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After over two weeks of being shut in, things are starting to get tense, so we here at Nightmare Feed felt we’d lighten it up and give you a rainbow at the end of the storm.
More and more reports are coming in from China that things are returning to normal (so to speak). While there were smatterings of new cases throughout the month of March, they are now happily reporting no new cases in the hardest hit areas. That means, this will likely not last much longer past May. This is good, because that may mean several delayed horror movies could hit their new release dates.
After attempting to block, and needlessly stalling the a pandemic support bill for Americans, Senator Rand Paul got COVID-19. With the market crashing, many are out of work, and even those who still have job might not be able to go. The average American needs a little help and stalling those provisions for political posturing was flat out selfish. Well Rand, I hope you learned your lesson as this all seems like instant Karma.
On that front, the pandemic stimulus package seems to be ready to head to the president to sign after a ton of bickering. The original package proposed by Trump and the Senate didn’t offer any financial support for individuals under 75k or families under 150k. However, it sure seemed to include a lot of support for billionaires suffering stock loses without any strings attached. Well the House wasn’t having any of it and pushed back. Now the stim pack will include support for all Americans and corporations won’t be getting handouts without answering for them. Looks like we’re all gonna be getting some money, $1,200 for individuals and another $500 per children. Just try not to think about where it’s coming from and give yourself a spa day.
Continuing with Schadenfreude for convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. After the hammer was brought down, being sentenced to 23 years, Weinstein also caught COVID-19. As you may not be aware, Weinstein used his power, clout, and privilege to sexually assault multiple women throughout his career. Jail almost didn’t seem harsh enough and maybe the fates agreed, as ol’ Harvey is now victim to the recent plague as well.
With nothing new coming to TV for a little while and nothing coming out in Movies due to the pandemic, I’ve turned to the interwebz for entertainment and found some pretty decent gems. Recently I stumbled upon Vinette anthology, consisting of minute long episodes called Welcome to the Horror Show.
They kicked things off with a classic urban legend, giving it a modern spin and a stunning moral lesson that I have to say, left me gobsmacked. Check out their first Tok, and consider giving th rest a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
Check out my full review of Welcome to the Horror Show
Kaijue Poet John Baltisberger: Destroy the Globe!
Ever wonder what it would be like to have your home town decimated by a giant Monster or Alien in the typical Kaiju traditions of Godzilla? Slip the Mad Kaiju Poet a fiver, tell him what town you want destroyed, tell him what you want destroying it, the specify “poem” or “flash fic!”
John Baltisberger has been destroying cities with giant nightmarish machinations for decades, and why should your town be spared! Buy some destruction as a virtual gift for a friend while you socially distance!
Game: Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
Stalk and slay campers across 100+ puzzle levels with horror icon Jason Voorhees! From the campgrounds of Crystal Lake to the highrises of Manhattan, from supermax prisons to snowy ski resorts, Jason will terrorize victims across the world (and maybe even beyond). Released on January 20, 2018 in the USA and April 13, 2018 worldwide. It is the fourth official video game based on the Friday the 13th franchise. Available on the Nintendo Switch, Android, Microsoft Windows, iOS, macOS, Macintosh operating systems.
Joe and Reed’s Top 5 Picks
Reed’s #5) Dead Alive! (Braindead) (1992)
An absolute side splitting splatter fest that was way ahead of it’s time in the splatter punk genre. Brought to us by non other than Peter Jackson from the fun loving country of New Zealand. Back in the 90’s, directors like Jackson were pioneering B Horror by making movies that were intentionally “So bad they’re good.” Dead Alive is the most famous of these, having achieving cult status almost instantly. It’s silly, fun and really bloody gory.
Joe’s #5) Dead Alive! (Braindead) (1992)
Billed as the goriest fright film of all time- this is a cult classic that is high on all my lists of movies and probably my favorite Peter Jackson movie.
Reed’s #4) Deathgasm (2015)
Another amazing absurdist splatter fest from our daffy New Zealand friends. What if a couple of death metal heads accidentally summoned a demon with their satanic lyrics? Deathgasm asks that very question. It then becomes a fantastic take in the same concept as evil dead as people around a small New Zealand hamlet become possessed by demons and go on a murderous rampage. Our plucky Death Metal enthusiast try to figure out a way to stop the demonic incursion while they navigate the boundaries of their bromance. Why should you watch Deathgasm? Without going into the spoilers… dildo-cucks!
Joe’s #4) Fright Night (1985)
Fright Night is a 1985 American horror film written and directed by Tom Holland (in his directorial debut) and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse, Jonathan Stark, Dorothy Fielding, Stephen Geoffreys, and Art Evans. The film follows young Charley Brewster, who discovers that his next-door neighbor Jerry Dandrige is a vampire. When no one believes him, Charley decides to get Peter Vincent, a TV show host who acted in films as a vampire hunter, to stop Jerry’s killing spree. With it’s satire and parody elements throughout the movie, it blends comedy and horror into a fine web of awesomeness. Compared to The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck by some critics. I don’t think this is a good comparison as Fright Night does so much more and really brings a “modern” aspect to it’s film.
Reed’s #3) Army of Darkness (1992)
One of Sam Raimi’s greatest cult Classics which would grow in popularity to eventually become mainstream. This is the third installment in a string of fantastic horror movies following the unfortunate life of Ashley Williams. Ash confronts unknown demonic forces that murder everyone around him, often possessing them, or reanimating their corpses. Army of Darkness takes place in an alternative history where this demonic force sucks Ash into the past to fight for his life. There he must find the Necronomicon Ex Mortis to stop the Armies of Darkness. Can Ash remember the proper words of power to take charge of the Necronomicon? Klaatu Barada… what was that last ‘n’ word?
Joe’s #3) Idle Hands (1999)
This was one of my favorites as a teenager. Idle Hands is a 1999 American dark comedy film directed by Rodman Flender, written by Terri Hughes and Ron Milbauer, and starring Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, and Vivica A. Fox. The main plot follows the life of an average lazy stoner teenager, Anton Tobias (Sawa), whose hand becomes possessed and goes on a killing spree, even after being cut off from his arm. It is dark, funny, messed-up and well done. I think it led the way for a lot of comedies and horror that come in the 2000’s. The ending was weird, and probably left a little to be desired, but overall a highly under-rated horror comedy.
Reed’s #2) Shaun of the Dead (2004)
My former number one since it came out, till about a moth ago, and the subject of this weeks review! An absolutely hysterical take on the zombie apocalypse that was supposed to be a Dawn of the Dead remake and couldn’t secure the rights. Let’s face it, we all act like we’d turn Rambo during WWZ but the reality is, for almost all of us, it would look a lot more like Shaun and Ed. Speaking about Shaun and Ed, actors Simon Peg and Nick Frost (respectively) released a Public Service Announcement, DON’T GO TO THE WINCHESTER… The acting duet have some amazing comedic chemistry, the British comedy is subtle but absurd, and the movie is even pretty good for standard Zombie Horror.
Joe’s #2) Cabin in the Woods (2011)
In my opinion, Cabin in the Woods, is not only one of the best horror comedies, but one of the best horror movies out there in general. The Cabin in the Woods is a 2011 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. The plot follows a group of college students who retreat to a remote forest cabin where they fall victim to backwoods zombies, and the technicians who manipulate events from an underground facility. The special effects, monster costumes, special makeup, and prosthetic makeup for the movie were done by veteran horror film actress Heather Langenkamp, her husband David LeRoy Anderson, and their company AFX Studio. It uses horror villain and main character archetypes and exploits them in satirical way the works so nicely and is one of the best examples of this exploitation since the 1996 film, Scream.
Reed’s #1) Little Monsters (2019)
Combining the Dark Avant Grade comedy stylings of movies like Death to Smootchy, and classic horror comedy stylings like Shaun of the Dean. Little monsters is from our Australian friends, right around the corner from New Zealand. -SPOILERS- There is one reason and one reason only to watch this movie, Froggsy The Zombie. Everything else is icing on the cake compared to a zombified muppet eating a kitty show host! While this movie does take a second to get rolling, once it picks up steam, its a venerable steam roller of hilarity, not relenting until the end.
Joe’s #1) Scream (1996)
One of my all-time favorites, horror or otherwise, is Scream. Scream is a 1996 American slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. The film stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore. Released on December 20, 1996, it follows the character of Sidney Prescott (Campbell), a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California, who becomes the target of a mysterious killer in a Halloween costume known as Ghostface. The film combines black comedy and “whodunit” mystery with the violence of the slasher genre to satirize the clichés of the horror movie genre popularized in films such as Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980) and Craven’s own A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Scream was considered unique at the time of its release for featuring characters who were aware of real-world horror films and openly discussed the clichés that the film attempted to subvert.
This Weeks Viral Content!
Stay tuned to the Nightmare feed for the comedy styling of Jaye McBride as she discusses the concept or a Sexually Transmitted Demon. It was never intended to be comedic gold in horror, but it’s dying to get there…
It Follows (2015) brought us one of the most terrifying concepts in horror. What if there was a curse the was spread like a venereal infection, where catching the curse meant having to look over your shoulder for the rest of your life for a demonic force that was out to kill you. This was a bone chilling concept that really drove home a sense of inevitability and paranoia to the paranormal.
There are just have a feeeeeeew questions about how a Sexually Transmitted Demon actually works.
Also be on the look out for Team Manticore, our newest addition to the Nightmare Feed that will be taking up the Friday slot with their horror themed arts and comics.
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