Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Michael Jackson's Zombie Revenge / Celebration

You just knew this was coming at ya!

This weekend, to mark the one month anniversary of the shocking demise of the "King of Pop" [my, how the time and the incessant press coverage fly] there is a Michael Jackson "Thriller" Zombie Walk complete with choreography in Chicago's Wicker Park. There's no official word yet if John Landis, Ola Ray, or any of the Jackson clan will be attending.

Zombie walkers are warned to work on their costumes to prevent any embarrassing 'wardrobe malfunctions'. Wouldn't want to unwittingly expose your brains now, would you? But enough freakish frivolity...

Here's what the event organizers posted on their Facebook page [insert Moon Walk, spin, crotch grab, and a piercing "Eeee-heee!"]

"Saturday July 25th we dedicate this Zombie Walk to the King of Pop "Michael Jackson" This date marks the one month anniversary of his passing and in his memory we will honor him by being the best damn Thriller Zombies we can be!

Remember this walk is to honor Micheal Jackson and one of the Greatest Song/Album and Best Choreographed Dance Ever!

- Practice the Thriller Dance moves at home or with a group of friends
- You can find instructional video at http://thrilltheworld.com
- Think hard & plan out your Zombie makeup/costume (the Gruesome the Better)
- Think of different way to honor "Michael Jackson" (Signs/Poster/Etc. this walk is for him)
- Promote and tell everyone of your friends to be apart of this Epic Thriller Zombie Walk!

- Please do not touch or bother any pedestrians during the Zombie Walk
- Please keep your walk as clean as possible (leave no trash ~ blood's ok though!)
- We will be passing out fliers with route map & instruction day of event
- We encourage everyone to join in the Thriller Dance portion of our walk
- If you don't know the dance moves feel free to dance however way you want and just have fun!

This is a FREE event open to everyone if you would like to Help, Volunteer or Sponsor our event please feel free to contact one of us on facebook or through ::
- Lindsay at Curls3356@yahoo.com
- Martin Malafator at Thriller@custom-vibes.com"

In addition to the walk/dance itself there will be several after-parties. Details are available at the Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Walk Facebook event page.

I hope that at least one attendee's costume and behaviour will honour the other departed star of "Thriller". And, no, I don't mean Ola Ray's career. I'm talkin' 'bout the man with the wicked yet mellifluous tones: Mr. Vincent Price! Thriller indeed.

Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Walk Facebook Page


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Calling All Hearse Fans

In the world of hearse owners there are essentially three breeds:
1) the folks who restore and honour the original vehicles;
2) the folks who customize their vehicles to create their fantasy rides; and
3) the folks who love their hearses, but can't afford to restore or customize their rides.

The first two groups are sometimes critical of each others' approach to the appreciation of professional cars. My own approach is to live and let live. We need both groups to keep up the interest in this beautiful, unique, and often misunderstood class of vehicle.

If you've ever been interested in hearses (and other professional cars) the king daddy of annual hearse events is coming up in August: The Professional Car Society (PCS) International Meet.

This year it's hosted by the fine folks of the PCS Mid Michigan chapter and will take place in and around Flint, MI from August 11-15, 2009.

I was at the Mid Michigan chapter's mini-meet in February and they sure made me feel welcome. Amazing collection of toy hearses too!

So if you're into hearses, and other professional cars (ambulances, fire trucks, etc.) Flint is the place to be to get your fix. I'm still taking apart my 1949 Henney Packard Nu-3-Way hearse in order to restore it. Otherwise, we'd be there for sure.

Here's a taste of the info from the Mid Michigan chapter's website. More info and a full schedule are available through the links at the bottom of this post.

Flint is the birthplace of General Motors Corporation and this meet will be seriously "auto centric." We will visit places like the original Durant-Dort Carriage factory and office, the Alfred P. Sloan Museum of Transportation, historic Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad. We will cruise the Flint River aboard the Genesee Belle. A trip to the Walter P Chrysler Museum and The Packard Proving Grounds as well as a visit to Jimmy Dobson's Firetruck Museum are also on tap.

During the week Flint will also be hosting the "Back to the Bricks" rolling cruise and so on Friday evening we will join THOUSANDS of other classic cars for a downtown cruise-in on Flint's old brick pavement.

Our Concours d'Elegance will be held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center near the home of the late GM pioneer Charles Stewart Mott.
Hope you enjoy the show, the cars, and the folks. See you down the road...

Mid Michigan Professional Car Society
Professional Car Society


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Original Zombie Walk Fiendraiser Announced

The planet's original Zombie Walk - the Toronto Zombie Walk - keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This year they're expecting over 2,500 undead to shamble through Toronto in October.

But with popularity comes red tape. The city is insisting on parade permits, road closures, and increased police accompaniment.

Gotta walk, gotta trek for brains - gotta abide by the rules or become a slammer ghoul. What's an undead soul to do?

Throw a Fiendraising Party! Raise some cash to pay for raising the dead.

The Toronto Zombie Walk Fiendraiser will be at The Smiling Buddha Bar (961 College St. West) on Saturday July 18, 2009. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Bands include:

The Screamagers {http://www.myspace.com/screamagers}
The Raclones {http://www.myspace.com/raclones}
Skullians {http://www.myspace.com/skullians}

Come in Zombie gear for discounted tickets, as well as a chance to win our Zombie costume contest. Raffle prizes include gift certificates from Yonge Street Tattoos, leather chokers and passes to the opening night of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

You don't want to miss the flesh-eating event of the summer. Come and partake in the Toronto Zombie Walk's second annual Fiendraiser and help us continue to raise the dead every October.

$7 for Zombies!
$10 for Non Zombies (victims)

Prize packs donated by the following sponsors:

It’s My Party
Creeped Out Canada
Anchor Bay Entertainment
The Krafty Kreep
Yonge Street Tattoos
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Spiked cow
2-Mile Jewellry
Burning Effigy Books
Tightrope Books
Creepy Christine
Invader Press
Cry Wolf Clothing
Quirk Books
and, of course, Crypt Club Productions Inc's "AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits"

Come, donate, and partake in some good, green fun for a ghoul cause. And bring your friends. These zombies are hungry.

TZW Fiendraiser
Toronto Zombie Walk
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Filmmakers: Take A Dip In the Texas Blood Bath

The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival is on the prowl for feature & short horror films for their inaugural festival running Friday November 13 through Sunday November 15 in Bellmead, TX. Let 'er rip!

The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival's mandate is to provide indie filmmakers who produce original, creative, and technically superb films an audience whose attention is focused on the screen - not on long lines to get celebrity autographs.

The Texas Blood Bath will honor the filmmakers and the fans - first and foremost.

Crypt Club Productions Inc. is proud to partner with The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival to celebrate & promote independent horror filmmaking.

Through AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits - our feature length DVD collection of great & award winning independent short horror films - we’re pleased to offer international distribution to the winner(s) of the BEST SHORT FILM AWARD.

For more information about film submissions, sponsorship & vendor opportunities, contact: Andrew Rose through the festival web site.

The Texas Blood Bath Film Festival
AAAAAH!! Indie Horror Hits


Thursday, July 2, 2009

HORRORphiles #3 Summer Scream Tonight only in NYC!

BEWARE! HORRORphiles #2 sold out, so plan to arrive early.

LATIN HORROR, in association with NEWFILMMAKERS, cordially invite you to the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series at Anthology Film Archives - "The HORRORphiles #3 - Summer Scream," featuring the work of emerging Latino/a directors working within the genre of horror.

NewLatino Filmmakers is the best and only independent Latino “cinematheque” showcase in New York City -- now in its 7th year! Docs, shorts & features. "Come early, stay late, pay one price."

WHEN: Thursday, July 2, 2009 ~ 6:00-9:30PM
WHERE: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at Second Street, Lower East Side, NYC
PRICE: $6 at box office (general seating)

6-7:00PM - Reception with complimentary RUM & COKE cocktail shots in theater lobby.

7:00PM - Director's SINema Spotlight: narrative shorts program featuring WITHOUT SIN (William Caballero), and three short films by Rue Morgue's Rodrigo Gudino: THE EYES OF EDWARD JAMES, THE DEMONOLOGY OF DESIRE, THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW; plus first look trailers: THE MINISTERS (Franc. Reyes) and MONSTROUS NATURE (Jason Cuadrado).

8:00PM - Narrative Feature Film: DARK MIRROR (Pablo Proenza)

Following the screenings, Series Director & Curator Edwin Pagán will hold a Q&A with filmmakers in attendance.

LATIN HORROR (LH) is the first English-language publication dedicated to the genre of Latin horror and will feature the leading Latin/Hispanic/international "dark creative expressionists" working in film, theater, music, photography, illustration, graphic novels, "dark art" novelas, comic books, literature, and games—from the seasoned masters—to the up-and-coming Latin horrorphile whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts.

LATIN HORROR will also give you a front row seat into this exciting universe through exclusive, intimate profiles, insightful in-depth articles into the latest trends and developments taking hold in the industry, as well as behind-the-scene peeks at the horrific cutting-edge projects coming your way.

LATIN HORROR - The Official Home of Latin Horrorphiles Everywhere

Latin Horror