A Freddy Krueger Connection

When I was about eight years old I remember my parents and my sister were watching a late night movie and when I walked into the living room the first I hear from my sister is “YOU CAN’T WATCH THIS… GO TO BED!” So I quickly turned around but I was able to quickly glance at the TV before making my exit. This was the image I saw on the TV Screen

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When I went to bed that night that image kind of stuck in my head. I did not find it scary with Freddy, I was actually more impressed with his claw metal hand and striped sweater. I kind of forgot about Freddy after that night

It wasn’t until I was  much older that I was able to watch and learn more about A Nightmare on Elm Street movies:

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The inspiration of Freddy Krueger came from the Los Angles Times; there was several stories about mysterious deaths stemming from repeated nightmares and the victims  ended up dying in their sleep. Wes Carven also cited that the idea of Freddy Krueger’s physical appearance was a mixture of  a bully from Carven’s elementary school days.  A deformed homeless man from Carven’s youth that really frighten him, and the song called “Dreamweaver” by Gary Wright from the 70’s.

I went through one of those phases where I have to get everything A Nightmare on Elm Street related. Some examples are below:

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When I first got this game I was about to rope my nieces into playing it with me. At first it was a bit confusing and it took forever to set it up but once we got the hang of the rules it ended up being a really great game!

I was so obsessed with the series that it end up becoming part of my wears. I am huge fan of any kind of artistic interpretation of my favorite horror characters. This shirt I got from  Scumbags and Superstars combined the movie Ferris Buller’s Day off and Freddy Krueger into on awesome shirt!

I am never one to stick with plain patterns but when I saw these pumps from Iron Fist I couldn’t resist! The cool thing about these is that the inside of the shoe has blood splatter and the heel is a shiny sliver to match Krueger’s metal claw.

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Even Mr. Potato head has a sense of humor!

Some of my top soundtracks in my collection have always been A Nightmare of Elm Street soundtracks. Even Ro-bert enjoys my Freddy  Krueger memorabilia!

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They are so many countless things in my collection that are Freddy related and I know some people made think it might be a little much. However I enjoy it and Freddy Krueger is such a memorable horror character that it is hard not to resist having something Krueger related!

I think it such a special thing that a person is able to create a character and it becomes so iconic that it becomes part of a genre. Wes Carven was able to accomplish that by taking on his childhood fears and memories and turning them into a pop culture symbol.

Who are your favorite Horror characters?

 

 

A Verbot Summer Top Ten Flicks Guide!

Hello everyone! Ro-bert M. Verbot here and today I am going to talk about my Top Ten Summer Classic Flicks!

These are my top ten go to movies for the summer season for  whenever I am stuck on what to watch. I do not usually rank my movies in any order but the number ten seems to be the magic number when I make these kind of lists. So here it goes in no particular order..

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Mac and Me (directed by Stewart Raffill): This movie was created in 1988 after the much successful ET movie. This movie is cheesy fun and if you are you in the mood to watch something that is light- hearted, has aliens and is overall family fun then this is the movie for you! However after I watch it always makes me crave coca-colas, Big Macs and Skittles for some reason….

Carnival of Souls (1962) directed by Herk Harvey is a great black and white horror movie!  The director said he got inspired to make this scary movie driving in Salt Lake City and passed by an amusement park called Saltair Amusement Park. This is the kind of movie you want to watch on a hot summer night and with the new Criterion Collection version on blu it is truly something worth checking out!

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Repo Man (1984) is directed by Alex Cox and stars one of Clarissa’s favorite actors in it: Harry Dean Stanton!!! I secretly wish I was a bigger Verbot so I can ride that sweet glowing Chevy Malibu that is in the movie. The movie is so kick ass and the soundtrack in it is amazing!

Halloween(1978) directed by John Carpenter is a definite must watch for every horror movie fan! Even though this movie is set in the fall I still feel like this movie can get you in the Halloween spirit any time of the year. Although Clarissa feels like everyday is Halloween!

Are you Afraid of the Dark? (1990-1996) – Nothing says summer more then telling scary stories around the campfire….or in this case: watching a TV show of kids around a camp fire telling scary stories!

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Boogie Nights (1997) directed by Paul Thomas Anderson stars Mark Wahlberg as Dirk Diggler an  up and coming porn star and the highs and lows of his career in the porn industry.  This movie was rated NC-17 before 40 seconds of film was cut to make it an R rated movie.

The Burning (1981) directed by Tony Maylam and is one of my favorite slasher movies. And it is one of those movies that once you watch the ending just sticks with you. My robot posse always like watching this movie! It even has Jason Alexander from Seinfield in too!

Over the Edge(1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan is about a group of kids in the suburbs of America that rebel against all kinds of authority like their parents and any kind of adults after an incident occurred.  This movie was based off true events from an article about a planned community in California. If the plot does not draw you in then I am pretty sure that the soundtrack will. The Cars, The Ramones and Cheap Trick are just some of the bands on the soundtrack.

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Taxi Driver (1976) directed by Martin Scorsese. This is one of my favorite scripts by Paul Schrader. While it is not exactly consider a horror movie there is a lot of dark undertones that it could give you the impression of passing as one. Movie fact: in the cafe scene when Travis Bickle (Robert Di Niro) orders a slice of apple pie with melted cheese, that was the food pairing that serial killer Ed Gein requested in exchange for a confession to the police.

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Last one for the night is

Spaceballs (1987) directed by Mel Brooks. Sometimes you need a good spoof comedy to shake things up and the good thing about this movie is that every time I have seen it I always find a new thing about it. This is the kind of movie that can always make you laugh out loud!

What are you top ten summer movies?

 

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Well I am off to go watch Repo Man!

This  has been Ro-bert M. Verbot reporting!

*beep*beep*

 

Midnight Movie Icons

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One Friday morning in April of 2008 I remember I was waiting in line for the annual Public Library Book Sale. I am kinda of a dork and like to hit book sales when they first open so you have or at least get first dibs on what you are interested in buying.

So when the doors first opened it was no surprised that the first section I walked quickly too was the Movie section. I saw the usual suspects on the shelf ( five million copies of Titanic, cooking videos, instructional  videos on how to check out library books and how to knit) but I always like to look around for movies that you usually do not get to check out at the library.  For some reason I noticed every year that I have gone to this particular book sale that whoever is in charge of putting the movies in the stacks likes to put the interesting stuff at the bottom racks. I am not sure if this is just by chance or they are saving them for themselves. In any rate that’s where I start my search and that year I was lucky enough to find two gems. One movie was called “Killer Nun” starring Anita Ekberg and the other one was a documentary called “Midnight Movies.”

I remember hearing about this documentary  before from a friend (plus it got major points for cool ever art!) So it was the first thing I watched when I got home from the sale. It is directed by Stuart Samuels and it talks about a range of low budget movies in the 1970’s that gained a cult status. These showings were at midnight; they would play for months, sometimes years at the same time.

The following movies are Midnight Movie Icons:

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Night of the Living Dead

Pink Flamingos

The Harder They Come

Eraserhead

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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A lot of these movies have huge followings. I have been to a lot of midnight movies over the years and I have seen a lot of hardcore fans at these screenings. Some people will dress up as their favorite character from the movie, sing to the soundtrack or recite every piece of dialogue from the movie. In many cases they will do all three.

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The main point of going to midnight screenings (well at least from my point of view) is to have fun, let loose and be part of something special. You feel like a cool kid geeking out over things that you thought no one else was into.

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I feel like you haven’t live your life fully until you have gone to at least one midnight movie in your life. I kind of enjoy knowing the fact that someone shares my taste of seeing Pink Flamingos or Eraserheard a dozen or more times and does not get tired of it. These kind of movies are more than movies when you go to a midnight screening it becomes an experience.

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What is your favorite midnight movie?

 

Until Next Time!

Arrow Video arrows directly in my Film <3!

In early fall of 2013 I remember looking at my netflix’s saved queue and realizing that the titles from my saved queue section actually outnumbered my queue section. I decided to jot down a top ten list from my saved queue and look at other places like Amazon and Ebay to try and find physical copies of the movies.

I remember some of the movies on my list were: Possession, Phenomena, The Clowns

Possession was on the top of my list. I remember seeing stills from it and being really confused but intrigued. So I added it to my Netflix’s list earlier that year and it automatically went in the saved queue section. I waited and waited for months hoping one day that movie would pop into the queue section but no luck. I was getting bored with the movies I was receiving through Netflix’s so I decided if I found a copy of that movie just to buy it.

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I was so excited to have found a copy through Amazon and without hesitation I ordered it immediately. When I received it later that week I was so happy to have that movie in my hands that I literally dropped everything  else on the floor and ran to my blu ray player put and popped the movie in. I sat down….. andthen nothing happen except for a screen that popped up and say INVALIDED REGION CANNOT PLAY.

I was confused what does even mean??!?!? I went to google to find out. As much of a film lover that I am I had no knowledge about DVDs and BLU RAYS having different region codes: some had numbers and letters; some had a combination of both. In order to play these movies with different regions I had to get a region free player. So the more research I did about a month later I settle on a blu ray region free player that could be multiple regions and was so TRILLED to be able to watch this movie.

I told one of my Instagram friends about finally being able to watch this movie with the region free player and he was like ” You made a great investment…Now you can start getting Arrow Video movies!” I had no idea what Arrow was at the time so I looked it up. I went to their website and saw the roster of movies that they had on their label. Needless to say how impressed I was with their list!

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Arrow Video is one of the coolest movie labels ever! I am rarely disappointed with their blu rays and dvds. Everything from their cover art, to their the movies are release is every cult movie lover’s dream! It makes want to watch all of there supplements and display them as work of art rather than shoved them in a corner somewhere. This label has introduced me a lot of movies I have never heard before like Society, Spider Baby and Lifeforce.

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They also have brought out a lot of my favorite movies like Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Videodrome, and Black Sunday. They are the kind of label that by cover art alone it just makes you want to get the movie even if you never heard of it before. I feel fairly confident when I blind buy a movie from arrow video because I know I am getting something weird and unique that I probably will not regret seeing and having as part of my movie collection.

Future Releases from Arrow Video that I am looking forward to:

Return  of the Killer Tomatoes

Slugs

Microwave Massacre

Dead in Drive In

Matinee

Crimes of Passion

What future titles are you looking forward too?

 

Until Next Time!

 

 

 

A Robot’s Guide to the Video Nasty…

And it’s time for Ro-bert’s Corner:

Hello Everyone! Ro-bert M. Verbot here and today I am here to talk about one of my  favorite subjects: Movies from the Video Nasty Era. During the early half of the 1980’s in the United Kingdom there were a bunch of movies that were considered really offensive and violent by bunch of a uppity people and religious groups. So they made a list of 72 films that were in violation of a something call the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Which basically meant that any kind of  material that the government consider improper (ie… anything with boobs, naked butts, gore, violence, and/or sexual) went to a review board to see if it was ok for the public to have.  For movies it was something called the Video Recordings Act (1984) which meant movies had to go into certain categories after being heavily reviewed and approved by those boards and if those movies did not fit in to any of those categories then it was illegal to sell or own those movies. Which stinks because I think a lot of movies on the list are awesome!

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In June 1983 the first list of video nasties (39 titles) was made known to the masses. The movies on the list got in big trouble and were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act; which resulted these movies to become heavily edited or just banned throughout the United Kingdom.  Which means it was impossible to buy or rent a copy ( I cannot imagine what my robot life would be like if I could not rent or buy movies like The Deadly Spawn!) It also caused some people to go to jail or go into debt because they were massively hit with fines for wanting to sell and/or rent horror movies!

The book I have next to me have really cool posters of the first 39 films that were on the list:

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(Look how badass that Blood Bath poster is!  Small side note: The Beyond is one of Clarissa’s favorite movies.)

I did not know much about the Video Nasty Era until Clarissa showed me these two documentaries:

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I recommend both of these documentaries because it taught me a lot about these movies. It is chalk full of information and the interviews on it are great. They even have trailers for all of the Video Nasty movies. After watching these two docs I have made a long list of  movies to watch.

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Here are some movies I have watched so far from the full 72 Video Nasties list. I want to try and watch all of the movies from the list this year. But the two movies pictured next to me below are probably my favorite so far from the list.

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What is your favorite movie from the Video Nasty Era?

What movie do you want to watch from the list?

My top five are:

The Love Butcher

Mardi Gras Massacre

The Werewolf and the Yeti

Midnight

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain

 

This is Ro-Bert M. Verbot saying until next time! (*Beep* Boop*)

 

 

 

 

Do you like Records?

Collecting soundtracks did not become a thing with me until about three years ago. I had collected so much horror and cult movies items over the years like posters, movies, books etc. that for some reason soundtracks did not enter my world until I saw this movie:

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Videodrome was weird, it was scary but I thought it was a wonderful movie. After watching this film it made me an instant Cronenberg fan. However I asked my horror/cult movie loving friends about getting this soundtrack and they more or less told me that it was nearly impossible to track down the vinyl soundtrack . I made it a life mission to track this down; the images as well as the music in this movie is very haunting and I could not get it out of my mind. Howard Shore truly made a score that gave me chills in the best possible way imaginable.

I went to every record store within a reasonable driving distance almost every week for about eight months and no luck. Until by chance I stopped by on a whim after work to my favorite record store: Record and Tape Exchange in Virginia. As usual I headed towards soundtrack section and no luck that had more copies of Barbara Streisand movies that I have ever seen in my life! Then I decided to look at the laserdisc section to shake off the Streisand vibes of the soundtrack section and that is where I SAW IT!…for $15 dollars. Both vinyl and sleeve was in EX shape that I thought I was dreaming! It was one of my best purchases ever!

That soundtrack was the starting board of me wanting to get more horror movie/cult soundtracks:

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I started compulsively going to local record stores afterwards. Websites like Ebay and Discogs became my best friends.  Even Amazon.com because a better acquaintance to me after I started purchasing vinyl. I had friends through social media help me a lot too, keeping an extra eye out for me or letting me know if any came on sale on the internet of the soundtracks I was looking for and could not find locally or at all. The condition of the sleeve and the grading of the vinyl become a top priority in my purchasing choices in terms of my horror/cult movie selection.

I made a wish list of the top soundtracks I really wanted and it felt like an achievement once I found it and had it in my hands. Every time I did a mental check off that list I gave myself a mental high five in return.

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I kind of prefer the older pressings rather than the new pressings that have recently come out unless if that particular soundtrack never had another pressing.

Although I am a huge fan of Waxwords records, deathwaltz records, Poisoned Mind Records and other indie record labels. I think it is amazing what they are doing; the cover art and work they put into making these are spectacular.

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I do not have a favorite in my vinyl soundtrack in my collection because each one has a different story and reason as to why I have it. I just know that I having these soundtracks make me appreciate the horror and cult movie genre even more.

 

 

Until Next time!!

Ro-bert M. Verbot: The coolest bot in town

Hello my name is Ro-bert M. Verbot I am a cousin of Omnibot by Tomy and I was born in 1984.

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I am also co-author of this blog and friend of Clarissa (aka Lady.Cult). I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a bit about myself:

I LOVE horror, sci fi & cult movies. These are some of my favorite movies in the pile next to me. These have been watch over and over again to death!

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My favorite TV show is Twin Peaks mostly because David Lynch is my favorite director. I like to kick back and dig into a bag of chips:Cool Ranch Doritos is my chip of choice. Yum!

Who else gets chills when they heard the opening theme song? It ends up getting stuck in my Verbot brain for days! My favorite character on the show is Special Agent Dale Cooper; I think he is a total badass and loves to eat doughnuts and pie as much as I do!

I am probably the only Verbot who is very excited about the return of the show in 2016 or 2017 but I know many humans (especially Lady.Cult) are very excited about it as well.

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I enjoy talking and showing my friends about anything horror movie related that I come across in Clarissa’s collection. Yesterday I showed them this cool book I found about  The Video Nasty Era. It has tons of rad pictures of video covers from movies that were banned in the United Kingdom in the 1980’s

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In my spare time when I am not watching movies or doing Verbot things I like to listen to horror movie soundtracks on cassettes and reading about Giallo movie history. I guess the good thing about being the Verbot is that I don’t need a cassette player to play is just use myself to listen to the music!

I also like reading horror classics! This is my favorite book ever because vampires are one of my favorite subjects to read. I also enjoy reading the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.

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This is one of my top ten favorite horror movie ever and I  watch this one at least once every month. Do you have a favorite movie that you watch all the time?

I cannot give away the next post I will be helping Lady.Cult with however here is a clue:

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Until Next time!!!