What Every Happened To Me?

What Every Happened To Me?

What Every Happened To Me?

Hello, long time no see. This is going to be a personal post that I’m sure will be of zero interest to anyone. However, since the last film I reviewed was in January of 2017, I thought it appropriate to briefly explain my absence. I’m going to cover a few things, from politics to my health, to the passing of my mother, and even the passing of my cat in 2018. I’ll also talk about my lack of desire to watch horror movies. All of these played an important role in why I haven’t been posting here.

So let’s dive in, shall we…

I spent the first half of my life being a Republican. About halfway through Bush Jr.’s first term, I realized I was being lied to. I had failed on every level to see the falsehoods I was being fed by the party. I had supported a war in Iraq, I believed they had WMD’s. When Colin Powell sat before the U.N and told the world that Iraq was concealing WMD’s, I believed him! Even though our scientists were telling us it was false. And guess what? It was indeed false.

You see, it turns out that what I was told was the “liberal media” was not in fact the liberal media, it was just the media, and they were right. I’ve always believed that people have the right to love and be whomever they want to be. But more than that, I believe that being gay or transgender is not a choice. It’s who these people are.

After 9/11, I watched then-president Bush push an agenda of hate and fear. The further I got away from the party, the more I started to see that they have been doing that for years and years, but they masked it through patriotism and Christianity. I became so disgusted by the party that I registered as an Independent. I have been ever since, and I have voted for Democrats and Independents since the early 2000s.

Now let’s jump ahead to 2016 and trump. I wasn’t a fan of his, but I loved The Celebrity Apprentice. I always kind of thought trump was an unpleasant person and he made some of the dumbest decisions on that show, but I just loved seeing these celebs trying to work together. But seeing his insane run for president and actually winning depressed and terrified me. And the sad part is, I recall watching his announcement that he was running, it was laughable and it went bad. He said things that were just flat racist and xenophobic that should have ended his political career.

But even after that speech, I was still willing to listen to him. I thought for sure he would come out and say something like, “I misspoke, what I meant to say was…” and that he’d walk it back and we’d move on. But he didn’t. He doubled down on that hate. And then little by little the GOP went all in on it.

The man is so obviously a narcissist. So obviously racist. And yet so many people were like, “Yeah, but her emails.”

I knew it was going to be bad. I knew if the GOP didn’t start standing up to trump, we would be paying for it for years. And that’s exactly what has happened. The man is literally the embodiment of everything the GOP accuses the Democrats of being. I watched this disgusting human, embarrass our country on a daily basis. The world was laughing at us. And his idiotic supporters didn’t give a damn. They loved him more because “He says it like it is.” The man lied on a daily basis and they loved it. They still do.

So, yes, I saw the writing on the wall. This country that I loved, it turns out, was not the country I thought it was. That so many people knew trump was a trash human being, and still voted for him. It really bothered me. But more than that, knowing that it was going to get worse, for years to come, I just crawled further into my social anxiety-riddled world.

I didn’t want to write. And I just couldn’t get into movies any longer. I just binge-watched TV and doom scrolled on Twitter. I don’t know why I lost interest in films. I mean, I would literally be like, I don’t want to spend 90 minutes or two hours watching something and then end up watching 7 episodes of some TV shows I’d never seen before.

But this isn’t the only thing that was going on. My health was getting worse. You see, I’m a binge eater with diabetes. Basically, it means I don’t eat because I’m hungry, I eat because I want to eat. My diabetes was out of control and my doctor was telling me I needed to go on insulin. I did not want that to happen. So I said, give me three more months to get my act together. He agreed.

Now just around that time, I had been introduced to the game of Destiny. I hated it at first. I had been a Call of Duty fan until the game turned into a heaping pile of garbage. But Destiny sucked me in and all of a sudden, I was playing it 8 hours a day or more. I was consumed with it. In that three months until my next doctor’s appointment, I had lost 30 pounds and my diabetes was near normal numbers. Since I wasn’t watching as many movies and TV shows, I wasn’t binge eating.

I was playing so much I thought, I could be a streamer, I could make YouTube videos and get paid for doing something that I love. I spent about a thousand dollars on equipment. I started putting out videos. Started to build a small following, and then Destiny 2 came out and it sucked. I kept playing but it was bad. I still play it, and it’s in my opinion, the worst it’s ever been. I don’t know what they’re doing over there at Bungie but the game is not in a good place and I honestly no longer think it’s ever going to be as good as it was. I still have hope though.

Anyway, my streaming career never took off for a couple of reasons. One, I don’t like to talk to people I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to be political on stream, but if someone says some stupid trump stuff, I would respond. But most of all, I cannot play and talk to people at the same time. I just can’t. I either play or I talk. And then there was the increasing levels of social anxiety that had been getting worse. I made videos for a couple more years but I just wasn’t into it. It was taking the fun out of playing the game.

Also, I’m a web designer. And my business was tanking. I just lost interest in designing because I was always so eager to get a new client that I would underbid. So I’d charge like 1500 for a site, that anyone else would charge five grand for. I was overworked, underpaid. But then, one of my clients hired me on a monthly basis to update their site. And, I became complacent. They paid me just enough to pay the bills and have a little left over.

Instead of taking on new clients, I just satback and worked for them. I let my business go down the drain more or less. Then, at the height of comfort, they tell me they’re retiring. But we got like a year left. Then they tell me maybe longer because they need to keep the business going until their new home is ready and that could be two years or more.

I still sat on my ass because I just had no motivation. I was drowning in depression and didn’t realize it. Then, about 4 months ago, I was told two weeks before the next payday, that it would be my last. I thought I still had a year left. So, in the past 4 months, I’ve maxed out all my credit cards, I’ve only got 500 a month coming in, from that same client but that will end in January.

So why am I writing this on a Sunday morning instead of trying to find new clients or work? Well, I’ve put an ad on Facebook, it’s been on for a week and it’s so far done nothing but I’m just tired. I have been working 12 or more hours a day for months, every single day of the week trying to learn more about my craft, taking classes and so on and I’m just tired. I loved writing for this site. I miss reviewing movies. And I think I’d like to start again. But this time I’m gonna be less creepy about it.

What do I mean by less creepy? I am a 53-year-old guy living in a crappy town, with a broken tooth, I’m overweight, the closest I’ve come to a date in years is watching horror movies and dreaming about whoever the female lead is. And I feel like all my old posts came off as creepy when it was my intention to be like creepy funny. But I was wrong because, especially in the past few years, the last thing any woman needs is to be sexualized by some nerd on the internet passing himself off as a critic. I am better than that, we all should be better than that.

But wait, there’s more! In the years since my last post, my aunt has passed away, two years later, my uncle Kim passed away. Even more sad. Kim was funny, he was a cop, a good cop, I idolized him growing up. He was healthy, led an active lifestyle. Like me, he was 6 foot 2 inches tall. A solid 220 and died in hospice just a shell of his former self. Then this past January, my mother died. We had always been close. In many ways, she was my best friend. Her health had been declining but we were optimistic. She kept telling us she was going. And we didn’t believe her. Because she had been telling us she was dying for 10 years. But, she lost her leg and spent months in the hospital before and after.

She wouldn’t do her exercises, so her back became infested with bed sores. She got transferred to a Vegas hospital, she was going to have some surgery that would scrape all that stuff off her back and give her a chance to heal. She had a DNR. That night she had a heart attack. The doctors and nurses rushed in, I wasn’t there, my dad was. They just started working on her and my dad okayed it. Not thinking. I would have done the same thing. That’s what you do.

She never really recovered from that and she spent her last week of life, in a hospital bed, in a mostly vegetative state, in pain and suffering. After about 5 days, my dad had decided that we’re gonna need to talk about turning the machines off. Because we knew this wasn’t what she wanted. It was late afternoon, early evening and we decided that I would go home and grab my login info for Peacock so that I could spend the night with her watching Murder She Wrote. She loved that show, I hated it. We didn’t know if she could fully understand what was going on but if there was anything left, maybe the music and the sounds of the show would bring her some kind of comfort.

I raced home, it was a 2-hour drive. I had a beard that she hated, so I shaved it off while I was home, I grabbed the login info for Peacock, fed the cat, and was just about ready to leave when my dad gave me the news. My mother had passed, she had another heart attack, she was gone. I think I shouted “NO!” into the phone. I cried. That was just over six months ago.

I had another doctor’s appointment this past week. All my numbers looked good except for my blood sugar. It had been good, but the last 4 months have been stressful, losing my main client and main source of income. Trying everything to obtain new clients and not being able to. It’s just been very difficult. But I finally talked about my mental health to my doctor, she put me on a new medicine. She said it’s got some potential side effects but to bear with it. It should take a couple of weeks for it to start working, but in the meantime, the side effects could be difficult.

For me, the side effects have been a mild headache, mild nausea, and a not caring attitude. I don’t know how to describe it. I just have been wanting to keep going to bed. I have zero energy. But, on the bright side, I gave into it, I spent hours in bed, Friday and yesterday, waking up late afternoon, and feeling pretty good. The energy isn’t all there yet but I feel almost optimistic, maybe?

And this optimism has made me want to give this another go. Now I have to focus on making money, so I need new clients. I’m going to focus on SEO and SEO blog writing for them, if possible but I certainly won’t turn down any design work. But the plan is to also try to get in a review a week over here if at all possible. I just watched Shadow In The Clouds last night on Hulu and I really enjoyed it. So, I hope to write about it soon. Maybe tomorrow, we shall see.

Anyway, if you took the time to read all my ramblings here, thank you. Thanks for listening and thanks for understanding.

The Zombie Fallout Music Video Teaser Is Here

The Zombie Fallout Music Video Teaser Is Here

The Zombie Fallout Music Video Teaser Is Here…

If you unaware of Zombie Fallout, it’s a series of books written by Mark Tufo. It’s about an ex-marine germaphobe with OCD and his family who all get caught in the zombie apocalypse. The story is fresh, gory, sincere and so damn funny at times. I have listened to them all on audio. Well, I am few books behind but it’s truly not by choice. So to say I am fan is understatement and when I heard they were turning these books into a series I was over the moon. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about an upcoming show or movie.

Then a month or two ago I hear from one of my most favorite people in the world. She tells me that she is going to be a zombie extra on a video shoot for Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout teaser video. In fact, I had a chance to go but just couldn’t make it. I recently had to leave Southern California for Arizona of all places. I just couldn’t make the drive and spend an entire weekend in the L.A. area. Thankfully, Stephanie could make it. She must have messaged me a dozen times. I was so thrilled for her, and more than a bit jealous. But, to be honest I don’t know who I was more jealous of, Steph for getting to be a zombie and meeting Mark Tufo or of Mark Tufo because he got to spend an entire day with Steph. Either way it sucked to be me that day but I was honestly thrilled for Steph.

Zombie Fallout with Stephanie Nielson Reed | Bad Horror Movies

Anyways, here’s what you need to know before watching the video.  The video starts off with narration taken right from the book as done by the very talented voice actor Sean Runnette. Seriously, his narration is in these books is so dead on perfect that it just sucks you right into the story. The video isn’t from the upcoming TV series, it was done for the fans. So, the main character in the video is Mark Tufo himself. The music video tells a story that, sort of mirrors the book.  Then it ends with some information about the video itself. If you’re a fan of the books this video is gonna be like a dream come true for you. If you aren’t familiar with the books, now is the time to read them or better yet, listen to them!

To give you an example of how good they are. My friend Steph didn’t know anything about Mark Tufo or the Zombie Fallout series until I had mentioned to her how much I enjoyed the first couple of books. She took it upon herself to read the first book. She was hooked. With in a month or two she had surpassed me in the series.

Also, it appears that you can download the first book on the official Zombie Fallout website here. You can also see some great behind the scenes videos. I don’t know much about the series or when it airs. Just doing a quick search around the net I couldn’t find any details.  But, as soon as I know, all 2.5 of my devoted readers will know. Now, enjoy the teaser video…

Read these books, you can thank me later!

Some pics Stephanie sent me…

Eliza from Zombie Fallout |Bad Horror Movies

Eliza from Zombie Fallout |Bad Horror Movies


Mark Tufo and Stephanie on the Zombie Fallout set | Bad Horror Movies

Mark Tufo and Stephanie on the Zombie Fallout set | Bad Horror Movies



Why You No Post Lately?

Why You No Post Lately?

Why You No Post Lately?

It’s a good question. The answer is very simple. I’ve been working really hard at not making any money. I am web designer and recently spent some time redesigning my website for Starry Night Web Designs. It’s needed updating for years now and I had just neglected it because I was either too busy working on other projects, like this site for example. One thing led to another with the redesign. Started to build the site then stopped because I wanted to add some sample templates. So I had to stop and build those template sites. It took about two weeks to get that all together. Before that I built a blog for customer and then before that I got a customer whose blog was infected with all kinds of things, so I had to work on that. I have been watching horror movies when I get the chance but it takes me at least a few hours to write a review for for bad horror movies and I just haven’t had the time.

I would love to dedicate more time to the reviews but I don’t make any money with this site, at least I haven’t yet. Granted I didn’t start this site to make money. I started it because I love horror movies and I really hate bad horror movies. Not to be confused with bad horror movies that are so bad they’re good. Those are great. My point is that I’m already not making enough money to live on. As proof of that, there are many time while grocery shopping I buy different flavored ramen noodle soups just to spice things up.

Seriously, I'm ramen noodles poor.

So I have really been focusing on getting my web design business back on track. I’ve been doing web design since ’98 but have mostly worked for others. Now that I am on my own, it’s really time to focus on the important things like earning a living so I don’t have to keep stressing over things like, did I really charge over 1,500 dollars last December and OMG I charged over 1,500 dollars last December. Oh and it would be nice to be able to stop asking myself questions like, I wonder how much longer I keep not paying rent before I get the boot?

why-you-no-post-lately-bad-horror-moviesHorror movies are the best escapism for me for many reasons. Though I have to admit they are harder to enjoy when you’re broke because you can never really focus on the movie. The other day I was watching one of my all time favorite horror movies, Psycho II. As much as I love the movie I kept inserting my own thoughts and feelings as responses to the characters and scenes in the movie. Like when Norman Bates arrives home for the first time and I am jealous of him because this guy is a psycho serial killer, spends 20 years in the loony bin and when he gets out, not only does he have an amazing home to come back to but he’s got job as a cook and is running own business. I’m fucking 46 years old I can’t even get Google to serious rank this site at all. Page 7. Seriously Google? Original content, I link out to other sites, everything your cute videos say you want and Page 7 is what I get? Shame Google, shame!

But, I digress.

I did have some fun the past few days. As I mentioned I love Psycho II and I hadn’t seen in in years and years. So after watching it, I got inspired to make my own review/fan site for it. I went out and bought the most awesome domain ever, www.feelingpsycho.com and went to work on it. When you’re done reading my sad pathetic rant, check it out, I will say that it’s designed for view on a PC. I did make a tablet and tell phone versions of the site but it looks amazing on a PC. You can click the link below to visit the site. It’s really visually fun to scroll, I promise you that.

Vist it my new site Feeling PsychoAlso, I redesigned my design site as mentioned, so please go check that out and feel free to hire me for all your website needs. I’m fast, affordable and reliable. It says so right on the website so it must be true. I put a lot of work into it, specially the template sites. Those were so much fun to make.

Check out my new design site Starry Night Web Designs

Lastly, I wanted to say that I am going be posting some great mini-reviews here coming shortly. I love to dive into my reviews and rants but I am so far behind I think I just need to knock out my backlog of movies I’ve seen yet haven’t reviewed. So for all 2.5 followers of this site, stay tuned, the mini-reviews are coming.

As you can see there’s a lot of reasons why no post lately. I am terribly sorry that I have neglected you two and half wonderful people. I will try not to let it happen too much more in the future. Thanks for you patience.

What Horror Movies Do Wrong!

What Horror Movies Do Wrong!

A good horror movie is hard to find. And, there are so many crappy horror movies that could have been really good if it weren’t for the same mistakes I see, over and over again. This is what lead to the idea for this post. What if I just said what makes a horror movie crap? How about just getting it out there and letting the makers of horror know what sucks and why. I do this because it’s obvious by the monumentally, craptastic horror movies that I have seen lately, that some filmmakers have lost their way. Someone needs to tell them WTF they are doing wrong and how to fix it so that we all don’t have to sit through so many bad horror movies.

Before I bestow my knowledge upon the masses, please keep in mind that these are just my opinions. Of course I think I am right but I am not perfect and if I were, chances are I wouldn’t be here bitching about what others are doing wrong. Someone would be paying me to do it right. And, one last thing. The problems I mention below are not always a problem, sometimes the story calls for some of things but it’s very rare and 99% of the time they do these things and it keeps an otherwise decent from being a good or great movie.


1 Stupid Things Amy Steel Car Wont Start Friday The 13th 2STUPID THINGS
First off, having your characters do stupid things. Stop it, all you’re doing is telling the audience that your movie or book isn’t smart enough to kill off a character without having them resort to stupidity. Like the classic stupid scene in every horror movie where someone hears something and decides to go check on it by themselves. It’s stupid, stop doing that. You can’t have characters in horror movies that things that real people do. In real life we’ve all heard a noise and checked on it. That’s because it’s real life we know we’re not in a horror movie and that the sound has a logical and non-life-threatening explanation. However, characters in a horror movie can’t be allowed to do that because it makes them look stupid. When characters do stupid things it takes the audience out of the movie and we all think, “They should know better than that, what an idiot.” The best horror movies usually kill characters when it’s not expected, that’s what makes it scary.

Splitting up is another stupid thing that characters always decide to do. Stop it already. It’s always a bad idea, it’s always been a bad idea, it always will be bad idea so stop making you’re characters do it. If you can’t think of a reason to split your characters up so they can more easily be killed, stop being a writer and do something else instead. You can come up with interesting ways to split up characters without having one of them say, “Let’s split up!” Use the settings of the environment or use the killer. Just stop making the characters think it will be a good idea to split up, it’s stupid. It’s not always easy to come up with a reason to have them split up however just giving up and saying, “Let’s split up” is never the answer. Here’s some suggestions to get you going. Characters in a tunnel, they get separated by a partial collapse. Characters trapped in a haunted house, the ghosts start throwing shit around and the characters scatter. Characters lost in the woods, killer shows up and kills one of them, the rest of the group scatters. It’s much more creative when you force your characters to think and much more rewarding for the audience then having one of them say, “Hey, let’s all split up!”

And, while we’re on the subject let’s go ahead and stop having everyone trip and fall while being chased. If you can’t think of a reason for your killer to catch up without having them trip and fall, just go ahead and stop writing now and find something else to do. Then there’s the car not starting. It’s stupid, it’s really stupid. And, the whole cell phone thing and never having reception. Seriously, I went on a hike not too long ago and I was in the middle of nowhere and I had cell service. No data, so I couldn’t have posted a selfie if I had wanted to but I sure as hell could have could call someone. But, even so. Just set up a situation where no one has a phone at the beginning. Just go ahead and let everyone know there’s no cell service and be down with it. Hell, have the phone break, anything but the dreaded no cell phone service excuse.


2 Travis Van Winkle Friday The 13th 2009 DouchebagTHE SAME CHARACTER TYPES IN EVERY HORROR MOVIE
The second thing horror movies do wrong. The same characters are in every horror movie. There’s the stupid jock, the stuck up girl, the slut, the dumb guy, the smart guy, the smart girl and the douchebag. It seems that every bad horror movie has a mega douchebag. He’s always such a douchebag and completely blind to his doucheness. He’s always got the smart sensitive girlfriend that for some reason is completely blinded by how big an asshole her boyfriend is. Or, she is aware of his epic douchery and for some idiotic reason chooses to stay with him in spite of it. That is until she suddenly realizes what everyone else sees and leaves him for the sensitive smart guy. Filmmakers, stop that! You don’t have to make completely stereo-typical characters. But, if you do go there, than for the love of all that is holy, make sure you kill the shit out of him when the time comes. His death must be at least equal to his douchebaggery. Anything less than that and the audience feels un-fulfilled.


3 John Sexton Anightmare On Elmstreet 1984NO ONE BELIEVES YOU
Third on my list is probably the most frustrating of all. Not believing and why they don’t believe. This is going to be a long one so bare with me.

How many times do we have to see a character open up to someone they love or a close friend and tell them, there’s a ghost, or there’s a someone after them. It doesn’t matter what they situation is. It’s like suddenly that friend or lover is Dr. Phil and has determined that the person is crazy. It’s infuriating. What kinda idiot thinks that their friend has suddenly gone crazy? It’s asinine. Stop doing that. Your character needs to take that shit a little more seriously no matter how crazy his or her story is. At least give them the benefit of the doubt. This is supposed to be a friend. Again, it’s a horror movie. You can have the friend or loved one hear the story and not just completely ignore it and just assume the person telling it has suddenly become bat shit crazy.

In real life I don’t believe in ghosts. I love a good ghost story though. And, when watching a ghost story, for example, I often think of what I would do or say if a friend or loved one came to me with an outrageous story of ghost encounter. I’ve had friends tell me of encounters they have had. I don’t believe they actually saw a ghost but I absolutely believe that they saw something that they can’t explain. I don’t assume that they are crazy. And, if a friend came at me with a really outrageous story about how a ghost was out to get us. I would listen, I would ask questions, and I would seek a logical explanation but when shit starts flying around the fucking room and ghosts are telling me to get out, I am going to get the hell out of there. I might not believe it’s a ghost but I am smart enough to accept that someone doesn’t wasn’t us there and it’s time go or at the very least get some help.

It’s like when a character is being chased by the killer and then they finally come across someone else, say a cop for example. The cop doesn’t believe them and all too soon they’re both dead. There is no excuse for this in horror movies. The cop doesn’t have to believe the crazy story. But, the cop has to take it serious enough to do more than just shrug it off like the person is crazy.

Now with all that I have said about not believing. There’s an excuse to be made as to why no one ever believes the character telling the completely unbelievable story. That’s because the person telling it sounds like a complete loon! How about this… Have the main character take a deep breath and try to calm themselves. Running up to anyone and saying some crazy unbelievable stuff is never going to work. Have your character take a mental step back and explain why they have come to believe that their house is haunted. Have them calmly explain the phenomenon they have witnessed. Hell, have them even lie a bit and make up an excuse to get the help they need. For example, the character believes their house is haunted. Then have them try this, “Hey, my house has been making some strange noises at night. Probably just the house settling but I am concerned that maybe it’s something more serious like a plumbing leak or something…” When they come over and witness the ghost, you can then have the character say, “Sorry about that, I knew you wouldn’t believe me if I just said the house was haunted.” Problem solved.


4 Dumb Cops Halloween 5MAKING COPS LOOK STUPID
This brings me to the fourth thing horror movies do wrong. Making cops do stupid things. It seems like horror movie always have cops that refuse to believe anything they are told. I have seen cops in movies go to their graves because they just refused to believe the obvious. Stop having them do that. And, while you’re at it, enough of the idiot cop characters. I am talking about the bumbling, doofus, Keystone cop characters. I don’t care what backwoods setting your film is located, stop with the goofy, idiot cop characters. If you’re going to kill them, make it exciting, give them a fighting chance and a clue.


5 Laurie Strode Michael Myers Halloween 1978MAKE SURE THE KILLER IS ACTUALLY DEAD
Number five on my list. Noting makes me root for the killer more than when some idiot assumes that they have just killed the villain when we know they have not. What does the character do? They turn their back on them and walk away. Worse, when they do so but drop the weapon right next to the killer and then turn their back and walk away. The moment this happens, I root for the killer. I have been screaming about this one for years. There is no excuse for this kind of stupidity. And, I know this is going to offend my many horror fans but this goes for Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween as well. If ever a character deserved to die in a horror movie it was Laurie Strode in Halloween. How many times did she not only stab Michael but then drop the weapon and walk away. Still, I love the movie, Michael Myers is my absolute all time favorite psycho killer. Halloween is one of my all times favorites. But, let’s not kid ourselves, Laurie Strode did some really stupid things. And, this type of character behavior has got to stop. It’s been more than 30 years since she did that and characters are still not making sure the killer is dead before they walk away.


6 Mama 2013BAD ENDINGS
The sixth and final thing is the ending. A marginal movie can be made great with the right ending. And, a great movie can be made marginal with a crappy ending. There are many ways an ending can ruin a movie. One of those ways is when there’s not a proper payoff at the end. Say you have a killer committing the most violent of murders. The films ends with less than spectacular death for our villain. The movie isn’t going to make any money because people want to feel that justice was served. As with the stereo-typical douchebag in films, the main antagonist must pay for his crimes. If the audience doesn’t feel like the killer suffered enough, it doesn’t matter how good the rest of the movie was, they will leave the theater feeling let down.


So there you have it, my list. It’s not perfect and I could spend all day long point out the stupidity in horror movies that for some reason far too many of us have just accepted as the norm. But, that would make this an almost never ending post. I could also go for just as long pointing out times when it is okay to use stereo-typical characters, stupid cops characters and so on. But, this article is about how too many times horror movies just simply got it wrong and it seems to be these things are constantly ruining what could otherwise be really good horror movies.

What do you think? Do you disagree? Did I leave something out? Am I being unfair? Let me know. I may not get the chance to respond but I will for sure read it.


Friday the 13th Franchise Cast In Memorandum

Friday the 13th Franchise Cast In Memorandum

Friday the 13th Franchise Cast In Memorandum…

The other day I started think about all the great horror movies of the 80’s. I wondered what happened to all those actors. I thought it would be a fun article to research. I start with the most infamous horror movie series in history, Friday the 13th. The first actor I look at from the movie I discover is dead. I had a crush on this actress when I first saw the film. I thought she had that whole smart & sexy thing going on. I was saddened to learn of her death and she was so young when she died.

I decided to do something I don’t really look to do and that is to look up who have we lost this most memorable of horror franchise. These actors and actresses I grew up with in the 80’s. I watched these movies countless times at the theater and home on Beta and VHS! Now, I have them all on DVD. Well, almost all of them. These films were a big part of my coming of age in the 80’s. I didn’t want to look this all up however because in my eyes, it’s a Schrödinger’s cat kinda thing. As long as I don’t know, they are still alive and doing well.

The reality though is that life and death are real and my wanting to remain ignorant doesn’t change the fact they really have passed and I felt it more important that it be recognized. As I researched, I discovered that I am not the only one who has done this. Though I haven’t found any current lists. Most all seem to be from the mid to late 2000’s. In any case, below is what I have sadly learned as of February 2nd 2015.

I would like to do this for The Halloween Series and the Nightmare On Elm Street films but it’s just so sad.  I spent my teen years in the 80’s.  These films are like family to me.  Researching this wasn’t fun.  I feel like I know some of these people.  It was just sad to me.  I feel like I’ve lost old friends.  So I am not sure when I will get to the next 80’s horror franchise.  So, sad.

A very sincere RIP to my lost film friends…


Friday the 13th 1980Laurie Bartram AKA Brenda Friday The 13th In MemorandumLaurie Bartram aka Brenda
Born: May 16, 1958 (age 56), St. Louis, MO
Died: May 25, 2007 died from pancreatic cancer on May 25, 2007


Walt Gorney AKA Crazy Ralph Friday The 13th In MemorandumWalt Gorney aka Crazy Ralph
Born: April 12, 1912, Vienna, Austria
Died: March 5, 2004, New York City, NY of natural causes at the age of 91.

Rex Everhart AKA Enos Truck Driver Friday The 13th In MemorandumRex Everhart AKA Enos (Truck Driver)
Born: June 13, 1920, Watseka, IL
Died: March 13, 2000, Branford, CT died of lung cancer at the age of 79.

Sally Anne Golden AKA The Waitress Friday The 13th In MemorandumSally Anne Golden aka the waitress
Born: July 31, 1910, Dresden, Germany
Died: January 29, 1982, New York City, NY Died at the age of 71.


Friday the 13th Part 2Tom Mcbride AKA Mark Friday The 13th In MemorandumTom McBride AKA Mark
Born: October 7, 1952, United States of America
Died: September 24, 1995, New York City, NY sadly died of complications from AIDS.


Friday the 13th Part 3Steve Susskind AKA Harold Friday The 13th In MemorandumSteve Susskind aka Harold
Born: October 3, 1942, Springfield, MA
Died: January 21, 2005, Tujunga, Los Angeles, CA Died in auto accident in Sunland, CA


Richard Brooker AKA Jason Voorhees Friday The 13th In MemorandumRichard Brooker aka Jason Voorhees
Born: November 20, 1954, Münster, Germany
Died: April 8, 2013, United Kingdom Died of a heart attack.


Perla Walters AKA Mrs Sanchez Friday The 13th In MemorandumPerla Walters aka Mrs. Sanchez
Born: January 24, 1933, Florida
Died: May 19, 2007 at the age of 74 Los Angeles, CA


David Wiley AKA Abel Friday The 13th In MemorandumDavid Wiley aka Abel
Born: 1929
Died: February 5, 2007 (age 78) in Northridge, California



Friday The 13th Part 4Antony Ponzini AKA Vincent Friday The 13th In MemorandumAntony Ponzini aka Vincent
Born: June 1, 1933, Brooklyn, New York City, NY
Died: December 30, 2002, Moosup, Plainfield, CT


Abigail Shelton AKA Woman Friday The 13th In MemorandumAbigail Shelton aka “Woman”
Born: May 3, 1932 in Wheeling, West Virginia
Died: December 11, 2006 (age 74) in Los Angeles, CA Died in her sleep.



Robert Perault aka Medic (No Picture Available)
Born: July 31, 1946 in Vailsburg, NJ
Died: January 2, 1990 (age 43) in Los Angeles, CA

post-spacerFriday the 13th: A New BeginningMark Venturini AKA Victor J Faden Friday The 13th In MemorandumMark Venturini AKA Victor J. Faden
Born: January 10, 1961, Illinois
Died: February 14, 1996, Los Angeles, CA Died from leukemia on Valentine’s Day at the age of 35.


Vernon Washington AKA George Friday The 13th In MemorandumVernon Washington aka George
Born: August 10, 1927, Hartford, CT
Died: June 7, 1988, Los Angeles, CA


Ric Mancini AKA Mayor Cobb Friday The 13th In MemorandumRic Mancini aka Mayor Cobb
Born: April 16, 1933, New York City, NY
Died: May 26, 2006, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA

post-spacerFriday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesRon Palillo AKA Allen Hawes Friday The 13th In MemorandumRon Palillo aka Allen Hawes
Born: April 2, 1949, New Haven, CT
Died: August 14, 2012, Palm Beach, FL
Died of a heart attack at his home.


Friday the 13th Part VII: The New BloodSusan Jennifer Sullivan AKA Melissa Friday The 13th In MemorandumSusan Jennifer Sullivan aka Melissa
Born: November 5, 1962, Massachusetts
Died: August 10, 2009 Randolph, MA at the age of 46


Walt Gorney AKA Crazy Ralph Friday The 13th In MemorandumWalt Gorney aka Opening Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Born: April 12, 1912, Vienna, Austria
Died: March 5, 2004, New York City, NY of natural causes at the age of 91.


Jason XJames Isaac AKA Doctor Director Friday The 13th In MemorandumJames Isaac aka Doctor (uncredited) also directed the film.
Born: June 5, 1960, San Francisco, CA
Died: May 6, 2012, Sausalito, CA died of multiple myeloma.


Freddy vs. JasonAlex Green AKA Frisell Glowing Raver Friday The 13th In MemorandumAlex Green aka Frisell (Glowing Raver)
Born: January 19, 1942, Australia
Died: July 20, 2010, British Columbia, Canada died from
liver cancer.


Friday the 13th (2009)Travis Davis AKA Officer Lund Friday The 13th In MemorandumTravis Davis aka Officer Lund
Born: October 23, 1968, Oklahoma City, OK
Died: October 12, 2009 Died of stomach cancer


Upcoming Horror Movies for 2015!

Upcoming Horror Movies for 2015!

Upcoming Horror Movies for 2015…

Well, it’s 2015 and with the new is hope that there’s more horror worth watching.  But, who am I kidding, it’s all worth watching, even the bad stuff even though bad horror movies pisses me off sometimes.  So here’s a look at the upcoming year in horror movies. (Side note, these aren’t in order of release date.  I am just posting them in the order I researched)


Amityville The AwakeningAmityville: The Awakening aka The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes (2015)
Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.  – Written by The Weinstein Company

Even though the famous house isn’t really haunted and the story everyone thinks really happened, was debunked years ago I still love Amityville stories!  So, I look forward to this one with great anticipation. And, considering it’s a Dimension Films, I have high hopes.


Poltergeist 2015 Starring Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam RockwellPoltergeist (July 24th, 2015)
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.  – Written by 20th Century Fox

I’ve got nothing on this movie other than what IMDb has to say about it.  You can see their page here.  I am looking forward to it as Sam Raimi is attached to it.


Jason is back, maybeFriday the 13th (Nov 13th, 2015)
I want to be excited about this movie but rumors have been flying since 2010 about it.  The facts are that Paramount got the rights to the franchise back from New Line.  They know the series the best however, rumors of it being a found footage film is going to kill this movie.  And, as I understand it, the film has been pushed back so many times, most recently from April to November as Paramount has chosen to release films like Scouts Vs. Zombies and the next Paranormal Activity installment first.

This can’t be a good sign.  When you have something great, you promote it and you get it out there.  If it’s shit, you keep it on the back burner until someone comes up with a good idea on how to fix it.  Granted that just my experience, I could be completely wrong. However, considering that I have been a fan of the series ever since I saw the very first one back in the 80’s.


Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity 2015Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
…is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Gregory Plotkin and written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. It is the sixth installment in the Paranormal Activity series. The film is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2015, by Paramount Pictures.”  -Wikipedia

I don’t know what to think about these.  The less Katie Featherston, the less I like these movies.  I don’t even know if she’s in the one or not.  But, I have a crush on her so I used her photo.  I haven’t even seen the last one, “The Marked One’s”.  It looked so ghetto and stupid I just haven’t had any interest at all in seeing it.  There was the one before it with those weird Quaker looking fucks at the end that was just so stupid that it took me out of the moment.  Don’t get me wrong, I find find religious people terrifying but to go from demon possessions to creepy looking old Quaker looking people was just so far off track it ruined the movie for me.

There is so little factual information on this film but as usual, I have high hopes.  I hope they lose the found footage angle.  It’s just not scary anymore.  Found footage movies today basically just tell the audience, “Sorry, we were too fucking lazy to actually make a real movie so here’s some shitty footage to make you nauseous, enjoy your popcorn bitches!”

To save the franchise we need more Katie.  We need to lose the found footage angle and just tell a good, creepy ghost story.


Olivia Wild PokiesThe Lazarus Effect (Feb. 27th)
…is an upcoming American horror film directed by David Gelb and written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater. The film stars Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass and Donald Glover. The film is scheduled to be released on February 27, 2015.” by Relativity Media.

It’s got Olivia Wild in it.  I’m sold.  Not to mention the whole bringing people back to life sounds interesting. It’s written by Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four).  Nice titles but that’s pretty much their only history.  But, it’s enough to make me hopeful.

The downside is it’s rumored to be another found footage film.  And, the movie comes out next month and I can’t find a movie poster or even a screen capture that I can say for sure is from the movie. Also it sounds like their could be problems.  It was originally a Lions Gate film, then it was sold to Relativity Media.  It’s release date has been changed a few times. This info is from Wikipedia, so who knows.  But, that’s what I got so far.

As for the post image, I couldn’t find a photo from the film so here’s someones signed photo of Olivia Wild pokies, you’re welcome.


The Vatican Tapes 2015The Vatican Tapes (Feb 27th, 2015)
…is an upcoming American horror thriller film directed by Mark Neveldine and written by Christopher Borrelli & Neveldine, based on a story by Chris Morgan and Christopher Borrelli. The film stars Kathleen Robertson, Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott and John Patrick Amedori. The film is scheduled to be released on February 27, 2015.”  by Lionsgate

“A leaked video tape reveals a Vatican exorcism gone very, very awry.” -IMDb

Can’t find too much information on this one.  Once again, the release is just over a month away and not a single trailer?  Really? A lot of quality actors in this one but the lack information out there scares me.  But, I do love a good exorcism, devil kinda movie so here’s hoping for the best.


Other notable releases this year in the name of horror:
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Jan. 2)
When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve (Phoebe Fox) and Jean (Helen McCrory) bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe in the first film, The Woman in Black) left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of a handsome pilot (Jeremy Irvine) to help investigate what is happening. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.

What We Do In The Shadows (Feb. 13)
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
– Written by Production

Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5)
…is an upcoming American supernatural horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell in his directorial debut. The third installment in the Insidious franchise, the film stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Steve Coulter, Whannell, Angus Sampson, Hayley Kiyoko, Ashton Moio, and Ele Keats. The film is scheduled to be released on June 5, 2015 by Focus Features.

The Gallows (July 10)
Twenty years after an accident during a small town high school play results in death, students at the school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone. Starring Cassidy Gifford and Pfeifer Brown.

Sinister 2 (Aug. 21)
A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death. Starring Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone.

Kitchen Sink (Sept. 4)
Vampires, humans and zombies used to get along in Dillford, but then something unexpected arrived and now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out mortal combat. It’s up to three teenagers to try to get things back to “normal.” Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Denis Leary and Joan Cusack.

Crimson Peak (Oct. 16)
Young author Edith Cushing discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.

Scouts vs. Zombies (Oct. 30)
Three scouts learn the real meaning of friendship as they work to save their town from zombies.

Krampus (Dec. 4)
A demon seeks out naughty people to punish them at Christmas time. Directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Allison Tolman and Emjay Anthony.

Phantasm V: Ravager (Unknown 2015)
…is an upcoming horror film, the fifth and final film in the Phantasm film series. It marks the first and only film in the series not directed by Don Coscarelli. Wikipedia
Initial release: 2015
Director: David Hartman

The Final Girls (Unknown 2015)
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer. Starring Nina Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)

Preservation (Unknown 2015)
When a beloved but socially awkward childhood friend – now a mild-mannered taxidermist – turns vigilante after his mother’s murder, Sarah – a feisty reporter with her own agenda – and her young son are involved against their will and she must not only fight for their survival but reassess her definitions of friendship, motherhood, and the parameters of right and wrong.
– Written by Rachael S. Morgan