Thursday, February 26, 2009

News and shit

This fuckin rocks...







"Crawler: A construction crew is trying to solve a mystery about their bulldozer, which appears to have a mind of its own - and an insatiable hate for the human race. They are soon to discover that the heavy machinery is in fact a shape-shifting lifeform that mimics and inherits the characteristics of its surroundings."

SWEET.

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In other news, here's a link to last night's recap of the first "Official" dEdmonton meeting.

http://blog.mastermaq.ca/2009/02/25/introducing-dedmonton-canadas-halloween-festival/

Thanks Mack!
Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscar thoughts and other crap

My thoughts? It was great to see Heath Ledger win. Although he deserved the Oscar regardless, one wonders if the Academy would have honored such an original performance if Ledger were still alive. Jackman was surprisingly funny. Steve Martin, Tina Fey, and Ben Stiller's Joachim Phoenix giant 70's porno bush beard were highlights as well.

And in the horror front, it was cool to see long time make-up FX guru Greg Cannom get some gold (although there's no fucking way the team from Hellboy 2 weren't more deserving).

But holy flurking schnit did the rest of the show blow. Although they did mention the late Maila Nurmi AKA Vampira, the FAILURE of the Academy to include Forrest J. Ackerman in their "In Memoriam" reel really burned my ass. A fucking film critic got a mention, yet Forrest, a tireless campaigner for sci-fi and horror (arguably two of Hollywood's profitable genres) and a child-at-heart who has inspired some of our greatest talents, never got a mention. I've heard speculation that it's because Forrest wasn't an Academy member - if that's the case, a big fat Oscar up the ass to the Academy. His contributions to the industry over his lifetime far outweigh fucking membership dues.

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In other sad news, we lost one of the slickest vampire pimps of all time. Robert Quarry, best known for his role as Count Yorga, Vampire, passed away at 83 this week. While he spent the biggest part of the 80's and 90's doing b-grade stuff like Droid Gunner and Teenage Exorcist, back in the 70's, Quarry starred in a number of classic horror flicks, including Yorga and it's sequel, Deathmaster, Madhouse, and Dr. Phibes Rises Again with Vincent Price, and in one of my favorites, the Blaxploitation voodoo classic Sugar Hill . He also starred alongside Paul Newman in a couple of late 60's flicks, WUSA and Winning.

Thanks Robert, and RIP.

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Finally, a shout out to my fellow Councilman of E-ville, Darryl. Check out his blog at http://www.peanutgnome.com/!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Strangely enough, as I was trying to think about what to write I became consumed by one thought - is Dom DeLuise still alive? I had to find out. A quick jaunt to IMDB confirmed the fatso is still kicking, and in a ironic twist (not proper irony, but an Alanis ironic-but-not-really sorta way), his next role is a cameo is in a flick called Horrorween. Karma, man.

A click or two, and I got some dirt on this "Horrorween" business, and it's not pretty. I'd post the link to their homepage but since i don't think they've changed the name of the film to "This Account Has Been Suspended" I'll let the IMDB link suffice.


Horrorweeen is a 3D comedy/horror directed by and starring Joe "Martin Sheen's Brother" Estevez (does any movie really "star" Joe Estevez?), known for his stellar work in the MST3K classics Soultaker and Warrwilf. Scrolling down, I found possibly one of the most intriguing ensemble casts assembled on film - besides Deluise, Jenna Jameson, William Shatner, Tom Savini, Alice Cooper, Donald Trump, Flavor Flav, and George Clinton all star. The cast is intriguing because they're all listed as either playing themselves or as cameos, making me wonder if they're willingly in this movie, or if good ol' Joe just stalked them with a camera Bowfinger style. Either way, the prospect of seeing Dom Deluise's giant ass or Flavor Flav's Gollum-esque features on a big screen IN 3D NO LESS could make for a more frightening time than My Bloody Valentine.


If I didn't love you all, you bet your ass I'd screen this at our next horror fest. Followed by a Q&A with Estevez, Flav, and Dom's ass.


Anyways, onto good movies. Our friends at Metro Cinema are treating us to a "Weekend of Witches", featuring screenings of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Day of Wrath and 1962's Burn, Witch, Burn! The only thing missing is Simon, King of the Witches!
Kudos to Metro from programming some really off-the-wall shit, and for still hanging in there as our only indie theatre in the city.
Once you've got your fair share of the black arts, head over to The Brixx (Starlite Room) and catch Saskatchewan's The Sinisters with Vrolox and The Yells live in concert.
For those in the local psychobilly/punk scene, Vrolox is Edmonton's newest supergroup composed of cool cats from Jukebox Shock, The Homewrekers, and Death By Dawn.
Cheers

First Post!!!

Well, the banner's too big for the page, and I really don't have this shit sorted out yet, but let's just dive right in, shall we?

This is The Dedmontonian - direct from Dedmonton, Hellberta. This is what I hope will be our creepy little burg's best source for horror info - film, tv, music, etc. - and a place where us sick bastards can congregate, have a good time, and discuss the grue and gore.

I've lived about 2/3rds of my life in our harrowing hamlet, and I can safely say I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Edmontonian. That being said, sometimes we can suck sphincter - especially if you're a horror fan like me. Simply put, we get the shit end of the stick. Sure, we get the big releases, but the cool little independent horror flicks that grace the cinemas of cities like Toronto, Montreal, and even Halifax never seem to make it here. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why. Because this city has the liveliest, craziest, fucked-in-the-head-iest bunch of freaks in Canada.

Cheers to you, my demented tribe.

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