October 26, 2014

Yeti Hideout's 31 Days of Horror: Week 4

In honor of Halloween, I've been selecting one horror movie a day for my Twitter and Instagram pages.
 
Here are the selections for the fourth week:
 

Incredibly strange revenge story that has amazing NYC atmosphere, kooky background characters and some pretty impressive make-up effects! The evil vet, Dr. Kutter, is one of my favorite characters of all time. I use this film as a litmus test for initiating new friends. Will YOU pass the test?
 
Now available on Blu-ray from Something Weird Video.
 
 
Vincent Price's magnum opus! This amazing black comedy allowed him the opportunity to don unique costumes and make-up in what has to be considered his best performance. The special "guest victims" are just as incredible and hilarious, especially Coral Browne and the fabulous Robert Morley!
 
Now available on Region B/2 Blu-ray from Arrow Video.
 
 
This has been a fave for decades. A perfect little slice of rural horror chock full of laughs, weird scenes, a perfect soundtrack and adorable performances by Rory Calhoun and one of my top favorite character actresses, Nancy Parsons. Check out my Lego Motel Hell tribute here!
 
Now available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.
 
 
Dawn of the Dead meets Short Circuit. Lots of fun with great cameos, a fantastic synth score and a memorable exploding head! Check out my Lego Chopping Mall tribute here!
 
The Lionsgate DVD can be found on Amazon.
 
 
 
 
Eerie, dreamlike and often poetic, this odd masterpiece features a really unique atmosphere and regional feel that is unmatched. The church organ soundtrack adds to the other-worldly texture of this quiet little thriller.
 
The Criterion Collection DVD can be found on Amazon.
 
 
My favorite Dario Argento film. Haunting, beautiful, disgusting, elegant...so many adjectives can be used to describe this incredibly visual and puzzling nightmare of a movie. Features a crazy and chaotic score by Keith Emerson.
 
Now available on Blu-ray from Blue Underground.
 
 
This one doesn't seem to be discussed very much and it seems that a lot of people don't like it, but I will go out on a limb and say this is my favorite John Carpenter film. The overwhelming dread, droning score and sense of total hopelessness definitely make this one of his most memorable pieces. Certain images really stick out to me, especially the eerie and tragic mirror sequence towards the climax.
 
Now available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.

October 21, 2014

From Maniac to Mother: Remembering Divine

This past Sunday, October 19th, was Divine's 69th birthday.

Anyone who knows me is completely aware of my life-long obsession with this unique and original performer.

I wanted to share a 2009 article I wrote for Popshifter that basically sums up my fascination with the late, great actor who's popularity and influence is still growing!

"From Maniac to Mother: Remembering Divine"

I think it's important to add that I had the wonderful opportunity to work on the recent 2013 documentary, I Am Divine, as the archival researcher. You can read a bit more info about my experience here.

Just being loosely connected to Divine's life and legacy means so much to me.

October 19, 2014

Yeti Hideout's 31 Days of Horror: Week 3

In honor of Halloween, I've been selecting one horror movie a day for my Twitter and Instagram pages.

Here are the selections for the third week:


My favorite monster movie! It features a lot of great humor, stars an absolutely adorable Robert Forster and showcases a truly amazing supporting cast including Henry Silva, Robin Riker, Michael Gazzo, Dean Jagger and Sydney Lassick. My favorite sequence is the attack on the outdoor wedding! 

The Lionsgate DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.


A creepy chiller I caught on television at a young age. Once seen, you will never forget "Junior"! This is now a favorite due to the fact that it features the largest role ever for my second favorite character actor: Sydney Lassick (Divine being the first...duh!). Sydney is truly the star of this movie and is practically in every frame!

Now available on Blu-ray from Scorpion Releasing.

This selection may surprise a few people, but I find it really scary and it is basically a slasher movie with three ugly sharks as the killers. It's full of surprises, laughs and is often incredibly mean-spirited! Plus Thomas Jane is so hot that he will make your pants explode. This deserves a larger cult following.

Now available on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video.


Not quite sure what to say about this one except that it is unforgettable!

The Retro Shock-O-Rama Cinema DVD can be found on Amazon.





For my thoughts on this film, click here to read an article I wrote for the amazing website, Kindertrauma.

The MGM DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.



One Dark Night, 1983

Strange and spooky "spend the night in a mausoleum" tale featuring a good cast (including E.G. Daily!), fun special effects and some really scary cadavers on the loose!

The Shriek Show DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.


For my thoughts on this film, click here to read an article I wrote for the amazing website, Kindertrauma.

The film is currently not available on DVD and can only be found on VHS. Expensive, used copies can be found on Amazon.

October 17, 2014

"I, Margot"

Today is the 66th birthday of one of my favorite actresses: Margot Kidder.

Back in the mid-1990s, I created a photography art piece where I took frames from Black Christmas (1974) and recreated them using myself dressed as her character, Barb.

The project was called, "I, Margot".

October 15, 2014

Daydreaming about Mrs. Voorhees

I was having a discussion with my friend Ryan about our mutual love of Eartha Kitt. We started talking about the idea of, "What if Eartha played Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th?"

No doubt, she would have been fabulous. I had to create a Photoshop-ed pic of this concept and I think it came out purrrr-fect!

October 12, 2014

Yeti Hideout's 31 Days of Horror: Week 2

In honor of Halloween, I've been selecting one horror movie a day for my Twitter and Instagram pages.

Here are the selections for the second week:

Madman, 1982

One of my top favorite slasher movies. For my thoughts on this film, click here to read a previous post from my blog.

The Code Red and Anchor Bay DVDs are currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.

It is also streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.


One of Paul Bartel's best! For my thoughts on this film, click here to read an article I wrote for Turner Classic Movies.

The Warner Bros. DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.

It is also streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Terrifying. Made even more chilling and unforgettable thanks to Charles Bernstein's eerie score. Barbara Hershey is great in a brave, difficult role. The final scene is a moment I have never forgotten.

Now available on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay.


Death Game, 1977

While not officially a "horror" film, I'll take any opportunity to recommend this nutso thriller. It's absolutely incredible and the less known about it the better! I force everyone I know to watch it. The ending is unforgettable.

The VCI DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.

The Pit, 1981

This one is nuts and kind of a mess, but it's fun, strange and hilarious. The novelization - Teddy by John Gault - is incredible, so if you can lay your hands on a copy you better snatch it up immediately!

The Anchor Bay DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.

American Gothic, 1988

Fun backwoods horror with a terrific cast, great sets/production design, moody locations and a very satisfying twist ending.

The Trinity Home Entertainment DVD can be found on Amazon.



Hell Night, 1981

This one has the honor of traumatizing me at an early age when I caught an airing on television. Incredibly atmospheric, fun and likeable characters and a truly terrifying maniac. Features some really effective jump scares!

The Anchor Bay DVD is currently out print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.

October 5, 2014

Yeti Hideout's 31 Days of Horror: Week 1

In honor of Halloween, I've been selecting one horror movie a day for my Twitter and Instagram pages.

Here are the selections for the first week:

The Innocents, 1961

Beautiful and chilling with an elegant, layered performance by Deborah Kerr. Gorgeous photography and some truly eerie sequences that you will never forget.

Now available on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.



The definition of "spooky" with a great, frazzled performance by Zohra Lampert.

Now available on MOD DVD from the Warner Archive Collection.





This one is totally bananas. I won't spoil any of the surprises, so try and seek this one out.

The Anchor Bay DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.





I don’t hear this film discussed very much. Great atmosphere permeated by a real sense of dread.

The Code Red DVD is currently out of print, but used copies can be found on Amazon.



Goofy, creepy and a lot of fun. Features a terrific cast, amazing monsters and a totally unconventional leading lady.

The Lucky 13-Cult Collectibles DVD is currently out of print.