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Hard to Die Screening

Published August 2, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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Freddy, Jason and Michael may get the lion’s share of horror loving, but the thing that I have always loved about the terror genre is how it has given women such a fertile ground to explore multiple characters. Even when the odds are against them and extremely exploitative elements present themselves as hindrances, strong portrayals can emerge.

Such is the case of Hard to Die which, if the world is fair, will one day be acknowledged as the Queen Mother of All B-Movies. Featuring a bevy of beauties who lit up the screens in a plethora of grindhouse projects, this Roger Corman produced quickie allows the (admittedly) scantily clad heroines to exert themselves in Amazonian manners. Here Deborah Dutch (Graduation Day, Sorority Babes and the Creature from Hell), Melissa Moore (Sorority House Massacre 2, Repossessed, The Invisible Maniac), Toni Naples (Death Stalker 2, Dinosaur Island), Karen Mayo Chandler (Stripped to Kill 2, Out of the Dark), Gail Harris (Curse of the Komodo, Forbidden Games), Monique Gabrielle (The Return of the Swamp Thing, Transylvania Twist) and Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) are featured in tale about a group of hard working retail princesses whose late night inventory shift turns into a deadly game of survival. After opening up an ancient text, the beauties soon find themselves either being possessed by an evil spirit or finding Rambo-like sensibilities within themselves as they take down their out of control colleagues. This gives the actresses plenty of emotions to play with – fear, rage and, finally, exhausted triumph. Tying into Slumber Party Massacre, another Corman property, through flashback sequences and the reuse of the Sorority House Massacre 2 character of Orville Ketchum, a scary looking yet sympathetic foil played with beleaguered dignity by Peter Spellos, adds many levels of genre joy to the film, as well.

Nicely, Midwest residents will get to catch a free screening of this micro epic on Saturday, August 5th at AlleyCat Comics, 5304 N. Clark, in Chicago. Dutch, who will be in town filming scenes for the sequel to her beloved The Hollywood Warrioress project, will be in attendance, talking about the film and taking photos and signing memorabilia for fans. Therefore, if you haven’t seen the film before, this will be a truly unique way to experience it for the first time.

The links to the official page for this event, presented by AlleyCat Comics and myself, are https://www.facebook.com/events/1428358453925943 and https://www.facebook.com/events/827187454117069. Be sure to check those out for more information.

Hope to see you there!

…and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Review: Honey

Published November 25, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Is there such a thing as domestic bliss? Well, when you are brilliant artist-cartoonist Corinne Halbert there is!

Honey, Halbert’s latest comic details the adventures of the world’s happiest couple. Who cares if one of them just happens to be dead? And…well…rotting?!? Often hilarious, completely twisted and surprisingly sweet, this work just might prove to be Halbert, known for the savagely cool Hate Baby, at her best.

Imbued with her love of horror and the sexually bizarre (or is that normal?), Honey is available for purchase from Halbert at http://corinnehalbert.bigcartel.com/

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Review: Prime Cuts, V2

Published July 9, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Even if I could go home again…I wouldn’t want to. Although, expanding the population there from 600 to 601 might be quite the achievement.

Thankfully, for gore loving comic adventurers, the young and handsome Todd does return to Pure Springs, the place of his birth, after years of being locked away in a cosmetology prison, in Prime Cuts, a delightfully eccentric graphic event. Settling in behind a pizzeria filled with low life hoods and electric degenerates, Todd is determined to revenge himself and his family, a la Sweeney Todd. With an accidental murder setting the final tone for the first volume, the recently released second installment gives a bit more background to Electra, Todd’s calculating partner in crime, and proves, beyond a doubt, that gastronomy can truly be orgasmic.Prime-Cuts-Vol-2-02 2

Scripted with wicked verve and a true sense of fun by John Franklin and Tim Sulka, this arc finds Electra and Todd grinding up his first victim while dealing with a sexually ambiguous food inspector and the erotic eccentricities of Pure Springs’ motley residents. Of course, victim number one soon finds his way onto the pizzas as a very special topping and, in the story’s most satisfying comical sequence, sends everyone into a throes of unexpected pleasure. Such detailed outrageousness makes for a world that would have fit, perfectly, on the screens of New York City’s legendary grindhouse theaters and allows one to almost feel the denizens of the Bowery breathing on your skin.

Thankfully, artist Stan Maksun perfectly captures this world with a lean, punk energy. His artwork feels like graffiti warfare and he even throws in a fun nod to the film career of Franklin, a successful actor who embodied Cousin Itt in the early ‘90s The Addams Family films, but is probably best known for his legendarily chilling work as Isaac in the Children of the Corn series.

Prime Cuts (vol. 1 & 2) is available for sale in print and download at www.IndyPlanet.com. For a free download of Volume 1, visit www.primecutsnovel.com.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Hate Baby 5

Published January 8, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

HB5It’s not quite a comic book. It’s not exactly a graphic novel. Why, it’s a…graphic adventure!

Indeed, artist Corinne Halbert’s series of Hate Baby books are graphic adventures! Full of images of stylized violence and sexual misadventure, all presented with a loony sense of joy, these DIY magazines are also representative of Halbert’s obvious love of the horror genre.

Nicely, with Hate Baby 5, this uncommonly fascinating creator truly indulges in her influences by drawing slasher style scenarios, 50s influenced bondage portraiture and a gallery spread of horror icons like Leatherface, Lucio Fulci and Stephen King!

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Stephen King by Corinne Halbert

 

Topped off with a beautiful cover image that looks like it was clipped from the film stock of The Toolbox Murders, Hate Baby 5 is a true art publication that should displayed on every terror connoisseur’s coffee table with pride.

To purchase Hate Baby 5 (and other scintillating product) visit http://corinnehalbert.bigcartel.com/. To keep up with Halbert, on the daily, be sure to visit https://www.facebook.com/Hate-Baby-Comix-434862699932087, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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From Corn to Cuts: Chatting with John Franklin and Tim Sulka

Published August 20, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Best known for his roles of Isaac in the original Children of the Corn and Cousin Itt in the popular Addams Family re-imaginings, John Franklin is also an accomplished writer. Along with his writing partner (and first cousin) Tim Sulka, Franklin created the script for Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return, which proved to be a great success for Miramax-Dimension. Now, the two have recently released the first volume of their truly entertaining Sweeney Todd graphic novel reboot, Prime Cuts. Interestingly, the proudly out Franklin acknowledged, post-interview, that he would have gladly revealed his sexuality when plugging Addams Family in the 90s. He was just never asked. Thus, it was a true pleasure to speak with this talented maverick and the equally accomplished Sulka, as evidenced below.

BGHF: How do you two start your writing partnership?

John Franklin: We’re first cousins. We started doing it in high school. We wrote a couple plays for playwriting contests in high school and won first and second place.

Tim Sulka: Then when we were seniors we wrote a murder mystery musical which kind of launched our bigger writing career together. We really liked to work off each other and finish each other’s sentences. When I moved to LA, we started writing sitcom scripts and features. We kept a schedule, everyday, for many, many years. prime-cuts-postcard

BGHF: The voices do flow with Prime Cuts. I couldn’t tell who was writing what.

John: That’s nice! We’ve been writing together for a billion years. We do have different styles and we go back and forth and talk about things. But it all just works out fantastically, ultimately.

john franklin 666BGHF: So, how did Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return come about?

John: Well, the original Children of the Corn came out in 1984. My agent was always saying do a sequel, you’re a writer! Finally, they did start making sequels. So, we decided to go in and pitch it. We found out that Miramax-Dimension had the rights. My acting manager had some connections and got us a meeting. We went in and they were like, “OK. We have no other ideas”! They did want to end it with number 6. They thought it was a perfect bookend. Isaac begins number one and ends number 6. So, they killed me off. But it made so much money for them that they cranked out 7 and 8.

Tim: It did really well overseas, too. We would get checks from German sales of Children of the Corn 666. 666

BGHF: So, what was the inspiration for Prime Cuts? Was it simply a love for Sweeney Todd?

Tim: There seemed to be a plethora of teen movies that were based on other material. We thought there must be a story that we can find that would put a spin on something, becoming a modern retelling. It came to us one day. What if we did a teen Sweeney Todd? No one had done that. We both were fans of the legend and it seemed like a really great idea. We had written Children of the Corn 666, so we wanted to continue in that genre. We wanted something dark, but we are naturally comedy writers. So, we wanted something funny, as well. The idea we had was to take a comedic twist on it. We wrote this, originally, as a screenplay. We took the idea of Sweeney Todd and flipped it around. Our young character became Todd Sweeney.

John: In the original Sweeney Todd, he’s a barber and he shaves people. So, we have our Todd Sweeney just getting out of cosmetology prison. He’s cutting hair and that’s what he’s brilliant at. Then he starts killing people to get revenge.

timTim: We put him in a world where everything was drying up. It’s a very dry, arid place. There’s no meat in the world, so you have to look to other sources to find it. That’s how the whole idea of cannibalism comes into play. It’s set in a strip mall with a pizza parlor next to the salon. The two forces combine and create a new kind of horror.

BGHF: It is darkly campy and I was just constantly surprised. It’s like a great blend of literature and John Waters.

Tim: We love John Waters absolutely!

BGHF: It’s a great amalgamation of all that.

Tim: We even thought he would be great to direct it! It would be a great John Waters film or someone like that. Whoever does it would really have to get the humor of it – and the look of it. I think Rob Gutman, the comic’s artist, really captures a new look to it. It’s not anime. It’s not Marvel comic style. It’s got its own look to it. It fits the tone of the piece. You find out in Volume 2 what the revenge is about and why he came back to his hometown of Pure Springs. There’s a certain barber who’s dealing drugs to all the soccer moms in town and he’s got his eyes set on him. There is some blood and gore in volume one, too.prime cuts images

BGHF: How many volumes are you planning?

John: I think Tim was saying that there will eventually be four. Volume one is the first twenty minutes or so of the screenplay. We’re going to keep on pumping them out and make them really look good.

BGHF: Awesome! To jump back to the acting a bit, John, you’ve done so much. Is there a project that you feel has been overlooked that you want to talk about?

christmas secretJohn: (Chuckling) There’s a lot of them! There’s a movie I did with Richard Thomas and Beau Bridges called The Christmas Secret. It’s a wonderful Christmas story. I thought it would be a huge Christmas perennial. They don’t even offer it on DVD. I don’t know why. It’s a very bizarre thing. I, also, was in Tower of Terror with Steve Guttenberg. I thought that was going to be a huge thing. They’ve got the ride at Disneyland and Disney World. Granted, the movie still rents – but why it isn’t huge…I don’t know.

BGHF: I guess it’s an unknowable.

John: But, The Christmas Secret really surprises me. You look in the store at Christmas time, there’s The Christmas Shoe, The Christmas Gift – but no The Christmas Secret. It must be something legal. So, go to CBS.com, everyone, and demand The Christmas Secret on DVD!

BGHF: Alright, we’ll try to work some Big Gay Magic, baby!

John: Yeah!

BGHF: All kinds of magic!

John: The rainbow coalition!

BGHF: We’ll go totally Josephine Baker on them!

To find more about Prime Cuts and purchase details, please visit http://www.primecutsnovel.com.

You can, also, follow along at http://www.facebook.com/primecutsnovel and http://www.twitter.com/primecutsnovel, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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HATE BABY is for EVERYONE!!

Published July 23, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Recently, I had the chance to interview astounding artist Corinne Halbert whose art comic Hate Baby is an uninhibited delight.

Simply put – Halbert is one of my favorite artists of all time – and I genuinely LOVE this interview!

Be sure to keep up with all of Halbert’s face snapping activities at http://www.corinnehalbert.com.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Emi Gennis: Sweet Princess of Unknown Origins

Published July 16, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Recently, I was truly lucky to get a chance to chat with adorably talented editor/comic creator Emi Gennis about Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends, the comic book anthology she edited featuring macabre true life stories and unending crime mysteries.

Gennis has promised more scintillating horror flecked work in her future. So, be sure to check out http://www.emigennis.com and http://www.hicandhoc.com.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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