Thursday, April 13, 2017

Doc Terror Forever...


By - Stephen Mezo

If it weren't for James Harris
 there would have never been a Storage Unit of Terror... 


After I had a long run and falling out with a much loved Horror website (in complete rock band style) that I had written for I simply said "Okay now what?" Seriously I was just done with it...

So I moped around for a couple months and drove my wife crazy with one less thing to do that brought me enjoyment (I hadn't started collecting monster toys again yet) and my wife had told me to start up my own horror site. And after a long think I came up with the name "The Storage Unit of Terror" in honor of all all the missed it by that much Entertainment moments of my life. But I felt like this time out with the site was just going to be yet another one of those times.

But then James Harris "Doc Terror" himself got to talking to me about it and when I told him that I was going to pack it in he simply asked me why? And my response was "How many horror sites does the world need? And does anyone really care about what I thought of a movie that a thousand people already typed about?"
And that's when he did what he did best and made a lot of us do now. He reminded me that I was out there doing a lot what others never had the chance to. Yeah sure I never made a million dollars out of it, but I got to live the life.

Even though I was getting pretty jaded with the cliques and cool kids at the table attitudes of most out there in the horror community James was there telling me to keep making contacts. And I am forever grateful that he did because of all the new friends I've made over the years and all of the new experiences I've had and all of the new talents I've been fortunate enough to meet.

And he even had me write a little something for one of his
  Italian Horror Week Specials. 
  
Click the picture above to check it out.


Okay enough blah, blah about me and I've finally ran out of stupid eye rain so I can see and type about him. 

http://www.docterror.com/
Click the image above to witness the greatness of Doc Terror. 

Cancer fought dirty and took James Harris away from all of us but his legacy is unequaled. And part of that legacy is all of us with keyboards in front of us letting his three little girls know how awesome he was to make us love him this much. It may be a long time before they read any of this but I can tell them that he was the main force in making me wanting to be a better person in the horror community. 
I know that this doesn't sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but to seek out and connect so many creative people and then influence them to do the same on their own is very impressive.
And then to have so many of these same people show so much love during his fight and then post their grief of his loss says even more.

One of the things I really liked about James the most was him living the quote made in the movie Spinal Tap "Have fun all of the time" and reminding all of us to not take ourselves too seriously
and that the ride isn't as long as we think it is.

He was the biggest horror fan out there and they'll never be another like him. So the best we can do is keep on supporting each others projects and keeping the positives in the scene alive until we all meet up at our tables in that Great Horror Convention in The Sky.  

   

Monday, March 20, 2017

Father Evil Can Smell Your Sins...




By - Stephen Mezo




I've had the pleasure and honor of knowing Lou Alvilleira and his beautiful wife Sarah Rusin Alvilleria for a couple of years now and getting to see the rise of Lou's creation (now persona) FATHER EVIL. 




Lou had come up with the idea of Father Evil back in 2009 with the use of a Halloween costume. Now with the support of his wife and his own dedication and drive to making Father Evil available to the masses he is a household name of Horror Fans everywhere.

A character to me is what you see in film, animation or on a stage during a performance, that's why I always use "Persona" when I speak of Father Evil because that is who you are talking to when in is his presence. Really, when you meet Father Evil at an event you are meeting Father Evil! If you want to meet Lou you're going to have to catch him before an event or after because once Father Evil emerges he is all.




A lot of people use the term "Cosplayer " when talking about Father Evil and I will be the first to say that it's beyond wrong. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with Cosplay, in fact I am in awe of the creativity and skill that Cosplayers have when doing it. I'm full on saying that FATHER EVIL IS NOT A COSPLAYER!  A Cosplayer is someone that dresses as a character from an established series as a hobby and aren't claiming ownership of that character. While Father Evil is a persona created by Lou Avilleira and can appear in just about any medium with only his permission.

But I have to say that when I had seen his photo spread in Cosplayer Magazine I smiled so wide my cheeks hurt for about an hour after. 



Then there are others that simply say "He's just another scary priest". But once a lot of these people have met Father Evil and have seen his interaction with fans that are now traveling to meet him just like Metal Fans travel to attend their favorite bands concerts, they definitely see what makes him stand way out from the crowd. 

Tattoo owner: Anna Coffman Clark / Tattoo Artst: Richard Stephens


And another thing that makes him an original is his very personable attitude along with not being offensive or a mockery of what he is personifying.

 Father Evil with our good friend John Roisland from "House of Tortured Souls"


As far as Father Evil's back story he was once a beloved priest in a small Latin village that had a horrifying experience that made his faith absolute. He's not possessed but infused with the power to seek out sin. And once he's found those with sin their fate is sealed.






Currently Lou has taken the next logical step and has become an ordained minister in order for Father Evil to be able to conduct wedding ceremonies.  For more information about this, future live appearances and bookings check out www.fatherevil.com 



Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Showcase of the art of Travis Mullins

 
  By -Steve Mezo


The first time I had seen Travis Mullins sculpture "CRACKED" I was blown away by how cool it looked and was able to get in touch with him on Facebook about it and then found out about his ETSY store with even more of his creations.

 

Once I checked out his ETSY store with my wife we loved so much of what he's created we had to agree to buy a piece that represented both of us and the one we decided on was "Zahhh".

 

When Zahhh arrived my wife had seen it first after shen unpacked it she absolutely loved it, and when I saw it my jaw just about hit the floor because it looks amazing and is a monster size slice of pizza!
 


 
After I contacted Travis to thank him for doing such an incredible job I asked him to type a little about himself for his showcase.

*Travis Mullins*

I make the MONSTERS that make YOU smile... www.etsy.com/shop/travismullinsart www.facebook/travismullinsart My name is Travis Grant Mullins. I am based in Warsaw, Indiana. I'm inspired by everything and everyone around me. I see everyday objects and think of how to turn them into monsters.
My first monster, in this series, was a commissioned piece. It was a killer tomato for a local tomato festival. I like to use any everyday object, sculpt jaws with teeth and a tongue, and then figure out a way to incorporate the two together to create something both fun and terrifying.
Monsters are something that I find to be a great subject because of the seemingly endless ways to create them. That, and I love creating something that is interesting to look at, that is fun, disturbing, and original. The art form I prefer to use in creating monsters is sculpture. I like the 3D form because of the many ways to examine the artwork. I enjoy the physicality of sculpture. It is something you can touch and hold as well as view from afar. 
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Talking about Ryan D. Blazic's Monsters Among Men

 
By - Steve Mezo





I had received an advanced Blu - Ray copy of Ryan D. Blazic's modern vampire film "Monsters Among Men". And I really enjoyed the story starting out with a dude getting a cup of coffee and getting ready to purpose to his girlfriend in a nice woodsy setting just to wind up having a real bad day with a plot twist to boot.

It was produced by Ryan along with Thomas Berdinski and Johnathan David. With a music score by Thomas Berdinski of The Giant Rubber Monster Movie and The Italian Zombie Movie fame.

So I put it on and readied myself for some kind of vampire action and got plenty of it. I'm talking vampire attacks, undead familiars, thrill killer helpers, guns and blood. And of course the plot twist that really made it worth the watch. I mean most of the time Indie vampire films are a quick shoot that rely on boobs and fake blood with a simple plot of some kind of lead vampire doing a bunch of turning and getting destroyed at the end. 
But Ryan went the extra mile and actually typed an awesome story line and a plot that you actually got into with a couple of twist that you won't see coming. 

Yes I'm typing about the twist a lot, because like I said I was really impressed with Ryan caring enough to put that much work into the script of this movie.
And I love the nods made by Thomas Berdinski to a couple of Warren F. Disbrow's movies that I had worked on and appeared in with some of the cinematography he had done.

All around it's a cool watch and definitely a must have to your Indie Horror collection.     

 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Talking about Five Nights at Freddy's VS. Ghostbusters


By - Stephen Mezo

Once again I've seen the results of the old saying "If you want something done right do it yourself!" And it's been done by Eddie Lebron of Blue Core Studios. 

I've always been a huge fan of Fan Films and Five Nights at Freddy's VS. Ghostbusters is my new all time favorite.
 


Eddie Lebron's original idea and story combined with Gary Lee Mahmoud and Artie Brennan as a screenplay is brilliant. They had taken the great creep factor of Scott Cawthon's survival game and successfully combined it with the tongue in cheek comedy of Aykroyd, Ramis and Moranis.

And I can tell you that it's no easy feat. I mean horror is easy because a lot of people are frightened of the same stuff, but comedy is very subjective and varies like you wouldn't believe. But they manged to create a great homage to both franchises and their fans.

(A little backstory here)
A long time ago I worked for a pizzeria called Razz-Ma-Tazz that was along the same lines as ShowBizz Pizza Place with the Rock-Afire Explosion or Chuck E. Cheese for the fans out there that missed both of those. And my job was maintaining the animatronic characters on the stage while another guy would update the software and the audio/computers that ran it. It was great extra money while I was at The Costume Shop and it was all done late at night so I had the place pretty much to myself to get everything done. 

Of course my friends would always ask me "What if they came to life and you were the only one there?" And I would answer "They're bolted down to the stage and hooked up to power sources so they wouldn't get far, besides I build monsters so how much of a threat could a dopey cat and dog be?"

Well Scott Cawthon definitely answered that one for me with a little modification to the animatronic characters...

Then I've watched every version of Ghostbusters from the original live action in 1975 with Bob Burns in his infamous gorilla costume all the way up to Ghostbusters 2. 

(Just in case anyone needed to know if I was a fan of either franchise.)

Now back to the Fan film.

It opens up with Michael Mann as one of the last of a long line of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Security Guards meeting a horrible end by Freddy Fazbear himself. 

Then we see Gary Lee Mahmoud as "Victor Owens/Beckett" on his way to an interview of a lifetime.

*Now if you're stellar at interviews that's awesome for you. But if your half a mess like myself you'll laugh your ass off watching the exchange between Artie Brennan as "John Cambell" and Victor Owens. I couldn't stop laughing because I have gone through an interview like that myself.*

In a later scene Samantha Jane Gurewitz as "Karolyn Hewitt" request the help of the Ghostbusters to take care of the problems happening at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria. And the showdown happens from there!
I want to tell you more but it is a great watch and I really want you to enjoy it and take it all in. Gary, Artie and Samantha really made me like their characters and they had great timing with the humor. 

And the cinematography of the city establishing shots draws you right into all our first intro to the world of a soon to be haunted New York City where three P.H.D. Scientist bought a run down firehouse and a used ambulance to start a business,   

Like I said before Eddie did a fantastic job of keeping the creep factor high and his attention to detail goes to eleven. The Castle Fun Center in Chester, NY is an excellent backdrop as Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria and Eddie even had the Security office built that is dead on to the games look. 
Even the CGI animatronic Freddy and friends have you forgetting that that's what they are throughout the feature. 

And the Ghostbusters equipment is accurate enough to have you convinced that they were borrowed from Ivan's set. Along with a cameo of Tom Gebhardt's own ECTO 1 - NJ
  



Tom Gebhardt founder and leader of Ghost Corps NJ and the lead Cosplayer in the Ghostheads documentary, also makes a cameo appearance in the Ghostbustes commercial spot playing in the Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria security office before Freddy's attack. 

  
 
   

Five Nights at Freddy's VS. Ghostbusters is on YouTube
and you can watch it by clicking on the logo below.
https://youtu.be/PBrZEXuFP50

And make sure to give it a thumbs up and tell them that I sent you! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Some Face Time with FX Artist Salem DeVane


By - Steve Mezo

Another October has come and gone and even though it didn't feel like the others between the weather and upcoming election, I still found ways to enjoy it. And one of those ways was by getting something cool created by an Independent F/X Artist.

And that F/X Artist is Salem DeVane
 


And what I got was his "BUTCHER" mask.
 

When it came in the mail I was blown away by the detail Salem put into it and the quality of the material. And this is one of the main reasons why I make sure to buy custom mask from Independent Artist.
Seriously, I had paid almost as much for mass produced masks which are not only outsourced but made out of low grade latex that rots within a couple of years. And the last that I made the mistake of buying rotted in less than a year. I'm aware that latex doesn't last forever, but I've owned and seen mask that were poured back in the late 60's and were sold in the back of comic books still around today and pretty flexible. 

But Salem DeVane just like my close friend and Indie Mask Maker Ray Charland make their mask with quality latex that are definitely worth the investment for Movie, Stage, Haunt and Cosplay use or Collecting. 

And Salem has even more than mask available on his website www.cellardoorfx.net along with props and costume extras that can be made to order. I had asked Salem to tell me a little about himself and here's what he had to say.


As a kid I've always been fascinated with horror and Halloween, I come from a small town so Halloween was always a big deal and all the houses on my block would go all out decorating and it was just an awesome time.
I loved masks of all kinds and was obsessed with horror movies and villains in particular. We weren't poor but wasn't rich either so I began modifying masks and make paper mache masks. And back before internet we had these things called magazines lol, and my dad scrounged up some money to order me the mask makers handbook. I was so excited to get it, but was let down and disappointed because the cost of supplies and the sheer complicated process of doing it discouraged me immensely.
So it sat on my bookshelf for many years til later on. Continuing my love for the macabre I became a grave digger and eventually a funeral director, along with being an artist on the side.

And then one day I had clay, I had plaster and soon after I made my first mask. It was a disaster, but we make mistakes to learn. And eventually I got the hang of it. Pretty soon through other connections I'd made with art I was soon was making masks and costumes for film and musicians. And by the time I had enough of a portfolio I created filthmirror.com (no longer up) and it ran it for 6 years. But then I had some tragedy in my life and I dropped it for many years. And through help of family and friends I got back on my feet and Cellar Door F/X was born and here to stay!

Salem does some killer work and has main designs that can be made to order at www.cellardoorfx.net or he can be commissioned to make custom (full head and face) masks as well as costume accessories and props. 

Check out his gallery and make sure to tell him that Tattooed Steve sent you.
  
 
  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

He's David S. Pumpkins! Any questions?



By-Stephen Mezo


I'm David Pumpkins!!! Any questions!?

It's been a real long time since a SNL skit made me laugh really hard, but a simple skit with Tom Hanks and an elevator with a hundred floors of horror with "David S. Pumpkins" did just that.

The big question that everyone has (including the theme park guest in the Hellevator) "Who is David S. Pumpkins?"
And what makes it even funnier is even Tom Hanks himself has no idea who the character is or why he was at this fictional haunt.

My wife and I were sitting there laughing and we wound up making our own backstory for David Pumpkins. Our theories ranged from if it were an independent haunt he might have been an entertainer with a lot of money that wants to be part of a haunt in the worst way. And he made an agreement with the haunt where he would cover insurance, the space rental, props and costumes - but he would be able to perform as his character David Pumpkins with his Beat Boy Skeleton Dancers. And since he fronted so much of the cost he would be allowed to appear on seventy three floors of the haunts one hundred.

But when we heard that it was a theme park in the skit it became even funnier because then we had to change his backstory. This time the park only had so much money to pay for licensed characters and needed a filler, was afraid of offending visitors and wanted to keep the it the monsters and gore to a minimum and once again needed filler.