Monday, December 22, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 38


Episode 38: Silent Night Deadly Night Fan Commentary


Its that time of the year to start killing folks while dressed as Santa, so Steve and Dana watch the Christmas favorite and give their commentary which could be called.... Naughty.





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Monday, December 15, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 37


Episode 37: Tusk


This time Dana and Steve talk about some Black Friday pickups and watch a few movies including Desperado, on her majesty's secret service, vuglar, and Kevin Smith's new film Tusk.!





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Friday, December 5, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Freddy vs Krampus


December 5th, 2014

CK and The B Plan join you again this week with a rundown of all of the latest horror news over the last few weeks, give you a deaducation on conventions that use the term 'Once in a Lifetime' too much and discuss the art of 'shooting your wad' when it comes to DVD studios. All of this plus Steve's plumbing problems, the DEADPIT crew's Thanksgiving escapades and MUCH MUCH MORE this week on everyone's favorite horror show, DEADPIT Radio!!



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 36


Episode 36: Late Halloween


This time we go on a road trip to Skyline Drive and watch Night of the Living Dead,Evil Dead, and City of the Living Dead. We get wild for Halloween and review the new Raw Force Blu-Ray!!





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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Radio Show update

Unfortunately due to some scheduling issues we weren't able to get together to do a show this week however we are planning a LIVE show on Black Friday so stay tuned here on the website and or the DEADPIT Facebook page for details!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Ash VS The Evil Dead


November 14th, 2014

After a one week hiatus DEADPIT returns this week with The Creepy Kentuckian and The B-Plan talking all of the latest horror news to hit since Halloween, including the big news on the Evil Dead TV show featuring the return of Bruce Campbell. Plus: Saw's rerelease bombing, Hellraiser remake news, Eli Roth's career still being shelved and MUCH MUCH MORE!!



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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pumpkinead II: Blood Wings (1994)- Scream Factory Blu-ray






Revenge Never Dies! And with that tagline, we all bear witness to yet another film that seems completely clueless as to what made its predecessor so memorable. No, in Pumpkinhead II, we get Punky Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye), the dude from ROTLD 3 (I refuse to learn his name), Amy Dolenz, and, inexplicably, Andrew Robinson of Hellraiser and Dirty Harry fame.

The first Pumpkinhead was a moral tale, an allegory if you will, about the cost of vengeance. In that film, the bereaved father goes to a witch to help him exact vengeance on the kids he think murdered his son. In this film, well, I still really have no idea why the teens decided to perform a cult ritual to bring back the aforementioned vengeance demon, other than the fact they were bored. Needless to say, the old hag from the first film is back in this one, but she is really just a needless prop who is injured within the first five minutes of her appearance. Instead, she flails around in a hospital bed  whenever Pumpkinhead kills a victim. So, again, a really good use of a pivotal character from the first film... My biggest problem with this film isn't the cast- it's actually the horrible makeup effects, sets, and general look of the film. I was really confused when I noticed that KNB effects were behind recreating the monster here because it really resembles a giant Boglen. More so than the look of the creature is the way it is filmed. Whereas in the original Stan Winston was sparse and calculated with what he showed of the creature, it's clear that director Jeff Burr was told that Pumpkinhead must chew up the scenery. In showcasing the monster here, the audience also sees, in detail, all of it's clumsy, disjointed flaws. Instead of appearing menacing and dangerous, Pumpkinhead just appears goofy.

So, in summation, no real story here to speak. The film has the basic set up of a slasher with the role of Jason going to Pumpkinhead. No vision, no interesting kills, no budget, and nothing that adds even a little comedic insight.

Scream Factory has brought this classic to us all in an amazing transfer that would be worthy of a film like, oh I don't know- Phantasm or Suspiria. Instead we now all have an amazing edition of Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings complete with special features including:

Interview with director Jeff Burr
Recreating the Monster Featurette with Greg Nicotero, Gino Crognale, and Actor Mark McCracken.

The Dark Half (1993) Blu-ray: Scream Factory Collector's Edition

 
In the grand canon of forgotten Stephen King adaptations, George Romero's "The Dark Half" ranks near the top. The real travesty here is that it also happens to be a really good film. Rumor has it that around this time Romero had been busy working on Monkey Shines and thought he would eventually be doing the adaptation of "Pet Semetary" rather than this film. As such, he was said to have been not as committed as he should have been to the project. Honestly, I can't imagine either this film or 'Semetary' being directed by anyone else.

Thad Beaumont (the often forgotten but talented Timothy Hutton) is a small town college professor teaching creative writing. He's career as a writer seems stalled until we discover that he ghost writes a series of crime novels about a ruthless madman named George Stark. We learn through a series of flashbacks that when he was younger, Beaumont had an operation to remove a partially developed twin that had grown in his brain. In the spirit of Jekyll and Hyde, the twin comes out as the 'dark half' of Beaumont and causes chaos for the professor and his family.

First and foremost, the best thing about this movies is undoubtedly Timothy Hutton's performance as both the good Beaumont and the sinister Stark. The makeup effects (done by John Vulich) are so subtle but effective that- mixed with Hutton's understated performance and great one liners- the same actor effectively morphs into two entirely different people. The script and delivery of the dialog, especially in the case of Stark, is spot on an terrifyingly effective. Still, one of the biggest problems with the movie is the poor casting of a central lead in the film, Beaumont's wife "Liz" played by Amy Madigan. The portrayal is very stale to the point that you don't find anything to relate to in the character, which is particularly bad here because her character should be the most sympathetic in the whole film. Otherwise, though, Michael Rooker does another fine job playing another fine cop...There are other character actors strewn throughout but nothing particularly noteworthy.

One of my personal favorite parts of this little underrated gem is the use of the forewarning "The sparrows are flying again!" to signal when Stark will make his appearance. Of course, late in the film, there has to be ham handed explanation as to why sparrows signal him, but the effect is still chilling and relatable.

Scream Factory has once again done an incredible job with the transfer here, especially noting the visual effects throughout the film. The special features are also fitting for a film that is much better than has been noted in the past.


Special Features Include:



Audio Commentary with writer/director George A. Romero
"The Sparrow are Flying Again" Featurette w/ Romero, Vulich, actor Robert Joy and more of the cast/crew.
Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes Footage
Trailer
TV Spots

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - 2014 Spooky Halloween Spooktacular


October 31st, 2014


Oh its that special time we all get SPOOKY! Join The Creepy Kentuckian and Uncle Bill this week for our THIRD annual Spooky Halloween Spooktacular as we give a full Spookilicious rundown of everything we've been doing this Halloween Season, talk about some of the latest horror news, Scream Factory's Shocktober...Musical interludes and a whole HELLUVA lot more! Also country superstar JOE DIFFIE is debuting his new song 'I Saw Enough' on this special HALLOWEEN episode, The yearly Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark reading and our plans for HALLOWEEN NIGHT all of this on a very SPOOKY edition of everyone's favorite Horror Show...DEADPIT Radio! 




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Monday, October 27, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 35


Episode 35: Rob Zombie's Halloween 2


This time we watch movies to race to Halloween with The Houses that October Built, Dracula 1931, and discuss the puzzling F@#@in Halloween 2 F@#@!





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Friday, October 24, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - The Houses October Built


October 24th, 2014

Rocktober is in full effect this week on DEADPIT Radio as we go through some of the latest happenings in the world of horror. Join CK and The B-Plan as they go through the latest horror movie news, just what is up with the Scream Factory/Night Breed debacle and all of the horror goodness the two hosts have been watching this season thus far. So sit back, shut your mouth and open your ears for the best horror talk radio show going on damn near 10 years...its DEADPIT Radio!!



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 34


Episode 34: Urethra Franklin


This time we watch way to many movies including The Tunnel, Mummy's Revenge with Paul Nashey, Horns,Asmodexia, Legend of Hell House bluray, and the new releases of Dracula Untold and Annabelle Next show hear the ugly truth of the Urethra





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Thursday, October 16, 2014

DEADPIT Live this week!!

 This week replacing the regular scheduled DEADPIT show we present DEADPIT LIVE on YouTube tomorrow night at 10pm...we may have some surprise guests join us to talk all things horror this HALLOWEEN season.  Check back here around 10pm EST for a live link, or on the DEADPIT YouTube page!  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray

 

Much has been made recently about the package design and pricing of the "Black Maria" edition of the TCM. Both the gimmick and the idea for this set is truly confounding to me, especially since a deluxe edition of this movie would seem like a no-brainer in terms of collectible holy grails. Instead, horror fans are treated to a generic, over-priced heap that only serves to tarnish the legacy of a true classic of the genre. Thankfully, there are many editions of the new 40th Ann. TCM Blu-ray, including the one disc version I'll be reviewing here, as well as a four-disc edition that won't be covered.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is rightfully lauded as one of the most disturbing, creative and realistic horror experiences ever captured on film. In this case, the old saying "captured on film" is truly accurate because I can't imagine that a film can ever again capture the true discomfort, grittiness, or dread portrayed here. From the opening voiceover into the shutter flashes and camera sound effects, the beginning of the movie foretells the doom the audience is about to bear witness. Sally Hardesty, her wheelchair-bound brother Franklin, and friends Pam, Kirk and Jerry are on a road trip to visit an old house once owned by Sally's grandfather. Along the way, they encounter a spastic and clearly disturbed hitchhiker (Ed Neal in one of the most believable and unsettling performances ever) who tells them about his family of meat butchers living in the area. Before long, the crew accidentally runs afoul of their house of horrors, inhabited by the now infamous and loveable Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen's portrayal has never come close to being matched). Before it's over, the stage- and table- is set for a dinner party that is as squirm-inducing now as it was in 1974.

There are so many good things within this film that it's hard to isolate even just a few, but I'll try. First off, Ed Neal and Jim Siedow (the Cook) don't seem at all to be acting. Each actor has such unique gestures, twitches, and pathology that it's impossible to see them as performing here. I've watched this film at least 20 times, and I can never catch either acting. Some of the other performances are slightly stilted (most notably Jerry and Kirk), but the performances of the family are seamless. The insanely labile facial expressions of The Cook as he gleefully pokes a screaming and helpless Sally are worth studying for days. Second, unlike every other sequel, remake, prequel or copy of this film, Leatherface is not portrayed here as a hulking psychopath out to stalk and slash innocent victims. Instead, he is portrayed rather child-like and reserved. The motive for his killing in this film seems to be to protect his home from unwitting kids stumbling into it. During the dinner scene, Leatherface is seen donning a makeup-smeared mask almost like a child dressing up as his mother to serve an imaginary dinner. Speaking of which, the culmination of the film-almost like a crescendo of nervous energy- is truly a thing to behold. Marilyn Burns as Sally fills the room with more mania and terror than a lunatic asylum. In fact, the ending is so hard to endure that it's almost torturous to sit through the chainsaw-waltzing end.

In preparation for the new MPI Blu-ray release, I watched every version of the film that I had available: the bare bones Pioneer DVD, the previous Dark Sky Blu-ray, and the 40th anniversary singe-disc. The Pioneer DVD is almost too dark to make out certain pivotal scenes, especially the night scenes involving Leatherface, Sally, and Franklin. The first Dark Sky Blu-ray (which I think is now OOP) is a huge improvement in terms of color correction and detail. The 40th anniversary edition, however, looks like it was filmed as recently as a few years. The colors are vivid and sharp, and there are details that I never noticed in any other edition of the film- especially details involving extras in the opening scenes and eccentricities about the family's house.

Of all the horror films I've even seen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the most unsettling. It was as if director Tobe Hooper made the film for no one, and by doing so attracted a true cult following. Every scene in the film is uncomfortable. The disabled brother Franklin is seen as an inconvenience and an annoyance to everyone, even his own sister. Today, he would most definitely either be the hero or the pitied introvert, but here is a whiny, stubborn and boorish mess. The Hitchhiker is made as unsightly as possibly, including a giant red splotch covering his face, greasy hair, and carrying a homemade animal pouch for good measure. The dialog in the film seems absolutely authentic in that it does nothing to push the film forward. Instead, the tension and atmosphere drive the movie. It's the film's incoherency and jaggedness that make it seem so real and also so irreplaceable



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Hell of the Living Dead Drunken Commentary


Our Live Drunken Commentary from last weekend is up and available to download in the fan commentary section... It's also up for free on the Deadpit Roku Channel!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Halloween Horror Picks 2014


October 10th, 2014

As Rocktober gets into full force the originators in Horror Talk Radio return from a fun weekend in Louisville to their home in Appalachia and are ready to dive head first into some Halloween Horror Goodness. The Creepy Kentuckian and Uncle Bill join you this week going through all the happenings from this past weekend's Fright Night Film Fest, how Uncle Bill almost died, the majesty of the new DEADPIT Roku Channel PLUS we go through our Halloween Horror Movie Picks for 2014, all of that and more on a very special edition of everyone's favorite horror show, DEADPIT Radio!



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 33


Episode 33: Room of Spoons


This time we check out the swinging doc The Lifestyle, the stranger within. and phantom of paradise. We take a trip to the midnight movie The Room with tons of Spoons flying around someone is going to get hurt.





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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fright Night Horror Weekend 2014, Site updates and more!


Hope everyone has had a great weekend, we are now home after an eventful one in Louisville's Galt House Rivue Tower for the 2014 Fright Night Halloween Horror Show!  It was so awesome seeing some familiar faces in addition to new ones!   I have found a couple of pictures of the DEADPIT guys at the show and thought I would post them on here and thank everyone again for coming out to the Hell of the Living Dead Drunken Commentary on Friday Night. That particular commentary should be up featured on the Fan Commentary section by the end of the week, and should also be featured on the DEADPIT Universe Roku channel very soon.

   


We also wanted to update you all with some website news, I've received some messages regarding a couple of past shows that won't download or have dead links.  I have fixed the January 2008 and February 2008 shows that had dead links.  As well as our show from last year with Buddy Cooper of 'The Mutilator'.  

Also a special thanks from CK to all of those who have contributed their Ultraviolet and VuDu codes to his digital library, CK recently passed the 1500 plus movie mark and wanted to thank you all for your contributions!  

Friday, October 3, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Welcome To Fright Night 2014


October 3rd, 2014

CK and the B-Plan open up the Halloween season by chiming in just hours before the 2014 Fright Night Film Fest begins in Louisville KY. The duo goes through the guest lineup this year, the sights, sounds and eats of Downtown Louisville and much more. Also we go through the weeks horror news, upcoming Blu-Ray releases this month, What Eli Roth will do when CK texts him and more this week on an pre-convention episode of DEADPIT Radio!



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tutorial: How to add the DEADPIT Universe Roku Channel


Here's a tutorial on how to add the DEADPIT Universe Roku Channel, which as of right now is a private channel. If you're interested in purchasing a Roku please follow the link below, by purchasing from this page this not only gets you the best deal online for a Roku Streaming Device, it also puts a little change in our pockets! http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=Roku&linkCode=ur2&tag=deadpithorror-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=CUMK4V6EIERINAIV

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet DEADPIT Radio at Fright Night Film Fest this weekend!!

We at DEADPIT hope everyone can join us for the ONLY convention appearance we are doing in 2014.

 This weekend, October 3-5 you can relive the past at FRIGHT NIGHT FILM FEST in Louisville, Kentucky!! They are taking atmosphere and prices back to 2009 and the guest list is nothing but old school horror with the likes of Doug Bradley of Hellraiser, Ken Foree of 'Dawn of the Dead', a Halloween 5 reunion, a Nightmare On Elm Street Dream Warriors reunion and much more!!

Check out the website http://www.frightnightfilmfest.com for all the guests, We've also attached the event poster done by Scream Factory's Nathan Thomas Milliner.

The Creepy Kentuckian, Uncle Bill and The B Plan will be there on Friday and Saturday only!!  We will keep you posted on the status of the midnight movie commentary once we learn more but stay tuned to http://www.deadpit.com for more details!  

Friday, September 26, 2014

DEADPIT Live 9-26-2014

DEADPIT Radio Horror's Most Controversial Moments


September 26th, 2014

DEADPIT Radio returns this week debuting the brand new DEADPIT.com and kicking off the first of two shows today on the website. This first one features The Creepy Kentuckian and Uncle Bill in all of their hick-dick glory! A long winded discussion on the horror genre's most controversial moments ever. Plus the thrillbillies go into a recent only controversy with a certain website's pricing error on the year's most must own Blu-Ray set! All of this and more on the most MUST LISTEN show of the entire year, here on DEADPIT.COM!



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Monday, September 22, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 32


Episode 32: Prom Sex


This week Dana and Steve learn about sexual freedom in Denmark and Germany in the hairy 1970's. Plus we review and gush over the Prom Night Blu-ray from Synapse Films!





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Friday, September 19, 2014

DEADPIT Radio with Ken Daniels of Fright Night Film Fest


September 19th, 2014

DEADPIT Radio returns this week for an old school style 2 hour edition featuring CK, UB and The B-Plan. We go through the week's horror news and have a lengthy discussion with convention promoter Ken Daniels of FandomFest/Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville Kentucky. All of this plus news on the new DEADPIT website debuting NEXT WEEK!!



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pumpkinhead (1988)- Scream Factory Blu-Ray SE

  Historically speaking, the death of children in film has been frowned upon. However, such is the set up for one of the more memorable creature films of all time.

Lance Henriksen plays 'Ed Harley', who appears to be a dirt farmer in the middle of indistinct Appalachia. His young son happens upon a group of stereotypical "you ain't from around here" teens who decide to ride dirt bikes for leisure. When one of the bikers recklessly hits and kills the boy, Harley can only try to revive him in vain. As it happens, these parts are home to a witch named Haggis who can summon a vengeance demon. Harley visits her in one of the more memorable scenes in the film, as she forewarns him about the consequences of summoning the unstoppable force of Pumpkinhead. Once the demon has been conjured, Harley realizes that he has made a mistake and attempts to put the creature to rest, but evil never dies!!!

'Pumpkinhead' is a film that truly centers around the design of the title character, and this is understandable since the film features master FX artist Stan Winston in his directorial debut. Henriksen is noticeably better than any other actor in the film by a mile, with a brief appearance by the actress playing Haggis as the only other standout. The film is low budget by today's standards, and it takes place in a relatively few places which makes it seem somewhat smaller than other horror films of it's time. In some places, the minimalism of the film works in it's favor to create a more suspenseful and confined atmosphere for the creature to lurk within.

Overall, Scream Factory's new Blu-ray of the film looks better than any version to date- especially considering the bare bones MGM DVD of the film was the woeful edition before this one. Nestled amongst the film is a vast new supply of special features that were absent from any other editions, including:

  • New “Remembering the Monster Kid: A Tribute to Stan Winston” featurette, featuring new interviews with actors Lance Henriksen and Brian Bremer and special FX artists Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and Shannon Shea
  •  New interviews with producer Richard Weinman and actors John D’Aquino and Matthew Hurley
  •  Audio commentary by co-screenwriter Gary Gerani and creature/FX creators Woodruff and Gillis
  • “PUMPKINHEAD Unearthed” (now in HD), a documentary on the making of PUMPKINHEAD featuring “Evolution of a Demon,” “The Cursed and the Damned,” “The Tortured Soul of Ed Harley,” “Constructing Vengeance” and “Razorback Holler”
  •  Featurette: Demonic Toys
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

Friday, September 12, 2014

DEADPIT Radio - Favorite Go To Movies


September 12th, 2014

The Creepy Kentuckian and Uncle Bill have a real treat this week for the DEADPIT Faithful, CK was recently challenged to name 15 of his favorite 'Go To' Films...So instead of making a small list on Facebook, we made a show about it. In this episode the thrillbillies go through their top 5 favorite 'Go To' Films throughout their lives. Some may surprise you, some surely won't but theres a detailed rundown of each film on both lists! This plus the news of the week, the new DEADPIT Website is just two weeks away and Halloween season is quickly approaching. All of this and more this week on the ORIGINAL Horror Talk Radio show, DEADPIT Radio!



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Two Against Podcast Episode 31


Episode 31: Dazed and Confused Fan Commentary


This week Dana and Steve are L.I.V.I.N. with Dazed and Confused Commentary, Steve remembers the 1970s while Dana grooves with the classic soundtrack. So sit back, Get a paddle and whip some freshmen ass!!!  




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