The Wrath of Gross book makes its first public appearance


Come find me in the film room kids as my new book makes its first public appearance and I will have copies for sale! for details of this fun event

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Check out the independent feature “Croaker” now on Amazon!


Croaker is a throwback to the drive-in movies of the 60’s and 70’s. Campy characters, humor and a monster reminiscent of a time when scary movies were just plain fun! Florian Sirko and his one-time love, Macy Patterson face a problem. A curse was cast spawning a mythological creature, the Vodnik. This curse now plagues the Sirko family and the citizens of his town are paying with their souls.


Gross Movie Reviews #341


Gross Movie Reviews #341


By Tim Gross


The Deadly Spawn (DVD/YouTube) – Oh one of the first low budget films that Bruce Lentz of Incredibly Strange Video introduce me too… Great stuff as some cool looking aliens land on earth and make their new home in the basement of a house where there is lots people to feast on. The film was made on a mere $25,000 budget and sports some wicked ass creature and gore effects that more than gives any horror fan a reason to watch at least once! A great creature feature that should get more love than it has as I give it 3 ½ stars.


The Mothertown (DVD/YouTube) – A first time effort from independent UK filmmaker John Williams who apparently is giving all the proceeds from the movie to local charities in the UK which is pretty cool… But anyway two security guys find a weird naked dude in the gym shower and from there the zombie apocalypse begins! The film focuses on several groups of people who are not only trying to survive the zombie apocalypse but entertain themselves. The film also sports possibly one of the funniest scenes in a zombie apocalypse film where two men who are taking part in an S+M thing are left tied up and forced to chat as their slave master has left them for work. The film keeps cutting back in on these two and it gets funnier every time it does. There is an enormous amount of zombie extras and a gory zombie wedding scene which gives the film that cool zombie apocalypse feel. But what hurts the film and stops the story in its tracks of being interesting is when these groups of people find themselves being held by two so-called military personal waiting for their ride to leave the town before its destroyed by a nuclear attack. Williams does a great job of building a fun zombie film but shows the growing pains of what it takes to try to pull it off. I really enjoyed seeing all the extras and enjoyed the film just wish the last quarter of the film would have been edited more. I give the overseas independent effort 2 out of 4 stars and more information about the film can be found at: .


Vengeance of the Dead (VHS) – Another Full Moon movie I can cross off the list as I pull a flick out of my basement to check out… With this 2001 effort a character named Eric comes home and is haunted by a ghost named Julia. Not a whole lot happens in this flick as the film really doesn’t go anywhere interesting. I have seen better and have seen worse but you wanna be bored this is your movie to watch. I give the flick 1 star.


Rabid (DVD) – Another David Croenberg classic from the mid-70s, that stars the beautiful and talented actress Marilyn Chambers. Rose and her boyfriend are riding their motorcycle out in the country land outside of Montreal only to get into a horrible accident. Rose and her boyfriend get help from a plastic surgery center nearby where Rose will need several skin grafts. Rose receives several experimental skin grafts that heal quickly but Rose awakens from her coma in a crazy state not understanding her hunger until her armpit begins sucking blood out of a man’s neck. Soon Rose helps super-rabies get out in the general population of Montreal and people are attacking anyone and everywhere with the government in dismay of how to stop the super rabies. If you are a fan of “Shivers” and not seen this flick yet? Get your ass to Amazon and buy or rent this shit as I give it 3 ½ stars. And thank you to David Croenberg for making such a bizarre but awesome horror flick.


Cut Throat (VHS) – Keep finding these forgotten Full Moon flicks that I always wanted to see but never found the time to see them. This flick is about a horror film “Death Blade” where the actors and actresses are being killed on set and keeps comparing itself to “Scream” constantly. I have seen better but was entertaining enough that I stayed awake for the ending as I give it 2 stars.


Asylum of Terror (VHS) – A 1998 film that looks like a shot-on-video flick from 1988 that has a closed down prison/asylum become the new local haunted house where one its psycho inmates has decided to make a personal visit and slay those who enter. The horror film has some great gore throughout but suffers from pacing issues that makes the film awfully boring at times as I give the flick 1 ½ stars.


Flashback (VHS) – A German slasher film dubbed in English about a woman who leaves an asylum after ten years to be a French tutor for some rich kids. When the rich kids play a bad prank on her, she snaps and begins slaying everyone involved. Worth watching the flick for the mere reason for a body goes through a large chipper! I give the flick 2 stars.


The Graveyard (VHS) – A 1972 film about a young man David who hates cats and for good reason as his mother has tortured him for years. She blames him for her crippled hip and stopping her luxury life with the man she always loved. Once David’s wife and kid are dead he gets wants revenge on his mother. Animal lovers prepare yourself for a very uneasy opening to the film as I give the movie 2 stars.


Any comments or questions please send to:, or . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can always visit and see some past reviews, independent film news, or me ranting at: !!!

Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at:

Plus you can always go to the greatest T-shirt place online or if you are in Texas visit the store of “Fast Custom Shirts” where T-shirt Joe is the only place you should purchase your horror T-shirts: Go to for details.

See yinz at Horror Realm March 6-8th, 2015 as you will find me in the “Out of Print Film Room” presented by Gross Movie Reviews. For details visit .

And do not forget to order your copy of Gross Movie Reviews: The Wrath of Gross at:

Horror Realm March 6-8th, 2015


PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION! Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West Green Tree!

 Guests include:

 HR spring 2015

 From American Horror Story, appearing courtesy of In Person Productions:

 – Naomi Grossman (Pepper)

 – Erika Ervin (Amazon Eve)

 – Rose Siggins (Legless Suzi)


 Also starring:

 – Tony Todd (Candyman)

 – Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2007)

 – Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)

 – Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo & Juliet, Sharknado 2)

 – Sean Whalen (People Under the Stairs)

 – John Amplas (Martin, Day of the Dead)

 – College football Hall of Famer Major Harris (The Axeman of Henderson County)

 – Dan Kamin (Creepshow 2)

 – Bob & Bobby Cranmer, author of The Demon of Brownsville Road

 – John Ventre, UFO researcher and author who has appeared on on History Channel’s Hangar 1, Discovery Channel’s Close Encounters and PCTV’s UFOs over Pittsburgh

 – Mord McGhee, author of Murder Red Ink

 – Amy Lynn Best & Mike Watt of Happy Cloud Pictures

 – Fred & Shelby Vogel of ToeTag

 – Larry & Cindy Parmiter of Semi Charmed Productions


 Tickets available by clicking the link below. Prices:

 – Weekend passes are $30 through 1/31 then increase to $35 on 2/1

 – Single Day Friday or Saturday – $15

 – Two Day Saturday/Sunday – $20

 – Super Steeltown Sunday Discounted ticket – $10


 Discounted room rate is $105 plus 14% tax per night. To reserve your room by calling the hotel direct at 412-922-8100 or toll free at 1-800-439-4745 FREE and mentioning Horror Realm. You can also reserve online at  with code HOR.


Horror Realm 2015 Spring Break Massacre Panel Schedule

All panels will take place in the Greenery Room.  Convention admission is required.



  • 7:00pm – John Amplas
  • 8:00pm – John Ventre –  UFO Researcher and Author
  • 9:00pm – Author panel with Matt Demas and Steven Till



  • 10:30am – KSWA / Pgh Pro Wrestling Discussion
  • 11:00am – Post Mortem Press author panel – Eric Beebe, C. Bryan Brown, Jessica McHugh, Nelson W. Pyles and Jon Towers
  • 12:00pm – Felissa Rose and Tiffany Shepis
  • 12:50pm – Derek Mears
  • 1:45pm –  The Demon of Brownsville Road author panel with Bob & Bobby Cranmer
  • 2:30pm –  Tony Todd
  • 3:30pm –  American Horror Story cast panel
  • 4:30pm –  Post Mortem Press Trivia Contest
  • 5:30pm –  Author panel with Mord McGhee, Paul Nielsen and Cheryl Williams
  • 6:30pm –  Match Game with your host Mr. Schlock



  • Noon – Sean Whalen
  • 1:00pm – Zombie Squad Preparedness Panel
  • 2:00pm – Sean Whalen Actors Workshop – separate fee – details to be announced


Schedule subject to change at any time.


Gross Movie Reviews Presents: The Out of Print Room

Tim Gross has hand picked the film schedule at Horror Realm on Friday & Saturday.  And yes, it includes Spookies.  Films will be screened in the Embassy Room.



  • 5:00pm – “Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh” – A killer is loose in Pittsburgh and he is taking a body part with every kill in this unbelievably funny but bloody, low-budget flick that nobody wanted to claim too.
  • 7:00pm – “The Resurrected” – A weird movie loosely based on a H.P. Lovecraft story that just happens to star Chris Sarandon.
  • 9:05pm – “Red Christmas” – Steve Rudzinski gives fans something different every time out and may have given independent gorehounds a holiday present that will keep on giving for years to come!
  • 11:00pm – “Hard to Die” – A Jim Wynorski produced lost classic that was also known as “Sorority House Massacre 3” about three women trapped in the mall’s lingerie store.
  • 12:35am – “The Tomb” – The film is about a grave robber who steals an artifact from a tomb and sells it and now has the evil vampire (Michelle Bauer) controlling him in order to retrieve the artifact.



  • 10:00am – “The Quest” – A very cool Aussie film from 1986 that blends Monster Squad, Goonies, and several other mid-80s films that were popular with the ‘E.T.’ kid!
  • 12:00pm – “Body Count” – The film is about a camping ground that is haunted by an Indian spirit that kills whoever camps there. Stars David Hess.
  • 2:00pm – “Spookies” – Two separate films mixed together that was originally titled “Twisted Souls” and has enough monsters and craziness that blows most horror fan’s minds!
  • 4:00pm – “13 Score” – In 1753 along a lake shore in western Pennsylvania, a group of inhabitants became stark raving lunatics and murdered one another for no apparent reason. 260 years later, it’s happening again.  Winner of the 2014 Horror Real Independent Film Festival Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice Awards.
  • 6:00pm – “The Axeman of Henderson County” – A small town is terrorized by an axe-wielding serial killer in this campy, tongue in cheek thriller/comedy.  Featuring “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Major Harris.
  • 8:00pm – “Split Second” – The man, the myth, the legend Rutger Hauer is an officer of the law trying to track down an unnatural serial killer in a flooded futuristic London.
  • 10:00pm – “Curse of the Blue Lights” – An unknown low budget zombie flick from the late 80s that spent all its money on zombie make-up and none on sets and actors.
  • 12:00am – “Wild Beasts” – Another killer animal film that was not only made in Italy but involves a whole fucking zoo that has the animals going crazy because they are all on PCP.

Sunday schedule to be announced.

Episode 150 of Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast!


This week Kyle and Tim welcome back Danno Klonowski of THE WAYNE GAYLE VARIETY HOUR PODCSAST to discuss the BBC television series BLACK MIRROR.  Then Tim talks about Treat Williams in an Italian crime/sharksploitation flick named NIGHT OF THE SHARKS.  And lastly KYLE watches TOURIST TRAP for the first time.  We also answer your comments and questions.  So download this episode of Ennis will get shot in the face!!!…  ZOOPITY ZOP!!!



Gross Movie Reviews #340


Gross Movie Reviews #340


By Tim Gross


Yor, The Hunter from the Future (DVD) – A great combo movie that somehow was able to combine “Beastmaster” and “Caveman” with some weird no budget droids. This classic from the early 80s is about a man named Yor, who doesn’t know it yet but is the savior for a future generation that has been hiding among the mountains. His people let him go as a child to live among the caveman-like humans in hopes of learning to fight for his life and be their savior. If you are like me and only knew it existed and never seen it until now then start tracking it down now you will not be disappointed. And for that I give it 3 stars.


Beauty Queen Butcher! (DVD) – A shot-on-video movie from 1991 directed by Jill Zurborg is actually very brilliant and not talked about much. Our story begins with a bigger girl named Phyllis who has been entered into the ‘Miss Slough Queen’ beauty queen pageant by her nemesis Muffy and company to be embarrassed. It does not help Ms. Purnish the pageant hostess hates Phyllis also. As the pageant is going down Phyllis is nervous and has her friend bring her a box of Twinkies which of course gives us the famous line borrowed from “Stand By Me” (my best friend since 6th grade, Craig Wallace) would be proud, “Chow down Lard Ass!” If that wasn’t enough torture the beauty queen and her runners-up put Phyllis’s cat in the microwave which sends Phyllis over the edge and begins killing them one by one. But with each death Phyllis rises up the ladder of ‘Miss Slough Queen’ as there has to be one every year according to Ms. Purnish… What is amazing with this low budget feature is it borders two hours in length which usually spells ‘death’ for most low budget films but in this case is unnoticed because of how much fun and entertaining the film truly is! So I thank Miss Zurborg for giving a great effort and give it 4 stars.


Freak (VHS) – A bad independent flick from 1999 but entertaining in its own little way. Example: the box says the story starts 25 years ago with a monstrosity! In the opening of the film it says, “Nine years ago”… Go figure, I find this shit hilarious and entertaining but anyway a mother who was some kind of recluse has a son who she hates and keeps chained up with a burlap bag over his head. One night when she throws her newborn in a barrel fire, the son bashes her head in. Present time/1999, two sisters moving to a new home across several states come in contact with the monstrosity when he escapes a van owned by the asylum that housed him. Sounds better than it was but what the hell you only live once so go ahead and watch it? I did! I give it 1 star.


Repo Jake (VHS/DVD-R/YouTube) – 1990… Dan Haggerty aka Grizzly Adams… and he is a Repo dude! If this shit had evil Nazi elves I would been going to bed with aluminum foil on my head knowing someone is tapping my brain for movie ideas? Jake is new in town and has just gotten a job at K+K Repo. He meets a nice young lady trying to be an actress, makes friends at the repo joint, is introduce to slam track racing, and just happens to repossess everything that includes helicopters. Yep mother fucking Grizzly Adams is a chopper pilot. This is the type of bad b-action shit I live for. I give it 3 stars.

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Chrysalis (DVD/Vimeo) – The film is being released under a different name “Battle Apocalypse” and was directed by John Klein who bases his story in the future of the year 2038. Everything is dead, almost everyone is gone, and there seems to be only a wasteland of infected left. Two survivors are just trying to survive the best way they can until they come in contact with a another woman one evening while traveling through a big empty city or so they thought. Josh and Penelope take her in and try to make the best of it as their new friend tells them about a bigger group of people that will be waiting outside of the city. Problem is they must fight through the infected to get there. Klein provides hints along the way of what exactly happen to make this wasteland possible and stays away from the term ‘zombies’ or even ‘ghouls’ throughout the film. What interested me was instead of going the way of gore galore the zombie Eye-talian way, John Klein lets his characters and dialogue  bring his imaginative brilliant vision to life. Klein’s film succeeds where the highly regarded zombie film “The Dead” failed. He does not rely on the ‘zombies’ or in this film’s case the ‘infected’ to tell the story but the survivors of the fallout of 2019 and how they are still surviving all these years later to tell it. For that I thank you John Klein as you have given me the first horror flick to be on my “best of 2015 list”. I give the independent flick 4 out of 4 stars and info on it can be found at .


Legacy of Thorn (DVD/Vimeo) – Okay horror fans we got a new independent flick from the UK that combines elements of the “Splatterhouse” video game, Jason X steroided look, and leap year. MJ Dixon crafted a story about a group of friends who have been attacked by a supernatural force four years before on February 28th, now four years past and barely surviving the last attack the group of friends capture the supernatural being and to kill it for good. But the local authorities’ break-in on them right before they are to behead the being (Thorn) and gory chaos begins as the unstoppable supernatural force slashes and hacks his way through everyone. Is there way to stop him? Is there a real reason he only comes every four years looking for a singular person? And why does a group of armed personal show up to capture Thorn and we get to see they are a part of “Project Slasher House”? (Which “Slasher House” is another flick from filmmaker MJ Dixon I am now interested in seeing.) All great questions in this fun and crazy over the top supernatural slasher flick. I love this kind of independent horror flicks because it shows vision, fun, and excitement! Maybe Mr. Dixon needs to contact Mr. Steve Rudzinski here in the states about his project “Slasher Hunters” because great minds think alike!!! And for that I give this wonderful project from the UK 3 out of 4 stars and you can find out more about it at .


Pernicious (DVD/Vimeo) – Three pretty young woman go to Thailand to “save the world” in their own words. Julia and friends are staying at a nice hut, home, not totally sure what you call it on that side of the world but anyway they get to their place of dwelling and find a freaky ass gold statue of a child. The girls go out and party, pick up some ugly dudes, get drugged, and the three go “all Fred Vogel and Toe Tag Pictures” on these three dumb dudes. The girls wake up like they didn’t sleep to find the statue has gone, their gold jewelry is gone, and the ugly dudes are gone. Not sure of calling the police or what to do but they do decide they need to replace the statue or they will get fucked up. So of course they go visit a witch and she tells them “the statue could be a black market thing”. Never mind the story some old crazy Thai dude keeps trying to tell them about the statue. But apparently it’s not going to end well for Julia and friends as they didn’t pay tribute to this odd statue when arriving. The horror film has its gory moments and believes James Cullen Bressack has made another film that will make a lot of horror fans happy. Be warned my friends there is a gruesome fingernail removal scene, I know some of you will cringe or puke… I have seen it. So keep your eye out for this gruesome flick as I give it 2 ½ out of 4 stars and you can find out more at .


Megaforce (DVD) – Oh I so wanted to see this movie for so long and now that I finally have, I was not disappointed in a film that you could call a prelude to the G.I.JOE cartoon. No shit folks, Barry Bostwick and his hair command an elite force aka Phantom Army that defends freedom all over the world. They are hired by that dude that gave Michael Knight, K.I.T.T. and they need to go fight some commandos led by Henry Silva. But the topper for me was Michael Beck showing up and rides a motorcycle just like the one he does in “Battletruck aka Warlords of 21st Century”. My mind was blown people… They work their ass off to make the filler of the movie interesting but it pays off when Barry Bostwick and his hair are flying on a motorcycle! Believe it as I give this masterpiece of greatness 4 stars.


Any comments or questions please send to:, or . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can always visit and see some past reviews, independent film news, or me ranting at: !!!

Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle Poling and me talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at:

Plus you can always go to the greatest T-shirt place online or if you are in Texas visit the store of “Fast Custom Shirts” where T-shirt Joe is the only place you should purchase your horror T-shirts: Go to for details.

See yinz at Horror Realm March 6-8th, 2015 as you will find me in the “Out of Print Film Room” presented by Gross Movie Reviews. For details visit .

And do not forget to order your copy of Gross Movie Reviews: The Wrath of Gross at:

Most Disturbing Extreme Cinema Contender “CRAZY MURDER” Premiering Online This Friday the 13th


Most Disturbing Extreme Cinema Contender “CRAZY MURDER” Premiering Online This Friday the 13th This Friday, February 13th, Brain Damage Films in collaboration with r/fullmoviesonyoutube will host an online, world-wide, live free streaming of the new intensely disturbing film Crazy Murder in their movie chatroom, as part of the occasional Extreme/Gore/NC-17 Night.  The showing will be accompanied by a live chat attended by Brain Damage Films staff and the film’s directors, Doug Gerber & Caleb Pennypacker.



When: Friday, February 13th @  9pm EST


More info on this page: About the Film You’ve never seen anything quite like Crazy Murder.  The film follows a severely mentally ill homeless man over the course of a year in the streets of New York City as he commits a string of senseless murders and disgusting acts.


With very little dialog and subtle background music, as Crazy Murder unfolds the viewer is subjected to disgusting nails-on-chalkboard visuals and senseless acts — Yet you can’t stop watching.  This haunting portrait of a man living beyond humanity’s fringes will stay with you forever.


Method actor Kevin Kenny seamlessly plays the challenging role of the nameless main character, and there are cameos sprinkled throughout including UFC Heavyweight star Mark Hunt and James Quall of “Tim & Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job” fame. Synopsis

A homeless man (Kevin Kenny) begins a killing spree on the streets of New York City. Completely deranged and barely aware of his own identity, he makes little attempt at concealing his actions. But in a city with 50,000 homeless citizens our killer finds himself effortlessly camouflaged.


Steel yourself for a non-stop onslaught of violence and disgusting imagery.  Blending horror, drama, and black comedy, Crazy Murder is a disaster film at its core — featuring a tornado of death, a tsunami of blood, and a volcano of feces.

Official Trailers and More Information

Trailer 1:

Trailer 2 (REDBAND):

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Barnholtz Entertainment and Cinedigm bring the acclaimed Glass CityFilms/Huckpoten Entertainment production to DVD

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The award-winning post-apocalyptic zombie film Chrysalis, following a successful run at film festivals across the country, will be released in North America as Battle Apocalypse by Barnholtz Entertainment via Cinedigm. It will be available for purchase on DVD starting on February 24, in addition to its already-available digital form.


Funded entirely by Kickstarter donations and serving as a prime example of the new wave of crowdfunding sweeping the indie film community, Battle Apocalypse is a showcase for Glass City Films, the award-winning Chicago-based company, and for the incredibly talented cast and crew available in the Midwest, including award-winning actors Sara Gorsky (Best Actress: NYC Horror Fest, Tucson Terrorfest, Miami SciFi Fest, NOLA Horror) and Cole Simon (Best Actor: Trail Dance Film Festival).  Glass City Films founder and Battle Apocalypse director John Klein says, “We’ve had an amazing groundswell of support, first through the Kickstarter campaign and now out on the festival circuit. We have always put Midwest talent on par with what’s available on the coasts, and this film really showcases what we have to offer here.”


Cast on the surface as a zombie-centric horror film, Battle Apocalypse – produced in association with Huckpoten Entertainment and written and lensed by Ben Kurstin – soon reveals itself to be more about the drama of survival in a harsh world than the guts and gore traditionally associated with the genre. As viewers follow Josh (Simon) and Penelope (Gorsky) through a post-apocalyptic world decades removed from the outbreak of an infection, the most terrifying aspect for audiences will be the snapshot they see of the future their cities might encounter. When the nomadic duo rescue the mysterious Abira (Tanya Thai McBride) and slowly determine what secrets she may or may not be hiding, the true terror begins.


As Chrysalis, the film is already available on VHX at and on Vimeo On Demand for streaming or purchase. The film has won several awards and screened at dozens of film festivals, including the Wasteland Film Festival, the New York City Horror Film Festival, and the NOLA Horror Film Festival. Beginning February 24, Battle Apocalypse will be available at various retailers in-store and online, including Walmart, Best Buy,, K-Mart, and Movies Unlimited, and several others.  Both available versions include behind-the-scenes features.


Klein says, “We were incredibly ambitious from start to finish with this project. We believed in Ben’s great script and story, and knew we could do the film at a certain cost and make it look amazing regardless of the bottom line.  And we’re so proud and honored that Barnholtz Entertainment recognized the quality of our film and saw fit to give it a wider release through Cinedigm!”

Bloodbaths and Boomsticks enjoys special guest Jon Cross coming by…


This week we welcome back one of our favorite dudes in the podcast game Mr. Jon Cross.  We get into all sorts of nonsense such as how Wolfman Jack single-handedly impregnated the 70’s,  Zidgets (zombie midgets), Italian devil movies, Sho Kusugi’s ninja star madness, Liam Neeson failing at the theater, Tim shares his line-up for the out of print room at Pittsburgh’s Horror realm convention, we fix The X-Files, And all things Kareem Abdul Jabbar.  All this and the regular ramblings.

 episode 149