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Streeboween: 24 Hours of Horror Films for Halloween: A Live Blogging Marathon

Streeboween: 24 Hours of Horror Films for Halloween: A Live Blogging Marathon

Oct 31, 2014

Live blog. Happy Halloween, my manic mutants! It’s time to take off our masks and let our real selves shine through! For most of the mundane world, that statement would have been reversed but you and I know all too well that the everyday face that we put on at work is just a persona and a false mask to help us fit in without upsetting the surface dwellers or exposing the masquerade. Today is our day. Join me in peeling back your skin and letting your fur grow out as we head out into the Halloween night to howl at the moon and any passersby that come along. As part of the ongoing Streeboween tradition, I always challenge myself to watch a twenty-four hour marathon of Halloween horror films to celebrate the occasion. As Halloween is being celebrated on Friday this year, we’ll have to start our countdown during the day and carry on through the night! The time has come so let’s not tarry further! 4pm – Teen Titans: Season Two Episode Five: Fear Itself. Since the Sun is still in the sky let’s start with something simple and friendly to set the mood. I always loved it when my favorite TV show characters celebrated the holiday with us. Scouring my DVD collection, I came across this Halloween themed episode of Teen Titans so let’s give it a go! 4:30pm – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Let’s continue the daylight celebration with a perennial favorite – Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin! 5pm – Tales from the Darkside: Trick or Treat This first episode was directed by none other than the great George A. Romero so what better way to move the mood into the dark than with the Godfather of Modern Horror? This episode always spooked me out when I was a kid. 5:30pm – The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 feet Let’s throw in some classic horror with that classically trained actor, of course I’m talking about The Twilight Zone with William Shatner. Nothing gets you in that old Twilight Zone mind frame better than the sight of Captain Kirk yelling about a gremlin on the wing of his...

Sick Minds Think Alike: John Carpenter, and Stephen King

Sick Minds Think Alike: John Carpenter, and Stephen King

Oct 31, 2014

Guest blogger post by Brendon Engel  Mention the words “horror author” to any aficionado of the genre and there’s no doubt who immediately comes to mind. Indeed, many of Stephen King’s legendary stories have been translated by Hollywood into big screen adaptations with varying degrees of success, including Pet Sematary, The Dead Zone, The Shining and even Shawshank Redemption. But King’s often overlooked Christine – the story nearly every male car enthusiast can relate to about an awkward teen’s obsession with a demonically charged ’57 Plymouth Fury – had become something of an instant “closet classic” amongst terror film fans when director John Carpenter brought the story screaming to the screen in 1983. From the throaty roar of the main character’s engine to Carpenter’s instantly recognizable sense of building, foreboding doom (a characteristic seen in all his films), Christine’s story jumped off the pages of King’s book and into motion picture history Equally adept as King at crafting riveting, terror-inducing experiences, director John Carpenter has become synonymous with “atmospheric fright” to his legions of dedicated fans – from that little independent flick absolutely teeming with mood that paved the way for dozens of “slasher” films in its wake (Halloween) to his unique renditions of horror classics (The Thing, Village of the Damned), Carpenter is nothing if not inventive. The collaboration between author Stephen King and director John Carpenter for the screen adaptation of King’s Christine is steeped in a history of intrigue; what would follow resulted in a film experience every car-loving guy could relate to and every jealously-scarred girl cringed at.   Interestingly, both men drew their inspiration from many of the same influences – particularly science fiction literature and films. Where King demonstrated a fondness for Ray Bradbury material, Carpenter clearly used the science fiction works of filmmakers like Howard Hawks to draw inspiration from (in particular, Hawks’ production of the seminal campy classic The Thing From Another World, which Carpenter remade in 1982, courtesy of incredible creature effects, as simply The Thing). Also important to note when comparing these two horror masters is their fondness for the old E.C. horror comic books; King’s interest in the E.C. material was overtly obvious when...

John Carpenter Interview on MVP Mutant Radio

John Carpenter Interview on MVP Mutant Radio

Oct 21, 2014

Join the Mutantville Players for another Halloween season episode of MVP Mutant Radio featuring the exclusive John Carpenter interview in audio format for the first time! Streebo and Geo bring you another fun filled discussion on all things Halloween in the land of MVP. http://traffic.libsyn.com/mvpmutantradio/JOHN-CARPENTER-MVP-MUTANT-RADIO.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:09:19 — 63.5MB) | EmbedBecome MVP Player Subscriber iTunes | Android |...

ADRIENNE BARBEAU JOINS MAD MONSTER PARTY 2014 – CANCELED

ADRIENNE BARBEAU JOINS MAD MONSTER PARTY 2014 – CANCELED

Nov 27, 2013

UPDATE – ADRIENNE BARBEAU had to cancel as of 3-11-2014 due to starting a new film role on the weekend of the convention. ADRIENNE BARBEAU JOINS MAD MONSTER PARTY 2014! ADRIENNE BARBEAU (The Fog, Escape From New York, Swamp Thing, Creepshow) joins the Party in Charlotte, NC March 21st-23rd. John Carpenter’s scream queen, Adrienne was even in The Thing (uncredited) as the computer voice. She also voiced Catwoman in the 90s Batman animated series. Other TV work includes Carnivale and, most recently, guest spots on Dexter and Sons of Anarchy! There are a LIMITED NUMBER of discounted rooms at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, so act fast if you want to save money with the Mad Monster rate! RSVP here… https://www.facebook.com/events/138524983014208/?ref=ts&fref=ts Check out the website for more info, to get tickets and book your room…...

Roger Ebert buys ticket to Silver Screen in the Sky. Renowned Film Critic dies at Age 70.

Roger Ebert buys ticket to Silver Screen in the Sky. Renowned Film Critic dies at Age 70.

Apr 4, 2013

Tis a sad day indeed here on the Mutantville Mothership as word has come through the Internet Hive Mind that one of the great critics of our age Roger Ebert – has succumbed at long last in his battle with cancer. As a child I watched Ebert and partner Gene Siskel’s film review programs on television. It was one of the few way to preview movies outside of the official trailer and the only true source of critical discussion on the art of films available to me at that time. Although Ebert often derided the genre work that I so loved – he was just as quick to uphold the great examples of genre works such as John Carpenter’s Halloween, Star Wars, so on and so forth. He and partner Gene Siskel helped shape my perception of a how a film should be experienced and discussed. For that I am forever thankful. For more information on the passing of Roger Ebert – visit this fantastic write up on...