Haunt Composer Virgil Franklin's "Hillbilly Hell"
Virgil Franklin's catalog of Haunt Industry music just keeps gorwing. For some time people and fans of his work have been asking for a Hillbilly style Haunt CD. Well the time is drawing closer.
Right now Virgil's newest release Hillbilly Hell
is slated to be out by the end of May or first of June and many are waiting for this one. As of this blog, the tracks fro mthe cd are in the beta listeners stage and Virigil will be collecting the feedback and begin the process of getting it released to all of you Haunt Composer Virgil Franklin fans out there. With the addition of the new CD in the works, he is also making a "Best Of" CD for many of you who havbe asked for that as well.
Now over at Lame Duck Digital
you can find many of Virgil's CDs that are always featured throughout Rotting Flesh Radio and Haunts throughout the country. Klown, Music for Others, Out of the Ether
are just a few to top my favorites. Klown bring you that classic Horror Circus feel bringing you into the Dark Twisted worlds of the carnival almost giving you a sense of Something Wicked This Way Comes, Carnivåle, and Freaks. Out of the Ether sets the stage for intense mood filling music that will heighten you senses and give you the impending sense of doom while entering a room.
To purchase some of Virgil's Library or to check out more visit: http://www.virgilmusic.net His collection spans over 9 CDs with tracks ranging from intense, moody, dark and fun all in one. I am sure many of us will be waiting for "Hillbilly Hell" to hit the Lame Duck Digital Store. Remember you can always hear more of Virgil's Music on Rotting Flesh Radio as well.
Haunted Einstein "The Thinking Man's Haunter"
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Haunt Industry as a new haunter wanting to take that next step to semi pro or pro? Are you a Haunted Attraction that is always looking for new ways to achive things and what has worked and not worked in the past for other Haunts? Are you a Home Haunter longing for more to make you display better? Well, we have the answers for you!
Starting with a brief introduction this week and then moving into the information, Rotting Flesh Radio is proud to bring you Haunted Einstein: The Thinking Man's Haunter"
to the cast bi-weekly. These guys "Haunted" & "Einstein"
have been in the Industry for some time and will enlighten those of you who fit into the questions above or new comers.
Their debut on Rotting Flesh Radio
is this Friday and they will introduce themselves, how long they have been haunting and more. We welcome Haunted & Einstein to the cast and are sure our R.F.R. Deadites will be wanting more.
Rotting Flesh Radio's New Site is Up
Welcome all you fright freaks to Rotting Flesh Radio's All New Website. We have just launched our newest re-vamp our our site with some great additions as well.
To start things off, our new URL is officially http://www.rottingfleshradio.com now!!! We also have ways for you to contact The Doctor now, an all new segment from the guys at Haunted Einstein and also an Archives page for those of you looking for past shows. The site is working out tweaks daily to get it all right so make sure to check back often.
We also will debuting "The Rotting Press." This is our all-new newsletter coming out once or twice a week. We will cover Interviews, News, Haunt Info, Vendor Info, Special Vendor DIscounts and more. All you have to do to sign up is add your email to the list right on the Rotting Flesh Radio homepage.
The "Morgue of MErchandise" is also on its way very soon. Check back as we will launch exclusive R.F.R. Gear including sweatshirts, ringer tees, womens apparel and more.
So thank you all the Rotting Flesh Deadites out there that have welcomed us and allowed us to grow each and every week.
Corpse Creator of Rotting Flesh Radio
Happy Friggin Easter Peter RottonTail-NEW R.F.R. is Up
Well for ROTTING FLESH RADIO v2.14, we are bringing a cast that is quick a short as we take a small break for Easter.
The show will be bringing you some Haunt Industry News along with some Morbid Easter Goodies just in time for PETER ROTTONTAIL to get here. We will return next week with a full 80 minute cast and also a new website, segments and more!!!So Sit Back, Relax, and Rot Away to ROTTING FLESH RADIO!!!
Shawano Manor's New Location for the 2006 Season
The excellent Haunted Attraction in Wisconsin called "Shawano Manor" has moved for the 2006 Haunting Season. Shawano Manor is an excellent Haunted Attraction and was well recieved by many Wisconsinites in 2005. The all-new location will be located in a permanant location in Green Bay, Wisconsin at: The Beja Shrine Center, 1950 Bond Street, Green Bay,WI 54304
The Shawano Manor Crew is also looking for Wisconsin haunts to do some cross promotions with. They are looking to do a "Wisconsin Tour of Terror" with poster exchanges, banners and ticket promotions. For more information on the "Wisconsin Tour of Terror" contact Shawano Manor thorugh their website at: http://www.shawanomanor.com
I know I will be attending the event this year and I am sure it will prove to be an excellent attraction once again for the 2006 Haunting Season.
Link to HauntedHouse.com!
Many of you have demanded it and finally we have it! Banners to for linking to the NEW HauntedHouse.com are now available as well as our RSS feed. Visit our Link page
now to get both. More banners for the Halloween and Horror areas of the site will be available soon.
SPFX Masks the newest addition to your Haunt
SPFX Masks is the newest and most talked about masks in the Haunt Industry right now. They were talked about at Haunt X, and they were the hit of Transworld. These Silicone Masks fit perfectly to your face and move along with your movements. With the addition on Dental Distortion teeth these pieces are the perfect addition to your Haunt this season. And I am not just saying that.
The SPFX Masks are well done, detailed and realistic for your Haunted Event. In addition to the masks, they have a NEW Product in the works as well...Silicone Hands to complete your entire costume and also some NEW Masks coming to debut at the Midwest Haunters Convention.
Rusty of SPFX Masks fills all of us in on the newest items on the current show of Rotting Flesh Radio, and you can also check out their website for more on these perfect masks for the 2006 Haunting Season. http://www.spfxmasks.com.
Rotting Flesh Radio NEW Website Coming
With the wonderful addition of HauntedHouse.com and HauntedHouseRadio.com, Rotting Flesh Radio is re-vamping our website. We will be launching the new re-vamp on APril 21st. This NEW Addition will have a great structure to it that is easy to navigate and find great features such as: Links to HauntedHouse.com and HauntedHouseRadio.com, Ways you can contact The Doctor, How to Record your very own R.F.R. Spot right through the site and even the much asked about past casts archives page.
In addition, Right now you can Record your own R.F.R. Spot and also get a direct link to HauntedHouse.com and HauntedHouseRadio.com from our site in a small step towardsour growing partnership with them.
DVD Review: Marebito
Director Takashi ShimizuRated R
After directing and redirecting the same film for the last few years Director Takashi Shimizu spent a little time in between various Ju-on and Grudge sequels to tell a quiet but disturbing film about a man who seeks out terror. In Marebito, Masuoka (Shinya Tsukamoto), is a camera man who apparently freelances to news stations and film crews all over the city and in his spare time wanders the streets filming things looking for something that will interest or terrify him. At the start of the film he tells us he sees truth through the viewfinder of his camera. While shooting for a documentary he happens across a man committing suicide in a subway station. While reviewing the video Masuoka sees a terror in the mans eyes that he wants to feel himself and soon the desire consumes him and sends him back to the subway. After some exploring he finds himself in a subterranean world left behind after WWII. Along his journey he’s warned not only by a homeless man to leave but also the ghost of the man who he recorded killing himself just a few days before.
Despite this Masuoka continues till he finds a deep underground cavern and in it a mysterious woman who has been chained down and stripped naked. Feeling he has found a underground dweller he takes her home and proceeds to take care of her much like a pet. However he soon finds out that she thirsts for much more than he’s anticipated and begins killing to bring her the blood she needs to survive sending him farther and farther away from his sanity.
With this film Shimizu has proven that he’s not just a one trick pony. For the last several years He has been making and remaking his wildly popular Ju-on Films including its American counterpart, The Grudge. In fact Shimizu is currently filming the sequel to the American version in Japan. Marebito is a slow burn of a film that makes the viewer question what reality is by successfully switching between Masuoka’s handheld video and 35 mm film providing us with tantalizing glimpses of the main characters loosening grip on reality. Shimizu flips between the two visions seamlessly and makes it work, a task that many others have tried to do and failed miserably. The relationship between Masuoka and the woman he finds is presented here much like a man who feels sorry for a lost animal and takes it in. He tries his best to take care of her needs but in his obsession to satisfy her he begins taking the lives of people women on the street and bleeding them dry. It almost seems suggested that this woman has some power over Masuoka but this is not explored.
The biggest flaws with this movie will be the unanswered questions it will leave you with. While this no doubt was intentional it still may annoy the hell out of some viewers. More information regarding Masuoka is suggested but never fully explored or answered. On top of that Masuoka receives a few phone calls from someone who presumably is also an underground dweller. This is suggested further by the appearance of a tall man in a black coat in hat several times throughout the picture but again never explained. The physical appearance of the woman is one of beauty. We’re made to assume this woman is more animal than human and has been living in an underground world her entire life yet she has very shiny and well kept hair and a stunning body! Even with all the questions this film will no doubt stick with you after it ends. By the way this is all in Japanese with subtitles so if you don’t like to read then move along.
3 ½ out of 5 bloody axes.
DVD Review: House of 9
DVD Review: House of
Director Steven R. Monroe
Burrowing heavily from Saw 1 & 2 as well as Agatha Christie, House of 9 puts us into the familiar situation of 9 strangers who wake up locked in a house with no possible means of escape. The difference being that we’re apparently in London and in a mansion with marble floors, a nice stereo complete with CD library, and a full bar. After all the 9 strangers wake up and wander out of the beds they are all told via speaker that they have all been chosen to be there and that they are being watched. Much like jigsaw in the Saw films the host here also wants to play a game. The last person alive will walk out the front door with 5 million dollars.
Without much ado the personalities in the room start to clash. The players include a female junkie, a Irish priest played by Dennis Hopper, a married couple, a club girl, a wannabe British rapper, an American cop, a French fashion designer and a wholesome chorus girl. As time goes by the group are provided with increasing less food and higher temperatures. Before long tempers flare and our 9 strangers start to get picked off one by one. The whole time the action gets switched between security cameras to 35 mm film and even gives us the requisite twist ending.
House of 9 does work on some levels and presents a pretty decent conflict between the characters that quickly spirals out of control. However we’ve all seen this before and in this version of the story we don’t get any inventive deaths and Jigsaw never shows to liven up the festivities. In Saw II the characters decent into murder seemed much more human in comparison to what happens here. The characters themselves are never given much backstory and while the host suggests they are all there for a reason this reason is never once brought up during the course of the film and none of the character disclose much more than a name and occupation to identify themselves. Two of the characters discuss seeing each other a few years before at a party yet never do they or anyone else question the relevance of that information. Instead they spend time arguing, trying to break out and finally get drunk and party. Thereafter the killings begin and never a eyebrow is raised as to if anyone is who they really say they are or why they are all in this situation.
The film pretty much goes off by the numbers and ends with the requiste twist ending that explains nothing and simply ends the movie. Director Steven Monroe does a decent job of directing here and even pulls off the tricky aspect of switching between film and security camera video that the host is apparently watching. House of 9 is simply put, is a rip off of Saw 2 that doesn’t provide any of the guilty pleasures or satisfaction of that film. While the pacing of the film is good and the actors are believeable it still can’t pull off what Saw did and fails at giving us a story that will satisfy the viewer in the end. Skip this one and Watch Saw 2 again.
2 out of 5 blood axes
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