Freaks & Geeks

Monday, March 12, 2012

A day at 'Days of the Dead' horror con

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

By virtue of its creepy, calculated un-weirdness, Peachtree City, Ga. is super fucking weird. The landscape is so well-manicured, the residents so ostensibly upstanding that none of us will be shocked when we find out that prominent townspeople have been performing black masses and ritual sacrifices in the basement of a local church, right? Also, they let unsupervised children drive around in golf carts, which is terrifying.


Horror fans filled the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center's bright n' shiny shinyparts for Days of the Dead Atlanta, a weekend of fun and fellowship amongst people who have, at some point, m-bated to the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, et al.

I really love horror movies. I really, really love the B, C, and D-list celebrities who are in horror movies. When I saw the line-up for Days of the Dead, I pooped a little: Bill Moseley , Gary Busey, Gary's offspring Jake Busey, P.J. Soles, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and my personal hero Sid Haig.

After my boyfriend and I ogled/mocked the attendees (one of whom cut the ass cheeks out of her jeans ala Baby Firefly in "House of 1000 Corpses-slash-"The Devil's Rejects"), briefly sat-in on a lame tattoo contest (the tattoos weren't lame, but it's hardly a thing that's suited for spectating), and purchased beers from a surly hotel bartender, we spent most of the afternoon in the conference rooms where the celebrities were seated at tables to sign autographs for and take pictures with fans.

A thing that was equal parts disappointing and depressing — and that I would have been prepared for had I ever been to a con before — is that pictures and autographs cost money.

Gary Busey is scarier than any horror movie ever (see here), but I thought, "How fun to have a photo taken with him. How brave everyone will think I am." Then I saw that autographed 8x10s cost $20 and you had to buy one in order for Gary to pose with you, and I laughed and laughed and took this picture of him posing with strangers who have more disposable income than I do:


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Today is 2/1/12: Rush fans unite! #2112

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM

A power trio of live performances of "2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx" by Canadian power trio Rush:

A recent performance: tight:

"Show of Hands" era (1989), the guys goof off:

Old school (1976) from the closed circuit feed:

"Spirit of Radio" Bonus: K106.3, An Ontario radio station is playing the album in its entirey at 9:12 PM, that is to say, they'll play 2112, at 21:12 on 2/1/12

K106.3FM - Great Classics & The Best New Rock
Enjoy 2112 on Wednesday! (2-1-12). Listen to K106.3FM tomorrow at 21:12 military time (9:12) for the entire album by RUSH!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Revisiting Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

World Wide Web, get it?
  • USA Today
  • World Wide Web, get it?

Back in December 2010, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the über-hyped Broadway musical based on the Marvel comic book, directed by Julie Taymor, featuring songs from U2's Bono and the Edge, was a punch-line for late night comics.

Early reviews were ferocious in tone, and abundant with loathing.

The future of the snake-bit production was anything but certain.

Producers made some major tweaks to the show, including parting ways with Taymor, before officially (finally) opening in June 2011.

Over a year later, the show is setting box office records:

"Has there been a bigger, more spectacular Broadway failure in recent memory than Spider-Man, the musical?

Before you answer, hear this: It just broke a record for highest revenue from ticket sales in a single week. The 75-million dollar butt of brutal and nightly jokes on Letterman — not to mention bad reviews and injuries to cast members. Turned its Spidey-sense into box office gold.

The story concludes with a sobering look at the over-all numbers: "Still, Spiderman would have to have about five years of record weeks to make up its costs. But the story of redemption may be priceless."

While the Spider-Man producers appear to have dodged the catastrophic iceberg that once seemed destined to sink their Titanic, last year's the original post was also skeptical about some of 2011's other comic book adaptations.

Let's see how we fared, with apologies to the Car Talk's "Stump the Chumps":

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saw creators shed their gory reputations for old-school suspense with Insidious

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:46 PM

  • Alliance Films
Best known for their work on the original Saw film, writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan have become known (perhaps unrightfully so) as the purveyors of the torture porn fad in horror films. Their latest film Insidious, however, is an ode to the more suspenseful thrillers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, as a family struggles with a seemingly haunted house, a child in a coma and various other creepy creatures . Insidious is a well-crafted horror film with moments of comic relief (if you’re paying attention, you might catch a wink-nudge sort-of cameo by Saw’s Jigsaw) to offset the family’s despair. And, in true thriller fashion, you don’t even see the source of all these fears until the very end of the movie. With the film coming out this Friday, Whannell (who also makes a cameo as a Clark Kent-like ghost hunter) and Wan took a moment to discuss the fright fest. (Some spoilers follow after the jump.)

Many people say you guys started the recent trend known as torture porn in the horror genre, but Insidious has a much more classic horror feel. Was that a conscious choice on your part?
Wan: Yes, it was intentional, but it’s also what we love.

Whannell: We sort of gravitated towards it naturally because that’s what we love, then as a bonus it happens to be something that will hopefully show people we can do different things. But having said that, it’s an interesting thing for us and Saw because we’re sort of remembered as the kings of gore or whatever because we created Saw and Saw was the first film in this new subgenre of extreme horror films that led to things like Hostel and The Devil’s Rejects and stuff. But it’s interesting for us because James only directed the first film and if you go back and watch the first Saw film, it’s not very gory. The gore is very held back, it’s much more of a low-key psychological thriller. I actually love some of the scare sequences. The sequels, then, became progressively more gory, but we didn’t have much to do with those.

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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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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blast-Off Burlesque goes bi... monthly with new Taboo-La-La series

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Blast-Off Burlesque

Atlanta, it seems, just can’t get enough of its bawdy burlesque girls. After last weekend's Southern Fried Burlesque Fest put on by the Syrens of the South, this weekend a new burlesque tradition begins as Blast-Off Burlesque hosts its new Plaza Theatre series Taboo-La-La.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Silver Scream Spook Show gets reanimated at the Plaza Theatre with Frankenstein

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Silver Scream Spook Show
  • Kevin Rej
  • Silver Scream Spook Show

Once a monthly creature feature, the Plaza Theatre’s Silver Scream Spook Show has only had one performance since last July, arising from its slumber to celebrate its fourth anniversary last October. Now with a TV show supposedly in the works, the Spook Show gets reanimated for its first live show of 2011. This Saturday the Spook Show screens the 1931 Boris Karloff classic Frankenstein. Considering that a rockabilly version of Frankenstein’s monster has been a member of the Spook Show cast for years, it seems somewhat overdue that the film that inspired such a comical character be part of the festivities.

The rejuvenated Spook Show cast, led by the Bela Lugosi-like Professor Morte, and including the vampy vixens of Blast-Off Burlesque, has assembled a monster of a show to precede the movie. The returning Spook Show will give its fiendish fans something to gnaw on until February, when it returns with a screening of the cult classic The Giant Gila Monster. It'll continue every other month thereafter, alternating with the sickeningly comical slasher-inspired Splatterday Night Live.

Silver Scream Spook Show. 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Jan. 29. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939., $10 for adults at late show, $7 for adults at matinee, free for ages 12 and younger at matinee.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Atlanta's "The Walking Dead" gets trailer, debut date

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 3:15 PM

AMC had debuted a stupendous trailer to "The Walking Dead," which airs its first, six-episode season beginning — when else? — on Halloween, Oct. 31. The trailer runs a full four and a half minutes, which reveal that director Frank Darabont presents an extremely faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel. The early scenes are straight from the book, while seeming to offer visual distinction from Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and other films that present similar scenarios. For Atlantans, the fun part is that the ATL is all over the preview. I think our city should change its slogan to "Military protection, shelter, food... Atlanta seems like a good deal." There's even the ironic/operatic use of a vintage pop song.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vampires Really Do Suck!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Team Who f'n cares! - EDWARD ADAMS

On Tuesday, 20th Century Fox threw a Vampires Suck release party at the Dave & Buster’s at Discover Mills. In case you couldn’t deduce from its title, the film’s a riff on the Twilight series and the fanaticism the franchise has inspired.

Twilight is about a girl choosing between necrophilia and bestiality — between a dead guy or a dog,” said Jeff Davis, who works at Netherworld Haunted House, which co-hosted the event. “ …and somehow parents let their children watch. We don’t really get it either.”

It may not have been the intention, but based on what we saw at the party, Vampires Suck seems to be helping the trend more than hurting it.

Even some Twi-hards couldn’t resist the parody and came out the party. Twenty-three-year-old Katie Quinn from Lawrenceville, for instance, moonlights as Bella Swan. Quinn surfs the web to track down Bella’s outfits and stocks up. Quinn mentioned she currently has four complete outfits — with jewelry — and some miscellaneous shirts, dresses, and other articles of clothing. It doesn’t stop there; her bedroom set down to the candles and action figures is copied straight from the Twilight films.

“I’m a Twi-hard, but if I can’t make fun of it, then what’s the point?”, she explains.

Indeed. Now where can we get one of those “Team I don’t give a @!*#” t-shirts.

Vampires Suck opens Friday, August 20 at area theaters.

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Vampires Suck at Dave & Busters

By Edward Adams

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Friday, August 13, 2010

This is Dragon*Con with Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Labor Day is fast approaching and that means so is Dragon*Con. The "sci-fi fantasy Margi Gras" as actress Erin Gray calls it, is the subject of a new one-hour documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con by Atlantans Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray. If those names sounds familiar, it's because the two men are co-producers of the award-winning PBA series "This is Atlanta with Alicia Steele."

Four Days at Dragon*Con will air on PBA beginning Aug. 28 at 9 p.m,. and again at midnight and will continue through the Tuesday following Labor Day. Schedule is as follows:

Sunday, August 29, at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, August 31, at 11 pm
Thursday, Sept. 2 at 11 pm
Saturday, September 5th at 12 am
Tuesday, September 7th at 11

Check out the trailer here.

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