Monday, October 22, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 10/22/18

It's that time of the week again here at 20 Years Before 2000...It's time for the THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK! These are the jams currently on my trusty Creative ZEN MP3 player and they encompass everything from Motown R&B classics to hip-hop and rap from the 90s! I would like to share them with you in the hopes that they can get you on your feet and bring back some sweet nostalgic memories! So throw on your Hockey Mask, cut your hair in the fresh Psycho style and slip on your knife fingered glove as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the Halloween Edition of the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Michael Jackson
Song: Threatened
Album: Invincible (Released 2001)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song features Rod Serling's opening narration from the Twilight Zone episode "The Good Life"!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Things that scared me as a kid!

The 80s were a great time to grow up! We had incredible toys, entertaining cartoons and some of the best movies ever were created during this time. Also, this was a time where studios could get away with marketing mass murderers, movie maniacs and nightmare creatures to kids under the age of 10! These horror icons were so well know on the schoolyard that you could just mention a first name and people instantly knew who you were talking about. Jason, Freddy, Egon. These were all popular figures of the time. With so much scary stuff integrated into an 80s child's life, you would think it would have desensitized us a little, right? Even though these characters lost their edge when they began to appear as dolls, yo-yos and even on their own records, there were still some things that scared the hell out of me when I was young. Here are 3 of those things that made it hard for me to sleep at night!

Stephen King & Berni Wrightson's Cycle of the Werewolf
My dad was a huge fan of Stephen King and anytime his books would come out, he would pick it up. The covers of the majority of these books were visually striking and I would look at them with wonder. Wondering what the story was about on the inside. I was still into books that contained lots of pictures in them, so a King novel with 300 pages of words didn't really interest me. Then my dad bought Cycle of the Werewolf!
This was a Stephen King book with freakin pictures! I did not have to wonder about what happened in this book because the beautifully horrific pictures by Wrightson told me all the gory details I needed to know. These pictures were terrifying to me. Never before had I seen so much horror in one image. It really stuck with me, but I never actually read the book. It is now on my must read list!

FLEER Grossville High Cards
These cards didn't really scare as much as gross me out as a kid. I really liked Garbage Pail Kids and collected the hell out of them when I was younger, but for some reason the grotesque artwork on these FLEER produced cards really creeped me out. I remember putting these stickers onto some of the things around mine and my brothers room when we got them just like we did with our GPK collection. Then one night I was tired of looking at them and got out of bed specifically to tear them off our stuff. I mean, these cards are no worse than GPK but the artwork just seems a little too out there for me. Check em' out for yourself and be the judge.
Pretty crazy right? Now when I look back at them they aren't really that terrible, but things look a lot different when you're 8 years old! There is a reason though, why Garbage Pail Kids are seen as great nostalgia and no one really remembers Grossville High.

The Taxi Driver Ghost from Ghostbusters
Iloved the Ghostbusters movie when it came out, but there was always one scene that made me close my eyes. That scene was with the Taxi Driver Ghost! For some reason, none of the other supernatural beings in this classic movie scared me at all. The drooling, snarling, sharp toothed terror dogs? Nope! The crazy, floating, purple Library Ghost? Nope! The freakin' taxi driver ghost that is on screen for about one second? YUP! 

The Sea Snakes from Majora's Mask
This game came out in 2000. I was still a teenager and had played survival horror games like Resident Evil, Parasite Eve and Silent Hill by this time with no problems at all. I even enjoyed them, but there was something about these giant, glowing eyed sea snakes from Majora's Mask that gave me the chills. Maybe it is the dark underwater setting or maybe it's the way they jump out at you. Whatever it was it kept me from completing this classic entry in the Legend of Zelda library.
 We all have differing opinions on what is scary, creepy or even terrifying. So, what kind of things scared you as a kid? Let me know in the comments below. And if you want some more creepy Halloween content, check out this post I wrote about a few more things that kept me from sleeping at night including Freddy, Aliens and that damn Tarman!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Comic Book Pick 10/17/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
SIMPSONS COMICS #245
It's a Simpsons Comics send off! Join Bongo for the final issue of Simpsons Comics in a series finale that's been 25 years in the making! When Lisa brings home a lovable new pet from All Creatures Great and Small and Cheap, it seems like the perfect gift. But this new addition to the family turns out to be much more than anyone could have expected, and soon Springfield itself is in danger. Only one person can save the town from total disaster, but they're too busy taking a nap! It's a tale of twists, turns, irradiated missteps, and surprise cameos that will have your head spinning, bosom heaving, and wallet screaming to be emptied! A heartfelt series farewell from your pals at Bongo. We hate to say goodbye, so let's just leave it at "Smell ya later!"
(W) Nathan Kane (A) Rex Lindsey (CA) Jason Ho, Nathan Kane
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com

Monday, October 15, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 10/15/18

It's that time of the week again here at 20 Years Before 2000...It's time for the THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK! These are the jams currently on my trusty Creative ZEN MP3 player and they encompass everything from Motown R&B classics to hip-hop and rap from the 90s! I would like to share them with you in the hopes that they can get you on your feet and bring back some sweet nostalgic memories! So throw on your Hockey Mask, cut your hair in the fresh Psycho style and slip on your knife fingered glove as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the Halloween Edition of the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Rockwell
Song: Somebody's Watching Me
Album: Somebody's Watching Me (Released 1984)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 2
Bonus Fun Fact: Rockwell is the son of Motown Records legend Berry Gordy. Michael & Jermaine Jackson provide background vocals on this hit song!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Halloween Movie Recap 2018: Part 1

Every October me and my wife hold a "Scary Movie Marathon". This year is no different. We try to pick a new movie or show each day that gets us ready for the Halloween season. This year the majority of movies we watched were on Netflix. Here is a short list of some of the films we watched and what I thought of them. Please don't be upset if I didn't like something you liked, we all have our own opinions and tastes in horror movie cinema.

The Boy (2016)
The Boy is the story of a Montanan named Greta who is looking to escape her abusive past by taking a nanny job in England. Upon her arrival at the house, she discovers that she will be watching over a doll by the name of Brahms. She needs to dress him, feed him and teach him. It all seems weird, but she takes the job and strange things begin to happen around the house and they all link back to the inanimate doll of Brahms. She finds out that Brahms died years ago and begins to believe the doll is a vessel for the spirit of the boy. Up to this point I was with this film. It was a little slow, but I wanted to see the payoff. Unfortunately the twist the makers of the film tried to surprise us with at the end of the movie did not pay off once the doll is smashed by Greta's former lover. It felt sloppy and lazy to me. This movie really did have a decent premise, and had a few scares in it, but ultimately it did not satisfy. I would skip this one.

Oculus (2013)
Once the credits began to roll in the intro to the film, I should have known what I was in for. One of the production companies for the film was WWE Studios. Yes the same studios that bring us Monday Night Raw is now in the business of making horror movies. To theirs and the other producers credit though, this was not a terrible movie. In short, two siblings find a mirror that they believed was the cause of their parents going crazy and killing each other. They want this mirror so they can prove their parents weren't crazy psychos, but victims of the mirrors powers. The siblings set up cameras, traps, etc to record their findings. In the end though their exposure to the mirror causes them some problems. The acting was pretty good. The cast Karen Gillan (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica). The writing was okay and the visual effects were solid. I wouldn't say this was a great movie, but maybe once you get to the end of your Halloween movie viewing, maybe give this one a chance.

The Vault (2017)
Let me start off by saying, I had no idea this movie was a supernatural thriller! Everytime I would scroll by it on Netflix all I would see was an image of Mr. James Franco and his amazing mustache. I knew it was a bank robbery heist film, but didn't know it included hauntings and paranormal twists. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by this flick! A family of bank robbers decides to knock off  a local bank to pay off their debts, but man did they pick the wrong place. When they find the main vault only has a few thousand dollars in it, a bank employee tells them of another vault in the basement that contains millions. He didn't tell them though that this vault was the scene of a brutal robbery in the 80s! The robbers attempt to get the loot, but they each ultimately end up becoming victims to the paranormal specters that roam the old vault. The twist at the end caught me off guard and there was just enough scares and gore to keep me satisfied as a horror movie viewer. I definitely recommend this one for your holiday viewing! 

 Friday The 13th (1980)
Do I really need to explain why this movie made my list of films to watch during Halloween? I have seen Friday The 13th a million times since I was a kid and it still does the trick for me every Halloween. Plus, as I've mentioned a hundred times on this blog already...I grew up in the town where parts of the movie were filmed, so it gives me a little glimpse of my home. If you have not seen this slasher/horror classic yet, do it! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Comic Book Pick 10/10/18

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
SPIDER-GEDDON #1
REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
Back in 2014, SPIDER-VERSE brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all. The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It's going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones! With Jorge Molina on art, the END OF ALL SPIDERS never looked so good!
(W) Christos Gage, Dan Slott (A/CA) Jorge Molina
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis Provided By: PreviewsWorld.com

Monday, October 8, 2018

Throwback Jam of the Week: 10/8/18

It's that time of the week again here at 20 Years Before 2000...It's time for the THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK! These are the jams currently on my trusty Creative ZEN MP3 player and they encompass everything from Motown R&B classics to hip-hop and rap from the 90s! I would like to share them with you in the hopes that they can get you on your feet and bring back some sweet nostalgic memories! So throw on your Hockey Mask, cut your hair in the fresh Psycho style and slip on your knife fingered glove as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the Halloween Edition of the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Song: Then She Bit Me
Album: And In This Corner (Released 1989)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song contains references to Nintendo, Shaft, Twilight Zone and Chucky from Child's Play!