This past Wednesday night, some friends and I went to see the first theatrical screening of the 1997 Christmas horror-comedy Jack Frost: The Mutant Killer Snowman in 35mm. Longtime readers of I-Mockery know just how much I love this movie. I was working in a video store when it came out and would constantly swap copies of it into the boxes for the Michael Keaton film of the same name. Good times!
Back then, I never would've imagined that I'd one day get to see Jack Frost on the big screen, since it was such a low budget flick that was destined for a direct-to-video release from day one. Fortunately, thanks to Vinegar Syndrome (who just re-released the movie on Blu-ray) and Cinematic Void (who helps bring films of this nature to the big screen), Jack Frost finally got its 20-years-overdue public screening in front of a large audience at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last night.
It was a rainy night in LA as we walked up to the box office (yes, rain does actually exist here a few times a year), and I noticed a little homage to Jack Frost off to the side, featuring artwork and stills from the movie. The Egyptian doesn't have big movie marquees, so it was nice to see they at least had something to promote the event outside.
After we collected our tickets, we stepped inside and saw some of the surviving props from the movie including one of Jack's carrots and an axe that he shoved down one of his victims throats. Even better, director Michael Cooney brought his personal, one-of-a-kind, full-sized Jack Frost lenticular poster with him. If you were around when Jack Frost was released on VHS, the entire reason that it caught anyone's attention back in the day was because a marketing guy decided to give the box a lenticular cover that morphed Jack from a happy snowman to a monster with a gaping maw and razor-sharp fangs. Seeing the full-sized lenticular poster made me drool, and I can only hope that one day this poster will be made available for fans of the film to purchase. Hey, if a 35mm screening of this flick can happen, nothing is impossible.
We soon took our seats and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a fairly packed house. Considering the event didn't have a huge promotion, and we're talking about a 20-year-old rental video, it was quite heartwarming to see so many people who had a soft-spot for ol' Jack Frost. Before the movie began, they played a variety of classic Christmas cartoons, commercials, clips, and trailers - including Silent Night, Deadly Night and the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special. This really helped set the mood for the evening, and proved to be a great lead-in for the movie.
After that, the guys who were putting on the event came out to give away some free tickets and some copies of the new Jack Frost Blu-ray before the movie began. But there was a catch - three lucky contestants had to go up in front of the audience and eat some Little Debbie Christmas cakes as quickly as they could. The two people who finished theirs first, would receive the Blu-ray, and the one who didn't... well... he got a belly full of hastily devoured sugar. Not a bad consolation prize.
Even more amusing, they brought roughly 10 boxes of the cakes, and started hurling them into the crowd. Keep in mind, The Egyptian is a large theatre, so they had to throw them with great force to reach the back rows. Seeing Christmas cakes fling through the air, bounce of the balcony, and land in the hands of some fans had everybody laughing, and it really encapsulated the hilarity of the night that was about to take place on the screen before us.
Jack Frost then began playing, and it was so much fun watching my all-time favorite Christmas horror movie with a large audience. Like me, many of these people had seen the movie dozens of times, and knew all the lines and gags (such as the "Idiot" character who always appears in the background), and you could just feel the anticipation amongst us whenever our favorite moments were about to take place. It was also a blast to hear people who had never seen the movie before, including John (Dr. Boogie), react to the countless classic moments of ol' Jack chilling and killing. Considering there's only one 35mm print of Jack Frost in existence, it's safe to say that we all felt very lucky to be there watching it.
After the movie concluded, they brought out some of the cast & crew members who worked on it, including writer/director Michael Cooney, Scott MacDonald (Jack Frost himself!), Marsha Clark (Marla), Dean Lent (DoP), and Brett Boydstun (aka: "Idiot"). They reminisced about the film during a Q&A session, and they made it quite clear that they had loads of fun making it. And that's something I've always said about Jack Frost - you can just tell they had a great time filming it, because they didn't take themselves too seriously. It goes a long way, and the fun they clearly had makes the movie all the more endearing.
They also opened it up to questions and comments from the audience, and I was happy to tell them about my old video store switcheroo prank memories, which they loved. Cooney laughed about it and commented, "The fact that they released another movie with the same exact title as ours at the same time, shows just how little they cared or worried about our version of Jack Frost." There was no lengthy discussion of co-star Christopher Allport (Sheriff Sam Tiler), who tragically passed away eight years after filming the sequel. I'm guessing it's because his passing was such a shock, as most people don't know he actually died in an avalanche of all things. The man who battled Jack Frost for two films actually died in the snow in real life. What are the odds!? I thought about bringing it up to hear their thoughts on it, but didn't want to put a damper on an otherwise festive occasion, so I decided not to.
For those who didn't get to attend, you'll be happy to know that Michael Cooney assured us that most of the things he and the cast discussed at the screening are mentioned in the directory commentary track on the new Jack Frost Blu-ray release. If you're interested in it, Vinegar Syndrome has a limited edition lenticular cover Jack Frost on Blu-ray (which animates beautifully, thanks to artist Chris Garofalo), available exclusively on their web site here. Definitely worth picking up.
After the Q&A ended, most of the guests went to the pub next door for a drink, but Michael Cooney and Scott MacDonald stayed behind to sign autographs and take photos with the fans. I talked to Michael some more about doing a Kickstarter for Jack Frost 3, and while he said he doesn't know how Kickstarter works, I assured him it was well worth looking into. Considering there were that many people showing up to a screening for the film on a rainy weeknight, it's quite clear that there are a LOT of fans out there who would gladly support a third Jack Frost film featuring a giant "Jackzilla" like Michael mentioned. I mean, somebody even dressed up as a snowman for the event. This little cult flick truly has some die hard fans. Hopefully he'll make it happen, because outlets like mine and many others will gladly help promote it to make sure it happens. Our only request? No CGI characters. Keep it true to the style of the original Jack Frost - a lovely low budget film with practical effects.
All in all, seeing Jack Frost in a movie theater, alongside like-minded fans and the star and director of the film, was a magical event that I never would've imagined being possible. Huge thanks to all the people involved in making this special event happen, including Vinegar Syndrome, Cinematic Void, It Came From The VCR, Scott MacDonald, the other cast & crew members who showed up, and of course, Michael Cooney. Jack Frost getting its first theatrical screening 20 years after it was released was truly a Christmas miracle.
Looks like Santa decided to deliver an early present for us this season! After years of talking about covering the game, thanks much in part to suggestions from fans like you, James and Mike from Cinemassacre / AVGN have finally filmed a full-playthrough of our Abobo's Big Adventure game. It's now up on YouTube in a 2-part video series, and I had a blast watching them play through it all. Seeing their reactions to the grand finale of the game was particularly great, and watching it bring James, the Angry Video Game Nerd himself, to actual tears of laughter put a huge smile on my face. You can watch the full video play-through below:
Even though it was released years ago, I'm always humbled by how many people are still playing our game and introducing it to people who never knew about it. Big thanks to James & Mike for helping introduce it to their audience, and thanks to those of you who kept suggesting they play it over the years!
On an unrelated note, I have a gargantuan new pictorial piece coming up this week that's gonna warm up your winter holiday season like nothing you've ever seen before. It's based on an amazing trip I recently took to a unique holiday destination. It's a place I've been meaning to visit for years, and it blew my expectations away. Keep an eye out for it this week!
EDIT: It's now up! Check out my huge walkthrough of Robolights 2016!
December has arrived, and just as winter begins to send chills up our collective spines, I can think of no finer time than to discuss some monsters with you. Cartoon monsters, to be exact.
My Favorite Cartoon Monsters: Part 1 is my latest article for my chums over at Dread Central, and I cover some characters that'll surely bring back memories for you. Monsters from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Looney Tunes, and more are covered in this first piece. As always, thanks for reading, and please do me a solid by posting in the comments section of the article on Dread Central and sharing what other cartoon monsters you'd like to see me cover in future installments.
More fun coming soon! Happy December, everyone!
I'm happy to announce that our new "Pixels Under The Sea" pixel poster is now in stock and ready to ship out, just in time for the 2016 holiday season! Pox and I decided to take our favorite pixels into an underwater adventure, the likes of which you've never seen before. Once you hang our ultra-vibrant homage to aquatic pop culture on your wall, you'll discover new things every time you look at it. So many people tell me that they just noticed something new on our posters after having owned them for years. That's the point. They're the pixels that keep on giving. Plus, if you made suggestions for the poster earlier in the year, there's a good chance some of them made the cut! Just visit the store page to see some close-up detail shots of it to see what I mean. And yes, as with our previous print, this one comes in a standard 18" x 24" framing size, so need to worry about having to spend a small fortune on a custom frame for it.
Please help show your support for all the hard work we do here on I-Mockery each year and order a poster (or two... or a hundred), whether it's a gift for yourself or for someone you think will appreciate it. As always, I promise you'll end up staring at it for a loooooong time to come, and it makes for one hell of a conversation piece for whenever you have friends over. If you're a fan of pixel art along with basically anything we've ever written about on this site, then you're going to LOVE this poster. If you order before December 15th, I'll do my best to make sure they arrive in your hands before Christmas. You can order yours on our store page or right here:
For those of you who don't already own our previous "8-bit Worlds Collide" & "Pixels In Space" posters, I'm offering a discounted three-pack so you can get all of them shipped together at a discounted rate. Ordering all three of them together will save you $15 on your total cost, and you'll get triple the pixels!
"Pixels Under The Sea", "Pixels In Space", & "8-bit Worlds Collide"
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"Pixels Under The Sea", "Pixels In Space", & "8-bit Worlds Collide"
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I hope you all love this new aquatic poster as much as we do, and please drop a comment below to let us know what you think of it. As always, please share these pixel posters with anybody who you think might enjoy them. Thanks again for the support, because ordering our posters not only gets you some killer artwork for your walls, but also helps us pay our hefty server bills!
I know a lot of people here and around the world are still reeling from the election results last night, and I'm certainly one of them. My heart breaks for all those whose lives will be negatively impacted by the results, and I wish it was in my power to change that, but it's not. This site has always existed as an escape from the doldrums of politics, religion, crime, and all the other serious issues that affect our world. It always will. Here I offer you a reprieve from it all in the form of lighthearted articles about some of our favorite things - movies, toys, games, food, and any other pop culture oddities I happen to stumble on. Do crazy toys or foreign bootleg movies about a maniac Spider-Man armed with a switch-blade compare to the importance of the 2016 election? Of course not, and nor should they... but they do help remind us that there are always things to smile about, and that life as we know it is simultaneously amazing and ridiculous.
With that in mind, I'm going to put one foot in front of the other, just like we all need to do, and start moving forward again. It's gonna be hard to write anything funny like I usually do, but humor heals... laughter lifts... and comedy cures. While I try to start writing on a regular schedule again, I'd like to share two things I wrote back in October that I didn't have a chance to post. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope they help lift your spirits even the slightest fraction.
Let's all do what Bob Wiley does best and start taking baby steps.
First, my newest piece for Dread Central was actually posted on their site earlier last month, but since I'm just finding out about it now, I present you with: The Greatest Horror TV Show Intros: Part 2!
In this latest installment, I cover some more of my favorite title sequences including The Hitchhiker (a criminally overlooked horror anthology series), Tales from the Darkside, and more. As always, thanks for reading, and please do me a solid by posting in the comments section of the article on Dread Central and sharing what other horror TV show intros you'd like to see me cover. I just might include 'em in future installments! You can read the article here.
Moving on, I love a good shark movie, and after having watched Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" extravaganza every summer for as long as I can recall, I decided to give The Shallows a chance when it hit theaters. Unfortunately, after seeing the movie, I felt like I should've stayed home and watched more Shark Week shows instead. You'll learn why momentarily. That said, if you have not seen the film yet, please know that there are *SPOILERS* below.
The Shallows is a story about medical school student / surfer, Nancy Adams (Blake Lively), returning to a remote beach that her deceased mother once visited when she was younger. After catching some great waves, Nancy is attacked by a great white shark that knocks her off of her surf board and bites her leg. While her medical training allows her to save her leg by applying a tourniquet, along with some painful makeshift stitches via her earrings, she's left stranded on a rock that's too far from shore for her to risk making the swim to safety.
Sounds okay so far, right? I wish it was. Click to read on. (more...)
Halloween is finally here, and I hope you're all celebrating it in style! Yes, I know it's on a Monday this year, but that's no excuse not to indulge in the festivities. Whether it's going trick-or-treating, dressing up in costume for a Halloween party, handing out candies, visiting haunted attractions, or simply watching a horror movie marathon - I just hope you're doing something to celebrate our favorite holiday!
Now, before I get into the meat of this post, you should know that there's a big surprise waiting for you at the very end of it. Don't go skipping ahead, because we have a lot to cover first. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
Re and I spent our Halloweekend / Halloweeniversary by taking a trip up into the San Bernadino mountains in search of fall leaves. We found fall leaves galore up there, plus a nice little Halloween festival, a wagon full of pumpkins, some truly spooky fog, and more. As if that wasn't enough, we stayed in a tiny cabin in the woods in a little town that may sound familiar to some of you...
That's right, we stumbled on a town called Twin Peaks. Amazing. I mean, how could we not stay in a town called Twin Peaks on a Halloween weekend? It was just too fitting. Damn good coffee... damn good weekend!
Also, in case you missed it (since I posted four new articles over the weekend), I shot my first Halloween yelling video ever! Take a look:
Thanks again to all of you who stuck around for I-Mockery's 2016 "Two Months of Halloween" celebration! Writing so many lengthy articles for the site during that time is always exhausting, but it's also an absolute blast knowing that it's a part of your annual Halloween traditions. As always, I like to share a recap of the many updates that were posted to the site between September 1st and October 31st in case you missed any of it. November is usually a slow month anyway, so what better time to catch up on some good reading? Here's a handy recap of some of the highlights you may have missed:
-We revisited the classic Spooky World VHS tape, and felt like we were taken back to a simpler time of haunted attractions.
-We conducted a taste test of the Black Garlic Pepper Halloween Doritos from Japan and immediately craved more.
-We paid homage to The Lair of the White Worm, one of the most amazing and bizarre horror films that deserves to be appreciated by a much larger audience.
-We saw the Monsters Meet Pepsiman, and learned that Japan really knew how to create a killer Halloween promotion for Pepsi.
-We watched the 1990 Horror Hall of Fame awards show and were convinced that Gremlins should be in every awards show audience.
-We were overjoyed to see more Delbert McClintock in Arachnophobia: The Video Game.
-We fell in love with another batch of Horror Video Game Box Art.
-We visited the actual church from John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness and saw a screening of the film inside it.
-We were invited to the ScareLA Los Angeles Halloween Convention and had an awesome time.
-We were also invited to the new Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival and absolutely loved it.
-We remember just how cheesy The Lawnmower Man was with those 90s era CGI graphics.
-We ain't afraid of no ghosts. In fact, we love these vintage Real Ghostbusters Ghost Toys from Kenner.
-My eyes started bleeding pure cane sugar after another massive Halloween Candy Taste Test.
-We listened to more tunes on the Jack-O-Juke - our Halloween music jukebox with over 215 spooky songs and counting!
-We wished Bubba survived From Beyond, but it wasn't meant to be.
-We saw the glorious return of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, and hope it will come back every Halloween from now on.
-We visited the impressive Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns event, and marveled at the artistry that goes into all those carved pumpkins.
-We watched Pumpkinhead do what he does best: put smiles on our faces.
-We saw a determined elderly man continue to get tortured throughout his quest in The Immortal video game.
-We witnessed more glorious monstrosities at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena.
-We gazed upon even more Pinball Machines of Horror, with absolutely gorgeous backglass and playfield designs.
-We sold out of our Halloween Club Packs once again, so huge thanks to all of you who purchased one!
-We examined some classic Video Game Graveyards and realized they're some of our all-time favorite levels.
-We peeled back the layers of a horrific scene from the Lovecraftian tale, Dagon.
-We joined in on some spooktacular new Screen Junkies Halloween Episodes.
-We saw Boo Berry and the other monster nominees running a Monster Cereal Election.
-We remembered just how weird Videodrome really is.
-We played with some new Halloween Toys that every horror toy fan should have in their collection.
-And lastly, we took an in-depth look at the Halloween Scenes in The Karate Kid and discovered some amazing things in the background!
You know there's no time I enjoy more than Halloween each year, and having so many of you making I-Mockery your virtual Halloween home truly makes it all the better. I really try to give you guys the best and widest variety of Halloween coverage you'll find anywhere online every season - from visiting haunts and reviewing movies, to taste testing candies and tracking down the most absurd & obscure novelties and more - I always try to make every season special and filled with surprises. Please continue to share the site with your friends, and I'll do my best to keep that tradition going strong for years to come. As always, I must thank Dr. Boogie his fantastic contributions to our Halloween celebration. I also gotta give Re major credit for letting me turn our home into a Halloween junkyard these past several months.
Of course, a huge thanks again to you for sticking with us during our annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. It's a lot of work to put all this content together, but it's a lot of fun too, and your continued feedback definitely helps keep my energy up throughout the season. If you haven't already, please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram. This is a completely independent web site, and we rely entirely on people like YOU to spread the word about it, so please do so if you can... it helps more than you could imagine!
Please drop a comment below (whether you're logged in or not) and lemme know what you thought of the Halloween season and what your favorite articles were. Also, let me know what you did for Halloween and feel free to post photos of your costumes (if you dressed up), your decorations, or any other Halloweeny things you like!
Thanks again, and be sure to stick around, because I'll be updating the site with some new articles very soon. I'm also releasing our brand new pixel poster in November and considering doing a special limited edition Holiday Club Pack in December!
Oh, and I did promise you a big surprise at the end of this post, didn't I? Well, I'm a man of my word. Behold!
I'm happy to announce, that coming this November, we'll be releasing a brand new horror-themed video game that we've secretly been working on this year! I've been wanting to do a new horror game for ages, so I can't wait to unveil it to you. Full details about the game will be coming very soon, but I just waited to give you a little sneak peek with a screenshot from it. I hope you're all excited to play it, and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
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