See Trains in the Membranes; Electrodes in the Brain!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am


You know how in movies and cheap-gag commercials, doctors doing cranial surgery can poke parts of a guy's brain, and he'll see himself being somewhere completely different?

Yep. It's a real thing now.

First he described seeing a railway station in the neighbourhood where he lives. Stimulation of a nearby area elicited another hallucination, this time of a staircase and a blue closet in his home. When stimulation of these areas was repeated, the same scenes arose.
Once they find the part of the brain recalling the last time you had a good lapdance, I'm guessing people will pay to own a remote control for the necessary electrode implantation.

h/t Gallen_Dugall

Exclusive Clip From Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson's All Cheerleaders Die

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:00 am


My history with this movie is longer than you might believe.

In my senior year of college, McKee and Sivertson lived a few doors down from me in university apartment housing. They were always doing things a little differently; for one, they were the only people I knew in my whole college career who pulled their beds out into the living room so that their bedroom could become a more private screening room of sorts.

More >>

Blu-ray Today: Gamera, Hercules, Devil Baby and Naked Nuns

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

Gamera: Ultimate Collection Vol 1 and 2 - Godzilla may be all the rage right now - so much so that even the animated series based on the Roland Emmerich version (there were 40 episodes??? Really???) is getting a DVD release - but Mystery Science Theater 3000's most favoritest kaiju will not be ignored.

You might say Gamera is what Michael Bay wished the Ninja Turtles were - a giant tortoise who smashes cities, and jet propels his shell into the air when needed. Like his precursor, Gamera began as a metaphor for nuclear fears, continued as a monster who fights other monsters, and has been rebooted a couple of times - the eight movies being released in these disc sets represent the original Daiei Studios films (in their original Japanese cuts) and end with the big guy's death, but don't worry - he's returned quite a few times since.

The Legend of Hercules 3D - Dear, dear Renny Harlin, what the hell happened to you? Was Cutthroat Island really that soul-shattering? Is it that you didn't think to cast Johnny Depp in your pirate movie? Whatever the case, rushing out a cheapie Hercules movie with Kellan Lutz to beat Dwayne Johnson and Brett Ratner to the multiplex feels like a desperation move. Harlin's take, from what I hear, hews closer to a low-budget 300 rip-off than actual Greek mythology, but my guess is most people renting this title will be doing so for the abs. And abs it has.

More >>

TV Trifecta: Jason Voorhees, Blackbeard and Michael Bay

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm


"What is 'Three People Who've Ruined Childhoods,' Alex?"

-Friday the 13th was a series once before, but weirdly, it had nothing whatsoever to do with the movies besides the name, as it focused on the finding of haunted antiques. This time around, Friday the 13th is taking a page out of the books of Hannibal and Bates Motel, focusing on the Voorhees family and the people of Crystal Lake in multiple time periods. Just in case you don't get your fix of hockey masks, blood and guts from, y'know, actual hockey.

More >>

The 7 Coolest Things About Ayumi Seto's J-POP Appearance at San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Street fair season in San Francisco kicked off this this past weekend with the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It tends to focus more on traditional Japanese culture - I arrived just as a Taiko drumming performance was ending - but it's also a precursor to one of my most favorite festivals, also happening in Japantown, later this summer: the J-POP SUMMIT Festival. As the name implies, J-POP is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture - as they put it, "the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, games, anime, food, as well as" (my personal favorite) "niche subcultures" -- and we got a preview in the form of an autograph and photo session with Ayumi Seto. She's a Harajuku Kawaii model turned Aomoji-kei fashion designer, and I spoke with her about just what Aomoji-kei fashion is, as well as about the nerdy influences in her new clothing line, "Aymmy in the batty girls," which takes most of its inspiration from American pop culture. (There are aliens and zombies involved.)

More >>

Weekend Hangover: Superhero Furries, Spider-Politician, Sharknado 2 and More

Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am


While I am certain - not - that most of you were either partying at Coachella or gettin' down to the MTV Movie Awards, many of your fellow readers were scaring up the usual mess o' stories that we didn't have room for last week. Compiled from the weekend thread with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are your weekend highlights of hilariousness.

Tipsters include: donnaryoko, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus_King, troi, andre_morello

More >>

If Harmony Korine Remade Ernest Scared Stupid, It Might Look Like This

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:00 am


Imagine the Jim Varney vs. Trolls Disney comedy from the '90s...only Ernest P. Worrell is now a flesh-eating zombie, the trolls are pedophiles in rubber masks, and the kids are all potential murderers in the making. The lo-fi video and the eerie metal tune by Creepoid - featuring repurposed soundbites from the original film - add up to something simultaneously cheesy and deeply unsettling, much like Korine's Trash Humpers.

The late, great Varney would probably be appalled to see his kid-friendly character get a horror makeover. I, however, am fascinated. And upset...but maybe in a good way? KnoWhutIMean?

More >>

Syfy and The Asylum to Make Happier, More Optimistic Zombie TV Show

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

Dave King
Not from the actual show.

Presumably for the benefit of people who think The Walking Dead is getting too child-murdery, Syfy today announced 13 episodes of a new show called Z Nation, which, billed as it is as being from the producers of Sharknado, will presumably be difficult for viewers to take too seriously.

Per press release:

Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. "Z Nation will take viewers where no zombie has gone before," says Schaefer. The show, he continues, adds "a sense of hope to the horror of the apocalypse - our everyday heroes take the fight to the zombies. It'll be an epic journey unlike anything you've seen before."

The story involves a group of survivors traveling from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for the last plague survivor to be brought so a cure can be made from his blood. Just be careful, because the dude has "a dark secret."

But not so dark it takes away all sense of hope. Because this is the happy zombie show.

Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

More >>

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: More Mexico, Fire Ants, TMNT, and the Human Centipede!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello all,

If you missed the first part of my trip to Mexico with my mother, it's HERE. Now, let's continue.

When we checked in to the resort, we were issued an arm band (if you lose it, 250 pesos is charged) and towel keys (you lose, you pay). They give 1 towel card for each person. The trick here is to ask for more cards. You can get them at the front desk. We put one towel on the lounge and the other was either to dry with or cover up with. Even with the extra towel I got sunburned. The towels are large, which was great. But lose a towel or your wrist band and you will have to pay extra. The exchange rate was 12 pesos to 1 US dollar.

More >>