Friday, April 18, 2014

Independent Film Reviews: Serial Killer Culture(Available Now)

I am a fan of Music, Movies & Books and have quite the collection myself never would I have thought that there is a collector base for serial killers--the thought blew my mind the witnessing of such collections actually scared me to be honest.
Who am I to judge what a person keeps in their home/collections we have enough of that from big brother of our governments telling us what light bulbs to use etc.
But when it comes to the killer(s)benefiting from their "celebrity" of sorts like John Wayne Gacy's painting above from John Borowski's collection(the director of this film)I do have a problem with that.
The fascinating aspect of this documentary is that John allows us to just hear the person speaking instead of getting into too much detail that can easily lose your audience this is captivating stuff as much as they claim not to endorse the killers doings they know an awful lot about them almost as they are serial killer profilers for the FBI which I found almost as scary as the killers they speak of.
For me liking my music and movies etc they are an art form, so I wonder what can having a killers painting on your wall bring you any kind of enjoyment or peace in your life, knowing that they ended someones life and yet are able to go on with their life with some help from the outside world?
The only part of the film that I can state that I actually enjoyed is when they speak to David Van Gough(above)he has more of an outside vision looking in and has some deeper retrospect on the whole subject I just found what he had to say was less creepy and more informative on things.
This did take me two days to watch as the constant mention of what these killers did to their victims bothered me , John Wayne Gacy, Albert Fish , Charles Manson etc.

Speaking outside of what the film is about I do applaud John for making something out of the ordinary , not something flashy or cruel either he does not show many pictures etc, this is just something these people do and so be it I know for certain I would never want any of the artifacts that any of these people have in their homes in mine--at all.

It did the work well and also was respectful enough to not go into too much detail on some things except when we follow a small group in Milwaukee for the Dahmer tours , boggles my mind again even though I am a huge fan of horror movies and heavy metal -they are entertainment --but this is reliving what another human did to another human being that's creepier than any film.
Ed Gein had characters made after him Norman Bates(Psycho) & Leatherface(Texas Chainsaw Massacre)that much I do know and was surprised that this aspect was not covered here, but thats another film I guess.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Once Upon A Movie Review: Knights Of Badassom(Available Now)

So there is a book that holds a secret spell that can release demons/spirits from the never world very much like that of "The Evil Dead"(slightly)with a lot more camp(yes they camp for real).
This is a live action role playing film where they accidentally release a demon from hell.

Early on Joe(left)gets dumped by his girlfriend Beth and there starts a typical Hollywood breakup and his buddies get him high and drunk trying to forget her, they then try to include him in their adventures of knighthood.
When his buddy Eric(Steve Zahn) reads a passage from the book there releases a succubus from hell that resembles his ex-girlfriends Beth.
Starting out the young woman is mistaken for a Vampire Larper-this is a live action roleplay ,but this has now turned for real their is no playing any longer.
Upon opening the book again  thinking they might be killing the succubus, instead they just make her transform into the creature above. The monster goes on a killing spree for a while and then has a battle with the "Knights of Badassom" to the death.
This was a good romp of a film while I enjoyed it I was hoping for more this almost tried to hard to be like a "Shaun of the Dead" style of film but it misses the mark. I did enjoy it but not as much as some of the other films I have seen of recent months.

6 out of 10

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, April 11, 2014

CD Review: Lacuna Coil-Broken Crown Halo(Released April 1st, 2014)Century Media Records

I must apologize for the delayed review-the reasoning for that is at first listen I was not too fond of the album , but upon a few listens to this it has grown on me. This is a harder album to review than "Dark Adrenaline" that was a fantastic album strong and rocking.
The best song on the album for me is "Die & Rise", this has a great riff and chorus.

The lyric video for it is below:

There was a parting of the ways of some of the members earlier this year and this is the statement below that they had released in Feb of this year.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you today: Our two brothers Cris 'Pizza' Migliore [guitar]

 and Cristiano 'CriZ' Mozzati [drums] have decided to retire from LACUNA COIL

Both Pizza and CriZ have had big changes impact their lives recently. We know how stressful and difficult it can be to balance both real life and the life of a professional touring musician, and we have nothing but total respect for their decisions to focus on their families and lives at home.
"We have such incredible memories of traveling and exploring the world together with Pizza and CriZ, and we want to wish them both all the best as they begin these exciting new chapters in their lives. We will never forget the important roles they played in this band, or the incredible times we shared together. THANK YOU, PIZZA AND CRIZ! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!"
Says Pizza: "After over 16 years spent with the LACUNA COIL family, I decided to move on and begin a new chapter in my life. This hasn't been an easy decision, as you can imagine, but I felt like I needed to change some things around.
"I'm glad and honored that I've had the chance to be able to embark on such an amazing adventure, with such wonderful people as 'travel companions!' I will never forget my time in LACUNA COIL and I wish my sister and brothers all the best for whatever the future may bring.
"I'm sure you understand! I would also really like to thank every single one of you for showing such amazing love and support for a small band from Milan, Italy, who would've never thought would become what it has during these incredible 16 years. Thank you all and enjoy this last record we did with me and CriZ as part of the lineup — it's some of the best music we've done and I'm sure you'll love it! Keep on rockin'!!"
CriZ states: "As many of you guys and gals know, during this last year lots of very important things happened in my life — something really amazing, and deep enough to make me sit in front of my laptop to write these bittersweet words...
"I'm leaving my 'second family' LACUNA COIL because I need this change in my life... this hasn't been an easy decision at all and I've come to it with pain in my heart, because together we laughed and cried; we fought and gave all our lives to this amazing band. Together we lived the dream for 16 wonderful, intense and unforgettable years. All you guys around the world gave me such positive and sincere vibes and emotions that will stay embedded in my heart for the rest of my life! I want to say thank you Coilers, friends, crew, partners, and people that listen to our music for being such an inspiration for me. To my brothers and sis I'd like to say the following: Never stop to kicking asses, you sure know how to!
"The new record is the best thing we've done together. I have put all my passion and feelings into it and I'm sure you'll love it. I'll never stop playing drums — as we all know, if you were born with rock inside your veins, you'll die with it... and this is what I will do. Take care and stay Coilers!"

So onward they go I am sure the trek will be less somewhat without the members that have decided to move on but I am sure they will find new members and move forward as usual and tour as well.Below is their lyric video for "Nothing Stands in our Way", the lead song and the first single from the album.

The album overall is lacking a certain something but is enjoyable all the same this band has been doing this for many a year.

"One Cold Day" starts out with a haunting melody that almost sounds like a lullaby and has some of the better vocals of the album, great bassline throughout the song.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Press Release:The Asylum & Animal Planet Team Up For Terror With "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"

PRESS RELEASE: "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

Looking to get in on the campy "Sharknado" phenomenon, Animal Planet
has set its own horror film from The Asylum -- the same people behind
"Sharknado" -- called "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys," set
to premiere this Memorial Day weekend.
The two-hour scripted movie stars Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") and Jason Brooks ("Days of Our Lives"), and is directed by James Cullen Bressack ("Pernicious"). Doherty and company battle lampreys -- eel-like fish with huge teeth and funnel-shaped mouths -- after they slide their way into the city's sewer system and start terrorizing the residents of a small Michigan town.

Brooks plays Michael, a fish and wildlife expert who moves to the town
with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor,
Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its attacking fish problem.
("River Monsters" star Jeremy Wade also makes a cameo.)

But with these blood-suckers on the loose, the town's residents
quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool or routine trip to the
toilet can turn deadly as the lampreys hunt for their next victim.

The logline states, "There is absolutely nowhere to run, and no one is safe."

"Blood Lake" will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m. as part of the
network's third annual "Monster Week" (actually nine days long)
programming block.

Other Monster Week specials include "Man-Eating Zombie Cats" -- about
big cats with a thirst for human blood -- and a quest to find a giant
crocodile tormenting a village in "Nature's Most Wanted."