Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Joe Estevez news: Bunyan trailer + New Joe Estevez book coming next week!

Joe Estevez, best known by most as the titular villain in SOULTAKER (which is best known for its debut on Mystery Science Theater 3000 - watch the full episode HERE), has had an insanely prolific career in film and TV. And thank the b-movie gods, he is still going strong. In 2012 alone, Joe has over a dozen screen credits in various low-budget features, including... what?! No freakin' way?! Looks like Joe has teamed up with Dan "Grizzly Adams" Haggerty in the direct-to-DVD(?) horror outing, BUNYAN! Troubled teens are taken out on a camping trip, only to run afoul of the axe-wielding giant of American folklore and legend. (No word on whether or not Babe the blue ox will be appearing in this.)

It looks fun (and a bit hokey) and the effects are topnotch, which makes sense because the film is directed by Gary Jones, who has done special effects and makeup in various films including "Mosquito" and "Army of Darkness." Check out the trailer and get excited! "Bunyan" will chop its way into our collective hearts sometime in 2013!

Even cooler than this, is the new book that is coming out on May 31st ($14.95 on if you pre-order it) called JOE ESTEVEZ: WIPING OFF THE "SHEEN." This short read (it is only 146 pages long) contains Joe's thoughts on MST3K, some fun anecdotes, and a glimpse into the world of independent cinema. The book also contains an introduction by Dr. Scott Shaw (aka the Director of "Toad Warrior!"), forewords by the authors (Chris Watson and Brad Paulson), and a short story written by "the man" himself, Joe Estevez. Again the book will be hitting retailers next week on May 31st and... hey... what's this on the back cover?!
Wait a minute..... MY name is Jordan Garren.....

Imagine my surprise when I was chatting it up with author Chris Watson online tonight and he notified me that I was quoted on the back of this book. I didn't believe him at first, so I went to Amazon and zoomed in on the back cover. My mind was blown; I had to share it with the world! And speaking of sharing, I have pre-ordered this book and should have it in my hands next Saturday. Expect a review for it as soon as I finish reading it!

That's all for now folks, but stay tuned for I'm gearing up to get some writing (and recording) done! Expect new content on the Vault this weekend!

Charitable auctions for victims of "Camp Blood" have commenced!

Roughly a year ago, a gent named John Gray told the world that he was having the ultimate Friday the 13th convention with EVERYONE from EVERY MOVIE in attendance. Long story short, Mr. Gray took a lot of money, from a lot of people, and the highly anticipated "Camp Blood" con never happened. Some conventions accepted the "Camp Blood" tickets, but most folks were just plain ripped off and never received a refund. Needless to say... it was a bad situation. Here's a news report about the whole debacle:

Fast forward to today and there's now an attempt to recoup some money to help pay back some of John Gray's victims. Various sources (including yours truly) have chipped in DVDs, collectibles, and a slew of autographed items for bidding. All the money gathered from these charitable auctions will go towards reimbursing the useless tickets that so many people had purchased for the Camp Blood convention that never was. CLICK HERE to see what's up for grabs and be sure to either share the link or start the bidding! Thanks in advance fellow Horror and b-movie fans! Also a huge thank you to Fright-Rags' very own Kristy Jett for pulling these auctions together. I think this very well could put her in the running for sainthood. :-D

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Create a Kaiju contest ends next week! ENTER NOW!

Hey all, the CREATE A KAIJU CONTEST is still going on. Once again, to enter all you need do is create your own giant monster. Design it, name it, come up with its strengths and weaknesses, then send it in to me to win some fabulous GODZILLA PRIZES.... prizes..... prizes..... prizes....

Up for grabs is nearly $100.00 worth of Godzilla goodness including: Classic Media's Godzilla Collection, which includes: Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla Raids Again, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of the Astro Monsters, Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla's Revenge, and Terror of Mechagodzilla. Each disc has two versions of each film and cool extras! Also included in the prize pack are a t-shirt of your choice (send in your shirt size with your entry), a cool Godzilla action figure, and a trade paperback of IDW's amazing mini-series, GODZILLA: GANGSTERS AND GOLIATHS!

As for the creation of you monster, it must be an original concept you came up with and you can bring it to life in any way possible. Draw it, paint it, animate it, use legos, modeling clay, or even design a costume. I've extended the contest until the end of the month, and thus far I only have TWO ENTRIES. So if you like to wait until the last minute, now is the time folks! Don't be shy and certainly don't think you won't have a chance to win! Some folks may be better artists than others, but it will be sheer creativity that wins the day here.

The CREATE A KAIJU CONTEST ends on Wednesday, May 30th at midnight (EST) and the winner(s) will be announced the following day! So get to work fellow monster movie fans; show me what you can come up with and do it fast, because May 30th will be here before you know it! E-mail your entry (or a link to your entry) to and cross your fingers! There's no age limit here, kids and adults are all welcome to enter, and I WILL ship internationally!

Note: I know coming up with an original creature is tough so... here's a bit of help. Supposedly, (this is more urban legend than fact) Gojira (Godzilla's ahm... birth name haha) is not only the result of slapping the Japanese words for Gorilla and Whale together, but was also the nickname for an obese stagehand on the Toho lot. This has been "myth busted" in recent years, but my point is, if you're stuck trying to come up with a creature, slap two different animals together OR use a person (preferably someone you don't like I guess? Hahaha) to serve as the base for your giant monster. Not get going and WOW ME with your awesome creature creations!