Erik Tomren with Sid Haig at Seattle's 2011 ZomBcon.

Seattle’s ZomBcon raised the living dead

From the looks of things ZomBcon was a smashing success when it invaded Seattle this past weekend, Oct. 21 to 23, 2011 at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center. I had previously only been to a few movie screenings in 2010 for the first ZomBcon in lower Queen Anne. The 2010 convention was somewhat confusing because…

Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection

Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection (review)

When I wrote this review of Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection on Sep. 22, 2011 the home release of the series was a bit confused. The original Child’s Play film had been released by MGM, while the sequels up until that time were released by Universal. At the time the two studios were unwilling to,…

Pinhead, as played by Stephan Smith Collins in Hellraiser: Revelations.

Hellraiser: Revelations deserves another look

On Sept. 2, 2011 Hellraiser: Revelations was released as a double feature with World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries (aka Zombie Diaries 2) for a limited theatrical run. Both films are distributed by Dimension Extreme, and both run somewhat short, so it was a savvy marketing decision to offer the two together as a double feature. Hellraiser: Revelations…

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Nicholas D'Agosto in 'Final Destination 5'. Image courtesy New Line Cinema.

Final Destination 5 meets expectations

Final Destination 5: Is this the end? With the release of Final Destination 5 (purchase link) it’s a good time to look back at the series as a whole. 2000’s Final Destination was a breath of fresh air. The film was clearly marketable to the teen market, along with other horror flicks of the time, including Scream and I Know What…

Production still from 'Survival of the Dead' by George Romero.

George Romero’s ‘Survival of the Dead’ – dead on arrival

The Night of the Living Dead films are unique in that they are explicitly political. George A. Romero injects his heavy-handed political commentary at every turn. You can enjoy a Dead film without accepting the social or political message, but you can’t ignore that there is one. Behind the blood and guts there is always some very pointed social…