Murder. Mayhem. Some more murder and a wee little bit of mayhem. The notorious crimes showcased within the Reelz Channel’s special entitled “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Crimes” very well may just be (more…)
I can’t rave enough about both THE GUEST and A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, both films that just recently arrived on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Packs from Universal Pictures. Here are a few scenes, as well as some words on the films and working on them from actor DAN STEVENS. I highly recommend both films. THE GUEST was even my (more…)
I reviewed (REVIEW HERE) and trashed a movie review and news program (Mark at the Movies) hosted by Mark S. Allen, a radio dj/personality in Sacramento not too long ago and he contacted me and asked me to be on his show. I thought it was a prank or joke. I thought I was going to be (more…)
I love movies. I love all kinds of movies. Sometimes I enjoy “dumb” movies for various reasons and sometimes I want to see a very smart and technically mind-blowing film on another day. I may like that large-budgeted movie because I can appreciate the detail put into the story and sets or the incredible performances given by A-List actors and actresses. Therefore, because I love movies, I generally like to seek out film review and entertainment shows dedicated to (more…)
For those of you in the Michigan-area and the surrounding Midwest, you might want to check out the GRAND RAPIDS COMIC-CON in Grand Rapids, Michigan from November 21-23, 2014 at the DeltaPlex. SHU-IZMZ ran into the guys from Grand Rapids this year at C2E2 and because they were so cool, we decided to help spread the word about their convention. After all, Michigan is not THAT far away from the Chicagoland area and is part of the Midwest family. Here are the first few press updates with some guest announcements and info about the convention. So far, they have (more…)
Sadly, British cinema is a topic I am far too unfamiliar with for one that would like to consider himself a film geek, but I am learning more each and every day by seeking out films of particular interest that also just happen to be movies made from across that little pond known as the North Atlantic Ocean. As I was opened up the pages to Headpress Publishing’s latest item on the menu regarding film, specifically British film, in OFFBEAT: British Cinema’s Curiousities, Obscurities, and Forgotten Gems (edited by Julian Upton), I realized that not only was I going to learning about a multitude of unique films old and new from the U.K., but that these particular films were movies (more…)
Way back in February of 2011, I posted a piece on a small independent horror film called NIGHTBEASTS because Bigfoot is cool and I can’t get enough of those types of horror B-films. Also, Zack Galligan of GREMLINS and WAXWORK starred in it.
Well, more than 2 years later, screenings are (more…)
For fans of the macabre, the gory, and the sleazy–a new midnight film series showcasing some of the most notoriously sleazy, bloody, vile, gory pieces of trashy grindhouse cinema never meant for mass consumption a monthly film series event is coming to the Logan Theatre at midnight. After all, the people that attend these (more…)
Unfortunately, my episode intended for today at Core of Destruction Radio got messed up because the Mediafire link did not work, so I have decided that Mediafire can go fuck itself and am now using a different website to upload my shows. Hopefully, this link will work and everyone can enjoy my rants on movies, music, and books today. I talk about a new film coming to select (more…)
Here is the download link for the interview with the cast of PORTRAIT OF A ZOMBIE, an Irish Indie zombie flick that has a great deal more depth than one’s average zombie flick! Director/Writer BING BAILEY, writer LAURA MORAND BAILEY, actors STEVEN NEESON and PAUL O’BRYAN and actresses DIANE JENNINGS and GERALDINE McALINDEN were on hand to talk about the making of the film and all the juicy details that went into the production. (more…)
Here is the download link to SHU-IZMZ RADIO Episode #4 on CORE OF DESTRUCTION RADIO. Producer Zach Green of Fatal Pictures took the time to chat with me about his upcoming horror short film FAMILIAR, directed by Richard Powell. Of course, as fate would have it, there was some technical difficulty (my cell phone went insane) around the 3 minute mark and I had to call back in so keep listening because not only do myself and Zach talk about his short film we decide to talk about Chicago, its crime, politics, and some other films. Also, find out how little I actually know about gun laws. As always, ANYTHING goes on the SHU-IZMZ RADIO show! (more…)
Tim Burton has yet to disappoint me with any film he has directed. Yes, I did not loathe his remake of PLANET OF THE APES with Mark Wahlberg (it was not very good, though). I have seen bits and pieces of the original DARK SHADOWS television show, but really am curious as to how Burton is going to do it. The cast is incredible, starring all the Burton regulars like Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but also has some actors and actresses in it I am very curious to watch perform such as Jonny Lee Miller (HACKERS) who I thoroughly enjoyed most recently in Season 5 as a professional motivational speaker (like a less annoying version of Tony Robbins) and Eva Green (CASINO ROYALE) whose character also would have worked if Lisa Marie got the role and was still in Tim Burton’s life.
The historic Portage Theater is one of the oldest and largest movie theaters in Chicago that still plays film in its theater and has not switched over to the new digital format that so many theaters already have switched to, making it a unique theater experience where one can still be able to experience a movie in its purest format: 35mm film. I still love going to the Portage Theater and it has been the home for many horror fans film events and mini-film fests! Those in the Chicagoland area know how much the Portage Theater means to horror, sci-fi, and cult film fans, as well as fans of silent film. Sadly, the Portage may be bought out and turned into (more…)
This week on SHU-IZMZ RADIO I review THE TAPES (2011), ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS (Chopped Version), and FAMILIAR (2012). This week’s show was sponsored in part by ZOMBIEBLOODFIGHTS.COM! Click the link below to listen or download the show. One can also listen to the show at CORE OF DESTRUCTION RADIO!
Japanese horror films have always held a special place in my heart, but not just specifically horror—all films from Japan from all the various genres have always been a cultural curiosity, sort of thing for me. There culture is just so fascinating and interesting, whether it be the ways they prepare and consume food, how they build such awe-inspiring electronics, or even the consumer products they put in their vending machines on the streets. Really, one can go to a machine and buy a bottle of booze or purchase a pair of used panties for the jerk-off ride home on the train. Don’t forget to grope the sexy schoolgirl with the short Catholic plaid skirt and knee-high stockings, shortly after every dude on the train jumping in on the action in Chikan frenzy! (more…)
My Glut-Fest continues as I then viewed COUNTESS DRACULA’S ORGY OF BLOOD (2004), another film shot on video and the second of the Dracula Trilogy that director Glut directed and wrote. If you read my prior two reviews of Don Glut’s flicks, you have a pretty good idea what you are going to be in store for with this one. The sequel to THE EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS DRACULA, COUNTESS DRACULA’S ORGY OF BLOOD, definitely lives up to its title. (more…)