6/21/2017

Horror Crush: Tara Spencer-Nairn

This must be your lucky week, dear readers, fans, and followers! Why, you might ask? Cause, you're getting a third Horror Crushes inductee in the course of three days! That is a record for this site! And, the inductee, today, you ask? Well, it is Tara Spencer-Nairn, who is truly one of the most beautiful women to have ever graced our beloved genre.
Spencer-Nairn was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on January 6, 1978 (age 39) but was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has appeared in lots of TV and movies and began her acting career in 1996.
One of her first forays into horror was in Poltergeist: The Legacy (1998). I probably watched this episode, but I barely remember anything about that show, much less her appearance. Her next horror work were two episodes of The Outer Limits reboot. One episode was from 1997, the other was from 1998. In both, she played a character named Heather. I never watched this show, so I can't say anything about these episodes. But, if you guys saw them tell me about them in the comments section, below.
In 2002, she appeared in the role, that I know her best for, that of the female lead, Lisa Burnley, in Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled. Lisa accidentally awakens the Djinn (played by John Novak, who took over the rule with the third film). He possess as her and her invalid boyfriend's lawyer, who also happens to be in love with her, Steven Verdel (Michael Trucco). She actually makes a third wish, but it is one where she wishes to love him (him being unbeknownst to her, the Djinn) for who he is. If our resident wish granting demon can win her heart it will come true and will free his demon brothers spelling the end for humanity!
This final, at the time of this writing, entry in the series is so fucking good that is honestly hard to believe. This is even more shocking when you take into account just how godawful the preceding movie, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell was and that they are both directed by the same dude, Chris Angel (no not THAT Chris Angel, thank God!).
The sequel tells a good story, builds characters nicely, and has solid acting from everyone. For a good part of the film it plays somewhat like a drama, with liberal amounts of gore and horror thrown in. The fact that the cast all work well off of each other really makes it the movie way better than it has any right to be. Spencer-Nairn is a big contributor to the movie's appeal. Her character is believable and instantly likable. She has such natural acting ability, all of which adds up to one of the best, and honestly underrated, final girls, ever.
And, of course, there is her breathtaking beauty. Every time, I watch this movie, which has been a lot of times, admit ably, I am completely taken by how gorgeous she is. She is truly a vision of perfection, having one of the most naturally beautiful bodies, the genre has ever seen. And, remember how I said, she is a final girl? Well, one of the most surprising aspects (other than how good it actually is, I mean) about this film is that she appears nude! I think we can all count on one hand how many female protagonists appear naked in a horror movie.
Said nudity is nice, but it also really works within the context of the two scenes (yes, TWO scenes!) that she bares her skin actually are important to plot and characterization and not just mindless exploitation! Imagine that, nudity that titillates and serves a story purpose, shocking, I know!
 

 
Spencer-Nairn is amazing no matter what stage of dressing or undressing, shes in!

She wouldn't do another horror flick till 2007's The Third Eye. She plays the female lead, Nika Printz, but I never saw or heard of this one. What about you guys?
Her last, to date, horror role was when she played a character named Dr. Evanston on the TV series The Strain. Now, I have never watched a single episode of this show, but I am sure I have some fans and readers, who have.
I would love to see Tara Spencer-Nairn in more horror movies and just in more work (that I actually watch), in general. She is a severely underrated actress, one whose own beauty matches her immense acting prowess. She has a truly beautiful face with blue eyes that just break hearts with one merely a glancing at them. And, we already discussed, and by now, you have seen for yourself, what a killer body she has. With all this being said, I happily, and officially, induct Tara Spencer-Nairn into the official Horror Crushes section!

6/20/2017

Horror Crush: Courtney Taylor

Today, I induct the second stunner to play Mary Lou Maloney into Horror Crushes, the beautiful: Courtney Taylor!
Mary Lou was, in fact, Taylor's first role. She played the sexy and evil spirit in the direct-to-video Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990). A direct sequel to the awesome and preceding entry Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, she takes over the role for the gorgeous Lisa Schrage. Yesterday, I inducted Schrage, so it is only fair that today I do the same with Taylor.
In this sequel, Mary Lou escapes hell and falls in love with regular high school dude Alexander Grey (Tim Conlon). She seduces him, kills those that hurt or fuck with him, and turns him slowly into a bad boy. But, he eventually spurns her, and she gets pissed. Soon, he and his pretty girlfriend Sarah Monroe (Cynthia Preston) are in deep shit with her.

This third entry is no-where near near as good as the last film but is still infinitely better than the first movie. It is much more of a comedy than any of the other entries, playing the graphic gore for laughs not scares or shocks. That being said, the male lead is a bore, and, honestly, most of the time you just cheer Mary Lou on. Thankfully, Taylor is great for this film. She has good comedic timing and has a natural beauty to her giving Mary Lou a playful sexiness. She also has a smoking hot body with curves to die for.
Sadly, she never appears nude in the movie, even as she tries to seduce our hero. We only get her in her nicely filled out bra and panties. Regardless, these scenes still managed to REALLY turn me on as a very young teen. I also thought, that if I was Alex, I would have totally stuck with Mary Lou. This is no diss to the beautiful Cynthia Preston playing his girl, as I liked her a lot, too. It's just I preferred Mary Lou, cause you gotta love bad girls! One thing that sucks, is that for whatever godforsaken reason when this and the fourth entry (which has little to do with the preceding 3 movies) were packaged into a DVD double featured, this got ported over in its TV edit, lacking any splatter and cursing! Epic fail! Maybe, someday they will come to the Vestron Blu-ray collection (and the case of this one its uncut version), at least I hope so.
Anyway, I was totally in love with Taylor, but I never again saw her in a single movie. I thought she was gone and done. Well, I now learn that that wasn't the case. She did some more TV and movies, most of which I either never saw or just didn't notice she was in. Her final movie was her return to horror, 2000's Camp Blood. I had never even heard of this one, up and until today, but it looks pretty bad. If any of you ever saw let me know if I am wrong in thinking so, in the comments section. And, most of all, let me know how Taylor was in it!
I wish Taylor had stayed longer in the movie biz and starred in more horror flicks. She had only a fleeting moment in the genre. But, to those who fell under her spell, like I, it was a memorable one! She had amazing and sexy curves with an ass and cleavage that could melt your TV screen. They combined with her beautiful face, stunning, blue eyes, and hot legs, for maximum perfection. And, so it is with great pleasure and adoration that I induct Courtney Taylor into Horror Crushes!

6/19/2017

Horror Crush: Lisa Schrage

Today, I officially declare Lisa Schrage as one of this site's official Horror Crushes. She has been one of my personal biggest crushes since I was a kid, so it is with great honor that I do so! 
Schrage was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 27, 1956 (60 years old). She began acting in 1981. Her first foray into horror is also her most famous role, that of the sexy and evil Mary Lou Maloney in the superior sequel Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987).
The first Prom Night, I find to be an overrated and largely generic heap of crap. Thankfully, this sequel has nothing do with that shit. Instead, we get the tale of prom queen and all around 50s bad girl Mary Lou Maloney (Schrage), who dies in a horrible fire. This stems from a revenge prank gone horribly wrong committed by her fiance who catches her cheating on him. Thirty years later her spirit gets unleashed. She is pissed off, of course, and possess all around good girl and stunning beauty Vicki Carpenter (Wendy Lyon).
The sequel is fun, ultra-gory, and wild. There is a wonderful tongue cheek feel to it and nice little bit of sleaze, including full frontal nudity from its' lead good girl Lyon. The later is, of course, a usually slasher no-no, but this movie could give two fucks about that! It's also filled with lots of love and homages to the horror genre.

I simply adore this movie and consider it to without question the best in the franchise. And, Schrage is a big contributor to why Prom Night II fucking rules. She is sexy as fuck and absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous. I crushed hard on her as a kid. To be honest, even when she pops with just part of her face scared up from her burns, she is still hot! Schrage seems to be having fun playing Mary Lou, who I think ranks along with Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers and, another Horror Crush inductee, Fairuza Balk in The Craft as one of yummiest horror villianesses ever! Mary Lou would return in Prom Night III: The Last Kiss, but would be played by a different, but regardless still equally stunning beauty in Courtney Taylor. But, that is for another post...
Schrage's next work within the genre were two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, both from 1988. I more than likely saw both of these episodes, but I don't remember them. If you do, please tell me about them in the comments section, below.
Her last role in a horror flick was in the silly but thoroughly fun sequel Gnaw: Food of the Gods II. I never saw the first flick, but this one featuring giant, killer rats is a blast. Schrage plays Alex Reed one of the people protesting a lab that experiments on animals and is the film's female lead. Now, I don't remember a whole lot of the flick, but I did like to see her play the good girl. Mostly, cause at least this way I am ensured she won't die. She looks breathtaking of course, and it really confirms my desire for her to have done more horror.
She didn't and by 1999 was retired. Regardless, just for first playing Mary Lou, one of the horror genre's few female slasher bad girls in a franchise, she is forever a part of 80s splatter history. With her gorgeous eyes that will take your breath away, beautiful and flawless face, jet, black hair, and hot body, she is a Horror Crush personified. And, thus a perfect to be declared as one, officially, by this site!

6/18/2017

Porn Flashback: Charlene Aspen

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This is something I have not done in far too long, give some much deserved love to past porn stars who were personal favorites. This time around I am picking Latin goddess Charlene Aspen!
Charlene Aspen, AKA Sherlene Sosa, Charlene Deville, is of Puerto Rican descent and was born on April 25, 1973 (43 years old) in New York City. She worked in adult movies from 1998-2006.
I can't remember where or in what exactly I saw her first, but I was a fan immediately. After all, I love beautiful Latin women, and for a long time, especially when she was working, I felt there was not enough of them in the industry. Hence whenever, I saw one that was a good performer, beautiful, and worked with girls, I took immediate notice.
And, speaking of working with girls, she starred in one of my favorite videos of the early 2000s, No Man's Land: Latin Edition 1. This all girl, all Latina scorcher had two scenes with the delectable Ms. Aspen. The first one has her and the beautiful Adriana Sage. It's a really hot scene that helps to set-up, and let you know that with this flick you are gonna be in for one hell a stroke-fest!
(pic courtesy of Adult DVD Empire)

She also appears in the following scene, but does not get in on the action, directly. Instead, she watches Charlie (another big favorite of mine of this era) and Brittany Blue (who is pretty underrated in my book) get it on. She touches herself and is clearly, and understandably so, turned on by what she sees. I love this scene cause not only does it have two beautiful Latin ladies going lezzie on each other, but because of Charlene being turned on by it. Somehow, her reaction to it turned me on even more!
(pic courtesy of Adult DVD Empire)

Her last scene in the movie, is the movie's best scene. It is also one of the hottest in the entire No Man's Land series. The third one in the movie, itself and has her going to see a lesbian couple played by the legendary and delicious Keisha and the gorgeous Lola Martin (who was the last girl I did a Porn Flashback on). This scene is INCREDIBLE!! Believe me, if you love Latinas and lesbians, like I do, this one will blow your fucking mind away!
(pic courtesy of Adult DVD Empire)

But, perhaps her most renowned talent among porn fans was her oral abilities. Holy crap, this babe could give a hot as fuck BJ onscreen!!! As I have said many times, Rodney Moore is my favorite adult filmmaker. So, imagine my joy when I found that one of the compilations that I had bought, Monster Facials.com: The Movie Vol. 5, had a scene with her! She gave Rodney a hot suck, and, of course, took a hot facial. The scene is taken from I Swallow 4, where you would be able to see the whole hot act. But, quite frankly any oral scene from her is awesome!
Charlene left the biz and retired in 2006, but she left an unforgettable mark on any skin fan who viewed her work. Her beautiful face, big, brown eyes and the sexy look in them, straight, long, light, brown hair, sexy, tanned, skin tone, small, natural boobs, THAT amazing ass(!!), and gorgeous legs made for a vision of pure hotness. This combined with her Latin sex appeal (I LOVED it when she talked Spanish!) and hot and slutty on-camera attitude insured her spot in my eternal favorites list. As a lover of Latin women, all I can say is that Charlene was one of the best in the biz (Latin or otherwise). Now, go and look for her work and enjoy the hell out of it!
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6/13/2017

Necrot- Blood Offerings (Album Review)

Musicians: Necrot
Album Title: Blood Offerings
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: Tankcrimes
Release date: June 9, 2017

Blood Offerings is the debut full-length album from Oakland, California's Necrot. They specialize in kick ass old school death metal and more than deliver on that in this blistering release. I first heard of them, when I reviewed their EP The Labyrinth last year, which I enjoyed quite a bit. That was a warm-up though, as this LP truly delivers the death metal goods!

The album opens with the scorcher ''The Blade''. The heavy and atmospheric opening to this track leads to a fast and unrelenting assault. ''Shadows and Light'' is a driving and battering blast of fury. The title song erupts from the very start with blastbeats exploding into a truly blistering and adrenaline charged experience. The chainsaw like shred and pounding sound of ''Beneath'' makes for all out battering attack and, perhaps, my personal favorite tune on the album. ''Layers of Darkness'' closes off this excellent album with what feels like a thundering and lightning fast attack.

Musicianship is top notch, as the trio produce the kind of extreme music that simply does not fuck around. They are a talented and fearsome force to be reckoned with. Their sound combines nicely with the evil and cool as fuck cover art by Marald Van (Bolt Thrower, Baroness) Haasteren. It solidifies this album as what could very well have come out in the late 80s or early 90s, from the underground.

Blood Offerings is the perfect album for fans who wish new bands would play old school death metal. It is proof that Necrot are torch carriers and the future of that distinct and beloved sound. The truth is that this album is the best extreme metal full length debut of the year, so far.


4 out 5

6/09/2017

Broken Hope- Mutlilated and Assimiliated (Album Review)

Musicians: Broken Hope
Album Title: Mutilated and Assimilated
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: Century Media
Release date: June 23, 2017

Uncompromising. If I was told to use one word to describe Mutilated and Assimilated, the latest release from Chicago's death metal monsters Broken Hope, it would be that one. This powerful and almost continuously brutal release very rarely lets up.

The expert musicianship has battering blastbeats and pummeling riffing. They are accompanied by the deep guttural vocal growls of Damian 'Tom'' Leski. He belts gore obsessed lyrics with all the classic death metal aplomb you expect from Broken Hope.

There area total of 13 bloody and brutal tracks in the album. The second track, ''The Bunker'' opens up with the sound of war, which is appropriate not the least of which is because of the machine gun like drumming. The title track has a cool, almost mechanical intro that leads right into slow, driving, and thoroughly crushing music. The heartwarmingly titled ''Outback Incest Clan'' is fast and furious and will rip your motherfucking face right off! There are two versions of ''Hell's Handpuppets'' both of which have a great acoustic style intro that goes into doom crunching and then soaring guitars and anger filled blastbeats . I am not sure where I can buy a pair of ''Nercopants'', but the brutal and face pounding song might be my favorite on the album. The album ends with a 25th anniversary recording of the title track from their debut album, this time around called ''Swamped in Gorehog''. It's fucking killer and not just a great way to close off the album but a perfect way to acknowledge the longevity of this classic death metal act.

Mutilated and Assimilated is not only one of the very best death metal albums releases so far in 2017; it also ranks among Broken Hope's best work. This is an absolute must have for fans of old school death metal. Be sure to get when it comes out later this month on June 23, 2017.

From the official press release:
''Mutilated and Assimilated'' officially arrives June 23rd on Century Media Records and will be released as a Limited Edition CD+DVD Digipak in North America and in a Special Edition CD+DVD Digipak in Europe, as well as digital & streaming versions available on all the major outlets worldwide.   

The LP version will be released in the following vinyl colors:
Gatefold "Peeled Flesh" neon pink LP+CD: US Exclusive  
Gatefold "Antarctic" blue LP+CD: Band Exclusive  Ltd.
Gatefold "Cremated Corpse" black LP+CD: available via European stores  Ltd.
Gatefold "Gory Glory" transp. red LP+CD: CM Distro Europe Exclusive
  
In the meantime, check out the ultra-gory video for the vicious track ''The Carrion Eaters'' in the video below:

4.5 out of 5

6/07/2017

BEYOND THE GATES (Review)

Title: Beyond the Gates
Director: Jackson Stewart
Writers: Stephen Scarlata, Jackson Stewart,
Cast: Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer
Year: 2016
Min: 84

After their dad disappears two estranged brothers, Gordon and the more reckless John (Graham Skipper and Chase Williamson, respectively), meet up for the first time in years. They look through and gather the videotape remnants of their father's old school VHS rental store. In doing so, they eventually run across a VHS game called Beyond the Gates.
They pop in the tape and watch. It is hosted by the a hauntingly beautiful woman named Evelyn  (Barbara Crampton) and is shot in black and white. They decide to actually play the game later in the day, wherein Gordon's pretty girlfriend, Margot (Brea Grant) also joins them. But, things begin to get downright creepy as Evelyn speaks directly to them, names and all. She tells them that they must beat the game in order to see their father. As people begin to die, and they are haunted by increasingly horrific images and occurrences, they want to stop but cannot. As once the game starts it must be played to the end, in order from them all to live and save their father.
Beyond the Gates is the feature film debut from director/ co-writer Jackson Stewart, who cut his teeth on TV including an episode of Supernatural. This film played late last year at some festivals, but it is currently making its first major run on Netflix. While, the movie has its share of flaws, it is most definitely worth a look. There is a wonderful throwback to the 80s feel that makes it endearing.

I'll start with the movie's faults, though. The pacing is a bit off and takes a bit to start. Once the action starts rolling, though, it still has a problem keeping a consistent pace. For a good chunk of it not a lot of interest or excitement seems to happen. The climax starts off pretty good, but it doesn't have the kind of payoff that this movie needed. In fact, when it was all resolved, all I thought to myself was, ''Uh, really that's it?'' I was pissed but I wasn't fully displeased. It ultimately left me accepting it for what the resolution was.
As a director Stewart, handles the dramatic aspects decently enough. Even if, at times, they feel a bit pedestrian. The low budget aspect of the film certainly hurts it, but he does what he can. To the movie's advantage he does not hold back on the gore. While, there is not a huge body count in it, the few kills that do happen are graphic in nature.
A lot of its entertainment value is derived from the endearing quality of it. This is especially true for those of us who grew up in the 80s with VHS and, of course, VHS games. I never played a single VHS game, but I knew of them and was always curious. VHS tapes were a huge part of my growing up. And, while I feel only nostalgia towards them, but their importance is significant to anyone of my generation.
The other draw of the film is the acting. Our three heroes, played by Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, and Brea Grant, do a good job with their roles. They play well enough off of each other and feel believable in their roles. The always beautiful horror legend Barbara Crampton is great as the VHS game host Evelyn. She seems to relish playing this evil lady and with her inherent beauty, adds a great deal of gothic sex appeal. 

A throwback and tribute to the 80s, Beyond the Gates is a flawed but fairly, entertaining movie. The pacing is slow, and at times, uneven. The resolution of the otherwise exciting climax is flat. But, the flick has a lot of heart and love for the 80s, in particular VHS and VHS games. This gives a level of an endearing quality for those who grew up in this time period. The acting is also good, and the gore is great. The presence of Barbara Crampton is a very welcome factor and helps to seal this a recommended look. With it currently streaming on Netflix, there really isn't reason to miss it.


2.5 out of 4