Monday, January 30, 2012

Podcast - 1951 Down Place: Episode #005 - Captain Kronos-Vampire Hunter

This is the only podcast alive feared by the walking dead. This is 1951 Down Place. This month, the Down Placers spend some quality vampire-hunting time with Hammer’s good captain when they discuss Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (dir. Brian Clemens). It’s a film that lives in the middle of both Casey’s and Derek’s Top Five lists. Will it find a home in Scott’s Top Five list as well? You’ll have to listen to find out. You’ll also have to listen to find out why Casey and Derek are now a little scared of Scott.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Getting back into the swing . . .

I've been trying to get everything back to what passes for normal around here after the holidays, my grandfather's passing, the funeral, getting back to Oregon, Brenda's further treatments for her rheumatoid arthritis, bringing back the Mail Order Zombie podcast, etc., etc., etc. I haven't posted too much here this month outside of my annual What I Read and What I Watched lists.

This past Thursday, we relaunched our Mail Order Zombie podcast. Over the past few months, I've been going over several different ways to bring the show back - going back to weekly, a once-a-month-dedicated episode for post-apocalyptic movies/media content, more segments, more polish, more work, more time away from "real life," etc., etc., etc. Eventually, Bren and I decided that in order to better facilitate our other away-from-the-microphone goals and projects, Mail Order Zombie is going to be a biweekly show. (Of course, our monthly Dead Letter Awards show will be a more produced show, and that will be in March.)

The monthly 1951 Down Place podcast has been a lot of fun, and I don't see its monthly shcedule changing any time soon. I'm really enjoying talking about Hammer Films with my friends Casey and Scott, and that's not going to change any time sooon.

On the writing-front, I'm regrouping and getting my head screwed back on straight after the Arizona trip. I set a game plan for myself for the Mail Order Zombie hiatus, and while I didn't follow that game plan (for a number of different reasons), I'm okay with where I'm at now with my various works-in-progress.

In fact, if you'll excuse me for a moment, I need to work on one of those projects right now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I Read in 2011

Hollywood Horror: From Gothic To Cosmic by Mark A. Vieira
Last Bus to Bray: The Unfilmed Hammer - Volume 1: The Glory Years - 1950-1970 by Glen Davies
Vampyrrhic by Simon Clark
Trolley No. 1852 by Edward Lee
Cloak of Shrouded Men, The: Escapades of the Eidolon, Cotton Colinaude by Tony Laplume
Redemption, Kansas by James Reasoner
Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk
Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, The by Earl Mac Rauch
Hobgoblin by John Coyne
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
Dreams in the Fire: Stories and Poetry Inspired by Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn and Chris Gruber (Editors)
Devil's Brood, The by David Jacobs
Horror Film Reader by Alain Silver and James Ursini (Editors)
Sixpense House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins
Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings
Blood Feud by David Robbins
Death Head Crossing by James Reasoner
Dourado by David Wood
Hardboiled Cthulhu: Two-Fisted Tales of Tentacled Terror by James Ambuehl (Editor)
Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis
Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel by Jonathan Maberry
Cthulhu's Reign by Darrell Schweitzer (Editor)
Vampire's Tomb Mystery, The by Dwight Kemper
Write the Fight Right by Alan Baxter (ebook)
Curse of Frankenstein, The by Jimmy Sangster
Color Out of Time, The by Michael Shea
Necronomicon, The: Selected Stories and Essays Concerning the Blasphemous Tome of the Mad Arab by Robert M. Price (Editor)
Eye of Infinity, The by David Conyers
Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead by Jovanka Vukovic
Land of a Thousand Balconies: Discoveries and Confessions of a B-Movie Archaeologist by Jack Stevenson
Zombie Circus by Keith Carpenter
Theatres of Portland (Images of America) by Gary Lacher and Steve Stone
Vegas Knights by Matt Forbeck
Blood Curse: A Werewolf for Hire by Nic Brown (ebook)
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (ebook)

Friday, January 13, 2012

What I Watched in 2011

Last year, I also kept track of the short films I watched as well as the named special features/mini-documentaries on various DVDs and Blu-rays I consumed, too.

Gates of Hell, The (Theater)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (Blu-ray)
On the Trail of Ed Wood (Video)
Policewomen (Video)
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (Streaming)
I Lost My M in Vegas (3D) (Theater)
Monster of Piedras Blancas, The (Video)
Social Network, The (Streaming)
Bloodiest Show on Earth, The: Making Vampire Circus (Blu-ray)
Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Video)
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (Unrated) (Video)
Adventures in Zombie-Sitting (Video)
Fear No Evil (Video)
Night of Redemption (Video)
Hell is Full (Video)
Vampire Circus (Blu-ray)
Dawn of the Mummy (Video)
Danger. Zombies. Run. (Video)
Black Gestapo, The (Video)
Monster Bash Origins (Video)
Terror in the Aisles (Video)
Woke Up Dead (Video)
E'gad, Zombies! (Video)
Siege of the Dead (Rammbock) (Video)
Dead Can't Dance, The (Video)
Alice Jacobs is Dead (Video)
Horde, The (La Horde) (Video)
Dracula's Bram Stoker (Video)
Midnight Madness (Video)
Last Zombi Hunter, The (Video)
(Video) Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & (Video)tape (Video)
Scavenger Hunt (1979) (Video)
Waiting for 'Superman' (Streaming)
Mark of the Vampire (Video)
Horrors of the Black Museum (Video)
Black Belt Jones (Video)
Black Samurai (Video)
Beach Girls and the Monster, The (Video)
Million Dollar Mystery (Video)
Madmen of Mandoras, The (Video)
Joysticks (Video)
Van Nuys Blvd. (Video)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Video)
Malibu Beach (Video)
See the Dead (Video)
Zombie Honeymoon (Video)
Jack Pierce: The Man Behind the Monsters (Video)
Blood Suckers from Outer Space (Video)
Without Warning (Video)
Defiled, The (Video)
I Am Omega (Video)
Demons Rising (Video)
Blade Runner (Streaming)
Zombie Babies (Video)
Among the Dead (Video)
Reptile, The (Video)
Flick (Video)
Buddy BeBop vs. the Living Dead (Video)
God Grew Tried of Us (Streaming)
Let Me In (Blu-ray)
Rise and Fall of WCW, The (Streaming)
True Story of WrestleMania, The (Streaming)
Scream 4 (Theater)
Romeo & Juliet vs. The Living Dead (Video)
Zombie Farm (2009) (Video)
Incognito Cinema Warriors XP: Lady Frankenstein (Video)
American Grindhouse (Streaming)
Dudes (Video)
Boneyard, The (Video)
Red State (2005) (Video)
Zombie Psycho STHLM (Video)
Freakanomics (Streaming)
Dunwich Horror, The (1970) (Video)
Spacebabes Meet the Monsters (Video)
Brokeback Zombie (Video)
Zombie Punk Attack (Video)
The Ghouligans! Super Show! (Video)
Rising Up: The Story of the Zombie Rights Movement (Video)
Zombiethon (Video)
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (Video)
Terror, The (Blu-ray)
Inheritance, The (Blu-ray)
Broken Springs (Video)
Frankenstein Syndrome, The (Video)
Dr. Butcher MD (Theater)
Atomic Brain Invasion (Video)
Salt (Streaming)
Captain Blood (Video)
Long Live the Dead (Video)
Garden of the Dead (Video)
Captain Blood: A Swashbuckler is Born (Video)
Fear in the Night (Video)
Night Creatures (Video)
It Came from Another World! (Video)
Super Zombies: Long Live the Dead II (Video)
Gorgon, The (Video)
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (Video)
Curse of Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (Video)
Dreadful Hallowgreen Special, The (Video)
Stripperland (Video)
Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots (Video)
Witchfinder General (Blu-ray)
War Game, The (Streaming)
Season of the Witch (2011) (Video)
Panic in Year Zero! (Video)
Cave Women on Mars (Video)
Steel Dawn (Video)
Hammer Horror - A Fan's Guide (Video)
Ninjas vs. Vampires (Video)
Burn, Witch, Burn (Video)
Devil Bat, The (Video)
TrollHunter (Theater)
Devil Bat's Daughter (Video)
Flying Serpent, The (Video)
Postman, The (Blu-ray)
Race for Life (Video)
Damnation Alley (Blu-ray)
Damnation Alley: Survival Run (Blu-ray)
Damnation Alley: Road to Hell (Blu-ray)
Unholy Hour, The (Video)
Midnight Madness: The History of Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films (Video)
Gasland (Video)
Collective, The - Vol. 1 (Video)
Terror from Beneath the Earth! (Video)
Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb (Video)
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (Video)
Drive-In Horrorshow (Video)
Dead and the Damned, The (Video)
Horror of Dracula (Video)
Back to the Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle (Video)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (Video)
On the Beach (1959) (Video)
On the Beach (2000) (Video)
Watch Horror Films: Keep America Strong! (Video)
Aurora Monsters, The: The Model Craze That Gripped the World (Video)
Creature Walks Among Us, The (Video)
Revenge of the Creature (Video)
Walking Dead Girls, The (Video)
True Grit (2010) (Streaming)
Adjustment Bureau, The (Streaming)
Courage & Stupidity (Video)
Vs. the Dead (Video)
Bloodlust Zombies (Video)
Bogart: The Untold Story (Video)
Dracula's Daughter (Video)
Destination: Outer Space (Video)
Forest of the Dead (Video)
Attack of the Moon Zombies (Video)
Woods of Terror (Video)
Contagion (Theater)
World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - Manos: The Hands of Fate (Video)
Binding Silence (Video)
Lovecraft Chronicles, The: Juggernaut (Video)
Lovecraft Chronicles, The: Dumas (Video)
Lovecraft Chronicles, The: Leviathan (Video)
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - Manos: The Hands of Fate (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - The Crawling Eye (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - Robot Monster (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - Gamera vs. Gyaos (Video)
Mystery Science (Theater) 3000 - Gamera vs. Guiron (Video)
Monster from Bikini Beach (Video)
Eldritch Influence, The: The Life, Vision, and Phenomenon of H.P. Lovecraft (Video)
Disco Exorcist, The (Video)
A Change of Poe (Video)
Haunted Palace, The (Video)
Planet of the Vampire Women (Video)
Testimony of Randolph Carter, The (Video)
Dunwich (Video)
Psycho Legacy, The (Video)
Return to Innsmouth (Video)
Experiment 17 (Video)
Making of Return to Innsmouth, The (Video)
Cthulhu (2000) (Video)
Dark Heritage (Video)
Pickman's Model (2008) (Video)
Waiting Fear (Video)
Dirt Dauber (Video)
Experiment 18: Das Hexenhammer-Projekt (Video)
Resurrectionist, The (2002) (Video)
Imperfect Solution, An: A Tale of the Re-Animator (Video)
Statement of Randolph Carter, The (2005) (Video)
Whisperer in Darkness, The (2011) (Theater)
Die Farbe (Theater)
Cool Air (1999) (Video)
Nyarlathotep (Video)
Hound, The (Video)
H. P. Lovecraft's The Terrible Old Man (Video)
From Beyond (1999) (Video)
Rough Magik (Video)
Dark Intruder (Video)
Black Goat (Theater)
Call of Nature (Theater)
Dirty Silverware (Theater)
Doppelganger (Theater)
Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven (Theater)
Flush With Fear (Theater)
Haselwurm (Theater)
Idle Worship (Theater)
Island, The (2010) (Theater)
Shadow of the Unnamable (Theater)
Static Aeons (Theater)
Window Into Time, The (Theater)
Curse of Frankenstein, The (Video)
Metropolis refundada (Metropolis Refound) (Video)
Dead Man's Eyes (Video)
Cthulhu Mansion (Video)
Hideous Sun Demon, The (Video)
Halloween II: The Night She Came Home! (Fanedit) (Video)
At the House of Madness (Video)
Black Ribbon (Video)
So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM (Video)
Last Battleground, The (Video)
24 Hours of the Dead - A Retro Horror Remix (Video)
12 More Hours of the Dead - A Retro Horror Remix (Video)
Phantom of the Opera, The (1925) (Blu-ray)
Hell's Highway (2002) (Video)
Sugar Hill (1974) (Theater)
Zombie Wasteland (Blu-ray)
Zombie Italiano (Blu-ray)
Atlantis, The Lost Continent (Video)
Blood Bound (2007) (Video)
Paranormal Activity 3 (Video)
Scars of Dracula (Video)
Godmonster of Indian Flats (Video)
Horror House (Video)
Tin Man, The (1935) (Video)
Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes, The (Video)
Invasion of the Bee Girls (Video)
In Time (Theater)
Lost Future, The (Video)
Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (Video)
Stopover in Hollywood (Video)
Hollywood Extra! (Video)
Night of the Little Dead (Video)
Zombie in a Penguin Suit (Video)
Helldriver (Blu-ray)
Island of Terror (1966) (Video)
Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959) (Video)
Shuttered Room, The (Video)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Blu-ray)
Shaun of the Dead (Blu-ray)
Night of the Ghouls (Video)
Zombie (Blu-ray)
City of the Living Dead (Blu-ray)
Sound of Zombies, The (Video)
28 Weeks Later (Video)
Post Mortem, America 2021 - Chapter 1: The Beginning (Video)
Night of the Creeps (Blu-ray)
Dead Alive (Video)
Return of the Living Dead, The (Blu-ray)
Captain Kidd's Treasure (Video)
America, Preferred (Video)
Valley of the Zombies (Video)
Swamp Squad of the Dead (Video)
Cadaver Christmas, A (Video)
Dawn of the Dead (1978) (Blu-ray)
Day of the Dead (1985) (Theater)
Burning, The (Theater)
Return of the Living Dead III (Video)
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (Video)
Devil's Crossing (Video)
Abominable Snowman, The (Video)
Pom Pom Girls, The (Video)
Country Blue (Video)
Zombie Allegiance (Video)
Cavalry Command (Video)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas 2011

I'm a little behind on a few things (I hope that's been understandable), so I didn't get a chance to post much here at Plan D around the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. It's time to play a little catch up.

I had an awesome Christmas.

Brenda and I have a Christmas tradition - we stay at home and enjoy spending time together. That's it. It's nothing big. No huge production. It's nice and quiet and, while I can't speak for Bren, it's a holiday I get to spend with my favorite person (and the cats and this year, we got to hang out with great friends via XBOX kinect, too).

Gift-wise, I found that I am truly lucky to have such caring friends and family. And while I appreciate things like the awesome movies, the "Grave Robbers from Outer Space" card game, the books and fun monster stuff, I was definitely touched by the sentiment behind the giving of these gifts more than anything else.

(Also, since Amazon failed to include any kind of note in the package including the Sugar Hill DVD, I just assumed it came from my mother . . . who was genuinely confused when I thanked her for the "blaxploitation zombie flick" she sent. We all realized later it came from my old friend Mike, and it makes a LOT more sense that he sent me that movie instead!)

I hope everyone out there had a safe and warm holiday season, received more than you deserved and saw the end of 2011 treating you well.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Writing about my grandfather

I love my wife.

A few days after Christmas, my grandfather passed away. He's someone I looked up to, someone I always wanted to impress, someone whose boots I don't know if I can ever fill, and someone I'll forever miss. (I'm sure I'll talk about him more on Plan D over the next few months.)

I wanted to speak at his funeral. I was considering it even before we arrived in Arizona (that side of my family lives in the Phoenix area), and days before the funeral, my mother told me there would be an opportunity for people to speak at the service. I had some thoughts about what I would prepare, shuffling through all the memories I have about my grandfather, all the experiences we shared, eveything he (directly and indirectly) taught me, but all of what I wanted to say was weighed down by my realizing that the first piece of writing I'm completing in the new year was something about my dead grandfather.

It was really getting to me, and I think it was the day before the actual service when I told Brenda as much.

She told me I was being "morbid" and helped me to think about what I was doing in a different way. I wasn't writing something sad, depressing or morbid. She said, "You're writing an homage to your grandfather."

And that made all the difference.

A lot of people have given me and my family love and support while we have gone through the process to saying goodbye to my grandfather, and I appreciate you all. Thank you so much for your kind words, your thoughts, your hugs and your love.

And thank you, Brenda, for helping me find a moment of light in honoring my Grampa.