July 29, 2010

Horror & Me pt 2

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on how it began...

OK, the the anecdote goes something like this, it was 1986, our neighbors across the street, some kids a bit older than me, invited my sister to watch Halloween... me, because of my age wasn't invited.

So after a tantrum, my mom gave me the option: "You can rent a horror film, but you'll also rent a kid's film"

The big deal it was, mainly because back in those days, Channel 5 (owned by Televisa) used to schedule horror films every Friday night, somewhat edited for TV (in most cases they only cut out nudity, not the gore or the violence)

The first hunt to one of the near independent video stores ended with Carrie & The Care Bears Movie as the memorable first rentals of this family deal

Soon enough I was only renting horror, and after a few months, I was lucky enough to rent Halloween, when a department store that nowadays only sells clothes and some accessories had a video store: Suburbia (insert Pet Shop Boys soundtrack)

Now, a confession, I don't own a copy of Halloween, and I actually don't think is the perfection of film that most claim, that Carpenter guy really gets away with so many plot holes... but I like it, and may own it soon, really soon

July 28, 2010

Horror & Me pt 1

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The first post about my long relationship with horror will set the social-historic frame...

Living in a country so close to the US, but being the borderline of Region 4 (DVD speaking) back in the early 80's, when the horror bug bite me, wasn't the best setting to watch the classic, cult or blockbuster horror films, even in the bloom of the VHS era.

Back then, Televisa (the monopoly of media)owned the main chain of video stores: Video Centro, and the suburbia version: Video Vision. As a monopoly, they owned the distribution rights from the major movie studios with their Video Visa label (hey, they already owned rights for cinema distribution, so why to let someone else eat from the big cake?)

The only big competition for Video Visa was Videomax (and thanks someone it still exists), so most horror films were distributed by this brands, but there were also a lot of short-lived independent distributors, with the same amount of small and independent video stores.

This spread the video horror offer through so many different labels, and also through a hunting-chase in different video stores, to made a good horror rental, or at least a fun one.

This was the cause that many horror franchises were spread around the town, and sometimes it was impossible to keep track, and watch the films in the correct order... from the vault of my brain I can remember:

Friday the 13th was never available in VHS, it actually was released for the first time (on DVD) last year, but from part 2 to part 8, it was distributed by Video Visa, part 9 was offered by Videomax.

The first 4 chapters on the A Nightmare on Elm Street saga were also from Video Visa (via the CBS deal, I own part 4 on this VHS, also as a side note, the box for part 3 had the ugly cover of Freddy surrounded by Will's green magic rays)... 5 & 6 were Videomax... New Nightmare, I don't remember right now

The most fun/rare case was the Sleepaway Camp trilogy, part 1 was released in it's beautiful original art by Video Visa... Part 2 & 3 were released by different independent labels; for part 2 a pic from Angela's cabin with all the dead bodies was used, but for part 3 not only a really weird pic of a guy in a hockey mask with a a neon green background was used as the cover art work, it was re-titled as 'Martes 13: Día de Sangre', as I mentioned, since Friday the 13th was never released in VHS I rented it thinking it was the 1980's Jason-less classic, but no, it was Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland!!!

So back in the day, I started to rent horror films, at the tender age of 8 [:)]

I was able to watch, thanks to diverse offer of distributors, tons of horror films from all over the globe... I still have some notebooks where I kept rack of all my rental!

And now with the DVD technology, and a new batch of distributors (Video Visa is officially dead, almost all major studios release their own films as in the rest of the world), I can own some of those oldies and the new features: cheap or big budget, crappy or classic...

I <3 horror, I live horror!

July 27, 2010

Intellego goes horror

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The First Ever Billy Loves Stu Meme for Horror Bloggers

1: In Ten Words or Less, Describe Your Blog:

Regio 0 Zombie social blog born-again-horror

2: During What Cinematic Era Where you Born?

F: The Halloween Era (Late 70's to Early 80's) 1978!!! is that Halloween enough???

3: The Carrie Compatibility Question:

nah! Carrie was meant to be alone, no man or woman

4: You have been given an ungodly amount of money, and total control of a major motion picture studio - what would your dream Horror project be?

I've it in mind, and it would be a savage bloody fight between evil forces...

5: What horror film "franchise" that others have embraced, left you cold?

Hellraiser, the first 3 are good, but how in the unholy cenobite's name they fucked up the series so hard, using trash-bin scripts...

6: Is Michael Bay the Antichrist?

No... he's part of the American dream, let him be

7: Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Frankenstein Monster - which one of these classic villains scares you, and why?

The Wolf Man, I guess, he looks like a dangerous puppy...

8: Tell me about a scene from a NON HORROR Film that scares the crap out of you:

The only thing that really, really scares me are the sudden on-screen image of a clown (like Poltergeist, Zombieland) so no NON HORROR scare so far...

9: Baby Jane Hudson invites you over to her house for lunch. What do you bring?

Rats and ice-cream!

10: So, between you and me, do you have any ulterior motives for blogging? Come, on you can tell me, it will be our little secret, I won't tell a soul.

I barely blog... I've neglected intellego so bad :(

11: What would you have brought to Rosemary Woodhouse's baby shower?

A loaded gun, holly water and something kosher

12: Godzilla vs The Cloverfield Monster, who wins?

The Cloverfield Monster... CGI bets the crap out of rubber

13: If you found out that Rob Zombie was reading your blog, what would you post in hopes that he read it?

"Sherri Moon 4 ever!!!"

14: What is your favorite NON HORROR FILM, and why?

A tie between Cabaret & Chicago... musicals are the best next thing!!! but by the Bob Fosse factor, Cabaret wins

15: If blogging technology did not exist, what would you be doing?

The same as I do now... keeping a lot to myself