Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween Doc Terror!

Doc Terror Jack-O-Lantern by the insanely talented Ian Futterman

By - Stephen Mezo

Well it's our first Halloween without our much loved friend
James Harris known to the world as "Doc Terror".


 But in the words of David S. Pumpkins
"There's no crying on Halloween!!!" 

So I'm getting out the Magic 8 Ball because it has way more power than any old OUIJA BOARD and asking him if That Great Monster Convention in The Sky is as awesome as I think it is.

And he said...

Now if you'll excuse me I have some Trick or Treating to do
and yes I'm sticking to my diet.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Put a bat on it...

By - Stephen Mezo

Since it's October I have to share my love for the goth couple
 known as "The Weirdos" on the show PORTLANDIA.

Carrie Brownstein as "Jacqueline" and Fred Armisen as "Vincent"

Now before anyone gets angry I don't have any preconceived notion about Portland Oregon because of the show. And I know how that feels because of a s**t show by the name of "The Jersey Shore". And my wife and I are only a few black clothing items away from being those two. 

The only thing I wonder is did their inspiration for The Weirdos come from their years in being in bands and the club scenes or "Goth Talk" that was another huge favorite of mine on SNL?

Chris Kattan as "Azrael Abyss" and Molly Shannon as "Circe Nightshade" 

I'm leaning towards the first because to me Goth Talk was a little more biting (no pun intended) when portraying high school age goths while The Weirdos are seen as every day people that make the world fit into their passion for all things goth. 

And I love when they add the sound effects to their "Most Goth" reactions.

My wife and I love all of the cool kitchen aids and "As Seen on TV" inventions at Bed Bath And Beyond so I'm using stills from our favorite Weirdo episode that takes place there because we act pretty much the same way.  

And like I was saying before I really love how Carrie and Fred portray The Weirdos just like all of their other characters. They just exaggerate the traits of everyone they play and it keeps them beyond relatable to close friends of the viewers without right out making fun of them. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I know it's only Halloween but I like it!

By -Steve Mezo

Recently I had seen a post on Facebook on about a "Staff Writer" of The New York Post sharing their thoughts on how adults should stop dressing up for Halloween and leaving it for the kids...
Well if this Staff Writer actually supported their opinion He/She (My money is on she) should have said who they were, but that person kept their anonymity so they wouldn't have to deal with a backlash of Emails or lots of Social Media post telling that person can stick a candle (And it wouldn't be in their Jack-O-Lantern) since this person said you should do like Good Housekeeping says and paint pumpkins instead of carving them.

And just to avoid that argument: There are times where painting a pumpkin is preferred to carving one but there are also times where a insanely intricate carving is appreciated when displayed.

(Carving by Ian Fetterman)
Now getting back to the article typed by the "Grow up and become a Repressed Fuddy Duddy" I'm typing a response where I am encouraging adults to keep on keeping on with wearing costumes and enjoying Halloween with everyone else.
I have loved Halloween ever since I was old enough to find out what it was and completely encouraged by my mom and my Aunt Vera (She's the one in the witch's costume). 

 (Color balance by Robert Miller)
And I still have my "Sounds to Make You Shiver!" record that l had to have along with that years Ben Cooper or Collegeville costume that I had seen on the Woolworths commercial. 

And it strikes me funny when I think about everyone saying "Don't be in such a rush to grow up!" when I was a kid and then after reading that wet blanket's article. You know what everyone was right.

There is a huge difference between being a responsible adult or as Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club said "Letting your heart die..." You shouldn't have to give up enjoyments just because you hit higher double digits. I mean yeah there are things you naturally grow out of but there are even more that you can keep with you till The Grim Reaper says "Times up..."

So you keep on Rocking Halloween as hard as you can! Decorate your yard, and really decorate your car for the local Trunk or Treat and wear a costume and show the kids how Halloweens done, wear a costume to adult Halloween parties and play to win at your local venues costume contest. And if that anonymous stone faced Halloween wet blanket from the New York Post complains look em' right in the eye and sing "I know it's only Halloween, but I like it!!!"

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Mad Mad World of Dave Dave!!!

By - Stephen Mezo

Dave Dave is an up and coming multi talented entertainer, musician and comedian.

 And the universe better ready itself for his rise to the top! 

Dave has the stones to hold up a fun house mirror to Social Media Outrage and creates no holds barred comedic rants on his YouTube channel "Dragonstrike Thunderforce".

Now him doing these scathing in character rants about the weekly outrages is like juggling flaming chainsaws with an audience being able to throw golf balls at him while it happens. But like all of the greats before him like Lenny Bruce, The Smothers Brothers and George Carlin he mocks it like he sees it from both sides.
And if you've been around as long as I have you've seen history constantly repeat itself and the outrages along with biting satire and threats of censorship have all been done before.

A great example of this is the documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon" where if you simply changed the dates and names of a lot of the things they bitingly made fun of from both sides, you would swear almost every issue from number seven up were written and illustrated today. 

The only reason I'm typing this intro is to let everyone that I'm not picking sides, but just pointing out that this has all been done before. And this current climate of censorship from everyone is frighting. It's okay to be offended or even outraged, but people have to learn to fight back with their own words and believe it or not comedy is a powerful tool because it gets more attention for a cause than anger. And if you feel silencing the other side is the answer it can backfire hard because they can censor and control your opinions and speech as well.

And that's my thoughts on that...

If you've read this far I'm getting back to my original subject of this article which is the comedy of Dave Dave. 

Dave Dave is a big fan of writer/director Warren F. Disbrow's features "Flesh Eaters From Outer Space" and "Invasion For Flesh And Blood" both available on a double DVD distributed by TROMA. 

Dave had contacted one of the actors about the movies and was pretty much blown off by that person, but he had seen my name mentioned almost as much as Warren's with it and took a chance at contacting me through Facebook. And I was glad he did because some of the best years of my life were spent with Warren and working on quite a few of his productions . So I was more than happy to type to him about of a lot of fun behind the scenes adventures connected with those productions. And how Warren had given me a once in a lifetime chance to be a F/X Artist and Movie Monster along with a lot of other production responsibilities. 

And you can find out more about
 writer/director Warren F. Disbrow at his site
along with my own involvement with his productions.

And Dave Dave made a great tongue in cheek - in character video review of Flesh Eaters From Outer Space 
on his YouTube channel Dragonstrike Thunderforce.

Just have to warn you about some language ahead of time before you go to the video with this link.

I couldn't stop laughing while watching the review and Dave really does love "Flesh Eaters From Outer Space" and it's sequel "Invasion For Flesh And Blood" which he's working on a review video for. And the whole Hot Tub Time Machine experience of how much Dave Dave and his friend looks like me and my friends back then was hysterical.