A Day with the
By: Eric Brooks
the summer of 2008, in search of the first issue of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, I made my way to
A+ Comics here in Lexington. Russ, the proprietor, after
having met my Buffy needs asked what sort of comics I
was into. I said that I was generally into horror and
sci/fi. Russ said he had something I might like and
showed me a graphic novel with two registers of art on
the cover, on of humans and the other of zombies. He put
his hand over the living and said "You probably think it
is about them" clearly showing the zombies. He then
switched to cover the undead and said "actually it is
about the living"
Get ready for some serious 1970's style fun from a 2016
B Movie Man takes a look at
the new L.A. Noir dark action/comedy
The Nice Guys
There is a lot of retro nostalgia going around. While
sales of CDs have collapsed and DVDs are dropping fast,
LP records and VHS tapes have become the ‘in thing’ with
collectors. The 80s has been the big thing, but everyone
knows disco is king and that means the 70s!
Writer/Director Shane Black certainly knows that and he
went full tilt boogey with his film
The Nice Guys.
One of my dearest friends &
the man who brought me into his family as well as his
show, Vince Rotolo, has passed away.
There is a lot I have to say and a lot I have to thank
him for. However, right now I feel the best I can do is
share some of what others have said. I will add my own
Mark Mawston Cinema Retro Magazine
Stephen D Sullivan Author
Rod Barnett - Bloody Pit of Rod Podcast
If you listened to the B Movie Cast and would like to
pay do something to remember Vince, his wife Mary has
asked that you make a donation in Vince's name to the
& Diana HarryHausen Foundation
Thank you all. Vince was my friend and I will miss him
more than I can say.
Some of my favorite
episodes of the B-Movie Cast can be found here.
Love is strange; you can
go looking for and rarely find it, but then when you aren’t looking, it
can show up. When it does show up, it pays little mind to anything else
going on in your life. Take Martha McKay (Anna Kendrick), for example.
She just found that her boyfriend was cheating on her and dumped him,
sending her into a serious bout of self-pity and depression that her
long-time friend and roommate Sophie (Katie Nehria) can do little to
assuage. Martha is tired of men trying to make her be what they want her
to be instead of letting her be herself. She needs someone different,
and in director Paco Cabezas’ film
Mr. Right, that someone happens to take the form of a professional
killer (Sam Rockwell).
I recently had the
opportunity to see a special screening of
Hardcore Henry, the first feature film shot entirely from the
first-person perspective of the main character. The preceding Q&A
session with writer/director Ilya Naishuller and
supporting actor Sharlto Copley added some interesting
insights into the film as I watched it
Flying the Geek Flag: The 2016 Lexington Comic
and Toy Convention
By Eric Brooks
Over the last several years, St. Patrick's Day weekend
has become a busy time in Lexington. There is always the
Irish Pride Parade, Road Race, and Festival which
attract thousands of revelers. For several years, a
Christian Rock festival took place all day Saturday at
Rupp Arena. There have also been a gun show and several
talent/dance shows for girls. The weekend has also
become synonymous with the Lexington Comic and Toy Comic
Con, the area's premier extravaganza of popular culture
and superhero fandom. This event has grown steadily over
its half decade of existence to become a truly
phenomenal display of Geek fandom.
New life in the world of the Undead!
Zombies. That is a word that has invaded our popular
culture as ravenously as any virus shown in a horror
film. George Romero created the principle archetype when
his slow, shambling, unfeeling, flesh-eating ghouls
first shocked audiences in 1968. From those low-budget,
indie film roots, a host of films has spawned. Many,
like the 2004 remake of Romero’s
Dawn of the Dead
had major studio backing and received national
theatrical releases. The genre has even jumped from the
big screen to TV with AMC’s wildly successful
The Walking Dead
and its spin-off
Fear The Walking Dead. Of course the low budget
indie film world has latched onto the undead as firmly
as a reanimated corpse biting that likable but careless
member of every party of zombocolypse survivors...
Man checks out
It's a retro-80s movie that is something most
retro-wanna-be movies aren't... it's fun!
I grew up in the 1980s. I saw “The
Goonies”, “Back to the Future” and “Ghostbusters” as
first run movies in the theater. While I was dosing down
those staples of ‘80s high end culture, I was also
consuming an even larger diet of movies from the local
video store. On their shelves was a treasure trove of
entertainment. Movies like “The Road Warrior”, “World
Gone Wild”, “City Limits”, “Cherry 2000” and “Hell Comes
to Frogtown” were viewing staples. Though these films’
visions of the future were dark, they were also somehow
hopeful. I watched as heroic, and sometimes
not-so-heroic, characters struggled against evil forces.
Cars crashed, mohawks were worn, and, all things
considered, for an apocalypse things seemed pretty good.
Traveling in the Land of the Dead
B Movie Man contributing writer Eric
zombies, filming locations
and why Atlanta kind of
Check out the new feature on our
adventure on the
"Big Zombie Tour 1 &2!
|New episodes of The B-Movie
Cast are out!
Check out some of the cool films we've covered:
It's been a great year for horror in the gaming world. Between Outlast, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Evil Within, and P.T, masochistic gamers everywhere are discovering just how wonderfully sadistic game developers can be. However, between all the gore, suspense, mystery, and pants-shitting, there is only one game this year that's delivers shivers of sheer terror, and nerdy ecstasy. That game, is Alien Isolation...
The Horror Film Survival Crate-
What You Need To Make It To The Credits!
Halloween is coming up. Samhain, the time when the barriers between our world and the world of the dead are the thinnest. In other words, it’s my favorite time of year! I love this season with all of its strange traditions and interesting customs. It’s also a great time to watch scary movies! Whether they are Universal horror classics like “Dracula”, Hammer horror like “The Curse of the Wolfman” or something more modern like “Trick’r Treat”, it’s hard to go wrong with a good scary movie for the scariest of seasons.
With horror films in mind, B-Movie Man accepted a challenge from the folks at Man Crates. They asked me what I thought should go in a crate designed to help you survive a horror film? A simple question, but one that leads to another, more important question. What horror film would you need to survive?
Musings on Scarefest 7
By: Eric Brooks, Contributing Author
In September 2007 a new phenomenon occurred in the Bluegrass, one that has since become a fall staple enjoyed by thousands. In that year paranormal expert Patti Starr and horror enthusiast Jeff Waldridge brought forth the Scarefest horror and paranormal convention. By fusing the two Waldridge and Starr created a unique show with broad appeal. Over the seven years it has been held, the show has grown and improved and become one of the largest of its kind going.
|In 2013, Sony released a new game exclusively for the PS3 system. On the surface “The Last of Us” was a fairly standard “post-apocalypse-infected-humans-mission based shooter” like many before it. However, the game stood out, not so much because of its graphics, which were extremely good, or for the game play itself, which was challenging and enjoyable, but again similar to other entries in the genre. What made “The Last of Us” a truly unique and outstanding gaming experience was the story. Now the folks at Naughty Dog Games who made the original have released a supplemental downloadable game addition called
“The Last of Us: Left Behind”
Actress Jessica Cameron has been busy both in front of and behind the camera as she tries on the director's hat for her new film
"Truth or Dare"
B-Movie Man catches up with her just in time for the holidays to find out more about her new movie, her thoughts on the film industry and why she believes it may be easier for women to direct low-budget horror films....
|I’ve watched a lot of bad movies; anyone who knows me knows that’s a fact. However, I’m a firm believer that no one sets out to make a bad movie. The director isn’t shouting “You’re trying too hard, act more wooden!” and the writer wasn’t trying to make dialogue that sounds like it came from the inside of a bubblegum wrapper. But it still happens. Films like “Werewolf”, “The Final Sacrifice” and “Manos: The Hands of Fate” didn’t just form from the nebulous social subconscious. Someone wrote them, directed them and actors… or at least people who appear on camera, showed up and said their lines. So bad films happen and there are many who say that “Troll 2” tops the list.
|Filmmaker Brian Cunningham shares the secret of indie film success in his feature article:
How to Make a Movie (and get it into Walmart) for $2,700
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood including, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Peter Jackson, and many more will all tell you who inspired them when they went to the movies: Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen was a pioneer in the field of special effects, lending his magical touch to films like: "Mighty Joe Young", "20 Million Miles to Earth", "The Valley of Gwangi" and the original "Clash of The Titans"
Now a new documentary by writer/director Gilles Penso takes a look at the story of Ray Harryhausen. Spanning his career and talking to the filmmaker's he's inspired. "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan" takes a wonderful look at the life and work of one of the true legendary artists of the silver screen.