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|Saturday, November 14th, 2009|
|Sunday, June 28th, 2009|
From the Twitter . . .
- 13:23 Hmmm . . . Sat down to work on the next podcast, and suddenly running into Audacity problems. Bizarre and INCREDIBLY frustrating. #
- 13:25 Even screaming into the microphone, I can't get the audio levels anywhere near as high as I used to. It's like there's some sort of... #
- 13:25 ...limiter keeping the levels down. An artificial maximum level has somehow been created, and I can't get above around .25 or so. #
- 13:26 I'm wondering how much the Skype and PowerGramo adventures impacted this yesterday. Either way, I'm hitting head my head against a wall. #
- 13:26 Any Audacity wizards out there feel like helping a brother out? #
- 13:35 twitpic.com/8p37a - #
- 13:39 @cheapanddirty I've been playing with the levels all morning, and haven't found a solution yet. #
- 14:15 @jafmp Both micropones are having the same problem. Hmmm . . . #
- 14:32 Just spent a few long minutes on the website for the company who made the mixer we use to see if I need to re-download/-install any drivers. #
- 14:32 There are six different drivers for Windows Vista and varying combinations of 32- or 64-bit options, and I don't know which one to dl. #
- 14:37 @Bonehand The CD worked fine, and I just tried to add new audio to an older recording, and still had the problem. #
- 14:37 @jafmp I am running both mics through the MobilePre USB mixer, which then runs via USB into the computer. #
- 14:49 @Bonehand No update since 6/13. The only thing I've done differently on this machine since recording last was yesterday's Skype session. :/ #
- 14:53 @jafmp I don't have the ability to run the mic straight into the computer unfortunately . . . #
- 14:55 @jafmp I don't have an adapter to run the mic straight into the computer. #
- 14:56 @jafmp I appreciate the assist, sir . . . ! #
- 14:58 @Bonehand Skype doesn't seem to have a problem, and watching the volume bars tells me there's no "limiter" in Skype. #
- 15:04 But tyring to record in Goldwave, I have the same "limit" showing up. How damned frustrating and odd . . . #
- 15:04 @Bonehand I've tried recording on top of an existing file, but still had the same problem . . . #
- 15:05 @jafmp I normally don't even have Skype running at all, so, yeah, it was closed when I first started . . . #
- 15:15 @Bonehand I've fiddled with all the appropriate knobs, and a few inappropriate ones as well. #
- 15:16 @amynotlp Keep me posted on "Merlin." I've been curious about it . . . #
- 15:25 @jafmp @Bonehand @cheapanddirty I do appreciate the assist, guys, as well as the smiles . . . #
- 15:26 @KateLamiaDomina Hmmm . . . It's been on my radar for awhile. #
- 15:27 Oh, what the hell . . . I'll reinstall the driver and see what happens. #
- 15:29 In unrelated news, I finally started going through my old March 2009 HHW pics . . . #
- 15:29 twitpic.com/8pdpp - There were many strange sights to be seen at HorrorHound Weekend, March 2009 #
- 15:37 twitpic.com/8peif - One Derek will put on a hockey mask and kill you. The other? Not so much . . . #
- 15:38 RT: @vz9p57 @BrotherD Many strange sights indeed : bit.ly/yoHjM #
- 15:44 twitpic.com/8pf9w - D with Christopher Young, film composer of 'Hellraiser' and 'Drag Me to Hell', as well as the nicest guy at HHW. #
- 15:48 twitpic.com/8pft8 - D and Daniel Roebuck - another friendly guy at HHW #
- 15:53 Are you kidding me? A simple reinsallation of the driver for the mixer SEEMS to have worked. Why? How? Do not question such things. #
- 16:00 @slugkc Ahhh . . . shucks. You're just buttering me up because I haven't told you what I thought of SlugCast #1 yet . . . :) #
- 16:41 Mail Order Zombie: Episode 075 - Announcement and Programming Change - bit.ly/OM94D #
- 16:46 RT @LordShaperKryptographik Episode 29 tinyurl.com/kto6mh #
- 16:49 Undead Karaoke, Volume 1 - Baby Got Brains - bit.ly/iNSXP #
- 16:52 @otcnation No worries . . . there's still time! I still need to call you, too! How long do I have? #
- 16:53 @bradzb I don't know about HHW 2010. I know the next HHW is this November in Ohio, though . . . #
- 18:50 @amynotlp Nothing wrong with being a fantasy geek - I'm waiting for Martin to put out his next book just like you! #
- 18:51 @otcnation Well, damn . . . I'm sorry I missed the window. I'll still call in, though . . . Feel free to call in for our show, brother. #
- 21:04 @Damocles66 HAH! #
- 21:19 RT @Bekemeyer Oh my. What's this? Something new...What is it? letsmakethisthing.com (RT please) #
- 22:19 @Freakwolf What is it with podcasters with the word "Zombie" in their show having computer problems today? #
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|Friday, June 26th, 2009|
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- 14:07 @vz9p57 @BayouHunter I couldn't stop laughing the first time I heard the new Disney, Indiana promo . . . ! #
- 18:36 Just found out my grandmother is in the hospital. She's doing all right right now, but it's still a bit scary. #
- 18:41 She's hitting 90-ish, and has had some problems for awhile now, but the doctor says her heart and lungs are strong. #
- 20:41 @vz9p57 We love the MOZ-riff promo . . . feel free to spread it around, brother. No need to make it an exclusive! #
- 20:41 Thanks for the well wishes re: my grandmother. I hope to know more (of a positive nature, I hope) tomorrow. #
- 09:56 We'll talk about Michael Jackson's Thriller and how it helped to bring zombies further into the 80s mainstream in Episde 75 of MOZ. #
- 09:57 If you'd like to add your voice, we'd love to have you on board. Call 206-202-2505 to leave a voicemail with your Thriller-specific thou ... #
- 10:25 @vz9p57 You're absolutely right . . . But if it wasn't for Jackson, it certainly wouldn't have gone nearly as big. No disrespect for Landis. #
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|Monday, March 16th, 2009|
|In defense of "Watchmen"
This was primarily written in response to some posts that were made at work by someone who simply proclaimed the movie was a waste of time and by someone else who walked out of the movie about halfway through . . .
I'm really surprised to see a couple of dismissive posts here about Watchmen
, especially without a lot of information backing up as to WHY y'all didn't like it . . . !
Now, don't get me wrong - I didn't think it was perfect. In fact, I had a LOT of problems with it, especially toward the end of the film, but I thought it was still a VERY solid effort. Here's what I liked about the film:
Acting - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley and Patrick Wilson all turned in incredibly solid performances, ESPECIALLY Morgan.
Visual Effects - While it wasn't new or groundbreaking, the effects were solid and did what they needed to do, and did it well.
The Scope - Watchmen is an epic film, and while realistically I think it might have served the pacing of the story more to see something like Watchmen
adapted as something like an HBO mini-series, I still walked away from the movie feeling like I did more than just check my brain at the door for 2-and-a-half/three-hours.
This wasn't a superhero movie. I know, I know - we were told that it was (sort of), but the trailers were a bit misleading. It's not a slam-bang-fun-superhero-flick. In fact, this is more of a mystery/near-espionage-type of movie that just happened to have characters who dressed up in superhero outfits in it. The trailer played on the public's perception that all superhero stories have to be - unless it's a Batman story - bright and glitzy and goofy and fun.
However, I think it's a mistake to fault the MOVIE for the TRAILER. Ultimately, I liked being able to watch a movie about superheroes that offered a bit more depth than another Spider-Man
film, and I think Watchmen
delivered a more realistic approach to how things would really be in a world in which superheroes were real. The movie isn't for everyone, but I don't think it's a failure in anyway. I certainly don't think it's a waste of time or something that should be written off because you walked out before it was over.
|Thursday, March 12th, 2009|
Wednesday evening after getting off work, I called my mother to let her know that Brenda and I were trying to find to get me down to Arizona over the weekend, to which she asked, "Why?"
Turns out she'd rather I use my alotted bereavement time off from work in April, which is when she plans to have some sort of memorial service for my stepfather, and I completely understand her point of view.
|Wednesday, March 11th, 2009|
|Where I've been
So, it's been quite awhile since I've bothered to update here, and like I said in my last non-post not too long ago, I kind of miss it. This was the only way I was connecting with some of my friends and contacts, and I've missed that connection. So here I am . . . back again . . .
Part of my immediate need to communicate with folks has been fed by Twitter. At first, I shied away from Twitter, but so many of my friends, especially those I've made through podcasting, are involved over there, and now I'm sucked into the Twitter-verse (right here - http://twitter.com/BrotherD
), and I dig it quite a bit. It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes to try to catch up on posts, or Tweets, but like I said, that is where quite a few of my friends hang, so that's where I hang, too.
Another reason I've been away from blogging at LJ or MySpace is because I've been so busy with the podcast. Mail Order Zombie is over a year old now, and I'm still loving it! The shows run just under 2 hours a week, but the amount of time it takes to put the show together week in and week out is insane, and I'm cutting big chunks of sleep out of my life every week just to get it done . . . and I wouldn't have it any other way. Mail Order Zombie has become a passion of mine, and while I have found it difficult to find time to watch a non-zombie or -horror movie every once and awhile, I'm still having a blast, and I've made some very good and potentially lifelong friends through the podcast.
That, and the plan is to some day to find a way to make a living somehow by using the, not to sound too uppity or anything like that, knowledge I've accumulated and the research I've done when it comes to horror and monster movies. I know that sounds like I think I'm some sort of horror-know-it-all; I know full well I'm NOT, but I love learning about the genre and the medium, and would love to find a way to mix this passion with some sort of profit. (We've got some pretty big plans involving Mail Order Zombie that will require either my acquiring some new skills or surrounding myself with people who already have those skills and a bit of extra time on their hands . . . )
So there's that, and then there's my writing. Admittedly, my writing has slowly been taking a back seat while I'm working on making Mail Order Zombie a recognized and recognizable brand, which is unfortunate because I miss writing, too. I mean, in some small part, that's why I'm here back at Blog'D! I miss throwing down the words, and I'll be getting back to that soon as well because I'm finding I can't not write! Besides, there's this character who's been pounding at the inside of my skull, wanting to be let loose on the page for months now!
Anyway, that's where I've been . . . and where I will continue to be. I've got a very busy life these days.
This past weekend, my stepfather passed away, which has put a damper on a lot of my "regularly scheduled life," and rightly so. Here's the thing - while I will miss him, I've already made my peace about my stepfather's passing as he'd been suffering from dimentia and Alzheimer's for years now. The man that he was was gone. What's eating me up is that this all happened down in Arizona where the rest of my family lives, and I've not been able to get down there from up here in Portland. My ability to up-and-leave-Portland is extremely limited, and while Brenda and I are looking into finding a way to get me down there (maybe even this upcoming weekend), it still is fairly rough on all of us.
I feel for my mother quite a bit, and I'm incredibly saddened by all this, but how this is affecting me is nothing compared to how it must be affecting her. My brother and his famiy live near her, and they've been incredibly supportive and helpful through this, even long distance in regards to helping me keep informed and on top of everything, but I still wish I cold just give my mom a hug right now.
So we're working on that while trying to keep the "day job" and our other responsibilities going 100%, which means I probably shouldn't be taking the time to even write here, but . . . I knid of miss it.
|Friday, February 13th, 2009|
|The void in my life . . .
Okay, there's not really a void in my life - I just miss blogging.
Okay, that's not all . . . but I'll blog about it later . . . :)
|Thursday, January 1st, 2009|
|2008 to 2009, and Media-Watch, 2008
It's 2009, y'all. And, really, I'm quite pleased. There were some incredibly bright spots in 2008 (meeting Desmond Reddick and DZ live and in person at the Lovecraft Film Festival, attending Zompire for the first time, launching Mail Order Zombie, making my first fiction sale, continued success as a columnist for Paperback Reader, just to name a few examples), but there really were quite a few downers that I'm happy to put behind me. Add to this that Brenda and I have some solid plans and goals for 2009 that I'm eager to attack (more writing, more podcasting, career advancement, steps toward better health, etc.), and I'm very happy that today is January 1st, 2009 . . . even if I did sleep in MUCH later than I meant to (and I didn't even drink last night!).
One of the things I did last year was track how many movies I watched. I'm not entirely sure why, but I thought it would be interesting, and then I did the same thing with the books and even magazines I read.*
|Movie ||Video / Theater? |
|10,000 BC ||Video |
|Alien Raiders ||Theatre |
|Aliens vs. Predator - Reqieum ||Video |
|American Zombie ||Video |
|August Rush ||Video |
|Automaton Transfusion ||Video |
|Awaken the Dead ||Video |
|Balls of Fury ||Video |
|Bone Sickness ||Video |
|Brain Dead ||Theatre |
|Breathing Room ||Video |
|Cadaveralla ||Video |
|Catholic Ghoulgirls ||Video |
|Chill Factor: Episode 1 - "House Call" (Tom Savini's) ||Video |
|Cloverfield ||Theatre |
|Colin ||Theatre |
|Coma ||Video |
|Confessions of a Superhero ||Video |
|Copycat (2008) ||Video |
|Dan in Real Life ||Video |
|Dance of the Dead ||Video |
|Dante's Inferno (2008) ||Video |
|Darkest Night ||Video |
|Darkworld ||Video |
|Dawn of the Dead (2004) ||Theatre |
|Dawn of the Living Dead ||Video |
|Day of the Dead (2008) ||Video |
|Day the Earth Stood Still, The (2008) ||Theatre |
|Day X ||Video |
|Days of Darkness ||Video |
|Dead and Deader ||Video |
|Dead Country ||Video |
|Dead Country ||Video |
|Dead Creatures ||Video |
|Dead Meat ||Video |
|Dead Set ||Video |
|Deadlands: The Rising ||Video |
|Death Race ||Video |
|Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill ||Video |
|Descent, The ||Video |
|Devil's Chair, The ||Video |
|Diary of the Dead ||Theatre |
|Die and Let Live ||Video |
|Doomsday ||Video |
|Dorm of the Dead ||Video |
|Electric Zombies ||Video |
|Evil ||Video |
|Exhumed ||Video |
|Eye of the Beast ||Video |
|Fan of the Dead ||Video |
|Feeding the Masses ||Video |
|Fido ||Video |
|Flu Birds ||Video |
|Forever Dead ||Video |
|Gangs of the Dead ||Video |
|Ghost Lake ||Video |
|Ghoul School ||Video |
|Ghouls (2008) ||Video |
|Girl Next Door (2000) ||Video |
|Golem, The ||Video |
|Happening, The ||Theatre |
|Hell's Ground ||Video |
|Hollywood Mortuary ||Video |
|Hoodoo for Voodoo ||Video |
|House of the Dead ||Video |
|House of the Dead 2: No Guts, No Glory ||Video |
|House of the Dead: The Director's Cut - The Funny Version ||Video |
|I Am Legend ||Video |
|In Search of Lovecraft ||Theatre |
|Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ||Theatre |
|Killing Floor, The ||Video |
|Land of the Dead ||Video |
|Living Dead Lock Up ||Video |
|Living Dead Lock Up 2: March of the Dead ||Video |
|Living Dead Lock Up 3: Siege of the Dead ||Video |
|Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown ||Theatre |
|Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ||Video |
|Maxed Out ||Video |
|Maximum Overdrive ||Video |
|Midnight Movie ||Theatre |
|Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker! ||Video |
|Mummy's Tomb, The ||Video |
|Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) ||Video |
|My Dead Girlfriend ||Video |
|My Name is Bruce ||Theatre |
|National Treasure: Book of Secrets ||Theatre |
|Necroville ||Video |
|Never Cry Werewolf ||Video |
|Next ||Video |
|Night of the Living Dead - 30th Anniversary Edition ||Video |
|Night of the Living Dead (1968) ||Video |
|Night of the Living Dead (1990) ||Video |
|Night of the Living Dead 3D ||Video |
|No Country for Old Men ||Video |
|Once ||Video |
|Other Boleyn Girl, The ||Video |
|Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat and Beers ||Video |
|Outpost ||Video |
|Ozone ||Video |
|Paura: Lucio Fulci Remember Volume 1 ||Video |
|Phantasm ||Video |
|Phantasm II ||Video |
|Phantasm III - Lord of the Dead ||Video |
|Phantasm IV - Oblivion ||Video |
|Prince of Darkness ||Video |
|Prison of the Dead ||Video |
|Pulse 2: Afterlife ||Video |
|Pulse 3 ||Video |
|Quarantine ||Theatre |
|Quick and the Undead ||Video |
|Raiders of the Damned ||Video |
|Red Without Blue ||Video |
|Reel Zombies ||Theatre |
|Return in Red ||Video |
|Return of the Living Dead Part II ||Video |
|Return of the Living Dead, The ||Video |
|Ripper, The ||Video |
|Rising Dead, The ||Video |
|Rome Against Rome ||Video |
|Roost, The ||Video |
|Ruins, The ||Video |
|Sabbath ||Video |
|Saw V ||Theatre |
|Screaming Dead, The ||Video |
|Serpent and the Rainbow, The ||Video |
|Severed: Forest of the Dead ||Video |
|Shadowhunters ||Video |
|Shaun of the Dead ||Video |
|Skin Crawl ||Video |
|Song of the Dead ||Video |
|Splinter ||Video |
|Stagedoor ||Video |
|Stink of Flesh, The ||Video |
|Storm of the Dead ||Video |
|Stuck ||Video |
|Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat ||Video |
|Teeth ||Theatre |
|Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A Family Portrait ||Video |
|They Live ||Video |
|Trailer Park of Terror ||Video |
|Tropic Thunder ||Video |
|Undead or Alive ||Video |
|Unknown White Male ||Video |
|Vacancy ||Video |
|Vampire Circus ||Theatre |
|Vanguard ||Video |
|Veil, The ||Video |
|Wasting Away ||Theatre |
|When Good Ghouls Go Bad ||Video |
|Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? ||Video |
|White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ||Video |
|X-Files, The: I Want to Believe ||Theatre |
|Zombie Apocalypse ||Video |
|Zombie Brigade ||Video |
|Zombie Christ ||Video |
|Zombie Chronicles ||Video |
|Zombie Cop ||Video |
|Zombie Death House ||Video |
|Zombie Diaries, The ||Video |
|Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episode 1 ||Video |
|Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episode 2 ||Video |
|Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, Episode 3 ||Video |
|Zombie Love ||Video |
|Zombie Nation ||Video |
|Zombie Night ||Video |
|Zombie Rampage ||Video |
|Zombie Strippers ||Video |
|Zombie Wars ||Video |
|Zombies Anonymous ||Video |
|Zombies Zombies Zombies ||Video |
|Zombiez ||Video |
|Book ||Author(s) |
|Gil's All Fright Diner ||A. Lee Martinez |
|Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula, The ||Eric Nuzum |
|Sundays with Vlad: From Pennsylvania to Transylvania, One Man's Quest to Live in the World of the Undead ||Phil Bibeau |
|Podcasting for Dummies ||Tee Morris, Evo Terra, Dawn Miceli, Drew Domkus |
|Spiraling Worm, The: Man vs. the Cthulhu Mythos ||David Conyers, John Sunseri |
|Hollower, The ||Mary SanGiovanni |
|Dead Earth: The Green Dawn ||Mark Justice, David T. Wilbanks |
|Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking ||Beverly Gray |
|Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning ||David J. Skal, Elias Savada |
|Roses of Blood on Barbwire Vines ||D. L. Snell |
|I Am Legend ||Richard Matheson |
|Beau Smith's No Guts, No Glory: How to Market Yourself in Comics ||Beau Smith |
|Legacies ||F. Paul Wilson |
|Monstrosity ||Edward Lee |
|Bullets of Rain ||David J. Schow |
|Autumn ||David Moody |
|Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants ||Rob MacGregor |
|Mummy, The: Dark Resurrection ||Michael Paine |
|Swan Song ||Robert McCammon |
|Breeder ||Douglas Clegg |
|Personal Demons ||Gregory Lamberson |
|Tower, The ||Simon Clark |
|Compleat Crow, The ||Brian Lumley |
|Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide ||Glenn Kay |
|Mummy's Curse, The: Including the Original Shooting Script ||Gregory William Mank, Philip J. Riley, John W. Conforti |
|Wild Things: Four Tales ||Douglas Clegg |
|Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead ||Jonathan Maberry |
|Patient Zero ||Jonathan Maberry |
|Secret Life of Houdini, The: The Making of America's First Superhero ||William Kalush, Larry Sloman |
|Dead in the West ||Joe Lansdale |
|Magazine ||Issue Number |
|HorrorHound ||9 |
|Comics Now ||1 |
|Filmfax Plus ||116 |
|Dark Recesses Press ||9 |
|Monster Bash ||7 |
|Comics Buyer's Guide ||1641 |
|HorrorHound ||10 |
|Comics Now ||2 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1642 |
|Paracinema ||2 |
|HorrorHound ||11 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1643 |
|Cemetery Dance ||58 |
|Dark Discoveries ||11 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1644 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1645 |
|HorrorHound ||12 |
|Little Shoppe of Horrors ||20 |
|Back Issue ||29 |
|Monsters From the Vault ||25 |
|Big Ole Face Full Of Monster ||4 |
|Monster Bash ||8 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1646 |
|HorrorHound ||13 |
|Scary Monsters Magazine ||68 |
|Rue Morgue ||83 |
|Fangoria ||278 |
|Filmfax Plus ||118 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1647 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1648 |
|Comic Buyer's Guide ||1649 |
|Back Issue ||31 |
|Horrorhound ||13 |
|House That Hammer Built, The ||23 |
|Dark Discoveries ||12 |
|Dark Recesses Press ||10 |
|Comics Buyer's Guide ||1650 |
* There is a possibility that I missed one or two items along the way.
** I did not include trade paperbacks/graphic novels in my ilst of books read. This is only because I failed to keep an accurate record of this for 2008.
*** I only included magazines of which I've read more than 3/4 of their contents.
And, hey, remember when I started listing my Top 50 Reasons I'm a Horror Fan? And I only got through Reasons 21-50 (here
)? I'll be finishing this up within the next week or so . . .
|Wednesday, December 24th, 2008|
|Mail Order Zombie: Episodes 046-048
There are Headshots a'plenty in this week's episode of Mail Order Zombie. Brother D takes a good and hard (and sometimes mean) look at the movies Zombiez
, Catholic Ghoulgirls
and Zombie Apocalypse
before diving into this week's Feedback Discussion with Miss Bren. We'll also sneak in a few diary entries into the mix - Zombie Farmer submitted a few days' worth of journaling detailing how she would handle living in a zombie reality.
Special thanks to everyone who called in to wish Brother D a happy birthday this week. At the time of Episode 46's recording, we'd received email greetings, a Disneyland recording from Need-a-Nickname Scott (from The Disney, Indiana Podcast), forum posts, Tweets, voicemails, an E-card and even a special message from one of the lead actors from an Uncle Romero classic!
We lost track of how many headshots we gave out this week on Mail Order Zombie! Brother D reviews John Saxon's only turn in the director's chair when he takes a look at Zombie Death House
, and then Miss Bren fires off some headshots of her own when she joins Brother D for a discussion of Dead Set
. Mail Order Zombie Family members Jay and Mathew also send in reviews of their own (taking a look at Resident Evil: Degeneration
and Waxwork II: Lost in Time
respectively). But it's not just movie reviews this week - Billy Garberina, actor-director of the 4-Headshot-rated Necroville spends some time with Mail Order Zombie this week to talk about movie-making, why no-budgetters might be drawn to zombies and how you can't always trust the IMDB. The winners for the trade paperbacks of The Walking Dead
are announced as well.
Happy Holidays, everyone! In Episode 48 of Mail Order Zombie, after Brother D hits the weekly zombie news and sightings in the Zombie Beat, he and Miss Bren catch up on Feedback that's been building up at MOZ Central over the past few weeks. In the midst of this Feedback Discussion special, Brother D announces a new contest for the Mail Order Zombie Family.
Email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com or call us at 206-202-2505!
Vote for us at Podcast Alley - http://www.podcastalley.com/one_vote2.php?pod_id=53902
|Friday, December 12th, 2008|
I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday! I turned 35 on December 11th, and I found that I have a LOT of friends online through my blog and my podcast, and I really apreciate all the birthday greetings! Y'all rock!
I worked on my birthday so I could take today off and have a three-day weekend, so I'm kind of pushing my birthday celebratin' out an extra day or so. Plans so far include sleeping in (which was REALLY nice this morning) and watching My Name is Bruce
tomorrow afternoon. There MIGHT be a trip to Powell's in the near future as well.
Last night Brenda and I did the presents-thing. Brenda gave me a new microphone, so now we have a matching set. When we both appear on Mail Order Zombie now, we're going to sound SOOOO much better! Also in the birthday haul - four Repairman Jack novels, a few DVDs and a collection of Lovecraft's work that I didn't have (for some reason or other, I don't actually own a copy of anything here that includes all of his fiction work - looks like I do now!). Good times.
Off to brew some tea . . .
|Wednesday, December 10th, 2008|
|Mail Order Zombie: Episode 045
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 045
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 045.5 - Zombie Beat
This week on Mail Order Zombie, the movie Day X
steps up for its MOZ treatment, and instead of a second movie review, we review a comic. Miss Bren just read Volume 1 of The Walking Dead
trade paperbacks, so she sits down with Brother D to talk about it (as well as sneaking in a few words about what she's read of Volume 2 so far!). The contest for The Zombie Diaries
has come to an end, and the winners are announced, and because we like giving things away (and we have very generous members of the Mail Order Zombie Family who have hooked us up with such great swag!), we'll slip in the launch of a new contest this week, too! We go over the week's emails and voicemails in the weekly Feedback Discussion and add another country to the MOZ World Domination plans when we hear from a new listener in a country we've not heard from before. We also learn why Brother D has started carrying a screwdriver with him everywhere he goes.
Email us at MailOrderZombie@gmail.com or call us at 206-202-2505!
Vote for us at Podcast Alley - http://www.podcastalley.com/one_vote2.php?pod_id=53902
|Saturday, December 6th, 2008|
|RIP, Uncle Forry
A fellow forum member over the Universal Monster Army created this, and I thought it was a moving and beautiful sentiment. He gave me permission to repost it here.
|Thursday, November 27th, 2008|
|Mail Order Zombie: Episodes 043 & 044
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 043
Brother D uses the words "bunny rabbit" way too much this week in Episode 43 of Mail Order Zombie. A bunny rabbit makes its way through one of the three movies he reviews - The Forever Dead, Storm of the Dead and Dead Country. Two members of the Mail Order Zombie family contribute reviews of their own, bringing the review total to four-and-a-half (!) this week. In the middle of all these reviews, Brother D talks about how to get the most amount of movies for the least amount of money, and we launch a new contest in this episode! We have four copies of a 5-Headshot-rated movie to give away! Miss Bren also swings by for the weekly Feedback Discussion, and we're still accepting answers for the current Zombie Aptitude Test question. Can you handle the bunny rabbit? Can you handle the zombies? Can you handle Episode 43?
Mail Order Zombie: Episode 044
Two more movies and a videogame get some attention this week in Episode 44 of Mail Order Zombie. Many, many moons ago, a member of the Mail Order Zombie Family asked Brother D about a movie he found in the discount bin at his local Wal-Mart. The movie? 2004's Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill
. And this week, Brother D finally reviews it. And more recently, another MOZ Family member asked about the movie Rome Against Rome
, so Brother D reviews this movie this week as well. A new contributor joins the family to review the videogame Left 4 Dead
, and Miss Bren does her best to keep a straight face when she gets a series of strange phone calls while reading emails in this week's Feedback Discussion.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
|Friday, November 14th, 2008|
|Mail Order Zombie - Episodes 038-042 (including Munchies 001!)
(While I kept the show going week-after-week, I fell behind on announcing them here. No time like the present to catch up!)Episode 038
Brother D is doing his best to not become a zombie himself, so while he's fighting off the crud that has taken residence inside his nasal cavity and throat, Miss Bren steps up and runs the show! Both Brother D and Miss Bren were guests at the 2008 Revenant Film Festival, so you will hear a little bit from Brother D as he covers that event (with a special guest appearance by another Northwest podcaster!), and Miss Bren takes this opportunity to clear through the backlog of emails and voicemails here at MOZ Central. She also announces the winner of The Vanguard
DVD contest, and announces the next Mail Order Zombie contest starting with this week's episode. The current Zombie Aptitude Test answers are revealed and a new ZAT question is posed to the Mail Order Zombie family. (And thanks to Corey Graham of The Midnight Podcast for sending in a recording that does nothing but further the Is-He-Or-Isn't-He? discussion!)
Miss Bren rocked it last week, didn't she? She kept the show going and microphone warm, and now Brother D is back, firing on almost all cylinders and rocking Episode 39 of Mail Order Zombie. The review content is high this week: Miss Bren and Brother D review Episodes 2 and 3 of Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead
, Dave from the Cheap and Dirty Podcast reviews the comic Dead Space
, the movies Zombie Wars
and Dance of the Dead
get the Mail Order Zombie treatment, and four listeners submit reviews of their own as well! Answers for the current Zombie Aptitude Test are still being collected, as are entries for the contest to win your own copy of the book Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
by Glenn Kay. Check it out!
MOZ Presents: The Munchies 001 - The 2008 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival
For Brother D, October doesn't "officially" start until the weekend of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. In this one-part review, one-part blog, he reflects on the festival, talks about what he liked, what he didn't like, and what he hopes to have happen between now and next year's festival. Oh, and he tells you what not to order at Tony Starlight's. Ia! Ia! Cthulhu f'thagn!
Another week, another episode of Mail Order Zombie! This week, Brother D pushes the limits and explores all new depths in zombie cinema when he reviews House of the Dead
, House of the Dead 2: No Guts, No Glory
and the Director's Cut of House of the Dead
, the Funny version . . . all at once. To try to keep his sanity, he also (inspired by the award-nominated Outside the Cinema podcast) presents his Top 5 List of Best Zombie Movies to Play at Your Halloween Party (and then Bill from Outside the Cinema decides to drop by with a list of his own!), and if that's not enough to help keep Brother D straight, one of the MOZ Family helped out by calling in a quick review of a kinda-sorta zombie movie released by Full Moon a few years ago. Maybe that wasn't enough to keep Brother D level-headed because he does make a phone call this week (NOT to Netflix!) that may get him in trouble down the line! Miss Bren drops by for the weekly Feedback Discussion, and the answers to the current ZAT question are gone over before a new question is posed to the family. Also, we're still running that contest to give away one of three copies of the book Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
by Glenn Kay - listen to the episode to learn how you can win!
In this week's episode of Mail Order Zombie, Brother D tries to wash the taste of House of the Dead
out of his mouth with two more DVD reviews. The DVD releases of Zombie Strippers
and Hoodoo for Voodoo
are reviewed this week, and Brother D and Miss Bren venture away from the TV screen for some theatrical kinda-sorta zombie action when they finally watch Quarantine
and share their thoughts with the Mail Order Zombie family (pay attention - Brother D and Miss Bren disagree on a key point about Quarantine!). We finally announce some contest winners - three listeners will walk away from this episode of Mail Order Zombie with their own copies of Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide
by Glenn Kay. Even though we had to record this week's Feedback Discussion earlier than normal, we have plenty of material to get through, and we've got all the other features and fun you've come to expect from Mail Order Zombie. Let's do it!
A Mail Order Zombie first! A zombie moviemaker swings by for an interview when co-writer/co-director of The Zombie Diaries
Michael Bartlett swings by for a chat with Brother D. We also discover that country music is truly evil when we review the movie Trailer Park of Terror
and watch Trace Adkins play the devil! Our Feedback Discussion runs a bit longer than normal this week because we had so many birthday wishes from the Mail Order Zombie family to Miss Bren! Thanks for sending those along! The submitted answers to the current Zombie Aptitude Test questions are reviewed, and a new ZAT question is posed to the Family this week, and we have the week's zombie news in the Zombie Beat.
|Wednesday, November 12th, 2008|
|Not Cool / Cool
Not cool: Somehow managing to screw up the calendar and my time off from work and somehow convincing both myself and Brenda that yesterday, Tuesday, was November 12th, which would have meant that Tuesday was her birthday. It wasn't. Today
is the 12th, which means today
is her birthday . . . and I'm at work.
Cool: Even though I botched the whole "reading-the-calendar" thing, Brenda and I still went out to dinner at P.F. Chang's. After ordering, Brenda smiles, looks at me and asks, "So what would we do if the zombies attacked right now?"
I love my wife.
|Friday, October 31st, 2008|
|50 Reasons I'm a Horror Fan, reasons 30 through 21
30. My Region-Free DVD Player.
I got this a little late in the game compared to a lot of hardcore horror fans, and while I MIGHT have been able to just crack the code on the DVD player we already had, when Brenda got me this beauty of a machine last year for Christmas, I was STOKED. I only own a few movies that have not been released as Region-1 DVDs yet - The Zombie Diaries
- but I have picked up a few editions of movies I already had or had seen as Region-2 releases only because the UK version of the DVD had a director's commentary track not available over here - Prince of Darkness
and They Live
- or because there's a nice R2 special edition - Creepshow
or the Phantasm
films. I look forward to taking advantage of this DVD player for years to come (I've got my eye on a handful of non-R1 releases, including the non-horror complete televison series box set of The Misfits of Science
!).29. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem.
I don't play a lot of videogames. I just don't have time for it, even though there are a lot out there that have caught my eye over the years. That said, I did end up gettingb quite involved with the game Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
when it was released. This Nintendo GameCube game is quite Lovecraftian, and the so-called "sanity effects" add the right level of mind-bending that made this game something that I wish I had time to go back and play through again (although, to be fair, flashing the Blue Screen of Death in the middle of the game does break the mood a little bit, but still . . . ). The game's music score even has a permanent home on my iPod.28. The Friday the 13th films.
I don't think there's any fooling anyone into thinking this are spectacular films, but there's something about them that I just absolutley love. I've earmarked this series of films as my favorite of the 80s slashers; there's just an appear to the character and style of these films that has gotten under my skin and won't let me go. I even groove on Jason X
for crying out loud!27. Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
I first saw this when I stayed the night at a friend's house back in . . . it must have been junior high I think. Robert was a friend of mine who was in the same Boy Scout Troop as me, and his father rented the movies Halloween III
for us to watch that night . . . without really telling my parents. I don't have a lot of memories of Meatballs
(although I have seen it since), but Halloween III
left quite a mark on me. This was the first Halloween
film I had seen, so I didn't come to it expecting to watch a Michael Myers movie. I didn't really know what to expect, actually, but I remember feeling like I was watching something some how forbidden . . . and liking it.26. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
This was one of the most popular books in the library in elementary school; there was a waiting list for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
that typically ran through the entire school year. It was through this book that I first learned of several urban legends courtesy of Alvin Schwartz, and Stephen Gammell's artwork was unnerving yet inviting, and there was something about the artwork that accompanied the story about the butcher making sausages out of his neighbors that somehow made me feel like I had gritty chunks of greasy sausage in my mouth.25. Hammer Films.
Because I came late to horror movies, the Hammer Films were something I'd read about, but didn't get a chance to see until I stumbled across them on VHS here and there. VHS distribution of Hammer Films' productions was spotty where I was growing up, and it wasn't until the video store in which I worked ran a promotion with a local radio station and the DJ that was there to cover the event started talking with me about horror movies. We struck up a friendship, and he loaned me his VHS copies of every Hammer Frankenstein
film, and I was hooked. These days, I still don't know as much about the Hammer Films as I'd like, but it's gotten easier since there have been some solid attempts to release decent DVDs of the flicks. As much as I love the Universal Frankenstein
films, my favorite Dr. Frankenstein is the one played by Peter Cushing who, as a result of my Hammer Films Fandom, has become my favorite actor (I can tell you where I was and what I was doing when I first heard of his death, and for awhile there when I was planning on having children, I had planned to name any potential son I'd have Peter).24. Cinefantastique magazine.
I was a dedicated Fangoria
reader, but the magazine I was REALLY devoted to was Cinefantastique
. After a few months, a copy of Fango
would find its way into a storage box somewhere, but I still reread old issues of Cinefantastique
. Back in the 90s and into the early 2000s, an issue of this magazine would provide near-complete and total coverage of a movie, the moviemakers, the actors, actress, special make-up effects artists, etc., etc., etc. My copy of Volume 23, Issue 1 (the "Evil Dead III" issue) is incredibly well-read.23. Nightmare on Elm Street.
Unlike with the other Big Two slasher franchises (Halloween
and Friday the 13th
), I actually started with the first film in the Nightmare on Elm Street
. I was babysitting for a family friend, earning a few bucks, and after the kids went to sleep, I raided the VHS collection, and found this movie. I watched it, and was mesmerized and terrified at the same time. After the end credits rolled, I tried to get some sleep (the parents weren't going to be home until the next morning), but I kept seeing Freddy in the shadows in the darkened living room as I sprawled out on the couch.22. John Carpenter.
Once I became aware of different directors' styles, Carpenter was somebody that I was drawn to more often than not. Moreso than any other director, I'm always able to find something I like about every one of his films (include Memoirs of an Invisible Man
, thank you very much!). Even though he's most associated with the horror and sci-fi genre, he's shown his range through his work, and I'm always eager to hear about what he's got coming up next. (Also, when I was developing as a storyteller and was on the film school track, Carpenter was someone I looked up to as he was the only filmmaker that I felt particularly inspired by at that time that had gone to film school himself.)21. Zombies.
This is a no-brainer. I love zombie fiction. Whether it's in novels or on the screen, I enjoy my zombie stories quite a bit. My podcast, Mail order Zombie
, is a direct outgrowth of this love, and I imagine myself being involved in zombie fiction in one way or another for quite some time. (Even though I love the zombie story, I've long believed and said that the best zombie stories are about the people in them, not the zombies themselves.)
|Tuesday, October 28th, 2008|
|50 Reasons I'm a Horror Fan, reasons 40 through 31
I started this
earlier this month, then got sick. Time to catch up . . . 40. Liquid Latex.
Of the few smells that invoke distinct memories for me, the memories and sensations brought about by the ammonia fumes of liquid latex. I discovered liquid latex being sold in one ounce bottles while i was in high school, and I fell immediately in love with the stuff. I was just learning about special make-up effects around that time as well, and there was a period during my high school years when at least once a week I was working with liquid latex to create different wound effects on my face or hands. I even snuck a bottle of it into church once and using the pencil that was tucked into one of the attendance books, I created a quick pencil-through-the-hand effect while sitting in the back pew. When I think horror effects, the first thing I think of now is liquid latex. 39. The Library.
I love the library. I was sorely disappointed in the public library when we lived in Bozeman, MT, but the public library system here in Portland is top notch. The Central Library is an amazing building, and I could get lost in there for hours (well, not exactly lost as I'd
know where I was, but the rest of the world might lose track of me while I'm in there). The selection of horror-related books was fairly decent, and when I couldn't find what I wanted, I could use their website to request an interlibrary loan of whatever tome I wanted/needed at the time. A few years back, my interlibrary loan access was dropped since I live in a different county than the Portland Library, but I've still been able to interlibrary loan a few horror books, fiction and otherwise, through the Beaverton Library. I recently finished Brian Lumley's The Compleat Crow
and the original shooting script from The Mummy's Curse
this way. 38. The first two Hellraiser films.
I've mentioned this before to others in conversation, on various podcasts and in this blog. I was a latecomer to modern horror movies. My parents did not allow me watch R-rated movies until I turned 16. As soon as I turned 16, though, I dove right into as many of them as I could, and it started with the first two Hellraiser
films. While I didn't get my driver's license until I turned 17, in Wyoming, the legal driving was 16, and my friend Scott started driving right away. We were able to get a membership at the local video store at that age as well, and we drove to the video store to rent Hellraiser
and Hellbound: Hellraiser II
, brought them back to my house and plunked ourselves down in front of the old TV in my basement to watch them back to back. Even though I hadn't really grasped the enormity of what I had seen, I was blown away by the movies. Even now, I can't look back and adequately describe my feelings, but I can definitely say that my then view of horror movies was torn wide open by those two films.37. Misery.
Once again my high school friend Scott was involved in my development as a fan of horror. We snuck into Misery
together. I can't remember what movie we REALLY bought a ticket for that afternoon, but we ended up sneaking into Misery
at the Cole Square 3. 36. Kevin Coon.
I grew up in Cheyenne, WY, running around town with my friends, making little movies, some of them horror-related. I graduated high school, continued to make movies through a few years of community college, and then moved to Bozeman, MT, to go to film school. I lasted two years. I wasn't as strong a person as I had hoped I was back then, and didn't play the game the way I should have, so I didn't get much out of film school. I ended up becoming the assistant manager of a video store in nearby Livingston, MT, and wasn't doing much in terms of making movies. Enter Kevin Coon. One of the store's regular customers asked me about a Halloween make-up I had done for myself one year, and mentioned that I used to create special make-up effects for my video production back when I lived in Cheyenne. This customer put me in contact with Kevin Coon, who was a no-budget moviemaker himself, and I struck up a friendship with him, and even worked on one of his movies (called Tales of the Damned
as an actor and effects artist. But that's not why Mr. Coon in on this list. Rather, ever since I left Cheyenne, I started drifting away from a lot of the real low-budget and more obscure horror movies that were starting to define me as a horror fan. Film school wasn't exactly the most nurturing environment when it came to this particular genre, and it was harder to find the kind of movies that I really liked at the local video shops (even while working at one!). Kevin reminded me of who I was becoming, and hooked me up with a lot of movies that I wouldn't have had an opportunity to see in the small towns of Montana. 35. Halloween 2.
This wasn't the first Halloween
movie I'd seen (Halloween III: Season of the Witch
was my first), but it was definitely one of the first slashers I'd seen. And where did I see it? At a church youth group meeting one Sunday afternoon. How or why the youth group leader (the pastor's wife) decided this was an okay choice for a church youth group setting is beyond me, but we all loved it. A handful of us loved it enough to get together on our own the next weekend and rented it to watch again. About halfway through this second viewing, I faked an asthma attack and left before the movie was over, only to drive around the block a few times, and then sneak up outside the house where the others were still watching Halloween II
. I waited until just the right moment in the movie and then pounded as load as I could on the front door, scaring the hell out of everyone inside. 34. Monster Movie Game by John Stanley and Mal Whyte.
I stumbled across a used copy of this book a couple years ago, and remembered that it was something I used to check out repeatedly from the Children's Room at the base library while I was growing up. This book, in addition to a series of books that I'll talk about it later, really instilled quite a bit of interest and knowledge about the classic horror films that I dreamed about watching some day. 33. Fangoria magazine.
Say what you want about the magazine today, but for awhile, especially before the 'net, this was the only way I was able to follow the horror industry at large. I was a loyal subscriber, and even stuck with the magazine when movies like The Addams Family
were appearing on the cover, and whenever I'm at Powell's City of Books, I still flip through the most recent issue. 32. Poltergeist.
was rated PG, it played during the day on the cable channels when I was growing up, and one afternoon while my parents were in the other room and I was flipping through channels, I came across this movie on Showtime or HBO or whatever . . . and it was the scene in which one of the characters is tearing his own face off over the bathroom sink. That left a mark on me. 31. Christopher Young.
There are some iconic pieces of horror movie music - John Carpenter's Halloween
theme, John Williams' Jaws
, Harry Manfredini's Friday the 13th
riff - and Christopher Young's Hellraiser
score deserves the same amount of attention. It's so evocatively dark, fantastically moody, spooky when it needs to be and intensely near-chaotic in just the right moments. I love this score. Love. It.
|Monday, October 20th, 2008|
|"Let him sleep . . . "
I'm still a little sick, but not nearly as bad as I was last week. My voice is almost back to where it needs to be (but I'll be podcasting later this week anyway!), and overall, I'd say I'm about 98% back to full health (aside for a weird bout of insomnia Saturday night - I could not sleep for some reason, which made part of the weekend very . . . odd).
Because I felt like being part of the world, and because we needed a few things, I found myself at Target Sunday afternoon. Normally, I don't like going to Target (I'm convinced the pale flourescent lights are somehow sucking the souls out of anyone in the store unless they're protected by a Target red shirt of some sort).
While pushing a shopping cart around, I passed by a section in the store that Target has set aside for an odd collection of what I'd describe as "inspirationals." On the shelves are framed phrases, inspirational sayings, quotes . . . that sort of thing.
I certainly wasn't shopping in this aisle, but something on an end cap caught me eye.
It could have been a 5"x7" phot frame, but instead it was one of Target's inspirational quotes.
"Let him sleep for when he wakes, he will move mountains."
You KNOW my brain immediately went under the sea . . . in the sunken city of R'lyeh . . . where Cthulhu lies sleeping.
When Cthulhu wakes, I'm sure the mountains will move.
|Sunday, October 19th, 2008|
|Monday, October 13th, 2008|
|I've got the plague
I'm convinced of it.
Apparently two weeks of pushing myself harder than I really should, especially in the one month of the year in which I end up normally pushing myself harder than I should anyway, and now I'm sick.
It started hitting last week. Whatever it is that I have managed to lodge itself somewhere behind and between my nose and throat, and every day brings a slightly different sympton. Thankfully, a runny nose isn't one of them (but I wouldn't be surprised if that hits next). I'm VERY behind on all of my projects (my novel, Deadpit.com reviews, launching the MOZ spin-off cast, etc., etc.), so I hope to kick whatever it is that I have now sometime this week (tomorrow would be nice) so I can get back on track. I've got no time to be sick, dammit.