Here’s a lil’ vid of my The Last Drive-In boss, legendary Horror Icon Mr. Joe Bob Briggs, and I on the hunt for the equally legendary Fouke Monster. When we filmed our “The Legend of Boggy Creek” episode, JB mentioned that it was on his bucket list to get out to Fouke, AK to visit the Monster Mart and see if we could find any signs of the monster himself. My reaction was, “HECK YES! LET’S DO THAT!!” and our adventure was afoot! (A BIG foot, if you will... 😉) Thanks for checking it out! 🖤
Round 2 with the Iconniest Icon who ever Iconned, Mr. Clint Freaking Howard!!! I ask him some of the burning questions ya’ll tweeted me (we finally know what tranya tastes like!!!) and continue my relentless campaign to make Ice Cream Man 2 a reality!
Quarantime Podcast #2: In this episode I check in with the sweet, gore-geous Ms. Kelli Maroney to talk about her appearance on The Last Drive-In season premiere & see how she’s holding up during our continued El Lay Lockdown.
Live (ish) from Quarantine, I get to chat with Mr. Chris (Freaking!) Jericho, whom I’ve admired for years & who is guest ho-sting the Season 2 premiere of The Last Drive In! (*squeeee!*) We chat about ho-w we’re spending our Quarantime, & get a lil’ nerdy about ho-rror films...Break out the bubbly!
Here be Spoilers:
Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please: Your nerves are about to be subjected to the unmitigated terror of Popcorn! For those who are averse to arson, the removal of human faces, vivid depictions of electrocution, remote-controlled mosquitoes as murder weapons, or hideous psychopaths, we strongly urge you to leave this page immediately. If you have a heart condition, we suggest you consult a doctor before proceeding. Never have you known such ho-rror; never have you seen such brutality; never have you witnessed such insanity as that which you are about to behold with your very eyes! Ladies and gentlemen, who's hungry for Popcorn?!
Popcorn is a 1991 yelp-yarn directed by Porky's actor Mark Herrier and an uncredited Alan Ormsby. (Ormsby was replaced a few weeks into filming, though Ormsby did direct the films within the film.) The film is a valentine to the genre we love so dearly: a sanguinary salute to our favorite filmic freak features! Picture Phantom of the Opera reworked as a slasher film directed by William Castle, and you'll begin to understand the maniacal madness that is Popcorn. Whether you're into teen screams or atomic abominations, Popcorn has the right fright for you! You'd have to have an unblackened heart not to dig it.
The film concerns a group of kooky college kids who endeavor to raise money for their film club through peppy cleanup montages and an all-night horrorthon. Maggie (Jill Schoelen), a member of the club, has a recurring dream about a sinister figure pursuing a young woman named Sarah. At the horrorthon, strange things begin to occur, and the man of Maggie's dreams appears to be all too real. And amongst the manufactured monsters and staged ho-rrors, true evil lurks about the theater. Man or Phantom, Maggie's stalker is ready to steal the scene.
Despite the body count, there's something oddly pleasant about this movie: in essence, it's a cheery celebration of ghoul gatherings and movie screenings. The scenes of the horrorthon are accurate to the eXXXperience of a revival marathon, and the films watched by the characters onscreen are a gas; affectionate spoofs of cl-Ass-Sick spookfare like the films of Jack Arnold and Toho's ground-level sci-fi. Whenever the killer is absent, it really feels like you're just having grand ol' time with the Mutant Fam. (And with most theaters closed, Popcorn is a decent substitute for those theatrical gatherings.)
But there is indeed a killer, and they're not part of the ballyhoo. While the film clubbers employ shock gags to amuse their guests, the killer provides genuine carnage. Popcorn isn't eXXXactly drenched in blood, but the murder set pieces are a SCREAM! Using Castle-esque gimmicks as instruments of ASS-assination, the enigmatic killer picks off the college students in delicious slasher fashion. Our favorite kill scene involves a giant mosquito that plays out like a traditional Phantom chandelier crash. (it's so nice, they use it twice!)
While we have spoiled some aspects of the film (sorry), we will refrain from giving away the film's big surprise. Let's just say that the killer is one of the most underrated monsters in moviedom. He (or she... or it) brings the nuttiness up to 11 and elevates a cool movie to a great movie. Between the monster movies and the movie's monster, Popcorn proves itself worthy of its GORE-GEOUS poster!
Without any further a-BOO, we bring you the buttery lunacy of Popcorn!
Check it out below, creeps!
We here at Kinky Ho-rror are fervent followers of the late, great Ray Harryhausen. If any man came close to being a real-life Dr. Frankenstein, it was Mr. Harryhausen. With primitive tools and boundless imagination, Harryhausen created monsters of all shapes and sizes. Some were scaly, some were bony, and some were beyond description, but they were all brimming with more life and personality than the humans they menaced. Through stop-motion animation, Harryhausen achieved images and created characters that can only eXXXist in the fantastic regions of cinema. He was as much a magician as Houdini or Thruston, inspiring wonder with grand illusions and clever showmanship. Considering that Master Harryhausen would've been 100 this week, we thought we would take a look at one of his great features: "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers."
While Harryhausen himself was not a fan (he considered it to be the worst of his films), we think "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" is a shining eXXXample of the man's unmatched artistry. In most Harryhausen pictures, the primary effects involved some gargantuan creature: an animal with an eXXXpressive face and limber limbs. It's far easier to endear the audience to a beast who can pantomime and convey emotion. Now, that's not to say that it's easier to animate such a being, but it's no challenge at all to love one. Ho-wever, with "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers," Harryhausen was tasked with animating something that possesses the personality and stunning good-looks of a dinner plate.
"I was very limited in what I could do with flying saucers, because they're just a metal disc. I had to try and put character in as if they were intelligently guided," said Harryhausen on the tit-ular ships. And in that goal, Harryhausen was successful. The saucers tilt, dive, and swerve with purpose, giving the impression of malign agency. We always feel a presence within the vessels, even if we know that they were glammed-up hubcaps. Harryhausen also had the ingenious idea of giving the saucers rotating panels so that they always appeared in motion: a small detail that adds a considerable amount of visual flair. Being the one-man effects crew that he was, Harryhausen had to paint the strings that held up the saucers so that they would blend into the background... which means that the poor fellow had to keep painting and repainting strings every time the background changed! But his tenacity paid off, because these are the most sensational saucers to ever invade the screen. They have no fangs or eyes, but those freaky frisbees will forever haunt you!
Though one wishes that Harryhausen had handled the alien pilots himself (they were actors in soup-can armor), the effects wizard did have one more important element to animate: the destruction of Washington DC. Harryhausen's ships lay waste to real-life monuments in a sequence that still drops jaws as well as any blockbuster before or since. Call us ghouls if you must, but we get a rotten kick out of seeing the saucers destroy the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building! I mean, it's just monster movie mayhem at its finest! Like the saucers, Harryhausen animated every crumbling building, and the fact that a physical structure is actually being dismantled just make the action on the sweeter. Your inner 10-year-old will eat this up! It's grand, it's destructive, it's everything that's great about invasion movies! Subsequent pictures have depicted similar scenes of demolition, but most of them lack the giddy energy and handcrafted appeal of "Flying Saucers."
As far as pure alien invasions go, "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" can't be beat. The film's been spoofed (Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!") and paid homage to ("Independence Day"), yet it has lost none of its macabre charm. Harryhausen had to make plates engaging... and boy, did he! Even with something as simple as flying discs, Harryhausen created something magical. Forever and always, Harryhausen is THE special effects artist.
And as a special treat, we present the destruction of Washington! Enjoy!
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This is the vid I put together of a bunch of the Mutant Fam singing The Last Drive-In theme together from quarantine...Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! (And apologies, again, for not being able to fit everyone in...Look out for the exxxtended remixxx coming soon(ish ;)!! xoxo
Our live stream of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter from March 13,2020...Joe Bob does the Dead Fuck Dance!! :)
Big thanks to the fine folks at MasiMedia who got this shindig together, and also to Mr. Roger Jackson (pictured intro-ing a screening of the film in Stu's backyard!! :) who not only came out to party with us, but-t also left me this terrifying vm that I will treasure for the neXXXt billion centuries!! :) xoxo
My Interview with Clint Freakin' Howard!!!
(nude Clint Howard and snow globes...need I say more?)
High History: Why I love Scream so much!
Starring Diana Prince/Darcy the Mail Girl