Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to the Misfits

There’s still a few days left to contribute to the  Kickstarter campaign for Hybrid Moments: A literary Tribute to the Misfits, ‘a collection of short stories inspired by the songs of the greatest horror punk band of all time’By participating you can snag yourself limited edition copies of the book, due out in October, and a wide range of other goodies besides. Published by WeirdPunk Books Hybrid Moments follows their 2015 release Blood for You: A Literary Tribute to GG Allin.

Hope other people out there are looking forward to this release as much as I am. Danzig era Misfits are one my all time favourite bands, so I’m extremely proud to be apart of this book and delighted that its release will coincide with the Misfits reunion. And isn’t that an awesome cover!

Hybrid Moments

DVD Release for Tobe Hooper’s I’m Dangerous Tonight (1990)

I'm Dangerous TonightI’m a massive Tobe Hooper, he is without question my favourite American genre director, I’ve seen all his movies, all, that is, except for 1990’s I’m Dangerous Tonight. Based on a novella by crime writer Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968), this was a made for TV horror movie that aired on the USA Network on 8 August 1990 and then released on home video. It stars the gorgeous Madchen Amick (Shelly from Twin Peaks), which makes me all the more desperate to see it. VHS copies have always alluded me, they’re incredibly rare, and my scouring the internet for a copy of the film to stream has never been successful. But now finally, on 18 July 2016, it’s getting a long overdue DVD release, thanks to Final Cut Entertainment.

This has been a long time coming, it’s terrible how this movie, directed the man who gave us Texas Chain Saw Massacre (and Crocodile) and starring one of the hottest women ever to have a camera focused on her, has been pretty much forgotten about for twenty-six years! And sure, the plot about an evil Aztec cloak sounds corny as hell, but, even so, I can’t wait to finally get my hands on a copy and see what craziness Hooper did with this one. Now can we please get a DVD release for 1999’s The Apartment Complex.

“Psycho star Anthony Perkins stars in this brilliant supernatural thriller. When a college student turns an ancient Aztec cloak into a party dress the results are catastrophic. The death toll mounts as supernatural powers cause the deaths of anyone who comes into contact with the dress. Directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper. Product Description from Amazon.

Lost Themes II

Also, John Carpenter, probably my second favourite American genre director, has just released Lost Themes II, the follow up to his amazing Lost Themes album, which I’m really looking forward to sitting down and listening to, and Danzig has put out an awesome music video for his cover of Black Sabbath’s NIB. Typical of a Danzig video, it features a lot of scantily clad models. It’s what music videos would look like if Jean Rollin directed them. Good stuff!

NIB Two Girls

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NIB Girl

 

November Coming Fire

November can be quite a depressing month, not because of the early sunsets and the chilly weather (I personally like both these things), but because Halloween has passed, the end of the year is now on horizon and one begins reflect on just how quick the past eleven months have flown by. It’s fortunate then that, to keep away the post Halloween blues, two of my favourite artists, Tobe Hooper and Glenn Danzig, will being releasing much anticipated new material this November.

Coming out first, on NoveDJINN_DVDmber 17, will be the DVD release of Tobe Hooper’s much delayed movie Djinn. From what I’ve read about the plot, think Rosemary’s baby meets Wishmaster. The film was actually completed five years ago, 2010, but couldn’t find a distributor and/or was held back by its financers, the United Arab Emirates, who had issues about the way the country was depicted in the film. Troubled productions unfortunately are quite common with Tobe Hooper movies and at 72 years old Djinn looks like it might be his last feature film so I’m glad it’s finally getting released. Thanks Screen Media Films. Mr. Hooper gets a lot of shit (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre is his only good film. Steven Spielberg really directed Poltergeist!”) but I love him, The Funhouse, Lifeforce, TCM 1&2 and Toolbox Murders are my favourites (and Salem’s Lot was the first movie to ever give me nightmares). Not all his films are perfect but I’ve never seen a Tobe Hooper movie I haven’t enjoyed (O.K Crocodile was shit! But that’s it.). Even his novel Midnight Movie was fun.

Scheduled for release sometime in late November is Glenn Danzig’s long awaited covers album, Skeletons. Not much to say about it. It’s Danzig so it’s gonna kick ass!

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Horror & Metal: The Misfit, The Zombie & The Clown

There are three films currently in development that not only promise to be really good but also to reinforce the symbiotic relationship that exists between horror and metal, the twins of evil. The three films are Ge Rouge, 31 and Officer Downe.

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Of the three, Ge Rouge is by far the one I’m most looking forward to seeing, if it ever finally gets made that is. To be written and directed by ex-Misfits singer, and one of my personal heroes, Glenn Danzig, Ge Rouge has been in development hell now for quite some time, I remember talk starting about this movie from way back in 2008. Having endured over five years of cockteasing I had all but given up on it. But then I read an interview with Danzig from October 2014, while he was promoting his Samhain performance for Phil Anselmo’s metal/horror festival Housecore. When asked about the movie Danzig said:

“Yeah we’re still doing it. It’s just in Hollywood you go from producer to producer. But right now I’m working with this really cool guy. It looks like it’s actually really gonna happen this time so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. We’ve actually got a production date for March so we’ll see if that changes or not. And we asked the Soska sisters to direct a Verotik pic and they reacted very favorably to it so hopefully it’s all gonna happen.”

It’s March now, so hopefully the cameras are rolling. If you’re not familiar with Danzig’s Ge Rouge character then you’re probably not familiar with Danzig’s comic book company Verotik. If you like your comics to contain lots of violence, nudity, S&M and occult symbolism then you have to check out some Verotika titles. On the other hand, if you don’t like those things then you should probably check out a proctologist because you obviously have a stick up your ass. Other Danzig creations include, Igrat, Satanika, Venus Domina and G.O.T.H. But what particularly excites me about Ge Rouge is that it’s set in the world of late 19th century New Orleans Voodoo. Ge Rouge is a resurrected Voodoo priest. With Danzig’s love of cool visuals and violence this movie should be something special. I can’t wait!

31

31 is Rob Zombie’s latest film project. He caused a bit of a stink with some people by asking fans to finance the project through fanbacked.com donations. As I’m writing this the film hasn’t gone into production yet, so there’s still time to give this multi-millionaire your money, it is your money to do with what you want!

I’m still on the fence about Rob Zombie movies. I felt indifference towards 1,000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, haven’t seen the Halloween remakes, but I really liked Lords of Salem. I do however think all his movies, the ones I’ve seen anyway, look great and the production art for 31 looks interesting, so I’ll give this go when it comes out. According to Zombie the plot is:

“It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.”

31 production art

And finally there’s Shawn ‘Clown from Slipknot’ Crahan’s Officer Downe. Based on a graphic novel, which I haven’t read, it’s about a police officer, and Sgt Slaughter lookalike,  who dies only to be brought back to life again to continue his police work. Apparently the graphic novel was ultraviolent so hopefully the film will be too because the plot doesn’t blow me away. I do like Crahan though. Say what you like about Slipknot, Crahan seems like a real cool guy with a genuine passion for horror. And, from what I gather, he’s the main guy behind Slipknot’s artistic direction. So the film should be an interesting watch at the very least.

Shawn the Clown