Friday, 10 October 2014

SLAYER LIVE AT WACKEN 2014

Just managed to catch this little doozy on youtube, and while I live in the southern hemisphere and it hurts to miss out on shows this cool, I feel much better knowing that people are recording shows like this in HD vision and sound. (I have to say the sound came through rather quietly so I'm thinking i'll remaster the sound myself with a volume boost and put it back on youtube ... maybe) 

I must also confess it has been a few years since since I have seen Slayer live, and its good to see them smash out an 'old school' set , while I quite like the song "God Hates Us All" it just sounds lame when played alongside Slayer classics like "Post Mortem" "Black Magic" "The Antichrist" and of course the mating calls of metal heads every where "Raining Blood" and "Angel of Death" ...... Tom Arayas' voice sounds like it's starting to revert back to the 80's sound that made me fall in love with the band, and he even attempted a few of the high pitch screams in "The Antichrist" something I have not heard in 20+ years of obsessively listening to everything Slayer related. This is the best possible Slayer set list I could jam into 45 minutes, and barring Jeff Hanneman rising from the grave and Tom Araya shaving that stupid beard off.


Well done guys ..... I hope that this set is a sign of things to come

Here, my friends is the video in full for your beer drinking, hell-rockin' thrashing pleasure!







Friday, 3 October 2014

BRAIN DEAD (Dead Alive)


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This I would have to say is my all time fave zombie movie. It combines over the top zombie horror with some genuinely funny moments that that make you almost wet yourself laughing. I remember seeing this around the time it got released on VHS, and even today it still holds up well and gets a once a year or so run on my viewing cycle.

This of course is an early piece from director Peter Jackson who went on to direct the Lord of the Rings Trilogy,,,, but this is an entirely different piece, no big budget or major studio special effects here, this is B grade horror, gutter level humor and DIY budget to the core. It's cheaply made but very captivating and enjoyable the whole way through. And there in lies its charm.

The plot focuses in on some explorers that find a rare Sumatran Monkey Rat, a horrible creature whose bite will turn people into zombies and from then on,  the gore and hilarity ensues. There's even a romantic subplot in this one revolving around main protagonist Lionel, his lady love interest Paquita and his overbearing mother. Brilliant one liners follow one after another combining with the 'innocent B grade' feel of this movie to make it a classic of the gore genre.

While the gore is pretty over the top I think the hilarity of the movie makes it pretty easy to take (barring a couple of squeamish moments) and might even appeal to your non gore-fiend friends (admit it, you have a couple of them)  if even as just a reference to what Peter Jackson was doing before Lord of the Rings.

I managed to find a link to you tube with the entire movie streaming  so check it out and if you manage to see a hard copy of the film ... buy it!



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Friday, 26 September 2014

SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER

Anyone with an interest in the macabre and heavy music will of course be familiar with Alice Cooper. The original shock rocker, heavy metal musician and theatrical pioneer.

This little doco is quite unique in the way it focus' in on the childhood of Vincent Furnier the child who would grow up to take on the personality of Alice Cooper. There are some nice (and creepy) little insights into his child hood and how the personality of Alice came about (I won't spoil it here) and more importantly how Vincents' personality got taken over by self destructive entity that was Alice Cooper, and even more importantly how Vincent was finally able to peacefully co-exist with the personality he created.

There is of course the usual commentary on how the band came about, as well as the obilgatory tales of rock and roll excess, but the story telling in this DVD is almost magic, in both a personal way and in the way it has been edited together combining old footage and photos. The photo's and video have been combined to make it visually appealing for a generation used to much more complex CGI and big explosions, which I guess takes inspiration from Alices' love of art as well as music. Combined these factors create a captivating viewing experience quite unlike any rock doco I've ever seen before.

I am of course a fan of Alice Cooper but I'd like to think this doco would translate well beyond the fans of the band and would be interesting to anyone with an interest in the 60's or rock and roll in general and how it mutated in to heavy metal.





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Thursday, 25 September 2014

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)



This now legendary icon of cinematic gore, was originally released in 1980 or sometime around then, this movie was from what I hear banned in more places than it was allowed to be shown. I have to say it's one of the more extreme films ever created in terms of gore and violence for both its time and even now, it still manages to curdle the blood.

Based on the story of a group of journalists who have some footage of collegues who have gone missing in the south american jungle they too venture in after them to research the indigenous tribes and figure out what happened to their friends. They end up making complete assholes of themselves instead and incur the anger of the local cannibal population.

There has been some speculation as to wether or not gore scenes in this film are real and Italian director Reggero Deodato even got arrested on obscenity charges and then later released upon further investigation. Either way the budget filming techniques and realistic violence and sadism really to make this one seem pretty realistic. Sadism and cruelty abound. This is not one for the faint hearted as scenes of real animal violence and some graphic rape scenes really push the boundaries

Different people will have different opinions on this film. If you're a horror fan its worth watching, but I don't think its the most outsanding film ever. By the time the film is done you're left feeling almost beaten up and worn out. It has some interesting social commentary as well on the how far civilised man has or hasn't progressed.





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