Monday, October 21, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 10/21/19

Throw on your Parachute Pants and head to Cemetery Ridge as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: MC Hammer
Song: Monster Squad Rap
Album:  The Addams Family: Soundtrack (1991)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: 7
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was Hammer's last top 10 hit in the U.S. The video features cameos by most of the cast of the Addams Family movie. This video played before the Addams Family movie during it's first few weeks in theaters.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Ranking Monster Cereals

First off I want to say that I don't think any of the General Mills Monster cereals are bad, I just prefer some over the others. Also, I will not be ranking Fruity Yummy Mummy or Fruit Brute since they were pulled from shelves decades ago. That being said, here is a quick history lesson on the delicious Halloween breakfast cereals! The line of Monster Cereals were first introduced in 1971 and included only Count Chocula and Frankenberry. In 1973 Boo Berry was added to the lineup followed by Frute Brute in 1974 & Fruity Yummy Mummy in 1987. Fryte Brute was discontinued in 1982 to make room for Mummy which was discontinued in 1992. Both were revived for a short time in 2013. Honestly, I can't recall seeing either of these now discontinued cereal on store shelves in the 80s or 90s, so I don't feel I can accurately rank them! Well, anyway on to the list of current Monster Cereals!
Boo Berry
I really enjoy the taste of Boo Berry Cereal which is strange because I don't really like blue berries at all! Maybe that's why this sweet cereal is my favorite. Unlike Frankenberry and Count Chocula, the only time of the year that I get that delicious artificial blue berry flavor is in the fall with Boo Berry cereal. I can find strawberry candy, syrup and deserts all year round the same goes for chocolate. I remember growing up as a kid and Boo Berry would only sporadically be on the shelves. This limited release schedule may also be a part of why I prefer Boo Berry over the others?
Count Chocula
There are a million chocolate flavored cereals in stores from Coco-Puffs to Cocoa Pebbles, but none of these cereals quite tastes like Count Chocula. Maybe it's the mix of chocolate cereal mixed with chocolate marshmallows or maybe it's the awesome tasting chocolate milk you get after finishing your bowl. Whatever it is it is exquisite. I remember seeing the Count on shelves all year round as a kid. He was always staring back at me when I was in the cereal aisle along with other great American heroes like Cap'N Crunch and Sugar Bear. This year round treatment ended in 2010 when General Mills decided to make monster cereal a Halloween exclusive food. I feel this was a smart move as you come to appreciate something more, when it is not available all the time!
It's not a bad thing when your least favorite type of monster cereal is still tasty. Frankenberry is a solid go to cereal this time of year, but I find it's taste a little less sweet than Boo Berry or Count Chocula. Once again, I feel my indulgence in other strawberry flavored snack treats throughout the year may dull my senses to the flavors in Frankenberry. I do enjoy the strawberry milk you get to enjoy at the end of each serving though.
There it is, my rankings of the recent lineup of Monster Cereals. Which one is your favorite? There are no wrong answers because we all are winners as long as there are grocery store shelves filled with boxes featuring food based monsters. Hope you get to enjoy some this year. Now take a peek at an awesome 90s commercial featuring Igor the guard spider!  

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Comic Book Pick 10/16/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
The best-selling comic series that inspired the blockbuster film returns with gruesome hilarity from the showrunner of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire and Hellboy's Patric Reynolds. Years ago, a weird mask of unknown origin and limitless power was buried in the cement of an apartment building's basement floor. Edge City and its residents have all but forgotten the mysterious green-faced killer known only as "Big Head." But now, decades later, the bizarre Tex Avery-style killings are happening all over again and are on a collision course with a bizarre political campaign where a homicidal maniac wants to "Make America Green Again"!  
(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Patric Reynolds
SRP: $3.99
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 10/14/19

Throw on your Shades and Leather Jacket and head to the Treehouse as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: The Monster Squad
Song: Monster Squad Rap
Album:  The Monster Squad: Soundtrack (1987)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song was never officially released as a single and has never had an official music video shot. This song was played over the credits of the movie "The Monster Squad" upon it's release in 1987.

Friday, October 11, 2019

How I was banned from an iconic horror movie location...

I know I have probably mentioned that I grew up in Hope, NJ a million times on this blog and I am proud of that fact. For those who don't know, Hope was one of the filming locations used in the original Friday The 13th movie in 1980. I loved growing up there. One of the locations used for filming was Hartung's General Store also know as Skip's.
In the film the general store was the place where Annie goes to ask directions to Camp Crystal Lake. Everyone looks at her like she is crazy, because that's what locals do and she goes on her way to be killed by Jason's mom. The inside of the store looked pretty much the same from what I remember and changed little over the years.
Skip Hartung was the owner of the general store and was a very nice guy. I remember him always being there helping my Dad get his Pick-6 lottery tickets and newspapers with a smile. In my early years I would go there to get Ninja Turtles comics, Garbage Pail Kids cards, Gatorade and Bubble Tape! But as we got older it became a place to grab drinks, get D batteries for our boom boxes and flirt with the girls behind the counter and that's where the trouble started...
It was around 1998 and I was 17, there was a girl I went to high school with and I would visit her while she worked at the general store as often as possible. I would get some food and sometimes a shake and would just sit there and chat. One of these times, me being a stupid teenager, I scratched my name into the old wooden counter top in the store! 
So, of course the next time I went to visit this girl, I was told I was not allowed into the store by Skip's request. I totally understand why. It was a stupid thing to do and I realize that now, but at the time I thought it was dumb. I persistently pleaded my case and said that I was set up by someone who must have it in for me and eventually I was allowed back into the store. That was the kind of guy Skip was, forgiving and friendly until the day he passed away in 2012.
The current owners of Hartung's General Store have turned it into an antique store, but if you look at the windows you can still see some of the old signage from when it was an awesome piece of horror movie history and an amazing part of my life.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Comic Book Pick 10/9/19

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
In the Year of the Villain, what's a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! The Joker is on a mission to get his mojo back and prove to the world that there is no greater villainy than the kind that leaves you laughing. This special one-shot is co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games), making for a Joker comic that's twisted in ways you never imagined!
(W) John Carpenter, Anthony Burch (A/CA) Philip Tan, Marc Deering
SRP: $4.99
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Throwback Jam of the Week: 10/7/19

Throw on your Brown Jumpsuits and head to the Fire Station as we take you back! Without further ado, here is the 20 Years Before 2000 THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK...
Artist: Run DMC
Song: Ghostbusters
Album:  Ghostbusters II: Soundtrack (1989)
Peak Billboard Hot 100 Position: N/A
Bonus Fun Fact: This song is a remix of the original "Ghostbusters" song by Ray Parker Jr. The video features cameos by Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.