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A Day with the Dead

By: Eric Brooks

In the summer of 2008, in search of the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, I made my way to A+ Comics here in Lexington. Russ, the proprietor, after having met my Buffy needs asked what sort of comics I was into. I said that I was generally into horror and sci/fi. Russ said he had something I might like and showed me a graphic novel with two registers of art on the cover, on of humans and the other of zombies. He put his hand over the living and said "You probably think it is about them" clearly showing the zombies. He then switched to cover the undead and said "actually it is about the living"

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Get ready for some serious 1970's style fun from a 2016 film!

B Movie Man takes a look at the new L.A. Noir dark action/comedy
The Nice Guys

There is a lot of retro nostalgia going around. While sales of CDs have collapsed and DVDs are dropping fast, LP records and VHS tapes have become the ‘in thing’ with collectors. The 80s has been the big thing, but everyone knows disco is king and that means the 70s! Writer/Director Shane Black certainly knows that and he went full tilt boogey with his film The Nice Guys.

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One of my dearest friends & the man who brought me into his family as well as his show, Vince Rotolo, has passed away. 
There is a lot I have to say and a lot I have to thank him for. However, right now I feel the best I can do is share some of what others have said. I will add my own voice later...

Mark Mawston Cinema Retro Magazine

Stephen D Sullivan Author

Rod Barnett - Bloody Pit of Rod Podcast

If you listened to the B Movie Cast and would like to pay do something to remember Vince, his wife Mary has asked that you make a donation in Vince's name to the
Ray & Diana HarryHausen Foundation

Thank you all. Vince was my friend and I will miss him more than I can say.
Some of my favorite episodes of the B-Movie Cast can be found here.


Mr. Right
Love is strange; you can go looking for and rarely find it, but then when you aren’t looking, it can show up. When it does show up, it pays little mind to anything else going on in your life. Take Martha McKay (Anna Kendrick), for example. She just found that her boyfriend was cheating on her and dumped him, sending her into a serious bout of self-pity and depression that her long-time friend and roommate Sophie (Katie Nehria) can do little to assuage. Martha is tired of men trying to make her be what they want her to be instead of letting her be herself. She needs someone different, and in director Paco Cabezas’ film Mr. Right, that someone happens to take the form of a professional killer (Sam Rockwell).

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Hardcore Henry
I recently had the opportunity to see a special screening of Hardcore Henry, the first feature film shot entirely from the first-person perspective of the main character.  The preceding Q&A session with writer/director Ilya Naishuller and supporting actor Sharlto Copley added some interesting insights into the film as I watched it

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Flying the Geek Flag: The 2016 Lexington Comic and Toy Convention

By Eric Brooks

Over the last several years, St. Patrick's Day weekend has become a busy time in Lexington. There is always the Irish Pride Parade, Road Race, and Festival which attract thousands of revelers. For several years, a Christian Rock festival took place all day Saturday at Rupp Arena. There have also been a gun show and several talent/dance shows for girls. The weekend has also become synonymous with the Lexington Comic and Toy Comic Con, the area's premier extravaganza of popular culture and superhero fandom. This event has grown steadily over its half decade of existence to become a truly phenomenal display of Geek fandom.
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The Battery
New life in the world of the Undead!


Zombies. That is a word that has invaded our popular culture as ravenously as any virus shown in a horror film. George Romero created the principle archetype when his slow, shambling, unfeeling, flesh-eating ghouls first shocked audiences in 1968. From those low-budget, indie film roots, a host of films has spawned. Many, like the 2004 remake of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead had major studio backing and received national theatrical releases. The genre has even jumped from the big screen to TV with AMC’s wildly successful The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear The Walking Dead. Of course the low budget indie film world has latched onto the undead as firmly as a reanimated corpse biting that likable but careless member of every party of zombocolypse survivors...

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B-Movie Man checks out "Turbo Kid"
It's a retro-80s movie that is something most
retro-wanna-be movies aren't... it's fun!

I grew up in the 1980s. I saw “The Goonies”, “Back to the Future” and “Ghostbusters” as first run movies in the theater. While I was dosing down those staples of ‘80s high end culture, I was also consuming an even larger diet of movies from the local video store. On their shelves was a treasure trove of entertainment. Movies like “The Road Warrior”, “World Gone Wild”, “City Limits”, “Cherry 2000” and “Hell Comes to Frogtown” were viewing staples. Though these films’ visions of the future were dark, they were also somehow hopeful. I watched as heroic, and sometimes not-so-heroic, characters struggled against evil forces. Cars crashed, mohawks were worn, and, all things considered, for an apocalypse things seemed pretty good.

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"Big Zombie Tours"

Traveling in the Land of the Dead

 

B Movie Man contributing writer Eric

 Brooks talks zombies, filming locations

 and why Atlanta kind of rocks!



Check out the new feature on our

adventure on the

"Big Zombie Tour 1 &2!

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New episodes of The B-Movie Cast are out!
Check out some of the cool films we've covered:






It's been a great year for horror in the gaming world. Between Outlast, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Evil Within, and P.T, masochistic gamers everywhere are discovering just how wonderfully sadistic game developers can be. However, between all the gore, suspense, mystery, and pants-shitting, there is only one game this year that's delivers shivers of sheer terror, and nerdy ecstasy. That game, is Alien Isolation...

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The Horror Film Survival Crate-

What You Need To Make It To The Credits!

Halloween is coming up. Samhain, the time when the barriers between our world and the world of the dead are the thinnest. In other words, it’s my favorite time of year! I love this season with all of its strange traditions and interesting customs. It’s also a great time to watch scary movies! Whether they are Universal horror classics like “Dracula”, Hammer horror like “The Curse of the Wolfman” or something more modern like “Trick’r Treat”, it’s hard to go wrong with a good scary movie for the scariest of seasons.

With horror films in mind, B-Movie Man accepted a challenge from the folks at Man Crates. They asked me what I thought should go in a crate designed to help you survive a horror film? A simple question, but one that leads to another, more important question. What horror film would you need to survive?

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7th signs

Musings on Scarefest 7

By: Eric Brooks, Contributing Author

In September 2007 a new phenomenon occurred in the Bluegrass, one that has since become a fall staple enjoyed by thousands. In that year paranormal expert Patti Starr and horror enthusiast Jeff Waldridge brought forth the Scarefest horror and paranormal convention. By fusing the two Waldridge and Starr created a unique show with broad appeal. Over the seven years it has been held, the show has grown and improved and become one of the largest of its kind going.

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In 2013, Sony released a new game exclusively for the PS3 system. On the surface “The Last of Us” was a fairly standard “post-apocalypse-infected-humans-mission based shooter” like many before it. However, the game stood out, not so much because of its graphics, which were extremely good, or for the game play itself, which was challenging and enjoyable, but again similar to other entries in the genre. What made “The Last of Us” a truly unique and outstanding gaming experience was the story. Now the folks at Naughty Dog Games who made the original have released a supplemental downloadable game addition called
“The Last of Us: Left Behind”


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Actress Jessica Cameron has been busy both in front of and behind the camera as she tries on the director's hat for her new film
"Truth or Dare"

B-Movie Man catches up with her just in time for the holidays to find out more about her new movie, her thoughts on the film industry and why she believes it may be easier for women to direct low-budget horror films....
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I’ve watched a lot of bad movies; anyone who knows me knows that’s a fact. However, I’m a firm believer that no one sets out to make a bad movie. The director isn’t shouting “You’re trying too hard, act more wooden!” and the writer wasn’t trying to make dialogue that sounds like it came from the inside of a bubblegum wrapper. But it still happens. Films like “Werewolf”, “The Final Sacrifice” and “Manos: The Hands of Fate” didn’t just form from the nebulous social subconscious. Someone wrote them, directed them and actors… or at least people who appear on camera, showed up and said their lines. So bad films happen and there are many who say that “Troll 2” tops the list.
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Filmmaker Brian Cunningham shares the secret of indie film success in his feature article:
How to Make a Movie (and get it into Walmart) for $2,700


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Some of the biggest names in Hollywood including, Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Peter Jackson, and many more will all tell you who inspired them when they went to the movies: Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen was a pioneer in the field of special effects, lending his magical touch to films like: "Mighty Joe Young", "20 Million Miles to Earth", "The Valley of Gwangi" and the original "Clash of The Titans"

Now a new documentary by writer/director Gilles Penso takes a look at the story of Ray Harryhausen. Spanning his career and talking to the filmmaker's he's inspired. "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan" takes a wonderful look at the life and work of one of the true legendary artists of the silver screen.

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