Headcheese – Bootleg Resin Action Figure – NOW AVAILABLE!

Headcheese-233Modeled after the timeless peg figures of our childhood, Kill People reflects a more modern, less innocent and decidedly more dangerous form of play.

Available NOW! HERE!

Headcheese-25“The Kill People are ready to launch little ones into a world of disturbing play with homicidal toys designed for little hands.”

– Mother’s Day October 1978 issue

Headcheese-585 total figures available in seven (7) different variants with at least eight (8) and as many as thirty (30) of each design up for grabs.
Headcheese-28Headcheese-24Each figure comes in a custom hand numbered resealable clam shell case.

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Father Death – The next Kill People bootleg figure from Jack’s Attic. Coming soon.

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Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Damn you Anchor Bay!  How many times are you bastards going to make me buy this movie?!

This is Anchor Bay’s second Blu-ray treatment of John Carpenter’s seminal slasher masterpiece, Halloween.  Their first release back in October of 2007 was met with mixed reviews.  While most welcomed the new high-def transfer and 5.1 upgrade to the audio mix, there were huge issues with the color timing.  Sorely missed were the moody and spooky tones that director Carpenter and cinematographer Dean Cundey employed to make the shot in springtime California film feel like the midwest in the middle of the fall.  Instead, the 2007 transfer was overly bright with warm tones that made the colors seem to pop off the screen.
For this 35th Anniversary release, Anchor Bay used a Cundey approved remastered transfer.  Restored is the colder, more neutral feel of the film and long gone are the bright hues that gave Halloween that warmer tone.  For most, including myself this is the first time seeing the film on a home release as it was intended to be viewed by the filmmakers.

Attached to the remastered transfer is an all-new Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio track.

In addition to the usual Halloween supplements that get ported over to every incarnation of the film (trailers, shot for TV version scenes and TV and radio spots) there are two new features exclusive to this release.  The first is an all new audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis.  The second, a featurette entitled “The Night She Came Home”, a 60 minute documentary on star Jamie Lee Curtis attending a fan convention.

The Blu-ray comes housed in a digi-book style case featuring new artwork.  Forgoing the classic Halloween jack o’lantern, Anchor Bay used an embossed water color style profile painting of Michael Myers.  In a nice touch, the title “Halloween” is also embossed.  The digi-book features a really well written essay by Stef Hutchinson on the films production, themes, symbolism and impact on the genre as well as on cinema in general.  The essay is accompanied by a collection of production and behind the scenes photos, a few I have never seen before.

All in all this (as of now) is THE definitive version of John Carpenter’s Halloween.  If you waited to buy Halloween on Blu-ray because of the 2007 releases color timing issues, now is the time to pull the trigger.  Or you can wait ’til 2018 and pick up the 40th Anniversary Edition that Anchor Bay will be sure to be releasing.

I’ll be there buying it too.

Demi Moore’s Butt and I Spit on Your Grave

I Spit on Your Grave is the controversial and classic 1978 exploitation rape/revenge film that has been reviled by critics for its deplorable depictions of woman but also upheld by others as having a strong underlying feminist message.

Originally filmed under the title “Day of the Woman” the movie has also been shown under the name “I Hate Your Guts” and “The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hill”.  The film didn’t become known as “I Spit on Your Grave” until it was re-released in 1980.

While many debates have and will be waged on the content of the film and its depiction of women and the elements of revenge and justice, one lesser known issue about I Spit on Your Grave that has been talked about for years is the mystery of the the woman on the movie poster.

Regarded as one of the most iconic movie posters of all time, the I Spit on Your Grave one-sheet captures and encapsulates not only the tone of the film but also the spirit of the mid to late 1970’s cinema movement.

One would assume that lead actress, Camille Keaton was the model depicted on the poster as it appears to show her character, Jennifer Hill.  However, Camille has gone on record several times throughout the years saying that it was definitely not her that was photographed for the poster.    Also, Camille’s frame and ahem, backside doesn’t match that of the woman on the poster.

So then, who is the mystery girl on the I Spit on Your Grave poster?

The most widely accepted rumor purports that it is none other than Golden Globe nominee and former Mrs. Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore.

In 1978, I Spit on Your Grave, was originally released as “Day of the Woman” and did poorly at the box office.  In 1980 it was re-released by exploitation movie producer and distributor Jerry Gross.  One of the conditions of this distribution deal was that Gross could re-title the movie anything he wanted.  He chose “I Spit on Your Grave” after a 1959 French drama.  Under the new title the film gained further notoriety fueled by the extremely negative reviews by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and their campaign against depictions of violence toward women in film.

In 1981 director and film distributor Charles Band acquired the video distribution rights to I Spit on Your Grave through his company Wizard Video.  With the video distribution rights Wizard was also responsible for commissioning a poster emblazoned with the new title.  At the time Band had been filming a low budget sci-fi movie called Parasite which featured a young Demi Moore in her first starring role.  It is also rumored that Band and Moore were having an affair at the time.

When it came time to pick out a scantily clad model to be featured on the I Spit on Your Grave poster Band chose Moore.

Demi would have been 19 or 20 years old at the time the poster was commissioned and had previously done some modeling work prior to acting.  Her close proximity to Band and her age and features do seem to point to a strong correlation to the young woman on the poster.

While the story has never been confirmed by Demi herself, Band, his assistants and several others close to the business have said unequivocally that it is indeed Moore’s cheeks that grace the I Spit on Your Grave poster, VHS, DVD and Blu-ray artwork.    What do you think?  Is this the backside that has so long been associated with one of the most controversial movies of all time?

Michael Myers as a Blond

The story goes that the reason Michael Myers’ mask is flesh tone with blond hair in the school scene is because it was an unmodified Star Trek Captain Kirk mask like the one used in the original Halloween. The film producers could not afford to re-shoot the scene and replace the mask so they had to leave it in the final film.

Another version of the story says that the masked used in the school scene of Halloween 4 was THE actual converted Captain Kirk mask that had been used in the original Halloween. Over time the familiar brown hair had faded to the platinum blond seen in pt. 4. From IMDb: “The filmmakers had the intention of reusing the mask in this sequel but felt it had changed too much and decided to make their own.”

There was one other time where a Myers mask appeared in the series with blond hair. In Halloween II, Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett are chasing who they believe to be Michael Myers through a neighborhood full of trick or treaters. However, you can see that the hair on this mask is actually bright blond and the skin tone is pasty white almost silver. The person behind the mask turns out to be Ben Tramer, a high school boy Laurie Strode has a crush on. As he flees Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett he walks out in front of a speeding police car and is slammed up against a parked van. The van then bursts into flames, incinerating Ben.

The Weir Overlook Special Edition

Plan on chasing your son through a hedge maze in the middle of winter but are having fears of freezing to death?  Then be ready to grab this hat next month over at Connoisseur.  Inspired by the iconic carpet pattern of the infamous Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece The Shining, this hat is one size fits all and will be extremely limited.  Keep an eye on the Connoisseur website for release info.

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