Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ti West's The Sacrament Preview

The Sacrament
A Film By Ti West

Opens June 6, 2014
Limited release in Canada and USA

(TORONTO, May 22, 2014) From acclaimed writer/director Ti West ( The Innkeepers , The House of the Devil ) and master of horror Eli Roth ( The Last Exorcism , Hostel , Cabin Fever ), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister.

They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “Father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. The film opens theatrically in Toronto on June 6, with more cities to come.

Director Ti West started with the concept of a mini-series inspired by the Jonestown Massacre, but his impatience led him to rework it into a feature film because he thought that had a better chance of getting off the ground.

“My goal was to create an elevated genre film that examines the last days in the life of a religious cult,” explained West. “It is rare to find films like these that are more than just cheap thrills. It was important to me not to portray these characters as mindless, psychotic cult members, but as relatable real people.”

Producer Eli Roth agreed, “I would hope after watching The Sacrament that people would think about the cause they’re committed to, and how fanatical they may be in areas of their own life. But more than that, the next time we hear about a mass suicide, or when people talk about David Koresh or Jim Jones, we want them to have a more emotional connection to the stories like that.”

The film also stars Joe Swanberg ( V/H/S , A Horrible Way to Die ), A.J. Bowen ( You’re Next ) and Gene Jones ( No Country For Old Men, “Boardwalk Empire”)

The theatrical release of The Sacrament will be followed by a home entertainment release in August.

Sex and Wonder Woman

In 1941 Wonder Woman made her debut in All Star Comics #8. The story was written by William Moulton Marston. What fans may not know was that Wonder Woman was co-created by Marston's wife, Elizabeth. The heroine, originally named Suprema, had her characteristics modeled after Elizabeth, as well as Marston's polygamous lover Olive Byrne. The trio had hoped to create a super-hero "who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love".

According to wikipedia:

"Marston was the creator of a systolic-blood-pressure-measuring apparatus, which was crucial to the development of the polygraph (lie detector). Marston's experience with polygraphs convinced him that women were more honest and reliable than men and could work more efficiently. "Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world", Marston wrote".

Many of us are familiar with Wonder Woman due to the iconic 70s television show. Linda Carter was well cast as the busty, star covered, Amazon.

Linda was tall, beautiful, had a great body, and was sexy in her hip-hugger shorts.

Let's face it, despite the original intent of Marston's Wonder Woman, the fighting Amazon has been a flash of cheesecake in a world heavily dominated by men in tights and read by men in sweat pants.

Here at Geexplosion central we like to embrace our menial instincts. Thus, a celebration of some of the more overt pics of a sexualized Wonder Woman. (No nudity)

In this pic we see that - even if you have a magic invisible airplane it is
impossible for your eagle breast plate to defy gravity forever.

I am certain that we would never see Batman in this position.

I learned this in kindergarten when Trish Smith
stabbed me in the eye with a Lincoln Log.

Using Supe's cape to hide your goods is a decent plan
considering I don't think he can use his X-Ray vision
on his own cape... but I think he may have already taken a peak.
Keep thinking. You are obviously on the right track.
Fairly certain that this version of the costume is gonna cause an infection of some sort.
Awwww. How cute. She gets to act as the secretary. The key word is ACT.
Everyone knows she's still just the mascot.
I like the fact that the Spectre,
the physical embodiment of God's vengeance on Earth ,
is singing in the background.
Many binding games... Might we see an example of the roughest method?

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, dear Diana! Burn in Hell you pagan!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tag Team Tuesday: The Rockers

Today Tag Team Tuesday features... The ROCKERS!

Holy Crap! Just look at those two! The picture screams ROCK!

The Wrestling Gods looked down upon the Kansas City area in 1985 and saw Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels. The Wrestling Gods combined voices boomed from the heavens like thunder! "These men will rock! Let it be so!"

And it was so. Well, at least half of it was so.

Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels became friends and eventually formed an unnamed tag team in the NWA's Central States Wrestling. May 15, 1985 the duo defeated Brad & Bart, The Batten Twins, to win the NWA CSW Tag Team Championship. While they only held the belts for a week, gold looked good on the pair. Unfortunately, Michaels left CSW to return to his home state of Texas and work for Texas All-Star Wrestling.

During the mid 80s Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association (AWA) had been drained of talent by the WWF. The AWA was eager for young talent that might remain loyal. Jannetty and Michaels were teamed up again. Verne's son, Greg Gagne, was one of the bookers in AWA and suggested a name for the duo - The Country Rockers.

Jannetty and Michaels were more hard rock than country rock and came up with the name The Midnight Rockers based partially on the Judas Priest song "Living after Midnight."

Verne, who had been an old man since his teen years, was confused and thought the fans might mistake the name for rocking chairs. (No joke) Greg convinced him is was cool and the Midnight Rockers were formed.

The two developed the hard partying, live life to the max, pretty boy image and started wearing matching, hideous outfits. I guess they were tolerable for the time. No, then again, not really.

The team was soon locked in a feud with one of the top AWA teams, Doug Somers and Buddy Rose. On April 20, 1986, the two teams met at one of AWA's attempts to look cool, the WrestleRock stadium show. The Midnight Rockers lost in front of 22,000 fans.

When Somer and Rose defeated Scott Hall and Curt Henning for the AWA World Tag Team Championship the Midnight Rockers found themselves in a feud for one of the top tag titles in the business. The four men brawled throughout '86. On January 27, 1987 the Midnight Rockers won the AWA Tag Team title from Somers and Rose.

Verne Gagne was successful at finding new talent and pushing them to the top... unfortunately, wrestlers are carny at heart. Jannetty and Michaels knew the AWA would not last against the growing juggernaut of the WWF. When Vince McMahon made the two an offer they signed while still holding the AWA tag belts. They did the right thing and dropped the belts in May, 1987.

Five days after losing the AWA Tag titles the Midnight Rockers were in the WWF. They immediately challenged the WWF World Tag Team Champions, The Hart Foundation for a title match. Four days after the title match the Midnight Rockers participated in their first TV taping for WWF's Wrestling Challenge.

This match is important because it was a first for Marty and Shawn... it was their first taped appearance and the only taped appearance they would have as The Midnight Rockers. A week later they were fired for acting like dicks and concentrating more on partying than wrestling.

The duo traveled Alabama and Florida while working for Continental Wrestling. When Bob Armstrong took the book for Continental, Marty and Shawn were given two weeks notice and sent packing.

The two could not return to Verne, not after the way they screwed him over. Instead, they found their way into an AWA affiliate, Championship Wrestling Association (CWA) in Memphis, Tennessee. They were familiar with Memphis from having worked there on occasion while under contract with the AWA.

This never happened.
In Memphis, the Midnight Rockers feuded with The Nasty Boys and The Nightmares. They turned heel to feud with the Rock 'n' Roll RPMS (Tommy Lane and Mike Davis). During this feud, the Midnight Rockers won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship on October 26, 1987.

Their popularity allowed them to split their time between the AWA and the CWA. In Memphis, the Midnight Rockers were heels, in actual AWA territory, they were faces.

When they defeated the Original Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose) for the AWA World Tag Team titles the Rockers had to vacate the AWA Southern Tag Championship. Again, the boy's loyalty to Verne Gagne was tested. They were once again popular in the AWA territories. Marty and Shawn felt they deserved more money. When they did not receive the raise, they left the AWA once again. They dropped the belts on March 19 to Badd Company (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond).

Jannetty and Michaels were contacted by Vince McMahom. The big VKM told the boys they could return to the WWF IF they conducted themselves in a more professional manner. By May 1988 the Midnight Rockers were just the Rockers. They made their first PPV appearance as 1988s Survivor Series. They were part of a 10 man tag team. This match set up a feud with the Brain Busters .

Their house shows with the Brain Busters were fan favorites during 88 and early 89. In fact, on January 23, 1989 a match between the two teams was rated as one of the 50 greatest matches in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 10th year anniversary issue.

For some reason, instead of of continuing the feud with the Brain Busters, WWF booked The Rockers against the Twin Towers, Akeem and Big Boss Man, at WrestleMania V. The Rockers started a storyline with The Rougeau Brothers. The Rockers and the Rougeau's fought the first Iron Man match in the WWF. Oddly, these matches were not taped or televised.

On August 28, 1989, the Rockers and the Rougeau's feud went to SummerSlam. The Rockers teamed with Tito Santana and the Rougeau's teamed with Santana's ex-Strike Force teammate, Rick Martel. The Rockers lost. Which seems like a brilliant bit of destroying heat, considering that the Rockers were about to feud with the Brain Busters again.

In late '89, the Brain Busters lost the WWF Tag Team Championship to Demolition. The fact that they stalled the the Rocker/Brain Buster feud meant that the Rockers were no longer chasing the gold. The Rockers were part of the '89 Survivor Series' main event. The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior "Team Captain", Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan "Team Captain", Andre the Giant, Haku, and Arn Anderson.)

Tully Blanchard was supposed to be part of the 4 on 4 match, but he failed a drug test right before the PPV. Heenan, reluctantly, replaced Tully but the Brain Busters were over in the WWF. This allowed the Rockers to feud with one of the greatest tag teams ever, The Powers of Pain !

Unfortunately, this feud only lasted from December of '89 until February '90.

The Rockers would chase WWF gold against various opponents including the Hart Foundation. On October 30, 1990 The Rockers defeated Brett Hart and Jim Neidhart to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. However, the WWF never recognized the Hart's loss. Even though the Rockers defended the titles against Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules) on November 3, 1990.

Michaels believes Brett Hart was able to influence McMahon to disregard the win on a technicality. During the match between the Rockers and the Hart Foundation, the top rope broke and the match was placed on hold until the ring could be repaired.

Despite their popularity and contribution to the industry, the Rockers are not counted as ever winning the WWF Tag Team Championship. Terrible, just terrible, teams like The Bodydonnas and the Nasty Boys have held tag team gold in the WWF! Hell, the Smoking Guns had the belts 3 times!

Not too cool. I realize that it is ancient history, but I would like to see Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels recognized while they are still alive.

The history of the Rockers more or less ends here. After this, the Shawn screwed Jannetty over several times, while Jannetty let himself and Michaels down by abusing the wrong drugs. Shawn Michaels went on to have considerable singles success, while Jannetty may or may not work at a car wash. Or a Sonic drive-in.

My personal memories of the Rockers consist of some pretty cool moments. I was always excited to watch one of those Rocker/Brain Buster matches. The mix of new school/old school was exactly one of the dynamics that makes a tag team match work. All the competitors were excellent workers and there is nothing to fault.

In case you were not aware the Rockers appear on the Tag Team Tuesday banner. That's them on the right. They were a bit more sedate as far as costumes went but they still had the high flying, quick paced, awesome tag style that made them immediate darlings among the new, young fans of WWF.

Please sign this petition dedicated to restoring The Rocker's win to WWE's records so Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels can take their rightful place in history as Tag Team Champions.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sucky Cinema Saturday: Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning

Today I am taking Sucky Cinema Saturday to a literal level by looking at the Amber Lynn porn parody Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning. As always, I will conduct myself with the utmost taste and regard for your well being. I will not show direct nudity or hardcore sex.

I thought I owed it to you, the readers, to look everywhere for potential entertainment. I found that entertainment in the 80s adult movie starlet Amber Lynn. Amber was previously discussed on October 9, 2013 during the Horrorthonpalooza review of Things . I know this is supposed to be a review of this dreadful movie, but I would rather talk about Amber for a paragraph or two. She is more interesting plus it gives me an opportunity to add pictures of Amber to this review.

Amber was born in Orange County, California on September 3, 1964. Which for those of you counting it up on your fingers right now that makes her a very ripe age of 49. While I don't consider 49 all that old - it certainly is for the porn industry. I think she still looks pretty darn hot for her age. I am not a fan of fake breasts but I guess I am a minority.

Amber's parents got a divorce when she was young and afterwards it was discovered that her father had a second family. This caused her mother to have a nervous breakdown and Lynn was placed in foster care where she was abused. At 7 she was reunited with her mother. Unfortunately, Lynn's mother died in an car accident. Amber was with her mother at the time.

Amber went to live with her father and his second family. Amber was the only girl among 8 boys. At age 11 her father died from complications due to alcoholism. When her body began to develop she relocated to Hollywood and went from doing fitness modeling and hot body contests to posing for men's magazines. She met Ginger Lynn, who was already in porn, and decided to take advantage of her looks in the sex industry. Actually, I am not certain how she entered the sex business. Some of the articles said that she befriended Larry Flynt's then girlfriend, Althea Leasure, and somehow Althea introduced her to porn producers. Flynt is the owner of Hustler magazine.

I always thought Amber Lynn chose her porn name because of her resemblance to Ginger Lynn. However, in doing research for this I discovered that Ginger Lynn's real name is Ginger Lynn Allen... and Amber's real name is Laura Lynn Allen.

Her brother, Buck Adams, was also a porn actor. They decided to keep it a secret until they discovered they were booked in a sex scene together.

For those who think of Amber in a harsh light because of her profession I would like to share this Wikipedia blurb:
"In 1992, Lynn dedicated her 28th birthday party at the Bel Age hotel in Beverly Hills, California to a benefit in honor of The Youth Aids Foundation of Los Angeles, an organization providing housing and assistance for helping runaways get off the streets and teenagers afflicted with HIV, which was about to go under. An August 1992 issue of The Los Angeles Times quoted her statement on page two: "Let's give them food, clothing and shelter and we'll worry about role models later", alongside a shot of her dressed in a formal gown, holding a small infant girl. This was a breakthrough moment for how the adult industry was viewed by the mainstream concerning its crossover involvement in children's organizations, as never before had a children's organization knowingly accepted support from the adult entertainment industry".

Now, about the movie. I wish I read the back of the box before I decided to dedicate my time to watching Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning. I really thought I was going to watch a horror theme porn. Instead, I watched a cheesy 80s porn with big hair and bigger fake breasts.

If I had to guess... this pic of Amber was taken in the 80s.

The opening sequence features Jason (Paul Thomas) wearing a hockey mask. I think he is cutting out the pictures from the pages of an adult magazine in this scene. Whatever he is doing makes Justine, his on screen sister (Amber), angry enough to challenge him to a duel of debauchery.

This suddenly seems more like Dangerous Liaisons than any Friday the 13th movie I've ever watched.

Sorry for the bad quality. Believe it or not, this movie was not exactly easy to find and my copy is less than stellar.

For those of you dying to know more about the technical aspects here goes... The film's title is Friday the 13th aka Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning. Since it really has little to do with the Friday the 13th franchise I imagine they can call it... Friday the 13th. It's hard to trademark a date, especially if your film does not impose a direct infringement. The movie was made in 1987, so this was two years before porn makers could directly rip something off and escape penalty due to the Fair Use Parody laws.

The director is Fred J. Lincoln. He is credited with directing 310 smut flicks. This includes the sequel, Friday the 13th Part 2: The Next Generation. I am of the opinion that if you can't come up with a good name for your copy cat porn... don't bother. Just call it Jerky Worky 7.

Lincoln has an interesting in with the horror crowd (besides ripping on names). He played Weasel Podowski in Wes Craven's 1972, The Last House of the Left. He can be heard on the DVD commentary track.

The stars of the movie are: (Females) Aleena Ferari, Alexis White, Amber Lynn, Nikki Knights, Nina Hartley, and Paula Winters. (Males) Billy Dee, Joey Silvera, John Leslie, and Paul Thomas.
I have gone this far so I might as well include:

Scene Breakdowns
Scene 1. Aleena Ferari, Paul Thomas
Scene 2. Nikki Knight, John Leslie
Scene 3. Amber Lynn, Joey Silvera
Scene 4. Alex White, Paula Winters, Joey Silvera
Scene 5. Nina Hartley, Paul Thomas
Scene 6. Amber Lynn, Nina Hartley
Scene 7. Nina Hartley, Billy Dee

That's about it. I could talk about the plot... but I have already explained it more or less. It has more story than modern gonzo web porn but I doubt anyone will be writing their thesis on any of Fred Lincoln's smut movies any time soon.

Would I recommend this movie? Well, that depends on why you want to watch it. From the viewpoint of a porno, I suppose it lives up to the necessary expectations. It has dudes and it has gals and they get naked and do stuff. From a level of entertainment outside the hardcore sex...  Not so much. It is amusing for a while but then it's fairly predictable. If you know what I mean. Wink!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Today we have a treat in the form of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero . The third movie in the Cabin Fever franchise is a prequel written by Jake Wade Wall. Wall has previously written the screenplays for the 2006 When a Stranger Calls , the 2007 The Hitcher , and the 2008 psycho clown movie, Amusement .

Patient Zero was directed by Canadian comic book artist, Kaare Andrews. Andrews previously wrote and directed V is for Vagitus, the 22nd chapter in the horror anthology, The ABCs of Death . He also directed the 2010 film, Altitude .

Based on Altitude alone, I would have funded Kaare's next project. I am glad someone thinks like me and allowed Andrews to helm this splatter opus.

Kaare is also known for his comic book covers. In particular, his graphic for Peter Parker, Spider-Man #29 was the inspiration for the kiss between Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in the real Spider-Man movie.
Patient Zero features Sean Astin, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Lydia Hearst, and Ryan Donowho.

The official press release reads:
This prequel in the Cabin Fever franchise promises to be as gruesome as its predecessors.  A group of partygoers venture to a mysterious Caribbean island where they discover an abandoned research facility. Two of the partiers go for a swim, unaware that the water is contaminated. Soon they show symptoms of a wretched flesh-eating virus and the group has limited time to search for a cure. The group finds an ominous doctor with an immune patient who may hold the cure – or death. The group must find a way to survive the epidemic before it consumes them all, one by one.

For those of you who have played the video game Dead Island , the beginning of this movie will immediately feel familiar. It is very much like a live action version of the night before the hero wakes up and has to fight off an island of undead with a ping pong paddle and a broken oar. According to Lion's Gate, they acquired the rights to a Dead Island live action movie. This was announced in 2011. I doubt we'll ever see that flick.

Dead Island glitched and the newness wore off pretty quick. Patient Zero , however, delivers from beginning to end. Well, it delivers on what one has come to expect from the Cabin Fever franchise: gore, splatter, and more gore.

Fans of Cabin Fever might be expecting laughs from this prequel. That is one area were Patient Zero does not deliver.

Patient Zero is missing the humor that characterized the first Cabin Fever (definitely) and the second Spring Fever (mostly). The sadistic cruelty played up for laughs is missing.

Do not sit next to Dennis.

Moving the franchise towards a more serious horror movie is not a bad thing, especially considering that Andrews is capable of restoring horrific suspense - something the first two were definitely lacking. If you enjoy the humor Patient Zero might not be your cup of blood... however, if the gruesome, gore made you smile, then you will still be a fan of the series.

One thing I do miss is Rider Strong's character, Paul. Seeing how this was a prequel, would it have killed them to include a brief cameo? I mean, I would imagine the guy needs the money. Such a small Easter Egg wouldn't have wrecked the more dramatic mood, right?

Wall's story, a smart weaving of two story-lines, features the typical idea that Americans go wherever they please and suffer because of hubris.

The first story features Sean Astin as the mysterious Potter. The audience is led to believe that Potter is an American missionary and that he is the lone survivor of a pandemic outbreak that killed his son. He is quickly quarantined against his will and becomes the subject of experimentation.

Potter doesn't behave like the typical missionary. Perhaps there is more to this man that we first perceived?

This story-line unfolds as a revenge plot that allows Sean Astin to play against his Samwise/Rudy image. He is mad as hell and willing to express himself. Astin's turn as Potter is incredibly convincing.

Kind of reminds me of the Rorschach quote: "None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with ME! "

The second story involves a foursome traveling to a remote, presumed desolate, island for a bachelor party. Mitch Ryan is Marcus, the bachelor, Ryan Donowho is Dobs, his friend and business partner, Brando Eaton is Josh, Marcus's little brother, rounding up the cast is Jillian Murray as Penny, Josh's girlfriend and childhood friend of Marcus. When I saw this cast I could only think one thing... how are we going to have enough titillating viscera with just 4 people?

The first story may have already happened or may be taking place parallel to the second story. Andrews matches the flow and ebb perfectly as he cuts between Astin and our four hero/victims.

Ryan, Donowho, Eaton, and Murray.
Any problems I have with the movie are typical logic flaws and that should be taken up with Mr. Wall. Or, really, if you are going to watch a horror movie, just suspend all judgement concerning the implausibility of the narrative. I have no faith in the Panama Center for Disease Control because it was built on an island in a cave. While I applaud their attempts at isolation I can't help but think the location was doomed from the start.

I am curious about the actual virus. At first it appears to really hurt but then, people seem pretty cool with their face falling off. They are able to converse and operate machinery. I assume the virus kills off all the nerve endings that deal with pain... although I would also assume that those same nerve endings might make it impossible to feel anything, so walking, talking, probably breathing, might be a real issue. Just an observation. One has to wonder just how far the Cabin Fever virus mutates a human. Are they one step up from the rage virus, but a whisper away from the Z word? Comments are appreciate to help solve this mystery.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero displays the true talent of Kaare Andrews as a director. He has some limitations here but I believe he works through with a deft hand. Patient Zero is not the cult blockbuster of Eli Roth's original Cabin Fever , but for the horror genre it is not a bad entry. Especially for a sophomore director. I hope to see Mr. Andrews gifted with a comic book movie in the future, or... I would not feel sad if his future efforts remained in horror.

The original story for Patient Zero was also a prequel but it involved the virus spreading on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Not far from reality if you ask me. A fourth film, Outbreak , also meant to be a prequel, was supposed to be shot back to back with Patient Zero .

Outbreak was scrapped and I think the new plan involves a reboot for the franchise with a new Cabin Fever . Will they go back to a horror comedy or maintain the new suspense horror angle? Time will tell so stay tuned!

Many thanks to Ingrid Hamilton and Daniela Ponce at for allowing me to screen Cabin Fever: Patient Zero .

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tag Team Tuesday: The Jumping Bomb Angels

Today's Tag Team Tuesday choice is The Jumping Bomb Angels.

Today's pick for Tag Team Tuesday is a bit unusual. Unusual in that females are not usually paired off into tag teams. In most cases female tag teams are formed because they are terrible as singles and the WWE wants to get their money's worth out of their contracts. I mention the WWE by name because they are the worst at hiring non-talent and pushing them before they are ready.

Oddly it was the WWF that made The Jumping Bomb Angels international stars. While Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki were known in Japan, it is quite likely that had they not jumped to the WWF I would have never known about the duo.

Tateno and Tamazaki were the first females that I saw do something more than an arm drag, a monkey flip, a hair drag, and a drop kick. Both of these women were 5'5" and billed around 268lbs but they were a force to be rekoned with in the world of wrestling. It is likely that many of the serious female wrestlers also watched this pair in the ring and sought more Japanese female wrestling.

While I will always respect women like Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah, it was the Jumping Bomb
Angels that made me think women had a place in wrestling beyond fan service.

Before coming to the WWF, Tateno and Tamazaki held the World Women's Wrestling Association (WWWA) World Tag Team Championship (1970-2005). The WWWA was considered by many to be one of the most respected women's wrestling federations and thus their titles were important.

On January 5, 1986 the Jumping Bomb Angels defeated Bull Nakano and Condor Saito to win the WWWA titles but were defeated March 20, 1986 by Lioness Auka and Chigusa Nagayo (The Crush Gals).

The Jumping Bomb Angels were introduced to American in mid-1897 and at the '87 Survivor Series they were the sole survivors in the Women's division. At the '88 Royal Rumble, the JBA beath The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) in a 2 out of 3 falls match to win the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship.

The WWE barely has a tag team division now. It is hard to believe that at one time they promoted a women's tag team championship.

The Jumping Bomb Angels lasted over a decade (1981 to 1991) but only captured the gold twice. Once in the WWWA and once in the WWF. Still, they were allowed to shine where the male Japanese wrestlers that the WWF brought in were mostly saddled with Asian gimmicks and forced to keep their style soft with a low work rate.

The Angels lived up to their names with high flying moves and a quick work rate. While they did use a double dropkick as their finishing move - it was only after working the ropes. In American the only person that used the ropes on a regular basis was Macho Man Randy Savage for his flying elbow. To see two women utilize the top ropes... it really left a lasting impression.

Tribute: H.R. Giger

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday.

Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday.

Giger's works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos.

"My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy," Giger said in a 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. "If they like my work they are creative ... or they are crazy."

Born Hans Ruedi Giger on Feb. 5, 1940, in the southeastern Swiss town of Chur, he trained as an industrial designer because his father insisted that he learn a proper trade.

His mother Melli, to whom he showed a lifelong devotion, encouraged her son's passion for art, despite his unconventional obsession with death and sex that found little appreciation in 1960s rural Switzerland. The host of one of his early exhibitions was reportedly forced to wipe the spit of disgusted neighbors off the gallery windows every morning.

A collection of his early work, "Ein Fressen fuer den Psychiater" — "A Feast for the Psychiatrist" — used mainly ink and oil, but Giger soon discovered the airbrush and pioneered his own freehand technique. He also created sculptures, preferably using metal, Styrofoam and plastic.

Giger's vision of a human skull encased in a machine appeared on the cover of "Brain Salad Surgery," a 1973 album by the rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Along with his design for Debbie Harry's solo album, "Koo Koo" (1981), it featured in a 1991 Rolling Stone magazine list of the top 100 album covers of all time.

Giger went on to work as a set designer for Hollywood, contributing to "Species," ''Poltergeist II," ''Dune," and most famously "Alien," for which he received a 1979 Academy Award for special effects. Frequently frustrated by the Hollywood production process, Giger eventually disowned much of the work that was attributed to him on screen.

The image of a brooding, mysterious artist was nurtured by Giger working only at night, keeping his curtains permanently drawn and dressing mainly in black — a habit he acquired while working as a draftsman because it made Indian ink stains stand out less on his clothes.

While his work was commercially successful, critics derided it as morbid kitsch. His designs were exhibited more frequently in "Alien" theme bars, short-lived Giger museums and at tattoo conventions than in established art galleries.

In 1998, Giger acquired the Chateau St. Germain in Gruyeres and established the H.R. Giger Museum.

Giger was pleased that his idea of machines with human skin became a popular motif in body art.

"The greatest compliment is when people get tattooed with my work, whether it's done well or not," he told Seconds magazine in 1994. "To wear something like that your whole life is the largest compliment someone can pay to you as an artist."

Details on survivors and funeral plans were not immediately available.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sinister Cinema Press Release: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

This Sinister Cinema Series appears to be a bonzer event! I congratulate the people responsible at Cineplex Entertainment's Front Row Centre Events and the folks at Raven Banner Entertainment for setting up this traveling horror-fest. For those that didn't read the info, you can take the opportunity now. I just wish that this was a North American traveling horror-fest. This sort of thing needs to happen more often.

Obviously, the more support - the more likely Sinister Cinema will grow. Good job Canadians, even if you spell the words center and theater wrong, I salute you!

Look what Sinister Cinema has done for you Canada! The new Cabin Fever! I mean, luck out much?

Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events and
Raven Banner Entertainment present

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
a film by Kaare Andrews

Starring: Sean Astin, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Lydia Hearst, Ryan Donowho

Across Canada
One Night
Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 7:30pm

( Toronto – May 12, 2014) Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is a gory and blood-filled horror film about a group of young partiers who become lethally ill and must find a cure before a flesh-eating epidemic annihilates them all.

This prequel in the Cabin Fever franchise promises to be as gruesome as its predecessors.  A group of party-goers venture to a mysterious Caribbean island where they discover an abandoned research facility. Two of the partiers go for a swim, unaware that the water is contaminated. Soon they show symptoms of a wretched flesh-eating virus and the group has limited time to search for a cure. The group finds an ominous doctor with an immune patient who may hold the cure – or death. The group must find a way to survive the epidemic before it consumes them all, one by one.

The latest installment in the Cabin Fever franchise is presented as part of Raven Banner and Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events Sinister Cinema series, which brings unique horror films to the screen for one night in 28 theatres across Canada.

The third installment of the Cabin Fever series is directed by renowned graphic novel writer and artist, Kaare Andrews, the first recipient of the Shuster Award, who was recognized for Outstanding Artist in 2005 for his work in Spider-Man: Doctor Octopus . The British Columbia native, who also directed the V for Vagitus portion of the anthology horror comedy The ABCs of Death , has made many low budget short films earlier in his career. In a notoriously gory series whose previous directors have become household names in horror, Andrews’ artistic eye and significantly large budget should bring many creative thrills and spills to Cabin Fever: Patient Zero .

Sinister Cinema brings a series of independent horror films to 28 Cineplex theatres across Canada.  The films will include unique content, and in some cases, special appearances, including live question and answer sessions with directors, pre-recorded interviews and more.

Tickets are available at participating theatre box offices and online at .