DISMEMBER THE ALAMO Was A Night to Remember!

 By Dixie Dellamorto10687167_10152799376633653_7658721263167031908_n

First of all I want to warn you that I’m running on empty as I’m writing this post, but I had such a good time that I just have to get it all out while it’s still fresh for me. Really — Mr. Lobo and I had such a blast at DISMEMBER THE ALAMO last night! In case you missed it, check out the animated ad by Tom Barndt!

The lineup was amazing. The first film of the night was NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) staring the red-blooded resolute stud: Tom AtkinsCreeps. The film is delightfully 80’s and is about an alien experiment gone terribly wrong, resulting in slug-like brain parasites who enter  through the mouth, turning dumb jocks into bloodthirsty zombie-like incubation stations who happen to invade on the night of the Formal… sort of. Actually there is so much going on in this movie that I’ve yet to read a synopsis that does it any justice. Needless to say, this is one of our favorite films and we even celebrated by building a realistic looking flame thrower and pinning a bunch of black slugs to a prom dress for my costume:Untitled-1The second film we had the supreme pleasure of hosting also stars the well-built two-fisted beefcake Tom Atkins and co-stars the delicate and radiantly beautiful Stacey Nelkin the film, of course, was HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH(1982).halloween-iii-season-of-the-witch-dvd-cover-13
halloween_3_01This film is dear to our hearts but largely unappreciated as the classic it truly is. Season of the Witch is a fun popcorn flick about an alcoholic doctor (Atkins) who, with the help of the grieving daughter (Nelkin) of a deceased patient, uncovers a conspiracy to sacrifice children in a druid ritual devised by a toy-making warlock who runs large Halloween mask-making company.
Yes you read that right.

If you’re a horror fan (which we’re guessing you probably are if you’re reading this) you may know that this movie catches a lot of flack for deviating from the story of the babysitter stalking maniac Michael Myers. In fact a lot of people down right HATE this film. To these people I say: I’m sorry that someone tried to put some magic in your life. I’m Sorry that someone tried to put some more Halloween spirit in the franchise. And I’m sorry that you can’t just enjoy a genuinely fun movie.

I hope you're happy.

I hope you’re happy.

I kind of think of Michael Myers and Jason are one trick ponies and I still have a hard time understanding how these kinds of slasher movies have such extensive franchises since every film is exactly the same and if it’s not more of the “same stalking and killing unsuspecting babysitters/camp counselors” the fans have a conniption fit. But what the hell do I know? I really liked Jason X.

Whoa, I kind of got off track there… Lets get back to the show:

The real treat of the evening wasn’t the root beer float I drank, no the real cherry on top of the evening was sitting with Miss Stacey Nelkin and watching her stellar performance in Season of the Witch followed by a Q&A between Stacey and Mr. Lobo. Lobo challenged the audience to come up with good questions and they did rise to the occasion making it both informative and entertaining. After the Q&A the staff of the Alamo handed out free posters for all the attendees and Mr. Lobo and Stacey signed autographs during the intermission. A couple of people even asked me to sign their posters and some artwork I had for sale!

Lobo and StaceyI was so struck by Stacey — She was so beautiful and generous with the fans and I feel truly blessed to have met her.

After Intermission Mr. Lobo introduced the next movie. The rest of the line up, I must admit was a bit of a disappointment only because the rest of the films don’t feature the ultra-masculine, virile, and hard-boiled Tom Atkins… Luckily they’re great otherwise! The-Monster-Squad-movie-posterSo our third film was THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987)! An excellent flick starting a bunch of spunky and good-looking youngsters. The movie is about A group of kids who are united by their love of monsters. Soon after forming a club they are pitted against the likes of Count Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and a Gillman. The kids have to work together to stop Dracula from using an ancient amulet that will allow him to take over the world.
This movie is pure 80’s fun all the way through, but I stayed in the lobby and chatted with some fans who were milling around and ordering drinks. I had a great time meeting new people and talking to fans from way back. Everyone was just so nice, but around this time Stacey was retiring to the hotel and I thought I should probably take that opportunity to sneak away myself. Lobo walked us back like a true gentleman and at the Hotel we rated the pumpkin carving contest set up in the lobby. Lobo returned to the theater to host the final film of the night: Night of the Comet (1984Night-of-the-Comet) about A girl who chooses to stay inside at the theater where she works when most everyone else is outside viewing a rare comet which incidentally wipes out most of life on Earth in it’s wake. The girl and her sister must find a way to survive amid other less savory survivors. Another fine 80’s movie with a true cult following. People LOVE this movie and for a good reason — it’s exquisite! I regret not having the energy to stick with it and watch this final film but I’m pretty sure if I had stayed I would have turned into a Pumpkin for sure — and at this time of year? That’s dangerous stuff!

 

Finally I really want to thank Steve Nerangis and the Staff of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester Virginia for throwing such a gratifying and entertaining event.

Also a special Thanks to Matt Burns for submitting some great photos!

Meet Us At Monster Fest This Weekend!

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Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Fest!Monster Fest is the annual one-day horror convention held at the Chesapeake Central Library in Virginia for fans of classic horror in film and literature. Monster Fest 11 will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Doors open at 10:00am.

Movies begin at 8pm: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and King Kong vs. Godzilla

The show was founded in 2003 by Rob Floyd and artist Clayton Sayre, Monster Fest is a day of vendors, panel discussions, special guests, a costume contest, live music, trick-or-treating for all kids in costume, and a horror movie marathon!

This event is 100% FREE and open to the public, so be there!

THE MASSACRE!

10683509_10152478613489601_1272399023186291383_oMovieside Presents:
The Massacre: 24 Hours of Horror Movie Madness at The Portage Theater in Chicago, IL

Special Guests:
JIM WYNORSKI (Chopping Mall) & DOUG MCKEOWN (Deadly Spawn)

Program includes: THE UNKNOWN (Silent Film with Live Organ by Jay Warren!), BLACK CHRISTMAS (70’s Masterpiece!), TARGETS (Boris Karloff Rarity!), CHOPPING MALL (director Jim Wynorski in Person!), DEADLY SPAWN (director Doug McKeown in Person!), CEMETERY MAN (Italian Insanity!), TENEBRAE (Dario Argento Classic!), EATEN ALIVE (Rare Tobe Hooper!), THE FOG (Cult Classic!), DAY OF THE DEAD (Romero Insanity!), and more films and guests to come!

For Info: facebook.com/terrorintheaisles

Amazing poster by Mitch O’Connell!
Check out past posters HERE!

 

Lend a Limb to The Toronto Zombie Walk

10454412_863072730388055_6466947975852078431_oThea "Eddy" MunsterIf you read issue one of Horror Hosts and Creature Features you know all about our first She-Creature, Thea Munster and her amazing event The Toronto Zombie Walk! If you didn’t get a chance to read about it in our magazine, The Toronto Zombie Walk started in 2003 with a handful of zombies and has grown into a full scale Halloween festival with over 10,000 participants, including legions of zombies, monster syndicates, fiendish floats, undead marching bands and almost any horror themed oddity you could nightmare up.tzwposter

 

 

1491563_829102073785121_2119584049136653529_oAs you can imagine with it’s continued growth, costs have gone up exponentially. Despite continued fundraising activities, searches to find sponsors, and grant applications the Toronto Zombie Walk is still $7000 under budget and has only 21 days to raise the total funds for the event!

If you have enjoyed the event in the past please to help them out by donating a dollar or two for every time they’ve attended the walk and parade — if everyone gave a dollar that would be over $10,000 and if they make more money than they need, all extra funds will go to The Canadian Wildlife Federation Help the Bats!

Please visit their Lend a Limb to The Toronto Zombie Walk Campaign to donate and learn more!

Beijing Horror Film Society

mmexport1398180278763Now this sequence of events may sound outlandish to you, but should you find yourself in Beijing, China… on a Monday… near a cool little venue called the “69 Cafe”, you may want to wonder in and discover what the Beijing Horror Film Society is all about. Former horror movie reviewer turned horror host, Jigsaw Jim, presents Monstrous Mondays at 9pm weekly. They show horror flicks and live music and it sounds like a total blast! The appreciation for Horror movies is International, and Horror Hosts are sprouting up all over the world. Nigel Honeybone from Sydney, Australia, Bunny Galore in the UK, and now Jigsaw Jim all the way in Beijing! How cool!

HorrorMovie_72DpiWe love hearing from Horror Fans from all over the world! Do you have a favorite horror host outside of the US? Let us know about them!

Unconventional conventionists: Haunters Recap and Looking Forward to Bizarre AC

IMG_4599Dixie Dellamorto and Mr. Lobo had a great time at the National Haunters Convention this past weekend. You could tell they worked hard to make it even better this year. They made it smaller and tightened it up quite a bit. They had some very decent performers on stage and the crowd was great. It seemed like there was more of a focus on artists, and above all, we had a boatload of fun seeing our friends and fans! We were very excited to spend some time with Gravely MacCabre from Castle Blood.

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Join us at the Halloween Show!

Halloween ShowA Show Floor Pass is good for the entire event of the Show. The All New LOWER Show floor price is only $15. In addition, a Family Friendly expanded policy of FREE entrance for kids 12 and under! This Includes entrance to the show, access to all vendors (Including Horror Hosts and Creature Features own Mr. Lobo and Dixie Dellamorto), access to our public stage classes, as well as all the professional entertainment stage show events produced by John Bundy (Wacky Dracky) of Six Flags Great Adventure, Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and Ocean’s Park of Hong Kong.

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