Unleash Hell 21

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The Haunted House Game from Ideal (1962)

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This was another game designed for Ideal by the great Marvin Glass and Associates. This was one of my favorite games, especially just the looks of it alone! The graphics are just insanely AMAZING! It fit perfectly with my interests in horror movies, Halloween, The Munsters and The Addams Family!
01I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I played this thing when I was younger… there was just something about it that clicked with me.
First you gotta LOVE LOVE LOVE the classic spine-chilling artwork on the box — everything about it just screams classic horror and excited every skeletal bone in my body!
The game has killer features like an owl spinner, spooks behind doors, Nosferatu and a hidden treasure in the attic!
The menacing black owl spinner was super cool and the gothic arched window around it made it look like horror-licious. When you pull down the lever on the owl spinner it actually hoots at you! … it’s a hoot!
Nothing tops the actual game board itself! It’s spook-tastic! I always dug how they made it look aged, almost to the point where it appears to be covered in dust and soot. And……as you can see, it’s a twisty path all the way up to the attic where your journey through this insane madhouse is over. The main objective of the game is to get the jewel in the attic before the other players do. Along the way you’ll encounter a hostile vat of creepy creatures and macabre monsters who will interfere with your progress all the way through the game! Soooooo Creep-tastic Sooooo Creep-mazing!

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For more information on the Ideal Haunted House Game, check out this youtube video…

 

And this in depth review on how to play the game at i-Mockery!

 

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Little Miss Horror Nerd’s Little Horror Blog 38

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Camp Dread directed and written by Harrison Smith was released to VOD and DVD April 15th 2014. Camp Dread stars Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) , Danielle Harris (Halloween franchise) and Eric Roberts (Ed Note: Every Film Ever).

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This fun homage to 80s summer camp slashers is OF COURSE set at a summer camp, bt with a twist. Ten troubled twentysomethings are sent to this camp as an alternative to jail or rehab. The camp is rigged with cameras and a reality murder mystery is set up. The kids are told the last one standing wins $1 million dollars.

Julian (Eric Roberts),who is running the camp, is trying to revive his career as a horror director whose last hit movies were in the 80s. Eventually, the kids realize someone is actually killing them off and the prize may now be getting out ALIVE. (Ed Note: That’s actually a goal at every summer camp)

images(5) (1)I enjoyed this film. It definitely had all the elements of a summer camp slasher. It had boobs, murder (15), sex, humor and best of all, Felissa Rose and Danielle Harris.  There was quite a bit of murder (Ed Note: We know how you love murder),though a few of the deaths were a bit weak. Choking and drowning as methods of murder in a slasher movie are no-nos! A favorite was a camper beaten to death with his prosthetic leg.There was a murder that seemed to be a homage to TCM 1974 and a garroting that was a reference to Friday the 13th Part II.

This film doesn’t take itself too seriously and you shouldn’t either — it is just 90 minutes of fun and games and murder. I was very pleased that Rose had such a substantial part in the film and I wish she had been included in the artwork. On the flip side, I was disappointed Harris had such a small role. The identity of the murderer was meant to be a mystery but unfortunately most horror movies aren’t too good at the Agatha Christie thing and the killer is easily decipherable.

images(3)Overall, I liked this movie. It held my attention and was a fun foray into 80s style slashers. IfAnd if you are honest with yourself, this is on the same level as the original Friday the 13th and could in some ways even be a sort of updated Sleepaway Camp albeit without the penis. I am looking forward to Harrison Smith’s upcoming horror film Zombie Killers : Elephant’s Graveyard starring Dee Wallace Stone and Billy Zane.

LITTLE MISS HORROR NERD’S RATING: 3 out of 5

Trivia :

- There was no CGI used. All effects were practical.

- The film was shot at a real summer camp in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.

- Harrison Smith grew up close to where the original Friday the 13th was shot and used to sneak over there as a teenager.

- The distributor changed the title from Dead T.V. to Camp Dread

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Episode 90: Leprechaun 2

lep2From the backwoods of North Dakota to the backwoods of Ireland to Los Angeles, we are willing to follow the Leprechaun anywhere!  No, not to find his gold — that would be very stupid.  We’ve seen what he does to people who want his gold!  We do it to bring you the best possible podcast known to man or magical creature anywhere.  Join Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they make their way through the first Leprechaun sequel discussing things LMHN would do for an appliance, the mythology of the leprechaun, Andy Kaufmann, body double breasts, the future of Darkside Tours, another Leprechaun vehicle and horror comics!

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Unleash Hell 20

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It from the Pit (Milton Bradley 1992) The Motorized Monster Game

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Its IT FROM THE PIT! BEWARE! You’re deep in the jungle, hunting for gold (Duh, what else?). Step by step, you circle a gigantic, swirling oozing bright green slime pit. Beware! Danger lurks from within the pit!
I LOVE this game and LOVE games that made everyday seem like Halloween. I have loved monsters from the beginning of time!
5As a child, I lived monsters; I ate monsters cereal, I dreamed about monsters, I read monster books, I watched old monster films, and most of all I looked forward to Halloween all year long! I still do…..Phew now that that’s out of the way….Let me tell you more about….
What we have here (scary shrieks and laughs in the background) from The Milton Bradley Board game company comes the Grade B Monster Movie in a board game. The object of the game is to land on the treasure chest, and don’t get grabbed by It From The Pit. The inner path to the treasure is shorter, but is easier for the monster to grab you. The monster from the pit tries to grab players until the game is over. Players roll dice and quickly move their explorer around the pit. The first player to reach the treasure chest by exact count wins the game. If all the explorers are pulled into the pit, then IT has won the game!
THIS GAME ROCKS!!! Literally! Rocks all around the ultra cool pit!
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Little Miss Horror Nerd’s Little Horror Blog 37

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A Murderous Performance

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StageFright is a horror/musical and Jerome Sable’s feature film directorial debut. It had its world release on March 10th 2014 at South by Southwest. This film was released to VOD on April 3rd and will be in theaters May 9th.

The story revolves around a young girl, Camilla Swanson  (Allie MacDonald), who loses her mother Kylie (Minnie Driver) when she is a little girl. Kylie is a Broadway star who is murdered on opening night of a play she is starring in.

images(15)We skip forward to Camilla as a teenager where she and her brother are working in the kitchen of the musical theater camp being run by Roger McCall (Meatloaf). When Roger reveals the camp will performing The Haunting of the Opera, Camilla decides she must audition for the starring role as this was the last play her mother was in. Camilla is cast in the starring role and as soon as rehearsals begin, kids start getting murdered.

While I didn’t find this film particularly frightening, I was happy with the level of gore. It wasn’t muted or over the top and there were some cool kills. There were also plenty of elements we all love to see in a slasher. The setting is a summer camp. All but a few of the characters were teenagers or preteens. There is humor as well as some randy behavior but no nudity.

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It would not be a proper slasher without a masked killer! This killer reminded me of the killer from 1987s Slumber Party Massacre II. There was even a scene that at least in my opinion seemed to be a nod to Stephen King’s Carrie. Prior to seeing this I’d read a few things online comparing StageFright to a cross between Glee and a horror movie. While Meatloaf, Allie MacDonald, and Minnie Driver are all talented singers they were not singing Top 40 tunes.

I enjoyed Meatloaf in the lead adult role and thought he carried the movie well. I also thought Allie MacDonald did a good job as the “it” girl. She reminded me physically of a cross between Rumer Willis, Lindsay Lohan, and the late Brittany Murphy. I thought StageFright was fun, humorous, a little brutal, and at times creepy. I do not think it needed or deserved an R rating. Yes, adults will see this film but I think a good portion of its viewers will be kids 11 and up. I’m pretty sure it will not scare most of them. There was not much in the way of foul language either. PG 13 would have been a better rating for this.

LITTLE MISS HORROR NERD’S RATING: 3 out of 5

 

You can view the first 10 minutes for free here courtesy of HuLu

http://www.hulu.com/watch/617460

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