Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Scooby-Doo Meets KISS!

I have been a KISS fan since I was 15 years old.  My love for the band has only grown over the years.  Many fair weather fans come and go.  Many die hard fans complain about the "commercialism" and how it should be "about the music".  While yes, it should be about the music, KISS did not become the Hottest Band in the World (there words, not mine), by just making records.  They made (and still make) everything.  Toys, comic books and video games all the way down to condoms and caskets.  They'll get you coming and going!  *sorry Mom*  I saw them in concert a few years back and it was literally the best show I have ever seen.

Anyway, they are at it again, pairing up with the Mystery Inc team for a new direct to video release.  Why am I posting a trailer for an animated movie on a horror site?  Because I have always felt that Scooby and the gang have been dipping their toe into suspense/horror for the last 40 years (which is how long KISS has been around, FYI).  But also, my inner child just had to jump up and down on a public forum for a moment.  The trailer is below.

Review: The Perfect House

My wife and I are renters.  We have a decent sized four bedroom, two bath that is off the beaten path.  Sorry for the rhyme.  We have looked into home ownership, but could never really find exactly what we wanted at the time.  Without showing my hand too much, I have to say after watching this film, I might renew my lease.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

The shot on video (SOV) format has been a tried and true staple of the horror community ever since the days of “Boardinghouse“. From time to time, a movie comes around that claims to be a “throwback” or an “homage” to these days of horror old. None more so than HI-8.

Short Story: Come Alone

Jade called me from a phone number I didn’t recognize. “Come to Arcadia,” she said. “Come alone”. Arcadia is the side of town that burned out years ago. No one wants to go to Arcadia. Not even bums.

Review: Swamphead

This is a bad movie.

Review: Play Hooky

Top Ten Worst Parents in Horror

“Pushy parents can drive you nuts.”  –Greta Gibson, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Review: The Night Before Easter


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review: Don't Go to The Reunion

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Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? There’s gore in store for the Class of ’04.

Why I Love VHSPS (And Why You Should Too)

At the beginning of my first post, I mentioned collecting VHS tapes. At last count, I have over 100 tapes, mostly horror. The best part of this hobby is “The Hunt”. Yard sales, thrift stores & flea markets have become my Mecca for the dead format. eBay is a treasure trove of lost tapes and collectible modern releases, but you will almost always pay a higher price for those hard to find tapes. In some cases, if I just want a title to watch, the condition of the box or the fact that it’s a former rental copy, won’t bother me too much. The downside of such a hobby is one that differs from most other hobbies: Geography
Not now, Zoidberg

Review: Bloody Birthday

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I collect VHS tapes. As long as it’s horror, or occasionally action. Or Sci-Fi. Or exploitation comedy. Ok, so I collect any VHS. If you ask my wife, she will tell you I have too many. But any horror fan will tell you that VHS is how we fell in love with the genre. It has a special place in the hearts of any self-respected child of the 80s and 90s. The classic box art, which rarely had anything to do with the movie itself, would draw you in, begging you to rent what may or may not be (most times not) the scariest movie you’ve ever seen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

We're Back!

Howdy folks!  Welcome (back) to Secondhand Terror.  At this moment, I am deleting almost EVERYTHING and taking it back to basics in order to bring 2HT to the site I always envisioned.  To wet your whistle, I will be posting links to material I have previously released on HalloweenLove.com.  Thank you for all of your support.  We will see you soon!