Sunday, January 11, 2009

1 of 1

Recently Steve from The Easy Life gave me a couple 1 of 1 autographs. For absolutely nothing. I couldn't believe it. I'm going to do a post on each of these. Thanks again Steve. You're the man.

We'll start with the first one he gave me. This is Montell Jordan. This guy has had one remarkable life. He grew up in the tough streets of Detroit, Michigan. He was raised by his mother after his father was killed in a freak lawn dart accident. Following his fathers death Montell fell in with a bad crowd called the E Street Band. This however did not last long. One day while Montell was out selling crack, Bruce Springsteen showed up and took the whole crew on the road with him. That is except for Montell.

By now Montell became very depressed. He had severe abandonment issues. At this point he decided that he would concentrate on his schooling and hoped to one day become a TV talk show host. He later got his wish and worked daily with the constant drama of baby daddies and transvestites. At first he was happy, however as time went on he felt this emptiness inside him. He finally snapped one day when Oprah Winfrey guest starred on his show and asked Montell to play a game of lawn darts. Montell picked up a baseball bat and beat Winfrey within an inch of her life.

Since his show aired live this was seen throughout the world, including Philadelphia. And it was in Philadelphia that some Phillies executives marveled at the way he could swing the bat. After his trial, which ended with the jury somehow finding him not guilty, he was invited to Phillies Spring Training in 1991. At first it looked like his career would be over before it really got started. He was batting .074 midway through spring training when manager Jim Fregosi told him to envision the baseball as Oprah's head.

And just like that he was a changed man. His batting average shot to over .300, his play in the field however was to say the least unique. Since he was picturing the ball as Oprah's head he would actually kick the baseball instead of throw it. When asked by reporters why he did this he replied in what would become his and the teams motto "This is how I do it"

Unfortunately he was not able to "do it" very long. He played just the one season in the Majors before he failed a psych evaluation. He was sent and still resides at the Keystone Center Psychiatric Hospital in Chester, PA.

Steve I have to thank you again for this as well as the other cards you gave me. I will be posting them as time goes by and sharing these players unique stories with everyone.

**The events and characters depicted in this post are entirely fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental**

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Horrorfest 2009 - Saturday

Well all good things must come to an end. I had a blast doing this and I have so many more horror movie which did not make the cut this year I'm sure to do it again. Here's the lineup for day 6:

10:00AM - Freaks
11:05AM - The Ring
1:00 PM - Fido
2:30 PM - Vacancy
4:00 PM - I Spit On Your Grave
5:40 PM - The Number 23
7:20 PM - Devil's Rejects
9:10 PM - Catholic Ghoulgirls
10:10PM - The Shining

Ok before I catch any flack, I know the Number 23 isn't exactly horror but its a really good thriller. By the way my full name is Joseph Christopher Stofan = 23. Erie huh? I know not really.

I wish I could find a trailer for Catholic Ghoulgirls to show. The movie had to cost a total of $20 to make. I'm not kidding. Its absolutely horrible. The first time I saw it I thought it was a college film. But apparently its just a very low budget film. I bought a dvd with 6 movies on it from Circuit City for $6.99 and this gem was one of them. I knew the movies would be bad but thats what attracted me to them.

I have two trailers today. First we have a trailer for Fido. I want to show this because its a very good movie that I'm sure most people have not heard of. It stars Carrie Ann Moss of Matrix fame. This movie takes place in the 50's when the "Zombie Apocalypse" takes place. A company named Zom-Con, yes Zom-Con, figures out how to kill then and of course this makes them the biggest company in the world. They also produce the technology to make zombies docile in the form of a collar that they wear. The zombies become servants for the living. One young boys family gets a zombie and he names it Fido. Unfortunately his collar has a penchant for malfunctioning and eating the neighbors. Here's the trailer. I highly recommend this movie

And finally, The Shining. I knew I had to end this thing with a classic. Originally I wanted to end it with The Exorcist but it got a lot of votes for earlier in the week. Thats when I decided on The Shining. Jack Nicholson is one amazing actor, and who hasn't wanted to take an axe to Olive Oil?

What do you mean that isn't the real trailer???

Friday, January 9, 2009

Horrorfest 2009 - Friday

Today is by far going to be the goriest day of the festival. No comedies today. Well sort of. I guess there is one but its one of the goriest movies ever made. This is going by way too fast. Just one day to go after this. Here our lineup for day 5:

10:00AM - Night of the Living Dead
11:40AM - Grindhouse
3:00 PM - Dead Alive
4:25 PM - Nightmare on Elm Street
6:00 PM - Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Original)
7:25 PM - House of 1000 Corpses
9:00 PM - Audition
10:55PM - Descent

Scott will be joining me again today. He insists that when Rob Zombie made House of 1000 Corpses he completely ripped off Texas CHainsaw Massacre. I disagree. Therefore I had to put them back to back so we can debate this fact. Also today we have Night of the Living Dead. My personal favorite zombie movie of all time. Grindhouse is a Gorehouse, and Dead Alive as I said before may be a comedy but its gorier and more disgusting than most of the movies I'm watching. Anyway today I am going to leave you with a trailer for what is one of my favorite horror movies, Audition. This is a Japanese film which is in subtitles but it is one messed up film.

In this movie the main characters wife dies and years later his family and friends convince him to start dating again. His friend works in the movie business and they decide to set up a phony audition for a movie for him to meet women. The one he falls for though is a little more than he bargained for.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Horrorfest 2009 - Thursday

Three days down, three more to go. So I guess technically, now we're half way through. I tell ya I'm getting a lot of ideas here. Don't worry I don't mean for real. I'm actually trying to write a script and this is all really helping. Here's day 4:

10:00AM - Silent Hill
12:05PM - Hostel
1:40 PM - Return of the Living Dead Part 2
3:10 PM - Army of Darkness
4:30 PM - 28 Days Later
6:25 PM - 28 Weeks Later
8:00 PM - Shaun of the Dead
9:40 PM - 1408

Would you believe that the movie that got the most votes was 1408? I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I love the movie but I can't believe that more people picked it than say The Exorcist. It was a big shock to me. My friend Scott will be joining me today and he loves the 28 saga so I had to put them together for him. We've been fairly serious so far so today I will leave you with the following trailer.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

TTM - Charlie Hough

Yes Steve this will be the 2nd autograph I am sending you. I'm just gonna start by saying that because I'm a lazy bastard and I still haven't mailed out my packages that I have set to go. And with Horrorfest going on right now I'm not sure when I will be able to get them out but I promise, everyone who has cards set aside by me, they will be mailed.

Now on to Mr. Hough. Charlie Hough was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 amateur draft out of Hialeah High School. He pitched in the low minor leagues of the Dodgers organization from 1967 -1969 with minimal success. During spring training in 1970 however he learned how to throw a knuckleball and his career immediately took a turn for the better. He led the Spokane Indians and the whole Pacific Coast League in saves and posted a 1.95 ERA.

He made his Major League debut on August 12, 1970 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitching 1/3 an inning with a walk and a strikeout to earn his first save. He didn't join the Dodgers bullpen on a full-time basis until 1973. He became a top reliever for the Dodgers until he was sold to the Texas Rangers in 1980. While with the Dodgers he has the distinction of being one of the pitchers to give up a home run to Reggie Jackson in game 6 of the 1977 World Series where Reggie hit three home runs in one game.

In Texas he was converted to a starting pitcher. He pitched for the Rangers from 1980 to 1990, making his first and only All-Star appearance in 1986. He left Texas as the leader in wins, strikeouts, complete games and losses. He was well known for throwing complete games and in 1984 finished the season with 17 complete games.

At the age of 43, in 1991, Charlie joined the Chicago White Sox where he pitched for two years. In 1993 he joined the expansion Florida Marlins and was the first starting pitcher for the team. He retired at the age of 46 after the 1994 season. He finished his playing career with a record of 216-216 with 2362 strikeouts, and a 3.75 ERA over 3801 and a third innings.

Comments on Horrorfest so far

Right now I'm watching One Missed Call and I thought I'd share some thoughts on the comments Horrorfest has been receiving.

We'll start with DayF. Susperia is one of my favorite movies ever. Dario Argento's use of color in the film was phenomenal. The story and acting aren't the greatest but the cinematography is just insane. I will admit watching Saw afterwards is slightly disappointing but I do like the original. The rest are good for filling space but the original had that little extra something. All the sequals just became another way to cash in. Not that they were bad but they certainly weren't all that good either.

Writers Journey, sounds like you got a heck of a collection going for yourself. I bought the very same My Bloody Valentine/April Fool's Day DVD a couple months back. I'm really hoping they show the remake in 3D where I live. Binghamton, NY likes to think they're a city but they never get anything good, when it comes to movies at least.

Ben, I agree with you as well. The Exorcist really isn't all that scary. It's just a great movie. I read the book recently and its almost identical word for word. Keep in mind though when that movie came out. At the time I'm sure people freaked. As for Silent Hill, that actually made the list for tomorrow. I'll have that list up in the morning. Also I hate to disappoint but I've never heard of either Carnival of Souls or Messiah of Evil. But I can assure I will be looking to buy them now. I'll take your word on 'em

Thanks go out to everyone for taking an interest. I know this is slightly off topic of collecting cards so its nice to see some people interested in horror as well. If anyone has any movie suggestions please let me know. I may love horror movies and I may have about 150 of them but that doesn't mean I know them all. Please feel free to let me know some of your favorites. I'm always looking to add to the collection.

Horrorfest 2009 - Wednesday

Welcome back. Lots of blood and guts down but we're only half way through now. By the end of this I may be officially insane, I'm not sure but we shall see. I should've got a scientist to watch me for the week. Nothing but beer, greasy food and horror. Would make for an interesting experiment. Anyway on to Day 3:

10:00AM - Return of the Living Dead
11:30AM - The Messengers
1:00 PM - Rosemary's Baby
3:20 PM - One Missed Call
4:50 PM - Amityville Horror (original)
6:50 PM - Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
8:30 PM - Evil Dead 2
10:00PM - The Exorcist

Got some great classics here and some descent new stuff. But any time you have the Exorcist on the list you know you got a good list. More new Texas Chainsaw along with two movies obviously based on Japanese predecessors in One Missed call and the Messengers. However for todays trailer we have Rosemary's Baby. Not a horror in the traditional sense with gore and jump moments. More of a, Oh my god how could this possibly happen, horror movie. Enjoy