Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Challenge

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This is not a horror related article, but Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorite shows.  Creator Kurt Sutter has issued a challenge to fans of SOA to make season 6 the most memorable one yet.  Fans of Sons of Anarchy are some of the most loyal fans a show could ever ask for, so I know it will not be difficult to set record numbers for the premier of season 6.

Here is what Kurt had to say via his Who Say page:

If we increase our SONS OF ANARCHY season 6 premier numbers by any percentage in the key demos, myself and some unwilling cast member will show up to your house or favorite bar/club/cave and watch the finale with you, your friends and family. Even if you don’t want us to come. We will be there, baring gifts and good cheer. *

We’re hoping that the whole event will be taped and become bonus material for the season 6 DVD.

SOA SEASON 6
SEPTEMBER 10TH
10 PM ON FX

It promises to be the most memorable season premier to date.

Please join us and spread the word.

Thanks.

Kurt

* sorry, international SOA fans, we love you, but this challenge is for residents of USA only.

The Sons of Anarchy premier is always the highlight of my Septembers.  I know many of my friends feel the same.  Let’s help Mr. Sutter and the rest of the SOA crew make season 6 the biggest yet!

Here is the teaser trailer for what is sure to be another incredible season of the FX hit show:

Movie Review: Mama (2013)

1-Mama-PosterI have written a lot of positive reviews and a couple of negative ones as well, but I’m not too sure how to categorize this one.  Mama was interesting to say the least and I did not love it or hate it.  I am on neutral ground with this film.

Written by: Andres Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Neil Cross

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

Starring: Jessica Chastain (Annabel), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Lucas/Jeffrey), Megan Carpentier (Victoria) and Isabelle Nelisse (Lilly)

Plot:

The senior partner of an investment brokerage Jeffrey has a breakdown and kills his two associates and his wife. Then he takes his three-year old daughter Victoria and the one-year old daughter Lilly and drives his car through a winding snowing road. He has a car accident and fall off a cliff, but he brings his daughters to an abandoned and isolated cabin to kill them, but the children are saved by a creepy ghostly creature. Five years later, Jeffrey’s brother Lucas finds the children that were raised without social relationship and claim that they have been raised by Mama. Lucas disputes the custody with the children’s grandmother but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is studying the girls, selects Lucas to take care of the children. Lucas lives with his girlfriend Annabel, who plays in a rock’n’roll band, and Victoria and Lilly moves to their house. Soon Lucas and Annabel find that the girls were not delusional and they are not alone in the house.

images (1)With all the hype that Mama received and the seemingly promising trailer, I thought this film would be mama-01much better than it really was.  This was another case of an over hyped trailer that gave way too much away.  The story line for the film was promising, but there were a lot of missed opportunities for a real great film.  There were moments where the film seemed to be rushed and not completely thought out.

The cast was fantastic and made up a little for the holes in the plot.  Jessica Chastain was brilliant as she always is.  Megan and Isabelle were amazing for being child actors.  The whole cast was very convincing and sold the story well.  It was a bit of a let down to have such a talented cast and not have a better thought out script for them to act out.  Having an actress like Jessica Chastain portraying one of the lead roles is not enough to salvage a sub par script. mama-ghost-chase-movie-2013-e1359216253606

18MAMA1_SPAN-articleLargeMama was creative, but not at all what I would consider “horror gold”.  The film was entertaining, but I’m afraid that is it.  The “surprising” or “scary” parts were not exactly spin tingling.  There were however a few heartbreaking moments.  The story of Edith (Mama) was very depressing.  The ending was sad and very strange. images

Like I said previously, I did not love it but I did not hate it either.  I think Mama would have been much better had there have been more thought put into it.  As of right now, I think Mama, the way that it was written, would make a far better campfire ghost story than a full length film.  With that being said, I am giving Mama a 6.5.

Here is the trailer for Mama.  Give it a watch and see if this film is for you.

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FEARnet’s September Programming and Upcoming Giveaways

I receive news from FEARnet to pass onto you guys.  Here is the latest that I have received about their September programming and giveaways.

FEARnetLogoFEARnet BRINGS “THE FURTHER” HOME WITH THE BROADCAST PREMIERE OF JAMES WAN’S HIT THRILLER INSIDIOUS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, AT 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER FRIGHTFUL FILMS

FEARnet Presents Premieres of ‘THE UNINVITED’, ‘SINGLE WHITE FEMALE’, ‘DORIAN GRAY’, and ‘SUCK’; a “Slayed By the Bell” Marathon, “Foreign Fridays” Block, and More 

(SANTA MONICA, CA – AUGUST 26, 2013) – The acclaimed box office smash, INSIDIOUS, will insidiousmake its FEARnet debut on Sunday, September 8, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Directed by James Wan (SAW, THE CONJURING), and written by SAW scribe Leigh Whannell, INSIDIOUS stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as Josh and Renai Lambert, parents whose son has fallen into a coma, following a mysterious incident in the attic. Things get much worse for the family, as their son’s illness leads to a terrifying encounter with malevolent ghouls, and a journey into the realm of the dead known as “The Further.” This will be a chance for fans to catch up with the Lambert family and their demons, before INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 2 hits theaters on September 13.

Also in September, FEARnet is giving you a chance to bring Jason Voorhees home with the Friday the 13th Sweepstakes! Starting Monday, September 2 at 9 a.m. PT, and running until 5 p.m. PT on Monday, September 16, participants can enter the Friday the 13th Sweepstakes at http://fearnet.com/fridaythe13sweeps, to win a loaded prize pack featuring a 46” television; 16 GB Flash Memory Camcorder;  FRIDAY THE 13th Ultimate Collection, JASON GOES TO HELL, and FREDDY VS JASON on DVD ; DL & Co. “Rotten Luck” Dice Set; exclusive TALES FROM THE CRYPT merchandise; FEARnet swag, and more! Who says 13 is an unlucky number?

Other September Highlights Include:

  • ·         “Foreign Fridays” – Every Friday (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

“Foreign Fridays” in September features Spain’s complete “6 Films To Keep You Awake” series, a Guillermo del Toro ghost story, and a J-Horror classic. The “6 Films To Keep You Awake” series kicks off with TO LET (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) on September 6, as a man and his pregnant girlfriend visit a creepy apartment complex run by a sinister landlady. THE BABY’S ROOM (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) follows, with parents who begin hearing unsettling sounds coming from their newborn’s baby monitor. The series continues on September 13, with A REAL FRIEND (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as a young girl retreats into horror films, where her playmates are some of the genre’s greatest villains. Then, it’s SPECTRE (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), as an old man returns to his hometown, and sees the ghostly beauty he fell in love with many years ago.

The “6 Films To Keep You Awake” series comes to a close on September 20, with BLAME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), as a single mother moves in with a gynecologist, and uncovers the gruesome truth lurking beneath the house. Then, preteens hold a bank robber captive with terrifying consequences, in the fan favorite A CHRISTMAS TALE (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT). On September 27, a young boy is haunted by ghosts of the past in Guillermo del Toro’s THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). And a journalist tracks down a cursed videotape in the original J-Horror chiller RINGU (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).

  • ·         “Slayed By The Bell” Marathon – Thursday, September 12 (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT)

FEARnet sends you back to school with the “Slayed By The Bell” Marathon, a six-film fright fest full of teenage terror. It all starts with the original FRIGHT NIGHT, at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, as Charlie Brewster joins with a late-night horror host (Roddy McDowall) to take down the bloodsucker next door. Next, Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook star in the genre-bending DETENTION at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, as small town teens deal with high school drama, time travel, a deranged serial killer, and the end of the world. Then, siblings are terrorized by a murderous teenage gang (led by James Spader) in THE NEW KIDS, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. NIGHT OF THE CREEPS follows at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, as slug-like aliens infect a college campus, turning their victims into zombies. And a young girl uses a different kind of contraceptive in TEETH, at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. CHRISTINE ends the evening at 2 a.m. ET/11 p.m. PT, as a geeky guy forms a dangerous bond with a classic killer car. 

 

  • ·          ‘THE UNINVITED’ (Network Premiere) – Saturday, September 14 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

 

A disturbed teen returns home to dark visions and a new stepmother (Elizabeth Banks) she believes is responsible for her mother’s mysterious death.

 

  • ·         “The Call” Marathon – Thursday, September 19 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT)

 

Check the children, and then settle in for four films that will make you wish you never picked up the phone. At 6p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, a babysitter finds herself home alone with a serial killer in WHEN A STRANGER CALLS. Next, at 8p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, UNDER THE DOME’s Rachelle LeFevre receives threatening phone calls from the past in THE CALLER. At 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, it’s THE NIGHT CALLER, as an obsessed woman goes to extremes to meet a radio host. And a killer clown stalks phone sex operators in OUT OF THE DARK, at 12 a.m. ET/0 p.m. PT.

 

  • ·         ‘SINGLE WHITE FEMALE’ (Network Premiere) – Sunday, September 22 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

 

A software designer’s (Bridget Fonda) life is turned upside down when a possessive new roommate (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves in. 

 

  • ·         ‘DORIAN GRAY’ (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, September 22 (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)

 

A corrupt man stays forever young, while an old portrait continues to reflect his villainy, in this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s iconic novel.

 

  • ·         ‘SUCK’ (Broadcast Premiere) – Sunday, September 29 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

 

Struggling musicians find fame and fortune after turning into vampires, in this comedic rock opera featuring cameos by music legends Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and Henry Rollins.

 

 

About FEARnet

FEARnet is a multi-platform programming service delivering original and acquired horror, thriller and suspense content as a cable TV movie network, a video-on-demand outlet and web portal.  FEARnet, a partnership among Sony Pictures Television, Lionsgate Entertainment and Comcast Corporation, features a robust lineup of popular titles from major film studios and independents, encompassing 300 plus movie titles a year, including 14 world television and 22 theatrical broadcast premieres. The Network is distributed to U.S. cable subscribers across the country on various systems and is often ranked as the number-one free HD VOD movie service available in more than 27 million homes. The website, FEARnet.com, ranks as one of the most popular sites in the genre category among total uniques and duration per visit. Follow FEARnet on Facebook and Twitter (@FEARnet). For more information about the company, visit www.FEARnet.com. To access photos visit FEARnetPR on flickr.

 

Help bleedingcritic Bring a New Breed of Horror to the World

e3e7dab338e7fcba8d4e48084952f2ecI have had the extraordinary honor to collaborate with the incredibly talented bleedingcritic on a couple of articles.  I am proud to say that I look to bleedingcritic as a mentor to my writings.   As previously mentioned in an article, bleedingcritic brings forth a brand new, original breed of horror that the horror world has so desperately needed.  He has been kind enough to share his genius horror mind with all of us, now it is our turn to help give back to him.

Most of you are aware of the site “indiegogo“.  bleedingcritic has launched his very own campaign to take the world of horror by storm with his unique, no nonsense brand of horror.  Here’s how bleedingcritic describes his campaign:

I need to get the attention of the worlds horror genre to get everyone addicted to my work which means I need to advertise, And that where I need your help.

bleedingwelcome. I’m bleedingcritic.

I supply pure class A horror medication. Horrormedication is a narrated series I’ve created, written and currently present.

Horror media is plagued by tired & cliché opinions.However, I’m different. No one knows my identity. I also provide intelligent spoiler free horror film reviews here bleedingfilms.com

I’ve designed mugs, hoodies and T-shirts which are currently available via bleedingfilms.com.

I need to get the attention of the worlds horror genre to get addicted to my work and to buy my quality merchandise, which means I need to start a marketing campaign, and that’s where I need your help.

I’ve contacted Empire Magazine, Total Film, Fangoria etc, etc and the cost to get in every major publication is over 24K. But that’s not necessary. A carefully placed, full page advert campaign, repeated will cost 13K (£13,000).

bleedingcritic™                                                                                                 @bleedingfilms

bleedingcritic has raised £50 towards his goal via the ‘flexible funding’ options.  There are 47 days left to help him reach his goal.  Like all other indiegogo campaigns, bleedingcritic offers some horrifically great perks for each donation amount. Click here to follow his campaign. We all know times are tough for most, so if you can not donate, please help spread the word of this campaign.  Every little bit helps out weather it is money or word of mouth, so do not think that any help will not be appreciated.

In addition to donating and or spreading the word, follow bleedingcritic on twitter, subscribe to his YouTube channel and visit his official site for spoiler-free reviews and your dose of horror medication.

Below is a video from bleedingcritic explaining his campaign:

 

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BigtimeTeez Review: I’m Not Short I’m Just Fun Size T-Shirt

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Fun-Size-400x400The BigtimeTeez I’m Not Short I’m Just Fun Size t-shirt will be the last child size review for now.  This is the perfect t-shirt for kids, and if you are vertically challenged adult like myself, it is perfect for you too.

The design of the I’m Not Short I’m Just Fun Size t-shirt is witty and self explanatory.  It Fun-Size-400x400 (1)covers the whole chest and the contrast of the white lettering on the blue color of the t-shirt is stunning.  The screen printing of this funny t-shirt is flawless.  There are no cracks in the design and the edges are firm to the shirt with no peeling.

The material of the BigtimeTeez I’m Not Short I’m Just Fun Size t-shirt is 90% cotton and 10% polyester making for a soft, comfortable funny t-shirt.  The t-shirt is durable and preshrunk, so it will be able to handle a hard day of play and will not shrink when dried.DSCF7715

DSCF7714The I’m Not Short I’m Just Fun Size t-shirt is available in kid’s standard size t-shirt, small-XL.  The size of the t-shirt matches the measurements on the size chart perfectly.   Don’t worry those of you that are not in a child size, this funny t-shirt is also available in men’s and women’s sizes.  Along with the basic t-shirt styles, it is available in v-neck (men’s & women’s), adult tank top (men’s standard sizes), long sleeve  (men’s standard sizes), and zip-up and pullover hoodies (men’s standard sizes).  BigtimeTeez also offers an array of t-shirt colors to choose from.

This funny t-shirt starts at only $16.99. Compared to most of the online t-shirt sites, this price is beyond fair.  If that is still not low enough for you, use code miss15 at checkout for 15% off of your entire purchase.  BigtimeTeez also offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more (US orders only and can not be combined with other offers).BTT Free Shipping Side Banner

I highly recommend this funny t-shirt.  It gets attention, it’s self explanatory and it’s offered at a fair price.  What’s not to love about the I’m Not Short I’m Just Fun Size t-shirt?

Be sure to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook (Facebook fans get 15% off) and follow them on twitter for new design alerts, the $9.99 t-shirt of the day, exclusive offers and daily giveaways.

 

Interview with Katharine Kellar on Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program

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I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview a few really influential people now.  I have recently been granted the opportunity to interview Katharine Kellar about the Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program at the Douglas Education Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For those that do not know about this program, it is a 16 month Associate in Specialized Business Degree Program.  Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program offers training in cosmetic make-up, eyes and teeth, animatronics, creature design, sculpting, anatomy, life casting, mold making, character make-up,painting techniques, appliance of prosthetics, air brushing techniques, hair and beard application and pretty much anything you would need to know to become a successful effects artist.

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Katharine Kellar Interview:

LBoH: How long has this program been available?

KK: Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center (DEC) is now in its 13th year. The program began in October 2000 with 13 students.

LBoH: How did this course come about?

KK: Tom Savini had been approached by various individuals in the past regarding the possibility of starting a special make-up effects program, but none ever materialized for one reason or another. When CEO / President, Jeff Imbrescia approached him, Tom was expecting the same kind of response he had gotten in the past. But, because he had been introduced to Jeff by a mutual friend, Tom decided to give him an opportunity. Tom asked to see a business plan. Jeff put together a 3-5 year business plan that was conservative, realistic, and most importantly, possible. He sent it to Tom. Tom laughed and ignored him. After a few weeks of no response, Jeff called Tom up for a business dinner. When they met, Jeff asked Tom why he never responded to Jeff’s business plan. Tom said it wasn’t worth it. “I spend more on cigars than you’re offering me.” Jeff said, what do you mean it’s not worth it? That’s when Jeff pulled out his ledger paper and put in front of Tom. Apparently Tom had misread Jeff’s business plan. What Tom originally thought was a decimal number turned out to be a whole number.

LBoH: Would you recommend this program for beginners or is it more for students that have a bit more previous experience?

KK: Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program begins by teaching a strong foundation in basic special make-up effects and works up. We’ve had students from each side of the spectrum – students who have never sculpted before in their lives to students who are experts. The way that the program is set up our students, regardless of their experience level, are able to flourish. We start by teaching a strong foundation and continually add to their already existing knowledge.

LBoH: How many students are in this program at one time?

KK: Tom Savin’s Special Make-Up Effects Program has anywhere from 150 to 200 students at one time.

LBoH: Have any of your student’s works been featured in a movie or television?

KK: Absolutely! We’ve had quite a few students on Television in recent years. Just to name a few – SyFy Channel’s “Face Off” is a big hit right now. The 5th season just started and we have 4 graduates on the show. Over the course of 5 seasons of “Face Off” we’ve had 10 graduates on the show. We also have a graduate as a cast member on TLC’s Cake Boss. His name is Ralph “Ralphie Boy” Attanasia. We’ve had a graduate on Food Network’s “Sugar Dome.” Her name is Kirsten Cosgrove.  As far as movies are concerned, our graduates have gone one to some of the biggest special make-up effects shops in the industry. KNB Effects Group and Burman Industries to name a few. Brian Hillard, one of our graduates, for example, work don Emmy Award Winning shows, HBO’s The Pacific, AMC’s The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. He also lent his talents to Academy Award Winners for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men and The Departed. He also worked on The Hobbit, Django Unchained, and Oz: The Great and Powerful.

LBoH: What do you see happening with this program in the future?

KK: Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program recently underwent an overhaul. We recently added ZBrush as well as the popular new course “From Page to Screen.” Digital sculpting has become an important part of the industry. Students utilize cutting-edge 3D modeling programs such as ZBrush to bring concepts into reality. At the end of this course, students will have designed a variety of 3D examples that translate in to industries such as: movie/VFX, video games, illustration, figure creation, concept design, scientific illustration, and jewelry design.  In the From Page to Screen course, students learn all aspects of filming as they relate to special make-up effects by transforming written words of a script to moving images on a screen. Students learn the fundamental business practices for artists, as well as the importance of compromising, collaborating, meeting deadlines, and staying within a budget.

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If you are interested in learning more about Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program or any other program at the Douglas Education Center, visit their official site, like the Facebook page, follow them on twitter and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

A special thank you to Katharine Kellar for participating in this interview.

Here is a video from the Douglas Education Center on Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program:

 

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BigtimeTeez Review: Silent But Deadly T-Shirt

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SBD-Grey-400x400The BigtimeTeez Silent But Deadly review will be of a child size t-shirt like my last two.  I will be doing one more child size review then it will be back to adult sizes.

The design of the Silent But Deadly t-shirt is large and ninja inspired.  The design covers the whole chest and boasts the phrase “Silent But Deadly” with a ninja standing to the Silent But Deadly T-Shirt-400x400left of the words.  It has a very comic book feel and much like the other funny t-shirts offered by BigtimeTeez, it got a lot of attention.  The screen printing is fantastic.  There is no sign of cracking or peeling. The design is very fitting for both kids and adults.   It’s funny but still appropriate enough for a 3-year-old.

The material of this funny t-shirt is soft, comfortable and durable enough to stand up to a day of play or relaxation.  The Silent But Deadly t-shirt is 90% cotton and 10% polyester.  It is preshrunk so you can toss this t-shirt in the dryer with the rest of the clothes and not have to worry about it shrinking.  One of the best parts of this funny t-shirt is that it is breathable enough to wear on a warm summer day and warm enough to wear for fun outside in the early fall.  It is also available in many t-shirt color options.

DSCF7705Like I said earlier, the Silent But Deadly t-shirt is also available in adult sizes.  Both women’s and men’s sizes.  With the last few months of summer upon us, not only can you pick his up in an adult size t-shirt, but you can also pick it up in an adult size tank top.  With the crisp fall air beginning to roll in for BTT Free Shipping Side Bannersome of us, the Silent But Deadly design is also available as a pullover or a zip-up hoodie (adult sizes  only).  The size of this funny t-shirt, like the others offered by BigtimeTeez, it is true to the size chart.  It only fits loosely on Gunnar because he is only 3-years-old, but when the measurements are compared to those on the size chart, they do match up.

This funny t-shirt starts at only $16.99 (depending on size and design options)! Compared to many other online t-shirt sites, that is a very fair deal.  If that is not a good enough deal for you, use code miss15 at the checkout for 15% off your entire order.  BigtimeTeez also offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more (US orders only and can not be combined with other offers).

I recommend this t-shirt to anyone that is a fan of ninjas or ninja movies.  I would also recommend this funny t-shirt to anyone with a child that takes karate or any other self defense class because not only is it funny, but it is also a fun way for them to show their interests.

Be sure to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook (Facebook fans get 15% off) and follow them on twitter for more exclusive deals, new design alerts and daily giveaways.

 

Movie Review: Hitchcock (2012)

MV5BODAwNDI5NjIwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjc4ODc2OA@@._V1_SX214_Alfred Hitchcock is one of my all time favorite directors and I couldn’t resist the mixed reviews of this biopic.  I picked up Hitchcock a couple of days ago and was automatically impressed by the casting for the film.

Hitchcock is a biography/drama about Alfred Hitchcock and the creation of the 1960 classic, Psycho. Anthony-Hopkins-in-Hitchcock-2012-Movie-Image1 This film was written by John J. McLaughlin and Stephen Rebello, directed by Sacha Gervasi and stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Biel.

The striking resemblance between Anthony Hopkins and Alfred Hitchcock is astonishing.  His portrayal of Hitchcock, in my opinion, is his best performance since Silence of the Lambs.  Helen Mirren portrayed Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville.  Hopkins and Mirren were a dream pairing in this film.

With Hitchcock chronicling the making of Psycho, the cast of the film were present.  Playing the star of Psycho, Janet Leigh, was the lovely Scarlett Johansson.  Johansson was charming and a fantastic choice for such an important role.  Jessica Biel starred as Hitchcock’s scarlett_johansson_hitchcock_2012_640x360 (1)assistant and actress Vera Miles.  Biel was stunning and a perfect choice for the film.

The plot of Hitchcock was brilliant.  It was great to see a biopic that follows not only a Hitchcockmaster director like Alfred Hitchcock, but the making of a classic film by that director.  It brings to light the stress of trying to bring such a controversial film to the screen in such a conservative time.  Hitchcock also shines a little more light into the marriage of Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville.

I loved Hitchcock and would recommend it to any fan of Alfred Hitchcock and or Psycho.  There was not a bad element to the film.  I give Hitchcock a 10 out of 10.  “Good Evening“.

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Interview with Author Nicholas Ryan

GroundZeroCoverI was recently contacted by author Nicholas Ryan about doing a review of his new zombie novel “Ground Zero“.  I conducted an interview with Mr. Ryan so that you can become better acquainted with him and his work.

Interview:

LBoH: Can you introduce yourself for those that haven’t read your previous works?

NR: Hi my name is Nicholas Ryan I have an extensive background in advertising and marketing and have spent several years working as a commercial artist. I am a veracious reader and have so far kept a lot of my creative writing restricted to other genres I have had several bestsellers on Amazon but my new book “Ground Zero” is my first foray into writing about the subject I love most – Zombies!

LBoH: How long have you been writing?

NR: Since I was a teenager. I won’t tell you how many years that is, but it’s a lot!

LBoH: What got you into horror writing?

NR: I have always been a huge fan of horror movies but my writing has always been for commercial reasons and it is only now that I can translate that fascination for zombie films into a zombie book. I think the advantage of being a zombie film fan is that I write visually – That means lots of description and hopefully lots of excitement and tension.

LBoH: Who are some of your influences?

NR: Stephen King, Wilbur Smith.

LBoH: You have best sellers on Amazon in other categories, other than your horror works, which was your favorite to do?

NR: I wrote an action adventure novel that I was very proud of. It went to number one in the Sea Adventure category, at one stage outselling Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’. I wrote an action adventure novel that I was very proud of. It went to number one in the Sea Adventure category, at one stage outselling Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’ and a Clive Cussler new release.

LBoH: How long have you been working on “Ground Zero”?

NR: The idea for the story has been on my mind for some time. When I sit down to write a novel the writing process itself usually only takes about 6 weeks, but behind the scenes the plot and research takes longer.

LBoH: Where did the concept for “Ground Zero” come from?

NR: I don’t know! On very rare occasions great ideas just come to me. This is one of those very rare occasions.

LBoH: Is “Ground Zero” going to be a part of a series or just a single novel?

NR: The readers will decide that question! I hate the idea of books ending as a cliff hanger. It’s a technique I have always refused to use. So “Ground Zero” will have its own ending, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more story to tell. If the book is well received and readers genuinely want to know what happens to the characters after they have read the final page then I would certainly consider a follow up book.

LBoH: Will you ever write for another genre again, or will you stick mostly with horror/zombie type works?

NR: To be very honest, the success of the books I have written in other genres now affords me the luxury of being able to write about anything I want – and I want to write about Zombies.

LBoH: Do you have any other ideas, other than “Ground Zero”, that we can expect to see in print in the near future?

NR: A million!

LBoH: What are your goals for the next couple of years?

NR: To become established in the Zombie genre and to earn a reputation as an author who tells a rattling good yarn. If I can do that I would be very happy.

LBoH: Any advice for the other horror/zombie authors out there trying to get their material noticed?

NR: The thing I have noticed with the success of my other books in other genres is that marketing is never ending. But despite the social networking world we live in, no amount of marketing can make a bad book good. Ultimately every writer’s long term success needs to be built on a foundation of bloody good books!

Stay tuned for the review of Nicholas Ryan’s upcoming zombie novel “Ground Zero” in mid September. Be sure to like Nicholas’ official Facebook page for more news on “Ground Zero“.

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BigtimeTeez Review: Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks T-Shirt

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Sharks-340x340Like my last BigtimeTeez review, this one is also going to be of a child size t-shirt.  Today’s review is going to be of the Sharknado inspired funny t-shirt, the Tornadoes with a Chance of Sharks t-shirt.

BigtimeTeez really hit a funny bone with the Tornadoes with a Chance of Sharks t-shirt. Sharks-400x400 Everyone that seen my nephew in it thought it was hilarious.  The design on this funny t-shirt is large.  Covering the whole chest, it boasts a mock weekly weather map with the words “Friday, Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks” scrolled under it.  The font choices in the design are great.  The word “shark” is emphasized with a bold, unique font that appears to be dripping.  Much like all of BigtimeTeez‘ other funny t-shirts, the screen printing on the Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks t-shirt is flawless.  No cracking in the design or peeling edges.

The material of the Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks t-shirt is 90% cotton and 10% DSCF7709polyester making for a very comfortable t-shirt.  This funny t-shirt is perfect for a lazy day or a day full of play.  The shirt is true to size, it just looks a bit larger on Gunnar because her is only 3-years-old, but when measured and compared to the measurements on the size chart, it is accurate.  You can also pick this t-shirt up in a variety of colors.  This funny t-shirt is also preshrunk, so with a growing child, you don’t have to worry about it shrinking in the dryer.  They will get plenty of wear out of it.

DSCF7711To all of you Sharknado lovers out there that are not a kid’s size, don’t worry.  The Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks t-shirt is also available in adult sizes.  With summer upon us, you can pick this awesome funny t-shirt up as a tank top (adult sizes only) and with fall quickly approaching, you can also own this Sharknado inspired t-shirt in a pullover or zip-up hoodie (adult sizes only).

The Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks t-shirt starts at only $16.99 (depending on size and design options).  If that is not a low enough price for you, use code miss15 at checkout for 15% off your entire purchase.  If you are planning to pick up a few shirts or you just find more you want while picking up this BTT Free Shipping Side Bannerfunny t-shirt, BigtimeTeez offers free shipping on orders of $50 or more (US orders only and can not be combined with other offers).

I recommend the Tornadoes With A Chance of Sharks t-shirt to any fan of the film Sharknado or anyone that enjoys a quality funny t-shirt.

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