ACTOR BRANDON LEE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY
For horror fans of course, Brandon's contribution was his only Horror movie, THE CROW. But the movie that killed him is also one of the best movies of all time.
21 years ago, in 1994, when audiences entered the theaters to get their seats and wait for the movie, they probably felt the way a number of people felt like when they went to see THE DARK KNIGHT in 2008. As an actor, Brandon Lee was nowhere near as popular as Heath Ledger, and that was probably the point to a lot of people. Heath was able to show his promise and potential. Heath left behind a body of meaningful work. By 1992, while Brandon Lee was shooting THE CROW, he'd been in only a handful of movies and they were all low budget actioneers, made primarily for the late night Cinemax (before Cinemax became Skinamax) or SciFi channel crowd. He hadn't made his mark yet. Being that he was the son of Bruce Lee, a popular martial arts actor who died virtually on the very cusp of fame, fans just knew that Brandon was going to bust out with something that would wow theater go'ers for generations.
By 1992, the word was out. Studio execs were wowed by rushes of THE CROW. The teaser trailers and clips were generating a favorable response from all who saw them.
Continued at Feo Amante/THE CROW.
THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
While movie companies like Asylum make shit movies that no one cares about, in a cynical attempt to get audiences they don't like, there are those few Indie filmmakers who never stop raising the birth child of their labor of love.
Whether it's Darren Lynn Bouseman spending years Four-Walling his 2008 magnum opus, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA! or Caleb Emerson still toiling to bring an audience to his 2005 nudie comedy trashterpiece, DIE YOU ZOMBIE BASTARDS! to the nearly twenty years that crazed directors Wayne Berwick and Ted Newsom took to bring THE NAKED MONSTER merely to Direct to Video. Say what you will about these movies and many have, but you can't deny the unfathomable love these filmmakers have for their precious birth defects.
Which brings me to micro-small time writer and director, Paul Bunnell, and his 1950s retro scifi monster musical, THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X.
Where to begin? Let's start with my 2012 review and bring you up to speed on what is happening in Australia this Friday, January 30, 2015.
Continued at Feo Amante/THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X.
RIP'n FOR ROBERT KINOSHITA
Artist & Art Director Robert Kinoshita, died December 9, 2014, in Torrance, California. I'm amazed it took the press this long to report it.
Robert created the Robby the Robot design for FORBIDDEN PLANET and for years after, was the goto guy for robots.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1914, Robert grew up to study Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC).
Unfortunately, young Robert was a troubled Asian man, and soon ran afoul of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 - a law against being Japanese or even having a Japanese heritage.
Found guilty of being born of Japanese ancestors, Robert had all of his possessions confiscated by the U.S. government and was forced into a government concentration camp with others of his race.
After World War II, Robert and his wife moved to Wisconsin, where Robert worked as an industrial designer. But around 1954 Robert returned to California and went to work for Republic Pictures. There he designed Tobor (Robot spelled backwards) for the hit TV series, Captain Video. Tobor was so popular that the empty suit went on to star in Republic Pictures feature film, TOBOR THE GREAT. This movie, about a boy and his giant outerspace robot, would go on to become the inspiration for THE IRON GIANT.
Continued at Feo Amante/RIP'n FOR ROBERT KINOSHITA.
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Actor Clancy Brown (THE BRIDE, HIGHLANDER, BLUE STEEL, AMBITION, CAST A DEADLY SPELL, PET SEMETERY II, PAST MIDNIGHT, GARGOYLES [TV], STARSHIP TROOPERS, CARNIVÀLE [TV], THE BURROWERS [TV], A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET , COWBOYS AND ALIENS, JOHN DIES AT THE END, AT ANY PRICE, HELLBENDERS, SPARKS, TRANSFORMERS PRIME [TV], THE LEGEND KORRA, NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR, HOMEFRONT, HULK AND THE AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. [TV], DOOM PATROL [TV], SLEEPY HOLLOW [TV]) is 56.
Writer Tananarive Due (THE BETWEEN, BLOOD COLONY, THE LIVING BLOOD, MY SOUL TO KEEP, JOPLIN'S GHOST, MY SOUL TO TAKE, THE LAKE, and way more) is getting up there!
Musician Marilyn Manson (PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, SMELLS LIKE CHILDREN, ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE LAST TOUR ON EARTH, MECHANICAL ANIMALS, HOLY WOOD, THE GOLDEN AGE OF GROTESQUE) is 46.
And On Sunday -
Actor Matt Frewer (MAX HEADROOM, THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, FAR FROM HOME, THE STAND [TV], THE LANWMOWER MAN II, GARGOYLES [TV], DEAD MAN'S GUN, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, DEAD FIRE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK [TV - Animated], PSI FACTOR, THE HOUND OF BASKERVILLES , THE SIGN OF FOUR , THE ROYAL SCANDAL , THE CASE OF THE WHITECHAPEL VAMPIRE , TAKEN [TV], DAWN OF THE DEAD , RIDING THE BULLET, DESPERATION, EUReKA [TV], WEIRDSVILLE, INTELLIGENCE [TV], WATCHMEN, RAMPAGE, BAG OF BONES, FALLING SKIES [TV], ORPHAN BLACK [TV], THE LIBRARIANS [TV]) is 57.
Actor Julian Sands (AFTER DARKNESS, THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, GOTHIC, VIBES, SIESTA, WARLOCK, ARACHNOPHOBIA, NAKED LUNCH, TALE OF THE VAMPIRE, BOXING HELENA, WARLOCK: THE ARMAGEDDON, DARIO ARGENTO'S THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MERCY, CAT CITY, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, HIROKIN, SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF, ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN, EXTRAORDINARY TALES, GOTHAM [TV]) is 57.
Look for Julian's upcoming Horror Thriller for 2015, BORLEY
And On Saturday -
Actor Alisen Down (COLD SQUAD [TV], MYSTERIOUS WAYS [TV], TRIPPING THE WIRE: A STEPHEN TREE MYSTERY, DA VINCI'S INQUEST [TV], BATTLESTAR GALATICA [TV], THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL , CASE 39, PARADOX, PAST OBSESSIONS [TV], GRACEPOINT [TV], 12 MONKEYS [TV], LOST GIRL [TV]) is 38.
Voice actor Jason Marsden (ROBOT JOX, [all TV credits] THE MUNSTERS TODAY, EERIE INDIANA, HOCUS POCUS, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, SPIRITED AWAY [English version], HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER, INVADER ZIM, W.I.T.C.H., AFRO SAMURAI, THE BATMAN, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, THE LEGEND OF KORRA, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, LOCKER 13) is 38.
Writer / Director / Actor Hyung-rae Shim (YOUNG-GU AND COUNT DRACULA, TIRANO'S CLAW, POWER KING, DRAGON TUKA, REPTILIAN, DRAGON WARS: D-WAR) is 57.
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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Actor Tia Carrere (ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, INTIMATE STRANGER, RISING SUN, TREACHEROUS, TRUE LIES, HOLLOW POINT, KULL THE CONQUEROR, TOP OF THE WORLD, DOG BOYS, SCAR CITY, THE NIGHT OF THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN, RELIC HUNTER [TV], TORN APART, SUPERNOVA, DARK HONEYMOON, IN PLAIN SIGHT [TV], SCOOBY DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED [TV], GUTSHOT STRAIGHT) is 47.
Actor Taye Diggs (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, NEW BEST FRIEND, EQUILIBRIUM, BASIC, DRUM, SLOW BURN, DAY BREAK [TV], DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT, THE GOOD WIFE [TV], MURDER IN THE FIRST [TV]) is 44.
Actor Julie Farrar (THE CHRISTMAS SEASON MASSACRE, THE UNDERTOW, SAVAGE HARVEST 2, DEADWOOD PARK) is 35.
Writer Brian J. Hatcher (MOUNTAIN MAGIC, STORIES FROM THE HEARTH, various short stories) is 47.
Writer Bentley Little (THE MAILMAN, UNIVERSITY, THE IGNORED, DOMINION, THE TOWN, DEATH INSTINCT) is 55.
Actor, Stunt Woman, Nancy McCrumb (CULT, DARK HOUSE, THE AWAKENING , 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DEMON LEGACY, INTO THE STORM, READY 2 DIE, THE PACT II, ) is 31.
Look for Nancy's upcoming Horror Thrillers for 2015, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION, DECOMISSIONED, and for 2016, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Actor Jonas Armstrong (GHOST SQUAD, BOOK OF BLOOD, THE FIELD OF BLOOD, RAGE OF THE YETI, TWENTY8K, EDGE OF TOMORROW) is 34.
Actor Morris Chestnut (HALF PAST DEAD, CONFIDENCE, ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID, THE CAVE, V [TV], AMERICAN HORROR STORY [TV], THE CALL, KICK-ASS 2) is 45.
Look for Morris' upcoming Thrillers for 2015, BUS 657, THE PERFECT GUY, and WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS.
Actor Frank Langella (THE DEADLY TRAP, DRACULA , SPHINX, SHERLOCK HOLMES , BODY OF EVIDENCE, BRAINSCAN, BAD COMPANY, THE NINTH GATE, INNOCENTS, CRY BABY LANE, NOW YOU SEE IT..., 10.5: APOCALYPSE, THE CALLER, THE BOX, ALL GOOD THINGS, UNKNOWN, ROBOT AND FRANK, THE TIME BEING, PARTS PER BILLION) is 76.
Actor Christopher Redman (THE DEFENDERS: CHOICE OF EVILS, GINGER SNAPS, BLESS THE CHILD, K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER, ABSOLON, TOUCHING EVIL [TV], Masters of Horror: John Carpenter's CIGARETTE BURNS, ABSOLUTE ZERO, 88 MINUTES, SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING, RE-CUT, CSI: MIAMI [TV], GREEN GUYS, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, THE SOUND AND THE SHADOW) is 35.
Look for Christopher in the 2015 Thriller, THE TANK.
Actor Verne Troyer (PINOCCHIO'S REVENGE, MEN IN BLACK, WISHMASTER, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG , INSTINCT, HERE LIES LONELY, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, POSTAL, GNOME ALONE) is 45.
E.C. McMullen Jr.
from the author of PERPETUAL BULLET.
Available exclusively at Amazon.com until 2015.
"'Some People' ... may be the standout story in the book."
- John Grant, Infinityplus
E.C. McMullen Jr.'s
CEDO LOOKED LIKE PEOPLE
appears in the anthology
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