October is finally upon us! I think Halloween is my second favourite "holiday" of the year...Christmas being the first, obviously because I get presents. For this month, you're going to see less Cartoon and far more Horror. For Thursday Cartoon Intros I will be posting a different Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Intro each week. For Fan Art Fridays I will go back to weekly postings, but all will be horror inspired fan art. As much as I love my cartoons, they are going to have to take a back seat this month to make way for all the horrible happenings. You'll still see the odd cartoon news story pop up, but I presume it won't be as frequent. Another tradition I have every October is I try to watch at least one horror movie every day with my wife leading up to Halloween. Usually we can't pull it off because we get so busy, but this year we will continue to try our best. So one of the things I thought would be fun is if I could get my wife's reaction on each film. She's not really into horror movies, so it'd be fun if I could put a rating on the film that would let other husbands or boyfriends know if they should make their wife or girlfriend watch it. Not sure if it will happen, but we'll see.
"I pity the fool..."...who doesn't watch this cartoon intro. Mister T's cartoon series ran for 30 episodes on NBC from '83 to '86 and lasted a total of 30 episodes. 30 episodes seems like a record compared to most of the shows I've featured on here lately. Currently only one episode is available on the WB's Saturday Morning Cartoons of the '80s. I've included a little of live-action Mister T discussing the episode. Be sure to check it out!
I've been putting off showing some of these new releases so I could do them all at once. I couldn't wait any longer for Horror Hound to release images of their next issue, so we'll just have to wait for that one.
Next month's Fangoria looks incredible...not because of the lame-ass Gene Simons cover, but because they are bringing back pull out posters to the mag!
Next month's Rue Morgue looks like it will be a good one too. Their celebrating their 13th anniversary Halloween issue.
Rue Morgue #105
As for DVD and Blu-ray news, I've put off on showing a few great titles coming to DVD from Shout! Factory. First up is The Slumber Party Massacre Collection DVD set.
Slumber Party Massacre - Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
The set will include trailers, photo and poster still gallery, a 3-part documentary and a collectible booklet. What makes this release even cooler, is if you order the DVD now directly from ShoutFactory.com, you receive this awesome pillowcase.
Pillowcase in action! (taken from Shout! Facebook page)
Here are two more releases coming out from Shout!
The Evil / Twice Dead (Double Feature) - Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
Both movies feature audio commentaries and trailers.
The Terror Within / Dead Space (Double Feature) - Release Date: Nov 2, 2010
Bonus features include trailers and a commentary track for Dead Space.
Details about the upcoming Cannibal Girls DVD have finally surfaced. Previously I mentioned in my MIA on DVD post that the movie would be released on blu-ray. Unfortunately, I was wrong and the movie will not be available on blu-ray.
Cannibal Girls - Release Date: Oct 26, 2010
Bonus features include commentary, trailer, alternate audio track featuring the infamous bell that rings prior to the gore scenes and interviews with Ivan Reitman, Eugene Levy and Daniel Goldberg.
Also, Code Red DVD released a 30th anniversary edition of Madman on DVD yesterday. I highly recommend fans of the film pick this up as rumours have been spreading that Code Red will be shutting their doors in 2011. Now's your chance to grab all those obscure DVD titles...like Beyond the Door!
Bonus features include a 91 minute featurette titled "The Legend Lives: 30 Years of Madman", commentary, trailers and more.
In addition to Madman coming out on DVD yesterday, VCI Entertainment FINALLY released Dark Night of the Scarecrow on DVD. Unlike it was previously mentioned, Dark Night will only get a DVD release...no blu-ray.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow - Release Date: Sept 28, 2010
Bonus features include commentary and the original CBS promo for the movie.
And lastly, Guillermo del Toro's first feature film, Cronos, is making its way to blu-ray thanks to The Criterion Collection. I'm sure this will be a pretty penny, but totally worth it! In addition to Cronos, CC is also releasing Cronenberg's Videodrome onto Blu-ray.
Cronos Blu-ray - Release Date: Dec 7, 2010
The BRD will be packed full of featurettes, a short film, still galleries, trailers, etc.
Videodrome Blu-ray - Release Date: Dec 7, 2010
All the extra features seem to be ported over from the DVD release.
Gallery 1988 is one of the many reasons I am excited to be moving to LA in a few months. Recently they had an exhibit called The 3G Show: Ghostbusters, Goonies & Gremlins. Approved artists from all over North America provided fan artwork for each title. Below are some of my favourites.
Be sure to check out the rest at Gallery 1988's website by clicking here.
For more info on the show, check out Electric Playground's coverage of the event...