Thursday, January 7, 2016

This is the End...Probably...Who Knows...

As you can clearly see, the blog hasn't been active for a while. It won't be. Let me explain why I've decided to stop.
Late last year, Eric came to me and told me he wanted this year to be the last year of Dollar Bin Horror Radio. I understood his reasoning and agreed. He just released a fucking novel. Something to be proud of! He wants to fully commit to writing and getting a second novel out (in less than six years this time) and I support him 100%! It may not seemed like it as we only did the show once a week, but it took up a lot of time. We talked about themes. We worked on getting guests. We worked harder on the radio show than the blog. Which is one of the reasons why I'm stopping the blog. The radio show became the glue. It was what kept me blogging. Without the anchor, the ship must sail. I've been doing this since I was 18...I'm 26. That's a LONG fucking time for a blog. It's been fun...
And not so fun. Reason #2. I LOVE horror. I wanted to write about it. Talk about it. Become a part of it. I did for a little while and I will never forget that. I got to be an author, a talk show host, a blogger, a film critic...I think I even got a credit or two in a couple films. But along with that, I got hate. I got cyber bullied. I got harassed. Why? Because sometimes, my grammar was shitty. Because some people gotta find something to bitch about...and apparently, I was something for a moment. It's happened on a few occasions. Why? Who the fuck knows. Right now, I don't care. It was a while back in the blog history, but it still pisses me off...
Which gets me to reason #3. I got a rule...If it ain't fun anymore, STOP. It's not fun anymore. I wanted to blog because I loved horror. I wanted to be IN horror in some small way. A while back, Eric (my guardian angle it feels like at times) and another person joined me in posting (I will not say his name because he turned out to be a dick and I would rather forget he exists...but he does and I must acknowledge him we'll say "he"). He wanted to change things. He wanted to turn my BLOG into a BUSINESS. I, stupidly, listened. I tried advertising. I did more screeners. I took on more shit that I never bargained for...and I began to hate it. I began to hate the blog. I wanted to have FUN. I wanted to just be a FAN who was in the mix...but once he "left", it got fun again! I felt like I was back in control. Me and Eric did the show AND the blog OUR way...
But now it feels like we've done everything we wanted to do. Talked about everything we wanted to talk about. Horror is AMAZING...but there's just so much one can say without feeling like it's been said before. I LOVE this blog. I LOVE every single person who has ever even visited this blog for a MOMENT!!! It shall remain up as a history of the baddass things me and Eric were able to do and experience in that last 8 years (holy shit...), but don't look for anything new. I highly doubt that will happen. It's ok though. I'm still gonna LOVE THE FUCK out of horror movies. I'm still gonna collect my Living Dead Dolls. Still gonna zombie walk, Still gonna do conventions, still gonna be me...just less internet time and more LIFE time! I love you all (even you fucking bully bitches! LOL)
Thank you to Eric for without you, this blog would have been dead YEARS ago!!!! YOU ARE MY FUCKING HERO AND I LOVE YOU LIKE A FUCKING BROTHER FOREVER!!! And I can't wait to see you this April at Wasteland!!!!! Thank you to ALL THE BADASS READERS!!!! LOVE YOU TOO!!!!
Who knows...maybe I'll wanna blog again...if so, hopefully this will still be here and I can pick it up again...only time will tell. Oh and P.S. This post was NOT grammar checked. Fuck you.
ALSO...I'm still keeping the name Dollar Bin Horror open...maybe I'll make that movie I've always wanted to make...who knows...only the future will know...I hope so.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Must See Short: SWEET MADNESS, a Harley Quinn film by Dream Seekers Productions

Remember a post I did a while back on a short film called Little Reaper? Well Peter Dukes and Dream Seekers Productions are back with something a little more...mad?
Let me just start with this...Harley Quinn is my FAVORITE comic character OF ALL if you're going to do a Harley short, it BETTER be good!!! And Sweet Madness is not's brilliant. The story is simple yet we get to see Harley's personality and Madeleine Wade does a great job showing her funny and deviant sides. We also can't have Harley without her Puddin'! Micah Fitzgerald is sans makeup in this short and is sinister as hell! He's really creepy and I would LOVE to see what Peter would do with him in another short WITH the joker makeup! And the ending...I love the ending so damn much! My ONLY gripe...not into the "shiny" suit, but it didn't take away from the film at all. PLEASE check out this great short (It's free...just click now)!!!

Want to see more from Peter Dukes and Dream Seekers Productions? Check out these links!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Guest Post by Author C.G. Williams - An Essay Style Review of 'The Beast Within' and 'Bat People' Double feature!

Today, we have a special guest post written by our friend, Author C.G. Williams! She takes a look at a double feature DVD of The Beast Within and Bat People.

C.G. Williams loves films, in her youth she cut her teeth on the old Hammer Horror films and has enjoyed the horror genre since. She's been a fan of Dollar Bin Horror since first reading about it in a Total Film Blog a few years ago. C.G. Williams enjoys writing and taking the dog on on long walks in the woods. You can find C.G. on Facebook by clicking HERE!

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Women Behind the Men of Horror: A Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight for Women in Horror Month!

Women In Horror Month is a time to celebrate the women who have made an impact in the horror industry. Started by Hannah Neurotica, every February lets us reflect on how women make an impact on the genre, which is considered a "male dominated" field. Now in its sixth year, I wanted to do something a little different. So far, my women in horror post and been about women I look up to and most of the posts I've read have been by amazing women in horror speaking of other women who have inspired them to do what they love. I wanted to take a moment to ask men in horror who inspired them? Who, either in their profession or personal life, has made them want to be a part of this glorious world of terror and mayhem?

I asked these five wonderful men in horror the same question: Can you tell me about a woman who has inspired you to work in horror or to recall a woman whom you have worked with in a horror film and talk about your experience working with her and the impact she has made on you.
The answers I got were touching, intriguing, and made me so happy to be part of this wonderful world of horror.

Damien Glonek (left) and Ed Long, creators of Living Dead Dolls
First we have Damien Glonek who is one of the two men behind my biggest obsession, Living Dead Dolls! He is someone I personally look up to in horror and his creations have brought me joy and happiness in abundance. This is what he had to say:

I always found Maila Nurmi aka Vampira to be quite inspiring.  At a time when women weren't generally looked upon as being morbid celebrities, Maila created her Vampira character and broke all the molds.  Sexy and creepy there was no one alive like Vampira.  She was very ahead of her time and despite her displeasures with her predecessor I also have to admire Elvira in the same ways of (yes creating a similar character).  The character she created with Elvira and how she merchandised and held unto all the rights is something similar to what we always aimed to do with Living Dead Dolls.  Never lose sight of the original goal and always hang on to your creation.  But if I had to choose one woman who inspired me with horror, it would be my mother.  Being the black sheep growing up, not fitting in and developing a growing fascination with all things horror she never derailed me or second guessed any of it.  Always encouraged me to do what I loved and thought nothing out of the ordinary of my interests.  When the time came and we first started making Living Dead Dolls, my mother helped me make the outfits and couldn't be more proud of what they have accomplished all these years later.

Next we speak with Lloyd Kaufman, whom needs no introduction. Troma films have been a staple in horror movie fan's collections since the dawn of time! The man is a living legend! I mean, who hasn't seen 'The Toxic Avenger' at least a dozen times? This is what he had to say on a women whom inspired many film makers and actors:

A woman who has inspired me and countless other independent filmmakers is Debbie Rochon. I first worked with Debbie in 1994 on the set of Tromeo and Juliet, where she played Ness. Debbie displayed a quiet grace and bravery in taking on the role of Juliet's sympathetic lesbian lover in the midst of a very homophobic era. This was four years before the tragic murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, and many years before the gradual mainstream cultural acceptance of homosexuality. Throughout her long career she continued to consistently prove her fearlessness and willingness to take on controversial roles without hesitation. I went on to direct her in several other Troma films, including Terror Firmer, The Toxic Avenger IV: Citizen Toxie, and most recently Return to Nuke'em High Volumes 1 & 2. From my experiences with Debbie, I've come to respect her as a great actress who is 100% devoted to independent films and the independent film industry. There is no doubt that she is beautiful and talented enough to be embraced by mainstream Hollywood, yet she has stayed loyal to the local New York City and Canadian independent movie scene. In 2003, she had an unfortunate accident on the set of an unreleased independent film involving a prop machete that left her right hand badly severed. It took her over three years of physical therapy to get over the pain and regain limited use of her hand, but this huge setback did nothing to dampen her devotion to independent cinema. She continued to act and actively participate in the industry, which is a testament to the strength of her resolve. Her success is even more inspiring in the context of the extremely male-dominated horror genre, which still struggles with a thinly veiled chauvinistic culture. I've actually written an essay that addresses this called "Gynophobia & the Blood Ceiling in the World of Horror," (Click HERE to read). Her success is a direct challenge to anyone in the horror industry who still stubbornly subscribes to the idea that women are delicate and can't handle a little blood and guts. Debbie also recently directed her first film called "Model Hunger," which I have a small cameo in. She's had incredible success in her career despite the odds being stacked against her, and she should be a source of inspiration to all women who want to get into the horror industry.

Derrick Carey (right) and Cory Udler (Left)
Third is Derrick Carey, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Cinema Wasteland here in Ohio. He's a fantastic producer, editor, director, and all around kick ass man who was a big part of the film 'Hole in the Wall', which will be screening at this year's Wasteland! Here is the lady whom he chose to speak about:

The funny thing is about this question is that the vast majority of filmmakers who I talk to in the industry are women.  To pick one that inspires me is actually a silly proposition as they all inspire me immensely.  The women in horror movement and those involved with it are amazing and it is something I stand behind full heartedly.
I have been humbled and honored to work with, in my short time making micro-budget horror films and documentaries, women with whom I have admired and watched since I was little.    
If I were to tell one story about a woman who inspired how I present myself and handle fans at conventions, it would have to be the amazing Miss Linnea Quigley.  Jason Paul Collum and I had the privilege of sharing a space with her in 2011 at Flashback weekend for our documentary on her, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer entitled Screaming in High Heels: The Rise and Fall of the Scream Queen Era.  Over the course of the weekend Linnea and I talked about a wide variety of things concerning her films and fans.  She had lines all weekend, and the fans varied from ravenous Return of the Living Dead fans to fans of the fact she is a beautiful woman.  What struck me over the course of the weekend was that regardless of what was thrown at her, be it admiration or creepy lustful musings, she handled herself with poise and always showed respect to everyone that came to her table to take a picture with her or sign memorabilia.    It’s hard, over the course of 3 days, to keep up a persona for fans.  It gets exhausting.  Most people think that it’s nothing and that these people should be so ecstatic for the adulation they receive.  It’s not always roses.  Linnea, regardless of the amazing icon she is historically as a woman in the B-Film industry, never once let anything get to her and was insanely approachable to everyone.  There were times I questioned how she could be so trusting of fans and open to them.  She just brushed it off and smiled.
“It’s all part of the gig”.
That’s a professional.  That’s someone that not only realizes that these people are the life blood of her career, but that this is what she signed on for when she decided to be an actress in over 100 films.  I highly respect her for that.  Every time I am at a convention and/or film festival for one of my films, I always remember that every last person that comes up to my table matters, even the ones that have nothing good to say.  They are all me, and regardless what side of the table I have been or am on, we are all there for a reason, we love horror.

Our fourth participant is Cory Udler, whom I also met at Wasteland and adore to the fullest extent. I saw his film 'The Girl Who Played with the Dead' at Wasteland and will go on record as saying it is one of my favorite indie films ever! With Derrick Carey, he makes some of the best indie films around! He chose to speak of two amazing women who inspired him:

As usual I'm going to ignore the rules and name not one but two women I have had the pleasure of not only working with but becoming friends with.
First is Shannon Lark and second is Paula Duerksen. Paula I met on social media via our mutual love and friendship with Lloyd Kaufman. From that Paula was a part of Incest Death Squad 2 and from that came Mediatrix, a script Paula wrote and a movie she starred in. I have never been around a more dynamic person in my entire life. Her glaring talents aside, she's an addicting personality. I never looked at Mediatrix as me "directing a woman's script". I looked at it as me being fortunate enough to work with her and bring her ideas to life. We busted our asses on that movie, all of us, together. Like a little cult.
I had originally had Debbie Rochon pegged to play the Virgin Mary in that movie. I don't even remember why that didn't happen anymore. But, it didn't and I needed a punk rock Virgin Mary.  Tom Lodewyck had just worked with Shannon Lark on one of Joe Hollow's movies. He said she'd be great so we made the arrangements. I was a little nervous working with her, she was someone I admired from her work with the Viscera movement. I had read interviews with her online and just really respected who she was and what she stood for. We had one day to shoot all of her scenes. It was a dream to be able to make that movie with her. For some reason she likes slumming around with me. Someday I'd like to do a big project with her, not another $2,000 wonder. Her latest short, "I Am Monster", is more subversive and smart than anything going on in the genre. She's the high water mark not just for women in horror but for everyone in horror.

Last, but certainly not least, is the incomparable Tom Sullivan. This man is not only a living legend, but the nicest person I have ever met...ever! He is the man behind the unbelievably fantastic effects of 'The Evil Dead', 'The Fly 2', 'Army of Darkness'...I could go on for days! He give us some amazing incites on three women who've inspired him and what is was really like on set to work with them:

There are three women who inspired me in the very beginning of my career in special effects make-up. I speak of Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss and Theresa Tilly who gave chilling performances in the original The Evil Dead. While it's one thing to apply make up on an actor, to see the actors make that creation come alive and frighten audiences is such a treat and so satisfying that it is the highlight of my artistic life.
But there is so much more. The conditions during the film's production were spartan, we were all far away from our homes and families and we were shooting in the chilly Winter for almost two months.
And the "Ladies of the Evil Dead" had to endure my inexperience.
The first challenge for them were the face molds I made of each of them. I did those in the basement of Sam Raimi's home and were simple, one piece molds of the front of their faces. I didn't know about Alginate, a soft mold making material that dentists use for making molds of your teeth. It's that minty tasting stuff. So I taped aluminum foil to cover their hair and greased their eyebrows with petroleum jelly and poured Hydrocal over there faces and waited the half hour or so for it to set. Hydrocal gets very warm, some say hot as it sets up. Uncomfortably hot. I recall giving them a notepad so they could communicate and they were all anxious to get the molds off as soon as possible. And I did. As soon as possible. No burns but having your face cast is a claustrophobic exercise and they were all troopers despite the long ordeal.
And the molds came out perfectly.
Then several weeks later we were on location outside Morristown, Tennessee and at the cabin in the woods. The cabin had no heat, electricity, water, toilets, windows, doors, but it did have about three inches of cow manure carpeting the floor.
So there was some work to do and all pitched in to get the cabin in shape.
Betsy was the first make up subject. I recall waking her up about 4:00am as I figured the make up would take 3 or 4 hours to apply the make up. Betsy woke up and I took her to a room with a cot and she laid down, fell back asleep and I applied the make up. Due to some discussions between Sam Raimi and I we changed the concept of the '"deadite" designs so on Betsy I was making it up as I went along. I applied liquid latex rubber onto Betsy in the form of veins radiating out from her eyes. It took 5 hours to do and we made it to the cabin just in time as the Sun was coming up and the shot had to be done during the night. Betsy played Linda and Bruce, playing as Ash had to drag Linda off the porch, down the steps and out into the yard as the possessed Linda shrieked and screamed.  This was the very first scene we'd shot that was a "horror" scene. And Betsy shocked us all. Her deadite was angry and supernatural and I remember the stunned silence of the crew reacting to Betsy's performance. If you watch that scene again you can just make out the vein make up.
But it would get worse. The contact lenses were nothing like they have today. They were thick plastic, hemispheric, and completely opaque. The actors could see nothing with these contacts on.
The optometrist who designed them had warned us about not keeping them in the actor's eyes for more than 15 minutes at at time. And he gave us a bottle of sterile solution to keep their eyes lubricated.  It was dangerous to allow the eyes to dry out. The sterile solution was gone in a day or two. Without running water, the only liquid on set was coffee and that was used instead of water. Yikes.
Ellen had the lion's share of the make up and had to endure the cold in a short nightgown. The night scene where she is running in the forest and the vine attack scene was freezing, tiring and endless. I did my best keeping a blanket ready for Ellen in between takes but again, Sam had found real show business troopers.
Ellen had to fall back into the small trap door, doing her own stunts while blind with the contact lenses in place. From the angle I saw her fling herself back into the trapdoor hole that had been dug, I couldn't believe she didn't crack her head on the trapdoor frame. Yeesh.
Theresa also had a tough time. She is in a fight scene with Ash and Scotty  and was rigged with a fake arm that Scotty would attempt to cut off.  The scene took a couple of days to shoot. I wound up using my vein design for Theresa's character Shelly so that make up was built up and took the 4 to 5 hours to apply. The actors would have to wear the make up all day long and days were running14 to 16 hours a day.
The fun goes out of make up in an hour so wearing it all day is taxing and disturbing thus creating the term, "the latex point". That is where the actor's face wants the make up off . I think it's something similar to tissue rejection like a bad organ transplant. But they all trooped on.
The script required that Linda's head be cut off. So I had to make a full head mold of Betsy. I had never done a larger face cast than the front of a face.
And of course I screwed it up.
The mold was done in two parts. Again I didn't use the Alginate and it was not known to me. So it was all done with the Hydrocal again.
I did not properly cover here hairline on her forehead so when I applied the Hydrocal plaster it embraced her hair and that was a problem.
With two halves to the mold Betsy was under this heavy mold for about 2 hours. And it is cooking her head.
So when I tried to separate the molds Betsy let me know the front mold was solidified to her bangs. So I couldn't separate the molds.
My solution was to carefully lift up the front mold and with a single edge razor blade held by two fingers I slowly moved my fingers and razor up under the mold trying not to cut off her nose. All the time the hot mold is pulling on her hair and hurting her. I remember the pit in my stomach. I didn't want to hurt anyone. Yeesh, again.
It must have taken ten minutes to get the razor up to Betsy's hairline and carefully cut her hair and finally freed her from the mold.
And then there was more. Betsy was in her Linda deadite make up and had to emerge from the grave Ash had dug and walk toward Ash as he clubs her with a beam.  In the film it looks like a heavy wooden beam but it was a Styrofoam beam. Sounds better than being hit by a wooden beam but it's was not. Betsy was being clobbered and it hurt.
And of course Betsy is wearing the contacts so she is blind and can't see the beam coming. Yeesh. If you look closely you can see the beam breaking against Betsy head. In fact as that was the only beam we had Bruce had to hold the beam together so he could hit Betsy some more.
When I see The Evil Dead it is like watching a home movie. I can tell you where I was standing during the shots I witnessed and I will never forget what those three fine actresses went through to create their memorable roles.
And for all my inexperience, and the discomfort and pain they went through, today they tell me I was their protector during the shoot. I tried my best and Betsy, Ellen and Theresa made my make ups come alive and I couldn't be more proud of what they did, especially under the rough conditions. They will always be special people for me and my inspiration increases every time we meet.

I want to end this post with a little something special that really hit me in the heart. Damien Glonek said something to me while speaking about this post that sums up what this whole thing is about...he said "it is "our" genre". I can't think of a better quote to end is OUR genre!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight - The Grand Hotel by Scott Kenemore

When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he expects is that a lone girl on his tour may hold the power to unravel the hidden mystery that has lain for untold centuries within the structure’s walls...

Scott Kenemore is know for his badass zombie literature. He's taught us how to be Zen like a zombie in The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead, He taught us how to be as savvy in the workforce as the undead in Z.E.O.: How to Get A(Head) in Business, and he even taught us how to fight like a walker in The Art of Zombie Warfare. But this time, Scott has veered in a new direction and is taking us on a tour of The Grand Hotel, where the residents each have a story to tell, and one red-headed girl holds the key to it all.

The story it not just one tale, but a compilation of 11 stories from the various residents of the hotel. The book is narrated by the hotel's desk clerk, who is giving a grand tour to a group of tourists. He makes stops along the way to visit the hotel's permanent residents. Each recalls there own back story to the tour group, and there's something for everyone in this book! Do you like ghosts AND cooking? Well you'll love it when you get to "Chef Dunnally" (each section of the book is named after the resident telling their it's easy to keep up!). Or what about a corpse who pays his rent on time (unlike some of you folks who are still living?) Well then the first twisted tale is just for you in "Mister Pence". And of course, being that I love my doll collection, my favorite character was "Ms. Kvasov"...who's story wasn't my favorite overall, but the character herself had a hobby after my own heart...a room full of life-sized and life-like mannequins to dance with! Her actually story is a bit darker than her personality and is marked by betrayal, a horrible accusation, and a money-hungry gypsy.

While each resident has a wonderful story of their own, the book still intertwines everything and it's connection lies with the desk clerk/host with the most and one of the tourists with red hair...which ends with one more fascinating story that ties everything together. After each tale, the clerk keeps asking the red-headed girl questions about what she had just heard. Her answers are amazing and give the book an underlying moral compass that makes it not only an interesting read, but in a way a thought-provoking one too.

I would say Scott Kenemore's venture outside of the zombie sub-genre is a great success and that The Grand Hotel is a grand read! I can't wait to see what he does next and I hope he keeps venturing out into new territories in horror/supernatural writing. With a little something for everyone, there is sure to be at least one story that tickles your fancy. You can pick up your copy on Amazon today by clicking HERE!!!

XOXO Rhonny Reaper

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It Came From Netflix:John Dies At The End (2012)

By Eric Polk-
If you've read a lot of my posts over the years, you know I almost always miss the boat when it comes to talked-about movies. I'd seen so many of my fellow horror lovers rave about this nutty, hilarious film upon its initial release. Finally, it's my turn to give this a view.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DBH Redbox Theater:Bloodworx(2012)

By Eric Polk-
The cool thing about Redbox is, on occasion, they carry horror films which may have fallen under your radar. Smiley is a good example, having made my Top Ten back in 2012. Bloodworx is another shining, bloody beacon of the lesser-known good horror movies.

Friday, January 23, 2015

It Came From Netflix:The ABCs of Death(2012)

By Eric Polk-
Nothing like a timely review of a talked-about movie. Before I begin, I'd like to mention the teacher charged with a felony for showing this to her classroom doesn't warrant a jail sentence. Poor judgement? Yes! Deserved to lose her job? Yes! There are a litany of problems in our American education system that should take priority over whether or not someone should go to prison for showing a movie. The priorities of The Powers That Be continue to baffle and irritate this one!.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It Came From Netflix:New Year's Evil(1980)

By Eric Polk-
A new year, a new series of movies to praise, skewer or just remain indifferent. New Year's Evil comes to us at the height of the slasher sub genre craze of the early 1980s. While it's by the numbers, there are some things that makes this one stand out.

Friday, January 16, 2015

DBH Redbox Theatre:Tusk(2014)

A joint review by Rhonny Reaper and Eric Polk-
Sup Reaps! Eric here, and boy, oh boy, do we have a movie to review today. Kevin Smith's Tusk has been generating all kinds of buzz within the horror community so it was our turn to check this mutha out.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Crazy Fat Ethel II Hall of Shame:Class of 2014

By Eric Polk-
A little late to the game as usual, but all good horror bloggers have a best of/worst of list. I'm not any different. Unlike other bloggers, however, I take the worst horror movies seen in a given year, place them in a shrine named after perhaps THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!! Unlike most years, 2014 was not that bad in the world of horror. Some great, most meh, but I still found some doozies that achieve the honor of Summa Cum Lousy!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dollar Bin Horror Splurge - The Babadook

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

So, this was a film I had only recently heard about (I'm behind...I know) and everyone seemed to have had an opinion on. Critics apparently loved it if you google reviews for it...other people I know personally who are horror fans were mixed. They either loved it or thought it was...for lack of a better term "meh". They said it was overhyped and "not terrible, but not amazing". I beg to differ.

The Babadook is brilliant. Just plain brilliant. I felt emotions and connections for ALL the characters (which is surprising for me since usually I just connect to one or maybe a few, but here every character had a part to play in this twisted tale and played it well). The little boy...I don't know where they found him, but I love him! He's a fucking terrifying little kid! Not to give any spoilers, but the scene in the car after the party...that little boy had me jumping! And poor mom...the deterioration of her connection with reality due to the Babadook was sad and disturbing. Her acting was spot on and left me with shivers. The mom and son's relationships with the other characters in the film gave it even more of that something that draws you into the story. I didn't want it to end! But when it did, it left you satisfied. And let's not forget the book! Babdook came from a pop-up book that mom read to her son for bed...and what a creepy little book it is. I love the artwork and the story in the book itself. It's a creepy little poem that turns completely sinister as the film progresses.


The writing, the style, the emotion, dark and unsettling feel to the home they lived it...everything fit together so wonderfully. And the best part...IT WAS ACTUALLY SCARY! It didn't rely of lots of blood or graphic nudity (which I love, but it's nice to see a film once in a while that's just a damn good film). It got inside your head and played tetherball with your emotions. I would recommend this movie to everyone. Whether you liked it or not, it's a film that should be seen at least once.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Eric's Top Ten Movies of 2014

By Eric Polk-
Over time, I've never had a problem coming up with my favorite horror movie watched in the current year. There always seemed to be one movie towering over the rest of the celluloid thoroughbreds. This year, it was a helluva lot different. Three contenders(two disturbing, one an animated classic) each had a legit claim to my #1 Horror Movie of 2014. Before you read my top ten horror movies in 2014, understand in order to qualify for a spot, I've had to have watched the movie for the first time during the year not when it was originally released. Disclaimer out of the way, here we go...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DBHR New Release:Blitz by Our Own Eric Polk

Sup Reaps! Eric here with my latest short story "Blitz", now available. For the associates and customers of the Stoningham, Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, the busiest shopping day of the year is about to turn into the deadliest. If you love The Mist or Dawn of the Dead, you'll enjoy this tale of blood, zombies and mystery. To pick up a copy for only 99 cents, just click the link below...

Monday, October 13, 2014

And The Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Madness Doll Contest WINNER is...

Wendy Robinson!!! Congrats on having a doll that creeped the hell out of the judges!!! Now please lock it up with holy water before it starts moving around the room and trying to steal your soul...

Thanks to everyone from the MADNESS group on Facebook who entered!!! Check out what the MADNESS is all about at

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Madness Doll Contest Finalists Are...

Greetings! Eric here, and today we announce the three finalists for The Halloween Horror Movie Madness Doll Contest. These creepy kids were selected by Rhonda, me, and Head Hauntress Elizabeth Katheryn Gray. The winner will be selected by a panel of distinguished Madness Judges over on Facebook....

Contestant #1

                                           Wendy Robinson: "Brother, Can You Spare A Soul?"

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dollar Bin Horror Giveaway - Mini Schitzo Living Dead Doll SIGNED by Ed Long and Damien Glonek!!!

If you haven't heard of Living Dead're reading a blog ran by a woman obsessed with them...yes you have (if you somehow missed all my posts about them, start with my interview with them HERE). And you know you love them. Maybe you won't tell your co-workers that you secretly want to horde little zombie/demon/horror dolls because they would be all freaked out, but you want to. You know you do...and I can help you start! (Holy shit...I sounded like a crack dealer there...anyway, keep reading!)

This past weekend at Cinema Wasteland, I got to hang out with Ed long and Damien Glonek, creators of LDD, once again. They are AWESOME people and if you can make it to a Cinema Wasteland or any convention they may be at, stop by the LDD table and get some dolls! Or go to! This time though, I brought back a little gift for one lucky Dollar Bin Horror reader!!!

This giveaway is for a sealed Schitzo mini LDD signed in person by both Ed and Damien! The signature is on the shrink-wrap, so it's probably best to enjoy this little fella in the box...a little fun fact: Schitzo is based on a serial killer John Wayne Gacy! Winning is pretty simple, as usual. All you have to do is leave a COMMENT to this post with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, and tell me if this is your first LDD or if not, how many do you own? I love hearing from other collectors...or converting non-collectors into addicts! The contest will end on October 23rd and the winner will be announced both on the site and on that day's episode of Dollar Bin Horror Radio! This is probably my favorite contest I have done because LDDs are such a huge part of my life and my love for horror, so share with all your friends and good luck!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dollar Bin Horror Giveaway Winner!!!

And the winner of the two DVD horror film sets is...Nathan Hamilton!!! Congrats! You will be contacted shortly. Thanks to all who entered and keep an eye out for our next giveaway!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dollar Bin Horror Giveaway - DVD Collection Madness!!!

Halloween is creeping up fast, so now is the best time to find killer dvd collections cheap!!! But...isn't a free movie better? How about 19 movies for free!?!?!

This DBH giveaway is for the two dvd collections seen pictured. The first contains 10 zombie horror films totaling over 13 hours of horror! The second is a 9 movie collection of Puppet Master films (which has inspired me to be Blade for Halloween this year...can't wait to post pics)!!!

The winner will receive BOTH of these collections and it takes but a few seconds to enter. Just leave a COMMENT to this post with your NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS and tell me what you're planning on dressing up as for Halloween! It's that simple folks!!! The winner will be randomly selected and announced on the site and on DBH Radio on Sept. 25th (2 weeks). Spread the word and GOOD LUCK!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Head Hauntresses Favorite Horror Movie(with special guest Mrs. Elizabeth Kathryn Gray)

Sup Reaps, Eric here. If you've been following Head Hauntress Mrs. Elizabeth Kathryn Gray of the Halloween Horror Movie Marathon Madness  then you know she has been counting down her 10 favorite horror movies. She has certainly had an electic mix from older Universal movies, NOES 3, Lucio Fulci, etc. We know come to her #1 king so without further aideu, we turn the blog over to her...