Monday, January 26, 2009

Silent Madness

The 1984 film Silent Madness. Like Fatal Games this is another fairly obscure slasher film that I rather enjoyed. Cute girls in aerobic get ups, a deranged bald mama's boy, a crotchety old sheriff who for some reason reminds me of Zelda Rubinstein, a Dragon's Lair arcade game...sure it's not a "good" movie per se, but semi-obscure slasher fans should definitely get a kick out of it. Even if you hate it, the heckling potential is pretty high if you're a sarcastic bastard like myself.

Directed by one Simon Nutchern, one of 4 people credited as director of the infamous Snuff from 1976. The Findlays (Roberta and Michael) and (Swedish Spaniard?) Horacio Fredriksson being the other 3 who may or may not have at some point or another possibly had a hand in directing some part of the movie.

Moving On. Madness was actually filmed in 3-D. I didn't notice much in the way of "aiming things toward the camera" gags, but the poster I've seen says 3-D, so I've gotta believe the poster. Sadly the one I'm posting isn't in 3-D, but it's still worth a watch. Who knows though, 3-D seems to be pretty popular at the moment, maybe a 3-D DVD is just around the corner. Just look at the 3-D happenings of late:
  • The amazingly entertaining My Bloody Valentine 3-D
  • 3-D commercials during the Super Bowl on February 1st, followed by a 3-D episode of Chuck on the 2nd. Get your glasses here. (Chuck, by the way, is a fantastic show that I can't recommend enough. Watch it!)
  • Friday the 13th III on DVD again but actually in 3-D this time.
  • An Alexandre Aja helmed remake of Piranha, announced in 3-D
  • The Stewardesses, on DVD (this Tuesday actually). Yep, in 3-D
  • For the kids Bolt from a few months ago and the upcoming Monsters Vs. Aliens
As you can see, it's a good time for 3D movies to be put out, maybe Silent Madness has at least a slight chance.



Monday, January 19, 2009

Creatures of the Night - A Manchester Morgue Compilation

Here is the second volume of covers, I call it Creatures of the Night. This one is pretty much entirely metal bands doing the covers, save for the Deftones track. They're not very metal. I think that this is the better compilation of the two, hopefully everyone will find something they enjoy.

This cover was from the sixth issue of Vampirella. I love the artwork, but I'm not entirely happy with my small contributions to the cover. I might try and fix it up but I don't know if I'll have time.

Iced Earth - Creatures of the Night (KISS)
Opeth - Would? (Alice in Chains)
Dimmu Borgir - Metal Heart (Accept)
Deceased - 2 Minutes To Midnight (Iron Maiden)
Warrel Dane - Lucretia My Reflection (Sisters of Mercy)
White Zombie - Children of the Grave (Black Sabbath)
Shadows Fall - Welcome To The Machine (Pink Floyd)
Therion - Thor (Manowar)
Heaven Shall Burn - Whatever That Hurts (Tiamat)
Arsis - Roses on White Lace (Alice Cooper)
Bruce Dickinson - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
Emperor - Gypsy (Mercyful Fate)
Edge of Sanity - Blood of my Enemies (Manowar)
Hammerfall - Man On The Silver Mountain (Dio)
Deftones - Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Novembre - The Promise (Arcadia)
Iron Savior - Crazy (Seal)

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If you're bored, be sure to check out Space Bastard for a look at some classic Meatloaf and Troma posters.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Got Erection - A Manchester Morgue Compilation

Here is my newest compilation, the first volume in a two volume (for now) collection of some of my favorite cover songs. I call it I Got Erection - named after a Turbonegro song covered by Satyricon, which is featured in this compilation. I've shortened the RAR name to IGE for anyone here whose wife might be pissed finding a file with Erection in the name.

For the most part these are metal bands doing covers of other hard rock or metal songs (it is still my music of choice, after all) but there are a few rather interesting covers here. Sonata Artica's cover of a Bette Midler Beaches classic, Surf band Gein and the Graverobbers' cover of Iron Maiden's Transylvania, or Children of Bodom's hilarious rendition of Kenny Rogers' Just Dropped In should at least elicit a smile from even the most smug of music fans.

The cover was done using both a Creepy cover (the down-syndrome Lon Chaney Dracula cover) and the moon from a poster for the movie Black Sheep. The vamp's head was actually in the Creepy logo, so I had to get him out of there and improvise on a background. This actually ended up being way more of a pain that I thought as it took forever to find something that actually looked okay behind him. Then there ended up being a lot of wasted space at the top, so I added the Stereotape logo to take care of that.

Here's the tracklist. It goes Band - Song (Original Band/Artist)


Satyricon - I Got Erection (Turbonegro)
Siebenburgen - Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) (W.A.S.P.)
Witchery - Riding On The Wind (Judas Priest)
Sonata Artica - The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
Shadows Fall - December (Only Living Witness)
Children of Bodom - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In) (Kenny Rodgers)
In Flames - Land of Confusion (Genesis)
To Die For - I Just (Died In Your Arms) (Cutting Crew)
Gein and the Graverobbers - Transylvania (Iron Maiden)
All That Remains - Believe in Nothing (Nevermore)
Galnaryus - Go (Asia)
Sentenced - Digging The Grave (Faith No More)
Dinosaur Jr. - Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
Bella Morte - Earth Angel (The Penguins)
Norther - Final Countdown (Europe)
Wolf - A Dangerous Meeting (Mercyful Fate)
Arch Enemy - The Book of Heavy Metal (Dream Evil)
Dream Evil - Let The Killing Begin (Arch Enemy)
Darkest Hour - Nazi Punks Fuck Off
Cradle of Filth - Hallowed Be Thy Name(Iron Maiden)

Get Erection


Sonata Artica - The Wind Beneath My Wings. While the idea of a power metal band covering Bette is pretty hilarious, what's odd is that this song really songs like it could've been written by and for a power metal band. Not unlike the Helloween song.

In Flames - Land of Confusion. This is a pretty decent cover, but I'd really have liked to hear Soilwork give it a go. Their singer has a considerably better, and less Jonathan Davis-like singing voice.

Galnaryus - Go. An Asian band doing a cover of a song by an English band called Asia.

Cradle of Filth - Hallowed Be Thy Name. The second Maiden cover on this compilation. A lot of people speak harshly of COF. While I'm no huge fan of their more recent output, I'd still consider myself a fan of them overall and I think this cover is pretty outstanding. The vocals could very well ruin it for a lot of people, but the musicianship is top notch in my opinion.

That's it for now, enjoy, and the second volume, Creatures of the Night should be up tomorrow.

A Nightmare On Elm Street - Wildstorm




This is Wildstorm's 8-issue Nightmare on Elm Street series. I posted the 3-issue Paranoid miniseries on the site before, you can find those here.

8 Issues, 87 MB. Credit to the original scanners/uploaders.
Burgers - of the Gods!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Space Bastard - Resurrected


Well, after nearly a year I've finally decided to get my other site (or "blog" - still hate that word) Space Bastard up and running again. I plan on keeping my poster/dvd cover type posts over there, among other things I've yet to decided on.

I've kicked it back off with a collection of Dracula poster sure to illuminate the mind and dazzle the eye. Joe Bob says check it out.

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Manchester Morgue's Mega NES Rom Pack!

A while back I posted a bunch of Sega Roms, and promised some NES roms would be on the way soon. A combination of forgetfulness and general laziness has prevented me from getting this posted within the "soon" time frame I allotted myself back in October of 2007. But I've finally got a pretty respectable set of NES roms for you guys, waiting to be download at the end of this post. This set includes about 170 games and a couple of Emulators. I haven't checked all the games to make sure they work, but I have checked most of them. I find if a game doesn't work with one Emulator, the other one has a good chance of working. And if not, there are several other Emulation choices out there that you can try out. I planned on testing each game out, but I just kept playing each game I tested for like 10 minutes and that really starts to add up and cut into your "doing shit that actually needs to be done" time.

Since I don't feel like typing all of them out, here's a list of some of the highlights. And a few that totally suck. Bill and Ted, I'm talking to you.

Abadox
The Addams Family
Adventure Island
American Gladiators
Astyanax
Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes
Back To The Future 1-3
Batman
Beetlejuice
Bill and Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure
BlasterMaster
A Boy and His Blob
Captain America
Caveman Games
Clash At Demonhead
Contra (4 different ones)
Darkman
Die Hard
Dracs Night Out
Faxanadu
Frankenstein
Friday the 13th
Ghoul School
Godzilla
Golgo13
Gremlins 2
Home Alone
Hudson Hawk
Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu (cool game, actually)
Jaws
Journey To Silius
Kid Icarus
Lethal Weapon
Little League Baseball (best baseball game ever?)
Mad Max
Maniac Mansion
Mario Bros. (a bunch of these)
Megaman 1-6
Metroid
Mike Tysons Punch Out
Nightmare on Elm Street
Ninja Gaiden 1-3
Paperboy
Predator
Punisher
Rampage
Remote Control
River City Ransom
Robocop 1-3
Splatterhous
Swamp Thing
T and C Surf Design
Toxic Crusaders
Yo! Noid (yes, really)

Experience The Ultimate in Video Entertainment (Circa 1985)


How cool would it have been if they kept the original Japanese Famicom design before unleashing the system (as the NES) on the rest of the world?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Spun - The Official Unofficial Soundtrack Custom Cover

For some unknown reason Jonas Åkerlund's 2002 film Spun never received an official soundtrack release. Not unlike the film itself, the soundtrack is absolutely chaotic, featuring everything from Zwan (who are called Djali Zwan now?) to Donovan to Satyricon. It even includes a track by Jason Schwartzman's former band Phantom Planet.
Spoof. Dope. Crank. Creep. Bomb. Spank. Shit. Bang. Zip. Tweak.

Macabre Movie Poster Madness - The Hammer Edition

Today, I thought we'd take a look a some Hammer posters. This set is a little one-sided, 80% Dracula, 20% Frank. Rasputin and The Reptile will just have to wait.

Dracula Has Risen From The Grave - This poster is way to cutesy and makes it seem like a wacky comedy - it would've been a great Love At First Bite poster - but something about this poster intrigues me. I think it's the pink band-aids. Yeah, that'll work.
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell - The top half of this image was featured on my site's most popular banner. In fact, posting this one makes me kinda miss that banner. I lost the original file when I made the old blogger to new blogger transition, but I think I might have to do it over.

The Satanic Rites of Dracula - This stunning Japanese (see, told you they were good) poster would have to be in my top 5 favorite pieces of Hammer artwork. In fact I am in the middle of making a DVD cover using this poster. If it turns out okay, I'm sure I'll probably feature it here at some point.

Dracula AD 1972 - Another brilliant Japaneser here. When I become loaded (in the rich sense, not like drunk loaded) these two are essential purchases for me.

Dracula AD 1972 - Yes, another Drac AD72 poster - titled Dracula 73 on the poster.

I hope everyone is enjoying the new year so far. Things have been okay for me this first week. But I have had two sad losses so far. 1) Taco Bell is no longer making the Volcano Taco. Just as soon as they'd introduced this delightful red-shelled monstrosity to me they've taken it away. This not 3 months after I discover my favorite chips of all time - Fiery Habanero Doritos - have been taken off the market due to poor sales. It's a bad time to be a fan of hot.

2)My Zune has officially bitten the dust. I got a refurbished first generation model on Woot.com for $80. I loved the big bulky brown bastard. I even stuck up for it when people asked "what the hell is that thing, some kind of wallet?" But I'm looking at it right now, completely in pieces after an ill-advised attempt to repair it myself. I knew it was totally dead before I actually opened it up. Otherwise I wouldn't have actually done it. I tried the "open it up, look for something that came uplugged" approach. If it works with my car, why not my Zune? Oh well, I got 15 months out of it, not bad for a refurbished, out of date MP3 player.

As you might've noticed with the semi-frequent posting, I'm trying to get this site up and running properly again. I'm trying to post more, and different kind of stuff to keep the site interesting. I've even got a few little projects for the site I'm working on:
A Double Feature cover song compilation
A New Werewolf compilation (bands who play songs named after movie titles)
An attempt at a Podcast (Idea swiped from Cosmobells) -

The first two things should've been done some time ago, but I'm a slacker, so they are still in the "being worked on" phase. The Podcast, not going too well. I've gotten like 30 minutes, but I'm not happy with it. I like the song choices, not too obvious, but not pretentiously obscure. But it's just not going together too well. I don't know if I'll actually finish this thing up.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Clowns in the Sky Volume 1


This is Clowns in the Sky, a compilation of music from the late, great Mystery Science Theater. 29 Choice cuts of harmonious hilarity from the first 7 seasons of the show.

Volume 2 features music from the 8th and 9th seasons, but it's still available to purchase so I won't be posting that one. But Volume 1 here is listed as "out of print - we're not sure if or when it will be back", so here it is.

Tracklist (with episode titles)

1. Theme Song Version 1A (Seasons 1-5.5 with Joel)
2. My Creepy Girl (Catalina Caper)
3. Godzilla Genealogy Bop (Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster)
4. If Chauffeurs Ruled the World (Ring of Terror)
5. Music from Some Guys in Space (Pod People)
6. Tibby, Oh Tibby (Gamera)
7. The Plate Spinning Song (Gamera vs. Gaos)
8. A Clown in the Sky (Pod People)
9. The Waffle Song (Viking Women and the Sea Serpent)
10. A Patrick Swayze Christmas (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians)
11. Master Ninja Theme Song (Master Ninja I)
12. Tribute to Pants (Hercules Against the Moon Men)
13. Gypsy Rose Me! (The Day the Earth Froze)
14. Kim Cattrall (City Limits)
15. Ode On Estelle (The Magic Sword)
16. Gypsy Moons (Crash of Moons)
17. Hired! Original Broadway Cast (Bride of the Monster)
18. What A Pleasant Journey (The Girl in Lovers Lane)
19. Theme Song Version 2 (Seasons 5.5-6 with Mike)
20. The Janitor Song (Teen-Age Strangler)
21. NummyMuffinCoocolButter (Colossus and the Headhunters)
22. Merry Christmas...If That's OK (Santa Claus)
23. The Greatest Frank Of All (Village of the Giants)
24. Livin' In Deep Thirteen (The Violent Years)
25. Bouncy Upbeat Song (Red Zone Cuba)
26. Whom Shall I Kill? (Samson vs. the Vampire Women)
27. Tubular Boobular Joy (Outlaw)
28. Theme Song Version 3 (Season 7 with Mrs. Forrester)
29. Mighty Science Theater

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Macabre Movie Poster Madness - American Horror: Japanese Style

I think my favorite country for movie posters just might be Japan. I like posters that are a bit out of the ordinary and Japan can tend to get really out there with their designs. I especially like what they were doing with American horror films in the 70s and 80s. A lot of the time the posters are like very chaotic collages - movie stills, art from other posters for the film, and Japanese characters splattered seemingly randomly around. It's fascinating really, I could look at them for hours.

The Evil Dead. This poster damn near out-kitsches Army of Darkness' Japanese poster. Not nearly as cool as the one for AOD (and really, what could be?), but this thing is still absolutely bananas.

Now a hysterical poster from John Carpenter's Halloween. At first glance, this poster is fairly kick ass. It's simplistic, but very moody and sinister at the same time. But wait! Take a look a Mikey's face. Whoops! I like to imagine this guy was just really blitzed while he was painting this at the last minute, desperate to make a deadline and he just accidentally went a little too "bulgey-eyed puppet man" with his depiction of Michael Myers.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The collage-like design really works quite well here. Like a page from some demented scrapbook that might've been kept on the premises of the Sawyer compound. What all the Japanese stuff would be doing on there, I do not know, but you see what I'm saying.

Re-Animator - A masterful classic, brimming with severed head eroticism. Gotta love the blood splatter to hide Barbara's business. I don't know if that's supposed to be funny, but....

Carrie - I've got no comment on this one, but I figured the post would look odd without something other than the title here.

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