When asked to list their favorite slashers, most folks will immediately list the classics; HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13th, and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. There is no question that these movies are horror masterpieces and the superstars of the slasher world (as illustrated by the number of sequels they spawned). There are, however, many more obscure ones worth checking out also. Often they are rip-offs of the aforementioned films, sometimes unique, and usually lots of fun. During the past 20 years, I’ve searched for as many slashers from the “golden age” that I could find. This era, most all fans of the genre will agree, lasted from the mid to late 1970′s on through the mid 1980′s. At this date, I have counted close to 140 slashers from this period.
Why is it that every time I hear of a new horror movie coming out it’s a remake? Has Hollywood honestly run out of ideas to scare us with? I grew up in the 70′s and 80′s and some of the all-time best horror movies came from that time period (and hell, some of them were remakes). Films like THE EXORCIST (1973), HALLOWEEN (1978), FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980), THE EVIL DEAD (1983), DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979), HELLRAISER (1987), THE FOG (1980), JAWS (1975), PREDATOR (1987), PUMPKINHEAD (1988), and even remakes like THE THING (1982), THE FLY (1986), THE BLOB (1988), were what I was watching in the movie theaters and later on VHS videotape. Back then Hollywood was full of original ideas and even with the remakes, they would breathe new life into an existing classic. Remakes of INVADERS FROM MARS (1986) and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) were fun and at times terrifying. To this day I will not swim at the beach because of JAWS and I am always fascinated by fogbanks thanks to John Carpenter.
It’s hard to imagine what my life would have been like had I not had the honor of growing up with Svengoolie. The “1970′s world” I was raised in was devoid of VCR/DVD’s and DVR cable. Consequently, watching monster movies at your own convenience was simply not the option that it is today. I suppose this is the “you kids don’t know how good you have it” story that my generation gets to tell in place of “having to walk six miles to school in the freezing cold.” All kidding aside, however, you really did have to be home at the right time to catch a rare showing of what interested you. During this era, many of us “scary movie” kids depended on our local horror hosts to reliably deliver those goods.
What can I say? I love this movie! To be honest I don’t even remember it being in the theater (and if it was…was it even in there long?)! When this came out on DVD I bought a copy figuring I would take a chance, not really knowing what to expect. Sure it had Megan Fox but to be honest, she never really did it for me. Amanda Seyfried is more my type and I didn’t even know she was in it! That tells you how little I actually knew about this movie. When I put the DVD in for the first time I was totally blown away! This movie, in a nutshell, is alot of fun! The characters are entertaining and the chemistry between Fox and Seyfried is awesome. Some of their nicknames for each other are hilarious and you’d really believe these two have been friends for a very long time. The scenes with Megan Fox as a demon are terrifying at times and she is a force to be reckoned with (but don’t sell Amanda Seyfried’s character of Needy short…she kicks some major ass too). One thing I like about Amanda Seyfried is that she always has great chemistry with her co-stars creating a more realistic movie. It’s also nice to see a movie that doesn’t rely on CGI effects and actually relies on a good story! Oh, and did I mention that Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried share one of the hottest onscreen kisses I have ever seen? Its worth seeing the movie just for this kiss! I do have one complaint though…the scene of the bar catching on fire just hit too close to home for me. Being a Rhode Islander this scene was a painful reminder of what actually happened here with The Station Nightclub fire. They should’ve figured out some other way for Jennifer to meet the band that ultimately turns her into a demon. Other than that this is a highly recommended movie and it is one of those rare gems that I can watch over and over again without getting tired of it. Check it out!
Hello readers of TERROR FROM BEYOND THE DAVES. This is the “other” Dave, aka Dave A. I have had a lifelong love of all things monsters. I grew up in Rhode Island so every Saturday I watched the Creature Double Feature that was shown on WLVI Channel 56 out of Boston, MA. Yes, I had to draw the signal in with rabbit ears and yes the picture was usually VERY snowy but there I was, tuned in every Saturday. As time went on and we got cable, I started watching Super Scary Saturday (hosted by Grampa Munster) on WTBS and Morgus The Magnificent on WPIX. I just could not get enough of these shows! Then came videotapes and so started my extensive collecting of horror/sci-fi/monster movies (which of course later had to be replaced in DVD and Blu-Ray format). In addition to collecting movies I also collect toys and monster masks. I am a huge fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Godzilla so alot of my collection does revolve around that. Me and Dave created this site so that we could share our interests with everyone out there with similar interests. We hope to add to this site regularly and since this is a work in progress I am sure it will evolve quite a bit in the coming months! We hope you enjoy reading our rants and raves as much as we enjoy making them!
The legendary Stan Hyde runs my favorite room at G-FEST, the model room. This room serves as both a training thread for novice model builders, while also featuring that year’s submissions for judging. The talent displayed each year is absolutely amazing and I find myself making numerous trips to this room throughout the weekend. The essence of G-FEST is not about ego but rather allowing everyone a chance to express their fan fervor.
The model room is no exception. A child’s Play-Doh Godzilla can sit at the same table as an experienced modeler’s masterpiece. One such pro is Dennis Shannon Reid, whose numerous submissions year after year have also won accolades from the modeling expo, Wonderfest. One of his latest creations featured Godzilla battling the twin Mothra larva amid a Tokyo street. I could have stared at this highly detailed piece for hours and still found something new!
I know, I know…it seems like everyone has a blog going these days. Several months ago I met (online) the other Dave. Being a Chicago man, I grew up with the legendary Son of Svengoolie horror host and was delighted to discover, years later, that he was back on the air – this time simply as Svengoolie. I joined the Svengoolie YAHOO group and that’s where I met Dave A. He’s lived in Rhode Island his whole life but managed to catch the Son of Svengoolie when it aired via a Boston channel. Needing someone to send him Svengoolie shows I was happy to oblige, though he ended up contributing far more missed episodes to my collection which he had somehow managed to acquire. Cursory emailing led to Facebook and we soon realized that we had lots more in common than Svengoolie. We both shared a love of horror/sci fi movies (both vintage and modern) as well as warm feelings towards a Japanese monster named Godzilla. We also shared in the discovery of other horror hosts from across the country. Notable personalities such as Wolfman Mac, Penny Dreadful, Zomboo, Doktor Ghoulfinger, and Mr. Lobo (to name but a few). These are names that you’ll be hearing a lot as this site progresses. The idea came up that we should start an actual website months ago but, after numerous attempts to figure out how to go about it, we remained stuck in neutral. Hopefully we can still accomplish our original goal in sharing our love of horror and horror hosts with current friends and new ones. We look forward to hearing from anyone who wants to add to this rather broad Mission Statement. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few folks for making this possible. To my friend Nikki who came up with this whole idea and to Richard Braden – the extremely talented guy who designed our logo. I hope you’ll enjoy my sardonic wit and Dave A’s enthusiasm as we venture into the world of horror fandom.