King were the spots we'd hit. I can rarely remember heading to McDonalds by the end of the decade. But heading to Hardees with my late father is a memory I have and cherish. And Halloween 1989 Hardees offered these awesome toys called "Hideaways". They were just tiny little stuffed characters that would hide in a trash bag, a bag, a cauldron, or a pumpkin. Yup, just adorable little characters hiding in their plastic homes waiting to scare the daylights out of you. To this day, I still have the ghost coming out of the yellow shopping bag. I can remember clearly getting the bat in the treehouse as well. If I remember properly, my first grade teacher asked us to bring in a tiny something to decorate our desk for Halloween and I brought the bat and ghost. Not a bad choice, huh?

Hardees Hideaways courtesy: The Nostalgia Mama
You can't deny the cuteness of these four. For years up until about 3 years ago, I'd still use these when decorating my mom's house alongside McBoo Pails and other childhood favorites. They still bring a smile to my face. And how could they not! They look like they're enjoying Halloween just as much as we are!

Courtesy of: The Surfing Pizza


Other than the California Raisins, Hardees never really hit the big time with their toy offerings. I'm assuming it's because Hardees wasn't widely available across the country. But in Maryland, Hardees was just as accessible as McDonalds, if not more. The toys were pretty cool considering they were mostly original creations with a licensed property here and there. I gotta say, I'd  In fact I'd gladly put up a California Raisin against a McNugget Buddy in competition. In fact, I may need to pitch that idea to Vince McMahon for a potential steel cage match.

That match can't end well. But it would make a lot of people crave chicken nuggets and raisin biscuits.

-Chad

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1992 Halloween Starring Urkel-Taker

1992 was an awesome year for the WWF. Still one of my all time favorite years of pro wrestling ever. Flair won the title in still to this day remains one of the best Royal Rumbles EVER, Randy Savage won the title at WrestleMania 8(from Flair). Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, and Bret Hart started getting pushed heavily to the moon and thanks to great matches being put on by all, my interested was at an all time high. So naturally, because I was a huge fan of pro wrestling, that year I had to be a wrestler. I wasn't gonna prance around in Shawn's goofy looking chaps and jacket. And I couldn't get a pair of Hitman shades in time. Finding a Randy Savage hat and outfit was also going to be a challenge as well. And while I was a huge fan of Roddy Piper, walking around in a skirt was not my idea of fun at that age. So, that left me with one option.

 
Yup. The Deadman himself. Ol' Mean Mark was getting popular pretty quickly by the time he arrived in the WWF. Even though he was presented as a villain, he was getting cheered more and more everytime he came out. So by 1992, he was one of the WWF's most popular stars. And at that time, he was just so cool. He wasn't like heroes before who yelled and screamed nonsense about putting away the dishes. Nope, he just throw guys on their and stuffed them in a bodybag.

So, with a little help from the thrift store, I went from normal 9 year old boy to Phenom!

 

Yup. There I am! We couldn't find a flat brim hat, so my mom, brother and I took an old cowboy hat and found it to be adequate enough to be considered the Undertaker's trademark headwear. Sure, it looks more like a hobo hat, but it did the trick and got the point across. The tie may not be as accurate either, but it was close enough. Looking at this now, I'm kind of upset that I didn't use gloves to accent this costume and truly bring out that Undertaker look. Probably should've used my foam title belt too. My gosh, the things that upset me as an adult...

The picture above is kind of awesome. Despite my slack jawed stare, dressed like the Undertaker reading a WWF magazine with the Undertaker appearing in the pages is rather good timing on my moms part. If you look at the top of this photo and in the background of the previous photo, you'll also see a McBoo pail from that year. My mom collected Halloween pails in general of the years so we never truly ran out of methods of trick or treating. Also, there's a horribly painted pumpkin that I did in art class that year, but uh...just ignore that. It looks like a bottle of paint and glitter threw up all over a pumpkin.

Now, this was a pretty decent costume. Unfortunately it was overshadowed by my friend at the time and co-trick or treating partner, Danny Thrift. Danny always stole the show at Halloween. The year before he was a Treasure Troll. It was fantastic. So fantastic, I totally forgot what I was that. This year Danny was Urkel and got all Urkel's mannerisms down pat. From his awkward walk to the Urkel Dance to the laugh and snort, he was the king. This came in handy though, as his dedication scored us more candy than we could handle. If my memory serves me correctly, people would give us extra candy if he did the Urkel dance and I would do imitate the Undertaker's voice. As weird as it sounds, The Undertaker and Urkel was an unbeatable tag team that night. Later that night we had a sleepover, as it was a Saturday, and discussed our amazing scores and watched Halloween specials on CBS and ABC. It was a pretty successful Halloween but my only regret is that there is no photo of Danny as Urkel. His mom took more photos but my mom ran out of film. A shame, because I'd love to find that photo of me and Danny as the unstoppable tag team of Urkel and Undertaker. Maybe if we were in the WWF we'd be called "Urkel-Taker"? Who knows. We both may have missed our calling.

Photos of no photos, it was a spectacular time to be a kid. And this Halloween summed up everything about the early 90s that mattered to me and my friends. Wrestling and TGIF. I don't know if any Halloween as a kid can truly follow that one up!

Well, there is that Halloween where I was Sgt. Slaughter, but that can wait.

-Chad

Monday, September 22, 2014

Figures Cinema Forgot by Guest Blogger Jay of the Sexy Armpit

Banner by: Jay of TheSexyArmpit


Chad from Horror Movie BBQ is a good dude and he asked me if I wanted in on a post team-up he was thinking about. The topic was crucial and my decision depended on it because if it was a subject that I'm not a connoisseur on, I would've had my reservations about doing it, but I was absolutely in for FIGURES CINEMA FORGOT! At first I didn't think I could come up with more than one or two at most, but I came up with 8 which was way over the limit!

 

You know how it is, after you see a movie that you really dug, lots of times, it makes you feel like a kid again and the first thing you want to do is go to Toys R Us or Target to see if they have the action figures from the film. Collecting the figures is just the logical next step.

 

It would seem that any movie featuring characters that are even the slightest bit marketable and appealing to children get an action figure line, but unfortunately that isn't always the case. There's been a ton of movies that either didn't get an accompanying action figure line, or they had action figure lines but for some reason there was one or two damn characters everyone adored that never got immortalized as a figure. Other times the character was made into a plush or a Happy Meal toy, but never an actual standard action figure.

 

This is the epidemic that has lead us to devise our own TOP 8 Movie characters that never got an official action figure. Read along and please feel free to list your own in the comments or on Twitter! @sexyarmpit @horrormoviebbq

 




8) King Terak from Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. I really don't know why he made it on here. Because when I think about it, I don't even know what I'd do with him. He'd most likely get ignored by me in favor of ANY OTHER FIGURE. Let's just pretend that this entry didn't actually happen.

 


(Chad's Note: Seek this out. Immediately. It's worth watching and owning)


7) Zygon, the main villain from Starchaser: The Legend of Orin, the first 3D full length animated movie. I'd like to keep him on this list even though he'd be pretty lonely since amongst my other collection since there were never any Starchaser figures made. He'd have no one to fight or grab and intergalactic IPA with.

 




6) STATION! Kenner's Bill and Ted figures didn't come out until summer of '91 to coincide with the release of the sequel, Bogus Journey, but the figure line was actually based off of the original 1989 film. They did throw in a Grim Reaper figure from Bogus Journey for good measure, so there was no good reason why we never saw a STATION figure/figures other than Kenner being too cheap to design a completely new sculpt. NOT EXCELLENT!

 




5) WHEELERS 




4) MOMBI from Return to Oz. Ok so I've broken the rules once again by cramming 2 entries into one, so, whatcha gonna do brothers? One of my favorite movies EVER only got the figure treatment in Japan with the super rare and pricey Tik-Tok, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsmen, and Jack Pumpkinhead, but no reason to BEWARE THE WHEELERS because there were no damn Wheelers to beware of. No freaking Mombi either! What an outrage. How badass would it have been if we had a MOMBI figure with alternate heads? Someone listen to me dammit, this is good stuff.

 




 


3) The Horned King. I saw Return to Oz AND The Black Cauldron at Radio City Music Hall when they came out and of course, the Wheelers scared the shit out of me like you wouldn't believe. Although, another quaint little character who scared the bejesus out of me was the always stylish and metrosexual, Horned King from The Black Cauldron.

 

The Wheelers, Mombi, and The Horned King were my certified nightmare fuel when I was a kid. I have to admit, I've never once written the phrase "Nightmare Fuel," but since it's such a hot trend nowadays I figured I'd do it at least once. It's most likely never going to happen again so enjoy this moment. Anyway, both of these films were contained scary and outlandish visions for small children whose parents thought they were taking their kids to typical happy go lucky Disney movies. I loved every second of them and I appreciate that my parents didn't micromanage the movies I saw.

 

Wrestling accounts for slots 2 and 1. We're in a period of time where all kinds of wrestling figures are getting made, right down to a specific night that a wrestler wore a certain t-shirt or specially designed trunks to go along with a pay per view. Still, there are so many looks and renditions of wrestlers that we haven't yet seen in action figure form.

 




2) Rip, Hulk Hogan's character from the 1989 movie No Holds Barred. I've seen a few bootlegs based off both Hasbro and LJN WWF action figure lines, but there was never any official release and there's not much of shot that we'll see on in the near future. Like many wrestling fans from the '80s, my Dad took me to see No Holds Barred when it was in theaters and I loved every second of it, so, a true official Rip figure (blue outfit/white title belt) would be a superb addition to my collection. They made Zeus, so let's get a Rip figure!

 




1) Randy "The Ram" Robinson. The Wrestler is one of my all time favorite movies and since there was never even a promotional figure getting passed around by collectors during the films release, I settled on getting a Hasbro style bootleg from a seller on eBay, but I'd prefer owning the actual figure that Randy kept on his dashboard in the movie.

 

Who would be on your list of Figures Cinema Forgot? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter: @sexyarmpit

Thanks to Chad from HorrorMovieBBQ for inviting me to do this.





Much thanks to Jay of the Sexy Armpit for contributing to this. You can find his wild adventures at his blog, the Facebook Page and on his Twitter page!


-Chad