We talk how bad Big Freaking Rat was and how it could of been better?


This week we return to discuss movies in the age of COVID.    First it’s John’s pick featuring Vincent Price in THEATER OF BLOOD.  Because it’s October Kyle picks a Kung Fu flick to talk about in 5 Element Ninjas.  We test the bounds of our theory about there never being a bad rat movie as Tim talks about BIG FREAKIN’ RAT.  We also talk about the greatness of Michael Rooker.  That time that Spider-man and Batman talk about the ins and outs of the gag reflex.  The tangled knot that is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre flicks.  What we have been watching, news, and a ton of other poop.  So download this episode or there will be 45 new reboots of Chainsaw Massacre.




Gross Movie Reviews #517


Gross Movie Reviews #517


Scare Me (Shudder) – So this was the other horror film released this year with the same title ‘Scare Me’ where two strangers meet in the middle of nowhere to tell each other stories. Fanny and Fred meet while jogging one morning. Fanny – the best-selling scary and Fred – some random dude who works on ads and tries to get away from real life to see if he can make his dream happen? A power outage sends Fanny over to invade Fred’s space or cabin to order pizza and tell stories to each other. This would have made a great teleplay to play out on radio that I have listened too on many Friday nights driving back from Cinema Wasteland. I know I am going to catch heat for this popular film. But if you like an over 100 minutes of two actors who are reading a script to you the viewer and Chris Redd from SNL does cocaine halfway through for a break then you’ll be in your glory! I personally found the movie meh and not for me but I believe this was a film literally aimed at a certain audience and that was it as I give it 2 stars.


The Reflection (YouTube) – A super creepy short film from filmmaker Philip Brocklehurst where a man looks into the mirror too long and sees another reality. Scary thought is the other reality wants in more often than not as I give the short film 3 out of 4 stars.

Tales of Frankenstein (Vimeo/DVD) – This is an anthology that is a little different and interesting for ‘Frankenstein’ fans. Donald F. Glut takes some of his short stories he written and turns them into a film that Victor Frankenstein is the running theme throughout the anthology. The stories are set from 1887 to 1957 and vary throughout: the first story gives us an origin and a love story, the second is about greed, the third is a film noir involving a detective and a mad doctor, and the last story gives Frankenstein fans a little of everything including being set in Transylvania. I absolutely enjoy the twist on an old monster and its tales and doing it in the format of an anthology works brilliantly! A couple decades ago the film ‘Frankenstein Unbound’ proved you can tell a perfect story differently and if anything add to its mythology. Mr. Donald F. Glut does this without effort but my only complaint is the film looks way too clean (if that makes any sense to yinz film junkies)? Cinema fans this independent anthology is worth tracking down and making it a part of your collection and for friends to enjoy as I give it 3 ½ out of 4 stars.


Big Freaking Rat (DVD) – This film is a prime example of an idea that could be so awesome but ruined because nothing was totally seen through and looks more like crap just being thrown at the wall. Now I never expect an amazing giant rat movie every time out but I do expect a legit fun rat movie and this was not it. The film stars Felissa Rose a favorite among most horror fans who stars alongside a park ranger named Chief Brody who has supposedly help clean up a camping destination that was abused for years. Unbeknownst to him because two hillbillies dumping toxic waste into the lake a “Big Freaking Rat” is running around beheading humans and munching on their flesh to live. Before he can ever get the camping site up and running he must deal with the large rodent issue as it quickly boils down to teenagers and an exterminator vs. a large rat which was done with practical effects most of the time. Instead of keeping it simple and giving us a long lost SyFy Channel flick we get a movie that has you asking way too many questions during it instead of enjoying the “Big Freaking Rat” as I give it 1 star.


Theater of Blood (DVD) – An absolute gem of a film starring Vincent Price who is a stage actor about to make a comeback. His critics were so rude and shitty to the great Shakespearean actor he commits suicide in front of them. Two years go by and the critics start dying of horrible deaths in Shakespearean ways. Some of them believe the great play actor has returned from the grave but the authorities have trouble believing the story. But as the bloody bodies keep piling up they need to close this case before all the famous London critics are dead. This was my first time watch and like ‘House on Haunted Hill’ it just seems Vincent Price does his best work when the filmmakers allow him just be Vincent Price. Some decades have passed since this film’s release but this is an absolute treat for any horror movie fan as Vincent Price playfully allows his goons to destroy his critics until the ultimate climax! I just smiled how wonderful this film was from beginning to end as I give it 4 stars.


The Mummy (DVD) – This 1959 remake of the Universal Pictures classic got many people to pay attention to Hammer films as it stars Peter Cushing as John where his father, friend and himself discover a long lost tomb of Princess Ananka. When they open it they are warned to leave it alone or a curse would fall upon them. After the tomb is opened and some time passes the Mummy (played by Christopher Lee) is revived by a scroll and it wants revenge on all who were a part of opening the tomb. The film is absolutely beautiful looking but Christopher Lee literally steals the film as The Mummy and how he portrays it. Never got into Hammer Studios this is a good place to start as I give it 3 ½ stars.

Sebastian’s Unholy Flesh (YouTube/DVD) – Dakota Ray’s (writer, director, and actor) latest effort is about a shift in the universe or this case Lucifer dying for an unknown reason. This sets in motion a demonic presence known as Sebastian who sets forth and becomes flesh in order to obtain “The Unholy Book”. Just because this old evil is looking for the book that can destroy all mankind doesn’t mean other unholy evils are not looking also. The book changes hiding places on a regular basis but Sebastian quickly learns how to get it but keeping it becomes a much bigger issue as other demons want to fight to death in order to handle this great power! Dakota Ray goes super dark with this evil flick and is a cool slow burn. My only complaint on this ultimate evil tale might be I was expecting a satanic bloodbath but never got it. Understand that did not stop Mr. Ray and crew from putting together a fine tale about what would happen if the devil died? I give the film 3 out of 4 stars and can purchased at https://www.storenvy.com/stores/868254-dakota-ray-r-a-productions .


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The countdown has begun horror fans… it’s coming!


Our annual spring show debuts at a new home – the Doubletree By Hilton Greentree!


 This will be the ONLY Horror Realm convention of 2016 so don’t miss it!


 Guests include:

 – Return of the Living Dead cast members:


 – Clu Gulager (Burt)

 – John Philbin (Chuck)

 – Brian Peck (Scuz)

 – Jewel Shepard (Casey)

 – Linnea Quigley (Trash)

 – Thom Mathews (Freddy)

 – Alan Trautman (Tarman)

 – Beverly Randolph (Tina)



 – Nightmare on Elm Street franchise cast members

 – Tuesday Knight (NOES 4: The Dream Master & New Nightmare)

 – Brooke Bundy (NOES 3: Dream Warriors & NOES 4)

 – Ken Sagoes (NOES 3 & NOES 4)

 – Beatrice Boepple (NOES 5: The Dream Child)

 – Erika Anderson (NOES 5)


 – Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead, The Devil’s Rejects)

 – Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2, Tromeo & Juliet, Nightmare Man)

 – Mia Shepis (Tales of Halloween)

 – Diane Ayala Goldner (Feast II & III, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II)

 – Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)

 – Author Mord McGhee (Murder Red Ink, Old Flames and Heroes)

 – Dan Kamin (Creepshow 2, Chaplin impersonator)

 – John Russo (Night of the Living Dead, My Uncle John is a Zombie)

 – Erin Brown aka Misty Mundae (Shock-O-Rama, Midnight Massacre)

 – Steve Rudzinski (Silver Spotlight Films)

 – Amy Lynn Best & Mike Watt (Happy Cloud Pictures)

 – Fred & Shelby Vogel (ToeTag)


 Ticket levels:

 – VIP – $100 – must be purchased in advance and limited to 50. Includes:

 One weekend pass

 Horror Realm tote bag with lots of goodies

 Horror Realm shot glass

 Souvenir badge with lanyard

 Exclusive limited edition convention poster


 Priority seating at all panels

 Exclusive VIP party with open bar & appetizers


 – Weekend -$40

 – Friday – $15

 – Saturday – $20

 – Sunday – $10

 – Kids 12 and under are free with an adult admission.

 – Free single day admission for active duty military & veterans with valid ID.


 All ticket sales are final – no refunds


 Horror Realm moves to the Double Tree by Hilton Pittsburgh Green Tree hotel in 2016! Conveniently located at 500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 off the Green Tree exit of I-376 (Parkway West), this three-star hotel features:

 • Ample free parking

 • Pets allowed ($50 non-refundable deposit)

 • Indoor pool & whirlpool

 • On-site convenience store & snack shop

 • Chocolate chip cookies for registered guests

 • Complimentary hotel shuttle to Pittsburgh International Airport


 We have a very special group rate of $109 plus tax per night (regularly $154 and up). You can reserve your room now at the link below or by calling 412-922-8400 and mentioning group code HRP.




 Please visit Horror Realm’s web site (www.horrorrealmcon.com) for the hotel’s terms & conditions.





Mixer and reception before screening.


Q&A With Actors FELISSA ROSE, JONATHAN TIERSTAN and TOM VAN DELL after screening moderated by James Cullen Bressack.


Sleepaway Camp. Written and directed by Robert Hiltzik. Produced by Jerry Silva and Michele Tatosian. From United Film Distribution Company. Color, 1983, USA, 84 minutes, rated R. Horror. Starring Mike Kellin, Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tierston, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet and Katherine Kamhi. After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela, a shy and sullen young girl, moves in with her eccentric aunt Martha, alongside her protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders?


“This film just screams 80s goodness! In my humble opinion, Angela from the Sleep Away Camp series is one of the best and most shocking slashers ever made. We all have our own camp memories. What better way to spend a campfire night at than at Sleep Away Camp.” James Cullen Bressack


“There are great films and then there are magical films, glorious oddities that pop up sui generis out of nowhere. Sleepaway Camp falls squarely into the latter category.” Scott Tobias


Admission: $12 each feature.  Information: (323) 306-0676. Online ticketing: http://arenascreen.com

At Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Discounted parking is available with validation at lots adjacent to the venue and across the street.

Gross Movie Reviews #343


Gross Movie Reviews #343


By Tim Gross


Shark Assault (DVD) – The movie is also known as “Shark Week” and “Shark Island” and had a premiere on SyFy Channel that I somehow missed?  A man seeks revenge against several individuals who got his son killed and he will have them play a ‘survivor-type’ of game with sharks… and it stars Yancy Butler! If anything its hilarious just to watch a shark do its best “Tremors” imitation. I give the flick 1 star.


The Axeman of Henderson County (DVD) – A newer independent slasher/serial killer flick from filmmaker Larry Parmiter has the likes of wrestling legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan and former college football star Major Harris grace the screen in his flick. The story takes place in a small rural town where a person has taken upon themselves to begin killing the townsfolk or storefront owners with an axe. But each time the killer does not leave many clues for the sheriff and also mocks them with letters. The film suffers from several minor issues; it has that first project type of feel? Which I had a chance to discuss with Mr. Parmiter at the recent Horror Realm convention including a horrible story of an editor that really wasn’t sure on the editing part but got paid for it. Larry has a good head on his filmmaking body and understands what mistakes were made and is excited to not only try to correct them in a remastered version of the film some time down the road but considers it a lesson learned for the next project. And hearing that Larry’s next project has me intrigued? In the meantime help out another cool independent filmmaker and check out the Facebook page for this slasher/serial killer flick: https://www.facebook.com/axemanofhendersoncounty . Besides I wanted to see this movie either way just for the mere fact that Hacksaw Jim Duggan plays the mayor. I give the flick 2 out of 4 stars.


Tinnitus (DVD) – A pretty creepy short film about a love triangle that has gone bad. Filmmaker Bradley Walkowaik did a great job of building a lean, mean, and suspenseful short film that will have you asking what’s next. I give the short film 3 out of 4 stars. Find out more about the filmmaker here: https://www.facebook.com/brad.walkowiak?fref=ts .


Destroyer (VHS/DVD-R) – With this unknown 1988 flick (at least unknown to me anyway) I seen the box art late last year and knew I needed to see this horror flick. It is an 80s wet dream of a horror movie: Lyle Alzado as the killer or undead killer, Deborah Foreman as the cute stunt girl, Anthony Perkins as the director of the woman-in-prison flick, and Clayton Rohner who was the guy in “April Fool’s Day” that seem to be banging his girlfriend the whole film. Ivan Moser (Lyle Alzado) is on death row for murdering two dozen people and is going to be electrocuted. When it happens, power goes out, riot begins, and Moser’s body is never recovered. 18 months later a film production of a women’s prison movie is ongoing in the former prison that held Moser and people are starting to show up dead. All Moser wants is to be alone with Malone (Foreman’s character). Even though most deaths happen off screen there is one hell of a death scene with Moser killing someone with a jackhammer that is somewhat featured on the cover of the movie! When I talked about it on our Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast I gave it 3 stars but I got to amp it up a little and give it 3 ½ stars just because it has everything you look for in an 80s slasher flick. I do not remember anything about this flick even with “Shocker”, “The Horror Show”, and even “Prison” getting a lot of press at the time of this film. But glad I found it to enjoy its Lyle Alzado greatness!


Psycho Pike (DVD) – A lumber yard on the lake is dumping illegal waste into the lake causing many fish to die except one… The Pike! It is mutating into a large fish that has a taste for humans. Two couples go to their beachfront cabin on the lake to enjoy the summer but soon are in for a rude awakening as sickly fish begin to show up along with the police looking for dead bodies. “Psycho Pike” has it all as it’s the cheaper version of “Frankenfish” and beats it by 15 years! This B-movie greatness was so much fun I watched it two days in a row as I give it 3 ½ stars for its entertainment value!

My Zombie Flick

My Zombie Flick – (YouTube) – A short film that deals with zombies and their fans from a man who I believe gave us “Mini-Golf Massacre” and for that I am grateful. But the short film mocks “The Walking Dead” and its fans and also has a fun time mocking no budget films that hold zombie auditions. If you cannot laugh at yourself then what’s the point is what I got out of this fun mocking look at an over bloated zombie genre that I give 3 out of 4 stars as Bobby Keller declares his film to end or kill it all in zombie films. My favorite scene is a tie between the girl at the auditions who claims to be from Pittsburgh, Pa., and the two zombie movie makers arguing with two women at a bar about “The Walking Dead”. Check it out at: https://www.facebook.com/myzombieflick .


The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (DVD) – A great old school monster/horror film from 1954 that I bet influenced many filmmakers and monster films of the 60s, 70s, and even early 80s. The story revolves around two men in the spirit of Abbott and Costello comedy try to seek out the landowners of a lot nearby their friend’s diner that could be used for a baseball diamond for the neighborhood kids. Little the Bowery boys know is the owners is a couple of crazed scientists, a very pretty but curious woman, and a murderous old lady who all have plans for the two men that all end in death. When you watch it you will draw a lot of parallels to the famous TV shows “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”. I give this fun old school monster flick 3 stars.


Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (DVD) – If there was a middle ground between the zombie storylines of the dramatic TV series “The Walking Dead” and George Romero’s “Dawn and Day of the Dead”, “Zombie Killers” may have found it? Doc is a man trying to keep a community together during a zombie apocalypse where walls have been built, an army or people called ‘zombie killers’ are trained to protect, and new laws are enforced to help protect those who live behind the walls. Many try to live life best they can as others wonder is there an answer or reason for the walking flesh eaters. As tensions mount inside the community between the religious fanatics and a man named Rory that many in the community do not trust there is a problem as two people captured from another safe-zombie free location come to warn the community of a zombie horde in the millions about to descend on the community. If you can get past the CGI zombie deer and fish you will most likely enjoy this bloody but dramatic at times zombie flick. If anything you will enjoy Dee Wallace playing the usual worrying mom character, Billy Zane being the great Billy Zane, and Miss Felissa Rose in her best character in my opinion since “Sleepaway Camp” where she plays the community’s religious nut as you can easily seeing her as a cult leader in many other films. We are talking she has found her Jeffrey Combs or Tim Thomerson role here folks. The zombie film doesn’t drag, gives enough blood and gore for nerds like me, and gives you an interesting storyline for the mainstream “Walking Dead” fans, especially for the filmmaker pointing to fracking being the cause of the zombies rising… I give the flick 2 ½ out of 4 stars and a huge thank you to Miss Felissa Rose.


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It’s six weeks until the show! Join us in Pittsburgh on March 6-8.


Thanks to http://www.horrorrealmonline.com and http://www.horrorrealmcon.com

More than half of our spots are spoken for – if you’d like to reserve space, please contact us at info@horrorrealmcon.com.  Tables are $150 with discounts for multiples.

Information about the new location – Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West Green Tree


HR spring 2015

New location, same great convention. See yinz in March 2015!


March 6, 2015 – March 8, 2015

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West-Green Tree

401 Holiday Dr., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220


PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW LOCATION! Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West Greentree!


Guests include:

– Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp)

– Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)

– Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo & Juliet, Sharknado 2)

– Bob 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

– More guest announcements coming soon…



Horror Realm 2015