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Monday, March 26, 2012

V/H/S made someone throw up, then got picked up by Magnolia

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Actor Drew Sawyer wears the helmet cam designed by director of photography Victoria K. Warren and key grip Mike Cosky.
  • Linda Burns
  • Actor Drew Sawyer wears the helmet cam designed by director of photography Victoria K. Warren and key grip Mike Cosky.
When the found-footage horror anthology V/H/S screens at the Atlanta Film Festival tonight at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at 9:15, it will be interesting to see if the opening short "Amateur Night" has the same effect on the local audience as it did when the film was shown at at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. During that screening, a man passed out in the theater lobby, only to be followed shortly thereafter by his vomiting wife. While it all sounds like sensationalism at its finest, there were admittedly some other factors involved (namely alcohol, mountainous altitudes and travel weariness). But that doesn't mean the shaky camera work and gruesome special effects didn't have something to do with it.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Meet Monster Jam's Madusa

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The Madusa

This morning CL was invited to the Georgia Dome to speak to a couple of the Monster Jam riders who will be competing Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Georgia Dome.

Madusa is a former pro-wrestler turned Monster Jam racer who has been competing in Monster Jam competitions for the past 10 years. She says racing is like "having a triple orgasm," adding "it's 90 seconds of pure pleasure." Madusa, who calls herself the "Queen of Carnage," and the only racer "with balls," is a two-time Monster Jam World Champion. She says she was contacted by the Monster Jam promoters while she was pro-wrestler and they invited her to try out by driving a truck. "I gagged that bitch out of the pond and they came running and said I was hired," she says.

Madusa says the course they will race on Saturday night at the dome "is crazy sick" and that when she takes the jumps she closes her eyes. Surveying the jump that's being prepared at the center of the Dome this morning, she looks at it and says, "That's some snot-banging helmet shit." Following the race Madusa says she will have injuries ranging from "concussions to bruises," all for less than she made as a pro-wrestler; she says she is one of the better paid Monster Jam racers and but does not make six figures.

Madusa ain't all badass when asked what she will be doing this afternoon to prepare for the race: "I am taking an online class, I am working toward my bachelor's degree," she says.

More Photos after the Break and check out CL photos from Monster Jam 2010

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Save yourselves! Our list of the scariest movies EVER

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Debbie Michaud, Culture Editor
Event Horizon: I hate flying, so the idea of space frightens me anyway. But being adrift in space in the future with a disgruntled, blood thirsty, latin-speaking, burn-victim astronaut spirit absolutely terrified me. That and Candyman. That shit was scary.

Curt Holman, Staff Arts Writer
Some movies create horrors that follow you home, none more so than The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s notorious depiction of demonic possession. Linda Blair’s Regan transforms from a cute, normal little girl to a misshapen, all-knowing, possibly homicidal ghoul. The Exorcist's nightmarish sound design alone can fray a viewer's nerves, but the film violates the rule that what you don’t see is scarier than what you do, offering a glimpse of unimaginable, inexplicable evil and hostility made flesh. The Exorcist combination of stark fear and abhorrence proves so potent, even remembering it can scare you.

Dustin Chamber, Photographer
The Ring screwed me up bad in high school.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

WWE goes Gonzo as the Muppets host Raw on Halloween night

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

No, Beaker hasnt been hitting the weights. Thats former WWE Champion Sheamus.
  • WWE
  • No, Beaker hasn't been hitting the weights. That's former WWE Champion Sheamus.
When WWE announced that its flagship Monday night show Raw would be returning to Philips Arena on Oct. 31, the costumed athletic pageantry seemed like a good enough fit for Halloween, especially in a town steeped in wrestling history. But when it was later revealed that the show's hosts would be the Muppets, who also have a strong local presence as part of the Center for Puppetry Arts' extensive Jim Henson collection, it just made for an even wackier collision of pop cultural icons.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Plaza turns up the 'Memphis Heat' with Jerry Jarrett

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM

To some, professional wrestling goes hand-in-headlock with Southern culture. With the pageantry, triumph and overall spectacle of larger-than-life personas dramatically settling their scores through in-ring combat, wrestling's Southern appeal is obvious. Perhaps more so than any other city in the South, wrestling really put a stranglehold on Memphis, where legends like Sputnik Monroe, Jerry "The King" Lawler, "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant and others have been making names for themselves for decades. The new documentary Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin' chronicles Memphis' unique wrestling history with archival footage and interviews with those who lived to tell the tale. The film will be screening this weekend at the Plaza Theatre, with legendary Memphis wrestler/promoter Jerry Jarrett on hand for the Saturday and Sunday night screenings to sign copies of his new book, The Best of Times. Following recent screenings in Memphis and Kentucky, Jarrett discusses the film as it makes its Atlanta debut.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Atlanta Midget Wrestling returns for two nights of small-scale action

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Wrestling has always been big in Georgia. But with Atlanta hosting events like WrestleMania last April and the National Wrestling Alliance Legends Fanfest Weekend next week, this form of athletic theater has never been bigger. But just because the personas and in-ring action are larger-than-life doesn't mean little people can't be part of the spectacle. This weekend, Atlanta Midget Wrestling returns to the Gateway Event Center in McDonough on Friday and the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross on Saturday.

J-Mazing smashes his opponent with a garbage can lid
  • Atlanta Midget Wrestling
  • J-Mazing smashes his opponent with a garbage can lid

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hell yeah it hurts! But the Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival makes it worth it

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM

The Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival creates a buzz every spring as dozens of skin artists descend upon suburban Atlanta for a weekend of inked-up fun June 3-5. But for its 15th anniversary, the event is really living up to the festival portion of its name with lots of tattoo-related events to keep people entertained even when they're not giving or getting tattoos.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Splatterday Night Live slays with killer sketch comedy and Death Race 2000

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Splatterday Night Live presents Death Race 2000
  • Splatter Cinema/Gorehound Productions
  • Splatterday Night Live presents Death Race 2000

Last weekend Blast-Off Burlesque presented Taboo-La-La, the first in its new film series since spinning off from the Silver Scream Spook Show. Only a week later, yet another Spook Show spawn comes to the Plaza Theatre with the return of Splatterday Night Live.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Platinum Championship Wrestling bloodies the Masquerade

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Platinum Championship Wrestling

Building on the momentum of its biggest show to date, Sept. 25’s Sacred Ground: Chapter One, local indie wrestling outfit Platinum Championship Wrestling held its first show at the Masquerade Oct. 6. It was one of PCW’s hardest-hitting events thus far, as Sacred Ground’s aftermath played out and PCW Champion “The Revelation” Shane Marx successfully defended his title against “Do Or Die” Chip Day, Jay Fury and Davey Richards, a standout from Philadelphia-based Ring of Honor Wrestling who is considered by many to be the best wrestler in the world today.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Buried Alive Film Fest brings underground horror films to the Plaza

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore
  • Herschell Gordon Lewis

While most of Halloween’s monsters have been laid to rest for another year, the Buried Alive Film Fest arises at the Plaza Theatre this weekend with one of its most impressive lineups to date. The fifth annual festival includes two days of shocking short films and frightening full-length features that range from comedic spoof to grindhouse-style gore.

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